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  • Republican proposes abolishing the ATF amid bullet ban controversy

    03/05/2015 3:30:52 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/03/2015 | Cristina Marcos
    Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) has reintroduced legislation to do away with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).Sensenbrenner, a senior Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, said the policies under ATF's jurisdiction could be easily incorporated into other agencies. Moreover, he argued, the ATF has become embroiled in too many controversies in recent years, like the botched "Fast and Furious" gun-tracking operation. ADVERTISEMENT "The ATF is a scandal-ridden, largely duplicative agency that lacks a clear mission. Its 'Framework' is an affront to the Second Amendment and yet another reason why Congress should pass the ATF Elimination Act,"...
  • VANITY--Legal Eagles, with decree in hand (post divorce)

    03/05/2015 3:27:41 PM PST · by Ghost of SVR4 · 3 replies
    I have a question for the legal eagle folks out there (I am seeking representation, just asking now so I know what to ask later). Once a divorce decree is issued and the alimony is "set" with the clause "said alimony is non-modifiable" in the decree; can a spouse go back and get that modified? I am considering asking my former spouse for child support (kids live with me 100% of the time) and they are looking to "Motion to Modify". Mind you, custody has never been disputed, not even during the divorce. Said spouse simply does not make the...
  • BNSF oil train derails in rural Illinois; two cars aflame

    03/05/2015 3:27:05 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 5, 2015 | EDWARD MCALLISTER AND CATHERINE NGAI
    (Reuters) - A BNSF Railway [BNISF.UL] train loaded with crude oil derailed on Thursday afternoon in a rural area south of Galena, Illinois, with two of the tank cars catching fire, according to local officials and the company. The incident marks the latest in a series of derailments involving trains hauling crude oil, a trend that has put a heightened focus on rail safety.
  • Summary of 86 Page DOJ Report On Mike Brown Shooting (Set up for easy cut and paste)

    03/05/2015 3:26:55 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 1 replies
    DOJ report on Mike Brown Shooting ^ | 3/5/2015 | A Freeper who read the whole thing
    Its not easy reducing 86 pages to the summary below. But if you are REALLY into following the facts...Below are the key findings of the DOJ on the MIke Brown shooting. Each quote references the page# it came from. A great tool if you battle on twitter/facebook or other social media-just cut and paste and destroy a liberals arguement. Enjoy: ------------------------------------------------------ “the Department has concluded that Darren Wilson’s actions do not constitute prosecutable violations” p5 “evidence, when viewed as a whole, does not support the conclusion that Wilson’s uses of deadly force were “objectively unreasonable” p5 “when the store clerk...
  • De Blasio urges business to raise wage minimum to $13 an hour

    03/05/2015 3:26:52 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 3 replies
    Newsday ^ | 03/05/2015 | MATTHEW CHAYES
    Mayor Bill de Blasio Thursday urged the city's private businesses to pay their workers at least $13 an hour -- almost 50 percent more than the state minimum wage. Speaking at a business leaders' breakfast at a luxury hotel overlooking Central Park, de Blasio said employers shouldn't wait for governments to raise the minimum wage.
  • Americans for Carbon Dioxide --- Mark Levin's idea whose time has come

    03/05/2015 3:20:40 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 2 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03/05/2015 | Tim Cavanaugh
    Radio host Mark Levin speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's... Everybody complains about the weather, especially when most of the United States is buried under a winter storm. But only radio host Mark Levin is doing something about it.Levin, the fiery but eloquent broadcast personality whose audience is estimated at 7 million by Talkers magazine, devoted a portion of his syndicated "Mark Levin Show" Wednesday to announcing his political group Americans For Carbon Dioxide.Although Levin noted that he first floated the pro-CO2 lobby in 2011 and has been promoting it lately on his Twitter feed,...
  • Do Democrats Really Want to Put All Their Eggs in Hillary’s Basket?

    03/05/2015 3:17:14 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/05/2015 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    There is no Plan B for 2016. I’ll say it, happily: Democrats should be worried about Hillary Clinton, and moderately panicked about the immediate future of both their party and their cause. This is not, of course, because Hillary’s latest scandale du jour is in any practical way going to “disqualify” her; and nor is it because leftward-leaning voters are likely to recall anything more from this rather awkward period in time than that the Clintons are as perennially sleazy as they ever were. Rather, it is because the last few days have underscored just how tenuous the Left’s grip...
  • How Upcoming Legal Cases May Change the Future of Franchises

    03/05/2015 3:12:50 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 4 replies
    ABC News ^ | 03/05/2015 | JOYCE M. ROSENBERG
    Are franchises small, independent businesses or should they be considered part of a much larger company? The question is at the heart of two upcoming legal cases. The outcomes could affect profits and change how franchisees hire, fire, manage and pay workers.
  • White House ‘determined to conceal its workings’: Columbia Journalism Review (This is news?)

    03/05/2015 3:10:48 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 4, 2015 | Douglas Earnst
    <p>A new study from the Columbia Journalism Review concludes that the Obama administration isn’t living up to its vow to be the most transparent White House in history.</p> <p>The study’s author, Susan Milligan, said the relationship between the president and the press is “more distant than it has been in a half-century” and that the White House makes reporters’ job “nearly impossible.”</p>
  • Phew! I was getting worried (vanity)

    03/05/2015 3:09:53 PM PST · by Borges · 15 replies
    Photo | 3/5/2015
  • What was the deal with the semi's east of Memphis?

    03/05/2015 3:09:49 PM PST · by Jonty30 · 11 replies
    My sisters and I are visiting Branson. We decided to take a drive to Memphis to see son bands on Beale. This morning, on our return to Branson, the west bound lane was being blocked by trucks and all intersections, for the next four hours traveling time, were also blocked so all westbound traffic would be funnelled onto the 55. It was obviously a deliberate act on the truckers because there were places where they could have moved forward, but they were parked and forcing cars to be locked in as well. I assume that there might have been news...
  • Discovery of Spurgeon's Psalter a 'treasure'

    03/05/2015 3:05:18 PM PST · by Graybeard58
    Baptist Press ^ | Wednesday, March 04, 2015 | T. Patrick Hudson
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Scholars at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary have discovered, within the institution's Spurgeon Library collection, a Psalter that 19th-century Baptist pastor Charles Spurgeon used in the compilation of his commentary on the book of Psalms, "The Treasury of David." "One of the purposes for the existence of the Spurgeon Library at Midwestern Seminary is to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the church and the academy by preserving the personal library of Charles Haddon Spurgeon and fostering a deeper appreciation of his life, legacy, theology and preaching," Jason K. Allen, president of Midwestern Seminary, said....
  • CDC Finds Troubling Rise in Teen Suicide Method

    03/05/2015 2:53:31 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | Maggie Fox
    More teens who are killing themselves are choosing suffocation and strangling, government researchers reported Thursday. And more young women are committing suicide. It's a troubling trend and it's not clear what's driving it, the team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. "The data don't allow us to determine why," said the CDC's Thomas Simon, a suicide expert who helped lead the study. "Is it social media? Is it conventional media? Is it access to other methods?" What CDC is very worried about is giving troubled a teens a "how-to" guide for how to commit suicide, but the...
  • Questioning The Loyalty Of Barack Obama

    03/05/2015 2:50:42 PM PST · by PoliticallyShort · 18 replies
    PoliticallyShort.com ^ | 03/05/2015 | Nick
    “If no set of moral ideas were truer or better than any other, there would be no sense in preferring civilized morality to savage morality, or Christian morality to Nazi morality”, wrote C.S. Lewis. In the wake of president Barack Obama’s comments at the National Prayer Breakfast that smeared Christianity by equating the “Crusades and the Inquisition…slavery and Jim Crow” to the violence committed in the name of Islam by jihadists, Obama created the narrative. His tactic was deliberate, knowing the response would provoke Christians and immediately put them on the defensive having to explain why a christian civilized morality...
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,March 5,2015

    03/05/2015 2:50:17 PM PST · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | March 5, 2015 | Mark Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and Tyranny Welcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Lawmakers rally around expanded background checks for gun sales

    03/05/2015 2:49:24 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 15 replies
    The gun battle is raging on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers will introduce new gun safety legislation Tuesday expanding background checks to prevent criminals and people who are mentally ill from buying guns. Most gun shops are already required to conduct background checks, but the rules don’t apply to firearm sales made online and at gun shows. The Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act would close this loophole and expand background checks to all gun sales. “This bill is anti-criminal, and will help keep spouses, kids and communities safe by preventing dangerous people from getting guns,” said Rep. Mike Thompson...
  • Mars has lost an Arctic Ocean's worth of water

    03/05/2015 2:40:02 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | By/Michael Casey/
    Taking into account the surface of Mars today, a likely location for this water would be in the Northern Plains, which has long been considered a good candidate because of the low-lying ground. An ancient ocean there would have covered about 20 percent of the planet's surface. By comparison, the Atlantic Ocean occupies 17 percent of Earth's surface. "This ocean had a maximum depth of around 5,000 feet or around one mile deep," Villanueva said. "It's deep - not as deep as the deepest points of our oceans, but comparable to the average depth of the Mediterranean Sea." By combining...
  • 'Glitter Bomb' Sprays Office of GOP Rep

    03/05/2015 2:33:25 PM PST · by kristinn · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | Thursday, March 5, 2015 | Marck Hensch
    The Omaha World-Herald reported Thursday that the prank device exploded when staff opened a package delivered to Fortenberry’s Lincoln office. Glitter bombs explode in showers of tiny, sparkling confetti that are difficult to clean up. “You can certainly disagree with your member of Congress or any member of Congress, but this is pretty reckless and irresponsible,” said Jennifer Allen, a spokeswoman for Fortenberry. “It’s just a huge waste of everybody’s time and resources.” Allen said the trick seemed motivated by Fortenberry’s stance on abortion. A note accompanying the package criticized his pro-life beliefs, she added. “Congrats, you’ve earned this for...
  • Attack of the B Movies! 50 of the Best Schlocky Titles of All Time

    03/05/2015 2:29:45 PM PST · by dynachrome · 34 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 3-5-15 | Patrick Shanley
    MASTERS OF SCHLOCK The sci-fi and horror movies of the 1950s sparked a trend that continues even today of downright silly titles, ranging from 'Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!' to 'The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!?' to 'Big Ass Spider!' (Yes, there also is a love affair with unnecessary punctuation.) Here, THR breaks down 50 of the best (and funniest) titles of all time.
  • Astronomers saw the same star explode four times in four places because of a rare cosmic phenomenon

    03/05/2015 2:29:23 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Rachel Feltman
    Because of the lensing effect of a massive galaxy located between this supernova and the telescope imaging it, the same explosion showed up four times around the galaxy. This formation is called an Einstein Cross. Einstein first predicted the phenomenon of gravitational lensing (a result of his theory of relativity) about a century ago. Astronomers have seen Einstein Crosses made by galaxies and black holes before, but this is the first time they've seen a supernova jump into the shot. In this case, the supernova -- which is 9 billion light years away -- would be too faint to be...
  • Capitol grounds sledding ban upheld

    03/05/2015 2:17:54 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 16 replies
    WTAE ^ | 3-4-15 | Alexandra Jaffe CNN
    WASHINGTON (CNN) —The Capitol Police killed the hopes and dreams of thousands of D.C.-area children (and at least a few dozen Hill staffers) Wednesday night when it reaffirmed a city ban on sledding on the Capitol grounds. Frank Larkin, chairman of the Capitol Police Board, seemed to realize he'd be ruining the snow days of many of the Capitol's youngest residents when he said that his hands are tied by regulations dating back to the 1800s. "If the forecast holds true, there are many families who will want to enjoy the snow tomorrow. Although, for security reasons, the Capitol grounds...
  • Schumer: ‘Hard Right Republican Temper Tantrum on Immigration’ Holding Up Lynch Nod

    03/05/2015 2:17:46 PM PST · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 5, 2015 | Bridget Johnson
    Senate Democrats are pressuring Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to bring the attorney general nomination of Loretta Lynch to the floor, with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) telling reporters on a conference call that a “hard right Republican temper tantrum on immigration” was keeping her from assuming Eric Holder’s job. Lynch does have the support of some Republicans. Three GOPs including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) backed Lynch during last week’s Senate Judiciary Committee vote. “It’s time to turn the page on Eric Holder’s tenure as Attorney General. We need a fresh start in the position, and this is an opportunity for...
  • This is just the start of the college implosion

    03/05/2015 2:13:34 PM PST · by Varsity Flight · 31 replies
    A 114-year-old college that's closing its doors may have to give more than $50 million back to donors After 114 years, Sweet Briar College revealed this week that it's closing after the spring 2015 semester, an abrupt announcement that shocked students, alumni, and many people active in higher education.
  • Michael Brown's Parents Plan Lawsuit Against Darren Wilson, Ferguson

    03/05/2015 2:05:27 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 36 replies
    NBC ^ | 3/5/2015
    Lawyers for the family of Michael Brown said Thursday they are gearing up for a wrongful-death lawsuit against Ferguson, Missouri, police and Officer Darren Wilson — a day after federal prosecutors cleared the ex-cop in the unarmed teenager's fatal shooting. The suit will be filed "very shortly," lawyer Anthony Gray said at a news conference, and will include evidence that will present a "more clear, more accurate picture about what took place that day." Wilson previously told a grand jury that he feared for his life during the Aug. 9 encounter with 18-year-old Brown on a Ferguson street. A Department...
  • Islamic State terrorists target Victoria Cross-winning paratrooper

    03/05/2015 2:03:23 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    Daily Star (UK) ^ | 2nd March 2015 | Oriana Pawlyk
    ISLAMIC State terrorists have set their sights on kidnapping Victoria Cross-winning paratrooper Joshua Leakey. Army chiefs have thrown a ring of steel around the brave lance corporal and his family to combat the snatch threat. Brit-born jihadis see the 27-year-old war hero as the “ultimate prize” in their bid to strike a high-profi le blow against the West. Top brass have warned the soldier that he and his family are at risk. And security was stepped up before last week’s announcement he had won the top bravery gong. He is the first living serviceman to receive it for action in...
  • Ohio Teen Flies 7,000 Miles, Gets Rejected by Woman and Almost Freezes to Death (trunc)

    03/05/2015 1:55:47 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 43 replies
    ROOT ^ | 03/05/15 | BREANNA EDWARDS
    Ohio Teen Flies 7,000 Miles, Gets Rejected by Woman and Almost Freezes to Death on Chinese Riverbank One love-struck Ohio teen almost died on a Chinese riverbank after getting drunk once he was rejected by the young woman he flew 7,000 miles to see, the Daily Mail reports. Identified by only his surname, Pratt, the 18-year-old flew from Ohio to Jiangshan, a city in Zhejiang province, China, after reportedly falling in love with a young Chinese woman he met online.
  • Dems Steal Tax Cuts from GOP?

    03/05/2015 1:55:34 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | March 5, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: From TheHill.com: "Democrats Launch Tax Offensive." The Democrats are now trying, because they see a Republican Party paralyzed, they see a Republican Party running the House and running the Senate which is doing nothing, the Democrat Party has decided to steal the tax cut issue from them. "Senate and House Democrats on Wednesday unveiled a package of tax cuts aimed at helping the middle class as part of a new political offensive against Republicans. Three members of the Senate Democratic leadership, Sens. Dick Durbin (Ill.), Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and Patty Murray (Wash.) are leading the effort 'to challenge Republicans...
  • This means Warren: Obama backs challenger to Hillary

    03/05/2015 1:53:26 PM PST · by TexasCajun · 72 replies
    NYPOST.com ^ | July 6, 2014 | Edward Klein
    President Obama has quietly promised Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren complete support if she runs for president — a stinging rebuke to his nemesis Hillary Clinton, sources tell me. Publicly, Obama has remained noncommittal on the 2016 race, but privately he worries that Clinton would undo and undermine many of his policies. There’s also a personal animosity, especially with Bill Clinton, that dates from their tough race six years ago. A former Harvard law professor and administration aide, Warren would energize the left wing of the Democratic Party just as Obama did against Clinton in 2008. Thanks to her outspoken stand...
  • Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC (YouTube)

    03/05/2015 1:50:27 PM PST · by Sgt_Schultze · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | 5 Mar 2015 | MSNBC
    During a broadcast, a caller pretended to be a passenger on the NY plane that skidded off the runway. Listen as "journalist" Andrea Mitchell hears curse words in response to her question, and then follows up with another serious question - demonstrating that she isn't interested, of even aware of the responses. http://youtu.be/PBlPhXXEn5Q
  • Democrats recoil from Hillary in wake of email controversy

    03/05/2015 1:46:02 PM PST · by Windflier · 35 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 5 March 2015 | Francesca Chambers
    The White House, the State Department and Democrats on Capitol Hill are side-stepping questions about Hillary Clinton as the controversy over her cyber hygiene escalates. While some of the presumed presidential candidate's party members have come to her defense, many lawmakers headed for the exits this week as reporters asked them for their opinion on the way Clinton handled her email while at the State Department. Democratic strategists were more willing discuss the scandal - but what they had to say, Clinton probably won't like. Officials at 1600 Pennsylvania now claim they didn't know that Clinton was solely using her...
  • Hillary, Abandoned (Long Article)

    03/05/2015 1:45:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | March 5, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: It just continues to amaze us. It just continues to bowl everybody over. It seems like the entire Drive-By Media and most of the Democrat Party is throwing Hillary Clinton under the bus, and over e-mail? When you think of everything else Hillary and her husband have done, and it's e-mail servers? There's more going on here inside the deep, dark crevices of the Democrat Party than we know, folks. There is much more to this than private e-mail domains and servers and not going through the State Department. That's not enough to cause all of this. Nowhere near...
  • AUDIO: Student gov't attacks campus carry advocate, blasts him as 'homophobic' and 'racist

    03/05/2015 1:43:43 PM PST · by massmike · 15 replies
    http://campusreform.org/ ^ | 03/05/2015 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn and Caleb Bonham
    A student at Kalamazoo College has been attacked and labeled “homophobic” and "racist" by student government representatives because he wanted to facilitate a discussion about campus carry. In an audio recording exclusively obtained by Campus Reform, students at a Student Commission meeting—K-College’s student government—interrupted Alexander Ross, a sophomore political science major, as he requested that the students engage in a conversation about campus carry, a request he had been asking the Commission for five straight weeks. After his allotted time expired, Ross and his pro-Second Amendment advocacy were berated by the Kalamazoo student government. Another student commissioner at K-College, said...
  • 'Military pressure' may be needed to oust Assad: Kerry

    03/05/2015 1:43:18 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 55 replies
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 3-5-2015 | AFP
    Military pressure may be needed to oust Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, US Secretary of State John Kerry said in Saudi Arabia on Thursday. SNIP--- "Ultimately a combination of diplomacy and pressure will be needed to bring about a political transition. Military pressure particularly may be necessary given President Assad's reluctance to negotiate seriously."
  • U.S. Rep. Candice Miller will not seek reelection in 2016

    03/05/2015 1:40:47 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 15 replies
    WDIV ^ | 3-5-2015
    U.S. Rep. Candice Miller (R-Harrison Township) announced Thursday that she will not seek re-election in 2016. "I freely pass the baton to whomever my community chooses to serve as their next voice in the US House of Representatives," Miller said in a statement. "I pledge to support their choice to the very best of my ability, as I pledge to finish my term with a commitment to fulfill my duties and responsibilities to the best of my ability, as I swore in my oath of office."
  • Man in Finland gets $60,000 speeding ticket

    03/05/2015 1:37:43 PM PST · by xp38 · 62 replies
    AOL News ^ | 2015 March 4 | AOL
    Breaking the law in Finland will cost you, but exactly how much depends on a couple of things. One is the severity of the crime committed, and the other is the lawbreaker's income. The latter factor is in place to ensure that punishments are equally felt by all be they rich or poor. Due to his millionaire status, Reima Kuisla was handed a roughly 60 thousand dollar ticket for traveling 14 miles per hour over the posted limit. Before issuing the citation, authorities looked up the man's 2013 tax return and calculated the amount accordingly.Though the ticket value is based...
  • Judge Napolitano's Fascinating Hillary Analysis

    03/05/2015 1:36:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | March 5, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Here's Judge Napolitano, who was on Fox last night, The Kelly File. Megyn Kelly asked the judge, "Is she in trouble legally?" NAPOLITANO: She's in a lot of trouble legally. If she retained on her personal e-mail account -- using the Clinton server at her home or near her home in Chappaqua, New York -- classified materials, classified documents, she arguably violated the same statute that General Petraeus has agreed that he will plead guilty to. KELLY: Mmm-hmm. NAPOLITANO: That's a misdemeanor. It's not a felony. KELLY: Mmm-hmm. NAPOLITANO: The other way that she's in trouble is a person...
  • Who is Mark Lippert - The man so close to Obama? (now ambassador, slashed in Korea)

    03/05/2015 1:31:49 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 10 replies
    Truth On Target ^ | October 17, 2008 | Kerry Picket
    Who really is Mark W. Lippert? OBAMA used Senate Office to influence Kenyan Presidential Elections...
  • Holder Vindicates Darren Wilson: "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" Never Happened

    03/05/2015 1:30:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | March 5, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Total vindication for Darren Wilson, the police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The Department of Justice has released a massive report on this, and it is just devastating to the witnesses who lied about "Hands up, don't shoot." We knew at the time it didn't happen, and now none other than Eric Holder has made it official. "Hands up, don't shoot" didn't happen. Darren Wilson was entirely, totally justified in taking the action he took against the Gentle Giant. It is just overwhelming. And even with this, the attorney general still, after this massive admission of truth, and it must...
  • ISIS 'bulldozed' ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud: Iraq govt

    03/05/2015 1:25:41 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 20 replies
    Al-Arabiya ^ | 3-5-2015 | Al-Arabiya
    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group began bulldozing the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in Iraq on Thursday, the government said, in the jihadists' latest attack on the country's historical heritage. ISIS "assaulted the historic city of Nimrud and bulldozed it with heavy vehicles," the tourism and antiquities ministry said on an official Facebook page. An Iraqi antiquities official confirmed the news, saying the destruction began after noon prayers on Thursday and that trucks that may have been used to haul away artefacts had also been spotted at the site. "Until now, we do not know to...
  • How the Other Candidates Plan to Kill Scott Walker's Candidacy

    03/05/2015 1:24:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | March 5, 2015 | David Freedlander
    Scott Walker has been at the top of the polls in recent weeks but has he peaked too early? His rivals hope so. The early campaign has been kind to Scott Walker. He tops the competition in Iowa and New Hampshire, and is a close second in South Carolina. He gets high marks among social conservatives, among the moderate establishment, from Tea Party types. The Washington Post recently called him the first “It” candidate of 2016. Which, his rivals to the nomination say, is exactly where they want him. The Daily Beast spoke with strategists working with each of Walker’s...
  • Turley: Hillary Clinton's Private Email Account "Extraordinary, Dangerous"

    03/05/2015 1:23:08 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 32 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 5, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    JONATHAN TURLEY, GWU LAW PROFESSOR: The idea that a cabinet member would create her own system is pretty extraordinary and it's also pretty dangerous. This is the type of thing that sends most security officers into orbit... this certainly runs against the grain of the federal law. It's much more difficult to comply with those laws when you're creating your own system and allowing your own people to manage it. (video at link)
  • IS 'bulldozed' ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud: Iraq govt

    03/05/2015 1:21:38 PM PST · by C19fan · 4 replies
    AFP ^ | March 5, 2015 | Staff
    The Islamic State jihadist group began bulldozing the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq on Thursday, the tourism and antiquities ministry said. IS "assaulted the historic city of Nimrud and bulldozed it with heavy vehicles," the ministry said on an official Facebook page, the group's latest attack on the country's historical heritage.
  • Saint Patrick’s Day Tribute to General Cleburne—The Fighting Irishman

    03/05/2015 1:15:01 PM PST · by BigReb555 · 4 replies
    Huntington News ^ | March 2, 2015 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    Tuesday, March 17, 2013 is Saint Patrick’s Day and it’s also the 185th birthday of Patrick Ronayne Cleburne.
  • Want a great quality of life? Start packing (No US cities in Top 25 under obozo)

    03/05/2015 1:10:48 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 43 replies
    The top 25 cities on the latest Mercer Quality of Living Rankings don’t include even one metro area from the United States. The highest-ranked U.S. cities on the list include San Francisco (27), Boston (33), and Honolulu (36). The list considers 39 factors, including political and social environment, economic environment, and healthcare conditions, in more than 440 cities.
  • Cruz’s default is demagogy [Barf Alert!]

    03/05/2015 1:10:28 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 18 replies
    Winnepeg Free Press ^ | 03/05/2015 | Francis Wilkinson
    Sen. Ted Cruz is now the leader of a reactionary faction that includes some of the dimmest bulbs in Congress. (AP Photo/) In advance of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress on Tuesday, the New York Times reported on a small irritant exacerbating already tense U.S.-Israeli relations. It seems President Barack Obama’s former campaign operative, Jeremy Bird, is currently advising a group in Israel that seeks to defeat Netanyahu in national elections later this month.The story is mostly inconsequential. American political consultants have worked for one side or another in foreign countries for years. Political skills and strategies...
  • Cardinal Eganformer Archbishop of NY dies

    Edward Cardinal Egan, archbishop of New York from 2000 to 2009, has died at age 82, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York said Wednesday.
  • Brazil's Rousseff Races to Contain Congressional Revolt Over Austerity [Commie Ping]

    03/05/2015 1:07:05 PM PST · by Zuben Elgenubi · 1 replies
    Voice of America ^ | March 5, 2015 | staff
    BRASILIA— Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff raced on Wednesday to defuse a rebellion by legislators upset about her budget austerity plans and her handling of a corruption scandal at state-run oil company Petrobras. Rousseff met with legislative leaders from her coalition after they unexpectedly threw out a presidential decree that would have raised payroll taxes and helped close a gaping hole in Brazil's budget. “This is very serious for Rousseff,” said political analyst Gabriel Petrus of Brasilia-based consultancy Barral M Jorge Associates. “It looks as if there is no political stability on top of the economic crisis.” The economic impact of...
  • Is This a Scandal -- Or a 'Scandal'? (Another Clintonista Blast from the Past)

    03/05/2015 1:04:10 PM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 5, 2015 | Joe Conason
    To someone who has watched many "scandals" surrounding Hillary Rodham Clinton evaporate into the Washington mist -- even when Pulitzer Prize-winning pundits predicted that she would end up in prison! -- the current furor over her emails hardly seems earthshaking. It isn't unreasonable to require public officials to conduct all public business on government email accounts, but there was no such ironclad rule when Clinton became secretary of state. In hindsight, it might have been better for her and the public if she had done so. Yet many prominent people, both in and out of government, have preferred private email,...
  • Operation Pedestal. The Crucial Malta Convoy of 1942

    03/05/2015 1:01:13 PM PST · by Vanders9 · 6 replies
    Channel 4 ^ | 02/23/14 | Alan Murgatroyd
    The story of one of the truly epic events in the history of naval warfare. The survival of Malta was the vital hinge upon which turned the whole Allied strategy in the Mediterranean Theatre of war. This film describes how a vital convoy was forced through to relieve the valiant island of Malta, despite appalling losses.
  • Mitch McConnell postpones Iran vote (Rats threatened again to filibuster their own bill)

    03/05/2015 1:00:38 PM PST · by Dave346 · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/5/15 2:57 PM EST | Burgess Everett and Manu Raju
    Mitch McConnell is postponing a vote on the Senate’s Iran legislation in the face of an expected Democratic filibuster. The Senate majority leader has decided to delay a Tuesday vote on legislation that would allow Congress to approve or reject any nuclear agreement that global powers reach to scale back Iran’s nuclear ambitions. He informed the Senate Republican Conference of the decision on Thursday afternoon following Senate Democrats’ decision to vote against advancing the bill before March 24. “It is clear that Senate Democrats will filibuster their own bill—a bill they rushed to introduce before the White House cut a...