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  • Teachers and Coaches Should Quit NEA in Wake of Kaepernick Award

    07/22/2018 12:24:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | July 22, 2018 | Carl Horowitz
    The National Education Association thinks Colin Kaepernick is an ideal role model. Many members, however, may take their loyalty elsewhere. And frankly, they should. On July 1, the NEA honored Kaepernick, along with several other persons and organizations, with a “Human and Civil Rights” award in recognition of the former pro-football star’s campaign “to fight racial oppression through education and social justice activism.” The born-again political revolutionary, who these last couple years has been peddling the idea that police are conducting a nationwide pogrom against innocent blacks, accepted the honor with predictable melodrama. “To me, this is bigger than football...
  • A former pastor. A happy couple. A large family. Here are the 17 duck boat victims

    07/21/2018 10:05:05 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 64 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 7/21/18 | By Eric Adler, Tony Rizzo, Katie Bernard, Laura Bauer, Mará Rose Williams, Lauren Fox And Max Londb
    A Higginsville couple celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary. An Illinois grandmother taking her granddaughter on a special trip to Branson. An Indianapolis youth football coach — “a community legend” — visiting with his family of 11 on vacation, and only two survived. Seventeen passengers — including four children and a teenager — died Thursday night on Table Rock Lake when the Ride the Ducks boat they were on sank in violent waves and swells of whitecaps, caught in the midst of a severe storm. Here are the stories of the victims:
  • Nine Members of the Same Family are among 17 killed in Duck-Boat Tragedy, as Survivors [Trunc]

    07/20/2018 3:36:46 PM PDT · by Cecily · 112 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | July 20, 2018 | Hannah Moore
    Nine members of the same family are among the 17 people who died on Thursday night when a duck boat capsized in a Missouri lake. The family were from Indianapolis, but have not yet been named. Two other members of the family, who were also on the boat, survived. Bill Asher and his girlfriend Rose Hamman were also identified as among the dead by friends on Facebook on Friday afternoon. Bill and Rose had been on a week-long holiday in Branson, and had spent their last evening away on the duck boat, friend Mary Ogborn Kientzy said. Family confirmed the...
  • Table Rock Lake duck boat tragedy: 11 dead, others injured in 'mass casualty' incident

    07/19/2018 10:42:03 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 66 replies
    Ky3 ^ | July 19, 2018 | Staff
    BRANSON — Eleven people, including at least one child, are dead after an amphibious duck boat capsized Thursday evening on Table Rock Lake. At least seven other passengers were injured, including one in serious condition. Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader updated the casualty information just after 11 p.m. Thursday. The Ride the Ducks tourist boat sank near the Showboat Branson Belle with a reported 31 people on board. Rader said emergency personnel were still searching for at least five people. CoxHealth said in a statement victims were being treated at Cox Branson. Spokeswoman Kaitlyn McConnell said the patients were a...
  • Koch Group Launches $1.8M Ad Against Missouri's McCaskill

    07/19/2018 3:07:07 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 30 replies
    US News ^ | July 18, 2018
    The Missouri branch of Americans for Prosperity says it's spending $1.8 million on ads against Sen. Claire McCaskill. The television and digital ad announced Wednesday by the Koch-backed group accuses the Democratic incumbent of saying she supports tax cuts but voting against President Donald Trump's tax bill. A narrator in the ad says Missourians can spot a "politician who says one thing but does another." McCaskill repeatedly said she supports tax cuts for the middle class. But McCaskill says she voted against the law because it gave preferential treatment to the rich. A press release from McCaskill's campaign responding to...
  • Trumka: True Patriotism in Missouri

    07/18/2018 8:01:05 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 12 replies
    AFL-CIO Staff ^ | July 18, 2018 | AFL‑CIO President Richard Trumka
    AFL‑CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) spoke at the Missouri AFL‑CIO’s 29th Biennial Convention yesterday, rallying a packed audience of local union leaders and working Missourians in the fight against Prop. A. He recalled the charge that President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered to Americans in the midst of the Great Depression: “True patriotism urges us to build an even more substantial America where the good things of life may be shared by more of us.” Working people in Missouri are speaking out and mobilizing their neighbors against a corporate-backed attack on our fundamental economic rights. As union leaders gather in St....
  • 10 black Washington U. students...falsely accused of leaving IHOP without paying

    07/17/2018 4:43:36 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies ^ | 7/17/18 | Doug Moore
    Ten Washington University students, all black and all incoming freshmen, were stopped by Clayton police this month while walking to a MetroLink stop from a late-night dinner and told they were suspected of leaving the IHOP restaurant without paying, university officials said. Even though some of the students had receipts showing they had paid for their meals, police made all of them walk three blocks back to the restaurant, with six squad cars following them. At the restaurant, the manager told officers the students were not those who had left without paying...
  • Five GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus

    07/14/2018 10:15:37 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/14/18 | Scott Wong
    Early jockeying has begun in the race for chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee — the largest caucus on Capitol Hill, and one that has seen its influence grow with Donald Trump in the White House. At least five House Republicans told The Hill they are weighing bids to replace the group's chairman, Rep. Mark Walker (N.C.). Known informally as the RSC, the caucus imposes a two-year term limit on its chairman, giving more members a chance to lead. So far, the possible contenders are: four-term Rep. Vicky Hartzler (Mo.); three-term Rep. Roger Williams (Texas); two-term Rep. Barry Loudermilk...
  • Red-state Dem tells Schumer to 'kiss my you know what' on Supreme Court vote

    07/14/2018 9:59:05 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 66 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/14/18 | Avery Anapol
    Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (W. Va.) had strong words for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (N.Y.) efforts to unify the party against President Trump’s Supreme Court pick. Manchin suggested to Politico that Schumer does not have any influence over whether or not he supports Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. “I’ll be 71 years old in August, you’re going to whip me? Kiss my you know what,” Manchin told Politico, referring to whipping votes among the party caucus. Schumer has spoken out harshly against Kavanaugh and vowed to oppose him “with everything I’ve got.” Democrats will need at least two GOP votes, in...
  • Voters in Red states w/ shaky Sen. Dems: Confirm Trump pick

    07/11/2018 8:46:28 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 24 replies ^ | Wednesday, July 11, 2018 | Michael F. Haverluck
    A new poll shows that voters in battleground states represented by vulnerable Senate Democrats decisively want President Donald Trump’s nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, to replace Anthony Kennedy in the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS)... The poll conducted by the Tarrance Group between July 5 and 8 revealed that voters agree by a decisive margin of at least 12 percent that their senators should confirm the SCOTUS appointment Trump announced Monday night. After explaining that the U.S. Senate will vote on the president’s appointment to replace Justice Kennedy, it asked voters, “Do you think Senator [Nelson, Donnelly, McCaskill, Heitkamp, or...
  • The Numbers Are In, And It’s Looking Pretty Bad For Senate Dems In November

    07/10/2018 3:15:27 PM PDT · by detective · 65 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/10/2018 | Vandana Rambaran
    Democrats are in for an uphill battle in November’s midterm elections as they struggle to overtake the GOP-led Senate, according to an Axios and SurveyMonkey poll of key states released Tuesday. Although Democrats only need to pick up two seats to gain the majority in the Senate, they are struggling to control 10 states already held by Democratic senators. These states are now predominantly red states with voters who are strong supporters of President Donald Trump. They include Indiana, Missouri, Montana and North Dakota, all of which Trump won in 2016, while his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton couldn’t even win...
  • Small-town Kansas councilwoman bites corrections officer's thumb hard enough to break it

    07/10/2018 1:53:17 PM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 40 replies
    KSHB Kansas City ^ | 7-10-2018
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A small-town Kansas councilwoman landed herself in more trouble after putting up a fight with deputies, according to the Atchison County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were trying to arrest Carol Fowler, 48, of Huron, Kansas, on June 29 for a failure to appear warrant. They had to use their tasers on Fowler to take her into custody and arrested her for interference with, and battery on a law enforcement officer in addition to the warrant. She was taken to jail and remained there on a $5,000 bond, according to a department spokesperson. A few days later, on...
  • LGBTQ advocates to protest Pence visit to Kansas City

    07/10/2018 6:16:43 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/10/18 | Aris Folley
    LGBTQ advocates in Kansas City are planning protest Vice President Pence's visit to the city this week. The alternative rock station KRBZ tweeted Monday that it would throw “The Mike Pence Sausage Fest” across the street from where the vice president is expected to deliver remarks on Wednesday. “Mike Pence is coming to Kansas City this Wednesday,” the station tweeted. “Pence is no fan of the LGBTQ+ community, and we’re no fan of his. So we’re throwing The Mike Pence Sausage Fest across the street at Barney Allis Plaza starting at 11a. Stop by and get a free hot dog...
  • Lamborghini erupts into flames at gas station

    07/09/2018 1:45:26 PM PDT · by DFG · 94 replies
    WFAA ^ | 07/09/3028 | Ashley Cole
    It looked like a scene from a movie this weekend at a gas station in Kirkwood, Missouri. Emergency crews responded to the Mobil gas station at about 8 p.m. Saturday after a luxury car caught fire. Photos have gone viral across social media of the blue Lamborghini engulfed in flames. A video also posted socially appears to show what may have led to the fire. In the video, a van at a nearby pump drives off with the gas nozzle still attached to the car, pulling the hose away and spraying gas onto the Lamborghini.
  • FDA: Parasites In Del Monte Vegetables Causing ‘Explosive’ Diarrhea

    07/09/2018 12:17:43 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 55 replies ^ | July 9, 2018 at 10:36 am | Staff
    (CBS Local)– Over 200 people have now been infected by an outbreak of parasites linked to recalled vegetable trays from Del Monte. According to the CDC, 212 cases of cyclosporiasis – an intestinal infection caused by the cyclospora parasite – were reported as of July 5. The condition has been linked to “6 oz., 12 oz., and 28 oz. vegetable trays containing fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots, and dill dip,” which were recalled by Del Monte Fresh Produce on June 15. More than 200 hit by parasite from Del Monte vegetables; symptoms can include 'explosive' bowel movements
  • Missouri Court Ruling Supports Convention of States as a Constitutional Option

    07/08/2018 1:51:18 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 25 replies
    Convention of States ^ | June 28th 2018 | Unknown
    Jefferson City, Mo., June 28, 2018 – A Missouri court has handed the Convention of States Project a major victory. Cole County Circuit Judge Jon E. Beetem has ruled a constitutional challenge to Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 4 (SCR4) is without merit. The SCR4 lawsuit was filed in September 2017. It claimed the Missouri legislature failed to follow its state constitution when it passed the COS Article V Resolution in May 2017. SCR4 is the Missouri legislature’s application to Congress calling for a Convention of States for the sole purpose of proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Calling a Convention...
  • New York Magazine: Fool Midwest Voters by Rebranding Socialism

    07/03/2018 12:14:15 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 39 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | July 3, 2018 | P.J. Gladnick
    Pssst! Don't call it socialism, especially in the Midwest. Pass it along. New York magazine writer Eric Levitz admits in his July 3 article that the socialism of Democratic-Socialist candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of the Bronx by way of Westchester County might be a tough sell to voters in the Midwest. His solution is to rebrand that leftist ideology in a way to make socialism somehow palatable to them. Levitz makes his palatability proposals in Ocasio-Cortez’s Socialism Can Work in the Midwest — With a Rebrand:
  • The Rough Life of U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill

    06/30/2018 5:55:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies ^ | June 30, 2018 | John Loudon
    Can you imagine the pain of having to use your private jet because you broke your thousand-dollar tablet and couldn’t stand a creaky drawer in your luxury RV?Such is the rough life of U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill.Senator McCaskill’s phony campaign RV tour — parts of which she spent traveling on her private jet — definitively demonstrates how out of touch she is with hard working Missourians. When confronted with evidence of her dishonesty about her private jet, McCaskill whined, "I added some stops with the use of the plane, but I was on the RV so much that the broken...
  • McCaskill’s Fear Last Year: ‘God Forbid Kennedy Retires’

    06/28/2018 1:08:30 PM PDT · by Baladas · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 28, 2018 | Brent Scher
    The nightmare scenario Sen. Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.) laid out last year when asked in private about whether Democrats should obstruct Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court confirmation is coming true with Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement. McCaskill warned in leaked audio released last March by the Kansas City Star that Democrat opposition to Gorsuch could end up biting them in the future should more seats open up while President Donald Trump was still in office and Republicans controlled the Senate. Democrats, however, made clear they planned to filibuster his nomination, pushing Republicans to employ the nuclear option, lowering the confirmation threshold to...
  • Manchin gives McCaskill Heimlich maneuver after choking, McCaskill suffers broken rib

    06/25/2018 6:10:27 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 66 replies
    MSN CNN ^ | June 25, 2018
    Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill suffered a broken rib after choking at a Senate lunch Thursday, where her Senate colleague Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, performed the Heimlich maneuver to save her. The story was first reported by The Washington Post. "She started choking. People cough, you think, well. And then started getting real red. 'I can't breathe, I can't breathe,' " Manchin said Monday. "I was big enough and tall enough to get some leverage on her and pick her up off her feet. I kept jerking and jerking and jerking until she said, 'You're hurting me now.' "...