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  • Atheists Accuse Pizza Shop of Violating Their Civil Rights by Offering Church Bulletin Discount

    08/22/2014 2:59:00 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8/20/14 | Billy Hallowell
    A restaurant owner who is under fire for offering a faith-based discount to customers says he doesn’t plan to discontinue it, despite receiving a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a secular activist group. Steven Rose, owner of Bailey’s Pizza in Searcy, Arkansas, told TheBlaze Wednesday that he posted a 10 percent discount on his restaurant’s Facebook page on July 19 for anyone who brought in a church bulletin. Not long after, he received a comment from a user named “Bong Hits for Jesus” that read, “Good luck on your discrimination lawsuit.” “I didn’t give much credence to it,”...
  • 6900 haven't sent papers needed for insurance [In LA, 310,000 in US]

    08/22/2014 2:57:15 AM PDT · by markomalley
    AP ^ | 8/22/2014
    Federal officials say about 6,900 Louisiana residents could lose insurance under the Affordable Care Act unless they send copies of citizenship or immigration papers to prove they're eligible. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services says they're among nearly 1 million people nationwide whose citizenship or immigration details don't match government records. It says most sent in the paperwork but 310,000 have not, in spite of many reminders. Those people are getting letters saying coverage will be cancelled unless they send the paperwork by Sept. 5.
  • (350 NYPD) Riot cops ready for Sharpton rally on Saturday

    08/22/2014 2:50:26 AM PDT · by Libloather · 1 replies
    NY Post ^ | 8/22/14 | Larry Celona, Reuven Fenton, Bob Fredericks, Frank Rosario, Yoav Gonen
    Hundreds of cops have been ordered to bring their “hats and bats” — helmets and old-school wooden nightsticks — to the Rev. Al Sharpton’s march against police brutality, sources said Thursday. About 350 officers, some on their days off, were told to report to the Staten Island rally at 6 a.m. Saturday, two hours earlier than usual. **SNIP** “We have no reason to believe there will be any problems. Our only concern is that there will be outsiders coming to cause problems,” a police source said.
  • Steve King Goes Off About Ferguson And The Congressional Black Caucus

    08/22/2014 12:01:55 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 8 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 8/21/14 | TOM KLUDT
    Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has a lot of thoughts about race in America, as he demonstrated in an interview Wednesday that touched on the protests in Ferguson, Mo., the "sin" committed by the likes of Rev. Al Sharpton and the "race card" played by the Congressional Black Caucus. The conversation started during an interview with Iowa radio host Jan Mickelson, who observed that it's important to have "courage just to say what you see, and you can't worry about being called a racist if you're just saying what you see." King agreed, and took the opportunity to address the unrest...
  • (How Sad)Obama: It's Lonely Doing All The Work

    08/21/2014 8:21:30 PM PDT · by lbryce · 38 replies
    YouTube ^ | Washington Free Beacon
    Forget the stuttering he does as the video begins as he laments how no one in Washington is doing their job except him.Who knew the sort of comedic talent Obama turned out to be. He's funny making quotes about how hard he works, doing his job, but the funny part ends up solely as self defecating humor.
  • Now that ISIS knows about failed raid, can U.S. pull off another rescue mission?

    08/21/2014 8:01:36 PM PDT · by LittleSpotBlog · 14 replies
    CBS News ^ | 8/21/2014 | CBS Interactive
    There are at least three American hostages still being held by the Islamic terrorists who executed journalist James Foley, sources say, along with a small number of others -- perhaps a dozen. But a rescue mission would be very difficult after Wednesday's revelation that the U.S. military made a failed rescue attempt earlier this summer, CBS News Homeland Security correspondent Bob Orr reports.
  • Government Report Declares Obama Broke The Law; Judge Thinks He Deserves Prison

    08/21/2014 7:38:23 PM PDT · by lbryce · 23 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | August 21, 2014 | B Christophr Agee
    There is little question that the deal approved by Barack Obama to trade five dangerous terrorists for an Army sergeant accused of desertion struck many Americans as ill-advised and potentially dangerous. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, however, took the criticism to a higher level in a report released Thursday. By failing to give Congress 30 days’ notice before releasing the prisoners, the agency found the Defense Department in clear violation of a federal law.
  • Michael Brown Shooting: Why Ferguson Police Never Filed 'Incident Report'

    08/21/2014 7:26:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | August 21, 2014 | Tom Winter
    Police in Ferguson, Missouri, did not file an “incident report” on the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Michael Brown because they turned the case over to St. Louis County police almost immediately, the county prosecutor’s office tells NBC News. Critics and news media outlets have questioned why Ferguson police released an incident report from a robbery in which Brown was a suspect, as well as security video showing the stick-up, but not the report on the shooting of the unarmed 18-year-old a short time later by Officer Darren Wilson. The reason, according to the office of St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney...
  • ISIS, Mexican Drug Cartels Teaming Up?

    08/21/2014 6:12:12 PM PDT · by mgist · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | 8/21/2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    The relationship between drug trafficking and terrorism has long existed, and can take many forms depending on the goals and needs of each party. Sometimes hybrid criminal-terrorist organizations form in which terrorist groups become involved in the drug trade to fund operations, purchase equipment, and pay foot soldiers. In return, they provide safe passageways for the drugs and give traffickers tips for circumventing customs and security forces. Other times a localized criminal organization or terrorist group lacks expertise, so increased contacts and business with major drug cartels helps advance the sophistication of their operation. Ultimately, though, both have logistical needs...
  • Nashville Mayor Karl Dean Throws His Support Behind Same-Sex Marriage

    08/21/2014 6:09:57 PM PDT · by BurningOak · 37 replies
    Nashville Public Radio (your tax dollars) ^ | August 21, 2014 | Emily Siner
    Nashville mayor Karl Dean went one step further in his support for same-sex marriage Thursday. He has officially joined the group Mayors for the Freedom to Marry — the first mayor in Tennessee to do so. Dean signed a marriage equality statement that says allowing same-sex couples to marry is good for everyone. In a press release, Dean said he wants Nashville to respect “individual dignity.” “Embracing and celebrating our growing diversity makes our city stronger,” he wrote. “Nashville needs to continue in that direction, and it’s my hope that joining this effort will help us do that.”
  • 17,000 N.J. red light camera fines dismissed because drivers never got the tickets

    08/21/2014 6:03:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    The Star-Ledger ^ | August 21, 2014 | Matt Friedman
    Thousands of drivers in New Jersey were caught on camera allegedly running red lights but were never informed of the potential fines they faced because of a technical glitch. And the state Judiciary has asked local courts to throw out all 17,000 alleged infractions. The state lawmaker who today brought the issue to the public’s attention — Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon —said it's is just the latest example of why New Jersey’s red light camera should not be renewed when it reaches its December expiration date. ... The news of the glitch comes just days after the former CEO of Redflex...
  • Are we Ferguson?

    08/21/2014 5:59:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    CNN Opinion ^ | August 21, 2014 | Professor John Inazu
    We all know the slogans meant to express empathy and solidarity: "We are Columbine." "We are all New Yorkers." "I am Trayvon Martin." The "We are Ferguson" messages have already begun, and we will likely see more. The well-intended connections seldom work. Most of us are not Columbine because most of us did not lose children in our community in a high school mass shooting. We are not all New Yorkers because only some of us experienced the aftermath of 9/11 at Ground Zero. I am not Trayvon Martin because I am not a black male. Are we Ferguson? That's...
  • Pentagon broke law with Bergdahl prisoner swap, government watchdog says

    08/21/2014 5:30:00 PM PDT · by workerbee · 15 replies
    Fox ^ | 8/21/14
    A nonpartisan government watchdog agency said Thursday that the Pentagon broke the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl earlier this year. The Government Accountability Office, in a legal opinion issued at the request of congressional lawmakers, said the Defense Department violated the law by failing to notify key Capitol Hill committees at least 30 days in advance. Further, the report said the Pentagon broke another law by using funds that were not technically available.
  • Rev Wright’s daughter Jeri Wright’s indictment was a quiet affair

    08/21/2014 5:09:20 PM PDT · by GilGil · 7 replies
    Syndictated News ^ | 7/7/2014 | syndictated news
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Former Country Club Hills, Ill., police chief Regina R. Evans, 50, pled guilty to charges of fraud related to a $1.25 million state grant awarded in 2009 to We Are Our Brother’s Keeper, a not-for-profit program that Evans owned with her husband, Ronald W. Evans, Jr. Regina Evans appeared before U.S. District Judge Sue E. Myerscough and entered an open plea of guilty to the following charges: conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering (one count); wire fraud (three counts); and money laundering (seven counts.) There is no plea agreement between the government and Evans.
  • Mark your calendars: ‘National Impeach Obama Week’ is nigh

    08/21/2014 5:06:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 21, 2014 | By Abby Ohlheiser
    They don't make a Hallmark card for this -- as far as we know -- but for nine days starting Saturday, a small but persistent group of activists will flock to overpasses and street corners across the country for "National Impeach Obama Week." The Coalition to Impeach Obama Now! organizers, coordinated by San Diego activist Roger Ogden, have no national endorsements from Tea Party groups or Republican politicians. Instead, impeachobamaweek.net has a small list of regional and local Tea Party, libertarian, and otherwise anti-Obama activist groups backing them.
  • EPA Calls In DHS To Thwart Bathroom Vandalism

    08/21/2014 5:01:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/21/2014 | Michael Bastasch
    It was only a couple months ago that reports surfaced about feces in the hallways at an Environmental Protection Agency regional office.But agency documents obtained by the media shows that bathroom vandalism at the EPA Region 8 office got so bad, they had to call the Department of Homeland Security for help.The EPA’s Denver office has been hit by about “a dozen suspected instances of restroom shenanigans since late 2013, according to emails, memorandums and incident reports” obtained by Greenwire.Greenwire previously reported that EPA Region 8 has had “several incidents” of bathroom misbehavior, including clogged the toilets and “an individual...
  • The Case Against Officer Darren Wilson.

    08/21/2014 4:14:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 105 replies
    Thy Black Man ^ | August 21, 2014 | Donnell Suggs
    Funny thing about facts, they are what they are-always have been, always will be. Fact. On August 9, 2014 Officer Darren Wilson-a six year veteran of the Fergusoin Police Department-shot and killed 18 year old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Fact. Michael Brown was unarmed at the time of his death. Fact. There are at least two (TWO!!!) eye witnesses, Dorian Johnson-Michael Brown’s friend that was with Brown at the time of the shooting-and Piaget Crenshaw-happened to video record from her apartment window Darren Wilson shooting Brown dead. Fact. Both witnesses have gone on national news networks to tell their...
  • Another 2,000 Insurance Policies Cancelled In Colorado

    08/21/2014 4:00:26 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/21/2014 | Greg Campbell
    More than 2,000 more Coloradans had their health insurance plans cancelled as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to a letter from the state regulatory agency to state Senate Republicans.Following a dust-up earlier this year between Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall and the Division of Insurance, Republicans have requested regular updates on policies that are cancelled because they don’t conform to Obamacare or because companies are getting out of the individual insurance market.Udall disputed the original number of nearly a quarter million cancellations in the immediate wake of Obamacare’s rollout in late 2013, arguing that almost all of...
  • Obamacare rates are rising once again

    08/21/2014 2:59:04 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/21/2014 | PHILIP KLEIN
    Supporters of President Obama’s health care law have been touting proposed insurance rates for 2015 — arguing that they aren’t as high as some of the dire warnings of the law’s critics.But it’s worth considering some additional context.Data complied by the Health Research Institute of PricewaterhouseCoopers from about 29 states plus the District of Columbia show that the average premium increase for insurance starting next year is currently 8.2 percent. But within that average, there’s a wide range.In Arizona, for instance, the average premium increase submitted was 11.2 percent, but rates ranged from a decrease of 23 percent to a...
  • TRADING FOR BERGDAHL MEANS MORE FOLEYS

    08/21/2014 2:48:41 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Aug 21, 2014 | By Ben Shapiro
    On Tuesday, ISIS terrorists beheaded American journalist James Foley. President Obama responded by bombing the fourth green during his long vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. He also lectured ISIS on the true meaning of Islam: “ISIL speaks for no religion…ISIL has no ideology of any value to human beings….One thing we can all agree on is that a group like ISIL has no place in the 21st century.” The faculty-lounge insult approach has proved ineffective. ISIS is now threatening to kill journalist Steven Sotloff. They reportedly hold two other Americans as well. And they will undoubtedly seek to kidnap more Americans...
  • Obama administration broke law in Bergdahl exchange: audit

    08/21/2014 2:23:27 PM PDT · by yoe · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 21, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Obama administration officials broke two federal laws when they exchanged ( Taliban) warriors for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the government’s top investigative office said in a legal report Thursday. Officials should have given (congress) a 30-day heads-up, and also illegally switched money from one account to another to conduct the swap, the (Government Accountability Office) said.President Obama had defended the swap as a legal use of his powers as commander in chief, and said he had to keep Congress in the dark in order to preserve secrecy in the delicate negotiations with the Taliban. /#ixzz3B3yTcH2g Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter
  • Palin goes 0 for 2 in Alaska as clout disappears nationally

    08/21/2014 2:15:58 PM PDT · by bigdaddy45 · 97 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 - 10:29 am | Sean Cockerman
    WASHINGTON -- Sarah Palin has lost the magic. The defeat of her choice Tuesday in a Republican Senate primary in her home state of Alaska capped a primary season in which her favored candidates have stumbled across the nation. A referendum to restore Palin’s signature achievement from her time as Alaska governor, a state tax on oil companies, was also headed toward defeat following Tuesday’s voting, dealing a double whammy loss to Palin in her home state and highlighting her declining influence. Only four of the 15 congressional candidates endorsed by Palin nationwide this year have won their primaries, a...
  • Hagel: Islamic State 'beyond anything we've seen'

    08/21/2014 1:38:39 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 42 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 21, 2014
    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Thursday that the Islamic State is more than a traditional "terrorist group" and better armed, trained and funded than any recent threat. "They marry ideology and a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess. They are tremendously well funded. This is beyond anything we have seen," Hagel told reporters.
  • Eric Holder: ‘Change is coming’ after police shooting in Ferguson

    08/21/2014 1:34:20 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 30 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Aug 20, 2014 | Jim Suhr
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder reassured college students Wednesday in suburban St. Louis [] at the Florissant campus of St. Louis Community College Kiyanda Welch said Holder talked to her and other students about the unrest and their own interaction with police. The attorney general told the group, “change is coming,” Welch said. In a letter published late Tuesday on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website, Holder promised a thorough investigation while calling for an end to the violence in Ferguson. He said the bond of trust between law enforcement and the public is “all-important” but also “fragile.” Arrest patterns “must...
  • Fast and Furious document list must be provided to Congress, judge rules

    08/21/2014 1:32:48 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 9 replies
    Fox News - Politics ^ | August 20, 2014 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON – A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious. In a court proceeding Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson set an Oct. 1 deadline for producing the list to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The Justice Department says the documents should remain confidential and President Barack Obama has invoked executive privilege in an effort to protect them from public disclosure. The House panel says the Justice Department documents...
  • Team Obama leaks failed raid in bid to shore up image

    08/21/2014 1:22:20 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 21,2014 | Chris Stirewalt
    TEAM OBAMA LEAKS FAILED RAID IN BID TO SHORE UP IMAGE With President Obama facing increasing pressure to respond more forcefully to Islamist militants in the wake of the beheading of American journalist James Foley, the White House leaked word that the president had authorized a failed rescue mission to save Foley and other Americans hostages. Why on earth would anyone leak that? Publicizing a failed mission hurts U.S. military clout and certainly the captors already knew about the effort. So why? The answer came later on Wednesday night when it was revealed that the administration, in keeping with longstanding...
  • Oversight Report: Obama Admin Violated Law by Freeing Taliban Members

    08/21/2014 1:10:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    The Obama administration violated federal law when it released five senior Taliban leaders from prison without notifying Congress, as is legally mandated, according to an investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).The GAO concluded in a report issued Thursday that the Obama administration failed to provide proper notification of the Taliban release and illegally used taxpayer funds that were not appropriated to enable the inmate transfer, according to the report.The Obama administration in May secretly struck a deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan to free from the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba five of its top leaders in exchange...
  • DHS says law required release of 154 immigrants with murder convictions

    08/21/2014 1:03:05 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 21, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    The Obama administration says it had no choice but to release almost all of the 169 murderers it let go from immigration detention last year, saying court decisions gave officials no choice in the matter — but it’s promising a new system to better screen who gets let out. Of the 169 immigrants with homicide-related convictions released in fiscal 2013, all but 15 were required to be let go because of specific court orders or because the immigrants had been held for too long under the rules established by a sweeping 2001 Supreme Court case, the Homeland Security Department said...
  • Slimy pro-abortion congressional candidate mails condoms to pro-lifers

    08/21/2014 12:57:19 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | Jill Stanek
    Why do I think Democrat pro-abortion congressional candidate James Woods is slimy? Aside from the fact Woods retaliated against a pro-life letter writing campaign by mailing condoms back to pro-lifers, he introduced his condom strategy on Facebook with “Got Wood(s)?” What person running for U.S. Congress goes gutter like that? Woods is also a card-carrying atheist, which may help explain his lack of decorum. Here’s the letter he sent with his condoms: Actually, condoms are not the route to go if one is trying to avoid pregnancy. According to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, condoms have an 18% failure rate, meaning...
  • Feds: Obama Broke Law with Bergdahl Swap

    08/21/2014 12:42:07 PM PDT · by maddog55 · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | August 21, 2014 2:57 PM | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama violated a “clear and unambiguous” law when he released five Guantanamo Bay detainees in exchange for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the Government Accountability Office reported Thursday. “[The Department of Defense] violated section 8111 because it did not notify the relevant congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of the transfer,” the GAO report said. “In addition, because DOD used appropriated funds to carry out the transfer when no money was available for that purpose, DOD violated the Antideficiency Act. The Antideficiency Act prohibits federal agencies from incurring obligations exceeding an amount available in an appropriation.” The GAO...
  • Hostages? No Problem Soviets Offer 'How-to' Lesson In Kidnapping (blast from the past)

    08/21/2014 12:00:40 PM PDT · by tje · 23 replies
    Philly.com ^ | January 15, 1986 | JACK MCKINNEY
    Are you among those frustrated Americans who have wondered how the Soviet Union's only hostage crisis in Lebanon was resolved in just a month, while the plight of the six U.S. hostages held there continues to drag on without any break in sight? Well, according to the Jerusalem Post, the Soviets turned the trick by forgoing diplomacy in favor of a brutally more direct approach to the problem. Simply put, they presented the kidnappers with chilling proof that terror can cut both ways. Literally!
  • Megyn Kelly: "Justice Is Supposed To Be Blind"

    08/21/2014 11:46:36 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 17 replies
    Real Clear Politics Video ^ | August 21, 2014
    MEGYN KELLY: Not justice, period, but justice for Michael Brown, who may very well be the victim of murder at the hands of an out-of-control cop or may be a young man who committed a robbery and then went on to brutally assault a police officer, causing that cop to fear for his life. All of this will be determined by the justice system, where both sides will be eventually be heard... And meet State Senator Jamilah Nasheed who specifically warned the prosecutor in this case that quote, if you should decide not to indict this police officer the rioting...
  • Pelosi’s home city exempted from water restrictions imposed on rural farmers

    08/21/2014 11:34:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 20, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    The Endangered Species Act has wreaked havoc for decades on rural communities, but a newly filed lawsuit could force San Francisco urbanites like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to share their pain. A federal complaint filed this week contends that the Hetch Hetchy Project, which supplies water to San Francisco and the Bay Area, has unfairly enjoyed an exemption from the “severe cutbacks” required in rural California in order to save endangered fish species. Craig Manson, who heads the Center for Environmental Science, Accuracy and Reliability (CESAR) in Fresno, said the lawsuit is aimed at addressing the “double standard” that...
  • Nixon orders withdrawal of Guard from Ferguson

    08/21/2014 11:12:26 AM PDT · by maggief · 28 replies
    AP ^ | august 21, 2014
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon is ordering the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.
  • Star Witness In Michael Brown Shooting Charged With Theft, Filing False Police Report

    08/21/2014 10:50:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | August 21, 2014 | Larry O'Connor
    Dorian Johnson, the primary witness to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, has an outstanding warrant for a 2011 theft in Jefferson City and pleaded guilty for filing a false police report related to that theft. St. Louis ABC affiliate ABC 17 cross referenced Johnson’s name against several records and discovered the warrant. Johnson will be the star witness for any potential prosecution proceedings against Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Brown. Johnson was walking with Brown when the shooting occurred. He has already done multiple media appearances where he falsely claimed Brown was shot by Wilson in...
  • Nat'l LGBT groups sign on to Ferguson statement: Want fed. legislation prohibiting racial profiling

    08/21/2014 10:44:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Q Notes - Serving LGBT Carolina since 1986 ^ | August 21, 2014 | Matt Comer, editor
    Pictured Above: Howard University students pose for a powerful photo by student Leighton Watson, who shared it on Twitter before it went viral. Since then, similar photos and the phrase, 'Hands up, Don't Shoot,' have cropped up around the country.Several national LGBT advocacy organizations have signed onto a national statement calling for new federal legislation to put an end to discriminatory police profiling. The statement comes in response to ongoing strife in Ferguson, Mo., following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager. “Last week’s shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the military-style response by the local...
  • Perry's legal team calls CPRIT accusations a 'red herring'

    08/21/2014 10:43:16 AM PDT · by MamaTexan · 17 replies
    Dallas Business Journal ^ | Aug 21, 2014 | Nicholas Sakelaris and Bill Hethcock
    "At no time in CPRIT investigation was Governor Rick Perry or anyone from the Governor's office a target," Walling wrote in the affidavit dated Aug. 20. "At no time did I ever obtain evidence that suggested any wrongdoing on behalf of Governor Rick Perry or the Governor's office."
  • Republican: ISIS developing means to ‘blow up’ a US city (Inhofe)

    08/21/2014 10:39:24 AM PDT · by maggief · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 21, 2014 | Martin Matishak
    The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee said Sunni militants are working on the capability to wipe out a city inside the United States. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has long threatened to carry out a catastrophic attack on American soil, with a spokesman recently boasting that the militant group would fly its flag over the White House. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said ISIS members are “rapidly developing a method of blowing up a major U.S. city and people just can’t believe that’s happening.” “Yes, it’s really significant what’s happening,” he added during a local...
  • Ferguson and the War on Black America

    08/21/2014 10:30:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Progressive ^ | August 21, 2014 | Glen Ford, executive editor, Black Agenda Report
    The corporate media, reflecting their owners’ anxiety at the failure of Black people to revert to a state of passivity in Ferguson, Missouri, have arrived at a general consensus on two counts: the need to “demilitarize” the police (fewer bullets, smaller armored vehicles?) and, more immediately, to re-establish some semblance of “calm” (as in comatose) in the neighborhood and beyond. Corporate-attuned Black powerbrokers and politicians deliver essentially the same message, counseling (quiet) introspection and a search for “solutions” (diversions) to the historical oppression in which they are deeply complicit. But first, tensions must be reduced, to diffuse the confrontation –...
  • PAUL RYAN SUGGESTS GOP CANDIDATES IN MIDTERMS SHOULD RUN ON GIVING ILLEGALS CITIZENSHIP

    08/21/2014 10:13:39 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 103 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Aug 21, 2014 | By Tony Lee
    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) suggested that Republican candidates in this year's midterm elections should run on granting a pathway to citizenship for all of the country's illegal immigrants. Ryan, who had reportedly been working behind the scenes with Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) to get House Republicans to support a broader immigration bill, said that he was "having problems" convincing conservatives to support immigration reform, which he said was "very important." In a Wednesday interview with Bloomberg News, Ryan said he supported a "path to legalization" for all of the country's illegal immigrants. He said illegal immigrants should be able to...
  • Top Intel Dem: US shouldn’t be ‘provoked’ into expanded campaign by Foley slaying

    08/21/2014 10:01:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/21/2014 | Martin Matishak
    The Obama administration should fight the urge to expand its military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) following the execution of American photojournalist James Foley, a senior House member said Thursday. “We shouldn’t allow this horrible act to provoke us into doing things that are counterproductive,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, on CNN’s "New Day." “There’s nothing ISIS would like more than having us reintroduce ground troops into Iraq, for example.” He said the U.S. “had to know that when we get involved with airstrikes, that ISIS is going...
  • The Clery Act: Greater Campus Safety, Or Just Greater Cost?

    08/21/2014 9:47:28 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 20, 2014 | George Leef
    Quick: name some places in America you regard as highly dangerous. If we could tabulate the responses, nearly all would undoubtedly be big cities or parts of those cities: Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Philadelphia and so on. We know that crime rates are high in some areas and most of us avoid them for that reason. Did anyone think of college campuses? Even though violence does sometimes strike on campuses, they are mostly very safe places. As Jason Jones noted in this 2010 Pope Center commentary, in 2008 Detroit reported 306 murders and 17,818 burglaries. Wayne State University, located in...
  • Even the Islamists of ISIS are obsessing over Ferguson

    08/21/2014 9:43:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Washington Post's PostEverything ^ | August 21, 2014 | Souad Mekhennet
    You can understand if President Obama would rather talk about the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq, where he has scored some victories, than talk about the unholy mess in Ferguson, Mo. Surprisingly, though, ISIS militants are following developments in the St. Louis suburb, and some of them would rather focus on that. According to interviews and social media, members of the group and sympathizers with its jihadist ideology are closely tracking the events in the St. Louis suburb, where protesters and police have clashed. In it, they see opportunity. Partly, the focus is strategic: Officers in Ferguson have...
  • State Dept. on Beheading of U.S. Journalist: 'This Is Not About the United States'

    08/21/2014 9:36:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 58 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8/21/2014 | Brittany M. Hughes
    Deputy State Department spokesperson Marie Harf on Wednesday condemned the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic terrorists, but she also stated that the ISIS threat “is not about the United States and what we do.” Harf spoke after President Obama told the nation that “governments and peoples across the Middle East” should come together in a “common effort to extract this cancer, so that it does not spread.” He then went golfing. "I think ISIL wants to make this about the United States and our actions. And I think what the President was trying to say was that...
  • Eric Holder’s Justice Dept. opens ‘criminal investigation’ into ISIS beheading of James Foley

    08/21/2014 9:28:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 42 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 8/21/2014 | Doug Powers
    Well, during his statement yesterday, President Obama did say ISIS would be brought to justice, so here’s Justice: Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday announced that the Department of Justice has “an open criminal investigation” into the brutal killing of photojournalist James Foley by Islamic militants.“Those who would perpetrate such acts need to understand something,” Holder said in Washington.“This Justice Department, this Department of Defense, this nation – we have long memories and our reach is very wide,” he said. “We will not forget what happened and people will be held accountable, one way or the other.” Let this send...
  • WaPo Columnist Slams Opponents of Ferguson Looting: Think 'Personal Property Worth More Than Life'

    08/21/2014 9:25:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 21, 2014 | Jeffrey Meyer
    Clinton Yates, Washington Post online columnist and commentator for Washington D.C’s WTOP radio station, decided to wade into the controversy in Ferguson by slamming those who oppose the looting and violence in the wake of Michael Brown’s death. On Thursday, August 21, during his “My Take with Clinton Yates” segment on WTOP, which is the main news radio station for the political class in Washington D.C., Yates insisted that someone who says “looting is never acceptable is implicitly saying that personal property is worth more than life itself.” Listen to MP3 audio here.] The Post columnist began his rant by...
  • [Video] NRA Goes After Michael Bloomberg by Name With New Video Calling Him Out

    08/21/2014 9:06:00 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 16 replies
    gunssavelives.net ^ | August 20,2014 | NRA
    It looks like the NRA is taking the gloves off. No more beating around the bush. The National Rifle Association has released a new video calling out former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg directly.
  • China Conducts Second Test Of Game-Changing Missile

    08/21/2014 9:04:26 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 21, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    National Security: Beijing is moving fast on a maneuverable, hypersonic glide vehicle designed to evade America's defenses, including the Aegis ballistic missile system guarding our carrier battle groups. On Aug. 7, China conducted a second test of its hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV), known as the WU-14, yet another example of its relentless pursuit of high-tech weaponry as the United States abandons what the administration dismisses as Cold War weaponry. The first test, conducted in January, saw China's HGV reach speeds in the vicinity of Mach 10, about 10 times the speed of sound. In the latest test, according to Internet...
  • Holder says he understands mistrust of police as Ferguson protests dwindle

    08/21/2014 8:46:21 AM PDT · by mojito · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/21/2014 | Unattributed
    Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that he understands why many black Americans distrust the police as he made a one-day swing through the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., where a black teenager was fatally shot by a white police officer almost two weeks earlier. Holder made the comments during a meeting with about 50 community leaders at the Florissant campus of St. Louis Community College in which he heard about their own issues with law enforcement officials. Ferguson has endured more than a week of unrest since the August 9 death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot...
  • why the Libertarian Party Fails

    08/21/2014 8:34:41 AM PDT · by Nelson Hultberg · 17 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | August 14, 2014 | Nelson Hultberg
    Many in America’s freedom movement still hope that the Libertarian Party will one day become a power on the political scene to challenge the Democrat-Republican monolith. But in 42 years it hasn’t happened, and it probably won’t happen. There are some very distinct reasons why the LP and all other alternative / independent parties fail. This essay will examine them. Let’s take, for example, the top independent parties out there: the Libertarian Party and the Constitution Party. Even though each of them haveappeared at times to be a start toward genuine political reform, they repeatedly fail because they have structured...