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  • Top 2 U.S. Jobs by Number Employed: Salespersons and Cashiers

    03/26/2015 9:05:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 25, 2015 - 3:04 PM | Rudy Takala
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported Wednesday that retail sales clerk and cashier were the two largest occupations in the United States in May 2014, with their numbers increasing slightly since 2013. In its annual report on wages and occupational employment, the BLS found that 4.6 million Americans worked in retail sales while 3.4 million more worked as cashiers, making up almost six percent of total U.S. employment. The two job categories increased by a combined 400,000 workers since 2012. Retail workers made $24,020 a year on average, while cashiers made $20,670, according to the BLS. …
  • Abita Springs woman feigns rape to cover up extramarital impregnation: police

    03/26/2015 1:08:07 PM PDT · by BBell · 23 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 3/26/15 | James Varney
    Mandeville Police arrested an Abita Springs woman Wednesday (March 25) who allegedly tried to hide her impregnation through an extramarital affair by crying rape. Gina Louise Causey, 40, was charged with criminal mischief, police said. Causey showed up with her husband at police headquarters Tuesday, spinning a tale of being raped at gunpoint in December 2014 near the Mandeville lakefront, police said. In an interview with detectives, Causey also said the alleged perpetrator was a law enforcement officer who had raped several other women in the area and had now impregnated her. Her tale was an extravagant one - "like...
  • Terrebonne deputy not indicted in fatal shooting of teen who was holding BB gun

    03/26/2015 1:00:57 PM PDT · by BBell · 2 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune/A.P. ^ | 3/26/15 | Carlie Kollath Wells
    HOUMA -- A grand jury has decided not to indict a Terrebonne Parish sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a teenager last year.
  • Once again Comrade de Blasio reminds us of why Democrats must never be allowed to rule us

    03/26/2015 8:34:51 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/26/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    In the bad old days of New York City, the mob would decide the price of erecting a building regardless of who was planning to do it. Years after the construction of One Police Plaza, the City’s Police Headquarters, when the ceiling of the main floor started to fall down an investigation found that the mob had sold the city substandard concrete. They didn’t care who they ripped off. Hard work led by former Mayor Rudy Giuliani broke the grip of the mob on New York’s construction industry and for years afterward construction boomed because of the reduced costs of...
  • Portion Size: The Elephant in the Room

    03/26/2015 3:13:49 AM PDT · by Don W · 20 replies
    Victoria Times-Colonist ^ | 25 March, 2015 | Dr. Trevor Hancock
    By now, everybody knows we are in the midst of an epidemic of overweight and obesity in Canada and around the world. There is a horrifying series of maps showing the rate of obesity spreading like a red stain across Canada over the past 30 years. In its latest fact sheet, the World Health Organization reports that “worldwide obesity has nearly doubled since 1980” and that “35 per cent of adults aged 20 and over were overweight in 2008, and 11 per cent were obese.” In Canada, it is much the same. The Public Health Agency of Canada reported in...
  • My Encounter with a Democrat about Ted Cruz and The Tea Party

    03/25/2015 7:07:07 PM PDT · by Nowhere Man · 56 replies
    Me | 03-25-2015 | Me
    I work in a major department store west of the Pittsburgh area and I sold some jewelry to a lady who was buying it foe her grandaughter's tea party. Just to make conversation, I referenced the Tea Party political group. She said how bad they were and Ted Cruz is "too Christian." I asked, "what do you mean by that?" She said, "I'm Catholic and liberal," and I replied, "hopefully if him or someone like him was elected, we can start to fix the damage of the last 7 years." She didn't like it. People like that drive me nuts....
  • Is it just me, or has there been a resurgence at FreeRepublic.

    03/25/2015 2:59:35 PM PDT · by Zeneta · 181 replies
    Me | 03/25/2015 | Zeneta
    I have noticed that there seems to be more and more posters on FR that have accounts from the 1990's or early 2000's, that are posting a lot more frequently. I can't be the only one that has noticed this. Maybe it was Ted Cruz, I don't know, but I'd like to know that I'm not alone here.
  • Horrifying footage shows teen drivers in near-death crashes as they check phones and chat [tr]

    03/25/2015 1:20:21 PM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    AP and UK Daily Mail ^ | March 25, 2015 | Staff
    Distractions - especially talking with passengers and using cellphones - play a far greater role in car crashes involving teen drivers than has been previously understood, according to compelling new evidence cited by safety researchers. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety analyzed nearly 1,700 videos that capture the actions of teen drivers in the moments before a crash. It found that distractions were a factor in nearly 60per cent of moderate to severe crashes. That's four times the rate in many previous official estimates that were based on police reports. The study is unusual because researchers rarely have access to...
  • Man killed by Smyrna police had history of running from cops

    03/25/2015 11:02:32 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 7 replies
    Atlanta Journal and Constitution ^ | 3/25/15 | Mike Morris
    The man shot and killed by Smyrna police Tuesday after they said he tried to run down officers who went to his Vinings workplace to arrest him had a history of running from police. And, in at least one prior case, he drove a car toward an officer. While police Wednesday had not released the man’s name, his parents came to the scene of the fatal shooting Tuesday afternoon, identified the dead man as Nicholas Taft Thomas and called for the FBI to look into the incident. Felecia Thomas told Channel 2 Action News that her son loved cars and...
  • Bosses can’t get even when staffers gripe on social media

    03/25/2015 10:58:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 25, 2015 1:27 PM EDT | Joyce M. Rosenberg
    Bosses can get mad when staffers vent on social media about their jobs, but they may not be able to get even. When one of Bert Martinez’ employees posted gripes about her job and the boss on Facebook last year, the publicist consulted his lawyer, who said the staffer couldn’t be fired. “The first lesson I learned is, employees are allowed to vent,” says Martinez, owner of Bert Martinez Communications in Phoenix. “If they're saying, ‘hey, it’s hard working here and I find this environment unpleasant’, you can’t fire them for that.” The employee quit a week after Martinez learned...
  • Pro-Lifers Arrested For Praying Outside Boehner’s Office

    03/25/2015 10:47:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 25, 2015 - 12:40 PM | Brittany M. Hughes
    U.S. Capitol police on Wednesday arrested seven pro-life protesters while they were praying outside the office of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Those arrested, who included prominent pro-life activist and nurse Jill Stanek, were protesting the House Republican leaderships’ failure to call a vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would prohibit aborting an unborn child in or after the 20th week of gestation. The House Republican leadership shelved the bill less than 24 hours before it was set to come up for a vote on Jan. 22 after some Republican congresswomen, led by Rep. Renée Ellmers (R-N.C.)...
  • NV: Expanded Reciprocity Bill Passes Senate

    03/25/2015 10:41:40 AM PDT · by rktman
    /gunwatch.blogspot.com ^ | 3/25/2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In Nevada, SB 175 passed the Senate. The bill is a general gun law reform bill that passed 14 to 5 with 2 excused. The bill changes the reciprocity law in Nevada in a significant way. From SB 175 (pdf):
  • Thousands Of Layoffs Coming After Buffett Merges Heinz With Kraft, 5th Largest Food Company

    03/25/2015 8:46:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/25/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Another day, another mega-M&A deal taking advantage of abnormally low bond rates, this time however not involving biotechs or a specialty pharma seeking to purchase a debt-free balance sheet, but one involving the Oracle of Omaha himself, and his Heinz investment, which will merge with Kraft Foods whose market cap was over $40 billion this morning on the news of the merger, and create the third largest food and beverage company in the US, and 5th largest in  the world. And while the resulting company will certainly be an unprecedented food giant, one which leaves the US food industry even...
  • The 20 US colleges with the most conservative students

    03/25/2015 8:41:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/25/2015 | Lauren Browning
    As part of its annual college rankings, The Princeton Review ranks the US colleges with the most conservative students. While a few of the schools on the list are big sports and party schools, 20% of the colleges in the ranking are military schools. Over half of the most conservative colleges on the list also appeared on the Review's lists of the most religious students, students who are stone cold sober, and students who don't smoke. A whopping 17 of the 20 schools were ranked on The Princeton Review's list of future Rotarians and Daughters of the American Revolution. Texas,...
  • Nebraska senator compares police to ISIS, suggests he’d shoot a cop

    03/25/2015 8:10:29 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 19 replies
    www.foxnews.com ^ | 3/25/15 | Deena Winter
    A Nebraska state senator compared American police to Islamic terrorists and suggested he'd shoot a cop if only he had a weapon. State Sen. Ernie Chambers said during a legislative hearing on March 20 that you don't have to go halfway around the world to find an ISIS mentality. It can be found in America because police terrorize blacks every day. He was referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which has beheaded journalists and brutally executed Westerners and others. "My ISIS is the police," Chambers, an independent, said, adding police can get away with shooting people if...
  • Is Obama a psychopath?

    03/25/2015 6:51:06 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 39 replies
    WND ^ | 4/16/2014 | Gina Loudon
    It is safe to say that most politicians these days could be diagnosed with a range of mental conditions, and many would likely be labeled sociopaths or psychopaths. The terms psychopath and sociopath are often used interchangeably, even by mental health professionals. The symptoms are somewhat consistent between the two: lack of conscience, no moral compass, manipulative, low range of emotions, interpersonally insensitive. The psychopath is deadly. He is well spoken, charismatic, fearless, controlling, socially potent, a habitual liar, calm to a disturbing degree in the face of chaos and cold hearted. He is a master at blaming others. David...
  • My Thoughts on Cruz

    03/24/2015 10:45:02 PM PDT · by yournamehere · 38 replies
    Just me | 3/25/15 | Just me
    I have not been around for a while, but Cruz running has me excited about jumping back in to politics. Just felt like sharing my opinions..
  • Singing the National Anthem at Walmart

    03/24/2015 9:18:56 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | Mar 24, 2015 | Mark Ammann
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  • RPT: Michelle Obama’s Mandate Will Require Daycares to Weigh Children

    03/24/2015 8:17:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Mar 23, 2015 2:12 pm | (Outnumbered)
    A new report says that the federal government plans to keep track of how healthy children are by weighing and measuring them in daycare. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will weigh and check the height of roughly 3,000 children as part of a study mandated by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. According to a report by Free Beacon, the USDA published “a notice in the Federal Register on Friday proposing data collection on what meals are served in professional and home daycare facilities and how much physical activity children perform.” …
  • I have AN answer to the teacher's pension problem

    03/24/2015 7:46:21 PM PDT · by knarf · 11 replies
    self | March 24, 2015 | knarf
    Every legitimate American child has a SS number, and ......
  • Privileged Species with Geneticist Michael Denton Gets Its Online Premiere; See It Now!

    03/24/2015 2:06:17 PM PDT · by Heartlander · 3 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | March 24, 2015 | News
    Privileged Species with Geneticist Michael Denton Gets Its Online Premiere; See It Now! Evolution News & Views March 24, 2015 3:43 AM | Permalink Finally, the stirring and profound documentary with geneticist Michael Denton, Privileged Species, is available to see now, free online. Dr. Denton extends the argument for intelligent design to the ultra-, ultra-fine-tuning of the cosmos for carbon-based life forms like ourselves. You cannot watch these 33 minutes without coming away with the very powerful conclusion that the universe was designed with us very specifically in mind.The documentary investigates the special properties of carbon, water, and oxygen that...
  • City Park golf course protester falls from tree, taken in ambulance

    03/24/2015 1:52:13 PM PDT · by BBell · 23 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | Jonathan Bullington
    Johnathan "Lloyd" Boover, the man living in a City Park tree out of protest over a proposed golf complex, fell from his perch Tuesday (March 24) and was taken away in an ambulance, witnesses said. Boover fell from the tree shortly before 11 a.m., said Marilyn Eyer, a Gentilly resident who has followed Boover's tree sit-in since he started March 13. Boover was carried away on a stretcher into a waiting ambulance, witnesses said, which then left the area.Witnesses say Boover may have broken his nose and injured his foot and knee in the fall. He had been running low...
  • This reality show about married swingers is crazy, but not for the reason you think

    03/24/2015 10:04:48 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 18 replies
    www.washingtonpost.com ^ | 3/23/15 | Emily Yhar
    A&E’s “Neighbors With Benefits,” a series that debuted Sunday night, opens with a truly hilarious scene. The camera reveals a sunny, idyllic neighborhood with a couple holding hands. There’s a shot of an American flag, a church and then a bunch of crosses. Someone actually yells, “Hidey ho, neighbor!” It’s suburban bliss. Inside one of the beautiful homes, a sweet middle-aged real estate agent shows a young married couple around the rooms, pointing out the large master bedroom. The wife turns to the agent: “Have you heard about the rumors of this neighborhood?” she giggles. “That there’s wild neighborhood parties...
  • Lexington, Mass. High School Vetoes Dance Theme For Being ‘Too American’

    03/24/2015 6:19:44 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 20 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | Mar 23, 2015 | Heather Laskin
    Lexington, Mass. The place where the “shot heard round the world” was fired, the birthplace of the American Revolution, and now, the home of a high school whose administration has vetoed an “American Pride” dance theme because it is “too American.” Students on the dance committee at Lexington High School voted on the theme for their junior/senior dance and chose “American Pride,” a seemingly appropriate theme for a school whose mascot is the Minuteman. Their decision was quickly vetoed, however, when the powers that be decided the theme was not inclusive enough. “Given the diverse demography of our community,” Assistant...
  • The Power To Hold On (vanity post)

    03/24/2015 5:00:24 AM PDT · by austinaero · 8 replies
    An Iron Will (book) ^ | 03/24/2015 | Orison Swett Marden
    THE POWER TO HOLD ON “The power to hold on is characteristic of all men who have accomplished anything great; they may lack in some other particular, have many weaknesses or eccentricities, but the quality of persistence is never absent from a successful man. No matter what opposition he meets or what discouragement overtakes him, drudgery cannot disgust him, obstacles cannot discourage him, labor cannot weary him; misfortune, sorrow, and reverses cannot harm him. It is not so much brilliancy of intellect, or fertility of resource, as persistency of effort, constancy of purpose, that makes a great man. Those who...
  • American Doctors Are Killing Themselves and No One Is Talking About It

    03/23/2015 8:00:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 03/23/2015 | Gabrielle Glaser
    It’s estimated that at least 400 U.S. doctors kill themselves every year. Many are struggling with depression, anxiety, or addiction. Greg Miday was a promising young doctor with a prestigious oncology fellowship in St. Louis. He spoke conversational Spanish, volunteered with the homeless, and played the piano as if he’d been born to it. He had rugged good looks, with dark wavy hair and a tall, athletic build. Everybody—siblings, patients, friends, nurses, professors, fellow doctors, and above all, his physician-parents—adored him. On the evening of June 21, 2012, Greg drew a bath, lit candles, and put his iPod on speaker....
  • SEE IT: Louisville cop helps struggling runner finish 10K race

    03/23/2015 7:43:08 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 27 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | March 23, 2015 | Meg Wagner
    A Louisville runner who struggled to complete a 10K race crossed the finish line hand-in-hand with her “angel” — a cop who walked by her side for a mile. Asia Ford began having trouble breathing about five miles into Saturday’s Rodes City Run. Lt. Aubrey Gregory got out of his police cruiser to check on her.
  • Government pays to house poor in luxury apartments with pools, wine cellars

    03/23/2015 3:56:59 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 27 replies
    FoxNews ^ | March 23, 2015 | Luke Rosiak
    Verde Point is a self-described "luxury apartment" complex with a rooftop pool and "personal wine storage" that is currently accepting public housing assistance recipients who will live there practically for free, courtesy of the taxpayers — at least until they become gainfully employed and their incomes rise. That's when the pool parties and wine tastings end and they will have to downgrade to a more middle-class abode. The Gramercy is another luxury apartment, also in Arlington, Va., where holders of the federal vouchers formerly known as Section 8 can live, taking advantage of its "massage room and sauna" and "clubroom...
  • Are school surveys about gun ownership legal in NY?

    03/23/2015 2:26:28 PM PDT · by Dutch Boy · 50 replies
    self
    Is it legal in NY for a school to issue an "anonymous" survey to students asking about their family's gun ownership, access to firearms and other questions? This was given to my son today. I am furious about the intrusion, the manipulation of our children and the sliminess of how it was done. I am collecting information to formulate a response to the school. Anyone out there know if this kind of survey is even legal?
  • RIP, Jim Berry: For 40 years, 'Berry's World' cartoonist dispensed relatable laughs

    03/23/2015 12:35:54 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 23, 2015 | Michael Cavna
    ... In so many ways, to read Jim Berry was to meet Jim Berry. "Berry's World," the syndicated single-panel feature that he drew for 40 years, beginning in 1963, was a remarkably steady stream of thoughtful observational humor that — like the unfussy art itself — rarely seemed to strain for the laugh. Each gag, as steady as a top golfer's approach shots, just "landed." Precision meets concision ... Mr. Berry died last Friday in Boynton Beach, Fla., at age 83 ...
  • I Eat Garbage to Save Money and Help Reduce Food Waste

    03/23/2015 11:42:09 AM PDT · by mojito · 50 replies
    Time/xoJane ^ | 3/23/2015 | Emiliy A. Klein
    ...Although bread is one of the easiest, most reliable items for which to dumpster dive — it’s thrown away all the time, it’s dry, non-perishable, and relatively non-pathogenic — I also scavenge produce, chocolate, and flowers from the garbage. Sometimes it can be pretty icky; various slimes attend the decay of vegetables and fruit, and dumpsters are occasionally coated in unidentifiable goo.... Although I’m not by any means rich (after earning an expensive college degree, I am, like many of my generation, right back to where I started: in the service industry... But, you might protest, (as have many of...
  • Pope Accepts Pizza Delivery from PopeMobile!

    03/23/2015 11:29:55 AM PDT · by lee martell · 16 replies
    March 23, 2015 | Lee Martell
    Pope Francis toured through Naples on Sunday in his Popemobile and got quite a surprise from one man in the crowd. Local pizzaria owner Enzo Cacialli jumped over the barricade to hand the Pope a personalized pizza which he then accepted! Employees at Don Ernesto in Naples, Italy had heard that the Pope enjoys pizza, and misses having it served. So they prepared a special pie; a white and yellow pizza featuring yellow cherry tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella. In the YouTube video, owner, Cacialli can be seen climbing over a barrier, standing next to the Popemobile, and handing the Pope...
  • Night at The Museum 3

    03/23/2015 11:22:13 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 7 replies
    today | Me
    Watched the movie over the weekend and it is a very GOOD example of what libs think the world would be if they could have it their way.
  • Ted Cruz, 2016 Campaign Slogans (please submit)

    03/23/2015 11:19:14 AM PDT · by Zeneta · 82 replies
    Me | 03/23/2015 | Me
    I'm hoping to tap into the creative, talented and passionate people here at FreeRepublic. Please submit your ideas for campaign slogans, Bumper Stickers, Yard signs, T-shirts etc Slogans that you, me or others including the "Cruz for President" campaign may actually use.
  • ‘House of Cards’ president more popular than Obama

    03/23/2015 7:51:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 23, 2015 | Judy Kurtz
    Americans prefer the fictional commanders-in-chief found on television — even the corrupt or conniving ones such as “House of Cards’” Frank Underwood and “Scandal’s” Fitzgerald Grant — to President Obama, according to a new poll. A Reuters-Ipsos survey conducted this month finds while only 46 percent of those polled around the country have a favorable opinion of President Obama, a whopping 82 percent gave a positive rating to “The West Wing’s” President Josiah Barlet, played on the NBC show by Martin Sheen, and 89 percent approved of the job President David Palmer, played by Dennis Haysbert, did on Fox’s “24.”
  • "I bedded 12 strangers in a year — with my husband’s permission"

    03/22/2015 3:11:07 PM PDT · by jonatron · 86 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 16, 2015 | Jane Ridley
    <p>Bored after 18 years with her husband, Robin Rinaldi placed an ad seeking casual encounters with new men and women. She tells what happened on her yearlong sex odyssey in her memoir "The Wild Oats Project."</p> <p>I broke the news to Scott that I wanted an open marriage in early 2008, a few months after his vasectomy. “I won’t go to my grave with no children and four lovers,” I told him repeatedly. “I refuse.”</p>
  • College player dismissed from team following offensive Mo'ne Davis tweet

    03/22/2015 12:57:35 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 74 replies
    yahoo ^ | 3-22-15 | Mark Townsend
    A Bloomsburg (Pa.) University baseball player was dismissed from the team on Saturday after posting an offensive tweet about Little League World Series star Mo'ne Davis. The tweet was authored by Joey Casselberry, a junior first baseman who was the team's second-leading hitter at the time of his dismissal. It was in reference to Disney Channel's recent announcement of a movie based on Mo'ne Davis' remarkable story. And it was unquestionably offensive, to the point where Bloomsburg's athletic department had no choice but to act as it did.
  • Investigators arrest another man in Hot Lotto ticket mystery

    03/22/2015 3:41:09 AM PDT · by jjotto · 16 replies
    KCRG-TV9 ^ | Mar 21, 2015 | Clare Murphy
    DES MOINES — Authorities made a second arrest in the Hot Lotto ticket investigation Thursday night. The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Division of Criminal Investigation and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office have charged Robert Clark Rhodes II, 46, of Sugarland, Texas, with two counts of fraud, according to a release from DPS. Both counts of fraud are Class D felonies. Iowa authorities arrested Rhodes in Texas March 20 with the help of Texas Lottery Enforcement officials, according to the release. He is being held on a $500,000 cash-only bond in the Fort Bend County Jail where he will await...
  • Medieval Ages and The Roots of Modern Science

    03/21/2015 11:41:27 PM PDT · by walkinginthedesert · 29 replies
    How the Medieval Ages paved the way for modern scienceScientific Development in the Medieval AgesNow we get into the medieval foundation of modern scientific thought. Contrary to common opinion, science was not “suppressed” as is the common understanding of this time period. Modern scholarship has brought about the reality that contrary to the common opinion, the Middle Ages actually is actually the root of modern scientific thought.Some of the most compelling arguments came from the medieval times. For example prior to the start of Christianity, and definitely from the time of the Middle Ages, there was a popular scientific consensus...
  • Fran Tarkenton: PEDs (Performance-Enhancing Drugs) May Have Helped Lead Player (Borland) to Quit

    03/21/2015 11:26:46 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 44 replies
    NewsMax.com ^ | 03/20/2015 | Courtney Coren
    Former National Football League quarterback Fran Tarkenton says the prevalence of performance enhancing drugs likely played a role in the decision by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland to quit football after playing professionally for just one year. "What this guy's really saying at 24, retiring after one year . . . and walking away because if he knows if he's going to continue for another 10 years, he's got to shoot himself up with PEDs that's going to do all kinds of bad things to him," Tarkenton told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV on Friday.
  • PopPolitics: Reza Aslan on Why Iranians Love Hollywood, But the Regime Fears It

    03/21/2015 10:54:14 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 3 replies
    Internet Movie Database ^ | 3/22/2015 | Ted Johnson
    Author and scholar Reza Aslan, who just signed on to host a new series for CNN, says that average Iranians see the prospect of an agreement between the U.S. and Iran over that country’s nuclear program as an important step toward lifting sanctions and opening up their society.
  • Shelby Steele’s Thankless Task

    03/21/2015 2:26:54 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 17 replies
    The wall Street Journal ^ | March 20, 2015 | JOSEPH EPSTEIN
    What distinguishes him is his openly stated belief that blacks in America have been sold out by the very liberals who ardently claim to wish them most good. He regrets that affirmative action, multiculturalism and most welfare programs purportedly put in place to show racial preference, far from liberating black Americans, have failed to advance their fortunes... “Liberalism in the twenty-first century,” Mr. Steele writes, “is, for the most part, a moral manipulation that exaggerates inequity and unfairness in American life in order to justify overreaching public policies and programs.”... Speaking out about the false bargain that blacks have made...
  • U.S. veterans return to Iwo Jima for 70th anniversary

    03/21/2015 12:54:38 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Today | Eric Talmadge
    IOTO, Japan — Dozens of aging U.S. veterans, many in their early 90s and some in wheelchairs, gathered on the tiny, barren island of Iwo Jima on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of one of the bloodiest and most iconic battles of World War II. More than 30 veterans flown in from the U.S. island territory of Guam toured the black sand beaches where they invaded the deeply dug-in forces of the island’s Japanese defenders in early 1945. They were bused to the top of Mount Suribachi, an active volcano, where an Associated Press photo of the raising of...
  • The Culture of Entitlement: Somebody Else Should Pay for My College Tuition!

    03/21/2015 10:54:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/21/2015 | Michael Walsh
    The headline on this op-ed piece in the Washington Post says it all: College applicant: I got in! But I can’t afford it. Was all my hard work for nothing? The author of the piece is a high-school senior in Lousiana who just got admitted to Tulane, so let’s cut her some slack here. But what does it say about the success of President Obama’s constant yammering about how college should be “free” (incrementally, of course, beginning with community college, but we’ve all seen this leftist movie before and know where it’s going)? A lot, is what: I am...
  • The Not "So" Dark Ages

    03/21/2015 10:09:27 AM PDT · by walkinginthedesert · 28 replies
    A Reassessment of the Medieval TimesThe Medieval era is perhaps one, if not the most misunderstood times in history. Ask people what they know of the medieval times, and most will tell you that they were a time of mere superstition, rampant barbarism and wars, oppression of women and minorities, scientific ignorance, totalitarianism, and a host of many other things.Nothing could be further from the truth, not in an era were reasonable thinking with scholasticism and Thomism were present, or the development of education, including that of the university system. An era were scientific development was starting out, and were...
  • Medieval Education and the University

    03/21/2015 10:07:12 AM PDT · by walkinginthedesert · 5 replies
    The foundation of Education and the University during the Middle AgesAnti Catholic HistoryIt is the main point of this section to point out some of the contributions which the Catholic Church made specifically in regards to education and the University in the Middle Ages. Before I start this section I think it would be good to point out two simple facts regarding this time period. The first one is simply the fact that much of the history regarding this time period (at least until recent scholarship) was vehemently anti-Catholic which Hilaire Belloc points out in his book Europe and the...
  • Forget Apple fanboys, what about Apple doomsayers?

    03/21/2015 1:33:07 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 105 replies
    iMore ^ | Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 10:15 am EDT | BY JOHN MOLTZ
    Apple zealots are one thing, but Apple doomsayers might be worse. This week, on The Network: John Moltz wonders why we ever mixed church and tech. Stop me if you've heard this one: Apple is just like a relig— STOP. Yeah, you've heard it. Apple is just like a religion. And its customers are acolytes, steeped in the heady lore of the Church of Jobs blah blah blah. For certain pundits and commentators, this explains away everything they don't understand about Apple. Why it does so fabulously well, why its customers are so loyal, why the company is able to...
  • Poll: Spend more, tax less, legalize pot (General Social Survey stuff)

    03/20/2015 6:49:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 20, 2015 8:48 PM EDT | Emily Swanson
    Americans want lower taxes and more government spending both at once, although their support for spending more tax dollars on health care has dropped dramatically. They’re likelier than ever to not feel connected to any particular religion, but no less likely to believe in God. And for the first time, most want to legalize marijuana. Those are among findings from the 2014 General Social Survey, which has been measuring trends in American opinion and behavior since 1972. …
  • Dig -- A new TV series based in Jerusalem, Israel.

    03/20/2015 4:21:56 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 18 replies
    Peter, an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem who, while investigating a murder of a young female archaeologist, uncovers a conspiracy 2000 years in the making.
  • 93.8% in San Francisco Metro Say They’re Not LGBT; Silicon Valley 4th from Last for LGBTs

    03/20/2015 3:26:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 20, 2015 - 3:32 PM
    93.8 percent of the adults polled in the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward metropolitan area do not “personally identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender,” according to a Gallup survey that interviewed 374,325 adults nationwide from June through December of last year. […] The San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara metropolitan area—commonly known as Silicon Valley—ranked fourth from the bottom among the 50 largest metropolitan areas for its percentage of LGBTs. 96.8 percent in that metro area do not personally identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, according to the Gallup survey, and 3.2 percent do. …