Nat’l Journal: Illinois Dems seeking African-American challenge to Duckworth

Demographics desperation.


Six weeks ago, Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) announced that she would challenge Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) in his re-election bid in 2016. Despite the Republican win in 2014’s gubernatorial election, this could be a tough seat for the GOP to hold in next year’s cycle, and Duckworth makes it even tougher. A double amputee veteran […]

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Secure the grid now!

As Americans, we have an acute, but largely unnoted, vulnerability: The electricity we rely upon for virtually every aspect of our lives – and generally take for granted – could be disrupted for long periods over large parts of the country. The disaster could be the result of either enemy action, or an expected naturally occurring event known as an intense geomagnetic disturbance, or solar storm.

If urgent steps are not taken to make the bulk power distribution system for our electricity – better known as “the grid” – more resilient, we could face the loss of possibly many tens, if not hundreds, of millions of lives. If that seems unbelievable, just think about how long you and those you love would last if there were no access to clean water, food, medicine, finances, communications, transportation or any of the other goods and services supplied by our critical infrastructures. If there is no electricity, none of them will work.

The grid’s vulnerability has been highlighted in the past two years by physical and cyber attacks on transformer substations, power lines, control systems, etc. in California, Arizona, Connecticut and the Midwest here at home and in Michoacan State in Mexico, Yemen and Turkey abroad. Some experts believe that the reported presence of the Islamic State near our southern border may constitute a particular threat to our electrical infrastructure.

Interestingly, the Pentagon has recently taken steps to relocate a critical command center into an underground bunker in Colorado to protect it against another form of attack: electromagnetic pulse (EMP). And the White House has just announced a new initiative to contend with the effects of devastating solar storms.

Learn about how ill-prepared America is to survive an electromagnetic pulse attack — read “A Nation Forsaken: EMP: The Escalating Threat of an American Catastrophe” — from WND Books

In light of this potentially catastrophic danger, we must come together as a nation to secure our grid. It would be preferable for this to be done at the federal level, with the executive and legislative branches joining forces to identify and enhance the resiliency of critical nodes and other key assets. Fortunately, we know how to do it – thanks to the enormous investment the U.S. military has made over the past five decades to “harden” its most important weapon systems and communications gear. It’s just that we haven’t applied those insights and techniques to protecting the civilian grid, upon which, ironically, not only the American people rely, but so do 99 percent of our armed forces’ bases in the continental United States.

Failing that, there is an opportunity – and yawning need – for states to step up and take the lead. Maine, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina and Texas are among the states where efforts have been undertaken in state legislatures to begin to protect their respective grids. In light of the real and present danger represented by the loss of electricity and the slow pace of most legislative initiatives, governors should undertake their own initiatives via executive orders to secure their states’ grids. The place to start would be to establish a triage approach to hardening critical assets, with the completion of the protection of the most essential of them against all hazards within six months.

Such a step is essential for the safety, prosperity and well-being of the people of our country. Should we fail to take it, we are affording enemies of this country, who have made no secret of their desire to destroy her, an easy “kill-shot” for doing so. Even if none of them chooses to launch an EMP attack – despite the evidence that they are knowledgeable about the vulnerability of our grid and preparing to take advantage of it – we still must protect our most critical of critical infrastructures against the effects of a massive solar storm. After all, the earth is subjected to one or more of them roughly every 150 years. And the last one occurred in 1859, 156 years ago!

Protecting our grid is the ultimate transpartisan issue. If we allow disaster to strike, it will afflict virtually all of us, irrespective of party affiliation or political stripe. Therefore, we all have an interest in securing the grid and in doing it now. Let’s get on with it, together.

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Evolution of music in the US: Hip hop caused ‘single most radical change in past 50 years’

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Muslim activists counter Pamela Geller with their own ‘Draw Muhammad’ contest

Muslim American activists say they are more determined than ever to take on anti-Islamic bigotry in the aftermath of Sunday’s violence at a Draw Muhammad contest in Garland, Texas, that left a security guard injured and two armed attackers dead. While the overwhelming response by leaders in the comm… WAIT, THERE’S MORE…

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Ultra-Secrecy Surrounds Barack Obama’s New Global Economic Treaty

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Barack Obama is secretly negotiating a global economic treaty which would destroy thousands of American businesses and millions of good paying American jobs. In other words, it would be the final nail in the coffin for America’s economic infrastructure. Obama knows that if the American people actually knew what was in this treaty that they would be screaming mad, so the negotiations are being done in secret. The only people that are allowed to look at the treaty are members of Congress, and even they are being banned from saying anything to the public. American workers are about to be brutally stabbed in the back, and thanks to all of this secrecy and paranoia they won’t even see it coming.

The name of this new treaty is “the Trans-Pacific Partnership”, and it is being touted as perhaps the most important trade agreement in history. But very few people in this country are talking about it, because none of us are allowed to see it. An article that was just released by Politico detailed the extreme secrecy that is surrounding this trade agreement…

If you want to hear the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the Obama administration is hoping to pass, you’ve got to be a member of Congress, and you’ve got to go to classified briefings and leave your staff and cellphone at the door.

If you’re a member who wants to read the text, you’ve got to go to a room in the basement of the Capitol Visitor Center and be handed it one section at a time, watched over as you read, and forced to hand over any notes you make before leaving.

And no matter what, you can’t discuss the details of what you’ve read.

This treaty is going to affect the lives of every man, woman and child living in this nation, and yet it is deemed so “important” that none of us can know what is in it?

Are you sure that we still live in a Republic?

This treaty will cover 40 percent of the global economy, and U.S. officials hope that the EU, China and India will become members eventually as well

Right now, there are 12 countries that are part of the negotiations: the United States, Canada, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. These nations have a combined population of 792 million people and account for an astounding 40 percent of the global economy. And it is hoped that the EU, China and India will eventually join as well. This is potentially the most dangerous economic treaty of our lifetimes, and yet there is very little political debate about it in this country.

If the EU, China and India did eventually join the treaty, that would essentially make it a trade agreement for the entire planet.

This is a really big deal, and it should be openly debated by the American people. But instead, Barack Obama has chosen to shroud the entire process with as much secrecy as possible. Not only that, he also wants Congress to give him fast track negotiating authority. If Congress does that, they would essentially be saying that they blindly trust Obama to negotiate a good treaty for us. At the end of the process, Congress would be able to vote the treaty up or down, but would not be able to amend it.

That sounds insane, right? Well, if you can believe it, Republicans in the Senate are quite eager to give Barack Obama this authority.

And this is not just an economic treaty. The following is an excerpt from one of my previous articles

It is basically a gigantic end run around Congress. Thanks to leaks, we have learned that so many of the things that Obama has deeply wanted for years are in this treaty. If adopted, this treaty will fundamentally change our laws regarding Internet freedom, healthcare, copyright and patent protection, food safety, environmental standards, civil liberties and so much more. This treaty includes many of the rules that alarmed Internet activists so much when SOPA was being debated, it would essentially ban all “Buy American” laws, it would give Wall Street banks much more freedom to trade risky derivatives and it would force even more domestic manufacturing offshore.

We can’t consume our way to prosperity, and we can’t borrow and spend our way to prosperity. In order to be prosperous as a nation, we have got to create at least as much wealth as we consume. But instead, we are doing just the opposite. We are consuming wealth like mad even while our economic infrastructure is being absolutely gutted. We have lost thousands of businesses and millions of jobs already, and this new treaty will make things much worse.

And of course eventually even the ultra-cheap labor on the other side of the planet will be replaced. This is something that is already happening in China. Just today there was a news story about a new manufacturing facility in China that will use only robots

Construction work has begun on the first factory in China’s manufacturing hub of Dongguan to use only robots for production, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

A total of 1,000 robots would be introduced at the factory initially, run by Shenzhen Evenwin Precision Technology Co, with the aim of reducing the current workforce of 1,800 by 90 percent to only about 200, Chen Xingqi, the chairman of the company’s board, was quoted as saying in the report.

The company did not give a figure for the investment in the factory, but said its production capacity could reach a value of 2 billion yuan (US$322 million) annually.

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Video: The last 50 yards

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A few days old but worth watching if you haven’t seen it yet. To cleanse the palate, the soldier who’s struggling to walk is Capt. Sarah Cudd, seen here in the final few moments of her attempt to earn the Army’s Expert Field Medical Badge last month at Fort Dix. The task: Complete a 12-mile […]

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Video: Robert Spencer and Hamas-linked CAIR’s Nezar Hamze discuss free speech

Video: Robert Spencer and Hamas-linked CAIR's Nezar Hamze discuss free speech

Yesterday I appeared on Newsmax TV’s MidPoint with its host Ed Berliner and Nezar Hamze of Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Watch this one: there were a lot of fireworks — mostly not between Hamze and me, but between me and the relentlessly biased and prosecutorial host, Ed Berliner. Ich bin Ed Berliner? Nein! WAIT, THERE’S MORE…

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Senate passes GOP budget plan that would calls for Obamacare repeal

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The Senate voted Tuesday evening to pass the Republican budget plan for 2016, finishing up a process that Republicans hope is the first step toward a balanced budget after ten years.

The Senate passed the budget plan in a 51-48 vote, about a week after the House passed it 226-197.

Image: Senate Budget Committee

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Incredible viral video: This woman shows what Army Strong really means

This is what Army Strong means: the dedication to completing the mission and adhering to the toughest of standards.

The video shows US Army Captain Sarah Cudd, who was finishing the grueling final 12-mile road march for her Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB).

As the Washington Post reports, “In the closing moments of a grueling 12-mile road march, Army Capt. Sarah Cudd fell to her knees. She was exhausted, bowed over by the heavy pack on her back and seemingly unable to continue. The soldier continued on, however. Using her rifle to prop herself up, she stumbled to her feet and made it another nine steps before falling again. Other soldiers gathered around her, cheering her on. She rose again, and gritted it out another 50 feet or so until she made it across the finish line while her colleagues erupted in excitement. Cudd serves with Army Public Health Command at Fort Knox, Ky. The march was the last event required to earn the Army’s Expert Field Medical Badge, a decoration awarded to those who pass a rigorous battery of tests for medical professionals in the Army. Less than 25 percent of those who attempt the required course typically pass.”

The time standard for this event is less than 2 hours 59 minutes, 59 seeconds – I know because I had to do the same for Air Assault School.

We don’t change standards. We train the Soldier to meet and exceed the standards!

U.S. Army Captain Sarah Cudd is Army Strong and a proud member of the Army Team. I would be honored to have her treat me on the battlefield any day. Press on Soldier, Steadfast and Loyal!

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Oklahoma woman slashed boyfriend’s dead ex-girlfriend, took her shoes during funeral viewing

A 26-year-old Oklahoma woman is accused of desecrating a dead woman’s body and cutting her hair during the pre-funeral viewing, KTRK-TV reported on Tuesday. Shaynna Smith was charged with illegal dissection of a human body for allegedly slashing the woman from her hairline to the tip of her no… WAIT, THERE’S MORE…

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California man who claimed police brutality caught on video punching himself in the face

Newly-released footage shows a 33-year-old California man punching himself in the face while in an Oregon jail, undermining his claim that he was attacked by detectives, the Eugene Register-Guard reported on Tuesday. The video, taken from surveillance footage, shows Aleksander Robin Tomaszewski in t… WAIT, THERE’S MORE…

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California challenges court order to provide immediate sex-change surgery for prisoner

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Mother’s Day is overrated

(Fox News) — According to the National Retail Federation, you and I will drop north of $20 billion on our mothers this week. That’s a lot of flowers, jewelry and spa gift certificates.

Don’t forget the card! Grab one that sings, smells or shares a very special message written by a perfect stranger in his bathrobe in Kansas City. So tender.

Maybe we’ll make a meal, vacuum, do some dishes or get the kids out of her hair for a few hours. You might even run loads of laundry. Unless, like me, you’ve been banned from the washer since the tragic Sharpie incident of 2010. We don’t speak of it.

I get it. We love her. Who doesn’t? You might have heard that my own marvelous Mom won the handmade hot-pot holder for National Mother of the Year so often they finally discontinued the award.

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Charlie Hebdo staffers: There’s “no comparison” between us and the Mohammed cartoon event in Texas

“We don’t organize contests, we just do our work.”


Via Mediaite, this is a lame answer but not as lame as some commenters in Headlines are treating it, I think. They’re not backing away from the Pam Geller event because they’re afraid of being targeted by jihadis. These guys will be targeted forever, whether or not they continue to blaspheme Islam, and they know […]

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Drive-Bys Uneasy About the Clintons

RUSH: Her likability and favorability are down. The Drive-Bys are getting concerned here, ’cause her numbers are really heading for the sewer now.

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Wesley Lowery Doesn’t Like To Answer Scarry Questions

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Cruz, Paul, Rubio split three ways in Senate budget vote

Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks at the Republican Leadership Summit Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Nashua, N.H. (Image source: AP/Jim Cole)

The three GOP senators who have declared a run for the White House in 2016 on Tuesday split three ways in a procedural vote on the budget.

The Senate held a vote to proceed to the Republican budget resolution, which would cut $5 trillion from projected spending levels over the next decade, even as it would continue to allow slower growth in overall spending.

Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) voted against a Republican budget plan on Tuesday, splitting off from the two other GOP senators who are running for the White House. Image: AP/Jim Cole

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Liberals: Reading to Your Kids Gives Them an Unfair Advantage

RUSH: I just had a brilliant idea. We need to start adding warning labels to Rush Revere books.

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New Attorney General Loretta Lynch vows to help Baltimore pursue police reform

New U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Tuesday met with Baltimore officials and the family of a 25-year-old black man killed by police last month and vowed to help the city pursue police reform. The meeting in Baltimore came the week after the city’s top prosecutor brought criminal charges… WAIT, THERE’S MORE…

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New Attorney General Loretta Lynch vows to help Baltimore pursue police reform

New U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Tuesday met with Baltimore officials and the family of a 25-year-old black man killed by police last month and vowed to help the city pursue police reform. The meeting in Baltimore came the week after the city’s top prosecutor brought criminal charges… WAIT, THERE’S MORE…

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