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  • KEYSTONE PIPELINE COST EXPECTED TO DOUBLE, TRANSCANADA CEO SAYS

    09/19/2014 7:04:39 AM PDT · by shove_it
    MarketReports ^ | 18 Sep 2014 | WPENGINE
    WASHINGTON– TransCanada Corp.’s chief executive said the cost to build the Keystone XL pipeline, currently estimated at $5.4 billion, is expected to double by the time the U.S. government completes its review of the largest part of the project. Russ Girling, chief executive of the Calgary, Alberta,-based company, in an interview this week said he expects the project’s cost could increase to a “number that gets you into the high single digits to a 10 number.” He was hesitant to say the project’s cost could double. “I was actually trying to avoid saying those words,” Mr. Girling said. “Obviously, the...
  • Iraqi Cleric Urges Vigilance Against Western Interference

    09/19/2014 7:02:18 AM PDT · by McGruff
    NY Times ^ | SEPT. 19, 2014 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and DAN BILEFSKY
    The influential Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani on Friday urged vigilance against Western political interference in Iraqi affairs but stopped short of opposing the American-led military campaign against the Islamic State extremists. “All political leaders of the country must be aware and awake to prevent the external assistance against the Islamic State from becoming an entrance to breach Iraq’s independence,” Ayatollah Sistani said. “Cooperation with the international effort shall not be taken as a pretext to impose foreign decisions on events in Iraq, especially military events.”
  • Islamic State “bans Christians from school”

    09/19/2014 6:37:33 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 12 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | September 19, 2014 | Pamela Geller
    They want to keep the Christians ignorant and subservient. But Obama say, They have legitimate grievances! “Mosul, the Islamic State ‘bans Christians from school," ” Asia News, September 19, 2014 (thanks to The Religion of Peace): Ankawa (AsiaNews) – For the first time in history, Iraqi Christians who always had a “high standard of education” in the region, are being deprived of the right to study and cannot attend schools.
  • Exclusive: Angry with Washington, 1 in 4 Americans open to secession

    09/19/2014 6:33:56 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 19 Sep 2014 | Scott Malone
    The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found. Some 23.9 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away, while 53.3 percent of the 8,952 respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose the notion. The urge to sever ties with Washington cuts across party lines and regions, though Republicans and residents of rural...
  • Megyn Kelly Destroys Bill Ayers, Again

    09/19/2014 6:32:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 9/19/2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Yesterday Salon, a far-left outlet, published a piece in which Bill Ayers said Fox News Host Megyn Kelly had "very cold eyes" and that she is a very strange person. The comment came a month after Kelly conducted an explosive interview with Ayers on her show. From the piece: She struck me as a very strange person. She’s like a cyborg constructed in the basement of Fox News. She’s very striking, but very metallic, very cold. Her eyes are very cold. In response to Ayers, Kelly tweeted about his comments and then took him on during her show last night.
  • Folsom Street Fair: Tips for weathering the fetish festival

    09/19/2014 6:14:56 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 18, 2014 | Tony Bravo
    Some things are classically San Franciscan. The Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard's curves and the celebration of alternative sexuality known as the Folsom Street Fair are treats as signature to San Francisco as Rice-A-Roni.
  • Kelly Ripa to raise money for Camden County Democrats: The Auditor

    09/19/2014 6:14:42 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    nj.com ^ | 9/2/14
    If you want to join the audience of the daytime television show "Live with Kelly and Michael," the tickets are free. But if you want to go see an evening with Kelly and George (Norcross) — an event that won’t be televised — it’ll set you back $1,000. Kelly Ripa — the daytime television personality — is the special guest at the Camden County Democratic Committee’s 27th Annual Seafood Gala on Oct.1.
  • McDaniel files legal arguments as he looks to overturn Cochran loss

    09/19/2014 6:11:17 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    JACKSON — A defeated Senate candidate in Mississippi is arguing that a state court judge was wrong to dismiss his lawsuit that sought to overturn his Republican primary loss to incumbent Thad Cochran. Attorneys for the tea party-backed candidate, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, filed legal arguments with the Mississippi Supreme Court late yesterday, hours before a midnight deadline. The arguments mirror what McDaniel’s attorneys had said before Judge Hollis McGehee dismissed McDaniel’s lawsuit last month — that current state law does not specify a deadline for a candidate to challenge a primary loss. McGehee had agreed with Cochran’s attorneys in...
  • The Challenge of Stopping Do-it-Yourself Jihadism

    09/19/2014 6:02:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    On Thursday, Australian authorities claimed they thwarted a plot by supporters of the Islamic State to grab random people off the street and then behead the captured citizens on videotape. Australia's attorney general said that the massive raid, the largest counterterrorism operation in the nation's history, involving more than 800 police officers and raids of at least 12 properties, was necessary because, "If the ... police had not acted today, there is a likelihood that this would have happened." Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott confirmed that the raids were prompted by intercepted phone calls, from an Australian of Afghan descent...
  • Shakespeare Didn't Really Want To Kill All The Lawyers, But We Should Deregulate Their Profession

    09/19/2014 6:01:39 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 18, 2014 | George Leef
    One of the Bard’s often-quoted lines is Dick the Butcher’s admonition in Henry VI, Part 2, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” That idea, argues lawyer David Epstein, is mistakenly thought to mean that Shakespeare was antagonistic toward the legal profession. Instead, as we read in this Wall Street Journal piece, Shakespeare actually meant “to portray lawyers as the guardians of the rule of law who stand in the way of a fanatical mob.” Whether you agree with Epstein’s interpretation or not, more than four centuries after Shakespeare’s time, we should do something about lawyers, something...
  • New York man accused of trying to recruit, aid ISIS militants

    09/19/2014 6:00:29 AM PDT · by b4its2late · 7 replies
    FoxNews ^ | September 17, 2014 | FoxNews
    An upstate New York man has been indicted for allegedly trying to recruit fighters for the Islamic State, paying for their travel and even buying guns, according to federal prosecutors. Mufid Elfgeeh, 30, of Rochester, was indicted by a federal grand jury on three counts of attempting to provide material support and resources to the group widely known as ISIS that has been designated by the U.S. as a foreign terrorist organization, federal prosecutors said late Tuesday. Elfgeeh, who was born in Yemen and is a naturalized U.S. citizen, is one of the first people accused by the U.S. of...
  • Conservatives don't foresee challenge to John Boehner's speakership

    09/19/2014 5:56:39 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 42 replies
    cleveland.com ^ | 9/18/14 | Sabrina Eaton
    WASHINGTON, D. C. -- The House of Representatives' most conservative members -- who have grumbled in the past about ousting Ohio's John Boehner from his job as House Speaker -- now say they're happy with their treatment and don't expect to mount an insurrection in the next Congress. Members of the Republican Study Committee told reporters at their monthly "Conversations with Conservatives" gathering that they believe that newly established Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and GOP Whip Steve Scalise -- who chaired the study committee before assuming his new job -- are doing a better job listening to the sentiments of...
  • World population may hit 11 billion by 2100

    09/19/2014 5:52:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    AFP ^ | September 18, 2014 | Staff
    The world population may grow larger than previously estimated, reaching 11 billion people by century's end, according to a UN-led analysis published Thursday. That would mean two billion more people on Earth than expected by 2100, largely due to high birth rates in Africa, said the report in the US journal Science. "The consensus over the past 20 years or so was that world population, which is currently around seven billion, would go up to nine billion and level off or probably decline," said co-author Adrian Raftery, professor of statistics and of sociology at the University of Washington.
  • Judicial Nomination Logjam Causes Dilemma for D.C. (all nominees expire January 3rd)

    09/19/2014 5:51:17 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 9/18/14 | Hannah Hess
    With the flow of judicial nominations slowing to a trickle this summer, District of Columbia officials are becoming increasingly concerned about the effect on the local bench. Chief Judge Lee F. Satterfield last week wrote to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid describing the “adverse impact” of the backlog. Facing three judicial vacancies on the D.C. Superior Court, and a fourth coming in November, Satterfield requested votes on pending nominations before Congress adjourns. The Nevada Democrat’s office has not responded formally to the Sept. 10 letter, according to Leah H. Gurowitz, director of governmental affairs and public relations for the court....
  • Netanyahu’s ISIS Moral Clarity

    09/19/2014 5:45:49 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Joseph Klein
    Confronted with pure evil in the form of ISIS, President Barack Obama treats the jihadists as if they represented an isolated threat that can be dealt with on its own. ISIS (or ISIL as the U.S. government calls it, or the Islamic State as the jihadists now call themselves) has no relationship to Islam, according to the president and his Secretary of State John Kerry.
  • Alleged ISIS Photo Controversy Engulfs Sen. John McCain

    09/19/2014 5:44:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/18/14 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and his aides swear the Syrian “rebels” he was pictured last year with weren’t ISIS members or supporters, and the mainstream media is by and large buying the 2008 GOP presidential nominee’s story. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has endured brutal criticism—media fact checkers, reporters, and political figures have shredded him—for questioning just who McCain posed with. But a closer look at the situation tells perhaps a different story than McCain’s office or the mainstream media have pushed. The criticism of McCain centers around how the Arizona senator met with Syrian rebel leaders in May 2013 when...
  • New Poll Has Brown Up Over Shaheen 47% to 43%

    09/19/2014 5:43:11 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/18/14 | Dan Riehl
    A new poll out by Vox Populi Polling has Republican Scott Brown leading Democrat Jeanne Shaheen 47 - 43 percent in their race for the U.S. Senate seat in New Hampshire. Republican Scott Brown 47 Democrat Jeanne Shaheen 43 Unsure 11 Vox Populi Polling was launched earlier this year and former Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter Mary Cheney is a founding partners. A small group of top Washington Republicans is teaming up to launch a new polling firm, Vox Populi Polling, that will churn out volumes of survey data ahead of the 2014 midterm elections. Mary Cheney, the political strategist...
  • (Israeli)Rabbinical court prevents (American-Israeli)teen girl from leaving Israel

    09/19/2014 5:41:14 AM PDT · by patlin · 17 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Sept 11, 2014 | Melanie Lidman
    An American-Israeli woman is fighting for her daughter’s right to leave Israel after her ex-husband filed a case in the Rabbinical Court on September 4 demanding visitation rights. The child in question, a 13-year-old named Inbar, or Amber Hope Layman, cannot leave Israel during the legal proceedings, and her mother promises to “raise hell” in order to bring her home. The mother, Danielle Layman, currently lives in Kansas and is married to an American, Jeremy Layman. She left Shahar Abecassis, Inbar’s father, in 2003. Danielle Layman said Shahar was abusive and made threats on Inbar’s life, and that she had...
  • Cher Sued For Alleged Racism Against Black Dancers

    09/19/2014 5:40:02 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    vibe.com ^ | 9/18/14 | Adelle Platon
    Cher might be wishing she could turn back time after a new lawsuit claims she was being racist. According to TMZ, the veteran diva was auditioning dancers for her 2014 Dressed To Kill tour when choreographer Kevin Wilson had a particular liking for a "minority female dancer." Cher allegedly told Wilson to seek out a white, blonde dancer, saying, "We have too much color onstage." He claims in the suit that she also requested not to cast "anymore dark skinned black dancers on the tour."
  • Karl Rove: Money Main Reason GOP Senate Majority Still in Doubt (a little short on cash are they?)

    09/19/2014 5:39:50 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 9/18/14 | Elliot Jager
    The substantial gap between how much Democrats have on hand to spend for television campaign ads versus how much cash is in Republican coffers is why a GOP Senate majority remains in doubt, writes veteran Republican strategist Karl Rove in The Wall Street Journal. Democrats have been raising more money than Republicans and have $25 million on hand compared to $20 million for Republicans. They have committed or spent $109 million in political commercials versus $80 million for the Republicans since the beginning of September. The president continues to bring in big bucks for the Democrats, Rove writes. Rove, who...
  • N. Dakota needs $800 million for housing, schools in wake of oil boom, state GOP says

    09/19/2014 5:39:15 AM PDT · by thackney · 20 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 18, 2014 | Associated Press
    North Dakota Republicans on Wednesday unveiled an $800 million one-time spending plan to address immediate problems tied to the oil boom in the western part of the state.... The proposal includes $475 million to oil-producing counties and cities; $140 million to oil patch hub cities of Williston, Dickinson and Minot; $35 million to county schools affected by oil development; and $150 million for road projects outside of the oil patch.... Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, said infrastructure needs and a shortage of workers are the biggest challenges facing North Dakota’s energy sector. The state has more...
  • Defense contractor sentenced to 7 years for giving secrets to Chinese woman

    09/19/2014 5:34:06 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | hursday, September 18, 2014 | Phillip Swarts
    A Hawaiian defense contractor will serve more than seven years in prison for giving classified documents to a Chinese citizen, the Justice Department announced. Benjamin Pierce Bishop, 60, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, gave classified information to a 27-year-old Chinese woman he was having a romantic relationship with, prosecutors said Wednesday, including information on U.S. nuclear weapons capabilities. Bishop also gave the woman classified information on training and planning sessions between the U.S. and South Korea, prosecutors said.
  • GDIAF NRSC

    09/19/2014 5:28:48 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 9/19/14 | Erick Erickson
    Yesterday in the Wall Street Journal, Karl Rove sounded the alarm. Republicans are not doing as well as they should given the election dynamic. According to Rove, “Republican candidates and groups must step up if they are to substantially reduce that gap . . . . [R]educing the Democratic cash advantage will tip the needle in the GOP’s direction. That will only happen if Republicans open their wallets to candidates whom they may have never met, and, if they live in a battleground state, they clear their calendars to volunteer to identify and get out the vote.” A few hours...
  • Feminists Demand TV Agitprop

    09/19/2014 5:25:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Indian-American actress Mindy Kaling not only stars in her own sitcom on Fox called "The Mindy Project," she's in charge of it. You might think that feminists would celebrate that achievement, but that would show that you don't know about feminists. Apparently, nothing satisfies them. Instead, they are demanding she use her program to sell feminism, and its crowning joy, abortion. Kaling committed a gaffe among the Hollywood left by telling a Flare magazine interviewer she had no plans to address what the magazine called "the American right's current war on abortion." Kaling said "It would be demeaning to the...
  • Why Rouhani loves NY

    09/19/2014 5:22:50 AM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9-19-2014 | Caroline Glick
    Ahead of US trip, media continues to present Iranian president as a moderate, and natural ally for the US. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s trip to New York next week will be a welcome relief for the Iranian leader. Finally, he’ll be somewhere where he’s appreciated, even loved. Ahead of his trip to America, the US media continued its practice of presenting Rouhani as a moderate, and a natural ally for the US. NBC News’ Anne Curry interviewed Rouhani in Tehran, focusing her attention on his dim view of Islamic State. Rouhani told Curry, “From the viewpoint of the Islamic tenets...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz pledges $250K to NRSC

    09/19/2014 5:22:19 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    politico.com ^ | 9/18/14 | Maggie Haberman
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has pledged $250,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee from his campaign coffers, part of an effort by the freshman to go all-in for the GOP as it battles to retake the Senate majority in this fall elections, a source familiar with the commitment told POLITICO. Cruz announced his pledge at an NRSC lunch event on Tuesday, the source said; his $250,000 is part of $3 million in pledges lawmakers made to the group. Cruz is an NRSC co-chair, but he had not been perceived as a major fundraising force for them this cycle, making the...
  • Group of aid workers fighting Ebola killed by African villagers

    09/19/2014 5:21:51 AM PDT · by Truth29 · 35 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 19, 2014 | Joe Tacopino and Post Wires
    A group of aid workers and journalists trying to stop the spread of Ebola were slaughtered by residents of a small African village where they went to provide help, reports said.
  • Terrorists at the Border

    09/19/2014 5:20:26 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 19, 2014 | Matthew Vadum
    Terrorists at the BorderPosted By Matthew Vadum On September 19, 2014 @ 12:48 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment A Democratic congressman tried to use the might of the federal government to crush an investigation into reports that an Islamic terrorist group is using the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juarez as a base for launching an attack on the U.S. using car bombs or other vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs).The Islamofascist group in question is the extraordinarily brutal Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) that has been conquering swathes of the Middle East with the...
  • Chevron first energy giant to meet new sustainable shale standards

    09/19/2014 5:19:03 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 18, 2014 | Associated Press
    Chevron has become the first energy company to meet a new set of voluntary shale gas drilling standards that aim to go beyond existing state laws in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, the Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale announced Thursday... Chevron’s pledges to recycle drilling fluids, not use open waste pits and to reduce methane leaks address “very big” concerns for many people, said Davitt Woodwell, president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. Chevron also says it now discloses all of the chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, process in the region. Woodwell said his group hopes other drilling...
  • Tea Partiers Swallow Their Pride To Defeat Democrats In November

    09/19/2014 5:18:49 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies
    talkingpointsmemo.com ^ | 9/19/14 | Daniel Strauss
    In the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis (R), wasn't exactly tea partiers' preferred candidate. But now some tea party organizations seem to be giving the nominee a quiet boost — or at least are still set on bashing Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC). On Wednesday the Tea Party Express sent out an email calling on supporters to help "Defeat Harry Reid's Sinister Six." Hagan was listed alongside Sens. Mark Begich (D-AK), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Al Franken (D-MN), Mark Pryor (D-AR), and Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA), the Democratic Senate candidate in his state. The Republican primaries...
  • Saving Private Kerry

    09/19/2014 5:18:02 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 19, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Secretary of State John Kerry didn’t appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to lay out an offensive strategy for defeating ISIS. Instead his real mission was a defensive strategy to protect Obama from critics on the right and the left. Obama’s delayed strategy hasn’t won over liberals and conservatives. It certainly hasn’t won over the American people. For the first time, Obama’s counterterrorism policy no longer has the support of a majority of Americans. Americans don’t believe that Obama can keep them safe. They suspect that he’s just trying to protect the last shreds of his fading popularity by...
  • Range Resources to pay $4 million drilling waste fine

    09/19/2014 5:15:38 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 18, 2014 | Associated Press
    Energy company Range Resources said Thursday it has agreed to pay a $4.15 million fine for environmental violations at a western Pennsylvania site that handled natural gas drilling waste. The penalty is the largest the state has ever imposed on the shale gas industry. Range, based in Fort Worth, said in a statement that it accepts the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection fine and is “deeply disappointed” over the violations at Washington County wastewater impoundments, about 25 miles southwest of Pittsburgh. The fine was imposed for leaks at open pits Range operates to store the so-called flowback waste from natural...
  • France Has Begun Bombing ISIS In Iraq

    09/19/2014 5:11:54 AM PDT · by blam · 10 replies
    BI ^ | 9-19-2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    Brett LoGiuratoSeptember 19, 2014France's military conducted its first airstrike in Iraq, becoming the first foreign country in addition to the US to strike the extremist group calling itself the Islamic State (also ISIS or ISIL) in the country. French President Francois Hollande said in a statement the strike, which was conducted around 9:40 a.m. local time Friday, destroyed a logistics depot held by ISIS in northeastern Iraq. He promised more operations would continue "in the coming days." Rafale fighter jets "conducted a first strike against a supply depot terrorist organization Daech in north-eastern Iraq. The goal was reached and destroyed,"...
  • Self-styled jihadist admits to killing 4 people, calls it ‘vengeance’ for U.S. actions in Mideast

    09/19/2014 5:09:08 AM PDT · by BCW · 25 replies
    Q13 FOX NEWS ^ | 20 AUG 2013 | Q13 FOX NEWS STAFF
    SEATTLE — A man accused of shooting to death two men in Seattle on June 1 and a man in New Jersey later that month was charged Wednesday with gunning down a 30-year-old in the Skyway area in April — all, he allegedly told police, as “vengeance” for U.S. actions in the Mideast. Ali Muhammad Brown, 40, is quoted in charging documents as saying that he they were “just kills” and that he was “just doing my small part” as a self-styled jihadist. He was charged Wednesday with aggravated first-degree murder by the King County Prosecutor’s Office for the slaying...
  • Ken Cuccinelli Vs. The Grifters

    09/19/2014 4:54:00 AM PDT · by GulliverSwift · 7 replies
    In a move that could shake up the conservative-outside-group-world, former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is suing a conservative political action committee called Conservative StrikeForce PAC for allegedly raising millions of dollars for his campaign, and spending only a small fraction of that on his race. According to a report on the lawsuit: “(A) substantial proportion of the approximately $2.2 million that defendants raised through political fundraising in 2013 was directly attributable to solicitations invoking Ken Cuccinelli, as Virginia’s gubernatorial election was the marquee contested race of American politics in 2013,” the lawsuit states. “Defendants, however, have admitted that they...
  • OMG: Limbaugh's 'Jesus' banished from NYT best seller list

    09/19/2014 4:47:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 9-18-14 | Paul Bedard
    There they go again. The New York Times Book Review, which has a history of belatedly recognizing conservative bestsellers, has banished conservative legal author David Limbaugh’s latest, Jesus on Trial, from its upcoming best seller list despite having sales better than 17 other books on the list. According to publishing sources, Limbaugh’s probe into the accuracy of the Bible sold 9,660 in its first week out, according to Nielsen BookScan. That should have made it No. 4 on the NYT print hardcover sales list. Instead, Henry Kissinger’s World Order, praised by Hillary Clinton in the Washington Post, is No. 4...
  • Anti-gay billboard stirs debate in Sumner County Tenn.

    09/19/2014 4:47:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    An anti-gay billboard is stirring a debate over bullying and religion in a rural community about 30 miles north of Nashville. The Tennessean reports that the message reads: "You shall not lie with a man as with a woman. It is an abomination. — God." The sign says it was "paid for by concerned Christians." Portland resident Ronny Monday, who helped initiate the placement of the $500-per-month billboard, said the Old Testament message was needed to balance against the message from celebrities and President Barack Obama supporting gay marriage. "People have sat down long enough, and this country is going...
  • Student put in detention for sharing school lunch

    09/19/2014 4:39:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 51 replies
    KRCR-TV ^ | 9/19/2014 | Katherine Harwood
    An eighth grade student from Weaverville Elementary School got a detention slip for sharing his school prepared lunch Tuesday.Kyle Bradford, 13, shared his chicken burrito with a friend who didn’t like the cheese sandwich he was given by the cafeteria.Bradford didn’t see any problem with sharing his food."It seemed like he couldn't get a normal lunch so I just wanted to give mine to him because I wasn't really that hungry and it was just going to go in the garbage if I didn't eat it," said Bradford.But the Trinity Alps Unified School District has regulations that prohibit students from...
  • Mayor Rahm: New Chicago high school won't be named after Obama (payoffs not large enough?)

    09/19/2014 4:36:19 AM PDT · by Liz · 4 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | 9/18/14 | John Byrne, Juan Perez Jr. and Dana Ferguson
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel backed off from naming a new elite high school after Obama amid ongoing criticism from African-Americans who felt the honor inappropriate for a school slated for a wealthy, predominantly white part of the Near North Side.. Instead of naming the new school after his former boss, the mayor indicated he would consider other names for the selective enrollment high school. “Over the last few months, my team has listened to questions and concerns from the community, ranging from location of the building to the naming of the school. We take that community input seriously, which is why...
  • Union head files OSHA complaint over Scott Walker ad

    09/19/2014 4:34:53 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    MSNBC ^ | Meredith Clark
    Scott Walker can’t stop digging himself into a hole with union workers. After stripping public-sector union members of collective bargaining rights in 2011, one might think that there wasn’t more the Republican governor could do to anger workers. But Walker, who is locked in a tight race Wisconsin against Democratic challenger Mary Burke, ran afoul of the president of a local steelworkers’ union over a recent campaign ad. In the ad, Walker speaks to the camera from a deep hole. Jeff Kaminsiki, head of the United Steelworkers Local 2006, filed a complaint with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration over...
  • John Kerry Says U.S. At War With ‘This Enemy Of Islam’ ISIS

    09/19/2014 4:29:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 9/19/2014 | Ben Barrack
    Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) came to prominence and notoriety when he famously shouted, ‘You Lie’ at Barack Obama during the president’s speech to a joint session of Congress. If ever there was a prime opportunity for a reprise, it occurred during an exchange between Wilson and Secretary of State John Kerry.Wilson asked Kerry if the U.S. was at war. If Kerry’s response had been a yes or no, the clip below would be no more than five seconds. As it was, Kerry took a more circuitous route to his answer, which was beyond ridiculous. After several seconds of hemming and...
  • BRITISH MEET AIR ARMY AND BOTH DRIVE NORTH; AMERICANS FIGHT REINFORCED FOE AT AACHEN (9/19/44)

    09/19/2014 4:17:15 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 9 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 9/19/44 | Drew Middleton, Walter Cronkite, Charles W. Hurd, Robert Trumbull, George Horne
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  • Boehner: You know what would help our economy? Immigration reform

    09/19/2014 4:13:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 9/18/2014 | Allahpundit
    Skip to 24:30 for the key bit. Admittedly, admittedly, this is as rote and innocuous a statement of support for amnesty as you’ll ever hear from a GOP leader — he even stresses that we need to secure the border first — but the closer we get to the lame-duck session, the more righties are going to parse his every belch for signs of a deal on immigration. And not just righties: The LA Times perked up upon hearing this today too. As the man himself says, the sooner we get this done, the better it’ll be for the GOP...
  • Panic over student’s ‘military-type jacket’ sends school into lockdown

    09/19/2014 4:10:06 AM PDT · by markomalley · 63 replies
    EAG News ^ | 9/18/2014 | Victor Skinner
    A “suspicious” looking middle school student with a “green military-type jacket” sent a Connecticut school into lockdown for two hours Tuesday. A school staff member alerted school authorities to a suspicious man roaming the school hallway, describing the person as roughly 5 feet 7 inches and wearing a green military-type jacket. School officials relayed the possible threat to police, who issued a lockdown around 11 a.m., NBC reports.“Officers searched the John F. Kennedy Middle School and its surrounding grounds, but police said the initial search ‘revealed nothing of a suspicious nature,’” WFSB.com reports.The school district alerted parents of the lockdown,...
  • The Power of Changed Minds

    09/19/2014 4:01:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September19, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    Should any Republican step to any microphone and announce he has changed his mind on global warming, the press will hail him as a hero. He has taken new evidence, processed it, and changed his mind. Should any Republican do the same on gay marriage, tax increases or a host of other matters, the same will happen. The media heralds changed minds, particularly when the mind changed is to the right of center and the change moves the person to the left of center. The ability to process new data, reinterpret existing data and reach different conclusions has value to...
  • Mary Burke accused of copying portions of jobs plan from other Democrats

    09/19/2014 3:56:25 AM PDT · by lionstar · 12 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | Sept. 19, 2014 | Daniel Bice
    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke is being accused of swiping significant sections of her jobs plan from earlier propsals published by three Democratic candidates who ran for governor elsewhere. BuzzFeed reported late Thursday that Burke's plan, called "Invest for Success," includes nearly verbatim passages from the economic development plans put forward by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell in 2008, Ward Cammack of Tennessee in 2009 and John Gregg of Indiana in 2012. Cammack withdrew from his race, and Gregg was defeated. The Burke campaign blamed the plagiarized passages on a consultant, Eric Schnurer, who worked on the jobs plans for the...
  • The Other Scottish Decision

    09/19/2014 3:55:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September19, 2014 | Mark Davis
    While Scotland’s voters weighed whether to separate from the United Kingdom Thursday, another decision involved its most famous institution separating from 260 years of tradition. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews voted overwhelmingly to admit women, echoing a similar decision at the far younger Augusta National Golf Club in 2012. In both cases, a private organization made a decision it was entitled to make. But the environment surrounding both decisions, and the reactions thereafter, paint a disturbing portrait of a thickening cultural fog. Let us begin with a premise that will drop jaws on both sides of...
  • ISIS Calls For Radicalized Americans To Go To Homes Of U.S. Soldiers, 'Slaughter Them'

    09/19/2014 3:52:53 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 9/18/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    ISIS is calling for radicalized "lone wolves" in the United States to go to the homes of U.S. soldiers and "slaughter" military personnel.This is part of what is expected to be "a continued call" for American military personnel to be targeted within the United States.According to Fox News, one British jihadist "encouraged radicals still living in the West to use Facebook and Linkedln to find and target soldiers." The jihadist tweeted: "You could literally search for soldiers, find their town, photos of them, look for addresses in Yellowbook or something. Then show up and slaughter them." Militants in Syria have...
  • How gender mattered in the rise and fall of Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    09/19/2014 3:52:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9-19-14 | Nia-Malika Henderson
    <p>That's really the only way to describe Politico's piece on DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.</p> <p>Based on interviews with DNC staffers -- both former and current -- the piece described Wasserman Schultz as something of a modern-day Tracy Flick: over-eager, disloyal and not shy about promoting her ambitions.</p>
  • [Iranian] Blogger sentenced to death for insulting Prophet Mohamed on Facebook

    09/19/2014 3:50:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Times of India ^ | 9/19/2014
    A blogger in 'poor psychological condition' has been sentenced to death after being found guilty of insulting the Prophet Mohammad on Facebook. According to an 'informed source', speaking to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Soheil Arabi, 30, had kept eight Facebook pages under different names and admitted to posting material insulting to the Prophet on these pages. Arabi, who was arrested along with his wife in November last year by agents from the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), is said to have written the "material without thinking and in poor psychological condition". Branch 75 of Tehran's Criminal Court,...