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  • Wimberley ISD debuts 'dark sky-friendly' lights at football stadium

    09/14/2018 10:13:46 AM PDT · by bgill · 23 replies
    kxan ^ | Sept. 14, 2018 | Chris Davis
    Wimberley ISD will debut new stadium lights Friday night that emit less ambient light as part of the city's commitment to keeping the skies dark at night. Wimberley was designated as an International Dark Sky Community earlier this summer, meaning light pollution doesn't obscure views of the night sky. As part of that ongoing commitment, voters in May approved a bond package for the school district that included money for the new lights... The district finished installing them before the school year, and Friday marks the first varsity home game in which they'll be used. Funds to replace them, totaling...
  • Police Bust Massive Child Trafficking Ring In Arizona

    09/14/2018 10:08:48 AM PDT · by JonnyFive · 32 replies
    NN ^ | 09/13/18 | Paul Whitehead
    Undercover detectives placed ads on websites known to be used by child sex traffickers and pedophiles looking for vulnerable children. Mesa police say all 24 suspects solicited or made deals for various sex acts with children before the arrests were made.
  • Carlos Ramos receives apology as figures emerge showing male tennis players are penalised [tr]

    09/14/2018 10:06:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 14, 2018 | Mike Dickson
    Umpire Carlos Ramos appeared to receive an apology from one of his severest critics on Thursday – as figures emerged showing that male players are penalised far more often than women for bad behaviour. The Portuguese official was pictured in Croatia talking with USTA President Katrina Adams, with witnesses claiming they overheard her saying sorry for the fallout over the Serena Williams sexism row in the US Open final. The conversation — prior to America's Davis Cup semi-final in Zadar — coincides with Sportsmail obtaining data from the last twenty years of Grand Slams displaying the misdemeanours of the two...
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg Calls Kavanaugh Hearings a ‘Highly Partisan Show’

    09/14/2018 10:03:28 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 51 replies
    National Review ^ | September 13, 2018 | Jack Crowe
    In a Wednesday appearance at George Washington University Law School, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lamented the degree to which partisanship has infected the judicial-confirmation process, calling Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanuagh’s recent confirmation hearing a “highly partisan show.” Contrasting Kavanaugh’s hearings last week with her own, which occurred in 1993, Ginsburg called the partisan grandstanding of Democrats “wrong” and expressed a desire to return a spirit of collegiality to the process. “The way it was was right. The way it is is wrong,” Ginsburg said to applause. “The atmosphere in ’93 was truly bipartisan. The vote on my confirmation was...
  • Trump wanted to publicly acknowledge U.S. forces killed Russian mercenaries but NSC staff disagreed

    09/14/2018 10:02:45 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 11 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 9/14/18 | USA Features
    President Trump reportedly wanted to immediately and publicly acknowledge that U.S.-led forces engaged Russian mercenaries in Syria earlier this year, killing hundreds of them, but senior National Security Council staff, led then by H.R. McMaster, intervened, saying it would be unnecessarily antagonizing to Moscow. The president is said to have wanted White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to immediately acknowledged and “take credit” for fending off the Russian mercenaries.
  • Critical Identity Studies

    09/14/2018 9:50:32 AM PDT · by ptsal · 27 replies
    Beloit College ^ | 09-09-2018 | Staff
    The Department of Critical Identity Studies seeks to develop students’ understanding of how social identities—like race, gender, sexuality, class, dis/ability, nation, non/religiosity—have formed historically, along with the ways those identities play out in the complex and multicultural worlds in which we now live—and this includes the College's campus! Combining a variety of academic disciplines (gender and women’s studies, ethnic studies, queer studies, disability studies, postcolonial studies), Critical Identity Studies (CRIS) investigates the ways identities are shaped within structures of inequality and through systems and practices of power and resistance. From the introductory course, “Sex and Power,” to the advanced theoretical...
  • Eminem didn't 'feel right' about homophobic lyrics about Tyler, The Creator

    09/14/2018 9:48:20 AM PDT · by Ennis85 · 31 replies
    BBC News ^ | 14th September 2018 | BBC News
    Eminem says he felt uncomfortable with homophobic lyrics he wrote and released on his recent album, Kamikaze. He faced criticism for his language on album track Fall while speaking about Tyler, The Creator. Eminem says he "felt like this might be too far", in a new interview to promote the record on his own YouTube channel. "In my quest to hurt him, I realize that I was hurting a lot of other people by saying it," says Eminem. "It was one of the things that I kept going back to and going 'I don't feel right with this'." Many others...
  • Florence Now at Coastline, Winds Measured Below Hurricane Strength

    09/14/2018 9:41:53 AM PDT · by Robert A Cook PE · 62 replies
    Watts Up With That (Science Website) ^ | 14 Sept 2018 | B. Wegher
    From a writer at WattsUpWithThat: National Data Buoy Center shows Florence passing over Johnny Mercer Pier, station JMPN7. The surface anemometer height for that station is 15 meters above sea level. Winds speeds recorded show the eyewall and eye passing directly the station. Maximum sustained winds on the leading edge of the storm were 52 knots at 5.36 AM, followed by the eye with (its typically) low winds at 7am, followed by the trailing eyewall winds of 56 knots at 8am. https://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=jmpn7 Several NDBC stations in the region, both on the shore and offshore, confirm that Florence never produced sustained...
  • Ronan Farrow: Accuser claims Kavanaugh tried to force himself on her (tr)

    09/14/2018 9:40:44 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 141 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 14, 2018
    Congratulations to Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, I guess. No, no, wait. The offense alleged here is serious, much more than Kavanaugh and a pal locking a female classmate in a room or whatever, as was claimed yesterday. And Farrow’s track record (he co-wrote the piece with Obama apologist Jane Mayer) will lend it a patina of credibility to readers. But the evidence is thin as can be. The woman, who has asked not to be identified, first approached Democratic lawmakers in July, shortly after Trump nominated Kavanaugh. The allegation dates back to the early nineteen-eighties, when Kavanaugh was...
  • Judge: Manafort agreed to cooperate 'fully and truthfully' with Mueller

    09/14/2018 9:36:15 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/14/18 | Morgan Chalfant
    Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has agreed to cooperate “fully and truthfully” with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, Judge Amy Berman Jackson said in federal court on Friday. Jackson said this would include submitting to interviews with the special counsel and providing documents related to the probe. Manafort pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy against the United States and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice by witness tampering on Friday. He agreed to forfeit several properties and bank accounts, including his property at Trump Tower in New York, as part of his deal. Manafort's decision to cooperate...
  • Not the First Time Dianne Feinstein Has Endangered Lives (Article from 2014 re: Night Stalker

    09/14/2018 9:35:57 AM PDT · by Signalman · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/18/2014 | Marco Milaneci
    (Richard) Ramirez was a serial killer who terrorized the populations of Los Angeles and San Francisco from June of 1984 to August of 1985, claiming 14 victims. The crimes were huge news at the time. Few Americans had seen anything like it in their lifetimes. Ramirez was so aggressive and cocky, scrawling pentagrams on walls in victims’ homes and even making his final known rape victim swear allegiance to Satan. The public was desperate to see him captured. By July of 1985, Ramirez had already committed some 13 murders, 5 rapes including sodomy, and 3 attempted murders, yet it seemed...
  • Bloomberg reportedly planning 2020 presidential run — as a Democrat

    09/14/2018 9:35:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 51 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 13, 2018 | Bo Fredericks
    Billionaire ex-mayor Mike Bloomberg plans to run for president in 2020 as a Democrat, The Times of London reported Thursday. Bloomberg, who considered independent runs for the White House in 2008, 2012 and 2016, will challenge President Trump, the paper reported, citing sources.
  • Paul Manafort Agrees to Cooperate With Special Counsel, Pleads Guilty to Reduced Charges

    09/14/2018 9:30:26 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 60 replies
    Failing NY Times ^ | 9/14/18 | Sharon LaFraniere
    WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, agreed on Friday to cooperate with the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, as part of a deal in which he pleaded guilty to reduced charges. Appearing in United States District Court in Washington, Mr. Manafort entered guilty pleas on two charges. Andrew Weissmann, the lead prosecutor, told Judge Amy Berman Jackson that there was a cooperation agreement with Mr. Manafort.
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,"Open Line Fridays",12NOONPM-3PM,EDT,WOR AM,September 14, 2018

    09/14/2018 9:29:25 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | September 14, 2018 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • [Catholic Caucus] Sacraments, Not Social Events

    09/14/2018 9:24:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-13-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Sacraments, Not Social Events Msgr. Charles Pope • September 13, 2018 • A common pastoral problem today is that many people have reduced the liturgy and the sacraments to ceremonies. To be sure, they have ceremonial aspects, but they are not mere ceremonies. Sacraments change reality; they affect us and effect a change in us that is necessary, real, and glorious. Too often the effects of the sacraments are forgotten in favor of the externals. The sacraments most affected by this mentality are Baptism, Holy Matrimony, and the Mass itself.As an illustration, consider a man who is about to...
  • Climate Change Pimp Gov. Jerry Brown, Ignores Energy Jobs

    09/14/2018 9:24:44 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/14/18 | Katy Grimes
    Defacto leader of The Sky is Falling Chicken Little Party, Gov. Jerry Brown The doomsday predictions of global-warming alarmists would have us believe there are more droughts, more extreme hurricanes and tornados, that arctic snow caps are melting, and all coastal cities are in danger of rising seas. Convinced the sky is falling, Henny Penny and a band of gullible friends march off to tell the king, only to meet their end at the hands of a wily fox.“The sky is falling!” Henny Penny said, in a silly tale about a chicken who believes the world is coming to an...
  • 'It's time to act' in Syria, Rep. Adam Kinzinger says in blistering assault on U.S. strategy

    09/14/2018 9:24:33 AM PDT · by McGruff · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 14, 2018 | Ben Wolfgang
    In a blistering takedown of U.S. policy toward Syria, Rep. Adam Kinzinger on Thursday said “it’s time to act” in the war-torn nation as dictator Bashar Assad’s forces prepare to launch an assault on Idlib that many fear could one of the bloodiest campaigns in the ongoing war. Mr. Kinzinger, Illinois Republican and an outspoken voice on national security issues, argued in an op-ed for Defense One that the U.S. approach in Syria — both during the Obama administration and now under President Trump — has been an abject failure. While he stressed that an all-out ground invasion isn’t the...
  • Bad Start for the New UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

    09/14/2018 9:22:34 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/14/18 | Joseph Klein
    Hypocrisy appears to be the leading trait we can expect from high-ranking UN officials such as the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Sadly, Ms. Bachelet is no exception The new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has unfortunately continued the one-sided anti-Israel narrative that her anti-Semitic predecessor, Prince Zeid Raad Al Hussein, propagated whenever he got a chance. In her first speech to the UN Human Rights Council on September 10, 2018, Ms. Bachelet blamed Israel’s so-called “blockade” and its alleged “excessive use of force” for all the problems suffered by the Palestinians in Hamas-run Gaza. “Prospects...
  • Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh 'categorically' denies claim about alleged behavior in high sc

    09/14/2018 9:21:30 AM PDT · by maggief · 51 replies
    FoxNews ^ | September 14, 2018 | Alex Pappas, Andrew O'Reilly
    Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh vigorously denied claims involving an alleged high school incident made in an undisclosed letter and turned over to FBI by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time,” Kavanaugh, 53, said in a statement Friday.
  • Trump biographer: Trump doesn’t see people who aren’t white as people

    09/14/2018 9:13:12 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 88 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/14/18 | Morgan Gstalter
    A Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter who wrote a biography of President Trump said the president doesn’t view non-white people “as people.” David Cay Johnston wrote the 2016 bestseller “The Making of Donald Trump” and has reportedly known Trump for over two decades. He appeared on Dean Obeidallah‘s SiriusXM show on Friday to discuss Trump’s false claim that 3,000 people did not die in Puerto Rico following massive hurricane last year. “Donald does not see people who are not white as people,” Johnston said. “And he’s been like this for a long, long time. This not a newly acquired or strange...