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  • Middle Class Must Not Fail or All is Lost

    09/21/2014 5:14:11 PM PDT · by W.
    1974 | Taylor Caldwell
    Middle Class Must Not Fail or All is Lost by Taylor Caldwell With the rise of the Industrial Civilization in the world, about 200 years ago, there also arose a social body which we know as the middle class. Before that, most of the world suffered under a feudal system in which the people were truly slaves of their governments in all things. There was no strong buffer between them and their despotic rulers, no assurance of freedom to pursue commerce and to live decently, to keep the fruits of their labor and hold the paying of tribute at a...
  • Polygamist women dressed 'like ninjas' attack home of witness in Utah sex assault case

    09/21/2014 5:11:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | September 20, 2014 | Jessica Glenza in New York
    Two armed “polygamist women” dressed like “ninjas” were subdued by a sword-wielding man during a home invasion, according to police in suburban Utah. Police said the two women, aged 18 and 22, were attacking the home of a witness and victim in a criminal child sex assault case against a man the women called their “husband”. The women “violently attacked one of the adult males in the house who came to see who was coming,” Ian Adams of the West Jordan police department told the Guardian. “Another adult male joined the fray in defense of the first male victim. He...
  • Racism: From Ferguson To The NBA To You

    09/21/2014 5:01:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 21, 2014 | Todd Essig
    Race has been in the news recently, as it should be more than it is. First the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri captured everyone’s attention, and is still making news. Then a starkly racist email sent by Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson brought back the topic of race relations in the NBA where the owners are mostly white and the players black. And then this week psychologist Jennifer L. Eberhardt won a MacArthur “genius” award for her groundbreaking work on the powerful influence out-of-awareness racial attitudes have in the criminal justice system. Because her research can help us understand troubling news...
  • County Sheriff Touts Grenade Launcher as Key Tool

    09/21/2014 4:30:03 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 11 replies
    ABC ^ | 9-21-14 | Lillian Schrock
    Sheriff's officials in Goshen County are touting a grenade launcher as a useful tool for keeping the peace, even though they have never used it. The Casper Star-Tribune reported Sunday that officials bought the weapon for use in the county jail, which houses 25 inmates and has not had a large fight in the past year. Lt. Jeremy Wardell says the grenade launcher, one of three the county has owned, is a less-lethal option for controlling riots. He compared it to pepper spray or a Taser. "We would use it in situations when less-lethal force is justified to get the...
  • Germany plans to strip citizenship of citizens which join Islamic State.

    09/21/2014 2:46:02 PM PDT · by alexmark1917 · 24 replies
    German Islamists who join the IS have forfeited their citizenship many Union politicians say. They are planning a change of legislation. Union politicians want to avoid any german national to fight for the terrorist group Islamic State (IS). A corresponding change in the law would achieve a "huge deterrent effect," the chairman of the Bundestag's Committee on Internal Affairs, Wolfgang Bosbach (CDU)told "Welt am Sonntag". Those who join this "terrorist army" ng document their departure from the values of the Federal Republic he said.
  • Penn State Officials Threaten to Call Police on Students Handing Out US Constitutions (Video)

    09/21/2014 1:46:44 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 48 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Septe,ber 18, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Penn State Young America’s Foundation Chapter were told to take down their table from a designated “free speech zone” on campus. They were handing out Constitutions – on Constitution Day.
  • Candidate in court after sawing garage in half

    09/21/2014 12:41:04 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 27 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | Sep 21, 2014 | John Myers
    The Republican candidate for Minnesota House District 6A on the Iron Range faces a civil trial in Itasca County this week after sawing his neighbor’s garage in half. Roger Weber of rural Nashwauk is being sued by Mark Besemann of Iron after Weber used a power saw to bisect the building. Weber then removed half of the garage he insists was built, decades ago, on property that he now owns. Besemann is suing Weber for $20,000 in damage to the garage and $20,000 in punitive damages. Besemann also is seeking a small portion of Weber’s land adjacent to the garage...
  • A New Fed Playbook for the New Normal

    09/21/2014 12:01:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Peter Schiff
    While many economists and market watchers have failed to notice, we have entered a new chapter in the short and checkered history of central banking. This paradigm shift, as yet unaddressed in the textbooks, changes the basic policy tools that have traditionally defined the sphere of macroeconomic decision-making. The job of a central banker is supposed to be the calibration of interest rates to achieve the optimal rate of growth for any particular economic environment. It is hoped that successful decisions, which involve perfectly timed moves to raise rates when the economy overheats and lower them when it cools, would...
  • Homeland Secretary Shows Little Concern Over Open Border Terror Threat

    09/21/2014 12:00:33 PM PDT · by Son House · 30 replies
    Townhall ^ | Sep 18, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    During an answer to another lawmaker about how to prevent terrorists from going undetected inside the United States, Johnson made the absurd argument that a "legal process" for citizenship would prevent terror infiltration and encourage terrorists to come forward and turn themselves in. That suggestion is not only unhelpful but politically motivated garbage. Second, if Johnson got out of his cushy D.C. office once in awhile to actually talk to Border Patrol agents on the ground, he would know that radical Islamists crossing the southern border into the United States from Mexico is nothing new. Unfortunately, a lack of enforcement...
  • Investment & Finance Week in Review (Thread -Sept. 21 edition)

    09/21/2014 11:32:29 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 6 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Sept. 21, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    Investment & Finance Week in Review (Thread -Sept. 21 edition)Prices finally picked a direction and went for it  --topping a super week w/ metals collapsing, an FOMC meeting, Scottish Vote not to do anything, new IRS rules, stocks leaping, and the Alibaba IPO hype,  --and in the lull before the end of Q3 and beginning a new earnings season.  One thing at a time; metals finally broke in to newer lower levels as support folded,    ...and stock traders made up their minds deciding to respect the 50-day moving average support and rebound prices into what IBD calls "market in...
  • The Laffer Curve and Limits to Class Warfare Tax Policy

    09/21/2014 11:29:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    IÂ’m a big advocate of the Laffer Curve. Simply stated, itÂ’s absurdly inaccurate to think that taxpayers and the economy are insensitive to changes in tax policy.Yet bureaucracies such as the Joint Committee on Taxation basically assume that the economy will be unaffected and that tax revenues will jump dramatically if tax rates are boosted by, say, 100 percent.In the real world, however, big changes in tax policy can and will lead to changes in taxable income. In other words, incentives matter. If the government punishes you more for earning more income, you will figure out ways to reduce the...
  • CALIFORNIA GOP CONVENTION: A DIVIDED PARTY FIGHTS FOR ITS SURVIVAL

    09/21/2014 11:23:58 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 21, 2014 | by JOEL B. POLLAK
    Despite a rousing speech by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who indicated that he would soon open an office in the state in pursuit of his presidential ambitions, California's Republican Party convention in Los Angeles, "Reclaim California," sounded a note of division, with three prominent Republicans declining to support the party's candidate for governor, amidst growing concern about the party's future as a statewide political institution. Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks), who lost to former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari in the primary election after being outspent in the closing weeks, declined to endorse Kashkari when asked by the Sacramento Bee,...
  • Why the Growth of Regulation Means Pain for You and American Business

    09/21/2014 11:19:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Chris Versace
    There has been a lot of talk about regulations, more specifically about how the number of regulations have grown during the last several years. Sad to say, if you take a longer-term view and look again at the regulatory environment, you’ll find it has been what an investor would call a growth industry, with the number of restrictions in the Code of Federal Regulations growing 28% since 1997 – that’s nearly 2% per year. If page count is an indicator, then hang on to your collective hats — in 1975, the Code of Federal Regulations had 71,224 pages. By 2013,...
  • Many in Seattle are taking a stand against rise of micro-apartments

    09/21/2014 11:06:22 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 57 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 28AUG2014 | Daniel Beekman
    An uprising by residents in several Seattle neighborhoods has prompted a City Council proposal, backed by the mayor, that attempts to strike a balance between developers of micro-apartments, opponents, and the needs of a fast-growing city that is home to many one-person households.
  • Meet the new U.S. military force that Obama is deploying to fight Ebola

    09/21/2014 9:47:02 AM PDT · by DannyTN · 142 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 16 | Dan Lamothe
    ... “If the outbreak is not stopped now, we could be looking at hundreds of thousands of people infected, with profound political and economic and security implications for all of us,” Obama said. “So this is an epidemic that is not just a threat to regional security... ... Broadly, however, the official said the Defense Department personnel involved are likely to include the following: Medical personnel ... Engineers to construct “Ebola Treatment Units” ... Transportation personnel to support an “intermediate staging base” ... Administrators in Monrovia to oversee it all ... ...
  • Pelosi: When ‘Obama Won the Election, He Took Us Out of That [Economic] Brink’

    09/21/2014 8:53:57 AM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 39 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9/19/2014 | Ali Meyer
    At the Americans United rally “Hands Off Social Security & Medicare” at the Capitol on Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) blamed Republicans for the economic recession of 2007-09, saying their "lack of regulation and supervision took our country to the brink, and so when President Obama won the election, he took us out of that brink.” “I know you've heard from many members of the House and Senate about the importance of the three pillars of security for America’s seniors: about Social Security, about Medicare and about Medicaid,” she said. “And I’m here to add my support to...
  • Maybe He Wasn't Cut Out to Be President

    09/21/2014 6:50:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 72 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/21/2014 | Silvio Canto, Jr.
    Back in 2008, I debated some liberal friends and questioned Mr. Obama's thin resume. They responded by saying that I was missing the point. In other words, don't judge Mr. Obama's resume, but rather his unique ability to inspire and his exceptional judgment. I guess they were telling me that Mr. Obama was one of those exceptional human beings who rises to the occasion because he is smart and politically astute.
  • State out $675K grant but still plans to give out millions more in tax money ( Colorado )

    09/21/2014 6:34:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Watchdog ^ | September 19, 2014 | Arthur Kane
    Four years ago, Kirk Swallow received state money to set up a compressed natural gas filling facility at the Rifle Shell station he co-owns. The Colorado Energy Office, then under Gov. Bill Ritter and known as the Governor’s Energy Office, gave Swallow’s company a $675,000 grant — money from fines collected from companies that violated state regulations. Swallow said he chipped in about $300,000. But, in June, Swallow had to permanently shut down the CNG pumps at 101 Railroad Ave., in Rifle, Colo. He said he was losing money because of increased competition, excessive electricity fees to run the pumps...
  • Castro Valley Winery to Government: Crush Grapes, Not Vintners

    09/21/2014 6:06:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    "You'll never meet anyone who says, 'I want to be a millionaire. I think I'll start a winery,'" owner Bill Smyth tells me from his small office over the tasting room of Westover Vineyards, nestled in Palomares Canyon. Smyth has worked in a number of fields. He made some money. He bought the vineyard property when he was young. His ex-wife bought him a kit to make wine, and his labor of love turned into a small business. Now, thanks to heavy-handed California regulators, he's selling off his ports and boutique wines and turning his winery back into a home....
  • Treason Outside the Constitution.

    09/21/2014 3:00:21 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 31 replies
    For the purpose of felony offense, treason in America is famously defined in our constitution. No longer may political opponents be brought before the equivalent of King’s judges and face charges for real or imagined insults or crimes. No, constitutional treason consists of making war against the United States or assisting its enemies. Oh, and unless the traitor confesses, two witnesses must observe the treasonous act. Put aside for a moment the constitutional definition and hurdles to be surmounted in order to obtain a felony conviction. Consider the broad, historic and popular concept of treason, the betrayal of one’s country....
  • Remove the Stigma of Bad Black Behavior that Hurts our Race

    09/21/2014 1:05:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | September 19, 2014 | Derryck Green
    Rather than waiting until specifics about the Michael Brown case are known — such as autopsy results, detailed officer reports, toxicology or other details regarding his death — some Ferguson residents, Brown supporters and various hangers-on decided to act. Learning nothing from the Trayvon Martin case, people took to the street with demands for “justice” and homemade protest signs. They were aided by a media seemingly excited about exploiting the narrative that Brown’s death was at the hands of a brutal and possibly racist cop in a militarized police force that cares little about black residents. Ensuing nights after the...
  • Three arrested in Ferguson after protester says he was struck by car

    09/20/2014 10:44:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | September 20, 2014 | Denise Hollinshed, Steve Giegerich and Nicholas J.C. Pistor
    The driver of a vehicle bumps protesters who decided to block traffic on S. Florissant Rd. in an act of civil obedience on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, as demonstrations continue against the police shooting of Michael Brown. The incident lend to the arrest of two protesters and the man driving the vehicle.Three people were arrested during protests near the Ferguson Police Department on Saturday afternoon after a protester claimed he was bumped by a passing vehicle, police said. The incident triggered a round of standoffs between police and protesters, who blocked traffic on the street. About 35 people were protesting...
  • Doctors: 'Irresponsible' to send troops to 'combat' Ebola

    09/20/2014 8:35:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 152 replies
    WND.com ^ | September 18, 2014 | Chelsea Schilling
    A real-life horror story is playing out in Africa as Ebola spreads, and President Obama’s decision to send 3,000 troops to Liberia to combat the virus could very well put Americans at risk of contracting the deadly illness at home, some health experts say. According to the World Health Organization, at least 4,985 people have contracted Ebola and at least 2,461 have died. Several doctors have fallen ill with Ebola, and two of them have died. New reports indicate a Doctors Without Borders staff member has contracted the virus in Liberia and will be evacuated to France for treatment. “You...
  • Odierno: More troops in Afghanistan may get pink slips

    09/20/2014 8:23:19 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 22 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sept 20, 2014 | By Jon Harper
    WASHINGTON — More soldiers could learn while in Afghanistan that they are being forced out of the military, the Army’s top officer said Friday. Army chief of staff Gen. Ray Odierno discussed the cuts with reporters Friday at a breakfast in Washington. The notifications, part of an effort to rapidly shrink the size of the ground forces, have drawn heavy criticism from lawmakers. In June, more than 1,100 Army captains were notified that their military careers would soon end. It was later revealed that 48 were serving in Afghanistan when they were informed that they were getting the ax. “The...
  • For people living under threat of arrest around St. Louis, a constant stress

    09/20/2014 7:44:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | September 20, 2014 | Jeremy Kohler
    Hunkered down in her south St. Louis County apartment with a mug of coffee and a thick novel, Carol Ray, 54, tries to enjoy a sunny morning off from work. But that’s hard when you’re a fugitive from justice who could be taken away in handcuffs at any moment. On her kitchen table sit unpaid traffic tickets from the cities of Beverly Hills and Town and Country: $199 total. Somebody with money could hire a lawyer with contacts in the court, exchange a few emails and pay extra to keep points off their license. With no more sacrifice than a...
  • US will not commit to climate change aid for poor nations at UN summit

    09/20/2014 6:57:35 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 22 replies
    Guardian ^ | 9/20/2014 | Suzanne Goldenberg
    Barack Obama will not be pledging any cash to a near-empty fund for poor countries at a United Nations summit on climate change next week, the UN special climate change envoy said on Friday. The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, has challenged the 125 world leaders attending the 23 September summit to make “bold pledges” to the fund, intended to help poor countries cope with climate change. The UN has been pressing rich countries to come up with pledges of between $10bn and $15bn. “We are putting a lot of pressure for them to do it at the summit on...
  • 81 Immigrants Arrested in New England

    09/20/2014 6:49:05 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    AP ^ | September 20, 2014
    BOSTON (AP) — Federal immigration officials say a four-day enforcement operation in New England has ended with the arrest of 81 immigrants, including those convicted of crimes, fugitives and those accused of other immigration violations.
  • Ambassador who sided with Muslim Brotherhood spearheads State Department’s anti-ISIS effort

    09/20/2014 6:44:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Powerline ^ | September 19, 2014 | Paul Mirengoff
    John Kerry has assembled a three-person team to lead the State Department’s efforts against ISIS. Two of the members — Gen. John Allen and Brett McGurk — seem unobjectionable. The third, Anne Patterson, is another matter. In announcing her central role, Kerry praised Patterson as “one of our nation’s top diplomats deeply respected in the region.” But Patterson is not respected in Egypt, where she served as ambassador during the period when the Muslim Brotherhood was in power. Bridget Johnson at PJ Media reminds us that Patterson stood firmly behind the Brotherhood as it persecuted opponents and attempted to consolidate...
  • Why Stamp of Obama Isn't Sticking

    09/20/2014 6:44:32 PM PDT · by JOHN ADAMS · 19 replies
    email ^ | 09/18/2014 | unknown
    The Postal Services created a stamp with a picture of President Obama on it. The Postal Service noticed that the stamp was not sticking to envelopes. This enraged the President, who demanded a full investigation. After a month of testing and $1.73 million in congressional spending, a special Presidential commission presented the following findings: 1.The stamp is in perfect order. 2. There is nothing wrong with the glue. 3. People are spitting on the wrong side.
  • Dem Rep: 40 American ISIL Fighters Have Already Returned to the United States

    09/20/2014 4:57:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 19, 2014 | Adam Kredo
    These individuals under surveillance, 'being tracked' by the FBI.Rep. Tim Bishop (D., N.Y.) warned during a recent speech that up to 40 radicalized U.S. citizens who have fought alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) have already returned to the United States, where they could pose a terrorist threat. Bishop claims that of the 100 or so Americans who have traveled to the Middle East to join ISIL’s ranks, some 40 have returned and are currently being surveilled by the FBI, according to his remarks, which were filmed and uploaded to YouTube last week. “One of...
  • Ferguson is the Afterlife of Slavery in the Americas

    09/20/2014 4:34:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    La nueva Televisión del Sur C.A. ^ | September 20, 2014 | Yesenia Barragan
    Looking back, perhaps it really is no surprise that Ferguson, Missouri became the latest site in this long war against black lives, given the state of Missouri’s peculiar relationship to slavery in US history.During the hot summer days of August, all eyes were on Ferguson. Hour after hour, journalists on the scene described the murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was getting ready to start college in just a few days, and the unrest that exploded as “shocking,” but for so many black Americans, the scene in Ferguson was all-too-familiar. The ghost of Ferguson appeared earlier in Sanford, Florida on...
  • Petition Urges Obama To Let Border-Jumper Stay in White House

    09/20/2014 4:25:55 PM PDT · by blueyon · 44 replies
    TheDC ^ | 9/20/14 | Neil Munro
    The man who jumped the White House railing Sept. 19 deserves the right to live in President Barack Obama’s home, just as the president is allowing hundreds of thousands of border-jumping Central Americans to live in Americans’ homeland, says a new tongue-in-cheek petition posted at the White House website. “We urge President Obama to immediately and publicly recognize that Mr. Omar J. Gonzalez, an oppressed migrant, was merely looking for a better life when he entered the White House after going over the classist, divisive and needless fence,” says the petition,
  • When Will Darren Wilson Be Charged, If At All? The St. Louis Grand Jury Is Still Deciding

    09/20/2014 4:18:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Bustle ^ | September 20, 2014 | Chris Tognotti
    Don’t forget about Michael Brown and the people of Ferguson. We’ve largely moved on from reading about the daily and nightly protests, civil unrest, and the toxic relationship between the St. Louis County suburb’s police force and its citizens, but this story is far from over — Michael Brown’s killer, after all, is still on paid leave. It all raises an obvious question: When will Officer Darren Wilson be charged for shooting Brown, if at all? The simplest answer is that it could be a long time, if it even happens at all. That’s because the decision whether or not...
  • Is Obama whitewashing a traitor?

    09/20/2014 4:04:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    NYP ^ | September 20, 2014 | Paul Sperry
    Three and a half months have come and gone and the Pentagon has offered no clarity on what happened to alleged Army deserter and Taliban collaborator Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Fellow soldiers and other critics fear the military’s now-delayed investigation is shaping up to be a whitewash. The case has become a political powder keg for President Obama. Since he traded five imprisoned Taliban leaders for Bergdahl, the US Government Accountability Office has declared the swap illegal, and nearly two dozen House Democrats have joined Republicans in officially condemning the move for making “Americans less safe.” ... His platoon mates... “Bergdahl...
  • Man Arrested After Another Security Breach at White House

    09/20/2014 4:02:56 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 23 replies
    NBC News ^ | 09/20/2014 | NBC
    The Secret Service on Saturday arrested another man trying to illegally enter the White House, less than 24 hours after another man jumped a fence, raced across the lawn and made it all the way inside the building.
  • Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate in Wisconsin Plagiarized Jobs Plan from Other Failed Democrats

    09/20/2014 3:46:37 PM PDT · by blueyon · 11 replies
    Breitbrat ^ | 9/20/14 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    In March of this year Mary Burke, the Democratic candidate challenging incumbent Republican Scott Walker in this fall's Wisconsin gubernatorial election, approved the release of a jobs plan that, it now turns out, contains numerous passages plagiarized from the jobs plans of several recent Democratic gubernatorial candidates in other states and at least one passage plagiarized from an Obama White House press release. After BuzzFeed broke the story on Thursday, the Burke campaign announced Friday that it had "terminated" the consultant who had prepared the 40-page jobs plan. Prior to this announcement, the consultant, Eric Schnurer of the Philadelphia firm...
  • Sierra Leone begins three-day shutdown to contain Ebola outbreak

    09/20/2014 3:18:20 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 20 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Friday 19 September 2014 15.55 BST
    Some 6 million residents in Sierra Leone hunkered down at home on Friday as the country began a three-day lockdown aimed at raising awareness about the deadly Ebola virus. The normally crowded streets were empty in the hilly capital, Freetown, with only security officials and essential workers with government passes allowed out. Health workers have struggled to stem the spiraling numbers as residents in rural areas have fled or attacked them. On Thursday, nine members of an education team in Guinea were found with slit throats after panicked residents thought they had come to attack them. Almost 30,000 volunteers have...
  • Democrats Block Bill to Stop Americans Who Join ISIS from Returning to US

    09/20/2014 3:09:29 PM PDT · by walford · 26 replies
    The Minority Report ^ | 09/19/2014 | Staff
    WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today asked for unanimous consent on his bill, the Expatriate Terrorist Act of 2014, that would strip Americans who join ISIS of their citizenship. Senator Hirono, D-Hawaii, objected. In his remarks offering the bill, Sen. Cruz discussed the rising threat of ISIS, his concerns with President Obama’s plans to arm the Free Syrian Army, and the support then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton once gave to legislation, introduced in 2010 by former Senators Joe Lieberman and Scott Brown, that closely mirrors the ETA of 2014. Specifically Sen. Cruz said: “All too often the...
  • Obama, Unions, Trial Bar Take Aim At Franchise Model

    09/20/2014 3:07:41 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Investors.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Stephen Moore
    If the Obama Administration has its way, Ronald McDonald may soon have to wipe that grin off his face as he stands beneath the Golden Arches. One of the most successful models for expanding small-business ownership in America is under full-scale attack from unions and the White House. The political strategy is to fundamentally change the legal relationship between locally owned stores like McDonald's (NYSE:MCD), Popeyes (NASDAQ:PLKI), Taco Bell (NYSE:YUM) and their multibillion-dollar parent companies. No longer would franchisees be legally classified as independent contractors to the parent company. The left wants the employees of each of the hundreds of...
  • The Islamic State . . . of Saudi Arabia [Mohammed Pedophile & MassMurderer: Ordered 700 Beheadings!]

    09/20/2014 3:04:39 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | September 20, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    SEPTEMBER 20, 2014 The Islamic State . . . of Saudi Arabia Between beheadings, they’ll help train the “moderate” Syrian rebels. By Andrew C. McCarthy Andrew C. McCarthy The beheadings over the last several weeks were intended to terrorize, to intimidate, to coerce obedience, and to enforce a construction of sharia law that, being scripturally rooted, is draconian and repressive. And let’s not kid ourselves: We know there will be more beheadings in the coming weeks, and on into the future. Apostates from Islam, homosexuals, and perceived blasphemers will face brutal persecution and death. Women will be treated as chattel...
  • Boehner and Pelosi Unite to Pass Bill Funding Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, Syrian Revolutionaries

    09/20/2014 2:59:46 PM PDT · by chemicalman · 21 replies
    CNSNews ^ | September 17, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) joined forces early Wednesday evening as the House passed a continuing resolution that will fund the government after the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, and that will permit funding for Planned Parenthood (the nation's largest abortion provider), the entirety of Obamacare, and an amendment requested by President Barack Obama "to train and equip appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition." The bill passed 319 to 108 with four members not voting. But there were not enough Republican members to pass the bill without...
  • 2nd security incident at White House in 2 days

    09/20/2014 2:15:57 PM PDT · by McGruff · 80 replies
    CNN ^ | September 20, 2014 | Erin McPike and Cassie Spodak
    <p>In the second security incident at the White House in as many days, an individual failed to stop at the entrance to the White House complex while driving his vehicle, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said.</p>
  • What John Quincy Adams Said About Immigration Will Blow Your Mind

    09/20/2014 1:57:15 PM PDT · by MSSC6644 · 35 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 18, 2014 | D.C. McAllister
    We often hear about the glory days of immigration when America threw open her arms to the huddled masses, but one thing you don’t hear about is how those people had to make it on their own without a government safety net. There was plenty of private charity, which was highly encouraged, but health care, a minimum-wage job, college entrance, housing, legal representation, and education certainly weren’t promised—not like today.
  • Former head of Marine Corps: ‘Not a snowball’s chance In hell’ Obama’s plan succeeds

    09/20/2014 12:54:59 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 20, 2014 | Kellan Howell
    A former Marine Corps Commandant told an audience that President Obama’s strategy to defeat Islamic State militants doesn’t have a “snowball’s chance in hell” of succeeding. Speaking at a conference in Washington, General James Conway, who served as the 34th Commandant of the Marine Crops at the end of the Bush administration and beginning of the Obama administration, said that he was skeptical that the U.S. had reliable ground forces in Iraq, the Daily Caller reported Friday. In June, Gen. Conway blasted the White House over the controversial prisoner swap of five terrorism suspects for alleged deserter Bowe Bergdahl.
  • Obama's ISIS Tap Dance

    09/20/2014 12:20:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 20, 2014 | Amanda Munoz
    Don’t let a rare act of bipartisanship fool you. Just because Congress came together (miraculously and quickly before, ahem, their midterm elections) in passage of a continuing resolution which also authorizes the training and arming of Syrian troops, doesn’t mean that the American people - or the military for that matter – are fully buying into the president’s plan. All the hustle and bustle on Capitol Hill this week laid bare the confusion and political calculation behind the White House’s recent push to go after the ISIS (ISIL) terrorist group, which increases its threats against the U.S. and its...
  • Turkey, Azerbaijan break ground for Trans-Anatolian Gas Pipeline

    09/20/2014 11:43:41 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    Turkey's energy minister has declared a gas pipeline a "peace corridor" linking the Caucasus with the Balkans. "We open the project as a peace corridor that is the result of 15 years hard work by Turkey and Azerbaijan. Through the South Caucasus pipeline and its backbone, the Trans-Anatolia pipeline, we connect the Caucasus with the Balkans. I wish every country could understand the true value of these projects and contribute with us," Taner Yıldız said while speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of the South Caucasus pipeline in Baku on Sept. 20. The minister said energy security "ranks as one of...
  • One in four Americans want their state to secede from the U.S., but why?

    09/20/2014 9:42:40 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 67 replies
    Rueters ^ | September 19, 2014 | Jim Gaines
    For the past few weeks, as Scotland debated the wisdom of independence, Reuters has been asking Americans how they would feel about declaring independence today, not from the United Kingdom, but from the mother country they left England to create. The exact wording of the question was, “Do you support or oppose the idea of your state peacefully withdrawing from the United States of America and the federal government?”
  • IRS Court Update: Judicial Watch Asks Court for Discovery in IRS Scandal

    09/20/2014 9:15:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 19, 2014
    When a government agency becomes abusive and recalcitrant, that agency calls for the need of vigorous, legal challenge. That’s why Judicial Watch is pleased to report that we have filed a Motion for Limited Discovery in our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service. Thus far, the IRS has refused to obey federal court orders to provide information that explains how its “lost and/or stolen” records pertaining to the targeting of conservative groups may be retrieved. And we intend to find out. Remarkably, the IRS has filed a total of seven declarations that make an end...
  • Budget Chief: Denying Climate Change ‘Makes You a Member of the Flat Earth Society’

    09/20/2014 7:41:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 43 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 9/19/2014 | Penny Starr
    Shawn Donovan, director of the Office of Management and Budget, said on Friday that if you don’t believe in climate change and support federal spending to fight it, you believe the earth is flat. “The failure to invest in climate solutions and climate preparedness doesn’t get you membership in a fiscal conservatives caucus,” Donovan said at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. “It makes you a member of the Flat Earth Society.”
  • Even its Creators Want to Shut Down the Government’s Asset-Forfeiture Racket

    09/20/2014 7:40:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 20, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    If you ask me about the most wasteful department in the federal government, IÂ’ll state that there are lots of good choices, but if forced to identify the best candidate for elimination, IÂ’ll go with the Department of Housing and Urban Development.If you ask me about the entitlement program most in need of reform, IÂ’m tempted to say all of them, but ultimately IÂ’ll argue that we should first fix Medicaid by devolving it to the states, accompanied by block grants as a transitional funding mechanism.But if you ask me to identify the most evil and despicable thing that government...