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  • Police South of the Border are Often Disarmed

    10/22/2014 1:50:01 PM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I do not know where the above picture was taken.   I recall that I saw many empty holsters on police in Panama at shift change.   The practice was that the police did not keep a pistol with them; they were issued one at work, and turned it in at the end of the shift.  I vaguely recall seeing a banana or plantain in a couple of them. I understand that Mexican police generally keep their firearms with them, but several other countries in Central and South America have the same policy as I saw in Panama.   Police in...
  • Failing to Counter the Big Lie

    10/22/2014 9:40:06 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/20/2014 | Jack Spencer
    It is difficult to decide which is the more infuriating – those who persist in advancing a lie or those who stubbornly ignore the possible means of combating it. The State of Michigan is spending more state tax dollars on K-12 education than the $6,844 per pupil it was spending the final budget year of former Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s administration. At the beginning of this year it was spending $7,545 per pupil. Beginning Oct. 1, that amount was increased again by $50 to $175 per pupil, with the lowest funded school districts receiving the largest boosts. As students of propaganda...
  • Did the University of Idaho just push for "Swatting" of Legal Gun Carriers?

    10/22/2014 5:22:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Matt Dorschel, on the left Last Wednesday, 15 October, the University of Idaho held a forum on "guns on campus".   The main presenter was Matt Dorschel, university executive director for public safety and security.  While the forum attracted only a few students and faculty, the policy presented was radical.   From the Lewiston Tribune (pdf): Dorschel said any firearm sighting is grounds to call 911 even if a person is not purposely showing their weapon. He said firearm holders have a responsibility to conceal their weapons and they are violating the university's policy if they don't.  Despite this strict interpretation...
  • NUS Rejects Anti-ISIS Motion as "Islamophobic"

    10/21/2014 2:24:12 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 6 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 15 October 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    You have to see it to believe it. A student of Kurdish descent has submitted a resolution to the UK's National Union of Students (NUS) to condemn the Islamic State, but the motion has been rejected because it offended the sensibilities of the Union’s Black Students Officer (BSO) who led a voting bloc to defeat it. The NUS considers the ongoing conflict with ISIS to be “Islamophobic”. You couldn't make this up. At least they recognise that ISIS represents Islam, and is not some totally extraneous group that for some hard-to-fathom reason has decided to associate itself to the "religion...
  • School Districts Manipulate Constitutional Tax Limits for More Money

    10/20/2014 6:16:34 PM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/18/2014 | Anne Schieber
    By law, Michigan school districts are allowed to impose a maximum of 18 mills for operating expenses. So when current school millage authorizations are due to expire, how is it that some districts can ask for more? St. Joseph Pubic Schools this year asked for and received a 19.6292 operating millage authorization. Voters in Adrian approved 18.2517 mills. Coldwater Public Schools got approval for 19.234 mills. “You are correct. We can legally only levy the 18 mills,” said Ben Engelter, former chief financial officer for Coldwater Public Schools, but he explained the higher rate is for “possible reductions.” “Possible reductions”...
  • Democratic Voting Bloc-Heads

    10/20/2014 10:11:15 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/20/14 | Alan Caruba
    The Democratic Party depends on voting blocs of less educated, less wealthy, more knee-jerk voters than the Republican Party, As this is being written, Rasmussen Reports says that 48% of likely voters approve of President Obama’s performance in office while 50% disapproved. Other polls indicate far more unhappiness with Obama, but in general one must conclude that half the voters are idiots. He is an enormous failure domestically and with his foreign relations. In early July, a Quinnipiac University national poll found that Obama was regarded as “the worst president since World War II.” The only poll that counts will...
  • OS X Yosemite: Yay or Nay

    10/18/2014 9:33:39 PM PDT · by This Just In · 71 replies
    October 18, 2014 | This Just In
    Good day. I downloaded the new and improved OS, OS X Yosemite. At first blush, there are some features I miss about Mavericks, but I need to waste.....I mean, spend more time with Yosemite. It's too early to say "yay" or "nay", or perhaps the conclusion won't be so black and white, unless you're a "I HATE! all things Apple...including those snobby Mac Users", of course. What say you about OS X Yosemite? Any pointers/advice/recommendations by you techies out there?
  • Moratorium or Mortuary? School Choice Proponents Claim Bill Would Kill Charters

    10/17/2014 8:04:18 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/16/2014 | Jack Spencer
    House Democrats have introduced legislation as a measure to place a moratorium on any new charter public schools opening in Michigan. However, the pro-school choice Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP) reads the bill differently. According to GLEP Executive Director Gary Naeyaert, as drafted, House Bill 5852 would eventually spell doom for all of the charter public schools in the state. “What we have uncovered is that the legislation they claim would just push the pause button on increasing the number of charter schools would, in reality, close every charter school in the state over time,” Naeyaert told Capitol Confidential. “Language...
  • All FREEPERS Need To SEE THIS:FDR:Communist Dictator President Second Only to Obama

    10/16/2014 2:47:42 PM PDT · by lbryce · 32 replies
    Barnhardt ^ | October 16, 2014 | Ann Barnhardt
    I was aware of FDR as a left-leaning, communist sympathizer and worse but still this story really illustrates the extent in which it really brought home how far he would go to demonstrate his political sympathies towards his left-leaning communist affiliation. Unfortunately most FREEPERS will not get to see this post and won't get to know the extent in which FDR demonstrated his political proclivity as American dictator during his 'reign' as president. I reminded myself of this terrible page in American history after coming across this article in the Washington Beacon today, details of which are reminiscent of events...
  • Teach 1 Day, Collect $1 Million in Pension in Illinois

    10/16/2014 11:21:52 AM PDT · by massmike · 4 replies
    http://moonbattery.com/ ^ | 10/16/2014 | n/a
    No matter how high they raise taxes in liberal Illinois, it will never be high enough. This gives an indication of why: In 2011, the Chicago Tribune exposed a pair of Illinois teacher union lobbyists, Stephen Preckwinkle and David Piccioli, who substitute taught for one day and stood to collect nearly $1 million [each!] in state teacher retirement pensions from a severely underfunded system. The five Illinois pension systems have a $100 billion liability and the teachers fund may run out of money as early as 2029. Newspaper editorials, elected officials, the governor and citizens cried foul. Legislation was quickly...
  • Union Leader Celebrates Failing School’s Performance

    10/15/2014 1:52:27 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/15/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Flint Northwestern High School’s academic performance is not the type most would want to celebrate. The school has consistently been among the worst performing in the state. Yet in a recent visit, the leader of the National Education Association told union members at the school that Northwestern "did it right." NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia stopped at Flint Northwestern as part of statewide tour on Sept. 24 to celebrate it being moved off a Michigan Department of Education "priority schools list." The state applies this label to the lowest performing 5 percent of schools, which makes them subject to increased...
  • LA:Gun Bluffs do not Always Work

    10/15/2014 12:40:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    No Ammo is Available for the .442 Rimfire Tranter shown Bluffing with a gun often works.   Most criminals do not wish to be shot; they run away.   But sometimes, the criminal is drugged, crazy, or  determined, and they "call" the bluff, often with direct, aggressive action.  It is then that you need a few skills to keep from being hurt or killed.   First, do not allow the criminal to get close (within five feet) of you.   Inside that distance, it is very hard to stop a determined person who has the advantage of action over reaction....
  • Washington State: Bill Gates is Coming for Your Guns

    10/15/2014 5:24:48 AM PDT · by lbryce · 33 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | October 14, 2014 | Tim Brown
    Everyone knows how former Mayor Michael Bloomberg supports a push towards confiscation of Americans’ guns. He’s literally thrown millions of dollars behind various campaigns, started organizations and even gotten politicians onboard with going after guns across America. Now, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda have given $1 million to start the ball rolling on gun confiscation in Washington State. CNN reports: Previously, Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) co-founder Paul Allen gave $500,000 to the group, while recently retired Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave $250,000 and his wife Connie contributed $330,000. It’s not just Microsoft billionaires throwing big bucks at the...
  • Now a brunette! Crimean prosecutor Poklonskaya parades new haircut & color

    10/13/2014 11:57:31 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 18 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 10/12/2014 | Russia Today
    Crimea’s prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya, whose anime-style images became an internet sensation, has caused a great stir among her fans as she appeared at the State Council meeting with a new haircut and her hair dyed dark. As usual, Poklonskaya attracted the audience’s attention not only with her looks – the head of the Republic of Crimea, Sergey Aksenov, said: “A special thanks to the Crimean prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya who took up the things that are beyond the scope of most men.” 34-year-old Poklonskaya was appointed Crimea’s chief prosecutor in May. She became world famous after a video from her press...
  • Challenging the Rhetoric in the War on Charter Schools

    10/13/2014 7:36:17 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/9/2014 | Jack Spencer
    House Democrats want to place a moratorium on opening any new charter public schools in Michigan. They have introduced House Bill 5852 to do so. Legislation such as this bill, offered by the minority party in the House amid election campaigning, has little chance of moving and isn’t likely to even get a hearing. But from a larger perspective, the call for a moratorium on new charters is seen by some as part of an overall war on charter public schools. This “war” is backed by a coalition of interests, most notably teachers unions, and involves attacks on various fronts,...
  • These 3 Players Have a Lot to Lose if School Lunch Reform Takes Effect

    10/12/2014 12:29:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    InTheCapital ^ | October 8, 2014 | Tess VandenDolder
    For many young professionals far from their schools days and a ways away from having children of their own, the battle over healthier school lunches seems of little relevance. But in Washington, D.C., the policy debate has become an all encompassing issue highlighting the intricate network of lobbyists, corporations and associations all with a financial stake in a policy that was otherwise born of good intentions. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was passed in 2010, offering $4.5 billion in new funding over 10 years. However, the details of the new program have yet to be implemented due to a growing...
  • Florida Father's Mistakes; 20 Years for Warning Shot

    10/11/2014 1:21:08 PM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Florida passed a reform of its gun law this year to prevent situations such as what has happened to Lee Wollard.   Wollard says that he fired a shot to stop an assault and force a young man out of his house;  the prosecutor charged him with firing into a building, aggravated assault and child endangerment.   The young man was dating his daughter and was 17. No one was hurt, but the bullet penetrated the walls of the house and struck the house next door. Under the old Florida law, the prosecutor could offer this dilemma: plead guilty, be convicted...
  • Harvard, Obama’s Alma Mater, partnered to create Sharia law school in Qatar

    10/10/2014 7:49:33 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 3 replies
    Radio Patriot ^ | October 10, 2014 | Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition
    Drew Gilpin Faust Office of the President Harvard University Massachusetts Hall Cambridge, MA 02138 USA Dear Dr. Faust: This letter is being sent to you on behalf of the Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition. The purpose is to inform you and the public of the activities of Qatar. Harvard University is assisting the Qatar Foundation to establish a law school in Doha, in order to “revitalize legal education in the Middle East, and represent Islamic and Arabic legal traditions in the global dialogue on legal and governance issues.” These traditions include Sharia law. Harvard University is arguably the greatest institution of...
  • All Four Teachers in New Dem Ad Claiming School Cuts are in Districts Receiving More Money

    10/10/2014 6:24:17 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 24 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/8/2014 | Tom Gantert
    A new Mark Schauer for governor political advertisement features four teachers from four different school districts who claim that Gov. Rick Snyder has cut funding to their districts. But in fact, on a per-student basis, all four districts actually received more taxpayer money in 2013-14 than they did in 2010-2011, which was the last budget approved by Gov. Jennifer Granholm. The ad features seven teachers but only four specifically cite lower funding. For months Schauer, who is the Democratic candidate for the state’s top office, has claimed that Gov. Snyder cut funding to public schools. This claim has been refuted...
  • Dan and Pat: False Narratives from the old Media

    10/09/2014 3:58:26 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    While visiting Wisconsin, I went out to dinner with some of my favorite relatives.   Pat is my cousin, and Dan is her husband.   They are wonderful people, competent, smart, careful, considerate and polite.   Dan retired a couple of years ago.  Pat is still working.   Dan is a boating enthusiast, keeps himself in great shape, and participates in 50 mile bike races.   They have a vacation home on a nice lake only a few miles from the property where I grew up.   I made a point to contact them when I came up to Wisconsin, and we made a point...
  • If cannabis were without risks, it would be medically ineffective

    10/09/2014 3:06:56 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 13 replies
    SacraPizzaMan blog ^ | 10/9/2014 | Sacra Pizza Man
    Tea is a highly ceremonialized substance for human consumption. It’s only mildly addictive, but like much more addictive substances—tobacco & heroin—the importance of the ceremonial attribute of human substance consumption, needs to be recognized in the abstract and applied to the cannabis issue currently under consideration.Mother Superior Jumped the Gun. Some former junkies of my acquaintance, recounted that they habitually vomited as they were being driven to their pusher—they associated the location with becoming intoxicated on heroin. Cannabis should be examined in common with consumption substances with strong cultural connotations, like a substance unfamiliar to westerners but widely used in...
  • Challenging the Rhetoric in the War on Charter Public Schools

    10/09/2014 7:10:54 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/7/2014 | Jack Spencer
    On Sept. 18, House Democrats announced legislation that would place a moratorium on opening any additional charter public schools in Michigan. While House Bill 5852 isn’t expected to move in the waning days of this session, the press conference announcing it gave the lawmakers who support the moratorium a chance to make their case. The opportunity to directly respond to such rhetoric seldom occurs. At the press conference however, Capitol Confidential was able to ask questions. The following is one of those questions and the response to it, followed by a rebuttal to that response by Michael Van Beek, director...
  • Ebola Scare Shuts Down Frisco CareNow

    10/09/2014 1:39:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Daily Meal ^ | October 8, 2014
    The CareNow clinic in Frisco where Dallas County Sheriff’s deputy Michael Monnig was treated for possible Ebola-like symptoms is closed. This after it reopened only hours after Monnig was transported to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. The clinic will undergo a deep cleaning and remain closed until Friday. Frisco’s fire chief Mark Piland said Monnig is being treated “out of an abundance of caution” and the response was appropriate based on Monnig’s symptoms and his indirect contact with the Ebola victim...
  • A Democrat's Reasons For Supporting School Choice

    10/08/2014 10:27:21 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/6/2014 | Jack Spencer
    When Michigan House Democrats held a press conference last week to announce legislation to put a moratorium on the creation of new charter public schools, the Great Lakes Education Project researched which Democrats had signed on as co-sponsors. Gary Naeyaert, executive director of GLEP, said his initial findings were that 47 of the 50 House Democrats had done so. That highlights the issue GLEP has as a non-partisan organization that endorses political candidates but finds one party overwhelmingly voting against its most important issue — school choice. In the upcoming general election, GLEP has endorsed 58 candidates, only one of...
  • My Brother’s Keeper focus of Black Caucus conference (Valerie Jarrett poses with NOI leader)

    10/08/2014 12:18:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Final Call ^ | October 7, 2014 | Starla Muhammad and Nisa Islam Muhammad
    My Brother’s Keeper, the initiative introduced by President Barack Obama earlier this year, was a major focus of what was a full schedule of activities and events during the 2014 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference weekend in the nation’s capital. This year marked the 44th year of the event. “Too many young men of color feel targeted by law enforcement, guilty of walking while Black, or driving while Black, judged by stereotypes that fuel fear and resentment and hopelessness. We know that, statistically, in everything from enforcing drug policy to applying the death penalty to pulling people over,...
  • A Poll Accidentally Reveals the Truth

    10/07/2014 3:31:18 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 15 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | October 7, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The Associated Press, in partnership with GfK, a German market research firm, jointly released a poll. No big deal there, as people release polls every hour or two, especially in election season. But this one was considered unusual, because it revealed a truth that scared the American Left to their very core: Americans don’t appear to trust government to solve their problems anymore. As with every poll, interpretation is dependent on whether we trust the questions to have been asked objectively (we don’t), whether the respondents were given a comprehensive and clear array of possible answers to choose (they never...
  • Mother of local transgender talks about decision on Eli becoming Ella, classmates' parents concerned

    10/06/2014 8:15:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    WXIX-TV ^ | October 6, 2014 | Lisa Hutson
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) OWEN COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - Nicki Sullivan says her child, designated male at birth, has always identified herself as female. After seeking advice from GLSEN, a gay lesbian and straight education network, last Monday Nicki's 7-year-old daughter Ella made her identity public. "She came back Monday as a girl. New teacher, new wardrobe, new backpack, completely changed. She was introduced as a new student, Ella Grace,” explained Nicki Sullivan. Sullivan says over the last week Owen County Elementary School has been more than accommodating to her transgender 7-year-old daughter Ella providing a unisex restroom and protecting her from potential...
  • Brown v. Ferguson: Are We Better Off Separate Than Equal

    10/06/2014 7:51:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | October 6, 2014 | Torri Stuckey
    In a strange twist of fate, two age-old Civil Rights cases collide in Ferguson, MO -- half a century later. Is it just coincidence? Or could there be a deeper subliminal message lying tucked between the levels of America's consciousness? I decided to take a closer look. Forever connected, yet perched on the opposite ends of the spectrum, Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) and Brown v. Board of Education (1954) are two landmark Supreme Court cases in the fight for African-American civil rights. The former case legalized racial segregation under the "separate but equal" law, while the latter case outlawed the...
  • Common Core Math Problem: How to Subtract 293 from 568 in Just 10 Steps! (With Picture)

    10/06/2014 1:47:52 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 72 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/6/14 | Aurelius
    Imagine a teacher asks you to solve this question: 568-293. Depending on your age you might do one of three things... ...Third, you might use the new common core was to subtract, which is much simpler, with only... 10 steps. First, you would take the 200 out of the 293, and save the 93 for later. Then you would take 568 and subtract 200 from it. Then you'd take the remaining 368 and you would subtract 60 from it, because you are taught that, for some reason, you cannot simply subtract 90 from 368. 368-60 equals 308. Then you subtract...
  • School Meal Costs Expected to Triple in Fiscal Year 2015

    10/05/2014 7:18:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 4, 2014 | William Bigelow
    Local school districts around the country are going to take a huge financial hit in fiscal year 2015 because the cost of the school lunches they offer is expected to triple. The combination of escalating costs because of harsher restrictions and the dwindling number of students enrolled in the program, which limits reimbursements from the federal government, are going to rigger the enormous rise in costs, according to the School Nutrition Association (SNA). SNA is comprised of 55,000 school nutrition professionals around the country. SNA CEO Patricia Montague said, "School nutrition professionals have led the way in promoting improved diets...
  • CNN Reporter Stands in Front of Dallas Middle School, Tells Children Not to Worry About Ebola

    10/04/2014 1:16:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | October 2, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)In a segment that aired on “CNN Newsroom” on Thursday, network correspondent Gary Tuchman surveyed members of a north Dallas community near where Eric Duncan, the first diagnosed U.S. Ebola patient, was prior to that diagnosis. In the report, Tuchman visited Dallas’ Sam Tasby Middle School, one of the four schools of the five children of Duncan’s girlfriend, who he was visiting at the time and polled students of their concerns with coming in contact of the Ebola virus. However, in one interaction Tuchman offered his own assurances to those schoolchildren they had no reason to worry. Partial transcript as...
  • Supreme Court clerk: Plum job for legal elite

    10/04/2014 10:47:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune / The Associated Press ^ | October 4, 2014 | Mark Sherman
    Joshua Matz didn’t bother waiting to write about the Supreme Court until he went to work there. He teamed with a renowned Harvard law professor to finish a book about the court before he started his year as a law clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy. Unlike Matz, Christopher Michel is not listed as an author of the book he worked on years before his clerkship with Chief Justice John Roberts. But former President George W. Bush offered warm praise for onetime presidential speechwriter Michel as his collaborator on his memoir, "Decision Points." Bush said in the book’s acknowledgements that Michel’s...
  • WY:Bear Spray v. Bullets: Flaws in the Studies

    10/03/2014 10:24:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Three recent cases of bear attack in Wyoming illustrate the flaws in studies purporting to show that bear spray is superior to firearms as a defense against bears.    On September 20th, 2014 the following incident occurred.  From county10.com: (Dubois, Wyo.) – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service both confirmed today that a third bear incident occurred this past weekend, on Saturday in northwestern Fremont County. In this incident, Lander Large Carnivore Specialist Brian DeBolt said a Grizzly bear was shot and killed “in an act of self defense” in the East...
  • Where The Rising Wages Are?

    10/03/2014 7:13:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/03/2014 | Tyler Durden
    With the September jobs report, perhaps one of the most irrelevant monthly updates from the BLS in a long time, due out in less than half an hour, BofA's Chart of the Day looks at what has become the most sticky issue in the monthly jobs report of late: where the inflation-adjusted income growth, or lack thereof, can be found. What it finds is that the average American can still hope for rising real wages: they just have to be massively underwater on unrepayable student debt. To wit:  As of 2013, the median income for college graduates was about $80,000...
  • Delay in Dallas Ebola Cleanup as Workers Balk at Task

    10/02/2014 2:47:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 2, 2014 | Kevin Sack and Marc Santora
    DALLAS — More than a week after a Liberian man fell ill with Ebola and four days after he was placed in isolation at a hospital in Dallas, the apartment where he was staying with four other people had not been cleaned and the sheets and dirty towels he used while sick remained in the home, health officials acknowledged on Thursday afternoon. Even as the authorities were reaching out to at least 80 people who may have had contact — either directly or indirectly — with the patient, Thomas E. Duncan, while he was contagious, they were scrambling to find...
  • IL: Non-resident Carry While Traveling

    10/02/2014 4:57:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I attended the Gun Rights Policy Conference in Illinois last weekend.   After the event, I met another attendee in Wisconsin.   Don Hosmer recalled disarming before entering Illinois, and seeing several others do so as well.   As a result, I decided to explore the problems and possibilities of carry in Illinois for a non-resident. You could apply for, and obtain an Illinois concealed carry permit.  They are backed up at present, but it looks like it would be possible, if somewhat difficult.  From the Illinois State Police site:  Sec. 40. Non-resident license applications. (a) For the purposes of this Section,...
  • Ebola: If "It's Only Passed by Bodily Fluids", then Why Wear Head to Toe Decontamination Suits?

    10/01/2014 11:58:18 PM PDT · by xzins · 163 replies
    Vanity | 2 Oct 14 | Xzins
    The questions about Ebola keep coming as I listen to the talking heads on news site after news site saying, "It's only passed by bodily fluids." The only other time I've heard a similar statement was in regard to the transmission of HIV. If you don't do "it", then you won't get infected with HIV. Passing bodily fluids, don't you know. So, what are bodily fluids? Something tells me the word 'wet' is involved, so I really don't want to delve into it any further. I tend to stay away from other folks' 'wet' in the first place. I must...
  • The Soul, It’s Burdens, & The Path to Restoration (Part 1)PODCAST

    10/01/2014 1:48:11 PM PDT · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case] · 1 replies
    MakingSense.podbean.com ^ | October 1, 2014 | Rob W. Case
    What do you think of when you hear the word soul? What exactly is it? What does it consist of? Why is it important? In this edition of “Making Sense with Rob Case,” we will explore the entity of the soul, study its working components, and consider how these components work in the backdrop of how we think, act, feel, and thrive in the world around us. Where does God fit in with all of this? Find out on this edition of "Making Sense with Rob Case." To access the podcast, click HERE, or click on the above link.
  • Encounter at a Central Wisconsin Diner

    10/01/2014 11:21:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Don Hosmer Last year, on the way the Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC), I had an unexpected encounter at a diner in central Texas.   I rode my motorcycle to that GRPC.   This year I took my truck to the GRPC in Chicago.   I have friends and family in Wisconsin that I wanted to visit, and some items that would have been less comfortable to carry on a motorcycle.    This year the encounter happened after the conference. I was traveling up I-90/94 when I decided to stop for dinner on the northern edge of the Wisconsin Dells.  Last  year I...
  • Detroit 'Neglecting' its Students - At $14K Per Pupil

    10/01/2014 7:23:28 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 19 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/1/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Detroit Free Press Columnist Rochelle Riley laments “Oh, if only the children of Detroit were pieces of art” in a column in which she claims no leaders want to talk about education in Detroit. The column implies that as the city goes through bankruptcy, the school system is not getting the proper amount of attention. For the Record says: The state of Michigan is devoting about $440 more per-pupil in state funds to Detroit Public Schools in 2013-14 compared to five years ago. In 2013-14, the state poured $378.5 million into DPS, or about $7,802 per student. In 2008-09, that...
  • Democrats Call for Moratorium on New Charter Public Schools

    09/30/2014 1:58:45 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/28/2014 | Jack Spencer
    House Democrats on Thursday announced legislation to place a moratorium on opening any new charter public schools in Michigan. The gist of House Bill 5852 appears to be the equivalent of creating a new cap on charter schools. Introduction of legislation by the minority party in the House during an election campaign is often viewed as a political statement, not a serious legislative effort. The fact that the press conference calling attention to the measure was held in the office of House Democratic leader Tim Greimel, D-Auburn Hills, reinforces this interpretation. “It’s clear that introducing major legislation with only 18...
  • Parents Speak Out on Effort to Halt School Choice

    09/30/2014 10:57:49 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/29/2014 | Anne Schieber
    When several state lawmakers spoke Sept. 18th in support of a moratorium on new charter public schools, they seemed to be overlooking what is going on in their districts. Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton, D-Huntington Woods, described choice as a myth. “Does that parent have the means to actually transport that child to another school, if they even have a working, functional car? Is there a bus system that exists? There are so many areas in which the choice is really Hobson’s choice. It’s a choice of theory but it really doesn’t exist,” Rep. Lipton said. Rep. Cogen Lipton and Rep....
  • Brigitte Gabriel Explains Islamic Jihad

    09/29/2014 7:59:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 1 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 9/29/2014 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    ACT For America: Confronting terrorism, preserving the U. S. Constitution, securing the border, energy independence, empowering women – protecting children, and supporting Israel.
  • Gun Rights Policy Conference: Trouble at O'Hare

    09/27/2014 5:23:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Joe Tartaro and Dave Workman stop by the table of David Codrea, lower right I have been traveling for the last week to attend the Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC), which is being held this weekend at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago.   The hotel is at O'Hare airport.   I left family members in Missouri at about 5:40 a.m. on Friday morning.   I had a little over 500 miles to go to reach the conference.    My Niece called an hour later, just as I was getting coffee (free, they had a special) at a McDonalds. O'Hare was in trouble. Early...
  • First lady to children: ‘Don’t be mad’ over healthier school lunches

    09/27/2014 12:32:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 26, 2014 | Justin Sink
    First lady Michelle Obama said it was "natural" that kids are "grumbling" over new requirements for schools to fill vending machines and lunch lines with healthier food, but that it would not deter her from improving child nutrition. "Change is hard," the first lady said in an interview with Channel One. "And the thing about highly processed, sugary, salty food is that you get addicted to it. I don’t want to just settle because it’s hard." The first lady said she knew children "are grumbling because they have to make changes," and said her daughters roll their eyes when she...
  • At U-M, Sexual Violence Includes 'Discounting Feelings,' 'Withholding Sex'

    09/26/2014 4:30:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | September 25, 2014 | Robby Soave
    The redefinition of the word violence continues among revelations that discounting a sexual partner's feelings and withholding sex constitutes sexual violence at the University of Michigan. The relevant info can be found at the university's "Stop Abuse" webpage: Examples of sexual violence include: discounting the partner's feelings regarding sex; criticizing the partner sexually; touching the partner sexually in inappropriate and uncomfortable ways; withholding sex and affection; always demanding sex; forcing partner to strip as a form of humiliation (maybe in front of children), to witness sexual acts, to participate in uncomfortable sex or sex after an episode of violence, to...
  • I told Harvard I was an undocumented immigrant. They gave me a full scholarship.

    09/25/2014 7:49:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Everything ^ | September 24, 2014 | Dario Guerrero
    When I discovered my status in high school, I was worried I wouldn't be able to attend college at all.After I arrived home from soccer practice, the phone rang. “El Camino,” my mother said as she handed it to me, referring to a nearby community college. I was taking engineering courses there, offered in conjunction with my high school, but the woman from the registrar’s office had a problem: The Social Security number I had provided to receive college credit did not match my name, and if I couldn’t provide a valid number, I’d have to pay almost $2,000 for...
  • Catastrophe when America's twin gave up guns

    09/23/2014 3:20:12 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Tragic tale of frontier nation's abandonment of firearms and freedom ___ SYDNEY, Australia -- In the country that has some of the most restrictive firearms legislation in the world, law-abiding citizens must obtain police permission before purchasing a gun and subject themselves to public ridicule, surprise searches without warrants, arbitrary confiscation and burdensome government regulations. It's a fate that could befall America, some warn, if citizens willingly surrender their firearms -- and with those guns, an entire nation's hard-won freedom. Australian Josh Coughran, who was forced to turn over his pistols and license when increased work commitments prevented him from...
  • Become a Doctor of Social Justice

    Doctoral Degree: Social Justice Education Concentration Social Justice Education is an interdisciplinary concentration of study with a focus on social diversity and social justice as they apply to formal and non-formal educational systems. It uses and generates research and theory to understand the sociocultural and historical contexts and dynamics of specific manifestations of oppression (e.g., ableism, classism, heterosexism, racism, religious oppression, transgender oppression and sexism) in social systems. It brings together faculty and students with interests in issues of social diversity and social oppression, inclusion, equity, social justice, critical theories, critical pedagogies, dialogues across differences, individual and collective empowerment, liberatory...
  • Black University Student Leaders Form New Coalition For Racial Equality

    09/22/2014 6:10:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Huffington Post's Black Voices ^ | September 22, 2014 | Jessica Dickerson
    The explosive wave of reactions to the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri hasn’t lost its momentum just yet. Black student leaders have come together in support of racial equality with the formation of a multi-university group, the Black Ivy Coalition. The coalition dedicated to social change is comprised of members from all eight Ivy League institutions, with plans to gain student memberships from colleges across the nation, and was officiated with the release of a statement summarizing their motivations and ambitions (see full text below). Their tagline? “It is now time for our generation to...