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  • Chicago crime stats debated as magazine calls police claim of 'progress' an illusion

    04/19/2014 12:34:24 PM PDT · by Q-ManRN
    Fox News.com ^ | April 18,2014 | Mike Tobin
    “We’re making progress but we need to do more,” McCarthy said. However, an investigation published by Chicago Magazine claims that the “progress” is an illusion. The article says that under pressure from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago cops have been reclassifying murders and violent crimes. The result is a nearly unprecedented drop in numbers. "This is a betrayal of public trust in a sense that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Superintendent Garry McCarthy are public servants. They are paid by our tax dollars and we deserve in return truth from them,” said Elizabeth Fenner, Editor in Chief of Chicago Magazine. McCarthy responded...
  • Steve Smith: The troubled life and lonely death of the legislator from Mound

    04/19/2014 12:34:18 PM PDT · by skeptoid
    MINNPOST ^ | Sarah T. Williams
    Among AA adherents (and even nonbelievers), it is acknowledged and grimly understood that “there are such unfortunates” who will not achieve sobriety – and who, because of the chronic and progressive nature of the disease, will die. “They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way,” the Big Book says. One of those unfortunates it seems was state Rep. Steve Smith, R-Mound, who served his district and the state for 21 years running – the longest tenure of any House Republican at the time. Though a cause of death has not yet been released, Smith’s son,...
  • Democrats Confront Vexing Politics Over the Health Care Law

    04/19/2014 12:33:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 1 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 19 April 2014 | Jonathan Martin
    When Franklin D. Roosevelt established Social Security, he created generations of loyal Democrats. When Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law, he built on that legacy, particularly with older Americans. And when George W. Bush instituted a new prescription drug benefit for Medicare, it helped reclaim elderly voters for Republicans. But President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the $1.4 trillion effort to extend health insurance to all Americans, is challenging the traditional calculus about government benefits and political impact. Even as Mr. Obama announced that eight million Americans had enrolled in the program and urged Democrats to embrace the law, those...
  • GARCIA MARQUEZ, SNEAK AND AN ACCOMPLICE TO THE CRIMES OF FIDEL CASTRO

    04/19/2014 12:28:33 PM PDT · by Dqban22
    Nuevo Accion ^ | April 18, 2014 | Armando Valladares
    GARCIA MARQUEZ, SNEAK AND AN ACCOMPLICE TO THE CRIMES OF FIDEL CASTRO By Armando Valladares April 18, Nuevo Accion http://www.nuevoaccion.com/ (Translation from Spanish) All dictators and murderers have had staunch defenders; Stalin, Hitler and Fidel Castro. Perhaps the most heinous in that fauna supporting dictatorships, are writers, poets, and artists. I've been saying for decades that an honest intellectual has a commitment to society: telling the truth, fight for respect, for human dignity, and not to use the privilege to reach millions of people, to lie, and to skip over the historical reality. This is one of the biggest crimes...
  • As Goes North Carolina, So go Republican hopes to take over the Senate

    04/19/2014 12:24:58 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 18, 2014 | Fred Barnes
    To win the Senate, Republicans must win North Carolina. While it’s mathematically possible to take the Senate without ousting Democratic senator Kay Hagan, the chances of that happening are close to zero. For Republicans, North Carolina is necessary. It’s the key to control of the Senate. Obama Hagan It’s number six on my list. That is, there are five states where capturing Democratic seats appears more likely—West Virginia, South Dakota, Montana, Louisiana, Arkansas. Then comes North Carolina. Assuming Republicans don’t lose any of their own seats, those six pickups would give Republicans a 51-49 majority. And with it, the political...
  • A User's Guide to Russian Propaganda

    04/19/2014 12:22:23 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 1 replies
    Trevour Loudon ^ | 4/19/2014 | Brent P
    A User’s Guide to Russian Propaganda Submitted by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton on April 19, 2014 – 3:07 pm ESTNo Comment By: Brent P. Western press and media are having trouble distinguishing facts from Russian propaganda. This is understandable – the Russian propaganda machine is a mature and venerable institution that engages in an art that, for better or for worse, the West simply does not practice as often nor as effectively. The intent of this guide is to help those less accustomed to the ways of the Russian government to discern between reporting and propaganda. There are a few simple tell-tale...
  • DaytoPonder:The American Revolutionary War Began Today With the Battles of Lexington,Concord

    04/19/2014 12:18:23 PM PDT · by lbryce · 3 replies
    Will Hawkins ^ | April 19, 2014 | Will Hawkins
    Original title:The American Revolution began - Today in history On April 19,1775 the American Revolutionary War began with the battles of Lexington and Concord. At about 5 a.m., 700 British troops, on a mission to capture Patriot leaders and seize a Patriot arsenal, march into Lexington to find 77 armed minutemen under Captain John Parker waiting for them on the town's common green. British Major John Pitcairn ordered the outnumbered Patriots to disperse, and after a moment's hesitation the Americans began to drift off the green. Suddenly, the "shot heard around the world" was fired from an undetermined gun, and...
  • Scalia To Student: If Taxes Go Too High ‘Perhaps You Should Revolt’

    04/19/2014 12:17:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    WNEW-FM ^ | April 18, 2014
    Knoxville, Tenn. (CBS DC) – Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told a crowd of law school students that if taxes in the U.S. become too high then people “should revolt.” Speaking at the University of Tennessee College of Law on Tuesday, the longest-serving justice currently on the bench was asked by a student about the constitutionality of the income tax, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. Scalia responded that the government has the right to implement the tax, “but if it reaches a certain point, perhaps you should revolt.”(continued)
  • Demonstrators protest crude oil tankers at state Capitol (Railroad tank cars @ Port of Albany, NY)

    04/19/2014 12:15:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    WNYT.com ^ | 04/15/2014 | WNYT Staff
    ALBANY - People dressed in hazmat suits gathered at the state Capitol in Albany Tuesday. But they were not part of an emergency cleanup. They were protesting the increase in crude oil being transported through the Port of Albany by railroad tankers from North Dakota and Canada. The oil is loaded onto barges and hauled to production facilities downstate. Speakers called on Governor Cuomo to say no to big oil and hold them responsible in case of a big spill. The protest was originally planned for in front of the governor's mansion. But it was moved indoors because of the...
  • Bloomberg Rebuts Idea that Guns Can Be Used in Self-Defense

    04/19/2014 12:14:20 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 April 2014 | John Semmens
    In his continuing battle against the right of individuals to bear arms, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pooh-poohed the idea that guns might be a valid or necessary tool of self-defense. “The argument that an abused spouse might need a gun to defend herself is bogus,” Bloomberg insisted. “Very few spouses are actually totally beaten to death by abusive husbands. So, access to deadly force is seldom an appropriate response. A wife who escalates the situation by drawing a weapon will likely later regret her action. The better course is for her to lessen the beating by placating...
  • Senior Russian Politician Slams U.S. for Inciting Conflict in Kiev

    04/19/2014 12:11:33 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe
    themoscowtimes.com ^ | April 15, 2014 | Peter Spinella
    Dressed in the camouflage uniform of an Army colonel, the firebrand leader of Russia's nationalist Liberal Democratic Party on Tuesday accused the United States of stirring up belligerent sentiments in Kiev. The protest movement on Kiev's Independence Square "was set up by the United States … so that Europe would smell the gunpowder," party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky told the lower house of parliament, state news wire RIA Novosti reported. Zhirinovsky added that as soon as people started dying in central Kiev, the U.S. and the European Union began conducting closed-door meetings about how to divvy up Europe, the report said. He made the comments during a discussion of Ukraine's military preparations to quell pro-Russia riots in that country's east. He said the interim government in Kiev...
  • Rep. Royce, headed to Ukraine, says U.S. underestimates Putin

    04/19/2014 11:50:07 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    ocregister.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Cathy Taylor
    On the eve of a mission to Ukraine, Rep. Ed Royce said Wednesday that the U.S. has underestimated Russian President Vladimir Putin, warning that the leader “is stepping up his efforts to destabilize and possibly annex the eastern part of Ukraine.” Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, defended Ukraine’s show of force this week in response to takeovers of government buildings by people they believe are Russian agents. He called the action a signal to Putin that the young government was not going to allow his “machinations to lead to splitting the country between eastern and western Ukraine.”...
  • Don’t Ban Bossy, Ban Beyonce

    04/19/2014 11:42:43 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 18 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-19-14 | Dave The Sage
    Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In and Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, has a line in her book that states "I want every little girl who's told she's bossy to be told instead that she has leadership skills." As you have probably heard by now, her Lean In organization and the Girl Scouts of America have teamed up with various celebrities and some other well-known female figures to urge us to ban the use of the word bossy. As part of their "public service" campaign they have released a short ad featuring these women lecturing us about how they were...
  • Caption this photo of Hillary and Chelsea Clinton...

    04/19/2014 11:36:01 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 34 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-19-14 | The Looking Spoon
    What's going on here? Chelsea just announced she's pregnant...maybe that can get worked in somehow.I'll post the best/favorites in a few days...
  • FEDS SEIZE FAMILY’S RANCH-Property owners fight government ‘land grab’!!!

    04/19/2014 11:28:48 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 52 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | April 17, 2014 | TPT Admin
    When Kit Laney answered a knock on his door Saturday, law enforcement officers from the U.S. Forest Service handed him a piece of paper announcing his Diamond Bar Ranch in southwest New Mexico would be shut down Wednesday and his 300 head of cattle grazing there would be removed – one way or the other. Other Forest Service officials were busy nailing similar notices on fence posts along the highway and informing neighbors that after Feb. 11, they should not attempt to enter the Diamond Bar property. Laney was not surprised. He knew someday there would be an on-the-ground confrontation...
  • Mike Pence for President in 2016 ?

    04/19/2014 11:27:53 AM PDT · by American Constitutionalist · 28 replies
    none | 4/19/2014 | American Constituionalist
    Vanity: topic of discussion 2016 election. Mike Pence the 2 term governor of the state of Indiana. He has conservative credentials. Freepers ? if he were to run in 2016 would you support him and vote for him ? He is what we have been looking for ? does he have any weak points ? What if he were to ask Ted Cruz to run on a 2016 ticket with him ?
  • US to send combat troops to Poland

    04/19/2014 11:24:30 AM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 19, 2014 | Rick Moran
    Poland will breathe a little easier because at the very least, American troops in Poland will be an effective trip wire and hedge against Russia making a move to reclaim the former Warsaw Pact country. Washington Post: Poland and the United States will announce next week the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO presence in Central and Eastern Europe in response to events in Ukraine. That was the word from Poland’s defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, who visited The Post Friday after meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on Thursday....
  • Midterms may hinge on whether Obamacare losers outvote the winners (Will takers outvote the makers?)

    04/19/2014 11:24:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 04/18/2014 | BYRON YORK
    When it comes to the politics of Obamacare, there's really only one question that matters: How many Americans are benefiting from the new health care system, and how many are hurting? Problem is, we know more about the first part of the question than the second. Obamacare's advocates have pushed hard against Republican attempts to highlight Americans who have been particularly hard hit by the new law. "There's plenty of horror stories being told," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in February. "All of them are untrue." Those advocates have hit back so hard that it appears they are trying...
  • LNG answer to European energy woes, Hoeven says

    04/19/2014 11:23:02 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies
    upi.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Daniel J. Graeber
    OSLO, Norway, April 16 (UPI) -- The United States can help allay European energy security fears by making more liquefied natural gas available, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said from Oslo. Hoeven met with Norwegian leaders to address energy security fears in the region. He said that, while Norway has a key role to play as one of the top oil and gas suppliers in the region, it can't solve the problem alone." The only real, long-term solution is to make additional liquefied natural gas supplies available, and this means the United States has a strong role to play as a world...
  • The Chicago Dictionary: Volume Three

    04/19/2014 11:19:08 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | April 19, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Just a few more definitions of words and idioms that mean something else in Illinois, posted as a public service to the consumers of news. Absentee Landlord: A landlord with sense. Bean: A huge fun-house mirror in downtown Chicago, providing tourists with the warped view of the business district that only lifelong Illinoisans come by naturally. Billy Club: An entertainment venue for billy goats. Billy Goat: A stadium’s pet peeve. (Alternate definition: Someone who uses a collar and leash for a purpose unusual for the neighborhood). Budget: Underestimated spending that you admit to. (Alternate definition: A justification for tax increases)....
  • Animals with Human Rights Make Researchers Run Scared

    04/19/2014 11:18:55 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    Scientific American ^ | April 17, 2014 | Josh Fischman
    Dogs and cats, historically, have been people's property like a couch or a toaster. But as they've moved into our houses and our hearts, courts of law have begun to treat them as something more. They can inherit your estate, get an appointed lawyer if your relatives challenge that inheritance and are protected from cruel acts. Your toaster can't do any of that. As these animals inch closer to citizen's rights, the trend is being watched with worried eyes by biomedical researchers who fear judges could extend these rights to lab animals like monkeys and rats, thereby curbing experimentation.
  • 62 Percent of Americans Say They Favor a Flat Tax

    04/19/2014 11:09:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    REASON ^ | 04/19/2014 | Emily Ekins
    The latest Reason-Rupe poll asked Americans if they would support or oppose changing the federal tax system to a flat tax, where everyone pays the same percentage of his or her income, finding that 62 percent favor the flat tax and 33 percent are opposed. When asked where they would set the flat tax, the aveage response was 15 percent.This reflects another recent Reason-Rupe poll finding that 67 percent of Americans say it is "not the responsibility of the government to reduce the differences in income between people with high incomes and those with low incomes," while 29 percent...
  • Egypt’s censorship board head resigns in film spat

    04/19/2014 11:07:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 19, 2014 12:47 PM EDT | Maggie Hyde
    The head of Egypt’s censorship board says he has resigned after the country’s prime minister overruled his decision to allow a film starring a sultry Lebanese singer be shown. […] Awad says: “I did this out of respect for myself.” …
  • Governor Mike Pence In Berlin: Diplomacy with Russia Has Failed

    04/19/2014 10:57:58 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 23 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | April 17, 2014
    Gov. Mike Pence (R., Ind.) on Wednesday declared the “reset” of U.S.-Russian relations a failure and called for the construction of a European missile defense shield to deter Russian aggression. “With Russian aggression on the rise again, it is clear that our policy of conciliatory diplomacy has failed, Pence said at a Friends of Indiana reception in Berlin, Germany. “While new sanctions are of some value, in the interest of our alliance, I believe the United States and the EU must respond with deeds more than words to strengthen our economic and strategic defenses,” Pence added. Pence then called for the deployment...
  • Obamacare Number Games: How Many Enrollees, Really? : More to the raw numbers than meets the eye.

    04/19/2014 10:55:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/19/2014 | Rich Baehr
    It has been a triumphant month for liberal journalists who have lived and died with the fortunes of the Affordable Care Act since its passage in March 2010. Ezra Klein and Jon Cohen have declared victory, describing an amazing recovery for the program and for President Obama since the dark days of near-total failure among people trying to sign up on the federal exchanges in October and November.To listen to Obamacare supporters, Kathleen Sebelius leaves her post as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services with her head held high, as her legacy now includes shepherding across...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/19/2014 10:55:55 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 5 replies
    April 19, 2014 | Irish Rose
    A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe." Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!" Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." (John 20:26-29)
  • The Pig Trap (Some Observations on the Death of the American Republic)

    04/19/2014 10:52:51 AM PDT · by mojito · 6 replies
    Taxicab Depressions ^ | 4/14/2014 | Taxi Hack
    ....I see only two paths for America today. First, some miracle will happen in which a couple hundred constitutionalists like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and Trey Gowdy will be elected to the House and Senate over the next few election cycles, and something resembling the Founder’s republic will be restored, but given the current climate of relentless progressivism, massive bureaucracy, government dependence, and voter ignorance, that seems like a very remote possibility. The second path is that complacency, ignorance, and indifference will allow more progressives and communists to be elected, the federal government will continue to grow and amass...
  • Western lawmakers gather in Utah to talk federal land takeover

    04/19/2014 10:50:26 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 29 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | April 18, 2014 | By Kristen Moulton
    It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday. More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds. "It’s simply time," said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, who organized the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands along with Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder. "The urgency is now." Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, was flanked by a dozen...
  • College: Much Cheaper Than You Think -- Most Students Pay Less than Half the Sticker Price

    04/19/2014 10:44:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 04/19/2014 | DEREK THOMPSON
    It's a point we've made a million times. We're making it again. What's the most expensive college in America? Ask Google, Princeton Review, or the Chronicle of Higher Education, and you'll get the same answer: Sarah Lawrence University at $61,236. It's kind of crazy. No, not (just) the price. It's crazy that when we talk about price, we often only talk about tuition, a sticker shock that only 35 percent of Sarah Lawrence graduates pay in full. The Sarah Lawrence story is typical. Only a third of full-time students at four-year public and private schools pay the published price at...
  • Western states seeking ways to reclaim federal land

    04/19/2014 10:37:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/19/2014 | Rick Moran
    A nascent rebellion by western states looking to reclaim some of the land that was appropriated by the federal government is taking shape. A group of about 50 western lawmakers from 9 states met in Utah to discuss ways to bring about a revolution in land management that would see the states have a mich bigger say in how their own land is managed. Salt Lake Tribune: It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday. More than 50 political leaders from...
  • Will Republican Push Immigration Reform Before Midterm Elections?

    04/19/2014 10:35:15 AM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 19 replies
    Rightwingpatriot.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    I wish I knew what was in the water that the Republican leadership is drinking so we can administer a counteragent. Democrats are floundering as more and more people start realizing the true cost of ObamaCare, not to mention the out of control spending of Washington. Across the county, progressive liberal programs are being attacked and rolled back, such as Common Core. Despite the mainstream media constantly shielding Obama and actively participating in his lies, a majority of Americans believe that he lies on important issues. With all these things lining up in the Republicans' favor, you would think they...
  • Elizabeth Warren could face a nightmare on her book tour

    04/19/2014 10:34:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/19/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    I can feel the schadenfreude welling inside me as I read that a group of Cherokee women are preparing to confront Elizabeth Warren as she sets forth on a national book tour to publicize her new book.  Sen. Warren matters a lot more than most freshman senators because she must be considered a near-frontrunner for the Democratic 2016 nomination if Hillary Clinton decides that playing with her forthcoming grandchild is better way to occupy her time than going through the meat grinder as a candidate. In Elizabeth Warren’s new book, A Fighting Chance, Warren claims to be “hurt and angry”...
  • Transcendence and Noah: Bogus Bytes -- Hollywood plays God and loses big time.

    04/19/2014 10:29:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/19/2014 | By Armond White
    Transcendence is to the sci-fi genre what Noah is to the Bible. Both are poorly conceived reboots of a literary form into pseudo-visionary garbage. Each film also exemplifies the current trend of agnostic filmmakers playing God. In Transcendence, Johnny Depp, as the obviously named Will Caster, unleashes his berserk world-dominating ambitions after he dies and is resurrected as an artificially intelligent computer program with the power to “overcome the limits of biology.” In Noah, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky reconceives the Biblical story of the Flood and God’s covenant with man through His servant (played by Russell Crowe) as a smart-ass...
  • Bundy Supporter Assemblywoman Michele Fiore vs. Chris Hayes on MSNBC: AWESOME Video

    04/19/2014 10:26:22 AM PDT · by absentee · 11 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 4/19/14 | Caleb Howe
    Last night, Chris Hayes face off against Assemblywoman Michele Fiore over the ongoing saga of the Bundy Ranch. Fiore reminds us why we love TV. [video] Fiore for the win! The Assemblywoman is feisty, unflappable, stays on message, goes at Hayes hard, and comes out looking great. A terrific segment and a good interview by Hayes, amazingly enough. The best part was when she left him flat-footed right at the end after catching him with the slaughter question. Although Hayes salvages the moment for himself with the barbecue crack. You can agree or disagree with Bundy or Fiore all you...
  • The Bigger They Are . . . : Why Hillary is vulnerable in 2016

    04/19/2014 10:25:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/18/2014 | Matthew Continetti
    Hillary Clinton may end up deciding that she wants to spend the 935 days until Election 2016 making corporate speeches and spoiling her grandchild. Recent events have exposed weaknesses in Clinton’s supposedly impregnable armor, gaps through which a Democratic or Republican challenger could damage, perhaps even defeat her. The bad headlines to which she has been subjected are enough to make anyone — anyone who isn’t a Clinton — think twice about running for president. Look at the polls. This week’s Fox News poll has Clinton’s favorable rating at its lowest point in six years. She is at 49 percent...
  • Saturday Afternoon :)

    04/19/2014 10:24:47 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 1 replies
    youtube ^ | 4-19-2014
    Humorist: Brad Stine Tolerate This! "Atheists Are Irrational"
  • Japan expands army footprint for first time in 40 years, risks angering China

    04/19/2014 10:24:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 19, 2014 | BY NOBUHIRO KUBO
    Japan began its first military expansion at the western end of its island chain in more than 40 years on Saturday, breaking ground on a radar station on a tropical island off Taiwan. The move risks angering China, locked in a dispute with Japan over nearby islands which they both claim. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, who attended a ceremony on Yonaguni island to mark the start of construction, suggested the military presence could be enlarged to other islands in the seas southwest of Japan's main islands. "This is the first deployment since the U.S. returned Okinawa (1972) and calls...
  • 18 Stats That Prove That Government Dependence Has Reached Epidemic Levels

    04/19/2014 10:22:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    End of the American Dream ^ | 04/17/2014 | Michael Snyder
    Did you know that the number of Americans getting benefits from the federal government each month exceeds the number of full-time workers in the private sector by more than 60 million? In other words, the number of people that are taking money out of the system is far greater than the number of people that are putting money into the system. And did you know that nearly 70 percent of all of the money that the federal government spends goes toward entitlement and welfare programs? When it comes to the transfer of wealth, nobody does it on a grander scale...
  • 12 things you need to know about Holy Saturday

    04/19/2014 10:15:26 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | Jimmy Akin
    Every time we say the creed, we note that Jesus "descended into hell." Holy Saturday is the day that commemorates this event. What happened on this day, and how do we celebrate it? Here are 12 things you need to know. 1. What happened on the first Holy Saturday? Here on earth, Jesus' disciples mourned his death and, since it was a sabbath day, they rested. Luke notes that the women returned home "and prepared spices and ointments. On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment" (Luke 23:56). At the tomb, the guards that had been stationed there kept...
  • The Talanted Mr. Putin

    The Talented Mr. Putin. We've picked a sort of a bad time to have a "community organizer(TM)" in the white house...
  • Feds: USPS worker takes disability, goes fishing ( Alaska )

    04/19/2014 10:06:55 AM PDT · by cutty · 21 replies
    A former U.S. Postal Service employee in Anchorage was arraigned Friday on charges he accepted at least $334,000 in disability and worker's comp payments while he spent his summers fishing. The U.S. attorney's office says in a Friday release that 56-year-old Amacio Zamora Agcaoili Jr. was indicted by a federal grand jury on 18 counts, including theft of government funds. Assistant U.S. Attorney Yvonne Lamoureux also claims Agcaoli lied about not working when he was paid for preparing tax returns and immigration paperwork. Authorities also claim he failed to tell the Social Security Administration about his worker's comp payments, to...
  • US sends small number of advanced weapons to Syrian rebels

    04/19/2014 10:04:42 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 10 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 4/19/14 | wsj
    It also follows a reorganization of Western-backed fighters aimed at creating a more effective military force and increasing protection for Christian and other religious minorities—something of particular importance to Washington. This shift is seen as a test of whether the U.S. can find a trustworthy rebel partner able to keep sophisticated weapons out of the hands of extremists, Saudi and Syrian opposition figures said. The U.S. has long feared that if it does supply advanced arms, the weapons will wind up with radical groups—some tied to al Qaeda—which have set up bases in opposition-held territory.
  • Patriots defend the Constitution!! Never give-in, never give-up, never surrender!! [Freepathon XVI]

    04/19/2014 10:01:19 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 80 replies
    Dear FRiends: Our unelected, unaccountable, unconstitutional law making government agencies have been taken over by politicized, militarized environmental fascists who, aided and abetted by unaccountable black-robed progressive rulers, have devised plans to reduce the people who settled and worked the land to the status of second class citizens, depriving them of their God-given rights and ultimately driving them off the land. These unelected, unaccountable agencies and judges now serve a higher master. The un-American Marxist/progressive movement. People like Obama/Reid/Pelosi have designs for the land and ultimately for all of us. They’re using environmentalism and junk science and corrupt politicians and...
  • Al Sharpton Goes There: Makes Easter Message About Crucifixion and Resurrection of OBAMA

    04/19/2014 9:58:53 AM PDT · by montag813 · 18 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 04-19-2014 | Warren Seale
    by Warren Seale | Top Right News Unreal. On the “Tom Joyner Show” on Wednesday, Rev. Al Sharpton spoke about the “meaning” of Easter: “I think that the message is, no matter what the world may do to you unfairly, no matter how your crucified, nailed to the cross at home, or in your personal relationships, or on the job that you can rise if you don’t lose yourself during the hard times and the challenges. 
  • For Passover and Easter: celebrate freedom

    04/19/2014 9:57:06 AM PDT · by Rusty0604
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 04/18/2014 | neo-neocon
    It’s the holiday season, one of those rare years when Passover and Easter come close together, as they did during the original Easter. So I get a twofer when I wish my readers “Happy Holidays!” ...whenever I’ve attended a Seder I’ve been impressed by the fact that Passover is a religious holiday dedicated to an idea that’s not really primarily religious: freedom. Yes, it’s about a particular historical event: the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. But the Seder ceremony makes clear that,... freedom itself is also being celebrated. Passover acknowledges that freedom (and liberty, not exactly the...
  • 2013--- The amazing, surprising, Africa-driven demographic future of the Earth, in 9 charts

    04/19/2014 9:55:28 AM PDT · by dennisw · 38 replies
    .washingtonpost. ^ | July 16, 2013 | Max Fisher
    Traffic moves through downtown Lagos, Nigeria. The United Nations Population Division, which tracks demographic data from around the world, has dramatically revised its projections for what will happen in the next 90 years. The new statistics, based on in-depth survey data from sub-Saharan Africa, tell the story of a world poised to change drastically over the next several decades. Most rich countries will shrink and age (with a couple of important exceptions), poorer countries will expand rapidly and, maybe most significant of all, Africa will see a population explosion nearly unprecedented in human history. If these numbers turn out to...
  • Rep. Young blasts regulatory sprawl during Fairbanks visit ( Alaska )

    04/19/2014 9:53:28 AM PDT · by cutty · 3 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | April 19, 2014 | Jeff Richardson
    Rep. Don Young took aim at a frequent target on Friday, blasting federal regulatory sprawl that he said endangered economic growth and the Alaskan way of life. Young spoke during a luncheon with the Associated General Contractors of Alaska in Fairbanks, and directed most of his fiery comments toward the growing profile of federal agencies. He said they’ve passed 13,883 new regulations in the past four years, compared to 628 new bills that made it through Congress. “We’re no longer a free nation,” Young said. “We’re a nation of regulatory law.” ... Young said President Obama’s philosophies aim to make...
  • WH Counterterror Chief: Parents Need to Watch for ‘Sudden Personality Changes in Their Children’

    04/19/2014 9:50:54 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 34 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 4/17/2014
    In a speech delivered at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government on Tuesday evening, White House Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser Lisa Monaco said it could help prevent terrorism if parents watched for “sudden personality changes in their children at home.” “President Obama has been laser-focused on making sure we use all the elements of our national power to protect Americans, including developing the first government-wide strategy to prevent violent extremism in the United States,” said Monaco, in a transcription posted by the White House. “At the same time, we recognize that there are limits to what the...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 19 [Prayer and Meditation]

    04/19/2014 9:49:19 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 19 (NKJV) The Fear of the Lord Leads to Life 01 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity 00 Than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool. 02 Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, 00 And he sins who hastens with his feet. 03 The foolishness of a man twists his way, 00 And his heart frets against the LORD. 04 Wealth makes many friends, 00 But the poor is separated from his friend. 05 A false witness will not go unpunished, 00 And he who...
  • FReeper Help Requested in Science Fiction (Vanity)

    04/19/2014 9:48:57 AM PDT · by LonePalm · 30 replies
    LonePalm | 4/18/2014 | LonePalm
    I am trying to find the name of a Science Fiction story I read thirty to forty years ago. The plot line revolves around a former Mercenary stranded on a newly settled planet. The leaders of the planet have decided that they have about a hundred years to get their population up to a level that will allow them to fend off others. The solution is to pair post pubescent women with slightly older men and breed as rapidly as possible while building the infrastructure necessary for a society. I seem to remember that the main item of value on...