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  • When will Latinos outnumber whites in Texas? Experts have a new prediction (2022)

    06/21/2018 11:02:10 AM PDT · by rxsid · 23 replies ^ | 06/21/2018 | Jill Cowan
    When will Latinos outnumber whites in Texas? Experts have a new predictionJill Cowan, 06/21/2018Texas got a little older and a little more diverse last year, data released Thursday from the U.S. Census Bureau shows....Migration into the state, coupled with generally higher fertility among Latinos than in the non-Hispanic white population, has also driven an increase in the state’s Latino population, he said. Texas added 234,000 Hispanic residents over the year, the most of any state, bringing the overall Hispanic population to roughly 11.2 million. “We had projected that the Latino population would exceed the ... white population by 2020 and...
  • Koko, gorilla famed for using sign language and crying over pet kitten, dead at 46

    06/21/2018 10:21:53 AM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 21 replies ^ | 6/21/18 | Lia Eustachewich
    Koko, the thoughtful gorilla who captivated the world through her ability to use sign language and revealed an empathetic side to great apes, has died. She was 46. The western lowland gorilla passed away in her sleep Tuesday morning at the Gorilla Foundation’s preserve in California’s Santa Cruz mountains, the foundation said. “Koko touched the lives of millions as an ambassador for all gorillas and an icon for interspecies communication and empathy,” the foundation said on its website. “She was beloved and will be deeply missed.” Koko was believed to have had an IQ of between 75 and 95 and...
  • The Left and Children

    06/21/2018 9:26:52 AM PDT · by pgkdan · 3 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 06/21/18 | Trevor Thomas
    In their latest attempt to swing this fall’s election toward the Democrats, the left now wants us to focus on “the children.” They haven’t really thought this through. Liberals the world over should work hard to avoid any debate that significantly involves the lives and wellbeing of children. Most anyone armed with even the slightest bit of the truth when it comes to liberalism and “the children” can easily quiet the left in virtually any debate that involves children or the family. The first bit of truth that any liberal should have to answer for when it comes to children...
  • Trump will propose combining the Education and Labor Departments

    06/21/2018 8:00:08 AM PDT · by pgkdan · 11 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 06/21/18 | Rick Moran
    Now according to the Wall Street Journal, the Trump administration is looking to eliminate a lot of duplication of programs by combining the Departments of Education and Labor.***Snip***Looks good on paper. But the impetus of the bureaucracy to aggrandize itself by expanding, rather than shrinking their departments may doom the well meaning effort to failure. The initial 1980 budget for the Department of Education was about $6 billion. The 2019 budget request from Trump is about $62 billion, down from the $68 billion spent in the last Obama budget. What started as an effort to reform government ended up creating...
  • How Trump's executive order on family separations is likely to play out

    06/21/2018 6:08:37 AM PDT · by pgkdan · 18 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 06/21/18 | John Turner
    Under heavy fire from press stories telling half the truth, President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to address family separation of illegal immigrants that will almost certainly be overruled in court. To untangle the mess of misinformation that has come out over the past few days, we must review the legal history and motivations of the people involved. At that point, the upcoming events in this debate will become somewhat predictable. To start, there are obvious reasons why apprehended illegal immigrants are entitled to due process, including trials and appeals, prior to deportation. This can be a lengthy process...
  • Self-driving vehicle involved in 5-car crash

    06/20/2018 10:25:46 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 41 replies ^ | June 17 2018 | AP
    MESA, Ariz. - Police in a Phoenix suburb say a self-driving Waymo vehicle was among five cars involved in a collision, but no serious injuries were reported.
  • The takedown of Chris Hardwick shows #MeToo has gone too far

    06/20/2018 9:28:58 PM PDT · by TBP · 30 replies
    The New York Post ^ | June 19, 2018 | Andrea Peyser
    Call it The Revenge of #MeToo. It frightens me. The erasure of Hardwick from the airwaves and the public square was swift, brutal and nearly complete. This was a hard-core reaction to an online essay published on Thursday by Hardwick’s ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra. Without mentioning Hardwick by name, she detailed, in often cringe-worthy fashion, emotional and sexual abuse she claims to have suffered during a nearly three-year intimate relationship with the host of TV programs including “Talking Dead,’’ the aftershow that dissects AMC powerhouses “The Walking Dead’’ and “Fear the Walking Dead.” Hardwick, for his part, denies completely engaging in...
  • Kellyanne Conway liked tweet by Mika Brzezinski blasting Trump

    06/20/2018 9:15:08 PM PDT · by TBP · 29 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 20, 2018 | 4:07pm | Updated | Nolan Hicks
    Top White House spinmeister Kellyanne Conway liked a tweet from an NBC News personality blasting President Trump’s “zero tolerance” border policy, which has separated more than 2,300 migrant children from their parents. “You will forever be remembered as the president who traumatized children and only pulled back when the Publicity turned sour,” MSNBC morning host and longtime Trump critic Mika Brzezinski said in the tweet, which Conway liked. The Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy has been roundly condemned by human rights groups, religious leaders — including Pope Francis, Democrats and many Republican politicians.
  • Mayor Calls Fed Immigration Policy Un-American Tells ICE Not to Count On Help From Portland Cops

    06/20/2018 3:34:16 PM PDT · by Az Joe · 25 replies
    Willamette Week ^ | 06/20/2018 | Diego Diaz
    Please call the Portland Mayors office at the number below and tell the traitor to do his job! Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler today condemned the federal immigration policy of separating families and prosecuting every person who crosses the U.S. border illegally, while vowing not to use the Portland police to chase away protesters who temporarily shut down a federal building Wednesday.
  • Dick Durbin to GOP: ‘Be Unafraid of Breitbart’

    06/20/2018 12:15:20 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 19 replies
    brietbart ^ | 06/20/2018 | Neil Munro
    The Democratic Party’s leading amnesty advocate in the Senate is urging Republicans to “be unafraid of Breitbart” and to oppose the President’s enforcement of popular border laws. Sen. Dick Durbin Tweeted Thursday: Senator Dick Durbin ✔ @SenatorDurbin To my Republican colleagues: Be unafraid of what Breitbart will say tomorrow. Be unafraid what right-wingers’ are going to do to you in the next primary. If you truly believe family separation is reprehensible and shameful, have the courage to stand up to this President. 4:46 PM - Jun 19, 2018 Durbin has campaigned for a national amnesty of younger ‘DACA’ illegals from...
  • Fewer Births Than Deaths Among Whites in Majority of U.S. States

    06/20/2018 11:32:56 AM PDT · by rxsid · 86 replies ^ | June 20, 2018 | Sabrina Tavernise
    Fewer Births Than Deaths Among Whites in Majority of U.S. StatesSabrina Tavernise June 20, 2018WASHINGTON — Deaths now outnumber births among white people in more than half the states in the country, demographers have found, signaling what could be a faster-than-expected transition to a future in which whites are no longer a majority of the American population....“It’s happening a lot faster than we thought,” said Rogelio Sáenz, a demographer at the University of Texas at San Antonio and a co-author of the report. It examines the period from 1999 to 2016 using data from the National Center for Health Statistics,...
  • WWE star Vader dead at age 63 after losing two-year long battle with congestive heart failure

    06/20/2018 11:17:40 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 20, 2018 | Jessica Finn
    Retired WWE star Big Van Vader, or just Vader, has died at 63-years-old after a long two-year battle with congestive heart failure. His son Jesse Allen White, who briefly followed in his wrestling footsteps with the WWE, took to Twitter to confirm his legendary father's passing Monday night. 'Around a month ago my father was diagnosed with a severe case of Pneumonia. He fought extremely hard and clinically was making progress. Unfortunately, on Monday night his heart had enough and it was his time,' White, who wrestled under the name Jake Carter, wrote.
  • Reyna fires assistant who gave FBI information on DA (Waco)

    06/20/2018 5:10:12 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 16 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 6/19/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna on Tuesday fired prosecutor Amanda Dillon, the last of Reyna’s remaining employees who provided information to the FBI during its investigation of Reyna. Dillon, who worked as an assistant district attorney for almost eight years, confirmed that Reyna and First Assistant District Attorney Robert Moody called her into Reyna’s office Tuesday afternoon and fired her. When she asked for grounds for the dismissal, Dillon said Reyna only responded, “It’s all documented.” Reyna then had Dillon escorted from the DA’s office by one of his investigators, she said. Reyna did not return the Tribune-Herald’s calls...
  • Vanity: What to do when vital records cannot find a birth certificate.

    06/20/2018 4:53:54 AM PDT · by gattaca · 76 replies
    Should a family lawyer be contacted? The person is 38 years old, has a SS card, driver's license, etc. Vital records just can't locate his birth certificate.
  • Accuser says Stanley Rosenberg conspired in estranged husband's alleged sex assault

    06/20/2018 4:52:26 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 12 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 6/20/18 | Laurel Sweet
    Ex- (MA) Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg and his estranged husband are being targeted for damages in a civil lawsuit by a former Beacon Hill legislative aide who says Bryon Hefner sexually abused him — twice in Rosenberg’s presence, and once at the couple’s North End condo. The explosive 16-page lawsuit was filed in Suffolk Superior Court by attorney Mitchell Garabedian on behalf of “John Doe.” Doe’s true identity was immediately impounded by Judge Debra A. Squires-Lee. He is identified only as a resident of Middlesex County who worked as a legislative aide for the House of Representatives. “The court...
  • Why Did Common Sense Die ?

    06/19/2018 6:48:04 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 49 replies
    The Daily Dose of Reason ^ | June 19, 2018 | Dr. Michael J Hurd
    As I watched a woman walking on the narrow shoulder of a busy highway with triplets in a stroller, looking annoyed that she has to deal with all this danger and traffic, I asked myself once again, “Whatever happened to common sense?” Then the question we never ask occurred to me: “WHY has common sense died?” In order to answer it, you first have to ask yourself: What IS common sense? Common sense is basically the application of simple reasoning to everyday life. Common sense is not enough for a complex area of specialization. You can’t use common sense to...
  • 'I am a woman and I am fast': Olympic runner fighting testosterone rule in court

    06/19/2018 5:02:58 PM PDT · by bgill · 51 replies
    kcci8 ^ | June 19, 2018 | Tony Jimenez
    Caster Semenya, the world and Olympic 800 meters champion, is fighting "unfair" regulations that hinder certain female athletes. The International Association of Athletics Federations brought in controversial new rules in April that mean some women with high natural testosterone levels could be excluded from middle-distance races. Semenya, a two-time Olympic and three-time world champion, is the highest-profile athlete expected to be impacted by the rules that divide medical opinion. The South African's lawyers, Norton Rose Fulbright, which has offices in London, issued a statement on Monday saying the athlete would "file the legal challenge to ensure, safeguard and protect the...
  • GE booted from the Dow, to be replaced by Walgreens

    06/19/2018 3:24:17 PM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 53 replies
    CNBC ^ | 6/19/18 | By Angelica LaVito
    * Industrial giant General Electric is out of the Dow Jones industrial average and will be replaced by drugstore chain Walgreens Boots Alliance. * GE was one of the original components of the Dow Jones industrial average of 30 stocks in 1896.
  • Fact-checked: Viral photo of boy in enclosure taken at protest, not in detention facility

    06/19/2018 10:59:34 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 33 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 06/18/2018 | Naomi Lim
    A viral photo that appeared to depict a child detained at the border over his immigration status was actually taken at a protest, according to fact-checkers. The image was shared by social media users like journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas, who said in the caption: "This is what happens when a government believes people are 'illegal.' Kids in cages." However, fact-checking websites Snopes and PolitiFact found other pictures of the boy wearing the same clothes at a demonstration on June 10 organized by the Brown Berets de Cemanahuac's Texas chapter in Dallas. Leroy Pena, who took the image, told...
  • Homeland's Nielsen: 10,000 of the Kids Didn't Have Parents Entering US

    06/19/2018 9:40:56 AM PDT · by pgkdan · 9 replies ^ | 06/19/18 | Staff
    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen called on Congress to change laws she said force the government to separate immigrant children from parents who cross the U.S. border unlawfully and called Democrats who say the Trump administration is using the controversy for political leverage “very cowardly.” Nielsen both defended President Donald Trump’s family separation policy at a White House briefing on Monday and maintained that it wasn’t his creation, but rather a consequence of the government’s prosecution of immigrants apprehended illegally crossing the border. "So I want to be clear on a couple of other things," Nielsen said. "The vast majority,...