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  • Miss. deputy assaulted in ambush, saved by K-9 (VIDEO)

    05/21/2015 7:45:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    guns.com ^ | 5/21/2015 | Jennifer Cruz
    A Hancock County sheriff’s deputy escaped a brutal attack by three men Monday night thanks to the help of a K-9 named Lucas. Investigators believe had it not been for his four-legged partner’s intervention, the deputy likely would have been killed. The incident occurred around 10 p.m. at a rural rest stop near Pearlington, Mississippi, less than five miles from the Louisiana border, when Deputy Todd Frazier noticed a blue Lincoln Town Car with no license plate occupied by a single individual who was sitting completely in the dark, The Sun Herald reported.
  • Official: Men tried to carry Hancock deputy into woods to kill him

    05/20/2015 1:26:37 PM PDT · by BBell · 27 replies
    http://www.sunherald.com ^ | 5/19/15 | WESLEY MULLER
    PEARLINGTON -- A Hancock County lawman narrowly escaped an attempt on his life during a roadside stop Monday night on U.S. 90/Chef Menteur Highway, when three men attacked him from behind and tried to carry him off into a wooded area. Sheriff's Chief Investigator Glenn Grannan said it appears the attackers intended to kill the deputy as they fought for his sidearm and tried to carry him off the roadway. "It seems like they were trying to take him back to the woods," Grannan said while on the scene early Tuesday. "They were going to dispose of him. They were...
  • Mississippi deputy injured in Hancock County nighttime traffic stop, newspaper reports

    05/19/2015 2:46:41 PM PDT · by BBell · 5 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 5/19/15 | James Varney
    A Mississippi manhunt is underway in Hancock County. It kicked into action Monday evening after a sheriff's deputy was beaten in a traffic stop, according to an account in The Sun Herald. The stop happened in Pearlington. An unidentified officer pulled over a blue Lincoln Towncar with a black top and a lone driver around 10 p.m. on Old Highway 90, police said. The deputy reportedly smelled marijuana as he approached, and then was startled by two men who burst out of the nearby woods and attacked him, Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam said. "They roughed him up, but the...
  • Sen. Cruz receives bipartisan support for NDAA amendments

    05/15/2015 4:37:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Pearland Journal ^ | May 15, 2015 | Office of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) applauds the passage of the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on Thursday after a week of debate and consideration by both parties. Sen. Cruz introduced or cosponsored more than a dozen amendments that were successfully adopted by the committee. “Congress’ first priority is to provide for the national defense and ensure our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have everything they need to defend our freedom,” said Sen. Cruz. “I am grateful for the committee’s support for my amendments, including measures that will ensure...
  • Fifth person charged in Hattiesburg police murder

    05/13/2015 11:13:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    WLOX-TV ^ | May 13, 2015 | Nick Ortego, News Director
    Abram Wade “Pete” Franklin, 29, of Hattiesburg has been arrested in connection to the deaths of two Hattiesburg police officers. HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A fifth suspect has been arrested in connection to the fatal shooting of two Hattiesburg police officers last Saturday. Agents of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) have charged Abram Wade “Pete” Franklin, 29, of Hattiesburg. Information developed during the continuing investigation of the killing of Hattiesburg police officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate led to obstruction of justice charges against Franklin. Franklin is being held in the Forrest County Jail awaiting his initial appearance in...
  • Low voter turnout for District 1 special election (Mississippi)

    05/12/2015 5:11:08 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 31 replies
    WREG ^ | May 12, 2015
    OLIVE BRANCH, Miss.– Thirteen candidates are looking to fill the state congressional spot once held by Alan Nunnelee who passed away last year from brain cancer. The Circuit Clerk for DeSoto County said a runoff election was bound to happen, which would cost taxpayers about $52,000. The Mississippi Secretary of State said on Tuesday voter turnout has been low in all 21 counties that make up District 1.
  • Mother: Son accused in officer killings had drug problem (Hattiesburg, Mississippi)

    05/11/2015 4:40:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Marvin Banks' drug use and drinking had worsened in recent years and he was hearing voices in his head. His mother said she had hoped he would get help. He didn't, and now he is charged with capital murder in the deaths of two police officers in Mississippi. His girlfriend and brother are charged as accessories and a friend faces an obstruction charge. Banks' mother, Mary Smith, said when she saw the booking photos of her 26-year-old son, she knew something was off....
  • Sheriff blames deaths of Mississippi officers on Obama’s ‘war on police’

    05/11/2015 12:57:17 PM PDT · by don-o · 31 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 11, 2015 | Peter Holley
    Authorities have arrested four people in the shooting deaths of two Mississippi police officers over the weekend, but the sheriff of Milwaukee County — more than 900 miles away, in Wisconsin — says there’s a fifth culprit on the loose. Suspect description: African American, slender build, salt-and pepper-hair, last seen wearing a blue power tie and sounding professorial. His alias: President Barack Obama. Less than 24 hours after Officers Benjamin J. Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 24, of the Hattiesburg Police Department were gunned down during a traffic stop, Milwakuee County Sheriff David A. Clarke linked the deaths to events...
  • Loretta Lynch Issues Statement of Solidarity with Law Enforcement After Hattiesburg Cops Killed

    05/11/2015 2:41:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 5/11/15 | Andrew Kirell
    In response to this weekend’s slaying of two police officers in Hattiesburg, Miss., U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch issued a statement expressing grief over their loss and reassuring law enforcement nationwide that the Department of Justice “stands in solidarity” with them. Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate were shot and killed during a routine traffic stop late Saturday night. Marvin Banks and Joanie Calloway were charged with two counts of capital murder. Two others were arrested and charged over the weekend in relation to the shooting: Curtis Banks for being “accessory after the fact” and Cornelius Clark for obstruction of
  • Subway Fires Mississippi Employee who Celebrated Cop Killings with Sickening 'GOT EM' Tweet ....

    05/11/2015 10:11:19 AM PDT · by Cecily · 56 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | May 11, 2015
    Mississippi Subway 'sandwich artist' has been fired after she created a social media firestorm Sunday by posting messages applauding the deaths of two police officers killed in the line of duty. After Benjamin Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 25, were killed on Saturday night about 30 miles away in Hattiesburg, Laurel woman Sierra 'C-Babi' Mccurdy posted a message while wearing her uniform. She wrote: 'Two police officers shot tonight in Hattiesburg,' followed by 'GOT EM' and a gun pointed at the words as well as a laughing emoji.
  • UPDATE: 4 Charged in Shooting Deaths of 2 Hattiesburg Police Officers

    05/10/2015 7:55:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    WKRG-TV / The Associated Press ^ | May 10, 2015 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A law enforcement official says four people have been arrested and two of them have been charged with capital murder in the fatal shootings of two Mississippi police officers during a weekend traffic stop in Hattiesburg. Warren Strain, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, tells The Associated Press that 29-year-old Marvin Banks and 22-year-old Joanie Calloway have each been charged with two counts of capital murder, and Banks' 26-year-old brother, Curtis Banks, has been charged with two counts of accessory after the fact of capital murder. An additional arrest was made Sunday. 28-year-old Cornelius...
  • Republican rep explains how Obama incited race riots, starting with the ‘Beer Summit’

    05/10/2015 12:31:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Bizpac ^ | 5/10/15
    Iowa Rep. Steve King took President Obama to task Saturday, blaming him for the conditions that caused civil unrest in Baltimore and Ferguson. “President Obama has consistently driven wedges between people. And he perceives a difference on race, maybe on ethnicity, well yes on ethnicity, sexual orientation—wedge after wedge after wedge. I didn’t really imagine they were going to drive a wedge between the law and law-breakers,” King told reporters at the South Carolina Freedom Summit in Greenville. King cited the example of Obama’s “Beer Summit” early in his first term with Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley and Harvard...
  • Frequent Fox News guest blames Obama for Mississippi shooting: ‘Obama started this war on police’

    05/10/2015 2:20:33 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 26 replies
    NewsCodex.com ^ | May 10, 2015 | Tom Boggioni
    Less than 24 hours after two officers were gunned down in Mississippi, the sheriff of Milwaukee County — a frequent guest on Fox News — blamed the killing on President Barack Obama on Twitter, saying the president “started this war on police.” Earlier Sunday, Sheriff David A. Clarke, noted the shooting that claimed the lives on two officers, 34-year-old Benjamin Deen and 25-year-old Liquori Tate, in Hattiesburg. The sheriff re-tweeted: “Basic traffic stop in Hattiesburg, 2 Police Officers assassinated. The post Ferguson targeting of our Cops continues.”
  • 2 Hattiesburg, Miss., police officers shot to death Saturday night;

    05/10/2015 1:04:39 PM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies
    NOLA.COM ^ | May 09, 2015 at 9:59 PM, updated May 09, 2015 at 11:59 PM | Bob Warren,
    By Bob Warren, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune May 09, 2015 at 9:59 PM, updated May 09, 2015 at 11:59 PM Two Hattiesburg, Miss., police officers were shot Saturday night (May 9), south Mississippi media outlets were reporting. Both officers have died, the Clarion Ledger in Jackson and WDAM in Hattiesburg were reporting. The Clarion Ledger's story said police were seeking two men as suspects, Curtis Banks and Marvin Banks. The Hattiesburg American reported the shooting occurred near East Fourth and Bouie streets around 8 p.m. Multiple agencies are involved in a search. The identities of the officers have not been...
  • Subway Faces Backlash After Worker Cheers Deaths of 2 Cops

    05/10/2015 1:01:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    New York Post ^ | 5/10 | Chris Perez
    A suspected Subway sandwich store employee has sparked outrage with tasteless social media posts celebrating Saturday’s killing of two Mississippi cops. “2 police officers was shot in hattiesburg tonight.!” cheered Sierra “C-Babi” Mccurdy, in a message posted overnight. “We can turn this bxtch into Baltimore real quick,” she posted on Facebook. “Police take away innocent people lives everyday now & get away w/ it, fxck them…[no mercy].”
  • Police assassination update: two officers dead in Mississippi

    05/10/2015 7:09:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/10/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    My apologies for starting off your Mothers Day with such horrible news, but two more law enforcement officers have been assassinated, this time in Mississippi. It’s barely twelve hours since the incident, but it seems as if the local police in Hattiesburg were all over the case and two suspects are already in custody. Fox News is reporting that the manhunt for two brothers, Curtis and Marvin Banks, was over in a matter of hours and they were taken into custody with no further injury to the police. Two suspects accused of killing two Mississippi police officers Saturday night...
  • Curtis & Marvin Banks: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know (Alleged Hattiesburg Cop Killers)

    05/10/2015 1:55:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Heavy ^ | May 10, 2015 | Tom Cleary
    Curtis Banks, right, and Marvin Banks, are suspects in the killings of two Hattiesburg, Mississippi police officers.Two brothers have been identified as the suspects in the killing of two Hattiesburg, Mississippi police officers. Curtis Banks, 26, and Marvin Banks, 29, were held in connection with the shooting, police said. The officers were shot during a traffic stop Saturday night at about 8 p.m., according to WDAM-TV. They have been identified as 34-year-old Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate, 25, according to The Clarion-Ledger. Here’s what you need to know: 1. The Brothers Were Arrested Early Sunday Morning Ryan Moore(PHOTO-AT-LINK) ✔ ‎@RyanMooreMS...
  • 2 Mississippi officers fatally shot; suspect being sought

    05/09/2015 9:03:00 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 86 replies
    WTOP.com ^ | May 9, 2015 | The Associated Press
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A coroner says two Mississippi police officers have died after being shot in the line of duty. Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/1GWpqRp ) Saturday night that both Hattiesburg officers had died. They’d been taken to the hospital, and it wasn’t immediately clear if they died there or earlier.
  • Rand Paul: Conservatives must “get over” hard feelings over Thad Cochran election fraud

    02/05/2015 3:03:14 PM PST · by Sybeck1 · 53 replies
    MOFO ^ | 12/10/14 | Ivan D
    In last June’s Mississippi GOP runoff, liberal Republican Thad Cochran engaged in mass election fraud to defeat conservative primary challenger Chris McDaniel. Team Cochran paid thousands of African-Americans $15 per vote, and planted stories in liberal media outlets alleging McDaniel of having ties to the KKK. Cochran narrowly defeated McDaniel in the primary, and went on to win the general election. On Monday, Rand Paul urged conservatives to “get over” any hard feelings… “There are still some hard feelings…have to get over it. It’s hard when you run a race and you don’t win. Ahead of Paul’s visit, Mississippi Tea...
  • Massive Fire Rages After Another Buffett-Owned Oiltrain Derails In North Dakota, Town Evacuated

    05/06/2015 3:11:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    Exactly two months after the latest Warren Buffett-owned BNSF train derailed near the spot where the Galena river meets the Mississippi, resulting in a huge fire and the evacuation of all homes in a one mile radius, moments ago another of Buffett's BNSF oil trains derailed, this time near the town of Heimdal, North Dakota, resulting in the same outcome. According to the Bismark Tribune, the town in Wells County was evacuated Tuesday morning after a train full of oil tanker cars derailed and burned about a mile and half east of here. ... For those concerned that these countless...
  • BEN AFFLECK HAS ANOTHER NINE SLAVEHOLDER ANCESTORS FROM THROUGHOUT THE SOUTH (214 slaves total)

    04/27/2015 12:52:50 PM PDT · by drewh · 58 replies
    Big Government ^ | April 27, 2015
    Movie star Ben Affleck has another nine slaveholder ancestors from Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia, according to publicly available Census records and genealogy research conducted by Breitbart News. Last week, Affleck admitted that he successfully pressured Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates to edit his Georgia slaveholding ancestor, Benjamin Cole, out of an episode of the PBS series “Finding Your Roots” that featured his family history. This brings the number of Affleck’s known slaveholder ancestors to 12, who owned a total of 214 slaves. The relative ease with which Breitbart News was able to find these nine additional slaveholding...
  • GOP Senator's Aide Admitted Trading Drugs for Sex: Report (Meth & Thad Cochran)

    04/26/2015 10:24:41 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 24, 2015
    A staffer for Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) admitted to distributing methamphetamine and another drug in exchange for sexual favors, according to a report in The Washington Post. Customs and Border Patrol officers in Cincinnati found a package of gamma-Butyrolactone (GBL) addressed to Fred Wesley Pagan, according to a court document. Homeland Security agents searched his house in the Brightwood neighborhood of Washington D.C., on Thursday and found a substance that tested positive for meth in plastic bags, the court document states. The Post reports Pagan is a long-time employee of Cochran and currently serves as his office manager. Pagan allegedly...
  • Looking Back: The Doomsayers Were Wrong about the BP Oil Spill; Mother Nature Heals Itself

    04/23/2015 7:08:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/23/2015 | by STEPHEN MOORE & JOEL GRIFFITH Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417345/doomsay
    Five years ago this week, a blowout of BPÂ’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig 40 miles from the Gulf Coast tragically claimed eleven lives and spilled 3 million barrels of oil from the damaged wellhead into the Gulf. ItÂ’s hard to forget the video images of thick oil gushing, day after day, into the regionÂ’s waters. It was a horrific accident that caused substantial damage to the ecology and commerce of the region. Gulf-area wildlife, portions of the shoreline, tourism, fishers and shrimpers, and energy-sector workers suffered large losses in the aftermath of the spill. BP has paid close to $27...
  • Big Hit For U.S. Oil Production In January

    04/24/2015 5:51:32 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 23 April 2015 | Arthur Berman
    U.S. crude oil production fell at least 135,000 barrels of oil per day in January 2015 compared to December 2014 according to the EIA (Figure 1). Bakken Shale production fell the most of any play or jurisdiction losing 37,000 barrels per day in North Dakota and 4,000 barrels per day in Montana for a total of 41,000 barrels of oil per day (Figure 2). Production in California, the offshore Gulf of Mexico, Alaska and Wyoming also declined significantly. Figure 3 shows Bakken production based on DrillingInfo data. The 42,000 barrels of oil per day drop in January production is completely...
  • Court docs: Senate staffer planned to exchange drugs for sexual favors

    04/24/2015 2:56:58 PM PDT · by rabidralph · 44 replies
    WTOP News Radio ^ | April 24, 2015 | Megan Cloherty
    WASHINGTON — A U.S. Senate staffer is facing a federal charge after court documents say he bought drugs from China with the intent to exchange them for sexual favors. Senate staffer Fred W. Pagan is facing the federal charge of possession with intent to distribute after court documents say he shipped drugs in from China. Pagan is a staffer for Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Mississippi.
  • A look at House candidates(13 run in MS01)

    04/24/2015 2:21:08 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    desototimes.com ^ | April 18, 2015 | ROBERT LEE LONG
    A baker's dozen — twelve plus one — is the number of candidates seeking to fill the seat of the late U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee who died of brain cancer in February. The special election to fill Nunnelee's seat is May 12, less than a month away and the jockeying has begun to court votes in DeSoto County, Mississippi's fastest growing county and a population that makes up nearly one-fourth or 23 percent of all voters in the First Congressional District. The list of candidates, in alphabetical order, is as follows: Boyce Adams, Sam Adcock, Nancy Collins, Edward Holliday, Starner...
  • Mississippi governor wants to deport illegal immigrants

    04/23/2015 7:33:39 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 40 replies
    WAPT News ^ | Feb 18, 2015
    Gov. Phil Bryant said Mississippi should enforce the laws when it comes to immigration. President Barack Obama's executive actions that would implement major changes to the country's immigration policies suffered a major blow after a federal judge ordered Obama's programs halted Tuesday. (SNIP) "I think we should enforce the law," Bryant, a Republican, said. "I think we should join with immigration and enforcement services and say we are going to enforce the law if you are here illegally."
  • Is the tail still trying to wag the dog? (Cochran Barbour News Network)

    04/23/2015 5:59:27 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies
    Y'allPolitics.com ^ | April 6, 2015 | Alan Lange
    I’ve long been a fan of the adage that the worst thing you can give someone is exactly what they’ve asked for. In the last few days, there has been a minor storm brewing over SB 2161 – the bill in Mississippi designed to address Common Core. The bill passed with overwhelming support in the Mississippi Legislature in an election year. Last week, Governor Phil Bryant had some misgivings about the bill and signaled that he might (might) veto. Wingnut nation piled on both on blogs and in closed door Facebook chat rooms urging him to do that. (SNIP) Of...
  • UPDATED: Bryant vetoes Common Core study panel bill, 3 other measures (with C. McDaniel's support)

    04/23/2015 5:54:31 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 1 replies
    msbusiness.com ^ | April 23, 2015
    Gov. Phil Bryant late Thursday afternoon ended any suspense over whether his signature would go on a Common Core bill supporters said was designed to kill use of the education standards in Mississippi. Bryant disagreed, and Thursday put his veto on Senate Bill 2161, saying the measure did not kill Common Core but merely created a commission to study it. He wants it dead and pledged to continuing seeking its demise. (SNIP) Chris McDaniel, who narrowly lost a runoff bid against Thad Cochran for the GOP U.S. Senate nomination, is chairman of United Conservatives Fund. While commending Bryant for his...
  • Unions fight to preserve Obama’s immigration actions, their members

    04/11/2015 10:50:25 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 12, 2015
    Two of the country’s most powerful and politically influential labor unions are backing President Obama in the recent court challenge to his 2014 executive action on illegal immigration, saying they support the president’s effort because "undocumented workers" need more workplace protection and their participation helps the U.S. economy. The AFL-CIO and the National Education Association on Monday each filed so-called amicus briefs in a federal appeals court case in which Texas and 26 other states are challenges the president’s 2014 memorandum on illegal immigration. The memorandum essentially expands work authorization and delayed-deportation programs for illegal immigrants. And it provides similar...
  • University Cancels Church’s Easter Service

    04/04/2015 6:21:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 4, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Easter Sunday is sort of like the Super Bowl for preachers. It’s all but guaranteed the pews will be packed and that presented a challenge to Roderick Richardson, the pastor of The Word Center Church in Jackson, Miss. The non-denominational church has a membership of about 1,200 people – but only 275 can fit in the sanctuary. And the preacher estimated they could have as many as 1,500 people show up for Easter Sunday. http://www.thewordcity.com/ So last January Pastor Richardson started scouting out a new location for his growing church. And it wasn’t long before he found a solution –...
  • Search For Missing Black Man Leads to Body Hanging in Mississippi Woods

    03/20/2015 6:35:47 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    NBC News ^ | 3/19/15 | M Alex Johnson
    Federal authorities are investigating the grisly discovery of the body of a man found hanging by a bed sheet Thursday morning... Local officers were searching for Otis James Byrd, a 54-year-old black man, who vanished on March 2. ....it remained unclear whether the death was a homicide or a suicide, but he confirmed that the man "had a bed sheet tied around his neck." ....Byrd spent just over 25 years in prison for the Feb. 1980 murder of Lucille Trim in Claiborne County, according to Mississippi Department of Corrections records cited by the Clarion-Ledger newspaper. The records show he robbed...
  • FBI investigating hanging death of African-American man in Mississippi

    03/19/2015 2:26:29 PM PDT · by don-o · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | March 19, 2015 | Evan Perez, CNN Justice Reporter
    The hanging death of an African-American man who had been missing since early this month and was found Thursday by local authorities in Mississippi has drawn the scrutiny of the FBI and the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. The sheriff's office in Claiborne County, Mississippi had organized a search for the man, who had been missing since March 2 and reported missing March 8. Authorities found the body hanging from a tree in the woods behind the residence where he had been living. It is unclear if it is a suicide, or if the man was killed by someone.
  • U of M (Univ of Minnesota) Duluth adds LGBTQ minor, gender-inclusive housing

    03/19/2015 5:32:12 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 13 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | March 16, 2015 | Allison Maass
    Starting in the fall of 2015, the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) will offer a LGBTQ minor and gender-inclusive housing options for students. “This minor will prepare students for life,” Gesa Zinn, head of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department, told Campus Reform. “‘The job’ the LGBTQ minor prepares students for is to understand and embrace all members of an increasingly diverse society.” To complete the minor, students will have to take classes such as An Introduction to LGBTQ Studies, Queer Theory, Queer Cinema in International Perspective, History of the Homosexual Rights Movement 1895 – Present, and Queer Media. Zinn...
  • Guess Why This Is Not News: Four 'Teens' Murder 94 Year-Old Woman in Mississippi

    03/15/2015 6:44:24 AM PDT · by Wildcat Stevens · 12 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | March 11, 2015 | Tom Blumer
    A Google News search at 3 p.m. Eastern Time today for stories published in March about "Eva Carmichael" (in quotes; sorted by date) returned only 11 items. Who is Eva Carmichael? She is a 94 year-old woman who was murdered in Meridian, Mississippi on March 1. Based on the complete lack of press coverage outside of the immediate area, it's reasonable to believe that the nation's journalists don't think, in the popular parlance, that "her life mattered" all that much. And why is that? A March 6 Meridian Star story (HT to NewsBusters commenter "noncom") reported that "Four teenagers have...
  • Jeb Bush, Pearson, PARCC, and your kids’ privacy (Common Core)

    03/18/2015 8:33:28 AM PDT · by shortstop · 9 replies
    Michelle Malkin Web Site ^ | 03/17/15 | Michelle Malkin
    Last week, Jeb Bush was in New Hampshire, pressing on with his sordid campaign to delude conservatives into swallowing Common Core and massive, unfettered immigration policies. He has fashioned himself a champion of the American worker, even as he pompously pushes Gang of Eight amnesty as the “adult” plan in the room. And he has fashioned himself a champion of “school choice,” even as he zealously crusades for failed Fed Ed rackets and data-mining schemes masquerading as “higher standards.” The condescending Bush attitude is familiar to grass-roots activists and parents in Florida and across the country who have fought Club...
  • Reid 'heartened' that seven GOP senators didn't sign Iran letter

    03/11/2015 8:55:52 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 28 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 3/11/15 | Jordan Carney
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday praised the Republican senators who declined to sign a controversial open letter to Iran. "I'm heartened ... that a few Republicans, seven to be exact, didn't sign the letter. That's nice. Seven out of 54, certainly seven better than nothing," Reid said from the Senate floor. The open letter, signed by 47 Senate Republicans, states that any deal reached on Iran's nuclear program could be overturned “with the stroke of a pen” after President Obama leaves the White House in 2017. Republican Sens. Bob Corker (Tenn.), Susan Collins (Maine), Jeff Flake (Ariz.),...
  • GOP senators send warning on Iran deal

    03/09/2015 5:46:46 AM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/9/2015 | David McCabe
    Forty-seven Senate Republicans are signaling in an open letter to Iran and the White House that a deal over Tehran’s nuclear program will be at risk once President Obama leaves office. “It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system,” the senators wrote in the letter, which was first reported by Bloomberg. “Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution — the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices — which you should seriously...
  • (61) Members of Congress Skipping Netanyahu’s Speech (Iran Lobby says 61 will boycott!)

    03/02/2015 7:01:25 PM PST · by Dave346 · 51 replies
    NIAC ^ | March 2, 2015 at 9:24 PM
    Currently, 61 members of Congress have confirmed they will not attend the speech. Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) California Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) — “I am disappointed Speaker Boehner chose to irresponsibly interject politics into what has long been a strong and bipartisan relationship between the United States and Israel. As President Obama has noted, it is inappropriate for a Head of State to address Congress just two weeks ahead of their election. I agree that Congress should not be used as a prop in Israeli election campaigns,...
  • Woman shoots video of UFO near Olive Branch

    02/28/2015 2:57:11 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 103 replies
    FOX Carolina ^ | 2-27-15 | Lauren Squires
    OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC) - As winter weather was being dumped across most of North Mississippi, one woman says she saw much more than just snow — Angela Ashton is convinced she saw a UFO. Ashton, who is a certified Paranormal Investigator with Cryptic Shadows Paranormal Research, is certain that the object she saw in the sky was extraterrestrial. When she saw the object just after midnight on Thursday, she ran outside to record it. "It was at least the size of a football field," Ashton said. "I was laying in my bed and I have a huge window that...
  • The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas Supporters

    02/27/2015 4:49:06 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 26, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas SupportersPosted By Daniel Greenfield On February 26, 2015 @ 6:02 pm In The Point | 12 Comments There are a lot of stories about the Dem members of Congress boycotting Netanyahu’s speech. But most of the names on the list are longtime opponents of the Jewish State.The boycott lists consists of two groups. Congressional Black Caucus members who are offended on Obama’s behalf and can smell racism anywhere.The other consists of opponents of Israel.It’s instructive to compare the list of boycotters to the 54 members of Congress who signed...
  • 30 Democrats skipping Netanyahu's speech (4 days away)

    02/27/2015 5:40:21 AM PST · by Dave346 · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 9:55 PM ET, Thu February 26, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A full list of the Democrats who have confirmed they're missing the speech follows: SENATE - 4 members Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii) HOUSE - 26 members Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) Rep. G.K. Butterfield (N.C.) Rep. Andre Carson (Ind.) Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.) Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.) Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.) Rep. Diana DeGette (Colo.) Rep. Donna Edwards (Md.) Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.) Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.) Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas) Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.) Rep. John Lewis (Ga.)...
  • Ancient Illinois Village Unearths Lode Of Questions

    09/02/2002 4:23:13 PM PDT · by blam · 66 replies · 1,829+ views
    University Of Illinois ^ | 9-02-2002 | Andrea Lynn
    Contact: Andrea Lynn a-lynn@uiuc.edu 217-333 -2177 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Ancient Illinois village unearths lode of questions CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Digging under a blazing sun in an Illinois cornfield, archaeologists this summer unearthed a fascinating anomaly: a 900-year-old square hilltop village. The discovery near Shiloh -- about 15 miles southeast of St. Louis -- challenges previous notions of the area's first people and adds a piece to the puzzle that was Cahokia, a huge "mother culture" that suddenly appeared, and just as suddenly vanished, leaving only traces of its majesty and meaning in the 11th century. Until now, archaeologists...
  • Mississippi Rep. Alan Nunnelee dead at 56

    02/06/2015 11:16:59 AM PST · by Steven Scharf · 25 replies
    News Channel 3, WREG ^ | 2/6/2015 | George Brown and AP
    <p>JACKSON, Miss. — U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee of Mississippi, a fiscal and social conservative elected to Congress in a Republican wave of 2010, has died.</p> <p>He was 56.</p> <p>Elizabeth Parks, the spokeswoman in Nunnelee’s congressional office, said he died Friday in his hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi.</p>
  • Mississippi Rep. Alan Nunnelee moved to hospice

    01/30/2015 3:07:02 PM PST · by DoodleDawg · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/30/15 | Lauren French
    Republican Rep. Alan Nunnelee has been moved to hospice care following a seven-month fight with cancer. Morgan Baldwin, a consultant for the Mississippi Republican, said in a statement that doctors found a new tumor in Nunnelee and that “no further medical treatment is possible.” “After seven months of bravely fighting brain cancer and a stroke, Congressman Alan Nunnelee was informed last Friday that a new tumor has developed and no further medical treatment is possible,” Baldwin said. “On Monday of this week, Alan came home and is resting comfortably with family. The family continues to ask for your prayers and...
  • State Sen. Tim Johnson Switches to Dem Party, Announces Candidacy for Lt. Gov(MS)

    02/04/2015 5:51:49 PM PST · by WKB · 28 replies
    JACKSON, Miss. – Former Republican two term state Sen. Tim Johnson announced his candidacy for lieutenant governor Wednesday at the State Capitol. He also officially switch over to the Democratic Party to run against incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. Johnson says he has been contemplating the party switch for over a year now. He says the final straw for him was Republicans failing to expand Medicaid under the affordable care act. Johnson is from Madison and has served as a Madison County Supervisor. In 2011 he ran for Central Public Service Commissioner, but lost the election to Dick Hall....
  • EPA turning regulatory eyes to natural gas, expert says

    02/04/2015 5:30:06 AM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    Mississippi Watchdog ^ | February 4, 2015 | Steve Wilson
    A former Environmental Protection Agency regulator warns that while the Obama administration now has coal in its crosshairs, natural gas is next in line. David Schnare cites a proposed rule on methane emissions as one of the ways President Obama and the EPA will clamp down on natural gas. The 33-year EPA veteran, who once sued utilities for coal-fired plants that didn’t meet Clean Air Act standards, is director of the Center of Energy and Environmental Stewardship at the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy. Schnare said the EPA — as part of its “Clean Power Plan” rule that would...
  • Georgia man accused of murdering five people taken into custody, sheriff says

    02/02/2015 6:07:05 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 21 replies
    Murder suspect Thomas Jesse Lee, who allegedly killed his wife and four others in Georgia, was taken into custody in Tupelo, Miss., Troup County Sheriff James Woodruff announced Monday on the department's official Facebook page. Officials launched a nationwide manhunt Monday for a 26-year-old Georgia man suspected of murdering five people, including his wife and other family members, whose bodies were discovered in their suburban home Saturday evening. Thomas J. Lee, of Troup County, is wanted for the murders of four family members and a family friend. The bodies were found Saturday night but authorities believe the deaths occurred Wednesday,...
  • Mississippi – yes, Mississippi – has the nation’s best child vaccination rate. Here’s why.

    02/02/2015 10:07:40 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/30/2015 | Todd Frankel
    It’s tough being a child in Mississippi. The state has the nation’s worst rates for infant mortality and low-weight newborns. Its childhood poverty rate ranks as the nation’s second worst. Overall, the residents of Mississippi are the unhealthiest in the country. But there is one notable exception to these dour health stats: Mississippi has the highest vaccination rate for school-age children. It’s not even close. Last year, 99.7 percent of the state’s kindergartners were fully vaccinated. Just 140 students in Mississippi entered school without all of their required shots. Compare that with California, epicenter of the ongoing Disney measles outbreak,...
  • Republican Congressman in Hospice Care

    01/30/2015 12:16:31 PM PST · by Kevin C · 19 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 1/30/2015 | Emily Cahn
    Rep. Alan Nunnelee, who has been absent from Capitol Hill for the majority of the past year after being diagnosed with a brain tumor in the spring, was moved to home hospice care in Tupelo, Miss., on Monday, according to a source with knowledge of the Republican’s condition. A local consultant issued a statement from the family Friday confirming the grim news.