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  • Fmr. Top CIA Analyst: Chinese ‘Believe Obama Is Fundamentally Weak and Disinterested’

    07/09/2014 4:08:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 8, 2014 - 10:48 AM | Tyler McNally
    Chinese officials believe that Pres. Obama is “fundamentally weak and disinterested” regarding Chinese aggression, says Christopher Johnson, a former top CIA analyst and current senior advisor to the Center For Strategic & International Studies on China Studies. “They believe Obama is fundamentally weak and disinterested,” Johnson says, warning, “We need a lot more weight on the economic side, because that’s what keeps your relationship from tipping into a Cold War relationship.” The Philippines, Vietnam, Japan, Malaysia, Brunei, Taiwan and India all face illegal maritime or territorial claims by China, Forbes reports, citing China’s interest in taking over the natural resources...
  • Public defenders fired for anti-Arab postings

    07/08/2014 8:28:50 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 7/8/14 | Brittany Wallman and Rafael Olmeda
    Two Broward County assistant public defenders were fired Tuesday for Facebook comments calling Palestinians "cockroaches" and "filthy swine." Bruce Raticoff and Gary Sheres both lost their jobs, as outrage built after the Sun Sentinel published an article including the Facebook comments a week ago, Public Defender Howard Finkelstein said. The remarks from the two mens' personal Facebook accounts last week were posted under an item about Palestinians allegedly celebrating the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teen boys. The killings were blamed on the Islamic militant group Hamas. "They are the filthy swine they don't eat. Their ignorance to the...
  • Britain's Lost Freedoms: 'We're Living in a Madhouse'

    07/08/2014 4:49:41 AM PDT · by xzins · 28 replies
    CBN ^ | Tuesday, July 08, 2014 | Dale Hurd
    LONDON - America owes much of its freedom to its British heritage. But today, Britain is losing its freedom. Many Americans were stunned when British authorities arrested Liberty Great Britain party leader Paul Weston in April for publicly reciting Winston Churchill's criticism of Islam. The calendar might say it's 2014, but in Britain it's starting to feel like George Orwell's "1984" because "Big Brother" has decided that certain things can no longer be said. Arrested over Churchill Weston quoted from Winston Churchill's book, The River War, in which he wrote: "How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its...
  • UN pushes for migrants to be called refugees

    07/08/2014 2:03:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 8, 2014 12:02 AM EDT | Alberto Arce and Marcos Aleman
    United Nations officials are pushing for many of the Central Americans fleeing to the U.S. to be treated as refugees displaced by armed conflict, a designation meant to increase pressure on the United States to accept tens of thousands of people currently ineligible for asylum. Officials with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees say they hope to see a regional agreement on that status Thursday when migration and interior department representatives from the U.S., Mexico, and Central America meet in Nicaragua. The group will discuss updating a 30-year-old declaration regarding the obligations nations have to aid refugees. …
  • From His Cold Dead Hands: When Should Grandpa Give Up His Guns?

    07/05/2014 9:31:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 5, 2014 | Bill Briggs
    Many Baby Boomers already dread “the talk” –- suggesting their aging parents surrender car keys –- but now two geriatric experts say another thorny, family question must be asked of some elderly folks. Is it time to give up your gun? In a recently published paper, the two physicians offer a five-point checklist meant to help caregivers assess whether firearms remain safe in the hands and homes of older Americans, particularly if the gun owners are exhibiting unclear thinking or depression. “Just like with some (older) people, it’s not if you should stop driving, but when,” said Dr. Ellen M....
  • Sen. Durbin: ‘Fed Up’ with House GOP Criticizing Admin over Immigration (VIDEO)

    07/06/2014 9:35:57 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 55 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 6 2014 | Evan McMurry
    Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) told Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer Sunday morning that he’d had enough of congressional Republicans criticizing the Obama administration over immigration policies when they’d refused to take up the bipartisan immigration reform bill passed by the Senate last year. “I am really getting fed up with some of the critics of this administration, particularly from House Republicans,” Durbin said. “They had the opportunity for one solid year to call the immigration reform bill, and yet they refused to. Now they’re arguing we need more enforcement at the borders and a lot of other things? When...
  • Anthony Cumia, Host of Opie and Anthony, Fired by SiriusXM After Racist Twitter Rant

    07/04/2014 11:51:31 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Friday, July 4, 2014 | Joe Kemp
    The show's over. The satellite radio company announced Friday that it axed the DJ after he fired off a string of racist tweets about a black woman he claimed punched him in Times Square. It was not immediately clear if Cumia's longtime co-host, Gregg (Opie) Hughes, would be allowed to continue their program.Anthony Cumia was pulled off SiriusXM after the foul-mouthed shock jock went on a racist Twitter tear against a black woman he claimed punched him in Times Square. The 53-year-old DJ, who's half of the Opie and Anthony show, was axed by the satellite radio company after Cumia...
  • MSNBC Host Wants to Use Abortion Comedy as a Sex-Ed ‘Tool’ for Mothers to Teach Daughters

    06/25/2014 8:17:11 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 29 replies
    Life News ^ | 6/25/14 | Tim Grahm
    It would have been shocking if the abortion comedy Obvious Child hadn’t been celebrated on Melissa Harris-Perry’s weekend show on MSNBC. But the spin on Sunday morning’s program could not have been expected.“MHP” wanted to know if abortion opponents just couldn’t handle the uncomfortable truth about women’s sexuality and how women’s bodies operate. She asked Obvious filmmaker Gillian Robespierre if her abortion comedy could be a good educational “tool” for mothers to share with their daughters as they mature, and the answer led to the term “laminated uterus.” (Video Link) HARRIS-PERRY: But I wonder if, in fact, parents often don`t...
  • Thad Cochran camp says 35,000 Dems crossed over to vote for the incumbent

    06/25/2014 6:59:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 180 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/25/2014 | Rick Moran
    The Chris McDaniel camp is crying foul over the Cochran campaign's outreach to Democrats in the state, and even the incumbent's advisors admit the cross over votes from Democrats made the difference.But as this Politico autopsy on the race shows, Cochran was able to eke out a narrow victory thanks to a truly massive effort in both Washington and Mississippi involving millions of dollars and thousands of volunteers: Dogged ahead of the primary by complaints about a lackluster field program and an unfocused campaign message (and candidate), Cochran’s campaign moved swiftly to reorient its operations for a second election on...
  • IRS head says no laws broken in loss of emails

    06/24/2014 6:51:41 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 33 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 23 2014 | Washington Examiner
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in Congress aren't buying the contention by the head of the Internal Revenue Service that he has seen no evidence anyone committed a crime when the agency lost emails that might shed light on the targeting of tea party and other political groups before the 2010 and 2012 elections. On Tuesday, a House panel will hear from a White House official who once worked at the IRS. Jennifer O'Connor worked at the IRS from May to November 2013, helping the agency gather documents related to the congressional investigations, said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the...
  • Justice Sonia Sotomayor Defends Affirmative Action [Obama's Supreme Court Plant!]

    06/22/2014 12:09:34 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 22, 2014 | ROBERT BARNES
    Justice Sonia Sotomayor Defends Affirmative Action BY ROBERT BARNES June 22 Justice Sonia Sotomayor said she supports affirmative action in higher education because she believes that alternatives based on geographic or economic status don’t work to ensure a diverse student body. Sotomayor has said race-conscious programs in the 1970s that opened Ivy League schools to minorities were essential to her rise from the Bronx public housing projects to her admission to Princeton and Yale Law School, where she excelled. Sotomayor, the court’s first Latina, was asked by George Stephanopoulos in a segment taped for ABC’s “This Week” about programs that...
  • Two-Parent Households Can Be Lethal: Domestic Violence and Two-Parent Households (NY Slimes Barf)

    06/22/2014 8:51:49 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 32 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | JUNE 21, 2014 | SARA SHOENER
    AFTER spending two years studying services for domestic violence survivors, I was surprised to realize that one of the most common barriers to women’s safety was something I had never considered before: the high value our culture places on two-parent families.
  • 56,000 Fewer Abortions and Not a Single Protest (Israel)

    06/22/2014 6:15:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 6/19/2014, 10:21 PM | Dr. Eli Schussheim
    Israel has some of the most liberal laws on abortion in the western world. Around 40,000 abortions are carried out each year; that is about 110 abortions every single day. There is no protest or public outcry; there is no real debate in the public discourse. No pro-life or pro-choice movements. Recent legislation is making it even easier by enabling women between the ages of 20-33 to receive free government-funded abortions. The Israeli Ministry of Health will now pay $4.6 Million annually to abort thousands of healthy unborn babies in healthy wombs. Surely this money could be better spent on...
  • Jindal says rebellion brewing against Washington

    06/22/2014 4:11:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 22, 2014 1:31 AM EDT | Connor Radnovitch
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Saturday night accused President Barack Obama and other Democrats of waging wars against religious liberty and education and said that a rebellion is brewing in the U.S. with people ready for “a hostile takeover” of the nation’s capital. […] The governor said there was a “silent war” on religious liberty being fought in the U.S.—a country that he said was built on that liberty. “I am tired of the left. They say they’re for tolerance; they say they respect diversity. The reality is this: They respect everybody unless you happen to disagree with them,” he...
  • Without fanfare, Obama advances transgender rights

    06/21/2014 7:00:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 21, 2014 9:52 AM EDT | Lisa Leff
    President Barack Obama, who established his bona fides as a gay and lesbian rights champion when he endorsed same-sex marriage, has steadily extended his administration’s advocacy to the smallest and least accepted band of the LGBT rainbow: transgender Americans. With little of the fanfare or criticism that marked his evolution into the leader Newsweek nicknamed “the first gay president,” Obama became the first chief executive to say “transgender” in a speech, to name transgender political appointees and to prohibit job bias against transgender government workers. Also in his first term, he signed hate crime legislation that became the first federal...
  • Obama: Workplace flexibility is a basic need

    06/21/2014 6:10:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 21, 2014 6:14 AM EDT
    President Barack Obama says child care, family leave and workplace flexibility aren’t frills; they’re basic needs. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama is lamenting workplace policies that he says are outdated. He says the U.S. is one of just three countries that don’t require paid maternity leave. […] He says something’s wrong when hard workers must choose between work and family. …
  • 20 Reasons You Wouldn't Want To Live In An America Controlled By Liberals Like Obama

    06/21/2014 4:57:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 21, 2014 | John Hawkins
    The only thing more disturbing than the arrogance, incompetence, and lawlessness of Barack Obama's administration is that most liberals are perfectly fine with everything he's doing. It's shocking that there are so many Americans who don't know about the Constitution, the rule of law, or even what happens to the country just as long as someone they agree with ideologically is in charge. In fact, the only time liberals seem to get really upset these days is if someone criticizes Barack Obama or tries to put ANY KIND of restraint on his power. Want to know how America would...
  • EU alarmed by anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka

    06/18/2014 10:04:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 18, 2014 9:12 AM EDT | Bharatha Mallawarachi
    The European Union expressed alarm Wednesday at recent violence against Muslims in Sri Lanka in which three people died and more than 50 were injured, and urged the government to ensure that the rule of law is upheld. […] Hard-line Buddhists hurled gasoline bombs and looted homes and businesses in attacks Sunday evening in several towns in southwestern Sri Lanka. The attacks were led by a mob from Bodu Bala Sena, or Buddhist Power Force, which rails against the country’s Muslim minority. …
  • Congress to scrutinize GM’s corporate culture

    06/16/2014 12:56:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 16, 2014 3:38 PM EDT | Ivan Moreno
    U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette wants General Motors to explain how it plans to fix what’s been described as a lax corporate culture and how the company plans to compensate victims of crashes tied to faulty ignition switches. The Colorado Democrat on Monday outlined questions she’ll pose to new GM CEO Mary Barra during a congressional hearing Wednesday. DeGette, the ranking member of the House committee investigating GM’s recall of 2.6 million small cars, noted a company-commissioned report released this month that showed “the GM corporate culture was so siloed that they were unable to catch some of the safety problems...
  • Income gap widens as American factories shut down

    06/16/2014 1:38:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 15, 2014 10:14 PM EDT | Michael Rubinkam
    … The downfall of manufacturing in the U.S. has done more than displace workers and leave communities searching for ways to rebuild devastated economies. In Reading and other American factory towns, manufacturing’s decline is a key factor in the widening income gap between the rich and everyone else […] “A loss of manufacturing has contributed to the decline of the middle class,” said Howard Wial, an economist with the Brookings Institution and the University of Illinois at Chicago. “People who are displaced from high-paying manufacturing jobs spend a long time unemployed, and when they take other jobs, those jobs generally...
  • Hillary Clinton Fans Wait Through Night for Book Signing

    06/10/2014 1:27:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 10, 2014 | By LIZ "RODHAM" KREUTZ
    Hillary Clinton drew a "Harry Potter" sized line of fans waiting to get an autographed copy of her new memoir "Hard Choices" at a Manhattan bookstore today. Hundreds of Hillary fans have camped out for hours, many overnight, outside the Union Square Barnes and Noble store to get one of the coveted wristbands which would allow them access to her first book tour stop today. By the time people were allowed to inside the store around 8:30 a.m., the line was wrapped around an entire city block -- up Park Avenue, around 18th Street, and all the way to Broadway.
  • The Fed-Induced Demise Of The American Dream (In 1 Simple Chart)

    06/10/2014 12:53:20 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 10 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | June 10 2014 | Tyler Durden
    Thanks to free and abundant credit to those at the front of the line, home prices have soared in the last few years as "smart" hedge fund managers have bought homes-to-rent in a yield-grab with both hands and feet. This - as we have noted numerous times - priced out the 'real' buyer; who this time, instead of being driven by a "fear of missing out", would rather not play (only to be left holding the bag). Another unintended consequence courtesy of The Fed's "main-street-helping" actions that has destroyed the American Dream for a declining middle class.  Fewer Americans think...
  • Pot tax collections booming in Colorado

    06/09/2014 9:30:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 9, 2014 7:18 PM EDT | Kristen Wyatt
    Colorado’s marijuana market boomed in April as tens of thousands celebrated the once-underground 4/20 pot holiday. […] An estimate from the Colorado Department of Revenue showed that Colorado made about $5.3 million from medical and recreational pot taxes and fees in April. That’s up from about $5 million in March. Colorado made no estimate of 4/20 visitors. But pot shops in Denver had long lines the whole weekend, and at least 30,000 flocked to a city park to mark the marijuana celebration. …
  • Shelby Osborne: College football's first female defensive back

    06/08/2014 1:45:20 PM PDT · by BBell · 62 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com/ ^ | June 7, 2014 | David Clark Scott
    Shelby Osborne: Football is her passion and she joins the thin ranks of women in men's college football. Most women have played as kickers. Is Shelby Osborne creating a new normal?When Shelby Osborne walks onto the football field this fall, she'll be treading on ground few women have dared to walk. Fewer than a dozen women have played college football on a men's team. But this week, Osborne made history when she signed a letter of intent to play football with Campbellsville University in Kentucky – as a defensive back, the same position she played in high school. No woman...
  • Reid’s Bogeymen Koch Brothers Donate $25 Million to United Negro College Fund

    06/09/2014 12:27:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 9, 2014 - 11:25 AM | Barbara Boland
    The billionaire Koch brothers, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s favorite whipping boys, announced Friday that they are donating a $25 million grant to the United Negro College Fund. The grant will be used to provide “nearly 3,000 merit based awards to African American …students seeking scholarship assistance,” according to the Charles Koch Foundation’s press release. …
  • Mental Health Screening a Good Way to Decrease Liberty

    06/03/2014 4:50:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 3, 2014 | Ron Paul
    Last week Americans were shocked and saddened by another mass killing, this one near a college campus in California. We all feel deep sympathy for the families of the victims. As usual, many people responded to this shooting by calling for new federal gun control laws, including the mental health screening of anyone attempting to purchase a firearm. There are a number of problems with this proposal. Federally-mandated mental health screenings would require storing mental health records in a government database. This obviously raises concerns about patient privacy and doctor-patient confidentiality, as well as the threat of identity theft....
  • Rise of the myth busters: Why Piketty and Tyson are the icons America needs

    06/09/2014 2:51:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Salon ^ | June 8, 2014 | Paul Rosenberg
    Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the 21st Century” was published on March 10, 2014, the day after the first episode of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” aired on Fox and its sister networks. The fact that both men have captured the public imagination at the same time is at least partly due to that simple fact. There’s also the matter of professional ripeness, behind the appearance of fresh fame: Piketty had been around for some time, publishing papers and collaborating on constructing the Top Incomes database along with Emmanuel Saez, but he’d never published anything remotely as sweeping as...
  • Obama Says He Wants To “Go Off” On Climate Deniers

    06/08/2014 10:33:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/8/14 | Jim Hoft
    It would seem President Obama is losing patience with those who excercise their free speech rights to express concerns about his (bogus) Climate Change agenda. As a matter of fact, according to an interview published in The New York Times, President Obama would love to “Go Off” on Climate Deniers in Congress: Do you ever want to just go off on the climate deniers in Congress? “Yeah, absolutely,” the president said with a laugh. “Look, it’s frustrating when the science is in front of us. … We can argue about how. But let’s not argue about what’s going on. The...
  • Braley steps in it...

    06/06/2014 3:43:44 AM PDT · by iowamark · 21 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 6/6/2014 | Craig Robinson
    It appears that the barnyard theme in the U.S. Senate race will continue into the general election.  Braley found himself in hot water on Wednesday after releasing an ad that referred to Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst as a “chick.” It actually got worse for Braley on Thursday when Democrat State Senator Steve Sodders said that the common practice of castrating hogs is equated to “mutilating animals” at a Braley press conference.Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey quickly released a statement on the issue. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today issued the following statement after Bruce Braley’s campaign...
  • Oklahoma Makes Huge Decision on Common Core

    06/06/2014 2:50:47 AM PDT · by kingattax · 16 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jun. 5, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill to repeal Common Core standards in the state on Thursday, saying Oklahomans are “capable of developing our own academic standards that will be better than Common Core.” The state is now clear to formulate new English and math standards specifically tailored for Oklahoma students. “Now is the time for Oklahomans – parents, citizens, educators, employers and elected officials – to unite behind the common goal of improving our schools. That begins with doing the hard work of building new, more rigorous Oklahoma standards,” Fallin said
  • Top Democrat: Bergdahl Deal 'Dangerous Precedent that Puts All Americans at Risk

    06/04/2014 11:19:25 AM PDT · by don-o · 17 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 4, 2014 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    Baltimore's CBS affiliate WJZ reports that Democratic congressman Dutch Ruppersburger of Maryland is blasting President Obama's decision to release five Taliban commanders in exchange for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl: Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, calls this a “dangerous precedent that puts all Americans at risk throughout the world.” Ruppersberger is one of a growing chorus of critics who say five Taliban prisoners is too high a cost. “Since World War Two we have not negotiated with terrorists or other groups,” Ruppersberger said, according to WJZ’s media partner the Baltimore Sun. “What concerns me is the...
  • FAA changes hiring practices for air traffic controllers (Increase Diversity by eliminating Tests)

    06/03/2014 4:42:33 PM PDT · by equalator · 59 replies
    ABC7 ^ | 6-2-2014 | John Ferrugia, Catherine Shelley
    'We've engineered the biographical questionnaire in a way that we think will promote diversity.'" The initial hurdle for all applicants was based solely on a new, online biographical questionnaire that gave test takers instant results. "It didn't ask me anything about my college experience, my grades, my scores, (and) my ability for the actual job. It asked me what sports I played in high school. What was my least favorite subject in high school. Nothing related to aviation," remembered Meryhew
  • Cruz Bristles At Being Accused Of Supporting Child Porn

    06/03/2014 3:46:34 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 72 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3 Jun 2014 | Chuck Ross
    Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz hit back at what he saw as an unfair accusation from Democratic New York Sen. Chuck Schumer that Cruz would allow child pornography on the grounds that it qualifies as free speech, in a Senate Judiciary hearing. “I understand that in my absence, Sen. Schumer very kindly gave a lecture on civility and encouraged me to not go over the top,” said Cruz. “He then in the same breath accused me of supporting child pornography,” he continued, adding, “so I appreciate that demonstration in senatorial restraint from the senior senator from New York.” Earlier in...
  • John McCain on Bowe Bergdahl: ‘It’s done’

    06/02/2014 1:52:39 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/2/14 | BURGESS EVERETT
    John McCain isn’t concerned with the legality of the prisoner swap designed to release Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Afghanistan — but he opposes the deal all the same. McCain also said he supports the drive from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to hold a hearing on Bergdahl — but lamented that it might not accomplish much. “It’s worthy of a hearing,” McCain said. “But, it’s done.”
  • Stocks fall after US manufacturing slows

    06/02/2014 7:51:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 2, 10:21 AM EDT | Ken Sweet
    Stocks were moving slightly lower in early trading Monday following the release of a closely watched report that showed an unexpected slowdown in U.S. manufacturing last month. The market is coming off record highs last week. […] The Institute for Supply Management said that its manufacturing index fell to 53.2 in May, short of what economists had expected. The index was expected to come in at 55.5, up from April's reading of 54.9, according to FactSet. The index indicates that U.S. manufacturing is still expanding, but at a slower pace. …
  • Congress Flirts with Mandating Paid Maternity Leave, Other Women’s Benefits

    06/01/2014 10:59:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 30, 2014 - 12:12 am | Rodrigo Sermeńo
    Paid maternity leave and sick days, a higher minimum wage, and pay equity legislation could address a range of women’s economic issues, panelists told a Senate committee during a hearing last week. The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee held its second hearing in a month last week to discuss legislative proposals to help women succeed in the workplace. Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) noted in his opening remarks that the United States is the only industrialized nation without a federal law providing workers access to paid maternity leave. He said the U.S. must strive to provide paid maternity...
  • ‘America Never Came’: Tiananmen Student Leaders on Massacre 25 Years Ago, Abuses Today

    06/01/2014 10:48:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 30, 2014 - 6:17 pm | Bridget Johnson
    Leaders of the Tiananmen Square protest movement 25 years ago told members of Congress today they were crushed that America didn’t step in to help back then, but they’re more troubled about what the U.S. government isn’t doing as human rights abuses in China increase to a rate not seen since that era. No Democrats showed up on the dais for the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing, at which Chairman Chris Smith (R-N.J.) raised a range of concerns including persecution of anyone who tries to mark the massacre in China,...
  • N.S.A. Collecting Millions of Faces From Web Images

    06/01/2014 3:59:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 31, 2014 | James Risen and Laura Poitras
    The National Security Agency is harvesting huge numbers of images of people from communications that it intercepts through its global surveillance operations for use in sophisticated facial recognition programs, according to top-secret documents. The spy agency’s reliance on facial recognition technology has grown significantly over the last four years as the agency has turned to new software to exploit the flood of images included in emails, text messages, social media, videoconferences and other communications, the N.S.A. documents reveal. Agency officials believe that technological advances could revolutionize the way that the N.S.A. finds intelligence targets around the world, the documents show....
  • DHS Secretary Sees 'Legal Ambiguity' in Status of Illegal Aliens

    05/31/2014 2:12:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 30, 2014 | Susan Jones
    "We have to accept the fact that we have 11.5 million undocumented immigrants in this country," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday. "We have to deal with that. I don't think we should allow them to exist in a state of legal ambiguity or in a dark hole." Johnson noted that some states now issue drivers' licenses to undocumented immigrants, and he also mentioned that they can practice law in California. "So they're not going away. They're not going to self-deport. I would rather see us reckon with this population than continue in the...
  • Biden to Delaware grads: Embrace challenges

    05/31/2014 8:53:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 31, 2014 10:23 AM EDT | Randall Chase
    Vice President Joe Biden tells University of Delaware graduates they’re stepping into a rapidly changing world that presents profound dangers and challenges as well as incredible opportunities. […] Biden says the threats the world faces include international terrorism, pandemic disease, climate change and global inequity. But he said Americans have always risen to challenges…
  • I work in fast food and I’m not a teenager (MSM doubling down on socialism)

    05/30/2014 3:23:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    CNN Money ^ | May 30, 2014: 8:13 AM ET | Patrick M. Sheridan
    … In 1979, teenagers held 26% of all low-wage jobs, while adults aged 25-64 made up less than half of such workers, according to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, which analyzed the low wage workforce over a 30-year span. Today, only 12% of low paying jobs are held by teenagers, while adults make up 60% of them. Also, only 20% of such workers had attended some college in 1979. Today, it’s 33%. […] A key argument behind the latest wave of strikes to raise wages to $15 an hour is that fast food workers these days are no...
  • White House Press Secretary Jay Carney resigns

    05/30/2014 10:56:40 AM PDT · by don-o · 210 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | May 30, 2014 | BY Leslie Larson
  • Men want ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ expanded to include Black females

    05/29/2014 10:55:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The New Pittsburgh Courier ^ | May 29, 2014 | George E. Curry, NNPA Editor-in-Chief
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (NNPA) – More than 200 African American men, ranging from a taxi driver to university professors, sent a letter to President Obama on Tuesday urging him to expand his Black male initiative to include Black girls and women, saying they were “surprised and disappointed” that the president had sought to include only half of the race to tackle community-wide issues. A copy of the letter to Obama was obtained by the NNPA News Service. After praising the president for saying that addressing the needs of those left behind is as important as anything else he is undertaking, authors...
  • O’Reilly book to examine George Patton’s death

    05/29/2014 4:35:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 28, 2014 11:02 PM EDT
    News host Bill O’Reilly’s fourth book in his multimillion-selling history series will examine the mysterious death surrounding famed World War II Gen. George Patton. Stephen Rubin, president and publisher of Henry Holt and Company, announced Wednesday that “Killing Patton” will be published on Sept. 23. Martin Dugard will be the co-author. …
  • Former South African President: Israel Not an Apartheid State

    05/28/2014 9:08:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 5/29/2014, 5:15 AM | Elad Benari
    F.W. de Klerk, who served as the last President of apartheid-era South Africa, said on Wednesday that it was unfair to say that Israel is an apartheid state. De Klerk, who is visiting Israel where he received an honorary doctorate from Haifa University, gave an interview to Channel 2 News, in which he was asked about comments recently attributed to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, that Israel would become “an apartheid state” if talks failed. “There are many definitions of apartheid. I do not know what Mr. Kerry meant, but one should be careful about making comparisons,” said de...
  • Privileged, White Male Writes Common Core Standards His Own School Won’t Use

    05/28/2014 2:55:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 23, 2014 - 10:35 AM | Barbara Boland
    “The reason why I helped write the [Common Core] standards and the reason why I am here today is that, as a white male in society, I am given a lot of privilege that I didn’t earn,” said Dr. David Pook at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. The irony here is that this self-professed “privileged white male” teaches at an expensive school for the white privileged and that the Common Core standards he helped design are not good enough for his students. …
  • US aims to identify, promote historic LGBT sites

    05/28/2014 12:04:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 77 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 28, 2014 2:35 PM EDT | Lisa Leff
    The National Park Service is launching an initiative to make places and people of significance to the history of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual Americans part of the national narrative. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is convening a panel of 18 scholars next month that will be charged with exploring the LGBT movement’s story in areas such as law, religion, media, civil rights and the arts. The committee will identify relevant sites and its work will be used to evaluate them for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, designation as National Historic Landmarks, or consideration as national monuments, Park...
  • Obama Gives Boehner One More Chance to Pass Immigration

    05/27/2014 7:10:14 PM PDT · by kristinn · 22 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Tuesday, May 27, 2014 | Sreve Dennis
    President Barack Obama won’t act to reduce deportations on his own until the end of the summer — giving Speaker John A. Boehner one more chance to vote on an immigration overhaul. Two administration officials confirmed that the president has directed Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to hold off on releasing the results of his review of immigration policy in the meantime. The hope in the White House is that once Republican primary season largely wraps up June 10, Boehner, R-Ohio, will have the political space to get something done.
  • Obama to outline case for a limited foreign policy

    05/25/2014 1:49:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 25, 2014 4:38 AM EDT | Julie Pace
    Confronting critics of his foreign policy, President Barack Obama will soon outline a strategy for his final years in office that aims to avoid overreach as the second of the two wars he inherited comes to a close. The president will make the case for that seemingly more limited approach during a commencement address Wednesday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The speech will come amid growing frustration in the White House with Republicans and other critics who contend that Obama has weakened America’s standing around the world and faltered on problems across the Middle East and in...
  • Police Launch Probe into Church Sign that Suggested Non-Christians Will Burn in Hell [UK]

    05/24/2014 12:12:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 41 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 5/23/14 | Steph Cockroft
    *Poster with burning flames put up at Attleborough Baptist Church, Norfolk *The sign read: 'If you think there is no God you'd better be right!!' *Robert Gladwin, 20, accused the sign of going against Christian traditions *Pastor forced to remove sign after police investigated it as a 'hate incident'A baptist church was at the centre of a police probe after a sign which suggested non-Christians would 'burn in hell' was investigated as a 'hate incident'. The offending sign at Attleborough Baptist Church in Norfolk, pictured burning flames below words which read: 'If you think there is no God you better...