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Browsing Archive: July, 2013

Obama: Economy Would Be ‘Better Off’ with More Government Workers

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, In : US News 
Obama seems to not understand that government does not produce anything. The only thing it does is cause issues for those trying to make something. Not only that, but that these jobs cost money which must be paid for by people who are doing productive jobs.
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President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the U.S. economy would be “much better off” if federal, state, and local governments hired more workers.

As cities like Chicago face budget crises from unfunded pensions for retiring ...

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‘Kids, don’t forget to make your gender choice’

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, In : Really? 
Along with decisions about what to eat for lunch and which clubs to join, California public school students may soon may be allowed to choose which gender they would like to be.

The California legislature has passed a bill, AB 1266, that would require all public schools to allow youths to choose which gender-segregated facilities and activities fit their “identity,” including restrooms, locker rooms and sports teams. The bill awaits the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown to be enacted into law....

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Benghazi Attack Survivor Waited on a Roof Top for 20 Hours Before Help Came

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, In : World News 
Diplomatic Security agent David Ubben has been receiving treatment at Walter Reed Military Medical Center after being severely wounded on September 11, 2012 when the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was attacked by terrorists. According to Fox News, Ubben waited for help on top of a roof for 20 hours. What difference does waiting that long make? The lives of two Navy SEALs.

During the second wave of attacks on Benghazi, David Ubben was on the rooftops with the Navy SEALS. Eventually, several rounds ...

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Gov't Knows Best? White House creates 'nudge squad' to shape behavior

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
The federal government is hiring what it calls a "Behavioral Insights Team" that will look for ways to subtly influence people's behavior, according to a document describing the program obtained by FoxNews.com. Critics warn there could be unintended consequences to such policies, while supporters say the team could make government and society more efficient.

While the program is still in its early stages, the document shows the White House is already working on such projects with almost a doz...

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Taxpayer money flowing to Taliban, Al Qaeda - Army refuses to act

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, In : World News 
The US military has been ignoring warnings that its spending in Afghanistan is funding Al Qaeda and the Taliban. And John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), appears to have had enough.

He issued a blistering cover letter with SIGAR's quarterly report to Congress today that called into question what "appears to be a growing gap between the policy objectives of Washington and the reality of achieving them in Afghanistan."

The US has $20 billion of Afgh...

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Is Your Cable Box Spying On You?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
“Watching the watchers” is taking on a whole new meaning.

News that Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) may be developing a television set-top box with a motion sensor and video camera has rekindled the debate over technology that can record so-called ambient action. Should a TV-mounted box have the ability to track our movements, record our voices and monitor our behaviors? Should cable providers and tech companies be allowed to collect such information without our consent?

Lawmakers and privacy adv...

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Liberal media love new Jesus book 'Zealot', fail to mention author is Muslim

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, In : Religious News 
Reza Aslan, author of the new book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” has been interviewed on a host of media outlets in the last week. Riding a publicity wave, the book has surged to #2 on Amazon's list.

Media reports have introduced Aslan as a “religion scholar” but have failed to mention that he is a devout Muslim.

His book is not a historian’s report on Jesus. It is an educated Muslim’s opinion about Jesus -- yet the book is being peddled as objective history on ...

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Israelis, Palestinians agree to 9-month timeline for negotiations

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, In : World News 
WASHINGTON — Israelis and Palestinians have agreed to a nine-month timeline for final-status negotiations, a US State Department official revealed early Monday afternoon, hours before peace talks were set to officially begin in Washington.

“This is the beginning of final-status arrangements on a nine-month timetable,” said State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki. She emphasized that the two sides “have agreed to a timetable” but that “it is not a deadline, but an agreement that the...

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Former Ambassador: Benghazi “Stand Down” Order Came from Obama

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, In : World News 
Ann Wagner, a former US ambassador and current congresswoman from Missouri, was interviewed about what the protocol would be for a “stand down” order in the event of a consulate being under attack, and she answered what many have suspected already: that’s an order that would come from Obama himself.

This could be one of the reasons that the Obama administration has essentially refused to provide details about where Obama was at or what he was doing during the attack.

Being wrong about pol...

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Know how many train wrecks there have been in the world so far this year?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, In : World News 
Terrorists Not Involved in 4th US Factory Explosion of the Year?
There have been at least 30 train wrecks so far this year.

It seems quite a coincidence that there have been so many accidents this year at plants across the country. They still don’t know what happened at the Texas fertilizer plant or the chemical plant in Louisiana. But we keep being told that terrorists aren’t involved. If they don’t know what happened I’m not sure how they can say this. Especially with how easy it is f...
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Colorado Police Forced To Cancel Gun Buyback Program Because Of State’s Strict New Gun Laws

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, July 29, 2013, In : US News 
Lib gun-grabbers hardest hit.

All across the country police departments have sponsored gun buyback programs for the purpose of “getting guns off the streets.” But one buyback event in Boulder, CO had to be canceled because the state’s new gun laws are so strict that the police can’t even navigate the law to sponsor the program.

The event was canceled by Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle, who sadly had to inform the community that Colorado’s new gun laws made it “nearly impossible” ...

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IRS Workers Want Out of Obamacare

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, July 29, 2013, In : US News 
The federal employees who will be responsible for administering Obamacare for the American people don't want it for themselves.

The National Treasury Employees Union, which represents workers at the Internal Revenue Service, is asking its members to write letters to Capitol Hill saying they are "very concerned" about legislative efforts requiring IRS and Treasury employees to enroll in the Obamacare exchanges.

"I am a federal employee and one of your constituents," one letter begins, Forbes blo...

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Government Data Centers In U.S. Have Doubled Since 2011

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, July 29, 2013, In : US News 
The federal government estimated it has nearly doubled the number of data centers it had in 2011, now totaling over 7,000.

As the Federal Times noted, the “Obama administration estimated the government had about 3,100 data centers” in June of 2011. In June of 2013, a “recount yielded more than 6,000. Now that number has grown again — to 7,145.” Lawmakers released those numbers on Thursday, and the Government Accountability Office confirmed the figures.




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Kuwaiti woman who ran for parliament calling sex slavery to be legalized

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, July 29, 2013, In : World News 
A Kuwaiti woman who once ran for parliament has called for sex slavery to be legalized - and suggested that non-Muslim prisoners from war-torn countries would make suitable concubines.

Salwa al Mutairi argued buying a sex-slave would protect decent, devout and 'virile' Kuwaiti men from adultery because buying an imported sex partner would be tantamount to marriage.

And she even had an idea of where to 'purchase' these sex-salves - browsing through female prisoners of war in other countries.




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Genetically modified wheat in Ore. an ‘isolated incident’

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, July 29, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
The Obama administration is “very confident” that a surprise growth of genetically modified Oregon wheat that set off a trade dispute was an “isolated incident,” according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

While he’s not certain how the genetically modified strain, which is not approved for commercial growth, ended up in an Oregon wheat field, Vilsack said on Bloomberg Government’s “Capitol Gains” that people should not be afraid of such strains sneaking into the food suppl...

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OH, THE IRONY: Obamacare Call Center Hiring Part-Time Workers, Not Providing Healthcare

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, July 28, 2013, In : US News 
In order to ensure Americans understand how to access the benefits available to them when many provisions of the Affordable Care Act go online October 1, the Obama administration announced last month that it is setting up a call center that will be accessible to Americans 24 hours a day.

One branch of that call center will be located in California’s Contra Costa County, where, reportedly, 7,000 people applied for the 204 jobs. According to the Contra Costa Times, however, “about half the j...

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This Is What Happens When a Criminal Tries to Rob a Gun Store…With a Bat

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, July 28, 2013, In : US News 
Common sense is apparently hard for some criminals. Take for example, 22-year-old Derrick Mosley, who reportedly attempted to rob an Oregon gun shop on Thursday armed with a baseball bat.

According to various news reports, Mosley strolled into Discount Gun Sales in Beaverton, Ore., with his baseball bat and criminal intent. He reportedly smashed a display case and attempted to steal a firearm.

The manager of the gun shop drew his own firearm which, unlike the one Mosley attempted to steal, was ...

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Nikki Haley: This South Carolina Governor Loves Her Guns

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, July 28, 2013, In : US News 
There are some governors who support rigid gun control. But Nikki Haley is certainly NOT one of them. In fact, when it comes to gun control, Governor Haley has stated:

Haley also said she wants to make concealed weapons permits easier to obtain. She explained, “I hold a Concealed Weapons Permit myself, and in this state makes it difficult for CWP holders to rightfully carry–we need to make the rules that govern carrying far more simple.”

Governor Haley recently enjoyed visiting FN Manufac...

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Getting the lead out, literally: US Army plans switch to ‘green’ bullets

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, July 28, 2013, In : US News 
The U.S. Army is taking the expression “get the lead out” quite literally and switching to lead-free, environmentally-friendly bullets.

The Army’s Picatinny Arsenal is working on a “green” version of the M80A1 7.62 mm bullet, which troops are supposed to start being issued in 2014, according to an Army press release.

The Army has been looking to “green” small caliber ammo for some time now. In 2010, the Army switched to the greener 5.56 mm M855A1 Enhanced Performance Round.

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New Version of Monopoly That Addresses Dwindling Attention Spans

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, July 27, 2013, In : US News 
In an effort to address the dwindling attention spans of today’s youths, Hasbro has created a new version of the board game, Monopoly Empire, which will include real-life brands to own and exclude the jail portion of the game.

Yes, because the company wants to keep the game fast paced for today’s attention spans, Monopoly Empire won’t include the classic “go to jail” portion of the popular board game.

“The drastic — and rather jaw-dropping — changes are meant to make the game mo...

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Obama Regime Demanding Web Firms Turn Over User Account Passwords

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, July 27, 2013, In : US News 
The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet companies divulge users’ stored passwords, according to two industry sources familiar with these orders, which represent an escalation in surveillance techniques that has not previously been disclosed.

If the government is able to determine a person’s password, which is typically stored in encrypted form, the credential could be used to log in to an account to peruse confidential correspondence or even impersonate the user. Obtaining it ...

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Accidental Foreclosure results in woman losing all her belongings

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, July 26, 2013, In : US News 
Katie Barnett says that the First National Bank in Wellston foreclosed on her house, even though it was not her bank.

“They repossessed my house on accident, thinking it was the house across the street,” Barnett explained.

Barnett added that she was away when the bank decided to break into her home and take her things.

She said she had “to crawl through the window of her own house in order to get in after she used her own key that did not work,” the report adds.

The report notes that most...

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MERS outbreak fear forces Saudi authorities to downsize Haj

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, July 25, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS) Update:

Fears of an outbreak of the deadly MERS virus in Saudi Arabia and construction in the holy city of Mecca have forced cuts in the numbers of pilgrims permitted to perform this year’s hajj.

Millions of Muslims during the annual pilgrimage head to Mecca and Medina, Islam’s two holiest sites, providing a possible means for MERS to spread around the globe as pilgrims who may become infected return to their home countries.

Fearful of such...

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Maryland Court Official Wants to Ban Toy Guns

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, July 25, 2013, In : US News 
We’ve reached a new low when it comes to anti-gun hysteria in society: A juvenile court official in Baltimore wants to crack down on the sale of toy guns. The official’s reason? They look too much like real guns.



Zakia Mahasa is a master in the city's juvenile court. On Tuesday, she held up a toy gun she said a deputy sheriff from her court took from two young boys in a west Baltimore neighborhood.

"The boy pulled out a pistol, pointed it at another boy, and the other boy started running. ...

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Florida Prosecutor Indicted For Falsifying Arrest Warrant against George Zimmerman

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, July 25, 2013, In : US News 
Florida State’s Attorney Angela Corey has been indicted by a citizens’ grand jury, convening in Ocala, Florida, over the alleged falsification of the arrest warrant and complaint that lead to George Zimmerman being charged with the second degree murder of African-American teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.

The indictment of Corey, which was handed down last week (see www.citizensgrandjury.com), charges Corey with intentionally withholding photographic evidence of the injuries to ...

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The Coming Retirement Crisis That Will Shake America To The Core

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, In : US News 
The pension nightmare that is at the heart of the horrific financial crisis in Detroit is just the tip of the iceberg of the coming retirement crisis that will shake America to the core. Right now, more than 10,000 Baby Boomers are hitting the age of 65 every single day, and this will continue to happen every single day until the year 2030.

As a society, we have made trillions of dollars of financial promises to these Baby Boomers, and there is no way that we are going to be able to keep thos...

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PETA goes extreme with ad comparing meat to your child smoking

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
The animal rights group more known for its marketing than its accomplishments is at it again with a billboard depicting a child smoking a cigar.

PETA’s billboard claims meat consumption, like smoking, increases the risk of heart disease and cancer. The company manages to increase attention to the ad by showing a child smoking next to the headline “You wouldn’t let your child smoke.”

An ad with the same image and similar copy was banned by the Advertising Standards Authority who said the...

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NSA claims it can't search it's own E-Mails.

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, In : US News 
Talk about awkward — the National Security Agency apparently cannot search its own emails.

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed last week, ProPublica reports, an NSA official confessed she was unable to fulfill the request due to the agency’s use of an email system that was “a little antiquated and archaic.”

“There’s no central method to search an email at this time with the way our records are set up, unfortunately,” NSA Freedom of Information Act officer Cin...

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Who knew the 'Easter Island Heads" had bodies?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
"The reason people think they are [only] heads is there are about 150 statues buried up to the shoulders on the slope of a volcano, and these are the most famous, most beautiful and most photographed of all the Easter Island statues," Van Tilburg, who is also a fellow at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles, told Life's Little Mysteries. "This suggested to people who had not seen photos of [other unearthed statues on the island] that they are heads ...
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Foreign Policy Farce: U.S. Conduct of Israel = Palestinian Peace Process

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, In : History In Current Events 
By  Barry Rubin

Let’s consider what has just happened. A farce.
 
 What is shocking is the lack of outrage by mainstream journalists and foreign policy opinion-makers. This has required the slanderous consignment of normal and proper and competent foreign policy practices–as would have been demanded and done at any time in U.S. history–to silly partisanship that isn’t even worth discussing.
 
The United States of America officially announced the resumption of negotiations when they are now...

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New EU Directive Bars All Dealings With Israeli-Held Areas Over The Pre-1967 Lines

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, In : World News 
A dramatic new directive published by the European Union bars its 28 members from all cooperation with Israeli entities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The directive, sent out on June 30 and set to take effect on Friday, extends to “all funding, cooperation, and the granting of scholarships, research grants and prizes” to Israeli entities in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, Haaretz reported on Tuesday.

It also requires that any contracts between EU member countries and Israel hencef...

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Obama deploying drones around U.S.

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, In : US News 
The deployment of federal drones in and around U.S. shores represents one of the Obama administration’s next steps in the nation’s expanded use of unmanned aircraft systems for surveillance purposes.

The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, or ONMS, recently acquired Puma UAS – a type of drone that the U.S. Navy also uses – for operations off the coast of Los Angeles.

ONMS now is enlisting contractor support in expanding UAS use in California, Hawaii, Florida, and Washington state. Ve...

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‘Secret Obama plan’ forfeits Temple Mount to Palestinians

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, In : World News 
The Obama administration has quietly presented a plan in which the Palestinian Authority and Jordan will receive sovereignty over the Temple Mount while Israel will retain the land below the Western Wall, according to a senior PA negotiator speaking to WND.

The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism.

The proposed plan is part of the basis for U.S.-brokered talks that are set to resume in Washington next week after Secretary of State John Kerry announced that both Israel and PA President Ma...

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The 8 Worst Riots in American History

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, July 22, 2013, In : History In Current Events 
Riots have made a huge mark on American history. Whether incited by racial conflicts, perceived injustices, or police brutality, a riot can cause such destruction that it blights the landscape and destroys burgeoning progress in an area.

Sometimes, however, in the aftermath of violence, social movements begin that result in improved conditions. Eight of the most significant riots in American history follow.

1 & 2) The Civil War: Baltimore and New York

A riot in Baltimore in April 1861, just days...

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Move over NSA, here comes the Obamacare Big Brother database

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, July 22, 2013, In : US News 
Would you trust thousands of low-level Federal bureaucrats and contractors with one-touch access to your private financial and medical information? Under Obamacare you won’t have any choice.

As the Obamacare train-wreck begins to gather steam, there is increasing concern in Congress over something called the Federal Data Services Hub. The Data Hub is a comprehensive database of personal information being established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to implement the federa...

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40-Year-Old Photo Still Makes Us Smile

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, July 21, 2013, In : US News 
In late July 1973, Joseph Crachiola was wandering the streets of Mount Clemens, Mich., a suburb of Detroit, with his camera. As a staff photographer for the Macomb Daily, he was expected to keep an eye out for good feature images — “those little slices of life that can stand on their own.”





The slice of life he caught that day was a picture of five young friends in a rain-washed alley in downtown Mount Clemens. And what distinguishes it are its subjects: three black children, two white on...
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‘Grandma Drummer’ Astounds With Amazing Skills

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, July 21, 2013, In : US News 
No one knows who she is, but man can she play the drums.

An elderly woman reportedly strolled into the Coalition Drum Shop in La Crosse, Wis., recently and stunned everyone in the store, including the store’s employees, with her awesome drumming skills.

It goes to show that age is just a frame of mind — and this granny can still rock.

The drum shop posted the video of the woman, identified only as “Grandma Drummer,” on its YouTube page 0n Thursday and website on Friday. By Friday night, ...
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Arizona college suspended student because she wanted English-only classes

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, July 20, 2013, In : Local News 
TUCSON, ARIZONA - A nursing student at Pima Community College (PCC) has filed a lawsuit claiming that she was illegally suspended after she complained that her classmates were speaking in Spanish and orally translating English to Spanish so excessively that she was failing to learn.

In early April, the student, Terri Bennett, formally requested a rule limiting classroom discussion to English. Nursing program director David Kutzler allegedly responded by called her a “bigot and a bitch,” re...

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NSA scandal delivers record numbers of internet users to DuckDuckGo

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, July 20, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Gabriel Weinberg noticed web traffic building on the night of Thursday 6 June – immediately after the revelations about the "Prism" programme. Through the programme, the US's National Security Agency claimed to have "direct access" to the servers of companies including, crucially, the web's biggest search engines – Google, Microsoft and Yahoo.

Within days of the story, while the big companies were still spitting tacks and tight-lipped disclaimers, the search engine Weinberg founded – whi...

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Department of Justice Won’t Return Zimmerman’s Gun

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, July 20, 2013, In : US News 
Sounds like Zimmerman’s rights are being violated.
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Although George Zimmerman was found “not guilty” by a jury of his peers in the self-defense shooting of Trayvon Martin, Attorney General Eric Holder refuses to give Zimmerman’s gun back.

The Sanford police department confirmed that the DOJ has placed a “hold” on evidence relating to the Zimmerman trial. Officers have been instructed not to return “any pieces of evidence to their owners,” including Zimmerman’s gun....

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Facebook Blocks Kirk Cameron’s New Movie

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, July 20, 2013, In : Religious News 
Conservatives get attacked all over the place.
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Christian actor Kirk Cameron said Facebook has blocked fans from posting any links to “Unstoppable,” an upcoming faith-based movie, because the website is abusive and unsafe.

“We have been officially shut down by Facebook and unable to get any response from them,” Cameron wrote on his personal Facebook fan page. The film was made in partnership with Liberty University, the self-proclaimed largest Christian university in the wor...

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POWERFUL: Winston Churchill on Islam

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, July 19, 2013, In : History In Current Events 
Unbelievable, but the speech below was written in  1899…
(Check Wikipedia  – The River War).


“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism  lays
on its votaries!  Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as
dangerous in a  man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this
fearful  fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many
countries,  improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture,
sluggish methods  of commerce, and insecurity of property
exist wherever  the followers of the Prophet rul...

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Gov't Bureau 'Creating a Google Earth on Every Financial Transaction,' Senator Warns

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, July 19, 2013, In : US News 
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is looking to create a "Google Earth" of every financial transaction of every American, Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) warned today in a Senate speech opposing confirmation of Richard Cordray as CFPB director.

"This bill (creating the CFPB) was supposed to be about regulating Wall Street. Instead, it's creating a Google Earth on every financial transaction. That's right: the government will be able to see every detail of your finances. Your permission - n...

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Privately, senior Israeli officials now warning Iran war could come in 2013. Netanyahu preparing public.

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, July 19, 2013, In : World News 
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is beginning to prepare the public in Israel and around the world for a “military option.” This is why he appeared on CBS’s “Face The Nation” on Sunday (see excerpt of transcript below).

The PM called the Iranian a “messianic, apocalyptic” regime bent on genocide, a reference to the Shia eschatology Khamenei holds that Iran must annihilate Israel and the U.S. to usher in the reign of the Twelfth Imam. Netanyahu also called the incoming Iranian pr...

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Benghazi Survivors Forced to Sign Non-Disclosure Forms

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, July 19, 2013, In : US News 
Rep. Frank Wolf, R-NJ, said sources told him that survivors of the Benghazi terrorist attack have been asked to sign non-disclosure agreements and now the New Jersey congressman is demanding to know who else was forced to sign the documents.

“According to trusted sources that have contacted my office, many, if not all, of the survivors of the Benghazi attacks – along with others at the Department of Defense and CIA – have been asked or directed to sign additional Non-Disclosure Agreement...

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Officer who released photos of Boston bombing suspect reportedly relieved of duties

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, July 19, 2013, In : US News 
The Massachusetts police officer who took photographs that were released Thursday of Boston bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev was reportedly relieved of his duties.

Boston Magazine was the first outlet to publish the new photographs of the surviving marathon bombing suspect emerging from his hiding place on April 19, when he was captured by police.

The photographs, taken by Sgt. Sean Murphy, a Massachusetts State Police tactical photographer, show a bloodied Tsarnaev getting out of a boat with a...

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Stolen Picasso and other famous works 'burned in stove' in Romania?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, July 18, 2013, In : World News 
A Romanian museum is analysing ashes found in a stove to see if they are the remains of seven paintings by Picasso, Matisse, Monet and others that were stolen last year from the Netherlands, an official has said.

The prosecutor's spokeswoman, Gabriela Chiru, told Associated Press that Romania's National History Museum was examining the ashes found in the stove of Olga Dogaru. She is the mother of Radu Dogaru, one of three Romanian suspects charged with stealing the paintings from Rotterdam's K...
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USDA LEAKS PHOTOS AND ADDRESSES OF DOG BREEDERS TO ASPCA

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, July 18, 2013, In : US News 
The bottom line is that the contemporary “animal rights” movement and its various factions are not what they seem. For every legitimate concern, there are dozens of front groups operated and funded by extremists with radical agendas. For instance, over the past several years, the ASPCA, PETA, and HSUS have been waging a war against so-called “puppy mills.”  They lead Americans to believe that their focus is on rogue, unscrupulous dog breeders, but in a recent interview, the ASPCA admi...
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Pentagon Buys New TVs for Gitmo, Civilian Workers Get Furloughed

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, July 18, 2013, In : US News 
Earlier this month Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel penned a letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee warning that sequestration will cause “serious damage” to the military, but somehow the Army thought purchasing brand new TVs for the facilities at Gitmo was a good use of money that’s in short supply. Via CNS News:

Just two days after the Pentagon began furloughing hundreds of thousands of civilian personnel due to budget cuts, the Army ordered its second batch of televisions for the ...

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Female Prisoners Pressured to Accept Sterilizations

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, July 18, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Doctors with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation coerced up to almost 150 female inmates into accepting sterilization over a five-year period, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting in a recent report.

Former inmates say the medical staff pressured them into having tubal ligations, and the doctors did not obtain state-required approvals for the procedures between 2006 and 2010, the center reported.

At least 148 women received the procedures in violation of p...

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Shoot Down a Government Drone, Get a $100 Reward

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, In : US News 
A small Colorado town of just over 550 people may allow its citizens to pay for licenses to shoot down drones, an initiative that could effectively implement a bounty program for flying robot hunters.

Philip Steel, a resident of Deer Trail, Colo., drafted the ordinance, which the town board will consider on Aug. 6.

"We do not want drones in town," Steel told the TV station. "They fly in town, they get shot down."

The ordinance states that a successful shooter will receive a $100 reward.

First, on...

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Animal Rights Activists Transforming USDA from Top to Bottom

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, In : US News 
For most Americans, contact with the United States Department of Agriculture is rare, save for reading the occasional sticker on a package of ground chuck or baby carrots.  For farmers and animal breeders, the USDA is an ever-present and often arduous force.  Decisions made by these bureaucrats determine the viability and fate of many farms and livestock-based businesses every day.  Just as we have seen with the EPA and other agencies, this power makes the USDA a ripe target for infiltration ...
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Bullet ‘health’ fears dry up ammo supplies

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, In : US News 
At the same time federal agencies like the Department of Homeland Security are buying up ammunition stockpiles around the country and shipping large quantities overseas for use by the military, the Obama administration is now pushing states to mandate “green ammunition” that is free of lead.

The result? Ammo supplies for law-abiding citizens have dried up in recent months, and experts expect it to get worse.

“The potential exists for a de facto ammunition ban,” says Ryan Bronson of the ...

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Citizens to compete with illegals for financial aid?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, In : US News 
American citizens may soon find themselves competing with illegal aliens to secure government student loans and federal work-study assistance.

A review of the Senate’s immigration reform bill finds the legislation allows illegal aliens who are granted provisional status and who initially entered the United States before reaching 16 years of age to secure both federal student loans and federal work-study programs.

The 'provisional citizens' would still need to meet the academic requirements ne...

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It wasn't just Skittles Trayvon was carrying

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, In : US News 
The Conservative Treehouse (aka “CTH” and “The Last Refuge”) earned Zimmerman’s grateful acknowledgement because of its extraordinary investigative work undertaken throughout the saga, particularly in obtaining through Freedom of Information Act and publishing public records that revealed the corruption and racism connected to the charges and the trial itself, naming who was involved regardless of how high up the political food chain it went, in what the investigative bloggers calle...
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Stand Your Ground Law Didn’t Work for This Mom: Gets 20 years for Firing Warning Shots

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, In : US News 
A Florida woman who fired warning shots against her allegedly abusive husband has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Marissa Alexander of Jacksonville had said the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law should apply to her because she was defending herself against her allegedly abusive husband when she fired warning shots inside her home in August 2010. She told police it was to escape a brutal beating by her husband, against whom she had already taken out a protective order.

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U.S. Repeals Propaganda Ban, Spreads Government-Made News To Americans

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, In : US News 
For decades, a so-called anti-propaganda law prevented the U.S. government’s mammoth broadcasting arm from delivering programming to American audiences. But on July 2, that came silently to an end with the implementation of a new reform passed in January. The result: an unleashing of thousands of hours per week of government-funded radio and TV programs for domestic U.S. consumption in a reform initially criticized as a green light for U.S. domestic propaganda efforts. So what just happened...
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Teen arrested over Zimmerman tweet

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, July 15, 2013, In : US News 
Some idiots need arrested.
Check it out:

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested after authorities say he tweeted out a threat to commit a “mass homicide” if George Zimmerman is found not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin, according to the Lake County News-Sun.

The since-deleted tweet, which came from @mark12394995, read “If Zimmmerman free imma shoot everybody in Zion [Illinois] causing a mass homicide, and ill get away wit it just like Zimmerman.”

The teen, whose name was not released, ...

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Obama: U.S. Needs More Taxpayers; Calls for Fewer Babies But ‘More Immigrants’

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, July 15, 2013, In : US News 
President Barack Obama said today America needs “more immigrants” to increase the number of people who pay taxes to the federal government and to populate the national workforce.

That contrasts with the arguments he made at a recent Planned Parenthood conference, where he ridiculed efforts to limit abortion and called on the conferees to help make sure that all American women knew that a regulation his administration has issued under Obamacare requires that insurance companies provide them...

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Justice for Darryl

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, July 15, 2013, In : US News 
On Thursday, July 11, police discovered the rotting body of 17-year-old Darryl Green, a black child from the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. Green’s body was found behind a boarded-up house in the 6500-block of South Damen, face down on basement stairs. The body was so badly decomposed that originally, local news reports suggested that he had died of blunt force trauma. On Friday, an autopsy showed he had been shot to death. Relatives reported that Green had refused to join a gang at sch...
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Justice Achieved: Coffee Mug Threat Is Halted by State Attorneys General.

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, July 14, 2013, In : US News 
See this mug? Well, you won’t see it again.



Even the thought of a coffee mug like this sends chills down the spines of state Attorneys General around America. They are ever on the alert to stop crime in its tracks.

So, 22 of them joined together to send a letter to the company that manufactures this mug. Stop it, they said. Stop it right now. For the sake of humanity, cease and desist.


The letter reads as follows:

    On behalf of the undersigned Attorneys General, we request that Urban Outfitt...

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Missouri: Governor Approves Gun Safety Course For First Graders

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, July 14, 2013, In : US News 
Missouri schools will be encouraged to teach first-graders a gun safety course sponsored by the National Rifle Association as a result of legislation signed Friday by Gov. Jay Nixon.

The new law stops short of requiring schools to teach the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program. But by putting it in state law, Missouri is providing one of the stronger state-sanctioned endorsements of the NRA-sponsored firearms safety course, which the group says is taught to about 1 million children annually.

The legisla...

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School Won't Let Non-Muslim Boy Drink Water...Hey, It's Ramadan!

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, July 14, 2013, In : Religious News 
A mother in England says her 10-year-old son wasn’t allowed to drink water in class because his teacher didn’t think it would be fair to students fasting for Ramadan.

Kora Blagden told the Belfast Telegraph her son Luke, a student at Charles Dickens Primary School in Hampshire, came home Thursday and said he wasn’t able to drink water during what was one of the hottest days of the year.

“We were talking last night before bed about Ramadan and my son Luke came out that he wasn’t allowe...

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Military spending millions to protect gophers, while workers go on furlough

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, July 14, 2013, In : US News 
A total of 650,000 civilian employees are now being furloughed at U.S. military bases in response to sequester cuts — but the Department of Defense is still spending millions to protect fuzzy critters.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Washington state just received a $3.5 million department grant to purchase land around the base in an effort to protect the Mazama pocket gopher, a species that has not even been listed as endangered or threatened.

The expense is not sitting well with furlough...

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Feds Shake Down Farmer for Free Raisins

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, July 13, 2013, In : US News 
A California raisin farmer is facing bankruptcy for defying a law requiring him to give the government a portion of his raisin crop without compensation.

According to a Washington Post report, Marvin Horne, 68, stopped giving the government his raisins in 2002 and now “owes the U.S. government at least $650,000 in unpaid fines,” in addition to “1.2 million pounds of unpaid raisins, roughly equal to his entire harvest for four years.”

Horne violated Marketing Order 989, passed during the...

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Christians targeted for retribution in Egypt

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, July 13, 2013, In : Religious News 
The military’s ouster of President Mohammed Morsi has unleashed a new wave of violence by extremist Muslims against Christians whom they blame for having supported the calls to overthrow Morsi, Egypt’s first Islamist elected leader, according to rights activists.

Since Morsi’s ouster July 3, the activists say, a priest has been shot dead in the street, Islamists have painted black X’s on Christian shops to mark them for arson and angry mobs have attacked churches and besieged Christian...

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Iris Scans Are The New School IDs

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, July 13, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Kids lose their school IDs but they don't often lose their eyeballs.

That's one of the reasons why a growing number of schools are replacing traditional identification cards with iris scanners. By the fall, several schools -- ranging from elementary schools to colleges -- will be rolling out various iris scanning security methods.

Winthrop University in South Carolina is testing out iris scanning technology during freshman orientation this summer. Students had their eyes scanned as they receive...

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Microsoft taught NSA how to crack encrypted emails

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, July 13, 2013, In : US News 
Microsoft helped American intelligence officials gain easier access to their users’ electronic communications, The Guardian reported on Thursday.

Documents leaked by former government contractor Edward Snowden show that Microsoft helped the National Security Agency (NSA) work around the encrypted code on its new Outlook portal after the spy agency expressed concern that it wouldn’t be able to intercept Web chats, according to The Guardian.

Microsoft also gave the FBI easier access to its cl...

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Scientist’s lab-grown burger ready for public debut

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, July 12, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
A Dutch scientist using a private donation of $325,000 to create a burger made of muscle strips grown in a lab is ready to cook the meat at a public showcase in London.

Earlier reports expected Dr. Mark Post, a Dutch scientist at Maastricht University, to cook the five-ounce hamburger in London sometime this summer. NBC News reports a media alert released by Ogilvy Public Relations announced the burger made of 20,000 muscle strips will be cooked in front of an invited audience in London on Aug...

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California Senate Passes Bill Permitting Non-Citizen Poll Workers

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, July 12, 2013, In : US News 
The Californian State Senate passed legislation AB817 that would allow non-citizens to help voters when they cast their ballots. Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda sponsored the bill, which would permit as many as five permanent residents who entered the U.S. legally to help voters at polling places.

Sen. Norma Torres, D-Pomona, who placed Bonta’s bill before the Senate, said that the non-citizens could help the 2.6 million Californians whose English skills are limited: “These individuals ha...

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Latest Snowden revelation: US gathers intel on Venezuela, Brazil, and Mexico. Ya think?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, July 12, 2013, In : World News 
The tawdry revelations from the bottom of the Edward Snowden cache continue to seep out, this time in Brazil, where the newspaper O Globo reports in shock that US intelligence services collect information on Latin America.  In other news, O Globo also reports that water is wet, or something.

Wake me when we get to Luxembourg.





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Israeli Minister: We Should Rebuild Jerusalem Temple

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, July 12, 2013, In : Religious News 
An Israeli cabinet minister last week publicly stated that perhaps the time has come to rebuild the biblical Temple on Jerusalem's Temple Mount.

Most Israelis have no aspirations of rebuilding the Temple. Even among those who would like to see the Temple restored, most do not believe Israel can undertake something so controversial absent a direct act of God.

But that didn't stop Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) from stating that "we need to build a real Temple on the Te...

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How About Enforcing Our Existing Immigration Laws First?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, July 12, 2013, In : History In Current Events 
This would be a novel concept.
Check it out:

If our existing immigration laws are not being enforced, what on earth makes these “Gang of Eight” Republicans and the Republicans who support them believe “new” immigration “reform” will be enforced? How will we control the border moving forward given the Obama administration’s history of ignoring our current immigration law? There has already been legislation passed which compels that a fence be built, yet it hasn’t been built. Peop...

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College Gets Heat For Hiring Scientist In Favor Of Intelligent Design

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, July 12, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Creationism and intelligent design are causing quite a stir at Ball State University, a public college in Muncie, Indiana. In addition to sparking an internal investigation into Professor Eric Hedin, a Christian who is accused by the atheistic Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), among others, of potentially indoctrinating students, there’s yet another new target. The FFRF is now joining evolutionary scientists in speaking out against the same university’s hire of Dr. Guillermo Gonzal...
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Second Amendment Revoked: The Unbelievable Reason Why This Army Vet Can’t Own a Gun

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, July 12, 2013, In : US News 
An Army veteran in Texas is fighting for his Second Amendment rights after learning that a misdemeanor pot conviction from 1971 has disqualified him from ever owning a gun.

Ron Kelly, who retired from the Army in 1993 after 20 years of service, was recently turned away when he tried to buy a .22-cal rifle at a Wal-Mart in Tomball, Texas, after a computerized background check flagged the 42-year-old arrest.

Kelly said he had forgotten about his minor pot violation from high school — the federa...

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Global Warming Update: Unseasonably Cold Weather To Push Oil Demand Up In 2013

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, July 11, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
The International Energy Agency nudged up its global oil demand forecast for the year 2013 and forecasts demand to grow by 1.2 million barrels per day (mbd) in 2014.

The IEA, in its monthly Oil Market Report released Thursday, upped its second quarter 2013 global oil growth demand by 645,000 bd and that of full year 2013 by 215,000 bd mainly due to unseasonably cold weather in the OECD.

Commenting on the supply, the agency said global supplies fell due to disruptions in Libya, Nigeria and Iraq....

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US sends 4 more F-16s to Egypt, despite Cairo tumult

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, July 11, 2013, In : World News 
Four more F-16 fighter jets are slated for delivery to Egypt’s military as part of a U.S. foreign aid package that is apparently unaffected by the army’s overthrow of the North African nation’s president last week.

“There is no current change in the plan to deliver F-16s to the Egyptian military,'' one U.S. official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The jets will likely be delivered in August, with eight more to be sent in December.

The aid package, which also includes a ...

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GOP bill would defund schools with rules against playing with imaginary guns

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, July 11, 2013, In : US News 
The Student Protection Act, H.R. 2625, is a reaction to what Stockman says is the zero tolerance policy at some schools that has led to several suspensions of very young children who engage in these activities, including cases where students pretended their thumb and index finger is a gun.

The bill finds that these school policies are being used to outlaw "harmless expressions of childhood play," and are only teaching students to "be afraid of inanimate objects that are shaped like guns."

Stock...

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Boy Scout defectors announce plans for a new scouting program

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, In : US News 
A groups of conservative former Boy Scouts have announced the formation of a Christian alternative to that quintessential American institution.

John Stemberger, founder of OnMyHonor.Net, a coalition of former Boy Scout leaders and participants, has announced the formation of a new soon-to-be-named scouting organization for young men.

“We have direct communication from over 30,000 leaders, parents, and people within the scouting movement who have specifically said ‘we want to be involved,”...

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'Insider threat' program reportedly orders feds to spy on each other using sloppy tactics

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, In : US News 
An "insider threat" program launched by the Obama administration two years ago requires federal employees to spy on each other using profiling techniques not proven to work, according to a new report.

Details about the program, first reported by McClatchy, have gradually been made public in recent weeks. It was apparently ordered in 2011 in the wake of security leaks by Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, and urges federal workers and contractors to look out for "high-risk" behavior -- and to report i...

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Military dumps $34M into Afghanistan HQ that US forces won't use

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, In : World News 
The U.S. military blew through $34 million on a hulking headquarters in southwestern Afghanistan that probably will never be used by U.S. forces, in an example of government waste that has military commanders fuming.

John F. Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, exposed the problems in a letter this week to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other military leaders. The Washington Post first reported on the controversy, writing that the construction of the building co...

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Florida counties create Zimmerman verdict response plan

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, In : US News 
In anticipation of a verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman, the Broward Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday that it has coordinated a response plan with the Sanford Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies.

“We don’t have information about a specific event that might take place at the conclusion of the trial, but we encourage everyone to keep any protests peaceful,” Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said in a statement.

In conjunction with the sheriff’s announcement the...

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Is DHS Is Bringing 15,000 Russian Soldiers To The U.S.?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, In : World News 
With headlines like “DHS: Napolitano Is Bringing 15,000 Russian Troops to the U.S.” and others following similar suit, you might be wondering what is going on here.

It may just be a whole lot of rumor.

The rumor mill had been churning out that “15,000 Russian soldiers trained in disaster relief and ‘crowd functions’ [i.e. riot control be pre-positioned to FEMA Region III during an unspecified upcoming disaster."

Snopes, a website whose mission it is to correct misinformation, called su...

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Al Jazeera's Very Bad Week

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, In : World News 
In the U.S., Soledad O’Brien and other journalists have flocked to Al Jazeera, but in the Middle East, the network for the past week has been facing a major challenge to its credibility including mass staff resignations, a raid of one of its offices, its reporters kicked out of a news conference by fellow journalists, and the arrest of some of its staffers by Egyptian security forces.

The dramatic developments are the result of widespread perceptions in Egypt and in the Arab world that Al Ja...

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Is It “Anti-Faith” To Prepare For The Coming Economic Collapse?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, In : Religious News 
By Michael Snyder

Does being a prepper show a lack of faith in God? Should good Christians reject prepping altogether? Yesterday, someone actually accused me of being "anti-faith" because I am encouraging people to prepare for the coming economic collapse.

This person believes that if I had faith, then I would make "no provision" for what is ahead and simply trust "in God's providence alone". So is that person right? Is it really "anti-faith" to prepare for the coming economic collapse? I spen...

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US Military Blocks Access to The Guardian Website for Troops

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, In : US News 
The Pentagon has blocked access to The Guardian newspaper’s website for all soldiers stationed in the Middle East.

The Guardian confirmed on Monday that its website has been blacklisted by a filtering system installed by the United States Department of Defense on the computer system utilized by thousands of service members deployed to the area covered by the US Central Command, or CENTCOM. That “theater-wide” effort has reportedly blocked access to the award-winning newspaper’s Web edi...

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Southern border fence? Works great here!

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, July 8, 2013, In : World News 
While the merits of building a fence along the USA’s southern border are debated in Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his nation’s new border fence is working very well, thank you.

In comments spoken Sunday and reported in the Times of Israel, Netanyahu claimed Israel’s new security fence along the Israel-Egypt border has not only stemmed the tide of illegal immigration to Israel, but has also protected the Jewish state from terrorists operating in the Sinai Penins...

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Holiday Weekend Shooting Spree In Chicago

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, July 8, 2013, In : US News 
In Chicago, 72 people were shot over the weekend, resulting in 12 fatalities. A total of 202 homicides have occurred this year alone in Chicago. This brings the murder total to 1,037, since Rahm Emanuel assumed the office of mayor in 2011.

When you think of strict gun control laws you think of the cities of Chicago and New York. In both cities guns are so highly regulated that they may as well be considered illegal for your average working class guy or gal on the street.

However, despite the in...

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Farmer’s ‘white history month’ float in July 4th parade fails to impress

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, July 8, 2013, In : US News 
Officials in a small North Carolina town received an earful of complaints from some spectators over an Independence Day parade float festooned with racially-charged language.

Local farmer Donnie Spell drove a green John Deere tractor with the Confederate flag hitched to the back. The makeshift float was pulling a wooden wagon with a red, white and blue sign on the side reading “white history month” and, just below, “HUG WTE PPL” in all capital letters.

Spell, who is a frequent entrant i...

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Procession Brings Home Fallen Ariz. Firefighters

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, July 8, 2013, In : Local News 
Nineteen firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago went home for the last time, their bodies traveling in individual white hearses in a somber caravan for 125 miles through Arizona cities and towns.

The nearly five-hour-long procession Sunday began near the state Capitol in Phoenix, went through the town where the Granite Mountain Hotshots were killed and ended in the mountain community of Prescott, where they lived and will be laid to rest this week.

Thousands of people from across the stat...

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THE AMAZING ZULTAN PREDICTS!

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, July 7, 2013, In : Really? 

A backyard barbecue this week will smell a lot more fun than it actually is.


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Seventy-two killed resisting gun confiscation in Boston!

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, July 7, 2013, In : History In Current Events 
Boston – National Guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed by elements of a Para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw.

Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement....

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PHOTO: Celebrate Diversity

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, July 7, 2013, In : Really? 



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Report: 79% Of Sincere Thoughts Played Off As Jokes

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, July 6, 2013, In : Really? 
NEW HAVEN, CT—According to a groundbreaking new report from researchers at Yale University’s Center for Cultural Sociology, a full 79 percent of all sincere thoughts expressed in conversation are played off as jokes before they register their intended effect. “Our research shows conclusively that whenever an individual attempts to express a compliment, concern, or other personal opinion, they will, in nearly four-fifths of cases, quickly neutralize this sentiment through the use of sarc...
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Fear Spreads Over ‘Militarization’ of Police in US

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, July 6, 2013, In : US News 
Two phenomena are at work. One is the militarization of domestic law enforcement. In recent years, police departments have widely adopted military tactics, military equipment (armored personnel carriers, flash-bang grenades) — and, sometimes, the mindset of military conquerors rather than domestic peacekeepers.

The other phenomenon is the increasing degree to which civilians are subject to criminal prosecution for noncriminal acts, including exercising the constitutionally protected right to...

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Lawmakers Pass Transgender Bill Allowing K-12 Students Choice of Bathroom, Sports Team

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, July 6, 2013, In : US News 
The state Senate in California approved a bill Wednesday that would allow transgender students K-12 access to public school bathrooms based on their chosen gender identity and to play on their school's one-sex sports team of choice. The bill, which already passed in the state Assembly last May, passed by a 21-9 vote and now goes to the governor.

Sponsored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), Assembly Bill 1266 is aimed at prohibiting "discrimination against transgender students" in th...

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Tucson Schools to Take $465,000 from Arab Charity with Muslim Brotherhood Ties

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, July 5, 2013, In : Local News 
Last week, the governing board of the Tucson Unified School District asked the school board to accept a $465,000 curriculum grant from the Qatar Foundation International, a global philanthropic organization with strong ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, the parent organization of the terrorist group Hamas.

The grant money is intended to implement “innovative curricula and teaching materials to be used in any Arabic language classroom,” reports the Arizona Daily Independent.

Two Tucson schools,...

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Poll: 71% Think Founders Would Be Disappointed in America

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, July 5, 2013, In : History In Current Events 
A Gallup poll released on July 4 shows that while the vast majority of Americans are very proud of being American – overall, 85 percent are either extremely or very proud – a huge percentage of Americans think the founding fathers would be disappointed in the way the country has turned out. A full 71 percent of Americans think the signers of the Declaration of Independence would be disappointed, as opposed to only 27 percent who say that the founders would be pleased. The last time a bare...
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Facebook Won’t Remove ‘Kill Zimmerman’ Page, Delays Blocking ‘Riot for Trayvon’ Account

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, July 5, 2013, In : US News 
Facebook really seems to have a double standard when coming to this sort of thing.
Check it out:

The social media giant Facebook initially said it would not remove a page dubbed “RIOT for Trayvon” claiming it “doesn’t violate our community standard on credible threat of violence.” Later, the site apparently yanked the page but left another called “Kill Zimmerman” as is.

A Breitbart News contributor reached out to Facebook today asking the company to review “RIOT for Trayvon.” T...

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May Electricity Rates Skyrocketed to Record Under Obama

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, July 5, 2013, In : US News 
The price of electricity in the United States for May was 13.1 cents per kilowatt hour (KWH), which is the highest it has been on record for that month, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which tracks the price going all the way back to 1984.

Thirteen cents per KWH is the highest price for the month of May in 29 years, according to the BLS numbers.

These price data come at a time when President Barack Obama has announced a “new national climate action plan” to redu...

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Bolivia's Morales: Plane Diversion Was U.S. Plot To Intimidate Latin American Leaders

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, July 5, 2013, In : World News 
COCHABAMBA, Bolivia — President Evo Morales warned on Thursday that he could close the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia, as South America's leftist leaders rallied to support him after his presidential plane was rerouted amid suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board.

Morales again blamed Washington for pressuring European countries to refuse to allow his plane to fly through their airspace on Tuesday, forcing it to land in Vienna, Austria, in what he called a violation of international ...

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State Department bureau spent $630,000 on Facebook 'likes'

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, July 4, 2013, In : US News 
State Department officials spent $630,000 to get more Facebook "likes," prompting employees to complain to a government watchdog that the bureau was "buying fans" in social media, the agency's inspector general says.

The department's Bureau of International Information Programs spent the money to increase its "likes" count between 2011 and March 2013.

"Many in the bureau criticize the advertising campaigns as 'buying fans' who may have once clicked on an ad or 'liked' a photo but have no real i...

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Federal Government Also Tracking Your Snail Mail

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, July 4, 2013, In : US News 
WASHINGTON (NYT) — Leslie James Pickering noticed something odd in his mail last September: A handwritten card, apparently delivered by mistake, with instructions for postal workers to pay special attention to the letters and packages sent to his home.

“Show all mail to supv” — supervisor — “for copying prior to going out on the street,” read the card. It included Mr. Pickering’s name, address and the type of mail that needed to be monitored. The word “confidential” was hig...

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Is Tucson Trying To Be The Next Detroit?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, July 4, 2013, In : Local News 
The Tucson, Arizona city council has rejected a proposal that would locate a satellite campus of decidedly Christian Grand Canyon University on a site that is currently home to the city’s El Rio Golf Course.

“Despite the many positives of Grand Canyon’s move to El Rio, I have always believed in listening to everyone,” said Councilwoman Regina Romero, according to the Arizona Daily Independent. “After hearing sincere concerns from my friends, allies and colleagues on this issue, I hav...

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Chuck E. Cheese's sued for tot 'slots'

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, July 4, 2013, In : US News 
Denise Keller, a local real estate agent and mother of two daughters ages 3 and 5, filed the potential class-action suit in U.S. District Court March 29. According to court documents, she is asking for a jury trial and damages and restitution of at least $5 million.

But attorney Eric Benink, who represents Keller, said the money is a secondary issue. The purpose of the lawsuit, he said, is to prevent Texas-based CEC Entertainment Inc., which owns and operates the restaurants in 48 states, from...

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HAPPY 4th OF JULY!

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, July 4, 2013,




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Satan: Liberal Hero for Abortionists as They Chant his Name

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, In : Religious News 
Tensions in Texas ratcheted a bit higher Tuesday as activists on both sides of the abortion issue squared off at the Capitol in Austin for a somewhat odd religious-themed shout-down.

Gov. Rick Perry has called for a second special session to pass an abortion law that would prohibit the procedure past the 20th week of pregnancy.

A Texas blogger, Adam Cahm, captured the scene on video: “It’s been a very interesting day at the Texas State Capitol. … LetTexasSpeak has been doing a live broadc...

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Study: Electric Cars No Greener Than Gasoline Vehicles

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
    BERKELEY, Calif., July 1 (UPI) – Electric cars, despite their supposed green credentials, are among the environmentally dirtiest transportation options, a U.S. researcher suggests.

    Writing in the journal IEEE Spectrum, researcher Ozzie Zehner says electric cars lead to hidden environmental and health damages and are likely more harmful than gasoline cars and other transportation options.

    Electric cars merely shift negative impacts from one place to another, he wrote, and “most e...

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Rodman: I deserve a Nobel Prize for North Korean outreach

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, In : Really? 
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman said in a Sports Illustrated story published Tuesday that he believes he deserves to win a Nobel Peace Prize for his outreach efforts to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

“My mission is to break the ice between hostile countries,” Rodman told the magazine. “Why it’s been left to me to smooth things over, I don’t know. Dennis Rodman, of all people. Keeping us safe is really not my job; it’s the black guy’s [Obama's] job. But I’ll tell you this: If ...

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Democrats Increasing Student Loan Rates to Help Fund Obamacare?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, In : US News 
A year ago, nine months ago, we were told that the House Republicans and Democrats were working diligently to reduce a scheduled doubling of the student loan interest rate.  You remember this discussion?

The student loan interest rate, because of prior legislation, was scheduled to double this summer, to go from somewhere around 3% to 6.8%.  But we were told that this wasn’t going to hold.  Obviously Republicans and Democrats were playing a cat-and-mouse game on this.  But the upshot of it w...

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Mother wins lawsuit over poppy seed bagel

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, In : US News 
A woman whose newborn was taken from her because she failed a hospital drug test after eating a poppy seed bagel has won a settlement, says her lawyer.

A child welfare agency and hospital in Pennsylvania have paid Elizabeth Mort $143,500 for the mistake.

Her three-day old daughter, Isabella, was removed from her for five days in April 2010.

The lawsuit argued that the opiate test in question had a far lower threshold than federal guidelines.

Jameson Hospital failed to inform Ms Mort that she had ...

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Several documents signed during joint meeting of Russian Emergency Ministry and FEMA

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, In : World News 
The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry and the USA Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are going to exchange experts during joint rescue operations in major disasters. This is provided by a protocol of the fourth meeting of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission Working Group on Emergency Situations and seventeenth meeting of Joint U.S.-Russia Cooperation Committee on Emergency Situations, which took place in Washington on 25 June.

The document provides for expert cooperat...

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Mouse Cloned From Just One Drop Of Blood

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
A team of Japanese scientists has cloned a mouse from a single drop of blood, demonstrating for the first time that mice can be duplicated using "circulating blood cells."

Announcing their findings in the journal Biology of Reproduction, the researchers described how they took blood from the tail of a donor mouse, isolated the white blood cells and used the nuclei for cloning trials. This process is called "somatic nuclear cell transfer", the same cloning technique scientists used to produce D...

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Flood of Resignations in Egypt; Obama Still Backs Morsi Gov’t

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, In : World News 
Obama will need help from his fellow tyrants when he tries to retain power.
Check it out:

As one Egyptian government minister after another resigned on Monday and Tuesday, President Barack Obama refused to withdraw his support for President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood government, noting that they came to power in a “legitimate” election. Meanwhile, amidst massive protests, senior members of that government resigned–including, reportedly, Prime Minister Hisham Qandil.

President...

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Regulations Bleed California Farmers Dry, as Record Drought Continues

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, In : US News 
As drought conditions and extreme heat continue to plague California, farmers in the Central Valley are struggling to get enough water to feed their land -- the bread basket of the Golden State.

But the weather alone isn’t to blame. Fish and Wildlife regulations tightly control water resources in the state, making it impossible earlier this year for the reservoirs to capture the rain, when it fell late last fall. And because of the endangered species in the region, pumping water is also rest...

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Names of the fallen firefighters released

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, July 1, 2013, In : Local News 




Lives lost fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona:

    Andrew Ashcraft, age 29
    Kevin Woyjeck, age 21
    Anthony Rose, age 23
    Eric Marsh, age 43
    Christopher MacKenzie, age 30
    Robert Caldwell, age 23
    Clayton Whitted, age 28
    Scott Norris, age 28
    Dustin Deford, 24
    Sean Misner, age 26
    Garret Zuppiger, age 27
    Travis Carter, age 31
    Grant McKee, age 21
    Travis Turbyfill, age 27
    Jesse Steed, age 36
    Wade Parker, age 22
    Joe Thurston, age 32
    William Warnek...
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‘Line in the Sand’: Defiant Pastor Plans July 4 Beach Service After Town’s Denial of Permit

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, July 1, 2013, In : Religious News 
A church pastor was  looking to have eight weeks of early morning Sunday morning services this summer on Rehoboth Beach in Delaware.

But after Robert Dekker of New Covenant Presbyterian Church in nearby Lewes, Del., wrote the Rehoboth Beach city manager for a permit to perform the services, this is reportedly the written reply he received:

“I am so sorry to inform you that I cannot grant your request to have church services on the public beach in Rehoboth. I cannot mix Church and State. I tru...

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Snowden seeks asylum in Russia

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, July 1, 2013, In : World News 
Edward Snowden reportedly sought asylum in Russia on Monday amid signs the U.S. and Russia were looking for a way to end the standoff over the 30-year-old leaker of U.S. security secrets.

Reports are Snowden's request for asylum was given to Russian officials by Sarah Harrison, a representative for WikiLeaks.

Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier on Monday suggested Snowden could stay in Russia, but that he must “stop his work aimed at harming our American partners.”

"If he wants to sta...

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Police Agencies Collecting Millions Of Records On Drivers

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, July 1, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
The paperback-size device, installed on the outside of police cars, can log thousands of license plates in an eight-hour patrol shift.

Some police insiders are saying many officers themselves are frightened and concerned about the magnitude of new police surveillance technology and data collection.

A police officer in in San Leandro, Calif. equipped with a plate reader says he has logged his own families car once a week on average, photographing his license plate and documenting the time and lo...

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Church of England To Blend Christianity With Paganism

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, July 1, 2013, In : Religious News 
Here’s a new twist on church growth: creating a pagan atmosphere and branding campaign for New Age spiritualists in order to increase the number of bodies in the pews. The Church of England is actually training its ministers to create “a pagan church where Christianity [is] very much in the center” to attract spiritual believers.

That means changing the Anglican church doctrine to make it more inclusive for people of alternative beliefs. The Church of England admits that its motive is to...

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