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  • What I Learned About Capitalism By Walking Into A Starbucks (facepalm satire?)

    12/30/2014 6:50:09 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 40 replies
    clickhole ^ | June 24, 2014 | Carson Selway
    What happens when someone challenges the largest coffee corporation in the world and the capitalist ideals it represents? I recently learned the answer to that question when I walked into a Starbucks and started loudly screaming the word “capitalism” right into the barista’s face over and over again until she was forced to call the police. The experience opened my eyes to some shocking realities about our society. The truth was harsher and more unpleasant than I ever could have expected. “Please stop, sir,” the barista said after I had been yelling “capitalism” for more than eight minutes straight. “You’re...
  • Obama: Regulate broadband Internet like a utility so it 'works for everyone'

    11/10/2014 11:38:48 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 166 replies
    c/net ^ | November 10, 2014 | Don Reisinger
    President Obama urged the US government to adopt tighter regulations on broadband service in an effort to preserve "a free and open Internet." In a statement released Monday, Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to enforce the principle of treating all Internet traffic the same way, known in shorthand as Net neutrality. That means treating broadband services like utilities, the president said, so that Internet service providers would be unable "to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas." Obama wades into a contentious debate that has raged over...
  • LGBT Group Smears This Pro-Marriage Professor as International Criminal

    10/20/2014 3:16:46 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 22 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | October 20, 2014 | Kelsey Harkness
    Lopez, openly bisexual but married, works as an English professor at California State University-Northridge. He incurred HRC’s wrath because of his outspoken view that children do better when raised by a mother and father than they do when raised by parents of the same sex. Lopez, 43, was raised in a household by two mothers. He drew public attention in 2012 after penning an account of that experience in an article for Public Discourse titled “Growing Up With Two Moms: The Untold Children’s View.” ...Ever since Lopez went public with his story, left-leaning gay rights groups such as HRC and...
  • Their Names Weren’t on Voter Registration Rolls. This City Let Them Cast a Ballot Anyway.

    10/09/2014 11:01:23 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 27 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | October 09, 2014 | Bruce Parker
    Previously unpublished data from the last big election in Burlington, Vt., reveals a significant number of votes were cast by individuals whose names were not on the statewide checklist. In the 2012 presidential election, 17,383 votes were cast in Burlington, according to city-published data. According to data not published by the city, but made available to a reporter, 639 of those votes, or 3.7 percent, came from election day walk-in voters whose names were not on the voter rolls and whose registration status was unknown. As previously reported, votes by individuals whose names don’t appear on the checklist count whether...
  • New Ruling: 'Fast and Furious' Docs to Finally Be Revealed?

    10/08/2014 11:07:39 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 13 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | 7 October, 2014 | Staff
    A federal judge has ruled against the House's bid to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for failing to turn over documents related to Operation Fast and Furious. But the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson may also pave the way for the release of those crucial documents... ... Judge Andrew Napolitano analyzed the key ruling on "Fox and Friends" this morning, saying usually the Justice Department would prosecute a case like this. But since the department is run by Eric Holder, the subject of the prosecution, the House had to hire a private attorney. Napolitano...
  • WH: 'Screening Procedures In Place At Our Border'

    10/02/2014 1:48:53 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 48 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Oct 1, 2014 | DANIEL HALPER
    White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters today that, after the Ebola case in Dallas, the Obama administration reminded border law enforcment agencies of "protocol" to deal with people that appear to have symptoms of Ebola. Earnest also said that there "are screening procedures in place at our border." ebola "[I]n light of this incident," Earnest said at his daily briefing, "the administration has taken the step of recirculating our guidance to law enforcement agencies that are responsible for securing the border, to those agencies that represent individuals who staff the airline industry, and to medical professionals all across...
  • U.S. to Commit Up to 3,000 Troops to Fight Ebola in Africa

    09/16/2014 12:20:42 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 68 replies
    NT Times ^ | SEPT. 15, 2014 | HELENE COOPER, MICHAEL D. SHEAR and DENISE GRADY
    WASHINGTON — Under pressure to do more to confront the Ebola outbreak sweeping across West Africa, President Obama on Tuesday is to announce an expansion of military and medical resources to combat the spread of the deadly virus, administration officials said. The president will go beyond the 25-bed portable hospital that Pentagon officials said they would establish in Liberia, one of the three West African countries ravaged by the disease, officials said. Mr. Obama will offer help to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia in the construction of as many as 17 Ebola treatment centers in the region, with about...
  • The Collapse of Libya and the Failure of 'Smart Power'

    09/01/2014 10:35:30 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 11 replies
    Townhall ^ | Sep 01, 2014 | Guy Benson
    When conservatives criticize the Obama administration over the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attacks, much of the attention is trained on the security failures preceding the raid, the dishonest public spin campaign after the fact, the lack of accountability nearly two years later, and the still-unanswered questions on a host of fronts. But that lethal event was merely a symptom of the White House's broader, unraveling foreign policy. The president intervened in Libya in 2011, deploying US military resources to help a rebel fighting force depose and dispatch murderous dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The Libya conflict was paradigmatic of Obama's approach to war:...
  • Fast and Furious document list must be provided to Congress, judge rules

    08/21/2014 1:32:48 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 9 replies
    Fox News - Politics ^ | August 20, 2014 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON – A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious. In a court proceeding Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson set an Oct. 1 deadline for producing the list to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The Justice Department says the documents should remain confidential and President Barack Obama has invoked executive privilege in an effort to protect them from public disclosure. The House panel says the Justice Department documents...
  • Chicago police chief: Law-abiding gun owners corrupt, endanger public safety

    08/12/2014 1:17:10 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 35 replies
    Examiner ^ | February 17, 2013 | Garry McCarthy
    During Sunday's pre-recorded edition of "Connected to Chicago," Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said law-abiding gun owners who lobby elected officials through organizations like the NRA and the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) are corrupt and endanger public safety. "If there was special interests affecting police work, I believe that would be called corruption. So, if it has do with donating money versus a popular vote, I think we have a bigger problem in this country and somebody's gotta wake up to that," he said. "Well, how is it that they're controlling politicians. How are they controlling elected officials? It's not...
  • Reciprocity Mix-Up Leads to Felony Charges for Philadelphia Mom

    08/11/2014 6:50:06 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 27 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | August 8, 2014 | Staff
    On Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Michael Donio declined to dismiss a case for unlawful possession of a firearm against Philadelphia resident Shaneen Allen. Allen was arrested during a traffic stop last October after she volunteered to the officer that she had a firearm in her car. She mistakenly believed her Pennsylvania license to carry firearms was valid in New Jersey. This was hardly an unreasonable assumption, considering that Pennsylvania concealed carry licensees can lawfully carry in over 30 other states. Nevertheless, Judge Donio sided with prosecutors in deciding that Allen was not covered by a 180-day gun amnesty period for...
  • Sheila Jackson Lee: Obama Pushed to Amnesty by GOP 'Sprinkling Water on a Bleeding Sore'

    07/31/2014 8:22:12 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 29 Jul 2014 | Pam Key
    Tuesday on MSNBC's "NewsNation with Tamron Hall," Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) said President Barack Obama should go ahead with his reported plans to give amnesty to 5 to 6 million illegal immigrants because the House Republicans won't pass the Senate's version of comprehensive immigration reform. The Texas Democrat said, "I would applaud the president because all we're doing is taking a sore, bleeding sore and watching it bleed, continue to be infected, and sprinkling water on top of it. That's what the Republicans are doing."
  • CAIR-Affiliated Protest: "We Are Hamas!"

    07/24/2014 5:57:51 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Jul 2014 | Danielle Avel
    Decked out in keffiyahs and stocked with vulgar posters, anti-Israel demonstrators have been descending upon cities across the United States rallying for what they call peace. One such group gathered on Sunday, July 20, 2014, just blocks from the Israeli consulate in Miami. The flier for this protest declares, “Stop the bombing – Stop the Killing – Free Palestine” and includes logos from: the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Florida, the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Students for Justice in Palestine, the American Muslim Association of North America, American Muslims for Emergency & Relief, Syrian American Council of South...
  • The truth about slavery reparations

    06/19/2014 6:13:13 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 16, 2014 | Walter Williams
    Calls for slavery reparations have returned with the publication of Ta-Nehisi Coates' "The Case for Reparations" in The Atlantic magazine. In making his argument, Coates goes through the horrors of slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow and gross racial discrimination. First off, let me say that I agree with reparations advocates that slavery was a horrible, despicable violation of basic human rights. The gross discrimination that followed emancipation made a mockery of the guarantees of the U.S. Constitution. I also agree that slave owners and slave traders should make reparations to those whom they enslaved. The problem, of course, is that slaves,...
  • Dave Brat and the Return of the Constitution

    06/12/2014 2:16:20 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 3 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 6.12.14 | Jeffrey Lord
    From hundreds of people in every part of the country, I heard complaints about how the ever-expanding federal government was encroaching on liberties we’d always taken for granted. I heard it so often that after a while I became convinced that some of our fundamental freedoms were in jeopardy because of the emergence of a permanent government never envisioned by the framers of the Constitution: a federal bureaucracy that was becoming so powerful it was able to set policy and thwart the desires not only of ordinary citizens, but their elected representatives in Congress. So wrote Ronald Reagan of the...
  • Obama Calls Out ‘Millionaires’ to Pay for Student Loans

    06/10/2014 6:08:08 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 54 replies
    The Heritage Foundation The Daily Signal ^ | June 09, 2014 | Kelsey Harkness
    Using his pen again in “this year of action,” President Obama today signed an executive order to ease the burden of student debt at the expense of “millionaires.” The program, “Pay as You Earn,” expands an existing federal loan option available to undergrad and graduate students. It issues caps on monthly loan payments at 10 percent of the borrower’s discretionary income and forgives their remaining balance after 20 years. For those working in public service or the government, any remaining debt is forgiven after 10 years. An estimated 5 million more borrowers will become eligible under the new plan. Before...
  • Boehner: White House kept prisoner trade secret because Congress opposed it

    06/04/2014 7:18:13 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/03/14 | Erik Wasson
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday said the Obama administration told congressional leaders about a possible prisoner exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl more than two years ago, but then never followed up. In a statement, Boehner said lawmakers had thought they would be consulted again, and blasted the White House for trading five Taliban leaders for Bergdahl without notifying Congress. He also said lawmakers were opposed to the exchange when it was first raised, and accused the White House of keeping Congress in the dark because of that opposition. "More than two years ago, Members of Congress were briefed on...
  • Trying to Reclaim Leadership on Climate Change

    06/02/2014 6:30:25 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | JUNE 1, 2014 | JUSTIN GILLIS and HENRY FOUNTAIN
    At the end of his first year in office, President Obama flew to Copenhagen and made a big promise: that the United States would cut its greenhouse gas emissions substantially by 2020 — a bold and risky pledge that hinged on a balky Congress to make it possible. His efforts became bogged down within months, and Mr. Obama’s pledge to the rest of the world soon looked like a pipe dream. On Monday, Mr. Obama is planning to bypass Congress and take one of the biggest steps any American president has ever taken on climate change, proposing new rules to...
  • Pro-gun grandson follows in Jimmy Carter's footsteps, sort of

    05/29/2014 9:08:36 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 9 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 29 May, 2014 | Alistair Bell
    ATLANTA (Reuters) - While a Bush and a Clinton consider whether to run for the White House in 2016, in Georgia another U.S. presidential surname from decades past is already on a ballot. Blessed with his forebear's famous smile and mellow manner, state Senator Jason Carter is trying to emulate grandfather Jimmy in November by winning election as governor. Unlike the former president, who has moved further to the left with age, Jason, 38, is carving out room on the right as he campaigns as a Democrat against an incumbent in a conservative state. Polls show a tight race. In...
  • Top senator says cost-cutting culture fueled veterans scandal

    05/27/2014 2:33:01 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 59 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 27 May, 2014 | Meredith Shiner
    Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said in an interview that Washington’s cost-cutting culture helped spark the growing Veterans Administration hospital controversy by encouraging VA officials to understate their financial needs both internally and to Congress. Murray, a top appropriator and former chairwoman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, had strong words for a department that she said not only faces chronic management issues but also consistently underestimates its funding needs and how many veterans will seek care each year. Though many Republicans have called for current VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to step down from his post in light of reports of...
  • Luis Gutierrez: Without Amnesty George W. Bush Last Republican President

    05/20/2014 2:31:39 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 66 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 May 2014 | Tony Lee
    Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), who suggested on Monday that "every institution" in America should ignore the nation's immigration laws until Congress passes amnesty legislation, said President George W. Bush will go down as the last Republican president in history if Congress does not act on immigration. "I give you George W. Bush--the man who will go down in history as the last Republican president in American history," Gutierrez said Tuesday on the House Floor. He added: If you do nothing on immigration, I guess you can take comfort in knowing that from Abraham Lincoln to George W. Bush, you had...
  • Venezuela to bring complaint against US at UN

    05/19/2014 9:02:22 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 9 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 19 May, 2014 | Staff
    Caracas (AFP) - Venezuela vowed Sunday to accuse the United States of meddling in its political crisis at the United Nations and other international organizations. President Nicolas Maduro's socialist administration has been jolted by three months of often deadly street protests that have killed 42 people and wounded more than 800. Violent protests began in February as an outpouring of anger against the government's inability to tamp down the high crime rate, but quickly spread and included protests against the lack of household basics like milk and toilet paper in this oil-rich nation. The government has blamed local elites and...
  • Climate Science Defector Forced to Resign by Alarmist 'Fatwa'

    05/14/2014 1:48:01 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 May, 2014 | James Delingpole
    Professor Lennart Bengtsson - the leading scientist who three weeks ago signalled his defection to the climate sceptic camp by joining the board of the Global Warming Policy Foundation - has now dramatically been forced to resign from his position. His views on the weakness of the "consensus" haven't changed. But as he admits in his resignation letter, he has been so badly bullied by his alarmist former colleagues that he is worried his health and career will suffer. Bengtsson's recruitment by the GWPF (the London-based think tank set up by former Chancellor Lord Lawson) represented a huge coup for...
  • Europe's top court: people have right to be forgotten on Internet

    05/13/2014 8:38:38 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 13, 2014 | Staff
    May 13 (Reuters) - People can ask Google to delete sensitive information from its Internet search results, Europe's top court said on Tuesday. The case underlines the battle between advocates of free expression and supporters of privacy rights, who say people should have the "right to be forgotten" meaning that they should be able to remove their digital traces from the Internet. The ruling by the Luxembourg-based European Union Court of Justice (ECJ) came after a Spanish man complained to the Spanish data protection agency that an auction notice of his repossessed home on Google's search results infringed his privacy....
  • Editorial Describes America Through the Eyes of an Anti-Gunner (Too funny!)

    05/11/2014 6:07:45 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 9 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | May 9, 2014 | staff
    Well, it's nothing especially new in the realm of anti-gun propaganda, but the Washington Post “Morning Mix” section on Thursday reprinted yet another screed by a big city newspaper against U.S. gun culture. The reprinted article followed a template familiar to anyone who is engaged in the gun debate in America. It reminded readers of past highly-publicized gun crimes. It depicted President Obama shouting himself "hoarse" over the need for action on gun control. It made the expected public health analogies, calling gun-related crimes an intractable "malignant tumor." It indicated that no place in the U.S. is free of firearms,...
  • Journalists Surveyed: Democrats Outnumber Republicans 4 to 1

    05/07/2014 2:31:10 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7 May, 2014 | John Sexton
    A survey by the Indiana University School of Journalism found that self-described Democrats outnumber Republicans by a ratio of four to one, 28 percent to 7 percent. The survey (pdf), which has been conducted every 10-11 years since 1971, found that journalists have abandoned both parties. Compared to 2002, the last time it was taken, the percentage of Democrats dropped from 35 to 28. The percentage of Republicans dropped even more sharply over the same time period from 18 down to just seven percent today. For the first time since 1971, more than half of all journalists report they are...
  • The Legal Limit Four Reports on the Obama Administration's Lawlessness

    05/07/2014 12:25:47 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota
    US Senator Ted Cruz ^ | 6 May, 2014 | US Senator Ted Cruz
    The Legal Limit Report No. 4: The Obama Administration’s Abuse of Power A catalogue of power grabs regarding national security, Obamacare, the economy, executive nominees, free speech, privacy and more. ++++Links to all four reports at site++++
  • Americans now 'racist' for waving American flag

    05/07/2014 6:39:10 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 40 replies
    WND Education ^ | 5 May, 2014 | Bob Unruh
    Americans now are being blasted as “racist” for the simple act of waving an American flag. It happened Monday in California to a small group of protesters who waved U.S. flags in front of a school where officials had banned the practice to avoid violence threatened by Hispanic students celebrating Cinco de Mayo. The controversy developed in 2010, when school officials ordered students not to wear U.S. flag-themed shirts on the Mexican holiday. The ban has been upheld by a federal appeals court. The controversy brought a small group of protesters out Monday, and the community reacted immediately. “What’s wrong...
  • Reagan vs. Obama: A Tale of Two Economic Recoveries

    04/28/2014 1:03:14 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 61 replies
    Western Free Press ^ | 27 April, 2014 | John Walker
    Reagan Turned It Around in Two Years; Obama Has Made It Worse in Five Years It’s a tired and shopworn refrain, but the Obama administration still claims that the so-called economic recovery that started in 2009 is struggling because of the mess the president inherited when he took office. So how does he explain a jobless recovery with no economic growth? We’ll probably never see it in the mainstream media, but thanks to political observer Michael Hausam, we can make a comparison of policy and politics that pits 2009 against 1981. That would directly compare the economy Ronald Reagan inherited...
  • WSJ: California Politicians Looting Cap and Trade Fund

    04/24/2014 6:51:16 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 April, 2014 | Adelle Nazarian
    It's California’s latest spending rush--and this time it involves carbon. For years, the Wall Street Journal has been reporting that cap and trade's real purpose was to create another revenue stream for politicians while dodging accountability for raising taxes. Now Senate President Darrel Steinberg is suggesting that cap and trade revenues be used to finance the state’s $68 billion "bullet" train. One problem: The cap-and-trade revenues must be used to reduce carbon emissions. According to one analyst, the train's construction will do just the opposite; it will increase emissions. An initiative that was once intended to reach green programs (e.g....
  • Defiance of Congressional Subpenas

    04/21/2014 4:53:40 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 11 replies
    Vanity | 21 April, 2014 | LucianOfSamasota
    Early in Obama's first term, Attorney General Eric Holder submitted a formal, written response to Congressional inquiry into Fast & Furious. This official DOJ testimony attempted to absolve the DOJ of responsibility for F & F by fraudulently covering up information concerning who knew what and when. When information came to light which conclusively proved the Eric J Holder perjured himself, and the DOJ under his direction with malice and forethought attempted to deceive Congress, Holder simply "withdrew" this sworn, official testimony. Since this time, Holder's DOJ has stopped trying to lie its way out of compliance. Now, the DOJ...
  • Nevada Tribal Leader, 81, Sues BLM for $30 million

    04/21/2014 10:26:44 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 35 replies
    Horse's Heart ^ | 30 July, 2011 | Scott Sonner
    The federal government seized Raymond Yowell’s cattle — all 132 head — and hauled them across the state and sold them at auction. Then the U.S. Bureau of Land Management sent Yowell a bill for $180,000 for back grazing fees and penalties, and later garnished part of his Social Security benefits. Now, nearly a decade later, the 81-year-old former chief of the Western Shoshone National Council is fighting back. He’s suing the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the Treasury Department and others for $30 million. Yowell claims the government violated his constitutional rights, broke an 1863 treaty and saddled him...
  • Chrysler Bankruptcy Still Affecting Economy

    04/21/2014 6:12:32 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 19 replies
    The Foundry ^ | 19 April, 2014 | Curtis Dubay
    This month marks the fifth anniversary of the Chrysler bankruptcy. President Obama will doubtless mark the occasion by talking about how his intervention saved the auto company. More noteworthy, however, is how the lawlessness of that intervention created tremendous uncertainty, which still chills the economy today. Todd Zywicki has written an excellent summary of President Obama’s actions in the Chrysler bailout. A shorter version goes like this. Starting under President Bush and continuing under President Obama, the federal government used TARP funds to keep Chrysler afloat. This gave the government effective control over Chrysler. As a result, the Obama administration...
  • The “Assault Weapon” Rebellion

    04/14/2014 7:09:32 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 20 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12 April, 2014 | Bob Owens
    Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) signed what the Hartford Courant called “the toughest assault weapons legislation in the nation” last year. It required owners of semi-automatic firearms to register all firearms designated as “assault weapons” with the state government, along with any “high capacity” magazines they may own, by December 31, 2013. The Malloy regime expected Connecticut residents to register somewhere between 372,000-400,000 firearms, and roughly 2 million firearm magazines that held more than 10 rounds before January 1. What they got instead was defiance.
  • Florida man breaks into house and meets entire family with guns loaded

    04/10/2014 8:12:06 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 40 replies
    Rare ^ | April 9, 2014 | Betsi Fores
    Mitchell Large made the decision to break into a Florida home Monday morning but didn’t exactly face the greeting he was expecting. The family whose home he broke into were all packing heat. Immediately, the dad fired a warning shot above the door, MyFoxOrlando13 reports, but the intruder was not detered. “When Large continued into the kitchen, mom and son opened up, killing him,” BizPacReview writes. “It appears at least two of the family members fired in defense of themselves and their property,” Police Chief Gary Hester explained. “It’s not a very far reach to assume that if someone’s forcing...
  • John Kerry finds his calling (Hurl chunks!)

    04/01/2014 8:31:00 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 7 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | February 20, 2014 | Matt Bai
    Ten years ago this week, John Kerry barely held off John Edwards in Wisconsin’s Democratic primary, prolonging for another few weeks his plodding, uninspiring march to the party’s presidential nomination. Kerry went on to lose an eminently winnable election, after which most Democrats in Washington expected him to disappear, like Walter Mondale or Michael Dukakis. Kerry went the Ed Muskie route, instead. He persevered, and now, exactly a year into his tenure as secretary of state, he is enjoying the most widespread admiration of his long political life. In September, even before he managed to restart peace negotiations in the...
  • Couple Charged with Ripping Off Minnesota for Welfare Benefits from Yacht in Florida

    03/24/2014 5:47:41 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Mar 2014 | William Bigelow
    Colin Chisholm III and his wife Andrea, who received over $165,000 in public assistance from the state of Minnesota between 2005 and 2012 while living on a yacht in Florida, have been charged with fraud, and a manhunt is underway to find them. The charges against Colin Chisholm were filed in February but not made public because police had been searching for the Chisholms. His wife was only charged last Tuesday. Chuck Laszewski, a spokesman for prosecutor Mike Freeman, said Friday, "They know by now we are looking for them."
  • Zero Oregon Obamacare Enrollees After Four Months and $305 Million

    03/21/2014 6:13:05 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 March, 2014 | Robert Wilde
    More than four months after its scheduled launch and despite receiving $305 million in federal grants and spending at least $160 million on the website, Cover Oregon has not enrolled anyone. U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) and other leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee wrote a letter to the General Accountability Office, stating, "The catastrophic breakdown of Cover Oregon is unacceptable, and taxpayers deserve accountability." The letter notes that the Obamacare federal exchange, HealthCare.gov, and the various state exchanges "have encountered numerous problems." Yet, according to Walden, Cover Oregon, the healthcare exchange for the state of Oregon, may...
  • Phoenix reporter says Jay Carney DOESN'T get daily briefing questions in advance

    03/20/2014 1:55:59 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 21 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 20 March 2014 | David Martosko
    * Catherine Anaya of KPHO-TV in Phoenix claimed Carney told reporters that White House correspondents often tell him their questions ahead of time * 'If only this were true,' Carney told MailOnline * Anaya later walked back her story, but said that she was asked to submit a local-news question in writing before Wednesday's White House briefing * She conceded Thursday that she shouldn't have said the practice is common * Anaya also broke protocol by telling viewers about an 'off the record' meeting with Carney * She said in a statement that she was mistaken about that also, but...
  • Has anyone played with Tracking Point's Precision Guided Firearms?

    02/25/2014 3:48:37 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 8 replies
    Tracking Point ^ | 2013 | None
    The Precision Guided Firearm (PGF) developed by TrackingPoint is the most accurate shooting system in the world. Called the Xact SystemTM, it solves multiple problems that long range shooters face. The Xact System ensures repeatable performance and accuracy even at extended ranges. The PGF also offers applications for smart devices. These apps interact with embedded wifi servers to share real-time or recorded images.
  • Is Jindal the Least Popular Guv?

    02/25/2014 2:38:32 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 18 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 25 February, 2014 | David Freedlander
    Past performance is supposed to predict future results. In politics, this should mean that winning over constituents in your home state makes you an immediate national figure, the kind of person who’s talked about as a potential president, and whose every appearance outside the borders of one’s home state sets tongues wagging. *SNIP*** But there is no better argument for tending to your present job than Bobby Jindal. The Republican Governor of Louisiana was heralded as the new face of the party practically since he was first elected in 2007. He flirted with running for president in 2012, and is...
  • Report: Southern Invasion Of Arctic-Dwelling Snowy Owls Spreads To 25 States

    02/19/2014 6:36:35 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 35 replies
    CBS Conneticut ^ | February 18, 2014 | Staff
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Reports from tens of thousands of bird-counting volunteers show a southern invasion of Arctic-dwelling snowy owls has spread to 25 states, and frigid cold is causing unusual movements of waterfowl. Results are still coming in from the four-day annual Great Backyard Bird Count sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society and Bird Studies Canada. Sponsors say the event, which ended Monday, drew participants from a record 127 countries, surpassing last year’s 110. Most were from the U.S. and Canada. Preliminary results show more than 2,500 snowy owls being reported in 25 states and...
  • John Podesta, key player in administration, also helped UN develop radical new global agenda

    02/13/2014 11:18:50 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 13, 2014 | George Russell
    John Podesta, the former Clinton Administration chief of staff who is spearheading President Barack Obama’s aggressive strategy of government-by-regulation, has also been helping United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon with an even more ambitious job: setting the stage to radically transform the world’s economic, environmental and social agenda. That effort—a colossal and sweeping form of global behavior modification--is supposed to get a new kick-start at a special U.N. summit of world leaders to be convened by Ban in New York City on September 25. Its supporters hope that effort will end next year in a new international treaty that will...
  • Cartel hitman testifies to 800 murders, daily quotas at kingpin's trial

    02/11/2014 2:47:18 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 11, 2014 | Joseph J. Kolb
    EL PASO, Texas – The ongoing trial of a man accused of killing three U.S. Consulate workers and family members in Juarez is revealing the shocking depravity of one of Mexico’s most violent gangs, including the charge that it had a daily murder quota calibrated to instill fear in police and the public. Jesus Ernesto Chavez Castillo, a star witness in the murder trial of Arturo Gallegos Castrellon, told jurors in an El Paso federal courtroom how the Barrio Azteca Gang Catrellon grew from a Texas jail gang into contract killers for the notorious Juarez cartel. Thousands of murders committed...
  • Why Do Republicans Want Us to Work All the Time?

    02/10/2014 7:19:35 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 36 replies
    PoliticoMagazine ^ | February 07, 2014 | Benjamin Kline Hunnicut
    This week, America’s political class has been consumed by an intense, vitriolic debate over a single number: 2.5 million. That’s the amount by which, according to the Congressional Budget Office, President Obama’s signature health care law will effectively reduce the U.S. work force over the next decade. The initial Republican reaction was predictable: Pundits filled the airwaves, Cassandra-like, to paint Obamacare as the ultimate job killer. Never mind that, reading the fine print, it’s clear the CBO was talking about workers voluntarily reducing their hours in response to the law—not getting laid off or seeing their shifts scaled back. And...
  • Stuck in Congressional "Groundhog Day"

    02/10/2014 6:17:03 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota
    The Foundry ^ | February 10, 2014 | Amy Payne
    In the movie “Groundhog Day,” Bill Murray wakes up again and again to find that he is stuck in the same day. This happens multiple times a year now with Congress on the debt limit, which we just hit again on Saturday. Depending on which party’s in power, the ones arguing for or against raising the debt ceiling will change—which makes for fun historical quotations like Obama vs. Obama on the debt limit. In our new video, you can see politicians from both sides arguing the debt limit—and vowing that they will not, absolutely not, have this same argument again...
  • How Obamanomics Promotes Inequality

    01/29/2014 11:38:32 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 6 replies
    Heritage ^ | January 29, 2014 | Stephen Moore
    The great Obama contradiction on the economy is this: he takes credit for the improved economy, but openly admits that in this recovery almost all of the gains have gone to the very rich. Here is the disturbing passage from Obama’s State of the Union speech that I refer to: “What I believe unites the people of this nation…is the notion that if you work hard and take responsibility, you can get ahead. “That belief has suffered some serious blows… Today, after four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those at the...
  • Obama’s True Legacy: Not Healthcare

    01/15/2014 7:32:31 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 17 replies
    Frontpage ^ | January 15, 2014 | Nonie Darwish
    ...Obama’s legacy will be the empowerment of Islam in America, especially in red states and the Bible belt, where Muslim immigrants are flocking in large numbers and are building mosques at a breakneck pace to challenge the Judeo/Christian culture of the heartland. The same has also taken place at the international arena where the Muslim Brotherhood and radical Islam have been empowered by the Obama administration, resulting in al-Qaeda dominating huge areas of the Middle East causing civil wars and chaos around Israel. The difference between the negative effect of ObamaCare and Obama’s fumbles with the Muslim Brotherhood penetration, both...
  • Survey shows prisoners are kinder and more trustworthy than everyone else. Or so they think

    01/10/2014 6:05:29 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | January 10th, 2014 | Tim Stanley
    Who knew that thieves, murderers and rapists were such lovely people? A survey of 79 prisoners by brainy swots at the University of Southampton has found that inmates regard themselves as morally superior to the rest of the population. Or at least "kinder" and "more trustworthy". Certainly politer. "Excuse me, good sir – would you mind terribly picking up that bar of soap I just dropped on the shower floor?" The vagabonds and public nuisances were asked to rate themselves on nine character attributes: moral, kind, trustworthy, honest, dependable, compassionate, generous, self-controlled and law-abiding. Incredibly, they rated themselves as better...
  • Warmers Use Magic to Create the Illusion of Science

    01/07/2014 6:19:21 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 13 replies
    Townhall Finance ^ | Jan 07, 2014 | John Ransom
    "Sire, I have been misunderstood.I will explain.There are two kinds of prophecy.One is the gift to foretell things that are but a little way off, the other is the gift to foretell things that are whole ages and centuries away.Which is the mightier gift, do you think?"—Hank Morgan, the Connecticut Yankee, in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court In Mark Twain’s classic A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Hank Morgan, who calls himself the Yankee of the Yankees, uses science over and over to create the illusion of magic to support the notion that he is in fact...