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  • NJ Republicans prefer Walker, poll says

    05/06/2015 1:44:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    Philadelphia Media Network ^ | May 6, 2015 | Maddie Hanna
    In the 2016 presidential race, a new poll shows New Jersey Republicans prefer a governor who isn’t theirs. Their choice would be Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. According to a Monmouth University poll released today, in a matchup between Walker and Gov. Christie, 44 percent of New Jersey Republicans would pick Walker, while 30 percent would go with their own governor. Three months ago, the state’s Republicans had favored Christie over Walker, 51 percent to 30 percent.
  • Scott Walker Wants to Make His Signature Wisconsin Issue a National Policy Fight

    05/06/2015 1:31:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    IJReview ^ | May 6, 2015 | Frank Camp
    Gov. Scott Walker wants to make the most public fight of his administration a national issue should he run for president. In an interview with Radio Iowa, the Wisconsin Republican made the case for a national “right to work” law: “As much as I think the federal government should get out of most of what it’s in right now, I think establishing fundamental freedoms for the American people is a legitimate thing and that would be something that would provide that opportunity in the other half of America to people who don’t have those opportunities today.”Currently, twenty-five states have right-to-work...
  • May 2015 is the 70th Anniversary of ... Operation Keelhaul

    05/05/2015 11:05:24 PM PDT · by No One Special · 8 replies
    Diana West's website ^ | May 5, 2015 | Diana West
    For 70 years now, anniversaries of the end of the Second World War in Europe -- the "Good War" -- have neglected to reckon with another milestone: the approximate anniversary of Operation Keelhaul, the Allied operation that forcibly repatriated literally millions of people, Soviet-claimed anti-Communists in the Western war zones at war's end, to Stalin's Gulag or the firing squad. You've never heard of such a thing? You are not alone. From American Betrayal, pp. 232-236: ********** In contemporary terms, “repatriation” was a policy of reverse “ethnic cleansing” that scrubbed Western Europe of displaced or captured Russians and other nationals...
  • McConnell Moves to Shut Down Debate on Iran Nuke-Deal Review Bill

    05/05/2015 10:36:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 5, 2015 | 8:56 PM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday evening moved to end debate on bipartisan legislation that will allow Congress to review an Iran nuclear deal, after amendments proposed by some Republicans threatened to cost it Democratic support. McConnell’s action sets up a vote on Thursday to end debate. That would clear the way for a vote on the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, a bill crafted by Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and ranking member Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) in such a way as to ensure maximum bipartisan support and fend off an earlier White House veto...
  • Ferguson mulls removing Brown shrine from middle of street

    05/05/2015 8:56:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 5, 2015 8:26 PM EDT | Jim Suhr and Alan Scher Zagier
    To some, a makeshift shrine in the middle of the Ferguson street where Michael Brown was killed last summer is a hallowed symbol of a new civil rights movement over race and policing. To others, it has served its purpose and is now more of an eyesore and a road hazard. Within hours of Brown’s Aug. 9 shooting death by a white police officer, people began placing stuffed animals, candles and other tributes in the middle of Canfield Drive, where the unarmed black 18-year-old’s body lay for about four hours before it was removed. […] Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III,...
  • Leadership of Texas House forbids anti-toll amendments from being heard

    05/05/2015 10:17:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | May 1, 2015 | Terri Hall
    Yesterday, conservative lawmakers pushed to attach key toll road reforms to two transportation bills in the Texas House, but they were thwarted by Speaker Joe Straus and his parliamentarian Chris Griesel who would not allow them to present their amendments. Griesel told them the amendments weren’t ‘germane’ (or salient) to the bills, HB 13 and HB 20, and blocked Rep. Jeff Leach and Rep. Jonathan Stickland from even laying out their amendments. Straus and Griesel utilized the same technique as they did on a Stickland amendment to the open carry bill the week before. The two decided to reject the...
  • Iain Duncan Smith: Voting for Ukip and Nigel Farage is like writing Britain's 'suicide note'

    05/05/2015 9:59:41 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 5-4-2015 | Peter Dominiczak
    Voting for UKIP is like writing a “suicide note” which will “not be forgiven” if it denies Britain the chance to vote on whether to remain a member of the EU, Iain Duncan Smith warns today. In a heartfelt intervention just 48 hours before polling day, the former Conservative leader urges those considering voting UKIP not to jeopardise a decades-long campaign he has waged to change Britain’s relationship with Brussels. • Latest election polls for May 5 The Work and Pensions Secretary describes a vote for Ukip as “unfathomable” as it risks allowing a weak minority Labour government – backed...
  • Republican areas designated 'hostile' for military training (Jade Helm

    05/05/2015 9:33:37 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 6 replies
    WND ^ | May 05, 2015 | Bob Unruh
    The urban legends about black helicopters, clandestine military camps, tunnels underneath major airports, secret cabals, hidden detention camps, trains loaded with caskets and body bags and the like were around long before the Internet. The Web just made them easier and quicker to reproduce. One of the tea-party organizations even has reported an anonymous claim there were train cars moving around the country with prison-like shackles installed. Most people dismiss such reports as hyperbole. Fiction. The fretting of nutcases. But now there are powerful new forces aligning with those who are suspicious of the federal government, doubt the official...
  • IRS Scandal: I was targeted and I've got proof it was a Democratically-led conspiracy

    05/05/2015 8:57:29 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 05, 2015 | Wayne Allyn Root
    I was targeted by the IRS in a coordinated attack at the highest levels of government...and we now have the proof. My IRS files, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by Judicial Watch, clearly implicate the IRS and a Democratic U.S. senator. "An IRS audit that required researching my political views clearly wasn’t a “normal random audit.” I was targeted for my political views. My civil rights were clearly violated." Per Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch: “The Obama IRS obstructed the release of Wayne Root’s tax documents. The abuse of process Judicial Watch and Wayne suffered through to...
  • Facebook Video Shows San Jose Police Wielding Baton, Punching Suspect Who Allegedly Attacked Cops

    05/05/2015 8:12:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/5 | Robert Handa
    Facebook Video Shows San Jose Police Wielding Baton, Punching Suspect Who Allegedly Attacked Cops, Refused ArrestSgt. Enrique Garcia said today that the Police Department is reviewing the incident on the video and that the department had yet to launch its planned pilot program for some officers to wear body-worn video cameras. Police said that the suspect, identified as 22-year-old Juan Moreno-Lopez, had been walking east on Story Road east of White Road at 8:45 p.m. Saturday and as two officers approached, he threw something into some bushes and tried to flee on foot. Officers chased him to the middle of...
  • Ted Cruz On Iran Nuclear Negotiations: 'This Deal Makes War A Certainty'

    05/05/2015 7:28:52 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 35 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 05/05/2015 | Jessica Schulberg and Ryan Grim
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said on Tuesday that if the nuclear deal with Iran being negotiated by the U.S. and five other countries is approved, the result will be war. "This deal makes war a certainty," promised Cruz, a Republican contender for president in the 2016 election.Cruz has repeatedly insisted that Congress require any nuclear deal with Iran to include recognition of Israel's right to exist. The Obama administration has held firm to the position that the negotiations should be narrowly focused on Iran’s nuclear program. The effort to tie the nuclear deal to Iran’s recognition of Israel...
  • VIDEO: USS Enterprise Returns to Original Drydock for Inactivation

    05/05/2015 7:11:56 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 27 replies
    gCaptain ^ | May 5, 2015 | Mike Schuler
    The world’s first nuclear powered aircraft carrier was moved into its birthplace dry dock at Huntington Ingalls’ Newport News Shipbuilding this weekend as part of the ongoing inactivation process. The aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), was moved Saturday from Newport News’ Pier 2 to Dry Dock 11, where the super carrier was constructed over 60 years ago.
  • Too soon to say if IS group behind Texas attack: US

    05/05/2015 6:43:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/5/15 | Daniel De Luce - AFP
    Washington (AFP) - The White House said Tuesday it was too soon to tell if the Islamic State group was behind an attack in Texas targeting an exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, despite claims by the jihadists. The IS group earlier claimed responsibility for Sunday's attack, in which two gunmen shot a security guard in a Dallas suburb before being killed by a police officer outside an event showcasing the cartoons, which many Muslims find offensive. The case "is still under investigation by the FBI and other members of the intelligence community" to determine if the two assailants...
  • Louie Gohmert Gets Why Some Texans Are Worried About a Military Takeover

    05/05/2015 6:26:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 5, 2015 | Matt Berman
    The Texas congressman is joining others in his state calling for the Pentagon to alter the Jade Helm 15 military exercises. May 5, 2015 U.S. Special Operations Command is preparing to launch a five-month, multi-state exercise across private and public land to prepare Army special forces for threats anywhere in the world. Or at least that's what the Pentagon would want you to believe. Officials and citizens in Texas, one of the states involved, see something potentially more nefarious in the exercise, dubbed Jade Helm 15. And now Rep. Louie Gohmert is joining them. "Over the past few weeks, my...
  • Gun Bill Passes Oregon House, Moves to Governor’s Desk

    05/05/2015 6:21:43 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 10 replies
    WSJ ^ | 5-5-15 | Ashby Jones
    Ever since the 2012 massacre at the Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Conn., gun-control advocates have worked hard to close so-called “loopholes” in background-check laws. Not all the efforts have been successful; gun-rights advocates say such measures are needlessly burdensome and do little to stop violent crime. But last year, Washington state residents voted to toughen the state’s background-check laws. And now the Oregon legislature has done the same. On Monday, the Oregon House voted 32-28 in support of Senate Bill 941, which requires background checks for all purchasers of guns through private sales. Currently, background checks in Oregon are...
  • Conservative Merits Of Patent Reform Legislation

    05/05/2015 6:06:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 5, 2015 | Chuck Muth
    In the wake of the Great Recession, the American economy continues to face an anemic recovery as we attempt to return to a period of sustained growth. In fact, just this past week, the Bureau of Economic Analysis announced that the gross domestic product grew at a rate of just 0.2 percent between January and March. Businesses – both large and small – are grappling with significant uncertainty and unpredictable days ahead. As if today’s economic climate wasn’t challenging enough, our innovators and job creators are being held back by another force which is becoming an increasing threat: patent trolls....
  • Moving Parts Behind the Garland, Texas Attack

    05/05/2015 5:45:54 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 13 replies
    Founders Code ^ | May 4, 2015 | Denise Simon
    The FBI began investigation Elton Simpson, one of the 2 shooters in Garland, Texas. The other shooter is Nadir Soofi. They were roommates in Phoenix. Nadir Soofi graduated from the University of Utah and the International School of Islamic Studies in Pakistan. He was a Palestinian sympathizer and published anti-police propaganda. The FBI paid an informant to gather information on Elton Simpson going back to 2006 and used wires to record conversations. The case was proven (trial memorandum here) as Simpson was well connected to al Shabaab and Simpson had purchased a ticket to travel to South Africa and had...
  • At least four Florida companies approved for ferry service to Cuba

    05/05/2015 5:36:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | May 5, 2015 | Doreen Hemlock and Arlene Satchell
    At least four Florida companies have been approved for ferry service from the United States to Cuba. For the first time in five decades, the U.S. is allowing ferry service between Florida and Cuba.. At least four companies said they were notified Tuesday of approvals by the U.S. Treasury and Commerce departments, the first since Washington imposed a trade embargo on Cuba. Licensed were Havana Ferry Partners of Fort Lauderdale, Baja Ferries of Miami, United Caribbean Lines Florida of Greater Orlando and Airline Brokers Co. of Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
  • Oil tops $60 a barrel for first time in 2015

    05/05/2015 5:25:53 PM PDT · by yuffy · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | May 5th 2015 | By Heather Long
    Here's something the world hasn't seen since December: oil trading above $60 a barrel. Traders are buzzing about whether its a sign that the era of low gas prices for American drivers is over. "It looks like this market is breaking out," said Phil Flynn, a senior energy analyst at the Price Futures Group in Chicago. It's a new high point for 2015. Crude oil prices fell below $45 earlier this year. While American drivers cheered the low gas prices at the pump, oil companies cut jobs and there was a panic sell-off in the stock market. Big energy stocks...
  • ‘The attack in America is ONLY the BEGINNING’ – ISIS announces 6-month terror campaign

    05/05/2015 5:13:54 PM PDT · by yuffy · 92 replies
    therightscoop ^ | May 5, 2015 at 6:39 PM | Soopermexican
    A ‘message to the crusaders’ was posted on social media today, supposedly from ISIS terrorist Abu Ibrahim Al Ameriki, naming 5 target states, and saying they have 71 members ready to attack Americans. Here’s the account that posted it on Twitter: And here’s the full message: Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem “The New Era” To our brothers and sisters fighting for the Sake of Allah, we make dua for you and ask Allah to guide your bullets, terrify your enemies, and establish you in the Land. As our noble brother in the Phillipines said in his bayah, “This is the...
  • Texas Ranger Reports What He Saw INSIDE Military Train Used for “Martial Law” Exercises

    05/05/2015 5:12:23 PM PDT · by robowombat · 64 replies
    TPN ^ | May 5, 2015 | Colleen Conley
    By Colleen Conley A covert training operation by U.S. military special operations personnel, Jade Helm 15, is taking place in a several states this summer, spreading panic and conspiracy theories as to the true purpose of the mission. The two-month simulation spans much of the Southwest, requiring special forces from four branches of the military to carry out covert operations amid “hostile” territory in Texas, Utah and part of California. In at least one of those states, hostility toward the operation has begun a few months early. Online and at in-person meetings, many Texans have expressed suspicion and outright opposition...
  • Obama is Giving us the Finger

    05/05/2015 5:04:50 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 13 replies
    The American Report ^ | May 5, 2015 | William Michael
    The country certainly is on fire. Whether it’s Baltimore, Maryland or Garland, Texas, anarchists are out in force. Is it spring fever? The natural warmth of the season exciting emotions so hot that they burn… well, cars and buildings. In Baltimore, rioting and destructive “protestors” took to the street after the so-called Mayor gave them license and a “space to destroy” in the city. After a night of devilish inferno, 144 cars were torched, 200+ businesses were destroyed, and 15 structures were set aflame by gangland arsonists given the reputed respectability of civil rights protesters by a fork-tongued public official....
  • Texas Dared to Defy Obama’s “MARTIAL LAW” Exercises… Look How the White House Responded

    05/05/2015 5:03:51 PM PDT · by robowombat · 63 replies
    TPN ^ | May 4, 2015 | Abbott Cruz
    May 4, 2015 By Staff Writer Abbott Cruz ‘Operation Jade Helm 15’ involves special operations units of the U.S. military working in conjunction with government and law enforcement agencies in several southwestern states. The operation has raised eyebrows across the country. Is it a test run for implementing ‘martial law’ in selected cities identified as “hostile” by the government? Conspiracy theorists think so. Or is it simply a run-of-the-mill training mission? Nobody seems to have access to enough detailed knowledge about the exercise one way or the other. Therefore, speculation has run wild. Many claim the exercise will be a...
  • Obama Administration: Times Square’s Iconic Billboards Must Be Removed Or Else

    05/05/2015 4:15:36 PM PDT · by NYRepublican72 · 78 replies
    CBS 2 NY ^ | 03/05/2015 | CBSNewYork
    You can call it a bureaucratic blunder … or a Washington blooper. But any way you slice it a move by the federal government to make the city remove Times Square’s iconic billboards falls in the category of “whose bright idea is this?” It is known as the “Crossroads of the World,” the “Center of the Universe” and “the Great White Way,” but Times Square could become like the “Black Hole of Calcutta” if the federal government has its way, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported Tuesday. The feds say many of Times Square’s huge and neon-lit billboards must come down or...
  • Feckless feds slap Times Square’s billboards

    05/05/2015 4:43:44 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 41 replies
    NY Post ^ | 05/05/2015 | staff
    Here’s a new low in Washington cluelessness: The feds say Times Square’s iconic billboards must come down or New York will lose highway money. Supposedly, a 2012 law put the crossroads of the world under the restrictions of the 1965 Highway Beautification Act — which limits signs to 1,200 square feet. Now Washington is pushing the city Department of Transportation to comply. Earth to Uncle Sam: Don’t be a jerk.
  • “We Ain’t Choosing No Sides; We Just Choosing Our Side”: Gangs believe do better job than the police

    05/05/2015 4:10:15 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 8 replies
    Medium ^ | 5/2/2015 | Amy K. Nelson
    It’s a few minutes before midnight on Wednesday and I’m sharing a cigarette with a Blood and Crip at a diner 20 minutes outside of Baltimore. It’s two hours past the government-imposed curfew on this broken city and outside its margins the unlikeliest of encounters is happening. Just two days earlier, Baltimore police put out a very different version of gang unity, issuing a memo — just hours after 25-year-old Freddie Gray’s funeral — warning that the rival gangs were planning a possible attack on cops. It put the city on edge, and as violence unfolded in the afternoon as teenagers were trapped in...
  • What if SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Gay Marriage?

    05/05/2015 4:06:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 5, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown
    During a reception hosted by the group "Freedom to Marry," White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett praised President Obama for his huge part in accelerating the gay marriage cause heard by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) last week. "The arc of the moral universe," said Jarrett, "bent a little faster than even we thought it would." The "moral arc" regarding gay marriage cannot be bent without harmful consequence, but you'd never know that listening to Ms. Jarrett. Indeed. The arc is bent -- by intensely motivated activists pulling on it with all their might, demanding SCOTUS...
  • Navy Needs New Servers for Aegis Cruisers and Destroyers After Chinese Purchase of IBM Line

    05/05/2015 4:05:43 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 18 replies
    US Naval Institute ^ | 05/05/2015 | Megan Eckstein
    The Navy needs new servers for its upgraded Aegis Combat System after the current IBM line was sold to Chinese computer maker Lenovo. The $2.1 billion sale closed in October and made Lenovo the number three server maker in the world. IBM shedding its server business creates a security concern for the U.S. Navy, which included the company’s x86 BladeCenter HT server in its Aegis Technical Insertion (TI) 12. The TI-12 hardware upgrades, along with Advanced Capability Build (ACB) 12 software upgrades, compose the Aegis Baseline 9 combat system upgrade that combines a ballistic missile defense capability with anti-air warfare...
  • Four Years in Prison for Homeschooling? [Coming to America?]

    05/05/2015 3:58:55 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 19 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 5/1/2015 | Mike Donnelly
    The next time they appear in court for homeschooling, Dirk and Petra Wunderlich could face four years in prison—each. “I am sad today,” said Dirk Wunderlich, recounting how on April 28 he lost his most recent case in the German state of Hesse, and also heard dire warnings from the presiding judge. “We had hoped the judge, who seemed open-minded and friendly, might give us a chance,” Wunderlich added. “But no, he said he could not: The law is the law.” In their most recent court appearance, Dirk and Petra Wunderlich were fined 450 euros each (about $1,000) for not...
  • Lowering the Bar Puts American Society at Risk

    05/05/2015 3:57:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 5, 2015 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- Stupidity and obesity are now matters of U.S. national security. And it's only the tip of a more significant iceberg that threatens America from within. An organization called Mission: Readiness comprised of more than 500 retired generals and military leaders routinely publishes reports -- including one just last month -- detailing how a significant number of American kids these days are either too fat to be effective fighters or too low-scoring in math, literacy and problem-solving to pass the basic military enlistment exam. Granted, the way modern warfare is heading, future recruits might spend their days sitting at...
  • McConnell files cloture motion on Iran bill, protects Democrats from tough amendment votes

    05/05/2015 3:36:07 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 67 replies
    C-SPAN2 | Today
    McConnell just filed cloture after allowing only 2 amendment votes on the Iran bill.
  • Hoping to highlight good works, Clintons find controversy instead

    05/05/2015 3:35:22 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 5, 2015 | Philip Rucker, Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger
    MARRAKESH, Morocco — Bill and Chelsea Clinton are convening foreign leaders here at a lush golf resort set in a palm grove this week to showcase their foundation’s charitable work. But the conference also highlights new controversies engulfing the Clinton family’s vast philanthropic enterprises as Hillary Rodham Clinton begins her presidential campaign. A liberal human rights organization and several Republican lawmakers, for instance, are criticizing the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation for accepting donations from a Moroccan government-owned mining company, whose seven-figure sponsorship of this week’s gathering came amid growing scrutiny of foreign-government donations. Meanwhile, some blue-chip companies that...
  • Officer Charged in Gray Death Contends Arrest Was Legal

    05/05/2015 3:33:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 5, 2015 | By JULIET LINDERMAN
    One of the Baltimore police officers who arrested Freddie Gray wants the police department and prosecutor to produce a knife that was the reason for the arrest, saying in court papers that it is an illegal weapon. The motion was filed Monday by attorneys for Officer Edward Nero in Baltimore District Court. Nero is charged with second-degree assault, misconduct in office and false imprisonment — charges that can only be proven if Gray was wrongly arrested, said Andy Alperstein, a Baltimore attorney who has represented police officers but is not involved in the Gray case. If the knife was illegal,...
  • Suspect in Texas shooting 'very kind' religious man [Sudden Jihad Syndrome]

    05/05/2015 3:29:30 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 36 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 5/4/2015 | ART MOORE
    GARLAND. Texas – It’s become a familiar refrain in the aftermath of a terrorist attack or the discovery of a jihadist cell. Elton Simpson, 31, was described by someone who knew him as a “very kind” religious man who “didn’t seem to be a threat to anybody.” Yet Simpson, a convert to Islam, and his roommate, Nadir Soofi, armed with assault rifles and wearing body armor, intended to enter the Curtis Culwell Center northeast of Dallas on Sunday night and slaughter some 200 people inside attending the “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest,” including this reporter, according to Garland Police Chief...
  • With all eyes on Senate, Assembly passes bill to increase minimum wage (updated) (new york)

    05/05/2015 3:24:26 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 8 replies
    timesunion.com ^ | may 4, 2015 | matthew hamilton
    Members of the Assembly discussed into the late evening Monday a proposal that would increase the minimum wage across the state by the end of 2016 and raise the wage even higher in New York City and its suburbs. It eventually passed 94-43 just after 7:45 p.m. -snip The proposal would raise the statewide minimum wage to $10.50 by Dec. 31, 2016. The minimum wage in New York City and Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester counties would simultaneously rise to $12.50. Another increase to $11.55 statewide and $13.75 in the New York metro area would come by the end of 2017, and yet...
  • Somali Pirate Advocate to Speak at Clinton Foundation Event

    05/05/2015 2:43:35 PM PDT · by catnipman · 18 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 5/5/2015 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    This week’s Clinton Global Initiative conference in Morocco will feature a speech by K’naan Warsame, a prominent hip-hop artist and Somali pirate advocate. ...
  • CONGRESSMAN (Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.) SEEKS TO UNLOCK SECRET REFUGEE PROGRAM

    05/05/2015 2:39:39 PM PDT · by shove_it · 17 replies
    WND ^ | 4 May 2015 | LEO HOHMANN
    Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., has received a response to his letter demanding answers from Secretary of State John Kerry about the planned resettlement of dozens of foreign refugees in his state. But the answers failed to shed much light on the secrecy that surrounds the refugee program. The process by which cities and towns across the U.S. are selected to receive displaced persons from United Nations refugee camps remains largely a mystery. As Gowdy discovered, the city of Spartanburg, South Carolina, was approved for an infusion of 60 refugees, mostly from Syria and Africa, by its own state government headed...
  • Anti-Christian 'ambush' by CBS ignites Twitter war

    05/05/2015 2:39:14 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 14 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 5/5/2015 | BOB UNRUH
    Traffic on Twitter on Tuesday targeted the Christian-bashing that surfaced on a recent “Face the Nation” program with Bob Schieffer, with comments from Watchmen on the Wall, Franklin Graham, Concerned Women for America chapters and a long list of individuals. “The Southern Poverty Law Center sows discord and hatred at a time when our great nation needs love and healing,” posted Katie Gorka. The dispute is over Schieffer’s recent interview with Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in the run-up to the U.S. Supreme Court arguments over whether the justices will affirm traditional, biblical marriage, or whether they will...
  • Police Stress The Police Tribe: Code of Silence

    05/05/2015 2:34:28 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 13 replies
    realpolice.net ^ | 2015 | Staff Op Ed
    A police officer said to me, "Ninety-eight percent of the people in the world are sorry S.O.B.'s and the two percent that are good are cops." He didn't include anyone above the rank of sergeant in the two percent and only about half of them were included. An extreme statement? Yes! A unique attitude? No! That officer succinctly stated a common conclusion of a prevalent value system in police-the tribal value system in the world of police stress. Ethics in law enforcement related to police stress has become a popular topic in police literature and courses, and I am glad....
  • Federal Workplace Safety Agency (OSHA) Takes On Transgender Restroom Access

    05/05/2015 2:25:27 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 8 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | May 5, 2015 | Jeryl Bier
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) isn't just about hard hats and safer machinery anymore. The federal government agency charged with regulating workplace conditions has formed an "alliance" with a "national social justice advocacy organization for transgender people" primarily to promote gender-appropriate restroom access. The agreement, signed on April 27, is part of a larger OSHA program to partner with groups "committed to worker safety and health to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries, and illnesses."
  • Veterans Affairs Employee Stole $150,000, Spent it on Strippers and Prostitutes

    05/05/2015 2:15:09 PM PDT · by detective · 31 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 5, 2015 | BY: Brent Scher
    A former Veterans Affairs employee who managed one of the department’s retail stores admitted that he stole $150,000 from the store and spent it on strippers, prostitutes, and gambling, according to the Justice Department.
  • “Should we get rid of all Jews?”: Megyn Kelly accuses Bill O’Reilly of “catering to the jihadis”

    05/05/2015 2:11:19 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 70 replies
    Salon ^ | 5/5/2015 | SCOTT ERIC KAUFMAN
    On “The O’Reilly Factor” last night, Megyn Kelly shamed host Bill O’Reilly for daring to criticize Pam Geller’s absolutist version of free speech, saying that he was “catering to the jihadis.” The pair were discussing the shooting of two Islamic extremists in Garland, Texas, on Sunday when O’Reilly echoed Donald Trump and claimed that Geller and the American Freedom Defense Initiative “provoked” the attempted attack. Geller and the AFDI — an organization that has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) — were “trying to make a point about the First Amendment and free speech,”...
  • The Computers are Listening

    05/05/2015 2:05:58 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 31 replies
    firstlook.org ^ | May 5, 2015 | BY DAN FROOMKIN
    Full TItle The Computers are Listening:How the NSA converts spoken words into searchable text. Most people realize that emails and other digital communications they once considered private can now become part of their permanent record. But even as they increasingly use apps that understand what they say, most people don’t realize that the words they speak are not so private anymore, either. Top-secret documents from the archive of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden show the National Security Agency can now automatically recognize the content within phone calls by creating rough transcripts and phonetic representations that can be easily searched and...
  • Obama eyes big change to rules on overtime pay

    05/05/2015 1:49:30 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 5, 2015 | ByARDEN FARHI
    Under current law, employers are required to pay time-and-a-half wages to employees working more than 40 hours a week only if they earn less than $23,660 annually. The Obama administration is intent on increasing - and likely more than doubling - that salary threshold, according to people briefed on the administration's plans. That change is likely to have significant impact on workers in retail and the food services industry, like a restaurant manger who earns $30,000 a year but works 60 hours a week. "We need a national wage floor that that rises each year, so that its purchasing power...
  • Boeing Gave to Clinton Causes After Hillary Steered Its Russian Contract

    05/05/2015 1:08:51 PM PDT · by drewh · 21 replies
    The Washngton Examiner ^ | MAY 5, 2015 | 7:04 AM | BY SARAH WESTWOOD
    Boeing gave heavily to the Clinton Foundation after Hillary Clinton helped it secure a major deal with a Russian airline in 2009, author Pete Schweizer noted in his book, Clinton Cash. The company was also involved in funding one of Clinton's pet projects at the State Department after the agency reportedly brushed aside ethical guidelines to secure a $2 million contribution.Boeing remains a major partner of the Clinton Foundation, supporting Clinton Global Initiative projects and donating between $1 million and $5 million to the charity. The company also gave $2 million to support the State Department's efforts to host a...
  • Uncivil Rights and Wrongs

    05/05/2015 1:07:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 5, 2015 | Robert Knight
    While the U.S. Supreme Court held an Alice in Wonderland session on the nature and value of marriage, one of the nation’s largest cities lay partly in ruins over the death of a black man in police custody.What do the two have in common? In each instance, the concept of “civil rights” has been redefined to the breaking point. Each represents an unraveling of the moral order that makes civilization possible. In Baltimore last weekend, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake expanded civil rights to include giving “space” to rioters “who wished to destroy.” Even though she later claimed to be taken out...
  • 2016 race: Why a Tea Party president is a real possibility

    05/05/2015 1:04:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 5, 2015 | Mark Meckler
    When the Tea Party began in 2009, even those of us at the heart of the movement couldn’t have predicted how it would permanently alter America’s political landscape. Just six years later, it’s undeniably at the heart of American politics in spite of countless attacks from the political establishment and from the national media. Because of the Tea Party’s strength and influence, candidates who call themselves conservative must prove their bona fides to successfully court any grassroots support at all. Sen. Ted Cruz is a great example. Clearly a Tea Party favorite, Cruz has stood strong in the Senate for...
  • Baltimore Police Obtained Arrest Warrant For Lunch Lady And Plumber In Death Of Freddie Gray

    05/05/2015 12:57:17 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 5, 2015 | Casey Harper
    Baltimore police accidentally obtained arrest warrants Friday for a lunch lady and plumber in connection to the death of Freddie Gray — whose passing went on to spark protests, riots and looting. [Snip] The clerical error led to a flood of calls from media and bail bondsmen. Jeremy Eldridge, the lawyer for the White who is not a police officer, said she has had visits to her house and that the mistake could have put her in real danger.
  • Attorney General Lynch Meets Gray Family in Baltimore

    05/05/2015 12:45:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 5, 2015 | By BRIAN WITTE
    Attorney General Loretta Lynch pledged Tuesday to improve the city's police department after meeting with the family of a man who was fatally injured in police custody. "We're here to hold your hands and provide support," Lynch said in a meeting with faith and community leaders, including members of Congress. The new attorney general met privately at the University of Baltimore with Freddie Gray's family, days after the state's attorney charged six police officers involved in Gray's arrest. Gray's injury in police custody and death a week later sparked protests and riots that prompted Maryland's governor to bring in the...
  • (Winter Haven, Florida) Professor fails student for refusing to condemn her Christian faith

    05/05/2015 12:45:24 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 58 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | May 5, 2015 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    Lj Russum, a humanities professor, allegedly assigned papers that forced students to deny the existence of God and contest that Christianity is oppressive to women. Subsequently, a 16-year-old student received a “zero” on four essay assignments. A professor at Polk State College has allegedly failed a humanities student after she refused to concede that Jesus is a “myth” or that Christianity oppresses women during a series of mandatory assignments at the Florida college. According to a press release from the Liberty Counsel, a non-profit public interest law firm, Humanities Professor Lance "Lj" Russum gave a student a “zero” on...