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  • Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Closes Clinic in Wisconsin

    09/17/2014 9:30:02 PM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Sarah Zagorski
    If everyone is so happy about abortion, then why doesn’t Planned Parenthood promote and brag about it the same way they do their breast cancer “screenings” or cervical exams? The answer is simple: because while the pro-abortion lobby pushes their radical agenda, most people don’t want to hear an abortion giant brag about killing children. I thought about this as I read an announcement in the FDL Reporter about the closing of a Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin. Here is what Planned Parenthood representatives said about the upcoming closing: We feel privileged so many of you have trusted us to care...
  • Theater shooting victim's parents sue ammo seller

    09/17/2014 8:12:06 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 27 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 9/17/14 | Dan Elliott
    DENVER (AP) -- The parents of a woman killed in the Colorado theater shootings filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing four online retailers of improperly selling ammunition, tear gas, a high-capacity magazine and body armor used in the attack. The lawsuit alleges it was illegal and negligent to sell the gear to James Holmes, who is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the July 20, 2012, attack. It says the companies had no safeguards to keep dangerous people from buying their goods. "It was highly foreseeable to (the) defendants that their potential customers included persons with criminal intent,...
  • Sleepwalking Toward Armageddon

    09/17/2014 6:45:21 PM PDT · by magellan · 19 replies
    Sam Harris Website ^ | September 10, 2014 | Sam Harris
    As an atheist, I cannot help wondering when this scrim of pretense and delusion will be finally burned away—either by the clear light of reason or by a surfeit of horror meted out to innocents by the parties of God. It may be true that no faith teaches people to massacre innocents exactly—but innocence, as the President surely knows, is in the eye of the beholder. Are apostates "innocent"? Blasphemers? Polytheists? Islam has the answer, and the answer is "no." But there is now a large industry of obfuscation designed to protect Muslims from having to grapple with these truths....
  • Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson: Don’t Vote for “Ripping Fetuses Out of Their Mother’s Womb”

    09/17/2014 6:32:43 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 13 replies
    http://www.lifenews.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson is a conservative Christian who tells it like it is, and he has been unashamed in the past to put his pro-life views front and center. Now, the reality television star has a new message: Don’t vote for pro-abortion candidates or politicians. There are about 90 to 100 million of us who claim Jesus. The problem is only half of you register to vote and out of the half of you that registers to vote, only half of that group actually goes and votes…. Therefore, when you’re looking up there and griping and complaining about what...
  • Holocaust Gas Chambers At Sobibor Death Camp Discovered

    09/17/2014 6:22:37 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 21 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | September 17, 2014 | Joel Leyden
    Holocaust Gas Chambers At Sobibor Death Camp DiscoveredBy Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem — September 17, 2014 … An archaeological dig in Poland has exposed the location of the gas chambers at the Sobibor death camp, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial announced today. Over 250,000 Jews were murdered at Sobibor, but on October 14, 1943, about 600 prisoners revolted and briefly escaped. Between 100 and 120 prisoners survived the revolt, and 60 of those survived the Holocaust. After the camp uprising, the Nazis bulldozed the area and planted it over with pine trees to conceal their crimes. The archaeological dig...
  • Virginia students prove why love is the best response to hate (Beck doesn't like 'homophobes')

    09/17/2014 6:09:03 PM PDT · by Viennacon · 31 replies
    Glenn Beck.com ^ | Sep 17, 2014 | Glenn Beck
    Earlier this month, a preacher delivering a homophobic sermon set up camp outside the Carrier Library at James Madison University in Virginia. According to reports, the radical preacher was telling gay individuals they were going to hell, in addition to telling students who identified as Christians they too were headed “straight to hell” for living a life of sin. Instead of reciprocating with hateful rhetoric, however, JMU students responded in an admirable way. As the preacher rages on, one student began to play the guitar while others sang the hymn “How He Loves.” “This is the way you handle it,”...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Happy 67th Birthday, United States Air Force! ~ 18 September 2014

    09/17/2014 6:00:12 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 30 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Happy 67th Birthday, United States Air Force ~ ~ September 18, 2014 ~ Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. The United States Air Force became a separate military service on September 18, 1947, with the implementation of the National Security Act of 1947. The Act created the National Military Establishment, later renamed the United States Department of Defense, which was composed of three branches, the Army, Navy and a newly created Air Force....
  • Socialist Failure: French Government Faces Second No Confidence Vote in Six Months

    09/17/2014 5:54:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Second No Confidence Vote in Six Months In spite of the fact the Socialist party holds a majority of just 1 in the 577-seat lower house, French prime minister Manual Valls hopes to stabilize things with a Second No Confidence Vote in Six Months. Mr Valls could see a narrowing of his majority compared with the vote when he was first appointed prime minister at the end of March after a big socialist loss in local elections. Then he won by a margin of 306 votes to 239 against, with 26 abstentions. “Valls is politically and economically archaic. He is...
  • Police: Milwaukee Teen Sought to Rack up Crimes Before Turning 18

    09/17/2014 5:48:55 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Milwauke Journal Sentinel ^ | 9-17-14 | Bruce Vielmetti
    A Milwaukee teen charged in a string of armed robberies last week told police he was trying to do as many crimes as he could before he turned 18 on Sept. 11. Rocarldo Chalmers is one of five suspects charged Wednesday in a dizzying spree of armed stick-ups and car jackings that only ended after a high speed chase. Chalmers faces 10 felonies, including armed robbery, car theft and fleeing. Isiah Deshawn Thomas, 18, is charged with five counts, Anthony Griffis, 17, with two. Two juveniles have been charged in Children's Court. As many as three other suspects remain at...
  • Ninth Circuit rules American Flag unsafe for school

    09/17/2014 5:16:19 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 18 replies
    caintv ^ | september 17, 2014 | michael johnson
    A heckler's veto. The Ninth Circuit has once again proved its status as the leftmost leaning court of appeals in the country with their refusal to rehear a case involving the banning of American flags in public schools. This refusal means that the ruling that a three-judge panel issued in February stands, which allowed the Morgan Hill Unified School District to ban American flags and American flag apparel because of threats of violence. Now some of you might be thinking, "That sounds reasonable. After all, we don't want to have violence in our schools!" But the issue here is that...
  • The Importance of Choosing Life

    09/17/2014 5:04:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Ken Connor
    Physician-assisted suicide, much like abortion and same-sex marriage, has become something of a cultural bellwether. Support for the right to end your own life indicates that you are a progressive-minded, compassionate person sensitive to the unique feelings and experiences of individuals facing terminal illness or chronic pain. It means you value the right of self-determination, and oppose the would-be tyranny of moral absolutes promoted by the politically conservative and spiritually religious. The Disovery Institute's Wesley J. Smith recently penned a piece for First Things discussing the media's treatment of the issue of suicide. Smith cites a recent NBC story featuring...
  • Benghazi Back in the Spotlight on Capitol Hill With First Select Committee Hearing

    09/17/2014 4:29:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    http://media.townhall.com/townhall/reu/ha/2014/138/2014-05-18T051559Z_1_CBREA4H0EN100_RTROPTP_3_USA-MEXICO-GUNS.JPG The 9/11/2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya is back in the spotlight today on Capitol Hill as lawmakers from the select committee prepare to hold their first public hearing. Led by Republican South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy, members of the Committee have been working for months to interview witnesses and to gather more information about what happened the night Americans Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith were killed by terrorists. Today Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security Greg Starr, Chairman of the Independent Panel on Best Practices Mark J. Sullivan and former Homeland Security...
  • New Poll Shows Voters Prefer Payroll Tax Cut to Minimum Wage Hike

    09/17/2014 3:26:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Conn Carroll
    As Guy Benson reported earlier today, a new poll of likely voters conducted for Townhall by Gravis Marketing found that Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) was statistically tied with Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) at 45 percent in the race for Lousiana's U.S. Senate seat.That result is right in line with both the RealClearPolicits poll average of the race (Cassidy +1.3) and the HuffPost Pollster model (Cassidy +.5).In addition to the top line result, however, Gravis also included a question, at the request of Townhall, that may provide Republicans a better way to answer Democratic questions about raising the minimum wage on the campaign trail. Gravis asked, "Given the...
  • Environmentalist: Ferguson Happened Because of Climate Change

    09/17/2014 2:47:45 PM PDT · by walford · 72 replies
    National Review ^ | September 17, 2014 | Katherine Timpf
    According to a top environmentalist organizer, climate change is responsible for this summer’s violence in Ferguson, Missouri. “To me, the connection between militarized state violence, racism, and climate change was common-sense and intuitive,” 350.org Strategic Partnership Coordinator Deirdre Smith wrote. “Oppression and extreme weather combine to ‘incite’ militarized violence,” she continued. Weeks of rioting followed the killing August 9 of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Observers around the nation criticized the police for a heavy-handed response to protests in the town, but while the rioting received international attention, it did not result in any loss of...
  • Rob Ford diagnosed with rare type of cancer, will be treated with chemotherapy

    09/17/2014 2:26:50 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 31 replies
    National Post ^ | September 17, 2014 | Josh Visser
    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been diagnosed with a rare type of cancer, his doctor said Wednesday. “It is a difficult and very rare type of tumour,” Dr. Zane Cohen said in Wednesday evening press conference, describing Ford’s cancer as a malignant liposarcoma. “It’s a fairly aggressive tumour.” Dr. Cohen said he is “optimistic” that chemotherapy could be successful. There is a tumour in his abdomen and one in his buttocks, the surgeon said. Dr. Cohen is an expert colorectal surgeon and is leading Ford’s medical team. Liposarcoma is a tumour that comes from fat cells in deep, soft tissue....
  • ASIO and hundreds of police raid Sydney and Brisbane homes in biggest counter-terrorism raid.. [AUS]

    09/17/2014 1:59:39 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 18th September 2014
    ASIO and counter terrorism police have swooped on homes across north-western Sydney and other states this morning in what is believed to be the largest anti-terrorism bust in the nation’s history. Several arrests have reportedly been made in the secret pre-dawn raid, which is still in progress. The arrests follow the execution of a number of search warrants in Beecroft, Bellavista, Guildford, Merrylands, Northmead, Wentworthville, Marsfield, Westmead, Castle Hill, Revesby, Bass Hill and Regents Park. The raid is believed to have been mounted following months of surveillance of people linked to the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria....
  • Will Scotland vote yes: Bookies change their odds on Scottish independence

    09/17/2014 1:49:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    City AM ^ | 09/17/2014 | by Billy Ehrenberg
    After a few days of relatively small changes, most bookies have changed their odds on a Scottish Yes vote.Of 23 bookies, only one (Betway) thought it more likely than yesterday that Scotland would vote Yes, while all but two showed odds shortening on a No vote.By doing some simple maths it is possible to work out the implied percentages, and betting companies have their money firmly on a No vote. The median probability across 23 bookies is that there is an 83.3 per cent chance the UK will stay together and a 22.2 per cent chance of a split.This...
  • Kurdish Peshmerga free some Christian villages occupied by jihadists

    09/17/2014 1:36:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Asia News ^ | September 17, 2014
    US air raids fundamental. The Islamist militants mined many houses before fleeing. Syriac Christians return to the city of Alqosh, liberated days ago, and celebrate the feast of the patron saint. Erbil (AsiaNews / Agencies) - At least seven Christian villages in northern Iraq have been freed after a series of clashes between Kurdish Peshmerga and Islamic State jihadists.The seven villages are located west of Erbil, on the Nineveh plain. The Kurdish military commanders emphasize the fundamental contribution of the air raids carried out by the United States and report that the jihadists mined many houses before fleeing. Since early...
  • Limbaugh On Sports Talk Radio:"Condensed,Undiluted,Pure Liberalism Drivel And Bilge"

    09/17/2014 1:00:55 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 30 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Breitbart TV
    During his Wednesday broadcast, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh explained to his listeners how liberalism when overt is a failure in the media and offered various examples of where so-called liberal brands have struggled to achieve success.
  • Ferguson brings new attention to Cardin bill on profiling

    09/16/2014 7:50:05 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies
    baltimoresun.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | John Fritze
    Sen. Ben Cardin said Tuesday that his legislation to prohibit law enforcement agencies from racial profiling had received renewed national attention after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., last month. Speaking at a briefing on Capitol Hill, the Maryland Democrat said the bill had "gotten new life" and that he hoped the proposal could forward this year. "How many more Michael Browns will we have?" Cardin asked. "We all know that profiling is un-American and wrong. We know it turns communities against law enforcement, where they need to work together."
  • White House Celebrates Constitution Day With a Picture of Obama

    09/17/2014 12:52:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    Stop me if you have heard this before: The official White House Twitter account tweeted their recognition of Constitution Day today...with a picture of President Obama in the National Archives building. Happy Constitution Day! http://t.co/BRNl5eEGO0 pic.twitter.com/sFBdWhDOWP— The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 17, 2014 Meanwhile, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) took a different approach to celebrate the day, and tweeted the entire Constitution word for word from his official account, 140 characters at a time. Happy Constitution Day, twitter! 227 years ago, our Constitution was signed by 38 of 41 delegates to the Constitutional Convention.— Darrell Issa (@DarrellIssa) September 17, 2014 In...
  • Why Women Do Not Belong in the U.S. Infantry

    09/17/2014 12:40:00 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 54 replies
    Marine Corps Gazette ^ | September 17, 2014 | Capt Lauren F. Serrano
    While reading the February issue of the Marine Corps Gazette, I skimmed past the “Be Bold” advertisement calling for readers to submit articles that challenge a Marine Corps policy or way of doing business. Immediately a current “hot topic” came to mind, but as usual I quickly discarded it because I have purposely avoided publicly disagreeing with the passionate opinions of many of my female peers and friends. After weeks of contemplation and debate, I am “being bold” and coming clean: I am a female Marine officer and I do not believe women should serve in the infantry.
  • Joe Biden Refers to Asia as the "Orient"

    09/17/2014 12:39:14 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 43 replies
    Mediaite ^ | September 17, 2014 | Eddie Scarry
    Just hours after apologizing for using what was perceived as an anti-Semitic slur, Vice President Joe Biden deployed another term Wednesday that some might consider ethnically offensive.
  • Venezuela on alert over mysterious, deadly disease (ebola?)

    09/17/2014 12:20:11 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 87 replies
    Local 10 ^ | 9/17/2014 | Local 10
    he deaths of 10 people in the past week of a mysterious disease in several cities in Venezuela, including the capital of Caracas, have caused panic within the population and has prompted doctors to sound the alarm. A government spokesman minimized the warnings and described efforts to notify the public of a disease that has killed four adults and four children as a "campaign of disinformation and terrorism." Despite the government's indifference, the country's doctors insist there is plenty of reason for concern about a highly dangerous and contagious disease of unknown origin.
  • Obama Caps Military Pay for Second Year

    09/17/2014 12:12:07 PM PDT · by pabianice · 29 replies
    MOAA ^ | 9/2014
    September 5, 2014 On August 29, President Obama sent a letter notifying Congress that he is using his authority under law to cap the active duty military pay raise at 1 percent in 2015. Typically the active duty pay raise is determined by private sector wage growth, measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Cost Index (ECI). The ECI calls for a 1.8 percent pay raise in 2015. However, the President has executive authority to make an alternative pay adjustment if he considers it necessary due to national emergency or economic concerns. This is the second consecutive year the...
  • Loud Ferguson protesters disrupt government meeting

    09/17/2014 12:10:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    CLAYTON, Missouri -- Protesters seeking the immediate arrest of the white Ferguson police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old loudly disrupted another government meeting Tuesday. The group renewed calls to remove the county prosecutor investigating the case and vowed political retaliation against an elected official tied to the prosecutor. The demand for officer Darren Wilson's arrest and the recusal of the St. Louis County prosecuting attorney began with the final utterance of the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of the St. Louis County Council meeting. "For all," crowd members shouted, emphasizing the second word, as the pledge...
  • Carrying One in the Chamber

    09/17/2014 12:03:23 PM PDT · by rktman · 68 replies
    invictustacticalreview.com ^ | 9/17/2014 | unknown
    Today as I was chatting with a new concealed carry permit holder, he asked if I carried one in the chamber. I said that I did, and explained a bit about why I do. First off, I carry a gun because I don’t know what might happen. I’ll probably never need it, but someday I might, and it’s no burden to carry just in case.
  • The Top Leaders Of A Navy Ship Were Fired In The Middle Of Their Deployment

    09/17/2014 12:01:40 PM PDT · by 7thson · 63 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Sep. 16, 2014, 10:17 PM | Paul Szoldra
    The three top leaders of the guided missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG-95) have been removed and reassigned halfway through the ship's deployment pending the outcome of an investigation into "command climate," the Navy said in a news release Tuesday. The skipper, Cmdr. Curtis B. Calloway, was relieved at sea by Capt. Anthony L. Simmons, who will take charge of the ship for the rest of the deployment as an investigation moves forward. Calloway, along with Cmdr. Ed Handley, the executive officer, and Command Master Chief Travis Biswell, the top enlisted leader, have been reassigned to staff positions at...
  • Women More Likely to Commit Domestic Violence, Studies Show

    09/17/2014 11:47:30 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    The New American ^ | September 16, 2014 | Selwyn Duke
    Football player Ray Rice’s video-captured February attack on his then-fiancée has once again brought domestic violence into the public’s consciousness. Or has it? Critics would say that while it has placed a spotlight on violence against women, that isn’t at all synonymous with “domestic violence.” Because studies show that most domestic violence may actually be violence against men. This has just been brought to light by Guardian columnist Glen Poole, who recently asked why British actress Kelly Brook has “got away with punching two men”? Complaining that there “is little room for the female perpetrator or the male victim in...
  • Common Core about settling scores for race, class and gender victimhood

    09/17/2014 11:35:46 AM PDT · by walford · 19 replies
    Education Action Group Foundation ^ | September 17, 2014 | Dean Kalahar
    SARASOTA, Fla. – The uproar over Common Core has created misinformation and serious concerns as to its efficacy. To clear up the confusion, once and for all, we must look at the birth of Common Core to see the vision guiding its mission. However noble Common Core may sound, it is but a host carrier for a radical disease that must be exposed. commoncoreappleCommon Core’s roots date to 2007 when David Coleman and Jason Zimba wrote: Math and Science Standards That Are Fewer, Clearer, Higher to Raise Achievement at All Levels. The paper outlined a proposal to solve the math...
  • Fayetteville Student Required To Change Out Of “Virginity Rocks” T-Shirt

    09/17/2014 11:30:08 AM PDT · by walford · 15 replies
    KFSM-5 Fayetteville, Ark ^ | September 12, 2014 | Dillon Thomas
    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – A Fayetteville junior high school made a teenager girl change out of a T-shirt at school this week because the school said it contained sexual content. The T-shirt in question was a shirt that reads “Virginity Rocks” on the front. “It is one of my favorite shirts,” said Chloe Rubiano, an 8th grader at Ramay Junior High in Fayetteville. Rubiano told 5NEWS she got the shirt at a Christian-based festival. “I just really like the shirt because I was always raised that way,” Rubiano said. “I didn’t really think anyone would make a big deal out of...
  • Nancy Pelosi Says NFL Player Under Investigation for Domestic Abuse Should Be Benched

    09/17/2014 11:06:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    National Journal ^ | September 17, 2014 | Billy House
    ouse Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says her hometown NFL team, the San Francisco 49ers, should not allow defensive end Ray McDonald to play while he is being investigated over accusations that he hit his pregnant fiancee. But Pelosi stopped short of saying Congress at this point should itself look into the NFL's handling of this matter and other prominent recent cases of player-inflicted violence, given its role in the league's special antitrust exemptions.
  • Austria’s Alps Hit By Climate Change (Climate Change Doom-mongering Alert)

    09/17/2014 11:01:55 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 25 replies
    BBC News ^ | 09/17/2014 | Bethany Bell
    One of the scientists behind the document, Helga Kromp-Kolb from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, told Austria's ORF TV that the above-average increases in temperature were due to Austria's landlocked position and its sensitive Alpine regions. "We are a continental area, which gives us a higher rise in temperature and… we are in a mountain region where the decrease in snow cover intensifies the warming process", she said. The report says that in the last 130 years, sunshine in the Alps has increased by approximately 20%. It says that snow cover, particularly at mid-altitude elevations,...
  • Opening arguments start in civil suit against LaBelle (singer Patti LaBelle)

    09/17/2014 10:37:58 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    KPRC-TV Channel 2 Houston ^ | September 16, 2014 | Samantha Ptashkin
    HOUSTON - Opening statements started Tuesday afternoon in a civil suit involving legendary singer Patti LaBelle. LaBelle and her entourage are being sued in federal court for an incident that happened at Bush Intercontinental Airport in 2011.
  • Israeli Christians' New Nationality: Aramaean, not Arab (130,000 Christian "Arabs" to re-register)

    09/17/2014 10:28:11 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 22 replies
    ArutzSheva7 Israel National News ^ | 9/17/2014 | Ido Ben Porat
    Fr. Gabriel Nadaf with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Netanyahu Israeli Christians' New Nationality: Aramaean, not Arab. 130,000 of Israel's 160,000 Christians, hitherto registered as Arabs, are expected to re-register as Aramaeans; their leaders are ecstatic.Interior Minister Gideon Saar has instructed the Population, Immigration and Border Authority (PIBA) to allow the registration of a new nationality – Aramaean – in the identity cards of Christian citizens who were registered as Arabs until now. In a letter to PIBA Director Amnon Ben-Ami, Saar wrote that he has “received rulings according to which the existence of the Aramaean nationality is clear and obvious,...
  • Stanford professor wins MacArthur 'genius grant' for racial awareness studies

    09/17/2014 10:12:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | September 16, 2014 | Lisa M. Krieger
    America is pushing forward in a post-racial society, blind to skin color. That's the conventional wisdom. But the research of Jennifer Eberhardt, the Bay Area's newest and only recipient of the famed MacArthur fellowship, the "genius grants," has proved otherwise. She has found that skin color prejudices the perceptions of jurors, police officers and even the ordinary student who volunteers in research at Stanford University. Black people, especially those with very dark skin and kinky hair, are more likely to be linked to crime, handed stiffer punishments or even sentenced to death than lighter-appearing individuals, according to her research. Eberhardt...
  • Bangladesh commutes top Islamist's death sentence, sparking clashes [murder, rape]

    09/17/2014 9:11:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    AFP ^ | 9/17/2014 | SHAFIQUL ALAM
    Bangladesh's highest court on Wednesday commuted the death sentence on a top Islamic preacher, triggering angry protests by both his Islamist supporters and secular opponents and clashes with police. In a surprise ruling, the Supreme Court said 74-year-old Delwar Hossain Sayedee should spend "the rest of his natural life" in jail for crimes during the 1971 liberation war with Pakistan. Sayedee's death penalty passed last year by a war-crimes tribunal triggered the deadliest political violence in the country's history, and thousands of police were deployed before Wednesday's ruling. "We had expected that the court would uphold his death sentence," Attorney...
  • Hillary Clinton: A Profile In Failure

    09/17/2014 9:01:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - The nightly news shows made it very clear this week that they've gotten behind Hillary Clinton's expected 2016 campaign for president. The network news programs gave Clinton's trip to Iowa the gushing, royal treatment on Sunday, repeating it again on Monday, as she appeared before a throng of cheering Democrats where her party's first presidential nominating caucuses will be held. The coverage of her speech, which was loaded with empty platitudes and little else that was newsworthy, bordered on the worshipful. That she has the 2016 Democratic nomination virtually sewed up at this juncture tells us everything we...
  • Gaffe-Prone Vice President Steps in it Again

    09/17/2014 8:51:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com | September 17, 2014 | Daniel Doherty
    The politically incorrect and offensive word the vice president used this time was “Shylocks.” During a recent speech, he was trying to describe the dishonest and greedy bankers his son warned him about, while deployed in Iraq, who knowingly took advantage of American soldiers. It’s unclear whether he was reading from prepared remarks, or speaking off-the-cuff, but the characterization has at least one Jewish group wondering what in the world he was thinking (via Yahoo News’ Olivier Knox and Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey): Biden - Shylock comment to Legal Services Corp “Shylock represents the medieval stereotype about Jews and...
  • Ferguson Protesters Vow More Violence, Threaten to Shut Down Rams, Cardinals Games

    09/17/2014 8:29:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 55 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/17/2014 | unknown
    Ferguson demonstrators stormed a St. Louis County Council meeting on Tuesday evening and threatened more violence and to shut down St. Louis Rams and Cardinals games if the officer who shot Michael Brown to death is not arrested or indicted. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "protesters demanded the arrest of Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown to death on a Ferguson street five weeks ago, the removal of County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch from the Brown case, the resignations of County Police Chief Jon Belmar and Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson and accountability from the elected...
  • 29 Cuban migrants land in Florida Keys on homemade boat

    09/17/2014 8:29:35 AM PDT · by beachn4fun · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 17, 2014 | Me
    LOGGERHEAD KEY, Fla. – Twenty-nine Cuban migrants have been rescued after reaching land in the Florida Keys. .... Under the "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy, most Cuban migrants who reach U.S. shores are allowed to stay. more here
  • United Nations Names Leonardo DiCaprio Messenger of Peace

    09/17/2014 8:20:12 AM PDT · by rktman · 34 replies
    hollywoodreporter.com ^ | 9/16/2014 | unknown
    "I feel a moral obligation to speak out at this key moment in human history — it is a moment for action," says the actor in addressing climate change Leonardo DiCaprio has been tapped by the United Nations to be honored with the title of Messenger of Peace, and the actor has been asked to speak on Sept. 23 at the U.N. Climate Summit to address the topic of climate change, the international organization announced on Tuesday
  • Leftist Lawmakers and Enviro-Extremists Created CA Water Crisis

    09/17/2014 8:13:50 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    Breitbart California ^ | August 30, 2014 | Assemblyman Tim Donnelly
    On Friday, the California State Assembly outdid itself. You can always count on the leftist leaders of what is supposed to be the “people’s house” never lets a crisis go to waste. With the passage of AB 1739 (Dickinson-D), SB 1168 (Pavley-D), and SB 1319 (Pavley-D), 100 years of history was reversed. The authors painted a grim picture of California’s groundwater future. Most of what they said is true. The only problem they didn’t bother to tell you two key truths: 1.It was these same so-called leaders who give up our seat—the property owner and the farmer’s place at the...
  • 'Climate summit' turning into an embarrassment for Obama and UN

    09/17/2014 8:02:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/17/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The United Nations, eager to grab money and power as the global regulator (and taxer) of carbon emissions, is sponsoring a “climate summit” on September 21 in hopes of capturing the attention of heads of state coming to New York for the UN General Assembly. Unfortunately for the scare-mongers, President Barack Obama will be fairly lonely when it comes to heads of state of world powers.
  • The Coded Message Obama Delivers When He Says ISIL instead of ISIS

    09/17/2014 7:51:27 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 46 replies
    Now The End Begins Magazine ^ | September 1, 2014 | NREB News Desk
    In one press conference after another, when referring to the Muslim terror super-group ISIS, United States President Barack Obama will use the term ISIL instead of their former name ISIS or current name Islamic State. Have you ever wondered about that? We have. ISIL stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Now, to us Westerners we don’t really make much of a distinction, do we? No, honestly from our perspective its all about the same. But how would a Muslim living in the Middle East view it? Just what is the Levant anyway? Let’s take a look. The...
  • Census: Real Household Income Peaked in 20th Century

    09/17/2014 7:48:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Terry Jeffrey
    So far, if measured by household income, the 21st century has not been a good one for the United States of America. In its annual report on "Income and Poverty in the United States," released on Tuesday, the Census Bureau described real median household income as stagnating for two years after declining for two. "Median household income was $51,939 in 2013, not statistically different in real terms from the 2012 median of $51,759," said the Census Bureau. "This is the second consecutive year that the annual change was not statistically significant, following two consecutive years of annual declines in median...
  • Young conservatives stump for a gay-friendly GOP

    09/17/2014 7:41:20 AM PDT · by redreno · 57 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 09/17/2014 | By LAURA MYERS
    Conservative Republican Assemblywoman Michele Fiore of Las Vegas invited a few extra guests Tuesday night to the regular pasta dinners she has for constituents. The meal was the last official stop for a group of young conservatives traveling the country — visiting battleground states such as Nevada first — as part of a $1 million campaign to get the national Republican Party to support gay marriage in its party platform in 2016. The group has been to Iowa and New Hampshire. South Carolina is the next stop. Nevada already is ahead of the curve, said Tyler Deaton, campaign manager of...
  • Evolution’s oyster twist

    09/17/2014 7:39:34 AM PDT · by fishtank · 8 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | Sept 17, 2014 | David Catchpoole
    Evolution’s oyster twist by David Catchpoole Sadly, many Christians compromised with evolutionary ideas because of supposed ‘proofs’ like the flat-became-twisted oyster evolution story. Oysters have the unfortunate distinction that they were one of the first examples of an alleged proof of evolutionary lineage in the fossil record (mooted by paleontologist A.E. Trueman in 1922).1 The ‘flat’ oyster, Ostrea sp., was said to have evolved into the coiled shell Gryphaea sp. Several generations of science students were taught this as ‘one of the best documented cases of evolution’ in the fossil record.
  • GRAPHIC: Mexican Terrorist Cartel Beheads 4 Women In Message To America

    09/17/2014 7:34:03 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 60 replies
    mrconservative.com ^ | September 1, 2014 | Robert Rich
    As Obama continues to allow those wishing to freely skip across the border to do so, the reason this is so utterly terrifying has been made clear in one simple video
  • A Handy Guide to the Constitution is Reissued for Its Birthday

    09/17/2014 7:31:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Todd Gaziano
    On September 17, Americans will celebrate the 227th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention. Convention President, George Washington, declared that it was “little short of a miracle” that deliberations were successfully concluded. Only three delegates who stayed to the end refused to sign the document and two of those, George Mason and Elbridge Gerry, later supported it with the promise that a bill of rights would be added.Rhode Island’s ratification of the Constitution on May 29, 1790 made it unanimous among the original 13 states, but the new republic began...