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  • Pop Atheism and the Power of the Gospel

    07/23/2014 12:35:08 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper
    ligonier.org ^ | July 22, 2014 | Nathan W Bingham/Dan DeWitt
    ... “Meanwhile, I am left with the Atheist on my hands,” Dorothy Sayers once penned to C.S. Lewis in a letter in which she sought some practical advice from the popular Oxford apologist. She went on to write, “I do not want him. I have no use for him. I have no missionary zeal at all.” While many Christians likely attempt to project a little more enthusiasm for evangelism, I’m not sure they do not, deep down, resonate with Sayers’ sentiment. With the relentless barrage of new atheist bravado over the last decade, believers are liable to grow weary in...
  • Rand Paul Rips Obama as Immigration Becomes Major 2016 Issue.

    07/22/2014 11:27:16 PM PDT · by Jack Black · 1 replies
    Breitbart / Big Government ^ | 22 July 2014 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty for illegal aliens via the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and other executive orders is a “magnet” for illegal immigration, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Breitbart News on Tuesday. “All of that is a magnet and a beacon for people to come,” Paul said when asked about Obama’s executive immigration orders during a brief interview outside the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) headquarters. “You can’t have any kind of beacon without securing the border first. It really illustrates what conservatives have been saying all along, myself included: You can’t vote for immigration reform,...
  • It’s Time for Conservatives to Stop Defending Police

    07/22/2014 9:32:19 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 76 replies
    Imagine if I were to tell you there is a large group of government employees, with generous salaries and ridiculously cushy retirement pensions covered by the taxpayer, who enjoy incredible job security and are rarely held accountable even for activities that would almost certainly earn the rest of us prison time. When there is proven misconduct, these government employees are merely reassigned and are rarely dismissed. The bill for any legal settlements concerning their errors? It, too, is covered by the taxpayers. Their unions are among the strongest in the country. No, I’m not talking about public-school teachers. I’m talking...
  • American flags replaced with white flags on Brooklyn Bridge

    07/22/2014 10:51:36 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 17 replies
    ABC ^ | 7/22/2014 | ABC
    BROOKLYN BRIDGE -- Someone has replaced two American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with mysterious white flags. The white flags - international symbols of surrender - fluttered Tuesday from poles on the stone supports that hold cables above the bridge connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan. One of the flags, viewed via video, appeared to have faint traces of stars and stripes on it. Police say it isn't clear what time they were placed there - or by whom.
  • ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Is Finally No. 1 On The Billboard Charts With ‘Mandatory Fun’

    07/22/2014 10:07:25 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 33 replies
    Uproxx.com ^ | 22JUL2014 | Andrew Roberts
    “Weird Al” Yankovic’s new album, Mandatory Fun, is set to take the number one spot on the music charts, making it his first number one of his career. Take that Internet parody creators! It’s fitting that “Weird Al” would claim his first number one album on the Billboard 200 here and now. Not only is his popularity booming thanks to last week’s onslaught of media coverage, but it is also the 25th anniversary of UHF (something we will be celebrating tomorrow). It would seem that Yankovic is going to have a lot to digest in celebration of this achievement, but...
  • Kanye West: Celebrities Treated Like Blacks in 1960s

    07/22/2014 9:26:44 PM PDT · by This Just In · 16 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | July 21, 2014 | Christian Toto
    The most jaw-dropping comments from Kanye West's just-released interview with GQ Magazine wasn't that he confirmed giving a 45-minute toast to himself on his wedding day.
  • China cracks down on online rumors, porn

    07/22/2014 8:11:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2014 9:46 PM EDT
    Chinese authorities have tightened already rigorous Internet controls by cracking down on online pornography and what state media called “rumormongers” and “slanderous content.” […] Xinhua said the government would also increase punishments for spreading rumors online, although it didn’t specify how it would do that. Already, Chinese courts can sentence people for up to three years in prison for writing online comments deemed defamatory. As part of the new campaign, the government has shut down websites and punished nearly 40 people it called rumormongers. …
  • Giants blasted for David Tyree hire

    07/22/2014 8:10:31 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    ESPNNewYork.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | MIke Mazzeo
    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Human Rights Campaign blasted the New York Giants' hiring of David Tyree on Tuesday for his past comments in which he expressed anti-gay views. Tyree, who was hired as the team's director of player development, said in 2011 that he would trade in his famous Super Bowl helmet catch if it would stop homosexuals from being married.
  • Conservatives get a big 2014 boost from ‘fatal blow’ to Obamacare

    07/22/2014 8:06:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 22, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    At first blush, a federal appeals court’s decision on Tuesday that dealt what many considered to be a near” fatal blow” to the Affordable Care Act could also appear to be a blow to Republicans’ hopes for retaking the Senate in November. Obamacare supporters are enraged. The decision in Halbig v. Burwell, which invalidated the federal government’s ability to provide subsidies for those Americans who purchased insurance through a federal health insurance exchange, could mean a major increase in premium rates for more than half of the 8 million who enrolled in ACA plans. The appeals court ruled that, as...
  • Breaking down ‘illegal immigration’ terminology

    07/22/2014 7:51:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    KXAN-TV ^ | July 21, 2014 | Jay Wiles
    The issue of illegal immigration continues to cover national headlines. After reading articles and talking with friends and coworkers, it’s easy to hear a lot of terms trying to personify an international issue. You have probably heard the words “immigrant,” “migrant,” “alien” or maybe even “refugee” to describe people who come into the U.S. illegally. We wanted to look at what these terms specifically mean. Merriam-Webster dictionary describes the word ‘immigrant‘ as “a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence.” The word ‘migrant‘ means “a person who goes from one place to another especially to find...
  • The Ordeal of Post-Obama Change

    07/22/2014 7:25:47 PM PDT · by upchuck · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Tue, July 22, 2014 | Christopher Chantrill
    Want to get a new angle on Obama's Hope and Change mantra? Longshoreman philosopher Eric Hoffer wrote the book about it before Obama was even born: The Ordeal of Change. [E]very radical adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem... It needs inordinate self-confidence to face drastic change without inner trembling. “Action,” wrote Hoffer, “is the most obvious way by which to gain confidence and prove our worth... [but] there must be an abundance of opportunities, and there must be a tradition of self-reliance” for a program of action to work. And back in the 19th century when the first great wave of...
  • Chinese City Under Quarantine After Bubonic Plague Black Death

    07/22/2014 7:22:29 PM PDT · by lbryce · 44 replies
    You Tube Cosmo News ^ | July 22, 2014 | Staff
    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.
  • China Using Psychiatric Treatment as Punishment for Political Dissident

    07/22/2014 6:55:14 PM PDT · by lbryce · 20 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 22, 2014 | Daniel Wiser
    Xing Shiku tortured 'with chains' and 'electric shocks' in psychiatric hospital The Chinese government routinely uses psychiatric confinements as a tool to control dissidents, a Chinese human rights group said on Monday. Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) highlighted the case of Xing Shiku, a Chinese petitioner who has been involuntarily detained at the Daowai District Psychiatric Hospital in Harbin City since February 2007.; CHRD says Xing was arrested in Beijing for filing complaints to government authorities about corruption and labor violations that occurred due to the privatization of the state-owned company where he once worked. He was then immediately transferred...
  • The Middle East Disease is Anti-Semitism

    07/22/2014 6:53:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, this is typical, sadly typical. I had a staff member, my trusted and loyal chief of staff, H.R., just said to me during the break, "My God, there's no law! Nothing means anything! Oh, my God, I'm depressed!" I said, "H.R., I've been where you are for five years." Ever since this guy was immaculated. Everything that's happening here I had a total -- I was like Nostradamus. I knew, not specifically, but I knew this kind of thing was going to happen. Remember the discussion yesterday, talking about Middle East peace and the Ukrainian situation,...
  • Sarah Palin Helps Cast The View – Tammy Bruce As ‘Anti-Rosie’?

    07/22/2014 6:53:22 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 17 replies
    http://nikkifinke.com ^ | July 15, 2014 | Nikki Finke
    The best way on TV to shut up a loudmouth is with another loudmouth. I’ve learned that Tea Party advocate Tammy Bruce – the outspoken nationally syndicated radio show host, author, and Fox News talking head – is being considered for a hosting slot on The View as the so-called "anti-Rosie". What makes this especially interesting is that Bruce reportedly was suggested to the show by Sarah Palin. "I don’t think Sarah Palin is being considered to be a panelist on the show. I think she’s working behind the scenes to help them cast the conservative," an insider tells me....
  • Flashback 2012: We Predicted Subsidies Would Trip Up Obamacare

    07/22/2014 6:47:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, back on July 3rd, 2012. You can go look it up, with our brilliant exhaustive search feature at RushLimbaugh.com. "These 'State Exchanges' Are a Health Care DMV," is the slug line of the segment, and I am just gonna read to you excerpts of what I said that day, July 3rd, 2012. "[Michael Tanner]: 'One last wrinkle: It is those subsidies that trigger the penalty,' or the tax, whatever you want to call it, 'under Obamacare for employers who fail to provide workers with insurance. So states that don't set up exchanges could also escape the...
  • A Huge Day for the Rule of Law

    07/22/2014 6:40:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Yeah, it's big. It's very, very big, but what the heck? Obama could just rewrite the law again if he wants to. He's already done that 71 times. That's the official count. It's either 41 or 71. I'm not sure, one of the two, probably 71. All the waivers, all the delays, all the rewrites, 71 executive changes to Obamacare, if you count the IRS and their interpretation of things. Anyway, it's a big ruling, if it holds, ladies and gentlemen. How are you? Great to be back with you. Rush Limbaugh here at the Limbaugh Institute...
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    07/22/2014 5:59:59 PM PDT · by LUV W · 64 replies
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  • (Bleep): Ted Cruz Rips HBO Over 'Misogynist' 'True Blood' Episode

    07/22/2014 4:47:22 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 Jul 2014 | John Nolte
    Using Facebook, Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz responded to a Sunday night episode of HBO's "True Blood." The show revolved around a vampire bloodbath at a fictional Ted Cruz fundraising event held at the George W. Bush Presidential Library. The episode is laced with insults aimed at the GOP and coins the term "Republi-cunt." Cruz labeled the episode "misogynist and profanity-ridden" and then added that he was surprised "HBO is suggesting that hard-core leftists are blood-sucking fiends...." Of all the places I never thought to be mentioned, HBO's True Blood vampire show would have to be near the top of...
  • You Blew It! TSA Literally Becomes a Joke

    07/22/2014 4:33:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Mark Skousen
    You Blew It! TSA Literally Becomes a Joke “TSA is the gold standard of airline security.” – John Pistole, director, TSA (Thousands Standing Around) Last week, roughly 2,000 people joined me for the annual FreedomFest conference in Las Vegas, and it offered an opportunity to poke fun at the TSA, a federal agency that seems to probe and prod a bit too aggressively even when encountering innocent and harmless passengers. We performed a modern-day version of Camelot as our featured entertainment during Saturday evening’s gala and included a humorous scene of Sir Lancelot trying to arrive from France to aid...
  • Court Rulings Confirm That ObamaCare Is A Tangled Mess

    07/22/2014 4:31:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Investors.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    ObamaCare: A federal court has appropriately endangered the health of the Affordable Care Act — a "reform" that's turning out to be every bit the mess we feared. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a ruling Tuesday morning that said the federal government cannot provide health insurance subsidies for residents in the 36 states that have not set up their own ObamaCare exchanges. In Halbig v. Burwell, a three-judge panel declared 2-1, as it should have, that the law meant what it said when it plainly stated that subsidies were only available to those buying ObamaCare...
  • When Obamacare loses in court, insurance companies lose, too

    07/22/2014 4:14:58 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/22/14 | Timothy P Carney
    When the administration lost an Obamacare case in federal court Tuesday, the insurance companies lost as well... Subsidies were one of the many goodies Obamacare provided insurers. Obamacare also required individuals to buy insurance, compelled many business owners to insure employees, expanded Medicaid (which is often administered by private insurers) and supplied a bailout to struggling insurers in the form of “risk corridors.” The Halbig ruling is a triple threat to the insurers’ Obamacare favors. By stripping away tax credits, it reduces insurance companies transfers’ from the federal government. Halbig also reduces the impact of the law’s employer mandate and...
  • HuffPo Attacks Companies for Making Too Much Profit

    07/22/2014 3:33:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    The Huffington Post is beside itself with indignant rage over companies moving their headquarters overseas to avoid paying the highest corporate income tax in the industrialized world. Feeling that Secretary Jack Lew was onto something when he accused companies of being economic traitors for reducing their tax burden, the HuffPo let loose a string of economic illiterate ramblings about the indecency of corporate profits.Early last week, the drug firm Mylan stomped on the Stars and Stripes as it ditched America for the Netherlands. Then, on Friday, the drug company AbbVie similarly renounced America. For 30 pieces of silver, it will...
  • Dems to chop Obama’s border request

    07/22/2014 3:23:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 22, 2014 | Alexander Bolton & Peter Schroeder
    Senate Democrats will chop $1 billion from President Obama’s emergency spending request to secure the Texas border but have rejected Republican demands to change legal protections for child immigrants from Central America. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) told colleagues Tuesday that she will move a bill with $2.7 billion in emergency spending for the border, substantially less than the $3.7 billion requested by Obama, according to Democratic sources. The legislation will not include language demanded by Republicans and some centrist Democrats giving the administration more flexibility to swiftly deport children from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and other noncontiguous...
  • A Simple Solution to the Highway Trust Fund Deficit

    07/22/2014 3:20:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m a big believer in federalism, both as a matter of policy and politics. So you won’t be surprised that I’ve called for the abolition of the Department of Transportation. On more than one occasion. But when you’re trying to convince politicians to give up power and money, it takes a lot repetition. So, to paraphrase what Ronald Reagan said to Jimmy Carter, here we go again. Dan Mitchell Urging Abolition of Department of Transportation I want to emphasize one part of the interview. I’m agnostic on the issue of whether America as a whole needs more infrastructure spending, but...
  • Does Your Senator Support Abortion Up to Birth With No Limits?

    07/22/2014 3:05:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Life News ^ | July 22, 2014 | Andrew Bair
    Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on a radical pro-abortion bill (S.1696) sponsored by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Ct.) and promoted by major pro-abortion advocacy groups.If enacted, the law would nullify virtually all limits on abortion nationwide, including protective measures that enjoy broad public support, including informed consent laws, waiting periods and laws that protect pain-capable unborn children from excruciating abortions late in pregnancy.The bill, which has been characterized as the “Abortion Without Limits Until Birth” Act, currently has 35 co-sponsors, all Democrats.With nearly two thirds of Senate Democrats on board with Blumenthal’s plan to expand abortion, the...
  • Getting Away With Murder

    07/22/2014 3:04:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Mark Nuckols
    Vladimir Putin is hoping to get away with murder. Last week a civilian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine by a sophisticated anti-aircraft missile system, and 298 innocent people died as a result. Simple logic and all the early evidence to point to Russia as the guilty party, but Putin smugly believes that he will get off scot-free. And he has good reasons to think so. He enjoys strong support from a gullible and fiercely nationalistic Russian public that uncritically believes the Kremlin’s propaganda. The militants who almost certainly brought down Malaysian Airways Flight MH 17 with Russian support...
  • When College Isn't Worth It

    07/22/2014 2:50:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Charles Payne
    Much noise has been made about the growing student loan bubble and what kind of impact it will have on the economy when it goes “boom.” It is a reasonable question, but if you are thinking this is just like the housing bubble, or the tech/Internet- stock market bubble, you are wrong. There is no doubt that the rapid spike in student loans over the past five-years has been alarming, especially since the funding and now the risk comes at the expense of taxpayers. However, being accustomed to getting the short end of the stick when the world is turned...
  • Eighty Years Ago Today, John Dillinger Helped Create the FBI

    07/22/2014 2:39:19 PM PDT · by Borges · 10 replies
    Reason ^ | 7/22/2014 | Ed Krayewski
    Gangster John Dillinger’s lifelong career of crime—he robbed at least 12 banks and four police departments and was accused of shooting and killing an East Chicago police officer while escaping one bank robbery—ended, with his life, eighty years ago today outside the Biograph Theater in Chicago, Illinois. Agents from the Division of Investigation (DOI) of the Justice Department (DOJ), a predecessor to the FBI, surrounded the theater based on a tip from an informant and then shot and killed him when he resisted arrest outside.
  • Jorge Ramos: "No Government Should Be In The Business Of Deporting Children"

    07/22/2014 2:36:51 PM PDT · by C19fan · 42 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 22, 2014 | Jorge Ramos
    JORGE RAMOS: We have to be realistic: Central American children will continue to show up at this border by the tens of thousands. We know they are fleeing violence, gangs and poverty, and they know that this country will give them a hand. No, I am not - we are not - encouraging them to come here all the way from San Salvador and San Pedro Sula. As we've shown you, it's an incredibly dangerous journey, many don't make it, but we cannot advocate for mass deportations every time we have an immigration crisis in this country. That's not the...
  • The Biggest Hypocrites in America

    07/22/2014 2:04:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Bill Kerpen
    Liberal megadonor Tom Steyer, failing to raise any significant outside money for his global warming Super PAC, turned to one of his San Francisco neighbors for a million dollar check. It was Herb Sandler, the subprime mortgage lender at the heart of the housing crisis, and like Steyer a huge hypocrite. Tom Steyer made his fortune as an international coal financier while enticing investors with a tax-avoidance strategy featuring offshore shelters in the Caymans, Mauritius, and Singapore. Now he's using that fortune to support liberal Democrats who want to hike taxes and deny hardworking Americans access to the same...
  • How Investing Resembles Moviemaking More than Photo Taking

    07/22/2014 1:46:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Chris Versace
    During the last few weeks, I’ve shared some important pre-trade and post-trade analytical steps that I do for each recommendation in my investment newsletter PowerTrend Profits and for positions in my Thematic Growth Portfolio. If you aren’t doing these, you need to go back and get started by re-reading these two bulletins. Since those two articles were published, I’ve received more than a few questions about what should be done in between the pre-trade and post-trade analysis. I thought that was a great question. But before I answer it, let’s consider the difference between a movie and a photograph. There...
  • D'Souza's America

    07/22/2014 1:41:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Jack Kerwick
    Its friends in the media would have us think that Dinesh D’ Souza’s latest cinematic work, America: Imagine a World Without Her, is worth seeing because of the effectiveness with which D’ Souza demolishes the standard leftist charges leveled against the United States. I come away from this film with a dramatically different response. While D’ Souza is to be commended for establishing, by way of quite a few tidbits that promise to be news to most viewers, America hardly has a monopoly on “oppression,” what he gives with one hand D’ Souza takes with the other: D’ Souza not...
  • While Hillary Clinton offers a resume, Elizabeth Warren offers a plan

    07/22/2014 1:37:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 07/22/2014 | Byron York
    It seems almost too obvious to mention, but presidential candidates need a clear idea of why they want to be president. In the past few days, Democrats have heard that their still-undeclared front runner, Hillary Clinton, needs time to think about the question. Meanwhile, another undeclared hopeful, Elizabeth Warren, is thrilling liberal audiences with a forceful, point-by-point declaration of the principles that would guide her as president. The contrast is striking. Clinton is offering Democrats her resume. Warren is offering them a plan.
  • Is your mail arriving after dark? USPS service cuts are to blame, watchdog says

    07/22/2014 1:30:58 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 22, 2014 | Lisa Rein and Lynh Bui
    Mail is being delivered after 5 p.m. almost 70 percent of the time to residents and businesses in the District and the Maryland suburbs in violation of U.S. Postal Service policy, an investigation released Tuesday found. The number of letter carriers who are still on their routes after 5 p.m., even in the winter darkness, and the delayed delivery of letters and packages has grown so dramatically in recent years that the Capital District now ranks as the worst area in the country for late mail service, a report by Postal Service Inspector General David Williams concluded. Northern Virginia also...
  • UKRAINE Donetsk: 140 day prayer marathon.

    07/22/2014 1:21:10 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com
    22.07.14-140 day prayer Marathon. In the morning, had to send three buses with the settlers, and several cars in different directions. Unfortunately one bus did not go, not because of the fighting or the inability to check out, and people just ignored it. Yesterday when bombed asked hysterically that they would be urgently taken, and when a little calmed down, then simply ignored this while then did not take the tube, and just sent one away. How to understand people then? I had to pay the driver 400 UAH. Not ustoyku , and a few people just taken by car...
  • How Many Americans Are Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual? (Answer: Not that many)

    07/22/2014 12:42:47 PM PDT · by jalisco555 · 60 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 · 42 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 · 15 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 · 9 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 · 15 replies
    Imaginative Conservative ^ | July 21, 2014 | Joseph Pearce
    It takes courage to speak out against the threatening presence of Islam in todayÂ’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 cowardÂ’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 · 23 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 · 15 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 · 53 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 president’s 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 · 53 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, it’s 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. “They’re killing, they’re raping, they’re robbing, they’re 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 · 24 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. He’s 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 · 40 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 · 8 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 Coal’s 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" "It’s tough [and] it’s sad to...
  • Layoffs Prove the Deceit of Amnesty

    07/22/2014 11:12:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 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 · 34 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...