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  • Scientist ‘Terrified’ About Experiments He Himself Created to Curb Global Warming

    11/26/2014 12:46:52 PM PST · by Twotone · 38 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Nov. 26, 2014 | Liz Klimas
    A British scientist whose research focuses on projects that could alter Earth's environment in drastic ways in an effort to curb or mitigate the effects of global warming admitted that the idea itself “terrifies” him.
  • Report: Immigration Amnesty Will Cost American Taxpayers $2 TRILLION ($40B/year over 50 yrs)

    11/24/2014 3:32:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Nov. 24, 2014 12:58 pm
    The president’s immigration amnesty will cost $2 trillion—about $40 billion a year—over the next 50 years, the Heritage Foundation projects. The total equates to a $22,000 tax on every American who has a four-year college degree, 30¢ extra for every gallon of gas, or $10 a month tacked onto every cell phone bill. …
  • Obama: ‘Minority Communities Typically Are Subject to More Crime’

    11/24/2014 6:49:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 24, 2014 - 7:33 AM | Susan Jones
    “[M]inority communities typically are subject to more crime,” and “they need law enforcement more than anybody,” President Obama told ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday. […] “You know, in the end, what I have confidence in is that if we do a better job of training our law enforcement to be sensitive to the concerns of minority communities, then over time, trust can be built, in part because minority communities typically are subject to more crime. “They need law enforcement more than anybody, and there are a lot of communities in my hometown of Chicago, for example, who...
  • Obama: Americans want ‘new car smell’ in 2016

    11/23/2014 7:38:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 23, 2014 9:41 AM EST
    President Barack Obama says he wants a Democrat in the White House in 2016 and is pledging to do everything possible to help that nominee succeed. At the same time, Obama says the public wants that “new car smell” when it comes to the next presidential campaign. In an interview broadcast Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Obama says: “They want to drive something off the lot that doesn't have as much mileage as me.” …
  • Clinton says Obama on firm ground on immigration

    11/19/2014 6:51:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 19, 2014 9:48 PM EST | Ken Thomas
    Former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday noted that previous U.S. presidents have issued some type of executive order on immigration, suggesting his Democratic successor was on “pretty firm legal ground.” The former president spoke on the eve of President Barack Obama’s scheduled announcement of executive actions to spare as many as 5 million immigrants from being deported from the U.S. Clinton said during an event honoring the magazine The New Republic that it was part of a larger debate about the nation’s role around the globe. “As far as I can tell, every president in the modern era has issued...
  • Gruber Got 24 Times the Average ‘Stupid’ American’s Salary for Obamacare Work

    11/18/2014 5:14:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 18, 2014 - 3:58 PM | Brittany M. Hughes
    According to government data, the nearly $6 million in confirmed taxpayer dollars that Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber was paid from 2009 to 2014—about $1 million per year—is roughly 24 times the average salary earned by full-time American workers in the same general time frame. The average annual full-time U.S. salary was about $41,600 in those years, which multiplied 24 times is $998,400, or nearly $1 million a year. Gruber, who became famous last week from a video in which he admitted Obamacare was passed due to a “lack of transparency” and “the stupidity of the American voter,” has received at...
  • 'Guardian' deletes reference to Palestinians, CNN labels synagogue 'mosque'

    11/18/2014 5:33:45 AM PST · by SJackson · 14 replies
    From mistaking the Har Nof synagogue where Tuesday's terror attack took place for a mosque, to deleting references to Palestinian perpetrators, some of the international media continued to report on the events in Israel in an eyebrow-raising manner on Tuesday. The website of British newspaper The Guardian ran a story about the attack from Reuters. The wire dispatch the agency sent included the headline 'Palestinians kill four in Jerusalem synagogue attack' and led with the sentence: ''Two Palestinians armed with a meat cleaver and a gun killed four people in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday before being shot dead by...
  • House Democrats re-elect Pelosi as minority leader

    11/18/2014 10:08:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 18, 2014 11:31 AM EST | Alan Fram
    Democrats re-elected Rep. Nancy Pelosi to another two-year term as House minority leader on Tuesday, two weeks after elections in which the party lost at least a dozen seats in the chamber. In a closed-door meeting of House Democrats, Pelosi was re-elected by voice vote in a race in which she faced no challenger. The California Democrat has been party leader in the chamber since 2003, including four years in which she was the first female House speaker. No. 2 House Democrat Steny Hoyer of Maryland and the party’s other top leaders also were re-elected without a challenge. …
  • New Study: Brains of Right Wingers May Actually be Less Highly Evolved! (Projectile Vomit Alert)

    11/16/2014 9:02:43 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 63 replies
    Americans Against The Tea Party ^ | 11-12-2014 | Sky Palma
    According to a recent study out of Virginia Tech, a team of scientists have found that the way a person responds to disgusting images can reveal their political leanings. Maggots, rotting carcasses, gross gunk in the kitchen sink – all these were used in the research, and the results were pretty astonishing. “Disgusting images generate neural responses that are highly predictive of political orientation even when those neural responses don’t correspond with an individual’s conscious reaction to the images,” said Read Montague, a Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute professor who led the study. “Remarkably, we found that the brain’s response...
  • Hagel to order nuke force overhaul to fix failures

    11/13/2014 10:52:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 13, 2014 10:42 PM EST | Robert Burns
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has concluded that problems in the nation’s nuclear forces are rooted in a lack of investment, inattention by high-level leaders and sagging morale, and is ordering top-to-bottom changes, vowing to invest billions of dollars to fix the management of the world’s most deadly weapons, two senior defense officials told The Associated Press on Thursday. Hagel ordered two lengthy reviews of the nuclear force after a series of stories by the AP revealed numerous problems in management, morale, security and safety, leading to several firings, demotions and other disciplinary actions against a range of Air Force personnel...
  • Report: Major federal lab misused contract funds

    11/12/2014 3:39:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 12, 2014 5:50 PM EST | Susan Montoya Bryan
    Managers at one of the nation’s premier federal laboratories improperly used taxpayer funds to influence members of Congress and other officials as part of an effort to extend the lab’s $2.4 billion management contract, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General said in a report Wednesday. A review of documents determined that Sandia National Laboratories formed a team and worked with consultants beginning in 2009 to develop a plan for securing a contract extension without having to go through a competitive process. That plan called for lobbying Congress, trying to influence key advisers to then-Energy Secretary Steven Chu...
  • School tells kids: Stop praying to Jesus, singing Amazing Grace (Colorado Springs)

    11/11/2014 6:57:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 66 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 10, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Christian students at a Colorado public high school were told they could no longer meet to pray, sing religious songs or discuss religious topics during free time – because such activity violated the U.S. Constitution, a lawsuit filed in federal court alleges. Chase Windebank is a senior at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs. Three years ago he started meeting together informally with his classmates for prayer and religious fellowship. The young people would meet in an unoccupied choir room to sing songs like “Amazing Grace” and discuss the issues of the day from a religious perspective. But all...
  • Once Again… Obama Bows to Chinese President (Video)

    11/10/2014 9:35:52 PM PST · by Nachum · 70 replies
    The Gateway Punidt ^ | 11/10/14 | Jim Hoft
    What is it with this guy?Obama bowed to Chinese President Xi JinPing today. Obama greets Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in China.Obama bowed to the last Chinese leader too.
  • Cable stocks fall after Obama backs Net Neutrality

    11/10/2014 4:31:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 10, 2014 6:01 PM EST | Ken Sweet
    Cable company stocks fell sharply Monday after President Obama called for the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify Internet access as a utility. If the FCC were to approve the White House’s recommendations, the Internet would be regulated like other utilities such as electricity, water and telephone services. The White House is calling for an “explicit ban” on deals between broadband Internet providers and online services like Netflix, Amazon or YouTube to move their content faster, a potential new source of revenue for cable companies. While the FCC is an independent agency, Obama’s statement could put political pressure on FCC commissioners...
  • GOP wave decimates Democratic bench

    11/10/2014 4:11:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 10, 2014 6:47 PM EST | Michelle Rindels and Nicholas Riccardi
    Lucy Flores was a candidate with a life story straight out of Hollywood—one of 13 children who grew up in a rough Las Vegas neighborhood, a former gang member who straightened out, went to law school, became a state legislator and now was running for lieutenant governor. She earned glowing profiles in the national press. Last week, however, Flores was crushed in the lieutenant governor’s race, doomed by dismal Democratic turnout that also toppled many of this state's diverse slate of rising young Democrats. […] “It was a bad environment for Democrats this year,” Flores said in an interview Friday....
  • Massachusetts town weighs nation’s 1st tobacco ban (Westminster)

    11/09/2014 4:25:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 9, 2014 2:23 PM EST | Amy Crawford
    The cartons of Marlboros, cans of Skoal and packs of Swisher Sweets are hard to miss stacked near the entrance of Vincent’s Country Store, but maybe not for much longer: All tobacco products could become contraband if local health officials get their way. This sleepy central Massachusetts town of 7,700 has become an improbable battleground in America’s tobacco wars. On Wednesday, the Board of Health will hear public comment on a proposed regulation that could make Westminster the first municipality in the United States to ban sales of all tobacco products within town lines. …
  • Owner of Mexican restaurant 'Illegal Pete's' won't change name 'offensive to immigrants' ...

    11/09/2014 3:59:17 PM PST · by EveningStar · 49 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | November 8, 2014 | Alexandra Klausner and Charlene Adams
    Owner of Mexican restaurant 'Illegal Pete's' won't change name 'offensive to immigrants' because it memorializes his father who died of cancer A Mexican restaurant owner says he won't change the name of his establishment some community members find offensive to illegal immigrants. The restaurant in Denver, Colorado has been named Illegal Pete's for many years and owner Pete Turner says the name wasn't meant to offend and was named after his rambunctious father with whom he shared a name.
  • Why many aren’t celebrating low US unemployment (disingenuous AP)

    11/08/2014 9:32:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 8, 2014 11:53 AM EST | Josh Boak
    The unemployment rate no longer seems to reflect America’s mood. Friday’s strong jobs report showed that the jobless rate—the most closely watched gauge of the economy’s health—is down to 5.8 percent. A year ago, the rate was 7.2 percent. Five years ago, it was 10 percent. It’s the kind of sustained decline that would normally suggest a satisfied public. Not so much anymore. […] Many Americans don’t feel they've benefited from falling unemployment any more than they have from a sustained rise in the stock market or from solid U.S. economic growth. Some hints of their discontent can be found...
  • Rangel to CNN: Southern GOP Still Believes in Slavery, Wins Through Racism (barf alert)

    11/06/2014 6:53:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 76 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 1:56 pm, November 5th, 2014 | Andrew Kirell
    Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) is doubling down on his belief that southern Republicans still believe in slavery and think the Confederates won the Civil War, implying that the Democrats’ major senatorial losses came as a result of racism. […] Several southern Democrats lost their Senate seats Tuesday night to Republican challengers, leading Rangel to suggest that voter ID laws and other GOP causes were really just racially-charged methods of suppressing the minority vote to their favor. …
  • White women didn’t just fail Wendy Davis — they failed the rest of Texas, too

    11/06/2014 10:41:23 AM PST · by C19fan · 114 replies
    Salon ^ | November 6, 2014 | Jenny Kutner
    I am well aware that Wendy Davis lost the Texas governor’s race by a wide margin. It’s salt in a very personal wound. Her campaign meant a lot to me, and to so many other Texas women — thousands of whom stood in line for hours to cast their ballots in support. Greg Abbott won anyway, and he won by a lot. But he didn’t win by a lot across the demographic landscape. I went to the Texas Tribune first for a dissection of the election results, and one piece of information struck me as particularly… wrong. The Tribune cited...
  • Pelosi seeks Dem support to return as leader

    11/05/2014 9:51:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 5, 2014 4:28 PM EST | Donna Cassata
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is asking her Democratic colleagues to support her in her bid to lead a significantly smaller caucus in the next Congress. In a letter to colleagues on Wednesday, Pelosi said the election results were difficult for Democrats, and the party lost some valued members. Ten Democratic incumbents lost their seats as the GOP made broad gains to push its majority to near-historic levels. …
  • Teachers told: sex at 13 ‘is normal part of growing up’ (by UK Department of Education)

    11/05/2014 1:43:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:37PM GMT 04 Nov 2014 | Graeme Paton
    Schools are being told that children should be able to have consensual sex at the age of 13 as part of government-backed guidance, it emerged today. The guidelines—which can be used as part of sex education lessons—say that having sexual relationships when children reach their teens represents a “safe and healthy” part of growing up.They have been produced by a national charity as part of a plan endorsed by the Department for Education to improve standards of advice given to pupils. …
  • Joe Biden: ‘Ready to compromise’

    11/03/2014 6:17:58 AM PST · by Red Badger · 40 replies
    www.politico.com ^ | 11/3/14 6:52 AM EST Updated: 11/3/14 7:18 AM EST Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/11/j | By JONATHAN TOPAZ
    Vice President Joe Biden says he expects congressional Republicans to work to “get things done” if they win control of the Senate — and he notes the White House is prepared to give a little. In an interview with CNN released on Monday, Biden said that while he still expects the Democrats to retain Senate control, he believes a Republican-controlled Senate will move beyond obstructionism. “[G]oing into 2016, the Republicans have to make a decision whether they’re in control or not in control,” the vice president told Gloria Borger. “Are they going to begin to allow things to happen? Or...
  • ‘That’s Not a Choice We Want Americans to Make’–Obama Slams Stay at Home Moms

    10/31/2014 4:06:12 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 67 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 10-31-14 | Kemberlee Kaye
    The October surprises just keep on coming, courtesy of President Obama. According to The Weekly Standard, “during a speech in Rhode Island today, President Obama called for more taxpayer-spending on pre-school in order to “make sure that women are full and equal participants in our economy.” I can respect that. But then the President followed those remarks by saying (emphasis added): And sometimes someone, usually mom, leaves the workplace to stay at home with the kids, which then leaves her earning a lower wage for the rest of her life as a result. That’s not a choice we want Americans...
  • Biden: ´Public Is...Frightened Because It´s a Frightening World´

    11/03/2014 10:13:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 11/3/14 | Susan Jone
    The public is concerned and frightened because it´s a frightening world. A lot has happened," Vice President Joe Biden told CNN in an interview that aired on Sunday. Biden noted that in every crisis, "there´s all kinds of attention" from Twitter and the news media. But later, "when we put it under control," there´s not much follow-up, Biden complained. So the public shouldn´t be anxious about Ebola and ISIS? the reporter asked him. "I think the public should not be as anxious as they are, but it´s understandable why they are. There is no existential threat to the United States
  • Cancel the Midterms

    11/03/2014 4:12:18 AM PST · by Jim Noble · 161 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 3, 2014 | David Schanzer and Jay Sullivan
    By Tuesday night about 90 million Americans will have cast ballots in an election that’s almost certain to create greater partisan divisions, increase gridlock and render governance of our complex nation even more difficult. Ninety million sounds like a lot, but that means that less than 40 percent of the electorate will bother to vote... The main impact of the midterm election in the modern era has been to weaken the president, the only government official (other than the powerless vice president) elected by the entire nation. Since the end of World War II, the president’s party has on average...
  • Does the military have a problem with Jesus?

    10/31/2014 8:12:47 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 18 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | October 31, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    A colonel’s column was removed from an Air National Guard newsletter because the writer violated military policy by including references to Jesus Christ and God, an Ohio National Guard spokesman said. Col. Florencio Marquinez, the medical group commander of the 180th Fighter Wing, wrote an essay in the September edition of the “Stinger.” It was titled, “A Spiritual Journey as a Commander.” He wrote about how his mother’s faith in Jesus Christ influenced his life and he referenced a Bible verse from the New Testament, “With God all things are possible.” Before you could say God bless America, the military...
  • Shaheen: 'Right-Wing' Group Behind Study Showing Majority of NH Jobs Went to Immigrants

    11/01/2014 10:42:22 AM PDT · by walford · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 Nov 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    ... Shaheen, when asked by Breitbart News about a recent study from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) that found 71 percent of all New Hampshire jobs since 2000 have gone to both legal and illegal aliens rather than New Hampshire citizens, ducked for cover. “My understanding is that’s a study sponsored by a right-wing organization,” she replied. When Breitbart News noted that the study is based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau and other government sources—and includes no data from non-governmental sources—her communications director Harrell Kirsten abruptly called an end to the press conference inside the local Democratic...
  • US sues NYC over Medicaid claims worth millions

    10/28/2014 4:27:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 27, 2014 6:38 PM EDT
    The federal government has sued New York City, saying it ripped off Medicaid for millions of dollars by submitting tens of thousands of false claims. […] The lawsuit says the city and a computer company used computer programs to dodge a requirement that Medicaid be billed only after private insurance coverage is exhausted. The lawsuit says false diagnosis codes were submitted to Medicaid. …
  • Ex-CBS reporter’s book reveals how liberal media protects Obama

    Sharyl Attkisson is an unreasonable woman. Important people have told her so. When the longtime CBS reporter asked for details about reinforcements sent to the Benghazi compound during the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack, White House national security spokesman Tommy Vietor replied, “I give up, Sharyl . . . I’ll work with more reasonable folks that follow up, I guess.” Another White House flack, Eric Schultz, didn’t like being pressed for answers about the Fast and Furious scandal in which American agents directed guns into the arms of Mexican drug lords. “Goddammit, Sharyl!” he screamed at her. “The Washington Post...
  • Video Hoax Purports to Show NYPD Racial Profiling, Islamophobia (tweeted by CAIR)

    10/24/2014 11:14:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Oct 24, 2014 5:40 pm | (The Five)
    Two video bloggers got press for posting a video which they claimed shows the NYPD’s Islamophobia. In the video, two men wearing western clothes argue and push each other, and an officer does nothing. When dressed in Muslim garb, but acting the same way, they got a different reaction. The video was tweeted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and Huffington Post called it a “small glimpse into the ugly world of racial profiling.” …
  • Burrito chain urged to drop ‘illegal’ from name (‘Illegal Pete’s’, Colorado)

    10/23/2014 5:47:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 23, 2014 4:58 PM EDT
    Some people are urging the Colorado burrito chain Illegal Pete’s to change its name because of the way the word “illegal” has been used to describe immigrants. The Coloradan reports that about 30 people gathered in Fort Collins Wednesday to ask owner Pete Turner to change the name of the chain, which is about to open an outlet there. It’s part of a bigger campaign nationally against what critics refer to as the “I-word.” They think using the word to describe a person is dehumanizing. …
  • Death of Klinghoffer Is Your Problem, I’m Not Jewish!

    10/21/2014 8:10:40 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 19 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | October 21, 2014 | Joel Leyden
    By Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyNew York — October 21, 2014 … Over 4,000 people attended a demonstration yesterday against the “Death of Klinghoffer” opera in New York City. Many were Jewish, some were Christian. All were angry. They all had one objective – to illustrate that this opera about a 69-year-old wheelchair-bound man, who was shot in the head by Palestinian terrorists on the Achille Lauro cruise ship in 1985 was an act of terror – not art. After hearing former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani discuss the First Amendment and how it also applied to the protesters, listening...
  • Soda causes our cells to age as much as smoking does, study finds

    10/21/2014 7:09:46 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 99 replies
    FoxNews ^ | October 21, 2014
    Drink a 20-ounce soda daily, and you may be causing your cells to age as much as they would if you smoked, a study suggests. Researchers investigated DNA from 5,309 adults, focusing on telomeres, the caps on the ends of our cells' chromosomes, Time reports.
  • Survey: Pay raises rarer despite strong US hiring

    10/20/2014 9:21:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 20, 2014 9:38 AM EDT | Christopher S. Rugaber
    U.S. businesses were much less likely to boost pay in the third quarter than in previous months, even as hiring remained healthy, a sign that wage gains may remain weak in the coming months.A quarterly survey by the National Association for Business Economics found that only 24 percent of companies increased wages and salaries in the July-September quarter. That’s down from 43 percent in the April-June quarter and the first drop after three straight increases. Yet the firms still added jobs at a healthy pace, which usually pushes wages higher as employers compete for workers. A measure of hiring in...
  • [Germany] Diverse Berlin could get first mayor ‘with accent’ (a ‘Palestinian’ candidate)

    10/17/2014 12:34:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 17.10.2014 | Jefferson Chase
    For more than a decade, Berlin has been governed by an openly homosexual mayor. But is the city, renowned for its tolerance, ready for a leader from a Palestinian background? It may have to be. […] … Berlin SPD parliamentary leader Raed Saleh only needs to open his mouth to stand out from the crowd. Saleh came to Berlin at the age of five with his Palestinian parents, and although his German is beyond reproach, he speaks the language with a distinct Arabic twang. “Berlin is a city of diversity; a city of 100 different accents,” Saleh told DW. “People...
  • Iowa’s Braley, Ernst duel over abortion in debate

    10/17/2014 1:58:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 16, 2014 10:49 PM EDT | Thomas Beaumont
    Republican candidate Joni Ernst defended her opposition to abortion rights during Thursday’s final debate between her and Iowa Democrat Bruce Braley in their neck-and-neck race for a U.S. Senate seat, but she said for the first time that she might support a legal exception to save the life of the mother. The issue has come to define the final weeks of their campaigns to succeed retiring Democrat Sen. Tom Harkin. Polls show more women support Braley, a congressman from northeast Iowa, and more men back Ernst, a state senator from southwest Iowa. Braley and allied groups are pressing the abortion...
  • How a Racist Political Hashtag Spread Like the Ebola Virus ("Obola")

    10/17/2014 1:42:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Vocativ ^ | October 14, 2014 | Markham Nolan and Adi Cohen
    The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that the world could be seeing 10,000 new Ebola cases per week before Christmas. U.S. pundits seem more concerned with using Ebola to berate President Obama rather than dealing with the impact of the disease. At a time when the nation needs to unite around protecting the country from an epidemic, rational discussion of Ebola is competing with a new contagion—right-wing racism, and it’s spreading like, well, you know what. 10/06/14 18:29 UTC@DineshDSouza Which is worse: EBOLA, the disease; or OBOLA, the dream from his father?(with illustration) https://t.co/zsWqu4KuqR Enter #obola, a diseased little...
  • Small Liberal Group Isn’t Denying Using Automated Software to Target Tweets at Limbaugh Advertisers

    10/15/2014 1:23:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 15, 2014 - 1:04 PM | Michael W. Chapman
    A small group of liberal activists who want conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh off the air are not denying—as stated in an investigative report posted on Limbaugh’s website—that they have used automated software to generate massive numbers of negative tweets to companies they apparently have never patronized but that advertise on Limbaugh’s show. The automated generation of massive numbers of Tweets may be in violation of Twitter’s own rules. However, Twitter declined to directly comment on the matter—instead pointing CNSNews.com to its user rules. On Sept. 23, the rushlimbaugh.com website posted an extensive investigative report, The Hidden Story Behind Stop...
  • Pocono property taxes are worst in Pa.

    10/14/2014 5:09:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | Oct 13, 2014 at 12:18 PM | David Pierce
    Pennsylvania property tax relief should be targeted to taxpayers in the few school districts—most particularly in Monroe County—with the highest tax burdens, without completely eliminating school property taxes statewide, says a new report. High property taxes are a problem in only 30 of Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts, according to the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center report released last week. Monroe County’s four school districts rank among the top five districts statewide for percentage of taxable household income going to pay property taxes. […] The average total property tax bill in Monroe County is between $3,000 and $4,000. Households in the...
  • Americans face post-foreclosure hell as wages garnished, assets seized

    10/14/2014 10:06:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 75 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Oct 14, 2014 3:35am EDT | Michelle Conlin
    Many thousands of Americans who lost their homes in the housing bust, but have since begun to rebuild their finances, are suddenly facing a new foreclosure nightmare: debt collectors are chasing them down for the money they still owe by freezing their bank accounts, garnishing their wages and seizing their assets. By now, banks have usually sold the houses. But the proceeds of those sales were often not enough to cover the amount of the loan, plus penalties, legal bills and fees. The two big government-controlled housing finance companies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as well as other mortgage players,...
  • Is Keynes Misunderstood, Maligned By Critics?

    10/13/2014 11:14:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2014 | Hunter Lewis
    In a September 11 Bloomberg article, economist Noah Smith claims that John Maynard Keynes, the architect of today’s government economic policies around the world, wasn’t a “‘socialist’” or even a “‘progressive.’” He did not favor “a command economy.” Yes he “was in favor of some amount of wealth redistribution and government intervention into the economy.” But “Keynesian policies are fundamentally … about economic stability,… about smoothing out the fluctuations in the economy, reducing risk for everyone concerned.” “Stabilization theory says that you can smooth out the wrinkles of the business cycle without messing with the deep structure of how the...
  • Shocking Anti-Mikveh Video Provokes Anger (überliberals in Israel)

    10/13/2014 11:15:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 10/13/2014, 11:39 AM | Gil Ronen
    “New Family,” an organization that promotes civil unions, gay “marriage” and adoption, single-mother families, sperm donations and other halakhically (Jewish legal) problematic endeavors in the realm of family, has taken down a controversial Facebook video against women’s ritual immersion in mikveh pools, reported Channel 2. The video that provoked intensely negative reactions showed a woman being drowned in the mikveh by the female mikveh attendant, or balanit.The video begins with a bride-to-be waiting for the balanit and speaking on the phone, saying “I hope the water is clean, at least. You never know who was here before.” …
  • Jim Wallis: White Christians in America Need to Act More Christian Than White

    10/11/2014 5:22:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/11/2014 | Stephanie Samuel
    Sojourners President and Founder Jim Wallis, one of several faith leaders who are heading to Ferguson, Missouri this weekend to march for justice, is challenging Christians to put their faith ahead of their race when it comes to issues concerning racial relations. "If white Christians in America acted more Christian than white when it came to race, black parents would be less fearful for their children," said Wallis. Christians who put faith ahead of race would not be afraid to take on tough racial issues like the police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson with their peers and fight...
  • Is this the strangest TV show plot EVER? New series Jane the Virgin follows girl whose doctor...

    10/11/2014 3:22:49 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 97 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 11, 2014 | Iona Kirby
    The world of television is about to get a little stranger - and a whole lot more dramatic. Jane The Virgin is gearing up for its series premiere, and its plot line has already set tongues wagging. The CW show follows a religious girl who has never had sex before, but ends up pregnant after her emotionally unstable doctor accidentally inseminates her. Unsurprisingly the series, which stars Gina Rodriguez and Jaime Camil, is already causing quite a stir. Would it happen in real life? Probably not. Does that make it any less entertaining? Definitely not. Jane The Virgin is loosely...
  • Do you think Wendy Davis's wheelchair ad crossed the line? (Freep this Poll)

    10/11/2014 1:47:28 PM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 69 replies
    MSNBC ^ | October 11, 2014 | Staff
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  • I.M.F. Takes Aim at Wall Street’s Pay System

    10/10/2014 8:00:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10/10/2014 | WILLIAM D. COHAN
    We don’t like to concede that a primary cause of the financial crisis was a Wall Street compensation system that rewarded executives, bankers and traders for taking big risks with other people’s money without holding them the least bit accountable. And because we don’t like to discuss such things in polite company, it is certainly unsurprising that six years later, not a single fundamental aspect of how Wall Street pays its top people has changed. The incentive system that handed out millions of dollars in bonuses to bankers and traders who packaged shoddy mortgages into securities and sold them as...
  • Oklahoma prison officials unveil new death chamber

    10/09/2014 6:24:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 9, 2014 8:05 PM EDT | Sean Murphy
    Prison officials unveiled the renovated execution chamber inside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary on Thursday and expressed confidence that the agency would be ready for the state’s next scheduled execution in November. The $71,000 reconstruction of the death chamber and adjacent witness rooms gives executioners more space in which to operate. Department of Corrections also spent about $34,000 on new medical equipment, including $12,500 for a surgical table and $6,000 for an ultrasound machine to help locate veins. New protocols require more training for the execution team and backup procedures in case a lethal injection goes awry. …
  • Obama wants an election about the economy, not him

    10/09/2014 6:10:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 9, 2014 8:15 PM EDT | Jim Kuhnhenn and Darlene Superville
    President Barack Obama is all in with his economic pitch. The American public is not. Over the next 27 days, either the public or the president is going to get the message. In a midterm campaign strategy fraught with risk, the White House is betting that Obama’s tight embrace of the economic recovery and populist proposals for gender pay equity and a higher minimum wage will galvanize his core supporters and persuade fence-sitting independents to help Democrats retain narrow control of the Senate in November. Addressing young entrepreneurs Thursday at a startup center in California, Obama highlighted his economic record...
  • US report: China’s human rights record worsening

    10/09/2014 6:03:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 9, 2014 8:19 PM EDT
    A U.S. report released Thursday says China’s human rights record has worsened in key areas over the past year and that limits on free speech and assembly are growing. The annual report by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China said the country has tightened restrictions on civil society, rights advocates, journalists and religious organizations. It added that President Xi Jinping has adhered “to the authoritarian model of his predecessors” since taking power last year. That model “poses a serious challenge to U.S.-China relations and China’s own development,” the report said. It recommended that the U.S. press for more freedoms in China,...