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  • President Obama Designates Stonewall a National Monument (LGBT monument)

    06/24/2016 5:57:10 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 29 replies
    nbcnews.com/ ^ | June 24 2016 | John Lamparski
    On June 28, 1969, patrons at a gay bar in New York City's West Village neighborhood decided they had finally had enough after yet another police raid. As the NYPD attempted to enforce a law making it illegal to serve alcohol to "homosexuals," the resistance of the bar patrons turned into an uprising - the Stonewall Uprising - an event now widely credited with sparking the modern LGBTQ rights movement in the U.S. Now, nearly 50 years later, that same location - where members of the community stood up to government injustice - has been designated a new national monument...
  • Former Bush Treasury secretary: 'I'll be voting for Hillary Clinton'(yet ANOTHER Bush crony!)

    06/24/2016 5:00:31 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 95 replies
    politico.com ^ | 6/24/16 | Nolan D. McCaskill
    There goes another one. Hank Paulson, chairman of the Paulson Institute and a former Treasury secretary in George W. Bush’s administration, will neither vote for Donald Trump in November nor abstain, he wrote in an op-ed published Friday in The Washington Post. “I’ll be voting for Hillary Clinton with the hope that she can bring Americans together to do the things necessary to strengthen our economy, our environment and our place in the world,” Paulson wrote. “To my Republican friends: I know I’m not alone.” Paulson is the latest George W. Bush administration official to not only reject the Republican...
  • Draft women? Let's Abolish the Draft

    06/24/2016 3:58:59 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 35 replies
    NCRegister ^ | 06/22/2016 | Simcha Fisher
    Yesterday, the Senate voted to extend the draft to women who turn 18 during or after 2018. Obama has promised to veto such a bill, but there is probably enough support in congress to override a veto... I opposed allowing women to serve in combat positions. I hold the monstrously retrograde opinion that women are different from men. ... I find myself at a loss to explain why, to those who don't find this truth obvious. It's like explaining why buttered toast smells good, or why bottomless holes are terrifying. What can I say? I have many female friends who...
  • Former Ford, Bush adviser Brent Scowcroft endorses Hillary Clinton

    06/24/2016 2:40:54 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 73 replies
    upi.com ^ | 6/23/16 | Shawn Price
    WASHINGTON, June 23 (UPI) -- Brent Scowcroft, former national security adviser for Republican Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. Scowcroft, 91, released a statement laying out his official endorsement Wednesday. "Secretary Clinton shares my belief that America must remain the world's indispensable leader," Scowcroft said, praising her experience as secretary of state. "She understands that our leadership and engagement beyond our borders makes the world, and therefore the United States, more secure and prosperous. She appreciates that it is essential to maintain our strong military advantage, but that force must only be used...
  • Brexit Comes to America: Ryan Challenger Mounts Immigration Billboard

    06/24/2016 2:33:54 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 6/24/16 | Julia Hahn
    Following last night’s historic Brexit vote, House Speaker Paul Ryan’s primary challenger, Wisconsin businessman Paul Nehlen, seems to have taken a page from the playbook of the U.K. Independence Party (UKIP) with the launch of a new billboard campaign. On Friday morning, Nehlen’s campaign went live with a new billboard in Ryan’s hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin that is reminiscent of the distinctive UKIP-style campaign. The ad reads: “Radical Islam Kills Americans. Vote YES for Immigration Control. Vote NO for Paul Ryan.” The billboard then directs viewers to Nehlen’s campaign website, ElectNehlen.com.
  • Hawai‘i becomes first state in nation to enroll firearms owners in centralized information system

    06/24/2016 2:13:59 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 65 replies
    Governors Office Newsroom ^ | June 23 , 2016 | David Ige
    HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige signed SB 2954 (ACT 108) which authorizes county police departments in Hawai‘i to enroll firearms applicants and individuals registering their firearms, in a criminal record monitoring service. The system, also known as the “Rap Back” system, is a service of the Federal Bureau of Investigation that provides continuous criminal record monitoring for authorized government agencies such as law enforcement agencies. The service notifies the agencies when a firearm owner is arrested for a criminal offense anywhere in the country. This will allow county police departments in Hawai‘i to evaluate whether the firearm owner may continue...
  • Violent Felons Are Trying to Get Their Gun Rights Back in Virginia

    06/24/2016 1:04:33 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 35 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 24, 2016 | Brent Scher
    As congressional Democrats spent the week pressing for the passage of new gun control legislation, violent felons in Virginia were able to take steps towards having their right to own a firearm restored thanks to action taken by the state’s Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe. When McAuliffe restored the voting rights for 206,000 felons in a move critics say was politically motivated, he also opened the door for those felons to have their right to own a firearm restored. Previously, felons would individually have to petition the executive branch to have their civil rights restored. Petitioners would have to fill out...
  • Why People Love Trump: A Case Study of Milo Yiannopoulos

    06/24/2016 11:23:41 AM PDT · by Enchante · 19 replies
    Harvard Political Review ^ | June 18, 2016 | Akash Wasil
    The rise of Yiannopoulos can help to explain the rise of Donald Trump. Both have attracted followers that feel silenced, ignored, and invalidated by the left. Both will continue to receive sympathy and exposure if their opponents continue to aggressively and instinctually dismiss their views. And perhaps both can be defeated—or at least weakened—through respectful and empathic discourse. More broadly, the story of Yiannopoulos is useful to understand today’s political climate. There is an ever-growing number of Americans—liberals and conservatives—who feel like their voices are not being heard. Americans are increasingly identifying with their party, race, gender, or sexuality—and are...
  • Law Professor Demands Repeal of 'Outdated' Second Amendment, Makes Very Weak Case

    06/24/2016 10:44:23 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 62 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 24, 2016 | George Leef
    The massacre in Orlando has prompted many demands for still more laws intended to prevent deranged killers like Omar Mateen from getting their hands on firearms. It has also occasioned more radical ideas, including the repeal of the Second Amendment. That is exactly what Drexel University law professor David S. Cohen proposes in his June 13th article in Rolling Stone, “Why It’s Time to Repeal the Second Amendment.” Naturally, Cohen’s writing is full of passion. Anti-gun forces will no doubt laud his piece as visionary and compelling. It lacks any good arguments, however and suffers from the fatal flaw of...
  • House Republicans pushing gun control bill

    06/24/2016 10:16:46 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 24, 2016 | Tim Devaney
    Greg Nash Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) is spearheading gun control legislation that would keep firearms out of the hands of suspected terrorists, but it is unclear whether Republican leadership will give the bill a vote. The Terrorist Firearms Prevention Act announced Friday will serve as a companion bill to the compromise gun legislation introduced by Susan Collins (R-Maine) in the Senate. The gun legislation would prevent suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms. The bipartisan legislation appears to have Democratic support and is backed by a handful of Republicans, including Reps. Bob Dold (Ill.), Scott Rigell (Va.), Peter King (N.Y.) and...
  • Highway project delays rack up $700 million cost overruns

    06/24/2016 9:54:35 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | June 13, 2016 | Catie Edmondson
    Madison— Faced with delays and inflation over the past five years, four major state highway projects — including a Madison artery — have accumulated overruns in excess of $700 million. While some of these increases come from faulty cost estimates or unavoidable inflation, the new figures underline the obvious: Delays can be costly for Wisconsin taxpayers. When projects are paused because of financial challenges in the state's road fund, the price of materials, labor and real estate can rise. The numbers compiled by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel underline the urgency of a divisive issue for Wisconsin's Republican leaders: finding a...
  • There Are Now More Bureaucrats With Guns Than U.S. Marines

    06/24/2016 7:01:26 AM PDT · by upchuck · 40 replies
    The Free Beacon ^ | June 22, 2016 | Elizabeth Harrington
    There are now more non-military government employees who carry guns than there are U.S. Marines, according to a new report.Open the Books, a taxpayer watchdog group, released a study Wednesday that finds domestic government agencies continue to grow their stockpiles of military-style weapons, as Democrats sat on the House floor calling for more restrictions on what guns American citizens can buy.The “Militarization of America” report found civilian agencies spent $1.48 billion on guns, ammunition, and military-style equipment between 2006 and 2014. Examples include IRS agents with AR-15s, and EPA bureaucrats wearing camouflage.“Regulatory enforcement within administrative agencies now carries the might...
  • CNN Gets Schooled By Guest With Actual Facts on Gun Violence in the U.S

    06/24/2016 6:56:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 6/23/2016 | Kristine Marsh
    On Thursday morning’s CNN Newsroom, host Carol Costello brought on Erich Pratt, executive director for Gun Owners of America to argue with him about guns as the root cause of violence in the U.S. Unfortunately for Costello, her guest had facts ready to combat the journalist’s agenda and ably argued his point to where Costello had nothing left to defend her case. (transcript) Pratt then pointed out that other countries have far stricter gun laws but have much higher rates of murder, like in Japan where suicide rates are astronomical. “Actually, our murder rate is not even in the top...
  • Britain Votes with Trump, against Hillary, Obama

    06/24/2016 5:59:22 AM PDT · by scpolitician · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 24, 2016 | Joel Pollack
    Obama’s advice may have pushed some voters to “leave.” In April, he warned British voters they would be at the “back of the queue” in trade with the U.S. if they left the EU.
  • Failed: GOP proposal that would have kept Harriet Tubman off $20 bill

    06/24/2016 4:47:54 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 69 replies
    MSN ^ | 6/23/2016 | William Petrosky
    WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Steve King introduced an amendment in Congress that would have prevented Harriet Tubman, an abolitionist and supporter of women's suffrage, from replacing President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. However, the House Rules Committee agreed Tuesday night to deny floor consideration of proposal, which would have prevented the Treasury Department from spending money to redesign paper currency or coins. The Iowan Republican's amendment, which was first reported by the Huffington Post, would scrap the federal government's plans to replace Jackson on the $20 bill with a picture of Tubman, a black woman who was born...
  • PVV congratulates British with Independence Day! (Geert Wilders calls for Dutch EU referendum)

    06/23/2016 10:38:33 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 25 replies
    Geert Wilders Weblog ^ | 6/24/2016 | Geert Wilders
    Thursday June 23,2016 will go down in history as Britain's Independence Day. The Europhile elite has been defeated. Britain points Europe the way to its future and to liberation. It is time for a new start, relying on our own strength and sovereignty. Also in the Netherlands. A recent survey (EenVandaag, Dutch television) shows that a majority of the Dutch want a referendum on EU membership. It also shows that more Dutch are in favor of exit than of remaining in the EU. The Dutch people deserve a referendum as well.....
  • Nigel Farage claims it is a tight victory for Brexit (Farage Victory Statement)

    06/23/2016 9:29:34 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 52 replies
    You Tube ^ | 6/24/2016 | RobinHoodUKIP
    (at :20) NIGEL FARAGE-UNITED KINGDOM INDEPENDENCE PARTY LEADER: "Ladies and gentlemen, there's a dream that the dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom (Cheers) This is, this is all if the predictions now are right, this will be a victory for real people, a victory for ordinary people, a victory for decent people.. (CHEERS) We have fought, we have fought against the multinationals, we have fought against the great merchant banks, we have fought against big politics, we fought against lies, corruption and deceit and today, honesty, decency and belief in nation I think now is going to win....(CHEERS,...
  • Porn dog' helping sniff out crime

    06/23/2016 8:35:08 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 23 replies
    KSTU TV via CNN ^ | 12:48 PM, Jun 23, 2016
    SALT LAKE CITY - (KSTU via CNN) - Police in Utah have recruited an unlikely ally in the fight against child pornography. The pooch named URL (pronounced Earl) is a black Lab trained for detecting electronic storage devices. Affectionately dubbed "porn dog" by the department, URL operates by sniffing out chemicals used in storage media. URL comes from the same trainer as the K-9 that helped arrest former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle. "I think everyone was pretty skeptical. Really? A dog that can detect electronics?" said Lt. Lane Findlay of the Weber County Sheriff’s Office. "He certainly has some...
  • BREAKING: California- Ammo Ban To Be Decided By Voters In November

    06/23/2016 8:14:33 PM PDT · by dvan · 35 replies
    Second Amemendment Defense Comittee | June 23, 2016 | Richard Thompson
    We've been saying for weeks that Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom would more than likely qualify his Ammo Ban ballot initiative for the November Ballot. Now our worst fears are confirmed by the Secretary of State. The Ammo Ban will be decided by voters in the coming election. This just became an all out war. Gavin and his millionaire friends like Michael Bloomberg and Hillary Clinton are going to be coming in at full force to strip you of your Second Amendment rights.  And once it happens in California,it's their goal to bring it to the rest of the country As Gavin himself said, "As...
  • New Obamacare Rule Prohibits ‘Sexual Stereotyping’

    06/23/2016 1:36:37 PM PDT · by Petrosius · 47 replies
    CNSnews.com ^ | June 23, 2016 | Penny Starr
    People Can Be ‘Male, Female, Neither, or a Combination of Male and Female’ (CNSNews.com) – Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell cited a new rule added to the Obamacare law to prevent discrimination, including “sexual stereotyping,” as one of the Obama administration’s successes in advancing homosexual rights. “We took a major step just last month in the final rule of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act,” Burwell said at an event on June 9 at the agency in Washington, D.C., to mark Gay Pride Month. The new final rule – which goes into effect on July 18...
  • Hello Young People, I'm Hillary Clinton(Jenna Marbles 4 minutes)

    06/23/2016 7:50:49 PM PDT · by Vendome · 5 replies
    https://youtu.be/C7dxBlTC_9c ^ | Apr 23, 2015 | Jenna Marbles
    Jenna Marbles just cracks me up
  • 26 of the Democrats Who Participated in the Gun Control Sit-In Own Guns

    06/23/2016 7:41:35 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 22 replies
    The controversial sit-in included 26 Democratic lawmakers who themselves own guns, Heat Street learned after examining 2013 USA Today data on congressional firearms ownership. The participants also included 12 more Democrats in Congress who either didn’t respond to USA Today’s gun survey or declined to say whether or not they possessed a firearm.
  • Gun control initiative allowing ammo confiscation qualifies for ballot in California

    06/23/2016 7:16:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 23, 2016 | Valerie Richardson
    A Democrat-backed measure that would give California the nation’s toughest restrictions on ammunition and allow the seizure of magazines exceeding 10 rounds has qualified for the state ballot. The California Secretary of State’s office announced Thursday that the Safety for All initiative, championed by Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, had gathered the petition signatures necessary for a slot on the Nov. 8 ballot. “Enough massacres, death, tears, and hate – it’s time to take action and save lives,” Mr. Newsom said in the Sacramento Bee. “The Safety for All initiative gives California voters the opportunity to keep guns and ammo...
  • Lawyer for Sheriff Joe: 'Obama rules like he is King George III'

    06/23/2016 6:30:45 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 16 replies
    The Newsblaster ^ | 6/23/2016 | Scotty Robinson
    A lawyer for Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona’s Maricopa County, who first challenged Barack Obama’s immigration amnesty strategy that was blocked on Thursday by the U.S. Supreme Court, says it is good the justices “stood up to an out-of-control president who rules like he is King George III in 1776.” The court was split 4-4 so the resulting ruling is that the decision from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is left standing. That affirmed a lower court’s decision that Obama could not implement an expanded amnesty program with orders from his agencies and departments. WND had broken the...
  • Opinion analysis: Obama immigration plan all but doomed

    06/23/2016 6:16:42 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 21 replies
    SCOTUSblog ^ | 6/23/2016 | Lyle Denniston
    Analysis President Barack Obama’s ambitious plan to overhaul U.S. immigration policy for millions of foreign nationals living in the U.S. came close to crashing down Thursday in a Supreme Court decision so brief that it was barely mentioned by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. If the policy is not yet entirely doomed, it could be after it is formally returned to a federal judge in Brownsville, Texas, who is sure to be guided by an appeals court ruling that already has said, in essence, that the government probably will lose. Technically, the policy might have another test before the...
  • 72 Killed Resisting Gun Confiscation In Boston

    06/23/2016 5:03:52 PM PDT · by vannrox · 60 replies
    zero hedge ^ | Jun 20, 2016 1:33 PM | Tyler Durden
    It could never happen here, right? Boston – National Guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed by elements of a Para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw. Speaking after the clash, the Massachusetts Governor declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement. The Governor blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices. The governor, who described the...
  • McConnell quashes Senate effort on guns

    06/23/2016 4:43:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 23, 2016 | Alexander Bolton
    Greg Nash Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday cut the legs out from a bipartisan effort to keep suspected terrorists from buying guns. In doing so, McConnell, a master of the Senate’s arcane rules, provided cover for vulnerable Republicans who wanted to be seen as supporting the effort, but did not want to cross the National Rifle Association. “The scenario that Sen. McConnell set up was textbook McConnell,” said Brian Darling, a former Senate Republican aide. McConnell had promised a vote this week to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on her bipartisan measure barring people on two key...
  • Ben Carson: Let’s Put 2nd Amendment ‘On the Table’ and Ask Whether We Need it or Not

    06/23/2016 4:09:10 PM PDT · by rktman · 116 replies
    politistick.com ^ | 6/23/2016 | Greg Campbell
    Dr. Ben Carson’s brilliance is beyond debate. However, there is a definite reason why I would trust the famed neurosurgeon to operate on my child’s brain and not entrust him with the Oval Office. Now, the former presidential candidate has declared that it is time to “put on the table” a discussion on whether or not we actually need the Second Amendment.
  • Judges Behaving Badly

    06/23/2016 3:42:45 PM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy · 5 replies
    Renew America ^ | June 23, 2016 | Tim Dunkin
    "The Judicial Branch must be independent of other branches of government, but not independent of the nation itself. It is rightly responsible to the people for irregular and censurable decisions..." – Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Archibald Stuart, 1791 Unquestionably, one of the greatest dangers to the liberties of the American people – from among the great multitude of such threats we face today – is that of unaccountable, out-of-control federal judges. Not a week goes by that some federal judge, somewhere, takes it upon himself or herself to judicially (and therefore unconstitutionally) amend the Constitution through a judicial decision that...
  • Crowder Schools SkyNews on Guns (UK newscast video)

    06/23/2016 2:18:26 PM PDT · by libertarian27 · 19 replies
    Louder with Crowder YouTube ^ | june 23, 2016 | Steven Crowder
    Crowder debates SkyNews host on gun control
  • Why Gun Owners Call BS Every Time Anti-Gun Left Calls for Common Sense

    06/23/2016 1:41:27 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    Ammoland.com ^ | October 2015 | Don McDougall
    “If I had my way, sporting guns would be strictly regulated, the rest would be confiscated” ~ Nancy Pelosi Chuck Schumer : “We’re going to hammer guns on the anvil of relentless legislative strategy! We’re going to beat guns into submission!” The first quote is by Democrat Nancy Pelosi, the second ...by Democrat Chuck Schumer. If you asked either politician today they would (in public) proudly tell you all … ALL they want is a few simple common sense gun control laws…you know… for the children. Hillary Clinton isn’t any better, she admits to wanting to ban all semi-automatic weapons....
  • Some Business Leaders Abandon GOP (barf alert)

    06/23/2016 1:22:42 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 29 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 23, 2016 | Laura Meckler
    Politics Election 2016 Several GOP Business Leaders Are Backing Clinton Democratic presidential candidate to get backing from executives, some of whom cite unease with Trump’s candidacy By Laura Meckler June 23, 2016 12:09 a.m. ET More than 50 business executives, including several longtime Republicans, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president on Thursday as her campaign seeks to capitalize on discomfort with Republican Donald Trump. They include Jim Cicconi, senior executive vice president at AT&T Services Inc., and Dan Akerson, who held top positions at General Motors Co. and Nextel Communications Inc. A Clinton campaign aide provided the list. The endorsements reflect...
  • 6 Time Felon Killed In Shootout By 13 Year Old During Home Invasion

    06/23/2016 1:07:29 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 84 replies
    www.worldpoliticus.com ^ | May 30, 2016 | Staff
    A brave 13-year-old Ladson (SC) boy fended off two hardened felons who were attempting to break into his house by using his mother’s gun to protect himself while home alone. The boy saw the men breaking into the back of his home, “at which time he feared for his safety” and grabbed his mother’s gun, the document states. He began firing at them, and the Sheriff’s office reported that they returned fire. In a heated shootout, he shot Brown three times, and Bennett drove him to the hospital where he later died. The gray Chevy Sonic they were driving had...
  • Democrats End Gun Control Slumber Party, Fold Up Their Occupation Of House Floor

    06/23/2016 12:12:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 61 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 23, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    The sit-in that was launched by House Democrats to force a vote on gun control has finally come to an end. The House adjourned until after the Independence Day holiday, which meant that there would certainly be no votes on gun control. Prior to the protest’s conclusion on the House floor, the will of Democrats to stand fast began to falter (via Politico): House Democrats ended their sit-in protest on gun control Thursday, a full day after they seized control of the floor. The protest wrapped up with closing remarks by Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who helped spearhead the effort, and...
  • Gun Control Convert Scarborough Clashes With OK Rep. Cole

    06/23/2016 11:49:54 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 26 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    With all the zeal of a Joey-come-lately, gun-control convert Joe Scarborough clashed on today’s Morning Joe with Second Amendment defender Tom Cole, Republican congressman from Oklahoma. When Scarborough lectured Cole about terrorists “who want to kill people in your district,” Cole shot back “Joe, I know something about terrorism. I lived through an incident in Oklahoma City.” And when Scarborough patronizingly instructed Cole to “read the Constitution,” Cole retorted “I think I’ve read the Constitution as often as you have.” Mike Barnicle waited until after the interview to take a cheap shot at Cole, claiming that he is “handcuffed to...
  • Democrats End Sit-In After 25 Hours, Drawing Attention to Gun Control

    06/23/2016 11:27:40 AM PDT · by Innovative · 59 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 23, 2016 | DAVID M. HERSZENHORN and EMMARIE HUETTEMAN
    House Democrats ended their 25-hour sit-in over gun control legislation on Thursday, a protest Speaker Paul D. Ryan labeled a high-profile stunt that undermined the basic institutions of government. Mr. Ryan said he was “not going to allow stunts like this to stop us from carrying out the people’s business.” He added, “This is about a publicity stunt and now a fund-raising scheme.” But on legislative business, it was Mr. Ryan who prevailed. He personally reclaimed control of the House, pounding his gavel and muscling through a major appropriations bill that included funding for combating the Zika virus, without debate.
  • Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action Program at University of Texas

    06/23/2016 10:21:04 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 39 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6/23/2016
    The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to a race-conscious admissions program at the University of Texas, Austin, handing supporters of affirmative action a major victory. The vote was 4-3. Only seven justices participated in the decision. Justice Elena Kagan had recused herself for prior work on the case as United States solicitor general and the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat remains vacant. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr., dissented....
  • Paul Ryan Says Democratic ‘Stunt’ Is Not ‘A Proud Moment For Democracy’(dumbass!)

    06/23/2016 9:50:34 AM PDT · by rktman · 46 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 6/23/2016 | Alex Pappas
    House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday reacted to the Democratic sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives over gun control by saying: “I don’t think this should be a very proud moment for democracy or the people who staged these stunts.” In his weekly press conference at the Capitol, Ryan said: “This is the people’s house. This is Congress, the House of Representatives, the oldest democracy in the world, and they’re descending it into chaos.”
  • High court limits use of repeat offender law

    06/23/2016 9:40:10 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 3 replies
    ap.org ^ | 6/23/16 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court is making it tougher for federal prosecutors to seek longer prison terms for people convicted of repeated violent crimes. The justices ruled 5-3 Thursday that lower courts are limited in how they can consider prior state crimes for purposes of increasing sentences under the federal Armed Career Criminal Act.
  • Hey, liberals: must the Senate suborn perjury?

    06/23/2016 9:19:42 AM PDT · by dangus · 5 replies
    dangus
    The president just stated with unqualified certainty that the rejection of his executive amnesty was a result of the Senate failing to confirm Merrick Garland. In doing so, he just absolved the Senate of any blame for refusing his nominee. Democrats have been pressing for now for a *hearing.* But what would such a hearing consist of? Is not the most basic purpose of a hearing to ascertain whether the nominee can fairly, impartially and intelligently consider the merits of the cases brought before him? To even ask him whether he would be impartial would be to suborn perjury.
  • To gun lovers, you can't even have an opinion on assault rifles-unless it's theirs. Here's the proof

    06/23/2016 8:39:28 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 104 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | June 15, 2016 | Gersh Kuntzman
    The gun debate is also a gender war. In all my years in journalism — coming up on 30 (thanks) — I have never received so much angry mail as I did after yesterday's story, "What is it like to fire an AR-15? It's horrifying, menacing and very very loud." I don't mind spirited debate, but many correspondents told me that even expressing an opinion about today's high-powered weaponry is off-limits to those of us who don't own such guns. To reiterate, the goal of the story was simply to share with readers my experience of firing an AR-15, which...
  • High court strikes limits drunk driving test laws

    06/23/2016 7:59:56 AM PDT · by rarestia · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 23, 10:35 AM EDT | SAM HANANEL
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Thursday placed new limits on state laws that make it a crime for motorists suspected of drunken driving to refuse alcohol tests. The justices ruled that police must obtain a search warrant before requiring drivers to take blood alcohol tests, but not breath tests, which the court considers less intrusive.
  • Facebook to Provide ‘Political Bias’ Training for Employees

    06/23/2016 7:39:18 AM PDT · by milton23 · 18 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 6/22/2016 | Rob Bluey
    Facebook is adding a training program for its employees to address concerns that the company has a bias against conservatives. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, announced the addition of a “political bias” section to the company’s managing unconscious bias class during a Wednesday event at the American Enterprise Institute.
  • Billboard mag: An open letter to Congress: Stop Gun Violence Now

    06/23/2016 7:36:09 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies
    billboard.com ^ | 6/23/2016 | unknown
    As leading artists and executives in the music industry, we are adding our voices to the chorus of Americans demanding change. Music always has been celebrated communally, on dancefloors and at concert halls. But this life-affirming ritual, like so many other daily experiences—going to school or church or work—now is threatened, because of gun violence in this country. The one thing that connects the recent tragedies in Orlando is that it is far too easy for dangerous people to get their hands on guns. We call on Congress to do more to prevent the gun violence that kills more than...
  • America Is Awash In Guns, And Crime Is At Record Lows

    06/23/2016 7:16:12 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 9 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 22, 2016 | Andrew Cline
    America Is Awash In Guns, And Crime Is At Record Lows For the average American alive today the odds of being murdered have never been lower — even though Americans possess millions more firearms. By Andrew Cline Most Americans believe America is submerged beneath a tidal wave of gun violence. A Pew Research poll in 2013 found that 56 percent of Americans thought gun violence had risen in the last 20 years, 26 percent thought it had remained the same, and only 12 percent thought it had fallen. You might be surprised to learn the 12 percent were right. The...
  • Exploiting Orlando: Nets Advance Anti-Gun Agenda By 8 to 1

    06/23/2016 7:15:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 6/22/2016 | Geoffrey Dickens
    In the wake of the horrific attack on an Orlando nightclub by a man espousing allegiance to ISIS, it didn’t take long for the Big Three networks (ABC, NBC, CBS) to advance the preferred political line of the Democrats, in this election year, to push for more gun control. Beginning on the evening following the shooting, NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt on June 12, sounded the clarion call for gun control: “Today’s terror attack brings national security and the debate over gun control to forefront of the presidential campaigns once again.” And for the next week, an MRC study...
  • Shocker: Gun Sales Spiking Across The Country Post-Orlando(NOT)

    06/23/2016 7:05:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 33 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 6/22/2016 | Matt Vespa
    In the wake of the Orlando attack, gun sales are spiking across the country. Hunter’s Warehouse, a Pennsylvania-based online gun store, has sold 30,000 AR-15 rifles since the shooting. In Oklahoma, gun sales have spiked due to security concerns, with locals buying firearms to protect themselves and their families (via The Oklahoman):
  • 'No Fly, No Buy' Means No Freedom

    06/23/2016 5:07:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 23, 2016 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    The people in the government who want to control our personal choices are the enemies of freedom. And the enemies of freedom can be very clever and seductive. Last week, these folks, manifesting their lust to keep us dependent upon the government by rejecting the natural right to self-defense, coined a clever phrase: "No fly, no buy." It sounds rational, yet it rejects core American values. The phrase was pounded home to average Americans during a one-sided 15-hour televised marathon on the floor of the Senate orchestrated by the gun control crowd. The essence of the argument was that stricter...
  • They Will Never Lie Away Our God-Given Rights

    06/23/2016 4:22:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 23, 2016 | Kurt Schlichter
    Ron Fournier is a liar.On June 20, 2016, this mainstream media maven tweeted, “Guns don't kill people. The gun lobby does.”This is a lie.Sen. Chris Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut, is also a liar.On June 20, 2016, after voting against Sen. John Cornyn’s bill to bar persons on terrorist watch lists from buying weapons because it contained due process protections for such people, he said, “We’ve got to make this clear, constant case that Republicans have decided to sell weapons to ISIS.”This is also a lie.These men are liars. And liberals have chosen to celebrate their lies.Now, it is generally good...
  • The Susan Collins Gun Control Amendment is a Nightmare For Innocent Americans

    06/23/2016 4:03:26 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 55 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 6/22/2016 | Katie Pavlich
    Earlier this week four different gun control bills were predictably voted down in the Senate. Now, as Matt has reported, Senators will vote on yet another piece of legislation introduced by Maine Republican Susan Collins. "The bipartisan 'Terrorist Firearms Prevention Act of 2016' would prevent people who are on the No Fly List or the Selectee List from purchasing firearms. If our government has determined that an individual is too dangerous to fly on an airplane, that person should not have the opportunity make a legal firearm purchase," Collins office released yesterday in a white paper. "Due process principles require...