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  • Single-party rule at state level is dividing the country

    05/28/2013 6:37:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 60 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | 5/27/13 | DAVE HELLING
    The Kansas Legislature continues to grind toward a tax agreement today. It’s tempting to snicker at the chambers’ inability to actually pass a budget after working at it for three months, but we should cut lawmakers some slack. Remaking an entire state takes time. Much has been made of the continuing gridlock in our national government, brought on largely by the polarized nature of our two major political parties. Divided national government, in our time, is a recipe for dysfunction. But a much different dynamic is playing out in state governments. There, one-party control is becoming the norm. According to...
  • Heartwrenching 911 Call to Underfunded Sheriff: (AUDIO & VIDEO)

    05/28/2013 6:33:21 PM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 52 replies
    Guns.Com ^ | May 28, 2013 | Daniel Terrill
    Earlier this month, an audio recording surfaced of a 911 call coming from Josephine County, Oregon, that illustrates just how bad a situation can get when an area doesn’t have an adequate law enforcement agency or its citizens are ill equipped to protect themselves. In the recording that was published by Oregon Public Broadcasting and occurred in August 2012, a woman asks an emergency services dispatcher for help, explaining that her ex-boyfriend — one who just weeks before beat her so badly that she needed medical attention — was trying to break into her house. The dispatcher told the desperate...
  • Catholic Church's Top Exorcist Claims He Rid World of 160,000 Demons

    05/28/2013 6:31:16 PM PDT · by haffast · 60 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | May 28, 2013|4:19 pm | Leonardo Blair
    The Catholic Church's top exorcist, who claims to have sent 160,000 demons back to hell, says he wants Pope Francis to allow all priests to start performing the ritual to deal with a rising demand for exorcisms from the faithful. Father Gabriele Amorth, 88, who also heads the International Association of Exorcists, told The Sunday Times that he will ask Pope Francis to allow all priests the right to do exorcisms without the church's approval. According to the report, priests currently need special approval from their bishop to perform the rite and it is rarely granted. "I will ask the...
  • Producing ‘Scandal Exhaustion’- That's the Obama administration's apparent strategy.

    05/28/2013 6:20:39 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 36 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 5-28-2013 | Tom Blumer
    May 28, 2013 Producing ‘Scandal Exhaustion’ That's the Obama administration's apparent strategy. Tom Blumer In discussing the Obama administration’s most recent entries to its already exhaustive roster of scandals, we could start by trying to figure out which one is the most important.The answer, unfortunately, is that each of the three most recent scandals Team Obama has inflicted on the nation is the most important in its own way. There’s Benghazi, where an American ambassador and three other brave Americans were attacked by and died at the hands of al-Qaeda and AQ-inspired terrorists. During the attack, they were denied the...
  • New Jersey: Court Upholds Man Arrested For Visible Gun Case In Car

    05/28/2013 6:19:11 PM PDT · by KOZ. · 125 replies
    www.thenewspaper.com ^ | 5/27/2013 | http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/41/4110.asp
    New Jersey: Court Upholds Man Arrested For Visible Gun Case In Car New Jersey appellate court upholds five-year sentence for ex-cop who was driving with his legally owned guns. Readington TownshipMotorists driving through New Jersey can be subjected to a warrantless search if their luggage is similar in appearance to a gun case, an appellate court ruled last week. The Superior Court's Appellate Division upheld a five year prison sentence against Dustin S. Reininger, a former police officer who was in the process of moving from Maine to Texas when a Readington Township police officer recognized the cases in the...
  • BBC bias towards pro-immigration: 'left-wing Corporation downplaying violence by Islamists'

    05/28/2013 6:19:05 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 41 replies
    DailyMail online (UK homepage) ^ | May 28, 2013 | ALASDAIR GLENNIE
    The BBC gives too much weight to pro-immigration voices and ‘almost totally ignores’ the negative social impact of multiculturalism, a new study has claimed. The corporation suffers from left wing ‘groupthink’ that prevents its journalists from challenging institutional bias and results in pro-immigration ‘propaganda’, according to the research published yesterday. It was also accused of ‘downplaying’ violence by Islamists while being happy to criticise Christianity and report on the activities of other violent extremists. The report, by independent think-tank The New Culture Forum, looked at coverage by BBC news and current affairs programmes since 1997.
  • Lois Lerner personally signed IRS letters seeking info on conservative groups

    05/28/2013 6:16:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    NBC ^ | May 28, 2013 | By Lisa Myers, Rich Gardella and Talesha Reynolds
    Additional scrutiny of conservative organizations’ activities by the IRS did not solely originate in the agency’s Cincinnati office, with requests for information coming from other offices and often bearing the signatures of higher-ups at the agency, according to attorneys representing some of the targeted groups. At least one letter requesting information about one of the groups bears the signature of Lois Lerner, the suspended director of the IRS Exempt Organizations department in Washington. Jay Sekulow, an attorney representing 27 conservative political advocacy organizations that applied to the Internal Revenue Service for tax-exempt status, provided some of the letters to NBC...
  • Obama and the 1917 Espionage Act (Michael Barone)

    05/28/2013 6:13:35 PM PDT · by neverdem · 35 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 27, 2013 | Michael Barone
    The president uses the overly broad and little-used WWI-era law to go after reporters.There is one problem with the entirely justified if self-interested media squawking about the Justice DepartmentÂ’s snooping into the phone records of multiple Associated Press reporters and Fox NewsÂ’s James Rosen. The problem is that what the AP reporters and Rosen did arguably violates the letter of the law. The search warrant in the Rosen case cites Section 793(d) of Title 18 of the U.S. Code. Section 793(d) says that a person lawfully in possession of information that the government has classified as secret who turns it...
  • TX:mployee's husband shoots man who allegedly held up check-cashing store

    05/28/2013 6:10:08 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    click2houston.com ^ | 27 May, 2013 | NA
    HOUSTON - A suspected robber who tried to hold up an ACE Cash Express in north Houston is in the hospital after he was shot by the husband of one of the store’s employees. Houston police said the attempted robbery was reported around 8:30 a.m. Monday at the store on East Tidwell Road and Airline Drive. "An employee was ambushed at this store,” said Sgt. Francisco Fernandez with the Houston Police Department. “Two males apparently broke in through the roof." Officials said two suspects entered the business through a hole in the roof and waited for employees to show up...
  • WA:In brief: Shop owner fires gun at fleeing armed robber

    05/28/2013 6:06:35 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    spokesman.com ^ | 28 May, 2013 | Nina Culver
    The owner of a medical marijuana shop in the 600 block of West Garland Avenue fired a shot at an armed robber fleeing the store Monday evening. “We can’t find any indication that anyone was hit,” Spokane police Lt. Bill Drollinger said. Herbal Connections is just two doors down from Garland Tattoo and Piercing, where D.J. Nill works. “I heard something that sounded like a gunshot,” he said. But the robber ran off in the other direction, and employees didn’t see anything, he said. “We didn’t realize what was going on until the cops came up,” fellow employee Larry Shepar...
  • Michigan Democrat Mark Schauer on running for governor: 'I'm ready to work, and I'm ready to win'

    05/28/2013 6:00:51 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 15 replies
    mlive ^ | 5-28-2013 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI -- It's official: Former Congressman Mark Schauer is running for Michigan governor. The Battle Creek Democrat announced his candidacy online Tuesday and filed paperwork with the Michigan Secretary of State establishing a candidate committee, Mark Schauer for Governor, which will allow him to begin raising funds as he seeks the party nomination in 2014. He's the first Democrat to declare for the race and is the clear party favorite to challenge first-term Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who has not yet confirmed his own re-election plans but is widely expected to run. "We need a governor who will protect...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ What Elementary School Subject Are You? ~ 29 May 2013

    05/28/2013 6:00:06 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 183 replies
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  • Obama’s “Fast and Furious” Gun-running Scandal Grows

    05/28/2013 5:59:29 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 21 replies
    New American ^ | 05-28-2013 | Alex Newman
    As if there were not already enough scandals plaguing the Obama administration, the federal “Fast and Furious” operation that armed Mexican drug cartels is back in the news after the Justice Department Inspector General released a report blasting a government leak intended to smear a key ATF whistleblower.
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 5-28-13

    05/28/2013 5:56:26 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 15 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 5-28-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Immigration Bill Swells to Over One Thousand Pages

    05/28/2013 5:53:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 52 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 28 May 2013 | Matthew Boyle
    The Senate Judiciary Committee has increased the already-sizable length of the “Gang of Eight” immigration reform bill to more than a thousand pages during the markup process ... The first version of the bill that was filed by the eight senators--Marco Rubio (R-FL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), John McCain (R-AZ), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ)--totaled 844 pages. An updated version, filed just before the bill went to the committee markup, stretched 867 pages in length. The new bill towers over previous versions in length, clocking in at 1,076 pages. It...
  • Wal-Mart pleads guilty to charges of dumping hazardous waste in California

    SAN FRANCISCO — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay $81.6 million after pleading guilty on Tuesday to criminal charges of improperly disposing of fertilizer, pesticides and other hazardous products that were pulled from stores in California and Missouri because of damaged packaging and other problems. The retail giant entered the plea in federal court in San Francisco to misdemeanor counts of violating the Clean Water Act and another environmental law regulating pesticides. The fine also settled Environmental Protection Agency allegations. In Kansas City, Mo., the company pleaded guilty to improperly handling pesticides. The plea agreements ended a nearly decade-old investigation involving...
  • IRS Chief's 118 White House Visits Must Be Explained

    05/28/2013 5:46:40 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 59 replies
    Investors.com ^ | May 28, 2013 | Editorial
    Scandal: One IRS commissioner visited Obama's White House 118 times in 2010 and 2011. His successor also dropped in often. But under George W. Bush, the tax chief visited once in four years. Time for an audit. IRS Schedule O As the Washington Examiner noted last weekend, ex-commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service Douglas Shulman went to the White House some 118 times in 2010 and 2011, while Steven Miller, the acting director who took over from Shulman last November, himself made numerous trips there, White House visitor logs show. Business as usual for one of the most powerful arms...
  • SC homeowner shoots, kills intruder who broke in with shovel, police say

    05/28/2013 5:44:56 PM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    wbtw.com ^ | 28 May, 2013 | Staff
    ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - Orangeburg County sheriff's deputies say a homeowner shot and killed a man who broke into a home. Sheriff Leroy Ravenell says 21-year-old DeShawn Randolph used a shovel to break a back window of a home near Orangeburg around 11 p.m. Sunday. Deputies say the homeowner grabbed a gun and shot down the hallway. Randolph was struck and died from his wounds. An autopsy was planned Tuesday. No charges have been filed against the homeowner.
  • FL:Would-be robber shot at West Palm Beach gas station

    05/28/2013 5:42:01 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    wptv.com ^ | 27 May, 2013 | Laura Santos
    A would-be armed robber was shot by his intended victim Monday afternoon by a West Palm Beach gas station, said Capt. David Bernhardt, spokesman for city police. The man sustained non-life-threatening injuries and is being taken to a local hospital, Bernhardt said. No one else was injured in the 1 p.m. incident at 1229 North Dixie Highway, he said. There is no other information available at this time.
  • Boston bombing suspects' sister faces drug charge

    05/28/2013 5:29:59 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    AP ^ | May 28, 2013
    HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A sister of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects is facing a drug charge in New Jersey. Bella Tsarnaeva pleaded not guilty Tuesday to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Attorney Mario Blanch says Tsarnaeva was arrested in December when police responded to a domestic violence report at her Fairview, N.J., apartment. Her boyfriend, Ahmad Khalil, faces the same charge and also pleaded not guilty.
  • Reid says he’s ‘sorry’ Whittemore is facing trial on campaign finance violations

    05/28/2013 5:25:55 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 14 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | May 28, 2013 | Anjeanette Damon
    CARSON CITY —  U.S. Sen. Harry Reid said Tuesday he was surprised he wasn’t called to testify in the trial of former lobbyist and real estate mogul Harvey Whittemore, who is accused of illegally funneling $133,000 in contributions to Reid’s 2010 campaign. “If I’d been asked I would’ve been happy to come,” Reid said in an interview taped for the television program, "To the Point." “Do you think I should’ve volunteered?” Whittemore is accused of reimbursing his employees for campaign contributions they made to Reid’s campaign in 2007, a violation of federal campaign finance law. The jury began deliberating a...
  • Germany fears revolution if Europe scraps welfare model

    05/28/2013 5:20:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 28, 2013 | by Ingrid Melander
    German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble warned on Tuesday that failure to win the battle against youth unemployment could tear Europe apart, and dropping the continent's welfare model in favor of tougher U.S. standards would spark a revolution. If U.S. welfare standards were introduced in Europe, "we would have revolution, not tomorrow, but on the very same day," Schaeuble told a conference in Paris. In recent weeks Germany, wary of a backlash as many in crisis-hit European countries blame it for austerity, has taken steps to tackle unemployment in the bloc, striking bilateral deals with Spain and Portugal. "We have to...
  • Afghan Benghazi: Extortion 17, Betraying Seal Team 6

    05/28/2013 5:17:23 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 43 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 28, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    War On Terror: As in Benghazi, we still don't know the full story of the greatest single loss in Afghanistan and the largest SEAL loss ever — members of a renowned group outed by a loose-lipped vice president. It's not officially on the growing list of Obama administration scandals, but earlier this month families of Navy SEAL Team 6 members killed in a disastrous August 2011 shoot-down of a Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan gathered at the National Press Club asking for answers, calling for a congressional investigation and blaming their government for the tragedy, the indifference and the secrecy that...
  • Treasury Announces New Sanctions Against Iran

    05/28/2013 5:16:02 PM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies
    SNIPPET - quote: www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl1955.aspx Treasury Announces New Sanctions Against Iran Actions Target Iran’s Nuclear and Missile Proliferation Activities 5/23/2013     WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury is taking action today against 20 individuals and entities for their involvement in Iran’s nuclear and missile proliferation networks and Iran’s continued attempts to circumvent sanctions. These networks are responsible for moving supplies and providing essential services to Iran’s clandestine nuclear and weapons programs. These actions are designed to increase pressure on the Iranian regime by tightening sanctions against Iran’s energy sector and exposing key proliferation related networks that span the...
  • Chicago gang member charged with murder,shot 6 month old girl because her dad stole his vid game

    05/28/2013 4:57:54 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 54 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | May 28 2013 | dailymail.co.uk
    A 33-year-old documented gang member with 38 prior arrests has been charged in the devastating March shooting of a six-month-old Chicago girl - and police claim the alleged murder was in retaliation for a stolen video game system. Koman Willis is facing first degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm charges after he allegedly shot dead baby Jonylah Watkins while aiming for her father, Jonathan Watkins. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said at a Monday press conference that Mr Watkins had earlier robbed Willis, prompting the spray of bullets.
  • Number of homeless youths on the rise, suggests shelter, hotline data [ Chicago ]

    05/28/2013 4:51:42 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 8 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | May 28 2013 | By Ellen Jean Hirst, Chicago
    Sara Stokes remembers well the night she became homeless. It was the end of January, but warm like spring. She and her boyfriend at the time, the father of her toddler, were fighting at their apartment. He swung her around, choked her and busted her lip, she recalled. "And I'm like, this dude is really going to kill me if I don't leave," Stokes, 19, said. She had been living with her ex-boyfriend after her grandmother, who raised her, kicked her out, she said. When he fell asleep that night, she packed a bag of clothes and, certain he wouldn't...
  • Scientists struggling to explain slowdown in climate change

    05/28/2013 4:50:46 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 55 replies
    Ewurwea ^ | 16 April 2013 | Alister Doyle
    Scientists are struggling to explain a slowdown in climate change that has exposed gaps in their understanding and defies a rise in global greenhouse gas emissions. Often focused on century-long trends, most climate models failed to predict that the temperature rise would slow, starting around 2000. Scientists are now intent on figuring out the causes and determining whether the respite will be brief or a more lasting phenomenon. "The climate system is not quite so simple as people thought," said Bjorn Lomborg, a Danish statistician and author of "The Skeptical Environmentalist" who estimates that moderate warming will be beneficial for...
  • Why Calif. Doesn't Want Smokers To Pay More For Health Insurance

    05/28/2013 4:43:09 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 32 replies
    NPR ^ | 30 April 2013 | Stephanie O'Neill
    Smoking has its risks, but in California higher prices for health insurance probably won't be among them. The federal health law allows states to charge smokers up to 50 percent more for a health plan, but a bill moving forward in the California Legislature would prevent that from happening. The Affordable Care Act is supposed to remove discrimination in the pricing of health insurance for things like gender and medical condition. Critics say a tobacco surcharge creates a new category of discrimination against smokers. Furthermore, a surcharge for smokers would mean they wouldn't get the benefit of the subsidy that's...
  • Former Guatemala Prez used US banks to launder millions; stole $1.5M from library book program

    05/28/2013 4:36:16 PM PDT · by Liz · 10 replies
    NY POST ^ | 5/28/13 | BRUCE GOLDING
    An ex-president of Guatemala faced charges in NY that he used US banks to launder millions looted from his impoverished nation. Alfonso Portillo took office in 2000 pledging to redistribute Guatemala’s wealth. Portillo, 61, allegedly ran scams to drain the impoverished country's coffers. The feds say Portillo embezzled about $2.5M provided by the Taiwanese embassy....$1.5 million was earmarked for “Libraries for Peace”....books for school kids. Portillo personally endorsed three, $500,000 checks issued against an account at the Intl Bank of China in Manhattan, then deposited the cash in the Miami bank account of a Guatemalan bank controlled by “a close...
  • Washington Redskins name change urged by members of Congress

    05/28/2013 4:35:23 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 75 replies
    Washington Redskins name change urged by members of Congress By: Associated Press May 28, 2013 03:19 PM EDT Ten members of Congress are urging the Washington Redskins to change their name because it is offensive to many Native Americans. The representatives said Tuesday they've sent letters to Redskins owner Dan Snyder, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Redskins sponsor FedEx and the other 31 NFL franchises. The letter to Snyder says that "Native Americans throughout the country consider the 'R-word' a racial, derogatory slur akin to the 'N-word' among African Americans or the 'W-word' among Latinos." Among the group sending the letters...
  • Join the 300! And now less than $6k to go!! We can do this!! [2nd Quarter FReepathon]

    05/28/2013 4:34:27 PM PDT · by RedMDer · 77 replies
    May 28, 2013 | Self
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  • Story Ideas for a Press Turning Against Obama - Diced eagle, diversion of crops to ethanol…

    05/28/2013 4:27:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 5.28.13 | William Tucker
    Diced eagle, diversion of crops to ethanol production, slow-walking of nuclear projects… Last week the Associated Press ran an astonishing story about how America’s windmills have been killing thousands of rare birds, including golden eagles, while getting a free pass from the Obama administration. Here’s the way it appeared in the Washington Post: The Obama administration has never fined or prosecuted a wind farm for killing eagles and other protected bird species, shielding the industry from liability and helping keep the scope of the deaths secret, an Associated Press investigation has found. More than 573,000 birds are killed by the...
  • Venezuela: US Embassy Staff Shot At Strip Club

    05/28/2013 4:26:59 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 20 replies
    Venezuela: US Embassy Staff Shot At Strip Club Two US military attaches are wounded after gunshots are fired during a brawl at a club in Caracas, police say. Two US embassy employees have been shot at a strip club in Venezuela's capital, police and US State Department officials said. "Medical staff inform us that their injuries are not life-threatening," US State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell told reporters in Washington. Mr Ventrell was not specific about where in Caracas the two men were when they were injured, but noted that they were at "some sort of social spot or somewhere outside...
  • Time to re think Islamic terrorism - It’s a war stupid

    05/28/2013 4:26:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Irish Central ^ | , April 24, 2013 | Ed Farnan
    The Boston terror bombing brings home the fact we are in a state of war, even though our government leaders don’t want to acknowledge it. The attitude by the present administration is eerily similar to what the Clinton administration had, that lead up to the 9/11/2001 terror attacks. Criminalizing terror is in fact ignoring the active war being waged against our country and western society. As if we don’t name it, then it doesn’t really exist. During the Clinton administration, our world trade center was attacked with a truck bomb and our embassies in Africa were bombed killing hundreds. ......
  • Nevada jury deliberating in case of developer

    05/28/2013 4:26:28 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 5 replies
    Times-Standard ^ | 5/28/2013 | SCOTT SONNER Associated Press
    RENO, Nev.—A jury began deliberations on Tuesday in the case of a former Nevada developer and political powerbroker who was called a greedy "ultimate insider" by prosecutors accusing him of illegally funneling nearly $150,000 in campaign money to U.S. Sen. Harry Reid Harvey Whittemore, 59, a former lobbyist and head of a billion-dollar real estate company, faces four felony counts tied to claims that he gave money to family members and employees to make contributions he had promised to Reid without revealing himself as the source. "He kept his promise and he broke the law to do it," Assistant U.S....
  • State Department Served With Subpoenas Over Benghazi

    05/28/2013 4:24:15 PM PDT · by real_patriotic_american · 21 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 28, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    For months the State Department and the White House have refused to issue requested information about the 9/11 terrorist attack in Benghazi to Congressional investigators. More specifically, the administration has refused to release documentation and communications surrounding the talking points used to explain Benghazi to the American people. As a result, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry Tuesday informing him about subpoenas being issued to State Department employees.
  • Illinois Posts Nation’s Largest Percentage Increase in Food Stamp Rolls

    05/28/2013 4:21:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 28, 2013 5:06 PM | Joe Schoffstall
    According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), over two million Illinoisans—or 15.7 percent of the state’s population—are currently enrolled in food stamps. The USDA’s latest data shows 2,023,635 Illinoisans were enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in February 2013. In February of 2012, 1,831,898 people took part in the program. That’s an increase of 10.5 percent in just one year. Illinois was the only state to see a double-digit increase of the number of residents enrolled in the SNAP program from the same time period last year. …
  • Iran to Chair U.N. Agency’s Budget Committee

    05/28/2013 4:16:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 28, 2013 – 5:16 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    Six months after a U.S. foreign policy advocacy group urged a United Nations agency to stop cooperating with the Iranian regime, the agency’s members have appointed Tehran to head a body overseeing its budget and work program for the year ahead. Meeting in Vienna, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) last week named Iran to succeed Austria as chairman of its Program and Budget Committee. The step was taken “by acclamation,” meaning no member state objected or called for a vote. The post will be held by Ali-Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s representative to international organizations based in Vienna. Those organizations...
  • IRS higher-ups requested info on conservative groups, letters show (Hussein's revenge?)

    05/28/2013 4:14:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    NBC News ^ | Lisa Myers, Rich Gardella, Talesha Reynolds
    Additional scrutiny of conservative organizations’ activities by the IRS did not solely originate in the agency’s Cincinnati office, with requests for information coming from other offices and often bearing the signatures of higher-ups at the agency, according to attorneys representing some of the targeted groups. At least one letter requesting information about one of the groups bears the signature of Lois Lerner, the suspended director of the IRS Exempt Organizations department in Washington. Jay Sekulow, an attorney representing 27 conservative political advocacy organizations that applied to the Internal Revenue Service for tax-exempt status, provided some of the letters to NBC...
  • East Troy special ed director to do job remotely

    05/28/2013 4:13:14 PM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 6 replies
    MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL ^ | 05/26/13 | Gitte Laatsby
    The School Board was open to some "outside the box" thinking, so Hibner and Peerenboom spent the following weeks evaluating what activities and duties could and couldn't be done from afar. They determined that with the help of videoconferencing and Skyping, the majority of Peerenboom's duties could be performed remotely. They presented a plan to the board that they say benefits the district as well as Peerenboom. The board unanimously approved a one-year change in Peerenboom's contract April 8.
  • NYC Launches Sex App for Teens on Website; Includes Directions to Birth Control, Abortion Clinics

    05/28/2013 4:01:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 28, 2013 5:26 PM | Penny Starr
    The New York City Health Department’s NYC teen website now includes an app that teens can download to their smart phones to get information on “sexual health,” including where they can get birth control and abortions. The app, under the heading “Important Links and Info,” has three main links—Where to Go; sexual health services, What to Get; condoms and birth control; and What to Expect; at the clinic. … The app also provides a link to the NYC Teen website, which reminds teens about the lack of parental consent law in various formats, including a video called “Samantha’s Story,” found...
  • IRS to Tea Party: ‘State the Reasons You Did Not Have Candidate Rally for Lone Democratic Candidate’

    05/28/2013 3:55:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 28, 2013 10:23 AM | Curtis Houck
    The Internal Revenue Service, in a letter dated November 16, 2011, asked the Albuquerque Tea Party why it didn’t host a “candidate rally” in 2010 for the lone Democratic gubernatorial candidate in New Mexico after it had hosted a “question and answer forum” for the Republican candidates. On the Democrat side, then-Lt. Gov. Diane Denish was running for New Mexico governor unopposed, but five Republicans were running in the primary for the opportunity to face Denish in November. On page four of the IRS letter, question 8 asked the Albuquerque Tea Party: “In describing your Event Rallies you stated that...
  • Prioritizing Tech Literacy Makes Sweden an Ideal State

    05/28/2013 3:39:36 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 05-22-2013 | Ben Rooney
    "For a country of 9.5 million people, Sweden attracts more than its fair share of venture money. According to data from the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, Swedish hi-tech firms attracted €108 million ($139 million) in venture investment in 2012, behind France (€140 million), Germany (€176 million)(..). What is the secret behind Sweden's entrepreneurial success? (..) Isn't Sweden also the great liberal heartland of Europe: a high-tax nation with a smothering welfare state, the antithesis of entrepreneurialism?
  • Arizona mom's Mexico drug arrest is 'about money,' husband says

    05/28/2013 3:38:52 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | May 28, 2013 | Lateef Mungin and Rafael Romo
    An Arizona mother of seven will be back in court on Wednesday as a judge weighs whether she will go free or remain behind bars in Mexico, her family said. It's a situation Yanira Maldonado's family said she never imagined when she boarded a bus to head back to the United States last week after attending a family funeral in Mexico. Now she's facing drug-smuggling charges after authorities said they found 12 pounds of marijuana under her bus seat. Her family vehemently denies the charges and accuses Mexican authorities of arresting her to get bribe money. A Mexican state official...
  • Fact Check: Did Obama selectively quote Usama bin Laden in counterterror speech?

    05/28/2013 3:32:02 PM PDT · by don-o · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 28, 2013
    President Obama is being accused of selectively quoting Usama bin Laden, by using a snippet of an anti-America screed to make it sound like Al Qaeda was breaking under the weight of the U.S. drone program. snip Thomas Joscelyn, a senior fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, argued that bin Laden's full quote has a far different meaning than that conveyed by the excerpt Obama cited last week. "When you look at the context of the whole statement, it doesn't support their story," he told FoxNews.com.
  • R.I.P. Boy Scouts of America

    05/28/2013 3:24:06 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 32 replies
    http://www.conservativeactionalerts.com ^ | May 28, 2013 | Matt Barber
    “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” (Mark 8:36) It’s a sad day for both Scouting and for freedom. Indeed, it’s a sad day for America. The century-old Boy Scouts of America (BSA) – created in 1910 to “prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes” – has betrayed its own constituency, mission, oath and law. Last Thursday, approximately 1,400 adult BSA delegates from around the country gathered in Texas and decided, in a disgracefully lopsided vote, to welcome into its ranks, “open and avowed” homosexuality (boy-on-boy sexual...
  • Two US embassy personnel shot in Venezuela

    05/28/2013 3:18:36 PM PDT · by knak · 45 replies
    AFP ^ | May 28, 2013 | AFP
    CARACAS — Two employees of the US embassy in Venezuela were shot and wounded early Tuesday in the capital Caracas, in a murky incident that local media and a police source said took place at a strip club. "We can confirm that two members of the US embassy in Caracas were injured during an incident early this morning," State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell told reporters in Washington. "Medical staff inform us that their injuries are not life-threatening," he added, noting that they were hurt at "some sort of a social spot" but without specifying the venue or nature of their...
  • Train derails in Maryland, explosion reported

    05/28/2013 3:15:04 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 15 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 28 May 2013 | AP
    <p>WHITE MARSH, Md. (AP) -- A cargo train derailed Tuesday in a Baltimore suburb and an explosion could be heard for miles, collapsing nearby buildings and setting them on fire, officials and witnesses said.</p>
  • Tide of Iraq’s Sunni-Shia violence

    05/28/2013 3:12:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    euronews ^ | 28/ 05 / 2013
    The Sunni minority in Iraq as a whole held power under Saddam – had done since Ottoman rule. That’s over. Their geographic distribution does little to guarantee their place in Iraqi society today. They are more divided than ever from the country’s Shiites. They feel they are second-class citizens, stigmatised and repressed. This has added fuel to the Sunni insurgence, invoking the spectre of al Qaeda extremism. ... The tensions are sustained by violence committed on both sides. The Shiite militias have not been disarmed; attacks against towns or Sunni mosques are frequent. Twenty-nine mosques were targeted in April and...
  • The unwelcome role of the IRS in Obamacare [Obama illegally gives IRS extra power]

    05/28/2013 2:56:37 PM PDT · by grundle · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 23, 2017 | Michael Gerson
    The law allows the Department of Health and Human Services to set up federal health exchanges in the holdout states. But the statute makes no mention of the IRS providing credits and subsidies through federal exchanges. The IRS resolved this conundrum by denying its existence. In a May 2012 regulatory ruling, it asserted its own right to provide credits outside the state exchanges as the reasonable interpretation of an ambiguous law. But the language of the law is not ambiguous. And health scholars Jonathan Adler and Michael Cannon, in an exhaustive recent analysis, find no justification for the IRS’s ruling...