Free Republic 4th Quarter Fundraising Target: $85,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $66,563
78%  
Woo hoo!! And now less than $18.5k to go!! We can do this. Thank you all very much!!

Articles Posted by opentalk

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Aluminium poisoning may trigger Alzheimer’s disease, claims professor

    10/14/2014 1:01:10 PM PDT · by opentalk · 85 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | October 13, 2014 | Sarah Knapton
    Professor Chrisopher Exley of Keele University claims that aluminium present in everyday items like cosmetics and food may be building up in the brain and causing Alzheimer's disease Aluminium poisoning may be fuelling Alzheimer’s disease, a leading professor has claimed.Professor Chrisopher Exley, of Keele University, said that exposure to the metal causes deposits in the human brain which can exacerbate other problems...Aluminium, he argues, is now added to or used in almost everything we eat, drink, inject or absorb. The metal is abundant in the Earth’s crust and is naturally absorbed from the soil by plants and foodstuffs. But aluminium...
  • Americans Die, Obama Lies, GOP Hides

    10/14/2014 10:41:31 AM PDT · by opentalk · 5 replies
    ConservativeHQ ^ | October 13, 2014
    The news that another American child has died from the Enterovirus 68 epidemic sweeping our country’s schools and childcare facilities, and that an American health care worker has contracted the Ebola virus IN AMERICA should make every American voter demand that President Obama close our borders to travelers from countries where those diseases are endemic.It should be a natural alliance for Republicans – who claim to be the Party of people outside the Washington Beltway – to join with frightened airline workers, parents and health care workers to demand border security and immigration policies that protect them. And it should...
  • CDC: 150 People Enter U.S. Per Day from Ebola-Stricken Countries--or 4,500 Per Month

    10/11/2014 2:10:15 PM PDT · by opentalk · 114 replies
    CNSnews ^ | October 9, 2014 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Both Homeland Security Secretary Secretary Jeh Johnson and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden said on Wednesday that 150 people a day arrive in the United States from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea, the three West African countries that have been hit  by the Ebola virus...."The number of travelers is relatively small. We're talking about 150 per day," Frieden told a news conference on Wednesday. He announced that questionnaires and temperature checks will begin at five major U.S. airports that handle "95 percent of all the 150 travelers per day who arrive from these three...
  • DHS Chief: ´We´re Asking Passengers to Fill Out a Declaration About What Symptoms Do You Have

    10/09/2014 10:50:18 AM PDT · by opentalk · 35 replies
    CNSnews ^ | October 9, 2014 | Susan Jones
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Wednesday announced "more enhanced screening" for the estimated 150 travelers flying into the United States every day from West African countries where the deadly Ebola virus is spreading."The protocol is, first of all, our Customs personnel are very skilled at examining people, assessing people for a variety of reasons. And we're asking passengers to fill out a declaration about what symptoms do you have? Are you feeling ill? Where have you been for the last 21 days and where will you be for the next few days?"And, through a non-contact thermometer, we're going to...
  • U.S. faces sixth case of Ebola as latest American falls ill

    10/04/2014 12:17:28 PM PDT · by opentalk · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 3, 2014 | Susan Heavey
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has seen six cases of the Ebola virus in recent weeks affecting five Americans and a Liberian. Two of the cases surfaced this week, raising concerns about wider spread of the disease, which has killed at least 3,439 people in the current outbreak in West Africa.All of the Americans contracted the disease while in West Africa and were diagnosed there before returning home for treatment. The Liberian fell ill and tested positive during a visit to Dallas.Below are details on the six U.S. cases so far
  • Obama's ISIS Advisers -->A Thief, A Qatari, And The Man Who Created Islamist Iran & The Taliban

    09/09/2014 10:56:31 AM PDT · by opentalk · 8 replies
    The LID ^ | September 9, 2014
    Last night President Obama hosted a dinner of "foreign policy experts" to get advice about his ISIS plans. Among the guests were Sandy Berger, a man who got caught stealing federal documents; Strobe Talbott a man whose employer receives major funding from the terrorist-funding government of Qatar, and Zbigniew Brzezinski a man who was involved in creating both the Islamist state of Iran and the Taliban....Samuel R. Berger and Zbigniew Brzezinski, advised Democratic presidents during foreign crises: Mr. Berger, while Bill Clinton was weighing airstrikes in Bosnia and Kosovo; Mr. Brzezinski, while Jimmy Carter was dealing with the Iran hostage...
  • Illegal from El Salvador Cristian Alexander Zamora allegedly kills boy with machete

    08/13/2014 5:51:22 AM PDT · by opentalk · 2 replies
    Fire Andrea Mitchell ^ | August 12, 2014
    Yet another one of Obama’s ‘Dreamers’ aka illegals invading this country for amnesty has been charged in the murder of another American. Meet Cristian Alexander Zamora. He’s from El Salvador, and was in this country illegally when he ‘allegedly’ used a machete and a baseball bat to murder a 16-year-old Texas high school student. As usual, the local Houston media reporting on this story leave out the fact that Cristian Alexander Zamora is in this country illegally. We wouldn’t want to derail amnesty now would we. Court records show that Cristian Alexander Zamora, an illegal alien from El Salvador, was charged and fined...
  • Mich. (Illegal) couple charged with murder after dogs fatally maul jogger

    08/01/2014 8:51:28 AM PDT · by opentalk · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 1, 2014
    A couple whose two dogs mauled a jogger on a rural Michigan road have been charged with murder, reports CBS Detroit....In addition to the murder charges, federal authorities said Quagliata and Lucaj are Albanians living in the U.S. illegally. A report in the Detroit Free Press stated they were facing imminent deportation at the time of the attack. It is unclear if their citizenship status will affect their trial.Authorities said it was the third attack by the dogs in the past two years. The couple was apparently breeding dogs at their property, officials said.
  • Michael Savage: 'Muslim Sisterhood' Runs White House

    07/29/2014 7:52:59 AM PDT · by opentalk · 16 replies
    WND ^ | July 29, 2014
    President Obama appears reticent to help Israel stamp out Hamas once and for all because his administration is being run by a “Muslim Sisterhood,” nationally syndicated talk-host Michael Savage told his listeners.""With the likes of senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, U.N. Ambassador Stephanie Power and National Security Adviser Susan Rice guiding Obama’s foreign policy, America appears to be siding with the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement founded in Egypt in 1928 that seeks to bring the world under Islamic law and has spun off violent jihadist groups such as al-Qaida and Hamas.It was the Muslim Brotherhood that governed Egypt in the wake of...
  • Obama rewarding terror

    07/24/2014 8:31:17 AM PDT · by opentalk · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 24, 2014 | Ed Lasky
    Hamas builds tunnels and rockets to kidnap and kill Jews, has a charter that calls for the killing of all Jews wherever they live, launches missile attacks against Israelis, uses UNWRA facilities to hide rockets, spreads anti-Semitism and claims of war crimes against Israel, has become unpopular in Gaza, and is losing support in Egypt and the Arab world.  And now the US wants to reward and rescue them with a vast influx of money?
  • U.N. Human Rights Council Produces Resolution Bashing Israel, Ignoring Hamas

    07/23/2014 12:28:22 PM PDT · by opentalk · 5 replies
    CNS news ^ | July 23, 2014 | Patrick Goodenough
     – The U.N. Human Rights Council will hold an emergency session on Wednesday to consider a draft resolution that condemns Israel repeatedly for its military offensive against Hamas, but does not mention the terrorist group once.The resolution calls for the establishment of an international commission of inquiry to probe allegations that Israel has committed war crimes and violated international law. Alongside multiple criticisms of Israel – whose conduct the council “condemns,” “strongly condemns” and “condemns in the strongest terms” – there is a single reference in the three-page type written draft to rocket attacks on Israeli civilians
  • Open Borders or Open Society

    07/22/2014 8:44:22 PM PDT · by opentalk · 10 replies
    CNS news ^ | July 22, 2014 | Jen Kuznicki
    ...In a report out of Michigan, a protest was organized over the prospect now seemingly beyond the people's control, that the federal government under the leadership of Barack Obama will be sending dozens of the tens of thousands of children who have come into the nation through our southern border, to the small town of Vassar.  Filled with anger and resentment against the open border policies of this president, the people demonstrating described the move as anarchy.But, within the report, it was revealed that the move was being organized by a foundation called the Heartland Alliance: Grosse Pointe Park-based Wolverine Human Services...
  • The Obama Dallas Immigration Visit – Curious Case of Obama’s “Faith Leaders”

    07/20/2014 8:58:43 AM PDT · by opentalk · 27 replies
    On July 9th 2014 President Obama made a visit to Dallas Texas for two reasons.   The first reason was fundraising, the second reason was to meet with Governor Rick Perry and “Faith Leaders” to discuss the border crisis....The impression intended would be that President Obama just met with a bunch of religious organizational heads, perhaps priests, pastors and ministers.  Along with “faith based” advocates who are helping to deal with the immediate needs of the illegal aliens, unaccompanied minors, and the larger “border crisis”.You would be wrong.To avoid my calling our President of The United States a liar, I will instead say President Obama is being...
  • One of the ‘Important People’

    07/17/2014 9:06:27 AM PDT · by opentalk · 6 replies
    Washinton Free Beacon ^ | July 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    FEATURE: This is what happens when a reporter tries to make an OBGYN appointment with Eric Holder’s wifeI was told the OBGYN practice where the wives of two prominent Democrats are partners reserves its morning appointments for “important people.” It was an intriguing claim, especially given the fact that Foxhall OB/GYN Associates does not accept Medicaid even as the office is being used as a prop in a Democrat’s congressional campaign.I decided to investigate. Could I get a morning appointment? Was I one of the “important people”? After an awkward 15-minute conversation with the office manager, it turned out I...
  • U.S. Selling $11B in Weaponry to Gulf State That Supports Hamas, Syrian Jihadists

    07/17/2014 6:02:29 AM PDT · by opentalk · 18 replies
    CNS new ^ | July 16, 2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    At a time when Hamas continues to fire salvos of rockets into Israel while rejecting a ceasefire proposal, the United States has finalized a deal to provide the Palestinian terrorist group’s leading supporter, Qatar, with weaponry worth $11 billion.The deal signed at the Pentagon Monday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Qatari counterpart comes just months after a senior U.S. Treasury official in a speech deplored Qatar’s open support for Hamas, and covert funding for jihadists in Syria, including the al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra and the al-Qaeda offshoot the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS
  • Dem Opposes GOP Lawmaker’s Plan for Over-the-Counter Birth Control

    07/15/2014 4:53:17 AM PDT · by opentalk · 15 replies
    CNS news ^ | July 14, 2014 | Penny Starr
    – Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) expressed opposition Friday to a proposed plan to allow women to buy birth control without a prescription, saying the proposal would put “more barriers between women and contraceptives.”"I believe it would put more barriers to women's health and contraception," Udall said at a July 11 press conference, according to the Associated Press.The plan proposed by the man challenging Udall for his Senate seat – Rep. Cory Gardener (R-Colo.) - would give women over-the-counter access to birth control, but customers would have to pay the cost charged by drug stores and other retailers for contraceptives.At the press...
  • Are Beck and Company Funding Lawlessness in the Name of Jesus

    07/12/2014 6:23:34 AM PDT · by opentalk · 353 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 12, 2014 | M. Catharine Evans
    Glenn Beck has set up Mercury One Children and Family Border Relief Fund to help illegals coming into the United States. He’s already raised $600,000. Beck stated that Obama would not have to step in and ask for $3.7 billion if private charities would pick up the slack and give to the swarm of illegals crossing the border.Is he kidding?  Do we really need more churches and non-profits enabling this blatant attack on America? Rich people and liberal elite billionaires have no skin in the game when it comes to the consequences of illegal immigration so what do they care?It’s the working...
  • Federal Government Looking Into Norfolk Parade Float (Obama Presidential Library)

    07/11/2014 8:46:22 AM PDT · by opentalk · 24 replies
    KMTV news ^ | July 10, 2014 | Ashlee Pitzl
    Norfolk, Neb. (KMTV) - Mayor Sue Fuchtman confirms to KMTV Action 3 News that Department of Justice officials are in Norfolk to discuss a controversial parade float.Last Saturday, a man put an outhouse on his parade float with a sign that read, "Obama Presidential Library." A zombie dressed as a farmer was leaning against the building. Parade organizers told KMTV they talked to the creator, who's a farmer, and he said the zombie was supposed to be him, not the president.
  • Boehner Omits Immigration From Lawsuit Against Obama's 'Unilateral Actions'

    07/11/2014 3:27:51 AM PDT · by opentalk · 10 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | July 10, 2014 | Tony Lee
    On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) left out immigration in a draft resolution that authorized the House of Representatives to sue Obama for having "unilaterally changed the employer mandate" in the Obamacare law. "In 2013, the president changed the health care law without a vote of Congress, effectively creating his own law by literally waiving the employer mandate and the penalties for failing to comply with it," Boehner said. "That’s not the way our system of government was designed to work. No president should have the power to make laws on his or her own."On June 25, Boehner sent a memo to House...
  • Radioactive material stolen from lab in Mexico

    06/13/2014 9:28:20 AM PDT · by opentalk · 15 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | June 12, 2014
    A device containing radioactive substances was stolen from a government research facility and authorities are working to track it down, Mexico's No. 2 official said."We have the report regarding the theft of this material and the alerts and protocol we follow in these cases have already been implemented," Government Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong told reporters after speaking at a conference of state law enforcement chiefs and attorneys general.Exposure to the cesium-37 and americium-beryllium inside the stolen piece of equipment is not likely to cause permanent injury, the central government said in an alert distributed to authorities in Mexico City...
  • Indiana cops taser 10-year-old at day care

    05/16/2014 8:41:31 AM PDT · by opentalk · 77 replies
    NY Daily news ^ | May 15, 2014 | Lindsay Goldwert
    Indiana police say two officers have been placed on administrative suspension after they used a stun gun on an unruly child at a home day care.A news release from the mayor's office and the Martinsville Police Department said the officers responded to reports of a 10-year-old who was out of control at Tender Teddies Day Care Tuesday night, reports WRTV in Indianapolis...The department says that when the officers arrived the boy was out of control, hitting and kicking and refusing to listen to them.The department says the officers used a stun gun and slapped the boy to subdue him.
  • 'I loathe the hijab. I too like the feel of the sun and the wind on my hair. Is this a big sin?

    05/13/2014 4:27:34 PM PDT · by opentalk · 19 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 13, 2013 | Ted Thornhill
    It’s illegal for women in Iran to appear in public without wearing a headscarf – or hijab - but dozens have posted bare-headed photographs of themselves to a Facebook page called Stealthy Freedoms of Iranian Women.Punishment in Iran for not wearing a hijab ranges from a fine to imprisonment, but despite the risks around 150 photographs have been uploaded to the site, which at the time of writing has over 140,000 likes.The photographs show women in huge variety of places and poses.
  • The Five Things Hillary is Known for are Bad Things

    05/13/2014 1:22:55 PM PDT · by opentalk · 25 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | May 13, 2014 | Keith Koffler
    Here’s why Boko Haram is awful news for Hillary: Because it adds to the list of things she is known for. AND ALL OF THEM ARE BAD.Hillary Clinton is running on fumes. The fumes of fame. There is no other reason that people will vote for Hillary Clinton other than that she is famous. Many others share her ideas. Some state them more eloquently. But Hillary is more famous.Hillary’s problem is that, at a certain point in the Democratic primaries, someone else will become equally famous....Because her record, you see, in the public mind, consists of these five things:1. Benghazi: Clinton has...
  • End to solar farm blight as subsidy scheme is scrapped (UK)

    05/13/2014 12:20:41 PM PDT · by opentalk · 11 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | May 13, 2014 | Emily Gosden
    Green energy subsidy scheme will be shut to large solar farms as ministers attempt to curb blight to countryside Subsidies that have driven the spread of large solar farms across Britain are to be scrapped under plans to stop the panels blighting the countryside.Energy companies that build solar farms currently qualify for generous consumer-funded subsidies through the so-called 'Renewable Obligation' (RO) scheme, and had expected to keep doing so until 2017But the Department of Energy and Climate Change announced on Tuesday that it planned to shut the RO to new large solar farms two years early, from April next year.The...
  • Hillary Clinton’s State Dept. Blocked Terrorist Designation for Boko Haram

    05/08/2014 3:49:19 PM PDT · by opentalk · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | May 8, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    We must stand up to terrorism,” bleated Hillary Clinton a few days ago in a tweet expressing outrage against BokoHaram, the jihadist organization that has abducted hundreds of young girls in Nigeria. Yet, when she was actually in a position to stand up to Boko Haram’s terrorism as secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton instead protected the group.At the Daily Beast, Josh Rogin reports: The State Department under Hillary Clinton fought hard against placing the al Qaeda-linked militant group Boko Haram on its official list of foreign terrorist organizations for two years. And now, lawmakers and former U.S. officials are saying that the decision may have hampered the...
  • How Benghazi unfolded: A disinformation campaign the KGB could envy

    05/05/2014 8:39:16 AM PDT · by opentalk · 12 replies
    World Tribune ^ | May 2, 2014 | Mona Charen
    The Ben Rhodes memo revealing the duplicity of this administration on the subject of Benghazi reminds us about the character of those involved. That President Barack Obama could lie so evenly and so passionately (remember the second presidential debate?) is not perhaps surprising at this stage. But let’s not forget what it took for Hillary Clinton to lie to the grieving father of an American hero....The brazenness and scope of the disinformation would make any KGB colonel sigh with admiration. At 10:32 on the night of the attack, Clinton issued a statement deploring violence in response to “inflammatory material posted...
  • Qatar, under heat from neighbors, expel Brotherhood leaders to Libya

    05/05/2014 7:45:52 AM PDT · by opentalk · 3 replies
    World Tribune ^ | May 4, 2014
    ABU DHABI — Qatar, under pressure from the Arab League, is said to have expelled the Muslim Brotherhood. Diplomatic sources said Doha deported dozens of exiled Brotherhood leaders who escaped Egypt in 2013. The sources said the Brotherhood operatives flew to Egypt’s neighbor Libya and joined Islamist militias. “The Brotherhood people were given three days to pack their bags and get on the plane to Tripoli,” a source said. The sources did not identify those deported. But they said several of them were on a list of 15 Brotherhood and Hizbullah operatives submitted by Saudi Arabia last month. In March...
  • Distribution List Of ‘Smoking Gun’ Benghazi Email Included Muslim Brotherhood AGENT

    05/04/2014 9:11:42 AM PDT · by opentalk · 77 replies
    Shoebat ^ | May 3, 2014 | Walid Shoebat, Ben Barrack and Keith Davies
    The ‘smoking gun’ email that reveals who instructed Susan Rice to blame the Benghazi attack on a video also exposes a recipient named Mehdi K. Alhassani. Alhassani was the leader of the Muslim Student Association (MSA), a Muslim Brotherhood front group and attended the sister mosque of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) mosque attended by the Boston Marathon bombers. It is a mystery how Alhassani slipped through the cracks to become a Special Assistant to the Office of the Chief of Staff, National Security Council Staff, and Executive Office of the President. It is unknown why a...
  • Van Rompuy: If The Public Doesn`t Want EU Expansion, 'WE DO IT ANYWAY (unelected EU president)

    05/02/2014 7:27:32 AM PDT · by opentalk · 7 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | May 1, 2014 | M.E. Synon
    In a crass and ill-timed intervention, the unelected president of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy has warned Vladimir Putin that the EU intends ultimately to control every country on the western flank of Russia. In an interview with De Standaard newspaper, Van Rompuy speaks about his “dreams” that all the Balkan states will join the EU. He calls it an “inspiring thought” that in the long term “the whole of European territory outside Russia” will be tied in some way to the EU. He admits he does not know if there is public support for such a move, “But we do...
  • Former CIA director Mike Morell went to work for Ben Rhodes’ brother at CBS

    05/02/2014 3:47:55 AM PDT · by opentalk · 9 replies
    Former CIA directory (and part of the Benghazi cover-up) went to work for Ben Rhodes’ brother at CBS. David RHodes is the brother of ‘big Ben’ and president of CBS News. Need any other reasons why CBS has ignored the latest e-mail released about the Benghazi cover-up? Surely there isn’t a conflict of interest there right? Need another reason why Sharyl Attkinson left CBS?Michael Morell, who retired as deputy director of the CIA last summer, has joined CBS News as an intelligence, national security and counterterrorism contributor, the network announced this week. Morell has held various senior leadership positions during...
  • The Long History Of BLM's Aggressive Cattle Seizures

    04/30/2014 10:46:56 AM PDT · by opentalk · 9 replies
    Breitbart´s Big Government ^ | April 30, 2014 | Kerry Picket
    Every month, Raymond Yowell, the 84-year-old former chief of the Shoshone Indian Tribe in northeastern Nevada, has almost $200 garnished from his $1,150 Social Security check, and it all dates back to a 5:00am phone call on a Friday morning in 2002. That morning, a government official from the Bureau of Land Management told him to come down to a seizure site where the 132 cattle he owned were about to be impounded.When he arrived, men brandishing handguns told him he couldn't get any closer than 250 yards from his cattle. He watched from a distance as the government loaded...
  • Lloyds drops overdraft fee on Islamic accounts ( UK)

    04/30/2014 7:53:02 AM PDT · by opentalk · 8 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | April 25, 2014 | Keith Perry
    Lloyds Bank has been accused of religious discrimination after offering free overdraft accounts to Muslims. The bank sent customers a booklet this month explaining new charges. While many will have to pay up to £80 a month if they go into the red, Muslims were told they would escape the charges. The document said: “We are removing the monthly overdraft management fee of £6 from our Islamic Account, Islamic Student Account and Islamic Graduate Account. So, if you use an unplanned overdraft on these accounts, there won’t be any charges.” One customer, Anita Milton, a nurse of New Eltham, south...
  • Gates-, Carnegie-funded student data group to close after NY pulls out amid privacy fears

    04/23/2014 10:45:28 AM PDT · by opentalk · 5 replies
    AP ^ | April 21, 2014
    The student data processing organization inBloom will shut down in the coming months, its chief executive officer said Monday following criticism that led to the recent loss of the startup's last active client — New York state....Launched in 2013 with $100 million in financing from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Carnegie Corp., the nonprofit's goal was to give educators a data-based tool to personalize instruction. InBloom, based in Atlanta, offered to store and synthesize student data, such as grades, disciplinary actions and disability records in cloud-based servers. Nine states initially signed on but backed out as parents, school...
  • James Clapper Giving Speeches To Students, Begging Them To Stop Thinking Of Ed Snowden As A Hero

    04/21/2014 4:12:15 PM PDT · by opentalk · 32 replies
    techdirt ^ | April 21, 2013 | Mike Masnick
    A few weeks back, I read a Washington Post story "Inside the admissions process at George Washington University" and noted this interesting tidbit towards the end: GW also asks students to list a role model and two words to describe themselves. As for herself, Freitag said, she would list “Martha Stewart/Tina Fey” and “sassy/classy.” This year, she’s seeing a lot of Edward Snowden citations. I had thought about writing it up, but decided it was a pretty small thing, really. It's not secret that, as a group, younger people have a much more favorable impression of Snowden than older people....
  • Rasmussen Reports: 77% Believe Jesus Rose From the Dead

    04/21/2014 9:55:29 AM PDT · by opentalk · 48 replies
    the Blaze ^ | April 7, 2014 | Erica Ritz
    With a margin of error +/- 3%, Rasmussen found “Americans’ belief in the divinity of Jesus Christ remains strong.” 86% of American adults believe that Jesus Christ walked the Earth 2,000 years ago, while just seven percent (7%) don’t share this belief. Furthermore, 77% of those polled believe Jesus rose from the dead.  This is only a percentage point lower (within the margin of error) than in 2011 and 2010, when 78% espoused the same belief. Rasmussen claims a 95% level of confidence in their report.
  • Parents, kids don’t want first lady at HS graduation

    04/19/2014 1:04:03 PM PDT · by opentalk · 27 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 18, 2014 | AP
    TOPEKA, Kan. — If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend. A furor over what the Topeka school district considers an honor has erupted after plans were announced for Obama to address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month an 8,000-seat arena. For some, it was the prospect of a tight limit on the number of seats allotted to each graduate. For others, it was...
  • Rand Paul urges Harry Reid to ‘calm the rhetoric’ on Cliven Bundy

    04/19/2014 4:20:28 AM PDT · by opentalk · 110 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 18, 2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    Republican Senator Rand Paul called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to “calm the rhetoric” on Cliven Bundy, arguing the Nevada senator’s “domestic terrorist” comment was “liable to stir up” the situation and lead to violence.The Kentucky senator spoke Thursday night with Fox News’ Eric Bolling, who was filling in for Sean Hannity. “Is there any need to call Americans domestic terrorists?” Bolling asked.“No, I think what we should all be calling for is for calmer heads to prevail,” Paul said. “I don’t want to see violence on either side.”“There is a legitimate constitutional question here about whether the state...
  • WH Counterterror Chief: Parents Need to Watch for ‘Sudden Personality Changes in Their Children'

    04/19/2014 3:02:08 AM PDT · by opentalk · 33 replies
    CNSnews ^ | April 17, 2014
    In a speech delivered at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government on Tuesday evening, White House Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser Lisa Monaco said it could help prevent terrorism if parents watched for “sudden personality changes in their children at home.”“President Obama has been laser-focused on making sure we use all the elements of our national power to protect Americans, including developing the first government-wide strategy to prevent violent extremism in the United States,” said Monaco, in a transcription posted by the White House.
  • Iran Gets an Unlikely Visitor, an American Plane, but No One Seems to Know Why

    04/19/2014 2:07:05 AM PDT · by opentalk · 19 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 17, 2014 |  MICHAEL CORKERY, JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG and THOMAS ERDBRINK
    President Obama has warned that Iran is not open for business, even as the United States has loosened some of its punishing economic sanctions as part of an interim nuclear pact.Yet on Tuesday morning, Iran had an unlikely visitor: a plane, owned by the Bank of Utah, a community bank in Ogden that has 13 branches throughout the state. Bearing a small American flag on its tail, the aircraft was parked in a highly visible section of Mehrabad Airport in Tehran But from there, the story surrounding the plane, and why it was in Iran — where all but a...
  • Petraeus Investigation Still Open To Keep Him Quiet About Benghazi?

    04/09/2014 10:57:09 AM PDT · by opentalk · 3 replies
    shoebat ^ | April 9, 2014 | Shoebat
    In testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Eric Holder was pressed about why the case against ex-CIA Director David Petraeus is still under investigation. Indications are that members of Congress are concerned that the case is still hanging in limbo to prevent Petraeus from revealing what he knows about the Benghazi attacks. If, as has been relayed by Shoebat.com, the details of an extensive report published in the London Review are correct, Petraeus was the man in charge of the logistics of an operation in Benghazi that involved shipping weapons from Libya to Syria through Turkey and that...
  • Vatican Chief Justice: Obama’s Policies ‘Progressively More Hostile Toward Christian Civilization’

    03/23/2014 10:04:50 AM PDT · by opentalk · 40 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 21, 2014 | Michael W. Chapman
    President Barack Obama's policies “have become progressively more hostile toward Christian civilization,” Cardinal Raymond Burke,head of the highest court at the Vatican, said in a recent interview. Cardinal Burke added that Obama wants to restrict religious freedom and force the individuals, outside of his or her place of worship,“to act against his rightly-formed conscience,even in the most serious of moral questions.”… “It is true that the policies of the president of the United States of America have become progressively more hostile toward Christian civilization. He appears to be a totally secularized man who aggressively promotes anti-life and anti-family policies.” “Now...
  • Tony Blair handed £3m slice of Barack Obama’s aid for Africans

    03/23/2014 8:04:05 AM PDT · by opentalk · 8 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | March 23, 2014 | Mathew Holehouse, Edward Malnick
    Tony Blair is celebrating another multi-million pound contract after his charity secured a key deal with the US government. This time, the former prime minister’s Africa Governance Initiative (AGI) has won a £3.3 million contract to play a key role in Barack Obama’s flagship African aid programme.… It is thought to be the third grant obtained by Mr Blair’s charity from USAID. The body was, until last February, overseen by Hillary Clinton, who, along with her husband Bill, the former US president, is a close friend of Mr Blair and his wife, Cherie.
  • Ron Paul on Crimea: Why does US Care ?

    03/18/2014 11:16:19 AM PDT · by opentalk · 189 replies
    Politico ^ | March 18, 2014 | Tal Kopan
    Former Rep. Ron Paul says that America’s reaction to Crimea’s vote to secede from Ukraine should be,“so what?” “Why does the U.S. care which flag will be hoisted on a small piece of land thousands of miles away?” the Texas Republican and libertarian icon wrote in a USA Today op-ed Monday. ...Over the weekend, Crimeans voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia,which the Russian government has moved to approve. American politicians have called the vote a sham and the administration has said it does not recognize the results of the vote,placing sanctions on some Russian officials in response. Ron...
  • TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau gets 10-year sentence

    03/17/2014 7:08:00 PM PDT · by opentalk · 69 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 17, 2014 | MICHAEL TARM
    CHICAGO (AP) - Best-selling author Kevin Trudeau, whose name became synonymous with late-night TV pitches, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for bilking consumers through ubiquitous infomercials for his book, "The Weight Loss Cure 'They' Don't Want You to Know About." As he imposed the sentence prosecutors had requested, U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman portrayed the 50-year-old Trudeau as a habitual fraudster going back to his early adulthood. So brazen was Trudeau, the judge said, he once even used his own mother's Social Security number in a scheme. ... defense attorney Tom Kirsch said the harm Trudeau caused...
  • A look at first lady's China itinerary

    03/17/2014 5:52:55 PM PDT · by opentalk · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 17, 2014 | staff
    Highlights of first lady Michelle Obama's trip to China with her daughters and mother: THURSDAY: Arrives Beijing. FRIDAY: Joins first lady Peng Liyuan at Beijing Normal School; visits Forbidden City; meets with Peng and joins her for dinner and performance.
  • Greece protests over government plans to sell off historic national buildings

    03/17/2014 10:44:52 AM PDT · by opentalk · 14 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | March 16, 2014 | Helena Smith
    Greece's cultural gems have become the focus of renewed protest on the streets of Athens following the cash-strapped government's announcement of plans to include prime properties around the Acropolis, and other landmark buildings, in its privatisation programme. Furious opponents marched through the city centre at the weekend to denounce the "illegal sale" of the country's heritage. More than four years into debt-stricken Greece's prolonged economic crisis, many described the step as the height of humiliation for a nation already hit by excoriating austerity and record levels of poverty and unemployment.... Greece's privatization programme has been problem-plagued from the day bankrupt...
  • Bombshell: Pentagon 'Didn't Know' Benghazi Annex Existed

    01/21/2014 6:12:58 PM PST · by opentalk · 87 replies
    WND ^ | January 20, 2014 | Aaron Klein
    Raises major questions about what U.S. was doing in secretive facility. The extensive Senate report on the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attack dropped a major, unreported bombshell: The commander of U.S. forces in Africa was not aware of the existence of the besieged CIA annex. The staggering detail raises the question of what was transpiring at the fated annex and nearby U.S. special mission and why key members of the Defense Department, including those responsible for responding to emergency situations, were not aware of it. Questions now must be also raised as to why, on the night of attack, command...
  • Court: Bloggers have First Amendment Protections

    01/18/2014 7:59:53 AM PST · by opentalk · 13 replies
    AP ^ | January 17, 2014 | Jeff Barnard
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Friday that bloggers and the public have the same First Amendment protections as journalists when sued for defamation: If the issue is of public concern, plaintiffs have to prove negligence to win damages. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a new trial in a defamation lawsuit brought by an Oregon bankruptcy trustee against a Montana blogger who wrote online that the court-appointed trustee criminally mishandled a bankruptcy case.
  • US suspends 34 nuclear missile officers for cheating on exams

    01/17/2014 11:22:26 AM PST · by opentalk · 27 replies
    AFP ^ | January 16, 2014
    The US military has suspended 34 officers in charge of launching nuclear missiles for cheating on a proficiency test, Air Force leaders said Wednesday. The scandal at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana marked the latest in a series of damaging revelations dogging the country's nuclear force,including a separate probe into illegal drugs that came to light last week. "There was cheating that took place with respect to this particular test," Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told a news conference. "Some officers did it. Others apparently knew about it,and it appears that they did nothing,or at least not enough,to...
  • Egyptians back constitution, opening way to Sisi presidential run

    01/17/2014 10:09:21 AM PST · by opentalk · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 16, 2014 | Tom Perry and Maggie Fick
    CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptians overwhelmingly approved a new constitution by referendum, state media reported on Thursday, a widely expected outcome that nudges army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ever closer to a bid for the presidency. The vote advances a transition plan the military-backed government unveiled after deposing Islamist president Mohamed Mursi last July following mass unrest over his rule. The constitution won wide support among the many Egyptians who favored Mursi's removal. The Muslim Brotherhood had called for a boycott, saying the vote was part of a coup that deposed an elected leader and revived a brutal police state....