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  • Newly hired Grand Valley State football assistant suspended after praising Hitler in interview

    01/27/2020 3:28:09 PM PST · by The people have spoken · 98 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | Jan 27, 2020 | Sam Cooper
    KV: So you graduated from Drury with a degree in History, you’re a history guy. If you could have dinner with three historical figures, living or dead, who would they be? And I’m ruling out football figures. MB: This is probably not going to get a good review, but I’m going to say Adolf Hitler. It was obviously very sad and he had bad motives, but the way he was able to lead was second-to-none. How he rallied a group and a following, I want to know how he did that. Bad intentions of course, but you can’t deny he...
  • Joe Lieberman: Why can't 2020 Democrats admit that Soleimani's death makes Americans safer?

    01/06/2020 9:55:33 AM PST · by bitt · 47 replies
    WSJ ^ | 1/6/2020 | joe lieberman
    President Trump’s order to take out Qasem Soleimani was morally, constitutionally and strategically correct. It deserves more bipartisan support than the begrudging or negative reactions it has received thus far from my fellow Democrats. The president’s decision was bold and unconventional. It’s understandable that the political class should have questions about it. But it isn’t understandable that all the questions are being raised by Democrats and all the praise is coming from Republicans. That divided response suggests the partisanship that has infected and disabled so much of U.S. domestic policy now also determines our elected leaders’ responses to major foreign-policy...
  • Joe Lieberman at the Water’s Edge

    01/06/2020 9:39:18 AM PST · by bitt · 27 replies
    nysun ^ | 1/5/2020 | editorial
    Congratulations are in order for the former senator from Connecticut, Joseph Lieberman. He will be in Monday’s Wall Street Journal with the first really sensible column from a Democrat in this entire election cycle. It’s an op-ed piece that asks why the Democratic Party’s candidates can’t “simply admit Qasem Soleimani’s death makes Americans safer?” “President Trump’s order to take out Qasem Soleimani was,” Mr. Lieberman writes, “morally, constitutionally and strategically correct.” He reckons the President’s decision “deserves more bipartisan support than the begrudging or negative reactions it has received thus far” from his fellow Democrats. Well put. Mr. Lieberman calls...
  • Meet The Young Boy Who Invited His Entire Kindergarten Class to His Adoption Hearing

    12/06/2019 9:11:35 AM PST · by steveben · 19 replies
    Viral Mag ^ | 12/06/2019 | The Viral Mag Team
    Boy Invites His Entire Kindergarten Class to His Adoption Hearing—and the Ceremony Was Incredibly Sweet. A 5-year-old boy named Michael from Grand Rapids, Michigan, showed up for an adoption hearing on Thursday. The heartwarming thing was that his entire kindergarten class turned up to cheer him on and congratulate him on starting a new chapter in his life
  • [Methodist] Church Has Inclusive Communion, Invites Gay Judge [Denied Communion at Catholic Church]

    12/03/2019 5:12:50 PM PST · by marshmallow · 51 replies
    WOOD TV ^ | 12/2/19 | Whitney Burney
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Grand Rapids church is working to change the relationship between churches and the LGBTQ community. The First United Methodist Church on Fulton Street and Barclay Avenue hosted their fourth ever inclusive Communion service on Sunday night. This comes after Kent County Judge Sara Smolenski says she was denied Communion at her home church for being gay. Smolenski says she’s been a parishioner at St. Stephen Catholic Church in East Grand Rapids for 62 years and this has never happened to her before. “Why exclude anyone when they have sincere desire to come to God’s...
  • Lesbian judge denied Communion tried to get priest removed as chaplain ...

    12/01/2019 3:14:35 PM PST · by ebb tide · 54 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | November 27, 2019 | Stephen Kokx
    Lesbian judge denied Communion tried to get priest removed as chaplain from Catholic lawyer’s group EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan, November 27, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — LifeSite has learned that the lesbian judge currently orchestrating a coup against the Catholic priest who runs the parish she attends has previously attempted to not only smear him as a bigot but has tried to get him removed as chaplain of the Catholic Lawyers Association of Western Michigan.  Judge Sara Smolenski is the chief judge of the Kent County District Court in Western Michigan. Earlier this week, Smolenski appeared on local NBC affiliate WOOD-TV 8...
  • Bishop sides with priest who denied ‘married’ lesbian judge communion

    11/28/2019 9:06:33 AM PST · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | November 27, 2019 | Stephen Kokx
    Bishop sides with priest who denied ‘married’ lesbian judge communion PETITION: Stand with priest who refused communion to lesbian 'married' judge. Click here. GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan, November 27, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Bishop David Walkowiak of Grand Rapids, Michigan has expressed his support for Fr. Scott Nolan, the priest at St. Stephen's Catholic Church in his diocese who has come under fire after a lesbian judge complained to a local media outlet that he had refused her Holy Communion because she is "married" to a woman. In his statement, Bishop Walkowiak thanked the judge, Sara Smolenski, chief judge of the Kent County District Court, for her...
  • 10 Months After Massive Stroke, 22-Year-Old Finishes First Half Marathon

    11/21/2019 2:46:01 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    Runner's World ^ | November 19, 2019 | Hailey Middlebrook
    Before her life changed last year, Lauren Ziegler hated running. The Grand Valley State University student, now 22, grew up playing team sports in high school, then joined a CrossFit club in college as a way to stay fit as an undergrad. “I started competing in CrossFit competitions in college,” Ziegler told Runner’s World. “I loved every part of my CrossFit workouts except for the running. It was my least favorite thing in the world. The most I would ever run was two or three miles a week.” One morning before class in December 2018, Ziegler woke up to find...
  • Just When You Think We’ve Reached the End of Outrage

    08/24/2019 5:55:53 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 12 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 8-24-19 | MOTUS
    “Political power, properly so called, is merely the organized power of one class for oppressing another.” - Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto Controversy is swirling around an art event in Grand Rapids. An art festival is bringing a Down’s syndrome drag show from Britain, called Drag Syndrome, to town. The controversy isn’t aimed at Daniel Vais the London-based group’s founder and artistic director. Nor is it aimed at DisArt, the group organizing their Grand Rapids appearance but rather at Peter Meijer, the owner of the venue who has decided he doesn’t wish to make his establishment available for this...
  • WHAT was President Ford's MOST REPEATED WARNING? Government big enough to give you everything (TR)

    07/30/2019 10:24:05 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 10 replies
    American Minute ^ | July 14, 2019 | Bill Federer
    WHAT was President Ford's MOST REPEATED WARNING? - "Government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to..." President Gerald Ford stated in Rockford, IL, March 11, 1976: "People say ... why don't you expand that program, why don't you spend more Federal money?... I don't think they have understood one of the fundamentals ... I look them in the eye and I say, 'Do you realize that a government big enough to give us everything we want is a government big enough to take from us everything we have?'" Gerald Rudolph Ford was the 38th U.S....
  • Police seized 57 items from Saginaw Diocese during raid, including 'victim list'

    06/04/2019 1:21:07 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 22 replies
    MLive Media Group ^ | June 3, 2019 | Cole Waterman,
    SAGINAW, MI – When police executed search warrants at three Catholic Diocese of Saginaw properties last year during an investigation into claims of sexual abuse of minors, documents show they seized nearly 60 items of evidence. Among them, located in the bottom drawer of a filing cabinet at diocese headquarters, was a file labeled “victim list.” That information is contained in search warrant paperwork detailing what police seized during the March 2018 raid. The paperwork was recently unsealed and copies were obtained by MLive and The Saginaw News. The list of confiscated property shows investigators took 57 items during the...
  • WATCH: At Town Hall, Justin Amash Explains Impeachment Tweets

    05/28/2019 7:14:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Reason ^ | May 28, 2019 | Eric Boehm
    In Washington, D.C., he's been labeled "loser," accused of being a secret Democrat, and ostracized from the legislative caucus he co-founded, but on Monday night Rep. Justin Amash (R–Mich.) found himself in friendlier territory—and embraced the opportunity. At a town hall in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Amash's constituents gave him applause and praise—but also fired pointed questions from left, right, and center political perspectives—during a nearly two-hour meeting marking the congressman's first public appearance since tweeting that he believed President Donald Trump had engaged in "impeachable conduct." It was the sort of spectacle that's all too rare in politics today; a...
  • Two skateboarders vandalize grave sites of former President Gerald Ford and First Lady Betty Ford

    04/04/2019 4:00:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 52 replies
    The Grand Rapids Police Department is searching for two vandals who defaced the gravesites of President Gerald R. Ford and First Lady Betty Ford at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum. Cops released photos of the March 27 incident that shows a man and woman sitting on a wall that’s part of the memorial site. The man appears to be carving or writing something on the panels that read “Lives Committed to God, Country and Love.” Surveillance video of the incident obtained by CBS affiliate WWMT also shows the woman kick a skateboard into the memorial wall.
  • Man who tossed water balloons at Trump crowd ‘did what I had to do’

    04/04/2019 8:36:35 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 48 replies
    WZZM13 ^ | 04/04/19 | John Hogan
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Grand Rapids man who admitted to tossing water balloons into a crowd of President Donald Trump supporters pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor charge and says he might do it again. “Actions are going to be louder than words these days,’’ a grinning Robert Dale Truax Jr. said after his appearance in Grand Rapids District Court. “Try to get three water balloons out this time. I only got out two.’’ Truax pitched the two water balloons into a sea of people gathered outside Van Andel Arena on March 28 as Trump addressed supporters inside. No...
  • Ocasio-Cortez says 'AOC sucks' chant at Trump rally shows Trump needs a woman to 'vilify'

    03/30/2019 9:14:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | March 30, 2019 | Eli Watkins
    New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said a chant from President Donald Trump's supporters mocking her was emblematic of Trump finding a female politician to attack. "You know this is part of a pattern that the right and the far-right and, frankly, the President is consistent with," Ocasio-Cortez told CNN in New York. "He doesn't have another woman, Hillary Clinton or whoever else, to vilify anymore so they need to find another woman to kind of prop up and become a lightning rod." At a rally in Michigan on Thursday, members of the crowd could be heard chanting "AOC sucks"...
  • Trump Protesters in Grand Rapids Don't Know Why They're Protesting

    03/30/2019 9:27:55 PM PDT · by OddLane · 6 replies
    Heck Off Commie ^ | 3/29/19 | John Doyle
    The #Trump rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan was packed with people, but the protesters weren't too sure what they were protesting. Some were protesting #fascism, some were on the #YANGGANG, it was a grand old time.
  • Those Rumors About Donald Trump Jr. Running For Office Just Got A Boost

    03/29/2019 12:32:31 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 62 replies
    Daily Wire ^ | 3/29/19 | Amanda Prestigiacomo
    Since Donald Trump Jr. first gave an impassioned and well-received speech in support of his father and conservative values at the 2016 Republican National Convention, rumors have swirled about his own political future. At a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for President Donald Trump on Thursday, Trump Jr. told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he would "never rule anything out" when it comes to potentially making a run for office. "Right now, I'll never rule anything out," said the president's eldest son, according to Newsweek. "I do enjoy it. I like being in the fight. I like being in...
  • Trump, in fiery first rally since Mueller vindication, calls on Dems to stop 'ridiculous bullsh--'

    03/28/2019 6:16:14 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 74 replies
    Faux News ^ | March 28, 2019
    In his first major rally since Special Counsel Robert Mueller cleared him of any collusion with Russia, President Trump took the stage before a boisterous full house at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Thursday night -- and proceeded to tear into Democrats and the FBI as unintelligent "frauds" who tried desperately to undermine the results of the 2016 election. "The Democrats have to now decide whether they will continue defrauding the public with ridiculous bullsh--," Trump said to thunderous applause, "-- partisan investigations, or whether they will apologize to the American people." Trump continued to unload on...
  • Protesters gather to show ‘there’s strong opposition’ to President Trump’s Grand Rapids visit

    03/28/2019 5:48:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    mlive ^ | March 28, 2019 | Michael Kransz
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA!” a crowd of more than 200 protesters chanted at President Donald Trump supporters as they entered Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids Thursday afternoon to hear the president speak. “I came here to stand up for what I believe in,” said Grand Rapids resident Cam Deen, “and that’s anti-racism, anti-bigotry and anti-sexism. I feel Trump embodies the opposite of those things.” The protesters on Fulton Street in front of the arena were contained within a city block by salt trucks on either end and were separated from Trump supporters...
  • MAGA, Grand Rapids Edit,ion

    03/29/2019 6:46:54 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 20 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 3-29-19 | MOTUS
    President Trump held a rally in my hometown last night. By all first person accounts the Grand Rapids, MI rally was a resounding success from wheels down… to wheels upAnd everything in between.Just look at all those young white nationalists supporting Trump. But as usual fake news was hard at work, giving equal time and attention to all the protestors who showed up in “Trump is literally Hitler!” masks and pink tights,rallying for the “socialist alternative”which I would remind them is currently operating without power or democracy in the country formerly known as Venezuela. But yeah lady, great slogan. Because...