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  • ELEVEN Cleveland Browns kneel during the National Anthem

    08/21/2017 8:13:50 PM PDT · by longsufferingjetsfan · 57 replies
    ESPN ^ | 8/21/2017 | Peter McManamon
    CLEVELAND -- Eleven Cleveland Browns players knelt in a circle during the national anthem prior to Monday's preseason game against the New York Giants. While the group knelt behind the Cleveland bench in front of the Gatorade buckets, several other players stood nearby and put their hands on a kneeling teammate's shoulder in support. Those who took a knee were tight end Seth DeValve, running backs Duke Johnson Jr. and Terrence Magee, safeties Jabrill Peppers and Calvin Pryor, cornerback Jamar Taylor, receivers Kenny Britt and Ricardo Louis, linebackers Chris Kirksey and Jamie Collins, and running back Isaiah Crowell (who was...
  • Bannon reportedly wants to start a network to the right of Fox News

    08/21/2017 7:31:06 PM PDT · by TBP · 40 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Aug. 19, 2017 | Sonam Sheth
    Ousted White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has told friends he wants to create a network that leans further right than Fox News, Axios reported on Saturday. It's unclear whether it will be a TV network like Fox News, or one that exclusively streams online.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Camp Lejeune, North Carolina ~ 22 AUG 2017

    08/21/2017 6:02:58 PM PDT · by laurenmarlowe · 38 replies
    Serving The Best Troops And Veterans In The World!! | The Canteen Crew
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Camp Lejeune, North Carolina Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is a 246-square-mile United States military training facility in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The base's 14 miles of beaches make it a major area for amphibious assault training, and its location between two deep-water ports (Wilmington and Morehead City) allows for fast deployments. The main base is supplemented by five satellite facilities: Marine Corps Air Station New River, Camp Geiger, Stone Bay, Courthouse Bay, Camp Johnson, and the latest addition to the facility, the Greater Sandy Run Training Area. There are several major...
  • If Confederate Statues Are 'Reprehensible', Why Didn't Nancy Pelosi ....

    08/21/2017 5:48:32 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 22 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Aug 21, 2017 | Katie Pavlich
    FULL TITLE: If Confederate Statues Are 'Reprehensible', Why Didn't Nancy Pelosi Remove Them When She Had the Power as Speaker? Last week House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi demanded Speaker Paul Ryan remove all confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol. In a statement, Pelosi said the statues have "always been reprehensible" and insisted they be taken down, despite the Capitol acting as a museum for all kinds of American history. “The halls of Congress are the very heart of our democracy. The statues in the Capitol should embody our highest ideals as Americans, expressing who we are and who we aspire...
  • Why We Need A Good Dose Of Ken Burns’ ‘Civil War’ Documentary Right Now

    08/21/2017 4:46:48 PM PDT · by euram · 46 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 21 August 2017 | Gregory S Bucher
    In the ongoing debate about Confederate monuments, Slate has republished a 2011 article by professor James M. Lundberg attacking Ken Burns’ monumental “Civil War” documentary. Although he concludes with an appreciation of Burns’ achievement, he disapprovingly notes the series’ sentimental tone and points to problems such as its “tidy vision of national consensus,” being “deeply misleading and reductive,” and its “careful 15 minute portrait of slavery’s role in the coming of the war” being nearly negated by Shelby Foote’s 15-second anecdote about a “ragged Confederate who obviously didn’t own any slaves” telling his inquiring Union captors that he’s fighting “because...
  • With Brutal 2018 Map, Obama and Clinton Supporters Aim To

    08/21/2017 4:30:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    At the Netroots Nation conference in Atlanta, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), the darling of the progressive Left, was blunt and straightforward in her vision of the party. They’re in a rut because they’re not left wing enough and further left is where they should go. Ever since the 2016 primaries, the Warren/Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) wing of the party has become more vocal, more active, and completely blinded with rage over Donald Trump’s 2016 win. Many are saying the moderate, centrist path that kept Bill Clinton in the White House for two terms is over, and that Jon Ossoff, who...
  • Poll: Mitch McConnell’s Kentucky Approval Rating Plummets to 18 Percent

    08/21/2017 4:21:06 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Aug 2017 | BEN KEW
    The approval rating of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has plummeted to just 18 percent, a survey from Public Policy Polling has found. The poll, which surveyed 645 Kentucky voters, found that just 18 percent of respondents approved of McConnell’s current performance, compared to 74 percent who disapproved. Seven percent of people said they were not sure. McConnell, who is the longest-serving U.S. Senator in Kentucky history, having represented the state since 1984, was recently criticized by President Trump for failing to pass the healthcare reform bill through the Senate. “Can you believe that Mitch McConnell who has screamed...
  • CNN’s Anderson Cooper’s Family Were Slave Owners – Owned Michelle Obama’s Relatives!

    08/21/2017 3:44:03 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 90 replies
    As the face of CNN, Anderson Cooper makes a very good living as wealthy, privileged white man casting judgments of affiliation upon his political enemies. This includes taking a handful of idiotic white supremacists and declaring they represent millions of Republicans/conservatives, pro-America, Trump supporters, etc. And yet Mr. Cooper himself has a much closer affiliation to slavery than he likely wants his leftist viewers to know. As a descendant of the Vanderbilt family, one of the wealthiest “old money” families in American history, Cooper is a direct descendant of big time slave owners. Cooper’s great-great grandfather, Cornelius Vanderbilt, owned several...
  • White people, here are 10 requests from a Black Lives Matter leader

    08/21/2017 3:39:09 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 91 replies
    Some things I’m thinking about that should change (in that Southern, black grandmama voice): 1. White people, if you don’t have any descendants, will your property to a black or brown family. Preferably one that lives in generational poverty. 2. White people, if you’re inheriting property you intend to sell upon acceptance, give it to a black or brown family. You’re bound to make that money in some other white privileged way. 3. If you are a developer or realty owner of multi-family housing, build a sustainable complex in a black or brown blighted neighborhood and let black and brown...
  • (Democrat) Delaney wants Lee statue removed from Antietam National Battlefield

    08/21/2017 3:09:50 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 58 replies
    .heraldmailmedia.com ^ | 19 Aug 2017 | Template Baker
    KEEDYSVILLE — The National Park Service didn’t put up that big statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee near the Newcomer House on Shepherdstown Pike, and has no plans to take it down. But U.S. Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., said this week that he believes the statue should come down, and that the park service should review all monuments and exhibits concerning the Confederacy that are on its properties for historical accuracy. Delaney’s concern over the statue, which became the possession of Antietam National Battlefield when it acquired the Newcomer property several years ago, is not simply that it recognizes...
  • Marcellus Williams faces execution despite new evidence

    08/21/2017 2:43:20 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 37 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 21th August 2017 | Yarno Ritzen
    On Tuesday night, the US state of Missouri is planning to execute Marcellus Williams despite a new report from a DNA expert that his lawyers argue supports his claim to innocence. In 2001, Williams, who is now 48, was convicted of the 1998 killing of Lisha Gayle. But his lawyers say new DNA evidence could exonerate him. The Missouri Supreme Court, however, has refused to review that evidence. Williams' lawyer, Kent Gipson, has described the Supreme Court's decision as "baffling". "We petitioned the court to look at the new evidence on August 14th, and less than 24 hours later they...
  • Federal Judge in Florida Denies Witness Chance to View Eclipse

    08/21/2017 1:30:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    A federal judge in Florida ruled a trial couldn't be postponed just because one of the key witnesses — a federal agent — had travel plans to see the solar eclipse. In a droll, three-page ruling issued Friday, Judge Steven Merryday denied the motion filed by an assistant U.S. attorney. Recalling popular dialogue from the TV classic Star Trek, the judge wrote that the prosecutor "boldy moves (where no AUSA has moved before)." "The solar eclipse is no longer mysterious, supernatural, foreboding or ominous," wrote Merryday. "An eclipse is just another astral event, precisely predictable since the day the Babylonians...
  • 63 shot over weekend in Chicago; only long July 4th weekend more violent this year

    08/21/2017 1:17:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 21, 2017 | by Elyssa Cherney and Elvia Malagon
    More people were shot in Chicago over the weekend than on any other this year, except for the Fourth of July weekend that stretched four days, according to police and data kept by the Chicago Tribune. At least 63 people were shot in the city, and eight of them were killed, police said. More than half of them were wounded over 13 hours from Saturday to early Sunday. At least 16 more people were shot through the day Sunday, including three on the same street in South Austin. The level of violence exceeded the 52 shot on the three-day Memorial...
  • 9 dead, 54 wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago

    08/21/2017 1:15:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 21, 2017
    Nine people were killed and at least 54 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday evening and Monday morning. Seven people were shot, one fatally, during a single mass shooting incident about 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side. The group was in the parking lot of a banquet hall in the 11900 block of South Loomis when a male in a black SUV opened fire, according to Chicago Police. The SUV then sped away. About 5:10 a.m. Sunday, a 30-year-old man was gunned down in the Brighton Park neighborhood on the...
  • Feds: Texas man tried planting bomb on Confederate statue

    08/21/2017 1:08:58 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 11 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 21, 2017 | Juan A. Lozano
    HOUSTON — A Houston man has been arrested after he was allegedly caught trying to plant explosives on a Confederate statue at a Houston park, authorities said Monday. Prosecutors allege 25-year-old Andrew Schneck was caught on Saturday evening near a statue of Richard Dowling, a lieutenant in the Confederate army. A Houston park ranger found Schneck holding two boxes with duct tape and wires as well as a bottle and a small tube containing compounds that tests later revealed were explosive materials, according to a criminal complaint.
  • (Superman) Donald Trump looked at the eclipse without glasses

    08/21/2017 12:57:07 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 32 replies
    Even President Donald Trump couldn’t help but look to the sky on Monday to view the first total solar eclipse since 1979. Stepping out on the Truman balcony at the White House with his wife, Melania, and son Barron, Trump initially tried to look at the eclipse without protective lenses. In a live video posted to the official White House YouTube channel, an aide can be heard yelling, “Don’t look.”
  • Christopher Columbus monument vandalized in Baltimore

    08/21/2017 12:53:24 PM PDT · by detective · 14 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | August 21, 2017 | Pamela Wood
    A monument in Baltimore to Christopher Columbus was vandalized overnight. Baltimore Police said they were looking into the incident. A video posted to YouTube shows a man striking the base of the monument near Herring Run Park repeatedly with a sledgehammer. Another person holds a sign that reads: “Racism, tear it down.” Another sign is taped to the monument reading: “The future is racial and economic justice.”
  • NASA Snaps Space Station Crossing the Solar Eclipse

    08/21/2017 12:49:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    CNET ^ | August 21, 2017 | Amanda Kooser
    Look closely at this photo of the great North American solar eclipse. You'll notice the sun and the moon's rounded bite taken out of the side. Most of the dark specks are sunspots. But there's something else notable. A larger speck near the curve of the moon's shadow is the International Space Station. The International Space Station Twitter account shared the photo on Monday with the message "It's the moon, sunspots AND the station in front of the sun. @NASA photographer captures station transiting sun during #Eclipse2017." The ISS looks different from the sunspots. You can even make out the...
  • Sen. Kaine Suggests Replacing Statue of Lee With One of Pocahontas in U.S. Capitol

    08/21/2017 12:01:36 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 61 replies
    CNS News ^ | August 21, 2017 | Susan Jones
    The discussion about Confederate statues is about addition as well as subtraction, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said on Sunday. He told CBS's "Face the Nation" that he favors removing the statue of Robert E. Lee in the U.S. Capitol and replacing it with one of Pocahontas, for example.
  • Video shows Florida mom's arrest after .200 breathalyzer test

    08/21/2017 11:29:19 AM PDT · by sparklite2 · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 20, 2017
    Lerma took two breathalyzer tests in which she blew a .200 and a .187, according to WPEC. The legal blood alcohol level limit in Florida is .08.