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Thursday, April 02, 2015

 







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Fiorina backs religious
freedom law, marriage equality
USA Today, by Susan Page    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/2/2015 12:18:10 AM     Post Reply
Alexandria, VA - Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina defends Indiana´s "religious freedom" law, but she acknowledges the right of same-sex couples to demand equality in the "benefits" government bestows with marriage — views that distinguish her in the party´s 2016 field. Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO who plans to launch a long-shot presidential bid by early next month, didn´t explicitly endorse same-sex marriage, but she did outline a stance more moderate and nuanced than those expressed by her prospective rivals. She blasted business leaders in Silicon Valley and elsewhere who have criticized the Indiana

Why Obama chose the Iran talks to take
one of the biggest risks of his presidency
Washington Post, by Greg Jaffe    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/1/2015 11:59:23 PM     Post Reply
Much of President Obama’s foreign policy agenda has been foisted upon him during his six years in office. He inherited two wars, in Iraq and Afghanistan, neither of which he’s been able to end. He’s had to react to chaos in the Middle East and a Russian incursion in Ukraine. The negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program are a different matter. They are Obama’s choice, and he’s fought to keep them moving since the beginning of his presidency despite setbacks and second-guessing from Republicans, fellow Democrats and longtime foreign

4 Killed in Explosion and Fire
on Pemex Mexican Oil Platform
New York Times, by Paulina Villegas    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/1/2015 11:45:15 PM     Post Reply
Huge fireballs illuminated the early dawn skies of the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday as an explosion and fire killed four people and injured as many as 16 others on a large oil platform in the southeastern Bay of Campeche, Mexican officials said. At least eight fire boats battled the sheets of flame soaring high above the wreckage of the shallow-water Abkatun-Permanente platform in Campeche Sound. The platform’s chief function is to separate gas and oil before it is pumped to onshore refineries. In a statement, Mexico’s state-run oil company, Pemex, which owns the huge oil rig, said that there was no evidence of a major

  


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The Limits of Tylenol for Pain Relief
New York Times, by Nicholas Bakalar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/1/2015 11:34:27 PM     Post Reply
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is widely recommended for the relief of back pain and the pain of knee and hip arthritis. But a systematic review of randomized trials has found that it works no better than a placebo. Australian researchers reviewed three randomized trials that compared acetaminophen with a placebo for the relief of spinal pain, and 10 trials that compared their use for easing the pain of osteoarthritis. All together, the analysis included 5,366 patients. Acetaminophen was given orally in doses between 3,000 and 4,000 milligrams a day, except for one study in which a dose of 1,000 milligrams was administered

Amos Yee charged over remarks
against Christianity and
offending viewers of his video on
Lee Kuan Yew
Straits Times [Singapore], by Elena Chong    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 4/1/2015 11:22:49 PM     Post Reply
SINGAPORE - A 16-year-old was charged in court on Tuesday with uploading online materials intending to wound the religious feelings of Christians and making remarks on Mr Lee Kuan Yew that offended people. Amos Yee Pang Sang, clad in a black T-shirt and beige pants, faces three charges which were committed last Friday and Saturday. The teen, who was not represented, allegedly uploaded content online which contained remarks against Christianity with the deliberate intention of wounding the religious feelings of Christians. He is also said to have transmitted electronically an image showing obscene figures. The third charge comes under the

Study Finds No Link Between
Military Suicide Rate and Deployments
New York Times, by Dave Philipps    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/1/2015 11:13:35 PM     Post Reply
The largest study to date of a rising suicide rate among military personnel, published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry, found no connection between suicide and deployment overseas in support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The findings are the latest in a series of studies prompted by a military suicide rate that has nearly doubled since 2005. The study’s authors and others cautioned, however, that the findings do not rule out combat exposure as a reason for the increase in suicides, adding that more information was needed. “As the wars went on, the suicide rates also went up and it was very tempting to assume deployments must

Iraqi PM says Saddam’s
hometown liberated from ISIS
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/1/2015 10:59:26 PM     Post Reply
Tikrit, Iraq - Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants holed up in downtown Tikrit, going house to house Tuesday in search of snipers and booby traps, and the prime minister said security forces had reached the heart of the city. In a statement on Twitter, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the “liberation of Tikrit” and congratulated Iraqi security forces on their “historic milestone.” But an official statement from his office said the troops “hoisted the Iraqi flag” over the Salahuddin provincial headquarters in Tikrit (Snip) Extremists from the Islamic State group seized Saddam Hussein’s hometown last summer

  


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Ted Cruz raises $4 million
in just over a week
Washington Post, by Paul Steinhauser    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/1/2015 10:49:26 PM     Post Reply
CONCORD, New Hampshire -- Sen. Ted Cruz has raised $4 million in the eight days since officially launching his White House bid, his campaign confirmed Wednesday night. And in a sign of his appeal to grassroots conservatives, his campaign said that 95 percent of the contributions came in amounts of $100 or less. Cruz, who formally announced his presidential campaign on March 23, remains the only major candidate in either party to officially launch a White House bid. He raised $1 million within a day of his formal announcement, and $2 million within the first three days, according to his

Why Obama chose the Iran
talks to take one of the biggest
risks of his presidency
Washington Post, by Greg Jaffe    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/1/2015 10:42:27 PM     Post Reply
Much of President Obama’s foreign policy agenda has been foisted upon him during his six years in office. He inherited two wars, in Iraq and Afghanistan, neither of which he’s been able to end. He’s had to react to chaos in the Middle East and a Russian incursion in Ukraine. The negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program are a different matter. They are Obama’s choice, and he’s fought to keep them moving since the beginning of his presidency despite setbacks and second-guessing from Republicans, fellow Democrats and longtime foreign allies. The latest setback came Wednesday when the White House

The Democrats’ Problem With the Truth
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/1/2015 10:24:56 PM     Post Reply
Harry Reid has laid bare, for all to see, the Democrats’ attitude toward truth: for them, it is an inconvenience at best. Lying to win is not just their strategy, it is their creed. Of course, while lying can work for a while–”If you like your plan, you can keep it!”–the day comes when people start to catch on. That day comes faster when, like Hillary Clinton, you are a bad liar. Hillary, as I have said before, is like an inept magician: you can see the rabbit ears sticking out of the hat. Her server problems may not have

Obama and Hillary: Ain’t too proud to beg
Washington Times, by Monica Crowley    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/1/2015 10:22:51 PM     Post Reply
We all know how desperate President Obama has been to strike a nuclear deal with Iran. But what about his first handmaiden of foreign policy, Hillary Clinton? She’s been attempting to position herself as a more responsible alternative to Mr. Obama, interested in applying “smart power” rather than “no power.” So, how desperate was she to reach a deal with Tehran? Well, at one point in 2010, she abandoned whatever modicum of dignity she had left and stalked the Iranian foreign minister like a wild-eyed ex-girlfriend. At a gala dinner in Bahrain that year, she literally chased Manouchehr Mottaki around the room, hoping to get a word with

  


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Menendez Rips DOJ, ‘Political
Motive to Silence Me’ After
14-Count Indictment Unveiled
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/1/2015 10:15:38 PM     Post Reply
Before a crowd of reporters and cheering supporters, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) furiously lashed out at the Justice Department for the indictment unveiled today as the administration again extended the deadline for a nuclear agreement framework with Iran. The chief Democratic architect of Iran sanctions legislation that has angered the White House reportedly found out about his indictment not from the DOJ, but from the media who first received the leak. Menendez said moments ago that for nearly three years the DOJ has followed him “like a cloud,” and he’s “outraged that this cloud has not been lifted.” The DOJ

Justice pushes to have
Boehner-Obama suit tossed
Washington Times, by Tom Howell Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/1/2015 10:13:01 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is refusing to flinch in its claim that House Speaker John A. Boehner used novel and invalid legal theories to sue over how the president implemented his signature health law. Justice Department attorneys asked a federal judge in Washington late Tuesday to toss the speaker’s lawsuit, saying it exaggerates the perceived harm done by administrative delays to Obamacare, and that House Republicans cannot prove that the White House inflicted real damage on the legislative body. “Federal courts sit only to decide actual cases and controversies, not abstract claims of legislative power,” they told the U.S. District

Story About First Business to
‘Publicly Vow to Reject Gay Weddings’
Was Fabricated Out of Nothing
PJ Media, by Scott Ott    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/1/2015 10:11:03 PM     Post Reply
The Huffington Post headline screams: Indiana’s Memories Pizza Reportedly Becomes First Business To Reject Catering Gay Weddings Memories Pizza is a nine-year-old shop in downtown Walkerton, Indiana, just a few blocks from John Glenn High School. It’s owned by an openly-Christian couple, the O’Connors, who decorate their shop with mementos of their faith in Christ. So how does a small business in a small town wind up making headlines around the world as the new avatar of Christian bigotry? Perhaps, you say, they brought this upon themselves, seeking out publicity for their strict biblical views. Eh…no. Some cursory internet forensics

If Hillary Clinton falters, would Cory Booker
decide he wants to play in the big game?
NJ.com [Newark, NJ], by Paul Mulshine    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/1/2015 10:09:42 PM     Post Reply
There are two ways of looking at politics. You can think of it as a serious endeavor that has great impact on the lives of the people. Or you can look at it as a sport. (Snip) Consider what a poll of South Carolina Democrats would look like if Cory Booker were running against Hillary Clinton. Probably a lot like the 2008 primary, when Barack Obama got 55 percent of the vote. The Democratic electorate in South Carolina is heavily African-American and African-Americans went for Obama by huge margins in 2008. Of course Obama also did well with white liberals.

  


  

Atlanta cheating scandal teachers
go to cells in hand-cuffs: Eleven
educators face up to 20 years in
prison for inflating their students´
test scores to get bonus money for*
Daily Mail (UK) & Associated Press, by Belinda Robinson & Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/1/2015 9:21:54 PM     Post Reply
In one of the biggest cheating scandals of its kind in the U.S., 11 former Atlanta public school educators were convicted Wednesday of racketeering for their role in a scheme to inflate students´ scores on standardized exams. The defendants - including teachers, a principal and other administrators - were accused of falsifying test results to collect bonuses or keep their jobs in the 50,000-student Atlanta school system. The educators inflated the test scores to command up to $5,000 each in bonuses, the court was told. However the person accused of benefiting the most from the conspiracy, Superintendent Beverly Hall -

Who Are You?
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 4/1/2015 8:28:09 PM     Post Reply
A Pennsylvania woman recently made news by nearly rising to partner in a law firm before it it was discovered she never had a license to practice nor a degree. However, nobody says she wasn’t a good lawyer and is only being charged with misdemeanors. (Snip) Perhaps even more astonishing was a recent discovery in Britain that technically unqualified overseas doctors were being employed by the National Health Service, which was none the wiser. In this case the qualifications were being embellished without their knowledge by the recruitment company that placed them. The recruitment company collected inflated rates based on

Robert Menendez: ´I Am Outraged´
Over Federal Corruption Charges
National Journal, by Nora Kelly    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/1/2015 8:26:51 PM     Post Reply
A 14-count indictment of corruption charges doesn´t faze Sen. Robert Menendez. Entering a press conference Wednesday to loud applause and shouts of support, the New Jersey Democrat said he´s "angry" at the charges leveled against him Wednesday by the Justice Department, calling investigators "dead wrong." "I am outraged that prosecutors at the Justice Department were tricked into starting this investigation three years ago with false allegations by those who have a political motive to silence me," Menendez said. "I will not be silenced. I´m confident at the end of the day I will be vindicated and they will be exposed."

‘60 Minutes’ Bashar Assad interview just
latest case of malfeasance for program
Washington Times, by Christopher Harper    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/1/2015 8:17:22 PM     Post Reply
In the latest abuse of journalism, “60 Minutes” and host Charlie Rose should be ashamed of an interview with Syrian President Bashar Assad, the brutal dictator who has led his country into a murderous civil war that has left more than 200,000 dead and more than 4 million refugees. The once-renowned magazine program has been engaged in several cases of journalistic malfeasance that should have brought down any other news show. These include Steve Croft’s softball interviews with President Obama to Laura Logan’s egregious reporting on Ebola and Benghazi, which in the latter case brought a forced leave of absence rather

Pahrump brothel offers to host
Reid’s retirement party
Las Vegas Sun [Henderson, NV], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: lvmatt- 4/1/2015 8:01:39 PM     Post Reply
A Pahrump brothel has offered to host U.S. Sen. Harry Reid’s retirement party. After the news that Reid would not be running for re-election in 2016, Sheri’s Ranch posted an open letter to Reid. Sheri’s Ranch, 60 miles west of Las Vegas, says several of the senator’s accomplishments have directly improved the lives of Nevada’s legal sex workers and thanked Reid for his years of service. Here is the text of the letter: Dear Senator Reid, The staff and courtesans of The Resort and Spa at Sheri’s Ranch (aka Sheri’s Ranch) would like to be among those who have officially congratulated you on your long and successful political

  



Journalists file US lawsuit
against Ferguson police
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/1/2015 7:56:05 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Three German reporters and an American journalist are suing police in the Missouri town of Ferguson over their treatment during racially charged riots last year, a press watchdog confirmed Wednesday. Reporters Without Borders said it "fully supports" the legal action against the Ferguson Police Department by the journalists who allege battery, false arrest and unreasonable search and seizure. Ferguson police were sharply criticized for their heavy-handed actions in August during unrest triggered by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white officer. "Arrests of journalists while gathering information and

Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoes
multiple pro-gun bills in Virginia
MSNBC, by Michele Richinick    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/1/2015 7:48:29 PM     Post Reply
Keeping with his promise to push for greater gun safety in his state, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed three firearms bills approved by lawmakers during the state’s 2015 legislative session, despite a state Senate committee refusing to pass 10 of his gun-control measures in January. McAuliffe vetoed the three bills last week, following the end of the legislative session on Feb. 28. (Snip) Senate Bill 1137 would have allowed concealed carry permit holders to carry a loaded shotgun or rifle in their vehicles on any public street or highway, regardless of local laws. “From drawing legislative lines outside of the

Breaking: Hateful Far Left HS
Coach Suspended After Threatening
Christian Indiana Pizzeria
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/1/2015 6:37:14 PM     Post Reply
On Tuesday a Christian-owned pizzeria in Indiana said they would serve gays but would not cater a gay wedding in Indiana. The owners said they were not discriminating against anyone. In response, Concord High School coach Jess Dooley posted this tweet threatening the pizzeria. (Tweet) Today Jess Dooley was suspended. Hat Tip Dana Loesch -ABC 57 reported: Concord High School girl’s golf coach Jess Dooley has been suspended from coaching for a Tweet she allegedly posted Tuesday evening. The Tweet under @dooley_11 said “Who’s going to Walkerton, IN to burn down #memoriespizza w me? Agree with #FreedomofReligion bill? “That’s a

ISIS Conquers Palestinian
Refugee Camp in Damascus
Breitbart National Security, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/1/2015 6:26:08 PM     Post Reply
Islamic State terrorists conquered large areas of the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital Wednesday and are battling Palestinian faction Aknaf Beit al-Maqdis for control, media reports indicate. “Fighters from ISIS launched an assault this morning on Yarmouk and they took over the majority of the camp,” said Anwar Abdel Hadi, Damascus-based director of political affairs for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). This latest incursion represents ISIS’ most significant territorial gain into Syria’s capital. Meanwhile, a senior Hamas leader Yehia Hourani, was killed in the camp on Monday, according to a Hamas statement which referred to Hourani’s death

Don’t ‘Fix’ Indiana’s RFRA
National Review OnLine, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/1/2015 6:10:00 PM     Post Reply
Caught in the throes of the theatrical moral panic that followed Indiana’s passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), critics wailed that Governor Mike Pence had just signed a bill that would allow private companies to hide behind religious liberty when sued for violating Indiana laws protecting gays against discrimination. In their keening, they overlooked a key fact or two, one of which is that Indiana has no state laws protecting gays against discrimination. It does have a handful of local ordinances, and there is the ever-present possibility of a judge “discovering” a right to use the force of

McDonald´s raising wages for 90K workers
The Hill (Washington DC), by Vicki Needham    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/1/2015 6:01:07 PM     Post Reply
Fast-food giant McDonald’s will boost wages and paid time off for its employees this summer. Starting July 1, the Illinois-based company will raise pay by $1 above local minimum-wage requirements for about 90,000 workers across all levels of experience at about 1,500 company-owned restaurants. The food chain, which has struggled with declining sales in recent years, said the increase applies to about 10 percent of McDonald´s restaurants nationwide. "We are acting with a renewed sense of energy and purpose to turn our business around," said Steve Easterbrook, McDonald’s president and CEO, who took over on March 1. "We know that

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