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  • A Liberian professor in U.S. is telling Liberians that the Defense Department ‘manufactured’ Ebola

    10/19/2014 11:16:32 AM PDT · by dennisw · 52 replies
    washingtonpost ^ | September 26 | By Terrence McCoy
    And now, in what may plant further seeds of mistrust and suspicion, a major Liberian newspaper, the Daily Observer, has published an article by a Liberian-born faculty member of a U.S. university implying the epidemic is the result of bioterrorism experiments conducted by the United States Department of Defense, among others. “They are using” Ebola, wrote one, “for culling the world population mainly Africa for the…purpose of gaining control of the Africans resources criminally.” The piece purports to describe scientific findings from various “reports,” which are not cited in detail, and even references the bestselling thriller, “The Hot Zone.” “Reports...
  • Obama still in office, but ex-aides' books and claws are already out

    10/07/2014 8:57:57 PM PDT · by dayglored · 20 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | Oct 7, 2014 | Paul Richter
    All presidents have had in-house critics. But rarely has a president faced the degree of public criticism from former senior Cabinet members that Obama has this year. ... (L.A. Times excerpt)
  • Bill Gates, wife donate $1 million to gun control group

    08/26/2014 6:37:26 PM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies
    ap ^ | August 25, 2014
    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, have donated $1 million to a Washington state campaign seeking to expand background checks on gun sales, bringing the total amount the campaign has brought in up to nearly $6 million. ... The large donation comes on the heels of fellow Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s $500,000 donation earlier this month. Also last week, venture capitalist Nick Hanauer donated an additional $1 million, bring his total donation to the campaign to nearly $1.4 million.
  • Bill Gates’ new remote-controlled contraceptive microchip could be used for eugenics: critic

    07/08/2014 6:08:22 PM PDT · by lilyramone · 28 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | July 8, 2014 | Ben Johnson
    LEXINGTON, MA – The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is funding the development of a contraceptive microchip that can be remotely controlled to release hormones that can act as abortifacients into a woman's body for up to 16 years. Both the chip's potential to take a life and the potential privacy concerns have drawn criticism. The chip, which measures 20 x 20 x 7 millimeters, can be implanted under the skin of a woman's buttocks, upper arm, or abdomen in 30 minutes. The device contains a 16-year reservoir of the drug levonorgestrel, releasing 30 micrograms a day – but the...
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Deliver 2014 Commencement Speech at Stanford

    06/15/2014 2:24:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    Silicon Valley got a dose of tech star power when Bill and Melinda Gates arrived at Stanford Sunday to deliver the 2014 commencement speech. The couple are the founders and co-chairs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's largest private foundation. "Sharing a mutual commitment to a better world, Bill and Melinda Gates have taken on some of the planet's toughest challenges. This boldness is an ethos that we also embody at Stanford, and one we seek to instill in our graduates ... " Stanford president John Hennessy said. Condoleezza Rice Backs Out of Rutgers Commencement Amid Protests...
  • Melinda Gates: Gates Foundation Will Not 'Fund Abortion'

    06/12/2014 12:32:29 PM PDT · by Stayfree · 22 replies
    Newsmax ^ | June 12, 2014 | Melanie Batley
    Melinda Gates, wife of Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates, said the couple's philanthropic organization "has decided not to fund abortion."
  • Now Bill Gates Demands That Common Core Tests Be POINTLESS For Two Years

    06/12/2014 1:54:31 AM PDT · by lilyramone · 12 replies
    DailyCaller ^ | June 11, 2014 | Eric Owens
    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, an organization that has used up over $200 million in an effort to foist the Common Core Standards Initiative on America, has now asked schools to shelve any plans for using Common Core-associated standardized tests to assess teachers or students for the next two years. The request came in the form of a “Dear partners” letter from Vicki Phillips, the director of education at a Gates Foundation branch called College Ready.
  • Robert Gates Selected As President Of Boy Scouts

    05/25/2014 6:05:55 PM PDT · by RetiredTexasVet · 15 replies
    5-25-14 | Retired Texas Vet
    Robert Gates as selected as the new president of the Boy Scouts of America. Robert, an Eagle Scout in his youth and former Secretary of Defense, was elated with the selection. Robert stated that he was pleased that queers were welcomed in the boy scouts but was severely displeased that adult predatory queers were not allowed to serve as scout masters and leaders. During his tenure as Secretary of Defense, Robert has queerified the military which he counted as one of his major accomplishments which he would like to replicate with the Boy Scouts. Robert noted that with many predatory...
  • Bill Gates is a sad clown today because his bizarre $100 million student data project has failed

    04/23/2014 7:56:05 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 26 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | april 22, 2014 | eric owens
    Common Core-loving billionaire Bill Gates has suffered a stinging defeat in his ambitious quest to reform every cranny of the American K-12 public education system. The nonprofit educational-software company InBloom Inc., which the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corp. of New York financed to the tune of $100 million, announced on Monday that it will shut down permanently. The reason for the shutdown is a steady cascade of parental and legislative anxiety about student privacy, reports The Wall Street Journal. The strategy driving inBloom had been to create a huge database connecting local school districts and state education...
  • Pushing back against PARCC/Achieve Inc. lobbyists

    04/08/2014 12:28:56 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Michelle Malkin.com ^ | April 4, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Attention, class: A Common Core mouthpiece wants to rap my knuckles with his Gates Foundation-funded ruler. In response to my column two weeks ago about the marketing overlords pushing the Fed Ed racket, Chad Colby of Achieve Inc. demanded corrections. Let’s go to school. “I wanted to take a moment to highlight two points that were incorrect regarding Achieve,” Colby complained. “Contrary to Ms. Malkin’s assertion, Achieve employs no lobbyists and we never have.” No? Never? Someone didn’t do his homework. Mr. Colby, meet Patricia Sullivan. She’s the founding executive director of Achieve and a career lobbyist who has bounced...
  • Gates: Tax consumption to fix unemployment caused by technology [VIDEO]

    03/18/2014 8:28:21 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 36 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 17, 2014 | Neil Munro
    Billionaire software mogul Bill Gates has joined the growing chorus of tech experts who predict that low-skill Americans will face greater unemployment because more jobs are being done by software and robots. The Microsoft founder, whose net worth is $76 billion, suggested the problem could be fixed by reducing taxes on employers and raising taxes on employees, via the reduction of payroll taxes and the addition of new federal consumption taxes.
  • Bill Gates, The Man Behind Common Core Shows How Stupid He Really is About Education

    03/16/2014 8:36:52 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 71 replies
    http://www.agenda21radio.com ^ | 3/15/14 | Paul Preston
    Bill Gates, the multi billionaire who does not have an earned college degree or teaching certificate, never taught a day in the classroom, never worked in an educational system or one room school house is comparing the education of children to electrical outlets.
  • Gates: Crimea is 'gone'

    03/09/2014 12:26:23 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 97 replies
    Politico ^ | 9 March 14 | KEVIN ROBILLARD
    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates predicts that Russia will continue to control Crimea for the foreseeable future. "I do not believe that Crimea will slip out of Russia's hand," he said in an interview aired on "Fox News Sunday." "You think Crimea's gone?" host Chris Wallace asked. "I do," Gates replied. Russia has bloodlessly seized control of Crimea over the past week and has moved to formally annex it. The Crimean parliament has scheduled a vote on whether to join Russia for next week. "I think it's part of a long-term strategy on Putin's part to create a Russian sphere...
  • Washington Post: Left's Big Money Men Not 'Organized' Like Koch Brothers

    02/08/2014 9:32:25 AM PST · by Twotone · 23 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 7, 2914 | Warner Todd Huston
    The Washington Post recently published a quixotic editorial maintaining that the left has no deep-pocketed financiers like the right does in the much written about and thoroughly maligned Koch brothers. In its editorial, the paper laments that Democrat groups have no one like the Kochs. For the Post, Reid Wilson wrote that for "Democratic professionals who actually run campaigns, the thing that frustrates them most about the Koch brothers network is that there’s no real equivalent on their side."
  • Al Gore once again suggests ‘fertility management’ to fight global warming

    01/28/2014 4:53:44 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 27, 2014 | Michael Bastasch
    Former Vice President Al Gore raised eyebrows last week when he suggested that “fertility management” was the key to fighting global warming and promoting economic development in poor countries. Gore’s comments drew criticism from free-marketeers who said his remarks amount to “eco-imperialism.” “Gore’s agenda for saving the world from global warming has always included population control,” Myron Ebell, director of global warming and international environmental policy at the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Advocating population control specifically for Africa is just another form of imperialism. Gore’s eco-imperialism is uncomfortably close to the original racist goals...
  • To Democrats the Military is nothing more than a political tool

    01/18/2014 8:06:44 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 15 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | January 18, 2014 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Former defense secretary Robert Gates harshly criticized the Obama Administration in his new book “Duty.” He exposes the “suspicion and distrust of senior military officers by senior White House officials — including the president and vice president.” He notes that the Obama administration is composed of control freaks regarding national security policy. He opines that Mr. Obama’s “White House was by far the most centralized and controlling in national security of any I had seen since Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger ruled the roost.” He warned the Pentagon “don’t give the White House staff and [national security staff] too much...
  • PBS’s Woodruff Lectures Gates, Asks Him If He’s Worried About Hurting Troop Morale

    01/16/2014 12:00:29 PM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | January 16, 2014 | Noel Sheppard
    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates has been facing criticism and scorn from some media members for having the audacity to mildly criticize President Obama and some administration officials while Obama is still in office. On Tuesday, Gates appeared on the PBS NewsHour to face another round of questioning about his newly released memoir. Midway through the interview, anchor Judy Woodruff suggested that the former defense secretary could lower morale among troops on the ground overseas:
  • 'Gates called Netanyahu an ungrateful ally'

    01/15/2014 7:11:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    JPost.com ^ | 1/15/14
    'Bloomberg' column details former US defense secretary's feelings that Netanyahu was "impudent," unable to cope with growing Israeli isolation. Freshly retired US defense secretary Robert Gates was highly critical of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, calling him an ungrateful ally and blaming him for diplomatically isolating Israel and hurting American interests, a Bloomberg column revealed Tuesday. The criticism, reported in a piece by Jeffrey Goldberg, apparently peaked after Netanyahu met with US President Barack Obama last May, lecturing him in front of the cameras on the Israeli security situation with a level of "impudence" that shocked many in the White House,...
  • Gates: By the Way, Harry Reid Saying the War in Iraq was Lost in '07 Was "Disgraceful"

    01/15/2014 1:38:19 PM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 1/15/2014 | Daniel Doherty
    My colleague Ed Morrissey flagged this story earlier today, and as he noted at the time, the full quote is way worse than his headline let on: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s proclamation in 2007 that the Iraq War was lost, Gates told the crew at Morning Joe, was “one of the most disgraceful things I’ve ever heard a politician say.” And this is a guy who’s been around politicians practically his entire professional career. Obviously the sense of revulsion I felt when he accused Scott Brown of being too scared to debate Elizabeth Warren -- and Mitt Romney of...
  • Gates book blasts ‘incompetent’ Congress; accuses Reid, others of seeking favors

    01/14/2014 11:41:52 AM PST · by ThomasMore · 7 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 1/14/2014 | FoxNews
    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' scathing assessment of President Obama's handling of the Afghanistan war pales in comparison to what he thinks about Congress. In Gates' memoir, "Duty," which hit the bookstores on Tuesday, the former Pentagon boss puts his poison pen to the work of skewering what he calls an "incompetent" and "egotistical" institution.
  • Our Contemptible Commander in Chief

    01/13/2014 9:21:56 PM PST · by robowombat · 24 replies
    Commentary ^ | 01.09.2014 - 10:05 AM | Peter Wehner
    Our Contemptible Commander in Chief Peter Wehner 01.09.2014 - 10:05 AM The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward wrote a front-page story that includes excerpts from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s new book, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War. According to Woodward, Gates “unleashes harsh judgments about President Obama’s leadership and his commitment to the Afghanistan war… It is rare for a former Cabinet member, let alone a defense secretary occupying a central position in the chain of command, to publish such an antagonistic portrait of a sitting president.” But one begins to understand what underlies Secretary Gates’s judgment after learning...
  • Rubio, McCain: Gates should have waited to write his book

    01/13/2014 1:13:52 PM PST · by lowbridge · 57 replies
    washington post ^ | january 12, 2014 | Niraj Chokshi
    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates should have waited to publish the memoir in which he harshly criticized President Obama's leadership in the war in Afghanistan, two top Republican senators said  Sunday. "I would have waited, but as far as waiting until it's over in Afghanistan, I wouldn't have done that," Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said on CNN's "State of the Union," though he was quick to praise the former defense secretary. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a potential 2016 presidential contender, made similar comments on CBS's "Face the Nation." "My preference would be that people would refrain from writing these sorts...
  • The Passion of the Won

    01/13/2014 7:41:38 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 3 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 1-13-2014 | MOTUS
    "One quality I missed in Obama was passion…"...As I write in the book, it was this absence of passion, this absence of a conviction of the importance of success that disturbed me." “Passion?”...“Passion?” Did we not discuss the passion of the Won just last week??? Ok…you need more evidence...Now that’s passion! (h/t Injainjuneers)Big Guy! Not the creepy blonde yute!That’s passion for Obamacare! Not…you know. I don’t know what’s up with the blonde dude, butt I, for won, am glaad the joint is filled with SS Stormtroopers!Big Guy was having “The Talk” with some “young citizens” at The Coupe in...
  • Gates: ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ fight was only time Obama showed ‘passion’ for military issues

    01/13/2014 2:29:57 AM PST · by South40 · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 12, 2014 | Ed Henry
    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates sharply questions President Obama's "passion" for military matters in his forthcoming memoir, and claims that practically the only time he saw that in the president was during his push to repeal "don't ask, don't tell." The former Pentagon chief said in an interview aired Sunday that he was "disturbed" by Obama's "absence of passion" when it came to his military strategy. But in the book, "Duty," reviewed by Fox News, Gates hit Obama harder -- and in personal terms -- by contrasting his style with that of former President George W. Bush. "One quality I...
  • Hoyer: Gates should have waited to publish his 'contradictory' book

    01/10/2014 3:11:08 AM PST · by lowbridge · 12 replies
    thehill.com ^ | january 9, 2014 | mike lillis
    Former Defense Secretary Bob Gates should have waited until President Obama was out of office to publish his new book critical of the administration, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said this week. Hoyer was quick to praise Gates's work at the helm of the Pentagon, and emphasized that he has a good personal relationship with the former Defense secretary. But he also argued that Gates contradicts himself in his assessment of Obama; makes "inaccurate" charges against Vice President Biden; and, based on the timing of the book's release, has created the impression – falsely, Hoyer said – that his...
  • What did Hillary know - and when did she know it - concerning Def. Sec. Gate's tell-some memoir?

    01/09/2014 12:57:11 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 11 replies
    1/9/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    What did Hillary (D-Dem-e) know? Surely she knew at least to a large degree what former Defense Secretary Gates has proffered in his tell-some memoir (as it seriously torpedoes Biden and Obama but not so much Hillary in comparison). Funny... BOTH Chris Christie (R-GOP-e) and Biden (D-Dem-e) have been torpedoed in near-simultaneous fashion, as the memoir was some time in the writing, as well as the info coming out that hurts Chris Christie happened some time back. Coincidence? .......... And all this right after a power base is established with De BLAH-sio being coronated, er, I mean elected as mayor...
  • Former Defense Secretary Bob Gates Slips, Falls On Knife

    01/09/2014 10:45:29 AM PST · by Oberon · 27 replies
    DuffelBlog.com ^ | 1/8/2014 | Dick Scuttlebutt
    SEATTLE — Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is in critical-but-stable condition in Seattle-Tacoma General Hospital after a tragic accident in his home kitchen left him brutally stabbed multiple times, sources confirmed this morning. Gates’ wife Becky found him lying on the floor of the family kitchen and called 911, according to a family spokesperson. Investigators believe Gates, 70, slipped on an orange peel while preparing breakfast and fell onto a paring knife 68 times. Paramedics confirmed that while grabbing for a handhold to stabilize himself, he also accidentally discharged a 20-gauge shotgun into the back of his own head three...
  • A Liberal Like Biden Botches Foreign Policy...And You're SURPRISED?

    01/09/2014 3:21:39 AM PST · by suspects · 13 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | January 9, 2014 | Michael Graham
    “I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.” — Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Vice President Joe Biden Hey Bob, tell me a liberal who hasn’t. Step back from the ongoing scandal of Benghazi or the shameless politics of Hillary Clinton’s “I opposed the surge because you were in the primary, Barack” politics. Look instead at the Democratic Party’s record on foreign policy over the past 40 years. It’s not bad — it’s abysmal. Take Gates’ challenge: Name a foreign policy position that Democrats like John...
  • Gates: for Obama, War is 'about Getting Out' Former defense secretary says Obama was convinced

    01/08/2014 8:09:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    inn ^ | 1/8/14 | Gil Ronen
    In a new memoir, former US defense secretary Robert Gates delivered bruising opinions about President Barack Obama’s leadership in the Afghanistan war. Gates said that by early 2010 he had concluded the president “doesn’t believe in his own strategy, and doesn’t consider the war to be his. For him, it’s all about getting out.” In what the Washington Post called “one of the more serious charges that a defense secretary could make against a commander in chief sending forces into combat,” Gates observed that Obama was very pessimisic regarding his own strategy in Afghanistan. The president was “skeptical if not...
  • FLASHBACK: Biden in 2008: ‘Thank God Robert Gates is in Charge’

    01/08/2014 1:41:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1/8/14 | staff
    Speaking at a National Guard Association Conference in September 2008, Joe Biden praised Defense Secretary Robert Gates, exclaiming “Thank God Gates in in charge now!” Flash forward six years later and Gates has not returned the favor. Gates wrote a new memoir, which details his time during office, revealing can’t miss tidbits and making digs at important government officials, most notably taking a jab at Vice President Biden.
  • Top 10 Revelations From Robert Gates’s Memoir

    01/08/2014 7:06:51 AM PST · by Zakeet · 53 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 7, 2014 | Dion Nissenbaum
    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is releasing his memoir, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” a 600-page book that offers a stark, insider’s view of Washington, the Pentagon, Congress and America’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. (You can read an exclusive WSJ excerpt.) Here’s a look at some of the book’s most riveting revelations:1. Contempt for Congress Mr. Gates expresses open disdain for Congress and the way lawmakers treated him when he testified at hearings. “I saw most of Congress as uncivil, incompetent at fulfilling their basic constitutional responsibilities (such as timely appropriations), micromanagerial, parochial, hypocritical, egotistical, thin-skinned and...
  • Obama’s “Gates” of Hell Have Opened!

    01/08/2014 6:56:47 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 11 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 1-8-2014 | MOTUS
    Wow. Robert Gates just dropped an O-bomb. No wonder we had to send the squirrels out yesterday to demand “emergency” unemployment relief for the little people still unable to find a job in George W. Bush’s recession. In what might be considered an understatement, Bob Woodward says: “It is rare for a former Cabinet member, let alone a defense secretary occupying a central position in the chain of command, to publish such an antagonistic portrait of a sitting president.”  Butt as we’ve noted many times, when you’re dealing with a historical presidency, it’s not surprising that historical precedents continue to fall...
  • The Quiet Fury of Robert Gates

    01/08/2014 4:56:22 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 57 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 7, 2013 | Robert M. Gates
    All too often during my 4˝ years as secretary of defense, when I found myself sitting yet again at that witness table at yet another congressional hearing, I was tempted to stand up, slam the briefing book shut and quit on the spot. The exit lines were on the tip of my tongue: I may be the secretary of defense, but I am also an American citizen, and there is no son of a bitch in the world who can talk to me like that. I quit. Find somebody else. It was, I am confident, a fantasy widely shared throughout...
  • Towering Obama Arrogance and Superbia Confirmed in Robert Gates' New Tell-All Book...

    01/08/2014 3:12:29 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 33 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 08 January 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    "I may be the secretary of defense, but I am also an American citizen,  and there is no son-of-a-bitch in the world who can talk to me like that." Turns out that (genuinely bipartisan) former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates -the only high level official to stay-on from the Bush to Obama administrations, and who worked in some capacity for every US president since Richard Nixon- 'almost quit' in a 2009 Afghanistan strategy meeting, after being treated like crap by a President who he felt had zero grasp of "the uncertainties and unpredictability of war.' " This -among other...
  • Gates Slams Biden in Memoir, Reveals He Nearly Quit

    01/07/2014 1:11:41 PM PST · by 12th_Monkey · 34 replies
    Time ^ | Jan. 07, 2014 | Zeke J Miller
    Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has harsh words for Vice President Joe Biden’s foreign policy judgement in his soon-to-be-released memoir. According to the New York Times, which obtained an early copy of the memoir, Gates calls Biden “a man of integrity,” but questions his record. “I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” Gates writes, according to the Times. Gates, the only high-level holdover from the Bush administration to the President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, reveals he nearly quit his post in September 2009 while Obama reviewed...
  • $22.33 PER VOTE: Amendment 66 Backers Break the Bank ( Colorado Unions, Bloomberg & )

    12/06/2013 6:51:47 AM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | December 6, 2013
    The final numbers are in for the 2013 ballot initiatives and, surprise!, the pro-Amendment 66 campaign spent a ridiculous amount of money. But, they raised less than what they hoped as some cited $12 million as a target. They raised (and presumably spent nearly all) $11,079,408 to garner only 496,151 votes or 35% of the votes. That’s $22.33 per vote, which is more than either of the presidential candidates in the 2012 election. Not shocking, but the largest contributors to the effort were the Colorado Education Association and the National Education Association (aka the teachers unions). Each contributed two million...
  • Fmr. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to Lead Boy Scouts (Architect of lifting DADT)

    11/13/2013 2:05:13 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://www.newsmax.com ^ | October 30, 2013 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    The Boy Scouts of America on Wednesday chose former U.S. Secretary of Defense and CIA director Robert Gates as its next president, who will face the task of repairing divisions in the organization from a heated debate over accepting gay scouts. As Defense Secretary, Gates supported President Barack Obama's withdrawal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that prevented gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. Congress repealed the ban in 2010 and it was lifted in 2011.
  • New York mayor tries to buy another Colorado election

    10/30/2013 12:28:03 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 29 replies
    The Gazette ^ | October 30, 2013; 12:00 am | Editorial Staff
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants Colorado as his personal plutocracy and is willing to spend. If he succeeds, Coloradans will be subject to laws and politicians bought and controlled by an outside demagogue. Bloomberg, the man who tried to control how his constituents consume soft drinks and salt, has never received a vote in Colorado. He has never lived here. Yet, he's paying for ads that tell Coloradans to spend their hard-earned wages on the Amendment 66 tax increase - a deceptive attempt to channel more than $1 billion a year to state government under the guise of helping...
  • Amendment 66 backers get big checks from Bloomberg charity, Melinda Gates (Colorado)

    10/29/2013 7:47:47 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 34 replies
    The Colorado Springs Gazette ^ | October 28, 2013 | Megan Schrader
    DENVER - In the final week before voters decide on Amendment 66, the campaign supporting the education tax increase received $2 million in donations from Melinda Gates and a charity run by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "It is a testament to the breadth and depth of our reforms that Colorado has attracted the attention of business leaders across the country," Gov. John Hickenlooper said of the donations. The donations from out-of-state, wealthy and politically-connected Democrats drew criticism from conservatives opposed to the tax increase. "Billionaire New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg should have realized by now that he can't buy...
  • #StopWatchingUS rally against mass surveillance: Live Updates

    10/26/2013 11:57:37 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 19 replies
    Hundreds are marching on the National Mall in Washington, DC to protest covert NSA surveillance operations on the anniversary of the Patriot Act. The organizers are planning to present Congress with a petition which has acquired over 570,000 signatures. Stop Watching Us is a collective of 100 public advocacy groups, among them the American Civil Liberties Union, Freedom Works, as well as individuals like Chinese artist/activist Ai Weiwei and Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who worked with Edward Snowden to expose many of the NSAÂ’s surveillance procedures. The rally is scheduled to begin at 11:30 am local time on October...
  • Should We Live Shorter to Save the Planet?

    10/11/2013 7:45:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The National Review's Human Exceptionalism ^ | October 10, 2013 | Wesley J. Smith
    Humans are the enemy! A new study published in Ecology and Society claims that longer life expectancy for us is bad news for the planet. From the study by Aaron Lotz and Craig R. Allen: We found a positive relationship between life expectancy and the percentage of endangered and invasive species in a country…The overall trend in high-income countries with improvements to the Human Development Index, which includes human life expectancy as one of its variables, is toward a disproportionately larger negative impact on a country’s ecological footprint. However, some lower-income countries have a high level of development without a...
  • Gates and Panetta Critical of Obama on Syria

    09/18/2013 11:26:12 AM PDT · by DBCJR · 3 replies
    NY Times ^ | Published: September 18, 2013 | By THOM SHANKER and LAUREN D’AVOLIO
    President Obama’s first two defense secretaries criticized the administration’s handling of the Syrian crisis on Tuesday night and expressed skepticism about the chances that Russia will broker a deal to remove Syria’s chemical weapons.
  • Leftist Nick Gates arrested for threatened kidnap, burn & murder Ted Cruz and father

    06/18/2013 9:47:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Fire Andrea Mitchell ^ | 6/18/2013 | staff
    The corrupt liberal media, and Democrats have gone into full smear mode ever since Ted Cruz was elected to the U.S. Senate last year. The left fears Ted Cruz like no other Republican in decades. Chris Matthews in particular has been ruthless. A leftist in Houston identified as Nick Gates was arrested for threatening to kidnap, burn, and murder Ted Cruz and his father unless he paid him $3 million. Nick Gates identified himself as Abolfazi Akbori, so he may be a Muslim convert. Abolfazi Akbori comes from Sheila Jackson Lee’s district in Houston and obviously was missed by Obama’s...
  • Melinda Gates, Planned Parenthood and Hillary Clinton Push Illegal Abortions

    05/30/2013 6:15:52 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    Life news ^ | Population Research Institute
    It’s being billed as “the largest global event of the decade to focus on the health and empowerment of girls and women.” But it is also very obviously a conference designed to reduce populations of developing nations by promoting a Western-style sexual revolution via chemical contraceptives, access to abortion-on-demand including, the promotion of the chemical abortifacient misoprostol in countries where abortion is illegal, and sex education for youth. On Tuesday more than 4,000 delegates from 145 countries attended the launch of the third Women Deliver conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Featured speakers over the three-day event include Melinda Gates, of...
  • In Benghazi - U.S. Military: We Could Have Saved Ambassador Stevens

    05/25/2013 4:26:22 AM PDT · by Moseley · 65 replies
    The AMERICAN THINKER ^ | May 25, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    Elite U.S. troops were completely capable of saving Ambassador Chris Stevens during the Benghazi Consulate attacks on September 11, 2012. Elements of the highly specialized Combatant Commanders In-Extremis (CIF) units are always on alert, on forward deployment, ready to respond. Their job description is to hit the ground in 3 to 5 hours. CIF elements are ready to engage in active combat anywhere in their region, 3 to 5 hours after the call. Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense at the time, either misled the U.S. Congress or was incompetent. Panetta testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on February 7,...
  • Protesters across globe rally against Monsanto - GMO

    05/26/2013 8:26:53 AM PDT · by opentalk · 144 replies
    Associates Press ^ | May 25, 2013
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Protesters rallied in dozens of cities Saturday as part of a global protest against seed giant Monsanto and the genetically modified food it produces, organizers said. Organizers said "March Against Monsanto" protests were held in 52 countries and 436 cities, including Los Angeles where demonstrators waved signs that read "Real Food 4 Real People" and "Label GMOs, It's Our Right to Know."… The U.S. Senate this week overwhelmingly rejected a bill that would allow states to require labeling of genetically modified foods.
  • Barbarians at the Campus Gates: Why colleges cave to the demands of student activists

    05/21/2013 8:49:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/21/2013 | Thomas Sowell
    An all-too-familiar scene was enacted on the campus of Swarthmore College during a meeting on May 4 to discuss demands by student activists for the college to divest itself of its investments in companies that deal in fossil fuels. As a speaker was beginning a presentation to show how many millions of dollars such a disinvestment would cost the college, student activists invaded the meeting, seized the microphone, and shouted down a student who rose in the audience to object. Although there were professors and administrators in the room — including the college president — apparently nobody had the guts...
  • Robert Gates: Obama made right decisions night of Benghazi attack

    05/12/2013 12:54:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 196 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 05/12/2013 | By Brad Knickerbocker
    The Obama administration got some backing Sunday for the way in which it responded as terrorists attacked the US diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, last September – a night of violence and confusion during which Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, a Republican who served in both the Bush and Obama administrations, said if he had been at the Pentagon at that time, "Frankly … I think my decisions would have been just as theirs were.” Republican critics have said a Special Forces team or overflights by fighter aircraft based in Italy...
  • Killing babies no different from abortion, experts say

    03/18/2013 11:56:36 AM PDT · by SMCC1 · 35 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 3/18/13 | Stephen Adams
    "Parents should be allowed to have their newborn babies killed because they are “morally irrelevant” and ending their lives is no different to abortion, a group of medical ethicists linked to Oxford University has argued."
  • Bill Gates: ‘Some days I wish we had a system like the UK’ to give Obama more power

    03/14/2013 9:22:47 AM PDT · by PreciousLiberty · 36 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/14/2013 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, the wealthiest American, said on “some days” he wishes the U.S. political system were like England’s, so that President Barack Obama could have “slightly more power.” Gates was asked for his assessment of President Obama’s job performance during an interview at Politico’s “Playbook Cocktails” event. “Some days I wish we had a system like the U.K. where, you know, the party in power could do a lot and you know, you’d see how it went and then fine you could un-elect them,” said Gates on Wednesday. “Now, over time, our system has worked slightly better than...