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  • Teacher: Twitter Lies Over Racist Graffiti Scrawled on Bar Have Wrecked My Life

    06/01/2015 10:46:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Evening Standard ^ | 6/1/2015 | John Dunne
    A primary school teacher who received death threats after being falsely accused on Twitter of daubing racist graffiti on the wall of a London bar today said his life had been “ripped apart”. Thomas Turnham was left fearing for his life after being wrongly linked to a racial insult spray-painted on to a jazz bar near his south London home. Staff at the bar contacted police after spotting the words “No n*****s” daubed on a wall near its forecourt. News of the shocking incident spread quickly on social media, with some users falsely naming Mr Turnham, a teacher at Dulwich...
  • Lets Do Some Railing [AMTRAK]

    06/01/2015 9:30:11 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 6 replies
    NYT ^ | May 28, 2015 | Gail Collins
    Just before Congress slunk away for the three-day weekend which it was, of course, planning to stretch into a week senators from the Northeast held a press conference to denounce Republicans for underfunding Amtrak passenger rail service. Amtrak has some infrastructure that is so old it was built and put into service when Jesse James and Butch Cassidy were still alive and robbing trains, said Senator Charles Schumer of New York. In Connecticut we have a bridge that was built when Grover Cleveland was president, said Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut. Now you have to admit, this is...
  • Farmer's savings among police seizures that paid for Montana K-9 unit

    06/01/2015 8:35:00 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 21 replies
    Casper Star ^ | May 31, 2015 | Alison Noon
    Lorenzo Ayala saved more than $16,000 to buy tractor parts while on a road trip to Montana to visit a woman he met online, but he ended up unwittingly contributing it to the state's first K-9 unit. Ayala forfeited his wad of cash after a state trooper became suspicious that the California farmer's generous amount of cologne, cluttered car and disputed criminal history were signs of drug trafficking. Ayala, of Palo Alto, was never charged with a crime but Montana kept his money. This year, Montana became the fourth state to overhaul what activists call "policing for profit." Beginning...
  • DOJ COLLECTING YOUR RIGHT-WING SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS

    06/01/2015 8:31:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 6.1.15 | Emily Zanotti
    One of the primary contentions, yesterday evening, of Establishment Republicans and Democrats in defense of the NSA's massive data collection program, was that the program was not only free from abuse (something we know is not true), but that it's ultimately useful in targeting real threats to the American people; maybe not yesterday, maybe not today, but perhaps some day in the future it will ensnare an entire sleeper sell of Jihadists mid-phone call to Iran, giving an unsecured credit card number to their yellowcake suppliers. The data collection, you see, is done only on those whose backgrounds demand it....
  • Spain's Little 'Prince' Shamed for Racist Rant

    06/01/2015 8:21:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    The Local ^ | 01 Jun 2015
    Spain's royal bad boy has hit the headlines again after shouting racist abuse at a teenage boy who criticised him for attempting to jump the queue at a Madrid theme park. From King Juan Carlos rumoured affairs to Princess Cristinas fraud trial, the Spanish royal family is never far from another controversy and now the next generation of Spanish royals are living up to their familys reputation. King Felipes nephew, Felipe Juan Frolin de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y Borbn, known as Frolin, threw a hissy fit last week when, like a mere commoner, he had to wait in...
  • Sleeping in cars: Punishment prohibited in California bill sponsored by San Jose's Chu

    06/01/2015 7:55:57 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 45 replies
    The California Assembly is advancing legislation to protect homeless people who live in their cars from fines and vehicle impounds. Local governments could not punish people caught sleeping in cars under AB718. It advanced to the Senate on Monday with a 54-to-12 vote.
  • CNN/ORC poll : Marco Rubio And Rand Paul Pose Greatest Threat To Hillary Clinton

    06/01/2015 7:37:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 06/01/2015 | Emily Ekins
    A recent CNN/ORC poll finds 75 percent of Republican partisans prefer that their party nominate a presidential candidate who can beat the Democratic candidate, while only 25 percent prefer a nominee who agrees with them on issues that matter most to them. This clashes with partisans reported preferred candidates for the Republican nomination. Numerous polls find disproportionate support among partisans for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; however, U.S. senators Rand Paul and Marco Rubio perform better in general election matchups against likely Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Despite this, 2016 election coverage has tended to...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: USS Nimitz, California ~ 02 JUNE 2015

    06/01/2015 5:51:36 PM PDT · by laurenmarlowe · 107 replies
    Serving The Best Troops And Veterans In The World!! | The Canteen Crew
    ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: USS Nimitz, CaliforniaUSS Nimitz (CVN-68) is a supercarrier in the United States Navy, the lead ship of its class. She is one of the largest warships in the world. She was laid down, launched and commissioned as CVAN-68, but was redesignated CVN-68 (nuclear-powered multimission aircraft carrier) on 30 June 1975 as part of the fleet realignment of that year. Nimitz was homeported at Naval Station Norfolk until 1987, when she was relocated to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington. After her second nuclear reactor refueling in 2001, Nimitz was relocated...
  • Gay marriage: Its not gay, and its not marriage

    06/01/2015 5:16:26 PM PDT · by rhema · 13 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 5/29/15 | Dale Ahlquist
    One of the pressing issues of Chestertons time was birth control. He not only objected to the idea, he objected to the very term because it meant the opposite of what it said. It meant no birth and no control. I can only imagine he would have the same objections about gay marriage. The idea is wrong, but so is the name. It is not gay and it is not marriage. Chesterton was so consistently right in his pronouncements and prophecies because he understood that anything that attacked the family was bad for society. That is why he spoke out...
  • Les Moonves Stiffs Parking Valet Because He Only Carried Huge Wad of 100s

    06/01/2015 5:14:21 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 34 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 1, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Look at the size of that wad! It's huge! And it is all 100 dollar bills! How much you carrying there, Les? $5000? $10,000? $20,000? More? As we have seen, the networks declined to report that their CEOs including CBS CEOLes Moonves who earned over $54 million this past year were "overpaid." Perhaps they were embarrassed to report this. However, even more embarrassing is that Moonves is so cheap that he used a big wad of hundred dollar bills to stiff a restaurantparking valet out of a tip as you can see in the videoon thePage Sixreport of the New...
  • S. Korea, China formally sign free trade agreement

    06/01/2015 5:12:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Korea Herald ^ | June 1, 2015
    South Korea and China officially signed their bilateral free trade agreement Monday, taking a step closer to implementing what officials here call a mutually beneficial and significant trade pact. The agreement was signed by South Korean Trade Minister Yoon Sang-jick and his Chinese counterpart Gao Hucheng in Seoul, about six months after the two countries declared the conclusion of their negotiations that began in May 2012. The bilateral trade pact was initialed in Beijing on Feb. 25. The countries now only need approval from their respective legislatures before implementing the deal, which they plan to do before the end of...
  • How to Identify a Healthy Culture

    06/01/2015 5:06:38 PM PDT · by rhema · 17 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | JUNE 1, 2015 | ANTHONY ESOLEN
    How should we judge the health of a culture? We might do it by pointing to its greatest virtues. The Greek city states between 500 and 300 B.C., though they were not especially densely populated, gave the west the architectural language it still employs for everything from grand hotels to private homes. The colonial house, in this sense, belongs to a Greek colony before the American. Athens gave us the ideals and some of the techniques of democracy. She invented the drama, and the great troika of tragedians, Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, are unsurpassed by anyone to come, except for...
  • No broken leg? The real reason Kerry needed to fly to Geneva for emergency surgery!

    06/01/2015 5:01:58 PM PDT · by dead · 40 replies
  • Northern Alabamas only abortion clinic fights to survive lawmakers' onslaught

    06/01/2015 4:39:27 PM PDT · by Morgana
    guardian.com ^ | June 1, 2015 | Max Blau
    On a sweltering Saturday morning in Huntsville, Alabama, nearly two dozen protesters line up along Sparkman Drive, down the road from a dollar store, a car dealership and an assortment of churches. Motorists cruising down the four-lane road honk their horns at the gaggle of activists, who recite prayers through a megaphone and hold signs outside a nondescript beige building that would otherwise go unnoticed. Well, of course, as an American Im against killing, says Huntsville resident George Barry, who says he has participated in local anti-abortion protests since the early 1980s, and today grasps a large yellow sign that...
  • Restrictions on Minors Seeking Abortions Head to Abbott (Texas)

    06/01/2015 4:31:53 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    texastribune.org ^ | 5.29, 2015 | Alexa Ura
    Far-reaching restrictions on when and how minors at risk of abuse or harm can seek abortions in Texas without parental consent are headed to Gov. Greg Abbotts desk. On a 102-43 vote, the Texas House on Friday signed off on changes made by the Senate to House Bill 3994 by Republican state Rep. Geanie Morrison of Victoria, which tightens the requirements on judicial bypass, the legal process that allows minors to get court approval for an abortion if seeking permission from their parents could endanger them. Abbott, a Republican who is a staunch opponent of abortion, is expected to sign...
  • Ruling on Idaho Abortion Law Could Jeopardize Other States' Laws

    06/01/2015 3:41:43 PM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    governing.com ^ | june 1. 2015 | Katie Shepherd
    Three federal judges have unanimously struck down an Idaho law that banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a previous ruling by the U.S. District Court for Idaho, which also found portions of the law unconstitutional. Jennie McCormack, the plaintiff in the case, was arrested in 2011 for taking a pack of five pills she had obtained through the Internet to end a pregnancy. Police in Pocatello had learned through a tip that she had taken the pills to induce an abortion. Surgical abortions were not available in southeast...
  • Kansas doctors challenge 2nd trimester abortion procedure ban

    06/01/2015 3:34:23 PM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    yahoo ^ | june 1, 2015 | reuters
    (Reuters) - A father-daughter doctor team on Monday filed a lawsuit challenging a Kansas state law due to take effect in July that would ban a common second trimester abortion procedure that lawmaker supporters termed "dismemberment abortions." The ban "will undermine their patients' rights to be free from unnecessary medical procedures and to make medical decisions, in conjunction with their physicians, that are in their best interests," the doctors' state court lawsuit said.
  • Obama goes after the farmers

    06/01/2015 3:16:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 31, 2015 | Joseph Curl
    OPINION/ANALYSIS:Farmers are now the bad guys. President Obamas administration last week claimed dominion over all of Americas streams, creeks, rills, ditches, brooks, rivulets, burns, tributaries, criks, wetlands perhaps even puddles in a sweeping move to assert unilateral federal authority. The New York Times had a wonderful take on the power grab, saying the move opened up a broad new front for attacks from business interests like farmers, property developers, fertilizer and pesticide makers, oil and gas producers and golf course owners, who contend that the rule would stifle economic growth and intrude on property owners rights. Those, according...
  • Emails Raise Questions of Bias in Case Against Bakers Who Denied Service for Same-Sex Wedding

    06/01/2015 2:36:32 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 16 replies
    dailysignal.com ^ | june 1, 2015 | kelsey harkness
    The Daily Signal has exclusively learned that the government agency responsible for enforcing Oregons anti-discrimination law appears to be working closely with a powerful gay rights advocacy group in its case against Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa. Communications between the agency, theOregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, and the LGBT organization,Basic Rights Oregon, raise questions about potential bias in the states decision to charge the Kleins with discrimination for refusing to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. In April, a judge for the agency recommended the Kleinsbe fined $135,000. Communications obtained through a public...
  • Great news: Professor cleared of Title IX harassment charges for criticizing Title IX

    06/01/2015 2:25:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/01/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    CIRCULAR TYRANNY Can someone be penalized under a law merely for publicly criticizing it? Northwestern University adjudicated a sexual harassment case against Professor Laura Kipnis after activists filed two complaints over a Kipnis column in the Chronicle Review that criticized activists for exploiting Title IX to create “sexual paranoia” on campuses. They decided that criticism doesn’t constitute a Title IX violation … for now: In the Review essay, published in February, Ms. Kipnis decried a prevailing “sexual paranoia” on college campuses. She alluded to Peter Ludlow, a professor of philosophy at Northwestern who has been accused of sexual misconduct by...
  • Investigation: Undercover agents snuck fake explosives, banned weapons past TSA

    06/01/2015 1:21:51 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 1, 2015
    Undercover agents were able to sneak fake explosives and banned weapons through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints, in an investigation that revealed a massive, system-wide security failure at America's airports. The findings were part of a DHS inspector general probe. The report is still classified, but Fox News has confirmed the investigation found security failures at dozens of airports. Homeland Security officials confirmed to Fox News that TSA screeners failed 67 out of 70 tests -- or 96 percent -- carried out by special investigators known as "red teams." In one case, an undercover agent with a fake bomb strapped to...
  • Assassinating The American Spirit Of Independence

    06/01/2015 1:17:39 PM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 2 replies
    PoliticallyShort.com ^ | 06/01/2015 | PoliticallyShort
    The American spirit has not yet been destroyed, but it cannot withstand the kind of relentless assault on its character that we are witnessing day after day. I cannot predict the form or timing of the catastrophe that will befall this country if our current direction is not changed and I dont pretend to know what concatenation of crises, in what progression of steps and across what interval of years, will finally break the nations spirit. What I do know is this much: My generation, the so called millennials and younger, have been indoctrinated into believing that the root cause...
  • Bitter Barbra Streisand Out To DESTROY HILLARY CLINTON! (in shocking new "tell all" book)

    06/01/2015 1:02:31 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 96 replies
    National Enquirer ^ | June 1, 2015 | Steve Herz
    BARBRA STREISAND will use her upcoming autobiography to blow up archenemy Hillary Clintons White House campaign, The National ENQUIRER has exclusively learned. The $25 million tell-all is due to be published in 2017, but sources said the devious diva will leak a sensational account about her long-rumored affair with former President Bill Clinton just ahead of the 2016 election! Barbra is out to torpedo Hillarys campaign! a source told The ENQUIRER. She doesnt get angry, she gets even."
  • Pat Sajak's 'Wheel of Fortune' fairness tweet sparks outrage

    06/01/2015 12:32:44 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 67 replies
    Zap2it ^ | June 1, 2015
    Pat Sajak is no stranger to a Twitter controversy and Monday (June 1), he finds himself in hot water with some of his followers because of a tweet he wrote about the fairness of "Wheel of Fortune" puzzles in the ever-changing cultural landscape. Pat Sajak ✔ ‎@patsajak As we lose our common culture, one odd side effect: it's harder to find puzzles on Wheel that are fair to all. 10:57 AM - 1 Jun 2015
  • Why Socialism Draws Crowds in Iowa

    06/01/2015 12:30:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | June 1, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: The rally that Bernie Sanders had in Iowa's got everybody nonplussed. Nobody can figure it out. I have. I know exactly why the left is going nuts over Bernie Sanders. For one thing, sex scandals are resume enhancements for the Democrat Party. They always have been and Bernie's got a little bit of a sex scandal going with that memo, his Fifty Shades of Grey impersonation that he did, his ruminations about what men are doing when they're doing other things and what women secretly want when men are doing it to them. That kind of stuff enhances Democrats....
  • Bob Schieffer Mourns Lost Monopoly

    06/01/2015 12:12:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | June 1, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: We had on Friday was Schieffer saying that the news business isn't what it was anymore and it's forever been changed. There's too many people doing news and nobody knows what's reliable and nobody knows what's good and bad or anything anymore and it all started, he says, about 1988. Something happened in the late eighties he said, he just can't figure it out, but whatever, now everybody does news and therefore nobody does news and it's not good. It's just his way of saying, we've lost or we did lose our monopoly, and now we don't own it,...
  • Lurch Breaks Femur in Photo-Op

    06/01/2015 11:51:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 67 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | June 1, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Did you hear about John Kerry? Do you know how old John Kerry is? It's tough, you know. You can't tell a horse's age when you look it, and since Kerry looks like a horse, it's tough. But he's 71 years old. Now, would somebody tell me something? What is a 71-year-old man, secretary of state, doing riding a bicycle -- or, alternatively, windsurfing off Nantucket? Why is somebody riding a bicycle while in the midst of sensitive negotiations and attempting to secure nuclear weapons for Iran? Exercise? BS. He's doing that for the photo-op, trying to look hip...
  • Quinnipiac: 56% say theyll support Supreme Court decision granting gays right to marry

    06/01/2015 11:47:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/01/2015 | AllahPundit
    Interesting not only as a prediction of how the country will react to SCOTUS’s looming decision but as a gut-check on how little most people seem to care about procedural niceties, at least on a highly visible issue like SSM. It’s a core conservative belief that major policy changes are more legitimate when they’re passed democratically, signifying the consent of the people, than when they’re handed down by unelected judges. That’s especially true for changes to marriage, which, in the immortal purple prose of Hillary Clinton, can be traced to “the mists of history as one of the founding,...
  • It's time for Republican Party leaders to embrace marriage equality [Mary Cheney]

    06/01/2015 11:28:22 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 73 replies
    FOX News ^ | 06/01/2015 | Mary Cheney
    Theres been a lot of discussion about same sex marriage over the last few months particularly from the candidates running for the GOP nomination. Sometimes it seems as if they are in a contest to see who can be the most stalwart defender of traditional marriage who can most effectively stoke the unfounded fears of the far right. When talking about same sex marriage, these candidates regularly throw around phrases like religious freedom and religious liberty, warn that marriage equality will lead to the criminalization of Christianity or the downfall of the American family, and fret that our...
  • Judge digs deeper into House GOP's lawsuit against Obama

    06/01/2015 11:04:22 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 1, 2015 | Peter Sullivan
    A federal judge who is hearing a lawsuit from House Republicans against President Obama is requesting more information about a funding dispute at the center of the case. The House argues the president overstepped his executive authority by using money for ObamaCare that was not appropriated by Congress. The administration initially requested the funds to be appropriated for the healthcare law, but says it later realized the money was already available under permanent mandatory spending. The funding question is at the heart of House v. Burwell, a case that is now in the hands of Judge Rosemary Collyer, an appointee...
  • Out of 8 women in Army Ranger school, guess how many graduated?

    06/01/2015 10:56:35 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 52 replies
    Allenbwest.com ^ | 6-1-15 | Col. Allen West
    <p>"Eight of the 20 women who originally entered the schools first co-ed class were allowed to recycle through the program after they fell out in their first go-round."</p>
  • I'm Running for President [Goober Graham]

    06/01/2015 10:21:49 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 42 replies
    Lindsey Graham 2016 ^ | June 1, 2016 | Senator Lindsey Graham
    Dear Friend, Just moments ago I officially announced that I am running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. Will you stand with me today as a DAY ONE Founding Member of my campaign? Please follow this link to make an instant online contribution. I did not make this decision lightly. After months of consideration and years of working to protect and secure our country, I knew I could still do more. Our country very much needs a proven leader... Who is ready to be Commander in Chief on Day One and has the conviction to defeat...
  • Vince Vaughn: You bet I think Americans should have guns in public

    06/01/2015 10:18:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | June 1, 2015 | ED MORRISEY
    Meet your newest most favorite celebrity, Vince Vaughn. An interviewer for the British version of GQ decided to ask about the European Left’s favorite tongue-clucking topic of American culture, gun ownership. Rather than pander to the groupthink, Vaughn gave them the rhetorical double-barrel, and even offered a thinly veiled slam at the governing elite across the pond (via LoganSix on Twitter): On the American right to own a gun: “I support people having a gun in public full stop, not just in your home. We don’t have the right to bear arms because of burglars; we have the right to...
  • MDOC: Suspect in weekend kidnapping was correctional officer (Great Guns Save Lives story)

    06/01/2015 10:07:17 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    WDAM ^ | May 20, 2015 | Brad Conaway
    On Wednesday, Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher approved immediate suspension without pay of a correctional officer charged in a kidnapping, armed robbery and homicide that occurred in Jackson on Saturday morning. Fisher learned after Andre Kennedy's arrest that Kennedy is one of 520 officers working at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County. Kennedy, 22, was hired in January 2014. He is charged with capital murder, robbery and kidnapping in a case involving an Eastover homeowner. His partner in crime was shot and killed in what police are calling justifiable homicide. Hinds County Coroner identified the deceased suspect as 23-year-old Edwin...
  • Brooklyn flower store worker fights off gun-wielding robber: police

    06/01/2015 9:42:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | 6/1/2015 | Joseph Stepansky
    A worker in a florist shop fought off a gun-toting robber in Brooklyn and said on Sunday the crook's lucky he's not pushing up daisies. He needs to thank God every day I didn't kill him, said Moti Azreal, who grabbed the creep's Heritage Rough Rider .22-caliber revolver in the scuffle.
  • 20 Questions Youre Not Supposed To Ask In America Today

    06/01/2015 9:37:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/30/2015 | John Hawkins
    1) If Islam is really a religion of peace, as opposed to a particularly violent religion, then why do so many people and organizations across the world refuse to show Muhammad cartoons out of fear that they'll be murdered by devout Muslims for doing it? 2) If illegal immigrants are supposed to help our economy, then why werent they helping the economies of the poor nations they fled? 3) Given that Hillary Clintons nearly accomplishment-free political career has been based on riding the coattails of a serial adulterer who has humiliated and cheated on her over and over, isnt Hillary...
  • WACO JUDGE AGREES TO LET MOST BIKERS GO IF THEY SIGN A CONTRACT

    06/01/2015 8:57:16 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    The Washington Weekly News ^ | 05/31/15 | Staff
    WACO JUDGE AGREES TO LET MOST BIKERS GO IF THEY SIGN A CONTRACT VOWING NOT TO SUE FOR WRONGFUL ARREST It appears the public defenders office in McLennan County is involved in this scurrilous activity, said Paul Looney, a Houston attorney with Looney & Conrad, P.C. Ive never seen anything like the lawlessness that the authorities have perpetrated on these people and now to add insult to injury they are trying to cover their own tracks in exchange for bond.
  • Does Homosexual Marriage Truly Exist?

    06/01/2015 8:51:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/01/2015 | By Anthony J. Ciani
    Is government discriminating against homosexual couples when it denies them marriage, just as it discriminated against African Americans with segregation? The arguments assume that government creates and defines marriage. That assumption is reinforced with every public referendum, legislative act or court order concerning it, but for thousands of years, no one defined marriage, yet everyone knew what it was. Did society define marriage, perhaps based on the writings of bigoted men, to erroneously excluded homosexual couples? Does marriage exist absent society, with the concept of homosexual marriage being a collective delusion? Who or what defines marriage, and does that definition...
  • CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett resigns amid federal criminal investigation

    06/01/2015 8:36:14 AM PDT · by relictele · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 01 Jun 2015 | Juan Perez Jr
    Barbara Byrd-Bennett has resigned as chief executive of the Chicago Public Schools amid a federal investigation into a $20.5 million no-bid contract. In a letter dated last week, Byrd-Bennett said she planned to step down Monday. She did not give any reasons for her decision. Byrd-Bennett has been on paid leave since mid-April, when school officials released wide-ranging subpoenas from the federal investigation. Her paid leave was scheduled to end next week and she had not been expected to return to her post. The investigation centers on a $20.5 million no-bid contract at CPS related to an elite nonprofit education...
  • Dont Exaggerate the Threat From ISIS or Escalate Involvement

    06/01/2015 8:29:38 AM PDT · by McGruff · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | JUNE 1, 2015 | Daniel Benjamin
    It is hardly surprising that many Americans see ISIS as a vastly more brutal, more threatening version of Al Qaeda -- especially given the many Republican presidential candidates climbing over each other with plans to obliterate the group. But the perception is mistaken. While Al Qaedas strategy focuses on catastrophic attacks against the United States, ISIS seeks to capture and hold territory for its caliphate and to stoke a sectarian conflict between Sunni and Shia. The group has no known experience carrying out long-distance covert operations, and no senior federal official has yet pointed to any ISIS plotting against the...
  • Have We Lost the Cultural War?

    06/01/2015 8:27:09 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 36 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 1, 2015 | Cliff Kincaid
    Paul Kengors new book, Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage, provides a detailed explanation of why, according to a new Gallup poll, Americans are more likely now than in the early 2000s to find a variety of behaviors morally acceptable, including gay and lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage and sex between an unmarried man and woman. Gallup notes, Moral acceptability of many of these issues is now at a record-high level. What we are witnessing is a shift to the left that has been carefully orchestrated and planned over the...
  • Longmont police: Man threatened to kill woman, pulled knives on officers

    06/01/2015 8:16:13 AM PDT · by catnipman · 13 replies
    Longmont Times-Call ^ | 5/31/15 | John Bear
    ... "an extremely frantic" woman ran from the apartment, hid behind the officer, clinged to his uniform and wouldn't let got. According to a police report, she screamed, "Please help me! He tried to kill me! He hit me and choked me! He is still inside and he has a knife!" A man police later identified as Martinez emerged from the apartment a few seconds later carrying two large butcher knives, causing the officer to draw his handgun, Satur said. Satur said two other officers arrived, and Martinez began yelling at officers to shoot him. The officers shocked Martinez with...
  • Why Is America Moving Left

    06/01/2015 8:11:19 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 54 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 1, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    Statistics from the most recent Gallup poll indicate that Americans moral views have become increasingly liberal over the past 14 years, with U.S. citizens tending to approve of behavior they would have deemed immoral or sinful just a generation ago.
  • Sir William Blackstone and the long war against law

    06/01/2015 8:06:37 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 14 replies
    AFA Journal ^ | January, 2015 | Ed Vitagliano
    In his office in the Alabama Judicial Building, Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker proudly displays a four-volume 1773 edition of Commentaries on the Laws of England. Written by William Blackstone, the famous English jurist, Commentaries formed the core of American jurisprudence both before and after the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, said Parker, who was first elected to the high court of Alabama in 2004 and reelected six years later.An introduction in the reprint from University of Chicago Press begins with this startling sentence: Sir William Blackstones Commentaries on the Laws of England, 1765-69, is the most important legal...
  • Academics Fix Another Problem

    06/01/2015 7:58:39 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 30, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    How many academics does it take to fix Americas criminal justice system? Twenty. Thats how many participated in a National Research Council (NRC) study of U. S. prisons and their effect on inner cities. They study was conducted under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). After decades of stability, U.S. federal and state prison populations escalated steadily between 1973 and 2009, growing from about 200,000 people to 1.5 million, they found. The increase was driven by changes in policy that imprisoned people for a wider range of offenses and imposed longer sentences. Has this greater reliance on...
  • TV host Larysa Switlyk kills and cooks baby deer during hunt with controversial Czech 'sexy hunter'

    06/01/2015 7:54:35 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 43 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1 June 2015 | Chris Spargo For Dailymail.com
    A 'sexy' Czech hunter who has been widely criticized for posting photos of her big game trophies and an American TV host paired up for a controversial outing in Slovakia. Michaela Fialova and Larysa Switlyk documented their trip as they hunted roe deer in Europe together, filming as they went in search of the animals. The ladies documented not just the kill, but also the aftermath as they cooked and ate the animals. Fiavola, 27, who is from Litomerice, Czech Republic, spends the rest of her time working as a personal trainer, kick-boxer and guide for other hunters in Africa...
  • Government Wipes Recent Vaccine Injury Data from Website [Team Obama Hides Truth]

    06/01/2015 7:53:48 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson.com ^ | 5/31/15 | Sharyl Attkisson
    In March, the federal government removed the latest vaccine injury court statisticsmore than a years worth of datafrom one of its publicly reported charts. It was an abrupt departure from the normal practice of updating the figures monthly. Wiping the latest data means the adjudication chart on a government website no longer reflects the recent, sharp rise in court victories for plaintiffs who claimed their children were seriously injured or killed by one or more vaccines. Since January of 2014, twice as many victims have won court decisions than the previous eight years combined.
  • Radical Hindus to India's Christians: Convert Or Get Ready to Die

    06/01/2015 7:53:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    CNS News ^ | 6-1-15 | Patrick Goodenough
    Radical Hindu nationalists closely aligned to the Indian government warned Christians in Punjab state late last year to prepare to convert to Hinduism or get ready to die, according to a complaint before a U.S. federal court. A lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York calls on the U.S. government to designate as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) a radical Hindu organization with close ties to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ruling party. Late last week attorneys filed an amended complaint in a case brought by an advocacy group called Sikhs for...
  • One-in-five vegetative patients is misdiagnosed: Study

    06/01/2015 7:40:53 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 15 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/29/15 | Drew Belsky
    May 29, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Around 20 percent of hospital patients condemned as "brain-dead" are misdiagnosed – that is, those patients could be conscious and likely to recover. In fact, they may be as likely to respond to questions as healthy patients – they just lack the ability to communicate with the outside world.Neurosurgeon Adrian Owen of the University of Western Ontario and his colleagues performed brain scans on hospital patients diagnosed as being in what some call a "persistent vegetative state" – i.e., completely unresponsive and lacking brain activity. They asked the patients questions, and a brain scan showed...
  • A Gay Atheist Speaks a Timely Word to the Church

    06/01/2015 7:32:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 1, 2015 | Michael Brown
    You know the hour is late when God uses a gay atheist to bring a sobering wake-up call to the Church, but thats exactly what happened after Ireland, traditionally a bastion of Catholicism, voted to redefine the marriage. The gay atheist was Matthew Parrish, and on May 27th, the Spectator posted his article entitled, As a gay atheist, I want to see the church oppose same-sex marriage. Parrish was grieved over the Catholic Churchs response to Irelands vote, feeling that it was weak and almost apologetic, like someone arriving late to a major cultural revolution and saying, Oh my. I...