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  • Don't Kill the Death Penalty in California

    08/28/2016 12:31:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2016 | Debra J. Saunders
    Opponents of California's death penalty have been highly successful at thwarting executions since the state resumed executions in 1992 after a 20-year hiatus. Their latest ploy is Proposition 62, which would repeal the death penalty and resentence death row inmates to life without parole. Measure sponsors argue that capital punishment presents the risk of executing an innocent person, but also state that California's death penalty is "simply unworkable." That's a cheeky stand, coming from the corner that has been throwing monkey wrenches into the criminal justice system to subvert death penalty law. Over the years, appellate attorneys have introduced endless...
  • Poll: 67 percent think illegal immigrants more likely to commit serious crime

    08/28/2016 12:15:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Hill's Briefing Room Blog ^ | August 28, 2016 | Alexander Bolton
    A new poll by the Pew Research Center shows that 67 percent of Americans think illegal immigrants are more likely than citizens to commit serious crimes, data that may hearten Donald Trump given the Republican presidential nominee’s tough stance on illegal immigration. The Republican National Convention in Cleveland earlier this summer featured speeches by parents whose children were killed by illegal immigrants. But while two-thirds of respondents nationwide think illegal immigrants are more likely to commit serious crimes, 61 percent oppose building a wall along the U.S-Mexico border, which Trump has endorsed throughout his presidential campaign. A plurality, 45 percent,...
  • Trial by Jury, a Hallowed American Right, Is Vanishing

    08/28/2016 11:59:18 AM PDT · by Theoria · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 07 Aug 2016 | Benjamin Weiser
    The criminal trial ended more than two and a half years ago, but Judge Jesse M. Furman can still vividly recall the case. It stands out, not because of the defendant or the subject matter, but because of its rarity: In his four-plus years on the bench in Federal District Court in Manhattan, it was his only criminal jury trial. He is far from alone. Judge J. Paul Oetken, in half a decade on that bench, has had four criminal trials, including one that was repeated after a jury deadlocked. For Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, who has handled some of...
  • DOJ: Firing Migrant Workers With Expired Employment Forms Is Discrimination

    08/28/2016 10:43:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    Mariana Barillas dug this up at The Washington Examiner. Apparently, it’s discriminatory to fire migrant workers with expired papers. Moreover, Barillas added that the Department of Justice feels that to ask migrant workers for more work authorization forms could constitute a violation of a provision within the Immigration and Nationality Act that says employers cannot give excessive demands: The Justice Department released a video this week encouraging companies not to terminate immigrants after their employment authorization expires, and indicated that doing so is a form of discrimination. […]The video then tells viewers that the federal government has extended employment authorization...
  • 10,000th Syrian Reaches US This Week in Resettlement Program

    08/28/2016 10:26:04 AM PDT · by PROCON · 10 replies
    AP ^ | Aug. 28, 2016 | KARIN LAUB
    The U.S. will reach its target this week of taking in 10,000 Syrian war refugees in a year-old resettlement program, the U.S. ambassador to Jordan said Sunday, after meeting families headed to California and Virginia. The resettlement program has emerged as an issue in the U.S. presidential campaign, with Republican nominee Donald Trump alleging displaced Syrians pose a potential security threat.
  • NIGEL FARAGE: Trump was MY warm-up man... but I gave him a bounce (his own words not edited)

    08/28/2016 9:57:46 AM PDT · by bobsunshine · 5 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 28, 2016 | Nigel Farage
    Since I announced that I was going to stand aside as Ukip leader in the wake of the successful Brexit campaign, I've had more time to do other things. This included a trip to Cleveland for the Republican Convention and the adoption of Donald J. Trump as their Presidential candidate. I was astonished that everybody I met wanted to talk about Brexit – not just the delegates to the convention but ordinary people, including a group of US Navy veterans who told me we should have done it years ago. There was a chance meeting, in a bar of course,...
  • I smell a media rat: Obama/McCain 08, Obama/Romney 12, Clinton/Trump 16, all tied in August polls

    08/28/2016 9:37:01 AM PDT · by meangene · 46 replies
    Gallup, Yahoo News
    Does anyone else smell a very large MEDIA RAT with these back and forth polls, now showing, in the late summer, Clinton and Trump tied? Remember Obama and McCain in 08: http://www.gallup.com/poll/109564/Gallup-Daily-McCain-Obama-Tied-44.aspx How 'bout Obama and Romney in 12: https://www.yahoo.com/news/likely-voters-show-obama-romney-tied-race-white-101234519.html
  • WashPost Obamacare Failure Story Barely Cites Jonathan Gruber as 'an Economist'

    08/28/2016 9:27:18 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 28, 2016 | P.J. Gladnick
    If you are writing an article about the failure of ObamaCare, Health-care exchange sign-ups fall far short of forecasts, wouldn't the primary person you would want to quote at length be the one generally acknowledged as the disgraced architect of that plan, Jonathan Gruber? Of course. And yet Carolyn Y. Johnson of the Washington Post only provided a short quote from Gruber buried deep within the story and identified him as "an economist" with no reference to his crucial role in being the architect of ObamaCare. This is sort of like doing a story about Wall Street and then citing Bernie...
  • Demand Answers on Clinton Corruption (judicialwatch petition)

    08/28/2016 8:33:21 AM PDT · by Pollard · 17 replies
    Hillary Clinton is not above the law.But Hillary Clinton has a demonstrated record of showing contempt for the rule of law. She refused to tell the truth about the deadly Benghazi terrorist attack that took place on her watch as Secretary of StateShe violated the law and avoided accountability by using secret email accounts as Secretary of StateShe abused her public office to funnel money to personal accounts – much of which is now sloshing around her vanity “charity” that could be renamed “The Clinton Corruption Foundation.” This is all unacceptable.In this country our leaders are bound by the rule...
  • 4 National Tracking Polls Show a Tied Race

    08/28/2016 8:25:29 AM PDT · by pb929 · 35 replies
    Vanity ^ | 8/28/16 | Self
    An average of the 4 national daily tracking polls (LA Times/UNC, UPI/CVoter, Reuters/Ipsos and PPD show that Trump has been gaining since about August 14th and the race is now tied. I've put all of the polling data into a couple of graphs, one showing the state of the race based on the daily tracking polls, and other other showing an overall trend based on all polls. The linked page will be updated whenever new polls are released. This page shows the real data and filters out the sleight of hand used by the media and the RCP averages.
  • Global central bankers, stuck at zero, unite in plea for help from governments

    08/28/2016 8:17:29 AM PDT · by Mariner · 24 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | August 28th, 2016 | By Howard Schneider
    JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (Reuters) - Central bankers in charge of the vast bulk of the world's economy delved deep into the weeds of money markets and interest rates over a three-day conference here, and emerged with a common plea to their colleagues in the rest of government: please help. Mired in a world of low growth, low inflation and low interest rates, officials from the Federal Reserve, Bank of Japan and the European Central Bank said their efforts to bolster the economy through monetary policy may falter unless elected leaders stepped forward with bold measures. These would range from immigration...
  • Libs Gone Insane: Let’s Have An Environmental Catastrophe!

    08/28/2016 7:00:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 8/26/2016 | Dan Gainor
    Editor’s Note: Normal people might find some of this offensive. (We hope.) If you want to be a victim, become a liberal. It doesn’t matter whether you want to go online to whine about your lot in life or whether you want to harm others with everything from shutting down free speech to fiddling with the climate. Both work. It comes down to our different world views. When liberals talk about triggering, they mean someone said something their precious little ears couldn’t handle. (Note: That video spawned the “trigglypuff” meme. Watch it and you will understand.) When conservatives talk about...
  • Va. budget shortfall means no raises for teachers, state employees

    08/28/2016 5:46:17 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 27 replies
    WTOP ^ | August 26, 2016 | By Kathy Stewart
    WASHINGTON — Gov. Terry McAuliffe broke the bad news to the General Assembly’s money committees Friday morning in Richmond that the state’s budget is in the hole by about $1.5 billion over two years, and he warned state lawmakers to brace for “tough decisions ahead.” The projected shortfall for the current two-year budget is $1.2 billion. But that’s in addition to shortfall of about $280 million carried over from the budget year that ended June 30. The governor told state lawmakers the budget problems are being driven by lower income and sales tax revenue collections than what was anticipated. As...
  • US: Clinton calendars won't be released until after election

    08/27/2016 10:58:48 PM PDT · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 48 replies
    AP ^ | Ted Bridis
    Trump spokesman Jason Miller released a statement Friday night saying: "It is unacceptable that the State Department is now refusing to release her official schedule before the election in full. Voters deserve to know the truth before they cast their ballots."
  • Barack Obama doesn’t want you smoking in public housing (weed?)

    08/27/2016 9:08:23 PM PDT · by rktman · 51 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 8/27/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Homeless advocates and public health officials are squaring off over a controversial Obama administration proposal to ban smoking in government-assisted housing projects. The smoking ban has drawn praise from health officials who say it would spare non-smokers from the dangerous effects of secondhand smoke. But homeless advocates are enraged by the proposal, which they fear could force low-income residents who can’t kick the habit out of their homes.
  • Army training slide branded Clinton as ’insider threat’: report

    08/27/2016 8:30:04 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 27, 2016 | Nikita Vladimirov
    Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton appeared in an Army training presentation labeled as in “insider threat,” the Washington Examiner reports. The presentation featured a slide titled “Who is the threat? Insiders” along with photos of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis and Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan. Clinton and Gen. David Petraeus, who shared classified information with his biographer and mistress, are also pictured.
  • Extremists inspiring terrorism in metro Detroit?

    08/27/2016 7:44:53 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 26 replies
    WXYZ.COM ^ | 26 AUGUST 2016 | JIM KIERTZNER
    (WXYZ) - Homegrown terrorism is becoming a bigger problem in the United States and in Michigan. Since September 11, 2001, more than 300 fatal Jihadist attacks large and small have happened in the US and-- according to the FBI-- all were done by US citizens or legal immigrants. The FBI is currently investigating 900 cases in all 50 states including active cases here.
  • Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein campaigns in Colorado

    08/27/2016 7:31:51 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 5 replies
    THE DENVER CHANNEL ^ | 27 AUGUST 2016 | ERIC LUPHER
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Voters not in tune with everything politics may not even know what the Green Party is. That's the party Dr. Jill Stein represents. It's the party that is based on principles like social justice and protecting the environment. The trouble for Stein? She's not well-known. She represents the party that hardly gets any airtime, the party that does not spend millions on ad campaigns, the party hidden behind the big two candidates from the two big parties. But there is a market for Stein, one with plenty of devout supporters.
  • Clinton Foundation Official Requests State Lunch Invitation, Special Seating for Foundation Allies

    08/27/2016 7:01:23 PM PDT · by Innovative · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | Aug. 27, 2016 | Jonathan Karl , Devin Dwyer and BENJAMIN SIEGEL ·
    A series of newly released State Department emails obtained by ABC News offers fresh insight on direct contact between the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton's inner circle while she was Secretary of State. The emails -– released as part of a public records lawsuit by conservative group Citizens United and shared exclusively with ABC -- reveal what the group claims is new evidence Foundation allies received special treatment. In one December 2010 email chain with Clinton's closest aide Huma Abedin, then-top Clinton Foundation official Doug Band offers names for a State Department lunch with Chinese President Hu Jintao scheduled for...
  • Dallas Judges Shred Constitution, Steal Millions

    08/27/2016 6:27:20 PM PDT · by MThomp · 42 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8-12-2016 | John Griffing
    In a series of events most would normally dismiss as outlandish, one American citizen was launched from civil court into a legal limbo where for years he was deprived by a federal judge of counsel, property, speech and travel. The case seems unthinkable in the American judicial system, but the story is true, and it happened to one Jeff Baron. Jeff Baron is a Dallas resident and U.S. citizen who was put into “virtual slavery” by U.S. District Court Judge Royal Furgeson after Baron settled an otherwise ordinary contract dispute in his court. Although Baron was never accused of any...
  • “INSIDER THREAT” HILLARY CLINTON GETS FIRST CLASSIFIED INTEL BRIEFING

    08/27/2016 5:36:01 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    Donald J Trump ^ | 08/27/16
    Today Clinton Receives Her First Classified Intelligence Briefing:Today Hillary Clinton Will Receive Her First Classified National Security Briefing At An FBI Facility In White Plains, New York. “Hillary Clinton arrived Saturday morning at the FBI's satellite office in suburban New York City for her first national security briefing as the Democratic nominee for president. Clinton arrived at the office in White Plains, New York, which is roughly 20 minutes from her Chappaqua home, about 9 a.m. Her campaign has not said who is attending the meeting with her..” (Josh Haskell, “Hillary Clinton Arrives at FBI Office for 1st Classified Briefing as...
  • Honey Rose manslaughter case will drive up NHS waiting times, court told

    08/27/2016 4:50:56 PM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 11 replies
    DailyTelegraph ^ | 8/26/16 | Sara Knapton
    The manslaughter prosecution of an optometrist who failed to spot a schoolboy’s fatal condition will spark a culture of fear which will drive up NHS waiting times, a court was told. Honey Rose, 35, failed to notice that eight-year-old Vincent Barker had swollen optic discs - a symptom of fluid on the brain - when she examined him at a branch in Boots in Ipswich. He died five months later. Yesterday Rose was sentenced to a two year suspended prison term and ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service. But her barrister Ian Stern QC warned that the...
  • Washington’s plans for pot research going forward, despite federal rules

    08/27/2016 3:26:40 PM PDT · by Ken H · 16 replies
    The News Tribune ^ | August 19, 2016 | Melissa Santos
    Washington state is moving ahead with its plans to allow scientific research of marijuana, sidestepping federal rules that critics say have hampered study of the drug for decades. The state has a new marijuana research license that will allow laboratories to grow marijuana for scientific study. State officials expect to start accepting applications for the new license by January.
  • Guns are tax-free in Mississippi this weekend

    08/27/2016 9:30:48 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 14 replies
    It's the Magnolia State's fourth Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday. It's the busiest weekend for businesses like Philadelphia Gun and Pawn. "It has been [in past years] so busy that we feel like we lost sales because we couldn't wait on everybody," says manager Richard Ray. In addition to items being tax-free, specials are being run to help buyers save even more. "If you spend a $1,000 you're already going to save $70. And everybody gets a chance to get a break on the taxes, which everybody needs to save money, and I can understand why," says Ray. Philadelphia Gun...
  • DOJ: Vet's Purple Heart lies cost government $752,000

    08/27/2016 9:36:21 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 15 replies
    AP ^ | August 25, 2016 | GENE JOHNSON
    Federal prosecutors say a former soldier who lied his way to a Purple Heart by faking injuries from the Iraq War cheated Washington state and the federal government out of more than $750,000 — about three times what investigators cited when they first charged him with fraud in 2014.
  • Hillary Clinton Quotes: Nurses Are Overpaid Maids, Glorified Babysitters

    08/27/2016 1:43:14 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 30 replies
    Morning NewsUSA ^ | 8/21/16 | Nathaniel Artosilla
    The race for the presidency is heating up as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both try to dismantle each other’s credibility. This time it is a rumor from the 90s that is haunting the Clinton campaign. The rumor states that shortly after her husband took office, Clinton made disparaging remarks about nurses. She allegedly referred to them as “glorified baby sitters” or “”under-educated, overpaid maids.” Despite the lack of evidence supporting the authenticity of the statement, it has proved very difficult to quell. Even after a decade, the rumor has continued to be a blight to her career. Quote Still...
  • Republican Congressman Pushes Internet Sales Tax Plan

    08/27/2016 1:37:59 PM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 16 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 26, 2016 | Richard Rubin
    A new Republican proposal [by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (RINO, VA)] to resolve the long-running fight over taxing internet sales across state lines drew praise from Amazon.com Inc. and House Speaker Paul Ryan. “I am shocked Republicans would propose an internet sales tax,” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) “This proposal would create a logistical nightmare for states like Oregon that don’t have or want sales taxes. I will continue to oppose any efforts to impose a national sales tax scheme on Oregonians.” Michael Needham, the chief executive officer of Heritage Action for America said, “the Republican-controlled Congress would be wise...
  • Hindu Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard called 'devil' by Christian opponent in US election campaign.

    08/27/2016 12:15:38 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 84 replies
    Struggle for Hindu Existence ^ | August 25, 2016 | PTI; Swarajya; Hindu Existence
    Caption: Not the days of Joan of Arc, this is US 2016. Still, the Christian mentality to annihilate the faiths of other exists. Shame!!! Hindu Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Called 'Devil' Shamelessly By A Republican Opponent. Hindu Reactions Surfaced. HENB, Washington, Aug 25, 2016: Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu member in House of Representative (for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district since 2013) contesting again to the US Congress, has been targeted for her Hindu faith by her Republican opponent in the Congressional elections, prompting sharp reactions from the Hindu-American community members. 35-year-old Democratic Representative Gabbard is seeking her third-term re-election from Hawaii...
  • The EpiPen Scandal Is Worse Than You Think: What You’re Not Being Told

    08/27/2016 11:45:21 AM PDT · by amorphous · 35 replies
    The Antimedia ^ | 26 August 2016 | Alice Salles
    Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton urged Mylan to voluntarily slash the prices of its products while promising that, once she’s elected, her “plan to address exorbitant drug price hikes like these” will be finally implemented. This is a particularly empty promise considering Mylan has donated between $100,000 and $250,000 to the Clinton Foundation, which was recently revealed to be peddling influence in exchange for cash. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) are also pressuring the manufacturer to disclose more about its pricing. Even Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) — whose own daughter, Heather Bresch, serves as Mylan’s CEO — weighed...
  • Indiana man mistakenly shot by cop: 'Why did you shoot me?' (homeowner shot)

    08/27/2016 9:54:49 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 31 replies
    Yahoo ^ | August 26, 2016 | AP
    An Indianapolis man who was mistakenly shot by a police officer responding to an armed robbery said Friday that he didn't know officers had arrived at his home until he was blinded by their flashlights after being shot. Carl Williams, a 48-year-old postal worker, said at a news conference that he was in his garage with his handgun at his right side early Tuesday awaiting police when he was shot, apparently just as officers were arriving.
  • Weekly Update: Shocking Clinton News

    08/27/2016 9:44:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 26, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    New Emails: Clinton’s State Department Gave Special Access to Foundation Donors Federal Court Orders Hillary Clinton to Answer Email Questions under Oath JW Forces Release of “Deleted” Clinton Emails – Hidden Emails Include Benghazi Material Court Victory for Election IntegrityJW’s New Book Clean House Coming Next Week New Emails: Clinton’s State Department Gave Special Access to Foundation DonorsThe true nature of the Clinton Foundation becomes ever clearer with each discovery of withheld emails. This week we released 725 pages of State Department documents that include email exchanges in which Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin provided influential Clinton Foundation...
  • Our Next President? Hillary on Gaddafi

    08/27/2016 9:01:16 AM PDT · by dvan · 16 replies
    CBS News Video ^ | 2016 | NA
    Hillary on Gaddafi - "we came, we saw, he died." laughing? What an Embarrassment .
  • In Presidential elections, size doesn't always matter

    08/27/2016 8:51:18 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 63 replies
    CNN ^ | 27 August 2016 | Stephen Collinson
    (CNN)It's the most deceptive sign in politics. Every four years, a presidential candidate gazes out over a vast crowd and convinces themselves the White House is there for the taking. In 2016, the general election candidate drawing the biggest and loudest crowds is Donald Trump. "We got to Oklahoma, we have 25,000 people. We had 21,000 people in Dallas, we had 35,000 people in Mobile, Alabama. We get these massive crowds," Trump said in Florida earlier this month. "Look, if she had 500 people I would be surprised," he added, poking fun at Hillary Clinton's more intimate events.During the primaries,...
  • And then...(Caption this)

    08/27/2016 7:52:16 AM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 44 replies
    Dark Humor | Today | Me
  • Top Clinton ally demands immigrant ban 'on who can come, from where and how many'

    08/27/2016 7:06:11 AM PDT · by libstripper · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Aug, 26, 2016 | Paul Bedard
    A former top diplomat and Senate Democratic leader said that America's border must be closed and restraints put on uncontrolled immigration. Former Maine Sen. George Mitchell, a top Clinton fundraiser and former State Department roving mediator, told an audience this week that America has to give up its practice of letting in anybody who wants in. The Bill and Hillary Clinton ally said that the U.S. should also look at where immigrants are coming from when it sets limits.
  • Privacy Law Finally Gets An Upgrade

    08/27/2016 7:02:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2016 | Steve Sherman
    Most of the privacy laws being used currently were written when flip phones were all the rage. If you haven’t noticed, times have changed. Entire computers sit comfortably in our hand or back pocket if you’re a millennial. Data storage, email, and cloud based tech have changed our entire world. With that change legal challenges have evolved and it is time to update our severely outdated legal framework for dealing with privacy issues. I’ve written about it before, and I am glad to say that a viable option is here. It is called the International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA). We...
  • Justice Department will probe metro Phoenix sheriff Arpaio

    08/27/2016 7:00:39 AM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8/26/16 | Walter Berry
    PHOENIX (AP) -- The investigation and possible prosecution of metropolitan Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio will be handled by the U.S. Justice Department after federal prosecutors in Arizona asked to be removed because of unspecified conflicts of interest, according to a court filing made public. The U.S. Attorney's Office for Arizona said in its brief filing Friday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix that the case has been assigned to the Justice Department's criminal division, public integrity section. The filing cited "existing conflicts of interest or the appearance of conflicts of interest pertaining to the matter" for Arizona's federal prosecutors, but...
  • It's Tax Refund Time for Illegal Aliens(2/2/2016)

    08/27/2016 6:43:42 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 15 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | 2/2/2016 | David North
    Some people in the United States have already filed their 2015 income tax returns — not because they are super-law-abiding, but because they want to get a check from Uncle Sam in the mail. Some savvy illegal aliens, since they can get substantial tax breaks, will have filed by now. The first day that IRS accepted returns was January 19 this year — the deadline is two and a half months away, the usual April 15. This year there is yet another tax break for illegals in the tax system. Unlike citizen and green card workers who are not participating...
  • Waco Catch-22

    08/27/2016 6:04:00 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 16 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 8/26/2016
    Joseph Heller coined the term “Catch-22” in a novel about bomber crews in World War II. It described a set of Army Air Force regulations that exempted crazy people from flying combat missions. The catch was you had to apply for the exemption. And trying to get out of combat proved you weren’t crazy. In the last 55 years the term has become a catchy way to describe any double bind – which is a logical dilemma that requires someone to correctly answer two questions. And, a correct answer to either one automatically means a wrong answer to the other....
  • New Front Opens In Ongoing Legal Battle Over Obama's Immigration Actions

    08/27/2016 5:56:49 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 7 replies
    talkingpointsmemo ^ | 8/25/2016 | Tierney Sneed
    In a not unexpected move, immigrant advocates filed a lawsuit Thursday taking on a federal court ruling that blocked President Obama's 2014 executive actions providing deportation relief to certain undocumented immigrants. The lawsuit argues that the federal judge who blocked the implementation of the programs -- Andrew Hanen, a conservative in southern Texas -- did not have the authority to impose a nationwide injunction. Because the Supreme Court was evenly divided when Hanen’s order was appealed to the eight justices, the new lawsuit could open the door for Obama's actions to go back into effect for at least some undocumented...
  • Don’t Bee-lieve the Latest Bee-pocalypse Scare

    08/27/2016 5:04:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2016 | Paul Driessen
    As stubborn facts ruin their narrative that neonicotinoid pesticides are causing a honeybee-pocalypse, environmental pressure groups are shifting to new scares to justify their demands for “neonic” bans.Honeybee populations and colony numbers in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and elsewhere are growing. It is also becoming increasingly clear that the actual cause of bee die-offs and “colony collapse disorders” is not neonics, but a toxic mix of predatory mites, stomach fungi, other microscopic pests, and assorted chemicals employed by beekeepers trying to control the beehive infestations.Naturally, anti-pesticide activists have seized on a recent study purporting to show that wild bee deaths in Britain have...
  • Confrontations reveal Obama’s nuclear deal having little effect on Iran’s behavior

    08/26/2016 10:58:41 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 25, 2016 | Guy Taylor
    A pair of dangerously close encounters between the Iranian and U.S. navies in the Persian Gulf this week have raised fresh questions about Tehran’s intentions, a year after Obama administration officials hoped the much-touted nuclear deal would moderate the behavior of the Islamic republic and its military. Iran’s military is going to “warn” and “confront” any foreign ships entering its territorial waters, the nation’s top defense official said Thursday, after four Iranian fast-attack craft buzzed the guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze in the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, and the USS Squall, a coastal patrol ship, fired three warning shots a...
  • [California] Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill banning state funds for coal projects

    08/26/2016 10:19:25 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 38 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 08/26/2016 | David DeBolt
    SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown took a strong stand against coal on Friday, approving an East Bay lawmaker's bill to ban state funding for coal-related projects. In signing state Sen. Loni Hancock's bill, the governor also praised the Oakland City Council for voting to ban transportation of the ore through its city and encouraged other cities to do the same. "Other localities should follow suit -- and the state should, too -- to reduce and, ultimately, eliminate the shipment of coal through all California ports, Brown wrote in a signing message.
  • US Blood Supply Should be Screened for Zika, FDA Says

    08/26/2016 9:51:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | Fri August 26, 201 | Susan Scutti
    The Food and Drug Administration has recommended screening the entire US blood supply for the Zika virus, it announced today, noting that screening donated blood is already underway in Florida and Puerto Rico. The new recommendation applies "across the board to anyone collecting blood," explained Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. This includes very large blood collection establishments, such as the American Red Cross, and some very small establishments, such as academic centers, he said. The Red Cross said it will phase in universal testing. Currently, it is conducting Zika tests in five...
  • Guess Who Used BleachBit to Wipe Her Email Server?

    08/26/2016 7:25:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 72 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 26, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Here we have Hillary Clinton, a four-year de facto felon, with this private email server and who knows what she has been selling to all of their donors to the State Department via the Clinton Foundation. She's been selling access to the State Department. She's no question been selling access in advance of her becoming president, and we're talking about hundreds of millions of dollars of access. We're talking 30,000 emails that we now learn were not just deleted; they were hit with an app called BleachBit. You know what BleachBit is? You never heard of BleachBit?...
  • U.S. considering speed-limit device rule for trucks, buses

    08/26/2016 12:56:09 PM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 26, 2016 | Staff
    Trucks and buses in the United States may have to be equipped with devices to limit their speed under a proposed rule issued on Friday by the U.S. Transportation Department which said the move could save both lives and fuel. The department will weigh setting speed limits at 60, 65 or 68 miles per hour for heavy commercial vehicles, but said it will consider other speeds based on comments from the public.
  • Jaycee Dugard Loses Federal Appeal Against Parole Officers: Court

    08/26/2016 2:01:11 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 23 replies
    nbcbayarea.com ^ | 8/29/16 | Lisa Fernandez
    A federal appeals court ruled 2-1 on Friday that Jaycee Dugard, who was kidnapped from South Lake Tahoe and held in Antioch by a parolee for 18 years, cannot hold federal parole officers liable for failing to supervise her captor. The ruling was made seven years to the day she was rescued - on Aug. 26, 2009. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had already ruled on this case in March, but Friday's decision was an expanded version of their original opinion. Friday's opinion now becomes a legal precedent. Dugard had argued, unsuccessfully, that federal parole officers failed to...
  • White House Says Obama Will Donate to Kayla Mueller Charity

    08/26/2016 7:02:18 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 27 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 8/26/16 | AP
    The White House says President Barack Obama plans to donate to the foundation honoring Kayla Mueller, an American killed by Islamic State militants last year. A foundation in Mueller's name seeks to honor her commitment to humanitarianism and serving the needy. But Mueller's father told ABC News in an interview airing Friday that Obama promised during a private meeting in March 2015 to make a contribution, then never did.
  • Breitbart - Louisiana Paper Blasts Clinton for Snubbing Flood Victims: Because a Red State?

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  • Maine Governor Leaves Lawmaker Expletive-Filled Voicemail, Wants Armed Duel

    08/26/2016 6:14:41 PM PDT · by grimalkin · 46 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/26/16 | Alex Pfeiffer
    <p>Republican Maine Gov. Paul LePage left an expletive-filled voicemail for a state lawmaker who called his recent comments about drug dealers racist, the Portland Press Herald reports.</p> <p>LePage called the lawmaker a “socialist cocksucker” and later said he would like to have an armed duel.</p>