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  • US politicians offer neither consensus nor solutions on Syria (Carly, Jeb, Kasich want No-Fly Zone)

    10/03/2015 6:54:02 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    Guardian ^ | 10/3/15 | Lucia Graves
    For years, Republicans have criticised Barack Obama for not doing more to stop the brutalities carried out by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and to fight Isis. But what they think Obama should do and what the long-term solution might be remained hazy. -snip- Republican rising star Carly Fiorina had already called on the US to enforce a no-fly zone in Syria to protect US-backed rebel fighters, as had Jeb Bush in unequivocal terms. On Friday, another Republican presidential contender joined their camp: “You enter that no-fly zone, you enter at your own peril,” said Governor John Kasich. “No more...
  • California Conservatives, Stung By Old Battle, Wary Of McCarthy As Unifier

    10/03/2015 3:52:03 AM PDT · by paltz · 4 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/1/15 | Kerry Picket
    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is currently the leading candidate to become the next speaker of the House — but some Republicans in his home state of California are concerned that the congressman could be more of a divider than a unifier. Those critics point to McCarthy’s curious 2010 intervention in the affairs of two youth Republican groups in the state, when the lawmaker dove in to block the merger of the California Young Republicans and the Young Republican Federation of California. That merger was supposed to be the conclusion of a longtime standoff between the two groups. Up until...
  • Carly Fiorina stands by 2013 attack on Ted Cruz (feels sorry for Boehner)

    10/02/2015 9:46:47 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 32 replies
    MofoPolitics ^ | Oct. 2, 2015
    In 2013, Fiorina said of Cruz’s effort to defund Obamacare: "Everyone could see this train wreck coming. I actually feel bad for John Boehner. And I think Ted Cruz’s tactics were wrong. There is no honor charging a hill that you know you can’t take — only casualties. Although Ted Cruz may have gotten name recognition and money along the way." She stood by those comments in an interview with Glenn Beck: " We all want to repeal Obamacare. But here’s what was different then: We did not have a majority. We did not have a majority."
  • Actor James Woods: 'Hate Crime Massacre of Christians Finally Silences Obama'

    10/02/2015 6:58:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 86 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 2, 2015 | Mark Judge
    26 year-old gunman Chris Harper Mercer opened fire on the campus on Thursday, killing nine people and wounding seven. Mercer reportedly singled out Christians for death by asking the religion of potential victims before firing on them. Mercer was then shot and killed by law enforcement. In a series of tweets on October 2, Woods argued that because the victims were Christian, both resident Obama and the media would lose interest in the story. "NY Times writes a front page story about a hate massacre targeting Christians without using the word 'Christians,'" Woods tweeted, linking to story in the New...
  • Reporter asks Pelosi uncomfortable abortion questions, press assumes he's just some activist

    10/02/2015 6:33:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/2/15 | T. Becket Adams
    CNS News' Sam Dorman peppered House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Thursday afternoon with several questions about abortion, and a few unimpressed reporters responded quickly by assuming that he was either a conservative activist or just some protester. "A conservative journo asked Pelosi [about] what constitutes a baby being alive," MSNBC's Luke Russert tweeted, making an assumption about Dorman's political affiliations. The Washington Post's Kelsey Snell took it a step further, and initially identified Dorman in an article as a pro-life "protester." The Post has since updated its story to reflect that Dorman is, in fact, a reporter. CNS News...
  • Is An Unborn Baby With a Human Heart a Human Being? Pelosi: ‘I Do Not Intend to Respond’

    10/02/2015 12:04:38 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 73 replies
    CNS News ^ | 10-1-2015 | Sam Dorman
    October 1, 2015 Is An Unborn Baby With a Human Heart a Human Being? Pelosi: ‘I Do Not Intend to Respond’ by Sam Dorman ( -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said at her press briefing today that she did not intend to respond to the question of whether an unborn baby with a human heart and a human liver is a human being and that the question has "no basis" in the public policy they do in asked Pelosi: “In reference to funding for Planned Parenthood: Is an unborn baby with a human heart and a human liver a...
  • Senators demand Obama's Syria strategy (Tom Cotton joins Fiorina on no-fly zones)

    10/02/2015 5:09:12 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 102 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/2/15 | Kristina Wong
    Senators are calling on President Obama to clarify his strategy on Syria, after Russia ignored repeated U.S. warnings and began bombing rebel groups there this week to shore up the Assad regime. -snip- Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), one of the administration's biggest foreign policy critics, called on the administration to take stronger measures. "We should establish no-fly zones in Syria and make it clear that any aircraft that enters those zones will be shot down,” he said.
  • McCarthy’s comments on Benghazi probe may be a political gift to Clinton

    10/01/2015 6:32:34 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/1/15 | Philip Rucker and Robert Costa
    Hillary Rodham Clinton’s upcoming appearance before the U.S. House Select Committee on Benghazi was supposed to be a crucible: a chance for Republicans to prosecute the former secretary of state for her handling of the 2012 terrorist attacks that killed four Americans as well as for her use of a private e-mail server. Instead, it may have turned into a political gift for Clinton following this week’s suggestion by the likely next House speaker, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), that the taxpayer-funded Benghazi investigation was politically motivated. Clinton’s allies say his comments will help recast Clinton’s scheduled Oct. 22 hearing...
  • How Steve Jobs Fleeced Carly Fiorina

    10/01/2015 4:31:04 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 28 replies
    Backchannel ^ | October 1, 2015 | Steven Levy
    ... Steve Jobs and Carly Fiorina made a deal where HP could slap its name on Apple’s wildly successful product. Nonetheless, HP still managed to botch things. ... If it were a straight deal for HP to include Apple’s software, the fee might have been hundreds of millions of dollars. (Around that time, software companies were paying huge sums to have their products or services preinstalled, since people seldom deleted them and often used the default choices.) Even better, preinstalling iTunes was a way for Apple to stifle Microsoft’s competitor to the iTunes Music Store. As an Apple leader at...
  • Shopkeeper Beaten, Stabbed by Gang of Youths

    10/01/2015 8:31:36 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 13 replies
    A Korean-American shopkeeper was beaten and stabbed by a gang of youths on September 21, 2015 outside the 55th Street Market in South Los Angeles. According to the shopkeeper's daughter, who provided the footage to news agencies, the argument broke out after three underaged youths refused to show IDs while purchasing alcohol. The youths left the store and returned a few minutes later with a larger group. When the shopkeeper confronted them outside the store as they attempted to leave with the alcohol, one of the youths breaks a bottle over his head before the group kicks and beats him....
  • Black women kicked off Napa Wine Train to sue for discrimination ($11 million)

    group of predominantly African American women kicked off the Napa Wine Train in late August -- allegedly for being too loud -- filed an $11-million racial discrimination lawsuit Thursday. They said their reputations were tarnished and that some of them even lost their jobs after the incident.
  • Border Officers Rescue Men Entering US Illegally

    10/01/2015 7:53:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 10/1 | Brie Stimson
    US Customs and Border Protection officers launched a helicopter rescue operation Sunday after a group attempting to enter the US illegally called 911. Unsure where they were and with one person needing medical attention, the group sent CBP officers photos of their surroundings from cell phones. A crew member on the helicpoter recognized the location, and officers made the rescue by the top of Otay Mountain near the border. “Cell phone technology and cell phone service in border areas have come a long way, and are often used as a lifeline by people trying to cross illegally into the U.S.,”...
  • Fiorina: 'We must be prepared’ to use force on Russia

    10/01/2015 7:54:38 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 230 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/1/15 | Mark Hensch
    Amid conflicting reports about Moscow targeting U.S.-alllied groups in Syria, GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said late Wednesday that she backs military readiness against Russian forces. “I believe we must tell the Russians that we will conduct [and] we will secure a no-fly zone around anti-Assad rebel forces that we’re supporting,” she said on Fox News’s "Hannity." “Does that mean we might use force against Russian jets?” host Sean Hannity then asked. “Well, hopefully not,” Fiorina responded. "Hopefully, if we are signaling clearly to the Russians are intention, it will not come to that.” “But if it does come to...
  • California Labor Union That Fought for $15 Minimum Wage Now Wants an Exemption

    10/01/2015 11:06:11 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 19 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 30, 2015 | Natalie Johnson
    The labor union that led the charge for a $15 minimum wage hike in cities across California is now moving to secure an exemption for employers under union contracts. The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor buried the exemption on the eighth page of its 12-page proposal for the Santa Monica City Council to review Tuesday while deciding whether to follow Los Angeles and increase the minimum wage. The loophole would allow employers with collective bargaining agreements to sidestep the wage hike and pay their union members below the proposed $15-per-hour minimum wage. James Sherk, a research fellow in labor...
  • Hillary's Claim McCarthy Benghazi Comments 'Deeply Distressing' Makes Morning Joe Laugh

    10/01/2015 5:21:06 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 22 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    There was Hillary Clinton, telling Al Sharpton of all people that she found Kevin McCarthy's comments about the Benghazi hearings "deeply distressing." That was too much for the Morning Joe panel, which just had to laugh. As John Heilemann put it, far from being distressed, Hillary surely sees McCarthy's comments—implying a political motive behind the hearings—as a Christmas and birthday gift wrapped into one that sent her "skipping through the park. View the video here.
  • Last gun store in San Francisco closing over proposed law

    10/01/2015 12:32:14 PM PDT · by NRx · 19 replies
    CBS News ^ | 10-01-2015 | CBS News
    A showdown in San Francisco between lawmakers concerned with public safety and the city's last remaining gun store has reached the endgame. Under siege from an increasing amount of regulation from City Hall, "High Bridge Arms" is closing, reports CBS News correspondent John Blackstone. Steven Alcairo, general manager of the modest storefront in San Francisco's Mission District, says his business is being pushed out by a proposed city law that would require the store to videotape every gun sale, then turn in the footage to the police department. Gun buyers already have to fill out a detailed form, go through...
  • California's New Death Row: Virginia

    10/01/2015 12:24:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | October 1, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    California has a new death row; it's called Virginia. Anti-death penalty advocates, federal judges and defense attorneys have been so successful at blocking capital punishment in California that a San Quentin death row inmate has more to fear from being extradited for a capital murder to another state than seeing his sentence carried out here. There has been no execution in California since a federal judge effectively halted the practice in 2006. Take serial killer Alfredo Prieto. In 2005, Prieto was on San Quentin's death row for the 1990 rape and murder of 15-year-old Yvette Woodruff in Riverside County, when...
  • UCLA pre-med student charged in killing (Dreamers?)

    10/01/2015 9:03:48 AM PDT · by CreviceTool · 12 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 30, 2015 | Richard Winton
    Firefighters found Andrea DelVesco's body in a burning Westwood apartment a block from the campus, where she was a fourth-year psychology student. As details about her life emerged, Los Angeles police detectives delved into whether the killing was tied to her recent prosecution on charges of possessing a cocktail of party drugs, including Ecstasy and meth. But on Tuesday, prosecutors charged Alberto Hinojosa Medina and Eric Marquez — both 22-year-old students — with murder in DelVesco's death, saying Medina stabbed her after burglarizing a nearby apartment and then breaking into her home. Medina is also accused of setting fire to...

    10/01/2015 8:40:38 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    ABC7 (KGO) ^ | 9-30-15 | Vic Lee
    There may be a new development connected to the incident recorded on video of a cat being taken from its home the South Bay. It's a startling development, and neighbors wonder if there could there be a cat killer on the loose in the Cambrian District of San Jose. We showed you security video on Tuesday night of a 17-year-old cat named GoGo who was apparently cat-napped last Monday. In the video you see him lounging on his front lawn when a car stopped by the house and a person got out and approached GoGo. The cat tried to escape,...
  • The Cost of Common Core

    10/01/2015 7:32:43 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 1, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Well, it may not work terribly well but Common Core sure is expensive. “The treatment of textbooks as mountains of words is one of the signature elements of Common Core,” Peter Wood of the National Association of Scholars (NAS) pointed out at the National Press Club Monday. In the past half-decade, the 26 states aligned with the Common Core has dropped to 7 but the price tag keeps increasing. “The Pioneer Institute estimates that the 7-year cost of Common Core is $16 billion,” Silicon Valley engineer Ze’ev Wurman said at the same Press Club event Wood spoke at. “The pro-Common...
  • Exxon Mobil to sell troubled Torrance refinery to New Jersey buyer for $537.5 million

    10/01/2015 5:25:48 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 30, 2015 | Jordan Blum
    Exxon Mobil Corp. said Wednesday it will sell its refinery in Torrance, California to PBF Energy, a New Jersey-based refining company, following an explosion at the facility in February. PBF said it will buy the refinery, a nearby lubricants distribution center and associated terminals and pipelines for a total of $537.5 million. Exxon Mobil said in its announcement that it expected the company, which has long admitted having an eye on moving into California, to take control of the refinery by mid-2016. PBF said it will finance the deal with a combination of cash, debt and equity. Exxon Mobil also...
  • Hillary Supporters Like Trump's Tax Plan

    10/01/2015 12:09:22 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    YouTube! ^ | Sep 30, 2015 | Jimmy Kimmel Live
    [Video] Donald Trump recently came out with his proposal for a new tax plan. Every politician comes out with his own plans and proposals, but Jimmy wondered if voters pay any attention to the specifics. So we went out on the street and found people who claimed to support Hillary Clinton and asked those people about her tax plan. What they didn’t
  • Fiorina's ties to Clinton Foundation closer than disclosed

    09/30/2015 6:18:56 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 6 replies
    WND ^ | 9/30/15 | AARON KLEIN
    Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has repeatedly criticized the Clinton Foundation for accepting foreign donations, yet she has a larger relationship with its offshoot, the Clinton Global Initiative, than previously reported. The former Hewlett Packard CEO has addressed reports she spoke at Clinton Global Initiative, or CGI, events on two occasions. However, WND has found that Fiorina currently serves on the boards of two nonprofits that have partnered with CGI. One of the nonprofit organizations, the National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, was launched at a CGI event June 14, 2013, and that same year also pledged a two-year, $3.7...
  • Fiorina Did Refer to SCOTUS Decision As “Law of the Land”

    09/30/2015 11:35:42 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 86 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | September 30, 2015 | Shane Vander Hart
    Carly Fiorina’s recent interview with Jan Mickelson on WHO Radio on Friday is getting some attention namely because of what she denied. “Here in Iowa when you say Supreme Court decisions are the law of the land that sets us off because Iowans got bludgeoned by court decisions here, and we went through Civics 101 and we don’t accept propositions that court decisions are the law of the land,” Mickelson said. “Actually, with all due respect Jan, I think that is a quote from someone else, not from me. I know there are many Republican candidates, Kasich among them, who...
  • Look at what we learn from Planned Parenthood when they’re under oath

    09/30/2015 1:54:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | September 30, 2015 | Rob Corzine
    It took testifying under oath to get Cecile Richards (CEO of Planned Parenthood) to tell the truth about what Planned Parenthood does.— She confessed that abortion does not account for “3 percent of their business” as previously regurgitated, but in fact a full 86 percent of their non-tax funded revenue.— Planned Parenthood raked in 127 million dollars “in excess of revenue”. She personally got a $240,000 raise two years ago bringing her yearly “compensation” up to over half a million dollars. So much for being a non-profit. — She admitted that none of the 600+ PP-clinics conduct mammograms. None. And...
  • Conservatives organize to 'Fire McCarthy'

    09/30/2015 1:59:24 PM PDT · by lward99 · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 30, 2015 | KELLY COHEN
    Rep. Kevin McCarthy is not even Speaker of the House yet, but there is already a group ready to fire him. A group of prominent right-leaning organizations formed a coalition Wednesday dubbed "Fire Kevin McCarthy," pledging to remove the California Republican should he be chosen to replace John Boehner when he retires at the end of next month. "Having worked with Kevin McCarthy in the House, I'll admit he's a friendly guy," former Georgia Rep. Paul Broun said in a statement announcing the formation of the coalition. "But we need a dramatic change in House leadership — we can't afford...
  • CNBC sets 3 percent polling floor for main GOP debate stage

    09/30/2015 12:59:09 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/30/2015 | Alex Isenstadt and Hadas Gold
    The next Republican debate will feature an undercard stage before the main event, the forum's host CNBC said Wednesday, assuaging some of the fears and complaints from lower-tiered presidential campaigns. Candidates polling at an average of 3 percent in the five weeks before the event will make the primetime debate at 8 p.m. EDT Oct. 28. A 2.5 percent average will be rounded up to 3 percent.  Candidates with a 1 percent average will appear in a forum at 6 p.m. EDT. The polls being used for the averages are from NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, CNN and Bloomberg released...
  • THE ENERGY ELECTION ( climate change money )

    09/30/2015 11:21:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    New Geography ^ | 09/30/2015 | Joel Kotkin
    Progressive pundits increasingly envision the 2016 presidential election as a “last chance,” as one activist phrased it, to stop “climate change catastrophe.” As this agenda gets ever more radical, the prominence of climate change in the election will grow ever more obvious. The key here is that the green left increasingly does not want to limit or change the mix of fossil fuels, but eliminate them entirely, the faster the better. ... Climate activists such as hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer increasingly couch their policies on theological grounds, one reason why the pope’s intervention was so timely. Stark self-interest is...
  • Clinchin' Kershaw: LA wins West, KOs Giants

    09/30/2015 7:59:59 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 13 replies
    MLB News ^ | 5:25 AM ET 30 September 2015 | Ken Gurnick and Oliver Macklin
    (Third straight playoff win with FIFTH best record in National League) SAN FRANCISCO -- Reigning MVP Clayton Kershaw pitched the Dodgers to their third consecutive National League West title Tuesday night, besting Madison Bumgarner with a one-hit masterpiece and 8-0 shutout over the defending world champion and arch-rival Giants. "It feels good to win it," said a champagne-soaked Don Mattingly, the first Dodgers manager to win three straight titles. "I have so much respect for the Giants and Bruce Bochy. They've got a championship-caliber team. Honestly, I didn't want to lose this game tonight and have to go from there....
  • The Simple Solution to High Rent in the San Francisco Bay Area

    09/30/2015 6:31:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/30/2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Nowhere has there been so much hand-wringing over a lack of “affordable housing” as among politicians and others in coastal California. And nobody has done more to make housing unaffordable than those same politicians and their supporters. A recent survey showed that the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco was just over $3,500. Some people are paying $1,800 a month just to rent a bunk bed in a San Francisco apartment. It is not just in San Francisco that putting a roof over your head can take a big chunk out of your paycheck. The whole...
  • Kevin McCarthy: I’ll ‘fight to win’

    09/30/2015 4:07:11 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 63 replies ^ | September 29, 2015 | CNN, via
    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is pitching himself for the role of the next speaker of the House and says he’s the leader who will know how to pick his battles — and bring everyone to the table. McCarthy laid out his vision for the speakership Tuesday in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Lead,” saying he wouldn’t shy away from a fight, but he wouldn’t enter one that was futile. “I’m willing to fight but I want to fight to win,” McCarthy said when asked about the call by some Republicans to force a government shutdown fight...
  • Bill is a way to boost Latino political power

    09/29/2015 6:14:41 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 5 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | September 28, 2015 | Cristóbal Alex
    Every American has the right to make his or her voice heard. Sadly, 50 years after the passage of the nation’s most important voting law, the 1965 Voting Rights Act, millions of Americans continue to be silenced at the voting booth because of a deadly one-two punch to our democracy – attacks on voting rights and an explosion of unlimited political spending in our elections.
  • Trump [26%] Steady in NC; Biden Polls Well (Rand and Lindsey now at 0%)

    09/29/2015 11:44:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | September 29, 2015
    PPP's newest North Carolina poll finds that Donald Trump is holding his ground- at least compared to where he was in the state six weeks ago. Trump leads with 26% to 21% for Ben Carson, 12% for Carly Fiorina, 10% for Marco Rubio, 9% for Ted Cruz, 6% for Mike Huckabee, 5% for Jeb Bush, 4% for John Kasich, and 2% for Chris Christie. Rounding out the field are Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal at 1%, and Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, and Rand Paul all at less than 1%. Trump's 26% is almost identical to his 24% standing...
  • 'Preemptive Surrender': Cruz Criticizes Colleagues for Passing Spending Bill that Funds PP

    09/29/2015 7:53:54 PM PDT · by Isara · 9 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Sep 29, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    'Preemptive Surrender': Cruz Criticizes Colleagues for Passing Spending Bill that Funds Planned Parenthood Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was fuming Monday night after his Republican colleagues voted for a "clean" spending bill that fully funds Planned Parenthood. The Senate voted 77 to 19 to advance the 10-week bill, avoiding a government shutdown that was looming Wednesday. Cruz, one of several conservatives determined not to see one more taxpayer dollar go to Planned Parenthood in the wake of several disturbing videos, criticized his party after the vote for about an hour, accusing them of failing to show any passion for the causes...
  • 2 Charged With Murder of UCLA Student In Burning Apartment

    09/29/2015 9:26:30 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 8 replies
    FoxNews ^ | September 29, 2015
    2 Charged With Murder of UCLA Student In Burning Apartment LOS ANGELES – Police have arrested two 22-year-old men on suspicion of murder in the death of a University of California, Los Angeles, sorority member found dead in her burning apartment near campus, authorities said. Forensic evidence and witness statements led to the weekend arrests of the two men, one of them a fellow student, in the killing of Andrea Delvesco, Los Angeles police said in a statement Monday. Delvesco's body was found Sept. 21 by firefighters who extinguished the fire at her apartment in the Westwood neighborhood, police said....
  • California’s Drought: Not an Environmental Problem. An Environmentalist Problem.

    09/29/2015 1:17:21 PM PDT · by detective · 19 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 28, 2015 | Steven Greenhut
    I was walking through downtown Sacramento recently when raindrops started falling. People on the street stopped dead in their tracks, looked up at the sky, and began acting giddy. “What’s that?” I asked a man. “I think it’s something called rain,” he responded. Such is the gallows humor in a state that hasn’t seen substantial rainfall in years. The obvious lack of rain is the seemingly obvious reason for the state’s lack of sufficient water. Water levels in state reservoirs are falling, officials are cracking down on “excess” water use (lawn-watering, etc.), and voters passed a water bond on the...
  • Lies, Carly Fiorina and Abortion [Were the Videos fabricated?]

    09/29/2015 7:24:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | 09/29/2015 | Ross Douthat
    There has been an impressive amount of angry liberal commentary, which has spilled over into the mainstream press coverage (or do I repeat myself?) of the issue, about how in the last Republican presidential debate Carly Fiorina allegedly cited an entirely imaginary video in order to make a crazy claim about Planned Parenthood’s brain-harvesting ghoulishness that’s totally unsupported by the facts. Here’s Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick, in a representative rant, attacking Fiorina’s “big fib,” the sheer “enormity” of which has shaken Lithwick’s faith in honesty in politics and journalism: Nobody—not even Fiorina’s staunchest defenders—can say that these videos that clearly don’t...
  • We’re Not That Far from a Balanced Budget

    09/29/2015 6:58:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/29/2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Americans are funny about taxes: When we complain about them, we don’t moan that we are paying too much — we lament that others are paying too little. In a Pew Research Center poll last year, only 27 percent of Americans cited their own tax liabilities among their complaints about the tax code, while 64 percent complained that other taxpayers — the wicked 1 percenters, the dreaded corporations — were getting off too easy. If you’ve ever met anybody who believes that we can balance the budget by cutting foreign aid, that the Social Security “trust fund” is a real...
  • 2016 GOP Power Index: Jeb jolted from top spot (Putting Sen. Ted Cruz at the top)

    09/28/2015 7:24:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 28, 2015 | Chris Stirewalt
    GOP 2016 POWER INDEX: JEB JOLTED FROM TOP SPOT There’s been a seismic shakeup this week, knocking Jeb Bush from the top spot for the first time since the race began and putting Sen. Ted Cruz at the top. The latest WSJ/NBC News poll has Donald Trump and Ben Carson tied for the lead with Sen. Marco Rubio and Carly Fiorina tied for third place. But few would imagine that those rankings will be predictive. Bush and Cruz in are farther behind, but the Fox News First Power Index is about more than just the latest polls. It’s about who...
  • Historic Carmel Mission Calls For Peace After Newly Sainted Junipero Serra Statue Vandalized

    09/28/2015 10:16:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Sep 28, 2015 | Stephanie Chuang
    Leaders at the historic Carmel Mission in Carmel, California, are calling for peace after someone broke in and vandalized the basilica's entrance courtyard, toppling a statue of 18th century missionary Junipero Serro, just days after he was canonized by Pope Francis. "Father Serra is now Saint Serra," Carmel Mission pastor Father Paul P. Murphy said. "His motto is always forward, never back, so that's our attitude here at the mission." Investigators said people sneaked into the Mission Saturday night or early Sunday morning, took green paint from a cabinet inside and hurled it at the statue, as well as on...
  • Group Submits Signatures to Repeal California Vaccine Law

    09/28/2015 9:50:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 9/28/15
    Supporters of an effort to repeal California's new law requiring mandatory vaccines for schoolchildren faced a Monday deadline to turn in enough signatures to qualify a ballot initiative asking voters to repeal the law. The group had until the end of the day to submit the needed 366,000 signatures to county clerks to ask California voters to repeal SB277, which struck the state's personal belief exemption for immunizations, a move that requires nearly all public schoolchildren to be vaccinated. Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB277 into law earlier this year amid fierce opposition from some parents' rights groups who argue the...
  • In a first, California agrees to pay for transgender inmate's sex reassignment

    09/28/2015 3:39:48 PM PDT · by BBell · 24 replies ^ | 8/10/15 | Paige St. John
    California is first in the nation to agree to pay for a transgender inmate's sex reassignment operation, but the state's settlement of a recent court case sidesteps the question of whether such surgery is a constitutional right. The state concedes that Shiloh Quine, who entered the California prison system in 1980 as Rodney, suffers severe gender dysphoria that can be treated only by physically conforming her body to her psychological gender." The agreement to settle Quine's federal lawsuit seeking the surgery was announced late Friday, with a brief statement from the corrections department that "every medical doctor and mental health...
  • Kevin McCarthy Declares Candidacy For Speaker Of The House

    09/28/2015 3:15:06 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 62 replies ^ | September 28, 2015 | Mathew Boyle
    House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), a California Republican, is running for Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. “I have decided to run for Speaker of the House and graciously ask for your support,” McCarthy said in a statement.
  • Sowell: The 'Affordable Housing' Fraud

    09/28/2015 12:34:09 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 50 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 29, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Nowhere has there been so much hand-wringing over a lack of "affordable housing," as among politicians and others in coastal California. And nobody has done more to make housing unaffordable than those same politicians and their supporters. A recent survey showed that the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco was just over $3,500. Some people are paying $1,800 a month just to rent a bunk bed in a San Francisco apartment. It is not just in San Francisco that putting a roof over your head can take a big chunk out of your pay check. The...
  • Carly Fiorina is the one Jeb fears most (Team Jeb sending oppo research on FioRINO to reporters)

    09/28/2015 12:05:59 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/28/15 | RYAN LOVELACE
    Jeb Bush's presidential campaign has publicly attacked Donald Trump, but it has privately targeted Carly Fiorina. April Ponnuru, a top policy adviser to Florida's former governor, sent an email received by the Washington Examiner that highlights Fiorina's past support for healthcare mandates akin to Obamacare's controversial individual mandate. "As recently as 2013, Carly Fiorina supported Obamacare's most hated feature: the individual mandate," Ponnuru wrote. "She spoke out for making Americans buy insurance policies that meet the specifications of Washington, D.C., or pay a fine to the federal government." Her email included a hyperlink to a video of Fiorina and she...
  • Home Wrecker? Carly Fiorina Started Dating New Husband Months BEFORE He Left First Wife

    09/28/2015 11:38:24 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 87 replies
    Radar on Line ^ | September 28, 2015
    Home Wrecker? Carly Fiorina Started Dating New Husband Months BEFORE He Left First Wife –– Ex Tells Radar ‘You’ll Figure Out The Kind Of Person She Is!’ Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina may seem like a happy family woman, married to her devoted husband Frank for 30 years— but her smiling exterior hides a dark, and at times devious past! In addition to losing her stepdaughter, Lori, to drug and alcohol addiction in 2009, Carly, now 61, was the “Other Woman” in her husband’s former marriage! According to Virginia’s Prince William County Court documents obtained by, Frank filed for...
  • Poll: Biden Broadly Favorable, But Clinton Still Leads

    09/28/2015 11:33:30 AM PDT · by BigEdLB · 9 replies
    Morning Consult ^ | 9/28/15 | Reid Wilson
    More Americans say they see Vice President Joe Biden in a favorable light than those who view him unfavorably, a new Morning Consult survey finds, but former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to lead the Democratic field. Biden is viewed favorably by 49 percent of voters, while 40 percent see him unfavorably. If he decides to run for president, it would make him one of just a small handful of candidates who have net-favorable ratings at a time when most voters see anyone with political experience in a negative light. Snip While real estate mogul Donald Trump continues to...
  • The truth about Carly Fiorina's record in Silicon Valley (Vendor Financing scam at Lucent)

    09/28/2015 10:32:18 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Daily Dot ^ | 9/21/15 | Ben Branstetter
    In the week since Wednesday’s contentious GOP debate, Carly Fiorina has walked away the winner—both on social media and in the polls. She peaked in Google searches when mentioning her daughter—who passed away from an overdose—in response to a question about drug reform, earned the biggest applause of the night by cooly but deftly responding to Donald Trump’s criticisms of her appearance, and painted herself as a Washington outsider in a race where non-politicians like neurosurgeon Ben Carson and real estate mogul Trump are leading the pack. -snip- Much like Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns during the 2008 subprime mortgage...
  • UC Regents Listen to Jewish Community, Publicly Acknowledge Necessity of Addressing Antisemitism!

    09/28/2015 11:33:13 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 27, 2015 | Tammi Rossman-Benjamin
    Regents scrap meaningless Principles Against Intolerance and form a committee to rework the language. Shana Tova! Great start to the new year! After hearing from dozens of students, faculty, alumni and Jewish groups yesterday at the meeting, and more than 3,000 University of California (UC) stakeholders over the past six months, the UC Board of Regents publicly acknowledged our concerns about antisemitism on UC campuses and promised to address them. In a huge victory for AMCHA-led coalition efforts: The Regents – for the first time – publicly acknowledged the necessity of addressing the problem of antisemitism on UC campuses. The...
  • Sen. Cruz Leads Bicameral Letter Asking GAO to Determine Whether Obama Administration Has Power...

    09/28/2015 10:12:32 AM PDT · by Isara · 39 replies ^ | September 28, 2015
    Sen. Cruz Leads Bicameral Letter Asking GAO to Determine Whether Obama Administration Has Power to Give Away the Internet Judiciary Chairmen Grassley and Goodlatte, with Rep. Issa, join Cruz to get answers on whether Administration’s plan violates the Constitution WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), along with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting an affirmative determination of whether the Obama Administration’s plan...