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  • Trump presidency “demands fierce resistance” (Laff riot)

    12/02/2016 12:02:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Grist ^ | December 2, 2016 | Bill McKibben
    We’re going to be dealing with an onslaught of daily emergencies during the Trump years. Already it’s begun — if there’s nothing going on (or in some cases when there is), our leader often begins the day with a tweet to stir the pot, and suddenly we’re debating whether burning the flag should lose you your citizenship. These crises will get worse once he has power — from day to day we’ll have to try and protect vulnerable immigrants, or deal with the latest outrage from the white supremacist “alt-reich,” or confront the latest self-dealing scandal in the upper reaches...
  • Maker of seized military vehicles in Hong Kong confident deal with US military won’t be affected

    11/30/2016 10:04:28 PM PST · by Rabin · 8 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | NOV 30, 2016 | Staff
    The US Marine Corps – Singapore Technologies (ST) Kinetics and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) – to "supply" 13 Terrex series armored personnel carriers, SIAC noted the military vehicles are now impounded in a stand-off between Beijing and Singapore but it won’t affect its deal with the US military. . . The US Marine Corps has commissioned the developer and manufacturer of the Terrex series military vehicles –– to supply 13 units this year for testing, in a contract worth US$121.5 million. They have been shifted to the Hong Kong customs depot at the River Trade Terminal, “which is a...
  • Are you a Muslim American? We want to hear your thoughts on Trump's presidency

    11/30/2016 3:07:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | November 30, 2016 | Colleen Shalby
    A slew of letters sent to at least five mosques in California is the latest in a surge of Islamophobia that’s hit the nation since Donald Trump was declared the president-elect. The letters, addressed to the “Children of Satan” and signed by a group that calls itself “Americans for a Better Way,” praised Trump and denounced Muslims, calling for genocide. Muslim Public Affairs Council President Salam Al-Marayati addressed the letters and stressed the importance of an open discussion about Muslim culture....
  • FROM GAY PORN TO ISLAMIST MOLE

    11/30/2016 9:51:02 AM PST · by ilanilan · 3 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | November 30 2016 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    German officials investigating the matter in online Islamist chat rooms linked the arrested the intelligence agents user name to a former stage name he had used as an adult entertainment actor.
  • Donald McGahn tapped as Trump White House Counsel

    11/25/2016 11:24:36 AM PST · by Degaston · 9 replies
    President-elect Donald Trump has named Donald McGahn as White House counsel and assistant to the president.
  • [FLASHBACK] How will Trump supporters react if he loses?

    11/25/2016 11:17:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Washington Post's Monkey Cage ^ | October 25, 2016 | Pippa Norris
    What will happen if Hillary Clinton wins the U.S. presidency, as is widely predicted? Will Trump’s supporters raise pitchforks and torches on Nov. 9, rejecting the results — or will they accept the loss? Donald Trump has ratcheted up claims of voter fraud, alleging that the Nov. 8 election may be “rigged” against him, and he has refused to pledge that he would accept the outcome if he loses. This stance has shocked the country, including many leading Republicans. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) remarked: “A concession isn’t just an act of graciousness. It is an act of respect for the...
  • Letter to President-elect Trump (Expelling illegals is now a "human rights violation")

    11/24/2016 11:24:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Human Rights Watch ^ | November 23, 2016 | Kenneth Roth, executive director
    November 23, 2016 Donald Trump President-elect of the United States of America Trump Tower 735 5th Avenue New York, NY 10022 Dear President-elect Trump, I write to you on behalf of Human Rights Watch to urge you to repudiate and rescind pledges and policy proposals you made in the course of the presidential election campaign that if implemented by your administration would violate fundamental human rights and be deeply damaging to millions of people in the United States and abroad. While you have recently stepped back from some of these proposals, suggesting that certain campaign promises were merely ideas or...
  • Newfound Friendship Between Donald Trump and Mitt Romney Just Business

    11/23/2016 7:29:42 AM PST · by Adriana Cohen · 48 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | November 23, 2016 | Adriana Cohen
    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/adriana_cohen/2016/11/cohen_newfound_friendship_between_mitt_romney_donald_trump
  • New Report Prompts Call for Democrats to Halt Transfer of Power to Trump Before Dec. 13 Deadline

    11/22/2016 8:44:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | November 22, 2016 | Dr. G.S. Potter
    The Strategic Institute for Intersectional Policy (SIIP) has called for an immediate halt to all efforts related to the transfer of power between the Obama Administration and the Trump Campaign. This call came after a recent analysis revealed that there is strong evidence to suggest that Donald Trump and the members of his campaign intentionally engaged in voter suppression tactics in an attempt to alter the results of the 2016 Presidential Election. Further, the strategic deployment of voter suppression tactics was designed, refined and implemented over the course of a number of years by a network of organizations and individuals...
  • Dow 19,000 is no cause for celebration

    11/22/2016 6:48:36 PM PST · by Rabin · 14 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | Nov 22, 2016 | Chuck Jaffe, (opine)
    The Dow is the Kardashian of indexes — a celebrity benchmark, famous because it’s known rather than because of what it does. Every round number on the index hits the news cycle hard, largely because there is so little real news out there. In early November, nine straight down days on the S&P 500 the first nine-day losing streak in 36 years — as if that was somehow meaningful. Tuesday’s headlines included a 13-day winning streak for the Russell 2000, its longest win streak in more than 20 years. The Russell benchmark gained roughly 15% during that stretch — an...
  • There’s a federal database of undocumented immigrants like me. Don’t let Trump get it.

    11/22/2016 1:04:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Everything ^ | November 22, 2016 | Julián Gustavo Gómez, campus engagement manager for Define American
    Donald Trump spent the presidential campaign promising to kick me and other undocumented immigrants out of the country. Now a federal database created to protect those of us who arrived as children could help him do just that. More than 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought here as kids, myself included, have willingly handed over our personal information to the federal government as part of a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The program, started by President Obama through executive action in 2012, was supposed to temporarily shield us from deportation and give us temporary employment authorization. When...
  • Democratic presidential electors revolt against Trump

    11/22/2016 3:22:47 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 22, 2016 | Kyle Cheney
    At least a half-dozen Democratic electors have signed onto an attempt to block Donald Trump from winning an Electoral College majority, an effort designed not only to deny Trump the presidency but also to undermine the legitimacy of the institution. The presidential electors, mostly former Bernie Sanders supporters who hail from Washington state and Colorado, are now lobbying their Republican counterparts in other states to reject their oaths — and in some cases, state law — to vote against Trump when the Electoral College meets on Dec. 19. Even the most optimistic among the Democratic electors acknowledges they're unlikely to...
  • If Your SO Can’t Deal With Your Post-Election Depression, Dump Them

    11/19/2016 9:13:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Elite Daily ^ | November 18, 2016 | Zara Barrie
    I’m currently experiencing a severe post-election depression. Donald Trump is the president-elect, and I can’t stop crying. I cry every time I see a photograph of a large group of white, bro-ish looking dudes jeering in excitement. It triggers me so intensely, I feel like I’m going to vomit. I cry every time I hear a story about all the outward racism and violence that has surfaced since Trump’s jarring victory. I cry when I see a fellow queer person. Don’t we just seem so much more visible and vulnerable now? I cry when I see any person who I...
  • Ohio Woman Accused of Trying to Sell Sex for Nachos

    11/17/2016 3:08:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    NBC4 ^ | November 17, 2016
    A man and suspected prostitute were arrested in Beaver, Ohio during a sting involving an undercover officer. Beaver Police said the officer texted a woman, 36-year-old Crystal Hotlosz, who had an advertisement for sex services on Youngstown’s Backpage website. Police said Hotlosz agreed to meet the officer at Los Gallos for a sex act at a price of $50 and some nachos. Hotlosz then called the officer and said the price would be $60, and he would have to provide the vehicle since she was having “her ride” bring her to the location, according to a police report. Police said...
  • BLM founders REJECT Trump's promise to govern for all...

    11/15/2016 3:17:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | November 15, 2016 | Ryan Parry and James Desborough
    * Three founders of controversial movement tell DailyMail.com that they have no interest in working with president-elect * Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi took time away from street protests to rub shoulders with millionaires at Hollywood party * They accused Trump of 'hate' and said they wanted him to end his immigration policies, which include deporting criminals here illegally * The trio ignored his message to any of his supporters engaging in violence which he issue don 60 Minutes: 'Stop it.' * Instead they accused him of planning to 'continue to repress communities' - and did nothing to...
  • Exclusive: Black Lives Matter issues a statement on Trump's election

    11/15/2016 11:08:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Mic ^ | November 15, 2016 | Aaron Morrison
    On Tuesday, national leaders of Black Lives Matter Global Network said their mandate was unchanged after "the election of a white supremacist to the highest office in American government." In a statement released exclusively to Mic, BLM said it would continue to demand an end to police brutality and to fight for the socioeconomic and political empowerment of black people through ongoing organizing efforts. Mic has reached out to the group for further comment on the statement and will publish a follow-up. Below is the statement in its entirety: Our mandate has not changed: organize and end all state-sanctioned violence...
  • Saudi Citizen Decapitates Brother in Horrifying Murder

    11/05/2016 3:00:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Saturday, 5 November 2016
    A Saudi citizen in his thirties has decapitated his 17-year-old brother in Jeddah using a cleaver in what residents are calling one of the most horrifying murders in recent years. Spokesperson of the Makkah police department Col. Dr. Aati al-Qurshi confirmed that police in Jeddah are currently investigating the murder that took place in the early hours of Saturday. Qurshi also confirmed that the offender, who has not been named by authorities yet, has a drug-related criminal history and is said to be mentally unstable. The offender is currently in custody police custody pending further investigations into the cas
  • Trump close to winning, Obama warns

    11/04/2016 10:56:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 4, 2016 | Edward-Isaac Dovere
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Barack Obama went into the final stretch of the 2016 campaign warning that Donald Trump is within range of winning, urging voters — particularly black voters, whose turnout is lagging — to see the Republican nominee as running an un-American, inhumane, racist campaign that must be stopped. “This should not be a close race, but it’s going to be a close race. It’s going to be especially close here in North Carolina,” Obama said. A moment later, he offered some explanation for the tightness: “The fact that he has gotten this far tells me the degree...
  • Sharpton: Our Poll-Watchers ‘Nonpartisan' Protectors,Trump’s ‘Illegal'

    10/30/2016 5:47:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 30, 2016
    With the election fast approaching, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has stepped up his call for his supporters to become poll watchers to watch for, and document, illegal activity. He even has set up a page on his website for people to sign up. But MSNBC’s Al Sharpton has had it with Trump’s call for poll-watchers, claiming they are there to intimidate minorities. “How concerned are you about voter intimidation tactics in this election,” he asked Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, as he warned about militias backing Trump. “…in the last several months, as there...
  • Police: Woman Rams Squad Car While Taking Topless Selfie

    10/27/2016 7:52:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 53 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | 10/27
    Police say an open bottle of wine was in her console cup holderPolice say a 19-year-old Texas A&M University student who rear-ended a squad car told an officer she was taking a topless selfie. Miranda Kay Rader posted $200 bond after she was charged with drunken driving and possessing alcohol as a minor. A police report says an officer was checking a reported disturbance when he heard brakes squeal and an SUV slam into the patrol car behind him. Rader told the officer she was taking a topless selfie of herself to Snapchat to her boyfriend. Police say an open...
  • Hillary Implies That Trump Wouldn’t Leave Office After Eight Years [VIDEO] (Projection)

    10/26/2016 1:07:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 25, 2016 | Alex Pfeiffer
    Hillary Clinton suggested to supporters at a Florida rally Tuesday afternoon that if elected, Donald Trump would not leave office after two terms. Clinton made the remarks following mentioning Trump’s remarks at the debate that he would leave people in “suspense” about whether he would respect the results of the elections. “I think this all started when George Washington refused to become a king. Now Donald Trump probably would have called him a loser. Instead that was one of the most important decisions any president has made,” Clinton said. “Eight years it’s time to move on, we fought a revolution...
  • Mosby Defends New Police Policy Reform Proposals (Ref: Freddie Gray case)

    10/26/2016 10:24:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    AFRO ^ | October 25, 2016 | James Bentley, AFRO Associate Editor
    On Oct. 20, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby introduced a set of proposed policy reform proposals for investigating and prosecuting police misconduct. While Baltimore City Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said the department would study the proposals before making on a decision, the Fraternal Order of Police swiftly condemned the proposed changes. In response Mosby issued a vigorous defense of her proposals in an interview with the AFRO. The proposals, in short, would make it more difficult for defendants to receive a bench trial instead of a jury trial, something some of the officers in the Freddie Gray case did...
  • The Culture War Is Being Transformed Into A Hot War

    10/24/2016 2:23:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Return of Kings ^ | October 24, 2016 | Daryush "Roosh" Valizadeh
    We’re approaching a point of no return. Your life will soon be impacted not just in the abstract of the degradation in women around you or an invisible tightening of your free speech, but a concrete decline in your safety and standard of living. The next stage of the long-running culture war will be marked by three features, shades of which you’re already seeing. They include an alliance of the government with subversives, a sharp increase in violence, and institutional collapse. The media and government will form an official alliance with groups that are determined to commit violence. It should...
  • Michael Moore to Donald Trump Voters: 'You're Legal Terrorists'

    10/21/2016 1:04:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | October 21, 2016 | Jason Newman
    Earlier this week, veteran documentarian Michael Moore delivered his own October Surprise. The Oscar-winning documentarian and legendary muckraker suddenly announced the release of a previously unannounced project: Michael Moore in TrumpLand, a new film culled from two one-man shows the director performed earlier this month in the predominantly Republican town of Wilmington, Ohio. Shot, edited and released in less than two weeks, the movie largely avoids haranguing the Republican presidential nominee, with Moore devoting most of the film to Clinton's virtues alongside polemics about the decline of the "angry white male" and need for increased gun control regulations. (The film...
  • Peter Thiel ‘not a gay man’ for supporting Donald Trump: LGBT magazine

    10/19/2016 12:02:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 19, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    Peter Thiel may be attracted to men, but a prominent LGBT magazine says he’s “not a gay man” because he supports Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. In a rambling article for The Advocate, Connecticut College history professor Jim Downs posits that there is more to being gay “than just having sex with someone of the same gender.” Mr. Downs argues the Silicon Valley billionaire reaffirmed his personal “sexual choices” by supporting Mr. Trump, but separated himself from the broader “gay identity” rooted in class struggle against oppression. “By the logic of gay liberation, Thiel is an example of a man...
  • Why I Fear America Could Enslave Black People Again

    10/19/2016 9:12:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | October 18, 2016 | Tavis Smiley
    Donald Trump’s ‘Make America great again’ slogan and this Republican Congress's actions raise unanswered questions Recently I appeared at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Penn., for a talk entitled “Making America As Good As Its Promise.” So you don’t confuse the theme of my talk with the slogan of a particular presidential campaign, let me delineate the difference. When I hear Donald Trump suggest that he wants to “make America great again,” it always triggers the same three questions in my head. One: How is Trump defining “greatness”? I’m not sure he and I share an understanding of what makes a...
  • Bewildered cousin says accuser GUSHED over Trump for a decade, suddenly comes out with sex story

    10/18/2016 3:43:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | October 15, 2016 | Frieda Powers
    The cousin of one of the women who has accused Donald Trump of sexual assault questioned her story as an attempt to get back on television. Trump’s campaign released a statement on Friday from John Barry to rebut allegations by his cousin Summer Zervos, a former Apprentice contestant who claimed Trump made unwanted sexual advances toward her. “I am completely shocked and bewildered by my cousin, Summer Zervos, and her press conference today,” Barry said in the statement. “Ever since she was on The Apprentice she has had nothing but glowing things to say about Mr. Trump. For almost a...
  • Italy's prime minister just heavily insinuated he doesn’t want Trump to be president

    10/18/2016 10:14:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Week ^ | October 18, 2016 | Becca Stanek
    Donald Trump got a shout-out of sorts from Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi during the Italian leader's visit to the White House on Tuesday. At an arrival ceremony on the White House's South Lawn alongside President Obama, Renzi took an indirect jab at the Republican presidential nominee, saying he hoped America's next president would be as inclusive and tolerant as Obama has been. "My personal opinion is that the name of future has to be freedom. The name of the future has to be education not intolerance, sustainability not distraction, trust not hate, bridge[s] not walls," Renzi said. Renzi followed...
  • Williams & Connolly LLP Colluded With SOS Clinton to Hide Emails

    10/15/2016 7:09:14 PM PDT · by GregNH · 46 replies
    Wikileaks ^ | 10/15/2016 | GregNH
    *From:* Kendall, David *Sent:* ‎Saturday‎, ‎August‎ ‎8‎, ‎2015 ‎10‎:‎24‎ ‎PM *To:* Heather Samuelson , Jennifer Palmieri , Cheryl Mills , Brian Fallon , Huma Abedin , Katherine Turner , John Podesta , Philippe Reines , Christina Reynolds *Cc:* Nick Merrill Two things: 1) As to the server turn over, I think we decided to say something like "the server that was used during her tenure as Secretary of State." 2) I would prefer not to use the "March 18, 2009" date, because we know there were other emails using the her clintonemail.com address prior to that date. Could we make...
  • Michelle Obama calls on women to rise up against Trump

    10/13/2016 9:53:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 13, 2016 | Louis Nelson
    'The belief you can do anything to a woman? It is cruel. It's frightening. And the truth is, it hurts. It hurts,' the first lady said in an emotional speech. First lady Michelle Obama delivered a powerful and emotional rebuke to Donald Trump on Thursday, saying his vulgar comments on sexual assault “have shaken me to my core," while calling on women to rise up against the Republican nominee. “The fact is in this election we have a candidate for president of the United States who over the course of his lifetime and the course of this campaign has said...
  • Would Political Party's submit to Criminal Prosecution after Election based on Revelations?

    10/13/2016 6:17:58 AM PDT · by Jumper · 6 replies
    Personal thoughs | 13 Nov 16 | self
    Can American be sure that our politicians are fair game for prosecution?
  • Creepy Video Shows 'Woman's Soul Leaving Her Body

    10/06/2016 12:29:01 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, October 05, 2016
    CCTV outside the Phibun Songkram Camp in Lopburi, Thailand, captured the tragic event. A truck slammed into the bike, killing the passenger instantly. Almost immediately after the passenger was killed the figure appeared. According to local reports a girl identified as Manee died while a man called Banjongrat suffered serious injuries.
  • Pointing to Institutions’ Ties to Slavery, Speakers Call for Federal Reparations

    10/05/2016 7:37:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Cornell Daily Sun ^ | October 3, 2016 | Janelle Odionou
    Prof. William Darity, public policy, Duke University, and Kirsten Mullen, a folklorist and art consultant, addressed racial discrimination and its profound effect on economic inequality in the United States at a lecture Thursday. Mullen discussed how some of our country’s most prominent investment banks, insurance companies and institutions — including Wachovia, Lehman Brothers and Ivy League universities — have ties to slavery. Slavery in the United States was “not that long ago” from a generational perspective, according to Mullen. “It ended … 149 years ago,” she explained. “If a new generation comes into existence every 30 years, the youngest generation...
  • Opus (Vanity)

    10/04/2016 3:16:59 PM PDT · by Tunehead54 · 95 replies
    SonProject.Org ^ | 10-4-2016 | Tunehead54
    Welcome to my nightmare: I am not leaving FR. I may be kicked off but I'm a monthly so probably for a few days I'm good to go ... ;-) Alternate titles for this post. "Test - Do not respond to this post", "I could use a hand ...", "A moose bit my sister while I was in the shower" Get used to my smiley - its my trademark. In even the worst situations I try to see the lighter side, its a coping mechanism I suspect. I've been doing a lot of coping lately. This will be a close...
  • Angela Davis: ‘I Am Not So Narcissistic to Say I Cannot Bring Myself to Vote for Hillary Clinton’

    10/01/2016 12:56:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Root ^ | September 30, 2016 | Kirsten West Savali
    Davis made her position clear today: The priority for black people in this election should be to stop Donald Trump. Angela Davis—scholar, freedom fighter, former political prisoner, icon and my personal hero—told attendees at the Black Studies Conference at the University of Texas, Austin, that she is not so “narcissistic” to say that she won’t vote for Hillary Clinton. “I have serious problems with the other candidate, but I am not so narcissistic to say I cannot bring myself to vote for her,” Davis said....
  • ISIS has lost control of its last oil wells in Iraq

    09/29/2016 8:06:27 PM PDT · by Rabin · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep. 28, 2016 | Saif Hameed & Mark Heinrich
    Islamic State militants will no longer control any oil in Iraq after being ousted by government forces last week from an area near Kirkuk. The ultra-hardline Sunni Muslim have been driven out of Shirqat by co-ordinated Iraqi force. DT "Take the Oil” Iraqi forces have yet to recapture the Najma oil-field, near Qayyara, but its producing wells are no longer accessible to IS government offensive and (US) air strikes. The reality is that it is extremely difficult to extract and smuggle oil while our forces are advancing towards Mosul...," oil ministry spokesman Asim Jihad.
  • How To Survive A Black Lives Matter Riot

    09/27/2016 9:46:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    ROK ^ | September 27, 2016 | Luke Stranahan
    As we move into the fall of 2016, violent confrontations between black men and police of varied ethnicities continue to occur and be televised on national news, inevitably followed by the Black Lives Matter movement, which attempts to stop the shooting of black people by police because they are feared to be violent and felonious by being violent and felonious. Leaving aside their dubious logic, it is quite possible that any ROK reader living in or visiting America might find themselves on the wrong side of a riot, so here’s some advice on that potential situation. It’s racism Whether you’re...
  • Gunman kills prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar charged over anti-Islam cartoon

    09/25/2016 9:59:47 PM PDT · by Rabin · 8 replies
    firstpost.com ^ | Sep 25, 2016 15:31 IST | AFP
    Amman: Gunman kill Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar outside a court where he was facing charges for a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam. Hattar, a 56-year-old Christian was arrested on 13 August after posting a cartoon mocking the muz. He was charged with inciting sectarian strife and insulting Islam. Hattar was struck by three bullets before the assailant was arrested, said Petra.
  • Farrakhan to black congregation: White Americans made you sin

    09/19/2016 4:30:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Christian Examiner ^ | September 19, 2016 | Gregory Tomlin
    Blacks kill other blacks, push drugs, rape and lie because white Americans have made them do it, Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, told a packed and enthusiastic audience at a church in Washington, D.C., Sept. 18. During the hour-and-a-half address at Union Temple Baptist Church, Farrakhan said the idea that the white man is responsible for the sins of black people did not originate with him, but with his predecessor, Elijah Muhammad – whom he holds up as the messiah who will one day return to earth on a vehicle like a spaceship. According to Farrakhan, Muhammad...
  • I am on H1B and Medicaid

    09/19/2016 3:27:11 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 21 replies
    Just Answer Immigration Layer ^ | 2014 | Judith Lawyer and customer
    I am on HB visa and using Medicaid benefits for 12 months. I intend to marry a US citizen and I understand that she will be responsible for paying back the medical services I used. Would it help if my get off the program now before we get married...my wrong-doing? Also does my use of Medicaid prevent my adjustment of status from H1B to green card? Expert Judith answers: The law requires you to be paid at least the prevailing wage. How do you qualify for the means tested benefits?
  • Democrats, get your damned big-boy pants on

    09/19/2016 11:51:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Post's PostPartisan ^ | September 19, 2016 | Jonathan Capehart
    If the presidential election were the Olympics, bed-wetting would be a sport and Democrats would be the undisputed gold-medal winners. Every four years, they grouse about their nominee and then freak out when a race they believe said nominee should win looks as though it’s lost. Remember what happened when President Obama muffed the first debate with Mitt Romney in 2012? And today, the closing poll numbers between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have Democrats in a near panic. Look, I get it. The race between Clinton and Trump should not even be close. Or, as my colleague Eugene Robinson...
  • How Bernie Sanders Die-Hards Echo Clinton Conspiracy Theories

    09/18/2016 7:03:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 16, 2016 | Clare Foran
    It’s not just conservatives pushing the idea that the Democratic nominee is sicker than she admits. Some conservatives are hard at work spreading conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton’s health in an attempt to disqualify her from seeking higher office. Video footage of the Democratic nominee stumbling as she abruptly departed a 9/11 memorial on Sunday, combined with news that she had contracted pneumonia, has fueled rumors on the right that Clinton may be concealing a far worse medical condition. But it’s not just conservatives indulging in wild speculation. At least some die-hard supporters of Bernie Sanders are echoing, and in...
  • President Donald J. Trump: What Then? (The realization sets in) [FReep poll]

    09/17/2016 6:45:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Dick and Sharon's L.A. Progressive ^ | September 17, 2016 | Dick and Sharon
    The latest LA Times/USC Nationwide Tracking poll has Donald Trump ahead of Hillary Clinton by six points! Maybe that poll is an outlier, a blip, mistaken in some way. And yet it’s not terribly out of step with other general election polls that have Trump ahead, even, or just a little behind. Sure, polls go up and down during a race, and maybe Trump’s lead will evaporate now that Clinton is back on the campaign trail, demonstrating that her collapse at the 9-11 event was not as serious as it seemed. But what if the lead doesn’t evaporate? What if...
  • Sinkhole causes 980 million litres of radioactive water to leak into Florida aquifer

    09/16/2016 6:52:26 PM PDT · by Rabin · 41 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 17 SEPTEMBER 2016 | Chris Graham
    A sinkhole has opened up at a fertilizer plant in the US, causing about 260 million US gal of radioactive water to contaminate a part of Florida's main sources of drinking water. The sinkhole, which is about 15. yd in diameter, collapsed beneath a pile of waste material called a “gypsum stack”. Sitting on top of that stack was a storage pond containing phosphogypsum, which is a radioactive byproduct resulting from the production of phosphate.
  • Kentucky governor: Clinton presidency may lead to bloodshed

    09/13/2016 8:23:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 13, 2016 | Adam Beam, The Associated Press
    FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky’s Republican governor said blood might be shed if Democrat Hillary Clinton is elected president. Speaking to the annual Values Voter Summit on Saturday in Washington, Bevin said he was asked if the country could ever recover if Clinton were elected president. “I do think it would be possible, but at what price? At what price? The roots of the tree of liberty are watered by what? The blood, of who? The tyrants to be sure, but who else. The patriots,” Bevin said, referencing a quote from Thomas Jefferson....
  • Debate question (vanity)

    09/13/2016 7:21:12 AM PDT · by Pearls Before Swine · 14 replies
    Self
    Today, with Hillary's health a hot topic of discussion, I am wondering about the rules for the upcoming debates. Does anyone know whether these debates, which I believe are 90 minutes long, will require the candidates to stand, as is usual? If Hillary isn't feeling quite up to it and sits, what will the impact be? Would DJT stand? Would it be spoken of as "bullying", like when Al Gore puffed out his chest and walked into GWB's personal space (GWB handled it very well, by the way), or when Rick Laszlo was "mean" to Hillary during a debate in...
  • Rockin’ Pneumonia and I Think She Lost Her Shoe ~ Lyrics- MK Colin

    09/12/2016 5:28:53 PM PDT · by Eagles Field · 3 replies
    Hold up Hillzilla or she’s gonna fall Her hearts too small, see the devil crawl Without a clue, that lyin’ lousy shrew She’s gotta Rockin’ Pneumonia and I think she lost her shoe Well Trump he’s gonna build a big ol’ wall And Huma sculking under muslim shawl I called Matt Lauer, the beta-male only bawled She’s gotta a rockin’ pneumonia and I think she lost her shoe When libs scream it’s compassion don’t cha know In the bullpen, warmin’ up is slow Joe Her polls droppin’ faster than a prom dress in June She’s got a rockin’ pneumonia and...
  • Hillary Dragged Into Van After Fainting: Can Bernie or Biden Replace Her? Yes

    09/11/2016 12:17:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 113 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | September 11, 2016
    The Democratic nominee dogged by rumors of her deteriorating health after footage emerged of her coughing and gasping for air for nearly five minutes and suffering what seems like a seizure had another ‘medical episode’ on Sunday. Hillary Clinton nearly collapsed on Sunday morning abruptly being swept away from a Ground Zero ceremony to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11 with a half dozen staffers holding her up to prevent her from slamming head first into the pavement as she was dragged into a black van. The video, posted on Twitter, shows the former Secretary of State wobbling back and...
  • Mom, daughter charged with incest after marrying in Oklahoma

    09/07/2016 6:00:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 7, 2016 6:48 PM EDT
    A woman and her daughter are facing incest charges after authorities learned the pair were legally married in Oklahoma this year, and that the mother had married her son a few years earlier. The motivation behind the March marriage was unclear Wednesday, when 43-year-old Patricia Ann Spann and her daughter, 25-year-old Misty Velvet Dawn Spann, made initial appearances in Stephens County district court. Under Oklahoma law, marrying a close relative is considered incest whether or not a sexual relationship exists. …
  • Trump’s Middle-Class Army (The old "dog whistle" canard)

    09/07/2016 1:29:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Jacobin Magazine ^ | September 7, 2016 | Lance Selfa
    Trump’s narrative of American decline has captured a bitter and embattled middle class. How can we explain Donald Trump’s rise? Certainly a number of contingent factors helped propel him to the top of the Republican ticket: the GOP establishment failed to correctly grasp the mood of the party’s most fervent supporters; the party leadership refused to consolidate behind a candidate; Trump mostly self-funded his campaign; and presidential hopefuls like Marco Rubio and Scott Walker proved they weren’t ready for prime time. But the confluence of these events shouldn’t obscure the fact that the emergence of a nominee like Trump —...