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  • houston lgbt mayor has every legal right to prosecute christian churches for political activity

    10/15/2014 5:09:19 AM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 156 replies
    Patton@Bastogne | 2014-10-15 | Patton@Bastogne
    . 2014-10-15 Houston LGBT Mayor has EVERY LEGAL RIGHT to Prosecute Christian Churches for Political Activity First, I (Patton@Bastogne) am a pro-life anti-gay-marriage evangelical Christian. Second, (in today's news story reported by The Houston Chronicle, below) ... I am calling out the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and their attorney Christina Holcomb ... as "Despicable Liars". ADF attorneys KNOW FULL WELL that Churches' "voluntary" acceptance of the IRS 501-C3 "federal contract" means that Christian Churches SURRENDER their rights to ... First Admendment "Free Speech" ... when practiced behind a "tax-exempt church pulpit". Period. I openly challenge the deceptive ADF organization (and...
  • Got an Email from the Republican Party chastising me for not giving.

    10/16/2014 5:32:18 PM PDT · by DH · 57 replies
    Email | 10/16/2014 | Unknown
    From:'info@nrsc.org' David, I'm really disappointed — and worried. I've been counting on your support to end Harry Reid's disastrous control of the U.S. Senate on November 4th. Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Ben Carson, Mike Lee, and John McCain have all taken the time to contact you and ask for your support — but unless my information is wrong we haven't heard from you. We've got less than 20 days until Election Day — I'm not sure what else to do. Are you sure you really want to see Barack Obama's Harry Reid-ruled rubberstamp majority in the Senate continue for two...
  • French Farmers Upset Over Falling Prices, Torch Tax and Insurance Offices, Dump Produce

    09/21/2014 12:52:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    As a direct result of sanctions on Russia, there is an overabundance of fruits and vegetables in France, Spain, Poland, and elsewhere in Europe. Basic law of supply and demand dictates prices of crops would fall. And they did. While most foolishly want to stick it to Russia, few actually are willing to pay the price if it affects them. Here is another case in point: French Farmers Torch Tax Office in Brittany Protest. French vegetable farmers protesting against falling living standards have set fire to tax and insurance offices in town of Morlaix, in Brittany. The farmers used tractors...
  • Suspicions Run Deep in Iraq That C.I.A. and the Islamic State Are United

    09/21/2014 2:44:41 PM PDT · by McGruff · 43 replies
    NY Times ^ | SEPT. 20, 2014 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
    The United States has conducted an escalating campaign of deadly airstrikes against the extremists of the Islamic State for more than a month. But that appears to have done little to tamp down the conspiracy theories still circulating from the streets of Baghdad to the highest levels of Iraqi government that the C.I.A. is secretly behind the same extremists that it is now attacking.
  • Marijuana Demystified: 5 Health Myths Debunked

    08/20/2014 10:40:32 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 266 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | Aug 20, 2014 | Anthony Rivas
    Like it or not, marijuana use has increased exponentially since President Nixon declared a war no drugs in 1971. Today, marijuana — or weed, pot, cannabis, Mary Jane — is the third most popular recreational drug in the United States, behind only alcohol and tobacco. Upward of 24 million people have used it, based on the latest estimates, with 14 million using it regularly. But despite a growing warmth toward the drug, and two states (Washington and Colorado) legalizing its recreational use, there are still some people on the fence about its safety and usefulness. So, to educate you nonbelievers...
  • Ron Paul: Don't Palestinians Have a Right to Defend Themselves Too?

    08/10/2014 7:11:04 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 57 replies
    Ron Paul Institute ^ | August 5, 2014 | RPI
    Ron Paul: Don’t Palestinians Have a Right to Defend Themselves Too? Ron Paul Institute August 5, 2014 Speaking on Voices of Liberty, RPI Chairman and Founder Ron Paul explains that, while he agrees with the often repeated in the media declaration that “Israel has a right to defend herself,” he wonders why more people in the media don’t voice support for Palestinians’ right to defend themselves too. Paul elaborates: And [Israel Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu says 'Don’t second-guess me, don’t push a peace treaty on me because I’m gonna defend this country.' I think Israel absolutely has a right to...
  • #NCSEN: Rasmussen, Rove conspiring to create illusion of Tillis momentum?

    08/09/2014 12:55:53 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    Daily Haymaker ^ | Brant Clifton
    Rasmussen Reports — a polling firm with close ties to Karl Rove and the Bush political organization – has released their “latest” polling on the North Carolina US Senate race. It purports to show Republican Thom Tillis at 45 percent, Kay Hagan at 40 percent, 6 percent for “Other” and 9 percent “Undecided.” (SNIP) The only polls I’ve seen showing Tillis ahead are these Rasmussen surveys, and one from Civitas right after the May primary. Just two days ago, Civitas releases a poll showing Hagan leading Tillis by TWO. Tillis is also woefully behind Hagan in fundraising. And the DC...
  • Over 10,000 killed in Kiev’s punitive op - Ukrainian MPs

    08/08/2014 9:46:41 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 130 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 8-8-2014 | RT
    More than ten thousand people have been killed in Kiev’s punitive operation in southeastern Ukraine since April, said a Ukrainian parliamentary group. The MPs addressed the president urging to declassify information on citizens killed. The Ukrainian parliamentary group “For peace and stability” said on Friday that the figure was given by volunteer groups working in the east of the country, ITAR-TASS reported. “We have estimated that just in the first two weeks of July nearly 2,500 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in the area of the ‘anti-terrorist operation’,” the group said in a statement in the Verhovnaya Rada (Ukraine’s parliament). “The...
  • The Atomic Bomb: It Was Always Right

    08/02/2014 8:08:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 251 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2014 | Larry Provost
    This week Major Theodore Van Kirk, the last surviving Veteran of the Enola Gay that dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan, joined the rest of his comrades. His passing is a reminder of why using the atomic bomb was the right thing. In August 1945 the Allied Powers, led by the United States, were at war with Imperial Japan in the latter days of World War II. Japan would not give up. For every ten thousand Japanese soldiers that were killed by the Allies only a minuscule amount gave up; usually in the single digits. We were at...
  • US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry (Strategic Terror Attack against Israel!)

    07/29/2014 11:23:01 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 34 replies
    AP Big Story ^ | 8-28-2014 | MATTHEW LEE and JULIE PACE
    The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a "misinformation campaign" against the top American diplomat. "It's simply not the way partners and allies treat each other," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. Her comments were echoed by the White House, where National Security Adviser Susan Rice said the U.S. was "dismayed" by mischaracterizations of Kerry's efforts. Israeli media reports have cast Kerry as seeking a cease-fire that is more favorable to Hamas and being...
  • More GOP Lawmakers Shifting to Support Gay Marriage

    07/30/2014 7:49:39 AM PDT · by PlasticMan · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 7/30/14 | Melanie Batley
    Republican lobbyists are working to persuade GOP lawmakers to change their position on same-sex marriage and revise the party's official position that "traditional marriage" is between a man and a woman. Gay marriage advocates say their efforts are paying off as an increasing number of members of the congressional delegation are diverging from the party line, The Hill reported. "The issue is losing its toxicity, from a Republican perspective," Kathryn Lehman, a top GOP lobbyist and partner at Holland & Knight, who helped write the Defense of Marriage Act, told The Hill. She has been visiting dozens of Republican offices...
  • A Righteous Blog Pimp Zot. Yes, Really.

    07/28/2014 10:53:27 AM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 121 replies
    Mod supplied link ^ | July 28, 2014 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    Making controversial statements is nothing new for me. Neither is the reaction that usually follows. But perhaps no other issue causes as much discussion, debate, and condemnation from others than when I present my position on the issue of homosexuality. As a known Christian, I have been told that I MUST think a certain way and that I MUST believe a certain way regarding not only people who are gay, but regarding their entire lifestyle as well.
  • The 65M People Who Voted For Obama,Was It Worth All Of The Chaos,Scandals,Horrific Attacks?

    07/22/2014 3:55:20 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 74 replies
    But I Voted For Obama For "Free Stuff",And I Am Entitled!.So how do these 65.9 Americans feel now that they are indirectly responsible for the horrific events of the last 2 or 3 weeks?,Was the free-stuff worth watching thousands of children suffering and dying trying to cross the border?,Was voting for a liberal worth what happened in the Ukraine along with god knows how many innocent people have died in the mid-east?And now here we are 5.5 years into the Obama Administration and thanks to these 65 Million"Selfish/Greedy" Americans, we are beyond a Nation In Fear!And to think we were...
  • Your iPhone May Be Rigged to Spy on You

    07/21/2014 7:22:14 PM PDT · by eyeamok · 14 replies
    Toms Guide ^ | 7-21-14 | Jill Scharr
    Zdziarksi is certain that these mechanisms, whatever their purpose, are no accident. He has seen them become more complex, and they seem to get as much maintenance and attention as iOS' advertised features. Even as Apple adds new security features, the company may be adding ways to circumvent them.
  • So whatever happened to the deficit?

    07/19/2014 5:47:48 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7-19-2014 | Al Kamen
    Not so long ago the federal deficit was projected to destroy the country, our children’s future and just about everything else. Budget battles shut down the entire government for a couple weeks. How times change. A count by our colleague Alice Crites illustrates how the issue gained media traction – - especially after the Bush/Obama stimulus packages to mitigate Bush’s Great Recession – and how much it’s faded from the front pages. So what happened? Simple answer, of course, is that the deficit is way down and, for now, no longer a big problem.
  • Who I Am, and Why the New Blog

    07/05/2014 10:19:42 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 51 replies
    Norm says No ^ | Norm Matloff
    Hi, Norm Matloff here. I’m a professor of computer science at the University of California, Davis, and formerly was a statistics professor at that university, but I also write about social issues. As the saying goes, “My life is an open book”–you can read the details of my background in my online bio. I’ve written op-eds for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Bloomberg View, CNN and so on. Bloomberg gathers together its op-eds grouped by author; click here to see mine, and thus get an idea of my interests and views. (SNIP) In this blog, my topics will...
  • Israel Uses Matchboxes to Intimidate

    Israel trying to incite Palestinians against Hamas with sweeping raidsIsraeli occupation forces distributed huge quantities of matchboxes at the entrances of mosques and houses in the West Bank city of Nablus in an effort to intimidate residents. Written on the matchbox is a warning: “Hamas is putting the West Bank in flames”. Israel has been on a rampage in the West Bank in recent weeks, supposedly in an effort to look for three kidnapped Israelis. However, observers believe occupation forces are clearly using the kidnappings as an excuse to incite Palestinians against Hamas. Meanwhile, an elderly woman was declared dead...
  • Nearly 70% of Americans favor euthanasia

    06/22/2014 5:18:19 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 99 replies
    Red State ^ | June 20, 2014 | streiff
    When a person has a disease that cannot be cured, do you think doctors should be allowed by law to end the patient’s life by some painless means if the patient and his or her family request it? At first blush, the idea that a euthanasia should be allowed seems to follow a logic. If a person is suffering and wishes to end that suffering then who has the right to tell them no? It is their life, right? Only some troglodyte Bible thumper could possibly deny a person the simple mercy of ending their suffering. In this way it...
  • How Top Spies in Ukraine Changed the Nation's Path [2005 NYTimes article]

    05/03/2014 7:28:40 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 1/17/2005 | C.J. Chivers
    KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 16 - As protests here against a rigged presidential election overwhelmed the capital last fall, an alarm sounded at Interior Ministry bases outside the city. It was just after 10 p.m. on Nov. 28. More than 10,000 troops scrambled toward trucks. Most had helmets, shields and clubs. Three thousand carried guns. Many wore black masks. Within 45 minutes, according to their commander, Lt. Gen. Sergei Popkov, they had distributed ammunition and tear gas and were rushing out the gates. Kiev was tilting toward a terrible clash, a Soviet-style crackdown that could have brought civil war. And then,...
  • US: Price tag attacks against Palestinians ‘largely un-prosecuted

    04/30/2014 10:41:48 PM PDT · by zoharm · 9 replies
    Israel Police spokesman denies claim, says, "The police are working around the clock on this issue."
  • Seven Decades of Nazi Collaboration: America’s Dirty Little Ukraine Secret

    04/24/2014 8:30:18 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 42 replies
    The Nation ^ | Paul H. Rosenberg
    As the Ukrainian crisis has unfolded over the past few weeks, it’s hard for Americans not to see Vladimir Putin as the big villain. But the history of the region is a history of competing villains vying against one another; and one school of villains—the Nazis—have a long history of engagement with the United States, mostly below the radar, but occasionally exposed, as they were by Russ Bellant in his book Old Nazis, the New Right, and the Republican Party (South End Press, 1991). Bellant's exposure of émigré Nazi leaders from Germany's World War II allies in the 1988 Bush presidential campaign...
  • Aftermath of Ukraine Photo Story Shows Need for More Caution (We're sorry for false photos?

    04/24/2014 4:29:54 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | 4/24/2014 (35 minutes ago) | Margaret Sullivan
    The Times led its print edition Monday with an article based in part on photographs that the State Department said were evidence of Russian military presence in popular uprisings in Ukraine. The headline read: "Photos link masked men in East Ukraine to Russia." ... The Times has published a second article backing off from the original [link at URL] and airing questions about what the photographs are said to depict, but hardly addressing how the newspaper may have been misled. ...
  • BBC News - Profile: Ukraine's ultra-nationalist Right Sector

    04/30/2014 10:57:01 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 79 replies
    BBC News Europe ^ | 4/28/2014 | Staff
    <p>The Right Sector played a leading role in January's violent anti-Yanukovych protests in Kiev.</p> <p>The Right Sector is the most radical wing of Ukraine's Maidan protest movement that toppled President Viktor Yanukovych in February.</p> <p>Activists claiming to be Right Sector members were involved in Kiev's Maidan protests [link at URL] from late November but the group did not attract much attention until violent clashes with police in central Kiev on 19 January, in which it played a leading role.</p>
  • Unknown gunmen land from helicopter, attack checkpoint in Donetsk region ("US-made guns"?)

    04/26/2014 9:22:44 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 53 replies
    RT ^ | 4-26-2014 | RT
    Self-defence forces have managed to repel an attack on a checkpoint in Soledar city in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region after unknown assailants landed in a helicopter and attacked in a blitz operation. Over a dozen of gunmen descended from the helicopter and launched an attack on a defense squad guarding a checkpoint near Soledar. As the unknown men attacked, the militia, most of them reportedly unarmed, was forced to retreat. Following the shootout, the attackers have retreated as well, taking one of the defenders hostage, the local self-defense force told RT’s correspondent Paula Slier who is at the scene. There...
  • Scrutiny Over Photos Said to Tie Russia Units to Ukraine (NYT issuing a retraction?

    04/24/2014 12:36:32 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 41 replies
    New York Times ^ | APRIL 22, 2014 | Michael R. Gordon and Andrew E. Kramer
    A collection of photographs that Ukraine says shows the presence of Russian forces in the eastern part of the country, and which the United States cited as evidence of Russian involvement, has come under scrutiny. The photographs were submitted by Ukraine last week to the Organization for Security and Cooperation, an organization in Vienna that has been monitoring the situation in Ukraine. Some of the photographs were also provided by American officials to Secretary of State John Kerry so he could show them when he met in Geneva last Thursday with his counterparts from the European Union, Russia, and Ukraine....
  • FM (Lavrov) vows response if Russians attacked in Ukraine

    04/23/2014 7:36:03 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4-23-2014 | YURAS KARMANAU
    Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday promised a firm response if its citizens or interests come under attack in Ukraine — a vow that came after Ukraine announced a renewal of its "anti-terror" campaign against those occupying buildings in its troubled east. Although Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov did not specifically say Russia would launch a military attack, his comments bolstered wide concern that Russia could use any violence in eastern Ukraine as a pretext for sending in troops. Large contingents of Russian troops — tens of thousands, NATO says — are in place near the Ukrainian border. "Russian citizens being attacked...
  • US court charges 5 haredi men for attacking gay black man in New York

    US court charges 5 haredi men for attacking gay black man in New York
  • Ukraine crisis: What the 'Russian soldier' photos say

    04/23/2014 3:30:35 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 10 replies
    Do they prove anything? What comes across from the photos is that at least one unit of heavily armed, well-equipped, pro-Russian paramilitaries has been operating in the Donetsk region. But it cannot be said for sure that they are actual Russian special forces, as the Ukrainians argue. At the same time, the idea that they might be a local militia from Donetsk is belied by their apparent military professionalism. Russian President Vladimir Putin said last week there were "no Russian units, special services or instructors in the east of Ukraine" but such denials of military involvement ring hollow for many...
  • Firefighters v arsonists: US confirms $5bn spent on 'Ukraine democracy'

    04/23/2014 3:27:07 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 4 replies
    People holding illegal arms and occupying government buildings are perfectly OK, as long as they are permitted to do so, believes Washington’s top diplomat in Europe. But doing exactly the same thing without permission is bad. This piece of infallible logic came from the US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, as she refused to equate the situation in Ukrainian capital, Kiev, in February with the present one in eastern Ukraine. In both cases armed militias have seized buildings and refused to leave. “You can’t compare the situation in Kiev, where now everything that is still being held by protesters...
  • Ukraine rebels brace for new assault as US troops head to region

    04/23/2014 3:11:31 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 41 replies
    Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Pro-Kremlin rebels in Ukraine braced Wednesday for a renewed military offensive by Kiev as US troops headed to region in a show of force after Washington again warned Moscow over the escalating crisis. The United States said it plans to deploy 600 troops to Poland and the Baltic states to "reassure our allies and partners" after threatening Russia with more sanctions. Ukraine's acting president Oleksandr Turchynov late Tuesday ordered a new "anti-terrorist" operation against separatists holding a string of eastern towns after the discovery of two "brutally tortured" bodies. One of the dead was a local...
  • The Truce Is Over: Ukraine President Urges Restart Of Military Action

    04/22/2014 10:15:21 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 86 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 4-22-2014 | Durden
    Ukraine's Acting President Turchynov appears to be calling for an official break in the "truce" deal... -UKRAINE'S TURCHYNOV URGES RESTART OF ANTI-TERRORIST OPERATION -TURCHYNOV SAYS 'TERRORISTS' HOLDING EAST UKRAINE REGION HOSTAGE -TURCHYNOV SAYS EAST UKRAINE SEPARATISTS SUPPORTED BY RUSSIA So much for Joe Biden's peace-keeping salvation mission to Kiev...
  • EU spy chief rules out Russian military presence in Ukraine

    04/16/2014 11:15:12 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 28 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 04-16-2014 | Staff
    There is no large Russian military presence in East Ukraine, head of EU intelligence, Commodore Georgij Alafuzoff, has said. The spy chief has dismissed multiple accusations from the West alleging Russian involvement in the unrest in the region. In an interview with Finnish national news broadcaster, Yle, Alafuzoff said the Russian military had nothing to do with the seizing of government buildings in eastern Ukraine. “In my opinion, it’s mostly people who live in the region who are not satisfied with the current state of affairs,” said Alafuzoff, referring to the situation in East Ukraine. He went on to say...
  • Rand Paul: Let’s get this straight — I’m not for containing Iran

    04/17/2014 7:15:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/17/2014 | AllahPundit
    A new op-ed prompted by his interview with ABC over the weekend, which generated headlines like, “Rand Paul: Don’t dismiss containment option for nuclear Iran.”He’s not for containment, he now says, but nor is he irrevocably against it. What he’s for is strategic ambiguity, not telegraphing your intentions towards a bad actor lest you inadvertently limit your options later. Does America have any recent experience with that? I am not for containment in Iran. Let me repeat that, since no one seems to be listening closely: I am unequivocally not for containing Iran.I am also not for announcing that the...
  • New Ukrainian government pulls a Cyprus and seeks to tax bank accounts

    04/15/2014 10:23:18 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 10 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 3/20/2014 | Kenneth Schortgen, Jr.
    When the Ukrainian people overthrew the duly elected President in late February, the office of Prime Minister was quickly filled by a technocrat, and member of the European banking establishment. Thus it is not surprising when on March 20, the interim Ukrainian government is going ahead with plans that follow the path of Cyprus, and are instituting a tax on bank depositors and account holders, and are bringing the program of bail-ins to the Eastern European country. ... It is not coincidence that the 'Ukrainian Winter' uprising occurred after the government chose to bypass the IMF and the EU, and...
  • US wants to destroy Ukrainian ‘bridge’ between EU and Russia – German intellectuals support Putin

    04/09/2014 11:29:53 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 60 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 04-09-2014 | Staff
    Members of German civil society have written an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, condemning Russophobia in mass media and German political establishment while showing support for Moscow's actions in the ongoing Ukrainian crisis. Retired German Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Jochen Scholz wrote an open letter to the Russian leader in response to the speech Putin made on March 18, 2014 at the reunification of Crimea with Russia. The letter was cosigned by hundreds of Germans including lawyers, journalists, doctors, servicemen, scholars, scientists, diplomats and historians. In that letter the German intellectuals said that Putin’s speech “appealed directly to...
  • It's not Russia that is destabilising Ukraine

    04/08/2014 2:26:00 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 6 replies
    The Gaurdian ^ | 4-7-2014 | Sergri Lavrov
    The profound and pervasive crisis in Ukraine is a matter of grave concern for Russia. We understand perfectly well the position of a country which became independent just over 20 years ago and still faces complex tasks in constructing a sovereign state. Among them is the search for a balance of interests among its various regions, the peoples of which have different historical and cultural roots, speak different languages and have different perspectives on their past and present, and their country's future place in the world. Given these circumstances, the role of external forces should have been to help Ukrainians...
  • Should America Fight World War Three in Order to Defend Estonia?

    04/08/2014 8:57:52 AM PDT · by ComtedeMaistre · 173 replies
    Estonia is a little nation of 1.3 million people, which was made a member of NATO in 2004. Estonia was once a province of the Soviet Union. It has a Russian minority that is 25 percent of the population, and Russia has vowed to protect ethnic Russians if they are subjected to mass violence by the Estonian majority. Did NATO make a wise decision to bring in itty-bitty baltic nations that were once part of the Soviet Union? I can understand the importance of preventing the Soviet Union from being brought back into existence. But the lives of American troops...
  • Democrats Concern Over The Uninsured.Yet,They Are The Primary Cause Of The Crisis.

    04/06/2014 5:25:18 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 9 replies
    This would make for another great issue on conservative talk shows.For the last five or six years the Liberals and Democrats have been pushing for this Universal Health-Care plan.They are so concerned over the uninsured.But are they aware that It's The Democrat Party That Caused All This??.Who Purposely Collapsed The Economy In 2008?,And what happened after the Liberals ruined a perfectly good economy and health-care system during the Bush years?Millions lost their jobs and their health-care!,yet according to them,it's all the fault of Bush and the GOP.Yah,right!,and all Americans are so dumb that they are expected to believe such horse-manure.
  • Obama considers sending anti-aircraft weapons to Syrian opposition

    03/28/2014 9:32:13 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    RT ^ | 3-28-2014 | RT
    President Barack Obama may authorize the shipment of new air defense systems to rebel forces in Syria’s ongoing civil war, a new Associated Press report states. Citing an unnamed US official, the AP stated Obama is mulling over the idea of sending man-portable air-defense systems, also known as MANPADs, to Syrian opposition groups, a move that would mark a notable shift compared to the White House’s past statements. As RT reported last month, the Obama administration has been interested in employing new ways to put pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad and boost the opposing rebels, who have lost ground...
  • Hobby Lobby provided emergency contraceptives before they opposed them

    03/27/2014 12:02:35 PM PDT · by shepardspie33 · 56 replies
    Red Dirt Report ^ | March 27, 2014 | Brian Woodward
    It is quite hard to take the claims by Hobby Lobby seriously. The main drugs in question in the case brought before the Supreme Court are the emergency contraceptives Plan-B and Ella. One huge problem with this situation is that up until 2012, Hobby Lobby provided them as part of their insurance plan. Only when they realized that Obamacare was going to mandate this coverage did they suddenly become interested in not providing these drugs. In their initial complaint to the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, Hobby Lobby stated, “After learning about the current HHS...
  • Crimean chief prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya ‘wanted’ by Ukraine's security service

    03/26/2014 3:03:14 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 78 replies
    RT ^ | 3-26-2014 | RT
    Ukrainian national security service has put Crimea’s chief prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya on its wanted list. She is charged of taking actions aimed at the violent overthrow of constitutional order and takeover of government power. Poklonskaya took the office as Crimea defied the coup-imposed government in Kiev and sought independence from Ukraine. After the peninsula joined the Russian Federation, she was appointed as Crimea's acting chief prosecutor by Russia’s General Prosecutor Yury Chaika. The Ukrainian National Service for Security and Defense accuse her of violating article 109 of the Criminal Code, which deals with overthrow of the government. Poklonskaya became somewhat...
  • Putin’s Approval Rating Rises to 80% – Poll

    03/26/2014 2:20:56 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 31 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 3-26-2014 | Ramil Sitdikov
    Russian President Vladimir Putin's approval rating has reached 80 percent, with a majority of Russians saying the country is heading in the right direction, an independent pollster said Wednesday. A poll by the Levada Center said public support for the Russian leader rose by 8 percent since Putin delivered an address to parliament on Crimea before the predominantly Russian-speaking region rejoined Russia last week. Levada said Putin's approval rating peaked at 85 percent in spring 2008, when Dmitry Medvedev, now prime minister, succeeded him as president. Another poll by Levada last week said a majority of Russians believe their country...
  • Moscow puzzled by some of names on US sanctions list - Putin spokesman

    03/20/2014 12:40:02 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | 3-20-14 | Interfax
    Moscow is studying Washington's list of individuals against whom sanctions were imposed, and already puzzled by some of the names, Russian President's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said. "One can say straight away that we are extremely bewildered by the presence of some names on the list," Peskov said. "So far I cannot say what the reaction is of other people on the US list but Ivanov perceived the news with humor," the president's press secretary said. Ivanov spent 20-odd years serving in the KGB's First Main Directorate and later in the Russian External Intelligence Service, Peskov recalled. "As a result...
  • President Putin mocks US sanctions, vows not to retaliate

    03/21/2014 11:07:32 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    RT ^ | 3-21-2014 | RT
    Vladimir Putin has mocked US sanctions imposed on Russia, saying he will open an account at US-sanctioned Rossiya Bank. During a meeting with the country's senior security officials he added that he won’t introduce a visa regime with Ukraine. Putin treated with irony the recent sanctions imposed on certain Russian lawmakers. “Yes, these are those so-called ‘polite people in camouflage with guns’,” ironically said Putin hinting at Western accusations that Russian soldiers have taken bases in Crimea. “Look at them, typical Moskals [pejorative term for Russians – ED.],” he added, pointing at US sanctioned prominent businessmen Arkady and Boris Rotenberg,...
  • Ukraine Closes Border with Crimea

    03/22/2014 9:53:44 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 20 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 3-23-2014 | Alexander Mazurkevich
    Ukrainian border guards closed the exit from the Republic of Crimea, local authorities said on Saturday. The office of the Crimean Federal District, which was established by President Vladimir Putin on Friday, said that even Ukrainian servicemen who wanted to leave Crimea could not cross the border. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, only 2,000 out of 18,000 Ukrainian troops serving in Crimea decided to leave the peninsula.
  • Ukraine Appoints New(est) Acting Defense Minister

    03/25/2014 2:29:02 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | 3-25-14 | Christopher Brennan
    <p>Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday installed Colonel General Myhaylo Koval as the country's new acting defense minister after approving the resignation of his predecessor, Ihor Tenyukh.</p> <p>Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov had nominated Koval, a 58-year-old military man who has commanded a parachute battalion and served as the deputy head of the State Border Service, after the Ukrainian Rada accepted the resignation of Tenyukh in a second vote on the matter, Interfax reported.</p>
  • ‘Ukrainian’ drone downed above Moldova’s breakaway region

    03/25/2014 4:29:15 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 3 replies
    RT ^ | 3-25-2014 | RT
    ‘Ukrainian’ drone downed above Moldova’s breakaway region A drone has been shot down over Transdniestr, Moldova’s breakaway region, the region’s security service has reported on its website. On March 23, the pilotless aircraft was photographing and videoing the republic. Transdniestr special services recovered the video record from the drone, the statement says. According to preliminary information, the unmanned aircraft was launched from Ukraine’s soil by a group of people allegedly linked to Ukraine’s security service, the Interior Ministry’s General Staff or supporters of ultra-nationalist movement Right Sector for an intelligence-gathering operation. Currently, Transdniestr’s security service is working on the identification...
  • &#1047;&#1040;&#1064;&#1058;&#1054;? WHY? Stories of bombed Yugoslavia (Clinton's Undeclared War)

    03/25/2014 6:58:11 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    RT ^ | 3-24-2014 | RT
    Fifteen years after NATO’s 78-day bombardment of Yugoslavia, memories of the bombing still haunt present-day Serbia. NATO killed over 2,000 people, hundreds were civilians, 88 were children. Serbs ask ‘why?’ above all. Why did NATO smash their cities, kill their children, bomb hospitals and schools? When the NATO bomb campaign began (on March 24th 1999) Jelena Milincic was a student at the University of Belgrade, and just 18 years old. When the first bombs shook Belgrade she cowered under a table with her mother, sister, and best friend. Remembering this 15 years later, they laugh nervously. Jelena takes Anissa Naouai...
  • Kiev Authorities Plan to Crack Down on Maidan Radicals - Source

    03/26/2014 12:08:22 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 3-25-2014 | RIA
    Ukraine’s interim Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has authorized the detention and questioning of the leaders of radical Right Sector party after receiving threats of retaliation for the killing of one of its notorious activists, a ministry’s source said Tuesday. The source said on condition of anonymity that Avakov’s order includes a police sweep of Kiev's Independence Square, known as Maidan, which is still occupied by scores of ultranationalists. “Investigators from the ministry are already working at some of the tents on Maidan,” the source said, adding that a crackdown on Maidan could start later tonight. Ukrainian special forces have gunned...
  • Moscow Demands Ukraine Cease Irresponsible Behavior Threatening Civil Aviation

    03/25/2014 11:58:12 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    RIA ^ | 3-26-2014 | RIA
    MOSCOW, March 26 (RIA Novosti) – Moscow is demanding Ukraine to refrain from irresponsible practices that are threatening the safety of civil aviation, according to a Russian Foreign Ministry statement published on Wednesday. Ukraine’s border control continues to deny Aeroflot crewmembers to leave their airplanes. “Such actions are not in line with international acts and conventions in following the demands for safe flights of international civilian aviation,” the statement reads.