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  • St. Louis County Prosecutor Defends Objectivity

    08/21/2014 10:37:00 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 9 replies
    NY Times ^ | FRANCES ROBLES
    It was a summer evening 50 years ago when a knife-wielding kidnapper made the kind of malevolent move that defines a boy for life: The kidnapper snatched a police officer’s gun and used it to kill a canine officer, leaving 12-year-old Robert P. McCulloch without his father. The boy would grow up with dreams of becoming a police officer, too, but a few years after his father’s death, those hopes were scuttled when cancer claimed his right leg. He went on to become the St. Louis County prosecutor instead.
  • #FAIL: HB 1224 dies. Thom The Therrible learns karma is a female dog.

    08/21/2014 10:18:36 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies
    Daily Haymaker ^ | Brant Clifton
    The Speaker of The House tried to ram through a bill containing a smorgasbord of odds-and-ends spending desired by the governor and various special interests. It got shot down once in the GOP caucus. It got shot down on the House floor Friday in a late-in-the-day revolt. Speaker Tillis and his allies took the hardball route this week. They loaded up the legislation with even more pork, and threatened non-compliant conservatives with a potential ouster from the GOP caucus. Once that shenanigan went public, things continued to go south for the speaker. He took some tough questions during a Monday...
  • South Florida Man Fights Back After Felony Arrest

    08/21/2014 7:35:44 PM PDT · by DariusBane · 25 replies
    Liveleak.com ^ | 08/21/2014 | PhotographyIsNotACrime
    All Eric McDonough wanted was for Homestead Police officer Alejandro Murguido to obey the same traffic laws he enforced in their neighborhood. Instead, the 36-year-old scientist ended up in jail on charges of aggravated stalking and threatening a public servant because he confronted Murguido with his cellphone’s voice recorder outside the cop’s home two years ago. Since then, McDonough says Homestead Police Department brass have refused to investigate Murguido for falsely accusing him even though he has an audio recording that contradicts the cop’s version of events. McDonough tells his story in this video, so this is not the usual...
  • Mark your calendars: ‘National Impeach Obama Week’ is nigh

    08/21/2014 5:06:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 21, 2014 | By Abby Ohlheiser
    They don't make a Hallmark card for this -- as far as we know -- but for nine days starting Saturday, a small but persistent group of activists will flock to overpasses and street corners across the country for "National Impeach Obama Week." The Coalition to Impeach Obama Now! organizers, coordinated by San Diego activist Roger Ogden, have no national endorsements from Tea Party groups or Republican politicians. Instead, impeachobamaweek.net has a small list of regional and local Tea Party, libertarian, and otherwise anti-Obama activist groups backing them.
  • Judge sets Sept. 15 trial date for Mississippi election challenge of Chris McDaniel

    08/21/2014 4:11:59 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 15 replies
    GulfLive ^ | August 21, 2014 | AP
    JACKSON, Mississippi -- A trial is set to begin Sept. 15 for a lawsuit that seeks to undo a Republican runoff victory by Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran. Retired Chancellor Hollis McGehee, who's presiding over the case, filed a scheduling order Thursday in Jones County Circuit Court in Laurel. He specifies that the trial must be finished by Oct. 3. It will take place at the Jones County Courthouse.
  • GOP primary in CD1 in Arizona a dead heat( McCain's guy is leading by 1)

    08/21/2014 3:07:54 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 20 replies
    azdailysun.com ^ | BECKY PALLACK
    With less than a week until primary election day, the three Republicans in the First Congressional District race are in a dead heat, a new poll shows. The Remington Research Group poll of 420 likely Republican voters has Andy Tobin with 30 percent of the votes, Adam Kwasman with 29 percent, and Gary Kiehne with 21 percent. The remaining 20 percent of voters said they still are undecided.
  • Mark Levin Show,WELCOME BACK Mark,M-F,6PM-9PM,EDT,WABC AM, August 21-22, 2014

    08/21/2014 3:01:41 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 21 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | August 21-22, 2014 | Mark Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and Tyranny Welcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • War on Christianity Still Alive and Well in America

    08/21/2014 2:45:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 22, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Many reject the notion that a good segment of our popular culture and of our political class is at war with Christianity. But this is a real war — not a phony one, such as the left's manufactured "war on women." This hostility toward Christianity is a global phenomenon. Radical Muslims are targeting, persecuting and, in many cases, slaughtering Christians in numerous countries around the world. But I want to talk about a softer form of hostility — though nevertheless of serious concern — that is occurring in the United States. I filled an entire book with examples of discrimination...
  • Fast and Furious document list must be provided to Congress, judge rules

    08/21/2014 1:32:48 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 9 replies
    Fox News - Politics ^ | August 20, 2014 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON – A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious. In a court proceeding Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson set an Oct. 1 deadline for producing the list to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The Justice Department says the documents should remain confidential and President Barack Obama has invoked executive privilege in an effort to protect them from public disclosure. The House panel says the Justice Department documents...
  • Oversight Report: Obama Admin Violated Law by Freeing Taliban Members

    08/21/2014 1:10:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    The Obama administration violated federal law when it released five senior Taliban leaders from prison without notifying Congress, as is legally mandated, according to an investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).The GAO concluded in a report issued Thursday that the Obama administration failed to provide proper notification of the Taliban release and illegally used taxpayer funds that were not appropriated to enable the inmate transfer, according to the report.The Obama administration in May secretly struck a deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan to free from the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba five of its top leaders in exchange...
  • Several Outcomes Possible From Grand Jury, DOJ Investigations in Michael Brown Case

    08/21/2014 11:19:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    CBS Local ^ | August 21, 2014
    Several scenarios could come from the dual investigations in the Michael Brown case. CBS News Legal Analyst Jack Ford says the St. Louis County grand jury will consider probable cause, which could result in charges ranging from murder to manslaughter. But it could also decide not to indict. Ford says the Justice Department, however, could consider civil charges, and not just against officer Darren Wilson. “The Justice Department can also take a look at an entire department and say there are problems here,” he says. “There are infrastructure problems, policy problems, whatever they might find.”
  • TN High-School Student Suspended For Saying ‘Bless You’ After Someone Sneezed

    08/21/2014 10:08:58 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 20, 2014 | Jim Treacher
    A young girl, who claims she was standing up for her religious beliefs in the classroom, was suspended after breaking a class rule of saying “bless you” after a classmate sneezed. When Dyer County High School senior Kendra Turner said bless you to her classmate, she says her teacher told her that was for church… Students sent WMC Action News 5′s Michael Clark a photo of the teacher’s white board that lists ‘bless you’ and other expressions that are banned as part of class rules. Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/08/20/tn-high-school-student-suspended-for-saying-bless-you-after-someone-sneezed/#ixzz3B30KHEag
  • [Video] NRA Goes After Michael Bloomberg by Name With New Video Calling Him Out

    08/21/2014 9:06:00 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 16 replies
    gunssavelives.net ^ | August 20,2014 | NRA
    It looks like the NRA is taking the gloves off. No more beating around the bush. The National Rifle Association has released a new video calling out former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg directly.
  • why the Libertarian Party Fails

    08/21/2014 8:34:41 AM PDT · by Nelson Hultberg · 17 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | August 14, 2014 | Nelson Hultberg
    Many in America’s freedom movement still hope that the Libertarian Party will one day become a power on the political scene to challenge the Democrat-Republican monolith. But in 42 years it hasn’t happened, and it probably won’t happen. There are some very distinct reasons why the LP and all other alternative / independent parties fail. This essay will examine them. Let’s take, for example, the top independent parties out there: the Libertarian Party and the Constitution Party. Even though each of them haveappeared at times to be a start toward genuine political reform, they repeatedly fail because they have structured...
  • Meet Amanda Curtis. She’s a gun control-supporting vlogger.

    08/21/2014 7:45:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 8/19/2014 | Jaime Fuller
    Curtis last summer attended a Mayors Against Illegal Guns rally, which aimed to pressure then-Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) to support expanded background checks. Curtis's brother killed himself playing Russian roulette when he was 16. "If Montana has 2.5 times the suicide rate of states with comprehensive background checks, maybe we should try that out,” she told the Montana Standard at the time. A year later, the Montana Standard wrote an article mentioning that newly christened candidate Curtis had attended the rally. She told them, “I haven’t said anything that average Montanans wouldn’t agree with. I have simply stated that guns...
  • Judge intends to rule on McDaniel’s challenge before general election

    08/21/2014 7:42:18 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    LAUREL — A judge presiding over a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran’s victory in a Republican primary runoff says his intention is to have the case settled in time for the November general election.
  • Unions Concerned About Republicans Winning New Mexico House

    08/21/2014 6:49:04 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 8/21/2014 | Connor D. Wolf
    Labor unions fear that if Republicans win a majority in the lower house of New Mexico’s legislature, they will push for a right-to-work state. Democrats have only a three-seat majority in the New Mexico House of Representatives and if they lose those seats, the Republicans are more than likely going to make right-to-work a primary issue, Albuquerque Business First reports. Beverlee McClure of the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry has said that New Mexico’s lack of right-to-work policies hurt the state’s ability to recruit businesses.
  • First-Term Congressman Aims to Topple the Pryor Dynasty in Arkansas

    08/21/2014 6:40:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/21/2014 | ALAN GOFORTH
    Arkansas has had its share of political dynasties, first and foremost the Clintons. The Pryor family may run a close second.David Pryor was a Democratic fixture in the state, serving in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, and as governor. His son, Mark Pryor, now holds the Senate seat he vacated in 1997 and is seeking a third term.Are Arkansans finally getting Pryor fatigue and ready for a fresh face? If so, few Senate candidates nationwide may be more attractive than Republican challenger Tom Cotton.“Roll Call just came out with an article that rated Pryor as the second-most-vulnerable senator...
  • Can the police really do that?

    08/21/2014 6:28:08 AM PDT · by safetysign · 16 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 08/20/2014 | Liz Goodwin and Garance Franke-Ruta
    In the days since two reporters were arrested at a Ferguson McDonald’s during fiery protests ignited after a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old, stunned Americans watching news coverage of officers with combat gear, rifles and tear gas have found themselves asking of police demands and restrictions: Can the cops really do that?
  • Mitch McConnell’s empty promise: We’ll force Obama to rein in government or else risk a shutdown

    08/21/2014 5:09:48 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 40 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 8/20/14
    Does anyone actually believe this? I guess Kentucky Republicans who don’t pay attention to politics but who’ll end up deciding this year’s Senate race anyway do. To repeat: Does anyone actually believe this? McConnell was one of the sharpest Republican critics of the “defund” strategy that produced a government shutdown last fall. Watch the clip below if you need your memory refreshed. He’s fond of saying about it, “There’s no education in the second kick of a mule,” i.e. the GOP paid a political price for the 1995 shutdown and then foolishly paid the same price again in 2013 (although...
  • The Constitution Lives in Ferguson - Michael Brown, James Foley, and the rule of law

    08/21/2014 4:45:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | August 21, 2014 | Jeffery Lord
    The Constitution lives. Even as the news is brutal — it instructs for those willing to pay attention. American journalist James Foley has been beheaded by ISIS. And an American teenager named Michael Brown was shot dead by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer named Darren Wilson. In the case of Michael Brown, Ferguson, Missouri remains in an uproar. The town is awash in protesters, both from Ferguson and outsiders. There has been a steady diet of rioting and looting. The President of the United States is involved. The Attorney General of the United States is involved, going to Ferguson personally...
  • St. Louis police release video of shooting of Kajieme Powell near Ferguson, Mo.

    08/21/2014 4:44:16 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 90 replies
    http://www.cleveland.com/ ^ | August 20, 2014 | Cliff Pinckard
    Police in St. Louis have released a graphic video showing officers shooting a knife-wielding man Tuesday after he reportedly ignored orders to drop the weapon. The video, taken from a cell phone of a witness, shows officers firing several shots at 25-year-old Kajieme Powell, killing him instantly. Police fired a dozen shots overall, according to NYMag.com. Snip KMOX AM/1120 in St. Louis said police released more details about the shooting on Wednesday. According to KMOX, Police Chief Sam Dotson said officers were called on Tuesday after Powell walked into a convenience store, took two energy drinks, exited the store without...
  • Homeland Security Warns Ahead Of ‘National Day Of Rage'

    08/21/2014 3:35:53 AM PDT · by BCW · 61 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 20 AUG 2014 | Chuck Ross
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a bulletin drawing attention to the hactivist group Anonymous’ plans for nationwide protests against the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The group has called for a “National Day of Rage” on Thursday to span 38 major U.S. cities. The Threat Management Division of the Federal Protective Service issued the bulletin. “Currently there is no indication that protests are expected to become violent. However, recent protests in Ferguson have resulted in violence, property damage and subsequent arrests,” the bulletin reads.
  • African Americans are very concerned about what’s happening in Ferguson. Whites are not.

    08/20/2014 11:39:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | August 18, 2014 | Aaron Blake
    The situation in Ferguson, Mo., has led to vastly different reactions between black and white Americans. A new Pew Research Center poll shows many more African Americans than whites say: 1.The shooting of an unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer "raises important issues about race" (80 percent of blacks and 37 percent of whites) 2.The police response to the shooting has gone too far (65 percent black, 33 percent white) 3.They have no or not much confidence in the investigation into the shooting (76 percent black, 33 percent white) As we wrote last week, these kinds...
  • HOROWITZ: The Hell That Is The Obama White House

    08/20/2014 7:52:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 56 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | August 19, 2014 | David Horowitz
    Let me begin by acknowledging that this inspirational title is lifted from a tweet by screen actor James Woods. And now I will explicate his tweet. Every sentient human being whose brain isn’t stuffed with ideological fairy dust can see that Obama is behind every major scandal of his administration from Benghazi to the I.R.S. disgrace. How can one know this? Because the culprits haven’t been fired. Moreover, if they are serial liars like Susan Rice, they’ve actually been promoted to posts where their loyalty to the criminal-in-chief can do America and its citizens even more damage, if that...
  • Let Obama Golf. No President Can Be Mr. Fix-It (and We Shouldn't Let Him Try).

    08/20/2014 6:49:21 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    Reason ^ | August 20, 2014 | J.D. Tuccille
    "President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha's Vineyard Tuesday evening after spending less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place," Justin Sink wrote yesterday at The Hill. Actually, Obama probably dropped into Washington, D.C., in August--not the most pleasant time of year to visit the swamp that neither Virginia nor Maryland wanted--because he was getting his balls busted from every ideological point on the compass over his absence. Why won't he do something about the unrest in Ferguson and ISIL beheading James Foley? Ummm...What? Exactly? ... The United...
  • Open carry demonstrators protest police shootings (Huey P. Newton Gun Club)

    08/20/2014 6:40:02 PM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 21 replies
    Fox DFW ^ | 8/20/14
    Demonstrators held an open carry gun march through South Dallas on Wednesday to protest police shootings. Organizers said the show of force served as a reminder of the right to bear arms to protect themselves from criminals and from police. About 30 men and women with the Huey P. Newton Gun Club rallied through the streets, focusing on deadly police shootings from the Ferguson, MO shooting death of teen Michael Brown to shootings by local police.
  • The Chicago Seven Conspiracy Trial, Anti-Riot Act

    08/20/2014 4:53:02 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    The Chicago conspiracy trial defendants were the first individuals prosecuted under the anti-riot provisions that Congress incorporated in the Civil Rights Act of 1968. The U.S. House of Representatives in 1967 overwhelmingly passed a version of the anti-riot provision in response to the urban riots of that summer and assertions from some members of Congress that African-American political activists had instigated the violence. The Senate included the provision in an open housing bill, and although President Johnson and Attorney General Ramsey Clark did not support the anti-riot provision, the administration accepted it to secure passage of the civil rights measure....
  • Checking and Balancing the Public Integrity Unit

    08/20/2014 4:45:43 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 1 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 08/20/2014 | Jordan Long
    With the news of Governor Perry’s indictment going viral, the Public Integrity Unit (PIU) of the Travis County District Attorney’s office is once again shaking up Texas politics, though more indirectly than it has in the past. The agency has been the bane of politicians for 30 years, and routinely comes under fire from Republicans for its supposed partisanship. How did this branch of municipal law enforcement in a deep sea-blue Democratic county come to carry such influence in a ruby-red state? Is it time, as many conservative say, to rein in the rogue outfit and place its duties somewhere...
  • Statement by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry on Ferguson, Missouri Shooting

    08/20/2014 4:32:54 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    SEIU.org ^ | August 14, 2014 | By Mary Kay Henry
    "Justice is too often elusive in a society that remains segregated and divided by race and class. These divisions are coming to the surface in Ferguson, Mo., and we are encouraged that the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI are intervening with an eye toward easing tensions, guaranteeing civil rights and protecting and serving that community and its residents. "On behalf of the 2 million members of the Service Employees International Union, I extend thoughts and prayers to the family of Michael Brown. May all parties involved in this tragedy find justice and peace."
  • Let us turn grief and anger into action and change

    08/20/2014 4:27:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Communist Party USA ^ | August 15, 2014 | by: JOHN BACHTELL
    The following statement was released by John Bachtell, chair of the Communist Party USA in the wake of the police shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Michael Brown and the subsequent police attacks on peaceful protesters and journalists. The grief and heartbreak of Michael Brown’s parents and Ferguson’s largely African American community is unimaginable. We share that sorrow and grief. We also join the universal demands to prosecute the officer who committed this horrendous killing. Our nation should be deeply disturbed by this murder. Michael Brown’s story and those of Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Stephon Watts, John Crawford, Ezell Ford and countless...
  • Newt Gingrich : 2014-08-21 : President Obama's Golf: The Real Problem

    08/20/2014 4:04:25 PM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 24 replies
    Newt Gingrich ^ | 2014-08-21 | Newt Gingrich
    . August 21, 2014 Newt Gingrich : President Obama's Golf: The Real Problem ===================================================== A lot of people have commented on and made fun of the frequency of President Obama’s golfing. The more I watched President Obama, however, the more I concluded the problem was what was not happening between golf rounds. Two earlier presidents, Eisenhower and Reagan, golfed frequently but their presidencies were stunningly successful. The difference seemed to be that Eisenhower and Reagan were really effective when they weren't golfing. President Eisenhower was a very serious golfer who had been a varsity football player at West Point. Eisenhower...
  • The case for impeaching Lois Lerner and other lawbreakers at the IRS

    08/20/2014 2:58:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 20, 2014 | BY KEN CUCCINELLI AND MARK FITZGIBBONS
    In April, the House Ways and Means Committee referred Lois Lerner to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution. Nothing has come of it. Given the politicization and lawlessness of the DOJ under Attorney General Eric Holder, nothing likely will. The House should move to impeach Lerner instead, and other IRS officials who have broken the law. Federal bureaucrats need to be sent a message that lawbreaking is not part of their job descriptions, and that notwithstanding our recalcitrant Justice Department, our constitutional system provides this remedy against executive branch officials gone rogue under the law. More importantly, Americans deserve...
  • In Midterm Elections, a Miss for Obama Could Be a Hit for Clinton

    08/20/2014 2:52:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 20, 2014 | By JOHN HARWOOD
    President Obama’s international woes give his former secretary of state good reason to seek political distance. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s recent foreign policy criticisms made that clear. Domestically, their interests diverge in a different way. A Republican takeover of the Senate this fall would hurt Mr. Obama for the final two years of his presidency, but it might help Mrs. Clinton if she runs to succeed him. Republican control of both the House and Senate would provide Mrs. Clinton a clearer target to run against in courting voters fatigued by Washington dysfunction. The longer an unpopular president and his more-unpopular partisan...
  • Column defending cops in Ferguson sparks online fury

    08/20/2014 2:35:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    WXMI-TV / CNN ^ | August 20, 2014
    In a single column, a veteran police officer has catapulted himself into the national debate over the death of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. “I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me,” the Washington Post headline blares. The piece was written by Sunil Dutta, a 17-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department. “Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you,” he wrote. Dutta...
  • Obama Weighs Broader Move on Legal Immigration

    08/20/2014 2:02:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 20, 2014 | By LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ and JOSH LEDERMAN
    President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation's immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans' election-year criticism of the president's go-it-alone approach to immigration. Administration officials and advocates said the steps would go beyond the expected relief from deportations for some immigrants in the U.S. illegally that Obama signaled he'd adopt after immigration efforts in Congress collapsed. Following a bevy of recent White House meetings, top officials have compiled specific recommendations from business groups and other advocates whose support could undercut GOP claims that Obama is exceeding his...
  • Ferguson 'day of rage' at White House (Tomorrow, Aug. 21st in D.C. and 40 other cities)

    08/20/2014 2:00:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    The Hill's Briefing Room ^ | August 20, 2014 | Benjamin Goad
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Protesters are expected to gather Thursday evening at the White House as part of a national “Day of Rage” over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen earlier this month in Missouri. The planned rally is among dozens around the nation organized by the group Anonymous, which is demanding the “immediate arrest and prosecution” of officer Darren Wilson. Wilson has been identified as the officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, touching off violent protests in the streets of Ferguson, Mo. “We call upon the citizens of the United States to collectively gather in support for...
  • Why Don't Police Shoot to Wound?

    08/20/2014 12:21:07 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 128 replies
    FindLaw Blotter ^ | August 19, 2014 8:06 AM | Brett Snider, Esq.
    Police are often harshly criticized for their lethal use of firearms, giving many reason to wonder: Why don't police shoot to wound? That was CNN's Wolf Blitzer's question to legal scholar Jeffrey Toobin when discussing the shooting death of Ferguson, Missouri, teenager Michael Brown. "Why can't they shoot a warning shot?... Why can't they shoot to injure?" Blitzer queried. To answer Blitzer's (and your) questions, here's a general overview of why police don't shoot to wound:
  • Must Conservatives Be Cop Lovers? Rand Paul Challenges Fellow Republicans to Rethink

    08/20/2014 10:21:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Townhall ^ | 08/20/2014 | Jacob Sullum
    Running for the U.S. Senate in 2010, Rand Paul became known as that crazy right-winger who expressed reservations about the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But in the past two years, the Kentucky Republican has emerged as his party's most passionate voice on criminal justice reform, explicitly decrying the system's disproportionate impact on African Americans. You might assume that Paul, widely seen as a contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, is trying to redeem himself with black voters who were alienated by his criticism of the Civil Rights Act. Yet both positions spring from the same wariness of state...
  • Breaking News: President Obama is about to speak from his working vacation, at Martha's Vineyard

    08/20/2014 10:04:27 AM PDT · by Vendome · 34 replies
    Vanity - sort of | 8/20/2014 | Vendome
    I come into the living room to take the dogs for a walk and the TV is on NBC. All of a sudden Cynthia McFadden comes on the screen and announces "We are awaiting a speech from President Obama, who will speak from a working vacation, at Martha's Vineyard". And I spit out some coffee I had just taken. So I turn the channel to ABC and listen to his speech. Fine speech. Appropriate words and then Stephanopoulos ascribes all kinds of emotion to the speech with excellent superlatives indicating a range of emotions. I don't know but, the whole...
  • Carrying A Defensive Handgun In Urban Environments

    08/20/2014 9:44:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    shootingillustrated.com ^ | 8/18/2014 | Rick Ector
    A violent crime can occur anywhere at any given moment. However, it should not be a surprise to anyone that violent crime occurs more often in urban environments than in suburban or rural communities. A person venturing into a well-populated city for business or recreation would be well advised to conduct some pre-trip planning to ensure a safe stay. Accordingly, persons who are concerned about big city crime may wish to legally carry their firearms for personal protection during their visit. Appropriate arrangements should be made to ensure a hassle-free and safe experience.
  • PDK/Gallup Poll Finds Rising Awareness, Majority Opposition to Common Core

    08/20/2014 8:53:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Education Week ^ | August 20, 2014 | By Lauren Camera
    While more people know what the Common Core State Standards are than last year, a majority of them oppose the standards, according to the 46th edition of the PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. Overall, the wide-ranging survey found, 81 percent of those polled said they had heard about the common standards, compared with 38 percent last year. However, 60 percent oppose the standards, generally because they believe the standards will limit the flexibility that teachers have to teach what they think is best. Last year's poll did not specifically ask respondents whether or not they...
  • Bible and Prayer in Schools

    08/20/2014 7:56:07 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 19, 2014 | Jace Gregory
    Imagine an ancient record—by far the most published book in humanity—quoted by Shakespeare (1,200 times) and Abraham Lincoln—a book that has inspired political movements and religious reformations and has literally changed the world time and again; imagine that book being rejected and banished from schools across America. That book is the Bible. holy bible in hotel The Bible and prayer in public schools were the topics of discussion at this week’s Family Research Council event. Dr. William Jeynes, a Senior Fellow at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton and a Professor of Education at California State University in Long Beach, shared...
  • Congrats To Texas Dems For Turning Rosemary Lehmberg’s Drunk-Driving Conviction Into National News

    08/20/2014 7:46:09 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 40 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 8/19/14 | Jim Treacher
    Indicting Rick Perry seemed like a good idea at the time. After all, he’s a Republican who might run for president in 2016! But now he’s fighting back… with Rosemary Lehmberg’s help. Have fun, lefties. Keep defending this hostile, hypocritical, corrupt Democratic Party hack, and we’ll keep reminding everybody what this is all about.
  • Gun-grabber Bloomberg’s epic fail in Milwaukee

    08/20/2014 6:55:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 8/19/2014 | David A. Clarke Jr.
    Billionaire Michael R. Bloomberg could learn a thing or two from the biblical story about an Israelite soldier named David, who went up against Goliath, a giant of a man and a powerful foe. Using just a sling and a stone, David brought Goliath down to his knees and destroyed him. Mr. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, made a huge political miscalculation when he sauntered into my territory of Milwaukee County, Wis. — a solid-blue county that overwhelmingly votes Democrat — expecting an easy signature win for his failing crusade to disarm law-abiding Americans.
  • Rick Perry Becomes the 2016 GOP Frontrunner (you have to watch the ad in the story!)

    08/20/2014 6:19:18 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 41 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 8/19/14 | Aaron Gardner
    Rick Perry has been on a subtle campaign since November of 2012, and he has done it well. The Texas Governor has wooed away companies from multiple states by showing off the energetic business environment, he has engaged in national political discussions through videos, social media, and op-eds, and he has kept his name, and more importantly, the record of the state he governs, in the news. But now we have the news of two criminal indictments. Leading Conservatives Gather For Republican Leadership Conference In New OrleansThis indictment is filled with the distilled essence of progressive projection. An out of...
  • McConnell’s plan to shut down Obama (after he's safely reelected of course)

    08/20/2014 6:03:52 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 36 replies
    politico.com ^ | 8/20/14 | Manu Raju
    HENDERSON, Ky. — Mitch McConnell has a game plan to confront President Barack Obama with a stark choice next year: Accept bills reining in the administration’s policies or veto them and risk a government shutdown. In an extensive interview here, the typically reserved McConnell laid out his clearest thinking yet of how he would lead the Senate if Republicans gain control of the chamber. The emerging strategy: Attach riders to spending bills that would limit Obama policies on everything from the environment to health care, consider using an arcane budget tactic to circumvent Democratic filibusters and force the president to...
  • Boehner Facing Tough GOP House As Moderate Voices Wane

    08/20/2014 5:49:07 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 8/20/14
    Glenn Grothman is a fiery conservative who wants to slash welfare programs and crack down on illegal immigrants who he says will "destroy" America. And if U.S. House Speaker John Boehner wants to keep his job next year, he had better be sure Grothman and his fellow House of Representatives newcomers are happy. Grothman, the expected winner in a tight Republican primary for the right to succeed 73-year-old Representative Thomas Petri in Wisconsin, is one of more than a dozen vocal conservatives gunning to replace more moderate or pragmatic retiring House Republicans in November's midterm elections. Their arrival could mean...
  • Congressional GOP's pandering to the tea party may haunt them in 2016

    08/20/2014 5:41:46 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 24 replies
    newsnet5.com ^ | 8/19/14 | Dick Meyer
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a lackluster election year, the one story that seemed to offer decent drama was the "Tea Party versus the Republican Establishment" conflagration. I am now inclined to think that wasn’t the big story and that the tea party didn’t lose. The tea party did do poorly in elections and is losing support in the electorate. But the movement is gaining power in Congress anyway. And that is likely to hurt the Republican Party badly down the road. That's the story. snip There is one trend that legitimately scares incumbents: They are winning primaries by smaller margins...
  • Forgetting the Meaning of Freedom

    08/20/2014 5:21:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2014 | Dr Ben Carson
    Many people in this country were shocked when the U.S. Navy recently announced the removal of all Bibles from military hotels under their control. This was in response to pressure from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a well-known atheist group. The surprise is not the hypocritical stance of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, but rather the fact that an established bulwark of American strength and patriotism caved to a self-serving group of religious fanatics. The previous sentence may seem out of place if you don't realize that atheism is actually a religion. Like traditional religions, atheism requires strong conviction. In...