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Poll: Virginia residents prioritize safe spaces over free speech on campus

According a recent poll administered in Virginia, half of Virginia residents are more concerned about proper safe spaces than the issue of free speech. Virginia Commonwealth University’s…

According a recent poll administered in Virginia, half of Virginia residents are more concerned about proper safe spaces than the issue of free speech.


Virginia Commonwealth University’s Office of Public Policy Outreach, which conducted the poll over the summer, found that 50 percent of Virginians supported “protecting everyone on campus from discrimination, even if it means there are negative consequences for voicing one’s opinions.”


Conversely, 40 percent of those polled said they felt that unlimited freedom of speech was more important than protecting students from discrimination. Ten percent of those polled were undecided.


“University administrators frequently face difficult tradeoffs, especially as we consider the context of controversial demonstrations on or near college campuses,” said the Public Policy Outreach director, Dr. Robyn McDougle.


“On one hand, universities have long traditions of robust debate and free speech, but increasingly administrators are called on to ensure zones of safety from ongoing discrimination for students and other members of campus communities,” said McDougle. “These results show Virginians are divided over which to emphasize, with a very narrow majority believing that protection from discrimination should receive a higher emphasis than unlimited expression.”


Among registered Democrats polled, 57 percent believed safe spaces and preventing discrimination should be more important than unlimited free speech, while only 40 percent of Republicans agreed.


Virginia Secretary of Education Dietra Trent said that while free speech was important, protecting students from harm should also be a top priority.


“Robust debate is the hallmark of an effective education, but we must be mindful of any situation that threatens physical safety on our campuses,” Trent said. “Virginia’s schools can, must, and do provide a safe space for both vulnerable students and dissenting ideas.”


The poll was conducted between July 17-25 by landline and cellphone and surveyed 806 adults with a margin of error of 4.2 percentage points.


(h/t: Campus Reform)


 


 


 


Source: Poll: Virginia residents prioritize safe spaces over free speech on campus

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Trump has finally made a decision about the future of DACA

President Donald Trump has decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Politico reported late Sunday. The decision The decision comes after months…

President Donald Trump has decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Politico reported late Sunday.


The decision


The decision comes after months of internal dialogue and recent public debate about the controversial Obama-era program. DACA grants two-year work permits to undocumented immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children. Nearly 800,000 nationwide are recipients of DACA.


Politico reported Trump plans to put a six-month trigger on the decision, meaning the White House will wait six months before enforcing it. The move allows Congress a window to act decisively on immigration, Politico noted.


No official announcement has yet been made, but Politico said that Trump plans to announce his decision Tuesday. He reportedly informed House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) of the decision Sunday morning.


Is it really a change?


On the surface, Trump’s decision appears that it will play very well with his base, which is overwhelmingly against DACA and advocate for stiffer immigration laws and the border wall that Trump promised.


However, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman suggested Sunday night that Trump’s decision really isn’t a decision at all.








Obama will have his say


According to a report, Obama will speak out against Trump if he ends DACA.


Politico reported Monday that Obama will post a statement on Facebook and link to it from his other social media accounts, which boast nearly 100 million followers.


“The notion that we would just arbitrarily or because of politics punish those kids, when they didn’t do something themselves …would merit my speaking out,” Obama said during his last news conference as president.


So far, Obama has avoided directly criticizing his predecessor in the seven months since he left office.


One important question


If Trump truly wants to end DACA, why not end it like Obama began it? Trump has proved he has no problem signing executive orders, so why wait for Congress on this issue, especially since immigration reform was one of the main pillars of his campaign?


Source: Trump has finally made a decision about the future of DACA

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Joel Osteen to uproarious Hurricane Harvey victims: Don’t have a ‘victim mentality’

Lakewood Church Pastor Joel Osteen issued firm statements of empowerment to his congregation during the first regular Sunday services since Hurricane Harvey ripped through parts…

Lakewood Church Pastor Joel Osteen issued firm statements of empowerment to his congregation during the first regular Sunday services since Hurricane Harvey ripped through parts of Texas, leaving destruction in its wake.


During his message, Osteen told congregants gathered that God would “pay back” hurricane victims for what had been taken from them, and warned them against playing into the “victim mentality.”


Earlier in the week, the lead pastor at the Houston church was ripped for reportedly not opening the church’s doors to hurricane victims in a timely manner.


As a result of the viral reports, much confusion and social media outrage ensued, which prompted the pastor to repeatedly clarify what had been happening behind the scenes leading up to — and during — the hurricane.


What Osteen told churchgoers


In sweeping platitudes of hope, Osteen riled up his crowds by filling Lakewood Church with affirmations of victory.


“We’re not going to understand everything that happens, but having a ‘poor me mentality,’ or ‘look what I lost,’ or ‘why did this happen’ … that’s just gonna pull you down,” he said from Lakewood Church’s stage.


Osteen urged followers of Christ to “turn it around,” and added that God won’t allow suffering “unless he has a purpose for it.”


“We may not see it all the time, but that’s what faith is all about,” the pastor added.


Osteen discussed several instances in the Bible, which reaffirm Christian faith that God will restore what has been taken away. In the same breath, the pastor advised his congregants against self-destructive mentalities.


“Let’s don’t have a victim mentality,” he said. “Let’s have a restoration mentality.”


In another part of his message, Osteen said, “Quit being upset by something you can handle.”


“God never promised we would reach our destination without a battle and without disappointments and without things we don’t understand,” he said.


Osteen remarked, “The reason it may seem like God is not waking up is not because he’s ignoring you, not because he’s uninterested, it’s because he knows you can handle it.


“Take it as a compliment.”


His remarks on Lakewood backlash



Addressing churchgoers, Osteen mentioned criticism he received on social media as a result of what he later called “misinformation.”


“There’s been so much misinformation about the church this week, I wanted to clarify some things,” Osteen said, and reiterated that the church has always been there for its local citizens.


The church erupted in uproarious cheers and applause.


Osteen explained the building’s history of flooding, and noted that in 2001, there was “over five feet of water in this lower bowl.”


“Knowing that,” he continued, “when we took possession [of the facility], we installed large flood gates around the building.”


During Hurricane Harvey, Osteen said, the water reportedly came within a “foot or two” of the floodgates.


“[The water] receded late Sunday, maybe early Monday,” he said. “We felt it was safe to start taking people in on Tuesday.”


Osteen added, “I don’t mind taking the heat for being precautious, but I don’t want to take the heat for being foolish.”


Referring to the backlash he received throughout the hurricane’s destruction, he urged Lakewood churchgoers to “get on social media,” in what seened to be a ploy in bolstering Osteen’s defense.


“I know y’all love me,” Osteen reportedly told Sunday’s churchgoers at the facility’s 8:30 service. “You need to get on social media.”



Source: Joel Osteen to uproarious Hurricane Harvey victims: Don’t have a ‘victim mentality’

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Singer John Legend seeking old, ‘out of shape’ actors to play Trump supporters in new music video

Singer John Legend is looking for actors who look like they would support President Donald Trump for an upcoming music video shoot — and he…

Singer John Legend is looking for actors who look like they would support President Donald Trump for an upcoming music video shoot — and he knows just which stereotype he wants to lampoon.


According to a listing on Casting Networks in Los Angeles, Legend is seeking eight men and women to play Trump supporters in an upcoming music video. The casting says the actors must be 35-65 years old and “out of shape.” TMZ first reported the listing.


TMZ reported that the casting description even included a photo of the ideal actor:


Image source: TMZ.com screenshot
Image source: TMZ.com screenshot

In addition to the Trump supporters, Legend also put a casting call out for young, blonde males to be protesters, actors to play Black Lives Matter protesters, “ethnically ambiguous” couples to kiss on camera and two lesbians — one Hispanic and one Caucasian — to also kiss on camera.


“We want to show there is no segregation in love. But just two human beings of any race or color,” the casting sheet says.


It’s not immediately clear what song the video is being shot for. Legend is an outspoken liberal and not a supporter of Trump.


Source: Singer John Legend seeking old, ‘out of shape’ actors to play Trump supporters in new music video

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Chelsea Clinton gets trolled with hilarious tweets after she criticizes Trump’s response to Harvey

[html]Chelsea Clinton was trolled with hilarious tweets on Twitter over the weekend after she lamented over a statement that President Donald Trump made on Saturday…
            

Chelsea Clinton was trolled with hilarious tweets on Twitter over the weekend after she lamented over a statement that President Donald Trump made on Saturday while touring areas of Texas and Louisiana ravaged by Hurricane Harvey.


What Trump said


While at a storm relief center in Houston, Trump spoke of the “wonderful” relief efforts, which have seen Americans from all colors and backgrounds come together to help each other out.


Trump said: “Really, I think people appreciate what’s been done. It’s been very efficient, it’s been very well …we’re very happy with the way everything’s been going. A lot of love.”


“As tough as this was, it’s been a wonderful thing. I think even for the country to watch and even for the world to watch. It’s been beautiful,” he added.




Clinton’s reaction


Apparently, praising the relief effort and its togetherness isn’t the best thing to do — at least according to Clinton.


“People lost their lives, loved ones, homes, beloved pets. Many thousands of people face uncertain futures. Our President on #Harvey,” she wrote on Twitter Saturday, linking to a video of Trump’s comments.




Troll-tastic


Many found Clinton’s sentiment to be out of line. Trump was neither insensitive nor lacking empathy in the comments that Clinton linked to, he was merely praising the relief efforts.


Indeed, Trump’s visit to the storm-damaged areas Saturday was a much better visit than the one he made last Tuesday, which he was criticized over for allegedly lacking empathy. Needless to say, social media users trolled Clinton hard:




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EPA lashes out at AP reporter by name in scathing letter over ‘incredibly misleading story’

The Environmental Protection Agency lashed out at The Associated Press and one of its reporters by name on Sunday in a scathing letter rebuking the…

The Environmental Protection Agency lashed out at The Associated Press and one of its reporters by name on Sunday in a scathing letter rebuking the news outlet for an “incredibly misleading story.”


What the story said


Associated Press reporter Michael Biesecker charged in a detailed story published Saturday that the EPA has failed to ensure the safety of Superfund sites in southeast Texas in the wake of historic flooding from Hurricane Harvey.


Superfund is a federal program designed to finance the cleanup of sites nationwide contaminated by hazardous waste and pollution. There are many such sites in southeast Texas and many were flooded by Harvey. That means the potential for hazardous waste to spread outside the sites exist, which would endanger the surrounding populations.


The implication of the story, written by Biesecker and colleague Jason Dearen, is stiff: that the EPA has failed to do its job in protecting Texans from hazardous pollutants.


What the EPA said


EPA Associate Administrator Liz Bowman responded to Biesecker’s story in a scathing letter that attacked the reporter personally.


“Despite reporting from the comfort of Washington, Biesecker had the audacity to imply that agencies aren’t being responsive to the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey. Not only is this inaccurate, but it creates panic and politicizes the hard work of first responders who are actually in the affected area,” Bowman wrote.


AP Washington bureau chief Julie Pace was quick to fact check and pointed out that Biesecker was actually not in Washington.


Bowman continued: “Here’s the truth: through aerial imaging, EPA has already conducted initial assessments at 41 Superfund sites – 28 of those sites show no damage, and 13 have experienced flooding. This was left out of the original story, along with the fact that EPA and state agencies worked with responsible parties to secure Superfund sites before the hurricane hit. Leaving out this critical information is misleading.”


Bowman also rebuked Biesecker for not mentioning that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is on the ground in southeast Texas working with state and local officials.


It gets personal


Then Bowman got personal and said that misleading stories are the norm for Biesecker.


She wrote: “Unfortunately, the Associated Press’ Michael Biesecker has a history of not letting the facts get in the way of his story. Earlier this summer, he made-up a meeting that Administrator Pruitt had, and then deliberately discarded information that refuted his inaccurate story – ultimately prompting a nationwide correction. Additionally, the Oklahoman took him to task for sensationalized reporting.”


Bowman included links to three embarrassing news stories about retractions or rebukes of Biesecker’s work.


In the letter, Bowman also included background on the story and an official statement, which read: “Unfortunately, the Associated Press’ Michael Biesecker has a history of not letting the facts get in the way of his story. Earlier this summer, he made-up a meeting that Administrator Pruitt had, and then deliberately discarded information that refuted his inaccurate story – ultimately prompting a nation-wide correction. Additionally, the Oklahoman took him to task for sensationalized reporting.”


Biesecker has not publicly responded to the letter. He has declined to comment.


AP executive editor Sally Buzbee in a written statement said, “We object to the EPA’s attempts to discredit that reporting by suggesting it was completely solely from ‘the comforts of Washington’ and stand by the work of both journalists who jointly reported and wrote the story.”


Source: EPA lashes out at AP reporter by name in scathing letter over ‘incredibly misleading story’

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More Than a Pie Chart and a Number: Reading Your Ethnicity Estimate

Remember when you got your ethnicity results? The anticipation, the excitement, the screen shot sent to friends and posted to Instagram? But did you ever stop to wonder where your estimate came from? And did you know there’s a lot more to it than a pie chart and percentages? DNA is proof, right? So why Read MoreWeb Presence Consulting (#WPC) - Popular Tags
Source: More Than a Pie Chart and a Number: Reading Your Ethnicity Estimate

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Singer John Legend seeking old, ‘out of shape’ actors to play Trump supporters in new music video

Singer John Legend is looking for actors who look like they would support President Donald Trump for an upcoming music video shoot — and he…

Singer John Legend is looking for actors who look like they would support President Donald Trump for an upcoming music video shoot — and he knows just which stereotype he wants to lampoon.


According to a listing on Casting Networks in L.A., Legend is seeking eight men and women to play Trump supporters in an upcoming music video. The casting says the actors must be 35-65 years old and “out of shape.” TMZ first reported the listing.


TMZ reported that the casting description even included a photo of the ideal actor:

Image source: TMZ.com screenshot
Image source: TMZ.com screenshot


In addition to the Trump supporters, Legend also put a casting call out for young, blonde males to be protesters, actors to play Black Lives Matter protesters, “ethnically ambiguous” couples to kiss on camera and two lesbians — one Hispanic and one Caucasian — to also kiss on camera.


“We want to show there is no segregation in love. But just two human beings of any race or color,” the casting sheet says.


It’s not immediately clear what song the video is being shot for. Legend is an outspoken liberal and not a supporter of Trump.


Source: Singer John Legend seeking old, ‘out of shape’ actors to play Trump supporters in new music video

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Chelsea Clinton gets trolled with hilarious tweets after she criticizes Trump’s response to Harvey

[html]Chelsea Clinton was trolled with hilarious tweets on Twitter over the weekend after she lamented over a statement that President Donald Trump made on Saturday…
            

Chelsea Clinton was trolled with hilarious tweets on Twitter over the weekend after she lamented over a statement that President Donald Trump made on Saturday while touring areas of Texas and Louisiana ravaged by Hurricane Harvey.


What Trump said


While at a storm relief center in Houston, Trump spoke of the “wonderful” relief efforts, which have seen Americans from all colors and backgrounds come together to help each other out.


Trump said: “Really, I think people appreciate what’s been done. It’s been very efficient, it’s been very well…we’re very happy with the way everything’s been going. A lot of love.”


“As tough as this was, it’s been a wonderful thing. I think even for the country to watch and even for the world to watch. It’s been beautiful,” he added.




Clinton’s reaction


Apparently, praising the relief effort and its togetherness isn’t the best thing to do — at least according to Clinton.


“People lost their lives, loved ones, homes, beloved pets. Many thousands of people face uncertain futures. Our President on #Harvey,” she wrote on Twitter Saturday, linking to a video of Trump’s comments.




Troll-tastic


Many found Clinton’s sentiment to be out of line. Trump was neither insensitive nor lacking empathy in the comments that Clinton linked to, he was merely praising the relief efforts.


Indeed, Trump’s visit to the storm-damaged areas Saturday was a much better visit than the one he made last Tuesday, which he was criticized over for allegedly lacking empathy. Needless to say, social media users trolled Clinton hard:




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EPA lashes out at AP reporter by name in scathing letter over ‘incredibly misleading story’

The Environmental Protection Agency lashed out at the Associated Press and one of its reporters by name on Sunday in a scathing letter rebuking the…

The Environmental Protection Agency lashed out at the Associated Press and one of its reporters by name on Sunday in a scathing letter rebuking the news outlet for an “incredibly misleading story.”


What the story said


Associated Press reporter Michael Biesecker charged in a detailed story published Saturday that the EPA has failed to ensure the safety of Superfund sites in southeastern Texas in the wake of historic flooding from Hurricane Harvey.


Superfund is a federal program designed to finance the cleanup of sites nationwide contaminated by hazardous waste and pollution. There are many such sites in southeastern Texas and many were flooded y Harvey. That means the potential for hazardous waste to spread outside the sites exist, which would endanger the surrounding populations.


The implication of Biesecker’s story is stiff: that the EPA has failed to do their job in protecting Texans from hazardous pollutants.


What the EPA said


EPA Associate Administrator Liz Bowman responded to Biesecker’s story in a scathing letter that often attacked the reporter personally.


“Despite reporting from the comfort of Washington, Biesecker had the audacity to imply that agencies aren’t being responsive to the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey. Not only is this inaccurate, but it creates panic and politicizes the hard work of first responders who are actually in the affected area,” Bowman wrote.


AP Washington bureau chief Julie Pace was quick to fact check and pointed out that Biesecker was actually not in Washington.


Bowman continued: “Here’s the truth: through aerial imaging, EPA has already conducted initial assessments at 41 Superfund sites – 28 of those sites show no damage, and 13 have experienced flooding. This was left out of the original story, along with the fact that EPA and state agencies worked with responsible parties to secure Superfund sites before the hurricane hit. Leaving out this critical information is misleading.”


Bowman also rebuked Biesecker for not mentioning the fact that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is on the ground in southeast Texas working with state and local officials.


It gets personal


Then Bowman got personal and said that misleading stories are the norm for Biesecker.


She wrote: “Unfortunately, the Associated Press’ Michael Biesecker has a history of not letting the facts get in the way of his story. Earlier this summer, he made-up a meeting that Administrator Pruitt had, and then deliberately discarded information that refuted his inaccurate story – ultimately prompting a nation-wide correction. Additionally, the Oklahoman took him to task for sensationalized reporting.”


Bowman included links to three embarrassing news stories about retractions or rebukes of Biesecker’s work.


In the letter, Bowman also included background on the story and an official statement, which read: “Unfortunately, the Associated Press’ Michael Biesecker has a history of not letting the facts get in the way of his story. Earlier this summer, he made-up a meeting that Administrator Pruitt had, and then deliberately discarded information that refuted his inaccurate story – ultimately prompting a nation-wide correction. Additionally, the Oklahoman took him to task for sensationalized reporting.”


Biesecker has not publicly responded to the letter. He has declined to comment.


Source: EPA lashes out at AP reporter by name in scathing letter over ‘incredibly misleading story’

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BuzzFeed says Joel Osteen represents American Christianity — it backfires big time

BuzzFeed stepped in it late last week when they alleged that Houston pastor Joel Osteen is the figure who most represents American Christianity. Osteen came…

BuzzFeed stepped in it late last week when they alleged that Houston pastor Joel Osteen is the figure who most represents American Christianity.


Osteen came under intense scrutiny last week after the media alleged he refused to open the doors to the massive Lakewood church for victims of Hurricane Harvey, which ravaged the southeastern Texas coast. The story was later proved false, but the damage was done.


BuzzFeed, the apparent authority on Christianity


That led BuzzFeed to publish a scathing rebuke of American Christianity in light of the Osteen story and President Donald Trump (of course).


“The Joel Osteen Fiasco Says A Lot About American Christianity,” the BuzzFeed headline read.


“The backlash against Lakewood Church’s response to Tropical Storm Harvey speaks to a larger powder keg of resentment directed at evangelical Christianity in the United States right now,” read the subtitle.


Not exactly


If you were are not a Christian or someone who is Christian-in-name-only, you might think Osteen is representative of Christianity. However, that assumption would be far from the truth.


Indeed, Osteen is a main targets of criticism from more Orthodox followers of Jesus. That’s because Osteen preaches a prosperity gospel — a message quite opposed to that of Jesus of Nazareth. So while the prosperity gospel may sound good and draw many followers in, Jesus’ message of sacrificial love is diametrically opposed to it.


Sharp criticism


BuzzFeed was raked over the coals on social media for its story:














Even an atheist recognized what was going on:




Not only that, but many thought the article painted a double standard between Christianity and Islam. The article alleges Osteen represents Christianity, yet anyone who says terrorists represent Islam are typically raked over the coals by progressives. So why is one assumption OK but not the other? People questioned.






Source: BuzzFeed says Joel Osteen represents American Christianity — it backfires big time

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See the personal letter that Obama left to Trump in the Oval Office on Inauguration Day

Recent presidential tradition includes leaving a handwritten letter in the Oval Office for the next man who takes the office. George H.W. Bush did it…

Recent presidential tradition includes leaving a handwritten letter in the Oval Office for the next man who takes the office. George H.W. Bush did it for Bill Clinton, Clinton did it for George W. Bush and the younger Bush did it for Barack Obama. So when President Donald Trump succeeded Obama on Jan. 20, Obama kept this tradition alive.


Trump has talked about the letter in public before, even once showing it in its envelope, but the letter has never been public until now. CNN exclusively obtained the letter and published it over the weekend.


The details


The letter is 275-words long and contains four pieces of advice:



  1. First, Obama told Trump part of the responsibility of the presidency is to “build more ladders of success for every child and family that’s willing to work hard” because most aren’t as fortunate as them.

  2. Then Obama said that it’s up to Trump to “sustain the international order” because “American leadership in this world really is indispensable.”

  3. Third, Obama told Trump it’s up to him to guard the backbone of American democracy like “like rule of law, separation of powers, equal protection and civil liberties.” Obama said it’s the president’s responsibility to “leave those instruments of our democracy at least as strong as we found them.”

  4. Last, but certainly not least, Obama told Trump to take plenty of time for himself and his family because being president is a very demanding job. “They’ll get you through the inevitable rough patches,” Obama said.


Congrats, Mr. President


Despite being on the opposite political spectrum, Obama offered Trump congratulations and reminded him of his main responsibility as president.


“Congratulations on a remarkable run. Millions have placed their hopes in you, and all of us, regardless of party, should hope for expanded prosperity and security during your tenure,” Obama wrote.


Trump loved the letter so much, according to CNN, that he tried to call Obama after reading it. However, Obama and his family were on their way to California for vacation and couldn’t take the call.


The presidents haven’t talked directly since Inauguration Day, CNN reported. CNN also reported that Obama’s letter was relatively long compared to the other presidential letters. In fact, it’s about twice as long.


Read the full letter


“Congratulations on a remarkable run. Millions have placed their hopes in you, and all of us, regardless of party, should hope for expanded prosperity and security during your tenure.


This is a unique office, without a clear blueprint for success, so I don’t know that any advice from me will be particularly helpful. Still, let me offer a few reflections from the past 8 years.


First, we’ve both been blessed, in different ways, with great good fortune. Not everyone is so lucky. It’s up to us to do everything we can (to) build more ladders of success for every child and family that’s willing to work hard.


Second, American leadership in this world really is indispensable. It’s up to us, through action and example, to sustain the international order that’s expanded steadily since the end of the Cold War, and upon which our own wealth and safety depend.


Third, we are just temporary occupants of this office. That makes us guardians of those democratic institutions and traditions — like rule of law, separation of powers, equal protection and civil liberties — that our forebears fought and bled for. Regardless of the push and pull of daily politics, it’s up to us to leave those instruments of our democracy at least as strong as we found them.


And finally, take time, in the rush of events and responsibilities, for friends and family. They’ll get you through the inevitable rough patches.


Michelle and I wish you and Melania the very best as you embark on this great adventure, and know that we stand ready to help in any ways which we can.


Good luck and Godspeed,

BO”


Source: See the personal letter that Obama left to Trump in the Oval Office on Inauguration Day

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Video: HS teacher caught on camera expelling students from class for wearing ‘Neo-Nazi’ Trump shirts

A high school teacher in Georgia was recently captured on camera reportedly expelling two students from her class for wearing t-shirts supportive of President Donald…

A high school teacher in Georgia was recently captured on camera reportedly expelling two students from her class for wearing t-shirts supportive of President Donald Trump.


According to conservative student group Turning Point USA, which first reported the video, the incident happened last Thursday at River Ridge High School in Woodstock, Georgia, just north of Atlanta.


The video shows the teacher comparing the Trump t-shirts, which were adorned with Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again,” to swastikas.


“Just like you cannot wear a swastika to school, you cannot wear ‘[Make America Great Again’ like that,” the teacher said.


The teacher then sent the students out of her class, either to flip their shirts inside out or for good. It’s not immediately clear which.


“Please go, at least for this class,” the teacher said. “I don’t care what you do in other classes.”


Another student then questioned the teacher.


“Wait so both of them have to like flip their shirts inside out because it says Trump on the top?” the unidentified student asked. “They have to flip their shirts inside out it’s got Trump on it?”


“Because it says ‘Make America Great Again.’ The Neo-Nazis…I’m not saying about Trump, but the slogan,” the teacher replied before the video ends.




Source: Video: HS teacher caught on camera expelling students from class for wearing ‘Neo-Nazi’ Trump shirts

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Did North Korea just test another nuclear bomb? Here’s what you need to know.

North Korea taunted the world on Saturday with claims they had developed a new nuclear weapon. Dictator Kim Jong-un claimed his military could make the…

North Korea taunted the world on Saturday with claims they had developed a new nuclear weapon. Dictator Kim Jong-un claimed his military could make the bomb in high volumes. The Korean Central News Agency even released a picture showing Jong-un inspecting the bomb with military advisers.


6th successful test


Just hours later, Jong-un’s regime announced they had completed the country’s sixth successful nuclear weapons test. The weapon was reported to be a hydrogen bomb.


CNN reported: “The test was a ‘perfect success’ and the final step in attaining a ‘state nuclear force,’ long-time news anchor Ri Chun Hee said in a televised announcement Sunday.”


North Korea’s news agency also reported that the bomb was designed to be fitted onto an intercontinental ballistic missile. The communist regime has been testing ICBMs for months.


The last reported nuclear test in North Korea happened last September. The country has tested nuclear weapons successfully five previous times since 2006.


Artificial earthquake


It’s likely impossible to knew for certain if North Korea actually detonated a hydrogen bomb, but meteorological agencies in the region, including the U.S. Geological Survey, detected strong artificial earthquakes, giving credence to the possibility of a nuclear detonation.


The USGS initially detected a 5.2 magnitude tremor but later upgraded the event to a 6.3 magnitude earthquake, the Washington Examiner reported.


“Possible explosion, located near the site where North Korea has detonated nuclear explosions in the past. If this event was an explosion, the USGS National Earthquake Information Center cannot determine its type, whether nuclear or any other possible type,” the USGS said in a statement, according to the Examiner.


Meanwhile, Japan’s Meteorological Agency measured the quake at a 6.1 magnitude while South Korea said the quake was a 5.6.


Extremely powerful


The bomb’s blast was the most powerful in North Korea’s history.


CNN reported:



NORSAR, an independent seismic monitor, estimated the blast created a yield of about 120 kilotons. The tremors caused by North Korea’s Sunday test were at least 10 times more powerful than the fifth test, Japanese officials said. An official at the Korea Meteorological Administration estimated the blast was about 50 kilotons.


Follows aggression


The move comes after weeks of aggression from North Korea toward the U.S. and its allies. The regime has been repeatedly warned to halt its development of ICBMs and nuclear bombs, but Jong-un has not relented.


North Korea even made the mistake of firing a missile over Japan last week, which resulted in a strong response from the U.S. military, including flying fighter jets over the Korean Peninsula in a show of force.


Source: Did North Korea just test another nuclear bomb? Here’s what you need to know.

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Nasa Newsfeed Forum / NASAearth...Laguna de Términos
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Laguna de Términos

Mexico’s largest coastal lagoon supports an array vegetation and marine life.    
       

Laguna de Términos
Mexico’s largest coastal lagoon supports an array vegetation and marine life.


Source: Laguna de Términos

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Trump’s ability to be presidential, provide healing to divided America on full display in Texas

[html]President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump made their second visit to areas of Texas and Louisiana ravaged by Hurricane Harvey in just four…
            

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump made their second visit to areas of Texas and Louisiana ravaged by Hurricane Harvey in just four days on Saturday.


Trump was criticized for seemingly not appearing presidential during his first trip on Tuesday, but his visit on Saturday couldn’t have been more different.


Kissing babies


Making landfall late last Friday as a powerful category 4 hurricane, Harvey brought absolute devastation to southeast Texas with winds of 130 mph and feet of rainfall. The historic storm has left tends of thousands in temporary shelters. Trump visited one of those shelters on Saturday, the NRG stadium in Houston.


While there, Trump kissed small children, distributed food, talked to storm survivors and just generally mingled with the people. And of course, he and Melania took plenty of selfies.












Then there was a viral picture and video of Trump embracing a young black girl.






Two storm survivors who were reportedly not Trump supporters before the hurricane told a local reporter they now support the president after meeting him on Saturday.




Trump also gave an uplifting speech, where he praised the Texas spirit:


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While mainstream media scorn Melania’s shoes they’re drooling over Michelle Obama’s skirt

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have now made two visits to parts of Texas ravaged by Hurricane Harvey, first on Tuesday and…

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have now made two visits to parts of Texas ravaged by Hurricane Harvey, first on Tuesday and again on Saturday.


Ridiculousness


During the trips, Melania’s outfits, and specifically her shoes, have been a big topic of discussion. She was widely bashed for wearing stiletto heels, which turned out to be just travel shoes, during her first trip. She actually toured in tennis shoes.


The attention led to a fashion writer for Vogue magazine to rake Melania and her fashion choices over the coals.


“Melania Trump’s Hurricane Stilettos, and the White House’s Continual Failure to Understand Optics,” the Vogue headline read.


She was also widely bashed on social media.


Double standard


However, when it came to former first lady Michelle Obama this week, liberals were drooling over Obama’s fashion choices, specifically a skirt she was photographed wearing while on a yacht in the Mediterranean.


A news story from TMZ was particularly praising of Obama. It published a story with the headline: “Michelle Obama: Yacht Know How I Roll.”


“Michelle Obama’s life is on cruise control … and yes, we’re jealous as hell,” the reporter said.


The story featured images of Michelle in her beach wrap skirt. The Daily Mail also devoted an entire story to Obama’s outfit.


Funny, funny


Melania trolled her critics on Saturday when she again wore stiletto heels while flying to Texas, only to later change once on the ground.


Source: While mainstream media scorn Melania’s shoes they’re drooling over Michelle Obama’s skirt

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First lady Melania snubs shoe critics in the most elegant, classy way possible

The mainstream media went overboard in their negative coverage of first lady Melania’s footwear when she and the president went Tuesday to visit the victims…

The mainstream media went overboard in their negative coverage of first lady Melania’s footwear when she and the president went Tuesday to visit the victims of the terrible natural disaster afflicting Texas. In a second trip Saturday, the first lady snubbed the shoe critics in the most elegant way while doubling down on what triggered the detractors.


The first lady doubled down on her defiant choice of fashion, and wore a pair of snakeskin Manolo Blahnik pumps according to the New York Post.


A close-up shot of first lady Melania Trump's pumps on her way to visit Hurricane Harvey victims. (Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
A close-up shot of first lady Melania Trump’s pumps on her way to visit Hurricane Harvey victims. (Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

The shoes were in full view of the press as she sauntered onto Air Force One for the trip.


Her choice of footwear had become a ridiculous topic of discussion, with mainstream media outlets attempting to paint her as disdainful and distant from the victims of the disaster. Conservative media shot back that it was another example of the media’s anti-Trump derangement.


“Spiky pumps are completely appropriate footwear for a hurricane zone, right?” snarked a critic at the Daily Beast under the headline, “Melania Trump Heads to Houston Hurricane Zone in Sky-High Stilettos.”


While the first lady refrained from answering her critics directly, her communications director put out a statement saying, “It’s sad that we have an active and ongoing natural disaster in Texas, and people are worried about her shoes.”


Saturday the controversy was far behind them as the president and the first lady arrived at a hurricane relief center in Houston.


President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump helped hand out supplies in Houston Saturday while chatting with Hurricane Harvey survivors anddisaster reliefworkers.


They also visited a church that had been turned into a shelter in Pearland, a suburb south of Houston where Hurricane Harvey caused some of the worst damage.


President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump spoke to people at a large church-turned-shelter in Pearland, Texas Saturday.


“It’s been an incredible 5 days, 6 days,” he told the residents in the church. “I want to tell you that tomorrow we have national prayer day, that was an official proclamation.”


“So go to your church and pray,” he said, “and enjoy the day.”


Source: First lady Melania snubs shoe critics in the most elegant, classy way possible

15804
Pro-abortion orgs raise money so Hurricane Harvey victims can get abortions — the response is brutal

Hurricane Harvey, between its wind and days of historic rainfall, caused a laundry-list of problems in southeast Texas and turned thousands of people’s lives upside-down.…

Hurricane Harvey, between its wind and days of historic rainfall, caused a laundry-list of problems in southeast Texas and turned thousands of people’s lives upside-down.


Homes flooded. Properties destroyed. Dead family members. Texans have faced it all. Hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of Americans nationwide have turned to donate and volunteer in the storm ravaged areas.


But some organizations are focusing on something much, much different.


Um, what?


NARAL, one of the nation’s leading pro-choice — really, pro-abortion — organizations, posted tweets to its official Twitter account on Friday lamenting over the lack of abortions happening in Texas due to Hurricane Harvey.


It also directed its users to support the Lilith Fund, which is supposedly helping Texans receive abortions in the wake of Harvey.


“Join us in supporting Harvey survivors seeking an abortion but cannot afford it,” a Lilith picture read.






The National Network of Abortion Funds also got in on the action:




The scathing response


Considering that water rescues are still ongoing and recovery efforts will take months, possibly even years, it wouldn’t be far-fetched to say that NARAL’s interests are a bit out-of-touch.


But never waste a good opportunity to raise money for your sinister organization, right? Right…


The response to the posturing has been scathing:
















Decency still exists in America.


Source: Pro-abortion orgs raise money so Hurricane Harvey victims can get abortions — the response is brutal

15805
Black backup dancer is being attacked for what he did with Taylor Swift

Todrick Hall is a Broadway and YouTube star with millions of followers on social media, but he has been deemed “not black enough” by what…

Todrick Hall is a Broadway and YouTube star with millions of followers on social media, but he has been deemed “not black enough” by what he calls the “woke police” — a group of people who sit in judgement against anyone who sins against political correctness.


And all he did to merit the attacks was be a backup dancer and friend to Taylor Swift.


Hall spoke out against the attacks in an interview with Yahoo News, saying that he’s been assailed for supposedly betraying the black and gay communities.


“[O]ne of the main things that people said was, ‘He wanted to make his money. Well, good for him, he got paid. And I guess payment is enough for you to sell out your family, your people, your community.’ But this had nothing to do with money,” he explained.


“I didn’t do this Taylor Swift video for money,” he added. “I did it because she’s my friend, and she was very excited about it. And she wanted people to be there who she could trust, because it was a very big undertaking. I was proud to be there, but money was not a factor for me. I don’t do things for money.”


Hall said that there’s a group of social justice critics who stand in judgement of minorities and what they might deem as politically incorrect.


“Apparently there’s a thing called the ‘cookout,’ which is like your invitation to be a part of the black community,” Hall explained. “Some people have, like, deemed themselves the Woke Police, and they decide to strip you online of your invitation to attend the ‘cookout.'”


“It boggles my mind that people are deciding whether or not I’m down enough,” he said, “black enough, or woke enough to be ‘invited.’ If I have to hate people and judge people based on their race, sexual orientation, or religion, then sorry, but I’d rather order pizza.”


A simple search of key terms on social media found examples of the vitriol tossed his way.


(Image Source: Twitter screenshot.)
(Image Source: Twitter screenshot.)

Hall says his response to his online haters is to try to “kill them with kindness.”


“If we can all accept the fact that there is a bigger problem and start having dialogue and talking to each other,” he concluded, “not just with the people that it’s comfortable for us to talk to, our own people and people who look like us, but to people who might not understand where we’re coming from or what we’ve been through — then we might get closer to making this world a unified place, the way that Michael Jackson sang about in his songs and in his music.”


Taylor Swift has just included another name on her never-ending list of BFFS.<br />Yes, the 25-year-old singer strengthened her squad last night by adding the super talented Todrick Hall to it just a few days after his amazing mashup video of her songs went viral.<br />The two hung out backstage of her 1989 Tour in Kansas City, doing what BFFs typically do: taking tons of Instagram pictures, posing in the splits, recording new voicemail messages?the usual!<br />Hall shared several of the snaps on his accounts, including one of the duo sitting back to back on a couch while making the same face.


Source: Black backup dancer is being attacked for what he did with Taylor Swift

15806
Scientist shuts down climate change alarmists with new report about Hurricane Harvey

A scientist has released a new report demolishing claims that Hurricane Harvey and its effects were magnified by human-caused climate change. Dozens of mainstream media…

A scientist has released a new report demolishing claims that Hurricane Harvey and its effects were magnified by human-caused climate change.


Dozens of mainstream media outlets ran stories over the last week attributing the very strong storm and its historic rainfall to climate change, but University of Washington atmospheric scientist Cliff Mass put the brakes on those theories in a new blog post.


Narrative over facts


According to Mass, the idea that human-caused climate change had any effect on Harvey is more than far-fetched — it’s downright not true.


“Most of the stories were not based on data or any kind of quantitative analysis, but a hand-waving argument that a warming earth will put more water vapor into the atmosphere and thus precipitation will increase,” he wrote. “[T]he results are clear: human-induced global warming played an inconsequential role in this disaster.”


He explained: “The proximate cause of the disaster is clear: the extreme rainfall was the result of a hurricane/tropical storm that pulled in huge amounts of water vapor off the Gulf of Mexico (and beyond), and which came into the Texas coast and then stalled for days. All tropical storms/hurricanes bring large amounts of rain during landfall. What was different here was the stalling and sitting over the same region for days.”


Two important questions


Mass goes on to explain that two important questions must be analyzed to understand the storm better and the alleged implications that global warming had on it: Did global warming intensify the storm and cause great rainfall? And did global warming cause the storm to stall over southeast Texas for days?


Mass’ conclusion is a resounding “no.”


Mass explained that both the water temperatures and the air temperature in the week before Harvey were near normal or just marginally warmer, largely discrediting the global warming theory.


“Hurricane Harvey developed in an environment in which temperatures were near normal in the atmosphere and slightly above normal in the Gulf,” he wrote. “The clear implication: global warming could not have contributed very much to the storm.”


Even using the global warming intensification theory, Mass said that only about one inch of the rainfall could have resulted from global warming assuming that none of the atmospheric and oceanic warming was caused naturally. Given that such a large area received 20-40 inches of rainfall, an additional inch is an “immaterial” effect, Mass explained.


“There is no evidence that global warming is influencing Texas coastal precipitation in the long term and little evidence that warmer than normal temperatures had any real impact on the precipitation intensity from this storm,” he wrote.


Regarding the second question, Mass wrote: “Quite honestly, none of this is supported by observations or models.”


The bottom line


Mass wrote:



The bottom line in this analysis is that both observations of the past decades and models looking forward to the future do not suggest that one can explain the heavy rains of Harvey by global warming, and folks that are suggesting it are poorly informing the public and decision makers.


They are using hand-waving arguments to push an agenda, which observations, theory, and modeling show to be incorrect.  Global warming is a serious issue and mankind must deal with it, but hype and exaggeration of the current effects is counterproductive in the long term.


Instead, Mass suggested the real topic of concern should be on the “lack of resilience of our infrastructure to current extreme weather.”


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration even released a report earlier this year declaring it “premature” to make any connection between alleged human-caused climate change and tropical weather.


Source: Scientist shuts down climate change alarmists with new report about Hurricane Harvey

15807
Three International Space Station Crewmates Safely Return to Earth

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who set multiple U.S. space records during her mission aboard the International Space Station, along with crewmates Jack Fischer of NASA and Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos, safely landed on Earth at 9:21 p.m. EDT Saturday (7:21 a.m. Kazakhstan time, Sunday, Sept. 3), southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazga
Source: Three International Space Station Crewmates Safely Return to Earth

15808
Harvey Churned Up and Cooled Down the Gulf

Cool rain and runoff, combined with the overturning of sea water, has cooled off the sea.    
       

Harvey Churned Up and Cooled Down the Gulf
Cool rain and runoff, combined with the overturning of sea water, has cooled off the sea.


Source: Harvey Churned Up and Cooled Down the Gulf

15809
Cleveland Browns players refused to stand for anthem. Now Cleveland first responders are firing back.

The Cleveland Browns made pre-season headlines last month for a non-football related reason: 12 of their players refused to stand for the national anthem during…

The Cleveland Browns made pre-season headlines last month for a non-football related reason: 12 of their players refused to stand for the national anthem during a pre-season game, one of the biggest NFL-related anthem protest to date.


Now, Cleveland-area first responders are firing back.


In the wake of the protest, area-first responders say that if football players don’t want to respect America, the American flag and the national anthem then they aren’t going to hold a large field-size American flag during the national anthem at the Browns’ first game this season.


Local EMS union president Daniel Nemeth explained to WJW-TV: “This hit home with me. I am a veteran, an 8-year veteran with the U.S. Marine Corp. So, to disrespect the flag by taking a knee is not something I was going to be a part of.”


Police union president Steve Loomis added: “I’m here at a national police convention, and soon as they hear that I’m from Cleveland, the first question is ‘What about those stinking Browns?’ So if the ownership of the Browns and the league are going to allow that type of stuff to happen, and then come to us and say, ‘We want you to help us with the flag,’ that’s hypocritical. We’re not gonna participate.”


Despite the unions’ refusal to participate in the pre-game ceremonies, Cleveland police public information officer Jennifer Ciaccia told the Huffington Post that officers still may take the field on Sunday.


“The union does not speak for the Division. The Division of Police is in no way boycotting the Browns, nor denying participation in events with our officers,” she said.


WJW reports that city officials will replace police officers, EMS and firefighters who chose not to participate with military members.


Football players have been kneeling during the national anthem since last year to protest police brutality. Former San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick initiated the protests. Kaepernick is currently an NFL free agent.


Source: Cleveland Browns players refused to stand for anthem. Now Cleveland first responders are firing back.

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Obama’s 2018 budget requests will make him most expensive ex-president on taxpayer dime — Here’s why

Former President Barack Obama’s budget requests for 2018 will make him the most expensive living ex-president for taxpayers. According to the Washington Times, Obama’s post-presidential…

Former President Barack Obama’s budget requests for 2018 will make him the most expensive living ex-president for taxpayers.


According to the Washington Times, Obama’s post-presidential needs will cost taxpayers $1,153,000 next year. The figure surpasses former Presidents George W. Bush by more than $100,000, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush by more than $200,000 and Jimmy Carter by nearly $700,000.


More from the Times:



By far the biggest cost for ex-presidents is renting office space. Mr. Obama’s office — 8,198 square feet in D.C. — will cost taxpayers $536,000 next year, the most of any ex-president. Mr. Clinton’s New York office is bigger, at 8,300 square feet, but slightly cheaper at $518,000. The younger Mr. Bush’s office in Dallas is $497,000, while his father’s space in Houston is $286,000. Mr. Carter’s Atlanta office is just $115,000.


The 1958 Former Presidents Act provides former living presidents with several lifelong benefits, including taxpayer funded office space, staff, travel and pension.


Post-presidential pensions begin at a base rate of $205,700, but former presidents can ask Congress for additional money. According to the Congressional Research Service memo, which details the numbers, Obama’s pension next year will be $236,000, the highest of his colleagues. Clinton’s is second-highest at $231,000 while the younger Bush’s is third-highest at $225,000.


The Times notes that the 50’s-era law was passed after Harry Truman struggled for income after leaving the White House.


In modern days, however, the presidential office makes a former first family extremely wealthy, which makes one question why former presidents need taxpayer funded anything, yet alone a pension and employment benefits.


In fact, the Clintons have made more than $100 million in their post-White House days. The younger Bushes have also racked up tens of millions in wealth since leaving Washington in Jan. 2009. But the Obamas are expected to eclipse the earnings of any former president with massive book deals and lucrative speaking engagements. Their post-White House career earnings are expected to be measured in hundreds of millions of dollars.


So far, the Obamas reportedly accepted more than $60 million to work on post-presidential memoirs while Barack has already hit the speaking circuit.


Source: Obama’s 2018 budget requests will make him most expensive ex-president on taxpayer dime — Here’s why

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Utah officer who brutally arrested nurse for complying with law just got a huge reality check

A Salt Lake City police detective who incited rage across the country on Friday is finally beginning to feel the consequences of his actions. What…

A Salt Lake City police detective who incited rage across the country on Friday is finally beginning to feel the consequences of his actions.


What happened


Detective Jeff Payne was videoed on July 26 assaulting and arresting a hospital nurse who refused to give him blood vials of one of her patients. Payne neither had a warrant for the blood, nor did he have probable cause or the patient’s consent to draw it. That means he was constitutionally barred from drawing the blood.


After Payne put the nurse, Alex Wubbels, in handcuffs, he placed her in his police vehicle. She was later released and not charged with a crime.


Body cam footage from several officers captured the incident.


Bad decisions have consequences


Payne, a trained phlebotomist, was initially only suspended from the city police department’s blood-draw department, but remained on otherwise full active-duty. Now the city has made a much stiffer decision about Payne’s future.


According to the Salt Lake City Tribune, city officials have placed Payne and another officer on administrative leave pending a full investigation into the incident. The decision to the suspend the officers came Friday afternoon. The name of the second officer was not released.


In addition, the Salt Lake County district attorney Sim Gill announced he has explored the possibility of opening a criminal investigation into the incident. He said Friday: “On the face of the evidence, there is concern that is raised about this officer’s conduct. But the whole point of an investigation is to gather the information about this situation.”


Mayor Jackie Biskupski and SLC police chief Mike Brown said at a press conference and in a joint statement that they’ve spoken with Wubbles and apologized to her. They also reiterated department policy changes.


Two important questions


Wubbles and her attorney released the full footage of the incident during a press conference on Thursday. They said they had no plans to sue the city, but explained they met with the press because they felt the city wasn’t doing enough in response to the alarming incident.


If the city continues to drag its feet, Wubbles said she would have no choice but to sue. She said her only goal is to prevent what happened to her from happening to others.


But, if the city really is interested in getting to the bottom of the incident like Biskupski and Brown claim, why did it take Wubbles releasing the footage to the press to finally get a substantive response from the city?


It’s clear to many that Payne’s actions deserve dismissal and potential criminal prosecution. So what’s the real reason for the action Salt Lake City officials are now taking, more than one month after the incident. Are they actually interested in transparency and decency or are they just saving face now that the footage is public?


Source: Utah officer who brutally arrested nurse for complying with law just got a huge reality check

15812
College students ‘in tears’ over a banana peel in a tree because it didn’t make them feel ‘safe’

An off-campus Greek Life event held by leaders of Ole Miss last weekend was cancelled after many students became troubled by a banana peel, which was hanging from…

An off-campus Greek Life event held by leaders of Ole Miss last weekend was cancelled after many students became troubled by a banana peel, which was hanging from a campus tree.


According to The Daily Mississippian, many members of the community were “hurt, frightened, and upset by what occurred.”


So what happened?


Ole Miss Greek Life leaders cut their three-day leadership retreat to nearby Camp Hopewell short after black students discovered a banana peel dangling in a tree outside of one of the camp’s cabins.


The banana peel was later spotted by Alpha Kappa Alpha President, Makala McNeil, a leader from one of the campus’s historically black sororities.


The Daily Mississippian reported that McNeil had just left a group discussion about race relations when she spotted the banana peel in the tree.


“The overall tone [of the meeting] was heavy,” McNeil told the newspaper. “I mean, we were talking about race in Mississippi and in the Greek community so there’s a lot involved.”


She added that she and her friends were “all just sort of paranoid for a second” after noticing the banana peel, calling its appearance “so strange and surreal.”


Alexa Lee Arndt, Interim Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Ole Miss, noted that an open forum was held after news of the banana peel had spread throughout the camp.


“As the staff member responsible for the wellbeing of our community, I felt it was imperative to provide space immediately to students affected by this incident to allow them an opportunity to voice their pain and concern,” Arndt told the newspaper.


After the open forum, Greek Life leaders decided to cancel the remainder of the weekend.


In a letter obtained by The Daily Mississippian, Arndt was quoted as saying that “members of our community were hurt, frightened, and upset by what occurred.”


“Because of the underlying reality many students of color endure on a daily basis, the conversation manifested into a larger conversation about race relations today at the University of Mississippi,” Arndt reportedly added.


Another sorority president reportedly told the newspaper that the incident was especially painful, because “bananas have historically been used to demean black people.”


The newspaper reported that many of the students left the retreat “in tears” because they didn’t feel “welcome” or “safe.”


The explanation behind the banana peel


Ole Miss senior Ryan Swanson, who was also in attendance at the retreat, said he discarded the banana peel in the tree because he could not find a trash receptacle.


Swanson told the newspaper that he “sincerely” apologizes “for the events that took place this past weekend.”


“Although unintentional, there is no excuse for the pain that was caused to members of our community,” Swanson said.


“I have much to learn and look forward to doing such and encourage all members of our community to do the same,” he added.


Why the controversy?



McNeil told the newspaper that the image affected her in such a negative way because of an incident that occurred on Washington, D.C.’s American University’s campus in May.



The FBI helped the university investigate an incident in which bananas — etched with what were said to be racial references — were hung from trees the very day that the school’s first female black student government president, Taylor Dumpson, was to take office.


The bananas on the American University campus featured messages like “AKA FREE” — what was perceived to be a reference to Dumpson’s sorority, Alpha Kappa Kappa — and “HARAMBE BAIT,” a reference to the gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo who was killed after a child fell into its cage.


Several bananas were said to have been discovered scattered around the campus, and were strung hanging from trees.





Source: College students ‘in tears’ over a banana peel in a tree because it didn’t make them feel ‘safe’

15813
Rev. Jesse Jackson says this is the reason why President Donald Trump won’t get into Jesus’ kingdom

Civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson appeared in Washington D.C. on Monday to address a group gathered at the National Action Network’s “Ministers’ March for…

Civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson appeared in Washington D.C. on Monday to address a group gathered at the National Action Network’s “Ministers’ March for Justice.” He told those in attendance the reason he believed President Donald Trump “would not qualify to get into Jesus’ kingdom.”


An event page created for the March described its intention.


“The Department of Justice and the current Administration are undermining Dr. King’s Dream,” the organization said. “We are marching to reaffirm that religious leaders will recommit to being at the forefront of social justice and civil rights.”


The March was also held to allow citizens to participate in “grassroots efforts to hold Attorney General Sessions accountable for all peoples’ civil rights.”


Jackson’s remarks


In his speech, Jackson said, “Trump says you must be able to speak the language English [to be] qualified and have a job skill.”


“Jesus would not qualify to come in Trump’s country. And [Trump] would not qualify to get into Jesus’ kingdom,” he added.


Jackson then paraphrased bible verses from Matthew 25:35-36 in order to give credence to his claim.


Matthew 25:35-36 says, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”


The problem


Jackson used Matthew 25:35-36 to rationalize a situation in which he believed Trump would be turned away from the gates of heaven.


In the verse Jackson quoted, Jesus’ words explain that His followers should help those in need.


Other verses applicable to this particular circumstance, however, might include Romans 3:23, which says that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”


Matthew 7:1-2 says, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”


Another meaningful verse on the topic of judgment is Romans 2:1-3.


“You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things,” Scripture says.


The verse continues, “Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?”


In the Bible, Jesus spoke explicitly about entering the kingdom of heaven.


In one instance, John 3:3 says, “Jesus replied, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.'”


What is the National Action Network and the ‘Ministers’ March for Justice’ anyway?


The Ministers’ March for Justice is an event sponsored by the National Action Network, which is a civil rights organization that was established in 1991 by Rev. Al Sharpton.


According to the organization’s web page, the National Action Network “works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality or gender.”


The organization offers support and activism for voter protection, criminal justice, anti-violence, corporate responsibility, and education, among other social causes.


The Ministers’ March for Justice urges a call to action for clergy to “commit to amplifying … messages centered on the social justice agenda.”


An ad on the web page added that another aim of the March is to recommit “people of faith and conscience to [Martin Luther King Jr’s] dream.”



Source: Rev. Jesse Jackson says this is the reason why President Donald Trump won’t get into Jesus’ kingdom

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Mysterious PayPal Cancellations for UBUNTU Support

For some strange reason, PayPal has cancelled more than 70% of our monthly funding subscriptions and left us in very difficult position to carry on with running the office.  It could simply be because the donation subscriptions automatically stop after one year or some other reason that I cannot figure out. 

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Source: Mysterious PayPal Cancellations for UBUNTU Support

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Former Trump immigration advisor tells harsh truth about DACA

President Donald Trump is expected to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, better known as DACA, this coming Tuesday. Although liberals are up…

President Donald Trump is expected to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, better known as DACA, this coming Tuesday. Although liberals are up in arms about the impending doom of one of former president Barack Obama’s flagship accomplishments, a former Trump immigration advisor has a strong take about why the program should end.


One of the key terms a person must meet in order to be DACA eligible is that he or she must not have committed any serious crimes. Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, said there are loopholes and limitations that still allow criminals to receive DACA amnesty.


“What happens is a lot of gangbangers get arrested, but the state won’t have the resources to prosecute them all, so they’re released,” Kobach said on MSNBC on Friday. “It used to be before DACA that the county sheriffs would release them to ICE in hopes that they would deport them. But we have many cases of such individuals who are getting the DACA amnesty.”


Kobach is seeking to dispel the notion held by many DACA supporters that those in the DACA program automatically represent a “higher class” of person. Rather, he said, there are people from both ends of the spectrum.


“We shouldn’t have any illusion here,” Kobach continued. “DACA is a cross section of the illegal alien population. There are criminals and there are scholars, but it’s not an especially high achieving cross section of the population.”


MSNBC hosts Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle took issue with Kobach’s characterization of people not convicted in a court of law as criminals.


Kobach is clearly understanding of the principle that a person is innocent until proven guilty, but his point is that there are illegal immigrants who are not going through the entire legal process because law enforcement agencies are forced to make a resource-based decision on who to prosecute and who to release. Basically, he’s saying that just because a person didn’t get convicted, doesn’t mean they didn’t commit the crime.


There is some nuance to the issue of DACA immigrants, and that is being acknowledged by some Republicans. Florida Governor Rick Scott, for example, supports amnesty for “Dreamers,” those who were brought to the U.S. as children, but he wants that to come from Congress, not an executive order like Obama used. He still insists he is strongly opposed to illegal immigration, but he does not want to punish children for what their parents did.


Kobach is known for his tough immigration stances, and made news for accidentally revealing parts of his strategic plan for the Department of Homeland Security during a photo op with then-president-elect Trump.


 


Source: Former Trump immigration advisor tells harsh truth about DACA

15816
Florida Gov. Scott tells Congress to stop Trump from fulfilling this promise

Florida Governor Rick Scott said Friday he supported efforts by some in Congress to cement the “Dream Act” that provides amnesty for some illegal aliens.…

Florida Governor Rick Scott said Friday he supported efforts by some in Congress to cement the “Dream Act” that provides amnesty for some illegal aliens. He made the announcement via statement released on his official Twitter account.


“President Obama was wrong to address the Dreamers issue by Executive Order,” he wrote.


“He should have done it in conjunction with Congress, which is how we make laws in our democracy,” Scott added. “But this issue must be addressed. I do not favor punishing children for the actions of their parents.”


“These kids must be allowed to pursue the American Dream, and Congress must act on this immediately,” he concluded.


If Congress follows through on Scott’s request, they would undermine President Trump’s ability to follow through on a promise he made numerous times on the campaign trail to rescind Obama’s amnesty act, that he said was unconstitutional. Since ascending the Oval Office, however, the president has hinted that he might allow the amnesty to stay in place.


Former President Obama instituted the “Dream Act” by executive action in a memo that ordered immigration officials to defer the deportation of illegal aliens who fulfilled the requirements of being classified as a “Dreamer.” The formal name of the act is DACA, which stands for “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.”


Certain Republican members of Congress have come out against rescinding DACA, including Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) who has been very vocal in advocating that Congress secure the amnesty to protect it from Trump. There are about 800,ooo persons who have received “DACA status” already.


Trump has already dismantled the partner act to DACA, called DAPA, which aimed to grant amnesty to the illegal alien parents and family of those who arrived in the U.S. as children.


Scott’s statement went on to express his support for strict immigration enforcement apart from DACA.


“I want to be very clear: I oppose illegal immigration, and everything else that is illegal,” the statement continued.


“We must secure our borders and the federal government is irresponsible in not doing so,” he said. “Every single bit of immigration policy becomes simpler once we secure our borders and put an end to illegal immigration. We must also not allow so-called sanctuary cities to defy our nation’s laws and we must vigorously vet every potential immigrant.”


“Failing to do that is irresponsible,” he concluded.


Gov. Rick Scott, who was in South Florida on Monday, talked about President Donald Trump's recent executive order to ban travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.The 90-day ban, imposed on Friday, sparked protests all over the nation, but Scott said he believes that the new president is "working for public safety.""It is important to me. Our immigration system doesn't work, as we all know," Scott said.Despite his seeming support for the order, Scott said Florida is a state full of immigrants and that will not change."We are a melting pot. Over 250 languages are spoken in our state, and we are going to continue to be a melting pot," he said. "We are a place that's full of immigrants, and we are going to continue to be that place."While Scott said that the state "loves immigrants," he said he wants to know who is coming into Florida -- something that he said he wasn't provided by the


Source: Florida Gov. Scott tells Congress to stop Trump from fulfilling this promise

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‘Political guru’ sentenced for funneling foreign money to Democrat’s election campaign

45-year-old “political guru” Ravneet Singh was sentenced by a judge in Southern California for helping a billionaire funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars to the…

45-year-old “political guru” Ravneet Singh was sentenced by a judge in Southern California for helping a billionaire funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars to the campaign coffers of a Democrat candidate who went on to win his election.


The sentencing was the latest in the case involving 51-year-old Jose Susumo Azano Matsura of Guadalajara, Mexico, who was convicted of campaign finance violations among 30 charges in 2016. Azano solicited the help of his son and other associations to funnel donations to help Bob Filner win the mayoral election in San Diego, California.


Law enforcement officials say  wanted to build condos and a high-end hotel in the city, and wanted to purchase political influence to help him do it.


Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Schopler charged that Azano ran a classic “straw donor” operation where his money was funneled through legal donors in order to get around campaign finance laws forbidding foreign campaign donations.


Azano’s son and other associates were also convicted of violating election laws.


Singh, the former CEO of ElectionMall Technologies, will serve 15 months in jail and pay a $10,000 fine.


Although Filner went on to win the election, he resigned within nine months after a salacious sexual harassment scandal.


Azano’s attorney told reporters that they would appeal the verdict and take it all the way to the Supreme Court if need be.


Why the mainstream media won’t cover it enough


The mainstream media often salivates over stories of corruption involving Republicans, but yawns when the very same thing happens to Democrats. Witness the conviction of a Democratic California lawmaker in 2014 for illegally trafficking in guns and shoulder fired automatic weapons and missiles, with incredibly salacious details that should have been fodder for dozens of stories. But it got very little play in the mainstream media because Leland Yee was a Democrat.


We will likely see the same pattern here – while the media obsesses over every detail that could possibly lead to proving Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, they have very little interest in a Mexican billionaire who appears to be successful in influencing the mayoral election in San Diego.


[H/T: The Daily Wire.]


Mexican billionaire Jose Azano is accused of illegally donating money to local politicians.


Source: ‘Political guru’ sentenced for funneling foreign money to Democrat’s election campaign

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Vladimir Putin has some ominous words for the U.S. regarding North Korea

Vladimir Putin, of all people, is attempting to be the voice of reason regarding the tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. In a post on…

Vladimir Putin, of all people, is attempting to be the voice of reason regarding the tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. In a post on the Kremlin website Friday, Putin warned that the two countries were “on the verge of a large scale conflict” and cautioned the United States against putting too much pressure on North Korea to stop its nuclear development.


Putin beseeched the two nations to engage in productive talks to resolve their differences. “It is essential to resolve the region’s problems through direct dialogue involving all sides without advancing any preconditions [for such talks],” Putin wrote. “Provocations, pressure and bellicose and offensive rhetoric is the road to nowhere.”


Russia doesn’t believe pressuring Pyongyang is the way to stop North Korean nuclear missile programs. Russia and China advocate a plan in which North Korea stops the nuclear missile program in exchange for the U.S. and South Korea discontinuing large scale war games, which North Korea views as threatening.


Russia has long been an ally of North Korea, but has played a passive role in the relationship between North Korea and the United States. This isn’t the first time Putin has urged against escalating tensions through shows of force and aggressive rhetoric.


Even though Russia favors North Korea, they do not favor North Korean nuclear proliferation. A nuclear North Korea could lead to a nuclear South Korea and a nuclear Japan, which shifts the balance of power in the region in a way that goes against Russian interests. However, Russia has not taken any tangible actions to curb North Korea’s nuclear progress.


(H/T Reuters and Newsweek)


Source: Vladimir Putin has some ominous words for the U.S. regarding North Korea

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FBI and Homeland Security saw Antifa growing so violent they gave them this label

Politico reports that documents and reports they reviewed showed that Homeland Security and the FBI warned of the growing violence of “Antifa” groups, and even…

Politico reports that documents and reports they reviewed showed that Homeland Security and the FBI warned of the growing violence of “Antifa” groups, and even designated their activities as “domestic terrorist violence.” The report was published Friday.


Prior to the election, Homeland Security saw these “anarchist extremist” groups organizing against “the capitalist system,” racism and fascism. But after the election, the groups latched on to a new target – the supporters and allies of President Trump.


According to Politico, the “Antifa” groups, which is short for “anti-fascist,” focused on the white nationalist and racist elements that supported certain Trump campaign agenda items that fit with their worldview. These included the ban on Muslim immigration he promised during the campaign, and the ratcheting up of border enforcement.


The report claims that law enforcement officials saw Trump’s rhetoric as worsening the situation.


“In interviews, law enforcement authorities made clear that Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric and policies — first as a candidate and then as president — helped to create a situation that has escalated so quickly and extensively that they do not have a handle on it,” it read.


The report says officials saw both sides reacting in more extreme ways when their opponents grew violent. Now the situation appears out of control.


“Everybody is wondering, ‘What are we gonna do? How are we gonna deal with this?’” said one state law enforcement official. “Every time they have one of these protests where both sides are bringing guns, there are sphincters tightening in my world.”


“Emotions get high, and fingers get twitchy on the trigger,” he added.


Even Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) decried the violence from the “antifa” group in a statement released Tuesday.


Some conservatives have accused the media appears to whitewash or ignore violence from the left-wing Antifa, as when Reuters had to delete their description of them as “peaceful protesters” in Phoenix, Arizona.


During Monday's edition of "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough, after seeing coverage of this weekend's Antifa violence in Berkeley, concluded that Antifa are the real fascists.<br />After showing video of black-clad and masked Antifa beating Trump supporters and anyone they thought looks like a "Nazi."<br />He commented,<br />"They're fascists in their behavior, aren't they? There's nothing anti-fascist about that."


Source: FBI and Homeland Security saw Antifa growing so violent they gave them this label

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Glenn Beck / Is Donald Trump about to lose another close aide?
« on: Sat Sep 02, 2017 - 03:01:08 »
Is Donald Trump about to lose another close aide?

White House sources have told CNN that Keith Schiller, the director of Oval Office operations, intends to resign. The sources say his departure will take place in…

White House sources have told CNN that Keith Schiller, the director of Oval Office operations, intends to resign. The sources say his departure will take place in late September or early October.


Schiller’s reason for wanting to leave his high-level White House post is allegedly financial. His current salary is $165,000 annually, significantly less than the $294,000 he made before as an employee with the Trump Organization and the Trump campaign, and from his private security firm, according to White House financial disclosures.


However, one of the sources said Schiller has been frustrated by White House chief of staff John Kelly. Kelly has restricted access to the president since joining the administration, and Schiller has reportedly complained that he has to call the White House switchboard just to speak to the president on the phone.


You may remember Schiller as the man who Trump sent to fire James Comey. Schiller delivered the letter to FBI headquarters that notified the former FBI director of his termination.


Few people are closer to Trump than Schiller. Schiller has worked with Trump for almost 20 years, starting as a part-time bodyguard in 1999, and is one of the few carryovers from Trump’s business mogul days. He’s a former NYPD detective who has served as a bodyguard and personal aide both during the campaign through the presidency.


Source: Is Donald Trump about to lose another close aide?

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