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  • Ohio teacher fired over comment on black president

    04/18/2014 9:51:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 18, 2014 11:24 AM EDT
    An Ohio teacher has been fired after a black student who said he wanted to become president claimed the teacher told him the nation didn’t need another black commander in chief.The Fairfield Board of Education voted 4-0 on Thursday night to fire science teacher Gil Voigt from Fairfield Freshman School, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer. “The district felt that the evidence was sufficient to support the termination of Mr. Voigt’s employment,” Superintendent Paul Otten said in statement. Voigt did not immediately return a call seeking comment Friday but has said the student misquoted him. …
  • Patriots stand tall for liberty!! Never give-in, never give-up, never surrender!! [Freepathon XV]

    04/18/2014 9:47:06 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 4 replies
    Dear FRiends: Our unelected, unaccountable, unconstitutional law making government agencies have been taken over by politicized, militarized environmental fascists who, aided and abetted by unaccountable black-robed progressive rulers, have devised plans to reduce the people who settled and worked the land to the status of second class citizens, depriving them of their God-given rights and ultimately driving them off the land. These unelected, unaccountable agencies and judges now serve a higher master. The un-American Marxist/progressive movement. People like Obama/Reid/Pelosi have designs for the land and ultimately for all of us. They’re using environmentalism and junk science and corrupt politicians and...
  • Unemployment rates fall in 21 US states last month

    04/18/2014 9:21:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/18/2014
    More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring has improved for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/2-year recovery. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates dropped in 21 states, rose in 17 and were unchanged in the remaining 12. Meanwhile, hiring increased in 34 states and fell in 16. The unemployment rate varies from as low as 2.6 percent in North Dakota to as much as 8.7 percent in Rhode Island. South Carolina has experienced the sharpest rate decline over 12 months to 5.5 percent from...
  • Al Gore dupes 9000 people in Hawaii, insults the rest

    04/18/2014 9:20:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | 4/18/2014 | Anthony Watts
    The story below is from from Honolulu Civil Beat, who covered a political rally on April 15th by Gore to 9000 people in Honolulu’s Stan Sheriff Center. It is a 12,500 seat sports auditorium where his voice was amplified by, his slideshow enabled with, and his persona illuminated by and made comfortable with air-conditioning, all made possible by the “dirty energy” electricity generated by fossil fuels that he railed against.
  • Chinese blogger jailed under crackdown on 'internet rumours'

    04/18/2014 9:16:15 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 13 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | April 18 2014 | Not Attributed
    A Chinese court has jailed a blogger for three years, state media has reported – the first person to be sentenced in a government-led crackdown on so-called internet rumours. Qin Zhihui, one of hundreds of bloggers reportedly detained in an official campaign to assert greater control over China's popular social media, was found guilty of "slander" and "picking quarrels and provoking troubles", state broadcaster CCTV said on Thursday.
  • KANSAS CITY HIGHWAY SHOOTER ARRESTED

    04/18/2014 9:15:15 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 17 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | April 17,2014 | Jim Hoft
    Twenty cars were shot at in the past month. Three people were injured. Local 10 reported: For more than a month, motorists around Kansas City, Missouri, have worried about something besides traffic jams and potholes. Someone had fired a gun at as many as 20 motorists on major roads and highways. Three people were shot, none with life-threatening injuries. A news conference expecting to reveal details of the case was scheduled Friday, a day after Police Chief Darryl Forte announced a man was taken into custody in connection with the shootings. The suspect’s name won’t be released until charges have...
  • California adds 11,800 jobs, unemployment rate rises slightly to 8.1%

    04/18/2014 9:14:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 04/18/2014 | Shan Li
    California's economy added 11,800 net new jobs in March, a meager showing after robust gains the month before, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Although the Golden State gained some jobs, the unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 8.1% from 8% a month earlier, according to the data.
  • MAGNITUDE-7.2 EARTHQUAKE SHAKES MEXICAN CAPITAL

    04/18/2014 8:58:05 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 9 replies
    A.P. ^ | April 18 2014 | JOSE ANTONIO RIVERA
    A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets, where broken windows and debris fell, but there were no early reports of major damage or casualties.
  • Russian Spy Planes in U.S. Skies

    04/18/2014 8:54:24 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 26 replies
    Russian Spy Planes in U.S. Skies By Eli Lake 12 hours ago The Daily Beast The Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. military and American intelligence agencies have quietly pushed the White House in recent weeks to deny a new Russian surveillance plane the right to fly over U.S. territory. This week, the White House finally began consideration of the decision whether to certify the new Russian aircraft under the so-called “Open Skies Treaty.” And now the question becomes: Will the spies and generals get their way? As the United States and Russia face off publicly over Ukraine, behind...
  • Students Demand Acknowledgement of Robert E. Lee's 'Racist and Dishonorable Conduct'

    04/18/2014 8:54:12 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 51 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee's "dishonorable side." According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves 'The Committee,'" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day." The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st....
  • Justina Pelletier’s Family Not Allowed to Visit Their Daughter on Easter Sunday

    04/18/2014 8:53:09 AM PDT · by This Just In · 17 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Steve Ertelt
    The family of Justina Pelletier will not be allowed to visit their daughter on Easter Sunday. The news comes after attorneys working with her family released a letter Justina reportedly wrote saying she is not being treated well. Jennifer Pelletier, Justina’s oldest sister, alerted supported of Justina on the family’s Facebook page: “There are 75 young people in the Wayside Youth Facility. 74 of them will be able to spend Easter Sunday with their families. The one who will not is Justina Pelletier!”
  • P&G bets on new, expensive razor to attract consumers - WSJ

    04/18/2014 8:50:12 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 59 replies
    April 18 (Reuters) - Procter & Gamble Co is planning to offer a new kind of razor, with a swiveling ball hinge and a pricey tag, to move forward with its strategy to push premium products, according to the Wall Street Journal on Friday . The world's largest household products maker has seen sales of its Gillette razors suffer a hit in the fourth quarter of 2013 from the growing trend of sporting moustaches and stubble.
  • It Is Finished(Good Friday)

    04/18/2014 8:48:07 AM PDT · by This Just In · 7 replies
    Ligonier Ministries ^ | April 18, 2014 | R.C. Sproul
    The Roman cross was a terrifying instrument of torture and execution. The sight of a cross must have filled all who saw it with fear. Yet for Christians, the cross has become a sign of hope.
  • Obama's Two Hundred and Seventy-Third Week in Office

    04/18/2014 8:40:27 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Nachumlist.com ^ | 4/18/14 | Nachum
    Obama's Two Hundred and Seventy-Third Week in Office4/17/2014Community Organizer to the WorldObama faces cold audience in Pennsylvania [VIDEO]Russian ResetUkraine Peace Agreement: A Total Victory for PutinRussia Blocks U.S. from Treaty-Approved Spy FlightsJohn Kerry: Parties agree on steps to de-escalate crisis in UkraineUS sending helmets, other non- lethal military aid to UkraineObama warns of "consequences" for Russian actions destabilizing UkraineObama and Israel, Year 6Netanyahu calls Putin, takes neutral stance on Ukraine: State Dept. denies anger at IsraelIt's 3am and nobody's thereU.S. Troop Reduction in Europe Has NATO Commander Calling for 'Pause'John McCain: Obama lets 'bad people'fill U.S. void, says Jimmy Carter...
  • Cruz More Than Doubles Fundraising in 2014's First Three Months

    04/18/2014 8:36:05 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 9 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 10:08 AM | Drew MacKenzie
    Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has more than doubled his fundraising efforts in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2013, according to the Houston Chronicle. Cruz, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, raised $887,344 in the year's first three months while he only took in $363,760 during the same period in 2013 when he first arrived in the U.S. Senate as a tea party favorite set on changing the ways established GOP members work in Washington. The senator, who is in the midst of paying visits to the early presidential caucus and primary states of...
  • The NO Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EDT,WOR AM,April 18,2014

    04/18/2014 8:32:16 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 42 replies
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  • KEENE: Familiar refrains from Britain’s ‘Tea Party’

    04/18/2014 8:25:35 AM PDT · by Siegfried X · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 04/17/2014 | David Keene
    Americans have the Tea Party, which isn’t a party at all, but British establishmentarians are worried about a similar movement that is an actual party. The UK Independence Party or UKIP (pronounced “u-kip”) could have real impact on the European Union elections next month. UKIP is made up mostly, though not exclusively, of former Tory voters who regard Prime Minister David Cameron and his allies as weak-kneed leaders, who neither listen to their base nor fight for the conservative values they profess. UKIP began as a home for British voters skeptical of the value of membership in the European Union...
  • Report: Boehner 'Hellbent' on Passing Amnesty This Year

    04/18/2014 8:22:31 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 26 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 4/18/14 | Tony Lee
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is "hellbent" on passing amnesty legislation, and other GOP leaders are signaling to donors and lobbyists that they also want to pass legislation this Congress, even though attempting to do so would depress the GOP base and create divisions within the party ahead of 2014's midterm elections that could give Republicans control of Congress.
  • Ben Carson: Americans 'Being Played' by Those Who Seek Division

    04/18/2014 8:17:32 AM PDT · by kindred · 17 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | 04/17/14 | Todd Beamon
    Retired pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson said Thursday that Americans are "being played by those people who want to divide, conquer and control." "The trend you can see in our society is if you are pro-life, then you're anti-woman," Carson said at a town hall meeting entitled "Religion in America," sponsored by local news station CBS12 in West Palm Beach, Fla. "If you're pro-traditional marriage, then you're homophobic. If you're a white person — and you say something against a progressive black person, you’re a racist. "We have gotten to this point to where we just like to label people...
  • ATF Adding More NFA Branch Staff, Reducing Backlog, Re-Designing eForms System. Again.

    04/18/2014 8:11:53 AM PDT · by Joe Brower · 12 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 4/16/14 | Nick Leghorn
    ATF Adding More NFA Branch Staff, Reducing Backlog, Re-Designing eForms System. Again.By Nick Leghorn on April 17, 2014 The Truth About Guns TTAG has just received the following email from the ATF about the current status of the National Firearms Act branch, the group responsible for approving the paperwork needed to own fun stuff like silencers and short barreled firearms in the United States. The long and the short of it is that they’ve hired yet more staff and they are finally making a dent in the backlog of paperwork, but it’s going to be a long slog ahead until...
  • ‘Ukraine today is new Balkans’

    04/18/2014 8:10:22 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 5 replies
    Ukraine is on the frontline of Russia v US superpower tensions, while a major naval base there makes it the bottom line underlying this confrontation, Richard Sakwa, professor of Russian and European politics at the University of Kent, told RT. RT: Is Crimea becoming a new battleground between East and the West? Richard Sakwa: Putin describes the things in his speech that he told about on March 18. There is a mixture of two things going on at the moment. There is the enlargement of the EU which in the past was considered fairly benign. What happened is its mixture...
  • Portland will flush 38 million gallons of water after man urinates in Mt. Tabor Reservoir

    04/18/2014 8:07:26 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 64 replies
    Portland administrators will flush 38 million gallons of water from Mt. Tabor Reservoir 5 after a 19-year-old man urinated in the city’s drinking supply. “Even though there is very minimal public health risk, the bottom line is that our commitment is to serve water that’s clean, cold and constant,” said Water Bureau administrator David Shaff. “That doesn’t include pee. Not from people, at least.”
  • Earthquake shakes Mexico City

    04/18/2014 7:55:25 AM PDT · by illiac · 37 replies
    MSN News ^ | 4/18/14 | AP
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A seemingly strong earthquake is shaking Mexico's capital. There is no immediate word of damage or casualties and seismologists have not yet issued a calculation of its power or epicenter. Mexico City is vulnerable even to distant earthquakes because much of it sits atop the muddy sediments of drained lake beds that quiver as quake waves hit.
  • Pelosi assists in Holy Week ....foot-washing......ritual

    04/18/2014 7:50:11 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 79 replies
    S.F. Gate ^ | April 18 2014 | Not Attributed
    To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship."
  • Twitter gave me PTSD: Woman (feminist/atheist) claims mean comments and 'cyberstalking' gave her...

    04/18/2014 7:35:53 AM PDT · by dead · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17 April 2014 | Sara Malm
    A Washington woman has come under fire over claims her PTSD caused by online harassment and Twitter trolls is equal to that of military veterans. Harassed: Melody Hensley claims online bullies and Twitter trolls has causedher PTSD and that it is just as bad as that suffered by veterans of combat. Melody Hensley was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 16 months ago following online abuse, which she says is the result of her being an outspoken feminist and atheist. She caused upset to many military veterans and their families and friends when she claimed her PTSD from Twitter trolls...
  • UKRAINE: Captured TV tower Kramatorsk freed from militants. Russian broadcast channels terminated

    04/18/2014 7:27:46 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 1 replies
    censor.net ^ | 04/18/14 10:51
    Captured in the TV tower Kramatorsk freed from the militants. Russian broadcast channels terminated Broadcasting, radio and television (BRT Concern) in conjunction with SBU released captured gunmen radio transmission center in Kramatorsk and disabled broadcasting of Russian channels. This was announced by the spokesperson of the group Paul Bilonozhko inform Censor NO quoting UNIAN. As previously reported earlier, on April 17, gunmen infiltrated radio transmission center Concern Broadcasting, Radio and Television (BRT Concern) Kramatorsk (Donetsk region). And began to set on his property seized satellite equipment. Terrorists Kramatorsk install their own equipment in the occupied tel-tower "The armed men working...
  • The Fox at the White House

    04/18/2014 7:14:28 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | 04-18-2014 | WSJ
    VIDEO shows a wild red fox loose on the White House grounds. Probably the ONLY 'fox' they really like....................
  • Fox poll: Most think Obama lies to the nation

    04/18/2014 7:10:15 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 20 replies
    April 18, 2014, 09:45 am Fox poll: Most think Obama lies to the nation By Justin Sink Roughly six in 10 voters believe President Obama occasionally lies to the nation about important matters, according to a Fox News poll released this week. According to the survey, 37 percent of respondents believe the president lies "most of the time," while just under a quarter think Obama is deceitful "some of the time." Two out of every 10 voters say the president fibs "only now and then" and 15 percent say the president is always truthful. Of those who say the president...
  • Morning Joe Panel Scolds Sorkin For Suggesting Hillary Will Use Grandma-hood to Soften Image

    04/18/2014 7:08:45 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 44 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Who would deny that Hillary could use a little softening of her icy image? But when Andrew Ross Sorkin had the audacity to suggest that Clinton's impending grandma-hood would work to her advantage in that regard, the collective wrath of the Morning Joe panel descended on him. John Heilemann, as is his habit, sneered. "Republican" Nicolle Wallace actually led the Sorkin scolding, suggesting it was "stupid" to think as he did. View the video here.
  • "Hillary For President" Fundraiser Busted For Illegal Campaign Contributions

    04/18/2014 7:04:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/18/2014 | Tyler Durden
    If you listen carefully, you can hear the stampede of politicians distancing themselves from their once best-friend - Hotel magnate Sant Singh Chatwal - as AP reports, he plead guilty Thursday to charges he secretly funneled more than $180,000 in illegal campaign contributions to three unnamed candidates and coached someone to lie about it. Without the contributions "nobody will even talk to you," Chatwal said. "That's the only way to buy them, get into the system." Welcome to the ugly truth of American politik.  The FT details that Sant Singh Chatwal, chairman of Hampshire Hotels Management, pleaded guilty on Thursday...
  • UKRAINE: Bad News Good news

    04/18/2014 7:03:01 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 4 replies
    https://www.facebook.com/dmitry.tymchuk ^ | 4-18-2014 9 hours ago | Dmitry Tymchuk
    Dmitry Tymchuk (Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine) Brothers and sisters, Here’s the Summary for April 17, 2014. The bad news: 1. Putin has now stepped into the astral plane. We shouldn’t expect his return. Today his “straight line” – is a protocol of feverish delirium. Just take his story about eastern Ukraine as “New Russia with roots related to Russia” as an example. And his story that the Russian military in easterm Ukraine is nothing but “nonsense?” This Kremlin storyteller likewise prophesied while foaming at the mouth in March that there were no Russian troops in Crimea. And...
  • Hiding ObamaCare Data with the Complicity of the Census Bureau

    04/18/2014 7:00:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/18/2014 | Arnold Ahlert
    In 2009, within the first few weeks of taking office President Obama, moved control of the Census Bureau from the office of the Commerce Secretary to the White House ahead of the 2010 Census. Republicans were irate, thinking it was an effort to politicize the 2010 headcount itself. Unfortunately, Republicans were thinking small. As the New York Times reveals, the Census Bureau “is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama’s health care law in the next report, due this fall, census officials said.”Not difficult. Virtually impossible: “The changes are...
  • British pensioners to be told how long they have to live so they can manage savings

    04/18/2014 6:55:55 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 14 replies
    Financial Post ^ | 18 April 2014 | Peter Dominiczak, The Telegraph
    Pensioners will be given estimates of how long they have left to live to help them manage their savings, a minister has disclosed. Steve Webb said that the Government wants to provide pensioners with a rough life expectancy when they reach retirement to allow them to make better financial decisions. Experts will take into account factors including gender, where a pensioner lives or whether they smoke, the pensions minister said. Life expectancy should be part of “guidance” given to help people decide how much to save. In last month’s Budget, George Osborne announced the scrapping of rules that force most...
  • World’s largest airship set to take off with Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson at the helm

    04/18/2014 6:49:10 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 59 replies
    National Post [Canada] / The Telegraph ^ | April 17, 2014 | Neil Tweedie
    ....“The technological problems with airships that have stopped them ruling the skies have been gradually ticked off,” says Mr. Durham, technical director of Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), which makes the Airlander.” Advances in materials, avionics and aerodynamic design mean that we have overcome the lion’s share of these obstacles. This craft is part airship, part aircraft and part hovercraft. We have taken the best aspects of each machine and combined them in one hyper-efficient vehicle. Let me tell you, this isn’t the Hindenburg.”... A future design called Airlander 50 will lift 50 tons of cargo, five times more than a...
  • Video: How removing one regulation created hundreds of jobs in Mississippi

    04/18/2014 6:48:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/18/2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    So many businesses are just someone’s dream—to make an honest living, to serve the community something it’s missing, to use talents to their greatest potential. Every roadblock the government erects makes those dreams slightly less possible. And, those roadblocks aren’t tripping up the lavishly rich. In this case, an unnecessary regulation in Mississippi was keeping hundreds of working- and middle-class black women from making a living doing something their community wanted to pay them for— hairbraiding. One woman fought for seven years to change that. The result is pretty much the whole reason I believe what I believe.I’ve known this...
  • Lawyer who defended Calif. gay marriage ban plans daughter’s gay wedding

    04/18/2014 6:45:00 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/18/2014 | Robert Barnes
    The conservative lawyer who defended California’s ban on gay marriage at the Supreme Court is at work on another project: planning his daughter’s upcoming same-sex wedding ceremony. Charles J. Cooper, a former top official in the Reagan Justice Department and onetime “Republican lawyer of the year,” learned of his daughter’s sexual orientation during the legal battle over California’s Proposition 8, according to journalist Jo Becker’s soon-to-be-released book chronicling the movement to legalize same-sex marriage. Ashley Lininger became engaged to a woman identified in the book only as Casey just after the Supreme Court accepted the Proposition 8 case in December...
  • Labor supporting Media Matters not super-keen on SEIU unionizing its employees

    04/18/2014 6:44:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/18/2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    One for the hypocrisy hall of fame: Media Matters for America is apparently resisting an effort by Service Employees International Union Local 500 to unionize its staff.Last week, the union filed a representation petition with the National Labor Relations Board, indicating that the nonprofit media watchdog organization rejected an effort by the union to organize MMFA’s staff through a Card Check election.A filing with the NLRB does not necessarily mean that the union and management are in direct confrontation. For example, although Volkswagen tacitly backed the United Auto Workers’ recent effort to organize its Chattanooga, Tenn., plant, the company still...
  • Syrian Christian Refugees Seek Return to Ancient Town After Government Recapture

    04/18/2014 6:38:47 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | April 18, 2014
    JNS.org - Syrian Christian refugees from the ancient town of Maaloula are seeking to return to their home after it was recaptured by Syrian government forces this week. “I would love to go back and celebrate Easter there, but it’s still a bit early,” said Fadi Mayal, a former Maaloula resident who currently lives in Damascus’s Christian quarter, Lebanon’s Daily Star reported. “There are still sleeper cells in Maaloula,” Mayal said, referring to jihadist groups in the area. Maaloula, located 56 kilometers from Damascus, is an ancient Christian town where many of the residents still speak Aramaic, the same language...
  • 'He Makes Stuff Up': Krauthammer Reacts After President Says ObamaCare Is 'Working'

    04/18/2014 6:34:31 AM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    Fox Insider ^ | April 18, 2014 | Charles Krauthammer
    The Special Report All-Star Panel weighed in after President Obama touted the success of ObamaCare in remarks at the White House, lashing out at Republican critics. “We now know that the number of Americans who’ve signed up for private insurance in the marketplaces has grown to eight million people. ... They said nobody would sign up. They were wrong about that. They said it would be unaffordable for the country. They were wrong about that," Obama said.
  • New York the latest state to sign compact to end electoral college

    04/18/2014 6:32:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/18/2014 | Rick Moran
    Governor Cuomo has signed off on the National Popular Vote Compact, giving New York's 29 electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. SILive: Count New York in. The Empire State has joined the National Popular Vote compact with legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. States that have signed on to the interstate agreement will award electoral votes for president to the candidate who receives the majority of the national popular vote. "With the passage of this legislation, New York is taking a bold step to fundamentally increase the strength and fairness of our nation's presidential elections,"...
  • Labor Fascism in Chattanooga: UAW refuses to take the Volkswagen workers' "no" for an answer.

    04/18/2014 6:28:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/18/2014 | Matthew Vadum
    As the labor movement tells the story, two months ago, the silly, ungrateful Volkswagen factory workers in Tennessee foolishly rejected the generous invitation of the company and the United Auto Workers to welcome the Detroit-killing union with open arms. In an election supervised by the federal National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the workers in VW's Chattanooga plant rejected UAW representation by a vote of 712 to 626. Amazingly, the UAW and the automaker both refuse to take the workers' "no" for an answer. The two sides are acting in unison to overturn the democratically expressed will of the workers. Nullifying...
  • The United States of SWAT? Military-style gov't units wreaking havoc on non-violent citizens.

    04/18/2014 6:21:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/18/2014 | John Fund
    Regardless of how people feel about Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s standoff with the federal Bureau of Land Management over his cattle’s grazing rights, a lot of Americans were surprised to see TV images of an armed-to-the-teeth paramilitary wing of the BLM deployed around Bundy’s ranch. They shouldn’t have been. Dozens of federal agencies now have Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams to further an expanding definition of their missions. It’s not controversial that the Secret Service and the Bureau of Prisons have them. But what about the Department of Agriculture, the Railroad Retirement Board, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Office...
  • UKRAINE: Russian special forces blocked a convoy of Ukrainian law-enforcers

    04/18/2014 6:21:37 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 2 replies
    tymchuk ^ | 04-18-2014 | Dmitry. Tymchuk
    According to the information of the resistance, today, 17 April, Druzhkovka, Donetsk region, the extremists and the Russian special forces blocked a convoy of Ukrainian law-enforcers. In particular, the Group of the Ukrainian security services, peredvigavšaâsâ convoy, at 22.30 was stopped by traffic police and blocked a group of extremists of up to 500 people. As emissaries of the Informational resistance ", were in this group and the Russian military personnel. The unit was headed by Russian officer-notorious IGOR STRELKOV, who introduced himself as "Colonel of the ARMED FORCES of the RUSSIAN FEDERATION of the "special group"-"Crimea". Other members of...
  • Deschytsia [Ukraine FM]: Agreements on protesters vacating streets and squares do not concern Maidan

    04/18/2014 6:21:02 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 13 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | 19 April, 2014 | Interfax-Ukraine
    The agreements reached between Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union in Geneva on the vacation of roads, streets and squares in Ukraine do not concern the protesters on Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in Kyiv, Acting Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deschytsia has said.
  • The Zealots Win Again: The Left Uses Full Disclosure Rules to Suppress Free Expression

    04/18/2014 6:19:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/18/2014 | Charles Krauthhammer
    <p>The debate over campaign contributions is never-ending for a simple reason: Both sides of the argument have merit.</p> <p>On the one hand, of course money is speech. For most citizens, contributing to politicians or causes is the most effective way to augment and amplify speech with which they agree. The most disdainful dismissers of this argument are editorialists and incumbent politicians who — surprise! — already enjoy access to vast audiences and don’t particularly like their monopoly being invaded by the unwashed masses or the self-made plutocrat.</p>
  • Advice to Democrats: Don't say "recovery"

    04/18/2014 6:18:56 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    yahoo ^ | 4/18/14 | David Espo
    Election-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don't talk about the economic recovery. It's a political loser.... Stan Greenberg, James Carville and others wrote that in head-to-head polling tests the mere mention of the word "recovery" is trumped by a Republican assertion that the Obama administration has had six years to get the economy moving and its policies haven't worked.
  • Obama's Plan: Taxes, Spending And Debt

    04/18/2014 6:17:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    IBD ^ | 04/18/2014
    Remember President Obama's vow that, if re-elected, he'd pursue "balanced" deficit reduction? Either he forgot, or he hopes voters have, because a new report shows his latest budget is entirely unbalanced. When Obama released his budget this March, he said it included "smart spending cuts" and closed "tax loopholes" that benefit only "the wealthiest Americans." Obama added that his budget would put "our debt on a downward path as a share of our total economy, which independent experts have set as a critical target for fiscal responsibility." As with just about everything Obama says, none of these claims turns out...
  • US releases $450 million in frozen Iran funds

    04/18/2014 5:58:56 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    Move comes after UN watchdog finds that Islamic Republic complied with terms of international nuclear deal
  • Jews cast doubt on origin of anti-Semitic flyers in Donetsk

    04/18/2014 5:47:58 AM PDT · by McGruff · 13 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/18/2014 | SAM SOKOL
    Leaflets calling on Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk to register themselves with pro-Russian separatists may not be the work of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, Jewish groups have said. According to the World Jewish Congress, 17,000 Jews live in the city. The leaflets were handed out by several Balaclava clad men carrying a Russian flag earlier this week as well as being found plastered to buildings near a synagogue. They ordered all Jews aged 16 and older to register with the separatists, pay a $50 fee and report all motor vehicles and real estate in their possession....
  • In Massachusetts, Justina Pelletier "Treated Worse Than A Terrorist"

    04/18/2014 5:44:42 AM PDT · by suspects · 11 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | April 18, 2014 | Michael Graham
    There is a young person held captive in Massachusetts today who is not allowed to participate in religious ceremonies, or visit family without government agents watching. No, it’s not accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. It’s 15-year-old mitochondrial disease patient and nonterrorist Justina Pelletier. U.S. District Court Judge George O’Toole Jr. ruled Wednesday that the now-20-year-old charged with four deaths and injuring more than 260 people should be able to see his sisters without an FBI agent present. The feds can appeal, but he says their case would have to be “pretty convincing.” “Can you believe it?” That was Jennifer...