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  • How Many Americans Are Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual? (Answer: Not that many)

    07/22/2014 12:42:47 PM PDT · by jalisco555 · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 21, 2014 | JAN HOFFMAN
    As it has for decades, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week released its annual National Health Interview Survey on the health of Americans. But this year, there was a difference: For the first time, the respondents were asked about their sexual orientation. Of 34,557 adults ages 18 and older, the survey reported, 1.6 percent said they were gay or lesbian. Some critics say the numbers are low, but they fall in the range of other surveys. In the new survey, however, only 0.7 percent of respondents described themselves as bisexual; other studies have reported higher numbers.
  • Police Deaths Up 31% In First Six Months Of 2014

    07/22/2014 12:31:08 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 13 replies
    WDOV 1410 News Radio ^ | July 22, 2014
    The number of cops killed nationwide in the line of duty was up 31 percent during the first six months of this year. A new report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund shows California leading all states with eight police officer deaths, followed by New York, Florida, Texas and Virginia with four each. Fund Chairman Craig Floyd says there's been a 37-percent increase in traffic-related incidents and a 56-percent increase in officers killed by gunfire, five of them in ambush-style attacks. Craig blames those attacks, including the one earlier this month on Jersey City police officer Melvin Santiago...
  • The Original Tea Partiers: How GOP Insurgents Invented Progressivism

    07/22/2014 12:27:55 PM PDT · by Borges · 5 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 7/22/2014 | MICHAEL WOLRAICH
    Wisconsin Senator Robert La Follette and his supporters pioneered long-shot primary challenges, strong ideology, and populist rhetoric a century ago.
  • An Oath for Obama

    07/22/2014 12:04:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Tom Purcell
    "I say it's high time we update the wording of the presidential oath of office, which is specified in Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution." "Update it?" "That's right. Our current president isn't following it much anyhow, so why don't you recite it from the top so we can get to work?" "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." "'I,' you say? Since some want our country to be more...
  • The Arabic Writing on the Wall: Europe Learns the Hard Way

    07/22/2014 11:55:49 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Imaginative Conservative ^ | July 21, 2014 | Joseph Pearce
    It takes courage to speak out against the threatening presence of Islam in today’s world. And it takes courage to defend those who have the courage to speak out.Eight years ago, after Benedict XVI gave his controversial Regensburg address, most European commentators were shamefully timid in their response. Most refused to raise their heads above the parapet, preferring the coward’s option of not making any response at all. In the light of this continuing cowardly silence, it is timely to remind ourselves of the ugly face of Islamic fundamentalism.At the darkened heart of radical Islam is what Bishop Nazir-Ali,...
  • ISIS CUTTING OFF WATER SUPPLY TO CHRISTIANS, KURDS IN REGIONS THEY DO NOT CONTROL

    07/22/2014 11:49:18 AM PDT · by Resettozero · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 Jul 2014, 10:22 AM PDT | by FRANCES MARTEL
    The Islamic State-- formerly Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)-- has previously used water as a destructive tool to destroy crops and dams in Shi'ite territory. Now, ISIS is attempting to deprive major Christian strongholds of water through their control of pipe systems. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, the city most affected by ISIS's new campaign to deny water to as many Christians and Shi'ites in Iraq as possible is the city of Qaraqosh, currently under control of Kurdish Peshmerga forces and, thus, impenetrable to the terrorist jihadist group. Their only current connection to Qaraqosh is a water pipeline from...
  • Separate Entrances for Rich and Poor in Heavily Democratic NYC District

    07/22/2014 11:34:03 AM PDT · by adingdangdoo · 10 replies
    Breitbart.com: Big Government ^ | 7/22/14 | William Bigelow
    Over the weekend, New York City, defying those who think such a move is insulting to the poor, approved a move by the developer Extell to build a separate entrance at an Upper West Side condominium for its affordable housing tenants.
  • Split Rulings Over Obamacare Point to Another Supreme Court Showdown

    07/22/2014 11:28:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 07/22/2014 | Jacob Gershman
    Less than an hour after an appeals court in Washington ordered the Obama administration to turn off the spigot of federal subsidies to consumers through U.S.-run health-care exchanges, an appeals court in Virginia ruled that the subsidies should be allowed to keep on flowing. With the future of Obamacare hanging in the balance, the back-to-back opinions raise the likelihood of another Supreme Court showdown over the the presidents marquee law. The two circuits split over an issue fundamental to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. That is, whether the Internal Revenue Service had the authority under the statute passed...
  • Texas Attorney General: Immigrants Crossing Border Illegally Are Raping, Killing In Texas

    07/22/2014 11:25:31 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 48 replies
    CBS RADIO, HOUSTON ^ | July 22, 2014 | Unknown
    The purpose of adding more resources on the ground is not to address the women and children, its to address the growing reality that a lot of people coming across the border are here for criminal purposes, Abbott, the GOP gubernatorial hopeful, told Fox News on Monday. Theyre killing, theyre raping, theyre robbing, theyre doing all kinds of harsh criminal activity. Abbott said that women and children have been sexually assaulted by people who have come across the border.
  • Suspected Illegal Immigrant Arrested For Taking Lewd Pictures Of Women

    07/22/2014 11:20:47 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 18 replies
    1080 KRLD ^ | July 21, 2014 | L.P. Phillips
    Plano Police say a male shopper happened to see 44-year old Fermin Morales-Gonzalez taking pictures up the skirts and dresses of unsuspecting women. Reports say the man told the store management and then flagged down a Plano Police officer who was driving by. (snip) He says Gonzalez admitted none of the women had his permission. Hes been indicted on five felony counts.
  • On the other hand: Fourth Circuit upholds ObamaCare subsidies for federal exchange consumers

    07/22/2014 11:15:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/22/2014 | AllahPundit
    Well, this is awkward.Unlike the D.C. Circuit, which split 2-1, the majority here was 3-0. Even so, the most noteworthy thing about the opinion is how tormented the court seems in trying to determine what Congress intended when it said that subsidies should be available only on “an exchange established by the State.” From page 20:Page 24:Page 28:If they can’t decide what the key phrase was designed to do, why don’t they follow the D.C. Circuit’s lead and stick with the plain text? In the first excerpt above, the court frankly admits that the language of the law seems...
  • Coal workers laid off in Wise County [Virginia]

    07/22/2014 11:13:43 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 7 replies
    WCYB.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | WCYB News Staff
    Another round of layoffs for the coal industry this one striking Wise County, Virginia. On Monday workers at both Cumberland River Coals Pine Branch Number One in Wise County, and a second mine in Letcher County, Kentucky, learned that the mines would be shutting down indefinitely. Derrick Saylor is one of the workers who learned that he would be losing his job. "Here in the mountains we are tight knit, like a family," said Saylor. "People we work with are like family cause we are with them as much as family at home" "Its tough [and] its sad to...
  • Layoffs Prove the Deceit of Amnesty

    07/22/2014 11:12:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The shocking announcement that Microsoft is cutting 18,000 jobs is still sinking in. Most of those employees do not have a realistic chance of obtaining as good a job as the one they are losing. In the United States, the number of engineering jobs has been sharply declining. In 2002 the number of electrical engineering jobs in the United States was 385,000, but despite increased demand for technology, the job total dropped to only 300,000 last year. And that number is not even for American workers, because thousands of these jobs are soaked up by the H-1B visa racket,...
  • Elizabeth Warren To La Raza: 'Get Louder' For Amnesty 'Against' Lobbyists Who Back It

    07/22/2014 11:11:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/22/2014 | Tony Lee
    Lobbyists on both sides of the aisle may not agree more on an issue than the need for amnesty legislation. But Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) told La Raza's annual conference that they should "get louder" to fight "lobbyists" to get amnesty legislation. Claiming that comprehensive amnesty legislation would also "stabilize" America's Social Security system, Warren told the crowd in Los Angeles on Sunday evening that they needed to "get louder together" pushing for amnesty, because "it is the responsibility of Americans to push on this." "Be stronger than the lobbyists," she declared. "We have to do this." Though Warren has...
  • How Jon Stewart Made It Okay to Care About Palestinian Suffering

    07/22/2014 10:59:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | July 21, 2014 | Dean Obeidallah
    When I interviewed The Daily Shows Jon Stewart two years ago for a documentary I co-directed, The Muslims Are Coming!, one of the questions I posed to the talk show host was: Do you think your show has had an impact on issues? Surprisingly, Stewart responded no. At first, my co-director, Negin Farsad, and I thought Stewart was being unduly modest. But he was actually being sincere. Stewart went on to list issues he had railed against for yearssuch as media sensationalismand noted that nothing tangible had changed despite his best efforts. But if that question were put to Stewart...
  • Second court disagrees, upholds subsidies

    07/22/2014 10:32:52 AM PDT · by maggief · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 22, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that ObamaCare subsidies issued through the federal exchanges are legal, contradicting a separate ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court on the same day. Fourth Circuit Judge Roger Gregory argued that because the statutory language of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is ambiguous, courts should defer to the interpretation of the Internal Revenue Service and allow the subsides to stand. "Applying deference to the IRS's determination we uphold the rule as a permissible exercise of the agency's discretion," Gregory wrote. The decision came just hours after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals...
  • Shock Report: 44-Year-Old Man Gets 13-Year-Old Daughter Pregnant, Uses Abortion to Hide His Crime

    07/22/2014 10:27:13 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 13 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/22/14 | Carole Novielli
    Today, Life Dynamics Inc., a national pro-life organization, has released their second report exposing how the abortion industry covers for child sexual predators.This new report, entitled, The Cover-Up of Child Sexual Abuse, shows clearly that the failure of abortion clinics to comply with mandatory reporting laws is having profound, real-world consequences for the victims of child sexual abuse.Mark Crutcher, president of Life Dynamics Inc. explains: In almost every case of adult men having sex with minor girls, the perpetrators are aware that the relationship is illegal and could land them in prison. They also know that one of the most...
  • Ex-Planned Parenthood Director: They Told Me Every Baby Killed in Abortion Made Them $313.29

    07/22/2014 10:20:19 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 12 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/22/14 | Steven Ertelt
    In a new expose’ video released today, a former Planned Parenthood abortion clinic director says Planned Parenthood put a price on the value of a human life: $313.29.That’s the amount of money Abby Johnson says the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic she ran in south Texas would make every time it would kill a baby in an abortion. Johnson, who is now pro-life, released a video this morning exposing the abortion quotas that take place at Planned Parenthood. In the video, Johnson says her supervisor informed her that her clinic needed to double the number of abortions it was doing and...
  • Why Tony Dungys comments about Michael Sam arent really a surprise

    07/22/2014 10:19:34 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/22/14 | Cindy Boren
    Michael Sam may not be a distraction this week at the St. Louis Rams training camp, but the same cannot be said about Tony Dungy. The former coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts found himself drawing criticism for telling the Tampa Tribune that, if he were still coaching today, he wouldnt have drafted Sam (n)ot because I dont believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldnt want to deal with all of it.
  • One round trip to Gaza, Please

    07/22/2014 10:09:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    Despite their reluctance, the Israelis are back in Gaza -- for the third time in a decade, and for who knows how many times to come. It's become almost a regularly scheduled round trip by now. Their reluctance is understandable; Gaza has been a trap since the old days. Specifically, the Old Testament days. ("The Philistines are upon thee, Samson!" --Judges 16:20.) All of which may explain why the Israelis didn't invade this time until Hamas rejected their (and the Egyptians') repeated offers of a truce. Now they're back to block the tunnels Hamas was using, or rather planning...
  • Rand Paul: Less Government, More Sharing Economy

    07/22/2014 9:55:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    Who will be the GOP nominee in 2016? I don't know, but I have a pretty good idea who the running mate will be: Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Unless Paul is the nominee. A new NBC News/Marist poll found that Paul would be the top GOP vote-getter against Hillary Clinton in critically important Iowa and New Hampshire; political reporter Chuck Todd duly has proclaimed Paul the Republican front-runner. So I had to see the libertarian-leaning darling Saturday. He delivered a keynote speech to the LincolnLabs' "Reboot 2014" confab of libertarian-leaning techies, also known as "conservatarians." You'd expect the audience...
  • Healthcare Premiums Would Absolutely Explode If Today's Obamacare Ruling Stands!

    07/22/2014 9:42:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/22/2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    A federal appeals court on Tuesday dealt a setback to the Affordable Care Act, ruling that premiumsubsidies provided through the federal health exchange in 36 states are invalid under the writing of the law.Here's the practical effect of the ruling, if it withstands the rest of the legal process: More than 5 million, generally low-income Americans who received tax credits through the federal exchange to purchase health insurance would see their premiums explode.Avalere Health, an independent healthcare firm, released an analysis last week showing that individuals who received premium subsidies for health insurance would see a premium hike of about...
  • GOP sees court ruling as major step toward unraveling of Obamacare

    07/22/2014 9:41:11 AM PDT · by maggief · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 22, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    EXCERPT Republicans like Sen. Ted Cruz from Texas were quick to pounce on the decision as one that reveals the Obama administrations ongoing attempts to implement the law in a way that exceeds the parameters set in the law that Democrats themselves devised and passed. Cruz called the ruling a repudiation of Obamacare and all the lawlessness that has come with it. The Obama administration, through the Internal Revenue Service, has attempted to dispense revenues to the states without proper congressional authorization, robbing Congress of its constitutionally-provided power of the purse, Cruz said. This decision restores power to Congress and...
  • The Pink Elephant in the Room: Eyes on Gay Republican Candidates

    07/22/2014 9:41:05 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 9 replies
    Reason ^ | 07/17/2014 | Scott Shackford
    The existence of gay Republicans is hardly a new phenomenon. The Log Cabin Republicans, an organization for gay men and women within the party, was founded back in 1977 in California. But every so often, the existence of gay conservatives gets media attention, particularly during election cycles. In more recent years, gay conservatives have been getting more attention as the Republican Party struggles with its identity. American opinion has shifted significantly to support top issues among gays and lesbians, particularly in support of marriage recognition. Support for gay marriage among evangelical Christians has doubled over the past decade, according to...
  • Russians Have a Totally Different Understanding of What Happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

    07/22/2014 9:40:35 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 19 replies
    New Republic ^ | 7/20/2014 | Julia Ioffe
    Did you know Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was full of corpses when it took off from Amsterdam? Did you know that, for some darkly inexplicable reason, on July 17, MH17 moved off the standard flight path that it had taken every time before, and moved north, toward rebel-held areas outside Donetsk? Or that the dispatchers summoned the plane lower just before the crash? Or that the plane had been recently reinsured? Or that the Ukrainian army has air defense systems in the area? Or that it was the result of the Ukrainian military mistaking MH17 for Putins presidential plane, which...
  • The Threat To The Scientific Method

    07/22/2014 9:34:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Patrick Michaels
    The legacy of Franklin Roosevelt is harming American science. At the end of World War II, President Roosevelt asked Vannevar Bush, who oversaw the explosively successful Manhattan Project, if there was a way that the horde of scientists recruited to produce The Bomb could somehow be kept in government employment. Within eight months, Bush sketched out a blueprint in which the Universities, not the government, would be the employers, but that the pay, either for faculty or for hired researchers, would actually originate from federal science agencies, cabinet departments, or the clandestines. The consequences were obvious. Universities charge 50...
  • Woman Reveals Monumental Secret Before Reuniting With the Baby She Gave Up 77 Years Before

    07/22/2014 9:31:48 AM PDT · by cdga5for4 · 5 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 22, 2014 | Billy Hallowell
    It was 1928 and 16-year-old Minka Disbrows life changed forever. At a time when she still believed that storks delivered babies, Disbrow was attacked and raped by a stranger. She hid what had happened from her family and friends that is, until she realized that her body was changing. It was then that her mother had to explain to her that she was pregnant and to teach her daughter for the first time how babies are made. Disbrow was sent to live at a young womens home to hide the situation even from her own sister. She delivered the...
  • Melissa Bowerman arrested on sex abuse allegations involving boy, 17, on Madras High track team (OR)

    07/22/2014 9:15:25 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 51 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 07/21/2014 | Margaret Haberman
    Melissa Bowerman, the daughter-in-law of Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman and head track and field coach at Madras High School, was arrested Monday on sex abuse allegations involving a 17-year-old boy on the team. She was taken to the Jefferson County Jail in Madras on suspicion of second-degree sexual abuse, luring a minor, second-degree online sexual corruption of a child and contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor. The first three accusations are felonies and the fourth is a misdemeanor.
  • Hardline Muslims Tried to Impose Islam in British City's Schools: Government Report

    07/22/2014 9:01:16 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    LONDON A British government inquiry has found that hardline Muslims tried to impose an "intolerant and aggressive" Islamic agenda on some schools in the city of Birmingham, including separation of boys and girls in lessons and banning Christmas celebrations. Some of the majority-Moslem schools invited speakers with known extremist views to assemblies and promoted organizations that would be categorized as 'extremist' under government classifications, according to the report by Peter Clarke, former head of London Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command. Hardline Muslims also tried to force schools to install governors and teachers who would support a conservative Islamic religious...
  • Chinese city sealed off after bubonic plague death

    07/22/2014 9:00:23 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 11 replies
    A Chinese city has been sealed off and 151 people have been placed in quarantine since last week after a man died of bubonic plague, state media said. The 30,000 residents of Yumen, in the north-western province of Gansu, are not being allowed to leave, and police at roadblocks on the perimeter of the city are telling motorists to find alternative routes, China Central Television (CCTV) said. A 38-year-old man died last Wednesday, the report said, after he had been in contact with a dead marmot, a small furry animal related to the squirrel. No further plague cases have been...
  • Obamas Law Professor: "I Wouldnt Bet" on Obamacare Surviving Next Legal Challenge

    07/22/2014 8:42:45 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 37 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 11, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obamas old Harvard Law professor, Laurence Tribe, said that he wouldnt bet the family farm on Obamacares surviving the legal challenges to an IRS rule about who is eligible for subsidies that are currently working their way through the federal courts. I dont have a crystal ball, Tribe told the Fiscal Times. But I wouldnt bet the family farm on this coming out in a way that preserves Obamacare.
  • Is There a Russian Conscience? A European?

    07/22/2014 8:35:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Dennis Prager
    When I was a graduate student at Columbia University's Russian Institute, there was a great debate: Was the communist Soviet Union an organic Russian development or was it largely a cancer imposed on it? Those who held the organic view argued that the change from czar to commissar was only one of degree. Both were tyrannies, the latter more tyrannical than the former. I agreed with the second view, that communism was something radically new, not a logical, let alone inevitable, Russian path. The czars were autocrats, not genocidal totalitarians. I have to admit that in recent years, I...
  • ISIL Spearheads Worldwide War On Christians

    07/22/2014 8:24:29 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 11 replies
    INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY ^ | July 22, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    War On Terror: The fanatical Islamist group torches an 1,800-year-old church built before the founding of Islam and forces the Christian residents of Mosul to convert, pay a tax, leave or face execution. This is what the West faces. 'From Boston to Zanzibar, there's a worldwide war on Christianity," Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul said at the Values Voters Summit last October, an annual conservative gathering. The number and intensity of attacks was so great, he said, that it's "almost as if we lived in the Middle Ages." That was an era when the swords of Islam had conquered much...
  • GLAAD Study Finds Lack Of LGBT Images, Offensive Content In Films From 7 Studios

    07/22/2014 8:24:28 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 31 replies
    GLAADs has released its second annual Studio Responsibility Index that maps the quantity, quality and diversity of images of LGBT people in films released by the seven largest motion picture studios during the 2013 calendar year: 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, Sony Columbia, Universal Pictures, The Walt Disney Studios and Warner Brothers. GLAAD found that of the 102 releases from the major studios in 2013, 17 of them included characters identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. It found that the majority of these characters were minor roles or cameos, and that many of these were outright defamatory representations in...
  • Mysterious White Flags Fly Over Brooklyn Bridge

    07/22/2014 8:18:33 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | 7/22/14 | By JOSH MARGOLIN (@JoshMargolin) , MARK CRUDELE, and COLLEEN CURRY
    The mysterious appearance of two large white flags flying over the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City this morning has the city scrambling to figure out why they were put there.... It is unclear why they are there and who put them there, authorities said.
  • (Florida) Rep. David Jolly backs same-sex marriage ruling

    07/22/2014 8:12:29 AM PDT · by rarestia · 17 replies
    Bay News 9 ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Staff
    U.S. Rep. David Jolly said Monday he supports the recent decision striking down a Florida gay marriage ban. A Republican, Jolly said that while he believes in traditional marriage because of his Christian faith, he also thinks government should support gay marriage. In an interview with partner newspaper the Tampa Bay Times, Jolly (R-Indian Shores) described himself as "a 41-year-old less-government conservative," and said same-sex marriage is "an issue of less government and personal liberty." During a Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9 televised campaign debate earlier this year, Jolly was asked about the issue and said, "I believe God saw...
  • No More Aid to the Palestinian Authority

    07/22/2014 8:12:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    The anti-Semitic "tradition" of blaming Jews for the world's problems mostly took a temporary back seat in light of the indiscriminate rocket attacks on Israel by the terrorist group Hamas. Major newspaper editorials condemned Hamas, but their condemnation was hedged by calls for "restraint" on "both sides" and "proportionality" in Israel's response to the attacks. There is little or no mention of Hamas' directive to ignore Israel's warning to leave homes in areas where the rockets have been placed among civilians. The Hamas strategy is to parade the bodies of the dead before TV cameras to demonstrate Israel's "cruelty"...
  • When is Contraception Abortifacient? Speak Precisely.

    07/22/2014 8:07:10 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 7 replies
    Life Training Institute Blog ^ | January 22, 2014 | Rich Poupard
    When is Contraception Abortifacient? Speak Precisely. Life Training Institute Blog lti-blog.blogspot.com/2014/01/be-careful-out-there-when-discussion.htmlBe Careful Out There (When Discussing Emergency Contraception) by Serge (Rich Poupard) | January 22, 2014From “6 Resources on Whether or Not Birth Control Pills Cause Abortions“ It is very important when discussing important and controversial issues to do everything in our power to find the truth and not overstate the evidence that we have supporting our conclusions.This can be challenging when dealing with an issue such as emergency contraception, where the data and evidence is frequently either missing, confusing, or difficult to understand.To this point, I believe that the...
  • Ball State Bonanza

    07/22/2014 8:03:13 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 21, 2014 | Ethan Gaitz
    Bureaucratic ineptitude is nothing new to the American public (as well as the readership of AIA). It becomes almost invariably more difficult for an agency or institution to function smoothly once it reaches a certain size; unable to effectively conduct oversight of itself, expansive bureaucracy faces the constant nagging threat that some low or mid-level official will engage in unchecked and unmonitored behavior that could inflict serious institutional damage. ball state university This was the case at Ball State University, a public institution located in Muncie, Indiana. Ball State maintains that its investments are preparing bright students to take advantage...
  • Trojan Horse Report Finds 'Determined Effort' To Implement Radical Islam In School ( UK )

    07/22/2014 7:43:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 Jul 2014 | Andre Walker
    A report into the so-called Trojan Horse plot to takeover schools in Birmingham has found a "determined effort" to implement radical Islam. The comments came from the newly appointed Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, who made a statement on the subject in the House of Commons today. The review was ordered by the Morgan's predecessor Michael Gove, following reports that as many as twenty-five Birmingham schools had been the subject of takeovers. In each case, the governing bodies were infiltrated by radicals who then set about pushing out moderate teachers and implementing radical Islam. Today's report makes clear that the allegations...
  • Do Blacks Need Favors?

    07/22/2014 7:40:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Capitalism Magazine ^ | July 22, 2014 | By Walter Williams
    Earlier this month, the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act was celebrated. During the acts legislative debate, then-Sen. Hubert Humphrey, responding to predictions, promised, Ill eat my hat if this leads to racial quotas. I dont know whether Humphrey got around to keeping his promise, but heres my question: Is it within the capacity of black Americans to make it in this society without the special favors variously called racial preferences, quotas, affirmative action and race-sensitive policies? What might a yes answer to that question assume and imply about blacks? Likewise, what would a no answer assume and imply?...
  • Welfare Cash for Weed in Colorado

    07/22/2014 7:31:53 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 14 replies
    For the past six months, welfare beneficiaries in Colorado have repeatedly withdrawn their cash benefits at marijuana retailers and dispensaries, according to a new analysis by National Review Online. Such apparent abuses have caught the eye of Colorados executive and legislative powers alike, and the state has launched an effort to curb them.
  • Thomas Berger, Little Big Man Author, Is Dead at 89

    07/22/2014 7:15:34 AM PDT · by Borges · 29 replies
    NYT ^ | 7/22/2014 | CHRISTOPHER LEHMANN-HAUPT and WILLIAM McDONALD
    Thomas Berger, the reclusive and bitingly satirical novelist who explored the myths of the American West in Little Big Man and the mores of 20th-century middle-class society in a shelf of other well-received books, died on July 13 in Nyack, N.Y. He was 89.
  • Dreamers Stage Gop 'Funeral' In Congress: 'Republican Party Is Dead To Us'

    07/22/2014 7:12:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/22/2014 | Tony Lee
    On Monday, DREAMers stormed the halls of Congress to stage a "GOP funeral" in front of the offices of Republican senators, some of whom have expressed concerns that President Barack Obama's unilateral grants of temporary amnesty have caused the current border crisis. Pro-amnesty activists from United We Dream dressed in black and marched around with a mock casket that had these words emblazoned on it: "RIP GOP." They held flowers and started chanting and singing, "We shall overcome." Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has said Obama should not award temporary amnesty to DREAMers in the future because the Deferred Action for...
  • University of Wisconsin's latest diversity plan calls for "equity" in the distribution of grades.

    07/22/2014 7:09:10 AM PDT · by Conservative Beacon · 45 replies
    The John William Pope Center ^ | July 16, 2014 | W. Lee Hansen
    Many American colleges and universities are in the thrall of diversity, but none more so than my institution, the University of Wisconsin. This spring, the university adopted a new plan that, according to Board of Regents policy, [p]laces the mission of diversity at the center of institutional life so that it becomes a core organizing principle. That is, promoting diversity appears to be more important than teaching students. This Framework for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence sailed through our Faculty Senate without the least bit of attention, much less the sifting and winnowing on which it prides itself. Although much of...
  • Coyotes are behind millionaire Migrants (Google Translate)

    07/22/2014 6:43:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Tecum Uman, SAN MARCOS -.   Dressed in shorts and sandals seemed himself a migrant, but the man spoke as a businessman described how while sending tens of thousands of dollars in human cargo from the slums of Honduras and the mountains of Guatemala to cities around the United States."It's business," said the man with a mustache not very populated and some gray in his black hair, who spoke to a reporter on the condition of keeping their identity anonymous. "Sometimes it goes well."Given the dramatic increase in the number of juveniles detained in the U.S. in recent months, it appears that the...
  • Key West Gay Couple That Can't Marry: "Love is Love. That's All That Matters."

    07/22/2014 6:30:49 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 34 replies
    New Times ^ | 7/22/14
    A Monroe County judge yesterday said a Key West couple can't marry despite his ruling that Florida's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. Chief Judge Luis Garcia said in an appeal by the state of Florida, "The automatic stay, currently in place, shall remain in place until completion of appellate proceedings or until further order of this Court."
  • I Used to Be Pro-Choice, Pro-Choice to the Core, Then I Had an Abortion

    07/22/2014 6:18:19 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 27 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/21/14 | Star Tucker
    Every morning, the faithfulness of the sun touches our eyelids. Unfortunately, the faithfulness of the alarm clock also reaches our ears. We slowly rise from the pillow, sneak out from under the sheets, and begin the tasks for that day. For most people, there is a passion that gives us the encouragement to live each day. It might be a job, a child, a spouse, a religion. My passion is being pro-life. It drives and it motivates me. I find joy in being the voice for the unborn every day, even if it’s just in the smallest ways. There was...
  • Catholic Charities not daunted by immigrant proposal push-back

    07/22/2014 6:14:30 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 16 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/22/14 | Maria Wiering
    After news broke July 17 of Catholic Charities of Baltimores aim to house unaccompanied immigrant children at a Baltimore-area facility, the first response Executive Director William J. McCarthy received was positive: an e-mail praising the agencys decision with a pledge of $200 in support. Others like it have poured in to the agency, Marylands largest social service provider. As for the detractors? Critics are cowards, McCarthy said. Most of the responses Ive received are from supporters, he said. What Im really encouraged by is the number of affirming, supportive and thoughtful people who recognize this for the humanitarian crisis that...
  • Parallels between Australia, Assembly AB 32 revolt are obvious

    07/22/2014 6:14:15 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 4 replies
    Cal Watchdog ^ | July 18, 2014 | Chris Reed
    One of the most universal findings in the social sciences has been the uniform way that humans at all stages of history have been for something that they think reflects well on them until they perceive that it costs them a dime.