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  • PETA wants Iowa to ok 10-foot-tall memorial to turkeys

    04/23/2014 10:07:17 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 14 replies
    WQAD8 ^ | 4/23/14 | Shellie Nelson
    After a crash involving a truck carrying turkeys, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants Iowa to approve a memorial to the birds. PETA asked for the memorial to honor turkeys that died when a truck crashed April 12, 2014 in Sioux City, Iowa. The truck hit ten parked cars, and then tipped over, according to the Sioux City Journal. PETA claims more than 500 turkeys perished in the crash. The proposed memorial features an image of a turkey and reads, “In memory of the hundreds of terrified turkeys who died here in a truck crash April 12, 2014....
  • Perry on Bush's 'Act of Love' Remarks: Sympathize w/Illegals who Break Laws to Help Their Families

    04/23/2014 10:05:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 23, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is being advised by a prominent pro-amnesty ally to Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, said that he understood and sympathized with people who break the law to enter the United States illegally to take care of their families. Appearing on Your World on Fox News with guest-host Stuart Varney Wednesday, Perry was asked how he felt about former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's "act of love" comments about illegal immigration. "I have sympathy. I totally understand about people breaking a law to take care of their family," Perry said, noting that that was especially the case when...
  • Japanese MP angry Michelle didn't join prez, claims Obama CHEATS, looming divorce 'open secret'

    04/23/2014 9:28:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | April 23, 2014 | David Martosko, US Political Editor
    A prominent Japanese politician has raised hackles as Barack Obama visits Tokyo by claiming it's an 'open secret' that he and the first lady are headed for divorce, and that the president has been using Secret Service agents to cover for him as he pursues extramarital affairs. Kazuyuki Hamada, who sits in the upper house of Japan's parliament, earned his PhD a half-mile from the White House at George Washington University, and emerged as a shrill commentator on America's economy and foreign policy. In 2009 he also joined the ranks of the so-called 'birthers,' arguing in a book titled 'Who...
  • Judge grants name change to Chelsea Manning, convicted in WikiLeaks case

    04/23/2014 9:04:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | April 23, 2014 | Shawn Nottingham
    Bradley Edward Manning is no more. A Kansas judge on Wednesday granted the former Army intelligence analyst's request to formally be known as Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. "I've been working for months for this change, and waiting for years," she said in a statement applauding the order. "It's worth noting that in both mail and in-person, I've often been asked, 'Why are you changing your name?' The answer couldn't be simpler: because it's a far better, richer, and more honest reflection of who I am and always have been -- a woman named Chelsea." Manning is currently serving a 35-year sentence...
  • Trayvon Martin's father wants son's death to renew civil rights movement(New "Emmett Till")

    04/23/2014 8:38:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Long Island Newsday ^ | April 23, 2014 | Joan Gralla
    Tracy Martin wants his son, Trayvon, to be remembered as this century's Emmett Till, and have his death reawaken the nation's lagging civil rights movement. "We want him to be known as that child of central Florida who galvanized the country," said Martin, who was a guest speaker at Nassau Community College on Wednesday. "We would like to see his name in the history books of modern days, taking his place beside Emmett Till [though] Emmett Till has a legacy I don't think any African-American child will surpass." Till, 14, was killed in Mississippi in 1955 after being accused of...
  • Heroines or Busybodies? Seattle women make an end run around an Idaho school board.

    04/23/2014 8:30:47 PM PDT · by crazycatlady · 17 replies
    Seattle Post- Intelligencer ^ | April 16 2014 | Joel Connelly
    Hundreds of Meridian, Idaho high school students signed a protest petition when their local school board banned Sherman Alexie' young adult novel "The Absolutely True Diary of a part-Time Indian" from their 10th grade curriculum. But a private fundraising drive, organized by two Washington women, has now raised enough money to buy a copy for each of the 350 students who protested...
  • CIA 'Tortures' Muslims with 'Barney the Dinosaur', Bee Gees 'Saturday Night Fever', Meow Mix Theme

    04/23/2014 7:33:57 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 67 replies
    PolicyMic ^ | April 22, 2014 | Tom Barnes
    11 Popular Songs the CIA Used to Torture Prisoners in the War on Terror Imagine you are chained with your hands between your legs, crouching. You're isolated in a small, dark room with earphones you can't take off. Queen's "We Are the Champions" has been playing on repeat for 30 hours now at full volume, and you've lost your ability to think. It could go on for months. Music torture has been common practice for the CIA ever since it began its "enhanced interrogation program" in the early 2000s. The process is designed to "create fear, disorient … and prolong...
  • The Rand Paul Abortion Fiasco [March 21, 2013]

    04/23/2014 7:30:23 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 12 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | March 21, 2013 | Shane Vander Hart
    Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) appears to be a double-minded man on abortion.  How he can last week be the primary sponsor for a Life at Conception bill and then the following week tell CNN in an interview that there are “thousands of exceptions” is beyond me.  The Hill reports: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Tuesday he’s open to “thousands of exceptions” to a ban on abortion.Paul has said he believes life begins at conception, but in an interview with CNN the Republican emphasized he is also a physician who treats each case individually.“What I would say is that there are...
  • McDonald's Canada freezes use of foreign workers

    04/23/2014 7:27:36 PM PDT · by llevrok · 8 replies
    VANCOUVER – The Canadian unit of McDonald's Corp has suspended all of its applications under the country's temporary foreign worker program as it undergoes a third-party audit on its use, the restaurant chain said on Wednesday. The move comes after the fast-food giant was criticized in media reports in recent weeks about its use of the Canadian government plan, which allows companies to bring in foreign workers when there are no local residents available. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported this month that a franchise owner in Victoria, British Columbia, was bringing in foreign workers for three locations while at the...
  • Rand Paul: On Gay Marriage GOP Needs to ‘Agree to Disagree’ [Jun 26, 2013]

    04/23/2014 7:10:52 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jun 26, 2013 2:27pm | Jeff Zeleny
    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told ABC News he believes the Supreme Court ruling on  the Defense of Marriage Act  was appropriate,  and that the issue should be left to the states. He praised Justice Anthony Kennedy for avoiding “a cultural war.”“As a country we can agree to disagree,” Paul said today, stopping for a moment to talk as he walked through the Capitol. “As a Republican Party, that’s kind of where we are as well. The party is going to have to agree to disagree on some of these issues.”The comments from Paul, a likely GOP presidential candidate in 2016,...
  • Bill O’Reilly to Cliven Bundy supporter: What makes you different from Occupy Wall Street?

    04/23/2014 7:01:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Salon ^ | April 23, 2014 | Elias Isquith, assistant editor
    The Fox News host grills a member of the militia movement on why it's OK for Bundy to break the law but not OWS.To a significant degree, American politics is a story of insiders vs. outsiders, so it’s inevitable that people among the latter group would be lumped together, even if they’re quite different by any other measure. Still, it’s probably fair to say that when most people think of Nevada renegade rancher Cliven Bundy, the Zuccotti Park protesters of Occupy Wall Street don’t immediately — or eventually — come to mind. Yet on the Tuesday night edition of his...
  • Poll shows decline in support for Boy Scouts

    04/23/2014 6:04:06 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 48 replies
    dallas news ^ | 17 April 2014 | SCOTT K. PARKS
    The Boy Scouts’ image, once defined by idyllic Norman Rockwell paintings, has suffered during the contentious debate over whether [homosexual] youths and adults should be allowed to participate in Scouting, according to a public opinion poll. Rasmussen Reports, an independent polling firm, asked the following question in a telephone survey: “Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression of the Boy Scouts of America?” According to the poll, 59 percent of American adults have a very favorable or somewhat favorable opinion of the Boy Scouts. That’s a 6-point drop since last May, and a...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ 24 April 2014

    04/23/2014 6:00:14 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 55 replies
    Serving The Bestest Troops & Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ GETTING UNDERWAY U.S. Navy sailors lower the American flag as they get underway after concluding exercise Baltic Operations 2013 in Kiel, Germany, June 25, 2013. The sailors are assigned to the amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney. BALTOPS is an annual multinational exercise to enhance maritime capabilities and interoperability with partner nations, and promote maritime safety and security in the Baltic Sea. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Collin Turner Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family...
  • IRS Gives 'Death Penalty' to Conservative Critic

    04/23/2014 5:44:59 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 19 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | April 23, 2014 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    When the IRS revokes tax-exempt status of a 501(c)(3) organization, the sanction is considered so severe that tax practitioners refer to it as the “death penalty.” The IRS recently gave the death penalty to the Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty. As reported at The Blaze, “The IRS said the group forfeited its status by promoting regularly politically charged articles written by Patrick Henry Center founder Gary Aldrich, a former FBI agent.” Aldrich is a best-selling author, considered a hero or an enemy, depending on one’s view, for exposing Bill Clinton’s escapades. He’s also a friend to many constitutional conservatives....
  • Rand Paul: “Not Changing Any Laws on Abortion,” Life at Conception a “Personal” Belief

    04/23/2014 5:41:16 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 81 replies
    http://www.lifenews.com ^ | April 23, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    Rand Paul is a pro-life Senator from Kentucky who appears poised to become one of the candidates for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. Although he has a strong pro-life voting record, Paul is making comments about abortion that are concerning pro-lifers. randpaul3As LifeNews reported earlier this year, Paul said in an interview that Republicans should agree to disagree on social issues. Now, in a new interview, Paul says he doesn’t anticipate changing the laws on abortion and added that his belief that life begins at conception is a personal and religious one, not a scientific viewpoint.
  • Texas second-grader says teacher took away Bible during reading time

    04/23/2014 5:29:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 23, 2014
    The family of a second-grade student at a Texas elementary school says their daughter’s teacher took her Bible away during a “read to myself” session. The Liberty Institute, a nonprofit legal group specializing in religious liberty cases, says the family reached out for assistance after a teacher at Hamilton Elementary in Cypress allegedly told the girl not to bring the Bible back to school again. The teacher reportedly said the Bible is inappropriate reading material. …
  • Chicago Weatherman Sends One Of The Best Gun Control

    04/23/2014 5:04:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Downtrend ^ | 4/22 | Brian Anderson
    The Windy City is supposed to be the model of gun control the rest of the nation should follow to keep our streets safe. They have guns laws that make California look like Texas. The only problem is, those pesky criminals don’t follow the laws and Chicago is a bloody war zone. Over the Easter weekend, 9 people were shot to death with another 36 wounded by gunfire. Enter Paul Konrad. He’s the morning news meteorologist for WGN. Now you wouldn’t expect that a local weatherman would have much to say about gun control or the violence that is tearing...
  • Abuse of special needs kids caught on hidden camera (video)

    04/23/2014 4:20:30 PM PDT · by blueyon · 12 replies
    WVEC.com ^ | 4/23/14 | WXIA
    One concerned teacher took matters into her own hands after she says the school's principle and district leaders ignored her concerns. She placed hidden cameras in a special needs classroom, and the abuse she caught was extremely disturbing.
  • Why Should Colleges Be Blind to Color and Nothing Else?

    04/23/2014 4:19:48 PM PDT · by kristinn · 31 replies
    Creators.com ^ | Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | Jill Lawrence
    If you don't like affirmative action, the Supreme Court has a clear signal for you: Go for it. When Michigan voters approved a ballot initiative to ban race as a consideration in admission to state schools, the high court said that they were simply exercising their privilege to bypass unresponsive public officials and make laws themselves. So what's next? Will spindly, graceless people, still smarting over being picked last for every team underwrite ballot initiatives that ban consideration of the genetic gift of athletic talent? What about the genetic windfall of alumni parents? Will courts someday be asked to decide...
  • The Accused Kansas Killer's Neo-Pagan Religion

    04/23/2014 4:12:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Frazier Glenn Cross is a white supremacist, an avowed anti-Semite and an accused killer. But he is not, as many think, a Christian. Cross, who also goes by the name Glenn Miller, is accused of killing three people – all Christians - on Sunday at Jewish institutions in Overland Park, Kansas. Authorities are weighing whether to file hate-crime charges against Cross, who is suspected of targeting Jews. The 73-year-old has espoused anti-Semitism for decades. He also founded racist groups like a branch of the Ku Klux Klan and the White Patriot Party, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Both...
  • McCain says illegal immigrants are 'not going home'

    04/23/2014 4:05:26 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 50 replies
    April 23, 2014, 06:22 pm McCain says illegal immigrants are 'not going home' By Rebecca Shabad Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Wednesday that immigrants living in the United States illegally are not going home, and that the U.S. has no practical way of forcing them to leave. "They're not going home. And so why don't we give them a path to citizenship," McCain asked at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy Jr. forum. "There are not enough buses to deport them," he added. "It's de facto amnesty." The senator, who has pushed for immigration reform, said once Congress passes legislation he...
  • Taxpayers Paying Planned Parenthood to Enroll People in Pro-Abortion ObamaCare

    04/23/2014 4:03:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Life News ^ | April 23, 2013 | Matthew Clark
    Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, is being paid (by your tax dollars) to enroll people in ObamaCare.California’s ObamaCare exchange is paying Certified Enrolment Counselors, including 38 Planned Parenthood affiliates, $58 per person for enrolling people on the state exchange. A “successful application” brings $58 per individual enrolled with a bonus of another $58 for enrolling a dependant. A “successful annual renewal” for these individuals will bring in another $25 per person.That’s no small sum. The abortion industry has a knack for finding ways to squeeze taxpayer dollars out of the American public. Planned Parenthood receives nearly half of its...
  • MSNBC's Chris Hayes: Preventing Global Warming Is Like Freeing Slaves

    04/23/2014 3:34:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | April 23, 2014 | Warner Todd Huston
    In The Nation magazine MSNBC host Christopher Hayes spent thousands of words and four web pages explaining how those working at preventing global warming are somehow just like the abolitionists who fought to free the slaves just prior to the American Civil War. Calling it a "new abolitionism," Hayes opens his article rehashing the South's "peculiar institution," pegging its long life to "so much goddamn money." Then he segues into likening today's global warming alarmists to those moralists and abolitionists of old. After 11 paragraphs of making this comparison, Hayes then weakly states, "So before anyone misunderstands my point, let...
  • The next Keystone? Natural gas project draws environmentalist ire

    04/23/2014 3:33:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 23, 2014 | Mike Emanuel
    A liquefied natural gas facility in southern Maryland is generating intense criticism from environmental groups, in a fight that echoes the protracted battle over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Energy company Dominion Resources is hoping to invest up to $3.8 billion to upgrade the Cove Point LNG facility as an export terminal. If successful, it could become the East Coast's chief LNG export facility, sending billions of cubic feet of natural gas to Japan, India, and elsewhere. Dominion stresses that the project would have a huge economic impact close to home as well. "The local area of Calvert County gets...
  • The Growing Perils of the Cashless Future

    04/23/2014 3:32:14 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 37 replies
    CNBC ^ | 23 April 14 | Michael Kling
    We're finally on the brink of the cashless society that futurists and other have been forecasting for years. The average consumer owns at least two credit cards and early adopters have begun ditching plastic for virtual wallets. Even businesses that used to rely heavily on cash — think taxis, food trucks or even craft fairs — can now go cashless, thanks to new technology like Square. Yet, the more we abandon paper bills for plastic, smartphone payments and even cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, the perils of the new, cashless economy are becoming more apparent. Recent security breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus...
  • Janet Gray Hayes, San Jose's First Female Mayor, Dies at 87

    04/23/2014 2:59:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014
    Hayes remembered as pioneer who declared San Jose "feminist Capitol of the world"San Jose is remembering its first female mayor. Janet Gray Hayes died Monday at a retirement home in Saratoga. Her family says she suffered a stroke over the weekend. Hayes was elected mayor of San Jose in 1974, becoming the first woman in the United States to lead a city of more than 500,000 people. “She was a trailblazer who helped open the door for women to serve their communities in public office,” Rep. Zoe Lofgren said in a statement. “She was the one who declared San Jose...
  • Denton(TX) ISD Makes Dramatic Grading Changes

    04/23/2014 2:21:49 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 49 replies
    CBS11DFW ^ | 4/23/14 | Jason Allen
    DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) - The Denton Independent School District is throwing traditional grading methods right out the window, shifting to a new way of assessing their students. The change is going to happen for kids from 6th to 12th grade beginning next year. Teachers will still be handing out letter grades, but the means of calculating those scores will be different than just about any other school district in North Texas. Hand in your homework late? You won’t get a zero. Want a higher grade on a test? Just take it again. Grades will no longer be reduced for failure to...
  • Obamacare Exchange Now Asks for Fee on all Insurance Policies

    04/23/2014 2:20:20 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 17 replies
    http://freedomoutpost.com ^ | april 23, 2014 | greg campbell
    The fee would pay for half of the annual operating costs of Connect for Health Colorado, the state Obamacare exchange, according to Health News Colorado. The exchange’s latest financial plan comes soon after its oversight board rejected a proposal to hike fees on those who use the website from 1.4 percent to 1.7 percent. Connect for Health Colorado staff has said the increase was needed to keep it solvent. Board members said staff should look at cutting expenses before raising fees, and many had the same reaction to the proposed $13 million fee, which is being called a “general market health insurer assessment.” Others call it...
  • BLM-Bundy Confrontation Ignites new “Sagebrush Rebellion”

    04/23/2014 2:15:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 23, 2014 | Bob Barr
    One of the biggest land grabs in American history occurred in 1976, when President Jimmy Carter signed into a law the “Federal Land Policy and Management Act.” That stroke of the pen transferred hundreds of millions of acres of land, located primarily in the western states, into the control of the federal government. In reaction, an alliance of ranchers, farmers, and other concerned citizens – the “Sagebrush Rebels” as they came to be known -- challenged the move and sought to return the land back into the hands of the states. Ronald Reagan, at the time running for president, supported...
  • Ted Cruz's Worst Nightmare Is Coming True [Because Obamacare is working according to Politico]

    04/23/2014 2:08:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | 04/23/2014 | RICHARD KIRSCH
    Last August, as conservatives barnstormed the country seeking to build support for a cockamamie plan to shut down the U.S. federal government unless Congress voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican senator, said something surprisingly prescient about the president’s signature health-care law. “President Obama wants to get as many Americans addicted to the subsidies because he knows that in modern times, no major entitlement has ever been implemented and then unwound,” he said. The worry, according to Cruz, was that once the ACA went into effect, we’d all be “addicted to the sugar.” Then, it...
  • Tearjerker: Senate GOP Candidate Launches Powerful "Pro-life" Ad

    04/23/2014 2:06:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 23, 2014 | Daniel Doherty
    Guy analyzed this campaign spot earlier today, but I wanted to add some additional commentary as a follow-up. As my other colleague Cortney recently noted, Oregon Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Monica Wehby is not pro-life. She is of the, shall we say, Joe Biden mold in that she is “personally” pro-life but supports abortion rights in practice. The GOP establishment, however, as Cortney lamented, has endorsed her candidacy over the pro-life candidate in the belief that she is -- and will prove to be -- more electable. We’ll see. (Personally, I don’t summarily object when the party endorses...
  • Rand Paul: I think Republicans may have over-emphasized voter fraud

    04/23/2014 2:04:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/23/2014 | AllahPundit
    Via WaPo and RCP, another nugget mined from yesterday’s chat with Axelrod in Chicago. As with abortion, Paul’s “different kind of Republican” brand requires a compromise here. He knows that most voters, including those in his own party, support voter-ID laws; he also knows that those laws are easily demagogued as racist by lefties, which means that toeing the GOP line too closely could jeopardize Paul’s effort to connect with black voters. What’s a different kind of Republican to do? He insists that ID is a good idea — “I don’t think dead people should vote” — but concedes to...
  • Learn More. Go Further. [Pro-Common Core Propaganda Web Site. Know Thy Enemy!]

    04/23/2014 1:49:16 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    Learnmoregofurther.org ^ | A bunch of central planners
    ...The National Education Association (NEA), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), among other organizations were instrumental in bringing together teachers to provide specific, constructive feedback on the standards.
  • Poll: Should the United States deport people for entering the country illegally?

    04/23/2014 1:42:42 PM PDT · by South40 · 65 replies
    Should the United States deport people for entering the country illegally? A stupid question, and one that should not have to be asked. But there it is. Poll Here
  • Hearing quality restored with bionic ear technology used for gene therapy

    04/23/2014 1:36:03 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | 04-24-2014 | Provided by University of New South Wales
    Researchers at UNSW Australia have for the first time used electrical pulses delivered from a cochlear implant to deliver gene therapy, thereby successfully regrowing auditory nerves. The research also heralds a possible new way of treating a range of neurological disorders, including Parkinson's disease, and psychiatric conditions such as depression through this novel way of delivering gene therapy. The research is published today (Thursday 24 April) in the journal Science Translational Medicine. "People with cochlear implants do well with understanding speech, but their perception of pitch can be poor, so they often miss out on the joy of music," says...
  • Older parishioner stabbed to death in his home

    04/23/2014 1:28:06 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 7 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 4/23/14 | Elizabeth Lowe
    Willard Dimitri Rykowski, a longtime parishioner of St. Clement I in Lansdowne, was found stabbed to death in his Halethorpe home April 22, according to Baltimore County Police. Rykowski, 80, had a deep faith, said Deacon Paul Gifford, pastoral life director of St. Clement I. “He was an example of a loving, gentle, kind, helpful individual, the kind of person you want to know and be with,” Deacon Gifford said. “He was very devoted to the Blessed Mother.” Police went to Rykowski’s home in the 300 block of Third Avenue in Halethorpe after an acquaintance asked police to check on...
  • Chicago Public School system pushing food stamps

    04/23/2014 1:05:38 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 17 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | april 22, 2014 | caroline may
    Chicago Public School parents received robocalls last week encouraging them to sign their children up for food stamps and free or low-cost health insurance. “Currently there are 68,000 children in the Chicago Public Schools that are not enrolled in free or low-cost health insurance and SNAP also knows as food stamps,” the recording, obtained by The Daily Caller, says. “Your child may be one of them. To find out more about your eligibility call the Children and Family Benefits Unit at 773-553-KIDS.” “Or visit your child’s school and ask the clerk for a Children and Family Benefits Unit flier,” the...
  • America's PrepareAthon! (calling all sheep)

    04/23/2014 12:59:37 PM PDT · by GILTN1stborn · 31 replies
    Fema email ^ | 04/23/2014 | fema.gov
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  • Tunisia divided over Jews’ use of Israel passports

    04/23/2014 12:52:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2014 3:09 PM EDT | Bouazza ben Bouazza
    Tunisia’s elected assembly accepted a petition Wednesday to question the tourism minister over a decision allowing Israelis to use their passports to enter the country for an annual religious pilgrimage. While Israelis and Jews long have traveled to Tunisia for an annual pilgrimage to the Ghriba synagogue on the island of Djerba, this is the first year that Israelis have been allowed to use their passports rather than a special document issued by Tunisian embassies. Tunisia does not have diplomatic relations with Israel. …
  • Years of Living Hypocritically: Five Alarmist Celebs and Their Double Standards

    04/23/2014 11:32:16 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    News Busters ^ | 4-22-14 | Sean Long
    They may be good at making movies, but Hollywood celebrities’ lifestyles are far from an environmentalist’s dream. Their globetrotting, multiple mansion owning ways are inconsistent with the environmental agenda they loudly promote. Showtime’s new climate change series, “Years of Living Dangerously,” premiered April 13, 2014, slightly more than a week before Earth Day 2014. It relies on several wealthy, Hollywood celebrities to spread fear about climate change. While these actors and directors talk a lot about reducing carbon footprints and saving the world, they haven’t given up their own enormous mansions and private jets. Director James Cameron, former Governor Arnold...
  • France: Muslim unfolds prayer carpet in church, reads Qur’anic verses during Easter mass

    04/23/2014 10:37:18 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 56 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | April 22, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    This is clearly a gesture of supremacism. Imagine the uproar if a Christian had entered a mosque and begun to read from the New Testament and pray Christian prayers. But no one will take any notice of this. Western authorities take Islamic supremacism for granted. They aren’t even aware of the fact that Islam claims all the Biblical prophets, and Jesus as well, as Muslim prophets, and have no knowledge of or interest in the implications of that fact. But those implications will eventually become quite clear to them.“France: Muslim unfolds prayer carpet in church, reads Koranic verses during Easter mass,”...
  • Rand Paul on abortion: “We’re not changing any of the laws until the country is persuaded otherwise”

    04/23/2014 10:35:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/23/2014 | AllahPundit
    Via MFP, an eyebrow-raiser from yesterday’s chat with David Axelrod(!) at the University of Chicago. David Corn and Mother Jones are out with another gotcha piece on Paul this morning citing his (mild) criticism of Reagan in the past for not cutting spending more as president, but this clip is more interesting, I think. Knocking the Gipper for not doing enough to shrink government is Libertarianism 101; even mainstream conservatives who venerate him will grudgingly concede that they wish he’d done better before quickly adding that he did what he could with a liberal Congress. And needless to say, no...
  • Sotomayor accuses colleagues of trying to ‘wish away’ racial inequality

    04/23/2014 10:33:55 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/23/14 | Robert Barnes
    <p>Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s fierce defense of the affirmative action efforts such as the ones that helped move her from a Bronx housing project to the upper echelons of American law found renewed voice Tuesday in an impassioned dissent that accused colleagues of trying to “wish away” racial inequality — and drew a tart response from Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.</p>
  • Billionaire Tom Steyer: I am absolutely nothing at all like the Koch brothers

    04/23/2014 10:32:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/23/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    Do I have any issues with a Tom Steyer using any of his legitimately earned billions of dollars to donate to political causes, candidates, campaigns, and super PACS in which he believes? Absolutely not. Do I have a problem with Tom Steyer smearing other billionaires for doing so, funding a perniciously targeted misinformation campaign full of flat-out falsehoods against the Keystone XL pipeline, and pretending that he has some sort of imagined moral high ground in this arena? Yes, yes I do. Via Politico: Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer insisted Tuesday that heÂ’s not the leftÂ’s version of the Koch brothers....
  • Interfaith Panel Denounces a 9/11 Museum Exhibit’s Portrayal of Islam

    04/23/2014 10:24:22 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | APRIL 23, 2014 | SHARON OTTERMAN
    Past the towering tridents that survived the World Trade Center collapse, adjacent to a gallery with photographs of the 19 hijackers, a brief film at the soon-to-open National September 11 Memorial Museum will seek to explain to visitors the historical roots of the attacks. The film, “The Rise of Al Qaeda,” refers to the terrorists as Islamists who viewed their mission as a jihad. The NBC News anchor Brian Williams, who narrates the film, speaks over images of terrorist training camps and Qaeda attacks spanning decades. Interspersed with his voice are explanations of the ideology of the terrorists, rendered in...
  • The Pacific’s Salmon Are Back — Thank Human Ingenuity

    04/23/2014 10:08:06 AM PDT · by neverdem · 58 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 22, 2014 | Robert Zubrin
    Geoengineering could turn our long-barren oceans into a bounty.In 2012, the British Columbia–based Native American Haida tribe launched an effort to restore the salmon fishery that has provided much of their livelihood for centuries. Acting collectively, the Haida voted to form the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation, financed it with $2.5 million of their own savings, and used it to support the efforts of American scientist-entrepreneur Russ George to demonstrate the feasibility of open-sea mariculture — in this case, the distribution of 120 tons of iron sulfate into the northeast Pacific to stimulate a phytoplankton bloom which in turn would provide...
  • ACLJ Files Lawsuit On Behalf of Student Denied College Admission Because of His Faith

    04/23/2014 9:55:02 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 43 replies
    http://aclj.org ^ | april 22, 2014
    Late yesterday afternoon, ACLJ filed a lawsuit on behalf of Brandon Jenkins against officials of The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) in Maryland for denying Brandon admission to its Radiation Therapy Program in part due to his expression of religious beliefs. As one faculty member explained to Brandon, on behalf of CCBC, the “field [of radiation therapy] is not the place for religion." Brandon first applied for admission to the Radiation Therapy Program in April 2013. He met the standards of a competitive candidate and scored the maximum points allowed during his observation. During the interview process, college officials asked Brandon,...
  • It's Not Just Frozen: Most Disney Movies Are Pro-Gay

    04/23/2014 9:44:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 70 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | APR 23 2014 | AKASH NIKOLAS
    The culture warriors have decided: Disney’s Frozen is queer. Elsa hiding her ice-powers could be read as a metaphor for the closet, the Oscar-winning “Let it Go” plays like a coming-out anthem, and a character in the film evokes the question of whether homosexuality is a choice by inquiring of Elsa’s powers, “born with it or cursed?” Some liberals have praised the film for its subtext; some conservatives have denounced it. More on Frozen Frozen: Too Cynical? In Defense of Prince Charming How Parents Can Turn Frozen's Big Twist Into a Teachable Moment But the most remarkable thing about queer...
  • Holder says Sotomayor's affirmative action dissent was 'courageous'

    04/23/2014 9:42:15 AM PDT · by maggief · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 23, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday called Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s dissent in the Supreme Court’s latest affirmative action ruling “courageous.” At an event on diversity within the Justice Department, Holder said it’s tempting to think the struggle to overcome discrimination has ended when people like him or President Obama have reached the nation’s highest ranks. But he said the fight for equal rights is not over. "[This] great country still has a ways to go before our founding promise of equal justice and equal opportunity is fully realized,” he said. Holder quoted Sotomayor in the dissent she filed a day...
  • Obama Is Eating At The Legendary 'Jiro Dreams Of Sushi' Restaurant

    04/23/2014 9:40:56 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 4/23/14 | BRETT LOGIURATO
    [Obama] and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dined at a legendary sushi restaurant... Chef Jiro Ono, 87, is considered to be one of the top sushi chefs in the world. Ono prepares the sushi himself. His recommended special course — which features a rare, endangered species of bluefin tuna — starts at about $300. It includes more than a dozen courses served in about 20 minutes.