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  • Wilson Lim, Daly City dentist charged in Leland Yee case, dies (shoulder fired missiles)

    08/30/2014 12:52:55 AM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 8/27/14 | Henry K. Lee, Hamed Aleaziz
    **SNIP** The investigation extended to Yee after an undercover FBI agent who had infiltrated Chow's group was introduced to the senator and allegedly persuaded him to trade political favors for campaign contributions. Lim became enmeshed in the case due to his political backing of Yee. According to a 137-page FBI affidavit, Yee introduced Lim to the undercover agent as a man who could secure guns. The agent, the FBI said, had asked Yee to facilitate an arms deal in exchange for more campaign money. The accusations prompted the Philippines government to open a probe into whether Lim had links to...
  • Missouri police sued for $40 million over actions in Ferguson protests (funereally continues...)

    08/28/2014 7:33:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 39 replies
    MSN ^ | 8/28/14 | Carey Gillam
    (Reuters) - A group of people caught up in unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after a white officer killed a black teenager, sued local officials on Thursday, alleging civil rights violations through arrests and police assaults with rubber bullets and tear gas. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, says law enforcement met a broad public outcry over the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown with "militaristic displays of force and weaponry," (and) engaged U.S. citizens "as if they were war combatants." The lawsuit seeks a total of $40 million on behalf of six...
  • Atheists Accuse Pizza Shop of Violating Their Civil Rights by Offering Church Bulletin Discount

    08/22/2014 2:59:00 AM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8/20/14 | Billy Hallowell
    A restaurant owner who is under fire for offering a faith-based discount to customers says he doesn’t plan to discontinue it, despite receiving a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a secular activist group. Steven Rose, owner of Bailey’s Pizza in Searcy, Arkansas, told TheBlaze Wednesday that he posted a 10 percent discount on his restaurant’s Facebook page on July 19 for anyone who brought in a church bulletin. Not long after, he received a comment from a user named “Bong Hits for Jesus” that read, “Good luck on your discrimination lawsuit.” “I didn’t give much credence to it,”...
  • (350 NYPD) Riot cops ready for Sharpton rally on Saturday

    08/22/2014 2:50:26 AM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies
    NY Post ^ | 8/22/14 | Larry Celona, Reuven Fenton, Bob Fredericks, Frank Rosario, Yoav Gonen
    Hundreds of cops have been ordered to bring their “hats and bats” — helmets and old-school wooden nightsticks — to the Rev. Al Sharpton’s march against police brutality, sources said Thursday. About 350 officers, some on their days off, were told to report to the Staten Island rally at 6 a.m. Saturday, two hours earlier than usual. **SNIP** “We have no reason to believe there will be any problems. Our only concern is that there will be outsiders coming to cause problems,” a police source said.
  • November ballot won’t ask Californians about yanking pay of suspended lawmakers (Yee's missiles)

    08/19/2014 3:29:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | 8/18/14 | Laurel Rosenhall
    **SNIP** “The pro tem still wishes the bill to be considered before the end of session, and that would put the constitutional amendment on the 2016 ballot,” said Steinberg spokesman Rhys Williams. Steinberg proposed the measure after the upper house took the unprecedented step in March of suspending three of its members while maintaining their pay. Democratic Sens. Leland Yee of San Francisco and Ron Calderon of Montebello face federal bribery charges in separate cases resulting from undercover FBI stings. Sen. Rod Wright of Baldwin Hills was found guilty of perjury and voter fraud by a Los Angeles jury in...
  • Obama Is Seen as Frustrating His Own Party

    08/19/2014 2:56:09 AM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | 8/18/14 | CARL HULSE, JEREMY W. PETERS, MICHAEL D. SHEARAUG
    **SNIP** But the impression the president left with Mr. Reid was clear: Capitol Hill is not my problem. To Democrats in Congress who have worked with Mr. Obama, the indifference conveyed to Mr. Reid, one of the president’s most indispensable supporters, was frustratingly familiar. In one sense, Mr. Obama’s response was a reminder of what made him such an appealing figure in the first place: his almost innate aversion to the partisan squabbles that have left Americans so jaded and disgruntled with their political system. But nearly six years into his term, with his popularity at the lowest of his...
  • Undercover FBI agent was removed from Leland Yee case (Democratic's shoulder fired missiles)

    08/14/2014 6:39:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | 8/15/14 | Jonah Owen Lamb
    **SNIP** As early as November 2012, an FBI wiretap request noted that the investigation team’s leader had concerns about the agent. But according to the filing, an FBI “review has not resulted in any formal findings or determinations regarding the credibility of [the agent].” In early 2013, according to the filing, the agent was no longer involved in the case, but there is no clear explanation as to why. Still, the filing said there was a “series of outrageous behavior” on the part of the agent that might explain why he was removed. That behavior included arranging $20,000 or more...
  • Reports Show ObamaCare Enrollment Dropping At An Unsustainable Rate (exempt RATS silent)

    08/14/2014 6:28:46 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 8/14/14 | B. Christopher Agee
    Earlier this year, supporters of the federal healthcare law known as ObamaCare enthusiastically celebrated reaching its signup goal, with reported enrollment topping eight million Americans. In the months since, however, there has been a noticeable dearth of updates regarding the relative success of the law since its famously rocky implementation. If a recent Investor’s Business Daily report is any indication, there might be good reason for the Obama administration’s silence. **SNIP** Another barometer of public sentiment comes from enrollment numbers reported by individual states. Washington, for example, is the only state that waited until enrollees had paid their first month’s...
  • See Why This Kentucky School District Just Told Michelle Obama To Take Her Lunch Plan And Shove It

    08/14/2014 2:54:40 AM PDT · by Libloather · 40 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 8/12/14 | B. Christopher Agee
    The promise of a significant influx of federal money was not enough to convince officials in one Kentucky school district to stick with the school lunch program endorsed by Michelle Obama. According to a Cincinnati Enquirer report, Fort Thomas Independent Schools will no longer be confined by the strict mandates set forth in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that went into effect earlier this year. Despite the fact that the district would receive hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to implement the regulations, administrators cite the fact that kids are not eating the resulting meals as their reason for dropping...
  • Some Lawmakers Press for War-Powers Vote Over Iraq (Hussein's flexibility)

    08/14/2014 2:27:15 AM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/13/14 | Siobhan Hughes
    WASHINGTON—A handful of lawmakers are saying President Barack Obama must get congressional authorization for military action in Iraq, a vote that could exacerbate tensions between the branches and present members with a difficult vote just before the midterm elections. Mr. Obama's announcement of limited airstrikes last week aimed at slowing the advance of militants from the Islamic State toward the Kurdish city of Erbil initially triggered few complaints that he had usurped the power to declare war that Congress claims as its own. But with the president warning over the weekend that "I don't think we're going to solve this...
  • Pre-Trial Motions Begin In GA Test Cheating Trial (Atlanta publik skools)

    08/13/2014 5:56:28 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    WSPA ^ | 8/13/14
    ATLANTA (AP) - Pre-trial motions have started in the trial for Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of participating in a test cheating conspiracy. **SNIP** Twelve former administrators, principals, testing coordinators and teachers face racketeering charges. Individual charges include influencing witnesses and lying to state investigators. Former superintendent Beverly Hall has cancer and a judge has delayed her trial.
  • Iraq crisis: Kurds plead for weapons to counter Islamic State fighters as critics attack (Obama)

    08/10/2014 4:28:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | 8/11/14
    The leader of the Kurds in Iraq has pleaded for arms shipments to fend off onslaught from extremist Islamic State (IS) militia, who are accused of burying women and children alive. United States officials have warned IS is a direct threat to the US, and other western nations, and is more powerful now than Al Qaeda was when it struck the US on September 11, 2001. The US forces have continued airstrikes against IS targets in northern Iraq as political friends and foes criticise president Barack Obama's decision to limit American action in the country.
  • Obama's Iraq aim: contain, not destroy, extremists

    08/10/2014 10:10:36 AM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    MSN ^ | 8/09/14 | ROBERT BURNS
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's new military strategy in Iraq amounts to trying to contain — not destroy — the Islamic militant group that now controls much of the country's northern region. That leaves open the questions of how deeply the U.S. will be drawn into the sectarian conflict, and whether airstrikes alone can stop the militants' momentum. Obama insists he will not send American ground troops back to Iraq after having withdrawn them in 2011, fulfilling a campaign promise. Still, even the limited airstrikes against the vicious insurgency show the president's conviction that the U.S. military cannot remain...
  • U.S. case against state Sen. Leland Yee, 28 others to be split (shoulder fired missiles)

    08/07/2014 4:21:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8/07/14 | Lee Romney
    Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed at a federal court hearing Thursday that the unwieldy criminal case against suspended state Sen. Leland Yee, Chinatown association leader Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow and 27 others should be split up before trial. **SNIP** The hearing before U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer came two weeks after the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California filed a new indictment in the case, adding violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act against Yee and his former fundraiser, Keith Jackson. Yee is accused of conducting a criminal enterprise with Jackson, who allegedly solicited bribes and...
  • (Exempt RAT) Sen. Hagan seeks to paint herself as moderate in new TV ad

    08/07/2014 4:13:18 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    News Observer ^ | 7/29/14 | John Frank
    U. S. Sen. Kay Hagan makes a direct pitch to voters in her campaign’s new TV ad, describing herself as a moderate who fits with North Carolina’s split political loyalties. “One of the things I love about North Carolina is that unless you’re talking basketball, you don’t have to pick a team,” the Democratic incumbent says in the 30-second spot that began airing Tuesday. “That’s how I get results for folks here at home. Republican or Democrat, if an idea works for middle class families – I am all for it.” In the kicker, Hagan says she’s “not too far...
  • At-risk Democrats stress over Obama and immigration (Husseincare and Pelosi linger...)

    08/06/2014 8:29:50 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/30/14 | CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN, SEUNG MIN KIM
    The Senate’s most vulnerable Democratic incumbents, caught in the crosscurrents of immigration reform, are urging President Barack Obama to show restraint in using his executive powers to slow deportations. Obama is locked between a progressive base demanding aggressive action and voters in conservative states that will decide the fate of the Senate and hold outsized importance in shaping the final two years of his presidency. The White House is weighing how far it can go, legally and politically, in delaying deportations for millions of undocumented immigrants. His decision will be announced just weeks before Election Day, and the timing is...
  • U.S. Homeland Security contractor reports computer breach (Illegal aliens not mentioned)

    08/06/2014 8:16:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    MSN ^ | 8/06/14
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A company that performs background checks for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Wednesday it was the victim of a cyber attack, adding in a statement that "it has all the markings of a state-sponsored attack." The computer breach at Falls Church, Virginia-based US Investigations Services (USIS) probably involved the theft of personal information about DHS employees, according to the Washington Post, which first reported the story. DHS has suspended all work with the company amid an investigation by the FBI, the Post reported. A U.S. government official confirmed to Reuters that the FBI is...
  • White House won’t tell Dems to stop fundraising off impeachment (How about Obamacare?)

    07/29/2014 4:48:52 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/29/14 | EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE
    White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Tuesday called repeatedly for Republicans to stop talking about impeaching President Barack Obama — but said he wouldn’t do the same for Democrats who’ve been fundraising off it nonstop in recent days. “It is up to Democrats to make their own decisions,” Earnest said at the White House daily briefing. “I will leave it to Dem strategists who have a much better sense than I do about the best way to raise money for their campaign committees.” Earlier in the briefing, Earnest read through a list of Republican members of Congress who have...
  • More unseasonably cool air to descend on eastern U.S. next week (Summer polar vortex predicted?)

    07/28/2014 4:04:39 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 7/25/14 | Scott Dance
    Call it the return of the summer "polar vortex" if you want -- a mass of cool, dry air from the north is forecast to bring more unseasonably cool temperatures next week in Maryland and across the eastern United States. **SNIP** Twice this month, Baltimore has set new record lows, most recently on Friday. The low of 57 degrees at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport broke a record set in 2008, of 59 degrees. On July 18, a low of 57 broke a record dating to 1976.
  • (Exempt) Obama: Offshore 'tax inversions' are unpatriotic

    07/26/2014 9:55:40 AM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    MSN ^ | 7/26/14
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says a loophole that lets companies dodge U.S. taxes by moving their headquarters overseas is unpatriotic.</p> <p>Obama is denouncing "tax inversions" in his weekly radio and Internet address. He says companies are essentially renouncing their citizenship to avoid paying their fair share.</p>
  • Feds: Yee shook down NFL team, 'Shrimpboy' headed organized crime group (shoulder fired missiles)

    07/25/2014 9:53:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | 7/25/14 | Jonah Owen Lamb
    **SNIP** At one meeting with an undercover FBI agent, Jackson allegedly told Yee that the agent knew the owner of an NFL team. Yee then told the agent about a pending law that would limit NFL players from filing workers' compensation claims in the state if they played for out of state teams. Yee told the agent that he should "convey this information to the owner of the NFL team" with an offer of help from Yee. Asked about the cost of such a vote, Yee reportedly said, "Oh no...we gotta drag it out, man. We gotta juice this thing."...
  • Feds cap Obamacare fines at $2,448 per person (new rules)

    07/25/2014 9:27:31 PM PDT · by Libloather · 59 replies
    IBA Mag ^ | 7/25/14 | Caitlin Bronson
    **SNIP** The figures, released late Thursday, cap the fine for not buying insurance at $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five. The standard rule of thumb is 2% of household income, with a minimum of $325 per person. The caps are equal to the national average premium for a bronze-level health plan. Those who choose to go uninsured will owe one-twelfth of the annual payment for each month they or their dependents don’t have either coverage or an exemption, the IRS said. All fines will be due during tax return season, which can be deducted from tax...
  • Pat Schroeder: Clinton would face 'subdued sexism' (BTW, *Bubba is still dating)

    07/23/2014 2:55:19 AM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    MSN ^ | 7/22/14
    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Former House Democrat Pat Schroeder predicts that Hillary Clinton would face "a lot of sexism" if she decides to run for president in 2016. Schroeder served in the House from 1973 to 1997 as the first woman elected to Congress from Colorado. Now 73, she appears in "Makers: Women in Politics," a film airing this fall on PBS. She was asked about Clinton on Tuesday at a summer TV critics' meeting. "She's still going to have a lot of sexism," Schroeder said. "I can't believe there's people saying can she still be a grandmother and...
  • Fed study: Shorter jobless benefits lead to higher employment

    07/22/2014 6:18:16 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Biz Journals ^ | 7/21/14 | Greg Edwards
    If unemployment benefits were cut off earlier in 2013, the long-term unemployed would have been more likely to be re-employed, according to a study by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. If the benefits, called the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, expired earlier in 2013, “workers with 46 or more weeks of continuous unemployment would have been 1.2 to 2.1 percentage points more likely to become re-employed,” the St. Louis Fed reported. “Similarly, the long-term unemployed would have been 0.4 to 0.5 percentage points more likely to exit the labor force entirely.”
  • (Exempt) White House Working on More Fixes for Troubled Obamacare

    07/20/2014 7:14:25 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 7/20/14 | Elliot Jager
    The federal government and state insurance regulators are coming up with new rules in response to unexpected bills that have resulted from narrower choices, constricted coverage, and misunderstandings over insurer networks, The New York Times reported. A number of insurers have sought to reduce their costs by excluding cancer treatment centers and children's hospitals in their networks. Some consumers signed up for the cheapest plans without reading the fine print about provider network limits. And staff working in some doctors' offices are confused about what networks their physicians were in. Even consumers who tried to sign up with insurers that...
  • Russia bans congressman (RAT Jim Moran), 12 other Americans

    07/19/2014 12:21:11 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    MSN ^ | 7/19/14
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has placed a U.S. lawmaker and 12 other people connected with the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq on its list of those banned from entering the country. In a statement Saturday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said congressman Jim Moran, a Democrat from Virginia, was banned in response to the July 2 U.S. ban on Russian parliament member Adam Delimkhanov. He said Moran had been repeatedly accused of financial misdeeds but didn't elaborate. The other 12, including Guantanamo commander Rear Adm. Richard Butler and Lynndie England, a former soldier convicted...
  • Obama: Climate Change a Direct Threat to US Cities (Lead hoax denier hasn't lowered the oceans yet)

    07/17/2014 7:12:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7/16/14 | JOSH LEDERMAN
    Harsher storms, worsening flooding and rising seas threaten the public's safety and health across the country, President Barack Obama warned Wednesday as he urged local communities to prepare for the effects of climate change. Joined by top federal officials and local, state and tribal leaders at the White House, Obama said communities experiencing negative effects firsthand know that climate change is already upon us. He said boosting the nation's resilience and fighting climate change shouldn't be a partisan issue for lawmakers in Washington. "Climate change poses a direct threat to the infrastructure of America," Obama said. To help communities prepare,...
  • White House defies House Oversight Committee subpoena - advisers are 'absolutely immune'

    07/16/2014 4:43:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/16/14 | Francesca Chambers
    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa subpenaed the president's official political adviser, David Simas Issa is concerned that Simas may be violating a federal law that bans most employees of the executive branch from engaging in political activity White House Counsel sent Issa a letter last night claiming the president's 'immediate advisers are absolutely immune' from such demands Issa held a hearing today anyway, claiming that his committee has a 'legal obligation' to make sure taxpayer funds are being used properly
  • A ‘Band-Aid’ for 800 children (Florida woman cares for kids born to illegals - in 14 states)

    07/14/2014 3:58:44 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/05/14 | Eli Saslow
    The first emergency phone call of the morning is the one that wakes her up, and Nora Sandigo, 48, answers one of the three phones she keeps within reach of her bed. “Hello. How can I help?” she says, because someone is always asking for her help. She gets up, pours herself coffee and takes down notes as she listens. “Sebastian. 12. U.S. citizen,” she writes. “Father deported. Mother detained. Drs appointment today, 2:45.” “Okay, yes. I can do this,” she says, and soon she is in her minivan, sorting through a notebook that contains her to-do list for the...
  • It’s Laughable How Much Cheaper It Would Be to Send Illegals Back Than Approve Obama’s $3.8 Bil

    07/10/2014 6:14:39 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    IJ Review ^ | 7/09/14 | Kevin Boyd
    Former Congressman Ernest Istook (R-Oklahoma) has a plan to deal with tens of thousands of illegal immigrants who have arrived on the southern border in recent weeks: Fly them home. More importantly, he said this can be achieved for 99.5% less than the $3.8 billion that President Barack Obama is asking for to house 30,000 illegal aliens for a year. From his column in The Washington Times: At the unofficial reported cost of $250 per person per day, President Barack Obama is proposing we spend $1.8 billion “to provide appropriate care for unaccompanied children.” That works out to 19,726 minors...
  • White House warns Dem rep to shut up (Henry Roberto Cuellar)

    07/10/2014 2:24:59 AM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/09/14 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    U.S Representative Henry Roberto Cuellar a Democrat from Texas told Brian Kilmeade on Fox and Friends this morning that he's already gotten a phone call from the White House, he wouldn't say from whom, warning him to stop criticizing Obama on his handling of the border.
  • Reid backtracks on money votes (Exempt Dingy frightened about 2014 election)

    07/09/2014 4:38:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/09/14 | Alexander Bolton
    Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has upset some Democratic senators by backtracking on his commitment to put spending bills on the floor this summer. The broken promise is not sitting well with appropriators, but Democratic sources point to the November elections, noting appropriations bills attract a slew of controversial amendments. Keeping the legislation off the floor shields vulnerable Democrats from taking tough votes that could be used in campaign ads this fall. Reid told Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) earlier this year that he would set aside June and July for debating appropriations bills on the floor, but...
  • Dems want immediate border action ($3.7 billion takes care of everything)

    07/09/2014 4:26:41 PM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/09/14 | Mike Lillis
    House Democratic leaders are amplifying their calls for Republicans to take immediate action on President Obama's request for emergency funds on the southern border. Rep. Xavier Becerra (Calif.), chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, emerged from a closed-door meeting of the group on Wednesday to say there's “a general consensus” that Congress should pass Obama's $3.7 billion package immediately. “There's generally a sense that we need to act,” Becerra said, “and so we should try to act as quickly as we can.” Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Texas Democrat who recently visited the border, described dismal conditions among the young...
  • Louisiana Gives Away $1.3 Million in Food Stamps to Dead People

    07/09/2014 2:59:48 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 7/08/14
    Louisiana spent about $1.3 million on food stamps for people who were already dead between 2009 and 2013, the Times-Picayune reports. A report issued by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor Monday revealed the government waste: In all, state benefits went out to 3,938 deceased people over the four-year period examined by the auditor. The Louisiana auditor only reviewed records concerning single people who had died. The total amount of money spent on food stamps for single people in Louisiana during this time was $1.08 billion. Much of the money — $556,000 — was spent on people who had been dead for...
  • Why (exempt) liberals are abandoning the Obamacare employer mandate

    07/07/2014 5:05:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/06/14 | PAIGE WINFIELD CUNNINGHAM, KYLE CHENEY
    Robert Gibbs’ prediction that Obamacare’s employer mandate would — and perhaps should — be jettisoned shocked Democrats back in April. By July, the former aide and longtime confidant of President Barack Obama had a lot more company. More and more liberal activists and policy experts who help shape Democratic thinking on health care have concluded that penalizing businesses if they don’t offer health insurance is an unnecessary element of the Affordable Care Act that may do more harm than good. Among them are experts at the Urban Institute and the Commonwealth Fund and prominent academics like legal scholar Tim Jost....
  • Nebraska democrats outraged over holiday float (outhouse labeled "OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY")

    07/06/2014 5:25:24 AM PDT · by Libloather · 65 replies
    KLKN ^ | 7/05/14
    A float in the city of Norfolk's Fourth of July parade has sparked a lot of controversy. The float showed an outhouse with a dark figure using a walker on the outside. The outhouse was labeled "OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY."
  • Marijuana is illegal under federal law, should IRS be able to collect taxes on Colorado pot sales?

    07/05/2014 5:43:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 55 replies
    Fox 6 Now ^ | 7/05/14
    (CNN) — Some Colorado marijuana sellers are challenging Uncle Sam. They’re filing a lawsuit — saying the IRS shouldn’t be allowed to collect taxes on marijuana sales because marijuana is illegal under federal law. Attorney Rob Corry says forcing Colorado’s recreational marijuana businesses to pay violates the United States Constitution. He has filed a lawsuit in District Court on behalf of clients, some of whom say taxes could be used as evidence in any future prosecution. “They’re open records and they are admitting to a federal crime. It’s still a federal crime to sell marijuana,” Corry said.
  • Thousands to Arrive Back in Honduras After Attempts to Flee

    07/05/2014 1:30:42 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    NBC News ^ | 7/05/14 | Mary Murray, Stephanie Gosk, Elisha Fieldstadt
    Many of the deportees sent back to their home country of Honduras from the U.S. and Mexico say they will attempt the dangerous journey again. The Honduran government plans to receive 10 buses each week of their citizens who fled the country to the U.S. but have been sent back, an official told local media there. Nearly 200 deportees have already arrived at a repatriation center in San Pedro Sula from Mexico, where an additional 2,500 migrants are expected to come from each week, Ana Garcia de Hernandez, the first lady of Honduras, told La Prensa.
  • Holiday Document Dump: 1,300 Pages Of Obamacare Regs On July 4th Eve

    07/05/2014 10:40:56 AM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 7/04/14 | Larry O'Connor
    The Department of Health and Human Services released nearly 1,300 pages of new regulations related to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) at 4:15 Thursday, just as the nation was beginning their Independence Day holiday weekend. The regulations deal with payment rates to doctors and hospitals. How doctors get paid by HHS through the new, overreaching Obamacare guidelines has been an item of concern for the American Medical Association, a key supporter of the health care law. As Philip Klein at the Washington Examiner points out, the practice of dumping potentially controversial regulations on the eve of a major holiday has...
  • Dangerous Times: Obama the Betrayer (Hussein helping Sinaloa cartel with child smuggling?)

    07/05/2014 7:57:55 AM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/05/14 | James Lewis
    **SNIP** We can now see these toxic forces converging in the purposeful sabotage of our southern border. The Sinaloa cartel is the biggest drug cartel in Chicago, and it received weapons from our DOJ during the “Fast and Furious” smuggling program. Valerie Jarrett met with “immigration activists” (like La Raza) in the weeks before the assault on our border. Iran’s terrorist arm Hezb'allah has agents colluding with drug mafias and people smuggling all over South America. Breaking down our southern borders serves all three. **SNIP** But it took Obama to betray Egypt’s Mubarak, the single greatest pillar of peace in...
  • More Central American migrants sent to California despite backlash (Feds hide illegals)

    07/05/2014 5:54:15 AM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies
    MSN ^ | 7/04/14 | Dana Feldman, Marty Graham
    **SNIP** U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, in an interview with MSNBC, said he found television images of that demonstration "very disturbing" to watch. "Because of the recent influx of kids and families crossing the border in the Rio Grande sector, our processing capability (there) is full and we've had to go to other places in the Southwest simply to process these people," Johnson said. "So when someone interrupts the ability of the border patrol to process a migrant, you're preventing us from conducting basic health screening and the basic background checks on who these people are," he said.
  • The Basics of the Border Crisis: How Did We Get Here?

    07/04/2014 5:23:46 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | 7/04/14
    More than 52,000 unaccompanied children have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border since October. Here's a look at why it's happening and how authorities and communities are coping: When did the crisis start? The Department of Homeland Security said the uptick in unaccompanied minors crossing the border began last year but accelerated in the last few months. Since October, more than 52,000 children traveling without an adult were caught entering the United States through Mexico — double the number of the previous year and triple the number in 2011. **SNIP** How do they get to the U.S.? They travel by bus, train,...
  • Obama Plans To IGNORE Illegal Immigrant Children In Detention Facilities On Texas Trip

    07/04/2014 10:34:35 AM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/04/14 | Eric Owens
    The White House has admitted that President Barack Obama has no announced plans to visit overcrowded border-area detention facilities holding tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children when he flies into Texas next week to raise money for Democrats. Obama’s excuse is that he is “well aware” of the escalating disaster involving thousands of human beings on the long border between the United States and Mexico, reports the Daily Mail. “The president has a very good sense of what’s happening at the border,” said press secretary Josh Earnest at Friday’s press briefing. “He’s getting regular updates from his officials who’ve...
  • A Public Health Crisis at the Border (tuberculosis, dengue fever on the rise)

    07/04/2014 10:20:36 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Slate ^ | 7/03/14 | Marc Siegel
    **SNIP** Drug-resistant tuberculosis also appears to have spread, with several counties in southern Texas reporting twice the usual average number of cases. TB is a disease that needs to be carefully monitored and screened for, a prospect that is not possible under the current circumstances. Dengue fever, a potentially deadly mosquito-borne disease that causes fatigue, pain in the bones and muscles, and fever, and infects close to 100 million people worldwide every year, has been detected this year in southern Texas for the first time since 2005. Illegal immigrants, possibly from Mexico, are a likely source. If infected mosquitoes begin...
  • Supreme Court ruling signals trouble for state, Chicago (free stuff in the Constitution)

    07/04/2014 4:31:20 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/03/14 | Monique Garcia, Hal Dardick
    The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today that subsidized health care premiums for retired state employees are protected under the Illinois Constitution, signaling potential trouble for an overhaul of pension benefits that’s also being challenged in court. Today’s ruling also could affect the city of Chicago’s ongoing phase-out of retiree health insurance subsidies, a program Mayor Rahm Emanuel was counting on to save millions of dollars a year, as well as legislation recently approved to modify the pension plans of city workers and laborers. The 6-1 decision centers around a 2012 law that allowed the state to charge retired workers for...
  • Bowe Bergdahl starting to venture out in public

    07/03/2014 11:01:54 AM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies
    CBS News ^ | 7/02/14
    HOUSTON - Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was a prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five years, has been allowed to venture off the Texas military base where he is receiving care as part of his "reintegration process" into society, a U.S. Army spokeswoman said Wednesday. Bergdahl has been allowed to go, with supervision, to a grocery store, restaurants, shopping centers and a library as part of the process of getting him comfortable with being out in public, Army spokeswoman Arwen Consaul said. **SNIP** He has not commented publicly on the circumstances of his disappearance, and the Army has made no...
  • Here’s What Members of Congress CANNOT Do While Touring Immigrant Detention Facilities

    07/03/2014 10:46:28 AM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7/03/14 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The Department of Health and Human Services has agreed to allow members of Congress to go on a managed tour of a Texas facility that houses immigrant children, amid congressional criticism that the government is trying to keep members out of these facilities. But HHS has set several ground rules that members will have to follow if they attend. **SNIP** “No recording devices will be allowed (We may ask you to leave your cellphone in your vehicle),” the email said. “No questions will be allowed during the tour, but questions will be addressed right after the tour,” it continued. “No...
  • Meet Mr. July 2014 in Florida Gators calendar: Aaron Hernandez

    07/02/2014 8:30:20 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 7/01/14 | Andre Khatchaturian
    Florida Gators fans who own the football team’s 2014 wall calendar received a surprise Tuesday when they turned the page from June to July. That’s because Aaron Hernandez is Mr. July. So how does an alleged murderer end up gracing the month of July in a football calendar? First of all, the Gators say they weren’t in charge of the calendar’s distribution, as it’s a licensed product from Turner Licensing. They also say the approval process for the calendar was during the spring of 2013 — a few months prior to Hernandez’s June arrest for the alleged murder of Odin...
  • WWII Memorial Prayer Inscription OK'd Despite ACLU (Exempt Landrieu approves!)

    07/02/2014 8:04:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Military ^ | 7/02/14 | Travis J. Tritten
    WASHINGTON -- The World War II Memorial in Washington may soon have a new prayer inscription added, disappointing secularists and rights groups who had opposed the measure based on opposition to religion displayed in public spaces. President Barack Obama signed a law Monday calling for the fountain memorial to display the text of a national prayer given by Franklin D. Roosevelt during the D-Day invasion of Europe in 1944, which unleashed fierce fighting and eventually led to the end of the war. "With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the...
  • Democrats Work to Mitigate VA Scandal as Political Issue (Scandal?)

    07/02/2014 7:48:17 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 7/01/14 | Kyle Trygstad, Colin Diersing
    Politicians have always touted their support for military veterans back home. The willingness to expend federal dollars to provide the best care possible is popular across the partisan spectrum and is rarely cause for controversy. But the issue has been turned on its head in recent months, with the fallout from the Veterans Affairs scandal prompting even the Obama administration to admit a “corrosive culture” at the VA affecting facilities across the country. It’s also invited criticism of vulnerable House and Senate Democrats from Republican candidates and outside groups. For Republican challengers and operatives, the VA scandal offers a striking...