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  • Costa Rican a celebrity after certified miracle

    04/19/2014 3:27:33 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister
    Associated Press ^ | April 19, 2014 | JAVIER CORDOBA
    TRES RIOS, Costa Rica (AP) — On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell upon a photograph of Pope John Paul II in a newspaper. "Stand up," Mora recalls the image of the pope saying to her. "Don't be afraid." Mora, her doctors and the Catholic Church say her aneurysm disappeared that day in a miracle that cleared the way for the late pope to be declared a saint on April 27 in a ceremony at the Vatican where Mora will be a guest...
  • White House responds to 'deport Justin Bieber' petition

    04/19/2014 2:40:25 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 8 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | APRIL 19, 2014 | QMI Agency
    "Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one." That's the short and sweet response from the White House to a petition to deport Justin Bieber. Nearly 275,000 people have signed the Deport Justin Bieber And Revoke His Green Card campaign that kicked off in January. The petition reads: "We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture. We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked. He is not only threatening the safety of our...
  • Why climate deniers are winning: The twisted psychology that overwhelms scientific consensus

    04/19/2014 2:12:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Salon ^ | April 19, 2014 | Paul Rosenberg
    There's a reason why overwhelming evidence hasn't spurred public action against global warming. In the run-up to Earth Day this year, two major reports were released by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the largest such body in the world. On March 31, Working Group II released its report, Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, and on April 13, Working Group III released its report, Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change. Both reports cited substantially more evidence of substantially more global warming and related impacts than past reports have, and they did so more lucidly than in...
  • Petition to alter S.F. laws for Airbnb rentals gains speed

    04/19/2014 1:53:32 PM PDT · by thecodont · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 7:18 am, Saturday, April 19, 2014 | Carolyn Said
    An online petition calling on San Francisco to overhaul laws that allow landlords to evict tenants for hosting on Airbnb has amassed more than 26,000 signatures, fueled by social media and a hand from the giant hospitality website. "People should be made aware that current law is allowing this to happen," said Peter K., a retired educator who started the petition a week ago. Peter asked to withhold his last name because he rents to Airbnb visitors in his San Francisco home and wants to avoid any trouble with city authorities until the law is clarified. The petition was motivated...
  • 37% of Voters Fear the Federal Government

    04/19/2014 1:37:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | April 18, 2014
    Thirty-seven percent (37%) of Likely U.S. Voters now fear the federal government, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Forty-seven percent (47%) do not, but another 17% are not sure. Perhaps in part that’s because 54% consider the federal government today a threat to individual liberty rather than a protector. Just 22% see the government as a protector of individual rights, and that’s down from 30% last November. Slightly more (24%) are now undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) As recently as December 2012, voters were evenly divided on this question: 45% said the federal government...
  • Obamaland: Where Cowboys are Villains and Race-Baiters, Gay Radicals and Marxists are Heroes

    04/19/2014 1:31:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | Doug Giles
    Rancher Cliven Bundy looks like he could still be in a heap of trouble for having thoroughly ticked off Fedzilla and the Keebler elf himself, Harry Reid. Being the peacemaking Christian that I am, herewith are ten ways Cliven Bundy could get the Feds off his backside and actually ingratiate himself to the big government droogies of the Left. 1. Bundy should fire his ranch foreman and hire Jay Carney who could effectively lie his butt off about Cliven’s cows. “Eating grass? His cows aren’t eating grass. What are you talking about? These are the most transparent, grass adverse,...
  • Kansas Students and Parents Not Thrilled About Michelle Obama

    04/19/2014 1:23:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    An invitation to Michelle Obama to speak at the Topeka Unified School District 501 graduation ceremony by the district has some parents and students crying foul. The First Lady's appearance caused the district to combine all five schools' graduation ceremonies into one mega-ceremony, and may force limitations on the number of tickets that can be distributed to friends and families. A petition drive has been started to request that the district reconsider their plans about the combined ceremony, or have Michelle Obama speak at a separate event from the graduation. The First Lady was invited to speak on the anniversary...
  • Harry Reid’s View on Terrorists Explained in One Cartoon

    04/19/2014 1:21:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    IJReview ^ | APRIL 19, 2014
    Political cartoonist A.F. Branco has perfectly captured Harry Reid’s sad views on what really constitutes a terrorist.As an American who believes vehemently in our Constitution, free speech and free political discourse I find Reid’s comments both ridiculous and hurtful.Do you think its a coincidence that Reid wants to sell Cliven Bundy’s land to the Chinese and is simultaneously labeling those whom have come to the rancher’s defense “terrorists”?
  • Detroit Creates eBay for Abandoned Houses

    04/19/2014 1:12:09 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 30 replies
    http://www.frontpagemag.com ^ | april 19, 2014 | daniel greenfield
    “Have you ever thought you’d see the mayor and council working together?,” says the voice on a Detroit radio ad. No, we didn’t. But this ad, set to hit Detroit radio airwaves April 21st features both Mayor Mike Duggan and City Council President Brenda Jones. The ad showcases the website buildingdetroit.org which features 12 city-owned properties in East English Village, each home waiting for an owner as long as they are willing to rehab the property and move in. Mike Duggan: NOT REALLY. THIS IS MIKE DUGGAN AND IT IS A NEW DAY IN DETROIT. INSTEAD OF JUST KNOCKING DOWN...
  • Obama Counts 19 Million Americans Now Enrolled in ObamaCare

    04/19/2014 1:06:36 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 30 replies
    http://www.theminorityreportblog.com ^ | april 19, 2014 | steven foley
    “We have eight million people signed up through the exchanges. That doesn’t include the three million young people who are able to stay on their parents’ plan. It doesn’t include the million people who benefited from expansions to Medicaid. So if my math is correct, that’s 14 million right there. You have another five million people who signed up outside of the marketplaces but are part of the same insurance pool. So, we’ve got a sizable part of the U.S. population now that are in the first — for the first time in many cases in a position to enjoy...
  • Parents, kids don’t want first lady at HS graduation

    04/19/2014 1:04:03 PM PDT · by opentalk · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 18, 2014 | AP
    TOPEKA, Kan. — If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend. A furor over what the Topeka school district considers an honor has erupted after plans were announced for Obama to address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month an 8,000-seat arena. For some, it was the prospect of a tight limit on the number of seats allotted to each graduate. For others, it was...
  • Could America Become a Banana Republic? (Aren't we already?)

    04/19/2014 12:47:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 16, 2014 | Norm Ornstein
    photo of Norm Ornstein By Norm Ornstein Follow on Twitter April 16, 2014 Last week, I was in Prague for the third annual World Forum on Governance, which brings together people from countries around the world, including Eastern and Central Europe, Russia, China, Ukraine, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa, India, and Bolivia in search of best governing practices. One highlight of the forum—which I codirect with Tom Mann of Brookings and Stephen Davis of Brookings and Harvard Law School—was a conversation with Pietro Grasso, president of the Italian Senate. Grasso is best known as the longtime chief of the anti-Mafia squad,...
  • Steve Smith: The troubled life and lonely death of the legislator from Mound

    04/19/2014 12:34:18 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 18 replies
    MINNPOST ^ | Sarah T. Williams
    Among AA adherents (and even nonbelievers), it is acknowledged and grimly understood that “there are such unfortunates” who will not achieve sobriety – and who, because of the chronic and progressive nature of the disease, will die. “They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way,” the Big Book says. One of those unfortunates it seems was state Rep. Steve Smith, R-Mound, who served his district and the state for 21 years running – the longest tenure of any House Republican at the time. Though a cause of death has not yet been released, Smith’s son,...
  • Democrats Confront Vexing Politics Over the Health Care Law

    04/19/2014 12:33:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 19 April 2014 | Jonathan Martin
    When Franklin D. Roosevelt established Social Security, he created generations of loyal Democrats. When Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law, he built on that legacy, particularly with older Americans. And when George W. Bush instituted a new prescription drug benefit for Medicare, it helped reclaim elderly voters for Republicans. But President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the $1.4 trillion effort to extend health insurance to all Americans, is challenging the traditional calculus about government benefits and political impact. Even as Mr. Obama announced that eight million Americans had enrolled in the program and urged Democrats to embrace the law, those...
  • GARCIA MARQUEZ, SNEAK AND AN ACCOMPLICE TO THE CRIMES OF FIDEL CASTRO

    04/19/2014 12:28:33 PM PDT · by Dqban22 · 2 replies
    Nuevo Accion ^ | April 18, 2014 | Armando Valladares
    GARCIA MARQUEZ, SNEAK AND AN ACCOMPLICE TO THE CRIMES OF FIDEL CASTRO By Armando Valladares April 18, Nuevo Accion http://www.nuevoaccion.com/ (Translation from Spanish) All dictators and murderers have had staunch defenders; Stalin, Hitler and Fidel Castro. Perhaps the most heinous in that fauna supporting dictatorships, are writers, poets, and artists. I've been saying for decades that an honest intellectual has a commitment to society: telling the truth, fight for respect, for human dignity, and not to use the privilege to reach millions of people, to lie, and to skip over the historical reality. This is one of the biggest crimes...
  • Scalia To Student: If Taxes Go Too High ‘Perhaps You Should Revolt’

    04/19/2014 12:17:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    WNEW-FM ^ | April 18, 2014
    Knoxville, Tenn. (CBS DC) – Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told a crowd of law school students that if taxes in the U.S. become too high then people “should revolt.” Speaking at the University of Tennessee College of Law on Tuesday, the longest-serving justice currently on the bench was asked by a student about the constitutionality of the income tax, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. Scalia responded that the government has the right to implement the tax, “but if it reaches a certain point, perhaps you should revolt.”(continued)
  • Demonstrators protest crude oil tankers at state Capitol (Railroad tank cars @ Port of Albany, NY)

    04/19/2014 12:15:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    WNYT.com ^ | 04/15/2014 | WNYT Staff
    ALBANY - People dressed in hazmat suits gathered at the state Capitol in Albany Tuesday. But they were not part of an emergency cleanup. They were protesting the increase in crude oil being transported through the Port of Albany by railroad tankers from North Dakota and Canada. The oil is loaded onto barges and hauled to production facilities downstate. Speakers called on Governor Cuomo to say no to big oil and hold them responsible in case of a big spill. The protest was originally planned for in front of the governor's mansion. But it was moved indoors because of the...
  • Midterms may hinge on whether Obamacare losers outvote the winners (Will takers outvote the makers?)

    04/19/2014 11:24:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 04/18/2014 | BYRON YORK
    When it comes to the politics of Obamacare, there's really only one question that matters: How many Americans are benefiting from the new health care system, and how many are hurting? Problem is, we know more about the first part of the question than the second. Obamacare's advocates have pushed hard against Republican attempts to highlight Americans who have been particularly hard hit by the new law. "There's plenty of horror stories being told," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in February. "All of them are untrue." Those advocates have hit back so hard that it appears they are trying...
  • 62 Percent of Americans Say They Favor a Flat Tax

    04/19/2014 11:09:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    REASON ^ | 04/19/2014 | Emily Ekins
    The latest Reason-Rupe poll asked Americans if they would support or oppose changing the federal tax system to a flat tax, where everyone pays the same percentage of his or her income, finding that 62 percent favor the flat tax and 33 percent are opposed. When asked where they would set the flat tax, the aveage response was 15 percent.This reflects another recent Reason-Rupe poll finding that 67 percent of Americans say it is "not the responsibility of the government to reduce the differences in income between people with high incomes and those with low incomes," while 29 percent...
  • Obamacare Number Games: How Many Enrollees, Really? : More to the raw numbers than meets the eye.

    04/19/2014 10:55:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/19/2014 | Rich Baehr
    It has been a triumphant month for liberal journalists who have lived and died with the fortunes of the Affordable Care Act since its passage in March 2010. Ezra Klein and Jon Cohen have declared victory, describing an amazing recovery for the program and for President Obama since the dark days of near-total failure among people trying to sign up on the federal exchanges in October and November.To listen to Obamacare supporters, Kathleen Sebelius leaves her post as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services with her head held high, as her legacy now includes shepherding across...
  • Western states seeking ways to reclaim federal land

    04/19/2014 10:37:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/19/2014 | Rick Moran
    A nascent rebellion by western states looking to reclaim some of the land that was appropriated by the federal government is taking shape. A group of about 50 western lawmakers from 9 states met in Utah to discuss ways to bring about a revolution in land management that would see the states have a mich bigger say in how their own land is managed. Salt Lake Tribune: It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday. More than 50 political leaders from...
  • Elizabeth Warren could face a nightmare on her book tour

    04/19/2014 10:34:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/19/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    I can feel the schadenfreude welling inside me as I read that a group of Cherokee women are preparing to confront Elizabeth Warren as she sets forth on a national book tour to publicize her new book.  Sen. Warren matters a lot more than most freshman senators because she must be considered a near-frontrunner for the Democratic 2016 nomination if Hillary Clinton decides that playing with her forthcoming grandchild is better way to occupy her time than going through the meat grinder as a candidate. In Elizabeth Warren’s new book, A Fighting Chance, Warren claims to be “hurt and angry”...
  • The Bigger They Are . . . : Why Hillary is vulnerable in 2016

    04/19/2014 10:25:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/18/2014 | Matthew Continetti
    Hillary Clinton may end up deciding that she wants to spend the 935 days until Election 2016 making corporate speeches and spoiling her grandchild. Recent events have exposed weaknesses in Clinton’s supposedly impregnable armor, gaps through which a Democratic or Republican challenger could damage, perhaps even defeat her. The bad headlines to which she has been subjected are enough to make anyone — anyone who isn’t a Clinton — think twice about running for president. Look at the polls. This week’s Fox News poll has Clinton’s favorable rating at its lowest point in six years. She is at 49 percent...
  • The Talanted Mr. Putin

    The Talented Mr. Putin. We've picked a sort of a bad time to have a "community organizer(TM)" in the white house...
  • 2013--- The amazing, surprising, Africa-driven demographic future of the Earth, in 9 charts

    04/19/2014 9:55:28 AM PDT · by dennisw · 43 replies
    .washingtonpost. ^ | July 16, 2013 | Max Fisher
    Traffic moves through downtown Lagos, Nigeria. The United Nations Population Division, which tracks demographic data from around the world, has dramatically revised its projections for what will happen in the next 90 years. The new statistics, based on in-depth survey data from sub-Saharan Africa, tell the story of a world poised to change drastically over the next several decades. Most rich countries will shrink and age (with a couple of important exceptions), poorer countries will expand rapidly and, maybe most significant of all, Africa will see a population explosion nearly unprecedented in human history. If these numbers turn out to...
  • WH Counterterror Chief: Parents Need to Watch for ‘Sudden Personality Changes in Their Children’

    04/19/2014 9:50:54 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 35 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 4/17/2014
    In a speech delivered at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government on Tuesday evening, White House Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser Lisa Monaco said it could help prevent terrorism if parents watched for “sudden personality changes in their children at home.” “President Obama has been laser-focused on making sure we use all the elements of our national power to protect Americans, including developing the first government-wide strategy to prevent violent extremism in the United States,” said Monaco, in a transcription posted by the White House. “At the same time, we recognize that there are limits to what the...
  • Woman's fight against City of Seattle will continue, even in death

    04/19/2014 9:29:52 AM PDT · by Baynative · 14 replies
    MyNorthwest ^ | 4/18/14 | Chris Sullivan
    A property rights fight near Seattle's waterfront will continue, despite the death of the property owner. Late last year, the Seattle City Council voted to used its powers of eminent domain to take the parking lot owned by a 103-year-old Spokane woman named Myrtle Woldson. The city asked her to sell. She refused. So the city council simply voted to condemn the property and take it.
  • No Flying with Guns

    04/19/2014 9:18:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 4/19/2014 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    We are all miserably accustomed to being informed that our rights must be curtailed because the Founders “couldn’t have imagined” the way in which they would eventually be exercised. “Well, sure it made sense to have an armed population back when the people only had muskets,” this argument tends to go. “But now that four-year-old children can buy semi-automatic nuclear death-rays with their Happy Meals, it’s just anachronistic.”
  • Korwin: “Prohibited person” is now “Prohibited household”

    04/19/2014 9:06:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 4/17/2014 | Alan Korwin
    There is a new wrinkle in rights-denial and the lame-stream media told you nothing, except we want to get as many people into the background-check system as possible, to make everyone safer. 90% of the public supports this. (92%, according to a democrat’s party mailer with Mr. Obama’s name on it) First, let me repeat: 90% of the public doesn’t support much of anything, especially gun stuff, so that number, like most “news” numbers these days, especially from advocates, politicians or government (unelected apparatchiks) is totally bogus (John Lott dissected their ludicrous math). Even so, try this “thought experiment” opinion...
  • A New Muslim Renaissance is Here

    04/19/2014 8:53:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 73 replies
    TIME ^ | April 16, 2014 | by Rabia Chaudry
    History is witness to a time past when the Islamic civilization produced globally unparallelled architecture, literature, science, philosophy, theological discourse, and cultural influences – influences so strong it made European nobles want to dress like Muslims. Critics of Islam and Muslims scoff at this romanticism, asserting that Muslims have not produced anything great since the Middle Ages and most likely will never again. The inherent bigotry and even fallacy of that argument aside, for those critics I have to say, look out, a new Muslim renaissance is upon us. In the midst of growing anti-Muslim sentiment in the US since...
  • District 214 may drop out of National School Lunch Program

    04/19/2014 8:41:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Chicago Daily Herald ^ | April 18, 2014 | By Melissa Silverberg
    Northwest Suburban High School District 214 may drop out of the National School Lunch Program next year due to what officials called restrictive changes in the law. The change comes in advance of a new "Smart Snacks in Schools" law that goes into effect July 1. The law will mandate what can be served, not only for reimbursable meals, but for all food items available in the morning, during the school day and 30 minutes after school ends, including food sold at a fundraiser such as a bake sale, food in vending machines and school stores and school breakfast. "The...
  • Observatory Park man charged in wife's murder; pot shop pulls edibles (legal dope/slow cops=murder)

    04/19/2014 8:40:57 AM PDT · by catnipman · 44 replies
    Longmont Times-Call ^ | 04/18/2014 | Jordan Steffen
    Prosecutors have filed a first-degree murder charge against a 47-year-old Observatory Park man accused of killing his wife while she pleaded for help on a call with a 911 operator. Richard Kirk purchased marijuana candy about 6:40 p.m. Monday and is accused of shooting his wife to death about three hours later. ... The 44-year-old woman spent 13 minutes on the phone with the 911 operator. According to dispatch recordings, it took officers more than 15 minutes to arrive at the brick Tudor home. ...
  • Lawmaker calls Elio Di Rupo 'Mr Paedophile'

    04/19/2014 8:34:08 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 9 replies
    Flandersnews.be / Expatica ^ | 3/28/2014 | Staff
    Thursday's session in federal parliament was suspended for a while after the independent MP Laurent Louis (photo) had called Premier Elio Di Rupo a paedophile. Several MPs left the hemisphere as a protest. The incident happened around 3pm. Laurent Louis, a French speaker, had climbed the platform to criticise the cost of President Obama's visit to Belgium. "It cost millions, cash that could have been used to fill millions of fridges", he argued. "We bring life in our capital to a halt, without showing respect to the citizens." As Louis kept going, Di Rupo (Francophone socialist) promised to release more...
  • Swiss to vote on paedophile work ban

    04/19/2014 8:25:34 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 13 replies
    swissinfo.ch ^ | 3/21/2014 | Clare O'Dea
    Probably the most emotive issue to come before the electorate in a vote on May 18 is an initiative to ban convicted paedophiles from working with children for life, the culmination of a ten year campaign sparked by a controversy in the town of Biel. The initiative has mainly been backed by the rightwing Swiss People’s Party and the centrist Christian Democrats. ... The initiative, brought by the Marche Blanche (White March) group of concerned parents, would amend the Swiss constitution to ensure that “persons who are convicted because they have affected the sexual integrity of a child or a...
  • Missouri School District Affirms Student’s Rights After Teacher Forbids Bible Discussion

    04/19/2014 8:19:00 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 21 replies
    christiannews.net ^ | April 19, 2014 | Heather Clark
    POTOSI, Mo. – A Missouri school district and high school principal have affirmed a student’s right to bring her Bible to school and discuss religion with friends after a teacher allegedly forbid her from doing so. Angela English told reporters this week that her 15-year-old daughter Kiela called her on Wednesday, explaining that as she discussed a Bible passage with a friend in the hallway, she was confronted by a teacher who issued her a warning. “Her friend had her Bible out and both of them were reading a passage in their heads and were talking back-and-forth about the reading,”...
  • Are Democrats Trying To Energize The Base With The Race Card?

    04/19/2014 8:14:41 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    NPR ^ | April 18, 2014 | by Frank James
    Few mixtures in American life are more emotionally combustible than the one formed by the combination of politics and race. That helps explain why Democrats, in general, and President Obama, in particular, have tended to steer clear of overtly raising race as an issue to explain some of the opposition to Obama's presidency and agenda. There seems to be a shift in recent days, however. Top Democratic party officials have either directly or indirectly blamed race for some of the hostility to Obama, his policies, or both. Is this partly about activating minority voters during a midterm election year in...
  • Ten years after his death, Pat Tillman's spirit lives on in a military scholar program

    04/19/2014 7:56:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | April 18, 2014 | by Mark Emmons
    Ten years after the death of Pat Tillman in a remote Afghanistan pass, monuments to his memory are everywhere. A stone marker in San Jose's community of New Almaden. An 8-foot statue in Glendale, Ariz. The Pat Tillman Stadium at Leland High School and the Tillman Tunnel that Arizona State football players run through. But the most fitting tributes to an admired man are not found in concrete and bronze. They are living legacies of flesh, blood and passion -- the Tillman Military Scholars. Nearly 300 active-duty service members, veterans and spouses inspired by Tillman's story have received college scholarships...
  • Type 1 team to hand off command of Brown Fire on Sunday

    04/19/2014 7:30:25 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — The Type 1 Incident Management Team that has overseen containment efforts of the Brown Fire since Tuesday will transition out of command on Sunday. Minimal fire growth occurred Friday, in part due to increased humidity and lower temperatures, and Hot Shot crews continued to reinforce the hand line of cleared vegetation and fuels surrounding the fire perimeter. These crews also stared work on the areas inside the hand lines, extinguishing smoldering spots closest to the line. The fire was declared to be 25 percent contained on Thursday evening by Clay Templin, commander of the Type 1 Incident...
  • Virginia’s Highest Court Denies Access to Climate Scientist’s Emails

    04/19/2014 7:15:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 18, 2014 | By JACOB GERSHMAN
    Virginia’s highest court has denied a conservative group’s effort to force the University of Virginia to turn over emails from a controversial climate scientist who worked at the school. The Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday held that the public university wasn’t obligated under the state’s freedom of information law to release thousands of emails that Penn State researcher Michael Mann wrote while he was a UVA professor several years ago. Mr. Mann in 2009 came under scrutiny among global warming skeptics after hackers leaked thousands of email exchanges between the professor and other researchers that suggested that the scientists sought...
  • Russia This Week: Ultranationalist Politician Urges Men to Rape Women Reporters on Good Friday

    04/19/2014 6:26:04 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 27 replies
    The Interpreter Mag ^ | 18 Apr 14 | Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
    “Woman reporter: Should we introduce sanctions in response? [to the prohibition on the entry of Russian males to Ukraine.] Zhirinovsky: What? Quickly then. No, we shouldn’t. You’re all blood-thirsty. There will be a film about you, ‘The Furies of Maidan,’ f**k. You all have uterine delirium, you women of Maidan. If it weren’t for this uterine delirium, there wouldn’t be any Maidan. Look at that fool Iryna Faraon. She’s spouting hatred toward Russians. You think she hates Russians? She adores them! But it’s uterine delirium. She doesn’t have a lover, she doesn’t have a husband, she doesn’t have anything, f**k....
  • Idiocy from the Economist on What to Do About Russia

    04/19/2014 6:13:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    In "Insatiable" the Economist says "The cost of stopping the Russian bear now is high—but it will only get higher if the West does nothing". Economist: Mr Putin has used the Ukrainian crisis to establish some dangerous precedents. He has claimed a duty to intervene to protect Russian-speakers wherever they are. He has staged a referendum and annexation, in defiance of Ukrainian law. And he has abrogated a commitment to respect Ukraine’s borders, which Russia signed in 1994 when Ukraine gave up nuclear weapons. Throughout, Mr Putin has shown that truth and the law are whatever happens to suit him...
  • Some Good News on Tax Reform (if You're a Fan of the Flat Tax)

    04/19/2014 5:58:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m ecumenical on tax reform. I’ll support any plan that rips up the internal revenue code and instead lowers tax rates, reduces double taxation, and cuts out distorting loopholes. And as I explain in this interview, both the flat tax and national sales tax have a low tax rate. They also get rid of double taxation and they both wipe out the rat’s nest of deductions, credits, exclusions, preferences, and exemptions. Dan Mitchell Commenting on the Obstacles to Tax Reform for Blaze TV You’ll notice, however, that I wasn’t very optimistic in the interview about the possibility of replacing the...
  • Abortion Survivor Wows Crowd With Speech on Forgiveness, Value of Human Life

    04/19/2014 5:57:43 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Life News ^ | APRIL 18, 2014
    An 18-year old abortion survivor brought a packed Convention for Life in Dublin to its feet with a moving and inspiring testimony on forgiveness and the value of every human life. (Video at bottom).Josiah Presley, originally from South Korea but now living in Oklahoma, said that when he first found out that his mother had wanted to abort him he was devastated and felt deep hurt and anger towards his birth parents.However, he said, the power of God’s love meant he realised that he was “important to God and that every child was important to God” and this led him...
  • Both at Home and Abroad, Obama's Presidency is Floundering

    04/19/2014 5:48:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama is getting a number of critical report cards on his foreign and domestic policies lately. Here at home, Janet Yellen, in her first monetary policy address as the head of the Federal Reserve Board, said the labor markets were still weak, and that it will likely take two years or more before the U.S. fully recovers from its recession. Ouch. If Yellen's forecast proves right, this means it will have taken Obama's administration nearly eight years to lift our economy out of its long and painful lethargy. She expressed grave concern that the economy's 6.7 percent...
  • The Decline of the West (Cont'd)

    04/19/2014 5:42:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    The latest from the White House is that it has "overwhelming evidence" that Russia is now fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine. You think? How do you suppose our super-sleuths can tell? Maybe it's the busloads of the usual bullyboys being trucked in to take control of police stations, government installations and other key points in Donetsk, Slovyansk, Kramatorsk ... and points all along the next slice of Ukraine the Russians have their eye on. Some of these thugs are in uniform, some without, and many wear St. George ribbons, the unofficial symbol of the old Soviet Union, and they're...
  • Radical Ideology Run Amok

    04/19/2014 5:32:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | Kathryn Lopez
    Pope Francis, your honeymoon with the Western press is over. Of course, media accolades and praise were never his motivation. In fact, he's directly warned against the cult of celebrity that is in danger of missing the point: the Gospel of Christ he teaches. But when Rolling Stone put him on their cover earlier this year, the piece inside was actually a secularist libertine warning: Don't disappoint us. Don't be another one of those guys reading from the Catechism. And now the pope, the Holy See, will be appearing before a United Nations committee on torture. The appearance is...
  • Easter or Earth Day?

    04/19/2014 5:32:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    worldnetdaily.com ^ | 4/19/2014 | Patrice Lewis
    As we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord this weekend, I thought I’d pause for a moment and examine how we give honor (ahem) to Mother Earth. After all, in the eyes of some people, Earth Day (April 22) supersedes Easter (April 20) in importance, significance and even worship. I mean no disrespect, of course. But many readers are already familiar with our Christian faith. What they may be less familiar is how we (cough) honor Gaia. You see, green living has come to be associated with Gaia worship. To the annoyance of the enviro-nuts, my family lives a remarkably...
  • What Really Happed at the Bay of Pigs

    04/19/2014 5:24:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    (You always hear and read of a “fiasco,” a “defeat” a “disaster” at the Bay of Pigs, 53 years ago this week. But you rarely hear about the cause. Here it is.) "They fought like tigers," writes the CIA officer who helped train the Cubans who splashed ashore at the Bay of Pigs 53 years ago this week. "But their fight was doomed before the first man hit the beach." That CIA man, Grayston Lynch, knew something about fighting – and about long odds. He carried scars from Omaha Beach, The Battle of the Bulge and Korea's Heartbreak Ridge. But...
  • Whoopi is The Denver Post's New Pot Columnist

    04/19/2014 5:23:54 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    Whoopi Goldberg is the newest columnist for The Denver Post’s site on marijuana, The Cannabist. Her first column published today, focused on her vape pen named Sippy which, she says “changed her life.” Whoopi gets “glaucoma-induced headaches” and a few puffs on her pen does wonders.
  • Why Are The Poor, Poor?

    04/19/2014 4:08:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Have you ever wondered why poor people are poor? It's not as though there aren't plenty of role models around. Millions of people live highly successful, productive lives in this country. So why don't people at the bottom of the income ladder copy the behavior of those several rungs above them and better their lot in life? As I wrote previously, the federal government's own pilot programs established conclusively from the very early days of the War on Poverty that the welfare state encourages people not to be married, not to work and not to invest in human capital. This...