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  • One Republican, One Democrat, Uninhabited Island, Reality TV...Need We Say More

    09/19/2014 11:00:59 PM PDT · by This Just In · 12 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 19 Sep 2014, 3:00 AM PDT | Yehuda Remer
    Is it possible for Republicans and Democrats to put aside partisan politics and work together? Well a new show called Rival Survival answers that question. The show puts two U.S. Senators, Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM), on an uninhabited island for six days and nights and force them to work together without any connection to the outside world.
  • Veganism "Can Cause Serious Harm" Say Swiss Authorities

    09/19/2014 9:39:11 PM PDT · by This Just In · 50 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 19 Sep 2014, 3:00 AM PDT | Oliver Lane
    As the popularity of alternative-lifestyle choice ‘veganism’ increases across Europe, officials in Switzerland have expressed concerns about the health implications for children who have the unusual diet forced on them by “idealistic” parents. In the statement, Swiss officials said: “Vegan food is not recommended for young children. It can cause serious harm”. The lack of vitamin B12, which is seriously deficient in Vegan diets is the main cause of the interjection by federal health officials, who have warned denying children access to animal-derived food at an early age can cause health problems.
  • Freakin Jaw is killin me... (my vanity, my title)

    09/19/2014 9:37:30 PM PDT · by Vendome · 114 replies
    Vanity | Vendome
    So yeah, I posted lame "topics" but, y'all love me, so here it is. cracked my back molar, dentist put a temp on it, crushed the lil plastic thing yesterday, pretty dentist put the old aluminium one on until the permanent comes from Vietnam or wherever. Thing is, it hurts, like it's bare and for the 1st time in my life my stomach hurts. Okay, so I whine but, could be worse, right? I mean, I'm a single, 51 year old man. If were pregnant and walking the streets of Somalia, I don't think, maybe, they would understand. I feel...
  • RCN’s Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships named Harry DeWolf Class

    09/19/2014 9:34:42 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 2 replies
    Royal Canadian Navy ^ | September 19, 2014
    Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the name of the first of the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) yesterday in Hamilton, Ontario. Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Harry DeWolf is named in honour of a wartime Canadian naval hero. HMCS Harry DeWolf is the first of the AOPS designed to better enable the RCN to exercise sovereignty in Canadian waters, including in the Arctic. The AOPS will be known as the Harry DeWolf Class, with HMCS Harry DeWolf as the lead ship. Subsequent ships in the class will be named to honour other prominent Canadian naval heroes who...
  • London businessman and his THREE wives - up to 20,000 such multi-wife marriages in POLYGAMY BRITAIN

    09/19/2014 8:18:33 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 30 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 9/19/14 | Rebecca Evans
    As a bright, eager student at Cambridge University, with one degree already under her belt, Nabilah Phillips could look forward to a successful career and comfortable future. After completing her engineering PhD she would, perhaps, take up a coveted, highly-paid job in industry, or stay on as an academic lecturing the next generation. Instead, however, Nabilah, now 35, took an extremely unexpected path.She abandoned her studies, forfeiting her hard-won university place and entered a polygamous marriag e, becoming the second wife of London businessman Hasan Phillips, 32 — who has since acquired a third wife. Nabilah, her husband and his...
  • Decoding Columbus’ map

    09/19/2014 7:48:44 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19 September 2014 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    In 1491, German cartographer Henricus Martellus created a map of the world that would help Christopher Columbus navigate the Atlantic. Today, the map holds secrets about what Europeans in the 15th Century knew about geography. But unfortunately much of its historic text has faded. But now a team of researchers in the US is using a technique called multispectral imaging to uncover the hidden information that Columbus had at his fingertips. In 1491, cartographer Henricus Martellus created a map of the world that would help Christopher Columbus navigate the Atlantic. Today, it holds secrets into what 15th Century Europeans knew...
  • Freedom From Truth: FFRF is beyond all reason

    09/19/2014 7:47:30 PM PDT · by Daniel Clark · 9 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | September 19, 2014 | Daniel Clark
    Freedom From Truth: FFRF is beyond all reason by Daniel Clark “Our purpose is to protect the constitutional principle of separation between state and church,” At least that’s what Freedom From Religion Foundation Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor wrote in a thinly veiled threat to the Allegheny County Council, to dissuade it from installing a plaque in the county courthouse that says “In God We Trust.” That principle, like everything else the FFRF stands for, is a lie. If Gaylor and friends can point to anything in the U.S. Constitution that prohibits a Pittsburgh courthouse from acknowledging God, this particular resident...
  • Ferguson mob swarms town meeting: If cop gets off, ‘ya’ll better bring every army y’all got.

    09/19/2014 7:19:32 PM PDT · by walford · 133 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | September 17, 2014 | Joe Saunders
    A raucous crowd disrupted speakers, threatened violence and accused police of murder Tuesday night as the fallout from the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., reignited. And anyone who disagreed with the mob needed a police escort to get out. That was the scene of “democracy” as protesters apparently conceive it during a meeting of the St. Louis County Council in Clayton, Mo., as a meeting called to conduct local government descended into two hours of near chaos and mob rule, according to an account by the St. Louis Post Dispatch. The mob was on hand, of course, to “protest” the...
  • Police Have a Much Bigger Domestic Abuse Problem Than the NFL

    09/19/2014 7:10:47 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 22 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 9-19-14 | Conor Friedersdorf
    I'd urge everyone who believes in zero tolerance for NFL employees caught beating their wives or girlfriends to direct as much attention—or ideally, even more attention—at police officers who assault their partners. Several studies have found that the romantic partners of police officers suffer domestic abuse at rates significantly higher than the general population. And while all partner abuse is unacceptable, it is especially problematic when domestic abusers are literally the people that battered and abused women are supposed to call for help. If there's any job that domestic abuse should disqualify a person from holding, isn't it the one...
  • Obama, Clinton urge women to back Democrats

    09/19/2014 6:48:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/18/14 | Ken Thomas - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Heading into President Barack Obama's final midterm election in the White House, Democrats on Friday sought to energize female voters, pointing to women as key to the party's future. "We do better when we field the whole team. When women succeed, America succeeds," Obama said at an annual forum sponsored by the Democratic National Committee.
  • Ecofeminism

    09/19/2014 6:12:16 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 5 replies
    http://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Ecofeminism.html | no date given | No Attribution
    Ecofeminism, or ecological feminism, is a term coined in 1974 by Françoise d'Eaubonne. It is a philosophy and movement born from the union of feminist and ecological thinking and the belief that the social mentality that leads to the domination and oppression of women is directly connected to the social mentality that leads to the abuse of the natural environment. It combines eco-anarchism or bioregional democracy with a strong ideal of feminism. Its advocates often emphasize the importance of interrelationships between humans, non-human others (e.g. pigs, squirrels, toads), and the earth.
  • FReeper Canteen - Tunes for the troops - 20 Sept 2014

    09/19/2014 6:01:06 PM PDT · by AZamericonnie · 104 replies
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  • Huge police presence at rugby league game just a day after Australia's biggest terror raids

    09/19/2014 5:21:37 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 20th September 2014 | Nelson Groom
    Security was in full force at Allianz Stadium tonight in response to heightened terrorism fears across Australia. Throughout the match and at half-time, police were patrolling the aisles, checking along the rows at the feet of spectators for anything suspicious. At the break, more than 30 security staff and police guarded the playing field. Radio station 2GB reported that three bearded men of middle-eastern appearance were removed by police from the venue, however police later denied the claim With the country on high alert, this may be a glimpse into what the future live sport experience might be like for...
  • Philippe Couillard says Quebec-Scotland vote comparisons 'risky'

    09/19/2014 5:11:47 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 11 replies
    CBC News ^ | 09/19/2014 | Janyce McGregor
    Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says Scotland's referendum was an example of the same kind of "healthy" tension that exists in Quebec's democracy, but the comparisons stop there, as federal politicians from John Baird to Stéphane Dion welcomed the defeat of Scottish independence. "It is an example of a healthy state of tension in sub-national states in countries like U.K. or Canada between a strong feeling of identity, which I think Scots and Quebecers have in common, and at the same time the desire to belong to a larger political organization, the U.K. or Canada," Couillard said Friday. "All comparisons after...
  • Barack Obama adding to terrorism crisis, says (former Australian Prime Minister) John Howard

    09/19/2014 5:02:57 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 20 replies
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 20th September 2014 | Chris Kenny
    A COMPLACENT American President and the failure of Australian Muslims to integrate into the mainstream are two factors identified by John Howard as contributing to the terrorism crisis. ..... When asked if we have become complacent since 9/11, Mr Howard takes aim at Barack Obama, a man whose election he once warned would be welcomed by terrorists. “I think it’s always a danger that you get complacent,” he says. “I was surprised at the complacency in President Obama’s speech a few months ago to the West Point graduation ceremony where he talked about the strength of the threat in, I...
  • This Ted Cruz bill gives shocking new powers to ... Barack Obama?

    09/19/2014 4:36:29 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 30 replies
    Rare / Cox Media Group ^ | September 19, 2014 | Matt Purple
    Senator Ted Cruz isn’t one to throw a bone to the Obama administration. But a new bill that he introduced would give the government enormous new powers when it comes to national security. It’s called the “Expatriate Terrorist Act” and on the surface its intentions seem good enough. It allows the United States to revoke the citizenship of anyone fighting for or aiding a terrorist group like ISIS. “If we do not pass this legislation, the consequence will be that Americans fighting alongside ISIS today may come home tomorrow with a U.S. passport, may come home to New York or...
  • Could ISIS Hurt Franken's Chance for Reelection?

    09/19/2014 3:56:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    While incumbent Minnesota Sen. Al Franken (D) has a comfortable lead in opinion polls, some are wondering if his relatively muted response to ISIS actively recruiting soldiers from Minnesota will come back to haunt him in November.Minnesota has been a hotbed for ISIS recruitment, with over a dozen residents of the Twin Cities traveling to the Middle East to fight for the Islamic State. Two have been killed. Mike McFadden, the Republican candidate for Franken's seat, has jumped on the issue of ISIS in Minneapolis by portraying Franken as ineffectively combating the terror threat.More from ABC: Hours after the release...
  • Democrats Reprise 'War on Women' Case Against Republicans

    09/19/2014 3:46:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 19, 2014 | By JOHN HARWOOD
    Like many candidates attacked over budgets, Thom Tillis, a Republican running for the Senate from North Carolina, responded in a recent debate by disputing his opponent’s numbers. “Kay’s math just doesn’t add up,” he said. The Democratic incumbent, Senator Kay Hagan, seized on that small opening to claim personal offense. “I’m actually insulted,” she declared. “I understand math.” The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, counting heavily on women to turn out across the country, accused Mr. Tillis of “mansplaining” and “condescension” toward his female adversary.
  • Nurse says she's tired of treating ISIL terrorists (Turkey)

    09/19/2014 3:44:48 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 11 replies
    Todays Zaman ^ | 9/17/2014 | Todays Zaman
    A nurse who works at a private hospital in Mersin, a city and province on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, has told Turkish authorities and Parliament that she is sick and tired of treating members of the terrorist organization the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which now calls itself the "Islamic State." The nurse, who was identified only by her initials, E.G., in a news story published by the Taraf daily on Wednesday, said of ISIL militants: “We treat them, and they go on to decapitate people. I am sick of treating wounded ISIL militants.” E.G. has...
  • Nutrition and health in agriculturalists and hunter-gatherers

    09/19/2014 3:27:29 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 4 replies
    proteinpower ^ | 2. April 2009, | Michael R Eades
    Nutrition and health in agriculturalists and hunter-gatherers 22. April 2009, 2:21 UhrLow-carb diets, Paleolithic diet, Paleopathologymreades139 comments 87 When I wrote the Overcoming the Curse of the Mummies chapter in Protein Power, I wrote mainly about the evidence of disease found in the mummies of ancient Egyptians and correlated this disease with their high-carbohydrate diet.  Along with all the material on mummies, which is the part everyone seems to remember, I wrote about a study done in the United States in the 1970s that persuasively demonstrated the superiority of the hunter diet as compared to an agricultural diet, which no...
  • Food stamp system to go down across New York this weekend

    09/19/2014 2:21:45 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 52 replies
    Syracuse.com ^ | 9-19-14 | Marnie Eisenstadt
    Shop now if you depend on food stamps or cash assistance from New York. Neither will work starting early Sunday morning. The system will go down at midnight and isn't expected to come back online until noon Sunday. It's being shut down so the state can switch to a new company to run the program. It will take at least 12 hours to do the switch. Medicaid benefits are on the same card, but they will not be affected by the change. Nearly a third of the city's residents rely on food stamps, according to U.S. Census data. Toni Maxwell,...
  • ECB Debuts Another Policy Failure

    09/19/2014 1:27:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Following on the "success" of the ECB's LTRO (Long Term Refinance Operation) which did nothing to spur lending and everything to create the biggest sovereign bond bubble the world has ever seen, ECB president Mario Draghi announced a TLTRO or Targeted LTRO on September 4. The ECB's intent is to spur lending. Lending Spree Short of Expectations Today the Financial Times reports ECB’s Lending Spree Short of Expectations. The European Central Bank’s first offer of cheap four-year loans has fallen short of expectations, dealing a blow to president Mario Draghi’s hope of sustaining the eurozone’s ailing economy by expanding the...
  • Washington DC Maintains Its Prohibition on the Second Amendment

    09/19/2014 1:19:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Washington DC has been ordered to allow concealed handguns… But, c’mon, let’s not get carried away. I mean, why on Earth would we rush to allow such American freedoms in America’s capitol, right? Following in the footsteps of liberal enclaves like Boston, New York, and the People’s Republic of California, Washington DC is paying lip service to the Second Amendment by crafting a “May Issue” concealed carry rule.Essentially, the rule amounts to an arbitrary case-by-case determination of concealed carry applications, where applicants will be asked to provide a “legitimate” reason for carrying a gun. According to WJLA:The District is seeking to...
  • Subsidies and Third-Party Payer = Inefficiency and Higher Prices

    09/19/2014 1:04:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    People sometimes think I’m strange for being so focused on the economic harm that results from third-party payer. But bear with me and we’ll see why it’s a very important issue.If you’re not already familiar with the term, third-party payer exists when someone other than the consumer is paying for something. And it’s a problem because people aren’t careful shoppers when they have (proverbially) someone else’s credit card.Moreover, sellers have ample incentive to jack up prices, waste resources on featherbedding, and engage in inefficient practices when they know consumers are insensitive to price.I’ve specifically addressed the problem of third-party payer...
  • Whatever Happened to Gun Control? (psychotic Liberal alert)

    09/19/2014 12:53:18 PM PDT · by pabianice · 32 replies
    The Nation ^ | 9/19/14 | Zornick
    The Newtown tragedy was supposed to change everything about gun politics. Why it didn’t—and how reformers might still win... ...Representative Elizabeth Esty’s blueprint for her first term in Congress changed as soon as Adam Lanza rampaged through Sandy Hook Elementary School. Elected five weeks earlier and not yet sworn in, she was suddenly thrust into a calamity that convulsed the nation... But twenty-one months after the shootings and with the midterm elections approaching, Esty is facing a situation that would have seemed absurd and even impossible in those days: her opponent, Mark Greenberg, opposes new federal gun laws.
  • ‘I Will Not Settle'

    09/19/2014 12:41:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Marvin Olasky
    One hundred years ago, on Sept. 21, 1914, Louis Olasky signed a Declaration of Intention “to renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, and particularly to Nicholas II, Emperor of All the Russias.”He also declared in writing, “I am not an anarchist; I am not a polygamist nor a believer in the practice of polygamy; and it is my intention in good faith to become a citizen of the United States of America and to permanently reside therein SO HELP ME GOD.” Five years later, as soon as he legally could, Louis Olasky...
  • Rick Scott's Toll Lanes Definitely Newsworthy ... but an Exposé?

    09/19/2014 12:41:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | September 17, 2014 | Nancy Smith
    In August 2011 Gov. Rick Scott first made it plain he likes toll lanes on major highways and wants more of them. They speed up traffic, he said. In October 2011, PolitiFact Florida checked out his assessment, rated it "mostly true." So it was a little surprising to see the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (FCIR), whose stated purpose is "to expose corruption, waste and miscarriages of justice," expose Scott's commitment to toll lanes. Don't get me wrong, I think it's great this news is well and truly in front of the public again. And shame on all of us...
  • Black people had the power to fix the problems in Ferguson before the Brown shooting. They failed.

    09/19/2014 12:31:39 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 18, 2014 | Charles Cobb
    Many images that came out of Ferguson, Mo., last month looked like scenes from Birmingham, Ala., in the 1960s: the gun-wielding police officers, the sign-carrying protesters and the chants demanding equal treatment and human dignity. But that’s where the similarities ended. For all the righteous indignation it inspired, the Ferguson turmoil has become the latest in a series of flash-in-the-pan causes that peter out without inspiring lasting movements for racial justice. As an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Mississippi during the ’60s, what I learned was the importance of organizing at the grass-roots and how even...
  • Abortion and the mystery of suffering

    09/19/2014 12:24:21 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 8 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/18/14 | Melanie Pritchard
    When I check my Facebook, I love to see people celebrating and sharing beautiful moments in their lives. But today as I peruse my page, I see heartache. First I see the mother of a girl I went to high school youth group with sharing that her mother will die of cancer in the next 48 hours. I pause as I remember building gingerbread houses at their home every year at Christmas time, remembering when life was normal. Then I see a post by a woman who I had talked to at a wedding I attended about a week prior....
  • Cop defies order to 'celebrate' Islam, and then …

    09/19/2014 12:23:40 PM PDT · by detective · 38 replies
    WND ^ | 09/18/2014
    A public-interest law firm is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case of a Christian police captain in Oklahoma who refused to attend, or order officers under his command to attend, services at an Islamic mosque with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. As WND reported in May, a panel of federal judges in Denver, in an opinion written by Judge Harris Hartz, found that it is perfectly appropriate for a police chief to order subordinates to attend an Islamic mosque where Muslims “discussed Islamic beliefs, Muhammad, Mecca, and why and how Muslims pray” in addition to encouraging officers...
  • Senate Bill Passes To End FDA Stranglehold On Sunscreen Innovation

    09/19/2014 12:03:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 18, 2014 | Jonah Bennett
    Without any objection, the Senate has passed a bill forcing the FDA to speed up the approval process for sunscreen technology, HAPPI reports.Sunscreen technology has stagnated in the United States since the 1990s, not because companies have failed to innovate, but because the Food and Drug Administration has been sitting on proposals submitted 12 years ago without even reviewing them.The proposals include new sunscreen ingredients, and since the FDA has dropped the ball, the Senate has picked it up with the passage of the Sunscreen Innovation Act on Wednesday night.Rates of melanoma have skyrocketed in the last 40 years, giving...
  • The Irony of California's Ousting of Campus Christian Groups

    09/19/2014 11:56:01 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 23 replies
    A disturbing story came and went, barely noticed a few weeks ago. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is being unceremoniously booted off the campuses of California's 23 state universities. This begins with a process of "derecognizing" these as legitimate campus groups. Why? Though everyone is welcome at their ministry events, ICVF reserves leadership only for those committed to their goals and creed, just as a homosexual group would presumably reserve leadership for gays or those who affirm its pro-gay agenda. Or a Muslim group for Muslims. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is a network of campus ministries. It is evangelical in orientation and has...
  • Gun rights advocate demonstrates outside Metro school

    09/19/2014 11:35:56 AM PDT · by kwikrnu · 6 replies
    WSMV Channel 4 news ^ | 9-19-2014 | jennifer johnson
    Leonard Embody is no stranger to police. MORE Click to read more headlines from Davidson County.More >> He's been arrested or detained numerous times for walking around town with guns. His charges were all eventually dismissed, which may explain why he wasn't arrested on Wednesday as he paraded up and down the sidewalk in front of Hillsboro High School. Witnesses say Embody was pacing Hillsboro Road, dressed much like a soldier, and it had a lot of people nervous. So nervous that 911 dispatchers had their hands full.
  • Ebola Worst-Case Scenario Has More Than 500,000 Cases (via drudge)

    09/19/2014 10:56:03 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 42 replies
    Source cannot be linked. Click red link at drudge ^ | Sep 19, 2014 12:00 PM CT | By Caroline Chen and Brendan Greeley
    not-yet-released CDC report pens current ebola cases at 500k!
  • Rotherham abuse scandal: Children's services director Joyce Thacker quits

    09/19/2014 10:46:17 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 19th September 2014 | BBC News
    'Rotherham council's director of children's services has resigned in the wake of a report which said 1,400 girls had been abused in the town. Joyce Thacker had been under pressure to step down since the publication of the Jay Report. The council said Ms Thacker "is to leave... by mutual agreement, with immediate effect". It had revealed this week she was on sick leave. The council's leadership had been accused of "blatant" collective failures in a report detailing the sexual abuse mainly by gangs of men of Pakistani heritage from 1997 to 2013. Keith Vaz, the Commons Home Affairs select...
  • Shaun Wright resigns over Rotherham child abuse scandal

    09/19/2014 10:44:49 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 19th September 2014 | BBC News
    'South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright has resigned over the Rotherham child abuse scandal. Mr Wright faced repeated calls to step down in the wake of a report which found at least 1,400 children were abused in the town from 1997 to 2013. He was the head of children's services in Rotherham between 2005 and 2010. Mr Wright said he was stepping down to ensure the "important issues" outlined in the report could be discussed and considered "without distraction".'
  • When Lawmakers Forget The American Interest

    09/19/2014 10:43:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Diana West
    I'm trying to look on the bright side of what passed for debate over another doomed effort to secure U.S. interests by embarking on the fruitless pursuit, cultivation and empowerment of Islamic "moderates," this time in Syria. We would get better results sending an expeditionary force after the Loch Ness sea monster. No matter. In deliberations resembling a stampede, we heard: The ISIL is coming, the ISIL is coming! Quick, leave our own borders undefended and save Saudi Arabia! That seemed be the subtext, anyhow, to much talk of Syria. There were odd glimmers of light as when House Appropriations...
  • You Can Now Go to Jail for Having a Toy Gun in Atlantic City

    09/19/2014 10:40:56 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 45 replies
    National Review ^ | September 18, 2014 | Katherine Timpf
    Atlantic City’s city council just unanimously voted to ban selling or owning “realistic-looking” toy guns.The ordinance bans the “sale, possession or use of any imitation firearms . . . which aren’t bright, fluorescent colors or transparent,” according to an article published in the Press of Atlantic City.Anyone caught with an illegal toy gun can face a $50 fine and 30 days in jail.
  • Biden Gets Another Free Pass

    09/19/2014 10:28:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | David Harsanyi
    Remember when the media freaked out for three days over Sarah Palin's completely innocuous use of the term "blood libel"? Nearly every major media outlet took a deep dive on this critical outrage. Millions of Americans learned more about how Jews in the Middle Ages were sometimes falsely accused of kidnapping and murdering Christian children so they could use the blood for ritualistic baking. But more significantly: What did Palin mean? Was she sending a veiled message to evangelical voters? Was it just anti-Semitism rearing its ugly head again? There will be no such national conversation over Vice President Joe...
  • Male-On-Male Rape Epidemic In Obama’s Pro-Deviancy Military

    09/19/2014 10:08:46 AM PDT · by fwdude · 59 replies
    Barbwire.com ^ | 19 Sept 2014 | Bryan Fischer
    One of the things we predicted when the infamous crime against nature was dropped as a bar to military service was an inevitable descent into moral and sexual debauchery in our armed forces. And we were right. Homosexual conduct is immoral, unnatural and unhealthy. There are a host of pathologies associated with male homosexual conduct, including random, promiscuous, anonymous sex, a highly elevated risk of HIV/AIDS and a proclivity toward sexual violence. This is not a lifestyle any rational society, let alone its military, should embrace or support. Now we are getting more information about just how twisted and dangerous...
  • The Israelization of Anti-Semitism

    09/19/2014 10:03:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Suzanne Fields
    Angela Merkel is the stand-up lady of Europe. The German chancellor is forthright in calling anti-Semites to account. She spoke this week to a rally of 6,000 Germans at the Brandenburg Gate, denouncing the documented increase of anti-Semitism in their country. The evil of the Nazi regime, which killed 6 million Jews in Europe 80 years ago, is marked everywhere, with bronze plaques on sidewalks where Jews were taken from their homes and dispatched to death camps, to the five acres dedicated to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews in the very center of Berlin. And yet, as the chancellor...
  • Hubble Helps Find Smallest Known Galaxy Containing a Supermassive Black Hole

    09/19/2014 9:41:15 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 15 replies
    NASA ^ | September 17, 2014 | Felicia Chou
    Astronomers using data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and ground observation have found an unlikely object in an improbable place -- a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies ever known. The black hole is five times the mass of the one at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. It is inside one of the densest galaxies known to date -- the M60-UCD1 dwarf galaxy that crams 140 million stars within a diameter of about 300 light-years, which is only 1/500th of our galaxy’s diameter. If you lived inside this dwarf galaxy, the night sky would...
  • Moms Demand Action Asked to Leave Kroger Property in Lansing, Michigan

    09/19/2014 9:26:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies
    gunssavelives.net ^ | 9/18/2014 | Dan Cannon
    Moms Demand Action has suffered another setback in their effort to get more corporations to ban guns. Members of the group were asked to leave a Lansing, Michigan parking lot. According to local media reports, Kroger’s stance won’t stop Moms Demand Action’s ongoing protests at Kroger stores, however, said Linda Brundage, who heads the group’s mid-Michigan chapter. Brundage led a group of about 12 women at this morning’s protest.
  • Thanks to Free Ride on Funding Measure, Ex-Im Survives … For Now

    09/19/2014 9:24:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Eric Peterson
    Congress has returned to Washington after a 5 week hiatus to deal pressing problems facing the nation both here at home and abroad. Unfortunately, the definition of what constitutes a pressing issue is often different in Washington’s marbled halls than in Main Street America. In no case is that more clear than with the last minute extension of the controversial Export-Import Bank. The Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) is an 80 year old New Deal relic that could only have been dreamed up in Washington. The banks sole purpose is to provide taxpayer backed government loans to foreign companies in the hopes...
  • Making Sense

    09/19/2014 9:11:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Michael Reagan
    Domestic violence just doesn't happen on elevators. And it's not just committed by former NFL running backs. But don't tell that to the people who've been calling for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to quit over his fumbling of the Ray Rice case. Based on what's been on TV all week, you'd think pro football and its nearly 3,000 well-paid athletes have the monopoly on domestic violence in America. The U.S. Justice Department disagrees. According to its web site, "Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic...
  • Prosecutors From Across the Country Form “Anti Gun Violence Coalition”

    09/19/2014 9:07:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    gunssavelives.net ^ | 9/19/2014 | Dan Cannon
    Prosecutors across the nation have formed a coalition which they say is meant to reduce “gun violence”. The prosecutors from Manhattan, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Seattle, Miami, Houston and Milwaukee will join together to cut down on gang violence using guns, domestic violence involving firearms and the mentally ill accessing firearms. According to a press release put out by the group today,
  • The Lawyer on Trial for Christ

    09/19/2014 9:04:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | John Ransom
    When a witness for the prosecution provides the testimony that affirms the innocence of the defendant—when a witness is turned—there can be no more dramatic and powerful exoneration for the accused. And amongst the many gifts that David Limbaugh brings to bring to his latest best-selling book, Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel, it is Limbaugh’s gift of disbelief, his prior agnosticism toward “the God of the Bible,” that provides the gripping testimony necessary to turn an ordinary apologetics book into an extraordinary defense of, not just the Bible, but of belief in general. What...
  • Who wrote the new AP US History framework? Now we know.

    09/19/2014 9:04:50 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 4 replies
    George Mason University History News Network ^ | 9-18-2014 | Authors of the AP United States History Curriculum Framework
    We, the authors below, served on the Advanced Placement United States History Curriculum Development and Assessment Committee from 2008 through 2012. In that capacity, guided by continued dialogue with and input from the teachers who work each day with our nation’s most talented and dedicated students, we authored the Curriculum Framework that was published in October 2012 and that is at the heart of the College Board’s current Course and Exam Description for AP U.S. History.
  • Memorial to Waste

    09/19/2014 8:56:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Mona Charen
    The long-running debacle over the Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C., is a textbook case of corruption. A great deal of money sloshes around without any accountability, pocketed by those with connections and without scruples, in the name of doing good. It's a sucker's game, at which taxpayers always lose. The Eisenhower Memorial travesty is more offensive than the usual palm greasing, because the greatness of an American hero is being lost. "You like Ike. I like Ike. Everybody likes Ike for president." So ran the campaign ditty from 1952. It was pretty well true. The former 5-star general won 39...
  • Are We Evolving Stupidity? Are we dumber than our grandparents?

    09/19/2014 8:54:22 AM PDT · by fishtank · 77 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 9-19-14 | Brian Thomas
    Are We Evolving Stupidity? by Brian Thomas, M.S. * Are we dumber than our grandparents? Social psychologists are tracking IQ scores and noticed a decline in the last decade after a steady rise since the 1950s. Some wonder if the recent downturn reflects genes that have been eroding all along. Are we evolving stupidity? The concept of eroding genes—steadily but slowly marred by new slightly harmful mutations that occur every generation—has its proponents and detractors. New Scientist consultant Bob Holmes wrote, “The most controversial explanation is that rising IQ scores have been hiding a decline in our genetic potential.”1 Holmes...