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  • Company accuses labor union of forging signatures for political gain

    08/18/2014 2:16:17 PM PDT · by Sopater · 7 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | August 18, 2014 | Adam Tobias
    WAUWATOSA, Wis. — A home health-care company contracted with the Milwaukee County Department of Family Care is accusing a local labor union of forging workers’ signatures to collect more money for political activity. Art Beck, a Milwaukee attorney representing Sally Sprenger, owner of Supportive Homecare Options Inc., told Wisconsin Reporter two employees have come forward since April alleging they were signed up to make contributions without their authority. The contributions were for the Committee on Political Education through the Service Employees International Union Healthcare Wisconsin. After reviewing their forms for voluntary COPE deductions, which help fund union causes for political...
  • Collins manages to insult, offend Utahns with comments on Bundy roundup

    04/11/2014 10:46:50 AM PDT · by Sopater · 45 replies
    Las Vegas Review Journal ^ | April 10, 2014 | BEN BOTKIN
    Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins fears the dispute at Cliven Bundy’s ranch that has drawn protesters from across state lines might turn violent. So when Collins talked this week with a county commissioner in Utah who said others are coming so Southern Nevada to support the Bundys, he did what he usually does: He spoke his opinion without mincing words or worrying if he offended someone. Those comments are now making the rounds on social media and have attracted criticism from people ranging from Utah ranchers to his colleagues on the County Commission. It started when Darin Bushman, a Piute...
  • HCSO: Houston area father kills boy he found in daughter's bedroom

    03/13/2014 12:11:59 PM PDT · by Sopater · 287 replies
    My Fox Houston ^ | 3/13/14 | Kathryn Yglecias
    <p>Homicide investigators are gathering evidence after a father shoots and kills a teenage boy he found in his daughter's bedroom.</p> <p>A spokesperson for the Harris County Sheriff's office said Deputy constables from pct 4 responded to a 911 call around 2:20 a.m. about a shooting in the Bridgestone Lake Subdivision in Northwest Harris County.</p>
  • Conn. Cop: I Will Kick Down Doors To Confiscate Guns

    03/11/2014 8:08:23 AM PDT · by Sopater · 59 replies
    Story Leak ^ | 03/10/2014 | Mikael Thalen
    A Connecticut man revealed shocking comments made by a Branford police officer this week who has openly defended door-to-door gun confiscation. After the tragic Sandy Hook shooting in 2012, Conn. lawmakers mandated that all “assault rifles” and “high capacity” magazines be banned, requiring all in circulation to be registered with the state. Fearing the obvious move towards confiscation, the vast majority of gun owners have refused to submit, with estimates finding less than 13 percent of rifles being registered. Navy veteran and firefighter John Cinque, who made national news after telling state lawmakers he would not comply with gun registration,...
  • World debt reaches $100 trillion, U.S. share 58 percent

    03/11/2014 6:50:54 AM PDT · by Sopater · 16 replies
    NetRight Daily ^ | Robert Romano
    Global debt outstanding, that is, all debts public and private, reached $100 trillion in mid-2013, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) quarterly review revealed. Credit outstanding has grown by more than $30 trillion since the financial crisis began in 2007. When compared to data compiled by the Federal Reserve, the U.S. share of the $100 trillion is almost three-fifths — with about $58 trillion credit outstanding nationwide at the end of the second quarter in 2013. In contrast, the $17 trillion U.S. gross domestic product only makes up a little less than one quarter the world’s total economic capacity, currently...
  • Parents upset over game played at middle school

    02/13/2014 8:06:49 AM PST · by Sopater · 34 replies
    Fox 11 ^ | January 31, 2014, 3:02 pm | Gabrielle Mays
    MARINETTE - Lori Saunier is one of nearly a dozen parents who have expressed their displeasure over a game played at Marinette Middle School. “This kind of stuff, I mean, this can’t happen again. These are our little kids. We’re parents. We should’ve been protecting them. You should’ve gave us the benefit of the doubt of contacting us,” said Saunier, mother of 7th grade student. On Wednesday, fifth through eighth grade students played the game called “Cross the Line”. Parents say their children were asked personal questions like, do your parents drink and has anyone in your family been in...
  • Who’s ‘godless’ now? Russia says it’s U.S.

    02/04/2014 1:52:22 PM PST · by Sopater · 50 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, January 28, 2014 | Marc Bennetts
    MOSCOW — At the height of the Cold War, it was common for American conservatives to label the officially atheist Soviet Union a “godless nation.” More than two decades on, history has come full circle, as the Kremlin and its allies in the Russian Orthodox Church hurl the same allegation at the West. “Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a recent keynote speech. “Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in...
  • Wis. panel to vote on constitutional convention

    02/04/2014 6:46:29 AM PST · by Sopater · 49 replies
    WQOW ^ | Feb 04, 2014 4:04 AM CST
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin legislative committee is set to vote on a resolution calling for a state convention to propose a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It takes a two-thirds vote in Congress to propose an amendment for states' ratification. Congress also must grant a request from two-thirds of the states to convene a state convention to propose an amendment. Ratification requires approval from three-quarters of state legislatures. The tea party has been making a national push to convene a convention to propose an amendment requiring the federal government to balance its budget. Wisconsin Republicans have...
  • First-grader told to stop talking about Bible

    01/16/2014 7:28:28 AM PST · by Sopater · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 14, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    The parents of a 6-year-old girl said their daughter was humiliated when a teacher interrupted the child’s one-minute speech and told her to sit down because she’s “not allowed to talk about the Bible in school,” attorneys for the California family allege. The incident occurred Dec. 19 inside a first grade classroom at Helen Hunt-Jackson Elementary School in Temecula, Calif. The previous day the teacher instructed boys and girls to find something at home that represented a family Christmas tradition. They were supposed to bring the item to school and share the item in a classroom presentation. Brynn Williams decided...
  • Conservative to Wisconsin prosecutors: Shut down secret probe or face civil rights lawsuit

    01/15/2014 11:31:04 AM PST · by Sopater · 10 replies
    Watchdog ^ | January 15, 2014 | M.D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — Eric O’Keefe [2] has a message for the prosecutors who have targeted him and dozens of conservative groups in a politically charged John Doe investigation [3]: Drop the probe now or become defendants in a federal civil rights lawsuit.O’Keefe, director of the Wisconsin Club for Growth, [4] a limited government advocacy organization targeted for alleged illegal “coordination” with Gov. Scott Walker’s [5] campaign during the state’s recall elections, in a statement that the investigation is “political payback by elected prosecutors against conservative activists for their political successes in Wisconsin.”“They are violating the constitutional rights of private citizens...
  • This Sunday’s NFL Game in Green Bay: Coldest Ever?

    01/03/2014 11:03:17 AM PST · by Sopater · 15 replies
    Dr. Roy Spencer ^ | 1/2/14 | Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.
    The latest GFSx MOS temperature forecast is now -8 deg. F -10 deg. F for game time in Green Bay on Sunday evening for the playoff game between the Packers and the 49ers. This is getting awfully close to the record coldest NFL game temperature of -13 deg. F, set Dec. 31, 1967 at Lambeau Field during “The Ice Bowl”, the NFL Championship game between the Packers and Dallas Cowboys. The 2nd coldest game was Jan. 10, 1982 at Riverfront Stadium during the AFC Championship game between Cincinnati Bengals and San Diego Chargers, at -9 deg. F, so Sundays game...
  • Girl Scouts Suggest Abortion Activist Wendy Davis for “Woman of the Year”

    01/03/2014 8:52:18 AM PST · by Sopater · 26 replies
    Life News ^ | 1/2/14 | Steven Ertelt
    Who should young girls grow up to be like? If you listen to the Girl Scouts, the answer is apparently they should aspire to become Wendy Davis, the state legislator whose sole claim to fame is standing up against a bill to stop abortions all the way to birth in Texas. On December 18, 2013, Girl Scouts USA tweeted: “Incredible Ladies Who Should Be Women of the Year for 2013” and asking if anyone should be added to the list. Is there anyone you’d add to this list? Incredible Ladies Who Should Be Women Of The Year For 2013 http://t.co/r6MAzSH0ZK...
  • Woman Sues County Schools After Daughter With Herpes Is "Strip Searched" By School Nurse

    12/12/2013 3:48:07 PM PST · by Sopater · 26 replies
    The Chattanoogan ^ | November 19, 2013
    The mother of a five-year-old is suing the Hamilton County Schools, saying that her daughter with herpes was "strip searched" by the school nurse without her knowledge. Brandy Madden lodged the suit in Federal Court. The suit, filed by attorney Valerie Epstein, asks unspecified compensatory damages for "great emotional distress and suffering, humiliation and embarrassment, and for all medical expenses past and future." The suit says the child was five years old when she attended Apison Elementary School. The mother on Aug. 16, 2012, gave written notice to the school that her daughter had congenital herpes simplex and indicated how...
  • Obama calls for peace as Hagel orders US support in Central African Republic mission

    12/09/2013 11:09:22 AM PST · by Sopater · 125 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/09/13
    Breaking on Fox. Headline only DEFENSE SECRETARY HAGEL ORDERS US MILITARY TO TRANSPORT BURUNDIAN TROOPS TO CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC AMID CONFLICT
  • DNR struggling to curb sex at Mazomanie nude beach

    12/02/2013 10:25:32 AM PST · by Sopater · 52 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | Dec. 2, 2013 7:04 a.m. | Todd Richmond
    Wisconsin authorities thought they could curb libidos at the state's nude beach by closing it on weekdays, but citation data shows the move just shifted the hanky-panky to the weekends. The Department of Natural Resources issued 13 citations at the beach between June and early October this year. All were for sex, and 11 were issued on weekends. Those numbers are down from 2012 totals, but wardens said the problem is far more prevalent than the numbers suggest. All the citations were issued during just seven days of surveillance and some people seen having sex ran off before wardens could...
  • Breaking: James O’Keefe Tweets Sebelius – “Might Want to Cancel Your Plans Tomorrow”

    11/20/2013 10:06:48 AM PST · by Sopater · 43 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November 20, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    You were warned… James O’Keefe tweeted HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius yesterday warning her that another bomb is about to drop.
  • Sebelius on Whether Obama is Responsible For Obamacare Launch: "Whatever"

    10/30/2013 12:12:08 PM PDT · by Sopater · 29 replies
    TownHall ^ | 10/30/13 | Katie Pavlich
    Under pressure from lawmakers to hold President Obama accountable for the horrific Obamacare roll out today on Capitol Hill, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius responded to questions about Obama's responsibility with, "Whatever."
  • Al Gore sued by 30,000 scientists for global warming fraud

    10/21/2013 9:24:54 AM PDT · by Sopater · 41 replies
    MyJoyOnline ^ | September 2, 2013
    30,000 scientists, including the founder of The Weather Channel, have come forward to sue former US Vice President Al Gore for fraud, alleging that he made massive profits in the promotion of the global warming mythology. They scientists are hoping the lawsuit will finally give the thousands of 'dissenting' scientists a voice again. Environmentalism has been politically linked to alternative medicine for many years, due to the unfortunate pervasive presence of the paganistic religions. It is truly a tragic situation that has impeded alternative medicine in the U.S. perhaps as much as any other factor. At The Health Wyze Report,...
  • Child Trauma Expert: Pro-Pedophilia Groups Are ‘Grooming’ Public to Accept Adult-Child Sex

    10/18/2013 9:48:00 AM PDT · by Sopater · 55 replies
    CNSnews ^ | October 16, 2013 | Alissa Tabirian
    Pedophilia advocacy groups, including the tax-exempt B4U-ACT founded by a convicted sex offender, are trying to “groom the public” into accepting adult-child sexual relationships, child trauma expert Dr. Joyanna Silberg told CNSNews.com. “There is no legitimate scientific work that could justify the action of an adult with a child in a sexual relationship, because by definition a child cannot consent,” said Silberg, executive vice president of the Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence.“If you look at their backchannel communications,” Silberg continued, “they have clearly stated... that the B4U-ACT public persona is to kind of seduce or groom the public...
  • Stevens Point (WI) man flies American flag upside down

    10/02/2013 6:53:57 AM PDT · by Sopater · 21 replies
    WAOW News ^ | Oct 01, 2013 | Cassandra Vinch
    A Stevens Point man is flying an American flag upside down outside of his house. He says it's in protest of the way the government is being run. While flying a flag upside down isn't against the law, some people say it's not OK. Blanchard is a veteran, serving in South Korea twice and once in Vietnam. He says flying his flag upside down is sending a message. "By hanging my flag upside down, we're under duress in this country," said Blanchard. The Stevens Point man says he turned his flag upside down a few weeks ago, after becoming tired...
  • Drawing conclusions: Politics of art class appear to come with different consequences

    10/01/2013 1:22:13 PM PDT · by Sopater · 6 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | October 1, 2013 | Ryan Ekvall
    MADISON – A controversial art lesson in the Madison Metropolitan School District draws similarities from a 2012 incident in which a Louisiana middle school teacher was fired after displaying his student’s anti-President Obama drawings.Kati Walsh, an elementary art teacher in Madison, published anti-Gov. Scott Walker political cartoons drawn by her kindergarten, first- and second-grade students. One drawing depicts Walker in jail, and another in which he appears to be in jail and engulfed in flames. Walsh said the orange in that drawing actually represented a prison jumpsuit.Robert Duncan, a former Slidell, La., middle school social studies teacher at St. Tammany...
  • GOP rep.: House Republicans 'tired of being abused' by Cruz

    09/25/2013 1:03:36 PM PDT · by Sopater · 101 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/20/13 | Jonathan Easley
    Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) lashed out at Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) on Friday, saying House Republicans were “tired of being abused” by the Tea Party favorite who talks big about defunding ObamaCare but won’t “get in the ring” now that it’s time to fight. “You should’ve been on the floor and back in the Cloak Room," Duffy said Friday on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe," referring to the atmosphere among House Republicans this week during discussions on a stopgap spending bill that defunds the healthcare law. "There was so much anger, so much frustration, because again, we’ve been abused by these guys...
  • Madison elementary art teacher posts students’ anti-Walker cartoons

    09/20/2013 11:33:15 AM PDT · by Sopater · 27 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | September 20, 2013 | M.D. Kittle
    MADISON — Some kindergartners, first-graders and second-graders in Madison public schools are apparently preparing for futures in either political cartooning or time on a psychiatrist’s couch. Kati Walsh, an elementary art teacher at the Madison Metropolitan School District in July posted some of her students’ drawings of Gov. Scott Walker in jail. Walsh suggests her young Rembrandts’ ideas for their sketches popped up out of thin air. “One student said something to the effect of ‘Scott Walker wants to close all the public schools’… So the rest of the class started drawing their own cartoons and they turned very political....
  • Rapist Discovers His Victim Had HIV

    09/03/2013 7:37:59 AM PDT · by Sopater · 56 replies
    Sky News ^ | 03 September 2013
    Richard Thomas, 27, collapsed when police informed him about his victim's medical status and is still waiting to hear if he has contracted the virus. Thomas knew the woman and was aware that she has another illness but had not known about the HIV. He was shocked when he was told and asked to be taken to hospital, Liverpool Crown Court heard. He had let himself into her home in Leigh, Greater Manchester, uninvited in the middle of the night and she awoke to find him raping her...
  • ‘TREASON’ OR ‘FREE SPEECH?’ – ARE THESE ANTI-SYRIA STRIKE PICTURES FROM U.S. MILITARY MEMBERS OKAY?

    09/02/2013 6:23:18 PM PDT · by Sopater · 68 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Sep. 2, 2013 | Mike Opelka
    Since the U.S. has started serious discussions about taking military action against Syria, many have publicly spoken out against a possible military strike. And now it appears that some of our uniformed service personnel have come forward to express their disagreement with an attack, any attack on Syria. More than 2,000 people have “liked” this image that was posted on Sunday. There were also photos posted from people wearing the uniforms of the Marines, Navy and Air Force. These have also received Facebook “likes” in the thousands. [snip] Is this kind of behavior allowed? Well, there are rules concerning what...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack

    08/30/2013 9:40:00 AM PDT · by Sopater · 29 replies
    MintPress News ^ | August 29, 2013 | Dale Gavlak and Yahya Ababneh
    <p>This article is a collaboration between Dale Gavlak reporting for Mint Press News (also of the Associated Press) and Yahya Ababneh.</p> <p>Ghouta, Syria — As the machinery for a U.S.-led military intervention in Syria gathers pace following last week’s chemical weapons attack, the U.S. and its allies may be targeting the wrong culprit.</p>
  • Joel Osteen Rebukes Apostles Paul, Peter, and John

    08/28/2013 12:22:54 PM PDT · by Sopater · 150 replies
    United for Awakening ^ | 8/27/13 | Peter Michael Martinez
    According to Joel Osteen – Pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, these first century apostles are wrong and outdated and he has come out boldly to infer indirectly that Apostles Paul, Peter, and John whom wrote much of the New Testament were wrong and need to be corrected and rebuked.When asked directly if people whom are openly practicing homosexuals are accepted into the Kingdom, Joel Osteen responded with “Absolutely, anybody is.”We all need to listen carefully to the words that this “man of God” speaks as he goes on interviews so we too can find the errors in the...
  • Shoppers go by 'honor system' at Wayne store that should have been locked

    08/28/2013 10:31:47 AM PDT · by Sopater · 24 replies
    New Jersey News 12 ^ | August 27, 2013
    WAYNE - A group of young men dubbed "honest shoppers" have come forward after they walked into a Wayne store that was supposed to be closed, took what they needed and left money for their purchases. Management at Buddy's Small Lots on Route 23 got a call from police that there had been a break-in at the store, but upon arrival, nothing was missing. The lock on the door had malfunctioned and the lights were still on, so the store looked open for business. Surveillance footage shows a group of bewildered shoppers entering the store and calling out for a...
  • Should a 15-Year-Old Who Killed Four People Be Sentenced to Life in Prison?

    08/27/2013 1:59:43 PM PDT · by Sopater · 58 replies
    Slate ^ | Aug. 27, 2013 | By Justin Peters
    In 1998 a 15-year-old Oregon boy named Kipland “Kip” Kinkel shot and killed his parents, then brought his guns to school, where he killed two people and wounded 25 more before he was disarmed. Oregon does not generally give mandatory life sentences without parole, but Judge Jack Mattison came as close as he could, sentencing Kinkel to 111 years and eight months in prison without parole, effectively ensuring that the spree killer would die behind bars. Now, in the wake of a recent Supreme Court decision that found mandatory life sentences for minors to be unconstitutional, Kinkel’s lawyers have asked...
  • America’s best chain steakhouses

    08/23/2013 2:25:11 PM PDT · by Sopater · 170 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 23, 2013
    There comes a time in just about everyone’s life when they feel the urge to eat some red meat. Sure, a supermarket steak cooked in a frying pan might suffice, but there’s nothing quite like the experience of going to one of those big chain steakhouses. We’ve come to depend on these places for a good steak and a cold beer, enjoyed in a comfortable and just-boisterous-enough atmosphere, with an overall experience that leaves you full and content. From sea to shining sea, it’s our right to have unrestricted access to chain steakhouses, darn it, and for that reason we...
  • ZIMMERMAN VERDICT PART 15: TALK AT THE SCENE, TALK ON THE STAND?

    08/22/2013 7:32:47 PM PDT · by Sopater · 18 replies
    Backwoods Home ^ | August 22, 2013 | Massad Ayoob
    Many advise people involved in shootings to say nothing to the police. I’m not among them. I’ve seen too many cases where declining to speak is heard as “I ain’t sayin’ nuttin’ ‘til my mouthpiece gets here,” and only the bad guy’s side of the story gets told or assumed. I do recommend that people caught up in these things tell the responding officers the nature of the attack on them which forced them to fire, and indicate that they’ll sign a complaint on the perpetrator. I also recommend pointing out evidence and witnesses, because both tend to disappear otherwise....
  • Homeowner shoots, kills escaped prisoner in Iowa

    08/21/2013 12:28:34 PM PDT · by Sopater · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 21, 2013
    BEDFORD, Iowa – Authorities say an escaped inmate suspected of shooting a southwest Iowa sheriff's deputy has been killed by a homeowner who said the armed man broke into his house. Rodney Long was shot to death after he broke into a retired farm couple's home in Bedford about 10:15 p.m. Monday, awakening them. Long, who was armed with a handgun, cut their telephone lines and used their cell phone, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Mitch Mortvedt said. After about four hours, Jerome Mauderly, 71, shot Long with a shotgun in the kitchen of the home he shares...
  • Remember Ruby Ridge

    08/21/2013 8:42:37 AM PDT · by Sopater · 36 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | Aug. 21, 2002 | Tim Lynch
    “Ruby Ridge” used to refer to a geographical location in the state of Idaho, but after an incident that took place there 10 years ago on Aug. 21, the phrase has come to refer to a scandalous series of events that opened the eyes of many people to the inner workings of the federal government, including the vaunted Federal Bureau of Investigation. Now that 10 years have passed, the feds will accelerate their ongoing effort to “move forward” and have the scandal declared “ancient history.” But the Ruby Ridge episode should not be soon forgotten.On August 21, 1992 a paramilitary...
  • Need for speed? Readers weigh in on the ’70 mph’ proposal

    08/21/2013 7:36:49 AM PDT · by Sopater · 63 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | August 20, 2013 | By Kirsten Adshead
    MADISON – Lead-footed Wisconsinites are rejoicing over a new proposal to raise the speed limit on some Wisconsin roads from 65 mph to 70 mph. 70 or BUST?: Rep. Paul Tittl, R-Manitowoc, is proposing increasing the speed limit to 70 mph on Wisconsin’s freeways and expressways, following in the steps of the Badger State’s neighbors. Cautious drivers are not quite as enthused.And others are worried about the cost.A brief about Rep. Paul Tittl’s proposal prompted quite a bit of discussion Monday on Wisconsin Reporter’s Facebook page, with opinions across the spectrum.Among them:“With 95% doing 70 or more anyways, I say...
  • Leaked draft of climate report struggles with drop in warming

    08/20/2013 11:50:55 AM PDT · by Sopater · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 20, 2013
    An unreleased draft of the U.N.’s next major climate report reportedly states that scientists are more certain than ever that man’s actions are warming the planet -- even as the report struggles to explain a slow-down in warming that climate skeptics have seized upon. Global surface temperatures rose rapidly during the 70s, but have been relatively flat over the past decade and a half, according to data from the U.K.’s weather-watching Met Office. Climate skeptics have spent months debating the weather pattern, some citing it as evidence that global warming itself has decelerated or even stopped. "The absence of any...
  • Starry-eyed Liberal Meets the Reality of Medicaid Patients

    08/20/2013 9:37:36 AM PDT · by Sopater · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 20, 2013 | M. Catharine Evans
    President Obama addressed health rights in his August 17 radio address, but he didn't mention what happens inside an inner city emergency room. Wait until his lemmings find out what having a "right" to healthcare means according to the single-payer collectivists. If the dulled masses, schooled in the evils of capitalism these last forty years, don't wake up in time to the connection between free market principles and the genius of American medicine, the progressives' long yearned for single-payer system, already in the works, will become a reality. Those of us in the healthcare field have seen up close what...
  • Uncle Sam's Yard Sale: Gov't looks to unload Afghanistan war hardware

    08/15/2013 2:28:39 PM PDT · by Sopater · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 15, 2013 | William La Jeunesse
    It could be Uncle Sam’s biggest yard sale. After 12 years of war in Afghanistan, officials are now pondering what to do with $50 billion in equipment half a world away — including combat vehicles, dining rooms, gyms, clothing and more. “A lot of this stuff, you're not really concerned about bringing it back,” said Jim Hasik, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. “I mean if a Coke machine falls into the hands of the Taliban, this is just not a big disaster.” But eventually, much of the gear will trickle down to the public. With the click of...
  • The US milk payment system...How do they control the moooovements?

    08/15/2013 2:07:01 PM PDT · by Sopater · 18 replies
    Dairy Reporter ^ | 8/9/13 | John Geuss
    Do you know your advanced pricing from your component pricing? In this, the first installment of a four-part special on the US milk payment system, MilkPrice blogger John Geuss explains the huge role played by the US government in controlling the country's supply of fresh milk.
  • ZIMMERMAN VERDICT PART 13: ANGELA COREY

    08/13/2013 10:40:26 AM PDT · by Sopater · 13 replies
    Backwoods Home ^ | August 12th, 2013 | Massad Ayoob
    In the last installment, I said that it was the coach who sent the prosecution team in to try to win a game that never should have been played. The police had determined they didn’t have probable cause. The highly respected state’s attorney who had responsibility for the case, Norman Wolfinger, apparently agreed. When the plaintiff-orchestrated cause celebre created public outcry, Wolfinger scheduled the matter for the grand jury. But Florida Governor Rick Scott turned it over to Angela Corey, the state’s attorney for the Jacksonville area, to act as special prosecutor. Some have blamed Scott for this. I can’t,...
  • ZIMMERMAN VERDICT PART 12: RATING THE LAWYERS (PROSECUTION)

    08/09/2013 11:28:28 AM PDT · by Sopater · 3 replies
    Backwoods Home ^ | 08/08/13 | Massad Ayoob
    While there were two lawyers at the defense table, there were three at the State’s: Bernie de la Rionda, John Guy, and Richard Mantei. With about a hundred lawyers to pick from, knowing her office would be in the spotlight, State’s Attorney Angela Corey wouldn’t have put anyone on the team she thought would make her look bad. Mantei was third chair, and the lowest guy on the totem pole gets the scut work in any organization. For instance, he was the one they sent in to argue that the state had proven its case when it hadn’t during the...
  • ZIMMERMAN VERDICT, PART 11: RATING THE LAWYERS (DEFENSE)

    08/09/2013 11:25:20 AM PDT · by Sopater · 5 replies
    Backwoods Home ^ | 08/04/13 | Massad Ayoob
    Watching the Zimmerman trial in 2013 was like watching the OJ Simpson trial in 1995: while the general public got a hell of an education on how these things work thanks to live TV trial coverage, those “in the business” were assessing the skills and strategies of the key players. The face of the defense was that of a two-man team, Mark O’Mara and Don West. The general consensus was that they did a helluva good job, and that O’Mara was the best lawyer in the courtroom during that trial. Some criticized him for not being harsher on some witnesses;...
  • Video: DeKalb County Police Enter Home Illegally, Threaten To 'Cane' Residents

    08/09/2013 10:32:44 AM PDT · by Sopater · 25 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | August 08, 2013 | Jonathan Wolfe
    Chilling video from a home in Dekalb County, Ga., shows local police entering a house illegally, berating the home’s residents and then tackling them to the ground. The entire incident took place because the mother of the home, Natania Griffin, was two weeks late on paying a $1,000 fee to the county. Griffin’s 23-year-old son, Donovan Hall, recorded the event. He was alarmed and confused when police began banging loudly on his door in the middle of the night. “I was immediately confused as to why the police would be at my house,” Hall told the Huffington Post. “The knocks...
  • New Map Shows Right to Concealed Carry Since 1986

    08/08/2013 9:57:41 AM PDT · by Sopater · 16 replies
    Bearing Arms ^ | August 05, 2013
    Anti-gun politicians continue to promote falsified statistics that suggest we’re progressing towards a gun free country. You’ve probably seen the NRA’s map that shows every state’s concealed carry policy, but check out below how much we’ve gained over the last couple of decades. Isn’t that green a pretty sight to see? Here we are in 2013 during the “height” of firearm banning and yet only a handful of Northeast states (plus California and D.C.) have restrictions on concealed carry. It just reinforces the lesson that you can’t trust everything these legislators/reporters tell you about public opinion. Obviously our country still...
  • Florida school bus beatdown goes unnoticed by self-styled civil rights activists

    08/07/2013 3:01:31 PM PDT · by Sopater · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 07, 2013
    A viral video showing the beating of a 13-year-old white boy by three African-American youths in Florida has left hundreds of thousands of viewers horrified, but critics say the case doesn't seem to be attracting much sympathy from self-styled civil rights activists. In the chilling video, three 15-year-old boys repeatedly beat and kick a victim police said was left with a broken arm and two black eyes. Although Florida came under fire in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting and George Zimmerman's acquittal by activists Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson - who called it an "apartheid state" - neither...
  • Relics unearthed in Turkey may contain piece of Jesus' cross

    08/01/2013 9:26:53 AM PDT · by Sopater · 91 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 01, 2013
    Archeologists conducting excavations at the site of a church in Turkey have unearthed a stone chest containing a relic that may be part of the cross on which Jesus was crucified. The items were discovered during a large-scale excavation at the Balatlar Church, which was built in A.D. 660 near the Black Sea, Today's Zaman reported. Professor Gülgün Köroğlu, an associate professor at Turkey's Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and excavation leader, told the newspaper the artifacts are linked to Jesus' crucifixion.
  • The Coming Shortage Of Physical Gold That Will Change Everything

    07/31/2013 2:43:05 PM PDT · by Sopater · 37 replies
    The American Dream ^ | July 28th, 2013 | Michael Snyder
    Is the paper gold scam about to be brutally crushed by a crippling shortage of physical gold? If so, what will that do to global financial markets? According to the Reserve Bank of India, “the traded amount of ‘paper linked to gold’ exceeds by far the actual supply of physical gold: the volume on the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) OTC market and the major Futures and Options Exchanges was OVER 92 TIMES that of the underlying Physical Market.” In other words, there is a massive amount of paper out there, but very little actual physical gold to back it...
  • Man carrying loaded guns around school arrested

    07/25/2013 8:52:46 AM PDT · by Sopater · 39 replies
    WQOW Eau Claire ^ | Jul 24, 2013
    Somerset (WQOW) - A man carrying two loaded guns was arrested near a western Wisconsin school Tuesday. Crossing guards near the Somerset Middle School called police around noon. Officers found a 23-year-old man with an AR-15-style rifle slung across his back and a pistol in a holster on his hip. Police said both guns had high-capacity magazines and were loaded. Officers also said there were kids in the building at the time. It's illegal to have guns within 1,000 feet of a school unless someone falls under certain exceptions, but police say the man refused to identify himself or state...
  • The NSA's Surveillance Is Unconstitutional

    07/24/2013 8:53:34 AM PDT · by Sopater · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 11, 2013 | Randy Barnett
    Due largely to unauthorized leaks, we now know that the National Security Agency has seized from private companies voluminous data on the phone and Internet usage of all U.S. citizens. We've also learned that the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has approved the constitutionality of these seizures in secret proceedings in which only the government appears, and in opinions kept secret even from the private companies from whom the data are seized. If this weren't disturbing enough, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform, is compiling a massive database of citizens' personal information—including monthly...
  • Your Place in the Database

    07/23/2013 6:55:28 AM PDT · by Sopater · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 23, 2013 | Brae Jaeger
    Regarding the American surveillance state, it seems that the truth comes out a little at a time. We learned about the FBI's Carnivore in the 1990s, which the copied internet data of people whom the agency deemed "reasonably suspicious." In September 2001, we saw the worst attacks on America since Pearl Harbor. September 11 left a unified country in its wake, but unfortunately, it was also a country more acquiescent than ever to big government. The PATRIOT Act was quickly shuttled through the lawmaking process, and life went on. We found out about NSA domestic wiretapping from a brave AT&T...
  • ZIMMERMAN VERDICT PART 5: THE GUN STUFF

    07/22/2013 9:52:15 AM PDT · by Sopater · 7 replies
    Backwoods Home ^ | July 21st, 2013 | Massad Ayoob
    The firearms and ballistics evidence in this case was very important, one reason why the Kel-Tec PF9 9mm death weapon was first and foremost in the minds of journalists reporting on Eric Holder’s recent decision to have all evidence in this case held pending Federal investigation (again). One of the area newspapers reported in March that the death weapon was found with a spent casing still in the chamber. This would have been consistent with someone’s hand grabbing the gun and retarding the slide mechanism at the moment of the shot, and I surmised as much in the one blog...