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  • Benjamin Netanyahu just made the single best argument EVER for the Second Amendment

    04/20/2015 6:38:34 PM PDT · by onyx · 1 replies
    allenwest.com ^ | April 20, 2015 | Ashley Edwardson
    He’s just so awesome. During a recent address to the IDF General Staff Forum leading up to Israel’s independence Day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated, “the meaning of independence in my eyes is the ability to defend yourself.” I get it, you get it, and Prime Minister Netanyahu gets it. Our founding fathers got it. And now, the American public not only gets it but is standing up to preserve our individual rights to defend ourselves. The Washington Times reports, “exactly two years after President Obama’s bid for gun control following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting died...
  • żQuien es más Hispano? Rubio, Cruz, Castro or Bush

    04/20/2015 6:13:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Austin American Statesman ^ | April 20, 2015 | Jonathan Tilove
    Good morning Austin: I had a story in Saturday’s paper on the startling fact that, with Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, two of the first three announced candidates for the Republican presidential nomination for president are Hispanic. In other words, if America elects its first Latino president in 2016, that president would almost certainly be a Republican. Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, at best there could be a Hispanic candidate for vice president, with most of the speculation concentrated on Julián Castro, the former San Antonio mayor who is now serving as President Obama’s secretary of housing and urban development....
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Fort Irwin, California ~ 21 APR 2015

    04/20/2015 5:58:26 PM PDT · by laurenmarlowe · 14 replies
    Serving The Best Troops And Veterans In The World!! | The Canteen Crew
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Fort Irwin, CaliforniaFort Irwin & the National Training Center (NTC) is a major training area for the United States Military and is a census-designated place located in the Mojave Desert in northern San Bernardino County, California. Fort Irwin is at an average elevation of 2,454 feet. It is located 37 miles northeast of Barstow, in the Calico Mountains. The base is part of the Installation Management Command (IMCOM). The opposing force at the NTC is the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, the Blackhorse Cavalry, who are stationed at the base to provide...
  • The Footwear Cadets Were Allegedly Forced to Wear During Political Event March Has Sparked an Uproar

    04/20/2015 5:35:33 PM PDT · by true believer forever · 71 replies
    IJReview ^ | April 20, 2015 | Juan Leon
    Making the general public aware about tough issues that need addressing is obviously a good thing. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about doing it. A Reddit post supposedly containing a message from the cellphone of a cadet has raised questions concerning an allegedly mandatory ROTC event. In the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event, cadets were required to wear high heels and march to “raise awareness of sexual assault against women.”
  • In the Left’s Orwellian World, Taxpayers Who Get to Keep their Income Are Getting “Handouts”

    04/20/2015 5:08:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    ’ve sometimes asserted, only half-jokingly, that statists believe all of our income belongs to the government and that we should be grateful if we’re allowed to keep any slice of what we earn. This is, at least in part, the mentality behind the “tax expenditure” concept, which creates a false equivalence between spending programs and provisions of the tax code that allow people to keep greater amounts of their own income. Here’s how I characterized this moral blindness when criticizing a Washington Post columnist back in 2013. Hiatt presumably thinks that the government’s decision not to impose double taxation is somehow...
  • Fracking boom creates jobs for women — but only as prostitutes and maids, activist claims

    04/20/2015 3:43:54 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 50 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 20, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    A key figure behind New York’s statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing says that losing out on oil and gas jobs is no big deal because the industry only creates work for women as prostitutes and hotel maids. In an April 6 lecture at the University of Pittsburgh, biologist Sandra Steingraber of New Yorkers Against Fracking described the fight over oil and natural gas development as a feminist issue. “Fracking as an industry serves men. Ninety-five percent of the people employed in the gas fields are men. When we talk about jobs, we’re talking about jobs for men, and we need...
  • Anzac Day terror plotters were going to 'mow down a police officer with a car...

    04/20/2015 3:37:53 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 21st April 2015 | Sarah Carty
    A police insider has revealed sickening details about the alleged Anzac Day terror plot, claiming the accused men planned to run over a police officer and then kill him with a knife. According to the ABC, a security official close to the ongoing investigation said the group of five men intended to take the officer's gun and embark on a shooting rampage on the streets of Melbourne. The shocking plans mirror those of Islamic preachers Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, who ran down 25-year-old soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich south-east London in May 2013 before 'butchering him' to death. ........
  • Hillary: It’s Not the Pantsuit, It’s the Purse

    04/20/2015 3:21:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2015 | Gretchen Hamel
    There are two distinct and obvious differences between Hillary and her opponents: she is a woman and a Clinton. With her return to the campaign spotlight, these have been the primary focuses of the media coverage, her critics, and conversations amongst women across the nation. Yes, she is a woman, and that can play in her favor. Like many women, I would like to see a woman become President of the United States. I also think it’s due. Yet, I do not think that woman is Hillary Clinton—and I’m not the only one. Why? Bottom line, in my opinion Hillary...
  • Can Gays Turn Straight? What the Evidence Says About “Ex-Gay” Therapy.

    04/20/2015 3:12:57 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 82 replies
    Slate ^ | April 20, 2015 | Nathaniel Frank
    Last week Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., introduced a bill in Congress asking states to ban sexual orientation conversion therapy, often abbreviated as CT, for minors. California is one of two states that have prohibited licensed professionals from offering the practice, which includes efforts to change not only sexual orientation but also gender identity. While the congressional bill is only a resolution—it encourages states to bar the practice rather than proposing the heavier lift of a federal ban—the idea that CT is dangerous and should be banned is gaining momentum ... What do we actually know about the practice of CT...
  • Koch Brothers Signal Support for Scott Walker

    04/20/2015 2:32:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04/20/2015 | Nicholas Confessore
    Charles G. and David H. Koch, the influential and big-spending conservative donors, have a favorite in the race for the Republican nomination: Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin. On Monday, at a fund-raising event in Manhattan for the New York State Republican Party, David Koch told donors that he and his brother, who oversee one of the biggest private political organizations in the country, believed that Mr. Walker was the Republican Party’s best hope for recapturing the White House. “We will support whoever the candidate is,” said Mr. Koch, according to two people who attended the event. “But it should be...
  • Ivy Leaguers Not So Dumb After All [Hillary Clinton not exactly winning the youth vote at Dartmouth]

    04/20/2015 1:51:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/20/2015 | Roger L. Simon
    I am really proud of my alma mater Dartmouth College today — and not because they recently banned hard liquor on campus. (That has its pluses and minuses.) From The Daily Mail [1]: If Dartmouth College students have the same inflated influence on presidential politics that they’ve traditionally enjoyed, Hillary Clinton has some long days ahead in New Hampshire.Of a randomly selected group of 50 students who said they followed presidential politics enough to comment, just nine told Daily Mail Online that the former secretary of state would make a good U.S. chief executive.Hillary’s detractors were far more passionate...
  • How Kelsey Grammer's Personal Tragedy Argues For The Death Penalty

    04/20/2015 1:46:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 79 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2015 | John Nantz
    Countless souls have made the spectral walk to the gallows, have heard the dusty rasp of death’s mournful eulogy whispered odiously from his pale throat, “dead man walking.” The condemned have been hung by the neck until dead, shot, poisoned, decapitated, stoned, or clapped in an iron skull cap while 10 thousand volts of electricity boil the life from flesh and bone. But, this is justice, when delivered by legitimate authority. This is the only atonement that can be made to expunge a crime so black and abhorrent that its presence distorts and tortures nature and its order. Capital punishment...
  • Who’s The “Loser”?

    04/20/2015 1:38:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2015 | D.W. Wilber
    “I think they’re all losers”, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is quoted as answering when asked his opinion of the Republican candidates for president of the United States. Reid made his comments from behind the dark glasses he was wearing as a result of the reported major ass-whoopin he received from his own brother last New Year’s Eve. It would seem that Harry knows a thing or two about ‘losing’. The ‘not-soon-enough’ to be retired senator from Nevada lorded over a United States Senate that accomplished nothing under his tenure that could be described as being good or beneficial for...
  • Which Presidential Candidates Will Support a White House Council on Boys and Men?

    04/20/2015 1:33:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2015 | Rachel Alexander
    There used to be a stigma in recent years toward forming male-only organizations, due to the perception they were sexist; excluding women for the benefit of men. But as boys and men are increasingly failing in so many areas - crime, violence, and education to name a few - that perception is changing. There is a real need for organizations that can reverse this trend and prevent men from turning to destructive lifestyles. The purpose of men’s interest groups is evolving; it isn’t to help men excel over women, it’s merely to stop the spiraling path downward so many are...
  • Bob Schieffer to Rubio: As president, would you sign immigration bill you helped pass in the Senate?

    04/20/2015 1:24:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/20/2015 | AllahPundit
    Rubio’s right that this is a hypothetical and that nothing like the Gang of Eight bill could pass the House right now. But Mickey Kaus is right that it’s a darned fine gotcha, a way to gauge how far Rubio’s willing to go in renouncing his signature “achievement” as a senator. What if Rubio defeated Hillary next year and the party’s leadership decided to capitalize by doing something splashy to show Latino voters that the new, Rubio-led GOP was ready to engage them like never before? A bill like the Gang of Eight bill getting past the House isn’t...
  • Former Bear Doug Buffone found dead at home

    04/20/2015 12:52:14 PM PDT · by Borges · 23 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 4/20/2015 | Peter Nickeas
    Former Chicago Bear Doug Buffone, the all-time leader in games played for the organization, has died in his Chicago home at the age of 70, police said. Paramedics were called to his home in the 1200 block of West Lexington Street around 1:30 p.m. Monday, according to police and fire officials. He was dead on the scene, they said.
  • AF veteran turned model takes flag from demonstrators

    04/20/2015 12:20:15 PM PDT · by shove_it · 34 replies
    VALDOSTA -- An Air Force veteran and former Playboy model who was banned from Valdosta State University Friday after taking an American flag from a group of demonstrators is now organizing her own demonstration that she said is to show support for the military and the flag. Michelle Manhart was detained but not arrested by VSU police after she took the flag from a group of protesters. She said she was not planning to take the flag from the protestors, but she had heard about the group's recent campus demonstrations and wanted to take action. "I did not want anything...
  • 2015 Pulitzer Winners

    04/20/2015 12:12:25 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 6 replies
    Pulitzer.org ^ | 4/20/'15 | Pulitzer.org
    Winning stories, photographs and cartoons, as well as bios and photos of the 2015 winners, are available by clicking the links below.
  • Students Fear for Their Safety Because Conservatives Invited a Speaker to Campus

    04/20/2015 12:02:30 PM PDT · by markomalley · 74 replies
    National Review ^ | 4-20-15 | Katherine Timpf
    Students at both Oberlin College in Ohio and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., have been crying out that they fear for their safety because conservative groups invited someone who disagrees with their views on sexual assault and rape culture to speak on campus. Christina Hoff Sommers, a resident scholar at American Enterprise Institute and author of Who Stole Feminism?, spoke at Georgetown last Thursday and is scheduled to speak at Oberlin tonight. As reported by Twitchy, Georgetown students placed a “trigger warning” sign outside of the speech, advising that it would “contain discussions of sexual assault and may deny the...
  • Surgeon general tells Elmo: Get vaccinated [Prov 22:3]

    04/20/2015 12:02:10 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/20/2015 | PAIGE WINFIELD CUNNINGHAM
    Getting vaccinated will feel only like a pinch, the U.S. surgeon general assured Sesame Street's "Elmo" character last week. The California measles outbreak is officially over, but Surgeon General Vivek Murthy urged Elmo to get vaccinated in a video released by the Obama administration Friday. "It's my job to make sure everyone stays healthy," Murthy tells Elmo in the video."Get all your vaccinations in time" to stay healthy, he continued. "Don't worry, Elmo, it's just a little pinch and it's safe. And tell all your friends on Sesame Street to get vaccinated too..."
  • Baltimore Officials Promise Investigation Into Death of Man After His Arrest

    04/20/2015 11:58:03 AM PDT · by Theoria · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 20 April 2015 | Sheryl Gay Stolberg
    Amid national protests over police treatment of black men, Baltimore officials have promised to investigate the death of Freddie Gray, an apparently healthy 25-year-old who was rushed to a hospital with spinal cord injuries after being chased and tackled by police officers. Mr. Gray, who is black, died Sunday, a week after his arrest. His family’s lawyer said that 80 percent of his spinal cord was severed at the neck while he was in police custody, and that he later lapsed into a coma. Witnesses captured parts of Mr Gray’s encounter with the police on a cellphone video, in which...
  • No Panes in Glass Ceiling

    04/20/2015 11:56:37 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 17, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A pair of researchers from Cornell decided to test the theory that there is a bias against women pursuing academic careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and found that there is none. “Results revealed a 2:1 preference for women by faculty of both genders across both math-intensive and non-math-intensive fields, with the single exception of male economists, who showed no gender preference,” Wendy M. Williams and Stephen J. Ceci wrote in an article published this year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They surveyed “873 tenure-track faculty (439 male, 434 fmale) from biology, engineering, economics...
  • That's pretty fishy!: School blames ‘poor lighting’ for paltry lunch that meets Michelle Obama's ...

    04/20/2015 11:18:26 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | April 17, 2015 | Alexandra Klausner
    Full title: That's pretty fishy!: School blames ‘poor lighting’ for paltry lunch that meets Michelle Obama's nutritional guidelines That's not a light lunch, it's just bad lighting, say administrators at a Virginia School standing up for their FLOTUS approved school meals. A concerned mother took a photo of her child's lunch consisting of a dull looking fish fillet, a whole wheat bun, and corn and then posted it to social media this week. Virginia’s Portsmouth Public Schools say that their lunches are in compliance with Michelle Obama's federal lunch rules. Scroll down for video
  • Time to Stand Against Evil

    04/20/2015 11:03:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2015 | Terry Paulson
    Last week, people from around the world stood in solidarity with the Jewish people on Yom HaShoah. Holocaust Remembrance Day is a solemn and sacred day of remembrance for the six million Jewish men, women, and children who perished in the Holocaust. Watching the Obama administration feverously try to sell the Iranian Nuclear agreement brings back frightening comparisons to Neville Chamberlain’s overly optimistic defense of Adolph Hitler’s intentions before all hell broke loose in Europe. The Iranian leaders’ open threats of death to Israel and America are portrayed as internal posturing, while the criticism of the deal by Israel and...
  • Freeing My Inner Lesbian

    04/20/2015 10:48:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2015 | Mike Adams
    Author’s Note: This is a continuation of my previous column “Caged Animals,” which highlighted a systematic assault on the free speech rights of pro-lifers at UNC-Wilmington. If you are a conservative, please finish your coffee before reading this. If you are a liberal, please take your blood pressure medicine.Dear Chancellor Sederburg (chancellor@uncw.edu): I would like to apologize for the recent controversy I caused by asking that the university fire an activist/administrator who recently attempted to violate the free speech rights of pro-life students attending our university. It seems that my calls for her termination have caused her supporters to gather...
  • Rick Santorum: America Will Never Be Whole if it Continues to Kill its Children in Abortion

    04/20/2015 10:33:58 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 18 replies
    Life News ^ | 4/20/15 | Steven Ertelt
    Former Senator and Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum recently spoke at an event for the Women’s Help Center in Jacksonville, Florida and reiterated his pro-life beliefs.He said, “America will never be whole, America will never be good if America continues to kill its children.” According to Sunshine State News, he also said that the work of the Women’s Help Center was “remarkable” and “important.” The pregnancy center was founded by Catholics in 1990 and helps women make life affirming choices when facing unplanned pregnancies.Santorum explained the importance of their ministry and said, “We have seen it in our lives, the transformative...
  • Tim Tebow joins Chip Kelly's quarterback crew

    04/20/2015 10:29:13 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 43 replies
    ESPN ^ | April 19, 2015 | Phil Sheridan
    [...] If Belichick, the best coach in the NFL over the past 15 years, doesn't see an NFL quarterback in Tebow, then that would seem to settle the issue. Except that Kelly, who worked Tebow out last month, sees the skills and the physical presence and he can't help himself. It's not just about ego. There's a challenge in finding ways to utilize a player's talents, and Kelly enjoys that challenge. [...] The point is, Bradford is the presumed starter with Sanchez as the very capable No. 2 quarterback. But if Tebow is able to click in Kelly's offense --...
  • 1.5 Million Missing Black Men

    04/20/2015 10:24:19 AM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 50 replies
    NYT ^ | 4/20/15 | By JUSTIN WOLFERS, DAVID LEONHARDT and KEVIN QUEALY A
    For every 100 black women not in jail, there are only 83 black men. The remaining men – 1.5 million of them – are, in a sense, missing.
  • Report: NYC Mayor De Blasio wants to be drafted into an anti-Hillary presidential campaign

    04/20/2015 10:09:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/20/2015 | Noah Rothman
    When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio failed to endorse Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and appeared to call into question her progressive bona fides, it shouldn’t have surprised anyone. Though he served as Clinton’s U.S. Senate campaign manager in 2000, de Blasio has been clear that he does not believe that the former secretary of state was pulled sufficiently to the left over the course of the Obama presidency. “The Democrat should be willing to challenge the status quo,” de Blasio in November of last year in the context of Clinton’s efforts to recast herself a progressive populist...
  • Hookers for Hillary! (Barf Alert From the State of Harry Reid)

    04/20/2015 9:59:55 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 13 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4/20/15
    The ladies at Dennis Hof's World Famous Moonlite Bunny Ranch legal brothel in Carson City, Nevada are officially endorsing Hillary Clinton for President of the United States of America. http://hookersforhillary.com
  • The Big Idea: California Is So Over

    04/20/2015 9:59:50 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 16 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | April 19, 2015 | Joel Kotkin
    California has met the future, and it really doesn’t work. As the mounting panic surrounding the drought suggests, the Golden State, once renowned for meeting human and geographic challenges, is losing its ability to cope with crises. As a result, the great American land of opportunity is devolving into something that resembles feudalism, a society dominated by rich and poor, with little opportunity for upward mobility for the state’s middle- and working classes.
  • Blacks: Rethink your war on cops (..'blood in streets' triggering 'govt. to seize freedoms')

    04/20/2015 9:58:30 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 9 replies
    WND ^ | April 19, 2015 | Jesse Lee Peterson
    The West Memphis NAACP has legitimized and inflamed the war on cops by urging blacks to arm up against them. “Law enforcement has to understand, you cannot do what you please when you see us,” Crittenden County NAACP head Shabaka Afrika said in a news conference. The deaths of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown had really roiled angry black activists and street thugs who make up their army. But the killing of Eric Garner at the hands of the NYPD and the shooting of Walter Scott in South Carolina have pushed them over the edge. Nation of Islam leader Louis...
  • Norway first country to switch off FM radio.

    04/20/2015 9:54:18 AM PDT · by Auslander154 · 31 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 4/20/2015 | Roxborough, Scott
    First it was Net Neutrality; will the demise of FM radio come next ? Norway will be switching off FM radio as of 2017 as part of its transition to digital airwaves, DAB. Norway will save $25 million without the FM spectrum making it possible to add 20 or more "national" stations to its digital offerings. Other Scandinavian countries as well as the UK are planning to abandon FM by 2022. For the consumer it means having to buy a new DAB radio which will no doubt soon be given free by Dear Leader along with your phone, toaster and...
  • Robot that bought MDMA, passport and baseball cap released by authorities

    04/20/2015 9:45:07 AM PDT · by Wiz-Nerd · 6 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 17 April 2015
    The Random Darknet Shopper was let go after being held by police for three months. A robot given $100 a week in bitcoins to buy whatever it wanted from the deep web, has purchased a Hungarian passport, a baseball cap fixed with a hidden camera, fake Diesel jeans, a stash can, 200 Chesterfield cigarettes and 10 yellow pills containing 90mg of MDMA each.
  • Florida school testing down again due to tech woes [Florida Media Freakout]

    04/20/2015 9:44:12 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Bradenton.com ^ | 4/20/15 | CHRISTINA VEIGA
    Standardized testing in Florida is once again on hold due to technical glitches. The Department of Education told school districts early Monday that the testing company's servers were down. They were supposed to be back up by 8:30 a.m.
  • Hey, that GOP Obamacare alternative sure looks a lot like Obamacare

    04/20/2015 9:25:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/20/2015 | Noah Rothman
    Republicans have a plan if the Supreme Court guts Obamacare this summer by stripping the government of the ability to provide to the states that declined to set up insurance exchanges with federal subsidiesÂ… and it looks quite a bit like Obamacare. If the Court does interpret the Affordable Care Act literally, then it will compel the federal government to withdraw subsidies from millions of Obamacare beneficiaries. That will make the health coverage those individuals obtained through the ACA in recent years prohibitively expensive, and many will find themselves once again uninsured. This is a double-edged sword for Republicans....
  • Bounce: Rubio rises to double digits in new national poll, leads Hillary by six in new Florida poll

    04/20/2015 9:23:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/20/2015 | AllahPundit
    Last week Nate Cohn wondered why a guy like Rubio with obvious “breakout potential” hasn’t broken out yet, early though it may be. No one expects him to run away with the nomination, but no one expected he’d be stuck at five percent either. As a conspicuously electable center-right candidate, why hasn’t he at least joined Jeb Bush and Scott Walker by polling in the mid-teens?If you believe CNN, he’s on his way. For the moment. Overall, 17% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents back Bush for the GOP nomination, while 12% support Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Paul and Rubio...
  • NYC City Council in talks to decriminalize minor offenses like open container and public [ed tr]

    04/20/2015 9:23:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | April 20, 2015 | Sarah Ryley
    A potential showdown is looming over a pair of City Council proposals that would decriminalize a host of offenses — including fare-beating, drinking on the street and public urination — in an overhaul that could dramatically impact the NYPD’s “broken windows” approach to policing. The measures, still the focus of ongoing negotiations, could pit some Council members against Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who raised questions about the potential changes just last month. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s office is working on a proposal that would make some of the most common criminal court summonses civil charges instead. Violators would get...
  • John Kasich: I’m going to attend a same-sex wedding soon [VIDEO]

    04/20/2015 9:21:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/20/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Welcome to the latest media litmus test for Republican candidates, which like the 2012 litmus test — contraception — has absolutely nothing to do with the job for which they’re vying. Thanks to our crack legions of national reporters, we now know how Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and now John Kasich will RSVP when the gilt-edged invitation shows up in the mail. Meanwhile, we still don’t know whether Hillary Clinton would sign the deal with Iran or why she refused to bolster security around the Benghazi consulate.To borrow a phrase from, like, two years ago,...
  • "What a horrible mother:" How a call from a "good samaritan" derailed these mothers’ lives

    04/20/2015 9:14:41 AM PDT · by No One Special · 90 replies
    Salon ^ | April 19, 2015 | Kim Brooks
    In the moments before the police and county prosecutors and child protective services took over her life, Monique was thinking about dinner. Specifically, she wanted a baked chicken. She had just left a birthday party and was driving home with her two daughters. By the time she pulled into the parking lot of a grocery store near their house, her younger daughter, then 4 years old, was taking a much needed nap. Monique hesitated. She didn’t want to wake her daughter to bring her into the store, where she was liable to be as cranky and difficult as anyone else...
  • Marco Rubio’s deranged religion, Ted Cruz’s bizarre faith: God-fearing clowns

    04/20/2015 9:05:02 AM PDT · by Baynative · 21 replies
    Salon ^ | 4/19/15 | Jeffrey Tayler
    This Season of Unreason will end with the elections of November 2016, but its consequences – validation of the idea that belief without evidence is a virtue, that religion, and especially Christianity, deserves a place in our politics, our Constitutionally enshrined secularism notwithstanding – will live on and damage the progressive cause. But it does not have to be this way. There will almost certainly be no (declared) atheist or even agnostic among the candidates. This is scandalous, given the electorate’s gradual, relentless ditching of religion. A survey just out shows that 7.5 million Americans have abandoned their faith since...
  • The Fathers of Scott Walker and Ted Cruz are Conservative Baptist Ministers

    04/20/2015 9:02:20 AM PDT · by pinochet · 13 replies
    Gov. Scott Walker's father is the Rev. Llewellyn "Llew" Walker. Sen. Ted Cruz's father is the Rev. Rafael Bienvenido Cruz. Both are conservative Baptist ministers. But that is not the only thing they have in common. Both Baptist ministers were born in the same year, 1939. Could this be a mere coincidence, or is God trying to send America a sign in these troubled times? We are living in an America where the leadership of both parties no longer believes in the difference between morality and immorality. Who better than the conservative sons of two Baptist ministers to remind us...
  • The Big Idea: California Is So Over

    04/20/2015 9:00:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 04/20/2015 | Joel Kotkin
    California’s drought and how it’s handled show just what kind of place the Golden State is becoming: feudal, super-affluent and with an impoverished interior. California has met the future, and it really doesn’t work. As the mounting panic surrounding the drought suggests, the Golden State, once renowned for meeting human and geographic challenges, is losing its ability to cope with crises. As a result, the great American land of opportunity is devolving into something that resembles feudalism, a society dominated by rich and poor, with little opportunity for upward mobility for the state’s middle- and working classes. The water situation...
  • Rabbi Warns of Civil War in the United States

    04/20/2015 8:49:39 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 54 replies
    JP Updates ^ | March 26, 2015 | Eliyahu Berkowitz
    The Riminov Rebbe visited the Florida communities made up of South American immigrants from France, gave an unequivocal command to the Jews to leave and go to Israel, saying that there will be a civil war in the US. BeHadrei Haredim reported that the Rebbe said: “Leave while you still can. The situation will get worse and it will be difficult to move from state to state. After World War II the survivors came to the great men of Israel and Hasidic leaders and asked why they had not ordered the Jews of Europe to leave and immigrate to Israel...
  • No Salamander Evolution Evidence, Past or Present

    04/20/2015 8:43:34 AM PDT · by fishtank · 74 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 4-16-2015 | Frank Sherwin
    No Salamander Evolution Evidence, Past or Present by Frank Sherwin, M.A. * Scientists in Portugal unearthed a "super salamander" which, although "weird compared to anything today," is still very much a salamander.1 The fossilized bones of the six-foot (two meter) animal were discovered on a hillside dig "chock-full" of bones and declared to originate from the "Upper Triassic" period, some 200 million years ago according to evolutionary dating. While evolutionists like to claim that variations in traits within a species are proof of evolution, salamanders have always been salamanders regardless of their size.
  • Obama and Erdogan to open new mosque together in Maryland

    04/20/2015 7:52:54 AM PDT · by blueyon · 57 replies
    By The Right Scoop ^ | 4/20/15 | By The Right Scoop
    A couple of years ago it was reported that Turkey was helping fund the building of a $100 million dollar mega mosque in Lanham, Maryland. In fact Erdogan visited the mosque when he was here in May of 2013, promising to come back for the opening. Well that time has apparently arrived and now Erdogan and Obama will be together at the mosque for the big opening ceremony: ANADOLU AGENCY – The presidents of Turkey and the U.S. will open the Turkish-American Culture and Civilization Center in Maryland, Turkey’s foreign minister said Sunday. Mevlut Cavusoglu, on a three-day visit to...
  • Reed College Student Who Told Me to Write the N-Word Was Arrested for Harassing a Girls’ Rugby Team

    04/20/2015 7:51:53 AM PDT · by GrootheWanderer · 12 replies
    Reason ^ | April 20, 2015 | Robby Suave
    Remember Jeremiah True, the Reed College student who demanded that I use the n-word before he would consent to an interview? Well, he was arrested for harassment and sexual abuse. BuzzFeed reports that True interrupted a high school girls’ rugby team practice last Thursday and the police had to intervene: The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office confirmed on Friday that True was in jail and awaiting his arraignment later that afternoon. His booking information, in which his name is spelled incorrectly, is online. According to an employee at Rugby Oregon, a youth rugby organization based in Portland, True was arrested for...
  • Rabbi Elio Toaff, who ushered in era of closer ties between Jews and Vatican, dies at 99

    04/20/2015 7:23:06 AM PDT · by Borges · 3 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/19/2015
    ROME – Elio Toaff, the long-time chief rabbi of Rome who helped guide the recovery of the city’s Jewish community in the wake of World War II and who was key in ushering in a period of closer ties with Roman Catholics, died Sunday in Rome 11 days short of his 100th birthday. After five years as a rabbi in Venice, Toaff became chief rabbi in Rome in 1951, a post he held until retiring in 2002. When he took over in Rome, Europe’s oldest Jewish community, it had been ravaged and splintered by an estimated 3,000 deportations during World...
  • Higher US gas prices sparked modest inflation in March [AP now says inflation "healthy"]

    04/20/2015 6:44:51 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Charlotte Observer/AP ^ | 4/17/15 | Josh "Cover for Obama" Boak
    Higher-priced gasoline slightly boosted consumer prices in March, a sign that some of the effects of cheaper oil are fading and that inflation may be edging up to healthier levels
  • Income gap the widest in nation’s blue cities

    04/20/2015 6:15:45 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 15 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 04/18/2015 | Dan Walters
    Income disparity – the divide between those at the top of the economic ladder and those stuck on lower rungs – is the era’s most explosive political issue. It has, however, a very ironic twist. As a recent report from the Brookings Institution reveals, income disparities are widest in the nation’s bluest – most liberal – cities and much narrower elsewhere.