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  • WSJ’s Stephens: Trump Must Be ‘Decisively Rebuked’ So Republican Voters ‘Learn Their Lesson’

    05/30/2016 11:40:43 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 42 replies ^ | 5/29/16 | Jeff Poor
    Sunday on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” The Wall Street Journal’s deputy editorial page editor Bret Stephens argued against presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s candidacy and said he must be “decisively rebuked” to the point that it will teach Republican voters a “lesson.” “I most certainly will not vote for Donald Trump,” Stephens said. “I will vote for the least left-wing opponent to Donald Trump and I want to make a vote to make sure that he has — that he is the biggest loser in presidential history since, I don’t know, Alf Landon or
  • Democrats’ Drift on Israel Emerges as Sanders Taps Writers of Party Platform

    05/30/2016 11:40:26 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 9 replies
    The New York Sun ^ | May 26, 2016 | SETH LIPSKY,
    The first Jewish candidate to get to the homestretch of a Democratic presidential primary is making it his business to move the party formally away from its support of Israel. At least to the degree that President Obama hasn’t already done so. Senator Sanders’ nominees to the Democratic Party’s platform committee include radical environmentalist, Bill McKibben; Native American activist, Deborah Parker; and muslim congressman Keith Ellison of Minnsota. The big news, though, is that Mr. Sanders’ surrogates include pro-Palestinian activist James Zogby and leftist professor Cornel West, two of the harshest critics of Israel on the national scene. It’s not...
  • BREAKING NEWS: White House is placed on lockdown with President Obama inside after a woman....

    05/30/2016 11:28:44 AM PDT · by traumer · 49 replies
    The White House has been placed on lockdown after a woman threw something over the north fence along Pennsylvania Avenue. Reporters were not allowed to venture out of the White House press room and a call to the Secret Service was not immediately returned. However, a woman was detained. She was placed in handcuffs. Fire trucks and a hazardous materials response unit were called to the scene. It is common for officers to sweep the grounds after such incidents to ensure nothing dangerous was thrown over the fence. Officers in Hazmat suits were seen combing the lawn during the lockdown....
  • Don’t Let the 43 Republicans Who Voted for Obama’s Transgender Agenda Spin Their Vote

    05/30/2016 11:09:42 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 5/27/16 | Ryan Anderson
    On Wednesday, 43 Republican members of Congress joined the Democrats to vote for President Barack Obama’s transgender agenda. Now they’re trying to spin their vote. These 43 Republicans voted for the Maloney amendment, which ratified Obama’s 2014 executive order barring private businesses who do contract work for the government from engaging in what the government considers to be “discrimination” on the basis of “sexual orientation and gender identity” in their private employment policies. As I pointed out in an earlier Daily Signal article, “discrimination” on the basis of “gender identity” can be something as simple as having a bathroom policy...
  • White House placed on partial security lockdown: official

    05/30/2016 11:06:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon May 30, 2016 1:50pm EDT | Lisa Lambert and Jeff Mason
    The north side of the White House was placed on a security lockdown on Monday because of a suspicious package, a Secret Service official said. The partial lockdown on the Memorial Day holiday occurred while President Barack Obama was home. Reporters were not allowed to leave the White House compound through its northwest gate and flashing lights from emergency responders could be seen nearby. …
  • Rand Paul super-PAC flips to Libertarian ticket

    05/30/2016 10:19:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Hot ^ | May 30, 2016 | ED MORRISEY
    America got the contested convention it desired this weekend … from the Libertarians, anyway. Gary Johnson and William Weld managed to eke out majorities of delegates this weekend to become the only national party ticket with two former two-term governors on it, and both of them Republicans for that matter. Now that the circus has packed up, though, can the Libertarians compete for the first time, with both of the major parties nominating candidates with record unpopularity with voters? Politico reports that they will at least compete on funding, if nothing else. One big boost will come from the super-PAC...
  • Politico Magazine: Trade Will Give Donald Trump Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan

    05/30/2016 10:14:10 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 10 replies ^ | 30 May 2016
    A Friday piece in Politico Magazine warns that a Hillary Clinton “fumble on trade” could give Donald Trump wins in Ohio, Wisconsin, and Michigan in a general election contest. In a piece entitled, “How Hillary Loses,” David S. Bernstein writes that the new polls showing Trump ahead of Clinton represent a “terrifying moment for Democrats.” While Bernstein says one should not read too much into the early polls, he argues that the polling numbers reveal that “there is now a clear path for her to lose” the election. In particular, Bernstein explains that trade could win Trump Ohio, Wisconsin, and...
  • Eric Trump: Obama’s Iran Deal Drove My Father to Run for President

    05/30/2016 10:07:06 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 29, 2016 | Aaron Klein
    The U.S.-led nuclear agreement with Iran last year was a deciding factor that compelled Donald Trump to jump into the race for president, the billionaire’s son, Eric Trump, said in a radio interview on Sunday....[on] New York’s AM 970 The Answer radio. “I think that was a game changer for him.” “That is when he finally said, ‘Kids, I am going to it. I am going to give this a real shot,’” Trump continued. Donald Trump has been a vocal opponent of the Iran nuclear deal. At a February speech before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Trump strongly...
  • Ben Sasse, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz Not Running as Independent Against Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton

    05/30/2016 9:29:36 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 79 replies ^ | 30 May 2016 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) will absolutely not be an independent candidate for president in November, his team confirmed to Breitbart News on Monday morning. A high-placed source close to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has also confirmed that it will not be him running against presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump and likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in November. Another high-placed source, this one close to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), has confirmed that the Texas senator—Trump’s last serious competitor for the GOP nomination—will also not be launching an independent bid for president in November. Sasse, an outspoken critic of GOP presidential...
  • Clinton Foundation Snafu: Video Footage Catches FBI Probe Suspects Arriving At Hillary's House

    05/30/2016 9:29:12 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 21 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 27 May 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Recently we reported that Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe was under investigation by the FBI and prosecutors from the Justice Department's integrity unit regarding donations to McAuliffe's campaign during his time as a board member of the Clinton Global Initiative. Specifically, investigators were scrutinizing a $120,000 donation McAuliffe received from Wang Wenliang, a Chinese businessman, who was also a donor to the Clinton foundation, pledging $2 million. The Daily Mail has obtained footage that shows the two men entering Hillary Clinton's residence off D.C.'s Embassy row as they attended a fundraiser on September 30, 2013.
  • Feds Creating Muslim Ghetto In Rand Paul's Backyard -Use Memorial Day To Import More Muslim Refugees

    05/30/2016 9:27:32 AM PDT · by BunkerHill1775 · 31 replies
    The Feds have been importing Muslim migrants for years and creating insta-ghettos in small towns across the country. They systematically conceal their plans from locals who often wake up to find their towns have undergone drastic change. Such is the case in Senator Rand Paul's hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky. This small city of 70,000 had no Muslims 15 years ago and now has 7,000 recent immigrants - 10% of the population...
  • Nearly 50 percent recent college graduates working in jobs where no college degree is required.

    05/30/2016 9:19:41 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 75 replies
    My Budget 360 ^ | 28 May 2016
    We don’t send our young into the wilderness for a vision quest as a rite of passage. There are few things in modern society that signify a transition into adulthood. Going to college is one of them. And in debt addicted America, it is no surprise that for many, college debt is the first debt they will take on. Getting a college education is supposed to give someone a well rounded view of the world and a potential skill set. Some argue that college is not about vocational training. That to some degree is true but when students are going...
  • A Memorial Day Reminder (and a Thank You)

    05/30/2016 9:19:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 30, 2016 | Steve McCann
    The people of United States, a nation struggling to regain a sense of optimism and confidence, have, over many years, been told by a preponderance of the elites in American society that their country is one of an ignoble nature and history. That “American Exceptionalism” is a myth that has precipitated the plunder of the planet and the exploitation of mankind throughout the world. This is a nation whose alleged sins have been portrayed as so egregious that the current president, whose primary campaign promise was to “fundamentally transform America,” feels duty bound to go around the world on bended...
  • Obama Marks Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery

    05/30/2016 9:15:44 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 43 replies
    KSTP.COM ^ | 30 MAY 2016 | KTSP.COM
    President Barack Obama has laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns to honor members of the military who died serving their country. Obama's appearance at Arlington National Cemetery carries on a longstanding presidential tradition and comes as the U.S. struggles to end various conflicts in the Middle East.
  • Why China's Largest Bank Just Bought a Massive Gold Vault

    05/30/2016 9:13:21 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | 28 May 2016 | Reuben Gregg Brewer
    ICBC Standard Bank just made a huge bet on gold. Although the details weren't disclosed, China's largest bank now owns one of just seven secret gold vaults hidden in London in what is something of an exclusive gold market. Here's what you need to know. A piece of the action China's ICBC is the world's largest bank by assets. And according to the BBC, China accounts for roughly 25% of global gold demand. So clearly, ICBC needs to be involved in the gold trade in a big way. However, China isn't the world's hub for gold trading; that distinction goes...
  • ESPN’s Daft Columnist Howard Bryant Found Racism in the Oddest Place

    05/30/2016 9:09:54 AM PDT · by russbart · 21 replies
    Howard Bryant, the moral authority columnist for ESPN, has found more systemic racism, something he is ever on the lookout for, even if it isn’t there. His latest article, “The Unspoken Truth” is about the plague now besetting our nation – police officers singing the National Anthem before games. [As an aside, a police officer was shot in the head yesterday trying to protect citizens]
  • Four Reasons Trump’s “15 State Strategy” is Brilliant

    05/30/2016 9:09:31 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 52 replies
    TruthFeed ^ | 5/29/2016
    Trump recently teased a “15 state strategy” in the general, which include some where Republican nominees don’t often campaign or consider swing states. *Note the map is Fox News’ interpretation of what 15 states they believe Trump may have in mind and has not been confirmed as the 15 states Trump is referring to. “We have to win, and I want my energy to be put into the states where it could go either way…. and we’re going to play heavy, as an example, in California. Now no other Republican — they wouldn’t even go to dinner in California. They...
  • Netherlands gives green light for growing human embryos

    05/30/2016 9:08:25 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 27 May 2016
    Dutch government sanctions ‘limited research’ to help infertile couples and to tackle hereditary or congenital diseases ___ The Dutch government has announced it wants to allow growing human embryos “under strict and limited conditions” for scientific research, thereby giving hope to parents struggling to conceive. The Dutch health minister, Edith Schippers, said she “wants to allow the creation of embryos for scientific research – and under very strict conditions to give people the possibility of (healthy) children”. “The research has to do with infertility, artificial reproduction techniques and hereditary or congenital diseases,” the statement added. It also specifically included people...
  • Hall and Lambert: EROI of different fuels and the implications for society

    05/30/2016 9:06:03 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Energy Skeptic ^ | 27 May 2016
    [ Excerpts from the Hall, Lambert, and Balogh EROI paper. You may want to read the original paper here since I’ve left out charts, figures, and text. In my opinion, EROI is important because it is due diligence – society ought to find out if there is any energy resource that can replace oil for transportation, since without transportation you can not build electricity-producing contraptions and you’re wasting rare earth minerals, steel, fossil fuels, and other finite materials making them. It is unlikely transportation can be electrified for reasons explained in my book When Trucks Stop Running: Energy and the...
  • Ex-CEO Of Largest Swiss Insurer Commits Suicide, Three Years After CFO Hanged Himself

    05/30/2016 9:04:39 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 5/30/16 | Tyler Durden
    In the latest tragic news from the world of finance, earlier today Zurich Insurance, the largest Swiss insurer which employs 55,000 people and provides general insurance and life insurance products in more than 170 countries, reported that Martin Senn, the company's former chief executive officer who stepped down in a December reshuffle, has committed suicide. He was 59. Senn had been a long-time employee of the insurer, serving as its chief executive for six years before stepping down in December. The family informed Zurich Insurance that Senn had taken his own life on Friday, according to the statement. "We are...
  • Donald Trump's wild idea about dealing with debt may be here sooner than you'd think

    05/30/2016 9:01:01 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 46 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 28 May 2016 | Peter Spence
    One of the wildest ideas to hit the US Presidential campaign trail might become a reality sooner than you would think. Donald Trump, the Republican party’s nominee, has claimed that the US national debt, standing at more than $19 trillion (£13 trillion), does not need to be repaid. “This is the United States government, you never have to default, because you print the money,” he declared live on air. His comments signal his belief that America’s authorities, could, if they wanted, print enough money to pay back their creditors without raising an extra cent in taxes. To many, Trump’s comments were startling....
  • Katie Couric And The Anti-Gun Documentary: Not Just Vanishing Journalism Ethics, But Vanishing

    05/30/2016 8:58:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Ethics Alarms ^ | 27 May, 2016 | Ethicsalarms
    Just in time for the Presidential campaign, old friend Katie Couric has been kind enough to remind us just how little we can trust journalists, how arrogant they are regarding their unethical methods, and how the profession that is supposed to protect democracy is now a threat to it.Having failed in her effort to be a network news anchor and a talk-show host, the former “Today Show” star  is now biding her time at Yahoo News waiting for a comeback opportunity. She served as executive producer and narrator of “Under the Gun,” an anti-gun documentary written, produced, and directed by...
  • CAIR Official Stands By Memorial Day Criticism of US Troops

    05/30/2016 8:57:54 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | 530/16 | Ryan Mauro
    A top Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) official took time out of her Memorial Day weekend to stand by her opposition to honoring fallen U.S. soldiers on the holiday and specifically took aim at Muslim-Americans who serve in the U.S. military.For the third year in a row, the executive director of CAIR's San Francisco Bay Area chapter, Zahra Billoo, bashed the U.S. military on the holiday in which we are supposed to thank them for their sacrifices.CAIR is a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity that was designated as a terrorist group by the United Arab Emirates in November. FBI wiretaps in 1993 reveal that CAIR...
  • IMF OKs New Two-Year $88 Billion Flexible Credit Line For Mexico

    05/30/2016 8:57:29 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    The International Monetary Fund on Friday boosted its flexible credit line with Mexico to $88 billion in a bid to support Latin America's No. 2 economy, whose currency has been battered by global volatility. The fund said it canceled a previous flexible credit line, which was for $67 billion and approved on November 26, 2014. The new credit line will last for two years, the fund said. Mexico's macroeconomic policies "remain very strong," but there are risks given global market volatility, David Lipton, IMF first deputy managing director and acting chair, said in a statement. Mexico's peso was little changed...
  • In Stunning Reversal, IMF Blames Globalization For Spreading Inequality, Causing Market Crashes

    05/30/2016 8:55:46 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 27 May 2016 | Tyler Durden
    In a stunning reversal for an organization that rests at the bedrock of the modern "neoliberal" (a term the IMF itself uses generously), aka capitalist system, overnight IMF authors Jonathan D. Ostry, Prakash Loungani, and Davide Furceri issued a research paper titled "Neoliberalism: Oversold?" whose theme is a stunning one: it accuses neoliberalism, and its immediate offshoot, globalization and "financial openness", for causing not only inequality, but also making capital markets unstable. To wit: There are aspects of the neoliberal agenda that have not delivered as expected. Our assessment of the agenda is confined to the effects of two policies:...
  • Here's Why All Pension Funds Are Doomed, Doomed, Doomed

    05/30/2016 8:52:25 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 26 May 2016 | Charles Hugh Smith
    There are limits on what the Fed can do when this bubble bursts, as it inevitably will, as surely as night follows day. It's no secret that virtually every pension fund is dead man walking, doomed by central banks' imposition of low yields on safe investments, i.e. Zero Interest Rate Policy (ZIRP). Given that both The Economist and The Wall Street Journal have covered the impossibility of pension funds achieving their expected returns, this reality cannot be a surprise to anyone in a leadership role. [link]Many unhappy returns: Pension funds and endowments are too optimistic [link]Public Pension Funds Roll Back...
  • Stephen Hawking baffled by dynamics of Trump's popularity

    05/30/2016 8:51:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 62 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 30, 2016 10:05 AM EDT
    Stephen Hawking understands the workings of the universe — but says he cannot fathom the popularity of Donald Trump. The British astrophysicist told ITV’s morning show Monday that the presumptive Republican Party candidate for U.S. president “is a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator.“ Hawking also appealed to British voters to vote to keep the United Kingdom inside the European Union in a June 23 referendum. …
  • men who fought for country now fighting to stay in it

    05/30/2016 8:44:18 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 43 replies
    ABC 7 CHICAGO ^ | 30 MAY 2016 | WLS
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A group of veterans left for Washington, D.C., Sunday on a mission. Two brothers who served in Vietnam are among those now fighting deportation. On Memorial Day, they will take their battle to stop the deportation of all veterans to the nation's capital. A federal law allows the government to deport non-citizens who have committed crimes, even misdemeanors. Military families and veterans are not exempt. The Valenzuela brothers served in Vietnam. Valente, a Bronze Star recipient, was a soldier in the Army. Manuel, was a Marine, while they fought for their country. The brothers are now waging...
  • Woo hoo!! Working on the last $10k!! C'mon YELLOW!! [FReepathon thread LX]

    05/30/2016 8:34:40 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 22 replies
    Click here to donate via secure server ^ | May 30, 2016 | Jim Robinson
    C'mon YELLOW!! We'll be on the homestretch soon and then the mad dash for the finish. Please keep those donations coming in, folks, and let's wrap this baby up soon. FR is funded solely by contributions made by the liberty loving patriots who love and use it. We are beholden to no political party. No advertisers, no outsiders, no sugar daddies, no corporate string pullers. No commercial ads. No annoying pop-ups. No ad tracking. No mail campaigns. No spam. Definitely no government subsidies or tax breaks. We are self-funded, fiercely independent and enjoy our freedom to speak plainly in the...
  • Cancer survivor stunned by attention over graduation denial

    05/30/2016 8:34:38 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 34 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | 29 May 2016 | TERRY TANG
    In this photo taken Thursday evening, May 26, 2016, Stephen Dwyer, right, who had been told he could not wear a cap and gown nor sit with his classmates, led them in a procession on the field at Thursday’s ceremony, but he had to go sit in the stands afterwards. PHOENIX (AP) — Overwhelming public support is outweighing any lingering bitterness for a suburban Phoenix high school student who kept up with classes through cancer treatments but wasn’t allowed to walk at graduation. “Having people tell me that I’m being a voice for them is so much more powerful than...
  • In Cleveland, Trump may need Cruz more than Cruz needs him

    05/30/2016 8:23:43 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 78 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | Jonathan Tilove
    When Donald Trump collected a few unbound delegates last week, surpassing the 1,237 needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president, expectations that the national convention could be the most dramatic in modern times evaporated. “Now, it will be the most entertaining,” said Randy Evans, a party-wise man from Georgia, with a nod to the reality TV star’s promise to “put some show biz” into the July convention in Cleveland. But there remains an important, unscripted drama yet to unfold in the tempestuous relationship between Trump and his chief rival, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Although Trump will arrive...
  • Israel to upgrade ties with NATO

    05/30/2016 8:23:16 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil
    Israel National News ^ | 5/4/2016, 1:07 PM | By Arutz Sheva Staff
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that Israel would upgrade its ties with the 28-member NATO military alliance by opening a permanent mission to its Brussels headquarters. "I declare that Israel will accept the invitation and open an office, in the near future," Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting. "The countries of the world want to cooperate with us because of our determined fight against terror, our technological know-how, our intelligence network and other things," his office quoted him as saying. The Israeli foreign ministry said in a statement late Tuesday that NATO had invited the...
  • How Hillary Loses Donald Trump can actually win if Clinton makes these four mistakes.

    05/30/2016 8:21:34 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 39 replies
    Politico ^ | 30 May 2016
    How Hillary Loses Donald Trump can actually win if Clinton makes these four mistakes. Spoiler alert: She’s already making all of them. (Full Title) It’s a terrifying moment for Democrats: Hillary Clinton’s double-digit lead in national polls has evaporated and panic is beginning to set in. Polls now show Donald Trump ahead of Clinton, or at worst only a few points behind. During the insanity of the Republican primary, it was easy for them to believe that Trump could never be president—that in a general election, mainstream voters would regard him as an absurdity. But Clinton remains a shaky candidate...
  • The Merchant Marine Were the Unsung Heroes of World War II

    05/30/2016 8:20:58 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 13 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | May 27, 2016 | William Giroux
    These daring seamen kept the Allied troops armed and fed while at the mercy of German U-boats
  • Floods in Texas, Kansas leave at least 6 dead, 2 missing

    05/30/2016 8:09:39 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 11 replies
    mySanAntonio ^ | 5-30-16 | Michael Graczyk
    HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities in central Texas have found two more bodies along flooded streams, bringing the death toll from flooding in the state to six. It was unclear Sunday whether a body found in Travis County near Austin was one of the two people who had been missing in Texas. An 11-year-old boy was still missing in central Kansas, too. The latest flooding victim identified by authorities was a woman who died when the car she was riding in was swept from the street by the flooded Cypress Creek about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Kendall County sheriff's Cpl. Reid Daly...
  • Pope Awards Medals to Celebrities George Clooney, Richard Gere, Salma Hayek

    05/30/2016 8:02:39 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 75 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | May 30, 2016 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    ope Francis honored American actors George Clooney and Richard Gere and actress Salma Hayek on Sunday, awarding them the “Olive Medal” for peace at a Vatican event. The Vatican event was organized to promote the work of a foundation called Scholas Occurrentes (schools of encounter), which Clooney praised as “a wonderful program” that enables “many different religions to speak of inclusion, because we know that hatred and fundamentalist attitudes are learned and inculcated.” It wasn’t clear from reports what the celebrities had actually done to merit the medals, although George Clooney is well known as a liberal activist and successful...
  • Donald Trump To Republicans: Keep Bill Kristol Under Control

    05/30/2016 8:01:02 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 109 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 30, 2016 | by Patrick Howley
    Republican candidate Donald Trump is firing back after neoconservative operative Bill Kristol announced that he expects an independent candidate to enter the race to split the Republican vote. Kristol’s effort to get a candidate to run on his anti-Trump “Latter-Day Republicans” ticket – already condemned by the Republican National Committee – has apparently come to fruition. Just a heads up over this holiday weekend: There will be an independent candidate--an impressive one, with a strong team and a real chance. Trump did not take the announcement lying down. The presumptive Republican nominee slammed Kristol and implored Republicans to keep the...
  • To Our Noble Warriors Lost

    05/30/2016 7:59:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | May 30, 2016 | Terry Paulson
    Even if you attend a local tribute, it’s too easy to allow Memorial Day to drift into just another holiday. A recent movie provides a fresh window into the importance of honoring our lost noble warriors.“Eye in the Sky” stars Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell, a UK-based military officer in command of a top-secret drone operation whose mission was to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Colonel Powell discovers the targets are planning multiple suicide bombings. The mission escalates from "capture" to "kill."But as American drone pilot Steve Watts, played by Aaron Paul, is about to...
  • Anti-Islam protest descends into violence in Australia

    05/30/2016 7:57:58 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 23 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | May 29, 2016
    Police in Australia have used pepper spray to separate more than 300 angry protesters as anti-Islam and anti-racism groups clashed in the streets of Melbourne, the country's second biggest city. Seven men were arrested in Coburg, a northern suburb of Melbourne on Saturday after anti-Islam protesters, some of whom were draped in the Australian flag, began fighting with their rivals.
  • WSJ's Bret Stephens: Trump Must Lose So Badly That the GOP Voters 'Learn Their Lesson'

    05/30/2016 7:41:31 AM PDT · by Reno89519 · 101 replies
    Mediaite ^ | May 29, 2016 | sam Reisman
    Speaking to CNN's Fareed Zakaria Sunday afternoon, Wall Street Journal's Bret Stephens said that it was important for Donald Trump to lose the general election so utterly that the Republican party and its voters "learn their lesson" and never nominate someone like him ever again. Stephens has been one of Trump's most outspoken conservative critics, writing in March, for instance, that Trump is essentially an amplified version of Barack Obama. Both men were "epic narcissists who see themselves as singularly suited to redeem an America that is not only imperfect but fundamentally broken," he wrote. "The candidacy of Donald Trump...
  • War Stories for Memorial Day

    05/30/2016 7:41:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | May 30, 2016 | Katie Kieffer
    Whether chilling on a beach or grilling out on a patio, Memorial Day is a perfect time to remember the sacrifice of our fallen soldiers with their stories of bravery. Today, I’ll share some war stories with you that will hopefully encourage you to in turn share your own family’s stories.War stories can inspire the next generation of young Americans to grow up with respect for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their freedom. If these stories are not shared, they will die. Pull up a chair to the bonfire, gather your family around—and tell a story that will...
  • 6 Must-See Movies for Memorial Day

    05/30/2016 7:05:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 87 replies ^ | 5/30/2016 | James Jay Carafano
    What kind of war movies best capture the day set aside in remembrance of the honored dead? Memorial Day remembers those who have died while serving in the armed forces of the United States—in war or peace. As long as our nation produces these men and women willing to “bear any burden, pay any price,” our nation earns the liberty it enjoys. That is the eternal meaning of this day. When we walk out of a theater profoundly moved by the sacrifice of our soldiers on the screen—those are movies that evoke the sentiment of the day the most. I...
  • CNN's Toobin Defends Hillary Laughing About Defending Child Rapist

    05/30/2016 7:02:04 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 41 replies ^ | May 26, 2016
    Wednesday's Anderson Cooper 360 saw one of the rare instances in which the dominant media have aired audio of Hillary Clinton laughing about successfully helping a child rapist evade justice when she was a young defense attorney in the 1970s. But, even after a full CNN report recalling the "aggressive" lengths Clinton undertook for her client, and her later being caught on audio tape laughing about her success while acknowledging she knew he was guilty, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin came to her defense. After recalling that impugning the integrity of a rape victim was common practice in the legal...
  • The Power Elite: Bumbling Incompetents

    05/30/2016 6:48:49 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Contra Corner ^ | 28 May 2016 | Bill Bonner
    Is there any smarter group of homo sapiens on the planet? Or in all of history? We’re talking about Fed economists, of course. Not only did they avoid another Great Depression by bold absurdity…giving the economy more of the one thing of which it clearly had too much – debt. They also carefully monitored the economy’s progress so as to avoid any backsliding into normalcy. And where do we get this penetrating appraisal? From the Fed economists themselves, of course. Bloomberg: “The U.S. Federal Reserve’s decisions to delay interest-rate hikes helped cushion the economic shocks caused by rapidly rising borrowing...
  • Facebook begins tracking non-users around the internet

    05/30/2016 6:46:01 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 20 replies
    Verge, the ^ | 27 May 2016 | Amar Toor
    Facebook will now display ads to web users who are not members of its social network, the company announced Thursday, in a bid to significantly expand its online ad network. As The Wall Street Journal reports, Facebook will use cookies, "like" buttons, and other plug-ins embedded on third-party sites to track members and non-members alike. The company says it will be able to better target non-Facebook users and serve relevant ads to them, though its practices have come under criticism from regulators in Europe over privacy concerns. Facebook began displaying a banner notification at the top of its News Feed...
  • AP FACT CHECK: Clinton misstates key facts in email episode

    05/30/2016 6:42:54 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 21 replies
    AP ^ | 27 May 2016 | LISA LERER and CATHERINE LUCEY
    A look at some of Clinton's past claims about her unusual email set-up and how they compare with the inspector general's findings: CLINTON: "The system we used was set up for President Clinton's office. And it had numerous safeguards. It was on property guarded by the Secret Service. And there were no security breaches." - March 2015 press conference. THE REPORT: Evidence emerged of hacking attempts, though it's unclear whether they were successful. On Jan. 9, 2011, an adviser to former President Bill Clinton notified the State Department's deputy chief of staff for operations that he had to shut down...

    05/30/2016 6:40:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    ABC7 - Chicago ^ | May 29, 2016
    CHICAGO -- Four people were killed, including a 15-year-old girl, and at least 48 more have been wounded in shootings across Chicago over Memorial Day weekend. The most recent homicide happened Saturday evening in the Fuller Park neighborhood on the South Side. Garvin Whitmore, 27, was sitting in the driver seat of a vehicle with 26-year-old Ashley Harrison about 5:20 p.m. in the 200 block of West Root when someone walked up to the vehicle and shot the man in the head, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner's office.
  • Facebook clone launched in North Korea

    05/30/2016 6:37:23 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | May 27, 2016 | Hope King
    Facebook clone launched in North Korea by Hope King @lisahopeking May 27, 2016: 5:53 PM ET If you think Facebook's gotten a little too big and you miss the intimacy of a smaller social network, maybe give North Korea's version a try. Go to and you'll find a very familiar looking website. It's called "Best Korea's Social Network" and the homepage has a thin blue banner at the top with a search field for "people, #hashtags, !groups." After you register for an account, you can upload a cover photo and profile picture, find friends and message them, post a...
  • Peggy Noonan: Hillary ‘Lied Coolly and in a Creamy, Practiced Way’

    05/30/2016 6:22:50 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 48 replies ^ | 29 May 2016
    Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Wall Street Journal columnist and former speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan Peggy Noonan commented on the State Department inspector general’s report that found Hillary Clinton violated the agency rules by using a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state and said, “I hate to say lied, but she has lied coolly and — in a creamy, practiced way. It doesn’t look good.” Partial transcript as follows: DICKERSON: Peggy, what do you think, the — Bernie Sanders sticking around hurts Hillary Clinton how much, when Donald Trump is out there as the...
  • Yes, pack the guns for your trip

    05/30/2016 6:20:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies ^ | 5/30/2016 | Barbara Simpson
    Were you set for the weekend? It is Memorial Day: Another government-sanctioned three-day holiday wonder that enables Americans to forget the reason for the holiday – honoring our war dead, those who lost their lives fighting in defense of their country and for freedom and liberty for our allies – and concentrate on getting out of town for picnics, barbecues and sports. So, patriotic thoughts or not, I hope the holiday and picnic gear was packed in the van or camper, there was a full tank of gas and everyone was set to go Oh, except this year there’s something...