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  • How Chicago has used financial engineering to paper over its massive budget gap

    03/30/2015 6:15:58 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | March 30, 2015 | Kristi Culpepper
    This article explains that the City of Chicago has concealed how it has dealt with its budget gap over the past decade. The city failed to cut its recurring expenditures to match its recurring revenues after it blew through its reserve funds. Instead, two administrations have: Used long-term debt to finance everyday expenses and maintenance; Used long-term debt to finance judgments and settlements, including police brutality cases, and retroactive wage increases and pension contributions for its unionized employees; Restructured the city’s existing debt to extend the maturities on its bonds far out into the future in order to avoid having...
  • IRS won't penalize people for failing to say they have health insurance on tax form

    03/30/2015 5:54:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/30/15 | Robert King
    For the first time, a majority of taxpayers will have to check a box on their tax return attesting they have health insurance either through their job or Medicare or Medicaid. But what happens if they miss it, which can easily happen on the complex form? The Internal Revenue Service told the Washington Examiner it will not penalize anyone who has insurance but neglected to check the box. However, a taxpayer may be asked by the agency if they have health insurance if their return is flagged during a routine check. "The IRS routinely follows-up on the accuracy and completeness...
  • U.S. signed agreement with Mexico to teach immigrants to unionize

    03/30/2015 5:43:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/30/15 | Sean Higgins
    The federal government has signed agreements with three foreign countries — Mexico, Ecuador and the Philippines — to establish outreach programs to teach immigrants their rights to engage in labor organizing in the U.S. The agreements do not distinguish between those who entered legally or illegally. They are part of a broader effort by the National Labor Relations Board to get immigrants involved in union activism. The five-member board is the agency that enforces the National Labor Relations Act, the main federal law covering unions. In 2013, Lafe Solomon, the board's then-acting general counsel, signed a "memorandum of understanding" with...
  • Brooklyn Resident Describes Paintball Attack, Incident Investigated As Possible Hate Crime

    03/30/2015 5:40:35 PM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    CBS New York ^ | 3-30-15
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are investigating whether two incidents in which Jewish residents were struck with paint in Brooklyn were hate crimes. On Saturday night, two Jewish teenagers reported being struck with paint at Morton Street and Juliana Place in Williamsburg, police said. The pair had been walking home from synagogue with their grandfather when they were attacked. Blue and pink paint still covered the sidewalk Monday morning, CBS2’s Ilana Gold reported. “My grandchildren were very afraid because they thought it was a bullet,” victim Abraham Franczoz exclusively told CBS2’s Gold. The shots were fired right at the group....
  • Obama faces enormous stakes as Iran talks go down to wire [what about us?]

    03/30/2015 5:36:31 PM PDT · by upchuck · 11 replies
    the hill ^ | March 30, 2015 | Jordan Fabian
    The centerpiece of President Obama’s second-term foreign policy agenda is hanging in the balance Tuesday as negotiators struggle to reach a deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program.Obama has raised the stakes on the negotiations, and if a deal fails to materialize before the March 31 deadline, it will be a blow to his legacy and criticism of the White House will be intense. Deputy White House press secretary Eric Schultz on Monday acknowledged the talks “are going to go down to the wire.” “I’m not going to presuppose failure,” he told reporters aboard Air Force One. “Our folks are working...
  • Outrageous public pensions could bankrupt these states

    03/30/2015 5:31:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Yahoo -FT ^ | 3-30-2015 | Steven Malanga
    Some of the worst public-sector pension problems in America are playing out in states and cities where legislation or local court rulings have granted extraordinary protections to workers’ retirement benefits—far beyond those enjoyed by private-sector employees. ... One can see a glimpse of Illinois’s possible future in Arizona. Last year, the state’s Supreme Court overturned 2011 pension reforms that, among other things, sought to curb expensive annual cost-of-living increases for judges, legislators, and ... The predicament faced by Illinois and Arizona should be a warning, especially to other states where government pensions enjoy extraordinary legal protections. Raising benefits or shortchanging...
  • Mumia Abu-Jamal ailing, supporters say

    03/30/2015 4:53:34 PM PDT · by PROCON · 61 replies
    philly.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | Robert Moran
    A nonprofit advocacy group that supports former death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal reported that he had been hospitalized Monday afternoon. Prison Radio, which distributes recordings made by Abu-Jamal in prison, said the 60-year-old had been transported from the State Correctional Institution at Mahanoy in Schuylkill County at 1 p.m. to the intensive care unit at Schuylkill Medical Center.
  • NYC 2015: Black Councilwoman Suggests ‘Benefit’ To Ethnically Segregated Housing

    03/30/2015 4:47:24 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/30/2015
    New York City’s 334 public housing developments’ bland, dilapidated-before-they-were-even-built housing projects have blighted the urban landscape for decades. Now, though, a Big Apple councilwoman has added further insult by bizarrely endorsing the segregation of residents living in two housing projects in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood by ethnic groups. The Daily Caller is not making this up. The councilwoman is Democrat Laurie Cumbo, the New York Post reports. Cumbo, who is black, is concerned that “blocs” of Asians have been moving into the Fort Greene housing projects. “How is it that one specific ethnic group has had the opportunity to move...
  • Man Found Dead in Downtown Miami Was Scottish Soldier

    03/30/2015 4:40:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 3/31 | Cherine Akbari and Brian Hamacher
    Police are investigating after a man was found dead near a busy Miami intersection early Sunday morning. Oscar Aguilera first found the man's body on a sidewalk at Biscayne Boulevard and 81st Street around 7 a.m. "I saw him not moving and puddle of blood," Aguilera said. "I went and checked and saw when his eyes were wide open." The victim was later identified as 22-year-old Shaun Cole, a Scottish soldier who was in town with friends for the Ultra Music Festival. Cole served in the 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1SCOTS) and had served in Afghanistan and...
  • Hypocrisy Alert:

    03/30/2015 4:30:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    We all know Hillary Clinton used a private email address and server for official business when she was Secretary of State. She said she turned over her work-related emails to State, and deleted the ones she deemed personal. Her lawyers said they wouldn’t honor the request by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, to turn over the server to an independent arbiter for review, and that it’s been wiped clean, along with any back up systems connected to the server. This private email scandal has been a nightmare for the Clinton team since it has rehashed all...
  • Movement to Increase McDonald’s Minimum Wage Broadens Its Tactics

    03/30/2015 4:25:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 30, 2015 | By STEVEN GREENHOUSE
    On a recent Friday, Kwanza Brooks, a $7.25-an-hour McDonald’s worker, climbed into a 14-person van to take a four-hour ride from Charlotte, N.C., to Atlanta. As she and other workers headed south, Ms. Brooks, a short, fiery woman, swapped stories with her companions about unsafe conditions and unfair managers. Upon arriving, they joined more than 400 other people — including home care aides, Walmart workers, child care workers and adjunct professors. The gathering was a strategy session to plan for the fast-food movement’s next big wave of protests, which is now scheduled for April 15. But the meeting was also...
  • Homeland Security's Mayorkas should be ousted for Clinton favoritism, 'disgusted' retired cops say

    03/30/2015 3:34:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | March 30, 2015 | By Bryan Llenas
    Two former lead narcotics investigators said they are "disgusted," but not surprised, with the government report finding that Deputy Secretary for Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas inappropriately helped secure visas for foreign investors that benefited his Democrat friends – including Hillary Clinton's youngest brother, Anthony Rodham. Back in 2002, Mayorkas, then a Bill Clinton-appointed Los Angeles U.S. Attorney, was found by a congressional committee to have inappropriately pushed for clemency for convicted drug dealer Carlos Vignali, who happened to be the son of big-time Democratic Party donor Horatio Vignali. Horatio Vignali, an Argentinian immigrant who built a fortune in Los Angeles,...
  • Ex-teacher to face 4 separate trials [rape, sexual abuse, Bountiful Utah]

    03/30/2015 3:27:17 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 68 replies
    KSL.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | McKenzie Romero
    BOUNTIFUL — A judge ruled Monday that a former Davis High School teacher will face separate trials on charges of sexually abusing three students. Brianne Altice, 35, faces a total of 14 felony charges — including rape, forcible sodomy, forcible sexual abuse, unlawful sexual activity with a minor and dealing in materials harmful to a minor — stemming from alleged sexual relationships with three former Davis High students who were 16 or 17 years old at the time. Second District Judge Thomas Kay ruled Monday that it was "appropriate and necessary" to split the 10 original charges into three trials,...
  • ( WV ) Congressman’s STREAM Act Seeks to Reign in Anti-Coal Mining Agency

    03/30/2015 2:55:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Townhall ^ | Mar 30, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    Coal is pretty important to West Virginia. Coal-fired electric power plants accounted for 95 percent of West Virginia's net electricity generation in 2013 and the state produces about 15 percent of all fossil fuel energy in the US. What’s more, the Mountain State leads the nation in underground coal mine production. One government agency seems poised to slow these miners down, but not if Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV) can help it. “West Virginia is blessed to be abundant in natural resources," Mooney said. "Unfortunately, the President is intent on destroying coal as a domestic energy source.” Rep. Mooney introduced the...
  • Of Course: Iran Makes Another Last-Minute Demand, West Looking to Achieve 'Narrative'

    03/30/2015 2:48:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Townhall ^ | Mar 30, 2015 | Guy Benson
    The 'P5+1' nuclear negotiations with Iran are coming down to the wire, with the Obama administration hellbent on attaining a deal before tomorrow's deadline (which Iran doesn't acknowledge, by the way). As Conn has reported, if an agreement is reached, it likely won't be formalized or written down for a period of months. What Western diplomats are scrambling to "achieve," therefore, is an informal consensus on the principles and outlines of a deal -- struck with an evil, untrustworthy regime. The British Foreign Minister told reporters last week that they're hoping to secure a "narrative," whatever that means: We envisage...
  • 4 Journalists Arrested During Ferguson Protests Sue Police

    03/30/2015 2:42:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 30, 2015 | By JIM SUHR
    Four journalists arrested during last summer's Ferguson protests over the shooting death of Michael Brown filed a federal lawsuit Monday against St. Louis County police and 20 of its officers, accusing them of violating the reporters' civil rights and unjustifiably detaining them. The lawsuit, filed Monday in St. Louis, alleges the arrests for the journalists' failure to disperse as demanded by police on Aug. 18 and Aug. 19 were "undertaken with the intention of obstructing, chilling, deterring, and retaliating against (the) plaintiffs for engaging in constitutionally protected speech, newsgathering and recording of police activities." The plaintiffs include Ryan Devereaux of...
  • Ex-Feds Accused Of Pocketing Bitcoins During Investigation

    03/30/2015 2:32:11 PM PDT · by Theoria · 9 replies
    NPR ^ | 30 March 2015 | Krishnadev Calamur
    Two former federal agents accused of stealing bitcoins have been charged with wire fraud, money laundering and related offenses, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. Carl Force, a former special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Shaun Bridges, a former Secret Service special agent, were both part of a Baltimore task force investigating Silk Road, the online marketplace often labeled the eBay of the drug trade. Force was given the task of establishing communications with Ross Ulbricht, aka "Dread Pirate Roberts," the San Francisco man who has been linked to Silk Road. Ulbricht was convicted last month...
  • Sowell: Etiquette Versus Annihilation (0bama & Iran)

    03/30/2015 2:28:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 31, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Recent statements from United Nations officials, that Iran is already blocking their existing efforts to keep track of what is going on in their nuclear program, should tell anyone who does not already know it that any agreement with Iran will be utterly worthless in practice. It doesn't matter what the terms of the agreement are, if Iran can cheat. It is amazing — indeed, staggering — that so few Americans are talking about what it would mean for the world's biggest sponsor of international terrorism, Iran, to have nuclear bombs, and to be developing intercontinental missiles that can deliver...
  • Harvey Weinstein accused of groping Italian woman, 22, in his office at Tribeca Film Center: sources

    03/30/2015 2:21:05 PM PDT · by george76 · 44 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | March 30, 2015 | Rocco Parascandola , Tina Moore
    Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is being accused of groping a 22-year-old Italian model on the opening weekend of his Radio City “New York Spring Spectacular,” police sources said Monday. The model told cops that the Oscar-winning Hollywood producer sexually abused her after coaxing her to his Manhattan office on the pretense of talking business, sources told the Daily News. The woman told cops that Weinstein — a married, 63-year-old father of five — groped her private area and her breasts around 6 p.m. Friday in his third-floor office at the Tribeca Film Center on Greenwich St., the sources said. “He...
  • REMINDER: The Ted Kennedy Shrine Cost Taxpayers $38 Million

    03/30/2015 2:00:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/30/2015 | Chuck Ross
    On top of an $18.9 million Defense Department grant doled out in Sept. 2010, the Institute received $13.6 million from the Department of Education, according to USASpending.gov. In the 2009 federal budget, another $5.8 million was appropriated through the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services. The state of Massachusetts gave the University of Massachusetts $5 million, earmarked for the Institute. As a senator in 2010, current Sec. of State John Kerry waged an unsuccessful attempt to earmark another $28.9 million for the museum ... the $18.9 million Defense Department earmark was “funneled through the Defense...
  • Obama’s 2010 Economic Estimate For 2014 Off By $1 Trillion

    03/30/2015 1:52:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/30/2015 | Neil Munro
    It highlights the huge gap between Obama’s promise that his progressive, big-government economic policies would jump-start the economy, and the hard reality of America’s complex society and economy. The failure of Obama-economics was highlighted March 28, when the federal government admitted that the economy grew only 2.2 percent in 2014. ... Since 2009, the U.S. population has grown from 305 million to 321 million, including 11 million illegals. ... Even as he doubles down on his high-regulation, high-immigration policies, Obama insists that his top priority is increasing wages. ... But he’s continuing to rapidly add immigrants to the nation’s flooded...
  • Obama supports reduction in military retirement pay

    03/30/2015 1:08:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 54 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 30, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama said Monday he supports the recommendations of a military commission that would reduce the size of traditional military retirement pay by about 20 percent and offer a new defined-contribution benefit for troops who leave before 20 years of service. In a letter to congressional leaders, Mr. Obama said the proposals are “an important step forward in protecting the long-term viability of the all-volunteer force, improving quality-of-life for service members and their families, and ensuring the fiscal sustainability of the military compensation and retirement systems.” Mr. Obama said he has directed his advisers to refine some recommendations, and that...
  • Fact Check.org Rushes to Defend Federal Fracking Regulations, Steps on a Rake

    03/30/2015 1:26:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Energy in Depth ^ | March 27, 2015 | Katie Brown
    This afternoon, Fact Check.org produced a fact-check that ostensibly criticizes U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) for his contention that there has never been an instance of ground water contamination caused by hydraulic fracturing. Of course, this piece isn’t really about Inhofe at all; but before we get into that, we can’t help but wonder why they are fact-checking Inhofe and not former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson … or Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz … or Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell — all of whom have said exactly the same thing. Rather than a “fact-check,” it reads more like an advocacy...
  • Hacker Group Anonymous Threatens Israel With ‘Electronic Holocaust’

    03/30/2015 12:22:15 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 102 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 3/30/15 | Jack Moore
    Cyber activist group Anonymous has released an internet video which threatens Israel with an “electronic Holocaust” on April 7, in a massive cyber attack planned to fall just over a week before Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 16, known in Israel as Yom HaShoah. The video shows a masked figure in a suit and tie delivering a prepared statement, warning that the group will eradicate Israel from cyberspace “for... crimes in the Palestinian territories”. “We will erase you from cyberspace in our electronic Holocaust,” says the video’s masked figure. "As we did many times, we will take down your servers,...
  • Joakim Noah Confirms Lil Durk's Manager Was With Him Before Fatal Shooting

    03/30/2015 12:02:58 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 8 replies
    NBC Chicago, Chicago Sun Times ^ | 29 March 2015 | Staff
    After the 111-80 victory over the New York Knicks, he confirmed that rapper Lil Durk’s manager, who was shot and killed early Friday morning, attended a meeting with him just hours earlier, discussing a way to get involved in Noah’s "Rock the Drop" anti-violence campaign.
  • US officials: 1 dead after car tries to ram Fort Meade gate

    03/30/2015 11:34:31 AM PDT · by Controlling Legal Authority · 45 replies
    FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) -- A firefight erupted Monday when two men dressed as women tried to ram a car into a National Security Agency gate at Fort Meade, killing one of them and wounding the other, officials said. An FBI spokeswoman said the incident was not believed to be linked to terrorism.
  • Sickening Images Show Blindfolded and Bound Couple Being Brutally Stoned To Death By ISIS

    03/30/2015 11:07:49 AM PDT · by drewh · 35 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10:13 EST, 30 March 2015
    Gruesome new images have emerged showing Islamic State militants stoning a blindfolded and bound man and woman to death in Iraq after they were accused of having sex before marriage. Taken in the ISIS-stronghold of Mosul in Nineveh province, the shocking images show a large crowd gathered to watch the jihadis murder the defenceless couple. Young boys clamber onto their fathers' shoulders to get a better view of the man and woman being charged with 'fornication', before the familiar white-bearded face of ISIS's elderly Mosul-based executioner-in-chief Abu Ansar al-Ansari orders their stoning to death. An Islamic State militant with a...
  • University Officials in Florida authorize Pro-ISIS Club: JUST CHANGE THE NAME

    03/30/2015 10:38:38 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Project Veritas/youtube ^ | 3/30/15 | James O'Keefe
    Following a similar shocking video at Cornell University released by James O'Keefe last week, Barry University officials in Florida also sanction a pro-ISIS club with the stated goal of sending material support to ISIS. The only suggestion by Barry officials was to change the name of the club "because technically our country is at war with ISIS."
  • Corruption Scandals Led to Harry Reid’s Abrupt “Retirement”

    03/30/2015 10:17:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 30, 2015
    You’d never know it from the mainstream media puff pieces of Harry Reid’s sudden retirement, but it was a long string of corruption scandals—including a recent one involving his attorney son—that drove the veteran Nevada senator to abruptly leave public office. For nearly a decade Judicial Watch has investigated and exposed Reid’s involvement in a multitude of transgressions and JW even warned the Senate Ethics Committee, but not surprisingly, no action was ever taken. On multiple occasions the Senate minority leader appeared on JW’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” list for his role in a number of political scandals that...
  • Steel Valley elementary teachers, union violate 'humanity' contract

    03/30/2015 9:31:04 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    Triblive.com ^ | 3-29-2015 | Eric Heyl
    UNITED FEDERATION OF HUMANITY LOCAL 15120 OFFICIAL GRIEVANCE FORM Grievance filed against: Steel Valley Education Association Grievance alleged: The union representing Park Elementary School teachers filed a cruel, insensitive, unnecessary and ultimately impotent grievance against Steel Valley School District. Said grievance involving a special needs student violates the compassion, decency and concern for others clauses of its collective bargaining agreement with the UFH, hereafter referred to as “humanity.” The grievance was incalculably unintelligent and an enormous public relations gaffe that casts Park teachers as complete cads. Those aren't explicit violations of the CBA but should be noted for the record....
  • Men Dressed as Women Shot Outside NSA Gate, Tried to Ram Past Checkpoint, Officials Say

    03/30/2015 9:13:10 AM PDT · by bimboeruption · 71 replies
    ABCNEWS ^ | 3-31-2015 | JUSTIN FISHEL
    One man is dead and another severely injured after a shootout at one of the main gates of the National Security Agency located at Fort Meade, Maryland. Two men dressed as women attempted to “penetrate” the entry point with their vehicle when a shootout occurred, officials said. "There are indications they were dressed as females," an official said. At least one officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries. One perpetrator is confirmed dead on the scene; the other "severely injured” and probably won’t survive, according to one official. The FBI said they do not believe the incident is related to terrorism. Aerial images...
  • NBC News Sued For Libel & Slander After Describing Rifle Target Company As Bomb Makers

    03/30/2015 8:45:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies
    bearingarms.com ^ | 3/30/2015 | Bob Owens
    NBC News and a local affiliate have being slapped with a libel and slander lawsuit for March, 23, 2015 report that aired on Today (also known as The Today Show) entitled, “Bombs for Sale? Popular Stores Sell ‘Dangerous Explosives.'”
  • HBO blows lid off of Scientology; Cruise, Travolta should stay off Twitter for a while!

    03/30/2015 8:38:19 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 75 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 3/30/15 | Steve Berman
    HBO caused a major stir on social media with Sunday night’s broadcast of “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” a blistering documentary about the Church of Scientology and its celebrity devotees. People Magazine published a teaser for the film Sunday, which was first screened in January at the Sundance Film Festival. Sensational in content but not in tone, Going Clear has been making headlines since its first screening at Sundance in January. It has also upset that secretive, combative and often embattled Church, which in a lengthy statement attacked the film as “insidious religious persecution by bullies toting...
  • Everytown, Florida Moms Demand Action Release Poll That Shows Strong Majority Of Floridians Oppose

    03/30/2015 8:30:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    www.prnewswire.com ^ | 3/26/2015 | unknown
    61 percent of Floridians oppose requiring colleges and universities to allow concealed weapons on their campuses. 61 percent of Floridians oppose changing Florida law to allow guns in K-12 schools. Only eight percent of Floridians say the state's gun laws should be weakened, compared to 48 percent who would like to see gun laws strengthened, and 39 percent who would like gun laws to remain unchanged.
  • Catholic university officials caught on secret video (O'Keefe strikes)

    03/30/2015 8:26:32 AM PDT · by don-o · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 30, 2015 | David Martosko
    Administrators at a Catholic university in Florida agreed to help an honors student start a campus club that would send money and supplies to the ISIS terror army. Hidden camera footage released Monday morning shows officials and faculty at Barry University advising a senior – identified only as 'Laura' – about the best way to secure funding for a club she called 'Sympathetic Students in Support of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.' 'I want to start fundraising efforts on campus, and what I want to do is raise funds to send overseas,' she told Derek Bley, the school's...
  • WaPo: Even the backstory on Kerry’s climate-change brag was a lie

    03/30/2015 8:22:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 3/30/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler uses a “Pinocchio” scale to assign a level of egregiousness to lies he uncovers, with four Pinocchios as the maximum … until now. Secretary of State John Kerry earned himself the full complement two weeks ago from Kessler for bragging about his management of the first global-warming hearing in the Senate, a hearing that he not only didn’t arrange but didn’t even attend. Kessler dug deeper on the tall tales emanating from the event, and found that one of the real organizers has been lying about what took place in the hearing in order to...
  • McConnell in Jerusalem: We Will Vote on Legislation to Review Any Iran Deal

    03/30/2015 8:13:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 3/29/2015 | Patrick Goodenough
    As Secretary of State John Kerry and his P5+1 counterparts sought to finalize the political outlines of a comprehensive agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday stood alongside the talks’ most vocal critic, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and reiterated that Congress must approve any deal.
  • Do Universities Avoid Secure Communities?

    03/30/2015 7:45:38 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 26, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    As we have noted, universities take a different view of unchecked immigration than the general populace does. Moreover, when law schools teach courses on immigration statutes, there’s one they might be missing. For example, at the City University of New York, “The Advanced Certificate in Immigration Law offers a unique opportunity for those working with immigrants, employers, and families to: • “Understand law and regulations governing immigration and citizenship; • “Learn how to comply with rapidly evolving immigration policies; • “Learn how to file petitions and applications; • “Witness immigration court proceedings first hand; • “Work with top CUNY faculty...
  • Steep Costs of Inmate Phone Calls Are Under Scrutiny

    03/30/2015 7:24:01 AM PDT · by edwinland · 104 replies
    The New York Times ^ | MARCH 30, 2015 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS
    Since the Pennsylvania police arrested Anthony Kofalt last March for walking out of a Walmart with 21 boxes of Crest White Strips he had not paid for, his wife, Heather, has spent $3,000 — about $60 a week — on phone calls to the prisons and jails where he has been held. The cost of a 15-minute call is $12.95, although Mr. Kofalt is in a prison only a few hours’ drive from his wife’s home in Franklin, Pa. The cost for a similar non-prison call would be about 60 cents. And every time Ms. Kofalt deposits $25 into the...
  • CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT HOLDER STOPS GUNMAN DURING ATTEMPTED MASS SHOOTING

    03/30/2015 7:12:25 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 30,2015 | AWR Hawkins
    On March 22 a man who opened fire on children and adults in a Philadelphia barbershop was shot and killed by a citizen with a concealed carry permit. The armed citizen had been walking by the barbershop when he heard gunshots. He ran inside and shot the gunman. According NBC Philadelphia, the incident arose after two men got into a fight in the barbershop. An unnamed 40-year-old man fought with another customer then pulled out a gun and started shooting. Police said the man fired on “customers and barbers,” and some of those customers were children. As the 40-year-old man...
  • Brother of Sen. Harry Reid arrested, accused of punching Nevada state trooper

    03/30/2015 7:00:44 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 29 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | February 5, 2015 | FoxNews.com
    The younger brother of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid was arrested Monday afternoon after allegedly driving under the influence and punching a Nevada state trooper during a traffic stop. Larry Reid, 73, was found sitting inside a Lexus SUV that had been driving in the median of Highway 95 near Searchlight, Nev. shortly after noon. According to KVVU, the arrest report for Reid said that the trooper asked him why he was driving in the median. Reid responded with what was described as "incoherent, slurred speech."
  • The Long, Complicated Story of Hillary Clinton's Benghazi Subpoena

    03/30/2015 5:57:39 AM PDT · by kristinn · 14 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Monday, March 30, 2015 | Byron York
    Now that the public knows Hillary Clinton destroyed all the emails on her secret server — her lawyer told the House Benghazi Select Committee that there's nothing left to search — a question remains: Did Clinton destroy documents that were under subpoena from Congress? The answer is more complex than it might seem. There's no doubt Clinton withheld information that Congress demanded she turn over, and some Republicans believe the documents she destroyed were covered under a subpoena as well. But a look at the story behind the subpoena and other document requests from congressional Benghazi investigators is a tale...
  • U.S. Special Operations holding urban warfare drills in Broward County

    03/30/2015 5:51:14 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 15 replies
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | 3/30/2015 | Linda Trischitta
    Police agencies in Broward County are assisting members of the U.S. Special Operations Forces who are undergoing urban warfare training.. The exercises began Monday, will last until March 27 and will be held at locations that the military will not disclose. U.S. Special Operations is commanded out of Tampa and has staged such "routine drills" in cities throughout the country, a spokesman said. The 200 military personnel are from the four branches: Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy.
  • Canada: Three Muslims charged with sexual assault of 14-year-old girl

    03/30/2015 5:37:30 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 33 replies
    Pamela Geller.Com ^ | 3/30/2015 | Pamela Geller
    I have predicted that these Muslim “grooming gangs” would not be limited to Britain, and now here is one in Canada. Not a day goes by in the UK, where islamization is much further along, that these monstrous news stories emerge of sexploitation of non-Muslims by Islamic supremacists. The Brits have 20 years on us, but Obama is working hard to catch up. Expect a lot more of these cases to start popping up in North America — for example, the conviction in Tenneseee a few years ago of three Muslim men: A Tennessee federal jury split its verdict Friday...
  • Britain to blame for illegal immigrant crisis, says Calais mayor

    03/30/2015 5:25:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | March 30, 2015 | By David Barrett
    Britain is to blame for illegal immigrant problems on the French side of the Channel because of its lack of commitment to the “European project”, the mayor of Calais has claimed. Natacha Bouchart accused the British government of “despising” the native population of Calais and said the UK should be forced to sign up to Europe’s open borders agreement. Miss Bouchart intensified her war of words with Britain as the French port struggles to cope with thousands of illegal immigrants, mainly from African countries, who have gathered in the town to attempt illegal crossings into this country. She repeated previous...
  • The American People Are MIA As Obama Continues Unabated

    03/30/2015 5:20:00 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 14 replies
    Sons Of Liberty Media ^ | 3/27/2015 | Susan D. Harris
    On the website wecanimpeachobama.com, there are 23,815 signers calling for the president to resign or be impeached. There are “0” planned protests against Obama’s policies. A quick internet search shows the following: A National Impeach Obama event in Simi Valley on April 4, 2015 to be held at the intersection of Tapo Canyon Rd. and Alamo St. The Impeach Obama Now Coalition has 17,288 “likes” on Facebook. They urge people to protest every Saturday. There are currently ten states that have one or more protests scheduled. Overpasses for America has a list of currently scheduled protests. Only sixteen states are...
  • Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin (& Assad): Reuters/Ipsos poll

    03/30/2015 2:29:30 AM PDT · by Libloather · 37 replies
    Reuters via MSN ^ | 3/30/15 | Roberta Rampton
    A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of a threat a list of countries, organizations and individuals posed to the United States on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being no threat and 5 being an imminent threat. The poll showed 34 percent of Republicans ranked Obama as an imminent threat, ahead of Putin (25 percent), who has been accused of aggression in the...
  • Reid says whistleblowers lobbing accusations at him are ‘a bunch of whiners’

    03/30/2015 2:28:26 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 30, 2015 | David Sherfinski and Stephen Dinan
    "An inspector general called them courageous, but Sen. Harry Reid said Friday that the government whistleblowers who accused him of using political pressure to try to win special treatment for a Las Vegas casino were “a bunch of whiners.” ........[Homeland Security Inspector General John] Roth said the special treatment was brought to his attention by more than 15 whistleblowers — an extraordinary number, in Mr. Roth’s judgment — who believed Mr. Mayorkas was caving to political pressure. “That so many individuals were willing to step forward and tell us what happened is evidence of deep resentment about Mr. Mayorkas‘ actions...
  • O'MALLEY: NO MORE ROYALS

    03/29/2015 10:49:14 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 13 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 3/29/15 | Nick Corasaniti
    Former Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, who has been promoting himself to Democrats as a potential alternative to Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2016 race for the White House, on Sunday spoke out against the possibility of a dynastic rematch between Mrs. Clinton and Jeb Bush. "The presidency of the United States is not some crown to be passed between two families," Mr. O’Malley said on ABC’s "This Week."
  • Man With Machete Goes on Rampage in San Jose Neighborhood

    03/29/2015 6:25:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    A San Jose neighborhood was shut down Sunday morning when a man with a machete went on a rampage. It happened on Mocho Court, near the Tully Road 101 exit Neighbors said around 10:30 a.m., the suspect went walking around the neighborhood with a machete. Later, he smashed a car with the weapon and then went into his garage and started lighting items on fire. Police surrounded the suspect and he was taken into custody. The suspect's sister said he may have wanted police to take his life. The suspect has not been identified, and nobody was hurt.