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  • Obama turns 'prepper,' warns of coming 'crisis' 'Families should assemble a disaster supplies kit'

    08/30/2014 8:58:57 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 28 replies
    WND ^ | August 29, 2014 | Bob Unruh
    President Obama on Friday turned prepper, with a proclamation regarding National Preparedness Month that warned emergencies, “from hurricanes and wildfires to cyber and terrorist attacks, can strike anywhere at any time.” In his proclamation, he said each household should have its own plan. “Before emergencies occur, we must make sure we are ready to respond, and it is every American’s responsibility to be prepared. There are simple but important steps we can all take to ensure we know what to do and have what we need in the event of a crisis. National Preparedness Month is an opportunity to talk...
  • Sir Paul McCartney Joins Celebrity Calls Against Scottish Independence

    08/30/2014 8:47:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday 30 August 2014
    Sir Paul McCartney has become the latest celebrity to call for Scotland to stay as part of the UK before the country's vote on independence next month. The ex-Beatle made the declaration as the Let's Stay Together campaign sought support in Liverpool on Saturday.
  • Another For-Profit College Bites The Dust

    08/30/2014 8:26:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 30, 2014 | Blake Neff
    Nearly 10,000 students across the country are facing an uncertain future following the sudden collapse of another for-profit college system this week. After a summer which saw the dramatic collapse of Corinthian Colleges, fellow for-profit education company Anthem Education is rapidly closing its doors after the company filed for bankruptcy this week. Prior to filing for bankruptcy, Anthem Education had no fewer than 34 different campuses around the country. That number is in rapid free fall, with nine campuses shutting down Friday after the Department of Education failed to approve a deal that would temporarily keep them open. Anthem’s collapse...
  • Feds Still Studying Why Majority of Lesbians Are Obese

    08/30/2014 7:59:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 08/30/2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government is still seeking answers as to why the majority of lesbians are obese and U.S. taxpayers are footing the bill, which now totals $2.87 million. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) study is now in its fourth year, receiving an additional $670,567 for fiscal year 2014. The project seeks to determine why “nearly three-quarters of adult lesbians overweight or obese,” and why gay males are not. In just two years the project’s budget has nearly doubled, growing from $1.5 million to nearly $3 million today, despite fears that sequestration could jeopardize the project and other NIH funding....
  • Banning chocolate milk backfires

    08/30/2014 7:34:07 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 37 replies
    Cornell Chronicle ^ | APRIL 16, 2014 | BY MELISSA OSGOOD
    To some, banning chocolate milk from elementary schools seemed like a good idea, but new Cornell University research shows that removing chocolate milk from school menus has negative consequences. “When schools ban chocolate milk, we found it usually backfires. On average, milk sales drop by 10 percent, 29 percent of white milk gets thrown out, and participation in the school lunch program may also decrease,” reports Andrew Hanks, lead author and research associate Cornell’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. “This is probably not what parents wanted to see.” The Cornell study, which included professors David Just and Brian...
  • Obama Attends Wedding of Longtime Personal Chef To MSNBC Host [While Presidency In "Meltdown"]

    08/30/2014 7:30:24 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 21 replies
    CBSNews ^ | August 30, 2014
    August 30, 2014 Obama Attends Wedding of Longtime Personal Chef To MSNBC Host POCANTICO HILLS, N.Y. - President Barack Obama set aside the pressures of the world's trouble spots on Saturday to assume the role of spectator for something more joyous: the wedding of the Obama family's longtime chef and friend. Chef Sam Kass and MSNBC host Alex Wagner were tying the knot in an evening ceremony at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a farm-to-table restaurant in Pocantico Hills, just north of New York City. Obama and Kass have a close relationship, which Obama highlighted earlier this month by spending...
  • African-Americans may be getting inferior breastfeeding advice

    08/30/2014 7:10:15 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 29, 2014 | Ronnie Cohen
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Mothers who give birth in areas with higher concentrations of African-Americans are less likely to get breastfeeding support on maternity wards than mothers in other communities, a new study shows. Breastfeeding provides well-documented health benefits to infants and their mothers. But African-American women are about 16 percent less likely to nurse their newborns than white women, according to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Psychologist Considers ‘Transgenderism’ on College Campuses

    08/30/2014 7:02:26 PM PDT · by narses · 5 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | August 27, 2014, at 10:23 AM | Justin Petrisek
    When facing new cultural challenges like “transgender” students at Catholic schools, educators must remember that “values are an integral, indivisible part of all that they are,” writes clinical psychologist Dr. Frank Moncher in an analysis published collaboratively by The Cardinal Newman Society and the Culture of Life Foundation. Dr. Moncher, senior fellow of social sciences at the Foundation, analyzes two legal cases in which religious colleges have been granted exceptions to carry out their faith-based missions with regard to “transgendered” students. The first case deals with a female student who applied to California Baptist University (CBU), but later revealed “that...
  • German Homeschoolers Win Custody of Their Kids, But Court Still Calls it Abuse of Parental Authority

    08/30/2014 6:56:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/30/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    An appeals court in Germany has ruled that a family court's decision to keep legal custody of four children away from their parents, Dirk and Petra Wunderlich, was wrong, and ordered that complete custody be returned to the family. However, the court maintained that homeschooling endangers children and they should go to school. "We have won custody and we are glad about that," Dirk said in a statement released by Virginia-based Home School Legal Defense Association, which has been assisting the Wunderlich family since their children were taken on Aug. 29, 2013. The court said taking the children away was...
  • Texas: ISIS Terrorists Interested in Obama’s Open Border w/Mexico

    08/30/2014 5:38:53 PM PDT · by GilGil · 10 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 08/29/2014 | daniel greenfield
    "...the Texas Department of Public Safety “situational awareness” bulletin, obtained by FoxNews.com. The three-page bulletin, entitled “ISIS Interest on the US Southwest Border” and dated Aug. 28 was released to law enforcement on Thursday. “Social media account holders believed to be ISIS militants and propagandists have called for unspecified border operations, or they have sought to raise awareness that illegal entry through Mexico is a viable option,” states the law enforcement bulletin, which is not classified."
  • When Whites Just Don’t Get It: After Ferguson, Race Deserves More Attention, Not Less (Groan)

    08/30/2014 5:29:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 30, 2014 | Nicholas Kristof
    MANY white Americans say they are fed up with the coverage of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. A plurality of whites in a recent Pew survey said that the issue of race is getting more attention than it deserves. Bill O’Reilly of Fox News reflected that weariness, saying: “All you hear is grievance, grievance, grievance, money, money, money.” Indeed, a 2011 study by scholars at Harvard and Tufts found that whites, on average, believed that anti-white racism was a bigger problem than anti-black racism. Yes, you read that right! So let me push back at what I...
  • Video: Sharyl Attkisson wants to know where the illegal immigrant children have gone

    08/30/2014 5:25:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/30/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    If CBS thought that Sharyl Attkisson was a thorn in their side when she worked there, they should have known that things would only get worse when she was out on the loose. Her recent report for Sinclair TV was picked up on ABC’s Project Immigration series, and she’s highlighting some important questions which are not being answered.- Since the border crisis began, three military facilities housing more than 7,700 unaccompanied, illegal immigrant children have been close.- Where were they sent? The government isn’t providing answers to citizens, to reporters, or even to Congress.- Of the ones that we...
  • Clinic’s secular nature intact (Catholics cave!)

    08/30/2014 5:10:50 PM PDT · by narses · 23 replies
    The Socialist-Review ^ | 8/30/2014 | Addy Hatch
    Religious directives that some worried could restrict medical care at a new health clinic preparing to open on the Washington State University Spokane campus are being jettisoned. The announcement Friday by Providence Health & Services comes two days after the American Civil Liberties Union expressed concern about the clinic’s bylaws and asked WSU regents to address the matter at their Sept. 11 meeting. The Spokane Teaching Health Center is a consortium of Providence, WSU Spokane and the Empire Health Foundation. It’s expected to open on the WSU Spokane campus in 2016, and regents will consider selling $15 million in revenue...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ PERSEVERANCE ~ 31 August 2014

    08/30/2014 5:02:00 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 45 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
          PERSEVERANCE The idea of perseverance is an important component in athletics, the military, studies, and even in religion. Perseverance is the master key, the secret of success when you are in the middle of the struggle. It is that extra, the second air, the capacity to overcome the discouragement. Our society is making a lot of progress. We have technology and facilities that no one in history ever had before. The new generations can grow up today more healthy, and live longer. But we do have an Achilles' heel: the absence of the spirit of perseverance....
  • Alleged Anti-White Bias in the Context of the Trayvon Martin Matter = ‘hostile work environment’

    08/30/2014 4:51:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 28 | Eugene Volokh
    Speech at work complaining about alleged anti-white bias in the context of the Trayvon Martin matter = ‘hostile work environment’ harassmentHere’s an excerpt from an administrative decision I just read, DeMay v. Richmond County Dep’t of Social Servs., 2014 WL 4206296 (N.C. Office of Admin. Hearings); it was filed July 2, 2014, but just posted on Westlaw on Wednesday. The petitioner was demoted because of a statement she made at a meeting, and the administrative decision upheld the demotion: SNIP 6. At a momentary pause between topics discussed at the meeting, Petitioner announced that she had a FaceBook post that...
  • Walter Williams: Things I Don't Understand (Great read)

    08/30/2014 4:40:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 52 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 3, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    There are things that really puzzle me. Some life insurance companies charge lower premiums if you haven't made a life-shortening lifestyle choice. Being a nonsmoker is one of them. Actuarially, that makes sense because the life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than for nonsmokers. Insurance company policies charge higher premiums to those who are obese. The National Institutes of Health reports that those with a body mass index greater than 40 have a six- to 14-year lower life expectancy. Again, actuarially, that makes sense. Indeed, there's a strong advocacy for higher life insurance, as well as...
  • Guinea Ebola Riots Wound Dozens

    08/30/2014 3:57:51 PM PDT · by Covenantor · 12 replies
    News24 ^ | Aug 30, 2014
    Guinea Ebola Riots Wound Dozens Conakry - Clashes between protesters and security forces in a Guinean city at the epicentre of the west African Ebola outbreak have left at least 55 wounded, the local government said on Saturday. A curfew was imposed in N'Zerekore, Guinea's second-largest city, after two days of protests on Thursday and Friday by market stall holders against a team of health workers sent, without notice, to spray their market with disinfectant. Regional governor Lancei Conde said at least 27 law enforcement officers forces were among the wounded. "In N'zerekore and elsewhere, there are two camps -...
  • 2 Questioned in ‘Anti-White’ Shooting of Jogger in Central Park

    08/30/2014 3:56:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    New York Post ^ | 8/30/2014 | Natasha Velez
    Cops are questioning two alleged ‘anti-white’ thugs who shot a woman in Central Park with a pellet gun and police sources said they have been linked to a few other pellet gun shootings around the city.
  • Ferguson shooting spurs curriculum advocates to craft lesson on race (Black Panthers)

    08/30/2014 3:50:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 30, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Even though the police shooting of an unarmed man in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson is only weeks old and a grand jury is still trying sort out what really happened, a Washington-based nonprofit is offering a classroom lesson plan that draws a link between the incident and the revolutionary rhetoric of the 1960s Black Panther Party. Teaching for Change says its “Teaching about Ferguson” guide can help students think critically about the shooting of Michael Brown in an Aug. 9 confrontation with police and ways they can be proactive in their own communities. “The Black Panther Party’s 1966...
  • UN hosts Historic Counter-Anti-Semitism Confab

    08/30/2014 3:17:04 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/8/14
    On Monday September 8th, 2014, at 1:15 p.m., the UN Permanent Mission of Palau, and the Engr Aja Eze Foundation are sponsoring a conference on “Global Anti-Semitism: A Threat to International Peace and Security” at the United Nations Headquarters facility in New York City. The counter-anti-Semitism conference will feature speakers who will explain how the rising tide of anti-Semitism will have a catastrophic effect on the safety and security of the world. The opening statements will be made by H.E. Dr. Caleb Otto, Amb. UN Perm. Mission of Palau, and H.E. Mr. Ron Prosser, Amb. UN Perm. Mission of Israel....
  • Hundreds of protesters march in Ferguson (again), demanding justice in Michael Brown killing

    08/30/2014 3:10:22 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 53 replies
    St. Louis Post Dispatch ^ | August 30, 2014 | Lisa Brown and Samantha Liss
    Hundreds of protesters clogged South Florrisant Road in front of the Ferguson Police Department as they demanded justice in the shooting of Michael Brown three weeks ago. The crowd grew rapidly beginning about 1 p.m. after earlier marching from the site of Brown's shooting by a police officer to a city park, where Brown's family spoke. The march was billed as a protest "against police killings, brutality, profiling and legal cover-ups." Organizers said people would be coming from around the country for the march. Many people carried signs and there were people honking horns and shouting "Justice for Michael Brown."
  • Anti-Israel MP George Galloway Assaulted in London

    08/30/2014 3:09:38 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/8/14 | Ari Soffer
    Notorious anti-Israel British MP George Galloway was hospitalized on Saturday after being assaulted in London. Galloway, who leads the far-left Respect Party, was posing for pictures in the UK capital when he was punched repeatedly by an attacker, who apparently "made reference to the Holocaust", a spokesperson told the media. The precise motive is not yet clear but police say they arrested a suspect, named as 39-year-old Neil Masterson of London, for religiously-aggravated assault, as well as common assault against a man who attempted to defend the radical MP. The suspect is due to appear at Hammersmith Magistrates' Court on...
  • Investment & Finance Thread (Labor Day week edition)

    08/30/2014 3:08:28 PM PDT · by expat_panama · 13 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Aug. 29, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    This morning looking in today's Real Clear MarketsGet I got a real kick out of this link that appeared :  Kick Off Labor Day Weekend With Some Depressing Charts - Quartz.   What the Quartz guys were wetting their pants over was how employee pay % total Gross Domestic Income was falling.  Here's a plot of the numbers they stole from the American Tax Payer supported BEA.gov: (Note: Freepers can't post Quartz articles because of an alleged copyright complaint)      Apparently what's really got them upset is that the evil capitalist is exploiting the American Worker and the the share for evil...
  • At Ferguson March, Call for Labor Day Highway Protest

    08/30/2014 3:05:25 PM PDT · by BigEdLB · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | 8/30/14 | MANNY FERNANDEZ
    FERGUSON, Mo. — Activists on Saturday called for mass civil disobedience on the highways in and around this St. Louis suburb to protest the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer, with the leaders of one coalition encouraging supporters to stop their cars to tie up traffic on Labor Day.
  • The Reformation of Manners (Mark Steyn on Rotherham)

    08/30/2014 2:35:40 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 15 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | August 29, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    On Friday I appeared on Michael Graham's radio show to discuss, among other things, the appalling revelations from Rotherham, a drab town in South Yorkshire in which over the course of a decade and a half some 1,400 girls (as young as 11) were "groomed", drugged, raped, traded and, occasionally, doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight. All the while, the entire apparatus of the state, from the political class to the police to the "child protection" agencies, looked the other way - for fear of appearing "racist" or "Islamophobic". The BBC describes the predators' actions as "brazen",...
  • UKRAINE: Russian paratroopers detained in Ukraine, do not want to continue in military

    08/30/2014 2:19:04 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 4 replies
    rosbalt.ru ^ | August 29
    Russian paratroopers who were detained in Ukraine, do not want to continue the service. They do not want to be cannon fodder Kremlin adventurers http://www.rosbalt.ru/main/2014/08/29/1309659.html KIEV, August 29. Russian paratroopers, who were detained in Ukraine, will not continue to serve in the Armed Forces, said Slon, citing an interview military channel "Rain". "After all that has happened, few people want to continue to serve. I personally reluctant to exert such pressure on their parents. Parents are always on the nerves," - said one of the soldiers. In an interview soldiers have also indicated that they were not informed in advance...
  • Extreme Austrians Advocate “Do Nothing” to Stop the 2008 Meltdown

    08/30/2014 1:34:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Mark Skousen
    “Doing nothing new and simply working with pre-existing [federal bankruptcy] procedures would have been much better than anything we’ve done so far.”–Harvard Professor Jeffrey Miron, “The Case for Doing Nothing,” July 10, 2009I’ve been a big fan of the Austrian school of economics and have written books on the subject, including “The Structure of Production” and the first purely “Austrian” textbook, “Economic Logic.” The ideas and policies of giants like Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek have much to offer the world. They are better than other schools in identifying the imbalances in the global economy that can cause trouble...
  • Politico: Obama to Limit Campaigning to 'States Where He's Still Popular'...

    08/30/2014 1:11:11 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 59 replies
    Politico ^ | 8-30-14 | Tom Blumer
    A Friday afternoon dispatch at the Politico from Carrie Budoff Brown and Jennifer Epstein tells us that "The White House is putting the finishing touches on a post-Labor Day schedule that will send the president to states where he’s still popular." The list of states where the Politico pair alleges that's the case is quite short: "Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Illinois and California." That's it. Obama, in a situation resembling that of Richard Nixon in the final months of his presidency, when "Tricky Dick" was mocked for being able to find friendly audiences in just a few Southern states, is apparently...
  • An Italian Doctor Joins the Bureaucrat Hall of Fame

    08/30/2014 1:10:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    In April of 2013, I introduced a Moocher Hall of Fame to “celebrate” some very odious examples of welfare dependency.Since that time, I keep thinking that it’s time to do something similar for government bureaucrats. This compilation from last December would be a good place to start, though I’d have to figure out whether to have group memberships so that we could include the bureaucrats at the Patent and Trademark Office who get paid to watch TV, as well as the paper pushers at the Department of Veterans Affairs who got big bonuses after creating secret waiting lists that led...
  • Braggadacio, information control, and fear: Life inside a Brigham stem cell lab under investigation

    08/30/2014 12:37:18 PM PDT · by pieceofthepuzzle · 4 replies
    The following post was written by a former research fellow in the lab of Piero Anversa to whom we’ve promised confidentiality. Anversa has previously told us that he cannot comment because of an ongoing investigation. In the early 2000s, his laboratory published a series of papers regarding the regenerative qualities of bone marrow-derived and cardiac-resident “stem cells." Those initial findings, as well as the research conducted since those early studies, have always been surrounded by controversy, as many have been unsuccessful in efforts to replicate their results. The “Hypothesis” was that c-kit (cd117) positive cells in the heart (or bone...
  • Holder’s Justice Dept Uses Bank Settlements to Fund Democrat Nonprofits

    08/30/2014 12:29:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Once again, our Chicago-style Attorney General has proven that corruption is the basic foundation upon which the modern Democrat Party is built. Eric Holder, the nationÂ’s top extortionist officer, has been running around the financial sector suing banks for anything (and everything) he can get away with. Ally Bank paid millions for alleged racist lending practices (an allegation the DOJ made without ever looking at loan portfolios), JP Morgan has shelled out billions for various anti-Obama comments regulatory infractions, and Bank of America just paid a $16.6 billion fine for their government-mandated role in the financial crises of 2008.Aside from...
  • USCCB committee reaffirms commitment to dialogue with Muslims

    08/30/2014 12:29:00 PM PDT · by detective · 26 replies
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | August 25, 2014
    The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs has strongly reaffirmed its commitment to engage in dialogue with Muslims. After citing texts from the Second Vatican Council and St. John Paul II on dialogue with Muslims, the committee stated that “sadly, in recent years, there has been a deliberate rejection of this call to engage in dialogue with our Muslim brothers and sisters by some in the Catholic Church and in other ecclesial families.”
  • Do You Want to Know Why There’s No ISIS Strategy?

    08/30/2014 12:10:34 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 54 replies
    The White House Dossier ^ | 8-30-14 | Keith Koffler
    If you want to get some idea about why President Obama has not formulated a strategy for defeating ISIS, take a look at . . . Thursday. Yes, Thursday. On Wednesday night, reporters were given Obama’s Thursday schedule. It did not mention a meeting between Obama and his national security advisors. Just before 10:00 am, we received word that he would convene a meeting with the National Security Council at 4:00 pm sharp. It sounded portentous. Such meetings aren’t normally scheduled so hastily or announced to reporters. Then, at about 1:45 pm, 45 minutes after the daily briefing was supposed...
  • Militarization of Police II

    08/30/2014 11:03:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Jack Kerwick
    There’s a notion, popular among self-avowed “libertarians,” that among the largest threats facing our nation is that of “the militarization” of the police. This idea has been expressed quite a bit as of late, particularly in the wake of the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. In a recent article of mine, I argued against it. I am profoundly sympathetic to libertarianism. Indeed, I consider myself a libertarian of a sort, a conservative libertarian, as it were, a libertarian who recognizes the need to emancipate libertarianism from the abstract, rationalistic excesses with which it is all too...
  • Minds in the Dumps

    08/30/2014 10:57:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Charles Payne
    “We don’t want to put the cart before the horse.”- President ObamaOur Commander-in-Chief explaining that there is no current plan for dealing with the terror group, ISIS, beyond our containment efforts is the kind of thing that hurts the overall mood of the nation. But is disappointment with our elected leaders and slow recovery enough to explain why Americans are so glum? We are really down in the dumps, and it’s not just the fact summer is almost over.The market is rocking, housing is coming back, and unemployment is plunging… those are common headlines from the New York Times and political...
  • US Consumer Spending Unexpectedly Dips; Zero for 79

    08/30/2014 10:46:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Mainstream media headlines in the last two days offer an amusing look at GDP forecasts. GDP Stronger Than Expected Yesterday, the Financial Times reported US Rebound Stronger than First Thought. The US economyÂ’s second quarter bounce was stronger than previously thought, with the official annualised growth estimate increased from 4 per cent to 4.2 per cent. The revision is more evidence of robust underlying growth in the worldÂ’s biggest economy as it swung back from a weather affected 2.1 per cent fall in the first quarter."Economic Pilot in Reverse" Today, the Wall Street Journal reported U.S. Consumer Spending Declines 0.1%...
  • Obama’s Moment to Seize the Day in Iraq

    08/30/2014 10:32:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Raymond Tanter
    Reports President Obama authorized surveillance flights over Syria suggest he is beginning to seize the moment given to him by the horrific execution of American journalist, James Foley. If he authorizes airstrikes into Syria against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), even over the horizon from Iraq, it could reinforce the “moderate” Free Syrian Army against both ISIS and Assad. Even if such strikes also helped Assad against ISIS, they would be worth the effort. Interests If the surveillance over Syria indicates the President if abandoning his strategy of defensive containment and going on the offensive with a...
  • A Half-Trillion Dollar Budget Deficit

    08/30/2014 10:20:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration continues to run up big budget deficits and huge long-term debts that threaten our economic future and put our national security in peril. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released new numbers this week, projecting that this year's budget deficit alone will be half a trillion dollars more than the U.S. Treasury takes in each year. That's far less than the string of record-breaking trillion dollar-plus budget deficits in President Obama's first term -- in some part due to the automatic sequestration budget cuts that Republicans forced on the administration. But deficits of that size continue...
  • Most Americans are Financially Illiterate: Only 34% can answer these three basic questions correctly

    08/30/2014 10:09:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Townhall ^ | 08/29/2014 | Mark Skousen
    “The college educated are more likely to own stocks and less prone to use high-cost borrowing.” — Journal of Economic Literature Financial literacy is important, but sadly, only a handful of states require students to take personal finance or an investment course. I earned a Ph. D. in economics and never took a class in accounting, business or personal finance! How bad is financial education in this country? In 2008, two economists came up with three simple questions to test the financial knowledge of citizens 55 years or older. See how well you do: 1. Suppose you had $100 in...
  • Central African Republic: A History of Violence, But Now a Chance For Peace

    08/30/2014 10:05:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Stephen Smoot
    With little Western fanfare, outside of a US State Department press release, the Central African Republic late last month established a new transitional government. Spokesman Jen Psaki stated that the US calls “on all members of this newly appointed government to move forward quickly with the democratic process.” She also urged that the process be based on a “broad based national consultation.” Well meaning Washington phrases echo very softly in a land half a word away hardened by generations of violence. Conflict has almost always reigned here. Much of the African diaspora started with these unhappy people. Arab traders from...
  • 'Truthy' Grant Recipient Denies Database Will Track 'Hate Speech' Despite Support for

    08/30/2014 9:27:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 8/28/2014 | Katherine Rodriguez
    So, the Indiana University professor who got the grant to create the "Truthy" database denies reports that it's going to track "hate speech." Though, a look into his background suggests he's a big fan of organizations that throw the term around liberally. The Washington Free Beacon wrote a piece earlier this week on how the federal government gave $1 million to track "hate speech" and "misinformation":
  • Celebrities, Congressional Black Caucus: Let's Nationalize Police

    08/30/2014 8:20:23 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 42 replies
    The New American ^ | 30 August 2014 | Thomas R. Eddlem
    Celebrities, Congressional Black Caucus: Let's Nationalize Police The New American 30 August 2014 Prominent celebrities and Congressional Black Caucus leaders endorsed a major nationalization of local police forces in a letter to President Obama. Full Article:http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/item/19025-celebrities-congressional-black-caucus-let-s-nationalize-police
  • Cedar Falls Conversion Ban Passes

    08/30/2014 8:07:47 AM PDT · by campg · 10 replies
    Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | 8/18/2014 | Mike Anderson
    Cedar Falls conversion ban passes August 18, 2014 10:00 pm • By Mike Anderson(1) Comments Cedar Falls rental moratorium faces fight CEDAR FALLS | City staff have finished writing a resolution to impose a six-month moratorium on new rental permits in parts of the city, but t… Read more Councilman applies for permit to turn his home into rental CEDAR FALLS | At-large councilman Nick Taiber has no plans to rent out his home in the Overman Park neighborhood, but on Aug. 15 he went to Ci… Read more Cedar Falls rental housing task force looks for focus CEDAR FALLS...
  • China tells journalists to learn 'Marxist news values'

    08/30/2014 7:59:55 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 18 replies
    yahoo news ^ | by Sui-Lee Wee
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China ordered its journalists on Saturday to learn "Marxist news values" and uphold the principles of news as prescribed by the ruling Communist Party, the latest step in President Xi Jinping's crackdown on the media. The guidelines by the All China Journalists' Association are aimed at both traditional and online media and are another sign of Xi's politically conservative agenda. "Let us hold high the banner of socialist core values," the report said, using the party's term for orthodox beliefs. Xi has espoused old school Maoism as he seeks to court powerful elements in the party. Like...
  • The Foreign Policy of the Three Stooges

    08/30/2014 7:34:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | John Ransom
    The Middle East isnÂ’t just a foreign policy problem; itÂ’s another one of the man-caused disasters that has become the hallmark of the Obama administrationÂ’s version of Moe, Larry and Curly. And the cause of the disaster is transparently clear: These stooges are all campaign and no common sense. Because the amigos tres in this instance havenÂ’t just been poor executives-- as they have shown in other policy-- theyÂ’ve been poor thinkers as well. That they are hurting Muslims in Iraq and the Middle East -- a group they say they stand in solidarity with-- is immaterial to them....
  • Obamacare is Affecting Everyone

    08/30/2014 6:38:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Millions of people are out of work and can’t find a job. Many of those who have jobs are being forced to work part-time instead of full-time. And those who have full-time jobs are in for a nasty surprise. Next year’s take home pay is like likely to be smaller than what they earn right now.In all cases the reason is the same: Obamacare.Why can’t people find a job? Three Federal Reserve Banks – in Philadelphia, New York and Atlanta – have released business surveys that confirm what many of us have been predicting. The new health law is discouraging...
  • Two Teenage Girls Arrested Over French Synagogue Suicide Bomb Plot

    08/30/2014 6:27:20 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 8/29/2014 | Madeline Grant
    Two teenage girls have been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to blow up a synagogue in Lyon, French news websites have reported. According to JSS News and Europe 1, a source from the French security agency the Central Directorate of Homeland Intelligence revealed that two Muslim girls, aged 15 and 17, were arrested in the Tarbes and Venissieux neighbourhoods a week ago, after authorities uncovered a plan to carry out a suicide bombing inside the Great Synagogue of Lyon. They were indicted on August 22nd for conspiracy to commit terrorism. An unnamed security source also revealed that the two teenagers...
  • http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/06/the-rise-of-the-diy-abortion-in-texas/373240/

    08/30/2014 5:17:25 AM PDT · by balch3 · 2 replies
    Atlantic ^ | Jun 27, 2014 | Erica Hellerstein
    The Alamo flea market sits right off South Texas’s lengthy Highway 83; a sprawling, dusty, labyrinth of a place. Under canopies in the converted parking lot, vendors in dark sunglasses stand behind tables heaped with piles of clothing, barking in Spanish and hawking their wares. The air is hot and muggy, thick with the scent of grilled corn and chili. Customers browse simple items—miracle-diet teas, Barbie dolls or turquoise jeans stretched over curvy mannequins—but there are also shoppers scanning the market for goods that aren't displayed in the stalls. Tables lined with bottles of medicine like Tylenol and NyQuil have...
  • ISIS in Mexico? Feds DENY watchdog group's claim that the terror group is operating in Juarez...

    08/30/2014 4:17:40 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 41 replies
    The Department of Homeland Security quickly denied claims on Friday from a watchdog group that the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has militants stationed in Juarez, Mexico who plan an 'imminent' attack against the United States. A DHS spokesman was bewildered, telling MailOnline that 'we are aware of absolutely nothing credible to substantiate this claim' made by Judicial Watch, a center-right group. 'In Mexico?' the official said on the phone. 'I haven't seen that at all.' An hour before Judicial Watch's report surfaced, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said publicly that his agency and the FBI 'are unaware...
  • Is there a microchip implant in your future?

    08/30/2014 3:42:26 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 90 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/29/2014 | Fox News
    You can inject one under your skin and no one will ever notice. Using short-range radio frequency identification (RFID) signals, it can transmit your identity as you pass through a security checkpoint or walk into a football stadium. It can help you buy groceries at Wal-Mart. In a worst-case scenario – if you are kidnapped in a foreign country, for example – it could save your life. Microchip implants like the ones pet owners use to track their dogs and cats could become commonplace in humans in the next decade. Experts are divided on whether they’re appropriate for people, but...