....He is risen, indeed!
A long, hard fall for Rubio and Christie in New Hampshire
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While Christian churches in the United Kingdom are struggling to draw people to worship, the Islamic community there is burgeoning. Some Muslim groups are doing all they can to counter fears the rapid growth is a challenge to British traditions.
The Obama administration is sending ground troops to Poland in response to Russia's moves in Ukraine, Poland’s defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, tells The Washington Post.
The move, he said, was agreed to as part of an expansion of the NATO presence in the region.
The New York Times, meanwhile, said the troops would participate in small exercises in Estonia as well as Poland.
The Poland exercise, which is to be announced next week, involves one U.S. Army company — about 150 soldiers — and would last about two weeks. The Estonia exercise is similar, said a Western official who declined to be identified, the Times reports....
The Army exercise is far short of what Poland Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski suggested earlier this month, when he said he wants NATO to deploy two combat brigades with as many as 5,000 troops.
The Obama administration said Friday it's extending its review of the Keystone XL pipeline – a procedural punt that could put off a decision until after midterms – unleashing howls of protest from both Republicans and Democrats who want the project approved.
State Department officials cited ongoing litigation in Nebraska over the pipeline’s route, and said more time was needed to allow for comment.
The indecision over the northern leg of TransCanada’s pipeline, which would connect the tar sands of Alberta to oil refineries and export facilities in Texas, has dragged on for nearly six years[.]
North Dakota Democrat Senator Heidi Heitkamp also blasted the delay, calling it "absolutely ridiculous," while Senator Mary Landrieu, D-LA, called the delay "irresponsible, unnecessary and unacceptable," Fox News reported.
"By making it clear that they will not move the process forward until there is a resolution in a lawsuit in Nebraska, the administration is sending a signal that the small minority who oppose the pipeline can tie up the process in court forever," Landrieu said. "There are 42,000 jobs, $20 billion in economic activity and North America's energy security at stake."...
The latest delay comes just a week after a group of 11 Senate Democrats – five of them looking to get re-elected this year – urged Obama to make up his mind by May 31.
They included Landrieu, as well as Mark Begich of Alaska, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mark Warner of Virginia, all of them up for re-election. All were backers of the Keystone project.
"This decision must not drag on into the summer,” the letter urged. Democratic Senators Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, and Jon Tester and John Walsh, both of Montana, also signed the plea.
This is outrageous! Where is PETA over the treatment of these animals? Where is Ashley Judd? Where's the media? Where's the outcry? Non-Existent!
In our continuing coverage of the events at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada we bring you the latest from Senator Harry Reid who is calling supporters of the Bundy family "domestic terrorists." and referred to the Bundy family as "un-American" for not submitting to federal demands.
After a tense standoff between federal authorities and armed citizens at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada, government forces backed down. The Bureau of Land Management announced they withdrew from the area due to concerns about safety. The retreat was so hasty, many pieces of equipment were left behind on the field.
Referring to the armed citizens, Reid said, "They're nothing more than domestic terrorists. I repeat: what happened there was domestic terrorism."
The federal government claims the Bundys owe more than a million dollars in unpaid grazing fees. The rancher said his family has worked the land for generations. The BLM revoked his permit to graze the lands, claiming a danger to species of tortoise even while the BLM euthanized over 1000 tortices.
Despite this, animals and cattle belonging to the rancher met gristly deaths at the hands of the federal authorities. Around 40 head of cattle were found dead in areas held by federal authorities before their withdrawal. The slaughtered animals were found in a mass grave, quickly dug with a backhoe.
Many show evidence of having been killed by gunmen in helicopters. Several animals, fatally wounded by federal authorities, were left to suffer and die in the hot sun. BLM agents say the slaughter of animals in the field were "mercy killings." Tracks in the dirt are consistent with those of healthy animals, running in a panic.
Federal officials in helicopters herded surviving cattle into makeshift pens, imprisoning the animals in horrific conditions. Some cattle died from dehydration and stress while in the cattle camps.
Natural News, run by Mike Adams the"Health Ranger", is describing federal actions in Nevada as "horrific atrocities against cattle."
Michele Fiore, a Nevada assemblywoman, personally helped save one calf, born moments before becoming separated from her mother during the massacre.
In addition to atrocities against livestock, human protesters were victims of stun gun attacks and were threatened by federal officials commanding attack dogs.
Nevada Senator harry Reid has told the public that federal efforts against the Bundy family are not yet over. While we've now heard Reid's statements on the referring to peaceful protesters as Domestic Terrorists we're awaiting Animal Rights groups to declare the same of the BLM for their treatment of bundy's free range cattle.
Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer says that President Barack Obama makes stuff up with "brazenness" when he says that ObamaCare is working.
Obama said Thursday while appearing in the White House briefing room about the Affordable Care Act that "this thing is working."
Krauthammer challenged the president's assertion during an appearance Thursday on Fox News' "Special Report."
"Look, it's working in that it exists. It breathes," Krauthammer said. "But if it's hurting the doctor, it's hurting the hospital, it's hurting the patient, it's hurting the economy, it's going to cost a fortune."
"I love the way the president says healthcare costs are reduced, as if there is any relationship between a reduction, which occurred during a recession and a healthcare implementation which occurs today," Krauthammer added.
"So it couldn't possibly have retroactively affected last year's numbers. I mean, he makes this stuff up with brazenness that is almost admirable," the Washington Post columnist said.
Precisely. Destroy every facet of American health care so that We, The People will have no place else to turn but Barack Hussein Obama for our very lives. And there's not a damn thing we can do about it for three more years at absolute minimum, at which time it may very well be too late.
"Everybody is getting a worse deal," Krauthammer said. "If the providers are, that means the doctors aren't getting their usual payments, which means they have to see much more patients, which means they spend less time, which means the care is inferior, that means they are reimbursed at a lower rate, which means some of them will go out of business."
The FBI and Pentagon plan to hire 6,000 cybersecurity professionals by 2016, but they're having a really rough time recruiting people to work for them. There could be many reasons why - low pay, not enough American-born resources - but it all might really come down to one thing: that the US treats hackers as the worst possible criminals. So why would a hacker want to work for them? The Resident discusses.
Ukrainian Jews leaving Passover eve prayers were handed leaflets ordering them to either register with an interim government that is trying to make the eastern province of Donetsk Russian or face deportation.
Armed, masked men were waiting outside one synagogue, reports Ynet News, Israel's largest news website, to hand worshipers the leaflets telling them to register with the forces who are trying to return the city to Russia.Well, heck, there's nothing Nazi-esque about that, is there?
The flyers said that all Jews in the province who are over the age of 16 must register, provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee of about $50 or "else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated."
Pushilin admitted the flyers came from his organization but disavowed the contents, which said that Jews were being ordered to register because of their support for the Bendery Junta, a reference to Stepan Bandera, the leader of the Ukrainian nationalist movement that fought for Ukrainian independence at the end of World War II.
Jewish resident Olga Reznikova, 32, told Ynet she never experienced anti-Semitism in the city until she saw this leaflet. She said it reminded her of the "fascists in 1941," a reference to the Nazis who occupied Ukraine during World War II. Hitler's regime murdered one million Ukrainian Jews in the Holocaust.
"I do not intend to register," she said. "I am 32, I have lived in Donetsk my entire life and have never had to deal with anti-Semitism until I laid eyes on this piece of paper.
The Bureau of Land Management nearly started a range war over cattle grazing fees when it had an old west style stand-off with 68 year-old rancher Clive Bundy. A shoot-out has been averted for now, but Trifecta wonders whether it could happen later. Are free speech and private property rights truly in peril under the Obama Regime?
Embattled former IRS official Lois Lerner last year discussed working with the Justice Department to prosecute nonprofit organizations that she felt had "lied" about their political activities, according to new documents released on Wednesday by Judicial Watch about the agency's targeting of conservative groups.
The new documents show Lerner's communications with Justice within days of publicly acknowledging that the Internal Revenue Service was singling out tea party, conservative, and religious groups.
They also indicate that the targeting may have reached further into the Obama White House despite Lerner's original assertions that it was all based out of the agency's Cincinnati field office.
In a May 8 email, for instance, Lerner said that she had received a call from Richard Pilger, director of the elections crimes unit at Justice.The IRS, the Commissariat of Injustice & Revenge, AND the Federal Election Commission, colluding in a veritable council-of-war fashion against humble Tea Party groups to, as it were, swat flies with Buicks? This wasn't just voter suppression, it was political repression and persecution. It was a broad-based Obama Regime intent not just to keep TPers out of the political process, but to "fundamentally transform" them into political prisoners of the state. It was vintage police state mentality.
Pilger asked whether the IRS could help the department "piece together false statement cases about applicants who 'lied'" on a particular IRS form, "saying they weren’t planning on doing political activity, and then turning around and making large visible political expenditures.
"DOJ is feeling like it needs to respond, but want to talk to the right folks at IRS to see whether there are impediments from our side and what, if any damage this might do to IRS programs," Lerner said in the email.
"I told him that sounded like we might need several folks from IRS…," she said.
Lerner wrote the email to Nikole Flax, who was chief of staff at the time to Steven Miller, who was the acting IRS commissioner.
She responded in an email the next day: "I think we should do it -- also need to include CI [Criminal Investigation Division], which we can help coordinate. Also, we need to reach out to [Federal Election Commission]. Does it make sense to consider including them in this or keep it separate?"
"These new emails show that the day before she broke the news of the IRS scandal, Lois Lerner was talking to a top Obama Justice Department official about whether the DOJ could prosecute the very same organizations that the IRS had already improperly targeted," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. "The IRS emails show Eric Holder’s Department of Justice is now implicated and conflicted in the IRS scandal."
Representative Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that has been investigating the scandal, said the new emails underscored "the political nature of IRS tea party targeting and the extent to which supposed apolitical officials took direction from elected Democrats.
"These e-mails are part of an overwhelming body of evidence that political pressure from prominent Democrats led to the targeting of Americans for their political beliefs," the California Republican said in a statement.
"Now I see why the IRS is scared to give up the rest of Lois Lerner's emails,” Ohio GOP Representative Jim Jordan said in a statement.
The documents "further prove the coordination among the IRS, the Federal Election Commission, the Justice Department and committee Democrats to target conservatives," he said.
Jordan added that had the oversight panel not become involved, "Eric Holder’s politicized Justice Department would likely have been leveling trumped-up criminal charges against tea party groups to intimidate them from exercising their Constitutional rights."
President Barack Obama has denied GOP charges that the targeting of the groups was politically motivated or illegal, telling Fox News in February that "not even a smidgen of corruption" was involved in the specialized screening.
The Boston Police Department said Tuesday night it had taken a man into custody after two unattended backpacks were left near the Boston Marathon finish line.
The bomb squad remained on the scene, investigating the suspicious bags.
No further information about the suspect or the backpacks was immediately available. Authorities had been dispatched to the scene after the backpacks were sighted around 7 p.m.
WBZ-TV photographers at the scene said they saw a person with a backpack screaming "Boston Strong" before police cleared everyone from the area.
Witnesses told the station that the person was barefoot, wearing a long black veil and acting strange. It was unknown whether the person was taken into custody.
Boylston Street has been closed and MBTA Green Line subway service in the area has been temporarily suspended, the Boston Police Department said on Twitter.
The bomb scare came only hours after the city paused to mark the one-year anniversary of the 2013 bombing at the marathon's finish line, in which three people were killed and hundreds were wounded. Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino was joined by Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick at the ceremony.
Authorities say two brothers planned and orchestrated the attack. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died following a shootout with police several days after the bombings. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges and is awaiting trial. He faces the death penalty.
The offices of the Atlanta Braves have been flooded with racist letters, emails, and phone calls attacking Hall of Famer Hank Aaron after his interview comparing the way Republicans treat President Barack Obama to the Ku Klux Klan.Stop the tape. "Racist" letters, emails, phone calls, etc., Newsmax? Or angry, indignant retorts to Aaron's own racist, hateful spewings?
USA Today writer Bob Nightengale said the "sheer racism" of the attack against Aaron was similar to the racist onslaught that the African-American star faced in 1974 when he broke Babe Ruth's home-run record.
Stop the tape. It's almost as if Hank Aaron can read a calendar, isn't it, Bob? You don't suppose that perhaps Aaron timed his racist broadside against half the country to coincide with Jackie Robinson Day, do you? Just maybe?
Nightengale noted that the new hate mail messages came as baseball was celebrating Jackie Robinson Day, April 15, on Tuesday.
One bigoted writer named Edward wrote an email to the Braves' front office with several expletives and racial slurs contained it, according to the Washington Post.
Another baseball fan named Marion called Aaron "a racist scumbag." Mark called Aaron a "classless racist" while a writer named David said he planned to burn Aaron's "I Had a Hammer: The Hank Aaron Story" autobiography.
The firestorm erupted after 80-year-old Aaron, the senior vice president of the Braves, said in an interview with USA Today that America today is "not that far removed" from the racial intolerance of the mid-20th century.
On the fortieth anniversary of his home-run record, he said, "Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he's treated. The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts."
J. Christian Adams (Former Justice Department attorney) on government's latest method of legalized theft: taking money from children if parents owed it.
Michigan-8 Representative Mike Rogers, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, told CNN on Tuesday that members of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula [AQAP] have changed their communications methods following leaks last year about intelligence collection in Yemen.
Video of a recent meeting of 100 al-Qaida members in Yemen, including some of its top leaders, is raising questions about whether the United States was unaware of the outdoor event and therefore unable to strike it with a drone attack.
Al-Wuhayshi is seen in the video appearing to make direct threats at the United States.
"We must eliminate the cross. The bearer of the cross is America," al-Wuhayshi says in a translation of his speech.