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  • APNewsBreak: New Orleans to take down Confederate statues

    04/23/2017 11:44:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 24, 2017 2:39 AM EDT | Jesse J. Holland
    New Orleans will begin taking down Confederate statutes, becoming the latest Southern body to divorce itself from what some say are symbols of racism and intolerance. Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the first memorial will come down Monday night because of death threats and intimidation from some of those who want the monuments to stay and to minimize city disruption. The other statues, of Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard and Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis, will come down in following days. …
  • New Orleans Starts Tearing Down Confederate Monuments, Sparking Protest

    04/24/2017 5:49:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 188 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | 4/24/2017 | unknown
    New Orleans officials removed the first of four prominent Confederate monuments early Monday, the latest Southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation racism and white supremacy. The first memorial to come down was the Liberty Monument, an 1891 obelisk honoring the Crescent City White League. Workers arrived to begin removing the statue, which commemorates whites who tried to topple a biracial post-Civil War government in New Orleans, around 1:25 a.m. in an attempt to avoid disruption from supporters who want the monuments to stay, some of whom city officials said have made death threats.
  • New Orleans begins taking down Confederate monuments

    04/24/2017 5:15:33 AM PDT · by chemicalman · 52 replies
    WWL TV ^ | 4/24/17 | WWL TV
    NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans began the process of taking down Confederate statutes early Monday with the removal of the monument to the Battle at Liberty Place. The city became the latest Southern body to divorce itself from what some say are symbols of racism and intolerance but which opponents say are historic.
  • Charlottesville City Council votes to sell Lee statue

    04/19/2017 1:47:37 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 25 replies
    Despite a pending court case that will ultimately determine the general’s fate, the Charlottesville City Council voted 3-2 Monday evening to sell the city’s statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
  • ‘Diversity Statements’ Weed Out Conservative Scholars

    04/19/2017 8:12:58 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 14 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 19, 2017 | Spencer Irvine
    "Diversity statements" are used by universities in Oregon to weed out conservative and other right-leaning scholars at universities, a new report issued by the Oregon Association of Scholars (OAS) alleges. Per the report, the universities in Oregon (University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Portland State University, and Oregon Health and Science University) use a new kind of litmus test to single out conservative scholars: diversity statements. The report’s executive summary reads, as follows: Oregon colleges and universities have begun to impose requirements for prospective and current faculty to show their commitment to the partisan ideology of "diversity, equity, and inclusion."...
  • AP Changes Fresno Shooter’s Words From ‘Allahu Akbar,’ Removes Islam Reference

    04/18/2017 8:57:02 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 39 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/18/2017 | Peter Hasson
    The Associated Press edited the words of a Muslim man who allegedly killed three white people in downtown Fresno Tuesday afternoon and shouted “Allahu Akbar!” The suspect, 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad holds fervent anti-Trump beliefs according to his social media profile, and he told police afterward that he hates white people. Rather than reporting the gunman’s literal words, however, the AP reported the gunman as saying “God is great.”
  • Top Candy Makers Scrub 'Easter' From Packaging

    04/15/2017 7:33:04 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 95 replies
    CBN News ^ | 04/15/2017 | na
    Grocery store aisles are lined with chocolate candy bunnies, jelly beans, and marshmallow Peeps, but one thing is missing--the word "Easter." Hershey's, M&M's, Lindor, Russell Stover, Dove, Rolo, and Twix have all produced Easter themed candy without mentioning the word on the front of their candy, according to a press release from the Liberty Counsel. "Just as companies were trying to profit from Christmas while ignoring the reason for the celebration, now companies are targeting the Christian aspects of Easter and removing them," Mat Staver, Founder, and Chairman of Liberty Counsel said. {..snip..}
  • Harvard to Change Historical Anthem Because 'It's No Longer Inclusive'

    04/07/2017 11:04:24 AM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 19 replies
    HeatStreet ^ | 4/7/2017 | Lukas Mikelionis
    The University of Harvard has announced plans to change the last line of its 181-year-old “Fair Harvard” hymn because some people feel it is insufficiently inclusive. The “Fair Harvard” anthem, which has been sung since the mid-1800s, is used by all incoming and leaving students of Harvard at commencements and other major events. It’s known sometimes to bring its performers arm-in-arm in a show of solidarity. On Wednesday, however, it was announced that the anthem will undergo a 21st century update to change its last line,”Till the stock of the Puritans die”, in order to reflect the modern times.
  • Cross and star are dark, for now

    03/31/2017 8:05:16 AM PDT · by RBW in PA · 7 replies
    Pike County Courier ^ | MAR 29, 2017 | Anya Tikka
    Park service invokes separation of church and state: The shining symbols on the Knob will stay muted unless NPS and Lions Club come to agreement. MILFORD — The cross and star that shone for year over Milford, from high on the hill known as "The Knob," may have to go. The Knob used to be private land. But in October 2015 it was transferred to Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area under the National Park Service (NPS), which comes under federal regulations. Displays of religious symbols on government property are not allowed, although special use permits can be granted. Up...
  • Report: DNC Purges All Staff

    03/29/2017 7:31:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 28 Mar 2017 | Michelle Moons
    All Democratic National Committee staffers have been asked to submit their resignations amidst party turmoil, according to a new report. Narrowly elected DNC Chairman Tom Perez assumed the post in late February. Immediately after his election, staff were asked to submit their resignations by April 15, according to NBC News. The report cited “multiple sources familiar with the party’s internal working” when it stated that Leah Daughtry, an adviser to disgraced outgoing chair Donna Brazile, made the request. Brazile has now admitted that while working for CNN during the 2016 presidential election she leaked debate questions to then Democratic nominee...
  • New Orleans Can Remove Confederate Statues, Federal Appeals Court Says

    03/07/2017 10:24:40 PM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 62 replies
    NPR ^ | 3/7/17 | Bill Chappell
    Statues of Confederate leaders Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis are targeted for removal in New Orleans, after a federal appeals court approved the city's plan to change how it treats symbols of its history. Opponents of the move vow to keep fighting it in court. When Mayor Mitch Landrieu called for the city to remove the statue of Lee back in 2015, he said, "There may have been a time when that monument reflected who we were as a city, but times change. And so do we," as member station WWNO reported. After an intense public debate, the city...
  • Trump Advisers Call For A 'Purge' Of Obama Appointees

    03/03/2017 6:19:30 PM PST · by blam · 83 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 3-3-2017 | Tyler Durden
    Earlier this week, in an appearance on Fox News, Trump confirmed his beliefs that Obama is behind the litany of leaks that have plagued his administration over the past couple of months. "No, I think he [Obama] is behind it, because his people are certainly behind it. I also think it is politics, that's the way it is." And while the source of the leaks may be easy to deduce, the appropriate response is not so easy to implement. That said, there is a growing chorus of advisers to the President who are urging him to purge the government of...
  • The Purge of Christians across the Middle East: Where are the Protestors?

    02/27/2017 1:13:25 PM PST · by davikkm · 12 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    In what must surely be one of the most disturbing massacres of people in recent years, the usual suspect protestors have kept their silence. The Christian population of Middle Eastern countries has fallen sharply over the last ten years (CNN suggests that in the city of Mosul, the Christian population has dropped from around 35,000 to 20), and while some of this can be explained by families fleeing violence and danger, the amount of Christians slaughtered for not being Muslim is alarming. In Iraq the Christian population has fallen from 1.4 million to under 300,000 in a decade. The picture...
  • Destruction at Tadem: The Purge of the Armenians

    02/22/2017 4:45:49 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    Armenian Weekly ^ | February 22, 2017 | Uzay Bulut
    Yet another plague has recently shaken Turkey: the purges of academics from Turkish universities. According to the BIA news network, 4,811 academics from 112 universities have been discharged by five statutory decrees declared during the state of emergency. Fifteen universities have been closed.One of the universities, from which many academics have been dismissed or even detained by police, is Firat University in the city of Elazig (Kharpert), which has a long history of persecution of Armenian students and educators.A band of defenders from Tadem, including Robert Aram Kaloosdian’s father Boghos Kaloosdian (top row, center) (Photo: ‘Tadem, My Father’s Village’) According to...
  • Facebook Scrubs Videos Of Comedian Calling For Trump’s Assassination

    02/13/2017 4:46:20 PM PST · by markomalley · 46 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 2/13/17 | Bre Payton
    Comedian Eddie Griffin encouraged audience members to assassinate President Trump during a standup comedy routine in Dallas, Texas on Friday, but Facebook doesn’t want you to know that.Ben Ferguson, a radio show host who attended the show at the American Airlines Center, told The Federalist that Griffin made references to late President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, saying: “Ya’ll took out one president, you need to take out another.”“Ya’ll need to put Trump into a convertible and take him out, or better yet, the driver should take him out,” he continued.Ferguson streamed portions of the show via Facebook Live, but the...
  • Purge outdated voter rolls? NYC tried it, with bad results

    02/14/2017 6:13:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 60 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 14, 2017 8:56 AM EST | Steve Peoples
    Whether or not you believe that voting fraud is a problem in the U.S., one thing is certain: Tidying up outdated voter rolls is sometimes easier said than done. Just ask election officials in the nation’s largest city. After an independent review found that New York City’s voting lists contained people who were dead or in prison, elections officials began an aggressive purge in 2014 and 2015 that eliminated more than 200,000 supposedly invalid registrations. The result? A record number of complaints during the 2016 presidential primary from legal voters who turned up to cast a ballot, but found that...
  • Yale drops slavery proponent Calhoun from college name

    02/12/2017 5:30:44 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 25 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Feb. 11, 2017 | AP
    After years of debate, Yale University announced Saturday it will change the name of a residential college that honors a 19th century alumnus and former U.S. vice president who was an ardent supporter of slavery. Yale trustees said the Ivy League university is renaming Calhoun College after trailblazing computer scientist Grace Murray Hopper, a mathematician who earned Yale degrees in the 1930s, invented a pioneering computer programming language and became a Navy rear admiral.
  • N. Korea: Power Struggles Continue as Kim Jong-un Ousts Spy Chief

    02/09/2017 5:49:28 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | February 06, 2017 | Kim Myong-song
    Power Struggles Continue as Kim Jong-un Ousts Spy Chief February 06, 2017 12:25 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has sacked the chief of his secret services amid ongoing power struggles in the reclusive country. The Unification Ministry on Friday said the North's State Security Minister Kim Won-hong was dismissed in mid-January on charges of corruption and abuse of power. He was demoted from a four-star to a one-star general. Several vice ministers appear to have been executed. Unification Ministry spokesman Jeong Joon-hee said Kim is still under "intense" investigation. Kim Jong-un unprecedentedly admitted "shortcomings" as a leader in his New...
  • 330 more academics expelled with state of emergency decree, stirring debate in Turkey

    02/09/2017 11:55:46 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Hurrieyt Daily News ^ | February/08/2017 | ANKARA (location)
    A total of 330 academics were expelled with a new state of emergency decree published in the Official Gazette late on Feb. 7, drawing criticism from the opposition and the scholars themselves about the effect the moves will have on education. The academics were among 4,464 public workers who were expelled as part of the decree. The expulsion of the academics also drew reactions from political parties, with main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmakers Sezgin Tanrıkulu and Aykut Erdoğdu criticizing the decision. “Dear academics, all those who faced injustices: These days will pass and the justice will be served,”...
  • North Korea leader Kim Jong Un dismisses security chief instead of killing him in latest purge

    02/03/2017 2:44:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 02/03/2017 | JESSICA SCHROEDER
    Chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea Kim Jong Un fired minister of state security Kim Won Hong instead of sending him out to the firing squad in his latest purge. Won Hung was dismissed from his position with secret police “bowibu” for apparent charges of “corruption, abuse of power and human rights abuses,” South Korean Unification Ministry spokesman Jeong Joon-hee said in a press conference. “There is always a possibility that purges continue as part of constantly strengthening power,” Joon-he said, while adding Won Hung could face more severe punishment — such as execution — if the outcome of...