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  • WikiLeaks Publishes 23,035 Clinton E-mails Marked Classified When She Received Them

    07/27/2016 2:15:09 PM PDT · by Sopater · 114 replies
    New American ^ | Tuesday, 26 July 2016 | C. Mitchell Shaw
    After spending more than a year denying — and avoiding indictment for — sending and receiving classified information over her unsecured, private e-mail server, Hillary Clinton still can’t shake the truth. Besides the DNC e-mails that are making waves in the news because they show that the Democratic National Committee violated its own rules to help Clinton win the Democrat presidential nomination, WikiLeaks also released a trove of leaked e-mails from Clinton’s server. Those e-mails prove irrefutably that Clinton sent and received information that was classified at the time.After announcing last month that the next leak published by his organization...
  • The New Vikings Stadium Is a Broken Window Metaphor Come to Life

    07/26/2016 2:15:46 PM PDT · by Sopater · 49 replies
    Reason ^ | 7/26/16 | Eric Boehm
    Friday's grand opening of U.S. Bank Stadium, the $1.1 billion new home of the National Football League's Minnesota Vikings, was marred by a bit of vandalism. The façade of the new stadium was damaged last week when a vandal tossed a rock through one of the hundreds of glass panels that cover every inch of the stadium's exterior. The result: a hole big enough for a small human to crawl through, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The 10-foot-by-five-foot exterior glass panel was smashed, though an interior panel did not break.The newspaper said stadium security suspect the rock responsible for the...
  • The creator of ‘USA Freedom Kids’ now plans to sue campaign

    07/26/2016 10:12:52 AM PDT · by Sopater · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/26/16 | Philip Bump
    FULL TITLE: The creator of the viral pro-Trump act ‘USA Freedom Kids’ now plans to sue the campaign Within hours of their performance at a Donald Trump rally in Pensacola, Fla., last January, the U.S.A. Freedom Kids were a sensation. You remember the video: Three preteen girls in star-spangled outfits crisply working through simple choreography as they lip-synced an upbeat update to "Over There." That infectious performance kicked off a flurry of media appearances. The Freedom Kids told "Inside Edition" that Trump told them that he planned to listen to their CD all night. The group, which had been around...
  • Random Audits for Homeschoolers?

    05/24/2016 3:31:33 PM PDT · by Sopater · 79 replies
    HSLDA ^ | 5/24/2016 | HSLDA Staff
    Homeschool families in Clinton County, Kentucky, were surprised to see themselves mentioned in their local paper as a topic of discussion during the recent school board meeting. On May 18, the Clinton County News reported that local school officials intend to conduct random audits of area homeschool families this summer because they want to “ensure that all children in our county are getting a rigorous and effective education.” Home School Legal Defense Association opposes any such audits as unconstitutional. We are also troubled by what appears to be the underlying motivation for this proposed meddling by school officials: money. During...
  • IMF Calls for Negative Interest Rates

    04/14/2016 2:27:43 PM PDT · by Sopater · 27 replies
    The New American ^ | 4/13/2016 | Steve Byas
    The concept of negative interest rates — in which lenders have to pay to lend money or to invest — has gotten a big boost from the International Monetary Fund. The IMF stated this week that world central banks should move to negative interest rates because the extra monetary stimulus would ease lending conditions. Or so they claim. José Vińals, the chief financial counselor and director of monetary and capital markets for the IMF, argued for negative interest rates in a research paper, stating, “Although the experience with negative interest rates is limited, we tentatively conclude that overall, they help...
  • Feds Seek Home Visits, Calling Parents "Equal Partners"

    02/12/2016 1:59:13 PM PST · by Sopater · 41 replies
    The New American ^ | Thursday, 11 February 2016 | Alex Newman
    Big Brother wants to be an “equal partner” with American parents in the raising of their own children, starting before they are even born. He wants to send his agents to your house for “home visits,” too. Believe it or not, two powerful arms of Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), explicitly say so themselves.In a draft policy statement on “family engagement,” the two unconstitutional bureaucracies openly state their joint position: families are “equal partners” in everything from children's “development” and “education” to their “wellness across all settings.” Virtually...
  • Obama and GOP Unleash “Community Schools” to Replace Parents

    01/20/2016 3:39:38 PM PST · by Sopater · 18 replies
    The New American ^ | Tuesday, 19 January 2016 | Alex Newman
    Parents, beware — Big Brother is coming for your kids. Buried deep inside the mammoth “bipartisan” so-called “education” legislation approved last month, dubbed the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA), is a radical expansion of what the statute refers to as “full-service community schools.” The controversial institutions, more accurately described as parental replacement centers, seek to oversee every aspect of your child's life, ranging from their “mental health” and “well being” to nutrition and even dentistry. You are in the crosshairs, too, as the Obama administration defines parents as “equal partners” in child rearing. And those are just some of the many...
  • Supreme Court says no to John Doe prosecutors; Abrahamson lashes out

    01/13/2016 8:03:10 AM PST · by Sopater · 9 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 1/12/16 | M.D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – Prosecutors of the political John Doe investigation into dozens of conservative groups and Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign will not be able to hold on to the mountains of documents they illegally seized, according to an order issued Tuesday by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The court filing also includes a vitriolic dissenting opinion from Justice Shirley Abrahamson that may set a new standard of bitterness for the liberal former chief justice.Four conservatives on the seven-member court denied a motion for limited intervention in the Supreme Court cases related to Wisconsin’s infamous John Doe probe.Justices Anne Walsh Bradley and...
  • 'Intelligence failure?': Calif. terrorists may have been on authorities' radar

    12/10/2015 1:45:29 PM PST · by Sopater · 45 replies
    Fox News | December 10, 2015
    As the investigation into the San Bernardino terrorists moves into its second week, there are increasing indications that Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik were on the radar of authorities – or should have been, according to some lawmakers. “You have to say it was an intelligence failure,” Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Az., said Thursday following a closed-door House briefing on the shooting. “You have to. Because it was.”
  • Homeschooling Offers Hope

    12/10/2015 7:51:53 AM PST · by Sopater · 48 replies
    The New American ^ | Tuesday, 08 December 2015 | John Larabell
    I was homeschooled from the 1st through 12th grades and never once desired to go to the government schools. At the time, I couldn’t imagine being confined to what looked like a prison system — bells telling me where to go, cutting short the time I wanted to spend on certain subjects; standing in line to have food dumped on a tray for me to eat; wearing the same clothes as everyone else; and truant officers hunting me down if I went rogue! None of that appealed to me. I was very happy with the freedom that homeschooling provided. Not...
  • Why the leftists propagandized that Texas homeschool case will scare you to death

    11/17/2015 12:18:03 PM PST · by Sopater · 15 replies
    The American Vision ^ | 11/16/15 | Dr. Joel McDurmon
    Homeschoolers, you need to read this. Last week I posted the true story behind the media lies about the El Paso Independent School District’s attack on the McIntyre homeschool family. Now I realize why they were doing so, and the legal implications are actually quite frightening. What it boils down to is an attempt by the left to get courts to allow the school district officials to have immunity from lawsuits when they break the law harassing and persecuting homeschoolers. If this can be achieved in Texas, it could set a precedent for this type of harassment nationwide. The case...
  • Meet The Mizzou Student Responsible For Hyping The Poop Swastika

    11/12/2015 7:44:41 AM PST · by Sopater · 56 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 11/11/15 | Sean Davis
    On October 28, Mizzou student dorm association president Billy Donley dropped a bomb on his fellow students: somebody at the University of Missouri drew a swastika in one of the school’s dorms. Donley’s claim, which was later expanded to include allegations that the swastika was drawn with human feces, ignited a racial firestorm that eventually led to the resignations of Mizzou’s top two university administrators.Unfortunately, there’s no publicly available evidence that this incident ever occurred.By all accounts, Donley, a class of 2018 undergraduate student who serves as the president of the Mizzou Residence Halls Association (RHA), was the first person...
  • Mizzou Finally Releases Poop Swastika Police Report

    11/12/2015 7:39:22 AM PST · by Sopater · 49 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 11/12/15 | Sean Davis
    The University of Missouri released a police report Wednesday night that was prepared following a complaint that a swastika made of poop was found in a dormitory bathroom at the university in late October. The police report was obtained by the Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross. Many questions remain about a swastika scrawled in feces in a bathroom at a residence hall on the University of Missouri last month. But a police report obtained by The Daily Caller on Wednesday does show that a university police officer did observe the scrawling. The so-called poop swastika has been the subject of intense...
  • Was The Poop Swastika Incident At Mizzou A Giant Hoax?

    11/11/2015 10:59:34 AM PST · by Sopater · 52 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 11/10/2015 | Sean Davis
    Something stinks at the University of Missouri. A reported incident of vandalism at Mizzou sparked university-wide protests, a boycott by the school’s 4-5 football team, and eventually the resignation of the university’s president and chancellor. There’s only one problem: no evidence of the alleged incident, in which a poop swastika on the wall of a dormitory restroom was reported, has ever been made publicly available. Did this incident occur as reported, or was it an immaculate defecation that formed the foundation of an unimaginable deception?According to Billy Donley, the president of Mizzou’s Residence Halls Association (RHA), the poop swastika was...
  • From Child Protection to State-sponsored Child Kidnapping: How Did we Get Here?

    11/10/2015 2:19:31 PM PST · by Sopater · 3 replies
    Medical Kidnap ^ | 10/30/2015 | Monica Mears
    Legal Kidnapping: Government’s Assault on Parents How Did We Get Here? The Slippery Slope of Government “Protection”by Monica MearsHealth Impact NewsWhen most people today hear of a terrible child abuse case, their immediate reaction is to call on the government to protect the child and bring justice to bear on the situation. This reliance upon government to enforce child protection, rather than families, churches or non-profit groups, is a relatively new concept in history.As American government has grown ever larger in response to society’s expectations that it should be all children’s protector, Americans have discovered these good intentions have created...
  • Fiorina PAC defends abortion comments in graphic ad

    09/23/2015 4:07:31 PM PDT · by Sopater · 10 replies
    Fox news ^ | September 23, 2015
    A Carly Fiorina super PAC has launched a powerful and graphic online ad refuting claims that she falsely described a scene in an undercover video where a live aborted fetus is kicking its legs. The former HP CEO made the remarks at the Sept. 16 Republican primary debate last week as she dared President Obama and Hillary Clinton to watch the Planned Parenthood videos. “A fully-formed fetus, on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says ‘we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain,’” Fiorina said, adding that if Congress does not pass legislation defunding...
  • UW-Madison ‘gaydar’ study raises questions, like, why?

    09/15/2015 7:25:41 AM PDT · by Sopater · 9 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 9/15/15 | M.D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wisconsin — Among the path-blazing research that University of Wisconsin-Madison administration is ardently defending these days is a study that has supposedly debunked the power of “Gaydar.” Two questions jump out: Why do we need a study on Gaydar — the purported ability to infer whether people are gay or straight based on their appearance — and how much money were taxpayers forced to fork over for such “research?”The answer to the second question, at least according to UW-Madison, is very little. Which raises again the broad question: What kind of psychological research are we getting from our institutions of higher education? Photo...
  • Found with help from UW scientists, newly discovered species is 'cousin' of humanity

    09/10/2015 7:07:51 AM PDT · by Sopater · 26 replies
    Madison.com ^ | 9/10/15 | NICO SAVIDGE
    A few months after a team of excavators pulled more than 1,500 bones from a cave outside Johannesburg, South Africa, dozens of experts in the anatomy of human ancestors were brought to the city in spring 2014 to determine what had been found. Caroline VanSickle, a UW-Madison postdoctoral fellow and expert on the pelvis of Neanderthals and other hominids, was one of them. She and the team of scientists spent their days poring over the bones and fossil records in a workshop, and their nights swapping theories about the discovery over dinner and beers. The researchers couldn’t agree on what...
  • CPS Kidnaps 11 Children from Texas Homeschool Family

    08/05/2015 8:18:35 AM PDT · by Sopater · 62 replies
    Medical Kidnap ^ | August 5, 2015 | Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com Staff
    Claire Rembis was sick, and had to spend 3 days in the hospital. Her attack of pancreatitis paled in comparison to what happened next. The mom from Plano, Texas, came home to a nightmare that no parent should ever have to face. CPS came and took her children, all 11 of them, because a “well-meaning” couple, members of her oldest son’s former youth group, didn’t think that the 16 and 14 year olds could handle babysitting their siblings while their dad took the baby to the hospital to visit Claire. Has it really gotten to the point where a mother...
  • Suburban Governments Were Just Nationalized by the Federal Government

    07/21/2015 10:37:13 AM PDT · by Sopater · 54 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | July 13, 2015 | S. Noble
    For years, the cities have been robbing the suburbs but they now have a scheme that will quickly end in a takeover of the suburbs by a leftist federal government. HUD announced enforcement of its new 377-page rule called the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule which will allow them to move people from poor crime-ridden areas into “wealthy” suburbs. It was announced by leftist Julian Castro Monday. The rule has force behind it. Federal monies will be withheld and lawsuits accusing residents of racism will be filed. Any town that takes federal funds will be transformed. It is not only...
  • 'Active shooter incident' reported at Tennessee naval center

    07/16/2015 9:15:31 AM PDT · by Sopater · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/16/15 | CNN Staff
    Authorities were investigating an "active shooter incident" Thursday at the Naval Reserve Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Fire Chief Randy Jackson said. "Horrific incident in our community," tweeted Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke. "We will release details as they are confirmed. Prayers to all those affected."
  • Exclusive: TSA’s Secret Behavior Checklist to Spot Terrorists

    07/10/2015 8:23:32 AM PDT · by Sopater · 50 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 03/27/2015 | Jana Winter and Cora Currier
    Fidgeting, whistling, sweaty palms. Add one point each. Arrogance, a cold penetrating stare, and rigid posture, two points.These are just a few of the suspicious signs that the Transportation Security Administration directs its officers to look out for — and score — in airport travelers, according to a confidential TSA document obtained exclusively by The Intercept.The checklist is part of TSA’s controversial program to identify potential terrorists based on behaviors that it thinks indicate stress or deception — known as the Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT. The program employs specially trained officers, known as Behavior Detection Officers, to...
  • Study: '80s Metalheads Turned Out Pretty Great

    07/09/2015 1:01:36 PM PDT · by Sopater · 145 replies
    Newser ^ | Jul 9, 2015 8:17 AM CDT | Kate Seamons
    Heavy metal was the No. 1-selling music genre in 1989, and parents feared the worst: that Satan worship, drug use, loads of sex, and suicide went along with it, write researchers in the journal Self and Identity. Records were burned, "Parental Advisory" warning labels were born, and some '90s research suggested that teens who were into metal had a boatload of problems. And then decades passed. How did those metalheads turn out? Pretty OK, found the team led by Humboldt State University psychologist Tasha Howe, reports Billboard. It found that while middle-aged metalheads were more likely to have engaged in...
  • 2 former Minnesota Boy Scouts suing over alleged abuse

    07/09/2015 6:54:33 AM PDT · by Sopater · 8 replies
    WQOW News Eau Claire ^ | Jul 09, 2015
    <p>ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Two men are suing the Boys Scouts of America, claiming they were sexually abused as scouts by troop leaders in St. Paul.</p> <p>The plaintiffs' attorney say the lawsuits allege the Boys Scouts organization created a public nuisance by its negligence and concealment of abuse allegations and by failing to warn parents and others about the "prevalence" of abuse.</p>
  • In Love with Gov? Time to Break It Off.

    07/08/2015 9:12:13 AM PDT · by Sopater
    n love with Gov? He's just not right for you. From the Independent Insitute and Emergent Order (creator of the fantastic Keynes vs. Hayek rap videos) comes a new series about the worst breakup of all time, between Scott Govinsky — perpetually optimistic, supremely confident, and aggressively helpful — and Alexis, the uncertain but idealistic target of his attentions. He's not a meddling control freak — he just wants to help. Follow him (as he follows Alexis) on their steadily devolving journey together.
  • Nanny ST8 of the Week: Anti-government messages not allowed on license plates

    07/07/2015 12:46:05 PM PDT · by Sopater · 32 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 7/6/15 | Eric Boehm
    It’s the NANNY-ST8 for your license plate. In addition to outright vulgarity and racism, some states prohibit messages on vanity license plates that can be viewed as “anti-government.” In Pennsylvania, for example, where five state employees in Harrisburg get to decide what’s allowed on vanity plates, banned words include “PUTSCH,” a German word roughly equivalent to the more-well-known France term “coup d’état” but with an uncomfortable connection to Hitler and the Nazis. But “ENDFED,” a reference to libertarian-led efforts to shut down the Federal Reserve Bank, is also on the do-not-license list, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Melissa Daniels explains...
  • Couple flees $1.3M dream house over creepy letters signed, 'The Watcher'

    06/25/2015 9:15:42 AM PDT · by Sopater · 90 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 24, 2015
    A New Jersey couple is suing the couple that sold them their $1.3 million dream house, along with the realtor and an unidentified alleged stalker dubbed "The Watcher," who they say forced them to flee by sending creepy letters. The couple, whose names are being withheld out of concern for their safety, received the first of many messages just three days after they plunked down $1.3 million for their new home in the tony New Jersey borough of Westfield, according to their lawsuit, first reported by NJ.com. "Why are you here? I will find out," read part of the first...
  • Debate over rebel flag widens to include all symbols of Confederacy

    06/24/2015 3:34:38 PM PDT · by Sopater · 76 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 24, 2015
    The debate over the rebel flag that began anew after last week's church shootings in Charleston, S.C., has morphed into a full-blown Confederate controversy. While Stars and Bars have long been associated by many with slavery, the latest campaign to remove Confederate emblems has extended beyond the flag to statues, memorials, parks and even school mascots. Never has the debate over what symbolizes heritage and what stands for hate covered so much ground, as efforts to strip icons that have been part of the visual and cultural landscape of the South for decades are afoot at national, state and local...
  • Blueprint for Armageddon

    06/24/2015 10:43:16 AM PDT · by Sopater · 5 replies
    The planet hadn’t seen a major war between all the Great Powers since the downfall of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815. But 99 years later the dam breaks and a Pandora’s Box of violence engulfs the planet.
  • Gmail's 'Undo Send' option is now out of beta

    06/24/2015 7:24:30 AM PDT · by Sopater · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 23, 2015 | Kristofer Wouk
    t's something that has happened to all of us: you finish an email, hit send, and suddenly realize that you've made a typo or spelled the recipient's name wrong. Or you were much too angry when you wrote it. For Gmail users there has been a quiet and until-now-unadvertised fix for this, known as the "Undo Send" feature. The feature does exactly what its name implies: it lets you un-send an email for a short while after sending. Of course, it isn't reaching out and snatching the email back -- it just holds the email for a brief period sufficient...
  • Jawbone Lifts Lid on Human-Neanderthal Sex

    06/24/2015 6:50:32 AM PDT · by Sopater · 39 replies
    Newser ^ | Jun 23, 2015 9:50 AM CDT | Arden Dier
    (Newser) – A jawbone found in Romania more than a decade ago provides the first genetic evidence that humans and Neanderthals knocked boots in Europe before the latter disappeared between 35,000 and 40,000 years ago. Scientists who came across the bone of one of the earliest modern humans in Europe in a cave known as Pestera cu Oase noticed it had both modern human and Neanderthal traits. Now, a study of the bone's DNA—made possible by recent technological advances—explains why. "The sample is more closely related to Neanderthals than any other modern human we've ever looked at before," Harvard researcher...
  • King John Tried to Butcher the Authors of Magna Carta

    06/19/2015 11:22:45 AM PDT · by Sopater · 23 replies
    Foundation for Economic Education ^ | June 15, 2015 | James Bovard
    On this day 800 years ago, King John was compelled to sign the Magna Charta, formally accepting a limit to his prerogative to ravage everything in England. But the ink on his signature was barely dry before he brought in foreign forces and tried to wipe out the barons who had compelled him to sign the Charta. The English almost lost their newly-recognized rights within months of the signing because they were not sufficiently suspicious of the King. As David Hume noted in his magisterial History of England, The ravenous and barbarous mercenaries, incited by a cruel and enraged...
  • The Senseless Death in a Charleston Church Could Have Been Prevented

    06/18/2015 9:40:48 AM PDT · by Sopater · 35 replies
    SGBerman ^ | June 18, 2015 | Steve Berman
    Every time an American community suffers a tragedy involving a firearm, the anti-gun crowd unveils itself in full tribal dress. Wednesday night, a 21-year-old sandy blonde-haired white man with blue jeans and Timberland boots walked into a historically black church in Charleston, S.C. and killed 9 people. That’s a horrible, murderous act, made worse by the fact that the man is still at large. The New York Times reported S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s statement about the tragedy. “While we do not yet know all of the details, we do know that we’ll never understand what motivates anyone to enter one...
  • 'Accused is guilty': Campus rape tribunals punish without proof, critics say

    06/17/2015 11:09:17 AM PDT · by Sopater · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 17, 2015
    A former Amherst College student is just the latest in a long line of men whose lives have been turned upside-down after being accused of sexual assault in what they say were consensual encounters, punished in campus tribunals where, in some cases, critics say, they’re guilty even after proving their innocence. The former student, whose name has not been made public, was expelled after his alleged victim, the roommate of his girlfriend, complained some 21 months after the incident and despite what evidence appears to show was consensual sex. As in many campus procedures which enforce school sanctions and not...
  • Jenna Jameson: I'm converting to Judaism

    06/12/2015 10:16:16 AM PDT · by Sopater · 81 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 12, 2015
    Jenna Jameson says she has found love ... and God. The former adult film star has revealed that she is converting from Catholicism to Judaism. Why? The 41-year-old is embracing her Israeli fiance Lior Bitton's religious traditions. Jameson has been cooking up a storm, literally. She shared a picture of her latest attempt at making challah, a type of bread typically used by Jews during festival meals.
  • Fibres and cellular structures preserved in 75-million–year-old dinosaur specimens

    06/10/2015 2:56:39 PM PDT · by Sopater · 42 replies
    Nature Communications ^ | 09 June 2015 | Sergio Bertazzo, Susannah C. R. Maidment, Charalambos Kallepitis, Sarah Fearn, Molly M. Stevens
    Abstract Exceptionally preserved organic remains are known throughout the vertebrate fossil record, and recently, evidence has emerged that such soft tissue might contain original components. We examined samples from eight Cretaceous dinosaur bones using nano-analytical techniques; the bones are not exceptionally preserved and show no external indication of soft tissue. In one sample, we observe structures consistent with endogenous collagen fibre remains displaying ~67 nm banding, indicating the possible preservation of the original quaternary structure. Using ToF-SIMS, we identify amino-acid fragments typical of collagen fibrils. Furthermore, we observe structures consistent with putative erythrocyte remains that exhibit mass spectra similar to emu...
  • How to Protect Yourself and Your Children from Medical Kidnapping

    06/04/2015 9:30:35 AM PDT · by Sopater · 26 replies
    Medical Kidnap ^ | June 3, 2015 | John P. Thomas
    It is common for people to spend more time deliberating over what type of cable TV package they will purchase than over who will provide their family with primary health care services. Making the right choice of health care provider may be one of the most important decisions that you make for your family. It may determine whether your family stays together or is broken up and destroyed by Child Protective Services.Are you a parent who believes that you have the right to make decisions for your children regarding the medical care they receive? Are you a parent who believes...
  • Scientists Find Evidence of 'History's First Murder'

    05/28/2015 2:00:28 PM PDT · by Sopater · 36 replies
    Newser ^ | May 28, 2015 5:35 AM CDT | Rob Quinn
    An examination of ancient remains from a cave in Spain turned into an episode of CSI: Middle Pleistocene when scientists found evidence of what they say is the first known murder. The skull found in the "Pit of Bones" site belongs to a young adult who lived around 430,000 years ago and bears what researchers say are unmistakable signs of deadly violence, reports Forbes, which notes that the scientists have assembled enough evidence to convince a modern jury that the early human was likely killed by a right-handed attacker who hit the victim in the head twice with some kind...
  • Eau Claire County Board Chair says alleged theft is "violation of public trust"

    05/19/2015 9:50:12 AM PDT · by Sopater · 7 replies
    WQOW News 18 ^ | May 18, 2015 9:43 AM CST | Emily Valerio
    Eau Claire County (WQOW) - A new week brings disheartening news to the taxpayers of Eau Claire County. The former Eau Claire County Treasurer and his assistant have been accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars. According to the criminal complaint, they took more than $625,000 from the county between 2011 and 2013. Larry Lokken and Kay Onarheim have both been charged with 11 counts of felony theft, as well as three counts each of misconduct in the office. They were arrested by the Eau Claire Police Department on Thursday and have been in jail since then. The two...
  • 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...