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  • Montana U.S. Sen. Candidate Mocks Gun Owners, Christianity, the Bible, and the Family

    08/23/2014 8:15:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 8/22/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    Montana State Senator Amanda Curtis (D-76 Dist.) is running for U.S. Senate and will no doubt be trying to run away from her past statements mocking guns, Christianity, the Bible, and the family. She just stepped into the race in place of John Walsh, the Democrat candidate who had to step down amid a plagiarism scandal.
  • Obama Ebola Executive Order?

    08/23/2014 8:04:40 AM PDT · by null and void · 10 replies
    PolitiSite ^ | 8/1/14 | Albert Milliron
    Executive Order — Revised List of Quarantinable Communicable Diseases EXECUTIVE ORDER REVISED LIST OF QUARANTINABLE COMMUNICABLE DISEASES By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 264(b) of title 42, United States Code, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Amendment to Executive Order 13295. Based upon the recommendation of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Acting Surgeon General, and for the purposes set forth in section 1 of Executive Order 13295 of April 4, 2003, as amended by Executive Order...
  • Reid apologizes for racist jokes

    08/23/2014 7:59:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 8/23/2014 | Rick Moran
    Senator Harry Reid apologized yesterday for making "racist" jokes at a meeting of the Asian Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas. The Hill: "My comments were in extremely poor taste and I apologize. Sometimes I say the wrong thing,” Reid said in a statement to The Hill. The Democratic leader issued the apology after a video surfaced online of him joking with the crowd in Las Vegas about their ethnicity.
  • Just Moseying Around in BHO Land

    08/23/2014 7:54:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 8/23/2014 | Eileen F. Toplansky
    Last week when I went to peruse the shelves at Barnes & Noble and used my educator card for a purchase, I was asked to show a photo ID. The next day, when I went for a planned medical procedure, I was required to display a photo ID. And finally, when I cashed a check at the local A&P, the cashier requested to see some identification. Even at a local Goodwill store, I had to show a photo ID in order to buy an item. In addition, I needed to show my driver's license to get a new library card....
  • The Federal Bagpipe Police?!?

    08/23/2014 7:38:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 23, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’ve shared horror stories about government thuggery and I’ve shared horror stories about government stupidity.Thanks to Mark Steyn, we have a story that exemplifies both the brain-dead nature of the public sector and the nasty nature of our bureaucratic overlords.You may have read about the federal milk police. Well, here’s some of what Mark wrote about the Kafkaesque legal regime the federal government maintains for people who want to cross the border with….drugs? no…weapons? no…biological agents? no, nothing like that. We’re talking about bagpipes. …17-year-old Campbell Webster and Eryk Bean, of Concord and Londonderry, New Hampshire – understood that if...
  • The Massive Trucker Shortage Could Hit Your Wallet Soon

    08/23/2014 7:24:59 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 36 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | Kathryn Buschman Vasel
    Truck driver Anthony Plummer remembers when he was in the middle of the country on a long-haul delivery when he learned his daughter was sick in the hospital. “I was told to get back [home] as soon as possible. But there are a lot of rules that limit how much I can drive, so I told them I would get back as soon as I could.” It was after this incident that Plummer decided to make a career shift to become a regional truck driver. “It blew my mind if something were to happen and if I was way across...
  • A Town Near You? ICE Reveals Locations of Convicted Murderers It Freed

    08/23/2014 6:58:06 AM PDT · by John S Mosby · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | August 22,2014 | Ryan Lovelace
    The Center for Immigration Studies has used information provided to the office Senator Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) to map out the locations of where convicted killers were let go by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in 2013. The killers were booked out in 24 states and were associated with 96 different cities, according to the CIS report.
  • Tim Geithner’s Stress Test: Can the Government Do No Wrong?

    08/23/2014 6:57:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 23, 2014 | Mark Skousen
    Most Austrian economists argue that the best response to the 2008 financial crisis was to “do nothing.” By refusing to bail out the banks, investment firms and insurance companies, the government would be sending a clear message that Wall Street and the private markets must avoid irresponsible decisions in the future.A few make an exception for the banking system itself, defending the government’s guarantee of money market funds, for example; otherwise, the whole system would have collapsed.I just finished reading Tim Geithner’s book, “Stress Test,” which makes the case for the opposite — he justifies almost every decision by the...
  • Obama hits the gas on regs

    08/23/2014 6:48:07 AM PDT · by maggief · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 23, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    Groups that closely follow regulations are expecting the Obama administration to continue issuing controversial rules through the midterm elections, despite the political risk it could pose for Democrats. With time running out on President Obama’s second term, federal agencies are hitting the gas on a number of regulatory initiatives that are central to the White House’s “go-it-alone” agenda. The pace of rulemaking is a stark contrast from the months leading up to the 2012 presidential election, when the flow of rules came screeching to a near halt. The expectation that the gears of the regulatory process will keep moving highlights...
  • Lawrence Solomon: The UN’s refugee welfare racket

    08/23/2014 6:27:45 AM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    National Post ^ | August 21, 2014 | Lawrence Solomon
    In UNRWA’s books, a refugee can be just about anyone who wants to be one In the West, it’s known as welfare fraud. In the Palestinian Territories, it’s called refugee relief. In both places, the fraud can become a way of life, seen as an entitlement that children and then grandchildren adopt. Only in the Palestinian Territories, though, does the welfare agency see its goal as putting more people on welfare and keeping them there, the better to keep “the Palestinian refugee crisis” alive. ... When Foreign Affairs Minister Manley offered to resettle Palestinians in Canada, Palestinians responded by burning...
  • White House Rolls Out New Birth Control Accommodation For Nonprofits

    08/23/2014 6:20:28 AM PDT · by EBH · 17 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 8/22/2014 | Laura Bassett
    The Obama administration announced on Friday a new accommodation for religious nonprofits that object to covering the full range of contraceptives in their employee health care plans. The new accommodation will allow religious nonprofits, such as Catholic schools and hospitals, to opt out of covering birth control by notifying the Department of Health and Human Services of their objections. HHS and the Department of Labor will then arrange for a third-party insurer to pay for and administer the coverage for the nonprofits' employees so that women still receive the contraceptive coverage guaranteed to them by the Affordable Care Act. “Women...
  • Islamic State backers under scrutiny in US [prelude to CAIR complaining about civil rights]

    08/23/2014 6:10:26 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    AP ^ | 8/22/2014 | TOM HAYS
    Officially, the FBI agents who swarmed Donald Ray Morgan at Kennedy Airport this month were there to arrest him on a mundane gun charge. But they whisked him away to their Manhattan office and grilled him for two hours on an entirely different topic: Islamic State extremists. Over and over, they asked Morgan, a 44-year-old North Carolina man, converted Muslim and author of pro-extremist tweets, whether he had traveled to Syria to support the militant group. More important, they wanted know whether he could identify any fighters with U.S. ties who had left the region to return to America. The...
  • Should The U.S. Declare War On ISIS?

    08/23/2014 5:56:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    If there’s one thing that will generate bipartisan consensus on the Hill, it’s that the United States needs to get serious about confronting the Islamic State (ISIS) militarily. The National Journal recently posted a piece by James Kitfield, a senior fellow at Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress, argued that it’s time the U.S. declares war on the Islamic State–and have a debate on the U.S. interests at stake: Washington is overdue for a serious debate about what U.S. national interests are threatened by the Iraq crisis. … Most importantly, ISIS today represents a direct and growing threat...
  • Let’s Privatize Medicare

    08/23/2014 5:39:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 23, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Paul Ryan proposed a private health insurance alternative to Medicare for future retirees, liberal critics pounced. It’s another scheme to undermine health care for the elderly by “privatizing” and “voucher-izing” the program, they said.Yet, almost one third of seniors are already in private health insurance plans. They are called Medicare Part C, or Medicare Advantage, plans. And you would be hard pressed to find any Democratic office holder who wants to abolish them. The reason? Seniors choose to be in these plans because they like them better than traditional Medicare.Not only do seniors like them, but they appear to provide...
  • (Video)Shocking:Chinese Fighter Jet Buzzes Within Feet Of Taking Out U.S. Jet In Inter'ntl Skies

    08/23/2014 4:40:33 AM PDT · by lbryce · 33 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | August 22, 2014 | Tom Hinchey
    The Pentagon said a Chinese fighter jet made several dangerously close passes at a U.S. Navy patrol aircraft over international air space in the South China Sea on Tuesday. The Chinese Shenyang J-11B Flanker B aircraft, with a full weapons load, flew within 20-feet of the Navy P-8A Poseidon Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) aircraft while conducting a routine surveillance mission. The J-11B made a threatening maneuver when it made a barrel roll over the top of the P-8A. Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said the incident occurred on August 19 about 135 miles east of Hainan Island. Admiral Kirby said...
  • G20 Edging Towards 'Bail-In' Global Banking Reform Deal

    08/23/2014 4:38:23 AM PDT · by mgist · 6 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 8/21/14
    Government leaders are expected to agree in November that the world's top banks must issue special bonds to increase the amount of capital which can be tapped in a crisis instead of calling on taxpayers to come to the rescue, industry and G20 officials said. The bonds, known as "gone concern loss absorption capacity" or GLAC, are seen by regulators as essential to stopping the world's 29 biggest lenders from being "too big to fail". The plans are being drafted by the Financial Stability Board, the regulatory task force of the Group of 20 economies which declined to comment ahead...
  • Last Ebola-free region of Liberia falls to virus

    08/23/2014 4:13:55 AM PDT · by Covenantor · 9 replies
    News24 ^ | Aug 23, 2014
    Last Ebola-free region of Liberia falls to virus Monrovia - Every region of Liberia has now been hit by Ebola, officials said on Friday, as the World Health Organisation warned the fight against the worst-ever outbreak of the killer disease would take months. After seeing people fall to the deadly virus in area after area, Liberia said two people had succumbed to the virus in Sinoe province, the last Ebola-free bastion in a country that has seen the biggest toll with 624 deaths. The virus has spread relentlessly through Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, and Nigeria has also been affected...
  • Yellen US Jobs Market 'Yet to Fully Recover'

    08/23/2014 4:05:28 AM PDT · by Son House · 16 replies
    MENAFN News ^ | 22/08/2014 | MENAFN News
    Yellen picked through the various arguments over what the seemingly contradictory data says: the faster-than-expected fall in the jobless rate to 6.2 percent from 7.3 percent a year ago, against the persistently extremely low labor force participation rate since the Great Recession, just 62.9 percent. Yellen agreed that there have been some structural changes that have affected the way the labor market signals tightening through indicators such as part-time work, the number of people leaving jobs, and wage gains - which have been virtually insignificant since the recession ended in 2009. But she insisted that the combined data that the...
  • Will Ferguson be a moment or a movement? (They are achingly desperate for a revolution)

    08/23/2014 1:46:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 22, 2014 | Professor Fredrick Harris
    When does a moment become a movement? Events such as the killing of unarmed, 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., can provide the moral shock that political movements need to build their ranks and bring attention to a community’s afflictions. They can be like the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 or the beating death of Matthew Shepard in 1998 — transformative episodes that remake perceptions and force a society to abandon abhorrent practices. Or they can be like the 1991 beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers: a horrific moment that failed to create a sustained...
  • Ferguson’s black community must not be given the same ‘justice’ as Trayvon Martin

    08/23/2014 12:25:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 22, 2014 | Gary Younge in Ferguson
    Only the courts can judge Michael Brown’s killer – but this is the system that let George Zimmerman walk free.Just outside a mall in Ferguson, Missouri, shortly after 10 o’clock on Wednesday, a black man in his 30s was stopped and frisked by around eight white policemen. As he gingerly emptied his pockets, careful not to move too quickly, he yelled at them. It was a soliloquy of pure rage; a fluent, apparently unstoppable oration against not just the men who had apprehended him but the system they represented. “Yes I’m angry,” he shouted. “Four hundred years we been here....
  • No Law, No Order: Making a federal case out of Ferguson

    08/22/2014 11:09:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | The September 1, 2014 Issue | Christopher Caldwell, senior editor
    Ferguson, Mo. "I JUST SAW SOMEONE DIE OMFG,” wrote Emanuel Freeman, a teenage rap aficionado who lives in the Canfield Green housing project in Ferguson, Missouri. It was about noon on Saturday, August 9, when Michael Brown, a hulking 18-year-old recently graduated from a failing high school and 10 minutes removed from committing a strong-arm robbery, was shot dead by Ferguson policeman Darren Wilson in the street outside Freeman’s window. Freeman appears not to have seen the fusillade that killed Brown, and no uncontested account of it has emerged. But we can see from the tweets Freeman posted in the...
  • US gun culture has police arming to keep up

    08/22/2014 10:17:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | August 23, 2014 | Michael A. Cohen
    Over the past two weeks, Americans have been transfixed and horrified by the surreal images of police donning camouflage and gas masks and pointing sniper rifles at unarmed demonstrators in Ferguson, Mo. Why have police departments become so enamored with tools more associated with war than with walking the beat? One answer is receiving precious little attention: America’s gun culture. America is a nation awash in firearms. It’s simply impossible to talk incisively about what’s happening in Ferguson without talking about guns and the ease with which ordinary citizens and criminals can get access to them. Police today are much...
  • Puerto Ricans flock to US mainland as island crisis worsens

    08/22/2014 9:39:58 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 46 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 8/22/14 | Diego Urdaneta
    The island of Puerto Rico is depopulating, as residents stream to the US mainland fleeing the island's economic crisis and political gridlock in search of jobs. Since 2009, more Puerto Ricans have been living pn the American mainland than on the northeastern Caribbean US-territory, a trend that has accelerated in the years since, according to census figures complied by the Washington-based Pew Hispanic Center. In 2012, some 4.9 million Puerto Ricans lived in one of the 50 US states or the US capital, while the island had a population of 3.5 million, according to the study out this week. Furthermore,...
  • Ferguson Ultimatum: Lawmaker Threatens More Civil Unrest If Cop Not Convicted

    08/22/2014 9:12:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Eurasia Review ^ | August 23, 2014 | Jim Kouri
    An outspoken Missouri lawmaker on Friday threatened Ferguson, Missouri, residents and government authorities with more civil unrest such as looting and violence if Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, isn’t convicted by prosecutors, according to CNN’s Jake Tapper. State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, who represents Ferguson in the Missouri legislature, has been active in the news media criticizing everyone from the local police department and its chief to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon regarding their response to the shooting of the 6’4″ tall, 290 lbs. Ferguson. She also joined protesters almost every night. According to CNN’s...
  • Jake Tapper: Getting a conviction against Darren Wilson could be an ‘uphill battle’

    08/22/2014 7:48:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 22, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    CNN host Jake Tapper had some discouraging news for those who would prefer to see not only Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson go to trial but be convicted for his role in the slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Getting a conviction, let alone creating a case which would see the inside of a courtroom, will be difficult for prosecutors. In an interview with Georgetown University Law Professor Paul Brown, Tapper asked what evidentiary thresholds prosecutors must clear in order to create a strong case against Wilson. Tapper observed that the grand jury hearing the details of the case is made...
  • Chinese Top Gun 'Barrel Rolled' Over US Plane

    08/22/2014 7:37:05 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 43 replies
    http://news.sky.com/ ^ | August 22, 2014 | Sky News Team
    The US has lodged a formal protest with Beijing after a Chinese fighter jet conducted a barrel roll "very, very close" over an American Navy plane this week, the Pentagon has said. Rear Admiral John Kirby said the Chinese plane exposed its undercarriage to show that it was armed to the P-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft during Monday's incident in international airspace near Japan. He said the Chinese aircraft came within 30ft (9 metres) of the American plane, while the wing tips of the two aircraft were just 20ft apart.
  • Only Ten Percent of Americans Think Race Relations Are Better In Obama Era

    08/22/2014 7:34:53 PM PDT · by lbryce · 18 replies
    Breibart ^ | August 22, 2014 | Charles Spiering
    Since Barack Obama was elected president, only 10 percent of Americans believe that race relations have gotten better, according to a New York Times/CBS Poll published today. The poll found 17 percent of blacks and 8 percent of whites believe race relations have improved under Obama. Thirty five percent of Americans believe that race relations have gotten worse in the Obama era -- including 40 percent of whites and 21 percent of blacks. Fifty-two percent of Americans polled said that race relations have stayed about the same.
  • Gov't warns US retailers about hacking software

    08/22/2014 7:32:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    AP ^ | 8/22/2014 | ALICIA A. CALDWELL and JEFF HORWITZ
    More than 1,000 U.S. retailers could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customer financial data, the Homeland Security Department said Friday. The government urged businesses of all sizes to scan their point-of-sale systems for software known as "Backoff," discovered last October. It previously explained in detail how the software operates and how retailers could find and remove it. Earlier this month, United Parcel Service said it found infected computers in 51 stores. UPS said it was not aware of any fraud that resulted from the infection but said hackers may have...
  • Obama May Seek New Funds To Battle Islamic State: Senate Aide [No Clear Plan?]

    08/22/2014 7:31:55 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 22, 2014 | Richard Cowan
    Obama May Seek New Funds To Battle Islamic State: Senate Aide By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama could ask the U.S. Congress in coming weeks to approve new funds for airstrikes against Islamic State targets, according to a congressional aide, following the militants' beheading of an American journalist and activities in Iraq. A Senate Democratic aide on Friday said the Obama administration could detail by early to mid-September the amount of additional money it wants for the military operations, although the aide did not estimate the size of the possible funding request. The administration has indicated it...
  • Still Report #314 - Impeach Clinton - 10 - Chinese Coal

    08/22/2014 7:27:16 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    You Tube ^ | 14 August 2014 | Bill Still
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  • DUI arrest is California Democrats' latest blow (w/video)

    08/22/2014 7:27:14 PM PDT · by South40 · 27 replies
    PressDemocrat ^ | 8/22/2014
    SACRAMENTO — Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunken driving, the latest black eye for the state's majority party and the 40-member chamber that suspended three other Democrats facing legal troubles. Hueso, 44, of San Diego, was arrested at 2:39 a.m. and booked into Sacramento County Jail, said sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman, after the California Highway Patrol stopped him going the wrong way on a one-way street. He was released shortly before noon after posting bail of nearly $1,500 and was expected to appear in court Tuesday. "I think I have the right to pursue...
  • rich lowry: gop elites who whine about jobs americans won't do should be shot & hanged

    08/22/2014 6:20:51 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 42 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | August22,2014 | Tony Lee
    Rich Lowry, the editor of National Review, denounced Republican elites and their high-priced consultants in the permanent political class for pushing amnesty legislation by perpetuating the myth that there are so many jobs that American workers won't do. "The next time I hear a Republican strategist or a Republican politician say that there are jobs that Americans won't do, that person should be shot, he should be hanged, he should be wrapped in a carpet and thrown in the Potomac River," Lowry said at a Thursday Heritage Foundation panel on immigration. A recent Center for Immigration Studies report concluded that...
  • Federal Judge Uses 'Wrong Side of History' Argument in Striking Down Florida Marriage Law

    08/22/2014 6:12:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/22/2014 | Samuel Smith
    Even though the citizens of Florida voted in a 2008 referendum to define marriage as between one man and one woman in their state's constitution, yet another federal district judge has ruled that amendment is unconstitutional because it does not let Floridians marry someone of their same gender. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle came to the same conclusion Thursday as judges from four other districts in Florida previously found. Hinkle ruled that labeling marriage as only "between a man and a woman" was in violation of 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as it does not provide a guarantee...
  • Amy Goodman: The ghost of Dred Scott haunts the streets of Ferguson (She doesn't disappoint)

    08/22/2014 6:02:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Monterey Herald ^ | August 22, 2014 | Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan
    The ghost of Dred Scott haunts the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. Thousands have been protesting the police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. He was due to start college just days after he was shot dead in broad daylight. Police left his bleeding corpse in the middle of the street for over four hours, behind police tape, as neighbors gathered and looked on in horror. Outraged citizens protested, and police brutally cracked down on them. Clad in paramilitary gear and using armored vehicles, they shot tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets and...
  • Newt Gingrich : 2014-08-22 : President Obama and the 500 British Terrorists

    08/22/2014 5:58:03 PM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 7 replies
    Newt Gingrich ^ | 2014-08-22 | Newt Gingrich
    . August 22, 2014 Newt Gingrich : President Obama and the 500 British Terrorists ===================================================== Traveling in Europe this week, I had a chance to see the world through the eyes of the London Times, the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail. The view from Britain was startlingly different than the view from Martha's Vineyard, where President Obama is vacationing. There is a consensus in Britain that at least 500 young Brits have gone to the Middle East as jihadists. There is a clear belief, stated by Prime Minister David Cameron, that the ISIS fighter who executed journalist James Foley...
  • Lynch Mob: DOJ Ferguson Unit Has Tainted Past

    08/22/2014 5:50:47 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 22, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Due Process: The Criminal Section of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division that is handling the shooting of Michael Brown was once smacked down by a federal judge for gross prosecutorial misconduct. Demonstrating the same relentless pursuit of truth and justice that occurred after the New Black Panther voter-intimidation case or the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in Fast and Furious, Attorney General Eric Holder and his team of leftist lawyers and ideologues have descended on Ferguson, Mo., to assure, as Gov. Jay Nixon put it, justice is done for Brown and his family. Justice for Ferguson Police...
  • Violent Crime, Not Police Abuse, Is The Real Threat To Black Americans

    08/22/2014 5:46:24 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 22, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Yesterday’s “Nationwide Day of Rage for Ferguson,” demonstrations that were planned to protest police violence against blacks for the 51 cities across the U.S., was a bust. Is it possible that most blacks believe that violent crime, not the threat of police, is the real danger that threatens black Americans, particularly young black males? The high point of protests was a mere 40 people showing up outside the White House. Some 20 to 30 people showed up in cities such as Boston, Denver, and Des Moines. In places such as St. Louis and Oakland, virtually no one seemed to turn...
  • From Palestine to Ferguson: resistance leads to state violence (Worse than you think)

    08/22/2014 5:46:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Daily Texan of UTA ^ | August 22, 2014 | Mukund Rathi, Junior, Socialist & Amnesty Int'l official
    It has been a difficult month for the victims of state violence, as well as their families, friends, and those in solidarity. The month-long Israeli assault on Gaza involved a litany of war crimes, including the killing of trapped civilians, multiple bombings of hospitals, and the destruction of Gaza’s only power plant — all with critical U.S. support. And after the U.S. population reeled in shock from the NYPD murder of unarmed black man Eric Garner in broad daylight, Ferguson, Mo., was the site of another police murder — this time of unarmed, black 18-year-old Michael Brown, who, according to...
  • Senator lives like a Rockefeller but bills the cost to taxpayers

    08/22/2014 5:41:57 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 21, 2014 | 5:00 am | By Luke Rosiak
    Sen. Jay Rockefeller comes from one of America's wealthiest families and represents a state only 60 miles from the District of Columbia, yet he travels home almost exclusively via private charter plane at $4,400 per trip and sends the bill to taxpayers.There are as many as six commercial flights a day between D.C. and Charleston, W.Va., the city Rockefeller flies to and from. A round-trip ticket for the one-hour flight costs as little as $206. Rockefeller's aversion to traveling as most other Americans do may be somewhat ironic, as he is chairman of the Senate committee with jurisdiction over transportation...
  • Gov. Brown Urges $3 Million In Legal Aid For Immigrant Children

    08/22/2014 5:33:36 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    LATimes ^ | August 22, 2014 | MELANIE MASON AND KATE LINTHICUM
    Gov. Brown Urges $3 Million In Legal Aid For Immigrant Children Jerry Brown California Gov. Jerry Brown, seen here in Lake Tahoe on Aug. 19, announced a proposal this week to provide $3 million in legal aid to immigrant children. By MELANIE MASON AND KATE LINTHICUM Seeking to address a swell of unaccompanied children from Central America who have immigrated to the U.S. illegally in recent months, Gov. Jerry Brown and other California lawmakers announced a proposal Thursday to provide $3 million in legal aid to those minors. The bill, if approved, would steer taxpayer money to nonprofit organizations that...
  • Connecticut trooper pleads guilty to stealing dying motorcycle crash victim’s jewelry, money

    08/22/2014 5:18:04 PM PDT · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 66 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Thursday, July 17, 2014, 10:30 AM | Philip Caulfield
    State trooper AJ Huntsman was accused of lifting more than $8,000 in cash and jewelry from a dying man at a motorcycle crash site in 2012. He later lied to supervisors and the dead man's family about it, authorities said.A crooked Connecticut cop caught by his dash cam stealing more than $8,000 in cash and jewelry off a mangled motorcycle crash victim is facing prison after pleading guilty Wednesday. State trooper AJ Huntsman, 45, was facing 10 years for the theft, but was likely to get just 16 months in jail and five years' probation when he's sentenced on Oct....
  • Iran links Iraq role to lifting of Western sanctions

    08/22/2014 5:10:19 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 4 replies
    Daily Star ^ | Aug. 21, 2014 | 02:14 PM
    TEHRAN: Iran is ready to join international action against jihadists in Iraq provided the West lifts crippling sanctions, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Thursday. His comments followed a call by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius Wednesday for all countries in the region, including Iran, to join the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) fighters who have seized swath of Iraq as well as neighboring Syria. "If we agree to do something in Iraq, the other side of the negotiations should do something in return," the official IRNA news agency quoted Zarif as saying. "All the...
  • Reporter Sues St. Louis County Court for Michael Brown’s Juvenile Arrest Record

    08/22/2014 4:57:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 22, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    He was a gentle soul. The last video of 18 year-old Michael Brown shows the Normandy High School graduate robbing a local convenience store. On Friday reporter Charles Johnson sued the St. Louis County Court for Michael Brown’s juvenile arrest record. Via Got News: Got News filed a lawsuit against St. Louis County court today to obtain the juvenile arrest records of Michael Brown after the court denied his request. Brown was killed in a controversial altercation with Officer Darren Wilson. Got News editor-in-chief Charles C. Johnson was told by two different law enforcement sources from St. Louis that Brown...
  • Lowest Voter Participation Rates in Countries that Haven’t Been Invaded

    08/22/2014 4:25:26 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 2 replies
    Sacra Pizza Man Blog ^ | 8/22/2014 | Sacra Pizza Man
    In school, I researched voter participation rates. I concluded that countries that haven’t been invaded in a long time, generations and centuries, have the lowest voter participation rates.
  • Dorian Johnson: The Boy Who Cried Wolf

    08/22/2014 4:24:41 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Investors.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Crime: Attorney General Eric Holder's star witness in the allegedly racist police shooting of a black St. Louis teen is a hoodlum with a history of making false statements to police. Dorian Johnson, 22, the main source of the media's racist cop narrative, has lost all credibility. So why is Holder still taking his testimony? And why isn't he behind bars? An ABC News affiliate in St. Louis reported that Johnson is wanted in Jefferson City, Mo., on a 2011 theft charge and also for filing a false police report that same year. Johnson allegedly gave a bogus name and...
  • US sued by immigrant rights groups over expedited deportation process

    08/22/2014 3:54:53 PM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 7 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 22 August 2014 | Amanda Holpuch
    Coalition says Obama administration policies to deal with influx at border is unfair to women and children who flee to safety. A coalition of immigrant rights groups have filed a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s expedited deportation process, claiming that it is unfair to women and children who flee Central America to seek safety in the US. The groups claim the Obama administration’s new policies have created a “deportation mill” at a new government family detention center in Artesia, New Mexico. (snip) The National Immigration Project, American Immigration Council, ACLU and National Immigration Law Center filed the suit, MSPC v...
  • ‘Very dangerous’: Pentagon says armed Chinese jet did ‘barrel roll’ over US aircraft

    08/22/2014 3:21:57 PM PDT · by twister881 · 77 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 22, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    The Pentagon said Friday that a Chinese fighter jet made “several passes” by a U.S. Navy aircraft earlier this week off the coast of China in international airspace, baring its weapons and coming within mere feet of the U.S. plane. Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said...“Not only is it unprofessional, it’s unsafe,” Kirby said.
  • Byzantine tomb turned into garbage dump

    08/22/2014 3:19:35 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | August/23/2014
    The Silivrikapı Crypt dates back to the fourth century A.D. at the time of the eastern Roman Emperor Theodosius. To the left of the Silivrikapi Walls in Istanbul’s Fatih neighborhood, there lies a tomb from the fourth century A.D., which is now in ruins. Known as the Silivri Crypt, the tomb, which has been suffering since its discovery in 1988, is now in its worst state. The Silivrikapi Crypt, which was found by Professor Ümit Serdaroglu, dates back to the fourth century A.D. at the time of the eastern Roman Emperor Theodosius. The tomb was restored in 1989 by the...
  • Erdoğan’s first trips as Turkish president to N. Cyprus, Azerbaijan

    08/22/2014 3:14:19 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 1 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | August/22/2014
    President-elect Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźanÂ’s first itineraries abroad will be North Cyprus and Azerbaijan on Sept. 1 and 3 respectively, in line with the countryÂ’s state traditions. ErdoÄźan, who will take the presidential office Aug. 28, will visit Nicosia, only three days after the handover ceremony and then will go to Baku to meet Azerbaijani President Ä°lham Aliyev and other Azerbaijani officials. North Cyprus stands as TurkeyÂ’s national cause and Azerbaijan is regarded as TurkeyÂ’s national ally. ErdoÄźanÂ’s next foreign policy engagement will be at the NATO Summit, which will take place in Wales from Sept. 4-5. It will mark his...
  • 'Leisure activities are a good way for release and clearing of the mind': (WH defends golf)

    08/22/2014 2:42:00 PM PDT · by maggief · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 22, 2014 | DAVID MARTOSKO
    Obama spokesman suggested the president needs to blow off steam with 8 rounds of golf on vacation Eric Schultz insisted that Obama's work, and his concerns about domestic and international crises, travel with him wherever he goes Obama was slammed this week for grinning and fist-bumping through 18 holes just minutes after delivering somber remarks about James Foley's execution at the hands if ISIS terrorists Donald Trump told MailOnline that Obama should only play golf to cut political deals – preferably with senior GOP leaders UK Prime Minister David Cameron was walloped by the press Friday for going back to...