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  • Memorial Day crosses honoring fallen soldiers removed from public property after complaint

    05/24/2016 10:48:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Fox News.com ^ | May 24, 2016
    A Memorial Day display featuring crosses to honor fallen soldiers was removed from public property in Georgia after someone questioned whether the soldiers were all Christian. The 79 white, handmade crosses posted on public property along state Highway 92 in Hiram, Ga., were meant to represent the 79 Paulding County residents who died in America’s wars, according to town officials. But the crosses were abruptly taken down last Friday after someone called Hiram City Hall questioning whether the cross is an appropriate symbol for the memorial. Hiram Mayor Teresa Philyaw said the cross display, which she approved and planned, was...
  • Dave Matthews Band Pledges Proceeds from NC Concert to Fight Trans Bathroom Bill

    05/24/2016 10:38:19 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/24/16 | Daniel Nussbaum
    Dave Matthews Band will donate the proceeds from their upcoming concert in Charlotte to five organizations fighting North Carolina’s recently enacted transgender bathroom law. Unlike other artists who have cancelled concerts in the state in opposition to the law, Dave Matthews Band will go ahead with its scheduled May 27 show at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte. In a brief statement on their website, the band announced that a portion of proceeds from the performance would go to five organizations working to fight the law: the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Lambda Legal, ACLU of North Carolina, Equality NC...
  • Remaking Rutland with Refugees

    05/24/2016 10:37:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 24, 2016 | Sonia Bailey
    The character of the city of Rutland, Vermont is facing major change. Nestled in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont, it is an unsuspecting city targeted for refugee resettlement. After being kept in the dark since their mayor’s unilateral decision to accept 100 Syrian and Iraqi refugees in October, Rutland citizens should investigate the threatening impact that refugee resettlement has on their own public security, economic stability and community health before it’s too late. Photo courtesy Green Mountain PowerThe city of Rutland was chosen as the site to place refugees by the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), one...
  • Security Guard Arrested For Removing Man From Women's Bathroom

    05/24/2016 10:28:11 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 19, 2016 | Peter Hasson
    Update: Metro PD confirmed to The Daily Caller that they are treating the incident as a “suspected hate crime.” A female security guard working at a Washington, D.C. grocery store was arrested Monday afternoon for physically escorting a man out of the women’s restroom after he refused to leave because he identifies as a woman. The shopper — a young, African-American male who identified himself as Ebony Belcher to local news outlets — reportedly passed the security guard on his way into the women’s restroom at a Giant grocery store in Northeast D.C. After seeing Belcher walk into the women’s...
  • NC school district does away with valedictorians: ‘Competition has become very unhealthy’

    05/24/2016 9:55:25 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 19 replies
    EAG News ^ | 5/20/2016 | Victor Skinner
    CARY, N.C. – The Wake County school board believes the decades long tradition of naming class valedictorians and salutatorians creates “unhealthy competition,” so they voted to end the practice. Board members voted unanimously Tuesday to ban high school principals from recognizing the top students with the titles and move to the Latin system that uses designations including cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude starting in 2018, The News Observer reports. “We have heard from many, many schools that the competition has become very unhealthy,” board chairman Tom Benton told the news site. “Students were not collaborating with...
  • 1400 years of Inbreeding

    05/24/2016 9:29:41 AM PDT · by Yollopoliuhqui · 51 replies
    IsraPundit ^ | May 24, 2016 | Nesara
    We asked several Muslims in Saudi Arabia why they marry their first cousins. All of them told us it’s to keep the wealth within the family and that the Prophet allows them to do this. There is one town in Saudi Arabia where there are only two last names listed for all its citizens. This came from a Lockheed employee who has had three assignments to Saudi Arabia. Worth the read! During the pilot transition program with the KV-107 and C-130 with Lockheed, we found that most Saudi pilot trainees had very limited night vision, even on the brightest of...
  • Two FBI agents shot; man found dead inside Park Forest home

    05/24/2016 9:28:20 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 14 replies
    Two FBI agents were shot and a man they were seeking was found dead in a Park Forest home, authorities said. The FBI agents had been attempting to serve an arrest warrant at the time. The agents’ injuries were not considered life-threatening, according to the FBI.
  • Price of corn flour in Venezuela soars 900 percent

    05/24/2016 9:03:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    AFP ^ | May 24, 2016 | Staff
    Venezuelans on Tuesday woke up to discover that the government-controlled price of corn flour -- used to make corn patty arepas, a staple of local cuisine -- has risen 900 percent. The socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro had kept the price of corn flour frozen for 15 months at 19 bolivares a kilogram (two pounds).
  • The Armageddon Code: A Must-Read for All Those Looking for a Fuller Understanding of Christianity

    05/24/2016 8:39:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2016 | Douglas MacKinnon
    Like most people, the list of books I have read over the years is in the hundreds. The ones still to be read also in the hundreds. That said, of all the books I’ve read or planned to read, a book about “The End Times” had never made either list. Until now. While never a “Bible thumper,” I have always been a person of deep faith, and as outlined in the past, my personal relationship with Jesus Christ started when I was five years old, when a little plastic Baby Jesus became my sole comforter during a fairly violent eviction...
  • Colonel Allen West Talks to AIM About Black Lives Matter

    05/24/2016 8:37:48 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 24, 2016 | Alex Nitzberg
    The Black Lives Matter movement is a tool used by the left to maintain their "…90 percent plus hold on the black political electorate," according to Colonel Allen West. "I think that their whole existence is just a liberal progressive socialist movement to make sure that they keep the black community on the 21st century economic plantation that’s been created by the left." While the organization purports to protest societal discrimination and violence against black Americans, Colonel West exposed the movement's hypocrisy by noting its profound silence on a multitude of issues wreaking havoc in black communities. "If it really...
  • Education Nightmare Continues

    05/24/2016 8:20:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2016 | Armstrong Williams
    For far too many years we’ve tried to address the problem of failing educational achievement in America essentially by ignoring it. And by ignoring it, I mean, throwing money at it and hoping it’ll go away. But yet those problems persist. To wit, in the past year, for the first time in U.S. history, the majority of U.S. public school students fall into the category of the economically impoverished. This, despite the fact that spending per pupil in most American school districts is at an all-time high. There’s a gross disconnect here that no one’s talking about, and no one...
  • TRUMP CAMPAIGN PLANS COLLEGE OVERHAUL

    05/24/2016 8:17:22 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 51 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 23, 2016 | Deborah Lambert
    Who knew that the Trump campaign would be getting involved in higher education policy this year? Sam Clovis, a tenured economics professor and Trump campaign co-chair, recently noted that their objectives include getting the government out of student lending, requiring colleges to share in student loan risk, and discouraging borrowing by liberal arts majors. Clovis told Inside Ed that the mere mention of these policy proposals has sent some Washington graybeards into a swivet, and "he expects some higher education leaders to react the same way when Trump outlines these ideas during the fall campaign." Some of the ideas under...
  • Baltimore Blames ‘White People’ After Cop Found Not Guilty In Freddie Gray Case

    05/24/2016 7:32:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 49 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/24/2016 | Connor D Wolf
    Baltimore city residents expressed disappointment in response to the city circuit court Monday finding a police officer not guilty in connection to the death of Freddie Gray. Officer Edward Nero was charged with several misdemeanor offenses after Gray died April, 2015, in his custody. Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams found Nero not guilty of all charges just over a year later. Residents were not surprised given what they saw as racial bias in the criminal justice system. “White people are turning a blind eye,” resident Mumin Soweto told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “We’re not the ones stirring up the...
  • Washington’s Calculated Deception: Why America’s Middle Class Is In Long Term Decline Today

    05/24/2016 7:20:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2016 | Peter Ferrara
    America today has the proven resources to be the world’s number 1 producer of oil, number 1 producer of natural gas, and number 1 producer of coal. What is the policy of the Clinton/Obama Democrats flying under the flag of so-called “progressivism” today? Leave it in the ground!Their reason: if we continue to use the fossil fuel energy that powered the industrial revolution, life on the planet is going to fry, and we are all going to die. This is calculated deception, to justify vastly expanded government power and control, and a socialist takeover of American energy, which offers today...
  • Yahoo spends $500K to protect Marissa Mayer from ‘specific security threats’

    05/24/2016 7:14:50 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 5/23/2016 | James Covert
    Yahoo said Chief Executive Marissa Mayer faced “specific security threats” in 2015 — and the company accordingly spent more than a half-million dollars on her personal security. Last year’s tab came to $544,061 — more than 20 times the $26,891 Yahoo had spent a year earlier on protecting Mayer and her immediate family, according to a Monday filing. “During 2015 Ms. Mayer faced specific security threats that we believed were credible,” Yahoo said in the filing. The company didn’t elaborate on the threats. By comparison, Facebook said last month it spent $6.5 million on bodyguards and other security for its...
  • School play depicts rape, filthy language and public urination

    05/24/2016 7:11:16 AM PDT · by Pollard · 40 replies
    foxnews ^ | 11 May 2016 | Todd Starnes
    Carnegie Vanguard High School’s one act play had a little something for everyone: depictions of male-on-male rape, male-on-female rape, filthy language, on-stage urination, and an actress who simulated wiping her private parts at center stage. Oh yes, there was also a scene where a male cast member turned his back to the audience and dropped his pants, as fellow cast members deliver dialogue about the size of his appendage. “People were disgusted and there was complete shock at what they had just seen,” he told me. “Elementary-aged children were exposed to this show.” The district released a statement defending the...
  • Cosby on teen: ‘I gave her Quaaludes, then we had sex’

    05/24/2016 7:04:12 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 13 replies
    Bill Cosby admitted to plying teens with booze and drugs before having sex with them, and to having girls regularly dispatched to him by a modeling agency, newly unearthed court papers show. The comic said that at one point in his career, the agency would provide “five or six” young women each week, according to depositions he gave in 2005 and 2006 for a lawsuit. Among other revelations made by Cosby under questioning by lawyers for Andrea Constand, who claims he sexually assaulted her in 2004, was the description of a 1976 encounter with a 19-year-old model named Therese Picking.
  • Student photo protests transgender identity, raises free speech debate

    05/24/2016 7:00:39 AM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 25 replies
    The Daily Bruin ^ | May 11, 2016 | Janice Shiao
    Members of the UCLA community launched into a debate about free speech after a UCLA student posted a photograph in which students denounced the validity of identifying as transgender. In the photograph circulated on Facebook and Twitter, three UCLA students and one UC San Diego student held signs that read, “Get your agenda out of my restroom!” and, “Transgenderism is a mental disorder!” Julia Nista, incoming internal vice president of Bruin Republicans who posted the photo on Facebook, held a sign that said “There are only two genders!” in the photo. She said the photo was taken at a UC...
  • LGBT group wants Dallas to cut ties with pastor after controversial remark

    05/24/2016 6:47:51 AM PDT · by tuffydoodle · 41 replies
    myfoxdfw ^ | May 23, 2016 | fox staff
    A Dallas-based LGBT resource center is calling on Dallas leaders to cut ties with a controversial North Texas pastor who compared gay-friendly business advocates to ISIS. First Baptist Church of Dallas' Senior Pastor Robert Jeffress made the remarks on a radio program last week when he was discussing president Obama's transgender directive to public schools. "I've said often the greatest thread to freedom of religion in America is not ISIS, it's the chamber of commerce," the pastor said on the radio. "I mean, it's the businesses that say to our representatives, 'Oh, don't pass laws like that. Don't pass these...
  • The Toiletarians (Very Short Vanity)

    05/24/2016 6:22:43 AM PDT · by scouter · 28 replies
    May 24, 2016 | Scouter
    The heroic statesman (and saint) Sir Thomas More was a close friend of Erasmus, the great classical scholar. They were convinced that humor was a powerful tool for social change. I agree. Humor has a great way of making people see the truth in a nonthreatening way. A few days ago I saw the word "Toiletarian" used on FR by another FReeper. I thought it was great. It sums up in one word the absurdity of what Obama, Clinton, and Bernie are supporting. I think we need to adopt that word ourselves and start spreading it. We need to get...
  • TBS’s ‘The Detour’: Guns Endanger Kids, Constitution in Need of ‘Update’

    05/24/2016 6:21:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 5/23/2016 | Dylan Gwinn
    True to its name, TBS’s comedy The Detour, detoured from an otherwise hilarious episode and instead derailed completely, in a ridiculous attempt to smear gun owners, the 2nd Amendment, and the U.S. Constitution. While at a theme park in Salvation, Florida, which celebrates Christmas 364 days a year (they’re closed on Christmas), husband and wife team Nate and Robin (Jason Jones and Natalie Zea) alienate a Christmas reveler by acting in a decidedly non-Holiday kind of spirit. But before the well-intentioned guy can get away, Robin notices something under his shirt:
  • San Francisco to consider immigrant sanctuary protections

    05/24/2016 6:12:47 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 19 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 24, 2016 | Janie Har
    San Francisco officials plan to take another run at clarifying sanctuary protections for people who are in the country illegally, a policy that landed the city in national hot water last year when a Mexican man shot and killed a woman walking along a waterfront pier. The Board of Supervisors will consider a proposal Tuesday that spells out when law enforcement can turn over criminal suspects to federal immigration authorities.
  • The Nationwide Crime Wave Is Building

    05/24/2016 6:01:41 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 45 replies
    The Wall Street Journal.com ^ | May 23, 2016 | Heather Mac Donald
    The Nationwide Crime Wave Is Building As the homicide rate keeps rising in many cities, even some who dismissed the ‘Ferguson effect’ admit the phenomenon is real. By Heather Mac Donald May 23, 2016 Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey has again drawn the wrath of the White House for calling attention to the rising violence in urban areas. Homicides increased 9% in the largest 63 cities in the first quarter of 2016; nonfatal shootings were up 21%, according to a Major Cities Chiefs Association survey. Those increases come on top of last year’s 17% rise in homicides in...
  • School District of Springfield Township passes first transgender rights policy in Pennsylvania

    05/24/2016 5:55:51 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 23 replies
    Debate on the rights of people to identify as a gender other than the one they were born with has reached the national stage this year. But at Springfield Township schools, efforts to understand and accommodate gender-expansive students have been happening for years now, culminating in the passage of the first comprehensive district policy on transgender rights in the state on April 19. The policy recognizes the rights of students to identify as the gender of their choice, to be referred to by staff by the name and pronoun they identify with, to participate in activities in alignment with the...
  • Going Back to Move Forward

    05/24/2016 5:20:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown
    Ah, the "good old days," the ones that President Obama took a sarcastic swipe at during his recent commencement speech at Rutgers University when he said that America's "good old days weren't that great." Certainly he misread his teleprompter. Sure, we've experienced enormous advances in things like technology and medicine, but the "good old days" aren't so bad, especially compared to what's happening today. During the speech Obama said, "...by almost every measure, America is better and the world is better than it was 50 years ago, or 30 years ago, or even eight years ago." Apparently, Hillary Clinton missed...
  • Is Scarborough Shoal Worth a War?

    05/24/2016 5:12:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2016 | Pat Buchanan
    If China begins to reclaim and militarize Scarborough Shoal, says Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III, America must fight. Should we back down, says Aquino, the United States will lose "its moral ascendancy, and also the confidence of one of its allies." And what is Scarborough Shoal? A cluster of rocks and reefs, 123 miles west of Subic Bay, that sits astride the passageway out of the South China Sea into the Pacific, and is well within Manila's 200-mile exclusive economic zone. Beijing and Manila both claim Scarborough Shoal. But, in June 2013, Chinese ships swarmed and chased off a...
  • Exclusive: Planned Parenthood Lawyer Denies Collusion, Admits DA Gave Him Video

    05/24/2016 4:56:47 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 13 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 24 May 2016 | Lana Shadwick
    HOUSTON, Texas — The lawyer for Planned Parenthood who has been accused of colluding with the Harris County DA against the Planned Parenthood undercover videographer, filed an affidavit to deny this charge, but admits that a prosecutor gave him a copy of the undercover video. As reported on April 14, Jared Woodfill, a lawyer for undercover videographer David Daleiden told Breitbart Texas, “We have clear evidence that the DA is colluding with Planned Parenthood.” The District Attorney in Harris County, Texas, is Devon Anderson. David Daleiden, is the president and founder of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP). Daleiden’s undercover...
  • University of Victoria researchers model worst-case climate change scenario

    05/24/2016 4:52:18 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    MetroNews Canada ^ | May 23, 2016 | by Matt Kieltyka
    Study forecasts global temperature increases of up to 9.5 degrees C. The unmitigated burning of Earth's remaining fossil fuels would cause global warming on a scale bigger than previously anticipated, according to a new study out of the University of Victoria. Katarzyna Tokarska, a PhD student at the university, is the lead author of a new paper titled "The climate response to five trillion tonnes of carbon". Previous modelling, including those used by the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, use projections that assume just two trillion tonnes of carbon would be released.
  • Clinton Policies to End Pay Gap Would Just Make It Larger

    05/24/2016 4:51:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2016 | Michael Barone
    Women, lamented Hillary Clinton in an April 2014 tweet, make just 77 cents on the dollar to men. As a presidential candidate she has repeated that lament again and again, updating the numbers, in line with government statistics, to 78 cents in July 2015 and 79 cents this year. This injustice, she says, must be remedied by government. "Last time I checked," Clinton told an event sponsored by a salary site called Glassdoor, "there's no discount for being a woman. Groceries don't cost us less, rent doesn't cost us less, so why should we be paid less?" There is, as...
  • She is Opening a New Late-Term Abortion Clinic: “We’re Going to Go Further”

    05/24/2016 4:49:47 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 7 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | May 23, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    Burkhart plans to open a new, late-term abortion business in Oklahoma City this summer, according to Rolling Stone. The businesswoman has a shady reputation, having once run an abortion clinic for late-term abortionist George Tiller. She currently owns and runs an abortion business in Wichita, Kansas. On making the decision to expand her abortion business to the conservative state, Burkhart said: “After the physician in Oklahoma City went out of business, I felt like it was even more important. If you want abortion care in Oklahoma, currently you have to go to Tulsa or Norman. Our clinic will go further...
  • Fareed Zakaria -vs- Donald Trump Regarding Islam

    05/24/2016 4:45:13 AM PDT · by detective · 32 replies
    CNN broadcast a one hour special yesterday called “Why they hate us” discussing why adherents to the most authentic interpretations of Islam hate the United States. Overall, the broadcasted presentation by Fareed Zakaria was good; actually, very good. Perhaps one of the best one hour presentations in quite a while. The content was engaging, the historical references were well presented and well outlined…. until a fatal flaw. The common, disconcerting and uncomfortable fatal flaw.
  • What Is Military Appreciation?

    05/24/2016 4:11:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2016 | Allen West
    “Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month in 1999 to ensure the nation was given the opportunity to publicly demonstrate their appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by our servicemembers - past and present. Each year the president makes a proclamation, reminding Americans of the important role the U.S. Armed Forces have played in the history and development of our country.”That is the official explanation of the purpose of May as National Military Appreciation Month. My question is, how many of you actually knew about this? And what exactly does Military Appreciation mean in America? Does it mean...
  • Commencement Season

    05/24/2016 3:41:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    This is the season of college Commencement speeches -- an art form that has seldom been memorable, but has increasingly become toxic in recent times. Two themes seem to dominate Commencement speeches. One is shameless self-advertising by people in government, or in related organizations supported by the taxpayers or donors, saying how nobler it is to be in "public service" than working in business or other "selfish" activities. In other words, the message is that it is morally superior to be in organizations consuming output produced by others than to be in organizations which produce that output. Moreover, being morally...
  • Socialism And Violence

    05/24/2016 3:38:09 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 2 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | May 24,2016 | Jack Kerwick
    Many are the facts that the national media refuses to address. One such fact is that concerning the pattern of violence that’s emerged on the part of the supporters of self-declared “socialist,” Bernie Sanders. In addition to the fact that they conflict wildly with those held, traditionally, by Americans generally, socialists hold moral beliefs that demand the deployment of the overt coercion of others of those who don’t share those values.
  • Restaurateur, LGBT pioneer dead; estranged husband arrested

    05/23/2016 7:28:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 23, 2016 6:48 PM EDT | Brady McCombs
    The estranged husband of a well-known Salt Lake City restaurateur and LGBT pioneer who died in a house fire over the weekend has been arrested on suspicion of murder and arson, authorities said. Craig Crawford, 47, was booked after the blaze on Sunday killed 72-year-old John Williams, the owner of the popular Market Street Grill and other restaurants. The fire occurred less than three weeks after Williams filed for divorce from Crawford and sought a temporary restraining order that was rejected, court records show. …
  • (From MAY 23, 2011) Aborting Imperfection: Abortions on Disabled Babies are Dead Wrong

    05/23/2016 10:45:26 PM PDT · by kathsua · 3 replies
    Daily Mail Life News ^ | May 23, 2011 | Melissa Clouthier
    Modern technology brings diagnoses earlier–even in the womb. In the U.S., that means that 90% of children with Down’s Syndrom are aborted thanks to amniocentesis. In this UK example, a child diagnosed via ultrasound with Spina Bifida was aborted [WARNING: this is very disturbing]. His mother’s experience is what follows: Yet if making that choice was hard, the physical ordeal was only just beginning. At 18 weeks pregnant, I was too far gone for a surgical termination and would have to go through a labour and delivery, under the care of midwives at our local hospital. The first step was...
  • Romanian groups push for same-sex marriage ban

    05/23/2016 10:09:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | May 23, 2016
    Romanian campaigners said Monday they had collected three million signatures on a petition to block same-sex unions in the EU member state. Several groups linked to the Orthodox Church and united under the umbrella Coalition for Family are seeking a constitutional amendment to narrowly define marriage as the “union between a man and a woman”. It is the second such move in Europe this month after a group of mostly right-wing Italian politicians said they will push for a referendum to overturn the introduction of gay civil unions in their country. […] Homosexuality in Romania was illegal until 2000, when...
  • Refugees Will Build Drones As Part Of Federally Funded Jobs Program

    05/23/2016 9:06:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 75 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | 05/23/2016 | RACHEL STOLTZFOOS
    The Department of Labor has awarded Utica, New York, $2 million to teach young refugees how to build drones as part of a summer jobs program. About 400 teenage refugee students living in the city will get part-time summer jobs through the program, as well as tutoring in English and Math. Those who demonstrate academic competence will then take part in a year-long drone building challenge during the school year, as the work and tutoring continues. The 14- and 15-year-old refugee students will learn how to design a drone and then construct their own model using the lab of the...
  • What Seven Hours of Waiting Will Get You in Venezuela

    05/23/2016 8:05:11 PM PDT · by grundle · 21 replies
    panampost.com ^ | August 19, 2015 | Editor’s note: the author of this article expressly asked not to be named for fear of reprisals.
    Take a Walk Down the Atrocity Covered in Wallpaper "The simplest explanation is usually the correct one." ~ Occam’s razor "Why can’t you get things? It is very difficult to explain. I understand you are upset, but you can’t give the oligarchy the upper hand. It’s a matter of being united … another economy is an option, the community economy, the one stemming from small producers … do not give these racketeers (the entrepreneurs) resources. You have to wait in line with us as well, but at least in the end you don’t pay as much." The above message is...
  • Republicans seek to combine North Carolina LGBT lawsuits

    05/23/2016 8:05:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 23, 2016 4:37 PM EDT | Jonathan Drew
    North Carolina’s Republican leaders are seeking to combine separate lawsuits over a state law limiting protections for the LGBT community — moves that could help steer the cases to a judge who twice ruled against the federal government in recent years. Three federal judges are currently assigned to five dueling lawsuits over the law, which requires transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates in many public buildings. The law also excludes gender identity and sexual orientation from statewide antidiscrimination protections. Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore asked on Monday to combine...
  • Hillary Clinton Drops “Women Card” After Poll Test Shows Little Benefit…

    05/23/2016 7:26:01 PM PDT · by GilGil · 29 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 5/23/2016 | Sundance
    Clinton has stopped explicitly mentioning her role in history and joking about being the “youngest woman president.” That’s by design: Those kinds of direct appeals weren’t working with voters. “De-emphasize the ‘first’ talk,” advised a research report done by Emily’s List. “They already know she’d be the first woman president,” the report said of donors, “but we don’t get anything by reminding them.”
  • Four Refugees With Infectious Tuberculosis Sent to Indiana in 2015

    05/23/2016 7:06:38 PM PDT · by null and void · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/22/16 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Four refugees sent to Indiana by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement in 2015 were diagnosed with active tuberculosis once they arrived in the Hoosier State, according to the Indiana Department of Health. Active tuberculosis (TB) is infectious, while so-called “latent TB” is not infectious. But 10 percent of those infected with latent TB develop active infectious TB. In 2015, almost 400 migrants with latent TB settled in Indiana, according to state records. The state’s TB rate had declined for the 54 years up to 2010, but is now increasing as more migrants settle in the state. ... More significantly,...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii ~ 24 MAY 2016

    05/23/2016 5:59:40 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 138 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | laurenmarlowe
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) is located on the island of Hawaii between Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea and the Hualalai Volcanic Mountains. It extends up the lower slopes of Mauna Kea to approximately 6,800 feet in elevation and to about 9,000 feet on Mauna Loa. The training area is about midway between Hilo, on the east coast and the Army landing site at Kawaihae Harbor. The area is the largest DOD installation in Hawaii. The PTA consists of 108,863 acres, of which 24,048 are leased by the Army...
  • Valerie Jarrett Cites 'Ending Two Wars' as Obama Accomplishments

    05/23/2016 5:25:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 23, 2016 | Cortney O'Brien
    White House Adviser Valerie Jarrett was tasked with listing some of the ways President Obama made good on his promise to bring “hope and change” to America during her interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” this weekend. She cited a declining unemployment rate, a revived automobile industry and the millions of Americans who now have health care as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Some of those “accomplishments” are debatable, but one was downright false. During her answer, Jarrett had the audacity to say that Obama “ended two wars” during his two-term tenure. Jarrett’s comments would be news to our...
  • Muslim woman behind viral selfie hailed as heroine -- until hateful Tweets revealed

    05/23/2016 4:22:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | May 23, 2016
    A Muslim woman who was photographed taking selfies in front of a Belgian protest last week, earning her widespread praise for her cheerful stance against bigotry, reportedly praised Hitler and called for the killing of Jews in past Facebook posts. Zakia Belkhiri was photographed taking the selfies as she flashed a peace sign in front of Vlaams Belang protesters at the third annual Muslim Expo in Antwerp.The protests were part of the increasing resistance in Belgium and elsewhere in Europe to the flood of Muslim refugees pouring in from war-torn and poverty stricken countries in the Middle East and Africa.
  • Liberal columnist heralds coming ‘revolution’ as ‘dying white majority’ fades

    05/23/2016 4:05:12 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 102 replies
    Personal Liberty ^ | 5/23/2016 | Sam Rolley
    American Republicans who support Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential bid are knowingly backing “the meanest, whitest, most vile bigot possible” because they fear losing majority status. That’s according to The Guardian’s Steven Thrasher, who contends that minorities will never prosper in the United States until 2043 “when this white supremacist nation becomes mostly non-white.” Thrasher calls Trump’s rise to political power on the right predictable nearly eight years after the nation elected its first black president because “every bold advancement of progress in the United States is met by a racist backlash.” Calling Obama “a clear symbol that the country is...
  • Kurdish president calls for statehood, new Middle Eastern order

    05/23/2016 3:32:20 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/5/16 | David Rosenberg
    Speaking on the 100th anniversary of the Sykes-Picot Agreement last week, President of the Iraqi Kurdistan, Masoud Barzani, declared that the old Middle East created by European imperialism was dead – and that an independent Kurdish state must be part of the emerging new order. Referring to the secret arrangement by the Allied Powers in World War I to divide the Middle East into “spheres of influence”, Barzani blasted the Sykes-Picot Agreement, saying that it denied the rights of the inhabitants and carved up populations with arbitrary lines. The agreement served as the basis for the establishment of the modern...
  • French Lawmaker’s Fall Over Harassment Claims May Hold Lesson for Men: Behave

    05/23/2016 3:23:46 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 22, 2016 | ADAM NOSSITER
    PARIS — With its guffawing masculine hilarity, the National Assembly, France’s lower house of Parliament, would not be put to shame by the most boisterous American state legislature. The marble-and-velvet setting may be more elegant, but the rowdy laughter says the same thing: Men dominate. Over the last week, that male world has been shaken. The Assembly’s vice president, Denis Baupin, was forced to resign after several women came forward publicly with accusations that he had sexually harassed numerous female colleagues for years. One said Mr. Baupin had pushed her against a wall, grabbed one of her breasts and tried...
  • Controversy over where transgender individuals should use the bathroom is artificial

    05/23/2016 2:10:27 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 32 replies
    Insider Louisville ^ | May 23, 2016 | JOE DUNMAN
    This controversy is surreal because it’s totally artificial. Transgender men and women have been using bathrooms without incident since long before any right wing extremist group dreamed up legislation to alienate and punish them.
  • What Really Went Down in Baltimore (Long article)

    05/23/2016 2:08:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 23, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Baltimore. Freddie Gray. Arresting officer Edward Nero found not guilty on all charges. Not guilty on every single charge. He rejected a jury trial and chose a bench trial. For those of you in Rio Linda, that means he let the judge decide. It was a wise, wise move. He obviously figured he couldn't get a fair and impartial jury in Baltimore, given the racial component here. Now, this case... Let's go back and listen to Marilyn Mosby. She's the state attorney here, and this is the day -- it's May 1st of 2015, a little over...