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  • Catholic Word of the Day: NATURAL VIRTUE, 08-30-14

    08/30/2014 11:33:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-30-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:NATURAL VIRTUE A good moral habit whose principles, object, and purpose are natural to the human person. This means any virtue whose existence in knowable by the light of natural reason and whose practice is possible (at least for a time) without the help of supernatural grace. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Battery Economics The story of Elon Musk and GM’s race to build the first mass-market electric car

    08/30/2014 11:30:35 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 4 replies
    One of the hottest clashes in technology pits two pathmakers in the new era of electric cars—Tesla and General Motors. Both are developing pure electrics that cost roughly $35,000, travel 200 miles on a single charge, and appeal to the mass luxury market. The stakes are enormous. Most electrics have less than 100 miles of range. Experts regard 200 miles as a tipping point, enough to cure many potential electric-car buyers of “range anxiety,” the fear of being stranded when their battery expires. If GM and Tesla crack this, sales of individual electrics could jump from 2,000 or 3,000 vehicles...
  • Saturday Summary August 30, 2014

    08/30/2014 11:25:06 AM PDT · by Excellence · 2 replies
    Weatherbell Analytics ^ | August 30, 2014 | Joe Bastardi
    WARNING! Joe sings in last part of video. Be prepared! Genuine North American monsoon in the Gulf of Mexico. Very little tropical activity. Some potential tropical activity off the north coast of south America. Another, larger, potential off the west coast of Africa. 1-15 outlook for US, and a variety of forecasts for fall.
  • Weep for slaughtered Christians, not for dialogue with Islam

    08/30/2014 11:23:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Catholic Culture.org ^ | August 29, 2014 | By Phil Lawler
    Weep for slaughtered Christians, not for dialogue with Islam By Phil Lawler | Aug 29, 2014 Faced with the savage violence of the Islamic State (ISIS), Christians can be tempted toward two unhelpful emotional reactions. On one extreme is the thirst for vengeance. If Muslims extremists kill innocent Christians, intemperate voices suggest that we should kill innocent Muslims. Then we, too, would be terrorists. I trust that rational readers recognize the problem here.But at the other extreme is another irrational urge: the desire to overlook the violence, an inclination toward the mawkish hope that we might “just all be friends.”...
  • Glenn Cornick, Original Jethro Tull Bassist, Dead at 67

    08/30/2014 11:23:12 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | August 30, 2014 | Daniel Kreps
    Glenn Cornick, the original bassist for Jethro Tull, passed away August 29 at his home in Hilo, Hawaii. He was 67. Billboard reports that Cornick died of congestive heart failure and had been receiving hospice care recently. Cornick was a founding member of Jethro Tull, appearing on their first three albums before departing the group in 1970.
  • New York’s new gun laws returning unexpected results

    08/30/2014 11:19:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/30/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Genevieve Wood of the Heritage Foundation reports on a piece of news about the Empire State which came as a surprise even to me. (And it’s a subject near and dear to my heart, particularly in recent months, but more on that below.) If you had to guess which state in the US has the largest single chapter membership for the National Rifle Association and it’s associated groups, what would you say? Texas? Georgia? Good guesses, but actually it’s New York. (See update below) In just one year, the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association saw its membership...
  • Rep. Peter King on ISIS crisis in America (MUST SEE)

    08/30/2014 11:12:19 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 30, 2014
    See video: Rep. Peter King on ISIS crisis in America
  • Colorado's Pot Brownies Now Come With Instructions (Can Lawyers be Far Behind?)

    08/30/2014 11:11:16 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 10 replies
    NPR ^ | 08/26/2014 | LUKE RUNYON
    --snip-- Some eager, inexperienced consumers have overindulged on the pot-infused food and then shown up in emergency rooms sweating and paranoid. Edibles were linked to the death of a Wyoming college student in Denver. "There's been anecdotal evidence that some of the new consumers in the legalized market were not very well informed in terms of how to safely take that product," said Lewis Koski, Colorado's marijuana enforcement director.
  • Easy Meat (Multiculturalism, Islam and Child Sex Slavery - pdf for entire book)

    08/30/2014 11:08:57 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 1 replies
    lawandfreedomfoundation.org/ ^ | March 2014 | Peter McLoughlin
    Many girls are terrified and with reason... a girl had her tongue nailed to the table when she threatened to tell. – former government advisor, Daily Mail, 2008 The sexual abuse of children takes different social forms: from sporadic child abductions, to organised child pornography rings, to abuse by parents or care-home staff. All of it is awful, and none of it should be ignored. The phenomenon of gangs of men who loiter with impunity around schoolgirls, luring them into a life of addiction and prostitution is a distinct category of child sexual abuse, but a category that the authorities...
  • On the dismissal of the Chris McDaniel challenge in Mississippi

    08/30/2014 11:06:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/30/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    The news came out yesterday afternoon that yet another blow had been dealt to Chris McDaniel’s ongoing challenge to his runoff election against Thad Cochran. The ruling seemed to bear very little – if any – relevance to questions about voting improprieties at the ballot box, and everything to do with some paperwork. A Mississippi judge has tossed out state Sen. Chris McDaniel’s challenge to that state’s June 24 GOP primary runoff results, ending another chapter in one of the most bitterly contested U.S. Senate primaries in recent memory and bringing longtime Sen. Thad Cochran one step closer to...
  • Militarization of Police II

    08/30/2014 11:03:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Jack Kerwick
    There’s a notion, popular among self-avowed “libertarians,” that among the largest threats facing our nation is that of “the militarization” of the police. This idea has been expressed quite a bit as of late, particularly in the wake of the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. In a recent article of mine, I argued against it. I am profoundly sympathetic to libertarianism. Indeed, I consider myself a libertarian of a sort, a conservative libertarian, as it were, a libertarian who recognizes the need to emancipate libertarianism from the abstract, rationalistic excesses with which it is all too...
  • ‘What Were You Thinking?’: Little Boy’s Priceless Reaction to the News That His Mom Is Pregnant

    08/30/2014 11:02:50 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 10 replies
    BLAZE ^ | August 30, 2014 | Mike Opelka
    A mom telling her two children she was pregnant drew an unexpected reaction: rather than being excited about being a big brother again, the little boy burst out, “What were you thinking?” and “You just had two! This is exasperating.”
  • Russia Says It Will Respond To NATO Troop Rotations In East

    08/30/2014 11:00:42 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL ^ | August 27, 2014 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL
    Moscow says it will take steps to respond if NATO begins regular troop rotations in the easternmost NATO-member countries. Russia's permanent mission to NATO said via Twitter on August 27 that Russia's reaction would be "with a view to ensure its security." The remarks come after NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced the troop rotations for NATO's eastern members in an interview published on August 26 by Britain's "The Guardian" newspaper. Rasmussen said the troops rotations would be carried out at "very high frequency" so that "any potential aggressor" would know an attack on the NATO host country would...
  • A photo showing John McCain with ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi (Video included

    08/30/2014 10:58:35 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 11 replies
    YouTube via Investment Watch ^ | August 25, 2014 | Staff
    Syrian Emergency Task Force... Voice of Mouaz Moustafa, Executive Director, Syrian Emergency Task Force
  • Minds in the Dumps

    08/30/2014 10:57:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Charles Payne
    “We don’t want to put the cart before the horse.”- President ObamaOur Commander-in-Chief explaining that there is no current plan for dealing with the terror group, ISIS, beyond our containment efforts is the kind of thing that hurts the overall mood of the nation. But is disappointment with our elected leaders and slow recovery enough to explain why Americans are so glum? We are really down in the dumps, and it’s not just the fact summer is almost over.The market is rocking, housing is coming back, and unemployment is plunging… those are common headlines from the New York Times and political...
  • Tax forms could pose challenge for HealthCare.gov

    08/30/2014 10:55:08 AM PDT · by matt04 · 3 replies
    If you got health coverage through President Barack Obama's law this year, you'll need a new form from your insurance exchange before you can file your tax return next spring. Some tax professionals are worried that federal and state insurance marketplaces won't be able to get those forms out in time, creating the risk of delayed tax refunds for millions of consumers. The same federal agency that had trouble launching HealthCare.gov last fall is facing the heaviest lift. The Health and Human Services Department must send out millions of the forms, which are like W-2s for people getting tax credits...
  • Gang comment led to two Santa Ana shootings, prosecutor says

    08/30/2014 10:51:48 AM PDT · by Pelham · 11 replies
    OC Register ^ | Aug. 29, 2014 | ERIC HARTLEY
    A court hearing provided new details of the killing of Nancy Hammour, a 28-year-old woman whose body was found under a bridge in Newport Beach. The prosecutor said Irvin Tellez killed Hammour as the two rode in a car because she started screaming after seeing him shoot a woman in the face. Tellez could face life in prison without possibility of parole if he’s convicted and a jury finds the murder was committed for the benefit of a gang. Deputy District Attorney Jim Mendelson said the violence started shortly after midnight Sept. 2, 2013, when Jaime Rocha pulled to the...
  • US Consumer Spending Unexpectedly Dips; Zero for 79

    08/30/2014 10:46:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Mainstream media headlines in the last two days offer an amusing look at GDP forecasts. GDP Stronger Than Expected Yesterday, the Financial Times reported US Rebound Stronger than First Thought. The US economyÂ’s second quarter bounce was stronger than previously thought, with the official annualised growth estimate increased from 4 per cent to 4.2 per cent. The revision is more evidence of robust underlying growth in the worldÂ’s biggest economy as it swung back from a weather affected 2.1 per cent fall in the first quarter."Economic Pilot in Reverse" Today, the Wall Street Journal reported U.S. Consumer Spending Declines 0.1%...
  • Seven NATO allies to create new rapid reaction force-report

    08/30/2014 10:44:23 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Aug 29, 2014 4:41pm EDT | Reuters
    Aug 29 (Reuters) - Seven NATO allies plan to create a new rapid reaction force of at least 10,000 soldiers as part of plans to boost NATO defences in response to Russia's intervention in Ukraine, the Financial Times reported on Friday.
  • Kurdish Forces Control Iraq-Syria Border Town [Cut Off ISIS Movement Back Into Syria]

    08/30/2014 10:43:18 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 30.08.2014 | Mewan Dolamari
    Kurdish Peshmerga force in Rabia a town on the Iraqi-Syria border News / Kurdistan Kurdish Forces Control Iraq-Syria Border Town 30.08.2014  Mewan Dolamari BasNews, Erbil   Kurdish Peshmerga forces, with the help of US military planes, have taken complete control of Rabia, a town located on the Iraq – Syria border.   On Saturday, a Kurdish military source told BasNews correspondent in Rabia that the Peshmerga  now control the strategically important area, holding the border between Iraq and Syria.   “Now, Rabia is totally under the control of Peshmerga forces and the advances of Islamic State (IS) militants from...
  • Putin says Russia must strengthen its economic, military position in Arctic

    08/30/2014 10:40:04 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Aug 29, 2014 7:11am EDT | Reuters
    Aug 29 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Moscow had to strengthen its position, economically and militarily, in the resource rich Arctic region, where other countries are vying for influence.
  • Technical Hiring Managers - resume advice

    08/30/2014 10:33:11 AM PDT · by chrisser · 46 replies
    Hoping to get some advice from FReepers who are hiring managers for tech positions - specifically system/network admins. I've been in the field for almost 25 years. Been consistently employed with a consistently rising salary. Now mid 40s and currently employed. But I would like to relocate to another city where we own property. I don't know anyone there other than our neighbors who are either retired, farmers, or both. The area I'm looking at is Parkersburg WV. Not exactly a mecca of tech positions, but a few pop up occasionally on the job boards. I've been sending out resumes...
  • Obama’s Moment to Seize the Day in Iraq

    08/30/2014 10:32:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Raymond Tanter
    Reports President Obama authorized surveillance flights over Syria suggest he is beginning to seize the moment given to him by the horrific execution of American journalist, James Foley. If he authorizes airstrikes into Syria against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), even over the horizon from Iraq, it could reinforce the “moderate” Free Syrian Army against both ISIS and Assad. Even if such strikes also helped Assad against ISIS, they would be worth the effort. Interests If the surveillance over Syria indicates the President if abandoning his strategy of defensive containment and going on the offensive with a...
  • Exclusive: Over 100 Russian soldiers killed in single Ukraine battle - Russian rights activists

    08/30/2014 10:29:38 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:11pm EDT | Thomas Grove
    (Reuters) - More than 100 Russian soldiers were killed in eastern Ukraine in a single battle this month while helping pro-Russian separatists fight Ukrainian troops, two members of the Russian presidential human rights council said on Thursday, citing accounts from eyewitnesses and relatives of the dead.
  • Russia denies its aircraft violated Finland's airspace: reports

    08/30/2014 10:25:31 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Aug 24, 2014 8:02am EDT | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Russia's defense ministry has denied that a Russian aircraft entered Finnish airspace, local media quoted the ministry as saying on Sunday. Finland's defense ministry said a day ago it suspected a Russian state aircraft briefly entered its airspace over the Gulf of Finland without permission on Saturday afternoon.
  • 'Stamp Out This Disease': Kerry Calls on the World to Help Defeat ISIS [Crybaby's Help?]

    08/30/2014 10:25:15 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 25 replies
    NBCNews ^ | August 30, 2014
    'Stamp Out This Disease': Kerry Calls on the World to Help Defeat ISIS Secretary of State John Kerry is calling for a "much fuller response" to fight against brutal Islamist militants in Iraq, and suggested that "airstrikes alone won't defeat this enemy." Kerry — in an op-ed published in The New York Times on Friday — wrote that the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) isn't satisfied wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq, and "poses a threat well beyond that region" that could include strikes in the U.S. as well as "anywhere they could manage to travel undetected."
  • Venezuelans Don't Like The Idea Of Being Fingerprinted Just To Buy Groceries

    08/30/2014 10:20:43 AM PDT · by blam · 20 replies
    BI - Reuters ^ | 8-30-2014 | Alexandra Ulmer
    Alexandra Ulmer, Reuters August 29, 2014 CARACAS (Reuters) - A government plan to combat Venezuela's food shortages by fingerprinting shoppers in grocery stores has sparked a backlash ranging from violent street protests to social media campaigns ridiculing the idea. Shoppers have for more than a year struggled to find basic goods including cooking oil, powdered milk and corn flour as well as detergent, shampoo and diapers. Apart from a short supply of dollars for imports, the shortages have been blamed on heavy subsidies that allow shoppers to stock up on staples and resell them in neighboring Colombia or on the...
  • A Half-Trillion Dollar Budget Deficit

    08/30/2014 10:20:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration continues to run up big budget deficits and huge long-term debts that threaten our economic future and put our national security in peril. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released new numbers this week, projecting that this year's budget deficit alone will be half a trillion dollars more than the U.S. Treasury takes in each year. That's far less than the string of record-breaking trillion dollar-plus budget deficits in President Obama's first term -- in some part due to the automatic sequestration budget cuts that Republicans forced on the administration. But deficits of that size continue...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    08/30/2014 10:20:11 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 3 replies
    August 30, 2014 | Irish Rose
    May all the kings of the earth praise you, O LORD, when they hear the words of your mouth. May they sing of the ways of the LORD, for the glory of the LORD is great. Though the LORD is on high, he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he knows from afar. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me. The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever –...
  • Polish president warns Germany of Putin's 'empire' ambitions

    08/30/2014 10:17:08 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Reuters ^ | Sat Aug 30, 2014 6:36am EDT | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Polish President Bronis law Komorowski said that Vladimir Putin is trying to build a new Russian empire for Moscow and that the region now had to choose whether it wanted "a Cossack Europe or a democratic one".
  • CIA Now Admits That President Obama Is A Radical Islamic Enemy of America

    08/30/2014 10:13:39 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 30 replies
    The Examiner ^ | August 30, 2014 | Vicky Nissen
    CIA Now Admits That President Obama Is A Radical Islamic Enemy of America Vicky Nissen August 28, 2014 It’s an explosive charge, one that practically accuses the president of treason. If you want to receive further articles, please click on SUBSCRIBE. Today, a former CIA agent bluntly told the newspaper, World Net Daily, that America has switched sides in the war on terror under President Obama. Clare Lopez was willing to say what a few members of Congress have said in private, but declined to say on-the-record. Clare M. Lopez is the Vice President for Research and Analysis at the...
  • Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, special meeting of European Council

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Today you will be making an important appointment, that of the new High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Whoever is chosen for the post, this is a good opportunity to pause for a moment and think about our Neighbourhood Policy and the role the EU should be seeking to play at a time and in a world characterised by uncertainty and confusion. Wars are being waged in our immediate neighbourhood, states are collapsing and civilians are fleeing as best they can from the most terrible atrocities. We are faced with highly...
  • Most Americans are Financially Illiterate: Only 34% can answer these three basic questions correctly

    08/30/2014 10:09:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Townhall ^ | 08/29/2014 | Mark Skousen
    “The college educated are more likely to own stocks and less prone to use high-cost borrowing.” — Journal of Economic Literature Financial literacy is important, but sadly, only a handful of states require students to take personal finance or an investment course. I earned a Ph. D. in economics and never took a class in accounting, business or personal finance! How bad is financial education in this country? In 2008, two economists came up with three simple questions to test the financial knowledge of citizens 55 years or older. See how well you do: 1. Suppose you had $100 in...
  • Potentially Explosive – On Scene Evidence

    08/30/2014 10:08:33 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 13 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 8-30-14 | sundance
    Initially we thought the item identified at the base of the drivers door was brass shell casings as a consequence of Officer Darren Wilson discharging his firearm while under assault by Mike Brown. (click to enlarge)
  • Central African Republic: A History of Violence, But Now a Chance For Peace

    08/30/2014 10:05:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Stephen Smoot
    With little Western fanfare, outside of a US State Department press release, the Central African Republic late last month established a new transitional government. Spokesman Jen Psaki stated that the US calls “on all members of this newly appointed government to move forward quickly with the democratic process.” She also urged that the process be based on a “broad based national consultation.” Well meaning Washington phrases echo very softly in a land half a word away hardened by generations of violence. Conflict has almost always reigned here. Much of the African diaspora started with these unhappy people. Arab traders from...
  • Bloomberg group donates $1M to gun initiative

    08/30/2014 10:05:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    koin.com ^ | 8/29/2014 | unknown
    Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen also recently donated to Initiative 594 campaign
  • UKRAINE Mariupol: More than a thousand lined in HUMAN CHAIN [Can NON-VIOLENT PROTEST STILL WORK?]

    Residents in the district of Mariupol East evening of August 30 lined up in a human chain The action involves more than one thousand. Persons, their number is growing, reports 0629 . Human chain comes to the checkpoint from the captured Russian troops Novoazovsk. Many brought with them the symbols of Ukraine, some protesters dressed in embroidered. Residents stood shoulder to shoulder in a line. It stretched for several kilometers. Thus Mariupol oppose military action in the city and hope to stop the Russian tanks. "We are for peace. We want to live in Ukraine. We do not want war,"...
  • The Meltdown [The Most Incisive Analysis of The Obama Presidency!]

    08/30/2014 9:39:36 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 49 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | September 01, 2014 | Bret Stephens
    The Meltdown 09.01.14 Bret Stephens In July, after Germany trounced Brazil 7–1 in the semifinal match of the World Cup—including a first-half stretch in which the Brazilian soccer squad gave up an astonishing five goals in 19 minutes—a sports commentator wrote: “This was not a team losing. It was a dream dying.” These words could equally describe what has become of Barack Obama’s foreign policy since his second inauguration. The president, according to the infatuated view of his political aides and media flatterers, was supposed to be playing o jogo bonito, the beautiful game—ending wars, pressing resets, pursuing pivots, and...
  • Appeals Court authorizes its judges to carry concealed weapons

    08/30/2014 9:35:04 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 21 replies
    AthensOhioToday.com ^ | 08/30/2014 | Steve Robb
    The 4th District Court of Appeals has issued an order authorizing its judges to carry concealed weapons as a security measure. Fourth District Judge Marie Hoover said the order — which applies to just the 4th District Court — was not prompted by any particular incident, but that threats have been made over the years. “As a court, we’ve all agreed it is necessary,” she said.
  • UKRAINE: [NSDC] The advent Russian troops in direction of Novoazovsk - Mariupol SLOWED [PRAISE GOD]

    ATU forces keep busy position, reported in the National Security Council Council of National Security and Defense claims that the Ukrainian military confidently hold positions in the occupied zone of antiterrorist operation As reported by the National Security Council, on the direction Novoazovsk - Mariupol attack Russian troops bogged down. In Mariupol established and operational headquarters of the Territorial Defence. The Security Council stressed that on August 30, the Russians made another attempt to spread false information about the situation in the zone of the ATO. "In particular, in the first report said that the terrorists allegedly broke through...
  • War in Europe

    08/30/2014 9:30:24 AM PDT · by No One Special · 3 replies
    Slate ^ | August 29, 2014 | Anne Applebaum
    Putin has invaded Ukraine. Is it hysterical to prepare for total war with Russia? Or is it naive not to? WARSAW, Poland—Over and over again—throughout the entirety of my adult life, or so it feels—I have been shown Polish photographs from the beautiful summer of 1939: The children playing in the sunshine, the fashionable women on Krakow streets. I have even seen a picture of a family wedding that took place in June 1939, in the garden of a Polish country house I now own. All of these pictures convey a sense of doom, for we know what happened next....
  • 'Truthy' Grant Recipient Denies Database Will Track 'Hate Speech' Despite Support for

    08/30/2014 9:27:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 8/28/2014 | Katherine Rodriguez
    So, the Indiana University professor who got the grant to create the "Truthy" database denies reports that it's going to track "hate speech." Though, a look into his background suggests he's a big fan of organizations that throw the term around liberally. The Washington Free Beacon wrote a piece earlier this week on how the federal government gave $1 million to track "hate speech" and "misinformation":
  • Iraq begins major operation to free jihadist-besieged town

    08/30/2014 9:21:35 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    Iraqi security forces, Shiite militiamen and Kurdish fighters launched a major operation today to break the more than two-month jihadist siege of a Shi'ite Turkmen-majority town, officials said. The operation has been in the works for days, with Iraqi aircraft carrying out strikes and forces massing for the drive toward Amerli, which has been besieged since militants led by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group launched a major offensive in June. Residents face major shortages of food and water, and are in danger both because of their Shiite faith, which jihadists consider heresy, and their resistance to the militants, which...
  • A failed journey: Central American migrants turned back before US border

    08/30/2014 9:11:48 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 27 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | AUGUST 30, 2014 | Seth Robbins
    SAN SALVADOR — When 5-year-old Georgina first saw her older brother and cousin descend from the bus that brought them back from Mexico, she let out a joyful scream. But her aunt sobbed and her mother couldn’t bear to look. For them, the return of Ismael and Abraham – after just eight days en route to the United States – marked a quick and painful defeat for their family. They had mortgaged their home to pay $8,000 for a coyote to smuggle the cousins to the US. The teens left El Salvador after gangs had repeatedly threatened them with forced...
  • Episodelet 55.1: The gang talks with Shaneen Allen

    08/30/2014 9:08:49 AM PDT · by RandallFlagg · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | 8-26-14 | WeLikeShootingVideos
    This is a firearms podcast that I listen to. They actually were able to have a short interview with Shaneen Allen -a single Mother who's being railroaded by the New Jersey DA and a judge. WeLikeShooting interview
  • Race-Baiting CNN Falls For Another Trayvonesque Hoax

    08/30/2014 9:06:43 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 29, 2014 | Editorial
    Media Activism: Desperate to frame the shooting death of Michael Brown in racial terms, CNN has bitten hard on what appears to be faked evidence. The network did the same thing during the Trayvon Martin case. A sketchy audiotape CNN breathlessly claimed could be a game changer in the shooting turns out to be as credible as the bogus audio it hyped of George Zimmerman muttering a racial slur.The network spent the better part of last week pushing the "exclusive" story that a tape it obtained records Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson firing 10 shots at Brown in two volleys.
  • Woo hoo!! The end is near!! Less than $4.5k to go!! We can do this. [FReepathon Thread XLVI]

    08/30/2014 9:06:22 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 48 replies
    Dear FRiends, Woo hoo!! The goal! is within reach! Less than $4.5k to go!! We should have this FReepathon wrapped up very soon. If you enjoy using FR and find it worthwhile and would like to help us keep it going, please consider making your donation today. Thank you all very much!! FR is funded solely by contributions made by liberty loving people like you who enjoy and use it. We are beholden to no political party, no advertisers, no sugar daddies, no corporate string pullers, no government subsidies, no outside influences. We are user-funded, fiercely independent and enjoy our...
  • New Obama plan calls for implanted computer chips to help U.S. troops heal

    08/30/2014 8:57:51 AM PDT · by 444Flyer · 37 replies
    The Washington Post.com ^ | 8-27-14 | Dan Lamothe
    <p>When President Obama on Tuesday highlighted 19 executive actions he says he is taking to improve the mental health of U.S. troops and veterans, one of them centered on a particularly novel effort: The development of new computer chips designed to modulate the nervous system to help with everything from arthritis to post-traumatic stress.</p>
  • What Could Terrorists Do to Vegas?

    08/30/2014 8:55:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 54 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 8/29/2014 | James Jay Carafano
    Indeed, since 9/11, the U.S. has never been out of the crosshairs of Islamist terrorists. At least 60 of their plots against the U.S. homeland have been thwarted over the last 13 years. ISIS has at least as much resources as al-Qaeda did at the height of its powers in 2001. It’s closer to the West. ISIS also has three decades of transnational terrorism operations and expertise to draw on. Finally, according to a forthcoming report from the Countering Terrorism Center at West Point, the organization has been growing and planning for four years—plenty of time to put a successful...
  • Family of instructor killed by 9-year-old with Uzi speaks

    08/30/2014 8:39:47 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 58 replies
    cbs/AP ^ | 8-29-2014
    The family of an Arizona shooting range instructor accidentally killed by a 9-year-old girl while he was teaching her to use an Uzi said they feel sorry for the child. His daughter, 19-year-old Ashley, told NBC's "Today" show that the family knows it was a "tragic accident" and something she'll have to live with. She said she planned to write a letter to the girl's family. "Our thoughts and our prayers are with them. We don't want their life to revolve around this," she said. "My heart goes out to the little girl and I feel sorry for her and...