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  • Oklahoma judge dismisses Ten Commandments lawsuit

    09/23/2014 2:41:21 PM PDT · by george76
    KFOR-TV ^ | September 19, 2014 | L. Noland,
    An Oklahoma County judge has thrown out a lawsuit that wanted the removal of the Ten Commandments monument at the state Capitol Friday. Attorneys for the ACLU say they will appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court. The lawsuit claims the monument violates the state constitution’s ban against using public property to support church or religion.
  • ISIS reverts smoking ban in Kirkuk 'to gain popularity'

    09/23/2014 2:29:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 9/22/2014
    Residents of Iraq's Kirkuk said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has backed down from its decision to ban smoking and has thus allowed selling cigarettes in areas it controls south and west of the province, Almada Press reported Saturday. Abdulrahman al-Gabouri, a resident of Hawija, 55 kilometers southwest of Kirkuk, told Almada Press that ISIS has now allowed shops to sell cigarettes in the province and its towns. The decision came as an attempt to gain popularity after the group’s extremist actions began to appall residents particularly after security forces, aided by international support, began to attack...
  • Drug dealer headed for prison, shoes and caps confiscated for kids

    09/23/2014 2:22:14 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 2 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 09/23/2014 | By Carol Christian
    An El Campo drug dealer's collection of custom sneakers and sports caps is headed for the local Boys & Girls Club while he starts serving a 15-year prison sentence. Casey Lee Molina, 30, pleaded guilty earlier this month to one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Following his arrest April 24 in his car a few blocks from his home, Molina had been in the Wharton County Jail until last week when he was transfered to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. El Campo police also raided his house, where they confiscated $8,600 in cash,...
  • It’s Time to Take the Islamic State Seriously (Excellent Analysis!)

    09/23/2014 2:20:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | September 23, 2014 | REV. JAMES V. SCHALL, S.J.
    Islam has no central or definitive body or figure authorized to define what exactly it is. Opinions about its essence and scope vary widely according to the political or philosophic background of its own interpreters. The current effort to establish an Islamic State, with a designated Caliph, again to take up the mission assigned to Islam, brings to our attention the question: “What is Islam?”The issue of “terror” is a further aspect of this same understanding. Many outside Islam seek to separate “terror” and “Islam” as if they were, in their usage, independent or even opposed ideas. This latter...
  • Amazon to collect Minnesota sales tax starting Oct. 1

    09/23/2014 2:13:50 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 9-23-14 | KAVITA KUMAR
    Amazon.com Inc. will begin collecting sales taxes from Minnesota customers next week, ending a cost advantage it’s enjoyed over brick-and-mortar retailers in the state. The news also triggered a mystery. Online-only retailers don’t need to charge sales tax in Minnesota unless they have physical presence or affiliated business here. Monday’s revelation led to speculation that Amazon may open a warehouse, data center or some other operation in the state or buy an existing firm. The company was vague about what prompted the change, though it said it “will be required” to do so starting Oct. 1. “We’re considering various opportunities...
  • Watch President Obama land in NYC and salute US Marines with a cup [video]

    More optics he doesn’t get? From the official White House Instagram feed:
  • City Considers Allowing Police Warrantless Access To Homes To Check For Underage Drinking

    09/23/2014 1:50:34 PM PDT · by Teotwawki · 43 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | Sept. 19, 2014 | Ben Bullard
    In a move that, if adopted, would almost certainly be brought into the courts, a northern New Jersey town is contemplating an ordinance that would grant local police access — without a search warrant — into private residences in order to check up on allegations of underage drinking. Officials in the town of Montville, on the western edge of the New York metropolitan area’s sprawl, are discussing the new ordinance — perhaps counterintuitively — in terms of keeping underage drinking in check while helping young people avoid establishing criminal records that can follow them throughout their lives. “While teens caught...
  • Obama’s Letter to Congress on the Syria Airstrikes Has a Glaring Omission

    09/23/2014 1:49:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 23, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    See if you can spot it. He never mentions the Islamic State, ISIS, ISIL…at all. Is this letter an admission that he has yet to find legal justification to back up the airstrikes on ISIS targets? Or is this letter depending on the Authorization for Use of Military Force — which he wanted to repeal — to strike Khorasan, which is a more direct offshoot of al Qaeda than ISIS is? h/t Weasel Zippers
  • Caught On Tape: What Happens When You Try To Exercise Your Constitutional Rights In Illinois

    09/23/2014 1:10:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 9/23/14 | Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,
    What follows is the most powerful recorded police checkpoint scene I have witnessed since posting: Extremely Powerful Video – Happy 4th of July from a Police State Checkpoint, last summer. While the former incident happened in Tennessee, the following occurred in Illinois. The American pleb who was accosted by Illinois State Police was DeKalb resident Ryan Scott. While it starts off slow, make sure you watch it all the way to the end. While one of the the police officers is reasonable, the other one can’t stop yelling and seems to derive a particular pleasure from repeatedly informing the citizen...
  • Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa — The First 9 Months of the Epidemic and Forward Projections

    09/23/2014 7:42:16 AM PDT · by Raebie · 11 replies
    New England Journal of Medicine ^ | September 23, 2014 | WHO Ebola Response Team
    As of September 14, 2014, a total of 4507 confirmed and probable cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), as well as 2296 deaths from the virus, had been reported from five countries in West Africa — Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone. In terms of reported morbidity and mortality, the current epidemic of EVD is far larger than all previous epidemics combined. The true numbers of cases and deaths are certainly higher. There are numerous reports of symptomatic persons evading diagnosis and treatment, of laboratory diagnoses that have not been included in national databases, and of persons with suspected...
  • D'Souza Sentenced to Eight Months in 'Confinement Center' Over Campaign Finance Violation

    09/23/2014 12:51:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    THR ^ | 09/23/2014 | Paul Bond
    In a decision likely to be framed by conservative media as a vindictive abuse of power, filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza was sentenced Tuesday to eight months in a confinement center and five years probation after pleading in May that he was guilty of violating campaign finance laws. D'Souza's movies, America this year and two years earlier, 2016: Obama's America, are critical of the left — and in the case of the first one, President Barack Obama — and they are among the most successful political documentaries in history. D'Souza was indicted in January after he promised his then-fiancee and his former...
  • Climate Change March Out Of Step With Facts

    09/23/2014 12:19:33 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 28 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 23, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Junk Science: Those trying to save the planet leave trash-filled streets in advance of a U.N. climate confab that's a solution in search of a problem. Even a former administration official thinks the Earth is fine. Colorfully costumed zealots marched in New York and other cities Sunday in advance of Tuesday's U.N. Climate Summit. Once again they claimed, "The science is settled," and blamed capitalism for non-existent weather change. They barely noticed, as British climate-change skeptic Lord Christopher Monckton points out at Marc Morano's Climate Depot, the "Great Pause" in global temperatures now stands at 17 years and 11 months.
  • Of White House mice and menus

    09/23/2014 12:03:01 PM PDT · by luke1825 · 1 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 9/22 | peter lucas
    I was not among the group of distinguished newspaper columnists who dined with President Barack Obama at the White House the other night. I thought it strange to be left out, since I have been around covering politics longer -- and for more newspapers -- than most of the people who attended the event. Maybe the president never got around to reading my column or, more to the point, maybe he did. Or it could be that, although I have been called many things, distinguished is not one of them. Still, it is not as though I've been a stranger...
  • Authorities search for Eric Frein near Snow Hill Road in Price Township (Shelter in Place)

    09/23/2014 11:42:02 AM PDT · by RBW in PA · 22 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | 23 September 2014 | Staff reports
    Authorities this morning are searching the area of Snow Hill Road in Price Township, near the border with Barrett Township outside Cresco, as part of their ongoing search for alleged cop killer Eric Frein. Police vehicles are parked along or driving along Route 447 and Snow Hill and Beartown roads, which both run off Route 447. There has been police presence in the area for days, and many residents have been unable to leave or return to their homes. Frein, 31, of Canadensis, is accused of shooting two troopers, killing one and critically wounding the other, on Sept. 12 at...
  • GAO: Where did ObamaCare’s $3.7B go?

    09/23/2014 11:32:06 AM PDT · by what's up · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sept 23, 2014 | Sarah Ferris
    “CMS's processes are inconsistent with certain federal accounting and internal control standards,” the report states. To improve the system, the GAO recommends that CMS staff create new procedures to provide more timely and reliable information to the public. “Particularly for programs subject to a significant degree of public and congressional scrutiny,” the GAO reports. The report marks the third time in two weeks that a federal audit has criticized the rollout of ObamaCare. The auditors pointed to one particularly troublesome area within CMS — its Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight, which works largely with state governments. That agency...
  • After Gov’t Ignores Them for 2 Years, Family Of SEAL Killed In Benghazi Seeks Massive Retribution

    09/23/2014 11:13:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 35 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | 9/22/2014 | Caroline Schaeffer
    The family of Glen Doherty, one of the two Marine SEAL contractors killed in the 2012 Benghazi attack, are taking matters into their own hands and suing the CIA and the State Department for $1 million each, according to The Washington Times. Three other Americans were killed in the attack, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, and CIA contractor and former SEAL Tyrone Woods.
  • Appeals Court Dismisses Lawsuit Over ACA Employer Mandate Delay (Obamacare)

    09/23/2014 10:33:14 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 5 replies
    California Healthline ^ | 09/23/2014 | California Healthline
    On Friday, a three-judge panel for the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously moved to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a physician group that challenged President Obama's use of executive action to delay the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate, The Hill reports. The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons filed the suit in October 2013, claiming the ACA should be declared unconstitutional because the government failed to garner congressional approval when it postponed the employer mandate until 2015.
  • Obama in 2009: F-22 Jets Used to Strike Syria 'Outdated and Unnecessary'

    09/23/2014 9:47:43 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 23, 2014 | Staff
    President Barack Obama dismissed the F-22 fighter jets used during Monday’s airstrikes against terrorist targets in Syria as “outdated and unnecessary” in a speech on July 21, 2009. “I reject the notion that we have to waste billions of taxpayer dollars on outdated and unnecessary defense projects to keep this nation secure” Obama said. "That's why I'm grateful that the Senate just voted against an additional $1.75 billion to buy F-22 fighter jets that military experts and members of both parties say we do not need.” ...more (w/video)...
  • Obama Offers Climate Change Help to Other Nations

    09/23/2014 9:16:12 AM PDT · by illiac · 10 replies
    ABC Snooze ^ | 9/23/14 | Josh Lederman
    President Barack Obama is pledging new U.S. help for other nations struggling to address global warming, as heads of state from around the world converge for a major summit on climate change. Obama will use his speech at a U.N. summit Tuesday to announce plans to sign an executive order requiring the U.S. government to take climate change into account when it spends money overseas to help poorer countries, the White House said. The U.S. will also offer vulnerable communities abroad new tools to address the effects of climate change through science and technology. The measures join a host of...
  • Ben Carson: ‘Likelihood is strong’ I am running for president

    09/23/2014 9:05:02 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 81 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 09/23/2014 | Cheryl Chumley
    Ben Carson, former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon and noted conservative activists, said there is a strong possibility he will run for the presidency in 2016. In fact, he put the chances as near-likely. “Unless the American people indicate in November that they like Big Government intervention in every part of their lives, I think the likelihood is strong,” he said, on “The Hugh Hewitt Show” on Monday. Mr. Carson said he will wait a few more months before deciding, but by May, he’ll know for sure. “I think the chances are reasonably good of that happening,” Mr. Carson said, Politico reported....
  • Global summit on climate change slated for Minneapolis

    09/23/2014 9:03:42 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 9-23-14 | MAURA LERNER ,
    Dozens of former world leaders are expected to converge on Minneapolis in October 2015 for an international summit on climate change and democracy, organizers announced Monday. The conference, called “Minnesota 2015: Democracy for a Sustainable Future,” is designed to draw people from around the globe to explore ways that democratic nations can reduce greenhouse emissions. “It takes it beyond ‘here’s the challenge, here’s the problem,’ ” said Orlyn Kringstad, executive director of the U.S. branch of Partnership for Change, one of the cosponsors. “It’s [about] what needs to be done and how governments around the world can support those efforts.” The...
  • America’s Public Opinion and Going to War

    09/23/2014 7:39:12 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 20 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 20, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    The libertarian think tank Cato Institute held a debate on American public opinion and going to war, featuring professors Adam Berinksy of MIT, Ohio State’s John Mueller, the University of Exeter’s Jason Reifler and Trevor Thrall of George Mason University. code pink at senate hearing Mueller began the discussion and focused on how American public opinion was polled during the “four, long ground wars” since World War II. He observed that support for wars has gone progressively down through the years. The Vietnam, Korea, and Iraq and Afghanistan military campaigns had a brief spike of approval in the beginning of...
  • Justice Kagan Performs Her First Same-Sex Wedding

    09/23/2014 7:29:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 49 replies
    CBS-DC ^ | 9-22-14
    Justice Elena Kagan has officiated for the first time at a same-sex wedding, a Maryland ceremony for her former law clerk and his husband. Kagan presided on Sunday over the wedding of former clerk Mitchell Reich and Patrick Pearsall in the Washington suburb of Chevy Chase, Maryland. Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Monday that the same-sex ceremony was the first at which Kagan officiated. Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg have previously officiated at the wedding of gay and lesbian couples, including at the Supreme Court. Ginsburg most recently performed the wedding of Washington theater...
  • Tiny robot learns to fly a real plane

    09/23/2014 7:22:31 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 18 replies
    CNET ^ | September 22, 2014 | Michelle Starr
    A small, hobby-sized robot could herald the pilot of the future. At just 39.7cm (15.6in) tall, PIBOT -- a portmanteau of "pilot" and "robot" and not to be confused with Raspberry Pi-powered PiBot or 3D printer PiBot -- has been trained by researchers at KAIST to fly a human-sized aeroplane. The robot, presented at IROS Chicago earlier this month, has a video camera built into its "face", with software built in for runway detection and other visual cues. The rest of the buttons, sticks and switches allow the robot to control throttle, braking pitch, yaw, altitude, velocity, and direction, information...
  • Climate change alarmists silent on economic damage done by climate change alarmists

    09/23/2014 7:14:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 9-23-14 | M. D. Kittle
    As Watchdog.org report Bruce Parker vividly reported Sunday from inside the environmentalist carnival that was the People’s Climate March through midtown Manhattan, this pre-game show to Tuesday’s going-green confab in New York City showcased an array of left-loving characters. His greenness himself, former Vice President Al Gore was in attendance. So was Hollywood heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio. The vegans, the shamans, the commies, big labor, the socialists, and probably more than a few sociopaths all were on hand at what was billed as the largest climate-related protest in history. Along the parade route, from Central Park West to West 34th Street,...
  • RFK, Jr.: Climate Skeptics 'Should Be at the Hague with All the Other War Criminals'

    09/23/2014 6:55:28 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 82 replies
    CNS News ^ | September 22, 2014 - 2:49 PM | Craig Bannister
    Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., says he wants a law to punish politicians who dissent from man-made climate change theory - and calls them "contemptible human beings." Kennedy made the remarks in an interview with Climate Depot at a climate march in New York on Sunday: Kennedy Jr. accused skeptical politicians of "selling out the public trust." "Those guys are doing the Koch Brothers bidding and are against all the evidence of the rational mind, saying global warming does not exit. They are contemptible human beings. I wish there were a law you could punish them with. I don't think there...
  • A Path Forward on Immigration: What we can learn from the history of Ellis Island

    09/23/2014 6:32:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/22/2014 | Michael Barone
    What should we do about immigration policy? It’s a question many are asking, and some useful perspective comes from an article in Foreign Affairs by British-born, California-based historian Gregory Clark, unhelpfully titled, “The American Dream Is an Illusion.” The dream to which Clark refers is the idea, promoted by Emma Lazarus’s poem at the Statue of Liberty, that this is “a country of opportunity for all, a country that invites in the world’s tired, its poor and its huddled masses.” The problem, says Clark, is that upward mobility is something of a myth, in America and elsewhere. In his recent...
  • Does Regulation = Unemployment?

    09/23/2014 6:31:08 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 21, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    Contrary to what public administration profs tell you, everybody pays the cost of regulation and the unemployed may pay most heavily in lost jobs in exchange for rather murky benefits. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released a report, “The Cost of Federal Regulation to the U.S. Economy, Manufacturing and Small Business,” slamming the Obama administration for burdensome regulations imposed by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal regulatory agencies In his foreword, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said that the average American company pays $9,991 per employee to comply with federal rules and regulations and the average...
  • 10 WEIRD THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT HILLARY

    09/23/2014 6:24:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/22/2014 | Ben Shapiro
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been through the political battles more than any major politician since Richard Nixon – and she has a lot in common with her former foe. But despite the blanket coverage of the former First Lady and her ubiquitous husband, there are still a good number of interesting facts about her that have been buried over the years. 1. She likes to get her drink on. Hanging out in Cartagena in 2012 with her staff at the Summit of the Americas, then-Secretary of State Clinton was photographed with her hair down and a drink...
  • Student Bullies Trump 1st Amendment

    09/23/2014 6:16:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Well, the wild and crazy 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is at it again, this time ruling that in a conflict between bullies and the First Amendment, bullies win. The court let stand a previous ruling by a three-judge panel of the court that school officials of Live Oak High School can prohibit American students from wearing to school clothing featuring the American flag because of threats made against the American students. You read that right: not threats made by the American students but threats directed at them by others. Admittedly, it's hard to surprise sane people anymore with...
  • Would You Follow President Obama Into Battle?

    09/23/2014 6:07:29 AM PDT · by AJFavish · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 23, 2014 | Allan J. Favish
    There is good reason to believe that President Barack Obama will not conduct an effective battle against the Islamic State. As Townhall’s Katie Pavlich explains, several generals have stated that his current plan will not accomplish his stated goal, and he has consistently rejected sound military advice regarding Iraq and Afghanistan. He and his subordinates obfuscate the nature of the enemy and the battle, and are not indicating that they are serious about defeating the Islamic State.
  • America — poised for collapse

    09/23/2014 5:59:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 9/23/2014 | Mychal Massie
    America stands on the very brink of collapse, and I believe the indications are such that if she doesn’t collapse in my lifetime, she will in my son’s. If that scares you, it should. America is in trouble such as she has never experienced in her history, and it is trouble of our own making. I could lie to you and subscribe to falsities such as if we get rid of Obama and replace him with a “you fill in the blank” or if the Republicans gain the majority in the Senate or if blah-blah-blah. But assuming all of those...
  • Something is terribly wrong with the Secret Service

    09/23/2014 5:36:11 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 76 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 9-22-14 | Byron York
    President Obama is supporting the Secret Service in the wake of a deeply troubling incident in which a disturbed man jumped the White House fence, sprinted across the North Lawn, and actually entered the White House Friday evening. The man, 42 year-old Omar Gonzalez, had a folding knife in his pocket and had left 800 rounds of ammunition in his car not far from the White House. Gonzalez had also drawn the attention of authorities at least twice a few weeks ago — once in Virginia, when he was found with a sniper rifle, a sawed-off shotgun, and a map...
  • SLLS: America's Modern Method of Waging War

    09/23/2014 5:32:38 AM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 3 replies
    OAF Nation ^ | Sept 18, 2014 | Grifter
    Lately there’s been a myriad of internet patriots screaming for our return to Iraq. The case is for the United states to send troops and equipment back into the same country we quietly left almost 3 years ago. The purpose of this proposal is to destroy ISIS, ISIL, IS…whatever you want to call them. I’ve seen so many moto pics of guys in their living rooms, dressed in full battle-rattle talking hard about signing up to go “back over.” There’s been countless memes of “ISIS hunting squad” and all that silliness flooding the internet. Groups of people on forums saying...
  • Why Aren't Global Warmists Protesting Against China?

    09/23/2014 5:14:12 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 30 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/22/2014 | IBD Staff
    Climate: Amid all the hoopla over the "world's largest march against global warming," one question went unasked: Why aren't the protesters carping about the real culprits behind the recent rise in CO2? It makes no sense. America is a global warming success story, for those who believe in such things. CO2 emissions are on the downtrend in this country. [snip] China is a completely different story.
  • Why Has Immigration Shifted?

    09/23/2014 4:56:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | Michael Barone
    What should we do about immigration policy? It's a question many are asking, and some useful perspective comes from an article in Foreign Affairs by British-born, California-based historian Gregory Clark, unhelpfully titled, "The American Dream Is an Illusion. The dream to which Clark refers is the idea, promoted by Emma Lazarus's poem at the Statue of Liberty, that this is "a country of opportunity for all, a country that invites in the world's tired, its poor and its huddled masses." The problem, says Clark, is that upward mobility is something of a myth, in America and elsewhere. In his recent...
  • Documents: Federal Prosecutors Misled Judge in Pursuit of Prison Time For Dinesh D'Souza

    09/23/2014 4:51:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    According to court documents, federal prosecutors working on behalf of Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice misled U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman in the case against conservative filmmaker and author Dinesh D’Souza during their pursuit of 10-to-16 months of prison time for a federal felony charge. In a reply sentencing memo submitted to the Court on behalf of D'Souza last week, his counsel argues federal prosecutors excluded and misrepresented the facts of “similar” cases in the Government's sentencing proposal to Judge Berman, leaving out crucial facts key to fair and equal sentencing for D’Souza compared to...
  • GOP Asks Obama To Reveal His Secret Amnesty Plans

    09/23/2014 4:46:27 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9-23-14 | Neil Munro
    GOP legislators want President Barack Obama to explain his planned amnesty for illegal immigrants before Americans vote on Nov. 4. “Rather than attempt to hide these actions from the American people until after the midterm elections, Americans should be given the chance to come to their own conclusions… [so] they can then exercise their constitutional right to petition the federal government and let you know their opinions,” said the Sept. 20 letter from 22 GOP legislators. Obama announced in June that he would reduce enforcement of immigration law by the end of summer. He made the statement after GOP leaders...
  • Climate change rallies are call to action policy-makers should heed

    09/23/2014 4:42:14 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 13 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 23 sept 2014
    More than 300,000 people rallied in Manhattan Sunday, calling on world leaders to act on climate change — the largest climate change rally in history, according to reports. And while New York's rally was the largest in the People's Climate March event, rallies also took place in London, Paris, Berlin, Melbourne and more than 2,000 other locations around the globe, according to the BBC. And hundreds more showed up Monday in New York and marched to Wall Street to protest the role they say investments play in financing practices that cause climate change, The New York Times reported. The rallies...
  • Turkey allows girls as young as 10 to cover hair at schools

    09/23/2014 4:31:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/23/2014
    Turkey has lifted a ban on the Islamic-style headscarf in schools, allowing girls from the fifth grade and up to cover their hair in a further easing of generations-old restrictions on the public expression of faith. The government, whose roots are in political Islam, has already lifted a ban on religious garb for university students and female civil servants, scrapping curbs stemming from the founding of Turkey's secular republic in 1923 on the ashes of Islamic Ottoman Empire. "Our female students have yearned" for the end of the ban, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said late on Monday after a...
  • U.N. chief detects 'sense of anxiety' on climate change [new word: "climate disruption"]

    09/23/2014 4:24:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/22/2014 | LISA ANDERSON
    On the eve of Tuesday's U.N. climate summit, the United Nations chief underscored the urgent need to tackle climate change by moving toward an energy-efficient, low-carbon global economy. Speaking at the opening of Climate Week NYC, a set of more than 140 climate-related events across the city, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he had noticed much more urgency to address climate change than he had seen in previous U.N. gatherings on the issue in 2007 and in 2009, when governments failed at a Copenhagen conference to agree a new binding climate treaty. (snip) France has been chosen to host...
  • One-way ticket to hell

    09/23/2014 4:15:52 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    Americans who volunteer for terrorism abroad should be Americans no more It was only a matter of time before anti-terror authorities reported that radicalized American or immigrant Muslims had returned home to the U.S. after taking up arms with ISIS in Iraq or Syria. A ranking Obama administration aide revealed as much on Monday, setting the stage for what must be unflagging surveillance, a drive to prosecute the returned jihadists to the fullest and a rewrite of federal law and policies to raise defenses. The rule should be: If you go to Syria or Iraq to fight as an unauthorized...
  • The 15 Most Shocking Statements in ObamaCare Architect's 'Die at 75' Article

    09/23/2014 4:06:15 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 66 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 9-22-14 | John Nolte
    Last week, esteemed doctor and one of our ObamaCare Architect Overlords penned a column for the Atlantic that should win a Pulitzer Prize for passive-aggressive shaming. Although Emanuel claims that *he* doesn't want to live past the age of 75, the article itself could have been a listicle titled, "Top 15 Reasons No One Over 75 Should Receive Healthcare." Emanuel even includes a monstrous but brightly colored graph that is meant to tell anyone over 75 that their "last contribution" to society likely occurred more than a decade ago. Good God. The phrase "the banality of evil" gets bandied about...
  • A gasoline tax map that explains a lot

    09/23/2014 3:39:32 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 59 replies
    Exxon Mobil Perspectives ^ | February 7, 2014 | Ken Cohen
    In last week’s post about ExxonMobil’s 2013 earnings, I noted that we earned about 5.5 cents for every gallon of gasoline and other petroleum products we refined, shipped, and sold in the United States. Consider this: The federal and state and local governments collected 40 to 60 cents per gallon in taxes. The American Petroleum Institute just updated their map showing the combined local, state and federal tax rate in each state as of Jan. 1, when new taxes took effect.
  • What's with Kerry and Climate Change?

    09/23/2014 3:18:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9/23/2014 | Doris O'Brien
    It’s not enough that John Kerry's diplomatic plate is overcrowded with unpalatable menaces like ISIS/ISIL and an epidemic of Ebola that could mushroom to pandemic proportions. As busy as Kerry is, flying around the globe and assembling a coalition of supporters to push back against a terrorist group more vicious and well-funded than any in recent history, he still manages to get his licks in about global warming. In a recent speech before an assemblage of foreign ministers, he urged that the threat of climate change must be addressed with the same ”immediacy” as terrorism and Ebola. The same immediacy?...
  • University of Tennessee Refuses to Ban Pre-Game Prayers

    09/23/2014 2:46:18 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 20 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | September 23, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    <p>It’s football time in Tennessee where longtime gridiron traditions are cherished – from Rocky Top to the Pride of the Southland Marching Band. At the start of every game inside the colossal Neyland Stadium, thousands of the football faithful rise to their feet, remove their hats and pause for the pre-game prayer.</p>
  • To Save the Planet, Don’t Plant Trees (causes global warming)

    09/23/2014 2:36:48 AM PDT · by Libloather · 36 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9/19/14 | NADINE UNGER
    **SNIP** Of course, this is counterintuitive. We all learn in school how trees effortlessly perform the marvel of photosynthesis: They take up carbon dioxide from the air and make oxygen. This process provides us with life, food, water, shelter, fiber and soil. The earth’s forests generously mop up about a quarter of the world’s fossil-fuel carbon emissions every year. So it’s understandable that we’d expect trees to save us from rising temperatures, but climate science tells a different story. Besides the amount of greenhouse gases in the air, another important switch on the planetary thermostat is how much of the...
  • The Attractions of Paradise

    09/22/2014 10:39:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    PJ Media's Belmont Club ^ | September 22, 2014 | Richard Fernandez
    Back in the 1930s intellectuals sometimes advised each other: don’t give to beggars, you’ll delay the revolution. Socialism has been described as a method of loving humanity so that you can be indifferent to your actual neighbor. The idea has been around a long time. The 1960s musical Hair caught the notion in these lyrics: How can people have no feelings? How can they ignore their friends? Easy to be proud, easy to say no And especially people who care about strangers Who care about evil and social injustice Do you only care about the bleeding crowd? How about a...
  • Fort Carson locked down after shooting incident [Colorado]

    09/22/2014 10:01:25 PM PDT · by blueplum · 11 replies
    ABC News - The Denver Channel ^ | September 22, 2014 9:20pm | Wayne Harrison
    (no print outlets covering at this time cannot exerpt TV station) Summary: Shots were reportedly fired on Fort Carson, Colorado this evening at approx 8pm. Base is on partial lockdown. Entry allowed with ID, exit prohibited. Gate 1, Filmore and (downtown) Colorado Springs are involved. Ambulance at gate 1 but no reports of injuries. No active shooter reported at this time. Traffic snarled. El Paso County Sheriff and Colorado Springs scanners were/are down. Developing...
  • Ebola warning: CDC tells airlines to 'treat all body fluids as infectious'

    09/22/2014 7:50:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 21, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, increasing their warnings on Ebola, is advising airlines and jet staff to treat all body fluids as infectious, even on domestic flights.“Treat all body fluids as though they are infectious,” said the latest CDC update to airlines. The update notes that if Ebola is suspected, aircraft can be cleaned mid-flight. The update is apparently meant to stress the rights airlines have to block anyone who appears "ill" from boarding.The agency this week suggested that the Ebola crisis could strike 500,000 by the end of January. Others note that some 200,000 Africans from nations...