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  • Memorial Day 2015, Lest We Forget

    05/25/2015 3:04:06 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | David Webb
    The easiest way to pay a debt of gratitude is with respect and commemoration. On Memorial Day, remember to pause for a minute of silent honor at 3 PM, local time. Memorial Day is still officially known as Decoration Day. It is a day to remember those who have died in all of our wars.
  • Maulana Fazlur Rehman Calls For Military Operation Against Jeans-Wearing Women (NUTTY ISLAM ALERT)

    05/24/2015 7:45:14 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 17 replies
    Khabaristan Times ^ | 05/22/2015 | NA
    Islamabad: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islami Fazl (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman following the Friday sermon requested the armed forces of Pakistan to launch a military operation against “jeans-wearing women” all over Pakistan in a press conference at a local hotel in Islamabad. Fazlur Rehman while highlighting the demerits of an operation against the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said that the Taliban were not Pakistan’s enemy and the forces needed to target the real enemies of Pakistan. “The Taliban are our brothers and their angst against the state is justified,” Fazl said adding that, “As brother Ansar Abbasi has so eloquently put in the...
  • Rainfall totals by County - Texas

    05/24/2015 6:24:44 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 34 replies
    National Weather Service ^ | 05-24-2015 | NOAA
    It took me a LONG time to find this website and specific information, but here it is. Free Republic has always given me knowledge I can't find anywhere else. Thought I'd share back a little. This shows the YTD rainfall levels for Texas counties (South Central). You can also click on the right data link and get normal rainfall totals and then look at the present totals for a comparison. Click here for Rainfall Totals - Texas Counties link.
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    05/24/2015 10:44:48 AM PDT · by Faith · 16 replies
    May 24, 2015 | Faith
    Greater love hath no man that this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
  • Texas hunter shoots endangered Namibian rhino for $350,000

    05/24/2015 7:17:35 AM PDT · by boycott · 96 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 5-20-15
    Windhoek (AFP) - A US hunter who paid $350,000 to kill a black rhinoceros in Namibia successfully shot the animal on Monday, saying that his actions would help protect the critically-endangered species. Corey Knowlton, from Texas, downed the rhino with a high-powered rifle after a three-day hunt through the bush with government officials on hand to ensure he killed the correct animal. Knowlton, 36, won the right to shoot the rhino at an auction in Dallas in early 2014 -- attracting fierce criticism from many conservationists and even some death threats. He took a CNN camera crew on the hunt...
  • Democrats call for 'flood' of Muslims to U.S. [Allah or Yahweh - Psalms 2]

    05/23/2015 2:09:10 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 54 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 5/23/2015 | LEO HOHMANN
    A group of 14 Democrat senators has written a letter to President Obama urging him to “dramatically increase” the number of Syrian refugees being resettled into American cities and towns. They say the U.S. needs to take in at least 65,000 Syrians as permanent refugees over the next year-and-a-half. “While the United States is the largest donor of humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees, we must also dramatically increase the number of Syrian refugees that we accept for resettlement,” says the four-page letter to Obama, copied to Secretary of State John Kerry and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. More than 3.5...
  • Hezbollah shows off its tunnels, claims it is prepared for war with Israel [Psalms 83]

    05/23/2015 1:40:05 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 28 replies
    YNet News ^ | 5/23/2015 | Roi Kais
    A rare glimpse into Hezbollah's underground tunnels was provided on Friday by Lebanese publication As-Safir, which is associated with the militant organization. The report praised Hezbollah's activities and painted it as a strong army ready for battle. While it is difficult to verify the claims in the article, it contained a rare discussion of the tunnels by Hezbollah members. The reporter wrote that in order to meet Hezbollah fighters near the Israeli border in southern Lebanon, he travelled from the city of Tyre and was required to stop at a house known to locals as a Hezbollah headquarters, where he...
  • AL SHARPTON TALKS BEING ANGRY AT HIS FATHER FOR LEAVING HIS FAMILY FOR HIS OLDER, HALF SISTER

    05/23/2015 11:21:01 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 54 replies
    madamenoire.com ^ | November 15, 2013 | Veronica Wells
    This Sunday, Oprah is sitting down with the renowned Al Sharpton to discuss how his work as a Civil Rights leader has changed over the years, why he made the decision to get healthy and his beginnings as a preacher. Stuff we probably already knew or wouldn’t be too surprised to learn about Al Sharpton. But in a surprising revelation, Sharpton talks about the moment that changed his life: his father leaving his family, taking Sharpton’s older, half sister with him and having a child with her. Yes, you read that correctly. And yes it was a complete a hot...
  • How L.A.’s New Minimum Wage Could Hurt the Poor [by earning too much to get food stamps]

    05/22/2015 9:21:24 PM PDT · by grundle · 41 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 22, 2015 | Monica Potts
    If someone’s pay suddenly doubles, she may lose rental assistance, child care subsidies, and more. In L.A., a worker who currently makes $9 an hour and works 40 hours a week (which is not a given, but that would be a full-time workload) will earn $360 a week, or about $1,440 a month and $18,720 a year, before taxes. If that worker is a mom with two children, she is below the poverty line. She qualifies for a bevy of federal and state programs like food stamps, rental assistance, child care subsidies, health care for her children, and Medicaid because...
  • Pending $15 minimum wage forces Seattle pizza shop to close

    05/22/2015 8:37:03 PM PDT · by grundle · 62 replies
    KPLC ^ | April 29, 2015
    A pizza shop owner in Seattle says the city's new minimum wage law is forcing her to close her doors. The new law says businesses have six years to phase into giving employees $15 an hour. Devin Jeran was happy to get a raise when Seattle's minimum wage went up to $11 an hour at the beginning of the month. “I definitely recognize that having more money is important, especially in a city as expensive as this one,” he said. He'll only enjoy that bigger paycheck for a few more months. In August, his boss is shutting down Z Pizza,...
  • Maddow Blasts Law Requiring Aurora Shooting Victim's Parents To Pay Gun Manufacturers

    05/22/2015 2:26:38 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 120 replies
    Huff Po ^ | 05/22/2015 | Garbiel Arana
    ~snip~ Maddow opened her show with heart-rending footage of the Aurora trial. She highlighted the testimony of Brenton Lowak, whose friend Jessica Ghawi -- a 24-year-old aspiring sports reporter -- died in the shooting. ~snip~ The parents unsuccessfully sued the retailers who made the firearm that killed their daughter. Colorado state law requires that plaintiffs who sue the manufacturers of gun products pay the companies' legal fees if they lose. “That’s not a typo,” Maddow said, adding, “The mother and father of the victim who died in the Aurora mass shooting have just been ordered to pay a quarter-million dollars...
  • Report: NSA [planned to] hijacked app stores to hack phones

    05/22/2015 1:31:31 PM PDT · by grundle · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 21, 2015 | Cory Bennett
    The National Security Agency planned to infiltrate the Google and Samsung app stores to plant spying software on smartphones, according to new documents published from files leaked by Edward Snowden. The Intercept and CBC News jointly published the documents Thursday, which outline the snooping efforts designed by the U.S. and its “Five Eyes” alliance: Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. The intelligence agencies came up with the strategy as a potential way to hack smartphones. The pilot project was code-named “IRRITANT HORN.” Essentially, the agents sussed out smartphone Internet traffic by browsing through its Web traffic database created...
  • ISIS controls 50 percent of Syria after takeover of Palmyra [Isaiah 17]

    05/22/2015 9:59:45 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/21/2015 | Staff
    The Islamic State terror group now controls over half of Syrian territory after seizing the village and archaeological site of Palmyra Thursday, activists monitoring Syria's civil war said. Rami Abdurrahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told the Associated Press the extremists overran the archaeological site, just to the southwest of the modern settlement on Palmyra, shortly after midnight local time. In Damascus, state TV acknowledged that pro-government forces had withdrawn from the town. A Facebook page close to ISIS published a statement Thursday, purportedly from the group, saying "the soldiers of the Islamic State" completed their control...
  • Saida Grundy, Boston U. professor, accused of taunting white rape victim: ‘Go cry somewhere’

    05/22/2015 9:50:07 AM PDT · by grundle · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 19, 2015 | Jessica Chasmar
    Boston University has reportedly been alerted of a new online exchange in which controversial professor Saida Grundy allegedly taunted a white rape victim and angrily told her to “go cry somewhere.” Ms. Grundy, a newly hired black sociology professor who recently apologized for tweeting that white males are a “problem population,” is now accused of mercilessly mocking Meghan Chamberlin in a Facebook thread on Feb. 25, Fox News reported. The woman who wrote, “my name is *Sai*, but you can call me Dr. Grundy,” posted the comments after Ms. Chamberlin took issue with an article on racism and sexism by...
  • MAN FLIPS OFF COP = gets PEPPER SPRAYED in return [Video]

    05/22/2015 7:56:15 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 64 replies
    Dude flipped cop off to test his 1st amendment rights to freedom of expression = not a good idea Saratoga Springs police released the camera they had confiscated on Saturday, showing officer Nathan Baker pepper spraying a man sitting in his car before grabbing the man’s arm and twisting it out the window. Officer Baker claimed he was arresting Adam Rupeka for disorderly conduct. Rupeka had flipped him off while driving past him. And while the New York statute for disorderly conduct includes a line about making an “obscene gesture,” the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which encompasses New...
  • Obama: We Are Not Losing War Against ISIS – Loss of Ramadi Just a “Setback”

    05/22/2015 6:09:39 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 05/21/15 | Jim Hoft
    Barack Obama says,“We’re not losing,” the war against ISIS in Iraq. Posted by Jim Hoft on Thursday, May 21, 2015, 10:54 PM Barack Obama says,“We’re not losing,” the war against ISIS in Iraq. Baghdad Barack Tell that to the Ramadi refugees. After ISIS takes Ramadi, Iraq and Palmyra, Syria, Barack Obama insists we are not losing. Yahoo reported: US President Barack Obama has described the loss of key Iraqi territory to Islamic State as a tactical setback, while insisting the war against the jihadist group is not being lost. “I don’t think we’re losing,” Obama said in an interview with...
  • Magnitude 4.1 Earthquake Strikes North Of Napa May 21, 2015 8:32 PM

    05/21/2015 8:38:54 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 34 replies
    sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com ^ | May 21,2015 | no attribution
    NAPA (CBS SF) — A magnitude 4.1 earthquake struck Napa County Thursday evening, the largest quake to hit the Wine Country since a magnitude 6.0 struck the area. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake struck at 7:53 p.m. about 9 miles north of Napa and 6 miles east northeast of Yountville, at a depth of 9.3 miles. Calls flooded into the KPIX 5 newsroom from all around the Bay Area to report feeling the earthquake, including calls from El Sobrante, Pinole, Colma, and Fairfield. The quake was mostly felt in the North Bay and Napa County, but people...
  • Dependence on Government

    05/21/2015 6:33:29 PM PDT · by MosesKnows · 29 replies
    May 21, 2015 | MosesKnows
    Why Do Some People Accept Dependence? I had a thought I wanted to share regarding why some people accept dependence on government handouts as a way of life. My idea of success is for a person to go through life without becoming a burden on their fellow citizens. This is not always possible but once you do become a burden, your every sense should be to unburden your fellow citizens. Explaining the benefits to mind and body rooted in independence isn’t enough to cause some people to risk the comfort of a handout for the difficult path to independence. The...
  • Flickr's new auto-tags are racist and offensive

    05/21/2015 5:59:50 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | May 21, 2015 | no attributiob
    Flickr's new auto-tagging feature is generating some pretty offensive results. The photo sharing site, which is owned by Yahoo (YHOO, Tech30), launched image-recognition software two weeks ago that automatically creates tags for photos. The purpose was to make images more searchable in the system. Some concentration camp photos received inappropriate tags, including "sport" and "jungle gym." Flickr had also been tagging some images of people as "ape" and "animal," including a photo of a black man named William taken by photographer Corey Deshon, according to the Guardian.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 22 May 2015

    05/21/2015 5:57:37 PM PDT · by beachn4fun · 123 replies
    May 21, 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, conversation and music. I'm thinking something cold and tangy. Our AWESOME military, our AWESOME allies, and their families are welcomed and honored here. Remember those who gave all this weekend.No worries in the FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe. Grab a cup and start a conversation. You...
  • Josh Duggar resigns from Family Research Council after sexual abuse allegations

    05/21/2015 5:18:13 PM PDT · by South40 · 33 replies
    FOX News ^ | 21 MAY 2015
    Josh Duggar, of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting," resigned his position at the Family Research Council Thursday after reports surfaced that he allegedly sexually assaulted four female siblings in the large family, plus an additional female victim. The 2006 police report obtained by In Touch Weekly magazine revealed that one of the Duggar siblings, who In Touch Weekly identified as Josh Duggar allegedly committed the assaults. The incidents date back to 2002 when Duggar would have been 14 years old. In the 33-page police report that FOX411 viewed, the name of the Duggar family members in question are redacted throughout.
  • Common Core teaches kids to 'divide Jerusalem' [Joel 3]

    05/21/2015 2:24:20 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 7 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 5/20/2015 | LEO HOHMANN
    A Boston University professor has defended to WND his creation of a Common Core-compliant lesson plan that uses role-playing workshops to teach students to sympathize with Hamas, create a Palestinian state and divide the city of Jerusalem. Professor Carl Hobert’s “Whose Jerusalem?” project has been lauded by those at the pinnacle of the education establishment as an important work that will, in the words of Boston University School of Education Dean Hardin Coleman, “help students acquire the skills they need” in conflict resolution “to be successful in the 21st century.” But the role-playing exercises have also come under fire recently...
  • True RIGHTS Can Never Depend on the Coerced Cooperation From Others

    05/21/2015 1:02:11 PM PDT · by fwdude · 49 replies
    self-published | 05/21/2015 | fwdude
    Working on a thesis for an essay. The title pretty much is the entire thing in a complete nutshell. This applies mainly to the recent actions of the HomoFascist movement, but is true across the board. Thoughts?
  • Memorial thread for FReeper "Fawnn" RIP

    05/21/2015 12:18:27 PM PDT · by StarCMC · 76 replies
    Pamela K. “Pam” Rice Hahn, 63, of Wapakoneta died at 4:54 a.m. Tuesday May 19, 2015 at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima. She was born in Celina, OH on September 30, 1951 to Homer Hamilton Jr. & Patricia (Emans) Rice. Her father preceded her in death and her mother survives in Indiana. She was married to Michael L. Frank and Carl C. Hahn and both of them preceded her in death. She is survived by a daughter; “Lara” (Randy) S, 3 grandchildren Taylor, Charlie and Courtney S. all of Wapakoneta, a brother Dennis (Ann) R. of Celina, Tam (Rick)...
  • Dozens of police officers, 20 police cars, a helicopter, and SIX marksmen, go after a cow

    05/21/2015 12:15:38 PM PDT · by grundle · 39 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 20, 2015 | Mario Ledwith
    Full title: Udder lunacy: Candlelit vigil planned after police scramble dozens of officers, 20 vehicles, a helicopter and SIX marksmen...to gun down one bewildered cow ambling along the street Dozens of police, six snipers and helicopter gave chase to an escaped cow It had gone on run with two others from a country park in North Tyneside Police caught two but shot Bessie dead - claiming she posed risk to public But use of force has angered onlookers, who plan to hold a candlelit vigil Cornered by dozens of police officers, a helicopter, 20 squad vehicles and six snipers, the...
  • Staunton, Virginia Restaurant Trying to Return Traveler's Diamond Ring

    05/21/2015 10:20:57 AM PDT · by sevinufnine · 4 replies
    NBC29 ^ | May 20, 2015 | Tara Todd
    Employees at Wright's Dairy-Rite restaurant in Staunton, Virginia aren't used to finding treasures when taking out the trash. But after finding a diamond ring in the garbage, they're desperately trying to find its owner.
  • How Do Bachelor of Science Recipients View AGW?

    05/21/2015 6:36:47 AM PDT · by MosesKnows · 31 replies
    May 21, 2015 | MosesKnows
    How Do Bachelor of Science Recipients View AGW? President Obama’s commencement address to the graduates of the United States Coast Guard Academy focused on Global Warming as a threat to national security. The academy's motto is Scientiæ cedit mare, which is Latin for "the sea yields to knowledge". Academics at the USCGA stress sciences and engineering majors. I can’t help but wonder how students graduating with Bachelor of Science degrees receive this type of information.
  • Enlightened, Loving University Diversity Officer Calls for Extermination of All White Men

    05/21/2015 6:16:18 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 30 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 05/20/15 | Jim Hoft
    Goldsmith University diversity officer Bahar Mustafa is in hot water after calling for the extermination of all white men on a Goldsmith twitter account. Goldsmiths Diversity officer is at center of "racism" row could lose job after tweeting with hash tag "kill all white men" Because diversity training is all about hating whitey. A diversity officer at a British university is back in hot water and may lose her job over tweets she made that appear to call for white men to be exterminated. It’s the latest chapter in the saga of Bahar Mustafa, a student at Goldsmiths, University of...
  • Omaha Police Department Fundraiser

    05/21/2015 4:36:30 AM PDT · by Mean Daddy · 4 replies
    May 21, 2015 | Me
    According to the Omaha Police Association website, here are two links that can be used to donate to the family of Officer Orozco who was killed yesterday leaving a daughter and two step children. We want to acknowledge the generosity of so many people that brought food, flowers and cards to the precincts. The officers are overwhelmed by the amount of food that you so kindly brought to the police precincts. At this time there is so much food that we can't possibly eat it all so we are asking if you are still planning on bringing food that you...
  • Michelle Obama Puts Everyone Else To Shame With This Workout Video (Barf Alert!)

    05/20/2015 10:21:30 PM PDT · by MV=PY · 24 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 05/20/2015 | Paige Lavender
    First lady Michelle Obama put literally everyone else to shame with a new video of her working out in the White House gym as part of the Let's Move "#GimmeFive" campaign...
  • Columbia mattress girl looking to cash in on art project

    05/20/2015 2:10:47 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 20, 2015 | 11:22 am | Ashe Schow
    Emma Sulkowicz, known for carrying a mattress around campus for what she claims is a protest of Columbia University's failure to punish her rapist, is hoping to cash in on her alleged art project. Sulkowicz told the New York Times after her graduation on Tuesday — where she carried her mattress across the stage — that she would sell the mattress if offered. "If some sort of museum wants to buy it, then I'm open to that," she said, "but I'm not going to just throw it away." Sulkowicz has for the past year carried her mattress around for course...
  • Boy Scouts Put an End to Dangerous Water Gun Fights

    05/20/2015 10:35:28 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 20 replies
    Boy Scouts Put an End to Dangerous Water Gun Fights No squirt guns for the Boy Scouts of America. Water guns are apparently such a problem that the youth organization posted a blog post titled "Water guns OK for target shooting, not for firing at other Scouts."
  • HSBC to charge for holding deposits

    05/20/2015 9:27:06 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 05/20/15 | James Shotter and Laura Noonan
    HSBC has become one of the biggest global banks to say it will begin charging clients on deposits in a basket of European currencies The decision underlies the extraordinary measures banks are taking to prevent their profit margins being crushed in the record low-interest rate environment. HSBC has written to other banks to warn it will start charging them for deposits in euros, Swiss francs, Danish krone and Swedish krona — all currencies of countries that have negative interest rates — at its UK, German and Hong Kong operations from this summer. It is the first UK bank to announce...
  • Oregon to test pay-per-mile idea as replacement for gas tax

    05/20/2015 8:52:09 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 66 replies
    My Way ^ | 05/20/15
    Oregon is about to embark on a first-in-the-nation program that aims to charge car owners not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive. The program is meant to help the state raise more revenue to pay for road and bridge projects at a time when money generated from gasoline taxes are declining across the country, in part, because of greater fuel efficiency and the increasing popularity of fuel-efficient, hybrid and electric cars. Starting July 1, up to 5,000 volunteers in Oregon can sign up to drive with devices that collect data on how much they have...
  • White House: Climate change causes allergies, asthma, downpours, poverty, terrorism

    05/20/2015 8:49:46 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 57 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5/20/2015 | PAUL BEDARD
    Stepping up his war on global warming and bolstering the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to put new restrictions on coal-fired energy plants, President Obama Wednesday issued a new report warning that the phenomenon can cause allergies, asthma and foster terrorism. The report lists at least 34 effects of climate change, a doomsday scenario of health, security, economic and political issues. "Climate change is contributing to extreme weather, wildfires, and drought, and that rising temperatures can lead to more smog and more allergens in the air we breathe, meaning more kids are exposed to the triggers that can cause asthma attacks,"...
  • Nine Bikers Shot Dead in Waco, TX, USA Biker Gang Shootout [VERTICAL VIDEO WARNING]

    05/20/2015 8:39:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 264 replies
    A fight that escalated to gunfire between rival biker gangs in a Waco, Texas, restaurant parking lot today left nine people dead, police said. Eighteen people were taken from the scene to hospitals, mostly for gunshot and stab wounds, Waco Police Sgt. Patrick Swanton said at a news conference. Everyone involved was a gang member, police said. The violence began as a fight between "criminal biker gangs" at the Twin Peaks Restaurant in the Central Texas Market Place early this afternoon, Swanton said. The fight then spilled into the parking lot where gang members fired at each other, Swanton said....
  • One student takes a stand against her high school's racist yearbook photo (Huh?)

    05/20/2015 8:22:14 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 24 replies
    Hello Giggles ^ | 05/19/15 | Gina Mei
    When Florida high school senior Jessica Morales received her yearbook this year, she was both shocked and disappointed to find a deeply offensive photo amongst its pages. The picture, which took up nearly half a page, featured various students dressed in sombreros, ponchos, and mustaches while holding fake green cards, with another student dressed up as “border patrol” between them. As a young Hispanic woman, Morales couldn’t believe the yearbook had included the photo, let alone featured it so prominently. So, she posted it to social media, where it quickly went viral — and now, she’s speaking out about why....
  • Obama Administration Knew that al Qaeda Terrorists Had Planned Benghazi Attack 10 Days in Advance

    05/20/2015 12:56:25 AM PDT · by grundle · 48 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 18, 2015
    Full title: Judicial Watch: Defense, State Department Documents Reveal Obama Administration Knew that al Qaeda Terrorists Had Planned Benghazi Attack 10 Days in Advance Administration knew three months before the November 2012 presidential election of ISIS plans to establish a caliphate in Iraq Administration knew of arms being shipped from Benghazi to Syria (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it obtained more than 100 pages of previously classified “Secret” documents from the Department of Defense (DOD)and the Department of State revealing that DOD almost immediately reported that the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was committed by...
  • Rifqa Bary details transformation from Islam to Christianity

    05/19/2015 7:16:35 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 5 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | 5/19/2015 | JoAnne Viviano
    A woman who said she feared for her life after she converted from Islam to Christianity as an Ohio teenager has written a book through which she hopes to inspire girls and women who are desperate for freedom. Rifqa Bary, 22, gained national attention in 2009 when she ran away from her northeast Columbus home to Florida, saying her father had threatened to kill her. The book Hiding in the Light: Why I Risked Everything to Leave Islam and Follow Jesus tells her story. It was released on Tuesday by the WaterBrook Press division of Penguin Random House. “Writing this...
  • Google Maps hit with White House racial slur vandalism

    05/19/2015 6:19:46 PM PDT · by W. · 36 replies
    cnet.com ^ | 19 May 2015 | Richard Nieva
    Racism exists everywhere on the Internet, and apparently Google Maps is no exception. The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that if you surf to Google Maps, focus it on a map of Washington, D.C. and type "n------ house" into the search bar, the map takes you to the White House. It also associates that search with Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Dangerous liaison: Israel and fundamentalist Christians (Vomit Warning)

    05/19/2015 3:41:48 PM PDT · by robowombat · 19 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | Tuesday 19 May 2015 22:23 BST | Morgan Strong
    Four US presidential candidates identify as fundamentalist Christians and reject of the creation of a Palestinian state On 14 May, Pope Francis officially recognised Palestinian statehood in a new treaty. The Palestinians refer to this day, 14 May, as Nakba Day or the Day of the Catastrophe when nearly a million Palestinians were forced from their homes and villages into exile. Nakba Day, in the Gregorian calendar, is the day following Israel’s declaration of independence and the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. Pope Francis’ motive in the recognition of Palestine serves at least two purposes. Clearly and...
  • Stockholm municipality voted for a program to help returning ISIS-warriors back into society

    05/19/2015 2:51:37 PM PDT · by ConfusedSwede · 17 replies
    SVT - Swedish Television ^ | Rebecca Randhawa Bergmark
    On Tuesday, clubbed the City of Stockholm through a strategy against extremism. The goal is to prevent terrorist travel, but also to deal with returning the IS-fighters using different types of support. But the strategy may be severely criticized by the opposition.
  • Boy Scouts of America bans water gun fights; ‘pointing a firearm’ is not kind [& water balloons]

    05/19/2015 12:21:06 PM PDT · by grundle · 164 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 19, 2015 | Douglas Ernst
    The Boy Scouts of America has put out approved activities for its members, and water gun fights are strictly prohibited.A blog for the organization’s leaders said May 6 that pointing simulated firearms at people is not allowed. “Why the rule? A Scouter once told me this explanation I liked quite a bit: A Scout is kind. What part of pointing a firearm [simulated or otherwise] at someone is kind?” said Bryan Wendell on the scouting website. The rule is clarified in the Boy Scouts of America National Shooting Manual, which says “For water balloons, use small, biodegradable balloons, and fill...
  • Happy hour may be coming to Taco Bell

    05/18/2015 12:40:05 PM PDT · by JOAT · 70 replies
    CBS ^ | 5-15-15 | Aimee Picchi
    Yum Brands' (YUM) Taco Bell may soon ask diners not only to "live más" but "drink más," too. The Mexican-themed fast-food chain has applied for a liquor license at a soon-to-open location in Chicago, according to Nation's Restaurant News, a trade publication. While Taco Bell didn't immediately return a request from CBS MoneyWatch for comment, it confirmed the liquor license application to Nation's Restaurant News. If the application is approved, Taco Bell would join Mexican food rivals such as Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) that already serve alcoholic beverages. Still, for many family-focused fast-food brands, alcohol has remained firmly off the...
  • Shoppers could soon have difficulty finding meat's origin

    Shoppers could soon have a harder time finding out where their red meat comes from. The World Trade Organization ruled Monday that the U.S. "country of origin" labels put Canadian and Mexican livestock at a disadvantage. The current labels say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The Obama administration has already revised the labels once to try to comply with previous WTO rulings in favor of Canada and Mexico. Since those efforts didn't work, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says Congress will have to weigh in to avoid retaliation — such as extra tariffs — from the two neighbor...
  • No-Fault Divorce Deconstructed

    05/18/2015 7:37:49 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 20 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 16, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    In a recent lecture at the Family Research Council (FRC), Ryan McPherson, an associate professor of history at Bethany Lutheran College, claimed that no-fault divorces played a pivotal role in the culture wars. Even though the “dissolution revolution never quite finishes,” somehow the term “no-fault divorce” has “acquired colloquial acceptance,” McPherson pointed out in remarks at the FRC. “By 1980, thirty-seven of the fifty states had significantly altered their divorce laws toward the no-fault standard of California and the UMDA [Uniform Marriage Dissolution Act],” McPherson wrote in an essay which appeared in The Family in America: A Journal of Public...
  • ISIS seizes control of key Iraqi city Ramadi as government forces pull back

    05/18/2015 4:21:59 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | 05/17/15
    he key Iraqi city of Ramadi fell to ISIS on Sunday after government security forces pulled out of a military base on the west side of the city, the mayor and a high-ranking security official said. The ISIS advances came after militants detonated a series of morning car bomb blasts, Mayor Dalaf al-Kubaisy and a high-ranking Iraqi security official said. The explosions forced Iraqi security forces and tribal fighters to retreat to the city's east, they said. But Iraqi and U.S. officials said Sunday that the fight for Ramadi is far from over. Clashes have raged in the beleaguered capital...
  • Al Sharpton’s daughter hiked up a mountain on ‘sprained’ ankle

    05/18/2015 2:50:18 AM PDT · by South40 · 55 replies
    NYPost ^ | 18 MAY 2015 | Michael Gartland and David K. Li
    The Rev. Al Sharpton’s daughter unwittingly proved that her $5 million sprained-ankle suit against the city is a mountain of BS. Dominique Sharpton posted pictures to Instagram showing she completed a difficult mountain climb in Bali, Indonesia — even though her suit says that “she still suffers” debilitating pain after twisting her ankle in a street crack in Soho last year. She didn’t seem to realize that her mountaineering exploits might undermine her legal claims as she bragged online about the difficulty of her ascent.
  • Tim Cook on meeting George Wallace as teen: 'It felt wrong, like I was selling a piece of my soul'

    05/17/2015 9:36:42 PM PDT · by boycott · 60 replies
    AL.com ^ | May 17, 2015 | Crystal Bonvillian
    Apple CEO and Alabama native Tim Cook had some choice words on Sunday about meeting former Alabama Gov. George Wallace when he was a teenager. Cook, the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company, spoke of Wallace during a commencement address he gave at George Washington University. According to Business Insider, the Robertsdale native told the graduating class an anecdote about visiting Washington, D.C., as a 16-year-old who had won an essay contest at school. Before leaving for D.C., Cook had the chance to go to Montgomery and meet Wallace, who was notorious for his opposition to racial...
  • Pimlico official says Preakness could move to Sunday in 2016

    05/17/2015 5:18:34 PM PDT · by TBP · 14 replies
    MSN Sports ^ | June 16, 2015 | David Ginsburg
    Maryland Jockey Club general manager Sal Sinatra said the owners of Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park are considering moving the second jewel of the Triple Crown to Sunday to increase interest and attendance. The potential shift of the race to Laurel Park won't come as quickly, but is under serious consideration. Laurel Park is on a site that is roughly twice the size of Pimlico, and the facility is in far better condition than the track known as Old Hilltop. The Stronach Group, which owns both tracks, understands that money gained from state gambling might have to go to...