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  • 10th Annual Iowa Governors Conference on LGBTQ Youth: Words Matter [Luke 17]

    04/17/2015 3:19:25 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 2 replies
    IowaSafeSchools.org ^ | 4/2015 | Nate Monson, Executive Director, Iowa Safe Schools
    On April 3rd, Iowa Safe Schools held our 10th Annual Iowa Governors Conference on LGBTQ Youth. The event hosted over 1,000 attendees including students, college-aged youth, educators, parents, faith leaders, mental health providers, and more who care about the well-being of LGBTQ students in our state. This year’s speakers included the former Prime Minister of Iceland and first out head of government in the modern era - Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir; the first out WWE Superstar Darren Young; and Abbe Land the CEO of The Trevor Project which is a national LGBTQ youth suicide prevention hotline. Our conference provides the only opportunity...
  • Citi Economist Says It Might Be Time to Abolish Cash [Zech 5]

    04/17/2015 2:48:36 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 26 replies
    YaLibnan ^ | 4/17/2015 | Staff
    The world's central banks have a problem. When economic conditions worsen, they react by reducing interest rates in order to stimulate the economy. But, as has happened across the world in recent years, there comes a point where those central banks run out of room to cut — they can bring interest rates to zero, but reducing them further below that is fraught with problems, the biggest of which is cash in the economy. In a new piece, Citi's Willem Buiter looks at this problem, which is known as the effective lower bound (ELB) on nominal interest rates. Fundamentally, the...
  • Students at Pittsburgh-area school allegedly organize “Anti-Gay Day”

    04/17/2015 12:54:19 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 26 replies
    WPXI.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | uncredited
    A Pittsburgh-area school district is investigating allegations of harassment involving students. Several parents and students from McGuffey High School in Washington County have reached out to Channel 11 News voicing concern about a so-called “Anti-Gay Day” allegedly organized by some students. A group of students allegedly spread the news that if they were “Anti-Gay,” they were to wear a flannel shirt and write “Anti-Gay” on their hands. Below is a statement from Dr. Erica Kolat, the superintendent of McGuffey School District. “Yesterday afternoon, April 16, 2015, allegations of harassment were brought to the attention of our administration. McGuffey School District,...
  • A Bush-Rubio ticket? Improbable but not impossible

    04/17/2015 7:11:40 AM PDT · by South40 · 52 replies
    CSM (Yahoo) ^ | 16 APR 2015 | Linda Feldmann
    Former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio are both from Florida and could make for an effective GOP ticket. But the Constitution makes things tricky. When political handicappers blue-sky about the 2016 GOP presidential ticket, they generally rule out an all-Florida ticket – former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio. There are constitutional reasons that make it complicated but not impossible. And in some ways, a Bush-Rubio ticket may make sense. Let’s start with the positives: In a competitive presidential race, the Republicans cannot win without winning Florida. It’s the third most populous state in the country, with...
  • The National Sheriffs Association and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS/PETA)

    04/17/2015 6:56:59 AM PDT · by ManHunter · 2 replies
    National Sheriffs Association Web Site ^ | 17 April 2015 | R. Weaver
    NSA's [National Sheriffs Association] Partnership with the Humane Society of the United States NSA would like to respond to a recent email message you may have received regarding the National Sheriffs’ Association’s partnership with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Please be advised we have looked into the writer’s allegations against the Humane Society and have found them to be misleading and inaccurate. The lawsuit described in the email began in the early 2000s and recently reached a settlement after 14 years in the legal system. The HSUS was named in the settlement described because they merged with...
  • ESPN suspends reporter after ugly parking-lot rant

    04/16/2015 7:01:33 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 86 replies
    New York Post ^ | 16 Apr 2015 | Mark W. Sanchez and Justin Terranova
    ESPN suspended reporter Britt McHenry for one week, hours after a video surfaced of the reporter dressing down a parking lot attendant in brutally ugly fashion. “I’m in the news, sweetheart, I will f—–g sue this place,” McHenry, a Washington-based reporter, says as the video opens. McHenry vented about getting her car towed in a since-deleted tweet (as caught and saved by ARL Now) on April 6, and that was the cause of her frustration. (snip) The video, which appeared on LiveLeak, shows McHenry relentlessly mocking the clerk in a nasty attack, bouncing from jabs at her intelligence to insults...
  • Clinton Scooby Doo Van Parked In Handicap Spot

    04/16/2015 12:01:37 PM PDT · by grundle · 31 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZNUDKes0VM
  • Michigan Auto Shop Owner Faces Backlash After Declaring He Won’t Serve Gays

    04/16/2015 11:18:05 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 48 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | 04/16/15 | Staff
    GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WWJ) – A west Michigan business owner claims he’s been the target of death threats after he announced he won’t serve gays. Brian Klawiter, who owns Dieseltec Automotive Repair in Grandville, posted a message on his business’ Facebook page saying that he is a Christian, and that his company does not welcome “immoral behavior” — including homosexuality. “Our rights as conservative Americans are being squashed more and more everyday. Apparently if you are white (or close to it), you have a job, go to church, and own a gun… That translates into racists, privileged, bigot, conspiracy theorist.
  • 10 totally unplanned stops on Hillary Clinton’s spontaneous road trip

    04/16/2015 11:08:15 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 44 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 13, 2015 | Alexandra Petri
    She’s not just running — she’s driving! Well, passenging. Politico reports: “While she has no planned pit stops on her road trip — which was her own idea — the candidate stopped by a gas station in Pennsylvania on Sunday. She later tweeted a picture of the stop, saying, “Road trip! Loaded the van & set off for IA. Met a great family when we stopped this afternoon. Many more to come. -H” Chuck Todd praised the gesture, tweeting, “So hard in this new media age to do anything that looks spontaneous to political world. This Hillary road trip idea...
  • The Math Question That Went Viral

    04/16/2015 9:29:47 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 136 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | April 14, 2015 | Terrence F. Ross
    One word problem from a Singaporean school exam briefly became the talk of the Internet last weekend....[Snip]... The puzzle went viral across the country, with people ranging from perplexed adults to eager teenagers grappling with the simple question: "So when is Cheryl's birthday?"
  • More than A Half Million Social Security Numbers Issued To Illegal Immigrants Granted Amnesty

    04/16/2015 8:40:39 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 04/14/15 | Caroline May
    The Obama administration has issued more than half a million new Social Security Numbers (SSN) to illegal immigrants granted amnesty under President Obama’s Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals program. In a letter to Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Ben Sasse (R-NE), exclusively obtained by Breitbart News, the Social Security Administration (SSA) reveals that by the end of Fiscal Year 2014 the Obama administration “had issued approximately 541,000 original SSNs to individuals authorized to work under the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy since its inception” in 2012. The administration said it did not maintain a count of the...
  • Former Obama Pilot: TWA Flight 800 was not blown up by a faulty fuel tank.

    04/16/2015 7:15:16 AM PDT · by thefactor · 145 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 4/15/15 | Andrew Danziger
    Was TWA Flight 800 shot out of the sky?As a former pilot, that is a question I get asked about all the time. I’m no conspiracy theorist, but let’s be clear: Yes. I say it was. And I believe the FBI covered it up.
  • Young Phenom Who Tore Obama To Shreds Is Back For Al Sharpton

    04/15/2015 7:39:25 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 16 replies
    Western Journalism back in February showed you the outspoken 12-year-old CJ Pearson becoming an overnight YouTube sensation by backing and doubling down on Rudy Giuliani’s claim that Obama doesn’t love America. Well, the young phenom is back; and this time, he has his eyes set on Al Sharpton.
  • MSNBC: HILLARY’S GAY MARRIAGE POSITION CHANGED FROM LAST YEAR

    04/15/2015 6:52:56 PM PDT · by yuffy · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Apr 2015 | by IAN HANCHETT
    MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts and Joy Reid noted that Hillary Clinton had undergone a politically convenient evolution on same-sex marriage on Wednesday’s “MSNBC Live.” Roberts pointed out that Clinton’s statement that she hopes the Supreme Court will rule that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right is “a different line” than Hillary’s position in an interview she conducted with NPR last year, where she said, “for me, marriage had always been a matter left to the states…I fully endorse the efforts by activists who work state-by-state,” and that after leaving the Secretary of State’s office she was able to “very quickly announce...
  • VIDEO: What Do Americans Think of Hillary's New Campaign Logo?

    04/15/2015 4:34:36 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 70 replies
    mrctv.org ^ | April 14, 2015 | Dan Joseph
    Last Sunday, Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for the presidency of the United States. She also revealed her new campaign logo. The logo is unique to say the least and was met with a great deal of mockery and derision from all corners of the World Wide Web. Many Americans still haven't had a chance to see the logo yet, so I went down to the National Mall and asked Americans what the logo reminded them of and whether they thought it would make a good symbol for Hillary's fledgling campaign.
  • Campaign staff DROVE 'ordinary' Iowans to Hillary's first campaign stop

    04/15/2015 2:37:36 PM PDT · by grundle · 59 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 15, 2015 | David Martosko
    Full title: Campaign staff DROVE 'ordinary' Iowans to Hillary's first campaign stop - including health care 'lobbyist in training' who was an Obama campaign intern and Biden chauffeur Austin Bird sat for coffee on Tuesday morning in the town of LeClaire, Iowa, chatting with Hillary Clinton as photographers snapped pictures News reports called him a 'student' and her campaign called it an unscripted event But Clinton's Iowa political director Troy Price drove Bird and two other people to the coffee house Bird is a hospital government relations official who interned with Barack Obama's 2012 presidential campaign The Iowa Democratic Party,...
  • Chipotle Manager: Hillary Clinton Didn't Leave Anything in Tip Jar [link only]

    04/15/2015 2:32:01 PM PDT · by grundle · 205 replies
    bloomberg.com [link only] | April 15, 2015 | David Knowles
    link only: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-04-15/chipotle-manager-hillary-clinton-didn-t-leave-anything-in-tip-jar
  • Energy drop recorded during Halton Hills's Earth Hour

    04/15/2015 12:29:20 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 18 replies
    Independent Free Press ^ | APRIL 14. 2015 | No Attribution
    For the eighth consecutive year the Town of Halton Hills experienced an overall reduction in the amount of energy used during Earth Hour on Saturday, March 28. Earth Hour links communities across the world in bringing awareness to climate change. This is also an opportunity to reflect on the importance of year-round energy conservation and the need to take actions that benefit the health of our planet.
  • Does any one have a list of Tax Day "Freebees"?

    04/15/2015 11:24:56 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 9 replies
    15 April 2015 | US navy Vet
    Just Wondering.
  • Video: Mob of high school students attacks man at gas station [Gen 6:13, Luke 17:26]

    04/15/2015 10:04:35 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 52 replies
    CBS News ^ | 4/14/2015 | CRIMESIDER STAFF
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis police say a large group of high school students swarmed a BP gas station and beat a man, according to CBS affiliate WREG. Orrden Williams, Jr., the man seen in the surveillance footage being beaten, told the station that one of the kids "sucker punched" him. He had reportedly been helping an older woman to her car, after saying that she didn't feel safe when the crowd began coming into the parking lot. "As we get to the car, they are in the parking lot -- throwing up gang signs and putting up a ruckus," Williams...
  • Deputies peacefully resolve report of man wearing homemade knight outfit

    04/15/2015 6:47:42 AM PDT · by dware · 51 replies
    KJCT8 ^ | 04.14.2015 | Nick Rothschild
    MESA COUNTY, Colo. Well Mesa County, it looks like Game of Thrones fever is sweeping through some members of our community. The popular HBO show debuted the first episode from it's fifth season on Sunday night, and roughly 24 hours later sheriff's office deputies were looking at a scene straight out of Westeros.
  • Centuries of Italian History Are Unearthed in Quest to Fix Toilet

    04/14/2015 5:54:37 PM PDT · by yuffy · 22 replies
    nytimes ^ | APRIL 14, 2015 | By JIM YARDLEY
    LECCE, Italy — All Luciano Faggiano wanted when he purchased the seemingly unremarkable building at 56 Via Ascanio Grandi was to open a trattoria. He could run the trattoria on the ground floor and live upstairs with his wife and youngest son. The only problem was the toilet. Sewage kept backing up. So Mr. Faggiano enlisted his two older sons to help him dig a trench and investigate the underground sewage pipe. He predicted the job would take about a week, and soon after he would open his trattoria. If only. “We found underground corridors and other rooms, so we...
  • Ready for the marriage apocalypse? [Prov 30, Rev 19]

    04/14/2015 3:50:13 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/7/2015 | Carol Costello
    (CNN)The marriage apocalypse may be coming. Talk to any millennial and you can envision an America virtually marriage-free, with everyone happily single. I did. And I do. Recently, I talked about marriage with a group of journalism students from my alma mater, Kent State University. They came to me for career advice, which I gave them, but I also picked their brains about politics, religion and marriage. Their views on marriage intrigued me the most. 'Cause, guess what? They don't care what your generation thinks -- they'll get married if and when they want. "I didn't go to college for...
  • New York Times readership survey asks for gender, offers three options

    04/14/2015 3:09:03 PM PDT · by JOHN ADAMS · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 14, 2015 | New York Times
    What is your gender? Male Female Other Prefer not to answer
  • Young married couple...baby killed...chunk of CONCRETE falls off bridge...crushes...pickup truck

    04/14/2015 2:01:31 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 49 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | April 14, 2015 | Sophie Jane Evans
    Full title: Young married couple and their baby son killed after a chunk of CONCRETE falls off Washington state bridge and crushes their pickup truck...A mother, father and their eight-month old baby boy were killed on Monday when a concrete barrier fell onto their truck as they were driving under an overpass in Washington State. The tragic accident claimed the lives of Josh and Vanessa Ellis and baby Hudson, who were crushed when the 50-foot-long concrete slab slammed down on top of them, according to Bonney Lake Police. The barrier weighed 'tons' according to investigators and the damage to the...
  • Things You Can’t Wear to a Music Festival, According to Social Justice Internet(no joke!)

    04/14/2015 10:11:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 43 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 4/13/2014 | Katherine Tempf
    Music-festival season is underway, and it’s important to make sure to dress appropriately — not just for the weather, but for cultural sensitivity as well. If you’re not sure what I mean, that’s okay! I spent some time on Social Justice Internet today finding some helpful tips so that you can understand what I mean and why it’s so important: Aside from obvious no-nos like Native-American headdresses or Indian bindis, you also need to make sure that the patterns on your clothes aren’t offensive. That’s right — it’s not enough to simply make sure your shirt is clean and doesn’t...
  • Letterman packing his show with stars as end nears

    04/14/2015 7:44:36 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 70 replies
    AP ^ | 04/13/15 | Staff
    David Letterman is packing his final 28 shows as a late-night host with a who's who of Hollywood names and favorites leading up to his May 20 swan song. CBS announced Monday that his guests will include Bill Murray, George Clooney, Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld, Robert Downey Jr., Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Don Rickles, Julia Roberts, Ray Romano, Howard Stern, Oprah Winfrey, Martin Short, John Travolta, Michael J. Fox and Alec Baldwin.
  • Poll: Will you vote for Hillary Clinton for president?(FReep this Poll)

    04/13/2015 9:09:51 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 61 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | updated April 13, 2015 at 6:01 PM | Ken Thorbourne
    A familiar face is running for president. From first lady, to US senator, to secretary of state, Hillary Clinton announced today in a two-minute video that she is running for the highest office in the land -- for the second time. "Everyday Americans need a champion. And I want to be that champion," said the longtime Democrat. "So I'm hitting the road to earn your vote -- because it's your time. And I hope you'll join me on this journey." The election is next year. Clinton's quest to become the nation's first female president was derailed in 2008 when she...
  • Judge hammers white victims of armed home invasion for racism,lets criminal go free

    04/13/2015 3:57:42 PM PDT · by Jacvin · 73 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 4/13/2015 | Joe Saunders
    Talk about blaming the victims! Outrage is growing over a Kentucky judge who let a home invader who robbed a family at gunpoint off with probation after a openly criticizing the victims for letting their child be afraid of black men because of the crime. Judge Olu Stevens of the Jefferson Circuit Court appeared even more offended by the victim impact statements offered by the family who was robbed than he was by the fact that a crime had been committed at all.
  • Partial building collapse in downtown Cleveland

    04/13/2015 2:14:18 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 15 replies
    19actionnews ^ | 4/13/2015 | VARIOUS
    Partial building collapse in downtown Cleveland, Cleveland Fire crews are on the scene of a partial building collapse on East 6th Street near Vincent Avenue in downtown Cleveland.
  • Oklahoma City bombing: 20 years later, key questions remain unanswered

    04/13/2015 10:17:33 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 53 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 04/13/2015 | Andrew Gumbel
    Twenty years ago, on 19 April 1995, a disaffected veteran named Timothy McVeigh drove a Ryder truck stuffed with explosives into downtown Oklahoma City and destroyed a federal office building, killing 168 people, including 19 children, and maiming hundreds of others. That much we know. We also know that, within 90 minutes of the bombing, McVeigh was pulled over near the Kansas border and arrested, alone, at the wheel of a glaringly improbable getaway car, an ancient, spluttering rust bucket of a Mercury sedan with no licence plates, which made him a sitting duck for any passing highway patrolman. How...
  • Former president Saleh proposing peace initiative to end fighting in Yemen: sources

    04/13/2015 7:52:21 AM PDT · by wayoverontheright
    Cairo, Sana’a and Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—In the latest sign of his growing rift with the Iran-backed Shi’ite Houthi movement, ousted former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh is proposing a peace initiative to stop the fighting in the country, sources told Asharq Al-Awsat on Saturday. Saleh, who was ousted in 2012 after mass protests against his more than three decade rule, initially backed the Houthi coup in Yemen in February and their takeover of the capital Sana’a in September. Saleh allegedly helped ease the advance of the movement’s militias across the country, via elements in the Yemeni military and security establishments...
  • Michael Bloomberg Declares His Friend Jeb Bush the Best GOP Candidate

    04/12/2015 8:43:28 PM PDT · by yuffy · 59 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12 Apr 2015 | by AWR Hawkins
    On April 9, Michael Bloomberg delcared his friend Jeb Bush the best GOP candidate for president. To be precise, Bloomberg cited Bush and Hillary Clinton as the only truly “worthy” candidates, in his view. According to The New York Times, Bloomberg was attending a party in his honor after receiving an honorary knighthood from from Queen Elizabeth II. During the party, at which Bloomberg said he had “always admired the sophistication and fortitude of the British people,” the former mayor also singled out Bush and Clinton as the only two candidates for him.
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    04/12/2015 10:23:01 AM PDT · by Faith · 13 replies
    April 12, 2015 | Faith
    Casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you. I Peter 5:7
  • New Islamic State Video Calls for Attacks on the American Homeland, Promises Another 9/11

    04/12/2015 9:01:00 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 20 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 11, 2015 - 5:16 am
    The Islamic State has released a new 11-minute video called “We Will Burn America” that calls for supporters to attack the American homeland and promises another 9/11. At this juncture I would note the New York Times’ front page article on December 29 that described how America’s top war fighters, namely Special Operations Command, freely admit that they don’t understand the ideology driving ISIS and other Islamic terror groups:
  • Carr: Right questions left out

    04/12/2015 7:57:38 AM PDT · by mowowie · 8 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | April 12, 2015 | Howie Carr
    Rand Paul had a good suggestion for the press last week: Why don’t you hacks start asking Democrats the same kind of loaded, gotcha, when-did-you-stop-beating-your-wife questions that you always throw at Republicans? Will never happen, of course — too many invitations to too many Beautiful People cocktail parties are at stake. But suppose the press were equal opportunity bashers? For example, what if Hillary Clinton had to answer some real questions today when she officially begins her campaign for president, er, queen? It’s easy to slant any question, even if it’s totally legit. For instance, Hillary was against gay marriage...
  • Toy Guns in America: The 1950s Versus Today

    04/12/2015 2:38:34 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 35 replies
    Check out this old toy gun commercial from the 1950s or '60s and compare it to how children who play with toy guns (or even their own food or fingers fashioned like a gun) are treated today. Do you think kids today are going to want to uphold their 2nd Amendment rights after they are terrorized and suspended or expelled by their schools for chewing a breakfast tart into an L-shape or being forced at age five to undergo a psych eval for bringing a Hello Kitty bubble gun to class? Others not included here are a kid who was...
  • Grassroots Turn Table on Bush Attack Ad (youtube)

    04/11/2015 11:10:47 PM PDT · by z taxman · 10 replies
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  • Ospreys replace last Marine squadron of Sea Knight 'phrogs'

    04/11/2015 4:38:34 AM PDT · by paterfamilias · 26 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 10, 2015 | Jennifer Hlad
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — MV-22 Ospreys replaced the Marines’ last squadron of CH-46E helicopters Thursday, officially ending the Sea Knight’s 50-year run as the troop and supply transport workhorse of the Corps. Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 164 received the first Sea Knights assigned to the West Coast in early 1965 and introduced the medium-lift helicopter to combat in Vietnam in 1966. Parts of the squadron also flew missions in the evacuation of Saigon, making it the first in and last out of the Southeast Asian country. More than 600 CH-46s, affectionately known as “Battle Phrogs,” were produced over the years,...
  • At U of Michigan, a Muslim Student Unmasks the Hypocrite He Says Vandalized His Apartment

    04/10/2015 9:11:38 PM PDT · by grundle · 28 replies
    Reason ^ | April 10, 2015 | Robby Soave
    The perpetrator was a liberal activist and decorated campus Muslim leader who said American Sniper promoted violence.Is the University of Michigan a hostile place for Muslim students—or just a hostile place for freethinkers? Zeinab Khalil, a recent UM graduate, Muslim, and progressive activist who won numerous distinctions during her time on campus, including an award named for Martin Luther King, Jr., thinks it’s the former. A UM group’s decision to screen the film American Sniper offended the sensibilities of some Muslims, including Khalil, who claimed on Twitter that the campus “is already a hostile place for Arab/Muslim students. In one...
  • A soldier and his dog were killed. Watch what baggage handlers do with their caskets.

    04/10/2015 11:35:46 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 50 replies
    Shrug ^ | March 18, 2015
    ... The Delta Honor Guard is a group of employees and baggage handlers at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. What they do for Fallen Soldiers is extremely touching ...
  • Academic Freedom, Conservatively Speaking

    04/10/2015 11:29:46 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 9, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Believe it or not, it is possible to make a conservative case for academic freedom without mixing opposites. In fact, one of the conservative movement’s sages, Russell Kirk, made the case quite eloquently more than half a century ago. “The principal importance of academic freedom is the opportunity it affords for the highest development of private reason and imagination, the improvement of mind and heart by the apprehension of Truth, whether or not that development is of any immediate use to [society],” Kirk wrote. This put him somewhat at odds with one of the movement’s other great “thought leaders” William...
  • Lauren Hill dies after fighting tumor to play college hoops

    04/10/2015 6:33:35 AM PDT · by bgill · 32 replies
    AP ^ | Apr. 10, 2015 | Joe Kay
    Lauren Hill spent her final year polishing a layup and inspiring others to live fully. She succeeded at both as she fought an inoperable brain tumor. The 19-year-old freshman basketball player at Mount St. Joseph University died at a hospital Friday morning, the co-founder of her nonprofit foundation told The Associated Press. "Through Lauren's fundraising and advocacy efforts, she not only became a spotlight on the lack of funding for cancer research, but she most certainly has become a beacon guiding researchers for years to come," The Cure Starts Now co-founder Brooke Desserich said.
  • Maine's Republican governor renews welfare-reform push

    04/10/2015 5:08:58 AM PDT · by Leep · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Apr 6, 2015 | leep
    Maine Governor Paul LePage on Monday revived legislation to crack down on welfare fraud, making good on a 2014 campaign promise to tighten restrictions on the state's public assistance programs and help speed the transition from "welfare to work." LePage's bill would require applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to apply for three jobs before receiving state aid, while prohibiting use of electronic benefit cards to purchase tobacco, liquor, tattoos, lottery tickets or to pay for bail.
  • Swimmer terrified by manatee in lake (Oh, the hugh manatee}VIDEO

    04/09/2015 11:22:49 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 15 replies
    WOKV ^ | 04/09/15 | Darrell Moody
    LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — Manatees have been spotted in Lake County. The story made headlines this week here in central Florida and all over the world.
  • Why Isn’t Harry Reid Suing The Manufacturer Of That Exercise Band?

    04/09/2015 6:52:47 PM PDT · by grundle · 41 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 8, 2015 | Jim Treacher
    Why can Harry Reid live with being blinded by a piece of faulty exercise equipment? Why isn’t he suing the company that made it? Why isn’t he warning people about the dangers of these exercise bands? Why isn’t he demanding answers? The faulty exercise band also broke several of his ribs and gave him a concussion. Yet he’s shrugging the whole thing off. Oh well. Just one of those things.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 10 April 2015

    04/09/2015 5:57:48 PM PDT · by beachn4fun · 77 replies
    April 9, 2015 | 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,or maybe a tall brew? Topped off with great conversation and music. No worries in the FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe. Grab a glass and start a conversation. You never know who you might meet in the Cafe. Glad you could join us. Enjoy your stay. Our...
  • Now Protesters Insist That A Catholic School Must HIRE A Gay Teacher

    04/09/2015 2:41:44 PM PDT · by blueyon · 31 replies
    TheDC ^ | 4/08/15 | Eric Owens
    Students and alumni of a Catholic high school in Iowa held a rally on Wednesday afternoon to protest a decision by school officials not to hire a gay teacher. The rally at Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines involved a walkout and a demonstration at which a handful of students and alumni spoke, reports The Des Moines Register. The gay teacher who did not get hired had worked as a substitute at Dowling Catholic High — a school of some 1,430 souls. In the process of vetting the teaching candidate for a full-time teaching job, school officials learned...
  • The Dead Sea Is Dying [...but not for long, Ezekiel 47]

    04/09/2015 2:11:49 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 15 replies
    Slate ^ | 9/17/2013 | Eetta Prince-Gibson
    EIN GEDI, Israel—Ten years ago, during a routine early-morning solo tour of the area surrounding his kibbutz, Ein Gedi, on the shores of the Dead Sea, geographer-geologist Eli Raz heard an ominous rumbling noise. Raz, who is widely considered Israel’s foremost expert on sinkholes—those terrifying crater-like holes that open up without warning—immediately knew that he was about to be swallowed up. Sitting in his windowless, cramped office on the kibbutz, Raz, 70, a wiry, sun-wizened man with thick silver hair, tells his tale calmly. “I fell in, tumbling down, deeper, deeper. I thought I’d be buried alive. Instinctively, I started...
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    04/09/2015 11:06:04 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 56 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 04/09/15 | Colin Campbell
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's expected presidential campaign got some bad news in a new set of Quinnipiac University polls released Thursday. Quinnipiac surveyed three crucial swing states — Colorado, Iowa, and Virginia — and found Clinton's lead slipping against her possible Republican rivals. Peter Brown, assistant director of the polling outfit, said the shift is because voters increasingly see Clinton as a dishonest candidate. "Clinton's lead is wilting against leading Republican presidential candidates," Quinnipiac said in its write-up of the survey. "In head-to-head matchups, every Republican candidate effectively ties her in Colorado...