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  • Thousands of federal workers on extended paid leave

    10/20/2014 11:26:34 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 20 2014 | Lisa Rein
    Tens of thousands of federal workers are being kept on paid leave for at least a month — and often for longer stretches that can reach a year or more — while they wait to be punished for misbehavior or cleared and allowed to return to work, government records show. During a three-year period that ended last fall, more than 57,000 employees were sent home for a month or longer. The tab for these workers exceeded $775 million in salary alone. The extensive use of so-called administrative leave continues despite government personnel rules that limit paid leave for employees facing...
  • Big government no solution to helping the poor

    10/20/2014 10:13:47 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/20/14 | Rolf Yungclas
    We need our government to transition social welfare programs to private non-profit organizations that seek their funding directly from the people and the businesses of America, Whenever there is lots of money in a centralized source, there is a need to take extraordinary measures to keep it from being stolen. Yet we have a federal government that is involved in the centralized collection and spending of trillions of dollars that is being run by thieves. These thieves have a system of propagandists and compliant news media that have convinced millions of people that this system is working for the common...
  • Killing Confidence in Our Government

    10/19/2014 11:31:53 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/19/14 | Alan Caruba
    Our confidence in our government must be restored with new leadership. What has been the over-riding theme of life in America since Barack Obama became President in 2008? It has been the continued loss of confidence Americans have regarding various elements of the federal government. From the Centers for Disease Control, the Veterans Administration, the Secret Service, to the Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service, these and other agencies have been tainted in ways that have turned his two terms into a litany of scandals and failures. Obama is a President for whom politics is the sole reason...
  • Team Save USA: Raul Ries / Ben Carson Oct 2014: 1. Repentance 2. New Leaders 3. Speaker 4. Senate

    10/17/2014 10:50:07 PM PDT · by Golden Gate · 5 replies
    Friday October 17, 2014 | Golden Gate
    (Please read before posting.) Informed people know that it is going to take more than just a team of new leaders to save the USA, if it is still possible. It is being said that repentance needs to begin with the Christians, with the Church. Of course, the importance of repentance is relevant to all people. The next purpose of this article is to encourage the American people to see the need for electing the right leaders in all levels of our American government. Responsible citizens are focused on campaigns and the pending results of this November election. When considering...
  • AGs Holder, RFK both share wiretapping legacy

    10/17/2014 5:58:03 AM PDT · by luke1825 · 1 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 10/17 | Peter Lucas
    It is understandable that outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder would hold up Robert F. Kennedy as a role model on how to run the Department of Justice. Kennedy, as President John F. Kennedy's attorney general and brother, believed in the secret bugging and surveillance of Americans accused of no wrongdoing, like Holder does, as well as the assassination of foreign leaders. One of those people kept under close FBI surveillance under Kennedy -- who Holder praised for his civil rights legacy -- was civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., another of Holder's heroes.
  • ObamaCare Does Not Have You Covered

    10/14/2014 9:59:25 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/14/14 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    In the end, we are cutting our throats with government-run health care, as well as asking the federal government into our lives Covered California is the name for the Obamacare exchange in the Golden State. With the large State on the West Coast being dominated by hard left liberal progressive politics, most of the politicians tout the wondrous utopia our country is going to be once the few little bugs that seem to infest the Affordable Care Act are ironed out. We are told the problems with the healthcare law is not the fault of our historical president, mind you....
  • Crony Christianity: Where Christian Organizations Are Funded by Government

    10/13/2014 10:46:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/13/2014 | Lee Cary
    Crony Christianity challenges the separation of Church and State. Crony Christianity is the collaborative arrangement between government and Christian faith-based organizations whereby government funds Christian organizations to deliver goods and services that advance the political agenda of the government. Any government. The crisis surrounding the flood of unaccompanied alien children into the U.S. has promoted crony Christianity. It is a variation of the spider’s web of similar arrangements, spun between businesses and government, that we call crony capitalism. The Players The five players in crony Christianity are: (1) the bureaucrats who run ecclesiastically-related organizations; (2) the church laity aligned with...
  • carelessness helps spread u.s. ebola

    10/13/2014 6:32:53 AM PDT · by shortstop · 13 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 10/13/14 | Bob Lonsberry
    Sloppy gets people killed. We’re learning that in Dallas. In the nation that invented modern health care, we’re learning that our own carelessness and incompetence is losing us its benefits. If you aren’t conscientious, if you don’t pay attention to detail, if you grow lazy and haphazard in the doing of your daily duty, it doesn’t take long for you and your society to slip back into the gutter. The Secret Service has shown us that. So has Texas Health Presbyterian. We killed the African guy, and now we’re about to kill one of our own. Basic incompetence is proving...
  • FBI Chief: Citizens Should Be 'Deeply Skeptical' of Government

    10/12/2014 1:05:01 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 39 replies
    News Max ^ | 08/11/14 | Todd Beamon
    Americans should be "deeply skeptical" of government power, says FBI Director James Comey, adding that law enforcement should be able to access someone's telephone only with a court order, "I believe that Americans should be deeply skeptical of government power," Comey told CBS News' Scott Pelley in an interview for "60 Minutes" that will air on Sunday. "You cannot trust people in power. "The Founders knew that," he said. "That’s why they divided power among three branches, to set interest against interest." Comey, 53, who became FBI chief in September 2013, cautioned that courts must grant law-enforcement agencies permission to...
  • Many flights from Ebola-hit countries bypass special screening

    10/10/2014 1:26:14 PM PDT · by illiac · 19 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 10/10/14 | Russ Britt
    LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) — Is the U.S. Ebola screening effort really just a public-relations ploy? Health officials say beefed-up defenses in five U.S. airports mean they will screen 94% of passengers flying in from Ebola-hit countries. But a check of airlines schedules shows that even if that figure is correct, a significant number of flights will bypass that extra security. Dr. Joseph McCormick, professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health and former CDC official specializing in viral diseases, says the efforts seem to be the result of public pressure. “I think that the screening program is, to...
  • WHITEKER: Tracking Texas’ education spending

    10/10/2014 7:26:19 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 2 replies
    Lufkin News ^ | 10/08/2014 | MARY ANN WHITEKER
    Moak Casey & Associates released their newest version of “Tracking the Education Dollar in Texas Public Schools” on behalf of the Texas Association of School Administrators and Texas Association of School Boards. Contrary to public school critics, the 2013 school expenditures reflected 60.8 percent of the $52.4 billion in state funds were spent on direct instruction for the 4.9 million children in Texas public schools. Direct instruction includes teacher salaries and benefits, instructional materials, teacher aides and librarians. Add another 21.4 percent for instructional support, which includes principals, counselors, and nurses. Approximately 14.9 percent of a district’s funds provide transportation,...
  • The lingo conceals the lies

    10/10/2014 7:09:31 AM PDT · by relictele · 3 replies
    Daily Express (UK) ^ | 10 Oct 2014 | Frederick Forsyth
    LANGUAGE matters and every day our lives are governed by things we are told. And language means the use of words. That is why propaganda is the first weapon of the dictator - the power to bend the real meaning of words in order to bend the listener/reader's mind. The two weapons of the propagandist are the misnomer (the wrong word with the wrong meaning) and the euphemism (the wimp that dare not say what it really means.) Way out in the lead for both categories is the BBC. Listen to the news and you'll see what I mean. The...
  • Poll: Florida Hispanic voters strongly back Charlie Crist, Medicaid expansion

    10/09/2014 10:02:32 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 44 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Marc Caputo
    Democrat Charlie Crist holds a sizable 53-29 percent lead over Gov. Rick Scott among Hispanic voters, according to a new poll that indicates this fastest growing segment of the electorate doesn’t like Republican positions on immigration, Medicaid and the minimum wage.
  • Here’s how every college student can graduate debt-free (MSM proposes FREE tuition like Germany)

    10/08/2014 6:57:16 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 68 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | Oct. 7, 2014 | Rick Newman
    For decades, free high-school education helped strengthen the middle class and generate prosperity. So isn’t it time to extend the same thinking to college? The idea might seem impractical, since college costs more than high school and higher education isn’t for everybody in the first place. Yet it’s also obvious that a high school education alone isn’t nearly as valuable as it used to be, which is why some researchers and policymakers are now studying ways to make college as accessible as high school for those who want it. College is free in Scandinavian countries and highly subsidized in much...
  • Trust in Government is Pathological

    10/07/2014 11:14:47 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 7, 2014 | Christopher Chantrill
    This last weekend the Sunday shows had a “trust in government” theme. Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press" asked Obama advisor Dan Pfeiffer why the government of the email-losing IRS, of no strategy on ISIS, of border mayhem could be trusted on Ebola. On Fox News Sunday Chris Wallace threw a slow hanging pitch to George Will so he could hit it out of the ball park. Said Wallace: [W]ith growing concerns over Ebola, the Secret Service and the VA and IRS scandals, can we trust the federal government to do its job?
  • Disenfranchising the American Dream: An NLRB ruling could take down an engine of economic growth

    10/07/2014 7:01:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/07/2014 | Lee Habeeb & Mike Leven
    Dawn Lafreeda began working at Denny’s when she was 16, making her way up from hostess to waitress. In 1984, at the age of 23, she bought her first store. She now owns over 70. “When I was a kid, I told myself that I was going to be self-employed when I grew up and have a better life and have the things I’d never had,” she told Entrepreneur magazine this past summer. Franchising was Dawn’s ticket to a better life. She’s not alone. Franchising has been a successful business model for Americans wanting to own their own businesses and...
  • America's Missing Wealth: The Real Cost of Government Will Stun You

    10/07/2014 6:44:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/07/2014 | Rich Karlgaard
    “COMPOUND INTEREST is the eighth wonder of the world.” Did Albert Einstein say this? He should have. It’s true. Few grasp compounding’s power. Or they do, but the need for quick gratification overwhelms their good sense. On the radio someone asks Dave Ramsey, the money guru with an avid following among the heartland’s middle class, whether it’s okay to take out a payday loan for special occasions. “Like what?” asks Ramsey. “Um, tickets to the state fair,” the caller answers. Now, understand that Ramsey is a debt hawk who hates credit cards. The idiocy of taking out a usurious payday...
  • Unemployment truthers see new conspiracy

    10/06/2014 9:35:05 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 52 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 10/06/14 | Steve Benen
    <p>Two years ago this week, the nation’s unemployment dipped below 8% for the first time since the start of the Great Recession. Almost immediately, Republicans were outraged – the good news couldn’t be real, they said, but rather must be the result of an elaborate conspiracy.</p>
  • There's A Huge Difference In Public Sector Jobs Under Obama Vs. The Presidents Who Came Before Him

    10/06/2014 8:32:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/06/2014 | Joe Weisenthal
    If you think the Obama administration has been characterized by a big expansion of government employment, you're wrong.Bill McBride at Calculated Risk has updated his charts of public sector payrolls under President Barack Obama and his recent predecessors.Calculated Risk As you can see, it's not even close.Obama in the dark blue line has seen a sustained and violent slump in public sector employment since he became president, and we're not even close to closing the gap.Reagan had a brief decline in public sector employment, but it came back fast. All the other presidents saw only gains on this measure.
  • (Vanity) So...What do YOU think the outcome of the Ebola scare will be?

    10/03/2014 7:11:47 PM PDT · by hoagy62 · 123 replies
    10-3-14 | Hoagy62
    Okay...I have been reading many of the Ebola-related threads. This crap scares me, as I'm sure it scares many of you. I have seen posts that say this is going to spread due to the administration's incompetence. I have also seen posts that say it will spread due to the desire for the country's destruction by the same administration. This thread is to find out what you think the outcome is going to be. Martial law? Death on a massive scale? Suspension of elections and/or the Constitution? Will there be a public backlash? Or do you think it's going to...
  • Louis Farrakhan claims Ebola invented by feds to kill blacks

    10/03/2014 9:03:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/03/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Well, that didn’t take long. Adding Ebola to his list of evil white plots against blacks, including AIDS, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has claimed it was an invention to kill blacks.Warner Todd Huston writes at Breitbart: In a new missive, Farrakhan wrote that Henry Kissinger created a plan in 1974 to kill black people and now Ebola and AIDS are weapons being used to fulfill that policy. Farrakhan told followers that Kissinger said in 1974: "Depopulation should be the highest priority of foreign policy towards the Third World." Farrakhan went on to claim that "bio-weapons such as Ebola and AIDS"...
  • Detention center worker sues over termination

    10/03/2014 8:06:47 AM PDT · by redreno · 8 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 10/02/2014 | CARRI GEER THEVENOT
    A former detention assistant contends she was fired by the Clark County Department of Juvenile Justice Services for complaining about excessive force against a juvenile inmate. Kisha Norman of Las Vegas filed an employment discrimination lawsuit Thursday against the department and its assistant manager of detention, Patrick Schreiber, who fired her in April 2013. “Norman was not wanted because she was not part of the racist culture inside DJJS that accepted, condoned and ratified excessive force against juveniles,” the federal lawsuit alleges. In an email Thursday, spokesman Erik Pappa said the county does not comment on pending litigation. According to...
  • Canada Health Covers Up Airborne Ebola Facts

    10/02/2014 8:03:40 AM PDT · by Scooter100 · 40 replies
    Health Canada apparently changing the facts about the nature of the Ebola virus.
  • JIMMY CARTER: 'I Could Have Wiped Iran Off The Map'

    10/01/2014 1:35:34 PM PDT · by illiac · 69 replies
    MSN ^ | 8/29/2014 | Hunter Wlaker
    Former President Jimmy Carter marked his 90th birthday Wednesday with a lengthy interview on CNBC Meets where he discussed his one term in office and the one thing he would have handled differently — the Iran Hostage Crisis. Carter suggested Operation Eagle Claw, a failed 1980 attempt to rescue the hostages taken by Iranian revolutionaries at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, could have been successful if he committed one more helicopter to the mission. "I think I would have been re-elected easily if I had been able to rescue our hostages from the Iranians," said Carter. "And everybody asks me...
  • Exclusive: America’s Allies Almost Bombed in Syrian Airstrikes

    09/30/2014 12:51:59 PM PDT · by illiac · 10 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 9/30/14 | Josh Rogin
    The White House says it wants to work with Syria’s moderate rebels. But warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition came awfully close to striking one of their HQs. Last week, an airstrike from the American-led coalition nearly hit a command-and-control facility affiliated with the Free Syrian Army, the moderate rebels the Obama administration says are America’s “boots on the ground,” according to two opposition leaders. They are asking the Obama administration to please coordinate with them in the future before America bombs its only allies in Syria. Since U.S. airstrikes against ISIS in Syria began on Sept. 22, there has been...
  • Is Barack Obama's life safe in the Secret Service's hands?

    09/30/2014 10:26:54 AM PDT · by illiac · 94 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 0/30/14 | Raf Sanchez
    A knife-wielding intruder allowed to run rampant through the first floor of the White House. Bullets that struck the window of Barack Obama's private residence but went unnoticed for days. A presidential bodyguard so drunk he passed out in hallway of a hotel. These are just some of the recent incidents that have shaken confidence in the Secret Service, the elite agency assigned to protect Mr Obama, his family and the White House. On Tuesday, Julia Pierson, the Secret Service's director, will face a grilling from members of Congress and a battle to convince them that her agents are up...
  • B of A Demands "Source of Wealth" Information from Former AZ Senators, Then Backpedals

    09/30/2014 9:00:55 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 26 replies
    Prescott News ^ | Monday, 29 September 2014 | Lynne LaMaster
    Larry and Linda Gray were surprised to get the letters from their bank asking for additional information about their financial affairs. They were offended when they saw what information was requested. So, they went to see their local BofA branch, toting the letter with them. The Assistant Manager Lucas Flood said he had not ever seen a letter like this, but after he made a few phone calls, he told the Grays that yes, it was legitimate. The accompanying letter explains, "Due to the prominent nature of your occupation or position held currently or in the past, we now require...
  • Report: Obama Has Missed over Half His Second-Term Daily Intel Briefings

    09/30/2014 8:18:14 AM PDT · by illiac · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/29/14 | Wynton Hall
    A new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) report reveals that President Barack Obama has attended only 42.1% of his daily intelligence briefings (known officially as the Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB) in the 2,079 days of his presidency through September 29, 2014. The GAI report also included a breakdown of Obama’s PDB attendance record between terms; he attended 42.4% of his PDBs in his first term and 41.3% in his second. The GAI’s alarming findings come on the heels of Obama’s 60 Minutes comments on Sunday, wherein the president laid the blame for the Islamic State’s (ISIS) rapid rise squarely at...
  • "Equal Pay for Equal Work?" Government Has No Idea What That is

    09/30/2014 7:04:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/30/2014 | Selwyn Duke
    “Equal pay for equal work!” the mantra goes. “Women get only 73 cents on a man’s dollar!” These are oft-heard slogans, and we may well hear them again during the fall campaign with the War on Women afoot. Now, going beyond the rhetoric, it’s not widely known but nonetheless true that the intersex pay gap is attributable to different career choices men and women make: women tend to choose less lucrative fields (e.g., soft sciences instead of hard ones), work shorter hours even when “full time,” are more likely to value personal fulfillment and job flexibility over money, are more...
  • We need a new constitution: How we save American democracy from charlatans, loudmouths & the 1%

    09/29/2014 12:26:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Salon ^ | September 27, 2014 | Professors Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg
    The most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll says that a clear-cut majority is disgusted with the present political scene and retains little hope that future generations will fare as well as we have. As candidates get down and dirty in the lead-up to midterm elections, 60 percent say the country is in a general state of decline. A mere 19 percent of those polled have a favorable opinion of Republicans in Congress; their Democratic colleagues (or “colleagues”) poll at 31 percent. But the most remarkable number is 79: that’s the percentage of the politicized public that presently voices its discontent...
  • Don’t Burn Food for Fuel – As Seen on National Geographic

    09/27/2014 1:10:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | September 26, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    At the risk of inviting all the usual charges of being politically incorrect, I once again put before you the strange practice of burning food for fuel. The video at the bottom of the post details some of the human costs associated with the increasing use of corn, grains, and other crops for fuel.There is a tendency for environmentalists of our time to think very narrowly about their issues. It is a praiseworthy thing to seek to reduce pollutants and other things that have negative environmental impacts. The Catechism summons us to good stewardship of the earth, the environment, and...
  • Forum on Ferguson violence highlights mayors’ conference in Sacramento (With Benjamin Crump!)

    09/26/2014 3:51:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Sacramento Bee's City Beat ^ | September 26, 2014 | Ryan Lillis
    Mayor Kevin Johnson will convene a two-day forum of the U.S. Conference of Mayors this weekend in Sacramento that will include a session discussing the response to the violence in Ferguson, Mo. The attorney representing the family of Michael Brown, the young man killed by police in Ferguson in August, will be part of the panel discussion. Attorney Benjamin Crump also represents the family of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager shot in 2012 by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla....
  • How letting my kid play alone outside led to a CPS investigation

    09/26/2014 8:51:48 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 39 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 25 September 2014 05:22 PM | KARI ANNE ROY
    But what I want to talk about are children who don’t feel safe outside — not because of stranger-danger or threat of immediate injury, but because the police will be called if they’re just playing like we played when we were young. What will members of the Always On Screens Generation be like when they’re adults?
  • Audit: Texas Enterprise Fund gave out $222M with no strings attached

    09/25/2014 8:01:35 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 12 replies
    Dallas Business Journal ^ | 09/25/2014 | Michael Theis
    An independent audit of the Texas Enterprise Fund has found that roughly $222 million doled out from the fund went to companies that submitted no applications or made no promises to create jobs. The fund has been highly touted over the years by Gov. Rick Perry, who has said it was an invaluable tool to bring jobs to Texas and to stem the flow of jobs that might otherwise have left the state.The audit, conducted by the Texas State Auditor's Office, was the first time the Texas Enterprise Fund's activities were reviewed by an outside agency. Among its findings, the...
  • Of White House mice and menus

    09/23/2014 12:03:01 PM PDT · by luke1825 · 1 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 9/22 | peter lucas
    I was not among the group of distinguished newspaper columnists who dined with President Barack Obama at the White House the other night. I thought it strange to be left out, since I have been around covering politics longer -- and for more newspapers -- than most of the people who attended the event. Maybe the president never got around to reading my column or, more to the point, maybe he did. Or it could be that, although I have been called many things, distinguished is not one of them. Still, it is not as though I've been a stranger...
  • Government Scientists Try to Take the Stink Out of Pig Manure

    09/19/2014 6:43:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/18/14 | Mark Peters - WSJ
    PEORIA, Ill.— Terry Whitehead's lab here is stocked with glass boiling flasks, Bunsen burners—and cans of extra-strength air freshener. The microbiologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture works with pig manure in a quest for something that has largely eluded scientists and entrepreneurs: an affordable way to clear the air in farm country. In a region where hogs can outnumber people, Mr. Whitehead's research is the ultimate icebreaker. "First, you say, 'I work with manure,' and they say, 'What?' Then you say, 'Odor,' and they say, 'Thank God,' " says the lanky 57-year-old, who recently attended the North American Manure...
  • Government Insider Warned of HealthCare.gov Security Risks: ‘I Am Tired of the Cover Ups’

    09/18/2014 7:06:02 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 2 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 9/18/2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Government insiders who flagged security issues prior to the launch of HealthCare.gov were right to be concerned. That’s according to a new audit by the Government Accountability Office, which concluded that security weaknesses are putting “the sensitive personal information” contained by HealthCare.gov and its related systems at risk. As the Obama administration prepared to launch the website last fall, one of those insiders voiced concern about the vulnerabilities and complained about “cover ups” masking the severity of the problems.
  • U.S. Government Funding Anti-Israel, Anti-Semitic, Anti-American School Programs

    09/17/2014 10:59:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 9/17/14 | Adam Kredo
    Federal taxpayer funds continue to flow to a slew of U.S. universities that are spending the cash on programs that promote anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, and anti-American viewpoints, according to a large group of Jewish and civil rights organizations that are now pushing Congress to rectify what they call a systemic problem. Taxpayer funds have been allocated to universities under Title VI of the Higher Education Act (HEA) since 1965. However, Congress and the Education Department have exerted little oversight, leading these funds to be spent on biased educational programs that promote radical views about Israel and even America, according to the...
  • Several Arab countries offer to join air campaign on Islamic State, say U.S. officials

    09/14/2014 8:39:07 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    Reuters via News Gnome ^ | Sunday 14.09.2014 | Jason Szep
    <p>PARIS (Reuters) – Several Arab countries have offered to join the United States in air strikes against Islamic State targets, U.S. officials said on Sunday, indicating a possible widening of the air campaign against militants who have seized parts of Iraq and Syria.</p>
  • Families of beheaded US reporters warned not to pay ransoms

    09/14/2014 2:00:47 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 22 replies
    MSN News ^ | September 14, 2014 | MSN News
    The families of two journalists beheaded by Islamic State jihadists were both warned by US government officials they could face prosecution if they raised a ransom for their release. The recent executions of James Foley and Steven Sotloff by Islamic State (IS) extremists triggered worldwide revulsion and Washington has since declared it is at war with the radicals. The United States has a policy of never paying ransoms, contending that doing so would endanger Americans all over the world. Late Friday, a spokesman for Sotloff's family said the murdered journalist's parents were told by a White House counterterrorism official last...
  • Elections in Sweden Could Destroy 20 Years of Progress

    09/10/2014 2:28:12 PM PDT · by SovereignSociety · 20 replies
    The Sovereign Investor ^ | September 9th, 2014 | Jeff Opdyke
    I’m sure you’re familiar with the famous quip, erroneously attributed to Einstein: Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results. Well, this Sunday, Swedish voters have the chance to go insane — or to prove that they learned their lesson the first time around.Swedes are going to the polls on Sunday to elect a new government. And there is a very real chance — let’s call it what it is: a very real risk — that the country’s former government, the Social Democrats, will reclaim ultimate power in the Nordic nation.If so, the change in leadership would...
  • GOP governors' cave-in on Medicaid is shortsighted

    09/10/2014 9:46:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/10/2014 | Philip Klein
    <p>As heavy lobbying by the hospital industry intersects with immediate political considerations, a growing number of Republican governors are caving in to Medicaid expansion through President Obama’s healthcare law.</p> <p>In the process, they are imposing massive and unnecessary financial burdens on taxpayers.</p>
  • 11 ways to know when you live in a country run by idiots

    09/09/2014 7:56:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Fellowship of the Minds ^ | 09/09/2014 | Dr. Eowyn
    The original title of the essay below is “Food For Thought,” its author is said to be Junius P. Long.America: A Country Run by Idiots 1. If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for being in the country illegally, you live in a country run by idiots.2. If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion, you live in a country run by idiots.3. If you have to show identification to board an airplane, cash...
  • New WaPo/ABC News poll: Majority thinks Obama is failing at just about everything

    09/09/2014 3:22:44 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/09/14 | Robert Laurie
    Ugly news for the President and his party... Here we go. As we get closer to November, we’re going to see more and more polling and - at least so far - most of it is looking pretty ugly for Democrats. Today’s numbers come to us from a new Washington Post / ABCNews poll. For the most part, it’s chock full of bad news for the Dems. However, the GOP shouldn’t be in celebratory mode just yet. First up, we have the President’s terrible approval ratings. As you can see, the numbers are dismal.
  • High School Grounds Crew Mows Artificial Turf! D'oh!

    09/04/2014 9:42:47 AM PDT · by Morgana · 52 replies
    WOWKTV ^ | Bryan Hughes, Meteorologist
    What will go down in high school football history, a grounds crew in Maryland mowed the artificial turf. Wouldn't it smell like something is burning? Maybe just look wrong?
  • AP Seems Stunned That Japan's Economy Is Shrinking After Huge Tax Hike

    09/08/2014 10:54:11 AM PDT · by xzins · 29 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 8 Sep 14 | Tom Blumer
    The smug self-confidence of financial analysts and writers who predicted that Japan's monstrous sales tax increase would have no long-term effect on its economy should be severely shaken. An Associated Press report tonight by business writer Elaine Kurtenbach tells readers that the Land of the Rising Sun's economy "contracted at a larger than earlier estimated annual rate of 7.1 percent in April-June, as companies and households slashed spending following a tax hike." This means that the "experts" who assured everyone that the second-quarter contraction would be smaller than or merely offset the brisk first-quarter expansion of 6 percent were horribly wrong. The...
  • L.A.T. Reporter Cleared Stories with CIA before Publication

    09/08/2014 5:24:53 AM PDT · by Izzy Dunne · 10 replies
    The INTERCEPT ^ | 4 Sep 2014 | KEN SILVERSTEIN
    A prominent national security reporter for the Los Angeles Times routinely submitted drafts and detailed summaries of his stories to CIA press handlers prior to publication, according to documents obtained by The Intercept. [... ] It appears the agency did push back. On May 2, 2012, he emailed the CIA a new opening to the story with a subject line that asked, “does this look better?”
  • Discarded Children Still Bring in Subsidy Checks for the Adoptive Parents Who Tossed Them Aside

    09/02/2014 12:03:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, September 2, 2014 | Nick Nehamas
    Hundreds of adoptive parents in New York City who've sent their children to live elsewhere continue to get monthly government subsidies of up to $1,700 per child. They can continue receiving the checks until the child turns 21 years old.They gave up on their “hard-to-place" adopted kids — but not on the government check intended for the discarded kids’ care. Hundreds of adoptive parents across the five boroughs who've sent their children to live elsewhere are continuing to pull in monthly checks of up to $1,700 per child while the city, state and feds look the other way, the Daily...
  • U.S. Identifies Citizens Joining Rebels in Syria

    08/28/2014 7:29:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/28/2014 | By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON — American intelligence and law enforcement agencies have identified nearly a dozen Americans who have traveled to Syria to fight for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the militant group that the Obama administration says poses the greatest threat to the United States since Al Qaeda before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. As ISIS has seized large expanses of territory in recent months, it has drawn more foreign men to Syria, requiring more American and European law enforcement resources in the attempt to stop the flow of fighters, senior American officials said. And as a result of the...
  • How Democrats might goad the GOP into shutting down the government

    08/27/2014 1:38:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    The Week ^ | 08/27/2014 | Marc Ambinder
    President Obama is expected to announce by mid-September whether he will circumvent a recalcitrant Congress and press ahead with immigration reform on his own terms. "Executive action," as it's come to be known, could be as robust and consequential as providing de-facto earned amnesty for millions of undocumented immigrants now living in the shadows. That decision would reverberate widely. Democrats have usually been afraid that if Obama decided to showcase the apogee of presidential power, the counter-reaction among conservatives and revanchists would cost Democrats an intolerably high political price. Now, though, after all the midterm primaries are done, as the...