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  • Woman to become NY firefighter despite failing crucial fitness test

    05/03/2015 3:37:24 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 53 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 3 May 2015 | New York Post
    The FDNY for the first time in its history will allow someone who failed its crucial physical-fitness test to join the Bravest, The Post has learned.Rebecca Wax, 33, is set to graduate Tuesday from the Fire Academy without passing the Functional Skills Training test, a grueling obstacle course of job-related tasks performed in full gear with a limited air supply, an insider has revealed.“They’re going to allow the first person to graduate without passing because this administration has lowered the standard,” said the insider, who is familiar with the training.Upon graduation, Wax would be assigned to a firehouse and...
  • The Continuity Of Government – The Mystery Of Peters Mountain

    05/03/2015 5:14:44 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 10 replies
    Noisy Room ^ | May 3 2015 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    A friend sent me an article from Zero Hedge that I find intriguing and it raises far more questions than answers. I did not know that there was something called a PreparAthon held by FEMA on April 30th. Did you? Supposedly the nationwide drills are for – get this – the catastrophic consequences of global warming. Right. Sure it is. I suspect that propagandic line is for the rubes, when in fact what the feds fear the most is an EMP attack or a massive cyber attack. DHS was just all abuzz over this drill evidently. But what caught my...
  • Jack Kelly: Blame the Democrats for Baltimore

    05/03/2015 3:34:53 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 23 replies
    Post Gazette ^ | 5-3-15 | Jack Kelly
    “I think we, as a country, have to do some soul searching” about the rioting in Baltimore, President Barack Obama said Tuesday. Bunk. “We, as a country” are not to blame. First and foremost, blame resides with the thugs who looted stores, burned buildings and automobiles, and assaulted police officers and shopkeepers. Next in order of culpability are the politicians whose belated and timid response allowed the thugs to run amok. The conduct of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has been especially appalling. When violence broke out April 25, city officials protected those who protested peacefully the death in police custody of...
  • Man nearly shot by reserve deputy in road rage incident

    05/03/2015 2:16:56 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 57 replies
    WFAA ^ | April 30, 2015 | WFAA
    SAN MARCOS, Texas – A reserve sheriff's deputy is facing aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges after police say he opened fire on a truck driver he thought had cut him off. After nearly 15 years behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler, Frank Collins III thought he had seen it all. He was wrong. "Never seen nothing like this," the 56-year-old said. "It's just too far-fetched." But what the Fort Worth man experienced late Sunday night actually happened, according to San Marcos police. Collins was driving along an Interstate 35 frontage road outside of Austin when he says he...
  • Our Banking System is a Giant House of Cards

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

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

    05/03/2015 11:47:49 AM PDT · by RedMDer · 24 replies
    nbcwashington.com ^ | May, 3 2015
    Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced she is lifting the curfew in Balitmore, effective immediately. "I have rescinded my order instituting a city-wide curfew. I want to thank the people of Baltimore for their patience," announced Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Twitter. ... When asked what she made of criticisms aimed at her and praise given to Gov. Larry Hogan, she responded, “I'm going to continue to be focused on rebuilding the city.” ...
  • Market Uptrend Stalls; Timing a Choppy Market --Investment Thread for May 3, 2015

    05/03/2015 11:26:09 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 7 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | May 3, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    This past year's choppy indecisive unstable investment market continues as last Friday's IBD down grades our week-old uptrend back to "market under pressure".  Last week's rosy close turned sour for both the S&P500 and the NASDAQ as the major indexes immediately began a week of declines only to turn back up after the outlook was downgraded.  Precious metals weren't immune to the chaos either as they too stammered and fell back toward bases reached last Oct.That's been pretty much the story of the past half-year with market uncertainty taking over.  The irony is that it's actually been a pretty...
  • Two Things You Don’t Know About Roe v. Wade That Will Surprise You

    05/03/2015 11:00:50 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 17 replies
    Time ^ | April 27, 2015 | James Robenalt
    January 22, 1973 is the date that most associate with Roe v. Wade. That is the day when Justice Harry Blackmun read a summary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe and that of its companion case, Doe v. Bolton. Every year there are demonstrations in Washington on January 22 to commemorate or protest the Supreme Court’s decision recognizing a woman’s right to an abortion. But there is another date that actually might be far more significant in the history of these decisions: May 25, 1972. That is when these cases should have been decided, and likely were decided, but...
  • Madison bans discrimination against atheists, non-religious (WI)

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

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

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

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

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

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

    05/03/2015 8:24:32 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/2/2015 | Eric Owens
    The Washington Monthly, a small, bimonthly leftist magazine funded largely by left-leaning philanthropies, sprayed out an email on Friday entitled: “WEEKLY WRAP-UP: Who’s the new Teddy Kennedy?” The magazine promises its story will answer the question: “Who is doing a better job of carrying Teddy Kennedy’s torch: Elizabeth Warren or Cory Booker?” Strangely, the actual piece itself doesn’t mention former Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy by name at all. In any case, The Daily Caller wants to help. Here are five Americans who are doing a great job at being “the new Teddy Kennedy.”
  • Why Do So Many People Hate the Sound of Hillary Clinton's Voice?

    05/03/2015 6:47:04 AM PDT · by lbryce · 134 replies
    New Republic ^ | May 1, 2015 | Elspeth Reeve
    ou know Hillary Clinton’s voice, right? I mean, you know it. It’s just so loud and annoying. Or maybe it's like a nagging wife. Or inauthentic—that phony Southern accent! Those flat Midwestern vowels! Whatever it is, her voice is burned into your brain. Now think of Jeb Bush’s voice. It’s so—wait, what does it sound like again? He sounds just ... like a guy, maybe? It's probably hard for you to recall distinguishing features about most of the Republican candidates. Maybe you don’t know what Ted Cruz sounds like, except that he sounds like a jerk. Why? In part it's...
  • Pro-Putin bikers lay wreath in Vienna en route to Berlin

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

    05/03/2015 6:17:43 AM PDT · by iowamark · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 1, 2015 | Christopher Ingraham
    Gerrymandering -- drawing political boundaries to give your party a numeric advantage over an opposing party -- is a difficult process to explain. If you find the notion confusing, check out the chart above -- adapted from one posted to Reddit this weekend -- and wonder no more. Suppose we have a very tiny state of fifty people. Thirty of them belong to the Blue Party, and 20 belong to the Red Party. And just our luck, they all live in a nice even grid with the Blues on one side of the state and the Reds on the other....
  • Pres. Candidate Bernie Sanders: $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill Could Lower Youth Unemployment

    05/03/2015 5:37:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/02/2015 | by Nicholas Ballasy
    [1]WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said at a town hall meeting the minimum wage should be raised to $15 per hour and advocated for expanding Social Security benefits.“If one person is making $18 million and another person is making $118,000 a year, who pays more into Social Security? Neither, they’re paying the same because there is a cap upon which after you, at a certain level, you don’t pay anything more and that level is about $118,000,” Sanders said at the meeting in Washington.“If you lift that cap, and you don’t have to start at $119,000, you can...
  • Hillary Doesn't Like Unpaid Internships, but Clinton Foundation Sure Does

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

    05/03/2015 5:33:42 AM PDT · by Liz · 26 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 5/3/15 | KYLE SMITH
    Schweizer’s book painstakingly follows the money to such characters as Canadian mining tycoon Frank Giustra, a $31.3M donor to the Clinton Foundation, who chauffeured Bill on his private jet. The details of the sordid Clinton operation vary, but the M.O. is fairly consistent: One: Dodgy rich businessman, often a foreigner with a mega-deal in some corrupt country, possibly run by a dictator, writes a check that buys him the status of friend of Bill Clinton (FOB). The check is payable to the Clinton Foundation, or to Bill himself, as an honorarium for a meaningless idealistic speech that is essentially Bill...
  • Washington - On Hillary Clinton's Age, Republican Rivals Imply -- But Never Say -- She's Old

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

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

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

    05/02/2015 11:42:13 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 71 replies
    Salon ^ | May 2, 2015 | Peter Birkenhead is a writer living in Washington, D.C.
    The GOP’s destructive Vietnam mythology: How the right’s self-glorifying delusions led to decades of avoidable war It only took about five years from the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, for the American right to succeed in burying the moment under mounds of revisionist horse shit. Ronald Reagan, speaking at a campaign appearance in the summer of 1980, said, It is time that we recognized that [the American War in Vietnam] was, in truth, a noble cause… We dishonor the memory of 50 thousand young Americans who died in that cause when we give way to feelings of guilt...
  • The profitable theatrics of riot control

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

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

    05/02/2015 8:02:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    TNR ^ | 05/02/2015 | By Brianne J. Gorod
    This has been a week of surprises from Chief Justice John Roberts. Wednesday he joined the Court’s more liberal members in a 5-4 decision in a significant First Amendment case. Tuesday at the argument in Obergefell v. Hodges, the marriage equality cases, he suggested that a ban on same-sex marriage might present a “straightforward question of sexual discrimination.” These superficially surprising moves support Roberts’s oft-repeated claim that he believes the Justices should decide cases based on the law, not politics. But as Roberts’s tenth term as Chief Justice comes to a close, the biggest tests of that claim are still...
  • Ted Cruz ‘reached out to the Pentagon’ about martial law conspiracy theory

    05/02/2015 6:04:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 432 replies
    MSNBC ^ | May 2, 2015 | Emma Margolin
    Depending on whom you ask, “Jade Helm 15” is either a domestic military training exercise or a covert operation for the federal government to take over the state of Texas – and 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz just became the latest Republican to fan the flames of the latter theory. Speaking at the South Carolina Republican Party’s annual convention Saturday, the Texas senator told Bloomberg’s David Weigel that his office had contacted the Pentagon about the exercise, which officially consists of a series of training drills throughout the Southwest for about 1,200 special operations personnel, including Green Berets and Navy...
  • CDC Report: 35,369 Vehicle Accident Deaths, 505 Gun Accident Deaths

    05/02/2015 5:05:18 PM PDT · by rktman · 66 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/1/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) final report on death statistics for 2013 shows there were 35,369 deaths from motor vehicle accidents versus 505 deaths from the accidental discharge of firearms. That is not a typo—35,369 versus 505. Americans are 70 times more likely to die in a vehicle accident than by the accidental discharge of a firearm. Yet Michael Bloomberg, Moms Demand Action, and Everytown for Gun Safety have not uttered a peep about Ford, Dodge, or Toyota control. They are utterly consumed with a new gun control push framed around accidental firearm deaths.
  • Soros Uses His Foundations to Dodge Taxes

    05/02/2015 4:18:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 1, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    While Obama Inc. targets conservative groups, it isn’t going to annoy the guy who bought its boss his spot in the White House. Soros’ wealth increased tremendously during Obama’s time in office. And much of it came from dodging taxes. You know, the taxes he insists that middle class peons and small business owners need to be socked with. George Soros likes to say the rich should pay more taxes. A substantial part of his wealth, though, comes from delaying them. While building a record as one of the world’s greatest investors, the 84-year-old billionaire used a loophole that allowed...
  • Doubts About Hillary Clinton’s Honesty After Emails: Poll

    05/02/2015 3:28:42 PM PDT · by lbryce · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 1, 2015 | AP
    Americans appear to be suspicious of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s honesty, and even many Democrats are only lukewarm about her presidential candidacy, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. Is she strong and decisive? Yes, say a majority of people. But inspiring and likable? Only a minority think so. Clinton’s struggles to explain her email practices while in government, along with questions about the Clinton Foundation and Republican criticism of her openness, wealth and trustworthiness seem to have struck a nerve in the public’s perception of the dominant Democratic figure in the 2016 campaign. In the survey, 61 percent said “honest”...
  • Flood of Bad News for Hillary Dampens Campaign

    05/02/2015 3:03:09 PM PDT · by lbryce · 50 replies
    WND ^ | May 1, 2015 | Staff
    It’s been a tough week for Hillary Clinton, with a flurry of bad news that is casting further doubt on her prospects for winning the Democratic Party nomination, let alone the White House. She did receive a celebrity endorsement, but, alas, it came from pornographer Larry Flynt, and as Bloomberg’s John Heilemann observes, it “beggars belief that she and her team will be issuing any press releases touting the latest bold-faced name to clamber aboard her bandwagon.” A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds Americans suspicious of Clinton’s honesty, and even many Democrats are only lukewarm about her presidential candidacy. Her...
  • Heiner Proposes E-Verify to Protect Kentucky Jobs, Introduces New Statewide Television Ad

    05/02/2015 3:02:06 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    halheiner.com/ ^ | March 19, 2015
    Republican candidate Hal Heiner announced today his proposal to implement E-Verify in Kentucky, a measure to ensure that Kentucky jobs go to legal Kentucky workers. The E-Verify program allows employers to identify the immigration status of potential hires by checking names against government databases. E-Verify comes at no cost to employers. Heiner’s proposal would require the use of E-Verify to confirm legal worker status for all employers, government employees and government contractors and subcontractors.
  • With membership now voluntary, Wisconsin AFSCME forced into big cutbacks

    05/02/2015 2:54:52 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 5-2-15 | Thomas Lifson
    Governor Scott Walker and the GOP-controlled state legislature freed government employees from involuntary forced union membership, enabling them to choose or not choose to pay dues. The results have shown that roughly two-thirds have not chosen union membership when given the opportunity. And that has meant big cutbacks for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), one of the most left wing and biggest political contributors to Dempcrats among American unions. Steven Verburg of the left wing Wisconsin State Journal of Madison, attempts to soft sell the bad news for lefties: Wisconsin’s three AFSCME councils are merging...
  • Hawaii Raises Smoking Age to 21

    05/02/2015 2:31:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2015 | Dr Mark Skousen
    “The triumph of persuasion over force is a sign of a civilized society.” – Mark and Jo Ann Skousen, “Persuasion vs. Force” pamphlet The governor and the legislature of the state of Hawaii could learn a thing or two from the views my wife Jo Ann and I shared in our pamphlet, “Persuasion vs Force.” Read it here.Last week, Hawaii became the first state to raise the smoking age to 21. Let’s see, now, you can vote and go to war for your country but you can’t pick up a cigarette? What’s going wrong in this country when we...
  • Tavis Smiley: Protests and Riots Could Become the New Normal

    05/02/2015 1:56:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | April 30, 2015 | Tavis Smiley
    It’s a dignity thing — democracy is threatened by racism and poverty. The two seminal pieces of Legislation in the 20th century happened just before the tumult of 1968–the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Fifty years later, we ought to be in a season of celebration. Instead, we find ourselves in an American catastrophe. Trayvon Martin. Eric Garner. Freddie Gray. On April 4, 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. gave the most controversial speech of his life, “Beyond Vietnam.” A year later to the day, almost to the hour, he was assassinated. In that...
  • To Those Who Fear A Runaway Article V State Amendments Convention.

    05/02/2015 1:35:55 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 217 replies
    Vanity (A good one)
    A couple of prominent conservatives have expressed concern over the possibility of a ‘runaway’ Article V state amendments convention. Such is their anxiety that runaway tyranny from Rome-on-the-Potomac pales in comparison to the possible horrors of the states getting together to relieve their people from oppression. Are these concerns fact based or irrational or somewhere in between? An important, and likewise extra-congressional vestige of the federal system of 1787, and quite similar to an Article V state amendments convention in its constitutional foundation remains in force today. It is the familiar Electoral College (EC). Like the state amendments convention, the...
  • Bait And Switch: How Same Sex Marriage Ends Family Autonomy

    05/02/2015 1:29:26 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 6 replies
    THE FEDERALIST ^ | 09 APRIL 2015 | STELLA MORABITO
    Abolishing all civil marriage is the primary goal of the elites who have been pushing same sex marriage. The scheme called “marriage equality” is not an end in itself, and never really has been. The LGBT agenda has spawned too many other disparate agendas hostile to the existence of marriage, making marriage “unsustainable,” if you will. By now we should be able to hear the growing drumbeat to abolish civil marriage, as well as to legalize polygamy and all manner of reproductive technologies.
  • OPD terminates officer who fired 23 times at suspect into parking garage

    05/02/2015 1:22:56 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    Orlando Sentinal ^ | 5-1-15 | David Harris
    The Orlando Police officer accused of shooting through a parking garage has been fired, the department announced Friday. Johnston opened fire 23 times on a suspect fleeing from a downtown Orlando apartment complex with nearly 90 feet and closed metal gates separating him from his target, documents said. OPD fires officer who shot 23 times into parking garage OPD Officer David Johnston has been fired after an internal investigation found he violated department policies. (Video from Fox 35) He is facing the following charges: shooting into an occupied vehicle and discharging a gun in public. The incident started as a...
  • Obama turns a smiling face to Israel. Biden: Iran has enough material for 8 nuclear bombs

    05/02/2015 1:17:23 PM PDT · by Diogenesis · 13 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | May 2, 2015
    Obama turns a smiling face to Israel. Biden: Iran has enough material for 8 nuclear bombs "pRes_ _dent Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have gone out of their way in the last fortnight to shower friendly gestures on Israel, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and even Ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer. .... on April 23, Biden was the keynote speaker at the Israeli embassy’s Independence Day reception. ... Biden went on to warn: “Let’s not kid each other. They already have paved a path to a bomb’s worth of material. Iran could get there now if they walked away...
  • The Fallout of a Bad Deal with Iran

    05/02/2015 1:12:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2015 | Ed Feulner
    Ever since 9/11, whenever Americans seem especially polarized over a controversial issue, you’ll hear pundits recall how united we’d became in the aftermath of that vicious attack. Why, they ask, can’t we be like that again?A big part of the reason, frankly, is a lack of leadership at the top level. The tone set by President Obama and his team as they deal with world affairs hardly inspires confidence, either at home or abroad. And left unchecked, their lack of true resolve can lead to some very serious repercussions.Take our situation with Iran. Some of The Heritage Foundation’s top experts...
  • There was heroism and cruelty on both sides, the truth behind one of Ukraine's deadliest days

    05/02/2015 11:58:20 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 6 replies
    UK Gaurdian ^ | 30 April 2015 | Howard Amos
    The emergency calls became increasingly desperate. “When are you coming? It’s already burning and there are people inside,” a woman told the fire brigade dispatcher. Minutes later, callers started describing how people were jumping from the upper floors. “Have you lost your minds?” one man asked, his voice breaking. “There are women and children in the building!” another man yelled. In one of the most deadly episodes in Ukraine’s turbulent 2014 power transition, 48 people were killed and hundreds injured on 2 May last year in the Black Sea port of Odessa. Street battles culminated in a fatal fire at...
  • On the Cusp of an 'African American Spring'

    05/02/2015 11:57:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | May 1, 2015 | John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. , Former Associate Dean of Harvard College
    Aghast at the sight of the Baltimore riot, I struggled for days to find meaning in what appeared senseless. I searched history for answers, discovering that what's happening through the protests and riots of African Americans throughout the country is similar to the "Arab Spring" that occurred in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria and Bahrain. Are we on the cusp of an "African American Spring" akin the Arab Spring? Perhaps. The Arab Spring was an "awakening" of long-held yearnings for equality led mainly by young, disenfranchised citizens. It began as popular uprisings in the form of local protests, riots, social...
  • My Open Goodbye Letter to the State's Attorney's Office [Fired by Marilyn Mosby]

    05/02/2015 11:15:07 AM PDT · by don-o · 44 replies
    Her Blog ^ | January 14, 2015 | Cristie Cole
    Dear friends & colleagues, I had time to say goodbye to exactly five people on Friday, so if you’ll allow me, I’d like to say goodbye to all of you now. This goodbye is about advocating for those who have been unjustly treated, which is the mandate of our office and the mandate of these circumstances. As many of you know, I was fired on Friday. Maybe I was fired because part of my job was to help our office hold ourselves accountable, to identify — on the basis of actual data — strong performance and areas for improvement. I...
  • EXPLOSIVE – Man Presented on TV as Freddie Gray’s Paddy Wagon Companion IS AN IMPOSTOR

    05/02/2015 11:02:32 AM PDT · by IChing · 150 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 5/2/15 | Sundance
    On April 29th the Washington Post ran an explosive article highlighting information from a passenger who was inside the transport vehicle at the same time Freddie Gray was driven toward central booking. According to the Washington Post source: Freddie Gray was intentionally “trying to injure himself“. On April 30th local Baltimore media outlet WBAL-TV introduced Donta Allen, a person they claimed was the passenger in the transport vehicle. However, THEY ARE NOT THE SAME PERSON. Our research indicates the office of Baltimore State Attorney, Marilyn Mosby, used or allowed one of her deputy State Attorneys, Janice Bledsoe (who was in...
  • Freddie Gray’s Knife – Why is Prosecutor Claiming Unlawful Arrest?

    05/02/2015 10:14:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 128 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | May 2, 2015 | Andrew Branca
    Is Prosecutor Mosby correct that Gray’s arrest was unlawful because knife was legal?A new talking point claiming that Freddie Gray’s original arrest was unlawful has arisen, propelled by the claim yesterday by Prosecutor Mosby that the knife seized from Gray by police was legal to possess in Maryland. As reported by the New York Times: Ms. Mosby faulted the police conduct at every turn. The officers who arrested him “failed to establish probable cause for Mr. Gray’s arrest, as no crime had been committed,” she said, describing the arrest as illegal. Officers accused him of possession of a switchblade, but...
  • Additional thoughts about the Freddie Gray case

    05/02/2015 9:52:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    PowerLine ^ | May 1, 2015 | Paul Mirengoff
    I have posted my initials thoughts on the criminal charges against six Baltimore police officers. Former federal prosecutor Bill Otis has offered more extensive, and better-informed, observations. Among them are the following, all of which make good sense to me: Will the mob tolerate an acquittal? The calls in recent days have been for “justice.” I have considerable doubt whether those doing the loudest calling have even a slight interest in justice. I think they want to see policemen and policewomen punished simply because of who they are. If that is true, then the riots we have seen up to...
  • Dan Abrams on GMA: Baltimore Prosecutor ‘Overreached’

    05/02/2015 9:09:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Mediaite ^ | May 2, 2015 | Matt Wilstein
    Mediaite founder and ABC News Chief Legal Analyst Dan Abrams was on Good Morning America Saturday to weigh in on the charges brought against six Baltimore police officers by Maryland State Attorney Marilyn Mosby in the death of Freddie Gray. Asked if he thinks the charges will “stick,” Abrams said he had his doubts. “I think some of the lesser convictions will likely stick in certain cases, but I think most of the more serious charges, it’s going to be really tough to get convictions on a lot of these charges,” he said. “I think it is fair to say...