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  • Ebola victim was originally SENT HOME from hospital with antibiotics before the... (shortened)

    10/01/2014 6:20:44 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 12 replies
    Mail Online ^ | October 1, 2014 | Zoe Szathmary
    The man with the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. went to hospital feeling sick only to be given antibiotics and be sent home. It was not until two days later that the man was admitted to the Dallas hospital and put in isolation, it has been reported. It raises the frightening prospect that he was mixing freely with other people for a full two days while showing symptoms of the virus - the time when Ebola is most contagious. The unidentified patient has been in isolation
  • The Destruction of Mecca

    10/01/2014 6:18:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    NY Times ^ | September 30, 2014 | Ziauddin Sardar
    WHEN Malcolm X visited Mecca in 1964, he was enchanted. He found the city “as ancient as time itself,” and wrote that the partly constructed extension to the Sacred Mosque “will surpass the architectural beauty of India’s Taj Mahal.” Fifty years on, no one could possibly describe Mecca as ancient, or associate beauty with Islam’s holiest city. Pilgrims performing the hajj this week will search in vain for Mecca’s history. The dominant architectural site in the city is not the Sacred Mosque, where the Kaaba, the symbolic focus of Muslims everywhere, is. It is the obnoxious Makkah Royal Clock Tower...
  • McCarthy: Murders In Chicago At Lowest Level In Nearly 50 Years

    10/01/2014 6:12:12 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    CBS ^ | 10/1/2014 | Todd Feurer
    Acknowledging “there’s a lot more work to be done,” Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said the number of murders so far this year in Chicago is at the lowest level since 1965. However, the number of shootings and shooting victims was up compared to last year. McCarthy said the 298 murders in Chicago through the end of September was also the first time since 1965 the city has had fewer than 300 murders in the first nine months of the year. The superintendent said there were 22 fewer murders in the first three quarters of 2014 than the same time frame...
  • EDITORIAL: The inhumane society

    10/01/2014 5:50:28 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10-1-14 | Editorial
    A prominent animal-rights charity is not a friend of the furry kingdom. Americans love animals, even cats. Eight million stray dogs and cats find their way into animal shelters every year, and the lucky ones are adopted into a warm home with a loving family. Shelters are operated by small charities usually called “humane societies,” whose good deeds are funded by private generosity. The Humane Society of the United States trades on the good of others to finance a radical agenda. In May, the Humane Society and a handful of other radical animal-rights groups had to write a $15.8 million...
  • PC run amok? Female Thor's debut leaves some thunderstruck

    10/01/2014 5:49:38 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 20 replies
    Today ^ | 9-29-2014 | Rick Schindler
    Like thunder, the news reverberated far and wide when Marvel Comics released it in July, the same week the Disney-owned comics publisher announced a black Captain America: Thor, formerly the brawny, bearded god of thunder, would now be a woman. The change has left many thunderstruck since the new character was unveiled on "The View." "Thor is a chick," Tucker Carlson declared disapprovingly Sept. 21 on "Fox News Sunday."
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 1, 2014-- lapidary

    10/01/2014 5:39:56 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 32 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 1, 2014-- lapidary ; In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". lapidary [lap-i-der-ee]hear it pronounced noun, plural lapidaries. 1. Also, lapidist [lap-i-dist] a worker who cuts, polishes, and engraves precious stones. 2. Also, lapidarist [luh-pid-er-ist] an expert in precious stones and the art or techniques used in cutting and engraving them. 3. the art of cutting, polishing, and engraving precious stones. 4. an old book on the lore of gems. adjective, Also, lapidarian [lap-i-dair-ee-uh n]...
  • I want a sex change again: Transsexual who had £10,000 surgery on NHS wants to become a man again

    10/01/2014 5:36:07 AM PDT · by dead · 38 replies
    A transsexual who had a £10,000 sex change on the NHS to become a woman now wants the taxpayer to foot the bill for a further £14,000 of surgery so she can become a man again. Chelsea Attonley, 30, who was born a boy and called Matthew, said she now finds being a woman 'exhausting', is tired of putting on make-up and wearing heels, and now accepts that she should always have stayed a man... But now, seven years after surgery to become a woman, Chelsea wants to go back to being a man - and wants the taxpayer to...
  • Talking Back to Goliath: Some Advice for Students in the Evolutionary Biology Classroom

    10/01/2014 5:35:13 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 1 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | September 30, 2014 | Paul Nelson
    Talking Back to Goliath: Some Advice for Students in the Evolutionary Biology Classroom Paul Nelson September 30, 2014 2:18 PM | Permalink A student in David Barash's animal-behavior class at the University of Washington might feel a bit like David facing Goliath -- even though Goliath, in this case, happens to be named David. Goliath occupies the podium at the front of the class, holds the professorship, and has the authority of the scientific community (apparently, anyway) on his side. And, like the biblical Goliath, he is confidently outspoken when he delivers what Barash in this past Sunday's NY Times...
  • Palin: Obama Betrayed US by Praising Radical Cleric Whose Org. Wants American Soldiers Dead

    10/01/2014 4:54:32 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Sep 2014 | Tony Lee
    On Monday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin blasted President Barack Obama for praising a radical Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah,who works for an organization that has called for U.S. soldiers and Jews to be killed. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/09/30/Palin-Obama-Betrayed-US-by-Praising-Radical-Cleric-Whose-Organization-Wants-U-S-Soldiers-Dead
  • Jane Shopping Site Launches Fundraiser for Pro-Abortion Group Girls, Inc

    10/01/2014 3:13:22 AM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Ellie Saul
    I just received a disturbing e-mail from Jane.com. I used to enjoy shopping on this site because they have reasonably priced boutique-esque items sent in daily e-mails. The e-mail was information about a fundraiser they have started for Girls Inc. If you didn’t already know, Girls Inc. is an unapologetically pro-abortion organization that promotes sexual activity and abortion rights for girls. Douglas Scott, president of Life Decisions International says about Girls Inc., “Actually, Girls Inc. is a nonprofit that indoctrinates girls so they become pro-abortion advocates. Considering its philosophy, one could reasonably predict that many of these ‘strong, smart, and...
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - October 1, 2014

    10/01/2014 3:05:32 AM PDT · by sneakers · 16 replies
    As we await word that Quinn and Rose are returning to the airwaves, our friendly group of dedicated FReeper Q&R fans will continue to meet in our usual spot as we always have! So grab your coffee - or whatever you choose to start your day - and drop in for some political chit-chat, or just to shoot the breeze! We are all coming from - or going to - work, so stop in to say ‘hi!’ Feel free to join us!
  • Predator Not Entitled to Custody of Victim's Child

    10/01/2014 2:48:20 AM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    COURTHOUSE NEWS SERVICE ^ | JEFF D. GORMAN
    (CN) - A sexual predator who fathered a child with his victim is not entitled to custody of the child, the Maine Supreme Court ruled. Richard Sullivan began sexually abusing Jane Doe when she was 13 or 14 and he was 60. He had sexual contact with her at least once a week until she became an adult. Sullivan arranged an abortion for Doe when she was 16. When Doe was 20, she gave birth to a daughter. He stayed with Doe and the child off and on for the next three and a half years. That arrangement stopped in...
  • Today's Toons 10/1/14

    10/01/2014 1:13:02 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 9 replies
    The Right Reasons ^ | 10/1/14 | pookie18
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  • Thug punches 80-year-old man in the face after he politely asked him to stop....

    09/30/2014 10:30:42 PM PDT · by Morgana · 25 replies
    mail online ^ | Belinda Robinson For Mail Online
    FULL TITLE: Thug punches 80-year-old man in the face after he politely asked him to stop cursing inside an Applebee's restaurant in Florida A man has been arrested after he punched an elderly man in the face for asking him to stop swearing inside an Applebee's restaurant in Florida. Mikie Dominic Sawyer, 26, was saying a string of expletives at the bar in the Dunlawton Avenue Applebee's in Port Orange when 80-year-old Harry Sander approached him and asked him to stop. According to police, Sander politely asked Sawyer to stop using the 'F' word and to stop talking so loudly...
  • Zombies attack Oakdale train

    09/30/2014 9:27:53 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 11 replies
    Modesto Bee ^ | 9-29-44 | Nan Austin
    OAKDALE — The lurching gait, an unfocused glare out of black-rimmed eyes, growls from behind bared teeth – the zombie advanced, the undead unleashed among the living. Laser rifles crackled to life. Cellphones whipped into view. Her prey drew back against the rail-car walls. Grins and shrieks followed the creature’s every move until the train doctor intervened, snapping on a neck harness and leading her away from the crowd. This was the thrill riders came for, had driven hours for, shelled out $35 to $50 for, on the early Oakdale Zombie Train on Saturday. “I was looking for a dinner...
  • U.S. Plans to Send Over 2,000 Troops to Kuwait [Marines]

    09/30/2014 9:13:44 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    Tele Sur ^ | 1 October 2014
    The exact timing or locations of the deployment is unclear, but will happen some time next year. The United States Marine Corps will send 2,100 troops to Kuwait as part of a new special unit designed to respond to crises in the region, a mission that officials claim was planned before the U.S. began conducting air strikes in the region. The new Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) Central Command will be deployed in Kuwait to conduct what it calls “theater sustainment missions,” according to Brigadier General John Love, according to news reports on Monday. It will also be equipped...
  • Could the Black Death Actually Have Been an Ebola-like Virus?

    09/30/2014 9:04:16 PM PDT · by Marie · 56 replies
    nature.com ^ | Nov 8, 2013 | Julia Paoli
    Things seem to be looking up for rats. After more than 500 years, rats may be off the hook for causing the Black Death, the horrible plague that claimed up to 60% of the European population. In virtually every textbook the Bubonic Plague, which is spread by flea-ridden rats, is named as the culprit behind the chaos. But mounting evidence suggests that an Ebola-like virus was the actual cause of the Black Death and the sporadic outbreaks that occurred in the following 300 years. At the forefront of this theory are two researchers from the University of Liverpool, Dr. Christopher...
  • Amy's Place ... Poetry and Potpourri ... October, 2014

    09/30/2014 8:24:10 PM PDT · by JustAmy · 18 replies
    October 1, 2014 | JustAmy; St.Louie1; MamaBear; Billie; Meg33, Friends
    Welcome To.... 'Amy's Place' welcomes all poets and those who enjoy poetry.'Amy's Place' is more than just about poetry.Come in, relax, and share with fellow FReepersyour thoughts about any of the things on the *Menu*. Enjoy! :) Never Forget! Bad Penny Amy's personal guardian ~ the ever charming, lovable, huggable, LouieWolf Many thanks for stopping by. : )
  • Nascar SCS Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway Sunday October 5 on ESPN at 2:00 PM ET

    09/30/2014 8:06:24 PM PDT · by ican'tbelieveit · 9 replies
  • Former KISS songwriter busted on five counts of child pornography after authorities...

    09/30/2014 7:48:51 PM PDT · by Morgana · 51 replies
    mail online ^ | Charlene Adams for MailOnline
    FULL TITLE: Former KISS songwriter busted on five counts of child pornography after authorities 'tracked images to his computer' A South Carolina guitarist and former KISS songwriter was arrested and charged with child pornography on Friday. Stephen A. Coronel, 63, of Bluffton, former member of Wicked Lester -- the rock and roll band that preceded KISS -- was arrested for 'sexual exploitation of a minor,' according to a Beaufort County arrest report. Authorities say that Coronel was arrested with five counts of the sexual exploitation after a search of his Plantation Point apartment. Sgt. Robin McIntosh of the Beaufort County...
  • Ebola May Infect Earth's Entire Population by December 1, 2015; 50-75% Fatal

    09/30/2014 7:40:47 PM PDT · by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide · 79 replies
    self | 2014-09-30 | UBSOTOS
    Here is the math: Ebola had infected about 4000 known cases by 2014-09-16. Incubation up to 21 days. Rate of new infections during incubation period: R2.0 (i.e. roughly doubling) Population of earth: ~7.2 billion Number of doublings from initial ~4000 to ~8 billion: 21 21 X 21 days = 441 days from September 16, 2014 = December 1, 2015
  • Parents of 9-year-old boy with special needs who died weighing 17 pounds and was....

    09/30/2014 7:39:42 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    mail online ^ | Chris Spargo for MailOnline
    Parents of 9-year-old boy with special needs who died weighing 17 pounds and was found locked in his 'feces-covered room' are charged with murder A husband and wife have been charged in the death of their 9-year-old son, whose decomposing body was found in a 'feces-covered room' in their home this past August. Police filed criminal homicide charges earlier today against Kimberly A. Tutko and Jarrod N. Tutko Sr., of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, saying their neglect caused the death of their son Jarrod Jr. Jarrod Jr., who was diagnosed with Fragile X syndrome as an infant, weighed just 17 pounds at...
  • Gaming ObamaCare's Health Insurance Mandate For Fun And Profit

    09/30/2014 7:36:59 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 3 replies
    Forbes.com ^ | 8-19-2004 | Merrill Matthews
    No insurance? No money? No want ObamaCare? No worries. You too can game ObamaCare’s mandate to buy health insurance. It’s easy, and it may even be in your financial self-interest.
  • Ebola Confirmed in America: Here’s What You Need To Do Right Now

    09/30/2014 7:35:57 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 59 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 9/30/14 | Daisy Luther
    What You Need Right Now Right now, before panic ensues, you need to ensure that you have everything you need to survive as though the world we know has ended. You need to be prepared to stay in your home for weeks, if not months. You need to be ready for a potential disruption of services. Best case scenario: You get these supplies, the outbreak never occurs, and you can dole them out into your regular usage or stash them with your prepper stockpile while snickering at the crazy preppers.
  • Maple Lake Couple Recovering after their Convertible Collides with Moose (MN)

    09/30/2014 7:34:28 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 7 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 9/30/14 | Jessica Miles
    A Maple Lake couple walked away from a major accident. Their convertible crashed into a moose. The accident happened on Highway 55 near a boat landing in Maple Lake Monday night Don and Terry O’Connor say the moose popped up right out of the cattails and slammed into the small convertible. “I’m just thankful to be alive,” Don said. “I just remember a great, big, brown something, some sort of animal, coming toward the windshield,” Terry remembered. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says moose of common up north, but it is very rare to see a moose in Maple...
  • Do you pack weeks ahead for a long trip.. Or wait until the last minute?

    09/30/2014 6:42:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 97 replies
    NR | 9/30/14 | Vanity
    In less than three weeks, we hit the airways and cruise the Asia waters and gateways not Asia, Singapore and Beijing... I haven't started packing. I am notorious for over-packing.. I may use foam inserts next time to fill the suitcase out and leave some of the stuff home. Anyone have any packing tips?
  • The Quotable Nathan Bedford Forrest

    09/30/2014 6:22:22 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 34 replies
    http://astore.amazon.com ^ | January 2, 2012 | Lochlainn Seabrook
    Though Nathan Bedford Forrest was not a writer, had little formal education, never authored a book, and was not a professional speaker, he did leave us with a number of witty comments, profound words, and sublime statements. Award-winning author, Southern historian, and Forrest scholar Lochlainn Seabrook has gathered together some of the more memorable and impressive of these and forged them into a small but fascinating work: "The Quotable Nathan Bedford Forrest." Among the nearly 140 footnoted quotes included here are Forrest's thoughts on warfare, military rules, West Point graduates, education, friendship, and even drinking, gambling, cussing, and morality. Seabrook,...
  • What's Your Favorite Clam Chowder Recipe?

    09/30/2014 6:17:41 PM PDT · by Randy Larsen · 57 replies
    9/30/2014 | Randy Larsen
    Were creeping into fall, and now is time to start thinking of those cooler months before winter arrives. Fall to me means Chowder.
  • Has anybody had their financial info stolen and used?

    09/30/2014 6:12:56 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 57 replies
    Today is payday for my daughter. This morning she checked her bank account and found a charge for almost $700 from an Apple store in California. We live in SC. She had to go to the bank and try to get it straightened out. It will be several days before she gets her money back. How does this happen and what can you do to protect yourself? I am outraged and feel like the chances of catching who did it are slim.
  • ‘Jeopardy!’ Asks What Women Want; Women Ask WTF?

    09/30/2014 5:58:19 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 39 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | September 30, 2014 | Emily Wright
    “What do women want?” A question for the ages, challenging humanity’s sagest philosophers. On Monday night, “Jeopardy!” attempted to answer — er, question — it with a category that left viewers and women’s rights activists flabbergasted and disappointed. The compilation of clues, titled “What Women Want,” included prompts such as, “A few moments of quiet to do this, especially the one edited by Will Shortz in The New York Times.”
  • Dissidents Planning Boehner Coup Face Long Odds

    09/30/2014 5:10:28 PM PDT · by mrsmith · 17 replies
    Rollcall ^ | Sept. 30 | Matt Fuller
    ...There has also been discussion, first reported in May by Politico, and expanded upon recently by National Journal, of punishing anyone bucking the party line. But a senior GOP leadership aide told CQ Roll Call the idea of formally stripping rebels of their committee assignments is “not currently under consideration.” As long as Republicans manage to navigate the lame duck, it seems Boehner’s speakership isn’t in any real danger. Of course, the lame-duck session will be tricky, as Congress battles over whether — and when — to debate and vote on an Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq...
  • Corona Lawmaker: Fire LA Airports Chief For ‘Inbred Inland Empire’ Remarks

    09/30/2014 4:43:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | September 30, 2014 1:33 PM
    CORONA (CBSLA.com) — A Southland lawmaker Tuesday called for the region’s top airport official to be fired over comments he made that included a reference to the Inland Empire as “inbred”. Rep. Ken Calvert issued the statement in response to comments made by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) officials in court filings that were reported Tuesday by the Los Angeles Times. According to The Times, LAWA chief operating officer Steve Martin referenced the “inbred Inland Empire” in April 2013 during an email exchange with an airport consultant. Martin also referred to improvements at Ontario International Airport as “a storied tale...
  • Are Democrats Poised For A Senate Comeback?

    09/30/2014 4:34:21 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 35 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | September 30, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    Republicans are optimistic about the Senate these days, on account of recent polls that show their candidates pulling ahead, or pulling even, in a number of battleground states. Oddsmakers are now saying there is a strong probability the GOP will re-take the Senate in November. However, there is a catch: as usual, the Democrats’ fundraising this cycle has vastly outpaced the Republicans’. And the Democrats are focusing their resources where it counts, on the Senate. Echelon Insights, a reputable outfit headed by Kristen Anderson and Patrick Ruffini, has been tracking television advertising buys. This is how the reserved air time...
  • Complex organic molecule found in interstellar space

    09/30/2014 4:03:21 PM PDT · by Natufian · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | 09/26/14 | Michael Eyre
    Scientists have found the beginnings of life-bearing chemistry at the centre of the galaxy. Iso-propyl cyanide has been detected in a star-forming cloud 27,000 light-years from Earth. Its branched carbon structure is closer to the complex organic molecules of life than any previous finding from interstellar space.
  • Beer May Make Your Smarter

    09/30/2014 3:20:43 PM PDT · by Libloather · 49 replies
    MSN ^ | 9/31/14 | Patrick Jones
    Researchers from Oregon State are saying that an ingredient in beer can help boost brain function.
  • ‘Poor people don’t plan long-term. We’ll just get our hearts broken’

    09/30/2014 3:19:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | September 20, 2014 | Linda Tirado
    Linda Tirado photographed by Scott Suchman near her home in Washington DC for the Observer New Review. Why do so many poor people eat junk food, fail to budget properly, show no ambition? Linda Tirado knew exactly why… because she was one of them. Here, in an extract from her book, Hand to Mouth, she tells her story in her own words •Q&A with Linda Tirado In the autumn of 2013 I was in my first term of school in a decade. I had two jobs; my husband, Tom, was working full-time; and we were raising our two small girls....
  • Breaking Russia’s energy stranglehold ( on Europe)

    09/30/2014 2:45:21 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | Guest essay by Paul Driessen
    Europe cannot afford to have its foreign and domestic policies dictated by Putin’s blackmail Guest essay by Paul Driessen European Union nations want to impose tougher economic sanctions on Russia for invading Ukraine and providing the missiles that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. However, they are worried about biting the hand that feeds them – with the natural gas that fuels much of its economy.Russia is the world’s second-biggest natural gas producer and third-biggest oil producer, so it can inflict tremendous pressure and damage on its neighbors without firing a shot. The 28 EU nations as a whole depend...
  • Stevie Nicks Confirms Song “Sara” Was About Baby With Don Henley She Aborted

    09/30/2014 2:27:17 PM PDT · by Morgana · 49 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Abortion and pop music culture are often intertwined. Whether it’s the girlfriend of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler having an abortion or Michael Jackson writing a song about abortion that wasn’t released until after his death, pop music and musicians are frequently involved in abortion or commenting on it. Now, classic rocker Stevie Nicks of the band Fleetwood Mac has confirmed that the song “Sara” was about a baby she had with Eagles frontman Don Henly who was eventually killed in an abortion. Here’s more: stevienicksFleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks has confirmed that she was once pregnant with Don Henley’s child. The...
  • Obama to visit black-owned Indiana steel supplier

    09/30/2014 2:10:53 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 18 replies
    President Barack Obama's visit to southwestern Indiana will include a stop at a minority-owned steel processor to discuss steps his administration has taken to help in restore the economy, the White House said Tuesday. Obama will visit Millennium Steel Service LLC near Princeton to mark Manufacturing Day on Friday, the Evansville Courier & Press and WFIE-TV reported. Obama's remarks at Millennium Steel will be closed to the public.
  • Student Loan Debt: The Only Debt You Can’t Discharge in Bankruptcy

    09/30/2014 1:59:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    San Diego Free Press ^ | 09/30/2014 | John Lawrence
    Today’s students are being crushed with John Bunyan’s proverbial burden on their backs – student loan debt. Until relatively recently this debt could have been discharged in bankruptcy. Then all that changed when Sallie Mae, the Student Loan Marketing Association, was privatized in 2004. Albert Lord, the new CEO, and his lobbyists went to work to change the laws so that student loans could not be discharged in bankruptcy. Today the cumulative student loan debt is more than $1 trillion. While a generation ago a high school diploma was considered sufficient for a decent middle class entry level job, today...
  • With a Strategy Like This, Does it Even Matter Who the Free Syrian Army Is?

    09/30/2014 1:22:11 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9-29-2014 | THOMAS ROSE
    How will these 5,000 fighters leave their current positions and get to Saudi Arabia? Who will assume control of the positions they currently hold once they abandon them for the Elysian fields of Saudi Arabia? Once “trained” and “equipped”, how, a year and a half from now, will these 5000 FSA fighters, currently outnumbered 50 to 1, be able to “reassume” their long  abandoned positions? Does the Administration and other supporters of its FSA assistance strategy expect ISIS and Assad forces to politely agree to hold their enemies coats while they excuse themselves for training in Saudi Arabia?  Has there...
  • School spending by affluent is widening wealth gap

    09/30/2014 1:14:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 30, 2014 1:00 PM EDT | Josh Boak
    Education is supposed to help bridge the gap between the wealthiest people and everyone else. […] Wealthier parents have been stepping up education spending so aggressively that they’re widening the nation’s wealth gap. When the Great Recession struck in late 2007 and squeezed most family budgets, the top 10 percent of earners—with incomes averaging $253,146—went in a different direction: They doubled down on their kids’ futures. Their average education spending per child jumped 35 percent to $5,210 a year during the recession compared with the two preceding years—and they sustained that faster pace through the recovery. For the remaining 90...
  • Oklahoma district court rejects IRS tax credit rule

    09/30/2014 1:10:57 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 10 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | September 30, 2014 | Jonathan H. Adler
    Today, in Pruitt v. Burwell, another federal court concluded that the IRS rule authorizing tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies for the purchase of health insurance in federal exchanges violates the text of the PPACA. In reaching this result, Judge White of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma concurred with the initial panel decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Halbig v. Burwell and rejected the conclusions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in King v. Burwell. A fourth case against the IRS rule remains pending in federal...
  • Jefferson, Tibby Elementary Schools In Compton Named National Blue Ribbon Award Winners

    09/30/2014 12:38:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | September 30, 2014 10:59 AM
    COMPTON (CBSLA.com) — Two Compton elementary schools were named Tuesday as winners of the National Blue Ribbon School Award by Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Jefferson and Tibby elementary schools, part of the Compton Unified School District, were chosen for the honor, which recognizes high-performing students and best practices in teaching. A total of 337 schools nationwide received the awards. Both schools were awarded in the category of “Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools.” According to the Department of Education, both schools have a high percentage of economically disadvantaged students — 94 percent at Jefferson and 87 percent at Tibby. The U.S....
  • Target Canada accused of selling 'sexist' toddler PJs

    09/30/2014 12:36:30 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 29 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | 9-30-2014
    Target Canada is accused of selling pajamas that are sexist and sexualize baby girls. In a tweet, Aimee Morrison, an associate professor of English at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, posted a photo of girl PJs next to a similar design for boys. The girls' pajamas say, "I only date heroes." The boys' pajamas read, "Future man of steel." Morrison called on her Twitter followers to retweet the "sexist set of baby jammies." In an interview Tuesday, Morrison said it's been shared hundreds of times and the overwhelming response has been people questioning why DC Comics or Target would...
  • Archaeologist believes he's found 'Dracula's dungeon'

    09/30/2014 12:34:23 PM PDT · by dware · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09.30.2014 | Kate Seamons
    An archaeologist who has been part of the restoration and excavation effort at Turkey's Tokat Castle believes he has uncovered the dungeons where Vlad the Impaler was once held. Ibrahim Cetin tells the Hurriyet Daily News that the two dungeons that were found were "built like a prison." And while he deems it "hard to estimate" which room the man who served as Dracula's inspiration was held in, "he was around here," he says.
  • Police: 1 student hurt, high school evacuated in shooting on campus in Louisville

    09/30/2014 12:14:31 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    The Republic / AP ^ | 9-30-2014 | DYLAN LOVAN
    A high school student was injured and one person was being sought after a shooting at a high school in southern Louisville, police said Tuesday. The student had non-life threatening injuries and was reunited with parents at University Hospital, Officer Phil Russell said. He didn't say if the injured student and shooter knew each other or if the shooter was a student at Fern Creek Traditional High School. Russell said the suspect left the 1,400-student school immediately after firing the shot. "It appears it is an isolated incident that happened just inside the school," Russell said. "Obviously a large crime...
  • 1954: Should Wiretapping Be Legalized? (Video)

    09/30/2014 12:04:41 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 5 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1954 | Washington Spotlight
    American television show, "Washington Spotlight", debating the topic of private telephone wiretapping. Guests are two United States Congressmen: Senator Wayne Morse (Independent, formerly both Republican and Democrat) of Oregon, and Representative Kenneth Keating (Republican) from New York. The ideas of national security and communist infiltration are brought up, of course. This during the Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower, and the debate continues today with President Barack Obama, especially after the revelations from Edward Snowden & Glenn Greenwald. Video Link
  • Michael Phelps Arrested For DUI In Baltimore City

    09/30/2014 12:03:17 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 35 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | September 30, 2014 | Unspecified
    BALTIMORE (WJZ/CBS NEWS)—The Baltimore bullet has been arrested for driving under the influence in Baltimore City early Tuesday morning. Michael Phelps was arrested around 1:40 a.m. in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on I-95 by Maryland Transportation Authority police. Follow CBS Baltimore on Twitter for the latest. MDTA released the following statement: “A MDTA police officer was operating stationary radar on southbound I-395 leaving Baltimore City when a White 2014 Land Rover entered the radar’s area of influence at excessive speed (84 mph in a 45 mph zone). The officer followed the vehicle onto northbound I-95, through the tunnel and initiated...
  • Why Isn't The Media Outraged About The Kansas City Chiefs?

    09/30/2014 11:55:12 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 57 replies
    The Federalist ^ | September 30, 2014 | Ben Domenech
    Last night on Monday Night Football, the ESPN crew couldn’t stop praising the loud, engaged home crowd at the Kansas City Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium. They opened the game with a ceremony where running back Christian Okoye, “The Nigerian Nightmare”, pounded on a giant drum as tens of thousands of Chiefs fans cheered on. The crowd, many of whom wore feathers and American Indian-themed garb, chanted and did the Tomahawk Chop. They were so loud that, if you believe these measures, they set the new Guinness World record for loudest crowd roar, surpassing the Seahawks. It was a pretty awesome (in...