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  • Jindal’s Gamble: Can a wonk win the 2016 presidential nomination?

    09/16/2014 7:35:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    National Review ^ | 09/16/2014 | Eliana Johnson
    Bobby Jindal is making a bet, according to someone familiar with is thinking: “Ideas and smarts are going to be crucial in winning the presidential nomination.” Jindal’s nascent 2016 campaign will be an exploration of the validity of this belief. When the Louisiana governor unveils his energy plan at the Heritage Foundation today, he will do so under the auspices of his ambitious attempt to “articulate and sell a national policy agenda to the country.” Consider it also a part of another ambitious plan, the second plank of a 2016 presidential platform and an attempt to persuade Republican primary voters...
  • Brady Center To Sue Websites That Sold Ammo To Aurora Theater Shooter

    09/16/2014 7:33:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 2 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 9/16/2014 | Greg Campbell
    The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence will sue the online gun dealers who sold weapons to Aurora Theater shooter James Holmes, according to a a local news report. “The lawsuit alleges that the websites negligently supplied Holmes with the arsenal he used to kill 12 people and wound at least 58 others by failing to use any screening mechanism to determine his identity or intent for the products,” the Brady Center said in a press release.
  • Muslim academic gets death threats over women and gay-friendly mosque

    09/16/2014 7:25:41 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9-16-2014 | Stephanie Findlay
    A Muslim academic is vowing to push ahead with the launch of his woman and gay-friendly mosque in South Africa, despite receiving death threats. Taj Hargey, director of the Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford, a group of "forward thinking" Muslims, said his Open Mosque will welcome all genders, religions and sexual orientations when it opens in Wynberg, a Cape Town suburb, on Friday. "You enter the mosque, do I ask you the question who did you sleep with last night? No. It's not my business who you slept with," said Mr Hargey, a native of Cape Town. "Women will enter...
  • Common Core’s Revenge

    09/16/2014 7:23:04 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 15, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    The Pioneer Institute, a Massachusetts-based think tank, released a new study, “The Revenge of K-12: How Common Core and the New SAT Lower College Standards in the U.S.” to help parents, teachers, and policymakers understand the problems with the Common Core State Standards. Authors Robert Phelps and Common Core Validation Committee member R. James Milgram go in-depth on the background of the Common Core standards and the qualifications (or lack thereof) of the writers of the standards. Milgram, an emeritus professor of mathematics at Stanford University, was one of five members of the validation committee who refused to sign onto...
  • Federal Judge Envisions 'Rape License' for 'Right to Rape'

    09/16/2014 7:17:58 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 7 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 9/15/2015 | Matt Barber
    https://www.google.com/search?q=rape+Judge+Richard+PosnerJudge Richard Posner advocated issuance of a "license to rape" in a 2011 book he wrote. Posner contradicts the presupposition that it's always wrong for a man to rape a woman. This idea, according to Posner in his 2011 book "Economic Analysis of the Law" (8th edition), is evidently an equally archaic tradition that, like the institution of natural marriage, needs a significant overhaul. Posner writes that perhaps it's time the government begin issuing "rape licenses" since, and based upon an exclusively utilitarian and morally relative cost-benefit analysis, the "right to rape," for some men at least, "exceeds the victim's...
  • Al Gore vs. Reality on Planetary Ice Caps and Global Warming

    09/16/2014 6:58:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/16/2014 | Chris Banescu
    It appears that reality is not cooperating with the myth that man-made CO2 is causing global warming. Recent satellite images show that both the Arctic and the Antarctic sea ice have dramatically increased in size and thickness. Despite Al Gore’s 2007 apocalyptic predictions that in just 7 more years the Arctic ice cap will be “completely gone,” it has instead dramatically increased by 43% in size since 2012. The North Pole ice cap grew by 1.715 million square kilometers, an area the size of Alaska, in the last two years. In solidarity, the South Pole ice cap has also reached...
  • World's first 3-D printed car takes test drive [Eventual Doom of UAW?]

    09/16/2014 6:56:45 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    WYFF-TV ^ | 9/16/14 | Sean Lewis
    In a matter of two days, history was made at Chicago's McCormick Place, as the world's first 3-D printed electric car -- named Strati, Italian for "layers"-- took its first test drive. "Less than 50 parts are in this car," said Jay Rogers from Local Motors.
  • The War on Poverty Has Been a Colossal Flop

    09/16/2014 6:46:32 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 09/16/14 | Robert Rector
    Liberals claim that the War on Poverty has failed because we didn’t spend enough money. Their answer is just to spend more. But the facts show otherwise. Since its beginning, U.S. taxpayers have spent $22 trillion on Johnson’s War on Poverty (in constant 2012 dollars). Adjusting for inflation, that’s three times more than was spent on all military wars since the American Revolution.
  • Abortion ‘doula’: I was trained to ‘support’ women choosing gendercide

    09/16/2014 6:44:45 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 6 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/15/14 | Ben Johnson
    A young woman who volunteers as an assistant in the abortion industry says she was trained to be “supportive” of women who chose to have sex-selective abortions and 11-year-olds who opted to remain in a sexual relationship with their much older rapist. Alex Ronan also describes the conscious decision to lie to patients and the graphic, bloody details of her first year as an abortion doula in an article published Sunday in New York Magazineem>. An abortion “doula” – a Greek word that literally means “female slave” – is supposed to comfort women during the abortion procedure. The 23-year-old received...
  • Thousands of American troops headed to Africa to fight… Ebola?

    09/16/2014 6:44:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Africa is rapidly becoming an environment rich in both targets and threats. In Nigeria, the fundamentalist terror group Boko Haram has seized vast swaths of territory and declared the foundation of an African Islamic caliphate. The group known for kidnapping, killing, and enslaving children has embarked on a crusade to destroy the ancient Christian communities in the territory it controls and has imposed Sharia law on locals. In Libya, the Islamist militias which arose after Gaddafi fell have captured the country’s capital. On Tuesday, new mysterious airstrikes were reportedly carried out against positions occupied by the Islamist militia, Libyan Dawn....
  • Professors Must Defy Feds To Protect Victims

    09/16/2014 6:23:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Mike Adams
    The federal government is in desperate need of both rape and sexual harassment victims. These victims are needed in order to justify sweeping nationwide changes to the campus judiciary. These changes include holding quasi-rape trials on college campuses using a preponderance of evidence standard, instead of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Also included in these changes is suspension of double jeopardy protection so that women can repeatedly try accused rapists until they achieve the desired result of conviction, regardless of actual guilt or innocence. In order to achieve such an affront to widely accepted principles of due process an epidemic...
  • Texas state trooper asked to leave Waffle House because he had a gun (VIDEO)

    09/16/2014 5:55:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    guns.com ^ | 9/16/2014 | Jennifer Cruz
    A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper said he was asked to leave a Grapevine Waffle House last week because he was carrying a gun, but the restaurant said it was all just a big misunderstanding. When Jeff Evans walked into the Waffle House Tuesday morning, he was not dressed in a full uniform but rather a field uniform consisting of a polo shirt and tan pants. Evans also had his duty weapon on his hip and his badge on his belt, but according to a report by a local CBS affiliate, the restaurant’s manager only saw the gun, not...
  • Doctor’s Note Required to Use Chapstick in School, Yet Abortions Available to Minors

    09/16/2014 5:53:34 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 14 replies
    Life News ^ | 9/15/14 | Stacie Kuhns
    A news story has been making the rounds about a ridiculous elementary school regulation against students’ use of lip balm. A fifth-grader named Grace Karaffa requested some Chapstick while on the playground and was denied.Eleven year-old Grace started a petition to allow Stuarts Draft Elementary School students to use the product and gained 236 signatures before testifying to the school board.She explained, “I was told I couldn’t use it. Then later that day, they started to bleed so I asked for Chapstick again and I was told that it was against the school policy for elementary kids to have Chapstick.”The...
  • Billionaire gun control backer drops $2.5 million on Nazi tank

    09/16/2014 5:45:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    guns.com ^ | 9/15/2014 | Chris Eger
    Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder who recently chipped in $500,000 to back a gun control proposal in Washington state, is now catching flak for buying a World War II Nazi tank. The tank in question, a Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. H, commonly referred to as a Panzer IV, was allegedly sold in July for $2.5 million to a foundation tied to Allen. However, attention over the deal, which is now tied up in a lawsuit over non-delivery, has now earned Allen the scorn of gun rights groups when compared to the tech pioneer’s half-million dollar donation to help push gun control...
  • Heather Has Two Genders

    09/16/2014 5:42:47 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 14, 2014 | MEGHAN COX GURDON
    Once upon a time, there was a red crayon that could only draw blue: blue fire engines, blue strawberries, blue hearts—all things we know to be red he could only draw in blue. No matter how hard the crayon tried, no matter how critical the remarks of others, the crayon couldn't behave in accordance with the label on his side. "He was red, but he wasn't very good at it," Michael Hall explains in "Red: A Crayon's Story," a forthcoming picture book that reads like a fable of gender identity. "I have a girl brain but a boy body," says...
  • Transgendered ‘girl’ crowned homecoming princess

    09/16/2014 5:33:21 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    eagnews.com ^ | 9/15/14
    Students at Sand Creek High School and their parents have mix reactions to their homecoming court after a transgender female was crowned the 2014 homecoming princess. Scarlett Lenh, who was born Andy Lenh and began identifying himself as a....
  • The Real Sickness At The Heart Of American Culture

    09/16/2014 5:27:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | John Hawkins
    People don't like to talk about America's culture for the same reason that a man who just had a heart attack doesn't want to discuss the double bacon cheeseburger he's eating. He knows what he's doing is killing him, but it's easier not to deal with it. We’re in the same boat. * We treat success as an accident or a cheat while defending people who make bad decisions, who won't educate themselves or who won't work. * We've allowed pornography to become so accessible that it's practically universally viewed, even among teenagers. * We love victims so much that...
  • Mika Perpetuates Myth of Super Bowl Spike in Domestic Violence

    09/16/2014 5:27:19 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 13 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    What's next, Mika? Giant alligators in the sewers of New York City? On today's Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski perpetuated the hoary urban legend that domestic violence spikes on Super Bowl Sunday. Brzezinski's blunder came in the context of the panel's discussion of the NFL's domestic violence mess. Arguing that football is a violent game and that "there's a connection" with what happens at home, Mika continued, "domestic violence on Super Bowl Sunday. We've seen the numbers. Why is that?" Actually, Brzezinski has apparently not seen the numbers, since that myth has been thoroughly debunked, often by organizations fighting domestic violence,...
  • William Schuth: Do Madison police really need assault rifles?

    09/16/2014 5:12:08 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 24 replies
    William Schuth
    Ten years ago I was in Iraq and carried an M16 rifle everywhere I went. I propped my M16 beside me while I drove our medical evacuation Humvee on monotonous yet foreboding convoys from Fallujah, Al Asad, Haditha and around western Al Anbar. When we searched vehicles at checkpoints, I covered my fellow Marines with my M16. I slung my M16 in front of me on visits to a truck stop between Jordan and Ramadi where — against orders — we would buy roasted mutton or chicken cooked with tomatoes and peppers and wrapped in flatbread to alleviate the tedium...
  • Rapist Who Can't Bear Prison to Be Euthanized

    09/16/2014 4:51:00 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 34 replies
    Newser ^ | Sept 16, 2014 | Robb Quinn
    Frank Van Den Bleeken, a Belgian man in prison for multiple rapes and a rape-murder, has decided he wants to die and authorities have decided they can grant that request. Van Den Bleeken, 50, has been in prison for nearly 30 years and has declined to seek parole because he believes his uncontrollable urges make him a danger to society, but he says he can no longer bear prison conditions and his own "unbearable psychic suffering," AFP reports. "I am a human being, and regardless of what I've done, I remain a human being," he told Belgian TV. "So, yes,...
  • Obama seeks faster phaseout of popular coolant in effort to curb greenhouse gases

    09/16/2014 4:44:42 AM PDT · by MikeinMotley · 39 replies
    wapo ^ | September 15, 2014 | Joby Warrick
    The Obama administration is preparing to introduce major steps to phase out production of a popular chemical coolant used in refrigerators and air conditioners, citing growing evidence that the substance is contributing to the warming of the planet. The White House will announce on Tuesday a series of voluntary commitments by some of the country’s largest chemical firms and retailers to move rapidly away from R-134a and similar compounds used in nearly every office, home and automobile in the country, according to current and former U.S. officials familiar with the effort.
  • veteran thrown out of subway restaurant

    09/16/2014 4:32:15 AM PDT · by BCW · 23 replies
    WABC 7 New Jersey ^ | 08 SEP 2014 | Sarah Wallace
    PATERSON, N.J. (WABC) -- A disabled veteran was thrown out of a fast food restaurant because of his service dog. The incident itself is troubling enough, but you won't believe what happened after the Eyewitness News investigators arrived at the restaurant to demand answers. It's one of the most bizarre exchanges Eyewitness News has ever had on a story. Federal law is very clear: Dogs are recognized as service animals and all businesses open to the public, including restaurants, must allow them in. But a U.S. Army veteran says a Subway restaurant in Paterson, New Jersey, blatantly ignored the law,...
  • Charlie Crist Talks Faith And Florida, Says God’s ‘Not Happy

    09/16/2014 4:23:07 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    ...Crist spoke to over 1,000 voters on Saturday night, in Downtown Orlando about his faith and vision for the future of Florida.... The group in attendance came in the bus loads, and the venue was at capacity. They leaned to the left as they cheered Crist’s pledge to raise the minimum wage, healthcare, and supporting policies popular with the dreamers. “I did all of this as a Republican” Crist said “Imagine what I’ll do as a Democrat!”. "....I was raised a Methodist. Raised with three sisters. It makes you appreciate women more and their rights. This I know about God....
  • The Mysterious Moderate Muslim

    09/16/2014 3:40:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9/16/2014 | Carol Brown
    What, and who, is a moderate Muslim?Islamic values are codified in the Koran. The idea that some Muslims might interpret those values in a moderate way is like saying there’s such a thing as jihad lite. There’s no getting around the fact that a central tenet of the Koran is mass murder – whether through the directive to kill infidels (non-believers), apostates (those who leave Islam), or hypocrites (Muslims who don’t practice their religion appropriately). In other words, most of civilization is fair game for slaughter. What, pray tell, would be a moderate version of that? And if people try...
  • Shooting coverage carries racist undertones

    09/16/2014 1:18:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Columbia Chronicle ^ | September 15, 2014 | Tatiana Walk-Morris, associate editor
    If your life came to a tragic end, how would you want the news to tell your story? This is a question news organizations must constantly ponder when covering victims of gun violence. Following the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old male shot in Ferguson, Missouri, news outlets such as USA Today pulled photos from Brown’s Facebook page, showing him displaying what can be interpreted as a gang sign. As a result of the media coverage of Brown’s death, social media users have flocked to Twitter and Tumblr announcing their outrage using the hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown to...
  • Colombia women’s cycling team looks naked in new uniform — SEE IT

    09/15/2014 2:34:14 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 86 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | September 14, 2014
    Colombia's national cycling team has become a laughing stock with its new skin-toned uniforms. Designers of the female squad's new garb bizarrely decided to use nude-colored cloth around the groin area.
  • GOP Runs From Social Issues, Prepares For Long-Term Minority Status

    09/15/2014 10:40:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 15, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    On Monday, The New York Times reported that once again – for what must by, by this point, the 1,297th time – Democrats have decided to swivel to social issues for electoral purposes in advance of the 2014 election. “After a generation of campaigns in which Republicans exploited wedge issues to win close elections,” the paper reported, “Democrats are now on the offensive in the culture wars.” According to the Times, Democrats’ turn to abortion, same-sex marriage, and contraceptives is merely the latest attempt to “stoke concerns among moderate voters, especially women, and motivate their base.” And, the Times notes,...
  • Do tiny diamonds prove that the 'Big Freeze' was caused by a cosmic impact? [Younger Dyas]

    09/15/2014 9:37:28 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 15 September 2014 | Jonathan O'Callaghan
    Do tiny diamonds prove that the 'Big Freeze' was caused by a cosmic impact? Nanocrystals hint that asteroid hit Earth 12,800 years ago A study by the University of Chicago says a cosmic impact is the best explanation for the 'Big Freeze' 12,800 years ago They say evidence for this comes from nanodiamonds scattered across 11 countries that could only have come from space The material is found in a thin layer just a few metres below the surface And they also formed at temperatures in excess of 2,200°C (4,000°F) This suggests they were likely created by a major impact...
  • Naked anti-war demos sweep world (blast from the past)

    09/15/2014 7:41:11 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/5/2003 | CNN
    SYDNEY, Australia -- Hundreds of Australian women have stripped off in a naked show of defiance against the possibility of a U.S.-led war on Iraq. Around 300 women bared all in Sunday's protest, lying down on a Sydney sports field to spell out the words "No War". "I would like to say to all the world leaders who think they not as tyrannical as Saddam Hussein, you're lying, you do want war, you have not exhausted all the diplomatic pathways," one protester said. The cheeky demonstration was the latest in a series of naked anti-war protests around the world.
  • Alex Wagner Rants About Margaret Sanger's Eugenics, Leaves Out Margaret Sanger

    09/15/2014 7:39:07 PM PDT · by absentee · 11 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 9/15/14 | Caleb Howe
    On MSNBC's Now with Alex Wagner on Monday, the host unleashed a tirade at Republicans over their supposed secret desire to control or eliminate minorities through eugenics. As part of her rant, she specifically cites the early 20th century movement. Conspicuously absent from Wagner's remarks: founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger. Wagner was discussing comments made by a now former local party chair, Russell Pearce, who advocated for sterilization of women on government assistance. In so doing, she brought up eugenics and its history in the United States. Sort of ... "Sterilizing minorities is not just something dreamed up in...
  • The most touching 'haka' you will ever see: Kiwi soldiers wounded in battle...

    09/15/2014 7:34:19 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 16th September 2014 | Emily Crane
    They may have lost the match but the New Zealand wheelchair rugby side certainly won over the crowd with their boisterous haka performance at the Invictus Games. The Kiwi players aggressively thumped the sides of their wheelchairs for the traditional dance as their British opponents watched on ahead of the rugby match on Saturday in London. It was the first haka of the Invictus Games - an inaugural military Paralympics event for men and women wounded in combat. New Zealand Victoria Cross winner Willie Apiata led the team of soldiers in the dramatic haka.
  • Texas Police Prepare to Defend International Bridges From Militia Groups

    09/15/2014 7:33:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | September 14, 2014 | Bob Price
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)MISSION, Texas -- Authorities prepare to use “whatever force is necessary” to defend international bridges between Texas and Mexico from U.S. based militia groups. The preparations by Texas law enforcement agencies are in response to recently discovered plans by militia groups to attempt closing several international bridges. The militia groups' plans are intended to be protests against the federal government's failure to secure the border between the U.S. and Mexico. The plans call for militia groups to begin blocking traffic on an undisclosed number of international bridges in the Rio Grande Valley on Sept. 20th, 2014. “We will not allow...
  • Radisson drops Vikings, for now

    09/15/2014 7:31:45 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    ESPN ^ | September 15, 2014
    The first sponsor has backed away from its involvement with the NFL amid the chaos that has enveloped the league over the past week. On Monday night, hours after its logo appeared on the banner behind Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman as he explained the team's decision to play running back Adrian Peterson in the near future, hotel chain Radisson announced it was suspending its sponsorship with the team.
  • Free lunch: Pajaro Valley schools extend meal program

    09/15/2014 7:24:22 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 13 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 09/15/2014 | Donna Jones
    WATSONVILLE >> Forty cents might not seem like much, but multiply it by two or three kids and fork it over daily for school lunch and it begins to add up — especially for families struggling to get by in Santa Cruz County. That's why Pajaro Valley Unified School District officials have decided to stop charging families who are eligible for a discounted meal under the federal school lunch program.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Redstone Arsenal, Alabama ~ 16 SEP 2014

    09/15/2014 6:00:55 PM PDT · by laurenmarlowe · 71 replies
    Serving The Best Troops And Veterans In The World!! | The Canteen Crew
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Redstone Arsenal, AlabamaRedstone Arsenal (RSA) is a United States Army post adjacent to Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama, United States and is part of the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area. The Arsenal is a garrison for a number of tenants including the United States Army Materiel Command, Army's Aviation and Missile Command, the Missile Defense Agency of the Department of Defense, and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.Originally a chemical weapons manufacturing facility for World War II, the arsenal became the focal point of the Army’s rocket and space projects, including development of the...
  • Emails show ‘collusion’ between EPA, environmental lobby: watchdog

    09/15/2014 5:56:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 15, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    The EPA and environmental groups are exceptionally close for a government agency and lobby groups, with a revolving door and pressure from the groups often shaping EPA’s policies, according to a new report from a conservative watchdog group based on emails obtained in a yearslong battle with the agency. The report, which details what the Energy & Environment Legal Institute terms “collusion” between the Environmental Protection Agency and eco-friendly groups, is also a study in the way E&E; used open records laws to force transparency on a secretive agency. Chris Horner, the report’s author, said the emails show EPA officials...
  • You Believe What You Want to Believe

    09/15/2014 5:30:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Taki's Magazine ^ | August 29, 2014 | Gavin McInnes
    I was walking through the Fox News building a while ago and a producer introduced me to a young black man by saying, “This is the engineer you’ll be working with tonight.” We shook hands and the engineer said, “I know who you are. Look, I want you to know, I don’t agree with all your beliefs but I respect you for speaking your mind.” I said “Thanks” because we were in a hurry but what I really wanted to say was, “What beliefs? I’m not a Scientologist. I don’t really have ‘beliefs.’ I have opinions based on the information...
  • Isolating the Islamic State(Assembling an allied coalition is difficult but necessary)

    09/15/2014 5:20:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 15, 2014 | Ed Feulner
    It’s good to see President Obama move beyond the “we don’t have a strategy yet” phase in the fight against the Islamic State. On the plus side, he seems to have a good grasp of just how serious a threat the Islamic State poses to the United States and much of the free world. The fact that an attack on the U.S. homeland won’t occur tomorrow is no excuse for inaction today. Waiting until an attack is imminent is foolhardy in the extreme. That’s especially true when you’re dealing with a relentless foe that has demonstrated an alarming thirst for...
  • Florida spends billions on toll lanes, but public has little input into how money is spent

    09/15/2014 5:01:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Florida Times-Union ^ | September 14, 2014 | Eric Barton
    In the next decade, Florida’s biggest cities will add toll lanes to the state’s busiest highways. Nobody knows exactly how much it will cost. Maybe as little as $3 billion. Maybe double that. What’s clear is that when the toll lanes across the state are complete, they will become one of the largest infrastructure projects in state history. There’s little debate that the toll lanes, also called express lanes or managed lanes, make commutes quicker for those willing to pay as much as $10 to use them. But there has been little debate about the need for the projects —...
  • Boy hit with gun during South Toledo robbery (6-month old pistol-whipped)

    09/15/2014 5:00:22 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 12 replies
    Toledo Blade ^ | 9/15/2014 | Staff
    A 6-month-old boy remains in critical condition today after being hit on the head with a gun during a robbery in South Toledo. The infant, and his parents, were taken to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. The parents, Phillip Darrington and Cheyenne Peters, were treated and released. The name of the child was not provided.
  • NFL hiring female advisers to shape domestic violence policies

    09/15/2014 4:51:10 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 57 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | September 15, 2014 | Will Brinson
    The NFL is hiring four women to serve as advisers in shaping the league's stance on domestic violence, according to a memo from commissioner Roger Goodell to the 32 NFL owners sent Monday. The full memo, via Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal, can be read here. The gist of it is that the league attempting to change the outside perception of how it handles domestic violence and, hopefully, an earnest effort to change the actual process internally.
  • Signs of Spiritual Awakening in Japan

    09/15/2014 4:39:19 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 9/11/14 | Michael Oh and Brett Rayl
    Japan is known by many to be a difficult mission field. But for those who know missions in Japan well, the phrase “hard mission field” is merely a euphemism for a grimmer expression that was previously used about Africa, one that has been recently applied to Japan: “the missionary’s graveyard.” One would expect such a bleak designation to be used in reference to a land known for physical hardship or violent persecution, and there have been martyrs in Japan’s Christian history. That is not the case today, however. Religious worker visas are readily available, and the Japanese often politely thank...
  • LIAR: Black Firefighter Cries ‘Racism, Police Bullying’, Cop’s Body-Cam Proves Him Wrong

    09/15/2014 4:22:15 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 25 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 9/14/14
    Make sure you watch both videos! See how the two videos give two different stories. Someone call Al Sharpton quickly before he gets the pitchforks out. With the nation a racial tinderbox in the wake of 18-year-old Michael Brown’s shooting death by a white police officer, a California firefighter threw out what could have been an incendiary spark by accusing a cop of treating him differently because he’s black. Little did Oakland firefighter Keith Jones know that the officer was wearing a body-cam video recorder when their tense encounter unfolded. And the video didn’t quite match the complaint Jones filed...
  • Hillary Clinton, World-Champion Pretend Griller [High Priestess of Phony]

    09/15/2014 4:01:07 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/15/14 | Jim Geraghty
    .....“While a crowd of several thousand Democrats waited on a sloping, grassy field below, Mrs Clinton, her husband and Senator Harkin staged a mini-grilling of steaks for the press at a single barbecue grill in a fenced-off enclosure, framed by a handsome tree and a picnic table filled with some patient Iowans. Mrs Clinton gamely posed, pretending to grill a steak that had been pre-cooked for her.”
  • 2 Chicago universities among Obama presidential library semifinalists

    09/15/2014 4:00:59 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9-15-14 | Dahleen Glanton, Melissa Harris
    Two Chicago universities will advance to the next round of competition to build the Barack Obama presidential library and museum, the president’s foundation announced on Monday.. The University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago will join Columbia University in New York and the University of Hawaii in submitting official proposals to host the library. The semifinalists were chosen from a field of 13 potential bidders that hoped to host the library. In Chicago, the remaining potential sites are on the South Side and the West Side.
  • Nuns Slam Media Silence on Middle-East Christian Persecution

    09/15/2014 3:51:53 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    MRC ^ | 9-15-14 | Katie Yoder
    Sisters speak out at In Defense of Christians Inaugural Summit. Sometimes it takes a David to defeat a Goliath – or, in this case, unassuming nuns to speak where the media remain silent. Speaking out for Christians persecuted in the Middle East, Mother Olga Yaqob and Sister Hatune Dogan slammed the American media for keeping silent. The nuns spoke with MRC during the In Defense of Christians (IDC) Inaugural Summit in Washington, D.C. Sept. 9-11. Both told the stories journalists ignore: of refugees displaced and Christian girls “repeatedly raped” and “misused” – some as young as 5-years-old. Mother Olga of...
  • Venezuela's Newest Shortage: Breast Implants

    09/15/2014 3:49:15 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 31 replies
    ABC ^ | 9-15-14 | HANNAH DREIER
    Venezuela's chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a cultural cornerstone: the boob job. Beauty-obsessed Venezuelans face a scarcity of brand-name breast implants, and women are so desperate that they and their doctors are turning to devices that are the wrong size or made in China, with less rigorous quality standards. Venezuelans once had easy access to implants approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But doctors say they are now all-but impossible to find because restrictive currency controls have deprived local businesses of the cash to import foreign goods. It may not be the gravest shortfall facing the...
  • Ezra Trudeau Spaces Out (Video)

    09/15/2014 3:46:55 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 5 replies
    Sun News ^ | September 15, 2014 | Ezra Levant
    Have you met Ezra Trudeau? He has some pretty far-out ideas about how to run the country!
  • Why Costco is going Republican — at least at home

    09/15/2014 3:33:15 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 15, 2014 | Reid Wilson
    On July 24, President Obama traveled to Medina, a small, wealthy enclave outside Seattle, to attend a fundraiser for a Democratic super PAC at the home of former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal, one of the Democratic Party’s most reliable donors. But at the same time Sinegal was raising money to help Democrats retain control of the U.S. Senate, he and two of the wholesaler’s top executives were also shelling out cash to help Republicans win the Washington State Senate. In fact, the three Costco executives — long among the most reliable donors to Democratic candidates and causes — have spent...
  • Don't Believe President Obama's Hype About An Engineer 'Shortage'

    09/15/2014 3:26:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    Forbes ^ | 09/15/2014 | John Tamny
    [SNIP] All of which brings us to the latest popular lament among pundits, politicians, and even some in the business world: the perceived lack of engineers and/or ‘STEM’ (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) graduates. President Obama has said “We need more engineers,” so has Hillary Clinton, and then Lockheed Martin executive Stephanie Hill recently stated that “we’ll lose” if we don’t produce at least 1 million more ‘STEM’ grads. About all the handwringing, readers can relax. Indeed, there’s nothing to this story or alleged shortage. Price signals work. They always do, and they do because one of the underlying purposes...