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  • Historic mistake for Silver Spring stone house [Carlisle, PA]

    01/18/2016 10:32:29 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 19 replies
    Cumberlink.com ^ | Michael Bupp
    If Silver Spring Township officials and a local real estate developer didn't know that an old stone house on Route 11 is the reputed birthplace of the U.S. Bill of Rights before they started demolition there last week, they definitely know now. On Jan. 6, workers began demolishing a two-story stone house at 7086 Carlisle Pike in Silver Spring Township that most recently was the site of Stone House Auto Sales. This just isn't any stone house, however. Built in 1780 as the James Bell Tavern, the structure hosted the Stony Ridge Convention on July 3, 1788, a meeting of...
  • Friendly advice, Donald, and I do mean friendly...(from Mark Levin)

    01/16/2016 12:00:55 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 108 replies
    Mark Levin's Facebook page ^ | January 16, 2016 | Mark Levin
    Either cut the crap - your accusations this morning that Cruz is Canadian, a criminal, owned by big banks, etc. (see link below) - or you will lose lots and lots of conservatives. Save the liberal New York City bully tactics for the New York City liberals. Put down your computer keyboard for a few hours, think before you tweet, and collect yourself. You're not politically invincible, regardless of the polls and media. I am already hearing more and more people getting fed up with the low road you're taking against Cruz, which has obviously intensified this morning. You don't...
  • U.S. Struggles to Explain Alliance With Saudis

    01/05/2016 3:42:53 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 30 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 4, 2015 | David E. Sanger
    The Obama administration on Monday confronted the fundamental contradiction in its increasingly tense relationship with Saudi Arabia. It could not bring itself, at least in public, to condemn the execution of a dissident cleric who challenged the royal family, for fear of undermining the fragile Saudi leadership that it desperately needs in fighting the Islamic State and ending the conflict in Syria. The United States has usually looked the other way or issued carefully calibrated warnings in human rights reports as the Saudi royal family cracked down on dissent and free speech and allowed its elite to fund Islamic extremists....
  • Costly beliefs: State squeezes last penny from bakers who defied lesbian-wedding cake order

    12/29/2015 10:43:05 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 51 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | December 29, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Melissa Klein was checking her bank accounts just a few weeks before Christmas when her face turned ashen. The money was gone - every single penny. Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries had confiscated all the cash in Mrs. Klein's checking account and savings account as well as a special account set aside for their church tithe. (snip) "It was like my breath was taken away," Mrs. Klein told me in a telephone conversation. "I panicked. Everything was gone." And, as I said before, Commissioner Avakian even seized money set aside for You Know Who. "We had three accounts," she...
  • Violinist plays awesome ‘Star Wars’ medley with a lightsaber bow

    12/21/2015 10:51:19 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 9 replies
    The Daily Dot ^ | December 18, 2015 | Lisa Granshaw
    From piano medleys to a capella songs, there have been a number of musical Star Wars tributes released over the last few weeks in honor of the highly anticipated arrival of The Force Awakens. Many of these have impressed us not just with their musical stylings, but with the props and costumes, and the newest music release just might be the best one yet. In violinist Taylor Davis' latest video, she plays a fun medley of Star Wars music while dressed for the light side and the dark side. She goes all out not just with her clothes, but with...
  • Pentagon chief addresses possible friendly fire strike

    12/20/2015 6:14:55 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 2 replies
    CBSNews.com ^ | December 19, 2015 | CBS News
    The American airstrike that may have killed a number of Iraqi soldiers on Friday seems to be "a mistake that involved both sides," U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday. He called Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to express condolences. Speaking to reporters during a visit to the USS Kearsarge in the Persian Gulf, Carter said the incident near the western Iraqi city of Fallujah was "regrettable." "These kinds of things happen when you're fighting side by side as we are," Carter said. He said the airstrike Friday "has all the indications of being a mistake of the kind that...
  • How an angry tirade led to the investigation of a top Special Operations general

    12/19/2015 6:39:00 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 41 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | December 18, 2015 | Dan Lamothe
    Army Lt. Gen. John Mulholland was apoplectic. Seated at the head of a table in a staff meeting, the veteran Special Operations general was furious that a briefing for him at U.S. Special Operations Command did not follow the directions that he and the top officer in the command, Adm. William McRaven, had provided. In a profanity-laced tirade, Mulhulland told the staff members they had "all failed me" as a commander, and they should all go "shoot themselves right now," according to later accounts of the meeting. He promised that if they tried to brief their work to McRaven he...
  • Paul Ryan Fails the Omnibus Test

    12/17/2015 2:37:34 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 25 replies
    The Conservative Review ^ | December 17, 2015 | The Conservative Review Editors
    It did not take long for newly minted Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to give up on promises to "open up the process," "return to regular order," and "wipe the slate clean." If Ryan truly sought to define his leadership as the dawn of a new day for limited governance, the 2,009 page omnibus represented his chance to reassert GOP priorities. Instead, members will soon vote on a $1.149 trillion grab bag of special interest giveaways, liberal victories, and conservative concessions that they more than likely have not read. A full year after the president's lawless expansion of executive amnesty, Congress...
  • Statement by U.S. Senator Mike Lee on Omnibus Bill's Legal Protection of Social Media Companies

    12/17/2015 11:07:11 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 9 replies
    Senator Mike Lee's Facebook Page ^ | 12-17-2015 | Senator Mike Lee
    If you use Facebook- and that's everyone who sees this post - then your relationship with Facebook will be redefined by the government if the ‪Omnibus‬ spending bill before the Senate is passed into law. Tomorrow we are scheduled to vote on a 2,000 page spending bill to fund the government through the end of next year. It was crafted in a back-room deal with almost no input from most members of Congress. Because of the "must-pass" nature of the bill, those in the room air-dropped controversial cybersecurity legislation into the bill, hoping no one would object. If this bill...
  • US-Backed Syrian Rebel Group on Verge of Collapse

    12/15/2015 11:03:47 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 34 replies
    Stars & Stripes, via Military.com ^ | December 14, 2015 | Slobodan Lekic
    The main Western-backed Arab rebel group in Syria appears on the verge of collapse because of low morale, desertions, and distrust of its leaders by the rank and file, threatening U.S. efforts to put together a ground force capable of defeating the Islamic State and negotiating an end to the Syrian civil war. "After five years of this war, the people are just tired ... and so are our fighters," said Jaseen Salabeh, a volunteer in the Free Syrian Army, which was formed in September 2011 by defectors from the army of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Free Syrian Army,...
  • YouTube suspends investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s Full Measure News

    12/15/2015 7:03:03 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 115 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | December 14, 2015 | Twitchy Staff
    Sharyl Attkisson, formerly an investigative reporter with CBS, recently launched Full Measure News. Those who have followed Attkisson on Twitter know that she has been relentless in her pursuit of stories that have been abandoned by the mainstream news, such as the Fast and Furious scandal and Benghazi. Full Measure News was to be an independent outlet for investigative reporting, but tonight Attkisson is reporting that the entire Full Measure News account has been pulled by YouTube.
  • Air Force withholding names, photos of missing Afghans

    12/10/2015 1:21:45 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 37 replies
    Moody Air Force Base officials are not releasing the names or photographs of two missing Afghan trainees. Capt. Korey Fratini said Wednesday the decision to not release the names is a U.S. Air Force decision and not one that has been made by the base commander. "It is a matter of policy," Fratini told The Valdosta Daily Times. The Air Force has maintained a policy of not releasing the names or images of any Afghan personnel in the interest of their personal safety and the safety of their families back in Afghanistan, the captain said. Fratini said the fact the...
  • Bosses at Scots university under pressure to strip Donald Trump of honorary degree

    12/09/2015 5:28:27 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 28 replies
    Scotland Now, via the UK Daily Record ^ | December 9, 2015 | JOHN FERGUSON
    BOSSES at a Scots university are under pressure to strip Donald Trump of an honorary degree after he called for Muslims to be banned from America. Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen said their principal was "considering the position". Trump, who is leading the race to fight next year's presidential election for the Republicans, wants a "complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States". He says the ban should stay in place until the authorities can work out which of them are terrorists. Aides at first said the ban would apply to US citizens who happened to be abroad on holiday...
  • Welcome To Barack Obama’s America: Barack Obama's political legacy is the rise of Donald Trump.

    12/09/2015 6:18:00 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 19 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 8, 2015 | Ben Domenech
    In the wake of an Oval Office speech which went over so terribly that it has Politico openly wondering whether the entire form of presidential address is dead, yesterday's announcement from Donald Trump that he believes the U.S. must block all Muslims from entering the country, "until our countries' representatives can figure out what's going on", finally resolves the question about President Obama’s greatest political legacy. It is no accident that President Obama's America has given rise to Donald Trump. It is an America that is more tribalist, where people feel more racially and religiously divided; more politically correct, where...
  • Donald Trump Defends Call to Block Muslims, Citing Roosevelt

    12/08/2015 10:37:50 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 24 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 8, 2015 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Donald J. Trump on Tuesday defended his call to block all Muslims from entering the United States, casting it as a temporary move in response to Islamic State terrorism, and invoking President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s actions toward Japanese, German and Italian aliens during World War II as precedent. Mr. Trump, who is handily leading the Republican presidential field in almost every poll nationally and in primary states, spoke in a string of interviews with television morning show hosts, as Democrats fumed over his proposal and Republican reactions ranged from outraged to tepid. (snip) In a tense exchange with Joe Scarborough...
  • Obama’s Oval Office address reflects struggle to be heard

    12/07/2015 4:07:17 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 31 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 6, 2015 | Greg Jaffe
    In addressing the nation Sunday evening, President Obama turned to a venue he doesn't like to discuss a subject he would rather avoid. His decision to speak on the terrorist threat from the Oval Office, just days after the deadly attack in San Bernardino, Calif., reflects a broad concern in the White House that the American people, distracted by the overheated cacophony of the campaign season, are not listening to him. Or at least they are not hearing what he has to say. In the weeks since the terrorist attacks in Paris, Obama has stressed in speech after speech that...
  • Ted Cruz Is the One Candidate Who Can Face down Washington — And Win [NRO!!!]

    To protect American national security we must first understand what threatens American national security. We must grasp who our enemies are, what animates them, and how they work together - despite their internecine rivalries - to destroy us from without and within. We must stop trying to define "true Islam" and start restoring our own principles as our guide: liberty, equality of opportunity, the rule of law, and peace through strength. The vast majority of Americans still believe in these principles. It is Washington that has lost faith. It is Washington that looks at liberty's enemies and sees friends; that...
  • Federal judge bans school's live Nativity show [Indiana]

    12/04/2015 10:49:08 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 19 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 4, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    A federal judge has banished the Baby Jesus and the Three Wise Men from an Indiana high school's Christmas musical. U.S. District Court Judge Jon DeGuilio, appointed to the bench by President Obama, issued an injunction against Concord Community Schools on Dec. 2. The court order forbids students from presenting a live Nativity scene during the Concord High School's Christmas Spectacular. The judge said that portion of the show is overtly religious in nature. "The living nativity scene impermissibly conveys an endorsement of religion and thus runs afoul of the Establishment Clause," the judge wrote in his ruling.
  • Authorities Search Redlands Home Tied To Suspect Syed Farook

    12/03/2015 5:55:41 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 9 replies
    CBSLA.com | December 2, 2015 | CBSLA.com
    Authorities on Wednesday night continued to investigate a Redlands home tied to Syed Farook, a suspect identified in connection with the mass shootings that killed at least 14 people and injured at least 17 people at a social services center in San Bernardino on Wednesday morning. A few hours after the mass shooting, authorities followed a tip to the home on Center Street in Redlands. As officers approached, the suspects fled in a dark SUV. A police pursuit ensued, ending back in San Bernardino, where a gunbattle broke out. Two suspects - one male and one female - were killed...
  • Twitter threats to black Kean students made by black alum, police say

    12/02/2015 3:08:53 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 13 replies
    NJ.com ^ | December 1, 2015 | Jessica Remo
    A recent Kean graduate has been charged with being responsible for a series of tweets threatening black students at the school two weeks ago, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Tuesday. Kayla-Simone McKelvey, 24, of Union - a black alum who graduated in May - was charged by summons with third-degree creating a false public alarm. Park said an investigation by the Union County Prosecutor's Office's Special Prosecutions Unit and Kean University police found that McKelvey, a self-proclaimed activist, participated in a student rally to raise awareness of racism on college campuses on Nov. 17, but left midway...