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  • Rescued sailboat family returns safely to California aboard Navy ship

    04/09/2014 3:32:32 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 77 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/9/14 | Marty Graham
    (Reuters) - A family of four rescued from their sailboat after their infant daughter became seriously ill at sea returned safely to San Diego on Wednesday aboard a U.S. warship that picked them up in the Pacific over the weekend, a Navy spokeswoman said. The parents, Eric and Charlotte Kaufman, and their two daughters, 3-year-old Cora and 1-year-old Lyra, left the Navy frigate Vandegrift after the ship arrived in port around 10 a.m. local time and proceeded to their family doctor, according to Lieutenant Lenaya Rotklein of the Third Fleet. Rotklein declined to give any further information about the arrival...
  • Conservative media is unintentionally protecting Obama

    04/08/2014 1:48:35 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 5, 2014 | John Podhoretz
    When it comes to Obama-era scandals, the American Right’s predominant emotion is frustration — a frustration that causes hypertension levels usually seen only in Cubs fans and the unfortunates hired to do PR for Lindsay Lohan and Shia LeBoeuf... --snip-- Why is this happening? Ironically, the mainstream media heavyweights may feel liberated from the responsibility of covering Obama administration malfeasances because of the existence of the alternative conservative media that have arisen over the past 20 years — talk radio, Fox News, and multiple websites...
  • How curbing climate change can prevent Russia from becoming a superpower

    03/12/2014 7:52:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 53 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 12, 2014 | By Matthew Fleischer
    --BIG SNIP-- Putin has said that "two or three degrees" of climate change could be good for Russia, in that it would reduce heating costs and increase crop yields. Of course Russia will face harsh consequences from global warming as well. Wildfires and drought have hit the country hard in recent years -- trends that will likely only worsen as the planet continues to heat up. So for all you out there blasé about climate change, you may want to take a long hard look at your position -- because it doesn’t take that much effort to see a post-global...
  • US to boycott G8 Summit in Sochi unless Russia reverses course on Ukraine

    03/04/2014 5:39:21 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 63 replies
    FOX News and AP ^ | March 4, 2014
    The United States took another punitive measure against Russia Tuesday, announcing it would not participate in a G8 Summit scheduled for Sochi in June unless Moscow reversed course on Ukraine, Reuters reported. The move followed an hour-long phone conversation between President Obama and West German Chancellor Angela Merkel that senior administration officials told Fox News focused on trying to construct a diplomatic off-ramp to get Russian President Vladimir Putin to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine. The White House released a statement saying the two leaders “agreed on the importance of de-escalating the situation, including through the deployment international observers and...
  • Daily Kos Publishes Worst Comic Ever: The One Rich Guy

    02/17/2014 10:04:39 AM PST · by therightliveswithus · 70 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 2/17/14 | Aurelius
    If you thought that the Left's arguments in favor of wealth-redistribution were factless and short-sighted, you haven't read "The One Rich Guy," a new comic published on the Daily Kos today. It has everything a liberal could want: a stereotypical, evil rich man with a top hat and monocle, people making fun of capitalism, and no logical explanation as to why any of this might happen and no solutions. And, of course, it relies heavily on the fallacy that if someone is rich, why, he must be stealing from everyone else! Gird your loins. The comic is called "The Modern...
  • ANOTHER impossibly stupid Common Core worksheet sure to make your kid a moron

    02/13/2014 8:05:41 AM PST · by rktman · 82 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/12/2014 | Eric Owens
    Here is the latest in a long line of frighteningly stupid Common Core math worksheets to bubble up courtesy of Twitter, according to Twitchy.
  • Lights Out for NSA? Maryland Lawmakers Push to Cut Water, Electricity to Spy Agency Headquarters

    02/10/2014 9:45:10 AM PST · by detective · 41 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | 2/10/2014 | Steven Nelson
    The National Security Agency’s headquarters in Ft. Meade, Md., will go dark if a cohort of Maryland lawmakers has its way. Eight Republicans in the 141-member Maryland House of Delegates introduced legislation Thursday that would deny the electronic spy agency “material support, participation or assistance in any form” from the state, its political subdivisions or companies with state contracts. The bill would deprive NSA facilities water and electricity carried over public utilities, ban the use of NSA-derived evidence in state courts and prevent state universities from partnering with the NSA on research.
  • California spends $1.37M on ObamaCare web stream featuring Richard Simmons

    01/31/2014 5:19:58 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Fox ^ | 1-30-14 |
    Facing a $78 million budget shortfall, California’s ObamaCare exchange has spent $1.37 million to fund an outreach video featuring exercise guru Richard Simmons gyrating on the floor and hugging a contortionist who is kneeling with his buttocks in the air. The “Tell a Friend — Get Covered” campaign by Covered California features other celebrities Olivia Wilde, comic Billy Eirchner, Fran Drescher and Tatyana Ali. The centerpiece of the effort was an eight-hour live web stream that ran on Jan. 16. None of the celebrities were paid for their work, Covered California said.
  • Sexual revolution leaving American women plagued by anxiety disorders

    01/25/2014 10:06:17 AM PST · by usalady · 101 replies
    Examiner ^ | Jan, 24, 2013 | Martha
    In spite of their advances in education and the workforce anxiety disorders are replacing happiness for American women. Sexual liberation was supposed to bring equality for females that expected fulfillment with the freedom to pursue lust without expecting committed relationships.
  • Wall Street adviser: Actual unemployment is 37.2%, 'misery index' worst in 40 years

    01/21/2014 9:23:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 21, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Don't believe the happy talk coming out of the White House, Federal Reserve and Treasury Department when it comes to the real unemployment rate and the true “Misery Index.” Because, according to an influential Wall Street advisor, the figures are a fraud. In a memo to clients provided to Secrets, David John Marotta calculates the actual unemployment rate of those not working at a sky-high 37.2 percent, not the 6.7 percent advertised by the Fed, and the Misery Index at over 14, not the 8 claimed by the government. Marotta, who recently advised those worried about an imploding economy to...
  • What Sarah Palin gets totally wrong about MLK Day and the 'race card' (Must've hit a nerve)

    01/21/2014 12:55:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Week ^ | January 21, 2014 | Peter Weber, senior editor
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) caused a small kerfuffle on Monday by requesting of President Obama, on her Facebook page: "Mr. President, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and all who commit to ending any racial divide, no more playing the race card." Nobody seems quite sure what prompted the request, though USA Today and Talking Points Memo, among others, suggest it was a new Obama profile in The New Yorker, in which the president famously says that marijuana is no worse for people than cigarettes and alcohol. In the germane passage regarding race, Obama tells interviewer David...
  • Michelle Obama Photobombs Miami Heat

    01/21/2014 7:03:28 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    ABC ^ | 1/21/14
    ...Michelle Obama teamed up with basketball star Lebron James and his teammates from the Miami Heat for a new ad to promote healthy eating as part of the first lady’s “Let’s Move” campaign. The ad, which premiered on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday, features Miami Heat players Dwayne Wade and Ray Allen and Head Coach Erick Spoelstra talking about the importance of eating healthy. But the first lady, James and Chris Bosh make cameos of their own – photobombing Wade and Allen as by eating apples, drinking water, and even dunking a small basketball behind them as they speak. The...
  • California Democrats will push background checks for ammunition

    01/10/2014 5:27:25 PM PST · by lowbridge · 38 replies
    washington post ^ | january 10, 2014 | reid wilson
    Following passage last year of some of the strongest gun-control laws in the nation in the wake of the school shooting in Newton, Conn., leading California Democrats will open a new front in the fight against gun violence this year with a proposal to conduct background checks on people who purchase ammunition. State Senate Democrats will push to require a comprehensive background check on anyone seeking to purchase ammunition, and to require a one-year permit for ammunition purchases. “Anyone can walk into any gun store, a bait and tackle store, and purchase all the ammunition they want to, no questions...
  • The Roberts Trap Is Sprung

    01/03/2014 4:49:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 202 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 2, 2014 | Bill Dunne
    One of the most overlooked aspects of the year just ended is the vindication of Chief Justice John Roberts -- a vindication that showed up as the national catastrophe known as ObamaCare got rolling. Roberts may have also doomed Hillary Clinton's chance to live in the White House again. The chief justice, an appointee of President George W. Bush and reputedly a constitutionalist in his jurisprudence, set his diabolical trap (diabolical to Democrats) on June 28, 2012, when he joined with the four liberal justices on the Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of ObamaCare. Conservatives and Republicans across the...
  • Hitler Finds Out McConnell Is Losing To Matt Bevin

    12/31/2013 7:02:35 AM PST · by skinkinthegrass · 6 replies ^ | ???? | RINOeradicator
    Hitler Finds Out McConnell Is Losing To Matt Bevin; self explanatory
  • Some Parents Upset After L.I. School Removes Religious References From ‘Silent Night’

    12/19/2013 9:36:42 AM PST · by grundle · 25 replies
    CBS New York ^ | December 19, 2013
    KINGS PARK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – The song “Silent Night” is at the heart of a concert controversy on Long Island. Kings Park school officials removed several religious references, including “Holy infant” and “Christ the Savior,” from the popular Christmas carol before a student concert last week, WCBS 880′s Mike Xirinachs reported. The intent was to avoid offending non-Christians, but the change left others upset.
  • FDA puts anti-bacterial soaps under scrutiny [Keep the Feds out of my bathroom!]

    12/17/2013 4:40:37 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 78 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/17/13 | Gregory Karp and Ellen Jean Hirst
    After decades of debate, questions may finally be answered about whether anti-bacterial soaps — used daily in homes, schools and elsewhere — are safe. It's an important issue because many health officials say the products offer no benefit over washing with regular soap and water. The Food and Drug Administration on Monday proposed a rule that would force makers of anti-bacterial hand soaps and body washes to prove with clinical studies that their productsare both safe to use and more effective than regular soap in preventing illness and the spread of infections. If manufacturers can't prove their claims, the products...
  • Suspension of 5th grader over imaginary bow could land school in lawsuit

    12/11/2013 7:51:43 AM PST · by 2nd amendment mama · 69 replies
    WBTW News 13 ^ | 12/11/2013 | Julie Roy
    Johnny Jones who attends school in Fawn Grove, Pa., was suspended from school for a day after he made an imaginary bow out of his pencil, pulled back an imaginary string and shot his imaginary arrow. That was back in October and now his parents are deciding on whether or not to bring legal action. Ten-year-old Johnny Jones was disciplined under the school's zero-tolerance weapons policies. Apparently he asked the teacher for a pencil and while he was walking back to his seat, a classmate held his folder up like an imaginary gun and "shot" at Johnny. Johnny played along...
  • Regulators Vote to Back Volcker Rule

    12/10/2013 11:18:58 AM PST · by oblomov · 58 replies
    WSJ ^ | 10 Dec 2013 | Scott Patterson, Shayndi Raice, Katy Burne
    <p>WASHINGTON—All five regulatory agencies put to a vote and approved the Volcker rule on Tuesday, ushering in a new era of tough oversight that drills to the core of Wall Street's profitable markets and trading businesses.</p> <p>The rule will put in place new hurdles for banks that buy and sell securities on behalf of clients, known as market making, and will restrict compensation arrangements that encourage risky trading. The Fed also approved an extension to give banks until July 2015 to comply with the rule, though firms will be expected to make "good faith" efforts to get into compliance earlier.</p>
  • Free Money Math vs. 100% Gold Backed Dollar

    11/28/2013 7:36:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | November 28, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    In the wake of all the misguided pleas for negative interest rates in Europe (hoping to get banks to lend), comes news US banks warn Fed interest cut could force them to charge depositors. Leading US banks have warned that they could start charging companies and consumers for deposits if the US Federal Reserve cuts the interest it pays on bank reserves. Depositors already have to cope with near-zero interest rates, but paying just to leave money in the bank would be highly unusual and unwelcome for companies and households. The warning by bank executives highlights the dangers of one...
  • This video shows Libruls discussing ObamaCare {Snark intended.]

    11/20/2013 11:59:51 AM PST · by DanMiller
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | November20, 2013 | Dan Miller
    They are (as always) having a calm, rational and peaceful discussion, this time in New York City. It's about how to turn ObamaCare to their advantage. They concluded that it must be made Shari compliant.[youtube=] Video linkThe erroneous labeling is understandable, but look closely and perhaps President Obama can be seen. Unfortunately, DNC Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz appears not to have been available to guide the discussion. [youtube=] Video linkPerhaps she will make herself available next time.
  • These Are The 27 Dumbest Things That Have Ever Happened. Seriously, Go Back To Kindergarten.

    11/12/2013 7:58:10 PM PST · by EveningStar · 63 replies
    Viral Nova ^ | November 6, 2013
    It’s impossible to say how or why these people got so misguided, but the result is absolutely hilarious. These are the dumbest things that have happened in the history of man and, although it’s funny, it could make anyone lose their faith in humanity. Every new generation is apparently worse than the last.
  • Debt Ceiling proposal and the National Debt(Vanity)

    10/10/2013 3:58:09 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 10 replies
    various | 10/10/2013 | me
    Lets raise the Debt Ceiling to 100 Trillion dollars,it's all borrowed money anyway,digitized,monetized,whatever.We pay off the 17 Trillion dollar debt,send everyone in the United States a check for a 1000 dollars and there will be trillions left over to fund everything!
  • POLITICO poll: Plurality of Virginians favors EPA climate rule

    10/08/2013 7:08:17 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 37 replies ^ | 10/7/2013 | By ANDREW RESTUCCIA
    GOP efforts to demonize the EPA’s climate change regulations haven’t found a groundswell of support in Virginia, where voters are more likely to favor the rules than oppose them, according to a new poll commissioned by POLITICO. The poll, conducted by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling and the Republican firm Harper Polling using automated survey methodology, found that 45 percent of likely voters support new EPA climate regulations for coal-fired power plants, an issue that has become a flashpoint in the Virginia governor’s race. Thirty-three percent of likely voters say they oppose the regulations and 22 percent aren’t sure.
  • Los Angeles students get iPads for classroom, play video games instead

    10/07/2013 8:33:21 PM PDT · by grundle · 21 replies ^ | October 7, 2013 | Chris Morris
    You have to give school officials in Los Angeles credit for a good idea: put iPads in the hands of over 650,000 students to give them the most advanced learning tools available in an effort to boost their interest in academics. But the $1 billion plan is taking some heat after students in the nation's second-largest school district cracked the tablets’ security settings to forgo reading, writing and ‘rithmetic and instead post on Facebook and play games during class time.
  • Friends Without Benefits

    10/01/2013 11:45:56 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    September 26, 2013 | Nancy Jo Sales
    Friends Without Benefits (Vanity Fair can only be linked to.)
  • Barbara Walters Apologizes to Katy Perry: "If I Made You Feel at All Unhappy...I'm Sorry"

    10/01/2013 6:02:04 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 50 replies
    E! ^ | Zach Johnson
    When Katy Perry was chosen as one of Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011, it should have been an honor. Instead, the "Dark Horse" singer was petrified that the esteemed journalist would discover her marriage to Russell Brand was on the rocks... I was just exhausted and stressed." "I'd prepped everyone that I was running late, but Barbara showed up at the original time anyway," the singer continues. "When I got there, I apologized immediately, but then she said to me, 'You know, I've only ever waited for one other person this long, and you know who that...
  • Handshake With Iran Might Say Much More [NY Times Fantasy]

    09/25/2013 3:53:13 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 9/23/13 | Mark Landler
    It has become the diplomatic big tease of the year, a rumored geopolitical rendezvous that, if not quite as momentous as Nixon and Mao in 1972, would still rank as a landmark encounter for two countries that have been estranged for more than three decades. So, will President Obama actually shake hands with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran at the United Nations on Tuesday, when both men are scheduled to speak to the General Assembly? On Monday, the White House insisted again that there was no meeting with Mr. Rouhani on the president’s schedule. But administration officials did nothing to...
  • Climate Change Causes Everything Bad [Attempted humor]

    09/19/2013 8:16:16 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 2 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | September 19, 2013 | Dan Miller
    Editor’s note: This is a guest post by my (imaginary) friend, the Very Honorable Ima Librul, Senator from the great State of Confusion Utopia. He is a founding member of CCCEB (Climate Change Causes Everything Bad), a charter member of President Obama’s Go For it Team, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the Meretricious Relations Subcommittee. He is also justly proud of his expertise in the care and breeding of green unicorns, for which his Save the Unicorns Foundation has received substantial Federal grants. We are honored to have a post of this caliber by a quintessential Librul such as...
  • Let Johnny Manziel be himself (Hey, he's buying the beer!)

    09/11/2013 6:04:26 AM PDT · by Bender2 · 92 replies
    ESPN ^ | 9-10-13 | Kevin Van Valkenburg
    Let Johnny Manziel be himself By Kevin Van Valkenburg There is a vocal contingent of college football fans, and an even louder collection of media pundits, sports moralists and general know-it-alls, who cannot wait for Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel to grow the hell up. -snip- I want him to put on the black hat, so to speak, and score 100 touchdowns, steal 100 girlfriends, draw 100 penalties, and apologize for nothing. If he played the rest of the season like a cross between Ric Flair and Roddy Piper, I'd be ecstatic. I'd high-five my television screen. If he makes...
  • Lowell Observatory Pushes To Name an Asteroid "Trayvon"

    09/07/2013 10:46:31 AM PDT · by Quintus · 41 replies
    Slashdot ^ | 9-5-2013 | Flash Modin
    'William Lowell Putnam III says his family has identified with the cause of African American rights, and thus an asteroid named after Trayvon Martin is perfectly appropriate.'
  • Texting a Driver Could Get You in Trouble [ Idiot Judged in Christie's New Jersey]

    08/29/2013 6:00:20 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    New Jersey drivers face fines for texting while driving and prison time when they cause death or injury. Now, a state appellate court has decided it's not just drivers who can wind up in trouble for texting: Message senders can also be held responsible in civil cases, if they know the recipient is driving and likely to read the text while behind the wheel. In an opinion published Tuesday, the appellate court agreed with a Morris County Superior Court judge's decision to dismiss a claim against a 17-year-old girl who texted 18-year-old Kyle Best before his pickup crossed the center...
  • Ted Cruz blames Egyptian violence on Obama’s disregard for foreign aid law

    08/16/2013 1:12:41 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 75 replies ^ | AUGUST 16, 2013 | JOEL GEHRKE
    President Obama has “contributed to [Egypt's] descent into chaos” by providing foreign aid to the military regime while maintaining an otherwise “detached and abstract” position, according to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who called for an end to financial support. “President Obama’s detached and abstract statement yesterday on deteriorating conditions in Egypt is only the most recent manifestation of this administration’s failed policy in that country,” Cruz said. “As there can no longer be any reasonable doubt that what occurred in July was a military coup, the first step is to send an unequivocal message that the United States is a...
  • NAACP ripped for demanding federal probe of rodeo clown dressed as Obama

    08/15/2013 11:30:53 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 45 replies
    FOX News ^ | Aug 15, 2013 | By Joshua Rhett Miller
    Calls by the Missouri chapter of the NAACP for a federal investigation into a rodeo clown who donned a President Obama mask at the state fair last week are misguided and hypocritical, a Texas Republican congressman told on Thursday. U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, who has invited the clown who wore the mask to perform in Texas, said the request for probes into the incident by the Justice Department and Secret Service are “silly” and should be ignored. “A rodeo clown is really a nominal thing and it hurt no one,” Stockman told “They didn’t speak out when George...
  • Why Romney Lost

    08/08/2013 10:31:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 92 replies
    Townhall ^ | 08/08/2013 | Jack Kerwick
    In his latest book, Collision 2012, Dan Balz, a Washington Post writer, expresses his incredulity over “the inability” of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign to “humanize” its candidate. This is one reason why, in Balz’s estimation, Romney lost the 2012 election to Barack Obama. Yet there are two other reasons that he supplies to account for Romney’s defeat. The one pertains to the “technically superior” character of his rival’s campaign. The other is in regard to Romney’s “ambivalence” concerning his bid for the presidency. The first thing that should be noted is that if Romney’s consultants had difficulty in “humanizing” their...
  • The new power triangle [McCain, Schumer & Hussein's CoS...Three Morons]

    07/24/2013 2:28:24 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/23/13 | By MIKE ALLEN and JIM VANDEHEI
    Barack Obama, to hear his advisers tell it, has finally found The One he has been looking for: John McCain. “We have been looking literally for years for someone we can cut deals with, and finally someone has stepped up,” a White House official said. West Wing aides say they now talk with McCain roughly every other day. McCain, to hear fellow Republicans tell it, has finally found The Two he has needed to make such conversations worth the bother: Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat who can actually get things done in the Senate, and Denis McDonough, a White House...
  • The Racist History of Sanford, Florida

    07/19/2013 6:59:24 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 18 replies
    Afro ^ | 7/17/13 | Sean Yoes
    (Originally published March 28, 2012) When I first heard the murder of Trayvon Martin took place in Sanford, Florida the first person I thought about was the late, legendary sports editor of the AFRO, Sam Lacy, a member of the journalists’ wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame. When I became a reporter for the AFRO in 1989 I was blessed to share the same office with Mr. Lacy; I couldn’t put a price on the education in journalism and history he gave me that first year. But, the series of stories he told me about his involvement in Jackie...
  • Norway to Draft Women Into Armed Forces

    06/19/2013 10:27:41 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 51 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 16, 2013, 5:14 p.m | ELLEN EMMERENTZE JERVELL
    The small Scandinavian nation said it would be the first nation in NATO to draft females into military service after decades of confining its conscription activities to men. "We are sending a signal that, once again, Norway's thinking ahead when it comes to equality, Norway's foreign minister, Espen Barth Eide said in an interview Sunday, two days after the parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor of a new law mandating the drafting of women. About 10% of Norway's military is currently female, but the goal is to take the number to 20% by 2020. Norway has long considered itself a forerunner...
  • Taliban to Hold Talks With U.S., Afghanistan [Obama Embraces Terror]

    06/18/2013 9:35:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 6/18/13 | Nathan Hodge , Ehsanullah Amiri
    The Taliban said they were opening an office in Qatar to start peace talks with the Afghan government and revive talks with the U.S., taking an important step toward ending a conflict that has dragged on for over a decade.
  • A Little Context for John Kerry’s Generous Gift of Our Money to Our Islamic Enemies

    06/08/2013 5:50:54 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 14 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | June 7, 2013
    If this story has you scratching your head in confusion: Secretary of State John Kerry quietly acted last month to give Egypt $1.3 billion in U.S. military aid, deciding that this was in the national interest despite Egypt’s failure to meet democracy standards.;_ylt=A2KJ2PZbvrFRxWgA7YHQtDMD Kerry made the decision well before an Egyptian court this week convicted 43 democracy workers, including 16 Americans, in what the United States regards as a politically motivated case against pro-democracy non-governmental organizations. Rights groups believe Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi is retreating from democratic freedoms, notably in a new civil society law and in proposals for...
  • Rand Paul: 'When Republican Party looks like the rest of America, we'll win'

    06/02/2013 7:39:36 AM PDT · by Innovative · 163 replies
    Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo News ^ | June 2, 2013 | Mark Trumbull
    Rand Paul is the latest Republican to tell his party to open up to a wider range of views within its ranks. "The party can be big enough to allow people who don't all agree on every issue," Senator Paul told an audience in California, a state that produced three Republican presidents in the 20th century but now votes reliably Democratic. "When the Republican Party looks like the rest of America, we'll win again," he said. "It's not going to change who I am or what I talk about but I think we can be a big enough party to...
  • George W. Bush Expresses Thoughts on Immigration Reform, Bushily

    05/30/2013 3:53:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    "I think the atmosphere, unlike when I tried it, is better, maybe for the wrong reason. The right reason is it's important to reform a broken system. I'm not sure a right reason is that in so doing we win votes. I mean when you do the right thing, I think you win votes, as opposed to doing something that's the right thing to win votes. Maybe there's no difference there. It seems like there is to me though." —George W. Bush on immigration reform, according to the Huffington Post.
  • Law would stop Tesla electric car sales in NC

    05/11/2013 5:41:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 46 replies
    News Observer ^ | 5/09/13 | John Murawski
    To date, 80 North Carolina residents have squeezed their savings for the bragging right of owning the Tesla Model S electric car, some paying more than $100,000 for their g-force ride, but they may be among the last. A legislative proposal, backed by the N.C. Automobile Dealers Association, would make it illegal for Tesla, or any other car maker, to bypass dealerships and sell directly in the state. The proposal cuts at the heart of Tesla’s business model: selling luxury cars over the phone or Internet and then delivering them to the front door of high-net-worth customers. **SNIP** The whole...
  • Jeff Flake hints: I’ll support expanded background checks in return for changes on Internet sales

    05/07/2013 11:05:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 7, 2013 | Allahpundit
    A week ago, he noted on his Facebook page that his poll numbers after voting no on Toomey/Manchin put him somewhere south of “pond scum.” Today, this. He won’t face the voters again for five and a half years, but he shares a home state with Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly. They can hurt him by campaigning against him in 2018 more than they can anyone else in the Senate. No wonder he’s looking for ways to flip: Republican Sen. Jeff Flake told CNN he is willing to reverse his opposition to expanding background checks for guns if the Senate...
  • Marco Rubio’s press secretary likens non-citizen permanent residency to slavery

    04/21/2013 10:09:55 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 191 replies
    Twitchy ^ | Monday April 22, 2013
    Alex Conant @AlexConant: "We haven't had a cohort of people living permanently in US without full rights of citizenship since slavery". Mind you, he isn’t talking only about illegal immigrants. He’s talking about any non-citizen who lives in this country permanently, including millions of Green Card holders. And by implication: Conn Carroll @conncarroll: For those of you keeping score at home, Rubio spokesman @AlexConant just compared all Schumer-Rubio opponents to slave owners If this is Team Rubio’s strategy for winning over conservatives, good luck with that.
  • Jamie Foxx Wears Trayvon Martin Shirt At MTV Movie Awards

    04/15/2013 5:37:04 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    Policy Mic Blog ^ | 4/14/13 | Laura Donovan
    Foxx, who will receive the MTV Generation Award tonight, is wearing a shirt featuring the late Trayvon Martin's face on the red carpet. As we all know, Martin died last year after getting into an altercation with George Zimmerman, who became suspicious of the teenager's hoodie. The whole story was tragic on so many levels, but Foxx showed his support for the young man wh died before his time at tonight's show. "As a comedian, Academy award-winning actor and Grammy award-winning artist, Jamie Foxx is a triple threat superstar unlike any we've seen in a long time," Stephen Friedman, MTV...
  • Gold-sucking technique dredges up California controversy

    04/14/2013 7:53:19 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 14, 2013 | Michelle Macaluso
    A legal battle is brewing over whether California gold miners should be allowed to vacuum up the bottoms of rivers. The controversy is about a process called suction dredge mining, a practice popularized on the Discovery Channel show "Bering Sea Gold" but banned for the last four years in California, as state courts continue to weigh new environmental regulations. "Suction dredging is the best way to extract gold from the environment," said Craig Lindsay, a former dredger and president of the Western Mining Alliance, an advocacy group working to protect mining rights in Western States. Suction dredge mining is a...
  • EPA Increases Mandates For Fuels That Don't Exist

    02/26/2013 4:56:20 PM PST · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 26, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Energy: In yet another green folly, the lawless Environmental Protection Agency continues to fine gasoline producers for not using cellulosic biofuels in quantities that don't exist, making only more pain at the pump. Last month, a federal court dealt a serious blow to the Environmental Protection Agency's renewable fuels push by ruling that the agency exceeded its authority by mandating refiners use cellulosic biofuels, which aren't commercially available. The EPA's lawless response in a lawless administration was to raise its requirements. In 2005 and 2007, Congress twice amended the Clean Air Act to establish a renewable fuel standard (RFS) that...
  • Goldman Sachs Made 400 Million Betting On Food Prices In 2012 While Hundreds Of Millions Starved

    01/27/2013 6:18:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    TEC ^ | 01/25/2013 | Michael Snyder
    Why does it seem like wherever there is human suffering, some giant bank is making money off of it? According to a new report from the World Development Movement, Goldman Sachs made about 400 million dollars betting on food prices last year. Overall, 2012 was quite a banner year for Goldman Sachs. As I reported in a previous article, revenues for Goldman increased by about 30 percent in 2012 and the price of Goldman stock has risen by more than 40 percent over the past 12 months. It is estimated that the average banker at Goldman brought in a...
  • Sunstein: Obama Wants 'Second Bill of Rights' (modeled after 1944 FDR State of the Union speech)

    01/29/2013 10:48:42 AM PST · by drewh · 65 replies
    Big Government ^ | 28 Jan 2013 | by Breitbart News
    Former Obama administration regulatory czar Cass Sunstein has published an op-ed: that the president wants a "second Bill of Rights" alongside the existing one. Sunstein located the source of Obama's inspiration in Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1944 State of the Union address, rather than the South African constitution--though the American academics whose writings inspired South Africa's ambitious Bill of Rights could well have taken Roosevelt's proposals as their foundation. Roosevelt's Second Bill of Rights--not a list of constitutional amendments, but policy goals--was as follows: In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak,...