It’s either “independence”(and join Russia) or outright join Russia.
— East of Brussels (@EastOfBrussels) March 8, 2014
Fake democracy, it’s a wonderful thing.
HT: East of Brussels
It’s either “independence”(and join Russia) or outright join Russia.
— East of Brussels (@EastOfBrussels) March 8, 2014
Fake democracy, it’s a wonderful thing.
HT: East of Brussels
Of course this is the same DOJ that goes out of its way to stifle the religious freedoms of Christians.
PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the School District of Philadelphia, claiming a rule regulating the length of employees’ beards constitutes religious discrimination.
According to the suit filed Wednesday, the district in October 2010 instituted a new grooming policy preventing school police officers and security guards from having beards longer than a quarter of an inch.
School police officer Siddiq Abu-Bakr maintained an untrimmed beard for the 27 years he worked at the district, the suit states. Abu-Bakr is a member of the Islamic faith, which he says requires that he not cut his beard.
When Abu-Bakr notified his supervisor his religious beliefs precluded him from complying with the new policy, he was allegedly issued a written reprimand cautioning that continued violation of the rule would result in “further disciplinary action.”
Yup we’re just going in to protect people, if you believe that I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you…
Via Kyiv Post:
A bill making it easer to annex the Autonomous Republic of Crimea to Russia could have its first reading in State Duma on March 21.
“This date has been proposed for the first reading by the Committee for Constitutional Legislation and Nation-Building,” the lower house told Interfax on Friday.
The proposal will be considered by the Duma council at its next session on Tuesday
The left has a new cause célèbre.
(CNN) – A transgender woman prohibited from competing in a strength competition as a female is suing the fitness company sponsoring the competition, seeking $2.5 million in damages.
Chloie Jonsson, a personal trainer, charges the CrossFit company with discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress and unfair competition in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Santa Cruz, California.
While her lawyer calls it a case of discrimination against transgender people, CrossFit’s lawyer calls it protecting the competition.
Last year, Jonsson sought to compete in the CrossFit Games, a contest aimed at determining the fittest man and woman.
According to the lawsuit, Jonsson has identified herself as a female since her teenage years and is legally recognized by California as a woman. She had sexual reassignment surgery in 2006 and has been on female hormone therapy, according to her lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleges that a CrossFit teammate of Jonsson’s sent an anonymous e-mail to the games organizers asking about transgender athletes in the competition. CrossFit determined that competitors in the event had to compete in the gender of their birth.
Jonsson disagreed with its decision and the dispute has escalated to a lawsuit.
I really love this picture of Cory Booker. I’ve been waiting for months for an excuse to use it again. You’re welcome.
More than three years after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg committed $100 million toward remaking Newark’s struggling schools, the district is engulfed in a dispute over proposed large-scale teacher layoffs that’s threatening to derail wider reform efforts.
Nearly half the money has been invested in a 2012 teacher contract that was hailed by Gov. Chris Christie and the nation’s top teacher’s union official as an example of adversaries joining forces to rebuild a struggling urban school district. The contract, partially funded by the Facebook money, made Newark the state’s first district to allow for teacher merit pay and peer reviews.
President Reagan’s notes from the speech:
He’s just lucky his name isn’t George W. Bush or the media would be crucifying him.
Via Ballot Box:
White House spokesman Josh Earnest defended President Obama’s weekend vacation in Key Largo, despite the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, arguing Obama would be able to monitor events from Florida.
“What the president will be doing this weekend in Florida is essentially what the president would be doing back at the White House. It’s just that the weather will be a little warmer,” Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One.
“The president is looking forward to spending some time with his wife and daughters, who are traveling down to Florida as well,” he continued. “There are some recreational amenities on the property, including workout facilities, tennis courts, a couple of golf courses.”
“If there is an opportunity for the president to enjoy some of those amenities, then he’ll do that. What he will do, and what he is looking forward to doing, is getting a little downtime in the warm weather with his wife and daughters.”
Earlier this week, there was speculation the president could scrap the trip — his third vacation of the year — because of the crisis. But Earnest downplayed the suggestion, saying deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken is traveling to Florida with Obama, along with the “regular assortment of communication tools” allowing the president to attend secure briefings.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland–On March 7th, Breitbart News had the opportunity to talk with former Congressman (R-FL) Lt. Col. Allen West about the current crisis in Ukraine with Russia occupying Crimea.
We asked: “When we consider the situation in Ukraine, where people want to be free yet the U.S. shows very little interest in helping them, do you see certain faults in our approach to this crisis? Faults that you can explain or that you would correct?”
I can only imagine what Obama’s gutless response will be.
Via Fox News:
Russia may stop fulfilling arms treaty commitments and block U.S. military inspections from checking its nuclear weapons in response to Washington’s move to suspend military cooperation with Moscow, Russian agencies reported Saturday citing an unnamed official in Russia’s defense ministry.
The official said that threats from U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization directed toward Russia are perceived as “an unfriendly gesture” and allow the country “to declare force majeure conditions.”
The official said that inspection of nuclear weapons is based on trust and Moscow can’t have bilateral contacts with the U.S. as the latter has de facto announced sanctions against Russia.
Earlier this week Washington suspended military cooperation with Russia following dissent over the situation in Ukraine. U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order to impose sanctions against people who are destabilizing Ukraine and is restricting visas for people who are undermining democracy in the country. The U.S. has the flexibility to continue taking other steps to punish Russia, Mr. Obama said.
Putin: No one’s allowed to monitor what we are doing, even though we’re not really there.
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Armed men in Crimea’s capital city have confiscated equipment from Associated Press employees and contractors working there.
AP’s Global Media Services, a division of the news cooperative that provides services to broadcasters, said a crew was setting up a satellite uplink for a live camera position above a Simferopol restaurant Thursday. They were approached by unarmed men who asked them to turn off their broadcast lights and prevented them from leaving the building.
Two other men then came and took photos of AP’s equipment, including protective jackets, and accused the crew of being spies.
In Venezuela food, cosmetics, toiletries and even toothpaste are being rationed because of government policies extricating foreign corporations from Venezuela.
As a means of controlling the available supply of these products, Venezuelan authorities are now marking human beings with serial numbers and in some cases barcodes. It is applied with permanent marker and takes hours to remove.
These numbers or barcodes allow government officials waiting outside supermarkets to know whether you’ve had your quota of goods for the week or month. All out? Well you’re screwed then.
Most likely ruthless Chechens.
Via Long War Journal:
A video of jihadists executing a group of Syrians in the city of Aleppo has emerged. The execution is carried out by Russian-speaking fighters, and one of those to be killed was said to be mentally ill.
The graphic video was published today on the Facebook page of a group known as the Syrian Center for Documentation. The group claimed that civilians, including children, were among those killed. Although the date and exact location of the execution has not been disclosed, the Syrian Center for Documentation indicated that it took place in Aleppo.
In the video, a number of well-armed fighters are seen moving civilians into a large room. A group of young and middle-aged males appears arranged in a line, while others are huddled in small groups or are being moved around the room. Some of the captives are flex-tied. Lying on the floor of the room are the bodies of several men who appear to have been executed.
The fighters speak in Russian, according to a translation of the video by Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Boris Zilberman.
“They spoke pretty decent Russian … better than some of the folks that you can usually find on Kavkaz Center,” Zilberman said, referring to one of the propaganda arms of the Islamic Caucasus Emirate.
The fighters seem eager to proceed with the execution, while the cameraman is concerned about the angle he should use to film it.
“Come on, come on, what about this injured?” one of the fighters says.
“Should I film from the front or back?” the cameraman asks. He decides to film from the rear.
Seven men are lined up, kneeling on the ground. One of the fighters walks behind the men, and buttstrokes each of the men in the back of the head. A group of fighters then lines up and opens fire, killing the men.
“This is what happens to those that fight against Islam,” the fighter says to the leader. The leader then points to a man on the ground who appears to be still alive, and orders the men to shoot him again.
Via Daily Caller:
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul warned Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday over the occupation of southern Ukraine, with the libertarian-leaning Republican claiming that “if he’s going to act like a rogue nation, he will be isolated.”
Paul spoke to Fox News’ Greta van Susteren at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where he delivered a speech on Friday. “What will you do about Putin and Ukraine?” the reporter asked the prospective 2016 presidential candidate.
Often criticized by right-wing hawks for his push to limit American involvement overseas Paul’s response indicated a willingness to articulate clear consequences to aggression without resorting to military confrontation. “We have to tell him that his behavior is unacceptable. He needs to be isolated,” the senator said. “And if he’s going to act like a rogue nation, he will be isolated.”
Caveman get special privileges.
The Orange County, Fla. Sheriff’s Office said Friday that Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) will not be arrested in connection to his estranged wife’s accusations of domestic violence, according to The Orlando Sentinel.
Earlier this week, a Florida judge granted Grayson’s wife, Lolita Carson-Grayson, custody of the couple’s children, and barred contact by her husband, following an incident where Carson-Grayson said her husband pushed her against a door. Grayson has since repeatedly denied striking his wife, and his lawyers on Wednesday released a video of the incident that they said proved that Carson-Grayson had been the one who committed a physical attack outside the couple’s Orlando home on Saturday.
According to the Sentinel, the sheriff’s office interviewed Grayson, Carson-Grayson, and others before determining that there was not enough evidence to arrest the congressman. Nevertheless, the Sentinel reported, Grayson was served with a domestic violence injunction on Friday.
Carson-Grayson recently filed for divorce from Grayson. The couple has been married for more than two decades.
The left’s pavlovian response to everything.
Via AFL-CIO Blog:
A new study from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research shows that Hispanics and those who make less than $20,000 a year are the workers least likely to have paid sick days. Overall, slightly more than 60% of Americans have paid sick days, a number much lower than most developed countries, and the evidence shows that the amount of paid sick days Americans get is declining in recent decades. The new study shows that less than half, only 47%, of Hispanic workers get paid sick days. Even worse, less than 28% of workers who make under $20,000 a year have paid sick days, compared to 83% for workers who make more than $65,000 annually.
It’s also notable that only 24% of food preparation and service workers have access to paid sick days, despite the fact that most health departments recommend that these workers not go to work sick. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that some 20% of restaurant workers had gone to work while sick with vomiting or diarrhea. Corporate interests generally oppose paid sick day laws, arguing that such laws encourage absenteeism and hurt profits, but the evidence is pretty clear that the opposite is true. Workers with paid sick days haven’t been shown to abuse such policies and the net effects of paid sick leave legislation helps profits and boosts local economies.
HT: Marathon Pundit
Someone was able to user their Liberal Arts Degree for something other than working the drive thru at Mickey D’s.
Taxpayers have paid more than $2.4 million to develop “origami condoms,” including male and female versions, and the “first of its kind anal condom.”
Out to “reinvent the condom,” Los Angeles businessman Danny Resnic has completed the first rounds of testing for three variations based on Japanese folding paper, courtesy of the National Institutes of Health.
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development initially spent $212,162 for a feasibility study on Resnic’s “new condom” in 2006. The idea was a non-rolled, silicone-based condom that “increases pleasure” and is more effective at preventing sexually transmitted diseases.
The issue is important to Resnic who said a broken condom in the 1990s changed his life.
“We all know that latex condoms don’t feel great. They break, they slip, and they interfere with intimacy,” Resnic said, sporting green neon shoes and sitting next to an outdoor fireplace for a promotional video on his website.
“From my perspective, the latex condom, designed in 1918, just got it wrong,” he said. “In 1993 I had a life-changing incident, a broken condom and an HIV diagnosis. This drastically changed my view about condoms.”
— Patrick Jackson (@patrickgjackson) March 7, 2014
Ukrainian journalists are reported to have been brutally beaten during the seizure by Russian soldiers of a Ukrainian military unit on Friday evening, while in Simferopol STB journalists were attacked during a live news broadcast.
Budzhurova, head of the Crimean Association of Free Journalists stated on the Savik Shuster talk show on Friday that she had received two calls from Olena Myekhanik, a journalist from TV Inter. Myekhanik first told her that the Ukrainian military unit was under attack, that a KAMAZ truck had rammed the gates and 12 individuals had crossed onto the unit’s land. She asked for a journalist team from TV ATR to be sent. Later she rang in distress saying that the Ukrainian journalists present, including women, had been assaulted, and their video recorders smashed. The journalists were all at Unit 2355 where there is an air force command point in charge of overseeing air safety. The journalists also included a TV STB firlm crew and a Georgian national.
Two stolen passports on a plane that “disappeared” somehow. I wonder if that is coincidental or not..
Foreign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna confirm that names of two nationals listed on the manifest of the missing Malaysian airlines flight match passports reported stolen in Thailand.
Italy’s Foreign Ministry said Saturday that an Italian man whose name was listed as being aboard is traveling in Thailand and was not aboard the plane.
A foreign ministry functionary, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed Italian reports that Luigi Maraldi had reported his passport stolen last August.
Rather ironic considering Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi Islam is the foundation for al-Qaeda and other jihadi terror groups.
Saudi Arabia has formally designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group, official Saudi television reported citing a statement by the Interior Ministry.
The kingdom has also designated Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, whose fighters are battling Syrian President Bashar Assad, as terrorist organizations.
The decree was earlier reported on Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television.
Last year, the Egyptian government intensified its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and formally listed the group as a terrorist organization after accusing it of carrying out a suicide bomb attack on a police station that killed 16 people.
HT: Blue Sky, Western Journalism
Today flipping through Google News I came upon a story written on Al Jazeera English aka “Al Jazeera America”.
An Opinion piece, the author scoffs at protesters, dismisses them as “getting fatter by the week” and claims most images from protests are from Chile, Colombia and almost all are taken in a winter “Venezuela just doesn’t have”
“For every year of the revolution, I think that everyone has gained a kilo,” said a surprised American visitor, commenting on my neighbor’s plumper physique.”
The piece is obviously and horrendously clever in its critiques of Venezuela. It critiques just enough to sound legitimate then comes back around and hits the protesters for their criticisms by effectively saying “can’t we all just get along?”
“Venezuela also faces shortages of staples such as milk and corn flour. Many are to blame. It is the government’s fault for not instituting a policy that promotes national production and makes necessary imports more fluid. But private industry is also to blame for hoarding or exporting products purchased with cheap government-regulated funds.”
So now you’re all probably wondering: “So what gives? How did they get punked?” Well the answer is simple.
The person who wrote this story does not exist. It’s not a real person and as far as I can tell from reading their commentary and “opinion” they’re essentially on the payroll of Nicolas Maduro.
Your first indicator that something is amiss is that the author’s name is “Lisa Sullivan” Lisa sounds like it could be a Venezuelan name but Sullivan?
Speaks perfect English? From Guatemala and Venezuela? I’m starting to wonder if this is a put-on. Let’s check her Twitter account age and twitter history (since AJ-US linked her account on the page).
Paging the LSM! We have found the obstructionist.
Democrats have been trumpeting their support for a hefty minimum wage increase in the run-up to November’s midterm elections.
So why haven’t they taken up legislation in Congress?
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., left a private meeting with his Democratic caucus dead-set on holding an immediate vote to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016, a nearly 40 percent hike. He told reporters, “I’m going to try to do it this month.”
That was on Nov. 7.
Four months later, Reid has yet to call a vote on legislation to raise the minimum wage, even though his party commands a five-seat voting majority in the Senate and President Obama is promoting it as a top priority.
“If Harry Reid thought he would have the votes, he would have pulled the trigger,” David French, a lobbyist for the National Retail Federation, which opposes the bill, told the Washington Examiner. “We’re entering the fifth month of anticipated action on the minimum wage. His efforts to build support for the bill have obviously not been successful.”
Reid has postponed votes repeatedly, despite frequent floor speeches extolling the benefits of raising the minimum wage. He has also used the argument as a weapon to attack Republicans who oppose an increase. Polls show the vast majority of voters support a hike.
The Palestinian president says there’s “no way” he’ll recognize Israel as a Jewish state and accept just a portion of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital.
Mahmoud Abbas says in comments published Friday by the official WAFA news agency that he withstood US pressure when he sought UN recognition for a state of Palestine and suggested he could do so again.
US Secretary of State John Kerry is to present ideas for the contours of a deal to Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Put in 20 years and wait 20 plus years for full retirement.
Via Stars & Stripes
Amid attempts to reduce military personnel spending, the Pentagon on Thursday presented its official thinking on the politically touchy issue of how remake the military retirement system.
If enacted, the proposals would result in lower benefits for future troops who retire after full careers, but as a trade-off, could also make many more troops eligible for some retirement pay.
The Pentagon prepared the report, “Concepts for Modernizing Military Retirement,” for the Congressionally mandated Commission on Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization, which is conducting a broad study of how the department pays its current troops and retirees. The commission’s report is due in February 2015.
“This is not a proposal, it’s not a plan, and it’s not a recommendation,” Pentagon spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen said. “It’s something we’re required to submit to the commission for their use as they work toward an ultimate recommendation to Congress and the President.”
The Military Times was the first to report on the paper Thursday.
Officials say the options were prepared under the principle that changes would not apply to currently serving troops or to current retirees. In January, top Pentagon officials came out against a 1 percent reduction in the annual cost-of-living calculation for current working-age retirees.