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  • New Orleans Archbishop: Xavier University Made Bad Decision On 2015 Graduation Speakers

    03/04/2015 9:47:22 PM PST · by Steelfish · 2 replies
    SunTimes ^ | March 04, 2015
    New Orleans Archbishop: Xavier University Made Bad Decision On 2015 Graduation Speakers 03/04/2015 SunTimes Network Xavier University plans to award honorary degrees to “some” of the four speakers who are scheduled for its graduation ceremonies this spring and Roman Catholic Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans is not happy about it. It was not stated which speaker upset the Archbishop, but the four scheduled to speak are former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, basketball star Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corp. of New Orleans. Nola.com pointed out Landrieu, Holder and Johnson...
  • How American Homeschoolers Measure Up

    03/04/2015 9:41:27 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 11 replies
    Source: TopMastersInEducation.com
  • New Group Wants To Put Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger on the $20 Bill

    03/04/2015 9:14:32 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Big Government (Breitbart) ^ | March 3, 2015 | Charlie Spiering
    A new advocacy group wants to see President Andrew Jackson ride off into the sunset. It aims to replace his face on the $20 bill with the portrait of a woman. Among the 15 choices offered by the group: Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger. The campaign was started by Barbara Ortiz Howard, who, according to the website, wants to “literally raise the profile of a woman in a male-dominated field.” Below is the full list of proposed candidates.
  • Gunman kills veteran police detective in Fulton County, GA (Article and Video)

    03/04/2015 9:13:55 PM PST · by beaversmom · 12 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | March 4, 2015 | Meg Wagner
    A gunman ambushed cops and killed a veteran detective early Wednesday during a door-to-door shooting spree in an Atlanta-area suburb, police said. Det. Terence Avery Green, a 22-year veteran Fulton County officer, died in a shootout with the suspect, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported. Police said the suspect was possibly drunk when he started terrorizing the Cedar Grove neighborhood near Fairburn, Ga., early Wednesday. He carried a long barrel gun and banged on doors. Then, he fired into some of the homes, police said. Fulton County cops responded to the scene around 1:30 a.m., and the man opened fire on...
  • Cocaine, sex charges filed against Calif. teachers who took 5 male students on ‘camping’ trip

    03/04/2015 7:52:13 PM PST · by george76 · 55 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | March 3, 2015 | Deborah Hastings
    Two California teachers who were already in hot water are now in worse trouble after authorities said the women plied male students with cocaine and had illegal sex with one boy during a supposed camping trip. Melody Lippert, 38, and Michelle Ghirelli, 30, have been charged with unlawful sexual intercourse and giving controlled substances to minors. The pair also gave alcohol to the minors during a two-day camping trip in December, according to a statement from the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
  • Top Obama Adviser's Link To Communism [David Axelrod]

    03/04/2015 7:49:03 PM PST · by justiceseeker93 · 22 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | Feb. 24, 2015 | Aaron Klein
    David Axelrod, President Obama’s former longtime senior strategist, has been caught minimizing his father’s participation with the Communist Party USA. Further, there is evidence Axelrod himself was mentored early on by communist activists. In his book “Believer: My Forty Years in Politics,” released two weeks ago, Axelrod makes light of the communist affiliation of his father, Ukrainian immigrant Joseph Axelrod.
  • Sport-NASCAR calls shrinking grandstands 'right-sizing'

    03/04/2015 6:16:54 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 61 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/4/15 | Steve Keating - Reuters
    NEW YORK, March 4 (Reuters) - NASCAR calls it "right-sizing" but others see it as sign that something is terribly wrong with America's most popular motor sport as thousands of seats are being removed from tracks across the United States. The sprawling Charlotte Motor Speedway, which once drew a crowd of 167,000, is removing 41,000 seats while tracks in Dover and Atlanta will chop capacity by at least 17,000. "Right-sizing is the term," NASCAR's Chief Operating Officer Brent Dewar told Reuters after addressing the Sport Business Summit in midtown Manhattan on Wednesday. "It is what you are seeing in all...
  • Mormon church backs Utah LGBT anti-discrimination bill

    03/04/2015 5:45:46 PM PST · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | March 4, 2015 | Michelle L. Price
    Utah lawmakers introduced a landmark bill Wednesday that bars discrimination against gay and transgender individuals while protecting the rights of religious groups and individuals. The measure has a rare stamp of approval from the Mormon church and stands a high chance of passing in Utah, where the church is based and many state lawmakers and the Republican governor are members of the faith.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ 05 March 2015

    03/04/2015 5:30:34 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 61 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ MISSING TOOTH Hailey Froese, daughter of Air Force Tech. Sgt. Andrew and Jennifer Froese, shows her father where she lost a tooth during his homecoming to Selfridge Air National Guard Base, MI, March 2, 2014, following his six-month deployment to southwest Asia. Froese was one of about 30 airmen assigned to the 127th Security Forces Squadron who returned. U.S. Air National Guard photo by John S. Swanson Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those...
  • Is Violence a Core Teaching in Islam?

    03/04/2015 5:30:32 PM PST · by LSUfan · 35 replies
    Understandingthethreat.com ^ | 20 January 15 | John Gunadolo
    If the recent events of the past 14 years have not brought clarity to understanding the core teachings of Islam are the sole reason the West is facing the warfare we are from so many different directions, then you may be incapable of reasonable and rational thought. Since two Muslims killed a dozen people at the media outlet Charlie Hebdo in France, Muslims all over the world are holding massive protests. For the victims? No. They are protesting their “outrage” over the cartoons. In a sane society, a group of people who barbarically brutalize decent society would not be able...
  • Ten Migrants Killed, Over 1,100 Rescued from Mediterranean Within 24 Hours

    03/04/2015 5:13:21 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 9 replies
    gCaptain ^ | March 4, 2015 | Steve Scherer
    At least 10 North African migrants died when their rubber boat overturned in the southern Mediterranean while more than a thousand more were rescued from eight other vessels over Tuesday and Wednesday, Italian and Tunisian authorities said. The survivors were taken to ports in Italy — part of a growing surge of people risking the dangerous journey to flee poverty, civil war in Syria, military conscription in Eritrea, anarchy in Libya and other conflict zones.
  • Ben Carson: You know what, I’m done talking about gay rights from now on

    03/04/2015 5:07:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/04/2015 | AllahPundit
    After 500 comments about his prison-sex theory of orientation, I figured you’d be interested in an update. Having taken a ferocious beating in the media for the better part of a day, Carson finally says no mas: “I also believe that our Constitution protects everybody, regardless of their beliefs, and that includes people who are gay,” Mr. Carson continued. “I have no problem with them doing whatever they want to do. I’m just not willing to change the definition of marriage for anybody, because once you do that, you have to change it for everyone else who comes along....
  • New York public schools to close on TWO Muslim holidays, Mayor Bill de Blasio announces

    03/04/2015 4:50:32 PM PST · by vis a vis · 35 replies
    DailyMail UK ^ | 3/4/15 | By Associated Press no other a
    New York public schools will add two Muslim holidays to their vacation calendars, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday, a promise he made during his election campaign. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2979445/Mayor-NYC-public-schools-close-2-Muslim-holidays.html
  • (Maryland) Lawmaker Proposes Lower Military Drinking Age

    03/04/2015 4:40:50 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    The Spirits Business ^ | March 3, 2015 | Melita Kiely
    Lawmaker proposes lower military drinking age • A Maryland senator has proposed a new bill to allow 18-year-old members of the US military to drink alcohol, despite the legal drinking age in the country being 21. Senator Ron Young, D-Frederick proposed a reduction in the legal drinking age for military members to the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee on Friday. The bill would permit service members under the age of 21 to drink beer and wine at a bar or restaurant by showing valid military identification, however spirits and off-premise purchases would still be prohibited. “Is someone can...
  • Red Crescent over Hollywood

    03/04/2015 4:31:34 PM PST · by LSUfan · 1 replies
    Religious Freedom Coalition ^ | 4 March 15 | Andrew Harrod, PhD.
    America’s Enemies Influence Entertainment “We are primarily in a war of ideas…between freedom and tyranny,” declared attorney and anti-Islamism activist Deborah Weiss on February 24 before an audience of about 20 at Washington, DC’s National Press Club. Focusing on Hollywood’s media industry as a key “agent for social change” and “information dominance,” Weiss and other panelists examined the dangerous sociopolitical influences of America’s past and present Marxist and Muslim enemies. Cliff Kincaid, president of event host America’s Survival, Inc., opened the panel by discussing “Hollywood’s anti-American bent,” often under leftist influences. This had a long tradition, historian Allan Ryskind later...
  • Fox News Poll: 65 percent say use force to stop Iran, 84 percent call possible deal 'bad idea'

    03/04/2015 3:55:04 PM PST · by upchuck · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 4, 2015 | Dana Blanton
    Americans fear disaster if Iran gets nuclear weapons -- and support military force to stop it. According to a new Fox News poll, voters feel: - It would be “a disaster” if Iran obtains the capability to use nuclear weapons. - The U.S. has not been aggressive enough in stopping Iran from getting nukes. - U.S. military action is the right thing to do to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. - A deal that just delays Iran’s nuclear time-table is a bad idea. - Barack Obama is a weak negotiator with foreign leaders. - It was a good...
  • The Mark Levin Show, M-F, 6pm-9pm EDT, WABC-AM, Wednesday, March 4th, 2015.

    03/04/2015 2:54:37 PM PST · by carriage_hill · 47 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 | Mark R. Levin
    The Mark Levin Show is on-the-air: “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” -- Mark Levin in "Liberty and Tyranny". Welcome to “The Levin Lounge"... Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811.
  • Senate fails to override Keystone XL veto [Five Votes Short]

    03/04/2015 2:07:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03/04/2015 | BY JOHN SICILIANO
    The U.S. Senate voted down a key vote to override a White House veto on a bill to approve the contentious Keystone XL pipeline, which the GOP sees a key to job creation and maintaining a strong U.S. infrastructure. The vote on override a presidential veto failed 62-37. The Senate had passed the bill 62-36 in January.But last month President Obama vetoed the measure. Republicans have said that if they couldn't override Obama's veto, they plan to wrap legislation green-lighting the 1,700-mile pipeline into a spending measure or broader bill, such as the federal highway bill. But Democrats who oppose...
  • Left Takes Aim at Hillary Diane Rodham

    03/04/2015 1:44:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | March 4, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, I'm sitting here, and I am genuinely intrigued at what appears to be a firing squad being put together aimed at Hillary Diane Rodham, otherwise known as Hillary Rodham Clinton. That's her e-mail address at clintonemail.com, HDR, Hillary Diane Rodham. No mention, no relationship, no mention whatsoever of her husband, Bill. Hillarydianerodham22@clintonemail.com is her e-mail address. People are trying to figure out, "What does the 22 mean?" At any rate, it's stunning, the New York Times, the Associated Press, the New Republic, Politico, it is unprecedented. I'd never seen it, the Drive-By Media, the left-wing media,...
  • Millennials Don't Worship the Clintons

    03/04/2015 1:29:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | March 4, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Look here. New Republic. Now, the New Republic is under new management. The New Republic is owned by some Silicon Valley tech gazillionaire. My memory is sketchy on this. I don't remember the guy's name. I think he was one of Zuckerberg's founding partners in Facebook. He took his money, they either kicked him out or he left on his own. He's got a gay boyfriend that ran for Congress, lost, spent more money -- it was upstate New York. But, anyway, that's who runs the New Republic. And they got rid of everybody. The old guard is all...
  • Kinder Morgan proposal to bore through Burnaby Mountain prompts protests

    03/04/2015 1:24:00 PM PST · by shove_it · 14 replies
    SeekingAlpha ^ | 4 Mar 2015 | Carl Surran
    Kinder Morgan (KMI -0.6%) wants to drill through Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia to reach an oil-loading ship terminal, but WSJ reports that it is facing more challenges than the mountain itself, as it also is battling resistance from Vancouver officials and protestors opposed to fossil fuel development. Burnaby Mountain has become a symbolic battlefield in a much larger debate about energy resources in North America, opponents and supporters of the pipeline plan say. Canadian oil producers are counting on KMI’s $4.3B proposal to triple the capacity of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, which connects Alberta’s oil sands to a...
  • Hate campaign has made PM stronger (Australia's conservative Prime Minister, Tony Abbott)

    03/04/2015 1:23:51 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 5th March 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    HOW I’ve laughed. The howling pack of journalists trying to destroy Tony Abbott may have left him stronger. There are many reasons why the Prime Minister is making a stunning recovery in some polls. ..... And it’s working. First came a Newspoll showing Abbott more than halving Labor’s lead. Then came Monday’s IPSOS poll that (exaggeratedly) claimed the Liberals were now only a whisker behind, 49 per cent to 51. But there is one factor in Abbott’s recovery that media hasn’t yet admitted: Abbott’s media haters finally went too far and made him an underdog. They made it too obvious...
  • Vegas couple tell lawmakers they want to carry, be foster parents too

    03/04/2015 1:16:38 PM PST · by redreno · 8 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 03/04/15 | By SEAN WHALEY
    CARSON CITY — Brian and Valerie Wilson asked the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to approve a bill that would allow them to carry their loaded weapons and still serve as foster parents. In testimony to the committee in support of Assembly Bill 167, Wilson said the couple’s attempts to get a variance from a state regulation prohibiting the carrying of loaded weapons with foster children was denied. “I am really heartbroken that the Department of Child and Family Services gave us this denial letter,” Valerie Wilson said. “I really want a family.” Wilson said the Las Vegas couple always...
  • DHS approved 100,000 expanded amnesty applications before judge halted program

    03/04/2015 12:49:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 03/04/2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The administration processed about 100,000 applications for amnesty for so-called Dreamers under some of the expanded rules President Obama announced last year, lawyers told a Texas judge late Tuesday, in a move that could complicate their claim that they have halted all action under the amnesty. Mr. Obama’s Nov. 20 announcement offered a number of different benefits to illegal immigrants, including expanding eligibility for his 2012 amnesty for Dreamers and boosting the amount of time he was granting an amnesty form deportation and permits for legal work from two years to three years. While the administration hadn’t begun collecting applications...
  • With Hillary imploding, could Al Gore ride to the rescue?

    03/04/2015 12:46:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/04/2015 | Noah Rothman
    Few Democratic influencers with an interest in preserving their futures within the party will go on the record questioning Hillary Clinton’s viability as a presidential candidate, but plenty are providing background quotes in which they express reservations about the party’s presumed 2016 nominee. In the press, some on the left are wondering whether it has been smart for the president’s party to put all their 2016 eggs in Hillary’s basket, and who may succeed her if her nascent candidacy collapses in on itself. “How dumb is it for Democrats to count so completely on this one person?” asked US...
  • Monica Lewinsky to give TED Talk

    03/04/2015 12:44:37 PM PST · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | March 3, 2015 | Dan Merica
    Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern at the center of President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial, will continue her reentry into public life with a TED talk in late March. Lewinsky's remarks will focus on making "a safer and more compassionate social media environment, drawing from her unique experiences at the epicenter of a media maelstrom in 1998," the TED website said.
  • What Hath Michelle Rhee Wrought?

    03/04/2015 12:13:02 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 2, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When she served as chancellor of Washington, D. C.’s public schools, Michelle Rhee’s policies provoked scorn from Capital City teachers, to put it mildly. Long gone from the D. C. scene, Rhee’s approach is still benefiting D. C. students. “Ninety-one percent of the students on opportunity scholarships graduate from high school compared to 77 percent of the students in D. C. public schools,” Patrick Wolf of the University of Arkansas said at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last Thursday. Currently, there are 22 states with private school funding programs, according to Dr. Wolf. Additionally, some states have Educational Savings...
  • Walker surging in North Carolina [up 10 points since last poll]

    03/04/2015 11:47:34 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    PPP's newest North Carolina poll provides just the latest evidence of a Scott Walker surge among GOP voters. Walker leads the Republican field in the state with 24% to 17% for Jeb Bush, 15% for Mike Huckabee, and 12% for Ben Carson. PPP has now had three polls in a row- this one in North Carolina, one two weeks ago nationally, and one three weeks ago in South Carolina- where Walker, Bush, Huckabee, and Carson have all hit double digits while none of the rest of the GOP contenders have. For the time that quartet seems to be the top...
  • Horrific video claims to show a nine-year-old 'ISIS supporter' being executed by Shia militia

    03/04/2015 11:33:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 45 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 4, 2015 | John Hall
    A horrific video has emerged claiming to show a nine-year-old child being brutally murdered by members of a Shia militia who accused him of being a supporter of the Islamic State terror group. The footage was purportedly filmed near the Iraqi city of Tikrit, where a coalition of 30,000 Iraqi Army soldiers and private Shia armies launched a campaign to oust ISIS militants earlier this week. The horrific film has not been independently verified and could easily be just the latest piece of propaganda to be released by the terrorist organisation. Nevertheless the sheer brutality of the clip calls into...
  • Prosecutors Mull Charges In Brown Family Attack

    03/04/2015 10:35:02 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 24 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | March 4, 2015 | No
    MARCH 4--Prosecutors are now considering criminal charges against members of Michael Brown’s family in connection with a violent confrontation over the sale of merchandise commemorating the late teenager, who was shot to death last year by a police officer.
  • Pelosi: I Almost Cried During Netanyahu's Horribly Insulting Speech

    03/04/2015 10:31:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 73 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 4, 2015 | Guy Benson
    Allahpundit nails it: Faced with the dilemma of ticking off pro-Israel Democrats and donors versus ticking off her party's left-wing, hostile-to-Israel base, House Minority Nancy Pelosi decided to split the baby. She'd show up to Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to rebuff the "boycott" crowd (representing a sizable chunk of Congress' remaining Democrats), but she'd also cartoonishly flaunt her displeasure with the Prime Minister's message. Her angry theatrics were so ostentatious that reporters in the gallery couldn't help but take notice: Nancy Pelosi looks ENRAGED on the House floor. She shook her head and covered her eyes at one point.— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) March 3,...
  • Chicago's Only Possible Salvation: Bankruptcy

    03/04/2015 10:19:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/04/2015 | Mike Shedlock
    Is the Chicago pension system so messed up and union work rules so entrenched the only way to change either of them is bankruptcy? I think so. So does Dennis Byrne who wrote on his blog today Chicago's Only Salvation: A Detroit-Like Bankruptcy. This is a guest post from Byrne. Chicago's Only Salvation: A Detroit-Like Bankruptcy Wait, I thought only the Republican Party was being torn asunder by a rift between the establishment middle and the fringe. That impression was nailed down, again, last week by the embarrassing fracture among House Republicans over funding for the Department of Homeland Security....
  • How Stupid Is the Obama Administration?

    03/04/2015 9:40:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | March 4, 2015 | Michael Walsh
    In the Persian bazaar, it's always wise to count your fingers after the handshake. Or naive. Or, let’s face it, evil. It appears that we have an entire administration of expensively credentialed plutocrats, without the slightest clue how the world really works. Bibi Netanhayu gave his “good friend” John Kerry a hint yesterday when he referred to Iran as a “Persian bazaar,” where the hondeling is part of the fun and cheating is the name of the game. And now here come the Iranians to prove it! Iran rejected on Tuesday as “unacceptable” U.S. President Barack Obama’s demand that it...
  • WH Task Force Wants Obama to Change “Thanksgiving” to “Celebrate Immigrants Day” via E. O.

    03/04/2015 9:28:14 AM PST · by SandRat · 43 replies
    Restoring Liberty ^ | Joe Miller
    Susan Payne, a Maryland political activist who was interviewed on the Mark Levin Show last week, called into The Joe Miller Show yesterday and provided even more details on what a White House task force is planning with respect to illegals in this country. She explained that not only did members of the task force make it clear that their efforts are designed to provide as much money and benefits to illegals as possible, they were also trying to expand ways to induce illegals to come to the United States. With respect to those who receive executive amnesty, Ms. Payne...
  • Inside the Twisted Mind of a Gun Control Advocate: Jennifer Thorne Edition

    03/04/2015 9:22:07 AM PST · by rktman · 2 replies
    thetruthaboutguns.com ^ | 3/3/2015 | Robert Farago
    The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Facebooked a news story on suspected road rage killer Christopher Lee McCullum with the caption “Don’t worry, folks. He’s a ‘Good Guy with a Gun.'” Huh? Any man who murders an innocent victim isn’t a “good guy.” Ipso facto. The antis are spreading this mendacious meme throughout social media and onto op ed pages. Here’s how Jennifer Thorne, Executive Director of Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, deploys the same sarcastic barb in a cleveland.com column focusing on last year’s pro-gun legislative package H.B. 234:
  • Gov. Scott Walker would sign 20-week abortion ban

    03/04/2015 9:20:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/04/2015 | By JAMES HOHMANN
    Shifting his tone to reassure social conservatives, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker declared Tuesday that he intends to sign a state law in the coming months that bans abortion after 20 weeks. In an open letter to the Susan B. Anthony List, the likely Republican presidential candidate also said that he supports “similar legislation” now stalled in Congress. “My policies throughout my career have earned a 100 percent rating with pro-life groups in Wisconsin,” Walker writes. “As the Wisconsin legislature moves forward in the coming session, further protections for mother and child are likely to come to my desk in the...
  • Feds crack down on Chinese 'birth tourism'

    03/04/2015 9:16:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/04/2015 | By William La Jeunesse, Laura Prabucki
    Airfare from the U.S. to China and a months-long stay in an Orange County, Calif., apartment: $80,000. A baby born a U.S. citizen: priceless. In the largest operation of its kind, early Tuesday morning federal officials in Southern California served warrants at "Chinese birthing houses" or "maternity hotels," where wealthy Chinese nationals paid up to $80,000 for the sole purpose of giving birth in the U.S. to obtain citizenship for their children, earning in-state tuition to U.S. universities for them and permanent U.S. residency for the parents. "It is essentially citizenship for sale," said Center for Immigration Studies analyst Jessica...
  • The Rubio – Lee tax overhaul plan is… better than nothing

    03/04/2015 9:13:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/04/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    I know that a lot of tax reform hawks were hoping for more of a complete overhaul, perhaps taking the form of an entirely new system which replaces the progressive tax code with a completely alternate structure. (Something along the lines of a flat tax, consumption tax, etc.) It doesn’t look like that will be happening any time soon, but Marco Rubio and Mike Lee are at least looking at some simplifications. GOP Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Mike Lee of Utah are rolling out an overhaul of the tax code on Wednesday that, among other things, consolidates...
  • Rare-Earth Clocks, Sm-Nd and Lu-Hf Dating Models: Radioactive Dating, Part 5

    03/04/2015 8:32:11 AM PST · by fishtank · 11 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Mar 2015 | Vernon R. Cupps, Ph.D.
    Rare-Earth Clocks, Sm-Nd and Lu-Hf Dating Models: Radioactive Dating, Part 5 by Vernon R. Cupps, Ph.D. * Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. (Colossians 2:8) Author’s note: I was about nineteen when I realized Darwinian evolution was unscientific and completely rejected it, but I didn’t give much thought to a “young earth” at the time. Decades later, when I was in my mid-50s, I came to believe in a young-earth view of creation after taking the time...
  • De Blasio Announces Addition Of Muslim Holidays To NYC Public Schools Calendar

    03/04/2015 8:09:54 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 26 replies
    CBS New York ^ | 03/04/2015 | CBS New York
    New York City public schools have added two Muslim holidays to the school calendar, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina announced Wednesday. Schools will now close for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, making New York City the largest school district in the nation to recognize the two holidays on the official school calendar. “We are committed to having a school calendar that reflects and honors the extraordinary diversity of our students,” said Farina. De Blasio said the change means that Muslim families won’t be forced to choose between observing the holidays and sending their kids to school....
  • NYC Schools Adding 2 Muslim Holidays to Calendar

    03/04/2015 7:47:33 AM PST · by thefactor · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | Yaron Steinbuch
    New York City schools will add two Muslim holidays to the calendar this year, Mayor de Blasio is announcing Wednesday.“Today we’ll announce the addition of Eid al-Adha & al-Fitr to @NYCSchools holiday schedule, a change that respects the diversity of our city,” Hizzoner tweeted.
  • State Dept tweets speech by Muslim cleric who blames Mideast unrest on “world Zionism”

    03/04/2015 7:23:14 AM PST · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    Jihadwatch.org ^ | March 4, 2015 | Robert Spencer
    The people at State who are responsible for this probably didn’t see anything amiss. They probably believe much the same thing, even if they wouldn’t state it in the same lurid terms: they likely think that if Israel would just go away, peace would prevail in the Middle East.
  • Bibi's Speech Is the Dems' Box Canyon

    03/04/2015 7:06:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 4, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    Nancy Pelosi was near tears. After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress on Tuesday, the House minority leader sent out a press release informing the media, "I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister's speech -- saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States" and "saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran." Wags lampoon House Speaker John Boehner for getting teary-eyed too readily -- and rightly so. So why would the San Francisco Democrat outdo the GOP leader by announcing that she was getting all blubbery because she didn't...
  • Sweet Briar College to close because of financial challenges

    03/04/2015 6:59:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 3, 2015 | Nick Anderson and Susan Svrluga
    For more than a century, Sweet Briar College has offered women a liberal arts education in a pastoral setting near Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Equestrian programs, a tight-knit residential community and, lately, an engineering science degree, have been its hallmarks. On Tuesday, the college’s leadership abruptly announced its closure to stunned and tearful audiences of faculty and students. Officials cited “insurmountable financial challenges,” saying the 700-student college, founded in 1901, would shut down permanently in August. An $84 million endowment, officials said, was not enough to offset ebbing demand for their school in a tumultuous market.
  • Hillary’s email scandal gets worse and worse

    03/04/2015 6:39:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 100 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/04/2015 | Noah Rothman
    In his latest piece, National Review’s Charles Cooke related a choice exchange he had with a former Clinton White House staffer who attempted to defend Hillary Clinton’s role in this latest scandal involving her determination to avoid using an official and secure email address, as is mandated by law.“It’s ‘worth remembering,’ a former Clinton administration staffer assured me quickly on Twitter, ‘that Hillary didn’t have email until she was in her forties. She was clueless.’” Cooke wrote. “‘I just mean,’ he added, desperately, that “she’s no dummy — except possibly with computers — where she kinda is.’”So the Democratic...
  • Dr. Ben Carson: Prison sex shows being gay is a choice

    03/04/2015 6:34:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/04/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Does prison sex prove that sexual orientation is a choice? Given that much of what constitutes “sex” in prison occurs under some sort of duress, using it as an example of “choice” seems like … a stretch, to say the least. Dr. Ben Carson, who just announced the formation of a presidential exploration committee, defended the traditional definition of marriage in an interview this morning with CNN’s Chris Cuomo by relying on that argument to differentiate same-sex marriage advocacy from the civil rights movement (via Twitchy):CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon and potential Republican...
  • Comedy gold: Hillary internets expert ‘Eric Hoteham’ sets up Twitter account

    03/04/2015 6:33:10 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 34 replies
    twitchy.com ^ | March 4, 2015 | twitchy staff
    According to AP, the Internet address for Hillary Clinton’s homebrew email server was registered to someone named Eric Hoteham. That name, however, “does not appear in public records databases, campaign contribution records or Internet background searches.” We wrote this morning, “It’s time to find this Hoteham character — if that’s really his name — and get him under oath.” Now someone calling himself “Eric Hoteham” has set up a Twitter account. He describes himself as “number 1 transparency advocate, internets expert, cattle futures aficionado, rose law alum.”
  • Do We Even Need the DHS?

    03/04/2015 6:31:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/04/2015 | Michael Tanner
    So House Republicans have accepted the inevitable and passed a clean bill funding the Department of Homeland Security. We always knew how this would play out. The media, congressional Democrats, and President Obama deluged us with tales of impending disaster, as if ISIS were about to wade ashore in Miami, despite the fact that, according DHS’s contingency plan, 86 percent of the department’s workers would be exempt from any furlough, including virtually all employees at key security agencies like customs and border protection, the Coast Guard, and the Secret Service. On the other hand, the Republicans really had no end-game....
  • Why the Supreme Court Will Rule in Favor of Obamacare

    03/04/2015 6:26:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    The New Republic ^ | 03/04/2015 | Abigail R. Moncrieff
    On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell, which will decide whether health insurance subsidies should be available nationwide or only in those 16 states that established exchanges. Several questions have recently emerged over the legitimacy of the plaintiffs’ case, including issues of jurisdiction and congressional intent, but there’s an even deeper flaw: The plaintiffs’ interpretation would render the statute unconstitutional. Several of my colleagues and I made this case in an amicus brief to the Court. If the plaintiffs’ interpretation carries the day, then Obamacare has threatened states that failed to establish exchanges with...
  • Will Obama Dictate Tax Hikes By Imperial Decree?

    03/04/2015 6:20:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Raw Power: The White House press secretary has acknowledged that President Obama is indeed interested in using executive orders to raise taxes. The long national nightmare that is the Obama presidency gets worse. All those speeches Obama made years ago about being unable to unilaterally decree laws that his supporters wanted him to enact were merely a setup for him doing it. It's clear he wanted to appear as if he respected his constitutional limits as president so that when he did what he said he couldn't do, he would look like he was operating within the law. No one...