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  • Blue-State Disgrace

    07/23/2014 2:21:46 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies
    Slate ^ | Emily Bazelon
    Immigration is a complex problem. So is the long-term question of how the United States should handle the influx of tens of thousands of children from Central America. Beyond the legal mandates, we owe them basic human decency. On the other hand, to say that they should all simply stay here for good begs big questions about encouraging more children to make this journey, and the rights of all the people abroad who are waiting their turn in line. Unless you believe in open borders, it’s all thorny. What seems right for an individual child can seem wrong systemwide. But...
  • Why Did the State Department Announce a Travel Warning for Israel?

    07/22/2014 10:48:39 AM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 7/22/14 | NOAH POLLAK
    Yesterday, moments after Secretary of State John Kerry departed for the Middle East to attempt to broker a ceasefire in the Israel-Gaza war, the State Department issued a warning recommending that “U.S. citizens consider the deferral of non-essential travel to Israel” due to the threat from “long-range rockets launched from Gaza.” Interesting timing. Long-range rocket fire from Gaza has been dramatically curtailed in recent days by the IDF’s ground operation, and was heaviest at the beginning of the war – some two weeks ago. Despite Hamas and Islamic Jihad barrages of M75 and M302 rockets fired at Tel Aviv and...
  • ‘My bad’: State Dept. official apologizes for #UnitedForGaza tweet

    07/20/2014 4:19:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/20/14 | Jessica Chasmar
    Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy Richard Stengel gave a peculiar apology to outraged Twitter users on Sunday after he tweeted #UnitedForGaza to his 15,000 followers. In a tweet directed to the State Department, Mr. Stengel said, “Critical for a full, credible and unimpeded intl investigation of crash. Urge Russia to honor it’s [sic] commitment,” Twitchy first reported. After receiving swift backlash, the tweet was deleted, and Mr. Stengel sent out a terse explanation. “Earlier tweet with wrong hashtag was a mistake. My bad,” he said. (Snip) Twitter users weren’t buying Mr. Stengel’s apology.
  • Is the Illegal Invasion Based on Religious Manipulation of South Americans?

    07/15/2014 9:24:19 PM PDT · by JouleZ · 12 replies
    Civic Hopes and Political Realities: Immigrants, Community Organizations... ^ | 07/10/2008 | Edited by S. Karhtic Ramakrishnan, Irene Bloemraad
    EPC religious organizations demand attention for other reasons than sheer numbers. First, EPC churches draw people together on a much more regular consistent basis than other types of civic organizations, such as ethnic advocacy groups. Some EPC adherents in our study attend services or Bible studies four times a week throughout the year. Second, an EPC pastor or religious leader is more than a trusted community to their church or temple members.
  • State Dept Spox: 'Hamas may be responsible, but they're not to blame'

    07/01/2014 6:04:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 7/1/14 | Carl In Jerusalem
    Can anyone recall another instance outside of Israel in which the government of the United States went out of its way not to blame a terrorist organization for a terror attack? Encouraging restraint from both the Israeli government— livid over the finding of the bodies of the missing on Monday, vowing to exact justice on the perpetrators— and from the Palestinian leadership, some of whom are calling the trial an Israeli conspiracy, and all of whom are bracing for reprisal, State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters that the US is intimate with intelligence on the case, in...
  • Sen. Markey Wants to Establish Special LGBT Envoy at State Department

    06/24/2014 1:07:43 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 48 replies
    CNS News ^ | 6-23-14 | Tatiana Lozano
    A bill introduced June 12 by Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), would establish a special envoy at the State Department to coordinate America’s “global response” on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues and allow LGBT individuals “who have a well-founded fear of persecution...to seek protection in the United States.” The International Human Rights Defense Act of 2014 would reinforce the Obama administration’s already established foreign policy position on LGBT rights, including the public funding of overseas LGBT groups. In addition, the bill would require annual congressional briefings on “the status of the human rights of LGBT people internationally” and institute...
  • State Dept. Ignored Warnings of Iranian Efforts to Destabilize Iraq

    06/16/2014 2:14:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 6/16/14 | Adam Kredo
    State Department counterterrorism officials warned in late April that Iran had “trained, funded, and provided guidance” to ethnic Iraqi terror groups bent on destabilizing the country. The April warning appears to directly contradict and undermine comments last week by a State Department spokeswoman claiming that the United States and Iran have a “shared interest.” As Iraqi militants continue to wage attacks and seize territory, the State Department has signaled that it is willing to work with neighboring Iran to stabilize the country. They have even raised the idea of discussing Iraq on the sidelines of the ongoing nuclear discussions taking...
  • Eight States Go to the Polls (June 3rd Primaries Live Thread)

    06/03/2014 5:58:56 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 218 replies
    ABC News ^ | 06.03.2014 | Sushanna Walsh
    Today more Americans are able to vote than any other day this primary season, in fact this number of voters won’t go to the polls again until November. Eight states are voting today including Mississippi, Iowa, California, New Jersey, South Dakota, Montana, Alabama, and New Mexico....
  • Benghazi: State Dept. Criticizes Issa for Subpoenaing Kerry Rather Than ‘Reaching Out’

    05/05/2014 7:01:05 AM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    CNS News ^ | 5/5/14 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – A State Department spokeswoman criticized a congressional panel for issuing a subpoena Friday for Secretary of State John Kerry to testify on the Benghazi affair on May 21, saying if the committee had “reached out” instead it would have known that Kerry would be out of the country on that day. “It’s highly unusual for a subpoena to be issued before there’s even an official invitation for testimony. I think everyone can make their own judgments about that,” Marie Harf said of the move by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). Harf said...
  • 19-year-old arrested for killing two troopers in Tanana; 2nd man charged after standoff

    05/02/2014 4:10:08 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 4 replies
    Anchorage Daily News | May 2, 2014 | SUZANNA CALDWELL and TEGAN HANLON
    19-year-old arrested for killing two troopers in Tanana; 2nd man charged after standoff By SUZANNA CALDWELL and TEGAN HANLON Alaska Dispatch / Anchorage Daily News May 2, 2014 UPDATE 10:30 AM FRIDAY: The Alaska State Troopers say they have taken two men into custody in connection with the shooting deaths of two troopers in Tanana on Thursday. Nathanial Lee Kangas, 19, of Tanana was arrested Thursday for the murders of Sgt. Patrick "Scott" Johnson and Trooper Gabriel "Gabe" Rich, according to a troopers release issued Friday morning. Formal charges are being prepared by the troopers with the help of the...
  • Cruz Calls on Kerry to Resign After ‘Apartheid’ Remark

    04/28/2014 3:19:15 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 30 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4-28-2014 | Adam Kredo
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) demanded on the Senate floor Monday that Secretary of State John Kerry resign from his post following highly controversial remarks about the state of Israel. Kerry came under fire from lawmakers and a variety of pro-Israel organizations after he told world leaders in a closed door meeting that Israel risks becoming “an apartheid state” if it fails to reach peace with the Palestinians. Israel cut off peace talks late last week after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas formed a unity government with the terror group Hamas, which announced that it would not renounce violence or recognize...
  • The Blueprint: James Madison’s Advice

    04/23/2014 9:11:01 AM PDT · by xzins · 17 replies
    The Tenth Amendment Center ^ | 7 Aug 13 | Michael Maharrey
    Madison: "Should an unwarrantable measure of the federal government be unpopular in particular States, which would seldom fail to be the case, or even a warrantable measure be so, which may sometimes be the case, the means of opposition to it are powerful and at hand. The disquietude of the people; their repugnance and, perhaps, refusal to co-operate with the officers of the Union; the frowns of the executive magistracy of the State; the embarrassments created by legislative devices, which would often be added on such occasions, would oppose, in any State, difficulties not to be despised; would form, in...
  • Church and State: The Separation Illusion

    04/22/2014 12:09:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Stand to Reason ^ | 04/22/2014 | Greg Koukl
    The goal of First Amendment was to protect religious expression, not restrict it. In the last 50 years, though, “non-establishment” has been redefined as “separation,” effectively amending the Constitution and isolating Christians from the political process.“Will You Be a Casualty in Their Religious War?” read the headline of an advertisement that almost covered an entire page of the L.A. Times. Underneath were pictures of Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and Lou Sheldon, along with condemning quotes substantiating their apparent jihad against irreligious secularists.The text of the advertisement read: “The radical religious right has declared war on America. It is a...
  • Want to retire with an extra half a million your savings? Consider moving to another state.

    04/17/2014 12:47:05 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
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  • Right-to-Work States See Larger Gains

    04/09/2014 10:26:24 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/5/2014 | James Hohman
    The 2013 state personal income data was released recently and it has some good news for Michigan. The state had the 9th best performance among the states from 2012 to 2013. While it's unclear how much of a role the passage of the right-to-work law had in the performance, it is worth a look at the trends between states with a right-to-work law and those without one. In both personal income and in population growth, right-to-work states clearly have an advantage. From 2012 to 2013, right-to-work states grew their personal incomes by 2.8 percent and their populations by 0.9 percent....
  • State Dept. Warns Against Ukraine Travel, Promotes Ukraine Travel

    03/28/2014 12:53:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 3/28/14 | Adam Kredo
    Just three days after the State Department issued a travel warning for Ukraine, it began promoting a campaign urging Americans to visit the country, prompting confusion and concern from some foreign policy observers. The State Department issued a Ukraine travel warning on March 21 warning “U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Ukraine and to defer all travel to the Crimean Peninsula and eastern regions of Kharkiv, Donetsk, and Lugansk due to the presence of Russian military forces in the Crimean Peninsula, and in Russia near the Ukrainian border.” Three days after that warning was issued the State Department’s...
  • The Incompetence Of The Federal Reserve And Deep State Is Unavoidable

    03/25/2014 9:50:03 AM PDT · by Errant · 9 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 25 March 2014 | Charles Hugh-Smith
    It's not the managers who are incompetent, it's the organization itself that is incompetent. I received a number of interesting reader responses to my previous entries on the incompetence of the Federal Reserve and the Deep State: The Federal Reserve: Masters of the Universe or Trapped Incompetents? (March 21, 2014) Why Is Our Government (and Deep State) So Incompetent? (March 6, 2014) Some readers thought I was underestimating the power of these institutions to pursue essentially unlimited money-printing and related global strategies. While I understand the apparent power of unlimited money-printing and global Empire, my point (poorly articulated the first...
  • Oklahoma Adds New Drugs to Lethal-Injection Protocol

    03/24/2014 10:29:34 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 25, 2014 | NBC News
    "Lawyers for two men on death row in Oklahoma say the state has informed them it has a new execution protocol that would allow it to choose from any of five lethal injections. The change comes days after the state revealed that it had been unable to obtain the chemicals for its existing protocol: pentobarbital and vecuronium — prompting a court to delay the executions of convicted murderers Charles Warner and Clayton Lockett for a month. In the revised protocol given to the men's defense team, prison officials outline five possible one-drug and three-drug injections it could use to kill...
  • Texas finds new execution drug supply

    03/19/2014 3:20:30 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 60 replies
    MSN News/Reuters ^ | March 19, 2014 | By MICHAEL GRACZYK
    HOUSTON (AP) — Texas has obtained a new batch of the drugs it uses to execute death row inmates, allowing the state to continue carrying out death sentences once its existing supply expires at the end of the month.
  • What did Hillary really accomplish at State?

    03/02/2014 5:05:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/01/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    At the Washingtonian, James Rosen poses an interesting scenario for everyone to consider. Let’s see how well you do with this thought exercise. Take a minute to play communications director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential run. Your task: come up with a 30-second spot to run in the early primary states about your candidate’s four years as Secretary of State.What part of the world do you start with? Iran? John Kerry now owns, for better or worse, the effort to bar the mullahs from getting the bomb. The “pivot to Asia”? The pushback on China in the Pacific has yet...
  • Russia ready to help Ukraine's economy: Kerry

    02/28/2014 12:37:34 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 34 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 02/28/2014 | Yahoo news
    Washington (AFP) - Russia is ready to help Ukraine as it seeks to stave off economic collapse, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday after talking with his Russian counterpart.
  • Will Courts Lift Veil of Secrecy Around Lethal Injections?

    02/27/2014 10:45:17 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 28, 2014 | By Pete Williams
    Despite growing controversy over the use of anonymous pharmacies for lethal injections, the U.S. Supreme Court has thus far declined to block any executions based on 11th-hour appeals challenging the drug connections. That includes the case of Michael Taylor, a convicted rapist and murderer who was put to death at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday in Missouri after a furious legal battle that stretched well into the night. It's worth nothing, however, that three high court justices wanted to block Taylor's execution and cited the words of an appeals judge who said so little was known about the source of the deadly...
  • Connecticut State Police say: "Surrender now, or we will send somebody this ugly to your door to

    02/26/2014 6:50:52 PM PST · by Nachum · 76 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 2/26/14 | Dutchman 6
    Connecticut State Police say: "Surrender now, or we will send somebody this ugly to your door to kick it in."
  • State Department Insures Artwork for $200M

    02/24/2014 12:23:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 2/24/14 | JERYL BIER
    The Art in Embassies program of the U.S. State Department just turned 50 last year, but its growth in the last decade has been particularly dramatic if the insured value of the artwork is any indication. Although Art in Embassies purchases original works, such as the $1 million sculpture for the new U.S. Embassy in London, much of the artwork on display at various State Department installations throughout the world is in fact borrowed. In 2002, the State Department maintained a $20 million policy for artwork. By 2010, it had grown to $65 million. This year, the agency is looking...
  • Whoah! Obama´s Opulent StateDinners Cost The Taxpayer AboutHalf A Million Dollars Each

    02/11/2014 8:32:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 2/11/14 | Soopermexican
    Obama is having a grand old time with his socialist buddy President Francois Hollande of France on his visit, and for the first time ever, Americans will get a view of just how much a State dinner costs them. It took thirteen months for the State Department to respond to the request for the costs of such dinners, but here they are! CBS News has obtained the Office of Protocol’s expense calculations for the first five state dinners of the Obama presidency. Nov. 24, 2009 – State dinner for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India. $572,187.36 May 19, 2010 –...
  • State Department: Attacks on Kerry Are Unacceptable

    02/05/2014 2:20:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 61 replies
    inn ^ | 2/5/14 | Elad Benari
    The State Department once again took Israel to task on Wednesday for criticizing Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to achieve peace. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters that criticism of Kerry over his threats of a boycott of Israel if peace talks fail were meant to distract attention from progress in the peace process. “Any rhetoric that is inaccurate and critical as this is unhelpful. These kind of attacks are unacceptable. They not only distort his record but they distract from the key issues at hand,” she said. Psaki added, however, that Kerry was planning to ignore the...
  • New Jersey state trooper caught shoplifting at Cabela's near Hamburg, police say

    02/03/2014 3:30:59 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 27 replies
    TILDEN TWP., Pa. - A New Jersey State Police trooper asked an officer not to arrest him on shoplifting charges by mentioning he worked on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's security detail, police said. An attorney for William Carvounis confirmed the trooper has worked on Christie's security detail but denied he asked for special treatment. He also denied that Carvounis shoplifted items from the outdoor retailer Cabela's in Tilden Twp., Berks Co., near Hamburg, on Jan. 8.
  • 'Kerry Never Meant to Threaten Israel,' State Department Claims

    02/02/2014 8:29:41 AM PST · by Nachum · 80 replies
    INN ^ | 2/2/14 | Tova Dvorin
    Sometimes, even the US eats its words. State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki took to Twitter Sunday to defend the remarks of US Secretary of State John Kerry, who threatened Israel with boycotts if peace talks fail. "Today’s status quo absolutely, to a certainty, I promise you 100 percent, cannot be maintained. It’s not sustainable. It’s illusionary," Kerry stated on Saturday night at the Munich Security Conference. "You see for Israel there’s an increasing de-legitimization campaign that has been building up [. . .] there are talk of boycotts and other kinds of things. Are we all going to be better...
  • Jimmy Kimmel & Lie Witness News - State of the Union Edition (before it happened)

    01/31/2014 4:56:21 PM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1/29/14
    Lie Witness News - State of the Union Edition
  • Allen West | His View of the State of the Union

    01/28/2014 9:15:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/28/14 | ewsmaxTV
    Former Congressman Lt. Col. Allen West talks about his view of the State of the Union.
  • Uber-overreach! Mandatory state pre-marriage education classes on the horizon

    01/23/2014 7:23:42 AM PST · by T.O.K. · 34 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | 1-23-2013 | Janeen Capizola
    Put this in your pipe and smoke it Colorado, because you aren’t getting married without first attending state-mandated, premarital education classes – at least if the same voters who legalized weed will now allow in such a big-government proposal. According to the proposed initiative, which will require 86,105 signatures to place the issue on the November ballot, the Denver Post reported, first-time couples wanting to wed would be required to attend 10-hours of “marriage education,” second-time couples 20-hours, and if it’s your third trip down the proverbial aisle . . .
  • (RAT) Senate inquiry blames State Dept. for Benghazi

    01/15/2014 3:02:22 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/15/14
    WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the deadly assault on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, Wednesday, laying blame on the State Department, the intelligence community — even the late Ambassador Chris Stevens — for failing to communicate and heed warnings of terrorist activity in the area. The highly critical report also says the U.S. military was not positioned to aid the Americans in need, though the head of Africa Command had offered military security teams that Stevens — who was killed in the attack — had rejected weeks before the attack.
  • Feds: State health exchange enrollment nearly 500k (California)

    01/14/2014 12:35:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    uts san diego ^ | 1/14/14 | Paul Sisson
    Nearly a half million Californians enrolled in Obamacare health plans through the end of December, according to data released Monday. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said 498,794 Californians picked health exchange plans, which gives the state 23 percent of the nearly 2.1 million enrollments nationwide. Considering the state has about 12 percent of the nation’s population, California has been more effective than other states in enrolling residents. The state has nearly met the lower threshold of predictions that call for 500,000 to 700,000 Californians to buy policies by March 31. “There is a feeling of optimism here...
  • The Police State in Review, 2013

    01/06/2014 6:02:44 AM PST · by Jack Black · 27 replies
    Police State USA - web site ^ | Jan 2, 2014 | PSUSA editors
    While some “journalists” would have you believe the biggest stories of 2013 were about twerking celebrities and over-hyped real-life courtroom sagas, much bigger events were happening with far more lasting national significance. The foundation of an American police state is already laid and making its existence known, while most of the country remains blissfully focused on sports, reality shows, establishment pseudo-news, and other distractions. It would require an encyclopedia to cover all of the injustices, scandals, and brutality that took place in 2013. This list is designed to illustrate certain trends and significant stories from the past year. If Americans...
  • Peres: Impossible to Separate Religion and State in Israel

    12/29/2013 3:29:36 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/12/13 | David Lev
    There is no way to separate Judaism from the state of Israel, President Shimon Peres said Sunday. On a visit to the Machon Lev Jerusalem Technology College, Peres said that despite the efforts of secularists, Israel would always remain a Jewish state. Peres addressed a question from a student who said that “in recent months we have seen an unparalleled attempt to defame the hareidi religious public, especially when it comes to serving in the IDF.” Did Peres believe that it was necessary to force hareidi religious yeshiva students into the army in order to get them into the workforce?...
  • Milwaukee Ald. Jim Bohl under investigation for suspected coercion

    12/20/2013 2:46:42 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 12-19-13 | Bruce Vielmetti and Don Walker
    Milwaukee Ald. Jim Bohl is under investigation for allegedly causing a landlord to get hit with a slew of code violations after he refused to evict two sex offenders from a property in the alderman's district. Investigators from the district attorney's office believe Bohl then had the landlord's records falsely wiped clean after the landlord said he had broken a state housing contract for the offenders. The landlord, in fact, did not break that contract. The investigation is revealed in a search warrant that seeks phone and email records of Bohl; his aide Todd Peterson; Department of Neighborhood Services inspector...
  • John Kerry Working with the U.N. to Stop Execution of Illegal Alien Cop Killer in Texas

    12/17/2013 7:26:38 PM PST · by montag813 · 77 replies
    Top Right Wordpress News ^ | 12-17-2013 | John Urban
    Above: Perennial traitor John Kerry's new mission: save the life of ghoulish illegal alien cop-killer Edgar Arias Tamayo.- by John UrbanTop Right NewsWhen John Kerry isn't busy trying to help Iran obtain nuclear weapons or stabbing Israel in the back, he is doing the bidding of the United Nations -- and Mexico -- trying to save the life of an illegal alien cop-killer.You heard that right. Edgar Arias Tamayo, a 46-year old Mexican man, was in the country illegally when he killed Houston police officer Guy Gaddis. Tamayo was arrested by Gaddis outside a nightclub in 1994 for robbery. While...
  • Democratic Colorado state senator resigns to avoid recall over gun law

    11/27/2013 9:15:06 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 27, 2013 | FoxNews.com
    A Democratic Colorado state senator resigned Wednesday to avoid a possible recall election over a controversial gun control law that led to the ouster of two of her colleagues earlier this year. Sen. Evie Hudak, who has represented a district that includes Denver’s western suburbs since 2008, announced her resignation less than a week before opponents planned to submit petitions to recall her. Calling the decision “difficult,” Hudak said she decided to resign to protect the new gun control legislation and to ensure her constituents would not have to pay for a special election.
  • Internet Sales Tax Hurts Businesses and the States that Pass Them

    11/14/2013 12:59:04 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 8 replies
    Red State ^ | 11-14-13 | John Stephenson
    This past month, the Illinois State Supreme Court determined the state’s affiliate nexus law—a law requiring out-of-state companies with advertising affiliates in the state to collect and remit sales tax—violated federal law. In the majority opinion, Justice Anne Burke ruled that Illinois’ attempt to force collection of sales tax by out-of-state retailers based on their decision to use in-state online advertising rather than traditional print advertising represented a discriminatory taxation regime on the Internet and therefore violated the federal Internet Tax Freedom Act. No one understands the significance of last month’s Illinois State Supreme Court decision better than FatWallet founder...
  • State Department dismisses Kerry letter on Code Pink's behalf as 'form letter'

    11/15/2013 8:15:24 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 11/15/13 | Carl in Jerusalem
    The State Department is dismissing a three-year old letter written by then-Senator John FN Kerry on behalf of Code Pink members seeking access to Gaza as a 'form letter' after the letter came to prominence again this week. A State Department official reportedly told The Blaze, “The letter from then-Senator Kerry regarding the humanitarian mission in Israel and the Palestinian territories was a form letter that was auto-penned — standard constituent mail that congressional members send out as a common practice,” the official said. “Senator Kerry never saw it, nor did his senior staff see it. It was put together by...
  • State-Level Secession Movements in the United States: Northern Colorado and Jefferson

    10/10/2013 12:37:13 PM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 22 replies
    GeoCurrents ^ | 10-9-13 | Martin W Lewis
    The intense political polarization of the United States is most clearly reflected by the dysfunctional nature of the federal government. At a more local scale, it is seen as well in the growing movement to create new states by splitting existing ones. Most of these cases involve the desire of people in rural, conservative counties to secede from the more liberal states in which they are currently located. A front-page story in the October 7 edition of the New York Times, for example, highlights a drive to devise a new state of “Northern Colorado.” Eleven Colorado counties will vote on...
  • WI hunters applaud DNR for standing up to federal shutdown ‘overreach’

    10/09/2013 4:24:22 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 10-8-13 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON — Here’s some good advice my daddy once told me: Try not to tick off a bear hunter. Words to live by. In Wisconsin, hunters of all stripes — bear hunters included — are applauding the state Department of Natural Resources’ decision to keep state properties open to hunting during the federal government’s partial shutdown. Last week, the National Park Service issued a directive demanding that the DNR close several state-owned properties, jointly run by federal and state agencies. The DNR effectively told the Park Service to go hunt itself, for a couple of important reasons: a) because a...
  • State Dept on Syria: We Don’t Want To Disassemble The Entire Regime

    10/07/2013 3:44:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 10/7/13 | staff
    State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf condemned President Bashar al-Assad Monday, but left the door open for portions of the government to remain in place if Assad were to be removed from office. The State Department believes this is best way to proceed while Syria is dismantling its chemical weapons in order to avoid a ‘complete political implosion.’ Below is a transcript of the exchange: Q: — even more so. So if you begin to dismantle that in this crucial time where you want to make sure that the chemical weapons really will not get out to anyone else, isn’t it...
  • State Department: US government shutdown could threaten military aid to Israel

    10/03/2013 8:49:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/3/13 | Michael Wilner
    The US federal government shutdown could have direct repercussions on the transfer of US aid to Israel, US State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf told The Jerusalem Post Wednesday. "The impact of the shutdown could threaten our ability to provide foreign military financing to Israel and other important allies," Harf said. (Snip) In 2007, the two countries agreed on a 10-year, $30-billion military aid package covering the 2009-18 fiscal years. Total US foreign military funding was about $5.5 billion for more than 80 countries in 2011, according to State Department data. Harf said the State Department had not had to
  • Who Will Audit the Auditors? Even State and local bureaucracies abuse their taxing authority.

    09/22/2013 4:49:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Townhall ^ | 09/09/2013 | Steve Malanga
    The Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups has revived old fears about the agency’s vast taxing and auditing powers, so easy to abuse. But the IRS isn’t alone in holding those powers. Across the country, states and municipalities have endowed thousands of revenue and audit bureaucracies with similar capabilities. Critics complain that officials use these entities to harass enemies and help allies. The evidence makes clear just how well-founded those concerns are—especially since these agencies typically receive far less scrutiny than the IRS does. Under the administration of Democratic governor Bill Richardson, New Mexico’s labor department sparked controversy in...
  • State Department's Benghazi review let senior officials off the hook, report finds

    09/15/2013 6:38:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    fox ^ | 9/15/13 | fox
    The State Department review of the Benghazi terror attack let senior officials off the hook for the policy decisions that led to sub-standard security at the U.S. compound in eastern Libya, according to a draft House committee report obtained by Fox News. The nearly 100-page report concludes that the State Department’s internal review board -- called the Accountability Review Board, or ARB -- was flawed. The report by Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee alleges the board’s probe was not comprehensive, its interviews were not thorough, and the investigation itself may have been damaged by conflicts of...
  • Stem cells: Living adult tissue transformed back into embryo state

    09/12/2013 12:22:25 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11 September 2013 | James Gallagher
    The living tissue inside an animal has been regressed back into an embryonic state for the first time, Spanish researchers say. They believe it could lead to new ways of repairing the body, for example after a heart attack. However, the study published in the journal Nature, showed the technique led to tumours forming in mice. Stem cell experts said it was a "cool" study, but would need to be much more controlled before leading to therapies.
  • State Dept. Suggests Benghazi Survivors Don't Want to Testify, - Issa's Committee Responds

    09/11/2013 7:56:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/11/13 | Meredith Dake
    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki did not directly deny to reporters Wednesday that Benghazi survivors were being withheld from testifying before Congress, suggesting instead that House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is mistaken to assume any of the survivors do want to testify. Psaki went on the defensive Wednesday when Associated Press reporter Matt Lee asserted that she was giving contradictory statements concerning the Benghazi survivors. Psaki said these survivors were still involved in the criminal investigation surrounding the attacks which happened a year ago Wednesday, and it would endanger the lives of the survivors and their families to reveal...
  • Atheists want cross removed from 131-year-old city seal in Florida

    09/10/2013 8:34:28 AM PDT · by xzins · 39 replies
    One News Now ^ | September 10, 2013 | Charlie Butts
    A law firm that champions religious freedom is standing firm with a Florida town threatened over its city seal by Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The atheist group Americans United complains that the seal used by DeLand, Florida, happens to contain a cross. Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver tells OneNewsNow the complaint really illustrates the absurdity of groups like Americans United. Staver, Mat (Liberty Counsel)“This seal is part of the very founding seal of the city of DeLand. It's 131 years old,” says Staver. “No one has ever complained for 131 years until the Americans United for...
  • L.A. Mayor Declares State of ‘Emergency’ As Movie, TV Production Flees Hollywood

    08/26/2013 6:26:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 57 replies
    Variety ^ | 8/26/13 | Ted Johnson
    Los Angeles’ new mayor has vowed to help stanch the flow of film and TV production jobs out of Hollywood, starting with the appointment of a film czar at City Hall. But to make a real difference, Eric Garcetti needs to convince skeptical state pols to combat the lure of rich tax incentives from outside California. Two days after this year’s Oscars, Hollywood’s councilman Eric Garcetti, then running for mayor of Los Angeles, staged a media event at Sunset Gower Studios. Only a smattering of reporters and photographers showed up, perhaps because the gathering was to address “runaway production,” a...