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  • NBA's first gay player appointed to Obama's fitness council

    04/25/2014 2:18:05 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/23/14 | Justin Sink
    ....Obama has appointed Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA player, to serve on his Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, the White House said Thursday. Obama also tapped daytime television host Rachel Ray and former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning, who earlier this year hosted the president at his home for a fundraiser benefitting the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
  • Gun Carrying Group May Not Be Only Ones Affected By Arlington Bans

    04/25/2014 2:09:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    KTVT-TV ^ | April 23, 2014
    One story reported on CBSDFW.COM has a lot of people talking. It started with Tuesday night’s vote on an ordinance by the Arlington City Council to ban guns and concealed weapons at public meetings. Members of the gun rights group Open Carry Tarrant County believe they are the ones being targeted, but they may not be the only ones affected by ordinance changes. A second Arlington ban could put heavy restrictions on handing out pamphlets. We’ve all seen them from time-to-time – groups trying to push their cause, including gun rights advocates. Now some leaders in Arlington say the approach...
  • Ice on Superior - The Winter that won't end!

    04/25/2014 2:08:40 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Wawa-news ^ | 4/22/14 | Brenda Grundt
    Spring seems to be taking forever to arrive, but we are not really seeing the worst of the late spring. The Great Lakes, and Lake Superior is holding on to their ice. As a result the freighters that normally travel the Great Lakes are having their fair share of problems. This has been a very long winter season, beginning with the Great Lakes freezing on December 6th, not allowing Northwest Indiana steel mills to stockpile materials. Glen Nekvasil, vice president for Lake Carriers' Association explained that lake freighters are struggling to make the voyage across Lake Superior despite the thick...
  • God Movies Make Money

    04/25/2014 2:03:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 25, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    The accountants in Hollywood don't have to believe in heaven to notice the box office numbers on recent movies with religious themes. "Heaven Is for Real" opened in the days before Easter and grossed more than $22 million, coming in second for the weekend, just $3 million behind the latest "Captain America" blockbuster (in its third week). The movie's per-screen average -- $8,895 -- was far above the rest of the top five. "Heaven Is for Real," like many movies, is based on a best-selling book. It's a real-life story about 4-year-old Colton Burpo and his visions of heaven after...
  • Race to Victory

    04/25/2014 1:54:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | April 25, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    At the Washington Post a few days ago, reporter Aaron Blake noted that: "Black voters are hugely influential on the 2014 map. Six of the 16 states with the highest black populations are holding key Senate contests in 2014." Black voters are the only consistent and reliable block in the Democrats' coalition. Single women have fallen out of love with Barack Obama, though Democrats will amp up the "War on Women" nonsense for the fall. Hispanic voters are showing disengagement with the Democrats as well. For that matter, so are black voters, but there is a difference. Single women and...
  • Is it okay to not care that Cliven Bundy is a bigot?

    04/25/2014 1:48:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 24, 2014 | Jim Treacher
    I haven’t been following the Cliven Bundy case because, believe it or not, southwestern grazing disputes have never been among my interests. I know the Daily Caller has done stories about him because I’ve seen the headlines, but I haven’t followed the whole thing. I haven’t written a word about him before today. I don’t care. But now that this Bundy fellow has publicly said things that have offended a lot of black people, suddenly, he represents everybody to the right of Karl Marx. Suddenly I’m obliged to have an opinion about him. If you want to know what I...
  • Obama's Dirty Watchdogs

    04/25/2014 1:48:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | April 25, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    The Obama administration doesn't have watchdogs. It has whitewash puppies. The president's Chicago bullies have defanged true advocates for integrity in government in D.C. from day one. So the latest report by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Operations Committee on corruptocrat Charles K. Edwards, the former Department of Homeland Security inspector general, isn't a revelation. It's confirmation. Investigators found that Edwards compromised the independence of his office by socializing and sucking up to senior DHS officials. "There are many blessings to be thankful for this year," the sycophantic Edwards wrote to the DHS acting counsel on Thanksgiving 2011, "but...
  • U.S. President meets Japanese robot ASIMO (Obama bows to a robot!)

    04/25/2014 1:20:02 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 4 replies
    National Post [Canada] / AP ^ | April 24, 2014 | Darlene Superville And Mari Yamaguchi
    .... President Barack Obama bowed, looking delighted. His greeter, after all, was a 55-inch-tall, give or take, humanoid robot with the look of a diminutive Star Wars storm trooper. “It’s nice to meet you, too,” Obama said, pausing to watch the robot, named ASIMO, perform during a tour of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. Despite Obama’s background in constitutional law, there’s a presidential geek side that always seems charmed, if not bemused, by technological advances....
  • Australian pilot reports hijack bid on flight to Bali: Indonesian official

    04/25/2014 12:57:08 AM PDT · by The KG9 Kid · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Apr 25, 2014 3:36am EDT | (Reporting by Jonathan Thatcher; Writing by Robert Birsel; Editing by Michael Urquhart)
    The pilot of a Virgin Australia plane flying to the Indonesian holiday island of Bali reported a hijacking attempt on Friday after a passenger tried to enter the cockpit, an Indonesian transport official said. Metro TV had earlier cited an Indonesian air force spokesman as saying the plane had been hijacked.
  • John McCain to host Hillary Clinton in Sedona, Ariz.

    04/25/2014 12:24:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | April 24, 2014 | Philip Rucker
    Since leaving the State Department last year, Hillary Rodham Clinton has racked up scores of accolades and appeared on many a big stage. Still, it might come as a surprise that a past Republican presidential nominee -- specifically, the one who is among the loudest critics of Clinton's handling of the Benghazi terrorist attacks -- would invite her to his desert retreat for a lofty conversation about leadership values. This is precisely what Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has done. Clinton, a prospective 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, will appear on stage Saturday with McCain at the Sedona Forum, an annual ideas...
  • Cliven Bundy -- The Man Who Said Too Much

    04/25/2014 12:20:07 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 14 replies
    Cliven Bundy could tell you what it’s like to go to sleep as a hero and wake up as a monster; and rightly so on both counts. The Drudge Report -- which for days assigned the ranch standoff its lead headline -- now links to a Washington Post blog with the Drudge-assigned banner, “Rand Paul, Republicans – RUN!” Distance themselves, they should, not just because Bundy’s comments are flatly racist,,,His supporters should separate from his cause because his statements go against American ideals on a very basic level. These comments revolve around the fallacy that slaves could be freer than...
  • McCain: It’s a stain on America’s honor that we haven’t passed amnesty yet

    04/24/2014 11:46:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 24, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Skip to 43:30 for the key bit. Offhand, I don’t think I’ve ever heard him put it this way before. The “de facto amnesty” line is an old chestnut, the line about people in the shadows is a very old chestnut, but the idea that America has actually dishonored itself by dragging its feet in rewarding endless millions of people who broke U.S. law with citizenship is a new one on me. I wonder, does it mitigate the dishonor any that we amnestized them once already in 1986 and will surely do so again sometime soon? How much contempt for...
  • Florida GOP Primary Big Win for Rand Paul, Political 'Outsiders'

    04/24/2014 11:37:27 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 3 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 04-23-2014 | John Gizzi
    Businessman Curt Clawson's easy win on Tuesday for the GOP nomination in Florida's 19th Congressional District resonated beyond the borders of the upscale, safely Republican district. With results nearly final, first-time candidate Clawson rolled up 38 percent of the vote to 26 percent for state Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto and 25 percent for former state Rep. Paige Kreegel. Along with fueling the candidacies elsewhere of fellow businesspeople-candidates and "anti-politicians," Clawson's primary win in the district vacated by GOP Rep. Trey Radel — who resigned after pleading guilty to cocaine possession — is also a boost for a likely presidential...
  • Kyl & Romney Endorse Andy Tobin in Targeted Arizona Race

    04/24/2014 11:01:01 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 6 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Emily Cahn
    Mitt Romney threw his support behind Arizona state Speaker Andy Tobin on Monday, marking the latest candidate Romney has endorsed in the midterm elections. Other Republicans backed by Romney this cycle include Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson, who is facing a competitive GOP primary next month, state Del. Barbara Comstock in Virginia’s open 10th District, and state Sen. Joni Ernst for Iowa’s open Senate seat, among others.
  • Obamacare: The Hate Can’t Be Cured

    04/24/2014 10:56:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The New York Review of Books ^ | April 22, 2013 | Garry Wills
    I fear that the president declared a premature victory for the Affordable Care Act when he said that its initial goals were met, it was time to move on to other matters, and the idea of repealing it is no longer feasible. He made the mistake of thinking that facts matter when a cult is involved. Obamacare is now, for many, haloed with hate, to be fought against with all one’s life. Retaining certitude about its essential evil is a matter of self-respect, honor for one’s allies in the cause, and loathing for one’s opponents. It is a religious commitment....
  • Obama to pitch U.S. immigration reform from South Korea

    04/24/2014 10:54:02 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 2 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Christi Parsons
    President Obama plans to honor those who died in the Korean War with a surprising message for a foreign audience: a pitch for immigration reform back home. At a naturalization ceremony Friday for 13 U.S. service members and seven military spouses stationed in South Korea, he will offer a tribute to the contributions that naturalized American citizens have made through military service, according to an official familiar with the event.
  • Professor Teaches Black Entrepreneurs How To Succeed In ANY Economy

    04/24/2014 10:43:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Black News ^ | April 24, 2014 | Anne Holder
    Nationwide — Economic activist, Devin Robinson, explains how blacks can live comfortably to 10% of their income and build mainstream businesses in his 8th book, Power M.O.V.E.: How to Become a Successful Entrepreneur. Robinson, a military veteran and network engineer, entered into full-time entrepreneurship after becoming frustrated with Corporate America. He ditched his $85,000 a year job for the risks of business ownership. Over the past decade, he has worked on many community economic initiatives that have resulted in thousands of entrepreneurs being trained and transformed, while hundreds went on to being put into full-time entrepreneurship. He said, “Entrepreneurship must...
  • Egyptian Journalist: Al-Sisi Has Jewish Origins

    04/24/2014 10:24:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 4/25/2014, 6:12 AM | Elad Benari
    Egypt’s former defense minister and presidential candidate, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is Jewish, according to Egyptian journalist Saber Mashhour. Mashhour’s comments were posted to the internet on April 20 and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). He claimed that Al-Sisi grew up next to Israel’s former Chief of Staff and Defense Minister, Moshe Dayan. […] Al-Sisi and former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, he claimed, are “one and the same. Both were raised in Khoronfish, in the Jewish Quarter.” …
  • Holder cancels appearance in OKC amid angry protests

    04/24/2014 10:10:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 24, 2014 | Kelly Riddell
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Attorney General Eric Holder canceled an appearance before the Oklahoma City Police Department’s graduating cadet class Thursday amid angry protests over his scheduled visit. Mr. Holder was expected to deliver remarks at the afternoon graduation ceremony, according to his official itinerary sent out by the Justice Department Thursday morning. A Justice Department spokesman denied that the trip was canceled because of the possibility of a hostile reception. An early meeting at the Justice Department delayed Mr. Holder’s departure from Washington, causing him to miss the graduation ceremony, spokesman Brian Fallon said in an email. “The attorney general had been looking...
  • Rebellious Nevada rancher's slavery remarks dim Republican support

    04/24/2014 10:09:39 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 131 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04-24-2014 | Steve Gorman
    (Reuters) - Two Republican U.S. senators who voiced support for a Nevada cattleman in his showdown with federal agents over grazing rights on public land condemned the rebellious rancher's remarks about whether African-Americans would be "better off as slaves."
  • Massive tornado outbreak predicted for this weekend across the South

    04/24/2014 10:06:51 PM PDT · by Windflier · 8 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 24 April 2014 | Ryan Gorman
    Tornado alley is about to come out of hibernation with a ‘significant multi-day severe event’ that may match all-time historic tornado outbreaks. Forecasters are predicting severe storms across Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas from Saturday to Monday that are expected to produce strong tornadoes impacting millions of people. The confluence of a low pressure system and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico are forecast to fuel supercell thunderstorms that will produce heavy rain, damaging winds, hail and deadly twisters. The storm front will move across the Rocky Mountains and into the southern plains by Saturday morning before strengthening on the...
  • Montanans, Alaskans Say States Among Top Places to Live

    04/24/2014 9:56:11 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    Gallup Poll ^ | April 24, 2014 | Justin McCarthy
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- When asked to rate their state as a place to live, three in four Montanans (77%) and Alaskans (77%) say their state is the best or one of the best places to live. Residents of Rhode Island (18%) and Illinois (19%) are the least likely to praise their states.
  • The NRA Nightmare: America’s Moms (Cue spooky music)

    04/24/2014 9:55:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Daily Beast ^ | April 24, 2014 | Dean Obeidallah
    Can a group of passionate mothers defeat the nation’s largest pro-gun institution and persuade elected officials to enact laws that will reduce gun violence and save lives? It’s too early to tell, but this weekend the two groups will come face to face outside the NRA’s annual convention. On one side of this version of the classic David versus Goliath battle, we have “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense.” This small, but passionate group is led by Shannon Watts, a 43-year-old mother of five who started the organization via a simple Facebook page after the horrific shooting at the Sandy...
  • New Chicago high school to be named for Obama

    04/24/2014 9:35:26 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 24, 2014 | Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah and John Byrne
    Chicago students vying for hard-to-get spots in the city's most competitive public high schools will get a new selective enrollment high school named after President Barack Obama. For parents frustrated with a gut-wrenching process that some have compared to getting their child into an Ivy League school, 300 additional freshmen seats come as welcome news.
  • MiG, Aviadvigatel Confirm MiG-31 Development

    04/24/2014 9:31:43 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    AIN Online ^ | April 24, 2014 | VLADIMIR KARNOZOV
    Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG and Aviadvigatel have confirmed that work continues on “radical modernization” of the MiG-31 Foxhound, with the focus on extending the performance of the aging, out-of-production Mach 3 interceptor so that it can carry out not only air-defense duties but also serve the recently established VKO, the Russian acronym for the country’s Air and Space Defense (Command). Under a directive from the Russian defense ministry, RAC MiG is working on new versions of the aircraft more capable than the current MiG-31BM. Speaking to AIN at the Engines-2014 exposition held April 15 to 17 in Moscow, Aleksander Inozemtsev,...
  • Brahmos with Sukhoi-30 fighters to improve India's strike options

    04/24/2014 9:24:17 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Business Standard, India ^ | April 23, 2014 | Ajai Shukla
    The supersonic Brahmos currently has a limited range of 295 kilometres, which means targets far across the border are out of reach There will soon be a more practical way of retaliating against a foreign-backed terrorist attack on Indian soil than mobilising our 1.6 million-strong military for a war that might trigger a nuclear conflagration. Instead, New Delhi will soon be able to punish terrorists harbouring across the border with surgical strikes from Brahmos cruise missile, fitted on Sukhoi-30MKI fighters. The supersonic Brahmos, jointly developed by India and Russia, already equips Indian warships and artillery units. Yet its limited range...
  • Peter King urges immigration reform

    04/24/2014 9:20:23 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | SEUNG MIN KIM
    A House GOP lawmaker is urging Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to bring up immigration reform, saying it would benefit the nation and the Republican Party to undertake an overhaul that includes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. The letter from Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) adds to a quiet but growing chorus of comments from House Republicans during the current congressional recess speaking in favor of immigration reform this year – which remains a steep uphill battle, with the House GOP fundamentally divided on the hot-button issue.
  • Kesha Rogers' Campaign in Texas

    04/24/2014 9:06:30 PM PDT · by varmintman · 4 replies
    Nobody got 50% of anything in the Democrat primary for John Cornyn's US senate seat... A runoff will be held on May 27. The only requirement to vote in this runoff is that you did NOT vote in the Republican primary on March 4. Since no more than around 5% of anybody voted in that primary at all, most people in Texas are eligible to vote in the dem runoff. The $64,000,000 question: Why would a conservative or a Republican who hadn't been smoking too much reefer WANT to vote in a demoKKKrat primary?? There are two reasons, both of...
  • KKK Suspect Was Busted With Black Male Prostitute

    04/24/2014 8:44:01 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 54 replies
    Newser ^ | Apr 24, 2014 | Matt Cantor
    "Today in Things You Can't Unread: The former KKK leader who's accused of killing three people at Jewish centers was previously arrested when police caught him having sex with a black male prostitute, ABC News reports, as noted by Gawker. Officers in Raleigh, NC, caught Frazier Glenn Cross in a vehicle with the man, who was dressed as a woman. "It was pretty shocking because of his personal stances," says a former prosecutor. Cross later said he had sought out the prostitute in order to beat him, according to a recorded phone call."
  • FBI Visiting Gun Shops to Investigate “People Talking About Big Government”

    04/24/2014 8:30:27 PM PDT · by montag813 · 19 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 04-24-2014 | Gina Cassini
    “If you see some Middle Eastern guy come in, you don’t have to be so worried about that”by Gina Cassini | Top Right NewsThe same FBI that ignored Russian and Saudi intelligence warnings about the Tsarnaev brothers -- the Boston Marathon jihadists -- and refused to question anyone at their radical mosque, is now visiting a gun store near you to target...conservatives!That's right, according to a new report, FBI counterterrorism agents are visiting gun shops in South Carolina to investigate “suspicious purchases” made by people who talk about “big government.”
  • Liberal Crime Victim Asks Left-Wing NY Village Voice Columnist ... Should I Buy a Gun?

    04/24/2014 8:14:15 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 34 replies
    Village Voice ^ | Wednesday, Apr 23 2014 | Andrew W.K.
    Ask Andrew W.K.: Should I Buy a Gun? Dear Andrew, I’ve always been a staunch opponent of guns, but my home has been broken into twice in the last six weeks. Now I’m think- ing about purchasing a gun to protect my family and home. My wife is very much against this idea, and we fight about it of- ten. I completely understand where she’s coming from, as her views on the dangers of owning a gun used to be my own. What do you think? Should I get a gun? One Shot Dear One Shot, Guns are intense. They...
  • Study Links California Drought To Global Climate Change

    04/24/2014 8:02:17 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    CBS Local Sacramento ^ | April 24, 2014
    While researchers have sometimes connected weather extremes to man-made global warming, usually it’s not done in real time. Now a study is asserting a link between climate change and both the intensifying California drought and the polar vortex blamed for a harsh winter that mercifully has just ended in many places. The Utah State University scientists involved in the study say they hope what they found can help them predict the next big weird winter.
  • Indian Navy refuses Chinese navy chief’s request

    04/24/2014 8:01:15 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Hindustan Times ^ | April 24, 2014 | Sutirtho Patranobis
    The Indian Navy had to politely refuse an unusual request from the Chinese navy chief, Wu Shengli, when he came aboard one of India’s frontline stealth warships, INS Shivalik this week and wanted to be shown the Combat Information Centre (CII) or the all-important tactical room of the frigate. It was learnt that Indian officers declined Wu’s request–considered a major break from established protocol followed by navies around the world -- saying since the ship was in the harbour, the room was locked and was not open to outsiders. But Wu insisted on seeing the room and his aides attempted...
  • Court revives challenge to Arizona Medicaid plan

    04/24/2014 7:55:07 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 1 replies
    My Fox Phoenix ^ | Bob Christie
    The Arizona Court of Appeals has revived a lawsuit challenging Gov. Jan Brewer's expansion of the state's Medicaid insurance plan for the poor. The court ruled Tuesday that lawmakers have the right to sue over a hospital assessment that funds the expansion.
  • Temporary Foreign Worker Program for fast-food sector suspended by Ottawa

    04/24/2014 7:47:59 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 7 replies
    CBC BC ^ | 4-24-2014 | Kathy Tomlinson
    Employment Minister Jason Kenny has announced an immediate moratorium on the fast-food industry's access to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. The suspension, announced late Thursday afternoon, came shortly after the CBC told Kenney the CEO of McDonald's Canada had branded recent criticism of its use of temporary foreign workers "bullshit" in a conference call to franchisees. A recording of that call was given to the CBC. In a written statement announcing the suspension, Kenney says "serious concerns" remain following a government investigation of the allegations raised about the program. The CBC's Go Public has produced a series of stories reporting...
  • Saudi Prince Hunted Endangered Birds, Pakistan Officials Say

    04/24/2014 7:45:11 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    Zee News ^ | Thursday, April 24, 2014, | Zee News
    Saudi prince hunted endangered birds, Pakistan officials say Karachi: A Saudi prince is alleged to have poached over 2,100 endangered and internationally protected birds in a 21-day hunting safari in southwest Pakistan's Balochistan province, bringing the focus back on the practice that has been taking place for long. Last year in January, the hunting of endangered Houbara Bustards by members of Arab royal families in Pakistan had led to friction along the Indo-Pak frontier, with the BSF complaining about the firing. Any firing near the border is a violation of norms and India's Border Security Force (BSF) had lodged protests...
  • Neel Kashkari trails registered sex offender in new governor poll

    04/24/2014 7:35:01 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 24, 2014 | By Carla Marinucci
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari was already facing an uphill climb to unseat Gov. Jerry Brown this year, and now a new poll shows just how steep that hill is — he’s trailing a registered sex offender. The private poll shows the one-time federal bailout czar lagging behind not just Brown but also a field of Republicans that includes Glenn Champ, who was put on the state’s sex offender registry after he was convicted in 1993 of two counts of assault with intent to commit rape. Before his professed conversion to Christianity, Champ also killed a man while driving and...
  • Opposing Gay Marriage Doesn’t Make You a Crypto-Racist

    04/24/2014 7:28:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 04/24/2014 | Jonathan Rauch
    Lots of people compare the opposition to gay marriage and the resistance to interracial relationships. It’s a flawed analogy. Here’s why. I seem to have made an unexpected midlife career move, and no, it isn’t lucrative. After almost 20 years of standing on a soapbox for gay marriage, I am standing on another soapbox making the case for tolerating people who oppose same-sex marriage. The other day, I joined 57 other supporters of gay marriage in a public statement called “Freedom to Marry, Freedom to Dissent: Why We Must Have Both.” You can read it here. You can even sign...
  • Harry Reid: I call on Republican leaders to denounce this hateful racist Bundy

    04/24/2014 7:25:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 119 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/24/2014 | AllahPundit
    Give the man his due. He may be a low-rent McCarthyite for whom no smear is too cheap. He may be an awful majority leader whose imperious tactics have hopelessly alienated the minority party. He may be dirty, having built a curiously large fortune despite working in government his entire adult life.But he sure can troll. “I used to live in North Las Vegas and it is home to some of the hardest-working people I have ever met – men and women who embody the American dream by working hard every day to build a better life for themselves and...
  • California lawmakers aim to tighten handgun restrictions

    04/24/2014 7:24:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 24, 2014 | by Sharon Bernstein
    A bill banning the sale of single-shot handguns that can be modified into semi-automatic weapons advanced in the California legislature on Thursday as lawmakers sought to close what the bill's supporters say is a loophole in the state's gun safety laws. Gun control advocates say thousands of weapons are sold in California each year without a required safety feature that indicates when a bullet is in the chamber, endangering children and others who may be shot accidentally. The bill passed the assembly 48-25, and goes to the state senate.
  • Illinois is the worst place to live, say people who live in Illinois

    04/24/2014 7:19:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 24, 2014 at 5:57 pm | Mark Berman
    Illinois is the worst, according to the people who live there. A new Gallup poll is out with information about how people who live in states feel about these states. So now we know that people in Montana really, really like living in Montana, while people in Illinois and Rhode Island are pretty sure they don’t live in one of the best places in the country. Montana and Alaska easily top the list of states viewed by residents as the best places to live. …
  • Shannon gets tea party support at Oklahoma rally

    04/24/2014 7:11:37 PM PDT · by yellowdoghunter · 2 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | 4/24/2014 | The Associated Press
    Unsure if we can post due to statement at end of article. Short AP article.
  • NRA seeks universal gun law at national meeting

    04/24/2014 6:56:00 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 39 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4/24/14 | CHARLES D. WILSON
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — With concealed weapons now legal in all 50 states, the National Rifle Association's focus at this week's annual meeting is less about enacting additional state protections than on making sure the permits already issued still apply when the gun owners travel across the country. "Right now it takes some legal research to find out where you are or are not legal depending on where you are," said Guy Relford, an attorney who has sued communities for violating an Indiana law that bars local gun regulation. "I don't think that's right."
  • Thom Tillis reaches 3-1 fundraising edge over GOP rivals in N.C. Senate race

    04/24/2014 6:54:55 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 18 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | Jim Morrill
    Political action committees representing U.S. Sen. John McCain and the Koch Brothers helped Republican Thom Tillis to a 3-1 fundraising edge over his GOP rivals heading into the final month of their U.S. Senate campaign. Donations from McCain’s “Country First” PAC and the Koch Industries PAC contributed to Tillis’ total fundraising of $3.1 million, according to a report posted Thursday by the Federal Election Commission.
  • Cuomo on Moreland tampering: It’s my commission (NY)

    04/24/2014 6:42:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Crain’s Business ^ | April 24, 2014 12:02 P.M. | Chris Bragg
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that any possible interference by his administration into the operations of the recently disbanded Moreland Commission would not be subject to investigation. In an interview Wednesday with the Crain’s editorial board, Mr. Cuomo responded to recent comments by Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara that he would take “very, very seriously any suggestion” that Mr. Cuomo’s office interfered with the Moreland Commission, which Mr. Cuomo empaneled in 2013 to investigate corruption in the state Legislature. Mr. Bharara declined to rule out investigating whether Mr. Cuomo’s office had sought to influence the commission. But Mr. Cuomo told...
  • Russia to call up UNSC meeting if Kiev continues military crackdown

    04/24/2014 6:41:18 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 27 replies
    RT ^ | 4-25-2014 | RT
    If Kiev does not immediately stop military operations against popular protest, Russia will call for an urgent UNSC meeting and in the worst case scenario reserves the right to deploy armed forces to stop bloodshed, UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said. If the violence in the southeast of Ukraine doesn't stop, Russia will call a special session of the UN Security Council, Churkin said in an interview to Rossiya 1 channel. “If we will continue to see what we witnessed today, if the use of force against the protest movement in the east and south-east of Ukraine will continue, we will...
  • Disgrace: Phoenix VA Dumps Sick Veterans Into 'Secret Waiting Lists,' Some Die of Negligence

    04/24/2014 6:28:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 24, 2014 | Guy Benson
    Prepare to be enraged by this exclusive investigative report from CNN. As Allahpundit notes, the media has been documenting the VA's egregiously poor treatment of our veterans for some time, blowing the whistle on horrific conditions and scandalously long wait times for care. But the new revelations introduce an additional, more sinister, element into the equation: Lethal, ass-covering corruption. An absolute disgrace: At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list. The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by...
  • Michelle Obama Bows Out of Topeka Graduation Speech

    04/24/2014 6:22:33 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Apr 2014, 2:57 PM PDT | Debra Heine
    It wasn't personal, they say - the students just didn't want to share their big day with the First Lady and deal with the security headaches that hosting a big name speaker would entail. More than 1,750 of them had signed a petition protesting Obama's appearance at the graduation ceremony because security concerns would have limited the number of friends and family they could invite. Via The Hill: Instead of delivering a graduation speech, Obama will speak before the school district the day before graduation, and will deliver remarks at a "Senior Recognition Day." *** In a statement to The...
  • Fighters strike the right note on national security

    04/24/2014 6:20:13 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    The Australian ^ | 24th April 2014 | Greg Sheridan
    .....The Abbott government has made the right decision in announcing the purchase of 58 more JSFs. This will provide ultimately a fleet of 72 of the most formidable fighter jets the world has seen. Bill Shorten deserves credit for backing this decision. His instincts on geostrategic issues are all sound, which is good for the Labor Party, and for Australia. The JSF acquisition speaks to the character of the Abbott government and settles several theological questions about its approach to defence. The Abbott government is clearly serious about security. It wants the Australian Defence Force to have a high-end war-...
  • Our recommendations for US House

    04/24/2014 6:19:02 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 7 replies
    The Daily Haymaker ^ | Brant Clifton
    Early voting is underway. We’ve got a GOP leadership in Washington looking to sell us out on amnesty and ObamaCare. In Raleigh, we have a state party leadership reportedly looking to toss out opposition to toll roads and ObamaCare, and water down the official stance on amnesty. You can grumble all you want. But the only way to send a message to these people is at the polling place. You’ve got the opportunity, from now until May 6, to do a little RINO-hunting.