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  • IS jihadists carry out mass killings of Iraqi tribe

    11/02/2014 12:29:08 PM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 24 replies
    AFP ^ | November 2, 2014 | Salam Faraj and Ammar Karim
    Baghdad (AFP) - The Islamic State group has carried out a fresh wave of mass killings, officials said Sunday, executing more than 200 members of an Iraqi tribe which took up arms against the jihadists. Women and children were said to be among scores of Albu Nimr tribespeople executed over the past 10 days in western Iraq's Anbar province. Reports of the killings came with the country on edge as hundreds of thousands of Shiites prepare to travel to shrine city Karbala this week for a major annual pilgrimage. IS, a Sunni extremist group that has seized large parts of...
  • IS jihadists execute four women in northern Iraq

    10/11/2014 2:40:50 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 31 replies
    AFP ^ | 10/11/2014
    IS militants have controlled Mosul since June 10, the second day of a major offensive that saw jihadist fighters seize swathes of land in five Iraqi provinces. They have used the city, Iraq's second largest, as a de facto capital for the Iraqi half of the "caliphate" which their leadership proclaimed in June and also includes large parts of Syria. "After going after the ethnic and religious minorities, they are now hunting down Sunni members of civil society groups and anyone remotely connected with the government," Edwar said. She said IS was probably trying to sow maximum fear among the...
  • As Mexico cracks down, drug money comes to US

    10/11/2014 8:40:40 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 12 replies
    AP ^ | 10/11/2014 | ELLIOT SPAGAT
    CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — For a company that booked $12 million in annual sales importing snacks like chile- and lime-flavored chips from Mexico, Baja Distributors Inc.'s offices were oddly quiet. There were no signs outside. Its small warehouse was almost empty. Phones went unanswered. Investigators say there was a reason for the anonymity: The business was laundering money from Mexican drug traffickers. Baja Distributors, whose executives denied laundering drug money, brought more than $17 million from Mexico in 18 months. U.S. front companies for cartels aren't new, but U.S. officials say they took a more prominent role after Mexico...
  • This Is Definitely 100% Exactly How The Navy's Railgun Sounds

    10/03/2014 2:36:34 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 52 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | Today | Micheal Bala who ha
    Yep, that's definitely it. The railgun, hailed as the future of the United States Navy, sounds exactly like this. No joking here at all.
  • Israeli cargo ship heads for L.A. to unload after Oakland protest

    09/30/2014 2:15:23 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/29/2014 | Dan Whitcomb
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An Israeli-owned container ship that was blocked from unloading its cargo at the Port of Oakland by pro-Palestinian protesters over the weekend was headed to Los Angeles on Monday, according to a ship-tracking website. The Zim Shanghai left Oakland with its cargo still onboard on Sunday evening, according to the website marinetraffic.com. It was expected to arrive in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Some 200 people angry over Israel's bombardment of the Gaza Strip in response to Hamas rocket salvoes staged a protest of the Zim Shanghai at the Port of Oakland on Saturday morning and again...
  • Feds to Advertise Settlement Allowing Deported Illegals to Return

    08/31/2014 7:04:34 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 Aug 2014 | Tony Lee
    As part of a legal settlement that will allow some illegal immigrants who deported themselves from Southern California to return to the United States, the federal government has agreed to advertise the settlement on various Mexican and Spanish-language media outlets. The ACLU filed a class-action lawsuit last year on behalf of eleven illegal immigrants who deported themselves. The settlement reached on Wednesday will only cover "longtime California residents with relatives who are U.S. citizens and... young migrants whose parents brought them into the country illegally" who deported themselves between 2009 and 2013. An ACLU official has indicated that there were...
  • U.S. to ease some deportations to Mexico under settlement

    08/28/2014 5:06:53 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | Alex Dobuzinskis
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have agreed to stop pressuring undocumented immigrants in Southern California to sign off on their own deportations under a legal settlement that may later allow some deportees to return from Mexico to seek U.S. legal residency, advocacy groups said on Wednesday. The deal reached between the American Civil Liberties Union and federal officials stems from a lawsuit brought last year on behalf of other immigration rights groups and about 10 immigrants who accepted so-called "voluntary returns" to Mexico. All of the immigrants had strong grounds for being allowed to remain in the United States...
  • Pentagon Fires Back At Critics of 'Police Militarization' Program

    08/21/2014 6:59:06 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 39 replies
    The Wire via Yahoo news ^ | August 19, 2014 | Russell Berman
    ~ snip ~ Despite the move, however, Kirby insisted the Defense Department was not "militarizing" police departments and that the program as a whole was "useful" and "served a purpose." "Let’s be careful not to throw the baby out with the bathwater here," Kirby said.
  • WWII Vet, 89, Bids Tearful Goodbye to 3-Year-Old Best Friend

    08/13/2014 8:41:53 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 7 replies
    GMA ^ | August 12, 2014 | YAZHOU SUN
    A World War II veteran cried today as he said good-bye to his buddy - a 3-year-old boy who became his pal, but is moving away with this family. “It’s going to be tough,” Erling Kindem, 89, said between tears while speaking to ABC News today. Kindem's friendship with his next door neighbor Emmett Rychner, 3, in Farmington, Minnesota, became a heartwarming story that went viral. But the boy is moving today to Northfield, Minnesota, and the veteran is moving with his ailing wife to a retirement center next month.
  • Out of Touch GOP Rapidly Seals Fate With Majority of Ordinary Americans...(Yes, barf bag time)

    08/05/2014 8:13:18 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 37 replies
    The Blog ^ | 08/05/2014 | Robert Creamer
    The Republican Leadership may be doing just fine with the Wall Street crowd and extremists who oppose birth control, but for the majority of ordinary Americans its actions over the last several weeks have rapidly begun to seal its fate as a minority party. First, let's start with the fact that the Republican Party is -- at this very moment -- a distinctly minority party in American politics. The Gallup poll reports that the number of Americans identifying as Republicans has fallen to its lowest level in the quarter century it has been tracking the number: 25 percent.
  • Online rants, anti-government radicals fuel fear of U.S. cop killings

    07/15/2014 2:20:06 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 11 replies
    The celebrating began before the coroner could collect the bodies of Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo, the Las Vegas patrol officers ambushed and executed while eating at a pizzeria last month. “The good news is, there are two less police in the world,” read an entry on the Facebook page for CopBlock.org. The post was visible for less than a day, but it attracted at least 6,300 likes and comments by the time the page’s administrators removed it. Jerad Miller — who along with his wife, Amanda, gunned down the Vegas police officers before dying during a shootout with police...
  • Armed militia sets up Texas command center to ‘fight for national sovereignty’

    07/11/2014 4:20:41 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 44 replies
    The Washignton Times ^ | Thursday, July 10, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    A militia has set up a command center south of San Antonio to prepare for what they say is a mission to protect the United States from the influx of illegal immigrants. The militia, operating via the website PatriotsInformationHotline.com, founded by Barbie Rogers, said members at the command center in Von Ormy will deploy to Laredo first and spread to other parts of the border, a local ABC affiliate reported.
  • Store Ignores Obvious Signs, Goes Overboard With Its Anti-Gun Policy

    07/08/2014 6:31:43 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 19 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 8th, 2014 | Chuck
    A furniture store in Takoma Park, Maryland that calls itself a “Weapons Free Environment” took its policy a bit too far on Independence Day. That’s when a loss prevention officer at IKEA approached Alan Goldberg, who carried a visible, holstered firearm into the store, telling him he would have to leave the premises or place the weapon in his vehicle, according to NBC Washington. The request caught Goldberg off guard: he is Takoma Park’s chief of police, and he was in uniform during his visit.
  • South Texas shows drama behind illegal immigration

    07/07/2014 4:55:05 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 11 replies
    AP ^ | July 7th, 2014 | CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN
    MISSION, Texas (AP) — Deputy Rudy Trevino was patrolling a park along the Texas-Mexico border when he spied movement in the darkness. Swinging his spotlight toward the motion revealed 14 women and children who had just sneaked across the Rio Grande in a small boat The youngest, a 14-month-old boy from Guatemala, lay quietly in a baby carrier hung from his mother's chest. The oldest, a 38-year-old woman from El Salvador, cried with her head in her hands, her 7-year-old daughter leaning against her. In minutes, they were loaded into a Border Patrol van and whisked away — a typical...
  • W.H. Press Secretary: 'We’re Not Just Going To Sit Around And Wait' For Congress To Write Laws

    06/26/2014 9:12:54 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 26, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    President Obama, tired of waiting for Congress to act on immigration reform, is currently exploring ways to address issues with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. During an interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest explained that the Obama was getting impatient with Congress. “[W]e’re not just going to sit around and wait interminably for Congress,” he explained. “We’ve been waiting a year already. The president has tasked his Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson with reviewing what options are available to the president, what is at his disposal using his executive authority to try...
  • Seattle Woman Sees Drone Peeping Into Her Apartment Window

    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Police are investigating a report of a drone peeping into a woman’s apartment window. Police were called to the downtown Seattle apartment complex on Sunday morning after she spied an unmanned aerial vehicle hovering outside the building. The woman said she was concerned the drone was looking into her apartment. After calling police, an employee of her apartment building says he went outside and saw two men piloting the drone. They packed up their gear, which included a video camera, and drove off before police arrived. Authorities say they are checking for surveillance video that may...
  • 10,000 nudists, free spirits to gather in Utah

    06/21/2014 7:24:48 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 110 replies
    AP ^ | 6/20/2014
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities are preparing for the nudity and free-spiritedness they expect to take over a corner of national forest about 40 miles east of Salt Lake City. The first revelers are setting up camp this week at the annual Rainbow Family gathering in northern Utah, and attendance is expected to total about 10,000. They have begun building kitchens and pitching tents in advance of their July 4 celebration. The group has already crashed a nearby wedding reception, raiding platters and forgoing any effort to blend in, members of the party reported to the Wasatch County police.
  • Tea party Republican breaks through to House GOP leadership

    06/20/2014 5:15:33 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 40 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 6/19/2014 | Francine Kiefer
    Now they have it. Now tea party-backers finally have a strong conservative in the Republican leadership of the GOP-controlled House: Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who was elected by party members on Thursday to the No. 3 job in the leadership. The Louisianan will take the position of whip, making him responsible for corralling votes in order to pass legislation. He fills the slot left vacant by Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, who was elected – and elevated – to the No. 2 job of majority leader, who decides what legislation comes to a vote. The changes were triggered by...
  • WHITEHEAD: Has the Dept. of Homeland Security become America’s standing army?

    06/16/2014 4:02:13 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 57 replies
    The Rutherford Institute ^ | June 16, 2014 | John W. Whitehead
    “A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.”—James Madison “Here [in New Mexico], we are moving more toward a national police force. Homeland Security is involved with a lot of little things around town. Somebody in Washington needs to call a timeout.”—Dan Klein, retired Albuquerque Police Department sergeant If the United States is a police state, then the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is its national police force, with all the brutality, ineptitude and corruption such a role implies. In fact, although the DHS’ governmental bureaucracy may at times appear to be...
  • Pentagon studying protesters to prep for ‘mass civil breakdown’

    06/15/2014 5:01:13 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 13, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The Department of Defense has disbursed some funds to universities so that scientists might study the dynamics of civil unrest — and how the U.S. military might best respond. It’s called the “Minerva Research Initiative,” and it’s a program that was kicked off in 2008 to “improve DoD’s basic understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral and political forces that shape regions of the world of strategic importance to the U.S.,” The Guardian reported. ~snip~ Those individuals targeted for questioning include political activists and members of non-governmental organizations — something that The Guardian pointed to as potential for concern. ~end snip~
  • Obama: Congress consulted on Bergdahl exchange

    06/03/2014 2:54:41 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 66 replies
    AP ^ | June 3, 2014 | JULIE PACE
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended his decision to release five Afghan detainees from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for an American soldier's freedom, saying his administration had consulted with Congress "for some time" about that possibility. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff left open the possibility of desertion charges against the soldier.
  • Bergdahl release arrangement could threaten the safety of Americans, Republicans say

    05/31/2014 9:39:54 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 86 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 31, 2014 | Karen Tumulty
    <p>Amid jubilation Saturday over the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from captivity by the Taliban, senior Republicans on Capitol Hill said they were troubled by the means by which it was accomplished, which was a deal to release five Afghan detainees from the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.</p>
  • Woman claims she was kicked out of African Arts Festival because she is white

    05/29/2014 2:18:16 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 48 replies
    Odd News ^ | May 28, 2014 | Charlene Sakoda
    A Missouri woman claims that she was kicked out of the St. Louis African Arts Festival because she is white. KMOV News 4 spoke to Susan Stone, who said that when she was dancing, as many there were doing, a festival worker targeted her because of her race. Stone recounted, “He takes me and says, ‘You can't be doing this here. This is an African American event. You can't be at this event. You're not black.’”
  • Nancy Pelosi blames George W. Bush for Veterans Affairs scandal

    05/23/2014 8:45:34 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 49 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 22, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., repeatedly put the blame for the Veterans Affairs scandal on former President George W. Bush, while arguing that her party has worked hard for veterans in recent years. Pelosi took a shot at Bush while saying that the scandal is a high priority for Obama. "He sees the ramifications of some seeds that were sown a long time ago, when you have two wars over a long period of time and many, many more, millions more veterans," she told reporters during her Thursday press briefing. "And so, I know that he is upset about...
  • ‘High risk’ label from feds puts gun sellers in banks’ crosshairs, hurts business

    05/20/2014 12:13:38 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 18, 2014 | Kelly Riddell
    Gun retailers say the Obama administration is trying to put them out of business with regulations and investigations that bypass Congress and choke off their lines of credit, freeze their assets and prohibit online sales. Since 2011, regulators have increased scrutiny on banks’ customers. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in 2011 urged banks to better manage the risks of their merchant customers who employ payment processors, such as PayPal, for credit card transactions. The FDIC listed gun retailers as “high risk” along with porn stores and drug paraphernalia shops. Meanwhile, the Justice Department has launched Operation Choke Point, a credit...
  • EPA targets couple's private pond in Wyoming, threatens huge fines

    05/19/2014 7:51:11 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 33 replies
    FoxNews ^ | May 19, 2014 | Kelly David Burke
    When Andy and Katie Johnson built a pond on their property in 2011 to provide water for their cattle, they never dreamed it would result in threats of $75,000 a day in fines from the Environmental Protection Agency. The Johnsons believed they had done everything necessary to get permission for the pond, where the tiny Six Mile Creek runs through their property south of Fort Bridger, Wyo. The Wyoming State Engineer's Office provided the permit and even stated in an April 4, 2013 letter to the Johnsons: "All of the legal requirements of the State Engineer's Office, that were your...
  • Video: Black Teens Assault White Student on School Bus

    05/01/2014 7:24:52 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 123 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Apr 2014 | Colin Flaherty
    This week near Dover, Delaware, a viral video appears to show another instance of black-on-white violence among high school students. The shaky cell phone video shows a group of black teenage boys punching, knocking down, and kicking a white teenage boy, leaving him dazed and confused on the school bus floor.
  • AMERICA IS EXCEPTIONALLY DUMB WHEN TO COMES TO GUNS

    04/26/2014 4:15:34 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 69 replies
    uExpress ^ | 4/26/2014 | Cynthia Tucker
    While Americans typically laud our national "exceptionalism" -- a sense that the trajectory of history has bestowed greatness upon the United States -- there are a few of our distinctive characteristics that don't deserve celebration. On the subject of firearms, for example, the United States is exceptionally irrational. No other nation has set guns aside as an object of worship. We have let a blood-soaked gun lobby dictate our laws and regulations on firearms; we have passed "stand your ground" laws that allow violent and angry men to murder unarmed people; we have given the mentally unstable the ability to...
  • BLM Confirms It Killed Six Of Bundy's Cattle

    04/22/2014 9:09:13 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 118 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Apr 2014 | Kerry Picket
    The Bureau of Land Management is confirming it killed six cattle as part of its standoff against the Bundy Ranch in Bunkersville, NV. “A total of six cattle died or were euthanized,” a BLM official told Breitbart News. The official listed the dead livestock cataloged by the BLM explaining, “The Bundy branded bull that was euthanized posed a significant threat to employees during the gather. The Bundy branded cow ran into a fence panel injuring its spine and was euthanized.” The dead animals listed by the official were: •1 Bundy branded bull was euthanized •1 Bundy branded cow was euthanized...
  • If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown Washington, what should you do?

    04/14/2014 6:13:21 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 209 replies
    The Week ^ | April 14, 2014
    Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists' improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of...
  • Defense: Marathon suspect's remark humorous

    03/06/2014 9:35:33 AM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 3/6/2014
    BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev say a remark he made to his sister during a prison visit was meant to be funny and wasn't incriminating, as prosecutors have suggested. In court documents filed Wednesday, Tsarnaev's lawyers responded to a claim by prosecutors that Tsarnaev made a remark "to his detriment" while his sister was visiting him. The remark was overheard by an FBI agent who was in the room monitoring the visit because of special prison restrictions placed on Tsarnaev. Neither side has revealed what Tsarnaev said, but are arguing over whether to lift...
  • Obama plan: Cut tax breaks for richest retirement savers

    02/21/2014 1:32:19 PM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 44 replies
    Wall Street Journal (Market Watch) ^ | February 21, 2014 | Robert Powell
    President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress in early March, as part of his fiscal 2015 budget, to reduce some of the tax advantages for employer-sponsored retirement plans for higher-income earners, according to published reports. Plus, the president wants to limit the value of all tax deductions, defined contribution exclusions and IRA deductions to 28% of income — and include an overall cap on all retirement accounts, including pensions, that could bring in $1 billion a year in new tax revenue, according to a Pensions & Investments report. Read Companies bracing for 1-2 retirement punch . According to the report,...
  • House GOP writing 'principles' for immigration reform

    01/08/2014 6:22:59 PM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 41 replies
    LA Times ^ | January 8, 2014 | Lisa Mascaro and Brian Bennett
    WASHINGTON — House speaker John A. Boehner told rank-and-file Republicans that his leadership team was drafting “principles” for overhauling immigration laws that will be presented in coming weeks. Boehner made the remarks Wednesday during the first private meeting of House Republicans in the new year. House Republicans have struggled to respond to the Senate's immigration bill that passed in June, which would create a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally. Boehner refused to bring the Senate bill up for a vote in the House last year and instead said the House should consider a...
  • Women, wake up, men have made your life better, not worse

    01/05/2014 7:31:42 AM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 118 replies
    FoxNews ^ | December 31, 2013 | Suzanne Venker
    There’s a reason the text version of Camille Paglia’s opening statement at the Munk Debate, “Resolved: Men Are Obsolete” garnered 10K likes on Facebook and received more than one thousand comments at Time.com: it hit a nerve. It was a nerve that needed to be hit, and Paglia did it beautifully. Not only was her choice of words fitting, she delivered them with the perfect amount of exasperation. America must revisit its distorted view of gender equality, implored Paglia, and start being fair to the other half of the human race. Men’s success in fields such as medicine, engineering and...
  • Britain's version of Tea Party rocks political system across the pond

    01/05/2014 4:59:25 AM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 52 replies
    FoxNews ^ | January 04, 2014 | Adam Shaw
    The often stale British political system is being rocked by its very own Tea Party. The UK Independence Party (UKIP), formed in 1993 opposing Britain’s entry into the European Union, failed to make an electoral dent for a long time. However UKIP has built up steam in recent years and is spearheading a seismic shift in the British political spectrum. In this year’s local elections – the British version of midterms -- UKIP took a stunning 23 percent of the vote, up from the 3.1 percent they won in the 2010 national election. Their leader, Nigel Farage, is buoyed by...
  • Oregon Mother: I Can’t Afford Obamacare For Myself, 1-Year-Old Son

    01/02/2014 8:34:20 AM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 152 replies
    CBS Seattle ^ | January 2, 2014
    PORTLAND, Ore. (CBS Seattle/AP) — One Oregon mother says that she is unable to afford health insurance for her and her 18-month-old son because it’s too expensive. Kate Holly, 33, tells KOIN-TV that she originally championed President Barack Obama’s signature health care law because she thought it would help people in her situation. “I’ve been a cheerleader for the Affordable Care Act since I heard about it and I assumed that it was designed for people in my situation,” Holly, a freelance yoga instructor, told KOIN. “I was planning on using the Affordable Care Act and I had done the...
  • The Obamacare ‘Shotgun Wedding’—Marry or Lose Your Home

    12/19/2013 7:07:25 AM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 39 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | December 19, 2013 | Edward Morrissey
    The problem with solutions is that few of them tend to be perfect, even if they act in a mostly benign manner. Actions produce reactions, a principle as true in politics as it is in physics, and those tend to multiply when solutions increase in complexity. The nature of these unintended consequences changes dramatically when complex “solutions” turn out to be poorly designed and incompetently administered. The rollout of the Affordable Care Act has provided many real-world examples of this, but perhaps none so “unintended” as the consequences discovered by the Seattle Times this weekend. Carol Ostrom, The Times’ health...
  • Tea Party Super PAC predicts a "bar room brawl" inside GOP in 2014

    12/11/2013 7:59:42 AM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 53 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/11/2013 | Rick Klein, Olivier Knox, Richard Coolidge, Jordyn Phelps
    The political director of a prominent Tea Party Super PAC predicts that “big punches” will be thrown within the GOP as groups like his gear up for primary challenges in the 2014 midterm elections against Republicans whom they view as not conservative enough. “I think the 2014 primary cycle is going to be unlike anything that we've seen,” said the Madison Project’s Drew Ryun. “This is going to be the equivalent of a bar room brawl.” The Republican establishment, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is going head-to-head with the Madison Project in several of the races where the Super...
  • The Police-Industrial-Entertainment Complex

    12/03/2013 9:18:59 AM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 28 replies
    The Huffington Post | 12/02/2013 | Radley Balko
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/02/the-police-industrialente_n_4372272.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592 In my book on police militarization, I have a section on the role pop culture has played in blurring the line between cops and soldiers, particularly with the onset of reality(ish) shows like A&E's Dallas SWAT or Spike TV's DEA. Over at the blog Gun Culture 2.0, sociologist David Yamane looks at a bizarre new reality competition on the Outdoor Channel called Elite Tactical Unit: S.W.A.T., which features SWAT teams from across the country competing in a number of SWAT-like competitions for a $100,000 prize. As Yamane describes it, "ETU is basically 'Survivor' set in the world of police...
  • Countdown: US Hits Debt Ceiling in 84 Days

    11/16/2013 4:15:22 AM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 15, 2013 | Mike Flynn
    Twelve weeks from today, the US government will hit its borrowing limit. When Congress lifted the debt ceiling last month, for the first time ever, it pegged the increase to a specific date, rather than a dollar amount. The current borrowing authority expires in just 84 days, on February 7th.
  • Spanish-Language Version Of Healthcare Website Not Ready For Enrollment

    10/27/2013 1:24:50 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 24 replies
    CBS local affiliate ^ | October 25, 2013 | Matt Rivers
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — An indefinite delay of the Spanish language version of the Affordable Care Act website threatens the viability of the program as a whole, according to area experts. CuidadoSalud.gov was supposed to roll out this month, but although the website exists, the option to enroll electronically doesn’t. That option does exist on Healthcare.gov, although the system has been plagues with problems. “My job only is part time so I can’t afford health insurance,” said Carmen Rosa. Rosa, who can only speak Spanish, said she would have applied online if she could, but said she was frustrated that option...
  • Column: The militarization of U.S. police forces

    10/23/2013 1:36:15 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 80 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/22/2013 | Michael Shank and Elizabeth Beavers
    This month, more Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles (MRAPs) have found their way from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to the Main Streets of America. These are just the latest acquisitions in a growing practice by Pentagon that's militarizing America's municipal police forces. Police departments in Boise and Nampa, Idaho, each acquired an MRAP, as did the force in High Springs, Florida. The offer of war-ready machinery, at practically no cost, has proven hard to resist for local police departments. Increasingly, they are looking like soldiers equipped for battle. The growing similarity between our domestic police forces and the U.S. military...
  • AG opens new front on voting rights protection

    07/25/2013 7:47:45 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 23 replies
    AP ^ | Jul 25, 2013 | PETE YOST and KEITH COLLINS
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday the Justice Department is opening a new front in the battle for voting rights in response to a Supreme Court ruling that dealt a major setback to voter protections. In a speech to the Urban League in Philadelphia, the attorney general said the Justice Department is asking a federal court in San Antonio to require the state of Texas to obtain approval in advance before putting future voting changes in place. This requirement to obtain "pre-approval" from either the Justice Department or a federal court before making changes to voting laws...
  • "The Buck Stops Here?"

    05/15/2013 7:38:05 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 17 replies
    vanity | May 15, 2013 | Stevie_D_64
    We all remember the phrase Harry Truman had made years ago, and was immortalized on a plaque on the resolute desk in the Oval Office... "The Buck Stops Here!" http://www.trumanlibrary.org/buckstop.htm Regardless of your politics, an individual is only worth their weight in that arena in their ability to maintain some sort of credibility with their peers and their opposition... Whether we hate them, or like a particular elected official, the government we elect them to maintain for us has changed, fundamentally, as stated before the current President took office, and so eloquently enumerated to everyone who could listen and comprehend...
  • US Navy's Ion Tiger drone leans on liquid hydrogen for longer-lasting spy flight

    05/13/2013 4:30:06 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 21 replies
    engadget ^ | May 10th, 2013 | Joseph Volpe
    The US Navy's quieter way to spy, the Ion Tiger, just bested its own 2009 flight record with a key assist from liquid hydrogen. The unmanned aerial vehicle had previously relied on 5000-psi compressed hydrogen for fuel, but for its latest flight test the Naval Research team swapped that out for a new cryogenic tank and delivery system that relies on the liquid stuff; a choice made for the element's increased density. With that one significant change in place, the craft was able to outperform its last endurance run of 26 hours and two minutes by almost double, lasting 48...
  • Parents Need to Demand that Congress Enact Gun Reform

    04/22/2013 12:54:58 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 41 replies
    Babble.com ^ | 4/22/13 | Brian Gresko
    The news has sucked this week. From the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday, to poison ricin discovered in the President's mail, and the explosion of a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, has any stretch of five days better epitomized life in post 9/11 America? Fear, violence, explosions, and chemicals. As I write this, my Twitter feed buzzes in the background; the city of Boston remains on lockdown as police engage the surviving suspect of the bombing. Yet as Dennis Lehane wrote in an Op-Ed in The New York Times on Tuesday, we'll recover from acts of terror like...
  • Report: Suspects had no gun licenses

    04/22/2013 12:50:51 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/21/13 | Mike Lillis
    The two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings were not licensed to have the firearms they used in several shootouts with police on Friday, Reuters reported Sunday night. The news that the suspects were not authorized to own firearms will likely add fuel to calls for tougher gun laws – an issue that was put on the back-burner last week after the Senate blocked the central elements of a gun-control package backed by President Obama. Because Massachusetts state law bars handgun ownership for those younger than 21, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, age 26, was the only brother who could have obtained a...
  • UN Arms Trade Treaty Calls for Disarmament of Persons 55 and Older

    04/01/2013 6:54:07 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 67 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 4/01/13 | S.H. Blannelberry
    Individuals 55 and older would lose their right to keep and bear arms under a provision that’s expected to be included as part of a comprehensive United Nations Global Arms Trade Treaty. UN Secretary Gen. Ban Ki-moon spoke about the impetus behind the controversial measure at a press conference over the weekend in New York City, the site of the final negotiations between the 193 Member States. “Regulating the international transfers of both weapons and ammunition is a key component of a robust arms trade treaty, as is limiting civilian access to small arms and munitions,” said Ban Ki-moon. “There’s...
  • Ariz. Senate Panel Passes Bill Barring Enforcement Of Federal Gun Measures

    02/01/2013 1:45:14 AM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 14 replies
    WNEW ^ | January 31, 2013
    PHOENIX — A Republican-sponsored bill barring enforcement of new federal guns laws sparked passionate debate in an Arizona Senate committee that ultimately passed the bill Wednesday. The party-line vote moved the first of several anti-gun control bills introduced in the Legislature to the floor on the same day the U.S. Congress heard a plea from former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to pass new gun control laws. The bill co-sponsored by state Sen. Don Shooter, four other senators and several members of the House of Representatives would bar enforcement of new federal laws affecting semi-automatic firearms or high-capacity magazines. It also...
  • What's missing in U.S. gun control scramble? Bullets

    01/20/2013 7:50:05 AM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 20, 2013 | Peter Henderson and Daniel Trotta
    SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - In tracking down illegal weapons, the smoking gun may not be a gun at all. Bullets are one thing Sacramento Police Detective Greg Halstead can count on to root out weapons that otherwise would be impossible to find. They are also largely missing from the gun control debate in Washington. Since 2008, California's capital has required ammunition dealers to take names and thumbprints of bullet buyers. They send the information electronically to police computers, which compare the names to an FBI criminal database. Halstead begins his day looking at a list of buyers, picking out...