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  • Anti-immigrant violence rekindles disturbing apartheid-era images in South Africa

    04/17/2015 8:35:00 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 17, 2015 | DEBORA PATTA
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - It always begins out of sight, usually under the cover of darkness. This is the nature of South Africa's dirty little secret. Ugly, xenophobic violence that kills in ways that are hard to imagine. Just as mobs sharpening their machetes in front of a cordon of police officers ready to open fire became a defining image of the government-sponsored violence in the days of apartheid, so too has it become a defining image of the new South Africa. During apartheid, black supporters of the Inkhata Freedom Front attacked African National Congress supporters in violence that we...
  • Politico: Bad News for Obama’s Executive Amnesty at Appeals Court

    04/17/2015 8:28:26 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2015-04-17 | Breitbart News
    There were few positive signs for the White House Friday as President Barack Obama’s latest executive actions on immigration were debated in front of a federal appeals court. During more than two hours of oral arguments before the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans, Obama’s own statements about his immigration moves were used by a Republican-appointed judge to put a Justice Department lawyer on the defensive.
  • Why is the 2016 Democratic field so old?

    04/17/2015 8:27:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 04/17/2015 | Byron York
    Why are the Democrats running for president so old? Blame the Clintons. There are five Democrats who have either declared or are thinking about running for president. Three — Joe Biden, Bernard Sanders, and Jim Webb — will be over 70 years old on Inauguration Day 2017. Frontrunner Hillary Clinton will be nine months short of 70. Only Martin O'Malley, who will turn 54 a couple of days before the 2017 swearing-in, has not reached retirement age already. In 2008, Democrats had a 47 year-old candidate who mesmerized the party and ran away with the votes of Americans aged 18...
  • Men Arrested in Melbourne Over Alleged 'ISIS-Inspired' Anzac Day Terrorist Plot

    04/17/2015 8:10:10 PM PDT · by kristinn · 4 replies
    Australia ABC ^ | (Saturday) April 18, 2015
    Counterterrorism police have alleged two of the five men they arrested in an operation in Melbourne were planning an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack on an Anzac Day ceremony. The two men, an 18-year-old Hallam man and an 18-year-old Hampton Park man, were arrested this morning during a major joint counterterrorism team operation. Another man was arrested for weapons offences and two other men were in custody assisting police with their enquiries, after seven search warrants were executed as part of Operation Rising. The Australian Federal Police said they believed the two 18-year-olds were plotting an attack to take place on...
  • Melbourne terror plot: raids live coverage

    04/17/2015 8:09:53 PM PDT · by naturalman1975
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 18th April 2015
    LATEST: PREMIER Daniel Andrews says security will be stepped up across Victoria after police allege they’d foiled Anzac Day terror attack in Melbourne by ISIS-inspired teens. Police allege they have foiled the terrorism attack against serving police officers involving “associates’’ of the dead Melbourne terrorist Numan Haider. The Australian Federal Police counter-terrorism chief Neil Gaughan confirmed details of the terror plot today following raids across Melbourne. Two teenagers were arrested in relation to allegations they were “planning a terrorist attack in Australia’’. “It is alleged both men were undertaking preparations for a terrorist attack at an Anzac Day event in...
  • How court battle over Obama immigration action could be road map for reform

    04/17/2015 8:04:59 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 7 replies
    News.Yahoo.com ^ | 2015-04-17 | Patrik Jonsson
    The hopes of up to some 5 million undocumented immigrants hung on arguments heard in front of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Friday, as President Obama’s controversial go-it-alone approach to immigration reform faced a critical legal hurdle.
  • FBN’s Charles Payne: Obama Will Make a Push for Slave Reparations

    04/17/2015 7:41:57 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 74 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Jeff Poor
    On Thursday’s broadcast of Fox Business Network’s “Making Money,” host Charles Payne made a bold prediction when he suggested that President Barack Obama would make a push for slavery reparations. “The news is a glimpse of much bigger news that is going to come from the White House, next year, I’m leaning towards,” Payne said during his “Payne’s Passion” segment. “I think that there’s going to be an official apology from the White House to slavery in America and then a major push to get cash, and I’m talking lots of cash.” “Many including those closest to President Obama will...
  • In New Hampshire, Jeb seeks to shake shadow of family name

    04/17/2015 7:17:30 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 2015-04-17 | Eric Bradner
    Nashua, New Hampshire (CNN)Jeb Bush took the podium at the mainstay presidential primary event "Politics & Eggs" in Manchester Friday morning, flanked by photos of his father and older brother. The pictures of the two presidents, Bush said, "bring back really fond memories." And yet, the likely 2016 presidential candidate would prefer that New Hampshire voters ignore them.
  • Thousands of Iraqis flee as Islamic State makes gains in Sunni heartland

    04/17/2015 6:55:42 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2015-04-17 | Loveday Morris
    SADR AL-YUSUFIYAH — Thousands of families fleeing Iraq’s western city of Ramadi choked checkpoints leading to Baghdad on Friday, after an Islamic State advance spread panic and left security forces clinging to control. A column of traffic several vehicles wide snaked for miles at a checkpoint in Sadr al-Yusufiyah, on the edge of Baghdad province, as minibuses, cars and trucks picked up families who crossed by foot carrying their possessions in bags and wheelbarrows. Suhaib al-Rawi, the governor of Anbar province, of which Ramadi is the capital, described it as a human disaster on a scale the city has never...
  • ‘Can’t make this stuff up': Jonathan Hoenig catches ‘McHypocrites’ red-handed [photos]

    04/17/2015 6:24:18 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 23 replies
    twitchy.com ^ | April 15, 2015
    Jonathan Hoenig @JonathanHoenig Several folks protesting McDonalds pick up dinner from McDonalds. pic.twitter.com/iEWoZDh4c1
  • Judge sides with city in equal rights case (Mayor Anise Parker's Bathroom Bill)

    04/17/2015 5:43:27 PM PDT · by massmike · 5 replies
    chron.com ^ | 04/17/2015 | Katherine Driessen
    Opponents of Houston's non-discrimination ordinance failed to gather enough valid signatures to force a repeal referendum, a state district judge ruled Friday, validating city officials' decision to toss out the petition foes submitted last summer. After separate rulings from both a jury and state District Judge Robert Schaffer, attorneys for both sides entered dueling counts of the valid signatures, adding and subtracting voters as Schaffer responded to motions. By early this week, the counts were closer together than ever before, fewer than 1,000 signatures apart. Ultimately, Schaffer on Friday ruled the final count of valid signatures was 16,684, leaving opponents...
  • Saudi Arabia reveals design for £67BILLION megacity, built in the middle of the dessert

    04/17/2015 5:42:52 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 26 replies
    IBC World ^ | March 21, 2015 | IBC World
    The King Abdullah Economic City, or KAEC (pronounced ‘cake’), will be slightly larger than Washington DC and home to approximately two million residents. Covering 70 square miles, the metropolis is costing £67 billion ($100 billion) and lies 100km from Jeddah, the commercial hub of the kingdom, near the Red Sea. The late king had pinned his hopes for his country’s future on the new-build, although at the moment it resembles a dusty building site dotted with cranes and work is not likely to be completed for ten years, at least. So far 15 per cent has been built, as public...
  • Fiorina set to run, says she'd take Clinton's all-women pitch away

    04/17/2015 5:32:27 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 32 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 2015-04-17 | Paul Bedard
    Republican Carly Fiorina took a step closer to running for president, revealing Thursday that she is near a decision while blasting Hillary Clinton's policies as "crushing the middle class.""I am giving serious consideration to becoming a candidate for the presidency because I think our nation is at a pivotal point," said the former Hewlett-Packard and one-time California Senate candidate. "I think our government has grown so large, so powerful, so costly, so complex, so corrupt in fact that we are crushing the potential for the nation," she added.
  • Fiorina Says Unlike Hillary, She Drives, Does Her Own Laundry, Shops For Groceries, Tips At Chipotle

    04/17/2015 5:26:10 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 40 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2015-04-17 | Chuck Ross
    Carly Fiorina, CPAC 2015 [Photo Credit: Katie Frates, The Daily Caller] Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO and a potential GOP presidential candidate, said on Friday that she is not as wealthy as Hillary Clinton and that unlike the likely Democratic nominee, she drives a car, does her own laundry, goes grocery shopping and tips at Chipotle.Fiorina, who is in New Hampshire as part of the GOP Leadership Summit, shared details of her anti-Clintonian lifestyle in an interview on The Howie Carr Show.Asked whether she thinks Clinton’s campaign strategy of trying to repackage herself as an “everyday American” will prove...
  • William Shatner’s $30 Billion Kickstarter Campaign to Save California [Water Pipeline Seattle to LA]

    04/17/2015 5:19:47 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 75 replies
    YahooNews ^ | April 17, 2015 | David Pogue
    William Shatner’s $30 Billion Kickstarter Campaign to Save California David Pogue April 17, 2015 William Shatner. Wow. He’s 84 years old, looks 65, and juggles a schedule that would exhaust a team of 10. Book projects, TV projects, tech projects, horse-riding projects, charity projects. And his willingness to embrace the tech world is impressive; he’s got YouTube channels, he’s conducted Kickstarter projects, and he has a huge Twitter presence: more than 2 million followers. (He’s tweeted 30,000 times so far — and yes, it’s really him.) The hour he spent with me in a Yahoo Tech Mix interview wasn’t even...
  • Katie Pavlich: Chris Christie should challenge Hillary Clinton … in Democratic primary

    04/17/2015 5:17:39 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | 2015-04-17 | Twitchy Staff
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was in New Hampshire today, speaking at the state’s Republican Leadership Summit.
  • Perry Swipes at Potential GOP Rivals: We Tried ‘Young, Inexperienced Senator’ Already

    04/17/2015 5:10:56 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 64 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 2015-04-17 | Josh Feldman
    Rick Perry may run for president again, and he made the case at a Republican dinner last night that Americans are ready to move past a “young, very attractive” President Obama. According to NBCDFW, Perry made the case for a Republican president (not necessarily him) who’s more than just a “critic-in-chief,” but also a “tested, results-oriented executive who has a record of accomplishment.” And just like in past years, Perry brought up the critique of Obama that he lacked any executive experience before he became president. Perry told the Republican crowd the country is ready to move past “eight...
  • Ben Affleck Pressured PBS to Edit Out Slave-Owning Grandfather in Ancestry Doc

    04/17/2015 5:02:05 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 110 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2015-04-17 | Daniel Nussbaum
    Ben Affleck asked the producers of PBS’ Finding Your Roots television show to edit out details of an ancestor who owned slaves, according to a Sony internal email exchange leaked this week. In an email sent to Sony CEO Michael Lynton shortly before the show’s second season premiere, Harvard professor and Finding Your Roots host Henry Louis Gates Jr. wrote that an unnamed “megastar” had asked producers to “edit out something about one of his ancestors – the fact that he owned slaves.”
  • Hillary Clinton: Six Big Questions Liberals Want Her To Answer – Now [Gay Marriage In Constitution]

    04/17/2015 4:23:49 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | April 17, 2015 | Ed Pilkington
    Hillary Clinton: Six Big Questions Liberals Want Her To Answer – Now Immigration reform, LGBT rights and dark money are sources of concern for many on the left as the Democrat’s campaign gets off the ground Ed Pilkington 17 April 2015 1. Immigration reform: Can she clear a pathway to citizenship? On the first leg of her campaign in Iowa, Clinton implied that she was in favour of comprehensive immigration reform. She didn’t spell out what she meant by that, however, and in the past has taken a much harder line. In 2006, she voted in favour of building more...
  • Huckabee to announce presidential plans next month

    04/17/2015 4:22:25 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 37 replies
    CNN ^ | Theodore Schleifer
    After teasing reporters earlier Friday that he was set to reveal his presidential ambitions for 2016, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee went on Fox News to instead say that he will announce his plans in his home state next month. "Come to Hope on May the 5th. You'll find out what's going to happen," Huckabee told Bret Baier on "Special Report" Friday night. "I think it'll be worth tuning in for." Huckabee told Baier that, if he ran, he did not think he needed to win the Iowa caucuses—which he won in 2008—to earn the GOP nomination, but that he...
  • Supreme Summoning: Chief Justice John Roberts Called For Jury Duty [OJ Jury, It Is Not!]

    04/17/2015 4:18:43 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | April 17, 2015 | John Verhovek and Ariane de Vogue
    Supreme Summoning: Chief Justice John Roberts Called For Jury Duty By John Verhovek and Ariane de Vogue, CNN April 16, 2015 Washington (CNN)Most Americans often seek ways to avoid jury duty. But one potential juror in Maryland on Wednesday morning had quite the excuse. Chief Justice John Roberts was seen at a Montgomery County courthouse performing his civic duty as a prospective juror for a car crash case, according to a report first published by The Washington Post. Although Roberts ultimately was not chosen to serve on a jury, that's probably just as well, because oral arguments before the Supreme...
  • AFGE Activists in Texas Join the Nationwide Fight for 15 Movement

    04/17/2015 4:17:25 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 9 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | April 17, 2015 | The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
    Activists from AFGE Local 1920, AFGE Local 2109, and AFGE District 10 rallied in solidarity at Fort Hood Army Base Wednesday in support of a $15/hour minimum wage and a union for all workers. They joined labor activists all across the country who protested on April 15 to demand higher wages for low-wage workers, including those employed by the federal government.“We’re standing up for our colleagues,” said Cheryl Eliano, AFGE District 10 National Vice President. “These dedicated workers support our troops every day, but can’t afford to support their own families.”AFGE stands in solidarity with the Fight for 15 campaign....
  • Republican Party Wrestles With Immigration Stance as It Courts Hispanics

    04/17/2015 4:13:17 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 23 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | April 17, 2015 | LAURA MECKLER
    Republican Party Wrestles With Immigration Stance as It Courts Hispanics Texas fight over college benefits for immigrants highlights GOP split By LAURA MECKLER April 17, 2015 HOUSTON—Republicans here want to repeal the 14-year-old law that allows immigrants, legal or not, the benefit of in-state college tuition, and for Artemio Muniz, defending the law is both personal and political. As the U.S.-born son of Mexican parents who lived as illegal immigrants, Mr. Muniz sees higher education as the American way to the middle class. As a Republican activist eyeing an increasingly diverse electorate,...
  • Cruz nets first endorsement

    04/17/2015 4:01:11 PM PDT · by kingattax · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 17, 2015 | David McCabe and Lucy Feickert
    Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) has endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for president, giving the 2016 contender his first endorsement. “Ted Cruz is committed to restoring the America we know and love," Culberson said in a statement. "He will restore the true meaning of the 10th Amendment to get the federal government out of our lives, out of our pockets and out of our way. President Ted Cruz will ensure that Texans truly run Texas.” Cruz's campaign has struggled to get support from his colleagues in Congress. Fellow Texas Sen. John Cornyn (R) said that he would stay neutral in the...
  • Outlawing psychotherapy for trans-kids will not prevent suicides

    04/17/2015 3:47:30 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 14 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 4/16/2015 | Walt Heyer
    Psychologically healthy people do not commit suicide. Changing genders is an outward expression of some form of depression that started long before the suicide.
  • Five Points on the Iran Deal

    04/17/2015 3:21:25 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 4-17-15 | William Kristol
    I've received several inquiries asking me to spell out some implications of this week's editorial. Here goes: 1) No deal is better than a bad Iran deal. And a bad Iran deal is not just a foreign policy setback. It's a foreign policy disaster. 2) The administration is heading toward a bad deal (see Kissinger-Schultz, and now even James Baker). 3) The Corker bill only helps, if it does, after a deal has been signed—and then 67 votes in the Senate and 290 in the House are needed to overturn a deal. That's unlikely. And a lot of damage in...
  • 10th Annual Iowa Governors Conference on LGBTQ Youth: Words Matter [Luke 17]

    04/17/2015 3:19:25 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 2 replies
    IowaSafeSchools.org ^ | 4/2015 | Nate Monson, Executive Director, Iowa Safe Schools
    On April 3rd, Iowa Safe Schools held our 10th Annual Iowa Governors Conference on LGBTQ Youth. The event hosted over 1,000 attendees including students, college-aged youth, educators, parents, faith leaders, mental health providers, and more who care about the well-being of LGBTQ students in our state. This year’s speakers included the former Prime Minister of Iceland and first out head of government in the modern era - Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir; the first out WWE Superstar Darren Young; and Abbe Land the CEO of The Trevor Project which is a national LGBTQ youth suicide prevention hotline. Our conference provides the only opportunity...
  • The Party of Ideas: Applied Conservatism 101

    04/17/2015 3:03:04 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 4-27-15 | Fred Barnes
    Middleburg, Va. Republicans have few built-in advantages in politics. But they do have one that’s already a factor in the 2016 presidential campaign. That advantage is ideas, especially ones affecting middle-income Americans. GOP presidential candidates were among the first to notice. Florida senator Marco Rubio, who announced for president last week, met several times with a group of conservative intellectuals last year. Now his agenda, notably on taxes, echoes their ideas. So does his new book, American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone. When Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, came to Washington in February, he made a point of...
  • 'Stand Your Ground' Denied in Miami Cop Murder Case

    04/17/2015 2:57:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    The woman charged with shooting and killing her Miami Police officer boyfriend lost her bid to have her case dismissed under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law. A judge ruled Friday that Tiniko Thompson will head to trial in the shooting death of Officer Carl Patrick. Thompson, who has claimed self-defense, will remain behind bars without bond. "What she did, she did wrong," Patrick's mother, Lucille Patrick, said after Friday's hearing. "He was a good man, I'm proud of him in his grave today." Thompson, 46, was arrested on a murder charge in the May 2014 death. At the "Stand Your...
  • Cruz: World powers should publicly outline Iran deal

    04/17/2015 2:56:55 PM PDT · by kingattax · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/17/15 | By Martin Matishak
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is demanding six world powers and Iran to produce a single outline of the framework agreement reached over Tehran’s nuclear program. “While there appears to be consensus that some agreement was reached … there is no consensus on the actual parameters of that agreement — including such critical items as the scope of Iran's ongoing nuclear program, the extent of the [International Atomic Energy Agency] verification regime, and the schedule for nuclear-related sanctions relief by both the United States and the international community,” Cruz, a 2016 presidential contender, wrote Friday in a letter to Secretary of...
  • Citi Economist Says It Might Be Time to Abolish Cash [Zech 5]

    04/17/2015 2:48:36 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 26 replies
    YaLibnan ^ | 4/17/2015 | Staff
    The world's central banks have a problem. When economic conditions worsen, they react by reducing interest rates in order to stimulate the economy. But, as has happened across the world in recent years, there comes a point where those central banks run out of room to cut — they can bring interest rates to zero, but reducing them further below that is fraught with problems, the biggest of which is cash in the economy. In a new piece, Citi's Willem Buiter looks at this problem, which is known as the effective lower bound (ELB) on nominal interest rates. Fundamentally, the...
  • Mark Levin Show,Ray Charles Fridays,M-F,6PM-9PM,EDT,WABC AM,April 17,2015

    04/17/2015 2:48:11 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | April 17, 2015 | Mark Levin
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  • IronPigs to offer broccoli bites - filled with bacon (in response to leftist group)

    04/17/2015 2:40:44 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 21 replies
    Days after a national physicians group renewed its push to get the Phillies' triple-A affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, to include vegetables on its pork-laden stadium menu, the team has agreed to add the green stalk. But there's a catch. Bacon is involved, and, it turns out, some national publicity as well for the IronPigs' response. .... The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a nonprofit based in Washington, asked the team on Monday to go easy on the bacon and other processed meat, which the group said is unhealthy, and get some vegetables on fans' plates. The group also...
  • The King of Clubs is dead: Former Saddam henchman, ISIS commander, on US most-wanted list, killed

    04/17/2015 2:36:54 PM PDT · by dead · 33 replies
    A fugitive Iraqi militant leader and the former right-hand man of Saddam Hussein has reportedly been killed in a skirmish. Iraqi officials said Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri had died in fighting with government troops in Salahuddin province, north of Baghdad. Al-Douri, 72, headed the Naqshbandi Order insurgent group, an important faction behind the recent rise of ISIS. He was one of Saddam's most trusted henchmen, helping to lead his 1968 bloodless coup. Both Al-Douri and Saddam came from the same Tikriti tribal background. He was then deputy to Saddam when he was deposed following the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Following...
  • NEWSWEEK: HILLARY’S CHIPOTLE VISIT “HISTORIC”

    04/17/2015 2:07:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 124 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 4.17.15 | Aaron Goldstein
    I would like to think this headline from Newsweek is simply being sarcastic, but I doubt this is the case: Who Reported on Hillary Clinton's Historic Chipotle Visit, and How? This headline was written by people who have no conception of what is and isn't historical. SNIP Hillary going to a Chipotle counter and saying, "I'll have a chicken bowl with a side of guacamole," is not historic. SNIP
  • Vandalism at Guilford Co. Church Totals to Thousands of Dollars

    04/17/2015 2:03:20 PM PDT · by massmike · 25 replies
    twcnews.com ^ | 04/17/2015 | TWC News Staff
    Vandalism at a Jamestown, North Carolina church totals up to $10,000 in damage. Guilford County Sheriff's investigators said that sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning vandals spray painted several messages on Bales Memorial Wesleyan Church, broke the front sign and some windows, and damaged the church bus. The church leadership said the congregation isn't hateful toward gay people and they doesn't understand why someone would lash out at them. "I can't tell you a reason that someone would target this church, particularly because this is a loving church. This is not a judgmental place or a place where someone...
  • Could Christianity Be Driven From Middle East?

    04/17/2015 1:48:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | 15 April 2015
    Can Christianity survive, in the face of persecution and conflict, in the region of its birth? The BBC's Jane Corbin travelled across the Middle East - through Iraq and Syria - to investigate the plight of Christians, as hundreds of thousands flee Islamic militancy in the region.As I climbed the steep mountain path above the plain of Nineveh, Iraq, the sound of monks chanting and the smell of incense drifted out of the 4th Century monastery of St Matthew. Once, 7,000 monks worshipped here when Christianity was the official religion of the Roman empire. Almost the whole population was Christian...
  • Boston bombing: Parents of youngest victim oppose execution

    04/17/2015 1:23:26 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 47 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2015-04-17
    The parents of youngest victim in the Boston marathon bombing have called on federal authorities to drop the death penalty as a possible punishment for bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Bill and Denise Richard's eight-year-old son was one of three people killed in the explosions in April 2013.
  • Peevish or Loaded for Bear _ Obama Getting Tough on Critics

    04/17/2015 1:17:58 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2015-04-17 | Associated Press
    Just as Congress is hitting something of a bipartisan stride on such issues as Medicare, Iran and trade, President Barack Obama and his White House team have decided to go after their Republican critics, picking fights and scornfully calling them out by name. In just the past week, the president and his spokesman have targeted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican Sens. John McCain and Charles Grassley, on topics from climate change to the Iran nuclear deal. On Friday, he used a news conference to deliver to senators a testy lecture about the delayed confirmation of attorney general nominee...
  • John Bolton: Obama’s Iran deal greatest 'appeasement' in history

    04/17/2015 1:14:57 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2015-04-17 | Mark Hensch
    Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton on Friday bashed President Obama as having putting a nuclear arms deal with Iran above America’s safety.Bolton, who is considering a run for the White House in 2016, blasted Obama’s negotiations with Tehran as “feckless” and “weak.” ADVERTISEMENT “President Obama is engaging in what I believe is the greatest display of appeasement from a president in history,” Bolton told listeners at the New Hampshire Republican Party’s “First in the Nation” leadership summit in Nashua.“The Obama administration has taken a position weaker than the U.N. Security Council.”Bolton accused Obama of a flawed foreign policy based...
  • Gun owner Tim McGraw takes heat for agreeing to play Sandy Hook show

    04/17/2015 1:07:07 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 31 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 2015-04-17 | JOHN VERHOVEK
    Country music star Tim McGraw has found himself in the middle of the nation’s ongoing debate over gun control after agreeing to perform at a benefit concert for the Sandy Hook Promise foundation.
  • Victims, Survivors of 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Honored

    04/17/2015 1:06:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    People will gather in San Francisco this weekend to mark the 109th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake. SNIP The only survivors are believed to be 113-year-old Ruth Newman and 109-year-old William Del Monte. It was not known Friday if they would attend the early-morning ceremony Saturday. Mayor Ed Lee, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr and Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White will attend.
  • The Persecution of Christians Globally: A Threat to International Peace and Security [Live Event]

    04/17/2015 12:59:38 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    The event is co-hosted by Palau Mission.
  • Limbaugh Links ESPN’s Britt McHenry to Hillary: ‘Mean-Spirited Superiorists’

    04/17/2015 12:59:32 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 32 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 2015-04-17 | Josh Feldman
    ESPN’s Britt McHenry flipped out on a towing attendant, in video leaked yesterday, in which she drops a number of profanities and gets really angry when her car was reportedly impounded. Her employer gave her a one-week suspension for her behavior, and Rush Limbaugh reacted today by drawing parallels with Hillary Clinton.He asked, “Did she park illegally like Hillary did? She’s not Hillary, she can’t get away with parking Scooby in a handicap zone.”Limbaugh commented on people like Clinton and McHenry who preach about tolerance and respect but are really “mean-spirited superiorists who look down on everybody.”And later on...
  • Key Pro-Lynch Republicans Reject Reid's Maneuver

    04/17/2015 12:57:07 PM PDT · by don-o · 10 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 17, 2015 | Sarah Mimms
    After weeks of waiting for Loretta Lynch's confirmation vote, Harry Reid is tired of waiting. With five Republicans already supporting her, the Democratic leader is planning to bypass Mitch McConnell next week and use a series of procedural measures to force their hands. But already two of the Republicans supporting Lynch say they're not having it. Although Sens. Jeff Flake and Lindsey Graham plan to vote for Lynch to be the next attorney general, they say they have no interested in delivering a slap-in-the-face to their majority leader, McConnell, who has said he plans to bring up the nomination later...
  • Students at Pittsburgh-area school allegedly organize “Anti-Gay Day”

    04/17/2015 12:54:19 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 25 replies
    WPXI.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | uncredited
    A Pittsburgh-area school district is investigating allegations of harassment involving students. Several parents and students from McGuffey High School in Washington County have reached out to Channel 11 News voicing concern about a so-called “Anti-Gay Day” allegedly organized by some students. A group of students allegedly spread the news that if they were “Anti-Gay,” they were to wear a flannel shirt and write “Anti-Gay” on their hands. Below is a statement from Dr. Erica Kolat, the superintendent of McGuffey School District. “Yesterday afternoon, April 16, 2015, allegations of harassment were brought to the attention of our administration. McGuffey School District,...
  • Trump: How Can Hillary ‘Satisfy America’ If She ‘Can’t Satisfy Her Husband?’

    04/17/2015 12:45:23 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 70 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2015-04-17 | Al Weaver
    Donald Trump has made no bones about it: he’s not a fan of Hillary Clinton. In a Thursday night tweet sent from Trump’s Twitter account to his nearly 3 million followers, Trump quoted a Twitter user questioning how a Hillary Clinton presidency could “satisfy America” if she is unable to “satisfy her husband.”
  • State seizes 11-year-old, arrests his mother after he defends medical marijuana

    04/17/2015 12:39:20 PM PDT · by bigdaddy45 · 62 replies
    On March 24, cannabis oil activist Shona Banda‘s life was flipped upside-down after her son was taken from her by the State of Kansas. The ordeal started when police and counselors at her 11-year-old son’s school conducted a drug education class. Her son, who had previously lived in Colorado for a period of time, disagreed with some of the anti-pot points that were being made by school officials. “My son says different things like my ‘Mom calls it cannabis and not marijuana.’ He let them know how educated he was on the facts,” said Banda in an exclusive interview with...
  • States’ rights on marriage have limits, Healey says

    04/17/2015 12:15:20 PM PDT · by massmike · 12 replies
    bostonglobe.com ^ | 04/17/2015 | Lisa Keen
    As attorney general of Massachusetts, Maura Healey has written her first friend-of-the-court brief to the Supreme Court, arguing states should not have the authority to ban marriage for same-sex couples. The issue of states’ rights is near and dear to the Supreme Court’s swing vote, Justice Anthony Kennedy. He wrote the majority opinion in a June 2013 ruling that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act because it denied benefits to gay couples married in states, including Massachusetts, that define marriage to include gay couples. In doing so, Kennedy repeatedly characterized such states as simply exercising their “sovereign power.”...
  • Dennis Hof’s Moonlite Bunny Ranch launches ‘Hookers for Hillary’ Clinton

    04/17/2015 12:11:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 17, 2015 | Jessica Chasmar
    Nevada sex workers at Dennis Hof’s famous Moonlite Bunny Ranch have launched a “Hookers for Hillary” Clinton website that endorses the former secretary of state’s campaign for president. The legal brothel in Carson City, which was the subject of HBO’s “Cathouse” series, has drafted a four-point platform explaining their endorsement. “Hillary Clinton, as part of her husband’s administration, envisioned health care reform in the 1990’s, long before President Obama was able to sign it into law,” they write. “The Affordable Health Care Act made health insurance available for the first time ever to the 500 independent contractors employed by Dennis...