Saturday May 30, 2015

Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Above the Law: Congress Tells Court That Congress Can’t Be Investigated for Insider Trading

In 2012, members of Congress patted themselves on the back for passing the STOCK Act, a bill meant to curb insider trading for lawmakers and their staff. But as the Securities and Exchange Commission made news with the first major investigation of political insider trading, Congress moved to block the inquiry.  More…

Texas Councilman Forgets To Turn Off Microphone While Using Bathroom

Rachael Jonrowe, mayor pro tem for Georgetown, Texas, was speaking during a council meeting about deadly infectious diseases when everyone in the room could hear someone going to the bathroom. It turns out a councilman forgot to turn off his microphone.

ISIS ‘claims responsibility’ after two gunmen carrying explosives killed in attack on anti-Islam art contest near Dallas

Two heavily-armed men, who are believed to have been carrying explosives, were killed by police after opening fire outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Dallas, at around 7pm during a controversial event where caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad were being displayed. Followers of Islam deem that any physical depiction of the prophet – even a positive one – is blasphemous.  More…

Baltimore Received $1.8 Billion from Obama’s Stimulus Law

The city of Baltimore received over $1.8 billion from President Barack Obama’s stimulus law, including millions of dollars for education and crime prevention. Among the listed goals are “to curb the growth of criminal gangs in Maryland, and to effectively dismantle existing gangs.”  More…

Drought: Every day San Francisco wastes a quarter million gallons of drinking water to heat city hall, other buildings

The people who want us to use less water are part of a system that could be among the biggest water wasters in San Francisco. That system is in hot water, because of hot water. Water is heated to make steam to heat City Hall and 170 other nearby buildings. A quarter million gallons a day goes wasted. Good drinking water which ends up in the sewer.  More…

Census: Record 51 million immigrants in 8 years, will account for 82% of U.S. growth

Legal and illegal immigrants will hit a record high of 51 million in just eight years and eventually account for an astounding 82 percent of all population growth in America, according to new U.S. Census figures.  More…

How foreign cash made Bill and Hillary ‘filthy rich’

Hillary Rodham Clinton used her clout as secretary of state to do favors for foreign donors who gave millions to her family foundation — and who paid millions more to her husband, Bill, in speaking fees, a new book charges.  More…

Giorgio Armani criticizes the way some gay men dress saying ‘a man has to be a man’

Giorgio Armani, the 80-year-old fashion designer and billionaire, has criticized the way some gay men choose to dress. Armani told The Sunday Times Magazine: "A homosexual man is a man 100 per cent. He does not need to dress homosexual.  More…

Affleck demanded PBS program hide his slave-owning ancestor

Ben Affleck insisted on censoring the fact that one of his ancestors owned slaves from PBS show “Finding Your Roots,” the Sony email hack has revealed. Although in violation of PBS rules, in the end, producers of the episode gave in to Affleck’s demand and made no mention of his slave-owning ancestor.  More…

School blames ‘poor lighting’ for paltry Michelle O lunch

That’s not really a fish filet with a whole wheat bun resting on top. Nah, your eyes are playing tricks on you. That’s what administrators at Virginia’s Portsmouth Public Schools want parents to believe after a mother took a photo of her child’s paltry school lunch and posted it on social media. The mom says James Hurst Elementary served the lunch Tuesday.  More…

More than 2 million of Hillary Clinton’s Twitter followers are fake

Although Hillary Clinton boasts a robust 3.6 million Twitter followers, not even a vast right-wing conspiracy would be able to interact with 2 million of them. No more than 44 per cent of her Twitter fan base consists of real people who are active in using the social media platform, and she’s already under fire for ‘buying’ fake Facebook fans. Her Facebook fan base includes more people from Baghdad, Iraq than any US city.  More…

Hidden cameras show airport workers stealing

Inside a plane at Miami International Airport, baggage handlers are going on a shopping spree with passengers’ bags. What they don’t know is that they are being recorded on a hidden camera. The Miami-Dade Police Department set up the camera as part of an ongoing police investigation into luggage thefts by the very airport workers who are supposed to get bags safely onto planes.  More…