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  • Sorry, social conservatives: A Supreme Court defense of gay marriage won't be the next Roe v. Wade

    01/26/2015 7:28:41 AM PST · by C19fan
    The Week ^ | January 26, 2015 | Damon Linker
    The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Every year in the week surrounding the Jan. 22 anniversary of Roe v. Wade, abortion foes organize marches and rallies to proclaim their opposition to the decision, which in 1973 declared the procedure a constitutional right. The Supreme Court guaranteed that the rhetoric surrounding the anniversary would be especially heated this year when on the Friday of the previous week it granted cert in four cases that could produce a majority opinion declaring a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Right on cue, social conservatives responded by linking any such declaration to Roe and...
  • 2016: It Begins. Clear winners and losers emerged from the first major candidate huddle in Iowa

    01/26/2015 7:27:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/26/2015 | John Fund
    The Iowa Freedom Summit this weekend became a major event, with 1,500 voters and 200 journalists crammed into an old theater near downtown Des Moines. It showcased more than a dozen potential Republican presidential candidates, and even though big names such as Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, Senator Rand Paul, and Governor Bobby Jindal didn’t make it, voters and journalists were able to size up most of the GOP field on the same stage for the first time. The field this cycle is the most open and competitive I’ve ever seen. Traditionally, Republicans have picked as their nominee the candidate...
  • Obama Films Anti-Oil Drilling Video - From a Jet

    01/26/2015 7:23:11 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    BREITBART ^ | 1/25/15 | Winton Hall
    .... Obama released an anti-oil drilling environmental video shot aboard Air Force One–an aircraft that has a 53,611 gallon fuel capacity.
  • Government of Spain Makes New Law: Muslims No Longer Allowed to Come Through Our Borders

    01/26/2015 7:13:44 AM PST · by fivecatsandadog · 18 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | January 19, 2015 | Theodore Shoebat
    Spain has made a new law: Muslims will no longer be able to come through their borders between Spain and North Africa. (Video at link).
  • The State of the Republic

    01/26/2015 7:09:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Terry Paulson
    resident Obama’s State of the Union was a bridge to nowhere. His job-killing tax-and-spend proposals would just increase the deficit and prevent a robust recovery. His definition of bipartisanship remains—join me in doing it my way, or I’ll do it myself! Here’s one citizen’s alternative “State of the Republic.” Contrary to our president’s glowing assessment, the state of the American republic and the principles that sustain liberty and the American dream are deteriorating. Domestically, the economy is improving, but it’s the most anemic recovery in decades. Under his leadership, the middle class he promises to help has been hit hardest....
  • No Lame Duck, but a Lame Dove!

    01/26/2015 6:57:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. President ObamaÂ’s State of the Union Address made it clear he is no Lame Duck. Despite his midterm election drubbing, the President came out swinging. The economy has come off the mat. Ironically enough, he is benefiting from crash of oil prices. But in his case, he did everything he could do to prevent the surge in domestic oil and natural gas production. It reminds us of what Adlai Stevenson once said about Richard Nixon: HeÂ’s the kind of man who would chop down a redwood, then mount the stump to...
  • Oklahoma Proud to be 'Red State'

    01/26/2015 6:22:55 AM PST · by Star Traveler · 7 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | Sunday, January 25, 2015 | Randy Krehbiel
    A Tulsa World analysis of voting behavior and other factors ranks Oklahoma the second-most conservative state in the nation after Utah. The Legislature convening Feb. 2 will be among the most Republican in the nation. The rise of the Republican Party has brought a shift to more business-oriented policies: workers comp and lawsuit reform, reductions in income-tax rates, right to work, weakened regulatory agencies and a push for privatization of everything from education to elevator inspections. “A lot of people think it’s Democrat versus Republican,” said former Democratic Gov. George Nigh, who was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives...
  • Physician, Heal Thyself! With Gunpowder

    01/26/2015 6:13:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Katie Kieffer
    Gunpowder is bullet-proof preventative medicine for American physicians. Every doctor should have the option to carry concealed in clinics and hospitals. A 55-year-old man named Stephen Pasceri walked into Boston’s Brigham and Woman’s Hospital last Tuesday and asked for renowned cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Michael Davidson. When the surgeon appeared, Pasceri pulled out a .40-caliber pistol and hit the surgeon twice before turning the gun on himself. Dr. Davidson was rushed to the emergency room and operated on but the gunshot wounds proved fatal. His pregnant wife – also a surgeon – was left to mourn the death of her loving...
  • Brown, employee unions set to tangle over health insurance

    01/26/2015 6:12:19 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 7 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 01/26/2015 | Jon Ortiz
    After years of making concessions to Gov. Jerry Brown, California labor leaders had hoped that the fourth-and-final-term Democrat finally would be in a giving mood. But after the governor’s budget proposal two weeks ago, several unions are bracing for tough talks in the coming months about Brown’s determination to cut the state’s costs of insuring employees and retirees.
  • Super Bowl's Arizona host may be on the hook for millions

    01/26/2015 5:47:34 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    CBS ^ | 1/24/15
    ....the mayor of Glendale, Arizona - home to Super Bowl XLIX - is questioning the money-making potential of this year's big game, CBS News' David Begnaud reports. "I think if you looked in the till at the end of the day, I think you'll have less money in it than came in," said Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers. Weiers suspects that when the sun sets on Super Bowl XLIX, the only real loser may be his city. "I'm sure that we're going to spend $3 million," Weiers said. "I would hope, in tax revenues, that we can actually account for well...
  • Middle Class Shrinks Further as More Fall Out Instead of Climbing Up

    01/26/2015 5:24:39 AM PST · by Theoria · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 25 Jan 2015 | DIONNE SEARCEY and ROBERT GEBELOFF
    The middle class that President Obama identified in his State of the Union speech last week as the foundation of the American economy has been shrinking for almost half a century.In the late 1960s, more than half of the households in the United States were squarely in the middle, earning, in today’s dollars, $35,000 to $100,000 a year. Few people noticed or cared as the size of that group began to fall, because the shift was primarily caused by more Americans climbing the economic ladder into upper-income brackets.But since 2000, the middle-class share of households has continued to narrow, the...
  • Obama Wants to Tax Your Savings...Really

    01/26/2015 4:44:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | John Ransom
    As I have noted previously bond yields continue to go lower, and Investment News reports that it has some bond managers worried that it means that the country will suffer a bout of deflation this year, which mean that the economy, might be, could be, holy cow, a little weaker than expected. Wow. You donÂ’t say? Investment News reports that bond yields are a pretty accurate predictor of which way consumer prices will be going. And in this case the yields are saying consumer prices will be going down. ThatÂ’s good news for those of us who still buy things...
  • Top Communist Admits: Communist Party 'Utilizes' the Democratic Party

    01/26/2015 4:35:25 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 25 replies
    TrevorLoudon.com ^ | January 22, 2015 | Trevor Loudon
    Top Communist Admits: Communist Party ‘Utilizes’ the Democratic Party – a Lesson for Constitutionalistshttp://www.trevorloudon.com/2015/01/top-communist-admits-communist-party-utilizes-the-democratic-party-a-lesson-for-constitutionalistss/#sthash.q0d0WQAY.dpuf A radical third party? I agree!http://peoplesworld.org/a-radical-third-party-i-agree/ In an article titled, “A radical third party? I agree!” CPUSA chairman John Batchell wrote, “At this stage we are about building the broad people’s movement led by labor that utilizes the vehicle of the Democratic Party to advance its agenda.” Batchell said that, while he would rather work within the CPUSA to achieve change, for whatever reason, the idea of Soviet-style America just hasn’t caught on with the American public. Therefore, since “the Democratic Party is also home to...
  • Government Housing is a Bad Idea

    01/26/2015 4:32:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Star Parker
    This past week, following the nation’s celebration of the birthday of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the U.S. Supreme Court heard an important case related to landmark law enacted during the civil rights era – the Fair Housing Law of 1968. This case highlights how some policies that followed civil rights era legislation – in this case government low-income housing projects – actually have hurt the very communities they were supposed to help. The Court heard arguments in the case Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v The Inclusive Communities Project, a non-profit defining itself as...
  • President Obama, Send Your Deadbeat Supporters to Wash My Car (Excellent Article)

    01/26/2015 4:26:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2015 | Kurt Schlichter
    My car needs washing, and frankly I’d prefer that the losers who think Obama’s “free” community college idea is super awesome get off their lazy hindquarters and wash it for me for free. Sure, I could pay for it myself, but then I’d have to forgo things I’d rather have. It’s cruel and inhuman and, I’m guessing, both racist and phallocentric, to force me to prioritize how I spend my money. So, Mr. President, I need you to direct your minions toward my reserved parking space because, in the words of noted jurist and personal hero Judge Elihu Smails, I...
  • Steven Brill´s Latest Work of Fiction

    01/26/2015 4:14:02 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 6 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 1/26/2015 | David Catron
    I put off reading Steven Brill’s new book, America's Bitter Pill, for much the same reason I procrastinate when it’s time to clean the gutters on my house. I was sure it would be a boring chore that would leave me yearning for a shower. A previous encounter with this writer’s work in a 2013 edition of Time suggested that this tome would contain a catalogue of canards about U.S. health care, a tendentious account of the tawdry political process that produced Obamacare, and some hare-brained theory on how to fix our medical delivery system once and for all. My...
  • How the middle class has fragmented under Obama

    01/26/2015 3:49:58 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    yahoo finance ^ | 1/20/15 | Rick Newman
    [When] Obama delivered his first State of the Union address in 2009, 53% of Americans considered themselves middle class. Six years later, just 44% of Americans define themselves that way..... The middle class itself, however, has changed notably during the relatively short time Obama has been in office, as the chart below shows. The portion of Americans who consider themselves middle class has dropped (as has the portion considering themselves upper class), while the ranks who call themselves lower class have swelled.
  • ‘Poor people don’t plan long-term. We’ll just get our hearts broken’

    01/26/2015 12:46:36 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Sunday 21 September 2014 | Linda Tirado
    In the autumn of 2013 I was in my first term of school in a decade. I had two jobs; my husband, Tom, was working full-time; and we were raising our two small girls. It was the first time in years that we felt like maybe things were looking like they’d be OK for a while. After a gruelling shift at work, I was unwinding online when I saw a question from someone on a forum I frequented: Why do poor people do things that seem so self-destructive? I thought I could at least explain what I’d seen and how...
  • Jindal: Gay Marriage Should Be Decided By States, Not Courts

    01/25/2015 11:09:30 PM PST · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 25, 2015 | Tom Howell Jr.
    Jindal: Gay Marriage Should Be Decided By States, Not Courts Jan. 24, 2015, By Tom Howell Jr. January 25, 2015 Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, the Republican leader of one of 14 states that do not perform same-sex marriage, said Sunday he’ll defend the right of states to define marriage as they see fit. The Supreme Court is set to decide the gay-marriage question this term, but Mr. Jindal said his Christian views will not sway according to the polls. If the justices make gay marriage a national right, Mr. Jindal said he’ll support congressional Republicans pushing for a constitutional amendment...
  • Blizzard Warning for NYC and Southern NY State (20 - 30 inches)

    01/25/2015 10:34:29 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 42 replies
    Blizzard Warning for NYC and Southern NY State Active for next 1 day, 23 hours · National Weather Service This alert has been updated. Posted 3 hours, 18 minutes ago Crippling and potentially historic blizzard to impact the area from late Monday into Tuesday.Blizzard Warning remains in effect from 1 pm Monday to midnight EST Tuesday night. Locations: New York City and surrounding immediate suburbs. Long Island, and most of southern Connecticut.Hazard types: Heavy snow and blowing snow, with blizzard conditions.Accumulations: snow accumulation of 20 to 30 inches, with locally higher amounts possible. Snowfall rates of 2 to 4...
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal: U.S. Needs a Spiritual Revival

    01/25/2015 9:30:40 PM PST · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    ABCNews ^ | January 25, 2015 | LAURA WAGNER
    Gov. Bobby Jindal: U.S. Needs a Spiritual Revival Jan 25, 2015 By LAURA WAGNER Like a lot of Republicans with national name recognition, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is "seriously looking" at a 2016 White House bid, but he says the country needs more that just for the right candidate to win. "We can't just elect a candidate and fix what ails our country," he said at a prayer rally that he attended Saturday instead of the Iowa Freedom Summit. "We can't just pass a law and fix what ails our country. We need a spiritual revival to fix what ails...
  • College football star Jameis Winston's alleged rape victim gives up her anonymity

    01/25/2015 8:54:14 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 33 replies
    The woman who accused Florida State University star Jameis Winston of raping her has come forward for a new documentary. Eric Kinsman, 20, speaks publicly in The Hunting Ground, which premiered Friday at the Sundance Film festival currently being held in Utah. In the film, Kinsman details the night of the reported attack, as well as the harassment she endured while Tallahassee police reportedly botched their rape investigation. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2926229/Erica-Kinsman-20-alleged-rape-victim-Seminoles-star-Jameis-Winston-comes-forward-publicly-documentary-debuting-Sundance.html#ixzz3PtsVOncf Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Handful of Bay Area Cities Excel in Tobacco Control, Many Need Improvement

    01/25/2015 8:33:48 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 19 replies
    patch.com ^ | January 24, 2015 | Renee Schiavone
    A handful of Bay Area cities have exceptional tobacco control policies, but many more are in need of improvement, according to a statewide report released this week. The American Lung Association in California’s State of Tobacco Control 2015 report overall found that many Bay Area cities were leading the state in its policies but a larger number were stagnating, organization officials said.
  • (Homosexual) dads shocked religious school won't accept their children

    01/25/2015 6:59:13 PM PST · by NetAddicted · 56 replies
    Inquisitir | 1/24/2015 | Not given
    Two gay dads are shocked that a religious private school in Tennessee has refused to accept their children for enrollment. Yahoo reports that Brian Copeland and Greg Bullard applied to the school after a friend said he believed the school would accept their family arrangement. Copeland further explained the situation on his Facebook page. “We chose this school because of its rigorous faith-based K-12 academics and extra curricular activities; and, a friend with a son there asked them if a family like ours would be allowed and was told yes. After a phone conversation, fully disclosing we are a two-dad...
  • "Cheerful" Dutch Financier Becomes 4th ABN Amro Banker Suicide [Following death of 36 last year]

    01/25/2015 7:15:56 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/25/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Following the deaths of 36 bankers last year, 2015 has got off to an inauspicious start with the reported suicide of Chris Van Eeghen - the 4th ABN Amro banker suicide in the last few years. As Quotenet reports, the death of Van Eghen  - the head of ABN's corporate finance and capital markets -"startled" friends and colleagues as the 42-year-old "had a great reputation" at work, came from an "illustrious family," and enjoyed national fame briefly as the boyfriend of a famous actress/model. As one colleague noted, "he was always cheerful, good mood, and apparently he had everything...
  • CRUZ FOR 2016!!! (Just listened to him in Iowa. Was literally in tears at the end)

    01/25/2015 7:01:06 PM PST · by Vendome · 75 replies
    1/25/2014 | Vendome
    My Gawd!!! Just listened to this man and it was moving, stirring and rousing. His parents didn't know Christ? They found him and gave their lives to Jesus. Transformed his family. His Constitutional principles and ability to firmly assert what is right, under God. He had 3 principles as his message but, for the life of me I'm too pumped, to bouyed to recall them. If this man wants the presidency, I am all in Mind, body, soul and spirit. I don't see how we can lose 2016 if this man wants to lead America, not from behind but, from...
  • NAACP: Cop Who Shot Armed Black Suspect Pointing Gun at Him Should Have ‘Asked Questions’ First

    01/25/2015 6:49:39 PM PST · by servo1969 · 48 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 1-25-2015 | Kristinn Taylor
    Anti-police activists are getting their wish fulfilled as more police departments are outfitting officers with body cameras that record sight and sound from the officersÂ’ perspective.So far the results of three recently released videos of police encounters that ended in fatal shootings show the dangers officers face on patrol.Warning: Video shows deadly violence.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCrQyUQCJS0A video from Selma, Alabama shows a Black officer fatally shooting a Black man, Ananias Shaw, as he charged the officer while wielding an ax.A second video from Arizona shows the fatal shooting of Flagstaff Officer Tyler Stewart who used the gentle technique demanded by cop-hating agitators. A...
  • If you don’t understand how people fall into poverty, you’re probably a sociopath

    01/25/2015 6:20:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Guardian & Observer ^ | January 24, 2015 | Lucy Mangan
    Why don’t abused women just leave their partners? Why don’t poor people just spend less? Why do people in positions of power ask so many stupid questions? ‘Inequality has become a challenge to us as moral beings’Last week, I took part in a comedy night to raise money for the charity Refuge, which supports women and children who have experienced domestic violence. It was a great night: partly because it raised several thousands of pounds for the cause; partly because it was sponsored by Benefit cosmetics, and the idea of a benefit being sponsored by Benefit pleased me greatly; and...
  • White House going nuclear on Netanyahu

    01/25/2015 5:26:58 PM PST · by 9thLife · 56 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 24, 2015 | 11:07pm | By Michael Goodwin
    Thou shall not cross Dear Leader. With their gutter sniping failing to stop Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned March speech before Congress, White House aides are unloading their full arsenal of bile. “He spat in our face publicly, and that’s no way to behave,” one Obama aide told an Israeli newspaper. “Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price.” It is pointless to say petty threats do not become the Oval Office. Trying to instruct this White House on manners recalls what Mark Twain...
  • Gun Talk Radio, Sunday, January 25th, 2015.

    01/25/2015 5:06:56 PM PST · by carriage_hill · 59 replies
    Gun Talk® Radio Network ^ | Sunday, January 25th, 2015. | Tom Gresham
    ~~~ Come on in and shoot the breeze! ~~~ Welcome to Tom Gresham's Gun Talk® Radio Network, the only nationally syndicated radio talk show about firearms, shooting and gun rights. Tune in on Sundays, 08:00-11:00pm EST, and give us a call at 1-866-825-5486. In its 20th year of national syndication, Tom Gresham's Gun Talk® radio show airs live on Sundays from 2PM-5PM Eastern, and runs on more than 186 stations every week. Listen live on a radio station near you, or via href="http://www.guntalk.com/site38.php">live Saturday afternoon streaming from one of the stations. All Gun Talk® shows, and the "After Show" can...
  • Swedish reporter assaulted after wearing kippah to test attitudes toward Jews [Eurabia]

    01/25/2015 5:00:55 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 35 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 1/24/2015 | JTA
    A Swedish reporter who walked around the southern Swedish city of Malmo while wearing a kippah to test attitudes toward Jews was hit once and cursed at by passersby before he fled for fear of serious violence. Sveriges Television on Wednesday aired secretly recorded footage from Petter Ljunggren’s walk through Malmo, which documented some of the incidents that occurred within the space a few hours. In one scene, Ljunggren — who, in addition to wearing a kippah was also wearing Star of David pendant — was filmed sitting at a café in central Malmo reading a newspaper, as several passersby...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: Donald Sloat ~ January 26, 2015

    01/25/2015 5:00:19 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 68 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | StarCMC
      Our Troops Rock!  Thank you for all you do! For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces.   Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces Today!     ~ Hall of Heroes ~   Donald Sloat Info from here.             Donald P. Sloat (February 1949 – January 17, 1970) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the Medal of Honor, United States military's highest decoration. His award was made posthumously in 2014 for his actions in the Vietnam War....
  • TV talk show pioneer Franklin, who gave Pacino chance, dies

    01/25/2015 4:56:35 PM PST · by 9thLife · 14 replies
    MyWay (whatever that is) ^ | Jan 25, 3:26 AM (ET) | By KAREN MATTHEWS
    NEW YORK (AP) — Pioneering radio and TV host Joe Franklin, who gave breaks to the likes of Al Pacino and Bill Cosby on his variety show long before they became famous and who boasted he never missed a broadcast in decades, has died at age 88. He died Saturday of cancer, which he had had for a few years, longtime producer and friend Steven Garrin said. Franklin often is credited with developing the standard TV talk show format, sitting behind a desk while interviewing wanna-be celebrities, minor celebrities and the occasional bona fide celebrity. The host of "The Joe...
  • Walker vs. Cruz on Gay Marriage - [Oct - 2014]

    01/25/2015 4:07:24 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 61 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | Oct. 7, 2014 | David Catanese
    While Scott Walker wants to move on, Ted Cruz plans to fight. In a nutshell, those are the battle lines being drawn over gay marriage among the 2016 GOP presidential aspirants. [READ: Supreme Court Greenlights Gay Marriage] After the Supreme Court punted on state rulings, how to define legal matrimony again veered into sharp focus, with two polar opposite approaches being outlined by the Wisconsin governor from a blue state and a Texas senator from a deep red one. “For us, it’s over in Wisconsin,” Walker acknowledged, citing the high court move that means a lower court decision to accept...
  • Doctor Dad SLAPS DOWN Busybody Teacher Over Daughter’s Sack Lunch

    01/25/2015 4:04:53 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 24, 2015 | Eric Owens
    A Kirksville, Mo. doctor righteously and very satisfyingly slapped down a substitute teacher after she sent a note home condemning the lunch his second-grade daughter had brought to school. The doctor and mad dad is Justin Puckett, reports ABC News. As Puckett — who is certified in obesity medicine — later observed to the principal at the school, the teacher and a cafeteria worker didn’t see the whole lunch. Sure, they saw a pickle, a bag of marshmallows, some Ritz crackers and four tiny chocolate bars. Importantly, what the sub and the lunch lady missed were four pieces of ham...
  • Egyptian President El-Sisi Becomes First President to Visit Church on Coptic Christmas (Video)

    01/25/2015 3:31:09 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 14 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 25,2015
    Gatestone Institute reported, via Religion of Peace: On January 6, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi became the first Egyptian president ever to visit the St. Mark Cathedral during Coptic Christmas Eve Mass and offer his good wishes to the nation’s Christian minority. Because Islamic law bans wishing non-Muslims well on their religious celebrations, all previous presidents — Nasser, Sadat, Mubarak, and of course Morsi — had never attended Coptic Christmas mass. As expected, the greetings el-Sisi received from the hundreds of Christians present were jubilant. His address was often interrupted by applause, clapping, and cheers of “We love you!” and “Hand in...
  • Medical negligence in Illinois abortion clinics risk women’s health…and lives

    01/25/2015 2:10:09 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | Jan 24, 2015 | Susan Michelle
    Perhaps the most astounding aspect of the shoddy care of abortion clinics is the claim they all make to provide quality health care for women. A recent example of the hypocrisy in Illinois is not only disgusting, but also dangerous to the women it purports to serve. The study from Illinois Right to Life revealed: 63% of licensed Illinois women’s clinics have not received a health and sanitary inspection in between two and three-and-a-half-years. The failure of the Department of Public Health to conduct regular health and sanitary inspections leaves women open to the prospect of unsterile surgical tools, dirty...
  • In Roll-Call Vote, Vermont House Adopts Abortion Rights Resolution

    01/25/2015 2:05:09 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    sevendaysvt.com ^ | Jan 22, 2015 | Terri Hallenbeck
    Forty-two years after the Supreme Court legalized abortion in its Roe v. Wade decision, Vermont pro-choice activists gathered in a Statehouse meeting room Thursday morning to remind one another that Congress and other states are making moves to restrict access to abortion. “It’s not a fight that’s going to go away,” former Gov. Madeleine Kunin told those attending the gathering, which was organized by Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. In the nearby Statehouse cafeteria, tables were littered with fliers emphasizing the value of adoption and offering testimonials from women who regretted abortions. The Vermont Right to Life Committee spent...
  • ‘Sex slave’ claims Bill Clinton visited Epstein’s ‘orgy island’

    01/25/2015 1:31:52 PM PST · by robowombat · 48 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 24, 2015 | Lia Eustachewich |
    Former President Bill Clinton took a romantic jaunt in 2002 to convicted pedophile pal Jeffrey Epstein’s “orgy island” with “two young girls” from New York, according to a shocking new interview. Virginia Roberts, who’s accused Epstein of turning her into a “sex slave” at age 17 and forcing her to sleep with his powerful friends, claimed Clinton stayed in one of the many villas on Epstein’s US Virgin Islands estate — where group sex was a “regular occurrence.” “I remember asking Jeffrey, ‘What’s Bill Clinton doing here?’ kind of thing, and he laughed it off and said, ‘Well, he owes...
  • The 20-week abortion ban that fell flat in Congress is likely to advance in state legislatures

    01/25/2015 12:49:55 PM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | January 23 | Reid Wilson
    Republicans on Capitol Hill this week suffered an embarrassing defeat after being forced to drop legislation that would have outlawed abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. But similar legislation is likely to advance in state capitols around the country this year. Abortion opponents like the Susan B. Anthony List and Americans United for Life call the 20-week ban, dubbed the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in many states, their top priority in legislative sessions getting underway this month. “The five month late term abortion limit is an important part of our premier legislative project,” said Ovide Lamontagne, general counsel...
  • Anti-Abortion Activists Host 'Walk for Life' Rally in San Francisco

    01/25/2015 12:44:57 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    nbcbayarea.com ^ | Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 | Associated Press
    Anti-abortion activists attending a march down Market Street in San Francisco on Saturday offered personal stories about how an abortion negatively affected their lives and expressed renewed hope that the procedure will be outlawed or at least further curtailed now that Republicans are back in control of Congress. Thousands of people rallied across from San Francisco City Hall as part of the 11th annual Walk for Life West Coast, an off-shoot of the March for Life held in Washington every year since 1974 to mark the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States a...
  • Who's Packing? (and does it matter?) Schools, hospitals and government buildings ban firearms.

    01/25/2015 12:25:42 PM PST · by rktman · 23 replies
    jdsupra.com ^ | 1/21/2015 | Howard Dakoff
    An otherwise peaceful and playful day this past summer at a southern Illinois homeowners association pool turned ugly when a resident with a history of behavioral problems became offended at a perceived slight. In retaliation, she threatened to drown someone's child. "It was crazy. It was very frightening," says Michelle St. Cin, AMS, PCAM, regional manager for Community Property Management in Alton, Ill. The situation was defused, but it left board members wondering: What if an over-protective parent were to pull a gun from a purse or backpack and start firing?
  • A Guide to 2016 Republican Candidates' Positions on Illegal Immigration

    01/25/2015 12:02:31 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/16/2015 | Ben Shapiro
    With Republicans in Congress split over the best approach to Obama's executive amnesty - and with many establishment Republicans splitting form grassroots Republicans on the issue of illegal immigration more generally - it's clear that immigration will be a hot-button primary issue in 2016. ... So where do the potential candidates stand? Here's a rundown: ...
  • Texas, the ‘great American job machine,’ is responsible for the +1.2M net US job increase since 2007

    01/25/2015 12:01:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    AEI ^ | 01/23/2015 | Mark J. Perry
    The Texas Workforce Commission released state employment data today for the month of December, and job growth in the Lone Star State continues to lead, and in fact carry the nation’s improving labor market as the chart above shows. Here are some highlights of the December employment report for Texas:1. Texas ended the year with the state’s largest ever year-over-year payroll gain with the eye-popping addition of 457,900 new jobs between December 2013 and December 2014. That’s more than 1,700 new payroll jobs that were added every business day last year in the Lone Star State, and 220 new jobs...
  • Troll fest: Obama administration now picking a fight with Republicans over Alaska drilling

    01/25/2015 11:53:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/25/2015 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    The White HouseÂ’s Troll Fest, 2015 continues apace. In fact, if you are getting the impression by now that the Obama administration has no higher priority than provoking fights with Republicans, youÂ’re probably right. On Sunday, the White House leaked a proposal to The Washington Post in which the administration revealed plans to make the 1.4 million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and parts of the Arctic Ocean off limits to drilling. Some of this can be accomplished via new regulations administered by the Department of the Interior, but not entirely. They have also proposed additional restrictions on oil...
  • Elizabeth Hovde: Reaction to anti-abortion rally highlights Portland's intolerance...

    01/25/2015 11:32:48 AM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    oregonlive.com ^ | January 24, 2015 | Elizabeth Hovde
    FULL TITLE: Elizabeth Hovde: Reaction to anti-abortion rally highlights Portland's intolerance for opposing views People in the Portland area tend to say minorities should be heard and valued. There's a lot of bragging about this tolerant, nonconformist land. And "Keep Portland Weird" has become an informal mantra of the city's residents, with a bumper sticker always married to a car, wall or backpack nearby. (Never mind that the saying was imported from an Austin, Texas, buy-local campaign started by the Austin Independent Business Alliance. Details, details.) But pride in feeling superior, another Portland tendency, trumps that whole valuing-minority-opinions thing, I...
  • The Need for Social Security Reform, as Illustrated by Cartoons

    01/25/2015 11:17:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Political cartoons, if done correctly, are remarkably effective tools for teaching about economics and public policy. In this post from last year, for instance, I put together some of my favorite examples on topics such as Keynesian economics, labor supply incentives, minimum wage, and the welfare state. Today, we’re going to try something different. Using a series of cartoons, we’re going to explain the need for Social Security reform. First, let’s establish that there is a problem. I’ve shared data on America’s long-run fiscal crisis from international bureaucracies such as the IMF, BIS, and OECD. And I’ve explained that demographics...
  • Prince Michael of Liechtenstein Warns "QE a Sign of Helplessness, Will Not Reach Economy"

    01/25/2015 11:08:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2015 | Mike Shedlock
    I received an interesting email today from Geopolitical Information Service (GIS) regarding statements made by Prince Michael of Liechtenstein on European QE by the ECB. Let's compare and contrast what Prince Michael has to say with what economic writer Martin Wolf had to say, also from today. QE a Sign of Helplessness, Will Not Reach Economy Please consider European QE Funds Will Not Reach the Economy by Prince Michael of Liechtenstein. The European Central Bank’s decision to introduce a programme of Quantitative Easing (QE) is not a win-win situation but rather an expression of helplessness ... that politicians in European...
  • New York Times columnist ‘fuming’ after son allegedly stopped by Yale police at gunpoint

    01/25/2015 11:00:28 AM PST · by bgill · 70 replies
    yahoo ^ | Jan. 25, 2015 | yahoo
    New York Times op-ed columnist Charles M. Blow says he’s “fuming” after his son was allegedly stopped by a Yale University police officer at gunpoint Saturday night because he apparently fit the description of a possible burglary suspect. “So, my son, a 3rd year chem major at Yale was just accosted — at GUN POINT — by a Yale policeman bc he ‘fit the description’ of a suspect,’” Blow tweeted on Saturday. “He was let go when they realized he was a college student and not a criminal.”
  • History’s First Rainbow Political Execution

    01/25/2015 11:00:13 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 5 replies
    If MSNBC Says Something Alone in the Forest, Is It Still Stupid? ^ | c. 430 – 354 BC | Ξενοφῶν (Xenophon)
    Socrates Â… took occasion of the presence of a whole company and of Euthydemus to remark that Critias appeared to be suffering from a swinish affection, or else why this desire to rub himself against Euthydemus like a herd of piglings scraping against stones. The hatred of Critias to Socrates doubtless dates from this incident. He treasured it up against him, and afterwards, when he was one of the Thirty [Tyrants] Â… he framed the law against teaching the art of words merely from a desire to vilify Socrates. He was at a loss to know how else to...