Survey: 81% of parents steal kids’ candy

According to a survey by the National Confectioners Association, 81% of parents steal Easter candy from their kids.

89 percent first eat the ears off of a chocolate Easter bunny; 6 percent eat the feet first, and 5 percent the tail.

24 percent listed cherry as their favorite jelly bean flavor; 19 percent named strawberry; 15 percent said licorice, and 12 percent said lemon.

Climatologist Says: Mini-ice age has begun

“The cold blast in East parts and the rather unusual late snow which hit the northeastern  USA in mid-April well confirmed our forecast issued Mar 31 and broke 133-yr-old Winter-Spring snowfall records, says astrophysicist Piers Corbyn.

“The Mini-Ice age we predicted some years ago has begun”, says Corbyn.

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Great Lakes ice coverage shrinking but still incredibly high for this time of year

Great Lakes ice coverage shrinking but still incredibly high for this time of year

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Coast Guard Warning: Most Atlantic ice in decades

The Canadian Coast Guard’s icebreaker fleet “confronts some of the worst ice conditions on the Atlantic Ocean in decades,” says this article on cbsnews.ca.

The Canadian Ice Service, an arm of Environment Canada, said there is 10 per cent more ice this year compared to the 30-year average.

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Healthcare.gov users asked to reset passwords following Heartbleed bug

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The officials are requesting that Healthcare.gov users reset their passwords after a continuing internal review by the Department of Homeland security flagged the site as possibly being vulnerable to a Heartbleed exploit. The move to reset passwords is being taken “out of an abundance of caution,” according to a a notice published on the site, which serves as a portal for the health insurance exchanges set up under Obamacare. In addition, the note says that “there’s no indication” that any information was revealed through Heartbleed.

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Republicans Still Excel at Collecting Taxes for the State

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc)

The old accusation that Republicans are tax collectors for the welfare state still rings true. Republicans repeatedly promise lower tax rates in return for eliminating tax deductions. Then, a few years later, tax rates are raised back up to old levels—but the deductions stay gone forever. But it’s not just the welfare state. As Jon Utley points out, Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wisc.) proposed budget would increase military spending by some $50 billion per year starting in 2015, eliminating the savings of the defense sequestration plan passed last year by Congress.

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Gosnell Movie

A historic crowdfunding campaign for a movie about America’s biggest serial killer, abortionist Kermit Gosnell and the media cover-up.

Keystone XL Pipeline in Perspective

Keystone XL Pipeline In Perspective

Bans on Sharing Food With Homeless Persist

No one may feed the homeless or do acts of mercy without a government permit. Homeless

With all the restrictions on selling and marketing food, it’s easy to forget that even sharing food is sometimes still a crime. Despite my own stated optimism last year, it appears that bans on sharing food with the homeless and less fortunate won’t be going away any time soon.

Last week, Scott Keyes, a senior reporter with the progressive news site ThinkProgress, reported on the idiotic outcome of one of the latest of such bans.

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Earth Day dilemma: UK wind turbine kills rare bird – white-throated needletail – sighted only 8 times in UK since 1846

white-throated needletail bird

What’s an environmentalist to do? 1) support alternative, clean energy; or 2) save endangered species? 

A group of 40 enthusiasts dashed to the Hebrides to catch a glimpse of the brown, black and blue bird, which breeds in Asia and winters in Australasia. But instead of being treated to a wildlife spectacle they were left with a horror show when it flew into a wind turbine and was killed.

John Marchant, 62, who had made the 500-mile trip all the way from Norfolk, said: ‘We were absolutely over the moon to see the bird. We watched it for nearly two hours. “But while we were watching it suddenly got a bit close to the turbine and then the blades hit it. We all rushed up to the turbine, which took about five minutes, hoping the bird had just been knocked out the sky but was okay. Unfortunately it had taken a blow to the head and was stone dead. It was really beautiful when it was flying around, graceful and with such speed. To suddenly see it fly into a turbine and fall out the sky was terrible.”

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White House delays Keystone XL pipeline decision indefinitely

Keystone Pipeline

Despite passing the State Department’s final environmental analysis earlier this year, the controversial Keystone XL pipeline is facing more delays well before developments get underway. In an announcement made today, the Obama White House stated that it is putting its final approval of the project on hold. When it will make a decision is currently unclear.

It won’t happen until the current resident of the White House has left office. 

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White House delays Keystone XL pipeline decision indefinitely

Keystone Pipeline

Despite passing the State Department’s final environmental analysis earlier this year, the controversial Keystone XL pipeline is facing more delays well before developments get underway. In an announcement made today, the Obama White House stated that it is putting its final approval of the project on hold. When it will make a decision is currently unclear.

It won’t happen until the current resident of the White House has left office. 

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Earth Day dilemma: UK wind turbine kills rare bird – white-throated needletail – sighted only 8 times in UK since 1846

white-throated needletail bird

What’s an environmentalist to do? 1) support alternative, clean energy; or 2) save endangered species? 

A group of 40 enthusiasts dashed to the Hebrides to catch a glimpse of the brown, black and blue bird, which breeds in Asia and winters in Australasia. But instead of being treated to a wildlife spectacle they were left with a horror show when it flew into a wind turbine and was killed.

John Marchant, 62, who had made the 500-mile trip all the way from Norfolk, said: ‘We were absolutely over the moon to see the bird. We watched it for nearly two hours. “But while we were watching it suddenly got a bit close to the turbine and then the blades hit it. We all rushed up to the turbine, which took about five minutes, hoping the bird had just been knocked out the sky but was okay. Unfortunately it had taken a blow to the head and was stone dead. It was really beautiful when it was flying around, graceful and with such speed. To suddenly see it fly into a turbine and fall out the sky was terrible.”

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White House delays Keystone XL pipeline decision indefinitely

Keystone Pipeline

Despite passing the State Department’s final environmental analysis earlier this year, the controversial Keystone XL pipeline is facing more delays well before developments get underway. In an announcement made today, the Obama White House stated that it is putting its final approval of the project on hold. When it will make a decision is currently unclear.

It won’t happen until the current resident of the White House has left office. 

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Earth Day dilemma: UK wind turbine kills rare bird – white-throated needletail – sighted only 8 times in UK since 1846

white-throated needletail bird

What’s an environmentalist to do? 1) support alternative, clean energy; or 2) save endangered species? 

A group of 40 enthusiasts dashed to the Hebrides to catch a glimpse of the brown, black and blue bird, which breeds in Asia and winters in Australasia. But instead of being treated to a wildlife spectacle they were left with a horror show when it flew into a wind turbine and was killed.

John Marchant, 62, who had made the 500-mile trip all the way from Norfolk, said: ‘We were absolutely over the moon to see the bird. We watched it for nearly two hours. “But while we were watching it suddenly got a bit close to the turbine and then the blades hit it. We all rushed up to the turbine, which took about five minutes, hoping the bird had just been knocked out the sky but was okay. Unfortunately it had taken a blow to the head and was stone dead. It was really beautiful when it was flying around, graceful and with such speed. To suddenly see it fly into a turbine and fall out the sky was terrible.”

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Earth Day dilemma: UK wind turbine kills rare bird – white-throated needletail – sighted only 8 times in UK since 1846

white-throated needletail bird

What’s an environmentalist to do? 1) support alternative, clean energy; or 2) save endangered species? 

A group of 40 enthusiasts dashed to the Hebrides to catch a glimpse of the brown, black and blue bird, which breeds in Asia and winters in Australasia. But instead of being treated to a wildlife spectacle they were left with a horror show when it flew into a wind turbine and was killed.

John Marchant, 62, who had made the 500-mile trip all the way from Norfolk, said: ‘We were absolutely over the moon to see the bird. We watched it for nearly two hours. “But while we were watching it suddenly got a bit close to the turbine and then the blades hit it. We all rushed up to the turbine, which took about five minutes, hoping the bird had just been knocked out the sky but was okay. Unfortunately it had taken a blow to the head and was stone dead. It was really beautiful when it was flying around, graceful and with such speed. To suddenly see it fly into a turbine and fall out the sky was terrible.”

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Hillary Rodham Clinton’s new book, ‘Hard Choices,’ to detail her time at State

Hard Choices

Hillary Clinton’s new book will be titled Hard Choices and will discuss her time as secretary of state. It will be released in June. 

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s upcoming book will be called “Hard Choices,” a title that reflects how the potential 2016 presidential candidate may try to define her record as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state while she considers another White House campaign.

Publisher Simon & Schuster said Friday the new book, to be released June 10, will offer Clinton’s “inside account of the crises, choices and challenges” she faced as secretary of state and “how those experiences drive her view of the future.”

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Social Security Drops Efforts To Collect Old Debts From Children of Debtors. Maybe.

Acting Commissioner of Social Security, Carolyn W. Colvin

After a good deal of embarrassing coverage, the Social Security Administration announced it’s suspending its efforts to collect old debts—those stretching into that past, beyond 10 years—on April 14. The official statement from Carolyn W. Colvin (pictured at right), Acting Commissioner of Social Security, carefully stays clear of any mention that they were often trying to collect these debts from the next generation. 

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Good Friday / Holy Friday / Great Friday / Sorrowful Friday

Serbian pilgrims carry crosses in Jerusalem to mark Good Friday

Christians the world over today remember the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The events of the week bring together the Jewish tradition of Passover and the Eucharist celebration of the Last Supper that Christians continue today. We remember how profound religious belief met unbending secular authority in the Messiah’s submission to Roman rulers but also in his ultimate triumph over even this life itself. 

“The most dangerous idea in human history and philosophy remains the belief that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and rose from the dead,” Peter Hitchens told an audience (that laughed) at the Sydney Opera House last year. But he continued, “It alters the whole of human behavior and all our responsibilities. It turns the universe from a meaningless chaos into a designed place in which there is justice and there is hope and, therefore, we all have a duty to discover the nature of that justice and work towards that hope. It alters us all.” 

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On Appeal

A federal appeals court judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding the question of same-sex marriage appeared Thursday to lean toward overturning Oklahoma’s ban on the unions. U.S. Circuit Judge Jerome Holmes is seen as the swing vote on the three-judge panel that heard the Oklahoma appeal and a similar case from Utah last week. During Thursday’s hearing before the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel, Holmes asked Jim Campbell, the attorney representing the defendant in the case, “The state cannot define marriage in any way that would trample constitutional rights, right?” Campbell contended the court must defer to the democratic process if there is a rational reason for the state to choose who can marry and who cannot. “The natural, procreative potential of opposite-sex couples distinguishes that group from same-sex couples,” Campbell said.

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Mandate Victory

Christian radio host James Dobson on Thursday won a temporary injunction that exempts his ministry from the Obamacare requirement to include the “morning-after” pill and other abortifacient contraception in its health insurance. Dobson sued in December, saying the Affordable Care Act mandate to provide the contraception violates the religious beliefs of his Colorado Springs-based ministry, Family Talk. Dobson is best known as the founder of the conservative Focus on the Family ministry. He left that group and launched the non-profit ministry Family Talk in 2010. The U.S. Supreme Court is considering similar challenges from Hobby Lobby and other for-profit employers.

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How to reduce your car insurance premium with tracking technology

Safe Driver DiscountWould you let your insurance company track your driving for a discount?

More than a million drivers across the country are already taking part in pay-as-you-drive or usage-based insurance coverage from large providers, such as Allstate, Progressive and State Farm. 

“Technology has come to almost every part of our life and auto insurance is no difference,” said Angie’s List Owner, Angie Hicks. “If you have a safe driving record and you have good driving habits you might consider an insurance company that gives discounts when they monitor your driving behavior through a tracking system.”

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Chicken Little ‘science’

IPCC Report

The cult centered on “global warming” alarmism is getting hot under the collar. People seem to have stopped paying attention and polls show “climate change” barely registers on a list of voters’ concerns.

This can only mean, as losing politicians like to say, that their message isn’t getting through. What to do? Why, shout louder, of course.

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61% Favor Building Keystone Pipeline

The latest Reason-Rupe poll finds that 61 percent of Americans favor building the 1,200 mile Keystone XL pipeline that would carry oil from Canada through the Midwest to refineries on the Gulf Coast. A third (32 percent) of Americans oppose the proposal.

Proponents of the long-delayed and contentious Keystone pipeline route say it will drive down gas prices and will create new jobs. Opponents say the pipeline could run too close to environmentally sensitive areas, and exacerbate global warming by increasing the fossil fuel use. The latter has been pushing hard to convince the Obama administration to reject the proposal.

California’s Raw Milk Debate

California Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada (D-Davis)

California Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) introduced a bill that would allow hobby farms to share or sell raw, unpasteurized milk from cows and goats, but it was halted after the commercial dairy industry and food-safety advocates claimed the bill would cause a public-health “disaster.” The bill’s supporters suspect that the opposition was more about crushing competition than about protecting the public’s health, although there’s little question that pasteurized milk poses fewer safety risks than the raw variety. Steven Greenhut writes that the debate’s politics are fascinating, given that some Democrats who are more apt to favor government regulation backed the bill as a means to help the small, niche farming industry that is sprouting up. Meanwhile, some Republicans, who usually decry government meddling, blasted the bill.

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Two justices say high court will likely rule on NSA programs

A National Security Agency (NSA) data gathering facility is seen in Bluffdale, about 25 miles (40 kms) south of Salt Lake City, Utah, December 17, 2013.

According to Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg the Supreme Court will ultimately have to rule on the legality of NSA surveillance programs.

Two members of the Supreme Court indicated on Thursday night that the court will ultimately have to decide the legality of National Security Agency surveillance activities.

The two justices, Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, made the comments during a public event at the National Press Club in Washington. They were responding to questions posed by journalist Marvin Kalb about whether the court would take up cases arising from the recent disclosures about NSA surveillance, most notably by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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South Korea Ferry Update

South Korean Ferry Accident

Some 268 people, many of whom are high school students, remain missing after aferry capsized off South Korea’s coast on Wednesday. It was reported today that the vice principal of Ansan Danwon High School, which many of the missing students attended, hung himself from a tree. He was one of the first people to be rescued from the sinking ferry. An arrest warrant is being sought for the captain of the ferry.

Obama tells Democrats: Defend my law

President Obama has urged Democrats to defend and be proud of Obamacare ahead of the upcoming midterms. Obama also said he is “still puzzled” about why Republicans have made Obamacare their “sole agenda item.”

President Barack Obama has laid out the blueprint he thinks his party should follow on Obamacare as the midterms approach: “forcefully defend and be proud” of the law — and then move on, hitting Republicans for Washington dysfunction and inaction on the economy.

The question now is whether Democrats will listen.

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America’s Very Progressive Federal Tax System

From Veronique de Rugy at Mercatus.

America’s Very Progressive Federal Tax System

Europe May Replace Russian Gas With US Coal

Coarl Plant

Oh, the irony. 

U.S. coal exports have been booming in recent years due to rising demand around the world. In fact, some European countries are already using U.S. coal to displace costly Russian gas. “Some European countries are using U.S. coal to help displace Russian natural gas and neutralize Russia’s energy influence,” Republican Kentucky Rep. Ed Whitfield said. “Coal exports are already having an impact on geopolitics and are helping to create American jobs and reduce our trade deficit. We can build on this success by increasing natural gas exports as well.” –Michael Bastasch, The Daily Caller News, 17 April 2014

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