From Wednesday’s protest in Philly:
From Wednesday’s protest in Philly:
I am for keeping those that are disabled due to an injury incurred in the line of duty, they have already proven themselves. I draw the line at taking someone that is disabled off of the street and giving them a uniform.
Via Military Times
While veterans’ groups are pushing the Senate to expand protections for disabled troops when they travel abroad, lawmakers in the chamber are considering expanding military jobs to disabled individuals at home.
On Wednesday, veterans’ groups and a bipartisan coalition of senators led by former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole lobbied again for adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, arguing the move could provide international support for troops left disabled from war injuries.
The treaty, modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act, requires countries to provide disabled individuals equality under the law. Already, 141 countries have ratified the measure, but concerns over whether the treaty would mandate new regulations on U.S. businesses have stalled its adoption in the Senate.
Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said they’re continuing to work to dispel those myths, and to again establish America as a worldwide leader in providing protection and opportunities for the disabled.
But Harkin wants to push that idea even further, including an amendment in a Senate draft of the annual defense appropriations bill last week that would require the military to study the possibility of allowing disabled individuals to enlist in the military in non-combat and support roles.
“The military now permits individuals to remain on active duty if they acquire a disability while serving their country,” Harkin said during an appropriations hearing July 17. “However, for a person with a similar disability who wants to enlist in the military and be a part of our defense establishment, they would not allow that, even if they needed the same reasonable accommodations.”
The Defense Department already follows federal law mandating “reasonable accommodations” for disabled civilian employees, but no such exceptions are made for enlistees.
“They’re not going to be combat people, but we have a lot of people with disabilities who are lawyers who would like to enter the JAG Corps and be a part of our military,” Harkin said. “For every one combat person, there are 10 behind them.”
Also known as the worst kept secret in politics.
HT: Digitas Daily
Destroying ancient historical sites, always a jihadi favorite.
BAGHDAD (AP) – Islamic extremist militants blew up a revered Muslim shrine traditionally said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah in Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, on Thursday, residents of the city said.
The residents said the Islamic States of Iraq and Syria/Levant militants, who overran Mosul in June and imposed their harsh interpretation of Islamic law on the city, first ordered everyone out of the Mosque of the Prophet Younis, or Jonah, then blew it up.
The mosque was built on an archaeological site dating back to 8th century BC and is said to be the burial place of the prophet, who in stories from both the Bible and Quran is swallowed by a whale.
It was renovated in the 1990′s under Iraq’s late dictator Saddam Hussein and until the recent militant blitz that engulfed Mosul, remained a popular destination for religious pilgrims from around the world.
Several nearby houses were also damaged by the blast, said the residents, speaking on condition of anonymity because they feared for their own safety.
Ayatollah Khamenei calls for genocide against Jews like it’s a natural body function.
(Reuters) – Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday called for a referendum canvassing the Arabs and Jews that live in Israel in order to end the “Zionist state”, but said until such a vote could be held, armed resistance was necessary.
Khamenei and his predecessor the Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini have called repeatedly over the years for an end to the Jewish state, including through a referendum in the region, where Palestinians are in the majority.
In his first official comments on Israel since the start of its offensive on the Gaza Strip on July 8, Khamenei reiterated the call.
“There are logical and practical means to this end, which is for people who live and belong there to pick the government of their choice through a referendum. That would be the end of a usurping fake regime,” Khamenei, who has the last word in all matters in Shi’te Muslim Iran, said in a speech to university students in Tehran.
Until then, Khamenei said, “while waiting for an end to this cold-blooded murderous regime, mighty armed resistance is the only way to deal with it.”
Khamenei made clear for the first time that he was talking about the dismantling of the state of Israel, not the death of Jews.
“Israel’s annihilation is the only real cure, but that doesn’t mean destroying Jews in this region,” he said in his speech, which was posted on his website.
Last Friday I shared a picture of myself, here’s another one of me when I was a baby, I was so cute back then.
Same Abbas the Obama administration fawns over as a partner in peace.
Via CNS News:
Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction is urging mass Gaza solidarity protests across the West Bank after midday prayers on Friday, after Abbas in a speech cited a Qur’anic injunction that those who are wronged are permitted to fight.
On Wednesday the official P.A. news agency WAFA reported on a speech by Abbas the previous evening in which he vowed that “no-one in the world will enjoy stability and safety if this is not granted to the children of Gaza, Jerusalem, the West Bank and all of Palestine’s children.”
The speech, delivered to PLO officials at his headquarters in Ramallah, ended with a sura from the Qur’an: “Permission (to fight) has been given to those who are being fought, because they were wronged. And indeed, Allah is competent to give them victory.”
Fatah’s official Facebook page noted that Abbas’ speech had ended – in its words – “with the first verse of the Quran that permits Muslims to wage war for Allah,” according to a translation by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), an Israeli non-governmental media monitoring group.
A shovel ready job.
A House Republican who chairs a subcommittee overseeing the District of Columbia is suggesting giving most of the District back to Maryland and “possibly” getting rid of the local government.
Rep. John Mica of Florida made the comments to WTTG-TV after Wednesday’s ceremonial groundbreaking with Donald Trump for a luxury hotel downtown.
Asked about President Barack Obama’s support for District statehood, Mica said: “The president must be spending too much time in Colorado, because you’d have to be high to think that Congress or anyone else is going to support making the District of Columbia the 51st state.”
Mica suggested that a way for District residents to gain congressional representation would be to make most of the city part of Maryland, “and possibly disband the D.C. Council.”
Via Fox News:
As the world scrambles to formulate a response to the shooting down of a commercial airliner –most likely by pro-Russian separatists — American voters continue to oppose the United States taking action in Ukraine.
By a margin of 61-32 percent, voters say the U.S. should not get more involved in Ukraine, according to the latest Fox News poll.
The Malaysian airliner was carrying nearly 300 passengers when it was shot down Thursday. All perished. World leaders pinned blame on pro-Russian separatists backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The rebels further outraged the international community by blocking recovery teams and efforts to investigate the crash site. [...]
While the poll’s findings suggest voters are in line with the Obama administration’s decision to keep out of the conflict, most voters think Putin has the “upper hand” in Ukraine: 75 percent think Putin has the advantage, while just 14 percent think Obama does. These views are identical to views held in May.
Governor Moonbeam should take some illegal aliens with him back to Mexico to reduce Californias carbon footprint.
When he leaves next week for Mexico for talks on trade and the environment, Gov. Jerry Brown will be accompanied by more than 100 administration officials, lawmakers and business delegates, including many of his political donors and a handful of old friends.
Of the roughly 90 businesspeople joining Brown, about one-third have donated to Brown’s political causes in recent years or represent companies that have, with contributions totaling about $750,000 since Brown ran for office in 2010.
Delegates paying a fee of $5,000 each for the four-day trip are subsidizing the cost of Brown’s travel. The delegation includes Sempra Energy, BP America and other representatives of the energy, tourism and agriculture industries, but also the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Defense Fund.
The delegation includes about 10 members of Brown’s administration, five state senators and 10 Assembly members. All of the traveling lawmakers are Democrats but one, Assemblyman Rocky Chávez, R-Oceanside.
Also on the roster of attendees are retired Judge Frank Damrell Jr., the governor’s former college roommate, and Lucie Gikovich, a former aide at whose home Brown sometimes stays when visiting Washington, D.C. Brown’s sister Kathleen Brown, the former state treasurer, is also going.
Brown is scheduled to hold three days of meetings in Mexico on trade and the environment, the latter his priority.
“I certainly think climate change is the overarching, existential threat to humanity,” the Democratic governor told reporters Wednesday at a luncheon previewing the trip. “I want to do something about that.”
Via Washington Times:
High-ranking U.S. officials said Wednesday that not only are Sunni radicals with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant “worse than al Qaeda,” but that the group has a message for the president: “We’re coming for you, Barack Obama.”
Brett McGurk, the deputy assistant secretary of state, told lawmakers at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing that ISIL may have “changed its name,” but that it’s still al Qaeda.
Elissa Slotkin, the acting principal deputy undersecretary of Defense for policy, added that ISIL also has its eye on the president, threatening “We’re coming for you, Barack Obama,” The Hill reported.
Talk about blaming the victim.
Via Washington Times:
A day before meeting with President Obama at the White House to discuss the border crisis, the presidents of Honduras and Guatemala blamed the wave of unaccompanied children inundating the U.S. on American foreign policy and on gridlock in Congress over immigration reform.
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez said ambiguity in Washington’s immigration debate has helped human smugglers, called “coyotes,” convince Central Americans that they can stay in the U.S. if they make the long, illegal journey.
“That is a situation that the coyotes are very perversely taking very much an opportunity to exploit,” Mr. Hernandez, speaking through an interpreter, told reporters. [...]
Mr. Perez and Mr. Hernandez suggested that more U.S. aid to their countries would help solve the problem.
“We’re dealing with the problem, even with our limited means,” said Mr. Hernandez. “But with the level of complexity of the problem we can’t do it alone.”
Mr. Perez added: “One dollar invested in Central American security is one dollar invested in U.S. security.”
A gang member in Chicago? I thought the guns were doing all the shooting. Update to this story.
As they prepared to bury 11-year-old Shamiya Adams — killed last week by a stray bullet — family members were relieved to hear Thursday that murder charges had been filed against the alleged shooter.
The senseless circumstances behind the shooting, however, offered them no solace.
Tevin Lee, an 18-year-old gang member, fired into a crowd of people Friday afternoon in the West Garfield Park neighborhood — retaliation for an earlier fistfight between two 14-year-old boys, police said.
One of the bullets entered a home on the 3900 block of West Gladys and hit Shamiya in the head as she prepared to microwave s’mores while at a slumber party at a friend’s house.
“I’m just glad they caught the guy . . . and we can bury my grandbaby in peace,” said Nanette Dailey, Shamiya’s grandmother. Shamiya’s twin brother, Jeremiah, is trying to understand where his sister is, she said. “We don’t really think that he understands his sister has gone to heaven, he’s just trying to be strong for his mother,” Dailey said.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday said he planned to pay his third visit to Shamiya’s mother, Shaneetha Goodloe, and called her after hearing about the charges.
“I didn’t do it just as mayor. I also did it as a father of three kids…whose own kids do sleepovers and have sleepovers, as a fellow parent to give her the strength, the notion that she’s not alone….so she knows that she has the resolve to keep going,” Emanuel said after groundbreaking ceremonies at a $500 million office tower along the Chicago River.
What the f…?
Via NY Times:
Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal.
If approved, the plan would direct the government to screen thousands of children and youths in Honduras to see if they can enter the United States as refugees or on emergency humanitarian grounds. It would be the first American refugee effort in a nation reachable by land to the United States, the White House said, putting the violence in Honduras on the level of humanitarian emergencies in Haiti and Vietnam, where such programs have been conducted in the past amid war and major crises.
Critics of the plan were quick to pounce, saying it appeared to redefine the legal definition of a refugee and would only increase the flow of migration to the United States. Administration officials said they believed the plan could be enacted through executive action, without congressional approval, as long as it did not increase the total number of refugees coming into the country.
By moving decisions on refugee claims to Honduras, the plan aims to slow the rush of minors crossing into the United States illegally from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, which has overwhelmed the border this year. More than 45,000 unaccompanied minors from those three nations have arrived since Oct. 1, straining federal resources to the point that some agencies will exhaust their budgets by next month, the secretary of Homeland Security has said.
McCollum says changing Redskins name should therefore be a “priority” for Congress.
Via CNS News:
Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) said at an event on Tuesday at the liberal Center for American Progress that “racism and hate speech” are always a priority in Congress, including as it relates to the campaign to change the name of the Washington Redskins.
“Racism and hate speech is always a priority if we’re going to be the shining beacon of democracy and respect and opportunity that we aspire to in all of our founding documents,” McCollum said when CNSNews.com asked whether the Redskins controversy should be a priority given all of the issues facing lawmakers.
In her remarks at CAP, McCollum said when she came to the Capitol in 2001, she became aware of the “harmful stereotype” the Redskins mascot represented.
“It made me realize that people didn’t know what they were doing – that they needed an opportunity to find out what this hateful mascot really was, because they didn’t know,” McCollum said.
How dare they!
Via Chicago Sun-Times:
First lady Michelle Obama was especially frank Thursday evening when addressing a crowd of some 150 Chicago donors about the best way to influence politics: “Write the biggest, fattest check that you can possibly write.”
Here to raise money for the national Democratic Party, the first lady also put in a plug for local Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn, pledging to “do everything in our power to make sure he gets over the finish line. He is the guy for this state.” [...]
Obama’s 20-minute speech covered obstructionist politics in Congress, campaign finance as well as health care, according to a pool report of the event.
“It’s gotten so bad, they’re even trying to block the work that I do on childhood obesity, and that’s really saying something,” Michelle Obama said, referring to Republicans. “I mean, for most folks in this country, making sure our kids get decent nutrition shouldn’t be that controversial.”
Learn English or pay for your own translator.
Via Merced Sun Star
When Chek Lun Wong picks up his prescription medication for hepatitis B at his local Walmart, he doesn’t understand a word.
“I give them the prescription and my license and they give it to me. I don’t read the bottle,” said Wong. “I usually just ignore it if I don’t understand it.”
The 63-year-old Wong, who told his story with the help of a Chinese translator at the Paul Hom Asian Clinic in East Sacramento last weekend, is one of thousands in the capital region and the state who struggle to take their medication correctly because of a language barrier – an issue that some health advocates want rectified at a California State Board of Pharmacy meeting later this month.
On Saturday at the free medical clinic on Folsom Boulevard, Wong waited among a steady stream of Chinese and Vietnamese patients, most of whom spoke little to no English, to get the prescription for his next refill and to listen to instructions on their use from a Chinese-speaking volunteer. Kai Ming Tan, one of the many UC Davis students who staff the clinic, often writes out directions for Wong in Chinese characters.
When Wong goes to the pharmacy to pick up his prescription bottle, labeled in English, he will rely on this information to take the drug.
“Patients need things written down,” said Tan. “If a medical student is presenting, (the patients) can’t keep it in their head. They need something written down so they have something if they go home and forget what I said.”
Currently, the California State Board of Pharmacy requires pharmacies to provide an interpreter for non-English speakers free of charge, either in person or by phone, when requested at the pharmacy counter. The board itself is required to provide written translations of basic instructions in Spanish, Korean, Russian, Chinese and Vietnamese, in addition to English, on its website. But most pharmacists will not – and are not required to – print translated labels on the bottles themselves.
At its July 31 meeting, the board will consider, among other potential changes, requiring pharmacies to do just that.
Most pharmacists believe the system in place is working, said Jon Roth, chief executive officer of the Sacramento-based California Pharmacists Association. Limited-English speakers can use a telephonic translation service to get instructions on prescription drug use, which the pharmacist calls when the customer arrives. The customer hears the instructions and can also request a fax of the translation.
Roth said most pharmacists would not feel comfortable dispensing medication in a language they do not understand, especially considering that the pharmacist would be held liable for any potential mistake in the translation.
Nativists or NIMBYs (Not In My Back Yarders)?
Via Boston Herald
Massachusetts’ candidates for governor will find out soon what Democrat Steve Grossman learned firsthand yesterday — voters even in liberal Massachusetts are angry.
On our Boston Herald Radio show live at South Station, Grossman was in the middle of a passionate defense of Gov. Deval Patrick’s move to house 1,000 illegal immigrants in the state, when a couple of voters decided to intervene.
“We have enough problems with our own kids,” said one woman from Brockton who was waiting to catch a commuter rail.
The state treasurer countered by talking about opiate abuse — a standard political dodge — but another woman wanted to chime in.
“These people are not my responsibility,” she said. “We have homeless veterans here for God’s sake. What are you doing about that? We owe these people more than we owe immigrants.”
Grossman tried again.
“You’re expressing concerns — ” he said before the woman corrected him.
“I’m expressing anger,” she said. “I’ve had it up to here with most of you.”
Welcome to the new political climate in Massachusetts, Mr. Grossman. The stories and pictures of kids, teenagers and others streaming in illegally across the Mexican border — and Patrick’s decision to embrace them in the Bay State — have touched a raw nerve. And Massachusetts, much to the surprise of many liberals, is no different.
It looks like Grossman and the other candidates for governor will be getting an earful from thousands of other voters just like those women at South Station.
In one of the most comically contorted poll stories ever, the Boston Globe reported that much to its shock and dismay, Massachusetts voters are not all on board with President Obama and Patrick.
The Globe poll showed voters are split on the plan to put 1,000 illegal immigrant children on a local military base — even after the pollster helpfully told the respondents the feds were picking up the tab and the kids would be here for only a few months.
No doubt the Globe erred by including too many people who don’t live in Lincoln or the Berkshires and will never have to see the illegals in their communities.
But the real shocking result was that more than 80 percent of voters are paying some or a lot of attention to the illegal immigration problem. That is not what Globe editors or Democrats want to hear. What about the GOP war on women? Aren’t voters more concerned about that?
Well, just ask Treasurer Grossman after he found himself in the middle of the spontaneous debate on Herald Radio.
“I hear that anger. I feel that anger,” he said. “That anger is palpable.”
Give Grossman credit for hanging in and answering the questions, even though an aide was trying to usher him to another event.
“Will you have me back?” he asked me and my “Trending Now” co-host Adriana Cohen.
Yes, we will, Mr. Treasurer. And we invite all the candidates to come to our Wednesday shows live from South Station. But they are going to have to come up with better answers.
Not too proud to beg.
As a Democrat he is not accustomed to having his facts checked. Update to this story.
The online plagiarism detection service iThenticate determined that U.S. Sen. John Walsh’s final paper at the U.S. Army War College had a similarity index of 79 percent.
This index indicates “how much of the document matches other sources,” the online services said. “Please note that iThenticate does not determine whether a manuscript contains plagiarism.
Lee Newspapers State Bureau ran an electronic version of Walsh’s paper through iThenticate , which is used by corporations to detect plagiarism. It is part of IParadigms LLC of Oakland, which also operates two other similar websites, Turnitin, which helps professors detect plagiarism in students’ papers, and Plagiarism.org.
iThenticate’s website explained that it electronically compares an uploaded article to millions of others on the Internet, plus “more than 37 million published research articles from 500-plus global scientific, technical and medical publishers.” It said this cache “is larger than most university libraries maintain.”
David Parker, a political science professor at Montana State University, said he’s used Turnitin for two semesters to detect plagiarism in his students’ papers. He said Walsh’s “similarity index” is higher than any he’s seen from any students over the two semesters.
What if a student of Parker’s turned in a paper that wound up having a 79 percent similarity index?
“I would fail him,” Parker said. “That’s a problem. I’d probably charge him with plagiarism.”
He said a note would go in the student’s academic file. If the student received another “F” for cause, it would be grounds for instant dismissal from the university, Parker said.
The New York Times, which broke the story, said its examination of Walsh’s paper “indicates the senator appropriated at least a quarter of his thesis on American Middle East policy from other authors’ works, with no attribution.”