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  • Idris Elba Can't Be Bond Because He Isn't 'English English' Says Roger Moore

    03/28/2015 11:29:53 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 49 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | March 28, 2015 | DARREN BOYLE
    Idris Elba Can't Be Bond Because He Isn't 'English English' says Roger Moore: Star claims comments about London-born Luther actor were 'lost in translation' after becoming embroiled in race row Twitter condemns Roger Moore over his 'racist' comments on Idris Elba Elba is the strong favourite to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond Daniel Craig has said that Elba is the only actor available to play 007 Sir Roger took to Twitter to deny that he had said 'something racist' By DARREN BOYLE 28 March 2015 Veteran actor Roger Moore has blamed a French magazine for embroiling him in a...
  • Ted Cruz doesn’t have a prayer: Why the Texas senator will never sniff the White House

    03/28/2015 11:18:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Salon ^ | March 28, 2015 | Matthew Rozsa, Ph.D. candidate, Lehigh University
    Despite what he wants you to think, Ted Cruz is not the great anti-politician of our time. In fact, he may be our most potent symbol of everything that is wrong with modern politics. This would be hard to believe if you’ve been listening to him, of course. He desperately wants to be thought of as the one principled man in Washington—at least if your values hew closely to those of the Tea Party—but that posturing has alienated much of the party establishment. Ted Cruz attributes that development to them being “squishes,” while the rest of the world suspects it’s...
  • The Next Big Obamacare Case?

    03/28/2015 10:59:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | Ilya Shapiro
    Medicaid, the entitlement program for low-income Americans jointly funded by the state and federal government, represents about 25 percent of state budgets. Federal funding represents more than half (57 percent) of that amount, and that funding is now being threatened by Obamacare. In what seems like déjŕ-vu all over again, Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is pursuing a lawsuit to prevent this sort of federal coercion. Here’s the scoop: In 2009, the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) offered states stimulus funds if they agreed to a maintenance-of-effort (“MOE”) provision that required them to maintain Medicaid-eligibility standards...
  • Give Me Your Tired Arguments, Your Poor Reasoning: Another one-sided piece on immigration

    03/28/2015 10:57:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/28/2015 | by STEVEN CAMAROTA
    In a very one-sided recent article for the New York Times Magazine, Adam Davidson tries to make the case for massive increases in immigration. He starts out by dicussing the racial prejudice of an older relative who always thought that Hispanics “were stealing jobs.” Davidson believes this man’s story is illustrative of the current debate over immigration. Nothing delegitimizes someone in modern America more than the suggestion, or even the hint, that they hold unenlightened attitudes about race. It is not surprising that an advocate of high immigration would suggest that those with whom he disagree are racists. But...
  • Huge gamer convention that threatened to withdraw from Indiana over 'anti-gay' bill has backed down

    03/28/2015 10:44:27 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 27, 2015 | Julie Bort
    Full title: A huge gamer convention that threatened to withdraw from Indiana over its 'anti-gay' bill has backed down ... Gen Con, a huge gamers convention hosted in Indianapolis for more than a decade, said it would consider moving to another city if the bill became law. But citing hundreds of messages from the business community, it backtracked after the law was signed and said it would stay put through 2020, the length of its contract with the city ...
  • Restoring the Old-Fashioned Budget Virtue of…FDR and Truman?!?

    03/28/2015 10:00:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    This is a column I never expected to write. That’s because I’m going to applaud Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman. This won’t be unconstrained applause, to be sure. Roosevelt, after all, pursued awful policies that lengthened and deepened the economic misery of the 1930s. can see from this video, the “economic bill of rights” that he wanted after WWII was downright malicious. Truman, meanwhile, was a less consequential figure, but it’s worth noting that he wanted a restoration of the New Deal after WWII, which almost certainlywould have hindered and perhaps even sabotaged the recovery. But just as very...
  • Curb Your Economic Pessimism

    03/28/2015 9:29:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | Larry Kudlow
    The economy has been in a tepid, soft, slow recovery for the past five-and-a-half years. It’s the weakest rebound in generations. The Commerce Department’s revision of fourth-quarter GDP shows that nothing much has changed. Over the past year, real economic growth registered 2.4 percent, slightly higher than the recovery average. It ain’t much. Meanwhile, winter economic reports for retail sales, manufacturing, and capital investment point to a weaker first quarter, perhaps around 1 percent. And Wall Street is talking about a possible profits recession, with expectations of a 2 or 3 percent drop in corporate earnings for the first half...
  • The Data Proves Marriage Matters

    03/28/2015 9:09:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | Steve Deace
    Back before self-esteem spirit animals and pre-nup voodoo dominated the contents of free-form wedding vows, we had simple yet robust odes like ‘in sickness and in health’ and ‘for richer or poorer.’ The true magic of those words lies in their claim that the deepest reserves of sacrificial love can still be tapped when life’s trials are the most daunting. But there is another angle to consider when ‘for richer or poorer’ is weighed and measured in light of modern data. When it comes to viewing marriage as a kind of lottery ticket, richer stands out as a safe bet....
  • Colorado Asks Supreme Court To Toss Marijuana Lawsuit Filed By Nebraska, Oklahoma

    03/28/2015 9:01:35 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 11 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 03/27/2015
    Colorado Asks Supreme Court To Toss Marijuana Lawsuit Filed By Nebraska, Oklahoma The Colorado Attorney General's Office on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma that contends Colorado's legalization of marijuana is causing an increase in drug crimes in their states. Attorney General Cynthia Coffman wrote in a brief filed with the high court that the lawsuit's aim to stop Colorado from regulating its recreational marijuana industry is a "dangerous" move that would leave "legalization intact" while neutering the state's ability to police businesses. The court should dismiss the lawsuit, Coffman...
  • Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Explained

    03/28/2015 8:54:15 AM PDT · by guitarist · 8 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | March 27, 2015 | John McCormack
    On Thursday, Indiana governor Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into law, and some celebrities, politicians, and journalists--including Miley Cyrus, Ashton Kutcher, and Hillary Clinton, just to name a few--are absolutely outraged. They say the law is a license to discriminate against gay people:
  • Some People Just Want to Be Ruled, and Some Just Don’t

    03/28/2015 8:50:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 3/28/2015 | Nick Sorrentino
    The truth is some (many) people just want someone to make decisions for them. I am unsure if it is a genetic disposition or whether it is socialization or whether it is both. All I know is some people do not want to control their own lives. They are more comfortable with someone at the helm. They are comforted by a horizon which is limited and defined by others. Strangely these same people also want to limit the lives of those who prefer to be free.
  • Hillary Gets Special Protection On Wikipedia

    03/28/2015 8:12:14 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 37 replies
    ruthrevolt.org ^ | March 27 2015 | Bradford Thomas
    ...."In a piece on the wiki pages of Hillary and Obama, New Republic's Eve Fairbanks described Schilling as “the man who protects Hillary's online self from the public's hatred.” His dedication to the unofficial job is stunning: he estimated in 2008 that he spent 15 hours a week editing, with most of that, as Fairbanks says, “standing watch over Hillary’s page.”"
  • The Tip of the Climate Spending Iceberg

    03/28/2015 8:08:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | Paul Driessen
    Lockheed Martin, a recent Washington Post article notes, is getting into renewable energy, nuclear fusion, “sustainability” and even fish farming projects, to augment its reduced defense profits. The company plans to forge new ties with Defense Department and other Obama initiatives, based on a shared belief in manmade climate change as a critical security and planetary threat. It is charging ahead where other defense contractors have failed, confident that its expertise, lobbying skills and “socially responsible” commitment to preventing climate chaos will land it plentiful contracts and subsidies. As with its polar counterparts, 90% of the titanic climate funding iceberg...
  • Boy Got a Haircut Like His Military Step-Brother, School Suspended Him

    03/28/2015 7:46:30 AM PDT · by Salman · 94 replies
    Reason ^ | Mar. 27, 2015 | Robby Soave
    There is nothing quite like the petty despotism of the public school system. A boy from McMinnville, Tennessee, was suspended after coming to Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary School with a haircut deemed inappropriate by the principal. It was a "high and tight" military-style haircut that the boy had requested so that he would look more like his step-brother, an active-duty soldier. The principal did not budge, leaving the boy's mother no choice but to shave his head so that he could come back to school.
  • With ‘religious liberty’ fight, Georgia Equality becomes an unexpected Capitol player

    03/28/2015 6:50:39 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 6 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 3/28/15 | Jim Galloway
    The climate in the state Capitol is such that you half-expect to turn a corner and find Lord Cornwallis’s fife-and-drum corps belting out “The World Turned Upside Down.” A Legislature with massive Republican majorities is on the verge of thumbing its nose at anti-tax guru Grover Norquist by raising $1 billion in new spending for transportation. It has legalized a form of marijuana. And in the midst of unrelenting hostility toward Obamacare, GOP lawmakers have brokered an insurance mandate to provide for children with autism. But none of this holds a candle to the fact that the General Assembly has...
  • Obama’s Immigration “Legacy:” Lower Wages, Less Security for Americans

    03/28/2015 6:48:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    “All we're saying is we're not going to deport you," was the big lie President Barack Obama used when he announced his executive action on immigration. Despite being repeated time and again by politicians and the media during the DHS funding debate to describe the president’s action, it’s still a lie. To quote an analysis of the President’s speech published by Associated Press within hours, “THE FACTS: He's saying, and doing, more than that. The changes also will make those covered eligible for work permits, allowing them to be employed in the country legally and compete with citizens and legal...
  • Suspect in deputy killings cracks jokes at Sacramento court hearing

    03/28/2015 6:25:10 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 7 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 03/27/2015 | Sam Stanton
    Luis Enriquez Monroy Bracamontes may just figure he’s got nothing to lose. At a court hearing in February, the suspect in two deputies’ killings announced to the judge, assembled attorneys and reporters that he had committed the crime. “I killed them cops,” he said during the Feb. 4 hearing, then demanded an execution date. On Friday, the 34-year-old continued his routine, strolling into Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White’s courtroom with a broad grin on his face.
  • Lawmakers approve religion as a veil for intolerance

    03/28/2015 5:59:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | March 26, 2015 | Renee Graham
    Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law Thursday a bill he claims will protect religious liberty in his state. Overwhelmingly approved by that state’s Republican-controlled legislature, the law allows businesses and workers, citing their religious beliefs, to refuse service to anyone they find objectionable. Of course, what the so-called “religious freedom” act really does is legalize discrimination against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people.
  • Can Blacks Be Racist?

    03/28/2015 5:20:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | Carl Jackson
    What if it's not injustice that has led so many blacks across America to feel disenfranchised? What if it's judgment? Last week on two separate occasions guests on Sean Hannity's radio program reiterated Jesse Jackson's decades old mantra that "blacks can't be racist because we have no institutional power." This may be a clandestine way to excuse blacks for destroying cities like Ferguson, MO in the name of justice for Michael Brown, but it's hardly worth addressing seriously. Unknown to many is the fact that blacks hold more government jobs by percentage than any other ethnicity. In an article entitled...
  • Stop Bashing! Because Here’s A List Of Obama’s Accomplishments Haters! *Barf Alert*

    03/28/2015 5:08:26 AM PDT · by LUV W · 46 replies
    Patriot Newswire ^ | February 28, 2015 | Timothy Tuttle
    Obama has actually accomplished quite a bit, and here’s a long list of his accomplishments, so stop bashing, haters! First President to be photographed smoking a joint. First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner. First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in. First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States. First President to violate the War Powers Act. First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of...
  • What Was Really at Stake in the Israeli Election: Free Enterprise

    03/28/2015 5:07:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | John C. Goodman
    In terms of skills and education, Israel probably has the highest level of human capital per person in the whole world. Yet it’s per capita output is mediocre – in the middle of the developed country pack. Why is that? Because Israel has been slow to adopt capitalism. How do I know that? Because Bibi Netanyahu told me that in an interview in Dallas, several years before he became prime minister. Once he became Israel’s leader, he was been able to do something about it. In recent years Israel has become a center for entrepreneurship, innovation and capitalist spirit. But...
  • Stop the Madness!

    03/28/2015 4:56:14 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 11 replies
    TFP ^ | 3/25/2015 | Michael Whitcraft
    While waiting at the airport for a recent flight, I observed a bright-eyed little girl who came running over into the gate area. She was full of the exuberance you would expect from a six or seven-year-old. Rushing over to the window, she gazed in amazement as the planes took off and landed. I could not suppress a smile as I saw her bright eyes and cheerful face. However, my smile faded as two women came over to grab her hand and lead her back to the seating area. Both women were wearing wedding rings and there were visible signs...
  • Christians in America Need To Stop Being Such Wussies

    03/28/2015 4:45:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | John Hawkins
    Given all the bad press Islam has gotten over the last few years, it might seem surprising at first glance that Islam is still such a vibrant, fast-growing religion. Even setting aside the fact that Muhammad was a bad guy and Allah doesn’t exist, the press about Islam over the last few years has been almost universally negative. If you’re not hearing about terrorist attacks, suicide bombers or sanctioned wife beating, you’re reading about ISIS taking slaves or Iranian morality police beating women with sticks for showing their ankles. If all of that is so, then why was Muhammad the...
  • Will families soon lose their medical rights? Terri Schaivo's brother speaks out

    03/28/2015 4:42:57 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 17 replies
    glennbeck.com ^ | 3/25/2015 | Wilson
    The Terri Schiavo case was a big turning point for Glenn.... GLENN: If you are a long-time listener of this program, you remember the plight of Terri Schiavo, the really long-term listeners, those that have been with me since I was on WFLA remember I was on the wrong side of the Terri Schiavo case and I remembered what the listener said to me last night. The listener called me on a Friday, and I was against the Schindler family. I was saying pull the plug, pull the plug. A listener called me and said Glenn, you are thinking about...
  • Conservatives, Get Serious

    03/28/2015 4:39:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | S.E Cupp
    Although only one Republican has officially announced his candidacy for president so far, it looks like a formidable, diverse field of conservatives will be contending in the primaries. One prospect, however — and a popular one at that — has me utterly nonplussed, and questioning whether conservatives actually want to win the White House ever again. Allow me to paint a picture for you. Ignoring a major conservative critique of candidate Barack Obama — his lack of experience requisite to the presidency — this would-be candidate believes that “political experience doesn’t seem to help a whole lot and perhaps may...
  • Gay Activists, Corporations Rip Indiana Law for Extending Religious Protections

    03/28/2015 4:22:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 27, 2015 | MARK STRICHERZ
    Gay activists and corporate leaders assailed a new Indiana allows that extends legal protections to religious business owners and individuals and vowed to boycott the state, according to CNBC. The law, signed by Pence on Thursday, allows businesses to use an owner's faith as a reason to refuse service to customers, including same-sex married couples. The law risks setting off a business chill in the state, with money-making conferences and major corporations threatening to pull out. Big corporations were among the loudest critics. Columbus, Indiana-based Cummins, the world's largest diesel engine maker, opposed the new law in strong terms. "Cummins believes...
  • Exit poll puts Baird back in office (really good news for Australian conservatives)

    03/28/2015 2:07:25 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 28th March 2015
    AS the count continues in the NSW, seats are starting to be decided. With about 5.5 per cent of the overall vote counted, our experts have already called 32 winners. The Coalition is already well in front with 27 seats being called in their favour, including Albury, Baulkham Hills, Ryde and Wagga Wagga for the Liberals and Barwon, Coffs Harbour and Oxley for the Nationals. Our experts have called Charlestown, Liverpool, Maroubra, Summer Hill and Wollongong. Exit polls of voters taken moments after they cast their ballots pointed to the Coalition being re-elected despite a swing to Labor. Opposition Leader...
  • Cruz Control: A heartfelt missive to the liberally biased reporters in my town.

    03/28/2015 2:06:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | March 27, 2015 | Patrick O'Hannigan
    Dear journalists: May I have a public word with you, especially if you edit the Raleigh News and Observer? You probably take a dim view of unsolicited advice from a junior member of the guild, but I think I can save you some grief in the run-up to next year’s presidential election, with an assist from the first official candidate for the Republican nomination. That candidate would, of course, be Senator Ted Cruz. Many of the stories about him are written with the same “Get a load of this guy!” tone regardless of where they come from, but I thought...
  • Community Control Is Destroying America’s Cities

    03/27/2015 9:37:41 PM PDT · by FreeReign · 23 replies
    YIMBY ^ | MARCH 27TH 2015 | STEPHEN SMITH
    Much of urban America, and New York City in particular, is in crisis. Cities are becoming desirable again, but planning is still stuck in the post-war mentality of decline. Rents are skyrocketing as new housing supply pales against incoming demand, and while politicians and planners might see what’s going on, they are powerless to stand up to the NIMBY forces and stop it. From Palo Alto to Williamsburg back to Santa Monica, our wealthiest and most in-demand neighborhoods remain in their stunted states, walled off to growth, radiating everything from gentrification to global inequality. Our inner suburbs don’t densify, and...
  • I am Angelina's ovary – last words from a dying grey clump

    03/27/2015 9:33:25 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 40 replies
    Scroll.in ^ | 28 March 2015 | Ishrat Syed
    They say I might have turned cancerous, but there's a fair chance that other organs could go rogue too. So why me? Correction. I used to be Angelina’s ovary. Now I’m a grey clump drying in a steel tray, dying in a steel tray. Is that any end for a decent ovary? Clamped, cut, avulsed, evicted, tossed into a cold emptiness, I lie here leaching out my juices and turning into a sticky pebble that will soon begin to stink. Sure, I’m famous. She’s famous, is Angelina. I powered her fame. I made her, though you wouldn’t think that from...
  • He's Done It Before: How Ted Cruz can repeat history — and win the GOP nomination

    03/27/2015 8:57:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Fusion ^ | March 23, 2015 | Brett LoGiurato
    It’s early 2011, and an unheard-of candidate for Senate is deciding to enter a race 22 months down the line to replace one of Texas’ most revered senators. He has no money, no prospective sources of donors. He has no establishment credibility. He has chosen to battle perhaps the most establishment of the establishment — the state’s lieutenant governor. Now, it’s early 2015, and a still relatively unheard-of candidate for president is deciding to enter a race 20 months down the line. He faces questions about whether he can raise a consistent amount of money. He has no establishment credibility....
  • Is There a Realistic Ted Cruz Scenario?

    03/27/2015 8:35:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | March 23, 2015 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    A broad cross-section of Republican officeholders, major donors and conservative pundits are agreed on one thing: Ted Cruz has no chance to be elected president. The junior senator from Texas marked the fifth anniversary of the signing of ObamaCare by announcing his candidacy for the presidency today at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia and no one in the chattering classes thinks he has a prayer of being sworn into office as commander-in-chief in January 2017. Just about everyone thinks his positions on the issues are too extreme and that his advocacy of the 2013 government shutdown and the complete antipathy...
  • George Takei Asks Twitter Followers to #BoycottIndiana Over Religious Objections Law

    03/27/2015 8:26:55 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 45 replies
    TIME ^ | March 26, 2015 | Eliana Dockterman
    Critics say the Religious Freedom Restoration Act legalizes discrimination Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Thursday that allows business owners to deny same-sex couples service on religious grounds, then quickly defended it. Within hours, Star Trek actor and LGBT activist George Takei took his outrage to Twitter using the hashtag #BoycottIndiana, which began trending. Democratic lawmakers, LGBT rights activists and civil liberties groups have argued that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act legalizes discrimination.
  • http://money.cnn.com/2015/03/26/news/companies/dean-smith-will-200/index.html

    03/27/2015 8:05:03 PM PDT · by djwright · 3 replies
    CNN money ^ | 3/26/2015
    The late North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith said thank you to all of his former players one last time in his will. About 180 former Tar Heels will get $200 checks from the accountant who administers his trust. The checks contain the notation "Dinner out."
  • Jewish group calls out Lena Dunham for 'tasteless' New Yorker essay 'Dog or Jewish Boyfriend'

    03/27/2015 7:21:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Friday, March 27, 2015 | PHILIP CAULFIELD
    Lena Dunham is in the doghouse with the Anti-Defamation League over her latest New Yorker essay. The ADL took a shot at the "Girls" creator over a satirical new essay comparing her dog with her Jewish boyfriend, calling the piece "tasteless" for playing "with offensive stereotypes about Jews." In the essay in the highbrow mag's March 30 issue, the 28-year-old actress asks, "Do the following statements refer to (a) my dog or (b) my Jewish boyfriend?" "He doesn't tip. And he never brings his wallet anywhere," she writes in one hint. Elsewhere in the "Shouts & Murmurs" column, she reveals...
  • Olive the otter is eaten by a shark six years after celebrated rescue from oil slick

    03/27/2015 6:58:48 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 27 March 2015 | Sadie Whitelocks
    A celebrated sea otter who survived a natural oil slick and was tracked by researchers for six years has been killed by a shark. The seven-year-old marine mammal named Olive was found dead by a beachgoer on March 22 near Sunset State Beach in California. Wildlife biologists retrieved a large, serrated tooth fragment from white shark in a wound on the mother-of-three's body, indicating the cause of death.
  • Babysitter Ashley Dack's Shocking Text: 'We Could Use The Seat Belt To Hold Her Down'

    03/27/2015 6:55:29 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 10 replies
    huffington post ^ | march 24, 2015 | andy campbell
    A Texas babysitter's text messages paint a horrifying picture of abuse that includes sexually assaulting children as young as 11 months old and detailing the acts to her boyfriend, prosecutors say. Some of the graphic exchanges between Ashley Dack, 29, and Patrick Schuneman, 37, were released in court documents obtained by The Huffington Post. The couple -- who are both successful geologists for oil companies -- was arrested after Dack allegedly bragged about the sexual abuse to one of her friends, who called police. The documented assaults date back to 2012, according to Tiffany Dupree, a lead prosecutor in the...
  • Jury Finds Silicon Valley Firm Did Not Discriminate in Ellen Pao Case

    03/27/2015 6:40:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    A jury decided Friday that a prestigious venture capital firm did not discriminate or retaliate against a female employee in a case that debated gender imbalance and working conditions for women in Silicon Valley. The jury in San Francisco reached the verdict after three days of deliberations in a lawsuit filed by Ellen Pao against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Former Facebook Worker Sues for Sexual Discrimination The lawsuit claimed Pao was fired when she complained about discrimination at the firm.
  • Cruz the bruiser: The junior senator from Texas is dangerous

    03/27/2015 6:15:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Economist ^ | March 28, 2015 | The Editors
    WITH 596 days to go before America’s next presidential election, the first serious candidate has announced that he will run (see article). Ted Cruz is an intelligent man with an inspiring life story. His father fled from Cuba with a few dollars sewn into his underwear and settled in the United States. The young Ted made a name for himself in Texas while still a teenager, giving lectures to Rotary clubs about the constitution. By his early 30s he was arguing cases before the Supreme Court—and winning. At 41, he was elected to the Senate, overcoming long odds in a...
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    03/27/2015 5:56:25 PM PDT · by AZamericonnie · 167 replies
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  • With 16 Million in Obamacare, Is the Repeal Debate Over?

    03/27/2015 5:10:40 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 70 replies
    NBC News ^ | 03/27/2015 | Perry Bacon Jr.
    The Republicans are facing a 16 million person problem. With the Obama administration announcing this month that some 16 million people have obtained health insurance since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the Republicans' intense focus on completely repealing the law is increasingly looking unrealistic.
  • The Atheist and His Metal Detector

    03/27/2015 4:56:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | Frank Turek
    I grew up on the Jersey shore. (No, it wasn’t like the TV show.) Every summer morning I’d see several men combing the beach with metal detectors looking for jewelry and change lost the day before. One lost diamond earring or ring could pay for the metal detector several times over. But as useful and successful as metal detectors are, they can’t be used to find everything. Metal detectors won’t help you find wood, plastic, rubber, or other nonmetallic objects. Now, suppose metal-detector man, after just combing the beach, says to you, “I know there’s no plastic or rubber on...
  • Cardinal Raymond Burke: Gays, remarried Catholics, murderers are all the same

    03/27/2015 4:43:28 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 40 replies
    Religion News Service (RNS) ^ | March 27, 2015 | David Gibson
    When Pope Francis last year effectively demoted U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke by moving him out of a senior post in the Vatican to a largely ceremonial role as head of a Rome-based Catholic charity, it was viewed as a way to sideline one of the pontiff’s most outspoken critics on the right ... Now the American churchman has spoken out again, telling an interviewer that gay couples and divorced and remarried Catholics who are trying to live good and faithful lives are still like “the person who murders someone and yet is kind to other people.” ...
  • Critics? Or Traitors?

    03/27/2015 4:38:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | Ed Feulner
    “Traitors.” That’s a strong term, obviously. It should never be used lightly. Yet there it was, flying around like confetti in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. And why? Because 47 GOP senators who are understandably concerned about the prospects of a nuclear-armed Iran sent a letter to that country’s leaders about the deal now being struck with the United States and other countries. Their message: The next U.S. president can overturn “with the stroke of a pen” any deal Congress doesn’t approve. “Judas got thirty pieces of silver. What did you get?” one New Jersey resident tweeted. Others, sparked...
  • School District Losing Thousands in School Lunch Sales

    03/27/2015 4:36:25 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    ABC Local News ^ | March 26, 2015
    BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. -- Thousands of students have now stopped buying lunch each week in County cafeterias. The district says it all started when schools were forced to implement the USDA's Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act. It was part of first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative to get kids to eat healthier. All of a sudden, kids are pitching pounds of food in the garbage. "I like vegetables too, like I like spinach and potatoes - great - but they just don't have any flavor at all," freshman Aislinn French said. Hundreds of kids have now dropped out of...
  • Kerry Warns US Ambassadors They Will Be Dealing With ‘Climate Refugees’ In Not-Too-Distant Future

    03/27/2015 4:35:09 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 59 replies
    CBS DC ^ | March 26, 2015 | CBSDC
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Secretary of State John Kerry warns U.S. ambassadors that they will be dealing with “climate refugees” in the not-too-distant future. Kerry told U.S. ambassadors at the Global Chiefs of Mission Conference in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday about the threat climate change poses around the world. “There’ll be climate refugees that all of you will be coping with at some point, if not now, in the not-too-distant future,” Kerry said. “Ninety-seven percent of all the scientists for 20 years tell us unequivocally that this is happening and happening now, and humans are causing it, and we have a...
  • Student Paper Claims Concealed Carry Reinforces Rape Culture

    03/27/2015 4:23:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    The self-proclaimed champions of women’s rights, the political left, is once again insisting that a woman’s right to protect herself from sexual attackers should be regulated, restricted, and in some cases banned. After all, only American Liberals would believe that a woman being raped is morally superior to a rapist being shot. Arguing that concealed carry on college campuses would actually “reinforce rape culture” on campus, an editorial in the University of North Carolina’s student’s newspaper argued against arming young (law abiding) women.Concealed weapons would not significantly reduce sexual assault and would create inadvertent risks within other forms of interpersonal violence…...
  • Six Flags to cut 18,000 trees to go solar

    03/27/2015 4:22:26 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 41 replies
    My Fox NY.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | AP
    JACKSON, N.J. (AP) - A theme park plans to cut down more than 18,000 trees for the construction of what it says will be the largest solar farm in New Jersey. Park President John Fitzgerald said in a statement that solar power will significantly reduce the park's reliance on fossil fuels.
  • RCAF announces pilot and theme for 2015 CF-18 Demonstration Team

    03/27/2015 4:20:00 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 12 replies
    Royal Canadian Air Force ^ | January 6, 2015
    The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Captain Denis "Cheech" Beaulieu as the pilot for the 2015 CF-18 Demonstration Team. Flying his specially painted CF-18 Hornet commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Captain Beaulieu will wow crowds around the continent during the 2015 air show season. "I am really looking forward to taking the CF-18 all over Canada and the United States,” said Captain Beaulieu, who is a member of 425 “Alouettes” Tactical Fighter Squadron at 3 Wing Bagotville, Quebec. “This job gives me the opportunity to celebrate aviation with audiences...
  • Barack Obama is not a unicorn [Email from a nobama minion]

    03/27/2015 4:19:39 PM PDT · by upchuck · 20 replies
    email | March 27, 2015 | Ashley Pindo
    For many progressives and organizers across the country, President Obama is an inspiration. But he's not a unicorn. (I believe the fact-checkers out there can confirm that.) Our president got his start as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago. Right now, the next Barack Obamas are already out there in communities all across the country, looking to get their start. OFA's mission is to find those great organizers and provide the training needed to be great. It can't be overstated -- of all the things we do at OFA, our training programs are the biggest legacy we'll...