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  • Steve Bannon: Trump ‘maniacally focused’ on campaign vows

    02/23/2017 10:01:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 23, 2017 | Douglas Ernst
    White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon told attendees at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday that President Donald Trump is focused on fulfilling campaign promises like a man possessed. Attendees at the most famous annual gathering of American conservatives were given political red meat in the nation’s capital. Mr. Bannon, flanked by White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, told a crowd that “corporatist, globalist media” figures would be opposed every day by Mr. Trump as he attempts to deliver on his campaign vows. “He’s laid out an agenda with those speeches, with the promises he made, and our...

    02/23/2017 9:43:04 PM PST · by rogerantone1 · 3 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | February 23, 2017 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Case involving law enforcement officer being protected: Rising Sun, February 20, 2017, CBS Channel 4 in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • GOP senator, a Vietnamese refugee, removed from California Senate floor after criticizing Tom Hayden

    02/23/2017 9:37:10 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 23 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | Feb 23 2017 | Katy Murphy
    SACRAMENTO — Republican legislators are decrying what they call a free-speech violation after Sen. Janet Nguyen, an Orange County Republican, was forcibly removed from the Senate floor Thursday morning during an attempt to criticize the late California Sen. Tom Hayden. The unusual scene, captured on video, shows the Vietnamese-American lawmaker being led from the floor by Capitol security officers. Nguyen, who fled communist Vietnam with her family and arrived in the U.S. in the early 1980s when she was a young child, is critical of Hayden’s anti-Vietnam War activism.
  • Court Upholds “Assault Weapon” Ban With Incorrect Facts

    02/23/2017 9:27:26 PM PST · by rogerantone1 · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 23, 2017 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Should “military-style rifles” be banned? On Tuesday, the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia – in a virtual party line vote – upheld Maryland’s assault weapons ban. In the 10 to 4 En Banc decision, Democrats supported the ban while Republicans opposed it. Writing for the majority, Judge Robert King, a Clinton appointee, argued that the Second Amendment does not protect people owning “weapons of war.” His opinion starts out by listing recent mass public shootings that have used AR-15-type rifles, guns that he also refers to as “military-style rifles,” in their attacks.
  • Tucker Carlson Debates Biology-Denying SJW on Tranny Bathrooms!

    02/23/2017 9:26:17 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 17 replies
    Published on Feb 23, 2017 'Donald Trump is not only a monster, but he's a coward!'
  • John Lott Q&A: Anti-Gun Lies About Mass Shootings

    02/23/2017 9:15:26 PM PST · by rogerantone1 · 1 replies
    America's 1st Freedom ^ | February 23, 2017 | John R. Lott Jr.
    It’s likely nobody anywhere has done more research on, or knows more about, mass shootings than researcher John Lott. Author of the recent book The War On Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies, Lott is also head of the Crime Prevention Research Center, an organization dedicated to providing an objective and accurate scientific evaluation of both the costs and benefits of gun ownership. We recently posed a handful of questions to Lott to learn the truth about mass shootings that the so-called “mainstream” media won’t report.
  • Conservatives more united than mainstream media reports [Bannon: “Hold us accountable.”]

    02/23/2017 8:47:16 PM PST · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, February 23, 2017 | Mercedes Schlapp
    The mainstream media love writing the narrative of crisis, division and disarray in the conservative moment. So it was no surprise this week when Time magazine published an article titled “The Conservative Grassroots Faces a Crisis at Its Annual Meetup.” It must be missing the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where thousands of grass-roots activists from across the country are gathering this week to celebrate the Trump victory and prepare for battles that lie ahead. At CPAC, conservative warriors are energized, united and excited about supporting the president and his vision for America. They might not agree with every aspect...
  • Trump’s order gives a boost to bathroom bills in 12 states

    02/23/2017 8:35:39 PM PST · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, February 23, 2017 | Bradford Richardson
    Twelve state legislatures are considering bills that would require transgender people to use bathroom and locker room facilities based on their “biological sex” or birth gender, according to the National Conference of States Legislatures. The tally provides an insight into how states might proceed now that President Trump has rescinded an Obama administration order that required schools across the country to allow transgender students to use whatever bathroom or locker room facilities they choose. Matt Sharp, legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, said the repeal will inspire a flurry of legislative activity at the local level.
  • Social Security paid a billion dollars to people with no SS numbers

    02/23/2017 8:15:02 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 23, 2017 | Rick Moran
    Here's a tale of government waste involving all the usual suspects: incompetence, indifference, and laziness. The inspector general for the Social Security Administration discovered that a billion dollars in benefits was paid to people who had no Social Security numbers.  The benefits were paid to "representative payees" – people who were accepting benefit checks on behalf of another because the beneficiary was unable to manage his Social Security payments by himself. Seventeen percent of these representative payees were illegal aliens, according to the audit. Washington Times: Over the last decade, the agency paid $1 billion to 22,426 representative payees who "did...
  • Interrogating Saddam: What He Said on Kuwait and What Angered Him the Most

    02/23/2017 8:05:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Thursday, 23 February 2017
    CIA officer John Nixon sums up his role in Iraq during the US occupation. His first mission was to gather as much information as possible about Saddam Hussein, and then sent to Baghdad to help search for him. When the US forces finally captured him, Nixon said that he had prepared “a list of 30 to 40 questions that he felt that Saddam was the only one who could answer.” “To be honest, the moment I saw him, I knew that it was him and I did not have any doubts about it,” he added. Nixon has spoken of his...
  • 'We're Not Standing in the Way': CT Gov, Tucker Spar Over Illegal Immigration

    02/23/2017 7:53:06 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 23, 2017
    On Thursday, Tucker Carlson debated Gov. Dannel Malloy (D-Conn.) on his response to President Trump's order that states comply with federal immigration laws when dealing with illegal immigrants.This week, Malloy issued a memo to law enforcement and school officials, telling them they do not have to abide by federal immigration laws or fully cooperate with ICE. CT Gov. Tells Officials Not to Follow Federal Immigration LawCT Proposes Quadrupling Gun Permit Fees as Part of New Budget PlanCT Budget Proposal Could Cut 21-Gun Salute from Military Funerals "The president can't order [the state] to do federal work," Malloy said, "We're not...
  • What now? Court asks parties to weigh in on next steps in transgender bathroom case

    02/23/2017 7:16:26 PM PST · by markomalley · 17 replies
    SCOTUSBlog ^ | 2/23/17 | Amy Howe
    This evening the Supreme Court asked both sides in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., a challenge to a Virginia school board’s bathroom policy, to submit letters to the court discussing “how the case should proceed in light of” yesterday’s revocation of the Obama administration’s prior guidance. In that guidance, the federal government had interpreted a 1975 regulation to require schools to “treat transgender students consistent with their gender identity.” The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit had relied heavily on the now-revoked guidance in striking down the school board’s policy, which instead required students to use the...
  • How to Tell if News Is Really News

    02/23/2017 7:05:41 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 23,2017 | Alicia Colon
    During the past few years, I’ve found that the fake news and lies told by the mainstream media were debunked by the website and its intrepid editor Sundance. When all those alleged police shootings of unarmed black men were being hyped by the MSM, this site dug deeper and provided links and videos that proved that in most cases the shootings were justified and the ‘victims’ were not always innocent. Despite heavy criticism, Andrew Breitbart’s brainchild is a good, reliable source for the truth. I ought to know since I was on board at its inception and news...
  • Caitlyn Jenner Breaks Silence on Trump’s Decision to Revoke Transgender Bathroom Protections

    02/23/2017 6:54:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    US Magazine ^ | 02/23/2017
    Caitlyn Jenner is speaking out against President Donald Trump’s decision to revoke federal guidelines protecting transgender students in public schools. The trans E! reality star, 67, who backed Trump in the election, published a series of videos and posts on social media on Thursday, February 23, slamming the former Apprentice host for backtracking on the promises he made. “Well @realDonaldTrump, from one Republican to another, this is a disaster. You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me,” Jenner tweeted. In an Instagram video, the former Olympic athlete, who famously announced she was transitioning from Bruce to Caitlyn...
  • Northern Virginia High School Plans "Trayvon Martin Day"

    02/23/2017 6:45:40 PM PST · by ResistanceMedia · 36 replies ^ | February 23, 2017
    The Black Student Union (BSU) at Oakton High School in Oakton, Virginia, part of the Fairfax County Public School district has organized a "black history spirit week," to run from February 21-24, 2017. In a Twitter post made February 18, the BSU announced the event, to include days such as "Afrocentric day," "Black-out day," and of course, "Trayvon Martin Day." It is not immediately clear whether this event is school-sponsored, but spirit weeks usually are. According to several BSU members, the school administration tried to walk back their support of Trayvon Day due to criticism from "white boys," but the...
  • White House to eject environmental advisers from their historic main headquarters

    02/23/2017 6:25:48 PM PST · by ColdOne · 16 replies ^ | 2/23/17 | Juliet Eilperin/WaPo
    The White House on Friday will move its Council on Environmental Quality out of its main headquarters at 722 Jackson Place, a red brick townhouse it has occupied since it was established more than four decades ago. While some White House CEQ staffers will remain in adjoining townhouses, the shift means the council will lose its main conference room. While the influence of CEQ waxes and wanes depending on which president is in office, it traditionally plays a key role in executing the White House’s overall environmental agenda and coordinating key decisions among different agencies. The number of staffers also...
  • Economist: 41 Percent of White, Working-Class Men Have Abandoned Work

    02/23/2017 6:11:18 PM PST · by brucedickinson · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2-23-2017 | Katie McHugh
    The Economist shows the national unemployment rate was 4.7 percent at the end of 2016. But the formal unemployment rate is 6.4 percent among white, working-class men. That’s “a difference of 30 percent,” according to the Economist. More importantly, labor participation rates for non-college whites have sunk decade-by-decade “from 87 percent in 1948 to 69 percent today.” Wages fell for non-college Americans dropped too, partly because of massive immigration. Extreme immigration policies enable a $500 billion wealth transfer from workers to major employers, according to a study by a Harvard professor.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 24 February 2017

    02/23/2017 6:01:28 PM PST · by beachn4fun · 137 replies
    February 23, 2017 | Canteen Crew
    FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe Come on in, we're open Need a place just to hang out? This is it. We serve coffee, tea,or maybe a tall brew? Topped off with great conversation and music. No worries in the FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe. Grab a glass and start a conversation. You never know who you might meet in the Cafe. Glad you could join us. Enjoy your stay. Our...
  • Transgender teen to press Supreme Court case despite Trump administration guidance

    02/23/2017 5:52:31 PM PST · by ColdOne · 17 replies ^ | 2/23/17 | Sandhya Somashekhar/ wapo
    Attorneys for a transgender teen who sued his school board for barring him from the boys’ bathroom said Thursday that they plan to continue to press his case before the U.S. Supreme Court, despite the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw guidance on transgender students that had buoyed his lawsuit. Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing 17-year-old Gavin Grimm, said they believe federal laws barring discrimination on the basis of sex apply to transgender people regardless of the administration’s position on the matter. They argue that in light of the fresh directive from President Trump’s Cabinet —...
  • Why the GOP cannot sweep its Milo scandal under the rug

    02/23/2017 5:44:03 PM PST · by madprof98 · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/23/17 | Kristin Tate
    The British, gay provocateur and former Breitbart editor is everything that traditionalists hate: bold, politically incorrect, unapologetic, and often offensive. He uses his unconventional style to spread conservatism, offend “snowflakes” and promote free speech. Milo is so controversial, many mainstream conservatives have completely written him off, for fear of tarnishing the GOP brand. While it may be tempting to disassociate with Milo, the Republican Party must listen up and learn a few lessons from the controversial Brit — especially if it wants to expand its base among young voters, who now make up the nation’s largest voting bloc. *** The...
  • Australian Bar Prohibits Men From Approaching Women, Must Speak ‘As They Would to Their Mother’

    02/23/2017 5:43:34 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 35 replies
    A new bar in Canberra, Australia has created bizarre a rule for men: they are prohibited from approaching women; and if a female comes up to a man, he must speak to her “as he would speak to his mother.” Maple Bar, according to the Daily Mail Australia, opened its doors last Saturday. Entry only comes with adherence to the formal dress code and house rules – especially about men not approaching women. “We have a set of house rules, and the one that people have found most interesting is that gentlemen don’t approach ladies,” bar owner Mike Kadinski told...
  • AG Jeff Sessions: US to continue use of privately run prisons

    02/23/2017 5:38:23 PM PST · by ColdOne · 22 replies ^ | 2/23/17 | ERIC TUCKER /ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled Thursday his strong support for the federal government’s continued use of private prisons, reversing an Obama administration directive to phase out their use. Stock prices of major private prison companies rose at the news. Sessions issued a memo replacing one issued last August by Sally Yates, the deputy attorney general at the time. That memo, which followed a harshly critical government audit of privately run prisons, directed the federal Bureau of Prisons to begin reducing and ultimately end its reliance on contract facilities. Yates, in her announcement, said private facilities have more...
  • Using Machine Learning to Predict Parking Difficulty

    02/23/2017 5:30:01 PM PST · by spintreebob · 10 replies
    iot-for-all ^ | 2/14/2017 | Yitaek Hwang
    Just by indicating parking difficulty, cities can encourage people to take public transit rather than drive, perhaps mitigating traffic problems.According to the Telegraph, an average driver wastes a total of 2,549 hours looking for parking. That’s 106 days of wasted time. Now, those are statistics in the UK, but I bet that drivers in the US living in metro areas waste just as much — if not more — time looking for parking. Last week, Google quietly launched a new parking feature for Google Maps on Android across 25 major US cities. If you are in these metro areas, you will now see a...
  • President Trump Restores Protections for Women and Girls in Bathrooms and Schools

    02/23/2017 5:18:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Rush ^ | February 23, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: You know, on this business of “protections” becoming a new word for “regulations,” if the left wants to do that — and they’re gonna do it — here’s the right way to characterize it. It is President Trump who is restoring protections. President Trump is restoring protections for women and girls in bathrooms and to schools. It is President Trump doing the protecting. It is President Trump issuing the protections. Just take their own terminology and throw it back at ’em. BREAK TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Joni in Hanna, Indiana. Welcome to the EIB Network. Great to have you here. How...
  • Trump administration plans crackdown on recreational marijuana

    02/23/2017 5:00:00 PM PST · by Mariner · 80 replies
    McClatchy DC via Sacramento Bee ^ | February 23rd, 2017 | By Anita Kumar and Rob Hotakainen
    WASHINGTON President Donald Trump’s administration said on Thursday for the first time that it will crack down on marijuana sales in states that have approved recreational pot use. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the Department of Justice will pursue enforcement of federal law against recreational use, but not medical use. The statement marked a major break with the Obama administration’s hands-off approach to the growing marijuana legalization movement. “I do believe that you’ll see greater enforcement,” Spicer told reporters at his daily briefing. “Because again there’s a big difference between the medical use … that’s very different than...
  • Shocking Video: Bill Maher condoned sex between 35-year-old and a 12-year-old

    02/23/2017 4:54:46 PM PST · by shoptalk · 14 replies
    710 WOR radio ^ | Wednesday February 22, 2017 | Mark Simone
    A video surfaced Wednesday showing HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher condoning a sexual relationship between a 35-year-old female teacher and a 12-year-old male student that resulted in the woman getting pregnant twice before eventually being jailed. In this video Maher was referring to the story of a woman named Mary Kay Letourneau who was impregnated twice by student Vili Fualaau, starting when he was 12.
  • Trump Executive Orders Simply Enforce Immigration Law

    02/23/2017 4:46:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Rush ^ | February 23, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Now to immigration. “The Department of Homeland Security to Expedite deportation proceedings by not using Judges.” This is in The Daily Caller today. “With immigration courts reaching a record backlog in 2016, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly ordered Monday that illegal immigrants who have been in the U.S. for less than two years should be allowed to be deported without a court hearing. … ‘It is in the national interest to detain and expeditiously remove from the United States aliens apprehended at the border, who have been ordered removed after consideration and denial of their claims for relief...
  • Billionaire Pritzker Tells Men to Use Women's Bathrooms to Protest Trump

    02/23/2017 4:35:40 PM PST · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 23, 2017 | Bill McMorris
    A billionaire Democratic megadonor, who is exploring a run for governor, encouraged men to use women's bathrooms on Wednesday sparking criticism from transgender advocates and politicians. J.B. Pritzker, the billionaire heir whose father co-founded Hyatt hotels, floated the idea of switching bathrooms in the wake of President Donald Trump's executive order reversing an Obama policy that could have stripped federal funds from schools that maintain separate bathroom facilities based on sex.
  • Billionaire Pritzker Tells Men to Use Women’s Bathrooms to Protest Trump

    02/23/2017 4:17:43 PM PST · by ColdOne · 48 replies ^ | 2/23/17 | Bill McMorris
    A billionaire Democratic megadonor, who is exploring a run for governor, encouraged men to use women's bathrooms on Wednesday sparking criticism from transgender advocates and politicians. J.B. Pritzker, the billionaire heir whose father co-founded Hyatt hotels, floated the idea of switching bathrooms in the wake of President Donald Trump's executive order reversing an Obama policy that could have stripped federal funds from schools that maintain separate bathroom facilities based on sex. "As a protest against Trump's rescinding protections for trans kids, everyone should use the other gender's bathroom today!" he tweeted at 8:36 a.m. As a protest against Trump's rescinding...
  • My Advice for the Democrats

    02/23/2017 4:05:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Rush ^ | February 23, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Now, ladies and gentlemen, the Democrats are searching for a new chairman of the Democrat National Committee. I have been listening and watching and observing, and I’m developing some ideas. Democrats want to win again, obviously, and I want to offer my admittedly free advice on what they should do if they want to win. Don’t get frightened… BREAK TRANSCRIPT RUSH: All right, the Democrats are, I think, giving us a preview — a forerunner, if you will — of their agenda. They’re telling us what they’re for, they’re telling us what they’re against, they’re very passionate about all...
  • Santa Cruz police offer mea culpa for Feb. 13 “gang” raids; really immigration related

    02/23/2017 3:15:16 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 26 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | February 23, 2017 | Michael Todd,
    SANTA CRUZ >> Police Chief Kevin Vogel denounced the Department of Homeland Security in a press conference Thursday morning, saying the federal agency had misled Santa Cruz concerning a series of raids Feb. 13.
  • Trump Makes Immelt Attest to His Hole-in-One

    02/23/2017 3:14:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Rush ^ | February 23, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Trump had a meeting this morning at the White House with a slew of manufacturing CEOs. I think it’s still going on. If it’s not, it went on for hours. Trump loves these meetings. He gets a lot done at these meetings, and in the part that was televised… You know who Jeff Immelt is? He’s the CEO of GE who really, really, really, really got close in there and tight with Obama. So at the beginning of the meeting when the cameras are allowed in, Trump made Jeff Immelt describe the time he saw Trump hit a hole-in-one....
  • NY Times: Move Left, Democrats (Rats need to elect Ellison and pander more to minorities alert)

    02/23/2017 3:07:53 PM PST · by Zakeet · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 21, 2017 | Steve Phillips
    The Democratic National Committee will choose its next leader on Saturday, and when it does it should choose a leader who will resist the pressure to pursue the wrong white people. ... The way to win [Whites] back is by being more progressive, not less. [Snip] Keith Ellison, a D.N.C. chairman candidate, has a proven record of engaging core Democratic voters rather than chasing the elusive conservative whites, and the party would be in good hands under his stewardship. [Snip] Whoever prevails as chairman must resist the pressure to follow an uninformed and ill-fated quest for winning over conservative white...
  • The Opening Monologue: Poll on the Economy, Boehner, Mnuchin, Trump’s Cabinet — and More

    02/23/2017 2:53:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Rush ^ | February 23, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Well, this one had to be a tough one for CNN to report. They’ve got some polling data on what people think of the economy out there. Just saw it up there. Sixty-one percent of Americans report feeling very good about the economy. Thirty-seven percent, no. And by the way, I think we’re back. You know, when Obama was president and he was providing stewardship over a flagging economy it was the first time in my life that the state of the economy had no impact on presidential approval numbers. Now, I think it did on the election. The...
  • POTUS Agrees To Meet w/ Jackie Evanchos Transgender Sister, 18 To Discuss Bathroom Protection

    02/23/2017 2:35:20 PM PST · by drewh · 119 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17:13 EST, 23 February 2017 | Chris Spargo
    Jackie Evancho made a public plea to President Trump asking him to rethink his decision to lift bathroom protections for transgender students 'I guess I just want to enlighten him on what my sister, what I’ve seen her go through every single day in school and people just like her,' said Jackie Jackie's sister Juliet, 18, then spoke about what she faces every day at school since she came out as transgender two years ago 'I’ve had things thrown at me. I’ve had people say pretty horrible things and the unsafe environment is just very unhealthy,' said Juliet On Thursday...
  • Returning Power to States and School Boards

    02/23/2017 2:16:25 PM PST · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | February 23, 2017 | The Editors
    Yesterday the Trump administration preserved federalism, respected the principle of local control over local schools, and corrected one of the Obama administration’s many lawless and radical executive actions. With a simple, two-page letter, the Departments of Education and Justice withdrew and rescinded two Obama-administration letters that purported to unilaterally redefine Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The Obama administration had expanded Title IX’s explicit ban on sex discrimination in federally funded educational institutions to encompass “gender identity” discrimination and then imposed intrusive “guidance” on every federally funded school in the nation, on matters ranging from pronoun usage to...
  • Huffington Post Consults Zen Master on 'Coping With Trump'

    02/23/2017 1:53:50 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | February 23, 2017 | P.J. Gladnick
    Now that it has dawned on most of the leftwing opponents of President Trump that removing him from office via impeachment or the 25th amendment is very unlikely, what is left for them? Well, Jo Confino of the Huffington Post recommends consulting the writings of a Zen master for advice. Unfortunately, the recommendations offer little solace for the exceedingly angry diehard leftists as we shall see:
  • Transgender bathroom battle smolders in Fort Worth federal prison

    02/23/2017 1:44:40 PM PST · by tuffydoodle · 21 replies
    Fort Worth Star Telegram ^ | 2/22/17 | Bill Hanna
    FORT WORTH — Count federal prisons as the latest battleground for the transgender bathroom debate. Three female inmates at Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth have filed a flurry of complaints, upset over the Bureau of Prisons policy that allows transgender inmates who are still biologically male to be placed in female prisons. The women claim that they are living in a degrading and dangerous environment by being forced to share showers and bathrooms with the transgender inmates, according to complaints and motions filed in the U.S. District Court’s Northern District. Read more here:
  • Disabled vet beaten by accused animal abusers given car

    02/23/2017 1:10:40 PM PST · by tekrat · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 2/23/2017
    A disabled Navy veteran has a new ride a week after authorities said he was beaten by three men he confronted as they were torturing a turtle in Daytona Beach. Daytona Beach Kia-Mitsubishi gave Garry Blough, 45, keys to a 2012 Kia Forte after the incident was brought to their attention by another veteran, former Marine Paula Mongeon. "I just knew they would help this guy, I just knew it," Mongeon told The Daytona Beach News-Journal ( ).
  • Trump Is Screwing Up the Economy in East L.A.

    02/23/2017 12:48:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 103 replies
    L.A. Weekly ^ | SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2017
    <p>Moises Avila was alone in the office, staring at the screen of his desktop computer. A Spanish-language game show blared from the TV. February usually is a bonanza month for the America Travel Agency, the business Avila runs at the corner of Whittier and LaVerne in East Los Angeles. Holy Week is in April, and most of Avila’s customers have family ties in Mexico, where the seven days between Palm Sunday and Easter are set aside like a spring break — the busiest travel time of the year.</p>
  • Denmark to Hold First Blasphemy Case for Almost 50 Years After Man Burns Quran

    02/23/2017 12:35:43 PM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 2/23/17 | Jack Moore
    A man who set fire to the Quran has become the first Danish national charged with blasphemy in 46 years.The 42-year-old man, who remains unidentified, filming himself burning the Muslim holy book in his garden in north Jutland in December 2015, and then posted the footage on an anti-Islam Facebook group called “Yes to freedom - no to Islam.”He posted the video with the message: “Think of your neighbor: it stinks when it burns,” according to prosecutors, The Copenhagen Post reported.
  • Yes, Build the Wall, But Realize That We'll Still Need Seasonal Agricultural Workers

    02/23/2017 12:27:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02/23/2017 | Mark Ellis
    It was 1967. The local music store had an ink-blue Mosrite Ventures solid body electric guitar, and I wanted it badly. Cost: $500. My family was not poor, but neither could they drop five bills on one of four children. My first guitar was a $29.99 Stella acoustic from Sears. There was only one way to get the guitar of my dreams: a summer job. Complication: I had long hair, and even in the psychedelic sixties, few legitimate employers wanted that at their front counters or even their back rooms. All the head shop jobs were taken. We lived in...
  • What’s Up with Rape in Sweden? The truth is more complicated than the narrative.

    02/23/2017 12:11:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/23/2017 | Mona Charen
    President Donald Trump was more right than wrong about Sweden. Fox News was slightly misleading. As you’ve heard, Trump referred to “[what happened] last night in Sweden.” On Twitter, smug critics circulated lists of anodyne events like concerts and road accidents and accused the president of inventing a terror attack. He didn’t cite a terror attack, though his words were characteristically imprecise. Two days later, as if to underscore that Trump had a point, riots erupted in a suburb of Stockholm. As Andrew Brown of the Guardian put it, Sweden looms large in the “fantasies of the outside world.” It...
  • Everyone Has It Wrong on Transgenders in Bathrooms: It's neither a threat nor a right

    02/23/2017 12:05:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02/23/2017 | Walter Hudson
    "I pee with LGBT."That's the slogan adopted by a campaign against Texas Senate Bill 6, a relatively simple piece of legislation which would accomplish three straightforward objectives: Mandate that public schools and charters designate multi-occupancy bathrooms or changing facilities for members of each biological gender, Prohibit political subdivisions, such as cities and counties, from passing ordinances dictating the designation of such facilities in private venues, and  Protect businesses biding for government work from discrimination on account of their particular bathroom designation policy Pretty unassuming and even-handed stuff. Yet, from the response by critics, you might think Texas was plotting...
  • Richard Linklater made an 'I Pee With LGBT' ad to protest Texas' anti-trans bathroom bill

    02/23/2017 11:48:37 AM PST · by simpson96 · 27 replies
    Mashable ^ | 2/22/2017 | Heather Dockaray
    Who said great art can't be a sing-songy rhyme? The award-winning director of Boyhood and a bunch of other movies that make you cry recently directed an ad to help fight his home state's proposed anti-transgender bathroom initiative, SB6. Titled "I Pee with LGBT,' the ad, created by GSD&M, imagines a Texan utopia where people get to the use bathroom of their choice, free of harassment and discrimination. The current bill would require transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds with their sex assigned at birth. Produced by ACLU of Texas and Legacy Community Health, the ad is great,...
  • The Presidential Rating Game

    02/23/2017 11:43:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 23, 2017 | Richard Winchester
    Guess what? Barack Obama has been rated the 12th best president of all times by 91 professional historians who were queried by CSPAN. The historians rated presidents from George Washington to Obama on several criteria: economic management, pursuing justice for all, relationship with Congress, international relations, and setting an agenda. Obama ranked high on some, especially pursuing justice for all and setting an agenda, lower on others, such as international relations and especially relationship with Congress. George W. Bush was ranked 33rd, while Bill Clinton came in 15th. Abraham Lincoln was rated first, followed by George Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt,...
  • “Protections” Is the New Liberal Word for Regulations

    Remember George Lakoff (rhymes with)? He was a wordsmith for Democrat Party. This goes back to the Clinton years, and this is a guy that had meetings with Democrats to tell them what words to use in public. “Protections” is the new word for “regulations.” Where they always used to talk about “regulations,” the Democrats are now supposed to talk about “protections.” Be it in housing, be it in any kind of business, be it environmental, it’s all now gonna be called “protections.” And right there it is (shuffling paper), in the New York Times: “President Trump appears on the...
  • How to Tell if News Is Really News

    02/23/2017 10:56:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 23, 2017 | Alicia Colon
    Media approval ratings are at an all time low and the public is routinely confronted by what ultimately turns out to be ‘faux’ news. But this is not a surprise because we have been aware of this for some time. In fact, it all started with Watergate. Although I was in London in 1972 and never had a chance to vote against Richard Nixon, the Watergate scandal was all over the press in Europe so I didn’t miss a bit of the sordid details. For the first time ever, however, a major news story made a big deal of the...
  • American Champion Skips Chess Tournament Rather Than Wear Hijab (In Iran)

    02/23/2017 10:51:54 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 38 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 2/22/17 | Jack Davis
    One American champion is voicing her opposition to “women’s oppression” by boycotting the women’s world chess championship in Iran rather than bow to Iranian demands that she wear a hijab, or headscarf. “By participating, I would be forced to submit to forms of oppression designed specifically for women,” Nazí Paikidze insisted. “It sets the wrong example, particularly for young girls interested in chess.” Paikidze, the current U.S. chess champion, could be competing for up to $100,000 in prize money. However, she has refused to attend the event. “I will NOT wear a hijab and support women’s oppression,” she said. “Even...

    02/23/2017 10:50:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    AP ^ | February 23, 2017 | Peter Prengamamn
    While campaigning last year to become Rio de Janeiro's mayor, Marcelo Crivella, a retired Pentecostal bishop, insisted his faith would not get in the way of governing the nation's most famous city. The former gospel singer and missionary, a high-profile member of one of Brazil's most powerful evangelical churches, captured 59 percent of the vote and took office Jan. 1. But less than two months into his four-year term, Crivella's promises are about to be tested by Carnival, Rio's annual weeklong party often marked by heavy drinking and drug use, wild sex and round-the-clock dancing.