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  • 5 Reasons Reparations For Slavery Are A Bad Idea

    07/25/2014 10:12:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Townhall ^ | July 26, 2014 | John Hawkins
    Terrible ideas never really die on the Left; they just come back over and over again, like a gas station sandwich after a night of heavy drinking. So it is with reparations for slavery, which liberals would happily embrace en masse if they ever thought they could ram it through Congress. Here's why reparations for slavery are a bad idea. 1) How do you prove that slavery is responsible for problems black Americans are having today? If it were 1866, it would be easy to prove that black Americans who had been enslaved were hurt by the practice. They were...
  • Amazon worker piloted drone around Space Needle

    07/25/2014 9:59:06 PM PDT · by steve86 · 12 replies
    An Amazon.com employee from out of town was the operator of a drone that buzzed the Seattle Space Needle this week, police said. Witnesses told police they saw the craft fly back into a fifth-floor room of a nearby hotel. Police contacted the man and he admitted operating the drone equipped with a camera Tuesday. He told authorities he wanted to try out the craft he recently purchased at a hobby shop. Police had received reports that the drone had crashed into the landmark of Seattle's 1962 World's Fair, but they saw no evidence of that.
  • Woman Who Left Creepy Porcelain Dolls on Porches Is 'Embarrassed': Police

    07/25/2014 9:44:30 PM PDT · by expat1000 · 20 replies
    ABC ^ | July 25, 2014 | RHEANA MURRAY
    Maybe she should have left a note. The woman who left porcelain dolls on the porches of several young girls' homes in a California neighborhood was only trying to give away toys her own family had outgrown, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said today.
  • 3 men pull out guns outside of Rouses after man tries to shoplift steak, Mobile police say

    07/25/2014 9:30:49 PM PDT · by boycott · 15 replies
    AL.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Theresa Seiger
    MOBILE, Alabama -- On Friday afternoon a tense scene played out in front of the Rouses Supermarket on Theodore Dawes Road. Three people drew their guns after a reported theft, a Mobile Police Department spokesman said. Donnie James Moore, 60 had shoplifted steaks from the grocery store before officers arrived at 12:20 p.m., according to MPD. When a loss prevention officer tried to stop him, Moore shoved past him. Moore made it to his car, where he grabbed a gun. He pulled it on the officer, MPD spokesman Officer Terence Perkins said. The loss prevention officer stepped back and pulled...
  • Nuclear (family) alarm! Mayor Bloomberg's daughter is the face of America's millenials

    07/25/2014 8:43:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    New York Post ^ | 07/25/2014 | Andrea Peyser
    Georgina Bloomberg is the face of the millennials — a generation of young adults unfazed by the old rules of morality. At age 31, the elder of billionaire former Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s two daughters is a professional equestrienne who, in December, gave birth to a son, Jasper Michael Brown Quintana, by her horseback- riding beau, the Argentine-born Ramiro Quintana, 37. And if you thought the arrival of a bouncing bundle of joy might propel the heiress to gallop to the nearest chuppah, you’d be mistaken. “I honestly don’t know if I’ll ever get married,’’ Georgina Bloomberg told Hamptons magazine. “It’s...
  • JOAN RIVERS DEFENDS ISRAEL IN EPIC RANT (Strong language)

    07/25/2014 8:18:16 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/25/14
    When TMZ caught up with comedian Joan Rivers Thursday outside of LAX she unleashed an emotional rant on the Israeli and Palestinian conflict, screaming, "You are all insane, they [Palestinians] started it!" Rivers got animated at the paparazzi's question about the mounting civilian casualties, saying, “Let me just tell you, if New Jersey were firing rockets into New York, we would wipe them out. If we heard they were digging tunnels from New Jersey to New York, we would get rid of Jersey." Raising her voice, Rivers said, "Don't put your God damn things in private homes, don't put your...
  • JOAN RIVERS DEFENDS ISRAEL IN EPIC RANT (Strong language)

    07/25/2014 8:18:16 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa
    Breitbart ^ | 7/25/14
    When TMZ caught up with comedian Joan Rivers Thursday outside of LAX she unleashed an emotional rant on the Israeli and Palestinian conflict, screaming, "You are all insane, they [Palestinians] started it!" Rivers got animated at the paparazzi's question about the mounting civilian casualties, saying, “Let me just tell you, if New Jersey were firing rockets into New York, we would wipe them out. If we heard they were digging tunnels from New Jersey to New York, we would get rid of Jersey." Raising her voice, Rivers said, "Don't put your God damn things in private homes, don't put your...
  • Another Stunning Admission in Gruber's Speech: The Public Option Was Single Payer

    07/25/2014 8:07:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Breitbart's The Conversation ^ | July 25, 2014 | John Sexton
    As I was watching the video clip of Jonathan Gruber talking about state-based exchanges and subsidies last night I came across another admission which deserves some attention. A few minutes later in the Q&A following his January 18, 2012 speech, Gruber admits that the public option was an attempt to slip single-payer into the Affordable Care Act.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)So I like the public option. The public option is actually the brainchild of another academic, a guy named Jacob Hacker who's at Yale. And the public option, basically it was a clever idea. He said look, the left wants single-payer, the right wants...
  • ‘Rat Tribe’ Lives in Shadows of China’s Cities

    07/25/2014 7:38:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | July 24, 2014 | Yan Dan
    Disadvantaged groups in China have been dubbed a variety of names, such as the “ant tribe,” “cupboard tribe,” “well tribe,” and now “rat tribe.” A large number of people belong to these groups whose living conditions paint a clear picture of the sad and bitter life they are facing. The names given these groups are taken from how they live. It is hard for people to imagine there are still people living under wells, inside shipping containers, or even inside air shelters and basements with no exposure to the sun. According to definitions given on the Hudong Chinese encyclopedia website,...
  • Lord Pearson: 'Government Should Stop Claiming Islam is Religion of Peace'

    07/25/2014 7:16:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    AsianImage ^ | Wednesday 23rd July 2014
    The Government should stop claiming Islam is a religion of peace in the light of the Trojan horse allegations, a former leader of Ukip has said. Lord Pearson of Rannoch said the problems could only be cured from "within Islam". An investigation led by former anti-terror chief Peter Clarke today reported there had been a deliberate effort to introduce an "intolerant and aggressive Islamic ethos" into a number of Birmingham schools. The damning report, commissioned by former Education Secretary Michael Gove in April, was highly critical of Birmingham City Council, accusing the authority of failing to support under-pressure headteachers dealing...
  • Satellite Image Search For Missing Plane Lead By San Jose Teenager

    07/25/2014 7:02:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    For a period of nearly two months this past winter, if Susannah Goldberg wasn't sleeping, she was on Facebook. She cut back on her schoolwork. Her siblings took over some of her regular chores. "It was pretty much around the clock," Susannah says of the time she spent at the kitchen table with her laptop open in front of her. Typical, technology-addicted, social-network-obsessed 17-year-old, right? Not even close. For evidence to the contrary, Susannah points to her very, un-smart phone. "It's an old-style flip phone," she says. "I use it to make phone calls. I can text if it is...
  • GOP Faces 2016 Quandary: Why No Women Candidates?

    07/25/2014 6:58:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    RCP ^ | 07/25/2014 | Scott Conroy
    The wide-open fight for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination appears certain to showcase a range of credible candidates, who differ from one another in both style and substance. What the next crop of top-tier GOP contenders may not feature, however, is a woman. The Republicans taking discernible steps to build the foundations required for White House runs are all men. And for a party trying to close the gender gap, the prospect of an all-male lineup may pose a significant public perception problem. After the 2012 race saw President Obama defeat Mitt Romney by a double-digit margin among women, one...
  • Pope Francis And The Vatican Rescue A Christian From Being Killed by Muslims

    07/25/2014 6:51:56 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 10 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Theodore Shoebat
    Pope Francis and the Vatican have fought against the Islamic persecution of Christians, and this is illustrated by their heroic action of rescuing Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian convert from Islam, from being executed by the Muslim North Sudanese government. This is confirmed by one source that stated: The Sudanese government allowed the family to leave the country after intense negotiations with the Italian government and the Vatican. Even though Meriam was married to an American citizen, the United States under the heretic Obama did not take any actions to help rescue her, but instead it was the Vatican, under Pope...
  • ‘Galaxy Quest’: The Oral History

    07/25/2014 6:18:00 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 45 replies
    MTV ^ | 7/23/2014 | Jordan Hoffman
    “Never give up, never surrender!” That’s the hokey battle cry spoken by fictional Commander Peter Taggart, but it also easily applies to the long journey to get the beloved cult film “Galaxy Quest” to the screen. In 1999 Mark Johnson, already an Oscar winner for “Rain Man,” was an independent producer with a deal at DreamWorks Studios. Johnson’s scouts had come across a screenplay called “Captain Starshine” that, by all accounts, wasn’t particularly good, but which had that killer “what if” hook. Basically: what if the Thermians – a group of goofy space aliens – misconstrued old episodes of a...
  • FReeper Canteen - Tunes For Our Troops - 26 July 2014

    07/25/2014 6:02:15 PM PDT · by AZamericonnie · 77 replies
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  • Robots Could Take Half of Jobs in Germany

    07/25/2014 5:40:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    The Local ^ | 24 Jul 2014
    More than half of the jobs currently being done in Germany could be taken over by robots in the next 20 years, according to a think-tank. The study from Brussels think-tank Bruegel found 51 percent of jobs in Germany at the moment could be computerized and left to robots in the next two decades. European countries most at risk from this computerization were Romania (62 percent) and Italy, Poland, Bulgaria and Greece - all 56 percent. The exact affect this could have on unemployment rates is unclear because as technology takes over, new jobs are created, meaning those who lose...
  • Bel Kaufman, Who Told What School Was Really Like, Dies at 103

    07/25/2014 5:31:03 PM PDT · by Borges · 15 replies
    NYT ^ | 7/25/2014 | Margalit Fox
    Bel Kaufman, a former New York City schoolteacher whose classic first novel, “Up the Down Staircase” — shot through with despair and hopefulness, violence and levity, all manner of bureaucratic inanity and a blizzard of official memorandums so mind-bendingly illogical as to seem almost Kafkaesque — was hailed as a stunningly accurate portrait of life in a gritty urban school when it was published in 1965, died on Friday at her home in Manhattan. She was 103.
  • UKRAINE: Brothers and sisters, a summary of July 25: the Bad News & the Good News- Dmitry Tymchuk

    07/25/2014 4:57:22 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 3 replies
    https://www.facebook.com/dmitry.tymchuk?fref=ts&ref=br_tf ^ | 25/7/2014 3 hours ago | Dmitry Tymchuk
    [TRANSLATION FROM POLISH] Brothers and sisters, a summary of July 25. The bad news: 1 Security Service of Ukraine published the recordings terrorist leaders that prove that the Russian artillery shelled positions of the Ukrainian military in the territory of Ukraine at the request of the militants. As for the fact that Russia is killing our boys not only the hands of their mercenaries in the Donbas, but also the hands of soldiers and officers of his army, we had no doubt. Now I want to tell you about something else. At one time, many Russian commanders, being your learners,...
  • State-by-State Map: Where Migrant Children Are Placed

    07/25/2014 4:45:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 25, 2014 | By LAURA MECKLER and MATT STILES
    Here are data showing, state-by-state, where the children have been placed, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency responsible for caring for unaccompanied immigrant children. Data are for Jan. 1, 2014 through July 7, 2014.
  • Most Of The Earth's Species Are About To Be Destroyed In A Giant Mass Extinction

    07/25/2014 3:48:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 72 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 7/25/14 | Lauren F Friedman - businessinsider.com
    Approximately 65 million years ago, when the dinosaurs went extinct, 75% of the planet's many species went with them. It was the world's fifth, and most recent, mass extinction event. Now, according to a July 25 review in the journal Science, the Earth seems to be at the cusp of a sixth mass extinction. Only this time, an asteroid is not to blame. We are. "Human impacts on animal biodiversity are an under-recognized form of global environmental change," the team of ecologists and biologists warn in Science. "Among terrestrial vertebrates, 322 species have become extinct since 1500, and populations of...
  • CNN/ORC Poll: Americans don’t want House Republicans to sue Obama over executive actions

    07/25/2014 3:36:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/25/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    A note of caution. Republicans in Congress and in the commentariat are fed up with this White House failing to faithfully execute the law, as is its constitutional charge. Regarding this administration’s selective enforcement of the laws passed by Congress – ranging from DOMA to DACA, from recess appointments made while Congress was in session to the delayed and selective implementation of the Affordable Care Act – the GOP is foursquare behind a proposal to sue the president over his flagrant abuse of authority. The public at large, however, is less than enthralled with the idea of suing President...
  • Hamas-CAIR Protest in Miami: “We Are Hamas!”, oh Jews, the armies of Muhammad are coming!”

    07/25/2014 3:10:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | July 25, 2014
    FULL TITLE: Hamas-CAIR Protest in Miami: “We Are Hamas!”, Genocidal chants “Khybar, Khybar, oh Jews, the armies of Muhammad are coming!” Clad in the war garb of the jihad, the keffiye,h and chanting the Islamic death dirge, Khybar, Khybar, ya yahud, jaish Muhammad sayud.” The threat of Khybar is the threat of extermination harkening back to Muhammad’s annihilation of an entire tribe of Kews, the QurayaMuslims unmasked. Mosques unmasked.Jihad in America. CAIR-Affiliated Protest: “We Are Hamas!” By Danielle Avel, July 23, 2014Decked out in keffiyahs and stocked with vulgar posters, anti-Israel demonstrators have been descending upon cities across the United...
  • 'They are savages,' say Christians forced to flee Mosul by Isis

    07/25/2014 2:48:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 24, 2014 | Fazel Hawramy
    Iraqi Christians who were forced to flee the northern city of Mosul under threat of forced conversion or execution by jihadists have spoken of their terror as churches were turned into mosques and their homes and property confiscated.SNIP Hundreds have found shelter in areas between Mosul and Irbil – the capital of the Kurdistan regional government – that are controlled by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, but they face an uncertain future. SNIP Monks at the 4th-century Mar Behnam monastery, a major pilgrimage site run by the Syriac Catholic church, were allowed to take only the clothes they were wearing.Two nuns who...
  • My son has been suspended five times. He’s 3.

    07/25/2014 2:47:25 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 81 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/24/2014 | By Tunette Powell
    <p>I received a call from my sons’ school in March telling me that my oldest needed to be picked up early. He had been given a one-day suspension because he had thrown a chair. He did not hit anyone, but he could have, the school officials told me.</p>
  • Ukrainian ‘posing in make-up looted from Malaysian Airlines crash site’(shortened title)

    07/25/2014 2:33:13 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 31 replies
    Metro ^ | 7/25/2014 | Metro
    A young Ukrainian has prompted widespread outrage after posing in make-up apparently looted from the crash site of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. Ekaterina Parkhomenko, who describes herself as a ‘separatist’ from the eastern region of the country, posted images of herself on Instagram along with the claim that she was wearing make-up ‘from the field’ – hinting the products were taken from the same area where the bodies of victims of the plane crash lay. ‘Mascara from Amsterdam, or rather from the field. Well, I think you know what I mean,’ she reportedly wrote on her social media page, before...
  • John Kerry still the only Secretary of State in 20 years to fail at ceasefire efforts in Mideast

    07/25/2014 2:32:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Secretary of State John Kerry failed on Friday to achieve a ceasefire between Israel and forces loyal to Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Israel’s Security Cabinet unanimously rejected the latest ceasefire proposal, which called for only a week-long cessation of hostilities. This is only the latest in a series of ceasefire proposals advanced by the United States and its regional allies the either Israel or Hamas have rejected. “The agony of events on the ground in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel, all of them together, simply cannot be overstated,” Kerry said in a statement in Cairo on Friday announcing...
  • Netherlands: Muslim protesters scream “Death to all Jews”

    07/25/2014 2:30:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | July 25, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    “A spokesman for Van Aartsen told local broadcaster Omroep West no boundaries had been overstepped.” Europe, under the influence of its massive influx of Muslim immigrants, seems eager to travel down the same road it took in the 1930′s. We have seen similar genocidal chants recently in France and Germany. Will European authorities at any point put at stop to this, or will they just continue with their policies of appeasement and surrender until it is far too late?“The Hague mayor urged to get tough after anti-Jewish chanting at rally,” Dutch News, July 25, 2014 (thanks to Fjordman): The Hague’s...
  • Time for another liberal “right-wingers killed JFK” story

    07/25/2014 2:23:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Via Leon Wolf, one of my favorite genres of lefty revisionism. Liberals have, I assume, been farting out pieces like this since the day Oswald’s political sympathies became publicly known, but semi-respectable left-wing pubs have been picking them up more frequently since 2009 in the name of bludgeoning Obama’s conservative critics. The “logic” runs like this: (1) Dallas 1963 was a very conservative, staunchly anti-Kennedy city; (2) JFK was murdered in Dallas; (3) ergo, very conservative, staunchly anti-Obama tea partiers are basically terrorists. You could kinda sorta forgive this if the assassin himself had been right-wing. It’s unfair to smear...
  • Delaware man who had already shot one person to death stopped by doctor with gun

    07/25/2014 2:12:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Via Bob Owens, who notes that the medical center where this all went down is a “gun-free zone.” Unfortunately, the shooter didn’t care about that. Fortunately, his psychiatrist didn’t either. The cops pulled no punches afterwards: If the doctor hadn’t returned fire, the people inside the building were facing a rampage. On Thursday, Whelan described how the meeting among [Richard] Plotts, [Dr. Lee] Silverman, and [caseworker Theresa] Hunt abruptly took a violent turn.Plotts and Hunt went to Silverman’s third-floor office shortly before 2:30 p.m., Whelan said. Plotts was apparently armed, Whelan said, and people near the room soon heard shouting.Concerned,...
  • Judge: Detroit Mob Beating Sentences Will Stand

    07/25/2014 2:04:18 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 26 replies
    WLNS.com ^ | 07/25/2014 | WLNS
    A judge is sticking to light sentences for two men who participated in a mob attack on a Detroit-area motorist in April. Prosecutors lost their bid Friday to get James Davis and Latrez Cummings sent to prison for the attack on Steve Utash. The suburban tree trimmer was severely beaten when he got out of his pickup truck to help a boy who had darted in front of the vehicle. Utash was in a coma after the beating. Five people pleaded guilty to assault.
  • No Rest For The Wicked [Excellent read w/ links]

    07/25/2014 1:58:32 PM PDT · by upchuck · 12 replies
    NRO ^ | July 23, 2014 | Jim Geraghty
    Tuesday, President Obama visited the Dutch Embassy in Washington, D.C., and wrote in a condolence book for the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, “We will not rest until we are certain that justice is done.”He then departed for a three-day fundraising trip to the West Coast. Obama’s pledge that “we will not rest until . . . ” may sound familiar to you. In fact, the pledge is so chronically overused, and issued so casually, that it no longer carries much meaning. Here’s a brief history:April 9, 2009: “We will not rest until we reach a day when not...
  • One arrested after baby dies in hot car in S. Wichita

    07/25/2014 1:27:49 PM PDT · by eccentric · 93 replies
    KWCH ^ | July 25, 2014 | Angela Smith
    Wichita police say a 10-month-old baby was left alone in a hot car for two to two and a half hours Thursday afternoon. The girl was found dead at around 6:40 pm in the 1500 block of S. Topeka. Police say the girl's 29-year-old foster father picked her up from a babysitter at around 4:00 in the afternoon. They returned to the home along with a five-year-old child. Police say, somehow, the child was left behind in the car as the 29-year-old and the 5-year-old went inside. The foster father's partner, a 26-year-old man who is also a foster parent,...
  • Homeless Shelter’s Opening in Queens Stirs Ugly Exchanges

    07/25/2014 12:51:40 PM PDT · by Theoria · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 25 July 2014 | KATE TAYLOR and JEFFREY E. SINGER
    The crowd of 500 included grandmothers and small children, Chinese immigrants and the president of a local Republican club, all shouting that the mayor had trampled their rights. The source of their anger? The 180 homeless families the city had moved into the defunct Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst, Queens. The residents felt nervous around the new arrivals, they said. There were reports of shoplifting from the Good Fortune Supermarket, public urination and panhandling – all things, they said, that had been unheard-of in their neighborhood until now. During the protest on Tuesday night, one of the organizers spoke through...
  • American Generosity Spurred by Entrepreneurs

    07/25/2014 12:29:16 PM PDT · by Edmunds mom · 1 replies
    PhilanthropyDaily.com ^ | July 9, 2014 | Scott Walter
    America isn’t just a bit more generous than your typical country. We’re an order of magnitude (and counting) more generous than most countries, including Germany and Japan. ... “American capitalism differs from all other forms of industrial capitalism” because it focuses "on both the creation of wealth (entrepreneurship) and the reconstitution of wealth (philanthropy). Philanthropy is part of the implicit social contract that continuously nurtures and revitalizes economic prosperity." ... nonprofits must learn that they are not in an “independent sector.” They are dependent not just on that abstraction known as the economy but also, horrors, on its heroic leaders,...
  • APNewsBreak: Gun law based on flawed estimate

    07/25/2014 11:54:04 AM PDT · by dware · 19 replies
    Associated Press via Yahoo! ^ | 07.25.2014 | IVAN MORENO
    DENVER (AP) — A law expanding background check requirements on Colorado gun sales has been in effect for about a year, and an Associated Press analysis of state data compiled during that span shows the projected impact was vastly overstated in a key budget report.
  • A Magical Tale of a Boy, a Bible and a Gun in Texas

    07/25/2014 11:47:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Suzanne Fields
    Social conservatives feel betrayed by the popular culture, and why not? If Hollywood depicts someone with a gun or a Bible, he's a figure of ridicule, entitled to say with Rodney Dangerfield: "I don't get no respect." (But Rodney's was an act, and he got paid for it.) The coastal "sophisticates" mock the rubes, as in an episode on "True Blood," the HBO series with werewolves, vampires and theocratic bloodsuckers, which depicts two rich Republican stereotypes at a Ted Cruz fundraiser at the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas where a massacre follows. What fun. Relief is at hand....
  • Progessives' Proudly Exploit Black Pain, Crave Moral Superiority By Using Term "Apartheid State"

    07/25/2014 10:52:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Tony Katz
    Apartheid in South Africa - the systematic, institutionalized racism that berated, belittled and exploited the black population - was horrific. It told black people that they are less than human. It insulted their very existence. It is an evil concept that has no place in any society. So why are so many progressives willing to dismiss the hate perpetrated on blacks, and use the term improperly to gain themselves a cheap political advantage? Progressives use the term "apartheid state" to make themselves look good when castigating others; they willfully and gleefully misrepresent history, and mock those who suffered through a...
  • Report: 117% increase in children 12 and younger crossing border alone

    07/25/2014 10:50:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 25, 2014 | By MOLLY HENNESSY-FISKE
    Not only have more unaccompanied children illegally crossed the southern border this year — more than twice last year's total — but they are crossing at much younger ages, according to a study released this week. There has been a 117% increase in apprehensions among unaccompanied children ages 12 and younger and a 12% increase among teenagers between the 2013 and 2014 fiscal years, according to government statistics obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the Pew Research Center. There are still more 13- to 17-year-olds crossing, 84% of youths apprehended. Most are 16- and 17-year-olds, Lopez said....
  • Hamas' Triumph

    07/25/2014 10:45:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Mona Charen
    Hamas, with perhaps unwitting help from President Barack Obama, is achieving its war aim: to legitimize Islamic supremacism and Jew-hatred, and take it global. Jews are no longer safe in Europe or even in some places in the U.S. Who now recalls that when Hamas was elected, the world responded with disgust? Hamas was on everyone's terrorist list. Flailing, the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and United States asked Hamas to recognize Israel, renounce terror and agree to live by previous agreements between Israel and the Palestinian National Authority. Hamas refused. Nevertheless, its image is much improved. Hamas enjoys...
  • Florida schools get ready for flood of border kids

    07/25/2014 10:44:43 AM PDT · by Politico2isBack · 28 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | July 25, 2014 | Marianela Toledo
    MIAMI — With more than 51,000 unaccompanied Central American children already here, and more expected to come, school officials ask the federal government for a helping hand. Border kids costs more to educate, about $1,900 per head. Teachers must be bilingual. The students will need health care and psychological services because many arrive sick and traumatized by things they;ve seen and experienced on their journeys north. Daisy Gonzalez-Diego, communications officer at the Miami-Dade County Public School, said up until now, the school district have relied on their emergency funds to help cover the costs. “We are asking the federal government...
  • Obama's Utopian Statism Is Both Below and On the Radar

    07/25/2014 10:20:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    It's no wonder President Obama tries to lock his normally fawning liberal media out of his fundraisers. He says things he doesn't want even them to hear -- or report. Sometimes they complain, but their disgraceful loyalty never wanes. On the West Coast earlier this week to meet donors from two top Democratic super PACs, he specifically excluded the press. According to Politico, "the reporters and photographers traveling with the president on Air Force One and in his motorcade were left on the gravel path not even within sight of former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal's house in the Seattle suburbs...
  • Former contractor says she was attacked by rats at DC's Providence Hospital (Graphic content)

    07/25/2014 10:18:20 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 28 replies
    Fox 5 ^ | July 24, 2014 | Rick Boone
    It is an odd and very disturbing story. A hospital contractor in Northeast D.C. was attacked by rats on the job and she says they are the same rats that are eating bodies in the morgue.
  • Changes to make Wisconsin's Do Not Call list more user-friendly

    07/25/2014 10:18:12 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 7-25-14 | Rick Barrett
    Changes are coming to Wisconsin's Do Not Call Registry effective Aug. 1, the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said Friday. Users will no longer be required to register their phone numbers every two years, and their numbers will be placed on the national list aimed at preventing unwanted telemarketing calls and text messages. Consumers can sign up once and not have to worry about whether their registrations lapse. Also, new registrations will be handled by the Federal Trade Commission's national Do Not Call list, and those registrations will become effective the following day rather than weeks later,...
  • Lawmaker to Push Bill Requiring Dinesh D'Souza's 'America' Be Shown in Schools

    07/25/2014 9:57:56 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 36 replies
    Hhollywood Reporter ^ | 7-25-14 | Paul Bond
    Florida GOP state senator Alan Hays said he’ll propose a bill mandating that students in the 1,700 Florida public high schools and middle schools are to be shown the film unless their parents object. A Florida state senator plans to introduce a bill that would make Dinesh D'Souza's docudrama, America, required viewing for most teenagers in the state, The Hollywood Reporter learned on Friday. Republican Alan Hays said he’ll introduce in November his one-page bill that simply states that students in the 1,700 Florida public high schools and middle schools are to be shown the film unless their parents object....
  • Michelle O Partners With Big Food Company to Promote Genetically Modified Foods

    07/25/2014 9:52:04 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 54 replies
    Progressive Today ^ | July 25th, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    The popular agriculture company Monsanto is partnering with First Lady Michelle Obama to promote nutritional foods for kids. According to reports from the Associated Press, Monsanto will spend $50 million over five years on a campaign to market ‘healthy’ genetically modified food to children.
  • What We Women Want

    07/25/2014 9:35:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 74 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Renee Elmers
    Just the other day when I was home in Dunn, a woman standing in the checkout line told me that she felt as though she had less money in her pocket. And, unfortunately, she’s right. Did you know that the average clothing cost for children has risen $310 during the president’s term and that food costs have risen an average of $210? Or that an average family of four is missing as much as $1,120 from their monthly budget? I bet women do. No one understands the true implications of these missing dollars better than women. Women are the ones...
  • UN: A Club in Need of Higher Standards

    07/25/2014 9:25:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    As legend has it, Groucho Marx sent the Friars Club a telegram that read, "Please accept my resignation. I don't care to belong to any club that will have me as a member." At least the Friars Club had standards. What to make of the United Nations? It has a single criterion for membership: existence. Admittedly, this is an unattainable standard for such fictional realms as Westeros, Erewhon, Kreplakistan and numerous locales from the TV series "MacGyver" (Gnubia, Kabulstan et al.). But if you're a nation-state that actually exists, you're a shoe-in, like Kate Upton trying to get into a...
  • Obama Democrats Lose Their Big Bet on Health Exchanges

    07/25/2014 9:07:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Words mean what they say. That's the basis for the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Halbig v. Burwell invalidating the Internal Revenue Service regulation approving subsidies for Obamacare consumers in states with federal health insurance exchanges. The law passed by Congress, Judge Thomas Griffith explained, provided for subsidies in states with state-created exchanges, but not in states with federal exchanges. That's factually correct, and under the Constitution, the government can't spend money not authorized by Congress. This has not prevented Democrats from calling the decision "judicial activism," which makes as much sense as...
  • The Malaysia Airlines crash is the end of Russia’s fairy tale

    07/25/2014 8:46:33 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 75 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 18, 2014 | Anne Applebaum
    Before there is any further discussion of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, it’s important that one point be made absolutely clear: This plane crash is a result of the Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine, an operation deliberately designed to create legal, political and military chaos. Without this chaos, a surface-to-air missile would not have been fired at a passenger plane. From the beginning, the Russian government did not send regular soldiers to Ukraine. Instead, it sent Russian mercenaries and security service operatives such as Igor Strelkov — the commander in chief in Donetsk and a Russian secret police colonel who fought...
  • Google’s $1B purchase of Twitch confirmed — joins YouTube for new video empire

    07/25/2014 8:46:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    Venture Beat ^ | 7/25/14 | Dean Takahashi
    Google has signed a deal to buy game-livestreaming firm Twitch for $1 billion, confirmed sources familiar with the matter. We don’t know everything about this deal, such as when it will be announced and the exact purchase price. We do know that...