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  • Why Should Colleges Be Blind to Color and Nothing Else?

    04/23/2014 4:19:48 PM PDT · by kristinn ^ | 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...
  • Objection: BLM Agent Not Special Forces

    04/23/2014 4:11:15 PM PDT · by ponygirl · 1 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...
  • Hillary Clinton Again Calls Benghazi ‘Biggest Regret’ as Secretary of State

    04/23/2014 4:10:20 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 5 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 · 19 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...
  • Ted Cruz endorses Pete Ricketts

    04/23/2014 3:52:49 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 3 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 · 36 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 · 22 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...
  • The Growing Perils of the Cashless Future

    04/23/2014 3:32:14 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 8 replies
    CNBC ^ | 23 April 14 | Michael Kling
    We're finally on the brink of the cashless society that futurists and other have been forecasting for years. The average consumer owns at least two credit cards and early adopters have begun ditching plastic for virtual wallets. Even businesses that used to rely heavily on cash — think taxis, food trucks or even craft fairs — can now go cashless, thanks to new technology like Square. Yet, the more we abandon paper bills for plastic, smartphone payments and even cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, the perils of the new, cashless economy are becoming more apparent. Recent security breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus...
  • Ukraine restarts military campaign in east after politician ‘killed’

    04/23/2014 3:21:52 PM PDT · by · 2 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | Wednesday, April 23, 2014 6:14 PM EDT | Tanya Talaga
    Ukraine has restarted a military offensive in the eastern part of the country after two brutally beaten bodies were discovered in the Donetsk region — one is thought to be a local politician. Acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov said the politician’s name is Vladimir Rybak, reports the BBC. “The terrorists who effectively took the whole Donetsk region hostage have now gone too far,” the BBC reported Turchynov saying. Two “brutally tortured individuals” have been found near Sloviansk, in the Donetsk region where pro-Russian separatists have been strategically taking over key government buildings, Turchynov said in a statement reported by...
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EDT,WABC AM,April 23,2014

    04/23/2014 2:28:41 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 29 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | April 23, 2014 | Mark Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Denton(TX) ISD Makes Dramatic Grading Changes

    04/23/2014 2:21:49 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 36 replies
    CBS11DFW ^ | 4/23/14 | Jason Allen
    DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) - The Denton Independent School District is throwing traditional grading methods right out the window, shifting to a new way of assessing their students. The change is going to happen for kids from 6th to 12th grade beginning next year. Teachers will still be handing out letter grades, but the means of calculating those scores will be different than just about any other school district in North Texas. Hand in your homework late? You won’t get a zero. Want a higher grade on a test? Just take it again. Grades will no longer be reduced for failure to...
  • Obamacare Exchange Now Asks for Fee on all Insurance Policies

    04/23/2014 2:20:20 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 14 replies ^ | april 23, 2014 | greg campbell
    The fee would pay for half of the annual operating costs of Connect for Health Colorado, the state Obamacare exchange, according to Health News Colorado. The exchange’s latest financial plan comes soon after its oversight board rejected a proposal to hike fees on those who use the website from 1.4 percent to 1.7 percent. Connect for Health Colorado staff has said the increase was needed to keep it solvent. Board members said staff should look at cutting expenses before raising fees, and many had the same reaction to the proposed $13 million fee, which is being called a “general market health insurer assessment.” Others call it...
  • WaPo's Rubin: Wanted: Jeb Bush or another grown-up

    04/23/2014 2:18:12 PM PDT · by maggief · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 23, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin
    Jeb Bush once again told a group he is thinking of running for president. The reason interest is high in an undeclared candidate with loud (if not numerous) opponents within the GOP is not hard to figure out. With each passing week it becomes more apparent that there is a gap in the GOP field, which Jeb or some other candidate needs to fill in order for the GOP to win the White House. That candidate may be among the group of governors who are considering a run, but we haven’t seen anyone step forward in commanding style to fill...
  • Ted Cruz's Worst Nightmare Is Coming True [Because Obamacare is working according to Politico]

    04/23/2014 2:08:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | 04/23/2014 | RICHARD KIRSCH
    Last August, as conservatives barnstormed the country seeking to build support for a cockamamie plan to shut down the U.S. federal government unless Congress voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican senator, said something surprisingly prescient about the president’s signature health-care law. “President Obama wants to get as many Americans addicted to the subsidies because he knows that in modern times, no major entitlement has ever been implemented and then unwound,” he said. The worry, according to Cruz, was that once the ACA went into effect, we’d all be “addicted to the sugar.” Then, it...
  • Rand Paul: I think Republicans may have over-emphasized voter fraud

    04/23/2014 2:04:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/23/2014 | AllahPundit
    Via WaPo and RCP, another nugget mined from yesterday’s chat with Axelrod in Chicago. As with abortion, Paul’s “different kind of Republican” brand requires a compromise here. He knows that most voters, including those in his own party, support voter-ID laws; he also knows that those laws are easily demagogued as racist by lefties, which means that toeing the GOP line too closely could jeopardize Paul’s effort to connect with black voters. What’s a different kind of Republican to do? He insists that ID is a good idea — “I don’t think dead people should vote” — but concedes to...
  • New York taxi driver allegedly avoided paying more than $28K in tolls by tailgating other drivers

    04/23/2014 2:01:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Yahoo Odd News ^ | April 18, 2014 4:29 PM | Will Lerner
    In New York, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced yesterday that a taxi driver, 69-year-old Rodolfo Sanchez, has been charged with stealing more than $28,000 from the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) by, “crossing the Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Bridge and entering the Midtown Tunnel without making a toll payment on more than four thousand separate occasions by ‘piggybacking’ on cars directly in front of his cab between 2012 and 2014.” District Attorney Brown says that Mr. Sanchez would tailgate the a vehicle in front of his cab, “thus allowing both vehicles to pass through the toll lane before the...
  • Poll shows Haley trending up, Graham has battle ahead

    04/23/2014 1:51:11 PM PDT · by Resettozero · 5 replies
    South Carolina Radio Network ^ | April 17, 2014 | Tom Hayes
    The latest Winthrop Poll results show that U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham’s disapproval rating among registered voters has inched up. The survey of 877 adult South Carolinians conducted April 6-13 indicates that the incumbent senator is showing some vulnerability as the disapproval rating among registered voters 43.8 percent is higher than his approval rating of 39.6 percent. Poll Director Scott Huffmon cautioned that the difference between the two is just at the margin of error for the registered voter sample. “He will be in trouble when his disapproval ratings shoot significantly passed his approval ratings, and polls of likely primary voters...
  • Learn More. Go Further. [Pro-Common Core Propaganda Web Site. Know Thy Enemy!]

    04/23/2014 1:49:16 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies ^ | A bunch of central planners
    ...The National Education Association (NEA), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), among other organizations were instrumental in bringing together teachers to provide specific, constructive feedback on the standards.

    04/23/2014 1:47:11 PM PDT · by kingattax · 36 replies
    BREITBART TEXAS ^ | 23 Apr 2014 | by BOB PRICE
    In a statement posted on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management website (BLM), federal officials denied any expansion of holdings along the Red River after Breitbart Texas brought the matter to national attention. The nuanced denial has drawn critical reactions from a number of elected Texas officials. BLM spokesman Paul McGuire said “The 140-acres in question were determined to be public land in 1986 when the U.S. District Court ruled on a case brought by two private landowners, each seeking to adjust boundary lines for their respective properties. The BLM was not a party to any litigation between landowners. The...
  • Jeb Bush: ‘I’m thinking about running for president’

    04/23/2014 1:34:14 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 113 replies
    Jeb Bush: ‘I’m thinking about running for president’ By Cristina Corbin Published April 23, 2014 Jeb Bush said Wednesday he's "thinking about running for president," in his most direct statement yet about a possible 2016 run. The former Florida governor spoke at a Catholic school benefit in New York Wednesday morning. He previously has said he'll make a decision on whether to run for president before the end of this year, making clear that he was considering the possibility. But his comments on Wednesday appeared to be more direct. Asked what his "immediate plans" were, he said, according to...
  • Over 40,000 voters are registered in both Virginia and Maryland, group finds

    04/23/2014 1:27:37 PM PDT · by topher · 52 replies ^ | April 23, 2014 | Kenric Ward -
    A crosscheck of voter rolls in Virginia and Maryland turned up 44,000 people registered in both states, a vote-integrity group reported Wednesday. And that’s just the beginning. “The Virginia Voters Alliance is investigating how to identify voters who are registered and vote in Virginia but live in the states that surround us,” Alliance President Reagan George told the State Board of Elections.
  • UKRAINE: Slav separatists promise torturing hostages to thwart elections

    Ponomariov promises to steal and kill people/Reuters TRANSLATION "The self-proclaimed "mayor" Slavic Vyacheslav Ponomarev promises to prevent presidential elections in Ukraine at any cost. He said in an interview with Russian newspaper "We will take all necessary measures to election in the southeast did not take place" - he said, referring not only captured terrorists Slovyansk, but the entire Ukraine. "Take someone in captivity and pìdvìsimo for I * I. realistically, you understand?", answered questions on the journalist utočnûval′ne Ponomarev. He also has promised to purge dissenters, calling it "a harsh truth of life." But beyond that, Ponomarev...
  • Chicago Public School system pushing food stamps

    04/23/2014 1:05:38 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 14 replies ^ | april 22, 2014 | caroline may
    Chicago Public School parents received robocalls last week encouraging them to sign their children up for food stamps and free or low-cost health insurance. “Currently there are 68,000 children in the Chicago Public Schools that are not enrolled in free or low-cost health insurance and SNAP also knows as food stamps,” the recording, obtained by The Daily Caller, says. “Your child may be one of them. To find out more about your eligibility call the Children and Family Benefits Unit at 773-553-KIDS.” “Or visit your child’s school and ask the clerk for a Children and Family Benefits Unit flier,” the...
  • Susan B. Anthony List defends free speech at Supreme Court over Obamacare election ads

    04/23/2014 1:02:25 PM PDT · by topher · 1 replies ^ | Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:22 EST | Dustin Siggins
    WASHINGTON, D.C., April 23, 2014 ( -- One of the nation's largest pro-life groups has defended free speech before America's highest court, arguing that their liberty was inhibited in the 2010 race by an Ohio law restricting speech in election ads. In 2010, the Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List put together an ad it intended to run against then-Rep. Steve Driehaus, D-OH. The ad said Driehaus, who ran as a pro-life Democrat, had voted to fund abortions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by supporting the law. Driehaus defended his vote, saying that President Obama's Executive Order limiting federal funding...
  • Ukrainian mafia steps up to avenge rape victim

    04/23/2014 1:02:13 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    Hurriyet ^ | 4-23-2014 | Hurriyet
    Ukrainian mafia leaders have formed an alliance to take retribution on three high-profile men accused of raping, attempting to strangle and burning a young woman alive in the Ukrainian town of Nikolayev, daily Hürriyet reported. The leaders reportedly ordered their contacts in every prison in Ukraine to "take care" of the three men and do make them "worse than [the victim]" in revenge for their alleged attack on Oxana Makar. Makar, 18, remains in critical condition. Her parents, meanwhile, have been attempting to remind the public of her suffering; her mother recently uploaded a video that shows the girl struggling...
  • America's PrepareAthon! (calling all sheep)

    04/23/2014 12:59:37 PM PDT · by GILTN1stborn · 29 replies
    Fema email ^ | 04/23/2014 |
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  • Republicans Set to Roll Out ‘.GOP’ Web Addresses

    04/23/2014 12:59:24 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 16 replies
    April 23, 2014, 3:18 PM ET Republicans Set to Roll Out ‘.GOP’ Web Addresses By Rebecca Ballhaus Associated Press This summer, the Republican Party is rolling out the first-ever political website suffix: .gop. The Republican State Leadership Committee, a group that seeks to elect Republicans to state-level offices, created the new top-level domain in an effort to build the GOP’s online community, and to give the party’s online fundraising efforts a leg up. The .gop ending joins hundreds of other previously existing top-level domains, including the longstanding .com and .org, as well as relative newcomers such as .biz. Anyone will...
  • APNewsBreak: Oklahoma court could face impeachment

    04/23/2014 12:56:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2014 3:38 PM EDT | Sean Murphy
    A member of the Oklahoma House is drafting a resolution seeking the impeachment of state Supreme Court justices who granted a delay of execution to two death-row inmates. Republican state Rep. Mike Christian told The Associated Press on Wednesday that five justices engaged in a “willful neglect of duty.” …
  • Ukraine court seizes Odessa refinery -ministry

    04/23/2014 12:55:33 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4-23-2014 | Reuters
    A Ukrainian court has seized an oil refinery in Odessa, the country's third largest, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said on Tuesday. It cited an investigation into fuel duty fraud but gave few details. The plant has also been at risk of being drawn into the bitter confrontation between Ukraine and Russia. Ownership of the refinery is in question after a report it had been acquired by a Russian bank and the Ukrainian government which took power following the overthrow of the Kremlin-backed president in February has said it wants control of the refinery. The Interior Ministry said in a statement...
  • Tunisia divided over Jews’ use of Israel passports

    04/23/2014 12:52:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2014 3:09 PM EDT | Bouazza ben Bouazza
    Tunisia’s elected assembly accepted a petition Wednesday to question the tourism minister over a decision allowing Israelis to use their passports to enter the country for an annual religious pilgrimage. While Israelis and Jews long have traveled to Tunisia for an annual pilgrimage to the Ghriba synagogue on the island of Djerba, this is the first year that Israelis have been allowed to use their passports rather than a special document issued by Tunisian embassies. Tunisia does not have diplomatic relations with Israel. …
  • Russia May Halt Oil Supplies On Ukraine Theft

    04/23/2014 12:51:41 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 4-23-2014 | Durden
    First it was concerns over whether Ukraine would 'steal' gas supplies bound for Europe as it passed through pipelines in the country and now, as bills remain unpaid, a Transneft unit is threatening to halt Ukraine oil products supply due to pipeline theft. •*TRANSNEFT COMMENTS ON OIL PRODUCTS PIPELINE IN UKRAINE •*TRANSNEFT MAY STOP WORK OF PRIKARPATZAPADTRANS PIPELINE SYSTEM •*TRANSNEFT: $62.7M IN OIL STOLEN FROM UKRAINE PIPE OVER 5 YRS As Bloomberg reports, 57.9k tons of oil products have been lost from theft in Ukraine and "Transneft expresses hope that the Ukrainian authorities can evaluate the risks of the current...
  • Poll from pro-Shannon group shows him surging ahead of Lankford in Oklahoma

    04/23/2014 12:31:37 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Sean Sullivan
    A poll conducted for a group supporting former Oklahoma House speaker T.W. Shannon's bid for U.S. Senate shows him surging ahead of Rep. James Lankford (Okla.) in the Republican primary, whom he once trailed by a wide margin.Shannon leads Lankford 42 percent to 32 percent among Republicans likeliest to vote, according to the Public Opinion Strategies survey. A third candidate, Randy Brogdon, lags behind. Pollster Glen Bolger notes in a memo that Shannon was down nine in March and 35 in February. The poll was conducted Monday and Tuesday for Oklahomans for a Conservative Future, a nonprofit supporting Shannon.Shannon has received a...
  • Daytona Beach woman badly injured in home robbery; teens arrested

    DAYTONA BEACH — A 70-year-old woman attacked over the weekend in her retirement community home always kept her door locked, according to her family, but police said two teens tricked her into letting them into the house. Bonita VanSciver was struck in the head with a rock Saturday and left unconscious on her kitchen floor for 15 hours. She was conscious Tuesday but remained in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Halifax Health Medical Center. She is bleeding from two spots on her brain, a family member said. “She said she does not want to open her eyes...
  • Amid Politics, Obama Drifted Away From Kin

    04/23/2014 12:21:40 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | APRIL 22, 2014 | JASON HOROWITZ
    After Zeituni Onyango, the woman President Obama once called Auntie, died in a South Boston nursing home this month, her closest relatives gathered her belongings at her nearby apartment. There, framed photographs of her with the president covered the wall. Weeping before a polished wood coffin at her wake this past Saturday, they described Ms. Onyango, the half sister of the president’s father, as “the spirit of the Obama family” and talked about raising money to send her body back to Kenya. Mr. Obama helped pay funeral expenses and sent a condolence note, Ms. Onyango’s family members said, but the...
  • Cruz to join Sasse campaign rally in North Platte

    04/23/2014 12:20:28 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who filibustered the U.S. Senate over Obamacare, has endorsed Ben Sasse for the Senate and will join Sarah Palin and others Friday in North Platte for a Sasse rally.“I have gotten to know Ben Sasse, and while Nebraskans have good choices, Ben is the strongest conservative voice running for United States Senate,” Cruz said . “Ben will not be just another vote in the Senate – he will be a leader in the fight to stop the Obama agenda and repeal ObamaCare from day one.  We need strong reinforcements like him in the United States Senate.”Cruz was elected in 2012,...
  • [Fifth Amendment] White v. Woodall [SCOTUS overturns 6th Court of Appeals]

    04/23/2014 12:18:53 PM PDT · by topher · 25 replies
    Issues: Does a trial court’s rejection of a non-testifying defendant’s request for a no-adverse-influence instruction during the sentencing phase of a capital punishment trial violate that defendant’s Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination when the defendant has pled guilty to all of the alleged crimes and aggravating circumstances? Oral argument: December 11, 2013 Court below: United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • ‘Intoxicated’ 18-year-old girl Reportedly Rushed to Hospital From PM's Residence

    04/23/2014 12:01:42 PM PDT · by lbryce · 22 replies
    National Post ^ | April 24, 2014 | Glenn MacGregor
    24 Sussex medical call won't be investigated by RCMP The RCMP have confirmed that Ottawa EMS was called to the Prime Minister’s residence at 24 Sussex Drive last Saturday night as media reports said an 18-year-old girl needed to be taken to hospital for severe intoxication. RCMP would not confirm who the call was for, only that it was not Stephen Harper or one of his family members. “This was a medical call and not a police matter. It did not involve any of our protectees,” said a statement from the RCMP. The PMO said it would not be commenting...
  • Over 40,000 voters are registered in both Virginia and Maryland, group finds

    04/23/2014 11:55:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 23, 2014 | Kenric Ward
    A crosscheck of voter rolls in Virginia and Maryland turned up 44,000 people registered in both states, a vote-integrity group reported Wednesday. And that’s just the beginning. “The Virginia Voters Alliance is investigating how to identify voters who are registered and vote in Virginia but live in the states that surround us,” Alliance President Reagan George told the State Board of Elections.

    04/23/2014 11:40:06 AM PDT · by kingattax · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Apr 2014 | by ROBERT WILDE
    The mellow, "peace now," countercultural, environmentally conscious “420” celebration deposited 10,000 pounds of garbage on what is known as Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park, leaving volunteers and park workers to clean up the mess. According to the San Francisco Chronicle’s website SF Gate, this year’s celebration drew a massive amount of revelers estimated at between 10,000 and 15,000. The pot smokers' untidiness will cost the city more than $10,000 in cleanup costs. The immense load of empty bags of chips, candy wrappers, and snack containers left behind was evidence that it was indeed the remnants of weed smokers with...
  • Years of Living Hypocritically: Five Alarmist Celebs and Their Double Standards

    04/23/2014 11:32:16 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    News Busters ^ | 4-22-14 | Sean Long
    They may be good at making movies, but Hollywood celebrities’ lifestyles are far from an environmentalist’s dream. Their globetrotting, multiple mansion owning ways are inconsistent with the environmental agenda they loudly promote. Showtime’s new climate change series, “Years of Living Dangerously,” premiered April 13, 2014, slightly more than a week before Earth Day 2014. It relies on several wealthy, Hollywood celebrities to spread fear about climate change. While these actors and directors talk a lot about reducing carbon footprints and saving the world, they haven’t given up their own enormous mansions and private jets. Director James Cameron, former Governor Arnold...
  • Rand Paul on Education: "I Don't Think You'd Notice If The Whole Department Was Gone Tomorrow"

    04/23/2014 11:28:17 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 74 replies ^ | April 23, 2014
    Excerpt of the face off between Rand Paul and David Axelrod at the University of Chicago: RAND PAUL: Education historically was a state and local subject and I think that what we've seen is since we've spent about a hundred billion dollars in the Department of Education each year and that's been going on since 1980. I'm not so sure we're better off than we were before. You see, the one thing -- DAVID AXELROD: So you would vote for a budget that would eliminate most of that. RAND PAUL: Well what I would do is I would have its...
  • Bill Clinton to endorse Charlie Rangel for re-election

    04/23/2014 11:17:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 23, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chunley
    Former President Bill Clinton is set to back Rep. Charlie Rangel, who’s seeking a record-setting 23rd term in Congress. And the endorsement couldn’t come at a better time: The Harlem district representative has fallen out favor with several notable politicos. Mr. Rangel, 83, has had strained relations with President Obama since 2008, when he supported Hillary Clinton for president. And there’s also no love lost between Mr. Rangel and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. Mr. Rangel in 2013 backed city comptroller Bill Thompson for mayor, Politico reported. That, after Mr. de Blasio had endorsed Mr. Rangel’s re-election campaign in...

    04/23/2014 11:16:09 AM PDT · by kingattax · 8 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 23 Apr 2014 | AWR HAWKINS
    A Quinnipiac University poll released April 23rd shows Colorado voters oppose the stricter gun control Democrats instituted last year and support arming school teachers. According to the poll, Colorado voters oppose last year's gun control by a margin of 56 to 39 percent.
  • Bundy Ranch Posts Response to Readers of USA Today

    04/23/2014 11:11:10 AM PDT · by ponygirl · 44 replies
    Facebook ^ | April 23, 2014 | Ammon Bundy
    Readers of USA TODAY: Some have asked why didn't my father pay the grazing fee. This can be understood in two ways. One is founded on preemptive rights and the other upon state rights or state sovereignty. When my family rolled into this country in the 1800's they began to tame the land and use it for survival, settling this land the same as the rest of the United States. Each family claimed their stake and developed the area. Others respected the area and understood as long as the family was using the resources or land it was the families...
  • Gates-, Carnegie-funded student data group to close after NY pulls out amid privacy fears

    04/23/2014 10:45:28 AM PDT · by opentalk · 5 replies
    AP ^ | April 21, 2014
    The student data processing organization inBloom will shut down in the coming months, its chief executive officer said Monday following criticism that led to the recent loss of the startup's last active client — New York state....Launched in 2013 with $100 million in financing from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Carnegie Corp., the nonprofit's goal was to give educators a data-based tool to personalize instruction. InBloom, based in Atlanta, offered to store and synthesize student data, such as grades, disciplinary actions and disability records in cloud-based servers. Nine states initially signed on but backed out as parents, school...
  • State Dept spokesman can't name Hillary Clinton's diplomatic achievements--nor can Hillary Clinton!

    04/23/2014 10:44:19 AM PDT · by dennisw · 23 replies
    .dailymail. ^ | 23 April 2014 | David Martosko
    State Department spokeswoman can't name Hillary Clinton's diplomatic achievements ... and neither can Hillary Clinton! Jen Psaki, the State Department's chief spokesperson, seemed blindsided by a question about Clinton's accomplishments A CNN panel erupted into laughter when Psaki's gaffe was shown Clinton herself couldn't articulate what she was 'most proud of' during her time as America's top diplomat when asked just weeks ago A former White House counsel from the Bill Clinton presidency defended Hillary on radio as 'the most popular woman in the world' She's likely to run for president in 2016 but faces an 'achievement gap' from her...
  • Obama Names White House Counsel

    04/23/2014 10:40:37 AM PDT · by ponygirl · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 21, 2014 | Charlie Savage
    WASHINGTON — President Obama announced Monday that he was naming W. Neil Eggleston, a veteran lawyer with extensive experience representing government officials in congressional and criminal investigations, as his next White House counsel. In choosing a veteran of Washington’s recurring oversight wars, the White House may be signaling that it expects the final two years of Mr. Obama’s presidency to be defined by politically charged hearings, demands for information by Republicans in Congress and legal battles over the scope and limits of executive authority.
  • France: Muslim unfolds prayer carpet in church, reads Qur’anic verses during Easter mass

    04/23/2014 10:37:18 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 50 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | April 22, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    This is clearly a gesture of supremacism. Imagine the uproar if a Christian had entered a mosque and begun to read from the New Testament and pray Christian prayers. But no one will take any notice of this. Western authorities take Islamic supremacism for granted. They aren’t even aware of the fact that Islam claims all the Biblical prophets, and Jesus as well, as Muslim prophets, and have no knowledge of or interest in the implications of that fact. But those implications will eventually become quite clear to them.“France: Muslim unfolds prayer carpet in church, reads Koranic verses during Easter mass,”...
  • RAF Jet Chases Russian Planes Away From UK

    04/23/2014 10:36:04 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 30 replies ^ | April 23 2014 | No Attribution
    Two Russian surveillance planes which flew close to UK airspace have been chased away by an RAF jet fighter. The aircraft, believed to be Tupolev 95s, were spotted off the coast of northeast Scotland. They turned away from Britain when an RAF Typhoon was scrambled from Leuchars airbase, near Dundee, where crews are on standby to intercept unidentified aircraft at a moment's notice.