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  • China seizes huge cache of illegal weapons including 10,500 guns and 120,000 knives and SWORDS

    08/22/2014 11:01:41 PM PDT · by skinkinthegrass · 12 replies
    Daily Mail.Co. UK ^ | 14 April 2014 (update:15 April 2014 ) | Matt Blake
    China seizes huge cache of illegal weapons including 10,500 guns and 120,000 knives and SWORDS Follows 4-month probe leading agents deep into China's criminal underworld Haul includes sniper rifles, machine guns, crossbows and samurai swords 15 people were arrested on suspicion of making and distributing arms Official says it was a family-run firm that 'gave business cards all over China'
  • Indira Gandhi Assassination: Controversial Film Blocked

    08/22/2014 9:56:55 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | August 22, 2014
    Indira Gandhi Assassination: Controversial Film Blocked Kaum De Heere (Diamonds of the Community) tells the story of Satwant Singh and Beant Singh, Indira Gandhi's assassins India has blocked the release of a film on the assassination of former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi, after complaints it glorified her killers. Intelligence agencies had warned of potential violence if it is released. The film, Kaum De Heere, or Diamonds Of The Community, had been scheduled for release on Friday. It tells the story of Ms Gandhi's Sikh bodyguards who shot her dead apparently to avenge her decision to send troops in a...
  • Feds ban school’s beloved “pink cookie” (Elyria OH)

    08/22/2014 9:01:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 22, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    School children in Elyria, Ohio are mourning the demise of a 40-year tradition – the loss of their beloved pink cookie. The fabled cookie, long served in local school cafeterias, was done in by a pound of butter, six cups of powdered sugar and the Obama administration’s food police. […] The USDA “Smart Snacks in School” standards mandate that all snacks must contain less than 200 calories. It’s not exactly clear how many calories are in the pink cookie, but the recipe for the frosting calls for a pound of butter. The cookie was banished to comply with the federal...
  • Former Miss Spain becomes first openly gay national beauty queen with sultry snap

    08/22/2014 5:42:13 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 59 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | August 22, 2014
    Patricia Yurena, a two-time winner of her country’s national contest and a runner-up in last year’s Miss Universe competition, came out as a lesbian on Instagram this Tuesday.
  • Self-Defense is a Religious Obligation

    08/22/2014 3:56:34 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 22, 2014 | Rabbi Aryeh Spero
    “Children are being beheaded, mothers are being raped and killed, and fathers are being hung and crucified. Entire Christian and non-Muslim communities are being decimated by the radical Muslim group, ISIS.” These are the words from reporters out of Iraq. What is our obligation to those under fire from Islamic terrorists? Prayer is good, but not enough. Words of support are welcome, but not enough. What can one do when terrorists are not moved by our prayers or words of support for the hunted? Our religious obligation is to fight. We fight because self-defense is a mandate from the Bible...
  • 'Dating Naked' contestant sues for $10 million after blur failed

    08/22/2014 12:05:10 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 112 replies
    MSN ^ | 08/22/2014 | Jason Hughes
    <p>According to the suit, Nizewitz signed on to the show before it had a name. She claims she was advised of the nudity, but was assured that all frontal and genital nudity would be blurred. During one brief moment, though, during a "wrestling takedown" of her date, her crotch was allegedly flashed on the screen without blurring.</p>
  • The Myth of Trigger-Happy White Cops (Flashback!!!)

    08/22/2014 11:50:46 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 17 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | 04/16/2001 | John Perazzo
    ---snip--- Perhaps it is time that Americans were finally told the truth about the police, so they might avoid falling prey to the self-serving lies of the aforementioned, self-anointed guardians of "civil rights." The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that in 1998, fully 62 percent of the 367 suspects killed by police officers nationwide were white, and 35 percent were black. In fact, police killings of white suspects have outnumbered those of black suspects in every single year since 1978. Moreover, black officers are far likelier to shoot black suspects than are white officers. In 1998, for instance, the black-officer-kills-black-felon...
  • Congressman wants to ban sale of enhanced body armor to civilians

    08/22/2014 8:54:35 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 45 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 8-8-2014 | Chris Eger
    Rep. Mike Honda, (D-CA), has submitted a bill to the U.S. House that would prohibit the sale, use or possession of what he terms military-grade body armor. Honda reasons that this measure would aid law enforcement in taking out an active shooter, since the active shooter wouldn’t be able to obtain body armor. “There is no reason this type of armor, which is designed for warfare, should be available in our communities except for those who need it, like law enforcement,” Honda said in a statement last week. “There’s nothing more dangerous than what a well-armored, unstoppable active shooter can...
  • 9-year-old is executed: Where's the outrage?

    08/22/2014 6:44:57 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 44 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 22, 2014 | John Kass
    Antonio Smith, 9 years old, was assassinated the other day. He was Chicago's youngest fatal shooting victim this year. He was shot at least four times and fell in a backyard on the South Side. And when I went out there on 71st and Woodlawn less than 24 hours after he was murdered, here's what I didn't see: I didn't see protesters waving their hands in the air for network TV cameras. I didn't see the Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson playing their usual roles in the political race card game.
  • Welcome to Public Relations 101

    08/22/2014 2:40:53 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 8-22-2014 | Mike Adams
    It takes a lot to make me angry. But one thing that will do it every time is the occasional college administrator who hides behind a university spokesperson or public relations firm. Last week, Bryan College made the serious mistake of attempting to contact me through a hired public relations firm. They made the additional error of having their public relations specialist ask me questions about the “substance” (that means accuracy) of my reporting about Bryan. To be as clear as possible, I am the reporter in this situation. That means I am the one asking the questions. After Bryan’s...
  • 5 things you should know about poverty in Southern California

    08/21/2014 7:43:11 PM PDT · by Pelham · 53 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Aug. 20, 2014 | JENNA CHANDLER
    Economists say regional poverty trends are ‘alarming.’ Redlands-based economist John E. Husing issued a dire warning Wednesday, as elected officials from across Southern California pledged to reignite Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty: “If we do not solve this problem, we are not going to want to live in Southern California. The communities are going to become unhinged.” Husing is one of several economists who looked at findings from the 2012 American Community Survey and state Employment Development Department to find out where poverty is concentrated in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Ventura, San Bernardino and Imperial counties. Some of the results...
  • (Those Were The Days!) PHOTO: Late 1960s: Economy Class Seating on a Pan-Am 747

    08/21/2014 7:19:24 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 102 replies
    Retronaut ^ | Circa 1960's | Retronaut
    Late 1960s: Economy Class Seating on a Pan-Am 747 The 1960's were barely done when Pan Am again set a standard the rest of the world was forced to follow. Pan American's Boeing B-747 Jumbo Jets brought down the cost of long distance air travel once again. Source: Pan Am Historical Foundation
  • 'Orange is the New Black' fight sparks new House Wikipedia ban

    08/21/2014 5:33:36 PM PDT · by pluvmantelo · 8 replies
    TheHill.com ^ | 08/21/14 09:24 AM | Julian Hattem
    For the third time this summer, computers in the House have been blocked from editing Wikipedia due to a string of controversial edits. Anonymous users operating from an Internet Protocol (IP) address linked to the House were banned from editing the site for a month late on Wednesday. The action came after a series of edits people using the IP address made to pages on the user-generated encyclopedia about transgender people that many on the site considered offensive.
  • 'Spider-Woman #1' has a special variant cover that is causing some controversy for some reason

    08/21/2014 5:21:53 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 37 replies
    Entertainment ^ | Aug 20, 2014 | Darren Franich
    And also her costume appears to be painted or possibly even just tattooed on. And I guess she’s in a crawling position, even though she’s clearly perched on a ledge, so she doesn’t really need to do the whole “wall-crawling” thing.
  • Pamela Anderson, Carey Hart Slam ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in Online Rants

    08/21/2014 2:46:52 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 31 replies
    Us Weekly ^ | August 21, 2014 | Javy Rodriguez
    Cool it! While Hollywood has accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in droves, uploading often-creative, LOL videos and nominating each other, Pamela Anderson and Carey Hart took to their social media pages to criticize the viral campaign, meant to raise funds for Lou Gehrig's disease research. On Wednesday Aug. 20, Anderson, a longtime supporter of animal rights, posted a Facebook message criticizing ALS researchers for their research practices... The next morning, on Thursday, Aug. 21, Hart similarly railed against those who have hopped on the ice bucket bandwagon...
  • Clouded Judgment

    08/21/2014 2:34:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Marvin Olasky
    What caused the terrible world war that began 100 years ago this month? The answer is complicated. Economic trends and social oozes certainly had a big role. Man-centered pride rather than God-centered humility ran rampant among both leaders and followers, with some church hierarchs looking to “progress” rather than Christ for salvation. But many of us were struck in the late 1990s by the irresponsibility of Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich in putting their personal urges ahead of the national interest, and a parallel problem emerged a century ago. Yes, early versions of Monica Lewinsky occupied the minds of many...
  • Revealed: Northern Ireland is a nation of stay-at-home binge drinkers

    08/21/2014 1:35:25 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 21 replies
    belfasttelegraph ^ | 20 August 2014 | Adrian Rutherford
    A new Government report into Northern Ireland drinking habits has provided a fascinating snapshot, which is challenging the traditional views of problem alcohol consumption. The results show that more than half of people in Northern Ireland say they exceed the recommended daily alcohol limit – with one in six men admitting they do so at least three times a week. It found 71% of men and 58% of women admitted they drink more than they should, according to official guidelines.
  • Pennsylvania woman convicted of downloading child porn to try to frame estranged husband

    08/21/2014 1:14:20 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | ap
    A Pennsylvania woman has been found guilty of downloading child pornography in a failed attempt to frame her estranged husband. Meri Jane Woods, of Clymer, was convicted Wednesday in Indiana County. District Attorney Patrick Dougherty says the 43-year-old Woods downloaded 40 images to the family computer, took it to police last August and blamed Matthew Woods for the material.
  • Are we becoming more STUPID?

    08/21/2014 12:43:50 PM PDT · by 3Fingas · 69 replies
    Are we becoming more STUPID? IQ scores are decreasing - and some experts argue it's because humans have reached their intellectual peak Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2730791/Are-STUPID-Britons-people-IQ-decline.html#ixzz3B3dLJfeH Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Education Department tries to ease testing worries

    08/21/2014 12:21:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 21, 2014 2:51 PM EDT | Kimberly Hefling
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Thursday that states can apply for extra time before they use student test scores to judge teachers’ performance. Duncan’s decision is an acknowledgement of the concerns by teachers’ unions and others that it’s too early to make teacher personnel decisions based on how well students do on new assessments developed under the Common Core standards that will be used in much of the country this school year. …
  • Watson, Dawkins: What Is It with Scientists Who Become Crusading Atheists and Raging Bigots?

    08/21/2014 11:35:46 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 9 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | August 21, 2014 | Wesley J. Smith
    Watson, Dawkins: What Is It with Scientists Who Become Crusading Atheists and Raging Bigots? Wesley J. Smith August 21, 2014 11:00 AM | Permalink First, there was James Watson who came out as a eugenicist and also remarked about how "some anti-Semitism is justified" (he later apologized). Now Richard Dawkins has let out his own inner bigot by claiming that women have an ethical duty to abort Down babies. From the Telegraph story: Richard Dawkins, the atheist writer, has claimed it is "immoral" to allow unborn babies with Down's syndrome to live. The Oxford professor posted a message on Twitter saying would-be parents who...
  • Ferguson and Eric Holder's Violent Past

    08/21/2014 10:41:24 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 21, 2014 | Jason Kissner
    Attorney General Eric Holder has at least one redeeming quality: he fights for what he believes in, and he doesn’t hesitate to express sentiments he knows many people will disagree with vociferously. As long as it’s done within the bounds of the law, that sort of thing should be considered a virtue no matter what one’s political orientation is. It must also be added that those who think Holder is pushing socialist views on race only because he now has the power to do so are wrong; he’s been doing so since his university days at Columbia. And there’s the...
  • Pete Rose: 'I've Been Led to Believe That America Is a Forgiving Country'

    08/21/2014 10:40:11 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 63 replies
    Breitbart Sports ^ | August 21, 2014 | William Bigelow
    In a touching interview with Jeremy Schaap of ESPN, Pete Rose spoke of the reasons why he gambled on baseball, acknowledging he made a terrible mistake when he gambled and also erred in signing away his future when he was suspended. Prompted by Schaap, he concluded with a plea to Bud Selig to let him back in the game for which he has such a passion.
  • Linda Stasi: Robin Williams’ $30M alimony to ex-wives contributed to death [What did he owe them?]

    08/21/2014 8:09:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 101 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 08/21/2014 | Linda Stasi
    Did alimony kill Robin Williams? At least in part it sure did. Paying out over $30 million to ex-wives who were allowed to attach themselves to Williams’ bank account like comatose patients on feeding tubes would be enough to make Gandhi angry and depressed. While states are finally, gradually catching up to the modern age in terms of alimony (now they call it “maintenance” — as in “high maintenance”) the practice of men paying women because they once were married is not just primitive but, yes, sexist. Yeah, go ahead, call me anti-feminist, call me whatever you want, but the...
  • James Foley Went Looking to Support Terrorists in Syria, Instead They Cut Off His Head

    08/20/2014 3:50:14 PM PDT · by wtd · 124 replies
    FrontPageMag ^ | August 19, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    James Foley was one of a new breed of activists calling themselves journalists. He didn’t travel to report on a story, but to promote an agenda. And the agenda was obvious from his Twitter feed. [snip] Foley came to Syria to support the Sunni Islamist rebels against the Syrian government. He cheered on the Sunni Muslim terrorists fighting to ethnically cleanse the Christians of Aleppo. In the conflict between Israel and Hamas, his tweets and retweets were chock full of pro-terrorist propaganda. link
  • Boy, 9, gunned down in backyard: 'Why? Just a child'

    08/21/2014 7:10:10 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 47 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 21, 2014 | By Jeremy Gorner, Deanese Williams-Harris
    Antonio Smith liked to tease girls and show off his dance moves in front of his buddies. He loved playing football. Pretty much like any 9-year-old boy.. Wednesday afternoon, Antonio was found in the backyard of a house in the Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side, shot in the chest, hands and arms. He died an hour later at Comer Children's Hospital, where his cousins were at a loss to explain why anyone would want to gun down the third-grader.
  • Why your employer should clean your house and do your laundry

    08/21/2014 6:34:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    The Week ^ | 08/21/2014 | By Colleen Oakley, LearnVest
    Casual Friday. Doughnuts at the staff meeting. Company pens for everyone! While these ubiquitous work perks are nice — and may make going to the office a little easier on some days — they're probably not doing much for your financial life. And that's precisely why some organizations have come to the conclusion that the best and most unique employee benefits don't just keep employees happy — they also put some extra cash into their pockets. Just take a look at what these six savvy companies are offering their workers. Complimentary laundry service, anyone? The perk: house cleaning The company:...
  • EU justice chief criticizes Google on ‘right to be forgotten’

    08/21/2014 3:22:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 19.08.14 @ 09:30 | Benjamin Fox
    The EU’s justice commissioner has accused internet giant Google of leading a campaign to shoot down data protection reforms. Speaking in Lyon, France on Monday (18 August), the commissioner, Martine Reicherts, said: “Google and other affected companies who complain loudly” about a recent EU court verdict on personal data are “detractors … attempting to throw a new spanner in the works”. The Luxembourg-based EU court in May ruled that Google must remove links to any content that is “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant” or face a fine.The ruling was based on the bloc’s 1995 data protection law, which are...
  • Will there be Affirmative Action Quotas of Human Employees, vs Robots 'Having It All'?

    08/21/2014 1:28:02 AM PDT · by lee martell · 21 replies
    Aug. 21, 2014 | lee martell
    We get closer having the ability to implement a fully automated, robotized, dehumanized society every day. Google has been testing self driving cars in select areas of the country for the last six or seven years. Only now, has the driverless car become something more than an engineers fantasy. McDonald's Restaurants and other fast food retailers are preparing themselves to be forced to offer a minimum wage that usually comes only after several skill sets have been mastered by a seasoned employee. The restaurants prepare for this change by wheeling in a few automated order taking machines. Drones may soak...
  • The Liberal Pigskins!

    08/20/2014 6:29:15 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 6 replies
    Self | 8/20/14 | Me
    In the latest chapter of political correctness versus the sporting world of common sense, which is overwhelmingly behind owner Dan Snyder, leftists have now recruited some game announcers to refrain from saying “Redskins” during broadcasts. Why you ask? It’s all about a political agenda, a victimization platform, designed to grossly misrepresent the intent and history behind one the most recognizable teams in NFL history. If you recently fell off the turnip truck and landed in Nancy Pelosi’s garden for the not so gifted, the term ‘Redskins’ was obviously chosen to cheer a professional football team onto victory by conveying the...
  • Nancy Pelosi Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    08/20/2014 3:06:46 PM PDT · by Morgana · 31 replies
    If you haven’t heard, people are pouring buckets of ice water over their heads to raise money and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and Nancy Pelosi has accepted the challenge! Pictures on link!!!!!!
  • no facts, no peace

    08/20/2014 3:47:12 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 9 replies
    AnnCoulter.com ^ | August 20, 2014 | Ann Coulter
    It's important to remember that, in police shooting cases like the one in Ferguson, Missouri, the initial facts are often wrong. You don't want to end up looking like Rich Lowry, National Review editor, whose March 23, 2012, column on the Trayvon Martin shooting was titled, "Al Sharpton Is Right."
  • Improve Women's Health Care with Physician Admitting Privilege Laws

    08/20/2014 12:35:38 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 20, 2014 | Anna Higgins
    Following the death of a young elementary school teacher, Jennifer Morbelli, I had the sad duty of speaking at a press conference in Germantown, MD, in February 2013. Mrs. Morbelli died from complications from a late term (33 week) abortion performed by Dr. LeRoy Carhart. She experienced complications in between office visits, but neither her family nor the ER to which she was eventually admitted was able to locate Carhart. Her cause of death was determined to be an amniotic fluid embolism; the same condition that killed Christin Gilbert, another of Carhart’s patients in 2005. Maryland, does not have a...
  • How Much Is $100 Really Worth in Each State?

    08/20/2014 11:58:08 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 27 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | 8/19/14 | Jason English
    How far does $100 go? Today's map, which comes from the Tax Foundation and uses data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, answers that question state by state. In Mississippi, your $100 could buy $115.74 worth of stuff relative to the national average. On the other end of the spectrum is Hawaii, where you'd only get $85.32 worth. Washington, D.C. is even lower, at $84.60. The Tax Foundation offers a little perspective on how to read the map: Tennessee is a low-price state, where $100 will buy what would cost $110.25 in another state that is closer to the national...
  • How The Swiss Deal With Police Brutality

    08/20/2014 11:33:17 AM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 20 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8/20/14 | Martin Armstrong
    With all the world's eyes firmly focused on Ferguson, Missouri; we thought the following clip from a Swiss soccer match would provide some context for what is possible... As Martin Armstrong explains, When a fan ran out onto a soccer field, several policeman tackle him and start beating him with clubs. This conduct outraged the fans so much, people from the stands stormed onto the field and chased down the police for their inappropriate actions.
  • Liberals Shoot Guns For The 1st Time (video)

    08/20/2014 10:13:44 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 29 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 8-18-2014 | BuzzFeedYellow
    "Never in my life did I think I'd shoot a shotgun."
  • 'SNL' Political Secrets Revealed: Hillary's "Entitlement," the Sketch Obama Killed, etc.

    08/20/2014 9:10:08 AM PDT · by LRoggy · 33 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 8/20/14 | Tom Shales and James Miller
    In an exclusive book excerpt, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and even Sarah Palin recount the inner battle between the left and right This story first appeared in the Aug. 29 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. From Chevy Chase's bumbling commander in chief to Tina Fey's dim-witted veep wannabe, political satire always has been a part of Saturday Night Live. And over its 39 seasons, actual politicians have clamored to be in on the joke. President Ford, running for a second term against a peanut farmer named Jimmy Carter, appeared on the show's very first season, in April 1976, to...
  • Police Officer: 'if you don’t want to get shot...just do what I tell you.'

    08/19/2014 11:37:57 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 101 replies
    Reason.com ^ | 08/19/2014 | J.D. Tuccille
    "If you don't want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground," warns Officer Sunil Dutta of the Los Angeles Police Department, "just do what I tell you." The thing is, Officer Dutta (pictured) is also an Adjunct Professor of Homeland Security and Criminal Justice at Colorado Technical University. And he uttered those words not in the heat of the moment, but in an opinion piece in the Washington Post responding to widespread criticism of police attitudes and tactics currently on display in Ferguson, Missouri, but increasingly common nationwide. Dutta continues: Don't argue with...
  • See Who’s Been Spotted in Ferguson Trying to ‘Incite’ Riots...

    08/19/2014 10:17:01 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 9 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Aug. 19, 2014 5:29pm | Jason Howerton
    As the outraged community in Ferguson, Missouri, continues to protest the officer-involved shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, radical communist revolutionaries from places like Chicago and New York City are seemingly infiltrating the local demonstrations and allegedly attempting to “incite” riots. A video uploaded on YouTube Tuesday shows Gregory Lee Johnson, a veteran member of the Revolutionary Community Party, riling up a crowd and seemingly discouraging them from listening to police’s advice to calm things down. Watch that video here (Strong language warning):[see video at link]
  • With Liberty and iPads For All

    08/20/2014 5:47:04 AM PDT · by yldstrk · 28 replies
    vanity | 8-20-14 | vanity
    All textbooks on iPad at my child's high school, computers for all from K-12 in the school district where I live. This even though most kids already have one and some have more than one computer of their own, the schools private and public have purchased from Apple zillions of MacBook Airs and iPad Airs to bestow upon their students. Students are to use a program called Noteability to write on the screens with the stylus that came with the "device" and use Google connect to send in to their teachers. Did anyone ask the parents for input on any...
  • Where It All Leads: Professor Death Supports Doctor Death

    08/20/2014 5:30:53 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 5 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | August 19, 2014 | Wesley J. Smith
    Where It All Leads: Professor Death Supports Doctor Death Wesley J. Smith August 19, 2014 2:21 PM | Permalink It is time to start calling Peter Singer "Professor Death."The Princeton moral philosopher -- surely a misnomer in his case -- is the world's foremost proponent of infanticide. He typically uses examples of disabled babies, but the reason he believes they can be killed is that they are supposedly not "persons." Thus, Singer has refused to state that killing a baby because she was ugly would be wrong.Professor Death also supports euthanasia, both voluntary and non-voluntary against ill human non-persons, such as Alzheimer's patients.He has...
  • What would federal prosecutors have to prove in the Michael Brown shooting?

    08/20/2014 2:38:20 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 28 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | August 19, 2014 | Paul Cassell
    On Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder will go to Ferguson, Mo. to assess the progress being made in the FBI’s investigation into the shooting death of Michael Brown. With that visit in mind, it may be useful to consider what federal prosecutors would have to prove to obtain a federal civil rights conviction. It wouldn’t be easy. The elements required to prove a federal criminal civil rights violation are quite demanding. Here are jury instructions describing the elements of a federal civil right offense, taken from the leading federal jury instruction form book: First: That the defendant deprived the victim...
  • California's Economic Collision Course: Immigration and Water

    08/20/2014 12:54:15 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 1 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 19, 2014 | Thomas Del Beccaro
    You have heard it before: “As California goes, so goes the nation.” If that is the case, the national economy will be harmed for decades to come because of California’s misplaced priorities today. Indeed, by emphasizing high-speed rail over water and failing to deal with its debt crisis, California poses a long-term threat to our national economy and is on an economic collision course of increased immigration and lack of water. California has more than 38 million residents. Despite net losses of millions of residents to other states, California continues to grow through immigration. Latinos now equal the number of...
  • Race-based hate crimes spike in D.C.

    08/20/2014 12:38:21 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 18, 2014 | Andrea Noble
    Race-based hate crimes jumped in the District last year even as most other types of bias crimes decreased, with analysts saying such incidents could be vastly underreported among minority groups uncomfortable coming forward to authorities. D.C. police say that of the 18 race-based hate crimes in 2013, the majority of victims were white and the majority of suspects black. The number of incidents was up from the 13 race-based bias crimes reported in 2012. SEE ALSO: Race pimps and war tanks: Why Ferguson was a perfect storm The disclosure comes as a wave of protests and unrest after the fatal...
  • Study: Half of All School Employees Not Teachers, 130% Increase Since 1970

    08/20/2014 12:33:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 18, 2014 - 3:57 PM | Zoey DiMauro
    The ranks of non-teachers—such as administrators, counselors, teacher aides and cafeteria workers—has swelled 130 percent since 1970 and they now make up 50 percent of all public school employees according to a new study, The Hidden Half: School Employees Who Don’t Teach.Looking at data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found that the growth of non-teaching staff has greatly outpaced student growth over the past four decades.From 1970 to 2010, the number of students grew by 8.6 percent, while the number of non-teaching personnel increased by 130 percent. Non-teachers now consume over a...
  • Republicans throw a conniption over the teaching of U.S. history (barf alert)

    08/19/2014 5:53:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 19, 2014 11:17 AM | Michael Hiltzik
    As students prepare to return to school in the next few weeks, there's no better time for a conservative freakout over education. The issue of the moment is a new outline, or “framework,” issued by the College Board for advanced placement classes in US history. The framework is here. According to a resolution passed at the recent summer meeting of the Republican National Committee meeting in Chicago, it “reflects a radically revisionist view of American history that emphasizes negative aspects.” The RNC calls the framework, which is to be implemented for some 500,000 AP history students this fall, “biased and...
  • Looter: 'I'm Proud of Us. We Deserve This'

    08/19/2014 5:10:36 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 97 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/19/2014 | Wynton Hall
    According to the Washington Post, a looter in Ferguson, Missouri, expressed pride and admiration for looters and said their actions are justified. "I'm proud of us. We deserve this, and this is what's supposed to happen when there's injustice in your community," said DeAndre Smith, whom the Washington Post says was "fresh from looting the QuikTrip." One officer told the Post that widespread looting has spawned "looting tourism" wherein thieves as far away as Illinois and Texas are traveling to Ferguson to steal. "It's like looting tourism," said the officer. "It's like they are spending their gas money to come...
  • Why Employers Are to Blame for the ‘Skills Gap’

    08/19/2014 2:12:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 08/19/2014 | BY ROB GARVER
    Complaints about a “skills gap” that make it difficult for employers to fill open positions have become commonplace in discussions about the economy and unemployment levels. Workers, the story goes, simply don’t have the educational background or professional training for the kinds of jobs that exist in today’s knowledge economy. The argument certainly feels like it makes sense – things have changed an awful lot in the past decade, and it could be that older workers simply don’t have the necessary skills for employment today. The trouble is that economists have become increasingly skeptical about the skills gap narrative, not...
  • The diaries: Quisling sealed Denmark's WWII fate

    08/19/2014 12:27:49 PM PDT · by Utah Binger · 8 replies
    Politiken ^ | Peter Wivel, Europe Correspondent, Brussels
    The decision to occupy Denmark was taken at a meeting in Berlin on December 17, 1939 – three and a half months after World War II broke out and almost four months before German troops invaded the country on April 9, 1940. A series of personal meetings between Norway’s Fascist politician Vidkun Quisling and Adolf Hitler led to the decision. Quisling was adamant that Hitler should deny Britain access to the northern Norwegian town of Narvik, and thus be able to control a Norway rich in raw materials. Quisling himself planned to lead a political coup and open Norway up...
  • Hey, ladies — catcalls are flattering! Deal with it

    08/19/2014 11:03:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    New York Post ^ | 08/19/2014 | By Doree Lewak,
    Summer to me means three things: heat, hemlines and hard hats. It’s the time of year when I can parade around in a skimpy dress with strategic cutouts that would make my mom wince. And when I know I’m looking good, I brazenly walk past a construction site, anticipating that whistle and “Hey, mama!” catcall. Works every time — my ego and I can’t fit through the door! I’ll never forget my first time: At age 20, interning at MTV in Times Square and taking advantage of the company’s liberal summer dress policy, I was wearing a tightly molded pink...