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  • CHP OFFICER IN PRESIDENT OBAMA'S MOTORCADE CRASHES ON 405 FREEWAY IN WEST LA

    02/13/2016 1:09:47 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 16 replies
    ABC 7 NEWS ^ | 13 FEBRUARY 2016 | JOHN GREGORY
    LOS ANGELES -- A California Highway Patrol officer in President Barack Obama's motorcade was injured in a crash while escorting the president through West Los Angeles on Friday. The motorcycle officer went down around 10 a.m. on the southbound 405 Freeway at Olympic Boulevard. The officer was taken to a local hospital, but was said to be OK. Further details regarding the crash were not released. An Eyewitness News viewer captured part of the crash on cellphone video.
  • Off-duty Richmond police officer killed in Vallejo

    02/12/2016 8:25:39 AM PST · by ScottinVA · 17 replies
    Vallejo Times-Herald ^ | 11 Feb 2016 | Irma Widjojo and John Glidden
    A Vallejo man, Richmond police officer and active community member was fatally shot at his home in the Glen Cove neighborhood early Thursday. Vallejo police said Augustine “Gus” Vegas, 58, was killed after being shot multiple times inside the house. Vegas was a 15-year veteran with the Richmond Police Department, and last served in the regulatory unit. The suspect, identified as Robert Vega, 30, of Fairfield, has been taken into custody and is the father of Vegas’ 6-year-old grandson. The shooting was reported by a family member at 4:39 a.m. in the unit block of Narragansett Court at the victim’s...
  • The President causes heavy traffic delays as he dons his shades for a visit to LA and a chat [tr]

    02/12/2016 6:20:07 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 11, 2016 | Staff
    President Barack Obama may have made a super cool touch down in Los Angeles on Thursday, but Californians were cursing his visit as his motorcade caused traffic that was even worse than usual. Making a rare appearance in sunglasses, Obama stepped off Air Force One in a pair of suave shades, and was ferried straight from the airport to the Warner Bros. studios, where Ellen DeGeneres's show is filmed. The two pre-recorded the interview in the afternoon, which will air on Friday. It is the first time a sitting president has appeared on the day-time talk show. As Obama geared...
  • California Congressman Vapes During Hearing on Banning Vaping on Planes

    02/12/2016 5:07:26 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 71 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | February 12, 2016
    A California lawmaker turned heads at a House of Representatives hearing Thursday when he pulled out his vape pen and took a big puff, blowing out a large plume of vapor. The unconventional move came while the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee was debating an amendment that would ban e-cigarettes on passenger airplanes. California Rep. Duncan Hunter, a former smoker, was arguing against the ban.
  • Lawsuit contends the California bullet train project is violating state law

    02/12/2016 4:49:02 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 12, 2016 | By Ralph Vartabedian
    The California bullet train project violates state law because it is not financially viable, will operate slower than promised and has compromised its design by using existing shared tracks in the Bay Area, attorneys for Kings County and two Central Valley farmers argued Thursday in Sacramento County Superior Court. The lawsuit asserts that the state's plans for the Los Angeles to San Francisco high-speed rail link violate restrictions placed on the project under the $9-billion bond act that voters approved in 2008.
  • Obama creates 3 new national monuments to protect 1.8 million acres of California desert

    02/11/2016 10:50:14 PM PST · by Drago · 61 replies
    The L.A. Times ^ | 01/11/2016 | Louis Sahagun
    President Obama designated three new national monuments in the California desert Thursday, expanding federal protection to 1.8 million acres of landscapes that have retained their natural beauty despite decades of heavy mining, cattle ranching and off-roading.
  • New California Law Forces Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers to Advertise Abortions

    02/11/2016 7:37:58 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 2/11/16
    Did you hear about the new bill that California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law? ....The bill...named the Reproductive Fact Act, aims to punish pro-life pregnancy centers, which offer women and girls compassionate alternatives to abortion. Under penalty of ruinous fines for every "violation," the law orders the pro-life centers to post notices and tell mothers that they can abort their babies and have California taxpayers foot the bill via the state's expansive Medi-Cal program.
  • Israel’s Apartheid Libel: South African Students Weigh In

    02/11/2016 3:35:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The Jewish Star ^ | 2/11 | Eitan Arom
    About two-dozen people filed into Dodd 175 at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus last Thursday night, scouting out seats and picking at the kosher pizza in the back of the lecture hall. Miyelani Pinini knows the drill. A former student president of the University of Cape Town in South Africa, she's attended and even organized her share of free-pizza events. But now she and a fellow South African student leader -- both non-Jewish black people -- were the stars of this one, brought to campus by StandWithUs, a pro-Israel education and advocacy organization, and Students Supporting Israel,...
  • Hillary would ban reparative therapy for minors, says top LGBT group in endorsement

    01/21/2016 7:29:34 AM PST · by wagglebee · 31 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/20/16 | Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C., January 20, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - The nation's foremost homosexual and transgender political group has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, saying she has made banning reparative therapy and allowing transgender military service "a pillar" of her presidential campaign. “All the progress we have made as a nation on LGBT equality -- and all the progress we have yet to make -- is at stake in November," said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin. The HRC said that Clinton has made homosexual and transgender political advocacy "a pillar of her campaign and recently unveiled the most robust and ambitious LGBT...
  • Pope Francis to stand with migrants at U.S. border

    02/10/2016 5:33:02 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 107 replies
    WND ^ | 10 Feb 16 | Cheryl Chumley
    Pontiff's show of solidarity during visit to Mexico Pope Francis, who has spent the past several months pressing nations, including America, to embrace those fleeing the unrest in the Middle East, Africa and Asia with open arms - and open borders - is now taking that stance to a new political level and planning a solidarity stand with migrants along the U.S.-Mexico boundary. Market Watch reported Francis is due to arrive in Mexico on Friday for a six-day visit. And as part of that visit, he is planning to stand on the U.S. border, in Ciudad Juarez, and deliver a...
  • Streets to Avoid During President Barack Obama's Los Angeles Visit

    02/11/2016 8:42:01 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    For Thursday, the Los Angeles Police Department urged commuters to avoid: *The area around North Hollywood Way between North San Fernando Boulevard and Forest Lawn Drive from 3:15 to 4:45p.m. *The area around North Hollywood Way between Forest Lawn Drive and North San Fernando Boulevard from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. *The area around Rimpau Boulevard between West Pico Boulevard and West Sixth Street from 5:30 to 7 p.m. *The area around Wilshire Boulevard between South Hudson Avenue and South Arden Boulevard from 5:30 to 7 p.m. *The area around West Fourth Street between South Muirfield Road and Lorraine Boulevard from...
  • Californians Are Voting With Their Feet

    02/11/2016 6:57:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    RCM ^ | 02/11/2016 | Carson Bruno
    California has something of a migration problem. Yes, the state's population growth rate has been hovering just under 1% for a few years with natural increases and international net migration staying just strong enough for the state to continue growing, but California's consistent net domestic out-migration should be concerning to Sacramento as it develops state policy. As the adage goes, people vote with their feet and one thing is clear, more people are choosing to leave California than come. First, a note about population growth. A state's population grows (or shrinks) based on two major components: one, natural increase -...
  • RFK’s killer, Sirhan Sirhan, denied parole despite a Kennedy confidant’s call for his release

    02/10/2016 9:45:13 PM PST · by TroutStalker · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 10. 2016 | Peter Holley
    After decades of investigation, Paul Schrade has no doubt about the identity of the man who shot him in the head shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968, in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel: It was Sirhan Sirhan, the same gunman convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy. And yet, when Schrade came face to face with Sirhan for the first time in nearly 50 years, at a parole hearing in San Diego on Wednesday, he argued that the notorious gunman wasn't Kennedy's killer. But the panel wasn't swayed and Sirhan was denied parole for the 15th time, according to...
  • GOP Shatters it's Turnout Record: Democrats Lag Behind

    02/10/2016 9:25:45 AM PST · by Wpin · 49 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 10, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    Republicans set a new turnout record Tuesday in New Hampshire’s primary, attracting more than a quarter of a million voters to the polls and offering evidence that most of the energy in the 2016 presidential race continues to be on the GOP side. Democrats saw a strong turnout, but their two-person race couldn’t recapture the magic of the 2008 battle between Hillary Clinton and then-candidate Barack Obama — a race that presaged Mr. Obama’s eventual cruise to victory in November.
  • Obama lands in Mountain View to rake in cash for Democrats

    02/10/2016 9:21:48 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 11 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 02/10/2016 | Emily Benson
    President Barack Obama landed at Moffett Field on Wednesday night for a two-day Bay Area stopover to raise money for fellow Democrats.
  • Carly Fiorina ends presidential bid

    02/10/2016 3:27:21 PM PST · by TBP · 51 replies
    CNN ^ | February 10, 2016 | Eric Bradner
    Carly Fiorina is ending her bid for the Republican presidential nomination. The former Hewlett-Packard executive announced the decision on Facebook Wednesday after finishing seventh in New Hampshire's primary. "While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans who refuse to settle for the way things are and a status quo that no longer works for them," Fiorina said in a post. The writing was on the wall after she didn't qualify for last week's ABC News debate, and a last-minute campaign on her behalf to allow her in was unsuccessful. Fiorina's...
  • Ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca to plead guilty in jail scandal, his attorney says

    02/10/2016 2:44:52 PM PST · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 10, 2016 | Joel Rubin, Cindy Chang and Harriet Ryan
    Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will plead guilty in a downtown courtroom Wednesday to a single charge of making false statements, marking a dramatic turn in the ongoing federal investigation into corruption in the Sheriff's Department. In a plea agreement filed in federal court Wednesday morning, Baca admitted to lying twice about his involvement in hiding an inmate from FBI agents who were investigating brutality and corruption by sheriff's deputies in the county jails.
  • Dear Mexico: you might wind up paying for that wall after all

    02/10/2016 1:26:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/10/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Over the weekend the former president of Mexico took a rather scoffing tone when he said that Mexico wasn’t going to pay one cent for Donald Trump’s “stupid wall.” This is a knock we’ve heard from plenty of The Donald’s critics back here at home as well, coming from Democrats and Republicans alike. I mean… it’s crazy, right? How could anyone expect that to happen?There’s an article this week over at The Last Refuge which might be worth a look if you’ve got an open mind on the subject. One of the less commented on aspects of international relations...
  • Carly Fiorina: I’m out

    02/10/2016 1:16:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/10/2016 | AllahPundit
    It’s a distant memory now but in the last two weeks of September, after her celebrated attack on Trump at the second Republican debate, she was in double digits nationally and in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina. Then everyone just … moved on and she was a low single-digits candidate the rest of the way. Even now, I’m not sure what she did to fade so quickly and durably. I suppose it was a simple matter of her being outraised and outspent and then suffocated by Trump’s total domination of earned media.Of all the dark-horse candidates who’ve run in...
  • Fiorina drops out [her statement on facebook]

    02/10/2016 12:09:20 PM PST · by GIdget2004 · 68 replies
    facebook ^ | 02/10/2016 | Carly Fiorina
    This campaign was always about citizenship—taking back our country from a political class that only serves the big, the powerful, the wealthy, and the well connected. Election after election, the same empty promises are made and the same poll-tested stump speeches are given, but nothing changes. I've said throughout this campaign that I will not sit down and be quiet. I'm not going to start now. While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans who refuse to settle for the way things are and a status quo that no longer...
  • Robert Kennedy's Assassin Faces Parole Board

    02/10/2016 1:29:25 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 68 replies
    SKY News ^ | February 10, 2016
    The man who fatally shot presidential candidate Robert Kennedy nearly half a century ago faces a parole board in California. Sirhan Sirhan, 71, will have his 15th such hearing at the Richard J Donovan Correctional Facility near San Diego on Wednesday. The Palestinian-born Sirhan is serving a life sentence for opening fire on the political scion at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on 5 June 1968. He has denied having any recollection of the killing, but has also said he targeted Kennedy because of his support for Israel. Sirhan was last denied parole in 2011, when the board ruled...
  • Ted Cruz Is A P*ssy Website Goes Live

    02/10/2016 12:58:04 PM PST · by drewh · 100 replies
    TMZ ^ | 2/9/2016 15:31 PM PST
    the Internet is definitely loving Donald Trump's declaration about Ted Cruz and uh ... cats. Less than 24 hours after Donald said, "He's a p***y!" -- someone hit up Go Daddy and snatched the domain, tedcruzisap***y.com. No word on who cyber-squatted the phrase -- they've chosen to stay anonymous. Predictably, the page touts the Trump campaign -- but also includes this vocabulary lesson: "pusillanimous" ... showing a lack of courage or determination. We know what you're thinking. We're told the Donald's campaign had nothing to do with it.
  • The Paris Massacre Sunk Dr. Ben Carson

    02/10/2016 12:32:09 PM PST · by drewh · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 hours ago | by JOEL B. POLLAK
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich seized second place in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday evening, in a race Donald Trump had dominated since the fall. But others had also spent time in the second place slot behind Trump, including former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina after her strong undercard debate performance in September; and Dr. Ben Carson, who was in second for much of the autumn, but finished in last place on Tuesday evening. What happened? A look at the RealClearPolitics averages allows us to pinpoint the exact moment when Carson began to fade, never to recover: Nov. 13, 2015....
  • Carly Fiorina Ends Bid For Republican Presidential Nomination

    02/10/2016 12:22:52 PM PST · by drewh · 61 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | February 10, 2016 3:12 PM ET | Scott Detrow
    Carly Fiorina is exiting the Republican presidential race after a seventh-place showing in last night's New Hampshire primary. "While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans who refuse to settle for the way things are and a status quo that no longer works for them," said Fiorina in a statement. Fiorina was an unconventional candidate. Her only previous political effort had been a 10-point loss in a race for U.S. Senate in California, and her tenure at Hewlett-Packard was most notable for her being fired by the board of directors...
  • State's Medi-Cal Bill For Undocumented Kids Could Rise

    02/10/2016 11:55:21 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    California Healthline ^ | February 9, 2016 | By David Gorn
    The cost of providing full Medi-Cal benefits to immigrant children who are in California unlawfully could be significantly more than the state's health care agency has projected, according to experts and advocates. That's because state officials may have underestimated the number of kids who will be eligible for the program - though it's hard to know precisely by how much. The Department of Health Care Services has said about 170,000 such children will be eligible for full Medi-Cal beginning in May, when the expansion takes effect' and that covering them will cost the state $142.8 million in fiscal year 2016-2017....
  • El Nino delivers: Mavericks surf contest on for Friday

    02/10/2016 7:13:18 AM PST · by mac_truck · 21 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 2/9/2016 | Mark Conley
    The Bay Area got its Super Bowl fix -- now it will get its Super Bowl of big-wave surfing, too. The Titans of Mavericks was greenlighted for Friday, meaning 24 of the world's most fearless watermen will take to the ocean off Pillar Point Harbor near Half Moon Bay and put on their own adrenaline-soaked, El Nino-fueled spectacle. It will mark the first year under new ownership for the event, which wasn't able to stage a contest last year because the perfect day with the desired minimum 40-foot wave faces and clean conditions never materialized. As for Friday's conditions, Mark...
  • Pregnancy Clinics Fight for Right to Deny Abortion Information

    02/10/2016 6:38:55 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 10, 2016 | ERIK ECKHOLM
    EL CAJON, Calif. — “Free Pregnancy Testing,” reads the large sign in front of the East County Pregnancy Care Clinic, on a busy intersection of this impoverished city east of San Diego. Inside the clinic, a woman will not only get a free pregnancy test, but she will also see a counselor to discuss her options. She will see models of fetuses at early stages of development, which show that “at week 12, you see a recognizable human,” said Josh McClure, the executive director of the clinic. If she is pregnant, she can get a free ultrasound and attend childbirth...
  • Donald Trump’s New Hampshire Win Means These Media Members Are Winners & Losers

    02/09/2016 10:16:55 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 39 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | February 8
    First, here are the biggest "losers." Nate Silver. Back in November, this liberal media darling and alleged prediction guru told the world that Trump had no real chance at the GOP nomination and that his poll numbers were nothing to be concerned about because they were likely to fade before any votes were cast. ... Frank Luntz. Luntz unequivocally declared that Trump was dead, gone and finished. Trump's poll numbers only got better from there. ... Rich Lowry & National Review. Lowry deserves to be singled out for his hilariously inaccurate and inappropriate analysis that Carly Fiorina had surgically removed...
  • Bill Kristol blows his New Hampshire primary picks — and Twitter won’t let him forget it

    02/09/2016 9:18:46 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 15 replies
    Weekly Standard founder Bill Kristol was once again the butt of the political joke on Tuesday after his latest faulty prediction — in this case, his take on the New Hampshire GOP presidential primary. Last week, Kristol forecast a win for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) not too far behind in second and Donald Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich bringing up the rear, tagging his Twitter prediction #NoGutsNoGlory, as seen below:
  • How long for the Peruta En Banc Process in California?

    02/09/2016 5:18:25 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 9 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Edward Peruta v. County of San Diego is a closely watched case in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Originally, a three judge panel ruled that Sheriff’s did not have the authority to arbitrarily refuse to grant permits to most citizens who applied for them, invalidating the “good reason” excuse that Sheriffs were using.The case is particularly important because the panel ruled that there is a Constituitonal right to carry a gun outside of the home, and that government entities may not effectively ban the carry of firearms outside of the home for self defense. At least one judge in...
  • Ben Carson: I’m Open to Being Donald Trump's Vice President

    02/09/2016 3:24:15 PM PST · by Libloather · 73 replies
    Mediaite via MSN ^ | 2/09/16 | Alex Griswold
    Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said on the day of the New Hampshire primary that he was open to serving as vice president under another candidate, specifically saying that he would be willing to sit down and discuss it with Donald Trump. "Would you be ever open to a VP spot?" asked Fox Business host Neil Cavuto. "I would have to have major philosophical alignment with whoever it was," Carson responded. "I would have to have guarantees that I could do some substantial things." Cavuto asked whether that applied to Donald Trump as well. "I certainly would sit down and...
  • Rubio's [H-1B] Immigration Plan Will Only Cause Suffering For Americans

    02/09/2016 2:07:28 PM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 19 replies
    Overpasses For America ^ | February 8th, 2016 | Mark Thies
    I first met Sen. Marco Rubio at a Republican fundraiser in 2014 where he was the featured speaker."Hi, my name is Mark Thies", I said. "I'm an Engineering Professor at Clemson.""Engineers!", he said. "Boy, we sure need a lot more of them, don't we!"I shook my head in wonder at his comment. Indeed, if you get your news from the mainstream mediayou might think there's a big shortage of students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The truth, however, is quite different.For example, Clemson's engineering enrollment has reached almost 5,300 students - an 80 percent increase since 2008!In my...
  • Marco Rubio is biggest loser. Trump and the governors all have a good night in NH

    02/06/2016 10:06:24 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 212 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/7/2016 | Douglas E. Schoen
    <p>Saturday night at the GOP debate in New Hampshire belonged to the executives: the governors and the businessman.</p> <p>Indeed, if Saturday is any indication of what kind of debater Donald Trump can be, then it's safe to say that it really was a mistake for him to skip the Fox News debate before the Iowa caucus. He may very have won it if he had shown this kind of strength and adeptness just days before Iowans went out to vote.</p>
  • The Classiest Debate Moment That No-One Noticed – Never Leave A Good Man Down…

    02/07/2016 9:43:49 PM PST · by Jim 0216 · 82 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | February 7, 2016 | sundance
    Few people will talk about this, and fewer will even want to acknowledge it, but what Donald Trump did before the debate even began shows the measure of a real man’s worth. At the beginning of the ABC debate, each of the candidates were being introduced in a specific order. The first name called to the stage was Chris Christie. The applause was loud and lingered through the time when Martha Raddatz called the second candidate Ben Carson. Dr. Carson did not hear his name called (easy to understand why when you listen to the video) and stood in the...
  • California issues 650,000 driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants in 2015

    02/09/2016 7:44:14 AM PST · by simpson96 · 11 replies
    FOX News ^ | Feb 8, 2016 | Staff
    Since California implemented Assembly Bill 60 last January, an estimated 605,000 driver's licenses were issued to undocumented immigrants in the Golden State, with 400,000 of these licenses issued during the first six months of 2015.Immigrant rights groups and traffic safety experts have hailed the law because, they say, it means more drivers will be properly trained, licensed and more likely to have car insurance."We believe that this new law increases safety on California roads by putting licensed drivers behind the steering wheel," Artemio Armenta, a spokesman for the California Department of Motor Vehicles, told the Los Angeles Times. But some...
  • After recent ICE raids, sanctuary movement grows for immigrants here illegally

    02/09/2016 7:39:16 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 8, 2016 | By Cindy Carcamo
    Rev. Fred Morris is familiar with violence in Latin America. Morris, currently leading North Hills United Methodist Church, survived detention and torture at the hands of Brazil's military dictatorship in 1974. That's one reason Morris said he's ready to defy Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials and offer his place of worship as a refuge for Central Americans facing imminent deportation to a region with escalating violence. "We are willing to fight this tooth and nail," said Morris, 82. "If ICE wants to come get them, they're going to have to break down the church door." Morris' congregation is one of...
  • Klamath River dams moving toward removal despite congressional barriers ( CA & OR )

    02/08/2016 9:41:55 PM PST · by george76 · 37 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Feb. 3, 2016 | Bettina Boxall
    California, Oregon and the federal government are working on a way around congressional barriers to the removal of hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River. The states, the U.S. Interior Department and the owner of the dams, PacifiCorp, announced Tuesday that they have agreed in principle to pursue removal through the federal dam relicensing process. The move comes after a complex deal to decommission four hydroelectric dams and restore portions of the historic salmon river fell apart when Congress failed to act on a crucial piece of the pact by a Dec. 31 deadline. Republican members of Congress and local elected...
  • Super Bowl celebrates LGBT love, Black Lives Matter

    02/08/2016 10:19:31 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 69 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 2/8/2016 | Staff
    The NFL's Super Bowl 50 halftime show was embedded with an array of political messages hiding in plain view. From the rainbow theme to the Black Panther suits worn by Beyonce's dancers, the show was meant to celebrate a social platform that took its cues from the Democratic Party in a key presidential election year. "Everything at the Super Bowl halftime show was covered in rainbows, from Coldplay singer Chris Martin's shirt to the stage he was dancing on," noted Seth Millstein, a writer for Bustle.com, a left-of-center website targeting women readers. "At first, it seemed like an arbitrary artistic...
  • North Korea's new satellite cruised over Levi's Stadium after Super Bowl 50

    02/08/2016 5:50:10 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 83 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | February 8, 2016 | Nicole Hensley
    North Korea's new satellite cruised over Levi's Stadium after Super Bowl 50 BY Nicole Hensley / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / Monday, February 8, 2016, 5:29 AM Kim Kwang Hyon/AP North Korea's satellite, which was launched on Feb. 7, passed over the Super Bowl 50 game. Pictured is the country's Unha 3 at the Sci-Tech Complex in Pyongyang in 2012. A "Shining Star" was watching over Levi's Stadium after the Broncos 24-10 win. As football fans poured out of the Bay Area stadium, North Korea's observational satellite zipped by the field at an orbit 300 miles above the Earth at...
  • Firearm-Related Hospitalizations in California 1992 to 2010

    02/08/2016 8:37:10 AM PST · by MeganC · 6 replies
    Full title: Trends in Firearm-Related Emergency Department Visits and Hospitalizations in California, 1992 to 2010 A friend of mine who works for a Republican legislator in California sent me this link which I saved as a pdf. According to her there are some Democrats who want this report suppressed because it isn't helping them with making the case that gun ownership is a "health care crisis" in California. The actual statistics in this report show an absurdly huge (74%) decline in people getting injured by guns in California between 1992 and 2010. In that same time gun ownership went through...
  • Former Mexican President: We're Not Paying for 'Stupid' Wall

    02/08/2016 7:03:41 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 95 replies
    NBC News ^ | 8 Feb 2016 | by Brian Latimer
    A former Mexican president had some tough words when asked about GOP candidate Donald Trump's much-touted plan to build a border wall that he says will be paid for by Mexico. "We are not going to pay any single cent for such a stupid wall! And it's going to be completely useless," said former Mexican president Felipe Calderón when asked about this at the AmCham Egypt for Business Conference on Sunday. Calderón told CNBC's Hadley Gamble his country will not be funding the construction of the wall, also adding that while Trump blames Mexican migration for the majority of illegal...
  • Beyonce Super Bowl Performance Pays Tribute To Black Panthers

    02/08/2016 8:17:04 AM PST · by Biggirl · 67 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 8, 2016 | Lee Stranahan
    Singer Beyoncé Knowles brought black liberation politics to the Super Bowl halftime show Sunday in a performance that appeared to pay tribute to the Black Panthers.
  • California issued 605,000 new driver's licenses for immigrants in the U.S. illegally last year

    02/08/2016 7:15:43 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 7, 2016 | by Tatiana Sanchez
    Judith Benitez had gone most of her adult life without knowing how to drive. The 35-year-old woman from Mexico who is in the U.S. illegally would ask family members for rides to pick up her children from school. Trips to the grocery store or the doctor's office were complicated. That changed last year when Assembly Bill 60 was implemented, granting people in the country illegally the right to obtain driver's licenses in California. "Truthfully, it was an extremely emotional time because having a [driver's] license isn't just any little thing," she said. "We feel a little more protected."
  • Zodiac Killers Identity MAY be......The BTK killer.

    02/07/2016 9:52:05 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 35 replies
    SOTT ^ | 2/6/16 | Chris Summers
    Ms McGath has been studying links between the two killers for two years, especially the letters they both wrote, and she told Daily Star Online : "There are just so many similarities between Zodiac and BTK." She said the authorities ruled out a link because of a "general alibi" assuming Rader was serving in the US air force in Japan at the time of Zodiac's crimes. But she said he could easily have travelled back to California to carry out the killings and she points out in her book how close many of the killings were to air force bases....
  • Quinnipiac: Trump And Rubio Up, Cruz Down [Trump 31, Cruz 22, Rubio 19]

    02/05/2016 6:05:45 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 82 replies
    quinnipiac.edu ^ | February 5
    Donald Trump still leads the GOP presidential pack among Republican voters nationwide, with 31 percent, followed by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas with 22 percent and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida with 19 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University National poll released today. Dr. Ben Carson has 6 percent, with 9 percent undecided and no other candidate above 3 percent. In the Democratic race nationwide, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has 44 percent, with Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont at 42 percent, and 11 percent undecided
  • Fundraising calls: Obama heads west

    02/07/2016 6:29:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 7, 2016 | Jennifer Harper
    Rev up Air Force One, it's fundraising time again, along with symbolic moments and scenic views. In 48 hours President Obama departs the nation's capital for points west and an extended stay. Here's what's on the big travel agenda, beginning Wednesday: "Nine years after he announced his candidacy for president, the President will return to the place where his political career began by traveling to Springfield, Illinois. Now in the final year of his second term, the President looks forward to addressing the Illinois General Assembly about what we can do, together, to build better politics," the White House advises....
  • Cruz: Drafting women is 'nuts'

    02/07/2016 2:23:04 PM PST · by Isara · 170 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/07/16 | Katie Glueck
    PETERBOROUGH, N.H.-Ted Cruz on Sunday said he opposes requiring women to register for a potential draft, breaking with Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie, all of whom indicated support for opening up the Selective Service to women during Saturday night's debate. "I have to admit, as I was sitting there listening to that conversation, my reaction was, 'Are you guys nuts?'" Cruz said Sunday, speaking at a town hall here. "Listen, we have had enough with political correctness, especially in the military. Political correctness is dangerous. And the idea that we would draft our daughters to forcibly bring them...
  • At least 3 killed in fight at complex; bats, sticks used (Marin City CA)

    02/07/2016 1:51:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 65 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 7, 2016 2:52 PM EST
    Authorities say at least three people were killed after a fight broke out among a group of people wielding sticks and bats at a large apartment complex in Marin City, north of San Francisco. Marin County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Doug Pittman tells the San Francisco Chronicle the fight broke out Sunday morning and that there may be more victims. ...
  • Poll: 4-way GOP fight for second in New Hampshire

    02/07/2016 12:12:24 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 80 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/7/2016 | THEODORIC MEYER
    Donald Trump still has a commanding lead in New Hampshire two days ahead of the primary, according to a new Monmouth University poll released Sunday, but there's a four-way race for second place. Trump commands 30 percent support from likely Republican primary voters in New Hampshire, the poll found. John Kasich, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz were virtually tied for second place, with 14 percent support for Kasich, 13 percent each for Rubio and Bush and 12 percent for Cruz. Other candidates were far behind. Chris Christie had 6 percent support, Carly Fiorina had 5 percent and Ben...
  • Watch Donald Trump tell Jeb Bush to shut up

    02/07/2016 9:44:26 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 52 replies
    Vox ^ | 2/7/16 | German Lopez
    Donald Trump doesn't like being interrupted. At the Republican debate on Saturday, when Jeb Bush broke into one of Trump's answers, Trump turned around and shushed Bush. This was a continuation of how Trump has long handled Bush, often verbally bullying the Florida governor and characterizing him as weak. But this was also during a particularly tense conversation over eminent domain, in which the government takes over private property for other purposes. Trump defended the practice - specifically, calling it necessary to build roads and other infrastructure.