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  • The Boy Scouts Continue To Devolve Into A Garden Club

    05/30/2015 10:01:41 AM PDT · by QT3.14
    The Federalist ^ | May 26, 2015 | Rich Cromwell
    [Snip]... To be honest, the BSA hasn’t been doing well for a while. Membership has been steadily declining for decades, and recent decisions to go full Episcopalian—and you never go full Episcopalian—haven’t helped. But with this decision, and the resulting onslaught of righteous indignation, we see just how far a once-proud paramilitary organization has fallen. Why the change? The cynic in me, the one who remembers how long it took to evacuate us when we were sleeping in the woods without shelter and the skies opened up in biblical fashion that one weekend, thinks the BSA is now run by...
  • 'There is a future in sodomy': Protestors take over anti-gay marriage lecture on college campus

    05/30/2015 9:48:09 AM PDT · by NetAddicted · 8 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 5/27/2015 | Dave Urbanski
    As a speaker was about to begin her lecture criticizing gay marriage Tuesday on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara, about 30 students seated in the front rows stood with signs, turned to face the rest of the audience and let loose.
  • Ukraine President appoints ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili (as Odessa) Governor

    05/30/2015 9:43:00 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 2 replies
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | 5-30-2015 | Maria Tymoshchuk
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday appointed fiercely pro-Western former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili, who once fought a war with Russia, as governor of the strategic Odessa region. Poroshenko made the announcement at a televised event in the Black Sea port alongside the reformist Saakashvili, calling the ex-Georgian president a "great friend of Ukraine". "There remain a large number of problems in Odessa: preserving sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence and peace," Poroshenko said. SNIP---- Saakashvili is replacing millionaire Igor Palitsa in the post, a close ally of banking magnate Igor Kolomoisky who has been at loggerheads with Poroshenko over control of...
  • Houthi rebels in Yemen are holding multiple Americans prisoner

    05/30/2015 9:19:13 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    WaPo ^ | 5/29/15 | Greg Miller and Adam Goldman
    The rebel group that has seized power in Yemen has taken at least four U.S. citizens prisoner, according to U.S. officials who said that efforts to secure the Americans’ release have faltered. One of the prisoners had been cleared for release in recent days only to have that decision reversed by members of the Houthi rebellion that toppled the U.S.-backed government earlier this year and now controls most levers of power in Yemen.
  • Sanders and O'Malley

    05/30/2015 9:13:20 AM PDT · by Jim Noble · 4 replies
    Vanity | May 30, 2015 | Jim Noble
    Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley are auditioning for the role of Eugene McCarthy. RFK has not yet revealed himself. Nor has HHH. One thing is clear - Hillary! is cooked. She just doesn't realize it yet.
  • UKRAINE: Scathing Report Says Russia At War With Ukraine, Putin Lying

    A Washington-based think tank on international affairs has released a scathing report on Russia's "direct military intervention" in eastern Ukraine, concluding that President Vladimir Putin has led his country into war and lied about it. The report by the Atlantic Council also charges that Putin is using the decrease in hostilities that has followed a February cease-fire deal to reinforce Russian-backed rebels with troops and weaponry in order "to prepare for the next stage of fighting." At the same time, the Atlantic Council researchers say, "the Kremlin is building its case that forces engaged in any future outbreaks of fighting...
  • Obama Administration's New EPA Rules Expand Control Over All Waterways

    05/30/2015 9:02:39 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 7 replies
    The New American ^ | 29 May 2015 | Warren Mass
    In a White House statement released on May 26, President Obama stated: “I called on the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to clear up the confusion and uphold our basic duty to protect these vital [water] resources.”Obama went on the explain that the two federal bodies will provide businesses and industry with the “clarity and certainty” they need to determine which waters are protected by the Clean Water Act, and ensure that polluters “can be held accountable.”During a “press gaggle” the next day aboard Air Force One, AP’s White House press correspondent Darlene Superville asked...
  • UKRAINE: Hiding in Plain Sight

    05/30/2015 8:57:37 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 4 replies
    Atlantic Council ^ | May 27,2015 | Maksymilian Czuperski, John Herbst, Eliot Higgins, Alina Polyakova, and Damon Wilson
    Russia is at war with Ukraine. Russian citizens and soldiers are fighting and dying in a war of their government's own making. Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to deny Russian involvement in the fighting, but the evidence is overwhelming and indisputable. Drawing upon open source information, Hiding in Plain Sight: Putin's War in Ukraine provides irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in eastern Ukraine. This report, the result of an Atlantic Council Working Group launched to examine direct Russian military involvement in Ukraine, has five key findings: Satellite images confirm the movement of Russian troops and camp buildups along...
  • Woo hoo!! Closing in on the yellow!! Let's go, FReepers!! We can do this!! [FReepathon LX]

    05/30/2015 8:56:37 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 19 replies
    Woo hoo!! Closing in on the yellow!! Let's go, FReepers!! We can do this!! We need to wrap this baby up within the next few days. If you have not yet made your donation, please do so today. FR is funded solely by contributions made by the liberty loving patriots who enjoy and use it. We are beholden to no political party. No advertisers, no outsiders, no sugar daddies, no corporate string pullers. This means no commercial ads. No annoying pop-ups. No ad tracking. No mail campaigns. No spam. No one trying to control us. Definitely no government subsidies or...
  • Democrat cries ‘ugly’ about abortion bill changes [NC]

    05/30/2015 8:53:37 AM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    charlotteobserver.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | J. Andrew Curliss
    Republicans in the state Senate have added provisions to an abortion bill that are drawing strong criticism from a key Democrat in the Senate. The bill has already passed the House and would extend the waiting period for abortions from 24 hours to 72 hours. The purpose is to give women more time to consider the decision in the hope it will lead to fewer abortions. The proposal, House Bill 465, passed the House in a 74-45 vote last month. Now, in the Senate, a substitute bill is set for discussion on Wednesday. That substitute abortion bill now includes language...
  • Malaysia's Human Trafficking Problem Could Slow Fast Track to TPP

    05/30/2015 8:49:16 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 7 replies
    The New American ^ | 28 May 2015 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    As Congress and the president prepare to hand over American sovereignty to a board of international bureaucrats as mandated by a super-secret trade agreement, one of the partners in that pact might have a problem that could prove troublesome.As reported by several major media outlets this week, the U.S.’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) partner Malaysia has a substantial problem with human trafficking that may force President Obama and his congressional co-conspirators to pump the brakes on the fast track to passage of the agreement.On May 25, CBS News reported that Malaysian officials uncovered “139 suspected graves in abandoned camps used by...
  • Appeals court strikes down Arkansas 12-week abortion ban

    05/30/2015 8:49:01 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Wed May 27, 2015 | Suzannah Gonzales
    A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday struck down an Arkansas law that banned abortion at 12 weeks of pregnancy, upholding a lower court's decision last year that had blocked the law. The Arkansas law violates a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy at a point before the viability of the fetus, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit said. Two doctors challenged the Arkansas law, which had granted exceptions to protect the life of the mother and for pregnancy resulting from rape or incest.
  • South Korean man arrested for slaughtering 600 cats

    05/30/2015 8:38:32 AM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 15 replies
    UPI ^ | May 21, 2015 | Elizabeth Shim
    BUSAN, South Korea, May 21 (UPI) -- A South Korean man was arrested for slaughtering 600 stray cats and selling the meat for medicinal soups. The man, identified only by the surname Jeong, was taken into custody in May for violating South Korea's animal protection laws, reported Yonhap on Thursday. Jeong, who is in his 50s, said he sold the meat to traditional Korean health care centers – claiming the meat could be used in soups to treat arthritis. South Korea's Chosun TV reported Jeong employed a brutal method of butchering the cats. After trapping the cat, he would throw...
  • 3rd Navy sailor guilty in case of women recorded in showers

    05/30/2015 8:37:47 AM PDT · by pabianice · 14 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 5/30/15 | Bynum
    KINGS BAY NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE, Ga. — A submarine sailor was sentenced Friday to 15 days in a Navy brig after he pleaded guilty to failing to alert superiors when fellow crew member showed him videos of female trainees undressing for showers. Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon McGarity was the third sailor to plead guilty this week to charges related to the secret recording of female officers and midshipmen aboard the USS Wyoming. His punishment also included a two-grade reduction in rank and forfeiture of two-thirds of his pay for a month. McGarity, a missile technician, told the officer presiding...
  • and Paul: 'I will force the expiration' of the PATRIOT Act

    05/30/2015 8:34:50 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 30 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/30/2015 | Manu Raju
    Rand Paul plans to force the expiration of the PATRIOT Act Sunday by refusing to allow Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to expedite debate on a key surveillance bill. In a statement to POLITICO Saturday, Paul warned that he would not consent to any efforts to pass either an extension of current law or the USA Freedom Act, a reform bill passed overwhelmingly by the House earlier this month.
  • EPA fighting global warming by reducing food supply

    05/30/2015 8:19:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/30/2015 | Newsmachete
    The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday released a much-delayed proposal for the amount of biofuel that must be blended into conventional vehicle fuel. The proposal, which would become final by the end of November, would set levels for last year at what producers actually made but increase the total volume of renewable fuel required by 1.5 billion gallons, roughly 9 percent, by the end of 2016. That would bring the volume to 17.4 billion gallons[.]
  • Texas cuts Planned Parenthood funding from state budget

    05/30/2015 8:14:22 AM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | May 28, 2015 | Rebecca Downs
    After a month of negotiating the state’s two-year budget, the Texas Legislature’s new proposal cuts Planned Parenthood from its Breast and Cervical Cancer Services program. The decision by the Lone Star State would axe funding for over a dozen Planned Parenthood facilities that don’t provide abortions on-site. Planned Parenthood received $1.2 million in taxpayer dollars under the program last year. A finalized budget will be decided on before June 1. Alex Garcia-Ditta, writing for Texas Observer, gives background on the new budget proposal: In January, key budget writers state Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) and state Sen. Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown)...
  • The New Nationwide Crime Wave

    05/30/2015 8:13:51 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 34 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 29, 2015 | HEATHER MAC DONALD
    he nation’s two-decades-long crime decline may be over. Gun violence in particular is spiraling upward in cities across America. In Baltimore, the most pressing question every morning is how many people were shot the previous night. Gun violence is up more than 60% compared with this time last year, according to Baltimore police, with 32 shootings over Memorial Day weekend. May has been the most violent month the city has seen in 15 years. In Milwaukee, homicides were up 180% by May 17 over the same period the previous year. Through April, shootings in St. Louis were up 39%, robberies...
  • Court nixes Idaho's 20-week abortion ban

    05/30/2015 7:59:40 AM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 05/29/15 | Peter Sullivan
    A federal appeals court on Friday struck down an Idaho law banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, ruling the law unconstitutional. The ruling comes a few weeks after the U.S. House passed legislation that would ban abortions after the same timespan, sending it to the Senate. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said Idaho's law violates Supreme Court precedent protecting abortions up to the point of viability for a fetus, which has been considered to be around 24 weeks. Courts have struck down such bans before. In 2013, the 9th Circuit also ruled an Arizona ban on abortions after...
  • The U.S. Navy is risking everything on a fatally flawed technology

    05/30/2015 7:52:30 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 30 replies
    medium.com/war-is-boring/ ^ | May 29, 2015 | David W. Wise
    <p>"History," it has been written, "does not repeat itself, but it rhymes." Today it's rhyming with Gen. Billy Mitchell. In the 1920s, Mitchell challenged conventional thinking by advocating air power at sea in the face of a naval establishment dominated by battleship proponents.</p>
  • Bernie Sanders wrote an essay saying that women fantasize about rape

    05/30/2015 7:52:00 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 22 replies
    NY POST ^ | May 29, 2015 | Marisa Schultz
    WASHINGTON — Just as Sen. Bernie Sanders’ progressive presidential challenge to Hillary Clinton is gaining steam, an old essay of his has surfaced in which he says women fantasize “being raped by 3 men simultaneously.” “A man goes home and masturbates his typical fantasy. A woman on her knees, a woman tied up, a woman abused,” Sanders, 73, wrote in 1972 for an alternative newspaper called the Vermont Freeman. “A woman enjoys intercourse with her man — as she fantasizes being raped by 3 men simultaneously.” In another part of the article he wrote: “Do you know why the newspapers...
  • Ben Carson Among Top Five Republican Contenders Tied for Lead, New Poll Says

    05/30/2015 7:50:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/30/2015 | Anugrah Kumar
    Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson talks to pastors and community leaders during a meeting at the Bilingual Church in Baltimore, Maryland, May 7, 2015. No clear front-runner has emerged in the Republican field for 2016 in a new Quinnipiac University poll, which shows former neurosurgeon Ben Carson as one of the top five finishers, each with 10-percent support. The top five contenders are former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, apart from Carson, according to the national survey conducted May 19-26 among 1,711 voters across the country....
  • Dave Sweet dies at 86; father of the modern foam surfboard

    05/30/2015 7:48:07 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 29 05 2015 | By ELAINE WOO
    The first time Dave Sweet went surfing, in 1945, he was 16 and his wooden board weighed more than he did. A decade later, he was launching a revolution that would turn those bulky boards into relics. Sweet, who played a pioneering role in introducing the foam surfboard that transformed the sport and helped propel it into the mainstream, died of renal failure May 18 at the Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles Medical Center, said his son, Greg Sweet. He was 86. The development and marketing of the foam surfboard has often been credited to Orange County surf entrepreneurs Hobie...
  • Tense standoff outside US mosque over Mohammad cartoon protest

    05/30/2015 7:45:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    AP Via Yahoo News ^ | 05/30/2015
    Phoenix (AFP) - Anti-Islam protesters -- some of them heavily armed -- faced off against religious rights demonstrators outside a US mosque, in a tense but peaceful standoff. About 200 demonstrators from each group stood outside the mosque in Phoenix, Arizona, where a biker crew had said they would hold a Mohammed cartoon contest. Dozens of officers lined up between the two sets of protesters, using yellow police tape to separate them near the gates of the Islamic Community Center mosque in north Phoenix. "Stop Islam" was among the slogans on placards held by bearded bikers, one of whom wore...
  • Martin O'Malley sets sights on Hillary Clinton

    05/30/2015 7:43:38 AM PDT · by VinL · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/30/2015 | Dan Merica
    Martin O'Malley will launch his presidential campaign Saturday with an appeal to the party's progressive base that he hopes will upend the conventional wisdom that Hillary Clinton is destined to clinch the Democratic nomination. The former Maryland governor will unveil his campaign in Baltimore, the city where he was once mayor -- a role that is central to his political persona. But his Baltimore credentials could become more of a challenge than he initially thought after a riot erupted in the city in April. Perhaps O'Malley's biggest challenge is finding a way to dent the Clinton political machine while also...
  • CAIR Officials Want to Honor Muslim Terrorists Instead of American Soldiers

    05/30/2015 7:42:23 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 9 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 5/28/2015 | Michael Ware
    As our country slides further and further down the rat hole, there is little that surprises me. There are people in the White House and Congress who hate our country and its founding document. There are those who are seeking to destroy our values and the Church. However, the fact that there are people breathing free in America that are pulling for the terrorists is something unexpected. Top Right News reports: As nearly all Americans come together on Memorial Day to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the country's freedom and safety, two CAIR officials spent the holiday...
  • Travel ban for The 'Taliban 5' ends Sunday

    05/30/2015 7:40:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/30/2015 | Rick Moran
    The 5 Taliban prisoners exchanged for accused deserter Bo Bergdahl will be able to travel anywhere in the world unless the US and Qatar can come to an agreement about their continued stay in the Gulf country. The agreement that led to the terrorist's release banned them from traveling outside of Qatar and also stipulated certain survellance procedures that Qatar must follow. Despite all of that, at least one of the prisoners made contact with the Taliban earlier this year. CNN: A diplomatic source told CNN early Friday evening that U.S. and Qatari officials will have a final, decisive...
  • Artificially produced water delivers Israel from drought

    05/30/2015 7:38:27 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 17 replies
    seattletimes ^ | May 29, 2015 at 6:35 pm | Isabel Kershner
    JERUSALEM — At the peak of the drought, Shabi Zvieli, an Israeli gardener, feared for his livelihood. A hefty tax was placed on excessive household water consumption, penalizing families with lawns, swimming pools or leaky pipes. So many of Zvieli’s clients went over to synthetic grass and swapped their seasonal blooms for hardy, indigenous plants more suited to a semiarid climate.
  • Taiwan’s Remarkable Transition: The Country China Could Become

    05/30/2015 7:36:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/30/2015 | by JOSH GELERNTER
    Over the last year at NRO, I’ve written four or five times about human-rights abuses in China and the Chinese threat to Taiwan. A few weeks ago Taiwan’s foreign ministry invited me to come have a look at their country as part of press tour. I went for a week, and I’ve just come back. Taiwan is a beautiful country; every inch of land that doesn’t have something built on it is covered by thicker forest than I’ve ever seen in the U.S. The mountains that cover about two-thirds of the island look very much the way they do in...
  • Opec under siege as Isil threatens world's oil lifeline

    05/30/2015 7:33:57 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 05/30/15 | Andrew Critchlow
    As the bloc’s 12 oil ministers meet in Vienna, the march of Isil jihadists in the Middle East is putting Iran and Saudi Arabia on a collision course with explosive consequences Thick black smoke rising from the Baiji oil refinery could be seen as a dirty smudge on the horizon as far away as Baghdad after fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) set fire to the enormous processing plant just over 100 miles north of the capital last week. The decision to torch the refinery, which once produced around a third of Iraq’s domestic fuel...
  • Terrestrial energy allying with the University of Manchester on molten salt reactor development

    05/30/2015 7:05:34 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 10 replies
    nextbigfuture.com ^ | May 30, 2015 | Author: brian wang
    May 30, 2015 Terrestrial energy allying with the University of Manchester on molten salt reactor development  Canadian Terrestrial Energy has formed an alliance with Dalton Nuclear Institute at the University of Manchester in UK to develop its Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR). The firm intends to accelerate work on the development in order to make it ready for the construction and licensing phase, which has been scheduled for early 2017. Molten salt reactors (MSRs) use fuel dissolved in a molten fluoride or chloride salt. As an MSR fuel salt is a liquid, it functions as both the fuel (producing the...
  • Patriot Act That Dennis Hastert Passed Led To His Indictment

    05/30/2015 6:48:57 AM PDT · by Sawdring · 55 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 05/28/2015 | Daniel Marans
    On Oct. 24, 2001, then-House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) shepherded the Patriot Act through the House of Representatives. It passed 357 to 66, advancing to the Senate and then-President George W. Bush’s desk for signing. Hastert took credit for House passage in a 2011 interview, claiming it “wasn’t popular, and there was a lot of fight in the Congress” over it.
  • How Dishonest is Barack Obama?

    05/30/2015 6:31:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 30, 2015 | John C. Goodman
    A week ago Friday was an unusual day for the editorial page of The New York Times. An unsigned editorial in the paper lashed out at the president for his public statements about reengaging in Iraq. A Paul Krugman column attacked the administration’s defense of the new trade agreement. Both pieces said the administration was being … (how shall we say it?) … dishonest. Granted, this was nothing like the language Krugman and the Times typically use to describe Republicans. A few days earlier, Krugman accused Jeb Bush of “cowardice and vileness” with respect to his statements about Iraq. In...
  • Baltimore's $20 Million Federally Financed Riots

    05/30/2015 6:30:59 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 29 replies
    Investors.com ^ | 05/28/2015
    Baltimore's $20 Million Federally Financed Riots 05/28/2015 Accountability: After encouraging rioters to lay waste to Baltimore, the city's mayor now says she's confident she can get Uncle Sam to pay for the damage. What is this, the new age of federally financed riots? One month after the race riots that trashed Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said that the city would apply for a $20 million Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant to replenish the "rainy day fund" being used to pay for cleanup and police overtime costs in the wake of the mayhem that she herself is on record as...
  • Adriana Cohen: Rand grandstands on GOP brand

    05/30/2015 6:30:22 AM PDT · by Adriana Cohen News · 3 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | May 30, 2015 | Adiana Cohen
    Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul needs to Etch A Sketch his political strategy pronto. Anyone who thinks that trash-talking your own party will win over voters in a very crowded presidential field needs to be sent packing. Paul has given media interviews saying the GOP brand “sucks.” And in a thinly veiled slap at his fellow Senate Republicans, he has said, “These barnacled enablers have never met a war they didn’t like.” If that’s not bad enough, he’s now blaming the hawks in his party for ISIS. Never mind 9/11 and all the Democrats who voted for the War in...
  • Islamic State's Saudi branch calls for clearing Arabian Peninsula of Shi'ites

    05/30/2015 6:18:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/30/15
    Saudi Arabia's branch of militant group Islamic State has said it wants to clear the Arabian Peninsula of Shi'ite Muslims and urged young men in the kingdom to join its cause, the U.S.-based SITE monitoring center has reported. Islamic State claimed two suicide bombings carried out on May 22 and May 29 on Shi'ite mosques in eastern Saudi Arabia, where the bulk of the Saudi Arabia's Shi'ite minority lives. The attacks killed 25 people. In the 13-minute-long recording, the speaker said Islamic State had ordered its followers everywhere to "kill enemies of Islam, especially Shi'ites", according to SITE. "What then...
  • A Surprising New Source of American Jobs: China

    05/30/2015 6:17:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 05/30/2015 | By ZOË BAIRD and EMILY PARKER
    The 2016 presidential-campaign season will bring all sorts of familiar proposals to create jobs in the U.S., but candidates who really understand today’s global economy should highlight a more surprising possible engine of new employment for Americans: China. China’s middle class continues to grow, reaching an estimated 630 million people by 2022. Those consumers want better health care, world-class education and a cleaner environment. China itself will eventually be able to provide those services, but meanwhile, the Internet makes it possible for China to create and sustain American jobs. Take health care. In 1994, a Chinese university student named Zhu...
  • NASA Supports Replacing American Flag With A New Design

    05/30/2015 6:01:27 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 50 replies
    Inquisitor ^ | 5/28/2015
    Since Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, the iconic visual of the American flag they left behind marked NASA’s success in going where no man had gone before, marking their arrival for future visitors to see. Since then, all space suits worn by Americans have been adorned with the American flag. However, NASA has been supporting a design that may replace the American flag during space travel. The new flag, called the International Flag of the Planet Earth, is expected to represent Earth as a whole, rather than segment only the United States. According to the...
  • Swedish broadcaster sends porn to children

    05/30/2015 5:59:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Sweden's tax-funded public broadcaster SVT has apologized to parents after it accidentally sent an SMS to 60 children which included a link to a pornographic site. Every week, SVT's kids' show 'Rea' sends a question via text message to 60 children voluntary 'mobile reporters' aged between 10 and 13 who then answer the query on camera. This week the junior reporters were asked to name their favourite ice cream, but a typo in the text message instead directed the youngsters to a web page featuring a video of two men having sex and the words “gay sex is the answer”....
  • Earthquake: 5.5 quake strikes near Brooktrails

    05/30/2015 5:55:30 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 4 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | May 30, 2015 | QUAKEBOT
    A shallow magnitude 5.5 earthquake was reported Saturday morning seven miles from Brooktrails, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 4:33 a.m. PDT at a depth of 23.6 miles.
  • Sen. Mike Lee: Quickly approve the USA Freedom Act

    05/30/2015 5:54:05 AM PDT · by NRx · 23 replies
    WaPo ^ | 05-29-2015 | Sen. Mike Lee
    More than four years ago, Congress passed, and President Obama signed, the Patriot Sunsets Extension Act of 2011. Since that day, May 26, 2011, it’s been known that key provisions of our nation’s counterterrorism surveillance programs are set to expire this June 1. That is why Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) and I worked diligently on a bipartisan and bicameral basis to produce the USA Freedom Act. As with any legislation, the USA Freedom Act is not perfect. It does end the bulk collection of phone records and other data by...
  • Russian police detain gay activists at unauthorized rally [Orthodox hold counter demo]

    05/30/2015 5:53:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    AFP ^ | 5/30/15
    Russian police Saturday detained several gay rights activists for attempting to stage an unauthorised pride rally in central Moscow, AFP journalists reported. Police officers seized the activists - one of whom tried to unfurl a rainbow flag - and loaded them into waiting vans as around 30 nationalist counter-demonstrators in camouflage hurled eggs at the activists and attacked them. Several of the Orthodox counter-demonstrators were also detained by police as a large crowd of Russian and international journalists looked on. "Arrested and beaten at 10th Moscow Pride. We are arrested! They probably broke my left hand finger," leading gay rights...
  • Baltimore police report 5 shootings Friday [99 shootings so far in May]

    05/30/2015 5:50:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 5/30/15 | Jessica Anderson and Kevin Rector
    Five people were shot in Baltimore on Friday, one fatally, pushing the total number of shootings this month to 99 and the number of homicides to 39. The man who was killed was 19 years old, police said. He was not identified. Also Friday, members of the Baltimore Police marine unit discovered the body of a female in water under the Interstate 395 overpass into the city after being called there about 5:15 p.m. The manner of death was not yet determined Friday evening, but homicide detectives were called to the scene. Anyone with information is asked to call 410-396-2100....
  • Latest US proposal for ethanol could have political fallout

    05/30/2015 5:46:15 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 49 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-29-15 | Mary Clare Jalonick
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's latest plan on ethanol, the corn-based renewable fuel, probably will not have a major effect on pump prices, but could have political reverberations in Iowa and other farm states in the 2016 presidential campaign. Under the proposed rule announced Friday, the amount of ethanol in the gasoline supply would increase in coming years, just not as much as set out under federal law. That approach drew criticism from ethanol and farm groups that have pushed to keep high volumes of ethanol in gasoline. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton has called for a robust...
  • Powerful earthquake strikes off eastern Japan; no tsunami threat

    05/30/2015 5:38:27 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 8 replies
    ABC ^ | 05/30/15
    A magnitude 7.8 earthquake has struck 194 kilometres off Japan's coast, according to United States Geological Survey (USGS), but there were no immediate reports of damage, public broadcaster NHK said. The quake, which hit off Japan's Bonin Islands, reportedly rocked buildings in Tokyo as it built in intensity about 8:30pm local time (9:30pm AEST). The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said: "There is no tsunami threat because the earthquake is located too deep inside the earth." The USGS reported the epicentre was approximately 874 kilometres south of Tokyo in the Pacific Ocean, while the Japan Meteorological Agency said the earthquake had...
  • Mitch McConnell's Party Ready to Give Way? (very interesting article)

    05/30/2015 5:37:58 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    teapartynation.com ^ | 5/29/15 | Jeff B. Willis
    Matt Bevin will be the Republican Gubernatorial nominee this fall in Kentucky. This surprising conclusion of a bitter, four-person primary took a lot by surprise. Most notably, Mitch McConnell. McConnell handily defeated Bevin last year in the Kentucky Senate primary. Many Tea Party members wrote Bevin off as a bad candidate. McConnell moved on to score a thumping of Alison Lundergan Grimes in the general election. Bevin was pretty much a memory. Throughout the Gubernatorial race Bevin held third place. Then, at the 11th hour, the two front runners, James Comer and Hal Heiner became embroiled in a mud slinging...
  • Let’s see if the Left will punish Bernie Sanders for his ’72 rape essay

    05/30/2015 5:34:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 5/30/15 | Jon Dougherty
    Left-wing Marxist Sen. Bernie Sanders penned a disgusting anti-woman ‘rape’ screed in ’72, but he’ll probably get away with it because, after all, he’s not a conservative It will be interesting to see what the mainstream media will make of an essay written by avowed socialist (and Democratic presidential contender) Sen. Bernie Sanders in 1972, in which he claimed, among other things, that a woman “fantasizes being raped by three men simultaneously.” Here’s a forecast: Sanders, because he’s on the Left side of politics like the mainstream media, will get a pass. Still, his campaign has already begun trying...
  • Can True Conservatives Win in Primaries? One Group Has the Answer

    05/30/2015 5:32:01 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    conservativereview.com ^ | 5/29/15 | Art McGrath
    In many presidential elections, conservatives have been frustrated that they get stuck with establishment Republicans such as John McCain or Mitt Romney, their votes often lost among a plethora of candidates. A group of New Hampshire conservatives has a plan to consolidate behind a constitutional conservative in advance of the pivotal first-in-the-nation New Hampshire Primary, coming up in February. The group, the 603 Alliance, sees itself as a potential model for conservatives in other states that are sick of having establishment RINOs foisted upon them election after election. At a recent meeting in Littleton, New Hampshire, organizers of the 603...
  • Baltimore's Marilyn Mosby and Stephanie Rawlings-Blake have blood on their hands

    05/30/2015 5:31:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5/30/15 | M Catharine Evans
    Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, once tagged "the worst mayor in America" by an online transportation blog, is a complete incompetent tool , personally responsible for the post-riot reign of violence now engulfing her city. (Watch her get her groove on here.) Rawlings-Blake needs to be impeached, charged, and indicted for incitement of looting and destruction of property along with her partner-in-crime, Baltimore City state's attorney Marilyn Mosby. These two have blood on their hands – the blood of Baltimore residents. Instead of working to keep violent criminals off the streets, Mosby and Blake gave rival gangs carte blanche to wreak...
  • McConnell Gives Poster Child of Corporate Welfare a Pass

    05/30/2015 5:29:31 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    There is nothing more rare in Washington than the opportunity to shutter the doors of a profligate federal agency. Thus the prospect of ending the wasteful and corrupt Export-Import Bank is even more enticing. Unfortunately, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has just handed the Democrats another gift that could possibly snatch defeat from the jaws of victory for Republicans and reauthorize the poster child of corporate welfare. In an irony of all ironies, McConnell was giving away roubles with his own party! ”political favors last week to Democrats willing to join him to…pass one of Obama’s biggest legislative priorities,...