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  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    04/21/2014 7:08:51 AM PDT · by Faith · 9 replies
    April 21, 2014 | Faith
    Peace be unto you; as my Father hath sent me, even so sent I you. John 20:21
  • NBC Hired 'Psychological Consultant' to Assess 'Meet the Press' Host

    04/21/2014 5:57:01 AM PDT · by 1Old Pro · 31 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | April 21, 2014 | Daniel Halper
    NBC has been so alarmed at Meet the Press's decline, the network hired a "psychological consultant" to assess the host, David Gregory. The Washington Post reports: Last year, the network undertook an unusual assessment of the 43-year-old journalist, commissioning a psychological consultant to interview his friends and even his wife. The idea, according to a network spokeswoman, Meghan Pianta, was “to get perspective and insight from people who know him best.”
  • Florida communities prepare for rising seas

    04/21/2014 5:03:51 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 19 replies
    sun-sentinel.com ^ | April 20, 2014 | William E. Gibson, Washington Bureau
    WASHINGTON — While the nation looks for solutions to the problem of rising sea levels, some coastal communities in Florida are taking action to save themselves from sinking into the ocean. Hallandale Beach is preparing to pump excess groundwater into an aquifer. Fort Lauderdale has raised a coastal roadbed and is installing one-way "tidal valves" that flush water down storm drains but block seawater from rising back up. And coastal communities farther north, from Palm Beach County to the Space Coast, are developing plans that would concentrate housing, businesses, water plants and wells on higher ground, less vulnerable to the...
  • Mosque Doubles as Bomb Factory, Until Accident - Taliban Leader Among 5 Dead Rebels in Explosion

    04/20/2014 11:35:30 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 30 replies
    Khamma Oress ^ | Sat Apr 19 2014 | Ghanizada
    Taliban leader among 5 rebels killed in Ghazni mosque explosion A local Taliban commander was among five militants killed following an explosion inside a mosque in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan. Local government officials said the militants were killed while they were making an improvised explosive device (IED) to carry out a roadside bomb explosion. Deputy provincial governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi said the incident took place on Saturday morning in western party of Ghazni city. Ahmadi further added that the Taliban commander was recognized as Mullah Sadiq who was killed along with four other militants following the explosion. The Taliban...
  • What Is The Rule Of Law, Anyway?

    04/20/2014 11:15:34 AM PDT · by MHGinTN · 15 replies
    Renew America ^ | 4/20/2014 | Sylvia Thompson
    What is the rule of law, anyway? Sylvia Thompson April 20, 2014 Talking heads and elitists from both the left and right of the political spectrum are decrying that Cliven Bundy (the rancher who recently defied the federal government) must follow the "rule of law." Why should he? Barack Obama, the President of the United States does not follow the rule of law. Eric Holder, the Attorney General of the United States, pays no heed to the rule of law. Why, then, must an average citizen? Recently, a Congressional Committee called upon a group of legal and policy professionals to...
  • Thomas Lucente: Everyone should stand with Cliven Bundy

    04/20/2014 7:18:06 AM PDT · by Deadeye Division · 14 replies
    Lima News ^ | April 18, 2014 | Thomas Lucente
    I stand with Cliven Bundy. And you should too, if you value liberty. Even Ronald Reagan did. “I happen to be one who cheers and supports the Sagebrush Rebellion,” Reagan said in a 1980 campaign speech in Salt Lake City. “Count me in as a rebel.” The standoff with Bundy is nothing, really, but the next chapter in the Sagebrush Rebellion that began in the 1970s and sort of settled down to a mere simmer under Reagan as he rightly tried to privatize some of the federal government's Western land holdings. A coalition of ranchers, sheepherders, miners and other leaders...
  • Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

    04/20/2014 1:11:00 AM PDT · by blueplum · 16 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | April 20, 2014 | Matthew Brown
    JACKSON, Wyo. -- What's happening in this Wyoming resort town might be better described as a land creep than a landslide, but the lack of speed has not hindered the sheer power of the moving earth. Over the past two weeks, a piece of East Gros Ventre Butte has slowly collapsed toward the west side of Jackson — shearing one hillside home in half, threatening to devour several others and looming ever more ominously over a cluster of businesses below. :snip: By Saturday morning, the shifting earth had caused bulges in a road and a parking lot at the foot...
  • Conservatives Deride Effort to Rig Electoral College

    04/19/2014 11:34:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 07:37 PM | Todd Beamon
    Conservatives slammed the campaign to effectively end the Electoral College’s role in presidential elections, saying that the National Popular Vote Compact circumvents the Constitution, saying it resembled President Barack Obama’s abuse of the law through his extensive use of executive orders. […] Under the National Popular Vote Compact, each state would award its electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote. The effort has been quietly winding its way through state governments, needing 270 votes to take effect. …
  • Brutish and short? DNA 'switch' sheds light on Neanderthals

    04/19/2014 11:20:50 PM PDT · by blueplum · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 17, 2014 3:28pm EDT | SHARON BEGLEY
    New York (Reuters) - How can creatures as different in body and mind as present-day humans and their extinct Neanderthal cousins be 99.84 percent identical genetically? Four years after scientists discovered that the two species' genomes differ by a fraction of a percent, geneticists said on Thursday they have an explanation: the cellular equivalent of "on"/"off" switches that determine whether DNA is activated or not. :snip: Calling the work "pioneering," and "a remarkable breakthrough," paleoanthropologist Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum in London said in an interview that the HOXD gene finding "may help to explain how these ancient...
  • Chelsea's Liberal Media Fans Act Like She's a Forever Unmockable Child

    04/19/2014 10:45:49 PM PDT · by absentee · 27 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 4/19/14 | Tim Graham
    “Why we root for Chelsea Clinton” was the latest from the Washington Post’s new culture blogger Alyssa Rosenberg. “For those of us who were once curly-haired, awkward daughters, Chelsea Clinton’s arrival on the national stage at age 12 meant years of sympathetic wincing. The barbs directed her way landed on us by proxy,” including Rush Limbaugh’s old “family dog” joke. Youngsters might not realize that almost everyone in politics treated Chelsea with deference to her parents throughout the Clinton presidency, which ended when she was 20. The weirdest part is how Rosenberg can complain about Clinton opponents mocking Chelsea instead...
  • Train nearly takes out U.S. Senator [Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) during speech on train safety]

    04/19/2014 10:27:24 PM PDT · by grundle · 23 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 19, 2014
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ircHCzcg3WY
  • Bundy Supporter Assemblywoman Michele Fiore vs. Chris Hayes on MSNBC: AWESOME Video

    04/19/2014 10:26:22 AM PDT · by absentee · 21 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 4/19/14 | Caleb Howe
    Last night, Chris Hayes face off against Assemblywoman Michele Fiore over the ongoing saga of the Bundy Ranch. Fiore reminds us why we love TV. [video] Fiore for the win! The Assemblywoman is feisty, unflappable, stays on message, goes at Hayes hard, and comes out looking great. A terrific segment and a good interview by Hayes, amazingly enough. The best part was when she left him flat-footed right at the end after catching him with the slaughter question. Although Hayes salvages the moment for himself with the barbecue crack. You can agree or disagree with Bundy or Fiore all you...
  • VIDEO: Senator nearly hit by train at press conference (While STUPIDLY Standing on Yellow Line)

    04/19/2014 9:29:11 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 38 replies
    WTNH.Com ^ | April 18, 2014 | WTNH.com Staff
    MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Was it something I said?U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal might have been thinking just that after a near brush with death during a press conference Friday at the Milford Metro-North station.Just as Milford Mayor Ben Blake started to say, “safety, as you know, is paramount,” a train came whooshing by the platform, inches from the senator who had his back turned and was partly standing on the yellow line.The press conference was called after Blumenthal slammed Metro-North Railroad for collecting $552,000 in fines over the past decade for safety violations and defects.
  • Pols back Dot radio station (Feds shut down Touch 106.1) (pirate radio)

    04/19/2014 5:37:58 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 46 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 4/19/14 | Bob McGovern
    Bay State politicians are defending an unlicensed radio station that was shut down this week by the Federal Communications Commission, but prosecutors say the crackdown was necessary to prevent a “public safety hazard.” U.S. Marshals and the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau shut down Touch 106.1 FM, an unlicensed Dorchester station, Thursday and seized radio equipment, according to U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz. Gov. Deval Patrick yesterday said he was “incredibly disappointed” by the raid and plans to ask the U.S. Attorney’s office to back down. “You’d like to think of them bringing more of a problem-solving approach,” he said. “Touch is a...
  • Boy with Down syndrome gets an amazing letter: Watch the joy

    04/18/2014 8:18:06 PM PDT · by Armen Hareyan · 5 replies
    EmaxHealth ^ | 2014-04-17 | Kathleen Blanchard
    Happiness is infectious. That's why we want to share the pure joy of Noah, a boy with Down syndrome as he opens a letter of acceptance to college. Noah Van Vooren of Little Chute, Wisconsin now has a chance to attend Edgewood College and it seems he could not be happier. What is most incredible is that when Noah was born he was not expected to walk according to his doctors. Noah reads his own letter, despite an offer from his dad to read the letter. Watch the video and share the joy. Stay happy and those around you will...
  • Is THIS Nessie? Apple maps satellite image spots 'creature swimming' below surface of Loch Ness

    04/18/2014 7:09:25 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 102 replies
    The Mirror ^ | Apr 18, 2014 13:23 | David Colins
    The photographs were captured by two different amateur Nessie hunters scanning different satellites on their iPhone and iPads.
  • Governor Patrick criticizes radio station shutdown (feds raid pirate station since '07)

    04/18/2014 9:36:32 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 134 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 4/18/14 | Michael Levenson
    Governor Deval Patrick (D-MA) today sharply criticized federal agents for shutting down an unlicensed radio station in Grove Hall and said he tried to dissuade them from raiding the station that bills itself as the fabric of the black community. Patrick, the state’s first African-American governor, said he had received advanced warning from the US attorney’s office that TOUCH 106.1 FM was going to be raided and urged the office not to proceed. But federal agents disregarded him. They swept into the station Thursday and seized transmission equipment in what they called a strike against illegally operating radio stations.
  • Students Demand Acknowledgement of Robert E. Lee's 'Racist and Dishonorable Conduct'

    04/18/2014 8:54:12 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 71 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee's "dishonorable side." According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves 'The Committee,'" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day." The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st....
  • It Is Finished(Good Friday)

    04/18/2014 8:48:07 AM PDT · by This Just In · 11 replies
    Ligonier Ministries ^ | April 18, 2014 | R.C. Sproul
    The Roman cross was a terrifying instrument of torture and execution. The sight of a cross must have filled all who saw it with fear. Yet for Christians, the cross has become a sign of hope.
  • Pelosi assists in Holy Week ....foot-washing......ritual

    04/18/2014 7:50:11 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 104 replies
    S.F. Gate ^ | April 18 2014 | Not Attributed
    To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship."
  • The Fox at the White House

    04/18/2014 7:14:28 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | 04-18-2014 | WSJ
    VIDEO shows a wild red fox loose on the White House grounds. Probably the ONLY 'fox' they really like....................
  • Vice Principal Saved From Korea Ferry Found Hanged

    04/18/2014 4:50:09 AM PDT · by South40 · 20 replies
    ABC News (AP) ^ | April 18, 2014 | HYUNG-JIN KIM
    Police say a high school vice principal who had been rescued from a sinking South Korean ferry has been found hanging from a tree. ((snip)) A police officer says the vice principal, identified only by his surname Kang, was found dead on the island of Jindo where rescued passengers have taken shelter.
  • Obamacare, Part Two [pregnant woman loses coverage for her obstetrician]

    04/17/2014 1:20:50 PM PDT · by grundle · 4 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Susan Estrich
    As I walked into the pharmacy, the technician who has kept track of all of my prescriptions for years was on an endless call trying to figure out who is going to deliver her baby and where. The good news: Her new plan, which fully complies with the Affordable Care Act, provides much more comprehensive coverage and lower co-pays than the one she used to have. The bad news: Neither the obstetrician who has taken care of her for the past six months nor the hospital where she had planned to give birth are covered by the plan.
  • AT&T customers reporting service outage across Dallas-Fort Worth

    04/17/2014 12:30:05 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 19 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 4/17/2014 | Matt Peterson
    Many AT&T customers in Dallas and the surrounding area have no cellular service this afternoon. We’ve placed a call to the Dallas-based company, but we’re hearing their employees can’t make calls because of the outage. No word on whether this extends to anything other than cell service.
  • How the 1964 Alaska Earthquake Shook Up Science (50 Years ago Good Friday)

    04/17/2014 12:21:35 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 15 replies
    Live Science ^ | 3/27/2014 | Becky Oskin
    The earthquake struck at 5:36 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on Good Friday. When the first shaking hit, many parents were in the kitchen, fixing dinner. For more than 4 minutes, the earth buckled and lurched all across southern Alaska. Few people returned home to their meals that night. In Anchorage, the ground cracked open and giant fissures swallowed children whole, killing them in front of their siblings. Landslides launched tsunamis that swept away coastal villages before the shaking even ended. In Seward, spilled oil slicked the water and caught fire. When the earthquake-triggered tsunami hit minutes later, the wave was...
  • Drunken Monkeys: Does Alcoholism Have an Evolutionary Basis?

    04/17/2014 12:05:01 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 28 replies
    Live Science ^ | 4/11/2014 | Wynne Parry
    As the child of an alcoholic father, Robert Dudley long wondered what caused the destructive allure of alcohol. Then while working in the Panamanian forest as a biologist, Dudley saw monkeys eating ripe fruit, which likely contained small amounts of the stuff, and an answer occurred to him: Maybe alcoholism is an evolutionary hangover. Had fruit-eating animals, including human ancestors, gained an evolutionary advantage by learning to associate the smell and taste of alcohol with ripe fruit? Dudley wondered. He named this concept the drunken monkey hypothesis. "I thought it was too simple an idea not to have been thought...
  • Media Matters for America is resisting SEIU's effort to unionize its staff

    04/17/2014 11:59:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 17, 2014 2:36 PM | Sean Higgins
    Media Matters for America is apparently resisting an effort by Service Employees International Union Local 500 to unionize its staff. Last week, the union filed a representation petition with the National Labor Relations Board, indicating that the nonprofit media watchdog organization rejected an effort by the union to organize MMFA’s staff through a Card Check election. […] MMFA has regularly presented itself as a supporter of organized labor. It has argued that “economists point to declining union participation as one cause of the growing economic rift in America” and claimed it was a fact that “unions increase productivity [and] do...
  • Veterans and White Supremacy

    04/17/2014 11:08:07 AM PDT · by JOAT · 60 replies
    New York Times ^ | 4/15/2014 | KATHLEEN BELEW
    EVANSTON, Ill. — WHEN Frazier Glenn Miller shot and killed three people in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, he did so as a soldier of the white power movement: The number of Vietnam veterans in that movement was small — a tiny proportion of those who served — but Vietnam veterans forged the first links between Klansmen and Nazis since World War II. In 1980, Mr. Miller formed a Klan-affiliated organization known as the White Patriot Party. In 2009, the Department of Homeland Security issued a nine-page report detailing the threat of domestic terrorism by the white power movement. and...
  • Obamacare confusion abounds on Staten Island ["Confused" Obamacare supporter loses her insurance]

    04/17/2014 10:14:53 AM PDT · by grundle · 24 replies
    silive ^ | November 18, 2014 | Tracey Porpora
    Photo caption: Alexandra Porto, VP of Membership & Outreach, at the SIEDC. Employees there received letters that their medical insurance policy was canceled. STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Alexandra Porto believes in the premise of President Obama's Affordable Care Act -- to provide medical benefits for all Americans. But when she, along with 13 of her colleagues at the Bloomfield-based Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC), received letters stating that their Empire BlueCross/BlueShield health plan will be canceled, she started to have second thoughts about what is commonly referred to as Obamacare. "The letter said Blue Cross/Blue Shield will be ending...
  • Arden Heights woman with chronic illnesses says Obamacare left her without doctors and medication

    04/17/2014 10:01:30 AM PDT · by grundle · 17 replies
    silive.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Tracy Porpora
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- After receiving her new health coverage in January through the New York State of Health Marketplace, Arden Heights resident Margaret Figueroa, 49, who suffers from two chronic illnesses, went to her pharmacy to fill her prescriptions. Although her insurance company, EmblemHealth, assured her she was covered, her insurance card was denied. While she had signed up for new health coverage -- because her insurance carrier dropped her old plan -- the company's internal paperwork apparently wasn't filed. She also learned that all her long-time doctors didn't accept the new insurance plan. For Ms. Figueroa, who suffers...
  • Fox poll: 61% thinks Obama lies on important matters [15% say he "never" lies]

    04/17/2014 9:56:40 AM PDT · by grundle · 22 replies
    hotair.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Edward Morrissey
    The lesson here? If you like your personal approval ratings, you can keep your personal approval ratings. In the latest poll from Fox News, 61% believe that Barack Obama lies some or most of the time on “important matters,” while only 15% say Obama never lies: About six in ten American voters think Barack Obama lies to the country on important matters some or most of the time, according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday. Thirty-seven percent think Obama lies “most of the time,” while another 24 percent say he lies “some of the time.” Twenty percent of voters...
  • The Legal Challenge to Obamacare You Probably Haven’t Heard of (And Why It Matters)

    04/16/2014 9:53:34 PM PDT · by grundle · 9 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 15, 2014 | Becket Adams
    Obamacare dictates that individual states can either set up and operate their own exchanges or the federal government will do it for them. Only 16 states and the District of Columbia currently run on their own exchanges. The remaining 34 states have elected to rely on the federally operated exchanges. And this is where we run into an issue: Depending on various factors, including income levels, people signing up through the state and federal exchanges may be eligible for subsidies that could drastically reduce the cost of health insurance coverage. The little-known challenge being argued in the District of Columbia...
  • The IRS's Case In Halbig v. Sebelius Is Crumbling, With A Little Help From Its Friends

    04/16/2014 9:40:39 PM PDT · by grundle · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 24, 2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    Tomorrow morning, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear oral arguments in Halbig v. Sebelius, a case that challenges the IRS’s ability to implement ObamaCare’s health insurance subsidies and mandate penalties in the 34 states with federally established health “exchanges.” Though the IRS prevailed at the district-court level, its allies have been inadvertently undermining the agency’s case ever since. First, a little background. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 clearly, repeatedly, and consistently says that the above-mentioned subsidies and penalties are authorized only “through an Exchange established by the State.” The IRS breezed...
  • Pregnant Woman Dies After Horrifying Medical Mixup [doctor removed ovary instead of appendix]

    04/16/2014 9:19:45 PM PDT · by grundle · 34 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | April 16, 2016
    As far as medical mix-ups go, it's a horrifying one. In October 2011, a 32-year-old woman underwent an operation at Queen's Hospital outside of London; Maria De Jesus was suffering from appendicitis and needed to have her appendix removed. Instead, her right ovary was taken out, and De Jesus, who was 21 weeks pregnant with her fourth child at the time, ended up dying roughly three weeks later. The case is now in front of a medical tribunal, which is weighing the medical fates of the two doctors involved, then-trainee surgeon Dr. Yahya Al-Abed, and Dr. Babatunde Coker, who was...
  • Bacon, Pork Prices Rise As Deadly Diarrhea Virus Wipes Out Michigan Pigs

    04/16/2014 9:49:06 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 40 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | 10-16-14
    "said porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) is not a human health concern, but is deadly to newborn pigs."
  • Conservatives Want to Make Divorce Harder, Extend Government Power

    04/16/2014 7:50:44 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 34 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | 04/14/2014 | By Michael Allen
    The Christian conservative Family Research Council and the National Organization have been on the front lines in the opposition to gay marriage. Now, both groups and socially conservative politicians are trying to make divorce harder for straight married couples. According to The Washington Post, these small government advocates have voted to expand the power of government into the personal lives of adult couples. More than a dozen states have introduced bills that required longer waiting periods for divorce, counseling courses for adults and have limited the number of reasons that people can file for divorce. While this may seem...
  • Bill O'Reilly Asks Kentucky Wildcats’ Coach How He Controls Black Players (Video)

    04/16/2014 7:43:42 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 41 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | 04/15/2014 | By Michael Allen
    Fox News' host Bill O'Reilly has devoted many broadcasts of this TV show, "The O'Reilly Factor," to what he believes are problems in the black community. O'Reilly, who has blamed black crime on black, unwed mothers, interviewed Kentucky Wildcats basketball coach John Calipari last night about controlling his black players, notes Salon.com (video below). According to New York Magazine, during the interview, O'Reilly asked Calipari, "I don't know if you listen to this rap stuff and the hip-hop stuff, but it has coarsened. Has that changed their attitude? How do you impose discipline on kids who are gonna do what...
  • Five wonder materials that could change the world

    04/16/2014 1:54:31 AM PDT · by blueplum · 10 replies
    The Guardian ^ | April 15, 2014 | Ian Sample
    Materials such as graphene and shrilk are so new that the scientists who discovered them hardly know what to do with them – they only know they might yet transform our lives :snip: Last week, Zhaohui Zhong at the University of Michigan described how graphene might be used to make night-vision contact lenses. "Graphene has huge potential," says Andrea Ferrari, director of the Cambridge Graphene Centre. "You don't usually find a material that has applications in so many different areas." :snip: What to call a material made from leftover shrimp shells and proteins derived from silk? Javier Fernandez and Don...
  • EU’s Crimea sanctions modeled on occupied Palestinian territories

    04/15/2014 10:56:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 15/04/2014 - 17:03
    The Commission is close to finalizing proposals for economic and trade sanctions regarding Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula occupied by Russia. A final decision by member states is expected soon, diplomats told EurActiv. At their meeting held yesterday (14 April), EU ministers said they were looking forward to the Commission’s evaluation of the legal consequences of the annexation of Crimea by Russia, and to the related proposals for economic, trade and financial restrictions regarding the peninsula. According to EU diplomats, Crimea is “occupied territory” comparable to the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since June 1967. …
  • Vanity: Meet Kayvon Edson, Boston Bombing Prankster

    04/15/2014 7:48:06 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 23 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4/15/14 | raccoonradio
    Video Media is now identifying Boston bombing prankster as Jayvon Edson, apparently a 2007 Wakefield High grad. He's on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. He apparently left two backpacks near the Boston Marathon finish line, on the anniversary of the bombings, wearing all black and barefoot and shouting "Boston Strong". Police detonated at least one of the backpacks.
  • Bloomberg Plans a $50 Million Challenge to the N.R.A.

    04/15/2014 7:48:01 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 52 replies
    nyt ^ | April 15, 2014 | Jeremy W. Peters
    Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually outmuscle the National Rifle Association. Mr. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, said gun control advocates need to learn from the N.R.A. and punish those politicians who fail to support their agenda — even Democrats whose positions otherwise align with his own. “They say, ‘We don’t care. We’re going to go after you,’ ” he said of the N.R.A....
  • Victim Records Mob Attack on Helmet Camera Video (Baltimore)

    04/15/2014 6:48:45 PM PDT · by equalator · 93 replies
    WCBM ^ | Via Baltimore Sun | Ian Duncan
    Bowman posted the video, taken on a helmet-mounted camera, to YouTube, leading cyclists around the city to recount on social media similar experiences they had in the area. "I thought I'd just outrun the attackers," he wrote. "Wrong. Unless you're going downhill or already have some major speed, they will block your escape routes and grab any part of your bike or clothing to try to bring you down."
  • Democrats have outside money advantage—for now

    04/15/2014 1:32:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 15, 2014 4:27 PM EDT | Philip Elliott
    Deep-pocketed donors are turning over multimillion-dollar checks to political organizations for November’s elections, and the sums raised by the national parties and their super PAC allies are already approaching the $1 billion mark. […] At the moment, Democrats seem to have a roughly 3-to-1 advantage over Republicans in cash raised and saved through independent groups. That balance of power could quickly change as more reports are filed. …
  • Immigration's Impact on Republican Political Prospects, 1980 to 2012

    04/15/2014 11:39:29 AM PDT · by kabar · 20 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | April 15, 2014 | James Gimpel
    Three key conclusions emerge from this analysis: First, the enormous flow of legal immigrants in to the country — 29.5 million 1980 to 2012 — has remade and continues to remake the nation's electorate in favor of the Democratic Party.Second, the partisan impact of immigration is relatively uniform throughout the country— from California to Texas to Florida — even though local Republican parties have taken different positions on illegal immigration. The decline does not seem to vary with the local Republican Party's position on illegal immigration. Third, if legal immigration levels remain at the current levels of over one million...
  • Man arrested for using drone at crash scene said he didn’t disobey commands

    04/15/2014 9:13:58 AM PDT · by Deadeye Division · 14 replies
    Springfield News-Sun ^ | April 14, 2014 | Allison Wichie
    SPRINGFIELD — A Springfield man said he didn’t ignore commands, but rather was never told his remote-controlled drone camera was hindering CareFlight from responding to a crash scene until just before his arrest. Kele Stanley, 31, said he plans on hiring an attorney to help him fight the charges — a felony charge of obstructing official business and misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and misconduct at an emergency scene. He said he was booked into the Clark County Jail on three misdemeanor charges, but after he posted bond and as was being processed out of jail, the obstructing official business...
  • Blood Red Moon quite a sight

    04/15/2014 12:39:46 AM PDT · by gunsequalfreedom · 46 replies
    Timeanddate.com ^ | April 15, 2014 | GEF
    It was brightly lit night. The moon was white and full. I'm getting ready to turn in for the night and I notice it is dark outside. I go out in the yard, look up and there is this most spectacular sight. The moon is red! The sky is a clear and cloud fee as can be. One star next to the moon seems blue and another almost the same red as the moon. It is quiet outside. A couple dogs barking in the distance but otherwise really still. I don't usually get too excited by events like this but...
  • Here Are The Two Soviet Propaganda Posters Hanging In The White House Press Secretary's Home

    04/14/2014 7:42:16 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 58 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 11, 2014 | Hunter Walker
    Here Are The Two Soviet Propaganda Posters Hanging In The White House Press Secretary's Home Washingtonian MOM magazine's spring issue has a profile of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney's wife, ABC News contributor Claire Shipman, that features a picture taken inside their home. In the background of the photo, you can see two framed Soviet-era propaganda posters. One of Carney's posters is a version of this iconic design by artist Dmitry Moor with a soldier pointing his finger alongside text that says "Have YOU Enlisted?" in Russian: The other poster features a female factory worker. According to this eBay...
  • 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winners

    04/14/2014 2:42:50 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 10 replies
    Pulitzer.org ^ | 4/14/'14 | Pulitzer.org
    Winning stories, photographs and cartoons, as well as bios and photos of winners, are available by clicking the links below.
  • 'I Did My Best,' Says Student Who Flubbed 'Wheel of Fortune' [messed up 3 different puzzles]

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    April 14, 2014 | Faith
    When you pass through the waters, I will be with You; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you: when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon you. – Isaiah 43: 2