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  • Pulse Attack Survivor Struggles with Distrust and Gratitude Toward Law Enforcement

    05/23/2017 7:14:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies ^ | 5/21/2017 | Karl Herchenroeder
    For Carter, the fractured relationship between police and the African-American communities they serve is an issue of trust. “I feel like the police don’t trust the communities that they’re protecting, and I feel like the police don’t trust the people that they’re supposed to be protecting, and if we can figure out a way to build this trust between the police and the community, I think we’ll have a better dynamic going forward,” Carter said.
  • Let’s Be a Little More Careful, Please

    05/23/2017 6:52:49 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 27 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 19, 2017 | Aaron Barlow
    Editor's Note: This blog originally appeared at Academe Blog, the blog of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). A decade or more ago, at a faculty party in New York City, I listened in as a diverse group of faculty spoke casually and disparagingly of "hillbillies," "rednecks" and "white trash." I reminded them that they were speaking of my own people (my ancestry is completely Appalachian), though they shouldn't really be demeaning any group, no matter who might be around. I was met by fish-eyed responses, including the comment, "Well, you left there." My experience is not unusual. Author...
  • Report: Concealed Carry Witnesses Largest One-Year Surge Ever

    05/23/2017 6:48:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies ^ | 5/22/2017 | AWR Hawkins
    A report from the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) shows the demand for concealed carry witnessed its greatest surge ever between May 2016 and May 2017. The number of permits nationwide has now surpassed 15 million. That means more than 15 million law-abiding Americans have permits to carry a gun every day for defense of their own lives and the lives of others. And that 15 million-plus does not include the untold number of residents who legally carry without a permit in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming, and West Virginia.
  • Pope Francis, Donald Trump to Seek Common Ground at Vatican

    05/23/2017 6:07:23 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | 23 May 2017 | Francis X. Rocca
    VATICAN CITY—When President Donald Trump visits Pope Francis on Wednesday, at the halfway point of a trip the White House has cast as a pilgrimage of peace, the two leaders will have a chance to reset an acrimonious public relationship. Yet the two men, famously divided on the pope’s signature issues of migration and climate change, could struggle to find significant areas of agreement. As of last week, representatives of the White House and the Vatican working on the agenda for the meeting had found few common policy priorities, according to someone familiar with the preparations. Vatican meetings between pontiffs...
  • Congressional Republicans: Worse than Democrats

    05/23/2017 6:00:09 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies ^ | 5/23/2017 | Mychal Massie
    Have the Republicans encamped around our president and supported him? The answer is an emphatic no. Not only have Republicans not rallied around Republican President Donald Trump, but the abysmal cabal of feckless, craven infidels continue to do their collective best to undermine President Trump at every turn. They are worse than the vilest Democrats. We expect liberal progressive Democrats to behave as they do, and we expect Republicans to represent the best interest of America and her citizens – instead they embody the worst character traits of Democrats.

    05/22/2017 7:36:02 PM PDT · by vannrox · 32 replies ^ | 20MAY17 | Faye Higbee
    SecDef Mattis: Working Toward Merciless Annihilation of ISIS By Faye Higbee Posted May 20, 2017 People have asked about the Pentagon’s strategy for defeating ISIS. On Friday, SecDef Mattis responded: “merciless annihilation.” (Which is totally a Mattis response.) The Pentagon is looking to stop ISIS fighters from scattering like cockroaches back to other countries after they lose their caliphate. He stood shoulder to shoulder with General Joseph Dunford, and Presidential Envoy to the ISIS Coalition Brett McGurk to explain the strategy to the Pentagon Press Corps. “The foreign fighters are the strategic threat should they return home to Tunis, to...
  • Mark Zuckerberg: We Need a ‘Global Superstructure to Advance Humanity’

    05/22/2017 5:59:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 89 replies ^ | 5/22/2017 | Lucas Nolan
    “There’s a social infrastructure that needs to get built for modern problems in order for humanity to get to the next level,” he stated. “Having more people oriented not just toward short-term things but toward building the long-term social infrastructure that needs to get built across all these things in order to enable people to come together is going to be a really important thing over the next decades.”
  • WTF? Prominent CONSERVATIVE Author And Speaker POISONED After Speech

    05/21/2017 11:06:17 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 13 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | March 19, 2017 | Doug Giles
    Robert Spencer, prominent author, and leader in the ‘counter-jihad’ movement says that he should have seen it coming. Spencer isn’t to be confused with Richard Spencer, prominent white supremacist that popularized the ‘Punch A Nazi’ craze sweeping the American Leftists. Robert Spencer is an expert in Islam, and has written multiple books, including the bestsellers, ‘The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World’s Most Intolerant Religion‘ and ‘The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (And the Crusades)’. Spencer is best known, for his blog, Jihad Watch that chronicles news of international jihad. Because of his stance on Islam, he has been...
  • LGBTQ Saves [mega-Barf Alert]

    05/21/2017 3:03:03 PM PDT · by fwdude · 14 replies
    Fort Worth Weekly ^ | May 17, 2017 | Edward Brown
    The young boy fidgeted in response to the question. Sitting in a large room at an Eastside church recently, he was among a dozen other children and teenagers introducing themselves to one another as part of a regular meeting hosted by LGBTQ Saves, a seven-year-old Fort Worth nonprofit that provides mentors and support for LGBTQ youth. Lisa Earley, an LGBTQ Saves youth leader, had asked, “What’s your preferred gender pronoun?”
  • ‘Potential Apocalypse’: NYT Warns Of Global Warming Floods Of Biblical Proportions

    05/21/2017 7:39:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 91 replies ^ | 5/20/2017 | Michael Bastasch
    The New York Times has taken warnings about global warming to a whole new level, publishing a three-part series suggesting a “potential apocalypse” from melting ice sheets if humans keep pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. “If that ice sheet were to disintegrate, it could raise the level of the sea by more than 160 feet — a potential apocalypse, depending on exactly how fast it happened,” NYT reporter Justin Gillis wrote of what some scientists predict could happen to Antarctica. Gillis points to recent research suggesting “the collapse of the ice sheet will become inevitable,” likening the projected 160-foot...
  • Trump Controversies Making Waves in Cannes(more winning)

    05/21/2017 7:23:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies ^ | 5/21/2017 | Brent Lang
    At premieres, beach parties, wine-soaked dinners and business meetings, the topic du jour at this year’s Cannes Film Festival: Trump. Buyers and sellers, studios executives and stars confess they’re glued to their smartphones, waiting for email alerts and updates on the latest White House scandal. “I’m obsessed with it,” said Stuart Ford, CEO of sales and production company IM Global. “The first thing I do in the morning is check the news. The last thing I do at night is check the news.” Some of the films searching for distribution along the Croisette grapple directly or indirectly with Trump and...
  • NAACP fires its president, will embrace Black Lives Matter

    05/21/2017 6:22:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies ^ | 5/21/2017 | Rick Moran
    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the 109 year old civil rights organization, will not renew the contract of its president, Cornell Brooks, and will "recast" its mission by conducting "a systemwide and strategic revisioning process that will ensure that the NAACP can address these 21st century challenges." Reading between the lines isn't difficult; the NAACP will become more like Black Lives Matter and less like a mainstream organization dedicated to advancing the economic interests of blacks.
  • Barack the BS Master Brags about Humility

    05/21/2017 6:16:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies ^ | 5/21/2017 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    Forgetting that it's less than six months since the reign of illusion and delusion ended, the cover of the May 29, 2017 edition of People magazine recently featured a nostalgic story entitled "The Obamas: Their Lives Now." The caption below the photo read: "How Michelle and Barack are enjoying downtime with each other and their girls – and planning their surprising next moves." Irrespective of what People magazine attempted to represent, the goal of the glossy exploitation was to give the couple yet another excuse to denigrate Donald Trump. That's why the title should have read: "The Obamas: Still Belittling...
  • Scientific Study: Journalists Are a Bunch of Drunks With Sub-Average Brain Function

    05/21/2017 6:05:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 33 replies ^ | 5/21/2017 | Guy Benson
    According to a study released Thursday by neuroscientist Dr. Tara Swart in association with the London Press Club, the highest functions of the human brain operate at a lower level in journalists than the average population. Her research titled “Study Into The Mental Resilience of Journalists,” blames journalists’ cognitive shortcomings on dehydration caused by excessive alcohol consumption along with poor diet, including higher levels of sugar and caffeine. Less than 5% of journalists drink enough — or any — water while 41% drank more than 18 alcoholic drinks per week.
  • New gun law closes loop and saves lives(BARFY LIES)

    05/20/2017 7:20:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies ^ | 5/19/2017 | editors
    It’s always a good day when gun sense prevails in Olympia. Thanks to the passage of House Bill 1501, police and victims will now get notification if a felon, fugitive or someone who’s the subject of a court protection order illegally attempts to buy a firearm. There’s little doubt this upgraded notification system will save lives. Victims of domestic violence in particular can breathe a sigh of relief.
  • Black Lives Matter organizing 'Youth Activist Camp' for 10-year-olds

    05/20/2017 5:18:57 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies ^ | 5/20/2017 | unknown
    As the school year comes to an end in Los Angeles, many students look forward to hanging out at the beach, going on family trips, or attending vacation Bible school. But since teens, and preteens, who want to abolish police need summer activities too, the Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter is organizing a Youth Activist Camp. The week-long cultivation, which runs June 12 through June 16, will be “free for all Black youth, ages 10-18.”
  • Robert Spencer Poisoned After Giving Anti-Jihad Speech in Iceland

    05/19/2017 12:17:22 PM PDT · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 33 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 5/17/2017 | Robert Spencer
    After I spoke last Thursday in the beautiful nation of Iceland, a Leftist in Reykjavik poisoned me. Perhaps I should have seen it coming. The international Left has rejected free speech, and has embraced violence as a suitable response to speech contradicting its narrative. My visit triggered a firestorm of abuse in the Icelandic press, all of which was based on American Leftist talking points. Every story about my visit used the same elements. For example, that the Southern Poverty Law Center claims I purvey “hate speech,” which is a subjective judgment used to shut down dissent from the establishment...
  • Dallas Sheriff Joins Gabby Giffords’ Gun Control Group, Comes Out Against Concealed Carry

    05/19/2017 9:29:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 43 replies ^ | 5/18/2017 | AWR Hawkins
    Writing in The Hill, Valdez said: One of Congress’s top priorities is to allow the unrestricted concealed carry of firearms, which would undermine one state’s strong laws with another state’s weaker laws for carrying loaded, hidden guns in public. This bill would make it easier for dangerous people, like stalkers and domestic abusers, to carry hidden guns in all 50 states. Under this bill, a victim could never feel safe or escape their accuser by going to another state. This bill also directly undermines the ability of law enforcement officers to effectively do their jobs and ensure public safety.
  • Why The Globalist Establishment Is Doomed To Fail

    05/19/2017 9:18:21 AM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy · 6 replies
    Return of Kings ^ | May 18, 2017 | Michael Sebastian
    It’s easy to get despondent over the current political situation. The progressive, globalist elites appear to be firmly entrenched in their positions of power. Even the election of Trump hasn’t moved the needle very much. But the appearance of being in control is a ruse. The end of the globalist neoliberal order and the elites is now inevitable. The elite want to appear invincible The great Chinese military strategist, Sun Tzu, tells us that “All warfare is based on deception.” One such deception is for an army to give the appearance of great strength even if its real strength is...
  • Report: Palestinians Ask U.S. for Funds to Build Airport, Cement Factory

    05/19/2017 6:43:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies ^ | 5/19/2017 | Unknown
    Among the requests presented by PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s entourage during a visit to Washington earlier this month were an airport in the West Bank, hotels on the the coast of the Dead Sea, a power station in the northern West Bank and a cement factory in Bethlehem.