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  • (SOME) Ohio immigrants in new program denied licenses...

    02/24/2013 2:52:54 PM PST · by 88keys · 12 replies
    The Plain Dealer, Cleveland Ohio ^ | Saturday February 23, 2013 | Michael O'Malley
    On paper, Jose Mendez, 20, and Carol Apaestegui, 24, look pretty much the same. Both, with their families, came to this county as undocumented immigrants when they were children. And both have been accepted in a new federal program that gives them temporary legal status, allowing them to get work permits and Social Security numbers, which they have. But when it comes to getting an Ohio driver's license, the two young people don't match up -- Mendez was denied a license while Apaestegui got hers... "A woman at the bureau told me, 'You're not even supposed to be in this...
  • After Bankrupting Hostess, Union Workers Rake In The Federal Dough

    02/24/2013 3:07:38 PM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    Labor: Who says intransigence doesn't pay? After driving Hostess out of business by refusing to negotiate, union bakers have been rewarded by the White House with Trade Adjustment Assistance. It's all the foreigners' fault. Politics: Who says intransigence doesn't pay? After driving Hostess out of business by refusing to negotiate, the White House has decided to reward the union bakers with Trade Adjustment Assistence, blaming foreigners. What a sweet deal. ... the AFL-CIO-affiliated Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers International (BCTGM). It refused to deal, taking the entire company, including fellow workers, down with it. Turns out the union...
  • Photos: Soldiers Faced Day of Violence; More Expected

    02/24/2013 2:46:35 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/2/13 | Gil Ronen
    Israel's security forces faced rioting throughout Judea and Samaria on Purim. No one was reported hurt. The security forces are bracing for more violence, as preparations are being made for the funeral of a terrorist who died while in Israeli custody. Israel says he died of heart failure, but Arab inciters claim he died as a result of being beaten. ..... Photos
  • Aaron, 9, ‘bullied to death for being white’

    02/24/2013 2:28:35 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 48 replies
    The Sun ^ | 2/24/13 | Aaron Dugmore
    Family blames Asian yobs for suicide THE devastated family of a nine-year-old boy who hanged himself say he took his life after racist taunts by Asian bullies. Aaron Dugmore — thought to be one of Britain’s youngest suicides after bullying — was found in his bedroom after months of jibes at school, they claim. His family say that Aaron was threatened with a plastic KNIFE by one Asian pupil — who warned him: “Next time it will be a real one.” But despite complaints to the school, where 75 per cent of pupils come from ethnic backgrounds, they claim nothing...
  • Woodward pushes back: W.H. confusing, distorting facts on sequester

    02/24/2013 2:11:39 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/24/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    The Washington Post's Bob Woodward tells POLITICO Playbook that the White House is muddling the facts on the sequester - "a classic case of distortion and confusion." **SNIP** "The White House pushback is a classic case of distortion and confusion," Woodward said in an email to Playbook. "We unfortunately have seen this too often in recent presidential history... I do not think it is willful. They are just mixed up, surprisingly so."
  • Bloomberg's ban prohibits 2-liter soda with your pizza and some nightclub mixers (LIBERAL FOOD NAZI)

    02/24/2013 2:05:07 PM PST · by F15Eagle · 56 replies
    NY Post via Drudge ^ | Last Updated: 1:24 PM, February 24, 2013 Posted: 10:38 PM, February 23, 2013 | By BRAD HAMILTON and SUSAN EDELMAN
    Take a big gulp, New York: Hizzoner is about to give you a pop. Nanny Bloomberg unleashes his ban on large sodas on March 12 — and there are some nasty surprises lurking for hardworking families. Say goodbye to that 2-liter bottle of Coke with your pizza delivery, pitchers of soft drinks at your kid’s birthday party and some bottle-service mixers at your favorite nightclub. They’d violate Mayor Bloomberg’s new rules, which prohibit eateries from serving or selling sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces. Bloomberg’s soda smackdown follows his attacks on salt, sugar, trans fat, smoking and even...
  • House Oversight Panel's Hearing Plan Could Signal GOP Shift On Climate

    02/24/2013 1:58:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Power-eng ^ | 2/19/13
    House oversight panel Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has agreed to Democrats' request to hold one or more hearings on economic risks from climate change, but while the decision appears to be a significant break from House GOP leaders' opposition to climate hearings it is unclear whether it will change other committees' reluctance to hold such hearings. Given the uncertainty over the fate of climate change hearings in the Republican-controlled House this year, Democrats are launching a new “Safe Climate Caucus” with a strategy of daily speeches to pressure GOP leadership into addressing climate. The caucus “is banding together to...
  • 'We want to be heard': Crowd asks Giron to shoot down gun legislation(CO Town Hall 750 people)

    02/24/2013 1:38:11 PM PST · by Red Steel · 22 replies
    Pueblo Chieftian ^ | Updated: 1:07 pm, Sun Feb 24, 2013 | Ryan Severance
    An estimated 750 people turned out Saturday to tell a local state politician how they felt about gun control. State Sen. Angela Giron heard from vocal and animated constituents. The town hall was scheduled to discuss four gun-control bills the Colorado House passed last week. Those bills will be heading to the state Senate for a vote in the coming weeks. The measures include universal background checks, a limit of 15 rounds on high-capacity magazines, a ban on concealed weapons on college campuses and a bill that would charge gun buyers for their own background checks. While about 250 people...
  • Police: Pizza delivery person shot teenager during attempted robbery

    02/24/2013 12:53:34 PM PST · by FunkyZero · 31 replies
    http://www.theindychannel.com ^ | 02/23/2013 | TheIndyChannel.com Staff
    INDIANAPOLIS - A 15-year-old is in critical condition after being shot by a pizza delivery person, later identified as Michael Andrews, police said. Police were dispatched to the 3600 block of Richelieu Road, near Franklin Road and East 38th Street, around 7:15 p.m. Friday. Metro police said the shooting happened during an apparent attempted robbery.
  • GOP governors take a pragmatic turn

    02/24/2013 12:40:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 24, 2013 12:48 PM EST | Ken Thomas and Steve Peoples
    Many Republican governors who worked to thwart much of President Barack Obama’s first-term agenda are shifting gears and softening their rhetoric now that his run was extended for four more years and they’re facing their own re-election. These state leaders are offering greater cooperation on health care and skipping the tough talk on immigration, taking a cue from voters who in last November’s election expressed their opposition to partisan gridlock in Washington. For many governors, the new approach reflects not just the specific needs of their states but also the realities of the political calendar: Nearly two dozen GOP governors...
  • Palestinians call for probe of Israeli prisons

    02/24/2013 12:34:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 24, 2013 2:10 PM EST | Karin Laub
    Palestinians on Sunday called for an international investigation of Israel’s treatment of Palestinian detainees after a 30-year-old prisoner died in custody and a hunger strike by four other inmates sparked a week of West Bank protests. The death of Arafat Jaradat set off more clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian stone-throwers in several areas of the West Bank on Sunday. In one incident, two Palestinians were wounded by army fire, including a 15-year-old boy who was shot in the chest, a Palestinian health official said. … Palestinian officials and the detainee’s family alleged Jaradat was mistreated by the Shin Bet,...
  • Shotgun Joe Inspires a Great Idea: Free AR-15!

    02/24/2013 12:14:43 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 7 replies
    JoeforAmerica.com ^ | 2-21-2013 | Joe Wurzelbacher
    February 21, 2013 Shotgun Joe Inspires a Great Idea: Free AR-15! Joe Wurzelbacher It’s not often that Joe Biden inspires a great idea (unless you’re talking about late-night comedians) and mostly he just makes you wish he’d shove some pie into that pie-hole and stop talking for five minutes. But stick with me. You’ll want to hear this:Barack Obama has made the Vice-President the point man in his Gun Control Task Force, or as I like to think of it, spearheading Obama’s pathetic and cynical play on the Newtown massacre to deny law-abiding Americans their Second Amendment rights. Listening to...
  • Woo hoo!! Less than $6k left to go!! This is beginning to look very doable!! [FReepathon XXV]

    02/24/2013 12:01:51 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 514 replies
  • Jindal To Obama: Stop Campaigning And Scaring The American People

    02/24/2013 11:51:49 AM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 2/24/13 | nbc
    GOV. BOBBY JINDAL (R-LOUISIANA): My recommendation to the president is it's time to stop campaigning. It is time to actually do the job here in Washington D.C. In our second term, for example, last year, we passed one of the most sweeping educational reform laws in the country, giving real choice to our kids, putting right teachers in the classroom. We're forming our tenure laws, letting the dollars follow the child. This year, like my colleague, we're proposing tax, significant tax reform. We've got different ideas about that. We're trying to get rid of the income tax in Louisiana. My...
  • 50 Cent Sees 'No Black People' At Daytona 500

    02/24/2013 11:43:35 AM PST · by Steelfish · 113 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | February 24, 2013
    50 Cent Sees 'No Black People' At Daytona 500 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Give NASCAR credit for this, the racing circuit continues to attempt to diversify its fan base. Rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson signs autographs prior to the Daytona 500. (Getty Images) This year, in a continued effort to show racing fast cars should appeal to more than just its traditionally white fan base, the circuit brought in African American celebrities such as recording artists 50 Cent and T.I. and future Hall of Fame NFL star Ray Lewis to the Daytona 500. It's a long way from the traditional...
  • State Department to Spend $250,000 on Afghan YouTube Channel, Had No $$$ for Benghazi Security

    02/24/2013 11:06:23 AM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 2/24/13 | Daniel Greenfield
    Remember the State Department had no money for Benghazi security because of the mean GOP. But it can always seem to find huge chunks of cash for really stupid things like this. This “Hope” nonsense smacks of an extension of Obama’s permanent campaign and it’s largely meant to fool Americans into thinking that matters in Afghanistan have improved so much that the departure is not a defeat. That makes this expensive propaganda boondoggle of dubious legality and obvious uselessness. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul plans to spend up to $250,000 in taxpayer money on the creation of a website that...
  • F-22’s Human Interface Kills Humans, Then Lands Them Safely

    02/24/2013 10:52:31 AM PST · by lbryce · 26 replies
    MIT ^ | February 24, 2013 | John Pavlus
    Think Windows 8 is a usability nightmare? Two pilots of the infamously expensive F-22 fighter jet recently went on 60 Minutes to describe how this “phenomenal, phenomenal machine” poisons its pilots’ air supply in the course of normal flight. But the plane is also smart enough to land itself with no help from its passed-out pilot. This is UX design by way of Brazil: the human interface is so bad that it actively tries to kill you the entire time you’re using it, and so good that it can deliver your comatose body back to safety with no help from...
  • Ballsy Law Student Schools Uninformed Law Officer on Gun Rights (Video)

    02/24/2013 10:47:59 AM PST · by Nachum · 46 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/24/13 | Jim Hoft
    Guest Post by Mara Zebest A video posted at the end of 2012 (a couple of months back) is gaining some steam now due to the current gun debate. A Facebook posting offers the following overview: You will LOVE this video! Share it if you want MORE people (including policemen) to understand this! Watch what happens when a policeman illegally stops a law student for carrying a gun… and the law student schools him on how he’s broken the law.
  • OBAMA to bus people in to protest NRA in Albany… Is This Even Legal?

    02/24/2013 10:20:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/24/13 | Jim Hoft
    The never-ending campaign… The Obama campaign is going to bus people in for a protest in Albany. The campaign put a post up on its website advertising the event. Via Free Republic:
  • Gaining Momentum: Now 44 Gun Companies Have Stopped Selling to Law Enforcement In Anti-2A States

    02/24/2013 9:19:05 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 63 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Feb 23, 2013 | Mike Opelka
    The list of companies that have stopped selling firearms and ammunition to law enforcement agencies in states that are restricting the Second Amendment has more than doubled since Wednesday and is more than five times larger than just one week ago. There are 44 companies on our list, with more being added as we receive notification. Here are the additions since Wednesday: •Barrett Firearms •Exile Machine •Tier One Arms •Bravo Company USA •Primary Weapons Systems •Crusader Weaponry •Top Gun Supply •Kiss Tactical •Clark Fork Tactical •OFA Tactical •One Source Tactical •Templar Tactical Arms •NEMO Arms •Old Grouch’s Military Surplus •Big...
  • TX:Homeowner shoots intruder

    02/24/2013 8:46:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    lubbockonline.com ^ | 24 February, 2012 | NA
    A Slaton family survived an encounter with a burglar late Saturday night. The man who law enforcement has not been able to identify yet was shot in the leg by the male homeowner in the 6000 block of CR 7920. Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Bryan Taylor said the homeowner heard a crashing sound, got up to check on his family and retrieved his firearm to investigate further. All family members were in place but that’s when the homeowner confronted a burglar. The homeowner gave the intruder several commands to get on the ground but the intruder refused to comply....
  • TX:Family fights back when 3 gunmen storm their home; one intruder shot

    02/24/2013 8:42:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 48 replies
    khou.com ^ | 22 February, 2012 | Tim Wetzel and Staff
    HOUSTON –A 21-year-old man sprang into action to protect his family Thursday night when three suspects barged into their northwest Harris County home. The young man was home with his mother and father in the 3900 block of Brook Garden when the armed men forced their way into the house around 8 p.m., according to Harris County Sheriff’s deputies. The family was in the middle of baking a cake, when there was a knock at the door. “I see a young boy and I think it is a friend of my son so I open it a little bit,” the...
  • WA:Homeowner shoots at man to protect family

    02/24/2013 8:39:32 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    kirotv.com ^ | 21 February, 2012 | NA
    BREMERTON, Wash. — A homeowner opened fire at a man who was demanding to be let into her home Wednesday, police said. Around midnight, Terry Brumage’s family was asleep when they heard an angry voice at the front door of their home. A man was demanding to be let in. Brumage said she did not know who the man was so she armed herself with a .38 caliber handgun.
  • MI:Woman shoots intruder near Holt

    02/24/2013 8:35:48 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    HOLT, Mich. (WOOD) - A woman shot a man during an apparent home invasion in Ingham County. The suspect was shot multiple times and suffered injuries to his stomach and hands, according to WLNS. He is in critical condition at a hospital.
  • Duncan: ‘Dumb cuts’ from sequester will cost thousands of teachers their jobs

    02/24/2013 8:35:21 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 40 replies
    Duncan: ‘Dumb cuts’ from sequester will cost thousands of teachers their jobs By Bernie Becker - 02/24/13 10:44 AM ET Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Sunday that sequestration would have a devastating affect on school systems around the country. Duncan said that teachers around the country were already being informed that they won’t be retained, and that some 40,000 teachers in all could lose their jobs. Head Start and programs for children with parents in the military could also be hurt by the $85 billion in sequester cuts, Duncan said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “We don’t have any ability...
  • Echos of a shooting

    02/24/2013 8:23:20 AM PST · by mylife · 18 replies
    PBS ^ | 2/24/13 | PBS
    Echos of a shoorting
  • The ‘End’ Of QE – Hype Or Tripe?

    02/24/2013 8:11:12 AM PST · by blam · 4 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-24-2013 | Andy Sutton
    The ‘End’ Of QE – Hype Or Tripe? Interest-Rates / Quantitative EasingFebruary 23, 2013 - 07:32 PM GMT By: Andy Sutton I am going to say right up front that there is going to be quite a bit of sarcasm in this essay. I say this simply because of the ludicrous nature of our marionette-esque talking heads in the mainstream financial press in this country. They are truly amazing, taking molehills and making mountains out of them and vice versa. In one segment telling us that there in fact will be no criminal charges against anyone involved in the HSBC...
  • The Memory Span of Fungus

    02/24/2013 8:06:06 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 10 replies
    Canadan Free Press ^ | Feb 24, 2013 | Alan Caruba
    I have been puzzling over what I perceive as the growing loss of public interest in the Benghazi debacle in which an American ambassador and three others lost their lives and the former Secretary of State in a pique of anger over questions about the event said, “What difference does it make?” It makes a difference if the State Department was derelict or indifferent to the ambassador’s cables that spelled out the security threats that he and his staffed faced or, for that matter, the attacks on other diplomats and humanitarian organizations operating in what was a war zone. African...
  • Controllers must be cut in a week, LaHood says

    02/24/2013 8:04:38 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 35 replies
    <p>As part of the upcoming forced cuts totaling $85 billion, the Federal Aviation Administration will be required to slash $600 million from its budget, amounting to 4% of its total expenditures. Appearing at the White House on Friday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warned those cuts would result in major delays at American airports.</p>
  • Budget hawks question Pentagon's doomsday scenarios

    02/24/2013 7:54:16 AM PST · by vbmoneyspender · 53 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 21, 2013 | Byron York
    See Link But perhaps the biggest example of the Washington Monument maneuver is coming from the Defense Department, where it goes by another name. Over many decades of defense budget battles, the Pentagon has often used a tactic known as a "gold watch." It means to answer a budget cut proposal by selecting for elimination a program so important and valued -- a gold watch -- that Pentagon chiefs know political leaders will restore funding rather than go through with the cut. So now, with sequestration approaching, the Pentagon has announced that the possibility of budget cuts has forced the...
  • Tarrant County Party Facility Refuses Gay Couple's Wedding Reception

    02/24/2013 7:45:28 AM PST · by tuffydoodle · 37 replies
    NBCDFW ^ | 2/20/2013 | Lindsay Wilcox
    A gay Fort Worth couple says a Tarrant County facility is refusing to rent them space to celebrate their upcoming wedding with a reception. The owner of the All Occasion Party Place told Ben Allen and Justin Hudgins that she would not rent to them because they are gay, they said. After learning they are gay, she said in an email to them that: "... it is because of God that I will not be a part in your reception and I know he loves you but not what you are doing." "It almost felt like a sucker-punch to the...
  • The Norwegian Defence League: A Creature of the PST?

    The following article from Dagbladet reveals that the Norwegian Defence League was created and nurtured by the Norwegian Security Police (PST). During its early days, three of its six leaders were PST agents, and the man who initiated the creation of the NDL was an agent for multiple organizations — he infiltrated the leadership of “anti-racist” and communist organizations as well. I can’t help but be reminded of the fact that Stalin was a double agent for the Okhrana, the Czar’s secret intelligence service, before the Bolshevik Revolution. The Okhrana thus unwittingly helped engineer the overthrow of the Russian state....
  • Purim: A Non Progressive Jewish Holiday

    02/24/2013 7:35:32 AM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Seraphic Press.com ^ | 2/24/12 | Robert J. Avrech
    Today the Jewish people celebrate the holiday of Purim. It’s an old and familiar story: An intolerant Jew-hater named Haman hatches a plan to annihilate the Jewish people in the ancient kingdom of Persia. It’s That Genocide Thing. Again. Most of the Jews in this multicultural Persian kingdom have been enlightened to the point where they enthusiastically attend royal feasts and gorge themselves off the golden plates and cups looted from the holy Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. But these court Jews have evolved past that old, tired Judaism. They’re all new-agey, progressive, and they know that Jewish history has moved...
  • Topless women protest against Berlusconi as he votes in election

    02/24/2013 7:34:21 AM PST · by dynachrome · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2-24-13 | Matthias Baehr
    A group of topless women were dragged away by police on Sunday when they protested against former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi as he voted in Italy's election. The protesters, from the Ukrainian women's rights group Femen, shouted "Basta (Enough) Berlusconi", as the media tycoon was voting in a polling station in a Milan school. The same words were painted on their bodies. Police quickly grabbed the women and roughly bundled them away.
  • Beretta’s future in Maryland tied to state’s gun-control debate

    02/24/2013 7:11:59 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 23, 2013 | Aaron C. Davis
    On the production floor of Beretta USA sits a hulking new barrel-making machine ready to churn out the next object of obsession in America’s love-hate relationship with guns: a civilian version of a machine gun designed for special operations forces and popularized in the video game Call of Duty. Beretta, the nearly 500-year-old family-owned company that made one of James Bond’s firearms, has already invested more than $1 million in the machine and has planned to expand its plant further in Prince George’s County to ramp up production. But under an assault-weapons ban that advanced late last week in the...
  • Iran claims it has captured a foreign ‘enemy drone’ during military exercise

    02/24/2013 7:09:54 AM PST · by dynachrome · 6 replies
    AP via Washington Post ^ | 2-23-13 | Thomas Strong
    TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard said Saturday that it had captured a foreign unmanned aircraft during a military exercise in southern Iran. Gen. Hamid Sarkheili, a spokesman for the military exercise, said the Guard’s electronic warfare unit spotted signals indicating that foreign drones were trying to enter Iranian airspace. Sarkheili said Guard experts took control of one drone’s navigation system and brought it down near the city of Sirjan where the military drills began on Saturday. “While probing signals in the area, we spotted foreign and enemy drones which attempted to enter the area of the war game,”...
  • Former Obama Spox Robert Gibbs: I Was Told Not To Acknowledge Existence Of Drone Program

    02/24/2013 7:00:32 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    As press secretary to President Obama, Robert Gibbs was often in the obfuscation business. Now that he's been freed from that role and become a news analyst—albeit at MSNBC—Gibbs has become considerably more candid. Readers will recall, for example, that he described Chuck Hagel as "unimpressive and unprepared" at his Senate confirmation hearing. Today, Gibbs took that frankness a significant step further. On Up With Chris Hayes, Gibbs stated that as press secretary, he had been ordered not to acknowledge the existence of the drone program. View the video here.
  • Byron York: How defense spending will grow under sequester cuts

    02/24/2013 6:55:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 02/23/2013 | Byron York
    The major objection most Republicans have to the coming sequestration budget cuts is that the cuts will fall disproportionately on the Department of Defense. That’s true; defense spending is about one-fifth of the federal budget but will take about half of the sequester cuts. But even for the Pentagon, the cuts are only to the rate of growth for the defense budget in coming years. They are not actual cuts that make spending decline. In a February publication, “The Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2013 to 2023,” the Congressional Budget Office (summary here, full report here) outlines the increases...
  • How Long Can U.S. Economy’s Sweet Spot Last This Time?

    02/24/2013 6:53:34 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-24-2013 | Sy Harding
    How Long Can U.S. Economy’s Sweet Spot Last This Time? Economics / US EconomyFebruary 23, 2013 - 07:50 PM GMT By: Sy Harding Until recently, the recovery from the 2008 financial crisis and meltdown has been in stealth mode all the way, much of the country either unaware of the progress - or in denial that it was happening. That’s even been true of investors, whose success depends so much on being able to separate the facts and reality from the static and noise. Statistics measuring money flow in and out of mutual funds show that many investors followed their...
  • Bosses could be forced to hire more workers with criminal records under new equality guidelines

    02/24/2013 6:40:36 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 29 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | February 24, 2013 | Staff
    Employers in the U.S. may soon have to hire more workers with criminal backgrounds under new equality guidelines issued by the federal government. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s guidelines warn companies against rejecting minority applicants who have committed a felony or other offense, recommending that those companies eliminate policies which ‘exclude people from employment based on a criminal record.’ According to the EEOC, civil rights laws already prohibit employers from selectively hiring job applicants who are of different ethnic backgrounds but have matching criminal histories. The latest update from the EEOC was issued out of concern that employers might disproportionally...
  • Black Leaders: Gun Control is "Black People Control"

    02/24/2013 6:38:33 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 23 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Feb 24, 2013 | Alicia Powe
    A number of African-American leaders joined together Friday to challenge the gun control proposals currently being considered on Capitol Hill, claiming gun control laws are inherently racist. “There’s a direct correlation between gun control and black people control,” Stacy Swimp, president and CFO of the Frederick Douglass Society, said at the event at the press conference sponsored by the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (C.U.R.E). Swimp compared the call for universal background checks for gun purchase to the time when blacks were required to register with the government. “The first gun laws were put into place to register black...
  • White House to cede Benghazi documents in Brennan fight

    02/24/2013 6:07:25 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/22/13 | TIM MAK
    The White House is preparing to cede more ground to Senate Republican foes and hand over documents related to the Benghazi attacks to try to secure the confirmation of John Brennan to run the CIA, POLITICO has confirmed. After releasing official timelines, an investigation and sending Cabinet officials up to Capitol Hill for hearings, now the Obama administration has agreed to surrender email messages between top national security officials that discuss how to describe the Sept. 11 attack, a Senate aide confirmed Friday evening.
  • New York Army Vet Facing 7 Years in Prison Over Empty Ammo Magazines

    02/24/2013 5:47:16 AM PST · by lowbridge · 67 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | february 23, 2013 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    An Army veteran in New York is facing up to seven years in prison for possessing five empty 30-round ammunition magazines. Nate Haddad told WGRZ-TV he was parked on a road last month waiting to meet someone interested in buying them off him when police approached. According to the station, the magazines were for an AR-15 rifle, the same type of weapon Haddad once carried in combat. Magazines over 10 rounds have been illegal in New York since 1994, unless they were manufactured before the law went into effect. Haddad says he thought his were legal, until he found out...
  • Feminist: Women in Combat Can Use Birth Control to ‘Eliminate Their Periods'

    02/24/2013 5:39:59 AM PST · by IbJensen · 42 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/22/2013 | Penny Starr
    (Kayla Williams, a former sergeant with the U.S. Army, spoke in favor of the lifting of the ban on women serving in combat units on Feb. 21, 2013 at the Center for National Policy in Washington, D.C.) (CNSNews.com) - At an event to discuss the merits of lifting the ban on women serving in combat units in the U.S. military, a retired Army sergeant said that hygiene issues are not a problem, including menstrual cycles, which she said can be regulated or eliminated by using birth control. “Women can use hormonal birth control to regulate or eliminate their periods...
  • Penney’s on the dollar (Record losses expected to be announced by JCPenney CEO)

    02/24/2013 5:36:48 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/24/13 | JAMES COVERT
    After a dismal winter, spring is nearly upon us, and everything is coming up roses at JCPenney. That, at least, is the message some investors expect to hear from CEO Ron Johnson Wednesday — despite forecasts that the flailing retailer will report a fourth-quarter loss on what could be the worst sales drop in its history. When Penney reports its results, Wall Street analysts forecast a loss, with sales down 24 percent to $4.1 billion, but many industry watchers estimate Penney’s comparable sales will plunge by upward of 30 percent.
  • The manufactured crisis of sequester

    02/24/2013 5:20:41 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/23/2013 | George Will
    Even during this desultory economic recovery, one industry thrives — the manufacture of synthetic hysteria. It is, however, inaccurate to accuse the Hysteric in Chief of crying “Wolf!” about spending cuts under the sequester. He is actually crying “Hamster!” As in: Batten down the hatches — the sequester will cut $85 billion from this year’s $3.6 trillion budget! Or: Head for the storm cellar — spending will be cut 2.3 percent! Or: Washington chain-saw massacre — we must scrape by on 97.7 percent of current spending! Or: Chaos is coming because the sequester will cut a sum $25 billion larger than was just shoveled out...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 24 February 2013

    02/24/2013 5:02:08 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 92 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 24 February 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows February 24th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Govs. Jack Markell, D-Del., and Scott Walker, R-Wis.; Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood; Govs. Deval Patrick, D-Mass., and Bobby Jindal, R-La.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Education Secretary Arne Duncan; Govs. Martin O'Malley, D-Md., Bob McDonnell, R-Va., Jan Brewer, R-Ariz., and John Chickenpooper, D-Colo.; Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa.; Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Tim Kaine, D-Va,THIS WEEK (ABC): Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Eliot Engel, D-N.Y.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): LaHood;...
  • Progressive Tax-Exempt Group’s Secret Plan to ‘Eviscerate,’ ‘Cripple’ GOP

    02/24/2013 4:21:36 AM PST · by lbryce · 45 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | February 23, 2013 | Staff
    Blueprint NC is “a nonprofit that coordinates the activities of liberal-leaning nonprofits” in North Carolina and when this 501(c) group’s communications director Stephanie Bass forwarded a strategy memo to member organizations, she included a disclaimer: “CONFIDENTIAL to Blueprint, so please be careful – share with your boards and appropriate staff, but not the whole world.” Oops. The memo got leaked to reporter Mark Binker at WRAL in Raleigh. The contents are quite disturbing and clearly partisan: “The most effective way to mitigate the worst legislation is to weaken our opponents’ ability to govern by crippling their leaders (McCrory, Tillis, Berger,...
  • Juan Williams: Liberal media Will ‘Shut U Down, Stab U Kill U, Fire you’ If U Disagree [VIDEO]

    02/24/2013 3:45:15 AM PST · by lbryce · 88 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | February | Grae Stafford
    Fox News political analyst and “Special Report” panelist Juan Williams said in an interview with The Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas that mainstream media outlets “stab” and “kill” dissenting voices. Williams was fired from National Public Radio in 2010 after saying he sometimes gets “nervous” when seated on an airplane with Muslims, while making a broader point about the importance of religious tolerance. “I always thought it was the Archie Bunkers of the world, the right wingers of world, who were more resistant and more closed-minded about hearing the other side,” he said. “In fact, what I have learned is, in...
  • Inside Scientology with Jenna Miscavige Hill Sat 02-23 - Coast to Coast radio show

    02/23/2013 11:02:19 PM PST · by dennisw · 11 replies
    Coast to Coast radio show ^ | 02-23 | Jenna Miscavige Hill
    Inside Scientology Sat 02-23 Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. She joins John B. Wells to share her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, and her ultimate escape. In the first hour, investigative journalist Wayne Madsen will comment on the mysterious death of Philip Marshall and provide various news updates.