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  • New York joins campaign to end Electoral College role in presidential elections

    04/18/2014 12:11:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 70 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 6:45 AM | Glenn Blain
    New York has joined the campaign to effectively end the Electoral Collegeís role in determining winners of presidential elections. Under the National Popular Vote Compact, which Gov. Cuomo signed off on Tuesday, the state has agreed to award its electoral college votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the national popular vote. Currently New Yorkís electoral colleges votes go to the winner of the stateís popular vote. Ö
  • New York the latest state to sign compact to end electoral college

    04/18/2014 6:32:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/18/2014 | Rick Moran
    Governor Cuomo has signed off on the National Popular Vote Compact, giving New York's 29 electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. SILive: Count New York in. The Empire State has joined the National Popular Vote compact with legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. States that have signed on to the interstate agreement will award electoral votes for president to the candidate who receives the majority of the national popular vote. "With the passage of this legislation, New York is taking a bold step to fundamentally increase the strength and fairness of our nation's presidential elections,"...
  • Dick Morris: Democrats Conspiring to Rig Electoral College, Law Passed in 9 States So Far

    04/15/2014 11:40:27 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 84 replies
    A plan, now stealthily making its way through state legislatures with astonishing speed, would junk the Electoral College and award the presidency to the winner of the popular vote. The plan involves an Interstate Compact where states would commit to select electors pledged to vote for the national popular vote winner regardless of how their own state voted. When enough states pass this law, sufficient to cast 270 votes which is the majority of the Electoral College, it will take effect. So far, nine states and the District of Columbia, casting 136 electoral votes, have joined. This is halfway to...
  • Vermont embarks on single-payer health care plan [set to begin in 2017]

    04/12/2014 7:13:34 PM PDT · by grundle · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 12, 2017 | Thomas Lifson
    I actually applaud this experiment. Letís see how it works out. Vermont, as it happens, shares a long border with New Hampshire, which prides itself on having no income tax or sales tax. Letís watch how people vote with their feet.
  • Senator Patrick Leahy deserves an Oscar

    04/12/2014 8:23:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | April 12, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    Itís not often that a U.S. government agency gets caught red-handed abiding by its charter and performing its publicly-avowed and legislatively-approved duties. But last week the AP "broke" a long and breathless story from Havana that nailed the USAID (United States Agency for International Development) for just that. In their own words, "a secret plan aimed at undermining Cubaís communist government," was courageously exposed by the APís intrepid Havana bureau. Such is the magnitude of the scandal that a red-faced and snarling Senator Patrick Leahy is now chairing hearings on Capitol Hill where he grills USAID director Rajiv Shah on...
  • Democrats bash SCOTUS ruling on campaign contributions (Harry Reid bashes Koch Brothers again)

    04/02/2014 12:22:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/02/2014 | By SEUNG MIN KIM
    Democratic lawmakers and campaign finance reform advocates quickly bashed Wednesdayís Supreme Court decision to strike down total limits on individual campaign contributions, warning of future corruption in elections. Meanwhile, Republicans largely cheered the ruling from the narrowly divided court, which found it unconstitutional to impose caps on the aggregate amounts that one person can donate to campaigns, parties and political action committees. Calling himself ďall for freedom,Ē Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday commended the ruling, saying ďdonors ought to have the freedom to give what they want to give.Ē And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who had filed...
  • Shumlin: 'Don't Quit' On Single Payer Before Work Begins (Vermont RATS are nervous)

    03/30/2014 6:54:33 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    VPR ^ | 3/27/14 | Bob Kinzel
    **SNIP** A number of Democrats are reluctant to commit to a single payer plan before thereís a comprehensive review of the $2 billion financing system that will be needed to pay for it. Some Democratic lawmakers worry that moving to a single payer health care system in several years could be a political liability. They also want to know the details of the benefit package that will be part of a single payer program. When Senate President John Campbell raised concerns about the financing plan earlier this week, he said out loud what a number of Democrats are saying privately...
  • Reid declines to endorse Feinstein's assault-weapons legislation

    01/29/2013 1:50:57 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 29, 2013 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday declined to voice support for Democratic legislation that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips. Reid said he would bring gun-violence legislation to the floor and open it to a lengthy amendment process. But he declined to endorse the assault weapons ban introduced last week by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), which has the support of the 2nd- and 3rd-ranking Senate Democratic leaders. ďSheís talked to me about her assault weapons. The new one. She believes in it fervently and I admire her for that. Iíll take a look at that,Ē he...
  • Senate President Wants Health Reform Contingency If Single Payer Falters (Vermont)

    03/26/2014 2:18:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    VPR ^ | 3/25/14 | Peter Hirschfeld
    Since winning the governorís seat in 2010, Peter Shumlin has pledged to make Vermont the first state in the country with a single-payer health care system. But a key legislative ally now says the proposal might not be as politically viable as Shumlin seems to believe. And Senate President John Campbell says itís time to start putting together a contingency plan. Shumlin has backed off on his promise to deliver a publicly funded plan by January of 2017. But while the timeline may have moved back, Shumlin says heíll still reach the goal. Campbell, however, isnít so sure. And he...
  • Vermont: The First US Single Payer State Health System Would Require Doubling Taxes

    03/18/2014 7:23:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/18/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    No, no it can‚Äôt Vermont Health Connect is a disaster. It‚Äôs a disaster even by the standards of other troubled state health care websites. And Green Mountain Care, its attempt at single payer, is an even bigger disaster. (via Ace) Al Gobeille, the chair of the Green Mountain Care Board, says additional tax revenue will be needed in order to make a publicly-financed health care system affordable for all Vermonters.And Gobeille says he won‚Äôt shy away from the challenge.¬ďThat¬ís the question that everybody runs from, but I¬íve never run from it,¬Ē said Gobeille. ¬ďIt¬ís going to come from a...
  • Heroin Scourge Overtakes a ĎQuaintí Vermont Town

    03/08/2014 2:46:05 PM PST · by mgist · 85 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 3/5/14 | By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
    Stephanie Predel is off heroin. But the Bennington, Vt., area, where she lives, is in the throes of an epidemic. BENNINGTON, Vt. ó Stephanie Predel, a stick-thin 23-year-old freshly out of jail, said she was off heroin. But she knows precisely where she could get more drugs if she ever wanted them ó at the support meetings for addicts. ďI can get most of my drugs right at the meeting,Ē she said. ďDrug dealers go because they know theyíre going to get business.Ē She added, ďPeople are going into the bathroom to get high.Ē Bennington, a pre-Revolutionary town of 17,000...
  • Protest targets DCF in case of slain child

    02/24/2014 3:52:25 PM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 6 replies
    WCAX ^ | Feb 24, 2014 | Jennifer Reading
    Dozens of parents and concerned citizens gathered outside the office of the Vermont Department for Children and Families in Rutland Monday. They want answers from the child protection agency after two-year-old Dezirae Sheldon was allegedly murdered by her stepfather, 31-year-old Dennis Duby. "The signs were there. Pay attention to them. This little one could have been alive," said Lindsay Miller, who took part in the protest. Those signs include a child abuse investigation last year into Dezirae's mother -- Sandra Eastman. In July she was convicted of breaking the baby's leg and then waiting at least a week to seek...
  • Cruz seeks to refocus NSA debate on Ďbad guysí

    01/19/2014 3:56:29 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 6 replies
    NBC Politics ^ | 01/16/2014 | Tom Curry
    Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a potential 2016 Republican presidential contender, is trying to refocus the debate over National Security Agency surveillance on the terrorists who actually succeed in pulling off attacks in the United States.Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a potential 2016 Republican presidential contender, is trying to refocus the debate over National Security Agency surveillance on the terrorists who actually succeed in pulling off attacks in the United States.‚ÄúThe federal government has not been effective enough monitoring and surveilling bad guys,‚ÄĚ Cruz said this week as the Senate awaited President Barack Obama‚Äôs NSA reform proposals which he‚Äôll announce...
  • Sen. Leahy on NSA spying: We need to stop government from controlling American people

    01/19/2014 8:10:03 AM PST · by rktman · 23 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/19/2014 | Vince Coglianese
    Sen. Patrick Leahy says the American people are at risk of being controlled by their government due to the expansive surveillance powers of the National Security Agency. Speaking on ďFox News Sunday,Ē the Vermont Democrat and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee told host Chris Wallace that the nationís lawmakers must act to return control of the government to the people.
  • Vt. lawmakers look at paying for single-payer (13% payroll tax!)

    01/17/2014 3:12:34 PM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 54 replies
    WCAX TV ^ | 1/16/14 | Kyle Midura
    MONTPELIER, Vt. -In a rare move, a Democratic senator held the floor for much of the Senate Republicans' caucus Thursday. "I know that I'm in a forum of skeptics and I want to emphasize that I am a supporter. I introduced a financing bill because I believe in it but I also think it's important to have an honest discussion about what this is going to cost and how to do it," said Sen. Peter Galbraith, D-Windham County. Act 48 required Gov. Peter Shumlin to explain how to pay for a single-payer system last January. He cited implementation delay for...
  • States With the Best (and Worst) Schools

    01/14/2014 6:47:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 01/14/2014 | Thomas C. Frohlich
    For years, American students have consistently ranked poorly compared to most developed nations. And according to a recently released study, the U.S. education system remains mediocre, receiving a C‚ąí grade, for the third year in a row. Click here to see the states with the best school systemsClick here to see the states with the worst school systemsEducation news and research publication Education Week released its 18th annual survey of the status of education in all 50 states. The K-12 Achievement Index is one indicator in Education Week‚Äôs ‚ÄúQuality Counts‚ÄĚ report that measures key education outcomes and provides ranks and...
  • Single-Payer Is Not Dead

    01/14/2014 10:11:01 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Rasmussen ^ | 1/14/14 | Froma Harrop
    The prospects for single-payer health care -- adored by many liberals, despised by private health insurers and looking better all the time to others -- did not die in the Affordable Care Act. It was thrown a lifeline through a little-known provision tucked in the famously long legislation. Single-payer groups in several states are now lining up to make use of Section 1332. Vermont is way ahead of the pack, but Hawaii, Oregon, New York, Washington, California, Colorado and Maryland have strong single-payer movements. First, some definitions. Single-payer is a system where the government pays all medical bills. Canada has...
  • ĎFull-Blown Heroin Crisisí: Vermont Governor Says Drug Surge Deadlier Than Cars or Guns

    01/10/2014 8:28:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/10/2014 | Bridget Johnson
    Vermont‚Äôs governor dedicated his entire state of the state address this week to the scourge of drug addiction, stressing that the uptick in heroin use is more deadly that guns or ‚Äúall of the other things that we keep talking about.‚ÄĚ‚ÄúWhat started as an OxyContin and prescription drug addiction problem in this state has now grown into a full-blown heroin crisis,‚ÄĚ Peter Shumlin said of the 770 percent increase in opiate treatment in his home state since 2000. The White House‚Äôs Office of National Drug Control Policy has also reported the number of deaths involving heroin jumped 45 percent...
  • Vermont plots course for single-payer health care system

    01/07/2014 3:25:24 PM PST · by ColdOne · 22 replies ^ | 1/7/14 | Barnini Chakraborty
    WASHINGTON Ė While all eyes are on the ObamaCare rollout, an ambitious health care experiment is going forward in Vermont that would create a government-run alternative know as a "single-payer" system -- and it's starting to attract more attention from liberals frustrated with the Affordable Care Act's implementation. Democrats' faith in ObamaCare has been shaken by the technical failures of the federal and state insurance exchanges as well as, in some cases, premium increases. In Vermont, however, they see a potential first step toward the kind of national government-run health care system some have advocated for years. Filmmaker Michael Moore,...
  • Ted Cruz: Indefinite Detention Retained in NDAA 2014

    01/06/2014 2:10:08 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 22 replies
    New American ^ | Tuesday, 24 December 2013 11:35 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    Eighty-five of 100 U.S. senators voted to renew the presidentís power to indefinitely detain Americans, denying them of their fundamental right to due process.On December 19, by a vote of 84-15 (Senator Bill Nelson, Democrat of Florida, did not vote), the Senate sent the Fiscal Year 2014 version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to President Obamaís desk. Although an overwhelming majority of Republicans and Democrats signed off on the evisceration of the Bill of Rights, a small coalition of Independents, Republicans, and Democrats refused to accede to such a devastation deprivation of rights. A list of the lawmakers...
  • The NSA refuses to deny spying on members of Congress

    01/04/2014 7:50:37 PM PST · by markomalley · 73 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/4/2014 | BRIAN FUNG
    "Has the NSA spied, or is the NSA currently spying, on members of Congress or other elected officials?" That's the question Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) put to the National Security Agency's chief in a bluntly worded letter Friday. It seems, however, that the agency cannot categorically say no. Sanders didn't use the word "spy" lightly. He was careful to define his terms, indicating he meant the collection of phone records from personal as well as official telephones, "content from Web sites visited or e-mails sent," and data that companies collect but don't release to the public.
  • Senator Bernie Sanders Asks NSA If It Spies On Congress

    01/03/2014 12:05:49 PM PST · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | January 3, 2014
    The real life magic-mushroom, banana dictatorship envisioned by George Orwell just went full retard. From VT Senator Bernie Sanders: U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today asked the National Security Agency director whether the agency has monitored the phone calls, emails and Internet traffic of members of Congress and other elected officials.ďHas the NSA spied, or is the NSA currently spying, on members of Congress or other American elected officials?Ē Sanders asked in a letter to Gen. Keith Alexander, the NSA director. ďSpyingĒ would include gathering metadata on calls made from official or personal phones, content from websites visited or emails...
  • Obamacare Ignites Revolution Inside The Democratic Party

    12/31/2013 3:45:38 AM PST · by Liz · 29 replies ^ | 12/31/13 | Money Morning Staff Reports
    As 2014 midterms approach, some Democrats are running-not walking-away from Obamacare....coming out of the woodwork to voice opposition. ē39th President Jimmy Carter: "His major accomplishment was Obamacare, and the implementation of it now is questionable at best." ēBarney Frank, former Massachusetts Congressman: "I think we paid a terrible price for health care." ēFormer Democratic Presidential candidate, Howard Dean, a doctor: "The Affordable Care Act's Rate-Setting Won't Work." Obamacare was primarily designed to decrease the number of uninsured Americans and reduce healthcare costs. But experts say it will have the exact opposite effect. What started as a promise to insure 40...
  • Vermont Confirms Security Breach To Health Care Exchange Website

    11/24/2013 12:10:45 PM PST · by grundle · 9 replies
    CBS News/Connecticut ^ | November 24, 2013
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) ó Officials overseeing the Vermont Health Connect website confirmed Friday there was a security breach on the system last month in which one user got improper access to another userís Social Security number and other data. A report from state to federal officials overseeing the health insurance exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act said a consumer reported the incident with the Vermont Health Connect website on Oct. 17. The consumer, whom officials would not identify, reported that he received in the mail ó from an unnamed sender ó a copy of his own application for...
  • Howard Dean Questions Legality of Obamaís ĎKeep Your Planí Fix

    11/14/2013 3:17:31 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 11/14/13 | Andrew Kirell
    **SNIP** ďI wonder if he has the legal authority to do this,Ē Dean told an MSNBC panel Thursday afternoon. ďSince this was a congressional bill that set [the Affordable Care Act] up.Ē
  • Some Vermonters can Ďkeep their planí through March because the stateís $170M exchange doesnít work

    11/04/2013 8:50:02 AM PST · by The Old Hoosier · 5 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 11/4/13 | David Freddoso
    Vermontís health insurance exchange cost $170 million in federal grants to develop (or nearly $4,000 per uninsured Vermonter). It also doesnít work. So Gov. Peter Shumlin, D, (unhappy-looking guy at right) is pulling the fire alarm...
  • Feds put $168M toward Vermontís health care exchangeó$3,928 per uninsured Vermonter. It doesnít work

    11/01/2013 2:48:10 PM PDT · by The Old Hoosier · 5 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 11/1/13 | David Freddoso
    ...So letís set aside for a moment the fact that the website does not work, a whole month after Obamacare launched. Hereís the breakdown on what Vermont was given to create its exchange: $270 per man, woman and child. $654 per household. $3,928 per uninsured Vermonter. $177,000 per newly insured person so far. $284,000 per person enrolled in exchange plans so far....
  • Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders visits S.C.

    10/26/2013 9:04:21 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies ^ | October 25, 2013 | Corey Hutchins
    America is turning into an oligarchy ó that was the message Bernie Sanders, Vermontís self-styled socialist U.S. senator, preached to more than 100 progressive activists last Saturday at the annual fall getaway of the S.C. Progressive Network. Sanders had been on a week-long romp of the former Confederacy, and during his tour, he hit up the Progressive Network gathering taking place among the live oaks, Spanish moss, and scattered cabins of the historic Penn Center on St. Helena Island. Sanders said he had never spoken publicly in the South, but itís been something the New Englander had always intended to...
  • Vt. college student suspended for 1 year for removing US flags from Sept. 11 commemoration

    10/18/2013 2:09:11 PM PDT · by Jimmy4Toes · 24 replies ^ | 10/17/2013 | Associated Press
    <p>MIDDLEBURY, VT. Ė A Vermont college student who removed American flags set up to commemorate the Sept. 11 attacks has been suspended for a year. Middlebury College students set up about 3,000 flags every year to remember 9/11 victims. This year, a handful of people removed the flags and put them in garbage bags. The college said in an Oct. 11 news release one of the people was a student who acknowledged her participation. Another was a Canadian political activist who was invited to campus by the student. The others weren't known. The college's community judicial board found the student, whose name wasn't released, responsible for violating policies of conduct and respect.</p>
  • Playboy: Sen.[Bernie] Sanders: Global warming Ďfar more serious problem than Al Qaedaí

    10/18/2013 7:56:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 18, 2013 | Ben Geman
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says global warming poses "a far more serious problem than al Qaeda" and accuses energy companies of being willing to "destroy the planet" for profits. In an interview with Playboy magazine, Sanders targets coal and oil companies who he says have outsized influence over lawmakers on Capitol Hill. ďBig business is willing to destroy the planet for short-term profits,Ē Sanders said. ďAnd because of their power over the political process, you hear a deafening silence in the U.S. Congress and in other bodies around the world about the severity of the problem. Global warming is a...
  • Here's Why Vermont Has the Highest Rate of Illicit Drug Use in America

    10/14/2013 1:50:35 PM PDT · by Jimmy4Toes · 43 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 10/14/2013 | Pamela Engel
    Vermont has the highest rate of illicit drug use in the country with 15% of people saying they've used within the past month (compared to 4.2% in Utah, where illicit drug use is the lowest), according to 2010-2011 surveys from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The Northeastern state ranked high for almost every type of drug, from marijuana to cocaine. This trend is a consequence of factors including weather, politics, and proximity to big cities, according to Barbara Cimaglio, the Vermont Department of Health's deputy commissioner for alcohol and drug abuse programs. "You have everything from the...
  • Bernie Sanders Says Koch Brothers Shut Down Government Via Citizens United

    10/09/2013 7:09:49 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 39 replies ^ | October 08, 2013
    Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont (Independent) slammed the Koch brothers on MSNBC this morning, alleging that the billionaire businessmen behind the Tea Party were partly responsible for bringing about the government shutdown. Sanders is the Senateís sole Independent senator, and he typically caucuses with Democrats. But the Vermont lawmaker lashed out at what he says is the unchecked and damaging influence of Citizens United on American governance, the House of Representatives in particular, during an MSNBC appearance this morning. Sen. Sanders addressed the current government shutdown, saying he believes the Kochs are behind the gridlock that ground the House to...
  • Feinstein vows to kill Leahy's NSA bill

    10/03/2013 8:33:59 AM PDT · by shego · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/2/13 | Brendan Sasso
    At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said he will push legislation to end the NSA's controversial program to collect records on all U.S. phone calls. He argued that the program invades Americans' privacy rights while doing little to thwart terrorist attacks. But Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, argued that the phone data program is critical for protecting national security. "I will do everything I can to prevent this program from being canceled," Feinstein said during the hearing....
  • Native American tribe calls protesters who destroyed 9/11 memorial Ďdisgustingí

    09/14/2013 6:47:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/14/2013 | Robby Soave
    The protesters who uprooted a 9/11 memorial display at a liberal arts college in Vermont claimed they were defending Abenaki tribal lands and taking a stand against U.S. imperialism.The Abenaki tribeís response? ďDisgusting.ĒDon Stevens, chief of the Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe, said his tribe did not approve of the actions taken by five peopleĖincluding one studentĖat Middlebury College last week. (RELATED: Student destroys 9/11 memorial, citing U.S. imperialism)ďWe didnít know anything about this and if we had we certainly wouldnít have sanctioned it,Ē he said in a statement to The Addison Independent.The 9/11 memorial display consisted of 2,977 flags placed in...
  • Students Rip-up 9/11 Memorial at Middlebury College

    09/13/2013 1:47:08 PM PDT · by pabianice · 41 replies
    Two of five unidentified protestors uproot flags dedicated to the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks in a midday protest. (middbeat/Rachel Kogan) A 2,977 flag memorial was ripped out of the ground in front of Mead Memorial Chapel shortly before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11 by a group of five protestors claiming that the flags were on top of a sacred Abenaki burial site. The flags ó meant to commemorate each of the 2,977 lives taken in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks ó have been posted in the grass between Mead Chapel and the Davis Family Library annually in...
  • Student Protesters Rip 2,977 American Flags Out of Ground at 9/11 Memorial

    09/13/2013 1:08:22 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/13/13
    More than 200 colleges and high schools across the nation participated in Young America's Foundation's 9/11: Never Forget Project. Students came together to establish an American flag memorial on campus consisting of 2,977 flags representing each person murdered in the terrorist attacks. Unfortunately, five student protesters at Middlebury College ripped the flags out of the ground before 3:00 pm. The 9/11: Never Forget Project has been an annual nonpartisan event at Middlebury College for the past ten years. By participating in the 9/11: Never Forget Project, students honor the victims of the attacks, as well as honor the American principles...
  • Flags commemorating 9/11 taken down as political statement

    09/13/2013 7:52:27 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 35 replies
    Middlebury Beat ^ | 9/12/13 | LDubs
    UPDATE (9/12/13): Here is part of a statement written by Amanda Lickers, the woman Shireman-Grabowski claimed to assist in removing the flags. Lickers says she is a member of the Onondowaíga Nation, which is a part of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. The statement was posted in an article on the website Climate Connections: yesterday i went to occupied abenaki territory. i was invited to middlebury college to facilitate a workshop on settler responsibility and decolonization. i walked across this campus whose stone wall structures weigh heavy on the landscape. the history of eugenics, genocide and colonial violence permeate that space so...
  • 9/11 Memorial Uprooted in Midday Protest (Middlebury College, VT)

    09/12/2013 2:47:32 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 21 replies
    Middlebury Campus ^ | 09/11/2013 | Kyle Finck
    A 2,977 flag memorial was ripped out of the ground in front of Mead Memorial Chapel shortly before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11 by a group of five protestors claiming that the flags were on top of a sacred Abenaki burial site. The flags ó meant to commemorate each of the 2,977 lives taken in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks ó have been posted in the grass between Mead Chapel and the Davis Family Library annually in a joint effort between the College Republicans and Democrats for nearly 10 years. Ben Kinney í15, president of the College Republicans, spent...
  • Bloomberg Rips Mayoral Frontrunner De Blasio's Campaign as 'Racist'

    09/07/2013 8:15:49 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 33 replies
    As of right now, Bill de Blasio is the man to beat in the race to be the next mayor of New York City. The latest polls put him at 43%, which is enough to avoid a run-off in the Democratic primary, and it is widely believed that whoever wins the Democratic primary will sail into office. For the most part, sitting mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has stayed out of the race, but in an extensive interview with New York Magazine the term-limited Independent ripped de Blasio's campaign as "class-warfare and racist":
  • Hill briefing: Uphill battle for Obama on Syria

    09/01/2013 2:31:13 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | September 1,2013 | SEUNG MIN KIM, AUSTIN WRIGHT and JONATHAN ALLEN
    President Barack Obama faces a clear uphill battle in swaying skeptical lawmakers of the merits of military action in Syria, as top officials were dispatched to Capitol Hill Sunday to make the administrationís case. For example, Senate Democratic aides are drafting new language for an authorization of military force in Syria, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said Sunday. The administrationís proposal is too open-ended ó a complaint many lawmakers have ó Leahy said after leaving the classified briefing. The current version wouldnít garner his support, but he indicated that a more tightly written draft might. ďI know itís going to be...
  • Who Told Vermont To Be Stupid?

    09/01/2013 3:54:38 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 27 replies
    Forbes ^ | 9/01/2013 | James Conca
    In a week when we celebrated one of the greatest speeches in history, we also saw discrimination win over science. Again. Ideology defeated reason. As a scientist, I was saddened in a way I am not usually wont. The Great State of Vermont threw away cheap clean energy this week out of ignorance and fear. Vermont chose to be stupid, and will hurt the environment as a sidebar.

    08/25/2013 11:20:40 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 79 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Aug 25, 2013 | By Tony Lee
    Former Vermont Gov. and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean showed that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) irritates the left as much as the Republican establishment when he declared that he was fearful that Cruz would one day become president. "God help us if he ever gets to be anything more than the senator from Texas," Dean said on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday. Dean was responding to an interview CNN's Candy Crowley had done earlier in the week with Cruz in which Cruz said that he would do whatever he could to encourage a "grassroots tsunami" that would...
  • VT:Church and State Gun Turn In Fails so Far (buyback)

    08/13/2013 6:17:13 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 August, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    A Unitarian church in Middlebury Vermont has been attempting to induce people to give their guns to the Government to be destroyed for a price far below market value.† From Minister Barnaby Feder says he recognizes that guns tend to sell for much more than $50 online, but that he hopes this incentive will at least make people aware of the option to dispose of firearms. So far no guns have been brought to the police department for cash. I do not see anyone organizing massive protests over this clear Church/State cooperation.†† The money has been turned over...
  • Bosnian in Vt. accused of lying about war crimes

    07/27/2013 8:19:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    ap ^ | July 26, 2013 | DAVE GRAM
    BURLINGTON, Vt. ó A Bosnian immigrant accused of lying to U.S. immigration authorities by denying involvement in war crimes during the conflict in Bosnia two decades ago pleaded not guilty on Friday. Prosecutors allege Edin Sakoc, who has been living in Burlington, the state's largest city, was involved in war crimes against a civilian Bosnian Serb family in 1992. An indictment says he raped a Serb woman and aided in the killing of the two elderly people she was caring for and the burning of the house they were staying in. ... Vermont has a sizable Bosnian community. Between 1993...
  • Melissa Harris-Perryís ĎDelusionalí Analysis of Bankrupt Detroit May Stun You(Gov't to small?)

    07/20/2013 4:12:59 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 57 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 07/20/13 | Jason Howerton
    On Friday, MSNBCís Melissa Harris-Perry put forth a theory as to why Detroit inevitably went bankrupt ó terminal lack of government. Weíll do our best to explain. While discussing Detroitís downfall, Harris-Perry and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean agreed that ďyouíve got to have a government to run the place.Ē Harris-Perry noted Detroitís declining population, and in turn its tax base. The population of the city has declined dramatically over the last 10 years. Mediaiteís Noah Rothman, who calls the MSNBC hostís assessment ďdelusional,Ē provides some analysis and facts: Harris-Perry presents this fact as though former Detroit residents left Ė...
  • Migrant worker and activist allowed to stay in U.S.

    07/17/2013 5:31:54 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies
    North Country Public Radio ^ | Jul 17, 2013 | Sarah Harris
    Danilo Lopez will be allowed to stay in the country, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says. Lopez, a Vermont migrant-worker-turned-activist from Mexico, advocated for a new law allowing people without legal status to get drivers' licenses. Lopez was scheduled to be deported on July 5. In 2011, Lopez was traveling in a friendís car when a police officer pulled them over for speeding. Lopez was turned over to Border Patrol, detained and released. Since then, heís helped Vermontís migrant worker community get access to driver's licenses. Earlier this year, Lopez said that the campaign for driver's licenses is really...
  • VT Christian Business Owners Forced to Pay $30K Fines for Expressing Beliefs to Lesbian Couple

    07/10/2013 2:34:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 10, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Express your Christian Belief Ė Get Fined $30,000Ming Linsley, left, and Kate Baker smile after winning $30,000 from a Vermont Bed and Breakfast. The owners of the Bed-and-Breakfast made the mistake of expressing their religious beliefs to the couple. It cost them dearly. In Vermont Ė Gay rights trump Religious rights Yesterday, I spoke with Jim Campbell from the ADF about this recent case of Christian persecution. A Bed and Breakfast expressed their religious beliefs to a same-sex couple and ended up paying $30,000 in fines.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Townhall reported on the settlement last year. A Vermont bed and breakfast has settled a...
  • Israel fears US may suspend Egyptian aid

    07/05/2013 6:06:18 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 24 replies
    Globes ^ | 4 July 13 | Ran Dagoni
    Israel is concerned that cutting US aid to Egypt because of a military coup could jeopardize the peace treaty. Israel is concerned that the Obama administration will suspend the $1.3 billion annual military aid to Egypt following the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, and that suspension of aid could jeopardize the Israel-Egypt peace treaty. Israel may ask the US to find a way to continue the aid program, even though US law bans financial aid to regimes that seized power in a coup, US sources told "Globes" yesterday. The sources familiar with the complicated three-way US-Egyptian-Israeli relationship said that keeping...
  • AR to Become 'Constitutional Carry' State

    07/02/2013 12:03:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 2, 2013 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Good news from In July, 2013, Arkansas will become the fifth state in the United States to enact ďConstitutional CarryĒ into law. Act 746 of the 2013 General Assembly was signed into law by Governor Mike Beebe on April 4th, 2013, after receiving only one ďnayĒ vote from the legislature. Constitutional Carry occurs in a state when no laws exist that generally restrict the carry of handguns (open or concealed) for self-defense purposes. Arkansas law 5-73-120 currently prohibits the possession of a handgun if it is possessed ďreadily available for use with a purpose to employ the handgunÖ as...
  • Vermont and Maryland Have Legalized DNR Orders Without Consent

    06/20/2013 1:51:03 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 20 replies ^ | June 20, 2013 | Wesley J. Smith
    Patient autonomy is fast becoming a one-way street. Choose to die by refusing life-sustaining treatmentĖsacrosanct! Want to live with life-sustaining treatment? Not your call. I recently helped successfully fight an attempt in Texas (SB 303) to legalize no consent DNRs. But they have been passed in VT and MD.