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  • Gay weddings: who must perform them?

    06/30/2015 10:09:23 AM PDT · by xzins · 90 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | June 26, 2015 | David Roach
    Legal opinions vary widely on what the U.S. Supreme Court's mandate of nationwide same-sex marriage will mean for pastors and government officials authorized to perform weddings. Some legal experts say government officials charged with performing weddings could lose their jobs for refusing to marry gay couples. But others believe both ministers and government officials likely will have freedom not to perform same-sex marriages that violate their religious convictions. And some experts believe pastors who refuse to solemnize same-sex marriages could face government repercussions. The court's majority opinion, written by Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, states that "religions" and "those who adhere...
  • Obama Issues 19 Classified Directives Changing Laws Passed by Congress

    06/29/2015 4:58:27 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 13 replies
    The New American ^ | Jun 29, 2015 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    Since being inaugurated in 2009, President Barack Obama has issued 30 Presidential Policy Directives (PPD), 19 of which he has ordered to be kept secret from Congress and the American people. The existence of these documents — along with the scores of executive orders and signing statements — represent a corpus of presidential fiats masquerading as laws. As demonstrated in the history of these directives, for generations, presidents have carried out a plan to consolidate all functions of government into the hands of one “unitary” executive, aggrandizing the office of the president and reducing Congress to mere plaintiffs in lawsuits...
  • De Blasio continues crusade against smoking at home

    06/29/2015 6:36:51 AM PDT · by PROCON · 16 replies
    nypost ^ | June 28, 2015 | Carl Campanile
    Mayor de Blasio is ramping up the city’s war against smoking — at home, The Post has learned. The administration is planning to select and pay four health-advocacy groups $9,000 apiece to pressure landlords and developers to prohibit smoking in their apartment complexes so neighboring tenants don’t inhale secondhand smoke. That means smokers would be barred from lighting up in one of their last sanctuaries: their own living quarters. Smoking is already banned in public places, including bars and restaurants, workplaces, sports venues and parks.
  • Slave or Rebel? Ten Principles for Escaping the Matrix and Standing Up to Tyranny

    06/29/2015 4:33:17 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 31 replies
    Daily Sheeple ^ | 6/29/2015 | John W. Whitehead
    “Until they become conscious, they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled, they cannot become conscious.”— George Orwell The more things change, the more they stay the same. It’s a shell game intended to keep us focused on and distracted by all of the politically expedient things that are being said—about militarized police, surveillance, and government corruption—while the government continues to frogmarch us down the road toward outright tyranny. Unarmed citizens are still getting shot by militarized police trained to view them as the enemy and treated as if we have no rights. Despite President Obama’s warning that...
  • Court Rules that Disparate Outcomes Equal Discrimination [semi-satire]

    06/28/2015 11:27:35 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 27 June 2015 | John Semmens
    In a 5-4 decision, the US Supreme Court ruled that “victims of discrimination need not prove intent, disparate outcomes alone are evidence of illegal discrimination.” In a case where lending practices of banks were being contested, Justice Anthony Kennedy swept aside any need to show conscious intent to discriminate. “A bank may assert that ability to repay a loan is an objective criterion for making a loan, and so it would seem on the surface. But what if the ability to repay is unequally distributed along racial lines? That would mean that more whites than Blacks would receive loans. That’s...
  • Obergefell and the roadmap to drive Christianity from the public square

    06/28/2015 8:42:56 AM PDT · by xzins · 19 replies
    RedState ^ | June 27, 2015 | streiff
    The Supreme Court decision Friday making homosexual marriage not only legal but giving it a status superior to heterosexual marriage* was ominous (never mind that the lead defendant's name sounded like a rank in the Wehrmacht). In his majority opinion, one which cavalierly overthrew well over 6,000 years of human history in the service of Kennedy's vigorously, if vicariously, twitching nether regions, Kennedy laid out a road map for the eradication of the legal ability to oppose homosexual marriage. This is the key section: “Finally, it must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue...
  • IRS Destroys More Evidence [semi-satire]

    06/27/2015 4:09:06 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 27 June 2015 | John Semmens
    In what IRS officials are calling a one-in-a-million fluke, the precise emails subpoenaed by Congress in its investigation of IRS discrimination against the President’s political opponents were exactly the ones inadvertently erased by IRS employees. Lost are over 400 back-up tapes containing 24,000 emails to and from Lois Lerner—the IRS employee believed to have orchestrated the discriminatory treatment. Commissioner John Koskinen speculated that “our rather lengthy chain-of-command provided multiple opportunities for miscommunication somewhere along the line. It is not inconceivable that an instruction to ‘not erase’ may have been forwarded as ‘erase.’ The rest is, as we say, history. Nothing...
  • Supreme Court Rewrites Obamacare [semi-satire]

    06/26/2015 10:23:09 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 26 June 2015 | John Semmens
    Acknowledging that the original Affordable Care Act "was so poorly written as to be utterly infeasible in its implementation," Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts took "the liberty of rewriting it to correct its deficiencies." "If we were to confine ourselves to the plain language of the statute, subsidies would be available to only those states that established their own health care exchanges," Roberts wrote. "In hindsight, relying upon the statutory text would doom the plan because only a minority of states established the required exchanges. Rather than allow Congress' inability to accurately forecast state behavior to undermine this signature...
  • THE SILENCING: Paper Will Limit Anti-Gay Marriage Op-Eds

    06/26/2015 2:27:59 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 101 replies
    daily caller ^ | 06/26/15 | Betsy Rothstein
    The editorial board of PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. is taking a hardcore stance against those who disagree with the Supreme Court ruling to legalize gay marriage. “As a result of Friday’s ruling, PennLive/The Patriot-News will no longer accept, nor will it print, op-Eds and letters to the editor in opposition to same-sex marriage,” they declared. After receiving strong pushback, the newspaper’s editorial board, which is overseen by Editorial Page Editor John Micek, quickly revised its policy. Freedom of speech will be allowed — but only for a “limited” period of time. Micek explained on Twitter: “Clarification: We will not...
  • Center Found 'Guilty' of Fraud for Same-Sex Attraction Therapy

    06/26/2015 6:30:37 AM PDT · by xzins · 19 replies
    CBN ^ | Friday, June 26, 2015 | CBN
    A Jewish counseling center in New Jersey has been found guilty of consumer fraud for offering help to people with unwanted same sex attraction. The Southern Poverty Law Center sued the center on behalf of four clients, saying they were tricked into believing the center, Jews Offering Alternatives for Healing (JONAH), could relieve them of unwanted sexual orientation. A judge ruled against the center Thursday and the four clients were awarded $72,000. Critics of the ruling say this will likely set a dangerous precedent for organizations helping people with unwanted same sex attraction. "They've already said they will take aim...
  • CULTURAL TYRANTS: It will not stop with the Confederate flag and it will not slow down.

    06/25/2015 7:12:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 91 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 06/25/2015 | Scott Mckay
    The aftermath of the Charleston church massacre has been an interesting thing. Following the nine killed by 21-year-old ninth grade dropout and troglodyte Dylann Roof at the Mother Emanuel AME Church last week, the people of that venerable South Carolina city have given the nation one of our more inspiring spectacles — thousands gathering in prayer and demonstrating for unity and civility. Had the reaction of Charleston been the major story, the massacre — disgusting and tragic as it was — would have told us something good about the basic character of the American people. Your author will go so...
  • Lois Lerner’s Hard Drive Was SHREDDED

    06/25/2015 5:59:01 PM PDT · by PROCON · 88 replies
    dailycaller ^ | June 25, 2015 | Patrick Howley
    Former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner’s hard drive most likely crashed due to “an impact of some sort,” like somebody hitting it or smashing it, according to new congressional testimony. Then the hard drive was shredded and its pieces were sold for scrap. Lerner’s laptop, which crashed on June 11, 2011 between 5 and 7 PM, was sent to an IT technician two days later. The Hewlett-Packard technician looking at her laptop determined that the hard drive failed because of an impact of some sort.
  • House bill would force the Supreme Court to enroll in ObamaCare

    06/25/2015 5:40:01 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 77 replies
    THE HILL ^ | 06/25/15 | By Mark Hensch
    A House Republican on Thursday proposed forcing the Supreme Court justices and their staff to enroll in ObamaCare. Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) said that his SCOTUScare Act would make all nine justices and their employees join the national healthcare law’s exchanges. ADVERTISEMENT “As the Supreme Court continues to ignore the letter of the law, it’s important that these six individuals understand the full impact of their decisions on the American people,” he said. “That’s why I introduced the SCOTUScare Act to require the Supreme Court and all of its employees to sign up for ObamaCare,” Babin said. Babin’s potential legislation...
  • Dem. Senator Hopes The DOJ Sues Global Warming ‘Deniers’

    06/25/2015 1:12:25 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 45 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | june 25, 2015 | Michael Bastasch
    Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is not a fan of anyone who disagrees with him about man-made global warming. And at an event hosted by environmentalists, he made it clear just how much he doesn’t like skeptics. “But, this vast denial apparatus that propagates the false doubt, that props up the phony science, that gets these yahoos who can’t survive … peer-reviewed scrutiny onto Fox News, onto the cable shows, saying that their scientists, they create an artificial conflict about this and that’s why I think there’s doubt,” the Rhode Island Democrat told attendees at a League of Conservation Voters event in...
  • Prosecutors take credit for restoring order in Baltimore after riot

    06/25/2015 4:28:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | June 24, 2015 | By Ian Duncan
    By charging six police officers in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby restored order to Baltimore "before the entire city became an armed camp or was burned to the ground," her office argues in a new court filing. Attorneys for the officers say Mosby's public announcement of the charges tainted the pool of potential jurors for their trial. They have asked a judge to throw the charges out. But Michael Schatzow, Mosby's top deputy, said her announcement from the steps of Baltimore's War Memorial was appropriate in a city still reeling from a night...
  • FASCISM

    06/25/2015 2:55:11 AM PDT · by knarf · 72 replies
    self ^ | June 25, 2015 | knarf
    Because of all the fake flap regarding the Confederate flag, I went looking for one last night, and guess what ?
  • NCBA warns of lawsuit over Waters of the U.S.

    06/25/2015 9:18:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Farm Futures ^ | Jun 23, 2015
    NCBA will engage EPA in lawsuit alleging overreach in Waters of the U.S. rule, group says. Concerns of cattlemen regarding the U.S. EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Waters of the U.S. rule released last month are coming true, National Cattlemen's Beef Association Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall said Tuesday, but that's actually generating more support for repeal efforts. We just got some more feedback this last weekend that it's the determination of the EPA that any stock tank or pond that runs around in a flooding type event would be considered a 'water of the United States,'"...
  • Impact of EPA’s ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Proposed Rule on Small Businesses Could Be Significant

    05/30/2014 6:56:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 30, 2014 | U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business
    The Small Business Committee, under the chairmanship of Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), today conducted a hearing about how small businesses would be affected by the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and United States Army Corps of Engineers' proposed rule to expand the Clean Water Act. Last week, Graves and Members of the Committee wrote to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy, who oversees the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to urge withdrawal of the pending rule. Among the witnesses' and Members' concerns, the EPA and Corps of Engineers did not adequately assess the impact of...
  • Supreme Court upholds key tool for fighting housing bias

    06/25/2015 8:09:21 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 69 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/25/2015 | AP
    The Supreme Court handed a major victory to the Obama administration and civil rights groups on Thursday when it upheld a key tool used for more than four decades to fight housing discrimination. The justices ruled 5-4 that federal housing laws prohibit seemingly neutral practices that harm minorities, even without proof of intentional discrimination. The case involved an appeal from Texas officials accused of violating the Fair Housing Act by awarding federal tax credits in a way that kept low-income housing out of white neighborhoods. Justice Anthony Kennedy, often a swing vote, joined the court’s four liberal members in upholding...
  • Corrections Officer Gene Palmer Gave Prison Escapees Paint and Tools in Exchange for Art

    06/25/2015 7:50:46 AM PDT · by redreno · 7 replies
    A veteran New York state corrections officer rolled out the red carpet for two convicted murderers who have made a spectacular prison break -- giving them art supplies, tools and access to the catwalks behind the walls of their cell to do electrical work, stunning court documents say. Gene Palmer, 57, of Dannemora, was arrested Wednesday and hit with promoting prison contraband and tampering with physical evidence, both felonies, and official misconduct, a misdemeanor in connection with the "Shawshank Redemption"-style June 6 escape of Richard Matt and David Sweat from Clinton Correctional Facility
  • Los Angeles sheriff's deputies found guilty in jail beating

    06/25/2015 7:45:01 AM PDT · by redreno · 7 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | 06/24/2015 | By AMANDA LEE MYERS
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were convicted Wednesday in federal court in the beating of a bloody, handcuffed jail visitor and an attempt to cover it up. Sgt. Eric Gonzalez and deputies Sussie Ayala and Fernando Luviano were found guilty of deprivation of civil rights and falsification of records in the 2011 beating of Gabriel Carrillo. Gonzalez and Ayala were also convicted of conspiracy to violate constitutional rights. The three face at least six years in prison when sentenced Nov. 2. "An individual who carries a badge and a gun and who uses their authority...
  • Hundreds attend town hall meeting to discuss BLM's plan for closures of public land ( Colorado )

    06/25/2015 6:38:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    KJCT ^ | Jun 24, 2015 | Daniela Pardo
    Grand Junction, COLO. It's a hot debate that's sparked a lot of controversy in Mesa County. The updating of the Resource Management Plan has been in the works for years. It was announced a few months back, but not everyone's happy about the proposal. The Mesa County Commissioners and the Bureau of Land Management took turns speaking at the town hall meeting. The public listened to what happened in a meeting with representatives from the governor's office, in regards to the Resource Management Plan, and had the chance to share their concerns and suggestions. At last week's meeting with the...
  • Customs Agents To James O’Keefe: You’re Being Detained For Investigating The Federal Government

    06/25/2015 3:51:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 71 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/24/15 | Patrick Howley
    U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents who detained conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe at the airport specifically asked him about the work he’s done investigating the “federal government.”O’Keefe was detained by U.S. customs agents Monday after arriving at the airport in Nassau, Bahamas en route to Miami. Agents told O’Keefe that he was being detained for crossing back and forth across the U.S.-Mexico border while dressed as Osama bin Laden in a video that was published by The Daily Caller. Agents marked his passport with an “X” and explained that he would be detained every time he enters U.S. territory henceforth....
  • Watchdog: IRS erased backups after loss of tea party emails

    06/24/2015 5:18:18 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 48 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 24 Jun 2015 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — IRS employees erased computer backup tapes a month after officials discovered that thousands of emails related to the tax agency's tea party scandal had been lost, according to government investigators. The investigators, however, concluded that employees erased the tapes by mistake, not as part of an attempt to destroy evidence. As many as 24,000 emails were lost because 422 backup tapes were erased, according to J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration. The revelation is likely to fuel conspiracy theories among conservatives who say the IRS has obstructed congressional investigations into the scandal. George...
  • AP Exclusive: Iran would get nuclear help in proposed deal

    06/24/2015 5:04:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | June 25, 2015
    VIENNA — Western powers are offering Tehran high-tech reactors under a proposed nuclear agreement, a confidential document says, but a defiant speech by Iran's supreme leader less than a week before a negotiating deadline casts doubt on whether he's willing to make the necessary concessions to seal a deal. The West has held out the prospect of providing Iran peaceful nuclear technology in the nearly decade-long effort to reduce Tehran's ability to make nuclear weapons. But the scope of the help now being offered in the draft displeases U.S. congressional critics who say Washington is giving away too much.
  • The border surge, a year later: Schools struggling with influx of unaccompanied minors

    06/24/2015 3:21:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | June 24, 2015 | By Bryan Llenas
    A year after the height of the so-called surge, a weeks-long period last summer when tens of thousands of Central American children crossed illegally into the United States, education experts say the federal government has left the burden of educating and caring for these children to cash-strapped public schools. Over the last year, teachers and administrators have been left to teach these kids English, even though some of them had never stepped foot inside of a classroom and many are in need of mental health counseling following their traumatic encounters with gang violence, sex trafficking or kidnapping in their native...
  • DHS to free illegal immigrant families

    06/24/2015 3:07:02 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 24, 2015 | By Stephen Dinan
    Homeland Security will begin releasing more illegal immigrant families from detention, Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Wednesday as he bowed to political pressure from activists and members of Congress who’d called the conditions inhumane for families. Despite offering amenities for the illegal immigrants ranging from flat-screen televisions in every suite, classrooms and ball fields at their disposal and 24-hour access to snacks and sodas, Mr. Johnson said he’s concluded things are still too harsh. He said illegal immigrant parents and children who claim they fear for their lives back home will now have the chance to post a “reasonable and realistic”...
  • Immigration reform: 'The California Package'

    06/24/2015 2:12:25 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 24, 2015 | By KARTHICK RAMAKRISHNAN
    While the federal government stalls on immigration reform, some states have begun acting on their own. California has passed more than a dozen laws on immigrant integration between 2001 and the present. In mid-June, the state expanded healthcare access to all undocumented children and boosted spending for naturalization assistance. These various laws collectively produce a kind of state-level citizenship — call it "the California Package." The California Package is innovative in several respects. Not only does it grant rights to immigrants that are restricted at the federal level, but it also tends to blur the distinction between citizens, authorized, and...
  • Global Warming Is Now a "Medical Emergency" That Could Wipe Out 50 Years of Global Health Gains

    06/24/2015 6:18:09 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 57 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | June 24, 2015 | By Bryan Schatz
    Climate change, if left unchecked, threatens to undermine the last half century of gains in global health. That's the conclusion of a study released Monday by an international commission convened by the Lancet, a prestigious medical journal based in the UK. Declaring it a "medical emergency," the authors argued that the potential impacts of global warming—such as floods, drought, heat stress, catastrophic storms, the spread of disease, and increased food insecurity—pose a "potentially catastrophic risk" to human health. The study's authors, however, highlight a potential sliver of good news: Tackling the issue immediately presents "the greatest global health opportunity of...
  • EPA Chief: Global Warming “Deniers” Are Not “Normal People”…

    06/23/2015 4:14:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 93 replies
    dailycaller ^ | Miachael Bastasch
    EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told an audience Tuesday gathered at a White House conference “normal people,” not “climate deniers” will win the debate on global warming.rWhat do you think? McCarthy’s remarks came as she was talking about the reasons why the EPA put out a report on the negative health impacts global warming will have on public health. She said the agency puts out such reports to educate the public, not answer critiques from global warming skeptics.rWhat do you think?
  • Barack Obama Dreams Of Running For President Again – Declares Himself “Fearless”

    06/23/2015 1:45:20 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 87 replies
    DCWhispers ^ | June 22, 2015 | DCWhispers
    During a radio interview that had him declaring the United States as racist and using the N-word to emphasize his point, Barack Obama made some other remarks that have gone largely unnoticed by the Mainstream Media that offer further and troubling insight into a man seemingly obsessed with the belief he should remain the center of the known political universe… During that same already infamous interview, the president indicated his belief that he would be an even better presidential candidate if he was running again for a third term because, “I know what I’m doing and I’m fearless.” Self-declared as...
  • Residents says county is falsifying road data to get more tax money ( Boulder )

    06/23/2015 8:17:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Watchdog ^ | June 23, 2015 | Arthur Kane
    Boulder County is falsifying road maintenance data, and the Colorado Department of Transportation is refusing to verify the filings, some residents of the county’s subdivisions say. Chuck Wibby, chairman of the Boulder County Fairness in Road Maintenance community group, provided Watchdog.org with nearly a dozen examples of roads Boulder County rated as good in its 2012 road inventory report to CDOT – roads the county’s own contractor rated as fair to poor that year. “It’s sort of the textbook definition of fraud,” he said, adding the group sent state officials a letter with his allegations against the county. “The county...
  • Feds Detain At Least One Border Crosser…James O’Keefe!

    06/22/2015 6:29:18 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 23 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/22/2015 | Patrick Howley
    Conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents Monday while returning through an airport to U.S. soil. Why? Because he once filmed a video in which he illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border. And customs agents told him he will be detained every single time he enters the country from overseas henceforth.
  • Barack Obama's Third Term?

    06/21/2015 9:11:15 AM PDT · by PROCON · 60 replies
    americanthinker ^ | June 21, 2015 | Ken Blackwell & Bob Morrison
    The best line President Obama delivered in his 2015 State of the Union Address was not one written for him by his speechwriters. When he said he would not be on the ballot again, Republicans who had just taken over both Houses of Congress stood and applauded. Good naturedly, but with a bit of sarcasm, Mr. Obama reminded his opponents that he won both times he was on the national ballot. He was the first Democrat since Franklin D. Roosevelt to achieve back-to-back election victories. We need to acknowledge that he is a formidable political actor. He has defied the...
  • Why does President Obama criticize the Supreme Court so much?

    06/21/2015 8:43:31 AM PDT · by PROCON · 26 replies
    wapo ^ | June 20, 2015 | Greg Jaffe
    President Obama seemed to relish the chance to take yet another swipe at the Supreme Court justices who were deliberating a case that could determine the fate of his landmark health-care law. “This should be an easy case,” he said earlier this month regarding the latest legal showdown over the Affordable Care Act. “Frankly, it probably shouldn’t even have been taken up.” This time the president was taking questions from reporters at a recent summit of world leaders in Germany. The case before the court would decide whether millions of Americans who receive tax subsidies to buy health insurance on...
  • Happy 800th Anniversary, Magna Carta!

    06/19/2015 11:09:07 AM PDT · by philly-d-kidder · 8 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | Jun 19, 2015 10:14 AM | BY JOANNA BOGLE
    LONDON — June 19 will mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta — the great charter of rights and freedoms drawn up by the Catholic Abbots of England’s Catholic monasteries and the feudal barons of the English counties and presented to King John to sign. Queen Elizabeth II will visit Runnymede on the Thames, where the signing took place, and various ceremonies and commemorative events are planned around the country for the occasion. But what most people perhaps do not recognize is the central role played by the ROMAN CATHOLIC Church in all of this.
  • Nevada to offer transgender health coverage starting July 1

    06/18/2015 1:45:58 PM PDT · by redreno · 30 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 06/18/2015 | By SANDRA CHEREB
    CARSON CITY — State employees and covered family members will have health coverage for gender reassignment and other transgender procedures under a new insurance policy that takes effect July 1. The Public Employee Benefits Program board voted in November to remove language in the state’s self-funded and HMO plans that specifically excluded therapy for gender dysphoria. Brock Maylath, president of the advocacy group Transgender Allies Group, on Wednesday hailed the change as a “significant step” for the transgender community. Previous language in the state insurance design plan excluded treatment designed to alter physical characteristics and any other treatment related to...
  • No Wonder Obama Won’t Let Us Read TPP

    06/17/2015 2:40:05 PM PDT · by familyop · 127 replies
    Eagle Forum ^ | June 17, 2015 | by Phyllis Schlafly
    On Friday, Congress disrupted President Obama’s plan for a sweeping transfer of U.S. sovereignty to an unaccountable group of foreign busybodies. Hurray for the stalwart Americans who resisted the demands of Obama, the Republican leadership, and the big-donor claque, but Speaker Boehner plans to give Congress another chance this week to make this dangerous mistake. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would turn over to globalists the power to issue regulations about U.S. trade, immigration, the environment, labor and commerce. It’s called a “living agreement” which means the globalists can amend and change the text of the so-called agreement after it has...
  • Obama Prepares More ‘Executive Actions’ On Global Warming

    06/16/2015 7:51:15 PM PDT · by PROCON · 14 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | June 16, 2015 | Michael, Bastasch
    President Barack Obama is preparing to unleash a series of “executive actions” aimed at boosting the green energy industry as part of the president’s global warming agenda.Obama is launching a “Clean Energy Impact Investment Center” at the Energy Department to “make information about energy and climate programs … accessible and more understandable to the public, including to mission-driven investors.” The White House is also ordering the IRS to come out with guidance and rules to get nonprofits to invest in green energy technologies, along with creating more government financing options for small businesses looking to go green. “Today’s announcements...
  • Police Shut Down Kids’ Lemonade Stand [semi-satire]

    06/16/2015 3:28:10 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 10 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 13 June 2015 | John Semmens
    Police in Overton, Texas ordered two sisters, Zoey (aged 7) and Andria Green (aged 8) to “cease and desist” selling lemonade in their efforts to raise money to buy a Father’s Day gift for their dad. “Selling anything in Texas without a permit is illegal,” explained rousting officer Doug Stamper. “It doesn’t matter that neighborhood lemonade stands have been a time-honored way for kids to make a buck. Under the law, they need to buy a permit if they want to sell lemonade.” The cost of the required permit is $150. Few kids would have the funds to afford it....
  • VETS TOLD THEY CAN 'BUY BACK' 2ND AMENDMENT RIGHTS

    06/16/2015 2:26:03 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 66 replies
    WND ^ | June 5 2015 | BOB UNRUH
    A legal team investigating the Obama administration’s order that certain American military veterans deemed “incompetent” give up their weapons says the problem is worse than expected. People who live with veterans now are being ordered not to possess a gun, and some veterans are told they can “buy back” their Second Amendment rights by giving up their veterans’ benefits. “This is simply unbelievable, On the one hand the [Veterans Administration] and the FBI have found veterans to be mentally ill and too dangerous to be allowed to own firearms, while on the other hand allowing these allegedly dangerous people to...
  • FDA orders food manufacturers to stop using trans fat within three years

    06/16/2015 11:58:02 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | 6-16-2015 | Jen Christenson
    Artificial trans fat will have to disappear from the American diet, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA on Tuesday ruled that trans fat is not "generally recognized as safe" for use in human food. The department gave food manufacturers three years to remove the partially hydrogenated oils, or PHOs, from their products. The companies can petition the FDA for a special permit to use it, but no PHOs can be added to human food unless otherwise approved by the FDA. Eating a diet rich in trans fat is linked to higher body weight, heart disease and...
  • Violence problem solved: criminals to buy CRIME insurance

    06/16/2015 1:28:10 PM PDT · by HammerT · 14 replies
    The People’s Cube ^ | 6/10/2015 | Comrade Šterpin
    Let's give plaudits for House Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney (N.Y.) for her plan to require criminals to buy gun insurance: Democrat Congresswoman Says Making Gang Members Buy Gun Insurance Will Stop Shootings I’m afraid it won't be enough, though. Violence isn’t always the fault of guns; oftentimes it's the fault of fists, knives, feet, cricket bats, broken bottles, sewing needles, derringers, etc. So there has to be a better solution to the country’s rampant violence problem, and not just locking up perps - what is that going to do? We propose a Federal system whereby criminals will be required to...
  • CBS2 Exclusive: ATF To Join NYPD In Fighting New York City Gun Crimes

    06/16/2015 5:08:35 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    CBS NewYork ^ | June 15, 2015
    Security Expert: Feds Involved In Day-To-Day Busts Isn't Something Seen Every Day. Bullet-riddled windows, yellow crime scene tape, and evidence markers denoting where shell casings fell on the sidewalk are becoming all-too-familiar sights on New York City streets. Now in an unprecedented move, a federal agency is joining the effort to get gun crimes under control, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported Monday. Kramer is told it was a collective decision made by the federal government, the NYPD, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Those agencies are mounting a...
  • Welcome to Hillary Island, a Pleasant Little Police State

    06/14/2015 6:33:16 AM PDT · by Paine in the Neck · 39 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 6/13/2015 | Olivia Nuzzi
    For the first big speech of her 2016 campaign, Hillary Clinton turned a little-known strip of New York into a serene summertime autocracy, pleasant and creepy at the same time.
  • Nations warn time running short to prepare Paris climate deal

    06/11/2015 4:18:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 11, 2015 | BY ALISTER DOYLE AND MEGAN ROWLING
    BONN, GERMANY - Several nations expressed growing unease on Thursday that time is running short to resolve disputes about global warming after U.N. talks ended with little progress toward an international deal to combat climate change meant to be agreed in December. The U.N. panel of climate scientists says it is at least 95 percent probable that most global warming since 1950 is caused by human activities, led by burning fossil fuels. Co-chair Ahmed Djoghlaf accused the media of being too negative. "Saying that the process is going nowhere is not a responsible statement," he said. "The job is huge,...
  • For those in California illegally, health services vary greatly by county

    06/11/2015 2:41:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 11, 2015 | By SOUMYA KARLAMANGLA
    ... For uninsured California immigrants such as Vasquez and Becerra, which side of a county line they live on can significantly affect the care available when they're sick. Counties are required under a 1933 state law to "relieve and support all incompetent poor, indigent persons." That requirement has been open to interpretation when it comes to healthcare for those in the country illegally. Among the 11 counties that provide low-cost medical care to such immigrants, some limit treatment to seriously ill patients or children. The remaining 47 counties do not consider these immigrants to be covered by the state mandate....
  • Senate panel blocks funding for lawyers representing undocumented children

    06/11/2015 2:24:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | June 10, 2015
    A GOP-controlled Senate panel on Wednesday blocked President Barack Obama's request for $50 million to pay for legal help for unaccompanied immigrant children coming to the United States after fleeing violence in Central America. The lawmaker responsible for the move was Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, chief author of a spending bill funding the Justice Department's budget. The spending measure, however, has a long way to go before becoming law. Without lawyers, children are much more likely to be sent back to their home countries. Under federal law, immigrant children have two options to seek legal status, including requesting...
  • Migrants gather at Italian train stations on journey north

    06/11/2015 2:14:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 11, 2015 | BY STEVE SCHERER AND EMILIO PARODI
    Hundreds of migrants brought to Italy after being rescued at sea camped on streets near Rome's Tiburtina train station and gathered in Milan's main terminal on Thursday, making a brief stop on their journey to northern Europe. At Tiburtina, migrants from Syria, Eritrea, Somalia and Ethiopia were among those resting in the shade under olive and fig trees. Children played in the supermarket nearby, and dozens napped on cardboard under an overpass. Italy is struggling to handle the summertime surge in migrants, with thousands rescued at sea each week and more than 50,000 so far this year. Almost 2,000 have...
  • EPA boss threatens to come knocking on doors

    06/11/2015 12:13:39 PM PDT · by PROCON · 51 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | June 11, 2015 | Daniel Chaitin
    Next time there is a knock at the front door, it just might be the head of the Environmental Protection Agency waiting to deliver a message. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy dealt a warning Wednesday to Americans who do not place environmental stewardship above everything else. "If you are selling to somebody a product, and you can assure them that that product was produced in the most environmentally responsible way, I will guarantee you that they will value that product more highly," McCarthy said at the 2015 GreenGov symposium at George Washington University in Washington. "I can guarantee you because if...