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  • The Clintons, a luxury jet and their $100 million donor from Canada (donor omits salient details)

    05/04/2015 4:29:19 AM PDT · by Liz · 1 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 5/3/15 | Tom Hamburger, Rosalind Helderman w/ Alice Crites
    In a rare interview, wealthy Canadian magnate, Frank Giustra says his friendship with Bill Clinton has grown out of their shared interest in philanthropy — not business. “I admire what he does. But I’ve never asked him for a damn thing.” But Giustra’s donations, and others from his friends in the international mining business, are now a factor in Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Last week, the Clinton Foundation acknowledged that an affiliated Canadian charity founded in 2007 by Giustra kept its donors secret, despite a 2008 ethics agreement with the Obama administration promising to reveal its donors. Giustra has committed more...
  • Wealthy Canadian helps fund the Clinton Foundation ("do-gooders" sob all the way to the bank)

    05/04/2015 4:11:21 AM PDT · by Liz · 1 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 5/3/15 | Alberto Cuadra and Rosalind Helderman
    Sources: Clinton Foundation, CGEP (Canada) and Canadian tax records | May 3 at 8:11 PM
  • (Baltimore Prosecutor) Marilyn Mosby: hypocrite, grandstander, ideologue

    05/04/2015 4:00:55 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 5 replies
    PowerLine ^ | May 2, 2015 | Paul Mirengoff
    Alan Dershowitz, the famous defense lawyer, has called the case against the six Baltimore officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray “a show trial.” The actions of prosecutor Marilyn Mosby “had nothing to do with justice,” but instead amounted to “crowd control,” Dershowitz said in remarks reported by the Daily Caller. With regard to the second-degree murder charges against Caesar Goodson, Dershowitz stated that “there’s no plausible, hypothetical, conceivable case for murder under the facts as we now know them.” At most, there may be a case for involuntary manslaughter. Dershowitz believes that, having overplayed its hand, the prosecution...
  • Republicans and Race: A Reality Check

    05/04/2015 3:57:28 AM PDT · by rootin tootin
    American Spectator ^ | 5/4/2015 | David Catron
    Last week, even as Baltimore was burning, our “post-partisan” President used the tragedy as an excuse for a political cheap shot. Suggesting that the riots were caused by a paucity of inner city investment, he averred that his agenda “would make a difference right now,” but that he was being thwarted by parsimonious Republicans in Congress. Obama’s claim, which combined a characteristic lie about his own agenda with the insinuation that the GOP is the party of racism, was despicable. But it does offer an opportunity to compare the record of Obama's party on race to that of the Republicans....
  • Give the public access to concealed carry data (barf alert)

    In a recent meeting with the Journal Sentinel Editorial Board and reporters and editors, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett noted that shooting incidents in Milwaukee have been rising every year since the concealed carry law was passed in 2011. Fellow columnist Christian Schneider wrote in the Journal Sentinel's April 5 Crossroads section: "Yet nearly four years later, nearly 250,000 concealed carry licenses have been issued, and one would be hard-pressed to notice any difference in the state," at least in terms of crime statistics for violent crimes and murders. I have no reason to doubt either statement, but the fact is...
  • Wisconsin FoodShare fraud crackdown questioned (12-fold increase under Gov. Scott Walker)

    05/04/2015 2:26:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    LaCrosse Tribune ^ | May 4, 2015 | Bill Lueders Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
    MADISON—Under Republican Gov. Scott Walker, Wisconsin has seen a nearly 12-fold increase in the number of people suspended annually from the state’s food stamp program for fraud.The suspensions for “intentionally violating program rules” are part of a larger get-tough approach to people receiving federally funded nutrition assistance, called FoodShare in Wisconsin. Walker has also introduced new work rules for some FoodShare recipients, and proposes to seek a federal waiver to begin requiring all adult participants of the program to undergo drug testing.In 2011, Walker’s first year as governor, 102 people were suspended from the FoodShare program for violating program rules,...
  • Spurred by Scott Walker budget, parents rally for public school funds [Dems, teachers unions]

    05/04/2015 1:56:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | May 3, 2015 | Erin Richards, covers K-12 in urban and suburban Milwaukee, state politics re: education
    When Wauwatosa parent Darnelle Kaishian first heard about the K-12 budget cut in Gov. Scott Walker's biennial state budget proposal, she wondered: What would that actually mean for her schools? When she and some other parents heard that the cut would amount to about $900,000 for Wauwatosa next year and that art, some orchestra, an Advanced Placement course or school maintenance work could be trimmed, they sprang into action. Six weeks later, they've created websites and yard signs and T-shirts, knocked on doors, talked to neighbors and launched a letter-writing campaign that has blasted lawmakers with more than 2,000 pieces...
  • A Closer Look at Scott Walker’s Record on Jobs

    05/04/2015 1:42:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 3, 2015 | Andy Puzder
    Wisconsin ranks 40th in the nation for job growth, or so says a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report. Many in the media and political circles pounced on the release as evidence that the policies of Republican Gov. Scott Walker, a potential presidential candidate, have left the Badger State trailing much of the nation. But the report failed to give sufficient context to Wisconsin’s job growth. The BLS, along with other reports touting similar results, ranked states based on how much private employment increased over a year. Why might Wisconsin’s employment increase seem modest? One reason could be that more...
  • Scott Walker Is Making MASSIVE Changes To Welfare – Will Impact Freeloaders Harshly

    05/04/2015 12:17:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    US Herald ^ | May 3, 2015 | Ryan Brown
    Under Governor Scott Walker's leadership, Wisconsin will join eleven other states as the newest state to require welfare recipients to pass a drug test before they can receive state welfare funds. While some liberals and liberal-minded religious groups have called out Walker for "targeting" the poor and those with addictions, Walker's response has been spot on: if they're receiving funds from the state, the state should be able to make rules for these people to live by before they can receive a dime. But Walker's drug test isn't simply a play to restrict the number of people who will be...
  • Sessions: Trade deal opens immigration floodgates, OK's future Obama changes to "living agreement"

    05/03/2015 11:28:10 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 3, 2015 | Paul Bedard
    President Obama's bid for fast track trade authority along with a huge Asian trade deal fell into further trouble Sunday night when a key Republican senator charged that the deals open the door to more immigration and let the administration make future changes without congressional approval. Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions delivered the bruising blow when he raised five questions about the Trade Promotion Authority speeding through Congress and the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal that TPA would help push. "The president has circumvented Congress on immigration with serial regularity. But the TPA would yield new power to the executive to...
  • Election 2016: Conservative Review Dings Rubio, Paul In First Presidential Report Card (Not Cruz)

    05/03/2015 10:34:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The International Business Times ^ | May 3, 2015 | Ginger Gibson
    The Conservative Review hands out its first report card for 2016 Republicans Monday, and two candidates get schooled. According to the group, which was formed last year to score GOP lawmakers' adherence to conservative dogma, Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky need improvement. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz earns top grades -- just as he used to at Princeton and Harvard Law. International Business Times got an early look at the ratings of the three Republicans who have officially launched presidential campaigns. The Review graded them on criteria including immigration, foreign policy and "moral issues" like abortion,...
  • Vice President Biden touts community policing at NAACP event

    05/03/2015 8:45:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 3, 2015 11:33 PM EDT | Corey Williams
    Vice President Joe Biden has told a crowd at an NAACP event in Detroit that law enforcement officers and the people they are sworn to protect need to “see each other” to know one another. Referencing outrage over the treatment of black men by police, Biden pointed to the successes of federally funded community policing programs that required officers to meet with residents and business owners in their patrol areas. “Everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect and the only way that happens is if we see one another. And that only happens if we know...
  • Cruz Releases Report: Obama’s Power Grab as Demonstrated in Court Cases

    05/03/2015 8:30:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Shark Tank ^ | May 2, 2015 | Nicole Sanders
    Senator Ted Cruz released a report entitled The Legal Limit Report No. 5. It lists 20 court cases the Obama Administration has brought to the Supreme Court which were all unanimously rejected. The cases were all in an attempt to take away citizen’s rights in alarming ways. Cruz said: The Obama Administration’s view of federal power is so extreme that since President Obama took office in January 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rejected DOJ’s arguments for additional federal power twenty times in cases involving a federal party. He noted the Obama Administration’s losing rate is high and it...
  • Russia Conducts Nuclear Bomber Flight Near Alaska

    05/03/2015 7:40:05 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    The Tu-95 Bear H bombers flew into the Alaska zone on April 22. But unlike most earlier incursions, no U.S. interceptor jets were dispatched to shadow them, said defense officials familiar with the latest U.S.-Russian aerial encounter. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a spokesman for the U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), declined to confirm the incursion. But he said no jets were dispatched last week to intercept intruding aircraft.
  • 10 Reasons Ted Cruz Would Make a Great President

    05/03/2015 7:15:48 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 16 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Monday, 30 Mar 2015
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz became the first candidate last week to announce his intention to seek the 2016 Republican nomination. Here are 10 reasons Cruz, who's already drawing praise from the conservative base, would make a great president. 1. Cruz has strong Tea Party support, which could stimulate renewed grassroots participation, engaging more voters in the democratic process. 2. Cruz is a leader who is not afraid to stand on principle, fight difficult fights, speak out for what he believes in, and buck Washington politics. His high-profile battles in the Senate over Obamacare and immigration serve as two examples. 3....
  • WRIT OF CERTIORARI MOTION FOR RECUSAL OF JUSTICES RUTH BADER GINSBURG AND ELENA KAGAN

    05/03/2015 7:07:16 PM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 22 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | May 1, 2015 | Steven F. Hotze, M.D
    Two Supreme Court Judges Should Recuse themselves from Same Sex Marriage Debate NOS. 14-556, 14-562, 14-571, 14-574 (CONSOLIDATED) IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES JAMES OBERGEFELL, ET AL., Petitioners, v. RICHARD HODGES, DIRECTOR, OHIO DEP'T OF HEALTH, ET AL., Respondents. ON WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT MOTION OF STEVEN F. HOTZE, M.D. FOR RECUSAL OF JUSTICES RUTH BADER GINSBURG AND ELENA KAGAN
  • Texas governor asks state guard to monitor Army training amid suspicions of US government

    05/03/2015 7:05:07 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 28, 2015 | Associated Press (AP)
    AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has asked the state guard to monitor a U.S. military training exercise dubbed "Jade Helm 15" amid some residents' suspicions of the U.S. government's plan. Abbott's request Tuesday comes after some residents in Bastrop County questioned a U.S. Army commander during a town meeting about whether the government was planning to confiscate guns or implement martial law.
  • Teacher Forced to Resign After Calling Pro-Abortion President Barack Obama a “Baby Killer”

    05/03/2015 6:50:18 PM PDT · by kathsua · 33 replies
    Life News ^ | May 1, 2015 | Sarah Zagorski
    In Georgia, veteran middle school teacher Nancy Perry has been forced to resign after telling her students that President Barack Obama is a baby killer. The schools superintendent, Chuck Ledbetter, said Perry will retire at the end of the school year. He said, “On behalf of the School District, we want to apologize to the student and to his parents. It is not the place of teachers to attempt to persuade students about religious or political beliefs.’ According to the Daily Mail, a 12-year-old boy brought the complaint against the teacher to his father, Jimmie Scott. Then Scott met with...
  • FALL OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION' AT HAND

    05/03/2015 6:36:44 PM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 53 replies
    World News Daily ^ | May 3, 2015 | BOB UNRUH
    Dr. James Dobson, who founded the highly influential groups Focus on the Family and Family Research Council and now runs Family Talk Radio, is warning that if the U.S. Supreme Court redefines marriage as analysts predict, the ruling will presage the “fall of Western civilization.” “I do not recall a time when the institutions of marriage and the family have faced such peril, or when the forces arrayed against them were more formidable or determined,” he writes in a letter distributed to his hundreds of thousands of supporters. “Barring a miracle, the family that has existed since antiquity will likely...
  • Woman to become NY firefighter despite failing crucial fitness test

    05/03/2015 3:37:24 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 60 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 3 May 2015 | New York Post
    The FDNY for the first time in its history will allow someone who failed its crucial physical-fitness test to join the Bravest, The Post has learned.Rebecca Wax, 33, is set to graduate Tuesday from the Fire Academy without passing the Functional Skills Training test, a grueling obstacle course of job-related tasks performed in full gear with a limited air supply, an insider has revealed.“They’re going to allow the first person to graduate without passing because this administration has lowered the standard,” said the insider, who is familiar with the training.Upon graduation, Wax would be assigned to a firehouse and...
  • The Continuity Of Government – The Mystery Of Peters Mountain

    05/03/2015 5:14:44 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 20 replies
    Noisy Room ^ | May 3 2015 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    A friend sent me an article from Zero Hedge that I find intriguing and it raises far more questions than answers. I did not know that there was something called a PreparAthon held by FEMA on April 30th. Did you? Supposedly the nationwide drills are for – get this – the catastrophic consequences of global warming. Right. Sure it is. I suspect that propagandic line is for the rubes, when in fact what the feds fear the most is an EMP attack or a massive cyber attack. DHS was just all abuzz over this drill evidently. But what caught my...
  • Jack Kelly: Blame the Democrats for Baltimore

    05/03/2015 3:34:53 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 28 replies
    Post Gazette ^ | 5-3-15 | Jack Kelly
    “I think we, as a country, have to do some soul searching” about the rioting in Baltimore, President Barack Obama said Tuesday. Bunk. “We, as a country” are not to blame. First and foremost, blame resides with the thugs who looted stores, burned buildings and automobiles, and assaulted police officers and shopkeepers. Next in order of culpability are the politicians whose belated and timid response allowed the thugs to run amok. The conduct of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has been especially appalling. When violence broke out April 25, city officials protected those who protested peacefully the death in police custody of...
  • Man nearly shot by reserve deputy in road rage incident

    05/03/2015 2:16:56 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 60 replies
    WFAA ^ | April 30, 2015 | WFAA
    SAN MARCOS, Texas – A reserve sheriff's deputy is facing aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges after police say he opened fire on a truck driver he thought had cut him off. After nearly 15 years behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler, Frank Collins III thought he had seen it all. He was wrong. "Never seen nothing like this," the 56-year-old said. "It's just too far-fetched." But what the Fort Worth man experienced late Sunday night actually happened, according to San Marcos police. Collins was driving along an Interstate 35 frontage road outside of Austin when he says he...
  • Our Banking System is a Giant House of Cards

    05/03/2015 1:17:50 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 21 replies
    Institute for New Economic Thinking ^ | 21 April 2015 | Lynn Parramore inteviews Anat Admati
    Lynn Parramore: How would you describe the problem of Too Big to Fail banks. Whey does it matter to an ordinary person? Anat Admati: Too Big to Fail is a license for recklessness. These institutions defy notions of fairness, accountability, and responsibility. They are the largest, most complex, and most indebted corporations in the entire economy. We all have to be really alarmed by the fact that not only do we still have such institutions, but many of them are ever-larger and more complex and at least as dangerous, if not more so, than they were before the financial crisis....
  • Smiley: Uprisings, Riots ‘New Normal,’ Inner City Poverty a Matter of Nat’l Security

    05/03/2015 12:13:28 PM PDT · by Pacothecat · 41 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 5/3/2015 | Pam Key
    Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” PBS host Tavis Smiley said “uprisings and riots” are the “new normal” and “will happen a lot more” unless America addresses poverty in the inner city which he said is becoming a national security problem. Smiley said, “What do we see in Baltimore and Ferguson and beyond, racism, poverty and militarism. So Poverty is clearly connected to this. My sense is that this is going to become the new normal. These kinds of uprisings and riots will happen a lot more if we can’t get serious about jobs, jobs, jobs with a living wage...
  • Baltimore Curfew Lifted; National Guard to Demobilize

    05/03/2015 11:47:49 AM PDT · by RedMDer · 25 replies
    nbcwashington.com ^ | May, 3 2015
    Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced she is lifting the curfew in Balitmore, effective immediately. "I have rescinded my order instituting a city-wide curfew. I want to thank the people of Baltimore for their patience," announced Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Twitter. ... When asked what she made of criticisms aimed at her and praise given to Gov. Larry Hogan, she responded, “I'm going to continue to be focused on rebuilding the city.” ...
  • Market Uptrend Stalls; Timing a Choppy Market --Investment Thread for May 3, 2015

    05/03/2015 11:26:09 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 8 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | May 3, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    This past year's choppy indecisive unstable investment market continues as last Friday's IBD down grades our week-old uptrend back to "market under pressure".  Last week's rosy close turned sour for both the S&P500 and the NASDAQ as the major indexes immediately began a week of declines only to turn back up after the outlook was downgraded.  Precious metals weren't immune to the chaos either as they too stammered and fell back toward bases reached last Oct.That's been pretty much the story of the past half-year with market uncertainty taking over.  The irony is that it's actually been a pretty...
  • Two Things You Don’t Know About Roe v. Wade That Will Surprise You

    05/03/2015 11:00:50 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 21 replies
    Time ^ | April 27, 2015 | James Robenalt
    January 22, 1973 is the date that most associate with Roe v. Wade. That is the day when Justice Harry Blackmun read a summary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe and that of its companion case, Doe v. Bolton. Every year there are demonstrations in Washington on January 22 to commemorate or protest the Supreme Court’s decision recognizing a woman’s right to an abortion. But there is another date that actually might be far more significant in the history of these decisions: May 25, 1972. That is when these cases should have been decided, and likely were decided, but...
  • Madison bans discrimination against atheists, non-religious (WI)

    05/03/2015 10:30:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 3, 2015 11:04 AM EDT | Dana Ferguson
    While conservatives in Indiana and Arkansas were explaining last month why their new religious objections laws weren’t invitations to discriminate against gays, the leaders of Wisconsin’s capital city were busy protecting the rights of another group: atheists. In what is believed to be the first statute of its kind in the United States, Madison banned discrimination against the non-religious on April 1, giving them the same protections afforded to people based on their race, sexual orientation and religion, among other reasons. It’s hardly surprising that such a statute would originate in Madison, an island of liberalism in a conservative-leaning state...
  • Ohio governor: Police standards board 'will bridge this gap'

    05/03/2015 10:24:32 AM PDT · by EBH · 11 replies
    Associated Press/NewsPress-Now ^ | 4/29/2015 | Andrew Welsh-Huggins
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A first-ever Ohio police standards board will lay out rules for law enforcement over the proper use of deadly force, Gov. John Kasich announced Wednesday in a move sparked by a series of fatal police shootings, including the November death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland. The 12-member Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board will create standards for hiring, recruiting and local community interaction — such as such as addressing safety issues and educating people on the daily challenges faced by officers — Kasich said. Kasich said the state will heal its communities and "get ahead of...
  • Clarice Feldman: The Great American Traveling Riot Circus

    05/03/2015 10:01:52 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 3, 2015 | Clarice Feldman
    To entertain the citizens of Rome, circular arenas – circuses -- were built to house staged events of various sorts, including the slaughter of Christians. After Rome fell, itinerant performers took their shows on the road offering somewhat less grand, but still popular, entertainments. In the United States for the past few years the traveling inner city riots seem to be playing the same role with their own stock characters. There are young men who died in the course of criminal acts, portrayed at first by the media as innocent children who later turn out to have extensive rap sheets;...
  • Baltimore Riots: Poll Finds 96% Expect More Racially-Charged Unrest Nationwide

    05/03/2015 9:50:53 AM PDT · by PROCON · 40 replies
    nbc.com ^ | May 3, 2015 | Carrie Dann
    A whopping 96 percent of Americans say that they expect more racially-charged unrest around the country this summer, similar to the past week's violence in Baltimore. And more than half — 54 percent — believe a similar disturbance is likely in the metropolitan area closest to where they live. In a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 68 percent of adults said they believe it is "very likely" that there will be more protests and clashes around the country like those after the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a fatal spinal injury while in police custody....
  • Racing Toward A Police State

    05/03/2015 9:49:21 AM PDT · by walford · 9 replies
    LinkedIn Pulse ^ | Apr 30, 2015 | Alan Scholl
    Time is running out.  The American people had better get a clue, and acquire an education about what is REALLY happening all around them. Obama is a thug who will NOT voluntarily give up his "throne". Remember all the talk and rhetoric about a "third term?" Maybe they're planning an "unelected third term." Consider: *  We have a sitting 2nd term President whose campaign started in the living room of a former leader of America's most violent and notorious Marxist revolutionary group, Bill Ayers.  *Ayers group, Weather Underground, bombed federal buildings, attacked police stations, and planned the extermination of 25...
  • Jindal: ‘I Wish Obama Would Negotiate with Iran as Hard as He’s Negotiating with U.S. Senate’

    05/03/2015 9:46:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 5/1/2015 | Brendan Bordelon
    Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal hammered President Obama today over his threats to veto legislation demanding transparency and the inclusion of anti-terror pledges in the Iranian nuclear deal, saying he “wish[es] Obama would negotiate with Iran as hard as he’s negotiating with the U.S. Senate.
  • Liberal Mag Asks ‘Who’s The New Teddy Kennedy?’ Here Are 5 Worthy Candidates

    05/03/2015 8:24:32 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/2/2015 | Eric Owens
    The Washington Monthly, a small, bimonthly leftist magazine funded largely by left-leaning philanthropies, sprayed out an email on Friday entitled: “WEEKLY WRAP-UP: Who’s the new Teddy Kennedy?” The magazine promises its story will answer the question: “Who is doing a better job of carrying Teddy Kennedy’s torch: Elizabeth Warren or Cory Booker?” Strangely, the actual piece itself doesn’t mention former Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy by name at all. In any case, The Daily Caller wants to help. Here are five Americans who are doing a great job at being “the new Teddy Kennedy.”
  • Why Do So Many People Hate the Sound of Hillary Clinton's Voice?

    05/03/2015 6:47:04 AM PDT · by lbryce · 135 replies
    New Republic ^ | May 1, 2015 | Elspeth Reeve
    ou know Hillary Clinton’s voice, right? I mean, you know it. It’s just so loud and annoying. Or maybe it's like a nagging wife. Or inauthentic—that phony Southern accent! Those flat Midwestern vowels! Whatever it is, her voice is burned into your brain. Now think of Jeb Bush’s voice. It’s so—wait, what does it sound like again? He sounds just ... like a guy, maybe? It's probably hard for you to recall distinguishing features about most of the Republican candidates. Maybe you don’t know what Ted Cruz sounds like, except that he sounds like a jerk. Why? In part it's...
  • Pro-Putin bikers lay wreath in Vienna en route to Berlin

    05/03/2015 6:38:26 AM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 27 replies
    AP/Yahoo! ^ | GEORGE JAHN
    VIENNA (AP) — Members of a nationalistic Russian bikers club were greeted by cheering supporters as they laid a wreath Saturday at a monument to the Soviet soldiers who liberated Vienna from the Nazis. The pro-Kremlin Night Wolves are commemorating the Russian and Allied defeat of Nazi Germany 70 years ago in World War II with a ride from Moscow that is meant to end in Berlin May 9. Some EU officials have expressed criticism of their plans and Poland denied them entry, reflecting strains between Warsaw and Moscow over Russia's role in the Ukraine conflict. In contrast, their reception...
  • This is the best explanation of gerrymandering you will ever see

    05/03/2015 6:17:43 AM PDT · by iowamark · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 1, 2015 | Christopher Ingraham
    Gerrymandering -- drawing political boundaries to give your party a numeric advantage over an opposing party -- is a difficult process to explain. If you find the notion confusing, check out the chart above -- adapted from one posted to Reddit this weekend -- and wonder no more. Suppose we have a very tiny state of fifty people. Thirty of them belong to the Blue Party, and 20 belong to the Red Party. And just our luck, they all live in a nice even grid with the Blues on one side of the state and the Reds on the other....
  • Pres. Candidate Bernie Sanders: $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill Could Lower Youth Unemployment

    05/03/2015 5:37:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/02/2015 | by Nicholas Ballasy
    [1]WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said at a town hall meeting the minimum wage should be raised to $15 per hour and advocated for expanding Social Security benefits.“If one person is making $18 million and another person is making $118,000 a year, who pays more into Social Security? Neither, they’re paying the same because there is a cap upon which after you, at a certain level, you don’t pay anything more and that level is about $118,000,” Sanders said at the meeting in Washington.“If you lift that cap, and you don’t have to start at $119,000, you can...
  • Hillary Doesn't Like Unpaid Internships, but Clinton Foundation Sure Does

    05/03/2015 5:35:27 AM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | April 30, 2015 | Katie Zavadski
    The charity spent $30 million on salaries last year but not one cent on interns, unlike the Ford or Gates Foundations. What gives? Hillary Clinton may be running for president as a champion for the middle class, but the Clinton Foundation’s interns do not get paid. “Businesses have taken advantage of unpaid internships to an extent that it is blocking the opportunities for young people to move on into paid employment,” Clinton said at UCLA in 2013. “More businesses need to move their so-called interns to employees.” That doesn’t happen at her own business, the Clinton Foundation that Bill started...
  • ‘Clinton Cash’ a blistering indictment (how they got rich off liberal "tolerance and compassion")

    05/03/2015 5:33:42 AM PDT · by Liz · 28 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 5/3/15 | KYLE SMITH
    Schweizer’s book painstakingly follows the money to such characters as Canadian mining tycoon Frank Giustra, a $31.3M donor to the Clinton Foundation, who chauffeured Bill on his private jet. The details of the sordid Clinton operation vary, but the M.O. is fairly consistent: One: Dodgy rich businessman, often a foreigner with a mega-deal in some corrupt country, possibly run by a dictator, writes a check that buys him the status of friend of Bill Clinton (FOB). The check is payable to the Clinton Foundation, or to Bill himself, as an honorarium for a meaningless idealistic speech that is essentially Bill...
  • Washington - On Hillary Clinton's Age, Republican Rivals Imply -- But Never Say -- She's Old

    05/03/2015 4:23:00 AM PDT · by lbryce · 38 replies
    REuters ^ | may 1, 2015 | Staff
    Her campaign barely three weeks old, Hillary Clinton already has been attacked by Republicans on everything from donations to her family’s charitable foundation, to her tenure as secretary of state and her ties to Wall Street. But her rivals, and the political action committees that support them, are treading more carefully on one incendiary subject: her age . If elected in November 2016, Clinton would be, at 69, the second-oldest person to take the presidential oath for the first time, behind only Ronald Reagan, who turned 70 weeks after being sworn into office in 1981. Questions of health and fitness...
  • Koch brothers make push to court Latinos, alarming many Democrats

    05/03/2015 4:17:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 30, 2015 | Mary Jordan and Ed O'Keefe
    "............The LIBRE effort, which backers plan to expand into more presidential battleground states over the next several months, has alarmed many Democrats.They are making friends and trying to convince you that the Democratic agenda is bad,” said Matt Barreto, co-founder of the research and polling firm Latino Decisions. He said the group hands out ideological material, collects names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers, and is “laying the foundation for Republican candidates to emphasize the same messages.”Barreto says those behind LIBRE are “playing the long game” and don’t really have to win Republican votes, but rather raise doubts about Democrats to...
  • Robert Edmonds and Caroline Banuelos came through!

    05/03/2015 12:49:45 AM PDT · by Rabin · 3 replies
    peace and justice sonoma co ^ | 04/29/2015 | pjcsonoma
    Dear Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, As Chair and Vice Chair of the Sonoma County Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force (CALLE), ... The California Supreme (Court Copley Press v. Superior Court 2006) effectively changed California Penal Code, so that all independent oversight agencies, such as civilian review boards, oversight panels, and civil service commissions, must now cloak all officer records and findings of misconduct in strict confidentiality..., any independent investigation that would yield specific information about officer misconduct and patterns is stifled, and must come through an internal law enforcement investigation, or motions approved by a judge. Even...
  • The GOP’s destructive Vietnam mythology: How the right’s self-glorifying delusions led to...

    05/02/2015 11:42:13 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 81 replies
    Salon ^ | May 2, 2015 | Peter Birkenhead is a writer living in Washington, D.C.
    The GOP’s destructive Vietnam mythology: How the right’s self-glorifying delusions led to decades of avoidable war It only took about five years from the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, for the American right to succeed in burying the moment under mounds of revisionist horse shit. Ronald Reagan, speaking at a campaign appearance in the summer of 1980, said, It is time that we recognized that [the American War in Vietnam] was, in truth, a noble cause… We dishonor the memory of 50 thousand young Americans who died in that cause when we give way to feelings of guilt...
  • The profitable theatrics of riot control

    05/02/2015 9:47:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Al Jazeera America ^ | May 2, 2015 | Dr. Anna Feigenbaum
    Militarized policing was designed to destroy the dignity of those who contest power. The unrest in Baltimore after the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray after he was critically injured in police custody has reopened longstanding debates over public-order policing. Where does protest end and rioting begin? What counts as violence? Is property damage ever legitimate? Listening to Fox News analyze the meaning of the word “thugs,” it feels as if we are doomed to repeat Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote “Riots are the language of the unheard” until we are blue in the face. Baltimore, like Ferguson, Missouri, has seen...
  • Poll: Nearly Half Of Marylanders Would Rather Move Somewhere Else

    05/02/2015 9:20:58 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 54 replies
    CBS via WJZ ^ | May 2, 2014 11:33 PM | Meghan McCorkell
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Do you want out of the state of Maryland? A new poll shows nearly half of Marylanders say they are fed up and ready to pack up if only they could. Meghan McCorkell explains what has so many thinking about leaving. In a poll of all 50 states, Maryland ranks third for people who say they would rather move somewhere else. We’ve got the beach, the mountains, the O’s and Natty Boh, but some say they’re ready to break up with Maryland. According to a new Gallup poll, 47 percent of Marylanders say they would move out...
  • Is John Roberts Drifting Left?

    05/02/2015 8:02:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    TNR ^ | 05/02/2015 | By Brianne J. Gorod
    This has been a week of surprises from Chief Justice John Roberts. Wednesday he joined the Court’s more liberal members in a 5-4 decision in a significant First Amendment case. Tuesday at the argument in Obergefell v. Hodges, the marriage equality cases, he suggested that a ban on same-sex marriage might present a “straightforward question of sexual discrimination.” These superficially surprising moves support Roberts’s oft-repeated claim that he believes the Justices should decide cases based on the law, not politics. But as Roberts’s tenth term as Chief Justice comes to a close, the biggest tests of that claim are still...
  • Ted Cruz ‘reached out to the Pentagon’ about martial law conspiracy theory

    05/02/2015 6:04:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 434 replies
    MSNBC ^ | May 2, 2015 | Emma Margolin
    Depending on whom you ask, “Jade Helm 15” is either a domestic military training exercise or a covert operation for the federal government to take over the state of Texas – and 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz just became the latest Republican to fan the flames of the latter theory. Speaking at the South Carolina Republican Party’s annual convention Saturday, the Texas senator told Bloomberg’s David Weigel that his office had contacted the Pentagon about the exercise, which officially consists of a series of training drills throughout the Southwest for about 1,200 special operations personnel, including Green Berets and Navy...
  • CDC Report: 35,369 Vehicle Accident Deaths, 505 Gun Accident Deaths

    05/02/2015 5:05:18 PM PDT · by rktman · 67 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/1/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) final report on death statistics for 2013 shows there were 35,369 deaths from motor vehicle accidents versus 505 deaths from the accidental discharge of firearms. That is not a typo—35,369 versus 505. Americans are 70 times more likely to die in a vehicle accident than by the accidental discharge of a firearm. Yet Michael Bloomberg, Moms Demand Action, and Everytown for Gun Safety have not uttered a peep about Ford, Dodge, or Toyota control. They are utterly consumed with a new gun control push framed around accidental firearm deaths.