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  • Versailles in California

    09/22/2014 3:19:42 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9-22-14 | Victor Davis Hanson
    California is run from a sort of Pacific Versailles, an isolated coastal compound of elite rulers physically cut off from its interior peasantry. To understand how California works — or rather does not work — drive over the I-5 Grapevine and gaze down at the brilliantly engineered artificial Pyramid Lake. Thanks to California water project deliveries, even in a third year of drought its level still fluctuates between 90 to 100% full — ensuring, along with its companion reservoirs, plentiful water for the Los Angeles-area municipalities for the next two years. The far distant watersheds and reservoirs that feed Pyramid...
  • As college student, Eric Holder participated in ‘armed’ takeover

    09/22/2014 3:13:34 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 9 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9-22-14 | Charles C. Johnson and Ryan Girdusky
    As a freshman at Columbia University in 1970, future Attorney General Eric Holder participated in a five-day occupation of an abandoned Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) headquarters with a group of black students later described by the university’s Black Students’ Organization as “armed,” The Daily Caller has learned. Department of Justice spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler has not responded to questions from The Daily Caller about whether Holder himself was armed — and if so, with what sort of weapon. Holder was then among the leaders of the Student Afro-American Society (SAAS), which demanded that the former ROTC office be renamed...
  • 40 Days for Life Begins This Week After Saving 9,000 Babies From Abortion

    09/22/2014 2:28:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Life News ^ | September 22, 2014 | Sarah Zagorski
    The 40 Days for Life Campaign starts next Wednesday, September 24th and runs through November 2nd. The campaign is a community based, pro-life approach to showing local communities the consequences of abortion in their neighborhoods.Since its inception in 2004, 40 Days for Life has seen nearly 9,000 babies saved from abortion, 101 abortion facility workers quit and 57 abortion facilities shut down. Through peaceful prayer, 40 Days for Life works to help women choose life for their children.One story about a baby named Emmett (above) from Louisiana demonstrates the impact peaceful sidewalk counselors can have on women.Mary Nadeau Reed, Special...
  • Ebola outbreak: Sierra Leone lockdown declared 'success'

    09/22/2014 2:22:46 PM PDT · by DannyTN · 17 replies
    BBC News Africa ^ | 22 September 2014 | BBC News Africa
    A three-day curfew aimed at containing the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone has been declared a success by authorities. They say more than a million households were surveyed and 130 new cases discovered. Sierra Leone is one of the countries worst affected by the outbreak, with nearly 600 of the almost 2,800 total deaths recorded so far. ... The World Health Organization (WHO) says the situations in Senegal and Nigeria have now been "pretty much contained". ...
  • Red light cameras shut down: South SF downs devices four years after controversy over admin errors

    09/22/2014 2:20:41 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 13 replies
    San Mateo Daily Journal ^ | September 10, 2014 | Angela Swartz
    After pleas to remove red light cameras back in 2010, they are finally coming down in South San Francisco. Although the South San Francisco City Council voted 4-1 back in March to not continue its red light camera program, the cameras didn’t become inoperable until early August. In 2010, the city fronted $1.5 million in refunds for the almost $500 tickets after an administrative error nullified tickets generated from cameras at two locations. The dismantling of the cameras should happen very shortly, said Mayor Karyl Matsumoto. Matsumoto was the one vote in favor of keeping the cameras.SnipI personally think they...
  • Warren camp’s cup of Tea(Progressives look to model hard-right tactics)

    09/22/2014 2:15:35 PM PDT · by GQuagmire · 11 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | Monday, September 22, 2014 | Hillary Chabot
    Progressives behind the relentless push to recruit U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren as the anti-Hillary Clinton candidate for 2016 have picked an odd model in their quest for a far-left victory — the hard-right Tea Party. “I think there is a cross-partisan prairie fire exploding across the country,” said Ryan Clayton, a left-leaning strategist who has blasted Clinton in a secret progressive email chain obtained by the Herald. Clayton went on to brand Warren as the left’s version of Tea Party darling Rand Paul. “That’s why you have people like Rand Paul on the Republican side and Elizabeth Warren on the...
  • Politico: 15 things you didn’t know about the brownie-baking Lois Lerner

    09/22/2014 2:13:36 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 32 replies
    Politipage ^ | 09/22/14 | Jon Fitzpatrick
    Employers won’t hire her. She’s been berated with epithets like “dirty Jew.” Federal agents have guarded her house because of death threats. And she’s spent hundreds of thousands of dollars defending herself against accusations she orchestrated a coverup in a scandal that has come to represent everything Americans hate about the IRS. Lois Lerner is toxic — and she knows it. But she refuses to recede into anonymity or beg for forgiveness for her role in the IRS tea party-targeting scandal. “I didn’t do anything wrong,” Lerner said in her first press interview since the scandal broke 16 months ago....
  • School tells Missouri boy his 9/11 souvenir violates school weapons policy

    09/22/2014 1:56:59 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 78 replies
    Fox News | Sep 19, 2014
    Education School tells Missouri boy his 9/11 souvenir violates school weapons policy A souvenir shell casing handed out by veterans at a 9/11 ceremony landed a seven-year-old Missouri boy in hot water when he took the keepsake to school. Sherry Falke said her son, Zane, forgot he had the souvenir in his pocket when he showed up for class on Tuesday, Fox4KC.com reported. The boy was given the souvenir at a Sept. 11 memorial ceremony in Carrollton, Mo. "He felt it in his pocket, and he took it out and was showing some of his friends at school," Falke told...
  • How a $900 parking citation became a $25,000 federal lawsuit against SF (San Francisco)

    09/22/2014 1:27:57 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 37 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | September 22, 2014 | Jessica Kwong
    Two San Francisco residents, one of whom is disabled, are furious with what they see as an unjust parking ticket, and they have taken their complaint to federal court. The lawsuit -- which was served Sept. 12 to The City, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and one of its citation review officers, and the Police Department, its chief and the officer who issued the citation -- claims the Feb. 16 parking ticket was unlawful. Although the fine has been greatly reduced, the plaintiffs have decided to press on with their complaint.
  • Detroit tells judge: We can't give away free water

    09/22/2014 12:32:51 PM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 66 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | September 22, 2014 | ED WHITE
    DETROIT (AP) — Detroit's water department defended its shutoff policy Monday and warned that free service to people with unpaid bills could be "very devastating" to the bottom line. Judge Steven Rhodes set aside Detroit's bankruptcy trial to hear evidence in a controversy that has been boiling all summer. A coalition representing low-income residents is asking him to suspend water shutoffs and restore service to people who have lost it. The water department would be violating Michigan law and breaking agreements with bond holders if forced to supply water and ignore overdue bills, attorney Sonal Mithani said. The "humanitarian concerns...
  • After Surgery, Surprise $117,000 Medical Bill From Doctor He Didn’t Know

    09/22/2014 12:10:28 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | 20 September 2014 | Elisabeth Rosenthal
    Before his three-hour neck surgery for herniated disks in December, Peter Drier, 37, signed a pile of consent forms. A bank technology manager who had researched his insurance coverage, Mr. Drier was prepared when the bills started arriving: $56,000 from Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, $4,300 from the anesthesiologist and even $133,000 from his orthopedist, who he knew would accept a fraction of that fee. He was blindsided, though, by a bill of about $117,000 from an “assistant surgeon,” a Queens-based neurosurgeon whom Mr. Drier did not recall meeting. In operating rooms and on hospital wards across the country, physicians...
  • BOOK: USA SPENDING 30 TIMES MORE PER CAPITA THAN CHINA ON SOCIAL PROGRAMS

    09/22/2014 11:21:46 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 22, 2014 | By Robert Wilde
    Financial expert and author, Joe Hoft, told Breitbart News Executive Chairman, Stephen K. Bannon, that America’s exorbitant spending on social programs is a disaster waiting to happen, on par with or greater than the bank meltdown in 2008. Appearing on Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot to discuss his book , Falling Eagle Rising Tiger, Hoft explained that when the Great Depression paralyzed America in the 1930’s, President Franklin Roosevelt did not let the crisis go to waste and pushed for social change with his New Deal. Joe, the identical twin brother of the controversial purveyor of Gateway Pundit,...
  • Concern over US concessions as Iran seeks to leverage ISIS issue in nuke talks

    09/22/2014 11:13:10 AM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 3 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 9/22/14 | Unknown
    Republican lawmakers are raising alarm that Secretary of State John Kerry is putting too much on the table in talks over Iran's nuclear program -- as Tehran reportedly tries to leverage its cooperation in the Islamic State crisis in return for nuclear concessions from the U.S. and its allies. The White House denies that any such trade-off is in the works. "The United States will not be in a position of trading aspects of Iran's nuclear program to secure commitments to take on ISIL," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday, using an alternate acronym for the Islamic State....
  • U.S. Ramping Up Major Renewal in Nuclear Arms

    09/22/2014 11:04:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | 09/22/2014 | By WILLIAM J. BROAD and DAVID E. SANGER
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A sprawling new plant here in a former soybean field makes the mechanical guts of America’s atomic warheads. Bigger than the Pentagon, full of futuristic gear and thousands of workers, the plant, dedicated last month, modernizes the aging weapons that the United States can fire from missiles, bombers and submarines. It is part of a nationwide wave of atomic revitalization that includes plans for a new generation of weapon carriers. A recent federal study put the collective price tag, over the next three decades, at up to a trillion dollars. This expansion comes under a president...
  • Hillary’s $100 Million Hollywood Makeover (CBS's "Madam Secretary")

    09/22/2014 11:03:18 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 60 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | September 22, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The First Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia described the reforms which resulted in the Prague Spring as “socialism with a human face.” The New York Times calls Madam Secretary, CBS’s extremely expensive prime time contribution to the Hillary campaign, “Hillary with a human face.” A network series can cost between $3 and $4 million an episode. Assuming that Madam Secretary runs even one season, instead of being canceled ignominiously like Commander in Chief, the 2005 attempt at giving Hillary a human face, it will cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million. That’s double the $46 million that...
  • The Show Won’t Go On

    09/22/2014 10:56:37 AM PDT · by detective · 6 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 20, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    After a series of lackluster reviews, the traveling global warming musical that was financed by the U.S. taxpayers is ending its run early. The Great Immensity, a musical described as “painfully long” and “awkward,” was made possible by a $697,177 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). “The play, which featured songs and video exploring Americans’ relationships to the environment, opened in New York in April with a three-week run before going on a national tour that was supposed to attract 75,000 patrons,” FoxNews.com reported. “But it stalled after a single production in Kansas City, falling short of the lofty...
  • America’s Visa-For-Sale Program

    09/22/2014 10:45:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 09/22/2014 | Ian Smith
    For the first time since its creation in 1990, the “investor immigrant” visa program looks on track to have its annual 10,000 allotment fully used up this year. This milestone for the program is due to the increasing number of wealthy applicants from mainland China, a country that now boasts almost 2.5 million millionaires. The “EB-5 visa”, which gives expedited citizenship to applicants who invest $500,000 in a jobs-generating business for 2 years, is not only confusing and poorly designed but it’s been rife with investor fraud since it started. Nevertheless, because of the access a green card provides to...
  • IRS Official Who Called Conseratives ******** Says She "Isn't a Political Person,"

    09/22/2014 10:32:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    “Regardless of whatever else happens, I know I did the best I could under the circumstances and am not sorry for anything I did,” former IRS official Lois Lerner told POLITICO in an exclusive interview released today. In the piece, Lerner portrays herself as being unfairly attacked by the very groups she spent years inappropriately targeting. Lerner, for her part, assumes she is at the center of the storm because “I was the person who announced it. I assume the other part of it is because I declined to talk, and once I declined to talk, they could say anything they...
  • Islamic State urges attacks on U.S., French citizens, taunts Obama

    09/22/2014 10:32:27 AM PDT · by detective · 9 replies
    MSN News ^ | September 22, 2014 | Yara Bayoumy
    Islamic State urged its followers on Monday to attack citizens of the United States, France and other countries which have joined a coalition to destroy the ultra-radical group. Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani also taunted U.S. President Barack Obama and other Western "crusaders" in a statement carried by the SITE monitoring website, saying their forces faced inevitable defeat at the insurgents' hands.
  • Politico does weepy story about poor Lois Lerner

    09/22/2014 9:33:38 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 22, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Do you feel sorry for Lois Lerner? A remarkable long feature article in Politico about the former high-ranking IRS official who pleaded the Fifth Amendment paints a remarkably sympathetic picture of her. The title of the piece by Rachel Bade tantalizingly suggests that some negotiations as to subject matter and tone might have taken place: “Exclusive: Lois Lerner breaks silence.” As Rick Moran pointed out to me, Lerner could have taken her exclusive to the New York Times or Washington Post, and almost certainly they would have been delighted to sit down and talk with her for two hours, as...
  • Leon Panetta says Obama helped ISIS grow by ignoring national security team's advice

    09/22/2014 9:19:23 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 25 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 22 September 2014 | David Martosko, Us Political Editor for MailOnline
    Former Obama administration Pentagon chief Leon Panetta said Sunday that the president overruled nearly his entire national security team and decided not to arm moderate Syrian rebel groups early on, a decision that helped the ISIS terror army gain power. Panetta also said he favored leaving a residual force of U.S. troops behind in Iraq instead of withdrawing them, another opinion Obama ignored. Panetta, who was Obama's CIA director for two years before leading the Pentagon for two more, told CBS News that entering the Syria conflict earlier, and ensuring that moderate groups gained power instead of the most extreme...
  • Ukrainian President Warns Of New Cold War

    09/22/2014 9:09:58 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 1 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 22, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Eastern Europe: Addressing a rare joint session of the U.S. Congress, Ukraine's leader warns, like Churchill before him, of a growing and resurgent menace that has committed crimes in his country and threatens the West. Back in 2009, after the Russian invasion of Georgia, we asked in the editorial recently reprised on the opposite page, "Is the Ukraine Next?" Well, it was. As President Reagan famously put it in a campaign commercial, there was once again a bear in the woods. Only this time we ignored it. On Thursday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gave a 40-minute speech to a rare...
  • Iran’s Rouhani leaves for New York to attend UN GA session

    09/22/2014 8:56:27 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Azernews ^ | 22 September 2014 (6 hours ago) | Sara Rajabova
    The Iranian president left Tehran for New York on September 22 to attend the 69th Annual Meeting of the UN General Assembly. Hassan Rouhani is expected to deliver his speech at the meeting on September 25, IRNA news agency reported. It will be Rouhani's second visit to New York since he took the office last year. Rouhani paid his first visit to New York to attend the 68th session of the UN General Assembly. Prior to his departure to New York, Rouhani met with the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on September 21. Iranian officials earlier said any possible meeting...
  • Exclusive–Ted Cruz: Democrats 'Have Become an Extreme Party'

    09/22/2014 8:30:47 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 Sep 2014 | 20 Sep 2014
    In an exclusive interview, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Thursday will go do as a "dark day" in Senate history, with Senate Democrats blocking GOP legislation addressing the Islamic State (ISIS) and President Obama's threat of executive amnesty. “Unfortunately the Senate Democrats have become an extreme party,” Cruz said in an interview backstage at the Liberty Political Action Conference (LPAC) in Alexandria, Virginia. “They have become a party that has abdicated their responsibilities. Under Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats, we have a do-nothing Senate. There are over 350 bills the House of Representatives has passed and they’re all sitting...
  • Cruz: Meet the new 'Three Amigos'

    09/22/2014 8:26:29 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 20, 2014, 05:44 pm | Scott Wong
    Move over John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte. Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz says there’s a new “Three Amigos” in the U.S. Senate.This week, Cruz, the conservative Texas senator, found himself on the same side as liberal Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in voting against arming and training Syrian rebels fighting Islamic extremists in the Middle East.All three senators are considered prospective 2016 candidates.“They call us the three Amigos,” Cruz joked during an interview at the Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday.And though he’s on the opposite political spectrum as Warren and Sanders, Cruz was quick to...
  • Obama tries Reagan touch on economy, but wages weigh

    09/22/2014 8:07:59 AM PDT · by detective · 8 replies
    MSN News ^ | September 21, 2014 | Jason, Lange and Roberta Rampton
    President Barack Obama, stumping for the Democrats ahead of November's congressional elections, has twice invoked Ronald Reagan's seminal campaign question: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" Framing the debate like that helped Reagan twice - in 1980 when he beat incumbent Jimmy Carter, and then again in 1984 when he won re-election during an economic upswing.
  • Afghan Soldiers Go Missing in Cape Cod; Police Say They Pose No Threat

    09/22/2014 7:50:45 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 41 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 9/22/14 | Newsmax Wires
    Three Afghan soldiers went missing in Cape Cod during a training exercise over the weekend, and police and military officials are scrambling to find any clues that will help bring the men back. There were no details to report on the search, Lt. Col. James Sahady of the Massachusetts National Guard told The Associated Press Monday. U.S. military officials said the Afghanistan National Army officers had been participating in a U.S. Central Command Regional Cooperation training exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod. They arrived at Camp Edwards on Sept. 11 and were last seen Saturday at the Cape Cod Mall...
  • At TribFest, Cruz Talks Possible 2016 Run, Partisan Gridlock

    09/22/2014 7:47:59 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 8 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | Sept. 20, 2014 | John Reynolds
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz hinted Saturday that he would make a decision on a possible run for the White House in the first half of 2015, but he said his focus for the next six weeks would be on helping Republicans take back the Senate.The Texas Republican told Dan Balz of The Washington Post at The Texas Tribune Festival that the 2016 field would probably be defined between January and June of next year. But he did not offer up his name.Balz introduced the topic by asking Cruz what would keep him out the 2016 presidential election. Cruz allowed that it was a clever way...
  • What will the next President inherit from Obama?

    09/22/2014 7:42:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/22/2014 | Keith Edwards
    If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it a thousand times since Obama was elected – that every problem he faced as president was inherited from Bush. From Bush’s wars to Bush’s recession, every problem in America, and around the world for that matter, was all Bush’s fault. Well, what goes around comes around, and as the presidential campaign season heats up, the big question that needs to be answered by the Democratic presidential nominee will be: What problems will they be “inheriting” from Obama? For the fun of it, let’s assume Hillary wins the Democratic nomination. Just how will...
  • Rift forms in Texas GOP over tuition for unauthorized immigrants

    09/22/2014 7:31:09 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 27 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | 09/21/2014 | Jonathan Tilove
    Exposing a deep GOP rift on a rancorous immigration issue, Gov. Rick Perry and George P. Bush, the Republican candidate for land commissioner, this weekend defended providing in-state tuition for unauthorized immigrants. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said he opposes the measure on principle, and state Sen. Dan Patrick, the party’s nominee for lieutenant governor, has vowed to repeal it. In separate appearances at the Texas Tribune Festival at the University of Texas, Perry and Bush expressed views on in-state tuition that were in sync with state Sen. Wendy Davis’ pledge to veto “in a heartbeat” any repeal legislation that would...
  • 2 dead, 13 wounded in city shootings: 'Please don't let me die'

    09/22/2014 5:53:34 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | 9/21/2014 | Peter Nickeas, Dana Ferguson, Liam Ford,
    Two teens were shot to death and at least 13 other people, including a 12-year-old boy, were wounded in shootings between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. The most recent shooting was a homicide that happened about 4:10 a.m. Saturday in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, and the boy killed was the seventh person shot in that area in the West Garfield Park and Lawndale neighborhoods on the West Side.
  • Exclusive: Lois Lerner breaks silence

    09/22/2014 5:27:09 AM PDT · by upchuck · 85 replies
    Politco ^ | Sept 22, 2014 | Rachael Bade
    Employers won’t hire her. She’s been berated with epithets like “dirty Jew.” Federal agents have guarded her house because of death threats. And she’s spent hundreds of thousands of dollars defending herself against accusations she orchestrated a coverup in a scandal that has come to represent everything Americans hate about the IRS. Lois Lerner is toxic — and she knows it. But she refuses to recede into anonymity or beg for forgiveness for her role in the IRS tea party-targeting scandal. “I didn’t do anything wrong,” Lerner said in her first press interview since the scandal broke 16 months ago....
  • USPS: Where The Customer Is Always Last

    09/22/2014 4:42:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 100 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2014 | Katie Kieffer
    Bang! Lee looked up from addressing a package while she waited in line for service at the post office. Despite a lobby packed with customers—without notice—a postal worker slammed down the service window gate and went to lunch, leaving Lee and the other patrons to fend for themselves. The U.S. Postal Service excels at treating customers poorly. My friend Lee’s story is but one of many nightmares of churlish postal workers and deficient USPS customer service. Many government workers get away with behavior that would get them fired if they worked at a private company like McDonald’s or Apple. There...
  • Obama is Roosting America's Chickens

    09/22/2014 4:36:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9/22/2014 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    In the words of Reverend Jeremiah Wright, “America’s chickens are coming home to roost” – but not for the reasons Wright was referring to. Instead, these chickens are the result of Barack Obama’s policies, which are so detrimental to the health, safety, and wellbeing of the American people that now the most innocent and helpless among us are suffering the ramifications of a social experiment run amok. It’s not bad enough that it’s only a matter of time before unknown numbers of people are murdered by a terrorist attack everyone agrees is inevitable. Nor is it horrifying enough that ISIS...
  • Obamacare Architect Finds Cure for Old Age

    09/22/2014 4:34:44 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 5 replies
    American Spectaror ^ | 9/22/2014 | David Catron
    If George Washington was the father of our country, Benjamin Franklin was its grandfather. While the former was fighting the British at home, the latter was on the other side of the Atlantic securing the money and arms that kept the revolution alive. It is no exaggeration to say that, without Franklin’s indefatigable diplomatic efforts in Europe, the American Revolution would have failed. What has this to do with Obamacare? When that conflict was officially ended by the Treaty of Paris, Franklin was 77 — well past the age when key ACA architect Ezekiel Emanuel says we should all embrace...
  • Iranian hardliners form ‘chastity patrols’

    09/22/2014 4:29:20 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Gulf News ^ | 9/19/2014
    “Chastity patrols”, created by an Iranian paramilitary group, are patrolling the streets of Iran to force women to go “well covered” in public. At the beginning of summer, trendy Iranian women started wearing lighter clothes, more transparent veils to cover their hair and slightly shortened sleeves that still end below the elbow. That tendency prompted the more conservative sectors to demand imposition of “good hijab” in accordance with a much stricter interpretation of the Islamic dress code. But the Ansar-e-Hezbollah group has gone further and organised street patrols in Tehran “to control morality in women”, especially young women, who are...
  • Claims filed in Benghazi death

    09/22/2014 1:06:28 AM PDT · by South40 · 5 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 9/19/2014 | Mark Walker
    Family and executor of Glen Doherty's estate also suing insurance firm over alleged sham policy Survivors of former Navy SEAL and Encinitas resident Glen Doherty are seeking $2 million in damages from the Central Intelligence Agency and State Department as a result of his death during an attack at the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. In addition, Doherty’s family and the beneficiary of his estate are suing Rutherford Financial & Insurance Services — the exclusive insurance broker for CIA and State and other federal agencies. They allege that he paid thousands of dollars for what he thought was a...
  • Communists, Radicals Spotted Throughout Climate March in NYC Demanding ‘Revolution, Nothing Less’

    09/22/2014 12:40:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Blaze / The Associated Press ^ | September 21, 2014 | Oliver Darcy
    Tens-of-thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of New York City Sunday to demand political leaders take action on climate change. While the protest remained peaceful, much of the “People’s Climate March” appeared to be made up of fringe elements of the political left. Dozens of signs denouncing capitalism were spotted at the demonstration, often held by self-proclaimed socialists. “Capitalism is destroying the planet,” a sticker on one woman’s shirt read, “We need revolution, nothing less.”(continued)
  • US too late on Syria: former Pentagon chief (Leon 'Save The Oceans' Panetta)

    09/21/2014 9:05:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/21/14 | AFP
    Washington (AFP) - The rise of the brutal Islamic State group can partly be blamed on President Barack Obama's failure to arm moderate Syrian rebels far earlier, said former US defense secretary Leon Panetta. It comes after the United States Congress on Thursday passed Obama's plan to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State jihadists, a key plank of his strategy to smash the militants who have overrun vast areas of Iraq and Syria. Panetta told CBS's "60 Minutes" news program in an interview aired Sunday that he and then secretary of state Hillary Clinton had urged...
  • Ferguson versus Whitopia

    09/21/2014 8:41:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    al-Jazeera ^ | September 21, 2014 | Rich Benjamin
    Focus on police bias obscures meaningful debate on structural racism that perpetuates racial injustice and inequality. In the wake of the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager shot by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9, the public has heard quite a bit about the town, its residents and their supposed violence. But about half an hour drive west of Ferguson, along a highway straddling the Missouri River, you will come to what may seem a planet away: St. Charles County. St. Charles is a “Whitopia” — a predominantly white county that has posted 6 percent...
  • Chinese Student Spies Overwhelm US

    09/21/2014 8:06:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | September 19, 2014 | Joshua Philipp
    Intelligence agencies around the world typically regard China’s approach to spying as sloppy and unprofessional. While many other countries focus on stealth and finesse for espionage, China’s focus is on mass numbers. While regarded as unprofessional, China’s approach has also been extremely effective. The challenge posed by China comes down to a simple fact: it has too many spies for foreign intelligence agencies to keep track of. “Our nation is overwhelmed. The problem is too big,” said Paul Williams in a phone interview. Williams is chief information officer at BlackOps Partners Corporation, which does counterintelligence and protection of trade secrets...
  • The swarm of attack ads claiming $500 million in North Carolina education cuts

    09/21/2014 6:51:25 PM PDT · by eyedigress · 84 replies
    Notice a theme? In the hard-fought North Carolina Senate race, just about every ad from a Democratic outside organization repeats the same talking point —that the GOP candidate, Thom Tillis, as speaker of the North Carolina House, presided over a $500 million cut in education funding. Tillis’s opponent, Sen. Kay Hagan (D), also raised it in a political debate. In June, we first looked at this issue, when yet another outside group, Emily’s List, ran a similar attack ad. The Emily’s List ad, as well as two of these new ads, pair the $500 million allegation with the bogus claim...
  • Civil Rights Activists Call on 'Django Unchained' Actress to Apologize to LAPD

    09/21/2014 6:36:45 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 30 replies
    hollywoodreporter.com ^ | 11:04 AM PST 09/20/2014 | Ryan Gajewski
    Several advocates are changing their stance on Daniele Watts' incendiary Facebook post: "It's like crying wolf" Civil rights leaders who initially defended Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts in her dispute with the Los Angeles Police Department are now calling on her to apologize. Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable president Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Project Islamic Hope president Najee Ali and other activists held a press conference Friday, telling reporters that they now have doubts about Watts' side of the story. "I was one that was very outspoken about it," Hutchinson said about having come to Watts' defense when her story first...
  • Why Darren Wilson Isn't in Cuffs

    09/21/2014 6:09:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Huffington Post's Black Voices ^ | September 21, 2014 | Earl Ofari Hutchinson
    All of the most recent protests in Ferguson over the slaying of Michael Brown seem recent since the protestors have all asked for the same thing: That is to slap the cuffs on Darren Wilson, the officer who gunned down Brown on August 9. The reasons given for Wilson's freedom by some are that the prosecutors and cops almost never arrest and charge other cops with misconduct, the St. Louis County Prosecutor is a bigot, and there's no smoking gun piece of evidence to base an arrest on. These are all powerful blocks to clamping the cuffs on Wilson. But...
  • Top-level turnover makes it harder for DHS to stay on top of evolving threats

    09/21/2014 6:06:46 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 21, 2014 | Jerry Markon, Ellen Nakashima and Alice Crites
    An exodus of top-level officials from the Department of Homeland Security is undercutting the agency’s ability to stay ahead of a range of emerging threats, including potential terrorist strikes and cyberattacks, according to interviews with current and former officials. Over the past four years, employees have left DHS at a rate nearly twice as fast as in the federal government overall, and the trend is accelerating, according to a review of a federal database. The departures are a result of what employees widely describe as a dysfunctional work environment, abysmal morale, and the lure of private security companies paying top...
  • Gabby Giffords gets mean

    09/21/2014 5:51:52 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 57 replies
    Politico ^ | September 21, 2014 | Alex Isenstadt
    Gabby Giffords, irreproachable figure of sympathy, has fashioned an improbable new role for herself this election year: ruthless attack dog. The former Democratic congresswoman, whose recovery from a gunshot wound to the head captivated the country, has unleashed some of the nastiest ads of the campaign season, going after GOP candidates in Arizona and New Hampshire with attacks even some left-leaning commentators say go too far. And Republicans on the receiving end are largely helpless to hit back, knowing a fight with the much-admired survivor is not one they’re likely to win. Some of the toughest spots from Giffords’ newly...
  • The Left Doesn’t Really Believe in Climate Change

    09/21/2014 5:47:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Ricochet ^ | May 27, 2014 | Jon Gabriel, Ed.
    The sky is always falling. If the new ice age doesn’t do us in, the ozone hole will. The instant DDT is banned, aerosols must follow. Global warming is replaced by climate change is replaced by “global weirding.” And what is the solution to these often-contradictory scenarios? We anachronists who retain a bias toward the hard sciences would employ very different measures to prevent a freezing ocean and a boiling one. To an engineer, soldier or plumber, this is obvious. But how do leaders of the environmental left address these opposing doomsdays? By raising taxes, increasing government, impeding capitalism and...
  • Middle Class Must Not Fail or All is Lost

    09/21/2014 5:14:11 PM PDT · by W. · 23 replies
    1974 | Taylor Caldwell
    Middle Class Must Not Fail or All is Lost by Taylor Caldwell With the rise of the Industrial Civilization in the world, about 200 years ago, there also arose a social body which we know as the middle class. Before that, most of the world suffered under a feudal system in which the people were truly slaves of their governments in all things. There was no strong buffer between them and their despotic rulers, no assurance of freedom to pursue commerce and to live decently, to keep the fruits of their labor and hold the paying of tribute at a...
  • Polygamist women dressed 'like ninjas' attack home of witness in Utah sex assault case

    09/21/2014 5:11:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | September 20, 2014 | Jessica Glenza in New York
    Two armed “polygamist women” dressed like “ninjas” were subdued by a sword-wielding man during a home invasion, according to police in suburban Utah. Police said the two women, aged 18 and 22, were attacking the home of a witness and victim in a criminal child sex assault case against a man the women called their “husband”. The women “violently attacked one of the adult males in the house who came to see who was coming,” Ian Adams of the West Jordan police department told the Guardian. “Another adult male joined the fray in defense of the first male victim. He...
  • Racism: From Ferguson To The NBA To You

    09/21/2014 5:01:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 21, 2014 | Todd Essig
    Race has been in the news recently, as it should be more than it is. First the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri captured everyone’s attention, and is still making news. Then a starkly racist email sent by Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson brought back the topic of race relations in the NBA where the owners are mostly white and the players black. And then this week psychologist Jennifer L. Eberhardt won a MacArthur “genius” award for her groundbreaking work on the powerful influence out-of-awareness racial attitudes have in the criminal justice system. Because her research can help us understand troubling news...