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  • Debt ceiling and transgender bills pass Senate

    02/28/2015 12:30:21 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 3 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 2/27/2015 | Don Weber
    .... Bathroom bill clears Senate hurdle Senate Bill 76, sponsored by Sen. C. B. Embrey, R-Morgantown, passed the Senate Friday with a 27 to 9 vote. The bill would require students to use the bathroom of the sex that they were born. Democratic opponents of the bill felt that the decision of what restroom a transgender child should use should be made at the local school level. “I don’t see anything wrong with letting our local school boards run their own school systems,” said Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort. Sen. Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville, is fearful that the state is taking way...
  • The Next Great Migration - Why don’t more black Americans move abroad?

    02/28/2015 12:28:12 PM PST · by Second Amendment First · 6 replies
    NY Times ^ | Feb. 27, 2015 | THOMAS CHATTERTON WILLIAMS
    PARIS — AT dinner last summer with my brother-in-law, a grandson of Jews who fled Algeria for France, the conversation turned to the rash of anti-Semitic incidents plaguing the country. At such times, the question inevitably arises in the minds of many Jews: “Where could we go?” He mentioned Tel Aviv, London and New York, but the location mattered less than the reassurance that departure remained an option. He’s not alone in this thinking: 7,000 French Jews emigrated in 2014. Over the past year, as I watched with outrage at the dizzying spate of unpunished extrajudicial police killings of black...
  • Gallup Daily: Obama Job Approval ( 42 % Approve/ 53 % Disapprove)

    02/28/2015 12:24:17 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 3 replies
    Gallup.com ^ | February 28, 2014 | Gallup Poll
    Gallup tracks daily the percentage of Americans who approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president. Daily results are based on telephone interviews with approximately 1,500 national adults; Margin of error is ±3 percentage points.
  • U.S. Intelligence-Sharing Leaves Ukraine in the Dark

    02/28/2015 12:21:40 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 1 replies
    Wallstreet Journal ^ | 2/27/2015 | ADAM ENTOUS and JULIAN E. BARNES
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. is providing spy-satellite imagery to Ukraine to help in its fight against Russia-backed rebels, but with a catch: the images are significantly degraded to avoid provoking Russia or compromising U.S. secrets. The White House agreed last year to Ukraine’s request to provide the photos and other intelligence. But before delivering them, U.S. officials black out military staging areas on Russian territory and reduce the resolution so that enemy formations can’t be clearly made out, making them less useful to Ukrainian military commanders. Those steps, which delay the delivery of the images by at least 24 hours, are designed...
  • Egyptian court calls Hamas a terror group

    02/28/2015 12:11:53 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 1 replies
    ClickOnDetroit.com ^ | 02/28/2015 | Joshua Berlinger and Ian Lee
    CAIRO (CNN) - An Egyptian court has ruled that Hamas is a terrorist organization, according to an Egyptian state-run media organization.Hamas, the Islamist group which dominates the Gaza strip, has been at odds with the Egyptian government since the country's former President, Mohammed Morsy, was ousted in a coup in the summer of 2013.Morsy was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist political organization that shares deep ties with Hamas. The government formed after Morsy's ouster designated the Brotherhood as a terrorist group in December 2013; since then, many of its leaders have been charged with supporting terrorism.Hamas...
  • Letter: History repeats itself (Thomas Jefferson was fighting Muslim terrorism 200 years ago)

    02/28/2015 12:08:24 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 6 replies
    ShoreNewsToday.com ^ | 02/28/2015 | Letter: History repeats itself
    To the editor:As a World War II veteran I am appalled by the lack of knowledge our Senators and Congresspersons have in discussing the threats that have been covering our nation for the past years. Every American that reads this letter should understand the background of the Marine Hymn and the phrase, “to the shores of Tripoli.”One has to wonder why our elected officials (The United States Congress) either fail to read history or tend to dismiss history as untrue facts. Over 200 years ago the United States declared war on Islam and it was Thomas Jefferson who led the...
  • John Boehner Allies Fret Coup Attempt

    02/28/2015 11:59:23 AM PST · by kristinn · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | Saturday, February 28, 2015 | John Bresnahan; Anna Palmer and Lauren French
    Close allies of Speaker John Boehner are worried that his conservative rivals could move to oust him as soon as next week. Removing a sitting speaker is exceedingly difficult, and such an effort would almost certainly fall short. Yet growing speculation about the possibility of it – coming after Friday’s embarrassing defeat at the hands of conservatives and House Democrats on the homeland security battle — shows how vulnerable the speaker has become. Five years into the job, he’s a leader consistently buffeted by forces beyond his control. The legislative calendar guarantees it won’t get any easier: in the coming...
  • Democrats: Boehner Promised Us a Vote on a Clean DHS Bill Next Week

    02/28/2015 11:55:53 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 13 replies
    National Journal ^ | 02/28/2015 | Alex Brown
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reads a letter she sent to her colleagues in Congress urging support for a DHS stopgap funding bill.(T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)) February 28, 2015 House conservatives were told a shutdown-averting vote last night bought them a week reprieve to strategize a new fight against President Obama's immigration orders. Democrats believe they've been promised a vote on a full-year funding bill by next Friday. A week from now, one of those groups is going to be very disappointed—and likely irate at the deception of its own leadership.   House Democrats voted en masse Friday for a...
  • Ambassador Bolton: Obama Hates Israel, Sees It As “The Problem” (CSPAN Video)

    02/28/2015 11:49:39 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies
    PatDollard.com ^ | 02/28/2015
  • Call Clinton Foundation Action What It Was: Corruption

    02/28/2015 11:46:47 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 2 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 02/27/2015 | Michael Rubin
    So, it’s now become clear that the Clinton Foundation violated its ethics agreement with the Obama administration, which had been drawn up to avoid conflicts of interest when President Obama tapped Hillary Clinton to become his secretary of state. Because the Clinton Foundation often received donations from foreign states and Hillary Clinton didn’t want her tenure in Foggy Bottom to drain the Foundation of the funds upon which it came to rely, Obama administration lawyers hashed out an agreement in which foreign states could donate, but only if they had donated before and only if they did not provide additional...
  • The Obama Pentagon’s Benghazi Papers

    02/28/2015 11:40:06 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 4 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 02/28/2015 | Tom Fitton
    The D.C. Establishment hopes if you drag out disclosure about a scandal long enough, it loses a bit of its “wow factor” along the way. That would seem to be the view of the Obama administration regarding many of its wanton acts of mismanagement.
  • Silicon Valley Panic: China Demands NSA-Like Access and Control (ChiCom Patriot Act on Steroids)

    02/28/2015 11:26:26 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 11 replies
    SputnikNews.com ^ | 02/28/2015
    Silicon Valley is in a panic following an announcement that China is considering sweeping counterterrorism legislation. The law would require tech companies to provide the Chinese government with NSA-like access to private data, terms the industry may be forced to accept if they want to do business in the world’s most populated country. The Edward Snowden revelations about the American spying apparatus have numerous impacts. One of the latest is a decision by the Chinese government to terminate contracts with a number of major US-based technology brands. This could stem from news that the NSA installed spyware into the products of major US technology companies, thus using these brands...
  • A lawmaker who believes saltwater and baking soda can cure cancer

    02/28/2015 11:15:16 AM PST · by Oliviaforever · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Abby Ohlheiser
    Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore said recently that she will propose a "Right to Try" bill in her state. But it's not the bill itself that gained national attention. Instead, it was Fiore's statement that she believes cancer is "a fungus" that can be cured by "flushing, let’s say, saltwater, sodium carbonate" through the body.
  • (Exempt) Dems call GOP Homeland Security strategy a political blunder

    02/28/2015 11:01:20 AM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    AP via MSN ^ | 2/28/15 | CHARLES BABINGTON
    WASHINGTON — Democrats are losing some skirmishes over the Department of Homeland Security, but many feel they are winning a political war that will haunt Republicans in 2016 and beyond. Democrats lacked the votes Friday to force Republicans to fund the department for a year with no strings. Still, even some Republicans say party leaders are on a perilous path with a very public ideological struggle only highlighting the GOP's inability to pass contested legislation and possibly worsening its weak relationship with Hispanic voters. Worst of all, numerous lawmakers said, Republican leaders have offered no plausible scenario for a successful...
  • Mark Levin Takes on GOP Estab: ‘In Order to Defeat Democrats, We Have to Defeat Republicans’

    02/28/2015 10:51:21 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 20 replies
    br ^ | 02/28/2015 | Tony Lee
    After his riveting address at Saturday’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Mark Levin declared on Breitbart News Saturday that conservatives will never defeat Democrats without first defeating the Republican establishment. The conservative icon, scholar, and talk radio host earlier told CPAC attendees that, “we’re here today because we are losing our republic and we’re the Sunshine Patriots who seek to restore it.” Levin has urged Republicans to nominate a true conservative in 2016 for the first time since Ronald Reagan, and he noted that “in order to get a Reagan we had to defeat the Bushes.”
  • Scientists are wrong all the time, and that’s fantastic

    02/28/2015 10:28:40 AM PST · by DeweyCA · 17 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | 2-27-15
    When a researcher gets proved wrong, that means the scientific method is working. Scientists make progress by re-doing each other’s experiments—replicating them to see if they can get the same result. More often than not, they can’t. “Failure to reproduce is a good thing,” says Ivan Oransky, co-founder of Retraction Watch. “It happens a lot more than we know about.” That could be because the research was outright fraudulent, like Wakefield’s. But there are plenty of other ways to get a bum result—as the Public Libary of Science’s new collection of negative results, launched this week, will highlight in excruciating...
  • Putin's 'Hybrid' Great Terror (Nemtsov assassination)

    02/28/2015 10:11:07 AM PST · by kristinn · 12 replies
    Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty ^ | Saturday, February 28, 2015 | Brian Whitmore
    When reporters asked former world chess champion and Kremlin critic Garry Kasparov who was behind the assassination of opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, he dismissed the question as irrelevant. Whoever did the dirty work, he implied, would have done so only with President Vladimir Putin's blessing. "Who gave the order to kill Nemtsov? Who knows,” Kasparov said. ”But this was done not far from the Kremlin and it would have been done by Putin's cronies. Who ordered it? I don't care. Putin must be held responsible for the murder of Boris." Kasparov’s remark gets to the heart of the larger significance...
  • Cruz Tells Anti-Tax Group 'No' to Common Core in Schools

    02/28/2015 10:07:56 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 8 replies
    WCTV ^ | Sat 12:32 PM, Feb 28, 2015
    <p>PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) -- Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is telling an influential anti-tax group that he opposes Common Core education standards, putting him at odds with fellow presidential prospect Jeb Bush a day after Bush endorsed the standards to the same audience.</p>
  • Is GOP finally getting nervous that the Supreme Court might gut Obamacare?

    02/28/2015 9:59:58 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 56 replies
    LA Times ^ | 02/28/2015 | Michael Hiltzik
    It wasn't so long ago that Republicans were viewing the prospect that the Supreme Court might overturn a key provision of the Affordable Care Act with unalloyed glee. The court might "ultimately take it down," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) crowed in December. "You could have a mulligan here, a major do-over of the whole thing, that opportunity presented to us by the Supreme Court."
  • [Bob] Menendez presses State Department and FBI on Chesimard (ya rite)

    02/28/2015 9:57:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    NJ Advance Media via NJ.com ^ | February 26, 2015 at 5:09 PM | Jonathan D. Salant
    U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez today asked the State Department to give the return of convicted cop-killer Joanne Chesimard “the utmost importance” in new negotiations with Cuba. In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Menendez said that Chesimard and other fugitives must be extradited to the U.S. before Cuba is removed from a list of state sponsors of terrorism. …
  • U.S. Intelligence-Sharing Leaves Ukraine in the Dark

    02/28/2015 9:40:36 AM PST · by tlozo · 5 replies
    The Wall Sreet Journal ^ | Feb. 27, 2015 | Adam Entous and Julian E. Barnes
    The U.S. is providing spy-satellite imagery to Ukraine to help in its fight against Russia-backed rebels, but with a catch: the images are significantly degraded to avoid provoking Russia or compromising U.S. secrets... But before delivering them, U.S. officials black out military staging areas on Russian territory and reduce the resolution so that enemy formations can’t be clearly made out, making them less useful to Ukrainian military commanders. Those steps, which delay the delivery of the images by at least 24 hours, are designed to keep the U.S. out of the so-called kill chain—military jargon for the stages of lethal...
  • Please keep those donations coming in, folks. We're almost there!! [FReepathon LIX]

    02/28/2015 9:27:33 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 85 replies
    Woo hoo!! Please keep those donations coming in, folks. Let's git 'er done!! FR is funded solely by contributions made by the liberty loving patriots who enjoy and use it. We are beholden to no political party. No advertisers, no outsiders, no sugar daddies, no corporate string pullers. No commercial ads. No annoying pop-ups. No ad tracking. No mail campaigns. No spam. Definitely no government subsidies or tax breaks. We are self-funded, fiercely independent and enjoy our freedom to speak plainly in the support of God, family, country, liberty!! But we cannot exist without you. Every donation counts no matter...
  • Yolo County Sheriff: Dead Baby floating in Slough: no evidence the infant was a victim of homicide

    02/28/2015 8:55:15 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 37 replies
    McClatchy / Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/26/2015 | Peter Hecht and Darrell Smith
    Preliminary autopsy results say 20-day-old Justice Rees, whose tiny body was found Wednesday at a remote slough near Knights Landing, may have drowned or died of hypothermia. In an interview Thursday, Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto said authorities have no evidence the infant was a victim of homicide.
  • It's a new day at the Flower Show (When Liberals Get Mugged)

    02/28/2015 8:53:09 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 12 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 02/28/2015 | Ronnie Polaneczky
    I HAVE A FAVOR to ask of the union members who've been picketing the Pennsylvania Convention Center: Leave the Philadelphia Flower Show alone. As in for real, guys. If you're planning to disrupt the show the way some members of the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters disrupted the Philadelphia Auto Show on Feb. 7 - don't argue they didn't; we're not idiots - please just don't.
  • The ‘imperial presidency’ is here and we aren’t doing much to reverse it

    02/28/2015 8:24:12 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 39 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 02/28/2015 | Jon E. Dougherty
    “Catch me if you can.” That’s what President Obama seems to be saying to the Republican-led Congress, to the Judicial Branch, and to every single American, regardless of political affiliation. He is daring all of us to try and stop him from implementing, on his own, the final act of his “fundamental transformation” of the country in the two years he has left in office. What’s worse is that we are letting him get away with it.
  • U.S. Unveils comprehensive new adult vaccination plan

    02/28/2015 8:06:58 AM PST · by azkathy · 86 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 2-25-15 | Alicia Bayer
    While childhood vaccination rates are well over 90%, adults are far more likely to be behind on vaccinations http://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/national_adult_immunization_plan_final.pdf Think you're up to date on your vaccinations? You might be surprised at how many vaccinations are now recommended for American adults -- and the federal government plans to start tracking which of those vaccines you're behind on. The Department of Health and Human Services released its preliminary draft of a new five year plan to increase adult vaccinations this month. The newly revised 52-page National Adult Immunization Plan says: While the NVP provides a vision for improving protection from vaccine-preventable...
  • Jihadist snouts still in public trough ( Australia )

    02/28/2015 7:58:55 AM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    News au ^ | February 23, 2015
    NOT a single welfare payment has been cancelled for terrorist recruits leaving Australia for the Middle East, or those merely deemed a national security threat, since new laws were enacted last October to crack down on the so-called welfare warriors. The Daily Telegraph revealed at the weekend that 96 per cent of the junior ­jihadis who snuck out of the country before last September had been on some form of welfare payment, prompting the introduction of new laws to stop it. ... Subsequent inquiries, however, have revealed that the new laws have yet to be used, despite some 40 more...
  • Profile: Boris Nemtsov

    02/28/2015 7:49:21 AM PST · by McGruff · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | 27 February 2015
    Nemtsov founded a number of opposition movements after leaving the Russian parliament in 2003 and he had served as the co-chair of the opposition Republican Party of Russia - People's Freedom Party since 2012. He was a prominent and vocal critic of Mr Putin, denouncing him for Russia's part in the Ukraine crisis, its worsening economic situation, and the alleged corruption surrounding preparations for the Sochi Olympic Games in 2014.
  • Petroleum refinery outage in California highlights markets’ quick price reaction

    02/28/2015 7:40:48 AM PST · by thackney · 15 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | FEBRUARY 27, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    On February 18, an explosion and fire occurred at ExxonMobil's refinery in Torrance, California. The Torrance refinery, the third-largest refinery in Southern California, has about 20% of the region's fluid catalytic cracking capacity and is an important source of gasoline and distillate fuel oil supply for Southern California. Unplanned refinery outages can have noticeable effects on liquid fuel markets, disrupting supplies of gasoline and distillate, particularly in regions that are tightly balanced, such as the West Coast (defined as Petroleum Administration for Defense District (PADD) 5). When refineries undergo planned maintenance, they make arrangements for alternative sources of supply to...
  • Netanyahu is coming to Washington next week because Obama left him no choice

    02/28/2015 7:40:04 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 12 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 2/27/2015 | Caroline B. Glick
    t is hard to get your arms around the stubborn determination of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today. For most of the nine years he has served as Israel’s leader, first from 1996 to 1999 and now since 2009, Netanyahu shied away from confrontations or buckled under pressure. He signed deals with the Palestinians he knew the Palestinians would never uphold in the hopes of winning the support of hostile US administrations and a fair shake from the pathologically hateful Israeli media. In recent years he released terrorist murderers from prison. He abrogated Jewish property rights in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria....
  • Dresser-Rand to cut 8 percent of its workforce

    02/28/2015 7:21:12 AM PST · by thackney · 15 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 27, 2015 | Collin Eaton
    Diesel engine and gas turbine maker Dresser-Rand Group is cutting 8 percent of its 8,100-employee workforce around the world in coming weeks, the company said Friday, trimming operating costs as falling crude prices have crushed profits in the oil service sector. The Houston firm, which makes oil industry tools including compression equipment and steam turbines, said the plan will cost $50 million in severance and other charges as it divests assets this year. But its “flexible” manufacturing business will enable the company to start realizing savings from fixed costs this year, it said. “While current market conditions may generate discomfort...
  • Cracks Starting to Appear in Public Pensions’ Armor

    02/25/2015 7:24:29 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 25, 20015 | By Mary Williams Walsh
    First in Detroit, then in Stockton, Calif., and now in New Jersey, judges and other top officials are challenging the widespread belief that public pensions are untouchable. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey delivered the latest blow on Tuesday, when he proposed to freeze that state’s public pension plans and move workers into new ones intended not to overwhelm future budgets or impose open-ended demands on taxpayers. The first crack came in Detroit, where a judge ruled that public pensions could, in fact, be reduced, at least in bankruptcy. Then, just a few weeks ago, an opinion by the bankruptcy...
  • Mark Levin Speech at CPAC 2015 – Video 2/28/15

    02/28/2015 6:57:52 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 25 replies
    Freedoms Lighthouse ^ | 2/28/2015 | Freedoms Lighthouse
    Here is video from this morning of Mark Levin speaking at CPAC 2015. Mark was the first speaker of the day. “Mr. Obama, you may have a pen and a phone – an Obamaphone I’m sure – but we have the Constitution of the United States.”
  • Comrades for Net Neutrality

    02/28/2015 6:46:47 AM PST · by GreyFriar · 45 replies
    National Reivew Online ^ | Feb 26, 2015 | John Fund
    The powers behind the FCC’s muscling of the Internet Today’s vote by a bitterly divided Federal Communications Commission that the Internet should be regulated as a public utility is the culmination of a decade-long battle by the Left. Using money from George Soros and liberal foundations that totaled at least $196 million, radical activists finally succeeded in ramming through “net neutrality,” or the idea that all data should be transmitted equally over the Internet. The final push involved unprecedented political pressure exerted by the Obama White House on FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, head of an ostensibly independent regulatory body. “Net...
  • Egypt goes to war on ISIS, masses troops against Islamist Libyan stronghold at Darnah

    02/28/2015 6:21:11 AM PST · by Diogenesis · 21 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | February 28, 2015
    "Egypt goes to war on ISIS, masses troops against Islamist Libyan stronghold at Darnah" Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi has deployed his troops for all-out war on ISIS strongholds in Libya, the first Arab ruler to challenge the Islamists in a fellow Arab country .... Our Washington sources report that the Obama administration’s planned spring campaign to free Iraqi Mosul from the Islamic State’s occupation is stuck in the sand. Democratic and Republican lawmakers alike accuse the president of having no clear war strategy and of holding back from the US-led coalition the fighting manpower necessary for a successful operation. .......
  • CPAC 2015: Cruz Marijuana Policy Shifts (should be state's decision)

    02/28/2015 6:16:37 AM PST · by Ken H · 24 replies
    IBTimes ^ | Feb 26, 2015 | Max Willens
    A would-be Republican presidential nominee has changed his mind on marijuana. Sen. Ted Cruz said he supports Colorado’s state rights to keep marijuana legalized without federal interference during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity at Thursday’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). “I actually think this is a great embodiment of what Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis called ‘the laboratories of democracy,’” Cruz said. “If the citizens of Colorado decide they want to go down that road, that’s their prerogative. I personally don’t agree with it, but that’s their right.” Cruz’s comments at CPAC bring him in line with...
  • Opposition to immigration reform is a winning strategy for Republicans

    02/28/2015 6:14:46 AM PST · by BobL · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Feb, 27, 2015 | Zoltan L. Hajnal
    ....The answer is that Republicans’ opposition to immigration reform actually represents a winning strategy, not a losing one. Here’s why. Republicans win or lose largely depending on white voters. Whites still make up the vast majority of voters – some 75 percent in 2014 – and whites tend to favor the Republican Party by large margins. Republican congressional candidates garnered 60 percent of the white vote in 2014. All told, 89 percent of all Republican votes in 2014 came from white voters. Put simply, the Republican Party doesn’t really need the minority vote...
  • Army of Assyrian Christians Aims to Fight Islamic State

    02/28/2015 6:11:37 AM PST · by xzins · 17 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | February 25, 2015 | Therese Apel
    Assyrian Christians in the Nineveh Plain, with the help of a group of Americans, are building a fighting machine to stand toe-to-toe with the Islamic State group to preserve their homeland, their history and their heritage. The Nineveh Plain Protection Unit, or NPU, is a battalion of 350 to 500 men trained by Sons of Liberty International, an American-led nonprofit group aimed at “stepping in where governments in the international community have failed.” SOLI founder Matthew VanDyke of New York, a filmmaker who became a freedom fighter in the Libyan civil war and spent six months as a prisoner of...
  • Upcoming Chicago literary events (Hussein's best friend - Bill Ayers)

    02/28/2015 6:02:36 AM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2/26/15 | Jeremy Mikula
    **SNIP** March 22: Jeanne Bishop will discuss her new book, "Change of Heart: Justice, Mercy, and Making Peace With My Sister's Killer," with Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. 4 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., semcoop.com, 773-752-4381
  • Marines Allow Operators to Choose Glocks over MARSOC .45s (G-19 9mm are preferred)

    02/28/2015 5:42:59 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 33 replies
    The Marine Corps has authorized MARSOC operators to carry Glock pistols, since most of the elite outfit's members prefer the popular 9mm over the custom .45 pistols the service bought them in 2012. The Corps issued a Feb. 2 Marine Administrative Message, or MARADMIN, that green-lighted Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, or MARSOC, units to use the Glock 19, a proven design used by many units in U.S. Special Operations Command. The reliable, easy-to-maintain 9mm features a polymer frame and a 17-round magazine. The Marine Corps just completed an exhaustive search for a new MARSOC pistol in 2012. The...
  • Why Bibi's Speech Matters

    02/28/2015 5:30:45 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 8 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 27 Feb 2015 | Matthew Continetti
    The emerging nuclear deal with Iran is indefensible. The White House knows it. That is why President Obama does not want to subject an agreement to congressional approval, why critics of the deal are dismissed as warmongers, and why the president, his secretary of state, and his national security adviser have spent several weeks demonizing the prime minister of Israel for having the temerity to accept an invitation by the U.S. Congress to deliver a speech on a subject of existential import for his small country. These tactics distract public attention. They turn a subject of enormous significance to American...
  • Making the Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

    02/28/2015 5:27:41 AM PST · by bestintxas · 11 replies
    am thinker ^ | 2/28/15 | j levy
    In the anti-fracking film Gasland, producer Josh Fox proclaims that the process of extracting previously inaccessible oil and gas from shale pollutes water supplies, increases the incidence of cancer and leads to higher levels of seismic activity, despite ample contrary evidence. This self-proclaimed environmental watchdog and anti-fracking crusader has led extensive efforts to end or prevent fracking throughout the United States by obfuscating the truth and stopping communities from reaping the benefits of America's shale boom. Josh Fox and others like him are uninterested in looking for improvements in fracking technology and safety. Instead they seek to shut down shale...
  • GUEST COLUMN: Obama the radical

    02/28/2015 5:16:10 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Northwest Georgia News ^ | 2/27/15 | James Cook
    **SNIP** He wants to transform America and create a new society fundamentally different from the old one. Obama has little regard for the Founding Fathers because they allowed slavery to exist, making America the most racist nation, and he views the Constitution as an outdated document that limits his freedom of action. He rejects capitalism as an exploitive, oppressive system that produces inequalities in wealth. To Obama, America is not a force for good in the world, but rather a militaristic, imperialistic menace that has exploited weaker nations and done irreparable damage. Thus, his goals are to reduce America’s military...
  • Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson gets CPAC standing ovation as he slams hippies

    02/28/2015 4:58:04 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 27 Feb 15 | Chris Spargo
    <p>The most popular speaker at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference was not a politician, but rather Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson.</p> <p>Robertson received a thunderous applause that brought the audience to their feet Friday as he accepted the Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award.</p>
  • Trey Gowdy Fights Back Against Obama’s Amnesty With New Immigration Plan

    02/28/2015 4:57:07 AM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/27/15 | Chuck Ross
    South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy has introduced an immigration bill to defund President Obama’s executive amnesty and expedite the removal of criminal aliens from U.S. soil. Named after Michael Davis, Jr., a sheriff’s deputy in California who was killed in the line of duty last year by an illegal immigrant, Gowdy’s bill would also provide a work-around for state and local governments to reinforce federal immigration laws while also implementing an annual review of the executive branch’s use of prosecutorial discretion in immigration cases. “If we are serious about finding a long term solution to our immigration system, we...
  • 'Knives are out': Hawaii Dem faces backlash for taking on Obama over 'Islamist' extremism

    02/28/2015 4:46:49 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    FOX News ^ | February 28, 2015 | By Malia Zimmerman
    She was Hawaii's golden girl after winning a seat in Congress with support from top liberal groups, but now that Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been critical of President Obama, her political reputation in the bluest of blue states is taking a hit. That isn’t stopping the twice-deployed 33-year-old Army veteran from continuing to challenge the president, her home state's favorite son, over his refusal to identify terror groups like the Islamic State as driven by "radical Islam.” “Every soldier knows this simple fact: If you don't know your enemy, you will not be able to defeat him,” Gabbard told...
  • Are Washington Republicans Incompetent?

    02/28/2015 4:32:22 AM PST · by Zakeet · 50 replies
    PowerLine ^ | February 27, 2015 | John Hinderaker
    It is almost unbelievable how badly Congressional Republicans have botched their opposition to President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty and the funding of the Department of Homeland Security. The House, under John Boehner’s direction, did the right thing: it passed a bill that fully funded DHS, but barred spending to implement the amnesty that has now been declared illegal by a federal court. The action then moved to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried repeatedly to bring the House measure to the floor for a vote. Four times, the Democrats filibustered the DHS funding bill. As a result of...
  • Middle-class taxpayers on Obamacare learn that it’s payback time (Pelosi knew)

    02/28/2015 4:18:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 58 replies
    Hays Post ^ | 2/28/15 | Anna Gorman
    Roberta and Curtis Campbell typically look forward to tax time. Most years, they receive a refund – a little extra cash to pay off credit card bills. But this year the California couple got a shock: According to their tax preparer, they owe the IRS more than $6,000. That’s the money the Campbells received from the federal government last year to make their Obamacare health coverage more affordable. Roberta, unemployed when she signed up for the plan, got a job halfway through the year and Curtis found full-time work. The couple’s total yearly income became too high to qualify for...
  • FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules for Internet Providers

    02/28/2015 4:10:29 AM PST · by lbryce · 13 replies
    Inc ^ | February 27, 2015 | Ann Flaherty
    The new rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission are a win for smaller Internet-based companies. Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile now must act in the "public interest" when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone, under rules approved Thursday by a divided Federal Communications Commission. The plan, which puts the Internet in the same regulatory camp as the telephone and bans business practices that are "unjust or unreasonable," represents the biggest regulatory shakeup to the industry in almost two decades. The goal is to prevent providers from slowing or blocking web traffic,...
  • Harry Reid swaps shades for frosted lenses as Nancy Pelosi dons dark sunglasses... (CAPTION!)

    02/28/2015 4:02:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/26/15
    Harry Reid swaps shades for frosted lenses as Nancy Pelosi dons dark sunglasses in solidarity with her bruised colleague Comedy on Capitol Hill - the intentional kind, anyway - is pretty rare. But House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi got chuckles Thursday when she started a news conference by donning dark glasses, a teasingly sympathetic gesture to the man standing next to her, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. 'I brought my glasses to be like Harry, but he switched on me,' Pelosi said, removing her shades.