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  • KING: The more I think about it, the more I want to buy a America Was Never Great hat

    05/22/2016 3:30:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | May 19, 2016 | Shaun King
    Last Sunday, Krystal Lake, a 22-year-old Home Depot employee on Staten Island, was photographed wearing a hat that says, America Was Never Great. It's in the same font and style of Trump's campaign slogan of "Make America Great Again." Of course, death threats and hate mail targeting her have come pouring in which, if you think about it, lends itself to her feeling like she was right to wear the hat in the first place. About two months ago, I wrote a column about the word "again" in Trump's slogan. I think it's a racist dog whistle and it...
  • George Zimmerman takes a victory lap over Trayvon Martins grave

    05/18/2016 10:23:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | May 17, 2016 | Leonard Pitts, Jr.
    Selling the gun that killed Trayvon Martin adds to the travesty over his unpunished homicide Marketing the gun is more than bad taste its a national shame The murder has been commodified, turned into a trophy for display It was not enough just to kill Sam Hose. No, they had to make souvenirs out of him. Hose was an African-American man lynched by a mob of some 2,000 white women and men in 1899 near the town of Newnan, Ga. They did all the usual things. They stabbed him, castrated him, skinned his face, mutilated him, burned him alive....
  • Auction for gun that killed Trayvon Martin possibly hijacked

    05/13/2016 9:02:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 13, 2016 7:36 AM EDT | Frieda Frisaro
    Bidding in an online auction for the pistol former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman used to kill Trayvon Martin appeared to have been hijacked by fake accounts posting astronomically high bids. At one point early Friday, the bidding surpassed $65 million with the leading bidder using the screen name Racist McShootFace. The site later showed that account had been deleted. Other screen names of bidders on the site included Donald Trump, shaniqua bonifa and Tamir Rice, the name of a black 12-year-old who was shot and killed by Cleveland police in 2014 while playing with a pellet gun. The website...
  • Clinton aide Cheryl Mills leaves FBI interview briefly after being asked about emails

    05/10/2016 10:56:17 PM PDT · by Rabin · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 10 | Matt Zapotosky
    Investigators have not classified Mills, as hostile Mills was chief of staff for Clinton as secretary of state. Questions that were "off limits" dealt with the procedure used to produce (archived) email. Tension surrounding the criminal probe into records of purposefully gross mishandling of power and critical American intelligence information. FBI, will depose Sec. Clinton concerning years of well orchestrated malfeasance, with a benevolent effort to separate "criminal intent" from "malicious intent" and side step "massive criminal collusion".
  • Ted Cruzs Dangerous Ideologies

    04/17/2016 7:33:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    Highbrow Magazine ^ | April 17, 2016 | Louis E.V. Nevaer
    Whenever Ted Cruz appears on television, I cringe as unpleasant memories of distant relatives cross my mind, reminding me of things best forgotten. And what is best forgotten is simply the Hispanic political tradition of severity. Think Francisco Franco. Think Fidel Castro. Think Ted Cruz? Yes, Ted Cruz is a would-be autocrat. My paternal grandmother, a Galician matron who despised sexism in all its forms, called it la maldicin gallega, or the Galician curse. By that she meant the dreadful and familiar anti-democratic tendency in the political lives of the Hispanic world where dictators, strongmen, caudillos, and caciques have ruled...
  • On Slavery, Colonialism and Reparations

    04/09/2016 10:20:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The White race has over many centuries unleashed untold mayhem on black people; but these crimes against humanity are glossed over while the world champions the causes of myriad peoples from the Jews to the Armenians. What reason could be advanced for such gross injustice other than the very racism that led to the perpetration of these crimes in the first place. The world and her jaundiced multilateral organisations can try as they might to divert the worlds attention from these ugly historical facts; but like a cork being pushed deep into the water, these truths will continue to float...
  • Cruzs terrifying reinvention: How the most detestable senator is repackaging himself for November

    04/08/2016 11:04:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Salon ^ | April 8, 2016 | Heather Digby Parton
    Cruz's odds of winning the nomination are steadily increasing, and we should bey very, very afraid On the occasion of longshot presidential candidate Ted Cruzs campaign launch back in March, The Onion published a satirical piece about subscribers to TIME magazine bracing themselves for the awful, inevitable day when they would open their mailboxes to find themselves staring at a picture of Cruz on the cover under a headline like The Game Changer or The Firebrand. It was an absurd joke that went so meta that this week when TIME actually put Cruz on the cover, they also ran a...
  • German comedian could face jail for insulting Erdogan

    04/06/2016 10:47:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 06 Apr 2016 12:17 GMT+02:00
    Germany’s hippest young comedian faces a jail sentence of up to five years if Turkey decides to press charges over a poem he wrote insulting its head of state. Jan Böhmermann knew what he was doing when he read out a self-penned poem insulting Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan live on his late night show on Thursday evening. He introduced the piece by speaking directly to the Turkish president. “What I’m about to read is not allowed. If it were to be read in public — that would be forbidden in Germany,” Böhmermann said, before proceeding to perform his “smear...
  • Blacks Have Always Had to Fight to Make Their Lives Matter in America

    03/20/2016 7:14:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Black Agenda Report ^ | March 15, 2016 | Bryan K. Bullock
    "In America, the issue is, as it always has been, anti-black racism and white supremacy." When Black Lives Matter activists crashed a Donald Trump rally, Trump deepened his connection with white supremacy by responding with "All lives matter." This response is wholly predictable given his "angry white man" campaign strategy. But it is a response that far too many liberal whites and blacks repeat as well, which is why, unfortunately, it deserves yet more discussion. What is clear, is that the reactions to African Americans asserting that Black Lives Matters, such as "All Lives Matter" and "Blue Lives Matter," are...
  • Honour Killing? Boy Hacked to Death in India His Wife Critically Hurt)

    03/15/2016 10:54:53 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, March 15, 2016
    An Indian student from the lowest Dalit caste was hacked to death and his wife critically injured in southern India in a suspected "honour killing" by relatives angered by their marriage, police said Monday. Three men armed with sickles and sharp weapons attacked the 22-year-old student and his wife, who is from a higher caste, on a crowded street in Tamil Nadu state on Sunday. Local police commissioner N Manjunatha said the 19-year-old woman's relatives were angered by the couple's marriage.
  • White House Appoints First Transgender Person As Primary LGBT Liaison

    03/15/2016 2:51:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | March 14, 2016 | Dominic Holden, National LGBT Reporter
    President Barack Obama has appointed Raffi Freedman-Gurspan as the White House's primary LGBT liaison, making her the first transgender person in the role, White House officials told BuzzFeed News on Monday. LGBT leaders applauded the announcement. "Raffi is a great choice," said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. "President Obama has said he wants his administration to look like America, and they have moved to include trans Americans. Raffi's skills and personality make her the exact right person for this important job." Freedman-Gurspan became the first transgender staffer appointed to the White House in...
  • Thomas Dimassimo: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

    03/13/2016 10:31:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Heavy ^ | March 12, 2016 | Tom Cleary
    A protester has been arrested after he tried to rush the stage while Donald Trump was speaking during a rally Saturday morning in Dayton, Ohio, authorities say. Thomas Dimassimo was charged with disorderly conduct and inducing panic, according to Montgomery County Jail records. Dimassimo was released from custody and is due in court on Monday. His age is listed as 32, but it is not clear if that is correct. His social media pages and public records indicate he was born in 1993, not 1983. Video, which you can watch above, show a man being taken down by Secret Service...
  • Jury deliberates in trial of alleged mastermind in Texas anti-Islam cartoon attack

    03/13/2016 12:56:40 AM PST · by Rabin · 21 replies
    http://www.upi.com ^ | March 12, 2016 | Daniel Uria
    <p>Semi-Sune, Decorous Thomas, aka Kareem, (alone Butt for Stefan Verdugo) supported, (trained and motivated?) local homomuz, Simpson, and Soofi for a considerable period , according to friends, relatives, neighbors, and under the watchful eye of almost everyone in govcop. Finally May 3, Simpson, and Soofi, "opened fire" outside at an exhibit of Prophet Muhammad "images". Simpson, and Soofi got dead, "mastermind" DT Kareem and semi-suni rads got worried. Worst of all, the feds lost a multi million long term revenue source.</p>
  • Cindy Sheehan: Hugo Chavez's Legacy Will Continue to Inspire

    03/12/2016 3:38:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    teleSUR ^ | March 5, 2016 | Cindy Sheehan
    Three years ago today, I wept for my friend Chavez and myself, for the people of Venezuela and the world.In 2006, shortly after my first peace camp in Crawford, Texas to confront the person who I felt murdered my son Casey: George Bush, I was invited to Caracas, Venezuela to attend the World Social Forum. Amazingly, at the time I really had no idea that the World Social Forum was about socialism, and I really didn't know much more about President Hugo Chavez other than that he was a very vocal opponent of my opponents: George Bush and the U.S....
  • Chris Brown Responds to Sucker-Punched Black Donald Trump Protester: '--- Trump & --- the Pigs'

    03/11/2016 12:58:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Billboard ^ | March 10, 2016 | Colin Stutz
    After a black protestor was sucker-punched by a white Donald Trump supporter while leaving a rally on Thursday (March 10), Chris Brown took to Instagram to vent his frustration with the scene publicly. "(EXPLETIVE) TRUMP AND (EXPLETIVE) THE PIGS," he wrote with a selfie video, speaking into the camera, saying that if this is the way things are going to proceed at rallies, black people should attend the rallies in groups of 40 or 50. "See what they do then," he said. "Keep touching us." In his comment, Brown called seeing people act this way is "evil" and said God...
  • Abortion Procedures: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Trimesters

    03/07/2016 7:52:25 PM PST · by Morgana
    Live Action Youtube ^ | Published on Feb 24, 2016 | Live Action
    Abortion Procedures: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Trimesters Dr. Anthony Levatino describes four abortion procedures, covering the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy. For more information, visit AbortionProcedures.com (Animated but Graphic view at your own risk)
  • Turkish president criticizes release of journalists

    02/28/2016 8:18:52 PM PST · by Rabin · 6 replies
    aa.com.tr/en/turkey ^ | 28.02.2016 14:09:36 | Staff
    I keep silent [on] the decision of the Constitutional Court but do not abide by the decision, Erdogan said. In my opinion, [the] media should not have unlimited freedom. There is no absolute freedom anywhere in the world media as well. They were arrested in November... allegations of espionage, attempting to overthrow the government and supporting terrorism.
  • SPEAKER RYAN's POLITICO Playbook

    02/26/2016 8:46:03 PM PST · by Rabin · 8 replies
    linkedin ^ | Feb 26, 2016 | Mike Allen
    Washington Press Club Foundation's 72nd annual Congressional Dinner: "As great as it is being Speaker, there is a lot of stake this November. And I think the best thing for me to do right now is to confirm that those rumors out there are actually true. People (many) have approached me about seeking a higher office. It's not a job that I ever sought. (but) This is a very dire moment, and if there's a way I can be a unifying figure, bring some needed stability and protect an institution that means so much to our country, then I am...
  • A vote for Trump is a vote for bigotry

    02/24/2016 7:22:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    CNN ^ | February 24, 2016 | Dean Obeidallah, Palestinian-American Comic
    Let's take a page from Donald Trump's book and ignore political correctness for a moment: If you support Trump, you support his sexist, bigoted and racist views. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it. And this is especially true for GOP party leaders, elected officials and even community leaders. Some have said things such as, "I don't like Trump's history of demeaning women, but I think he will be good for the economy." Sorry, you don't get a pass because you like one of his policy proposals. It's akin to saying, "I supported Hitler for his tax plan."...
  • America, you’re stupid: Trump’s political triumph makes it official—we’re a nation of idiots

    02/24/2016 4:18:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Salon ^ | February 24, 2016 | Sean Illing
    Trump's rise proves we're full of loud, illiterate and credulous people -- and he's a mirror of them "I love the poorly educated." -- Donald Trump Before any votes were cast, when Donald Trump was the theoretical front-runner, the optimists preached patience. Just wait, they said. This will blow over. He's a clown, a huckster, a TV personality. There's no way he can win. It's just not possible. Well, it's not only possible - it's likely. Trump won again in Nevada on Tuesday night, by a massive margin, and he may well sweep the Super Tuesday states. If that happens,...
  • The Black Panthers are back -- and never really went away

    02/21/2016 1:05:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | February 17, 2016 | John Blake
    Beyoncé didn't bring back the Black Panthers when she and an Afro-frizzed dance team donned black leather jackets and berets during Super Bowl 50's halftime show. That's because the Black Panthers never actually left. The Panthers were more than militants; they were pioneers in American pop and political culture. The Black Lives Matter movement, the rise of social media, music and sports, even Donald Trump -- all were shaped by the Panthers in some way, historians and ex-Panthers say. On the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party, people are taking a second look at the group....
  • 20 Tips for Your First Abortion (Mega Barf Alert)

    02/18/2016 1:42:52 PM PST · by Morgana · 23 replies
    paperdarts.org ^ | February 1, 2016 | Madeleine Roe
    1. It does not matter if you were on birth control, if you forgot just this once, or if you didn’t think at all. It does not matter if it was your husband, your boyfriend, or someone who was really working those olive corduroy pants. You are pregnant. And you are the one that is freaking the f*** out. 2. Tell someone else who will support you. Tell a friend, a family member, post it on Reddit, or whisper it to your cat, Miss Poke. Know you are not alone in this. 3. Google is your best friend and worst...
  • Beyoncé is putting Red Lobster back on the map (via lewdness)

    02/16/2016 4:22:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/16/2016 | Hayley Peterson
    Red Lobster's turnaround just got a major boost from Beyonce. [...] Red Lobster's sales soared 33% on February 7, one day after Beyonce released a new song that included a reference to the seafood chain. "We had no idea Beyonce was going to give us that amazing shoutout," Red Lobster CEO Kim Lopdrup told Business Insider in a phone interview. "We were completely surprised and delighted. It has been an incredible weekend following the release of Beyonce's new song." In the song, called Formation, Beyonce refers to Red Lobster as a reward for sex. ...
  • Prisoners Outraged at Mouse Poo Served in Breakfast Rolls

    02/15/2016 2:36:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    The Local ^ | 15 Feb 2016
    Prisoners were outraged at the discovery of mouse droppings in their breakfast forcing officers to change the menu. Unions representing prison workers reported on Monday that mouse excrement had been discovered on breakfast rolls served to inmates over the weekend at the Albolote penitentiary in the province of Granada. One union, CCOO, said that prison workers decided to take the rolls off the menu "in order to avoid health problems that may arise from consuming them and because protests from inmates will result in regimental incidents." CCOO added that the finding of rodent droppings signaled that the prison did not...
  • Conscious Party: Condom Couture

    02/14/2016 6:23:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Mountain Xpress ^ | Kat McReynolds | February 14, 2016
    WHAT: Condom Couture, a fashion show to benefit Planned Parenthood South Atlantic of Asheville WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 20, 8 p.m. WHERE: New Mountain WHY: Planned Parenthood South Atlantic is touting the benefits of wearing one condom by dressing models in hundreds of them. “It’s a runway show,” says Nikki Harris, the nonprofit’s director of philanthropy for Western North Carolina. “The idea is fashionable, wearable art.” Thirteen designers are participating in Asheville’s 2016 Condom Couture, and each of their garments must employ at least 500 of the popular contraceptives. “They can use other fabrics and modes, but it has to be...
  • Noxious ideas of Trump, Cruz

    02/14/2016 3:07:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Kingston Whig-Standard ^ | February 14, 2016 | Louis A. Delvoie
    American presidential politics are often hugely entertaining. They can at times be equally demoralizing. This year's primary contests are certainly no exception. Speaking of this primary season, The Economist opined that "it has rarely been so ugly, uncertain or strange." What makes it so is the relative success enjoyed by candidates on the far right or far left of their parties -- Donald Trump and Ted Cruz for the Republicans and Bernie Sanders for the Democrats. This seems to belie the old nostrum that the presidency is won from the centre. It also seems to ignore a couple of important...
  • Missing Alameda man owes $113 million in federal judgment

    02/13/2016 1:40:22 AM PST · by This_far · 10 replies
    SFGATE ^ | Friday, February 12, 2016 | Rachel Swan
    A 73-year-old man who mysteriously vanished Tuesday is facing a $113 million judgment from the Federal Trade Commission over a get-rich-quick infomercial scam. John Nelson Beck of Alameda was the man behind John Beck Amazing Profits LLC, which put out infomercials marketing “John Beck’s Free & Clear Real Estate System.” According to court filings, the infomercials falsely told consumers that they could easily make massive amounts of money by buying homes at government tax sale auctions and immediately flipping or renting them.
  • The Enduring Solidarity of Whiteness

    02/08/2016 4:08:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | February 8, 2016 | Ta-Nehisi Coates
    Black poverty is fundamentally distinct from white poverty--and so cannot be addressed without grappling with racism. There have been a number of useful entries in the weeks since Senator Bernie Sanders declared himself against reparations. Perhaps the most clarifying comes from Cedric Johnson in a piece entitled, "An Open Letter To Ta-Nehisi Coates And The Liberals Who Love Him." Johnson's essay offers those of us interested in the problem of white supremacy and the question of economic class the chance to tease out how, and where, these two problems intersect. In Johnson's rendition, racism, in and of itself, holds limited...
  • Porn Actress Drops Suit Against TV's Josh Duggar

    02/08/2016 11:13:56 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    A San Diego porn actress has dropped her $500,000 assault lawsuit against reality TV personality Josh Duggar amid evidence that her claims were fabricated. Duggar's lawyer calls the accusations in Ashley Stamm-Northup's lawsuit "entirely fictitious." SNIP Evidence shows Duggar wasn't in Philadelphia at the time. SNIP
  • Change of venue sought in Twin Peaks biker’s case

    02/06/2016 5:52:34 AM PST · by Elderberry · 29 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 2/6/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    An attorney representing a biker arrested in the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout is seeking to move his client's felony case from McLennan County. Dallas attorney Clint Broden, who represents Hewitt resident Matthew Clendennen, filed a change of venue motion Friday that seeks to try the case in another county because of what he describes as "pervasive, prejudicial and inflammatory" publicity about the unique case. The motion asks 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson to move the trial to Travis, Dallas or Harris counties. Broden's motion cites quotes attributed in the local media to McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna,...
  • Andy Lopez’ family can proceed with lawsuit against Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy, judge rules

    02/04/2016 8:30:15 PM PST · by Rabin · 3 replies
    THE PRESS DEMOCRAT ^ | January 20, 2016 | PAUL PAYNE
    The family of 13-year-old Andy Lopez, can take their wrongful death lawsuit to trial, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. The child was shot as he turned, shot as he fell and shot as he lay face down. Andy was penetrated by seven of the nine shots fired by one of the terrified deputy. He died ripped on the sidewalk. Full Coroners report and Dash cam data remain un available in recognition and respect of officer protections.
  • Ron Jeremy Is Supporting Hillary Clinton

    02/04/2016 12:03:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 67 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | Jan. 29, 2016 | Christopher Massie
    The famous porn star also likes TrumpFamous porn star Ron Jeremy told BuzzFeed News in an interview on Friday that he is supporting Hillary Clinton's bid for the White House, in large part because he admires her husband, former president Bill Clinton. "I got to shake hands with her husband," Jeremy said, noting his admiration for former president Bill Clinton's role in the Norther Irish peace process and his attempts to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict. "A lot of it's because of him. When he was in office, she gave him a lot of advice. When she's in office, he'll give...
  • Politician Tell a Reporter She's a B**ch on Camera

    02/02/2016 7:49:02 PM PST · by Morgana · 21 replies
    ktrh.com ^ | February 2, 2016 | Michael Berry
    Politician Tell a Reporter She's a B**ch on Camera VIDEO ONLY ON LINK warning language.
  • Emails Conversations Contained The Names Of CIA Operatives

    02/01/2016 8:17:00 PM PST · by Rabin · 27 replies
    http://www.hannity.com/a ^ | Monday, February 1st 2016 | staff
    Clinton’s email included Holy Grail items of American espionage, true names of Agency intelligence officers serving overseas under non-official cover. At the business end if the business.
  • DOD Will Allow Troops On Duty to Breastfeed

    01/29/2016 9:02:01 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 29, 2016 | 8:13 AM EST | Susan Jones
    As part of his commitment to build the military "force of the future," Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday announced a series of "family-friendly" initiatives to attract and retain "the best America has to offer." "We are not Google. We are not Walmart. We're war fighters. But that doesn't mean we should not be challenging ourselves just like the private sector," Carter told reporters at the Pentagon. [...] The Defense Secretary outlined the following initiatives: [...] Making military workplaces more accommodating to women when they return from maternity leave: The focus here is to make it easier for new mothers...
  • Husband Forces Wife, Lover to Stay in Bed for Police to See

    01/26/2016 12:48:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, January 26, 2016
    Returned home to find wife, lover in bedAn Indian man unexpectedly returning home from work in Kuwait found his wife in bed with her Bangladeshi lover and forced the two to stay there naked until police arrived. The man, feeling unwell, returned home in the capital Kuwait City without telling his 31-year-old wife, who was shocked to see him staring at her with the other man. The Arabic language daily 'Al Anba' said the Indian shouted to his neighbour to see the couple in bed as a witness before calling the police. “The husband forced his wife and her lover...
  • The progressive case for hoping Ted Cruz wins GOP nomination (no, really)

    01/22/2016 8:34:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Salon ^ | January 22, 2016 | Gary Legum
    Maybe progressives should root for Ted Cruz to be the Republican nominee. Over at the Huffington Post, Ryan Grim and Sam Stein have a deep look at why the Republican establishment is lining up behind Donald Trump over Cruz in what is becoming a two-man race for the nomination. Of all the reasons mentioned, though, one tell is an anonymous quote that comes from a person described as "somebody in the GOP establishment," who tells the writers, "I'm rooting for Hillary...She can't win a mandate, so we hold the House and don't get slaughtered in the Senate. We will have...
  • Remain a virgin or lose bursary, students warned (South Africa)

    01/22/2016 6:13:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    TIMES Live ^ | 22 January, 2016 11:26 | Amanda Khoza
    Remain virgins or we will take away your bursaries. This was the condition given to 16 young women who received the Maidens Bursary Award from the UThukela District Municipality for remaining pure. In addition, they had to undergo virginity testing every holiday to ensure they were not sexually active. The municipality introduced the new category of bursaries during its Mayoral Matric Excellence Awards on January 11. Municipality spokesperson Jabulani Mkhonza said more than 100 matrics, including those who were not virgins, who excelled in their 2015 matric year, received awards. A total of 113 pupils from various schools got bursaries....
  • It's Not Just About the Horse (Member), It's About the Gold Mine (Brit International Incident)

    01/13/2016 12:24:52 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Eurasianet.org ^ | January 5, 2016
    Kyrgyz were variously enraged and bemused after a British expat working at a foreign-owned gold mine jokingly compared a beloved local equine delicacy to a "horses (member)" (sic). But the Facebook jest by Michael McFeat -- a welding superintendent at the Kumtor Gold Company in Kyrgyzstan -- could scarcely have come at a worse time for his Canadian bosses, whose relations with Bishkek are at an all-time low. The mine's owners have recently been locked in a fierce battle with the Kyrgyz government over fresh mining permits and a redivision of profits from an enterprise that generates around 10 percent...
  • Seller Didn't Know Adult Films Were 'Haram'

    01/11/2016 12:27:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Emirates ^ | Sunday, January 10, 2016 | Mahra S.
    Arrested for selling adult films in Kuwait An Arab man was arrested selling pornographic films in Hawali city of Kuwait. (File) An Arab man was arrested selling pornographic films in Hawali city of Kuwait. After being arrested, the quickest excuse he could think of was that he was not aware that selling these films was illegal or ‘haram’ (against Islam). Many Internet users reacted to this report which went viral on social media. Many said that the arrested man was lying and that he was offering a silly reason to try to escape punishment. Retaj, a Kuwaiti woman, said that...
  • HBO pulling plug on hit comedy 'Girls'

    01/06/2016 3:56:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 6, 2016 3:41 PM EST
    HBO says it will pull the plug on its hit comedy "Girls" after a sixth and final season next year. The series about a group of young women in their 20s made creator and actress Lena Dunham a star, and was also a feather in the cap of veteran comic producer Judd Apatow. ...
  • Φωτογραφίες Χρονολογίου

    01/01/2016 10:43:30 PM PST · by Rabin · 5 replies
    http://el-gr.el-gr.fb.me/NationalCryptologicMuseum/photos/a.350346695032536.76645.318661104867762/99
    First use of Code Talkers in combat, 1918 The use of pre American languages to protect U.S. voice com began in, 1918. Early on, in World War I, "Captain Lawrence noted conscripts speaking Choctaw bla bla, and recognized a potential to secure line active, field communications. Choctaw com contributed directly to constriction and later withdrawal of two companies during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive and were later used in the implementing a successful surprise attack on the Germans at Forest Farm. A belated program expanded in to World War II. http://www.comanchemuseum.com/code_talkers Comanche Code Talkers of World War II. In late 1940, 17...
  • It’s Time for a Muslim-Moderated Presidential Debate

    12/23/2015 12:04:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 23, 2015 | Dean Obeidallah, Palestinian/American comedian
    If all these candidates are going to pop off about Islam and Muslims, how’s about they at least have to do it front of one?Last Tuesday’s GOP debates were all about Muslims. The word “Islam” or derivations of it like “Islamic” were mentioned 27 times in the primetime debate and 31 times during the earlier “kid’s table” debate. If you had played a drinking game where you had to do a shot of whiskey every time the word “Islam” was uttered during those GOP debates, you would’ve been dead about 30 minutes in. And the discussion about Islam during the...
  • Saudis shut down camel urine shop: owner was selling his own urine

    12/22/2015 5:22:00 PM PST · by Morgana · 63 replies
    jihadwatch.org ^ | December 22, 2015 | Robert Spencer
    Some hadiths depict Muhammad touting the medicinal benefits of drinking camel urine. This one also shows him in his full compassionate, merciful glory: “The climate of Medina did not suit some people, so the Prophet ordered them to follow his shepherd, i.e. his camels, and drink their milk and urine (as a medicine). So they followed the shepherd that is the camels and drank their milk and urine till their bodies became healthy. Then they killed the shepherd and drove away the camels. When the news reached the Prophet he sent some people in their pursuit. When they were brought,...
  • Trump brings bigots out of hiding

    12/18/2015 5:18:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 18, 2015 | Dana Milbank
    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote: “Let’s not mince words, Donald Trump is a bigot and a racist.” I cited a long list of incidents in which he targeted women, Latinos, African Americans, Muslims, Asians and the disabled. Here’s what I heard back from Trump’s defenders: “Let’s not mince words,” somebody tweeted under the name Helios Megistos. “Milbank is an anti-white parasite and a bigoted kike supremacist.” “[Trump] may well be a bigot and a racist,” one Michael Banfield wrote me via email. “But one thing is certain: The only thing missing from your photo is a [vulgar word...
  • The Unholy Alliance between ISIS and Donald Trump (translated from an Arabic editorial)

    12/18/2015 8:37:20 AM PST · by Ulmius · 13 replies
    Raseef22 ^ | December 14, 2015 | Ali Adeeb
    The Unholy Alliance between ISIS and Donald Trump (translated from an Arabic editorial) There is an unholy alliance between Donald Trump and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi; its victims are normal Muslims. This alliance might seem strange because it is between two opposites. The American billionaire turns to western American values and the other fancies himself a caliph of the second century of the Muslim calendar. In reality, each one seems the echo of the other more than being opposites of each other. Donald Trump represents a significant portion of Republican voters and other partisans, as the trustworthy candidate, who expresses himself...
  • Ted Cruz feeds ignorance

    12/09/2015 7:09:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Baltimore Post-Examiner ^ | December 9, 2015 | James Moore
    Ted Cruz is nothing more than a maggot feeding off the ignorance and false bravado of gun owners lacking in intelligence who believe more, no, all citizens should be armed whenever in public. Somehow this brain cell deprived segment of our society believe if all people, well, at least all the “good guys” packed heat, there would be an end to the mass shootings that plague this nation. “You know, if everyone in that room were armed, those killers wouldn’t have stood a chance,” claim ass hats like Cruz. Not only is he wrong, but if Ted Cruz were in...
  • Mississippi Flag, a Rebel Holdout, Is in a New Fight

    11/08/2015 9:36:32 AM PST · by yoe · 402 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 7, 2915 | CAMPBELL ROBERTSON
    LOUISVILLE, Miss. — In single strokes after the massacre of nine black churchgoers in Charleston in June, Confederate battle flags were taken from statehouse grounds in South Carolina and Alabama, pulled from shelves at major retailers like Walmart and declared unwelcome, if to (limited effect), at Nascar races. What happened so swiftly elsewhere is not so simple in Mississippi. The Confederate battle flag is not simply flying in one hotly disputed spot at the State Capitol but occupying the upper left corner of the state flag, which has been flying since 1894. (And as recently as 2001), Mississippians voted by...
  • ISIS Tells Fighters to GANG RAPE Women Saying Sex With Multiple Jihadis Makes Them MUSLIM

    10/10/2015 10:18:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Express ^ | Fri, Oct 9, 2015 | NICK GUTTERIDGE
    ISLAMIC State (ISIS) has urged its depraved fighters to convert women to Islam by GANG RAPING them, it emerged today.It emerged as victims of the perverted hate group spoke out about its infamous sex slave markets, where twisted militants can buy women for as little as a packet of cigarettes. ISIS fighters have previously executed women who refused to have sex with them, with many experts saying most young men joining the group are more interested in sex than Islam or jihad. Many of the women come from the Yazidi religious sect and have been horrendously defiled and mutilated by...
  • Saudi Cuts Oil Prices To Asia, U.S.

    10/06/2015 9:26:17 PM PDT · by Rabin · 4 replies
    oilpro.com ^ | posted yesterday | Abisha Rabiyah
    Saudi Aramco reduced the price of its light-crude deliveries to Asia by $1.70/bbl. As a result, Marketwatch switched to a discount of $1.60/bbl against the rival Dubai benchmark from the previous premium of $0.10/bbl. Aramco also reduced its prices for heavy oil by $2/bbl to the Far East and by $0.30/bbl to the U.S. Aramco also reduced its official selling price for medium grade crude to Asia in November to a discount of $3.20/bbl below the regional benchmark, versus a $1.30 discount for October sales, the company said Sunday. The discount for the medium grade to Asia, the primary market...