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  • Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch: ‘Tough On Crime’ Means Tough On Blacks

    01/29/2015 12:30:17 PM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 28, 2015 | Patrick Howley
    President Obama’s Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch said that being “tough on crime” actually means being tough on black people. [Snip] The Reverend Al Sharpton was instrumental in securing Lynch’s nomination to replace Holder.
  • WATCH: McCain calls protesters 'low-life scum'

    01/29/2015 12:17:55 PM PST · by what's up · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 29, 2014 | Peter Sullivan
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called protesters "low-life scum," after they interrupted a hearing by calling for former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to be arrested for war crimes.
  • Obama: We’ll Work on ‘Issue of Obesity’ in India (Where 30.7% of Children Under 5 Are Underweight)

    01/29/2015 12:12:04 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - In a joint radio appearance with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday, President Barack Obama said there is a “worldwide epidemic of obesity” and that he looks forward to working with the government of India and non-governmental organizations on the “issue of obesity” in India.In 2013-2014, according to a survey conducted by UNICEF and India's Ministry of Women and Child Development, 30.7 percent of Indian children under five were underweight.That was a significant improvement for India, where 43.5 percent of the children under five had been underweight at the time of the last survey in 2005-2006. "India no...
  • Firearm Safety Certificate Lawsuit (California)

    01/29/2015 12:00:13 PM PST · by atomic_dog · 2 replies
    CRPA News ^ | 1/26/2015 | California Rifle and Pistol Association
    California’s new Firearm Safety Certificate (FSC) Program laws went into effect on January 1, 2015. On January 6, 2015, a lawsuit, Belemjian v. Harris, was filed in California Superior Court on behalf of the California Rifle and Pistol Association (http://www.crpa.org), FFLGuard (http://www.fflguard.com), and several individual gun owners and firearm instructors against the California Department of Justice (DOJ) to stop any enforcement of “underground regulations” that the DOJ illegally adopted when it tried to implement the FSC laws. The lawsuit also seeks to stop California’s new long-gun safe handling demonstration law from being enforced until the DOJ adopts implementing regulations through...
  • Sheriff David Clarke Tells AG Nominee: DOJ Must Stop Undermining American Law Enforcement Officers

    01/29/2015 11:48:52 AM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke called on U.S. Attorney and Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch to rebuild the broken relationship between the Department of Justice and local law enforcement. Citing Attorney General Eric Holder's involvement in Ferguson, Missouri over the summer, Clarke laid out a defense of police working in dangerous communities and called on Lynch to open lines of communication from Washington to cities around the country. "I want to spend some time critiquing...Attorney General Eric Holder's tenure at the Department of Justice and use it as a framework...
  • Federal judge blasts DOJ lawyers in case of ATF whistle-blower

    01/29/2015 11:23:41 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jan 29 2015 | William La Jeunesse, Maxim Lott
    A federal judge angrily accused Justice Department attorneys in newly unsealed documents of "fraud upon the court" by intimidating a witness in a case involving a former Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent who alleges the agency trashed his reputation. Judge Francis Allegra, who was appointed to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in 1998 by President Bill Clinton, is presiding over a suit brought by former ATF agent Jay Dobyns against the government agency, which he claims retaliated against him and damaged his reputation. Dobyns infiltrated Hell's Angels and worked on cases involving the Aryan Brotherhood and...
  • BREAKING: Keystone filibuster fails; pipeline poised for approval

    01/29/2015 11:21:16 AM PST · by Din Maker · 60 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 29,2015
    The Keystone XL pipeline is closer than it’s ever been to approval after the Senate overcame a Democrat-led filibuster Thursday and was headed for a final passage vote later in the day — setting up an eventual showdown with President Obama, who has promised a veto. Nine Democrats bucked Mr. Obama’s threat and voted with 53 Republicans to approve the pipeline, which has taken on a political significance far beyond the 830,000 barrels per day of tar sands oil that it is projected to carry if it ever gets built. It marks the first major legislation to clear the Senate...
  • The Senate just advanced the Keystone pipeline bill and will pass it later today

    01/29/2015 11:02:10 AM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    The Blaze ^ | January 29, 2015 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The Senate on Thursday took a major step toward passing legislation that would approve the long-stalled Keystone XL pipeline. After weeks of considering Republican and Democratic amendments to the bill, Republicans finally found enough Democrats to get over a procedural obstacle that required 60 votes. The Senate voted 62-35 in favor of ending debate on the bill, which will allow the Senate to pass the bill later in the day. The Senate will pass the Keystone XL pipeline bill Thursday afternoon, delivering a victory to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas.). Image: AP Photo/J. Scott...
  • Day 2: Loretta Lynch AG confirmation hearing

    01/29/2015 10:42:31 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 19 replies
    C-Span ^ | 1/29/2015 | Dr. Thorne
    Streaming video of the confirmation for Attoney General of Loretta Lynch (not the Coalminer's Daughter).
  • Homeland Security Adviser Mohamed Elibiary Goes on Hate-Filled Anti-Christian Rant

    01/29/2015 10:29:43 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 16 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | January 28, 2015
    Obama administration Muslim adviser Mohamed Elibiary is no stranger to regular PJ Media readers. In September, Elibiary was unceremoniously removed from his fellowship position with the Department of Homeland Security, which he tried to spin as a “resignation,” but letters sent to members of Congress by DHS officials indicated he would not be reappointed. Undoubtedly, one of the chief reasons for DHS cutting ties with Elibiary was a long string of extremist statements he had been making on Twitter, including talking about the inevitability of the return of an ISIS-style caliphate — tweets that were subsequently used by ISIS supporters...
  • China Base On Nanji Island Threatens Japan's Senkakus

    01/29/2015 9:54:53 AM PST · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 29, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Defense: War clouds gather in the East China Sea as China, in one of a series of territorial claims against its neighbors, builds a helicopter base within attack range of Japan's Senkaku Islands, which Beijing claims as its own. When President Obama traveled to China last November, we don't suppose that he discussed with his Chinese counterparts their military buildup in the East and South China Seas and their ambitious territorial claims on island chains such as the Spratly, Paracel and Senkaku. As Bill Gertz reports in the Washington Free Beacon, commercial satellites observed construction of a Chinese military helicopter...
  • CBS Evening News Omits AG Nominee Loretta Lynch Saying Illegals Have a Right to Work in America

    01/29/2015 9:50:06 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 29 replies
    MRC NewsBusters ^ | 01/29/15 | Curtis Houck
    On Wednesday, the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley was the lone network evening newscast to cover the confirmation hearings of Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch before the Senate Judiciary Committee and while that was the case, it was not without bias. Even though CBS News congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes featured numerous soundbites from Senate Republicans questioning Lynch, she failed to include how Lynch stated her support for people being able to seek work in the United States, regardless of their legal status. -
  • Obama seizes leverage on immigration: Wants Congress to Approve "Clean" Funding Bill for DHS

    01/29/2015 9:47:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/29/2015 | Justin Sink
    President Obama on Thursday will call on congressional Republicans to approve a “clean” funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security that preserves his executive actions on limiting deportations. During a visit to the House Democratic retreat, the president is expected to seize on a suggestion from some Republicans that they allow funding for the department to lapse if they are unable to secure concessions. “The president will join the Democrats in Congress in vehemently opposing that dangerous view and calling for a clean funding bill to ensure we are funding our national security priorities in the face of cybersecurity...
  • Is Scott Walker a True Contender?

    01/29/2015 9:45:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    NBC News ^ | 01/29/2015 | PERRY BACON JR.
    A Republican governor twice elected in a traditionally Democratic, Midwestern state. A record of achieving conservative goals and battling with his state's liberals. Openly devout and socially conservative enough for the evangelicals in the GOP, but not so religious to make non-churchgoing Republicans uncomfortable. A regular guy persona, in part because he didn't grow up rich like Mitt Romney or one of the Bushes Those are the characteristics that have some Republicans excited about the potential candidacy of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who Tuesday formed a political committee called "Our American Revival" in the latest step towards his likely presidential...
  • Huckabee: I’ll never back down from saying we need a path to citizenship for DREAMers

    01/29/2015 9:42:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 84 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/29/2015 | AllahPundit
    “If that bothers you to the point that you’d say, ‘I’d never vote for you,’” he told an audience in Virginia, “then you’re never going to vote for me.” Oh, now. There are plenty of reasons never to vote for Huck without dragging the poor DREAM kids into this.Lefty Greg Sargent says this is a big deal. Is it? I think it’s a “big deal” in the sense that righties who don’t like Huckabee now have another reason not to like him, but realistically, how many candidates in the nascent GOP field will be coming out hard against DREAM...
  • Nenshi .. acerbic leadership style making work at Calgary City Hall impossible?

    01/29/2015 9:21:38 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    National Post ^ | January 28, 2015 | | Jen Gerson
    “He cannot stand people challenging him. And right now we have a council that has people who have a lot of common sense,” Mr. Chu said. “I think that really bothers him a lot.” Mr. Nenshi has been embroiled in a number of feuds and bizarre Twitter exchanges ... Muslim mayor represents about the city.
  • Attorney General Nomination Hearing, Day 2

    01/29/2015 9:21:23 AM PST · by yoe · 8 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | January 29, 2015
    Video Journalist Sharyl Attkisson, attorneys, law enforcement officials, and others testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the second day nomination hearings for Loretta Lynch’s nomination o succeed Eric Holder as U.S. attorney general. Watch this program from the beginning
  • Question of the decade: When will Obama’s Impeachment be ‘on the table’?

    01/29/2015 8:54:22 AM PST · by HammerT · 72 replies
    Jan 29 2015 | N/A
    We’re all too familiar with the pattern by now: His exultancy, the maximum Dear leader Obama the second, ruler of all and master of no responsibility will decree some outrageous and illegal act. This will be followed by the surrender monkeys of the GOPe almost getting into fist fights in a mad dash to be first to solemnly announce that once again, Impeachment is ‘off the table’. And just as with any other rule breaking, the psychological science of operant conditioning applies. The result is an increase of a behavior that is rewarded and less for which is punished. Were...
  • Exclusive: Huckabee responds to 'trashy women' reports

    01/29/2015 8:42:51 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 47 replies
    http://centurylink.net ^ | January 28, 2015 | Fox News
    Media reports claim former governor called Fox women "trashy".
  • Castro to Obama: Reparations, Gitmo, and cutoff from dissidents the price for normalized relations

    01/29/2015 8:21:32 AM PST · by PROCON · 27 replies
    hotair ^ | Jan. 29, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    The good news: The discomfort over the embargo of Cuba has led to a good bargaining position in talks with the US. The bad news: Raul Castro’s the one that thinks so. Far from being grateful for the diplomatic overture from Barack Obama, Castro wants the US to pay reparations for the economic damage that Castro says the embargo caused, plus the immediate return of control over Guantanamo Bay, as the opening ante for normalizing relations: Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on...
  • Public support Obama's child care, education aid promises, but oppose tax hikes to pay for it

    01/29/2015 8:13:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    YOUGOV ^ | 01/29/2015
    In last week's State of the Union address President Obama focused on inequality in America and outlined an ambitious plan to provide more help to the middle class, funded by higher taxes on high earners. By raising the capital gains tax from 23.8% to 28%, and increasing other taxes on the wealthy and banks, the President hopes to fund increased aid for child care and education, as well as the plan for free community college introduced earlier in the month. While the plan is very unlikely to pass the Republican controlled Congress, it does lay out the stark differences between...
  • 50 die under secret 999 policy

    01/29/2015 7:55:16 AM PST · by originalbuckeye · 17 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/13/15 | Laura Donnelly
    More than 50 patients have died after an NHS trust introduced a secret policy to downgrade 999 calls and not to send ambulances to terminally ill patients. Managers at East of England ambulance trust were accused of “the most cruel form of rationing imaginable” after admitting that 8,000 patients had been affected by the changes. An internal NHS report discloses that 57 patients died after their calls were downgraded following a decision not to send ambulances to the terminally ill and to those who had given instructions not to resuscitate. It meant that, instead of receiving a response from paramedics...
  • NYC gives machete-wielding thug $5K for menacing cops

    01/29/2015 7:48:37 AM PST · by PROCON · 13 replies
    nypost ^ | Jan. 29, 2015 | Selim Algar and Natasha Velez
    He menaced cops with a machete — and the city paid him for it. A Brooklyn thug who was shot by officers while waving an 18-inch blade at them and later sued the department for $3 million got a $5,000 settlement from the city — even though his own attorney said the shooting was probably justified. Ruhim Ullah, 24, had pleaded guilty to menacing a police officer after the 2010 confrontation, in which he was shot once in the leg by a cop trying to stop him from attacking ­officers with the machete, according to his lawyer. Despite his admission...
  • Yes, it DOES matter if Bowe Bergdahl is a deserter

    01/29/2015 7:45:34 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 14 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 01/29/2015 | Jon E. Dougherty
    In a recent post at The Federalist, senior editor David Harsanyi noted that, based on recent reports from Fox News and NBC News, it appears as though the Defense Department is set to charge Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion: Leaving his post in Afghanistan in 2009 “in the middle of a combat zone, potentially putting the lives of his fellow soldiers at risk.” For the record I was deployed to Afghanistan from October 2009 to September 2010; I arrived in-country after Bergdahl “went missing,” but remember hearing some scuttlebutt regarding the incident shortly after arriving from some guys who...
  • Prediction: Gridlock for the Next Two Years, but that’s Better than the Alternative

    01/29/2015 7:27:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    There’s a lot of navel-gazing analysis in Washington about whether to expect some sort of bipartisanship over the next two years.I find such discussions very irritating because they assume that you automatically get good results when Republicans and Democrats both agree on a policy. My reaction, to put it mildly, is “these people are f@*&#^@g crazy!!!”Was it progress when Republicans and Democrats conspired to bail out their contributors on Wall Street with TARP?Was it progress when Republicans and Democrats joined hands to impose Bush’s no-bureaucrat-left-behind education scheme?Was it progress when the first President Bush broke his read-my-lips promise and sided...
  • More Evidence China Preparing To Attack Japan

    01/29/2015 7:21:07 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 30 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | David Archibald
    While America is preoccupied with the Middle East,evidence accumulates that China is actively preparing...the launch of a war with Japan. Just over a week after I wrote this article on evidence of China’s preparations for an attack, Janes on 22 January published this image from 13 October 2014 of the helipads under construction in the Nanji Islands: The image shows the construction of ten helipads with trenching around them. The trenching would be for individual fuel lines to each helipad. This is an expeditionary helipad complex. Flights of ten helicopters would fly in from the mainland, refuel as quickly as...
  • Land of the ‘Mostly Free’: America is stuck as Earth’s twelfth-freest economy.

    01/29/2015 6:58:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/29/2015 | Deroy Murdock
    The good news is that America has stopped sliding in economic freedom. The bad news is that we’re stalled as Earth’s twelfth-freest economy. The Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal have just released their 21st annual Index of Economic Freedom. Once again, it finds the U.S.A. wheezing significantly behind the five most unfettered markets: Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, and Switzerland. Among 178 nations rated on ten different economic metrics, from government spending to free trade, the bottom five are Eritrea, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Cuba, and — dead last — North Korea. Since 2010, America has missed the...
  • ‘Shocked’ law firm gives Silver the boot (LAUGH BREAK--lawyers "did not know" Dem was corrupt)

    01/29/2015 6:53:19 AM PST · by Liz · 28 replies
    NYPOST.COM ^ | 1/29/15 | Aaron Short and Carl Campanile
    Percy Weitz, founder and president of Weitz and Luxemberg, the high profile law firm that paid Democrat Silver millions for virtually no work gave Silver his walking ­papers. “We were shocked to learn of impropriety in the referral of cases to our law firm,” said Weitz. Silver pocketed more than $3.2 million in referral fees on top of his $120,000 annual base law firm pay. Weitz said: "..... we were never told that he was going to allocate, or had allocated, state funding (tax dollars) in exchange for client referrals.” Silver's scheme delivered $500,000 state grants (tax dollars) to Columbia-Presbyterian...
  • Obama's promised civilian force: It's happening

    01/29/2015 6:50:49 AM PST · by rktman · 14 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 1/29/2015 | Erik Rush
    Something of much greater concern than the tedious YouTube fiasco wound up coming to the fore as a result of one of GloZell Green’s questions for our president. Green (who, like too many black people, also happens to be irrevocably indoctrinated into leftist racial orthodoxy) asked Obama what could be done to prevent violence by white police officers against black males, such as in incidents last year in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City.
  • GOP Senator asks Loretta Lynch: "Why is Gay marriage OK, but Polygamy isn't?"

    01/29/2015 6:46:13 AM PST · by Din Maker · 66 replies
    During Loretta Lynch's confirmation hearing Wednesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) tried to take the attorney general nominee down the slippery-slope argument often made against the marriage equality movement by inquiring what the legal difference is between marriage of same-sex couples and that of three or more people. 'What is the legal difference between a state -- a ban on same-sex marriage being unconstitutional but a ban on polygamy being constitutional?" he inquired at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. "Could you try to articulate how one could be banned under the Constitution and the other not?" Lynch, who is the current...
  • President George Costanza’s Jobs Boom

    01/29/2015 6:37:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    In a 1994 “Seinfeld” episode, George realizes that “every decision that I have ever made in my entire life has been wrong. My life is the complete opposite of everything I want it to be.” Jerry replies: “If every instinct you have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right.” So Costanza approaches a gorgeous woman in the coffee shop and announces, “My name is George. I’m unemployed and I live with my parents.” To his surprise, she’s interested. He lands a job with the Yankees after insulting George Steinbrenner. Maybe President Obama ought to take Jerry’s advice...
  • Questions Senators Won’t Be Asking Loretta Lynch, BO's Attorney General Nominee

    01/29/2015 5:22:35 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 8 replies
    The New American ^ | 1/28/2015 | Bob Adlemann
    Today and tomorrow, President Obama’s nominee to replace Eric Holder as attorney general, Loretta Lynch (shown), will face questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee. It’s highly unlikely that any of those questions will focus on how her office handled the case of Felix Sater while she was U.S. district attorney in New York (details on the Sater case further down). Without that information being obtained, however, her confirmation hearings will miss a vital part of understanding just how Lynch is likely to handle the job as attorney general. Instead, she is more likely to be asked about Obama’s policies using...
  • How Russia Outfoxes Its Enemies (Maskirovka Alert)

    01/29/2015 5:09:18 AM PST · by goldstategop · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/28/2014 | Lucy Ash
    Russia's annexation of Crimea last year caught almost everyone off guard. The Russian military disguised its actions, and denied them - but those "little green men" who popped up in the Black Sea peninsula were a textbook case of the Russian practice of military deception - or maskirovka. At a cadet school in the southern suburbs of Moscow, Maj Gen Alexander Vladimirov heaves two enormous red volumes off his bookcase and slams them down on the table. "My Theory and Science of Warfare," he says, beaming. "It's three times longer than Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace!" Vladimirov, vice-president of Russia's...
  • Exclusive: FDIC Changes Tactics in Response to Operation Choke Point

    01/29/2015 4:54:51 AM PST · by libstripper · 8 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 28, 2015 | Kelly Harkness
    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has acknowledged its role in Operation Choke Point and is taking dramatic steps to reverse its policies in targeting legal and legitimate industries that are disfavored by the Obama administration. “We’re very pleased they’ve acknowledged their wrongdoing and they’ve accepted our suggestions to put in place measures to stop this activity,” Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., told The Daily Signal in a phone call this morning. Luetkemeyer, a member of the House Financial Services Committee and leader in the fight to end Operation Choke Point, met with FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenbery and Vice Chairman Thomas Hoenig...
  • Indiana Conservatives Call for Convention of States

    01/29/2015 3:08:19 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 23 replies
    Indiana Daily Student ^ | January 27, 2015
    Six months ago, Marty Wood had no interest in politics. His said his 
priorities were elsewhere. But Tuesday night, Wood stood in front of a crowd of his fellow conservatives at the Monroe County Public Library to convince them why the U.S. Constitution needs to be amended. Wood, a graduate of Purdue University, is the director of the Indiana Coalition for the Convention of States Project, a group that is looking to amend the U.S. Constitution. But Wood said he is not proposing any specific amendments, just a 
convention of the states. “This project is not proposing anything,” Wood said....
  • Islamic State purportedly sets new deadline for hostage swap

    01/29/2015 12:45:54 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 29 2015 | Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Linda Sieg
    AMMAN/TOKYO - An audio message purportedly from a Japanese journalist being held by Islamic State militants said a Jordanian air force pilot also captured by the group would be killed unless an Iraqi female prisoner in Jordan was released by sunset on Thursday. The message appeared to postpone a previous deadline set on Tuesday in which the journalist, Kenji Goto, said he would be killed within 24 hours if the Iraqi was not freed. The latest audio recording, which could not be verified by Reuters, was posted on YouTube early on Thursday. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a...
  • Raul Castro demands return of the base at Guantanamo Bay before relations normalize

    01/29/2015 12:35:03 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 42 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | January 29, 2015
    Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations. Castro told a summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States that Cuba and the U.S. are working toward full diplomatic relations but 'if these problems aren't resolved, this diplomatic rapprochement wouldn't make any sense.' ....The U.S. established the military base in 1903, and the current Cuban government has been demanding the land's return since the 1959 revolution that brought...
  • Michelle Obama Is More Than A Mascot

    01/28/2015 9:55:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 28, 2015 | Tim Teeman
    She was just criticized in Saudi Arabia for not wearing a headscarf, but even at home she’s not allowed to say what she wants. First ladies should be more than decorative.It must be very strange to be Michelle Obama. You are intelligent, capable, you have opinions and charisma, and yet you are fundamentally mute—your public utterances are scripted and tightly controlled. You are allowed to talk about broccoli and children’s exercise, and safe, non-inflammatory topics. The only time the public sees the Michelle Obama fire, thrillingly, is when she is on the campaign stump for her husband. Even when scripted...
  • Gowdy Comes Out Swinging ( Benghazi Moslem terrorist attacks )

    01/28/2015 9:54:47 PM PST · by george76 · 24 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 28, 2015 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Rep. Trey Gowdy came out swinging at Tuesday’s hearing of his Select Committee, laying into Democrats for playing political games and blasting the State Department for refusing to produce documents and for preventing witnesses from testifying before the committee. ... At the hearing, the State Department’s liaison officer to Congress said that more documents would be produced in the coming days, including emails from Secretary of State Clinton – giving the lie to oft-repeated Democrat claims that everything relating to Benghazi was already on the public record. ... two very real stand-down orders were issued that night by Secretary Clinton,...
  • Can Pennsylvania have a Selma-like moment this year for the LGBT community?

    01/28/2015 9:43:18 PM PST · by prisoner6 · 31 replies
    PennLive.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Charles Thompson
    Gov. Tom Wolf stood with a small group of lawmakers Wednesday morning to rally new efforts behind bills that would extend basic anti-discrimination protections statewide on the basis of sexual orientation. For Pennsylvania, a state where in most municipalities a person can still be fired from his job or denied housing because of his or her sexual orientation, Wolf said the extended anti-discrimination bills fit the state's heritage perfectly. "Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn on the basis of tolerance. On the basis of religious freedom," Wolf noted. U.S. District Judge John Jones gave the LGBT movement a push with...
  • ISIS To Obama: 'We Will Cut Off Your Head In The White House'

    01/28/2015 9:16:07 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 50 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Jan 29, 2015 | Yahoo
    ISIS militants have threatened to behead Obama in the White House in a video released on Jan. 26. The video shows ISIS militants standing in the streets of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, following an artillery barrage on the city by Kurdish Peshmerga forces. In front of the militants is seated a Kurdish soldier who is executed at the end of the video.
  • Students told to lower pants for poop inspection, parents outraged (Elementary)

    01/28/2015 9:03:13 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 37 replies
    FOX 8 ^ | January 28, 2015 | FOX 8
    GUSTINE, Texas — A group of students at an elementary school in Texas were apparently asked to lower their pants for a poop inspection on Monday. School educators told two dozen students they were regularly finding feces on the gym floor. The students were then separated into groups of boys and girls and ordered to “pull down their pants” so administrators could “check if they could find anything.”
  • Grit And Gratitude Join Reading, Writing And Arithmetic On Report Cards [Common Core?]

    01/28/2015 8:12:27 PM PST · by Steelfish · 14 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 28, 2015
    Grit And Gratitude Join Reading, Writing And Arithmetic On Report Cards BY LORETTA KALBLKALB 01/27/2015 Outside Harry Dewey Fundamental Elementary School in Fair Oaks, Amanda Christensen recalled the first time she saw the detailed report card for her three children. “At first it was very complicated,” Christensen said. “You see all these new things and you don’t understand quite what they mean.” Case in point: Her kids are now graded on their level of grit. “What does my child have to do to get a grade in that?” she wondered. Across the state, report cards are undergoing a sea change...
  • Report: Pay and benefits panel to recommend killing 20-year retirement [Getty, AP Photos]

    01/28/2015 6:35:47 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 82 replies
    Getty, AP Photos; Stars & Stripes ^ | January 28, 2015 | Stars and Stripes
    The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission will release its long-awaited report Thursday, which will propose fundamental changes to military benefits including ending the 20-year retirement, according to the Military Times, citing sources familiar with the report. The plan calls for Congress to create a hybrid system of smaller defined-benefit pension along with more cash-based benefits and lump-sum payments. A significant portion of retirement benefits would come in the form of government contributions to 401(k)-style investment accounts, those familiar with the report told Military Times. In addition to the 401(k) for troops serving less than 20 years, the commission will...
  • Agenda 21: Obama Commits To Helping India Build ‘Smart Cities’ (Video)

    01/28/2015 6:23:37 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 19 replies
    Noisy Room ^ | Jan 28 2015 | Renee Nal
    During his trip to India, President Obama declared America’s commitment to “help design smart cities” and “bullet trains” in the country. The main selling point for “smart cities” is that they are “sustainable,” a vague but applauded term that often used in context of combating what this author strongly believes is a non-existent problem: man-made climate change. During a speech at the Siri Fort Auditorium in India, Obama, who met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the tour, declared: We are ready to join you in building new infrastructure…roads and airports, the ports and bullet trains to propel India into...
  • Thanks a lot, austerity! We could have had 2014's economic recovery in 2011 (What austerity?)

    01/28/2015 6:13:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Week ^ | January 28, 2015 | Ryan Cooper
    ast year boasted the strongest job numbers since 1999, and as a result, many commentators have concluded that left-wing critics of austerity were wrong all along. The basic case — advanced by Jeff Sachs, Scott Sumner, and others — is that the surge in growth and jobs proves that austerity is not the poison its detractors claimed it would be. These commentators make some good points. But they are wrong about austerity. A close examination of the counterfactuals shows that austerity almost certainly held back the recovery — and without it, we might have had 2014's strong numbers in 2011....
  • Obama's Attorney General Nominee: Illegal Immigrants Have a Right to Work in The United States

    01/28/2015 5:52:42 PM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jan 28, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    resident Obama's recent executive action on illegal immigration, deferring deportations and giving millions of individuals access to work permits, Social Security, Medicaid and other benefits, was front and center during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday where attorney general nominee and U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch testified. Under questioning from Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, Lynch argued that regardless of an individual's lawful status in the United States, they should have the right to work. ... Attorney General Eric Holder, who Lynch will replace if confirmed, has openly stated he believes amnesty for those who entered the country illegally...
  • DEA chief: US abandoned plan to track cars near gun shows

    01/28/2015 5:50:02 PM PST · by upchuck · 29 replies
    AP ^ | Jan 28, 2015 | Eric Tucker
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Drug Enforcement Administration abandoned an internal proposal to use surveillance cameras for photographing vehicle license plates near gun shows in the United States to investigate gun-trafficking, the agency's chief said Wednesday. DEA Administrator Michelle Leonhart said in a statement that the proposal memorialized in an employee's email was only a suggestion, never authorized by her agency and never put into action. The AP also learned that the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives did not authorize or approve the license plate surveillance plan. Automated license plate scanners take pictures of every vehicle that passes...
  • Teacher Pensions Going To Kill Us All

    01/28/2015 5:49:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 27, 2015 | Blake Neff
    Teacher pensions are a huge and growing crisis waiting to explode without major reforms, warns a new report released Tuesday by an educational think tank.“Do the math on teacher pensions and it just doesn’t add up,” argues the National Council on Teacher Quality in its report, Doing the Math on Teacher Pensions. Total unfunded teacher pension liabilities in 2014 were a whopping $499 billion dollars, the group found. That amount is surging rapidly; in 2012, the total was just $394 billion, meaning that pension debt is growing by over $50 billion a year.Some states are in a particularly huge hole....
  • Perry is angry, but his lawyers make headway

    01/28/2015 4:50:38 PM PST · by SSS Two · 13 replies
    Ft. Worth Star Telegram ^ | 01/28/2015 6:10 PM
    Former Gov. Rick Perry presented an “angry man” persona at a news conference on Wednesday when responding to a court ruling on the abuse of office indictment against him. He needn’t have been so angry. His lawyers are making headway. Judge Bert Richardson ruled Tuesday that the case can move forward, but he also noted weaknesses in both counts of the indictment. Perry’s lawyers said they’ll appeal the ruling, while at the same time taking advantage of Richardson’s suggestion that they reword their motion to dismiss one of the counts and try again.