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  • Local campaign kicks off 'Letters to Trayvon'

    12/17/2014 3:16:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Philadelphia Tribune ^ | December 17, 2014 | Samaria Bailey
    A network of businesses, public officials and educators are partnering with the Trayvon Martin Foundation to present “Letters to Trayvon” a holistic campaign to address the plight of Black males and police brutality, next February. The campaign, initiated by the Germantown-based small business Mission Inc., has been in its planning stages for about a year and will include a social media component, youth outreach and a culminating fundraising reception, panel discussion, black art showcase and exhibit on Feb. 28. “Letters to Trayvon is a campaign to end the disrespect and racial profiling of black men and boys [and] it’s a...
  • Gas industry: Drilling tax could cripple Pa. economy

    12/17/2014 7:50:18 AM PST · by thackney · 18 replies
    Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau ^ | December 17, 2014 | Amy Worden
    Three days after the newly elected Senate majority leader opened the door to negotiations on a natural gas drilling tax, industry leaders reiterated their stand that such a tax would harm the state's economy. Additional taxes would have a "crippling effect on jobs" said Stephanie Wissman, executive director of the Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania. "It threatens to stifle energy production and the jobs that go with it," Wissman said in a conference call with reporters Tuesday. The prospect of a severance tax on gas production in the lucrative Marcellus Shale - an issue dormant since Gov. Ed Rendell left...
  • Supporting Only 'Good' Black Victims Won't Dismantle White Supremacy

    12/17/2014 12:32:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Huffington Post's Black Voices ^ | December 16, 2014 | Kirsten West Savali, Cultural Critic, Senior Writer, TheRoot.com
    In the wake of a New York grand jury deciding not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold death of Eric Garner, racially diverse protests instantly erupted across the nation. White faces could be seen in swelling crowds from NYC and D.C., to Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit and Denver. Their mouths covered with masking tape with the words "I can't breathe" scrawled over it. The righteousness of racial solidarity burning in their eyes as they joined in chanting, "Black lives matter! Black lives matter! Black lives matter!" This is not to say that there were not White allies...
  • Fed judge says executive action is unconstitutional while Dem senators snipe that he's 'wrong'

    12/16/2014 10:14:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | December 16, 2014 | David Martosko
    * Bush-appointed jurist rules the White House 'amnesty' plan is an example of legislation – something only Congress can do * Democratic U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Richard Blumenthal sniped to MailOnline that Schwab is 'wrong' and made 'an incorrect decision' * Judge dismissed administration's claim that it is using 'prosecutorial discretion' to decide which illegal immigrants it will stop deporting * 'President Obama's unilateral legislative action violates the separation of powers provided for in the U.S. Constitution,' judge Arthur Schwab ruled * GOP Senator John Thune said Obama hadn't yet 'got the message' about his party's stinging November election...
  • District court declares Obama immigration action unconstitutional

    12/16/2014 1:20:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/16/2014 | By Jonathan H. Adler
    <p>Earlier Tuesday, a federal court in Pennsylvania declared aspects of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration policy unconstitutional.</p> <p>According to the opinion by Judge Arthur Schwab, the president’s policy goes “beyond prosecutorial discretion” in that it provides a relatively rigid framework for considering applications for deferred action, thus obviating any meaningful case-by-case determination as prosecutorial discretion requires, and provides substantive rights to applicable individuals. As a consequence, Schwab concluded, the action exceeds the scope of executive authority.</p>
  • D.A. to charge 2 more Phila. Democrats in sting(PA)

    12/16/2014 12:56:17 PM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 44 replies
    philly.com ^ | 12/16/2014 | Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis
    HARRISBURG - Philadelphia prosecutors plan to announce criminal charges Tuesday against two more elected officials ensnared in the undercover sting investigation that state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane rejected as too flawed to prosecute. District Attorney Seth Williams is expected to announce charges against State Reps. Vanessa Lowery Brown and Ronald G. Waters, both Philadelphia Democrats, for allegedly accepting cash from an undercover operative, according to people familiar with the matter. Waters' attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr., said he was making arrangements for Waters to turn himself in Tuesday morning. Perri said he expects Waters will face felony charges of conflict...
  • No Anti-Discrimination Ordinance For Gay, Lesbian Community in Bloomsburg

    12/16/2014 1:39:46 PM PST · by conservative98 · 2 replies
    WNEP ^ | December 15, 2014 | Peggy Lee
    BLOOMSBURG — Leaders in Bloomsburg have decided against going ahead with plans for a controversial law at a meeting Monday night. With a narrow vote of four to three, Bloomsburg town officials voted not to draft an ordinance that would make it illegal for businesses to discriminate against people based on sexual orientation. Council met with a packed room and heard hours of input on whether the town needed such an ordinance. “Lacks constitutional weight both federally and at a state level, being carried along more by emotion than reason,” said one speaker who opposed the ordinance. “Many members of...
  • Ex-military gunman confirmed dead after he killed six family members and..

    12/16/2014 12:55:57 PM PST · by CivilWarBrewing · 39 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | December 16, 2014 | Louise Boyle and Wills Robinson for MailOnline & AP
    Suspect Bradley Michael Stone, 35, reportedly found dead in Pennsylvania woods near his homeStone's ex-wife, her sister, brother-in-law, 14-year-old niece, mother and grandmother named as shooting victimsHis wife's 17-year-old nephew in serious but stable condition on Tuesday after suspect reportedly cut three fingers off and shot him in the headStone and his ex-wife had been locked in a court fight over their daughters' custody since 2009 divorce; the girls were unharmed in shootingsBrad Stone remarried last year and according to court records, has an infant son. His new wife and boy were not hurt A Marine veteran accused of...
  • Montgomery County Shooting Spree Suspect Bradley Stone Found Dead in Woods: Sources

    12/16/2014 12:05:23 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 16, 2014 | Vince Lattanzio
    Bradley Stone, the man prosecutors say is responsible for killing his ex-wife and five of her family members and shooting one other before going on the run, has been found dead in the woods near his home, law enforcement sources tell NBC10. His body was discovered near W. 4th Street and Schoolhouse Road in Pennsburg. The location is just yards from the former Marine's home where SWAT teams have been methodically searching for the man for the past two days. Sources said it appears Stone killed himself.
  • Philadelphia Police Officer Shoots Suspect in Head During Deadly Struggle

    12/15/2014 10:51:51 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 99 replies
    NBC Philly ^ | 12-15-14 | Dan Stamm
    The family of a man shot in the head and killed by a Philadelphia police officer sought answers in the hours after the deadly incident during a traffic stop in the city’s Mayfair section. The deadly gunshot rang out around 2:45 a.m. along the 6600 block of Frankford Avenue after police said the suspect reached for a loaded handgun — stolen last year — in his rental car. "I would like to know why the police, law enforcement, has the right to kill instead of disabling," the victim's mother Tanya Dickerson said. "It has to stop, this is enough already."...
  • Suspect in deadly Pennsylvania killing spree remains at large

    12/15/2014 7:52:41 PM PST · by Oliviaforever · 36 replies
    CBS ^ | 12/15/14
    PENNSBURG, Pa. -- A man killed six people as he weaved across the Philadelphia suburbs in a predawn rampage Monday, authorities said. Bradley William Stone, 35, started at his ex-wife's Harleysville apartment, breaking in through a glass door around 4 a.m., firing multiple rounds and fleeing with their two children, the woman's neighbors said. Stone was believed to be holed up in his home in Pennsburg, but police said late Monday they are uncertain of his whereabouts.
  • PTSD GUNMAN KILLED FOUR WITH NEW CRIME SCENE IN PENNSBURG, AND ESCAPED FROM SWAT IN SOUDERTON, PA

    12/15/2014 9:55:45 AM PST · by Kackikat · 525 replies
    Twitter, Inagist ^ | 12/15/2014 | kackikat
    A few minutes ago SWAT found out that the PTSD gunman who killed four in Souderton and Lansdale, Pa was not in home in Souderton, PA. Escaped. Whereabouts of gunman unknown, more deaths expected. New crime scene in Pennsburg, Pa with police investigating.....unknown.
  • Ron Paul destroys Rick Santorum on Iran During Ames Iowa Debate and all I got was the zot

    Click link to watch the video of a FOX news debate featuring Ron Paul giving Rick Santorum a history lesson on Iran http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8u5hnMGOQ8
  • Santorum Taking 'A More Serious Look' at 2016 Run

    Former Senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum announced that he was taking “a more serious look” at running for president in 2016 on Wednesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.”
  • Rick Santorum: smart people got no reason to vote conservative

    09/15/2012 3:06:52 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 34 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | September 15, 2012 | Paul Harris and Matt Williams
    "Smart people" in America will never back conservative Republicans, or so says Rick Santorum – a conservative Republican whose verbal missteps are becoming as well-known as his hardline posturing on social issues. Santorum, who ended up being Mitt Romney's closest rival for the 2012 Republican nomination, made the comment at the conservative Value Voters Summit in Washington. "We will never have the media on our side, ever, in this country. We will never have the elite, smart people on our side," Santorum said in a speech to the gathering of conservative activists at a Washington hotel. Santorum, a former Pennsylvania...
  • Unsolved Mysteries: Why Were Conservatives So Enamored of Rick Santorum?

    04/13/2012 10:18:18 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 105 replies
    Forbes ^ | 04/12/2012 | John Tamny
    Rick Santorum dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday. Almost to a column, editorial and news account, the analysis centered on Santorum’s somewhat successful capture of conservative voters. And there lies the mystery. How could a man seemingly so opposite of conservative have entranced so many voters who label themselves just that? The easy answer is that as someone who made his religion such a prominent part of his campaign strategy... religious types who tend toward conservatism perhaps felt they’d found their man. [...] Indeed, if we ignore for a moment how very anti-conservative it...
  • Problems With the Truth: Confessions of a 22-Year Rick Santorum Observer

    04/05/2012 8:17:49 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 63 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 4, 2012 | Jerry Bowyer
    I’ve known Rick Santorum for 22 years, having first met him in 1990 before he’d won his first campaign for Congress. I interviewed him on WORD-FM, an evangelical Christian radio station where I was a frequent guest host (and eventually a full-time host) early in his campaign. If I was not the first media personality to interview Rick, I was one of the first. I had Rick as a guest at the request of my friend, Mark Rogers, who was running Rick’s campaign. Over the years I interviewed Rick at least a dozen times and debated him several times as...
  • Rick Santorum Angry Response to Reporter

    03/26/2012 2:26:03 PM PDT · by parksstp · 72 replies · 63+ views
    Youtube ^ | 03-26-2012 | Rick Santorum
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5U7fTPb8U4 Rick Santorum's got a message for Reporters that like to Distort the Truth. I think this message can also be for those FReepers that like to bash Rick whenever and whereever.
  • AND YOUR NEXT PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDER IS…RICK SANTORUM

    12/11/2014 6:51:28 PM PST · by Steelfish · 34 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | December 11, 2013
    AND YOUR NEXT PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDER IS…RICK SANTORUM By Emily Zanotti on 12.11.14 Oh goodie. In an interview with the Washington Post published yesterday, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania made every indication that he would run for president again in 2016. “We’re definitely the underdog in this race,” he told reporter Karen Tumulty. “We’re just obviously in a better place right now. Our message will be a lot more focused this time than it was last time.” Santorum ran a surprisingly strong race in 2012 Republican primaries, acting as a conservative spoiler who briefly topped Mitt Romney in the polls....
  • 10-year-old boy in jail months after allegedly beating 90-year-old woman to death

    12/11/2014 1:27:22 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 57 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | 12/11/2014 | The Associated Press
    A 10-year-old boy who's been in an adult jail since authorities say he fatally beat a 90-year-old woman two months ago is scared, lonely and misses his mother, his public defender said. The boy, one of the youngest ever to face an adult homicide charge in Pennsylvania, met with family through a glass partition when he was first brought to the county lockup in rural northeastern Pennsylvania. More recently, he was permitted to have physical contact with them, according to the attorney, Scott Bennett. "So his mom can give him a hug," he said this week. The beating occurred Oct....
  • Same author of UVA gang rape reported on Philadelphia Catholic church sexual abuse (vanity)

    12/11/2014 10:09:13 AM PST · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Rolling Stone article w/ Ederly byline | 11 December 2014 | self
    The Catholic Church's Secret Sex-Crime Files How a scandal in Philadelphia exposed documents that reveal a high-level conspiracy to cover up decades of sexual abuse By Sabrina Rubin Erdely | September 6, 2011 Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/the-catholic-churchs-secret-sex-crime-files-20110906#ixzz3Lc7wveco
  • Pennsylvania man murdered his step-daughter so he could have sex with her corpse, prosecutors claim

    12/10/2014 11:56:18 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 26 replies
    nationalpost.com/ ^ | December 8, 2014 | Associated Press
    EASTON, Pa. — Prosecutors say necrophilia motivated a Pennsylvania man to fatally shoot his stepdaughter last month. Gregory Graf was charged after police found 33-year-old Jessica Padgett’s body buried on his property in Northampton County.
  • DA: Cop's bullet killed arrest suspect in Easton

    12/10/2014 2:29:42 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    wfmz 69 news ^ | 12-10-2014
    The district atttorney said Scheuermann also had self-inflicted knife wounds to the neck. which were "contributing causes to his death. " Pennsylvania state police are investigating the shooting. Morganelli met Tuesday with Atty. Josh Karoly, the lawyer of Scheurmann's family and is asking for any and all information Karoly uncovered during his own investigation to be brought forth, including additional witnesses. He plans to meet again early next week with the family's lawyer. The district attorney wants to know all the information before making any decision about possible charges. His said his decision may be to refer the case to...
  • The Power of Friendship: Embracing Allies to Revitalize American Leadership (Ted Cruz speech 3pm)

    12/10/2014 2:02:26 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | December 10, 2014 | Nile Gardiner, Ph.D.
    The Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom is delighted to welcome Senator Ted Cruz to deliver the 9th Margaret Thatcher Freedom Lecture. Previous speakers in the Thatcher Freedom Lecture series have included former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, journalist and author Charles Krauthammer, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, free market economist Hernando De Soto, historian Victor Davis Hanson, and human rights champion Natan Sharansky. In his address, Senator Cruz will outline his vision for restoring American leadership on the world stage and rebuilding partnerships with key U.S. allies at a time of increasing global threats to the...
  • Rick Perry, hungry for redemption, says he’s a ‘substantially different’ candidate

    12/10/2014 2:02:33 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 101 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | December 9, 2014 | Philip Rucker
    The man who could be president is ambling through the Texas governor’s mansion on his own, whistling “Frosty the Snowman” as he approaches the parlor to greet a reporter. Gov. Rick Perry (R) leads a tour and points out a historically inaccurate depiction of frontiersman Davy Crockett in an oil painting in the foyer (“His coonskin cap — that’s a myth”). In Sam Houston’s bedroom upstairs, Perry lifts an antique upholstered settee, a gift from the French, to read an engraving signifying Texas’s early-1800s ties to France. He shows off a Civil War-era saber that belonged to a Union general...
  • Rick Santorum is running for president again — and says this time will be different

    12/10/2014 1:28:47 AM PST · by iowamark · 66 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/9/2014 | Karen Tumulty
    Rick Santorum won primaries and caucuses in 11 states in 2012, coming in a respectable second in the GOP presidential primary season. And Republicans have a history of bestowing their nomination on the next guy in line, usually an also-ran from the last contest. Yet the former senator from Pennsylvania is rarely mentioned in the already feverish pre-game 2016 chatter among the political commentariat and the donor class. That’s just the way he likes it. Or so he says. “America loves an underdog. We’re definitely the underdog in this race,” he said in an interview Tuesday. Santorum added that being...
  • Cruz: School choice is 'most compelling civil rights issue' of the century

    12/09/2014 3:19:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | December 9, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz called school choice the greatest civil rights issue of the 21st century.Texas Sen. Ted Cruz called school choice "the most compelling civil rights issue of the 21st century" and suggested it will be a significant focus of the Senate Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on the Constitution, civil rights and human rights when he becomes chairman in the new Congress. The potential GOP presidential contender made the remarks during a Senate hearing on community policing, scheduled in the wake of racial protests sparked by the deaths of two unarmed African-American men at the hands of white police officers....
  • Philly NAACP elects new North Philly Nation of Islam leader president

    12/09/2014 10:45:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Newsworks ^ | December 9, 2014 | Holly Otterbein
    (AUDIO-AT-LINK)The Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP has elected a new president. Minister Rodney Muhammad has led North Philadelphia's Mosque Number 12 of the Nation of Islam for 23 years. He's moving from first vice president to president of the local NAACP chapter. In his new role, he said he would focus on bringing jobs to the city. "Traditionally, we may have stood outside of somebody's business and demanded that people of color have their fair share of jobs," he said. "But I think today we got to think a little beyond that, and think about how to sit down with...
  • Rendell: If GOP Shuts Down Government Over Immigration Executive Action They'll "Pay A Heavy Price"

    11/21/2014 7:20:39 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 87 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | November 20, 2014
    "I think the Republicans will lose in court if they go to court. The president clearly has the discretion to tell the Justice Department who he wants to deport and who he wants to not deport, where he wants the emphasis to be, it's clearly within his rights. But more than that, if the Republican party can't control itself, if they, in fact, shut down the government because of this, they'll pay a heavy price. If, in fact, they say, we're not going to do anything about immigration, because the president took this action, they'll look like spoiled children. They'll...
  • Fuel is cheaper—so let's hike gas tax: Former governor

    12/08/2014 7:34:24 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    cnbc ^ | Katie Kramer
    Gas prices, on average, are about 50 cents less a gallon than a year ago, giving a de facto tax cut and providing relief to millions of consumers as the holiday season kicks into high gear. However, a growing number of politicians have suggested that, given cheaper fuel costs, conditions might be ripe to hike federal taxes on gas in order to help fund infrastructure projects. Rendell is one of those voices. He supports raising the federal gas tax—
  • Critics say Common Core includes collecting psych data on kids

    12/06/2014 10:34:11 PM PST · by PROCON · 13 replies
    foxnews ^ | Dec. 7, 2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    A little-known aspect of Common Core should have students worried about what goes on the dreaded "permanent record," say critics of the national education standard. Parents in Pennsylvania have written outgoing Gov. Tom Corbett to demand a moratorium on the collection of what they describe as sensitive and personal information on students, which they say is part of a federal database to track the development of every child. And education activists around the nation say it is part and parcel of the controversial campaign to impose a uniform, national standard for math and English. “This follows them from the cradle...
  • More municipal bans on fracking pose setback to domestic energy boom

    12/06/2014 10:46:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 06, 2014 | (With AP)
    The surge in domestic-energy production that has created millions of new jobs and abundant natural gas and oil is now facing a potential setback, cities across the country imposing bans on the widely-used deep-drilling process known as fracking. At least three U.S. cities and two counties in the November elections voted in favor of such a ban. And courts in Pennsylvania and New York have recently ruled in favor of letting cities have some control over the drilling. There is little surprise that Texas is at the forefront of the fight between energy companies and other fracking supporters and critics...
  • Kane won't defend Pennsylvania gun law!

    12/06/2014 3:38:45 AM PST · by Renegade · 31 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | 12/5/14 | Marc Levy
    HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is leaving it to the governor's office to defend a lawsuit challenging a law backed by the National Rifle Association that was designed to dismantle illegal municipal firearms ordinances, officials said Friday.
  • Kathleen Kane won't defend NRA-backed Pa. law on firearm rules

    12/05/2014 5:05:27 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 14 replies
    AP via Lehigh Valley Times ^ | 12/05/2014 | staff
    Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is leaving it to the governor's office to defend a lawsuit challenging a National Rifle Association-backed law that was designed to dismantle illegal municipal firearms ordinances, officials said Friday. A spokesman for Gov. Tom Corbett said the governor's legal office will defend the law against the challenge led by Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Lancaster. Kane's office sent word earlier in the week that she would not take the case. Corbett, a Republican who opposes new forms of gun control, signed the law last month. The law widens the ability of the NRA or gun owners to...
  • Feds Find Shocking, Systemic Brutality, Incompetence In Cleveland Police Department

    12/04/2014 12:06:23 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 27 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 12-4-2014 | Dana Liebelson, Ryan J. Reilly
    In recent years, Cleveland police officers have punched a 13-year-old boy who was in handcuffs for shoplifting and shot at an unarmed kidnapping victim who was wearing only his underwear, according to disturbing allegations released Thursday by the Justice Department. The agency's investigation found that officers in Cleveland routinely use unjustifiable force against not only criminals and suspects, but also innocent victims of crimes. The so-called “pattern or practice” report from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division was released Thursday afternoon as DOJ and the city announced plans to develop a court-enforceable agreement that would impose an independent monitor on...
  • Protesters Seeking Justice Crash Tree Lighting Ceremony At City Hall (Phila)

    12/04/2014 10:24:32 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    CBS Philadelphia ^ | December 4, 2014 | Staff
    he sounds of the holiday season were upstaged by chants for justice by protesters in Philadelphia Wednesday evening. The protesters, angered by two separate Grand Jury decisions to not indict two white officers in the deaths of two unarmed black males — one in Ferguson, Missouri and another in New York — started by staging a “silent die-in” at 30th Street Station. The group laid silently on the ground.
  • TRUCK SPILLS NEW YORK TIMES PAPERS ON KING OF PRUSSIA HIGHWAY RAMP

    12/04/2014 10:05:06 AM PST · by dynachrome · 30 replies
    ABC ^ | 12-4-14 | ABC6
    KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (WPVI) -- A tractor-trailer carrying 19,000 copies of advanced sections for Sunday's New York Times overturned on a highway ramp outside Philadelphia, littering the side of the road with bundles of Arts & Leisure, Travel and Book Review. A Times spokeswoman says the driver appeared to sustain minor injuries in the crash around 5:30 a.m. Thursday on a ramp connecting the eastbound Schuylkill Expressway to Route 202 in King of Prussia. They're awaiting toxicology test results. Eileen Murphy, the Times' vice president for corporate communication, says the 18-wheeler was en route to drop off sections printed...
  • ...Cop’s Reaction as a BF Shopper Claims That He’s Being Harassed Like ‘Mike Brown’ (Video)

    12/01/2014 12:38:55 PM PST · by beaversmom · 35 replies
    The Blaze ^ | November 29, 2014 | Zach Noble
    What does the shooting death of an 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, have to do with a shopper in a Pennsylvania Wal-Mart? Quite a lot, if you ask the shopper. When a man was detained on Black Friday and asked to prove that he had paid for his merchandise, he quickly got his friend to start recording and invoked the name of Michael Brown as he defended himself against the police. The problem: as the video shows, the police officer talking to the shopper remains extraordinarily calm, even as the shopper yells at him and refuses to comply with his requests....
  • Ron Paul supporters, OWS protesters join forces to harass Gingrich, Santorum

    01/12/2012 12:07:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies · 1+ views
    The Examiner ^ | January 12, 2012 | Joe Newby
    On Monday, militant Ron Paul supporters joined forces with Occupy Wall Street protesters to harass former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. Fox News reported that Gingrich was forced to cancel an appearance at his New Hampshire campaign headquarters when Ron Paul supporters and Occupy Wall Street protesters swarmed the entrance: About 40 protesters showed up Monday evening carrying placards reading "Ron Paul" and "Occupy." One played speeches by presidential candidate Ron Paul from a loud speaker. Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond says the former House speaker's private security detail decided to cancel the event because of...
  • 'White privilege' is real and it matters

    11/29/2014 9:18:34 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 64 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | November 29, 2014 | Cathy Busha
    I am writing in response to Kurt Miller's Nov. 22 guest column, in which he states that "white privilege is a racist term." The definition of white privilege I use is from Dr. Beverly Tatum, who writes, "White people ... sometimes struggle with the concept of white privilege. What are the benefits or the advantages to being white in a society that has historically given benefits and advantages to members of the dominant group? If you are a person who has that privilege, you don't necessarily notice it." I'd like to think I have earned everything I have through my...
  • These Two States Cut Medicaid…And Saved Money

    11/30/2014 4:50:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    In 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services estimated that 72.2 million Americans were receiving Medicaid benefits for at least a month. Medicaid is a government health insurance program aimed at helping the poor and disabled. Enrollment into the program is going up dramatically, according to the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI). Both Medicaid and ChildrenÂ’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are up 15 percent, or 8.7 million people, since Obamacare began enrolling people in the fall of 2013; states that expanded Medicaid coverage are seeing 22 percent growth or more. For many states, Medicaid is the largest item of...
  • Driver: The Taxi and Limousine Commission ruined my life

    11/28/2014 6:40:43 PM PST · by TBP · 29 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 27, 2014 | 10:15pm | Rebecca Harshbarger and Daniel Prendergast
    A Pennsylvania limo driver says he lost his job, and his life was destroyed, when a ruthless undercover TLC inspector pulled a sting on him and seized his employer’s car at JFK Airport, leaving him stranded for days. Michael Davis, 49, his wife and two young sons are now facing eviction from their Allentown, Pa., home after he was forced to fork over thousands of dollars to his former employer, who sued him for losing the town car. “It messed up my life,” Davis told The Post, referring to his May 14 run-in with Felicia Harper, a member of the...
  • In one classroom, a teacher makes Michael Brown the lesson of the day

    11/27/2014 11:49:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Washington Post's Answer Sheet ^ | November 27, 2014 | Valerie Strauss
    On Nov. 25th, a grand jury in Ferguson voted not to indict a white police officer, Darren Wilson, in the shooting of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, last August in a case that has stirred civil unrest and accusations of racism by white law enforcement officials. The next day, Steve Singer, a teacher in suburban Pittsburgh went to school and realized that he could not carry on as usual but that he had to address what was transpiring in Missouri. This is his account of what happened that day. Singer is a husband, father, blogger and education advocate who teaches...
  • PA:Cops: North Wales teen arrested for punching man who was out running in Lansdale

    11/23/2014 2:27:48 PM PST · by marktwain · 38 replies
    thereporteronline.com ^ | 17 November, 2014 | Michael Goldberg
    LANSDALE >> A North Wales teen is accused of chasing and then punching a man who was out running in Lansdale because the teen felt “disrespected,” according to police. Da’Quan McClendon, 18, of the 200 block of South Third Street, faces misdemeanor counts of simple assault and disorderly conduct, as well as a summary count of harassment, in connection with the alleged Nov. 11 incident. Lansdale police said that around 5:30 p.m. that evening, officers responded to the vicinity of Church Road and East Hancock Street for a reported disturbance involving a man accosted by four males who were seen...
  • The Media and Republican Insiders Lash Out against Congressman Steve King

    11/23/2014 12:42:14 PM PST · by iowamark · 14 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 11/21/2014 | Craig Robinson
    I’m pretty sure that Iowa Congressman Steve King thought that his detractors would give it a rest for a while after he defeated his Democrat opponent by 24 points earlier this month.  Yet once again headlines like, “Stay away from Steve King,” have been published this week.  This time it’s not the liberals who are ranting and raving about King, its nameless “Republican insiders” and a conservative blogger from the Washington Post. On Tuesday, King announced that he is partnering with Citizens United to put on a 2016 presidential forum in Des Moines on January 24th called the Iowa Freedom...
  • Senate rejects Keystone XL bill {and Mary Landrieu}

    11/19/2014 5:00:29 AM PST · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 18, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The Senate narrowly rejected legislation to authorize the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday, handing a defeat to the oil industry and dealing a major blow to Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu, who staked her political career on the outcome. The Senate voted 59-41 for the legislation, falling one vote shy of the 60 needed for passage under the deal bringing it to the floor. But Keystone supporters insisted the defeat would be short-lived. Republican leaders are vowing to try again after they take over the chamber in January — when they will have more than enough votes to get a measure...
  • Widdy Dialect: The “Hoagie” Of Darts

    11/18/2014 4:42:11 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 4 replies
    Hidden City Philadelphia ^ | 4-17-14 | Bradley Maule
    Bring an English gentleman into a conversation between a coupla DelCo kids debating the IgglesÂ’ handling of DeSean Jackson or their favorite hoagies downtheshore, and watch the gentleman recoil and pray for the Queen. Drop a proper publican onto a Kenzo barroom dartboard and expect the same reaction. For just as Philadelphia claims its own brand of the English language, so too does our city wield a distinct take on the classic tavern game of darts. The origins of darts, like baseball, is murky and filled with legend. Lore suggests that the game grew from the practice of throwing...
  • Rick Santorum: White House decision around June

    11/17/2014 9:21:23 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 51 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/17/2014 | Kyle Cheney
    Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, who nipped at Mitt Romney’s heels in the 2012 Republican presidential primary, says he’s eyeing mid-2015 for a decision about a second White House bid. “Four years ago, we ended up announcing in June of 2011. If past is a portent of the future, that’s probably a ballpark,” he said in a phone interview. Santorum said he’s actively engaged with party donors and activists to assess whether he has a path to the nomination. “We’re doing everything consistent with making an effort,” he said. “We’re talking to donors, we’re looking at talking to people in...
  • Introducing Homosexuality-based Affirmative Action (University of Pennsylvania)

    11/15/2014 1:59:26 PM PST · by Salman · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | November 14, 2014 | Jennifer Kabbany
    The Daily Pennsylvanian, the student newspaper at the University of Pennsylvania, reports that admissions officials are actively trying to guess who is gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or “ally” based on their applications. Or as my colleague Greg Piper at The College Fix notes: UPenn is practicing gaydar in reading student applications. And although it’s unclear what exactly admissions officers consider “gay” and how that affects applicants’ chances, apparently they are pretty good at it. “Since 2010 when the tracking of LGBTQ applicants started, the Office of Admissions has seen huge growth in the number of LGBTQ or ally applicants, plus...
  • In Great Lakes States, Union Retribution Fizzles

    11/14/2014 7:55:46 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/10/2014 | Tom Gantert
    In December of 2012, in the aftermath of Michigan’s Republican Legislature passing a right-to-work law, thousands of union members from around the state participated in a teleconference where their leaders promised “retribution” against the GOP. One union member wondered if Democrats took control of the Legislature, “Could we shove it right down their throats?” Al Garrett, president of Michigan AFSCME Council 25, shot back: “If we were to change the composition of both houses, where we were the majority and had the governor, no question we would be able to get rid of it right away. … In November of...