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  • How to Deal With Friends’ Racist Reactions to Ferguson (Come see what they consider "racist")

    08/21/2014 3:55:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Root ^ | August 20, 2014 | Jenée Desmond-Harris
    Race Manners: Michael Brown’s death didn’t cause a divide between you and the people in your social networks. It simply revealed one. Use the information you’re getting to decide which relationships you value. Dear Race Manners: I have been so offended and angered by what some of my friends on Facebook have said about Michael Brown and the situation in Ferguson (he was a thug, he deserved it, black people destroy their own communities, blacks are criminals, all the police officers in Ferguson should quit because blacks don’t appreciate them and more). I feel as though I don’t know some...
  • The Medicare Money Pit of Waste, Fraud, and Abuse

    08/21/2014 3:41:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Since I primarily work on fiscal policy, I normally look at the budgetary impact of entitlement programs. And the numbers are very grim.But I’m also an economist, so I periodically comment on how government intervention undermines the efficient functioning of markets in the healthcare field.Last but not least, I’m also a taxpayer, so I can’t resist occasionally expressing my frustration at how the government is a giant pinata of waste fraud and abuse. And government-run healthcare seems especially vulnerable.Huge amounts of money bilked from taxpayers for supposed counseling sessions financed by Medicare and Medicaid.Medicare getting scammed to pay for plastic surgery.Russian...
  • Farmer's Almanac Predicts 'Super-Cold' Winter, More Snow In Eastern U.S.

    08/21/2014 3:15:52 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 38 replies
    Huff Post ^ | August 20, 2014 | Rik Stevens
    The Old Farmer's Almanac, the familiar, 223-year-old chronicler of climate, folksy advice and fun facts, is predicting a colder winter and warmer summer for much of the nation. Published Wednesday, the New Hampshire-based almanac predicts a "super-cold" winter in the eastern two-thirds of the country. The west will remain a little bit warmer than normal. "Colder is just almost too familiar a term," Editor Janice Stillman said. "Think of it as a refriger-nation." More bad news for those who can't stand snow: Most of the Northeast is expected to get more snowfall than normal, though it will be below normal...
  • Without Real Job & Wage Growth, Fed Will Keep Rates at Zero

    08/21/2014 3:12:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Charles Payne
    The Fed released the minutes from its last gathering, and this report should move the market. The big question of the day is: what is the level of internal dissent from official policy and Chairman Yellen? Some market observers think that the Fed is ready to hike interest rates based on the last four times they reversed course. I actually see the exact opposite, as “real” unemployment (U6) is higher than those other times and inflation is officially at its second lowest point. Rate Hike Triggers U6 PCE Fed Funds Feb 4, 1994 11.4 3.19 2.4 March 25, 1997 9.1...
  • CDC Ebola Failure Will Add to Public Distrust of Government

    08/21/2014 3:04:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Tom Borelli
    It’s no wonder Americans don’t trust the government. Sandwiched between ideological zealots at the IRS and the EPA and massive corruption at the Veterans Administration, the public is being exposed to the consequences of bureaucracies running wild. President Obama is adding to the public’s discontent with the government. Obama’s high profile lies about his health-care plan and his insistence that there is “not even a smidgen of corruption” regarding the IRS targeting Tea Party groups are most certainly adding to the public’s distrust of government. According to a recent CNN poll, only 12 percent feel the government can be trusted...
  • Joshua DuBois to unemployed African-Americans: Have you considered a career in poetry?

    08/21/2014 2:52:03 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 19 replies
    Joshua DuBois is the author of The President’s Devotional: The Daily Readings that Inspired President Obama and Stories of Faith in the White House. Dubois headed the Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships during Obama’s first term. And he’s a buffoon… Chris Matthews: What about the kid who begins to start thinking about his life in his mid-teens…and he’s thinking, ‘where am I going in this world?’ (SNIP) Dubois: I’m gonna say to him, ‘tap into your inherent creativity and your inherent strengths’. Cuz he may be a poet. He may express that poetry in terms of rap music....
  • War on Christianity Still Alive and Well in America

    08/21/2014 2:45:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 22, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Many reject the notion that a good segment of our popular culture and of our political class is at war with Christianity. But this is a real war — not a phony one, such as the left's manufactured "war on women." This hostility toward Christianity is a global phenomenon. Radical Muslims are targeting, persecuting and, in many cases, slaughtering Christians in numerous countries around the world. But I want to talk about a softer form of hostility — though nevertheless of serious concern — that is occurring in the United States. I filled an entire book with examples of discrimination...
  • Marijuana vs. Scotch and a Low IQ

    08/21/2014 2:13:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 62 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- Turning once again to what the sociologists call "coping mechanisms": There is marijuana and then there is alcohol. They are increasingly the civilized options. Consider alcohol. Consider a suave scotch and soda. One does not sit down to a scotch and soda to get blitzed, unless one is a veritable drunk. One sits down and sips a scotch and soda while conversing with friends. Perhaps one reads a book. One enjoys the scotch for the taste. With scotch there are scores of different tastes. One drinks a single malt. One drinks a blend. The same is true with...
  • CNN source: Darren Wilson didn’t suffer an eye socket fracture

    08/21/2014 2:00:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/21/2014 | AllahPundit
    I want to make sure after yesterday’s post that everyone knows it’s still in dispute whether Wilson’s eye socket was actually fractured in his altercation with Michael Brown.What’s apparently not in dispute is that Wilson somehow emerged from the incident with part of his face swollen. Reports that Ofc Darren Wilson had a bruised or fractured eye socket are false. #ferguson A source close to the investigation tells CNN— Julian Cummings CNN (@JulianCummings) August 21, 2014 Wilson was taken to the hospital after the shooting. He had xrays which came back negative. He was treated for a swollen face....
  • So, What Cured Ebola Patients Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol?

    08/21/2014 1:51:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | 08/21/2014 | Maggie Fox
    The two American Ebola patients, medical missionaries Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly, have walked out of Emory University Hospital in Atlanta infection-free. They were the first human beings to receive an experimental drug called ZMapp. But they are not the first people to have recovered from Ebola, and good hospital care is likely more responsible for their recovery than any mysterious “serum," as the charities they work for termed it. “They are the very first individuals to have ever receive this agent,” Dr. Bruce Ribner, director of Emory’s Infectious Disease Unit, told a news conference. “There is no prior...
  • What About 'Black-on-Black Crime'?

    08/21/2014 1:45:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    The shooting of Michael Brown and its turbulent aftermath have renewed an old question: Why does the black community raise a ruckus when a white person kills a black person, which is rare, but not when a black person kills a black person, which is far less rare? It's a complaint perennially lodged by conservative commentators. Jason Riley, an African-American editorial writer for The Wall Street Journal, criticized the Rev. Al Sharpton's appearance in Ferguson, Missouri. "The problem is not cops shooting blacks but blacks shooting each other," he asserted. Yet "so-called black leaders are much more interested in making...
  • Pro-Immigration reform Billionaires silent on immigration after big push

    08/21/2014 1:43:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Politoc ^ | 08/21/2014 | By ANNA PALMER
    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, billionaire Michael Bloomberg and Citigroup exec Carlos Gutierrez gave immigration reform firepower last year when they lent their money or names to the cause. But roughly two months before Election Day, the three groups the business titans helped launch are all but silent on the campaign trail. None of the three has purchased airtime for ads on immigration reform this fall. Their virtual absence comes as Senate Republican candidates in battleground states are launching attack ads against Democrats accusing them of supporting “amnesty,” leaving pro-immigration reform candidates even more vulnerable and immigration reform even less likely...
  • Eric Holder: ‘Change is coming’ after police shooting in Ferguson

    08/21/2014 1:34:20 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 29 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Aug 20, 2014 | Jim Suhr
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder reassured college students Wednesday in suburban St. Louis [] at the Florissant campus of St. Louis Community College Kiyanda Welch said Holder talked to her and other students about the unrest and their own interaction with police. The attorney general told the group, “change is coming,” Welch said. In a letter published late Tuesday on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website, Holder promised a thorough investigation while calling for an end to the violence in Ferguson. He said the bond of trust between law enforcement and the public is “all-important” but also “fragile.” Arrest patterns “must...
  • Fast and Furious document list must be provided to Congress, judge rules

    08/21/2014 1:32:48 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 9 replies
    Fox News - Politics ^ | August 20, 2014 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON – A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious. In a court proceeding Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson set an Oct. 1 deadline for producing the list to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The Justice Department says the documents should remain confidential and President Barack Obama has invoked executive privilege in an effort to protect them from public disclosure. The House panel says the Justice Department documents...
  • Sarah Palin responds to atheist Richard Dawkins re: Aborting Downs Syndrome babies

    08/21/2014 1:08:44 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 30 replies
    Sarah's facebook page ^ | August 21, 2014 | Sarah Palin
    Mr. Dawkins, I'd let you meet my son if you promised to open your mind, your eyes, and your heart to a unique kind of absolute beauty. But, in my request for you to be tolerant, I’d have to warn Trig he must be tolerant, too, because he may superficially look at you as kind of awkward. I'll make sure he's polite, though! Love, Sarah Palin & family
  • DHS says law required release of 154 immigrants with murder convictions

    08/21/2014 1:03:05 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 21, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    The Obama administration says it had no choice but to release almost all of the 169 murderers it let go from immigration detention last year, saying court decisions gave officials no choice in the matter — but it’s promising a new system to better screen who gets let out. Of the 169 immigrants with homicide-related convictions released in fiscal 2013, all but 15 were required to be let go because of specific court orders or because the immigrants had been held for too long under the rules established by a sweeping 2001 Supreme Court case, the Homeland Security Department said...
  • Slimy pro-abortion congressional candidate mails condoms to pro-lifers

    08/21/2014 12:57:19 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | Jill Stanek
    Why do I think Democrat pro-abortion congressional candidate James Woods is slimy? Aside from the fact Woods retaliated against a pro-life letter writing campaign by mailing condoms back to pro-lifers, he introduced his condom strategy on Facebook with “Got Wood(s)?” What person running for U.S. Congress goes gutter like that? Woods is also a card-carrying atheist, which may help explain his lack of decorum. Here’s the letter he sent with his condoms: Actually, condoms are not the route to go if one is trying to avoid pregnancy. According to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, condoms have an 18% failure rate, meaning...
  • Missouri GOP: Michael Brown Voting Registration Booths 'Disgusting'

    08/21/2014 12:52:37 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Aug 18, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Republicans are criticizing efforts by liberal organizers to set up voter registration booths at the site where Missouri teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by a local police officer.
  • Tests under way for Ebola following Donegal death (Ireland)

    08/21/2014 12:01:09 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 5 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 8-21-2014 | Elaine Edwards, Martin Wall
    Tests are being carried out for the Ebola virus and isolation procedures have been put in place after the death of a man in Co Donegal. It is understood the deceased had been working in Sierra Leone and that a number of colleagues had contracted the virus there. He was found dead late last night and taken to Letterkenny General Hospital, it is understood. While the cause of death is unknown the HSE is carrying out tests to see whether it was due to exposure to Ebola. In a statement, the HSE said it was currently assessing a suspected case...
  • Watch John McCain Do The Robot, Which He’s Surprisingly Good At

    08/21/2014 12:00:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | Andrew Kaczynski
    My friends, my friends. Beep boop, beep boop.Republican Sen. John McCain can dance. At a Hamptons benefit which featured actor Jamie Foxx, McCain performed the robot and did it quite well as video from the New York Post’s Emily Smith shows. The Apollo in the Hamptons party at Ron Perelman’s East Hampton estate, which took place Saturday, was a benefit for the Apollo Theater. Here’s the video of McCain’s dance:
  • Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is a national embarrassment

    08/21/2014 11:52:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 08/21/2014 | T. BECKET ADAMS
    As new details regarding the death of 18-year-old Ferguson, Mo., resident Michael Brown slowly come to light, some casting doubt on previous media narratives, Gov. Jay Nixon, D-Mo., has proven to be nothing short of a national embarrassment. Indeed, from his tardy response to an event that occurred nearly two weeks ago to his fumbling remarks regarding Darren Wilson, the officer at the center of the tragedy, Nixon’s handling of the volatile and often violent situation in Ferguson has been inexcusable. “From the outset, I have been clear about the need to have a vigorous prosecution of this case, and...
  • At Mass, archbishop outlines steps to ‘dismantle systemic racism’

    08/21/2014 11:37:37 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 14 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 8/21/14 | Dave Luecking
    With the strife and violence continuing in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s shooting death by a police officer in Ferguson, more than 500 St. Louis Catholics gathered for a votive Mass for peace and justice Aug. 20 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Brown, 18, was black, and Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot him Aug. 9, is white. St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson celebrated the Mass with 27 priests and, in his homily, laid out five important steps to “dismantle systemic racism,” which has become evident in Ferguson: - “I am re-establishing today the Human Rights...
  • Of 163 arrests since shooting, 7 from Ferguson

    08/21/2014 11:14:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    KMOV St. Louis ^ | August 21, 2014
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Police records show that 163 arrests have been made in the Ferguson protest zone since the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, but just seven are residents of the St. Louis suburb. St. Louis County spokeswoman Candace Jarrett provided information to The Associated Press on Thursday with the name, address and birth year of each person arrested, and the charges against them.
  • Culture Challenge of the Week: Taking Things for Granted

    08/21/2014 11:13:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Rebecca Hagelin
    We live in a culture that is all about “me, me, me.” Take a stroll through the mall on any given day and you will see children whining when they can’t have the latest toy or video game, while discouraged parents shrug their shoulders and give in. Hang around any retail store and it may seem like the “Gimme" generation is running the show. You hear an “I want this” and the register replies with a hearty “ch-ching!"Overindulging children instead of teaching them the value of earning what they receive is a big problem. It creates an unrealistic perception of...
  • Nat'l LGBT groups sign on to Ferguson statement: Want fed. legislation prohibiting racial profiling

    08/21/2014 10:44:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Q Notes - Serving LGBT Carolina since 1986 ^ | August 21, 2014 | Matt Comer, editor
    Pictured Above: Howard University students pose for a powerful photo by student Leighton Watson, who shared it on Twitter before it went viral. Since then, similar photos and the phrase, 'Hands up, Don't Shoot,' have cropped up around the country.Several national LGBT advocacy organizations have signed onto a national statement calling for new federal legislation to put an end to discriminatory police profiling. The statement comes in response to ongoing strife in Ferguson, Mo., following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager. “Last week’s shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the military-style response by the local...
  • Ferguson and the War on Black America

    08/21/2014 10:30:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Progressive ^ | August 21, 2014 | Glen Ford, executive editor, Black Agenda Report
    The corporate media, reflecting their owners’ anxiety at the failure of Black people to revert to a state of passivity in Ferguson, Missouri, have arrived at a general consensus on two counts: the need to “demilitarize” the police (fewer bullets, smaller armored vehicles?) and, more immediately, to re-establish some semblance of “calm” (as in comatose) in the neighborhood and beyond. Corporate-attuned Black powerbrokers and politicians deliver essentially the same message, counseling (quiet) introspection and a search for “solutions” (diversions) to the historical oppression in which they are deeply complicit. But first, tensions must be reduced, to diffuse the confrontation –...
  • Bid for knighthood for last British Dambuster gathers momentum

    08/21/2014 10:19:06 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 11 replies
    Bristol Post ^ | 21st August 2014 | Michael Ribbeck
    'THE CAMPAIGN to recognise the last surviving British member of the Dambusters with a knighthood is starting to gain pace thanks to the full backing of a prestigious organisation. As reported in the Bristol Post an online petition has been launched by self-employed consultant Stephen Hadley calling for former RAF man George "Johnny" Johnson, pictured above, to be knighted. The 92-year-old from Westbury-on-Trym was a member of the famous 617 Squadron and has been a leading campaigner for the veterans of Bomber Command to have their efforts officially recognised by the Government. Within a week of the petition being launched...
  • Mike Ditka can keep calling them ‘Redskins,’ but I won’t

    08/21/2014 10:19:01 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 98 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 21, 2014 10:50AM | RICK MORRISSEY rmorrissey@suntimes.com
    If you saw a Native American walking across the street, would you yell out, “Hey, Redskin, you dropped your hat’’? I don’t believe you would, no matter how strongly you feel that the Washington Redskins should be able to keep their nickname. And I don’t believe Mike Ditka would, either, even though he has come out strongly on the side of intolerance, whether he realizes it or not. The say-anything coach went off on those of us who want to see the Redskins nickname go the way of medical bloodletting. In an interview with RedskinsHistorian.com — you always save up...
  • Ebola patient Dr Kent Brantly beams with delight after beating deadly disease

    08/21/2014 10:11:41 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 26 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 21 August 2014 | By Associated Press and Ted Thornhill for MailOnline
    Ebola patient Dr Kent Brantly beamed with delight today as he thanked God for sparing his life and prepared to leave hospital after being declared free of the deadly disease. The American missionary doctor looked a little frail but healthy as he gripped the hand of his wife Amber amid a large medical team at a Emory University Hospital press conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The 33-year-old said: 'Today is a miraculous day. I am thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be reunited with my family.' He thanked God for saving his life, saying that the thousands of...
  • British Muslim calls for action on jihadi subculture after beheading video

    08/21/2014 10:11:16 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 42 replies
    Yahoo News UK ^ | 21st August 2014 | Kate Holton and Raheem Salman
    'A senior British Muslim called on Thursday for action to tackle a jihadi sub-culture after an Islamic State video showed a suspected Briton beheading U.S. journalist James Foley held hostage in Syria. In Britain, the video caused particular shock as it featured the as yet unidentified man apparently speaking with a southeastern English accent, although the sizeable numbers of young British Muslims fighting with the militants in Iraq and Syria have created concern for some time. Sir Iqbal Sacranie, an adviser to the Muslim Council of Britain, said Britons from across the country's communities had to stop young men being...
  • Committee says church remains committed to dialogue with Muslims, others

    08/21/2014 10:10:41 AM PDT · by scouter · 19 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 8/20/2014 | Catholic News Service
    The U.S. bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs said the Catholic church remains committed to dialogue with leaders of other religions and Muslims in particular. ... "Sadly, in recent years, there has been a deliberate rejection of this call to engage in dialogue with our Muslim brothers and sisters by some in the Catholic Church and in other ecclesial families," said the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' committee, whose chairman is Auxiliary Bishop Denis Madden of Baltimore. "We understand the confusion and deep emotions stirred by real and apparent acts of aggression and discrimination by certain Muslims against non-Muslims,...
  • Not a conspiracy theory: Planned Parenthood is targeting black women with this dangerous drug

    08/21/2014 10:09:15 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 14 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/21/14 | Abby Johnson
    Ben Johnson recently wrote a great article about the damaging effects of the Gardasil (HPV) vaccine. You should all take a minute and read it here. In his article, he talks about women who have died, 96 to be exact. And those are just the ones that have been reported.  He talks about women who have lost their fertility after receiving the highly regarded HPV vaccine. But the main focus of the article is how the Gardasil vaccine is being heavily promoted to the African-American community through ad placement on BET (Black Entertainment Television).  When I read his article, my conspiracy...
  • TN High-School Student Suspended For Saying ‘Bless You’ After Someone Sneezed

    08/21/2014 10:08:58 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 23 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 20, 2014 | Jim Treacher
    A young girl, who claims she was standing up for her religious beliefs in the classroom, was suspended after breaking a class rule of saying “bless you” after a classmate sneezed. When Dyer County High School senior Kendra Turner said bless you to her classmate, she says her teacher told her that was for church… Students sent WMC Action News 5′s Michael Clark a photo of the teacher’s white board that lists ‘bless you’ and other expressions that are banned as part of class rules. Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/08/20/tn-high-school-student-suspended-for-saying-bless-you-after-someone-sneezed/#ixzz3B30KHEag
  • Dems fret that ISIS will force America to return to Iraq

    08/21/2014 10:00:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/21/2014 | Noah Rothman
    The announcement by American officials that a raid into Syria aimed at liberating Americans in ISIS custody, including one who was later beheaded on camera by Islamic State terrorists, failed to achieve its objectives is dispiriting. While the American air campaign over Iraq appears to be successfully rolling back ISIS in Iraq, the U.S. lacks a comprehensive strategy to deal with the group in Iraq’s Sunni regions or in their Syrian stronghold. Moreover, some Democrats are now openly fretting that the latest escalation of tensions between ISIS and America will goad the U.S. into a new ground war in Iraq....
  • How we respect life is the over-riding moral issue

    08/21/2014 9:48:53 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 9 replies
    Right to Life News ^ | January 1977 | JESSE JACKSON;
    The question of "life" is The Question of the 20th century. Race and poverty are dimensions of the life question, but discussions about abortion have brought the issue into focus in a much sharper way. How we will respect and understand the nature of life itself is the over-riding moral issue, not of the Black race, but of the human race. It is that question, the question of our attitude, our value system, and our mind-set with regard to the nature and worth of life itself that is the central question confronting mankind. Failure to answer that question affirmatively may...
  • The Clery Act: Greater Campus Safety, Or Just Greater Cost?

    08/21/2014 9:47:28 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 20, 2014 | George Leef
    Quick: name some places in America you regard as highly dangerous. If we could tabulate the responses, nearly all would undoubtedly be big cities or parts of those cities: Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Philadelphia and so on. We know that crime rates are high in some areas and most of us avoid them for that reason. Did anyone think of college campuses? Even though violence does sometimes strike on campuses, they are mostly very safe places. As Jason Jones noted in this 2010 Pope Center commentary, in 2008 Detroit reported 306 murders and 17,818 burglaries. Wayne State University, located in...
  • Murder

    08/21/2014 9:34:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Rich Galen
    I never crossed paths with James Foley. I regret not having met him. A freelance reporter of great skill and courage, Foley was murdered, on camera, by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq by cutting off his head. I know "beheading" is a mellower term, but I don't think this kind of barbarism should be softened. According to the BBC:"James Foley, 40, had reported extensively across the Middle East, working for US publication GlobalPost and other media outlets including French news agency AFP." Foley had been reporting on the appalling situation in Syria when he was abducted on Nov....
  • Down Syndrome Babies—Here to Teach Us Tenderness

    08/21/2014 9:30:52 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 3 replies
    Presentation Right 2 Life ^ | May 11, 2014 | Anonymous
    Down Syndrome Babies—Here to Teach Us Tenderness We snuff out their tiny, prophetic voices at our own peril. They are possibly the last barrier against a society-wide breakdown into generalized violence. FULL POTENTIAL: Emory University’s Down Syndrome Center — Showing what a child with an extra chromosome can do Fr. Mitch Pacwa, speaking to Presentation Parish “On Redemptive Suffering”, remarked that “Down Syndrome babies are here to teach us tenderness”. Societies that protect the most innocent are moving towards greater compassion.But young people in America today know that they may have brothers and sisters who were killed before they were...
  • WaPo Columnist Slams Opponents of Ferguson Looting: Think 'Personal Property Worth More Than Life'

    08/21/2014 9:25:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 21, 2014 | Jeffrey Meyer
    Clinton Yates, Washington Post online columnist and commentator for Washington D.C’s WTOP radio station, decided to wade into the controversy in Ferguson by slamming those who oppose the looting and violence in the wake of Michael Brown’s death. On Thursday, August 21, during his “My Take with Clinton Yates” segment on WTOP, which is the main news radio station for the political class in Washington D.C., Yates insisted that someone who says “looting is never acceptable is implicitly saying that personal property is worth more than life itself.” Listen to MP3 audio here.] The Post columnist began his rant by...
  • U.S. Treasury Clears Jay-Z and Beyoncé Trip to Cuba

    08/21/2014 9:13:07 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/21/14 | JOEL SCHECTMAN
    A U.S. Treasury Department investigation has found Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s 2013 Cuba trip did not violate sanctions law. Superstar Beyoncé and her husband, the rapper Jay-Z, had obtained permission to visit the blacklisted country from the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control, under a license that allows cultural exchanges....
  • Two for one

    08/21/2014 9:11:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    Lauren Bacall's death at 89 got front-page coverage complete with picture in the New York Times, and it deserved to. Like so many American images and voices in our vast celluloid memory bank, she may have been more familiar than famous -- if the definition of fame has something to do with greatness rather than just exposure. But familiar she definitely was, at least to the generation of American moviegoers who grew up with movies the way their grandchildren now grow up with the Internet. Her husky voice still resonates somewhere in the back of old-timers' clogged grey matter. ("You...
  • 2 American Ebola patients released from hospital

    08/21/2014 8:50:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 21, 2014 | Katie Foody and Jeff Martin - AP
    ATLANTA (AP) — After nearly three weeks of treatment, the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital, officials said Thursday. An official at Emory University Hospital stressed that their release poses no public health risk, and Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, called it a “miraculous day.” “I am thrilled to be alive, to be well, and to be reunited with my family. As a medical missionary I never imagined myself in this position,” Brantly said. He spoke at a news conference after his release Thursday. Nancy Writebol,...
  • While Nation's Eyes Are on Ferguson, Justice for Injured Toddler Is Ignored

    08/21/2014 8:35:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Matt Towery
    The details about the death of Michael Brown and the actions of the Ferguson, Missouri, policeman who shot him remain very much at issue. There are too many theories and longstanding feelings, ranging from race relations to support for law enforcement, for any columnist to properly take a stand on the matter. But one thing seems clear. The entire national media and hundreds if not thousands of people have taken to the streets of Ferguson to protest or report on a potential injustice. At the same time, in Georgia, a young child, whose face was left hideously scarred from...
  • Apparent Bucks suicide points up transgender stresses

    08/21/2014 8:30:05 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 58 replies
    Jessica Moscatel came out as transgender in 11th-grade English class this spring. The teen asked classmates and teachers to call him Riley Matthew Moscatel from then on. They did. The request met little resistance at Bucks County Technical High School, which has other transgender or openly gay students. "Everyone supported him," said a friend, Kate Cimino, who will be a junior this year. "Everyone loved Riley. He was everyone's best friend." But on Monday, the 17-year-old appeared to commit suicide, the county Coroner's Office said. Police recovered surveillance video that showed the teen stepping in front of an Amtrak train...
  • LA's Idea of Using a Lottery to Entice Voters Is a Stinker

    08/21/2014 8:28:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    The Los Angeles Ethics Commission voted unanimously last week to ask the City Council to consider "financial incentives, such as a lottery system," to draw voters to the polls. You just know that if the city embraces this new low, then it will spread like a cancer across the land. The City of Angels has a problem. As Ethics Commission President Nathan Hochman put it, campaign "spending is going up, and voter turnout is going down." Last year, 75 percent of registered voters skipped the mayoral race, and less than 10 percent voted in a more recent school board special...
  • The Three Goals Of Islam

    08/21/2014 8:20:03 AM PDT · by econjack · 16 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | unknown | TheWhiteRoses
    A group calling themselves "White Roses" created a video to inform non-Muslims about Islam. The name of this video is Three Things About Islam. White Roses is headquartered in Sweden. This first version is in English. The name "White Roses" is based on a student resistance group "Die weiße Rose" in Nazi Germany. The group became known for an anonymous leaflet campaign, from June 1942 until February 1943, which called for active opposition to Adolf Hitler's regime. I urge all of you to view this video and forward it to your E mail list. You may be familiar with the...
  • School Apologizes for Making Special Needs Kids Sort Trash

    08/21/2014 8:11:13 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 8 replies
    Life News ^ | 8/21/14 | Steven Ertelt
    On the heels of the controversy over Richard Dawkins’ comments saying that parents of unborn babies who are found to have Down syndrome should abort them comes this. This kind of story shows the bias and discrimination people with special needs face in our society.If they are lucky enough to survive an abortion beforehand, kids with Down syndrome and other special needs children then face a culture that relegates them to second-tier status as somehow less than perfectly human. As a pro-life movement, we must change the culture before and after birth.From the report: A Southern California school district has...
  • What Role Do We Want For Our Police Officers?

    08/21/2014 8:08:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2017 | Matthew Hennessey
    We sure got here in a hurry. Just a few short weeks ago the nation was cheering the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team during their improbable run at the World Cup in Brazil. The political parties we were debating what to do about the sudden flood of illegal teenage migrants at our southern border. Most of us had never heard of the crime of selling loose cigarettes on New York City streets. Most of us couldn’t find Ferguson, Missouri on a map. This weekend, it was reported that Amnesty International is sending a “human rights team” to Ferguson—a first deployment...
  • Israeli War Academic Front

    08/21/2014 7:58:35 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 20, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A professor actually lost out on an academic job due to his anti-Israeli musings. Beware, the following tweet is NSFW (or “not safe for work”) due to profanity. steve salaita twitter “This month, my campus, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was widely expected to welcome Steven Salaita as a new faculty member,” Cary Nelson wrote in an essay which appeared on Inside Higher Ed.com on August 8, 2014. “He was to be a tenured professor in the American Indian studies program. But a decision not to present the appointment to the Board of Trustees was made by the chancellor....
  • Hurdles Remain to Signing Up More Latinos for Health Coverage

    08/21/2014 7:57:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    California Health Report ^ | August 20, 2014 | By Fran Kritz
    State officials are stepping up their enrollment efforts this month to prepare for open enrollment in October. But some Latino advocates say Covered California, the state’s insurance marketplace, has a long way to go. “Fact sheets in Spanish only became available this month, and events, such as bilingual information sessions, were often not well publicized,” said Sonya Vasquez, policy director of the Community Health Councils of Los Angeles. Getting more Latinos to sign up faster this year is critical. The signup period is three months shorter than last year’s and will run from November 15 to February 15, 2015. Covered...