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  • Giant redheaded centipede found crawling in Texas park

    07/02/2015 4:40:04 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 8 replies
    ABC7 ^ | 7-2-15 | Casey Curry
    TEXAS -- A giant redheaded centipede was found crawling on a broom in a park in Texas. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department posted a photo of the insect on Twitter. The centipede was discovered at Garner State Park in Uvalde County in the Hill Country. This is one scary looking insect. In the wild, it can grow to be 8 inches long with a brightly colored body and legs. Officials at the University of Arkansas Arthropod Museum describe this species of centipede as "fast moving and aggressive titans." The giant redheaded centipede is a predator that primarily feeds on...
  • Donald Trump’s ‘Miss USA Pageant’ Heading To Reelz Network

    07/02/2015 4:39:28 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 1 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | July 2 2015
    Looks like Donald Trump’s Miss USA Pageant has found a new home already. Trump’s program, Miss USA Pageant, which has called NBC home for years, is moving to the Reelz network. According to E!, the CEO of Reelz, Stan E. Hubbard, released a statement about the decision to house Trump’s Miss USA Pageant. “The decision on the part of REELZ to acquire the rights to the Miss USA Pageant was based on our belief that this special event, and the women who compete in it, are an integral part of American tradition. As one of only a few independent networks,...
  • Peak Vox: The American Revolution was a mistake, you know

    07/02/2015 4:37:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 2, 2015 | ED MORRISEY
    Generally, I’m not one to hammer on outlets as a whole, although some — Salon comes to mind — seem to use trolling people with ridiculous premises as their entire marketing strategy. Vox has its moments like this, although they also recently hired the estimable Jon Allen as a political editor to shore up their credibility. However, it’s essays like today’s “3 Reasons the American Revolution was a Mistake” two days before Independence Day that provide most of Vox’s reputation for intellectual heft. Well, it’s those and that West Bank to Gaza Bridge that inspired Sonny Bunch to offer “The...
  • Lawyers for Don Carlos join pre-trial battle [Waco]

    07/02/2015 4:37:18 PM PDT · by don-o · 1 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | July 2, 2015
    Houston – Lawyers who represent the manager of a neighboring restaurant next door to Twin Peaks say an attorney for a defendant in a shootout on May 17 is threatening contempt and arrest if their clinet does not comply with a request for surveillance video. Labeling a subpoena for the surveillance video from the cameras of Don Carlos Mexican Restaurant a “fishing expedition,” lawyers for the restaurant’s management termed “threatening…with orders of contempt and arrest” a request by a Dallas attorney in advance of an examining trial set for August 10 in Precinct 1 Justice Court by Judge Pete Peterson....
  • Sign inside Baltimore police van under investigation

    07/02/2015 4:36:27 PM PDT · by redreno · 2 replies
    http://www.wbaltv.com ^ | 5:17 PM EDT Jul 02, 2015 | By Kate Amara
    BALTIMORE —The Baltimore City Police Department has launched an internal investigation after a WBAL-TV 11 News viewer shared four photographs of a sign inside a city police wagon. The photos show the doors of the parked police van left open. On the inside of the back door is a sign, attached or possibly stenciled on, that reads: "Enjoy your ride, cuz we sure will!" The pictures were taken Tuesday near the Central District Police Station on Baltimore Street.
  • Fought Vietcong,Sandinistas,Saddam,Taliban,ISIS but last Vietnam vet in uniform is retiring

    07/02/2015 4:35:31 PM PDT · by vis a vis · 2 replies
    Dailymail.com ^ | 2 Jul 2015 | Daniel Bates For Dailymail.com
    When Sergeant Major Michael Jarnevic finally retires from the Army on July 8, it will be the end of a career that began in 1973 when he enlisted as a Marine and was deployed to Vietnam. He is now nearing his 60th birthday and has spent three quarters of his life fighting for his country. In fact, Sgt Major Jarnevic appears to be the last Vietnam veteran on active duty in the whole of the Army. During his 42 years of service he has served in Honduras during the Contra wars in the 80s and Kuwait in the 90s during...
  • Owner Responds to Complaints About Airbnb ‘Camping Retreat’ in ...Hollywood Hills Neighborhood

    07/02/2015 4:35:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin
    ktla.com ^ | July 2, 2015 | Melissa Pamer and Erin Myers, Updated at 03:38pm,
    “This is my property. There’s a couple of people making up stories of things happening here that are not happening,” de Leon told KTLA as she sat in a vehicle, small dog on her lap. “They made up stories that people are somehow having sex in a public place. First thing, it’s not public, it’s a private place. And second, that’s completely false.” ... They are particularly upset over a listing on Airbnb.com for a “Hollywood Hills Camping Retreat.” The listing, taken down following news coverage earlier this week, described the rental of a “tent” that could accommodate 10 people...
  • Bad news from Mr. Sulu: Clarence Thomas is a “clown in blackface”

    07/02/2015 4:33:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 2, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Via the Free Beacon, I think it was Dan McLaughlin of Red State who tweeted after last week’s SSM decision was released, “Now the contest begins to see who’ll be the angriest winner.” His point was that, for a movement that’s been unstoppable culturally over the past 10 years, there’s a curiously strong impulse towards nastiness in some lefties’ reaction to each new victory. With this remark from George Takei, I think it’s safe to say the contest is now over. Takei’s overreacting to a point Thomas made in response to Kennedy’s idea that state recognition of gay marriage is...
  • The Demographic Foundations of the Latino Population (excerpts)

    07/02/2015 4:30:54 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On
    NIH.gov ^ | 2006 | Jorge Durand, Edward Telles, and Jennifer Flashman
    Excerpts starting from p. 43: In 1968, a limit of 120,000 visas for the Western Hemisphere was set, although this amendment does not determine fixed, per-nation quotas. For 10 years, Mexicans secured roughly half of all the Western Hemisphere visas under the quota. However, with a 1976 amendment, a quota of 20,000 visas per country was established and continues to the present (Jasso and Rosenzweig, 1990; Reimers, 1992, p. 87). Consequently, this law greatly reduces the number of legally authorized immigrants who can come from Mexico and effectively increases the number of immigrants that can come from the rest of...
  • No charges against Bill Cosby as investigators close Atlantic City rape case

    07/02/2015 4:30:00 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 6 replies
    Philly.com ^ | July 2, 2015 | Nick Vadala
    Bill Cosby will not be charged in connection with actress Lili Bernard’s allegations that the comedian sexually assaulted her in Atlantic City in the early 1990s. “The office of the Atlantic County Prosecutor has terminated its investigation, closed its file and so notified Ms. Bernard’s lawyer,” Edwin J. Jacobs, Jr., Cosby’s New Jersey attorney at Jacobs & Barbone, said via a release. When Bernard first spoke with police this past May, her case appeared to be a lynchpin in the ongoing Cosby scandal due to New Jersey’s lack of a statute of limitations on rape. However, that change in law...
  • Deputy Secretary Of State: Iran Needs Nuclear Deal 'More Than We Do' (Audio)

    07/02/2015 4:28:54 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    NPR ^ | July 02, 2015 5:32 PM ET
    NPR's Rachel Martin interviews Tony Blinken, the U.S. deputy secretary of state and the former deputy national security advisor for President Obama, about the latest on the negotiations with Iran.
  • By the numbers: Who got killed, and why, in California last year

    07/02/2015 4:27:36 PM PDT · by csvset · 4 replies
    SFGATE ^ | July 2, 2015 | Demian Bulwa
    A report this week by the California Department of Justice showing that homicides and other violent crimes continued to drop statewide in 2014 also gave a look at the nature of killings last year. Overall, 1,697 people were slain — an eye-opening amount to be sure but a 3 percent decline from 2013 and the lowest number since 1971. In 1993, a staggering 4,095 people were killed in the Golden State.
  • N.J. man knees detectives' groins in attempt to escape arrest, police say

    07/02/2015 4:27:34 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 2 replies
    NJ.com ^ | July 2, 2015
    HOBOKEN—A North Bergen man kneed several detectives in their groins on Wednesday to avoid being arrested for selling drugs, according to police reports. Javier Gomez, 37, kneed Hoboken detectives' groins and tried to throw them into a four-foot gate in an attempt to escape arrest, police said. Detectives determined that Gomez was likely selling drugs after they saw him riding his bicycle to meet various people, according to police reports.
  • 54% Think Mexico Should Compensate U.S. for Costs of Illegal Immigration (30% say Mexico is ally)

    07/02/2015 4:24:15 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 11 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | May 06, 2013
    President Obama met with Mexican President Enrique Peńa Nieto late last week to discuss ways to reduce violence and drug trafficking along the border and stressed his continued support for immigration legislation that provides a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants now in the United States. (SNIP) A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that just 30% of Americans view Mexico as an ally of the United States.
  • Killer Mike Talks Racism, Reconciliation & Reparations With Tavis Smiley (VIDEO)

    07/02/2015 4:22:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    AllHipHop News ^ | July 2, 2015 | Yohance Kyles
    Killer Mike has become a vital Hip Hop representative when it comes to discussions about injustice, police brutality, and racism. The Atlanta-based rapper has addressed those topics as one half of Run The Jewels, a guest on CNN, a lecturer at M.I.T, and a columnist for Vox. Mike returned to television to once again speak on relevant social topics. He stopped by the PBS program The Tavis Smiley Show. The conversation included Mike and Smiley debating the idea of African-Americans offering forgiveness for racial discrimination. “After we reconcile, why don’t I own any of the land? Why does De Beers...
  • Bay Area news crews robbed on live TV while reporting on homicide

    07/02/2015 4:14:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    L A Times ^ | July 2, 2015 | Veronica Rocha
    Crews from KNTV-Channel 11 and KTVU-Channel 2 were reporting live at 6:03 a.m. on the shooting death of a woman at Pier 14 when someone stole camera equipment, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Part of the robbery was captured on air, showing a man hitting KNTV-TV camera operator Alan Waples with a gun. Video shows the gunman approach Waples and put a gun to his head while reporter Kris Sanchez pleads for him not to shoot, the Chronicle reported.
  • Mika Asks Blinken: At What Point Does the U.S. Look ‘Desperate’ To Make Iran Deal? (MSNBC Video)

    07/02/2015 4:12:03 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 2, 2015 8:34 am | David Rutz
    MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski asked Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken at what point going into overtime to make a nuclear deal with Iran starts to look “desperate” Thursday on Morning Joe. Nuclear talks were predictably extended to July 7 when Iran and world powers were unable to come to a full agreement at the original June 30 deadline. “Overtime, these talks still going, obviously a lot of back-and-forth now,” said NBC reporter Ayman Mohyeldin. “Now it’s been extended for at least another week. What’s the latest in terms of the talks from the U.S. position? Is there anything else...
  • 2015 FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX - LIVE THREAD

    07/02/2015 4:10:55 PM PDT · by Chode · 5 replies
    7/2/2015 | Chode
    Silverstone Circuit First Grand Prix 1950 Number of Laps 52 Circuit Length 5.891KM Race Distance 306.198KM Lap Record 1:33.401 by Mark Webber (2013)
  • The elites’ problem with Donald Trump: He’s not for sale

    07/02/2015 4:10:33 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 25 replies
    World Tribune ^ | Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 | Jeffrey T. Kuhner
    The media establishment is having a cardiac arrest. The reason? Donald Trump has thrown his hat into the Republican presidential race. The billionaire businessman is a straight shooter, known for his bluntness and tough talk. Unlike most politicians, he speaks plainly and directly. He doesn’t mince words or engage in the kind of double talk that pervades Washington. In short, he does not defer to the media elites, who cherish their role as the gatekeepers of our political class. The ruling establishment’s dominance is based on the complicity of the mainstream media. It is an unspoken bargain: New York-Washington journalists...
  • Defendant in same-sex marriage case attends gay wedding

    07/02/2015 4:08:46 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/02/2015 | Mark Hensch
    The defendant in last week’s landmark Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage attended a gay wedding on Thursday. Rick Hodges, the head of Ohio's Department of Health, was the named defendant in Obergefell v Hodges. Hodges gave a Bible reading during a wedding between two male friends in Columbus, Ohio, according to The Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Steve’s been my friend for 25 years, and I am looking forward to celebrating with him,” Hodges said of the ceremony that saw his friends Steve George and Jeff Gatwood married. “I love my friend,” he added. Hodges's attendance came just six days after...
  • [BREAKING] Boko Haram attacks kill 145 in Nigeria

    07/02/2015 4:08:19 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 4 replies
    WISN.COM ^ | 02 JULY 2015 | CNN
    (CNN) —At least 145 people were killed after Boko Haram militants raided three villages in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno, witnesses said Thursday. The Islamist militant group's attack late Wednesday in the Kukawa fishing village killed 97 people, resident Kawu Aisaye told CNN. A senior Nigerian military official confirmed the attack, adding the military conducted airstrikes following the raid and is sending troops to assess the damage. The official was unable to provide details about casualties. A lawmaker in the region, Mohammed Tahir, told CNN that Boko Haram killed 48 people and injured 11 others Wednesday when the militants...
  • America Ferrera to Donald Trump: ‘No Chance of You Ever Winning This Election’

    07/02/2015 4:07:28 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 28 replies
    Yahoo TV ^ | July 2, 2015 | Joe Otterson
    “You see, what you just did with your straight talk was send more Latino voters to the polls than several registration rallies combined! Thank you for that,” Ferrerra wrote in a guest blog for the Huffington Post. “Here we are pounding the pavement to get American Latinos to the polls, while your tactic proves most effective,” she continued. “Remarks like yours will serve brilliantly to energize Latino voters and increase turnout on election day against you and any other candidate who runs on a platform of hateful rhetoric.”
  • Reelz comes to the rescue of Donald Trump's homeless Miss USA pageant (Reelz a better choice anyway)

    07/02/2015 4:05:16 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 7 replies
    OC Register ^ | July 2, 2015 | LYNN ELBER / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    LOS ANGELES – The Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz channel. In a statement Thursday, Reelz CEO Stan E. Hubbard said the cable and satellite channel acquired the rights because of a belief that the pageant and the women who compete in it “are an integral part of American tradition.” (It's great television, also) http://www.ocregister.com/articles/trump-669954-miss-reelz.html
  • Mike Flynn Tries to Jump From Pundit to Politician in Illinois

    07/02/2015 4:05:15 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 3 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 1, 2015 | Lisa Hagen
    July 1, 2015 Mike Flynn has published about a million and a half words on politics and policy. Now, he's trying to put them into practice. Last month, Flynn, an editor for the conservative Breitbart News, announced his bid for the special election to replace former Rep. Aaron Schock in Illinois. The former columnist and founding editor of the Big Government blog decided to make his first run for political office after the scandal-tarred Schock's resignation, arguing that his role in the media prepared him for office. "My position is long-known, established, and out there, and I think that's something...
  • Think you know about slavery? You don’t.

    07/02/2015 4:03:37 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 9 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-02-15 | DrJohn
      Certain things tend to set off triggers in you. For me it was Don Lemon- when he joined the flag-damning freaking idiot liberal lemmings in their bloodlust considering the removal of the Jefferson memorial: CNN's Don Lemon on Tuesday hinted that there will come a day when the United States will have to "rethink" tributes such as the Jefferson Memorial. After a contentious segment with Ben Jones, in which the former Congressman defended the Confederate flag, Legal View host Ashley Banfield brought up the author of the Declaration of Independence. She reminded, "There is a monument of him in...
  • Attitudes on Same-sex Marriage by Religious Affiliation & Denominational Family (Survey of 40,000

    07/02/2015 4:01:06 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 15 replies
    Public Religion Research Institute ^ | 4/22/2015 | Robert P. Jones
    ... Findings from PRRI's American Values Atlas, which draws on 40,000 interviews among a random sample of Americans, provides the most in-depth portrait to date of attitudes on same-sex marriage by religious affiliation. ... All Americans [percentages]... Strongly Favor 25 Favor 29 Oppose 18 Strongly Oppose 20 White Evangelical Protestant [Baptist, Methodist, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Church of Christ]... Strongly Favor 10 Favor 18 Oppose 27 Strongly Oppose 39 White Mainline Protestant [Baptist, Methodist, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Church of Christ]... Strongly Favor 28 Favor 34 Oppose 16 Strongly Oppose 14 ...
  • Emails suggest Hillary helped Clinton Foundation donors (US ntl interests disregarded)

    07/02/2015 3:54:55 PM PDT · by Liz · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner.com ^ | 7/1/15 | SARAH WESTWOOD
    Secy of State Hillary Clinton extended warm welcomes to executives from companies that had donated to the Clinton Foundation, new emails from her first year as Secy of State show. Her frequent interactions with firms that had given generously to her family philanthropy — many of which were lobbying the State Department at the same time — raise questions about whether she used her diplomatic perch to help certain companies get ahead. <><> For example, in Sept 2009, Clinton asked State Dept aides to help the Blackstone Group secure a requested visa. Blackstone donated between $250,000 and $500,000 to the...
  • Pontifical Family Council President: "World Family Meeting in Philly open to homosexual couples."

    07/02/2015 3:54:40 PM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 07-02-2015 | Rorate Caeli
    “Everyone is welcome, nobody is excluded”. With these words Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, replied to the questions from journalists at a press conference for the presentation of the eighth World Meeting of Families, planned for the 22nd to the 27th of September in Philadelphia. Asked about the presence or non-presence of homosexual couples in Philadelphia, Monsignor responded: “We are following Instrumentum Laboris on the Synod to the letter. Everyone can come, nobody is excluded. And if anyone feels excluded, I’ll leave the 99 little sheep and go and get him”, he added with...
  • Egyptian airstrikes kill 23 militants in North Sinai

    07/02/2015 3:54:21 PM PDT · by robowombat · 4 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | Jul. 02, 2015 | 02:12 PM
    ISMAILIA: Egypt launched airstrikes on Islamist militant targets in the Sinai peninsula Thursday, killing 23 fighters a day after the deadliest clashes in the region in years, security sources said. The sources said those killed had taken part in Wednesday's fighting in which 100 militants and 17 soldiers, including four officers, were killed, according to the army spokesman. Sinai-based insurgents, affiliates of ISIS, have stepped up attacks on soldiers and police since then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi toppled Islamist President Mohammad Morsi in 2013 after mass protests against his rule. Sisi, now Egypt's elected president, says the pro-ISIS group Sinai...
  • Employee 'admits' murdering couple... 'while high on meth' [Maricopa, Arizona]

    07/02/2015 3:54:03 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Thursday, July 2, 2015 | Reporter
    An Arizona man charged with killing a married couple who went missing more than a week ago 'essentially confessed' to shooting them dead during a suspected drug deal gone wrong and then burying the bodies in his backyard, authorities revealed this afternoon. Jose Valenzuela, 38, of Maricopa, was arrested early Thursday morning on two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Michael and Tina Careccia. The couple, who have five children between the two of them, were last seen alive leaving their Maricopa home on the morning of June 22. Mr Careccia's 17-year-old son reported them missing that night...
  • Schools Implant IUDs in Girls as Young as 6th Grade Without Their Parents Knowing

    07/02/2015 3:51:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Life News ^ | July 2, 2015 | STEVEN ERTELT, REBECCA DOWNS
    Earlier this month, LifeNews.com reported on a high school in Seattle, Washington that is now implanting intrauterine devices (IUD), as well as other forms of birth control and doing so without parental knowledge or permission.The IUD is known as a long acting reversible contraception, and may even act as an abortifacient. So, a young teen in Seattle canÂ’t get a coke at her high school, but she can have a device implanted into her uterus, which can unknowingly kill her unborn child immediately after conception. Or, if she uses another method, she can increase her chances of health risks for...
  • Marco Rubio super PAC spends $1 million on first TV ad buy (pathway to nukes)

    07/02/2015 3:51:38 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 25, 2015 | David M. Drucker |
    The super PAC supporting Sen. Marco Rubio's presidential bid is on the air with a $1 million-plus television advertising buy; the announcement came one day after Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's super PAC announced its first paid ad — a digital spot. Conservative Solutions Project, the super PAC behind Rubio, Florida's junior senator, is running its ad on Fox News Channel and other cable stations, asking viewers to tell their senators to join him in opposing President Obama's "bad deal" with Iran. Obama is in the final stages of negotiating a deal with Tehran to limit the Islamic regime's nuclear...
  • How a Rally on Reddit Helped Generate Huge Turnout for Sanders in Wisconsin

    07/02/2015 3:46:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Advertising Age ^ | July 2, 2015 | Kate Kaye
    Bernie Sanders and His Significant Presence on Reddit Is Bolstering Grassroots Momentum.On Wednesday, Kenneth Pennington wasn't sitting in front of his computer as he normally would on a weekday afternoon. Instead, the digital director for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign was in Madison, Wisconsin, where later that night thousands of supporters were expected to show up at a rally for the underdog candidate. By the afternoon, more than 9,000 people had RSVP'd to attend the event. "I'm usually the guy behind the computer," Mr. Pennington said over the phone, noting he hoped sound system testing wouldn't disrupt the call. It's...
  • 40 QUESTIONS FOR CHRISTIANS NOW WAVING RAINBOW FLAGS

    07/02/2015 3:45:51 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 7/1/15 | Kevin DeYoung
    For evangelicals who lament last Friday’s Supreme Court decision, it’s been a hard few days. We aren’t asking for emotional pity, nor do I suspect many people are eager to give us any. Our pain is not sacred. Making legal and theological decisions based on what makes people feel better is part of what got us into this mess in the first place. Nevertheless, it still hurts. There are many reasons for our lamentation, from fear that religious liberties will be taken away to worries about social ostracism and cultural marginalization. But of all the things that grieve us, perhaps...
  • VA Denies Iraq War Vet Medical Care Because They "Aren't Taking New Patients"

    07/02/2015 3:45:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jul 01, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    The Department of Veteran's Affairs apparently doesn't have time for the nation's veterans and recently turned at least one young man away after he sought treatment for PTSD. The excuse? The VA just isn't "taking new patients right now." ... Iraq war veteran Chris Dorsey figured that no one would believe he had been turned away from a U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs clinic when he sought an appointment for post-traumatic stress disorder. So when he went on Tuesday to another facility, the VA Oakwood, Georgia, Community Based Outpatient Clinic, he flipped on his smartphone camera. ... Unforunately, Dorsey's case...
  • China close to finishing airstrip on reclaimed South China Sea island

    Runway could be used for military purposes, US think tank says Johnson South Reef features a small port and two helipads. China has nearly finished building an airstrip that could be used for military purposes on one of its biggest artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, according to satellite images released by a US think tank yesterday. The Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) said images taken on June 28 by DigitalGlobe showed China had almost completed the construction of a 3,000-metre airstrip at Fiery Cross Reef, which China calls Yongshu Reef. The defence ministry refused to...
  • Chris Christie to NJ county clerks: You must uphold the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling

    07/02/2015 3:41:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/02/2015 | AllahPundit
    Bobby Jindal’s office assured Louisiana clerks that they can invoke his executive order on religious freedom if they have a conscientious objection to issuing a license to a gay couple, but that’s a risky proposition for a middle-class civil servant. Now that marriage is a constitutional right, a government official who attempts to deny that right is vulnerable to being sued for damages under federal law. One such suit has apparently already been filed against a clerk in Texas. Christie, a former U.S. Attorney, is offering them better legal advice than Jindal is here: If the new regime bothers...
  • At least 97 dead in new 'Boko Haram' attack in NE Nigeria

    07/02/2015 3:40:21 PM PDT · by robowombat · 6 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | Jul. 02, 2015 | 07:03 PM (Last Updated: July 02, 2015 | 07:27 PM)
    At least 97 dead in new 'Boko Haram' attack in NE Nigeria MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram militants killed close to 100 people in attacks on homes and mosques in a northeastern Nigerian village, witnesses said Thursday. "The attackers have killed at least 97 people," a local from Kukawa village, who gave his name as Kolo and who said he had counted the bodies, told AFP. A fisherman who witnessed Wednesday's attack corroborated the death toll. "They wiped out the immediate family of my uncle ...They killed his children, about five of them, and set his entire house ablaze," Kolo...
  • Dwyane Wade Re-Signs with Heat...

    07/02/2015 3:36:12 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    Bleacher Report ^ | 7/2/15 | Adam Wells
    The long and fruitful marriage between Dwyane Wade and Miami Heat will continue, as the two sides have agreed to a new deal.... Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reported the deal is worth $20 million for one year.
  • Impiety Has Reached a High Point

    07/02/2015 3:34:09 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Mystagogy ^ | 07-02-2015 | Elder Philotheos Zervakos
    The impiety, corruption, senselessness and lack of conscience of people, both lay people and clergy, men and women, rich and poor, generals and soldiers, rulers and the ruled over has reached a high point and is speedily progressing in leaps and bounds til it reaches the greatest precipice. What is countering this pitiful progression of spiritual impiety? It is: the infinite compassion of God; His immeasurable mercy and unimaginable long suffering; the intercessions of His all immaculate Mother and all the Saints; the little virtue faith, hope and love of the few people; their prayers and petitions to the Lord...
  • Grayson’s Hedge Funds Under Scrutiny For Possible Ethics Violations

    07/02/2015 3:31:42 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 6/30/15 | Joe Schoffstall
    Rep. Alan Grayson (D., Fla.) is finding himself in hot water over managing hedge funds that bear his name, actions that are in possible violation of House ethics rules. Sitting members of Congress are prohibited from using their name in titles of entities for personal financial gain, Politico reports. Rep. Grayson has three hedge funds with his name attached to their title. One of Grayson’s funds, Grayson Fund L.P, is based out of Delaware and consists of three investors. According to November regulatory filings, the fund shows sales totaling $13.2 million.
  • The book Ted Cruz really wanted to write

    07/02/2015 3:22:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    ThePolitico's The KGB File ^ | July 2, 2015 | Kate Bennett
    He hoped to emulate Barack Obama's memoir 'Dreams from My Father', which left a lasting impression. With his new book out this week, Ted Cruz is doing what he does best: getting a lot of attention by attacking … just about everyone. But the political memoir that he’s calling A Time for Truth wasn’t really the book Cruz started out wanting to write, says a source close to the Texas senator and presidential candidate. In fact, Cruz was hoping to emulate the writing of a man he has called “lawless” and “an apologist for radical Islamic terrorists” (among other fine...
  • CPS (Chicago Public Schools) teachers, parents protest 1,400 layoffs, $200M in cuts

    07/02/2015 3:20:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    ABC 7 Chicago ^ | 7/02/15 | Sarah Schulte
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Hundreds of Chicago Public Schools teachers and parents protested at City Hall Thursday morning following 1,400 layoffs and $200 million in cuts to meet a teachers' pension deadline. Mayor Rahm Emanuel delayed a $634 million pension payment until the eleventh-hour on Tuesday, waiting to see any relief would come from state lawmakers. It never came. The mayor and Interim CPS CEO Jesse Ruiz outlined on Wednesday who would be laid off and where cuts would be made. Ruiz said most of the 1,400 jobs cut were in administration and special education programs. Very few teachers were laid...
  • 2016 Breitbart Primary

    07/02/2015 3:19:40 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 28 replies
    Vote Early, Vote Often!!! Just kidding.
  • Judge reverses order to extend McLennan County grand jury’s term

    07/02/2015 3:18:50 PM PDT · by Prolixus · 3 replies
    Waco Tribune-Herald ^ | July 2, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Two days after a state district judge extended the term of a McLennan County grand jury to consider the Twin Peaks shootout case, he changed his mind and withdrew the order. Judge Matt Johnson of Waco’s 54th State District Court declined Thursday to discuss why he reversed his decision, but his order says a new grand jury plan for McLennan County was approved on June 11, which requires selection of all McLennan County grand juries from a randomly drawn panel. While Johnson declined comment, McLennan County District Clerk Jon Gimble said the judge thought it best to use the new...
  • Sweet Cakes final order: Gresham Bakery must pay $135,000 (Oregon)

    07/02/2015 3:11:28 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 78 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 07/02/2015 | George Rede
    Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian on Thursday ordered the owners of a former Gresham bakery to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple for refusing to make them a wedding cake. Avakian's ruling upheld a preliminary finding earlier this year that the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa had discriminated against the women on the basis of their sexual orientation.
  • 8th former UI women's player claims mistreatment

    07/02/2015 3:07:11 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    News Gazette ^ | 7-2-2015 | Johnathan Hettinger
    An eighth former Illini women’s basketball player is considering joining the lawsuit filed against the university and athletic officials by seven others Wednesday. Kierra Morris told The News-Gazette she felt ostracized from the team after chronic knee pain led her to be medically disqualified to play during the 2012-13 season, Matt Bollant’s first at Illinois after being hired away from Wisconsin-Green Bay by new athletic director Mike Thomas. For that, she blames UI coaches, who she said reneged on a promise to make her a student manager and took measures to alienate her from her teammates. Morris said she didn’t...
  • Quote of the day...

    07/02/2015 3:07:00 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 06-29-2015 | Patriarch Kyril
    "The general political direction of the [Western political] elite bears, without doubt, an anti-Christian and anti-religious character. We have been through an epoch of atheism, and we know what it is to live without God. We want to shout to the whole world, ‘Stop!'" -Kyril Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia
  • Kevin DeYoung What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? [Message for Millennials]

    07/02/2015 2:56:13 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 3/17/15 | Kevin DeYoung
    In this message, recorded at College Church in Wheaton, Illinois on March 17, 2015, pastor and author Kevin DeYoung addresses a difficult and often controversial topic: what does the Bible really teach about homosexuality?
  • Obama Administration blocks attempts to fly heavy weapons to Kurds to fight the Islamic State

    07/02/2015 2:53:46 PM PDT · by blueyon · 20 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 7/02/15 | Robert Spencer
    obama-finger-“There is simply no strategic approach. There is a lack of coordination in selecting targets, and there is no overall plan for defeating Isil.” Indeed. The President keeps forcing people to ask the question, Which side is he on? “US blocks attempts by Arab allies to fly heavy weapons directly to Kurds to fight Islamic State,” by Con Coughlin, Telegraph, July 2, 2015: The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, The Telegraph has learnt. Some of America’s closest allies say President Barack...