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  • Wisconsin Republicans play key roles in nominating (Admits RNC pro-Walker, anti-Cruz)

    05/25/2015 10:42:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Janesville Gazette ^ | May 26, 2015 | Steven Walters
    Former FBI agent Steve King of Milton has been a member of the Republican National Committee since 2007. In his speech to the state Republican Party convention, the no-nonsense King bluntly laid out what went wrong in 2012. Then, GOP presidential hopefuls ran a gauntlet of more than 20 debates, and state-by-state primaries that led to the nomination of presidential candidate Mitt Romney. “Wrong venues,” King fumed. “Wrong hosts. Wrong moderators.” There will be no repeat next year of what amounted to that waterboarding of presidential candidates, King vowed. “We are taking back control of our primary process.” As a...
  • Lassa Fever Confirmed in Death of U.S. Traveler Returning from Liberia

    05/25/2015 9:11:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    WSAV-TV ^ | May 25, 2015 | Staff
    ATLANTA, GA - The CDC and the New Jersey Department of Health have confirmed a death from Lassa fever which was diagnosed earlier today in a person returning to the United States from Liberia. The patient traveled from Liberia to Morocco to JFK International Airport on May 17th. The patient did not have a fever on departure from Liberia, did not report symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, or bleeding during the flight, and his temperature was taken on arrival in the U.S. and he did not have a fever at that time. On May 18th, the patient went to a...
  • Pastor Shot Outside Church While Putting Out Memorial Day Flags Hasn't Lost Any Hope": Wife

    05/25/2015 8:39:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    WVIT-TV ^ | May 25, 2015 | Stephanie O'Connell, Kristen Johnson and Jessie Sawyer
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Hartford police are investigating two early morning shootings Sunday that happened minutes apart, sending two victims to the hospital, including a beloved pastor shot outside a church while putting out Memorial Day flags. The pastor shot was identified as Rev. Dr. Augustus Sealy, 54, of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. The victim of the second shooting was Robert Jones, 27. Police responded to the first shooting at 932 Capitol Ave. near Newton Street around 6:30 a.m. Sunday after receiving multiple 911 calls. When they arrived, they discovered a male victim shot multiple on the road outside the First Church of the Nazarene. The...
  • Single White Female Meets Polygamous West African Shaman

    05/25/2015 8:23:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Huffington Post's Arts & Culture ^ | May 21, 2015 | Tim Ward, Author, publisher, teacher, and traveler
    In her sexy, stormy, spiritual memoir, Honey in the River, Marsha Scarbrough explores the contemporary relevance of ancient African wisdom teachings, wrapped around a love affair with a married African shaman. The mythology and metaphysics of Ifa, the indigenous religion of the Yoruba people of West Africa, is woven throughout her fast-paced tale that combines spiritual text with descriptions of her experiences in rhythm, dance and deep trance. As she blends archetypal drama and epic soap opera, Marsha reveals and befriends her personal shadow. I interviewed Marsha about her book and what it was like become so deeply involved with...
  • Senator, “Do You Have a Personal Animosity Against Gay Americans?”

    05/25/2015 3:38:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Bernard Goldberg's Blog ^ | May 25, 2015 | Bernard Goldberg
    A reporter in Texas recently asked GOP presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz this question: “Do you have a personal animosity against gay Americans?” Why would a reporter ask a Republican, running for president, such a question? I don’t know the reporter so I can’t say with certainty, but it wouldn’t shock me if he were trying to start trouble; if he were trying to trip up the senator into saying something negative about gays and getting some national publicity for himself in the process. But there’s another reason, I think, for the question. There’s no hiding the fact that some...
  • 8 killed, 19 injured in weekend shootings in Baltimore

    05/25/2015 2:37:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    WBAL-TV ^ | May 25, 2015 | Saliqa Khan
    BALTIMORE —City police said of 27 people who were shot, at least eight of them were killed in a series of separate shooting in Baltimore since Friday afternoon. In the most recent events, officers were called to the 1600 block of Hazel Street around 10:30 p.m. Sunday for a report of discharging of a firearm. While investigating, police were notified of a walk-in shooting victim to an area hospital. The man at the hospital sustained a gunshot wound to his buttocks. The victim told police he was shot by two masked men. No further details are available. Detectives are investigating...
  • Ethnic Minorities Deserve Safe Spaces Without White People

    05/25/2015 1:06:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 107 replies
    The Huffington Post's Canada The Blog ^ | May 18, 2015 | Aeman Ansari, fourth year jouralism student
    Last week The Ryersonian reported on an incident that involved two first-year journalism students who were turned away from an event organized by Racialized Students' Collective because they are white. Since then there has been a lot of commentary on the piece and a lot of debate -- a lot of the criticism is valid. There are two sides to the story: 1) the media has a right to attend public events and report on matters that are in the public interest. The student media needs to cover initiatives that are happening on campus so that we draw attention to...
  • Jihadi threat requires move into 'private space' of UK Muslims, says police chief

    05/25/2015 12:31:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Guardian and Observer ^ | May 24, 2015 | Vikram Dodd, Crime correspondent
    Exclusive: Britain’s most senior Muslim officer says potency of Islamist propaganda means some five-year-olds believe Christmas is forbidden.Islamist propaganda is so potent it is influencing children as young as five and should be countered with intensified monitoring to detect the earliest signs of anti-western sentiment, Britain’s most senior Muslim police chief has warned. Scotland Yard commander Mak Chishty said children aged five had voiced opposition to marking Christmas, branding it as “haram” – forbidden by Islam. He also warned that there was no end in sight to the parade of British Muslims, some 700 so far, being lured from their...
  • Huckabee’s job to erode the Tea Party and the rest of the Right

    05/24/2015 11:54:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    Nolan Chart ^ | January 23, 2015 | Mark Vogl
    Mike Huckabee is not a serious Presidential contender, but he is bait for some of the Religious Right, and some “compassionate conservatives” who just can’t stomach hardball politics. Recently, Huckabee attacked Senator Ted Cruz comparing his zeal to that of General Custer at the Little Big Horn. Governor Huckabee said that Cruz was rash and inexperienced, and did not have a long term strategy like other Republican leaders. What a joke! I agree that Bush – Romney – Boehner – McConnell have a long term strategy. But that strategy includes amnesty for illegals and only minor tinkering with Obama Care....
  • Special Report U.S. military and civilians are increasingly divided

    05/24/2015 10:39:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 149 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | May 23, 2015 | David Zucchino and David S. Cloud
    Jovano Graves' parents begged him not to join the Army right out of high school in 2003, when U.S. troops were fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.. But their son refused his parents' pleas to try college. He followed them both into the Army instead. Last June, 11 years later, Staff Sgt. Jovano Graves returned home from Afghanistan, joining his mother, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Sonia Graves-Rivers, for duty here at Ft. Bragg. "My family, going way, way back, has always felt so proud to be Americans," said Graves-Rivers, who comes from a family in which military service spans six generations,...
  • Feature: The new shape of fusion

    05/24/2015 10:15:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Science ^ | May 21, 2015 | Daniel Clery
    ITER, the international fusion reactor being built in France, will stand 10 stories tall, weigh three times as much as the Eiffel Tower, and cost its seven international partners $18 billion or more. The result of decades of planning, ITER will not produce fusion energy until 2027 at the earliest. And it will be decades before an ITER-like plant pumps electricity into the grid. Surely there is a quicker and cheaper route to fusion energy. Fusion enthusiasts have a slew of schemes for achieving the starlike temperatures or crushing pressures needed to get hydrogen nuclei to come together in an...
  • Why LA's $15 Minimum Wage Will Really Be $19.28

    05/24/2015 8:57:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 21, 2015 | Jed Graham
    The Los Angeles City Council this week voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. But the effective cost for employers likely will spike to nearly $20, at least for full-time workers. Once all the nonwage costs are added, including payroll taxes, paid sick leave and the big one — ObamaCare's employer mandate — minimum compensation for a full-time worker could rise as high as $19.28 an hour by 2020, an IBD analysis finds. That would amount to a jump of $10.67, or 124%, since June 2014. Seemingly absent from the minimum-wage debate has been the reality that...
  • State lawmaker gets $4.8m in cyberbullying suit (Will host Ted Cruz at "The Barn" on the 5/30)

    05/24/2015 7:15:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | May 25, 2015 | Stephanie Ebbert
    Imagine coming home to find strangers in your driveway, looking for the free golf carts you’ve ostensibly advertised on Craigslist. Then comes an e-mail from someone who knows your Social Security number and who warns ominously, “Let the Games Begin.” Within days come allegations that you molested a teenage boy years ago. Child abuse investigators show up on your doorstep, asking to inspect your son for bruises. This series of horrors was inflicted upon the family of James J. Lyons Jr. in 2008, two years before he was elected to the state House of Representatives. Two neighbors were sent to...
  • Lindenhurst family receives racially charged letter in mailbox, told to leave town

    05/24/2015 6:16:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    WPIX-TV ^ | May 23, 2015 | Christopher Brito
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)LINDENHURST, N.Y. (PIX11)– Suffolk County police are investigating a possible hate crime targeting an African-American family in Lindenhurst. Ronica Copes, a resident of the suburban neighborhood, received a letter saying “YOU DON’T BELONG HERE” and other hateful words on Thursday. Understandably so, she was disappointed at the sight of the hateful letter. “Unbelievable but then it’s not…our daily reality, I’ve just never seen it in this form,” Copes posted on Facebook. The writer of the flyer who says “Lidenhurst is 84 percent white” urges Copes in bold capital letters to “LEAVE AS SOON SHE CAN” because “IT WILL BE BETTER...
  • Hey, let’s create a national database of gun owners!

    05/24/2015 5:39:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 24, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    There’s one refrain which the Democrat choir always breaks out whenever they propose new gun restrictions: Oh, we’re not trying to establish some national registry of gun owners. Perish the thought! But when you look under the covers of these various proposals, they all seem to come suspiciously close to doing just that. (Not that we’re suggesting anything here, mind you. Perish the thought.) And yet that same discussion has arisen once again now that Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney has resurrected the prospect of “closing loopholes” at gun shows. Funny how that works, eh? (From The Hill) Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.)...
  • Police investigate shooting death of local security guard

    05/24/2015 4:39:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    WSB-TV ^ | May 24, 2015
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)EAST POINT, Ga. — East Point police are investigating a suspicious death involving a security guard. They said Antonio Spear, 32, of Atlanta was found several hundred feet from where investigators believe he was shot to death. East Point firefighters worked to remove a white Ford Expedition after it crashed into a fence just before 7 a.m. Sunday. “I heard a big bang. It was like a bomb so I was like, ‘What is that?” Ryeesha Zellner said. Zellner told Channel 2’s Jessica Jaglois she was sitting in her car outside her job when she saw the SUV crash and...
  • SRLC: GOP faithful vote for their favorites in Oklahoma City straw poll

    05/24/2015 4:11:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | May 24, 2015 | Juliana Keeping
    Republicans speak about who they voted for in the straw poll at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City. Celia Lanham 62, Osage County ranch owner Voted for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican “I found his speech to be dynamic. He comes from an immigrant family who understands the American dream.” Ronda Vuillemont-Smith, 54, grassroots activist from Tulsa Voted for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican “He’s going places most in the GOP don’t go — to colleges to reach milennials, into minority communities. If we don’t start reaching out, the party will likely die.” Nedra...
  • National restaurant chain offers veterans a free meal

    05/24/2015 3:28:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    KFOX-TV ^ | May 24, 2015 | Victor Venegas
    EL PASO, Texas -- On the day to remember America's war dead, Twin Peaks is saying thank you to military veterans by offering a free meal this Memorial Day. The national chain is making the meals available to all current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces at all its locations in the Borderland and across the country. The offer is valid for lunch or dinner. Veterans will get to choose a free entrée from a special menu, which includes Blackened Chicken Quesadillas and Fish Tacos.
  • Koch Brothers Plan to Fund 'Several' GOP 2016 Presidential Hopefuls

    05/24/2015 3:08:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | May 24, 2015 | David Knowles
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-05-24/koch-brothers-plan-to-fund-several-gop-2016-presidential-hopefuls?cmpid=yhoo
  • Op-Ed: Ted Cruz is part of a dying breed of social conservatives

    05/24/2015 3:01:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | May 24, 2015 | Alex Allen
    Many Americans are taking on more liberal views but Ted Cruz is sticking with his social conservatism. But will his grassroots bible belt base be enough to get him elected in 2016? The 2016 presidential primary season is shaping up to be very interesting. And although some Democrats such as Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have already announced their candidacies, all eyes have undoubtedly been on the GOP field, which seems to be growing every day. The GOP has been struggling in recent years, with Americans becoming increasingly more liberal, especially when it comes to social issues like the war...
  • Who Wins In A Supersized G.O.P. Presidential Nomination Race? (Guess who he means?)

    05/24/2015 2:45:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Moderate Voice ^ | May 24, 2015 | John McCarthy
    Why Chris Christie Will Be The Next POTUS A Super Tuesday Away From Double Digits The View From The U.S. Virgin IslandsThe eighteen Republicans running for president in 2016 are wise to try to make foreign policy the lead issue in the next POTUS election. Not because Hillary Clinton is especially vulnerable on Benghazi, but because what most people would consider to be her strong suit – foreign policy due to her four years as Secretary of State – is actually her biggest weakness. If you had to put one person from the United States in a locked room with...
  • Fox News Turns On Mike Huckabee And Tries To Kill His Presidential Campaign

    05/24/2015 2:27:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | May 24, 2015 | Jason Easley
    Fox News has decided that Mike Huckabee should not be the Republican nominee, so Chris Wallace went on the attack against Huckabee’s flat tax plan on Fox News Sunday. Video: (VIDEO-AT-LINK)CHRIS WALLACE: You want to abolish the income tax. You want to abolish the IRS and create a fair tax, which as you say is a national sales tax, but critics say the problem with that is that it’s too regressive. The Tax Policy Center said this, that “the average rate for the lowest income group would exceed 33% while the average rate for the top group would fall to...
  • ISIS Claim: “We Could Nuke United States Within A Year”

    05/24/2015 2:00:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    HNGN ^ | May 24, 2015 | Som Patidar
    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has threatened the world claiming they are very close to acquiring a nuclear bomb from Pakistan to use in attacking the United States. They have threatened to smuggle it through the United State's porous southern border.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has threatened the world claiming they are very close to acquiring a nuclear bomb from Pakistan to use in attacking the United States. The claim was made in an article entitled "The Perfect Storm" which was published in the Islamic State's English language propaganda magazine Dabiq; it was penned...
  • Ted Cruz to visit Franklin Pierce University (New Hampshire, May 29th)

    05/24/2015 1:18:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Keene Sentinel ^ | May 24, 2015 | Susan Reing
    RINDGE — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, will visit Franklin Pierce University Friday, May 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Spagnuolo Hall on the Rindge campus. Cruz is scheduled to talk with students, faculty and the local community in a town hall-like event. “We are pleased to be welcoming Senator Cruz to Franklin Pierce,” said Dr. Kristen Nevious, director of the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communications at Franklin Pierce University, which is hosting the Cruz visit. “The Fitzwater Center is proud to be a prominent stop on the road to the White House. We look forward to welcoming candidates...
  • 71 arrested during protests over acquittal of Cleveland police officer

    05/24/2015 7:30:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    WTIC-TV / CNN ^ | May 24, 2015 | Marcus Harun
    CLEVELAND — Cleveland police made 71 arrests Saturday during protests against the Michael Brelo verdict, Police Chief Calvin Williams said Sunday. Authorities attempted to give demonstrators the space to exercise their First Amendment rights, but they had no choice but to make arrests when the protests became violent or when protesters refused to disperse, he said. Police arrested demonstrators in downtown Cleveland on Saturday night following the acquittal of a police officer who stood trial in the 2012 shooting deaths of two unarmed people. CNN video showed police in riot gear moving down East Fourth Street, a strip of restaurants,...
  • The Latest in Cleveland: Cafe Patrons Pepper-Sprayed (Not by police, though)

    05/24/2015 7:18:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    WSYX-TV / The Associated Press ^ | May 24, 2015 | Sean Rowe
    9:10 a.m. Officials say some protesters angry over the acquittal of a police officer charged in the deaths of two unarmed suspects became violent and turned on bystanders, including some who pepper-sprayed patrons sitting at outdoor cafes downtown. Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams says 71 people were arrested Saturday night after a day of mostly peaceful protests turned more aggressive. Williams said Sunday at a news conference with Mayor Frank Jackson that another protester threw a restaurant sign at a patron, striking him in the head. He says bystanders were also accosted in at least one other instance....
  • GOP debate rules could reignite questions about Cruz birthplace

    05/23/2015 9:28:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | May 23, 2015 | Todd J. Gillman
    Not surprisingly, the GOP presidential debates announced last week will be open only to candidates who can legally serve as president. That will make Fox News and CNN the first arbiters of Canada-born Ted Cruz’s eligibility. By putting him on stage, they will implicitly be granting a seal of approval to the only contender born outside the U.S. The U.S. Constitution says a president has to be a natural-born citizen. Fox and CNN both listed Article II, Section 1 among the requirements for would-be debaters. It’s inconceivable that either network would invoke that requirement to shut out the Texas senator....
  • Extreme Networks Cuts 18 Percent Of Workforce; Plans To 'Rely More On Channel Partners' (285 jobs)

    05/23/2015 9:13:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    CRN ^ | May 21, 2015 | Mark Haranas
    Extreme Networks on Thursday disclosed plans to restructure by cutting 18 percent of its global workforce -- 285 jobs -- and investing in software and cloud services for the channel. Some sales positions were included in the job cuts, and Extreme plans to fill those gaps by working more closely with solution providers, said Ed Meyercord, president and CEO of Extreme, during a conference call. "In certain markets, rather than have the fixed costs of a direct sales team or people in place, we'll cover that through the channel and channel partners," Meyercord said. "We're going to rely more heavily...
  • Unilever to close last Md. factory (Baltimore, 137 layoffs)

    05/23/2015 8:53:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | May 12, 2015 | Natalie Sherman
    Unilever plans to move production of vegetable oil and margarine spreads from Baltimore to Kansas beginning at the end of the month, shutting its Baltimore plant and laying off 137 workers. The consumer goods giant plans to shift operations from its Southwest Avenue factory to Olathe, Kansas, where it performs similar work and embarked on a $152.5 million expansion in 2013. Unilever informed Maryland regulators of the layoffs, which begin this month, in a notice last month, as required by the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. The plant is slated to close by the end of September. The Southwest...
  • Coal-mine companies expect 2,267 layoffs

    05/23/2015 8:35:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch / The Associated Press ^ | May 23, 2015 | Jonathan Mattise
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Appalachian coal mining suffered a double blow on Friday, as Murray Energy announced plans to lay off more than 1,800 miners, most from West Virginia, and Alpha Natural Resources told 439 more Mountain State miners they could be out of work. The announcements continue a grim employment trend for the Appalachian coalfields. On Friday, St. Clairsville, Ohio-based Murray Energy said it told 1,417 workers at five West Virginia mines that their jobs must be eliminated....
  • The Case For Reparations: 40 Acres and a Mule Would Cost America at Least $6.4 Trillion Today

    05/23/2015 5:35:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | May 23, 2015 | David A. Love
    If you were to guess how much the United States owes Black people in economic damages for slavery, how much would it be? In the part of the “I Have A Dream” speech that no one seems to remember, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. declared: “It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds.’” While some people would conclude that no dollar amount can...
  • Three Cleveland demonstrators arrested during protest in front of Quicken Loans Arena

    05/23/2015 4:27:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | May 23, 2015 | Adam Ferrise
    A protester is taken into custody by a Cleveland police officer in a clash during demonstrations that followed the acquittal of police officer Michael Brelo. Brelo was charged with manslaughter in the November 2012 shooting deaths of two unarmed people.CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland police officers took at least three people into custody during protests following the Michael Brelo verdict. Northeast Ohio Media Group reporters and photographers witnessed at least three people taken into custody following a clash with police about 6:20 p.m. outside Quicken Loans Arena. Police officers showed pepper spray cans to others who rushed towards the fight. Most...
  • Analysis ranks best, worst states for military retirees

    05/23/2015 3:16:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    KRQE-TV ^ | May 23, 2015 | Brittney Petro
    A newly released analysis ranks “2015’s Best and Worst States for Military Retirees” based on a state’s ability to support retired veterans. WalletHub looked at 20 key factors when determining the rankings. The three major categories in the ranking included economic environment, quality of life and healthcare. However, WalletHub took other factors into consideration as well, such as job opportunities, housing prices, veteran-owned businesses and veteran homelessness. Top 5 States for Military Retirees: 1. Wyoming 2. Montana 3. South Dakota 4. Maine 5. Florida Bottom 5 States for Military Retirees: 51. Indiana 40. Rhode Island 49. District of Columbia 48....
  • How Politicians From Hillary Clinton To David Cameron Reacted To Ireland's Same-Sex Marriage Vote

    05/23/2015 3:02:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The International Business Times ^ | May 23, 2015 | Kerry Flynn
    Ireland became Saturday the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriages by popular vote. Within the U.S., Maine, Maryland and Washington in 2012 were the first states to legalize such unions through popular votes. Meanwhile, 37 states and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriages, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. A measure to legalize such unions via popular votes could be added to the ballots in the 13 other states during the 2016 general elections, when it conceivably could have the support of at least one presidential candidate, as IrelandÂ’s action motivated one White House...
  • Hillary Clinton Calls Out Republicans For Killing Jobs And Not Standing Up To Tea Party

    05/23/2015 2:35:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | May 22, 2015 | Keith Brekhus
    At a craft brewery in Hampton, New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton called out her Republican presidential opponents for sacrificing American jobs to appease the billionaire Koch Brothers and talk radio Tea Party extremists. In particular, Clinton criticized Republicans who want to dismantle the Export-Import Bank, which supplies loans and provides insurance to facilitate the sale of U.S. exports to international buyers. A number of Republican presidential contenders have gone on record in favor of killing the Export-Import Bank, a move that could potentially eliminate a significant number of American jobs in the process. Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Texas Senator Ted...
  • EMPOWERED THUGS RULE: Baltimore Shootings Spike 70%, Murder Rate Up 42%

    05/23/2015 2:22:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | May 22, 2015 | Doug Giles
    Gee, I wonder why this would happen? Don’t expect this to get better anytime soon. BALTIMORE – Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called the city’s recent spike in violence “disheartening” Thursday as police work to address a dramatic increase in homicides and nonfatal shootings. “It’s extremely frustrating,” the mayor told reporters at a news conference. “It is disheartening, but I am still resolved to continue to reduce violent crime in our city.” Rawlings-Blake said the city’s faced spikes in crimes in the past and police have been able to successfully reverse them. She said she’s “confident” police do so will again....
  • Carson wins early GOP straw poll (Followed by Walker and Cruz at Oklahoma City's SRLC confab)

    05/23/2015 12:12:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | May 23, 2015 | Jordan Fabian
    Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson won the presidential straw poll at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City on Saturday, beating out Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Carson won 25.4 percent of the vote, while Walker took 20.5 percent and Cruz received 16.4 percent. Other GOP presidential hopefuls and potential candidates finished far behind the top trio. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie finished a distant fourth with 5.3 percent of the vote, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry took 5 percent, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush won 4.9 percent. Winning the straw poll could provide a...
  • Pro-Gay Marriage Senator: Irish Vote Will Lead To Change Like Soviet Revolution

    05/23/2015 10:43:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Breitbart's London ^ | May 23, 2015 | Andre Walker
    DUBLIN, Republic of Ireland – A pro-gay marriage Irish Senator has told journalists at Dublin Castle he hopes today’s vote will lead to change across the world, just as Ireland inspired the Bolshevik revolution of 1917. Senator David Norris (IND), was talking about how Ireland was a “small island on the edge of Europe” but that it could have a much wider impact. The example he cited was the General Post Office (GPO) uprising in Dublin in Easter 1916. A group took over the GPO and fought against the British Army to maintain control of it for several days. The...
  • The GOP's Southern discomfort (All of a sudden, Texas isn't Southern)

    05/23/2015 10:15:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Politico ^ | May 23, 2015 | Alex Isenstadt
    As the 2016 Republican presidential campaign gets underway, the nation’s most reliably red region finds itself yet again without a native son in a leading position.OKLAHOMA CITY — It’s the heartland of the modern Republican Party, the most reliably red region in presidential elections. But as the 2016 GOP campaign for the White House gets underway, the South finds itself yet again without a native son in a leading role. As party leaders gathered here for the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, a traditional candidate cattle call that draws many of the party’s presidential hopefuls and attracted around 2,000 activists this...
  • “Party of white people”: How Tea Party took over the GOP, armed w/all the wrong lessons from history

    05/23/2015 9:42:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Salon ^ | May 23, 2015 | Professor David Sehat
    The Founders were a divided bunch. They believed in debate but also in solving problems. Someone tell the Tea Party.Excerpted from "The Jefferson Rule: How the Founding Fathers Became Infallible and Our Politics Inflexible" There was an emerging disagreement among conservatives, one that grew out of differing dispositions, if not principle. The Tea Party movement possessed an almost centrifugal force in which ideas gravitated from the center to the margins. On the anti-intellectual fringe, the narrative about the Founders was taken up by absolutists and paranoids who supported citizen militias and the like. Yet even those not on the fringe...
  • How #TedCruz and #2016 will get you to vote in the next election

    05/23/2015 9:21:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    USA Today's College | May 23, 2015 | Ethan Stoetzer, Rowan University, Glassboro
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://college.usatoday.com/2015/05/23/how-tedcruz-and-2016-will-get-you-to-vote-in-the-next-election/
  • Democrats Seeking Pell Grants for Inmates at the Expense of the Law Abiding

    05/23/2015 8:59:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Red Statements ^ | May 23, 2015 | Steven Ahle
    Six democrats are seeking to grant Pell Grants to inmates in prison. They claim that it will make them desirable applicants to companies when they get out of prison. Hey liberals, believe it or not companies aren’t clamoring for graduates of Stu’s University online even if they haven’t knocked off a bank or raped small children. So, why would these cons be employable? Of course, if they were to take computer classes they might stop mugging senior citizens and join the growing identity theft industry. It’s also important to know that there is not an endless pool of money in...
  • A $77 3D Printer is Unveiled! Say Hello to the Lewihe Play

    05/22/2015 8:37:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    3DPrint ^ | May 21, 2015 | Eddie Krassenstein
    With all technology, prices tend to come down as time goes on. This was seen within the personal computer market and the 2-dimensional printer market, and now we are starting to really see this happen within the 3D printing space as well. Whether you are a consumer and you love the fact that prices continue to drop, or if you are a manufacturer and you hate it, we can probably expect this trend to continue at least a little bit longer. Just 2 years ago, if you wanted a desktop 3D printer, you were looking at spending four figures. There...
  • A Narrative Of Convenient Paranoia – Waco Police Claim Threats From Non-Existent Motorcycle Gangs….

    05/22/2015 8:13:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | May 22, 2015 | Sundance
    Alternate Headline = Waco Police Now Claim They Are Being Attacked By Clint Eastwood and an Orangutan Named Clyde. (ie. Waco PD Leak Security Bulletin To CNN) ♦ Waco Research Thread 1 – The initial Shooting As Reported ♦ Waco Research Thread 2 – LEO Affidavits Inconsistent With Spokesperson Claims ♦ Waco Research Thread 3 – The Waco Police Narrative Continues To Evolve ♦ Waco Research Thread 4 – CCTV Video Refutes Original 3 Days of Police Claims ♦ Waco Research Thread 5 – Listen to the Waco PD Radio Traffic ♦ Waco Research Thread 6 – 14 Officers Were...
  • Say goodbye to your clunky air conditioner—this table uses no electricity to regulate temperature

    05/22/2015 7:30:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 19, 2015 | Megan Willett
    Consisting simply of a surface and legs, the table is one piece of furniture that has remained largely the same for thousands of years. But now, a French design duo has come up with a way to turn the humble table into a means of climate control that doesn't use any electricity. Paris-based industrial designer Jean-Sébastien Lagrange teamed up with French engineer Raphaël Ménard to create the Zero Energy Furniture table, also known as the ZEF Climatic Table. The ZEF table looks like any other with the sleek design of a solid plank oak top and angled legs — but...
  • $100 billion Saudi built-from-scratch city to be ready by 2035

    05/22/2015 6:40:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    KOMO-TV / The Associated Press ^ | May 22, 2015 | Karin Laub
    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan - A $100 billion city-from-scratch in Saudi Arabia is to be completed by 2035 and will serve as the main logistics and manufacturing hub for countries on the Red Sea, the world's "largest new emerging market," said the CEO of the company in charge of the mega-project. The business model of an entire city being built by the private sector was so unusual that it required adjustments in the beginning, said Fahd al-Rasheed, the Group CEO of Emaar Economic City (EEC), which is building the King Abdullah Economic City. "Putting that first phase together is the most...
  • Outlaw Waco Bikers Herald an Incivility That Might Give Way to—GASP!—President Cruz

    05/22/2015 5:32:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | May 22, 2015 | Joe Lapointe
    Rolling Thunder, Biker Gangs and Human Nature.On Sunday in Washington, D.C.,—Memorial Day weekend— the annual “Rolling Thunder” gathering will draw hundreds of motorcyclists to ride together in a steady roar to honor living and dead war veterans, POWs and MIAs. Except for the bikes, it probably won’t resemble the motorcycle club event of last Sunday in Waco, Texas, that left nine people dead and 170 arrested after a high-noon brawl that included guns, knives, chains and brass knuckles. Nor will it be like the chase up the West Side Highway in Manhattan in September of 2013 that left an SUV...
  • Ten reasons to not vote for Senator Ted Cruz (Or 10 more reasons TO vote for him?)

    05/22/2015 4:42:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Examiner ^ | May 22, 2015 | Bob Knudsen
    Senator Ted Cruz was the first Republican to officially announce his campaign to run for the presidency in 2016. Since coming onto the national stage he has been a very high profile and outspoken member of the Senate and has very strong name recognition and support among conservatives in the country. Hailing from Texas, the largest Republican-leaning state in the union and the only large population state that is all but guaranteed to vote GOP, his campaign is enticing for the promise of how many electoral votes he can deliver. He is also the first major Hispanic candidate to run...
  • Revealed: Ted Cruz Is Crushing Hillary In This Big Indicator Of Electoral Success

    05/22/2015 3:42:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | May 22, 2015 | B. Christopher Agee
    The Clinton camp is scrambling to catch up.Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is off to a booming start in terms of super PAC fundraising. His campaign’s primary political action committees reportedly took in a combined $31 million in just their first week of existence last month. Compared to his chief Democrat rival, Hillary Clinton, Cruz’s haul is even more impressive. Projections indicate that, even by the end of next month, Clinton’s Priorities USA Action super PAC will bring in less than half of what Cruz was able to raise in just a week. In response to the disappointing numbers, Clinton...
  • Adult dating site hack exposes millions of users (Adult Friend Finder)

    05/22/2015 4:07:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Belfast's News Channel 4 ^ | May 21, 2015 | Geoff White
    Hackers have struck one of the world's largest internet dating websites, leaking the highly sensitive sexual information of almost four million users onto the web. The stolen data reveals the sexual preferences of users, whether they're gay or straight, and even indicates which ones might be seeking extramarital affairs. In addition, the hackers have revealed email addresses, usernames, dates of birth, postal codes and unique internet addresses of users' computers. Channel 4 News has been investigating the cyber underworld, discovering which websites have been hacked and exposing the trade in personal information of millions of people through so-called "dark web"...