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  • NBC News finds Brian Williams embellished at least 11 times (MASSIVE internal investigation)

    04/25/2015 9:59:13 AM PDT · by Libloather · 37 replies
    Washington Post via MSN ^ | 4/25/15 | Paul Farhi
    A months-long internal investigation of Brian Williams by NBC News has turned up 11 instances in which the anchorman publicly embellished details of his reporting exploits, according to a person familiar with details of the probe. NBC undertook the examination of Williams’ statement after he apologized in early February for saying on “NBC Nightly News” that a military helicopter in which he was traveling at the start of the Iraq War had been damaged by rocket fire. His account was challenged by soldiers who were on the flight, leading to a furor that prompted NBC to suspend Williams for six...
  • Jamies Winston's Lawyer Calls Sex Assault Suit a 'Stunt'

    04/17/2015 2:54:06 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 17, 2015 | Gary Fineout
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The attorney for NFL prospect Jameis Winston said the lawsuit filed against the former Florida State University quarterback by a woman who says he raped her is "false" and a "stunt." David Cornwell said in written a statement Friday the lawsuit by former Florida State student Erica Kinsman was expected. He said her accusations have been rejected by police and Florida State. The lawsuit was filed Thursday, two weeks before the NFL draft where Winston could be the No. 1 pick. "Ms. Kinsman's false accusations have already been exposed and rejected six times. This time will...
  • Urgent Prayers for Christians in Iraq

    04/16/2015 7:03:00 PM PDT · by MNDude · 15 replies
    Just got this notice from a church leader I've been following on Facebook: The crisis in Iraq has got worse than ever. Scores have been murdered, (behead, raped, homes and churches destroyed we always think it can't get worse and it does. Dr Sarah is in Erbil and her stories today are just too awful to tell. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- From A Trusted Sorce The islamist group (ISIS) just took over Quaragosh, the biggest Christian city in Iraq. There are hundreds of men, women and children that are being beheaded. The people are asking for prayers to be made on their behalf...
  • Student accused in sex assault sues SDSU (San Diego State University)

    04/14/2015 12:23:26 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 11 replies
    Union-Tribune San Diego ^ | Apr 14, 2015 | Gary Warth
    A student on suspension from San Diego State University has sued the school over the way it is handling an investigation against him for sexual misconduct. Attorney Domenic Lombardo, who is representing student Francisco Sousa, said his clients has been denied due process and is not even sure about the specifics of the accusations against him. Sousa, an international transfer student from Portugal, was arrested Dec. 9 and charged with false imprisonment and forcible oral copulation of a female SDSU student. The charges were later dropped, but he remains suspended and has since enrolled in another school. Lombardo filed a...
  • Rubio: Everything You Need to Know (And Probably Didn’t Know)Presidential Candidate

    04/13/2015 8:26:27 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | 4-13-15 | ERIN DOOLEY
    "Meet Marco Rubio: Everything You Need to Know (And Probably Didn’t Know) About the Prospective 2016 Presidential Candidate"
  • 65-Year-Old Mom Pregnant With Quadruplets: Amazingly Beautiful Or Extremely Egotistical?

    04/12/2015 8:03:17 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 47 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04-12-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    A 65 year old German lady has told German newspaper Bild that she’s expecting quadruplets. This news story is the talk of the day in Europe. There are those who believe it’s a reason to celebrate, while others have a slightly different opinion. See for instance this tweet from a Dutch Twitter-user: Translation: “A women of 65 years old pregnant with quadruplets. This is loathsome. Incredibly egotistical.” Her argument is that the mother is a) too old to take care of one new baby let alone four, and b) that she’s basically nearing the end of her life thereby making...
  • Puerto Ricans who can’t speak English qualify as disabled for Social Security

    04/10/2015 10:47:23 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 10 at 6:00 AM | Josh Hicks
    Hundreds of Puerto Rico’s residents qualified for federal disability benefits in recent years because they lacked fluency in English, according to government auditors. The Social Security Administration’s inspector general questioned the policy this month in light of the fact that Spanish is the predominant language in the U.S. territory. Under Social Security regulations, individuals are considered less employable in the United States if they can’t speak English, regardless of their work experience or level of education.
  • Dash cam video shows the moments before South Carolina police shooting

    04/10/2015 12:46:41 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 68 replies
    CNN ^ | Thu April 9, 2015 | Ashley Fantz and Holly Yan
    Authorities in South Carolina have released dash cam video in connection with the fatal shooting of Walter Scott, but the footage does not show the actual shooting. Video from the patrol car of North Charleston's Michael Slager shows an initial traffic stop and early interactions between the officer and Scott. Slager approaches Scott's vehicle. The two men speak. Scott tells the officer he does not have insurance and is in the process of purchasing the vehicle. Slager then returns to his patrol car. Scott exits his vehicle, briefly, and Slager tells him to stay in the car. Scott then gets...
  • Judge strikes sex claims against Dershowitz, others

    04/07/2015 5:04:14 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | April 7, 2015 | Ray Sanchez
    Liberals would argue that this judge "blamed the Victim." This is the second blow dealt to radfems who automatically believe rape accusations recently. See UVA hoax.
  • Pico Rivera Chuck E. Cheese Shooters Sentenced

    NORWALK (CNS) - Two brothers pleaded no contest today to assault with a firearm in connection with a shootout outside a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in Pico Rivera, in which several bullets struck the restaurant but no one was injured. Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza immediately sentenced Jimmy Ortiz, 31, and Jesse Ortiz, 34, of Pico Rivera, to two years in state prison following their pleas, according to Deputy District Attorney Brock Lunsford.
  • Sexually Assaulted at UVA

    04/04/2015 11:46:27 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 64 replies
    New York Times ^ | APRIL 4, 2015 | JENNY WILKINSON
    IN 1997, I was sexually assaulted by a fellow student at the University of Virginia. At a closed hearing, the university’s committee on sexual assault found him responsible. His punishment? A letter in his file. It’s not clear how many women have won their cases through the university’s system since they were first allowed to enroll as undergraduates in 1970. I am one of the women who won, but winning wasn’t really winning, was it? The hearing on my case took place in March 1998, two months after a criminal trial that ended in disappointment and frustration for me when...
  • Arkansas, Indiana enact fixes to 'anti-gay' law

    04/03/2015 7:54:40 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    The Calgary Sun ^ | 04/03/2015
    Former Rep. Asa Hutchinson, a consultant of the National Rifle Association, discusses the findings and recommendations of the National School Shield Program at the National Press Club in Washington in this April 2, 2013, file photo. Republican Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson rejected a religion bill he had said he would sign into law, reversing course after a firestorm of criticism assailing such legislation as discriminating against gays and lesbians, on April 1, 2015. LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Indiana and Arkansas revised on Thursday new religious freedom acts that had drawn criticism from rights groups and U.S. companies that assailed them...
  • Robert Schuller, Crystal Cathedral megachurch founder, dies

    ARTESIA, Calif. (AP) — The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the Southern California televangelist and author who beamed his upbeat messages on faith and redemption to millions from his landmark Crystal Cathedral only to see his empire crumble in his waning years, has died. He was 88. Schuller died early Thursday at a care facility in Artesia, daughter Carol Schuller Milner said. He was diagnosed with terminal esophageal cancer in 2013. Schuller, who preached in a flowing purple robe and outsized aviator glasses, led an evangelical Protestant ministry that was a product of modern technology. He and his late wife, Arvella,...
  • Arkansas Governor’s Son Thrust Into Spotlight Over Religious Freedom Bill (barf alert)

    details have started to fade, but Seth Hutchinson, a son of Gov. Hutchinson of Arkansas, remembers the arrest in the 1990s of a teacher who was gay. “He was not out,” Seth Hutchinson recounted on Wednesday. “And he was arrested in a park — I think the official charge was attempting to loiter — and it was obvious he was there because he couldn’t be out and keep his job.” Mr. Hutchinson said the episode was a formative experience in the political journey that has frequently pitted him against his father. Hutchinson surged into the spotlight on Wednesday when Governor...
  • Jessica Chambers Burned Alive: Case Of Mississippi Teen’s Burning Death Going Cold — Or Is It?

    Jessica Chambers was burned alive in Courtland, Mississippi, on December 6, 2014. However, with the Panola County Sheriff Dennis Darby and DA John Champion claiming that no one is talking, it seems that the investigation into the burning death of Jessica Chambers is going cold. In a town of just 500 residents, Darby says that over 120 people have been interviewed to no avail. This leaves many to ask, “what will happen now?” The last big public announcement in the Jessica Chambers’ case came in February when investigators released an official timeline for Jessica on the day of her death....
  • Pope Francis set to rile Turkey by recalling the Armenian genocide

    ROME — One week after Easter Sunday, Pope Francis is scheduled to celebrate a service in the Armenian Catholic rite to commemorate the 100th anniversary of a mass killing of Armenians by Turks in the early 20th century that the pontiff defined two years ago as the “first genocide of the modern era.” In a time of mounting anti-Christian violence in various corners of the Middle East, the pope’s act is likely to take on more than merely historical interest. The April 12 papal liturgy is part of a broader campaign by Armenians to keep the memory of their suffering...
  • A Texas Ban on Gambling That Doesn’t Quite Work

    Despite laws saying otherwise, casinos thrive throughout the state, an underground billion-dollar industry that operates in a murky realm and engages in a perpetual cat-and-mouse game with the authorities. It is unlawful for slot-machine casinos to pay cash to gamblers, but it is legal to own, operate and play the machines in Texas, as long as the prizes are cheap noncash items such as coffee pots. In 1993, lawmakers approved legislation that seemed so innocuous it was known as the “fuzzy animals” bill. It was intended to ensure that amusement games, such as those played by children at Chuck E....
  • Mother shocked after Facebook post seeks to sell her baby

    everal messages on Facebook concerned and in some cases outraged about a post on social media regarding a baby from Guam for sale. The mother of the child contacted us to set the record straight and hopefully catch the person who is doing this to her family. "Would love to give her to a nice wonderful family anyone interested she's lost and parents don't want her who's willing to help" - this was the post by user Jesseliaryie Cruz on the Facebook page Guahan Sales on Saturday morning. The post was accompanied by the photo of a little girl and...
  • Several arrested, charged in attack on employees at Parma Chuck E. Cheese

    PARMA, Ohio — Parma police say they’ve arrested several people in connection with the March attack of several employees at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant. **Watch surveillance video of the attack in the player above** Jermele L. Barkley, 35, of Cleveland, and Albert W. Brown, 41, of Lorain, surrendered to police Tuesday morning and are being held in Parma jail. Both will have their initial appearance at 12:30 p.m. today. Chakara L. Watts, 22, of Cleveland, has also been charged. She was arrested last week, and her case was bound over to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office for charges. Police...
  • 19 STUDENTS, 18 OF THEM GIRLS, CHARGED AFTER HIGH SCHOOL BRAWL IN UPSTATE NEW YORK

    Authorities say they've charged 19 students, 18 of them girls, in connection with a brawl that broke out at an upstate New York high school. Local media report that the Chemung County Sheriff's Office announced the arrests Wednesday, a week after a large fight occurred shortly before noon March 18 in the main lobby area at Elmira High School. Officials say the fight appears to have been planned. The melee led to the school being placed on lockdown for a short period.
  • Andreas Lubitz Religion Debate: Germanwings Crash Raises Questions Over Pilot's Faith

    Questions about the religious background of Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings pilot who investigators said deliberately crashed a plane in the French Alps this week, killing all on board, have sparked outrage and debate about whether such information is relevant to the investigation. When a reporter asked French Prosecutor Brice Robin of Marseille, during a news conference Thursday, whether he knew Lubitz’s religion, Robin said he did not know and added, “I don’t think that’s where the answer to this lies.” The question suggested that Lubitz’s religious background was relevant to the investigation behind the pilot’s alleged deliberate downing of Germanwings...
  • Google to diversify workforce

    It also got her fired from her first job. Lee grew up in Sacramento, Calif., working at a Chuck E. Cheese’s franchise, where a customer one day brought Lee’s elderly co-worker to tears, demanding a replacement birthday hostess who wasn’t so old and didn’t have a foreign accent. “I had this 16-year-old sense of social justice, which led me to go out and have words with this mom,” said Lee, who recalls telling her, “Who do you think you are?” No one today is going to fire Lee for speaking the truth about Silicon Valley’s dismal diversity problem, but she...
  • Drunken mother who lost her baby held on bail

    Deserin Dois, the woman accused of getting so drunk she misplaced her baby, is being held on $5,000 cash bail. Dois was charged with child abuse, reckless conduct, and public drunkenness. It was on Wednesday, staff from Chuck E. Cheese found the baby abandoned in a stroller....
  • VANITY: FoxNews' The Five Attacks Cruz Candidacy

    03/23/2015 2:22:31 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 134 replies
    3/23/2015 | Dr. Thorne
    FoxNews' The Five attacked the newly announced Ted Cruz presidential candidacy on the same day as his announcement. You expect Juan Williams and Dana Perino (a mindless Bushbot) to oppose him. But, Eric Bolling said Cruz is just not ready and Greg "Congenital Idiot" Gutfeld opined that Cruz is only running because of his own self-importance.
  • Family grieves for toddler who died after drinking drug-laced soda

    Davonna Hendon planned to take her son, Demonie, to Chuck E. Cheese's for his birthday Saturday. The 2-year-old was so excited that, last week, as they passed the interstate, he pointed to the sign and said that was the way to Chuck E. Cheese's. But Davonna Hendon won't be able to take Demonie to a birthday party Saturday. "I've got to bury him on his birthday," she said through tears Friday night. Demonie died after he drank grape soda laced with methadone in Bessemer last Friday night. The bottle had apparently been left unattended by a babysitter. The babysitter realized...
  • Fox Makes It Easy for Amnesty

    03/18/2015 4:55:55 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 11 replies
    Kaus Files ^ | Mickey Kaus
    Axelrod’s Wish: On page 424 of his recent memoir, Obama’s former top strategist David Axelrod describes running into Fox chieftain (and immigration amnesty supporter) Rupert Murdoch at a dinner in the fall of 2010: During the dinner, Murdoch, who was seated beside me, insisted that the president had to move on immigration reform. …. “But the solution has to be comprehensive,” I said. “We can’t just attack a piece of the immigration problem. And you know, there’s one big thing that you can do to help, and that is to keep your cable network from stoking the nativism that keeps...
  • Netanyahu claims victory in Israel election after hard right shift

    03/17/2015 5:21:59 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 22 replies
    Calgary Sun ^ | March 17, 2015 | Jeffrey Heller and Dan Williams
    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu casts his ballot for the parliamentary election as his son Yair stands behind him at a polling station in Jerusalem March 17, 2015. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced a fight for his political survival on Tuesday as Israelis voted in an election that opinion polls predict the centre-left opposition could win. JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed victory in Israel's election on Tuesday after exit polls showed he had erased his centre-left rivals' lead with a hard rightward shift that saw him disavow a commitment to negotiate a Palestinian state.Difficult coalition talks still lie...
  • As governor, Jeb Bush used e-mail to discuss security, troop movements

    03/14/2015 4:17:16 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Ed O'Keefe
    Jeb Bush used his private e-mail account as Florida governor to discuss security and military issues such as troop deployments to the Middle East and the protection of nuclear plants, according to a review of publicly released records. The e-mails include two series of exchanges involving details of Florida National Guard troop deployments in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the review by The Washington Post found. Aides to Bush said Saturday that none of the e-mails contained sensitive or classified information, and that many of the events mentioned in them were documented in press accounts, either contemporaneously...
  • Carly Fiorina Shapes Herself as the Republican Foil to Hillary Clinton

    03/13/2015 10:50:16 AM PDT · by illiac · 52 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | Amy Chozick3/13/15
    WASHINGTON — She has been the chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, a senior adviser to a Republican presidential nominee and a candidate for the United States Senate. But Carly Fiorina recently took on her boldest role yet: Hillary Rodham Clinton’s loudest critic. Over the past few weeks, Ms. Fiorina has mocked Mrs. Clinton’s globe-trotting as secretary of state, assailed Mrs. Clinton’s use of only a private email account to do official business, and even accused Mrs. Clinton of stealing intellectual property. From her. Twice. Ms. Fiorina insists she has no problem with Mrs. Clinton personally — only with her liberal philosophy...
  • OU SAE to sue university, possibly President Boren

    03/13/2015 3:51:24 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 78 replies
    KFOR Channel 4 ^ | 3/12/2015 | M.DeLaTorre
    NORMAN, Okla. — The local chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon is planning to pursue legal action against the University of Oklahoma, and possibly OU President David Boren. The group has hired high-profile attorney, Stephen Jones to represent them. Jones told NewsChannel 4 the group is outraged over President Boren shutting down the fraternity house and branding all SAE members as racists and bigots. Jones says the two students who were expelled because of the incident have apologized sincerely for their remarks, and now the incident is being exploited.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 13 March 2015

    03/12/2015 5:51:59 PM PDT · by beachn4fun · 88 replies
    March 12, 2015 | Canteen Crew
    FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe Come on in, we're open Need a place just to hang out? This is it. We serve coffee, tea, conversation and music. Our AWESOME military, our AWESOME allies, and their families are welcomed and honored here. No worries in the FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe. Grab a cup and start a conversation. You never know who you might meet in the Cafe. Glad you could...
  • I think this is the year.

    03/12/2015 7:18:20 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 59 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 3/3/15 | Gary
    I think this is the year of the rapture.  As a matter of principle I don't want to ever say this it with absolute certainty because I am absolutely not a prophet.  We're just trying hard to interpret the Scriptures and the Signs as best as we can.  There are many simultaneous confirmations this year though: 1. It is the Shmita year (ending the sixth 7-year cycle in September 2015).  The final 7-year cycle of the current Jubilee cycle will arguably begin then, ending in 2022. 2. The Jews were legally back in the land in 1922/23, so 2022 (7...
  • (Law Professor): No, a public university may not expel students for racist speech

    03/10/2015 11:26:29 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 10, 2015 | Eugene Volokh
    1. First, racist speech is constitutionally protected, just as is expression of other contemptible ideas; and universities may not discipline students based on their speech. That has been the unanimous view of courts that have considered campus speech codes and other campus speech restrictions — see here for some citations. The same, of course, is true for fraternity speech, racist or otherwise; see Iota Xi Chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity v. George Mason University (4th Cir. 1993). (I set aside the separate question of student speech that is evaluated as part of coursework or class participation, which necessarily must be...
  • Chuck E. Cheese’s employees attacked by ‘mob’ of birthday party attendees, police say

    A complaint over a malfunctioning photo booth at an Ohio Chuck E. Cheese’s escalated into a terrifying attack involving a dozen birthday party-goers on Sunday — an incident that left two employees seriously injured, according to police. Police say a female patron complained to Chuck E. Cheese’s employees in Parma, Ohio, about the photo booth not working, and that a manager told her she had to wait. Then, police said, one of the male party attendees followed the manager into the kitchen, threatened to kill him and began to attack. “I’m characterizing this as an attack on the employees of...
  • The most trusted name in news is … Fox?

    03/09/2015 9:44:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/09/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    It depends on how one measures trust, but Fox News wins in at least one definition provided by Quinnipiac in their latest polling. When ranked head-t0-head in a single question — notably asked after individual trust questions in this survey — Fox News wins by a significant margin against other national television news outlets, 29/22 over CNN and with NBC and ABC tied for a distant third at 10%. On the individual trust questions, though, the results become more nuanced: When asked, “Do you trust the journalistic coverage provided by FOX News,” 20 percent of U.S. voters say “a...
  • Did Brian Williams bury stories that hurt the Obama administration?

    03/09/2015 7:11:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/08/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    The departure, temporary so far, of Brian Williams has provided a measure of relief to NBC’s beleaguered news division. With Lester Holt getting good ratings and other stories erupting (notably Hillary Clinton’s scandals at State and the Clinton Foundation), people have paid less attention to efforts to scour Williams’ records for more evidence of fabulism and exaggeration. It’s been almost a month since the last big reveal, and NBC News has been very quiet about its own probe into Williams’ public statements.That doesn’t mean that NBC has righted the ship in its news division, though. New York Magazine’s Gabriel...
  • Jeb Bush aides used private domain for public business

    03/06/2015 5:22:29 AM PST · by rickyrikardo · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/6/2015 | Eric Bradner and Alexandra Jaffe,
    Republicans who are lambasting Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email address on a private server have found themselves on a minefield, each facing questions about their own transparency. The closest parallel among Clinton's likely 2016 challengers: Jeb Bush. The former Florida governor was quick to criticize Clinton this week amid reports that she'd never used a government email during her four years as secretary of state. Like Clinton, though, Bush had set up his own home server with a private address during his time in office. He still uses it, giving it out at events and asking supporters to...
  • Jezebel Reporter Reluctantly Apologizes for Scott Walker Accusation

    03/02/2015 11:47:30 AM PST · by rickyrikardo · 13 replies
    FrongPage Magazine ^ | 3/2/2015 | Mark Tapson
    The left realizes that the fearless Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is becoming a serious threat as the right’s potential presidential candidate. So, true to their politics of personal destruction, the leftist media has united in a full-on pre-emptive assault to take Walker down. That included a blatant lie about the governor’s effort to conceal the reporting of campus rapes. Last Friday Jezebel, a politics-and-pop-culture website replete with vicious and foulmouthed radical feminists, posted an attack on Walker written by “senior reporter” Natasha Vargas-Cooper. Vargas-Cooper is no novice to pop culture journalism, though she apparently doesn’t feel bound by any Old...
  • Since when has Congress NOT had a foreign dignitary speak

    03/02/2015 6:44:36 AM PST · by Vendome · 7 replies
    Oh, sort of a vanity | 3/02/2015 | Vendome
    The Marquis de Lafayette, the French general and Revolutionary War hero, was the first foreign dignitary to address the House of Representatives. Lafayette delivered a speech before a meeting in the House Chamber on December 10, 1824. The first non-head of state to address a Joint Meeting of Congress was Polish Solidarity Leader Lech Walesa in 1989. Nelson Mandela, then Deputy President of the African National Congress addressed a Joint Session in 1990. Including Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine, who addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress on 18 September 2014, there have been 114 Joint Meeting addresses delivered by foreign...
  • Exclusive: TSA Issues Secret Warning on ‘Catastrophic’ Threat to Aviation

    02/26/2015 1:02:09 PM PST · by illiac · 54 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 2/26/15 | Jana Winter
    The Transportation Security Administration said it is unlikely to detect and unable to extinguish what an FBI report called “the greatest potential incendiary threat to aviation,” according to a classified document obtained by The Intercept. Yet despite that warning, sources said TSA is not adequately preparing to respond to the threat. Thermite — a mixture of rust and aluminum powder — could be used against a commercial aircraft, TSA warned in a Dec. 2014 document, marked secret [PDF here]. “The ignition of a thermite-based incendiary device on an aircraft at altitude could result in catastrophic damage and the death of...
  • Obama Dares GOP: Go Ahead, ‘Have a Vote on Whether What I’m Doing Is Legal…I Will Veto’

    02/26/2015 12:58:02 PM PST · by illiac · 76 replies
    MRC TV ^ | 2/26/15 | Craig Bannister
    Pres. Obama is daring Republicans to vote on whether or not his executive actions are legal. Discussing opposition to his executive amnesty orders at an immigration town hall Wednesday, Obama said he would veto the vote because his actions are “the right thing to do”: “So in the short term, if Mr. McConnell, the leader of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, want to have a vote on whether what I’m doing is legal or not, they can have that vote. I will veto that vote, because I’m absolutely confident that what we’re doing is the...
  • The Worldview in 5 Minutes – 2/25/2015

    02/25/2015 7:32:41 PM PST · by Theophilus · 7 replies
    Generations With Vision ^ | 2/25/15 | Adam McManus
    The World View in Five Minutes February 25th, 2015 This is THE WORLD VIEW in 5 Minutes. I’m Adam McManus. As it turns out, God still controls the weather patterns, and Congress does not! They’re calling it a snow-pocalypse on the East Coast. And they are not calling it global warming. Washington DC broke a 120 year low temp record last weekend. And Boston has cleared 100 inches (or 8 feet) of snow, and is expected to top its all time season record. Syria reports more kidnappings by Isis. An additional 90 women, children, and elderly have been reported missing...
  • Activists: IS militants kidnap dozens of Christians in Syria

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants have abducted at least 70 Christians, including women and children, after overrunning a string of villages in northeastern Syria, activists and relatives said Tuesday. The Sunni extremists, who follow a radical interpretation of Islam, have repeatedly targeted religious and ethnic minorities in Syria and Iraq since seizing control of large swaths of both countries. The group's fighters have ransacked churches, demolished Shiite and Sunni Muslim shrines, and enslaved women of the Yazidi community, a tiny sect IS considers heretical. The latest assault began before dawn on Monday, when the militants swept through the villages...
  • Newsflash: Students don’t care if they fail the PARCC (Common Core) test

    <p>PARCC, the Common Core-aligned test being taken by millions of students this semester, is supposed to take more than two hours per day to complete. But why should students devote more than 15 minutes to a test that won’t affect their grades, their ability to graduate, or their college admissions prospects?</p>
  • [2 years ago: January 31, 2013] Investigator’s tape exposes Bill O’Reilly’s JFK fib

    02/21/2015 1:42:12 PM PST · by rickyrikardo · 39 replies
    JFK Facts ^ | Jan. 31, 2013 | Jefferson Morley
    In his best-selling book Killing Kennedy, Bill O’Reilly tells a brief tale of an intrepid reporter — himself — chasing the historical truth of JFK’s assassination in south Florida. But the story itself is a fiction, as O’Reilly reveals here in his own voice. In the annals of the JFK assassination story, rife with CIA and FBI malfeasance, O’Reilly’s fanciful anecdote might seem trivial. It is not the saddest feature of a book that manages to ignore all of the high-quality JFK assassination scholarship of the last two decades. But as O’Reilly’s yarn is presented as fact in USA Today and the Fort-Worth Telegram; as his...
  • Bill O'Reilly responds to 'Mother Jones' charges with CBS memos, more invective

    02/21/2015 7:57:55 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 53 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 2/20/2015 | David Zurawik
    Fox News host Bill O'Reilly responded again Friday to allegations made by "Mother Jones" that he lied about his coverage of the Falklands conflict in 1982. Thursday night, shortly after the allegations were published, O'Reilly came out blasting, calling David Corn, one of the authors of the piece, a "pig" in an interview with The Sun. Friday in his "Talking Points" memo, which was to be broadcast at 8 p.m. during his show, O'Reilly quoted from internal CBS memos that he says he found last night, which back his version of the coverage he provided for the network 33 years...
  • NOAA reports Earth had second warmest January on record in 2015

    02/20/2015 10:19:45 AM PST · by rickyrikardo · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Feb. 19, 2015 | Not Specified
    In the release its latest monthly analysis of global temperatures on Thursday the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. reported that, with a combined land and sea average global surface temperature deviation of 1.39 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average, 2015 had the second warmest January on record. The year 2007 still holds the record for warmest January since records started in 1880. Earlier in the month the Japan Meteorological Agency released similar results, with 2015 tying 2002 and 2007 for the warmest January on record according to JMA data. The JMA...
  • Edward Snowden reveals that NSA and GCHQ hacked SIM card manufacturer Gemalto: reports

    02/19/2015 4:47:13 PM PST · by rickyrikardo · 13 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Feb. 19, 2015 | Alejandro Alba
    British and American spies stole the encryption keys from the largest SIM card manufacturer in the world, according to a government document handed to The Intercept by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. The NSA and its British counterpart Government Communications Headquarters targeted Gemalto, a multinational firm in the Netherlands that makes mobile phone SIM cards, to monitor mobile communications without permission from telephone companies. Gemalto currently creates SIM cards for AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and 450 other wireless network providers around the world. Gemalto produces around 2 billion SIM cards every year. The breach, detailed in a 2010 GCHQ...
  • Wedding ends in brawl after bride marries guest instead of groom

    A bride in India decided to marry a guest on her big day after the groom had a seizure during the ceremony. The decision sparked a brawl after the husband-to-be regained consciousness and realized his would-be wife was with someone else, The Times of India reported Thursday. The incidents unfolded when Jugal Kishore, 25, of Moradabad, was preparing to garland his 23-year-old bride, Indira, from Rampur. As Kishore extended his arms, he had an epileptic fit and fell to the ground in front of the gathering. The bride, apparently angry that her family was kept in the dark about Kishore's...
  • National Parks Pass: Families Free Admission For A Year (truncated)

    Family annual passes for national park admission usually cost $80, but under Obama's plan, roughly 4 million 9- and 10-year-olds and their families won't have to pay for access to federal lands and waters. The White House will help parents plan trips to nearby parks and provide educational tools like field trip guides and science labs, according to a news release. Low-income schools can apply for transportation grants through Every Kid in a Park, as well. Obama will debut the initiative Thursday when he announces three new national monuments: the Pullman Historic District in Chicago, Browns Canyon in Colorado, and...