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  • 'Anti-Tesla Bill' Means Economic Loss for Michigan

    10/25/2014 8:35:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2014 | Jared Meyer
    Against the interests of Michiganders, Governor Rick Snyder has signed a bill banning Tesla Motor’s direct-to-consumer automobile sales in the state.The original focus of House Bill 5606 was on determining how franchise-dealership fees are charged. Then, right before the vote, an amendment banning automobile sales directly to consumers was added by State Senator Joe Hune. This backhanded maneuver shielded the amendment from public comment and debate. Passed unanimously in the State Senate and with only one dissenting vote in the House, the “anti-Tesla bill” is an economic loss for Michigan. The state will miss out on tax revenue from sales...
  • Parent says school assignment to take inventory of medicine cabinet invaded privacy

    10/25/2014 8:30:24 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 1 replies
    http://fox13now.com ^ | october 23, 2014 | max roth
    Students at a Mapleton Junior High School in Utah County were asked to take inventory of the things inside their family medicine cabinet and then turn that list into their health teacher. A parent, Onika Nugent, was not pleased with the assignment, so she posted the assignment on Facebook and sent a note to the teacher and the principal. She shared a portion of the letter she sent school officials: I said, Although it may be a good idea for parents to do an inventory of their medicine cabinet, I believe it is inappropriate for students to counsel their parents,...
  • In the shadow of a young corporals death, Canadas greatness shines through

    10/25/2014 8:22:13 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 3 replies
    National Post ^ | October 25, 2014 | Rex Murphy
    Out of this dark week there has come very much that is good. And I am not just pointing to the very welcome spirit of concord the three political parties have, up to now, manifested in the Commons and outside. Nor the address of our three main political leaders, though again, their talks both in tone and content offered much to be regarded. Rather I am thinking of the unofficial moments, captured on video or in photographs, showing people acting so well, in moments of great distress or at some levels of real peril to themselves. Even after three days,...
  • Silicon Valley Company Caught Paying Foreign Workers $1.21/Hr After $200M Quarter

    10/25/2014 8:14:02 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Oct 2014 | Tony Lee
    A Silicon Valley tech company that reportedly made $200 million last quarter was importing foreign workers from India and paying them $1.21 an hour. According to the Labor Department, "about eight employees of Fremont-based Electronics For Imaging [EFI] were flown in from India and worked 120-hour weeks to help with the installation of computers at the company's headquarters." NBC Bay Area noted that "the employees were paid their regular hourly wage in Indian rupees, which translated to $1.21." EFI claimed it "unintentionally overlooked laws that require even foreign employees to be paid based on local US standards." The company reportedly...
  • Democrat Loses Ground in Kansas Governor's Race

    10/25/2014 8:12:58 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | 10/25/14 | John Hanna
    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) -- After lifting the spirits of Kansas Democrats eager to oust conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback over his aggressive tax-cutting experiment, challenger Paul Davis appears to be losing ground as the state's GOP loyalties and a hail of negative television ads take their toll. The closely watched race has begun moving in the incumbent's favor since the Republican Governors Association began bombarding television viewers with spots focused on how Davis was caught as a young attorney in a strip club during a 1998 meth raid. An officer reported finding Davis in a back room with a...
  • The Undiscovered Conservative Demographic

    10/25/2014 7:57:38 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 57 replies
    Original Content | 10/25/2014 | Laz A. Mataz
    Whenever one looks at the demographics of the population of America, and how it is changing, it always looks very daunting for conservatives. I agree. But I'd like to suggest a strategic solution that is very viable. The Hispanic demographic is ripe for a conservative takeover. The Hispanic population is a largely-Christian and very religious demographic. They are hard-working, very family-oriented, and tend to be moral. There are, of course, exceptions that disprove this rule, but I am speaking of the big-picture Hispanic population. They tend to have fled from countries that embrace socialism and police-state tactics on the part...
  • Politically, I am Through with Sarah Palin

    10/25/2014 7:50:32 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 51 replies
    Red State ^ | 10/24/2014 | Jake
    Its time for a break up. If you havent already seen, Sarah Palinhas endorsedBill Walker and Byron Mallotts Independent-Democrat Unity ticket in the Alaska gubernatorial race over Republican incumbent Sean Parnell. She endorses the Independent-Democrat ticket over the man who was her own lieutenant governor. Because of this, as far as Republican politics are concerned, Im finished with Sarah Palin. I have nothing but respect for her has a wife, mother, and grandmother. I pray that, should I ever be faced with the prospect of having to raise a child with Down Syndrome or any other disability, I would have...
  • Steyer Climate Change Super-PAC Targets Colorado's Gardner On Personhood

    10/25/2014 7:47:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10/24/2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Billionaire Tom Steyers climate change super-PAC, NextGen Climate Action, has targeted Colorado Republican U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner for his support of a personhood measure that would give legal rights to humans beginning at conception.
  • Gramsci's Dream Came True: We Have a Leftist Ruling Class

    10/25/2014 7:42:38 AM PDT · by GreyFriar · 6 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | Oct. 25, 2014 | Paul Austin Murphy
    Antonio Gramsci is a figure of high importance to the development of the left, both in Britain and the United states. While looking into Gramsci, I came across James Joll's book, a clear exposition of Gramscis ideas by a fan of the Italian Marxist. Thus it can be said that the text is a fair account of Gramsci's ideas. And if there is any bias in the texts I've chosen, it's bias in favor -- rather than against Antonio Gramsci.
  • Rep. Carolyn Maloney Pushes Irrelevant Gun Laws After Marysville School Shooting

    10/25/2014 7:41:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10/25/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    Following reports that Marysville-Pilchuck High School freshman Jaylen Fryberg shot and killed one fellow student and wounded four others at school on October 24, Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) called for the passage of new gun control measures that were irrelevant to the Marysville attack.
  • Meet the White House Canine Heroes

    10/25/2014 7:40:48 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    The White House Dossier ^ | 10-25-14 | Keith Koffler
    Here they are, the Secret Service agents who take down White House intruders and protect your president, regardless of Party. The Secret Service tweeted out their photos Thursday. I see them around the grounds. Definitely two of my favorite White House employees.
  • "The Hot Zone" and the mythos of Ebola

    10/25/2014 7:33:01 AM PDT · by No One Special · 23 replies
    Aetiology ^ | October 21, 2014 | Tara C. Smith
    The Hot Zone was first released in 1994, the year I graduated high school. Like many readers, that book and Laurie Garrett’s The Coming Plague* really sparked my interest in infectious diseases. In some sense, I have those books to thank (or blame?) for my career.But I’m still going to criticize The Hot Zone, because as a mature infectious disease epidemiologist and a science communicator in the midst of the biggest Ebola outbreak in history, The Hot Zone is now one of the banes of my existence. A recent article noted that the book is back on the bestseller list,...
  • Evangelical Environmental Network running radio ads urging action on climate change

    10/25/2014 7:25:32 AM PDT · by VRW Conspirator · 14 replies
    Political Fix Florida ^ | October 7, 2014 | Matt Dixon
    Evangelical Environmental Network, a ministry dedicated to the care of Gods creation, Wednesday will start running statewide ads on Christian radio stations urging state leaders to take action on climate change. Along with the ad, which you can be heard here[see linky below], the group is organizing events across the sate starting Wednesday, including a tele-town hall, a prayer breakfast in Jacksonville, and a Miami event Thursday focused on climate changes impact particularly on Hispanic communities. A group spokesman would not say how much the group is spending on the ads, but said it was six-figures. In May, the group...
  • (Flashback)Unemployment Rate Falls For All The Wrong Reasons

    10/25/2014 7:20:49 AM PDT · by Son House · 1 replies
    CNN Money ^ | April 5, 2013 | Chris Isidore
    The difficulty for younger workers finding jobs is also a factor...The participation rate for those age 16 to 24 was near a 50-year low. Heidi Shierholz, a labor economist with the Economic Policy Institute...She points out that the participation rate of "prime-age" workers, age 25 to 54, also fell to match the lowest reading since 1984. "It's the lack of job opportunities -- the lack of demand for workers -- that is keeping these workers from working or seeking work, not other factors," she said. Shierholz said estimates from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office show there are 3.9 million workers...
  • Why Canada must help defeat ISIS

    10/25/2014 7:20:00 AM PDT · by Dartman · 5 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Oct. 23/14 | Editorial
    Some will argue the two ISIS-inspired terrorist attacks on our country this week demonstrate why Canada should have refused to join the 60-nation coalition to defeat it. In fact, these assaults on our democracy in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, south of Montreal, demonstrate why we had to act. There are times in a nation’s life when it’s important to be on the right side of history -- even knowing that doing so will cost it blood and treasure. This is one of those times, and in two World Wars, the Korean War, in peacekeeping and in Afghanistan, Canada has always answered...
  • Shocking 2013 Muslim Peace Conference in Norway

    10/25/2014 7:13:12 AM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 11 replies
    Liveleak ^ | Oct-21-2014
    If you had any questions before about the intentions of the "Religion of Peace", you won't after this unbelievable video. Watch this 4 minute video.
  • Ebola Crisis Rekindles Concerns About Secret Research in Russian Military Labs

    10/25/2014 7:10:30 AM PDT · by yldstrk · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 24, 2014 | Joby Warrick
    The bioweapons program officially ended in 1991, but Ebola research continued in Defense Ministry laboratories, where it remains largely invisible despite years of appeals by U.S. officials to allow greater transparency. Now, at a time when the world is grappling with an unprecedented Ebola crisis, the wall of secrecy surrounding the labs looms still larger, arms-control experts say, feeding conspiracy theories and raising suspicions. The bottom line is, we dont know what theyre doing with any of the pathogens in their possession, said Amy Smithson, a biological weapons expert who has traveled to several of the labs and written extensively...
  • Girl, 8, struck and killed, others injured after car jumps curb in front of Bronx elementary school

    10/25/2014 7:03:56 AM PDT · by milford421 · 12 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 10/25/14 | KERRY BURKE , THOMAS TRACY
    "The 55-year-old woman behind the wheel then tried to drive forward but all that did was hit more people, said Eliasser Lopez, 11. It was something out of this world, Eliasser said of the horror." After the driver got out of the car, she tried to run, but at least one parent stopped her. One gentleman grabbed her, and the other mothers were ready to go after her, Caldwell said. He prevented the other mothers from getting a hold of her. Caldwell said he was stunned by the drivers reaction.
  • New Polls Show Democrats Have All The Momentum In Georgia Senate Race

    10/25/2014 6:54:42 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    Politics USA ^ | 10/24/14
    A new CNN/ORC Poll is the latest in a long line of polls to show Democrat Michelle Nunn leading David Perdue in the Georgia Senate race. More importantly, the CNN poll shows that Nunn would win a runoff between the two candidates. CNN reported, Democrat Michelle Nunn has a slight 47%-44% edge over Republican David Perdue in the Georgia race for an open Senate seat, according to a new CNN/ORC International survey released FridayLibertarian candidate Amanda Swafford is pulling 5% of the vote in Georgia, keeping Nunn and Perdue from reaching the 50% threshold.In a hypothetical runoff, Nunn still holds...
  • National Guardsmans Trip to Walmart With His Family Turns Into Potentially Deadly Nightmare

    10/25/2014 6:50:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 10/24/2014 | Jason Howerton
    "...Before I even walked over, I told my wife to go to the front of the store with the kids and call the police, he said, explaining that his first concern was the safety of his family Nelson said he then carefully approached the knife-wielding man and thought real hard about drawing my gun. He ultimately decided to keep a hand on his firearm and let the assailant know he was armed rather than drawing out of fear that he might cut the woman in a panic. I didnt have to draw, he told TheBlaze. He knew I was armed...
  • Iran hangs woman for killing alleged rapist

    10/25/2014 6:49:57 AM PDT · by cutty · 16 replies
    ap ^ | 10-25-2014 | ALI AKBAR DAREINI
    Iran hanged a woman on Saturday who was convicted of murdering a man she said was trying to rape her, the official IRNA news agency reported. ... The victim's family could have saved Jabbari's life by accepting blood money but they refused to do so. Iranian media reports say the family insisted on their legal rights under the Islamic principle of "an eye for an eye" partly because Jabbari accused Sarbandi of being a rapist
  • Sweden Has A Sub That's So Deadly The US Navy Hired It To Play Bad Guy

    10/25/2014 6:45:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 10/23/2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    We have been glued all week to the sub saga off the coast of Sweden, where six days in Swedish forces have only now called off their search for an elusive sub hiding in the waters off Stockholm. Yet what nobody has mentioned is just how deadly and capable Sweden's own subs are, and there are few better weapons for catching a sub than another sub. Sweden's submarine force is relatively tiny, just five boats make up the entire inventory, but those five vessels are extremely stealthy and lethal, especially their three Gotland Class diesel-electric submarines. Entering service in the...
  • Cancer rumors swirl around Putin

    10/25/2014 6:37:28 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 25 replies
    NY Post ^ | Oct. 24, 2014 | Richard Johnson
    There is an explanation for Vladimir Putins hurry to invade Ukraine it is rumored he has cancer. News outlets from Belarus to Poland have reported for months that the Russian strongman has cancer of the spinal cord. But my sources say its pancreatic cancer, one of the most lethal forms of the disease. Putin is allegedly being treated by an elderly doctor from the old East Germany whom Putin met decades ago while serving in Dresden for the KGB. The doctor has been trying various treatments including steroid shots, which would explain Putins puffy appearance. The physician, who is...
  • India picks Israel's Spike anti-tank missile over U.S. Javelin - source

    10/25/2014 6:22:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 25, 2014 | NIGAM PRUSTY
    (Reuters) - India has opted to buy Israel's Spike anti-tank guided missile, a defence ministry source said on Saturday, rejecting a rival U.S. offer of Javelin missiles that Washington had lobbied hard to win. India will buy at least 8,000 Spike missiles and more than 300 launchers in a deal worth 32 billion rupees ($525 million), the source said after a meeting of India's Defence Acquisition Council. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's five-month-old government wants to clear a backlog of defence orders and boost India's firepower, amid recent border tensions with China and heavy exchanges of fire with Pakistan across the...
  • 50% Of American Workers Make Less Than $28,031 A Year

    10/25/2014 6:11:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/25/2013 | Michael Snyder via Zero Hedge
    The Social Security Administration has just released wage statistics for 2013, and the numbers are startling.  Last year, 50 percent of all American workers made less than $28,031, and 39 percent of all American workers made less than $20,000.  If you worked a full-time job at $10 an hour all year long with two weeks off, you would make $20,000.  So the fact that 39 percent of all workers made less than that amount is rather telling.  This is more evidence of the declining quality of the jobs in this country.  In many homes in America today, both parents are...
  • Washington D.C. City Council Tries to Force Pro-Life Groups to Pay For Abortions

    10/25/2014 6:05:05 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Life News ^ | 10/24/14 | Alliance Defending Freedom
    Alliance Defending Freedom and six other pro-life organizations sent the Council of the District of Columbia a letter Thursday arguing that a proposed bill violates federal law by forcing the groups to provide elective abortion coverage through their insurance plans and employ those who live and act contrary to the organizations pro-life mission. The letter explains that the bill clearly violates federal law in light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings in Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores. pichealth50The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act prohibits employers from discriminating against employees for any reproductive health...
  • Round three for the Bush Dynasty?

    10/25/2014 6:01:47 AM PDT · by WilliamIII · 42 replies
    US News ^ | Sept 25 2014 | Jean Card
    Oh, the cockles of many establishment Republican hearts were warmed this week by CNBCs report that ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush looks very much like hes running for president. One could almost hear the purring of those anticipating their next Plum Book job. But stories about Jeb Bush give my insides a very different feeling: One of sinking. One of disappointment. Its not that I think this Bush would make a bad president; I actually think hed make a very good one. Its just that, come on, this is America. And when one family or a handful of families ...
  • Sikhs denied exemption from Ontarios motorcycle helmet law

    10/25/2014 5:55:20 AM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 11 replies
    The Star ^ | Tue Aug 19 2014 | Richard J. Brennan
    Motorcycle-riding Sikhs in Ontario will not be exempted from the provinces helmet law, Premier Kathleen Wynne has decided. Manohar Singh Bal, secretary of the Canadian Sikh Association, said the group has been co-ordinating efforts on behalf of the community for almost four years to have Sikh riders exempted on religious ground. This decision by Premier Wynne puts into question the value given to the collective views of our long-time Sikh MPPs in the Liberal Caucus, NDP MPP Jagmeet Singh (Bramalea-Gore-Malton) said he was deeply disappointed by Premier Wynnes decision not to grant an exemption to motorcycle helmet laws for turbaned...
  • Ebola death toll tops 4,900 as virus spreads: WHO (Official Cases Over 10,000)

    10/25/2014 5:52:44 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 25, 2014 | Stephanie Nebehay
    (Reuters) - The death toll from the Ebola epidemic rose to 4,922 out of 10,141 known cases in eight countries through Oct. 23, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday. The virus, which reached Mali through a two-year-old girl who died on Friday, now threatens Ivory Coast, having infected people virtually all along its borders with Guinea and Liberia.
  • Through Obamas Eyes: Gun Wielding Man Murders Religious Figure

    10/25/2014 5:49:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2014 | John Ransom
    The news in brief from Obama:A man in Canada shot and killed a religious figure who was demonstrating his profound commitment to the religion of peace by waging war on people not as dedicated to peaceful coexistence as Islamists are, namely those intolerant Canadians. The man, so-called Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, shot and killed the man performing his religious duty of jihad. Its unclear how Vickers obtained a gun under Canadas strict handgun laws.Police are investigating. In related news a hatchet-wielding man, also a member of the religion of peace, attacked police officers in New York City. The city originally said...
  • ISIS is Destroying and Pawning Ancient Artifacts

    10/25/2014 5:43:41 AM PDT · by PIF · 15 replies
    Fox ^ | 10/23/14 | Ben Wedeman
    Few are the lands that can boast a history as deep and rich as Iraq and nowhere is that more apparent than in Baghdad's Iraqi museum ... "They are people from another planet," he says. "They take pride in nothing. Their mentality is completely petrified. They don't think of all this as the accomplishments of humanity. Aliens with an alien ideology, bent on destroying millennia of history. Read More at: http://www.foxillinois.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/isis-destroying-pawning-ancient-artifacts-2098.shtml
  • Exposed: Dem Candidate's Misleading Statements on Spending, Borrowing for AZ Universities

    10/25/2014 5:34:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 24, 2014 | Ky Sisson
    The Democratic candidate in the Arizona gubernatorialrace, Fred DuVal, is having a rough finalstretch into Election Day.Earlier this week,The Washington Free-Beaconreported he had a house foreclosed. Last week, he announced that he believes it is perfectly acceptable for14-year-olds to have abortions without parental consent. And now, documents obtained from the Arizona Board of Regents show that the six years Fred DuVal was on the Arizona Board of Regents (2007-2012), things didn't go the way he claims. In three different instances, DuVal said that the increase in Arizona college tuition was because of higher enrollment andbudget cuts.The Arizona Board of Regent's...
  • Officials, students say Seattle-area homecoming prince kills 1, wounds 4 before shooting self

    10/25/2014 5:27:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | October 24, 2014 | DOUG ESSER
    MARYSVILLE, Wash. A student recently crowned freshman class homecoming prince walked into his Seattle-area high school cafeteria Friday and opened fire, killing one person and shooting four others including two of his cousins before turning the gun on himself, officials and witnesses said. Students said the gunman was staring at his victims as he shot them inside the cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. The shootings set off a chaotic scene as students ran from the cafeteria and building in a frantic dash to safety, while others were told to stay put inside classrooms at the school 30...
  • Police search for teacher suspected of sexual abuse [Islamic School]

    10/25/2014 5:21:55 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 10/24/14 | Erika Pesantes
    Police are searching for a teacher suspected of sexually abusing students who attended a private Cooper City school. The investigation centers on accusations against Tariq Ahmad.... ...a former teacher at Nur-Ul-Islam Academy in Cooper City, school officials said. ....After a parent caught one of the girls in a late night phone conversation with Ahmed, the parent confronted school officials about the inappropriate behavior, but got no response, the lawsuit said. The school "maintained Tariq Ahmad in his capacity as a teacher and continued to cloak him with the authority and prestige as being the head of its high school, and...
  • Everything Millennials Need To Know About Politics And Economics in 25 Quotes

    10/25/2014 5:19:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2014 | John Hawkins
    1) No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems — of which getting elected and re-elected are number one and number two. Whatever is number three is far behind. — Thomas Sowell2) We tolerate, even promote, many things we once regarded as evil, wrong, or immoral. And then we seek “explanations” for an act that seems beyond comprehension. Remove societal restraints on some evils and one can expect the demons to be freed to conduct other evil acts. —Cal Thomas3) What would...
  • James Dobson: America headed toward 'depravity'

    10/25/2014 5:19:42 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 49 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 25 Oct 14 | Bob Unruh
    Dr. James Dobson, one of Americas best-known Christian leaders, founder of Family Talk Radio, a courtroom opponent of Obamacare and, just recently, the National Day of Prayer speaker who called Barack Obama the abortion president, warns American is heading toward depravity. In his October 2014 newsletter, a copy of which is available online, he wrote about the Old Testament account of Abrahams nephew, Lot, who chose to take his family into the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. The men living there had become desperately depraved, burning with lust for each other. Jehovah told Abraham that their sin was so...
  • Poland's Tusk Denies Claim Putin Offered To Partition Ukraine

    10/25/2014 5:12:41 AM PDT · by Rashputin · 3 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | October 24, 2014
    Poland's Tusk Denies Claim Putin Offered To Partition Ukraine October 24, 2014 Poland's former prime minister, Donald Tusk, has denied that Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested that Russia and Poland carve up Ukraine. Tusk told Polish Radio TOK-FM on October 24 that Putin never made such an offer to him. The claim was made by former foreign minister Radek Sikorsk,i who said in an interview with the U.S. internet magazine Politico on October 19 that the offer was made in a one-on-one meeting between Tusk and Putin in Moscow in 2008. But Sikorski later backed away from the allegation, saying...
  • Is It As Close As That?

    10/25/2014 5:08:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    For most of 2012, I maintained that Mitt Romney would lose to Barack Obama. Only after President Obama's first debate did there seem to be a glimmer of hope. After that debate, polling moved in Romney's direction. Conservatives had hope. As we now know, much of the polling in 2012 was wrong. There were some great pollsters. The IBD/TIPP poll, the Reuters/Ipsos poll, the Pew Poll, and others were spot on. But many pollsters, including the most prominent pollster of all, Gallup, were left with black eyes. After the election, Scott Rasmussen left his own eponymous polling firm. The Rasmussen...
  • Teen's quest for Amazon 'medicine' ends in tragedy (died to get high)

    10/25/2014 5:00:19 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | Sat October 25, 2014 | CNN
    (CNN) -- Kyle Nolan did his research -- his mother made sure of that. She didn't want her 18-year-old son heading to the Amazon jungle at all -- let alone, without learning everything he could about the supposed "medicine" with the bizarre name that he insisted would help him turn his young life around. "I really tried to discourage him ... I kept telling him over and over, there are no easy answers in life," Ingeborg Oswald said. But she knew she couldn't stop him. Overshadowed by his "overachieving" triplet brother and sister, Oswald said Kyle "was going through this...
  • U.S. PLANES ATTACK 2 BIG JAPANESE FLEETS; SHOWDOWN BATTLE LIKELY IN PHILIPPINES (10/25/44)

    10/25/2014 4:51:18 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 18 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 10/25/44 | George Horne, Clifton Daniel, James MacDonald, Hanson W. Baldwin, Arthur Krock
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  • North Korea Closer to Building Nuclear Missile, Pentagon Says

    10/25/2014 4:45:32 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    WSJ ^ | Oct. 24, 2014 | Felicia Schwartz
    North Korea Closer to Building Nuclear Missile, Pentagon Says Nation Now Capable of Building Miniaturized Warhead, U.S. General Reports By Felicia Schwartz Updated Oct. 24, 2014 7:04 p.m. ET WASHINGTONNorth Korea probably has the capability to produce a nuclear warhead that could be mounted on a rocket, a top U.S. commander said Friday, moving it closer to building a nuclear missile. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of U.S. forces on the Korean peninsula, said North Korea now is capable of building a miniaturized nuclear warhead, a step needed to complete development of a nuclear-tipped missile....
  • Maddow Mocks Republican's Geography MistakeBut Recently Made One of Her Own

    10/25/2014 4:39:10 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Let she who is without geography sin cast the first globe! On her MSNBC show last night, Rachel Maddow mercilessly mocked Darrell Issa for confusing Guinea with Guyana. The Republican congressman made his mistake during a discussion of the country in which the latest Ebola outbreak began. Issa said it was "Guyana," a South American country, whereas in fact it was Guinea, a West African one. Fair enough. Issa should have gotten his countries straight. But of all the hosts in the MSNBC lineup, Rachel Maddow should have been the last to have the chutzpah to highlight Issa's blooper. For...
  • Justin Simien's 'Dear White People' (shortened title)

    10/25/2014 4:34:42 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 28 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 10-25-2014 | Sarah Tully
    "Dear White People is set at a fictional Ivy League school, Winchester University. The story centers on a group of mostly black students and their experiences. But Simien is quick to point out that Winchester is not Chapman. Instead, he says, Winchester is a microcosm of the larger society. Still, Simiens first few drafts were based on what he terms a thinly veiled Chapman the black experience when you are in a non-black world. He says its a subject rarely depicted in films. I just thought it was an interesting and nuanced experience, and I wanted to talk about...
  • Links to the Facebook pages of the alleged cop killer and the woman arrested with him

    10/25/2014 4:19:44 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 4 replies
    Facebook ^ | October 25, 2014
    The Facebook page of a cop killer, Marcello Marquez: https://www.facebook.com/marcelo.marquez.3910 And the woman arrested with him, Janelle Monroy, age 38: https://www.facebook.com/janelle.monroy.3 Please do not repost her photo because she has a minor child in the photo with her. He doesnt deserve that.
  • Ex-US President Bush meets N. Korean defectors

    10/25/2014 4:18:32 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/10/24
    Ex-US President Bush meets N. Korean defectors 2014/10/24 11:27 SEOUL, Oct. 24 (Yonhap) -- Former U.S. President George W. Bush hosted a forum on North Korean human rights in Texas on Thursday (local time), his institute said. The George W. Bush Presidential Center said he met with leaders from the public and private sectors to discuss ways to address the North Korean human rights problem. "Five North Korean refugees also shared their stories of escape and their experiences building new lives in the United States as a result of the 2004 North Korean Human Rights Act, which President Bush signed...
  • Errol Lewis Warns New Yorkers to Not Eat Ebola-Infected Feces or Mucus [Literal Alert]

    10/25/2014 4:16:27 AM PDT · by fwdude · 26 replies
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  • MSF Protocols for Staff Returning from Ebola-Affected Countries

    10/25/2014 3:51:12 AM PDT · by EBH · 13 replies
    Since the beginning of its operations in West Africa in March to combat the Ebola outbreak, Doctors Without Borders/Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF) has put in place stringent protocols to protect its staff from exposure to the Ebola virus and to monitor the health of its returning staff. MSF has specific guidelines and protocols for staff members returning from Ebola assignments. These guidelines govern the 21-day incubation period of the virus (it can take up to 21 days to display symptoms of possible Ebola infection). A fever that develops during the 21-day period may also be due to something other than...
  • Newington parents upset schools cancel Halloween

    10/25/2014 3:43:14 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 16 replies
    News 8 ^ | October 23, 2014 | News 8
    Newington, Conn. (WTNH) Bah Humbug! Its the wrong holiday, but some say the grinch came early and took Halloween from the kids at two Newington Elementary Schools. The principals at Ruth Chaffee Elementary and Anna Reynolds Elementary say leave the costumes at home. That means 8-year-old Alyssa Montano cant bring her pointed hat and broom to the classroom. What did you think when you found out you cant celebrate Halloween at school? we asked. It was stupid and weird because they shouldnt take it away from other people, said Alyssa. Her mom, Lori, says she was the one to...
  • Ebola-stricken doc described as driven do-gooder (BARF ALERT!)

    10/25/2014 3:03:48 AM PDT · by Synthesist · 36 replies
    MyWayNews (AP) ^ | 25OCT2014 | By JAKE PEARSON, DAVID B. CARUSO and COLLEEN LONG
    NEW YORK (AP) Dr. Craig Spencer, the physician now being treated for Ebola in New York City, is the kind of globe-trotting do-gooder who could walk into a small village in Africa and, even though he didn't know the language, win people over through hugs alone, according to people who worked with him.
  • Grateful for US strikes, Syrian Kurds Name Baby 'Obama'

    10/25/2014 2:47:14 AM PDT · by lbryce · 16 replies
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | October 25, 2014 | Fulya Ozerka
    Sultan Muslim, a Syrian Kurd, had no doubt what to name her seventh child when he was born, safely in Turkey, after a harrowing month-long flight from her home in Kobane: Obama. Desperate to flee the flashpoint Syrian border town, the heavily pregnant mother, her husband and six other children made it across the frontier just in time for the boy's arrival.