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  • ‘No Right or Wrong’ on Economic Development Programs, Andrew Cuomo Says—Just Opinions

    08/17/2016 10:11:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    New York Observer ^ | 08/17/16 12:25pm | Will Bredderman
    Facing numerous analyses showing his signature jobs programs misallocated resources and put few New Yorkers to work, Gov. Andrew Cuomo argued today that any such assessments are only a matter of political point of view. Speaking after an unrelated event in the Bronx, the governor defended his attacks last week on state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who released unflattering audits of two Cuomo programs this summer. The governor again insisted that those findings were just DiNapoli’s opinions, opinions which are open to debate given the comptroller’s history as an assemblyman from Long Island. […] … (Cuomo’s) Startup NY initiative, which grants...
  • ‘It is important for Norway that Hillary Clinton is elected’

    08/15/2016 9:09:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 75 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 15 Aug 2016 11:41 GMT+02:00
    Norway’s foreign minister and the head of parliament’s foreign affairs committee have taken the unusual step of speaking out against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Foreign Minister Børge Brende told broadcaster NRK on Monday that he has serious concerns about what Trump’s possible election could mean for Norway and the rest of the world. Brende condemned the brash businessman for making statements that “do not belong in the 21st century” and said he is continually flabbergasted by the controversial statements made by the Republican presidential candidate. …
  • Stores to customers: "Cash not welcome here"

    08/13/2016 9:00:07 AM PDT · by upchuck · 164 replies
    See BS News ^ | August 12, 2016 | Aimeee picchi
    ... Some merchants such as SweetGreen, a salad chain, refuse to open their registers for cash, telling customers they can pay only with mobile payments or cards. With some newer vending machines, only a card or mobile wallet will get that cold Coca-Cola to roll down the chute. The stance may appear un-American -- after all, currency is considered legal tender for all debts or dues -- but the Treasury permits private businesses to set their own policies, which means going cashless is fine with Uncle Sam. "What we've seen is a push toward electric payments because of convenience, especially...
  • Texas Seeks Temporary Block of Rules for Transgender Students

    08/12/2016 12:11:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | August 12, 2016 | Alexa Ura
    With the first day of school looming, Texas will go to court on Friday and begin pressing its argument that the Obama administration strayed outside the law by ordering public schools to accommodate transgender students. In a case expected to come down to the distinction between sex and gender identity, the state’s lawsuit against the federal government is set for its first hearing Friday morning in Fort Worth, where U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor will hear arguments over Texas’ request for a preliminary injunction. Texas, joined by 10 other states, in May sued the Department of Education over the...
  • Obama Has Collected $19,966,110,000,000 in Taxes; Incurred $8,795,689,333,049 in Debt

    08/10/2016 7:48:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 10, 2016 | 4:05 PM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    During the 90 full months President Barack Obama has completed serving in the White House—February 2009 through July 2016—the U.S. Treasury collected approximately $19,966,110,000,000 in tax revenues (in non-inflation-adjusted dollars), according to the Monthly Treasury Statements. During those same 90 months, the federal debt rose from $10,632,005,246,736.97 to $19,427,694,579,786.64—an increase of $8,795,689,333,049.67. In July, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today, the federal government took in $209,998,000,000 in taxes and spent $322,813,000,000—running a one-month deficit of $112,815,000,000. So far in fiscal 2016, according the Treasury statement, the federal government has collected approximately $2,678,824,000,000 in taxes and spent approximately $3,192,487,000,000—running...
  • Public College Offers Blacks-Only Classes, Claims It’s Totally Okay

    08/09/2016 7:11:40 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 34 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/8/2016
    A community college in Illinois is trying to defend itself after it decided to offer special classes only available to black people. “College: Changes, Challenges, Choice” is a one-credit introductory course at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, and is intended to help new students “assess your purpose for college, assess your study strategies, set college and career goals, examine your values and decision-making skills, and develop an appreciation for diversity.” But while the class may want students to appreciate diversity, the school doesn’t practice what it preaches. Two sections of the class are specifically set aside exclusively for...
  • Blacks with college experience more likely to say they faced discrimination

    08/08/2016 6:17:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Pew Research Center ^ | July 27, 2016 | Monica Anderson
    A majority of black Americans say that at some point in their lives they’ve experienced discrimination or were treated unfairly because of their race or ethnicity, but blacks who have attended college are more likely than those without any college experience to say so, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. About eight in ten blacks with at least some college experience (81%) say they’ve faced discrimination or been treated unfairly because of their race or ethnicity, compared with 59% of blacks who have never attended college. These differences also extend to more specific incidents of racial discrimination. For...
  • Our View: Turning guns into garden tools(Barf bucket pleez!)

    08/08/2016 10:17:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 85 replies
    santafenewmexican.com ^ | 8/7/2016 | unknown
    Much divides the country when it comes to the issue of gun violence. That’s why it is so important to find common ground so that, together, all Americans can work to reduce the damage that guns cause in our society. A new initiative starting this week in New Mexico has the potential to bring people together toward a common goal — making people safer without fighting over whether assault weapons should be banned or the meaning of the Second Amendment. Called Guns to Gardens, the movement organized by New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence simply helps people dispose of unwanted...
  • UN Backs Secret Obama Takeover of Police

    08/05/2016 7:03:32 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 17 replies
    Polizette ^ | 8/4/2016 | Robert Romano
    “The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice has provided oversight and recommendations for improvement of police services in a number of cities with consent decrees. This is one of the most effective ways to reduce discrimination in law enforcement and it needs to be beefed up and increased to cover as many of the 18,000-plus local law enforcement jurisdictions.” That was United Nations Rapporteur Maina Kai on July 27, a representative of the U.N. Human Rights Council, who on the tail-end of touring the U.S., endorsed a little-known and yet highly controversial practice by the Justice Department to...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Gary Johnson: Clarifying my views on religious freedom, Mormons

    08/04/2016 10:05:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Deseret News ^ | August 2, 2016 | Gary Johnson
    A few days ago, trying to maneuver through a “scrum” of reporters in Philadelphia, I was asked about my views regarding religious freedom and non-discrimination laws. Given the divisiveness and pain that have accompanied several state religious freedom laws, I approach attempts at legislating religious exceptions to anti-discrimination laws with great sensitivity and care.
  • Gov. Abbott announces Police Protection Act

    07/18/2016 4:48:56 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 25 replies
    WFAA.COM ^ | 18 JULY 2016 | WFAA.COM
    AUSTIN -- A new potential law created by Texas Governor Greg Abbott would bring stronger penalties for crimes against law enforcement officers. The Police Protection Act would make any crime committed against a police officer "out of bias against police" be labeled a "hate crime." Under the act, assaulting a law enforcement officer would become a 2nd degree felony. It's currently a 3rd degree felony.
  • Decorated Para facing prosecution 44 years after shooting dead an IRA killer [tr]

    07/30/2016 8:14:42 AM PDT · by pabianice · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/30/16 | Hardy
    A bloody outrage: The decorated Para facing prosecution 44 years after shooting dead an IRA killer - while the blood-soaked men of terror know they'll never face justice (thanks to Blair's squalid 'peace' deal) Soldier C faces prosecution for shooting the IRA commander Joe McCann The 65-year-old had been cleared of any wrong-doing over killing in 1972 Thought case is politically motivated and designed to appease IRA families Meanwhile, suspected IRA terrorists avoid prosecution due to Blair's deal Soldier C is a man who rarely shows emotion. Having served his country for 23 years in both the Parachute Regiment and...
  • Obama to DNC: 'We’re Not Done Perfecting Our Union'

    07/28/2016 8:31:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 28, 2016 | 5:51 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    “America is already great. America is already strong,” President Obama told the Democrat National Convention Wednesday night. But he also admitted there is more work to do: “We’re not done perfecting our union, or living up to our founding creed, that all of us are created equal and free in the eyes of God.” Obama said “a lot’s happened” during his two terms in office, but despite war, recession and “all manner of challenge,” he is “optimistic about the future of America.” […] Obama said the work still to be done must be done by Hillary Clinton, who has promised...
  • Maryland’s Coming Fracking Showdown

    07/27/2016 8:26:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    MC GOP ^ | July 26, 2016 | Mark Uncapher
    The clock is counting down toward an important decision for Maryland’s economic future, namely whether to allow hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, to drill for natural gas in the state. Over a year ago, legislation that blocked fracking for another two years became law without Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature. That law barred the state from issuing drilling permits until October 2017 and required the Department of the Environment to adopt new regulations by October 2016. The passage of this law effectively delayed any decision on fracking until next year. To recap: the Marcellus Shale is a geological formation found...
  • UN human rights expert recommends changes in US policing

    07/27/2016 3:20:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 27, 2016 6:04 PM EDT | Sarah Grace Taylor
    A United Nations human rights expert is recommending changes in the way protests are handled in the United States, saying the process of issuing permits for demonstrations is “arbitrary” and could easily lead to discrimination against certain groups. Maina Kiai of Kenya, U.N. special rapporteur on freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, offered preliminary findings Wednesday from his visits this month to seven U.S. cities — including the sites of this year’s Democratic and Republican political conventions — to investigate how the U.S. upholds its citizens’ rights of assembly and association. Kiai’s full report to the United Nations will...
  • Reports: Palestinian Flags Outnumber American Flags at Democratic National Convention

    07/26/2016 9:27:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | July 26, 2016 11:14 AM | Lea Speyer
    The Palestinian flag was prominently displayed by activists at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on Monday, amid an apparent absence of American flags, according to numerous media and social media postings. […] Conservative bloggers, meanwhile, highlighted additional flag issues during the DNC, such as the party’s capitulation to protesters demanding the removal of the Mississippi state flag, which depicts the Confederate standard. In a video capturing its removal, demonstrators are heard chanting and cheering. […] The presence of the Palestinian flag at the DNC comes at a fragile time for pro-Israel Democrats, following major efforts — led by Vermont Senator...
  • Obama: 'The World Has Never Been Less Violent'

    07/23/2016 8:45:56 AM PDT · by rktman · 61 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 7/22/2016 | Debra Heine
    Whenever President Obama feels defensive, he likes to talk about how the world has become more safe under his watch (with the implication that it's due to his own wise leadership). We first heard him speak that way during the summer of 2014, when the world seemed to be unraveling and critics were blaming him for the sad state of affairs. Obama said, "The world is less violent than it has ever been. It is healthier than it has ever been. It is more tolerant than it has ever been. It is better fed then it’s ever been. It is...
  • Legend Michael Jordan Donated 2 Mil to Support Police, BlackLivesMatter Responded with THIS…

    07/26/2016 7:51:09 AM PDT · by NotchJohnson · 38 replies
    USA Politics Today ^ | 07/25/2016 | Mellisa Ferrari
    Michael Jordan came out of the closet to support our police officers. In a statement shared via The Undefeated on Monday morning, Jordan said the following: “As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers. I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well. “I was raised by parents who...
  • City’s public schools join fight against ‘white power’

    07/24/2016 5:46:18 AM PDT · by milford421 · 65 replies
    NY POST ^ | 7/24/16 | Susan Edelman
    "On the last day of school, Principal Darlene Cameron of Star Academy-PS 63 in the East Village gave her small faculty a chart defining racist and non-racist institutions and asked them to think about where their school fits in. A non-racist institution, among other things, is conscious of and aims to wipe out a culture of “white power,” “white privilege” and “inherent white advantage.” “We fit into the category of white power and privilege!” a white teacher at the K-5 school told her colleagues." "The concept that whites enjoy everyday benefits simply because of their skin color has become the...
  • Democrats, Looking Past Obama, Are a Party Without a Cause

    07/23/2016 1:17:17 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 7/23/2016 | Jonathan Martin
    PHILADELPHIA — When President Obama takes the stage here this week to begin his monthslong political farewell, it will mark a bittersweet moment for Democrats. Mr. Obama is not going to be missed only because he is beloved by the faithful. The president has also fulfilled two longstanding if often elusive goals of his party: He has largely transcended the traditional moderate-versus-liberal split, papering over internal divisions. And he passed a sweeping health care law. But without the unifying presence of Mr. Obama in the White House, or the organizing aim of expanding health care, it is unclear who will...
  • Trump probably can't win Ohio, says state's governor, John Kasich

    07/22/2016 4:42:55 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 249 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 7/22/2016 | Andrew Seidman
    A "divider" like GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump will have a hard time winning Ohio, an important battleground that could help decide the election in November, said Buckeye State Gov. John Kasich, a former Republican presidential candidate. "Ohio's a snapshot of the country. People in Ohio want to see a positive agenda, a positive way to move forward," Kasich said Friday in an interview at the Union League of Philadelphia. He attended a fund-raiser for Brian Fitzpatrick, a Bucks County Republican running for an open congressional seat. Kasich's remarks came a day after Trump accepted the Republican Party's nomination at...
  • Heil to the Progressive Coming Utopia

    07/22/2016 2:19:48 PM PDT · by truthxchange · 9 replies
    www.truthXchange.com ^ | 07/22/2016 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Commentators in major national newspapers in Scotland are aghast. A 100-member youth choir from a Southern Baptist church in Plano, Texas gave a free concert at a shopping center in Edinburgh. The journalists compared this event to Nazi or ISIS propaganda. One asserted: “as a nation we should be stating clearly: bigots are not welcome here.” Scotland is the land of John Knox, the great Scotts reformer (1513–72), and of the young, deeply spiritual Robert Murray McCheyne (1813–43) who declared: “The Christian is a person who makes it easy for others to believe in God.” Now Scotland is a land...
  • MSNBC and CNN are calling Trump's speech "White Identity Politics"

    07/21/2016 8:59:50 PM PDT · by eekitsagreek · 157 replies
    Watching MSNBC and CNN in their post-game analysis and they are saying that his speech is a warning of a "dark dystopian" America. A few of the commentators actually said "White Identity". I could not believe it. I was floored. They say that if you are in an argument and your opponent's only retort is that you are a racist (or sexist, etc), then the opponent has lost the argument. If that is the case, then Trump hit one out of the park. I was very impressed tonight. I did not expect that.
  • New AP European History framework ignores religion, snubs Churchill, whitewashes communism: REPORT

    07/15/2016 10:57:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    The College Fix ^ | June 29, 2016 | Kate Hardiman, University of Notre Dame
    The new Advanced Placement European History framework has received a makeover that eliminates religion’s influence on the development of Western Civilization, ignores Winston Churchill, whitewashes the evils of communism, and lauds the welfare state, according to David Randall with the right-of-center National Association of Scholars. […] Virtually all mention of religion in the 19th century is removed, and several key figures such as Christopher Columbus and Winston Churchill are not mentioned in the College Board’s framework, Randall said. […] The College Board’s new AP European History examination, which debuted last year, “turns Europe’s history into a foreshortened, neo-Marxist, generic narrative...
  • Yale Employee Smashes Historic Stained Glass Window Because ‘It’s 2016’

    07/14/2016 11:28:17 AM PDT · by massmike · 119 replies
    http://dailycaller.com/ ^ | 07/14/2016 | Blake Neff
    A Yale University employee is out of a job, and the school is out a window, after he used a broomstick to smash a stained-glass window he complained was racist. Until recently, Thomas Menafee worked as a dishwasher for Yale. But he says he grew enraged that, while working at Yale’s Calhoun College, he had to see a stained glass window which shows black laborers harvesting cotton. The window, he said, was an offensive portrayal of slavery, and so on June 13 he impulsively decided to eliminate it by force. “I took a broomstick, and it was kind of high,...
  • 'If Germany could vote, Hillary would win hands down'

    07/14/2016 11:01:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 100 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 14 Jul 2016 17:34 GMT+02:00 | Dr. Harry Friebel, professor of sociology at Hamburg University
    Germans think Trump would be a disaster for the USA and the rest of the world, argues Hamburg professor Dr. Harry Friebel in an opinion piece for The Local. […]If Germany could vote, the outcome would be clear: Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton would win hands down against the Republican’s combustible and unpredictable Donald Trump. Different surveys on the preferences of Germans for the 45th president of the US come to similar conclusions: The magazine Stern reported on the results of its own survey “Germany Chooses” that 80 percent of Germans would vote for Clinton and 20 percent for Trump. […]...
  • Sanders wins liberal influence over Democratic platform

    07/11/2016 7:39:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 11, 2016 6:38 PM EDT | Catherine Lucey
    Bernie Sanders may have lost out on the Democratic nomination, but he won significant influence over the party’s official policy positions, getting a draft document that largely reflected his liberal views. A marathon meeting in Orlando on Friday and Saturday marked the final deliberation of the Democratic Party’s platform before the convention later this month. A group of 187 delegates, including supporters of both Democratic candidates, crammed into a steamy hotel ballroom to pore over a draft document and offer amendments. […] The draft going into the meeting already reflected Sanders’ influence, with steps to break up large Wall Street...
  • White House: America asks too much from police

    07/11/2016 3:26:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 65 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/11/17 | Nicole Duran
    President Obama thinks people ask too much of their police officers, and that the recent wave of deadly shootings will only end when society tackles underlying social and economic issues in minority communities, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday. During his scheduled meeting Wednesday with police and community groups, Obama will ask "what are specific steps that we can take to address some these racial disparities in our criminal justice system that are persistent and measurable?" Earnest said. "But what are also some steps that we can take to do even more to support our men and women in...
  • U.S. gained 172K private sector jobs in June, ADP says, but manufacturing struggles

    07/10/2016 6:14:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    NJBiz.com ^ | July 7, 2016 at 9:58 AM | Eric Strauss
    While the nation’s private sector employment grew by a solid 172,000 jobs overall in June, according to ADP, the goods-producing sector lost a staggering 36,000 jobs for the month. The Roseland-based payroll and human resources company said in its monthly National Employment Report that the services sector grew by 208,000 jobs for the month, up from the 173,000 gained in May. But the goods-producing sector followed May’s loss of 5,000 jobs in May with an even bigger loss last month. […] Among industries, manufacturing suffered the most, losing 21,000 jobs in June. Construction also lost 5,000 jobs for the month....
  • Dems block Senate defense bill, fear domestic spending cuts

    07/07/2016 11:10:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 8, 2016 12:41 AM EDT | Alan Fram
    Senate Democrats sidetracked a $575 billion defense bill for next year late Thursday and threatened to shut down Congress’ work on spending legislation, accusing Republicans of shortchanging domestic programs. The move prompted the leaders of each party to testily accuse the other side of dysfunction. Both parties support the defense measure itself. But Democrats fear that if it is completed and sent to President Barack Obama, they would lose leverage with the GOP for future spending measures financing health, public works, law enforcement and other domestic programs. The Senate voted 50-44 to head off a Democratic filibuster of the bill...
  • As late budgets go, Illinois has no equal

    07/03/2016 12:47:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 3, 2016 1:45 PM EDT | Ivan Mareno
    Illinois has redefined what it means to have a late budget. Other states have gone several months without a spending plan before, and Illinois has had prior delays that caused great anxiety. But going an entire fiscal year without a full budget? It’s the only time in post-World War II history it’s happened in the country. “Late budgets will have a new meaning after you guys are done,” said Arturo Perez, a fiscal analyst with the National Conference of State Legislatures who has researched past overdue budgets nationally. …
  • Ashamed to be an American? Towns crack down on American pride

    07/01/2016 8:15:06 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/01/16 | Todd Starnes
    The Star-Spangled Banner survived the rocket’s red glare and bombs bursting in air – only to face a modern-day threat – silly town ordinances and petty bureaucrats. I’m not sure if it’s an epidemic of anti-American nincompoopery sweeping across the fruited plain or if it’s a general lack of common sense. Maybe it’s both. I’ll let you be the judge of that.
  • A Look at Thomas Jefferson's Egregious Hypocrisy

    07/01/2016 8:18:53 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 129 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 7/1 | John Horgan
    I once admired Jefferson, seeing him as an essentially good, no, great man with one tragic flaw: The writer of the inspiring words “all men are created equal” owned slaves. Now, I see Jefferson as an egregious hypocrite, who willfully betrayed the ideals he espoused. I reached this conclusion only after visiting Monticello, Jefferson’s famous Virginia estate, last month. Previously, I didn't realize the extent of Jefferson’s slave ownership, and I lazily—and ignorantly--excused it as a common ethical blind spot of his time. *Jefferson often denounced slavery. He wrote in 1774, "The abolition of domestic slavery is the great object...
  • Judge allows Ohio to remove inactive voters from rolls

    06/29/2016 7:11:51 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 51 replies
    U.S. District Judge George Smith struck down a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Ohio challenging the secretary of state’s authority to strip inactive voters from the registry.
  • DOJ Training Its Own Employees to Recognize Their 'Implicit Bias' and Stereotyping

    06/28/2016 7:32:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 28, 2016 | 5:20 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    To ensure a “fair and impartial” criminal justice system, the U.S. Department of Justice plans to train every one of its law enforcement employees and prosecutors to “recognize and address” their “implicit bias.” […] According to the DOJ news release, “Implicit bias can affect interactions and decisions due to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion and socio-economic status, as well as other factors. Social science has shown that all individuals experience some form of implicit bias but that the effects of those biases can be countered through training.” […] “At the Department of Justice, we are committed to ensuring that...
  • UN report: Tackle inequality to prevent children from dying

    06/27/2016 6:02:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 27, 2016 8:32 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    The U.N. children’s agency warned Monday that 69 million youngsters under the age of five will die from preventable causes between now and 2030 if all countries don’t accelerate action to improve health and education for the most disadvantaged. UNICEF said in its annual report that based on recent trends and projected population growth, 167 million children will also live in extreme poverty, 60 million won’t be attending primary school, and 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030 unless inequality is tackled now. …
  • Corruption case casts harsh light on NYPD handgun permits

    06/25/2016 7:51:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 25, 2016 5:53 PM EDT | Tom Hays
    A corruption probe at the New York Police Department has cast a harsh light on how people get handgun permits in a city that boasts some of the nation’s toughest gun laws. Federal prosecutors say a shady fixer’s cash bribes induced officers working in NYPD’s licensing division to rubber-stamp dozens of gun applications, circumventing stringent background checks intended to weed out candidates with criminal records, mental health problems and other red flags. The potential public safety breach comes amid a national debate over whether easy access to weapons fueled the Orlando massacre and other mass shootings. …
  • Democrats End Sit-In After 25 Hours, Drawing Attention to Gun Control

    06/23/2016 11:27:40 AM PDT · by Innovative · 59 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 23, 2016 | DAVID M. HERSZENHORN and EMMARIE HUETTEMAN
    House Democrats ended their 25-hour sit-in over gun control legislation on Thursday, a protest Speaker Paul D. Ryan labeled a high-profile stunt that undermined the basic institutions of government. Mr. Ryan said he was “not going to allow stunts like this to stop us from carrying out the people’s business.” He added, “This is about a publicity stunt and now a fund-raising scheme.” But on legislative business, it was Mr. Ryan who prevailed. He personally reclaimed control of the House, pounding his gavel and muscling through a major appropriations bill that included funding for combating the Zika virus, without debate.
  • Court: Man can't be punished 'simply for being homeless' [Boston MA]

    06/23/2016 11:26:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 23, 2016 1:47 PM EDT | Denise Lavoie
    A homeless man convicted of criminal trespassing for taking shelter in privately owned buildings during harsh winter weather won a new trial Thursday when the state’s highest court ruled that he should have been allowed to argue it was his only way to protect himself from the cold. The Supreme Judicial Court found that the judge at David Magadini’s trial was wrong to deny a request to instruct the jury on a so-called necessity defense. Magadini wanted to use that defense to argue that his behavior was justified for a person trying to escape extreme temperatures. […] The owners of...
  • After Orlando, some businesses stress LGBT inclusivity moves

    06/23/2016 9:28:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 23, 2016 11:10 AM EDT | Joyce M. Rosenberg
    Some small business owners already working to make their companies more welcoming to LGBT employees say the massacre at a gay dance club in Orlando gives them an impetus to make more changes. “I’ve committed to myself and within our executive team to redouble our efforts to create a safer, kinder, more accepting workplace,” says Frank Maylett, CEO of RizePoint, a company that makes software to help restaurant owners, hotel operators and retailers manage multiple locations. RizePoint had already taken steps like providing health and other benefits to employees’ domestic partners and removing gender references in its handbook so that...
  • CAIR Sees 64 Percent Jump in Muslims Registered to Vote Since 2012

    06/22/2016 7:22:06 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 18 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 22, 2016 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) estimates that the number of American Muslims registered to vote has jumped from around 500,000 in 2012 to at least 824,000 ahead of November’s election – a 64 percent increase. CAIR said Tuesday that could be a possible indicator of increased political involvement due to anti-Muslim rhetoric by “public figures.” It did not name names, but presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has come under fire for some campaign statements relating to Islam – especially his call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S. because of terrorism concerns. The figures are...
  • Speaking different languages on gun control

    06/22/2016 4:37:11 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 15 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 22 jun 2016 | Christian Schneider
    We've all heard former Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan's admonition that "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." Yet the public debate about guns in America takes Moynihan's warning to the next level: Each side not only has its own facts, it has its own language. For instance, take the rush after the recent Orlando shootings to ban "assault" or "military-style" weapons like the AR-15 rifle. Gun control advocates immediately jumped to regulate sales of "automatic weapons" and "assault rifles" like the AR-15, which they deem too deadly for one individual to need. Scary stories about...
  • 'Jesus's wife' papyrus is likely a fake, professor now says

    06/20/2016 11:26:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 74 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 20, 2016 2:16 PM EDT
    A Harvard professor who caused a huge splash when she unveiled a small fragment of papyrus that she said referred to Jesus being married now says it’s likely a forgery. In 2012, Harvard Divinity School Professor Karen King presented the fragment, which includes the phrase, “Jesus said to them, my wife.” Since then, other scholars have raised doubts about the fragment’s authenticity. …
  • Obama: Entitlements Are 'Necessities of a 21st Century Economy,' 'Realities of How People Live'

    06/20/2016 10:23:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    MRC TV ^ | June 15, 2016 10:04am ET | Craig Bannister
    Entitlements are “the realities of how people live now” and “necessities of a 21st century economy,” so “we’ve got to retool our system,” Pres. Obama declared Tuesday. Speaking at the White House Summit on the United State of Women, Obama said America has “got to retool our system,” because guaranteed benefits are a vital and immutable way of life …
  • AG Lynch Won't Say How Many Americans Are on Terrorist Watch List

    06/20/2016 5:25:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 20, 2016 | 5:39 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    It was a simple question that Attorney General Loretta Lynch would not answer on Sunday: “How many Americans are on the terrorist watch list?” ABC’s Jonathan Karl asked Lynch on “This Week.” “You know, we don’t provide those exact numbers,” Lynch responded. “Can you give me a range? I mean, what are we talking about here?” Karl followed up. “Well, as I say, we don’t provide those exact numbers,” Lynch responded. Lynch supports an amendment sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), which would bar gun sales to people who end up on the government’s secretive terror watch list. …
  • In Israel, there's no 'right to bear arms' - and it works

    06/19/2016 2:03:45 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 46 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/6/16 | Ron Kampeas
    (JTA) Dirty, hot and exhausted Israeli soldiers waiting for their bus home from the army base tend, understandably, to be in a hurry to get on board. But when I was living in Israel during the first intifada, soldiers didn’t jostle to be first in line. Rather, the most coveted position was second. That’s because the bus driver had the right – under rules issued by the army and made clear to each armed soldier before she or he left the base – to order any soldier to sit in the front seat and remain alert. And the first one...
  • How Uncle Sam Became Uncle Tyrant -- If Washington Wants To 'Get' You, It Now Can

    06/17/2016 7:00:21 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 32 replies
    Forbes ^ | Jun 1, 2016 | Steve Forbes
    OUR FOUNDING FATHERS understood that tyranny wasn’t likely to come from a foreign invasion but from the step-by-step erosion of our freedoms by an expanding government. This is what we are facing today.... ...ominous trends threaten us... ...the typical professional in this country unknowingly commits several federal crimes during a typical workday. If Uncle Sam wants to get you, he can. – An 11-year-old girl in Virginia, who saved a woodpecker from a cat, was hit with a fine for “transporting” a protected species. – A fisherman who threw back some undersize fish he had caught was hauled into court...
  • If Islam is a Religion of Violence, so is Christianity

    06/16/2016 9:32:42 AM PDT · by Belteshazzar · 92 replies
    Speaking after “appreciating the congrats” on the Orlando shootings, Donald Trump again insisted that what mowed people down at Pulse was not an assault rifle but radical Islam, because in Trump Tower, it cannot be both. Trump’s world is binary. It is zero-sum: Either guns kill people or radical Islam kills people. In that world, only one religion can be bad, and so Christianity is good and Islam is bad. Christianity is peaceful and Islam violent. Christianity is tolerant and Islam intolerant. Both are inherently one thing or the other, immutable blueprints etched in stone for the behavior of their...
  • Rep. Hastings: At $174,000 Per Year, Congressmen Not ‘Paid Appropriately’

    06/16/2016 12:14:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 14, 2016 | 10:50 AM EDT | Eric Scheiner
    Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) says that people find it surprising that members of Congress are in “year nine without a cost of living increase” and House members who make $174,000 a year, are “deserving of being paid appropriately.” […] “Some substantial number of members of this body are multi-millionaires, a significant number of members of this body easily qualify to be in the middle-class or the upper-class — and there are some members here who are in the lower-class in our society,” Hastings said. […] According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the median net worth of a member of...
  • Bill O'Reilly takes stunning stance on guns after Orlando massacre

    06/15/2016 1:18:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 133 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/14/2016 | Allan Smith
    Bill O’Reilly stunned many viewers Tuesday night when he called for some measures of gun control to be implemented after the terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida, that claimed the lives at least 49 people — the deadliest mass shooting in US history. […] “There is too much gun crime in the USA, and high-powered weaponry is too easy to get,” he said. “That’s the fact. So let’s deal with it. We all have the right to bear arms, but we don’t have the right to buy and maintain mortars. Even if you feel threatened by gangsters or a New World...