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  • Islamic State or Russia? (Shadow governments exposed)

    09/02/2014 4:39:10 AM PDT · by mgist
    Market Oracle ^ | DK Matai
    Islamic State or Russia? Ten Key Questions Towards Pragmatism Politics / GeoPolitics Sep 01, 2014 - 01:03 PM GMT By: DK_Matai There are insufficient resources and bandwidth to counter the rising threat of global destabilisation from the barbaric ambitions of the Islamic State operatives and Russia’s increasing belligerence and military interventions in Eastern Europe simultaneously. At some stage, a clear and present danger based priority needs to be established. At that point, some strategic questions need to be asked. It is in the context of prioritisation that the ATCA 5000 Research and Analysis Wing and the mi2g Intelligence Unit have...
  • Bureaucrats Have Revived End-of-Life Counseling

    09/02/2014 4:33:24 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 2 replies
    American Spectator ^ | David Catron
    Remember the controversial provision of Obamacare that would have paid physicians extra money to provide “end-of-life counseling” to seniors whose conditions required expensive medical care? That feature of “reform” caused such a public outcry that the Democrats had to drop it from the final legislation. But the government apparatchiks didn’t give up. On Christmas Day, 2010, it came to light that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) planned to implement the program anyway. Within a week, however, vehement objections by clinicians and citizens alike forced the CMS bureaucrats to back off once more. Well, they’re at it again....
  • Regulators Aid Union Effort to Kill Franchising

    09/02/2014 2:47:51 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 9/2/2014 | Bill McMorris
    Several key Labor Department regulators participated in a liberal conference focused on unionizing subcontractors and franchise employees.Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division Administrator David Weil delivered opening remarks to a room full of union organizers and activists from the National Employment Law Project, a pro-union group partnered with the liberal millionaires and billionaires from the Democracy Alliance, in May.“I view my task as helping to work with the people in the agency and in concert with worker advocates,” he said.Weil told the gathering that the department has “undertaken a bunch of specific initiatives in particular industries,” in order to...
  • Immigration Policy by Executive Fiat

    09/02/2014 2:43:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/2/2014 | Fred Bauer
    When the Senate passed its version of comprehensive immigration reform, it aimed to appeal to a coalition dominated by ethnic activists and big business. The Senate immigration package — consisting principally of immediate legalization for millions of illegal immigrants, promises of enforcement, revisions of the legal-immigration system, and the expansion of guest-worker visa programs — would have fulfilled that coalition’s desires for the legalization of illegal immigrants and cheap labor. A popular outcry might have stopped the Senate immigration bill, but perhaps President Obama’s executive orders will gratify this coalition’s appetites after all. In a series of closed-door meetings, representatives...
  • Records: “Politiqueras” offered cocaine and money in exchange for votes (party not mentioned)

    09/02/2014 2:28:24 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Valley Central ^ | 8/31/14 | Cristina Garcia
    **SNIP** “A politiquera is a person who works for a candidate to encourage people to vote, to bring voters to the polls, to ensure that voters select the appropriate candidate, to pay voters for their votes”, according to court documents. Veronica Saldivar was allegedly given part of an “eight ball” of cocaine to bribe voters to cast their ballot for a Hidalgo County Commissioner. Court documents reveal a campaign manager distributed the cocaine in baggies to campaign workers. A voter told FBI agents Saldivar promised to pay $10 in exchange for their vote.
  • The FBI’s Islamic Terrorism Denial

    09/02/2014 2:18:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 9/2/2014 | Robert Spencer
    The Washington Free Beacon revealed Friday that “the FBI’s most recent national threat assessment for domestic terrorism makes no reference to Islamist terror threats, despite last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and the 2009 Fort Hood shooting—both carried out by radical Muslim Americans.” Instead, the threat assessment focused on eight types of groups: “anti-government militia groups and white supremacy extremists, along with ‘sovereign citizen’ nationalists, and anarchists,” along with “violent animal rights and environmentalist extremists, black separatists, anti- and pro-abortion activists, and Puerto Rican nationalists.”The FBI focus on “anti-government militia groups and white supremacy extremists, along with ‘sovereign citizen’ nationalists, and...
  • Legal Defense Funds of Suspended California Senators Receiving Donations (shoulder fired missiles)

    09/02/2014 2:15:56 AM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    JD Journal ^ | 9/02/14 | Jim Vassallo
    The amount of money political candidates in the state of California can collect for campaigns is tightly governed, but for legal defense funds, donors are permitted to donate much more, according to KPCC. In March, the state senate, voted to suspend three members who were charged or who were convicted of felonies. The legal bills for senators Ron Calderon and Rod Wright are being paid for by a mix of politicians, political action committees and even corporations. Senator Leland Yee has a committee to college legal defense donations working for him as well. None of the legal defense funds setup...
  • IRS produced 1,361 pages of documents to Judicial Watch on August 27

    09/02/2014 1:50:17 AM PDT · by SSS Two · 7 replies
    U.S. District Court - DC District ^ | 08-29-2014 | Justice Dept.
    Link to August 29, 2014 Court document EXCERPTS: Since the Service’s last status update on April 30, 2014, the Service has produced 2,746 of responsive documents as follows: 315 pages on May 23, 2014, 205 pages on June 30, 2014, 865 pages on July 31, 2014, and 1,361 pages on August 27, 2014 ... Counsel for the Service conferred with counsel for Judicial Watch prior to filing this Status Report. Judicial Watch takes the position that filing a status report is inappropriate at this juncture because the Court ordered the parties, on July 10, 2014, to file a status report...
  • The Covert Origins of ISIS

    09/02/2014 1:45:20 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    Youtube ^ | 08/29/14
    Evidence exposing who put ISIS in power, and how it was done.
  • Detroit’s historic bankruptcy trial to begin

    09/02/2014 1:37:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 2, 2014 2:05 AM EDT | Corey Williams
    Lawyers for Detroit will attempt to convince a federal judge at the city’s bankruptcy trial that its plans to wipe out billions of dollars in debt should be approved. After some delays, the start of the trial Tuesday in U.S. District Court comes just over 13 months after Detroit became the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy. Detroit expects to cut $12 billion in unsecured debt to about $5 billion, which is “more manageable,” according to Bill Nowling, a spokesman for emergency manager Kevyn Orr. …
  • Emmett Till, Mike Brown, and a New Movement for an Old Law

    09/02/2014 1:13:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | August 28, 2014 | Zachary Norris, Executive Director, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
    Despite progress over the last century, for black people this country has failed to ever make good on its earliest and most basic democratic protection: the 14th Amendment. When the 14th Amendment was enacted, it was meant to provide equal protection to all under the law. But if a black person can be gunned down and left in the street for over four hours with no disciplinary action taken against the government representative responsible, what does "equal protection" mean? Redeeming the promise of the 14th Amendment is as relevant today as it was when first enacted. On August 9, 2014,...
  • Discarded Children Still Bring in Subsidy Checks for the Adoptive Parents Who Tossed Them Aside

    09/02/2014 12:03:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, September 2, 2014 | Nick Nehamas
    Hundreds of adoptive parents in New York City who've sent their children to live elsewhere continue to get monthly government subsidies of up to $1,700 per child. They can continue receiving the checks until the child turns 21 years old.They gave up on their “hard-to-place" adopted kids — but not on the government check intended for the discarded kids’ care. Hundreds of adoptive parents across the five boroughs who've sent their children to live elsewhere are continuing to pull in monthly checks of up to $1,700 per child while the city, state and feds look the other way, the Daily...
  • GoFundMe pages for police officer Wilson mysteriously stop accepting donations after raising $433K

    09/01/2014 10:57:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | September 1, 2014 | Michael Zennie
    The websites dedicated to raising money for Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson have mysteriously stopped accepting donations after collecting nearly half a million dollars - and it's not clear why. Since Wilson's name was released to the public on August 15, two GoFundMe pages have raised more than $433,000 to pay legal bills and other costs associated with his fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. By Sunday, however, both pages were no longer accepting money, giving donors the message: 'Donations are Complete! The organizer has stopped donations.' Wilson has been in hiding since he was identified as...
  • Mysterious Phony Cell Towers Could Be Intercepting Your Calls

    09/01/2014 10:51:41 PM PDT · by InMemoriam · 22 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 8/27/14 | Andrew Rosenblum
    Like many [ultra-secure phones], the CryptoPhone 500...features high-powered encryption. Les Goldsmith, the CEO of ESD America, says the phone also runs a customized or "hardened" version of Android that removes 468 vulnerabilities that his engineering team team found in the stock installation of the OS. His mobile security team also found that the [standard] Samsung Galaxy SIII leaks data to parts unknown 80-90 times every hour. [snip] To show what the CryptoPhone can do that less expensive competitors cannot, he points me to a map that he and his customers have created, indicating 17 different phony cell towers known as...
  • Joe Biden Cites Fictional President In Speech With Union Bosses [VIDEO]

    09/01/2014 10:44:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    the daily caller ^ | 9/1/14 | Patrick Howley
    Vice President Joe Biden railed against corporations in a combative Labor Day Parade speech in Detroit with union bosses and their members in attendance – speaking with such passion that even when he made up the name of a fictional historical American president the crowd applauded. Biden delivered his speech at the site of the demolished Tiger Stadium ballpark, standing onstage with local Democrats including embattled anti-Obamacare Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa Jr., who handed the vice president water and got first-name references in what basically amounted to a Biden stump speech.
  • Email Reveals Lois Lerner Ignored Political Expenditures By Unions

    09/01/2014 10:39:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    the daily caller ^ | 9/1/14 | Connor D. Wolf
    The official at the center of the Internal Revenue Service tea party scandal once dismissed complaints that labor unions were not reporting millions of dollars in political activities on their tax forms, according to an email obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. In 2007, Lerner responded directly to a complaint that some major labor unions reported completely different amounts of political expenditures when filing with the IRS and the Department of Labor. At the time of the email, Lerner was the Director of Exempt Organizations at the IRS. Lerner wrote, “We looked at the information you provided regarding organizations...
  • Obama warned Isis terrorists 'will target US cities and kill with abandon'

    09/01/2014 9:40:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The London Independent | September 1, 2014 | Stuart Henderson
    Link only, due to copyright issues: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/obama-warned-isis-terrorists-will-target-us-cities-and-kill-with-abandon-9702900.html
  • As newly insured seek care, rural doctor shortage worsens

    09/01/2014 9:37:59 PM PDT · by steve86 · 8 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 9/1/2014 | Lisa Stiffler
    In the shrub steppe of Grand Coulee on the banks of the Columbia River, the town’s two family doctors practice at an unrelenting pace, working on call every other night and every other weekend. In the coastal town of Port Angeles, the doctor shortage is so acute that a clinic is turning away 250 callers a week seeking a physician. George and Lynne Rudesill are two of those people. Since learning earlier this summer that their primary-care doctor in Sequim was retiring, the couple have scrambled to find a replacement. Their calls are being met with waiting lists hundreds of...
  • Why Doctors Are Sick of Their Profession

    09/01/2014 7:15:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/31/2014 | By SANDEEP JAUHAR
    All too often these days, I find myself fidgeting by the doorway to my exam room, trying to conclude an office visit with one of my patients. When I look at my career at midlife, I realize that in many ways I have become the kind of doctor I never thought I'd be: impatient, occasionally indifferent, at times dismissive or paternalistic. Many of my colleagues are similarly struggling with the loss of their professional ideals. It could be just a midlife crisis, but it occurs to me that my profession is in a sort of midlife crisis of its own....
  • USS Germantown, Sasebo 'in a much better place' after leadership changes

    09/01/2014 6:50:35 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 6 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | September 1, 2014 | Matthew M. Burke
    Faced with rampant reports of sexual harassment and mistrust of the chain of command on the USS Germantown, Navy leaders turned to Cmdr. Jason Leach for help. Sailors applauded when Rear Adm. Hugh Wetherald, commander of the Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet, gave Leach command of the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship in May 2013, after the departure of the previous captain, Cmdr. Carol McKenzie, who could be so harsh that her behavior bordered on verbal abuse, according to a half-dozen sailors who served with both skippers. It turns out, he was the wrong man for the job, according to the...
  • Kenya: President Kenyatta Witnesses Destruction of Kshs 1b Heroin Haul

    09/01/2014 6:14:47 PM PDT · by mgist · 2 replies
    all Africa ^ | 8/29/2014 | chai
    Photo: Mombasa County Government Drug ship destroyed at Mombasa. By Kazungu Chai Mombasa — President Uhuru Kenyatta today sent a clear signal to drug traffickers that they will not be allowed to continue the illegal trade at the expense of the dreams of the Kenyan youth. He personally led an operation to blow up a ship and destroy heroin worth over Kshs 1 billion. The President - aboard a Kenya Air Force chopper and the Kenya Navy in their modern warship KNS Jasiri - led journalists, security personnel and anti-narcotic officials as the ship and the drugs were blown off...
  • Benghazi coming back with a vengeance in September

    09/01/2014 5:35:44 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 34 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 1 Sep 2014 | Alex Seitz-Wald
    After several mercifully Benghazi-free months, the 2012 attack on the diplomatic compound in Libya is about to be thrust back into the spotlight around its September 11 anniversary. The special House committee investigating Benghazi is finally expected to begin its work, in earnest, with its first hearing the week Congress returns from August recess. Meanwhile, two books promising explosive new allegations about the terror attack will hit shelves in September, and Fox News plans to air a new, one-hour documentary on the attack this week, featuring exclusive interviews with Americans who fought in the onslaught. Add that to the usual...
  • Congress Hates Military-Base Closings, but Can Chuck Hagel Do It Without Their Approval? [From 3-'14

    09/01/2014 4:36:52 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 11 replies
    Government Executive and National Journal ^ | March 6, 2014 | By Jordain Carney
    The Pentagon's budget sets up an uphill battle with Congress by requesting further domestic base closures and realignment, but the Defense Department's top official could try to give members the slip. As part of the department's fiscal 2015 budget request, the Pentagon wants a round of base closures and realignment—known as BRAC—for U.S. bases in 2017. "We think BRAC is a smart position to have, as you know we have called for it again, we're going to continue work through all this," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said at an Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Wednesday. "I've got some options...
  • Obama: 'Revving' up economy calls for higher wages

    09/01/2014 4:33:41 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    AOL News ^ | 1/9/14 | Jim Kuhnhen
    MILWAUKEE (AP) - President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy's "revving" performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections. "America deserves a raise," he told a union crowd in Milwaukee, vowing to keep a hard sell on Congress in much the way he once courted his wife. "I just wore her down," he cracked. Timing his push to Labor Day, the traditional start of the autumn campaign, Obama aggressively drew attention to recent economic gains, setting aside past caution...
  • Letter from the parents of Aaron Carson Vaughn of SEAL Team VI: Please resign, Mr. President

    09/01/2014 4:11:03 PM PDT · by vg0va3 · 22 replies
    Special to WorldTribune.com ^ | Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 | Billy & Karen Vaughn
    Never in my lifetime have I witnessed such despair and such growing fear that the world’s last best hope, America, has finally been dismantled. Perhaps the better word is transformed — fundamentally transformed. Come to think of it, it’s become difficult — if not impossible — to believe things haven’t gone exactly as you planned, Mr. President. Amazingly, in five short years, your administration has lurched from one disaster to another. You spearheaded the ambitious rush to end the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan — with no plan on how to do so effectively. Also, the release of “the...
  • Obama: ‘Revving’ economy calls for higher wages

    09/01/2014 3:11:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 88 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 1, 2014 4:50 PM EDT | Jim Kuhnhenn
    President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy’s “revving” performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections. “America deserves a raise,” he told a union crowd in Milwaukee, vowing to keep a hard sell on Congress in much the way he once courted his wife. “I just wore her down,” he cracked. Timing his push to Labor Day, the traditional start of the autumn campaign, Obama aggressively drew attention to recent economic gains, setting aside past caution on that subject....
  • Ted Cruz wants U.S. citizens fighting with Islamic State banished from country

    09/01/2014 3:08:17 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 57 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Kellan Howell
    Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, told a crowd of 3,000 at a conservative summit in Dallas that Americans fighting with Islamic State militants should be exiled from the country saying, “we need to not let into this country any American who is fighting with ISIS.”But some conservative politicians say that banishing American jihadists doesn’t go far enough, and that those who leave the country to fight for militant groups like the Islamic State, Hamas, or al Qaeda should be stripped of their citizenship.On Friday, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who is running for a U.S. Senate seat in neighboring New...
  • Planned Parenthood forced to face fraud lawsuit in Iowa

    09/01/2014 2:16:38 PM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    Live Action ^ | Lauren Enriquez
    Planned Parenthood almost got away with alleged fraud in Iowa, until the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court’s dismissal of fraud claims by a former employee. Sue Thayer, who was an office manager at Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, alleges that during her time in Planned Parenthood’s employment, the clinic committed multiple counts of Medicaid fraud and other questionable activity (such as being told to perform sonograms without medical training). Thayer sued the organization 2011 after after having been dismissed in 2008. She has since become an active pro-life advocate who works to expose Planned Parenthood’s illegal...
  • Greg Abbott Files Emergency Request to Uphold Pro-Life Texas Law Closing Abortion Clinics

    09/01/2014 2:05:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Late Sunday night, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed an emergency request with a federal appeals court to uphold a pro-life law credited with closing multiple abortion clinics and cutting abortions 13 percent, saving an estimated 9,900 babies from abortion. The legislation, House Bill 2 (HB2), requires abortion facilities to meet the same safety standards of other Ambulatory Surgical Centers in the state, ensures that abortionists have admitting privileges at a local hospital, and bans painful late abortions on fully formed babies. texas9bThe admitting privileges portion of the law was the portion responsible for closing abortion clinics and, because so...
  • Labor Day Is Just A Celebration Of Government Workers

    09/01/2014 1:35:23 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 7 replies
    IBD ^ | August 29, 2014 | RICK MANNING
    Today's Big Labor supports politicians who are committed to destroying unionized mining jobs through the EPA, scoff at the value of more than 10,000 union jobs created by building the Keystone XL pipeline, and actively push for amnesty for illegal aliens who can only drive down the cost of labor, hurting wages. The days of a Jimmy Hoffa's Teamsters Union endorsing Richard Nixon seem far away. Labor leaders are more interested today in creating the low-hanging fruit of public employee union jobs, rather than confronting far- left politicians who are killing private-sector unions through their policies. While the United Mine...
  • NASA is Building the Largest Rocket of All Time For a 2018 Launch

    09/01/2014 1:34:40 PM PDT · by lbryce · 56 replies
    The Verge ^ | August 31, 2014 | Staff
    NASA has worked on some inspiring interplanetary projects in the last few years, but few have been as ambitious as the simply-named Space Launch System, a new rocket that will be the largest ever built at 384 feet tall, surpassing even the mighty Saturn V (363 feet), the rocket that took humanity to the moon. It will also be more powerful, with 20 percent more thrust using liquid hydrogen and oxygen as fuel. Last week, NASA announced that the Space Launch System, SLS for short, is on track to perform its first unmanned test launch in 2018. The larger goal...
  • Canada talks tough on Ukraine, but cuts $2.7-billion from defence in 2015

    09/01/2014 1:31:41 PM PDT · by mac_truck · 8 replies
    National Newswatch ^ | Sept 1 2014 | Murray Brewster
    OTTAWA - Stephen Harper has been one of the toughest-talking leaders throughout the Ukraine crisis, yet newly released figures show National Defence is expected to face an even deeper budget hole in the coming year than previously anticipated. The ongoing reductions come as the prime minister is expected to resist pressure from allies at this week's NATO summit to spend substantially more on the military. Annual spending on the military, when compared with 2011, is slated to shrink by a total of $2.7-billion in 2015, according to a briefing note prepared for the deputy defence minister. That would be almost...
  • Family upset officers used deadly force (shot 16 times) against suicidal teen

    09/01/2014 12:50:07 PM PDT · by GilGil · 36 replies
    KCTV5.com ^ | 08/25/2014 | Marc Jaobs
    When officers arrived, they made contact with the person, later identified as Joseph Jennings, in the parking lot. During the encounter, officers with the Ottawa Police Department and Franklin County Sheriff's Office were involved in a shooting. Jennings was treated at the scene for gunshot wounds and transported to an Ottawa hospital where he later died. "Why did it take them shooting him 16 times at least for them to bring him down and go and take care of what they needed to take care of?" Jennings' aunt, Brandy Smith said. Ottawa Police Chief Dennis Butler said officers did what...
  • FACING RADICAL ISLAM: What’s the Problem?

    09/01/2014 12:22:58 PM PDT · by Clintons-B-Gone · 51 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | September 1, 2014 | R.G. Yoho
    When is the world finally going to realize that Radical Islam isn’t a religion of peace? It isn’t harmless. It isn’t peaceful. It isn’t friendly. And it will never coexist with freedom and individual liberty. Radical Islam is a religion of depraved male debauchery, human slavery, and ultimately, death. In fact, it isn’t even a religion at all.
  • Federal study on lesbian obesity costs $3 million

    09/01/2014 12:08:45 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 70 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8/31/2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    A federal study to determine why 75 percent of lesbian women are obese and gay men are not has totaled nearly $3 million. snip They have determined that gay and bisexual males had a “greater desire for toned muscles” than straight men, lesbians have lower “athletic self-esteem” that may lead to higher rates of obesity, and that lesbians are more likely to see themselves at a healthy weight even though they are not, the Free Beacon reported. Their research also found that LGBT individuals exercise less than heterosexuals, and that sexual minorities are 46 to 76 percent less likely to...
  • UT Police investigating drone use over DKR

    09/01/2014 11:41:38 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 8 replies
    KXAN ^ | August 31, 2014 | Angie Beavin
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — University of Texas Police are investigating the use of a drone over Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium Saturday night during the Longhorns’ home opener. KXAN’s cameras spotted the drone flying above the stadium. The drone had red and green lights on it. It also had a camera. We weren’t the only ones who spotted it. Police did too. During the second half of the game, officers found the operator of the drone, made him land it and then took the man into custody. The department told KXAN the man was a UT student, and he...
  • Fed court lays ground rules in immigrant court case

    09/01/2014 11:34:16 AM PDT · by GilGil
    Themonitor.com ^ | 08/31/2014 | Emma Perez-Trevino
    She also alleges that some immigrants who have entered the country illegally pose a threat to national security and safety. In her court filings, Taitz referred to an order Hanen entered in December 2013 in an unrelated case, United States of America vs. Mirtha Veronica Nava-Martinez, who was convicted of attempting to smuggle a 10-year-old girl from El Salvador. Court records show that the girl’s mother Salmeron Santos, an immigrant illegally in the country, admitted that she had hired smugglers to transfer her child from El Salvador to Virginia and paid a $6,000 advance for the service. DHS delivered the...
  • The president who is uninterested in other people

    09/01/2014 11:10:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 31, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Some time ago I contrasted the reaction a conservative would get if he were in the same room with the two most consequential politicians of the 1990s, Bill Clinton and Rudy Giuliani. If you were in a room with Bill Clinton, he would discover the one issue out of 100 on which you agreed; he would probe you with questions, comments, suggestions; and he would tell you that you enabled him to understand it far better than he ever had before. If you were in a room with Rudy Giuliani, he would discover the one issue out of 100 on...
  • The Collapse of Libya and the Failure of 'Smart Power'

    09/01/2014 10:35:30 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 11 replies
    Townhall ^ | Sep 01, 2014 | Guy Benson
    When conservatives criticize the Obama administration over the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attacks, much of the attention is trained on the security failures preceding the raid, the dishonest public spin campaign after the fact, the lack of accountability nearly two years later, and the still-unanswered questions on a host of fronts. But that lethal event was merely a symptom of the White House's broader, unraveling foreign policy. The president intervened in Libya in 2011, deploying US military resources to help a rebel fighting force depose and dispatch murderous dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The Libya conflict was paradigmatic of Obama's approach to war:...
  • The elusive 'It factor' in presidential politics

    09/01/2014 10:21:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Week ^ | September 1, 2014 | Matt K. Lewis
    Like it or not, this truism is very true: Being president in the modern era requires a certain "It Factor." You don't need star power to make it to the U.S. Senate, or to rise in its leadership. (Looking at you, Senators Reid and McConnell.) You don't need an almost celebrity-like sexiness to succeed in the House. (Who among us would describe Steny Hoyer or Steve Scalise in such terms?) But when we're talking about the presidency, it's not enough these days to be a highly intelligent lawmaker with a history of policy expertise and success. You've got to have...
  • NLRB goes rogue against small business

    09/01/2014 9:55:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 1, 2014 | Rick Manning
    Labor Day provides the opportunity to evaluate those government agencies that impact the workplace, and gauge if they are helping or hurting the employment situation in America. In the six Labor Days since President Obama took office, his appointees have gone to outrageous lengths to compel the 93 percent of the private-sector workforce who don't belong to an organized labor union to become dues-paying members. While the Labor Department and the National Mediation Board have each pushed hard to create rules that overwhelmingly favor union organizers over those employees who oppose unionization, it is the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)...
  • More Workers Are Claiming ‘Wage Theft’(working for free)

    09/01/2014 9:43:16 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 40 replies
    NYT ^ | 8/31/2014 | NYT
    MIRA LOMA, Calif. — Week after week, Guadalupe Rangel worked seven days straight, sometimes 11 hours a day, unloading dining room sets, trampolines, television stands and other imports from Asia that would soon be shipped to Walmart stores. Even though he often clocked 70 hours a week at the Schneider warehouse here, he was never paid time-and-a-half overtime, he said. And now, having joined a lawsuit involving hundreds of warehouse workers, Mr. Rangel stands to receive more than $20,000 in back pay as part of a recent $21 million legal settlement with Schneider, a national trucking company.
  • Judge Limits Pro-Life Louisiana Law That Could Have Closed Abortion Clinics

    09/01/2014 9:30:47 AM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    A judge has blocked a pro-life Louisiana law that protects women’s health and could have resulted in closing three of the state’s five abortion clinics because they are unable to properly protect the health and safety interests of women. The three abortion clinics that could be forced to close their doors filed suit earlier this month to block the legislation. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed HB 388, the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act, that the Planned Parenthood abortion business and abortion advocates strenuously opposed. judgepic10“This bill will give women the health and safety protections they deserve,” Jindal said. The pro-life law,...
  • Texas Judge Strikes Down Pro-Life Law That Closed Abortion Clinics

    09/01/2014 9:28:57 AM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt, Sarah Zagorski
    A Texas judge has blocked a pro-life law credited with closing multiple abortion clinics and cutting abortions 13 percent, saving an estimated 9,900 babies from abortion. The legislation, House Bill 2 (HB2), requires abortion facilities to meet the same safety standards of other Ambulatory Surgical Centers in the state, ensures that abortionists have admitting privileges at a local hospital, and bans painful late abortions on fully formed babies. texas17Planned Parenthood did not challenge the law’s prohibition on abortions that take place at 20 weeks or later, a provision based on evidence that demonstrates the baby can feel pain at that...
  • Cruz’s 2014 GOP Victory Plan

    09/01/2014 9:23:21 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 31 Aug 2014 | SARAH RUMPF
    DALLAS, Texas — Texas Senator Ted Cruz recently spoke at the Defending the American Dream Summit organized by Americans for Prosperity. The eighth annual Summit was the largest in the event’s history, with over three thousand attendees, and Cruz’s popularity with the conservative crowd was obvious. Like Governor Rick Perry’s speech at the Summit, Cruz’s speech was enthusiastically received by the audience and received multiple standing ovations. AFP President Tim Phillips introduced Cruz as “one of our favorite United States Senators,” praising him as someone who “doesn’t just take the fight to the left… when it’s required, he stands up...
  • FEDS ENCOURAGING DEPORTED ILLEGAL ALIENS TO COME BACK TO US

    09/01/2014 9:19:19 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 1, 2014 | by KRISTIN TATE
    HOUSTON, Texas -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is expected to allow thousands of illegal immigrant deportees to return to the U.S., so long as they have ties to Southern California. Taxpayers will additionally fund a media campaign in Mexico, alerting deportees that they may be eligible to come back to the United States. An agreement outlining the new settlement was announced in late August, according to the Los Angeles Times. The plan, which only applies to Southern California, was reportedly drawn up in response to a lawsuit that was filed last year by the American Civil Liberties...
  • Letter: Re-enactment could be educational (Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin deaths)

    09/01/2014 9:18:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | September 1, 2014 | John C. Stevens
    I am having trouble understanding the error the teacher in Selma, Ala., made that was serious enough to warrant suspension without pay (“Sixth-graders re-enact Missouri shooting; teacher suspended,” Reuters article, Aug. 23 Dispatch). It sounds like a good idea to give an assignment requiring students to act out a current event. If the students themselves chose the Ferguson, Mo., shooting and the Trayvon Martin incident, perhaps they gained a deeper understanding of racism, crime and other societal problems. It would be a great exercise in communication, teamwork and addressing emotionally charged issues. The principal at the school was quoted as...
  • The Manufactured Crisis of Halbig

    09/01/2014 8:49:12 AM PDT · by SteveH · 3 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | August 27, 2014 | Elizabeth Taylor
    The two judges in the majority in Halbig focused on the literal terms of isolated language in the ACA and, in so doing, ignored the other provisions that conflict with that literal reading. Those judges are like the mechanic working on an engine who has a few pieces left over and just throws them away, not worrying that the engine no longer works the way it should. We should give the rest of the mechanic's team a chance to put the engine back together properly.
  • In Texas, Ted Cruz sounds like he's running in 2016

    09/01/2014 8:19:58 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 50 replies
    AP ^ | Published August 30, 2014
    DALLAS –  Republican Sen. Ted Cruz sounds increasingly like he's made up his mind to run for president in 2016, telling an influential gathering of conservative activists Saturday that "we are part of a grassroots fire that is sweeping this country." "I'm convinced we're going to win in 2014, and 2016 is going to be even better," the Texas Republican said during a summit of Americans for Prosperity, the political arm of the billionaire GOP donors Charles and David Koch. "And in the year 2017, a Republican president in the Rose Garden is going to sign a bill repealing every...
  • Arm Ukraine or Surrender

    09/01/2014 8:04:33 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 128 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 31, 2014 | BEN JUDAH
    Russia would have triumphed over the world order imposed by the West after the Soviet Union lost the Cold War. This would mean the destruction of American geopolitical deterrence. America’s enemies, from China to Iran, would see this as an invitation to establish their own spheres of influence amid the wreckage. Russia would not stop there. Mr. Putin wants to undermine NATO, and the smell of weakness would tempt him further. It would be merely a matter of time before Moscow exploited the Russians in the Baltic States to manufacture new “frozen conflicts.” Poland would feel compelled to act as...