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  • IRS Admits Taxpayer Help Was Skimpy this Year [semi-satire]

    04/26/2015 9:31:58 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-New/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 April 2015 | John Semmens
    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen acknowledged that the number of employees assigned to assist taxpayers understand and file tax returns for 2014 was “less than it could’ve been.” Statistics bear out his assessment. It is estimated than less than half of those who phoned the IRS to ask for help actually got through. And of those who did many waited on hold for more than 30 minutes before speaking to an IRS agent. Koskinen defended the shortage of taxpayer help, saying that “we had higher priorities. For one, we had to implement the penalty enforcement phase of the Affordable Care Act....
  • News mediaBlackout:NAACP President Charged With Selling Cocaine

    04/26/2015 9:29:40 AM PDT · by lbryce · 5 replies
    UFPNews ^ | April 25, 2005 | Dave Gibson
    esday, Delaware County sheriff’s deputies arrested Timothy Wade Miles, 49, after he reportedly sold 1 gram of cocaine to a confidential informant. It was, in fact, the third time Miles had sold cocaine in monitored buys, according to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office. Miles works as the assistant director for the Muncie Indiana Transit System (MITS), and was driving his MITS vehicle, when he met with the informant at the Muncie Civic Center, according to a police report. Of course, Miles is also the president of the Muncie chapter (Unit #3063) of the NAACP. ABC 6 reported: During one buy,...
  • New mayor of Mo. city met by police, suspended over alleged voter fraud

    04/26/2015 9:18:20 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 25, 2015
    The new mayor of a Missouri city [next to Ferguson] had a tough first day on the job when she was met by police at City Hall and informed she had been suspended over allegations of voter fraud. Betty McCray, the newly elected mayor of the city of Kinloch, was met in the parking lot at City Hall Thursday by police officers and the city attorney holding articles of impeachment, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. “You can’t come in as mayor,” attorney James Robinson told McCray. “You have been suspended.” McCray, however, was defiant, telling Robinson, “You may be the...
  • The German Catholic Collapse: Priests confess once a year, if at all -- what about the Lay Faithful?

    04/26/2015 9:02:13 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | April 24, 2015 | Lorenzo Bertocchi
    The German laity confirm their desire for evolution in the Church: according to a document made available on the Episcopal Conference site, the answers to the questionnaire between the Synods show that the Catholics of Germany are expecting major openings from the Synod on the Family. Mainly on the thorniest issues: “they are asking for the admittance of the divorced and remarried to the Eucharist, a “development” of moral doctrine for the pastoral acceptance of homosexual people and a form of “church blessing for second civil-marriages.” Are these requests an expression of serious discernment or, do they show a watered-down,...
  • Wolf Blitzer And Marie Harf Gush Over Jane Fonda At Correspondents’ Dinner [VIDEO]

    04/26/2015 9:00:04 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 26, 2015 | Heather Smith
    CNN host Wolf Blitzer praised actress Jane Fonda and acting U.S. State Department spokesperson Marie Harf on Saturday night at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. “Nothing better than Jane Fonda,” the CNN host said of his guests. “Can you believe I’m here with Jane Fonda and Marie Harf, acting spokeswoman of the State Department?! How cool is that?” Harf joined in to gush about Fonda. “I was looking forward to meeting Jane Fonda, so this was a dream come true,” Harf said. “We’ve already done selfies in the car.”
  • Hillary's Double Standard on "Unaccountable Money"

    04/26/2015 8:57:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 26, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    Bill and Hillary Clinton are to money what the Gulf of Mexico is to the Mississippi River: the inevitable destination of a large and never-ending flow, which is sometimes polluted. The latest example comes in the form of donations of $2.35 million to the Clinton Foundation by the chairman of a Canadian uranium company that needed, and got, U.S. government approval to be taken over by a Russian firm that enjoys the favor of Vladimir Putin. Maybe you can guess who was secretary of state at the time the State Department reviewed the deal. Oh, and those contributions were not...
  • PopeWatch: Green Pope

    04/26/2015 8:52:02 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | April 24, 2015 | Donald R. McClarey
    How bad will the upcoming Papal encyclical on the environment be? Maybe this bad: As the world celebrates Earth Day on Wednesday, Pope Francis is planning to use one of the highest forms of papal expression — an encyclical — to promote climate action to save the planet as a moral and religious imperative. In recent weeks, Vatican officials have outlined what the document will say and are choreographing its release — perhaps as early as June — for maximum global impact beyond the Roman Catholic Church’s 1.2 billion members. Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, who chairs a panel dealing...
  • Election 2015: Row over second independence referendum warning

    04/26/2015 8:47:46 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | April 25, 2015 | unattributed
    Campaigning in Renfrewshire, he said the nationalists want an SNP vote in the general election in order to "force" a second poll. Launching the SNP's "women's pledge", Nicola Sturgeon said this election was "not about independence". Meanwhile the Lib Dems set out plans for green laws and the Scottish Conservatives focused on jobs. As the penultimate weekend of campaigning got under way, SNP leader Ms Sturgeon joined female activists and actor and campaigner Elaine C Smith in Glasgow to launch the party's women's pledge, which commits the SNP and its members to delivering policies that promote equality... As part of...
  • Obama is NOT eligible to serve and neither are Cruz or Rubio

    04/26/2015 8:41:28 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 54 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/26/15 | George Spelvin
    President Barack Hussein Obama is NOT eligible to serve as President of the USA because he became a naturalized citizen in 1983, and “as a naturalized U.S. citizen, Obama is ineligible to be President of the United States,” states Sven Magnussen, a longtime web researcher and dedicated writer. Publishing on line since March of 2013, Magnussen has revealed his research on this vital topic with detail and definition that no mainstream reporter, editor, or news anchor has equaled to date. Not only is Obama ineligible because he is not a natural born citizen as required by Article II, Section 1,...
  • Tiny robots climb walls carrying more than 100 times their weight

    04/26/2015 8:38:14 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    newscientist.com ^ | Aviva Rutkin
    The super-strong bots – built by mechanical engineers at Stanford University in California – will be presented next month at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Seattle, Washington. The secret is in the adhesives on the robots' feet. Their design is inspired by geckos, which have climbing skills that are legendary in the animal kingdom. The adhesives are covered in minute rubber spikes that grip firmly onto the wall as the robot climbs. When pressure is applied, the spikes bend, increasing their surface area and thus their stickiness. When the robot picks its foot back up, the spikes...
  • FLOTUS Frock Evolution: a Correspondents’ Dinner Retrospective

    04/26/2015 8:28:03 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 20 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-26-2015 | MOTUS
    The Nerd Prom is always highly anticipated around here. Will BO’s joke writers be as good as Jon Stewarts? Will TOTUS scroll them slowly enough for Big Guy to read? Who will Lady M wear and will she make both the “Best” and “Worst” dressed lists? Although that anxiety has eased considerably with the passing of Joni.So let’s spend a few moments reviewing the transformation of Lady M at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner.2009: before the discovery of industrial schtrenght Spanx:Immortalized by Cripes Suzette’s famous “hump, slump, bump and plump” shot:H/T Cripes Suzette2010: the age of elegance (and DOD...
  • Clinton Foundation: 'Yes, We Made Mistakes' (but they were all innocent and harmless)

    04/26/2015 8:17:59 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 46 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | April 26, 2015 | Daniel Halper
    The Clinton Foundation is now admitting that mistakes were made. "[Y]es, we made mistakes, as many organizations of our size do, but we are acting quickly to remedy them, and have taken steps to ensure they don't happen in the future. We are committed to operating the Foundation responsibly and effectively to continue the life-changing work that this philanthropy is doing every day," says Clinton Foundation acting CEO Maura Pally in a blog post.
  • Marco Rubio, Scott Walker Trade Shots on Foreign Policy in Iowa

    04/26/2015 8:11:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/26/2015 | Brendan Bordelon
    Presidential hopefuls Marco Rubio and Scott Walker exchanged fire over foreign policy in Iowa on Saturday, hours before the two are scheduled to appear together at a Faith and Freedom Coalition summit outside of Des Moines. Speaking to The Des Moines Register editorial board on Saturday morning, Rubio said his seat on the Senate Foreign Relations and Intelligence committees lends him a distinct advantage on “the most crucial obligation the president faces, as commander in chief.” “Governors can certainly read about foreign policy, and take meetings and briefings with experts,” the Florida Republican said, “but there’s no way they’ll be...
  • UCSC Cantú Queer Center welcomes alums with reunion

    04/26/2015 8:04:23 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 5 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 04/25/15 | Calvin Men
    In the 25 years since queer students at UC Santa Cruz were given a space by university officials for a resource center, it has grown into a lively place with staff members, an extensive library and weekly programs. “For many of our older alums, there was never a queer center for them when they were undergrads,” said Deb Abbott, director for the center. “So this space is really meaningful.”
  • Ceremonies mark liberation of 2 Nazi camps 70 years ago

    04/26/2015 8:03:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 1 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 4/26/2015 | unknown
    Holocaust survivors and officials gathered Sunday at the memorial site of the former concentration camp Bergen-Belsen in northern Germany in a solemn ceremony to commemorate the liberation of the camp 70 years ago. The camp was liberated on April 15, 1945 by British soldiers who found more than 10,000 dead bodies when they entered the Nazi camp.
  • Ted Cruz Tells Iowa Evangelicals There Is 'No Room For Christians In Today's Democratic Party'

    04/26/2015 8:02:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 4/26/15 | Mark Hanrahan
    Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, told a gathering of conservative Republicans that there was “no room for Christians in today's Democratic party,” in a speech Saturday, according to reports.Speaking at the Faith and Freedom summit in Iowa, along with several other GOP 2016 hopefuls, Cruz said: “There is a liberal fascism that is dedicated to going after believing Christians who follow the biblical teaching on marriage," according to CNN.The Texas lawmaker told his audience that the issue of same-sex marriage had produced rabid zealotry in Democratic ranks. This ideology, he argued, was excluding people of faith, the Hill reported.Cruz's speech, and...
  • Will Christians be Fitted with Yellow Crosses?

    04/26/2015 7:59:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 26, 2015 | Matt Barber
    Amid the cross-country race to election 2016, the secular left’s utter disdain for both our Creator Christ and His faithful followers is fast approaching critical mass. Self-styled “progressives” – that is, America’s cultural Marxist agents of ruin – typically disguise their designs on despotism in the flowery and euphemistic language of “reproductive health,” “anti-discrimination” and “multiculturalism.” We see this Orwellian newspeak at play right now in Washington, D.C., where congressional Republicans endeavor to prevent, if only timorously, two unconstitutional pieces of legislation from taking effect. The first, the District of Columbia’s so-called “Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act,” would force pro-life groups,...
  • 2 U.S. agencies warn on imminent ISIS attack

    04/26/2015 7:54:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 4/26/2015 | unknown
    While the FBI investigates a possible ISIS terror attack on the basis of intercepted chatter and intelligence information, the TSA issued a classified warning that ISIS is planning an attack on U.S. soil. Little is known about the nature of the attack other than its imminence, which has prompted the TSA to deploy its new Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response teams, or VIPR, to various undisclosed locations. The VIPR teams include airports, train stations and other busy transportation hubs. One law enforcement source suggested parts of California were of special concern.
  • Secure Communities - Monthly Statistics through September 30, 2013 IDENT/IAFIS Interoperability

    04/26/2015 7:51:51 AM PDT · by BraveMan · 1 replies
    ICE ^ | U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement
    1. Executive Summary There were 44,124 alien IDENT matches in September 2013 compared to 47,512 alien IDENT matches in August 2013. In September 2013, SC observed 16,150 LESC Level 1 matches compared to 17,755 LESC Level 1 matches in August 2013. 6,513 aliens identified through use of IDENT/IAFIS interoperability were removed from the country in September 2013. Of these, 2,497 removals were Level 1 convicted criminal aliens. IDENT/IAFIS Interoperability Statistics Secure Communities Monthly Statistics through September 30, 2013. IDENT/IAFIS Interoperability Secure Communities’ use of IDENT/IAFIS interoperability produced over 44,124 alien IDENT matches in September of FY 2013 compared to over...
  • The War for/on Democracy

    04/26/2015 7:51:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 26, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    The United States of America is a republic, of course. Not a democracy. Yet, it is through democracy — that is, via democratic means — that we maintain the Republic and thus, maintain the bulwark protecting our freedom as individuals. Or not. “We the People” elect our representatives at the local, state and federal level, to serve our interests, and in 49 states (Delaware’s the weirdo) a majority of citizens must vote to approve any change to the foundational contract of that government: the state constitution. That’s wonderful, certainly, except that hardly anyone (that is, hardly anyone not on the...
  • Hillary on the brink of collapse

    04/26/2015 7:38:13 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 93 replies
    NY POST ^ | April 25, 2015 | Michael Goodwin
     passage from Ernest  Hemingway fits the moment. In “The Sun Also  Rises,” one character asks,  “How did you go bankrupt?” and another responds: “Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.” The exchange captures Hillary Clinton’s red alert. She’s been going politically bankrupt for a long time, and now faces the prospect of sudden collapse. If she’s got a winning defense, she better be quick about it. The ghosts of scandals past are gaining on her and time is not on her side. The compelling claims that she and Bill Clinton sold favors while she was secretary of state for tens of millions...
  • Bruce Jenner Thinks Christ Accepts His Sex Change

    04/26/2015 7:30:49 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 60 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 26, 2015 | JP
    “I’m a woman.” So said Bruce Jenner, during his coming out appearance this past Friday on a special two-hour edition of the ABC News program “20/20.” And that’s not the only shocking revelation Jenner confided to interviewer Diane Sawyer. “She” also claimed to be a Republican, a conservative and a Christian. Well, it’s conceivable that Jenner is a Republican. After all, there’s a LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) group that calls itself the Log Cabin Republicans. It’s also possible that Jenner is a “conservative.” Indeed, there have been any number of conservative lawmakers – including former Idaho Senator Larry...
  • On Earth Day—Kiss a Hunter

    04/26/2015 7:28:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 25, 2015 | Humberto Fontova
    The shriek sounded like a cockroach was spotted in the bathtub or a spider in the sink. But the second shriek convinced me it was something worse. I’d just been in the bathroom myself, and dutifully dumped my wet hunting clothes in the hamper. Then put my wet wallet contents under the hair dryer set on medium. The usual pre-front thunderstorm had caught me on my deerstand and soaked me good. But I was pretty sure I hadn’t carried in any creepy-crawlies attached to my hunting clothes. So what on earth…?“Three hundred and seventy- five dollars!” The words—even the syllables—comprising...
  • LA: Neighbor Shoots Burglary Suspect, Stops Crime Spree

    04/26/2015 7:25:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On 23 April, an alert neighbor stopped an ongoing crime spree by shooting a burglary suspect in the leg, allowing police to apprehend the suspect.   While the situation is still under investigation, it appears that the shooting was justified, given the facts reported.   From the Lake Charles Police Facebook page: Lake Charles Police responded to a prowler call in the 3700 block of Vanderbilt Street. While on the way to that call, Officers were advised that a shot was fired at the same location. When officers arrived, they discovered that a homeowner had encountered a subject running from a...
  • I Just Became A Granddad: This Crap Just Got Real! (Congrats)

    04/26/2015 7:17:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 26, 2015 | Doug Giles
    Last Thursday my wife and I welcomed our first grandbaby into the world. My oldest daughter Hannah (who leveled ACORN) and her husband Joe (who’s currently leveling other nefarious nuts) had a handsome little boy they’ve named, Hamish. Badass name, eh? Obviously, we were elated for Hannah and Joe and the thought that we get to have a new little life scooting around occasionally at our casa felt pretty cool to us as well. But truth be told, it also freaked me out a wee bit. So … what was perturbing to moi? Well, it was largely the realization that...
  • RUBIO-NEXT PRESIDENT-OF CUBA?

    04/26/2015 7:16:25 AM PDT · by DIRTYSECRET · 8 replies
    Just think of it. Walker or Cruz wins in 2016. Does Rubio run for Fla. Governor in 2018 in preparation for a WH run 10 years away? He would be unemployed just as the Castro brothers are ready to pass from the scene. A Rubio hovering above the scene would encourage a crash and burn changeover down there and we should hope for a violent turnover a la Mussolini, Ceauchescou, and Allende. Castro is not entitled to the dignity of a natural death. In 10 years the island nation would be ('post')modern.
  • “A corrupt, unresponsive and plutocratic disaster”: How Mitch McConnell and the GOP remade DC

    04/26/2015 7:16:06 AM PDT · by Mariner · 26 replies
    Salon ^ | 4/26/2015 | Elias Isquith
    Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is by most accounts an awkward, charmless politician who is motivated by little more than a ruthless desire to accrue power and win his next election. He has no set ideological principles (he was once a labor-friendly, pro-choice moderate, for example) and despite having been in Congress for some three decades, no legislation of real significance bears his name. To all appearances, he is exactly the kind of nakedly ambitious cipher that our society rewards but that we the people claim to hate. I would, generally speaking, rather write about someone else.
  • Russia jails three women over twerking video at WW2 memorial

    04/26/2015 7:11:54 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 33 replies
    bbc ^ | 4-26-2015
    The court in Novorossiysk gave two of the dancers 10 days in jail each, a third 15 days and two others received fines on charges of petty hooliganism. Prosecutors had said their "erotic and sexual twerk dance" was disrespectful to historic memory and unacceptable. Earlier this month, Russian officials closed a dance school after a similar dance video emerged on the internet. The latest incident involves six dancers - one of them a minor who was not convicted - who had posted a video on YouTube. "This incident of disrespect for the memory of war history is unacceptable and any...
  • Fighting escalates across Yemen, first air strikes on capital Sanaa

    04/26/2015 7:07:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    reuters ^ | Mohammed Mukhashaf and Mohammed Ghobari
    Air raids, naval shelling and ground fighting shook Yemen on Sunday in some of the most widespread combat since a Saudi-led alliance intervened last month against Iranian-allied Houthi militia who have seized wide areas of the country. There were at least five air strikes on military positions and an area near the presidential palace compound in the Houthi-held capital Sanaa at dawn on Sunday, while warships pounded an area near the port of the southern city of Aden, residents said. "The explosions were so big they shook the house, waking us and our kids up. Life has really become unbearable...
  • Money In Politics

    04/26/2015 7:07:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 26, 2015 | Derek Hunter
    You are going to hear a lot about money in politics in the coming year and a half. Not just the amounts of donations to various campaigns and Super PACs, but about the very concept of money in politics. It’s evil, they’ll say. It’s corrupting. But it’s not, not even a little. Hillary Clinton, laughably, made her call to limit “dark money” known long before the Clinton Foundation admitted it had to refile at least five years’ worth of taxes because of a failure to disclose millions in “donations.”But money is necessary for candidates to get out their message. Even...
  • Former Romney finance director courting challenger to Sen. Mike Lee

    04/26/2015 7:02:38 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    ksl.com ^ | 4/25/15 | Lisa Riley Roche
    SALT LAKE CITY — The man responsible for raising nearly $1 billion for Mitt Romney's last presidential race is trying to talk a Provo business executive into running against Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah. Spencer Zwick told KSL News he wants to see Alex Dunn, president of Vivint Inc., who worked on Romney's 2002 campaign for governor of Massachusetts and served on his gubernatorial staff, take on Lee in a GOP primary in 2016. "I am not out actively trying to find people to run against Mike Lee. This is specific to Alex Dunn. I hope Alex will consider getting in...
  • Bobby Jindal Wows Iowa Evangelicals

    04/26/2015 7:00:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/26/2015 | by BRENDAN BORDELON
    Bobby Jindal is barely breaking 2 percent in Iowa polls — but you’d never know it from the way he wowed the crowd at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition summit on Saturday. The Republican governor from Louisiana is one of nine presidential hopefuls speaking at the Des Moines-area confab, which gathers evangelical Christians together to judge the GOP candidates’ social conservative bona fides. Freshman senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, the first candidates to speak, were both well received by the Iowan audience. Former Texas governor Rick Perry was next, though he didn’t exactly capture the same enthusiasm. But...
  • New Jersey woman killed by avalanche on Mount Everest after Nepal earthquake

    04/26/2015 6:59:43 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | Joel Landau
    She was from Edison and previously worked at the East Orange General Hospital. Girawong was part of a group that had trained at the lower Khumbu glacier before climbing the mountain. Her last post on Facebook was about the snow on Everestt a few hours before she died. "Day 28 on this arduous journey , snow is falling & my food cravings are at an all time high...Is a crunchy spicy tuna roll with eel sauce too much to ask for?" she posted.
  • The King of Love My Shepherd Is – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter

    04/26/2015 6:57:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-25-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The King of Love My Shepherd Is – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter By: Msgr. Charles PopeOn this fourth Sunday of Easter we turn a corner of sorts. Up until now we have been reading of the resurrection appearances themselves. Today we begin to see how the risen Lord ministers to us as the Good Shepherd. In effect, the Lord gives us four basic pictures or teachings of how, as the King of Love, He shepherds us. Here, then, are four portraits of His love:I. Passionate love – Jesus says, I am the Good Shepherd, a...
  • Charity watchdog: Clinton Foundation a ‘slush fund’

    04/26/2015 6:57:04 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/26/15 | By Isabel Vincent
    Charity watchdog: Clinton Foundation a ‘slush fund’ By Isabel Vincent The Clinton Foundation’s finances are so messy that the nation’s most influential charity watchdog put it on its “watch list” of problematic nonprofits last month. The Clinton family’s mega-charity took in more than $140 million in grants and pledges in 2013 but spent just $9 million on direct aid. The group spent the bulk of its windfall on administration, travel, and salaries and bonuses, with the fattest payouts going to family friends.
  • Santorum Falls Flat with Iowa Evangelicals, Despite 2012 Caucus WIn

    04/26/2015 6:56:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/26/2015 | by BRENDAN BORDELON
    Rick Santorum was the returning champion at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition forum on Saturday. But inside Waukee, Iowa’s Point of Grace Church, it certainly didn’t feel like it. After his upset victory in the 2012 Iowa caucus – driven largely by the state’s powerful evangelical voting bloc – many expected the former Pennsylvania senator to be welcomed back with open arms. But compared to the other eight Republican candidates present at the Des Moines-area conference, Santorum’s speech fell strangely flat. The audience didn’t clap much, and when they did it was usually polite and perfunctory. Lines that felt...
  • Those Annoying, Stunningly Stupid Warning Labels

    04/26/2015 6:54:41 AM PDT · by PROCON · 24 replies
    spectator.org ^ | April 24, 2015 | Gerald D. Skoning
    Legal clutter from our litigious society. It’s everywhere. The legalese. The lawyers’ gobbledygook. The hocus‑pocus and mumbo‑jumbo from a generation dominated by the legal profession. It’s the fallout from our litigious society. The warning labels and messages are everywhere: on ladders, cigarettes, and lawnmowers, on prescription drugs and alcoholic beverages. Most of these warnings are expected. We hardly recognize them any more. We’ve become jaded and mesmerized by them. Manufacturers go to laughable lengths to protect their customers from harm, bombarding them with ridiculous warning labels or stunningly obvious explanations of how their products work. Why else would a...
  • 3 Important Church Trends in the Next 10 Years: Christianity in the USA may look very different

    04/26/2015 6:53:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 04/24/2015 | Ed Stetzer
    As someone who both cares about the mission of the church and leads a research organization, I watch the trends in the church and the culture. Occasionally, someone asks me to share some thoughts on the big picture, in the case of the North American context, questions related to "streams" of Protestantism. Based on research, statistics, extrapolation, and (I hope) some insight, I notice 3 important trends continuing in the next 10 years. Trend #1: The Hemorrhaging of Mainline Protestantism This trend is hardly news—mainliners will tell you of this hemorrhaging and of their efforts to reverse it. Mainline Protestantism...
  • Olbermann Will Boycott NFL Draft, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Fight Because Of Abuse Charges

    04/26/2015 6:39:57 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 31 replies
    Sports Grid ^ | April 25th, 2015 | Henry McKenna
    ESPN’s Keith Olbermann wants the United States to address its issues with rape and domestic abuse. And whether the sporting world knows it or not, fans are given the opportunity to do just that during the 2015 NFL Draft and the upcoming Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fight. Jameis Winston is dealing with allegations of sexual assault and Mayweather has five instances of domestic abuse on his criminal record. Yet, Winston is looking like a lock at the No. 1-overall pick, and Mayweather continues to box in the arguably highest profile event in the history of boxing.
  • The Culture War Isn't About You

    04/26/2015 6:35:52 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 4 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 4/26/15 | Steve Berman
    In all the daily conflict we see between progressive liberal activists, secular humanists, atheists, gay activists, and radical Muslims versus Christians—I am speaking to Christians—as followers of Christ, we must always be mindful of our marching orders, and from whom those marching orders come. Do not rejoice at our victories, and do not despair at our defeats.  The culture war isn't about you anyway. It’s about the souls of those who are perishing. Persecution in all forms will come to us as Christians.  Jesus said it would happen. Speaking to His disciples, Jesus said in John 16:32, “A time is...
  • March for Marriage' Looks to Rally Support for Traditional Marriage Ahead of Supreme Court Arguments

    04/26/2015 6:30:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/25/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    Supporters of traditional marriage will participate in the third annual "March for Marriage" on Saturday, three days before th U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on gay marriage. The Washington, D.C.-based National Organization for Marriage is organizing the event. "The 2015 March for Marriage is our last, best opportunity to reach the U.S. Supreme Court before they decide whether marriage as it has existed throughout our history is unconstitutional," reads the event's website. Attendees will first gather at the National Mall on Saturday morning and then after hearing from assorted speakers will march towards the Supreme Court building off First...
  • Time for an independent audit of the Clinton Foundation, says … Common Cause

    04/26/2015 6:26:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/26/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Will the Left circle its wagons around the Clintons, or ride off into the sunset without them? The Clinton Foundation announced this week that they would conduct a voluntary internal audit after the exposure of their failure to properly declare millions of dollars from foreign governments to the IRS. A leading progressive group, Common Cause, says that’s not good enough (via Instapundit and the Washington Examiner): Citing concerns about potential conflicts of interest and the influence of hidden overseas donors, Common Cause called on presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Clinton Foundation today to commission an independent and...
  • We’re going to “shut down Baltimore”

    04/26/2015 6:24:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/26/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    We still don’t know what happened to Freddie Gray in Baltimore earlier this month, aside from the general agreement that he died in police custody with a nearly severed spine. The city’s leaders have been out in front of this, delivering information to the public as it comes in and investigating every aspect of the incident. There is clearly the possibility that there was police misconduct – or at least negligence in prompt medical care and safety precautions – going on, but the facts are still being gathered. Following yet another press conference where the mayor and the police...
  • Charity watchdog dubs Clinton Foundation a ‘slush fund’ (on watch list of problem n/p))

    04/26/2015 6:22:47 AM PDT · by Liz · 39 replies
    NYPOST.COM ^ | 4/26/15 | Isabel Vincent
    The Clintons took in more than $140M in 2013 but spent just $9M on direct aid.....the bulk spent on travel, salaries and bonuses, with fat payouts going to family and friends. On 2013 tax forms, most recent available, they claim $30 million on payroll/employee benefits; $8.7 million in rent/office expenses; $9.2 million on “conferences, conventions and meetings”; $8 million on fund-raising; and nearly $8.5 million on travel. Significantly, none of the Clintons are listed on the payroll, except for first-class flights paid for by the Foundation. The tax-exempt came under fire following reports that then-Secy of State Hillary Clinton allowed...
  • Open Letter to SFF fans

    04/26/2015 6:21:19 AM PDT · by Salgak · 3 replies
    Unknown | 4/26/2014 | Unknown
    And all members of Worldcon get the Hugo Voters package, soft copies of the nominated works. Read them, and make your own decisions on the best SF and Fantasy of 2014. https://sasquan.swoc.us/sasquan/reg.php
  • War Zone: Baltimore Erupts Into Violence, Chaos as #BlackLivesMatter Riots Rage

    04/26/2015 6:09:23 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 71 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 4/25/2015
    Racial protests supposed to be peaceful quickly turned into violent riots on Saturday evening, closing down the city of Baltimore for some time—and creating a panic for thousands of people as just 50 miles away elites in Washington partied with President Barack Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Personally, I wasn’t supposed to be on the job tonight as a reporter. After a long news week and as several of my contemporaries lived high on the hog down in D.C. at the so-called “Nerd Prom,” me and my brother left D.C. to go see our Boston Red Sox play...
  • Heavyweight Boxing: Wladimir Klitschko shows he’s slowing down in victory over Bryant Jennings

    04/26/2015 6:04:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 04/26/2015
    <p>Not much was expected from Bryant Jennings in Saturday’s heavyweight title fight with Wladimir Klitschko at Madison Square Garden.</p> <p>Klitschko’s advantages in height (three inches, at least) and weight (more than 20lb) were foreboding enough, but nothing compared to the gulf in experience. The 39-year-old from Ukraine had more successful title defenses than Jennings had pro fights. The oddsmakers had made the upstart from North Philadelphia as a 10-1 underdog in Klitschko’s first fight on US soil since 2008.</p>
  • Scott Walker in Iowa: States should be allowed to ban same-sex marriages

    04/26/2015 6:04:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    The Cap Times, Madison ^ | April 26, 2015 | Jessie Opoien
    WAUKEE, Iowa — When Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took the stage at 9:30 p.m. Saturday night, the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition's spring summit was an hour behind schedule. He promised the crowd of more than 1,000 at the evangelical Point of Grace Church he would keep his remarks brief so everyone could get home, get to bed and get up for church in the morning. He'd be doing just that, he added, back home in Wauwatosa. Wearing a suit — with no mention of whether it was from Kohl's — and pacing the stage, Walker was at ease, peppering...
  • Nepal earthquake: Rescue effort intensifies

    04/26/2015 5:58:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    BBC News ^ | April 26, 2015
    Relief efforts in Nepal are intensifying after more than 2,000 people were killed in the worst earthquake there in more than 80 years. Rescue missions and aid material have started arriving in the country. Seventeen people have been killed on Mount Everest by avalanches - the mountain's worst-ever disaster. Meanwhile a powerful aftershock was felt on Sunday in Nepal, India and Bangladesh, and more avalanches were reported near Everest. The 6.7-magnitude tremor, centred 60km (40 miles) east of Nepal's capital Kathmandu, sent people running in panic for open ground in the city. As military helicopters hovered over Kathmandu and ferried...
  • If Obama apologized for 1 civilian drone victim every day, it would take him 3 years

    04/26/2015 5:57:33 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 8 replies
    Global Post ^ | 4-24-2015 | Allison Jackson
    This week, President Obama expressed regret for two western hostages held by Al Qaeda and accidentally killed in an "anti-terrorist operation." The deaths of these two men — American consultant Warren Weinstein and Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto, both of whom had been held by Al Qaeda for several years — were indeed tragic. It would be bad enough if they were the only innocent victims killed by the US in the "War on Terror." But they aren’t. Over a thousand civilians — including dozens of Westerners — are among the thousands of people who have died in US...