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  • How to fight judicial tyranny

    06/30/2015 11:37:48 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson
    conventionofstates.com ^ | June 30, 2015 | by Convention of States
    In Justice Scalia’s dissenting opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges he said, “It is of no special importance to me what the law says about marriage. It is of overwhelming importance, however, who it is that rules me. Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of nine lawyers on the Supreme Court.” Whatever one’s views on marriage, our Founders made it clear that the federal government is a child of the states -- not the other way around. The Supreme Court’s decision to legislate from the bench on a matter rightly...
  • Supreme Court's same-sex ruling roils conservative Tennessee House Republicans

    06/30/2015 11:03:46 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 4 replies
    Chattanooga TimesFreePress ^ | July 1, 2015 | Andy Sher
    NASHVILLE -- Nearly half of Tennessee's House Republican Caucus met "in a state of shock" Tuesday to discuss whether to hold a special legislative session in response to last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. They discussed topics such as what, if anything, state lawmakers can or should do in areas like protecting clergy who refuse to perform same-sex ceremonies because it would violate their religious beliefs. At least 33 of the most conservative members of the 73-member GOP Caucus packed into a conference room in Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell's office for more than an hour. They...
  • After 'gratifying' week, Obama sees long to-do list in time left

    06/30/2015 10:53:53 PM PDT · by Battle Hymn of the Republic · 6 replies
    reuters ^ | 6/30/15 | Roberta Rampton and Jeff Mason
    "I might see if we can make next week even better," quipped Obama, who has about 18 months left in his presidency.
  • Ted Cruz: Donald Trump shouldn’t apologize for his comments about illegal immigrants

    06/30/2015 7:20:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/30/2015 | AllahPundit
    Via Mediaite. “Are they mostly drug dealers and rapists coming across the border?” asks Steve Doocy, referring to the buzziest bit from Trump’s presidential announcement. Well, no, says Cruz. They’re not mostly that. But let’s not miss the forest for the trees. Illegal immigration’s a serious problem and Trump calls it like he sees it. I applaud him for his candor. Remember: This is the same guy who, not long ago, went on Megyn Kelly’s show and wondered aloud whether a natural-born Canadian like Cruz could really be eligible to run for president of the United States. Now here’s...
  • Scott Walker: the new Thad Cochran (Hires Brad Dayspring)

    06/30/2015 4:45:08 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 32 replies
    RedState ^ | 6/30/2015 | Streiff
    Scott just went full RINO. Scott Walker just dropped off my list of acceptable candidates. I like a lot about Governor Walker but people are policy. And his decision to hire Brad Dayspring, an unprincipled political operative who combines viciousness and incompetence in equal measures tells us a lot. Congrats to @BDayspring on joining Team Walker! Huge get– one of the best communications strategists in the game. $$ — Alyssa Farah (@Alyssafarah) June 30, 2015 As we have documented here on RedState, Brad Dayspring was on of the loudest lying voices in the dishonest, dishonorable, and disreputable campaign the NRSC...
  • Breaking: Bronze Star Marine to be denied marriage license in San Saba, County Texas

    06/30/2015 4:37:02 PM PDT · by bgill · 60 replies
    OutServe SLDN ^ | June 30, 2015 | Matt Thorn
    Today, Jason White and his fiancé Jonathan Means are planning to obtain a marriage license from the San Saba County Clerk. However, the San Saba County Clerk Kim Wells has indicated that she will deny their application for a marriage license presumably based on Attorney General Ken Paxton’s nonbinding opinion that clerks may claim religious exemptions in performing marriages for same-sex couples. In a letter to Kim Wells, Matt Thorn Interim Executive Director for OutServe-SLDN stated “Under the United States Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges, in which all 50 U.S. states are now required to issue and recognize marriages...
  • Even more bad news for Hillary Clinton

    06/30/2015 4:28:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 30, 2015 | BY JENNIFER RUBIN
    Hillary Clinton’s re-launch did absolutely nothing to improve the trajectory of her campaign. And there are daily reminders that far from being Democrats’ best bet she may be the Republicans’ ideal opponent. First, she generates as much enthusiasm as dental surgery. But don’t just take my word for it. A new poll from Democracy Corps and Women’s Voices, Woman Vote Action Fund shows that Clinton’s hopes rest with “the changing demographic reality of the new American electorate. Unmarried women, people of color, millennials—voters of the Rising American Electorate (RAE)—will make up a majority of voters for the first time in...
  • Clinton payment plan: Campaign seeks monthly donations from supporters

    06/30/2015 4:20:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 30, 2015 | BY PAUL BEDARD
    A top Clinton campaign official has urged supporters to making monthly donations and volunteer in the former first lady's effort to win the presidency. The call from campaign manager Robby Mook apparently startled a crowd of 150 attending a $25-a-head fundraiser. It was part of his pitch to supporters to help in what is expected to be a well-funded and record-smashing $2.5 billion campaign. Appearing at the top-rated Mise en Place wine restaurant in Tampa Monday, Mook also said that Clinton plans to end Super PACs. Clinton has promised to remove "unaccountable money" from the political process if elected, but...
  • You've been warned, America, gay marriage is just the beginning

    06/30/2015 4:04:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/30/15 | Cal Thomas
    “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” What Winston Churchill said in 1942 following a British military victory in North Africa might also be said about Friday’s narrow 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court legalizing marriage between people of the same sex. That the majority threw a bone to religious people, their churches and institutions, saying they could continue to preach and teach that homosexual marriage is wrong, will almost certainly be challenged by gay activists and secularists whose goal is to drive...
  • Saying Hillary Clinton Should Ditch Bill is Really Asking Once Again -- "Why Does She Stay?"

    06/30/2015 3:55:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | June 30, 2015 | by Joanne Bamberger
    As Hillary Clinton is at the beginning of her second campaign for president, her husband Bill -- "42" in White House parlance -- appropriately has been laying low, presumably to let her gain the traction she needs to be her own candidate. But a recent article in The New Republic suggests that Bill should go one step further for the entire 2016 political season for his wife to succeed -- that he should Stay. Away. From. Hillary. he article goes one step further in offering the unsolicited advice that if Hillary really wants to be elected in 2016, she'd better...
  • It's been 4 days since the SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling. Where is Trump? [Vanity]

    06/30/2015 3:48:21 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 72 replies
    So, the Supreme Court ruled/legislated from bench, unconstitutionally, on June 26th. Here it is June 30th, and Donald Trump, the man known for speaking his mind, most of the time in a politically incorrect manner, has been silent on this ruling. 4 days! Ostensibly, he wants to be President of the United States. He has also stated he believes in traditional marriage, and weakly stated that gay marriage, "wasn't his thing". Since the oath of office for POTUS includes the following: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States,...
  • Donald Trump To Bill O’Reilly: NBC Abandoned 50 Women And Their Families

    06/30/2015 3:46:05 PM PDT · by Mariner · 52 replies
    Deadline ^ | June 30th, 2015 | Lisa de Moraes
    GOP candidate Donald Trump tells Bill O’Reilly tonight “I just sued Univision for $500 million” adding, “the papers were just filed so that will be interesting.” The pre-taped interview will air on Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor in about two hours. Among the highlights: On why Trump thinks NBCUniversal cut ties with him: “Well, they were very angry with me because I wanted to run for president and I told them I would be running and as you know last season was a big season. The Apprentice has been an amazing success. We had very good ratings last season...
  • Ted Cruz Explains the One Question the Media Uses to Try to ‘Trap’ Candidates

    06/30/2015 3:30:45 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 10 replies
    ijreview ^ | June 29, 2015 | MIKE MILLER
    p>During a Fox News interview on Sunday, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz described a recent encounter with a local reporter in Texas who persisted in asking whether he had “an animosity toward gay Americans.” “Media Buzz” host Howard Kurtz raised the subject: KURTZ: “You had an exchange with a reporter in Beaumont, Texas, who asked you flat out [if] you have an animosity toward gay Americans. You pushed back on that pretty hard.”CRUZ: “We were talking about bias in the media; it’s a good example. He asked me initially about gay marriage. I told him I don’t support gay marriage;...
  • Who Is Hillary Clinton? [Video]

    06/30/2015 3:22:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 15, 2015 | Staff
    A new video produced by Ben Howe and National Review asks how much Americans really know about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. It features a quick montage of pundits and politicians across the spectrum questioning her private email server and multiple conflicts of interest while serving at the State Department.
  • State Department to release new batch of Clinton emails

    06/30/2015 3:14:32 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 30, 2015 | by Sandra Maler
    The U.S. State Department said it would release 3,000 pages of emails from the account of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton at 9 p.m. EDT on Tuesday (0100 GMT on Wednesday). Department spokesman John Kirby said at a news briefing the latest batch of emails would cover March through December 2009. "We recognize it's an inconvenient time," Kirby said of the nighttime release. He said State officials would be working until the last minute to get the second tranche of emails out to meet a court-ordered deadline.
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: Supreme Court Justices 'Violated Their Oaths'

    06/30/2015 3:11:10 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 38 replies
    NBC News ^ | JUN 29 2015
    Republican Texas Senator and presidential hopeful Ted Cruz spoke to TODAY's Savannah Guthrie on Monday about the latest Supreme Court rulings in an appearance Monday to discuss his new book, "A Time For Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America." When asked by Guthrie about his comments that the court rulings upholding the health care law and making same-sex marriage legal was "a dark day for America," Cruz said that a majority of the Supreme Court justices, whom he called "5 unelected lawyers...violated their judicial oaths." Cruz thinks it should be up to the states to vote for gay marriage laws....
  • Same-Sex Marriage Fight Turns to Clerks Who Refuse Licenses

    06/30/2015 2:56:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 30, 2015 | By CLAIRE GALOFARO and ADAM BEAM
    MOREHEAD, Ky. - Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis shut her blinds at work Tuesday to block the view of rainbow-clad protesters outside. They carried flowers and flags and signs saying "you don't own marriage." They chanted "do your job." Moments later, she told a lesbian couple who walked in asking for a license to try another county. Davis is among a handful of public officials across the Bible Belt so repulsed by the thought of enabling a same-sex marriage that they are defying the U.S. Supreme Court and refusing to issue a license to anyone, gay or straight. "It's a...
  • Cruz Welcomes Chris Christie to Presidential Race

    06/30/2015 1:29:57 PM PDT · by Isara · 22 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 06/30/15
    HOUSTON, Texas — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, issued the following statement welcoming New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie into the race for the 2016 Republican nomination for President of the United States:“I’m glad to welcome Governor Chris Christie into our diverse field of candidates. He is bold, he is brash, and I’m always glad to see Republicans get elected in blue states. His presence in the race for the Republican nomination will make our eventual nominee all the stronger to defeat Hillary Clinton in November of 2016.”
  • CNN: Obama's approval rating grows following memorable week

    06/30/2015 1:03:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 06/30/2015 | By Jennifer Agiesta, CNN Polling Director
    <p>Could Barack Obama's great week mark a turning point in his poll numbers?</p> <p>After months of stagnant approval ratings, a new CNN/ORC poll finds that for the first time in more than two years, 50% of Americans approve of the way Obama is handling the presidency. And his overall ratings are bolstered by increasingly positive reviews of his treatment of race relations and the economy.</p>
  • 'Trans and queer' illegals hold 'die-in' at White House

    06/30/2015 12:25:05 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 30, 2015 | Paul Bedard
    Undocumented "trans and queer leaders" held a "die-in" by the White House Tuesday to demand an end in detention of lesbian, gay, bisxexual, transgendered and queer illegal immigrants. [Snip] The group said in a release that "Advocates will descend on the White House to cap off Pride month, protesting President Obama's policy of detaining lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer immigrants where they face well documented abuses at rates many times those of the general population."
  • Nearly one in three Americans owns a gun

    06/30/2015 11:45:51 AM PDT · by dware · 55 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06.30.2015 | Kathryn Doyle
    (Reuters Health) - Almost a third of American adults own a gun, but the rate varies widely by state and tops out at almost 62 percent of people in Alaska, new survey data show. Gun ownership was closely tied to “social gun culture,” wherein family and friends also own guns and think less of non-gun owners, researchers found. “Considering the presence of deeply rooted gun culture and the estimated number of guns in the U.S. to be 310 million, we (suspected) that social gun culture is associated with gun ownership,” said lead author Dr. Bindu Kalesan of the Mailman School...
  • NEA 'attack' on homeschoolers blasted as 'outrageous'

    06/30/2015 11:35:38 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 33 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 6/29/2015 | Paul Bremmer
    The National Education Association has launched an attack on the practice of homeschooling, and one leading education expert is not taking it lying down. “The National Education Association’s radical attacks on constitutionally protected liberties and homeschooling families in particular are outrageous and should be vehemently denounced by every real educator and every real American,” internationalist journalist and educator Alex Newman declared. The NEA’s 2014-2015 resolution on homeschooling begins like this: “The National Education Association believes that home schooling programs based on parental choice cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience.” Freelance writer Patrice Lewis, who homeschools her children,...
  • 10 Commandments statue must be removed from state Capitol, Oklahoma Supreme Court rules

    06/30/2015 11:30:57 AM PDT · by mojito · 49 replies
    KOCO ^ | 6/30/2015 | Unattributed
    Oklahoma's Supreme Court says the Ten Commandments monument at the state Capitol must be removed because it indirectly benefits the Jewish and Christian faiths in violation of the state's constitution. The court ruled Tuesday that the Oklahoma Constitution bans using public property to benefit a religion, and said the Ten Commandments are "obviously religious in nature." Attorney General Scott Pruitt argued that the monument is nearly identical to a Texas monument that was found constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. Oklahoma justices said the local monument violates Oklahoma's constitution. Private funds were used to erect the monument in 2012. Since...
  • Pentagon urged to boot chaplains who oppose 'gay' marriage [Revelation 12]

    06/30/2015 10:57:39 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 90 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 6/29/2015 | Jack Minor
    Activist blasts 'intolerant filth lingering in the ranks of our armed forces' In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision to redefine marriage in all 50 states, the Pentagon is now being urged to “cleanse itself” of chaplains who refuse to support same-sex marriage. Activist Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, is demanding the U.S. military conduct a purge of chaplains who holds to the traditional teaching of homosexuality and marriage espoused by the first commander in chief, George Washington. Weinstein claims chaplains who are “maintaining the state of antagonism between their religion and the sexual/gender identities...
  • If You're Upset With The Supreme Court, Read Damon Root's 'Overruled'

    06/30/2015 10:57:21 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 30, 2015 | George Leef
    In late June of each year, the Supreme Court reveals many of its decisions in the cases argued that term. Inevitably, lots of Americans are upset over them. You may be one of those Americans, right now. With all the furor over individual case facts and holdings, people are apt to miss a bigger picture – the judicial philosophies at work. The clash of philosophies is the subject of an excellent recent book Overruled: The Long War for Control of the U.S. Supreme Court. Author Damon Root, a senior editor at Reason, explores the great divide between those justices who...
  • Churches Could Lose Tax Exemption Over Gay Marriage

    06/30/2015 10:40:19 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 30, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Lost in the celebrations over universal gay marriage, like abortion, being deemed a right found in the “penumbras and emanations” of the Constitution is the chilling effect the ruling has on religious liberty. In a telling exchange between the Obama administration’s Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. and Justice Samuel Alito, detailed by Tom Blumer at Newsbusters.com, in which Verrilli admitted that churches could lose their tax exemptions if they refuse to perform gay weddings: Justice Alito: Well, in the Bob Jones case, the Court held that a college was not entitled to tax­exempt status if it opposed interracial marriage...
  • Ted Cruz Blasts ‘Docile’ Liberal Media Going Easy on Hillary

    06/30/2015 10:30:39 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | June 29, 2015 | Jeffrey Meyer
    During an appearance on Fox News’ MediaBuzz on Sunday, Senator Ted Cruz blasted the liberal media for going easy on Hillary Clinton despite the numerous scandals surrounding her.  Speaking to host Howard Kurtz, Cruz accused the media of being “docile” towards Hillary and if “any Republican did what she’s doing right now” the press would be obsessing over it on a daily basis. Kurtz did his best to defend the press and noted how they “investigated her on the e-mail server, on Clinton Foundation, on speaking fees, I would say she's not gotten an easy ride. You might say that...
  • Coolidge Was America’s Most Successful Conservative President

    06/30/2015 10:09:12 AM PDT · by newgeezer · 19 replies
    Human Events ^ | Monday Jun 29, 2015 9:57 AM | Garland S. Tucker III
    Americans love the 4th of July—and for good reason. Writing to his wife in July 1776, John Adams hailed the Fourth as “the day of deliverance” and predicted that it would be “celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.” He correctly foresaw these annual celebrations “with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” On the first anniversary in 1777, the celebrations started, and they have continued ever since. The year 2015 will be no exception. But as Americans...
  • Hey politicians: California is more than just a money bag for your 2016 campaign

    06/30/2015 9:47:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 30, 2015 | By TED RALL
    California has become the place where politicians go to rich people's homes to talk about the lives of less-fortunate people they rarely meet. What's notable is the fact that California, despite its huge number of electoral votes, is no longer in play politically in general elections. The state is widely considered to be a shoo-in for Democratic presidential candidates. But contenders from both parties continue to visit to raise money, which they spend on advertising and other campaign costs in battleground states. That’s why visits by presidential contenders to the Golden State tend to be private affairs rather than public...
  • Justices take up dispute over union fees

    06/30/2015 9:41:50 AM PDT · by PROCON · 15 replies
    Associtated Press ^ | June 30, 2015
    WASHINGTON (June 30, 2015) — The Supreme Court will consider limiting the power of government employee unions to collect fees from non-members in a case that labor officials say could threaten membership and further weaken union clout. The justices said Tuesday they will hear an appeal from a group of California teachers who say it violates their First Amendment rights to have to pay any fees if they disagree with a union's positions and don't want to join it.
  • Ted Cruz Has A Plan to Fight Judicial Tyranny – And Here It Is

    06/30/2015 9:33:28 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 77 replies
    Never has it been more evident that America needs a strong Constitutional conservative in the White House to help negate the last two terms of a radical left-wing President, the last six years of Republicans who bow down to Obama’s every whim, and now against a Supreme Court engaged in judicial tyranny.Last week was a devastating blow for conservatives, but worse, it was a devastating blow to the Constitution, our Founding Fathers, and America in general.Presidential candidate, Ted Cruz, put it in no uncertain terms – the Supreme Court rulings on Obamacare and same-sex marriage were “some of the darkest...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Softer Side Shows Up on Pinterest

    06/30/2015 9:20:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 30, 2015 | By Amy Chozick
    Cookies have played a part in previous Clinton campaigns: Like the time, in 1992, when Hillary Rodham Clinton faced a criticism when she said, in response to a question about her legal career: “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas.” Twenty-three years later, this time in her own campaign for president, Mrs. Clinton pinned a recipe for chocolate chip cookies under the Summer Style category of her brand new Pinterest page. The page also shows off a “Grillery Clinton” apron (modeled by a young campaign aide) and Iowa cherry pie with the campaign’s “H”...
  • Bill Clinton: How we can fight childhood obesity

    06/30/2015 9:15:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | June 30, 2015 | By Bill Clinton and Nancy Brown
    In the early 1990s, fried foods, carbohydrates and desserts dominated Marybelle's high school lunch choices. Vending machines lined the school hallways, offering sugary drinks and unhealthy snacks. With limited healthy options, Marybelle unsurprisingly developed habits that led to high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Today, it's a different story for her son, Bobby, who's in the seventh grade, and his generation. Bobby started an afternoon fitness club at his middle school and volunteers in his school garden. The school's food service director ensures that students are served fresh fruits and vegetables. Bobby has motivated his mom to give up soda,...
  • [Sen. Rand] Paul meets rancher Cliven Bundy

    06/30/2015 9:04:20 AM PDT · by Plummz · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 30, 2015, 08:35 am | Jesse Byrnes
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) met rancher Cliven Bundy on Monday, along with several dozen supporters and land rights activists during a presidential campaign swing through Nevada. The Associated Press reported the two met at a stop northeast of Las Vegas, where Paul fielded questions on public land control, a major issue in the state, where much land is owned by the federal government. "I think almost all land use issues and animal issues, endangered species issues, ought to be handled at the state level," Paul told the AP. "I think that the government shouldn't interfere with state decisions, so if...
  • State Department Announces Extension of Iran Nuclear Deal Until July 7

    06/30/2015 8:59:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 30, 2015 | By ALEXANDER MALLIN
    The U.S. State Department announced this morning that Iran and the major countries negotiating a nuclear deal have extended the deadline from today to July 7 to "allow more time for negotiations to reach a long-term solution." At issue is how fast billions of dollars in sanctions relief against Iran’s economy will be implemented by the international community, as well as the level of access inspectors will have to Iranian military sites and nuclear scientists.
  • Diversity Dictators on Campus

    06/30/2015 8:38:46 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 30, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Apparently university administrators no longer read George Orwell because they don’t seem to recognize how Orwellian their policies are. “Speech codes are almost never identified as such by the many colleges and universities that impose and enforce them. Instead, speech codes come in many forms, often with innocuous–sounding titles: ‘free speech zone’ policies that limit student or faculty expression to small, remote areas of campus; email policies that ban ‘offensive’ communication; civility policies that mandate politeness on pain of punishment; and—most commonly—overbroad, vague harassment policies that rely on subjective, amorphous definitions and thus restrict vast swaths of protected speech,” Greg...
  • Live: Christie(RINO-NJ) announces he is running for President

    06/30/2015 8:27:00 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 83 replies
    CNBC ^ | 30 JUN 15 | cnbc
    Live coverage of Democrat Republican Gov. Christie announcing run for Emperor POTUS.Live link to CNBC
  • Update: Judge previents Twin Peaks video release, issues gag order in case [sic]

    06/30/2015 8:11:07 AM PDT · by don-o · 96 replies
    Waco Tribune ^ | June 30, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Judge Matt Johnson of Waco’s 54th State District Court has ruled to allow a Dallas attorney to obtain Twin Peaks surveillance video from the restaurant franchisee to help him prepare for an August hearing, but the judge placed a protective order on the video, preventing it from being released to the public. The judge also placed a gag order on prosecutors and attorneys involved in the case, limiting both sides from discussing the case in the media. Johnson said he is concerned about causing a problem with jury pools if the video is released. Attorney Clint Broden, who obtained the...
  • District Judge to Brady Campaign: Quit Suing Companies For Selling Ammo

    06/30/2015 8:05:12 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 6/29/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    It is apparent that this case was filed to pursue the political purposes of the Brady Center, and, given the failure to present any cognizable legal claim, bringing these defendants into the Colorado court where the prosecution of James Holmes was proceeding appears to be more of an opportunity to propagandize the public and stigmatize the defendants than to obtain a court order which counsel should have known would be outside the authority of this court.
  • Islamic State beheads female civilians for first time in Syria: monitor

    06/30/2015 7:58:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 30, 2015
    The hardline Islamic State group has beheaded two women in Syria, the first time it has decapitated female civilians, the founder of a group monitoring the war said on Tuesday. The beheadings took place in the eastern Deir al-Zor province this week said Rami Abdulrahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. One of the women was beheaded along with her husband in Deir al-Zor city. In al-Mayadeen city to the south east, the group beheaded another woman and her husband. All of them were accused of sorcery, the monitor said
  • When the governed no longer consent

    06/30/2015 7:12:40 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 31 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | June 30,2015 | Jon D
    In the wake of last week’s “landmark” decision by the U.S. Supreme Court mandating nationwide acceptance of gay marriage, some states have begun pushing back, essentially telling Uncle Sam what he can do with his high court ruling. In Texas, Attorney General Ken Paxton has issued an opinion stating that county clerks, judges and justices of the peace could refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, noting that the SCOTUS ruling did not abolish religious liberty. “This newly minted federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage can and should peaceably coexist with longstanding constitutional and statutory rights, including the rights...
  • Sinise: ‘Serious Disconnect’ Between the Average American and Military

    06/30/2015 6:57:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 6/29/2015 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Actor Gary Sinise said there is a “serious disconnect” between the average American citizen and its military, emphasizing the need to educate the public about lasting effects of war. “Education, as I was saying, is such a critically important part of letting our young people understand why it’s important to support this 0.1 percent of our population that serves in the military. It’s a very, very small percentage of over 300 million people serving in uniform, defending our country,” Sinise said at the National Press Club. “A lot of young people, if they don’t have a personal connection to somebody...
  • TEXT OF JUSTICE SCALIA'S FULL DISSENT ON THE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE RULING

    06/30/2015 6:52:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 06/30/2015 | Antonin Scalia
    I join THE CHIEF JUSTICE’s opinion in full. I write separately to call attention to this Court’s threat to American democracy. The substance of today’s decree is not of immense personal importance to me. The law can recognize as marriage whatever sexual attachments and living arrangements it wishes, and can accord them favorable civil consequences, from tax treatment to rights of inheritance. Those civil consequences—and the public approval that conferring the name of marriage evidences—can perhaps have adverse social effects, but no more adverse than the effects of many other controversial laws. So it is not of special importance to...
  • Rubio was terrible with money. No, wait… Rubio was too rich!

    06/30/2015 6:36:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/30/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The New York Times made it clear to us last month with hilarious results: Marco Rubio was terrible with money. He wasn’t earning enough and couldn’t manage what little he had very well. He overextended his limited income with extravagant purchases of fishing boats and handsome brick driveways in front of his home which had windows too large for polite society. Well, that story hit the political scene like a bag of wet mice smacking onto the pavement. But now comes round two! The Washington Post counters with an argument that Rubio quickly translated his “political star power” into...
  • State Employees Can Refuse to Issue Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples, Says Texas Attorney General

    06/30/2015 6:34:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/30/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    Texas' attorney general has released an official opinion declaring that state employees can refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay couples if they hold a moral or religious objection. Attorney General Ken Paxton released the statement Sunday following the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide. In his statement, Paxton denounced the 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, but noted that the decision "acknowledged there are religious liberty protections of which individuals may be able to avail themselves." "County clerks and their employees retain religious freedoms that may allow accommodation of their religious objections to issuing same-sex marriage licenses....
  • Tennessee Lawmakers Drafting Bill to Protect Pastors Who Object to Marrying Same-Sex Couples

    06/30/2015 6:29:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/30/2015 | Vincent Funaro
    Tennessee lawmakers are drafting a new bill expected to protect pastors who refuse to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies for religious reasons. The bill, named the "Tennessee Pastor Protection Act" by its creators Republican Reps. Bryan Terry of Murfreesboro and Andy Holt of Dresden, say their goal is to provide legal protection for clergy who might be forced to perform same-sex marriages on church property after Friday's Supreme Court ruling that made same-sex marriage legal across the U.S. image: http://images.christianpost.com/full/84701/republican-rep-andy-holt.jpg?w=262 Republican Rep. Andy Holt (Photo: Press Release/andyholt4tn.com) Dresden, Tennessee, Republican Rep. Andy Holt. image: http://graphic.christianpost.com/images/homepage11/enlarge4.png "It comes as no surprise that...
  • Republican Presidential Candidates Split Over What to Do About Gay Marriage

    06/30/2015 6:27:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/30/2015 | Samuel Smith
    Republican presidential candidates and those expected to be candidates are divided in their reactions to the last Friday's U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling, with some ready to continue fighting for marriage and others suggesting it is time for conservatives to "move on" from the marriage issue and begin focusing on other concerns. While appearing on CBS "Face the Nation" on Sunday, potential 2016 Republican candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich argued that there are many other issues facing America right now and it is time to pay attention to those concerns. He asserted that since the Supreme Court has...
  • Does your church ban gay marriage? Then it should start paying taxes.

    06/30/2015 6:19:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 88 replies
    Fusion ^ | June 29, 2015 | Feliz Simon
    It’s difficult to see how the nationwide legalization of gay marriage could have any kind of significant negative repercussions for anybody who’s not gay. Difficult – but not impossible. Because now that the US government formally recognizes marriage equality as a fundamental right, it really shouldn’t skew the tax code so as to give millions of dollars in tax breaks to groups which remain steadfastly bigoted on the subject. I’m talking, of course, about churches.
  • The Left vs. Robert E. Lee [The Attempt to Nazify the Honorable General]

    06/30/2015 6:19:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/30/2015 | Greg Richards
    With the revulsion against Confederate symbols that has resulted from shooter Dylann Roof's internet picture with the Confederate battle flag, Robert E. Lee has been put in the gunsights of social radicals. Lee was one of the two great generals of the Civil War and due in part to his good fortune in having an excellent biographer in Douglas Southall Freeman, is generally regarded as the greatest, although it should be noted that Grant won the war. Lee came from one of the oldest families in Virginia and arguably its most distinguished. His father, Light Horse Harry Lee, was a...
  • After mercury ruling, scrutiny of Obama climate rules grows

    06/30/2015 6:16:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 30, 2015 7:55 AM EDT | Josh Lederman
    Sweeping pollution limits at the center of President Barack Obama’s climate change plan are facing increased scrutiny in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that showed that the justices aren’t afraid to thwart perceived overreach by Obama or his Environmental Protection Agency. The high court’s ruling undermined Obama administration regulations targeting mercury and other hazardous air pollutants—a different set of regulations from the greenhouse gas limits that Obama is counting on to slow the effects of global warming. Still, the court’s willingness to rein in the EPA emboldened opponents of Obama’s climate change agenda, who said the court had...