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  • Nevada opposes new arguments in gay rights case

    10/23/2014 11:42:45 AM PDT · by redreno · 7 replies
    Nevada will oppose an effort by opponents of same-sex marriages to get the full 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear arguments to ban gay marriage in the Silver State, Gov. Brian Sandoval said Wednesday. The Republican governor provided a quick answer to an appeals court call for briefs within three weeks from the state and an advocacy group that won the right to gay marriage on behalf of eight Nevada same-sex couples. Sandoval said Nevada will oppose the petition by the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage.
  • Hospitals battle state over emergency care for undocumented immigrants

    10/23/2014 9:24:49 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Tampabay.com ^ | October 22, 2014 | by Kathleen McGrory
    TALLAHASSEE — A coalition of Florida hospitals is challenging a state policy on emergency care for undocumented immigrants. Hospitals in states that participate in Medicaid, the joint state-federal health insurance program, are required to treat undocumented immigrants in emergency medical situations. In Florida, hospitals are reimbursed for those services by AHCA. AHCA used to pay for all emergency care for undocumented immigrants deemed "medically necessary," according to a petition filed in the Division of Administrative Hearings last week by the hospitals. But since 2010, the agency has been paying only to the point of "alleviation" or "stabilization." The hospitals argue...
  • EPA review board finds 'strong scientific support' for water rule

    10/23/2014 9:11:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 23, 2014 | By Tim Devaney
    The Environmental Protection Agency's controversial water rule passed a crucial test Thursday, gaining the approval of the agency's internal review board. The EPA's Science Advisory Board noted in a peer review of the rule that there is "strong scientific support" for the agency's proposed Waters of the U.S. regulation. The panel was reviewing the EPA's draft report on the connectivity of waterways around the country. "The report should also clearly indicate that the definitions used for rivers, streams, and wetlands are scientific, rather than legal or regulatory definitions," the board wrote.
  • Utah to BLM: Rein in your cops

    10/23/2014 5:30:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Oct 03 2014 | BRIAN MAFFLY
    Public Enemy No. 1 for rural Utah sheriffs just happens to be a fellow peace officer: Dan Love, the Bureau of Land Management’s special agent in charge. Elected law enforcement officers from Nephi to Blanding call him an arrogant and dishonest bully who has little regard for local authority and dodges accountability, derailing a collaborative approach to police work on the state’s federal lands. Love reportedly just laughed when Garfield County Sheriff James "Danny" Perkins relayed ranchers’ complaints about federal officers removing plastic feed tubs from the range and threatening the ranchers with litter citations. He drew early controversy during...
  • Our Lawless Tyrants

    10/22/2014 9:54:59 PM PDT · by Forgotten Amendments · 6 replies
    A group of Washington overlords—federal prosecutors—sometimes break rules and wreck people's lives. President Obama may soon appoint one of them to be America's next Attorney General. The prosecutorial bullying is detailed in a new book by Sidney Powell, Licensed to Lie. She reports that the Department of Justice's (DOJ) narcissistic and dishonest prosecutors destroy people by doing things like deliberately withholding evidence. Remember the Arthur Andersen accounting firm? It was killed off by ambitious prosecutors who claimed the company helped Enron commit accounting fraud and then shredded the evidence. But instead of charging people who allegedly ordered evidence destroyed, the...
  • Pictures Of Some Oklahoma School Lunches Not Appetizing To Parents

    10/22/2014 3:26:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    News On 6 Local ^ | October 21, 2014 | by HAVONNAH JOHNSON
    TULSA, Oklahoma - Some Oklahoma parents are concerned about how little their kids are getting to eat at school. The portions were small but based on federal guidelines. Those guidelines are based on First Lady Michelle Obama's initiative to tackle childhood obesity. “Chicken nuggets, with broccoli, beans and milk,” said student, Promise Fleming. “It was awful.” Student, A'mika Ware said, “It's not fully cooked and it makes my stomach hurt.” Their complaints are being heard loud and clear nationwide. TPS's nutrition director said the meals teach kids how to eat well. "They can tell their parents ‘hey, I need to...
  • ‘Calibration error’ changes GOP votes to Dem in Illinois county

    10/22/2014 9:33:13 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 61 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | October 22, 2014 | Fox News, via WatchDog.org
    Early voting in Illinois got off to a rocky start Monday, as votes being cast for Republican candidates were transformed into votes for Democrats. Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan went to vote Monday at the Schaumburg Public Library. “I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” Moynihan said. “You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat.”
  • Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings

    10/22/2014 10:59:45 AM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 11 replies
    Fox ^ | 10/22/14
    Four former Blackwater security guards were found guilty Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, and a federal judge ordered them immediately to jail.
  • Obama to go ‘full Mussolini’ after election: Mark Levin

    10/22/2014 9:45:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 88 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 22, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Conservative radio host Mark Levin warned the American public during a Fox News television appearance that President Obama has nothing to lose in his last couple years in office and will press forward with aggression and fervor to realize his agenda. Mr. Obama will go “full Mussolini” after the November elections wrap, in comparison to the past few years, when he’s been mostly a “statist,” Mr. Levin said.
  • Holder: Failure to Pass Gun Control Is My Biggest Failure

    10/20/2014 4:57:57 PM PDT · by PROCON · 99 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct. 20, 2014 | Breitbart TV
    Attorney General Eric Holder said that his biggest failure during his time as head of the Justice Department was failing to pass expanded gun control laws and criticized former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta for his negative characterizations of the president during an interview aired on Monday’s broadcast of “The Lead” on CNN. “I think the inability to pass reasonable gun safety laws after the Newtown massacre is, for me, something that I take personally as a failure, and something that I think we as a society should take as a failure” he stated when asked what he considered his greatest...
  • In Philly court, a parade of undocumented minors

    10/20/2014 4:01:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | October 20, 2014 | by Michael Matza
    Seated at the defense table in U.S. Immigration Court in Philadelphia, the 10-year-old looked down at his feet, which barely reached the floor. Coal-eyed, he resembled a Latino Dennis the Menace, with a "fauxhawk" instead of a cowlick and clad in a shirt that read: Last name: Maker. First name: Trouble. Having entered the U.S. illegally eight months ago, the boy, Carlos, was arrested on the Texas border, given a notice to appear in court to face deportation. In a daylong court session this month, Judge Steven Morley, presiding at the federal building at Ninth and Market Streets, heard Carlos'...
  • Exclusive: Obama Administration Quietly Prepares 'Surge' Of Millions Of New Immigrant IDs

    10/20/2014 6:51:49 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 19 Oct 2014 | by Jonathan Strong
    Exclusive: Obama Administration Quietly Prepares 'Surge' Of Millions Of New Immigrant IDs Despite no official action from the president ahead of the election, the Obama administration has quietly begun preparing to issue millions of work authorization permits, suggesting the implementation of a large-scale executive amnesty may have already begun. Unnoticed until now, a draft solicitation for bids issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Oct. 6 says potential vendors must be capable of handling a “surge” scenario of 9 million id cards in one year “to support possible future immigration reform initiative requirements.” The request for proposals says the...
  • London Calling: UK Gun Owners Now Subject to Surprise Warrantless Firearm Storage "Inspections"

    10/20/2014 6:15:12 AM PDT · by fruser1 · 15 replies
    NRA ILA ^ | October 17, 2014 | unknown
    A new firearm policy from the United Kingdom Home Office, put in force on October 15, has accelerated the once-proud nation's devolution into a police state. The Home Office's October 2014 "Guide on Firearms Licensing Law" adds a new rule allowing for police to conduct warrantless surprise inspections of a gun owner's firearm storage practices. As bad as that is, what's far worse is that the President of the United States cites England's gun control policies as a model for America to follow.
  • School District on Long Island Is Told It Must Teach Immigrants

    10/19/2014 7:00:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 17, 2014 | By BENJAMIN MUELLER
    Responding to complaints from dozens of Hispanic children who said they had been barred from public school classes on Long Island, the state on Friday issued new legal guidance regarding enrollment procedures, exhorting school districts to comply with federal law by allowing undocumented immigrant children to begin classes. The students, many of whom are newly arrived immigrants, say they successfully enrolled in the summer or early fall, but were warned by Hempstead administrators that there was not enough space or teachers to accommodate them. Diana Hernandez, 16, who came to Hempstead from Honduras in July, said in an interview on...
  • City Threatens to Arrest Ministers Who Refuse to Perform Same-Sex Weddings (Idaho)

    10/18/2014 4:09:39 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 130 replies
    Fox News ^ | Oct. 20, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Two Christian ministers who own an Idaho wedding chapel were told they had to either perform same-sex weddings or face jail time and up to $1,000 in daily fines, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court. Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Donald and Evelyn Knapp, two ordained ministers who own the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d’Alene. “Right now they are at risk of being prosecuted,” attorney Jeremy Tedesco told me. “The threat of enforcement is more than just credible.” The wedding chapel is registered as a “religious corporation” limited to performing “one-man-one-woman marriages as defined by...
  • Obama Sponsored Suicide: US Troops Get Just 4 Hours of Ebola Training

    10/17/2014 9:48:00 PM PDT · by blueyon · 34 replies
    Gateway Pundt ^ | 10/17/14 | Jim Hoft
    Muslim radicals have suicide bombers – We have Obama Government Sponsored Suicide– The US troops heading over to the Ebola stricken countries in West Africa are reportedly receiving just four hours of Ebola training. The Daily Beast reported: As the U.S. military rushes to combat Ebola in West Africa, soldiers are receiving on-the-fly instructions on how to protect themselves against the deadly virus. American military operations to fight Ebola in Africa are unfolding quickly—forcing the military to come up with some procedures and protocols on the fly. Soldiers preparing for deployment to West Africa are given just four hours of...
  • Obama DHS Expediting Visa Requests From Ebola-Infected Countries

    10/17/2014 9:33:33 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 35 replies
    GatewayPundit ^ | 10/17/2014 | Jim Hoft
    Now this… The Obama administration is making it easier for Africans from Ebola infected countries to stay in America. The US Department of Homeland Security is expediting visa requests from Ebola-infected countries: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone Currently in the United States.
  • Rule Of Law: How Obama’s EPA Is Trying To Regulate Your Creek Beds And Ditches

    10/17/2014 8:36:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 10/16/2014 | Jessica Medeiros-Garrison
    Have you ever seen some water runoff in your yard during a hard rain and attempted to put a boat in it for an afternoon cruise? I didn’t think so. Such a thing is almost as ridiculous as the continued actions by the Obama Administration, and such runoff isn’t far from the type of “water” it is trying to put under the EPA’s control. Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (CoE) proposed a new regulation under the Clean Water Act (CWA) that would sweep in, as “waters of the U.S.,” millions of...
  • Speculation Abounds That Ebola Will Be Used As Excuse To Implement Martial Law

    10/15/2014 9:41:36 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 94 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | Oct 14, 2014 | Christopher Agee
    Speculation Abounds That Ebola Will Be Used As Excuse To Implement Martial Law Christopher Agee — October 14, 2014 "...what could be more economically devastating than..." Renowned black conservative writer Mychal Massie shared a unique – if disturbing – view regarding the ultimate result of the current Ebola scare. While the disease is currently contained within the U.S., he noted that it is not the only potential outbreak facing the nation and that the current administration is doing little to reduce the threat. “We are being placed in eminent peril by disease-carrying illegal aliens flooding our shores,” he wrote in...
  • City of Houston demands pastors turn over sermons

    10/14/2014 2:45:55 PM PDT · by redreno · 100 replies
    The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court. “The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.”
  • Christian-Owned Company’s Refusal to Print Gay Pride T-Shirts Will Likely Land Its Staff in Mandated

    10/13/2014 8:12:25 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 101 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | october 13, 2014 | billy hallowell
    A civil rights commissioner has found that a Kentucky T-shirt company that refused to print shirts for a gay pride parade is guilty of discrimination, calling for its employees to attend diversity training — but the company likely won’t be backing down. Greg Munson of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission announced last Tuesday that Hands on Originals, a T-shirt company based in Lexington, Kentucky, discriminated against the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization of Lexington when it refused to print the shirts. As TheBlaze previously reported, the gay rights group filed a complaint against Hands on Originals back in March 2012, alleging...
  • Federal judge strikes down Alaska same-sex marriage ban

    10/12/2014 5:02:16 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    KTUU-TV ^ | 10/12/14 | Chris Klint
    U.S. District Court Judge Tim Burgess issued a summary judgment in favor of plaintiffs arguing that Alaska's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, days after their case began to be heard in court. In his decision for Matthew Hamby and Christopher Shelden, Burgess found that previous Supreme Court decisions have shown that “rights not explicitly mentioned in the Bill of Rights can be protected by substantive due process.” He likened his decision to a ruling by the high court allowing interracial marriage, in which justices relied on inherent characteristics of marriage to allow interracial unions instead of decreeing them to be...
  • Smart-meter foes voice their outrage [ Durango, Colorado ]

    10/11/2014 9:12:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    The Durango Herald ^ | October 10, 2014 | Dale Rodebaugh
    LPEA customers oppose upcharge for visiting homes.. La Plata Electric Association ... A frequent comment was the impression that the switch from analog to Advanced Metering Infrastructure – or so-called smart meters – that started in late 2013 was done without informing customers. Several people said they learned about smart meters from neighbors or only because they were at home when an LPEA technician arrived to switch out the analog meter. The alleged secrecy eroded public trust, they said. About 300 LPEA customers have chosen not to have the latest meter-reading technology installed. A number of speakers cited health problems,...
  • Mexican Gov't Paying to Help Shield Illegal Immigrants in the U.S. from Deportation

    10/10/2014 4:53:52 PM PDT · by PROCON · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct. 10, 2014 | Caroline May
    The government of Mexico is paying to help its citizens who are living illegally in the United States avoid deportation. According to a report from National Public Radio, the Mexican government through its 50 consulates around the United States has been helping to fund low-income illegal immigrants to apply for President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA — which shields illegal immigrants from deportation and allows them to work in the U.S. NPR’s report details the story of Tania Guzman, an illegal immigrant who said the cost of applying for DACA worried her, but she was able...
  • Cowboy Express gallops into Utah to protest federal land managers ( BLM )

    10/10/2014 10:50:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Oct. 2 2014 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    A group of horseback riders drew stares, honks and a few handshakes and high-fives along Redwood Road Thursday, hooves clattering on pavement in a protest ride of federal land management policies. The Utah trek of the Grass March Cowboy Express hit Salt Lake City and continued east up Parleys Canyon, with Tooele County Commission Chairman Bruce Clegg and Utah Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, riding in tandem. With them they carried a mail pouch sporting a letter demanding the resignation of a BLM field office manager who ordered grazing reductions in Battle Mountain, Nevada, and petitions from rural Utah counties...
  • In one conservative town, celebration and fears of ‘end times’ after ruling on same-sex marriage

    10/08/2014 1:27:30 PM PDT · by redreno · 20 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | October 8 at 8:44 AM | By Danielle Paquette
    CHESTER, Va. — The Christian preschool teacher heard the news on her car radio: Same-sex marriage is now legal in Virginia. This is it, she thought. The end times. “It could happen today,” Pam Rives said on Tuesday, tidying her lemon-yellow classroom at the Ironbridge Baptist Church. “This is just another step in that direction. As society changes, it takes God out of it.” Rives, 57, has taught 4-year-olds for nearly a decade in this conservative pocket of the South, which is home to 20,000 residents. Her school, lined with October pumpkins and bubble-lettered prayers, is down the road from...
  • Meet 59-year-old David Hooks, the latest drug raid fatality

    10/08/2014 8:24:26 AM PDT · by redreno · 62 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | October 6 | By Radley Balko
    Phillip Smith at the Drug War Chronicle sums up the news reports detailing the latest casualty in the never-ending U.S. war on drugs. A Georgia SWAT team shot and killed an armed homeowner during a September 24 drug raid sparked by the word of a self-confessed meth addict and burglar who had robbed the property the previous day. No drugs were found. David Hooks, 59, becomes the 34th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year. According to WMAZ TV 13, Laurens County sheriff’s deputies with the drug task force and special response team...
  • Everyday Low Benefits Wal-Mart dumps 30,000 part-timers onto the ObamaCare

    10/08/2014 8:22:09 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 28 replies
    Wallstreet Journal ^ | Oct 7, 2014
    Everyday Low Benefits Wal-Mart dumps 30,000 part-timers onto the ObamaCare exchanges. Oct. 7, 2014 7:25 p.m. ET Wal-Mart endorsed ObamaCare in 2009 and helped drag the bill through Congress, and so far it hasn’t recanted. By holding back economic growth and incomes, perhaps the law is expanding the retailer’s customer base. Another plus—at least for management—is that Wal-Mart can jettison its employees into the ObamaCare insurance exchanges. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the largest U.S. private employer is dropping health benefits for some 30,000 workers, or about 5% of its part-time workforce. Earlier health-plan eligibility triage in 2011 had...
  • Should We Just Follow Orders? Rules of Engagement for Resisting the Police State

    10/07/2014 10:36:40 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/07/14 | John W. Whitehead
    Outright tyranny, the loss of our freedoms, and a totalitarian regime the likes of which the world has never seen before. “Let your motto be resistance! resistance! Resistance! No oppressed people have ever secured their liberty without resistance.”—Abolitionist Henry Highland Garnet The perils of resisting the police state grow more costly with each passing day, especially if you hope to escape with your life and property intact. The thing you must remember is that we’ve entered an age of militarized police in which we’re no longer viewed as civilians but as enemy combatants. Take, for example, Mary Elizabeth VandenBerg who...
  • Mine workers protest at U.S. EPA

    10/07/2014 9:59:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    West Virginia MetroNews ^ | October 7, 2014 | By Chris Lawrence
    The rules put in place by the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency have dealt a severe blow to the economy of the Appalachian region. The most recent proposal could be the death knell if they are enacted. More than 500 active and retired coal miners from West Virginia and other parts of Appalachia delivered that message to Washington Tuesday. The protest is the most recent demonstration against the clean power rule which would change the rules for emissions on existing coal fired power plants in the United States. The rally, led by the United Mine Workers Union, called on the...
  • School board slams Michelle O lunch rules: ‘Her children go to private school’

    10/06/2014 10:52:47 AM PDT · by PROCON · 22 replies
    eagnews.com ^ | Oct. 6, 2014 | Kyle Olson
    NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. – More schools are pointing out the emperor has no clothes, or in this case, isn’t eating the “rabbit food” being given to everyone else. York’s North Tonawanda Board of Education is the latest to lash out at the new school lunch rules championed by First Lady Michelle Obama. “We left thinking, what are we feeding these kids?” school board president Colleen Osborn, said at a recent meeting, according to the Tonawanda News. “We have students of all different shapes and sizes. Some of these kids have lunch at 10 a.m. and then they’re limited and can’t...
  • History of Non-Resistance: Declaring Government & King All-Powerful

    10/05/2014 10:37:37 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/05/14 | Kelly O'Connell
    Both Excessive Religion & Unbridled Atheism Have Waged War Against Humans Having now spent four weeks investigating the history of the Right of Resistance, that is—the right to oppose unjust leaders, we now delve into the deplorable history of the intellectual support of tyranny. It is remarkable that whether these tyranny-loving writers were pseudo-religious, or atheistic, how destructive their approach was towards society. For the most influential religious absolutists, Jean Bodin and Robert Filmer, one Catholic, one Protestant; their debased Christianity was used to argue God placed the king on the throne, and therefore any criticism of the king was...
  • White House Can't Hide Look Into Koch Tax Data Misuse

    10/03/2014 3:40:34 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 3, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Scandal: A court tells the White House to ac knowledge the existence of a probe into whether one of its advisers used private tax records for political gain. Transparency is being forced on an administration that's anything but. In 2010, an attorney for industrialists and libertarian political donors Charles and David Koch told the Weekly Standard of a senior Obama aide telling reporters on background that the Kochs "do not pay corporate income tax" through their company, Koch Industries. How, the attorney justifiably wondered, did the White House get his clients' private information from the IRS? The anonymous official has...
  • Michael Savage blames 'President Obola' for virus in U.S.

    10/02/2014 6:16:49 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 33 replies
    WND.com ^ | 10-01-2014
    Michael Savage blames 'President Obola' for virus in U.S. Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 10/01/2014 @ 8:44 pm In Health,Politics,U.S.,World Ebola has now entered the U.S. because of President Obama’s open-borders policy, charged talk-radio host Michael Savage. Savage who has a doctorate in epidemiology, said Obama refused to employ the basic epidemiological rule of quarantining a deadly virus, “because the far-left agenda is to have an open-borders policy.” Referring to the commander in chief as “President Obola,” Savage said the “only solution is zero travel in and out of West Africa for any American.” “You let nobody in from a...
  • Satire: Cities Step Up Efforts to Crush Deviant Behavior

    10/01/2014 8:53:36 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 12 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 27 Sep 2014 | John Semmens
    The Seattle City Council passed a new ordinance that will fine people for throwing away too much food. The concern is that this discarded food should be composted rather than just trashed. “Our growth rate for recycling has stalled,” complained Council member Sally Bagshaw. “The notion of some city residents that they need not participate in this effort is erroneous. A successful program requires the full compliance of every citizen.” To enforce the stricter rules the City will empower trash collectors to examine a family’s discards to determine whether any items found could have been recycled. “We’ve taken voluntary obedience...
  • The Top Three Reasons Why Liberals Hate Conservatives

    09/30/2014 6:17:48 PM PDT · by connell · 45 replies
    Western Free Press ^ | Sept. 21, 2014 | Christopher Cook
    Have you ever been verbally assaulted by someone on the political left with a ferocity you didn’t quite understand? Have you seen it happen to friends and colleagues, or watched in horror as the media establishment does it to a public figure? At some point or other, nearly everyone on the political right has witnessed or been the victim of an attack designed not to elucidate facts, but rather to paint him or her as a villain. My attention was recently drawn to a typical such calumny from a Facebook exchange: Republicans hate anything that isn’t white, wealthy, and christian...
  • FCC Considering Move to Ban NFL Redskins Team Name

    09/30/2014 3:43:12 PM PDT · by foreverfree · 73 replies
    Reuters via Fox Business ^ | 9/30/14 | Alina Selyukh
    The Federal Communications Commission is considering whether to punish broadcasters for using the moniker of the Washington NFL team, the Redskins, a word many consider a slur to Native Americans, the agency's chairman indicated on Tuesday.
  • U.S. Law Enforcement Seeks to Halt Apple-Google Encryption of Mobile Data

    09/30/2014 1:13:24 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 13 replies
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  • Schools scramble to help teens who crossed border

    09/30/2014 6:42:06 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | September 29, 2014 | By KIMBERLY HEFLING
    FRANKFORD, Del. — American schools are scrambling to provide services to the large number of children and teenagers who crossed the border alone in recent months. Officials were caught off guard by about 70 new students mostly from Guatemala — part of the wave crossing the border — enrolling last year, mostly at Sussex Central High School. The students are eager but face barriers. Some can barely read or write in their native language. Donald Hattier, a school board member, said advance warning would have helped with planning. The federal government, he said, "just dropped this on us." He wonders...
  • GA woman mistakenly jailed for more than a month after cops confused SpaghettiOs for meth

    09/30/2014 6:16:25 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 156 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | 9-30-14 | Lee Moran
    A Georgia woman was mistakenly jailed for one month after cops confused her SpaghettiOs for meth. Ashley Gabrielle Huff was first detained on July 2 after officers in Gainesville found a spoon with a dried substance baked onto it inside her car during a routine traffic stop. The 23-year-old, from Commerce, claimed it was residue from the canned pasta that she liked to eat in the vehicle. Police, however, believed it to be methamphetamine. Huff, who had no criminal history, was sent to Hall County Jail for two days so cops could conduct crime lab tests on the mysterious texture.
  • US Forrest Service to Charge for Taking Pictures of Trees [satire]

    09/29/2014 1:19:54 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 28 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 27 Sep 2014 | John Semmens
    Hungry for a means to supplement is budget, the US Forrest Service is proposing new regulations that would allow it to charge visitors $1500 if they want to take pictures in wilderness areas. Liz Close, the Forest Service’s acting wilderness director, called the new fees “essential to our mission. These wilderness areas belong to the government. Why shouldn’t we get revenue from what is our property?” Close warned against thinking that “these areas are too vast for us to enforce collection. We are watching from both the ground and the air. Rangers randomly patrol with orders to seize any cameras...
  • DOJ asks Ferguson chief to stop police from wearing 'I am Darren Wilson' bracelets on duty

    09/27/2014 5:41:28 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 72 replies
    The U.S. Department of Justice asked Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson on Friday to prohibit police officers from wearing “I am Darren Wilson” bracelets while on duty in Ferguson. Christy Lopez, a deputy chief in the Civil Rights Division, told Jackson in a letter that residents had photos of officers, from unknown local agencies, wearing the bracelets. “We are keenly aware of the importance of individual expression of opinions, even those that some find offensive, insensitive, or harmful,” Lopez said in the letter. However, she continued, “these bracelets reinforce the very ‘us versus them’ mentality that many residents of Ferguson...
  • Forest Service Wants to Charge $1,500 to Take Pictures On Public Lands

    09/25/2014 8:46:15 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 53 replies
    adventure-journal.com ^ | SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 | STEVE CASIMIRO
    Yes, it’s true that the lion’s share of the Forest Service budget is now going to dealing with wildfires, but is it so desperate for money that it has to hit up the people who do most of its marketing, photographers? A new policy, quietly proposed by the USFS on September 4 but now catching the public’s attention in a big way, would require $1,500 permits for media taking pictures in wilderness, with fines up to $1,000 for failing to comply. The rules could be applied to anyone taking pictures that result in some kind of commerce, from bloggers to...
  • Crooked judge heads straight to public retirement pension

    09/25/2014 8:09:20 AM PDT · by redreno · 2 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 09/24/2014 | By JANE ANN MORRISON
    When Steven Jones is sitting in prison (and I’m pretty sure the despicable abuse of his judicial powers will persuade a federal judge he’s unworthy of probation), don’t feel too sorry for him. He probably won’t have money woes when he gets out. While he’s pumping iron behind bars, he can rest assured he might be able to get up to 75 percent of his $200,000 a year salary as a judicial pension, at least at some point. That’s the way the system works. A pension is an earned benefit, so you can be a teacher convicted of molesting children...
  • ( DC ) Judge Reinstates Protections for Wyoming Wolves

    09/24/2014 7:01:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    ap ^ | Sep 24, 2014
    Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead issued a statement Tuesday saying that he expects the state to seek a stay of Jackson’s decision. He said the state will seek an emergency rule from the Fish and Wildlife Service to allow continued state wolf management. ... Wyoming took over wolf management in late 2012 after the federal government ruled that wolves no longer needed protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.
  • Forest Service says media needs photography permit in wilderness areas

    09/24/2014 11:38:10 AM PDT · by redreno · 59 replies
    http://www.oregonlive.com ^ | 09/23/2014 | By Rob Davis
    The U.S. Forest Service has tightened restrictions on media coverage in vast swaths of the country's wild lands, requiring reporters to pay for a permit and get permission before shooting a photo or video in federally designated wilderness areas. Under rules being finalized in November, a reporter who met a biologist, wildlife advocate or whistleblower alleging neglect in any of the nation's 100 million acres of wilderness would first need special approval to shoot photos or videos even on an iPhone. Permits cost up to $1,500, says Forest Service spokesman Larry Chambers, and reporters who don't get a permit could...
  • Reporters say White House sometimes demands changes to press-pool reports

    09/24/2014 5:02:43 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    Journalists who cover the White House say Obama’s press aides have demanded — and received — changes in press-pool reports before the reports have been disseminated to other journalists. They say the White House has used its unusual role as the distributor of the reports as leverage to steer coverage in a more favorable direction.
  • Figures. Obama Admin Censored Press Reports for Years, Lapdog Media Meekly Acquiesced

    09/23/2014 9:54:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/23/14 | Kristinn Taylor
    It has taken five-and-a-half years to learn that the Obama administration has been censoring White House print pool reports—and that the media has quietly acquiesced until now. The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi reported Tuesday evening that the Obama administration has abused its role as distributor for the print pool reports by exercising prior restraint on the reports. Farhi cites numerous instances where the Obama press office refused to release pool reports until changes demanded by Obama operatives were made. Farhi reports several examples of reporters acquiescing to Obama’s censorship of the media. Farhi reports on the Washington Post caving twice...
  • Authorities search for Eric Frein near Snow Hill Road in Price Township (Shelter in Place)

    09/23/2014 11:42:02 AM PDT · by RBW in PA · 33 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | 23 September 2014 | Staff reports
    Authorities this morning are searching the area of Snow Hill Road in Price Township, near the border with Barrett Township outside Cresco, as part of their ongoing search for alleged cop killer Eric Frein. Police vehicles are parked along or driving along Route 447 and Snow Hill and Beartown roads, which both run off Route 447. There has been police presence in the area for days, and many residents have been unable to leave or return to their homes. Frein, 31, of Canadensis, is accused of shooting two troopers, killing one and critically wounding the other, on Sept. 12 at...
  • IRS Commissioner Taunts Congress

    09/23/2014 8:07:16 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 18 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 Sep 2014 | John Semmens
    Internal Revenue Service (IRS) commissioner John Koskinen made light of Congressional efforts to probe his agency for evidence of wrongdoing. At a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing Koskinen mocked committee members, saying that “hard drive crashes continue as we speak. We can erase files and destroy incriminating evidence faster than you can imagine where to look.” Charges that IRS employees broke the law and broke file retention protocols elicited only a chuckle from the Commissioner. “Congress is not my boss,” Koskinen pointed out. “I answer to the President. Last I heard, he thinks we’re doing fine.” Koskinen belittled...