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  • Islamo-Fascism and the War Against the Jews (deceptive nature of the Muslim Students Association)

    05/24/2015 1:51:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | May 24, 2015 | Noah Beck
    "............Chillingly, free speech, academic freedom, and the safety of Jews can no longer be taken for granted on college campuses. The deteriorating situation is described and analyzed meticulously in Volume IV of The Black Book of the American Left (subtitled Islamo-Fascism and the War Against the Jews). In the book, author David Horowitz assumes the mantle of fearless truth-teller, as he explores how Islamists and leftists work together to limit freedom of thought and speech, defame the only democracy and reliable US ally in the Middle East, and aid the spread of Islamist ideas and policies.The book aptly begins by...
  • London as neoliberal theme park: The Platform 9 ľ economy and the Tories’ shocking victory

    05/24/2015 12:13:26 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife
    Salon ^ | May 23, 2015 | Andrew O'Hehir
    Nothing quite so blatantly sums up the victory of neoliberalism in 21st-century London, and that city’s relentless commodification of every aspect of its literary and historical legacy, like Platform 9 ľ at King’s Cross. If anything, the vulgarity and banality of Platform 9 ľ are too blatant; it’s a crack in the façade that demonstrates how thoroughly London has become Londonland, a nearly convincing scavenger-hunt simulation of itself, chock-full of royal bones and references to Dan Brown novels. To enter Westminster Abbey – which is still nominally a house of worship for the Anglican Communion, rather than a historical theme...
  • MATT DRUDGE SLAMS BOEHNER FOR PROMISING TO PASS OBAMATRADE: ‘CLEARLY TREASON’

    05/23/2015 10:44:48 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | may 23, 2015 | by KATIE MCHUGH
    Matt Drudge took to Twitter to deliver an ongoing tirade against Republicans’ eagerness to deliver a fast-track trade bill to President Obama’s desk. The bill’s details have not been made public — which hasn’t stopped Republicans from surrendering Congress’s power to make amendments to a president’s future trade deals. Should a Republican presidential candidate lose the 2016 general election, the Trade Promotion Authority bill could be to blame. Keeping the bill’s details from voters was “clearly treason,” Drudge tweeted...
  • Putin signs Russian law to shut ‘undesirable’ organizations

    05/23/2015 10:13:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 24, 2015 12:18 AM EDT
    President Vladimir Putin signed a bill into law Saturday giving prosecutors the power to declare foreign and international organizations “undesirable” in Russia and shut them down. […] The law is part of a Kremlin campaign to stifle dissent that intensified after Putin began his third term in 2012. His return to the presidency had been accompanied by mass street protests that Putin accused the United States of fomenting. Russian suspicions of Western intentions have been further heightened because of tensions over Russia’s role in the conflict in Ukraine. The new Russian law allows prosecutors to declare an organization undesirable if...
  • Fmr. DAV National Commander on the State of the VA

    05/23/2015 6:43:32 PM PDT · by impetrio1 · 3 replies
    Black & Blonde Media ^ | 5/23/15 | Bob Parks and Laura Erickson
    In the first part of an exclusive interview with B&B Media, Alan Bowers, former National Commander of the Disabled American Veterans (2003-2004), talks about the history of the DAV, as well as the current VA scandals affecting today's veterans and their families. Special thanks to AOTV, Athol, Massachusetts
  • SATURDAY SUMMARY MAY 23, 2015. Weatherbell

    05/23/2015 6:35:36 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 3 replies
    Weatherbell ^ | May 23,2015 | Joe Bastadri
    http://www.weatherbell.com/saturday-summary-may-23-2015
  • "Hell No You Can't!" (on backroom Obamacare deals)

    05/23/2015 6:14:23 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    youtube ^ | Mar 21, 2010 | John Boehner
    House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) speaking before voting on the Democrats' massive government takeover of health care: "... and look at how this bill was written. Can you say it was done openly? With transparency and accountability? Without backroom deals struck behind closed doors hidden from the people? Hell no you can't.
  • NSA winds down once-secret phone-records collection program

    05/23/2015 4:40:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 82 replies
    AP via MSN ^ | 5/23/15 | KEN DILANIAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month. Barring an 11th hour compromise when the Senate returns to session May 31, a much-debated provision of the Patriot Act — and some other lesser known surveillance tools — will sunset at midnight that day. The change also would have a major impact on the FBI, which uses the Patriot Act and the other...
  • Obama: I Have Been Called "The First Jewish President"

    05/23/2015 3:53:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 164 replies
    On Friday, President Obama spoke at a Jewish American Heritage Month celebration being held at the Adas Israel synagogue in Washington, D.C. Wearing a yarmulke, Obama addressed his Jewish gravitas, citing his two Jewish former chiefs of staff, saying he has been called America's "first Jewish president" by Jeffrey Goldberg, who recently interviewed him for The Atlantic. Goldberg was in attendance.
  • How Politicians From Hillary Clinton To David Cameron Reacted To Ireland's Same-Sex Marriage Vote

    05/23/2015 3:02:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The International Business Times ^ | May 23, 2015 | Kerry Flynn
    Ireland became Saturday the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriages by popular vote. Within the U.S., Maine, Maryland and Washington in 2012 were the first states to legalize such unions through popular votes. Meanwhile, 37 states and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriages, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. A measure to legalize such unions via popular votes could be added to the ballots in the 13 other states during the 2016 general elections, when it conceivably could have the support of at least one presidential candidate, as IrelandÂ’s action motivated one White House...
  • CRIMINAL MEETING’ OF BIKERS IN WACO WAS ACTUALLY ORGANIZED POLITICAL GATHERING (On Breitbart )

    05/22/2015 9:25:57 AM PDT · by wardaddy · 336 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5-21-15 | Stranahan
    Despite the characterization by police that the afternoon gathering at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas that led to Sunday’s bloody shooting incident was a gathering of criminal biker gangs with violent intent, the meeting appears to have been a legitimate, organized gathering of motorcycle riders meeting to discuss political issues. The group that met was the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents (CoC&I) and a look at that group’s website and history gives a very different impression of the group’s purpose and goals than what has been said repeatedly by Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton.
  • Democrats call for 'flood' of Muslims to U.S. [Allah or Yahweh - Psalms 2]

    05/23/2015 2:09:10 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 50 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 5/23/2015 | LEO HOHMANN
    A group of 14 Democrat senators has written a letter to President Obama urging him to “dramatically increase” the number of Syrian refugees being resettled into American cities and towns. They say the U.S. needs to take in at least 65,000 Syrians as permanent refugees over the next year-and-a-half. “While the United States is the largest donor of humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees, we must also dramatically increase the number of Syrian refugees that we accept for resettlement,” says the four-page letter to Obama, copied to Secretary of State John Kerry and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. More than 3.5...
  • Ben Carson wins SRLC straw poll

    05/23/2015 1:57:08 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Politico ^ | May 23, 2015 | Alex Isenstadt
    OKLAHOMA CITY — Ben Carson won the straw poll at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference Saturday, demonstrating his popularity among conservative activists at one of the party’s traditional presidential cattle call events. Carson, a former surgeon who formally launched his underdog campaign this month with an appeal to the GOP’s tea party wing, finished first with 25 percent. He was followed by Scott Walker, who received 20 percent, and Ted Cruz at 16 percent. Chris Christie and Rick Perry tied at 5 percent, with Jeb Bush narrowly behind. Marco Rubio tied with Bobby Jindal and Rand Paul at 4 percent....
  • BOLTON: RELEASED EMAILS PROVE HILLARY RESPONSIBLE FOR MURDER OF AMERICANS IN BENGHAZI

    05/23/2015 1:38:25 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 23, 2015 | By Pam Key
    Friday at the 2015 Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, John Bolton, said former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is “responsible for the tragedy of the murder of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans,” in the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi Libya. Bolton said, “I think the most telling information that we have seen in this limited number of emails is that there are repeated examples of Secretary of State Clinton being told in 2011 and 2012 that the security situation of our personnel in Tripoli...
  • Pro-Gay Marriage Senator: Irish Vote Will Lead To Change Like Soviet Revolution

    05/23/2015 10:43:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Breitbart's London ^ | May 23, 2015 | Andre Walker
    DUBLIN, Republic of Ireland – A pro-gay marriage Irish Senator has told journalists at Dublin Castle he hopes today’s vote will lead to change across the world, just as Ireland inspired the Bolshevik revolution of 1917. Senator David Norris (IND), was talking about how Ireland was a “small island on the edge of Europe” but that it could have a much wider impact. The example he cited was the General Post Office (GPO) uprising in Dublin in Easter 1916. A group took over the GPO and fought against the British Army to maintain control of it for several days. The...
  • What "Campus Carry" (AB148) is REALLY all about(Nevada)

    05/23/2015 10:30:12 AM PDT · by rktman · 2 replies
    verticalresponse.com ^ | 5/21/2015 | Chuck Muth
    But today, Republicans control both the state Senate AND the state Assembly, which means “Amanda’s Law” should finally be approved with no fuss or muss whatsoever, right? Indeed, the bill passed easily in the Assembly. But two Republican senators – for unknown reasons (the ones they give are total bull$#!+) – are trying to kill the bill: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Greg Brower, and his boss, Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson. The pair blocked a hearing and committee vote on Amanda’s Law last week before the deadline, killing its chance to get a stand-alone up-or-down vote on the Senate floor....
  • Sen. Cruz: Trade Promotion Authority Creates a Path for Prosperity

    05/23/2015 10:11:24 AM PDT · by Theoria · 132 replies
    Cruz.Senate.Gov ^ | 22 May 2015 | Ted Cruz
    We must engage the global economy to ignite growth and opportunity at home May 22, 2015 | 202-228-7561 WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), today released the following statement regarding legislation to establish trade promotion authority: "The American middle class is getting crushed by the Obama economy," said Sen. Cruz. "Middle class incomes are stagnating, and the labor force participation rate has not been this low since the Carter Administration. While I have serious concerns about the all-too-typical Washington backroom deals that enabled this bill to get to the floor, I could not in good conscience vote against...
  • Survey finds 3 out of 4 satisfied with their ObamaCare plans

    05/23/2015 10:07:52 AM PDT · by upchuck · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 21, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    The vast majority of people who bought health insurance through ObamaCare exchanges are satisfied with their plans, according to a new national survey.People overwhelmingly said they felt positively about their choices of doctors and hospitals and their copays for appointments and prescriptions, delivering good news for the Obama administration one year into the law's rollout.More surprisingly, that satisfaction also extended to people’s monthly premiums and annual deductibles, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.Sixty percent of ObamaCare customers said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their monthly premium costs — more than people who bought coverage before the...
  • Navy Pilot Ejects After Jet Runs Off Runway Near San Diego

    05/23/2015 9:53:32 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 27 replies
    NBC-4 LA ^ | 5/22/2015 | Andie Adams
    A military plane has gone off the runway at Naval Air Station North Island into the San Diego Bay, officials confirmed Friday. A Navy pilot, flying in a T-45C aircraft, overshot the runway while landing during a training exercise at 2 p.m. (5 p.m. ET) a Navy spokesman said. The pilot was able to eject from the aircraft before it ran into the water. According to Harbor Police, a civilian boater pulled the crew member out of the water. After being evaluated at UC San Diego Medical Center, the pilot was released and is in stable condition, Navy officials said....
  • Boehner Praises Trade Bill Passage (Boehner Praises 'Classified' Obamatrade...)

    05/23/2015 9:43:18 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 24 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 05/22/15 | DANIEL HALPER
    Speaker of the House John Boehner is praising the Senate's passage of the trade bill and calling on Democrats to join with Republicans to pass the law in the House. “Trade helps create good-paying American jobs, so it’s good news that the Senate has put us one step closer to eliminating trade barriers. These reforms have the support of farmers, manufacturers, small business owners, and Americans from all walks of life, and it’s not hard to figure out why," Boehner says in a statement. "With trade promotion authority, we’ll be able to hold President Obama accountable so America’s workers can...
  • Mexico: 43 dead in 3-hour firefight on ranch in west

    05/23/2015 9:02:48 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 29 replies
    Yahool News ^ | E. Eduardo Castillo and Katherine Cocoran
    At least 43 people died Friday in what authorities described as a fierce, three-hour gunbattle between federal forces and suspected drug gang gunmen on a ranch in western Mexico, the deadliest such confrontation in recent memory. All the dead were suspected criminals except for one federal police officer, National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said. He said the officer died trying to help a colleague wounded in the shootout.
  • The Curious Myth of Hillary Clinton's Senate Effectiveness (Hussein was empty suit in 2008)

    05/23/2015 8:32:34 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 2/02/08 | Adam Hanft
    Frankly, I'm tired of listening to Senator Clinton portray herself as being in the solutions business -- as boasting a nice, fat resume of accomplishments -- while mocking Barack Obama for being a rhetorical empty suit. Is she truly a beacon of experience? Because I couldn't think of a single piece of legislation that has her name stuck proudly on the front of it, no equivalent of McCain-Feingold, for example, I headed straight for her campaign website to see what glorious aspects of her vaunted experience I was missing. Actually, I was missing nothing. There is not one single example...
  • Doubts: Man convicted of killing Washington DC intern Chandra Levy getting new trial

    05/23/2015 7:52:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | May 23, 2015
    A man convicted of killing Washington DC intern Chandra Levy fourteen years ago is expected to get a new trial after government attorneys on Friday said the 'interests of justice' would best be served by one. On Friday, after more than a year of sporadic hearings and legal wrangling, government attorneys made a stunning legal decision and withdrew their opposition to a new trial for El Salvador native Ingmar Guandique, 33. In a four-page motion, they told a judge they were preparing to retry him after doubts have emerged about the testimony of his one-time cellmate. Guandique's attorneys had previously...
  • Live coverage: Verdict reached in trial of Cleveland officer Michael Brelo (Riot watch)

    05/23/2015 7:21:50 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 61 replies
    Fox 8 Cleveland ^ | May 23 2015 | JEN STEER AND DARCIE LORENO,
    Officer Michael Brelo is charged with two counts of voluntary manslaughter for the deaths of Timothy Russell, 43, and Malissa Williams, 30. Closing arguments in the month-long trial were presented on May 5 and Judge O’Donnell was left to deliberate. If convicted, Brelo, 31, faces a maximum sentence of 22 years in prison. On Nov. 29, 2012, Cleveland Police Officer Vasile Nan thought he heard a gunshot while he was outside of his cruiser on St. Clair Avenue near the Cuyahoga County Justice Center, and pursued a blue car. The resulting police chase lasted 22 minutes, and involved more than...
  • Obama Admin. Releases 2,300 Regs Before Memorial Day Weekend

    05/23/2015 7:10:26 AM PDT · by PROCON · 36 replies
    newsmx ^ | May 22, 2015 | Courtney Coren
    The Obama administration released its spring regulatory agenda Friday, including its costliest regulation to date, just as Americans are getting ready to celebrate the long Memorial Day weekend. The Spring 2015 Unified Agenda and Regulatory Plan includes more than 2,300 regulations that are in a variety of phases and also includes the administration's plans for implementing the various regulations going forward, The Daily Caller is reporting. This is not the first time the Obama administration has released its regulatory agenda right before a major holiday, when such things might go unnoticed. In 2014, the fall regulatory agenda was released right...
  • OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SCALING BACK ELECTRIC CAR GOALS

    05/23/2015 6:52:30 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 21 replies
    Auto World ^ | 5-22-15 | Jeff Jablanski
    President Barack Obama has adjusted his goal of having 1 million plug-in vehicles on the road by this year's end, much to the disappointment of many electric vehicle enthusiasts. The change of heart comes six years after Obama signed an executive order mandating electric cars with the intent of the government buying 1 million EVs by 2015, according to Bloomberg. However, the president scaled back this objective in March, due to sales and government purchases not meeting expectations. The decline in consumer interest in electric vehicles, which lack the infrastructure that gasoline-powered vehicles have, played a significant role. U.S. consumers...
  • EPA Plan to Ban Coal Hits Major Roadblock

    05/23/2015 6:36:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 23, 2015 | Phil Kerpen
    The EPA proposal to impose a de facto ban on new coal-fired power plants received more than two million comments from the public - but it looks like it was just one five-page comment from the Energy and Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal) that sent EPA scrambling back to the drawing board. The draft rule mandated the use of so-called carbon capture and storage, a technology that would inject carbon dioxide underground but which has so far proved to be little more than a white elephant experiment. To mandate this technology, the law required the EPA to prove it...
  • Meet the Whore family: from Whore Island!

    05/23/2015 6:34:55 AM PDT · by safetysign · 11 replies
    Joe For America ^ | 05/22/2015 | Baron Von Kowenhoven
    The Clinton Foundation said Thursday it received as much as $26.4 million in previously undisclosed payments from foreign sources, universities, large corporations. South Korea, Thailand and Nigeria. Etc. This after “forgetting” to disclose 1,100 foreign donors. This after the Clinton Foundation failed to report $$tens of millions in foreign donations on their taxes, forcing them to refile at least five years’ worth of returns. I’m sure the IRS is cool with that – after all, they don’t have “Tea Party”, “Conservative” , “Christian” or “Palin” in the name of their organization – Friend me on Facebook – no one turned...
  • Hillary Clinton got sensitive email about the 2012 Benghazi attack on her unsecured private server

    05/23/2015 6:19:45 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 11 replies
    National Post ^ | May 23, 2015 | AP
    WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received information on her private email server that has now been classified about the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi. The email in question, forwarded to Clinton by her deputy chief of staff Jake Sullivan, relates to reports of arrests in Libya of possible suspects in the attack. The information was not classified at the time the email was sent but was upgraded from “unclassified” to “secret” on Friday at the request of the FBI, according to State Department officials. They said 23 words of the Nov. 18, 2012,...
  • Controversy over ‘global warming’ in Wyoming school curriculum

    05/23/2015 6:08:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Eagle News ^ | May 22, 2015 | Victor Skinner
    The proposed adoption of $300,000 worth of reading materials for Cody, Wyoming students stalled this week amid criticisms about the curriculum’s “very liberal, very slanted view of the world.” School board and community members spoke out against a slate of proposed materials for K-12 students that cover topics like global warming, evolution and race. The materials are published by education giant Pearson and Boston publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ... that aligns with the national Common Core standards. But many in the community are concerned about how the texts address issues like global warming, which is treated as settled science ......
  • Email calls Clinton 'public face of US effort in Libya'

    05/23/2015 5:21:29 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/22/15 | Ben Kamisar
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is referred to as the “public face of the U.S. effort in Libya” in a 2012 memo written by Jake Sullivan, a top Clinton aide at the State Department. The email was written months before the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi that killed four Americans. Sullivan’s April 2012 memo detailed Clinton’s role in Libya, framing her as “instrumental in securing the authorization, building the coalition, and tightening the noose around Qadhafi and his regime.” It notes Clinton’s role in those efforts, including her work lobbying for United Nations sanctions against the dictator and...
  • The latest proof that Hillary just can’t stop the sleaze (Blumenthal crawls out of the woodwork)

    05/23/2015 5:16:10 AM PDT · by Liz · 19 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 5/22/15 | RICH LOWRY
    EDITED The Blumenthal email story underlines what we already suspected about Hillary’s atrocious tenure as Secy of State and at the Clinton Foundation. The avalanche of ethical controversies were exacerbated by Clinton loyalist Sidney Blumenthal resurfacing. He was banned from govt employment, but from his paid perch at the Clinton Foundation, he sent Secy of State Hillary memos on Libya that she forwarded (unattributed and unquestioned)....even as Blumenthal's agit-prop caused eye-rolling among State Dept pros. Hillary portrays herself as the picture of openness, that she wants her e-mails public as soon as possible. But the Clinton-Blumenthal emails were cleansed until...
  • Dutch immigrant kids take to street demanding 'white' classmates

    05/23/2015 4:53:15 AM PDT · by Libloather · 40 replies
    AFP via MSN ^ | 5/23/15 | Charlotte Van Ouwerkerk
    Faced with an increasingly segregated education system, Dutch immigrant children have taken to the streets of their ethnically mixed Amsterdam neighbourhood seeking "white" pupils to attend their schools and help their integration. Around 100 schoolchildren -- Arabs, Turks, Africans, Moroccans -- accompanied by their parents and teachers, wore provocative dazzling white T-shirts emblazoned with "Is this white enough for you?". Dutch native Annelies, 10, and immigrants' daughter Aminata, 11, have been friends since kindergarten and are also wearing the shirts, which have "All children have the right to integrate" written on the back. They "want more white children in the...
  • Krauthammer: Hillary Email Dump Is ‘Farce,’ We Saw What She Wanted Us to See

    05/23/2015 4:08:53 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 5-22-15 | Josh Feldman
    Hundreds of Hillary Clinton‘s emails were released today, something Clinton herself said she wants, but Charles Krauthammer doesn’t really buy this is some great victory for transparency and disclosure. “There isn’t a shred of evidence,” he said, “because she shredded the evidence. This whole release is a farce.” He pointed out that it’s not like every little email Clinton ever sent will be released to the public, only the ones ‘scrubbed and cleansed and decided upon, chosen by her own people, acting in her own interest.” And, Krauthammer added, it’s working, because the media is eagerly looking through “pre-scrubbed material”...
  • U.S. Senate Blocks NSA Surveillance Bill, Patriot Act Extension

    05/23/2015 1:59:00 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 67 replies
    WSJ ^ | May 23, 2015 | By KRISTINA PETERSON
    WASHINGTON—The Senate early Saturday defeated a string of efforts to extend the Patriot Act as lawmakers splintered over its contentious phone surveillance program and left town with no plan in place to prevent the law from lapsing. After next week’s Memorial Day recess, the Senate will resume its debate over the national security law at 4 p.m. on May 31, eight hours before the law expires at midnight. Lawmakers fractured through the evening, rejecting a House bill overhauling the NSA, a two-month Patriot Act extension and then increasingly short extensions of the law. Primarily due to objections from presidential candidate...
  • Obamacare May Force Some Insurers to Boost Their Premiums an Alarming Amount

    05/22/2015 10:48:33 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 55 replies
    Slate ^ | May 22, 2015 | Mark Joseph Stern
    On the whole, the Affordable Care Act is working pretty well, getting more people insured and increasing the quality of insurance overall. But on Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported an alarming development: Health insurers on many state exchanges are looking to boost their premiums a ridiculous amount in 2016. New Mexico's leading provider, for instance, is seeking a 51.6 percent hike, while Maryland's is seeking a 30.4 percent hike. (Insurers in other states, like Vermont and Indiana, are asking for minimal increases.) Libertarian and conservative outlets are, predictably, citing the rate hike as yet another Obamacare catastrophe. But it's...
  • BREAKING: Is A Justice Official “Security Specialist” on #AdultFriendFinder?

    05/22/2015 9:14:25 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 27 replies
    Got News ^ | 5-22-2015 | Charles C. Johnson
    Department of Justice security official in Adult Friend hack release? Gotnews.com, along with the whistleblower Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer, may have IDed a Department of Justice official with an Adult Friend Finder profile. Adult Friend Finder was hacked earlier and upwards of 4 million usernames and identities were released to the public. We are currently going through them now. Gotnews.com is working to find all of the government officials on the data. Here’s the first one we’ve IDed
  • Pending $15 minimum wage forces Seattle pizza shop to close

    05/22/2015 8:37:03 PM PDT · by grundle · 62 replies
    KPLC ^ | April 29, 2015
    A pizza shop owner in Seattle says the city's new minimum wage law is forcing her to close her doors. The new law says businesses have six years to phase into giving employees $15 an hour. Devin Jeran was happy to get a raise when Seattle's minimum wage went up to $11 an hour at the beginning of the month. “I definitely recognize that having more money is important, especially in a city as expensive as this one,” he said. He'll only enjoy that bigger paycheck for a few more months. In August, his boss is shutting down Z Pizza,...
  • Where's the coverage of heroes who stop mass killings?

    05/22/2015 6:59:59 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 22, 2015 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Heroic citizens stopping someone from killing a large number of people don’t seem to be considered news worthy. Don’t people want to read about a brave soul risking his life by running towards the sound of gunfire while others run away? Yet, such stories never get national news coverage by the national mainstream media. While accidental gunshots get national coverage, few people have any idea how often concealed handgun permit holders stopping mass killings. The lack of news coverage allows left wing media outlets, such as Mother Jones which should know better, to falsely claim: "In not a single case...
  • Senators sing blues over impasse; GOP hopefuls stuck in DC (RINOs for TPP, PATRIOT Act ad nauseam)

    05/22/2015 6:07:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 22, 2015 5:13 PM EDT | Laurie Kellman
    Two senators have a plane to catch to Cuba, others were hoping to impress Republican presidential primary voters and then there’s Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is slated to deliver a sunset piano performance of “Ol’ Man River” on the banks of the Mississippi. The Senate’s slow-motion amble toward Memorial Day break threatened all that. “It’s not the weather, it’s the Senate that’s the problem,” said Alexander, the Tennessee Republican and former governor, as he waited out the impasse in his office Friday. On a borrowed Senate piano, he tapped out “The Memphis Blues,” with a wink, eager to head home...
  • Obama Restates Suport of Israel in Synagogue Speech

    05/22/2015 5:47:33 PM PDT · by justiceseeker93 · 40 replies
    Time ^ | May 22, 2015 | Maya Rhoden
    President Obama sought to reassure American Jews that he fully supports the state of Israel while reiterating the need for a two-state solution at a Northwest Washington synagogue on Friday. Obama spoke at the Adas Israel Synagogue on the inaugural “solidarity sabbath,” a holiday meant to consolidate support for Jews amid rising anti-Semitism that falls toward the end of Jewish Heritage Month. On Friday, lawmakers were slated to appear in congregations across the country to mark the day. ......................... “When we allow anti-Semitism to take root, our souls are destroyed,” Obama said. “It will spread.” The statements follow a wide-ranging...
  • It Is Mathematically Impossible To Pay Off All Of Our Debt

    05/22/2015 5:14:38 PM PDT · by fhayek · 129 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 5/22/15 | Michael Snyder/Tyler Durden
    Did you know that if you took every single penny away from everyone in the United States that it still would not be enough to pay off the national debt? Today, the debt of the federal government exceeds $145,000 per household, and it is getting worse with each passing year. Many believe that if we paid it off a little bit at a time that we could eventually pay it all off, but as you will see below that isn’t going to work either. It has been projected that “mandatory” federal spending on programs such as Social Security, Medicaid and...
  • WSJ Reporter To Hillary: ‘Hill, Can I Ride On Your Lap To The White House?’

    05/22/2015 4:53:27 PM PDT · by lbryce · 18 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 22, 2015 | Kerry Picket
    *Updated with more e-mail reaction An e-mail FOIA batch released by the State Department Friday included a bizarre transcript of an October 2012 interview that Wall Street Journal reporter Monica Langley had with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The source of the email and transcript, State Department Communications Director Caroline Alder, commented, “This will be exciting when it’s FOIA’d…but will give you a sense of the interaction.”
  • Senate locked in evening NSA showdown

    05/22/2015 4:19:45 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/22/2015 | Juliam Hatem
    The Senate is headed for a pair of late Friday evening votes on competing bills to reauthorize portions of the Patriot Act, with little certainty about the path forward. Neither a National Security Agency (NSA) reform bill called the USA Freedom Act nor Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) two-month “clean” extension of the expiring Patriot Act provisions appears to have the necessary 60 votes to move forward. Failure of both measures would increase the odds of an even shorter-term reauthorization of the current law — or the chance that the legal measures expire entirely. “We’re just trying to figure out...
  • State Department Email Reveals Bizarre Touchy Feely WSJ Reporter Interview With Hillary

    05/22/2015 3:56:49 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 22, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Oh Hillary! Can I ride on your lap to the White House? I know President Obama sends tingles up Chris Mathews' leg so can I go knee to knee with you and draw upon your energy? Oh Hillary...what do you eat? Drink? Dream about when you sleep? Am I describing an awestruck liberal who goes dreamy eyed in the presence of Hillary Clinton? What if I were tell you that the scenario I just described actually happened and the dreamy eyed one was Wall Street Journal reporter, Monica Langley? Still don't believe me? Well, that is the scenario that Clinton aides described...
  • OREGON - BLM Hosts Open House in Klamath Falls on Western Oregon Draft RMP-EIS

    05/22/2015 3:13:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    BlueRibbon Coalition ^ | May 20, 2015
    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Klamath Falls Field office of the Lakeview District will be hosting an open house to learn about the Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Western Oregon. The open house meeting will be held the evening of May 26, 2015, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel located at 2500 Almond Street, Klamath Falls, Oregon. BLM employees will be on hand to answer questions, provide information and listen to concerns. There will also be a demonstration on how to use the interactive maps and other online resources...
  • U.S. Gives $7 Bil in Food Benefits to “Ineligible Recipients”

    05/22/2015 2:00:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 22, 2015
    The bloated federal agency charged with feeding the poor—and eradiating “food insecurity” in the U.S.—blew nearly $7 billion to provide “ineligible recipients” with the welfare benefit and there appears to be no end in sight to the fleecing. In fact, the agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has for years violated a measure known as the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act (IPERA) that requires agencies to conduct annual risk assessments to identify programs that make “significant improper payments” of $10 million or more. Not only has the USDA violated IPERA in the last four years, it also refuses...
  • E-mails: Hillary knew that State Department asked YouTube to block anti-Muslim movie overseas

    05/22/2015 1:34:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/22/2015 | AllahPundit
    Not that there was ever much doubt. Three days after the Benghazi attack, the White House admitted it had pressured Google and YouTube to yank “Innocence of Muslims” as some sort of terms-of-use violation. Google refused. A week after that, having failed to twist a major corporation’s arm into censoring a politically unhelpful bit of free speech on its behalf, the State Department started running ads in Pakistan denouncing the movie, in hopes that jihadi savages would be appeased by the show of national contrition and not target any more embassies. Also around this time, YouTube did agree to...
  • NIH funded gay smoking study with taxpayers’ money

    05/22/2015 12:45:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 21, 2015 | Kellan Howell
    The National Institutes of Health is using hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on grants to study the best ways to get gay people to quit smoking and abusing drugs and alcohol. The University of Illinois at Chicago has spent over $435,000 since 2010 to carry out a “culturally targeted and individually tailored smoking cessation study” for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) smokers, according to the grant information published by the NIH. Additionally, NIH gave the University of Pittsburgh $43,120 to study tobacco and alcohol use trajectories in “sexual-minority emerging adults” and has awarded over $178,000 to Columbia University...
  • Got Obamacare? Your premiums are (probably) about to go way up

    05/22/2015 12:25:53 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 35 replies
    TIME ^ | May 22, 2015 | Chris Matthews
    Health insurers on many state exchanges are requesting the right to increase premiums by upwards of 50%. President Obama’s signature legislative achievement–the healthcare law popularly known as Obamacare–is facing a potentially existential fight in the Supreme Court in 2015. But it’s not just the courts that supporters of the program need to worry about. According to a report published Friday in the The Wall Street Journal, health insurers are requesting the right in many states to increase premiums by upwards of 50%. Health Care Service Corp.–the leading health insurer in New Mexico, has asked state regulators to allow it to...