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  • Brian Williams: U.S. Is ‘The Only Nation to Have Used’ Nuclear Weapons ‘In Anger’

    05/27/2016 7:15:12 PM PDT · by PROCON · 57 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | May 27, 2016 | Curtis Houck
    MSNBC breaking news host and ex-NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams was allowed out on MSNBC’s airwaves early Friday afternoon to discuss President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima so he could resurrect a taped report that aired in 2005 on the 60th anniversary of the nuclear bomb’s dropping on the Japanese city. In the course of discussing the event afterward, though, Williams threw some shade in the direction of the U.S. military and then-President Harry Truman by complaining that “we’re the only nation to have used them in anger” against the horrifying Axis Powers member.
  • President Suggests Hillary's Email "a Matter for Voters to Decide" [semi-satire]

    05/27/2016 4:58:21 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 29 May 2015 | John Semmens
    Irritated that the media would dare to pose a question about the legality of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's unsecured email communications, President Obama refused to comment, suggesting that "whether she did anything that was really wrong is a matter for voters to decide. And from what I've seen so far, she's on her way to securing the Democratic nomination for president. I think that says the majority of Americans are okay with how she's handled it." The media's unwelcome inquiry was spurred by an 83-page State Department Inspector General's report calling Clinton's email operation an "inexcusable and willful...
  • Obama uses Hiroshima visit as opportunity to urge no nukes

    05/27/2016 1:54:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    WHNS-TV ^ | May 27, 2016 | Nancy Benac and Foster Klug, The Associated Press
    HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) - With an unflinching look back at a painful history, President Barack Obama stood on the hallowed ground of Hiroshima on Friday and declared it a fitting place to summon people everywhere to embrace the vision of a world without nuclear weapons. As the first American president to visit the city where the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb, Obama came to acknowledge - but not apologize for - an act many Americans see as a justified end to a brutal war that Japan started with a sneak attack at Pearl Harbor. Some 140,000 people died after...
  • Uber Drivers Tell Their Stories

    05/27/2016 12:27:58 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/26/2016 | Geneva Ruppert
    Ridesharing companies operate in six cities in Michigan and have provided job opportunities and rides to thousands of Michiganders. But they currently operate in a legal gray area, putting drivers at risk. We recently spoke to a handful of drivers for Uber about their experiences and why it is important to establish statewide regulations to protect the service. “Uber saves lives,” said Rebecca and Babacar. Both drive in Grand Rapids and discussed how the ease and convenience of ridesharing apps provide an attractive alternative to driving drunk. But Larry, who drives on the other side of the state, recalled a...
  • Midterm elections attracting too many white voters

    05/27/2016 8:54:17 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 21 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/27/16 | Doug Book
    Just before the midterm election of 2014, Vice President Joe Biden made another of those insightful statements for which he will be forever remembered. Joe told CNN News that, "if you look at every single major issue of the campaign, the American public agree with [the White House] position." But if the vice president’s laugh-line-du-jour were actually true, why would his fellow liberals want to do away with the midterm election before Obama supporters had the opportunity to show just how loyal they really were? It seems a “public policy” professor and a junior at Duke University had written an...
  • How Forfeiture Should Work

    05/27/2016 7:12:43 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/24/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    The federal government is seizing a historic Detroit recording studio under its forfeiture laws. It appears to be a case where forfeiture may be justified, but provides us with an example to talk about how forfeiture should be used. The Detroit Free Press sums up the case: United Sound Systems may be the country’s oldest independent recording studio and has hosted legendary artists such as Miles Davis, George Clinton and The Rolling Stones. Yet the downtown property on Second Avenue may end up seized by federal prosecutors, who say it was purchased with funding from a known cocaine trafficker. They...
  • AL: Free Carry Permits for Retired Military Veterans

    05/27/2016 5:30:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In Alabama, Governor Robert Bentley signed HB98, which provides for retired veterans who qualify, to obtain free pistol permits.  The bill was popular with the legislature, passing nearly unanimously. HB98 passed the House 93 to 4 with 3 abstentions. It passed the Senate 30 to 2 with no abstentions on 3 May, 2016, and was signed into law by Governor Bently on 13 May, 2016. The bill applies to retired military veterans who are non-disability retirees from the Army, Navy, Coast Guard or Marines, or any reserve component thereof. From the HB98(pdf): 24  (b) Any retired military veteran who...
  • Still Report #893 - Dr. Wallnau on Trump and Common Grace

    05/27/2016 4:53:09 AM PDT · by iontheball · 3 replies
    You Tube ^ | May 23, 2016 | Bill Still
    Bill Still's video report on Donald Trump, Pastor Lance Wallnau and 'Common Grace'
  • GREENFIELD: Obama and Ho Chi Minh: Embracing Evil

    05/27/2016 2:59:16 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 17 replies
    FrontPage ^ | May 27, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Obama and Ho Chi Minh: Embracing Evil Defending Communist terror and demeaning American sacrifices. May 27, 2016 Daniel Greenfield Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. On his visit to meet with Communist leaders in Vietnam, Obama criticized the United States for having, “too much money in our politics, and rising economic inequality, racial bias in our criminal justice system.” He praised Ho Chi Minh’s evocation of the “American Declaration of Independence” and claimed that we had “shared ideals” with the murderous Communist dictator. Shortly after the “evocation”...
  • GREENFIELD: The Palestine Hoax

    05/27/2016 2:44:54 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 7 replies
    The Sultan Knish blog ^ | Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Wednesday, May 25, 2016 The Palestine Hoax Posted by Daniel Greenfield 150 years ago, Mark Twain visited Muslim-occupied Israel and wrote of “unpeopled deserts” and “mounds of barrenness”, of “forlorn” and “untenanted” cities. Palestine is “desolate”, he concluded. “One may ride ten miles hereabouts and not see ten human beings.” The same is true of the Palestinian Museum which opened with much fanfare and one slight problem. While admission is free, there’s nothing inside for any of the visitors to see except the bare walls. The Palestinian Museum had been in the works since 1998, but has no exhibits. The...
  • Poll: Veterans Much Prefer Trump to Clinton

    05/26/2016 10:17:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Morning Consult ^ | May 26, 2016 | Cameron Easley
    The news on Donald Trump and veterans hasn’t been very flattering this week, but recent Morning Consult surveys show that members of the military and their families largely back the presumptive GOP nominee in the race for the White House. Almost half of veterans and voters who belong to veteran households (47 percent) picked Donald Trump as their presidential nominee in surveys taken from May 13 through May 24. Of the 1,668 military voters polled, only 38 percent support former Secretary of State and first lady Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee. Fourteen percent of military voters remain undecided....
  • D.A. Admits Breaking the Law When Indicting Planned Parenthood Investigator David Daleiden

    05/26/2016 9:49:57 PM PDT · by kathsua · 5 replies
    Life News ^ | May 26, 2016 | Cheryl Sullenger
    An attorney representing Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Josh Schaffer, has admitted that he pressured the Harris County District Attorney’s office to refocus a grand jury investigation away from his client and onto pro-life journalists David Daleiden and his associate, Sandra Merritt, of the Center for Medical Progress. Schaeffer also confessed that Assistant District Attorney Sunni Mitchell did an “end around” the State Attorney General Ken Paxton in order to share sealed video evidence with Planned Parenthood. The grand jury later returned indictments against Daleiden and Merritt. Shaffer stated publicly that he was informed by the District Attorney’s office that no...
  • Dick Morris: Private Aide Ran Hillary's Email Server Without Security Clearance

    05/26/2016 9:42:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    NewsMax ^ | May 26, 2016 | Todd Beamon
    A personal aide to former President Bill Clinton with no security clearance maintained Hillary Clinton's private email account and server — greatly jeopardizing national security, political strategist Dick Morris told Newsmax TV on Thursday. The aide, Justin Cooper, served the Clinton Foundation while working for a private consulting firm, Teneo Holdings and Decision Sciences Corp., that served foreign dictators, Morris told "The Steve Malzberg Show" in an interview. "He has no security clearance — and he had access to every single email either sent by or received by the secretary of state of the United States for four years," Morris...
  • Why The Anger That Has Lifted Sanders and Trump Is Here to Stay

    05/26/2016 8:32:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Fortune Magazine ^ | May 26, 2016 | Geoff Colvin
    A substantial number of voters think they’ve been cut out of America’s implicit economic deal. The “anger” hypothesis for explaining the rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders has become the conventional one, and this is a rare occasion when I believe the conventional view is right. Recent news stories show why the Trump-Sanders phenomenon will not be fleeting. The Fed reported on Wednesday that nearly half of Americans would have trouble meeting an unexpected $400 expense. In addition, about one-fifth of Americans were working two or more jobs simultaneously last year, and about one-third have no retirement savings or...
  • Water and the Climate Change Industry

    05/26/2016 7:01:30 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/26/16 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Progressives and the U.N. are obsessed with water, among many other things, as a way to control what people do “The water you drink today has likely been around in one form or another since dinosaurs roamed the Earth, hundreds of millions of years ago.”– National Geographic “Water which is too pure has no fish.” - Anonymous Water is life and it is recyclable, covering 70 percent of our planet; 2.5 percent is fresh water and “only 1 percent is easily accessible, the rest is trapped in glaciers and snowfields.” National Geographic noted that freshwater is in crisis because levels...
  • Ten states sue Obama to stop his transgender blackmail

    05/26/2016 6:59:30 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 34 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/26/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Not so fast, bro. It’s not quite as dramatic as a state telling Obama to take his federal funds and shove them where the sun doesn’t shine, and it’s potentially rife with unintended consequences: What if the Scalia-less Supreme Court rules that the president can issue arbitrary conditions for the receipt of federal funds at his own personal whim? Roger Goodell’s lawyers might have some suggestions for Obama on this one. But at least they’re fighting. Texas, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia have sued the administration in federal court. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott appears...
  • Trump to debate Bernie Sanders ahead of California primary?

    05/26/2016 6:57:48 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/26/15 | Robert Laurie
    Pop the corn... Last night during an appearance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel delivered a question from Bernie Sanders. It’s seems Bernie wanted to know if Trump was willing to attend the now-cancelled debate in which Hillary was too scared to participate. Trump said “yes,” as long as the event generated some money for charity. What exactly constitutes a “nice sum” has not been revealed, but Bernie wasted no time in issuing a response. He’s ready to rumble.
  • Senators to Loretta Lynch: No, You Cannot Punish Climate Change "Deniers"

    05/26/2016 11:18:14 AM PDT · by PROCON · 43 replies
    townhall.com ^ | May 26, 2016 | Katy Pavlich
    Two months ago Attorney General Loretta Lynch admitted during congressional testimony that Justice Department attorneys were looking into punishment for the fossil fuel industry and certain individuals, including academics and researchers. Their crime? Rejection or denial of climate change and therefore being opposed to President Obama's agenda on the issue. Today, five Republican Senators have sent a letter to Lynch reminding her that in America, we don't have thought police and the Justice Department doesn't have the power or authority to punish an entire industry because the people in it they think differently than the progressives in charge of the...
  • Muslim reformers vs. Islamists

    05/26/2016 2:02:38 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 19 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | May 26, 2016 | Dan Miller
    Whether Islam will eventually be reformed is an open question. The topic is much discussed by Muslims, a few of whom favor reformation and more of whom oppose it. The issue is important for America, and indeed the free world in general. There is little that non-Muslims can do to assist a reformation beyond recognizing the substantial differences between moderate and radical (mainstream) Muslims, supporting the former and purging the latter. Please don't conflate the cops with the killers. Reformation of Islam Here's are comments by an American Muslim reformer, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=829Mah-AuYs In the following December 2015 video,...
  • Economic Interference Week

    05/26/2016 1:44:51 PM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/24/2016 | Michael LaFaive
    The International Economic Development Council is recognizing its 90th anniversary by promoting what it calls “Economic Development Week,” designed to celebrate its industry and professionals. Yet the act of governments using tax dollars to pick winners and losers is nothing to celebrate. If anything, government development agencies interfere with rather than facilitate economic well-being, particularly when they use targeted tax deals and subsidies. Governments around the United States — and in much of the world — have established countless agencies and programs under the rubric of economic development and job creation. Decades of experience, along with anecdotal and empirical evidence,...
  • State Expects to Take $2.4 Billion More; Media Cries 'Deficit!'

    05/26/2016 11:56:58 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/24/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Based on recent media headlines, readers and viewers could be excused for believing the state of Michigan’s budget is in crisis mode. It’s not. Over the next two fiscal years, Michigan’s state government expects to collect almost $2.4 billion more from sales, income, business and property tax payments than it gets now. While the increases are slightly less than earlier estimates suggested they might be, even in Lansing a nearly $2.4 billion cumulative raise over two years is considered real money. Yet “budget crisis” is exactly how most media outlets characterized the recent changes in revenue estimates produced by the...
  • Clinton Chasing Votes With Fracking U-Turn

    05/26/2016 11:45:20 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 2 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 26-05-2016 | Irina
    Leaked emails obtained by The Intercept reveal Hillary Clinton’s multiple stances on fracking—which apparently differ depending on whether we’re talking about fracking on U.S. soil or abroad. At a debate with Bernie Sanders in New York in early April, Hillary Clinton said she doesn’t support fracking, unless certain conditions are met, such as acceptance from the community and full disclosure of the chemicals that will be used in the process of releasing oil and gas from shale rock. Just four years ago, however, she was quick to point fingers at communities abroad who were fighting proposed fracking projects in Poland,...
  • Top 10 List of What President Obama Should Say in Hiroshima Speech

    05/26/2016 10:51:25 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 55 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-26-16 | Wordsmith
    6 years ago, on the 65th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, I wrote: No sitting Japanese prime minister has ever been to Pearl Harbor; and no sitting American president has ever been to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Will President Obama be the first? 6 years later, we have our answer. Tom Collina at Foreign Policy: President Barack Obama will soon become the first sitting U.S. president to go to Hiroshima, the White House announced on Tuesday. Obama will go on May 27, just after the G-7 summit, to visit the historic city where the United States...
  • AZ: Governor Ducey signs HB2338, Removes Gun Ban of Right of Way near Universities

    05/26/2016 10:00:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    On the same day, Governor Ducey signed two bills that help to restore Second Amendment rights in Arizona.  HB 2338 stops educational institutions from banning the legal possession or carry of firearms on public right of ways that pass near or through the educational institution. From cqstatetrack.com: I. NOtwithstanding section 15-341 and subsection D of this section, the governing board of an educational institution may not adopt or enforce any policy or rule that prohibits the lawful possession or carrying of a deadly weapon on a public right‑of‑way by a person or on or within a person's means of...
  • “Benjamin Franklin, an American Life”

    05/26/2016 9:14:36 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 11 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/26/16 | Ed Wood
    Sometimes the rigors of daily life just get too overwhelming, causing me to turn to other less stressful items of interest. So I am now reading, “Benjamin Franklin -- An American Life,” by famed biographer, Walter Isaacson. It is already an amazing story about an amazing man, and I am not half way through its 586 pages --- small type, no pictures! Benjamin Franklin: author, inventor, scientist, politician, raconteur. But he considered himself, first and foremost, to be a printer. And would generally sign his name, “Benjamin Franklin, printer.” For in that Colonial period, a printer was a person of...
  • "We the People," once America's sovereigns are now her subjects

    05/26/2016 8:56:50 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/26/16 | Doug Book
    "The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first." Thomas Jefferson For more than a century, members of Washington DC's political ruling class have treated the American people--the true sovereigns of this nation--like subjects, useful only on Election Day and for the payment of unsustainable obligations. These self-anointed patricians have abused the authority of their office while dramatically expanding the size of a government whose power the Founders had sought to define and constrain....
  • Hillary’s Waterloo: IG’s devastating report destroys every lie she’s told about her e-mail server

    05/26/2016 8:08:25 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 29 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/26/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Nowhere left to hide. It’s not news to you or to me that Hillary is a shameless liar, nor is it any shocking revelation that she’s fairly bad at it. It’s always obvious when she’s lying - yes, I know, her lips are moving - because she doesn’t know how to appear sincere, she doesn’t cover her tracks very well and she easily gets flustered whenever someone doesn’t just accept her nonsense at face value. But it’s one thing for you and me to know Hillary is a liar. We’ve been there for decades. It’s another thing entirely when the...
  • Corporate Cronies Raid Discount Drug Program Intended for Poor

    05/26/2016 8:05:39 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/26/16 | Megan Barth
    One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.—Milton Friedman The story of the 340B discount drug program is a classic example of a government program that has been hijacked. Established by the Veterans Healthcare Act of 1992, 340B was intended to give veterans and the indigent discounted drugs. Pharmaceutical companies could sell through to government veterans programs but had to offer a small amount of drugs at costs to help poor and indigent vets. According to the program’s requirements, covered entities must not resell or otherwise transfer 340B drugs to...
  • Obama’s Refugees and Surging Deadly Diseases in America

    05/26/2016 8:01:02 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/26/16 | Matthew Vadum
    The lethal violation of the nation's most basic public health protocols An outbreak of deadly infectious tuberculosis among refugees President Obama sent to Indiana is a frightening reminder that the administration’s dangerous immigration policies are putting American lives at risk. In a frenzied rush to bring as many non-English-speaking Third World aliens to the country as possible before his presidency ends in a few months, Obama is allowing Syrian war migrants and refugees to be brought into the country without first undergoing proper medical examinations, a violation of the nation’s most basic public health protocols.
  • Media pretty excited that hashtag jockeys want Captain America to be gay

    05/26/2016 7:56:45 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 29 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/26/16 | Dan Calabrese
    What's going on behind that shield? Understand this about the media’s pursuit of agendas: It’s often not so much how they cover stories, as it is which stories they choose to cover at all. Let a bunch of people on social media start using the hashtag #IndictHillary, and I seriously doubt it gets any attention. A bunch of people on social media wanting something is not a story.
  • Cato’s Letter #115: The Encroaching Nature of Power, Ever to be Watched and Checked

    05/26/2016 5:48:56 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    This letter is among Cato’s best. Like Machiavelli in a few of his Discourses on Livy, Cato touches on the nature of despots, and the measures taken by the Roman Republic to hold on to liberty. The lesson for America 2016 is that we must take measures, as did the Romans, to restore free government. The essence of republicanism is the checks the people put upon their governors. Keep the governors within certain bounds and nations are free. Without checks on government, men are slaves because the magistrates make their own rules and follow their lusts. Only those nations who...
  • K-12 School Proposes Removing Urinals and Making Bathrooms Gender Neutral

    05/25/2016 9:32:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | May 25, 2016 | Kelsey Harkness
    A nationally ranked Minnesota charter school facing a discrimination complaint by the parents of a former kindergarten transgender student approved a controversial new gender inclusion policy at a school board meeting. While the school board, which consists of a mix of parents, teachers, and community members, overwhelmingly voted in favor of the new policy Monday night, some parents are upset with the outcome. “What has happened at Nova is unthinkable,” a mother with two children at the school told The Daily Signal. “A classical school based in logic and reason has taken the most radical approach possible, that of affirming...
  • We’ve lost perspective on what Memorial Day means

    05/25/2016 7:59:33 PM PDT · by pboyington · 15 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 25, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Like a lot of other Americans these days I’m spending too much time pissed off about way too many things in this great nation of ours. I’m not perceptive enough to fully understand how we got ourselves into such a mess but I do know it’s gotten me to thinking about Memorial Day this year. And that’s another thing that pisses me off. As a veteran, I’m angry that this day will be passed by most of my countrymen with not one thought about the millions of Americans who lost their lives in our nation’s wars or undeclared conflicts. As...
  • Putting the fox in charge of the henhouse

    05/25/2016 6:29:58 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/25/16 | Tom Harris
    When is a government public consultation not a public consultation? When it involves climate change, of course The climate activist group, 350.org, released a video on May 18 which starts: “The Canadian government has announced it will work with provinces, territories, First Nations, and people across the country to develop a national climate strategy by the end of 2016 to determine how Canada will tackle climate change in the upcoming years.” Special: Say Goodbye To Snoring, Say Hello To Sleep That sounds fine, as long as the “people across Canada” includes experts who actually understand the field, namely, scientists, economists,...
  • Average Americans Are Stupid?

    05/25/2016 6:27:48 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 32 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/25/16 | Arnold Alert
    America's elitist class: millions of average Americans are irredeemably, hopelessly and unrelentingly stupid It began with MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber in 2014. Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes amplified it a couple of weeks ago. And now, in an equal opportunity bashing from the other side of the political dividing line, The Federalist senior editor David Harsanyi has offered yet another look at one idea that apparently unites America’s elitist class: millions of average Americans are irredeemably, hopelessly and unrelentingly stupid. Gruber led the elitist charge, revealing the Obama administration’s behind-the-scenes efforts to get the Affordable Healthcare Act passed....
  • Gay Student Told to Change Pro-LGBT Shirt (Texas)

    05/25/2016 4:31:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    KCEN-TV | May 24, 2016 | Stephen Adams, MMJ/Producer
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.kcentv.com/story/32055993/gay-student-told-to-change-pro-lgbt-shirt
  • Rand Paul introduces amendment to get rid of draft

    05/25/2016 4:10:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 24, 2016 | Jacqueline Klimas, Defense Correspondent
    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has introduced an amendment to the Senate's fiscal 2017 defense policy bill that would do away with the draft entirely. The draft has played a major role in debate of this year's National Defense Authorization Act, the first considered by Congress since the ban on women serving in combat was lifted late last year. The House Armed Services Committee voted to add all women ages 18-26 to the Selective Service, but the provision was later stripped out in the full House. The House version of the bill still includes a requirement from Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas,...
  • Holder calls for forms of slavery reparations in Georgetown talk

    05/25/2016 3:45:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Boston Catholic Pilot ^ | May 2, 2016 | Kurt Jensen
    Former Attorney General Eric Holder added his voice to the call for slavery reparations during a program at Jesuit-run Georgetown University. Such reparations can take a variety of forms and may not necessarily mean cash payments to descendants of slaves, Holder said in a response to a question from a student during an April 29 program on race and justice. Reparations, he said, "can mean a whole bunch of different things. You can come up with policies that take into account what slavery meant then, what it means now. Affirmative action can be thought of as reparations, you know? And...
  • Planned Parenthood is building an army to prepare for the 2016 election

    05/25/2016 3:23:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Fusion ^ | May 25, 2016 | Katie McDonough
    PITTSBURGH—”I can’t wait to cancel out my dad’s vote.” The theme of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s membership summit was The Power of Pink, but Audrey Leonard had just articulated what I would come to understand as its unofficial, almost spiritual, motto. Call it the anti-dad bloc, if by “dad” you mean a certain kind of conservative, often older, male voter. The same constituency that has, in a great many states in this country, defined whether and how women like Leonard can access basic health services. The 18-year-old college student from Indiana was one of nearly 1,000 people, most of...
  • Video: Obama beat boxes for Vietnam's 'queen of hip hop'

    05/25/2016 12:29:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | May 25, 2016 | James Rothwell and Jirtme Cartillier
    Barack Obama has wrapped up his historic visit to Vietnam by throwing down some beats for a Vietnamese rapper. The President was taking questions at a town hall-style meeting in Ho Chi Minh city when a young woman introduced herself as a hip hop artist before asking her question. Mr Obama immediately invited her to show off her talent, asking "do you need a few beats?" The woman, named Suboi and renowned as Vietnam's "queen of hip hop," then serenaded Obama with Vietnamese lyrics about whether people are really happy if they have lots of money. Seemingly delighted with the...
  • Paul Ryan’s Hijra

    05/25/2016 11:00:05 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 9 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | May 25, 2016 | George Rasley
    Hijra, or jihad by emigration, is a fundamental tenet of Islam hearkening back to the earliest days of Mohammed’s war to establish hegemony over the cities of southwest Arabia. The most notable Hijra was the flight of Mohammed from Mecca to the largely Jewish city of Yathrib, now the completely Muslim city of Medina. While the story of how Yathrib came to be Medina is too long to recount here, suffice it to say that by fleeing the city of Mecca, where they appeared to be in danger of being eliminated, and appearing at Yathrib as refugees, Mohammed and his...
  • Obama looks to Hiroshima visit; Abe won't go to Pearl Harbor

    05/25/2016 9:59:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Hawaii News Now ^ | May 25, 2016 | Nancy Benac, The Associated Press
    SHIMA, Japan (AP) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday he plans to use his historic visit to Hiroshima with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to reflect on the suffering of war and the need to take steps to prevent it. Abe said he had no plans to reciprocate Obama's gesture by paying his own visit to Pearl Harbor. Obama's opened his trip to Japan with much intrigue about his upcoming stop in the city where the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb. But that first-ever visit by a sitting American president was caught up in the controversy in Japan over...
  • Violent anti-Trump protesters only boost support for Trump

    05/25/2016 9:57:00 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 17 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-25-16 | DrJohn
    And wait until you see how the left wing media portrayed what happened. Donald Trump held a rally in New Mexico yesterday. Protesters were on hand but simple protest was not enough. Exercising their rights was not enough. They decided they were going to suppress the rights of Trump and of those who attended the rally. They lit fires and threw rocks and bottles at police, some of whom were injured. They assaulted a wheelchair-bound Trump supporter while chanting "Stop the hate!" (video at the link) https://youtu.be/-qhyJQvHiosThere was violence both inside and outside the rally. As far away as Pakistan it was reported...
  • Oh-so-respectable citizens throw rocks, injure police because Donald Trump showed up to say words

    05/25/2016 9:37:34 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 19 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/25/16 | Dan Calabrese
    If these are the people who don't want Trump, maybe we should have Trump. If you don’t think the comparison is fair, you’re certainly welcome to say so, but here’s the thought I just had: As you know, I believe Hillary Clinton is a horrendously awful monster of a human being, thoroughly saturated with corruption and self-interested in every way. A liar. A poseur. A rotten blotch on the landscape who seeks the presidency for her own indulgent gratification, not because she is able to do it well or because she offers any plausible reason she should be chosen for...
  • Damning State Dept report: Yep, Hillary basically ignored all of our security directives

    05/25/2016 9:33:04 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 43 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/25/16 | Robert Laurie
    Busted. At this point, the Hillary Clinton email scandal is so bad that it’s getting difficult to find new ways for it to get any worse. However, the State Department has managed to do so. According to the results of a newly released internal audit, Hillary basically ignored the agency’s well-codified security regulations. ...And thanks to “comprehensive directives” it’s clear she knew exactly what she was doing..
  • Get ready for 2016’s ‘Summer of Anarchy’

    05/25/2016 9:25:05 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 32 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/25/16 | Judi McLeod
    Get ready for a Summer of Anarchy on the street, courtesy of the community organizer squatting on the White House Keep videos of the violent Albuquerque anti-Trump protest in which several police officers were injured in your ‘Save’ file. It’s all you will ever need to know about how a D.C. administration run by a community organizer works. “Police in riot gear and mounted patrol units faced off against a violent crowd of protesters outside a Donald Trump campaign event in Albuquerque Tuesday night. (FoxNews, May 25, 2016)
  • Get ahead of Hillary's lie about Trump Bankruptcies!

    05/25/2016 8:17:54 AM PDT · by AuntB · 51 replies
    TheTownCrier ^ | May 25, 2016 | TheTownCrier
    Hillary Clinton is a lawyer, unlike most of the population out there, and KNOWS Trump never liquidated creditors in a typical bankruptcy. Every media report repeated her lie dozens of times yesterday. People think there is one kind of bankruptcy and have no clue about Chapter 11 reorganization to PAY OFF THE CREDITORS. (photo) Donald Trump has NEVER filed personal bankruptcy! Law Dictionary: How is Donald Trump Able to File for Bankruptcy So Many Times? http://thelawdictionary.org/article/how-is-donald-trump-able-to-file-for-bankruptcy-so-many-times/ Written by James Hirby | Fact checked by The Law Dictionary staff People might ask "How is Donald Trump able to file for bankruptcy...
  • Trump at 1209 delegates

    05/25/2016 5:55:42 AM PDT · by GilGil · 43 replies
    Bing.com ^ | 5/25/2016 | Bing
    Primary results and predictions
  • A Constitution Gone Wrong

    05/25/2016 1:37:34 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    On the eve of troubles with George III in the 1760s, His Majesty’s subjects on the North American continent regarded themselves as among the luckiest people on earth. Charles De Montesquieu praised the English constitution for its mixture of monarchy and republican spirit. Not only were colonials prosperous, they enjoyed a level of liberty not seen perhaps since the best days of the Roman Republic. To be enlightened in the 18th Century was to be interested in antiquity, and to be interested in antiquity was to be interested in republicanism. Many of the men destined to become the statesmen and...
  • VA Hospitals are not Disneyland – It’s time to privatize the VA now!

    05/24/2016 9:44:00 PM PDT · by pboyington · 10 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 24, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Yesterday, VA Secretary, Robert MacDonald set off a firestorm in the media when he compared long lines at Disneyland to the wait times veterans experience for health care, an analogy that riled veterans groups and lawmakers alike. MacDonald of all people should know better. He is a graduate of West Point and served with the famous All-American Division, the 82nd Airborne, before out-processing to greener pastures, namely Procter and Gamble, where he rose to CEO of the company before retiring from the private sector. Apparently, it doesn’t take too long to go from a free enterprise rainmaker to a federal...