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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Detroit’s newest ‘attraction’? Statue of Satan

Detroit’s newest ‘attraction’? Statue of Satan



In recent years, Detroit has lost much of its population. Streetlights often haven’t worked because the infrastructure is collapsing. Police ranks have been gutted. Whole blocks of vacant houses have been leveled. Water shutoffs for nonpayment have been common. Debts have overwhelmed municipal officials. Some have described it as hell.
So what better place to hold the unveiling of a monument to Satan, aka Baphomet?




Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/07/detroits-newest-attraction-statue-of-satan/#3HZrgtu1Udb2XDzu.99




Daniel Myers on Twitter: "C'Mon, man... he was only one of 47 now-dead "close friends"... let's not be too judgmental - or rational! https://t.co/TVzaIcmVeC"

Daniel Myers on Twitter: "C'Mon, man... he was only one of 47 now-dead "close friends"... let's not be too judgmental - or rational! https://t.co/TVzaIcmVeC"

Friday, July 10, 2015

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Mara (demon) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mara (demon) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Mara (SanskritmāraChinesepinyin; Tibetan Wylie: bdudBurmeseမာရ်နတ်Thai:มารSinhaleseමාරයා), in Buddhism, is the demon that tempted Gautama Buddha by trying to seduce him with the vision of beautiful women who, in various legends, are often said to be Mara's daughters.[1] In Buddhist cosmology, Mara personifies unwholesome impulses, unskillfulness, the "death"[2] of the spiritual life. He is a tempter, distracting humans from practicing the spiritual life by making mundane things alluring, or the negative seem positive.

Darrell Issa on Twitter: "Picture of the subpoena Hillary Clinton claims she never received, including Proof of Service. #tcot http://t.co/tW8KHCOHjG"

Darrell Issa on Twitter: "Picture of the subpoena Hillary Clinton claims she never received, including Proof of Service. #tcot http://t.co/tW8KHCOHjG"

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Salman Rushdie - Wikiquote

Salman Rushdie - Wikiquote



What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.

Lake Mead is at its lowest point ever, but the drought has a silver lining | Norwalk Reflector

Lake Mead is at its lowest point ever, but the drought has a silver lining | Norwalk Reflector



Tourism here is rebounding and the drought has brought an odd bonus: As waters recede, the lake has given up long-submerged secrets — a ghost town and B-29 bomber among them, history slowly revealed with the gentle care of an archaeologist’s brush.

Kelly: Why Has Obama Ignored Woman Killed by Immigrant? | Mediaite

Kelly: Why Has Obama Ignored Woman Killed by Immigrant? | MediaiteFox News’ Megyn Kelly opened The Kelly FileThursday by asking why President Barack Obamaspoke out about the deaths of young black men, but ignored the San Francisco murder of Kate Seinle at the hands of a five-time deported illegal immigrant.

“When asked repeatedly this week to speak to this case, White House spokesman Josh Earnest declined to weigh in, other than to refer folk to the Department of Homeland Security,” Kelly said. “A stark contrast to what we saw after Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, a man we now know was attacking a police officer at the time of his death,”
“His funeral saw three Obama officials in attendance,” she noted. “His death drew comments from President Obama personally, and the administration sent in the DoJ and 40 FBI agents dispatched to Missouri after Michael Brown was killed. Where is the swarm of agents in San Francisco?”
“Then there was Freddie Gray in Baltimore, a repeat drug offender who was killed in police custody. Here again his funeral was attended by three Obama administration officials, and again the president spoke personally to Freddie Gray’s death, and again sent the DoJ in to investigate.”
“When Trayvon Martin was killed in Florida, the president spoke to his death which as later ruled to be in self-defense,” Kelly noted. “But Kate Steinle?”
“Give an answer! You can’t!” she challenged liberal talk show host Richard Fowler. “There’s no excuse for it! He picks and chooses the victims he wants to highlight. And apparently, this victim wasn’t deemed worthy!”

Could Greece's IT brain drain be the answer to Romania's developer shortage? | ZDNet

Could Greece's IT brain drain be the answer to Romania's developer shortage? | ZDNet



Thousands of IT developers have left Greece in recent years, and others are on the verge of packing their bags, as the country's economic future hangs in the balance. Banks in the country have capped cash withdrawals at just €60 a day for the population in the recent weeks. Now the government led by Alexis Tsipras needs to deliver a credible economic plan by midnight in exchange for the possibility of a third bailout and remaining in the eurozone.
Many of the Greeks who left their native country have chosen to move to the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Yet, Romanian recruitment agency APT believes Bucharest could be an equally interesting destination for them, given the projects, salaries, and cost of living.

N.Y. Times keeps Cruz off bestseller list - POLITICO

N.Y. Times keeps Cruz off bestseller list - POLITICO



The Times responded by telling HarperCollins that the book did not meet their criteria for inclusion.


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Muslims Furious After Chinese Government Forces Them to "Sin"

Muslims Furious After Chinese Government Forces Them to "Sin"



Hell hath no fury like a Muslim slightly aggrieved, and the people of China are learning this firsthand. The authoritarian country is known for its oppression of religion, but its recent moves to restrict Ramadan observances had many Muslims hollering.
Observant Muslims must fast from sunup to sunset during the holy month of Ramadan. However, in one government-run university in a Muslim area of the country, the school has been strongly encouraging (some might say forcing) its students to eat before class.

Undefeated 26-year-old who wants to fight Floyd Mayweather says Mayweather doesn't care about his legacy and 'is all about the money' - Yahoo Finance

Undefeated 26-year-old who wants to fight Floyd Mayweather says Mayweather doesn't care about his legacy and 'is all about the money' - Yahoo Finance



Undefeated knockout specialist Keith "One Time" Thurman ripped into Floyd Mayweather for considering Karim Mayfield — a fighter who has lost two out of his past three bouts — as one of hispotential opponents for his last fight in September before he retires.

Thurman, who's been campaigning to fight Mayweather for more than two years, told Tha Boxing Voice that Mayweather planning to fight an opponent as inexperienced as Mayfield shows he cares more about his money than his legacy:
"As soon as that man nicknamed himself 'Money' it's apparent what his interest is. It's money. Not legacy, not anything else man. He's all about the money. He wants to throw out a name like Karim Mayfield man? Like you know what I'm saying? Look at his record, look what he's done. And you want to say Keith 'One Time' Thurman isn't ready?"

Worse than Obamacare: Housing Case Lets Feds Target 'Unconscious' Racism - Breitbart

Worse than Obamacare: Housing Case Lets Feds Target 'Unconscious' Racism - Breitbart





Like the opinion in King v. Burwell, in which the Court effectively rewrote the plain language of the so-called Affordable Care Act, in Texas Housing the 5-4 majority decided that Congress had allowed claims of housing discrimination to be brought based on population statistics, when in fact it has never done so.
Now, plaintiffs do not need to show there was actual racial discrimination, or an intent to discriminate. Instead, they can just point to the racial makeup of a neighborhood and infer that discrimination must have happened in order to bring a lawsuit and force communities to re-engineer themselves.
The Court comforts itself by claiming that racial quotas still cannot be used to integrate communities. In fact, it has weaponized racial quotas in the hands of the federal government.
It is perhaps just a coincidence that the Texas Housing decision comes as the Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced a policy designed to pressure wealthy communities to build “affordable” housing in their midst.
The goal in Texas Housing, however, is not just to diversify neighborhoods, but to uncover what Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority, calls “unconscious prejudice.”
The dissent, written by Justice Samuel Alito, points out the absurdity of using “disparate impact” as a measure of racial discrimination. By the same logic, he writes, minimum wage laws must be racist, because they can be shown to have a disproportionately negative effect on young black males, who are priced out of the labor market. Alito also notes that neither the 1968 Fair Housing Act, nor its 1988 amendments, allowed “disparate impact” to be evidence of racial discrimination.
Yet that is how the Court has interpreted the statutes, on the argument that disparate impacts might be evidence of racial discrimination.
That may be reasonable in cases where money is not a main factor–like college admissions, for instance, where the fact that Ivy League universities admit Asian-American students at a lower rate than other schools makes for a possible case of discrimination. It is not reasonable, however, to use such statistics when the underlying factor is money–when there are some neighborhoods that are simply more expensive than others.
The courts cannot be expected to rearrange the socioeconomic structure of society–except, perhaps in the fevered imagination of a young radical named Barack Obama, circa 2001.
How bad is this decision? The federal government expected to lose–so much so, in fact, that it spent years settling cases on “disparate impact” before they could reach the Supreme Court, lest that tool of intimidation be taken away.
The Court has now affirmed one of the federal government’s most abusive tactics: the threat of racial discrimination lawsuits. And the biggest losers, Alito points out, are the poor, because now local efforts to improve poor neighborhoods can be blocked by lawsuits alleging racial discrimination when the rent is raised.
In the Obamacare case, the Court pretended to know what was really in the minds of legislators in spite of their explicit words (and evidence of their actual intent). In Texas Housing, the Court has ruled that the federal government can decide what is really in the minds of ordinary people, whether they intend to discriminate or not.
You may not know you are a racist–but you are, now.

Oklahoma Adam™ on Twitter: "all this #ConfederateFlag controversy is ridiculous. http://t.co/DhfuHi2SdJ"

Oklahoma Adam™ on Twitter: "all this #ConfederateFlag controversy is ridiculous. http://t.co/DhfuHi2SdJ"

Where did summer go?

Where did summer go?



But some say El Niño’s affect on the Ohio region isn’t consistent.

Zombie Tramp (Graphic Novel Review) | Epic Charisma Books

Zombie Tramp (Graphic Novel Review) | Epic Charisma Books

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

BeyondTrust Performs Vulnerability Assessment of VMware Solutions Better Than Anyone Else! | BeyondTrust

BeyondTrust Performs Vulnerability Assessment of VMware Solutions Better Than Anyone Else! | BeyondTrust




Sally Kohn (CNN) Channels Her Inner Fascist in Revealing Twitter Exchange | Western Free Press



The Czech writer Joseph Skvorecky once asked the following question: “Has there even been a case in history of a political system collapsing overnight, not as an aftermath of a lost war or bloody revolution but from its own inner rottenness?” To answer the question posed by Skvorecky, one need only observe the current state in which we find our country today. The nation has been debilitated by the onslaught wrought by the left and their totalitarian ideology which has been implemented with little to no opposition from the right. The left has been successful in bringing about their vision of a classless society, a society not of equal opportunity, but of equal condition even though that vision contradicts human nature itself.


“To understand the left”, writes Daniel Greenfield, “you need to remember that it does not care about 99 percent of the things it claims to care about.” Gay rights only matter in that those of the militant gay community can be used by the left as a weapon to destroy religious people and institutions that do not conform. Civil rights only matter in so far that the left can use their various activist mobs, fixated on inanimate objects such as a flag, to fuel racial unrest and propagate the illusion that racism is rampant and in our DNA. The left, “fights all sorts of social and political battles not because it believes in them, but to radicalize, disrupt and take power”, writes Greenfield. This is why you can’t find common ground with the left. As Greenfield notes, “it is an activist machine dedicated to destroy common ground, not only with the right, but even with its own allies on the left. Progress turns what was once progressive into what is reactionary. And what was reactionary into what is progressive…the left will destroy the things you care about, because you care about them. It will destroy them because that gives them power over you.”

DJ Tanner from Full House CRUSHES the Ladies of The View on Gay Marriage

DJ Tanner from Full House CRUSHES the Ladies of The View on Gay Marriage

ISIS MOCKS US: Only Trained Only 60 Fighters => Less Than What ISIS Recruits in a Day - The Gateway Pundit

ISIS MOCKS US: Only Trained Only 60 Fighters => Less Than What ISIS Recruits in a Day - The Gateway Pundit

While Obama Cozies Up to Castro, Cubans Suffer | Truth Revolt

While Obama Cozies Up to Castro, Cubans Suffer | Truth Revolt



Days  after President Obama announced a new "American engagement" in Cuba, the Communist Castro regime continued its reign of terror on Cuban dissidents arresting over 80 of them just because they want basic freedom and human rights.

According to Jeff Jacoby of The Boston Globe, at least 60 members of an all-female activist group were arrested and beaten because they marched for their husbands and fathers who are prisoners in the Castros' jails. Another activist who chanted, "Long live freedom," had his nose shattered by security forces. The government of Cuba actively targets these dissidents, while Obama believes that "discussions" should take care of the political unrest.
Obama has said, "Nobody expects Cuba to be transformed overnight." He insists that "engagement" with Cuba and its people will be enough to inject America's values of freedom and liberty into the culture of the Communist country. But so far, little has changed.
Jacoby notes a Washington Post report that quotes a local Baptist pastor who was excited for the renewed relationship between the U.S. and Cuba and believed it would lead to less violence against dissidents. "We know that what is happening is precisely the opposite," he said.
What the Obama administration is doing, Jacoby states, is "bestowing tremendous gifts on Cuba's rulers" in the form of "diplomatic legitimation, a public-relations triumph, an influx of hard currency, and expanded influence in Washington." All for the low, low price of nothing in return from the Castro regime. The Cuban government simply continues on in its totalitarianism. 
Last year, one Cuban dissident, Yoanni Sanchez, said, "Castroism has won." These words prove true as Cuban citizens are continually locked up in droves for desiring the freedom that America promises through words but not deeds. 

My Most “Tinfoil Hat” Warcraft Theories | Superior Realities

My Most “Tinfoil Hat” Warcraft Theories | Superior Realities

Obama on ISIS Threat: "Ideologies Are Not Defeated With Guns, They Are Defeated By Better Ideas" | Video | RealClearPolitics

Obama on ISIS Threat: "Ideologies Are Not Defeated With Guns, They Are Defeated By Better Ideas" | Video | RealClearPolitics




Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Art of Real Money on Twitter: "... http://t.co/reZhSHx4ik"

Art of Real Money on Twitter: "... http://t.co/reZhSHx4ik"

Blindfolded: Group wants more transparency in the Supreme Court - Watchdog.org

Blindfolded: Group wants more transparency in the Supreme Court - Watchdog.org



By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
When Comcast won a major victory at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012, it might have benefited from political and financial connections that went beyond the courtroom.
Chief Justice John Roberts was part of a narrow 5-4 majority that reversed a lower court ruling and freed Comcast from the prospect of expensive class-action lawsuits in the future. But at the time he weighed in on the case, Roberts owned $100,000 shares of shock in Intel, a tech company that filed a brief in support of Comcast in the case.
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BLINDFOLDED: Unlike the other two branches of the federal government, federal judges financial disclosure forms are not available online. Instead, only paper copies are released.
To those pushing for more transparency in America’s highest court, that fact raises concerns about whether justices are disclosing conflicts of interest. More troubling is how difficult it is for average Americans to learn about the financial interests of the six men and three women who are the final arbiters of the nation’s most important legal issues.
“Not only is the process by which the justices provide the public access to information about their finances antiquated, but the reports themselves outline just how far the justices have to go to achieve even a minimal level of accountability,” said Gabe Roth, executive director of Fix the Court, a nonprofit that is calling for more accountability from the Supremes.
It’s an issue that might be more important now than ever before. With Congress stuck in endless election-cycle gridlock and an expanding executive regulatory state, the courts have become a major battleground in American politics.
In its recently completed session, the Supreme Court shaped important issues such as health care, marriage, environmental regulations, election procedures and property rights, to name but a few.
Roth and his team say there’s no evidence Roberts was swayed by Intel’s brief or his financial interests in the Comcast v. Behrend case in 2012. The same is true for two other justices, Stephen Breyer and Samuel Alito, who also own hundreds of thousands of dollars of stock in publicly traded companies — with many of these companies appearing before the high court either as litigants or as filers of amicus curiae, or “friend of the court,” briefs.
But when those companies filed briefs with the court, the three justices voted in support of their financial connections nearly 70 percent of the time, according to Fix The Court.
The Comcast v. Behrend ruling was an important one for many major corporations because it set a precedent that allows companies to avoid class-action lawsuits by limiting when courts will issue class certifications.
In that case, plaintiffs had challenged Comcast’s operations in the Philadelphia region. They argued the cable giant was engaging in anti-competitive pricing in violation of federal anti-trust laws.
The ruling, according to Fix The Court, was a big win for companies such as Comcast and its shareholders.
A similar case involving Walmart was decided, again 5-4, in 2011. Intel, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard filed amicus briefs with the court in that case, at a time when Roberts owned $400,000 in stock in the three companies, according to Fix The Court.
Justices on the Supreme Court are supposed to recuse themselves from cases in which they have a direct conflict of interest; for example, if they owned stock in a company that appeared before the court as a litigant.
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HIGH COURT: In its recently-completed session, the Supreme Court shaped important issues like health care, marriage, environmental regulations, election procedures and property rights, to name but a few.
But anyone can file a “friend of the court” brief without triggering a justice’s recusal.
“It’s impossible to say whether justices’ stock ownership played a factor in their decisions, but we shouldn’t have to ask that question,” Roth said. “Instead, those who own shares in individual companies should take reasonable steps, like creating blind trusts, to avoid the appearance of impropriety.”
In 2011, before the Supreme Court took up the first major challenge to the Affordable Care Act, Roberts defended the right of justices to decide for themselves whether a recusal was necessary. At the time, Justices Elana Kagan was under fire from some conservative groups because she had been a top lawyer for the federal government when the Affordable Care Act was passed, only to later be appointed to the court by President Obama.
“I have complete confidence in the capability of my colleagues to determine when recusal is warranted. They are jurists of exceptional integrity and experience whose character and fitness have been examined through a rigorous appointment and confirmation process,” Roberts wrote at the time.
To better avoid the appearance of impropriety on the court, Fix The Court says justices’ financial interests should be better publicized. Unlike the other two branches of the federal government, federal judges financial disclosure forms are not available online. Instead, only paper copies are released.
To obtain the justices’ reports, Fix The Court downloaded and filled out a form from the AO website and faxed it in. Then, after receiving notice the reports were ready seven weeks later, as well as notice of the cost of the reports at 20 cents per page, Fix the Court staff went in person to present a $17.20 check at the AO building in Washington, D.C., at which point AO staff handed over the paper reports.
That’s a process that was outdated a decade ago. An institution that plays such a crucial role in American politics should be above reproach, and it should be open about potential conflicts of interest.
Fix The Court has recently published the 2014 financial disclosure reports for all nine justices, available here.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Euro falls after Greek referendum no vote - Business Insider

Euro falls after Greek referendum no vote - Business Insider



This comes after polls closed for Greece's referendum. With a little more than 50% of the votes counted, the "No" vote is in the lead with about 60% of the count. In other words, "No" the Greek people do not want to accept strict fiscal austerity measures in exchange for desperately needed bailout money.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/euro-falls-after-greek-referendum-no-vote-2015-7#ixzz3f35V4IQF

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