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  • America’s power grid at the limit: the road to electrical blackouts

    04/23/2014 7:49:05 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer
    Communities Digital News ^ | April 23, 2014 | Steve Goreham
    CHICAGO, April 23, 2014 — Americans take electricity for granted. Electricity powers our lights, our computers, our offices, and our industries. But misguided environmental policies are eroding the reliability of our power system. This past winter, bitterly cold weather placed massive stress on the US electrical system―and the system almost broke. On January 7 in the midst of the polar vortex, PJM Interconnection, the Regional Transmission Organization serving the heart of America from New Jersey to Illinois, experienced a new all-time peak winter load of almost 142,000 megawatts. Eight of the top ten of PJM’s all-time winter peaks occurred in...
  • CIA 'Tortures' Muslims with 'Barney the Dinosaur', Bee Gees 'Saturday Night Fever', Meow Mix Theme

    04/23/2014 7:33:57 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    PolicyMic ^ | April 22, 2014 | Tom Barnes
    11 Popular Songs the CIA Used to Torture Prisoners in the War on Terror Imagine you are chained with your hands between your legs, crouching. You're isolated in a small, dark room with earphones you can't take off. Queen's "We Are the Champions" has been playing on repeat for 30 hours now at full volume, and you've lost your ability to think. It could go on for months. Music torture has been common practice for the CIA ever since it began its "enhanced interrogation program" in the early 2000s. The process is designed to "create fear, disorient … and prolong...
  • The Rand Paul Abortion Fiasco [March 21, 2013]

    04/23/2014 7:30:23 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 6 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | March 21, 2013 | Shane Vander Hart
    Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) appears to be a double-minded man on abortion.  How he can last week be the primary sponsor for a Life at Conception bill and then the following week tell CNN in an interview that there are “thousands of exceptions” is beyond me.  The Hill reports: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Tuesday he’s open to “thousands of exceptions” to a ban on abortion.Paul has said he believes life begins at conception, but in an interview with CNN the Republican emphasized he is also a physician who treats each case individually.“What I would say is that there are...
  • Senate Candidate’s Silent Pause Demolishes Democrat Gary Peters’ ‘War on Women’ Meme

    04/23/2014 7:30:19 PM PDT · by kingattax · 11 replies
    TPNN ^ | April 22, 2014 | Matthew Burke
    VIDEO AT LINKTerri Lynn Land, who’s running for the U.S. Senate against leftist progressive Democrat and current Congressman Gary Peters, is tired of the ridiculous “War on Women” meme that Democrats invented to smear Republicans (WATCH VIDEO BELOW). But it didn’t take any words for Land, the former Michigan secretary of state, to destroy Peters’ accusation. All is took was a pregnant pause to make the accusation that a woman would be waging a “War on Women” look moronic in this quite funny new ad by Terri Lynn Land, entitled simply, “Really?” The Michigan senate race is turning out to...
  • McDonald's Canada freezes use of foreign workers

    04/23/2014 7:27:36 PM PDT · by llevrok · 1 replies
    VANCOUVER – The Canadian unit of McDonald's Corp has suspended all of its applications under the country's temporary foreign worker program as it undergoes a third-party audit on its use, the restaurant chain said on Wednesday. The move comes after the fast-food giant was criticized in media reports in recent weeks about its use of the Canadian government plan, which allows companies to bring in foreign workers when there are no local residents available. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported this month that a franchise owner in Victoria, British Columbia, was bringing in foreign workers for three locations while at the...
  • Banker Death 'Epidemic' Spreads To China

    04/23/2014 7:18:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 4/23/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Until now, the terrible trail of dead bankers has been only among US and European financial executives. However, as Caixin reports, the increasing pressures on the Chinese banking system appear to have take their first toll. Li Jianhua, director of China's Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), died this morning due to a "sudden heart attack" - he was less than 49 years old. Li was among the main drafters on new "caveat emptor" market-based rules on China's shadowy banking system and recently said in an interview that "now is not only a time to control risk, but to transform the trust...
  • Cruz: Bundy Standoff Culmination of Obama’s ‘Jackboot of Authoritarianism’

    04/23/2014 7:15:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 23, 2014 | Josh Feldman
    Ted Cruz weighed in on the Cliven Bundy situation with Texas radio host Chad Hasty Tuesday, and he called the standoff between Bundy supporters (some armed) and federal agents a tragic situation, but one that was the “culmination” of how President Obama has been pushing for a bigger and more intrusive federal government. Cruz said that since Obama took over, “we have seen our liberty under assault” from a government “hell-bent on expanding its authority over every aspect of our lives.” He went after Obama for eroding the nation’s constitutional liberties and not understanding the point of the federal government...
  • Rand Paul: On Gay Marriage GOP Needs to ‘Agree to Disagree’ [Jun 26, 2013]

    04/23/2014 7:10:52 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jun 26, 2013 2:27pm | Jeff Zeleny
    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told ABC News he believes the Supreme Court ruling on  the Defense of Marriage Act  was appropriate,  and that the issue should be left to the states. He praised Justice Anthony Kennedy for avoiding “a cultural war.”“As a country we can agree to disagree,” Paul said today, stopping for a moment to talk as he walked through the Capitol. “As a Republican Party, that’s kind of where we are as well. The party is going to have to agree to disagree on some of these issues.”The comments from Paul, a likely GOP presidential candidate in 2016,...
  • Watchdog: IRS Employees Who Owed Taxes Paid $1M in Bonuses

    04/23/2014 7:08:47 PM PDT · by lbryce · 3 replies
    FoxNews Insider ^ | April 23, 2014 | Staff
    A watchdog group has found that IRS employees who owed back taxes were still paid $1 million in bonuses. Read more about this story below, via FoxNews.com: The report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found that while for the most part the reward program for IRS workers complied with federal regulations, employees who had themselves failed to pay their federal taxes and had discipline problems were also rewarded.
  • The Middle Class In Canada Is Now Doing Better Than The Middle Class In America

    04/23/2014 7:02:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 4/23/2014 | Tyler Durden
    For most of Canada's existence, it has been regarded as the weak neighbor to the north by most Americans. Well, that has changed dramatically over the past decade or so. Back in the year 2000, middle class Canadians were earning much less than middle class Americans, but since then there has been a dramatic shift. At this point, middle class Canadians are actually earning more than middle class Americans are. The Canadian economy has been booming thanks to a rapidly growing oil industry, and meanwhile the U.S. middle class has been steadily shrinking. If current trends continue, a whole bunch...
  • Weapon of Last Resort: ECB Considers Possible Deflation Measures (European Central Bank)

    04/23/2014 7:01:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Der Spiegel ^ | April 23, 2014 – 06:18 PM | Christian Reiermann and Anne Seith
    One of European Central Bank President Mario Draghi’s most important duties is watching his mouth. One ill-considered utterance is enough to sow panic on the financial markets. But during a press conference earlier this month, Draghi allowed himself a telling slip. Speaking to gathered journalists at the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, Draghi twice almost uttered a word he has been at pains to avoid. “Defla…”, Draghi began, before stopping himself and continuing with the term “low inflation.”Yet despite Draghi’s efforts, the specter of deflation was omnipresent in Washington during the meetings. And it...
  • Bill O’Reilly to Cliven Bundy supporter: What makes you different from Occupy Wall Street?

    04/23/2014 7:01:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Salon ^ | April 23, 2014 | Elias Isquith, assistant editor
    The Fox News host grills a member of the militia movement on why it's OK for Bundy to break the law but not OWS.To a significant degree, American politics is a story of insiders vs. outsiders, so it’s inevitable that people among the latter group would be lumped together, even if they’re quite different by any other measure. Still, it’s probably fair to say that when most people think of Nevada renegade rancher Cliven Bundy, the Zuccotti Park protesters of Occupy Wall Street don’t immediately — or eventually — come to mind. Yet on the Tuesday night edition of his...
  • Maryland Democrat Running For Governor: Serving In Iraq War Not A “Real Job”…

    04/23/2014 6:59:07 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 4 replies
    Rightwing News ^ | 4/22/14 | William Teach
    It’s not the first time a Democrat has insulted military members and veterans, and it certainly won’t be the last. Democrats, not all of them, mind you, but a goodly chunk show a disdain for the military. What is interesting is that a) this is Blue on Blue, and b) how the attack is phrased A veterans group is demanding an apology from Attorney General Doug Gansler, a Democratic candidate for governor. The group says Gansler made a disparaging remark about Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown’s service in Iraq. Gansler said he doesn’t consider what Col. Anthony Brown did in Iraq...
  • Sharpton on SCOTUS Upholding Affirmative Action Ban: 'We Must Mobilize Immediately!'

    04/23/2014 6:57:14 PM PDT · by Bon of Babble · 30 replies
    A 6-2 vote on Tuesday in the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Michigan's ban on using affirmative action for university admissions and Al Sharpton is none too happy, calling it a "devastating blow to the civil rights community" and sending out the battle cry to "mobilize immediately!!"...
  • Wild about Harry: In Republican’s hunt for Senate, its all about Reid

    04/23/2014 6:47:02 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 23, 2014 | Seth McLaughlin
    Hoping to galvanize their base further, Republicans are casting the midterm elections as a golden opportunity to fire Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who has served as lead blocker for President Obama’s liberal agenda on Capitol Hill and chief opponent of GOP legislation.The attacks are being espoused inside and outside the Capital Beltway and could become staples of the Republican message as the party looks to pick up the six seats needed to take the Senate gavel out of Mr. Reid’s hands.
  • Jenny Beth Martin on IRS Revelations (TEA Party Patriots)

    04/23/2014 6:45:43 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 2 replies
    Sonoran News ^ | 4-23-2014 | Jenny Beth Martin
    APRIL 23, 2014 Jenny Beth Martin on IRS Revelations WOODSTOCK, Ga. – Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin issued the following statement in response to the recent revelations on the extent of the targeting of tea party groups by the IRS. "On Wednesday, we saw another example of how the Obama administration has turned government ‘Of the People’ upside-down.   "Instead of the Department of Justice investigating the IRS targeting of innocent Americans, we learned they were preparing to investigate groups like ours with absolutely no evidence of wrongdoing.  And where there is evidence of a crime at the...
  • Captain Kirk for Clinton in 2016: Shatner Says Hillary Is Only Person Who Can Unite The Country

    04/23/2014 6:43:46 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 56 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | April 23, 2014
    On his Ora TV show "Off The Grid," host Jesse Ventura asked actor William Shatner who he supported for president in 2016. Shatner said he believed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the only candidate, who can unite the political parties and bring the country together...
  • Moscow orders Kiev to withdraw troops from Ukraine's Donbass region

    04/23/2014 6:37:58 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 7 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | 4-23-2014 | MARK MacKINNON
    <p>Russia has warned the Ukrainian government to pull its military from the restive southeast of its own territory, saying it could invade to “protect” pro-Russian separatists there – just as it did in Georgia, another former Soviet republic that Moscow invaded six years ago.</p>
  • Quinn Campaign Wonders: Black Republicans Like Jewish Nazis?

    04/23/2014 6:22:11 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 14 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/23/14 | Adam Kredo
    Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is in some hot water with the Jewish community after his campaign tweeted—and then quietly deleted—several messages urging backers to read an article comparing black Republican voters to Jews who collaborated with the Nazis. Chicago Sun Times readers were stunned last week to find that writer Neil Steinberg has penned a column comparing black supporters of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner to Jews who collaborated with the Nazis against their brethren. “As a general rule, individuals will sell out the interests of their groups in return for personal benefit,” Steinberg wrote in his column, which...
  • A Fatal Wait: Veterans Languish and Die on a VA Hospital's Secret List

    04/23/2014 6:21:05 PM PDT · by kristinn · 15 replies
    CNN AC360 ^ | Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | Scott Bronstein and Drew Griffin
    At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list. The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor, according to a recently retired top VA doctor and several high-level sources. For six months, CNN has been reporting on extended delays in health care appointments suffered by veterans across the country and who died while waiting...
  • High court nixes $3.4M award to child porn victim

    04/23/2014 6:12:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2014 5:38 PM EDT | Mark Sherman
    The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Two dissenting justices said Congress should change the law to benefit victims. The justices said in a 5-4 ruling that a 1994 federal law gives victims the right to seek restitution from offenders, but only to the extent that the victim’s losses are tied to the offenders’ actions. In this case,...
  • UKRAINE: Putin’s Men in Ukraine Seize U.S. Journalist

    04/23/2014 6:11:34 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 13 replies
    Vice reporter Simon Ostrovsky has been DETAINED by a PRO-RUSSIAN FACTION as part of a campaign to intimidate journalists. SLOVYANSK, Ukraine—Russian-backed insurgents in this eastern Ukraine town, a flashpoint in the tug of war between Moscow and Kiev, seized American journalist Simon Ostrovsky on Tuesday, claiming that under the “laws of war” they had the right. “He was not reporting in a correct way,” said Stella Khoraeva, a former journalist and spokeswoman for the separatist leader Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, the pro-Russian militant leader in Slovyansk, a rust belt industrial town on a tributary of the Donets River an hour’s drive from...
  • Poll shows decline in support for Boy Scouts

    04/23/2014 6:04:06 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 42 replies
    dallas news ^ | 17 April 2014 | SCOTT K. PARKS
    The Boy Scouts’ image, once defined by idyllic Norman Rockwell paintings, has suffered during the contentious debate over whether [homosexual] youths and adults should be allowed to participate in Scouting, according to a public opinion poll. Rasmussen Reports, an independent polling firm, asked the following question in a telephone survey: “Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression of the Boy Scouts of America?” According to the poll, 59 percent of American adults have a very favorable or somewhat favorable opinion of the Boy Scouts. That’s a 6-point drop since last May, and a...
  • Keystone XL’s Continued Delay is Absurd (WaPo: Obama embarrassing U.S.)

    04/23/2014 6:00:51 PM PDT · by kristinn · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | Editorial Board
    IF FOOT-DRAGGING were a competitive sport, President Obama and his administration would be world champions for their performance in delaying the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Last Friday afternoon, the time when officials make announcements they hope no one will notice, the State Department declared that it is putting off a decision on Keystone XL indefinitely — or at least, it seems, well past November’s midterm elections. This time, the excuse is litigation in Nebraska over the proposed route, because that might lead to a change in the project that various federal agencies will want to consider. The State...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ 24 April 2014

    04/23/2014 6:00:14 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 42 replies
    Serving The Bestest Troops & Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ GETTING UNDERWAY U.S. Navy sailors lower the American flag as they get underway after concluding exercise Baltic Operations 2013 in Kiel, Germany, June 25, 2013. The sailors are assigned to the amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney. BALTOPS is an annual multinational exercise to enhance maritime capabilities and interoperability with partner nations, and promote maritime safety and security in the Baltic Sea. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Collin Turner Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family...
  • IRS Gives 'Death Penalty' to Conservative Critic

    04/23/2014 5:44:59 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 15 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | April 23, 2014 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    When the IRS revokes tax-exempt status of a 501(c)(3) organization, the sanction is considered so severe that tax practitioners refer to it as the “death penalty.” The IRS recently gave the death penalty to the Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty. As reported at The Blaze, “The IRS said the group forfeited its status by promoting regularly politically charged articles written by Patrick Henry Center founder Gary Aldrich, a former FBI agent.” Aldrich is a best-selling author, considered a hero or an enemy, depending on one’s view, for exposing Bill Clinton’s escapades. He’s also a friend to many constitutional conservatives....
  • Rand Paul: “Not Changing Any Laws on Abortion,” Life at Conception a “Personal” Belief

    04/23/2014 5:41:16 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 70 replies
    http://www.lifenews.com ^ | April 23, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    Rand Paul is a pro-life Senator from Kentucky who appears poised to become one of the candidates for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. Although he has a strong pro-life voting record, Paul is making comments about abortion that are concerning pro-lifers. randpaul3As LifeNews reported earlier this year, Paul said in an interview that Republicans should agree to disagree on social issues. Now, in a new interview, Paul says he doesn’t anticipate changing the laws on abortion and added that his belief that life begins at conception is a personal and religious one, not a scientific viewpoint.
  • Another Bush Seeks The White House; America’s Response Should Send A Clear Message

    04/23/2014 5:39:13 PM PDT · by lbryce · 24 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | April 23, 2014 | B Christopher Agee
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush reportedly confirmed mounting suspicions that he wants to be the third member of his immediate family to occupy the White House. In a recent appearance at a New York fundraiser, Politico reports that he told attendees he is “thinking about running for president.” Apparently, a number of the approximately 200 individuals gathered for the event were receptive to the announcement, leading Bush to ask them to “call and tell [his] mom” about the decision. The politician, however, is a much tougher sell for members of his party overall – especially among those who call themselves...
  • Texas second-grader says teacher took away Bible during reading time

    04/23/2014 5:29:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 23, 2014
    The family of a second-grade student at a Texas elementary school says their daughter’s teacher took her Bible away during a “read to myself” session. The Liberty Institute, a nonprofit legal group specializing in religious liberty cases, says the family reached out for assistance after a teacher at Hamilton Elementary in Cypress allegedly told the girl not to bring the Bible back to school again. The teacher reportedly said the Bible is inappropriate reading material. …
  • Perry Pitches Texas to New York Businesses, Hits Cuomo Ads

    04/23/2014 5:25:11 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 3 replies
    NYO news ^ | April 23 | Jill Colvin
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry was in New York today to make his pitch to business leaders he hopes to lure to the Lone Star State, and took the opportunity to reissue his debate challenge to Gov. Andrew Cuomo–who today declined the request. “Yes, I’m here recruiting business. I’m don’t shy away from that. I’m very upfront about that. But I’m also here to help stimulate a conversation with the people of New York state, the people in New York City, the legislators, the governor,” said Mr. Perry, speaking to reporters after a lunch with business owners at Hill Country BQQ...
  • Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name

    An Army private convicted of providing classified documents to WikiLeaks won an initial victory Wednesday toward living as a woman when a Kansas judge granted a petition to change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. The decision clears the way for official changes to Manning's military records, but does not compel the military to treat the soldier previously known as Bradley Edward Manning as a woman. That includes not being moved from the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, where Manning is serving a 35-year prison sentence, to a prison with a women's unit, or receiving the counseling and hormone...
  • Palestinian groups Fatah, Hamas announce accord that could threaten Mideast peace talks

    04/23/2014 5:21:18 PM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Financial Times ^ | April 23, 2014 | Ruth Eglash and Anne Gearan,
    JERUSALEM — Rival Palestinian political factions on Wednesday announced a surprise reconciliation deal and plans for a unified government, upending U.S.-backed peace talks with Israel just days before a deadline to end or extend the most substantive negotiations in years. The deal would reunite the moderate Fatah faction in the West Bank, which has been negotiating with Israel, with the radical Hamas faction, which refuses to recognize Israel’s legitimacy. Hamas is blamed for allowing near-daily rocket attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip territory it controls. Israel quickly condemned the plan and canceled a negotiating session with representatives of Palestinian...
  • Chicago Weatherman Sends One Of The Best Gun Control

    04/23/2014 5:04:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Downtrend ^ | 4/22 | Brian Anderson
    The Windy City is supposed to be the model of gun control the rest of the nation should follow to keep our streets safe. They have guns laws that make California look like Texas. The only problem is, those pesky criminals don’t follow the laws and Chicago is a bloody war zone. Over the Easter weekend, 9 people were shot to death with another 36 wounded by gunfire. Enter Paul Konrad. He’s the morning news meteorologist for WGN. Now you wouldn’t expect that a local weatherman would have much to say about gun control or the violence that is tearing...
  • EPA Closure of Last Lead Smelting Plant to Impact Ammunition Production (06 November 2013)

    04/23/2014 4:42:27 PM PDT · by Jean S · 44 replies
    New American ^ | Wednesday, 06 November 2013 08:00 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not content to infringe on property rights; recent actions taken against the country's last lead smelting facility will affect the right to keep and bear arms, as well, by substantially impacting the production of ammunition. As of December 31, 2013, the lead refining plant will close for good.The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:About 145 employees of the Doe Run lead smelter [in Herculaneum, Missouri] learned they will lose their jobs at the end of December because of the plant’s closure, the Doe Run Co. said Wednesday. An additional 73 contractor jobs also will be eliminated....
  • US troops arriving in Eastern Europe. Is it more than symbolic? (+video)

    04/23/2014 4:41:30 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies
    US troops arriving in Eastern Europe. Is it more than symbolic? A contingent of 150 US troops began arriving in Poland Wednesday, the first of four such units being deployed for training exercises in Eastern Europe in a move criticized as unlikely to impress Russia. By Anna Mulrine, Staff writer / April 23, 2014 Washington The Pentagon is sending a contingent of 150 US troops to Poland this week, the first piece of what US officials describe as an effort to reassure Eastern European allies that the United States has their back in the wake of Russian aggression. The contingent,...
  • GE Boss Jeff Immelt Says ObamaCare Hurting Business

    04/23/2014 4:36:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 23, 2014 | BY PAUL BEDARD
    A week after General Electric blamed Obamacare for hurting its medical business, the company's chairman on Wednesday warned that uncertainty in the health care field will persist for much longer. “I think that there's still a lot of uncertainty in health care and we'll just have to see that over time,” warned Jeff Immelt during a shareholders' meeting in Chicago. Last week, the firm released financial figures which showed a rise in profits, but a cut in its medical business. That was blamed on companies and hospitals holding back on purchases of GE equipment out of concern over how bad...
  • Lawmakers Unveil Plan to Liberate Western Lands and Evict Feds

    04/23/2014 4:22:51 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 22 replies
    The New American ^ | 23 April 2014 | Alex Newman
    Lawmakers Unveil Plan to Liberate Western Lands and Evict Feds Liberty-minded elected officials from Western states are coming together with citizens to take action in defense of the Constitution and the West.The New American 23 April 2014 With the now-infamous federal abuses against the Bundy ranching family and its supporters in Nevada helping to awaken a sleeping giant, liberty-minded elected officials from Western states are coming together with citizens to take action in defense of the Constitution and the West. Their mission: to wrest control over the vast expanses of land and wealth in the region that are unconstitutionally...
  • Abuse of special needs kids caught on hidden camera (video)

    04/23/2014 4:20:30 PM PDT · by blueyon · 12 replies
    WVEC.com ^ | 4/23/14 | WXIA
    One concerned teacher took matters into her own hands after she says the school's principle and district leaders ignored her concerns. She placed hidden cameras in a special needs classroom, and the abuse she caught was extremely disturbing.
  • Why Should Colleges Be Blind to Color and Nothing Else?

    04/23/2014 4:19:48 PM PDT · by kristinn · 27 replies
    Creators.com ^ | Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | Jill Lawrence
    If you don't like affirmative action, the Supreme Court has a clear signal for you: Go for it. When Michigan voters approved a ballot initiative to ban race as a consideration in admission to state schools, the high court said that they were simply exercising their privilege to bypass unresponsive public officials and make laws themselves. So what's next? Will spindly, graceless people, still smarting over being picked last for every team underwrite ballot initiatives that ban consideration of the genetic gift of athletic talent? What about the genetic windfall of alumni parents? Will courts someday be asked to decide...
  • The Accused Kansas Killer's Neo-Pagan Religion

    04/23/2014 4:12:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Frazier Glenn Cross is a white supremacist, an avowed anti-Semite and an accused killer. But he is not, as many think, a Christian. Cross, who also goes by the name Glenn Miller, is accused of killing three people – all Christians - on Sunday at Jewish institutions in Overland Park, Kansas. Authorities are weighing whether to file hate-crime charges against Cross, who is suspected of targeting Jews. The 73-year-old has espoused anti-Semitism for decades. He also founded racist groups like a branch of the Ku Klux Klan and the White Patriot Party, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Both...
  • Objection: BLM Agent Not Special Forces

    04/23/2014 4:11:15 PM PDT · by ponygirl · 7 replies
    Some of you may have already seen this article making its rounds on the interwebs. In it, claims are made that Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Special Agent Daniel P. Love of the recent Bundy Ranch versus BLM debacle is/was an Army Special Forces soldier (Green Beret). Special Agent Love earned a position of primary antagonist in the eyes of much of the country. This was a due to a secretly recorded conversation between reporter Pete Santilli, from Guerilla Media, and Special Agent Love, which can be heard here: For the record, anyone who has served more than a day...
  • Comparing Andy Biggs to Harry Reid: Palin blasts AZ Senate president on constitutional convention

    04/23/2014 4:10:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Arizona Capitol Times ^ | April 22, 2013 | Ben Giles
    Arizona’s Senate president is under fire from an unlikely source within his own political party: Sarah Palin. The former vice presidential candidate took to Facebook on Tuesday to chastise Senate President Andy Biggs as the “only man standing in the way” of a vote on a measure to call an Article V Convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Palin notes that similar measures have already been approved in several states. But she said thanks to Biggs, a Gilbert Republican and leader of the GOP in the Senate, Arizona’s opportunities to approve SCR 1016 are rapidly dwindling. Legislatures in...
  • Hillary Clinton Again Calls Benghazi ‘Biggest Regret’ as Secretary of State

    04/23/2014 4:10:20 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 46 replies
    April 23, 2014, 6:43 PM ET Hillary Clinton Again Calls Benghazi ‘Biggest Regret’ as Secretary of State BOSTON – Hillary Clinton reiterated Wednesday that her darkest time as secretary of state was the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Mrs. Clinton, in a speech to more than 3,000 people at a women’s leadership conference here, called the attack and loss of lives “very, very painful” and “certainly the biggest regret that I have as secretary of state.” She noted that she had taken responsibility for security at the diplomatic outpost, where Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three...
  • McCain says illegal immigrants are 'not going home'

    04/23/2014 4:05:26 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 48 replies
    April 23, 2014, 06:22 pm McCain says illegal immigrants are 'not going home' By Rebecca Shabad Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Wednesday that immigrants living in the United States illegally are not going home, and that the U.S. has no practical way of forcing them to leave. "They're not going home. And so why don't we give them a path to citizenship," McCain asked at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy Jr. forum. "There are not enough buses to deport them," he added. "It's de facto amnesty." The senator, who has pushed for immigration reform, said once Congress passes legislation he...
  • Taxpayers Paying Planned Parenthood to Enroll People in Pro-Abortion ObamaCare

    04/23/2014 4:03:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Life News ^ | April 23, 2013 | Matthew Clark
    Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, is being paid (by your tax dollars) to enroll people in ObamaCare.California’s ObamaCare exchange is paying Certified Enrolment Counselors, including 38 Planned Parenthood affiliates, $58 per person for enrolling people on the state exchange. A “successful application” brings $58 per individual enrolled with a bonus of another $58 for enrolling a dependant. A “successful annual renewal” for these individuals will bring in another $25 per person.That’s no small sum. The abortion industry has a knack for finding ways to squeeze taxpayer dollars out of the American public. Planned Parenthood receives nearly half of its...
  • Tea Party Express Baton Rouge April 25

    04/23/2014 3:59:01 PM PDT · by chemicalman · 2 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | 4-22-14 | Tea Party Express
    Tea Party Express stopping in Baton Rouge, La. at 1130 am. Scheduled to speak: Col. Rob Maness, Candidate for US Senate.Paul Hollis, Candidate for US Senate.Paul Dietzel, Candidate for US House of Representatives.
  • Ted Cruz endorses Pete Ricketts

    04/23/2014 3:52:49 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 6 replies
    Journal Star ^ | Tuesday, 04.22.14 | Don Walton
    Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has endorsed Pete Ricketts in Nebraska's Republican gubernatorial primary race.Cruz, the hard-right Texan who has been embraced by the tea party movement and the Republican Liberty Caucus, said Ricketts is "a businessman and a constitutional conservative who will help Nebraska thrive."Pete's priorities for tax reform, job growth and education reform will expand opportunity for Nebraskans," Cruz said in a statement issued by the Ricketts campaign early Tuesday morning."I especially admire Pete's strong, principled leadership in support of school choice," Cruz said, which will "empower parents and expand the educational options for every child in Nebraska."Cruz...
  • Sad news. Have received notice that FReeper Abigail2 has passed away,

    04/23/2014 3:35:07 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 49 replies
    April 23, 2014
    I'm sorry, but have sad news to report. Have received a message that long term FReeper Abigail2, "has passed away after a long bout with Emphysema, Asthma, and allergies. She was known for promoting the Jesse Lee Peterson Show and many other activist announcements. She is survived by her three children. She had a strong Christian faith and died knowing that God loved her and had forgiven her sins. Some of her friends on Free Republic might like to know if you care to make some announcement." Prayers for her family and loved ones. I know she will be missed....
  • MSNBC's Chris Hayes: Preventing Global Warming Is Like Freeing Slaves

    04/23/2014 3:34:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | April 23, 2014 | Warner Todd Huston
    In The Nation magazine MSNBC host Christopher Hayes spent thousands of words and four web pages explaining how those working at preventing global warming are somehow just like the abolitionists who fought to free the slaves just prior to the American Civil War. Calling it a "new abolitionism," Hayes opens his article rehashing the South's "peculiar institution," pegging its long life to "so much goddamn money." Then he segues into likening today's global warming alarmists to those moralists and abolitionists of old. After 11 paragraphs of making this comparison, Hayes then weakly states, "So before anyone misunderstands my point, let...
  • The next Keystone? Natural gas project draws environmentalist ire

    04/23/2014 3:33:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 23, 2014 | Mike Emanuel
    A liquefied natural gas facility in southern Maryland is generating intense criticism from environmental groups, in a fight that echoes the protracted battle over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Energy company Dominion Resources is hoping to invest up to $3.8 billion to upgrade the Cove Point LNG facility as an export terminal. If successful, it could become the East Coast's chief LNG export facility, sending billions of cubic feet of natural gas to Japan, India, and elsewhere. Dominion stresses that the project would have a huge economic impact close to home as well. "The local area of Calvert County gets...