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  • White is not right: Campus admins ask for help weeding out white people

    04/17/2014 3:26:25 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 8 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 15, 2014 | Robby Soave
    Western Washington University sent a questionnaire to students asking them for advice on how the administration could succeed at making sure that in future years, “we are not as white as we are today.” The question notes that WWU’s racial make up does not perfectly reflect the nation at large, and asks students to consider strategies that other universities have used to focus on skin color as the paramount indicator of a student-applicant’s worth. The president of WWU has stated that his explicit goal is to reduce the white population on campus, according to Campus Reform. “I’ve said before and...
  • Progress: Obama Announces 8 Million Obamacare Enrollees (Uh huh, Yeah right)

    04/17/2014 2:50:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Speaking from the White House late Thursday afternoon, President Obama announced there are now 8 million people enrolled in Obamacare, a small jump up from 7.1 million at the beginning of April and after former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has left office. "Eight million people," Obama said. "Thirty-five percent of people who enroll through the federal market place are under the age of 35. All told, independent experts now estimate that millions of Americans who were uninsured have gained coverage this year." The White House has still not produced numbers detailed how many people have paid for...
  • Repeal of Obamacare Would Increase the Deficit—Seriously?

    04/17/2014 2:44:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Ashley Pratte
    According to Obama, repealing Obamacare would increase the deficit. You’re probably just as shocked as I am to hear this bold statement seeing as the public relations for Obamacare alone cost taxpayers millions of dollars more than anticipated and states such as Maryland are completely overhauling their websites—a huge waste of taxpayer dollars. Somehow the White House continues to spin Obamacare in a positive light—as a money saver rather than a job crushing law that has caused nothing but hardship for millions of Americans. It is important to point out that for years before Obamacare took effect, taxes had been...
  • Report: Users of White Power Website Have Committed Nearly 100 Murders

    04/17/2014 2:36:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 43 replies
    NBC News ^ | 4/17/14 | Lisa Riordan Seville
    Registered users of the Internet’s largest white supremacist forum – dubbed “a magnet for the deadly and deranged” -- have carried out nearly 100 murders in the past five years, a group that tracks “hate groups” reported Thursday. The report by the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center found users of Stormfront.org, which advocates “white power,” have been disproportionately responsible for some of the most deadly hate crimes and mass killings since the site’s founding in 1995. “Stormfront is the murder capital of the racist Internet,” said Heidi Beirich, report author and Intelligence Project director. “It has been a magnet for...
  • Eight million people signed up for healthcare, Obama announces ("This thing is working")

    04/17/2014 2:29:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 04/17/2014 | Noam N. Levey and Chad Terhune
    WASHINGTON — Driven by a last-minute flood of enrollments, particularly in California, sign-ups for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s online marketplaces hit 8 million in the law’s first year, President Obama announced Thursday. That beats the forecast by 1 million people and caps a remarkable comeback from a disastrous rollout last fall that gave rise to predictions the law would collapse in its maiden year. Instead, the health law, often called Obamacare, has helped bring about the largest increase in insurance coverage in the U.S. in half a century. “This thing is working,” Obama said from the White...
  • REPORT: OBAMA CONSIDERING BOND HEARINGS FOR DETAINED ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

    04/17/2014 2:29:29 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 17, 2014 | By Tony Lee
    Even though the number of illegal immigrants who have been deported through the courts has dropped by 43% since President Barack Obama took office, the Obama administration may enact administrative changes to allow bond hearings for detained illegal immigrants. According to the Los Angeles Times, this could result in "several thousand" illegal immigrants being released from jails and "could slow the pace of deportations" even more. The Times notes that the White House is scrambling to "ease the concerns of Latino groups and other traditional allies that have turned on President Obama in recent weeks" by trying to brand him...
  • PROMINENT PRO-AMNESTY GOP SUPER PAC RAISES NO MONEY IN FIRST QUARTER

    04/17/2014 2:21:27 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 17, 2014 | By Tony Lee
    A prominent super PAC of key allies of President George W. Bush and failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney, formed to give Republicans who support amnesty legislation air cover, failed to raise any money during the first quarter of this year. Carlos Gutierrez, the former Bush Commerce Secretary, and Charlie Spies, the co-founder of Restore Our Future, which was the biggest pro-Romney super PAC, formed the Republicans For Immigration Reform super PAC "to provide political support for Republican candidates" backing comprehensive immigration reform. According to its Federal Election Commission report, which was filed on April 15 and covers the period from...
  • Chris Christie: I’m Pro-Life and Believe in the Sanctity of Human Life Before and After Birth

    04/17/2014 2:17:36 PM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Steven Ertelt
    New Jersey Governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Chris Christie said during a speech at a forum on drug and alcohol abuse that he is pro-life and he tied his opposition to abortion to his respect for human life, chrischristie4saying he is pro-life both before and after birth. Christie was a featured speaker at the conference, held at Saint Peter’s University. His comments on abortion came during a conversation with former Gov. Jim McGreevey. “It’s great to be pro-life, but you need to be pro-life after they get out of the womb, too,” Christie said to applause. Video and transcript...
  • House committee OKs $100 million for Obama library (IL)

    04/17/2014 2:14:15 PM PDT · by mojito · 24 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 4/17/2014 | John Byrne
    An Illinois House committee endorsed a plan today to contribute $100 million in state funds toward construction of a Barack Obama presidential library in Chicago. The proposal, pushed by House Speaker Michael Madigan, goes to the full House next. Madigan said it's appropriate for Illinois to commit public funds for the library even though the state is grappling with serious financial problems.
  • CBO ON OBAMA BUDGET: HIGHER DEFICITS THAN CLAIMED

    04/17/2014 2:11:18 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 17, 2014 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A report released Thursday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says President Barack Obama's budget request would mean significantly larger budget deficits than the White House claims. CBO says the budget plan proposed last month by Obama would produce deficits of $6.6 trillion over the next 10 years — $1.6 trillion more than the White House estimates. The main reason is that the White House has a rosier estimate of the economy's performance over the decade than CBO. That means the administration predicts higher tax revenues. The president's budget is just a proposal; it has gained little...
  • Louisiana House Passes Bill Banning Abortion Clinic Staff From Instructing in Schools

    04/17/2014 2:07:46 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Sarah Zagorski
    On Wednesday, H.B. 305, authored by Representative Frank Hoffmann (R-Monroe), passed through the Louisiana House of Representatives by a bi-partisan vote of 91-6. The bill had 35 Representatives join as co-authors. prolifestudents33H.B. 305 states that no individual or organization that performs elective abortion or its affiliates may provide instruction or materials in public elementary and secondary schools or in charter schools that receive state funding. Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life, said the following about the vote: “We commend the Louisiana House of Representatives for passing H.B. 305 to protect the children in our state-funded school system....
  • POLICE MEET GEORGIA PARENTS OUTSIDE SCHOOL FOR OPTING CHILDREN OUT OF STATE TEST

    04/17/2014 2:00:12 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 17, 2014 | by DR. SUSAN BERRY
    On Wednesday Tracy and Mary Finney of Marietta, Georgia were met by a police officer outside their children’s public school and informed they were trespassing on school property because they opposed the school’s process of testing all children. The Finneys, whose children attend West Side Elementary School, had decided to opt their children out of Georgia’s state test, the CRCT. ~~~snip~~~~ Meg Norris, an organizer of United Opt-Out Georgia, told Breitbart News she is “shocked” at how the mandates to test children are being enforced in Georgia. “It’s happening in schools all over Georgia,” Norris said. “Even children who are...
  • NBC: Isn’t it great to have a multi-billionaire pour money into politics?

    04/17/2014 1:56:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 17, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Let’s do a thought experiment. If Charles or David Koch got invited onto NBC’s Today show to talk about their efforts to advance their political agenda, would either or both get partnered with Savannah Guthrie for a softball interview? Would their interview include suggestions that one of them should run for President? Kyle Drennen at Newsbusters notes that two weeks prior to Michael Bloomberg’s appearance on Today, the network took a much different approach to money in politics: (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The clip just provides the highlights. Newsbusters has the whole transcript up, but let me just note the tough questions asked by...
  • FirstNet Board Meeting General Manager Update

    04/17/2014 1:27:29 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 4 replies
    www.FIRSTNET.gov ^ | March 11, 2014
    Info on this First Net (federal takeover of communication network for first responders nationwide),
  • Video: Obama declines to endorse Biden for 2016 (Awkward moment)

    04/17/2014 11:53:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/17/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Major Garrett got a rather unique opportunity, especially these days, for a White House beat reporter. The CBS reporter actually got an interview with the President, an honor which has largely gone to local TV stations and entertainment-journalism reporters over the last couple of years, or to anchors of national news broadcasts. Garrett got a bonus when Vice President Joe Biden joined Barack Obama briefly, which prompted Garrett to ask about Obama’s endorsement for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination race. And the answer was … necessarily awkward: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO “I don’t necessarily want to jam them...
  • LISTEN LIVE NOW: Kepler-186F Discovery, 1st Earth-Size & Habitable Exoplanet

    04/17/2014 11:51:49 AM PDT · by lbryce · 31 replies
    Space.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Staff
    NASA will hold a live news teleconference on Thursday, April 17, at 2 p.m. EDT (11 a.m. PT/1800 GMT) to unveil a new discover by the Kepler space telescope, which hunts alien planets beyond our solar system. Full Story: Found! First Earth-Size Planet That Could Support Life, Gallery Video: New Earth-Size Planet Could Have Water Complete Coverage Top Story: Found! First Earth-Size Planet That Could Support Life Video: New Earth-Size Planet Could Have Water Earth-Size Planet Kepler-186f, a Possibly Habitable Alien World (Gallery) Exoplanet Kepler-186f: Earth-Size World Could Support Oceans and Life (Infographic) From SETI Astronomer Seth Shostak: Cousin of...
  • Holder calls hate crimes an 'affront to who we are'

    04/17/2014 11:37:56 AM PDT · by ncfool · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/17/2014 | Mario Trujillo
    Attorney General Eric Holder said hate crimes are an affront to what the United States stands for in comments at a memorial service Thursday for three people killed in a shooting at a Jewish community center in Kansas. “Every alleged hate crime, no matter the intended target, is an affront to who we are – and who we have always been – both as a country and as a people,”
  • Harry Reid: The Desert Fox Of Corruption

    04/17/2014 11:21:59 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 17, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Corruption: The standoff in the Nevada desert wasn't about a desert tortoise or a rancher's failure to pay grazing fees. It was about the state's senior senator again enriching himself and his family at public expense. Sunlight is said to be the best disinfectant, and the end, at least temporarily, to the Bureau of Land Management's armed standoff with Cliven Bundy may be due in part to the exposure given to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's role in the attempt to confiscate Bundy's cattle and shut down his ranch. "A tortoise isn't the reason why BLM is harassing a 67-year-old...
  • Kiev: Military operation in Ukraine southeast to go on despite Geneva agreement

    04/17/2014 11:10:43 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 33 replies
    RT ^ | 4-17-2014 | RT
    Despite calls for a peaceful dialogue in the document on Ukraine adopted in Geneva, the coup-imposed Ukrainian Foreign Minister said it will not affect the “anti-terrorist” operation in the East of the country and the troops will remain there. Soon after the Geneva document, adopted at a four-side meeting between Ukraine, the US, the EU and Russia, was published, Ukraine’s acting Foreign Minister Andrey Deshchytsa said Kiev is not bound by its recommendations. According to Deshchytsa cited by RIA Novosti, “the troops in the East of the country are carrying out a special operation and can remain where they are.”
  • The 10 Fastest Rising Food Prices

    04/17/2014 10:58:45 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 25 replies
    24/7 Wall Street ^ | April 17, 2014 | Alexander E.M. Hess and Thomas C. Frohlich
    Food prices at the grocery store are up, following an increase in production costs and wholesale prices. In March, retail food prices rose 0.4% from the preceding month, matching February’s increase. These marked the largest monthly gains in food prices since September 2011, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Food prices are often volatile and are affected by a number of factors. While certain factors reflect human decision — such as the changing tastes of consumers and farmers’ planting choices — others are forces over which farmers have very little control. Issues such as weather conditions and...
  • Jimmy Carter wants Obama to reject Keystone XL

    04/17/2014 10:33:41 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 36 replies
    United Liberty ^ | 04/17/2014 | Jason Pye
    The man who oversaw an energy crisis has come out strongly against the Keystone XL pipeline. In a letter with other Nobel laureates, former President Jimmy Carter urged President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to reject the pipeline, claiming that allowing the project to move forward would worsen climate change.
  • Fox News Poll: Christie, Bush and Paul Are Top GOP Picks -- Today -- for 2016

    04/17/2014 9:53:09 AM PDT · by lbryce · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 16, 2014 | Dana Blanton
    Yes, it’s a bit early to talk about the 2016 election. It’s just too much fun not to do it. You’re welcome. With about 20 months to go before the Iowa precinct caucuses, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul lead the pack for the Republican presidential nomination. Meanwhile, former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton continues to hold a huge lead among Democrats, according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday.
  • "Ownership Increasingly More Important Than The Job", says Reagan's economist

    04/17/2014 9:18:21 AM PDT · by se99tp · 7 replies
    ChristianConceptsDaily ^ | April 17th, 2014 | Dr. Norman Kurland
    The rich are not the problem, the greedy are not the problem, the crooked are not the problem - the problem is the system that brings them about. If the system is ours, the system means by the people, of the people, for the people, then now it is time to take it back. Now it is time to demand that it would be changed.
  • And They Call It ... Success!

    04/17/2014 9:04:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    There are times when the master politician has to be a master illusionist. And there are too many times when he doesn't fool anybody, perhaps not even himself, and some little Toto reveals the Great and Powerful Oz as just another little man behind the curtain. And the illusion can no longer fool even the long illusioned. Despite a beautiful stage setting like the Rose Garden at the White House, the perfect if artificial lighting, and the usual supporting cast of intellectual munchkins in the merry old land of Washington, singing, dancing, prancing and applauding all around. For no matter...
  • Socialist NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio is Really Good at Tax Avoidance

    04/17/2014 8:51:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/17/2014 | Mike Schauss
    Suffering from a clear lack of intellectual honesty, the morally bankrupt progressive socialist mayor of New York City seems to have a knack for tax avoidance. (And remember: despite what Harry Reid would have you believe, tax avoidance is not a crime.) According to public records, Bill “punish the rich” de Blasio paid a mere 8 percent of his income in federal taxes. Just to put that in context for any liberal that has accidently stumbled across this paragraph: That’s less than that capitalist pig, Mitt Romney paid in prior years. Of course, to be fair, it is possible...
  • 40 Mind-Blowing Quotes From Barack Hussein Obama On Islam And Christianity

    04/17/2014 8:43:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    When someone shows you who they are, believe themSince 2009, NOW THE END BEGINS has brought you story after story in detailed accounts of exactly how Obama feels about Islam, and how he views Christianity and the Bible. So today, in light of recent events in Washington, we feel it important that you know exactly where your president stands in regards to his faith and his god. Below are 20 quotes he has made about Islam, and 20 quotes he has made about Christianity. Nothing edited or mashed up, just exactly in the context he originally spoke them in with...
  • More "Ammunition" for Obama Administration

    04/17/2014 8:36:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Matt Towery
    Increasingly, Americans fear their government. They fear its power, its might and its ability to ruin their lives. The recent showdown in Nevada between federal agents and a cattle rancher and a group of his supporters is a symbol of the kind of abuse of power and executive sleight-of-hand that are becoming the hallmark of the Obama administration. (The federal agents in Nevada even wore brown shirts.) And this is just one of many unnerving examples of increasingly bold government intrusion. We all know the IRS targeted conservative groups. When we learn of IRS offices covered with pro-Obama campaign...
  • Could Democrats Gain Senate Seats This Fall?

    04/17/2014 8:31:20 AM PDT · by Kenny · 34 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | April 17, 2014 | Sean Trende
    It's a virtual article of faith among election analysts that Republicans will gain Senate seats in the 2014 midterms. I tend to agree with that assessment, and strongly so. In fact, like other forecasters such as Alan Abramowitz and Nate Silver, I think Republicans have the edge in the battle to take control of the upper chamber this November.But there is one place where I part company with most forecasters. I’m not 100 percent confident that Republicans will gain seats. In fact, when I analyzed the Senate races in February, my simulation created a few scenarios where Republicans did, in...
  • Putin Tells Edward Snowden He Doesn't Spy on Russians Like the NSA

    04/17/2014 7:48:44 AM PDT · by lbryce · 34 replies
    The Verge ^ | April 17, 2014 | Chris Welch
    NSA leaker Edward Snowden is currently living under asylum in Russia, so it makes sense that he would want to know about the country's own surveillance practices. He managed to take his inquiry straight to the top and pose the question to none other than President Vladimir Putin during a live, state-run television broadcast. "I've seen little public discussion of Russia's own involvement in the policies of mass surveillance," he said. "So I'd like to ask you: Does Russia intercept, store or analyze, in any way, the communications of millions of individuals?" The show's host claimed that Snowden "revolutionized the...
  • Cop beats up model Air Force captain in his own home, issues arrest weeks later

    04/17/2014 7:32:58 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 81 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 17 Apr 2014 | Robby Soave
    An Air Force captain discovered he was banned from Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California, due to pending charges against him from a previous encounter with a cop who had tried to arrest him for entering his own home. The charges — resisting arrest and obstructing an officer — have infuriated Captain Nicolas Aquino, a first-generation immigrant whose parents came to the United States from Paraguay as political exiles. Last December, an officer paid a visit to Aquino’s Monterey residence. Apparently, a neighbor had seen a man entering Aquino’s home, and reported a possible burglary to the authorities. The...
  • SARAH PALIN TO HEADLINE SHE-PAC IOWA RALLY FOR JONI ERNST

    04/17/2014 7:25:18 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 6 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | April 17,2014 | TONY LEE
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will headline a SHE-PAC rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 27th for conservative Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst, who has taken a two-point lead over a liberal Republican businessman who had been leading before Palin endorsed Ernst. The rally at the Hy-Vee Conference Center will feature Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer, Iowa's Lieutenant Gov. Kim Reynolds, and Kay Orr, the former Nebraska governor who was the country's first Republican female governor. It will likely also make it difficult for Democrats to use the "war on women" card in Iowa. State Senator Ernst gained national recognition...
  • No Mere Hate Crime

    04/17/2014 7:24:04 AM PDT · by SJackson · 23 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 17, 2014 | Matthew Vadum
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - No Mere Hate CrimePosted By Matthew Vadum On April 17, 2014 @ 12:49 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments Former KKK leader Frazier Glenn Cross’s Sunday shooting spree that left three dead outside a Jewish retirement home and a Jewish community center in the Kansas City, Mo., suburbs was a heinous atrocity, and the reflexive “hate crime” label being applied to it diminishes the true scope of the evil at its core. Calling Miller’s acts hate crimes trivializes anti-Semitism, the evil that was Nazism and the monstrosity that was the Holocaust. The “hate crime”...
  • Nancy Pelosi Works To Enlist Republicans In Amnesty Push

    04/17/2014 7:23:34 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Apr 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is working to to enlist 30 specific House Republicans on a mission to grant amnesty to illegal aliens. In a memorandum from the chief cosponsors of the Democratic House comprehensive immigration bill to “interested parties” published on Pelosi’s House website and pushed to press by her communications team, Pelosi specifically targets 30 Republicans she says aren’t working hard enough for amnesty. “It’s Time for [Insert name of GOP House member here] to Walk the Walk on Immigration Reform,” the memo, from Democrat Reps. Jared Polis (D-CO), Judy Chu (D-CA), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Joe Garcia (D-FL)...
  • Manipulating Information To Overstate Global Warming

    04/17/2014 7:21:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    investors.com ^ | 4/16/2014 | IBD Editorial
    Warming Fraud: Exaggerating the degree and impact of climate change has been part of the global warming alarmists' strategy. Now it seems even academics are doing it, publishing a paper that provides a "rationale" for lying. Stirring up fear over man-made global warming isn't a new approach for the alarmists. Years ago many said it was acceptable to embellish global warming and its effects. After all, the public doesn't get it, and it's for their own good. Fuhai Hong and Xiaojian Zhao, economics professors at Asian universities, recently published a paper titled "Information Manipulation and Climate Agreements," in the American...
  • Lincoln school apologizes for 'inaccurate' bully flyer (Nebraska)

    04/17/2014 7:18:11 AM PDT · by heartwood · 24 replies
    KETV Omaha ^ | 4/16/2014 | Anna Ripa
    LINCOLN, Neb. —Parents from a Lincoln elementary school were astounded when their children came home with a flyer about how to handle bullies. The flyer had the following rules: Treat the person who is being mean as if they are trying to help you Do not be afraid Do not verbally defend yourself Do not attack If someone physically hurts you, just show you are hurt; do not get angry Do not tell on bullies Don’t be a sore loser Learn to laugh at yourself and not get “hooked” by put-downs Lincoln Public Schools addressed the flyer on its Facebook...
  • Cliven Bundy and 'Civil Disobedience': He might not have a legal case, but does he have a moral one?

    04/17/2014 7:10:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/17/2014 | Rick Moran
    For more than 160 years, Henry David Thoreau's essay on Civil Disobedience has inspired Americans to "make known what kind of government would command his respect" so that we could live under that government in good conscience. Ultimately, in a free society, that's all we have that is truly our own; our conscience. Following its dictates, says Thoreau, is the only rational way to live your life and be true to oneself. It had been years since I read Civil Disobedience and I was surpised by how Cliven Bundy's words echoed many of the theses in the essay. Legal experts...
  • The ‘Foreclosure Crisis’ Has Ended: But government and media don't want you to know that.

    04/17/2014 7:00:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/17/2014 | Tim Cavanaugh
    America’s foreclosure crisis has been over for more than a year, if it ever really existed. But the government/activist/media blob is still trying to convince the public that there is an epidemic of bad borrowers who need public relief. At Harvard Law School, a student group called Project No One Leaves recently concluded its fourth annual conference aimed at creating what one attendee called “a multi-faceted, national housing justice alliance.” Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett recently gave $200,000 to a community organization called ACTS Housing to fight the foreclosure crisis by buying up bank-owned properties — even as the number...
  • Nevada Rancher’s Son: Harry Reid ‘Needs To Be Kicked Out Of Office’ (demands feds disarm)

    04/17/2014 6:51:41 AM PDT · by Liz · 16 replies
    CBSLOCAL.COM ^ | 4/16/14 | CBS/LAS VEGAS/AP
    The son of beleaguered Nevada rancher, Cliven Bundy, believes it’s time for Sen. Harry Reid to be kicked out of office. “If he doesn’t have enough moral fiber in his bones at all to see what happened, that we the people got together and made something right, then I don’t think there’s any hope for him and he needs to be kicked out of office, even if he is the Senate majority leader. It doesn’t matter,” Ammon Bundy, son of Cliven Bundy, told Fox News, responding to Reid’s comments that “it’s not over.” Ammon Bundy says federal authorities used a...
  • Regulator Without Peer: By at least one measure, Obama surpasses all of his predecessors.

    04/17/2014 6:38:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/17/2014 | The Editors
    Anyone wondering why the U.S. economy can't seem to grow at its usual pace should examine one product category where production is booming: federal regulation. Washington set a new record in 2013 by issuing final rules consuming 26,417 pages in the Federal Register. While plenty of government employees deserve credit for this milestone, leadership matters. And by this measure President Obama has never been surpassed in the Oval Office. The latest rule-making tally comes from the Competitive Enterprise Institute's Wayne Crews, who on April 29 will publish his annual review of federal regulation in "Ten Thousand Commandments." This is important...
  • Fed Can Print Money, But It Can't Print Jobs

    04/17/2014 6:32:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    IBD ^ | 04/17/2014 | Alan Reynolds
    We have all been watching a long mystery with no ending: What the Federal Reserve governors are trying to do, how they intend to do it and why they imagine their efforts will work. The key questions boil down to two: (1) What target should the Fed aim at, and (2) what policy instruments should it use to hit that target? The Fed's only explicit target — an unemployment rate of 6.5% — was shrewdly discarded as "outdated" as that target grew near. Actually, the idea of focusing on unemployment is outdated, since it presumes that high unemployment guarantees low...
  • Seven Reasons to Ignore Liberal Media Fearmongering, Keep Feds' Hands Off Preparing Your Tax Return

    04/17/2014 6:16:32 AM PDT · by celmak · 8 replies
    News Busters ^ | 04/16/2014 | Ryan Ellis
    There has been the usual tax day-related glut of articles from liberal publications urging a federal takeover of the tax preparation business. As always, the ultra-left wing blog Pro Publica took the lead, followed predictably by outlets such as Slate, Vox, and Tax Analysts, as well as respectable news outlets like Bloomberg View and Yahoo!. The basic argument is always the same: the IRS has all this information on you anyway, so wouldn't it just be easier and better if they simply prepared your taxes for you? Wouldn't that be better than having to pay some rent-seeking middleman? This flawed...
  • Sriracha sauce maker considers relocation

    04/17/2014 5:38:26 AM PDT · by texas booster · 32 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | April 16, 2014 | Frank Shyong
    After a months-long battle with the city of Irwindale over complaints about a spicy odor, Sriracha sauce creator David Tran said Wednesday that he is now seriously considering moving his factory to another location. Tran responded Wednesday to the politicians and business leaders from 10 states and multiple cities in California who have offered to host the Sriracha factory. He invited them to tour the facility in Irwindale and decide if their communities would complain about the odors that arise during production. Tran stressed that he has not decided whether to move, but would like to explore his options. The...
  • Report: Only 1 of 46 lifeboats was deployed

    04/17/2014 5:25:46 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 21 replies
    KTVQ ^ | April 17, 2014 | CNN
    Jindo, South Korea (CNN) -- There were 46 lifeboats on the sunken South Korean ferry -- but only one was deployed, CNN affiliate YTN reported Thursday. CNN has not been able to independently confirm the report. If true, the report will add to the anger and desperation of families still waiting for word on the fate of 287 missing passengers. Video acquired by another affiliate JTBC showed at least 12 of the white survival capsules still attached to the ferry even as it was keeled over in the water. The survival capsules hold lifeboats.... At one point or another, the...
  • Oversight member on Lois Lerner: ‘Now I see why IRS is scared to give up emails’

    04/17/2014 4:37:40 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 107 replies
    daily caller ^ | 4-16-14 | Patrick Howley
    Key members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform expressed outrage at revelations made in newly released emails showing ex-IRS official Lois Lerner coordinating with the Department of Justice on prosecuting nonprofit groups. One committee member said the emails prove why the IRS is “scared to give up the rest of Lois Lerner’s emails.” IRS commissioner John Koskinen was recently threatened with contempt for stonewalling the committee’s investigation. Koskinen claimed in a hearing that it could take years to provide the documents requested by Oversight. “The release of new documents underscores the political nature of IRS Tea Party...
  • Obamacare Must Go Regardless of Who is Obama’s Next HHS Nominee

    04/17/2014 4:11:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Tim Scott
    At the end of the day, we all want Americans to have access to affordable, quality healthcare, but Obamacare is the wrong path to get to that goal. As we begin to review the qualifications and record of President Obama’s new nominee to become HHS Secretary, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, current director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), will have to answer a number of very important questions during her upcoming confirmation hearings before both the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the Senate Finance Committee. And while Ms. Burwell was unanimously confirmed to become OMB director,...
  • The IRS Scandal Blows Wide Open

    04/17/2014 4:09:18 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 31 replies
    A bombshell revelation has brought the IRS scandal to a new level. Judicial Watch has released internal IRS communications revealing that former Tax Exempt Organizations director Lois Lerner was in contact with the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding whether it was possible to criminally prosecute tax-exempt groups she believed had “lied” about their political activity. Judicial Watch obtained the documents by successfully filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the IRS in October 2013, following the agency’s stonewall of four FOIA requests dating back to the previous May. Contained in those documents is an email exchange between Lerner...
  • Syrian opposition fighters obtain US-made anti-tank missiles

    04/17/2014 3:38:53 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 22 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | April 16, 2014 | Karen DeYoung
    Syria's opposition fighters have been supplied with U.S.-made anti-tank missiles, the first time a major American weapons system has appeared in rebel hands. It is unclear how the rebels obtained the wire-guided missiles, which are capable of penetrating heavy armor and fortifications and are standard in the U.S. military arsenal. The United States has sold them in the past to Turkey, among other countries, and the Pentagon approved the sale of 15,000 of the weapons to Saudi Arabia in December. Both countries aid Syrian opposition groups. U.S. officials declined to discuss the origin of the weapons but did not dispute...
  • Colorado Democrats Abandon Radical Bill for Abortions Up to Birth, Not Enough Votes

    04/17/2014 2:46:09 AM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Steven Ertelt
    UPDATE: Late Wednesday, Colorado Democrats abandoned the radical bill after not having enough votes: Colorado Democrats abandoned their own divisive abortion proposal Wednesday, axing the bill after one lawmaker expressed indecision and it became clear they might not have the votes to pass it in a chamber where every vote matters. Democrats used a legislative maneuver to shelve a bill that would have banned any state regulation of reproductive decisions such as abortion and contraception. It had been scheduled for a vote Wednesday evening in the Senate, where the party holds a slim one-seat majority. The move came after Sen....
  • Arizona Governor Signs Pro-Life Bill for Surprise Inspections of Abortion Clinics

    04/17/2014 2:36:44 AM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed a pro-life bill that the state’s pro-life groups were pressing for her to sign after approval by the state legislature. HB 2284 would make sure that abortion clinics are treated the same as other medical facilities by allowing for unannounced inspections. arizonalogoHere’s what Center for Arizona Policy President Cathi Herrod has to say about it in an email to LifeNews: “Arizona’s thriving pro-life movement has had another tremendous victory today as Governor Brewer has signed the Women’s Health Protection Act (HB 2284). This law ensures abortion clinics are subject to the same inspection standards...
  • Europe faces worst human rights ‘crisis’ in decades

    04/17/2014 1:11:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 17.04.14 @ 09:29 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    Europe is facing its largest human rights crisis in over two decades, according to the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe (CoE). The human rights watchdog, in a report published on Wednesday (16), says corruption, human trafficking, racism and discrimination persist across Europe. […] CoE secretary general Thorbjřrn Jagland—in a statement entitled “Europe in biggest human rights crisis since Cold War”—said the lack of democratic checks and balances, free media and an independent judiciary is the cause of widespread corruption and misuse of power. He is calling for a “new pan-European security agenda” to help stem the abuse. …