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  • US veterans ride with pride at Rolling Thunder biker rally

    05/24/2015 2:28:48 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 5 replies
    AFP ^ | May 24, 2015 | Jenny Vaughan
    Washington (AFP) - With the rev of motorcycle engines, the ground rumbles underfoot, and they're off: hundreds of thousands of military veterans ride out for the annual Rolling Thunder memorial rally in the US capital Sunday. For the one million spectators and bikers -- many from out of state -- it is more than just an excuse to slap on a leather vest and polish their wheels. It's a chance to remember the fallen, raise a call to bring soldiers missing in action back home and boost support for veterans. "It's just an honor to come here with all these...
  • Louis Johnson of Brothers Johnson, Michael Jackson bassist, Dies at 60 (Billie Jean)

    05/24/2015 1:55:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    (CNN)Louis Johnson, founding member of funk band the Brothers Johnson and an in-demand bassist who appeared on Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" and "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," died on Thursday, May 21st. He was 60. His death was confirmed by his nephew Troy on Instagram, though a cause of death has yet to be revealed. "I've never been given parts to play in my whole life. I'm the most rare bass player in the whole world," Johnson told Rolling Stone contributing writer Steve Knopper in 2013 for the upcoming book "MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson." "No one ever...
  • Police: 6 killed, 23 wounded in Memorial Day weekend shootings

    05/24/2015 1:55:54 PM PDT · by PROCON · 17 replies
    suntimes.com ^ | May 23, 2015 | Sun-Times Wire
    Six people were killed and at least 23 others—including a 4-year-old girl—have been wounded in shootings across Chicago this Memorial Day weekend, police said. The 4-year-old, identified by her family as Jacele Johnson, was shot about 8 p.m. Friday in the West Englewood neighborhood. She and her 17-year-old cousin Romare Wilson were inside an SUV in the 7000 block of South Justine when another vehicle pulled up and someone inside opened fire, according to their family and Chicago Police.The girl was shot in the head and taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where she was in critical condition, authorities said. The...
  • Progressive Catholics Organize to Promote Pope Francis’s Climate Change Message

    05/24/2015 12:15:14 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 24, 2015 | Breitbart News
    NEW YORK (AP) — There will be prayer vigils and pilgrimages, policy briefings and seminars, and sermons in parishes from the U.S. to the Philippines. When Pope Francis releases his much-anticipated teaching document on the environment and climate change in the coming weeks, a network of Roman Catholics will be ready. These environmental advocates – who work with bishops, religious orders, Catholic universities and lay movements – have been preparing for months to help maximize the effect of the statement, hoping for a transformative impact in the fight against global warming. “This is such a powerful moment,” said Patrick Carolan,...
  • WHERE DO PEOPLE LIKE ME GO NOW?

    05/24/2015 1:32:23 PM PDT · by unlearner · 15 replies
    WND ^ | 5/24/2015 | Joseph Farah
    Those attempting to conquer Syria and turn it into a jihadist, Shariah-compliant hellhole are all Sunni. So, first I have to ask myself why 93 percent of the “refugees” Democratic politicians in America are recruiting to the U.S. are Sunnis. It would be like recruiting Nazi “refugees” from Germany during World War II instead of Jews. The numbers of these so-called “refugees” from Syria are disproportionately Sunnis, even when considering the heavy percentage of the Sunni population there. What’s behind this madness? If we want to be a land of compassion to real refugees, I’m all for it. But that’s...
  • Environmentalists fail in bid to revoke GOP senator’s degree

    05/24/2015 12:13:14 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 31 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 5-21-15 | Tori Richards
    A Washington state senator has survived a campaign by Western Washington University students who demanded their school revoke his master’s degree because he’s not radical enough on global warming. Doug Ericksen, a Republican and chair of Washington’s Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee, has blocked efforts to force businesses and residents to go green, but he supports voluntary compliance. He opposes mandated cap-and-trade programs and low-carbon fuel standards. But the effort to yank Ericksen’s degree — he earned his MA in political science and environmental policy at WWU — met with a stiff rebuke last week from the university’s president....
  • Privatization Fail: Scott Walker's WEDC in Full Meltdown (Is this Free Market economics?

    05/24/2015 11:46:40 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 52 replies
    PR Watch ^ | 5/18/2015 | Mary Bottari
    During the 2010 campaign for governor, Scott Walker promised to create 250,000 jobs in his first term. Toward this end, one of his first acts as governor was to privatize the state's economic development agency. Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) opened its doors in July 2011. After a series of damning audits, which highlighted mismanagement and incompetence, and news reports of special treatment for Walker donors, on Monday Democratic state lawmakers called for a federal investigation of the scandal-plagued entity. Walker is the Chairman of the Board When walker created WEDC in 2011, he named himself Chairman of the Board....
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    05/24/2015 10:44:48 AM PDT · by Faith · 11 replies
    May 24, 2015 | Faith
    Greater love hath no man that this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
  • IRELAND’S ROAD TO SERFDOM

    05/24/2015 10:42:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 23, 2015 | by BENJAMIN HARRIS-QUINNEY
    Two supposedly landmark political events have occurred on the island of Ireland this week.Both were greeted with an element of surprise and excitement and were hailed as great victories for the “progressive movement”, both were inevitable.The referendum in which Ireland supported Same Sex Marriage and a departure with Catholicism was not today, it was in 2009, when Irish people voted to ratify the Lisbon Treaty. They had to vote for a second time of course, their first answer being wrong, but that was the last scism of the defence of their religion and nationhood.The decision on both the Asher’s Bakery...
  • Baltimore's 'Peaceful Protestors' Destroyed This Disabled Little Boy's Everything

    05/24/2015 10:04:19 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 28 replies
    chicksontheright.com ^ | may 23, 2015 | red dawn
    Although the chaos in Baltimore has seemingly come to an end, the damage is done. Buildings are in shambles, and owners have to rebuild their businesses with nothing left of their livelihood except some garbage and burnt pieces of plastic. There are so many heartbreaking stories of individuals affected by the riots, but this one takes the cake. This mom is trying to figure out what steps to take after the “peaceful protestors” destroyed her severely disabled son’s medical equipment, leaving him with nothing. According to the Washington Post, Laporsha Lawson grabbed her disabled son Khai’Lee Sampson and fled to...
  • Quarter of French Africans feel discrimination at work

    05/24/2015 9:40:51 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 10 replies
    Turkish weekly ^ | 23 May 2015
    More than a quarter of young people of sub-Saharan origin in France feel discriminated against at work, according to a study published on Friday. The Center for Employment Studies found 27 percent of 18- to 35-year-olds from this group felt they were treated unjustly at work. The figure was 18 percent for those of North African descent and 12 percent for those with a Turkish family background. Among women, the ‘native’ French population, namely those with no discernable migrant background, felt most discriminated against with 19 percent reporting unfair treatment. According to the study, women feel discriminated against on the...
  • A bad case against gun-buy checks

    05/24/2015 9:19:56 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    triblive.com ^ | 5/23/2015 | Lane Filler
    If you oppose the passage of a federal law requiring background checks for gun buyers, you're endangering police officers and empowering cop killers — and you're not doing anything to protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.
  • Democrat Congresswoman Calls for National Ban on Tanning For Those Under 18

    05/24/2015 8:56:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 55 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 5/22/2015 | Ali Meyer
    Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) called for a national ban on the use of tanning devices, which she described as “essentially carcinogen delivery systems,” by those under 18, on Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol.
  • Valdosta State Student Who Stomped US Flag Wants To Kill All White People

    05/24/2015 8:38:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 48 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Chuck Ross
    Eric Sheppard, the Valdosta State University student who was confronted last month by an Air Force veteran after he stomped on the American flag, has issued a violent 4,700-word anti-white rant in which he threatened to “annihilate those who come after me.” Sheppard is wanted by police after they found a gun in his backpack days after the flag-stomping demonstration. In his lengthy letter, submitted to The Valdosta Daily Times this week, Sheppard said he will not surrender and will use violence if necessary. The flag incident made national news after Michelle Manhart, an Air Force veteran and former Playboy...
  • ISIS Jihadi Bride Estimates Michelle Obama’s Worth as ‘Slave Girl’ at $40

    05/24/2015 8:17:50 AM PDT · by rktman · 49 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/23/2015 | Mary Chastain
    The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) has published an article in the latest issue of its magazine, Dabiq, by jihadi bride Umm Summayyah, estimating that First Lady Michelle Obama is only worth $40 on the terrorist group’s slave market. Summayyah also defends the rape of thousands of Yazidi females.
  • Worldwide Survey Of Litigation Trends Reveals Grim News For America

    05/24/2015 8:14:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2015 | Bob Jones
    Companies in the United States are now facing more than twice as much litigation as companies in other countries. That’s the disturbing finding of a survey recently conducted by the third-largest law firm in the world. The firm, Norton Rose Fulbright, which happens to be the largest law firm in the world based outside the US, conducted a poll of more than 800 corporate counsel representing companies across 26 countries, and the results are not good for American companies or the job seekers who would like to work for them. While the survey is performed to identify litigation trends across...
  • Obama Wants Police Officers to Have 'Softer Looking' Uniforms

    05/24/2015 8:14:09 AM PDT · by Cvengr · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 21, 2015 | The Kelly File
    Earlier this week, President Barack Obama banned the sale of certain military-style equipment to police departments. Brian Kilmeade reported tonight on "The Kelly File" that Obama also thinks that police officers should have "softer looking" uniforms. Kilmeade explained that Obama thinks that police officers are "making things worse" when they show up to inner city communities wearing military-style equipment and riot gear. "They're concerned about the helmet. They're concerned about the shield. It's sending the wrong message," Kilmeade stated. "I used to think from the civilian point of view that that would be a reason not to riot, because the...
  • George Clooney’s Global Warming Shaming

    05/24/2015 8:10:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 54 replies
    thedailybeast.com ^ | 5/24/2015 | Kevin Fallon
    George Clooney’s new summer blockbuster shames us for our roles in global warming and a potpourri of other earthly calamities.
  • Saida Grundy, Boston U. professor, charged with felony identity theft in 2008

    05/24/2015 8:04:01 AM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 7 replies
    Saida Grundy, the controversial incoming Boston University professor who recently apologized for calling white males are a “problem population,” was reportedly charged in 2008 with felony identity theft after she made a fake account for another woman on the adult website Fling.com. In December 2007, as Ms. Grundy was still attending grad school at the University of Michigan, she created a fake account on the adult website, according to court records obtained by Boston.com. The fake ad depicted a woman who was dating the same man that Ms. Grundy was also involved with. Ms. Grundy had reportedly obtained the photos...
  • ‘Be Prepared’: ‘Gay’ Men with Boy Scouts in Tents

    05/24/2015 8:03:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2015 | Matt Barber
    I said it was coming. Many of us did. Two years ago this week the Boy Scouts of America voted to welcome into its ranks “open and avowed” homosexuality (boy-on-boy sexual attraction and behavior), thereby disavowing the “morally straight” Scout Oath its members are sworn to uphold. Shortly thereafter I warned, “In so doing, the [Boy Scouts of America (BSA)] effectively waived the only legal defense it once had to preclude openly homosexual Scout leaders and gender-confused girls from its ranks: religious and moral conviction. It’s only a matter of time until the BSA is forced to capitulate to sexual...
  • Cannes closer is call to arms on climate change

    05/24/2015 8:02:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    expatica.com ^ | 5/23/2015 | unknown
    The Cannes Film Festival's closing film on Saturday was a call to arms to tackle climate change featuring the scientific pioneer who spent decades in Antarctica proving the existence of global warming. "I used to be pessimistic, but I think people are changing," said Claude Lorius, the 91-year-old French scientist whose groundbreaking research on ice cores proved the link between greenhouse gases and global temperatures. His story is told in the documentary "Ice and the Sky", featuring footage from his earliest missions in the 1950s through to the present day.
  • WHY THEY QUIT BEING LEFTISTS

    05/24/2015 7:46:26 AM PDT · by Dqban22 · 11 replies
    The Independent Institute ^ | Nov 17, 2008 | By Carlos Alberto Montaner
    WHY THEY QUIT BEING LEFTISTS By Carlos Alberto Montaner The Independent Institute November 17, 2008 What led these people (along with Octavio Paz, Vargas Llosa, Ernesto Sábato, Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza, and so many other valuable intellectuals) to abandon communism and begin to defend the values of liberty? In the first place, the painful realization that the communist governments, without exception, built societies that were very poor and brutal, from which people invariably tried to flee in desperation. All the communist experiments failed, regardless of the substrata on which they tried to erect their systems. The Germans, the Slavs, the Latin...
  • Harvard's Asian-American Quota

    05/24/2015 7:41:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    Asian-Americans are one of the nation's most astonishing success stories. In 1960, they accounted for less than 1 percent of the U.S. population but had a rich history of persecution -- from the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 to the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Back then, no one could have imagined what lay ahead. Today, nearly 5 percent of Americans have Asian ancestry, tracing to countries from India to Japan. The Pew Research Center reports that they are "the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the United States." They are overrepresented in fields like medicine, engineering...
  • Texas hunter shoots endangered Namibian rhino for $350,000

    05/24/2015 7:17:35 AM PDT · by boycott · 87 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 5-20-15
    Windhoek (AFP) - A US hunter who paid $350,000 to kill a black rhinoceros in Namibia successfully shot the animal on Monday, saying that his actions would help protect the critically-endangered species. Corey Knowlton, from Texas, downed the rhino with a high-powered rifle after a three-day hunt through the bush with government officials on hand to ensure he killed the correct animal. Knowlton, 36, won the right to shoot the rhino at an auction in Dallas in early 2014 -- attracting fierce criticism from many conservationists and even some death threats. He took a CNN camera crew on the hunt...
  • 'Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash killed

    05/24/2015 7:08:06 AM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 83 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 24, 2015
    US mathematician John Nash, whose life story was turned into the Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind, has died in a car crash, local media has reported. Nash, 86, and his wife Alicia were both killed when their taxi crashed in New Jersey, the reports said. The mathematician is renowned for his work in game theory, winning the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994. His breakthroughs in maths - and his struggles with schizophrenia - were the focus of the film.
  • San Diego’s Crawford High School Pilots Halal School Lunches

    05/24/2015 7:02:46 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 39 replies
    kpbs.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | Megan Burks
    Walk the halls of Crawford High School and you'll see City Heights in miniature. The neighborhood is home to immigrants from Mexico, Southeast Asia and East Africa. Several years ago, a group of refugee moms involved with the City Heights nonprofit Mid-City CAN began telling San Diego Unified's Foodservices Director Gary Petill their kids weren't eating lunch. "All students here eat for free, so you have to ask yourself, why weren't they eating with us before?" Petill said. Schools qualify for universal free lunches if more than 40 percent of their students come from families that qualify for other kinds...
  • What We Owe Our Troops

    05/24/2015 6:58:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    At some point on this Memorial Day weekend, stop a minute to remember all those Americans who have fallen in all the wars this nation has waged. And then, next, let’s contemplate what we ought do, if there is any action we might take, in memory of those who didn’t come home alive. There are indeed numerous charities caring for veterans and their families, which are worthy of support, should you have the time or money to contribute. But as citizens, we still owe something more to those who have given, as President Lincoln spoke at Gettysburg, “their last full...
  • America, Please Don’t Become Spain

    05/24/2015 6:42:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    Regular readers of my column know that after tax season is over my wife and I take off for a while and typically travel the world. We do not do tours or cruises as we want to be in amongst the locals to touch and feel what is going on wherever we are visiting. This year our trip was to Spain and Croatia with short stops in Milan and London. We also spent some time in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. We started in Spain, a wonderful country we had not visited since 1987. There are many areas to visit...
  • Ireland `changed utterly` by gay marriage vote [Traditional Catholic teaching rejected]

    05/24/2015 6:32:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Zee News ^ | 05/24/2015
    Ireland`s newspapers said Sunday that the country had dramatically changed and confirmed its emergence from the shadow of the traditionally powerful Catholic Church by voting in favour of gay marriage. Tabloids and broadsheets alike carried colourful pictures of partying "Yes" supporters cheering the landslide referendum result Saturday as they reflected on what the decision meant for Ireland. The Sunday Independent, Ireland`s biggest-selling newspaper, said the vote was truly "historic". "A new beginning" said its front page, which carried a picture of a lesbian couple who plan to marry as others in the background jumped in the air waving the rainbow...
  • No biggie: Your Obamacare premiums are going up. Way up in some cases.

    05/24/2015 6:24:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/23/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The “Affordable” Care Act may be looking for a new name in the near future. As Fox News and the Wall Street Journal are reporting, the next round of health care premium cost adjustments are coming down the pike, and you’ll never guess where things are heading. Okay… you probably guessed already. The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that Obamacare rates are about to shoot up, in some cases as much as 40%. The rate increases requested by insurance carriers vary state by state, but the overall picture is bad.“In New Mexico, market leader Health Care Service Corp....
  • If I Was A Black Man I Wouldn’t Fear White Devils -- I’d Fear Blacks

    05/24/2015 6:21:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2015 | Doug Giles
    If I was a black dude I wouldn’t be sweating getting offed by some pasty skinned white devil who listens to Cold Play and shops The Gap; or some buzz cut, “creepy-ass cracker” cop wearing Aviators. Why wouldn’t I sweat such Caucasians? Well … as a 52yr. old “black man” it’s primarily because of these six things: -- I’m not selling narcotics. -- I’m not carrying a switchblade. -- I’m not shaking down store clerks after they catch me stealing fists full of Swisher Sweets. -- I’m not beating the stuffing out of a cop after I dared him to...
  • President Hillary Kardashian

    05/24/2015 6:04:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2015 | Derek Hunter
    Let’s be honest: It is just an unfortunate fact that Hillary Clinton stands a good chance of becoming the next president of the United States. As unappealing as that prospect is, it’s true. It has nothing to do with policy – aside from being old enough, Hillary lacks any qualifications a nation should desire in a leader. It has everything to do with celebrity, and the Clintons are the political Kardashians. Aside from making millions upon millions of dollars, what do the Kardashians do? Yes, they have businesses now, but they’re all based on, and sell, the celebrity they have....
  • Obama Memorial Day tweet from the Democrats slammed

    05/24/2015 5:57:33 AM PDT · by maggief · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 24, 2015 | Thomas Lifson
    The official Democratic Party Twitter account, @TheDemocrats, is being slammed by a media figure who himself has a history as a Democrat operative. Jake Tapper of CNN has, by almost all accounts, worked hard (harder than George Stephanopoulos by the evidence) to be fair toward Republicans, despite having once worked as press secretary for Chelsea Clinton’s mother-in-law Majorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, when she was a liberal Democrat member of the House of Representatives. Of course, Tapper did appear on the Clinton Foundation website as a speaker at an event, only to have that mention go poof! and disappear in the wake of...
  • How the Gay Rights Canvassing Study Fell Apart

    05/24/2015 5:48:59 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    New Republic ^ | May 21, 2015
    The public unraveling of one of last year’s highest impact studies, “When contact changes minds: An experiment on transmission of support for gay equality” (Science, December 2014), began the way that many posts for the science watchdog blog Retraction Watch do: Its editor, Ivan Oransky, was mentioned in a tweet. "That @sciencemagazine study on contact w gay ppl changing minds abt gay marriage? It was faked... attn @ivanoransky." ''''''''In the study, real canvassers went out into the field and tried to change people’s minds about gay marriage. The data quantifying the impact they had—what the study was intended to measure,...
  • California governor pitches amnesty on traffic debt for poor

    05/24/2015 5:46:43 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 21 replies
    KRON ^ | May 23, 2015 | Joelle Burnette
    Calling California’s traffic court system a “hellhole of desperation” for the poor, Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing an amnesty program for residents who can’t afford to pay off spiraling fines and penalties that have resulted in 4.8 million driver’s license suspensions since 2006.
  • Unquestionable courage & sacrifice

    05/24/2015 5:35:55 AM PDT · by statestreet · 6 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | May 23, 2015 | Salena Zito
    ARLINGTON, Va. The perfect symmetry of alabaster headstones, majestically holding formation along this national cemetery's pastoral hills, reminds you that our soldiers are sentinels guarding our republic, even in death. On a sunny spring day, a lone figure held a tiny flag blowing vigorously in the wind as he knelt before a headstone. He held a conversation with a lost service member, perhaps a son or daughter, alternating between amusement and grief. Taps played from off in the distance. Only the heartless could fail to be touched by the raw emotion of that moment or by the somber presence of...
  • Gates, Gays, and the Boy Scouts

    05/24/2015 5:34:53 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 35 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/24/2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    The soul of a bureaucrat Robert Gates has long been surrounded by men in uniform, first as secretary of defense, now as president of the Boy Scouts of America. His time at DoD coincided with the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on homosexual soldiers — a repeal effectively imposed by the courts — and as the leader of the Boy Scouts he is calling for a repeal of that organization’s policy banning homosexual adults from serving as troop leaders or in other leadership roles. Gates, whose likeness appears in Webster’s with the entry for “bureaucrat,” says that...
  • Scott Walker's GOP rips apart local democracy

    05/24/2015 5:33:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 48 replies
    Madison Capital Times, Your Progressive Voice ^ | May 24, 2015 | John Nicholas, Associate Editor
    Scott Walker and his legislative minions have no respect for local democracy. One of Walker’s early acts as governor was to sign a law that pre-empted Milwaukee’s paid sick days ordinance — which voters had approved by 69 to 31 percent and which the state Court of Appeals had upheld. Dana Schultz of 9to5, the National Association of Working Women, described the state override of the Milwaukee law as “an assault on democracy, local control and working families." The assaults have continued, with Walker and his allies moving again and again to prevent Wisconsin’s towns, villages and cities from acting...
  • The Tolerant Jeweler Who Harbored an Impure Opinion of Same-Sex Marriage

    05/24/2015 5:21:29 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 32 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/22/2015 | Charels C.W. Cooke
    In the American Conservative yesterday, Rod Dreher related the following story: So, a Canadian Christian jeweler custom-made a pair of engagement rings for a lesbian couple, Nicole White and Pam Renouf, at their request. Later, when they found out that the jeweler personally opposes same-sex marriage, they went to pieces and demanded their money back. The couple now believes the rings they ordered will have been tainted by having been fashioned by jeweler Esau Jardon’s hands, given what impure thoughts he holds in his mind. One could be forgiven for wondering how we are all supposed to keep up. Last...
  • New ‘cottage’ at Maine compound for Jeb Bush (Mansion for Columba?)

    05/24/2015 5:04:06 AM PDT · by raybbr · 41 replies
    BostonGlobe.com ^ | May 23, 2015 | Matt Viser
    KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — Jeb Bush, who has a longtime relationship with this seaside town where generations of Bushes have vacationed, is having a house built for him at the family compound on Walker’s Point, with a wraparound porch and expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean. The home, on a 1.3-acre site assessed by the town at $1.4 million, was initiated for him by his mother and father, who have tried to preserve the family ties to the picturesque property. But as he tries to appeal to middle-class Americans in his likely Republican presidential campaign — and distinguish himself as his...
  • German Woman, 65, Gives Birth to Quadruplets

    05/24/2015 4:45:57 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 23, 2015 | FRANK JORDANS
    A 65-year-old teacher from Berlin has given birth to quadruplets after a pregnancy that was widely criticized by medical professionals because of her age, RTL television said Saturday. Annegret Raunigk, gave birth to a girl — Neeta — and three boys — Dries, Bence and Fjonn — by cesarean section at a Berlin hospital Tuesday, RTL said. The newborns weighed between 655 grams (1 lb., 7 ounces) and 960 grams (2 lbs., 2 ounces) each. A spokeswoman for RTL said the babies stood a strong chance of survival but possible complications couldn't yet be ruled out, because they were born...
  • College Students Are Not Customers

    05/24/2015 3:17:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 99 replies
    Slate ^ | May 23, 2015 | By Rebecca Schuman
    In what is apparently a vogue of Republican state legislators exercising misplaced vendettas against college professors, Iowa Sen. Mark Chelgren recently made headlines when he introduced Senate File 64, “an Act relating to the teaching effectiveness and employment of professors” at Iowa public institutions. Each year, the bill stipulates, any faculty who fails “to attain a minimum threshold of performance” based solely on student evaluations would be automatically fired regardless of rank or tenure. Lest you think that firing professors based on a questionable assessment metric affords them too much dignity, rest assured there is more. Some beleaguered governing body...
  • Memorial Day: Remembering a generation defined by duty, one woven into our national tapestry

    05/24/2015 2:30:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Pittsburg Tribune Review ^ | May 23, 2015 | Llewellyn King
    Seventy years ago, we celebrated the end of World War II in Europe. That celebration is not the first memory of my childhood but it is one of the clearest. I was a 5-year-old boy in Cape Town, South Africa, proudly displaying a paper Union Jack, the familiar British flag, and watching the victory parade. I often wonder where the flags came from — before offset printing and photocopying — in time for the parade. Someone knew victory was at hand. There was a palpable, universal happiness — though more subdued, I am told, than the outbursts that greeted the...
  • Islamo-Fascism and the War Against the Jews (deceptive nature of the Muslim Students Association)

    05/24/2015 1:51:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | May 24, 2015 | Noah Beck
    "............Chillingly, free speech, academic freedom, and the safety of Jews can no longer be taken for granted on college campuses. The deteriorating situation is described and analyzed meticulously in Volume IV of The Black Book of the American Left (subtitled Islamo-Fascism and the War Against the Jews). In the book, author David Horowitz assumes the mantle of fearless truth-teller, as he explores how Islamists and leftists work together to limit freedom of thought and speech, defame the only democracy and reliable US ally in the Middle East, and aid the spread of Islamist ideas and policies.The book aptly begins by...
  • Secret Deal Could Contain a Myriad of Gun Restrictions, Ammo Bans!

    05/23/2015 11:44:20 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 66 replies
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Orrin Hatch may soon give the President authority to write gun control restrictions into a “trade agreement.” So click here to contact your Senators –- whether they are liberal or conservative. Urge them to vote against the anti-gun “fast track” bill (S. 995). Will UN-style gun control be rammed down our throats? Gun import bans ... Microstamping of firearms ... Ammunition bans ... The full implementation of the anti-gun UN Arms Trade Treaty ... Illegal amnesty which locks in millions of new, anti-gun voters.
  • Personal details of 500 million Android users at risk: impossible to completely clear data

    05/23/2015 10:54:18 PM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 5/23/2015 | James Dunn
    Up to 500million Andriod users who use or have used Android software could be at risk from having personal information shared after tests revealed it's impossible to clear data from many devices. A report by Cambridge University showed that private text messages, images, videos and email details can be recovered, even after a total wipe - or factory reset - has been done. It means that people who have given away, sold or lost phones are now at risk from having their personal details and any private or sensitive information in messages or emails seen by whoever now has their...
  • Armed Man Stops Carjacker – Holds Him at Gunpoint till Police Arrive – Cops Offer Thanks

    05/23/2015 7:42:21 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 16 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 5/22/15 | Tim Brown
    A would be carjacker was stopped by an armed citizen in Atlanta and held at gunpoint until police arrived. Edgar Horn, 61, allegedly slipped into the passenger's seat of his car as he pulled into a Family Dollar on Marietta Boulevard. "You know what this is," Horn allegedly told Fannin. That's when Fannin pulled out his gun and told Horn to get out of his car. Apparently Horn thought he could just leave, but Fannin wasn't having any of that.
  • Self-Driving Trucks Are Going to Hit Us Like a Human-Driven Truck

    05/23/2015 7:29:36 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 68 replies
    Medium ^ | 5/14/2015 | Scott Santens
    Late last year, I took a road trip with my partner from our home in New Orleans, Louisiana to Orlando, Florida and as we drove by town after town, we got to talking about the potential effects self-driving vehicle technology would have not only on truckers themselves, but on all the local economies dependent on trucker salaries. Once one starts wondering about this kind of one-two punch to America’s gut, one sees the prospects aren’t pretty. We are facing the decimation of entire small town economies, a disruption the likes of which we haven’t seen since the construction of the...
  • Brooklyn teacher acquitted of drugging and raping middle school student demanding job back

    05/23/2015 6:56:07 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 11 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | May 23, 2015
    A Brooklyn teacher who was arrested in 2011 on charges of drugging and raping a middle school student is demanding that the city let her keep her teaching job, according to a new lawsuit. Claudia Tillery, 45, argues in papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court that she was acquitted of all criminal charges in April 2014 and the Department of Education’s hearing officer improperly used sealed evidence, DNA tests and the prosecutor’s testimony to toss her from the teaching post she's had since 1996.
  • ‘That Part of Our History Needs to Be Buried’: College Professor Plans Memorial Day Event..

    05/23/2015 5:59:59 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 28 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 5/23/15 | Jon Street
    to Burn the Confederate Flag A Florida college professor’s plan to burn a Confederate flag on Memorial Day is stirring up controversy by those who say it should instead be a time to remember those who have died while defending America’s freedom. Julian Chambliss, chairman of the Department of History and Africa and African-American Studies program at Rollins College, told the Orlando Sentinel that he decided to host the event because the days of slavery in America are dead. “That part of our history needs to be buried,” Chambliss said. The ceremony will be just one of several to take...