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  • Baltimore City Council President Apologizes to Rioters (for calling them thugs)

    04/28/2015 1:02:25 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 30 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | April 28, 2015
    The president of the Baltimore City Council apologized for calling rioters “thugs” at a press conference Tuesday, calling those responsible for the violence “misdirected” youths.
  • Pope Francis Steps Up Campaign on Climate Change, to Conservatives’ Alarm

    04/28/2015 12:54:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04/28/2015 | By CORAL DAVENPORT and LAURIE GOODSTEIN
    Since his first homily in 2013, Pope Francis has preached about the need to protect the earth and all of creation as part of a broad message on the environment. It has caused little controversy so far. But now, as Francis prepares to deliver what is likely to be a highly influential encyclical this summer on environmental degradation and the effects of human-caused climate change on the poor, he is alarming some conservatives in the United States who are loath to see the Catholic Church reposition itself as a mighty voice in a cause they do not believe in. As...
  • Marriage equality is only the beginning...here’s what’s on the horizon for LGBTQ rights

    04/28/2015 12:35:52 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 39 replies
    salon ^ | 4/28/15 | KATIE MCDONOUGH
    The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear 2.5 hours of oral arguments that may very well determine the fate of marriage equality in the United States.... a victory for equal marriage would be a narrow win in the broader landscape. So what does the movement for LGBTQ justice look like if the marriage question is finally settled? Remarkably similar, since many of the kinds of discrimination LGBTQ people currently face will remain unaffected by the change. This is particularly true for the decisions we tend to associate with getting married, like where to live, where to work and how to...
  • Obama’s Lawyer: Religious Institutions May Lose Tax-Exempt Status If Court Rules for Gay Marriage

    04/28/2015 12:21:30 PM PDT · by C19fan · 65 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 28, 2015 | Joel Gehrke
    Religious institutions could be at risk of losing their tax-exempt status due to their beliefs about marriage if the Supreme Court holds that gay couples have a constitutional right to wed, President Obama’s attorney acknowledged to the Supreme Court today. “It’s certainly going to be an issue,” Solicitor General Donald Verrilli replied when Justice Samuel Alito asked if schools that support the traditional definition of marriage would have to be treated like schools that once opposed interracial marriage. “I don’t deny that.”
  • Why Is Pakistan More Legitimate than Israel?

    04/28/2015 12:12:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 28, 2015 | Dennis Prager
    Whenever I have received a call from a listener to my radio show challenging Israel's legitimacy, I have asked these people if they ever called a radio show to challenge any other country's legitimacy. In particular, I ask, have they ever questioned the legitimacy of Pakistan? The answer, of course, is always "no." In fact, no caller ever understood why I even mentioned Pakistan. There are two reasons for this. First, of all the 200-plus countries in the world, only Israel's legitimacy is challenged. So mentioning any other country seems strange to a caller. Second, almost no one outside of...
  • Grandmother Of Tampa Shooting Victim Laments Surge In Violence

    04/28/2015 11:56:11 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 8 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | April 27, 2015 | Dan Sukkivan
    TAMPA — Sitting on the front porch of her east Tampa home, Eva Bulmer spoke Monday about the gun violence that has struck her family three times in less than a year. First there was her grandson, George Oglesby, who survived after he was shot several times last summer on a short street lined with low-rent apartments on the city's eastern edge. Two weeks ago, a couple blocks away, two bullets knocked his older brother, Jarrod Coachman, off a motorbike. Before he died, Coachman told the cops who did it. They made an arrest. But the shooting didn't stop. On...
  • About Those Smoking Guns

    04/28/2015 11:50:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 28, 2015 | Mona Charen
    In January, Robert F. McDonnell, 71st governor of Virginia, was sentenced to two years in prison followed by two years of supervised release after his conviction on 11 counts of public corruption. He, and especially his wife, behaved badly. But it's worth taking a closer look at what was considered criminal in McDonnell's case, because, at least so far, some in the press are suggesting that Hillary Clinton's conduct must meet a much higher threshold to be considered problematic. When ABC's George Stephanopoulos interviewed Peter Schweizer, author of "Clinton Cash" on Sunday, Stephanopoulos played the informal role of Clinton defense...
  • Dems urge special immigrant status for Nepal earthquake victims

    04/28/2015 11:46:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 28, 2015 | By Cristina Marcos
    Two House Democrats want the Department of Homeland Security to grant a temporary immigrant status for Nepalese nationals affected by the country's earthquake. Democratic Reps. Al Green (Texas) and Mike Honda (Calif.) have introduced a bill to establish a Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to citizens of Nepal so that they are protected from deportation or detainment. TPS is frequently authorized in conditions that prevent safe return of a country's citizens, such as a civil war or natural disaster. Under the legislation, Nepalese applicants would be eligible for TPS if they had been legally present in the U.S. since April 25,...
  • Spanking suspect re-arrested

    04/28/2015 11:32:33 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 15 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 4-28-15 | Jessica York
    The 30-year-old Soquel man accused of slapping two joggers’ butts Thursday morning was re-arrested over the weekend. Lee Cast posted bail Friday, after Santa Cruz police arrested him in relation to an alleged sexual assault on a Santa Cruz runner on Bay Avenue. A second jogger making the same allegations for an encounter later Thursday morning on Portola Drive did not come forward until after Cast’s release from jail, Santa Cruz police Lt. Bernie Escalante said.
  • Bipartisanship Is Busting Out All Over

    04/28/2015 11:21:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 28, 2015 | Michael Barone
    Like spring, bipartisanship is busting out all over. Even more so maybe: Washington in a time of alleged global warming is suffering through a chilly, wet springtime, but bipartisanship is sprouting up like gangbusters. Exhibit A is the Corker-Cardin legislation, passed unanimously in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, providing for limited congressional review of negotiations with Iran over its nuclear weapons program. Exhibit B is the legislation combating human trafficking, passed unanimously by the Senate last Wednesday. Exhibit C is the elimination of the annual "doc fix," engineered by Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. These legislative...
  • Smashed, looted and burned by the mob: Inside the destruction of Baltimore as shopkeepers [tr]

    04/28/2015 11:06:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 28, 2015 | Daniel Bates and Ben Ashford
    The full extent of the damage done by the violence and rioting in Baltimore is graphically revealed today. Dozens of shops, businesses and gas stations were burned and ransacked across the city as the streets were turned into a 'war zone'. Shopkeepers told Daily Mail Online that they fled in terror as looters rampaged in as they were still inside - and stole everything. A family of four had to flee their apartment above the liquor store they owned when it was set ablaze underneath them. And a gas station owner said that he had lost $50,000 after his ATM...
  • CNN Ranks Number 2 in Cable News in Viewers & Adults 25-54 for the Month of April

    04/28/2015 10:26:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    TV By The Numbers ^ | April 28, 2015 | By Sara Bibel
    CNN ranked #2 in cable news in April, easily topping MSNBC in Total Day among both total viewers and adults 25-54, and M-Su and M-F primetime in the demo 25-54. The network has now beaten MSNBC for 10 straight months in Total Day among both total viewers and the demo. CNN Program Highlights: The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer (5-7pm) ranked #2 in cable news in the demo (157k) ahead of MSNBC by +134% (67k) and up +9% vs. year ago, while MSNBC was down by -54%. Erin Burnett Outfront (7pm) easily beat MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews in the...
  • Read an Eye-Witness Account of Mussolini’s Final Moments

    04/28/2015 9:51:02 AM PDT · by Borges · 27 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | 4/28/2015 | Lily Rothman
    Seventy years ago on this day, April 28, 1945, the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini was executed after a failed attempt to flee Italy with his mistress.
  • FREDDY GRAY’S ARREST RECORD: Here’s The Rap Sheet Of The Dude They’re Destroying Baltimore Over

    04/28/2015 9:43:15 AM PDT · by yuffy · 66 replies
    ClashDaily ^ | Posted on April 28, 2015
    That is quite the rap sheet. Here are some things that you should know about Freddy Gray. Heavy – Freddie Gray, who died a week after suffering injuries while in Baltimore police custody, had a lengthy criminal record, mainly for drug-related offenses, according to state court records. Police claim he was “involved in criminal activity,” prior to his arrest. Gray, 25, died after spending seven days in a coma as a result of injuries he suffered while in the custody of city police, the Baltimore Sun reports. […] Gray had a lengthy arrest record with convictions dating back until at...
  • Homeownership rate drops to quarter-century low

    04/28/2015 9:26:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Market Watch ^ | April 28, 2015 | By Ruth Mantell
    In the latest sign of a changing housing market, homeownership rates are at a quarter-century low, while the rental-vacancy rate is close to the slimmest proportion in more than two decades, according to government data released Tuesday. The seasonally adjusted homeownership rate, which shows the share of occupied homes in which an owner lives, fell to 63.8% in the first quarter — the lowest proportion since the end of 1989, the U.S. Census Bureau said. Families with income both above and below the median have seen drops in homeownership rates over the past year. Weak income growth and difficult-to-get mortgages...
  • Walmart shoppers rescue stabbed HCC officer

    04/28/2015 9:23:23 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 10 replies
    click2houston.com ^ | 5-28-15 | Sofia Ojeda
    Houston police said if it wasn't for several brave customers, a police officer wouldn't have survived a brutal attack inside a Walmart. According to investigators, the Houston Community College police officer was working a second job as a security guard at a Walmart off South Post Oak Road in the Meyerland area. Around 2 a.m. Tuesday, a man wielding a large hunting knife walked up to the female guard and, without warning, attacked. "She was sitting there watching the registers, providing security, when he just walked in and attacked her," said Kese Smith, a public information officer with the Houston...
  • I’m Gay, And I Oppose Same-Sex Marriage

    04/28/2015 8:51:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 04/28/2015 | Paul Rosnick
    I want nothing in this world more than to be a father. Yet I can’t bring myself to celebrate same-sex marriage. Gay marriage has gone from unthinkable to reality in the blink of an eye. A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that support for gay marriage is now at 61 percent—the highest it’s ever been. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case that many court-watchers believe will deliver the final blow to those seeking to prevent the redefinition of marriage. By all measures, this fight is over. Gay marriage won. As a 30-year-old gay man,...
  • Medicaid’s Tension: Getting Corporate Giants To Do Right By The Needy

    04/28/2015 8:47:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | April 28, 2015 | By Jay Hancock
    HARTSVILLE, Tenn. — Lynda Douglas thought she had a deal with Tennessee. She would adopt and love a tiny, unwanted, profoundly disabled girl named Charla. The private insurance companies that run Tennessee’s Medicaid program would cover Charla’s health care. Douglas doesn’t think the state and its contractors have held up their end. In recent years she says she has fought battle after battle to secure essential care to control Charla’s seizures, protect her from choking and tube-feed and medicate her multiple times a day. Washington regulators are about to initiate the biggest overhaul of Medicaid managed-care rules in a decade....
  • My Sister's Closet ads pulled from light rail trains

    04/28/2015 8:29:34 AM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 23 replies
    http://www.myfoxdetroit.com ^ | Apr 28, 2015 | Jill Monier
    PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Are they clever ads with a play on words, or are they just outright sexually-explicit? A valley store's new billboards are at the center of controversy, and Valley Metro has already pulled them off their trains. The ads are nothing new; chances are you've seen them on trucks or billboards around Phoenix. The owner of My Sister's Closet said she entered into an advertising agreement, the ads were approved, so she was stunned when the ads were abruptly pulled. "Wanted: One Night Stand, Buy a Bigger Chest, Make a Booty Call," my sister's closet thought these ads...
  • You Need to Hear What Gov. Bobby Jindal Told Corporate America About Bullying People of Faith

    04/28/2015 8:39:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/27/2015 | Paula Bolyard
    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, appearing at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Spring Kickoff on Saturday, made it clear that he will not allow religious liberty bullies to run rampant in his state. Referring to the recent events surrounding Indiana’s Religious Liberty Restoration Act, Jindal said corporate America teamed up with the radical left “to come after our religious liberty rights.” Jindal warned, “Corporate America needs to be careful because the same radical left that doesn’t want us to have religious liberty rights does not want us to have economic liberty rights. The same radical left that doesn’t want us...
  • Democrats Want to Ban Islamophobic Dutch Lawmaker, Geert Wilders From the U.S.

    04/28/2015 8:35:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 04/28/2015 | John Hudson
    In a letter obtained by Foreign Policy, two Democratic members of Congress are urging the Obama administration to ban a Dutch lawmaker from entry into the United States due to his controversial views on Islam. The Dutch lawmaker, Geert Wilders, is scheduled to speak at a reception on Capitol Hill this month at the invitation of Tea Party firebrand Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas). In recent years, Wilders has become internationally famous for his bombastic broadsides against Islam, which include calls to ban the Koran in the Netherlands and to arrange for the removal of Moroccan immigrants from his country. In...
  • Will John Roberts decide for gay marriage?

    04/28/2015 8:27:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/28/2015 | Rick Moran
    The Supreme Court will hear arguments today that could lead to a constitutional right for gays to marry. Many court watchers believe it's a done deal already. In addition to the 4 liberal judges, Justice Anthony Kennedy has already ruled with the majority 3 times against maintaining a ban on same sex marriage. He would appear to be the 5th vote that would make gay marriage the law of the land. But nothing is certain, which is why some observers believe that Chief Justice John Roberts may be a pivotal vote on the question of same sex marriage. New...
  • ‘Tolerant’ Liberals Start Insulting Bruce Jenner When He Says He’s Conservative

    04/28/2015 8:23:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/28/2015 | by KATHERINE TIMPF
    During his interview with Diane Sawyer that aired on Friday night, Bruce Jenner revealed that he’s questioned his gender identity his whole life, that he’s considered suicide, and that he took hormones for the first time in the 1980s — about 30 years ago and before he decided to marry his most recent wife, Kris Jenner. But nothing shocked the public quite like his admission that he — gasp! — thinks the Constitution is important! The subject of politics came up after Sawyer asked him how he felt about Obama being the first president to use the word “transgender”...
  • Dispute outside church leaves 2 fatally shot, 4 injured

    04/28/2015 8:20:53 AM PDT · by PROCON · 6 replies
    apnews.myway.com ^ | April 28, 2015 | KAREN MATTHEWS
    NEW YORK (AP) — A gunfight broke out on a Brooklyn street during a funeral service where at least one shooter returned fire from inside the church vestibule, leaving two dead and four others injured, according to police. Three men opened fire on a crowd outside Emmanuel Church of God in Brooklyn's East Flatbush neighborhood Monday evening, police said. Mourners had gathered there for the funeral of 38-year-old Jose Luis Robles, who had died of natural causes.
  • Like the President and Hillary, My Views on Marriage Have Evolved

    04/28/2015 7:23:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/28/2015 | David French
    ’ve evolved. In the not-so-distant past, I held a view that has since proven to be oppressive, a view of the law and culture that I now see as stifling the rights of others and damaging the fabric of our families and our democracy. I supported same-sex marriage. The year was 2004, and I was a partner in a large commercial law firm. Despite working mainly in commercial, contract litigation, I’d cultivated a constitutional practice and represented a number of Christian ministries. So, when the Massachusetts supreme judicial court legalized gay marriage, a number of fellow Christians asked for my...
  • EPA spends $84,000 to study churches that preach climate change

    04/28/2015 6:54:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 27, 2015 | By Elizabeth Harrington
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is spending $84,000 to study how churches can be used to combat climate change. A taxpayer-funded graduate fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is examining 17 faith-based institutions that have implemented "sustainability initiatives" in the hopes of developing workshops to teach pastors and other religious leaders how to change the behaviors of their congregants. "Climate change-which affects traditional faith-based efforts to improve human health, mitigate poverty and redress social inequity-is inspiring religious organizations to advocate for clean air and water, restore ecosystems, and conserve resources," a grant for the project, which began...
  • Shirt printer that wouldn’t make gay pride shirts vindicated by court

    04/28/2015 6:51:29 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 28 at 1:53 AM | By Justin Wm. Moyer
    The day before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a historic same-sex marriage case, a Kentucky court has ruled that a Christian T-shirt company has the right not to print gay pride festival shirts. Hands on Originals (HOO), a Christian T-shirt company in Lexington, Ky., was asked to print shirts by Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO) for a 2012 pride festival. When the company turned down the order, the GLSO filed a complaint with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission. Though the commission found in favor of the GLSO, Judge James D. Ishmael of the Fayette Circuit...
  • Here Are All Seven Media Questions Hillary Clinton Has Answered During Her Campaign

    04/28/2015 6:46:33 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    National Journal ^ | 4-28-15 | Zach C. Cohen
    The Democratic front-runner has largely ignored journalists in the first two weeks of her presidential run, instead speaking directly to voters When the press corps comically sprinted across an Iowa lawn in pursuit of Hillary Clinton's van, they weren't just hoping to catch a glimpse of the most-likely Democratic presidential nominee. They were hoping to ask Clinton questions, and—in the dream scenario—get an answer. Those answers, however, have been few and far between. Despite being bombarded with press questions at every chance, Clinton has only personally answered seven inquiries since formally launching her campaign April 12. Instead, she has spoken...
  • Latest on police-custody death: Nearly 200 Baltimore arrests

    04/28/2015 6:44:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | April 28, 2015
    The Baltimore mayor's office says there were 144 vehicle fires, 15 structures fires and nearly 200 arrests in the unrest that broke out in the city. Spokesman Howard Libit gave the updated numbers Tuesday morning.
  • Behold the Hillary Clinton arsenal of nods (humor)

    04/28/2015 6:33:24 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4-28-15 | Andrew Stiles
    Hillary Clinton has been struggling to interact with everyday Americans on her campaign listening tour, not least because she has a hard time relating to people who have never met a sultan or run a mining business in an authoritarian country. However, she has displayed considerable political and physical skill throughout these interactions, and her opponents would be wise to take note. In addition to her soothing, naturally human laugh, Hillary’s ability to deploy what is commonly known as the “head nod” at crucial moments while pretending to care about normal Americans is nothing short of impressive. Her arsenal of...
  • VIDEO: Mom Caught Hitting Son Taking Part in Baltimore Riots

    04/28/2015 6:21:24 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    CBS DC ^ | April 28, 2015 7:45 AM | Staff
    One Baltimore mother was caught on video dragging out her son who was taking part in the Baltimore riots. The unnamed mother was shown on television smacking her son — who was dressed all in black — for taking part in the riots against police and businesses Monday afternoon and dragging him away. Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts even acknowledged the mother’s actions during a press conference early Tuesday morning. “And if you saw in one scene, you had one a mother who grabbed their child who had a hood on his head and she started smacking him on the...
  • Latest on police-custody death: Governor heads to Baltimore

    04/28/2015 6:16:24 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 15 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | April 28, 2015
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is temporarily moving his office from the state capital, Annapolis, to Baltimore on Tuesday after rioting and fires broke out in the city. Hogan spokeswoman Erin Montgomery says the governor will visit sites around the city Tuesday morning and plans to work out of state offices in downtown Baltimore with Cabinet members and senior staffers.
  • Muslim Day: Bay Area faithful come to Sacramento to lobby lawmakers

    04/28/2015 6:13:49 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 8 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 04/28/2015 | Jessica Calefati
    In several dozen meetings Monday at the state Capitol, lobbyists asked Bay Area lawmakers to back bills that would boost wages for women, temporarily freeze tuition for in-state college students and preserve Californians' privacy. But these were no ordinary lobbyists. They were Muslim students, business owners and community leaders who traveled to Sacramento for a "lobby day" organized by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
  • Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments on Same-Sex Marriage

    04/28/2015 6:12:43 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 19 replies
    https://www.thomasmore.org ^ | April 27, 2015 | TMLC
    ANN ARBOR, MI – On Tuesday morning the U. S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the monumental same-sex marriage cases stemming from the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that upheld constitutional amendments passed by overwhelming majorities of voters in the states of Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and Kentucky defining marriage as a union of one man and one woman. Tuesday’s Supreme Court arguments will focus on two questions: whether bans on gay marriages are constitutional; and, if they are, whether states with bans may refuse to recognize out-of-state gay marriages performed where they are legal. Most Court...
  • Gray Pastor: No Justice, No Peace! Scarborough: No One Wanted Violence

    04/28/2015 6:09:29 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 20 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    At yesterday's funeral service for Freddie Gray, Pastor Jamal Bryant ended his eulogy by leading the congregation in a highly-charged chant of "No justice! No peace!" Yet immediately after playing the clip of that moment, Joe Scarborough claimed that the riots that ensued were "something that no one inside that funeral could have ever have wanted." Had Scarborough listened to his own clip? If not, why not? If so, what does he think "no justice, no peace" means? It's true that later in the day, Bryant called for peace in the streets. But by then it was too late. Perhaps...
  • Georgetown University demands College Republicans edit video showing angry feminist protesters

    04/28/2015 5:53:30 AM PDT · by yuffy · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 27, 2015 | 6:11 pm | By Ashe Schow
    The controversy over scholar Christina Hoff Sommers' lecture at Georgetown University last week is not over. Lauren Gagliardi, the school's assistant director for the center for student engagement, emailed two members of the College Republicans to request they edit the video to remove students who did not agree to be videotaped. In the email, provided to the Washington Examiner, Gagliardi tells the students that the "edited version needs to be released without students who did not give permission to be taped." She also says that if the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, which sponsored the event, is "unwilling or unresponsive...
  • How the Baltimore Mayor's office explains her infamous 'space to destroy' remark

    04/28/2015 5:46:20 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 67 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 27, 2015 | Philip Klein
    With massive violence spreading in Baltimore on Monday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is under fire for a statement she made over the weekend indicating that she ordered the city's police to give people the "space" to destroy property. "I've made it very clear that I work with the police and instructed them to do everything that they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech," Rawlings-Blake said in a press conference. "It's a very delicate balancing act, because, while we tried to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the...
  • Baltimore Destroyed: Rioters Burn Buildings, Injure Police, Attack Reporters and Loot Local Stores

    04/28/2015 5:41:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 119 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 28, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    After a week of protests and the funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who recently died in police custody of serious injuries, rioters took to the streets of Baltimore late Monday afternoon and rampaged through the city until the early hours of the morning burning buildings, cars, looting local stores, attacking police and reporters. Fifteen police officers were injured and the hoses being use by firefighters to put out an inferno at a CVS were cut. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake made several statements last night and announced a curfew...that starts tonight. Governor Larry Hogan called in the National Guard to restore order,...
  • Vatican climate change summit to highlight moral duty for action

    04/28/2015 5:27:43 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 13 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 28 April 2015 04.06 EDT | Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Rome
    The Vatican is hosting a climate change summit that will focus on the need for decisive action to combat global warming as a moral imperative and Christian duty, especially given its impact on poor people. The Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity meeting in Rome on Tuesday is a precursor to the release of Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, which is due out in June or July and is expected to centre on the duty of the faithful to address climate change, whatever its causes. Pope Francis is not scheduled to speak at the summit but was due to have...
  • Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake lying her pants off.

    04/28/2015 5:26:55 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 37 replies
    Youtube ^ | 04/28/15
    Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake lying her pants off.
  • Puffed-up Leftist Tyranny Punishes Dissenters

    04/28/2015 5:24:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 28, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    Forget for a moment the ever-failing economy, the implosion of our foreign policy coherence, and our virtually unilateral withdrawal in the war on terror under Barack Obama's presidency. If liberty lovers don't start fighting back soon, we'll forfeit our freedom of thought and religious expression under the assault of fascist leftist activists in our culture. Let's just look at two of the many recent events that should have us very concerned. As you may have guessed, they revolve around the controversial matter of same-sex marriage. At the outset, let me say that this issue is no longer about same-sex marriage...
  • Rioters And Looters Belong In Jail, In The Morgue Or On The Business End Of A Nightstick

    04/28/2015 5:03:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 28, 2015 | John Hawkins
    Since Obama became President and started subtly supporting race-baiting and cop-hating, mob violence is back in style. Hordes of Occupy thugs took over parks, blocked traffic and vandalized property while cops were ordered to leave them alone. Ferguson was ripped to pieces while the Democratic governor held back the National Guard. BlackLivesMatter asshats have been blocking traffic across the country. There have been smaller violent outbursts in LA, Oakland and Brooklyn and now Baltimore is under siege by roving gangs of punks. There’s a simple reason this is happening and it’s not criminals getting killed after confrontations with the police...
  • 2016: Yes, It's Early, But Pay Attention Now

    04/28/2015 4:52:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 28, 2015 | Byron York
    It's conventional wisdom that the 2016 Republican presidential race is at such an early stage that the polls don't matter. They're just a measurement of name recognition at this point, some observers say, and the only people really paying attention to the campaign are reporters and hard-core party activists. Maybe that was true in earlier years. But it doesn't seem to be the case now. "One thing about this election -- Republicans are paying attention," says a GOP pollster not affiliated with any campaign. "They are very concerned about who the nominee is going to be, and the idea that...
  • California's Water Problem

    04/28/2015 4:47:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 28, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    Californians are experiencing their third year of drought. Headlines read: "Current California Drought Is Driest In State's History; Scientists Fear 'Megadroughts' On Their Way." "Global Warming Upped Heat Driving California's Drought." Then there are scientific claims such as, "There's a rapidly growing body of scientific research finding that California is in the midst of its worst drought in over a millennium (and) global warming has made the drought worse." A Stanford University study said, "Human-caused climate change helped fuel the current California drought." One news outlet summarized the conclusions of a group of environmentalists this way: "California's severe and ongoing...
  • Team Obama to Respond to Baltimore Rioting; Requests Law Enforcement Restraint

    04/28/2015 4:25:05 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 66 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 27, 2015 | CHARLIE SPIERING
    As the rioting grew fiercer in Baltimore following the funeral of Freddy Grey on Monday, the Obama administration issued statements vowing to end the violence. (snip) The readout also noted that Obama had spoken with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “The President highlighted the Administration’s commitment to provide assistance as needed and will continue to receive updates on the situation from Attorney General Lynch and White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett,” the White House explained, adding that Jarrett had spoken with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan earlier in the day. Jarrett also spoke with Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland, from Baltimore,...
  • Pastors ask for calm, order as Officer Brelo trial continues

    04/28/2015 3:31:48 AM PDT · by EBH · 2 replies
    Fox8News ^ | 8/27/2015 | Darci Loreno
    CLEVELAND, Ohio — In light of the ongoing trial of Cleveland Officer Michael Brelo, Cleveland pastors Monday will ask for calm and order regardless of the verdict. A press conference was held at 1 p.m., and pastors spoke on the situation. “We are aware that forces outside and inside of our city are working to bring a negative view of Cleveland to the rest of the world. We want to stress how important it is for all of us to remain in a state of calm as we dialogue and respond to whatever the decision of the court,” Pastor Larry...
  • None shall pass: Texas prof flunks entire class, then quits mid-semester

    04/28/2015 3:25:53 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 14 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 28, 2015 | FoxNews.com
    A professor threw a Texas-sized tantrum flunking his entire class mid-semester and quitting after complaining that students mocked, threatened and ridiculed him, but the school said the failing grades won't all stand. "I am frankly and completely disgusted,"Texas A&M Galveston, Professor Irwin Horwitz told his business management students in a blast e-mail, according to Inside Higher Ed. "You all lack the honor and maturity to live up to the standards that Texas A&M holds, and the competence and/or desire to do the quality work necessary to pass the course just on a grade level. "I will no longer be teaching...
  • Gangs Around Nation Threaten Police

    04/28/2015 3:09:17 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 25 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 28,2015 | William Bigelow
    After Baltimore police reported a “credible threat” that some of the notorious gangs around the nation—including the Black Guerrilla Family, the Bloods, and the Crips—have ordered their members to target officers, various police departments are taking steps to protect their officers.
  • Government wants less fluoride in water

    04/27/2015 7:55:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 27, 2015 | Robert King
    The federal government is calling for lower levels of fluoride in drinking water, the first update since the 1960s. The new recommendation is for 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water, which replaces the previous range of 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams, according to the Health and Human Services Department on Monday. Americans have access to more fluoride through toothpaste and mouth rinses than when the recommendations were introduced in 1962, the agency said. Because Americans are using more fluoride, officials are worried about increases in cases of fluorosis, a condition that stains teeth exposed to too much fluoride. "The...
  • WATCH: BALTIMORE RIOTER SLAPPED BY MOM ON NEWS [VIDEO]

    04/27/2015 7:48:34 PM PDT · by yuffy · 70 replies
    Coed.com ^ | April 27, 2015 5:39 pm | By WYATT
    Things have gotten way out of control in Baltimore County following the death of Freddie Gray, but at least one mother is doing her best to make sure her son doesn’t get caught up in the rioting. Look what one CNN news crew caught live on camera: