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  • OFA May Be ‘Standing with Wendy,’ But Texans, Women and Other Americans Aren’t

    07/01/2013 9:13:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 1, 2013 - 4:54 PM | Kristan Hawkins
    After President Obama tweeted his support of Texas State Senator Wendy Davis who filibustered a bill that would ban late term abortions and keep women safe from Gonsell-like abortionists on Tuesday night, his old campaign operation, now Organizing for Action, doubled down and sent out an email saying, “We’re still standing with Wendy, and we’re not backing down.” OFA sent out an email from their National Director of Issue Campaigns, Lindsay Siler, on Thursday asking readers to “stand up for women in Texas.” But what was she asking email subscribers to stand up FOR? For all the talk about women’s...
  • BANK INDONESIA LAUDS SINGAPORE PUNISHMENT ON FOREX COLLUSION

    07/01/2013 9:11:38 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    Jakarta Post ^ | 07/02/2013 | Satria Sambijantoro
    The Indonesian central bank, Bank Indonesia (BI), hailed its Singaporean counterpart for punishing traders found guilty of manipulating rupiah quotes. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), has ordered banks proven guilty of collusion to fire the employees involved, a form of punishment, according to one senior BI official that was considered “quite ruthless”. “Those people [the punished employees] were treated as if they were criminals [...] they will find it difficult to get another job in Singapore,” BI executive director for reserves and exchange management, Treesna Wilda Suparyono, said on Monday, adding that the punishment proved MAS’ awareness of BI’s...
  • $3,200 fee to hire Indonesian maids in Malaysia

    07/01/2013 9:00:39 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 4 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | 07/02/2013 | AsiaOne
    Another amount has been proposed for the contentious hiring fee for Indonesian maids, with the Government putting it at RM8,000 (S$3,200). Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who chaired the Cabinet Committee on Foreign Workers and Illegal Immigrants, said that the new rate was decided after considering all costs from both Malaysia and Indonesia. "The RM8,000 was decided after considering the cost of training for at least 200 hours, documentation, food and accommodation before transfer to the new employers, travelling cost, medical check-ups as well as payment to the respective government agencies of both countries," he said at a...
  • Ramadan a ding-dong

    07/01/2013 8:55:16 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies
    thesun.co.uk ^ | July 2, 2013 | BEAL, HOLMWOOD and PRYNNE
    CHANNEL 4 yesterday said it will screen a Muslim call to prayer every day during Ramadan — because it is more relevant than the Diamond Jubilee. Boss Ralph Lee claimed the fact that 2.8 million UK Muslims will celebrate the holy month from next week put last year’s Royal celebrations in the shade. He added: “Nearly five per cent of the country will actively engage in Ramadan. “Can we say the same of other national events that received blanket coverage on TV such as the Queen’s coronation anniversary?
  • Rachel Jeantel Testifies in George Zimmerman Trial (VANITY)

    07/01/2013 8:51:52 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 8 replies
    Stumbled on this humorous take on the testimony from this week. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCNVBgxDXts
  • Call for Malaysia to relax foreign ownership policy

    07/01/2013 8:39:12 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    Malaysia Insider ^ | 07/02/2013 | Malaysia Insider
    Malaysia needs to relax its foreign ownership policy in order to maintain the country's position as an attractive investment destination in Asean, says an expert. "When people think of Malaysia, they think the government owns or controls a major portion of the economy," said American investor and author Jim Rogers. He added that the government should grant incentives to Malaysians who invest in companies that are privatised to speed up demand from investors. "Assets disposed are sometimes better off in the hands of the private sector rather than with the government. "International investors can go anywhere, and they don't go...
  • Chinese news analyst calls Philippines a 'troublemaker'

    07/01/2013 8:29:09 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 14 replies
    Phil Star ^ | 07/02/2013 | PhilStar
    MANILA, Philippines - Writing a commentary in China's state press agency, Xinhua news analyst Lu Yu saw the Philippines under President Benigno Aquino III a bad hat in the territorial dispute in the South China Sea. "The Philippines, under its current administration, has been a true troublemaker in the region," Lu said, complaining that the country has "assaulted and detained" Chinese fishermen and had an old warship "stranded on purpose" at Ren'ai Reef or the Second Thomas Shoal. Related story: Chinese ship runs aground in Tubbataha The remark was published Monday following Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario's pronouncements on...
  • US threatened by Russia's Christianity

    07/01/2013 8:20:45 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 27 replies
    Pravda ^ | July 1 2013 | Xavier Lerma
    If you ever wonder why the weasel west media always calls Putin a dictator or demonizes him, just look at what has been happening recently. By watching the US news last week one would think all of America has turned gay with the Supreme Court ruling on married same-sex couples. The New York Times called it a, "major victories for the gay rights movement". Some even compare it to racial equality. If Putin was the dictator the West claims, the new law that defends Christianity would have been in effect immediately after the pussy riot blasphemy which happened last year....
  • Brit Hume: Hispanics Still Not Nearly As Important To GOP As White Voters (VIDEO)

    07/01/2013 8:19:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | July 1, 2013 | Tom Kludt
    Fox News anchor Brit Hume called "baloney" Monday on the notion that House Republicans must help approve the immigration reform legislation that just passed the Senate, arguing that Hispanic voters are still not as important to the GOP as white voters. The right-leaning Hume was responding to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who warned Sunday that Republicans may never win another presidential election if they don't help pass immigration reform. "And I am absolutely convinced that this trope that you’re hearing that says that if the Republicans don’t go for immigration reform much as the Senate has done, they’ll never...
  • Drug Appears To Work For Weight-Loss In U-M Study

    07/01/2013 8:18:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 1, 2013 | NA
    Obese mice were given the drug Amlexanox lost weight. (credit: University of Michigan)ANN ARBOR (WWJ) - Could a drug used to treat canker sores be a miracle weight-loss solution? Researchers at University of Michigan are working to find out.Back in February, U-M researchers discovered that mice given the prescription drug, Amlexanox, lost weight without diet or exercise. Now, Dr. Elif Oral, an associate professor of internal medicine at U-M’s Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes (MEND) division, is beginning the first human study to determine whether the drug will have the same effect in people.“The weight loss together in improved glucose metabolism...
  • ADB projects in the Philippines rated below average

    07/01/2013 8:18:02 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    ABS CBN ^ | 07/02/2013 | Cai U. Ordinario
    MANILA -- The poverty-reduction projects of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the Philippines have been rated below average since the 1990s, according to a report released by the Independent Evaluation Department (IED) of the multilateral lender. The Annual Evaluation Review report released by ADB on Monday showed that the Philippines, Pakistan, and a group of small Pacific islands were among the countries whose success ratings were below 50 percent. The Philippines’s rating was 48 percent, Pakistan’s, 43 percent and Pacific countries, 31 percent. The ADB said the best-performing country portfolios have been in the China, Tajikistan and Vietnam, with...
  • US Embassy to Remain Closed Tuesday; Obama Says Protecting US Missions Top Priority

    07/01/2013 8:17:58 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 9 replies
    CNS NEWS ^ | 7-1-2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    July 1, 2013 US Embassy to Remain Closed Tuesday; Obama Says Protecting US Missions Top Priority by Patrick Goodenough (CNSNews.com) – As Egypt’s turmoil continued overnight the U.S. Embassy in Cairo said it will remain closed for a third consecutive day on Tuesday, and President Obama said that ensuring U.S. diplomatic facilities there are protected is his “number-one priority.”Demonstrators who are calling for President Mohammed Morsi to step down by Tuesday celebrated after the military leadership threatened to intervene if Egyptian politicians did not “meet the people's demands” in 48 hours. The statement was viewed by many as an ultimatum...
  • (update) Outcry over ABC bust of UVa student grows

    07/01/2013 8:12:44 PM PDT · by Drango · 54 replies
    Daily Progress ^ | July 1,2013 | K Burnell Evans
    Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control officials said the current review of a University of Virginia student's arrest after agents mistook a crate of LaCroix sparkling water for beer is the second look agency supervisors have taken at the case. ABC earlier this year found no wrongdoing in the agents' encounter with three sorority women who panicked at the sight of a half-dozen undercover officers in plainclothes. One of the agents unholstered his weapon during the April 11 incident and held it at the "ready" position, but did not point it at anyone, according to ABC. "Because of the public outcry, they're...
  • Edward Snowden Issues Statement From Moscow, Slams Obama

    07/01/2013 8:08:44 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 135 replies
    The Zero Hedge ^ | July 1, 2013 | Tyler Durden
    Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I will always be thankful. On Thursday, President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic "wheeling and dealing" over my case. Yet...
  • How Immigration Reform Can Pass

    07/01/2013 8:02:56 PM PDT · by fifedom · 27 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 6/27/13 | Jonathan Chait
    John Boehner has promised conservatives he won't let any bill lacking support from most Republicans come to a vote. There's a way around this problem: the discharge petition. If 218 members of the House sign one, then it automatically comes to the House floor for a vote. Democrats only have 201 votes, so they'd need seventeen Republicans to join them, plus one for every Democrat who defects. If Boehner wants the bill to pass, he wouldn't want to punish the handful of Republicans who sign a petition.
  • McCain, Schumer on Snowden: Russia should pay a price

    07/01/2013 8:01:24 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 49 replies
    CNN ^ | June 30 2013 | CNN
    Two high-profile senators on Sunday continued to admonish Russia for not handing over Edward Snowden, the leaker of National Security Agency secrets who's hiding in Russia as he seeks asylum in Ecuador. Republican Sen. John McCain said Snowden's actions amounted to a "slap in the face to the United States" and called President Vladimir Putin "an old colonel KGB apparatchik" who "dreams of the restoration of the Russian Empire."
  • Liberal blog: Sarah Palin racist for calling Barack Obama 'lackadaisical'

    07/01/2013 8:00:50 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 84 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | July 1, 2013 | Joe Newby
    On Saturday, the left wing blog Politics USA called former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin a racist for criticizing Barack Obama as "lackadaisical." According to the liberal site, "lackadaisical" is a "Jim Crow stereotype," but Webster's online dictionary defines it as "lacking life, spirit, or zest." Jason Easley said that Palin used a question about the way Obama has handled the Edward Snowden affair to attack Obama.
  • Gay Activists Set Sights on Nationwide Legalization of Same-sex Legalization

    07/01/2013 7:59:01 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 7 replies
    The New American ^ | 01 July 2013 | Dave Bohon
    With two self-proclaimed Supreme Court victories under their belt, same-sex marriage proponents are preparing to make a push to force the effective legalization of gay marriage in all 50 states. Gay Activists Set Sights on Nationwide Legalization of Same-sex Legalization The New American 01 July 2013
  • UVA Sorority Girl "Busted," Terrified and Arrested for Buying… Sparkling Water

    07/01/2013 7:53:17 PM PDT · by arthurus · 19 replies
    Cosmopolitan ^ | July 1, 2013 | Caitlin Scott
    20-year-old Elizabeth Daly was driving out of the convenience store parking lot when one man jumped on the hood of her car while another PULLED A GUN ON HER. Turns out, they were agents with Virginia's Alcoholic Beverage Control, but because they were in plain clothes, Elizabeth and her roommates were completely confused and terrified.
  • US spied on S. Korea, other allies

    07/01/2013 7:46:27 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 8 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | 06/02/2013 | Yoon Min-sik
    SOUTH KOREA - A US intelligence agency is suspected of spying on key allies including South Korea and the European Union, a British newspaper reported Sunday. The revelation touched off a fresh round of fierce criticism from Washington's allies and could seriously dent confidence in the world's most powerful nation. The Guardian, citing documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, reported that the US installed wiretapping devices at 38 embassies and missions to collect sensitive inside information. The offices allegedly tapped by the NSA include Asian allies such as South Korea, Japan, India and Turkey as well...
  • Expert: Judge should have scolded Jeantel

    07/01/2013 7:42:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Headline News ^ | July 1, 2013 | Mark NeJame, HLN Legal Analyst
    <p>Judge Debra Nelson, the presiding judge in the George Zimmerman prosecution, has ruled and run her courtroom with an iron gavel. I've agreed with most of her thoughtful rulings.</p>
  • 1 dead, 2 injured in Far South Side shootings (Barry's hometown!)

    07/01/2013 7:38:45 PM PDT · by South40 · 12 replies
    ChicagoTribune ^ | July 1, 2013 | Tribune Staff
    A man was shot to death and two women were wounded in separate attacks on the Far South Side today, police said. The man, 18, was shot in the head in the 10400 block of South Green Street about 8 p.m., said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Daniel O'Brien. The circumstances of the shooting were not immediately available. Two women were shot near 102nd and State streets a little before 1:45 p.m. and ran into Rose Ridge Foods, 10500 S. Michigan Ave., for help.
  • Fact or Fiction? - The Tragic Fates of the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence

    07/01/2013 7:38:02 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | July 1, 2013
    You may have received an email that details the tragic fates of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. I myself have received that email many times over the years. It's been in circulation since at least 1999. For reference, a copy of but one version of that email is shown at the end of this message. The question: is it fact or fiction? The answer: it's a bit of both, but it's mostly fiction. Here are some sites debunking that email: http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/p/patriots.htm#.UdIYbG3Bi8A http://www.snopes.com/history/american/pricepaid.asp http://hnn.us/articles/860.html http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/logbrowse.pl?trx=vx&list=h-law&month=0007&week=c&msg=rtHq7uwHGsimCiOOhtqH/g&user=&pw Here is a version of that email: The Price They Paid Have you...
  • Foreign reporter raped in Tahrir Square

    07/01/2013 7:34:43 PM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 14 replies
    YNet News ^ | July 1, 2013 | Roi Kais
    Egyptian media reported Sunday that a Dutch journalist was raped by several men in Cairo's Tahrir Square a few days ago.   Dina Zakaria, a journalist reporting for the "Egypt 25" news channel affiliated with the January 25 revolution, shared the incident on her Facebook page Sunday: "A Dutch journalist in Tahrir was raped by men who dub themselves revolutionists. Her condition is severe and she is hospitalized." Meanwhile, a state hospital issued a statement that the journalist was admitted after being raped by five men several days ago. She underwent surgery and has been released. It was also reported that...
  • What Americans Do When Not at Work

    07/01/2013 7:34:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 07/01/2013
    After work and sleep, most Americans have eight hours left of their day to spend as they please. How much time Americans spend watching TV, getting exercise, cleaning and playing sports depends on whether they are men or women, 15 or 64, married or single. While the economy and technology have changed dramatically in the past decade, how Americans spend their time on average has remained largely unchanged. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released its 2012 American Time Use Survey. The survey measures the average amount of time Americans spend on different activities in a given day. Personal...
  • Senior Republican senators urge Obama to intervene in Syria

    07/01/2013 7:25:15 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 71 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 1 2013 | Steve Linde, Noa Amouyal
    Two ranking Republican members of the US Senate Armed Services Committee urged the Obama administration on Sunday evening to take “decisive” action against the Assad regime in Syria. Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina spoke at a news conference in Jerusalem after meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders.
  • Cave Art Reveals Ancient View of Cosmos

    07/01/2013 7:09:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    livescience.com ^ | 27 June 2013 Time: 02:04 PM ET | Miriam Kramer
    Some of the oldest art in the United States maps humanity's place in the cosmos, as aligned with an ancient religion. A team of scientists has uncovered a series of engravings and drawings strategically placed in open air and within caves by prehistoric groups of Native American settlers that depict their cosmological understanding of the world around them. "The subject matter of this artwork, what they were drawing pictures of, we knew all along was mythological, cosmological," Jan Simek, an archaeologist at the University of Tennessee said. "They draw pictures of bird men that are important characters in their origin...
  • Conservative group endorses McGeehan in West Virginia Senate race

    07/01/2013 7:08:00 PM PDT · by Viennacon · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/01/13 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A conservative group has endorsed Republican Pat McGeehan over Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) in the West Virginia Senate race. The National Republican Liberty Caucus, which counts Tea Party-backed Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) among its endorsements, issued its first endorsement of the 2014 cycle for McGeehan. “Pat McGeehan has shown leadership skills badly needed in the Senate," said RLC Chairman Matt Nye in a statement. "Receiving the Republican Liberty Caucus endorsement is a testament to his commitment to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, and free enterprise." McGeehan is running as a...
  • Illinois Lottery has $200 million in bookkeeping errors: state auditor

    07/01/2013 7:07:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | July 01, 2013 | Greg Hinz
    The Illinois Lottery has "material weaknesses" in its internal financial controls — weaknesses that led to $200 million in reporting errors, a new state audit has found. In a report that already is sparking finger-pointing and drawing the attention of key lawmakers, Illinois Auditor General William Holland concluded that the mistakes had the potential to result in incorrect financial statements being issued both by the lottery and by the state of Illinois itself.
  • Gettysburg (PCN is an excellent viewing option)

    07/01/2013 7:02:14 PM PDT · by dickmc · 5 replies
    See below ^ | 7/1/2013 | Self
    While CSPAN at http://www.c-spanvideo.org/schedule/ has scheduled a bit of the Gettysburg doings, the balance of the good stuff is on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN). This includes battlewalks and key presentations by local Park Rangers and historians. The Park Rangers are very good and indeed quite accomplished historians in their own right. For example, the Day One Engagements section this morning was quite excellent. I learned a lot I didn't know about why Lee came north and why the town delaying battle --150 days ago today-- was important in the Union being able to occupy the high ground for tomorrow's...
  • Politically connected ex-Mutual Bank president barred from banking ( Obama mentioned )

    07/01/2013 6:59:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | July 01, 2013 | Steve Daniels
    Amrish Mahajan, former president of failed Mutual Bank of Harvey and a major fundraiser for imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, has been barred from future participation in the banking industry under a newly released regulatory order. Mr. Mahajan consented, without admitting or denying unsafe or unsound banking practices, to a May 1 order by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. prohibiting him from participating “in any manner” in the conduct of the affairs of any federally insured institution. ... Mr. Mahajan was known for his political connections, particularly to Mr. Blagojevich. Mutual Bank briefly entered the realm of national politics after...
  • Washington's $279 Billion Fraud [student loans]

    07/01/2013 6:55:56 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01 July 2013
    If you think the federal student-loan program looks like a bad deal for taxpayers, imagine how it would look with honest accounting. And now you don't need to imagine thanks to a new report that's receiving far too little attention. Turns out that the official "savings" for taxpayers of $184 billion over the next decade really add up to $95 billion in losses. Here's the scam: Lawmakers peddle what is a massive subsidy for universities while claiming that student loans generate a windfall for the taxpayer. This phony windfall is conjured by creative accounting that politicians mandated via the Federal...
  • Magpul Donates ‘High Capacity’ Mags for Recall of Pro-Gun Control Dems (20,000 Mags)

    07/01/2013 6:55:33 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 7 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | Tuesday, July 02, 2013 | AWR Hawkins
    Washington DC - -(Ammoland.com)-Magpul Industries donated 20,000 so called “high capacity” magazines to a June 29 2013 gun rights rally in Glendale, CO, for the purpose of raising money for the recall of state Sens. John Morse and Angela Giron–two Democrats who both supported the gun control measures that become law on July 1 2013. The Denver Post reported that the rally was sponsored by Free Colorado, “a nonprofit group that advocates for firearms rights.” Denver-based Magpul makes 30-round magazines for AR-15 rifles, and the company made news in early March by promising to take its$85 million in annual profit...
  • Pierce Brosnan devastated after daughter Charlotte, 42, loses battle with ovarian cancer

    07/01/2013 6:55:06 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 37 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | PUBLISHED: 18:10 EST, 1 July 2013 | UPDATED: 20:38 EST, 1 July 2013
    Actor Pierce Brosnan is devastated after his daughter Charlotte died, aged just 42. The mother-of-two died after a three year battle with ovarian cancer - the same disease which killed her mother Cassandra 22 years ago - at her London home on Friday. Pierce, who has been filming a spy thriller, November Man, in Eastern Europe, last night said: ‘On June 28 my darling daughter Charlotte Emily passed on to eternal life, having succumbed to ovarian cancer. She was surrounded by her husband Alex, children Isabella and Lucas and brothers Christopher and Sean.
  • Oldest Grave Flowers Unearthed in Israel

    07/01/2013 6:55:02 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 20 replies
    livescience.com ^ | 7-1-13 | Tia Ghose
    The oldest example of grave flowers has been discovered in Israel. An ancient burial pit dating to nearly 14,000 years ago contained impressions from stems and flowers of aromatic plants such as mint and sage. The new find "is the oldest example of putting flowers and fresh plants in the grave before burying the dead," said study co-author Dani Nadel, an archaeologist at the University of Haifa in Israel. snip... Past evidence suggested that humans only started using flowers in graves more recently. (A 35,000-year-old Neanderthal burial site called Shanidar Cave in Iraq contained pollen, but subsequent research revealed that...
  • Zimmerman Trial Update: If Trayvon Grabbed It, You Must Acquit

    07/01/2013 6:51:09 PM PDT · by IChing · 131 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 7/1/13 | Donald Joy
    There’s a new Johnnie Cochran in town. But this time he’s a good guy, and he’s white. His name is Mark O’Mara. O’Mara’s cross-examination of two police witnesses who took the stand for the prosecution in the George Zimmerman trial today is being praised as masterful and devastatingly effective by even the dubious talking heads on CNN. Both investigators who testified today, Doris Singleton and Chris Serino, were excellent, credible witnesses–for the side that didn’t call them! The only thing I can say negatively about Singleton’s testimony is that–reminiscent of Rachel Jeantel from last week–she had a very hard time...
  • Syrian Christians: 'Why Is America at War with Us'

    07/01/2013 6:48:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 70 replies
    CBN News ^ | 6/27/13
    Syrian Christians are asking why the United States supports extremists who want to turn Syria into an Islamic state. That testimony came during a congressional hearing on Syria's religious minorities Tuesday. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., who chairs the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights, called on President Barack Obama to defend the rights of Syrian Christians. In an opening statement at Tuesday's hearing, Smith said statistics show "that Christians are even more fearful for their lives and safety than other segments of the Syrian population." Nina Shea, director of the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom, testified...
  • Livni Warns: No Peace Talks May Lead to EU Boycott

    07/01/2013 6:44:44 PM PDT · by haffast · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | First Publish: 7/2/2013, 3:14 AM | Elad Benari
    Justice Minister Tzipi Livni warned on Monday that Israel runs the risk of a European economic boycott if it fails to advance peace talks with the Palestinian Authority. "You cannot deal only with economic issues and ignore the political issue and the importance of a two-state solution," she told delegates at an accountancy conference in Eilat, according to AFP. "Europe is boycotting products. And, true, it is starting with the settlements but their problem is with Israel, which is perceived as a colonial state, so it won't only stop with the settlements, but will (reach) Israel as a whole," warned...
  • Sentencing of Jackson Jr. and wife postponed (court's schedule and workload?)

    07/01/2013 6:43:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/01/13 | Katherine Skiba
    WASHINGTON — The sentencings of former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., and his wife, Sandi, were postponed Monday, with no new date set. The South Side Democrats had been scheduled to learn their fates Wednesday, until the delay was announced by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is not related to the pair. A court spokesman said neither the prosecution nor defense asked for the postponement. "The matter was rescheduled to accommodate the court's schedule and workload — neither side requested a continuance," said Jenna Gatski, a spokeswoman for the U.S. District Court.
  • Second Florida Aide Resigns Amid Voter Fraud Investigation #FL26

    07/01/2013 6:42:01 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 6 replies
    Roll Call ^ | July 1, 2013
    A second aide to Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., resigned last week as part of an ongoing election fraud investigation that continues to fester in the freshman’s office. Garcia’s communications director, Giancarlo Sopo, submitted his resignation only weeks after Garcia’s chief of staff, Jeffrey Garcia (no relation to the congressman) resigned at the end of May. “Giancarlo informed me on Friday that he was resigning,” Rep. Garcia said in a written statement to CQ Roll Call. ”I thanked him for his service to our office. I understand that he is cooperating with investigators and hope that this will give him an...
  • House leaders vow to overhaul, replace Senate immigration bill despite Dem pressure

    07/01/2013 6:40:49 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 32 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 7/1/2013 | Unknown
    House Republicans insisted Sunday that they plan to change key elements of the Senate-passed immigration bill, signaling a protracted and rocky battle ahead despite one Democrat's pronouncement that in the end the House will cave and pass the Senate bill anyway. Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee who is playing a major role in the chamber's consideration of immigration policy, on Sunday addressed what is perhaps at the heart of the impasse. He said the House, which is drafting its own plan, cannot agree to a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Rather, he wants...
  • Competitive House Race Surfaces in Maine (ME-2 open?)

    07/01/2013 6:40:09 PM PDT · by campaignPete R-CT · 13 replies
    CQ Roll Call ^ | June 13, 2013 | Emily Cahn
    Democratic Rep. Michael H. Michaud’s Thursday announcement that he is exploring a run for governor in Maine could spark crowded primaries for his competitive 2nd District. Michaud has won that district with comfortable margins for six terms, but his seat could be competitive if he launches a gubernatorial bid. President Barack Obama won it with 53 percent last year. “This obviously becomes a nationally targeted race if Michaud runs for governor,” said Erik Potholm, a Republican consultant who has worked extensively in Maine politics. “For Republicans, it’s a tremendous opportunity to pick up a new seat, because the … rural...
  • Zimmerman: Rachel Jeantel and the politics of soft bigotry

    07/01/2013 6:19:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Washington Times' Conservative Black Chick ^ | July 1, 2013 | Crystal Wright
    As defense attorney Don West grilled Rachel Jeantel during week one of the Zimmerman trial, liberal commentators fell all over themselves making excuses for Jeantel’s shocking behavior in court. Her overall contempt for the processes and nuances of the court judicial system where explained away as illiteracy, that she did not have the education necessary to know how to behave in this “white man’s world” of judiciary. Throughout the week, West was blasted by liberals for being “condescending” in his questioning of Jeantel. During her first day of testimony, West attempted to get Jeantel to be more responsive and less...
  • Pandering: Lady Gaga Changes Lyrics To National Anthem For Gay Crowd

    07/01/2013 6:16:24 PM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    Michael Berry ^ | Michael Berry
    Pandering: Lady Gaga Changes Lyrics To National Anthem For Gay Crowd Video at linky
  • Russia is fated to become center of Christian world

    07/01/2013 6:15:23 PM PDT · by bad company · 101 replies
    www.pravmir.com ^ | Jul 1st, 2013
    Moscow, July 1, Interfax – Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplain, chairman of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations, said Russia is moving towards maximum self-reliance and must become the center of global Christianity. “It is not accidental that many see Russia as a defender of Christian ideals and traditional moral values, as a country that provides a real alternative to the cult of the golden calf and to a suicidal understanding of what freedom is,” Father Vsevolod writes in an article, published in the Rus Derzhavnaya newspaper on Monday. Russia must start feeling it is the center of the Christian...
  • Public university unfairly raising grades of black students, say three former faculty members

    07/01/2013 6:13:16 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 21 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 7/1/2013
    School administrators at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) are systematically raising the final grades of African-American students, three ex-faculty members told Campus Reform last month. Former Director of Academic Technology Shira Hedgepeth, along with two former professors who spoke to Campus Reform on the condition of anonymity, alleged administrators at the historically black college routinely increase the final grades of African-American students in order to raise the school’s standing. “Some students had their final grades changed based on their race,” Hedgepeth told Campus Reform on June 6. “That was a common complaint of many of the faculty that I worked with.”...
  • Sarah Palin May Be Your 'Hunger Games' President

    07/01/2013 6:13:15 PM PDT · by drewh · 13 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | Jun 27 2013 | Esther Zuckerman
    Okay, well, Sarah Palin herself won't be playing the pivotal role of President Alma Coin in the third (and, yes, fourth) Hunger Games films, but the woman who played her to so much acclaim, Julianne Moore, just might—and in full-on Palin fashion. Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr. reports that Lionsgate and director Francis Lawrence are honing in on Moore to play Coin, the duplicitous leader of Panem's rebellion and president of the mysterious District 13. Moore, as we learned from her Emmy-winning performance as Palin in HBO's Game Change, brings out the best in the sleazier elements from politicians, and Coin...
  • Catholic Priest Beheaded By Syrian Jihadists

    07/01/2013 6:06:43 PM PDT · by Sons of Union Vets · 18 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 7/1/13 | Nadine DeNinno
    On Sunday, the Vatican confirmed that Father François Murad was killed by Syrian rebel forces after a video showing the Catholic priest being beheaded by jihadists was posted online. An extremely graphic video from Live Leak reposted by Catholic Online showed amateur footage of Father Murad’s execution by beheading while dozens of men watched and chanted. In the video, a man believed to be Father Murad is first seen sitting with his hands bound before being beheaded with a simple kitchen knife. Onlookers chanting “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great”) can be seen in the footage photographing and capturing video of...
  • The Whittaker Chambers Haters (Book Review)

    07/01/2013 6:04:30 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 58 replies
    Real Clear Books ^ | June 13, 2013 | By Mark Judge
    We can start with the spoiler. At the end of his newly released and massive revised edition of Perjury: The Hiss-Chambers Case, Allen Weinstein makes the following observation: "As for the conspiracy theories themselves, we may expect that newer and perhaps more ingenious defenses of [Alger] Hiss may emerge, if only because none of the theories raised during the past six decades has proved persuasive. There has yet to appear, however, from any source, a coherent body of evidence that seriously undermines the credibility of the evidence against Alger Hiss." There will never be produced such a body of evidence,...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado ~ 02 JULY 2013

    07/01/2013 5:59:15 PM PDT · by laurenmarlowe · 94 replies
    Serving The Best Troops And Veterans In The World!! | The Canteen Crew
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado Schriever Air Force Base (Schriever AFB) is a base of the United States Air Force located approximately 10 miles east of Peterson AFB near Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado, United States. The base is named in honor of General Bernard Adolph Schriever, who pioneered the development of the nation's ballistic missile programs. It is home to Air Force Space Command's 50th Space Wing, which provides command and control for more than 170 Department of Defense warning, navigational, and communications satellites. Also housed at Schriever...