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  • Wesleyan University orders fraternities to become coed

    09/23/2014 6:37:47 PM PDT · by shove_it · 6 replies
    gopusa ^ | 23 Sep 2014 | AP
    MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Wesleyan University in Connecticut on Monday ordered its fraternities with houses on campus to become coeducational within the next three years...
  • THE FREEPER CANTEEN - The What Kind Of Smart Are You Quiz - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    09/23/2014 6:00:00 PM PDT · by LUV W · 42 replies
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  • Film shows what makes the (Australian) SAS (Special Air Service) special

    09/23/2014 5:58:07 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    Sunday Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 21st September 2014 | Andrew Rule
    JUST when the families of the secretive soldiers in the Special Air Service Regiment thought they could relax, here they go again. Over the last week the quiet men from Australia’s special forces have returned to Frontierland, where Wild West meets murderous Middle East. As if 10 years of Afghanistan wasn’t enough. The good thing about having served in Afghanistan is that they know what to expect in Iraq, Syria or anywhere else they’re ordered to put themselves in harm’s way. They’re back where every pedestrian (especially kids) or car could be a suicide bomb primed to kill them. Where...
  • 30 Is the New 50: Old Age Is Killing My Dating Life

    09/23/2014 5:34:04 PM PDT · by NCjim · 56 replies
    Time ^ | September 23, 2014 | Jenny Bahn
    “You know,” he says. “It’s tough for people our age.” It’s 1 a.m. on a Monday, and I am currently on the phone having an argument with a guy I’d been on only four dates with, three of them good. One of them—the last—was less good, given he had gone MIA for the better part of three weeks and I had a sneaking suspicion he had a girlfriend. We hadn’t slept together, but the kisses had been the type of kisses you walk away from with shaky knees and blind hope. There was something there, and we both knew it,...
  • Former Rep. Gabby Giffords’ group nixes tough Martha McSally ad

    09/23/2014 5:15:20 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 2 replies
    Politico ^ | September 23, 2014 | TARINI PARTI
    Former Rep. Gabby Giffords’ pro-gun-control group has taken down a harsh ad against Arizona House candidate Martha McSally after the Republican explained her position on allowing stalkers to buy guns. The ad features a woman named Vicki who recounts how her 19-year-old daughter was hunted down and murdered by an enraged ex-boyfriend, while a narrator says McSally, who is running for Giffords’ old seat in Congress, “opposes making it harder for stalkers to get a gun.” The ad drew criticism, including from The Arizona Republic’s editorial page, which termed it “vile,” and McSally blasted it as inaccurate, noting she herself...
  • Manning Sues Defense Dept. for Gender Treatment

    09/23/2014 4:35:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 23, 2014 | By DAVID DISHNEAU
    The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, says the Army private formerly known as Bradley Manning is at a high risk of self-castration and suicide unless she receives more focused treatment for gender dysphoria at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. "Such clear disregard of well-established medical protocols constitutes cruel and unusual punishment," ACLU attorney Chase Strangio said in a statement. The Army is providing some treatment but not enough, according to the lawsuit.
  • Islamic Extremists Kill at Least 10 Christians in Plateau State, Nigeria ["must wipe out infidels"]

    09/23/2014 4:30:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Ethnic Fulani gunmen shouting the jihadist chant “Allahu Akbar” attacked three villages in Nigeria’s Plateau state this month, burning down a church building and killing at least 10 Christians, sources said.Heavily-armed Fulani Muslim extremists on Sept. 14 attacked the Bokkos area, shooting five members of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) in their homes in Mbar and burning down 15 houses and an Assemblies of God church building, said the Rev. Manasseh Duwong of the COCIN congregation in Mbar.“They were shouting, ‘Allahu Akbar [God is greater]’ and also saying, ‘We must wipe out these infidel Christians today,’” Duwong told...
  • Holder: Ferguson shooting presents country with ‘moment of decision’

    09/23/2014 3:58:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | September 23, 2014 | Wesley Lowery
    Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Tuesday that the shooting of the unarmed black teenager by a police officer in suburban St. Louis and the tense protests, riots and national discussion that it sparked has left the country at a "moment of decision" about how police interact with racial minorities. "These tensions simmer every day in far too many communities across the country," Holder said. "The situation in Ferguson has presented leaders across the nation … with a moment of decision, a moment of decision, a series of important questions that can no longer be avoided." The remarks came...
  • Denver area students walk out of school in protest

    09/23/2014 3:01:56 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 51 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 23, 2014 | COLLEEN SLEVIN and P. SOLOMON BANDA
    Hundreds of students walked out of classrooms around suburban Denver on Tuesday in protest over a conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority, providing a show of civil disobedience that the new standards would aim to downplay.
  • The World As It Is

    09/23/2014 2:45:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles ^ | September 23, 2014 | David A. Lehrer
    I began writing this blog late last week with the intent to focus on some good news amid the dreary news that has dominated the headlines over the past few weeks----from ISIS and its murderous ways, to the Ukraine, to Ebola in Africa, to countless other horrible stories that have spread depression across America, the times seemed right for a change in tone and attitude. I thought it would be appropriate to welcome fall on a better note----to focus on some news that has a bit longer time horizon than the evening’s headlines and which have greater implications for America’s...
  • Beyond Angkor: How lasers revealed a lost city

    09/23/2014 2:38:23 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | 23rd September 2014 | Ben Lawrie
    'Deep in the Cambodian jungle lie the remains of a vast medieval city, which was hidden for centuries. New archaeological techniques are now revealing its secrets - including an elaborate network of temples and boulevards, and sophisticated engineering. In April 1858 a young French explorer, Henri Mouhot, sailed from London to south-east Asia. For the next three years he travelled widely, discovering exotic jungle insects that still bear his name. Today he would be all but forgotten were it not for his journal, published in 1863, two years after he died of fever in Laos, aged just 35. Mouhot's account...
  • 2 teens arrested in slaying of Domino's driver

    09/23/2014 2:21:16 PM PDT · by BBell · 40 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 9/23/14 | Ken Daley
    New Orleans police arrested two 16-year-old boys in Monday's slaying of Domino's delivery driver Richard Yeager in Mid-City. NOPD Interim Superintendent Michael Harrison announced the arrests at a Tuesday news conference but would not identify the suspects because of their ages. They are both facing a charge of first-degree murder, Harrison said. Yeager, 35, was found shot to death shortly after midnight early Monday morning, with his car stolen minutes after he delivered a pizza in the 2800 block of St. Louis Street.
  • It’s Time to Take the Islamic State Seriously (Excellent Analysis!)

    09/23/2014 2:20:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | September 23, 2014 | REV. JAMES V. SCHALL, S.J.
    Islam has no central or definitive body or figure authorized to define what exactly it is. Opinions about its essence and scope vary widely according to the political or philosophic background of its own interpreters. The current effort to establish an Islamic State, with a designated Caliph, again to take up the mission assigned to Islam, brings to our attention the question: “What is Islam?”The issue of “terror” is a further aspect of this same understanding. Many outside Islam seek to separate “terror” and “Islam” as if they were, in their usage, independent or even opposed ideas. This latter...
  • President Obama Declares Climate Change Defining Threat of the Century

    09/23/2014 2:16:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 23, 2014 | By Devin Dwyer
    Even as he battles ISIS and Ebola, President Obama today declared climate change the threat that will “define the contours of this century more than any other.” “Climate is changing faster than our efforts to address it. The alarm bells keep ringing. Our citizens keep marching. We cannot pretend we don’t hear them,” Obama told delegates at the U.N. Climate Summit in New York, referencing the massive demonstrations over the past few days. “We have to tackle this global threat before it’s too late.”
  • Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive kicks off. Detachment also sponsors Honor Flights

    09/23/2014 1:38:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — The annual Marine Corps League Toys for Tots Drive has begun. The event kicked off Saturday with the awarding of raffle prizes drawn on Sept. 13 during the Sierra Vista Oktoberfest. The prizes were officially presented at the Toys for Tots headquarters in Sierra Vista, while at the same time a recent participant in the Honor Flight program — Ralph Graves — made an appearance. It was an early Christmas for sister and brother Liberty West, 9, and Lincoln West, 5, winning a special 360 degree racer stunt bike and for 9-year-old Annamae Buhr, the recipient of...
  • Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa — The First 9 Months of the Epidemic and Forward Projections

    09/23/2014 7:42:16 AM PDT · by Raebie · 12 replies
    New England Journal of Medicine ^ | September 23, 2014 | WHO Ebola Response Team
    As of September 14, 2014, a total of 4507 confirmed and probable cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), as well as 2296 deaths from the virus, had been reported from five countries in West Africa — Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone. In terms of reported morbidity and mortality, the current epidemic of EVD is far larger than all previous epidemics combined. The true numbers of cases and deaths are certainly higher. There are numerous reports of symptomatic persons evading diagnosis and treatment, of laboratory diagnoses that have not been included in national databases, and of persons with suspected...
  • The Media’s Domestic Violence Dirty Laundry

    09/23/2014 1:01:08 PM PDT · by impetrio1 · 11 replies
    Black & Right ^ | 9/23/14 | Bob Parks
    While the announcements of players receiving pay while investigations were ongoing pissed off the most holier-than-thou media types, I also believed that it was highly unlikely the sanctimonious punditry in the news business would be the ONLY employment base were domestic violence did not occur, and thanks to the Internet hamper, here are a few examples of the media’s hypocritical dirty laundry….
  • D'Souza Sentenced to Eight Months in 'Confinement Center' Over Campaign Finance Violation

    09/23/2014 12:51:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    THR ^ | 09/23/2014 | Paul Bond
    In a decision likely to be framed by conservative media as a vindictive abuse of power, filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza was sentenced Tuesday to eight months in a confinement center and five years probation after pleading in May that he was guilty of violating campaign finance laws. D'Souza's movies, America this year and two years earlier, 2016: Obama's America, are critical of the left — and in the case of the first one, President Barack Obama — and they are among the most successful political documentaries in history. D'Souza was indicted in January after he promised his then-fiancee and his former...
  • Ben Carson: “Likelihood is strong” that I’ll run for President in 2016

    09/23/2014 12:48:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/23/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    “Unless,” the neurosurgeon and conservative activist adds in a caveat during his interview with Hugh Hewitt, “the American people indicate in November that they like big government intervention in every part of their lives.” What are the odds of that happening? Bernie Sanders isn’t running for re-election to the Senate, and neither is Harry Reid, who looks more likely than not to become the Minority Leader in January. So yeah, Ben Carson is running for President, QED: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Is this to be taken seriously? This interview was significant enough for Politico to pick it...
  • Ebola death rates 70% - WHO study

    09/23/2014 12:42:48 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | 09/23/14
    In the worst case scenario, cases in two nations could reach 1.4 million in January, according to a US estimate.
  • Climate Change March Out Of Step With Facts

    09/23/2014 12:19:33 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 30 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 23, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Junk Science: Those trying to save the planet leave trash-filled streets in advance of a U.N. climate confab that's a solution in search of a problem. Even a former administration official thinks the Earth is fine. Colorfully costumed zealots marched in New York and other cities Sunday in advance of Tuesday's U.N. Climate Summit. Once again they claimed, "The science is settled," and blamed capitalism for non-existent weather change. They barely noticed, as British climate-change skeptic Lord Christopher Monckton points out at Marc Morano's Climate Depot, the "Great Pause" in global temperatures now stands at 17 years and 11 months.
  • Yes, We Have a Culture of Death

    09/23/2014 12:12:15 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 7 replies
    Life News ^ | 9/23/14 | Bobby Schindler
    According to research reviewed by board-certified medical geneticist and Co-Director of the Down Syndrome Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Skotko, it is estimated that 92 percent of all women who receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome abort their baby.World famous atheist proselytizer, Oxford Professor, Richard Dawkins, made headlines when he called it “immoral” not to “abort” down babies “and try again”.Belgium has legalized euthanasia (with no age limits) for children who have been diagnosed as terminal and with death expected to occur “within a brief period.” If this criteria is met, then the parents—and child!—are to ask in...
  • Gun People and the Jagged Marble

    09/23/2014 11:56:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    thetruthaboutguns.com ^ | 9/23/2014 | Robert Farago
    By Rhonda Little. [Republished with permission from rodalena.com] I like marbles. I don’t really like guns. No. Hang on: that’s wrong. That second sentence is not actually true. I do like some guns: there are many that are simply beautiful, much like the oddly mesmerizing beauty in the colorful smooth glass toys of children. Allow me to edit my intro with this more accurate statement: I don’t feel comfortable around guns. In fact, guns make me decidedly uncomfortable. They are tools of death, tools of pain. A guns is not a tool of creation, it is a tool of destruction....
  • Pope Francis adviser hints at rethink on contraception ban

    09/23/2014 11:19:19 AM PDT · by BurningOak · 39 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 19 Sep 2014 | John Bingham
    A leading reformist Cardinal close to Pope Francis has hinted at the possibility of a reinterpretation of the Roman Catholic Church’s blanket ban on artificial contraception. Cardinal Walter Kasper said it was “the responsibility of the parents” to decide how many children they should have. He also said that so-called natural family planning, which is promoted by the Church as an alternative to contraception, also has an “artificial” element. His comments in an interview with The Tablet, the Catholic weekly, are likely to reopen debate about one of the most contentious areas of Catholic teaching just weeks before a special...
  • The OECD’s Scheme to Raise Tax Burdens on Workers, Consumers, and Investors

    09/23/2014 10:13:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    People pay every single penny of tax that politicians impose on corporations. The investors that own companies obviously pay (more than one time!) when governments tax profits. The workers employed by companies obviously pay, both directly and indirectly, because of corporate income tax. And consumers also bear a burden thanks to business taxes that lead to higher prices and reduced output. Keep these points in mind as we discuss BEPS (“base erosion and profit shifting”), which is a plan to increase business tax burdens being advanced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a left-leaning international bureaucracy based...
  • The enduring myth of FDR and the New Deal

    09/23/2014 9:49:15 AM PDT · by iowamark · 72 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/19/2014 | Stephen Moore
    My seventh-grade son recently wrote a U.S. History paper extolling the virtues of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. “It ended the Great Depression,” he wrote with great certainty. He’s only 12 and parroting what the history texts and his teachers told him. That’s his excuse. What’s Ken Burns’? Mr. Burns’ docudrama on the Roosevelts — for those who weren’t bored to tears — repeats nearly all the worn-out fairy tales of the FDR presidency, including what I call the most enduring myth of the 20th century, which is that FDR’s avalanche of alphabet-soup government programs ended the Great Depression. Shouldn’t...
  • NBC Nightly News Spins ‘Thought-Provoking’ Piece on Teachers With Guns as Big Risk

    09/23/2014 9:33:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 9/22/2014 | Curtis Houck
    On Monday night’s NBC Nightly News, the program took a look at how Utah is now allowing teachers to obtain concealed carry permits to have firearms in their schools after training and continually passing background checks. As the media has done countless times (examples here, here, and here), they found a way to turn it into coming across as a bad thing and advance the gun control agenda.
  • Spain scraps abortion plan, justice chief quits

    09/23/2014 9:32:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 23, 2014 12:09 PM EDT
    The Spanish government has scrapped plans to restrict the availability of abortion because there was no consensus for change, the prime minister said Tuesday, in a move that brought the resignation of the justice minister who was in charge of introducing a new law. Spain now allows abortion without restrictions in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. The government had promised to restrict abortion to only cases of rape or serious health risks. But the proposal triggered widespread denunciation, with critics saying it would put Spain back 40 years in terms of women’s rights. …
  • Have Gay Marriage Attacks on Religious Freedom Backfired?

    09/23/2014 9:18:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 09/23/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The latest Pew survey for the first time sees a major reversal of support for gay marriage and an increase in religious politics. A growing share of the American public wants religion to play a role in U.S. politics. The share of Americans who say churches and other houses of worship should express their views on social and political issues is up 6 points since the 2010 midterm elections (from 43% to 49%). That’s an interesting shift at a time when we’ve been incessantly lectured by libertarians that social conservatism is dead and the Republican Party needs to climb on...
  • Biden 2012: Romney Wants to Go to War with Syria

    09/23/2014 9:03:36 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 1 replies
    The National Review ^ | 09/23/14 | Ian Tuttle
    “He [Romney] said it was a mistake to end the war in Iraq and bring all of our warriors home,” Biden told an audience in York, Penn., on September 2, 2012. “He said it was a mistake to set an end date for our warriors in Afghanistan and bring them home. He implies by the speech that he’s ready to go to war in Syria and Iran.” Biden also scoffed at Romney for his tough talk about Russia: “He wants to move from cooperation to confrontation with Putin’s Russia. And these guys say the president’s out of touch?”
  • Physicist Michael Pupin: Science Leads to God

    09/23/2014 8:42:15 AM PDT · by fishtank · 16 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Sept, 2014 | Jerry Bergman, Ph.D.
    Physicist Michael Pupin: Science Leads to God by Jerry Bergman, Ph.D. * Michael Idvorsky Pupin (1858–1935) was a leading American researcher who made many scientific advances, including development of the fluoroscope and an electrical transmission system for long-distance telephone communication.1 A physics professor at Columbia University for 40 years, Pupin’s many discoveries resulted in devices widely used today. Pupin’s oscillating circuit research made it possible to have simultaneous transmissions of several messages through one wire, and it was his inductance coil research that made long-distance telephone calls possible.2 Both inventions made him quite wealthy—over one million dollars for his inductance...
  • Under Obama, Air Force One cost per hour jumps 27% to $228,288 [Lecture Today on Global Warming]

    09/23/2014 8:22:47 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Paul Bedard
    The president spent over $7.3 million on just three trips in 2013, including $2.1 million to appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in August, according to new flight documents provided by the Air Force to a public watchdog group.
  • Genderism – a new ideology destroying the family

    09/23/2014 8:06:03 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 15 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/22/14 | Gabriele Kuby
    Editor’s Note: The following address by German author and social commentator Gabriele Kuby was delivered earlier this month in Moscow at the International Forum on Large Families and the Future of Humanity. We are witnessing an astonishing historical shift. More than a hundred years ago, Marxism declared the relationship of man and woman in monogamous marriage as “the first class antagonism” in history. This “class-conflict” had to be overcome by destroying marriage and the family. So in 1917, Alexandra Kollontai, the first woman commissar of the Bolshevik Central Committee, set out to put this into practise through the exercise of...
  • Abortionist: Unborn Baby’s Soul Only Appears When His Mother Accepts Him

    09/23/2014 7:46:38 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 50 replies
    Life News ^ | 9/23/14 | Sarah Terzo
    James McMahon, late term abortionist, now deceased, once said: “I frankly think the soul or personage comes in when the fetus is accepted by the mother.”LA Times, The Abortions of Last Resort, 1-7-1990McMahon performed partial-birth abortions when they were legal. It’s interesting what he says here – one wonders what gives a woman so much power that she can create a soul just by her attitude and opinion. If the woman never accepts the baby, if she still continues to reject the baby after he or she is born, does the baby still not have a soul?Family Planning director’s “greatest...
  • Justice Kagan Performs Her First Same-Sex Wedding

    09/23/2014 7:29:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 49 replies
    CBS-DC ^ | 9-22-14
    Justice Elena Kagan has officiated for the first time at a same-sex wedding, a Maryland ceremony for her former law clerk and his husband. Kagan presided on Sunday over the wedding of former clerk Mitchell Reich and Patrick Pearsall in the Washington suburb of Chevy Chase, Maryland. Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Monday that the same-sex ceremony was the first at which Kagan officiated. Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg have previously officiated at the wedding of gay and lesbian couples, including at the Supreme Court. Ginsburg most recently performed the wedding of Washington theater...
  • Tiny robot learns to fly a real plane

    09/23/2014 7:22:31 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 18 replies
    CNET ^ | September 22, 2014 | Michelle Starr
    A small, hobby-sized robot could herald the pilot of the future. At just 39.7cm (15.6in) tall, PIBOT -- a portmanteau of "pilot" and "robot" and not to be confused with Raspberry Pi-powered PiBot or 3D printer PiBot -- has been trained by researchers at KAIST to fly a human-sized aeroplane. The robot, presented at IROS Chicago earlier this month, has a video camera built into its "face", with software built in for runway detection and other visual cues. The rest of the buttons, sticks and switches allow the robot to control throttle, braking pitch, yaw, altitude, velocity, and direction, information...
  • Mr. President, CO2 is not Pollution, it’s the Elixir of Life

    09/23/2014 7:19:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | Craig Idso
    resident Obama will attend a United Nations climate summit in New York this week where he will try to gather support for an international agreement to curb emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), which he labels as carbon pollution. This could not be further from the truth. Talk with most any biologist or botanist and you will find an opposite perspective, one in which CO2 is the elixir of life. We all learned in primary school that atmospheric CO2 is the building block of plant life, the primary raw material that they utilize during the process of photosynthesis. As demonstrated in...
  • Climate change alarmists silent on economic damage done by climate change alarmists

    09/23/2014 7:14:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 9-23-14 | M. D. Kittle
    As Watchdog.org report Bruce Parker vividly reported Sunday from inside the environmentalist carnival that was the People’s Climate March through midtown Manhattan, this pre-game show to Tuesday’s going-green confab in New York City showcased an array of left-loving characters. His greenness himself, former Vice President Al Gore was in attendance. So was Hollywood heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio. The vegans, the shamans, the commies, big labor, the socialists, and probably more than a few sociopaths all were on hand at what was billed as the largest climate-related protest in history. Along the parade route, from Central Park West to West 34th Street,...
  • Why Poor Students Struggle (Liberal misdirection alert)

    09/23/2014 7:10:33 AM PDT · by pabianice · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | 9/23/14 | Maddensept
    I WAS rushing to change trains at Delancey Street in downtown Manhattan earlier this year when a tall young man stepped in front of me, blocking my way through the crowd. He said my name and I looked up. “Kelvin!” I cried. As we hugged, I considered what month it was. March. Why wasn’t he upstate at school? He knew what I was thinking. “I’m taking a year off. Everybody told me I should go to college, but I didn’t really know what I was doing there.” I told him that I had taken a year off from college myself....
  • What Jack Ma Can Re-Teach America

    09/23/2014 7:09:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    In the fairy tale "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves," Ali Baba, a poor woodcutter, is in the forest when he hears a group of robbers approaching on horseback. Afraid, he climbs a tree and hears one of the men say, "open sesame." A door opens in a rock and the men go in, the door shutting behind them when another says, "close sesame." When they leave, Ali Baba climbs down and approaches the rock. He says, "open sesame" and it opens for him. Inside he discovers jewels and gold, which he takes, becoming rich himself. Jack Ma is the...
  • Seeking a Same-Sex Marriage Case Fit for History

    09/23/2014 7:01:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 22, 2014 | Adam Liptak
    The jockeying among the titans of the Supreme Court bar for a place at the lectern when the justices hear the next same-sex marriage case is as understated as it is unmistakable. In a half-dozen briefs filed in recent weeks, some of the best lawyers in the nation spent many pages arguing that their case was the right one in which to establish a nationwide right to same-sex marriage. They pointed out the attractive features of their own cases and the shortcomings of others. In legal jargon, streamlined cases without procedural pitfalls are said to be good vehicles. That made...
  • Today's Democrat is Ideologically Obedient and Humanity Absent

    09/23/2014 6:53:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | Tony Katz
    You are not going crazy. You are not delusional. You are not making things up. You are not seeing things. You are rational, decent and aware. You are a normal human being who does not work for the MSM or belong to the Democrat Party (aka the Progressives, aka the Leftists, aka the Ted Kennedy/Bill Clinton Murder/Molestation Fan Club.) Because those people are crazy, are delusional and do make things up. As well as being, unfortunately, ideologically obedient and humanity absent. We can start with foreign policy. Is anyone going to notice that John Kerry is more interested in protecting...
  • Man shot dead, two counter-terrorism officers stabbed outside... police station (Australia)

    09/23/2014 6:36:30 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 23rd September 2014
    A TERROR suspect who allegedly made threats against Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been shot dead by police tonight after stabbing a Victoria Police officer and federal agent. The man, who security sources said had recently had his passport cancelled, was stopped by counter-terrorism police outside the Endeavour Hills police station in Melbourne’s southeast. It is understood he had been under surveillance for having allegedly made threats against Mr Abbott. The joint counter-terrorism operation was aimed at detaining and questioning the man in relation to the threats, sources said. It is believed police were in the process of detaining him...
  • A Path Forward on Immigration: What we can learn from the history of Ellis Island

    09/23/2014 6:32:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/22/2014 | Michael Barone
    What should we do about immigration policy? It’s a question many are asking, and some useful perspective comes from an article in Foreign Affairs by British-born, California-based historian Gregory Clark, unhelpfully titled, “The American Dream Is an Illusion.” The dream to which Clark refers is the idea, promoted by Emma Lazarus’s poem at the Statue of Liberty, that this is “a country of opportunity for all, a country that invites in the world’s tired, its poor and its huddled masses.” The problem, says Clark, is that upward mobility is something of a myth, in America and elsewhere. In his recent...
  • 10 WEIRD THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT HILLARY

    09/23/2014 6:24:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/22/2014 | Ben Shapiro
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been through the political battles more than any major politician since Richard Nixon – and she has a lot in common with her former foe. But despite the blanket coverage of the former First Lady and her ubiquitous husband, there are still a good number of interesting facts about her that have been buried over the years. 1. She likes to get her drink on. Hanging out in Cartagena in 2012 with her staff at the Summit of the Americas, then-Secretary of State Clinton was photographed with her hair down and a drink...
  • Liberal Incivility and Gabby Giffords

    09/23/2014 6:23:00 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 9-23-14 | Jonathon Tobin
    When a gunman attempted to murder Rep. Gabriel Giffords in January 2011, the country was shocked by what was widely interpreted as an act that symbolized the incivility that had transformed American politics. That assumption, which was primarily aimed at undermining the Tea Party movement that had swept the midterm elections months before in the 2010 midterms, was soon debunked when we learned the shooter was an apolitical madman. But liberals have never ceased yapping about the implications of their opponents’ alleged meanness. Now it turns out the person who is doing the most to give the lie to this...
  • Student Bullies Trump 1st Amendment

    09/23/2014 6:16:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Well, the wild and crazy 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is at it again, this time ruling that in a conflict between bullies and the First Amendment, bullies win. The court let stand a previous ruling by a three-judge panel of the court that school officials of Live Oak High School can prohibit American students from wearing to school clothing featuring the American flag because of threats made against the American students. You read that right: not threats made by the American students but threats directed at them by others. Admittedly, it's hard to surprise sane people anymore with...
  • Wyoming Considers Steps to Assist Its New Refugees (Barf Alert)

    09/23/2014 6:10:38 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 14 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sep 21, 2014 | Dan Frosch
    Wyoming Considers Steps to Assist Its New Refugees State Weighs Creating a Resettlement Program Dan Frosch Sept. 21, CHEYENNE, Wyo.—Draped in a brightly hued robe and veil, Amal Hassan certainly stands out from the locals as she walks along the outskirts of this high-plains city, pickup trucks rumbling by. Somali refugees such as Ms. Hassan are becoming a more common sight here in the nation's least populous state, the only one without a refugee-resettlement program. Such initiatives provide social and financial services to refugees such as Ms. Hassan, 29 years old, who were admitted legally into the U.S. Now, with...
  • Homosexuality and Same-Sex Marriage (Pew Poll)

    09/23/2014 6:02:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    Pew Research ^ | September 22, 2014 | Staff
    The public is evenly divided over whether businesses that provide wedding services, like catering or flowers, should be required to provide services to same-sex couples despite religious objections to same-sex marriage. Half (49%) say that wedding-related businesses should be required to provide services to same-sex couples just as they would to all other customers, while 47% say that these businesses should be allowed to refuse services to same-sex couples for religious reasons.
  • Robert Kennedy Jr., Aspiring Tyrant

    09/23/2014 5:51:04 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 44 replies
    National Review ^ | 9-22-14 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Blissfully unaware of how hot the irony burned, Robert Kennedy Jr. yesterday took to a public protest to rail avidly in favor of censorship. The United States government, Kennedy lamented in an interview with Climate Depot, is not permitted by law to “punish” or to imprison those who disagree with him — and this, he proposed, is a problem of existential proportions. Were he to have his way, Kennedy admitted, he would cheer the prosecution of a host of “treasonous” figures — among them a number of unspecified “politicians”; those bętes noires of the global Left, Kansas’s own Koch Brothers;...