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  • 1,200 STUDENTS PETITION TO BLOCK MICHELLE O SPEECH

    04/19/2014 4:21:59 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 2 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | April 19,2014 | Drudge
    1,200 STUDENTS PETITION TO BLOCK MICHELLE O SPEECH http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2607817/Kansas-speech-Michelle-Obama-draws-complaints.html
  • Watch Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal narrowly avoid a train during a railway safety [snip]

    04/19/2014 4:09:55 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 7 replies
    The Week ^ | 4/19/2014 | Sarah Eberspacher
    Actions may speak louder than words, but Sen. Richard Blumenthal took that mentality to the extreme on Friday. The Connecticut Democrat was standing behind Milford Mayor Ben Blake on the town's Metro-North station platform as the two held a press conference on railway safety. Complete with easels and charts, Blake was laying out the MTA's safety violations, which total 139 over the last 10 years, worth $552,000 in fines. "Safety, as you know, is paramount," Blake said — and then this happened. It would appear that taking personal responsibility for train safety is equally important. And that yellow line on...
  • House party horror: Five dead after 'horrific' knife attack in Canada

    04/19/2014 3:59:47 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    dailystar.co.uk ^ | 16 April, 2014 | Cyrus Engineer
    ATTACK: Matthew Douglas de Grood has been arrested after allegedly stabbing and killing five people at a house party in Canada [FACEBOOK/AP]Matthew Douglas de Grood, the son of a veteran police officer, has been charged with five counts of murder following the killings in Calgary.Police Chief Rick Hanson said: "We have never seen five people killed at one scene. The scene was horrific."At least 20 people were at the house party which was being held to celebrate the end of term at the University of Calgary.De Grood, 22, was invited to the party and soon after arriving picked up...
  • Michele Bachmann Endorses in Florida Special Election

    04/19/2014 3:54:16 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal
    Roll Call ^ | Abby Livingston
    Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has endorsed businessman Curt Clawson with days to go in the Republican primary race to replace former Florida Rep. Trey Radel. Clawson’s announcement of the endorsement offered no statement from the retiring congresswoman, but the candidate heaped praise on Bachmann, the founder of the House Tea Party Caucus.
  • Costa Rican a celebrity after certified miracle

    04/19/2014 3:27:33 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 19, 2014 | JAVIER CORDOBA
    TRES RIOS, Costa Rica (AP) — On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell upon a photograph of Pope John Paul II in a newspaper. "Stand up," Mora recalls the image of the pope saying to her. "Don't be afraid." Mora, her doctors and the Catholic Church say her aneurysm disappeared that day in a miracle that cleared the way for the late pope to be declared a saint on April 27 in a ceremony at the Vatican where Mora will be a guest...
  • ‘Patriot Party’ gathers at Bundy’s Nevada ranch, Reid deems them ‘domestic terrorists’

    04/19/2014 3:15:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 18, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called supporters of rancher Cliven Bundy “domestic terrorists” Thursday, turning up the rhetorical heat on the already tense situation at the Nevada cattle operation. “Those people who hold themselves out to be patriots are not. They’re nothing more than domestic terrorists,” Mr. Reid in remarks at a luncheon, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which sponsored the event. “… I repeat: What went on up there was domestic terrorism.” The Nevada Democrat was referring to the hundreds of Bundy backers — some armed, some from out of state — who congregated at the ranch last...
  • Harper: Russia Is A Grave Threat To World

    04/19/2014 2:58:21 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 23 replies
    ottawacitizen.com ^ | April 14, 2014
    OTTAWA – Russian actions against Ukraine are “aggressive, militaristic and imperialistic” and pose a grave threat to world peace, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said today. Pro-Russian groups have occupied buildings in 10 cities in eastern Ukraine in recent days, prompting Harper to use his harshest words yet against what he called “Russian provocateurs sent by the Putin regime.” It’s time to rally the world against the danger posed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Harper said at a hastily assembled photo-op event with ambassadors from Ukraine, Estonia, Poland and Latvia. “I know this is of great concern to our NATO allies...
  • Trojan Horse Amnesty Update (Entire DREAM Act folded into "must-pass" Defense bill?)

    04/19/2014 2:57:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | April 18, 2014 | Mark Krikorian
    The Wall Street Journal reported last night that House Speaker John Boehner told donors at a fundraiser last month in Las Vegas that he was “hellbent on getting this done this year,” in reference to an amnesty/immigration bill. His spokesman did not dispute the account. In related news, President Obama is meeting with the National Commander of the American Legion this morning. Ordinarily, that would mean little, but the meeting comes just days after the Legion came out against a plan to amnesty illegal aliens who join the military. The number of people who would benefit from such an amnesty...
  • Government's Shocking Interference in Rancher's Life [from 2013]

    04/19/2014 2:51:49 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 8 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | June 11, 2013 | Hans von Spakovsky
    A startling decision on government wrongdoing by a federal court in U.S. v. Estate of E. Wayne Hage gives credence to those who say that the federal government is engaging in a “war on the West” that is hurting rural communities. It is a stark reminder of how powerful our federal government is today and how it can ruin the lives and businesses of American citizens.The 104-page opinion by U.S. District Court Judge Robert C. Jones on May 23 in Nevada tells a sordid and infuriating tale of a two-decades-long conspiracy among federal employees of the Bureau of Land Management...
  • JUSTICE SCALIA: 'FOOLISH' TO HAVE THE SUPREME COURT DECIDE IF NSA WIRETAPPING IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

    04/19/2014 2:49:04 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 41 replies
    Breitbart.tv ^ | 4/19/2014 | Pam Key
    Thursday in an interview conducted at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg talked about their views of the First Amendment. Moderator Marvin Kalb questioned Scalia about whether the NSA wiretapping cloud be conceivably be in violation of the Constitution: Justice Antonin Scalia said, "No because it's not absolute. As Ruth has said there are very few freedoms that are absolute. I mean your person is protected by the Fourth Amendment but as I pointed out when you board a plane someone can pass his hands all over your body that's a terrible...
  • White House responds to 'deport Justin Bieber' petition

    04/19/2014 2:40:25 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 10 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | APRIL 19, 2014 | QMI Agency
    "Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one." That's the short and sweet response from the White House to a petition to deport Justin Bieber. Nearly 275,000 people have signed the Deport Justin Bieber And Revoke His Green Card campaign that kicked off in January. The petition reads: "We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture. We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked. He is not only threatening the safety of our...
  • UKRAINE: Yatsenyuk Turchynov and issued a joint statement on how to reconcile the Ukraine. VIDEO

    04/19/2014 2:32:10 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 3 replies
    censor.net ^ | 04/18/14 17:42
    Yatsenyuk Turchynov and issued a joint statement on how to reconcile the Ukraine. VIDEO Acting President of Ukraine, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov and Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyukvystupili a joint statement "Ukraine is approaching a big Christian holiday - Easter, which carries the hope for rebirth and renewal peaceful life. In the days of the great reconciliation and forgiveness, we call on all citizens to lend a hand to each other, to abandon the radical actions and hate speech back together to work together for the protection and development, and creative construction of the cathedral, the...
  • Maher: Does U.S. Really Have Moral Authority to Lecture Putin About Human Rights?

    04/19/2014 2:31:32 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 24 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | April 11, 2014 | Josh Feldman
    <p>Bill Maher took on American “ignorance and belligerence” over Ukraine Friday night (the less Americans know about Ukraine’s location the more they want to invade it), and pointed to America’s prison system to argue that the U.S. has lost its moral authority to lecture anyone else, Vladimir Putinincluded, about human rights.</p>
  • MSNBC host debates Michele Fiore on Bundy ranch. Does not fare well.

    04/19/2014 2:31:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 19, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    This story comes to us courtesy of The Right Scoop. (Which makes sense since I don’t watch any of the cable news evening lineup and haven’t seen Chris Hayes on the small screen in ages.) While people gathered at Cliven Bundy’s ranch in protest of the BLM’s handling of affairs there, the protesters were joined by Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore. This prompted MSNBC host Hayes to interview her, and the Scoop captures the video for us. Let’s just say that Fiore wasn’t about to have the conversation steered to any Left side talking points.(VIDEO-AT-LINK) Hayes tries his very best to...
  • The West Leaves Ukraine to Putin

    04/19/2014 2:22:06 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    wsj.com ^ | April 14, 2014 | MATTHEW KAMINSKI 
    When Russia invaded Crimea and massed 40,000 or more troops in the east, Ukraine turned to an old friend, the United States, and asked for light arms, antitank weapons, intelligence help and nonlethal aid. The Obama administration agreed to deliver 300,000 meals-ready-to-eat. As this newspaper reported Friday, military transport planes were deemed too provocative for Russia, so the food was shipped by commercial trucks. The administration refused Kiev's requests for intelligence-sharing and other supplies, lethal or not. Boris Tarasiuk, Ukraine's former foreign minister, barely disguises his anger. He says: "We've not seen the same reaction from the U.S." as during...
  • Why climate deniers are winning: The twisted psychology that overwhelms scientific consensus

    04/19/2014 2:12:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Salon ^ | April 19, 2014 | Paul Rosenberg
    There's a reason why overwhelming evidence hasn't spurred public action against global warming. In the run-up to Earth Day this year, two major reports were released by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the largest such body in the world. On March 31, Working Group II released its report, Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, and on April 13, Working Group III released its report, Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change. Both reports cited substantially more evidence of substantially more global warming and related impacts than past reports have, and they did so more lucidly than in...
  • Petition to alter S.F. laws for Airbnb rentals gains speed

    04/19/2014 1:53:32 PM PDT · by thecodont · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 7:18 am, Saturday, April 19, 2014 | Carolyn Said
    An online petition calling on San Francisco to overhaul laws that allow landlords to evict tenants for hosting on Airbnb has amassed more than 26,000 signatures, fueled by social media and a hand from the giant hospitality website. "People should be made aware that current law is allowing this to happen," said Peter K., a retired educator who started the petition a week ago. Peter asked to withhold his last name because he rents to Airbnb visitors in his San Francisco home and wants to avoid any trouble with city authorities until the law is clarified. The petition was motivated...
  • UK: State schools isolate non-Muslims

    Schools in Birmingham are illegally segregating pupils, discriminating against non-Muslim students and restricting the GCSE syllabus to “comply with conservative Islamic teaching”, an official report leaked to The Telegraph discloses. Department for Education inspectors said that girls in a school at the centre of the so-called “Trojan Horse” plot were forced to sit at the back of the class, some Christian pupils were left to “teach themselves” and an extremist preacher was invited to speak to children. The report, into three schools in the city, follows weeks of controversy over the alleged plot to “Islamise” secular schools in Birmingham and...
  • 37% of Voters Fear the Federal Government

    04/19/2014 1:37:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | April 18, 2014
    Thirty-seven percent (37%) of Likely U.S. Voters now fear the federal government, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Forty-seven percent (47%) do not, but another 17% are not sure. Perhaps in part that’s because 54% consider the federal government today a threat to individual liberty rather than a protector. Just 22% see the government as a protector of individual rights, and that’s down from 30% last November. Slightly more (24%) are now undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) As recently as December 2012, voters were evenly divided on this question: 45% said the federal government...
  • Martial Law: Obama Confiscates National Guard Helicopters From All 50 States

    04/19/2014 1:33:21 PM PDT · by lbryce · 59 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | April 14, 2014 | Dave Gibson
    As if the Obama administration's purchase of more than 2 billion rounds of ammunition, and nearly 3,000 urban tanks, along with their unprecedented (and highly illegal) domestic spying program was not enough to convince you that the federal government is about to suspend the Constitution once and for all, the man who once vowed to run "the most transparent administration in history" has just rather inexplicably, ordered the U.S. Army to seize every Apache attack helicopter currently in use by the National Guard. In all, the Defense Department will confiscate 192 Apaches from National Guard units around the country and...
  • Obamaland: Where Cowboys are Villains and Race-Baiters, Gay Radicals and Marxists are Heroes

    04/19/2014 1:31:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | Doug Giles
    Rancher Cliven Bundy looks like he could still be in a heap of trouble for having thoroughly ticked off Fedzilla and the Keebler elf himself, Harry Reid. Being the peacemaking Christian that I am, herewith are ten ways Cliven Bundy could get the Feds off his backside and actually ingratiate himself to the big government droogies of the Left. 1. Bundy should fire his ranch foreman and hire Jay Carney who could effectively lie his butt off about Cliven’s cows. “Eating grass? His cows aren’t eating grass. What are you talking about? These are the most transparent, grass adverse,...
  • Kansas Students and Parents Not Thrilled About Michelle Obama

    04/19/2014 1:23:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    An invitation to Michelle Obama to speak at the Topeka Unified School District 501 graduation ceremony by the district has some parents and students crying foul. The First Lady's appearance caused the district to combine all five schools' graduation ceremonies into one mega-ceremony, and may force limitations on the number of tickets that can be distributed to friends and families. A petition drive has been started to request that the district reconsider their plans about the combined ceremony, or have Michelle Obama speak at a separate event from the graduation. The First Lady was invited to speak on the anniversary...
  • Harry Reid’s View on Terrorists Explained in One Cartoon

    04/19/2014 1:21:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    IJReview ^ | APRIL 19, 2014
    Political cartoonist A.F. Branco has perfectly captured Harry Reid’s sad views on what really constitutes a terrorist.As an American who believes vehemently in our Constitution, free speech and free political discourse I find Reid’s comments both ridiculous and hurtful.Do you think its a coincidence that Reid wants to sell Cliven Bundy’s land to the Chinese and is simultaneously labeling those whom have come to the rancher’s defense “terrorists”?
  • Woman arrested for Nevada voter fraud

    04/19/2014 1:15:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 18, 2014 8:01 PM EDT
    Secretary of State Ross Miller says a woman has been arrested on two felony charges for allegedly using a false identity to register to vote and casting ballots in Nevada elections. Miller late Friday announced the arrest of Ortencia Segura in California. …
  • Pelosi Helps Wash Immigrants' Feet: Says Passing Amnesty Will Reduce Deficit By $1Trillion

    04/19/2014 1:13:24 PM PDT · by lbryce · 45 replies
    SFGAte.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Staff
    Original Title:Pelosi Assists in Holy Week Foot-Washing Ritual To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader's ceremony coincides with Pope Francis' similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy...
  • Detroit Creates eBay for Abandoned Houses

    04/19/2014 1:12:09 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 34 replies
    http://www.frontpagemag.com ^ | april 19, 2014 | daniel greenfield
    “Have you ever thought you’d see the mayor and council working together?,” says the voice on a Detroit radio ad. No, we didn’t. But this ad, set to hit Detroit radio airwaves April 21st features both Mayor Mike Duggan and City Council President Brenda Jones. The ad showcases the website buildingdetroit.org which features 12 city-owned properties in East English Village, each home waiting for an owner as long as they are willing to rehab the property and move in. Mike Duggan: NOT REALLY. THIS IS MIKE DUGGAN AND IT IS A NEW DAY IN DETROIT. INSTEAD OF JUST KNOCKING DOWN...
  • Video: Obama signs bill blocking Iranian UN envoy from entry

    04/19/2014 1:10:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | ED MORRISSEY
    Yesterday, Ted Cruz had his first authored bill get signed into law, but the freshman Senator from Texas probably didn’t too excited by the victory. Despite unanimous support in both chambers of Congress for the new law, President Barack Obama sounded less than enthusiastic about enforcing the bill he signed yesterday that would block the proposed Iranian envoy to the UN from receiving an entry visa to the US: It’s the oddest of legislative couples: President Obama and one of his biggest critics, Ted Cruz.Obama on Friday signed a Cruz-backed bill aimed at blocking Iran’s appointed ambassador to the United...
  • Obama Counts 19 Million Americans Now Enrolled in ObamaCare

    04/19/2014 1:06:36 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 30 replies
    http://www.theminorityreportblog.com ^ | april 19, 2014 | steven foley
    “We have eight million people signed up through the exchanges. That doesn’t include the three million young people who are able to stay on their parents’ plan. It doesn’t include the million people who benefited from expansions to Medicaid. So if my math is correct, that’s 14 million right there. You have another five million people who signed up outside of the marketplaces but are part of the same insurance pool. So, we’ve got a sizable part of the U.S. population now that are in the first — for the first time in many cases in a position to enjoy...
  • Parents, kids don’t want first lady at HS graduation

    04/19/2014 1:04:03 PM PDT · by opentalk · 26 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 18, 2014 | AP
    TOPEKA, Kan. — If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend. A furor over what the Topeka school district considers an honor has erupted after plans were announced for Obama to address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month an 8,000-seat arena. For some, it was the prospect of a tight limit on the number of seats allotted to each graduate. For others, it was...
  • The Hilarious History of 'Climate Tipping Points'

    04/19/2014 12:57:07 PM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 19, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The UN is trying to scare us into believing we have only 15 years left. It looks ridiculous doing so, considering all the similar declarations that have come and gone. A brief history of “climate tipping point” declarations discloses that the only scary hot air comes from warmist blowhards. Marc Morano at Climate Depot debunks the fake hysteria being generated to jjstify a massive tax and power grab: According to the Boston Globe, the United Nations has issued a new climate “tipping point” by which the world must act to avoid dangerous global warming. The Boston Globe noted on April...
  • France's Le Pen, in Moscow, Blames EU for New 'Cold War'

    04/19/2014 12:56:39 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    reuters.com ^ | April 12, 2014 | Alessandra Prentice
    Marine Le Pen, leader of France's far-right National Front, blamed the European Union for declaring a new Cold War on Russia that would hurt all concerned, Russian media reported on Saturday as she paid an official visit to Moscow. Europe-Russia relations are at their lowest ebb in decades after President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea prompted the EU to impose sanctions on dozens of prominent Russian officials and lawmakers. However Le Pen, along with other Eurosceptic leaders of the far left and nationalist right, believe the original fault lies with Brussels for offering closer ties with Ukraine, a move Russia...
  • The Domestic Terrorist of The Year Award!

    04/19/2014 12:48:03 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 11 replies
    MeshugeMikey ^ | April 19, 2014 | Meshugemikey
    . Senator Harry Reid, former boxer, former human being
  • Could America Become a Banana Republic? (Aren't we already?)

    04/19/2014 12:47:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 16, 2014 | Norm Ornstein
    photo of Norm Ornstein By Norm Ornstein Follow on Twitter April 16, 2014 Last week, I was in Prague for the third annual World Forum on Governance, which brings together people from countries around the world, including Eastern and Central Europe, Russia, China, Ukraine, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa, India, and Bolivia in search of best governing practices. One highlight of the forum—which I codirect with Tom Mann of Brookings and Stephen Davis of Brookings and Harvard Law School—was a conversation with Pietro Grasso, president of the Italian Senate. Grasso is best known as the longtime chief of the anti-Mafia squad,...
  • Chicago crime stats debated as magazine calls police claim of 'progress' an illusion

    04/19/2014 12:34:24 PM PDT · by Q-ManRN · 8 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | April 18,2014 | Mike Tobin
    “We’re making progress but we need to do more,” McCarthy said. However, an investigation published by Chicago Magazine claims that the “progress” is an illusion. The article says that under pressure from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago cops have been reclassifying murders and violent crimes. The result is a nearly unprecedented drop in numbers. "This is a betrayal of public trust in a sense that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Superintendent Garry McCarthy are public servants. They are paid by our tax dollars and we deserve in return truth from them,” said Elizabeth Fenner, Editor in Chief of Chicago Magazine. McCarthy responded...
  • Steve Smith: The troubled life and lonely death of the legislator from Mound

    04/19/2014 12:34:18 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 20 replies
    MINNPOST ^ | Sarah T. Williams
    Among AA adherents (and even nonbelievers), it is acknowledged and grimly understood that “there are such unfortunates” who will not achieve sobriety – and who, because of the chronic and progressive nature of the disease, will die. “They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way,” the Big Book says. One of those unfortunates it seems was state Rep. Steve Smith, R-Mound, who served his district and the state for 21 years running – the longest tenure of any House Republican at the time. Though a cause of death has not yet been released, Smith’s son,...
  • Democrats Confront Vexing Politics Over the Health Care Law

    04/19/2014 12:33:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 19 April 2014 | Jonathan Martin
    When Franklin D. Roosevelt established Social Security, he created generations of loyal Democrats. When Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law, he built on that legacy, particularly with older Americans. And when George W. Bush instituted a new prescription drug benefit for Medicare, it helped reclaim elderly voters for Republicans. But President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the $1.4 trillion effort to extend health insurance to all Americans, is challenging the traditional calculus about government benefits and political impact. Even as Mr. Obama announced that eight million Americans had enrolled in the program and urged Democrats to embrace the law, those...
  • GARCIA MARQUEZ, SNEAK AND AN ACCOMPLICE TO THE CRIMES OF FIDEL CASTRO

    04/19/2014 12:28:33 PM PDT · by Dqban22 · 2 replies
    Nuevo Accion ^ | April 18, 2014 | Armando Valladares
    GARCIA MARQUEZ, SNEAK AND AN ACCOMPLICE TO THE CRIMES OF FIDEL CASTRO By Armando Valladares April 18, Nuevo Accion http://www.nuevoaccion.com/ (Translation from Spanish) All dictators and murderers have had staunch defenders; Stalin, Hitler and Fidel Castro. Perhaps the most heinous in that fauna supporting dictatorships, are writers, poets, and artists. I've been saying for decades that an honest intellectual has a commitment to society: telling the truth, fight for respect, for human dignity, and not to use the privilege to reach millions of people, to lie, and to skip over the historical reality. This is one of the biggest crimes...
  • As Goes North Carolina, So go Republican hopes to take over the Senate

    04/19/2014 12:24:58 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 37 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 18, 2014 | Fred Barnes
    To win the Senate, Republicans must win North Carolina. While it’s mathematically possible to take the Senate without ousting Democratic senator Kay Hagan, the chances of that happening are close to zero. For Republicans, North Carolina is necessary. It’s the key to control of the Senate. Obama Hagan It’s number six on my list. That is, there are five states where capturing Democratic seats appears more likely—West Virginia, South Dakota, Montana, Louisiana, Arkansas. Then comes North Carolina. Assuming Republicans don’t lose any of their own seats, those six pickups would give Republicans a 51-49 majority. And with it, the political...
  • A User's Guide to Russian Propaganda

    04/19/2014 12:22:23 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 18 replies
    Trevour Loudon ^ | 4/19/2014 | Brent P
    A User’s Guide to Russian Propaganda Submitted by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton on April 19, 2014 – 3:07 pm ESTNo Comment By: Brent P. Western press and media are having trouble distinguishing facts from Russian propaganda. This is understandable – the Russian propaganda machine is a mature and venerable institution that engages in an art that, for better or for worse, the West simply does not practice as often nor as effectively. The intent of this guide is to help those less accustomed to the ways of the Russian government to discern between reporting and propaganda. There are a few simple tell-tale...
  • Scalia To Student: If Taxes Go Too High ‘Perhaps You Should Revolt’

    04/19/2014 12:17:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    WNEW-FM ^ | April 18, 2014
    Knoxville, Tenn. (CBS DC) – Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told a crowd of law school students that if taxes in the U.S. become too high then people “should revolt.” Speaking at the University of Tennessee College of Law on Tuesday, the longest-serving justice currently on the bench was asked by a student about the constitutionality of the income tax, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. Scalia responded that the government has the right to implement the tax, “but if it reaches a certain point, perhaps you should revolt.”(continued)
  • Demonstrators protest crude oil tankers at state Capitol (Railroad tank cars @ Port of Albany, NY)

    04/19/2014 12:15:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    WNYT.com ^ | 04/15/2014 | WNYT Staff
    ALBANY - People dressed in hazmat suits gathered at the state Capitol in Albany Tuesday. But they were not part of an emergency cleanup. They were protesting the increase in crude oil being transported through the Port of Albany by railroad tankers from North Dakota and Canada. The oil is loaded onto barges and hauled to production facilities downstate. Speakers called on Governor Cuomo to say no to big oil and hold them responsible in case of a big spill. The protest was originally planned for in front of the governor's mansion. But it was moved indoors because of the...
  • Senior Russian Politician Slams U.S. for Inciting Conflict in Kiev

    04/19/2014 12:11:33 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    themoscowtimes.com ^ | April 15, 2014 | Peter Spinella
    Dressed in the camouflage uniform of an Army colonel, the firebrand leader of Russia's nationalist Liberal Democratic Party on Tuesday accused the United States of stirring up belligerent sentiments in Kiev. The protest movement on Kiev's Independence Square "was set up by the United States … so that Europe would smell the gunpowder," party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky told the lower house of parliament, state news wire RIA Novosti reported. Zhirinovsky added that as soon as people started dying in central Kiev, the U.S. and the European Union began conducting closed-door meetings about how to divvy up Europe, the report said. He made the comments during a discussion of Ukraine's military preparations to quell pro-Russia riots in that country's east. He said the interim government in Kiev...
  • Rep. Royce, headed to Ukraine, says U.S. underestimates Putin

    04/19/2014 11:50:07 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    ocregister.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Cathy Taylor
    On the eve of a mission to Ukraine, Rep. Ed Royce said Wednesday that the U.S. has underestimated Russian President Vladimir Putin, warning that the leader “is stepping up his efforts to destabilize and possibly annex the eastern part of Ukraine.” Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, defended Ukraine’s show of force this week in response to takeovers of government buildings by people they believe are Russian agents. He called the action a signal to Putin that the young government was not going to allow his “machinations to lead to splitting the country between eastern and western Ukraine.”...
  • FEDS SEIZE FAMILY’S RANCH-Property owners fight government ‘land grab’!!!

    04/19/2014 11:28:48 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 166 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | April 17, 2014 | TPT Admin
    When Kit Laney answered a knock on his door Saturday, law enforcement officers from the U.S. Forest Service handed him a piece of paper announcing his Diamond Bar Ranch in southwest New Mexico would be shut down Wednesday and his 300 head of cattle grazing there would be removed – one way or the other. Other Forest Service officials were busy nailing similar notices on fence posts along the highway and informing neighbors that after Feb. 11, they should not attempt to enter the Diamond Bar property. Laney was not surprised. He knew someday there would be an on-the-ground confrontation...
  • US to send combat troops to Poland

    04/19/2014 11:24:30 AM PDT · by neverdem · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 19, 2014 | Rick Moran
    Poland will breathe a little easier because at the very least, American troops in Poland will be an effective trip wire and hedge against Russia making a move to reclaim the former Warsaw Pact country. Washington Post: Poland and the United States will announce next week the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO presence in Central and Eastern Europe in response to events in Ukraine. That was the word from Poland’s defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, who visited The Post Friday after meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on Thursday....
  • Midterms may hinge on whether Obamacare losers outvote the winners (Will takers outvote the makers?)

    04/19/2014 11:24:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 04/18/2014 | BYRON YORK
    When it comes to the politics of Obamacare, there's really only one question that matters: How many Americans are benefiting from the new health care system, and how many are hurting? Problem is, we know more about the first part of the question than the second. Obamacare's advocates have pushed hard against Republican attempts to highlight Americans who have been particularly hard hit by the new law. "There's plenty of horror stories being told," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in February. "All of them are untrue." Those advocates have hit back so hard that it appears they are trying...
  • LNG answer to European energy woes, Hoeven says

    04/19/2014 11:23:02 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies
    upi.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Daniel J. Graeber
    OSLO, Norway, April 16 (UPI) -- The United States can help allay European energy security fears by making more liquefied natural gas available, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said from Oslo. Hoeven met with Norwegian leaders to address energy security fears in the region. He said that, while Norway has a key role to play as one of the top oil and gas suppliers in the region, it can't solve the problem alone." The only real, long-term solution is to make additional liquefied natural gas supplies available, and this means the United States has a strong role to play as a world...
  • 62 Percent of Americans Say They Favor a Flat Tax

    04/19/2014 11:09:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    REASON ^ | 04/19/2014 | Emily Ekins
    The latest Reason-Rupe poll asked Americans if they would support or oppose changing the federal tax system to a flat tax, where everyone pays the same percentage of his or her income, finding that 62 percent favor the flat tax and 33 percent are opposed. When asked where they would set the flat tax, the aveage response was 15 percent.This reflects another recent Reason-Rupe poll finding that 67 percent of Americans say it is "not the responsibility of the government to reduce the differences in income between people with high incomes and those with low incomes," while 29 percent...
  • Governor Mike Pence In Berlin: Diplomacy with Russia Has Failed

    04/19/2014 10:57:58 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 33 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | April 17, 2014
    Gov. Mike Pence (R., Ind.) on Wednesday declared the “reset” of U.S.-Russian relations a failure and called for the construction of a European missile defense shield to deter Russian aggression. “With Russian aggression on the rise again, it is clear that our policy of conciliatory diplomacy has failed, Pence said at a Friends of Indiana reception in Berlin, Germany. “While new sanctions are of some value, in the interest of our alliance, I believe the United States and the EU must respond with deeds more than words to strengthen our economic and strategic defenses,” Pence added. Pence then called for the deployment...
  • Obamacare Number Games: How Many Enrollees, Really? : More to the raw numbers than meets the eye.

    04/19/2014 10:55:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/19/2014 | Rich Baehr
    It has been a triumphant month for liberal journalists who have lived and died with the fortunes of the Affordable Care Act since its passage in March 2010. Ezra Klein and Jon Cohen have declared victory, describing an amazing recovery for the program and for President Obama since the dark days of near-total failure among people trying to sign up on the federal exchanges in October and November.To listen to Obamacare supporters, Kathleen Sebelius leaves her post as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services with her head held high, as her legacy now includes shepherding across...