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  • Obama Expected To Attend Quinn Fundraiser Wednesday

    09/30/2014 10:04:21 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 3 replies
    Chicago CBS Local ^ | 9-30-14 | Craig Dellimore
    P resident Barack Obama was expected to fly home to Chicago on Wednesday, to help boost Gov. Pat Quinn’s bid for re-election. WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports Obama’s popularity might be wavering nationally, but it’s still pretty high in Illinois, and Quinn was welcoming the president’s appearance at what’s expected to be a campaign fundraiser on Wednesday. “I’m looking forward to that,” Quinn said. “I’m a good friend of President Obama, and he’s a good friend of mine. He’s helped me in the last election, and I really need his help now. I’m really grateful that he’s coming...
  • WATCH: Iraqi TV satire features Satan and his Jewish bride giving birth to Islamic State

    09/30/2014 9:40:45 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 5 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 9-30-14 | by Haaretz
    Fighting fire with satire seems to be the approach of Iraqi state television in producing a comedy series aimed to make fun of, and reduce people's fear of, Islamic State. But the trailer for the "State of Superstition" program caused enough controversy to prompt the producers to reshoot it, reports say. In light of Islamic State's massive show of violence through its videos of beheadings, the show was designed to "remove this phobia that has taken root in a lot of people’s minds," the program's chief supervisor, Thaer Jiyad, told AFP. The trailer for the show involves a cowboy, who...
  • Obama, Two Weeks Ago: 'Chances of an Ebola Outbreak Here ... Extremely Low'

    09/30/2014 9:11:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 9/3o/14 | Daniel Halper
    President Obama, addressing the ebola outbreak September 16, 2014 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta: First and foremost, I want the American people to know that our experts, here at the CDC and across our government, agree that the chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low. We’ve been taking the necessary precautions, including working with countries in West Africa to increase screening at airports so that someone with the virus doesn’t get on a plane for the United States. In the unlikely event that someone with Ebola does reach our...
  • Globe in Hong Kong: Protest of Politeness dares Beijing to respond

    09/30/2014 9:03:44 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 20 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Tuesday, Sep. 30 2014, 9:10 PM EDT | Nathan VanderKlippe
    “Hong Kong has picked up the baton and is leading the pro-democracy movement of China now,” said Rose Tang, who was among the student leaders in 1989. “Hong Kong is becoming the catalyst to kick-start the end of an era – the Chinese communist’s one-party dictatorship.” [....] What has been called the Umbrella Revolution could as well be dubbed the Protest of Politeness, amid a burgeoning of ideological optimism in a city normally defined by its conservative dedication to the making of fortunes.
  • Turkey nears intervention in Syria, Iraq

    09/30/2014 9:00:47 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    WP via Herald Net ^ | Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 8:13 p.m | Erin Cunningham and Karen DeYoung
    BAGHDAD — Turkey’s government edged closer Tuesday to direct intervention in the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, bolstering security along its border with Syria and asking parliament to authorize sending troops to the two war-ravaged countries. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told reporters the proposal sent to parliament would include a wide range of options, including opening Turkish bases to foreign troops and deploying soldiers to establish safe zones for refugees inside Syria. The government wants the motion to be broad enough to avoid needing another parliamentary mandate for military action, he said. The motion is to be voted on...
  • Even if the Attempts to Stop the Spread Ebola are successful,

    09/30/2014 9:00:26 PM PDT · by The_Media_never_lie · 9 replies
    Shel Silverstein ^ | 9-30-14 | self
    YOU'RE STILL GONNA DIE So you're takin' better care of your body Becoming more aware of your body. Responding to your body's needs. Everything you hear and read about diets, Nutrition and sleeping position and detoxifying your system, And buying machines that they advertise to help you exercise. Herbs to revitalize you if you're traumatized. Soaps that will sanitize. Sprays to deordorize. Liquid to neutralize acids and pesticides. Free weights to maximize your strength and muscle size. Shots that will immunize. Pills to re-energize you. But remember that for all your pain and gain Eventually the story ends the same......
  • Nigeria’s Actions Seem to Contain Ebola Outbreak

    09/30/2014 8:38:17 PM PDT · by iowamark · 15 replies
    NY Times ^ | SEPT. 30, 2014 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    With quick and coordinated action by some of its top doctors, Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, appears to have contained its first Ebola outbreak, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. As the epidemic rages out of control in three nations only a few hundred miles away, Nigeria is the only country to have beaten back an outbreak with the potential to harm many victims in a city with vast, teeming slums. “For those who say it’s hopeless, this is an antidote — you can control Ebola,” said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the C.D.C....
  • Woman saves three relatives from Ebola

    09/30/2014 8:26:33 PM PDT · by heartwood · 9 replies
    CNN Health ^ | 9/26/2014 | Elizabeth Cohen
    (CNN) -- It can be exhausting nursing a child through a nasty bout with the flu, so imagine how 22-year-old Fatu Kekula felt nursing her entire family through Ebola. Her father. Her mother. Her sister. Her cousin. Fatu took care of them all, single-handedly feeding them, cleaning them and giving them medications. And she did so with remarkable success. Three out of her four patients survived. That's a 25% death rate -- considerably better than the estimated Ebola death rate of 70%. Fatu stayed healthy, which is noteworthy considering that more than 300 health care workers have become infected with...
  • PD: Mom drove with baby in trunk to avoid ticket for not having a car seat

    09/30/2014 7:55:12 PM PDT · by leapfrog0202 · 35 replies
    ABC 15 ^ | 09/29/2014 | AP
    FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - One mom faces child abuse charges after police found her 5-month-old child in her vehicle's trunk during a traffic stop.
  • Alleged Bucks County gay bashers have December court date

    The three Bucks County residents arrested earlier this month for allegedly attacking two gay men in Center City will have a joint preliminary hearing on Dec. 16, a judge ruled Tuesday. Following that hearing, a judge will determine if there is enough evidence to warrant a trial. The defendants - Kathryn Knott, 24, Philip Williams, 24, and Kevin Harrigan, 26 - were excused from having to appear at the status hearing by agreement with the District Attorney's Office. But attorneys for Knott, of Southampton, and Harrigan, of Warrington, said their clients are not gay-bashers. Williams did not utter any homophobic...
  • UKRAINE: The Russians used against Ukrainians ammunition with ceramic fragments

    30.09.14 07:41 The Russians used against Ukrainians ammunition with ceramic fragments. It's scary-military surgeon During the fighting in Donbass Russian units and militants use against multiple launch rocket system of Ukrainian troops, using ammunition with ceramic fragments. It is reported THERE is NO censor. with reference to "Ukrinform". "To operate the wounded by shrapnel more difficult because often the x-ray does not see them in the tissues of the limbs, chest or abdomen. Delete the metal shard, and behind it you notice the ceramic, embedded in the meat-and it's scary, "-such impressions shared on Monday told a military surgeon on...
  • CDC Refuses to Directly Answer If Ebola Patient a US Citizen

    09/30/2014 7:28:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Sep. 30, 2014 | Breitbart TV
    Tuesday during the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention press conference, which confirmed the first case of Ebola in the United States, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden refused to directly answer if the man who traveled from Liberia to Texas earlier this month was a citizen of the Untied States.
  • Beheading is Against Islam, That’s Why Mohammed Owned a Sword Named “Cleaver of Vertebrae”

    09/30/2014 7:20:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | Sep. 30, 2014 | aniel Greenfield
    Can anyone name Moses or Jesus’ favorite swords? Mohammed though had a huge sword collection, a lot of them stolen from other people, because he was kind of a psycho. How much did Mohammed like his swords? He named them. And he liked them more than his wives or just about anything else. “The al-Rasub sword is one of the nine swords of the prophet Muhammad. It is said that the weapons of the house of the prophet Muhammad were kept among his family just like the Ark was kept with the Israelites.” Except the Ark contained the word of...
  • Northeast loses 40% of House seats as people flee high-tax states

    09/30/2014 5:07:40 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 30, 2014 | PAUL BEDARD
    The Northeast, once the nation’s political engine that produced presidents, House speakers and Senate giants including the late Edward M. Kennedy, is losing clout in Washington as citizens flee the high-tax region, according to experts worried about the trend. The Census Bureau reports that population growth has shifted to the South and the result is that the 11 states that make up the Northeast are being bled dry of representation in Washington. Critics blame rising taxes in states such as Massachusetts and Connecticut for limiting population growth in the Northeast to just 15 percent from 1983 to 2013, while the...
  • Local Gun Shop Says Sales Up Due to Firearm Safety Act

    09/30/2014 6:36:57 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 10 replies
    WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - The Firearm Safety Act of 2013 is hitting its one-year mark in Maryland, and a local gun shop owner says sales have increased significantly since the law went into effect. Parker Bandy, owner of Antietam Firearms, said he knew it would take about a year for people to come around. "Now they accepted it, we're helping them get their HQL (handgun qualification license)," Bandy said. "We're helping them get what they seek, because what they're after is personal protection. That what we're all about here." Before getting a handgun license in Maryland, you now have to...
  • Northeast loses 40% of House seats as people flee high-tax states

    09/30/2014 6:24:54 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 43 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Sept. 30,2014 | Paul Bedard
    The Northeast, once the nation’s political engine that produced presidents, House speakers and Senate giants including the late Edward M. Kennedy, is losing clout in Washington as citizens flee the high-tax region, according to experts worried about the trend. The Census Bureau reports that population growth has shifted to the South and the result is that the 11 states that make up the Northeast are being bled dry of representation in Washington. Critics blame rising taxes in states such as Massachusetts and Connecticut for limiting population growth in the Northeast to just 15 percent from 1983 to 2013, while the...
  • Support House Bill 620 and Marine Tahmooressi

    09/30/2014 6:04:17 PM PDT · by rongkirby · 2 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 9/30/14 | Susy Raybon
    Support House Bill 620 to Free Marine Tahmooressi, 10 AM Oct 1, at Rayburn Bldg
  • Landrieu Slammed in New Ad ‘Mary hasn’t helped us at all’

    09/30/2014 6:02:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Sep. 30, 2014 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Louisiana Republican state senator Elbert Guillory released a hard-hitting ad against Sen. Mary Landrieu (D., La.) on Tuesday, saying that the Democrat has done nothing for the black community in her 18 years in the senate. “Mary Landrieu first ran for Senate in 1996 promising to be a champion for the black community. Eighteen years later, little has changed,” Guillory says, standing on a street corner in Opelousas, La. “Our communities are poorer than they were in 1996. Our schools continue to fail our children. Our jails are filled with young black men who should be at home being fathers....
  • PEF debit card case kept private

    09/30/2014 5:53:45 PM PDT · by Shady · 4 replies
    Albany Times Union ^ | 9/30/14 | Brendan J Lyons
    Albany Officials at one of the state's largest public labor unions shielded a downstate council leader from potential prosecution after she allegedly used a union debit card to make at least $20,000 in questionable purchases — including liquor, restaurant bills and home improvement items. Several people familiar with the matter, and internal documents filed with the Albany-based Public Employees Federation, indicate PEF's leaders asked to handle the matter as an internal "ethics violation" when contacted several months ago by the office of Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe. The union represents more than 53,000 state government workers. The district...
  • Mayor of suburban Los Angeles city killed (Bell Gardens)

    09/30/2014 5:46:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 30, 2014 8:42 PM EDT
    Authorities say the mayor of the Los Angeles suburb of Bell Gardens has been shot to death and his wife is in custody. Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Crystal Hernandez said Tuesday that Mayor Daniel Crespo got into an argument with his wife, Levette Crespo, and their 19-year-old son tried to intervene. …
  • The House of the Usher

    09/30/2014 5:42:58 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 1 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9-30-14 | Richard Fernandez
    According to Robert Sczcerba, a health technology venture capitalist and former director of life sciences at Lockheed Martin, the greatest health technology danger is the cacaphony of beeps that attend medical devices in every hospital. Because if everything is a priority then nothing is. He writes: Have you ever stood in line at a fast food restaurant listening to a loud, persistent beeping from the kitchen’s deep fryer? If so, you’ve probably wanted to yell, “Hey, could somebody get the fries, or press a button to make that stupid dinging stop?” The employees, meanwhile, have long since stopped paying attention...
  • Chris Matthews vs. Ezekiel Emanuel on Ebola: "Obama Said It Was Unlikely. (Shorten)"

    09/30/2014 5:34:32 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 56 replies
    Real Clear Politics Video ^ | September 30,2014 | Ian Schwartz
    On MSNBC's Hardball tonight, host Chris Matthews argued with Obamacare architect Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel about President Obama saying it was "unlikely" that an Ebola case would strike the U.S. "Obama said it was unlikely. It has happened. It's here," Matthews said.
  • Court: Obama Admin Can’t Hide Investigation into Former White House Adviser Austan Goolsbee

    09/30/2014 5:21:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Sep. 30, 2014 | CJ Ciaramella
    The Obama administration must acknowledge the existence of an independent investigation into former White House senior economics adviser Austan Goolsbee’s alleged unauthorized access to the Koch brother’s tax returns, a court ruled Tuesday. A federal judge ruled the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) must disclose to watchdog group Cause of Action whether records of an investigation exist. Cause of Action filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit after TIGTA refused to confirm or deny the existence of the investigation in what is commonly known as a “Glomar response.” “The court has ruled that the federal government cannot...
  • California governor vetoes ethics bills

    09/30/2014 5:19:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 30, 2014 7:43 PM EDT | Judy Lin
    Despite a series of political scandals that marred the California state Senate this year, Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday he had vetoed key ethics bills seeking to place new restrictions on gift giving and campaign spending. The Democratic governor said politicians should be subject to campaign finance rules, but the general activities addressed in the bills already are subject to regulation and disclosure. The political ethics bills originated in the state Senate, where lawmakers have been under a cloud after federal agents arrested two Democrats in unrelated corruption cases. Agents say supporters lavished gifts and dinners on Sens. Leland Yee...
  • Report: Obama rode elevator with armed man

    09/30/2014 5:16:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 30, 2014 7:21 PM EDT | Alicia A. Caldwell
    President Barack Obama rode an elevator this month with an armed security contractor who had three criminal convictions, a violation of Secret Service security protocols, according to published reports. The latest embarrassment for the Secret Service comes after agency Director Julia Pierson on Tuesday took full responsibility for a Sept. 19 breach of security when a man carrying a knife got into the White House. …
  • Secret Service follows the Obama scandal playbook

    09/30/2014 5:14:25 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    Breitbart -- the Conversation ^ | 9-30-14 | John Hayward
    Whatever else is going on at the Secret Service, they've got the Obama Administration scandal playbook down pat, which is really depressing. 1. Lie about what happened - They not only misled the public about how far Omar Gonzalez penetrated the White House, they apparently were less than forthcoming with Congress. According to CBS News, "a congressional official told the Associated Press that Senate Judiciary Committee staffers who were briefed a week after the incident by the Administration were never told how far Gonzalez made it into the building." At today's hearings, House Oversight chair Darrell Issa (R-CA) referred to...
  • Oklahoma Beheading Suspect Uttered Arabic Words During Attack, Had ‘Infatuation’ With Beheadings

    09/30/2014 5:09:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    the blaxe ^ | Sep. 30, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man apparently uttered Arabic words during an attack in which he allegedly severed a co-worker’s head, and had “some sort of infatuation with beheadings,” but the killing appeared to have more to do with the man’s suspension from his job than his recent conversion to Islam, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Alton Nolen, 30, could face the death penalty after being charged with first-degree murder in the attack Thursday that authorities say appears to have been an act of revenge for a co-worker’s complaint that got him suspended. The FBI also is investigating the attack,...
  • School accused of 'purging' Christian books

    09/30/2014 5:09:05 PM PDT · by 444Flyer · 16 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 9-23-14 | Todd Starnes
    It’s hard to imagine that any school would have a problem with a book about a Christian family that helped Jews escape the Holocaust. But Springs Charter Schools in Temecula, Calif., not only had a problem with “The Hiding Place,” they also took issue with any other book that was written by a Christian author or included a Christian message. “We do not purchase sectarian educational materials and do not allow sectarian materials on our state-authorized lending shelves,” Superintendent Kathleen Hermsmeyer wrote in a letter to attorneys at the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI). Pacific Justice Institute is representing a parent...
  • Odds on when the movie Outbreak or Contagion airs

    09/30/2014 4:44:04 PM PDT · by ealgeone · 15 replies
    Self | 09-30-14 | ealgeone
    I predict by this weekend.
  • Watch: When Security Forces Finally Tracked Down Teens' Killers

    09/30/2014 4:31:36 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/9/14
    Following footage released by the Yamam elite counter-terrorism police unit showing the operation which killed the Hamas terrorists behind the brutal kidnap and murder of three Israeli teens in June, the IDF has released its own footage from the operation. After a determined hunt for the killers - Marwan Kawasmeh and Amer Abu-Eisha - Shin Bet security services tracked them down to a compound in Hevron, not far from where the bodies of their victims, Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Frenkel, were dumped. After sealing off the house and attempting to arrest them, the terrorists opened fire - and...
  • Federal judge rules Obamacare subsidies illegal. Will Supreme Court weigh in?

    09/30/2014 4:30:36 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 25 replies
    yahoo ^ | september 30, 2014 | warren richey
    A federal judge in Oklahoma on Tuesday struck down a key provision supporting the Affordable Care Act, in yet another judicial move that threatens to derail President Obama’s vision of national health care reform. US District Judge Ronald White said in a 20-page opinion that the Internal Revenue Service lacked the authority to enact a regulation that allows the federal government to provide tax credits to qualified health care policyholders through health care exchanges in every instance. At issue in the lawsuit was whether the IRS regulation conflicted with the clear language of ACA, also known as Obamacare, which appears...
  • DCNS will unveil the SMX OCEAN at Euronaval 2014: A Conventional Barracuda (French sub design)

    09/30/2014 4:25:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 30 September 2014
    Navy Recognition learned that DCNS will introduce a new submarine concept at Euronaval 2014 which be held from October 27th to 31st at Paris Le Bourget in France. The SMX OCEAN is based on a Barracuda hull, the next generation SSN of the French Navy, fitted with a conventional propulsion system (SSK) with AIP technology. The SMX OCEAN concept to be unveiled at Euronaval 2014. Picture: DCNS The focus of DCNS engineers in developing this concept was put on endurance and high sustained speed. We learned that the 4,700 tons SSK was designed for an endurance of 14,000 nautical miles...
  • Hundreds Join Mass Prayers Against Destruction of Samaria Town

    09/30/2014 4:14:52 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/9/14 | Yoni Kempinsky, Ari Yashar
    Arutz Sheva was at the scene as hundreds of concerned Jews gathered on Tuesday in the Samaria town of Givat Assaf, located north of Jerusalem near Beit El, to join in a prayer rally to save the community from destruction. The far-left group Peace Now seven years ago petitioned for the town's destruction claiming it was built on Arab-owned land; residents argue it was not privately owned and therefore can easily be recognized as state land, adding that nearly all of the land was purchased and legally registered by residents in the state land registry. In a court discussion on...
  • NYC mayor signs order expanding living wage law

    09/30/2014 4:06:51 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 25 replies
    YAHOO NEWS ^ | 30 SEPTEMBER 2014 | Jonathan Lemire
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order on Tuesday that expanded New York City's living wage law, increasing the hourly rate to $13.13 from $11.90 for workers who do not receive benefits. The significant expansion, which will cover thousands of previously exempt New Yorkers, fulfilled a campaign promise made by de Blasio, who became the city's first Democratic mayor in a generation when he took office in January. It strengthened a law that was approved by the City Council in 2012.
  • Israel Agreed to Let Gazans Pray on Temple Mount

    09/30/2014 3:55:54 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/10/14 | Dalit Halevy & Ari Yashar
    At a weekly Palestinian Authority (PA) unity government meeting on Tuesday, it was announced that Israel had agreed to allow Arab residents of Gaza to travel to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The move comes as part of a general increase in the number of Gaza residents allowed to travel into Judea and Samaria, a gesture in the ongoing ceasefire talks between Israel and the terrorist organization Hamas, which are to resume in Cairo in the last week of October. The talks come amid reports that Hamas has renewed its terrorist preparations to attack Israel. Arab rioters have...
  • California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

    09/30/2014 3:49:47 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 49 replies
    YAHOO NEWS ^ | 30 SEPTEMBER 2014 | Fenit Nirappil
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways. A national coalition of plastic bag manufacturers immediately said it would seek a voter referendum to repeal the law, which is scheduled to take effect in July 2015.
  • FCC Considering Move to Ban NFL Redskins Team Name

    09/30/2014 3:43:12 PM PDT · by foreverfree · 53 replies
    Reuters via Fox Business ^ | 9/30/14 | Alina Selyukh
    The Federal Communications Commission is considering whether to punish broadcasters for using the moniker of the Washington NFL team, the Redskins, a word many consider a slur to Native Americans, the agency's chairman indicated on Tuesday.
  • Top VA Official Conspired With Her Married Boyfriend To Thwart Investigations

    09/30/2014 3:45:23 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9-30-14 | Tristyn Bloom
    A recent investigation has uncovered a shocking tale of corruption and adultery at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Susan Taylor, a longtime federal employee and Deputy Chief Procurement Officer at the Veterans Health Administration since 2010, not only used her position to award government contracts to a former business partner, and worked with said company to hide the thousands and thousands of dollars it was making off the government, but conspired with her married boyfriend — who also had close personal ties to the company — to thwart investigations into her misconduct. The salacious story began in 1994, when Taylor...
  • White couple sues, says sperm bank gave vials from black donor

    09/30/2014 3:39:57 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 59 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Sep 30, 2014 | Meredith Rodriguez
    White couple sues, says sperm bank gave vials from black donor By Meredith Rodriguez, Tribune reporter contact the reporter A white Ohio woman is suing a Downers Grove-based sperm bank, alleging that the company mistakenly gave her vials from an African-American donor, a fact that she said has made it difficult for her and her same-sex partner to raise their now 2-year-old daughter in an all-white community. Jennifer Cramblett of Uniontown, Ohio, alleges in the lawsuit filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court, that Midwest Sperm Bank sent her the vials of an African American donor's sperm in September 2011...
  • Hong Kong protesters use a mesh network to organise

    09/30/2014 3:30:12 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 7 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 09/30/14 | Aviva Rutkin and Jacob Aron
    Hong Kong's mass protest is networked. Activists are relying on a free app that can send messages without any cellphone connection. On Sunday alone, the app was downloaded more than 100,000 times in Hong Kong, its developers said. FireChat relies on "mesh networking", a technique that allows data to zip directly from one phone to another via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
  • Security guard with gun, criminal record allowed on elevator with Obama

    09/30/2014 3:26:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 30, 2014 | Peter Sullivan
    An armed security contractor with a criminal background was allowed in an elevator with President Obama earlier this month, according to reports , adding to a string of security breaches plaguing the Secret Service. The member of a private security firm was on an elevator with Obama during the president's trip to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta on Sept. 16. The man did not comply with agents who told him to stop filming the president on the elevator. Only when a supervisor for the private security firm came over to address the situation did the agents...
  • Beer May Make Your Smarter

    09/30/2014 3:20:43 PM PDT · by Libloather · 49 replies
    MSN ^ | 9/31/14 | Patrick Jones
    Researchers from Oregon State are saying that an ingredient in beer can help boost brain function.
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EDT,WABC AM,September 30,2014

    09/30/2014 2:54:31 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 64 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | September 30,2014 | Mark Levin
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  • 7 reasons Mike Pence will be the GOP nominee in 2016

    09/30/2014 2:53:52 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 68 replies
    VOX ^ | September 30, 2014 | Matthew Yglesias
    7 reasons Mike Pence will be the GOP nominee in 2016 Updated by Matthew Yglesias on September 30, 2014, 8:30 a.m. ET @mattyglesiasmatt@vox.com Tweet Share on Twitter (191) Share Share on Facebook (1,129) +1 LinkedIn Share on LinkedIn (15) Email Email MikePence.com Don't miss stories. Follow Vox! Early polling tells you almost nothing about presidential nomination battles, since it ends up almost exclusively telling you about name recognition. Early media buzz is similar. People like to read stories about figures they've already heard of, and it's easier to write stories about politicians you've already covered.But you don't need to be a...
  • LMPD: Student shot at Fern Creek Traditional High School

    09/30/2014 2:47:20 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 8 replies
    WAVE 3 News ^ | Sep 30, 2014 | Joey Brown
    LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The person who shot a student at Fern Creek High School fled the building, but a suspect was captured about three hours later, according to Louisville Metro Police. One shot was fired inside a third-floor classroom at about 1 p.m. at the school at 9100 Fern Creek Road. The student was rushed to a hospital and was being treated for injuries that were not life-threatening. The parents of that student were notified and the family was reunited at a hospital, police said. [SLIDESHOW: Student shot at Fern Creek Traditional High School] It is not known what...
  • Victory! Boys born as boys can shower with girls in Kentucky school

    09/30/2014 2:26:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/30/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    I probably would have missed this story were it not for Maggie Gallagher at The Corner. It seems that the good people on the appeal board considering a case at Atherton High School (part of the Jefferson County public school system) have determined that you can use the girls’ bathrooms, locker room and showers if you say you’re a girl. No physical required. A transgender teenager, who was born male but identifies as a female, can continue to use a women’s restroom and locker room at a Jefferson County Public School. In a 5-to-1 vote, an appeal board upheld...
  • What Ted Cruz would be risking by running for president in 2016

    09/30/2014 2:10:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 09/30/2014 | Philip Klein
    With his frequent trips to the early primary states and recent staff changes, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., is looking increasingly like somebody intending to run for president in 2016 — and it's easy to see why he would be tempted to do so. The next Republican race is going to be wide open, with no clear frontrunner, and the limited polling that exists on 2016 suggests Cruz would be starting out right in the mix with other candidates. If he declines to run and a Republican goes on to win the presidency, the earliest he'd be able to try would...
  • Government Funds Lawyers for Immigrant Kids

    09/30/2014 1:49:17 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 30, 2014 | By AMY TAXIN
    The Obama administration is spending $4 million on lawyers for unaccompanied immigrant children in deportation proceedings, a move an influential Republican lawmaker says is illegal and will fuel an increase in illegal immigration. Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services' said it is the first time the office that oversees programs for unaccompanied immigrant children will provide money for direct legal representation. The grants to two organizations are part of a bigger $9 million project that aims to provide lawyers to 2,600 children.
  • Presidential Proclamation --- National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 2014

    09/30/2014 1:45:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    The White House ^ | September 30, 2014 | Barack Hussein Obama
    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Domestic violence affects every American. It harms our communities, weakens the foundation of our Nation, and hurts those we love most. It is an affront to our basic decency and humanity, and it must end. During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we acknowledge the progress made in reducing these shameful crimes, embrace the basic human right to be free from violence and abuse, and recognize that more work remains until every individual is able to live free from fear. Last month, our Nation marked the 20th anniversary of the...
  • Holder Demonized State Attempts to Ensure Honest Elections

    09/30/2014 1:45:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    CNSNews ^ | September 30, 2014 | Ken Blackwell & Edwin Meese III
    Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced his resignation on Thursday, leaves a dismal legacy at the Justice Department, but one of his legal innovations was especially pernicious: the demonizing of state attempts to ensure honest elections. As a former U.S. attorney general under President Reagan, and a former Ohio secretary of state, we would like to say something that might strike some as obvious: Those who oppose photo voter-ID laws and other election-integrity reforms are intent on making it easier to commit vote fraud. That conclusion is inescapable, given the well-established evidence that voter-ID laws don't disenfranchise minorities or reduce...