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  • Secret Deal Could Contain a Myriad of Gun Restrictions, Ammo Bans!

    05/23/2015 11:44:20 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Orrin Hatch may soon give the President authority to write gun control restrictions into a “trade agreement.” So click here to contact your Senators –- whether they are liberal or conservative. Urge them to vote against the anti-gun “fast track” bill (S. 995). Will UN-style gun control be rammed down our throats? Gun import bans ... Microstamping of firearms ... Ammunition bans ... The full implementation of the anti-gun UN Arms Trade Treaty ... Illegal amnesty which locks in millions of new, anti-gun voters.
  • Personal details of 500 million Android users at risk: impossible to completely clear data

    05/23/2015 10:54:18 PM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 5/23/2015 | James Dunn
    Up to 500million Andriod users who use or have used Android software could be at risk from having personal information shared after tests revealed it's impossible to clear data from many devices. A report by Cambridge University showed that private text messages, images, videos and email details can be recovered, even after a total wipe - or factory reset - has been done. It means that people who have given away, sold or lost phones are now at risk from having their personal details and any private or sensitive information in messages or emails seen by whoever now has their...
  • Armed Man Stops Carjacker – Holds Him at Gunpoint till Police Arrive – Cops Offer Thanks

    05/23/2015 7:42:21 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 12 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 5/22/15 | Tim Brown
    A would be carjacker was stopped by an armed citizen in Atlanta and held at gunpoint until police arrived. Edgar Horn, 61, allegedly slipped into the passenger's seat of his car as he pulled into a Family Dollar on Marietta Boulevard. "You know what this is," Horn allegedly told Fannin. That's when Fannin pulled out his gun and told Horn to get out of his car. Apparently Horn thought he could just leave, but Fannin wasn't having any of that.
  • Self-Driving Trucks Are Going to Hit Us Like a Human-Driven Truck

    05/23/2015 7:29:36 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 42 replies
    Medium ^ | 5/14/2015 | Scott Santens
    Late last year, I took a road trip with my partner from our home in New Orleans, Louisiana to Orlando, Florida and as we drove by town after town, we got to talking about the potential effects self-driving vehicle technology would have not only on truckers themselves, but on all the local economies dependent on trucker salaries. Once one starts wondering about this kind of one-two punch to America’s gut, one sees the prospects aren’t pretty. We are facing the decimation of entire small town economies, a disruption the likes of which we haven’t seen since the construction of the...
  • Brooklyn teacher acquitted of drugging and raping middle school student demanding job back

    05/23/2015 6:56:07 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | May 23, 2015
    A Brooklyn teacher who was arrested in 2011 on charges of drugging and raping a middle school student is demanding that the city let her keep her teaching job, according to a new lawsuit. Claudia Tillery, 45, argues in papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court that she was acquitted of all criminal charges in April 2014 and the Department of Education’s hearing officer improperly used sealed evidence, DNA tests and the prosecutor’s testimony to toss her from the teaching post she's had since 1996.
  • ‘That Part of Our History Needs to Be Buried’: College Professor Plans Memorial Day Event..

    05/23/2015 5:59:59 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 28 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 5/23/15 | Jon Street
    to Burn the Confederate Flag A Florida college professor’s plan to burn a Confederate flag on Memorial Day is stirring up controversy by those who say it should instead be a time to remember those who have died while defending America’s freedom. Julian Chambliss, chairman of the Department of History and Africa and African-American Studies program at Rollins College, told the Orlando Sentinel that he decided to host the event because the days of slavery in America are dead. “That part of our history needs to be buried,” Chambliss said. The ceremony will be just one of several to take...
  • Pamela Geller and the hijacking of America [Interesting slant]

    05/23/2015 5:53:05 PM PDT · by upchuck · 17 replies
    american thinker ^ | May 23, 2015 | Larissa Scott
    [The writer begins with a quick synopsis of 9/11.] Fast-forward fourteen years to Garland, TX. Jihadists drove a thousand miles to enforce Sharia blasphemy laws. The cop who shot them to death likely prevented a gruesome massacre. We are now being told that this would not have happened and everything would have been okay if Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer had stayed quiet and didn't make any stupid moves, such as, organizing the exhibition of Mohammed cartoons. This is exactly the behavior of passengers on a hijacked plane. We hope that everything will be okay as long as we remain...
  • Good Riddance to David Letterman: A lefty sycophant limos off into the sunset.

    05/23/2015 5:36:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 05/22/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    David LettermanÂ’s departure isnÂ’t the end of an era. The era of late night talk shows ended a while back. In Johnny CarsonÂ’s final week in the nineties, he played to an audience of twenty million. Lately, Letterman has been lucky to get 2 million. His final shows have played to around 5 million viewers.Late night talk shows still exist, but their intended audience mainly watches viral clips from them the next day. The average age of LettermanÂ’s audience is 54. CBS hopes that the equally smarmy Stephen Colbert will be able to bring his younger audience demo with him,...
  • Obama: Climate Change Causes Jihad

    05/23/2015 5:24:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/22/2015 | Robert Spencer
    State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf was widely ridiculed in February for saying [1] of the Islamic State (ISIS): We cannot win this war by killing them, we cannot kill our way out of this war. We need, in the longer term, medium and longer term, to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether itÂ’s lack of opportunity for jobs. On Wednesday, Barack Obama made it clear that HarfÂ’s ridiculous analysis did not originate with her; rather, she was reflecting the company line. Said [2] Obama: Climate change constitutes a serious threat to...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2015 ~ 24 May 2015

    05/23/2015 5:01:06 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 85 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Sunday Chapel ~ MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2015 ~ TAPS Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. In honor of those who lost their lives while serving our country, we would like to share with you President Ronald Reagan’s 1986 Memorial Day remarks at Arlington National Cemetery: Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It’s a day...
  • How Politicians From Hillary Clinton To David Cameron Reacted To Ireland's Same-Sex Marriage Vote

    05/23/2015 3:02:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The International Business Times ^ | May 23, 2015 | Kerry Flynn
    Ireland became Saturday the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriages by popular vote. Within the U.S., Maine, Maryland and Washington in 2012 were the first states to legalize such unions through popular votes. Meanwhile, 37 states and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriages, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. A measure to legalize such unions via popular votes could be added to the ballots in the 13 other states during the 2016 general elections, when it conceivably could have the support of at least one presidential candidate, as IrelandÂ’s action motivated one White House...
  • Sharon Osbourne Collapses At Her Home Due To 'Extreme Exhaustion'

    05/23/2015 2:58:51 PM PDT · by drewh · 83 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 15:38 EST, 23 May 2015
    Sharon Osbourne has collapsed 'from mental and physical fatigue' at her home in Los Angeles and will now take a one month break from her CBS show The Talk. A spokesperson for Ozzy Osbourne's wife said Saturday that the 62-year-old's doctors say she is suffering from 'extreme exhaustion.' 'Sharon has been advised and has agreed to take a month hiatus to recover fully from these recent events,' her rep said. 'Sharon would like to thank everyone at The Talk for granting her this time off and to all friends, family and others for their incredible support.' The rep explained that...
  • CRIMINAL MEETING’ OF BIKERS IN WACO WAS ACTUALLY ORGANIZED POLITICAL GATHERING (On Breitbart )

    05/22/2015 9:25:57 AM PDT · by wardaddy · 336 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5-21-15 | Stranahan
    Despite the characterization by police that the afternoon gathering at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas that led to Sunday’s bloody shooting incident was a gathering of criminal biker gangs with violent intent, the meeting appears to have been a legitimate, organized gathering of motorcycle riders meeting to discuss political issues. The group that met was the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents (CoC&I) and a look at that group’s website and history gives a very different impression of the group’s purpose and goals than what has been said repeatedly by Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton.
  • Ben Carson wins SRLC straw poll

    05/23/2015 1:57:08 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Politico ^ | May 23, 2015 | Alex Isenstadt
    OKLAHOMA CITY — Ben Carson won the straw poll at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference Saturday, demonstrating his popularity among conservative activists at one of the party’s traditional presidential cattle call events. Carson, a former surgeon who formally launched his underdog campaign this month with an appeal to the GOP’s tea party wing, finished first with 25 percent. He was followed by Scott Walker, who received 20 percent, and Ted Cruz at 16 percent. Chris Christie and Rick Perry tied at 5 percent, with Jeb Bush narrowly behind. Marco Rubio tied with Bobby Jindal and Rand Paul at 4 percent....
  • Pregnant at 17 After a Brutal Rape and Encouraged to Abort, Here’s How I Responded

    05/23/2015 12:54:02 PM PDT · by kathsua · 21 replies
    Life News ^ | May 22, 2015 | Deana Schroeder
    I’ve been there. I was 17, drugged and raped. When I learned I was pregnant, my family, counselors, and doctors took control. They intended the best. They wanted to help me. And even though there are literally no studies showing any benefit from abortion, they had total confidence in the social myth that abortion is the best option, even the only option, in cases of sexual assault. Even many pro-lifers approve of abortions in cases of rape. So surely it must be the best choice, right? Not in my case. It just added more layers of trauma, self-doubt, grief and...
  • Rebel Wilson Lied To Us About Her Age & History Because We Asked Her To (barf o' rama)

    05/23/2015 12:51:24 PM PDT · by drewh · 27 replies
    Salon.com ^ | FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015 09:11 AM CDT | COLIN GORENSTEIN
    “Pitch Perfect 2″ actress Rebel Wilson came under fire earlier this week after an Australian tabloid published a report exposing her real age — 36, not 29. She responded in the best way she knew how — with humor — and deflected the accusations by explaining that she was actually a “100 year old mermaid.” At the time of this first revelation, Salon’s Rachel Kramer Bussel commented that this type of thing was just part and parcel with the experience of being an actor in Hollywood. Creating a mythology is just a way to work your way up, she went...
  • Taylor Swift, Privileged Daughter Of Wealthy Plutocrats: The 'Real Story' About Her 1% Upbringing

    05/23/2015 11:50:45 AM PDT · by drewh · 110 replies
    Salon ^ | FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015 06:00 PM | SCOTT TIMBERG
    Over the last few years, Taylor Swift has become one of the two or three biggest pop stars in the world. She has accumulated no fewer than four homes (including a $3.5 million place in Beverly Hills and a $20 million Tribeca penthouse) and drawn enormous press and media attention. She’s still on the cover of lots of magazines and we’ll probably see her there far into the future. On its release last year, her “1989” record became the biggest selling album in more than a decade, at a time in which record sales have been way down. She became,...
  • PBS Star Ken Burns Rants About Racist America, Where Cops Guns Down Blacks 'Almost Weekly'

    05/23/2015 11:35:47 AM PDT · by drewh · 48 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | May 23, 2015 | 12:07 PM EDT | Tim Graham
    “Today, there’s nothing new under the sun,” intoned hallowed PBS filmmaker Ken Burns as he lamented the persistence of racial inequality in the United States in a commencement address at Washington University in St. Louis. So reported USA Today College. Recalling the lofty text of the Declaration of Independence, Burns reminded his audience that Jefferson, the declaration’s author, owned more than 100 slaves. Jefferson’s hypocrisy is alive and well today, opined Burns, in the form of “color-blindness” that he believes ignores the reality of structural racism. Burns -- a dogmatic liberal who made a shameless Ted Kennedy-boosting Democratic convention film...
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal Told She's Had Her Last Day In Hollywood ('too old' for 55yr love interest)

    05/23/2015 11:21:20 AM PDT · by drewh · 63 replies
    LA List ^ | May 22, 2015
    Last month a brilliant Amy Schumer sketch came up with a perfect, darkly comic phrase to describe the Hollywood phenomenon of beautiful actresses being put out to pasture after they're deemed too old: "Last F-able Day." Julia Louis-Dreyfuss explained it this way: "In every actress' life, the media decides when you finally reach the point where you're not believably f-able any more." In the skit, Tina Fey says, "Nobody really overtly tells you, but there are signs." But someone in Hollywood decided to be very upfront with Maggie Gyllenhaal that, essentially, her day has passed. Gyllenhaal didn't name names but...
  • Clintons’ foundation has raised nearly $2 billion — and some key questions

    05/23/2015 11:08:09 AM PDT · by dennisw · 18 replies
    washingtonpost ^ | Feb 2015 | By Rosalind S. Helderman, Tom Hamburger and Steven Rich
    Since its creation in 2001, the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation has raised close to $2 billion from a vast global network that includes corporate titans, political donors, foreign governments and other wealthy interests, according to a Washington Post review of public records and newly released contribution data. The total, representing cash and pledges reported in tax filings, includes $262 million that was raised in 2013 — the year Hillary Rodham Clinton stepped down as secretary of state and began to devote her energies to the foundation and to a likely second run for president. The financial success of...
  • My Daughter Dressed Like Elsa From “Frozen” For 23 Days Straight— And It Was Amazing (barf alert)

    05/23/2015 10:58:54 AM PDT · by drewh · 47 replies
    Salon ^ | VANESSA MCGRADY | FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015 06:00 PM
    The “ice princess” dress looked so innocent in the discount store, no idea what it was in for. It wasn’t a Disney-sanctioned, Elsa from “Frozen” dress, but it looked the part — an ankle-length number with a powder-blue velvet bodice, cerulean skirt accented by silver swirls, a white gauzy cape down the back and a plastic diamond gem centered just below the collar. Grace, nearly four, had been talking about being Elsa next Halloween since last Halloween. For $14.99, I figured I’d get a jump on her costume. It’s odd that I would buy a princess dress for my daughter,...
  • Scandal Rap Sheet: 48 Reasons to Distrust & Despise the Media

    05/23/2015 10:44:33 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 19, 2015 | John Nolte
    The American mainstream media is filled to the brim with liars, frauds, partisans, cheats, plagiarists, and those who tolerate, defend and enable all of them. There is no American institution — not the NFL, not the tobacco companies, not any corporation or enterprise regularly targeted by the media — that engages in anywhere near the amount of fraud and dishonesty that serially oozes from Our Media Overlords. Forget bias for a moment. Forget mistakes and misstatements and stupid or nasty things said during live telecasts. There isn’t enough Internet to begin to list the countless instances of left-wing bias and...
  • Pro-Gay Marriage Senator: Irish Vote Will Lead To Change Like Soviet Revolution

    05/23/2015 10:43:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Breitbart's London ^ | May 23, 2015 | Andre Walker
    DUBLIN, Republic of Ireland – A pro-gay marriage Irish Senator has told journalists at Dublin Castle he hopes today’s vote will lead to change across the world, just as Ireland inspired the Bolshevik revolution of 1917. Senator David Norris (IND), was talking about how Ireland was a “small island on the edge of Europe” but that it could have a much wider impact. The example he cited was the General Post Office (GPO) uprising in Dublin in Easter 1916. A group took over the GPO and fought against the British Army to maintain control of it for several days. The...
  • 14-year-old gang member killed on way to school

    05/23/2015 10:29:52 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 42 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5/24/15 | Larry Celona, Kevin Fasick, Aaron Feis and Chris Perez
    He flashed gang signs in selfies, posted a photo of a Smith & Wesson on his Facebook page, and had a rap sheet even a veteran street gangster could be proud of. And now he’s been murdered — at age 14. Bronx seventh-grader Christopher Duran was stalked and gunned down on a sidewalk near his Bronx home Friday morning — the victim, cops believe, of gang violence. “He was a gangbanger,” one law-enforcement source said of Christopher, a child known in his Morrisania neighborhood as already well on the road to doom when he was shot dead. “He terrorized the...
  • 'Bachelorette' Kaitlyn Bristowe: I'm 'Not Ashamed' Of Having Sex On The Show

    05/23/2015 10:19:27 AM PDT · by drewh · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 22, 2015
    As things heat up on "The Bachelorette," Kaitlyn Bristowe is being put in the hot seat! On Tuesday night's episode, viewers were shocked when an extended promo for this season revealed that the newly crowned Bachelorette slept with one of her suitors weeks before the "fantasy suite" stage of the dating competition. In light of this scandalous revelation, Bristowe sat with ET's Nancy O'Dell on Wednesday to reveal why she's "not ashamed" of what was caught on the "Bachelorette" cameras. "I don’t think that's a crazy thing to sleep with somebody when you're trying to be in a relationship with...
  • Survey finds 3 out of 4 satisfied with their ObamaCare plans

    05/23/2015 10:07:52 AM PDT · by upchuck · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 21, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    The vast majority of people who bought health insurance through ObamaCare exchanges are satisfied with their plans, according to a new national survey.People overwhelmingly said they felt positively about their choices of doctors and hospitals and their copays for appointments and prescriptions, delivering good news for the Obama administration one year into the law's rollout.More surprisingly, that satisfaction also extended to people’s monthly premiums and annual deductibles, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.Sixty percent of ObamaCare customers said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their monthly premium costs — more than people who bought coverage before the...
  • Wells Fargo Commercial: Learning Sign Language (lesbians adopt a deaf child)

    05/23/2015 10:07:49 AM PDT · by Salman · 7 replies
    Wells Fargo verified YouTube account ^ | Apr 23, 2015 | Wells Fargo verified YouTube account
    A couple learns a new language to welcome a new addition to their family. See how Wells Fargo is always there to help you prepare financially for life’s biggest moments.
  • New video presents the faces of LGBT "everyday heroes" to the world (official UN video)

    05/23/2015 9:58:54 AM PDT · by Salman · 19 replies
    UNHCR official website ^ | 15 May 2015 | The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
    The 2 minute video features everyday people filmed in their workplaces and homes - among them a fire-fighter, a police officer, a teacher, an electrician, a doctor and a volunteer; as well as UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, a long-time ally of the LGBT community. Singer Sara Bareilles is lending her support to the initiative: her iconic song “Brave” provides the video’s soundtrack.
  • Heads LGBTs Win, Tails Christians Lose

    05/23/2015 9:26:20 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    American Conservative ^ | 5/21/15 | Rod Dreher
    So, a Canadian Christian jeweler custom-made a pair of engagement rings for a lesbian couple, Nicole White and Pam Renouf, at their request. Later, when they found out that the jeweler personally opposes same-sex marriage, they went to pieces and demanded their money back.
  • A Veteran You NEED To Know: Chris Melendez Is A Professional Wrestler, Oh, And He Only Has 1 Leg

    05/23/2015 9:04:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 1 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/23/2015 | Katie Frates
    Meet TNA “Impact Wrestling” star and veteran Chris Melendez: a man who served his country, lost a leg for it, and then became a pretty badass professional wrestler. On Memorial Day, he will walk in Washington, D.C.’s National Memorial Day Parade. Melendez, 27, had two dreams growing up: Serve the country he loves, and become a professional wrestler. The son of a Vietnam veteran, Melendez grew up in New York and felt the call to service after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He was only 17 years old when he joined the Army. Seventeen, as in not a legal...
  • Rays minor-league team cancels A-Rod juice box promo after Yankees complain

    05/23/2015 8:56:59 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 4 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/24/15 | Mike Oz
    Here's something you don't see every day: the New York Yankees are defending Alex Rodriguez. After a Tampa Bay Rays minor-league team planned a promo night poking fun at their infamous slugger, the Yankees objected that it was in poor taste. And now, the A-Rod "juice box night" that the Single-A Charlotte Stone Crabs had planned for Friday has been cancelled. The team was going to give juice boxes to the first 500 fans through the gates. They were to read: "100% Juiced. Side Affects [sic] include: tainted records, inflated ego, omission from the Hall of Fame, and more!" The...
  • Atheist group: Court martial USAF general for sharing faith

    05/23/2015 8:31:37 AM PDT · by shove_it · 15 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | May 22, 2015 | Chad Groening
    An anti-Christian zealot is calling for the court martial of an Air Force general for publicly giving his Christian testimony while in uniform. In a speech at the National Day of Prayer Task Force event earlier this month, Major General Craig Olson credited God for his accomplishments in the military, and referred to himself as a "redeemed believer in Christ." But the Air Force Times reports that Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, has taken issue with Olsen's remarks. Weinstein has called for him to be severely punished. “[Major General Craig Olson must be court martialed] aggressively...
  • City orders Sharpton’s daughter to save incriminating hiking pics

    05/23/2015 8:14:29 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 29 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 23, 2015 | Julia Marsh
    City lawyers warned Dominique Sharpton not to delete Instagram photos like this one atop an Indonesian mountain — where she trekked while claiming in a lawsuit that she has “permanent” ­injuries. The city Law Department sent Rev. Al’s daughter a letter telling her to preserve all of the damning evidence that she posted on her ­social-media accounts. The warning comes after The Post revealed that Dominique Sharpton has been globe-trotting despite her May 7 suit that says she will never fully recover from a sprained ankle she suffered on an uneven Soho street.
  • The Clinton team praises Monica Langley [WSJ "Journalist" Wants to Sit on Hillary's Lap. No Joke]

    05/23/2015 8:12:36 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/22/15 | Dylan Byers
    From the newly released batch of Hillary Clinton emails, here is correspondence from Oct. 11, 2012... HRC. Monica, have a seat ::HRC motions toward a chair situated an appropriate distance from her preferred spot on the couch:: Monica: ll!!Sure!!! ::Monica proceeds to drag her chair within inches of the Secretary --leaning in even further:: Interview proceeds... and about midway. Monica: Oh Hillary...2016 '16 '16 ::Monica grabs HRO's knee:: HRC laughs awkwardly — glances at Philippe Monica: ::leaning in further:: Oh Hillary...what do you eat? drink? dream about when you sleep? ::Monica again touches HRC's leg:: ::Everybody laughs awkwardly — Philippe...
  • Newly Released Emails Cast Doubt on Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi Claims

    05/23/2015 8:12:26 AM PDT · by upchuck · 14 replies
    daily signal ^ | May 22, 2015 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Newly reported emails indicate Hillary Clinton was personally made aware of security dangers in the months leading up to the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya. That’s according to the House Benghazi Committee, which has obtained 300 long-sought emails from the State Department among tens of thousands under subpoena. The Benghazi Committee says there are a number of emails in which State Department personnel specifically passed along security issues to Clinton in 2011 and 2012 before the attacks. An August 2012 email to then-Secretary of State Clinton from one of her top aides, Jake Sullivan,...
  • No Progress Since the War on Poverty Began Half a Century Ago

    05/23/2015 7:59:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/23/2015 | Christopher Carson
    Eleven days ago, President Obama took the opportunity at Georgetown University to defend the government’s 50-year experiment in anti-poverty welfare programs. The president claimed: It is a mistake for us to suggest that somehow every effort we make has failed and we are powerless to address poverty. That’s just not true. First of all, just in absolute terms, the poverty rate, when you take into account tax and transfer programs, has been reduced about 40 percent since 1967.
  • Irish voters back gay marriage in 'social revolution'

    05/23/2015 7:42:35 AM PDT · by NRx · 56 replies
    Rueters ^ | 05-23-2015 | Padraic Halpin and Conor Humphries
    Irish voters backed same-sex marriage by a landslide in a referendum marking a dramatic social shift in the traditionally Catholic country, government ministers and opponents of the bill said on Saturday. Final results were not expected until later in the day, but ministers predicted Ireland had become the first country to adopt same-sex marriage via a popular vote by a margin of around two-to-one, just two decades after it decriminalized homosexuality.
  • Mexican official: About 40 dead in cartel shootout

    05/23/2015 6:59:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 5/23/2015 | unknown
    About 40 people were killed in large-scale firefight Friday between law enforcement and criminal suspects in western Mexico, a Mexican official said. Almost all the dead were suspected criminals, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press. The gunbattle happened in an area between Michoacan and Jalisco states that is known as a stronghold of the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel, which has mounted several large-scale attacks on federal and state forces in recent weeks. A federal police official said the country’s top security officials were en route to...
  • Country music legend: Islamists always provoked

    05/23/2015 6:46:19 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 5/23/2015 | Charlie Daniels
    ....longtime country music icon and frequent political commentator Charlie Daniels said such criticisms were missing the point. “Is America to walk on egg shells in practicing our constitutional rights from now on, observing strict rules of political correctness in a fruitless effort to placate the sensibilities of people who hack the heads off Christians and kidnap children for sex slaves?” he wrote in a commentary on his band’s website. “No other group in the history of America has been granted immunity from criticism or even ridicule for that matter, and one has to look no farther than the TV shows...
  • Why that Gay Marriage Study Was Faked

    05/23/2015 6:36:56 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 5-22-15 | Ian Tuttle
    The health of a democratic polity depends in no small part on the generousness of its civic discourse — that is, opposing sides ought to give one another the benefit of the doubt. If same-sex marriage proponents allowed that same-sex marriage opponents might, just might, be motivated by something other than animal hatred, we might be able to reach solutions that balance the competing interests unavoidably present in any political body. But our discourse is growing increasingly ungenerous. We ought not be surprised when the result is less debate and more dishonesty and coercion. Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/418811/why-gay-marriage-study-was-faked-and-why-we-should-expect-more-it-ian-tuttle
  • EPA Plan to Ban Coal Hits Major Roadblock

    05/23/2015 6:36:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 23, 2015 | Phil Kerpen
    The EPA proposal to impose a de facto ban on new coal-fired power plants received more than two million comments from the public - but it looks like it was just one five-page comment from the Energy and Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal) that sent EPA scrambling back to the drawing board. The draft rule mandated the use of so-called carbon capture and storage, a technology that would inject carbon dioxide underground but which has so far proved to be little more than a white elephant experiment. To mandate this technology, the law required the EPA to prove it...
  • Justice for Freddie Gray

    05/23/2015 6:17:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 23, 2015 | Linda Chavez
    A Baltimore grand jury handed down indictments against six police officers Thursday in the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, the latest chapter in a saga that captured national attention when riots erupted last month following Gray's funeral. Gray's death doesn't lend itself easily to simplistic racial explanations, which were seized upon in other highly publicized deaths of black men in police custody over the past year, including the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York City. Three of the accused officers are white; three are black. Five are men, and one...
  • Controversy over ‘global warming’ in Wyoming school curriculum

    05/23/2015 6:08:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Eagle News ^ | May 22, 2015 | Victor Skinner
    The proposed adoption of $300,000 worth of reading materials for Cody, Wyoming students stalled this week amid criticisms about the curriculum’s “very liberal, very slanted view of the world.” School board and community members spoke out against a slate of proposed materials for K-12 students that cover topics like global warming, evolution and race. The materials are published by education giant Pearson and Boston publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ... that aligns with the national Common Core standards. But many in the community are concerned about how the texts address issues like global warming, which is treated as settled science ......
  • Covered California to cap patient costs for high-priced specialty drugs

    05/23/2015 5:49:57 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 15 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May 21, 2015 | Hudson Sangree
    Covered California board members voted Thursday to become the first state health care exchange in the nation to impose price caps on high-cost specialty drugs to treat conditions such as hepatitis C and HIV. The four board members unanimously agreed to impose $250 monthly limits on out-of-pocket prescription costs for most patients, creating a precedent that other government health exchanges could follow.
  • Free The Students

    05/23/2015 4:56:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 23, 2015 | John C. Goodman
    The May 3 assault on a Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, prompted much discussion about the assailants' connections to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh. Did ISIS run them as agents? Are they part of a new network of terror in the West? There is no domestic policy issue more important than the need to liberate America’s children from monopoly school systems that are not meeting their needs. Sometimes the issue is framed as “school choice.” But that term is misleading. The vast majority of parents are already participating in a system of school choice....
  • School Bans Jesus, Bible From Child's Assignment

    05/23/2015 4:46:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Mackenzie Fraiser is 12-years-old. She’s a sixth grader at Somerset Academy, a charter school in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Mackenzie is also a Christian. In February, she was instructed by her technology teacher to create a PowerPoint demonstration about her life. One of the requirements was to include a slide with an inspirational message. So Mackenzie decided to use a Bible verse – specifically John 3:16. That familiar passage reads: “For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” But the teacher had a problem...
  • What Liberals Can Learn About How To Succeed At Life From Female UFC Champ Ronda Rousey

    05/23/2015 4:40:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 23, 2015 | John Hawkins
    “People love the idea of winning an Olympic medal or a world title. But what few people realize is that pretty much every second leading up to the actual win is uncomfortable, painful, and impossibly daunting—physically and mentally. Most people focus on the wrong thing: They focus on the result, not the process. The process is the sacrifice; it is all the hard parts—the sweat, the pain, the tears, the losses. You make the sacrifices anyway. You learn to enjoy them, or at least embrace them. In the end, it is the sacrifices that must fulfill you.” – Ronda Rousey...
  • Both sides say Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage

    05/23/2015 3:53:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 56 replies
    AP ^ | May 23, 2015 | Shawn Pogatchink
    Leaders on both sides of Ireland's gay marriage campaign say advocates of legalization have won a resounding victory with the ballot count still underway. Senior figures from the "no" campaign, who sought to prevent Ireland's constitution from being amended to permit gay marriage, say the only question Saturday is how large the "yes" side's margin of victory will be from Friday's vote.
  • This is your brain on Whiteness: The invisible psychology of white American ignorance explained

    05/23/2015 12:14:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 111 replies
    Salon ^ | May 22, 2015 | Chauncey DeVega
    Earlier this week, outlaw motorcycle clubs engaged in a daylight gun battle in Waco, Texas. This combat involved hundreds of people. The mall where the riot occurred was left resembling a war zone, with hundreds of spent bullet cartridges strewn about, broken bodies everywhere, and police and other local municipal services overwhelmed. By the end of melee, nine outlaws were dead, 18 wounded, and at least 165 people were arrested; 120 guns were recovered at the crime scene. In late April and early May, African-American young people protested the killing of Freddie Gray by the Baltimore police. Those peaceful protests...
  • Obamacare May Force Some Insurers to Boost Their Premiums an Alarming Amount

    05/22/2015 10:48:33 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 55 replies
    Slate ^ | May 22, 2015 | Mark Joseph Stern
    On the whole, the Affordable Care Act is working pretty well, getting more people insured and increasing the quality of insurance overall. But on Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported an alarming development: Health insurers on many state exchanges are looking to boost their premiums a ridiculous amount in 2016. New Mexico's leading provider, for instance, is seeking a 51.6 percent hike, while Maryland's is seeking a 30.4 percent hike. (Insurers in other states, like Vermont and Indiana, are asking for minimal increases.) Libertarian and conservative outlets are, predictably, citing the rate hike as yet another Obamacare catastrophe. But it's...