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  • Donald Trump can beat Hillary Clinton

    05/04/2016 3:39:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Toronto Sun ^ | May 4, 2016 | Crystal Wright
    From Day 1 of Donald Trump’s campaign, everything the privileged, exclusive white-wing of the GOP has predicted has been wrong, including that he can’t beat Hillary Clinton. Trump won the Indiana primary Tuesday night, prompting Sen. Ted Cruz to drop out of the race and leaving the Republican Establishment with egg on their face. Even Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus begrudgingly conceded that Trump is the “presumptive nominee,” urging party members to put down their swords and unite. Trump has amassed 1,041 delegates, only a few away from the 1,237 delegates needed to officially walk into Cleveland in July...
  • AG targets 90 conservative groups in controversial climate change probe (Virgin Islands)

    05/04/2016 3:02:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Fox News Politics ^ | May 4, 2016 | Lachlan Markay, the Washington Free Beacon
    The attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands is targeting dozens of conservative and libertarian organizations in a racketeering lawsuit against climate change skeptics that has been widely described as an effort to silence political opponents. In a subpoena issued in March, the office of USVI attorney general Claude Walker demanded from Exxon Mobil copies of communications between the oil company and 90 different political and policy organizations “and any other organizations engaged in research or advocacy concerning Climate Change or policies.” The subpoena was part of a national, coordinated legal campaign by state attorneys general and left-wing advocacy groups...
  • President Obama Says Donald Trump Is Not Equipped to Be President

    05/04/2016 2:37:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 2, 2016 | Jordyn Phelps
    President Obama says that Republican front-runner Donald Trump is not equipped to deal with the challenges of being president. “I think that he is not somebody who even within the Republican Party can be considered as equipped to deal with the problems of this office, but look, we live in a democracy," President Obama said in an interview Monday with WMUR, an ABC affiliate in New Hampshire. If Trump does become the Republican nominee, Obama said he's confident that the Democratic nominee will win in a general election match-up. "If in fact the Republicans nominate Mr. Trump, then it’s going...
  • Dead could be brought 'back to life' in groundbreaking project

    05/03/2016 11:08:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | May 3, 2016 | Sarah Knapton, science editor
    A groundbreaking trial to see if it is possible to regenerate the brains of dead people, has won approval from health watchdogs. A biotech company in the US has been granted ethical permission to recruit 20 patients who have been declared clinically dead from a traumatic brain injury, to test whether parts of their central nervous system can be brought back to life. Scientists will use a combination of therapies, which include injecting the brain with stem cells and a cocktail of peptides, as well as deploying lasers and nerve stimulation techniques which have been shown to bring patients out...
  • Gender-Neutral Draft Registration Would Create Millions of Female Felons

    05/03/2016 9:45:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | May 3, 2016 | Steven Nelson
    A key congressional committee voted last week to require young women to register for potentially compulsory military service, but the gender-equalizing reform threatens to make felons out of women who refused to participate. Though prosecutions currently appear unlikely, men jailed for not registering with the Selective Service System and some former authorities who participated in the cases are concerned about criminalizing a large swath of the population. Enforcement wasn’t always lax, and the law that may be applied to women allows for five-year prison sentences for "knowing and willful" non-registration with an equally long statute of limitations. “It will inevitably...
  • Anonymous takes down Black Lives Matter website to make point that 'All Lives Matter'

    05/03/2016 9:31:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    International Business Times ^ | May 2, 2016 | Mary-Ann Russon
    Ghost Squad, a hacking group spawned from the Anonymous hacktivist collective, claims it took down the official websites of the Black Lives Matter movement on 29 and 30 April in a protest against actions taken by some of the campaign's supporters. According to Waqas Amir, a cybersecurity journalist based in Dubai and founder of HackRead, Ghost Squad conducted a series of persistent Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against the official websites of the Black Lives Matter movement, beginning on Friday 29 April. The DDoS attacks caused the web host for blacklifematters.org to completely suspend the domain, while the blacklivesmatter.com...
  • Catholic College Employee Investigated By Police For Saying There Are Only Two Genders

    05/03/2016 7:14:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Daily Wire ^ | April 28, 2016 | Amanda Prestigiacomo
    Blasphemy was committed on a Catholic university campus: An employee at the "Catholic" school stated her belief, rooted in Catholicism, that there are only two genders. An unnamed employee at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles has been suspended and is currently being investigated for a “hate crime” by the university’s Bias Incident Response Team and the LAPD for “denying transgenderism” when she stated that there are only two genders, reports The College Fix. On April 14, the employee engaged in a “dialogue” with three students who were hanging up posters for “Rainbow Week” on campus. Cosette Carleo, who identifies...
  • A Guide To The Three Possible Outcomes In Indiana’s GOP Primary

    05/03/2016 1:48:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | May 3, 2016 | Harry Enten
    Donald Trump may be a runaway train. He has blasted through his 50 percent “ceiling,” outperforming his polls and winning a clear majority in the last six states to cast ballots. All that success occurred in the Northeast, however, so here’s the question: Is Trump wrapping up this nomination, or is he just really strong in the Northeast? We’ll get some answers in Indiana on Tuesday. It’s a culturally conservative state where many political observers (including yours truly) thought Ted Cruz had a good shot at coalescing the anti-Trump vote. Indiana is also, in terms of demographics, slightly below average...
  • Cruz Puts Faith in Ground Game to Stop Trump in Indiana

    05/02/2016 8:04:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | May 2, 2016 | Mark Niquette
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://chronicle.com/article/When-Everyone-Goes-to-College-/236313?key=Km5VaSwSOs9-HKfuI3FnkvBnLNgCDGedRc3dh4ndFUdfaEt3dWVzN2RDVG50MnowVjFjazJiaHBNN3JUd3FnR3o3UzhkSEF1WUZF
  • When Everyone Goes to College: a Lesson From South Korea

    05/02/2016 8:04:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Chronicle of Higher Education | May 1, 2016 | Karin Fischer
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://chronicle.com/article/When-Everyone-Goes-to-College-/236313?key=Km5VaSwSOs9-HKfuI3FnkvBnLNgCDGedRc3dh4ndFUdfaEt3dWVzN2RDVG50MnowVjFjazJiaHBNN3JUd3FnR3o3UzhkSEF1WUZF
  • ‘Poverty is a death sentence,’ Sanders declares during Baltimore stop

    05/02/2016 6:31:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | April 23, 2016 | John Wagner
    BALTIMORE — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders used a campaign stop Saturday in this economically challenged city to decry the difference between the life expectancies of the nation’s rich and poor, declaring that “poverty is a death sentence.” “If you are born in Baltimore’s poorest neighborhood, your life expectancy is almost 20 years shorter than if you’re born in its wealthiest neighborhood,” the senator from Vermont said, adding that “15 neighborhoods in Baltimore have lower life expectancies than North Korea. Two of them have a higher infant mortality rate than Palestine's West Bank.” Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, promised an...
  • Ted Cruz is Not Even Partly Dead

    05/02/2016 1:18:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 163 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 2, 2016 | Joy Overbeck
    Since Trump’s entirely predictable sweep of the liberal Republicans in the Eastern primaries, the conservative as well as liberal media under the banner of “Trump the Inevitable” have been endlessly repeating their wishful thinking that Cruz is officially DOA. Which brings to mind the truly hilarious spoof Cruz himself does on YouTube of the epic scene in “The Princess Bride” in which Billy Crystal as Miracle Max declares the Dread Pirate Roberts only “mostly dead.” But the Dread Pirate didn’t have the unpledged Republican Convention delegates, and Cruz just might. If the media clairvoyants who tally up delegate “projections” would...
  • Why the establishment wants Ted Cruz

    05/01/2016 1:37:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | May 1, 2016 | Carl M. Cannon
    With the pivotal Indiana presidential primary only two days away, and the decisive California contest still six weeks off, many Republican officials are already privately writing off 2016. Amid the wreckage of the turbulent 2016 nominating season, they still have a challenge in front of them: handicapping which of the two flawed finalists will cause the least long-term harm to their Grand Old Party. The conventional wisdom has been that Donald Trump is the bigger menace than Ted Cruz. Certainly, several swing-state Republican senators up for re-election in November worry about The Donald at the top of the GOP ticket...
  • Maureen Hayden: Cruz goes for ground game

    05/01/2016 4:18:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Kokomo Tribune ^ | May 1, 2016 | Maureen Hayden
    INDIANAPOLIS — It’s no fluke that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz stopped by Lucchese’s Italian restaurant outside Elkhart on a barnstorming tour of Indiana this past week. The family-owned eatery is a local landmark. Located on a busy county road, it was started more than 30 years ago by a firefighter who'd learned how to cook for his firehouse crew. It's now managed by his son, a Republican county commissioner, and frequented by conservative GOP Congresswoman Jackie Walorksi when she’s in town. Owner Frank Lucchese confessed to being a John Kasich fan in the presidential primary race, but he understood why...
  • HuffPo: Shooting In Self-Defense Is Illegal Because It Denies Violent Criminals A Fair Trial

    04/30/2016 2:23:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Downtrend ^ | April 28, 2016 | Brian Anderson
    I have no idea what to make of this. The Huffington Post is arguing that Americans have no legal right to shoot a violent attacker because it violates the criminal’s right to a fair trial. I feel confident in saying this is by far the dumbest attempt to subvert our gun ownership rights ever and that’s saying a lot considering how insanely stupid gun grabbers are. Justin Curmi is a dyslexic guy with a degree in philosophy. According to his bio he is, “A blogger that seeks to engage people in thought and conversation through presenting new views to matters,...
  • Will Rioters Hand the Election to Trump?

    04/30/2016 12:59:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    PowerLine ^ | April 29, 2016 | John Hinderaker
    I think Donald Trump likely will defeat Hillary Clinton, simply because she is such a terrible candidate. But if the current trend toward anti-Trump riots and violence continues, Trump could win going away. Last night in Orange County, Trump addressed a crowd of thousands. Anti-Trump demonstrators, some waving Mexican flags, attacked policemen and bystanders. The liberal Los Angeles Times reports: Hundreds of demonstrators filled the street outside the Orange County amphitheater where Donald Trump held a rally Thursday night, stomping on cars, hurling rocks at motorists and forcefully [!] declaring their opposition to the Republican presidential candidate. Traffic came to...
  • Iran discovers shale oil reserves

    04/28/2016 12:06:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Hellenic Shipping News ^ | April 28, 2016 | Azer News
    Energy-rich Iran, which is the fourth country in the world for its proven oil reserves of 158 billion barrels, has discovered shale oil reserves in the Lorestan Province. This was announced by the Director of Center for Exploration and Production at the country’s Oil Ministry, Mohammad Reza Kamali on April 25. The project of studying the shale reserves is completed by 47 percent, he said, adding that the studies, conducted in cooperation with German RWTH Aachen University prove the existence of significant reserves of shale oil in Lorestan Province. However, Kamali did not disclose whether Iran plans to extract shale...
  • SU reacts to racial Blackwell drawing

    04/28/2016 5:38:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Salisbury University Flyer ^ | April 20, 2015 | Chris Krauss
    Two days after the end of the eighth annual “Stop Hatin’” week at Salisbury University, on April 10, a racially charged drawing was found on a whiteboard in Blackwell Library. Although SU’s administration has not come forward with new information, a faculty member told The Flyer two students were a part of the drawing. “I can confirm two students have been identified,” English Associate Professor James King said, “and are both African American.” King declined to give more information. The SU Police Department is currently investigating the incident as a hate crime. However, they have not named any suspects. This could...
  • Could Trump Beat Clinton in New York? Yes.

    04/27/2016 6:10:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    Liberty Blitzkrieg ^ | April 26, 2016 | Michael Krieger
    One thing Clinton supporters remain in complete denial about (other than the fact most Americans who don’t identify as Democrats find her to be somewhere in between untrustworthy and criminal), is that a significant number of Sanders supporters will never vote for Hillary. Forget the fact that I know a few personally, I’ve noticed several interviews with voters who proclaim Sanders to be their first choice but Trump their second. Are they just saying this or do they mean it? I think a lot of them mean it. – From the post: Why Hillary Clinton Cannot Beat Donald Trump I...
  • Campaign Mystery: Why Don't Bernie Sanders' Big Rallies Lead To Big Wins?

    04/26/2016 6:05:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | April 26, 2016 | Tamara Keith
    If you only considered crowd size at rallies for Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, you might wonder how Clinton has won so many big states. Sanders draws massive, enthusiastic crowds, while Clinton's rallies often seem tiny and subdued by comparison. Monday night, the eve of five East Coast primaries taking place today, Sanders spoke to an overflow crowd — 3,200 people in total — at Drexel University in Philadelphia. His audience was more than double the crowd that showed up to hear Hillary Clinton speak at Philadelphia's city hall. On Sunday, 14,000 were there for Sanders in New Haven, Conn....
  • Obama thinks he’s cool; world leaders think he’s arrogant and weak

    04/26/2016 5:36:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    PowerLine ^ | April 25, 2016 | Paul Mirengoff
    Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post reports that President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are “soul mates.” Why? Because Obama “disdains. . .needy, showboating allies and [Merkel] is neither.” That’s hilarious. Who on the world stage is more of a showboater than Barack Obama — he of the speech in front of Greek columns, the shockingly pretentious Cairo lecture to Muslims, and the receding ocean tides? Obama’s “disdain” for “showboating” suggests that he’s self-delusional, self-hating, or both. Now that we know how Obama views America’s allies (other than Merkel), it might be instructive to ask how America’s allies view...
  • Nate Silver officially loses it, predicts Zuckerberg-Petraeus ticket

    04/26/2016 5:16:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Fire Andrea Mitchell ^ | April 25, 2016
    Nate Silver was a once respected pollster. His polls were accurate a lot of the time, though they always had a left wing bias. Now, Silver has completely lost it, predicting a Mark Zuckerberg-David Petraeus ticket. Not only does Silver predict such a ridiculous idea as a presidential ticket, he also claims that Zuckerberg-Petaeus would win 428 Electoral College votes.(GRPHIC-AT-LINK)Earth to Nate Silver, Mark Zuckerberg isn’t even 35 years old yet and therefore not eligible to be President of the United States. What dope Nate Silver is smoking, I’d like to get my hands on some. This guy has completely...
  • 9/11 Memorial guards order kids to stop singing national anthem

    04/26/2016 5:07:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The New York Post ^ | April 25, 2016 | Beckie Strum and Philip Messing
    Two tone-deaf security guards at the 9/11 Memorial got tough with some wide-eyed middle school kids visiting the city for the first time from their small town in North Carolina — because they sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.” “You have to stop. This is considered a public demonstration!” one guard barked at the patriotic teens, their Waynesville Middle School music teacher, Martha Brown, told The Post. The guards insisted the group needed a permit to sing, according to Brown. “Some of the students were very upset and confused. I told the children, ‘This is a place where you need to respect...
  • Research university hides results of fracking study which fails to prove it’s dangerous

    04/26/2016 4:53:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 26, 2016 | Jazz Shaw
    What happens when a university research department is tasked with conducting a study of the harmful effects of fracking on ground water and other environmental concerns? Well, that depends on who provides their research money and what the results turn out to be. In the case of the University of Cincinnati, a lot of their funding comes from groups which have a vested interest in proving how harmful fracking is so it’s hardly a surprise that they lost interest in the study when it failed to produce any evidence of ground water contamination near commercial fracking sites. Jeff Stier, senior...
  • Gang of migrants demanding ‘respect’ smash way into Paris school and refuse to leave

    04/26/2016 2:02:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The London Express ^ | April 25, 2016 | Laura Mowat
    A Paris school has been taken over by migrants The 150 migrants have taken over the building of Jean-Jaures school since Friday as they seek shelter, electricity, gas and water. Authorities have labelled the takeover of the school in Paris's 19th quarter a "savage occupation". The chief constable of the area, Jean-François Carenco, has said: "In this country, it is the law that speaks and not force. “They are attacking a building that is not empty but is having work done to it....
  • Maddow to Hillary: Will You Try to ‘Lobby’ GOP Voters Who Don’t Like Trump, Cruz?

    04/26/2016 1:26:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 25, 2016 | Josh Feldman
    During their MSNBC town hall tonight, Rachel Maddow asked Hillary Clinton about the quasi-endorsement she got from Charles Koch, who basically said she might be better than whoever the Republicans pick. Maddow brought up how a lot of Republicans who––like Koch––would find either Ted Cruz or Donald Trump to be “unacceptable,” and asked Clinton, “Do you have a plan to basically try to lobby for Republican votes?” They shared a laugh over the chaos in the Republican party right now before Clinton dismissively said she’ll let the GOP fight things out first. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Also, Clinton made it clear again that...
  • Minnesota Parents Sue To Get Trans Classes In Kindergarten

    04/26/2016 12:30:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 25, 2016 | D.C. McAllister
    Parents of a 5-year-old “transgender child” have filed a complaint against a St. Paul charter school, alleging it failed to protect him from bullying and refused to teach all the students their preferred transgender-awareness curriculum. David and Hannah Edwards, whose child was born a boy but now thinks he’s a girl, has filed with the city’s Department of Human Rights, claiming their child “wasn’t able to take full advantage of Nova’s educational opportunities because of her gender identity and expression. This violated her rights.” When the boy showed up at school wearing pink tennis shoes and wanting to wear a...
  • Hey, Michelle, the Queen's a Muslim, too! RICHARD LITTLEJOHN argues the Obamas are desperate to prov

    04/25/2016 11:54:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | April 26, 2016 | Richard Littlejohn
    Take another look at the audience at Barack Obama’s ‘town hall’ meeting in London. Is this a portrait of Britain you recognise? I know we are ordered to celebrate ‘diversity’ at all times, but was it really a genuine representation of our population as a whole? OK, so London is now one of the most multicultural cities on earth, to the extent where some parts of town can feel like a foreign country. But even so. And before the usual, brain-dead suspects start bouncing up and down, screaming ‘raaay-cist!’, let me make it abundantly clear that I am not criticising...
  • Wildcatters try to strike Alaska's next big oil score

    04/25/2016 10:55:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    CNBC ^ | April 22, 2016 | Tom DiChristopher
    For the past 50 years, the oilfields of Alaska's North Slope have been dominated by BP, Exxon Mobil and ConocoPhillips. The big three produce much of the state's oil and gas, but independent drillers are now trying to pioneer the Last Frontier's energy future. Independent exploration and production companies have historically been willing to take on the country's riskier oil plays, operating with skinny profit margins and applying new technology to try for potentially huge payoffs. In Alaska, recent discoveries could hold the key to stemming a nearly three-decade decline in the state's oil output. The finds could rank among...
  • 3D printing helps Polish cybernetics researchers create fully functional artificial heart

    04/25/2016 10:36:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    3Ders ^ | April 22, 2016
    Researchers from the Cybernetics Department of the Military University of Technology in Warsaw and the Optoelectronics Department of the Silesian University of Technology have been using 3D printed heart models for research purposes. 3D printing, like any burgeoning area of technology, has both its champions and its skeptics. But whatever one’s position on the industry as a whole, there is one area in which its usefulness is rarely doubted: medicine. Over the last few years, additive manufacturing has been used by medical professionals and researchers to create a variety of models, surgical guides, and bioprinted body parts, contributing to the...
  • Lena Dunham promises to move to Canada if Trump wins

    04/25/2016 10:16:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Hill's In The Know Blog ^ | April 25, 2016 | Caitlin Yilek
    Lena Dunham is the latest celebrity to say she’ll hightail it out of the country if Donald Trump is elected president. “I know a lot of people have been threatening to do this, but I really will,” Dunham told Andy Cohen at the Matrix Awards on Monday. “I know a lovely place in Vancouver and I can get my work done from there.” The star and creator of HBO’s “Girls” has been a prominent supporter of Hillary Clinton. She has campaigned with the Democratic front-runner throughout the 2016 race.
  • Climate deniers: It’s time to stop denying

    04/25/2016 4:05:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 25, 2016 | Bill Nye
    Thirty-five dollars: As I write, that’s the price for a barrel of oil. We’re extracting like crazy and burning like there’s no tomorrow, for real, pumping carbon dioxide into the air we all share. Meanwhile, very few pumps are turning a profit. Ten thousand dollars: that’s what I would have offered a climate change denier pundit, who prefers to be called a climate change “doubter.” I was ready to pay Marc Morano $10,000 if 2016 turns out not to be one of the 10 hottest years ever recorded. He didn’t take the bet, because 2016 will indeed be among the...
  • Trump, Cruz talk tough now, but that’d likely fade in White House

    04/25/2016 3:13:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Modeso Bee ^ | April 25, 2016 | Tim Johnson
    The winner of the November presidential election will likely sound a bit more restrained on national security upon stepping into the Oval Office, the nation’s intelligence chief said Monday. “I am struck with how simple things are on the campaign trail and how the very same issues are hard in the confines of the situation room,” said James R. Clapper, head of the nation’s intelligence community, referring to the nerve center in the West Wing of the White House. He noted that the job of president “has a tempering effect on anyone.” “There are far more complexities, policy implications, legal...
  • Drill will: America, not OPEC, decides the fate of global oil markets

    04/25/2016 2:55:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Economist ^ | April 23, 2016
    “WE DON’T care about oil prices,” Muhammad bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince, recently told Bloomberg, a news agency: “$30 or $70, they are all the same to us.” Such comments by the man calling the shots in the world’s biggest oil power should be taken with a pinch of salt. Low oil prices cost the country billions, threaten its credit rating and are turning it from creditor to debtor: this week it set out to raise $10 billion from global banks. Yet the claim is not entirely hollow, either. Saudi Arabia is determined not to give any succour...
  • Teens allegedly assault Iraq War veteran over 'Black Lives Matter'

    04/25/2016 2:33:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    KTRK-TV ^ | April 23, 2016
    WASHINGTON (KTRK) -- A decorated Marine veteran was attacked in the last place he expected, a McDonald's in Washington D.C. Chris Marquez says a group of rowdy teenagers started taunting him while he was eating. "They asked me if I believe that black lives matter," Marquez says. "I felt threatened and thought they were trying to intimidate me, so I figured I'm just going to keep to my food, eat my food, and hopefully they'll leave me alone." "And because I wasn't respond back to them, they were calling me a racist." Marquez says he doesn't really remember what happened...
  • Why sailing to the stars has suddenly become a realistic goal

    04/25/2016 2:20:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Space Daily ^ | April 18, 2016 | Monica Grady, The Conversation
    It takes a bold person to declare that interstellar travel is now within our grasp. Physicist Stephen Hawking has shown that he is just that, taking part in the Breakthrough Starshot initiative. The project has announced a $100m research programme to investigate the technology of using light to propel spacecraft out of the solar system to explore neighbouring stars. For the first time in human history, interstellar travel is a realistic and achievable aspiration, and not just the playground of science fiction. So what has changed that makes interstellar travel achievable? First of all, clear expectations. This is not about...
  • Ted Cruz's cowardly anti-transgender stance

    04/25/2016 1:00:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | April 25, 2016 | Rex Huppke
    Ted Cruz is a coward. He's other things — a GOP presidential candidate, a senator from Texas, possibly the Zodiac Killer (Google it) — but most of all, and most unquestionably, he's a coward. A coward mocks what he doesn't understand. A coward seeks political gain by maligning others. A coward talks about North Carolina's controversial bathroom law, which requires transgender people to use the restroom that matches the gender on their birth certificate, by saying this at a Sunday campaign event: "If Donald Trump dresses up as Hillary Clinton, he still can't go to the girl's bathroom." Hah! The...
  • President Obama marches armed forces leftward

    04/24/2016 9:38:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 24, 2016 | Rowan Scarbrough
    President Obama has become one of the nation’s most successful commanders in chief when it comes to at least one battlefield: the liberal agenda. In his final months in office, Mr. Obama is leaving a legacy of a more politically correct armed forces, with the top brass squarely behind him, save the Marine Corps. Perhaps not since Harry S. Truman’s landmark 1948 order to racially integrate the military has a president unleashed his own collective social revolution on the Pentagon with such success. In the process, the building also has become one of the administration’s loudest voices on battling climate...
  • Exclusive: Donald Trump Losing Unbound Delegate Race to Ted Cruz

    04/24/2016 7:15:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | April 24, 2016 | Tessa Berenson
    The group could be pivotal Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has a clear early lead in the Republican race for unbound delegates who can vote their personal preference on the first ballot at the Cleveland convention, according to a TIME survey, presenting an obstacle for frontrunner Donald Trump if he falls just short of the 1,237 bound delegates needed to clinch the nomination. Of the 63 unbound delegates who have already been named, 26 have told TIME or other news outlets that they are either committed to support Cruz, lean towards supporting Cruz or refuse to support Trump on the first...
  • 1.2% of Somalia’s population has been resettled in America

    04/24/2016 5:45:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Creeping Sharia ^ | April 23, 2016
    For all the talk about the security risks of Muslim “refugees” coming from Syria, little is said about another refugee program that has been delivering thousands of Muslims annually to U.S. cities for 33 years. That country is Somalia, which, just like Syria, is a hotbed of Sunni jihad terrorism and warring factions of Shariah-compliant tribal clans. Every president since Ronald Reagan has his fingerprints on the Somali refugee program, but it really found its footing under President Clinton and hasn’t slowed down since. President Obama has, during his more than seven years in office, approved the resettlement of 47,500...
  • 'Never Trump' groups collide with Kasich, Cruz

    04/23/2016 8:25:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box Blog ^ | April 23, 2016 | Jonathan Easley and Jonathan Swan
    The anti-Trump movement is at odds with Ted Cruz and John Kasich over how to stop Donald Trump. 
 In interviews and strategy memos, operatives aligned with the anti-Trump movement have outlined a roadmap for how to block Trump from obtaining the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination.

 But Cruz and Kasich – both of whom have been mathematically eliminated from winning the nomination outright — are carrying on with no regard for the anti-Trump movement’s proposed pathway to a contested convention.

 The differences have stirred tensions between Republicans who share the same goal of stopping Trump, but can’t...
  • The Future Of Vending Machines: Freshly Made Pizza, Do-It-Yourself Muffins

    04/23/2016 7:58:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    WBBM-AM ^ | April 14, 2016 | Vince Gerasole
    Vending machines and food might conjure up some negative images: -Shaking the machine when your potato chips get stuck. -Not the best options for dining. CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports that’s all changing. He paid a visit to a vending machine trade show in Chicago. How’s this for a treat? A TCBY yogurt with Oreo crumbs. It starts with a touch screen where you choose sizes, flavors and toppings. No, an army of oompa loompas isn’t inside the big box. It’s a robotic assembly line. Meanwhile, Matty Castellano is selling fresh pizza from a vending machine....
  • Pro-Ted Cruz groups have 10 times as much campaign cash as pro-John Kasich groups

    04/23/2016 7:04:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Cincinnati Enquirer | April 21, 2016 | Chrissie Thompson, Deirdre Shesgreen and Jeremy Fugleberg
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/04/20/pro-kasich-super-pacs-low-cash-after-primary-heavy-march/83284622/
  • Trans And Black Lives Matter Protesters Crash Milo Event at American University

    04/23/2016 6:20:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 22, 2016 | Tom Ciccotta
    After a week of chaos leading up to the event, Breitbart Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos’ lecture at American University was interrupted by nearly 150 protesters and screaming Black Lives Matters student activists. Oh Thursday night, Yiannopoulos took the stage at American University, for another stop of his “Dangerous Faggot Tour.” Although many of the visits on the tour have attracted minor controversies, students at American foreshadowed their large-scale protest of Yiannopoulos’ lecture by vandalizing and destroying posters in the week leading up to the event....
  • Japan's Next Generation of Farmers Could Be Robots

    04/23/2016 5:03:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Bloomberg | April 22, 2016 | Aya Takada
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-23/robots-replacing-japan-s-farmers-seen-preserving-food-security
  • US election: Credentials Committee could play hardball against Trump 'breaking rules'

    04/23/2016 3:50:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Ausgtralian Broadcasting Company ^ | April 23, 2016 | Michael Vincent
    Imagine this: Republican presidential candidate runner Donald Trump wins 1,250 delegates, but far from waltzing into the nomination, he is undone. Key points: •'Whoever chairs Credentials Committee better bring Tylenol', Donald Trump warns •It is made up of two national delegates from each state and territory, and District of Columbia •Political correspondent Tim Alberta says 'anything could pass' It is entirely possible that some of those delegates get blocked from entering the convention even before it begins. It would mean he would not get the nomination outright. To get into the convention you need credentials. "There is going to be...
  • HRC Blasts Ted Cruz’s New Transphobic Ad

    04/23/2016 3:03:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    The Human Rights Campaign ^ | April 22, 2016 | Brandon Lorenz
    Today, HRC released the following statement on Ted Cruz’s despicable new campaign ad attacking transgender people. “Ted Cruz’s transphobic smear campaign peddles a dangerous brand of hate and ignorance,” said HRC Communications Director Jay Brown. “At a time when transgender women are at a disproportionately high risk for violence and assault, Ted Cruz’s reckless ad puts them at even greater risk. Moreover, what message does Ted Cruz think this sends to transgender youth across this country? We deserve a president who’ll fight to protect the rights and dignity of everyone -- not a reckless, feckless politician who’ll do or say...
  • Bill Maher Calls U.S. Military ‘Mass Murder Machine’

    04/23/2016 1:56:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 22, 2016 | Marlow Stern
    The host of HBO’s ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ criticized the size of our military and unloaded on his favorite punching bag, Donald Trump. Bill Maher, the unapologetically outspoken political satirist, began his program Real Time Friday night by assessing the recent New York presidential primaries. The HBO host was, naturally, a bit crestfallen that his preferred candidate, Bernie Sanders, lost out to by 16 points to Hillary Clinton—and that his nemesis, Donald Trump, won his home state handily. “The conventional wisdom is that it’s just Hillary and Trump. Those are our two choices,” said Maher during his monologue. “They...
  • The Porn Industry Is Terrified of Ted Cruz, Thinks Donald Trump Is a Joke

    04/23/2016 4:30:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 22, 2016 | Aurora Snow
    Now that the 2016 presidential election season is in full swing, which candidate(s) are people in the adult industry supporting? Every election year is a nail-biter for pornographers, who are wracked with worry over potential persecution from the next presidential administration. Demonizing the porn industry under the guise of protecting the public’s morality is an old politician’s trick. Charge XXX producers with obscenity, collect fines and put a dent in the debauchery. “Obscene” porn is illegal but not all porn is obscene. Content that was considered extreme 15 years ago might be closer to the norm now. In the late...
  • The reptilian conspiracy: Our secret overlords?!

    04/22/2016 10:01:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Geek ^ | April 20, 2016 | Aubrey Sitterson
    Most well-known conspiracies are rooted, even if only distantly, in fact: A blurry video, redacted government memos, a tragic real-life occurrence. But one of our absolute favorite conspiracies is one that is rooted in practically nothing, one that is so delightfully bonkers and out there that the idea of people actually believing in it strains belief. Behold: The lizard people! The reptilian conspiracy Lizard people are a common part of multiple folklore traditions and they show up frequently enough in fiction to have become a trope if you’re generous, a cliché if you’re less so. From ancient myths all over...