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  • Estimate of U.S. Transgender Population Doubles to 1.4 Million Adults (NYT alert)

    07/01/2016 4:21:28 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 30, 2016 | JAN HOFFMAN
    About 1.4 million adults in the United States identify as transgender, double a widely used previous estimate, according to an analysis based on new federal and state data. As the national debate escalates over accommodations for transgender people, the new figure, though still just 0.6 percent of the adult population, is likely to raise questions about the sufficiency of services to support a population that may be larger than many policy makers assumed. ďThereís a saying: ĎYou donít count in policy circles until someone counts you,íĒ said Gary J. Gates, a demographer and former research director of the group that...
  • Federal Judge Blocks Mississippi's Religious Freedom Law

    07/01/2016 4:11:04 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    wreg-tv ^ | 7/1/16
    A federal judge blocked a controversial Mississippi law that wouldíve gone into effect Friday, which wouldíve allowed businesses and government employees to deny services to gay and transgender people based on religious grounds. U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves issued a 60-page opinion in which he described the Mississippi law, known as House Bill 1523, as ďstate-sanctioned discrimination.Ē ďThere are almost endless explanations for how HB 1523 condones discrimination against the LGBT community, but in its simplest terms it denies LGBT citizens equal protection under the law,Ē he wrote. He cited many
  • Battle of the Somme remembered: Nation falls silent 100 years after Britain's bloodiest day

    07/01/2016 3:59:22 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    The Mirror (UK) ^ | 1st July 2016 | Victoria Murphy, Gemma Mullin
    Britain has fallen silent this morning to honour thousands of the nations soldiers killed in the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago. July 1 1916 was the the bloodiest day in British military history as tens of thousands of British, Commonwealth and French forces went "over the top". Ceremonies across the United Kingdom today honoured the hundreds of thousands of victims of the brutal offensive which started a century ago.
  • The best summer job in Denver might be diving at Casa Bonita

    06/30/2016 10:56:02 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 11 replies
    Denver Post ^ | June 29 2016 | Bethany Ao
    A spellbound hush fell over Casa Bonitaís lunch crowd as 20-year-old Georgia Pullis, one of the restaurantís cliff divers, took her place at the rocky ledge over the iconic 30-foot waterfall. Dressed in a striped swimsuit with water dripping down her back, Pullis took a deep breath before she launched into a graceful layout back somersault dive. She surfaced to the delighted cheers of the guests. As Pullis climbed out of the pool, diners went back to their burritos and tacos. But they had just witnessed something remarkable. Casa Bonita, the only Mexican restaurant where you can stuff your face...
  • Paula Broadwell: Hereís how Charlotte should prepare for an active shooter (WWPB do?)

    06/30/2016 10:27:53 PM PDT · by Sam's Army · 26 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 6/30/16 | Paula Broadwell and Ryan Hoover
    The threat of gun violence in public spaces across our nation is disconcerting. Indeed, ideologically driven, lethal-shooter attacks represent a considerate threat to national security. Since 1970, more Americans have been killed on U.S. soil due to gun violence than all wars combined. A community need not overreact to security threats, but just hoping that Charlotte escapes gun violence is not a viable strategy. Consider this: While most banks, hospitals, and schools rehearse tornado and fire drills, few bankers, doctors, and students have died from tornadoes or fires in the past decade. Contrastingly, scant resources are devoted to preparing to...
  • Al Gore's Daughter Among 23 Arrested In Pipeline Protest

    Former Vice President Al Gore's daughter was among 23 people arrested during a protest of a pipeline under construction. The arrests happened Wednesday at the site of Spectra Energy's West Roxbury Lateral pipeline in Boston. Karenna Gore was among demonstrators who tried to block construction activity on the site by lying in a trench dug for the pipeline and refusing to move until firefighters removed them, said protest group Resist the Pipeline & Stop the West Roxbury Lateral. The group opposes the pipeline because of safety and climate change concerns. Protesters facing trespassing and disturbing the peace charges were being...
  • George Carlin - Political Correctness is fascism pretending to be Manners..................

    06/30/2016 8:17:34 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 17 replies
    George Carlin (1937 - 2008). R.I.P. George.
  • Trump Rally Ė Did You See What Happened In Bangor Maine?(73M projected to vote for Trump)

    06/30/2016 8:08:33 PM PDT · by GilGil · 78 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 6/30/2016 | Sundance
    Donald Trump held a campaign rally in Bangor Maine yesterday. For some odd reason the U.S. national media didnít quite share the scope of the support he found there...
  • Sarah Palin Set To Appear On ABCís ĎMatch Gameí

    06/30/2016 8:04:12 PM PDT · by Bratch · 22 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | June 30, 2016 | izthatiiz
    Sarah Palin Set To Appear On ABC‚Äôs ‚ÄėMatch Game‚Äô ¬† ¬† Governor Palin released the news herself with a post on Facebook: Loading up on protein in NYC - ready to take¬†Alec Baldwin's¬†Match Game on ABCchallenge tomorrow!¬† ūüćīūüźģ ¬† The photo shows the Governor with daughter Willow and nephew Peyton in NYC dining Wednesday evening at the¬†Benjamin Steakhouse. ABC is about to get a boatload of press for their new Sunday evening game show block. Just confirmed: the former governor of Alaska and former vice president candidate Sarah Palin is on her way to be a panelist on¬†Match Game. (Buzzerblog)...
  • We're Evil! Get it?: Pro-abortion humor is lacking in irony

    06/30/2016 7:05:21 PM PDT · by Daniel Clark · 9 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | June 30, 2016 | Daniel Clark
    We're Evil! Get It?: Pro-abortion humor is lacking in irony by Daniel Clark San Diego abortionist Robert Santella decided to have some fun with a young protestor named Zephaniah Mel outside his clinic one day, so he walked up and breathed directly into Mel's face while growling demonically, with just inches between the two. "Stinky breath," he explained, while holding out a cup of coffee for Melís camera phone to see. Then, he reached out with a pair of scissors in his other hand, as if he were threatening to stab Mel in the neck with them. With Santella continuing...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 1 July 2016

    06/30/2016 5:57:27 PM PDT · by beachn4fun · 79 replies
    June 30, 2016 | Canteen Crew
    FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe Come on in, we're open Need a place just to hang out? This is it. We serve coffee, tea, conversation and music. Our AWESOME military, our AWESOME allies, and their families are welcomed and honored here. Remember those who gave all this weekend.No worries in the FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe. Grab a cup and start a conversation. You never know who you might meet...

    06/30/2016 4:57:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Odds Shark ^ | 6/29/16 | Joe Osborne
    **SNIP** The Nathanís Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest is the premier event in competitive eating and this is a landmark year. The 100th edition of the event will take place, as always, on July 4 and the spotlight will be on the biggest rivalry in the history of competitive eating. **SNIP** Not only is Stonie the top-ranked competitive eater in MLE, heís also the youngest. At just 130 pounds, he currently holds 18 competitive eating records. In 2015, he notably consumed 241 Hooters chicken wings in 10 minutes, and a few months later he ate 25 Big Macs in...
  • Collingswood mayor says schools' Call 911 policy dropped: It's 'fixed, finished, done.'

    06/30/2016 4:48:56 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 20 replies ^ | 6/30/16 | Emma Platoff
    A controversial policy that required Collingswood public schools to call police for nearly every incident of student misbehavior has been "reversed," Mayor James Maley said. The change comes after parents complained that their children, some as young as 7, were questioned by law enforcement for incidents such as roughhousing on the way to the cafeteria, allegedly making a racist comment at a third-grade class party, and a playground fight between two middle school boys. Parents did not receive any formal notification of that increase until School Board President David Routzahn and Police Chief Kevin Carey each put out a statement...
  • Police Launch ĎDonít Touch Meí Wristbands to Stop Migrant Sex Attacks in Sweden

    06/30/2016 3:30:16 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 134 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 30, 2016 | Virginia Hale
    Swedenís police chief unveiled the forceís latest weapon in the fight against sexual assault: wristbands reading ďDonít touch meĒ. -snip The press release announced that police intend to equip young women with wristbands with the slogan ďdonít touch meĒ. This will happen over the summer, at festivals and other events for young people. ďBy wearing these wristbands,Ē Swedenís police chief said, ďyoung women will be able to make a standĒ. It is unclear how effective the wristbands, which read ďdonít touch meĒ in Swedish, will be in preventing attacks, as the majority of sex attack perpetrators are thought to be...
  • Tebow hate reaches new low

    06/30/2016 3:09:23 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 59 replies
    The Orlando Sentinal ^ | June 29, 2016 | David Whitley
    id you hear the latest about Tim Tebow? He prayed with a woman as her husband was dying from a heart attack during an airplane flight. Isn't that disgusting? "I think I'm going to throw up," one commenter wrote. There have been thousands more like that posted on websites that carried that story. They should provide plenty of material for psychiatrists studying Tebow Derangement Syndrome (TDS). The malady triggers foaming at the mouth among two groups. One believes Tebow would be a great pro quarterback if only the anti-Christian NFL hadn't blackballed him. That has waned a bit as Tebow...
  • other-victims-of-gun-violence

    06/30/2016 2:46:26 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 7 replies
    Modern Healthcare ^ | 6/28/2016 | Tristram Korten
    MIAMI óThe man on the table at Ryder Trauma Center in Jackson Memorial Hospital has been shot four times, in the forearm, chest, flank, and thigh. Dr. George Garcia spends two hours operating on him, removing bullet fragments, closing blood vessels and repairing tissue. By the time heís tied the last suture itís 2 a.m. Garcia tosses his blood-stained gloves in the trash and goes out to tell the victimís father his son will be fine. Then Garciaís pager signals that an ambulance is on its way with another shooting victim. And so, he heads to the observation bays to...
  • UN body creates post on sexual orientation, gender identity

    06/30/2016 2:42:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 30, 2016 5:23 PM EDT
    The U.N.ís top human rights body has decided to appoint an expert to monitor violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In a narrow 23-18 vote with six abstentions, the Human Rights Council called for the creation of a three-year position for an independent expert to look into wrongdoing against gays, lesbians and transgender people. The expert is expected to be appointed at the next meeting of the 47-member, Geneva-based body in September. Ö
  • School Calls Police on 9-Year-Old for 'Racist' Remark, Called Snack 'Brownies'

    06/30/2016 2:41:11 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 53 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 06/29/16 | Trey Sanchez
    During an end-of-the-year class party at a New Jersey elementary school, a 9-year-old boy said something about brownies and was subsequently questioned by a police officer who was called by the school to investigate an incident of racism. It was another student that accused the boy of saying something "racist," but the boy's mother said he was talking about "snacks, not skin color," according to "He said they were talking about brownies. Who exactly did he offend?" the mother, Stacy dos Santos, asked incredulously. When the boy's father was contacted later in the day, he was informed that the...
  • Gay YouTube Star Charged With Faking His Own Assault, Calling It a Hate Crime

    06/30/2016 2:30:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | June 30, 2016 | Claire Landsbaum
    On Tuesday, Calum McSwiggan ó an openly gay YouTube star who's known for discussing LGBT issues in his videos ó posted a disturbing photo to Instagram. It showed him in a hospital bed with a heart rate monitor connected to his finger and a bandage on his forehead. "Last night was one of the worst night [sic] of my life," the caption read, going on to describe an attack outside a gay club in Los Angeles. "The authorities should have been there to help and protect me but instead they treated me like a second class citizen," he said. "With...
  • Elementary school call the cops after Ďracistí statementÖabout brownies?

    06/30/2016 1:49:37 PM PDT · by detective · 35 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 29, 2016 | John Sexton
    This story is crazy. From On June 16, police were called to an unlikely scene: an end-of-the-year class party at the William P. Tatem Elementary School in Collingswood. A third grader had made a comment about the brownies being served to the class. After another student exclaimed that the remark was ďracist,Ē the school called the Collingswood Police Department, according to the mother of the boy who made the comment. The police officer spoke to the student, who is 9, said the boyís mother, Stacy dos Santos, and local authorities. Dos Santos said that the school overreacted and that...
  • Maryland Attorney General Frosh Using Subpoenas to try to Silence Political Debate

    06/30/2016 12:51:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    MCGOP ^ | June 28, 2016 | Mark Uncapher
    Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh recently joined 16 other state Attorneys General to launch, in their own words, ďan unprecedented, multi-state effort to investigate and prosecute the Ďhigh-funded and morally vacant forcesí that have stymied attempts to combat global warmingóstarting with holding ExxonMobil and other industry giants accountable for fraud and suppression of key climate science.Ē In explaining his support of ďAGs United for Clean Power,Ē Frosh said: ďThere is no doubt that climate change is an existential threat to our society and to our entire planetÖ.I am deeply troubled that oil companies have contributed to the problem by intentionally...
  • Oklahoma waitress hurt by words left on check

    06/30/2016 12:35:42 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 74 replies
    KFOR ^ | June 28, 2016
    When she went to clean the table, Stewart says she found not only a big mess, but a $36 ticket with a message instead of a tip. ďWhen I went to pick up the check, I read it and I thought it said `gray is wrong`, and I went and showed my girlfriend, and she was like, 'what?' And she said it said `gay is wrong',Ē Stewart said. ďI was just shocked. I was more shocked than hurt, but I mean it did hurt.Ē
  • The Great Eliminator: How Ronald Reagan Made Homelessness Permanent (Barf Alert)

    06/30/2016 12:28:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wednesday, Jun 29 2016 | Chris Roberts
    At Christmastime 1982, fed-up religious leaders called a press conference. The Rev. Paul Moore, New York City's Episcopal bishop, was furious. Standing next to Methodist and Catholic bishops, a rabbi and a Muslim, Moore laid into the source of his ire: President Ronald Reagan. At the time, there were 36,000 homeless people on New York's streets, a scene repeated in cities across the country, including San Francisco. But this new wave of needy was different. Instead of the single men with drinking problems who'd populated the hotels and alleys of South of Market after World War II, there were factory...
  • Second Case of Superbug in United States Found in New York Patient

    06/30/2016 12:12:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Nature World News ^ | Jun 29, 2016 | John Raphael
    Scientists have discovered a mcr-1 "superbug" gene in a sample of E.coli bacteria from a New York patient, making it the second reported case of superbug infection in the United States.According to a report from Reuters, the discovery was made after the researchers analyzed 13,525 Escherichia coli and 7,481 Klebsiella pneumoniae strains from patients collected last year as part of the global effort called the SENTRY Antimicrobial Surveillance Program. These patients came from hospitals in the Asia-Pacific region, Latin America, Europe and North America. Out of the thousands of analyzed strains, about 1.9 percent or 390 were resistant to colistin,...
  • UK ĎRapperí Threatens To Run A Migrant Sex ĎTrainí On Nigel Farageís Young Daughter

    06/30/2016 11:26:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | June 30, 2016 | Raheem Kassam
    A Ďgrimeí rapper from Bradford has ostensibly threatened the gang rape of one of UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farageís young daughters, Breitbart London can reveal. Lunar C Ė real name Jake Brook Ė tweeted ahead of Britainís European Union referendum that he and ďhis palsĒ would ďrun a trainĒ on Mr. Farageís daughter. He did not specify which daughter, but Mr. Farageís young girls are aged 9 and 15 respectively. The comment went largely unnoticed at the time, apart from a few supportive retweets from Mr. Brookís followers. Mr. Brook has, this afternoon, reached out to Breitbart London to...
  • University website declares pro-life views a form of assault

    06/30/2016 11:07:50 AM PDT · by PaulyPaul · 20 replies
    The Extract ^ | June 28, 2016
    Leftist views have increasingly dominated American college campuses to the point that many universities now consider the mere mention of conservative values an aggressive act that warrants counseling. One page on the official website of Virginiaís Longwood University, however, shows just how cloistered liberals have become in the realm of higher education. A slideshow on the collegeís Diversity and Inclusion Resources page includes numerous social justice buzzwords, including a denouncement of so-called ďinvalidations.Ē
  • Why Dems Try to Break Black Hearts and Only Trump Can Fix It

    06/30/2016 11:01:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 30, 2016 | Karin McQuillan
    This election cycle is dominated by Democrat race-baiting as usual. Trumpís massively popular nationalist platform to stop illegal immigration and suspend Muslim immigration is labeled racist. What is new are perfidious Republican leaders and pundits rushing to join Democrats in their false accusation against Trump. Democrats have called every Presidential candidate for decades racist. They have to. Telling blacks that Republicans wish them ill keeps Democrats in power. They donít care about the damage they are doing to the country and to black lives. Blacks are cannon fodder in the Democrat war for power. There is something profoundly depressing and...
  • Ban on transgender servicemembers repealed

    06/30/2016 10:55:08 AM PDT · by Ketill Frostbeard · 73 replies ^ | June 30, 2016 | Stars & Stripes Staff
    WASHINGTON ó Transgender individuals will be able to openly serve in the U.S. armed forces, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday. The new policy will be phased in over a one-year period and, effective immediately, servicemembers may no longer be involuntarily separated, discharged or denied reenlistment solely on the basis of gender identity, according to a Department of Defense news release. Servicemembers currently on duty will be able to serve openly. At one year, the services will begin allowing transgender individuals to join the armed forces, assuming they meet accession standards. Gender identity will also not be considered a bar...
  • DoD Installation Commander Celebrates LGBT Pride

    06/30/2016 10:50:32 AM PDT · by Federal Bureaucrat · 20 replies
    A DoD military installation ^ | June 2016 | DoD military commander
    The URL listed above is not this post. Instead, this is pulled from internal DoD correspondence to all hands at a military site. From the base commander. Here's a screen shot of the email:
  • Good Without God? Not in the Long Run

    06/30/2016 10:49:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | June 30, 2016 | Jerry Newcombe
    I see regularly the slogan from the American Humanists Association: ďGood Without God.Ē And I thinkÖ.well, maybe for a while, one can be good (before men). But only because they piggyback on the Judeo-Christian values they may have imbibed. After a while, it all fades away. The reality of that fading away now hits us daily in the news. Thereís not a week that goes by without some new report of violence and mayhem. Some attacks are worse than others. Just recently, the UKís Daily Mail referred to ďlawless Paris,Ē in an attack on innocent people, including tourists. Their sensational...
  • Woman Arrested for Whipping Great-GrandDaughter With Switch

    06/30/2016 10:43:43 AM PDT · by Ketill Frostbeard · 87 replies ^ | June 30, 2016 | ABC7 Staff
    An Arkansas woman was taken to jail for using a switch on her great-granddaughter, who she says was misbehaving. Police say the girl has visible welts on her arm. Norma Toussaint, 70, says she's not a bad person, but says she did pull a switch off her front hedges, stripped the leaves and used it to punish her 12-year-old great-granddaughter. "I went back in the house and whooped her on her arm," Toussaint said. Upset, the girl threatened to dial 911. "I asked, I said, 'You want to call the police on me?' And she said, 'Yes.' I said, 'Call...
  • Donald Trump vs. CNN: Score One for Donald

    06/30/2016 10:38:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | June 30, 2016 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- I see that CNN is calling upon the good offices of Mr. Potato Head to refute Donald Trump's evisceration of Hillary Clinton in his speech last Wednesday. Mr. Potato Head is very indignant that Peter Schweizer has written a book, "Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich," demonstrating that a pattern of corruption exists in the relationship between The Clinton Foundation and the Clinton State Department. He says that pattern of corruption does not establish the Clintons' guilt. Well, an author can only do so much....
  • July 4th weekend typically Chicago's most violent: analysis

    06/30/2016 10:25:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 29, 2016 | By Kyle Bentle and Jonathon Berlin
    The Fourth of July holiday is Monday, and if the long holiday weekend is anything like previous years, it could be one of the most violent of the summer. The total number of Chicago shootings rises significantly during the summer months ≠- - June, July and August. Those three months have the most shootings per month of the year from 2012 to 2015 combined, the years the Tribune has tracked the data. June, the lowest of the summer months, has a total of 1,137 shootings from 2012 to 2015, which is nearly 150 more than the nearest month, May.
  • Midlands business owner told American flag display violates ordinance

    06/30/2016 10:20:22 AM PDT · by aomagrat · 14 replies
    WIS TV ^ | 30 June 2016 | Billie Jean Shaw
    LEXINGTON, SC (WIS-TV) - A town of Lexington business owner says he's being forced to remove 10 flags he placed outside of his business to celebrate the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. Bob Michaelis of Michaelis Mattress Company in Lexington says he was asked to remove the patriotic display because it violates a 1999 town ordinance. According to the town ordinance, only three flags that are not duplicates of each other can be displayed in "restricted and intense development districts." Michaelis, a Marine, says he wanted to "show appreciation to our troops" with the display. However, the Lexington Police Department...
  • Nine Israelis attacked in Ramallah

    06/30/2016 9:38:51 AM PDT · by ml/nj · 4 replies
    Ynet ^ | June 30, 2016 | Elior Levy|
    The nine arrived for a break the fast meal at the end of the Ramadan fast at a well-known Palestinianís home who is working to strengthen ties between leftist Israelis and Palestinians. There is a suspicion that the young people knew about the arrival of the Israelis ahead of time and waited to attack them and their cars.

    06/30/2016 9:38:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 70 replies
    OZY ^ | JUN 292016 | FIONA ZUBLINJUN
    Sixteen years. Thatís how much longer the average British voter aged 65 and older will live, according to one analysis, which means thatís how long theyíll have to live with the outcome of last weekís Brexit referendum. Since older voters are estimated to have turned out in huge numbers ó and voted overwhelmingly to leave the European Union ó Britainís graying generation is partly responsible for the biggest drop in the pound in decades, for the uncertainty in lives of millions of EU citizens in Britain and British citizens in the EU, and for bringing to power a group of...
  • Mikas Hush Hush Divorce Fuels Joe Romance Chatter

    06/30/2016 9:33:34 AM PDT · by CaptainK · 27 replies
    New York Pst ^ | 06/26/16 | Emily Smith
    ¬ďMorning Joe¬Ē hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough could soon go public as a couple. Page Six has exclusively learned that Brzezinski and her husband of 23 years have quietly divorced. Popular MSNBC stars Scarborough and Brzezinski are widely rumored to be romantically involved ¬ó and there¬ís plenty of on-air chemistry for all to see. But while Scarborough is also divorced ¬ó since 2013 ¬ó the TV duo have never confirmed they¬íre romantically involved. An NBC insider told us, ¬ďEverybody at 30 Rock knows they are a couple .‚ÄČ.‚ÄČ. They are constantly together, they arrive and leave events together, even...
  • On Trade, Trump Is an Encyclopedia of Error (Enormous Barf Alert!!!)

    06/30/2016 8:53:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies ^ | June 30, 2016 | Steve Chapman
    Donald Trump is not a professor, but for years he will be yielding insights to every student of economics. His Tuesday address on trade did a masterful job of combining antiquated fallacies with misinformation and ignorance to create an encyclopedia of error. Instructors have never had so much free help constructing their lesson plans. The vision Trump conjures is one of alluring simplicity. He promises to achieve "economic independence" by abandoning globalization, instead using American workers to produce American goods. This change, he said, would "create massive numbers of jobs" and "make America wealthy again." It's a scam, skillfully pitched...
  • Catfish, the Other Cronyism Meat?

    06/30/2016 8:44:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies ^ | June 30, 2016 | Veronique de Rugy
    Cronyism is the ugly marriage between special interest groups and politicians, which results in an abuse of the government's power to grant special privileges to a few winners -- for example, unfairly preventing competition or doling out subsidies and bailouts at the expense of taxpayers. Though cronyism is always outrageous, the way cronies go about achieving their goals is sometimes oddly funny. Case in point: the government's changing the definition of catfish to classify the fish as -- wait for it -- meat, not seafood. As Patrick Mustain reports in Scientific American, Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., included an amendment in...
  • US officials: Military concerned about transgender timeline

    06/30/2016 8:30:52 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 33 replies
    AP/MSN ^ | 6/30/2016 | Lolita C. Baldor
    WASHINGTON ó The Pentagon is poised to announce new rules allowing transgender individuals to serve openly in the U.S. military, amid concerns from senior military leaders who believe the department is moving too fast and has yet to resolve many details, U.S. officials told The Associated Press. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is expected to announce the new policy this week, nearly a year after announcing his intention to make the change. The move would end one of the last bans on service in the military. Several senior U.S. officials, however, said that while the chiefs of the military services largely...
  • De Blasioís Social Media Director Quits: ĎFor The Sake Of My Health And My Sanityí

    06/30/2016 8:27:17 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 16 replies
    CBS New York ^ | 6/29/2016 | Staff
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)Ė Mayor Bill de Blasioís former social media director has quit, citing that heís leaving for the sake of his health and sanity shortly after joining the team.The de Blasio administration announced that Scott Kleinberg would joining City Hall as Director of Social Media and Digital Engagement in early May.Kleinberg posted to Facebook saying heíd be leaving the job and expressing a sentiment of disappointment.ďWell, that was fast. I moved to NYC for a dream job and thatís not what I got. I tried to stick it out, but it was impossible. I donít even know the word...
  • Do Fringe Green Activists Want to Ban Energy Sanity from Democrat Platform?

    06/30/2016 8:19:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | June 30, 2016 | Calvin Beisner
    It would seem that fringe environmentalists want a total ban on sanity in 2016. The Democratic Party Platform was decidedly ¬ďgreen¬Ē and left-of center when it came to energy issues back in 2012, but at least it took a pragmatic ¬ďall-of-the-above¬Ē approach to developing America¬ís energy resources. Since then, oil and natural gas production helped lead the nation in creating jobs and greater energy security. If green groups funded by billionaire Tom Steyer¬ís largess have their way, that reasonable approach will disappear from the 2016 Democratic Party platform. At platform committee meetings, fringe elements¬í strident demands, including a plank calling...
  • US Anti-Gun Senator Jamilah Nasheed arrested with a loaded gun, extra clips, and drunk in Ferguson

    06/30/2016 8:15:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 69 replies ^ | 6/26/2016 | unknown
    Guess who got arrested Monday night after she refused to get up off the ground out in the middle of the road in front of the Ferguson Police Department? And not only arrested, but arrested while her breath reportedly reeked of alcohol and she just so happened to be carrying a fully loaded 9mm with extra ammo? Why none other than Anti-gun Missouri Senator Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis), who has herself sponsored multiple gun control bills. ďIt was a symbolic arrest Ė sending a message to the protesters that we can protest peacefully and that we must protest peacefully and...
  • California Bill Would Ultimately Erase Religious Schools

    06/30/2016 8:05:28 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 21, 2016 | Holly Scheer
    People used to expect that attending something sponsored by religious organization required abiding by mores and behavior that religious body professes. There was a simple option for avoiding the ideas or practices of a belief system you donít agree with: donít frequent their space. This courteous expectation naturally applied to all religions and expressions of faith. California is now attempting to end this system of free association that allows people to define their local and religious cultures. California Senate Bill 1146 (SB 1146), which is slated for a vote Tuesday, seeks to limit the religious exemptions from federal Title IX...
  • Goths Vs.Greeks: Epic battle revealed in newfound text

    06/30/2016 8:01:58 AM PDT · by wildbill · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 2016 | Owen Jarus
    Fragments of an ancient Greek text telling of an invasion of Greece by the Goths during the third century A.D. have been discovered in the Austrian National Library. The text includes a battle fought at the pass of Thermopylae. Researchers used spectral imaging to enhance the fragments, making it possible to read them. The analysis suggests the fragments were copied in the 11th century A.D. and are from a text that was written in the third-century A.D. by an Athens writer named Dexippus.
  • Ardent Americanism

    06/30/2016 7:57:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | June 30, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    ATLANTA -- The Fourth of July brings to mind American Flags, parades, fireworks, BBQ and, where I live, country music. If you are like me, the opening notes of the national anthem cause you to stand up, place your hand over your heart and look around for a United States flag. Tears well in your eyes, your chest swells and you are thankful to be an American. If the national anthem is followed by a rendition of Lee Greenwoods' "God Bless the USA," it can lead to swaying en masse, group hugs and tears streaming down your face. We declared...
  • Fear, loathing and firearms: sensory overload inside the NRA's Mall of Death

    06/30/2016 7:44:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 40 replies ^ | 6/25/2016 | Ben Fountain
    At the 145th National Rifle Association annual meetings and exhibits, you could see and purchase replica flintlock muskets like the kind Daniel Boone used, ďwardrobeĒ handguns the size of a cellphone, a carriage-mounted 1883 Gatling gun, historic firearms from the Renaissance down through the latest Surge, bullet-splat jewelry, deep-concealment holsters, triple barrel shotguns, and camo everything Ė coolers, flasks, four-wheelers, deer blinds, infant-wear and sexy-time lingerie. Mingling with a crowd striking for its nearly uniform whiteness, I did lapse into a kind of fugue state from time to time, a retail trance brought on by sheer sensory overload, but with...
  • Run, Donít Walk to the Nearest Brexit

    06/30/2016 7:33:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | June 30, 2016 | Ken Blackwell
    When the people of Great Britain decided to leave the European Union it energized populist movements around the globe. Some Americans wonder if Brexit previews a Donald Trump presidency. The presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, is playing up the possibility. ďDonald Trump might winósend moneyĒ is her new message. In fact, he might win. Anything is possible in American politics. Heís been able to connect with white, working class, secular voters who until now remained Democratic or stayed home. But the success of ďBrexitĒ offers no guarantees. There are many differences between the United Kingdom and America. Thereís also the...
  • Anti-Cop Race Activist DeRay McKesson Lands Job With Baltimore Schools Making $165,000 a Year

    06/30/2016 7:32:09 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 14 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 30, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    Now Deray will work for the Baltimore School system. The Baltimore Sun reported: Civil rights activist and former Baltimore mayoral candidate DeRay Mckesson will return to his old stamping grounds at city school headquarters to lead the districtís office of human capital. Mckesson was named interim chief human capital officer on Tuesday by incoming schools CEO Sonja Santelises. It was the second and most high-profile cabinet appointment made by the new chief, who begins her tenure Friday. Santelises said Mckesson, who spent about two and a half years overseeing key reforms as a strategist and special assistant in the human...
  • Assemblies of God Pastor Sees Walkout after LGBT Rebuke

    06/30/2016 7:19:38 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 100 replies
    TruNews ^ | 06/29/2016 | TruNews
    After a series of messages over several weeks encouraging the listeners to respond to the Ďfire of Godí, Pastor Bates waded into the controversy over homosexuality, highlighting itís sin as compared to Scripture: ďI was literally shocked, personally, when I began to see people get up, move out, walk out the door kinda shaking their heads. ď Bates says that the people who were most likely to walk out on a message on the Biblical stance of homosexuality are those people with relationship connections with those in the LGBT community. Be it a son, daughter or parent, many going to...