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  • Ben Carson's Fans Await Him in Iowa [link only]

    11/22/2014 1:04:13 PM PST · by grundle · 7 replies
    bloomberg.com [link only] | November 22, 2014
    http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2014-11-22/ben-carsons-fans-await-him-in-iowa
  • Study says golf-obsessed CEOs bad for business (Obama is an obvious example)

    11/22/2014 9:49:56 AM PST · by jerod · 8 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Friday, Nov. 21 2014 | Jeff Gray
    Despite the notion that big business deals are done on the golf course, a new statistical study suggests the more time a chief executive officer spends playing golf, the less profitable his or her company is. The statistical analysis, based on a sample of 363 golfing chief executives in the United States, concludes that companies with CEOs who played more than 22 rounds of golf a year “have lower operating performance and firm values.”
  • $weet dreams: Obama billed taxpayers $295,227 to fly home to 'sleep in his own bed'

    11/22/2014 8:34:25 AM PST · by W. · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 18 Nov 2014 | Paul Bedard
    In what a taxpayer watchdog group called an unusual abuse, President Obama’s decision over Labor Day to fly home from New York to sleep in his own bed instead of overnighting and then attending the New York wedding of his chef cost Americans $295,227. It was just one expensive leg of a Labor Day work and fun trip with an overall price tag of $1,539,402.10 in flight expenses alone — not including security costs, food, housing or those associated with his staff.
  • Congressman suggests moat around White House

    11/22/2014 1:43:39 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 62 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 11/19/14 | Steve Goldstein
    Faced with an increasing number of White House intrusions that led to the resignation of a Secret Service director, a congressman on Wednesday suggested that maybe a moat should be erected around the president’s home. The suggestion was made by Rep. Steve Cohen, a Tennessee Democrat, at a House Judiciary Committee hearing. With hand gestures, Cohen suggested a moat roughly six-feet wide may be “attractive” and “effective.” Joseph Clancy, the acting director of the Secret Service, didn’t dismiss the suggestion out of hand. “Sir, it may be,” he said. Clancy said the Secret Service and the National Park Service were...
  • Why is HealthCare.gov hiding its most affordable plans?

    11/21/2014 10:57:54 PM PST · by grundle · 14 replies
    Consumer Reports/yahoo.com ^ | November 21, 2014
    One little-known feature of the Affordable Care Act is the availability of special health plans with low deductibles and copays to consumers whose incomes are low, but not low enough to be enrolled in Medicaid. (For 2015 that's up to $29,175 for a single person, $39,325 for a couple, and $59,624 for a family of four. Details here.) Unfortunately, many people eligible to buy these plans may never realize it because of the way HealthCare.gov, the site that sells health insurance to individuals in 38 states, displays plan results. Instead, they may end up with plans that, although their premiums...
  • Lawrence Berkeley Lab team helps lead charge to revolutionize energy storage

    11/21/2014 2:07:57 PM PST · by ckilmer · 18 replies
    libreprensa ^ | 11/20/2014 10:53:33 AM PST | Jeremy Thomas
    Lawrence Berkeley Lab team helps lead charge to revolutionize energy storage By Jeremy Thomasjethomas@bayareanewsgroup.comPosted:   11/20/2014 10:53:33 AM PST2 Comments | Updated:   a day ago     BERKELEY -- Imagine an electric car with the range of a Tesla Model S -- able to reach Lake Tahoe from the Bay Area on a single charge -- but at one-fifth the $70,000 price tag for the luxury sedan.    Or a battery not only able to provide many times more energy than today's technology but also at significantly cheaper prices, meaning longer-lasting and less expensive power for cellphones, laptops and...
  • EPA get out of my life. Ice/Water dispensers filters now low flow (Vanity rant)

    11/21/2014 11:44:26 AM PST · by UB355 · 31 replies
    Samsung parts ^ | 11/21/2014 | Me
    Low flow toilets, low flow hose nozzles now apparently low flow refrigerator water dispensers. I recently purchased the third replacement water filter for my Samsung refrigerator. Mine last about 9 months before water flow has been reduced. I put the new one in then dispensed water to flush it. The water flow was about the same as the old filter. I removed the new filter and discovered the hole in the end used to be ice pick sized was now large paperclip sized. Thanks EPA now it takes twice as long to fill a glass of water. I will curse...
  • Kim Kardashian’s butt on Paper magazine cover can help kids do math.

    11/21/2014 11:28:21 AM PST · by machogirl · 80 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | November 19, 2014 | Jeanette Settembre , Zoe Lake
    Here’s a cheeky way to do math. Kim Kardashian’s naked butt broke the internet — but now it’s helping to fix students’ understanding of basic geometry. Catalyst, a test prep company, is using the ultimate semi-circle in its latest pop-culture-inspired questions to get kids primed for the SAT. (See questions below). Catalyst’s interest in Kardashian’s image from the cover of Paper magazine is not just sexploitation. It’s downright Platonic. “Kim Kardashian’s backside is almost perfectly circular,” company founder Jared Friedland tells the Daily News. “As soon as we saw that, it occurred to me that we could teach three types...
  • Calif. Assault Law Requires College Students [but not anyone else?] To Give Consent Before Sex

    11/20/2014 9:47:28 PM PST · by grundle · 21 replies
    NPR/Associated Press ^ | September 29, 2014
    Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed a bill that makes California the first in the nation to define when "yes means yes" and adopt requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assault reports. State lawmakers last month approved SB967 by Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, as states and universities across the U.S. are under pressure to change how they handle rape allegations. Campus sexual assault victims and women's advocacy groups delivered petitions to Brown's office on Sept. 16 urging him to sign the bill.
  • Snopes Scrubs Article On Obama's Mama's Picture-Porn [because it turned out to be true]

    11/20/2014 8:09:33 PM PST · by grundle · 55 replies
    Searching... Select a Page HomeContactSocial Media TwitterYoutubeFacebook ProfileFacebook Fan Page Home » »Unlabelled » Snopes Scrubs Article On Obama's Mama's Picture-Porn: Excluded From Wayback Machine Saturday, June 16, 2012 Snopes Scrubs Article On Obama's Mama's Picture-Porn: Excluded From Wayback Machine Snopes Scrubs Article On Obama's Mama's Picture-Porn Photos:  URL Excluded From Wayback Machine[UPDATE BELOW] It appears Snopes.com scrubbed their "report" on Obama's mom posing nude. When Snopes originally published their article they tagged the claim "undetermined" and then sometime later tagged it as "false" claiming the nude woman in the photos was Marcy Moore. Now Snopes pulled the article...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 21 November 2014

    11/20/2014 5:58:49 PM PST · by beachn4fun · 106 replies
    November 20, 2014 | Canteen Crew
    FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe Come on in, we're open Need a place just to hang out? This is it. We serve coffee, tea, conversation and music. Our AWESOME military, our AWESOME allies, and their families are welcomed and honored here. No worries in the FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe. Grab a cup and start a conversation. You never know who you might meet in the Cafe. Glad you could...
  • BAMN interrupts U-M Board of Regents meeting with protest that turns physical

    11/20/2014 1:10:01 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 28 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Jeremy Allen
    About 25 members of the pro-affirmative action group By Any Means Necessary -- also known as BAMN - broke out with chants of "Minority enrollment's been going down, open it up or we'll shut it down" and "We don't need another committee, open it up to Detroit city," during the University of Michigan's Board of Regents meeting Thursday afternoon. The chants quickly turned physical as the protester pressed forward toward the regents. Security responded and the group continued to press forward as multiple protesters were forced to the ground after refusing to back down and move their protest out of...
  • Grand jury decision on Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson could come Friday

    11/20/2014 11:32:43 AM PST · by BunnySlippers · 58 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/20/14 | Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz and Moni Basu
    Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) -- The grand jury hearing evidence on the Michael Brown shooting is preparing to meet Friday for what might be its final session, and a decision on whether to charge Officer Darren Wilson could come the same day, law enforcement officials briefed on the plans said. St. Louis County prosecutors are preparing to present more evidence to the grand jury before starting deliberations, and a decision on an indictment is expected soon after, the law enforcement officials said. If a decision comes Friday, prosecutors are expected to provide law enforcement with 48 hours notice before making a...
  • Terry Bean's (major Obama fundraiser) Former Boyfriend Arrested

    11/20/2014 10:19:03 AM PST · by DesertRenegade · 7 replies
    Willamette Week ^ | November 20, 2014 | Nigel Jaquiss
    Kiah Lawson, a former boyfriend of prominent Portland real estate developer and political fundraiser Terry Bean was arrested last night in Portland. Lawson, 25, was arrested in connection with the same alleged crimes that prompted Portland police to arrest Bean yesterday: allegations of sodomy in the third degree and sexual abuse of a 15-year-old boy in Lane County last year. Lawson and Bean's tempestuous relationship, which included mutual restraining orders and Bean's allegation that the younger man tried to extort money from him led a WW cover story earlier this year. As WW reported, Bean went to the Multnomah County...
  • [Washington] Museum Will Remove World World II-Era Rifles Because Of New State Law

    11/20/2014 9:54:21 AM PST · by grundle · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 19, 2014 | Chuck Ross
    A museum in Lynden, Wash. has decided to return 11 World World II-era rifles to their owners because of a state law passed earlier this month that requires background checks on gun transfers. The Lynden Pioneer Museum will comply with the law, Initiative 594, rather than fight it, The Bellingham Herald reports. The museum’s exhibit, “Over the Beach: The WWII Pacific Theater,” had the 11 rifles on display along with photographs and journals from the era as well as military vehicles and radios. It will continue until May 1, but without the guns. “The museum will be returning these guns...
  • Former Fairbanks borough mayor Jim Whitaker picked as Walker chief of staff

    11/20/2014 9:20:44 AM PST · by vpintheak · 15 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | 11/20/14 | Staff
    FAIRBANKS — Former Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Jim Whitaker has been picked by Gov.-elect Bill Walker as his chief of staff, according to a news release sent out by Walker’s campaign Wednesday night. The former mayor’s selection is one of the first official positions to be announced as the independent candidate begins the transition to the governor’s office after Republican Gov. Sean Parnell conceded defeat during the weekend.
  • Westminster Ends Bid To Ban Tobacco Sales After Outcry (Mass.)

    11/20/2014 7:03:30 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 7 replies
    WBZ ^ | 11/20/14 | WBZ
    A proposal that would have made the town the first in the nation to ban all tobacco sales has gone up in smoke. Westminster’s board of health voted 2-1 to drop the proposal at its regular meeting on Wednesday, a week after rowdy opposition led board members to end a public hearing early. The board had initially said the ban would help keep a variety of tobacco products from young people, but businesses strongly opposed it.
  • A number of Muslims in Europe are publicly abandoning their religion to become Christians.

    11/20/2014 5:54:48 AM PST · by wyowolf · 22 replies
    BRUSSELS: A number of Muslims in Europe are publicly abandoning their religion to become Christians or agnostics despite their former community's taboo against such acts.
  • Racial divide in U.S. arrest rates is 'staggering,' study finds [media bias barf alert]

    11/19/2014 10:48:04 PM PST · by grundle · 69 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | November 19, 2014
    ... at least 1,581 police departments arrest black people at a higher rate than Ferguson, where blacks are arrested nearly three times more than people of other races. That includes police departments in cities like New York, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco and St. Louis. The St. Louis County Police Department arrested black people (113.7 per 1,000 residents) at more than three times the rate of nonblacks (32.4). "Something needs to be done about that," Ezekiel Edwards, head of the ACLU's Criminal Law Reform Project, told the paper. "In 2014, we shouldn't continue to see this kind of staggering disparity wherever...
  • Ebola Nurse Amber Vinson Gets Free Engagement Ring [decontamination crew "destroyed" her old one]

    11/19/2014 9:23:27 PM PST · by grundle · 33 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 19, 2014
    The Dallas nurse who flew to Ohio to plan her wedding in the days before she was diagnosed with Ebola and then said her engagement ring was destroyed when her apartment was decontaminated now has a new ring. Amber Vinson and her fiancé, Derrick Markray, visited a Zales Jewelers jewelry store in Dallas Tuesday where they were able to pick out a new ring free of charge. "When I found out that Zales had offered to give a ring, I was taken aback by the generosity because I've had so much negativity towards me," Vinson told ABC affiliate WFAA, which...
  • All of #GruberGate in Two Minutes

    11/19/2014 4:29:55 PM PST · by grundle · 8 replies
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDomkBtJC7Q
  • Dave & Buster’s apologizes for 'racist' tweet

    11/19/2014 10:51:43 AM PST · by dware · 57 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11.19.2014 | FoxNews.com
    Food and gaming chain Dave & Buster’s has had to apologize after sending out a racially-charged tweet to promote #TacoTuesday. On Tuesday, Dave & Busters --which has more than 70 locations in North America-- posted on this on its official Twitter feed:
  • Cops: 350-Pound Thief In Motorized Scooter Caught Sitting On Stolen Walmart Steaks

    11/19/2014 9:58:42 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 74 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 11/19/14 | Staff
    A 350-pound Walmart shopper was arrested yesterday after he was found sitting atop five stolen rib eye steaks in the seat of a motorized scooter that he was riding around the South Carolina store. Rodney Fowler, 43, was spotted Tuesday afternoon placing the steaks in his scooter by a Walmart loss prevention officer, according to a police report. “Suspect sat on the steaks and exited the store passing all points of sale, without attempting to pay for said merchandise,” cops noted.
  • North Korea Is Not Pleased: Dance Video Features Kim Jong Un

    11/18/2014 6:39:57 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 21 replies
    NPR.org ^ | July 21, 2014 | Bill Chappell
    He grins, he fumes, he fights — and through it all, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un dances his way in and out of preposterous situations. That's the premise of a video that has become popular in China and reportedly sparked a protest from North Korea. Citing "a source in China," the Chosun Ilbo reports that "the North feels the clip, which shows Kim dancing and Kung-Fu fighting, 'seriously compromises Kim's dignity and authority.'"
  • The Negative Consequences of Net Neutrality Explained in 2 Minutes [This is brilliant!]

    11/18/2014 2:30:33 PM PST · by grundle · 14 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 17, 2014 | Ted Cruz
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oRoG8SqChE
  • Ileana’s Son: From Amanda to Rodrigo

    11/18/2014 11:25:17 AM PST · by DesertRenegade · 3 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | 11/17/2014 | Jim DeFede
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Rodrigo Lehtinen grew up in a household grounded in Republican politics. His mother, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, was the first Cuban-American elected to Congress and has served in the House for the last 25 years. His father, Dexter Lehtinen, is the former US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida who oversaw the indictment of Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega. His grandfather, Enrique Ros, was an old-time Cuban-American hardliner and author who railed against Castro until his death last year at the age of 89. “I came from a family where politics was very much talked about openly, calmly with...
  • Profiting From a Child’s Illiteracy [government pays people to remain illiterate]

    11/17/2014 4:52:50 PM PST · by grundle · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 7, 2012 | NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
    This is what poverty sometimes looks like in America: parents here in Appalachian hill country pulling their children out of literacy classes. Moms and dads fear that if kids learn to read, they are less likely to qualify for a monthly check for having an intellectual disability. Many people in hillside mobile homes here are poor and desperate, and a $698 monthly check per child from the Supplemental Security Income program goes a long way — and those checks continue until the child turns 18. “The kids get taken out of the program because the parents are going to lose...
  • Obamacare waivers go to fancy restaurants, nightclubs, and hotels in Nancy Pelosi's district

    11/17/2014 3:12:28 PM PST · by grundle · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 17, 2011 | Matthew Boyle
    Full title: Nearly 20 percent of new Obamacare waivers are gourmet restaurants, nightclubs, fancy hotels in Nancy Pelosi’s district Of the 204 new Obamacare waivers President Barack Obama’s administration approved in April, 38 are for fancy eateries, hip nightclubs and decadent hotels in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Northern California district. That’s in addition to the 27 new waivers for health care or drug companies and the 31 new union waivers Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services approved. Pelosi’s district secured almost 20 percent of the latest issuance of waivers nationwide...
  • "How to Overcome Your Fears" by Queso (the scared pitbull)

    11/17/2014 7:15:55 AM PST · by RummyChick · 6 replies
    youtube ^ | 11/15 | Rhiannon Hamam
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vrs4I7zZ-rc
  • King of Sweden Congratulates State of Palestine on its National Day

    11/16/2014 8:16:42 PM PST · by Texas Eagle · 24 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Nov. 16, 2014 | Raphael Ahren
    The king of Sweden on Saturday congratulated the people of the “State of Palestine” on their “National Day” in a letter. It marked the first time a European monarch officially hailed the Palestinians’ unilateral declaration of independence in 1988. “On the occasion of the National Day of the State of Palestine I wish to convey to your Excellency my best wishes for your health and happiness and for the prosperity of the people of the State of Palestine,” Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden wrote in a letter to Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority and chairman of the...
  • 400 People Bury Heads in the Sand to Protest Australia’s Stance on Climate Change

    11/16/2014 8:10:29 PM PST · by RBStealth · 47 replies
    TheInertia ^ | November 16, 2014 | Alexander Haro
    More than 400 protesters showed up to protest the Australian government’s choice to overlook climate change issues at the G-20 summit – the first one in years to ignore the issue. Their protest of choice? All 400 protesters buried their heads in the sand at Sydney’s Bondi Beach. The second “head in the sand” protest held in Australia this year, the demonstration came after Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he wanted the summit to focus more on economic growth. The first protest was held back in September in Queensland, and included 80 people. “I’m hoping the Bondi event will send...
  • Obamacare Facebook page comments mostly from small group of supporters

    11/16/2014 7:07:49 PM PST · by grundle · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 16, 2014
    60 percent of site’s 226,838 comments attributed to fewer than 100 unique profiles Sixty percent of the site’s 226,838 comments generated from September 2012 to early last month can be attributed to fewer than 100 unique profiles, according to an analysis completed by The Washington Times with assistance from an outside data analytics team. Many of those profiles belong to just one person who created multiple aliases or personas to widen her influence and multiply her voice. Cindi Huynh, an Obamacare supporter in California, posted on average 59 times a day on the site in 60 days, making her the...
  • Neil Young Boycotts Starbucks Over GMO Lawsuit

    11/16/2014 6:00:39 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 70 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | November 15, 2014 | Miriam Coleman
    Neil Young is seeking a new source for his daily latte. The rocker announced on his website this week that he's boycotting Starbucks over the coffee company's involvement in a lawsuit against the state of Vermont's new requirements to label genetically modified ingredients.
  • Do you agree with laws allowing teachers to carry concealed weapons? (Poll to freep)

    11/16/2014 4:40:05 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 43 replies
    Currently 38% in favor
  • Saints Fan Elbows Woman’s Face, Steals Souvenir Ball From Her [Video]

    11/16/2014 4:00:05 PM PST · by barmag25 · 58 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 11/16/14 | Inquisitr staff
    What can be said about a New Orleans Saints fan elbowing a young woman in the face, outmuscling her, and ripping a souvenir football from her?
  • Walmart Store Holding Thanksgiving Food Drive For Its Own Workers [link only]

    11/16/2014 3:11:02 PM PST · by grundle · 27 replies
    Huffington Post [link only] | November 18, 2013
    link only: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/18/walmart-food-drive_n_4296618.html
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    11/16/2014 10:14:46 AM PST · by Faith · 13 replies
    November 16, 2014 | Faith
    But rise, and stand upon your feet; for I have appeared unto you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of these things which you have seen and those things in which I will appear unto you . . . Acts 26: 16
  • Calling All Gore ... Central Iowa digs out/Windy conditions become an issue

    11/16/2014 6:26:36 AM PST · by Adam Taxin · 24 replies
    KCI ^ | 11/15/14 | KCCI Staff
    DES MOINES, Iowa —Central Iowa is digging out after a Saturday storm dropped around 3 inches of snow for people to deal with. Check road conditions before you travel.
  • In astonishing images, the enduring bond of a young woman with wild gorillas (Amazing video!)

    11/16/2014 1:50:43 AM PST · by Fenhalls555 · 16 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 16 November 2014 | Angella Johnson
    They are scenes of extraordinary tenderness – and trust. The first photograph shows the controversial moment that a father allowed his 18-month-old daughter to play with a 300lb gorilla. And the experience seems to have taught the little girl, Tansy Aspinall, a lesson in confidence and courage. The next picture also shows Tansy, now grown up, and yet again putting her trust in the arms of a massive male primate. This time, though, the embrace is the result of a truly touching reunion. Tansy is the eldest daughter of maverick conservationist Damian Aspinall, and the gorilla she is cuddling is...
  • Door Falls Off Bono's Learjet During Flight to Germany

    11/15/2014 11:18:39 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 34 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | November 13, 2014
    A private plane carrying U2 lead singer Bono experienced an in-air incident Wednesday, with a rear door falling off the Learjet 60, an official with the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation said. “The Learjet lost a door where the luggage was put in,” the official, Germout Freitag, told ABC News. Freitag said authorities don't understand why the door flew off.
  • Congratulations, Feminists: You Got The Comet-Landing Scientist With The Ugly Shirt To Cry On Camera

    11/15/2014 4:18:10 PM PST · by grundle · 47 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 14, 2014 | Jim Treacher
    That’s what this tool of the patriarchy gets for wearing an item of clothing that did not meet with your exacting standards, girls. Sure, he landed a goddamn space probe on a freaking comet, but in doing so, he angered you even more than usual. How dare he? Revel in his humiliation, womyn.So there’s his “apology,” if you want to call it that, complete with fake tears and EastEnders-level acting. You can accept it if you want, ladies, or you can make him keep groveling. Just because he made human history this week doesn’t exempt him from your righteous fury.
  • Environmentalists Ditch Their Patron Saint Because He Was An Old, Rich White Guy

    11/15/2014 3:38:42 PM PST · by grundle · 66 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 14, 2014 | Michael Bastasch
    Environmentalists say they’ve moved past their 19th century patron saint John Muir because he represents the monied, white privilege that continues to haunt the environmental movement to this day, the Los Angeles Times reports. In an effort to connect more with Latinos and African Americans, some environmentalists are considering ditching Muir as their intellectual godfather. Environmentalists say that while they respect his ideas, they represent rich, Anglo-Saxon values that likely alienate minority communities. “Muir’s legacy has to go,” Jon Christensen, a historian at the University of California in Los Angeles’s Institute of Environment and Sustainability, told the Times. “It’s just...
  • Erdogan: Muslims Discovered America

    11/15/2014 2:30:53 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 91 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/11/14 | Gil Ronen
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that the Americas were discovered by Muslims in the 12th century, nearly three centuries before Genoese explorer Christopher Columbus claimed the discovery in the name of Spain. "Contacts between Latin America and Islam date back to the 12th century. Muslims discovered America in 1178, not Christopher Columbus," the president said in a televised speech during an Istanbul summit of Muslim leaders from Latin America. "Muslim sailors arrived in America from 1178. Columbus mentioned the existence of a mosque on a hill on the Cuban coast," Erdogan said. Erdogan said that Ankara was even...
  • Michelle Obama to Teen: 'It's an Honor For You To Represent My Hometown'

    11/15/2014 11:33:18 AM PST · by W. · 27 replies
    DNAinfo.com ^ | 1.14.2014 | Kyla Gardner
    CHICAGO — When Chicago Public Schools student Jennifer Gonzalez stepped up to a White House podium Monday, nervous to give a speech in front of first lady Michelle Obama and dozens of other dignitaries, she fell back on her theater training. Gonzalez, 16, also got to chat with the first lady as photos were snapped before the event. "When I told her I was from Chicago, she said 'It's an honor for you to represent my hometown,'" Gonzalez said.
  • What Republicans don't get about the U.S.-China climate change deal

    11/15/2014 7:21:08 AM PST · by Pearls Before Swine · 15 replies
    TheWeek.com ^ | 11/14/2014 | Ryan Cooper
    Some excerpts to give the flavor of the Dem propaganda concerning Obama's idiotic promises on emissions to China: "The GOP is sure that China is pulling the wool over the world's eyes. But these Republicans are just betraying their total ignorance of climate policy. " "For an example bordering on comical ignorance, look no further than the enraged clowns in the Republican Party, whose elected officials have been howling that China has played the U.S. for a fool. The assumption is that no country in its right mind would give up the benefits of carbon pollution unless, of course, the...
  • 5 Reasons “feminists” can’t complain about comet scientist’s “sexist” shirt

    11/15/2014 5:16:44 AM PST · by Perdogg · 38 replies
    Yesterday, mankind achieved something seriously amazing: we landed a space probe on a comet millions of miles away from Earth. Unfortunately for the scientists involved in this momentous accomplishment, modern day “feminists” exist. One of the scientists was wearing a shirt covered in sketches of of scantily clad women. Not actual photos of women, but sketched images of pin ups in skivvies. So this chick from The Atlantic does what “feminists” do when encountering the inane: she lost her damn mind. Naturally, this scientist’s wardrobe selection means women are not welcome to participate in scientific oriented fields…
  • Michael Brown’s parents make ABSURD demand about Officer Darren Wilson to the United Nations

    11/14/2014 11:05:07 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 45 replies
    It requests that the U.N. panel recommend the immediate arrest of Officer Darren Wilson, who killed Brown, as well as an end to “racial profiling and racially-biased police harassment across the jurisdictions surrounding Ferguson.” As our friends at Downtrend say, “Just try to imagine if the UN sent police or troops into Missouri to arrest Officer Wilson. You think there’s unrest in Ferguson now; it would be a full-blown war zone with armed Americans repelling a foreign invading force.”
  • Chief: Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson ‘immediately’ returns if cleared in Michael Brown's death

    11/14/2014 10:22:06 PM PST · by South40 · 22 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/14/2014 | Jason Sickles
    Criminal charges would ‘most likely’ result in firing, he says The Ferguson police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown will be “immediately” returned to active duty if he is not indicted, Chief Tom Jackson told Yahoo News on Friday. Officer Darren Wilson has been on paid leave since the controversial shooting in early August. He would come back to a “not yet determined assignment,” the chief writes in an email. If the grand jury charges Wilson, Jackson said the officer would “most likely” be terminated “if it is a felony.”
  • The hits keep coming: Gruber celebrates ‘mislabeling’ Obamacare in video #6

    11/14/2014 4:10:47 PM PST · by grundle · 28 replies
    hotair.com ^ | November 14, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    The hits just keep on rolling in. After the previously unknown investment advisor Rich Weinstein established that there was a literal trove of videos featuring Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber speaking candidly and in strikingly impolitic ways about the health care reform law and the American public he helped deceive, the mainstream press is now getting in on the act. The sixth installment in the series of videos featuring Gruber crucifying himself was uncovered by CNN’s Jake Tapper: The issue at hand in this sixth video is known as the “Cadillac tax,” which was represented as a tax on employers’ expensive...
  • Senate showdown over Keystone after House gives giant pipeline the go-ahead

    11/14/2014 12:08:06 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 11:50 AM EST, Fri November 14, 2014 | Francesca Chambers for MailOnline
    The House of Representatives on Friday passed legislation giving the makers of the Keystone pipeline the go-ahead to build the fourth and final section of the oil transportation system. Republicans have already sanctioned the construction of the XL portion of the pipeline eight times but today it passed language identical to a bill under consideration in the Senate by a vote of 252-161.The Democratically-controlled upper chamber has long declined to vote on the matter but had a change of heart on Wednesday after Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana begged her colleagues to immediately bring the legislation to the floor.