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  • Three of Utah's eight death row inmates have CHOSEN to die by firing squad

    03/24/2015 11:34:39 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 25 March 2015 | Kieran Corcoran For Dailymail.com
    It is a macabre choice to make - and almost unique to some inmates on Utah's death row: would you be injected with toxic chemicals, or shot in the heart? But, amid cries of outrage against the southwestern state bringing death by firing quad back into law, almost half of those due to die that way have picked the punishment themselves. Ron Lafferty, who slit the throats of his sister-in-law and her baby daughter in 1984, is one of three who has opted to die by the bullet. Two others in Utah's eight-strong death row have made the same choice,...
  • Obama says there won't be a 'peace agreement,' blames Netanyahu, will try to force creation of

    03/24/2015 6:37:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 3/24/15 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Barack Hussein Obama has acknowledged the 'reality' that there won't be a 'peace agreement' during his term in office, and has decided instead to attempt to force the creation of a 'Palestinian state' through the United Nations. For all of this he blames Binyamin Netanyahu. In a stark assessment of U.S.-Israel relations, Mr. Obama, speaking at a news conference, put a firm end to one of the top foreign-policy goals of his second term: a Middle East peace deal that includes the creation a Palestinian state.“What we can’t do is pretend that there’s a possibility for something that’s not...
  • On Benghazi, a timeline of State Department obstruction

    03/15/2015 12:08:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/14/15 | Byron York
    **SNIP** September 20, 2012 — Nine days after the attack, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Calif., chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense, and Foreign Operations, which is part of the larger Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sends a document request to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The request is for all information the Department has about the attack, and it specifically includes "any written, recorded, or graphic matter of any nature whatsoever, regardless of how recorded, and whether original or copy, including, but not limited to, the following: memoranda, reports, expense reports, books, manuals, instructions, financial reporters,...
  • Report: Clinton State Dept Pulled Strings for Menendez in Pay-to-Play Deal with Dem Donor

    03/13/2015 12:11:29 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 12/17/14
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, her Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, and Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) supported a visa waiver for the daughter of a fugitive Ecuadorian banker in exchange for significant campaign contributions to the Democratic Party. On Tuesday, NBC 4 New York reported that Menendez, with express written support from Clinton, intervened on behalf of Estefania Isaías, who was banned from traveling to the U.S. due to accusations of visa fraud. Isaías is the daughter of Roberto Isaias, who lives in Miami and is currently fighting extradition to Ecuador for banking crimes and under investigation for...
  • Flag made of firehoses sparks dispute in Portsmouth

    03/12/2015 6:27:45 PM PDT · by familyop · 16 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 12MAR15 | Gary A. Harki
    Alternating red and white firehoses make up most of the piece. A thin blue line runs through its middle in support of law enforcement and emergency personnel...Watson is fuming that the display – which he says is a flag – can’t be hung in the commons area,...The judges deemed the piece to be artwork in support of a specific group – law enforcement and emergency workers...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Lies Start Unraveling the Obama Administration

    03/11/2015 9:27:51 AM PDT · by yoe · 43 replies
    Conservative Daily ^ | March 11, 2015
    Fellow Conservative, Yesterday, Hillary Clinton held a press conference at the United Nations to respond to allegations she broke the law by using a private email address to conduct official State Department business. As usual, Mrs. Clinton continued lying and only dug herself in deeper. Here’s the short of it: Hillary Clinton just admitted to deleting half of the emails she sent and received while Secretary of State and has refused to turn over her email server.
  • Did senior State Department security officials commit perjury?

    06/18/2013 4:44:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 18, 2013 | James Rosen
    Two top officials at the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service (DS) -- the federal law enforcement agency that protects American diplomats and investigates allegations of criminal misconduct by State Department employees -- gave sworn testimony earlier this year that appears to be evasive at best, and untrue at worst, according to evidence obtained by Fox News. The officials are Scott Bultrowicz, who until Feb. 1 served as director of DS, and Tracy H. Mahaffey, who remains the executive director of DS. In videotaped depositions conducted this past February, Bultrowicz claimed not to know about any claims by a federal agency...
  • Did You Know that John Kerry's Daughter is Married to an Iranian?

    03/11/2015 8:38:08 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 57 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 11 March 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Just when you thought the Mullah-butt-licking Obama regime couldn't be any more deeply infiltrated. Somehow the newspapers never had much to say about this, and when forced to -i.e. wedding announcements- the Iranian ancestry and birthplace of Vanessa Kerry's husband are -untypically- omitted. So as Obama and John Kerry set-out to strike a grand bargain with the Mullahs (and flush Israel down the drain), you would think this to be a pertinent fact, one that really ought to be public- or at least it would have been back before this country began to forget anything that ever mattered (and how the world works).  With deep Muslim infiltration of our...
  • Daily Beast Exclusive: White House Official Fired for Tweeting Under Fake Name

    10/22/2013 6:00:46 PM PDT · by kristinn · 19 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Tuesday, October 22, 2013 | Josh Rogin
    A White House national security official was fired last week after being caught as the mystery Tweeter who has been tormenting the foreign policy community with insulting comments and revealing internal Obama administration information for over two years. Jofi Joseph, a director in the non-proliferation section of the National Security Staff at the White House, has been surreptitiously tweeting under the moniker @natsecwonk, a Twitter feed famous inside Washington policy circles since it began in February, 2011 until it was shut down last week. Two administration officials confirmed that the mystery tweeter was Joseph, who has also worked at the...
  • Freedom Yes, Redefining Marriage No (Poll: By 2-1 Margin, Americans want states deciding marriage)

    03/06/2015 3:19:28 PM PST · by xzins · 40 replies
    CNS ^ | March 6, 2015 | Peter Sprigg
    Supreme Court Gay Marriage FILE - In this June 25, 2013 file photo, Vin Testa of Washington waves a rainbow flag in support of gay rights outside the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court will hear arguments over same-sex marriage on April 28 and make audio of the proceedings available later that day. The gay marriage cases mark the only time this term that the court has agreed to the quick release of audio recordings. But the court is continuing its ban on providing video of its sessions or even live-streamed audio. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) By an...
  • The Real Problem With ‘Economic Development’ Programs

    03/05/2015 9:40:43 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/4/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    From 1995 to 2011, Michigan ran a program that granted special tax exemptions to chosen companies. The research on this program – the Michigan Economic Growth Authority – has been pretty consistent: It was a failure. The Mackinac Center did two studies on MEGA; a 2005 study showed that the few jobs “created” from the program were temporary and expensive and a 2009 study found that it had an overall negative impact on Michigan’s economy. The Michigan Office of the Auditor General has found repeated problems with state “economic development” programs over-promising and under-delivering. The Anderson Economic Group found a...
  • Source: Top Clinton Aides Used Secret Email Accounts at State Dept. (Reines & Mrs. Weiner)

    03/03/2015 5:58:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    3/03/15
    Link only - Source: Top Clinton Aides Used Secret Email Accounts at State Dept.
  • Early retirement getting more rare for Minnesota public employees

    03/01/2015 8:24:16 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 23 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-1-15 | Maryjo Webster
    Marlene Nelson loved teaching, but after 35 years she was ready to retire the first chance she got. When she became eligible for her pension at age 55 because of an early-retirement incentive known as the Rule of 90, she and her husband sold their home in Glenwood, Minn., and moved someplace warm. "I really would've liked to have taught a little longer, but I just wanted to go out liking my job," Nelson said. She and her husband have spent the past four years living modestly off their two pensions in Arizona. This kind of Utopian early retirement is...
  • (*Crinton) Foundation got millions from foreign nations while Hillary was at State

    02/26/2015 3:16:01 AM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/25/15 | Meghashyam Mali
    The Clinton Foundation accepted millions from foreign governments when Hillary Clinton was secretary of State, according to a report in the Washington Post. Officials with the foundation disclosed the donations from seven countries, including Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Algeria, Australia, Norway and the Dominican Republic, to the Post on Wednesday. The report is the latest to shine a light on the Clinton Foundation's fundraising practices, which have attracted scrutiny as Hillary Clinton prepares for a 2016 presidential bid. The foundation during Clinton's tenure was under a self-imposed ban on accepting contributions from foreign governments, meant to address concerns from the Obama...
  • Mandatory Vaccine Critic: Risks of Shots Understated

    02/04/2015 12:15:10 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | February 3, 2015 | Sean Piccoli
    A critic of mandatory child vaccinations made no apologies for her views in an appearance on Newsmax TV Tuesday, and said that public anger over the Disneyland measles outbreak should be directed at pharmaceutical companies and the federal government, not people like her. "What's happening is people are freaking out about measles outbreaks," Louise Kuo Habakus said ina combative interview with "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner. "They're pointing the finger at unvaccinated children and non-vaccinated families, when really what needs to happen is people need to be pointing the finger at industry and at Congress." Habakus, co-founder of a group called...
  • Currently Trending on Twitter: #StateOfTheUnionInThreeWords

    01/18/2015 10:51:27 AM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Twitter ^ | 1/18/15 | Tweets
    The Tweets at Twitter are at it again! But then "The Preezy" makes such an inviting target. The latest hashtag to gain some traction: #StateOfTheUnionInThreeWords So, as we are about to endure, yet another State of the Union speech by "The Won", the posters have their own ideas on how to make it shorter. Here are some of the posts... #StateOfTheUnionInThreeWords Arrogance, defiance, lies More free stuff I'm secretly gay. Chair Still Empty Worse than Carter screw the constitution Me me me Been On Vacation Still Bush's Fault Worst. President. Ever. Greetings Grubered Voters illegals got jobs Just more excuses...
  • State Dept. Deputy Spokeperson: We Are at War With People Who Want to Kill People in the Name of

    01/12/2015 9:13:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 1/12/15 | Jim Hoft
    Martha MacCallum grilled State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf tonight on the administration’s refusal to use the term “Islamic extremism.” Martha MacCallum: Every time we see this exchange it seems like the answer is so tortured. Its so difficult to say what everyone around the world feels so clearly it is. Leaders have said in Canada, and Australia and Paris where they have felt it so personally, they’ve all said quite clearly that the battle is against Islamic extremism. Why is that so hard to say? Marie Harf: “Well, it’s not hard to say but it’s not the only type...
  • State Department offers huge travel allowances for government employees

    12/31/2014 7:20:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 12/31/14 | Sarah Westwood
    Government employees can enjoy luxurious overseas business trips on the taxpayer’s dime thanks to generous foreign per diem rates established by the State Department. Per diem rates include the cost of lodging, meals and incidental expenses that the government is willing to give civilian federal employees for their official foreign travel. The rates are meant to cover lodging at “adequate, suitable and moderately-priced facilities” and meals at “facilities typically used by employees at that location,” according to the State Department's office of allowances. All federal employees traveling to foreign countries on official business can get reimbursements from the government at...
  • Sheriff with a heart of gold treats boy, nine, to the hunting trip of a lifetime - after letter...

    12/31/2014 2:37:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/31/14 | Michael Zennie
    Sheriff with a heart of gold treats boy, nine, to the hunting trip of a lifetime - after the boy mistakenly sent an adorable letter to the wrong state A 9-year-old Pennsylvania got the hunting trip of a lifetime after mistakenly writing to writing to a sheriff 600 miles away in South Carolina. Alex Collins' mother saw a Facebook post by Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood's program to take small children hunting and fishing and little Alex wrote the sheriff a heartfelt letter. He explained that he desperately wanted to learn to hunt, but he didn't have anybody to teach...
  • Russell Pearce's Immigration Law Led to Boycotts of Arizona and Ended His Career. He's Not Sorry.

    12/23/2014 10:05:29 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    National Journal ^ | J. Weston Phippen
    Before he was recalled in 2011, Arizona state Senate President Russell Pearce was arguably the most powerful man in Arizona politics. Elected in 2000 to represent Mesa, Pearce was known primarily for his efforts aimed at undocumented immigrants, most notably Senate Bill 1070. (SNIP) Prop 100—passed by 78 percent. [Proposition 100 denied bond to undocumented immigrants. It was later ruled unconstitutional.] Prop 200—passed by almost 60 percent. [Proposition 200 partly required proof of citizenship to vote in state and federal elections. Portions of it were also struck down.] Employer sanctions—overwhelmingly supported; S.B. 1070—supported by over 73 percent. Tell me what...
  • Obama's 'big breakthrough' coming by end of year: Leaked: declaration of Palestinian state

    12/12/2014 7:51:30 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 77 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 02/17/2014 at 8:43 PM | unknown
    TEL AVIV – The Palestinian Authority received a pledge from the U.S. that by the end of 2014, the Obama administration will issue an official written declaration presenting general highlights of a future Palestinian state, a senior Palestinian negotiator told WND. The negotiator further said the goal is to have the general framework for a deal ironed out by April. The current framework for an Israeli-Palestinian agreement being brokered by Secretary of State John Kerry calls for the phased implementation of more Palestinian sovereignty within three to five years, the negotiator said. As part of the written declaration, the U.S....
  • Is This Song Racist or Reality?

    11/30/2014 2:56:55 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 26/11/14 | Video of the Day
    Amir Benayoun is a popular Mizrachi Israeli singer/composer with a small problem. He’s not left-wing, and sometimes his songs are political commentary — and not from a left-wing perspective. This past week he released a song called “Ahmed Loves Israel” (song and translated lyrics below) In particular, it reminds the listeners that the Arab terrorists in Har Nof Massacre, in the Merkaz HaRav Massacre, in the Rechavam Ze’evi assassination, in the Yehuda Glick assassination attempt, and in many of the other terror attacks worked near the places where they committed their terror attacks, and they seemed normal, until they weren’t....
  • Blue Blood Democrats vs. Red-Blooded Americans

    11/21/2014 4:28:32 PM PST · by Loud Mime · 10 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 11/21/2014 | Loud Mime
    Back in the Reagan days the Republicans were the BLUE Party; the Democrats were the RED Party. Somebody changed it after Reagan left politics; the switcharoo has been attributed to Tim Russert. At the time I didn't like it, but, judging from today's politics, it may have been a good move. The Democrats are acting like the typical blue-bloods of history. Those were the elitists who made their own laws and own law enforcement system. They, as an aristocracy, kept a safe distance between their own properties and lives and those of the common man. This is what we have...
  • Where God is Carved in Stone on the National Mall

    11/08/2014 1:52:43 PM PST · by millegan
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    Obama has summoned the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – making manifest his goal of "fundamentally transforming America.” Part I of “The Four Horseman,” described the growing power of Obama’s plans for the “fundamental transformation” (destruction) of our nation, and the “Four Horsemen” he employs to affect that transformation: Death, War, Conquest, and Famine. We examined in detail Obama’s Magnum Opus, Obamacare, its intended destruction of our healthcare system and the consequent enslavement of the population to the whims and caprice of the Administrative State, and, more alarming than this, Obamacare’s comprehensive obliteration of most freedoms Americans still take for...
  • Separation of Church and State?

    10/30/2014 2:58:01 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/30/14 | Leigh Bravo
    The question we must understand, and answer properly, is, "Are the people to serve the Government, or, is the government to serve the People?" Do you understand the difference between Rules and Laws? Laws are enacted in accordance with the Constitution, where the House of Representatives and the Senate concur on a Bill. The Bill then goes to the President, who can sign it into law. We needn’t discuss veto, here, as that has nothing to do with what we need to understand. A Rule (Note: Rule includes regulations) is the desire of unelected officials in Administrative Agencies to implement...
  • Election could tip historic number of legislatures into Republican hands

    10/29/2014 4:00:30 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | october 29, 2014 | Reid Wilson
    Republicans have the opportunity to take control of a record number of state legislative chambers across the country this year, as Democrats play defense in unfavorable terrain. The Republican landslide in 2010 and the subsequent redistricting process in 2012 gave the GOP control of a nearly unprecedented number of legislative chambers. Today, the party controls 59 of the 98 partisan chambers in 49 states, while Democrats control only 39 chambers (One legislature, Nebraska’s is officially nonpartisan). Once election results are tabulated in the 6,049 legislative races on the ballot in 46 states this year, Republicans could find themselves running even...
  • Obama Crushes State Ebola Quarantines

    10/28/2014 9:02:17 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 10-27-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Okay. So let me see if I understand this. The states want to set up their own Ebola quarantines. Why would they want to do that? That's because they don't trust the federal government's quarantine protocols, right? That means they don't trust the CDC. That means they don't trust Obama, the Ebola czar, who has yet to make an appearance. They had a 27-member meeting, though, they had an Ebola meeting with 27 people, problem solved. So one week before the election we have here a bunch of states that are deciding to do their own quarantines, and the...
  • The Islamic State . . . of Saudi Arabia

    09/20/2014 7:53:25 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 13 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 9-20-2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The beheadings over the last several weeks were intended to terrorize, to intimidate, to coerce obedience, and to enforce a construction of sharia law that, being scripturally rooted, is draconian and repressive. And let’s not kid ourselves: We know there will be more beheadings in the coming weeks, and on into the future. Apostates from Islam, homosexuals, and perceived blasphemers will face brutal persecution and death. Women will be treated as chattel and face institutionalized abuse. Islamic-supremacist ideology, with its incitements to jihad and conquest, with its virulent hostility toward the West, will spew from the mosques onto the streets....
  • State Dept Manages to Come Up With More of a Howler than Obama’s ‘Manageable Problem’ Line

    09/03/2014 6:48:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    pj tattler ^ | 9/3/14
    Earlier today, President Barack Obama said that America’s goal should be to “shrink” the Islamic State until it is a “manageable problem.” His own vice president, Joe Biden, later contradicted him, saying that we will “follow ISIS to the gates of Hell, because Hell is where they will reside.” This afternoon, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki did a “what he really meant to say” routine.
  • Discarded Children Still Bring in Subsidy Checks for the Adoptive Parents Who Tossed Them Aside

    09/02/2014 12:03:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, September 2, 2014 | Nick Nehamas
    Hundreds of adoptive parents in New York City who've sent their children to live elsewhere continue to get monthly government subsidies of up to $1,700 per child. They can continue receiving the checks until the child turns 21 years old.They gave up on their “hard-to-place" adopted kids — but not on the government check intended for the discarded kids’ care. Hundreds of adoptive parents across the five boroughs who've sent their children to live elsewhere are continuing to pull in monthly checks of up to $1,700 per child while the city, state and feds look the other way, the Daily...
  • CA State Senator Ricardo Lara's Sacramento office.

    08/27/2014 9:22:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    youtube ^ | 8/27/14 | We The People Rising
    An "interesting" event at the State Senator's office, repleat with drag queen.
  • Islamic State Planning to Use Drones to Attack Israel

    08/25/2014 9:03:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    inn ^ | 8/25/14 | Dalit Halevi
    A member of the Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS) has threatened that the organization would soon use unmanned drones to attack Israel. The IS member, a Canadian who left his country to fight alongside the IS in the areas of Iraq and Syria it declared to be an Islamic Caliphate, claimed on Twitter that the group was developing these drones and that they would be unveiled in the near future. He further said that engineers who studied in the West are working on the drones. IS, he wrote, is expected to make use of these drones to attack...
  • What Would It Take To Defund the Islamic State?

    08/21/2014 8:58:46 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 23 replies
    Sacra Pizza Man blog ^ | 8/21/2014 | Sacra Pizza Man
    11 Year Old Child Bride Speaks Out Before Being Killed The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia and the President of Indonesia are uncomfortable with their heritage as presented on videos of beheadings and child-rapes live on the world's computer monitors. In the unlikely event that they were serious about their discomfort, what would it take to defund the Islamic State? It controls oil production facilities capable of supplying it with the equivalent of $3 million daily.  That is a hard asset, easiest to deprive them of. The softer asset of the bank notes they stole might be more difficult to deprive them of. What currencies...
  • Protests turn almost festive in Ferguson, Missouri

    08/15/2014 10:11:13 PM PDT · by familyop · 56 replies
    CBS, AP ^ | Aug 15, 2014 | CBS, AP
    County police in riot gear and armored tanks gave way to state troopers walking side-by-side with thousands of protesters as the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teen was shot by a city police officer overwhelmingly avoided violence Thursday after nearly a week of unrest and mounting public tension.
  • State troopers take over security in Ferguson, protests quiet and peaceful Thursday night

    08/15/2014 9:53:37 PM PDT · by familyop · 23 replies
    Fox 31, CNN Wire, Cable News Network, Time Warner ^ | August 14, 2014 | Fox 31, CNN Wire
    Now, authorities — who’ve faced accusations that they’ve used excessive force in response to demonstrations — will be taking a different tack in an effort to calm tensions, officials said Thursday...As groups of protesters grew Thursday night, the demonstrations were calm.
  • State Dept: We’ve Been ‘Looking At’ a Long-Term Strategy Against ISIL For a Year

    08/13/2014 6:45:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/13/14 | Staff
    The State Department claimed Wednesday that they have been “looking at” developing a long-term strategy to fight ISIL in both Iraq and Syria for a year. The United States has stressed repeatedly that its current limited missions in Iraq against ISIL are not long-term solutions. “We are looking long-term at how we fight ISIL,” said State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf. Asked by a reporter to clarify, Harf said, “We’ve been looking at that for quite some time. That’s not new.” “We’ve been looking at that for months and months, even before the latest offenses that started in June against Mosul...
  • Are you losing your state university? Illinois has

    08/04/2014 7:10:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/01/2014 | By James Longstreet
    The big business of education is forever altering the state university systems around the country. They have become vessels of profit and enrichment for some, and are steadily distancing themselves from the citizenry of the home state. Hiding behind diversity and internationalism, universities have moved to out of state students and ultimately the international student. Left out are the in-state students looking for a reasonable cost of a college education from their own state university. Why does college cost so much? Why does a professor who gave a lecture to a 200 seat hall ten years ago cost so much...
  • State Dept Criticizes Israeli Strike on Power Plant: ‘Deeply Troubled By Humanitarian Impact’

    07/29/2014 5:59:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 57 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 7/19/14 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said her department was “deeply troubled” by Israel’s strike on a Gaza power plant, continuing an ongoing trend of Kerry’s State Department obliquely criticizing Israel’s actions. “We’re deeply troubled by the humanitarian impact of reduced electricity in Gaza,” Psaki told reporters, “particularly for emergency services, and urge all parties to respect the civilian nature of these facilities.”
  • Islamic State Stages Victory Rally in Europe: The Flag of Jihad Flies Over the Hague

    07/29/2014 9:04:55 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 7/29/14 | Pamela Geller
    "The symbol of the murderous Islamic State is waving in The Hague. ‘Death to the Jews,’ shout the demonstrators. Yet the Dutch government authorized the protests. “Death to the Jews” chanted the crowd waving the black flags of the Islamic State, or ISIS as it used to be known." Proving yet again what I have been saying for months, years --Europe once again is embracing madness and evil as its central unifying characteristic – only this time it’s under “Palestinianism,” not Nazis
  • Will John Roberts Decide a 'State' Is Not a 'State'?

    07/23/2014 2:00:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies
    CNS News ^ | 7/23/2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The Supreme Court may soon need to decide whether the federal government can be considered a "state" in our federal republic in the same sense that Iowa, Wyoming and Wisconsin are states. On the face of it, this question may seem absurd. In fact, given any level of reflection, it is absurd. The federal government is not one of the states. But this absurd question was at the heart of Halbig v. Burwell, decided this week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and it could soon become a defining issue in American life. Section 1311...
  • 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...