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  • Memphis mayor wants Confederate general’s grave removed(Spot the bigot)

    06/29/2015 3:10:55 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 28 replies
    wash times ^ | 6/29/15 | j chasmar
    Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced a proposal last week to remove the statue and grave sites of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife. “These relics, these messages of this despicable period of this great nation, it’s time for those to be moved,” the Democratic mayor, who is black, said in a news conference, a local NBC affiliate reported. Mr. Wharton told The Associated Press that he wants the statue removed from Health Sciences Park and “returned to Forrest Monument Association that had it placed there.” He said the graves of the noted KKK leader and his...
  • Texas Fights Back Against Gay Marriage Ruling

    06/29/2015 5:45:11 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 48 replies
    breitbart ^ | 6/28/15 | l shadwick
    The Texas Attorney General has responded to the “newly invented federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage” created by the “activist” U.S. Supreme Court by telling Texas officials “Texas must speak with one voice against this lawlessness.” He issued an opinion and said Texans must “act on multiple levels to further protect religious liberties for all Texans” and must “immediately do anything we can to help our County Clerks and public officials who now are forced with defending their religious beliefs against the Court’s ruling.” In a statement obtained by Breitbart Texas, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stated that “the United...
  • Judge Blocks Ban on Dismemberment Abortion On Grounds It Creates An Obstacle for Women

    06/28/2015 6:15:24 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 11 replies
    breitbart ^ | 6/27/15 | s berry
    A district judge in Kansas blocked the state’s ban on “dismemberment abortion” – the first ban of its kind in the United States – on the grounds that prohibiting the procedure would create an “obstacle” for women who want to terminate their pregnancies with brutal dismemberment. Dismemberment is a late-term abortion procedure in which an unborn, living baby is torn to pieces and removed from the uterus. The new law would have prohibited abortionists from using forceps, clamps, scissors and other instruments to cut the unborn baby into pieces prior to removing its remains from the uterus. Lawmakers in Kansas...
  • SCOTUS Declares Itself God, Redefines Marriage and Rights

    06/26/2015 10:29:18 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/26/15 | Shapiro
    The day after declaring Obamacare magically rewritten and that the lawsuits against discrimination in housing require no proof of actual discrimination, the Supreme Court found a unicorn in the 14th Amendment. By a vote of 5-4, the Supreme Court ruled that the right to privacy under that aforementioned 14th Amendment (adopted in 1868, when every state in America criminalized sodomy) requires that every state in America grant marriage licenses to men who want to marry men and women who want to marry women, and that every state recognize such licenses from every other state. By this point, nobody should be...
  • Freddy Gray Autopsy Report Deals Blow to Murder Charges(so let's talk about removing flags instead)

    06/25/2015 6:09:03 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 18 replies
    nat review ^ | 6/24/15 | a mccarthy
    Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby has withheld the autopsy report on Freddie Gray from defense counsel and the public for nearly two months. It is the report on which she relied to file murder and other charges against six police officers, even though the investigation into Mr. Gray’s death was not close to being complete. Now, just two days before Friday’s court deadline for the state to disclose the report to the defense, it has been leaked to the Baltimore Sun. The Sun’s story makes it easier to understand why Ms. Mosby wanted the autopsy kept under wraps. It raises additional...
  • Judge postpones Obama administration’s fracking rule from taking effect

    06/24/2015 5:32:16 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 4 replies
    wash times ^ | 6/23/15 | v richardson
    A federal judge agreed Tuesday to postpone the Obama administration’s tough new hydraulic fracturing restrictions just hours before they were scheduled to take effect. U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl in Casper, Wyoming, gave both sides another week to submit arguments and citations before making a final decision on the request for a stay, which is expected July 22. Four Western states — Colorado, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming — along with two oil and gas industry groups had asked the court to delay the Bureau of Land Management rule slated to kick in Wednesday until their lawsuits could be...
  • John Boehner Is Not a Man to Be Crossed(Embraces libs more than conservatives)

    06/22/2015 5:27:36 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 16 replies
    nat review ^ | 6/21/15 | j gerhke
    Voting against the speaker’s reelection may have cost one Iowa Republican his seat. John Boehner has found ways to punish the fractious conservatives who have formed into a thorn in his side since attempting a coup at the beginning of the year. Through means both petty and significant, Boehner has made his displeasure felt while trying to lead the broader conference in a series of high-profile legislative fights. A number of rebel backbenchers have had their overseas travel curtailed and their committee posts threatened or even taken away. But the treatment of one lawmaker in particular stands out: Colleagues worry...
  • Karl Rove: Only Way To Stop The Violence Is To Repeal Second Amendment(Idea:Repeal Rove instead)

    06/21/2015 4:34:25 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 102 replies
    daily caller ^ | 6/21/15 | c datoc
    Republican strategist Karl Rove said on “Fox News Sunday” the only way to stop gun-related violence, like the Wednesday massacre at Emmanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston S.C., was to repeal American citizens’ Second Amendment rights. When Chris Wallace asked Rove how we can, “stop the violence,” the long-time gun-rights advocate stated that we have made great strides as a nation in empathizing with the victims of these types of shootings, but the only way to guarantee they will stop is to “remove guns from society.” WALLACE: How do we stop the violence? ROVE: I wish I had an easy...
  • Mitt Romney: Take Down the Confederate Flag, It’s ‘A Symbol of Racial Hatred’

    06/21/2015 5:21:08 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 49 replies
    breitbart ^ | 6/20/15 | a hawkins
    On June 20 former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney called for South Carolina to remove the Confederate flag from their state Capitol grounds in Columbia. His call comes in the wake of the heinous attack on Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. It follows a photo of the suspected gunman, Dylann Roof, in which Roof is seen leaning against his car with a Confederate flag license plate visible on the front of his vehicle being widely circulated. Here were Romney’s exact words: “Take down the Confederate Flag at the SC Capitol. To many, it is a symbol of racial hatred....
  • It's time to ban a certain hate-filled flag

    06/21/2015 5:15:59 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 27 replies
    am thinker ^ | 6/21/15 | newmachete
    I'm a big fan of the First Amendment. I don't like the idea of outlawing speech. But if the media says that some form of speech is a problem, then I think we should immediately ban it. I'm thinking in particular of one hate-filled flag that incites violence among many people, especially in the South. If a flag is a cause of such violence, shouldn't we ban it? That's why I'm calling for the Mexican flag to be banned. In Mexico, perhaps, it's harmless, but in the United States, all it does is foment hatred and violence. Look at the...
  • Shale 2.0:Technology and the Coming Big-Data Revolution in America’s Shale Oil Fields

    06/20/2015 8:10:08 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 13 replies
    Manhattan Institute ^ | 5/16/15 | Mark P. Mills
    With petroleum prices down 50 percent over the past year, many analysts and pundits are predicting the end of America’s shale oil boom. Recent headlines include: “Oil Price Fall Forces North Dakota to Consider Austerity” (New York Times);[1] “Oil Price Drop Hurts Spending on Business Investments” (Wall Street Journal);[2] “The American Oil Boom Won’t Last Long at $65 per Barrel” (Bloomberg Business);[3] and “The Shale Oil Revolution Is in Danger” (Fortune)[4]. High prices, shale skeptics argue, created a bubble of activity in unsustainably expensive shale fields. As shale-related businesses contract, consolidate, and adjust to the new price regime, a major...
  • Salon: ‘White America Must Answer For’ Charleston Church Massacre

    06/18/2015 8:19:00 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 101 replies
    salon ^ | 6/18/15 | j nolte
    With a manhunt still underway for the person responsible for the massacre 9 people in a Charleston, South Carolina church, already the Left is exploiting the shooting deaths of nine innocents to further their political agenda. Salon is demanding all of “white America answer for” these murders: The story is still developing. At present, Charleston authorities are reporting that this mass shooting and likely right-wing domestic terrorist assault is a hate crime. While this horrific event is one more murderous and racist blow to the African-American community in Charleston–the killing of Walter Scott by a white thug cop being the...
  • Hillary Clinton charged the Boys and Girls Club a massive fee to speak at a luncheon

    06/18/2015 5:34:50 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 30 replies
    daily mail ^ | 6/16/15 | Francesca Chambers
    - The $200,000 honorarium was the largest the Long Beach, California, organization had ever paid a public figure for an appearance - Normally, speakers donate much of that money back to the small, non-profit that has an annual operating budget of just $3 million - Former secretary of state redirected her check to the Clinton Foundation - which spends $8.1 million a year on travel alone - In 2007, when Bill Clinton headlined the event, he charged the group $150,000 and kept the money for himself Hillary Clinton reportedly charged a Boys and Girls Club chapter $200,000 for an appearance,...
  • A new world map: Aggressor nations are once again expanding their sovereignty

    06/18/2015 5:26:14 AM PDT · by bestintxas
    wash times ^ | 6/17/15 | vd hanson
    Adolf Hitler started World War II by attacking Poland on Sept. 1, 1939. Nazi Germany moved only after it had already remilitarized the Rhineland, absorbed Austria and dismantled Czechoslovakia. Before the outbreak of the war, Hitler’s new Third Reich had created the largest German-speaking nation in European history. Well before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Imperial Japanese government had redrawn the map of Asia and the Pacific. Japan had occupied or annexed Indochina, Korea, Manchuria and Taiwan, in addition to swaths of coastal China. Attacking Hawaii, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia was merely the logical 1941 follow-up...
  • Pope Francis calls out Obama on climate change, says world must abandon fossil fuels

    06/18/2015 5:21:45 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 79 replies
    wash times ^ | 6/18/15 | b wolfgang
    n a sweeping, sometimes apocalyptic encyclical, Pope Francis on Thursday blasted the Obama administration and other world governments for not doing nearly enough to confront climate change, and said mankind is squandering the planet given to it by God and must abandon fossil fuels as soon as possible. “The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth,” the pontiff said in his 184-page climate-change encyclical, a long-awaited document released publicly Thursday by the Vatican.”These situations have caused sister earth, along with all the abandoned of our world, to cry out, pleading that...
  • Obama gives free pass to businesses that hire illegals(Same as saying'Don't hire Americans)

    06/17/2015 4:59:32 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 9 replies
    wash times ^ | 6/16/15 | s dinan
    President Obama took office vowing to go after unscrupulous employers who hire illegal immigrants, but worksite audits have plunged over the last year and a half, according to a report released Tuesday by the Center for Immigration Studies, tumbling along with the rest of immigration enforcement. Fewer owners are being arrested, and fewer fines are being collected as well, according to the report, which suggests that even as he offers amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, Mr. Obama is giving a similar free pass to ever more businesses who provide the jobs magnet that draws them. Through the first five...
  • New role for strategic oil reserve seen by U.S. Energy Secretary(wants it as political tool instead)

    06/16/2015 6:38:12 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 15 replies
    world oil ^ | 6/16/15 | JIM SNYDER and BRIAN WINGFIELD
    The Strategic Petroleum Reserve should be tapped to ease global oil-price shocks and not be limited to easing U.S. supply emergencies, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Monday. Moniz said rising U.S. crude production gives the nation more flexibility in how it uses the reserve, created four decades ago in response to supply shortfalls caused by the Arab oil embargo. The four underground salt caverns can hold more than 700 MMbbl of oil. Putting crude from the reserve into the domestic market provides the U.S. with “the most valuable protections” from oil-market disruptions, Moniz said at a conference sponsored by the...
  • The retreat of ‘peak oil’

    06/15/2015 5:35:45 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 25 replies
    nat review ^ | 6/14/15 | Robert J. Samuelson
    The recent OPEC meeting provides an opportunity to understand the mysteries of the global oil market. As expected, OPEC decided not to cut its oil production. Barring unanticipated developments, prices will drop, says oil analyst Larry Goldstein. Potential oil supply, including drawdowns from bloated inventories, exceeds demand. Goldstein rightly cautions, however, that no one knows where prices will settle. Oil’s dramatic price changes seem baffling. In mid-2014, crude prices averaged around $100 a barrel; now, they’re gyrating between $50 and $60. Over the same period, U.S. gasoline prices have dipped from more than $3.50 a gallon to around $2.50. With...
  • Illegal immigration lowest since 1972, DHS chief Johnson says(Or how to lie with a straight face)

    06/09/2015 5:18:28 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 26 replies
    wash times ^ | 6/8/15 | s dinan
    Illegal immigration across the southwestern border is on pace for the lowest year since 1972, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Monday, claiming success a year after the surge of illegal immigrant children and families exposed major holes in U.S. policy. Mr. Johnson said there is no guarantee that apprehensions — which he said are a direct indication of the total flow of illegal immigrants — will keep on that four-decade low pace, but said the signs are encouraging. “The bottom line of all this is, in recent years the total number of those who attempt to illegally cross our...
  • Obama derides judge who blocked amnesty(We all need to grovel before the King's verdict)

    06/08/2015 10:05:37 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 11 replies
    wash times ^ | 6/8/15 | s dinan
    President Obama scoffed at the “individual district court judge” who blocked his deportation amnesty, insisting Monday that he still believes his policy is legal despite repeated legal setbacks and vowing to push ahead where he can on aiding illegal immigrants. But Mr. Obama said he’ll abide by Judge Andrew S. Hanen’s injunction — which has since been tentatively upheld by a federal appeals court — because that’s the way the system works. “Even if it’s an individual district court judge who is making this determination, we’ve got to go through the process to challenge it. And until we get clarity...
  • Jimmy Carter: White Americans cling to ‘feelings of superiority’ toward minorities

    06/05/2015 5:44:51 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 86 replies
    wash times ^ | 6/5/15 | d ernst
    Former President Jimmy Carter told AARP Inc. during a recent interview that many Americans hold “feelings of superiority” toward minorities. Mr. Carter spoke on a range of subjects with the magazine, including campaign spending and lobbyists, but he made a point to say that the U.S. still is lacking in terms of safeguarding civil rights. “The recent publicity about mistreatment of black people in the judicial and police realm has been a reminder that the dreams of the civil rights movement have not been realized. […] Many Americans still have racist tendencies or feelings of superiority to people of color,”...
  • An immoral food-to-fuel policy(starving people or fueling cars)

    06/03/2015 5:15:22 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 29 replies
    wash times ^ | 6/2/15 | s burnett
    In the early 2000s, ethanol was touted as the solution to a variety of ills plaguing our nation. As is currently the case, those who worshipped at the altar of ethanol placed their faith in a false idol. Early in the new millennium, oil prices began to rise and natural gas prices shot up. Doomsayers lacking an understanding of history and economics popped up, as they always do, to proclaim the end of cheap oil was nigh. “Peak oil” pundits ruled the airwaves and editorial pages. The United States had recently suffered the horrific terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001,...
  • Jerry Brown turns on liberal environmentalists, rejects California fracking ban

    06/03/2015 5:02:38 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 40 replies
    wash times ^ | 6/3/15 | v richardson
    An unusual schism has opened up on California’s politically dominant left flank, where Gov. Jerry Brown, a longtime favorite of the state’s environmentalists, has refused to give in to the climate change movement’s demand for a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing. His stance comes despite the growing clamor in the aftermath of fellow Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision in December to allow a similar statewide ban of the revolutionary oil and gas drilling technique in New York. Hollywood stars and environmental activists badly want California to be next. The irony, of course, is that there may be no greener governor...
  • 3 Alleged Armed Robbers Pick Wrong Victim: 1 Dead, 1 Critical, 1 Wounded

    06/01/2015 6:26:42 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 89 replies
    brietbart ^ | 5/31/15 | a hawkins
    On May 29, three black males walked up to three white males moving into an apartment and allegedly demanded money at gunpoint. One of the three residents pulled a gun and opened fire, killing one on the alleged robbers, critically wounding a second, and injuring the third. The incident occurred around 11 pm in Aurora, Colorado. According to CBS Denver, “three white males in their 20s were moving into an apartment building when they were approached by three black males between the ages of 16-20 in the foyer of the apartment building.” The three black males allegedly “demanded money at...
  • EPA’s renewed renewable fuels push has critics fuming (fit a square peg into a round hole)

    06/01/2015 5:03:59 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 9 replies
    wash times ^ | 5/31/15 | b wolfgang
    The Obama administration’s move last week to increase the amount of ethanol and other renewable fuels that must be blended into gasoline supplies left virtually everyone unhappy, casting new doubt on the future of the government’s long, contentious Renewable Fuel Standard. The RFS, codified with 2007 legislation written before the U.S. energy boom, has become increasingly unpopular and its targets difficult to achieve as domestic oil-and-gas production levels have gone through the roof in recent years. The RFS was written at a time when blending ethanol into fuel supplies seemed a worthwhile complement to an effort to both lower prices...
  • OPEC Concedes Defeat In Anti-Shale Oil War with U.S.

    05/29/2015 4:46:45 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 26 replies
    breitbart ^ | 5/28/15 | c street
    OPEC’s attempt to over-produce crude oil for export to crush prices and bankrupt the American shale-fracking oil boom has failed, according to a draft OPEC long-term strategy report seen by Reuters ahead of the cartel’s policy meeting in Vienna on June 1st. The report forecasts that crude supply from rival non-OPEC producers, led by the U.S., “will grow until at least 2017.” “Since June 2014, oil prices have experienced a significant reduction, reaching levels even lower than the crisis experienced in 2008, yet non-OPEC supply is still showing some growth,” the OPEC report said. Flat-to-down worldwide demand for oil means...
  • Texas About to Set 12-Month Crude Oil Production Record

    05/29/2015 4:40:42 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 2 replies
    am thinker ^ | 5/29/15 | s rayne
    Last June, AT predicted “Texas will hit a monthly production level of 3.45 million barrels per day [MMbpd] by December 2014, meaning that 2015 will set a new annualized production record for the state.” According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, field production of crude oil in Texas hit 3.49 MMbpd in December -- right on the projection. The latest data has March production at 3.68 MMbpd and still rising. The 12-month record for Texas oil production was set in 1972 at 3.45 MMbpd. The last 12 months has seen Texas average 3.34 MMbpd. Even if production stabilizes -- or...
  • Obama admin asserts dominion over creeks, streams, wetlands, ditches — even big puddles

    05/28/2015 6:37:28 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 50 replies
    was times ^ | 5/28/15 | j curl
    President Obama’s administration on Wednesday claimed dominion over all of America’s streams, creeks, rills, ditches, brooks, rivulets, burns, tributaries, criks, wetlands — perhaps even puddles — in a sweeping move to assert unilateral federal authority. The Environmental Protection Agency, along with the Army Corps of Engineers, says it has the authority to control all waterways within the United States — and will exercise that authority. “We’re finalizing a clean water rule to protect the streams and the wetlands that one in three Americans rely on for drinking water. And we’re doing that without creating any new permitting requirements and maintaining...
  • Clyburn to GOP: ‘Be Very, Very Careful About How You Treat this President’

    05/26/2015 4:31:56 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 87 replies
    breitbart ^ | 5/26/15 | p key
    Last week, Rep. Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) 6% sat down with Voice of America host Carol Castiel and network congressional correspondent Cindy Saine and offered a warning to President Barack Obama’s Republican opposition while discussing the nuclear deal the president is pushing for with Iran. When asked about the Iran deal Clyburn said, “Well yes, I think so. It’s one thing to review it. It’s something else to veto. I don’t think that Congress ought to have any right to circumvent the president. And this foolishness that has been going on up here, it’s just foolishness. And we have to...
  • Oil-patch women say energy industry is safe place with opportunities(Antfrac group says no)

    05/25/2015 3:05:38 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 8 replies
    foxnews ^ | 5/25/15 | r port
    <p>Judging by its critics, the energy industry – and specifically the oil and gas industry in North Dakota – isn’t female-friendly. Yet women who live and work in the oil patch say the energy industry isn’t just a safe place for women, but that there are plenty of opportunities for everybody.</p>
  • Russia Pushes Western Anti-Fracking Movement(Putin now a greenie)

    05/21/2015 8:49:50 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 18 replies
    am spectator ^ | 5/20/15 | i orr
    Few things scare Vladimir Putin, the Russian head of state who routinely poses with his shirt off, flies airplanes to douse the fires threatening the lives of millions of Russians, shoots Siberian tigers with tranquilizer guns, and still finds time to steal Super Bowl rings. However, there is one thing the leader of Russia, an 8th degree black belt, actually fears: hydraulic fracturing. This technology, also known as “fracking,” has revolutionized the way oil and natural gas are produced in the United States, which is likely why Putin has gone to great lengths to discredit this new technology and attempted...
  • What Ivy League Affirmative Action Really Looks Like — from the Inside

    05/19/2015 6:58:03 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 23 replies
    nat review ^ | 5/18/15 | d french
    Asian Americans have finally had enough. They’re tired of working harder, achieving more academically, then having that held against them as they try to fulfill their educational dreams in our nation’s most elite universities. To gain entry into top private schools such as Harvard or the best public schools such as the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, no one has to do better than Americans of Chinese or Japanese or Korean descent. To make room for black, Latino, and — yes — white students, deserving Asian Americans are pushed aside. And they’re tired of it. So last week a coalition...
  • IMF Attempts to Hide True Cost of Renewables by Claiming Fossil Fuels Receive Large Subsidies

    05/18/2015 11:39:11 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 10 replies
    breitbart ^ | 5/18/15 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    Fossil fuel companies are benefiting from a global subsidy of £3.4 trillion a year, the International Monetary Fund has declared. The figure dwarfs that of government handouts for renewable energies, which amount to £77 billion a year. But closer inspection reveals the fossil fuel related sum not to be a subsidy, as it amounts to nothing more than the alleged costs to governments of dealing with fossil fuel pollution. The IMF have insisted that their figure is “shocking,” but “extremely robust”, and are using it to lobby for an end to “subsidies” for fossil fuel companies on both health and...
  • Saudi Rapist in Colorado Says Sex Offender Program is Against His Religion (but rape isn't)

    05/17/2015 6:36:28 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 52 replies
    frontpage ^ | 5/17/15 | d greenfield
    Rape however isn’t against his religion. Homaidan al-Turki’s entire defense strategy from the beginning was Islam. The member of a prominent Saudi family claimed that the prosecution was Islamophobic. “We are Muslim. We are different. The state has criminalized these basic Muslim behaviors. Attacking traditional Muslim behaviors is a focal point of the prosecution.” He had a point, because the behavior he was charged with was commonplace back in Saudi Arabia. The victim slept on a mattress on the basement floor, was paid less than $2 a day, and Al-Turki eventually intimidated her into sex acts that culminated in her...
  • Girl, 16, gored by bison in Yellowstone Park

    05/17/2015 6:24:01 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 90 replies
    fox news ^ | 5/17/15
    A 16-year-old girl has been gored by a bison in Yellowstone National Park while posing for a picture near the animal. The National Park Service says the unidentified girl's injuries were serious but not life-threatening. The agency described her as an exchange student from Taiwan who was visiting the park with her host family. The incident occurred shortly after noon Friday in the Old Faithful area. The Park Service says she and others were between 3 and 6 feet from the bison when she turned her back to the bison to have her picture taken. The bison took a couple...
  • O’Malley reacts to Tsarnaev verdict: ‘Death penalty is ineffective as a deterrent’

    05/17/2015 5:54:32 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 80 replies
    newsmax ^ | 5/16/15 | k howell
    Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said Friday that the death penalty sentence for Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was “ineffective.” While the likely Democratic presidential candidate said that he “respects the verdict of the jury” and said his prayers go to the victims and their loved ones, he used the occasion to make another statement on his opposition to the death penalty. “The death penalty is ineffective as a deterrent, and the appeals process is expensive and cruel to the surviving family members,” Mr. O’Malley said, Mediaite reported Friday. Mr. O’Malley added that “the vast majority of public executions” happen in...
  • Why did Russia give US secretary of state John Kerry potatoes?(ok Freepers, open for comments)

    05/13/2015 6:18:20 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 48 replies
    daily telegraph ^ | 5/13/15 | t parfit
    Things are so frosty between Russia and the United States these days that the slightest sign of warmth catches the eye – even a gift of spring vegetables. Pictures from Sochi, on Russia’s Black Sea coast, on Tuesday showed Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, presenting John Kerry with two baskets of potatoes and tomatoes.
  • Only 1 Republican running for president scored a 100% conservative rating(Hint: he is from Texas)

    Tough job, but somebody has to do it. For the 44th year in a row, the American Conservative Union has released its annual Congressional ratings for lawmakers who either uphold conservative values - or find them akin to kryptonite. The ratings have become a kind of gold standard, the organization says, in holding every member of Congress accountable for their voting record - and their support of limited government, prosperity, individual freedom and traditional values. “There are several takeaways from ACU’s 2014 Rating of Congress,” says Matt Schlapp, chairman of the group. “First, the liberals in Congress tend to vote...
  • Obama: Jesus Christ Too Cynical About Poverty(Obama lifts himself above the Creator)

    05/13/2015 5:39:24 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 74 replies
    breitbart ^ | 5/12/15 | k mchugh
    Obama scorned Christians at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Tuesday, twisting the words of Jesus Christ into an insult against the Savior of the believers he was addressing. “It’s important for us to guard against cynicism and not buy the idea that the poor will always be with us and there’s nothing we can do,” Obama said. Lest leftists and liberal Christians say his comment was “taken out of context,” but here are his full remarks: “One of the things I’m always concerned about is cynicism,” Obama said. “My chief of staff, Denis McDonough, we take walks around the South...
  • Illegal immigrant children border crossings down 58 percent from 2014 surge(How do they know this?)

    05/12/2015 5:35:16 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 10 replies
    wash times ^ | 5/12/15 | s dinan
    The renewed flood of illegal immigration children anticipated this year hasn’t materialized, as children are crossing at far lower rates than last year and even lower than 2013, according to new Border Patrol statistics that suggest some of the things the Obama administration did are helping. Thousands of children are still being caught, but it’s a slower and more regular pace than 2014’s wild spike, which saw 7,700 apprehended at the southwest border in April alone, and more than 10,000 each in May and June. By contrast, this April saw just 3,272 unaccompanied minors caught — a drop of 58...
  • Public Duping; Promoters of renewable energy failed to account for the return of cheap oil

    05/11/2015 5:35:15 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 20 replies
    wash times ^ | 5/10/15 | s moore
    The green energy movement in America is dead. May it rest in peace. No, a majority of American energy over the next 20 years is not going to come from windmills and solar panels. One important lesson to be learned from the green energy fad’s rapid and expensive demise is that central planning doesn’t work. What crushed green energy was the boom in shale oil and gas along with the steep decline in the price of fossil fuel that few saw coming just a few years ago. An International Energy Agency report concedes that green energy is in fast retreat...
  • Three are charged in murder of two cops gunned down during Mississippi traffic stop

    05/10/2015 5:54:21 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 48 replies
    daily mail ^ | 5/10/15 | Evan Bleier For Dailymail.com and Associated Press
    A law enforcement official says three people have been arrested and two of them have been charged with capital murder in the fatal shootings of two Mississippi police officers during a weekend traffic stop in Hattiesburg. Warren Strain, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, tells The Associated Press that 29-year-old Marvin Banks and 22-year-old Joanie Calloway have each been charged with two counts of capital murder, and Banks' 26-year-old brother, Curtis Banks, has been charged with two counts of accessory after the fact of capital murder. Strain also says Marvin Banks also faced other charges. He says...
  • Rubio: We Need Liam Neeson’s Strategy Against Terrorism(Liam Neeson in favor of gun control)

    05/10/2015 5:05:24 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 50 replies
    breitbart ^ | 5/9/15 | i hatchett
    Senator and presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)argued US anti-terrorism policy should emulate Liam Neeson’s character in “Taken” during a speech in South Carolina on Saturday. Rubio called for a Middle Eastern policy of “working with out allies to confront Iran’s ambitions to dominate the region, and by standing firmly with the only pro-American, free enterprise democracy in the Middle East, the great state of Israel.” He added, “When people ask ‘what should our strategy be on global jihadists and terrorists?’ I refer them to the movie ‘Taken.’ Have you seen the movie ‘Taken,’ Liam Neeson? He has a line,...
  • Saving Lives in Garland (and elsewhere): Practice at the range

    05/08/2015 5:59:07 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5/8/12 | P.F. Nehlen
    Range time and training are imperative. The Garland officer’s quick reaction and accuracy kept himself and others from being murdered in the name of Islam. An analysis of the events surrounding the heroic actions of a 60-year old veteran officer demonstrates the importance of proficiency with your weapon. Closing the distance on the Muslim attackers, he brought his sidearm, a .45 caliber Glock handgun, to battle beginning at 20 yards, closing to something like 7-10 yards, successfully, in less than 15 seconds against a Kel-Tec SUB-2000 rifle. According to the manufacturer: “The SUB-2000 has a greatly enhanced accuracy and extended...
  • What the Future of Oil Drilling Will Look Like

    05/06/2015 7:55:55 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 5 replies
    wsj ^ | 5/5/15 | r gold
    The future of the U.S. oil industry may well be taking shape north of this town on 15 square miles of windswept prairie above the Bakken Shale. It’s about as far from the industry’s wildcatting heritage as is thinkable. “Our idea was to build the world’s greatest oil factory,” says Chris Wright, the chief executive of Liberty Resources LLC. And if the U.S. oil industry is going to overcome several significant challenges, it may have to follow the lead of this small Denver-based company. The U.S. oil industry boomed when crude oil prices were high, but has entered a world...
  • Illegal immigration plummets along southwest border: DHS (Lying or incompetency being displayed)

    04/25/2015 6:52:09 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 27 replies
    wash times ^ | 4/25/15 | s dinan
    The flow of illegal immigrants has dropped to its lowest level in years judging by the number being apprehended along the border, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Friday as he sought to be more transparent about his department’s performance. Mr. Johnson said the drop is coming despite an improving economy, which generally draws more illegal migrants. Instead, the secretary said, a boost in manpower and technology along the southwestern border, coupled with public messages in Latin America discouraging would-be migrants from making the journey have helped turn the tide. Through the first six months of fiscal year 2015, which...
  • Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General( Targeted are 10 RINOs who are no patriots)

    04/23/2015 7:02:44 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 33 replies
    breitbart ^ | 4/23/15 | c may
    The Senate confirmed President Obama’s nominee for attorney general Loretta Lynch in a vote of 56-43, Thursday afternoon. Ten Republicans joined the Democratic caucus in supporting her confirmation: Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R- UT), Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL),Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Sen Thad Cochran (R-MS), Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Lynch will be replacing outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder. Her confirmation will make her the first African-American woman to hold the position. Lynch nomination was expected to be close but was not closer...
  • Report: Half of US fracking companies will go out of business this year(but there is good news too)

    04/23/2015 7:00:53 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 13 replies
    am thinker ^ | 4/23/15 | r moran
    The precipitous fall in oil prices in recent months has led to a lessening of demand for fracking services. Where once there were more than 60 companies engaged in hydraulic fracturing, there are now 41. And one industry expert expects that number to halve over the coming year as demand slides even further. Bloomberg: Half of the 41 fracking companies operating in the U.S. will be dead or sold by year-end because of slashed spending by oil companies, an executive with Weatherford International Plc said. There could be about 20 companies left that provide hydraulic fracturing services, Rob Fulks, pressure...
  • Tallest residential tower west of the Mississippi taking shape in Austin

    04/21/2015 6:58:40 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 30 replies
    austin american statesman ^ | 4/20/15 | Lori Hawkins And Shonda Novak
    A dramatic change is in store for Austin’s skyline, as plans move forward on what now has become a 58-story tower that would be the city’s tallest building and the largest residential tower west of the Mississippi River. The tower, named the Independent, would rise 685 feet on downtown’s southwestern edge, eclipsing the Austonian condominium high-rise in downtown Austin by two feet and two stories. The Independent would bring 370 new luxury condominiums to market, priced from the mid-$300,000s to more than $3 million, the developer said. The project features a contemporary, tiered design by its architect, Austin-based Rhode:Partners. The...
  • The Shakedown: Corporations That Sponsor Sharpton’s National Action Network Convention

    04/18/2015 6:17:47 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 7 replies
    nat review ^ | 4/17/15 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    Despite questions of the Rev’s financial irregularities and allegations of shakedowns, they support him. Several big corporations sponsored the annual convention last week for National Action Network, Al Sharpton’s in-the-red nonprofit, according to a list obtained by National Review. Sponsors included AT&T, Viacom, Walmart, Perennial Strategy Group, Combs Enterprises, Comcast Corporation, McDonald’s, Ronald Perelman, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Forest City Ratner, Time Warner Cable, Barney’s, Coca-Cola, Essence Communications, Ford Division, Home Depot, Crystal McCrary and Raymond J. McGuire, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, the NBA, Verizon, Colgate Palmolive, Macy’s, NASCAR, OraSure Technologies Inc., Best Buy, Greentrack Inc., the IM Foundation,...