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  • Airline responds to WTAE airplane investigation with text messages (fleecing the taxpayers)

    07/31/2015 5:38:18 AM PDT · by surroundedbyblue · 10 replies
    WTAE Pittsburgh ^ | 07/30/2015 | Beau Berman
    PITTSBURGH, Pa. —The airline Sun Air Express maintains the Essential Air Service is truly essential after a WTAE investigation raised questions about the program’s validity. Pennsylvania taxpayers funding nearly empty $29... A federal program that enables low-cost commercial flights from Pittsburgh on almost empty aircraft every day is being funded by taxpayers, paying for the trips of ghost planes to locations that are easily drivable. More Essential Air Service (EAS) is a federally funded program started in 1978 by congress, to ensure commercial flights to small communities. VIDEO: Watch Beau Berman's update This year, the program received more than $260...
  • Here's what the US would look like if all the Earth's ice melted

    07/28/2015 3:51:27 PM PDT · by rktman · 82 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | 7/25/2015 | unknown
    If all the Earth's land ice melted, sea levels would rise over 200 feet. So what would that mean for the United States' coastlines?
  • Kerry: critics of Iran deal spinning 'fantasy,' urges approval (Mega gag alert!)

    07/23/2015 12:49:09 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 21 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 07/23/15 | By Patricia Zengerle and Matt Spetalnick
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday mounted a furious counterattack against critics of the Iran nuclear deal, telling skeptical lawmakers it would be fantasy to think the United States could simply "bomb away" Tehran's atomic know-how. Testifying before Congress for the first time since world powers reached the landmark accord with Iran last week, America's top diplomat was confronted head-on by Republican accusations that Iranian negotiators had “fleeced” and "bamboozled" him.
  • Vatican bewildered by Bolivia's 'communist crucifix' gift to Pope Francis [ Hammer & Sickle ]

    07/10/2015 10:15:19 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 38 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 9, 2015 | Jonathan Watts
    Vatican officials appear to have been flummoxed after Pope Francis was presented with a communist crucifix depicting Jesus nailed to a hammer and sickle by Bolivia’s president Evo Morales. The gift from the leftwing leader caused an immediate stir among conservative Catholics who said the pontiff was being manipulated for ideological reasons. The response of the pope was less clear. (...)
  • CONFIRMED: Kenny Stabler Passes Away

    07/09/2015 4:28:54 PM PDT · by boycott · 51 replies
    local15tv.com ^ | July 9 2015
    UPDATE: Kenny Stabler's ex-wife Rose Stabler confirms to Local 15 News that Kenny has passed away at the age of 69. ORIGINAL STORY Tuscaloosa News reported former Alabama star quarterback and Foley native Kenny Stabler's death and has since retracted the story, saying Stabler's death is unconfirmed. Local 15 News also reported this news at 5 p.m. after reaching out to the head of the Kenny Stabler's former foundation. A representative from the foundation tells Local 15 Stabler did die from prostate cancer. We will continue to stay on top of this developing story.
  • Hillary Clinton accuses Russia and China in financing of hacker attacks on U.S.

    07/08/2015 1:13:46 PM PDT · by Astralike · 8 replies
    Joinfo.com ^ | 07/08/15 | Joinfo.com
    During her campaign tour, Hillary Clinton said that not only Russia and China but also North Korea and Iran funded hacker attacks on the American business.
  • Local church flies Christian flag above American flag (North Carolina)

    07/07/2015 1:16:58 PM PDT · by EBH · 29 replies
    Fox 5 News ^ | 7/5/2015 | Neima Abdulahi
    <p>A pastor in Cleveland County is taking a stand to put God first before his country. Pastor Rit Varriale and members of the Elizabeth Baptist Church decided to fly the Christian flag above the American flag outside the building in Shelby.</p>
  • Poll: Majority sees Confederate flag as Southern pride symbol, not racist

    07/04/2015 9:17:16 PM PDT · by South40 · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | 2 JUL 2015 | Jennifer Agiesta
    Washington (CNN)American public opinion on the Confederate flag remains about where it was 15 years ago, with most describing the flag as a symbol of Southern pride more than one of racism, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. And questions about how far to go to remove references to the Confederacy from public life prompt broad racial divides. The poll shows that 57% of Americans see the flag more as a symbol of Southern pride than as a symbol of racism, about the same as in 2000 when 59% said they viewed it as a symbol of pride. Opinions of...
  • Burger King Supports LGBT Rights With 'Proud Whopper' And 'Be Your Way' Campaign

    07/04/2015 7:24:37 AM PDT · by EBH · 144 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 7/1/2015 | Curtis Wong
    In what could be a first for a global fast food outlet, Burger King is making a bold proclamation in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community with the launch of a specially packaged burger. The "Be Your Way" project was created at a Burger King franchise in San Francisco, where a limited edition "Proud Whopper" sandwich was added to the menu to coincide with the city's annual pride festivities. According to press materials, guests who ordered the "Proud Whopper" found that the sandwich was the same as a classic Whooper, but came wrapped in a rainbow-colored...
  • Donald Trump offers rare praise for Obama

    07/01/2015 8:33:35 PM PDT · by South40 · 64 replies
    CNN ^ | 1 JUL 2015 | Eugene Scott,
    Washington (CNN)Bombastic GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump offered a rare spot of praise for President Barack Obama on Wednesday, in an interview with CNN's Don Lemon. He also said improving race relations would be a priority for him if elected president. The hotel developer shared his views on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon while reflecting on the Charleston Massacre, where nine African-Americans were killed in a church earlier this month by a white man who said he wanted to start a race war. Trump, a staunch critic of Obama, spoke highly of the eulogy the President gave at the funeral...
  • Cheryl Burke, Thomas Roberts won't host Miss USA

    06/30/2015 3:50:15 PM PDT · by South40 · 46 replies
    MSN (AP) ^ | 30 JUN 2015 | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) — Miss USA has lost its all of its co-hosts. "Dancing with the Stars'" Cheryl Burke and MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts said Tuesday they won't take part in the July 12 pageant after Donald Trump made remarks about Mexicans while announcing his run for president. On Monday, NBC said it would cancel its Miss USA coverage and part ways with Trump, with whom it owns the pageant.
  • White House Lit in Rainbow Colors to Celebrate New Chapter in Same Sex Rights

    06/26/2015 8:44:56 PM PDT · by EBH · 109 replies
    wn.com ^ | 6/26/2015
    Same Sex Rights - 6/26/15 The White House was lit rainbow colors Friday evening in celebration of the Supreme Court’s historic ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across all 50 states. “Tonight, the White House was lit to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to progress and equality, here in America and around the world,” a White House official said. “The pride colors reflect the diversity of the LGBT community, and tonight, these colors celebrate a new chapter in the history of American civil rights,” the official added.
  • Obama says Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling is justice 'with a thunderbolt'

    06/26/2015 9:14:42 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 73 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 06/26/15 | Market Watch Staff
    President Barack Obama on Friday welcomed the Supreme Court decision to give same-sex couples the right to marry. In a speech in the Rose Garden, Obama called the ruling justice "with a thunderbolt." The president acknowledged that many Americans have religious objections to the high-court decision. "Today should also give us hope that the many issues we grapple, often painfully, real change is possible," he said. The president said the ruling was the result of small acts of courage by ordinary Americans that made the country realize that "love is love."
  • The dark side of America’s reluctant part-time workers

    06/25/2015 7:28:36 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 20 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 06/25/15 | Quentin Fottrell
    Nearly half of the 26.5 million Americans (46%) who work part-time are desperate to work full-time, according to a new report — “A Tale of Two Workforces: The Benefits and Burdens of Working Part Time” — by Rutgers University. The vast majority of the nation’s 26 million part-time workers — from college students working in coffee shops between classes to freelance computer software designers working for multinationals — receive no benefits beyond their paychecks and almost one-third say their financial condition is flat out poor. Nearly one-in-five American workers is employed in a part-time job, logging fewer than 35 hours...
  • Obama Says U.S. Won't Prosecute Ransom Payers...?

    06/24/2015 11:21:09 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 27 replies
    FOX Business ^ | 06/24/15 | Greg Robb
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a new hostage policy designed in large measure to ensure that families of captives are treated as partners. Several families of hostages have complained recently that they were held at arms-length and treated with suspicion. In a speech at the White House, Obama said that the new policy was designed to make families partners and allow them to communicate with the hostage takers or pay ransom without fear of prosecution. In some cases, the government would facilitate that communication to make sure that they are not defrauded. But Obama stuck with the...
  • Italian Families Protest Forced Cross-Dressing of Schoolchildren (More liberal rot)

    06/17/2015 10:27:08 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 06/17/15 | Thomas D. Williams PH.D.
    Parents from the north of Italy have organized a massive demonstration, called “Defend Our Children,” against gender ideology in schools, which will be held this Saturday in the Saint John Lateran Square in Rome. The demonstrators will be protesting Italian educational programs that are meant to blur the sexual identity of children. In the northern Italian city of Trieste, parents are in uproar over a taxpayer-funded elementary school program that includes dressing little boys as girls and girls as boys to overcome so-called “gender stereotypes.” Schools are calling the exercise “the game of respect,” which purportedly adopts many guidelines from...
  • Jeff Kuhner WRKO Boston to get 12 to 3 time-slot..

    06/17/2015 8:36:55 AM PDT · by taildragger · 16 replies
    WRKO Radio | 6/17/2015 | taildragger
    Jeff Kuhner who sits in for Michael Savage today told his audience....* His ratings (worldwide over the web and local) are through the moon.* His parent station will move him to 12 to 3 time-slot sometime after 7/4.* Syndication to follow in a few months.* This puts him in Rush's time-slot of which he alluded he would compliment him ( my words ).
  • Meet the Blobfish

    06/16/2015 3:12:39 PM PDT · by ETL · 63 replies
    Discovery.com ^ | June 15, 2015 | Danny Clemens
    Don't let the blobfish's permanent, miserable scowl fool you: it's actually a pretty harmless creature. Endemic to the deep waters off of mainland Australia, the blobfish is comprised mainly of gelatinous flesh. Due to the low density of its flesh, the innocuous blobfish floats leisurely near the ocean floor, quietly gobbling down small crustaceans and other edible matter that floats into its mouth. According to NOAA, that's about all it can do -- it has very little muscle, so actively hunting prey is nearly impossible. The shocking little creature grows to be approximately a foot long. Because they live at...
  • Transracial NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal Inspires Bald Man to Come Out as Transfollicular

    06/13/2015 8:24:00 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 96 replies
    youtube ^ | 6-13-2015 | Eric Schwartz
    When I heard Spokane NAACP head Rachel Dolezal was transracial, I was inspired to reveal my own secret. Please spread the word...there are more like me. TOUR DATES: http://www.ericschwartzlive.com/tourd...
  • Patriot Guard riders escort body of fallen Marine to hometown of Murrieta

    06/10/2015 11:53:13 PM PDT · by South40 · 6 replies
    KUSI San DIego ^ | 10 JUNE 15
    VIDEO HERE Sgt Eric Seaman, married father of two, of Murrieta, California, was one of six U.S. Marines who died when their Camp Pendleton-based UH-1Y helicopter crashed in mountainous terrain after dropping off food in remote villages decimated by recent earthquakes in Nepal. Eric Matthew Seaman was born in Wildomar, California. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2009. Eric trained at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. He completed Marine Combat Training and reported to Pensacola, Florida for Crew Chief Indoctrination Training. Upon graduation, Eric selected UH-1Y Hueys, and reported to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron...
  • EPA calls for regulating aircraft emissions...? $100.00 carry on anyone?

    06/10/2015 10:41:12 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06/10/15 | AP Staff
    The government is proposing to regulate aircraft emissions in much the same way as power plants, saying they are a threat to human health because they contain pollutants that help cause global warming and therefore should be regulated. The Environmental Protection Agency announcement Wednesday clears the way for possible U.S. adoption of international emissions standards, which are expected to be released next year. U.S. regulations wouldn't apply to small piston-engine planes or military aircraft. The International Civil Aviation Organization, a U.N. agency, has been working for several years on developing global aircraft emissions standards for the first time.
  • Boozy chimps back 'drunken monkey' idea of Man and Ape

    06/10/2015 8:27:07 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 17 replies
    France 24 ^ | Staff
    Wild chimpanzees enjoying opportunistic booze-ups on palm wine have helped shed light on a theory about evolution, scientists said on Wednesday. Chimps in the west African country of Guinea discovered a free treat in raffia palms tapped by local people to extract a sweet, milky sap which then ferments into an alcoholic drink. The apes scrunched up leaves in their mouths, moulding them into spongy pads that they then dipped into the sap-gathering container, which villagers attach to the tree near its crown. Tests showed that the beverage's alcoholic content varied from 3.1 percent to a whopping 6.9 percent, the...
  • Hillary Asks Donors for $1...? Go ask an Arab, Thunderthighs!

    06/10/2015 7:47:46 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 39 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 06/09/15 | Daniel Halper
    Hillary Clinton is asking supporters to chip in a buck. In an email this afternoon, Clinton writes, "I’m asking you to step up today, give just $1, and become a Launch Donor -- one of the tough, essential supporters who stood with me from the very beginning." But Clinton says it's not about the dollar. "It's not about the money. It's about knowing that when I step on the stage on Saturday, you’re with me. You have my back -- just like I’ll have yours." The ask is a lot less expensive than the one Clinton is making of those...
  • D-Day lead Aircraft found (That's All, Brother)

    06/08/2015 3:17:01 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 38 replies
    AOPA ^ | 6-5-2015 | Jim Moore
    Late on the night of June 5, 1944, a Douglas C-47 Skytrain commanded by Lt. Col. John M. Donalson launched with 15 paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division on board. They were the very tip of the Allied invasion spear, leading a formation of hundreds of aircraft carrying thousands of troops. Just after midnight on June 6, That’s All, Brother navigated through intense German fire and low clouds to drop the first Allied troops to land in Normandy, France, on D-Day, commencing Operation Overlord. Seven decades later, Staff Sgt. Matt Scales of the Alabama Air National Guard was researching Donalson’s...
  • Obamacare, states and insurers make gender reassignment surgery more accessible Maximum Barf Alert!

    06/03/2015 9:28:33 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 23 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 06/03/15 | Quentin Fottrel
    Caitlyn Jenner’s “Vanity Fair” cover has created a rare, possibly even enlightening moment in American culture. The cover image went viral in minutes, garnered Jenner more than 2 million Twitter followers in 24 hours and — along with transgender activists like actress Laverne Cox, who recently appeared on the cover of “Time” magazine, and writer Janet Mock — will help promote more understanding and, in an ideal world, less discrimination against the transgender community. On Monday, hours after Jenner’s cover photo appeared online, President Barack Obama tweeted: “It takes courage to share your story.” The former Olympic champion known as...
  • Mohammed cartoon contest: Hundreds expected outside Phoenix mosque

    05/29/2015 11:44:46 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 29 replies
    CNN News ^ | 05/29/15 | Sara Sidner and Ed Payne
    Phoenix (CNN)—Jon Ritzheimer is a former Marine, and he has no middle ground when it comes to Islam. His T-shirt pretty much says it all: "F--- Islam." Ritzheimer is the organizer of Friday's "Freedom of Speech Rally" outside the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix. It's the mosque that Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi attended for a time. They're the men who drove from Arizona to a Dallas suburb to shoot up a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest there. Both were killed by police early this month. Many Muslims consider demeaning depictions of Mohammed to be blasphemous and banned by Islamic law.
  • New maze-like beamsplitter is world's smallest

    05/25/2015 4:57:28 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 50 replies
    Physics World ^ | 05/25/2015 | Ker Than
    An ultracompact beamsplitter – the smallest one in the world – has been designed and fabricated by researchers in the US. Using a newly developed algorithm, the team built the smallest integrated polarization beamsplitter to date, which could allow computers and mobile devices of the future to function millions of times faster than current machines.
  • Texas hunter shoots endangered Namibian rhino for $350,000

    05/24/2015 7:17:35 AM PDT · by boycott · 98 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 5-20-15
    Windhoek (AFP) - A US hunter who paid $350,000 to kill a black rhinoceros in Namibia successfully shot the animal on Monday, saying that his actions would help protect the critically-endangered species. Corey Knowlton, from Texas, downed the rhino with a high-powered rifle after a three-day hunt through the bush with government officials on hand to ensure he killed the correct animal. Knowlton, 36, won the right to shoot the rhino at an auction in Dallas in early 2014 -- attracting fierce criticism from many conservationists and even some death threats. He took a CNN camera crew on the hunt...
  • One student takes a stand against her high school's racist yearbook photo (Huh?)

    05/20/2015 8:22:14 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 24 replies
    Hello Giggles ^ | 05/19/15 | Gina Mei
    When Florida high school senior Jessica Morales received her yearbook this year, she was both shocked and disappointed to find a deeply offensive photo amongst its pages. The picture, which took up nearly half a page, featured various students dressed in sombreros, ponchos, and mustaches while holding fake green cards, with another student dressed up as “border patrol” between them. As a young Hispanic woman, Morales couldn’t believe the yearbook had included the photo, let alone featured it so prominently. So, she posted it to social media, where it quickly went viral — and now, she’s speaking out about why....
  • Low-skilled jobs are the ones that have disappeared: Fed study (Put your boots on)

    05/14/2015 1:48:13 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 13 replies
    Market Watch ^ | Greg Robb
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch)—Since the Great Recession ended in 2009, commentators have often railed against an economy that seemed to only create lowest-wage jobs. But a new study of labor market data by the Kansas City Fed has found the opposite is true. The study concludes that job growth has been strong for middle-skill and high-skill workers, but has remained weak for low-skill jobs. Middle-skill jobs rebounded in the first two years of the recovery and high-skilled jobs started to return in 2012, according to the study, which analyzed quarterly data from the Labor Department’s household survey. Growth in the upper two...
  • Vox Inadvertently Undermines Global Warming Settled Science Argument

    05/13/2015 10:41:24 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 9 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 13, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    It's official. 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded! Oops! Never mind. It turned out upon closer investigation that NASA scientists admitted that there was only a 38% chance that was true. Perhaps Vox should have peered just a few months into the future when it made that declaration to see their own article written by Julia Belluz and Steven Hoffman which stated that Science is often flawed. It's time we embraced that. Okay, great, but will Vox embrace it in the future when it comes to wild declarations about Global Warming or will they relapse to their normal routine? Vox...
  • Hillary Clinton’s damage-control operation gets more troops (Erase...Erase...Erase)

    05/13/2015 7:37:02 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 27 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 05/13/15 | Robert Schroeder
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is getting more firepower to help with damage control. Politico writes Correct the Record, an outside rapid response and research group dedicated to defending the records of Clinton and other Democratic presidential candidates, is reorganizing so it can coordinate with the former secretary of state’s campaign and devote all its resources to her. Correct the Record is splitting off from its parent organization American Bridge 21st Century, and will register with the Federal Election Commission as a stand-alone super PAC.
  • Obama makes it official: Chicago will be home to presidential center...(It will be easy to park)

    05/12/2015 2:15:46 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 28 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 05/12/15 | Mark Peters
    President Barack Obama will build his presidential library on Chicago’s South Side, choosing the city where his political career was born after searching for more than a year for a location. The nation’s third-largest city was seen as the front-runner from the start, and although stumbling at points, emerged from a shortlist that included such candidates as New York’s Columbia University, where Obama did his undergraduate studies, and the University of Hawaii, located in the state where Obama was born. “All the strands of my life came together and I really became a man when I moved to Chicago,” Obama...
  • Underwater graveyard of hundreds of World War Two planes revealed

    05/08/2015 12:36:52 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 5-8-2015 | Lydia Wilgress
    A series of incredible photographs showing more than 150 lost World War Two aircraft 130-feet under the Pacific Ocean has been released. The stunning images show the planes surrounded by coral and fish as they lie - sometimes vertically - on the seabed more than seven decades after they were dumped there. The find includes historic American aircraft including Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers, F4U Corsair and TBF/TBM Avengers.Amazingly, many of the planes have remained intact, with only a few broken tails and wings littering the floor. Brandi Mueller, from Cameron, Wisconsin, discovered the planes while scuba diving around five...
  • ISIS threatens controversial blogger Pamela Geller

    05/06/2015 9:19:20 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 17 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 05/06/15 | Sasha Goldstein and Jason Silverstein
    ISIS appears to declare war on controversial blogger Pamela Geller on Tuesday in an ominous online message claiming it has fighters across America ready to attack "any target we desire." The threat, posted on anonymous message board JustPasteIt, singles out Geller, who helped plan a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest that was attacked by two gunmen in Garland, Texas, over the weekend. ISIS claimed responsibility for the shooting early Tuesday, marking the first time the terror group called an American attack one of its own, though lawmakers believe the two men were influenced by the group, not guided directly by it.
  • 100+ Truck Convoy in Virginia

    05/05/2015 11:07:11 AM PDT · by Pilgrim's Progress · 39 replies
    Does anyone have any idea what this is all about? Some are suggesting it is for the Special Olympics which raised $30,000 - but 115 trucks has to be carrying much more than $30,000 worth of donations.
  • The Woman in Battle: A Narrative of the Exploits, Adventures, and Travels of Loreta Velazquez, CSA

    04/29/2015 3:43:03 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 20 replies
    docsouth.unc.edu ^ | 1876 | Madame Loreta Janeta Velazquez
    Madame Velazquez, whose enthusiasm for the cause of Southern independence induced her to discard the garments of her sex, and to assume male attire for the purpose of appearing upon the battle-field, is a typical Southern woman of the war period; and there are thousands of officers and soldiers who fought in the Confederate armies who can bear testimony, not only to the valor she displayed in battle, and under many circumstances of difficulty and danger, but to her integrity, her energy, her ability, and her unblemished reputation. Upon these points, however, it is not necessary to dilate; her story...
  • Microsoft forecasts 1 billion Windows 10 computers, burst of new apps

    04/29/2015 12:21:56 PM PDT · by McGruff · 37 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 29, 2015 | PARESH DAVE
    Microsoft expects its newest operating system, Windows 10, to be running on 1 billion computers within two to three years. The figure, which includes desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones, was repeatedly touted Wednesday at Microsoft’s annual conference for application developers. Microsoft has struggled to get companies to make apps for Windows mobile devices, part of a self-perpetuating cycle that makes Windows smartphones less attractive to consumers.
  • DHS: No regrets for bypassing Congress on immigration

    04/29/2015 8:12:47 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 44 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 04/28/15 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told the Senate Tuesday that he has no regrets at all for going around Congress to implement President Barack Obama’s several immigration-related executive actions. “Do you regret the actions that you and the administration have taken that have gotten us to this point?” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) asked Johnson at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. “No, I do not, senator,” Johnson replied. “I believe that the undocumented population in this country, at least half of which has been here more than 10 years, has to be reckoned with. We know they’re here, and they are...
  • New Orbital ATK paint job for Pegasus carrier jet

    04/24/2015 1:41:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies
    SPACEFLIGHT NOW ^ | Justin Ray
    The aircraft that air-launches the Pegasus rocket has been repainted with new livery to mark the recent corporate merge that formed Orbital ATK. The L-1011 jet, named Stargazer, carries the light-class Pegasus launchers to an altitude of 39,000 feet and releases the booster to fire into space. Pegasus has flown 42 times and the 32 using the XL version. The rocket weighs 51,000 pounds, stretches 55 feet long and is comprised of three solid-fueled stages for boosting small satellites into orbit. Launches have occurred from California, Virginia, Florida, the Canary Islands and the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Stargazer...
  • Germany’s Small Towns Feel the Cost of Europe’s Migrant Crisis

    04/23/2015 8:20:04 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04/22/15 | Alison Smale
    VORRA, Germany — Even as European officials struggle with an unrelenting tide of migrants trying to enter the Continent, tranquil villages like this one in a picture-book valley in northern Bavaria are coping with the legions who have already arrived. It is here, as much as on the choppy seas of the Mediterranean, that Europe’s latest migration crisis is playing out. With the federal authorities expecting a flood of newcomers — an estimated 300,000 will apply for asylum in Germany this year, after 200,000 in 2014 — places like Vorra, population 1,000, are struggling to make room for those who...
  • Obama: People Need Perspective; There’s Less Violence Around The World Than 40 Years Ago...?

    04/22/2015 10:29:01 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 73 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 04/21/15 | Daniel Bassali
    President Obama said he wanted Americans to gain perspective and be thankful there is less violence now than there was during the Cold War. Obama predicted Islam’s process to rid itself of extremism would be a “generational project,” he said in an interview with Chris Matthews. “I remind people that, you know, there actually is probably less war and less violence around the world today than there might have been 30, 40 years ago. It doesn’t make it any less painful but things can get better,” Obama said. The president set a high standard for himself: at least the United...
  • Hillary Clinton crushes Republican rivals in new poll (Mega Barf Alert or Goodbye America!)

    04/21/2015 7:39:53 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 57 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 04/20/15 | Robert Schroeder
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — If the presidential election were held today, it wouldn’t even be close. Hillary Clinton is crushing her potential Republican rivals by double digits in a new CNN/ORC International poll. The Republicans’ best showing is by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who trails the former senator and secretary of state by 14 points. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who hasn’t declared his candidacy yet, lags Clinton by 17 points. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are each 19 points behind Clinton. Rubio and Paul have declared their candidacies, but Christie hasn’t said he’ll run....
  • U.S. cracks down on female teachers who sexually abuse students

    04/21/2015 7:16:28 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/21/15 | By Barbara Goldberg
    A "Saturday Night Live" skit about a male student having sex with his female high school teacher painted the relationship as every teen boy's dream, but drew a firestorm of criticism on social media. The reaction to the comedy sketch reflected a growing view among law enforcement and victims' advocacy groups that it is no laughing matter when a woman educator preys on her male students. In U.S. schools last year, almost 800 school employees were prosecuted for sexual assault, nearly a third of them women. The proportion of women facing charges seems to be higher than in years past,...
  • New Roadkill Map Finds California 'Ring of Death'

    04/20/2015 8:56:40 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 22 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 04/20/15 | Becky Oskin
    Northern California's car-clogged freeways run through thousands of acres of protected wetlands, creating a "ring of death" east of San Francisco, according to an ongoing study. Scientists at the University of California, Davis, have plotted some 29,000 reports of roadkill to identify the most hazardous roadways for the state's wildlife. The volunteer reports, collected over the past five years, cover more than 40 percent of California's highways and roads. Tracking roadside carcasses may sound odd, but the endeavor can reduce deaths for both drivers and wildlife, the scientists said. For instance, the study found many hotspots where animals are repeatedly...
  • Michigan Auto Shop Owner Faces Backlash After Declaring He Won’t Serve Gays

    04/16/2015 11:18:05 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 48 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | 04/16/15 | Staff
    GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WWJ) – A west Michigan business owner claims he’s been the target of death threats after he announced he won’t serve gays. Brian Klawiter, who owns Dieseltec Automotive Repair in Grandville, posted a message on his business’ Facebook page saying that he is a Christian, and that his company does not welcome “immoral behavior” — including homosexuality. “Our rights as conservative Americans are being squashed more and more everyday. Apparently if you are white (or close to it), you have a job, go to church, and own a gun… That translates into racists, privileged, bigot, conspiracy theorist.
  • More than A Half Million Social Security Numbers Issued To Illegal Immigrants Granted Amnesty

    04/16/2015 8:40:39 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 04/14/15 | Caroline May
    The Obama administration has issued more than half a million new Social Security Numbers (SSN) to illegal immigrants granted amnesty under President Obama’s Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals program. In a letter to Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Ben Sasse (R-NE), exclusively obtained by Breitbart News, the Social Security Administration (SSA) reveals that by the end of Fiscal Year 2014 the Obama administration “had issued approximately 541,000 original SSNs to individuals authorized to work under the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy since its inception” in 2012. The administration said it did not maintain a count of the...
  • Clinton Foundation to keep accepting donations from foreign governments

    04/16/2015 7:32:25 AM PDT · by pabianice · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/16/15
    Hillary Clinton seeks $2B to end big money politics [WTH?] The Clinton Foundation said late Wednesday that it will continue to accept donations from foreign governments during Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, despite concerns that such gifts will create a conflict of interest for the Democratic front-runner. The foundation's board said that donations directly to the foundation would only be allowed from six governments — Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom. However, other governments could continue to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), a subsidiary program that encourages donors to match contributions from others to tackle...
  • Former Obama Pilot: TWA Flight 800 was not blown up by a faulty fuel tank.

    04/16/2015 7:15:16 AM PDT · by thefactor · 146 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 4/15/15 | Andrew Danziger
    Was TWA Flight 800 shot out of the sky?As a former pilot, that is a question I get asked about all the time. I’m no conspiracy theorist, but let’s be clear: Yes. I say it was. And I believe the FBI covered it up.
  • Letterman packing his show with stars as end nears

    04/14/2015 7:44:36 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 70 replies
    AP ^ | 04/13/15 | Staff
    David Letterman is packing his final 28 shows as a late-night host with a who's who of Hollywood names and favorites leading up to his May 20 swan song. CBS announced Monday that his guests will include Bill Murray, George Clooney, Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld, Robert Downey Jr., Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Don Rickles, Julia Roberts, Ray Romano, Howard Stern, Oprah Winfrey, Martin Short, John Travolta, Michael J. Fox and Alec Baldwin.