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  • ‘Degrading’ virginity tests on women must stop, Quebec doctors’ group urges

    10/13/2013 5:22:15 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 40 replies
    National Post ^ | October 12, 2013 | Postmedia News
    Montreal — The Quebec college of physicians has issued a warning to doctors to stop performing virginity tests, a practice linked to bridal purity and family honour. Gynecological exams for virginity certificates contravene the profession’s code of ethics on several grounds, including breaching patient confidentiality, said Charles Bernard, president of the Collčge des médecins, in an interview. The practise is outrageous, repugnant, irrelevant and unacceptable, he said. “Imagine a doctor who does a gynecological examination with the sole purpose of … it goes beyond the imagination. And it’s degrading to women,” Dr. Bernard said. The College was responding to a...
  • Zombie Liberals Strike Back! (Very Long Article)

    10/13/2013 5:14:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | October 13, 2013 | John Ransom
    TeaPartysucks wrote: First, referring to anything associate with President Obama as "Barry" exposes the writer's racism and prejudice. Secondly, blame the Republicans for the shutdown! THEY are the ones who are blocking access to monuments and memorials! They're such liars! They have no shame! They're like children throwing rocks, breaking a window and then pointing at the innocent kid standing nearby and saying, "He did it!"Civil Disobedience Starts as Citizens Storm Barrycades Dear Comrade Sucks, Why would my using the name that Obama used himself for years expose anything other than the fact that for whatever reason Barry changed his...
  • In 1st 11 days, 1,698 Rhode Islanders completed Obamacare health insurance applications

    10/13/2013 5:12:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    The Providence Journal ^ | October 12, 2013 | By Felice Freyer
    In its first 11 days of operation, Oct. 1 through Friday, HealthSource RI fielded 62,000 unique website visits. Of these visitors, about 5,500 started accounts (created a username and password) and 1,698 completed their applications and selected a health insurance plan. These numbers were released Saturday by Christine C. Ferguson, director of the agency. HealthSource RI is not saying how many of the 1,698 who completed applications are small businesses (a key focus of the exchange) nor how many qualified for Medicaid.
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 13 October 2013

    10/13/2013 5:09:41 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 116 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 13 October 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows October 13th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; and John McCain, R-Ariz.; Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan. THIS WEEK (ABC): Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Reps. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, and Keith Ellison, D-Minn.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Susan Collins,...
  • New device harnesses sun and sewage to produce hydrogen fuel

    10/13/2013 4:49:24 AM PDT · by Wonder Warthog · 32 replies
    R&D Magazine ^ | 10/11/2013 | none listed
    A novel device that uses only sunlight and wastewater to produce hydrogen gas could provide a sustainable energy source while improving the efficiency of wastewater treatment. A research team led by Yat Li, assoc. prof. of chemistry at the Univ. of California, Santa Cruz, developed the solar-microbial device and reported their results in ACS Nano. The hybrid device combines a microbial fuel cell (MFC) and a type of solar cell called a photoelectrochemical cell (PEC). In the MFC component, bacteria degrade organic matter in the wastewater, generating electricity in the process. The biologically generated electricity is delivered to the PEC...
  • Police Video Captures Thug Assaulting Blind Man

    10/13/2013 4:33:09 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 14 replies ^ | 10/12/2013 | Taleeb Starkes
    As reported by "The 33-year-old victim was walking east on Seymour towards Wayne, and the suspect on the corner store appears to look down the street as the complainant approaches, police said. When the blind victim gets to the suspect, the unidentified man strikes him and knocks him to the ground, then proceeds to kick and stomp on him, causing injuries to his face and head as he lay helpless on the ground, police said. After the assault, the suspect picked up a dark-colored backpack and walked away south on Wayne. The surveillance video shows one person standing on...
  • Pentagon admits airport arrival ceremonies of remains of our soldiers are fake

    10/13/2013 4:32:42 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 52 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 10/12/2013 | Dr. Eowyn
    My heart is just sick over this. The Pentagon just admitted that those heart-rending “arrival ceremonies” at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, wherein an honor guard carries off a cargo plane the flag-draped coffins supposedly containing the remains of soldiers killed in battle ARE ALL STAGED. The coffins are empty. Even the cargo planes are fake — they don’t fly. ~Eowyn (Just phony theater: An honor detail comprised of joint military members prepares to escort the remains of fallen servicemembers who died during World War II and the Vietnam War during an arrival ceremony April 26, 2013, hosted by...
  • (Exempt) Pelosi mum on if she ever read it to find out what’s in it

    10/13/2013 4:31:38 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | 10/12/13 | Michael Dorstewitz
    ...she was asked by a reporter whether, now that three years had passed, she herself had read the bill, together with the 10,535 pages of regulations associated with it. The question was posed to the California Democrat by a CNS reporter at the Capitol Visitors Center at the close of her weekly press conference. She didn’t answer.
  • Why is the U.S. National Park Service extolling Islam in a video?

    10/13/2013 4:23:14 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 28 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 10/12/2013 | Staff
    We are constantly told that the Constitution’s First Amendment mandates “a separation of church and state,” on the basis of which prayers are forbidden in public schools, and the Ten Commandments removed from court houses across America. So why is it that an agency of the United States federal government — the Department of the Interior’s National Park Service — has produced a series of videos defending and extolling the Islamic religion? ______________________ Note: The words “separation of church and state” are not in the First Amendment, but are words from the phrase, “wall of separation between church and state,”...
  • Here's How We're Going to BEAT LAMAR!

    10/13/2013 4:21:10 AM PDT · by don-o · 13 replies | Michael Patrick Leahy
    BEAT LAMAR is announcing our 10-10-10 plan that will result in Joe Carr's victory over Lamar Alexander in the August 2014 Republican Senate primary. Herman Cain had his 9-9-9 plan. BEAT LAMAR has our 10-10-10 plan. 750,000 votes will be cast in the primary. That means we need 375,001 votes cast for Joe Carr to beat Lamar. Here's how we get those votes: 10 BEAT LAMAR Regional Coordinators on our paid staff will each bring at least 37,500 voters to the polls for Joe Carr. Each Regional Coordinator will work with-- 10 BEAT LAMAR Volunteer Leaders in their region, each...
  • Sheila Jackson Lee Suggests Martial Law to End Government Shutdown

    10/13/2013 3:48:38 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 72 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 10/13/2013 | Tim Brown
    Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), who has been rumored as being considered to replace Janet Napolitano to head the Department of Homeland Security, used some very strange language earlier this week to characterize a sentiment for a clean resolution to end the government shutdown. She labeled it a form of “martial law.” Yes, we have heard Ms. Lee say some whimsical and ridiculous things in her time in office, which I’m sure embarrass her fellow Texans, but this has to be one of the most ridiculous ones to date. She pushed that the measure was bi-partisan, including Democrats and...
  • Beyond Dowd's Vision of Thunderdome

    10/13/2013 3:46:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 13, 2013 | William Sullivan
    .........If Dowd thinks Cruz a radical for taking to the Senate floor with his legitimate grievances about ObamaCare and the underhanded manner in which it was imposed upon the American people,I wonder what she might say about Virginian Patrick Henry's response to the Stamp Act of 1765,which whipped American colonists into an anti-British fervor? Britain,trying to raise tax revenue to pay for the French and Indian War,from which the American colonies benefited,issued an edict requiring a government stamp on newspapers,legal documents,and other items. According to historian H.W. Crocker III, Patrick Henry:... used the Stamp Act to declare that as Caesar...
  • Obama’s Confession of Indifference: His strategy is to punish the innocent to score partisan points

    10/13/2013 3:40:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The National Review ^ | October 11, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    Last week I wrote a column accusing the president of having a vindictive streak — of deliberately trying to make the lives of average Americans worse just so he could score ideological and political points. We already knew from how he handled the budget sequester that Obama liked this approach. He ordered Cabinet secretaries not to do their jobs — i.e., to manage as best they could under spending restraints — but instead to find ways to make the cuts needlessly painful for innocents caught in the Beltway crossfire. They dusted off the same playbook for the shutdown. As one...
  • MD's Obamacare health exchange hit with problems-"Once you get beyond slick-looking front page.."

    10/13/2013 2:18:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | October 12, 2013 | Meredith Cohn
    .....The Maryland Health Connection enrolled just more than 1,120 people in the first 10 days — compared with more than 9,000 in Kentucky, which has fewer uninsured, and tens of thousands in California and New York. Other states have had similar problems, and the federal site, which serves 36 states, has been bogged down. But Maryland is now being targeted for criticism by conservatives on Capitol Hill and publications such as the Weekly Standard, which highlighted the fact that consumers could not search Maryland Health Connection to see if their doctors participate in the program. Some Obamacare supporters are also...
  • Media Pushing Bogus Polls To Force GOP Cave

    10/13/2013 1:50:53 AM PDT · by Viennacon · 16 replies
    10/13/2013 | Me
    Heads up, Freepers. Phony news organizations are pushing a brand new narrative, hot off the press from OFA no doubt. They are pushing bogus push polls conducted in Utah and Texas to give the impression that Cruz and Lee are losing support in their home states, and that Texans and Utahns want their senators to 'compromise more'. This is evidently BS, and is an attempt to give a leg up to Karl Rove and his lackeys who want Obamacare forever, and want to discourage Republicans from standing with Ted and Mike. I would encourage everyone, regardless of which state they...
  • Federal Health Exchange Sending Confusing Enrollment Information To Insurers

    10/13/2013 1:27:49 AM PDT · by Lmo56 · 5 replies
    Wa Po ^ | 10/11/13 | Amy Goldstein and Ariana Eunjung Cha
    The federal health-care exchange that opened a dozen days ago is marred by snags beyond the widely publicized computer gridlock that has thwarted Americans trying to buy a health plan. Even when consumers have been able to sign up, insurers sometimes can’t tell who their new customers are because of a separate set of computer defects. The problems stem from a feature of the online marketplace’s computer system that is designed to send each insurer a daily report listing people who have just enrolled. According to several insurance industry officials, the reports are sometimes confusing and duplicative. In some cases,...
  • Cabbies furious over ObamaCare tax

    10/13/2013 1:26:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The New York Post ^ | October 13, 2013 | Michael Gartland
    It’s highway robbery! City hacks now have to shell out 6 cents per fare so they can pay for tutorials on ObamaCare, The Post has learned. “Nobody’s happy about it,” said Charbel Sfeir, a yellow-cab driver since 1984. “It’s not fair. The money’s going to go to paperwork for ObamaCare. I don’t need to pay them do to paperwork.” The hack tax, mandated by the city Taxi and Limousine Commission, went into effect Oct. 1 and requires that drivers pay for “disability insurance and health-care navigation services.” The TLC has placed the Taxi Workers Alliance, a drivers union, in charge of...
  • Senate plots House GOP squeeze

    10/13/2013 1:24:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 12, 2013 | Alexander Bolton with Peter Schroeder and Erik Wasson
    The White House and the Senate are working to squeeze House Republicans into accepting a bipartisan compromise from the upper chamber to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. Any emerging deal, however, will leave ObamaCare largely intact, angering conservatives who have demanded defunding or delaying President Obama’s signature achievement. House Republicans are fuming over the prospect that Senate Democrats and Republicans are working on a plan to jam them with a last-minute deal they would have to accept or risk triggering a federal default. “They are trying to jam us with the Senate and we are not going...
  • 'De-Americanised' World Needed After US Shutdown: China Media

    10/13/2013 1:14:53 AM PDT · by edpc · 17 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 13 Oct 2013 | AFP
    Beijing (AFP) - While US politicians grapple with how to reopen their shuttered government and avoid a potentially disastrous default on their debt, the world should consider 'de-Americanising', a commentary on China's official news agency said Sunday. "As US politicians of both political parties (fail to find a) viable deal to bring normality to the body politic they brag about, it is perhaps a good time for the befuddled world to start considering building a de-Americanised world," the commentary on state news agency Xinhua said.
  • 'Navigator' flaws compound new health care law's glitchy start

    10/13/2013 1:12:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | October 12, 2013 | Luis Fábregas
    A program intended to help educate uninsured people in Western Pennsylvania about Obamacare started sluggishly because “navigators” are not trained, and several positions remain vacant nearly two weeks after online insurance marketplaces went live. “This is a new program, and there are going to be some glitches,” said Larry Klinger, who oversees a navigator program at Allegheny Intermediate Unit, where two such workers are in place. “You work through the glitches, and you make the best you can.” The intermediate unit is one of several organizations statewide hiring and training navigators, a category of workers established under the federal Patient...
  • Questionable Design Blamed For Health Website Woes

    10/13/2013 12:56:52 AM PDT · by Lmo56 · 13 replies ^ | 10/10/13 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON—A decision by the Obama administration to require that consumers create online accounts before they can browse health overhaul insurance plans appears to have led to many of the glitches that have frustrated customers, independent experts say. Most e-commerce websites—as well as—are not designed to require those merely browsing to set up accounts. But it’s one of the first steps on Consumers trying to create their accounts multiplied the volume of online transactions that overwhelmed the website last week, causing long waits and exasperation. Many people were stopped by a balky security questions page.
  • Anyone Else Can't Get Access to Their Retirement Accounts?

    10/13/2013 12:54:18 AM PDT · by dagogo redux · 48 replies
    10/13/13 | dagogo redux
    Just tried to go have a look at my retirements account at Fidelity. It's probably nothing, but their system is down. Not sure how long it has been, or why, or how long it might be, but with EBT cards going down, ObamaCare sites going down, talk of "grid down" drills, etc, I wonder if others are finding such things happening. Hopefully just an isolated glitch - not that my retirement accounts will be of any value to me in a little while anyway, but I think it best to know ASAP when the web or the power or such...
  • FIRST ON 3: Trayvon Martin’s father comes to the Scenic City

    10/13/2013 12:51:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    WRCB-TV ^ | October 12, 2013 | Megan Brantley
    CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - Trayvon Martin's father was in Chattanooga Saturday, speaking to young boys for the 4th Annual Boys Leadership Summit. It's to raise awareness on the importance of the future. Tracy Martin says after his son was killed last year, he wants to be an encouragement to young people to help make sure no other parents have to go through what he went through. "It always takes a tragic event to awaken the communities around the country, it just so happened the tragic event happened in my life," said Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin's Father. That tragic event was...
  • Truth Revolt leafs boycott of Ritz crackers for sponsoring Al Sharpton

    10/13/2013 12:43:49 AM PDT · by County Agent Hank Kimball · 25 replies
    The Blaze ^ | October 7, 2013 | Eddie Scarry
    Truth Revolt, the right’s answer to Media Matters for America, fully launched Monday with a petition to get MSNBC host Al Sharpton kicked off the air. The group’s Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro writes: "Sharpton doesn’t dislike all 'crackers.' One of the companies that has run commercials on Sharpton’s show is Ritz Crackers, owned by Mondelez International. Mondelez gave TruthRevolt this statement: “At Mondelez International we demonstrate our commitment to responsible corporate citizenship by participating in programs that best serve a wide range of local communities and their interests and needs. We extend our responsibility to the sponsorship of tasteful, believable television programming...
  • Food stamp stimulus money to expire, benefits to decrease

    10/13/2013 12:37:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    WATE-TV ^ | October 12, 2013 | Mike Krafcik
    KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A temporary increase in food stamps expires October 31, meaning for millions of Americans, the benefits that help put food on the table won't stretch as far as they have for the past four years. Food stamps, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, go to 47 million Americans a month. Almost half of them children and teenagers. The monthly benefits, which go to one in seven Americans, fluctuate based on factors including food prices, income and inflation. Those could affect people right here in East Tennessee as 1.3 million Tennesseans receive food stamps at a cost of about...
  • Thousands attend event on health care law (flu shots, health screening and free groceries)

    10/13/2013 12:31:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | October 12, 2013 | Kiah Collier
    <p>"..............Bello and her family were among several thousand Houston-area residents who attended an event at Reliant Center on Saturday to learn about their options under the new federal health care law and to get free medical screenings, flu shots and groceries.</p>
  • I'll have my Way -- or America will Suffer!

    10/12/2013 11:56:34 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 13, 2013 | Rev Michael Bresciani
    "...........Since he was first elected in 2008, journalists and pundits have repeatedly exclaimed that Barack Obama is the first president in our history who does not love our country. Being a minister, I always initially refuse a bad report about anyone until there is ample proof; it is the benefit of the doubt. That day has come and gone and I am now among those who believe that Obama actually hates America. He has smashed traditional marriage, exalted homosexual perversion, used the IRS like a battering ram, left border agents, ambassadors, and good soldiers to die without help, raised the...
  • Snowden warns of government spying in first Russia video

    10/12/2013 11:38:56 PM PDT · by cunning_fish · 8 replies
    Moscow (AFP) - US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden warned of dangers to democracy in the first video released of the fugitive since Russia granted him temporary asylum in August. "If we can't understand the policies and programmes of our government we can't grant our consent in regulating them," Snowden said in one of the short video clips posted on the WikiLeaks website Friday night. The anti-secrecy group said the videos were filmed Wednesday when Snowden met with a group of four retired US ex-intelligence workers and activists now seeking to promote ethics within the profession. Snowden, a former National Security...
  • Revealed: Terror Tunnel Led to Israeli Town

    10/12/2013 11:37:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    inn ^ | 10/12/13 | Maayana Miskin
    IDF soldiers recently discovered a tunnel, built by Gaza terrorists, that led from Gaza to a nearby Israeli community. The discovery was made late Wednesday night, but was under a gag order until Sunday morning. Terrorists were apparently planning a large-scale infiltration and attack, and were possibly planning to bring Israeli civilians back to Gaza as captives. Terrorists have made several attempts to kidnap Israelis in recent months, with the goal of exchanging captives for terrorists being held in Israeli prisons. A terror tunnel similar to that found Wednesday night was used in the 2006 kidnapping of IDF soldier Gilad...
  • Gay rights protest in St. Petersburg ends in clashes, arrests

    10/12/2013 11:33:33 PM PDT · by cunning_fish · 8 replies
    ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Police arrested 67 people after a fight broke out between gay rights activists and their opponents at a demonstration in the Russian city of St Petersburg on Saturday. Gay rights campaigners in Russia have held several small protests since the adoption of a law in June banning homosexual "propaganda" directed at minors. Critics say the law curtails homosexuals' rights to free speech and assembly. The issue has attracted growing international attention ahead of Russia's hosting of the Winter Olympics in Sochi next year. Gay rights activists have called for participants and sponsors to boycott the...
  • Patriot Act Author Calls For Clapper's Prosecution And Rein In NSA Abuses

    10/12/2013 11:07:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/12/13 | Submitted by Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog
    In an interesting twist of irony, one of the Congressman most instrumental in the destruction of civil liberties in these United States due to his authorship of the Patriot Act, Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), is now leading the charge to rein in NSA abuses. His disgust with the NSA became clear back in early June when he wrote an impassioned letter to Attorney General Eric Holder criticizing the illegal NSA activity happening behind the scenes. The key point here is that Mr. Sensenbrenner strongly believes that these guys are misinterpreting the legislation he wrote to justify everything they are doing. As...
  • Oh, Good Grief… Obamacare Staffers Unable to Sign Up People at Government Enrollment Event

    10/12/2013 10:41:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | October 12, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    In Obamacare’s first week online. ** Millions of Americans were turned away. ** The online system crashed. ** 99% of applications may have hit a wall and weren’t processed. ** The Obamacare website shut down after only a week in operation. That’s not all… Yesterday at an Obamacare enrollment event with HHS Secretary Sebelius, staffers were unable to get on the website. Trib Live reported: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had a front-row view of the problems plaguing the website that the government established to allow people to shop for health insurance under Obamacare. Sebelius and Steelers Chairman...
  • Maher and Guests Battle Over Whether Obama Governs ‘Out of Fear of Assassination’

    10/12/2013 10:02:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 10/12/13 | Andrew Kirell
    During the “Overtime” online edition of HBO’s Real Time, host Bill Maher posited that President Obama moderates his political positions out of fear of being assassinated, leading to a panel-wide battle over whether Americans are “subconsciously racist” against the president. While lamenting with Oliver Stone about the short political career of John F. Kennedy, Maher suggested that bold leaders like JFK “always seem to, at the end of the day, get cut out of the picture, violently or otherwise. And maybe that is why Barack Obama is more of a centrist than we want him to be?” “You think that?”
  • New Boston ATF head’s Fast and Furious ties raise questions

    10/12/2013 9:52:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Examiner ^ | 10/12/13 | David Codrea
    The Boston Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has a new Special Agent in Charge, the Associated Press reported yesterday. Special Agent Daniel Kumor, whose credentials before joining ATF in 1988 include stints as a police officer and Deputy United States Marshal, assumed the helm in September. Per ATF’s website, Kumor’s new assignment puts him in charge of a division “responsible for ATF criminal enforcement and industry regulatory operations throughout the six New England states.” But it’s an earlier assignment that should raise questions that could shed some light on an ongoing and longstanding investigation....
  • George Will: When liberals became scolds

    10/12/2013 9:51:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 9, 2013 | George Will
    “Ex-Marine Asks Soviet Citizenship” — Washington Post headline, Nov. 1, 1959 (concerning Lee Harvey Oswald) “He didn’t even have the satisfaction of being killed for civil rights. It’s — it had to be some silly little Communist.” — Jacqueline Kennedy, Nov. 22, 1963 She thought it robbed his death of any meaning. But a meaning would be quickly manufactured to serve a new politics. First, however, an inconvenient fact — Oswald — had to be expunged from the story. So, just 24 months after the assassination, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., the Kennedys’ kept historian, published a thousand-page history of the thousand-day...
  • EBT Card Issues Cause Problems for Local Families

    10/12/2013 9:36:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    WHSV-TV ^ | October 12, 2013 | By: Carly Stephenson
    STUARTS DRAFT, Va. -- People in 17 states haven't been able to get food they need if they have a food stamp debit card. The O'Neils rely on their EBT Debit card to feed themselves and their son Micah. "People were looking at me I asked if there was anything else if she could if she could run it again and it wasn't working," said Terry O'Neil. The card has $153 to support three people for the remaining weeks in October. When their EBT card was denied today at the Waynesboro Walmart, Kristen O'Neil was embarrassed and frustrated. "We didn't...
  • EBT system failure blocks food stamp debit cards

    10/12/2013 9:17:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 61 replies
    WLS - Chicago ^ | October 12, 2013 | By Eric Horng
    Full carts abandoned at Chicago grocery stores were a common sight as shoppers in Illinois and many other states have been unable to use their food stamp debit cards. More than two million people in Illinois use a so-called Link Card. That's one in six residents in the state. So when suddenly the system went down Saturday morning many customers just walked out of the store. "Now I'm going to have to unfortunately do the fast food thing now. No cooking tonight," said Link Card user Rob Lee. "That's how people starve," said shopper Sean Wright. "People starve if they...
  • Computer Failure Cuts Off Access to Food Benefits

    10/12/2013 9:05:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 12, 2013
    People in California, New Jersey and 15 other states found themselves temporarily unable to use their food stamp debit-style cards on Saturday, after a routine test of backup systems by the vendor Xerox resulted in a system failure. Illinois residents began reporting problems with their cards — known as LINK — on Saturday morning, said Januari Smith, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Human Services. “It really is a bad situation, but they are working to get it fixed as soon as possible,” she said.
  • John Boehner: Conservative Hero?

    10/12/2013 9:02:01 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10-12-2013 | Fisher Adams
    October 12, 2013 John Boehner: Conservative Hero? Fisher Adams ...But what has happened now?  Which party has been the one asking for negotiations?  The Republicans.  Who have been steadfastly, even proudly proclaiming that they will not negotiate?  The Democrats, led by President Obama. Which party has been passing spending bills, trying to fund vital functions of government so that the "little guy" isn't shut out?  The Republicans.  Which party has refused to vote on any spending bill --  except those that might make them look bad politically?  The Democrats. And now, after Boehner, et al. have made this overture to fund the government for 6 more weeks, who...
  • EBT card system restored

    10/12/2013 8:57:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    WAVY-TV ^ | October 12, 2013 | By Ginger Whitaker, Liz Palka
    VIRGINIA - The Electronic Benefit Transfer system malfunctioned across Virginia and several other states Saturday, but service was restored by around 10 p.m. "It's just frustrating how I've been to several different stores right in around to get groceries for my family," said Jessica Perkins, an EBT customer. Perkins has five kids she was grocery shopping for Saturday. Perkins went to Farm Fresh, Save-A-Lot, and Food Lion before figuring out she could use her EBT card at WalMart. Perkins said she could only use the $50 at a time. "I just thank God that I have some type of provisions,"...
  • Site Helps You ‘Drunk Dial’ Congressmembers

    10/12/2013 8:55:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    CBS DC ^ | October 10, 2013 | Courtney Pomeroy
    LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The creators of a new website think you might want to take out your frustrations with the government shutdown by “drunk dialing” a member of Congress to vent about it.On its homepage, encourages you, “whether you are a furloughed worker, being forced to work for free, or just fed up at Capitol Hill” to “call and yell at a random member of Congress.”While the site can be used by anyone, of course, its name implies that you should imbibe to get your juices flowing, first. After typing your phone number into the call box and...
  • 22-year-old found guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a child

    10/12/2013 8:41:10 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies ^ | Action 4 News Staff
    A Port Isabel man was found guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a child, who was under the age of 6-years-old, and indecency with a child sexual contact. Miguel Angel Aguilera faces a minimum of 25 years in prison with no possibility of parole or early release. The jury will sentence the 22-year-old on Monday. Cameron County Assistant District Attorneys Stephanie Rollins and Brandy Bailey, with the newly created Child Abuse Unit, prosecuted the case. “This unit’s ability to focus on these extreme child abuse cases in collaboration with other key agencies has helped to ensure strong convictions,” District Attorney...
  • (Massive) Privacy Breaches in VA Health Records Wound Veterans

    10/12/2013 8:38:22 PM PDT · by kristinn · 17 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Saturday, October 12, 2013 | Carl Prine
    Karen Santoro heard co-workers chattering about her psychological care in 2010. An Air Force veteran and surgical services scheduler at the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh hospital in Oakland, Santoro asked officials with the VA and the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate the source of the gossip. It seemed to violate the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, that prohibits release of medical information. SNIP A two-month Tribune-Review investigation found VA workers or contractors committed 14,215 privacy violations at 167 facilities from 2010 through May 31, victimizing at least 101,018 veterans and 551 VA employees. Photos...
  • Three Somali Pirates Sentenced To Life-In-Prison For Murder Of Four Americans Aboard SV Quest

    10/12/2013 8:10:46 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 40 replies
    DOJ ^ | August 2013 | DOJ
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August , 2013 NORFOLK, Va. – Somali nationals Ahmed Muse Salad, a/k/a “Afmagalo,” 25, Abukar Osman Beyle, 20, and Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar, 29, who were previously found guilty, by jury, of all 26 counts charged, to include: piracy, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, hostage taking resulting in death, kidnapping resulting in death, and multiple firearms offenses, were sentenced today by a federal jury. The three defendants were sentenced to life-in-prison for their roles in the February 22, 2011, murder of four Americans aboard the sailing vessel Quest. The victims included: Scott Underwood Adam, Jean Savage Adam, Phyllis...
  • Video — A Snarling Judge Jeanine Pirro Declares: Throw Them All Out !

    10/12/2013 8:09:38 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 52 replies
    Condemning the stupefying incompetence and callous disregard for the families of veterans who died during the “shutdown”, Judge Jeanine lambastes the Obama administration, the Pentagon, and the whole collection of Washington political hacks. She is especially tough on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. The judge also decries our gargantuan national debt and the president’s desire to raise the debt ceiling yet again. In the judge’s view, any Congress that leaves us with increased debt should have all members forfeit their entire Congressional pension. Better yet, she says, throw all of them out — both parties, both houses.
  • Computer outage causes interruption in use of food-stamp benefits

    10/12/2013 7:47:56 PM PDT · by Travis McGee · 53 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 12, 2013 | Ovetta Wiggins
    People in 17 states, including Maryland and Virginia, who tried to buy groceries using electronic food-stamp cards were turned away from supermarkets Saturday as a result of a computer outage. The system failure affected low-income individuals and families who receive food benefits through the SNAP and WIC programs. The outage occurred during a “routine test” of backup systems Saturday morning, Jennifer Wasmer, a spokeswoman for Xerox, which administers the program, said. By late Saturday, access had been restored. After the system failed, SNAP and WIC beneficiaries in the affected states were unable to buy food using electronic benefit transfers.
  • Sheila Jackson Lee on continuing resolution: 'We have martial law' (Video)

    10/12/2013 7:45:48 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 56 replies ^ | October 9, 2013 | Joe Newby
    On Monday, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, said from the floor of the House of Representatives that America is now under martial law because of the continuing resolution. "This is not an idea of anyone over another person. Republican and Democratic Senators have already voted for this clean bill that we could vote on today. We have martial law. What that means--and my colleagues know what it means--is that you can put a bill on in just minutes," she said.
  • Mayor launching crusade against tanning salons

    10/12/2013 7:44:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The New York Post ^ | October 11, 2013 | Carl Campanile
    <p>The city is launching a new offensive to monitor tanning salons and warn customers of the dangers of skin cancer from overexposure to UV radiation, The Post has learned.</p> <p>In what could be the Bloomberg’s Administration’s final health crusade, the anti-tanorexic plan will be submitted to the Board of Health on Tuesday,. The board — all appointees of Mayor Bloomberg — is expected to adopt the new rules, which would take effect in the spring following public hearings.</p>
  • Raw Milk Comes Under Attack in South Dakota – Smaller Farms Get Hurt

    10/12/2013 7:18:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | October 12, 2013 | Joshua Cook
    Proposed South Dakota raw milk regulations will make it difficult for smaller operations to continue selling the substance in the state.  Department of Agriculture officials finished a third public hearing on the issue on Wednesday, saying the rules are necessary to ensure safety.  A legislative committee last August had rejected the rules until it had more information on their financial impact for farmers. The State of South Dakota currently allows the sale of raw milk, though not from retail stores.  Farms are allowed to sell the popular substance directly to consumers. Raw milk must also be clearly labeled as raw, but no...
  • PV High students support Coming Out Day

    10/12/2013 7:09:01 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 17 replies
    Register - Pajaronian ^ | Oct 11th, 2013 | ROSEANN HERNANDEZ
    WATSONVILLE — “I have been waiting for this day to come,” said Rosario Medina, a junior at Pajaro Valley High School and publicist for the school’s Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) club during the annual lunch-time rally in celebration of National Coming Out Day. “On this day I could just express myself and be me,” she said.