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  • Climate change is HELPING Africa because greenhouse gases are bringing rain to areas that...

    06/02/2015 2:57:38 AM PDT · by Libloather · 1 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/01/15 | Jennifer Newton
    Climate change is HELPING Africa because greenhouse gases are bringing rain to areas that have suffered drought for decades, says new study Climate change means rain is returning to previously drought-stricken areas of Africa exactly 30 years since Live Aid raised Ł150million to help starving people there, a new study has revealed. A severe lack of rainfall during the 1970s and 80s led to a persistent drought and famine, killing more than 100,00 people in countries such as Ethiopia. **SNIP** But now research by scientists at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science at the University of Reading, has shown how...
  • Emails Raise Questions of Bias in Case Against Bakers Who Denied Service for Same-Sex Wedding

    06/02/2015 2:18:15 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 3 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | June 1, 2015 | Kelsey Harkness
    The Daily Signal has exclusively learned that the government agency responsible for enforcing Oregon’s anti-discrimination law appears to be working closely with a powerful gay rights advocacy group in its case against Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa. Communications between the agency, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, and the LGBT organization, Basic Rights Oregon, raise questions about potential bias in the state’s decision to charge the Kleins with discrimination for refusing to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. In April, a judge for the agency recommended the Kleins be fined $135,000. Communications obtained...
  • Man killed Saturday has ties to Baltimore 'Stop Snitching' DVD

    06/02/2015 2:13:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    WBAL-TV ^ | June 1, 2015 | Jayne Miller
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)BALTIMORE —One of the men fatally shot over the weekend has a well-known and notorious father. Ronnie Thomas III, 22, is the son of the star of the DVD "Stop Snitching," put out in 2004 in Baltimore to discourage witness cooperation. Baltimore's homicides rarely happen in isolation, but are often connected to some other incident, like a long-running grudge, payback, rivalry or retaliation. It was a weekend cookout at Belair Road and Sinclair Lane that ended early Saturday morning with the city's 41st and 42nd homicides in the month of May. One of the two men killed was Thomas. Thomas'...
  • Bloody Baltimore

    06/02/2015 1:54:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 1, 2015 | The Editorial Board
    SOON AFTER the rioting in Baltimore ended in late April, the world’s media turned their gaze elsewhere. Then, as a petulant police force retreated to its station houses, the real carnage began. May was the most lethal month in the city in more than 40 years; in per capita terms, it may have been the bloodiest month since recordkeeping began. There were 43 victims of homicide in the city last month, the most since August 1972, when Baltimore ’s population, now 600,000, was about 900,000. In addition, there were 108 nonfatal shootings in May, nearly triple the number recorded the...
  • The Man Who Punctured Communism’s Lies about the Spanish Civil War

    06/02/2015 1:29:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | June 1, 2015 | Ron Capshaw, a writer in Midlothian, Va
    In 1986, the liberal weekly The Village Voice had its offices picketed by aged left-wing protesters. What occasioned this protest was an interview columnist Paul Berman conducted with William Herrick, who had served in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade during the Spanish Civil War. According to Berman, Herrick, during the interview, “decided to tell me things that he had never told anyone, not even his wife, about his time in Spain.” Asserting that the Brigade “answered to the Communist chain of command, which included the GPU,” Herrick recounted how he was indirectly warned after he mildly criticized the Party. As he...
  • Scott Walker's New Restrictive Voting Laws Challenged By Top Clinton Lawyer

    06/02/2015 12:54:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    TPM - Talking Points Memo ^ | June 1, 2015 | Tierney Sneed
    A series of Wisconsin voting restrictions signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker(R) are being challenged in lawsuit spearheaded by a lawyer associated with the Hillary Clinton campaign, MSNBC reported Monday.The complaint, filed in federal court Friday, alleges, "These measures were intended to burden, abridge, and deny, and have had and will have the effect of burdening, abridging, and denying, the voting rights of Wisconsinites generally and of African-American, Latino, young, and/or Democratic voters in Wisconsin in particular."Since coming into office after the 2010 elections, Walker and his counterparts in the statehouse have passed a number of new regulations to...
  • Farmer's savings among police seizures that paid for Montana K-9 unit

    06/01/2015 8:35:00 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 23 replies
    Casper Star ^ | May 31, 2015 | Alison Noon
    Lorenzo Ayala saved more than $16,000 to buy tractor parts while on a road trip to Montana to visit a woman he met online, but he ended up unwittingly contributing it to the state's first K-9 unit. Ayala forfeited his wad of cash after a state trooper became suspicious that the California farmer's generous amount of cologne, cluttered car and disputed criminal history were signs of drug trafficking. Ayala, of Palo Alto, was never charged with a crime — but Montana kept his money. This year, Montana became the fourth state to overhaul what activists call "policing for profit." Beginning...
  • DOJ COLLECTING YOUR ‘RIGHT-WING’ SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS

    06/01/2015 8:31:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 6.1.15 | Emily Zanotti
    One of the primary contentions, yesterday evening, of Establishment Republicans and Democrats in defense of the NSA's massive data collection program, was that the program was not only free from abuse (something we know is not true), but that it's ultimately useful in targeting real threats to the American people; maybe not yesterday, maybe not today, but perhaps some day in the future it will ensnare an entire sleeper sell of Jihadists mid-phone call to Iran, giving an unsecured credit card number to their yellowcake suppliers. The data collection, you see, is done only on those whose backgrounds demand it....
  • TSA Chief Out After Agents Fail 95 Percent of Airport Breach Tests

    06/01/2015 7:43:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 68 replies
    NBC News ^ | 6/1 | TOM COSTELLO and M. ALEX JOHNSON
    The acting head of the Transportation Security Administration was reassigned Monday after an internal investigation by the Department of Homeland Security found security failures at dozens of the nation's busiest airports. The breaches allowed undercover investigators to smuggle weapons, fake explosives and other contraband through numerous checkpoints. Melvin Carraway, an 11-year veteran of the TSA who became acting administrator in January, was immediately reassigned to job coordinating DHS programs with local law enforcement agencies, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said Monday night. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Pete Neffenger's nomination to be permanent administrator is awaiting Senate confirmation. Upon learning the initial...
  • Wikileaks Exposes Obama’s Phony Trade Bill…Only 5 of 29 Chapters About Trade

    06/01/2015 6:58:04 PM PDT · by blueyon · 48 replies
    Red Statements ^ | 6/01/15 | Steven Ahle
    Wikileaks has gotten their hands on a copy of Obama’s phony TPP trade bill. It contains 29 chapters but only 5 pertain to trade. Wikileaks will be publishing the entire bill and they have already released the chapter on Investment. It’s very interesting. It is written in a such a way as to give multinational companies a huge advantage on trade. If a public hospital is built close to a private one, the private hospital has the right to sue the country for expected losses. That is outrageous. Here is where you can find the chapter on investment: https://wikileaks.org/tpp-investment/WikiLeaks-TPP-Investment-Chapter/page-2.html The...
  • DOD Charges Millions at Casinos, Strip Clubs on Govt. Credit Cards

    06/01/2015 4:43:51 PM PDT · by blueyon · 23 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 5/27/15 | Judicial Watch
    In the latest of many flagrant examples of how tax dollars are wasted, government-issued credit cards were used by Department of Defense (DOD) employees to make more than $4 million in personal charges, including at casinos and strip clubs. During a one-year period the agency charged 20 million transactions for $3.4 billion on government credit cards, according to a DOD Inspector General report issued this month. About $3.2 million of it was spent at casinos and nearly $1 million on personal expenses, including about $100,000 at strip clubs by 646 card holders. The casino charges were made through 4,437 transactions...
  • The Soft-Soaping Of Socialism In The U.S.

    06/01/2015 4:28:03 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Investors.com ^ | June 2, 2015 | IBD Editorial
    Ideology: Bernie Sanders is coming on as a presidential contender, while polls show surprisingly large parts of the public look favorably on the socialism he espouses. The public apparently has forgotten socialism's record. For years, Sanders, an avowed, unapologetic socialist, was viewed as an anomaly of U.S. political life, an eccentric whose atypical ideology reflected the supposed quirkiness of his home state of Vermont. Now that's changed, and with Democrats worried about the scandals surrounding their top candidate, Hillary Clinton, Sanders is attracting ever-bigger audiences on the campaign trail. Polls show him at 15% of the Democratic tally.
  • Chicago schools chief resigns amid federal criminal investigation

    06/01/2015 3:26:46 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Chicago Tribune via MSN ^ | 6/01/15 | Juan Perez Jr.
    CHICAGO — Barbara Byrd-Bennett has resigned as chief executive of the Chicago Public Schools amid a federal investigation into a $20.5 million no-bid contract. **SNIP** The investigation centers on a $20.5 million no-bid contract at CPS related to an elite nonprofit education group that has long been at the center of city school reform efforts. Federal corruption investigators have also sought records related to some of Byrd-Bennett's top deputies. Byrd-Bennett, who has not been accused of wrongdoing, acknowledged when she went on leave that her presence could divert attention from the pressing affairs of the district as it tackles labor...
  • Fresh Off Clinton Foundation Africa Trip, Jay Jacobs Holds Hillary Clinton Fundraiser

    06/01/2015 3:10:17 PM PDT · by maggief · 6 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 1, 2015 | Brent Scher
    Paid Hillary $260K for speech this year Hillary Clinton will be in Long Island, N.Y., on Monday for a $2,700 fundraiser hosted by Jay Jacobs, who just returned from traveling to Africa with Bill and Hillary Clinton on a trip with the Clinton Foundation. Jacobs, a prominent Nassau County Democrat, says he expects around 150 to show up at his Laurel Hollow home and contribute the maximum allowable individual contribution to the Clinton campaign, according to Newsday. The fundraiser comes just weeks after Jacobs and his wife Mindy Jacobs joined the Clinton Foundation on its trip to Africa and just...
  • Obama: Under My Presidency, U.S. ‘The Most Respected Country In The World’ [VIDEO]

    06/01/2015 3:01:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 72 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/1/15 | Al Weaver
    President Barack Obama said Monday that his administration has lifted the U.S. to become “the most respected country in the world.” Obama made the claim during a discussion with Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Fellows at the White House. PRESIDENT OBAMA: People don’t remember, but when I came into office, the United States in world opinion ranked below China and just barley above Russia, and today once again, the United States is the most respected country on earth, and part of that I think is because of the work we did to reengage the world and say that we want...
  • Jeb Bush: Social Security Means-Testing 'Ought to Be Considered'

    06/01/2015 2:49:39 PM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 102 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 1, 2015 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Jeb Bush says he would considering pushing back the Social Security retirement age by as many as five years and scaling back benefits for Americans who paid into the system but who also have accumulated wealth. "We need to look over the horizon and begin to phase in, over an extended period of time, going from (age) 65 to 68 or 70. And that by itself will help sustain the retirement system for anybody under the age of 40," Bush, a potential contender for the Republican presidential nomination, told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday. Bush also wants...
  • Al Sharpton sets sights on Republican National Convention in Cleveland speech

    06/01/2015 2:45:17 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 54 replies
    Northeast Ohio Media Group ^ | May 29, 2015 | John Harper
    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Rev. Al Sharpton took aim at Cleveland's 2016 Republican National Convention in front of a packed house at Cleveland's Olivet Institutional Baptist Church on Friday night, speaking for nearly an hour. "Jeb Bush and Scott Walker and them think they are going to come in here and have four or five days of convention," Sharpton said. "We are going to have another convention outside."
  • Clinton Foundation Morocco meeting cost taxpayers $21K (billionaires met in secrecy)

    06/01/2015 2:40:58 PM PDT · by Liz · 7 replies
    Bill Clinton's buck-raking Foundation raised eyebrows again with a Clinton Global Initiative gathering "at a five-star luxury hotel in Morocco [hosted] by one of the world's most controversial mining companies' the mining company was criticized for 'serious human rights violations' by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice." As is the case with every trip the globe-hopping ex-president takes, the US taxpayer is on the hook for security expenses. In Morocco, hotel costs alone for Secret Service came to $21,165. Other taxpayer expenses WRT the Morocco trip could not be located on the government spending website, but vehicle expenses likely...
  • What does the NSA Know About Sen. Rand Paul?

    06/01/2015 1:34:37 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 8 replies
    Freep | 6/1/2015 | CharlesOConnell
    "Sen. Rand Paul Declares Victory over NSA", trumpets Drudge headline. Interesting…with what Dwight Eisenhower knew, about the logistics of running the Allied war effort, about intelligence under the Dulles Bros., about his experience underlying his 'Military-Industrial Complex', departing speech, how would Ike evaluate Sen. Paul's "Mission Accomplished" over the Panopticon of Modern Spying?We owe our revenge over Usama bin Laden, partially to a former-Soviet intelligence veteran who hacked Al Quaeda: he wanted to be accepted by them, they shamed him, he put a fake moustache on bin Laden’s picture, but to make his revenge stick, he turned bin Laden in...
  • Another Arizona immigration law dismantled by the courts

    06/01/2015 1:25:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 1, 2015 4:03 PM EDT | Jacques Billeaud
    The U.S. Supreme Court landed the final blow against an Arizona law that denied bail to immigrants who are in the country illegally and are charged with certain felonies, marking the latest in a series of state immigration policies that have since been thrown out by the courts. The nation’s highest court on Monday rejected a bid from metro Phoenix’s top prosecutor and sheriff to reinstate the 2006 law after a lower appeals court concluded late last year that it violated civil rights by imposing punishment before trial. While a small number of Arizona’s immigration laws have been upheld, the...
  • Sowell: Paying the Price

    06/01/2015 1:14:55 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 2, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Baltimore is now paying the price for irresponsible words and actions, not only by young thugs in the streets, but also by its mayor and the state prosecutor, both of whom threw the police to the wolves, in order to curry favor with local voters. Now murders in Baltimore in May have been more than double what they were in May last year, and higher than in any May in the past 15 years. Meanwhile, the number of arrests is down by more than 50 percent. Various other communities across the country are experiencing very similar explosions of crime and...
  • The GOP should turn its attention to prosecutorial misconduct

    06/01/2015 12:27:12 PM PDT · by Forgotten Amendments · 6 replies
    National Review Online ^ | KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON
    ...Exhibit A: Orange County, California. The sunny Southern California county with a population surpassing that of nearly half the states has a Republican district attorney, Tony Rackauckas, and a big problem on its hands: Its entire prosecutorial apparatus — all 250 lawyers in the district attorney’s office — have been disqualified from participation in a high-profile capital-murder case following revelations that the office colluded with the Orange County sheriff’s department to systematically suppress potentially exculpatory evidence in at least three dozen cases, committing what legal scholars have characterized as perjury and obstruction of justice in the process.
  • 2 Of Hillary’s Libya Emails Are Missing

    06/01/2015 12:26:50 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 32 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 25, 2015 | Chuck Ross
    Sidney Blumenthal emailed Hillary Clinton at least two intelligence reports about Libya which were not included in the trove of 296 emails released by the State Department on Friday. Clinton has claimed that in December she turned over all official government emails she sent or received from her personal account while in office. In turn, the agency has claimed it turned all Clinton emails related to Libya or Benghazi over to the House Select Committee investigating the Benghazi attack. But a screenshot of Blumenthal’s email inbox, which the Romanian hacker Guccifer published in March 2013, shows two reports about Libya...
  • NEED PHOTOS OF THESE RAIL CARS IN USE AS CAR CARRIERS!

    06/01/2015 10:30:30 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 76 replies
    Vanity ^ | 6 1 2015 | Dick Bachert
    I recently had the following FB message exchanges with Union Pacific Railroad seeking clarification of the functions of the rail cars in the photo below. My requests to UP and the dates of same are as follows: On 5/11/2015: Can someone there please advise me the intended cargo/function of the rail cars shown in the accompanying photos? Thanks. Their nearly immediate initial reply (no date): Hi Richard, That is an AutoMax automotive rack. You can check out the different varieties here: https://www.up.com/customers/all/equipment/descriptions/auto-racks/index.htm Thanks for reaching out! Best, Alison Freemyer Corporate Relations My NEXT attempt to get the truth: On 5/20/2015...
  • MDOC: Suspect in weekend kidnapping was correctional officer (Great Guns Save Lives story)

    06/01/2015 10:07:17 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    WDAM ^ | May 20, 2015 | Brad Conaway
    On Wednesday, Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher approved immediate suspension without pay of a correctional officer charged in a kidnapping, armed robbery and homicide that occurred in Jackson on Saturday morning. Fisher learned after Andre Kennedy's arrest that Kennedy is one of 520 officers working at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County. Kennedy, 22, was hired in January 2014. He is charged with capital murder, robbery and kidnapping in a case involving an Eastover homeowner. His partner in crime was shot and killed in what police are calling justifiable homicide. Hinds County Coroner identified the deceased suspect as 23-year-old Edwin...
  • Erdogan vows to punish Journalist behind Syria Trucks video (Turkish weapons to Syrian Rebels)

    06/01/2015 9:45:53 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    AL Aribya ^ | 6-1-2015 | AA/Reuters
    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to punish the editor of a newspaper which published video footage it said showed the MIT state intelligence agency helping send weapons to Syria. The Cumhuriyet newspaper published footage on its website on Friday which it said showed gendarmerie and police officers opening crates of what it described as weapons and ammunition on the back of three trucks belonging to MIT. "The individual who has reported this as an exclusive story will pay a high price for this," Erdogan said in a television interview with state broadcaster TRT late on Sunday. "I will not...
  • Obama immigration chief says amnesty designed to cement illegals place in society

    06/01/2015 9:44:07 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 21 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Dec 9, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    The man who will oversee President Obama’s new temporary amnesty said Tuesday that part of the reason for the program was to get the illegal immigrants working on the books, making it economically impossible for them ever to be deported by a future president.
  • Brooklyn flower store worker fights off gun-wielding robber: police

    06/01/2015 9:42:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | 6/1/2015 | Joseph Stepansky
    A worker in a florist shop fought off a gun-toting robber in Brooklyn and said on Sunday the crook's lucky he's not pushing up daisies. “He needs to thank God every day I didn't kill him,” said Moti Azreal, who grabbed the creep's Heritage Rough Rider .22-caliber revolver in the scuffle.
  • Obama’s Immigration Anarchy: Dangerous release of almost 100,000 criminal illegal aliens

    06/01/2015 9:03:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 05/30/2015 | Hon. Elizabeth A. Hacker and Hon. Mahlon F. Hanson
    As former immigration judges, we were horrified when President Obama and his DHS appointees “re-prioritized” the mandatory removal provisions of our nation’s immigration laws. In our days in the courtroom, we followed and applied the provisions of the Immigration & Nationality Act every single day. The INA is a deterring statute and it’s been continuously amended to better deter illegal immigration since it was originally enacted in 1952. Nowhere in the Act did Congress give the President the authority to “re-prioritize” illegal alien and criminal alien-removals. As the results of the 2012 and 2014 “executive actions” show, re-entries and recidivism...
  • Police Snipers Spotted at Two Texas Harley Dealerships in Wake of Twin Peaks Shooting

    06/01/2015 9:01:02 AM PDT · by don-o · 157 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | May 29, 2015 | Lee Stranahan
    Photos on the Facebook page of a group called Free All The Waco Bikers appears to show police snipers on an apartment building rooftop, across the street from a Harley-Davidson dealership that was a hosting a memorial service for one of the bikers shot and killed outside a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco on May 17. This is the second time in less than a week that snipers have been posted outside a Texas Harley Davidson dealership after the Waco incident. The most recent sniper sighting occurred at the “fundraiser and celebration of life” for Jesse Rodriquez, a decorated Vietnam...
  • The Shale Boom Shifts Into Higher Gear

    06/01/2015 8:58:38 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 31,2015 | DONALD L. LUSKIN And MICHAEL WARREN
    The nimblest and smartest competitors have worked relentlessly to increase their productivity. Leading-edge operators report that they can produce more profitably today at a price of $65 a barrel than they could at $95 a barrel three years ago. Where can they be profitable three years hence—$40 a barrel? $30? The oil patch today is afire with the same technological imperative and competitive mission that has powered the U.S. electronics revolution—think Moore’s Law—to dash headlong down the learning curve, crushing costs and prices and making up for it in volume. Today’s surge in production is coming predominantly from wells that...
  • WACO JUDGE AGREES TO LET MOST BIKERS GO – IF THEY SIGN A CONTRACT

    06/01/2015 8:57:16 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    The Washington Weekly News ^ | 05/31/15 | Staff
    WACO JUDGE AGREES TO LET MOST BIKERS GO – IF THEY SIGN A CONTRACT VOWING NOT TO SUE FOR WRONGFUL ARREST “It appears the public defenders office in McLennan County is involved in this scurrilous activity,” said Paul Looney, a Houston attorney with Looney & Conrad, P.C. “I’ve never seen anything like the lawlessness that the authorities have perpetrated on these people and now to add insult to injury they are trying to cover their own tracks in exchange for bond.”
  • How Did Denny Hastert Get Rich Enough to Pay Millions to an Accuser?

    06/01/2015 8:47:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/01/2015 | John Fund
    Denny Hastert — the former House speaker now indicted for violating regulations on bank withdrawals that were originally meant to snare drug dealers — was a man of integrity according to his former House colleagues. By the sketchy standards of Illinois politics, that might well have been true. But his fall from grace should prompt other questions about how a former high-school teacher who held elective office from 1981 to 2007 could leave Congress with a fortune estimated at $4 million to $17 million. When he entered Congress in 1987, he was worth at most $275,000. Hastert was the...
  • BOB SCHIEFFER: MAYBE MEDIA WASN’T ‘SKEPTICAL ENOUGH’ OF OBAMA

    06/01/2015 8:41:20 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 1,2015 | by PAM KEY
    Sunday on Fox News Channel’s “Media Buzz,” retiring host of CBS’s “Face the Nation” Bob Schieffer said “maybe” the mainstream media was “not skeptical enough” about then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) when he ran for president in 2008. When host Howard Kurtz asked, “Many people in this country, as you know, think the three broadcast networks are too biased, too liberal. Would you agree looking back in the media gave Barack Obama an incredibly easy ride in 2008, and for much of his presidency?” Schieffer said, “Well, I think, I think the whole political world was struck by...
  • CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett resigns amid federal criminal investigation

    06/01/2015 8:36:14 AM PDT · by relictele · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 01 Jun 2015 | Juan Perez Jr
    Barbara Byrd-Bennett has resigned as chief executive of the Chicago Public Schools amid a federal investigation into a $20.5 million no-bid contract. In a letter dated last week, Byrd-Bennett said she planned to step down Monday. She did not give any reasons for her decision. Byrd-Bennett has been on paid leave since mid-April, when school officials released wide-ranging subpoenas from the federal investigation. Her paid leave was scheduled to end next week and she had not been expected to return to her post. The investigation centers on a $20.5 million no-bid contract at CPS related to an elite nonprofit education...
  • Iraq lost 2,300 Humvee armoured vehicles in Mosul: PM

    06/01/2015 8:19:52 AM PDT · by Java4Jay · 28 replies
    Iraqi security forces lost 2,300 Humvee armoured vehicles when the Islamic State jihadist group overran the northern city of Mosul, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Sunday. "In the collapse of Mosul, we lost a lot of weapons," Abadi said in an interview with Iraqiya state TV. "We lost 2,300 Humvees in Mosul alone."
  • Longmont police: Man threatened to kill woman, pulled knives on officers

    06/01/2015 8:16:13 AM PDT · by catnipman · 13 replies
    Longmont Times-Call ^ | 5/31/15 | John Bear
    ... "an extremely frantic" woman ran from the apartment, hid behind the officer, clinged to his uniform and wouldn't let got. According to a police report, she screamed, "Please help me! He tried to kill me! He hit me and choked me! He is still inside and he has a knife!" A man police later identified as Martinez emerged from the apartment a few seconds later carrying two large butcher knives, causing the officer to draw his handgun, Satur said. Satur said two other officers arrived, and Martinez began yelling at officers to shoot him. The officers shocked Martinez with...
  • Appalachian Power closes 3 WV coal-fired plants

    06/01/2015 8:08:16 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 11 replies
    WVVA.com ^ | June 1, 2015 | WVVA.com
    Three coal-fired power plants in West Virginia have shut down operations. Media outlets report that Appalachian Power's Kanawha River Power Station at Glasgow, the Kammer Power Station near Moundsville and the Phillip Sporn Power Station at New Haven were closed Sunday. Appalachian Power had announced in 2011 that it planned to close the plants, along with three coal-fired plants in Virginia, Ohio and Indiana. The company had said it would be cost-prohibitive to equip them to comply with new federal emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants. Another coal-fired plant in Virginia is being converted to natural gas....
  • Academics Fix Another Problem

    06/01/2015 7:58:39 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 30, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    How many academics does it take to fix America’s criminal justice system? Twenty. That’s how many participated in a National Research Council (NRC) study of U. S. prisons and their effect on inner cities. They study was conducted under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). “After decades of stability, U.S. federal and state prison populations escalated steadily between 1973 and 2009, growing from about 200,000 people to 1.5 million,” they found. “The increase was driven by changes in policy that imprisoned people for a wider range of offenses and imposed longer sentences.” “Has this greater reliance on...
  • Government Wipes Recent Vaccine Injury Data from Website [Team Obama Hides Truth]

    06/01/2015 7:53:48 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson.com ^ | 5/31/15 | Sharyl Attkisson
    In March, the federal government removed the latest vaccine injury court statistics—more than a year’s worth of data—from one of its publicly reported charts. It was an abrupt departure from the normal practice of updating the figures monthly. Wiping the latest data means the “adjudication” chart on a government website no longer reflects the recent, sharp rise in court victories for plaintiffs who claimed their children were seriously injured or killed by one or more vaccines. Since January of 2014, twice as many victims have won court decisions than the previous eight years combined.
  • High Court Throws out Conviction for Facebook Threats

    06/01/2015 7:45:34 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | 06/01/2015 | AP
    The Supreme Court has thrown out the conviction of a Pennsylvania man accused of making threats on Facebook. The justices ruled Monday that it was not enough for prosecutors to show that the comments of Anthony Elonis would make a reasonable person feel threatened. Elonis was prosecuted for making illegal threats after he posted Facebook rants in the form of rap lyrics about killing his estranged wife, harming law enforcement officials and shooting up a school. Elonis claimed the government had no right to prosecute him if he didn't actually intend his comments to be threatening to others. But the...
  • America Is Being Run Just Like Baltimore

    06/01/2015 6:53:33 AM PDT · by SJackson · 23 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 1, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    America Is Being Run Just Like BaltimorePosted By Daniel Greenfield On June 1, 2015 @ 12:58 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 28 Comments [1]Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.The Congressional Black Caucus is the most ridiculously corrupt part of an already corrupt Congress. A study two years ago found that a third of black congressmen [2] had been named in an ethics probe during their careers. 5 of the 6 members under review by the House Ethics Committee that year were CBCers. In 2009, every...
  • The Left’s Reign of Terror Continues in Baltimore

    06/01/2015 7:06:41 AM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 29, 2015 | Matthew Vadum
    The Left’s Reign of Terror Continues in BaltimorePosted By Matthew Vadum On May 29, 2015 @ 12:21 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 225 Comments [1]As Maryland’s largest city grieves for a mother and her 7-year-old son found shot to death, it is becoming clear that criminals emboldened by left-wingers are terrorizing the people of Baltimore like never before.The city’s radical, left-wing, thug-loving mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D), has emasculated the local police she despises and abandoned her constituents by giving criminals a green light to do as they please. Police officers have been ordered not to do their jobs which is...
  • Mika Wouldn't Give Santorum Same Pass as Sanders On Rape Remarks

    06/01/2015 6:45:11 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mika Brzezinski just can't contain her liberal bias. On today's Morning Joe, Mika admitted that the the MSM has a double standard when it comes to reporting controversial things that Democrats and Republicans have done or said. Yet she promptly turned around and applied that same double standard to Bernie Sanders and Rick Santorum. Discussing Bernie Sanders having written in 1972 that women fantasize about being raped, Mika agreed that if Rick Santorum had written the same thing, the press would go crazy. However, Mika claimed that wouldn't be because Santorum's a Republican, but rather would be due to "his...
  • Grand Forks police not confident about finding motive for Wal-Mart shooting

    06/01/2015 6:27:35 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-28-15 | Dave Kolpack
    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Finding a motive for a deadly shooting at a Wal-Mart store in northeastern North Dakota will be difficult, even though investigators expect to get more details from witnesses, a police spokesman said Thursday. "I'm not confident that we're going to be able to find that. We're going to look for it," Grand Forks Police Lt. Derik Zimmel said. Authorities say Grand Forks Air Force Base Senior Airman Marcell Willis, 21, walked into the store early Tuesday in Grand Forks and shot and killed overnight cashier Gregory Weiland, 70. Willis then shot and wounded overnight grocery general...
  • Waco Judge Agrees to Let Most Bikers Go If They Sign Contract Not to Sue for Wrongful Arrest

    06/01/2015 5:57:56 AM PDT · by bgill · 286 replies
    Washington Weekly News ^ | May 31, 2015 | Looney and Conrad Law Firm
    “It appears the public defenders office in McLennan County is involved in this scurrilous activity,” said Paul Looney, a Houston attorney with Looney & Conrad, P.C. “I’ve never seen anything like the lawlessness that the authorities have perpetrated on these people and now to add insult to injury they are trying to cover their own tracks in exchange for bond.”
  • Obama Administration Moving Forward With New Gun Regulations

    06/01/2015 5:21:26 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    Legalinsurrection.com ^ | 5-31-2015 | Fuzzy Slippers
    Obama has famously (infamously?) long been enamored of the idea of fundamentally transforming America, and one of the foundational aspects of American culture that he has in his sights is the Second Amendment and Americans’ firmly held belief in their right to keep and bear arms.His former attorney general, Eric Holder, went so far as to proclaim—back in the 1990’s—that “we really need to brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way.”At least he understood that it’s the American people who resist infringement of this right. The administration has tried to pass gun control legislation, most notably...
  • Ex-Im Bank Is Welfare for the One Percent

    06/01/2015 4:52:47 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 5 replies
    The New American ^ | 01 June 2015 | Ron Paul
    This month Congress will consider whether to renew the charter of the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank). Ex-Im Bank is a New Deal-era federal program that uses taxpayer funds to subsidize the exports of American businesses. Foreign businesses, including state-owned corporations, also benefit from Ex-Im Bank. One country that has benefited from $1.5 billion of Ex-Im Bank loans is Russia. Venezuela, Pakistan, and China have also benefited from Ex-Im Bank loans. With Ex-Im Bank’s track record of supporting countries that supposedly represent a threat to the US, one might expect neoconservatives, hawkish liberals, and other supporters of foreign intervention to be...
  • Meet Cody Shearer, the Strangest Character in Hillary’s Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy

    06/01/2015 4:16:48 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/1/2015 | Brendan Bordelon
    And you thought Sidney Blumenthal was shady. Few people have heard of Cody Shearer, the unsanctioned diplomat, private eye, and Clinton flunky whose name surfaced in connection with the so-called intelligence reports Sidney Blumenthal was channeling to Hillary Clinton during her time at the State Department. But this shadowy fixture of the Clinton machine was everywhere in the 1990s — including war-torn Bosnia, where he became the subject of a State Department investigation after he represented himself as an agent of the U.S. government and took cash from a genocidal warlord. Now evidence suggests Shearer, working with his partner Blumenthal,...
  • Russia Doctored Photos in Shooting Down of Airliner, Report Finds

    06/01/2015 3:23:56 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 9 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | 31 May 15 | PATRICK REEVELL
    A new independent report finds that Russia doctored photos to implicate the Ukrainian military in the shooting down of the Malaysian airliner MH17 last July, casting doubt on Russian claims that neither separatists armed by Russia nor its own military were to blame for the disaster. The report is the latest by the independent analysis group, Bellingcat, which has been using open source material -- often video and photos posted on social media -- to provide hard evidence that Russia has been sending troops and weapons into eastern Ukraine to support rebels there, despite denials from the Kremlin. MH17 was...