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  • Democrats End Sit-In After 25 Hours, Drawing Attention to Gun Control

    06/23/2016 11:27:40 AM PDT · by Innovative · 59 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 23, 2016 | DAVID M. HERSZENHORN and EMMARIE HUETTEMAN
    House Democrats ended their 25-hour sit-in over gun control legislation on Thursday, a protest Speaker Paul D. Ryan labeled a high-profile stunt that undermined the basic institutions of government. Mr. Ryan said he was “not going to allow stunts like this to stop us from carrying out the people’s business.” He added, “This is about a publicity stunt and now a fund-raising scheme.” But on legislative business, it was Mr. Ryan who prevailed. He personally reclaimed control of the House, pounding his gavel and muscling through a major appropriations bill that included funding for combating the Zika virus, without debate.
  • Court: Man can't be punished 'simply for being homeless' [Boston MA]

    06/23/2016 11:26:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 23, 2016 1:47 PM EDT | Denise Lavoie
    A homeless man convicted of criminal trespassing for taking shelter in privately owned buildings during harsh winter weather won a new trial Thursday when the state’s highest court ruled that he should have been allowed to argue it was his only way to protect himself from the cold. The Supreme Judicial Court found that the judge at David Magadini’s trial was wrong to deny a request to instruct the jury on a so-called necessity defense. Magadini wanted to use that defense to argue that his behavior was justified for a person trying to escape extreme temperatures. […] The owners of...
  • After Orlando, some businesses stress LGBT inclusivity moves

    06/23/2016 9:28:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 23, 2016 11:10 AM EDT | Joyce M. Rosenberg
    Some small business owners already working to make their companies more welcoming to LGBT employees say the massacre at a gay dance club in Orlando gives them an impetus to make more changes. “I’ve committed to myself and within our executive team to redouble our efforts to create a safer, kinder, more accepting workplace,” says Frank Maylett, CEO of RizePoint, a company that makes software to help restaurant owners, hotel operators and retailers manage multiple locations. RizePoint had already taken steps like providing health and other benefits to employees’ domestic partners and removing gender references in its handbook so that...
  • CAIR Sees 64 Percent Jump in Muslims Registered to Vote Since 2012

    06/22/2016 7:22:06 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 18 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 22, 2016 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) estimates that the number of American Muslims registered to vote has jumped from around 500,000 in 2012 to at least 824,000 ahead of November’s election – a 64 percent increase. CAIR said Tuesday that could be a possible indicator of increased political involvement due to anti-Muslim rhetoric by “public figures.” It did not name names, but presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has come under fire for some campaign statements relating to Islam – especially his call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S. because of terrorism concerns. The figures are...
  • Speaking different languages on gun control

    06/22/2016 4:37:11 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 15 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 22 jun 2016 | Christian Schneider
    We've all heard former Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan's admonition that "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." Yet the public debate about guns in America takes Moynihan's warning to the next level: Each side not only has its own facts, it has its own language. For instance, take the rush after the recent Orlando shootings to ban "assault" or "military-style" weapons like the AR-15 rifle. Gun control advocates immediately jumped to regulate sales of "automatic weapons" and "assault rifles" like the AR-15, which they deem too deadly for one individual to need. Scary stories about...
  • 'Jesus's wife' papyrus is likely a fake, professor now says

    06/20/2016 11:26:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 74 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 20, 2016 2:16 PM EDT
    A Harvard professor who caused a huge splash when she unveiled a small fragment of papyrus that she said referred to Jesus being married now says it’s likely a forgery. In 2012, Harvard Divinity School Professor Karen King presented the fragment, which includes the phrase, “Jesus said to them, my wife.” Since then, other scholars have raised doubts about the fragment’s authenticity. …
  • Obama: Entitlements Are 'Necessities of a 21st Century Economy,' 'Realities of How People Live'

    06/20/2016 10:23:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    MRC TV ^ | June 15, 2016 10:04am ET | Craig Bannister
    Entitlements are “the realities of how people live now” and “necessities of a 21st century economy,” so “we’ve got to retool our system,” Pres. Obama declared Tuesday. Speaking at the White House Summit on the United State of Women, Obama said America has “got to retool our system,” because guaranteed benefits are a vital and immutable way of life …
  • AG Lynch Won't Say How Many Americans Are on Terrorist Watch List

    06/20/2016 5:25:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 20, 2016 | 5:39 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    It was a simple question that Attorney General Loretta Lynch would not answer on Sunday: “How many Americans are on the terrorist watch list?” ABC’s Jonathan Karl asked Lynch on “This Week.” “You know, we don’t provide those exact numbers,” Lynch responded. “Can you give me a range? I mean, what are we talking about here?” Karl followed up. “Well, as I say, we don’t provide those exact numbers,” Lynch responded. Lynch supports an amendment sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), which would bar gun sales to people who end up on the government’s secretive terror watch list. …
  • In Israel, there's no 'right to bear arms' - and it works

    06/19/2016 2:03:45 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 46 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/6/16 | Ron Kampeas
    (JTA) Dirty, hot and exhausted Israeli soldiers waiting for their bus home from the army base tend, understandably, to be in a hurry to get on board. But when I was living in Israel during the first intifada, soldiers didn’t jostle to be first in line. Rather, the most coveted position was second. That’s because the bus driver had the right – under rules issued by the army and made clear to each armed soldier before she or he left the base – to order any soldier to sit in the front seat and remain alert. And the first one...
  • How Uncle Sam Became Uncle Tyrant -- If Washington Wants To 'Get' You, It Now Can

    06/17/2016 7:00:21 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 32 replies
    Forbes ^ | Jun 1, 2016 | Steve Forbes
    OUR FOUNDING FATHERS understood that tyranny wasn’t likely to come from a foreign invasion but from the step-by-step erosion of our freedoms by an expanding government. This is what we are facing today.... ...ominous trends threaten us... ...the typical professional in this country unknowingly commits several federal crimes during a typical workday. If Uncle Sam wants to get you, he can. – An 11-year-old girl in Virginia, who saved a woodpecker from a cat, was hit with a fine for “transporting” a protected species. – A fisherman who threw back some undersize fish he had caught was hauled into court...
  • If Islam is a Religion of Violence, so is Christianity

    06/16/2016 9:32:42 AM PDT · by Belteshazzar · 92 replies
    Speaking after “appreciating the congrats” on the Orlando shootings, Donald Trump again insisted that what mowed people down at Pulse was not an assault rifle but radical Islam, because in Trump Tower, it cannot be both. Trump’s world is binary. It is zero-sum: Either guns kill people or radical Islam kills people. In that world, only one religion can be bad, and so Christianity is good and Islam is bad. Christianity is peaceful and Islam violent. Christianity is tolerant and Islam intolerant. Both are inherently one thing or the other, immutable blueprints etched in stone for the behavior of their...
  • Rep. Hastings: At $174,000 Per Year, Congressmen Not ‘Paid Appropriately’

    06/16/2016 12:14:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 14, 2016 | 10:50 AM EDT | Eric Scheiner
    Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) says that people find it surprising that members of Congress are in “year nine without a cost of living increase” and House members who make $174,000 a year, are “deserving of being paid appropriately.” […] “Some substantial number of members of this body are multi-millionaires, a significant number of members of this body easily qualify to be in the middle-class or the upper-class — and there are some members here who are in the lower-class in our society,” Hastings said. […] According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the median net worth of a member of...
  • Bill O'Reilly takes stunning stance on guns after Orlando massacre

    06/15/2016 1:18:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 133 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/14/2016 | Allan Smith
    Bill O’Reilly stunned many viewers Tuesday night when he called for some measures of gun control to be implemented after the terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida, that claimed the lives at least 49 people — the deadliest mass shooting in US history. […] “There is too much gun crime in the USA, and high-powered weaponry is too easy to get,” he said. “That’s the fact. So let’s deal with it. We all have the right to bear arms, but we don’t have the right to buy and maintain mortars. Even if you feel threatened by gangsters or a New World...
  • Conan O’Brien: No One Should Be ‘Allowed’ To Own A Semiautomatic Rifle

    06/14/2016 1:47:03 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 108 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 14, 2016 | Awr Hawkins
    During the June 13 monologue on Conan, host Conan O’Brien referenced the Orlando terror attack and said no one should be able to own “a semiautomatic rifle.” He described semiautomatic rifles as “weapons of war” that “have no place in civilian life.”
  • Romney: Future of GOP is 'breaking my heart'

    06/11/2016 2:41:12 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 202 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 11, 2016 | Harper Neidig
    Mitt Romney blasted the Republican Party on Saturday for not doing more to stop presumptive nominee Donald Trump, saying that the prospects for the party are bleak. During a discussion in Park City, Utah, where Romney is hosting his annual conservative summit, the 2012 presidential nominee singled out Trump’s former rivals Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio), the last two candidates to drop out of the race against Trump. "Ted Cruz was basically praising Donald Trump through the whole process," Romney told discussion host and CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer. And Kasich “was in well after the time...
  • Donald Trump in San Jose: Police chief says there weren't enough officers at the rally

    06/05/2016 10:47:56 PM PDT · by SteveH · 64 replies
    san jose mercury news ^ | june 3, 2016 | Mark Gomez and Julia Prodis Sulek
    SAN JOSE --Police Eddie Garcia acknowledged his department did not have enough officers to control the violence at Thursday night's Donald Trump rally in downtown. There was a little more than 250 police officers, many in riot gear, in and around the convention center, including from neighboring cities such as Campbell, Palo Alto, Milpitas and Gilroy, and also the CHP.
  • Anti-Semitism jumps by more than 100% in New England

    06/04/2016 7:18:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    INN ^ | 6/3/2016, 11:18 AM | Hillel Fendel
    Anti-Semitic incidents in New England are up more than 100% this year, according to numbers released this week by the Anti-Defamation League. In 2015, an average of five such incidents occurred each month, while so far this year, there have been over 10 each month. The increase is “fueled by vandalism, harassment, and other acts at schools and colleges,” reports the Boston Globe. “Clearly, people are acting out on some long-held stereotypes and hatred toward Jews,” said Robert Trestan, director of the New England Regional Office of the ADL, “and it’s designed to send a message of intimidation. We’re increasingly...
  • Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Visits Cuba for Advice on "Economic Development"

    06/04/2016 6:59:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 64 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 4, 2016 | Humberto Fontova
    Remember how after Baltimore was half destroyed by rioters last summer Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s made headlines by claiming she gave Baltimore rioters "Space to Destroy?" She tried to walk back the unfortunate statement—but it only half-worked. In any case, as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, last week she was in (totally destroyed by Communism) Cuba leading a mayoral delegation which also includes Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans (among the murder capitols of the U.S.) "These meetings and visits will provide U.S. mayors and Cuban officials the opportunity to share best practices for providing city services in...
  • Jewesses Bathing in Public Pools? New York Times Editorial Writers Can’t Stand the Stench

    06/02/2016 5:10:43 PM PDT · by SJackson · 55 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 6-2-16 | Ira Stoll
    The New York Times takes issue with women-only hours at a public swimming pool in Brooklyn. Photo: Wikipedia.The latest salvo in the New York Times campaign against Orthodox Judaism is an editorial condemning the New York City Parks department for accommodating religious swimmers — and, for that matter any other women who prefer not to be gawked at by men while bathing — by providing women-only hours at a public swimming pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.The Times complains of what it calls a “strong odor of religious intrusion into a secular space.” The classically nasty antisemitic trope of accusing Jews...
  • Study: More Americans are having gay sex

    06/01/2016 11:16:28 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 73 replies
    philly.com ^ | 6/1/16 | Stacey Burling
    A growing number of Americans are having gay sex, or at least admitting to it. And that's OK with more and more of us. "People over time are reporting more same-sex sexual experiences than ever before," said Brooke Wells, a social psychologist at Widener University's Center for Human Sexuality Studies. ....an annual survey conducted between 1973 and 2014, was fueled largely by people who had sex with both men and women. There has been little change in the number of people reporting exclusively homosexual behavior. from 3.6 to 8.7 percent for women and from 4.5 to 8.2 percent for men....
  • ‘Harry Potter’ fans are having none of your racism when it comes to Hermione Granger

    06/01/2016 3:35:36 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 33 replies
    zap2it ^ | June 1, 2016
    Harry Potter” fans have taken their cue from their sovereign and commander, J.K. Rowling, telling people who have a problem with Hermione being black in “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” to kindly take a flying leap. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” takes place after the end of the 7th novel, even beyond the 19-year time-jump in the epilogue. For this reason, Harry, Ron and Hermione are all adults with pre-teen or teenage children in their promotional photos. The photo that has predictably caused the most discussion is the one depicting the interracial family of Ron, Hermione and their...
  • Chief Justice John Roberts: 'I Try to Achieve as Much Consensus as I Can'

    05/29/2016 11:22:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    AP via CNS News ^ | May 28, 2016 | 4:30 PM EDT | John Raby
    U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said Wednesday that building a consensus among the justices is important, although he admits he can’t do it on his own. Roberts’ comments at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia come as the justices have struggled to reach decisions in several cases this term with the court split evenly between conservative and liberal members. The court has had eight members since the February death of Justice Antonin Scalia. “I try to achieve as much consensus as I can,” Roberts said. “We kind of have to have a commitment as a group. I think...
  • Veterans sites in California, Kentucky, Virginia damaged

    05/29/2016 11:10:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 29, 2016 2:48 AM EDT
    Memorials to veterans in a Los Angeles neighborhood and a town in Kentucky, as well as a Civil War veterans cemetery in Virginia, were damaged as the nation prepares to mark Memorial Day, officials said. A Vietnam War memorial in the Venice area of Los Angeles has been extensively defaced by graffiti. The vandalism occurred sometime during the past week, KCAL/KCBS-TV reported. The homespun memorial painted on a block-long wall on Pacific Avenue lists the names of American service members missing in action or otherwise unaccounted for in Southeast Asia. News of the vandalism came as another veterans-related memorial was...
  • Ginsburg: Having only 8 justices hamstrings Supreme Court

    05/26/2016 5:53:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 26, 2016 6:06 PM EDT | Michael Vertanen
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Thursday that having only eight high court justices isn’t good, resulting in some 4-4 splits this year that denied litigants an opinion. That that means no precedents are set and essentially a Supreme Court review has been denied, Ginsburg told a gathering of court officials in upstate New York. […] “Eight is not a good number,” she said. “Next year I anticipate reporting on the decisions of a full bench.” …
  • Female business leaders earn MORE on average than their male competitors for the second year…[tr]

    05/26/2016 7:27:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 09:19 EST, 26 May 2016 | Darren Boyle
    Female chief executive officers earn more money on average than their male counterparts for the second year in a row according to a new survey. Researchers looked at the pay and benefits packages for male and female business leaders for 2014 and 2015. The data showed that the median pay for a female CEO was almost $18 million last year, while their male counterparts were worth on average a mere $10.5 million. Also, the packages received by women increased in value by around 13 percent last year, compared to a moderate three percent rise for the men. …
  • U.N. Chief's Message to Graduates: Don't Vote for Climate-Change Deniers

    05/25/2016 5:08:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 25, 2016 | 11:55 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    “Now that you’re done with finals, help us meet the climate change test,” United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told Columbia University graduates last week. […] “Don’t vote for politicians who deny the problem,” he said. “Don’t buy products that aren’t sustainable. And for heaven’s sake, turn off the lights!” …
  • NYC recognizes thirty-one (31) genders

    05/25/2016 2:30:07 PM PDT · by upchuck · 11 replies
    May 25, 2016
    This is ridiculous! New York City now recognizes 31 forms of gender dysphoria.PDF file (363KB download) h/t to a New Jersey friend.
  • Christianity Must Exorcise Itself of Homophobia

    05/25/2016 12:11:55 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 105 replies
    ABC.net ^ | 5/23/2016 | Benjamin Jones
    When Australia's most successful Olympian, Ian Thorpe, came out as gay in an interview with Sir Michael Parkinson in July 2014, he was inundated with messages of support. At the time, some posed the question: does this even count as news? Is homosexuality today not a simple biographical detail rather than a sensational scandal? And yet, it is significant that on the same night that Thorpe came out, Australian Rules Football commentator Brian Taylor used a homophobic slur on air, referring to Geelong player Harry Taylor as a "big poofter." The two events accentuated perfectly why it remains the case,...
  • Baltimore Blames ‘White People’ After Cop Found Not Guilty In Freddie Gray Case

    05/24/2016 7:32:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 59 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/24/2016 | Connor D Wolf
    Baltimore city residents expressed disappointment in response to the city circuit court Monday finding a police officer not guilty in connection to the death of Freddie Gray. Officer Edward Nero was charged with several misdemeanor offenses after Gray died April, 2015, in his custody. Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams found Nero not guilty of all charges just over a year later. Residents were not surprised given what they saw as racial bias in the criminal justice system. “White people are turning a blind eye,” resident Mumin Soweto told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “We’re not the ones stirring up the...
  • 'Gigantic' corporate tax hike likely headed to Oregon voters

    05/23/2016 7:40:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 23, 2016 7:33 PM EDT | Kristena Hansen
    A massive $2.8 billion annual corporate tax hike is likely headed to Oregon voters in November, a move that could create the most aggressive tax climate for big business of any state in the nation. The ballot proposal comes as raising taxes on the wealthy and large corporations is at the forefront of a national debate — especially among Democratic progressives such as Bernie Sanders and much of Oregon’s electorate — about how to close the gaping economic disparities between rich and poor in a post-Great Recession era. The proposal’s labor-union backers are just one step from getting the measure...
  • Target sues a man who helped saved a girl's life in one of its store

    05/22/2016 12:43:30 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 17 replies
    5/22/16
    These are the basic facts. A homeless schizophrenic man, Leon Walls, stabbed a man, Jobe Wright, on a street. Walls then ran into a nearby Target, where Wright and some friends, including Michael Turner, pursued him. One of the pursuing men called police. They located Walls in the store, and Walls grabbed a teenage girl, threatening her with a knife. He said he wanted to leave the store, but the men said he wasn't leaving until police got there. Walls then started stabbing the girl, and the men subdued him. One of them had brought a baseball bat with him...
  • Judge to decide if death-row inmates need air conditioning [Angola LA]

    05/20/2016 10:53:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2016 1:50 PM EDT | Michael Kunzelman
    As summer approaches in Louisiana, prison officials insist that ice, fans and cold showers are enough to protect death-row inmates from dangerous heat and humidity. […] U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson questioned Friday why prison officials won’t spend roughly $1 million to install the air conditioning, since the state has already spent much more money fighting this issue in court. The judge already ruled it unconstitutional to keep inmates where the heat index exceeds 88 degrees. …
  • New poll finds 9 in 10 Native Americans aren’t offended by Redskins name

    05/19/2016 3:51:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 19, 2016 at 1:00 pm | John Woodrow Cox, Scott Clement and Theresa Vargas
    Nine in ten Native Americans say they are not offended by the Washington Redskins name, according to a new Washington Post poll that shows how few ordinary Indians have been persuaded by a national movement to change the football team’s moniker. The survey of 504 people across every state and the District reveals that the minds of Native Americans have remained unchanged since a 2004 poll by the Annenberg Public Policy Center found the exact same result. Responses to The Post’s questions about the issue were broadly consistent regardless of age, income, education, political party or proximity to reservations. […]...
  • ‘America Was Never Great’: Home Depot employee’s hat sparks outrage

    05/19/2016 3:18:09 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 96 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 19, 2016 | Douglas Ernst
    Customers at a Staten Island Home Depot were shocked to see one of the company’s employees wearing an “America Was Never Great” hat earlier this week. Krystal Lake, 22, of St. George got political during a shift on Tuesday. Her twist on Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s slogan was immediately shared online. Ms. Lake said the social media furor between those who said she correct, and those who thought she was both unprofessional and wrong, was unexpected.
  • Granting Medal of Valor, Obama says US must listen to police

    05/16/2016 5:42:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 16, 2016 4:53 PM EDT | Josh Lederman
    President Barack Obama called on the nation Monday to support and listen to its law enforcement officers as he bestowed the Medal of Valor on 13 officers who risked their lives to save others. In a ceremony in the East Room, Obama draped the purple-and-gold ribbons around the necks of officers who intervened in shooting rampages, hostage situations and an armed robbery. He pledged to keep working toward a bipartisan overhaul to make the criminal justice system fairer, smarter and more effective so that officers are well-equipped to enforce the country's laws. “We can show our respect by listening to...
  • Obama says Senate obligated to vote on Supreme Court nominee

    05/16/2016 4:45:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 16, 2016 6:26 PM EDT | Kathleen Hennessey
    President Barack Obama said Monday he believes the Senate has a constitutional obligation to vote on a president’s nomination to the Supreme Court, staking out a position at odds with Republicans and some legal scholars. Obama made the claim in an online video interview about his stalled nomination of U.S. Circuit Court Judge Merrick Garland. Asked if he thought the Constitution’s language about “advice and consent” meant the Senate had an obligation to hold a vote, Obama told BuzzFeed News: “I do.” […]The GOP has pointed out that in 2005, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid argued that the Constitution doesn’t...
  • Feds' transgender guidance provokes fierce backlash

    05/14/2016 7:08:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 66 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | 6:44 PM ET, Sat May 14, 2016 | Ray Sanchez
    The Obama administration’s directive on the use of school bathrooms by transgender students has provoked a torrent of criticism. It also marks a new front in America’s long-running culture wars. The latest battle over transgender rights and sexual identity comes in response to a joint letter Friday from the Departments of Education and Justice directing public schools to ensure that “transgender students enjoy a supportive and nondiscriminatory school environment.” […] The Obama administration directive goes beyond the bathroom issue to touch on privacy rights, education records and sex-segregated athletics. And that has unleashed a fierce backlash from ministers, parents and...
  • If Britain Leaves The EU, What Happens To The 'Polish Plumber?'

    05/14/2016 3:31:29 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 17 replies
    NPR ^ | May 14, 2016 | Lauren Frayer
    Hundreds of thousands of people whose personal fates could hinge on whether Britain leaves the European Union won't even have a vote in next month's referendum: Polish migrants. Among other EU citizens, up to a million Poles live and work in Britain. They're allowed to do so, because of free movement of workers in the EU. At a typical construction site in a leafy suburb of London, a brick row house is under renovation. There's a radio on for the builders, and it's all in Polish — Polish Radio London, a digital radio station that launched in 2006, two years...
  • Bill Clinton takes on protesters in coal country

    05/14/2016 10:12:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 13, 2016 at 4:18 PM | Karen Tumulty
    The booing was nearly as loud as the cheering when Bill Clinton stepped to the microphone in this remote mountain hamlet deep in the depressed heart of coal country. In the audience at the local elementary school Thursday night was a sizable contingent of coal miners and their families, many wearing helmets and T-shirts declaring their support for Donald Trump. […] The event here was Bill Clinton’s fourth in a long day of campaigning across Kentucky, where his wife faces a similar backlash in next week’s primary. …
  • How the Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan Became an SJW-Hating Conservative Crusader

    05/14/2016 7:58:27 AM PDT · by rktman · 50 replies
    thedailybeast.com ^ | 5/13/2016 | Jen Yamato
    Despite all his rage, Billy Corgan is still just rattling the cage of American politics—much to the infinite sadness of Gen X-ers still holding onto their Siamese dreams of mid-’90s alt-rock Smashing Pumpkins greatness. On Thursday, he slammed “socialist” presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and accused liberal activists of infringing on free speech. “The tactics in the social justice warrior movement are to stifle and shut down free speech,” the singer said Thursday during an appearance on Infowars, the online network run by far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
  • Missouri lawmakers pass expanded gun rights on final day

    05/13/2016 10:38:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May. 13, 2016 9:21 PM EDT | David A. Lieb and Summer Ballentine
    Missouri lawmakers passed a sweeping expansion of gun rights Friday, allowing people to carry concealed guns without needing permits while also expanding their right to stand and fight against perceived threats. The legislation, which goes to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, was among the most prominent measures passed by the Republican-led Legislature on the final day of its annual session. Under the measure, most people could carry concealed guns, even if they haven’t gone through the training now required to get a permit. The legislation would also expand the state’s “castle doctrine” by allowing invited guests such as baby sitters to...
  • Pfizer moves to block its drugs from being used in lethal injections

    05/13/2016 10:46:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | 10:53 PM ET, Fri May 13, 2016 | Ralph Ellis, Eliott C. McLaughlin and Dave Alsup
    Lethal injections will probably become more difficult to carry out in the United States because Pfizer, the second-largest pharmaceutical company in the world, has strengthened controls to prevent its products from being used in executions. Drugs used in executions are no longer available through “the normal pharmaceutical market,” said Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center. Every U.S. drug maker with products that have been used in executions has gone on record to say they don’t want that to happen any more, he said. “States at this point have decisions to make,” Dunham said. …
  • Joe Biden: ‘I Would Have Been the Best President’

    05/11/2016 5:32:07 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 45 replies
    ABCNews.com ^ | 11 May 2016 | MARGARET CHADBOURN
    Vice President Joe Biden says he “would have been the best president” if he had mounted a successful campaign in the 2016 election, but that forgoing the race was the right decision for his family. Speaking with “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts in an exclusive interview that aired today, Biden said he had planned to run but changed course only after his eldest son Beau died last May. “No one should ever seek the presidency unless they're able to devote their whole heart and soul and passion into just doing that,” he said. “And, Beau was my soul. I...
  • Repeal and Replace the Republican Party

    05/08/2016 8:36:29 AM PDT · by Williams · 36 replies
    Vanity
    Watching the Sunday news shows, I realize America is finished if we have to rely on the Republican party. I just watched Senator Flake (R Ariz.) smugly go on that we will lose the war on terror because of Trump having a "religious test" for admission to our country. Also he says that's why we will lose the election not because Senator Flake isn't supporting Trump. We are facing Hillary Clinton and these republicans are everywhere saying Trump has to come to each of them and explain himself. Then he has to change to agree with them. These republicans don't...
  • Obama urges Asian-Americans to stand up to bigotry

    05/04/2016 7:54:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May. 4, 2016 10:39 PM EDT | Darlene Superville
    President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders to fight bigotry and to press Congress to update U.S. immigration policy. Obama said America’s tradition is to welcome newcomers because it was founded by immigrants. He said that tradition also makes difficult to understand why some people are blocking efforts to overhaul U.S. immigration laws. “We don’t simply welcome new immigrants. We are born of immigrants,” Obama told hundreds attending the Asian Pacific American Institute of Congressional Studies’ annual awards dinner. The nonpartisan, nonprofit organization promotes Asian-American and Pacific Islander participation and representation in politics. …
  • After Anti-Semitic Incident, Delayed Response by Harvard to Jewish Students

    05/03/2016 5:18:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/3/16 | Adam Kredo
    A group of Jewish students at Harvard received a response this afternoon to a meeting request sent to school President Drew Faust last Wednesday – only two hours after the Washington Free Beacon inquired with Faust’s office for a story about the delay in responding to the meeting request. The students first asked Faust for a meeting on April 27th, the week after an anti-Semitism scandal at Harvard received national media attention. The students sought the meeting to raise their concerns about Harvard administration policies that they believe have supported and legitimized the growth of extremist anti-Israel events, groups, and...
  • Top L.A. Vegan Restaurant Owners Receiving Death Threats for Slaughtering Animals

    04/28/2016 10:12:24 AM PDT · by Michael.SF. · 43 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | April 28, 2016 | Gary Baum
    L.A.'s vegan vortex has angrily turned on the most prominent vegan restaurant group in town this week as word has spread that its owners are not just eating meat but raising and slaughtering animals at the working farm where they live in Northern California. Matthew and Terces Engelhart, the husband-and-wife proprietors of favored entertainment industry haunt Cafe Gratitude, tell The Hollywood Reporter they've been receiving death threats as part of a quickly growing, internet-bred campaign against them. It has also spawned a deluge of one-star reviews on their local outposts' respective Yelp pages, a boycott group on Facebook that tallies...
  • Wendy Davis Wants to Get More Young Women Interested in Politics

    04/25/2016 1:28:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    MTV ^ | 4/21/2016 | Jaime Fuller
    It’s been nearly three years since Wendy Davis stood in the Texas State Capitol and filibustered an abortion bill for 11 hours straight, buoyed by her pink sneakers, a back brace, and the knowledge that there were so many women outside the chamber watching her fight and cheering. The bill eventually passed, Davis later lost a gubernatorial bid, and she is now out of politics for the first time in decades. Throughout all of that, however, she’s proven that she’s more than willing to keep trying to get things done — even when the chance of victory seems to be...
  • Manipulated Conservatives: Transgendered Bathrooms are Trivial

    04/21/2016 7:26:11 AM PDT · by Chickensoup · 102 replies
    04.21.16 | chickensoup
    Manipulated Conservatives: Transgendered Bathrooms are Trivial As I watch people get involved with dramas over this issue, I think: What is it that we are not supposed to pay attention to? What is it that the elites, the media and the government don't want us to notice? Is it the loss of our history and culture with the change with monies, another knife in the gut by the Obama administration? Is it the subtlest of this election? Is it the lousy depression like statistics in some areas of the country? Is it the invasion of western Civ and our country...
  • Watchdog: Press freedom declines around the world

    04/20/2016 2:36:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 20, 2016 12:10 AM EDT
    Media freedom around the world has suffered a “deep and disturbing decline” due to by pressure from governments and businesses, an international media watchdog said Wednesday. The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said in an annual report that many of the world’s leaders have developed “a paranoia” about journalism and are clamping down on the media, while coverage in privately-owned outlets is increasingly shaped by corporate interests. …