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  • Oklahoma militia gears up to fight with feds

    04/21/2014 12:43:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    KFOR-TV ^ | April 20, 2014 | Andrew Donley
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)OKLAHOMA - A dispute over land in Nevada between rancher Cliven Bundy and the Federal Government began decades ago. Bundy says his family’s cattle have grazed on the land without interference since 1870. The Bureau of Land Management says Bundy hadn’t paid his grazing fees since 1993, owing the government more than 1 million dollars. The B.L.M. says Bundy was allowing his cattle to graze illegally, which triggered a forced round-up of about 400 of Bundy’s cattle just last week. The cows were later released. Organizers with the Oklahoma Militia say they have members in Nevada who say Bundy’s cattle...
  • Bundy’s Rebellion

    04/20/2014 11:35:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The New York Sun ^ | April 20, 2014 | The Editors
    The thing that needs to be said in respect of the rebellion that has gathered at the ranch of Cliven Bundy is that it is as American as apple pie. At the rate things are going the Nevada ranchers are going to write themselves into American history right alongside Daniel Shays and the Pennsylvania backwoodsmen who confronted the federal government over taxes on whiskey. The echoes are uncanny — complete with the sanctimonious lectures from the federal government over the law and the righteousness of the anger of the rebels. Shays mounted his rebellion in western Massachusetts even before we...
  • Ohio teen recounts being beaten, robbed by 2 thugs after stopping to help vehicle

    04/20/2014 10:35:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | April 17, 2014 | Nina Golgowski
    An Ohio woman has recounted the moment an act of kindness in helping a perceived pair of broken-down strangers left her being dragged, beaten and robbed on the side of a road. "Before I could finish asking him if they were OK he grabbed me by the hair and said, 'if you scream I'll hit you even harder,'" 19-year-old Caleigh Roelfs recalled to the Daily News Thursday. It was 2 p.m. Monday along Napoleon's Route 6 when the engaged criminal psychology student spotted a van with its emergency lights flashing on the side of the road. "My dad and brothers,...
  • MSNBC Panel Members Find 'Disturbing Level' of Gay Rights Interest in 'Targeting People'

    04/20/2014 9:35:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 19, 2014 | Brad Wilmouth
    On the Friday, April 18, All In show, during a discussion of the firing of former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich for simply donating to a political campaign opposing same-sex marriage, guest Richard Kim of the far left The Nation magazine intoned that he found it "disturbing" that gay activist friends of his have expressed interest in "targeting" more people who have made similar donations, and who have declared they should "find out where they live." Kim: Here's a disturbing thing. I did ask some of my gay activist friends, I was like, "Look, here's a list; 6,500 people gave the...
  • West Africa's Ebola outbreak prompts changes in I.Coast cuisine

    04/20/2014 9:33:45 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 10 replies
    YAHOO ^ | 04/20/14
    Late in March, Health Minister Raymonde Goudou Coffie called for her compatriots to stop eating porcupines and agoutis, which look like large river-rats, "until we can be sure there are no risks". Bushmeat is known to be a vector of Ebola, the alarming haemorrhagic fever that has claimed at least 122 lives in Guinea, according to a UN World Health Organisation toll on April 17. Liberia, meanwhile, reports 13 deaths. Hunters and restaurant owners in the central Ivorian town of Bouake are upset that clients have begun to steer clear of the strong taste of the agouti, a beast with...
  • The Ultimate Self-Help Book: Dante's 'Divine Comedy'

    04/20/2014 7:03:32 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 18, 2014 | Rod Dreher
    On the evening of Good Friday, a man on the run from a death sentence wakes up in a dark forest, lost, terrified and besieged by wild animals. He spends an infernal Easter week hiking through a dismal cave, climbing up a grueling mountain, and taking what you might call the long way home. It all works out for him, though. The traveler returns from his ordeal a better man, determined to help others learn from his experience. He writes a book about his to-hell-and-back trek, and it's an instant best-seller, making him beloved and famous. For 700 years, that...
  • Colorado Deaths Stoke Worries About Pot Edibles

    04/20/2014 6:04:41 PM PDT · by mgist · 90 replies
    Denver CBS local ^ | 4/18/14 | gurman
    DENVER – A college student eats more than the recommended dose of a marijuana-laced cookie and jumps to his death from a hotel balcony. A husband with no history of violence is accused of shooting his wife in the head, possibly after eating pot-infused candy. The two recent deaths have stoked concerns about Colorado’s recreational marijuana industry and the effects of the drug, especially since cookies, candy and other pot edibles can be exponentially more potent than a joint. “We’re seeing hallucinations, they become sick to their stomachs, they throw up, they become dizzy and very anxious,” said Al Bronstein,...
  • MSNBC's Harris-Perry Mocks People Who Lost Insurance: Suggests Dems Say 'Just Deal With That'

    04/20/2014 5:52:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 69 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | April 20, 2014 | Brad Wilmouth
    On the Sunday, April 20, Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC, as host Harris-Perry chastised Democrats for not bragging about ObamaCare for the year's midterm elections, she at one point mocked Americans angry about having their health insurance plans cancelled, which she referred to as "crappy plans," as she lamented that Democrats are not boasting about ObamaCare or declaring, "Yeah, you can't keep your crappy plans. Just deal with that!" Her mockery of the ObamaCare-induced insurance cancellations came as she compared Republicans to people who flip houses and brag about doing only a little work, as she characterized Democrats, by contrast,...
  • Scientific Community Plagued by Western Self-Loathing (why 'Intellectuals' Dig Climate Catastrophe)

    04/20/2014 5:11:55 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 20 Apr 2014 | David Archibald
    What stops the Earth from looking like Pluto is energy from the Sun. The quantity and type of energy coming from the Sun varies over cycles that range up to 1,500 years long. The cycle we can see with our own eyes, in our own lifetimes, is the sunspot cycle that is normally eleven years long. A decade ago there was a wide range of predictions from the solar physics community about how strong the current cycle, No 24, would be. One list of 45 predictions ranged from a sunspot number of 50 at the low end to 190 at...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: Real Hollywood Heroes Part 2 ~ April 21, 2014

    04/20/2014 5:00:42 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 53 replies
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  • Winter's Coming. And, Boy How We're Going to Wish We Still Had That Luxury Global Warming 'Problem'!

    04/20/2014 4:12:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Breitbart's London ^ | April 20, 2014 | James Delingpole
    Of all the many absurdities of the great climate change non-crisis which has been pointlessly obsessing our planet this last three or four decades, surely the most egregious is the way it has ignored one basic fact: global warming is good. No really, it is. As a few bold heretics - such as Australian geologist Ian Plimer in his book Heaven And Earth - have long been trying to tell anyone prepared to listen, the human species is designed for warmth not cold. Ice ages are something we should naturally fear; warming periods are something which for which we should...
  • Obama Uses Easter Address to Remind Us That Islam Teaches Us to “Love Our Neighbors

    04/20/2014 3:37:53 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 80 replies
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com ^ | april 20, 2014 | jim hoft
    …For me, and for countless other Christians, Holy Week and Easter are times for reflection and renewal. We remember the grace of an awesome God, who loves us so deeply that He gave us his only Son, so that we might live through Him. We recall all that Jesus endured for us – the scorn of the crowds, the agony of the cross – all so that we might be forgiven our sins and granted everlasting life. And we recommit ourselves to following His example, to love and serve one another, particularly “the least of these” among us, just as...
  • World through militia eyes: Domestic terrorists? Heroes? Who're the armed men who invaded Nevada?

    04/20/2014 3:17:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | April 20, 2014 | Ed Komenda
    BUNKERVILLE — A GMC pickup motors across a bridge over the Virgin River, kicking up a cloud of desert. The door swings open. This is my ticket inside the militia that’s become rancher Cliven Bundy’s fighting brigade. Brandon Rapolla, a 39-year-old concrete mixer from Oregon, steers the truck toward the militia camp that’s assembled to support Bundy’s battle with the Bureau of Land Management. There’s an assault rifle propped between Rapolla’s knees. A .338 Magnum rifle, designed to take down big game at a distance the length of three football fields or more, rests within arm’s reach on the back...
  • Woman finds family at 94, launches book tour at 102

    04/20/2014 3:10:50 PM PDT · by cdga5for4 · 9 replies
    The OC Register ^ | April 19, 2014 | Tom Berg
    It’s about a life-altering discovery that Disbrow made – 77 years after she was raped. It’s not the type of thing you talk about, so Disbrow never did. But the crime – committed by a stranger during a school picnic – resulted in a child whom Disbrow was forced to give up. And that child, well, Disbrow never stopped thinking about her. Disbrow wrote her letters, prayed for her. And, for decades, every May 22, Disbrow would pull out a small photograph and silently wish her daughter a happy birthday. Disbrow married and had other children. By 2006, she had...
  • With sales now legal, cannabis lovers take Denver's 420 weekend to new highs

    04/20/2014 3:04:00 PM PDT · by mgist · 64 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/20/14 | Ravitz
    <p>On one tour we joined, smoke wafted out windows. Strangers shared pipes and exchanged samples of weed and wax, a concentrated form of marijuana. Canisters of buds bearing names like "tangerine haze" and "strawberry cough," were passed around to smell. Nutella pancakes came up in conversations at least three times.</p>
  • Africa Land Grabs Endanger Elephants

    04/20/2014 2:49:41 PM PDT · by Veto! · 12 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 20, 2014 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON – Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in one of Africa's last bastions for elephants, putting broad swaths of Zimbabwe at risk of becoming fronts for ivory poaching, according to a nonprofit research group's report that examines government collusion in wildlife trafficking.
  • An Armed Standoff in Nevada Is Only the Beginning for America’s Right-Wing Militias (Barf thou wilt)

    04/20/2014 2:42:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Vice News ^ | April 17, 2014 | Grace Wyler
    For two decades the US government has tried to get Cliven Bundy to remove his cows from federal land, and for two decades the Nevada rancher has steadfastly refused, defying court orders and attempts to negotiate a settlement for the $1.1 million he owes in federal grazing fees. Finally, last week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) took matters into its own hands and started seizing cattle that had been illegally grazing on government property. Things went downhill from there. What began as an arcane land dispute rapidly escalated into an armed standoff in the desert. A ragtag band of...
  • Police beat up entire wedding party, ruin pro baseball player’s career

    04/20/2014 2:04:31 PM PDT · by null and void · 66 replies
    PSUSA ^ | April 19, 2014 | Amanda Lankford and Gil O'Balle
    A dozen wedding guests were beaten, tased, pepper sprayed, and arrested. GALVESTON, TX — More than a dozen wedding guests were brutalized by police officers during a raid on a wedding party at a hotel. Cops fired tasers, used batons, and generously applied pepper spray to the guests of a bride and groom hours after their wedding. Among them was former pro-baseball star Brandon Backe, who said the shoulder injuries that he received from police caused his pitching career to end. After causing a gaping head wound, bruises, hair pulled out, a broken nose, and pepper spray on numerous individuals,...
  • 'This Week' Panel: Are Evangelicals Out of Touch With Mainstream Views? [ABC Loves Sodomy]

    04/20/2014 1:50:33 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 54 replies
    ABC/Yahoo ^ | Easter Sunday, 2014 | Mary Alice Parks
    Despite major changes in public opinion in recent years, Rev. Franklin Graham, son of perhaps the most famous American preacher of all time, Billy Graham, reiterated his strong opposition to gay marriage and gay adoption today on ABC's "This Week." As a part of a special Easter week discussion on religion, Graham told ABC News' Martha Raddatz that gays could go to heaven if they repent.
  • After John Ashcroft Visit, UMass Must Remember That Free Speech Works Both Ways

    04/20/2014 1:09:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    MassLive ^ | April 18, 2014 | Ron Chimelis
    Just when you think you know a state ... Hours after an outpouring of support for gay basketball player Derrick Gordon had sent a message that tolerance reigns in Massachusetts, John Ashcroft came to Amherst on Wednesday. The former attorney general of President George W. Bush spent his University of Massachusetts visit fending off hecklers who called him a hyprocrite and a war criminal among other things. I am not here to defend Ashcroft. I am here to dispute hypocrisy, a label that becomes attached to university communities such as UMass when freedom of speech and opinion is treated as...
  • The Ranch Davidians: Grazing controversy shines floodlight on growing distrust of government

    04/20/2014 12:54:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Augusta Chronicle ^ | April 19, 2014 | Editorial Staff
    We don’t know who’s right in the case of the Nevada rancher vs. the federal government. But we do know that the government is losing the public relations battle, and for good reason. When the government moved to seize Cliven Bundy’s cattle for his failure to pay grazing fees on public land, a growing group of supporters came to his defense – literally. On April 12, after a tense and heated standoff with them, heavily armed federal agents released the cattle back and retreated. The situation was eerily reminiscent of past ill-fated federal standoffs, such as Ruby Ridge and Waco,...
  • Cliven Bundy and the Origins of the American Abundance Revolution

    04/20/2014 12:27:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 19, 2014 | James P. Pinkerton
    Today, in the year 2064, as we look back over the last 50 years, it might seem as if the Abundance Revolution was inevitable, since so much wealth was involved. After all, it was wealth just waiting to be unleashed. Yet paradoxically, on the eve of the Abundance Revolution, many of America’s leaders, on the right as well as the left, were preaching a strict doctrine of overall austerity. Indeed, as we look back and study the events of 2014, we can see the results of the Green elite’s ideologically-driven effort to squelch even the relatively small amount of prosperity...
  • Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dead: Famed boxer wrongly convicted of triple murder loses battle

    04/20/2014 12:12:04 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 14 replies
    National Post ^ | April 20, 2014
    TORONTO — Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, has died at 76. John Artis, a longtime friend and caregiver, said Carter died in his sleep Sunday. Carter had been stricken with prostate cancer in Toronto, the New Jersey native’s adopted home. Carter spent 19 years in prison for three murders at a tavern in Paterson, N.J., in 1966. He was convicted alongside Artis in 1967 and again in a new trial in 1976. Carter was freed in November 1985 when his convictions were set aside after years of appeals and...
  • Book review: 'The Price of Silence' only tells one side of Duke lacrosse scandal (DukeLax)

    04/20/2014 12:10:32 PM PDT · by abb · 10 replies
    The (Raleigh, NC) News & Observer ^ | April 20, 2014 | Joseph Neff
    The Duke lacrosse case was a spectacular scandal – a cause célčbre that had the country abuzz about race, class and gender. Three wealthy Duke students, all of them white, were charged with raping a poor black woman during a spring break party at a scruffy rental house in Durham. Then the whole mess imploded in real time, in the national media, due to prosecutorial misconduct. North Carolina, of all places in America, was perhaps the most fertile soil for a case that ended with the state attorney general declaring the three players innocent and state regulators disbarring the prosecutor,...
  • A rancher's armed battle against the US government is standard libertarian fare (Typical Guardian)

    04/20/2014 12:01:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | April 19, 2014 | Kieran Suckling
    Cliven Bundy's standoff with the BLM is over a paltry monthly grazing fee. But it's also over more - the idea of the public interest.Perhaps the most remarkable feature of American democracy is the magnificent estate of public land that it reserved from the very beginning for the use of all citizens, rich or poor. There is nothing like it in the democracies of Europe, which came into being with nations already carved up into private fiefdoms. The Great Idea that hundreds of millions of acres of forests, deserts, rivers and prairies should be owned by, and managed for, the...
  • Spike Lee on the Possibility of Trayvon Martin Film: ‘I Would Like to See It’ (Watch)

    04/20/2014 11:49:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    EURWeb ^ | April 19, 2014 | PJ
    *Famed film director Spike Lee has expressed his desire to see the Trayvon Martin story told on the big screen. During an interview with theGrio, Lee commended 27-year-old new director Ryan Coogler for bringing his acclaimed independent film, “Fruitvale Station,” the Oscar Grant story, to the big screen. He expressed his admiration for the film while stating that the film business isn’t built in favor of young directors like Coogler to succeed. “Love it…. It’s great,” Lee said of Fruitvale Station. “But it’s something that I have been doing for 15 year [sic]. I teach film. That is my job...
  • What Is The Rule Of Law, Anyway?

    04/20/2014 11:15:34 AM PDT · by MHGinTN · 15 replies
    Renew America ^ | 4/20/2014 | Sylvia Thompson
    What is the rule of law, anyway? Sylvia Thompson April 20, 2014 Talking heads and elitists from both the left and right of the political spectrum are decrying that Cliven Bundy (the rancher who recently defied the federal government) must follow the "rule of law." Why should he? Barack Obama, the President of the United States does not follow the rule of law. Eric Holder, the Attorney General of the United States, pays no heed to the rule of law. Why, then, must an average citizen? Recently, a Congressional Committee called upon a group of legal and policy professionals to...
  • Brazen Bull: They’re from the government, and they’re here to hurt (Homeless vet roasted)

    04/20/2014 11:06:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 20, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    New York City has roasted a man to death. Jerome Murdough, like a very large share of New York City’s homeless, was mentally ill. According to his family, he suffered from both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, along with what his mother gently describes as “beer problems.” He was a former Marine who was in and out of homeless shelters, hospitals, and the occasional jail cell, with eleven misdemeanor convictions for trespassing, public drinking, drug possession, and the like. During what was an unusually bitter winter in New York, Mr. Murdough sought shelter in an unsecured stairwell in a Harlem housing...
  • Detroit Gunman Points Gun at Driver, Pulls the Trigger Twice

    04/20/2014 10:55:27 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 33 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | april 20, 2014
    Two brothers were working to restore a Detroit home this week when their lives were suddenly put into extreme danger. The two men and their friend had just pulled up the home’s driveway in their van. That’s when one of the brothers told WBJK-TV a “young black male, about 30s … walked up to the driver’s window.” “[He] had a little grin on his face, little smirk on his face. And he pulled a gun, pointed it right in my face. He pulled the trigger,” the other brother, who was not identified, told the local Fox affiliate. The trigger was pulled twice....
  • Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

    04/20/2014 10:21:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 4/20/14 | Dina Cappiello - ap
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.</p>
  • Pro-gun activists hijack Bloomberg’s new anti-gun Facebook page

    04/20/2014 10:13:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Biz-Pac Review ^ | April 19, 2014 | Tom Tillison
    File this under the early bird gets the worm. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced this week that he plans to spend $50 million of his vast wealth to create a “gun safety” group that he hopes will “outmuscle” the NRA, according to The New York Times. But the new group, “Everytown for Gun Safety,” was a little too slow on the draw when it came to getting control of the group name on Facebook, with pro-gun activists acquiring the name first, BuzzFeed reported. A Facebook page has been set up under the same name as Bloomberg’s new...
  • Behind the cornucopia of higher food prices

    04/20/2014 9:50:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    CNBC ^ | April 19, 2014 | John W. Schoen
    Alert shoppers are accustomed to watching food prices go up and down. But a string of forces—from droughts to diseases—is raising the cost of a trip to the grocery store at a rapid clip. And it looks like it will be a while before the price pressure eases. Some of that pressure is coming from California—the source of roughly half the nation's fruits and vegetables—where a long-running drought is forcing farmers and ranchers to cut production. After the driest year on record, large sections of farmland are expected to lay fallow this year as the Golden State copes with an...
  • Glaring limits of the Civil Rights Act: We need to redistribute wealth

    04/20/2014 9:08:59 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 76 replies
    Salon ^ | 4/15/2014
    Even if racism were wiped out tomorrow, we'd still need to address pervasive racial wealth inequality. Here's why Although the Civil Rights Act, the landmark legislation which just reached its 50th anniversary, made great strides in desegregating the economy, economic discrimination is still widespread, and anti-discrimination legislation alone can never rectify the economic damage inflicted upon blacks by slavery and our Jim Crow apartheid regime. The Civil Rights Act was a mild reform, all things considered, but one conservatives fought with vigor and one many conservatives are still bitter about to this day. When the Civil Rights Act passed in...
  • Update: Facebook ‘Everytown’ pro-gun page taken down

    04/20/2014 8:53:34 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 4/19/2014 | Dave Workman
    Less than 72 hours after gun rights activists outmaneuvered Michael Bloomberg’s launch of a $50 million “Everytown for Gun Safety” effort by grabbing Facebook presence with that title, the page was taken down sometime late Friday or early Saturday and now people will find a Bloomberg site, but with angry comments posted by pro-gunners. But Facebook did not pull the page, according to Eric Reed, one of those responsible for launching the pro-gun grassroots effort to grab the “Everytown” presence on the social media site. Late Saturday evening, Reed told Examiner via telephone that “The page was not yanked by...
  • Another Amazing Example of Government Stupidity and Political Correctness

    04/20/2014 8:31:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    If you had to pick the most inane, pointless, and intrusive example of government stupidity, what would you pick? We have lots of examples of regulators running amok. Regulations making it difficult for trucking firms to weed out drunk drivers.Year-long sting operations by federal milk police.Rules harassing coffee shops with bikini-clad sales staff.OSHA requirements for expensive safety harnesses for people working 11 feet off the ground. But we also have really absurd examples of wasteful spending. Forcing taxpayers to pay millions of dollars for pro-Obamacare and pro-IRS propaganda.Doing interviews – at a per-person cost of $6,000 – about erectile dysfunction...
  • "Why Do Judges Execute Innocent…Children?"

    04/20/2014 8:20:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2014 | Kevin McCullough
    Headlines reported it: South Korean ferry with 300 school children aboard--sunk. Missing children likely drowned inside the ferry. The captain has been arrested, and he is attempting to justify the rationale he used in telling the people not to abandon ship. Every parent around the world that ever sent their baby off on a school field trip identified with the emotional distraught the parents of those children are feeling. The worst part was hearing some of the final text messages read on the evening news. "This will be the last time I can tell you mom, 'I love you!'" I...
  • What's Wrong with Victims' Rights?

    04/20/2014 8:14:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    Criminals are generally despised, and cops are not universally beloved. But one participant in the criminal justice system has no enemies: victims of crime. They're the Sara Lee of American politics. Everybody doesn't like someone, but nobody doesn't like victims. The movement to protect this group has achieved one success after another. Every state has laws specifying the rights of victims, and 33 have constitutional provisions as well. In November, Illinois voters will decide whether to add a victims' rights section to the state constitution. Last year, a U.S. House committee held hearings on a federal constitutional amendment, which got...
  • Astronauts to reveal sobering data on asteroid impacts

    04/20/2014 7:56:31 AM PDT · by upchuck · 68 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | April 17, 2014 | Jason Major
    This Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, three former NASA astronauts will present new evidence that our planet has experienced many more large-scale asteroid impacts over the past decade than previously thought… three to ten times more, in fact. A new visualization of data from a nuclear weapons warning network, to be unveiled by B612 Foundation CEO Ed Lu during the evening event at Seattle's Museum of Flight, shows that "the only thing preventing a catastrophe from a 'city-killer' sized asteroid is blind luck."
  • Freedom with an Exception Clause

    04/20/2014 7:38:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    Those sworn to represent us in government often represent themselves, instead. And sometimes these same self-actualizing politicians find that our constitutional rights merely get in the way of their political desires. Years ago, then House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt (D-Missouri) proposed substantial re-writing of the First Amendment, arguing: “What we have is two important values in conflict: freedom of speech and our desire for healthy campaigns in a healthy democracy. You can’t have both.” Gephardt’s constitutional gambit was designed to provide very healthy incumbents in Congress the absolute power to dictate the terms of any unhealthy campaign spending — and,...
  • Reading the Tea Leaves in Johnson County

    04/20/2014 7:33:14 AM PDT · by wildbill · 25 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | March 27 2014 | Mark Steyn
    ~On the other hand, tea-wise, the Johnson County Sheriff's Department is taking it to a whole other level. Two years ago, at 7.30 one April morning, a sleepy Bob Harte staggered to the front door of his home in Leawood, Kansas to answer a knock and found a fully-armed SWAT team outside preparing to use the battering ram. They shoved him to the floor, surrounded him with pointing rifles, and the whole rigmarole began... On the other hand, at least the Hartes and their kids are still alive. I've written often about the increasing tendency of American cops to police...
  • What's the matter with Kansas?

    04/20/2014 7:28:57 AM PDT · by rktman · 37 replies
    AmericanThinker ^ | 4/20/2014 | Rick Moran
    First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to address the combined high school graduating class of the Topeka, KS school district next month and some of the students are upset about it. One student, 18 year old Taylor Gifford, began a petition to ask Mrs. Obama not to speak because there would be limited seating for family and friends. Gifford's petition has already gotten 1200 signatures.
  • The One Word Democrats May Not Utter During the Campaign (Nope, it's not "Obamacare")

    04/20/2014 7:21:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/19/2014 | Rick Moran
    The One Word Democrats May Not Utter During the Campaign Posted By Rick Moran On April 19, 2014 @ 11:26 am In Politics | And it’s not “Obamacare.”As important as Obamacare is to the Republicans in the midterm elections, the economy still tops everyone’s list as the number one issue facing the country.Some Democratic political consultants are advising candidates to avoid using the term “recovery” when describing the economy — for obvious reasons. This Fox News poll from January shows that 74% of Americans still think we’re in a recession. Any Democrat uttering the word “recovery” is likely to...
  • President Hope Abandons It

    04/20/2014 7:20:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    Six years ago, then-candidate Obama was encased in sophisticated artwork that conveyed his campaign message of “Hope and Change.” Leading up to the 2014 elections he may have not abandoned change, but he certainly has abandoned hope as his guiding principle to help maintain the U.S. Senate in the hands of The Undertaker and his fellow Democrats. Faced with a fusillade of political analysis from left, right, and center, forecasting anywhere from a drubbing to an unmitigated disaster for Democratic candidates in November, Obama and his team had to develop a plan of action. Led by John Podesta (we don’t...
  • Bankrupt Illinois Madness: House Committee Wants Taxpayers to Spend $100 M. on Barack Obama Library

    04/20/2014 7:13:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/20/2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Illinois is broke. Its public pension plans are the most troubled in the nation. Illinois passed massive "temporary" tax hikes to fix the pension problem, but that did not make a dent in the problem. Nonetheless, ideas to waste more taxpayer money are always on the table. Here's a recent example. $100 Million for Barack Obama Library Today, the Illinois Policy Institute reports by email ... _________________________________________________________ An Illinois House Committee wants taxpayers to pay $100 million for a Barack Obama library. Somehow, House Speaker Michael Madigan thinks this is an appropriate use of funds despite the state’s more than...
  • I See Rich People

    04/20/2014 7:11:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    In the "Star Trek" movies, San Francisco serves as headquarters of Starfleet Command. This cracks me up to no end, as I cannot imagine the Board of Supervisors approving construction of Starfleet Academy or the oddly shaped high-rises you see in the background. And if City Hall somehow did approve the project, you know there'd be some ballot measure to kill the deal. The grounds could be endless: No photon torpedoes. Too many techies already. What about affordable housing? In many ways, San Francisco is a museum. It's a city that continually attracts new waves of people who are drawn...
  • James Dobson, 'Family Talk' Get Obamacare Birth Control Mandate Reprieve

    04/20/2014 6:55:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/19/2014 | BY ANUGRAH KUMAR,
    A federal court has blocked enforcement of the Obama administration's abortion pill mandate against Dr. James Dobson and his "Family Talk" radio show in a case that challenges the legality of the requirement that religious employers provide contraceptives to employees. "In America, we don't try to separate what people do from what they believe," Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot said Friday regarding the injunction issued by a federal judge in Colorado in Dobson v. Sebelius. The injunction "shall remain in effect until modified or rescinded by order of the court," the order stated Thursday. "Faith-based organizations should be...
  • Maybe Russians Should Apologize for the 20th Century First

    04/20/2014 4:11:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2014 | John Ransom
    Jim Kress Wrote: There are so many grammatical mistakes in this leaflet [about Jews in Ukraine] that it could fool only non-Russian speaking people about its authenticity. I found few mistakes in one word in the very first sentence. It is unacceptable to ignore the fact of so many grammatical mistakes in the “official document” for a large multiple media publications.Before jumping to emotional conclusions, people have to cool down and realize that their ignorance of another nation’s culture, history, and language should not be used by our government and their lackey media as an excuse to justify the involvement...
  • The Grievance Industry's Spawn

    04/20/2014 3:56:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    On Aug. 28, 1964, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke the immortal words, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Amen. The people judging his children by the color of their skin at the time were Democrats who ruled the south, birthed Jim Crow and lynched thousands. Today, 50 years after that speech, Democrats still judge people by the color of their skin but now have added sexual orientation, gender and any...
  • Pope seeks to bring faith to "ends of the Earth"

    04/20/2014 3:50:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis baptized 10 people Saturday and urged them to bring their faith "to the ends of the Earth" as he presided over an Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica. The vigil is among the Vatican's most solemn services. Francis entered the darkened basilica with a lone candle, which he then shared with others to slowly illuminate the church. The symbolic service commemorates the darkness of the faithful over the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday and their joy and light at his resurrection on Easter Sunday. Francis urged the priests, bishops, cardinals and ordinary...
  • FIRST THE GREEN GESTAPO CAME FOR OUR LIGHTBULBS... NOW THEY'RE AFTER OUR MEATBALLS...

    04/20/2014 12:36:36 AM PDT · by blueplum · 28 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | April 19, 2014 | James Delingpole
    Full title: FIRST THE GREEN GESTAPO CAME FOR OUR LIGHTBULBS, THEN OUR ICED DRINKS AND HOT SHOWERS. NOW THEY'RE AFTER OUR MEATBALLS... A truly emetic announcement from the grim but indispensable Swedish flatpack furniture emporium IKEA: they are considering changing the recipe of their most popular food line - meatballs - in order to help save the world from global warming. Says the company's head of sustainability Joanna Yarrow: "We have been working with WWF looking at meatballs and various other food items that we sell and looking at how we can tweak our recipes to give great taste but...