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  • Sacramento council funds spent on movie nights, bounce houses (Planned Parenthood)

    12/17/2014 3:47:09 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    KCRA ^ | Dec 17, 2014 | Kevin Oliver
    When KCRA 3 asked Ashby about using tax dollars to contribute to Planned Parenthood programs, she defended the contribution, took off the microphone and walked away.
  • New Obamacare enrollments in California top 144,000

    12/17/2014 2:42:15 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 17, 2014 | by Chad Terhune
    California's health insurance exchange said 144,178 people have newly enrolled in Obamacare coverage during the first month of sign ups. Officials also reported that 216,423 people have joined Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program for low-income people, since Nov. 15. That's in addition to the 2.2 million who had already enrolled in 2014 as part of the health-law expansion.
  • 29 Oct 2014: CALIFORNIA TEACHERS' PENSION STILL INSOLVENT

    12/17/2014 2:13:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 29 Oct 2014
    California public employees now enjoy the highest benefits of any state in the nation. To pretend to fund this largess, California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) is an “outlier” among public pension plans in using creative accounting to blur its grossly underfunded status. This has allowed its school district clients and unionized employees to short-check their annual payment for the nation’s most lucrative teachers' pension benefits. But pressure from Moody’s credit rating agency is causing CalSTRS clients and unionized teachers to make big increases in pension and benefit funding. The latest “hokey-pokey” drama is the California State Teachers’ Retirement System...
  • Donald Trump ‘Very Strongly’ Weighing Presidential Run: ‘The Country Is in Serious Trouble’

    12/17/2014 7:38:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/17/2014 | NIICHOLAS BALLASY
    Entrepreneur and television personality Donald Trump said he is “very strongly” considering a run for president, arguing the country is in “serious trouble.”Trump also criticized the Senate Select Intelligence Committee for spending $40 million on the interrogation report [2] released last week.“I am considering it very strongly. A lot of people think that I have fun with it, that I’m playing games, that I enjoy the process – and I do enjoy the process to a certain extent – but the country is in serious, serious trouble. We just, as you know, we just broke $18 trillion in debt, largely...
  • Sloppy Thinking About ‘Torture’: Why Peggy Noonan's Column is Incoherent

    12/17/2014 5:08:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/16/2014 | Bruce Thornton
    Torture is one of those topics that often overwhelm sober reason with lurid emotion. Even people who usually are clear-eyed and rational sink into sloppy thinking and incoherent argument when it comes to torture. Peggy Noonan’s recent Wall Street Journal column about the Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation techniques illustrates this phenomenon perfectly. Noonan is usually an astute analyst, but her column on the report is riddled with received wisdom and unexamined assumptions. For Noonan, the “important lesson” of the report is not that progressives, as usual, are shameful hypocrites and partisan hacks who will damage their country’s interests...
  • Democrats' Wasteful Torture Report

    12/17/2014 3:26:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 17, 2014 | Dr Ben Carson
    The recent release of a Senate report commissioned by Democrats regarding torture of terrorism suspects in order to obtain vital information was a waste of $40 million of taxpayer money. It already had been documented extensively that three suspects were waterboarded and that sleep deprivation and other such techniques were used to extract vital information from terrorists. Though the report says otherwise, that information played a part in the apprehension or annihilation of many upper-echelon terrorist leaders, including Osama bin Laden. The high-profile release of this information at a time when we are engaged in war with various terrorist groups...
  • Cosby won't be charged over molestation claim

    12/16/2014 7:29:23 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 104 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 16, 2014 | Associated Press (AP)
    LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles prosecutors on Tuesday declined to file any charges against Bill Cosby after a woman recently claimed the comedian molested her around 1974. The rejection of a child sexual abuse charge by prosecutors came roughly 10 days after the woman, Judy Huth, met with Los Angeles police detectives for 90 minutes. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office rejected filing a misdemeanor charge of annoying or molesting a child under the age of 18 because the statute of limitations had passed.
  • Sausalito dog on sinking boat swims a mile to shore, reunited with owner

    12/16/2014 8:17:29 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 16 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 12-16-14 | Janis Mara
    In a near-miraculous recovery, a dog that was on a boat that sank in Richardson Bay during Thursday's storm swam a mile to shore, walked to a church she had visited with her animal guardian and was reunited with him in an emotional meeting two days later. Daisy, a brown and white pit bull belonging to Sausalito resident Stephen Alioto, was reunited with Alioto Saturday morning at the Marin Humane Society after a chain of events that ranks as, at the very least, improbable, not to mention heartwarming. "My neighbor told me there was a soaking wet, shivering dog crouched...
  • CIA interrogation 'architect' reacts to Senate report (Kelly File)

    12/16/2014 2:19:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | December 16, 2014
    This is a rush transcript from "The Kelly File," December 15, 2014. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.MEGYN KELLY, HOST: Breaking tonight on a day marked by what looks like a lone wolf terror attack overseas and an ongoing debate about how America has waged the war on terror. We tonight get our first chance to interview the man singled out by a controversial Senate report produced by the Democrats alone, and then attacked by some in the media. The man who personally interrogated Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks....
  • Cringe-worthy Obama nominee withdraws [For Ambassador to Norway]

    12/16/2014 1:37:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/16/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    I confess that I halfway looked forward to George Tsunis being confirmed as ambassador to Norway.  He could have made for a highly amusing storyline on Season 3 of Lilyhammer, the hilarious Netflix Original series that satirizes political correctness in Norway and the clash of cultures between American Mafiosi and Scandinavian self-righteous niceness.  But when Harry Reid failed to shove him through Senate confirmation in the back-door deal last weekend, the handwriting was on the wall for the spectacularly unqualified nominee.  No way would a GOP majority next year confirm such an ignorant putz. David Matosko of the U.K....
  • More States Join Lawsuit against Obama's Immigration Order

    12/16/2014 5:05:43 AM PST · by Hostage · 76 replies
    Governing ^ | December 15, 2014 | Kevin Baxter
    Seven more states signed on to a lawsuit challenging President Obama's executive action halting the deportation of as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants, bringing the total to 24 states, Texas Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday. The new states to join the coalition were Arizona, Florida, Arkansas, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio and Oklahoma. The original 17 states, including Alabama, Kansas and Texas, filed suit in U.S. District Court last week, arguing that Obama overstepped his powers in enacting such changes on his own. "The president's proposed executive decree violates the U.S. Constitution and federal law, circumvents the will of...
  • Law enforcement officials' views mixed over new law [Prop. 47]

    12/15/2014 11:32:33 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 6 replies
    recordnet ^ | 12-15-14 | Jason Anderson
    STOCKTON — Law enforcement officials and defense attorneys in San Joaquin County remain divided over a controversial law that was approved by California voters in the November election. Proposition 47, also known as the “Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act,” has reduced several felony crimes to misdemeanor offenses, resulting in lesser penalties for certain drug possession and property crimes. Voters approved the law with nearly 60 percent of the vote, but 22 of the state’s 58 counties voted against it, including San Joaquin, Calaveras and Amador counties. The law calls for misdemeanor sentences for drug possession, petty theft, receiving stolen property...
  • Ex-USC professor and FBI fugitive gets 5 years in prison for child sex

    12/15/2014 8:34:22 PM PST · by PROCON · 16 replies
    LATIMES ^ | Dec. 15, 2014 | Richard Winton, Kate Mather
    A former USC professor once on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted fugitives list was sentenced to five years in federal prison Monday for flying to the Philippines and sexually assaulting underage boys he had met online. In addition to the sentence, Walter Lee Williams, 66, of Palm Springs, will be required upon release to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and will be on 10 years of supervision Williams, previously known as a well-respected academic, had pleaded guilty and admitted engaging in illegal sexual contact with minors in foreign places. As part of a plea...
  • Obamacare deadline extended in California for Jan. 1 coverage

    12/15/2014 4:00:49 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 15, 2014 | by Chad Terhune
    <p>California’s health insurance exchange extended its deadline for consumers wanting Obamacare coverage in effect by Jan. 1.</p> <p>Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, said people who start the application process or make some “good faith effort” by Monday will have until Dec. 21 to finish signing up. Monday at midnight had previously been the hard deadline.</p>
  • 2 Men On Surveillance Video Near Massive Downtown Fire Wanted For Questioning

    12/15/2014 3:51:53 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    cbs2la.com ^ | December 15, 2014 3:40 PM
    The two individuals are not considered suspects or persons of interest, and investigators would like to interview them because they were in the area of the fire, officials said.
  • Crowdfunders raise $15K for man who confronted Ferguson protesters

    12/15/2014 2:47:58 PM PST · by jeannineinsd · 22 replies
    KGTV 10 San Diego ^ | 12/15/14 | Emily Valdez
    A San Diego father of six shown in a viral 10News video yelling at Ferguson protestors who were blocking Interstate 5 during rush hour in La Jolla in late November expected to go to jail after his confrontation. Instead, his family got $15,000 in donations and an early Christmas. Tyree Landrum works three jobs to support his wife and six kids. On the morning of Nov. 26, Landrum was headed to work when a group of University of California, San Diego, students shut down Interstate 5 near Nobel Drive to protest the Ferguson grand jury decision. The video showed Landrum...
  • 2001, 2002 Iraqi Memos: SECRET NUCLEAR PROJECT (Translation)

    04/23/2006 6:36:32 PM PDT · by jveritas · 56 replies · 7,140+ views
    This document CMPC-2004-000167 talks about a project that started in early 2001 by the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC) to use components from the previously destroyed TAMUZ (also known as OZIRAQ) Nuclear Reactor to build a Nuclear Simulator Reactor. The TAMUZ Nuclear Reactor was destroyed by an Israeli air attack in 1981. In September 2002, after almost a year and a half since the start of this Nuclear Project and when it became very clear to the Iraqi Regime that the UN inspectors were coming back to Iraq, a decision was made to stop this Nuclear Activity project. What is...
  • Joe Wilson: Bush Right to Attack Iraq

    12/04/2005 9:34:46 AM PST · by Carl/NewsMax · 95 replies · 4,204+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | Dec. 4, 2005 | Carl Limbacher
    Joe Wilson, Iraq war supporter? The darling of the anti-war left may be working overtime to bring down the Bush administration for "outing" his CIA wife, but Wilson said Saturday that the White House was right to go to war over Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. "There was a lot of reason to be concerned about weapons of mass destruction in the hands of Saddam Hussein," he told WABC Radio's Mark Simone. "I always thought that he probably had chemical and biological weapons and biological precursors as well." Wilson said his primary policy difference with President Bush wasn't over Saddam's...
  • Biden Admits to Seeing Same Pre War Intel That Administration Did.

    11/28/2005 6:51:26 PM PST · by ArmyBratproud · 99 replies · 3,709+ views
    MSNBC Meet the Press ^ | November 27, 2005 | Tim Russert, Sen. Joseph Biden
    On this past Sunday morning's interview with Tim Russert on Meet The Press, Democrat Senator Joe Biden stumbled and bumbled an admission towards the end of the interview. When Russert forced the question about Senators seeing the section of the National Intel Estimate that listed a caviat from the State Department questioning some of the intel, Biden got trapped. As hard as he tried to avoid it, he ended up giving an answer that shows that he and other Dems saw the same pre war intel as Bush. And he admitted that it was before the vote on the war....
  • Protesters chain themselves to Oakland police headquarters

    12/15/2014 11:33:37 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 15, 2014 | By VERONICA ROCHA
    <p>Demonstrators protesting killings by police in New York and Missouri were arrested Monday after they chained themselves to doors and a flagpole at the Oakland Police Department headquarters.</p> <p>A live-stream video via Blackout Collective shows demonstrators blocking a doorway outside the headquarters and singing, “Calling out the violence of the racist police” as they were taken into custody by officers.</p>
  • Slow carpool lanes draw complaints from commuters, DOT

    12/15/2014 10:49:26 AM PST · by EveningStar · 57 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | December 15, 2014 | Kellie Mejdrich
    ... Carpool lanes are so clogged in California, the state could lose federal funding and approval for projects if it doesn’t fix the problem. Under federal law, carpool lane drivers in California must be able to go an average of 45 miles per hour or faster during peak hours. Additionally, over a six-month period, traffic has to go that fast 90 percent of the time. Caltrans explains that means the lane’s average speed can drop below 45 no more than two days a month ...
  • Selling Sex (Allegations)

    12/15/2014 10:04:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2014 | Katie Kieffer
    Lena Dunham and the federal government ain’t volunteering to advocate for rape victims; they would like compensation—in millions, please. Faceless and nameless men and women volunteer every day, all across the country, to counsel, shelter and heal sexual assault victims. Hollywood darling Lena Dunham is advocating for women too. But Dunham is neither offering women practical tools to deter rape nor taking a six-month sabbatical to volunteer at a woman’s shelter. She is offering a book, that women may purchase, containing her tale of rape. So, after contributing to Dunham’s coffer, a rape victim may read Dunham’s story in commiseration...
  • Americans think ‘torture’ is often necessary, while Democrats are deeply divided

    12/15/2014 9:40:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/15/2014 | Noah Rothman
    One of the more irresponsible aspects of the reporting on the Senate Select Intelligence Committee’s long-awaited report on the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques is the prevalent suggestion that there is little debate over the efficacy of the tactics the report exposed, particularly among Democrats. A new poll suggests that there is a robust debate ongoing outside of America’s newsrooms over both the value of and the justification for the CIA’s interrogation methods. While 69 percent of those surveyed in a recent CBS News Poll said they believe controversial tactics like waterboarding are “torture,” 49 percent also said they think...
  • The Campus as California: Why Traditional campuses in America are becoming like California

    12/15/2014 9:06:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/15/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Campuses are becoming the haunts of the very wealthy and the poor, with little regard for any in-between — sort of like California.Let me explain. Lately lots of strange things have been in the news about college campuses — from the Rolling Stone’s mythography [1] of the University of Virginia fraternities to Lena Dunham’s invented charges [2] of rape against a supposed Oberlin College Republican to courses on “white privilege” to “hands up; don’t shoot” demonstrations protesting the police shooting of Michael Brown.Tuition and DebtBut there are lots of campus topics that garner little publicity. Take tuition costs. Aggregate...
  • Feinstein's Folly

    12/15/2014 8:23:54 AM PST · by rktman · 14 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 12/15/2014 | Charlie Daniels
    Furthermore, Ms. Feinstein seems to have no regard for thousands of American lives around the world she has put in jeopardy or the droves of new recruits ISIS will enlist because of her reckless actions. She has singlehandedly hogtied the CIA, who, by the way, vehemently disagree with this report (the methods were even defended – to a degree – by Obama’s CIA head, John Brennan), and was put together totally by Democrats, without even interviewing the persons who would have been able to refute their claim that the enhanced interrogation techniques did not provide information that foiled other attacks...
  • Two Mystery Illnesses Linked to 12 Child Deaths; 94 Paralysis Cases Since August

    12/15/2014 8:21:50 AM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson ^ | December 14, 2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    In the span of four months, at least 94 children in 33 U.S. states have developed a devastating form of paralysis with symptoms similar to polio. Some require a ventilator to breathe. And some of the greatest government health minds in the country say they have no idea what’s causing it. At the same time, during the past four months, at least 12 children have died after falling ill with a respiratory virus called Enterovirus D-68 (EV-D68). Again, federal health officials are at a loss to explain the origin of the epidemic. Are the mysterious outbreaks linked? The Centers for...
  • The Real Millionaire’s Club

    12/15/2014 7:30:44 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 12, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    If you’re still looking for the one-percenters, you might try checking out college campuses rather than corporate boardrooms: As tallied by the Chronicle of Higher Education, 36 college presidents were paid more than one million dollars in 2012. Meet the big men and women on campus: • Shirley Ann Jackson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute—$7,143,312 • John L. Lahey, Quinnipiac University—$3,759,076 • Lee C. Bolinger, Columbia—$3,389,917 • Amy Gutmann, Penn—$2,473,952 • Charles R. Middleton, Roosevelt University—$1,762,956 • Susan Hockfield, MIT—$1,679,097 • David W. Leebron, Rice—$1,522,502 • John E. Sexton, NYU—$1.404,484 • Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Rockefeller University—$1,381,341 • Richard C. Levin, Yale—$1,375,365 • Robert...
  • U.S. West Coast Ports Face New Crisis as Dockworkers Cease Contract Negotiations

    12/15/2014 7:12:42 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 20 replies
    Supplychain 24/7 ^ | November 21, 2014 | Patrick Burnson
    Just when shippers thought things could not get any worse with the West Coast port labor “slowdown,” dockworkers proved them wrong. The latest tactic employed by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) has been to cease contract negotiations for next 12 days. “We have made it abundantly clear that we believe these negotiations are of the utmost importance and should continue at full strength until the Thanksgiving holiday,” said Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) spokesman Wade Gates. “We are disappointed the Union is not showing the same urgency to resolve the issues between us.” Three weeks after initiating a coordinated...
  • Hillary Wants to be President, She Just Doesn’t Want to Run-Even Hillary isn’t ready for Hillary

    12/15/2014 5:34:34 AM PST · by SJackson · 34 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 15, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Hillary Wants to be President, She Just Doesn’t Want to RunPosted By Daniel Greenfield On December 15, 2014 @ 12:30 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 5 Comments Ready for Hillary, the campaign before the campaign which has churned out some creepy t-shirts and a terrible country song, is $11 million in debt, and Hillary still isn’t ready.While Hillary was delivering six figure speeches at heavily indebted universities, Ready for Hillary was burning through a giant pile of money trying to stir up Obama level enthusiasm for their uncharismatic candidate by selling fifty dollar champagne glasses emblazoned with a giant H,...
  • Hillary in 2016? Not so Fast

    12/15/2014 2:56:12 AM PST · by kingattax · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 5, 2014 | By Melanie Kowalski
    It was not such a long time ago that former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton was viewed by the Democratic poobahs and her worshiping public minions as a shoe-in for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, and ultimately the White House. But life happens, and life has found Hillary Clinton. In a recent Politico article, "Delay of Game", we're getting another read-between-the lines indication that Clinton, Inc. a.k.a. “Billary” (Bill + Hillary = Billary) is in rethink/regroup mode. This run for the presidency is as much Bill’s as it is Hillary. And she will need him in full...
  • Court reconsiders anti-Muslim film on YouTube

    12/14/2014 10:11:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 15, 2014 12:39 AM EST | Brian Melley
    A federal appeals court will reconsider a decision to order YouTube to take down an anti-Muslim film clip that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to the actors from those who considered it blasphemous to the Prophet Muhammad. An 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena will hear arguments Monday by Google, which owns YouTube, disputing the court’s decision to remove “Innocence of Muslims” from the popular video sharing service. A divided three-judge panel ruled in February that actress Cindy Lee Garcia had a copyright claim to the 2012 video because she...
  • California Attorney General Sued to Stop Disclosure of Conservative Group's Donor Addresses

    12/14/2014 6:51:53 PM PST · by PROCON · 16 replies
    breitbart ^ | Dec. 13, 2014 | Chriss W. Street
    Conservative think tank Americans for Prosperity (AFP), co-founded by principals of Koch Industries, sued in federal court to prevent ultra-liberal California Attorney General Kamala Harris from using her office to disclose the names and addresses of their 90,000 donors. Harris may have a problem with AFP being a major force behind the Tea Party movement and its support of free markets, entrepreneurship, lower taxes, and limited government spending and regulation. As a federally registered 501(c)(4), not-for-profit educational organization, Americans for Prosperity is allowed under federal law to raise and spend money educating the public regarding issues associated with political campaigns...
  • Cheney on CIA interrogation: ‘I’d do it again in a minute’

    12/14/2014 12:33:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/14/2014 | By Jacqueline Klimas
    Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday that, despite the backlash against harsh CIA interrogation tactics, he would authorize them again with no hesitation. “It worked. It’s worked now for 13 years. We’ve avoided another mass casualty event against the United States,” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I’d do it again in a minute.” Senate Democrats last week released a report that described interrogation tactics including waterboarding, sleep deprivation, rectal feedings and confinements in coffin-sized boxes for more than a week. Many have called the actions torture, saying that they violate international agreements, but Mr. Cheney maintained that...
  • Justice Scalia: Constitution Doesn’t Prohibit Torture

    12/14/2014 12:30:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    MediaIte ^ | 12/14/2014 | by Matt Wilstein
    In an interview with Radio Television Suisse this week following the release of Senate Intelligence Committee’s CIA torture report, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said he doesn’t “think it’s so clear at all” that the U.S. Constitution prohibits torture, especially in the “ticking time bomb” scenarios so often cited by defenders of the “enhanced interrogation techniques.” “Listen, I think it’s very facile for people to say, ‘Oh, torture is terrible,’” Scalia told the Swiss radio network. “You posit the situation where a person that you know for sure knows the location of a nuclear bomb that has been planted in...
  • SpaceX Invents an X-Wing ... Sort Of: Introducing Falcon 9R's Newest Trick

    12/14/2014 2:27:44 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 25 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | 14DEC2014 | Rich Smith
    NASA's picture-perfect Orion launch to Mars was all the rage last week. Praise was heaped upon key NASA contractors Boeing (NYSE: BA ) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT ) -- and deservedly so. Between Orion's success, and the companies' announcement that their United Launch Alliance joint venture will develope a "next-generation liquid oxygen/hydrocarbon first stage" rocket to power launches to near-Earth orbit, Boeing and Lockheed are on a hot streak. But amid all the hullaballoo at ULA, you might have forgotten there's another space launch company that is building even more innovative products. Its name is SpaceX. It goes up,...
  • State will finally break ground in Fresno on high-speed rail construction

    12/14/2014 1:57:22 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 76 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | December 12, 2014 | BY TIM SHEEHAN
    The California High-Speed Rail Authority will officially break ground next month in Fresno on construction of its statewide bullet-train route. The Jan. 6 groundbreaking ceremony, announced Friday afternoon, comes about a year and a half after the agency awarded its first construction contract, a $1 billion deal to design and build the first 29-mile section from Madera to the south end of Fresno... ~~snip~~ California voters approved Proposition 1A, a $9.9 billion bond measure to help finance a high-speed rail system, in November 2008. But it wasn’t until the fall of 2010, when the Obama administration and the Federal Railroad...
  • Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer notes spike in crime in wake of Prop. 47 passage

    12/14/2014 1:32:05 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 14 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | December 11, 2014 | By Jim Guy
    The passage of Proposition 47 by California voters in November is at least partially to blame for an uptick in Fresno crime figures, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said this week. Aggravated assault is up 9.9% in a 28-day period ending Wednesday, although it remains down 3.9% for the year in figures released by police after the department’s monthly Crime View session, in which Dyer and his command staff go over key statistics. Burglary is up by 30.7%, in the period, while it remains down by 12.8% for the year. Auto theft spiked by 12.6% but is still down by...
  • CIA’s tactics were torture, McCain says

    12/14/2014 11:51:25 AM PST · by South40 · 54 replies
    MSN ^ | 14 DEC 14 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday strongly disputed claims by former Bush administration officials and fellow Republicans that harsh interrogation tactics used by the Central Intelligence Agency did not constitute torture. McCain said he had “vigorous discussion” with former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Central Intelligence Agency Director Michael Hayden during the Bush administration urging them not to use excruciating methods. “I said these things are torture. They’re in violation of the Geneva Convention and the convention against torture,” he said on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” noting that Congress later banned some of the techniques that were under debate.
  • John McCain Stands Out In Defense Of CIA Torture Report Release [The Republican "Feinstein"?]

    12/14/2014 11:55:36 AM PST · by Steelfish · 14 replies
    CBSNews ^ | December 13, 2013
    ByREBECCA KAPLAN FACE THE NATION December 14, 2014 John McCain Stands Out In Defense Of CIA Torture Report Release Nearly a week after the Senate Intelligence Committee released its massive report on the CIA's use of enhanced interrogation techniques, Washington remains divided on even the most basic questions of whether the report was an accurate reflection of what happened and if it should have been released at all. The debate over the report has largely broken down along partisan lines, with Democrats pushing hard to make the report public and Republicans portraying it as an inaccurate picture of the type...
  • Pelosi, Dems 'fully aware' of CIA interrogation techniques, says former agency official

    12/14/2014 9:55:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | December 14, 2014
    WASHINGTON – The man who oversaw the controversial CIA interrogation program said Sunday that Rep. Nancy Pelosi was “fully aware,” of the methods used against militants, while former Vice President Dick Cheney continued to defend the program and reiterated that the U.S. “stopped short of torture.” Both men said the techniques used -- including waterboarding -- had been approved by Bush administration lawyers and did not cross the legal line. Jose Rodriguez, former director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service, said on “Fox News Sunday” that Pelosi “knew every one of our enhanced interrogations,” including sleep deprivation as well as...
  • Feinstein: Torture report is about us, not enemies, and we must enact reform

    12/14/2014 9:44:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 12, 2014 | Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
    On Tuesday, a five-year review of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program was finally made public, drawing back the curtains on a very dark period of American history. The purpose of making this report public is simple: to ensure something like this can never happen again. The 500-page executive summary that was made public is part of a larger 6,700-page review of a CIA program that included clear examples of torture, far outside the bounds of American values. It’s important to remember the study is based on CIA’s own records: 6.3 million pages of the CIA cables, memos, reports, e-mails...
  • Ex-CIA interrogation chief warns of betrayal

    12/14/2014 9:35:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 14, 2014 12:28 PM EST | Stephen Braun
    The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on coercive tactics betrays intelligence officials and will erode their trust in future presidential administrations, a former CIA official who oversaw the agency’s enhanced interrogation program said Sunday. Jose Rodriguez, who headed the agency’s counterterrorism section and its clandestine service, said that the Senate report “throws the CIA under this bus.” He predicted that intelligence officials would be undercut by “second-guessing” from the White House and Congress and warned that allied nations that have cooperated with U.S. intelligence in the past might reassess their aid. …
  • Dick Cheney says U.S. did not torture terror suspects

    12/14/2014 9:22:03 AM PST · by PROCON · 12 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | Dec. 14, 2014 | Brian Hughes
    Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday dismissed a Senate report on harsh interrogation practices used by the Central Intelligence Agency, saying officials "very carefully” avoided going past the legal threshold for torture. "Torture is what the al Qaeda terrorists did to 3,000 Americans on 9/11," Cheney said on NBC's "Meet The Press." "There is no comparison between that and what we did with respect to enhanced interrogation." The CIA’s interrogation techniques following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks have come under fire following a Senate report detailing how agency operatives used waterboarding and rectal feeding to try to obtain...
  • California University 'De-Recognizes' Christian Group for Accepting Only Christian Leaders

    12/14/2014 9:04:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/14/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    San Jose State University in California has intimated Ratio Christi, a grassroots campus student ministry, of its decision to "de-recognized" the campus chapter as punishment for the ministry's "discriminatory" policy for leadership positions. School officials wrote to Ratio Christi, explaining their action is as per a new California State University Executive Order on how an organization selects its officers, the ministry revealed on its website this week. The ministry requires its chapter officers to be Christian and holding biblical beliefs, and the State of California now deems that as "discriminatory." "De-recognition" means the school chapter of the ministry is no...
  • The CIA Smacked Around A Few Terrorists. So What?

    12/14/2014 5:48:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 85 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2014 | John Nantz
    Democrats are always on dubious ground whenever they use the word "stain." However, that didn't deter Senator Diane Feinstein from describing the Central Intelligence AgencyÂ’s (CIA) efforts to tease valuable information out of mass murdering jihadists as "a stain on American values and history." The CIA's enhanced interrogation program was a tease in comparison to the prehistoric barbarity of Islamic jihadists and in comparison to the horrors of actual battle. Review the footage from the Twin Towers on that infamous day. American citizens, real people, with wives, husbands, and children threw themselves, in desperation, out of the inferno to be...
  • Black figures hanged in effigy on UC Berkeley campus

    12/13/2014 10:23:34 PM PST · by Huntress · 40 replies
    fusion.net ^ | 12/13/14 | Unattributed
    Three cardboard cutouts of black people were reportedly found hanged in effigy from nooses on the UC Berkeley campus on Saturday morning. The incident follows a week of protests on the streets of Berkeley, California, to denounce the grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men in St. Louis and New York. Local pastor Michael McBride was the first to share the image on Twitter. One of the hanged figures, which appears to be a cardboard cutout of a lynched woman identified as Laura Nelson from 1911. The cutout includes the...
  • Judge Jeanine Annihilates Dianne Feinstein! (opening statement)

    12/13/2014 8:33:03 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 18 replies
    https://www.youtube.com ^ | Dec 13 2014 | You Tube
    On this week’s open from Judge Jeanine, she takes aim at the torture report and the underlying incompetent and naive worldview that produced and released it.
  • Senator: Bush misled nation in run-up to Iraq war

    12/13/2014 8:18:37 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 56 replies
    AP ^ | December 11, 2014 | DEB RIECHMANN
    The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee released new information on Thursday that he claims is evidence that the Bush administration misled the nation in the run-up to the war in Iraq. In a speech on the Senate floor, retiring Sen. Carl Levin, a Democrat, outlined a 2003 CIA cable that warns George W. Bush administration officials against making references to claims that Mohammad Atta — the man who led the Sept. 11 hijackers — met with an Iraqi intelligence officer in the Czech Republic before the Sept. 11, 2011, attacks. Levin claims Bush officials used the unconfirmed meeting...
  • Torture temper tantrum will cost American lives

    12/13/2014 8:07:24 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 9 replies
    WND ^ | Tom Tancredo
    During a presidential primary debate in 2007, I and the other seven candidates on the stage were asked about waterboarding. The question was: As president, would I agree to waterboard a captured terrorist if three bombs had gone off in this country and we were awaiting the “big one” and we had a captive who we believed knew when and where it would happen? I replied, not only would I waterboard the guy, but I’d be looking for Jack Bauer, the superhero character from the television series “24.” That was my answer after all other candidates said no because John...
  • BREAKING: Massive Spike In Whites Setting Blacks On Fire

    12/14/2014 4:39:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 83 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2014 | Doug Giles
    Did you know that there’s been a massive uptick in white thugs setting black folks on fire, yet the media has been virtually silent on this horrendous subject? Sure, we all have heard of Darren Wilson's shooting Michael Brown, but there has been no coverage of the aforementioned. Like in zero… nada… nothing… zilch. What kind of racist “news outlets” would be so heinous to cover up such gross and unspeakable evil? Why haven’t the most powerful people in our government and the entertainment industry spoken out and condemned this obvious xenophobic act of viciousness? How come there has been...