Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Show Notes 08/24/2014

Sunday Show 8/24/14

New go-to career for New England's young: Farming
Farming is hip in New England. Across the region, young people are choosing crops over cubicles, new farms are popping up and the local food movement is spreading.
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Invasive insect threatens iconic Florida citrus
Citrus has always been synonymous with Florida. The orange adorns the state license plate. The University of Florida's famed football stadium was named after an orange magnate. There is even a county called Citrus.
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Conservatives praise “Giver” as a cautionary tale about failed utopia
Conservatives are praising “The Giver,” a film depicting a futuristic society that has eliminated both personal freedom and human emotion, as a warning against the temptations of utopianism.
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Atheist group attacks Arkansas pizza parlor over church bulletin discount
Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation sent a letter to Steven Rose, the owner of Bailey's Pizza in Searcy, Ark., warning him that his pizza parlor's offer to knock 10% off churchgoers' tabs amounted to discrimination, local KTHV-TV reported.
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How grandparents can pass down good financial wisdom
It can be tempting for grandparents to spoil their grandchildren; after all, isn’t that part of the job description? But experts warn the money and financial habits passed down from generation to generation are long lasting.
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Birth control mandate: HHS offers new way for religious employers
The Obama administration took steps Friday it said would ensure that women who work for religious employers will have continued access to cost-free birth control coverage, while respecting the views of their employers.
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Homeschool family sues VA social services for removing children claiming parent imagined kids illnessess
A homeschooling advocacy group announced that it is suing social services caseworkers in Shenandoah County Virginia's Department of Social Services on behalf of homeschool parents that it says are falsely accused of child abuse and had their two children removed from parental custody and placed into foster care for over a month.
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Group think school program turns kids in to sheep
An Oprah-inspired program in public schools described by critics as an intrusive, emotionally manipulative effort with the laudable goal of ending bullying, cliques, gossip and other such behaviors, has been presented to a million students in 400 cities in 47 states.
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China dismisses US complaints about jet fighter intercept
Washington’s protest over a Chinese fighter jet that confronted a US jet by making three close passes was dismissed flatly this weekend by a Chinese defense official who said the fighter pilot acted “professionally” and kept a safe distance in what was a “routine” flight.
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Show Notes 08/21/2014

Thursday Show 8/21/14

$619 billion missed from federal transparency site
A government website intended to make federal spending more transparent was missing at least $619 billion from 302 federal programs, a government audit has found.
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Gov’t Spends $50K on Green Cooking Alternatives
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to develop stored solar stoves as a solution to the “global cooking problem.”
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A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious.
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DOD transferred over 43 billion worth of Military equipment to local police
The Department of Defense transferred over $4.3 billion worth of surplus military equipment--including 345 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAPs), 205 grenade launchers and over 12,000 bayonets--to more than 17,000 state and local law enforcement agencies across the nation since 1997.
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GAO: Defense Department ‘Violated’ Two Laws in Bergdahl
Prisoner SwapThe Government Accountability Office issued an opinion today that found the Obama Administration "violated" two laws when it ordered the transfer of five high profile Taliban commanders in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release from captivity.
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US Army veteran, West Point grad killed fighting for Ukraine
A West Point graduate and former Army Ranger who honored his Ukrainian ancestry by defending the nation against Russian-backed separatists was killed in fighting near the border, according to reports.
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Still 'Drinkable': 200-Year-Old Booze Found in Shipwreck
A 200-year-old stoneware seltzer bottle that was recently recovered from a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea contains alcohol, according to the results of a preliminary analysis.
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Pet-friendly dating websites help animal lovers find romance by uncovering canine chemistry
Sites like PetsDating.com and YouMustLoveDogsDating.com have found a new niche as singles flock to computers and smartphones to find relationships, connecting dog owners to potential mates who enjoy long walks in the dog park and slobbery canine kisses as much as they do.
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Stop Testing 'Alternative' Treatments, Some Researchers Say
Some types of alternative medicine, such as homeopathy and Reiki, should not be tested in clinical trials anymore because the therapies are not grounded in science, and studying them is like testing whether magic works, some researchers argue.
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Show Notes 08/17/2014

Sunday Show 8/17/14

International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
The U.S. Government has ratified the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD or more commonly, CERD) treaty and must report periodically on its record to uphold the human rights protected in this treaty. The U.S. Government submitted its report to the United Nations in June 2013 and will go before the review committee in Geneva this August to answer questions about what the government is doing to address and dismantle racism in the U.S.
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Woman bearhugs alleged phone thief after five block chase
A dramatic photo captured the moment on Friday when a Brooklyn mugging victim became a crime fighter — as she busted the punk who allegedly snatched her cellphone and held him in a bear hug for the cops.
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Government spending exceeded median household income
Combined federal, state and local government spending per household exceeded the median household income in 2009, 2010 and 2011, the three most-recent years for which full data is available, according to calculations made using numbers from the White House Office of Management and Budget and an historical online database of state and local finances recently established by the Census Bureau.
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Woman reunited with dog stolen form her eight years ago
An English bulldog who was snatched from a backyard in Memphis, Tenn., and vanished for eight years has been reunited with her owner in Phoenix, 1,400 miles away.
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Education Expert: Removing Bible, Prayer from Public Schools Has Caused Decline
Education expert William Jeynes said on Wednesday that there is a correlation between the decline of U.S. public schools and the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1962 and 1963 decision that school-sponsored Bible reading was unconstitutional.
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Hotel chain in Britain removes Bibles from rooms
The decision by one of Britain’s largest hotel chains to remove Bibles from its rooms has sparked complaints from Christians.
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I'm from the Government and I'm here to rewrite your sermon
Imagine uttering the words “pro-life” in your church and finding yourself targeted by an investigation from the feared and reviled Internal Revenue Service.
An expert on the First Amendment conflict between pastors and the federal agency, which says it is investigating speech delivered from pulpits, confirms that’s possible.
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Sainthood sought for fastest Nun in the West who took on Billy The Kid and founded schools
The Archdiocese of Santa Fe announced it is exploring sainthood for an Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools.
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HHS Placing Unaccompanied Minors With Possible MS-13 Ties in Top Gang-Plagued Cities
Reports show thousands of unaccompanied illegal alien minors, some of them identified as obvious gang members by U.S. Border Patrol agents, have been transferred to several of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States, including Baltimore, Los Angeles, New York City, Houston and the Washington, D.C. area – cities that all rank among the top strongholds of the Latin American gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13.
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Conservative group empowers consumers to shop according to their values
Just in time for back-to-school shopping, a conservative group has compiled a list of businesses that gives parents information about where certain companies stand on issues like gay marriage, abortion, gun rights and the environment.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Show Notes 08/14/2014

Thursday Show 8/14/14

Pro-gun rights Milwaukee sheriff defeats rival after heated primary draws national attention
A Wisconsin county sheriff whose outspoken pro-Second Amendment views turned his re-election campaign into a battle between gun control groups and the National Rifle Association emerged victorious Wednesday against his Democratic primary challenger.
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Multiple news outlets back DC think tanks against global warming scientist
News outlets, advocacy groups and fellow think tanks are jumping to the defense of a conservative-leaning D.C. policy center and publication being sued for libel by a scientist who didn't like what they had to say about his work on global warming.
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Low fat fries flop for Burger King chain brings back chicken fries
The people have spoken and it when it comes to fast food.  It seems that not enough Americans seem to care about whether or not it’s healthy.Burger King has announced they will be discontinuing their “Satisfries,” a lower calorie, lower fat, and lower sodium alternative to their traditional French fries.
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Canadian woman receives $10,200 compensation after being fired from black teachers group 'for not being black enough'
A biracial woman has won an $10,200 payout after she was fired from her job at the Black Educators Association (BEA) in Nova Scotia, Canada because she 'wasn't black enough'.
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Rob Reiner likens Tea Party to Hamas
Hollywood director and liberal activist Rob Reiner told talk-show host Larry King that the Tea Party is like the terrorist group Hamas, because apparently both groups are extreme and cannot be negotiated with, and the only solution is to make them go away or “eliminate” them.
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Navy designs new amphibious assault ships
The Navy is evaluating designs, costs and specifications for a new class of amphibious assault ships designed to replace the current fleet of cargo-carrying LSD 41/49 dock landing ships, service officials said.
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German Shepherd who saved family from bear attack handed over to shelter
The 4-year-old German shepherd that reportedly ‘chased a bear away from’ his family—and likes to cuddle—was set to be euthanized after the same family handed him over to a New York City shelter, but was saved in the last-minute by a "rescue organization," The Examiner reported.
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Puppy with no front legs gets custom 3d printed cart
Nine-week-old Teacup Chihuahua TurboRoo was born without front legs. His breeder dropped him off at a veterinary clinic in Indianapolis after realizing he needed individualized care. Veterinary Technician Ashley Looper quickly became attached to the puppy and began fostering him.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Show Notes 08/10/2014

Sunday Show 8/10/14

New Jersey church orders bats in their attic to leave
The bats in the attic of a historic church in New Jersey are being evicted. The creatures have made Tranquility United Methodist Church in Green Township their bat cave for years. But church officials have wanted to do something about them since replacing a porous slate roof damaged by Tropical Storm Irene and Hurricane Sandy, the Newark Star-Ledger reported Sunday.
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HS bibble banner lawsuit heads to Texas Supreme Court
A group of high school cheerleaders from southeast Texas asked the state Supreme Court on Wednesday to rule on whether banners emblazoned with Bible verses that they display at football games is protected free speech. 
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California school district shelves sex education text that prompted parents outrage
A Northern California school district is shelving a controversial sex education textbook with racy references to masturbation, sex toys and bondage.
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles tops box office
Studio estimates say "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" sliced off $65 million at the weekend box office. The Paramount comic-book adaptation featuring Megan Fox alongside computer-generated renditions of the pizza-eating, sewer-dwelling superheroes lunged into first place in its debut weekend.
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Nixon resigns Presidency
On August 9th 1974, President Richard M. Nixon resigned in the wake of the Watergate burglary scandal. He was the first president in American history to resign.
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Ford is inaugurated
On this day in 1974, one day after the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford is sworn in as president, making him the first man to assume the presidency upon his predecessor's resignation.
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Major player in Obama eligibility booted from office
In an election-year stunner, Gov. Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii was ousted from office Saturday by state Sen. David Ige, who crushed the incumbent in the Democratic primary, despite a last-minute push for Abercrombie by President Barack Obama. Although he has been outspent by about 10 to 1, Ige defeated Abercrombie by a margin of 67 to 32 percent.
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Feminists declare war on transgenders
Women are not the same as men. That’s obvious to most. But a stunning conveyor of that message is radical feminists, who according to the New Yorker, are objecting to claims to womanhood made by men, otherwise known as transgenders.
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Former postmaster blasts USPS stamp choices
A former postmaster general and prominent stamp collector is accusing the U.S. Postal Service of “prostituting” its stamp program, sacrificing cultural icons for pop culture in a wrongheaded search for “illusory profits.”
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Smartphone App to help you avoid dangerous areas is obviously racist or something
What if you were moving to – or visiting – a city where you didn’t know your way around? And what if you were worried about wandering into a high crime area, but didn’t know the layout of the city?
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11 year old Cancer survivor invents chemo backpack for pediatric patients
An 11-year-old cancer survivor has used her own experience to invent a device that she hopes will make chemo treatments a little easier for other kids battling the disease, KDVR.com reported.
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Great Gift for Grandma? Retirees Love Tablets
Figures just out from communications regulator Ofcom suggest that tablets are becoming increasingly popular among the over-55s. It seems 28% of this group own one and for many, it has become a go-to main device.
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Astronauts cannot sleep properly in space
A new study by Harvard Medical School has found many astronauts suffer serious levels of sleep deprivation that could be putting their lives in danger. Scientists studied the sleep patterns of 64 astronauts on 80 space shuttle missions and 21 International Space Station (ISS) crew members before, during and after spaceflight.
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Saturday, August 09, 2014

Show Notes 08/07/2014

Thursday Show 8/7/14

Founding Fathers refute Obama's Muslim fabric
President Obama’s remarks thanking Muslims for “building the very fabric of our nation” and claiming they were in part responsible for “the core of our democracy” have left many in and outside of Washington scratching their heads. But the Founding Fathers would find the comments even more baffling.
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Richmond-area school to keep ‘Rebels’ team name
A Richmond-area public high school will keep “Rebels” as its team name after a student-led protest called attention to plans by the administration to field a new mascot without ties to the Confederacy.
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In rare move Universtiy grants 22k scholarship to undocumented student
In a rare move for U.S. higher education, Rutgers University has awarded a full scholarship to an undocumented immigrant, allowing him to finish his last two years of college and receive his bachelor’s degree.
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'The Big Bang Theory' actors get $25,000 an hour
Call it the ultimate revenge of the nerds -- or, at least, the actors playing nerds. The cast of the hit CBS (CBS) show "The Big Bang Theory" are receiving stunning raises for the upcoming seasons. Cast members portraying Sheldon Cooper, Leonard Hofstadter and Penny will now make $1 million each an episode. That's akin to what the 'Friends' actors got at the end of that show's historic run -- and it's a big boost from the $300,000 per show they were receiving this past season.
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President Obama, Congress Invited to Free 'America' Movie Screening
President Barack Obama and hundreds of other powerful members of government were sent letters this week inviting them to a free screening of America, the docudrama from conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza.
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When it comes to Cancer the benefits of Aspirin may outweigh the risk
A new study in Annals of Oncology finds that the benefits of daily aspirin may outweigh the risks, at least when it comes to cancers of the digestive tract – bowel, stomach and esophageal.
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Computer Games Better Than Medication in Treating Elderly Depression
Computer games could help in treating older people with depression who haven't been helped by antidepressant drugs or other treatments for the disorder, researchers say.
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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Show Notes 08/03/2014

Sunday Show 8/3/14

Faith of nation's forefathers celebrated at Plymouth
The unique American experiment is being celebrated at the spot where the Pilgrims landed in 1620. It’s the 125th anniversary of the National Monument to the Forefathers, which the Plymouth Rock Foundation is commemorating with a series of special events this week, concluding Saturday.
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Marvel comics makes Thor thunder Goddess
Thor is now a Goddess of Thunder. Marvel Comics announced this month that the hammer-wielding Norse superhero will be a woman in upcoming comic book issues. Marvel was thin on details explaining the switch, but said in a press release that "no longer is the classic male hero able to hold the mighty hammer."
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Netanyahu warns US not to ever second guess me again
Following the quick collapse of the cease-fire in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the White House not to force a truce with Palestinian militants on Israel.
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A "sockdolager" is a knock-down blow. This is a newspaper reporter’s captivating story of his unforgettable encounter with the old "Bear Hunter" from Tennessee. From "The Life of Colonel David Crockett", by Edward S. Ellis (Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, 1884)
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Education in Colonial America
Mr. Peterson is Headmaster of The Pilgrim Academy, Egg Harbor City, New Jersey. He teaches economics and is constantly in search of ways to support and defend the principle of voluntarism in education.
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Federal court upholds Florida law in “Doc's vs Glock's case
The suit, brought in part by the Florida chapters of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics, had won an injunction by a lower court in what became known popularly as the “Docs vs. Glocks” case.
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