March 6 - Staples will close up to 225 stores in North
America by the end of next year as it seeks to trim about $500
million in costs annually by 2015. The nation's largest
office-supply retailer said Thursday that nearly half of its
sales are now generated online, so it will aggressively cut
costs to become more efficient.
March 4 - Ten-year-old Nathan Entingh doesn't
understand why he got suspended from school for three days.
According to his father, Paul Entingh, one moment the boy was
"goofing off" with his friends in fifth-grade science class,
and the next the teacher was taking him out of the classroom,
invoking Ohio's zero-tolerance policy.
March 5 - Thirteen people died in car crashes linked to
a defect in General Motors vehicles - and now, the government
is demanding answers. Chief among them: When did GM know about
the defect? And what did the company do? Car makers are
required to notify the government within five days of
discovering a safety defect.
March 6 - There are new revelations about the ability
of spy agencies to monitor ordinary people online. Not only
can they read your emails, some of them have also been
capturing images from web cameras. The British Surveillance
Agency known as GCHQ, with the help of the U.S. National
Security Agency, intercepted and saved...
March 5 - A
new poll shows many Americans are shifting their stance on
gay marriage. According to an ABC News poll released
Wednesday, 59 percent of Americans now support gay marriage,
and only 34 percent are opposed. Eighty-one percent also said
businesses should not be allowed to refuse service based...
March 4 - The morning after pill will now be more
widely available over the counter. The Food and Drug
Administration is now allowing generic versions of the drug to
be sold without a prescription. The move will make it cheaper
for women of any age to get the emergency contraception. That
has raised concerns for many...
March 3 - The Walt Disney Company will begin cutting
funding to the Boy Scouts of America in 2015 because of its
ban on gay leaders. Although the Boy Scouts lifted its policy
on gay youth last year, a ban on gay adult leaders remains in
place. Disney does not give money directly to the Scouts but
donates money in exchange...
March 4 - You may be aware that bees are dying in large
numbers across the globe, courtesy of the ever-increasing
presence of toxins in our environment. But did you know that
the monarch butterfly is also becoming endangered, and for the
same reason? One of the major reasons for the dramatically
diminishing numbers of...
February 26 - Why do dictators always love enormous,
ostentatious and self-aggrandizing art? They’re lost in an
endless orgiastic embrace of it, especially the Marxist
variation of tyrannical, officious autocrat. Is fondness for
it a sign we would be wise to heed when pondering the vote?
Deciphering this may create an entire new...
February 24 - Fire, brimstone, eternal suffering — hell
is not a pleasant concept. But research has pointed to the
societal benefits of a belief in supernatural punishment,
including higher economic growth in developing countries and
less crime. But there are also drawbacks, even in this life. A
new study links believing in hell...
February 25 - Police officers may enter and search a
home without a warrant as long as one occupant consents, even
if another resident has previously objected, the Supreme Court
ruled Tuesday in a Los Angeles case. The 6-3 ruling, triggered
by a Los Angeles Police Department arrest in 2009, gives
authorities more leeway to...
February 27 - A Harlem pastor is upset with President
Obama about what he has “released” upon the world -- and
it isn’t drone strikes. According to a sign outside the ATLAH
World Missionary Church in Harlem: “Obama Has Released The
Homo Demons On The Black Man; Look Out Black Woman; A White
Homo May Take Your Man.”
February 27 - Planned Parenthood's political affiliates
will spend more than $15 million on congressional and state
races in 2014,
Politico reported. The organization intends to be
active in U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races in more than a
dozen states. Counting money already spent electing Virginia's
February 27 - Boston's mayor says he will boycott the
city's annual St. Patrick's Day parade unless gay groups are
allowed to participate. Mayor Martin Walsh says he's trying to
broker a deal with parade organizers to allow a group of gay
military veterans to march. The son of Irish immigrants said
February 26 - State attorneys general who think their
state's gay marriage bans are unconstitutional shouldn't have
to defend them, according to the U.S. Attorney General Eric
Holder. Speaking to the National Association of Attorneys
General, Holder said deciding not to defend a state's law
should only be done under...
February 26 - An inspector general's report determined
that the Obama administration's reduction in fines by an
average of 40% for businesses that hire illegal immigrants is
diminishing the effectiveness that fines can have in
discouraging businesses from flouting immigration laws to hire
cheap labor. According to an...
February 26 - The last six months have witnessed a
tsunami of two things that do not bode well for freedom in
California--the enactment of multiple draconian gun control
laws coupled with the release of life-sentence prisoners at a
"record pace." In other words, criminals are increasingly on
the streets, but the legal avenues for...
February 26 - As millions of moms consider digging into
pocketbooks for Girl Scout cookies this year, they may be
interested to know about the hiring of Krista Kokjohn-Poehler
in the Girl Scouts executive office in New York City.
Kokjohn-Poehler is an out lesbian married to a woman named
Ashley Kokjohn. And, given her...
February 26 - In what could easily be classified as one
of the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) worst
decisions yet, a final rule released by the EPA earlier this
month creates an exemption for residue tolerance levels of
genetically modified (GM) Bt toxin in GM soy foods and feed.
Essentially, the Agency has approved...
February 24 - Three decades ago, the food available was
mostly fresh and grown locally. Today, the majority of foods
served, whether at home, in school or in restaurants, are
highly processed foods, filled with sugars, harmful processed
fats, and chemical additives. During that same time, obesity
rates have skyrocketed, and one...
February 20 - Israel could be entering the final stages
of negotiations to turn over control of Mount Zion to the
Vatican, if recent reports by Israel National News are to be
believed. According to the online news source, a secretive
meeting took place this week between the Jerusalem
Municipality, Prime Minister's Office...
February 20 - Orange cones and flashing police lights
confronted Ricardo Nieves as he rounded a bend on the way to
his mother's house. Before he knew what was going on, Nieves
said, a man working for a government contractor stepped in
front of his car and forced him to turn into a parking lot.
There, a woman repeatedly...
February 18 - Iowa State University is removing Bibles
from its campus hotel guest rooms in response to an atheist's
complaint. The Des Moines Register reports a guest enlisted
the Freedom From Religion Foundation to have the Bibles taken
out of the rooms. The atheist group asked the university to
remove the Gideon...
February 20 - The Keystone Pipeline projects is facing
another roadblock Thursday. On Wednesday, a Nebraska judge
struck down the law giving the pipeline a green light to
proceed through the state. The judge ruled the law improperly
gave an energy company power to force landowners to sell their
property for the project.
February 19 - Food industry specialists and economists
are warning that milk could jump as much as 60 cents a gallon
putting the dairy staple at its most expensive per gallon cost
ever. Several factors are contributing to the rise in prices.
From cheese production, to the harsh winter the Midwest is
experiencing, to other market...
February 19 - Jimmy Kimmel might have been briefly
forgotten amidst the hoopla surrounding Jimmy Fallon's
ascension to The Tonight Show throne. Last night,
Kimmel reminded audiences both how a comedian can speak truth
to power and that Jay Leno's legacy of mocking ObamaCare might
live on. On Tuesday's...
February 19 - Violent crime fell during the first six
months of 2013--at the same time the number of gun purchases
was expanding. According to preliminary FBI stats, "All
offenses in the category of violent crime" fell during the
first six months of 2013, compared to the same time period in
UPI reports that this included...
February 19 - Attorney General Eric Holder flubbed a
question from Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) that is of vital importance
to the rule of law. While the Constitution allows – and
sometimes requires – executive action on many matters,
President Barack Obama has asserted executive authority in
unprecedented ways. When Lee asked...
February 19 - This year has been the worst ever for
global warming--er, climate change. Not just because
temperatures are near record lows for much of the eastern
United States, but also because the western states have been
warm and dry. That has led foolish politicians to claim that
both the cold and the warmth are evidence...
February 20 - Neighbors watched in horror as a
10-year-old southwest Missouri girl was snatched off the
street just blocks from her home. Some had spotted a man in a
gold Ford Ranger pickup truck driving down the road in
Springfield several times before the driver took off with the
girl, investigators said. The residents...
February 13 - The Boy Scouts of America said its
membership fell by 6 percent last year. The news comes after
the Scouts' leadership voted last May to allow openly gay
young people join. That change made many volunteers from
churches angry since they consider homosexuality a sin and a
violation of the values of Scouting.
February 12 - North Carolina's 4th U.S. Circuit Court
of Appeals upheld a
federal judge's ruling that the "Choose Life" license
plate is unconstitutional. The pro-life plate was approved in
2011, at the same time NC lawmakers rejected
abortion-rights-themed plates. "Today's ruling protects the
right of North Carolinians of all political beliefs...
February 12 - An administrator at the University of
Alabama removed the pro-life display of Bama Students for Life
last week without notification, claiming that some students
found the display “offensive.” The display, which featured
abortion-related facts, photos of women who died as a result
of abortion, and two small pictures...
February 12 - Director Darren Aronofsky initially
described his vision for Noah, the big-budget interpretation
of the Biblical story, as a look at the
world's first environmentalist. A person who caught an
early test screening of the film says Aronofsky's template is
still present in the movie's rough cut.
The Hollywood Reporter's new feature on...
February 12 - The price tag for Congress suspending the
debt ceiling until March, 2015 may give some Americans sticker
shock. According to an analysis by the Senate Budget Committee
Republican staff, the national debt when the debt ceiling
comes back into effect will be $18.2 trillion, about $1
trillion more than the...
February 12 - Is the end of the world as we know it and
the return of Jesus Christ really knocking on our door? A rare
cycle of solar and lunar eclipses that will begin this year at
the time of God’s holy days cited in the Bible is about to
wake up millions to the possibility that end-time prophecies
could be fulfilled imminently.
February 13 - The Connecticut gun law passed in the
wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre is reportedly being
ignored by many state residents, leaving thousands of AR-15s
and other assault rifles unregistered. The law requires that
all residents who own so-called assault rifles, such as
AR-15s, register the firearms with the state...
February 12 - The Department of Homeland Security plans
to purchase 75.1 million rounds of ammunition at a cost of
$22.7 million this year, according to a newly released report
from the Government Accountability Office. GAO reports that
DHS has over 70,000 firearm-carrying personnel and that the
ammo purchases go largely...
February 13 - In the early days of the Obama
administration, “smart power” was all the rage—and not just on
the foreign policy scene. In April 2009, National Public Radio
reported how one Allentown, Pennsylvania, mother was saving
more than a hundred dollars each month on her electric bill.
Tammy Yeakel’s power company...
February 5 - Radio Shack announced a restructuring of
its brand with a Super Bowl ad, but the retailer may be
closing 500 of its 4,300 stores in the coming months, sources
tell The Wall Street Journal. Radio Shack made fun of its
outdated image in the ad that aired during the game on Sunday,
which featured a phone call saying...
February 13 - Casual dining is in some serious trouble.
Americans have been told for decades, in cheery voiceovers,
that inexpensive sit-down meals at national chains meant
“Eating good in the neighborhood,” where “It’s always Friday.”
Every mall or major intersection was given a Chili’s, an Olive
Garden or an...
February 12 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
has been repeatedly (and rightfully) accused of ignoring the
elephant in the room when it comes to antibiotic-resistant
disease, namely factory farming practices where antibiotics
are routinely fed to animals to promote growth. According to
January 29 - The Obama administration is being handed a
lesson in Christianity 101 as religious leaders rise up to
condemn an Obamacare requirement that forces religious
organizations to pay for abortifacients or face crippling
financial penalties. “Christian doctrine states it is a sin
for a Christian to enable or aid another in doing...
January 30 - Dead on arrival. That's the likely state
of legislation that would require cursive writing instruction
for Indiana students. For the third year, Sen. Jean Leising,
R-Oldenburg, has garnered wide support in the Senate for a
bill that would reverse an Indiana State Board of Education
decision in 2011 to make cursive optional...
January 29 - Iran now has all the technical
infrastructure to produce nuclear weapons should it make the
political decision to do, Director of National Intelligence
James Clapper wrote in a report to a Senate intelligence
committee published Wednesday. However, he added, it could not
break out to the bomb without being detected.
January 30 - The number of Americans filing new claims
for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week,
but the underlying trend suggested the labor market continued
to heal. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits
increased 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 348,000, the Labor
January 30 - Signed contracts to buy existing homes
dropped 8.7 percent in December as abnormally cold weather hit
much of the U.S., according to a new report from the National
Association of Realtors. The plunge caught economists by
surprise. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast pending
home sales would tick up...
January 28 - Archaeologists say writings on an ancient
tablet confirm there was a global flood and an ark that
carried animals. A recently deciphered 4,000-year-old clay
tablet, discovered in modern-day Iraq -- which is ancient
Mesopotamia -- reveals striking similarities to the biblical
account of Noah. The tablet describes...
January 30 - More than 60 percent say the country is
heading in the wrong direction, a new NBC/Wall Street Journal
poll shows. About 68 percent say they think the country is
either stagnant or worse off since President Barack Obama took
office. Eighty-one percent say they disapprove of Congress.
When describing the work taking...
January 30 - An unarmed gun owner is still looking for
answers after a bizarre traffic stop in Maryland during the
Christmas holiday season. John Filippidish said a Maryland
Transportation Authority police officer stopped him and held
him for hours as he searched the car and luggage for the gun.
The Tampa Tribune reports...
January 28 - The US Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) commonly warns against drinking raw milk,
citing numerous “outbreaks” linked to the product. But
raw milk produced by grass-fed cows from clean, well-run
farms is actually far LESS dangerous than drinking pasteurized
milk. In fact, not only does...
January 28 - The addictive and health-harming nature of
processed food has been repeatedly confirmed through the
years, and genetically engineered foods rank equally high on
the list when it comes to foods that do more harm than good.
Monsanto, as most of you may already know, has long been
referred to by those in...