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  • Carly Fiorina: My college degree in medieval history will help me fight ISIS

    10/06/2015 11:43:47 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 10/6/15 | ADAM EDELMAN
    Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina may not be a liberal, but she certainly appears to be a fan of the liberal arts. The 2016 contender said Monday that her college degree in medieval history made her uniquely qualified to combat ISIS and other terrorist groups. “My degree in medieval history and philosophy has come in handy,” Fiorina said at a town hall in Windham, N.H., “because what ISIS wants to do is drive us back to the Middle Ages, literally.”
  • New ideas to keep guns from dangerous people (barf alert)

    10/06/2015 11:43:37 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6 oct 2015
    The American debate over gun control has been stalemated for some time. Back in the 1990s, Congress was able to pass legislation requiring federal background checks on most gun purchasers and outlawing "assault weapons." But in this century, each mass shooting sparks a brief discussion of measures that might be helpful in preventing the next one — and the discussion ends with nothing being done. Maybe last week's attack at an Oregon community college by a man who killed nine people and wounded nine others will finally break the impasse. It is past time to make guns less accessible to...
  • No, Carly Fiorina, a degree in medieval history doesn't qualify you to fight Isis

    10/06/2015 11:39:22 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    Guadian ^ | 10/6/15 | David M Perry
    Carly Fiorina received a BA from Stanford in medieval history and philosophy almost 40 years ago, but she’s always ready to revisit her undergraduate glory days. Last Sunday, the Republican presidential candidate tried to burnish her national security credentials by claiming that her bachelor’s degree prepared her to fight Isis. She said: “Finally my degree in medieval history and philosophy has come in handy, because what Isis wants to do is drive us back to the Middle Ages, literally”. I’d like to state unequivocally that my years of training to become a professor of medieval history in no way make...
  • Should this new Southern flag replace the Confederate battle flag?

    10/06/2015 11:36:47 AM PDT · by LonePalm · 45 replies ^ | 9/29/2015 | John Hammontree
    Southern pride. In the heated debate surrounding the Confederate Flag, the defense offered by many has been that the symbol isn't representative of a culture built on slavery and racism but is, instead, a banner representing that Southerners are simply proud of their home, their people and their culture. "What other symbol immediately lets the world know you are from the South?" they argue. To tackle the problem, Studio 360, a national public radio program, commissioned a Texas-based design firm to design a new flag to represent the modern South. With a diverse team of designers with ties to both...
  • El Chapo Bounty On Donald Trump? $100M Reward Offered By Mexican Fugitive For Candidate's Head

    10/06/2015 11:36:31 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 17 replies
    IBT ^ | October 06 2015 | Julia Glum
    Unconfirmed reports resurfaced Tuesday that escaped Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán allegedly upped his campaign against Donald Trump recently by putting a $100 million bounty on the American billionaire's head. El Chapo, who's been on the run since escaping from prison in July, reportedly told inmates before he fled that he was offended by Trump's comments insulting Mexican immigrants, according to Telesur.
  • Satanists to Democrat Missouri governor: Abortion is a ‘sacrament’

    10/06/2015 11:35:01 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/6/15 | Father Mark Hodges
    COLE COUNTY, Missouri, October 6, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – The "Satanic Temple" is suing both Missouri and the United States, claiming that laws restricting abortion violate its members' "free exercise" of religion. Now, this week, they responded to the governor's and attorney general's motion to dismiss their suit. The Satanic suit identifies abortion as an "essential religious duty" for Satanists and opposes Missouri's "Informed Consent" and 72-hour waiting period laws. Satanic Temple founder Doug Mesner (a pseudonym), who goes by the Satanist name "Lucien Greaves," sued Missouri's governor, attorney general, and the state, saying that Missouri's informed consent law violates the...
  • Supreme Court Justices Get More Liberal As They Get Older

    10/06/2015 11:33:10 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 6 replies
    The Supreme Court justices are back from vacation. They’ve picked up their robes from the cleaners — Alito’s had a pesky mustard stain — and are reassembling Monday to hear the first of the new term’s arguments. Another term means a fresh set of cases and issues; the court will grapple with affirmative action, the death penalty, labor unions and redistricting. And, because of the incessant drumbeat of time, it also means that each justice is a year older. That might just change how they vote. There’s an old saw, often mistakenly attributed to Winston Churchill, that goes something like...
  • Sen. Marco Rubio [R]

    10/06/2015 11:26:34 AM PDT · by Hanna548 · 7 replies
    Gov Track US ^ | US Gov't
    From Jan 2011 to Oct 2015, Rubio missed 160 of 1,417 roll call votes, which is 11.3%. This is much worse than the median of 1.6% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
  • City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez wants to curb car ownership in NYC by 2030

    10/06/2015 11:24:21 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 9 replies ^ | october 5, 2015 | DAN RIVOLI
    City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, who chairs the Transportation Committee, wants to curb car ownership in the city to 1 million people and families by 2030, from the 1.4 million vehicle owners in New York. And he wants to test drive the idea with a car-free Earth Day next year. “This is one of the most inefficient means of travel available to New Yorkers, yet many in our outer boroughs are forced to rely upon it due to a lack of options,” Rodriguez (D-Manhattan) said at a talk at NYU Rudin Center for Transportation on Monday. Rodriguez, who owns a car,...
  • Hillary Clinton calls for no-fly zone in Syria (War with Russia??)

    10/06/2015 11:19:43 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 9 replies
    In an apparent break with the Obama White House, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called for the creation of a no-fly zone inside Syria Thursday, the day after Russian warplanes started bombing rebels fighting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
  • BREAKING: Officials In Oregon Shooting Town SLAM Obama With This MASSIVE Announcement [VIDEO]

    David Jacques, the publisher of the Roseburg Beacon in Roseburg, Oregon, where a maniac killed nine Umpqua College students and teachers last Thursday, issued a bombshell statement about Obama’s upcoming visit to the devastated community. “I think the president will not be welcomed into the community and that is not just my opinion,” Jacques told FOX’s Bill O’Reilly. Jacques and other community leaders just don’t want Obama coming to their town pushing his gun confiscation agenda. “Well I think the president will not be welcomed into the community. And that is not just my opinion. We talked to dozens upon...
  • Turkey Is in Serious Trouble

    10/06/2015 11:12:15 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 10/06/2015 | Soner Cagaptay
    The country has seen periods of turmoil before. But this time may be different. I am usually an optimist when it comes to Turkey’s future. Indeed, I wrote a whole book about The Rise of Turkey. But these days, I’m worried. The country faces a toxic combination of political polarization, government instability, economic slowdown, and threats of violence—from both inside and outside Turkey—that could soon add up to a catastrophe. The likelihood of that outcome is increasing amid Russia’s bombing raids in Syria in support of its ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which threaten to debilitate the moderate rebels and...
  • State approves 27% Obamacare rate hike for HMSA; 34% for Kaiser

    10/06/2015 11:10:07 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 11 replies
    Honolulu Star-Advertiser ^ | Monday, October 05, 2015 | Kristen Consillio
    The state approved a 27.3 percent rate hike for Hawaii Medical Service Association members and 34.4 percent increase for Kaiser members in Obamacare plans for 2016. HMSA, the state's largest health insurer, had proposed an average 49.1 percent rate hike -- the highest it has ever requested -- for 20,935 members in Obamacare plans next year. . . .
  • Perth electrical engineer’s discovery will change climate change debate

    10/06/2015 10:54:05 AM PDT · by Sgt_Schultze · 50 replies
    Joanne Nova ^ | 4 Oct 2015 | Miranda Devine
    A MATHEMATICAL discovery by Perth-based electrical engineer Dr David Evans may change everything about the climate debate, on the eve of the UN climate change conference in Paris next month. A former climate modeller for the Government’s Australian Greenhouse Office, with six degrees in applied mathematics, Dr Evans has unpacked the architecture of the basic climate model which underpins all climate science. He has found that, while the underlying physics of the model is correct, it had been applied incorrectly. He has fixed two errors and the new corrected model finds the climate’s sensitivity to carbon dioxide (CO2) is much...
  • White House: DOJ investigating US airstrike on Afghan hospital

    10/06/2015 10:54:01 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 22 replies ^ | October 6, 2015 | Foxnews.Com
    The White House announced Tuesday that the Justice Department is investigating the U.S. airstrike on an Afghanistan hospital where aid workers were operating, as the top U.S. commander in the country said the strike was an accident.
  • Farrakhan’s Fiery Rant on Obama and Jews: ‘I Am That Man That Represents the Messiah [Trunc]

    10/06/2015 10:53:38 AM PDT · by amorphous · 12 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 6 Oct 2015 | Billy Hallowell
    The Minister Louis Farrakhan said that he “represents the messiah that has come to end this civilization” and accused the Jews of having mass control over Hollywood, the media and the banking system during a recent, hour-long appearance on “The Rock Newman Show. Farrakhan also discussed President Barack Obama’s public rejection of some of his past statements during the 2008 presidential campaign, saying that Obama’s denunciation didn’t hurt him and that he was willing to simply look past it for the greater good. “There’s alway’s a bigger picture … Barack Obama was the bigger picture,” Farrakhan said during the September...
  • Here’s Why Donald Trump Is the ‘Mean Girl’ of the GOP

    10/06/2015 10:44:38 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 36 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | October 6, 2015 | Rob Garver
    Donald Trump at this point is probably just days away from calling Papa John’s and ordering a dozen pizzas to be delivered to the headquarters of each of his rivals for the GOP presidential nomination – with a promise of payment in cash, of course. Trump’s presidential campaign looks increasingly like a piece of performance art designed to gauge the Republican voter base’s tolerance for a candidate utterly divorced from the idea that a presidential election is a serious national conversation about policy ... Pause for a moment and consider that the man currently in the lead in the race...
  • Volkswagen CEO warns of huge cuts over scandal: Employees warned of mass layoffs

    10/06/2015 10:44:28 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 28 replies ^ | October 6, 2015 | Mark Thompson
    Volkswagen will have to make massive savings to cope with the huge cost of its emissions cheating scandal. That was the stark message delivered to more than 20,000 Volkswagen employees by the group's new chief executive, Matthias Mueller, at a meeting in Germany on Tuesday. A former Porsche chief, Mueller took over as CEO of the giant automaker after Martin Winterkorn stood down when it became clear the group had cheated emissions tests on as many as 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide. Mueller said Volkswagen would survive, but warned the road to recovery would be painful. "We must make massive...
  • Justice Department about to free 6,000 prisoners, largest one-time release

    10/06/2015 10:42:14 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/06/2015 | Sari Horwitz
    The Justice Department is set to release about 6,000 inmates early from prison — the largest ever one-time release of federal prisoners — in an effort to reduce overcrowding and provide relief to drug offenders who received harsh sentences over the past three decades. The inmates from federal prisons nationwide will be set free by the department’s Bureau of Prisons between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2. Most of them will go to halfway houses and home confinement before being put on supervised release. The early release follows action by the U.S. Sentencing Commission — an independent agency that sets sentencing...
  • El Faro Ship: Who Are the Americans On Board?

    10/06/2015 10:37:54 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 6 replies
    NBC news ^ | 10/6/15 | Eric Ortiz
    Some had a taste for adventure. Others wanted to test their courage. And while the 28 Americans aboard the El Faro container ship are a dedicated and diverse crew, one thread seems to run through each of their lives — a love for the sea. The ship's owner has not released a list of all 33 crew members, including five Polish nationals, who were lost when the vessel presumably sank Oct. 1 — just as Hurricane Joaquin thrashed the waters off the coast of the Bahamas. So far, only one body has been recovered in the search. But family members...
  • Ted Cruz makes visit to Kalamazoo

    10/06/2015 10:24:16 AM PDT · by Isara · 4 replies
    WWMT-TV ^ | Mon, Oct 05 2015
    KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Presidential politics took center stage Monday morning in Kalamazoo.Senator Ted Cruz just wrapped up a rally at Wings Events Center.It was a packed house for Senator Cruz's rally and he got more than a dozen standing ovations as he listed the things he plans to get rid of when he becomes president.Obamacare, the Iran nuclear deal and common core were just a few things Cruz says he will do away with if elected."The first thing I plan to do is resend every single illegal and unconstitutional executive action," said Sen. Cruz.Cruz had the crowd riled...
  • Woo hoo!! Our 4th Quarter FReepathon is now underway!! [Thread VI]

    10/06/2015 10:13:35 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 54 replies
    Woo hoo!! Our 4th Quarter FReepathon is now underway!! We need your continuing support to keep FR on the air. 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 tax breaks. We are self-funded, fiercely independent and enjoy our freedom to speak plainly in the support of...
  • U.S. F-16s came within 20 miles from Russian Su-34s in Syria

    10/06/2015 10:04:25 AM PDT · by InsidiousMongo · 27 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | 10/6/2015 | David Cenciotti
    CBS News was given access to CENTCOM radar image showing U.S. and Russian planes not too far one another: yellow aircraft are Russian, green ones are American. Some “close encounters” between U.S. and Russian aircraft operating over Syria have already occurred in the last few days according to Lt. Gen. Charles Brown, commander of the American air campaign in Iraq and Syria, in an interview given to CBS News U.S. F-16s out of Incirlik, Tukey, first picked up the Russian planes (Su-34s in the animation shown in the video linked below) on their radars. The RuAF jets closed to within...

    10/06/2015 10:03:11 AM PDT · by knarf · 25 replies
    TheAmericanMirror ^ | October 6, 2015 | knarf
    I can't believe I'm acftually shaking a little ...

    10/06/2015 9:59:53 AM PDT · by shortstop · 7 replies ^ | 10/06/15 | bob Lonsberry
    When two people look at the same issue and come to different conclusions, it’s usually because one of them is wrong. Like Obama is wrong about Roseburg. Before the bodies were out of the building, he had pulled his pre-written speech out of the drawer and was angrily denouncing guns and the people who own them. He ripped the Republicans and he ripped the NRA – I happen to belong to both organizations, by the way – and he said that America was a screw-up nation. Somehow, he said, we’re dumber than the rest of the developed nations and only...
  • Tea Party Wave Left a Ripple Effect Still Felt in Budget

    10/06/2015 4:35:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | October 6, 2015 | Stephen Moore
    Remember the much-maligned Tea Party movement? These were the patriotic Americans -- millions of them -- who took to the streets and the town halls across America and revolted against Bush's corporate bailouts, Obama's stimulus spending blowout and Obamacare, and the Fed's policy of tossing trillions of dollars out of helicopter windows (figuratively). Good news: They helped change and maybe even slightly fix America. The latest budget deficit numbers -- for the fiscal year that just ended -- find that the deficit has fallen by $1 trillion since Obama's tragic first term. The deficit is still near half a...
  • Daniel Webster kicks off bid for House Speaker

    10/06/2015 9:52:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 6, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    Rep. Daniel Webster officially announced his bid for House speaker Tuesday morning, two days before the House GOP is slated to vote on a replacement to retiring Speaker John A. Boehner. Mr. Webster, a third-term Republican from Florida, joins Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah Republican, as officially announced challengers hoping to deny the speakership to Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the current No. 2 who had seemed on a glide-path to ascend to the House’s top post.
  • TX:.22 Ammunition in WalMart, 5 Cents a Round

    10/06/2015 9:50:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 6 October, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Is the .22 bubble finally bursting? I have, with many others, been watching WalMart for .22 ammunition. It is a good indicator that demand may be saturating, and prices dropping. For two years, the availability of .22 long rifle ammunition in WalMart stores has been very spotty. They have had a “3 boxes per customer limit” for most of that period. When .22 ammunition comes in, it is snapped up by the first few customers; then the shelves are bare until the next shipment, which usually happens a week or more later. On September 30th, in a Dallas WalMart near...
  • Marco Rubio ‘Grateful’ To Trump For High Quality Water Gift

    10/06/2015 9:45:00 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 6, 2015 | Charlie Spiering
    Trump sent Rubio a case of branded “Trump Ice Natural Spring Water” with Trump’s face on it, according to CNN. “Apparently the water is high quality water, top notch water that Donald Trump sent us, so we’re grateful for the gift,” Rubio said with a grin during an interview on the Today show with Matt Lauer. Rubio was also asked about Trump’s gift during an appearance on Fox and Friends. “Apparently Evian are a bunch of losers,” he joked.
  • ISIS claims deadly attacks on Yemen govt, Arab troops in Aden

    10/06/2015 9:35:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Straits Times ^ | Oct. 6, 2015
    ISIS claims deadly attacks on Yemen govt, Arab troops in Aden DUBAI (AFP) - The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group, ISIS, claimed responsibility for deadly attacks Tuesday on the government headquarters and positions of the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemeni city of Aden. In a statement posted online, the Sunni extremist group said it carried out four suicide bombings against the targets, contradicting accounts from officials that the attacks involved rockets fired by Iran-backed Shiite rebels. ISIS said two attacks targeting the government headquarters at Al-Qasr hotel were carried out using bomb-laden vehicles driven by members it identified...
  • The New York Times and the rehabilitation of Steven Rattner

    10/06/2015 9:04:49 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Columbia Journalism Review ^ | FEBRUARY 20, 2013 | Ryan Chittum
    The New York Times is declaring that disgraced private equity mogul Steven Rattner has gotten his reputation back in the Manhattan lunch circles that matter. This was probably only a matter of time given that it was the Times itself that played a leading role in his rehabilitation. It’s Andrew Ross Sorkin, naturally, who pronounces the cleansing complete, even wondering aloud if Rattner could be a Treasury secretary someday. This about a guy who just two years ago paid $16 million to settle SEC and New York lawsuits against him for taking part in a kickback scheme with public officials...
  • NYT Has Hillary Fundraiser, Fined CEO Steven Rattner Writing About Fiorina

    10/06/2015 9:19:09 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 27 Sep 2015 | Greg Richter
    Steven Rattner, a fundraiser for Democrat Hillary Clinton and someone who was fined by the SEC, has a column criticizing Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina in The New York Times titled "Carly Fiorina Really Was That Bad." ... "Not mentioned by the Times is the fact Rattner was once President Obama‘s 'Car Czar' back during the Cash-for-Clunkers days. He’s also a major fundraiser for (drumroll…) Hillary Clinton." Rattner also paid $10 million in fines to the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2010 for alleged involvement in a New York State pension fund scandal. ... What’s next, Grey Lady? Can we...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EDT,WOR AM,October 6,2015

    10/06/2015 9:00:26 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 33 replies
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  • U.S. Marines introduce 29 gender-neutral jobs

    10/06/2015 8:48:39 AM PDT · by PROCON · 46 replies
    UPI ^ | Oct. 6, 2015 | UPI
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) — The U.S. Marine Corps has unveiled new physical standards that all recruits — male and female — must meet to qualify for 29 of the branch’s jobs. The new gender-neutral standards could make it a lot harder for boot camp recruits and Officer Candidates to obtrain certain positions, according to the Marine Corps Times. These fields include infantry, combat engineering, tanks and amphibious assault vehicles, close-air support, and ground ordnance. One of the standards all recruits must meet is being able to evacuate a casualty, and conduct an MK19 grenade launcher lift. Most posts in...
  • Franklin Graham: Obama’s policies ‘have been against Christ and His teachings’

    10/06/2015 8:21:38 AM PDT · by all the best · 37 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | October 6, 2015 | Victor Skinner
    American Christian evangelist Franklin Graham is calling out President Obama for pursuing a political agenda that’s “against Christ and against His teachings,” Newsmax reports. Graham, the fourth of renowned evangelist Billy Graham’s five children and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV that while Obama claims to be a Christian, he doesn’t walk the walk. “First of all, the president, when he was growing up, his influences were Islam,” Graham told the show Monday. “His parental father is Muslim, his stepfather was a Muslim, he went to Muslim school. “His formative years...
  • US Should Attempt To Disarm Russians In Syria: Brzezinski

    10/06/2015 8:16:46 AM PDT · by Fennie · 82 replies
    Press TV ^ | October 6, 2015
    US foreign policy expert Zbigniew Brzezinski says the United States should retaliate if Russia does not stop bombing its assets in Syria. Brzezinski, the national security advisor for former President Jimmy Carter, advised President Barack Obama to attempt to disarm the Russians if they keep attacking the CIA-trained militants in Syria. "The Russian naval and air presences in Syria are vulnerable, isolated geographically from their homeland," Brzezinski wrote in an article published by the Financial Times on Sunday. "They could be 'disarmed' if they persist in provoking the US."
  • Obama authorizes resupply of Syrian opposition

    10/06/2015 8:16:29 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | 10-5-2015 | Barbara Starr, Elise Labott and Jim Acosta,
    President Barack Obama authorized the resupply of Syrian Kurds and the Arab-Syrian opposition as part of a strategy to put pressure on ISIS from the north and strengthen the border, according to two senior administration officials. The approval came at a National Security Council meeting on Thursday. CNN reported over the weekend that the President also emphasized to his team that the U.S. would continue to support the Syrian opposition as Russia enters the war-torn country. "President Obama was clear that we intend to continue our efforts to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL in Syria and to keep supporting the...
  • Household heating costs are expected to be lower than previous two winters

    10/06/2015 8:11:44 AM PDT · by thackney · 17 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | OCTOBER 6, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    Most U.S. households can expect lower heating expenditures this winter (October through March) compared with the past two winters. In most regions, the decline in expenditures is attributed to the combination of warmer weather and lower fuel prices. According to EIA's Winter Fuels Outlook, average household expenditures for homes heating primarily with natural gas will total $578 this winter, a $64 decline from last winter's average. Homes primarily using propane are expected to spend $1,437 this winter ($322 less). Homes heating primarily with heating oil are expected to spend $1,392 ($459 less). Homes heating primarily with electric heat are expected...
  • Data Transfer Pact between EU and USA ruled invalid - Privacy protection related headache for US biz

    10/06/2015 7:53:06 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 9 replies
    The NY Times ^ | 10/06/2015 | Mark Scott
    <p>Europe’s highest court on Tuesday struck down an international agreement that had made it easy for companies to move people’s digital data between the European Union and the United States.</p> <p>The ruling, by the European Court of Justice, could make it more difficult for global technology giants — including the likes of Amazon and Apple, Google and Facebook — to collect and mine online information from their millions of users in the 28-member European Union.</p>
  • Suppressing Free Speech: The Orwellian mindset of professors at even "moderate" universities.

    10/06/2015 7:50:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/06/2015 | Prof. Walter Williams
    I receive loads of mail in response to my weekly nationally syndicated column. Some recent mail has been quite disturbing. Here's a sample: "Given your support of freedom on a great many issues, I wish to bring to your attention the following George Mason University staff who have formally called on the President to use RICO statutes to punish organizations and individuals who dispute the 'consensus' of the" Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The writer goes on to say, "I am appalled that anyone associated with George Mason would so misuse the power of the Federal government." The writer names...
  • President ‘Mumbo-Jumbo’

    10/06/2015 7:46:01 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct. 5, 2015 | Bret Stephens
    President ‘Mumbo-Jumbo’ Obama’s preferred method for dealing with disagreement is denigration. Bret Stephens David Petraeus testified last month to the Senate Armed Services Committee on U.S. policy in the Middle East. Regarding Syria, the former general and CIA director urged a credible threat to destroy Bashar Assad’s air force if it continues to bomb its own people. He also recommended “the establishment of enclaves in Syria protected by coalition air power, where a moderate Sunni force could be supported and where additional forces could be trained, internally displaced persons could find refuge, and the Syrian opposition could organize.” But Barack...
  • Why Is Bernie Sanders so Popular?

    10/06/2015 7:44:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 85 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/06/2015 | Ron Radosh
    Bernie Sanders must be smiling. Right now, the RCP average of polls [1] shows that in the upcoming New Hampshire primary, he is besting Hillary Clinton by 41.0 to 29.7. And in the Iowa caucus polls [2], Hillary Clinton sees Sanders closing in quickly as she wins by a slim 37.3 to SandersÂ’ 31.0.On Morning Joe today, Kristen Soltis Anderson and Mark Halperin attributed SandersÂ’ growing strength to his consistent message and his authenticity. They are correct that his message is both authentic and consistent, but it is new and fresh only to the thousands of college students who pack...
  • Oregon Community Rocked By Campus Shooting: We Don't Want Obama Here

    10/06/2015 7:07:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies ^ | October 6, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Just hours after the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Rosenberg, Oregon last week, President Obama stepped to the microphones at the White House to deliberately politicize the tragedy in the name of gun control. “Somebody, somewhere will comment and say, Obama politicized this issue. Well, this is something we should politicize,” he said, admittedly without all of the facts surrounding the situation. "We should be changing these [gun control] laws." Now the community affected by the shooting is saying no thanks to an official Obama visit, which is scheduled for later this week. Why? They don't want Obama standing...
  • Who Will Save Middle East Christians: Obama or Putin?

    10/06/2015 7:30:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/06/2015 | Fay Voshell
    Few Western foreign policy analysts have taken seriously Vladimir Putin's radical reorientation of Russia from communism back to Russian Orthodox Christianity. Putin is perhaps uniquely qualified to discern that his nation's identity has been for centuries within a spiritual, distinctly Christian narrative and that a violent rending of Russia's historically religious roots led to utter disaster for the Russian peoples. Son of a militant atheist and a pious mother, Putin lived through the collapse of the Soviet Union and the resurgence of capitalism as defined in Russian terms. Though raised a secularist, he is now a devout Christian in the...
  • On Taxes, Trump Is No Reagan: What About The Spending Side Of The Budget?

    10/06/2015 7:27:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/06/2015 | James Capretta
    President Ronald Reagan is invoked incessantly by conservative commentators and politicians, but never more so than when the subject is taxes. And so it was when Donald Trump released his plan for tax reform. Several conservative commentators have done Trump a favor (and the public a disservice) by vouching for the legitimacy of the plan and saying it is very much in the Reagan tradition. That gives Trump far too much credit. His tax plan bears a superficial resemblance to Reagan’s agenda, but Reagan would never have proposed something so transparently infeasible. Reagan is invoked too casually on taxes both...
  • If Your Town Is Failing, Just Go: A prescription for impoverished communities

    10/06/2015 7:23:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/06/2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    The town where my parents grew up and where my grandparents lived no longer exists. Phillips, Texas, is a ghost town. Before that it was a company town, a more or less wholly owned subsidiary of the Phillips Petroleum Company. Phillips had already lost a great deal of its population as highway improvements sent residents off to the relative urban sophistication of Borger, and there were fewer than 2,000 people living there in 1980 when an explosion at the refinery destroyed practically all of the town’s economic infrastructure, along with a fair number of houses. Phillips, Inc., in the end...
  • Exclusive: Biden himself leaked word of his son's dying wish [To Maureen Dowd]

    10/06/2015 7:18:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/06/2015 | By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE
    Joe Biden has been making his 2016 deliberations all about his late son since August. Aug. 1, to be exact — the day renowned Hillary Clinton-critic Maureen Dowd published a column that marked a turning point in the presidential speculation. According to multiple sources, it was Biden himself who talked to her, painting a tragic portrait of a dying son, Beau’s face partially paralyzed, sitting his father down and trying to make him promise to run for president because "the White House should not revert to the Clintons and that the country would be better off with Biden values.” It...
  • John Kasich renews push for strict “green energy” mandates

    10/06/2015 7:14:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/06/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    When he’s not running for president, Ohio Governor John Kasich is still busy managing the affairs of his state. One of his many duties came to light this week when Kasich came out once again in favor of “unfreezing” the state’s green energy mandates and even pushing for steeper demands on energy consumers. Much of this effort is being driven under the auspices of the curiously named “Ohio Conservative Energy Forum.” (OCEF) At a quick glance, it’s rather difficult to see what is “conservative” about either the group or the policies being pushed forward by the governor. (Fox News)...
  • Obama IS NOT WELCOME to Come Grandstand at the Funerals of Shooting Victims (VIDEO)

    10/06/2015 7:13:38 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 35 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10/05/15 | Jim Hoft
    David Jacques, publisher of the Roseburg Beacon, told Bill O’Reilly on Monday that the people of Roseburg would not welcome Barack Obama if he came to town to politicize the funerals of the Umpqua College shooting victims. Madman Chris Harper-Mercer murdered eight students and a teacher last week in a shooting spree on campus. David Jacques and community leaders do not want Obama to come grandstand at the funerals: Well I think the president will not be welcomed into the community. And that is not just my opinion. We talked to dozens upon dozens of citizens, some family members of...
  • Report: David Dewhurst will pay campaign debts from senate race (Texas)

    10/06/2015 7:10:39 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 10/5/15 | Bobby Blanchard
    Former Lt. Governor David Dewhurst has agreed to pay off $800,000 of debt from his failed bid for the U.S. Senate in 2012, according to a report in The Texas Tribune. According to a September letter obtained by the Tribune, Dewhurst has agreed to pay the debt over the next year but he said that he was not legally obligated to pay the money to his vendors. “While there is obviously no legal obligation that I personally pay the vendors invoices, and while a few of you let me down with messaging and media that was counter-productive, plus there were...