Via Times of Israel:
Iran on Saturday marked Army Day with a military parade featuring new weapons systems, as well as a truck carrying a massive banner reading “Death to Israel.”
A televised broadcast of the parade was punctuated by repeated cries of “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.”
“If Israel makes a mistake,” the announcer on Iran television said during the broadcast, as heavy trucks carrying armored personnel carriers rolled past, “those in Tel Aviv and Haifa will not sleep at night, not one person.”
School Faces Backlash After Planning “Covered Girl Challenge”, Having Girls Spend Day In Hijab To ‘Celebrate Diversity’
This crossed the line from student-led to school approved.
Via Biz Pac Review:
In yet another event aimed to “celebrate diversity,” an Ohio high school planned what it called “A Covered Girl Challenge” where female students were to have spent the day wearing a hijab.
Mason High School in southwest Ohio scheduled the event for April 23, but in response to a storm of protest, it fizzled out and died before it got off the ground, according to Cincinnati.com.
The idea was to give female students the option of wearing a hijab for the day, then set aside some time for discussion and reflection.
The event was sponsored by MHS’ Muslim Student Association, but an email promoting it came from MHS’ Student Activities Department. In her letter, McCarty-Stewart said that should not have happened.
The event was student-led rather than school-sponsored, she said, adding that MHS will put policies in place to ensure further communication from the school email account is limited to school-sponsored events.
Only thing the cops didn’t do was hold hands and sing Kumbaya.
Police said they shot the 23-year-old man on Friday night after he charged at them with a knife. A group of protesters gathered Saturday afternoon to protest the shooting.
Police said they fatally shot Thaddeus McCarroll, 23, after being called by his mother to their Jennings residence at around 9:20 p.m. local time because he was acting strangely.
As St. Louis County Police Tactical Operations Unit negotiators tried to calm McCarroll, he “charged the officers at a full run with the knife still in hand,” police said in a statement to BuzzFeed News.
“This is another tragic situation where police officers had no other option than to use deadly force against an armed subject,” St. Louis County Chief of Police Jon Belmar said in a statement. “My officers took every precaution to safely resolve this situation, starting with over an hour-long attempt at negotiations with the subject.”
Police said they initially fired a “less lethal round” at McCarroll in a failed attempt to disarm him after he began walking towards officers. It was then, police said, that McCarroll charged at the officers.
“The officers resorted to less lethal force to try and bring the incident to a safe conclusion with no loss of life, but this individual made the decision to refuse these attempts, and charge at officers with a deadly weapon,” Belmar said.
Police said McCarroll’s mother told them her son had been talking about going on a “journey” and a “mission,” while also making references to a “black revolution.”
“Officers could see the subject through the front window of the residence, walking around the inside of the house with several knives and a Samurai sword,” police said in a statement.
Might as well hold a voter registration drive for the Democrats.
Via The Daily Caller
Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio offered a measure of support for President Obama’s first executive amnesty program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, during a recent interview he conducted in Spanish this week with Univision’s Jorge Ramos.
Rubio’s comments mark a reversal of sorts from criticism he offered of DACA last year, and they also put him at odds with the conservative Republican base, which he will need in his corner if he hopes to win the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
“I believe DACA is important,” Rubio told Ramos in the interview, which was posted online and translated by Grabien. “It can’t be terminated from one moment to the next, because there are already people benefiting from it.”
“Well, at some point it is going to have to end, that is to say, it can’t continue being the permanent policy of the United States,” said Rubio, who conducted two interviews with Ramos: one in Spanish and the other in English. Ramos did not ask Rubio about DACA or immigration for the English-language discussion.
“I believe, if I become President, it is going to be possible to achieve immigration reform,” Rubio told Ramos in Spanish.
All the stars who came likely came in on planes burning a heck of a lot of fuel. DC put out advisories to watch out for the traffic jams as many cars were also being driven to the earth day event.
And just that true hypocrisy in play, something you would never see at an evil non-caring conservative Tea Party event:
scenes from the Earth Day concert on the Mall pic.twitter.com/3kKQOe2qax
— Christine Rousselle (@crousselle) April 18, 2015
Not his first rodeo.
Via FOX 29
A Detroit mother calls police, panicked when her 9-year-old son doesn’t return home.
It turns out he wasn’t exactly missing, he was actually under arrest accused of committing a home invasion.
Stephanie Horton was in a state of panic Wednesday night when her 9 -year-old son Kamian Strawder was missing. The third-grader had been expelled from Palmer Park Prep earlier in the week and he had nowhere to be but at their Detroit home on Appoline.
Horton left for work around 9 a.m. Wednesday and says Kemian left to play with his friends. He still wasn’t home, she reported him missing to police.[…]
When Horton went to pick up her son at the Juvenile Detention Center Thursday afternoon, she learned Kemian was arrested Wednesday. Police took him into custody while he was walking down Littlefield, he and a teenager he was with, were accused of breaking and entering a house down the street.
“I said how could I not be notified until 24 hours later,” Horton said. “No explanation, no information, no anything.”
Detroit police claim Kemian didn’t have his mother’s number so they couldn’t contact her. Instead they went to her home, but no one was there.
Rand Paul: “When Hillary Travels There Are Going To Have To Be 2 Planes, 1 For Her And Entourage, 1 For Her Baggage”
Getting heavier all the time…
Via Daily Mail:
Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul smacked around Democratic rival Hillary Clinton at a campaign stop in New Hampshire this morning on the eve of the former Obama administration official’s first visit to the Granite State as a proclaimed 2016 candidate.
‘When Hillary Clinton travels there’s going to need to be two planes, one for her and her entourage, one for her baggage,’ Paul said during remarks at a New Hampshire GOP summit taking place in Nashua this weekend.
‘I’m concerned that the plane with the baggage is really getting heavy and teetering’ Paul said, predicting that she’d soon have new questions to answer about her family foundation’s donations from foreign actors.
Hillary Clinton, of course, has no qualms getting a boatload of foreign government donations with the Clinton Foundation. But she’s hiding out from hostile questions on her ‘listening tour’…
HT: digitas daily
Cause why not?
Via NY Post:
Now that Hillary is officially in the running, prepare to start hearing the s-word. Don’t like her politics? Sexist! Disagree with her positions? Sexist! Still have issues with Benghazi? Sexist!
The s-bomb will be dropping left and right over the next 18 months during an election season that’s bound to witness a violent collision of culture and politics. Obama’s exit will end the age of racial politics just in time for Hillary to usher in the era of gender politics.
But for many of her female supporters, the gender war has already begun, and the first big battle is being fought over her name.
You see, if you do what I just did and call her “Hillary,” that makes you sexist now, too.
Back door tax for local jurisdictions. Lorette Lynch the AG nominee supports civil forfeiture.
Mark Brewer is a decorated Air Force veteran who fought in the global war on terror. But last month, he became a casualty in the drug war.
I n late March, the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the federal government could take more than $60,000 of Brewer’s cash with civil forfeiture, even though he was never charged with a crime. The decision lets many Midwestern states continue to take property from people who have done nothing wrong.
A former military police officer and weapons specialist, Brewer earned several medals during his service in the Air Force, before he was medically discharged in 2008. Brewer said he developed Posttraumatic Stress Disorder after a deployment in Afghanistan.
In November 2011, Brewer was driving on Interstate 80 in Nebraska, when Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Dave Wintle pulled Brewer over for crossing traffic lanes without signaling. During the stop, Wintle performed a criminal background check, which “revealed no major violations.”
Brewer said he was travelling to Los Angles to visit his uncle and planned to use the money as a down payment for a house. According to Brewer, he had been saving that cash during his military service and from disability payments. Wintle did not believe his story, so Brewer’s cash was seized and his car was towed. At the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, a later search “located disability documents, old paystubs and tax returns in the vehicle, along with two articles entitled ‘How to Make Wicked Hash’ and ‘How to Make Weed Oil Without Blowing Yourself Up.’”
But deputies never found any drugs in the car. Nor did the government ever charge Brewer with a crime. Deputy Wintle didn’t even issue Brewer a traffic citation—the basis for the stop.
How dare ISIS horn in on their territory?
FAIZABAD, Afghanistan — A motorcycle-riding suicide bomber attacked a bank branch Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 35 people in a deadly attack the country’s president said was claimed by the Islamic State group.
The attack marks a major escalation in the country’s fight against an affiliate of the extremist group that now holds a third of Iraq and Syria in its self-declared caliphate.
16 of those shot are taking advantage of Obamacare.
Via Chicago Tribune
At least 18 people have been shot, two fatally, in shootings across the city’s Northwest, West and South sides since Friday morning.
One man was killed and another wounded in a shooting in Humboldt Park late Friday, one of three separate shootings in the neighborhood in less than 24 hours, police said.
The shooting happened about 10:50 p.m. in the 1100 block of North Springfield Avenue, said Officer Amina Greer, a Chicago Police Department spokeswoman.
The two men, ages 35 and 36, were inside a car on the block when a gunman approached on foot and fired shots, Greer said.
The two men drove themselves to Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center and were both later transported to John H. Stroger Hospital. The 36-year-old man was shot in the chest and later died from his wounds. Officials had not identified the man as of early Saturday.
The 35-year-old man was shot in the neck. His condition stabilized, police said.[…]
About 9:30 p.m., a 33-year-old man crashed his Mercedes sedan in the West Loop after being shot near the UIC Pavilion.
The 33-year-old was stopped at a stoplight in the 1000 block of West Congress Parkway when someone fired shots from another vehicle. The man was hit multiple times, including once in his head. The man then fled the scene and crashed a short time later in the 500 block of West Van Buren Street. An ambulance transported the man to Mount Sinai Hospital where his condition stabilized.
Via Christian Post:
A 17-year-old daughter of a Ugandan Christian pastor was allegedly gang-raped by five Muslim men after her father ignored the men’s threats warning him to stop having worship services at his church located in the Muslim-majority Budaka district.
Morning Star News reports that an unnamed pastor, who preaches at the New Hope Church in the Kaderuna sub-county of the district, received a number of threatening messages and text messages telling him to disband his church in the area because it was responsible for helping lead locals to convert from Islam to Christianity.
Hillary will save Israel.
Haim Saban, the billionaire media mogul who owns the Spanish-language U.S. TV channel Univision, is apparently convinced that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is a shoo-in to the White House.
In a recent interview, Saban said it’s not a matter of if Clinton wins, it’s a matter of when.
Asked whether U.S.-Israeli relations would remain strong under a Clinton presidency, Saban told the Israeli news outlet Channel One News, “There won’t be any problems with relations between the United States and Israel when Hillary Clinton is president.”
Saban has a history of supporting Clinton. He donated more than $12,000 to her Senate and presidential campaigns between 1999-2008, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In 2014, The Clinton Foundation, Clinton’s nonprofit, also received between $10,000-25,000,000 from Saban and his own Saban Family Foundation.
Univision is seen as an important media outlet in presidential elections which are increasingly influenced by Latino voters.
— FRANCE 24 (@FRANCE24) April 18, 2015
And golf? On greens irrigated w precious water in "conservation area" @thehill Obama to mark Earth Day w climate change speech at Everglades
— Tampa (@S1CT) April 18, 2015
He has been reformed into a moderate.
Via Miami Herald
A federal parole board has cleared another Guantánamo “forever prisoner” — a 37-year-old Yemeni who the U.S. profiled as having met Osama bin Laden — for release from the detention center in southeast Cuba.
“I am against violence. I don’t have the least intention to spend any more time with other detainees,” Mashoor al Sabri told the board last month. Although a Yemeni citizen, he said he was born and raised in Saudi Arabia, and would like to return to family there, in Mecca, notably an ailing mother with high blood pressure.
The three-paragraph decision, obtained Friday by the Miami Herald, said the board is recommending release “subject to appropriate security assurances” in consideration of Sabri’s “low level of training, renunciation of extremist ideology, and lack of a leadership position in al-Qaida or the Taliban.”
The Sabri release decision means that of Guantánamo’s 122 captives, 57 are now approved for transfer. The vast majority of them, as is Sabri, are Yemenis who are ineligible for repatriation because of the Arabian Gulf nation’s spiraling violence and powerful al-Qaida franchise. Ten other prisoners are in war-crimes proceedings, and another 55 are either candidates for war crimes trials or forever prisoners.[…]
The board recommending release noted that in his time at Guantánamo, Sabri had “generally compliant behavior” and had taken part in prison programs, by his account, nutrition, computer and health classes. He briefly made his plea for freedom March 3 in English, saying he had learned it at the prison.
Obama getting back to his roots.
Via CNS News
Commentators on two different Arabic television programs claimed that President Barack Obama is pushing a nuclear deal with Iran because his father, Barack Obama Sr., was a Shiite Muslim, and President Obama apparently wants the Shia-run government of Iran to be victorious in the region.
The commentators made their remarks on the UK channel Al-Hiwar TV on March 25 and on 4Shbab TV in Saudi Arabia on April 10; the segments were recorded and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute TV Monitor Project.
“There is one thing we must not forget,” said Syrian writer Muhydin Lazikani on Hiwar TV. “I am not peddling some theory, and I am not being racist. But Barack Hussein Obama is the son of a Shiite Kenyan father.”
“He spent much of his childhood in Mombasa, south Kenya,” said Lazikani. “I visited this very area, and I can tell you that it is mostly Shiite. All the childhood memories of the man who rules the White House are Shiite memories.”[…]
On 4ShbabTV, April 10, Abu Muntasir Al-Baloushi, a London-based Iranian Opposition activist, said, “Barack Hussein Obama is the son of a Shiite father.”
He then said, “There is no doubt that he is Iran’s lifesaver. Some people call him the Iranian lobby in America. He suffers from a peculiar complex. He believes that ‘wherever we go, the Sunnis are fighting us.’”
“So what is the historical solution?” said Al-Baloushi. “Shiite expansion is ready. So he imposed this Shiite expansion on Iraq, Syria, Iran, and Afghanistan. Any wise enemy of Islam realizes that Shiite expansion is the best method to destroy Islam from within. Even America did not do what the Shiites have done in Iraq. Even the Zionist Jews did not do such things to the Palestinians.”
Obama stacked the board so it could do his dirty work. What do laws that the people’s representatives voted for mean anyway?
The federal government’s top labor arbiter may use its regulatory power to force non-union employees in right to work states pay union dues.
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) put out a call for legal briefs on Wednesday asking labor law scholars to weigh in on whether unions should have the ability to extract dues payments from non-members. The announcement drew immediate criticism from right to work activists.
“It is unfortunately not surprising that the Obama NLRB is now actively working to undermine the 25 state Right to Work laws. Its ‘call for briefs’ signals this NLRB’s intention to reverse over 60 years of Board precedent to give union bosses an unprecedented tool to eviscerate employees’ Right to Work protections,” Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Committee, said in a release.