I think I understand the written part, but then what the heck are the circles doing there? I’m so confused!
Via Daily Caller:
Another stupid, overly complicated set of Common Core math problems involving “number bonds” — and so much more — has bubbled up courtesy of Twitter.
This one is being inflicted on some poor little kindergarteners, according to Twitchy.
It’s almost impossible to explain the embarrassing awfulness of the problem. However, it involves “cube sticks,” “number bonds” and “hidden partners.” Perhaps the worst part is that the worksheet also specifically instructs children to inflict this math concept on “an adult.”
Two Academy Members Admit They Didn’t Watch Movie “12 Years A Slave” Before Awarding It The Best Picture Oscar…
White liberal guilt at its finest.
If you were watching the Oscars on Sunday night, you no doubt saw Steve McQueen’s film 12 Years A Slavetake the Best Picture prize. But two Academy members revealed to the L.A. Times that they didn’t even see it, claiming that it would be an uncomfortable film for them to watch.
Instead, they voted for it because of the relevance and importance the film, which is a real-life, harrowing account of Solomon Northup’s years as a free man captured and sold into slavery in the South.
It’s ironic, considering that the job of an Academy voter is, you know, to actually watch these films before making a decision on what’s the best of the best. But it’s not entirely shocking.
Ellen DeGeneres quipped during her opening monologue that if 12 Years a Slave didn’t win Best Picture, the Academy would be racist. It was framed as a joke, but DeGeneres (probably purposefully) hit a troubling nerve: that the Academy’s voting is purely political, and the members didn’t want to cause an uproar over passing on 12 Years A Slave.
I think he meant to say if you do sign up for Obamacare you’re punishing yourself or your family.
President Obama: “The main point I have for everyone watching right now is, you don’t punish me by not signing up for health care, you’re punishing yourself or your family if – in fact – there’s affordable health care to be had and subsidies and tax credits that allow you to have the peace of mind and security and regular check-ups and preventative care that would keep you healthier. That’s not a matter of trusting me, that’s a matter of looking for yourself and seeing if you can get the services.”
From the Article: Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.), a member of House leadership, said Issa could have handled Wednesday’s hearing better, and suggested Republicans were frustrated that Issa had become the story, in lieu of the IRS.
Via The Hill
House Republicans were thrust onto the defensive Thursday as Democrats waged a multi-pronged attack against Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and his aggressive leadership style atop the House Oversight Committee.
Issa came under attack for killing the microphone on Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), the panel’s senior Democrat, at the end of a heated hearing on political targeting at the Internal Revenue Service.
Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.), a member of House leadership, said Issa could have handled Wednesday’s hearing better, and suggested Republicans were frustrated that Issa had become the story, in lieu of the IRS.
“I think if you talked to the chairman, he would tell you he would handle it differently,” said Lankford, a member of the Oversight panel who’s running for the Senate this year.
Issa, who had defended his conduct, declined to address the issue in the Capitol on Thursday, rushing onto the House floor without a glance at the pack of reporters gathered at the chamber door.
GOP leaders have hoped to use their IRS probe as a bludgeon against President Obama and the Democrats in an extension of their campaign message that the administration abuses its authority for political ends.
But the silencing of Cummings turned the tables — at least temporarily — on Issa, one of the White House’s biggest critics.
Smartest. President. Evah!
WASHINGTON (AP) – He bobbled the spelling, but President Obama had nothing but respect for the “women of soul” who shook and rattled the rafters of the White House Thursday night.
“What a lineup!” Mr. Obama declared at the outset of a concert that featured a generations-spanning array of soul singers stretching from musical legends Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle to 20-year-old Ariana Grande.
Mr. Obama paid tribute to Franklin for turning her signature song “Respect” into “a rallying cry for African-Americans, women and then everyone who felt marginalized.”
The pumped-up audience gave a hearty laugh but was more than willing to forgive the president for spelling it “R-S-P-E-C-T.”
In addressing the crowd, Mr. Obama said, “When Aretha first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her…”
He was interrupted by laughter, paused, then continued, “She had no idea it would become a rallying cry for African-Americans, and women, and then everyone who felt marginalized because of what they looked like or who they loved. They wanted some respect. Later, when somebody asked her why it had such an impact, she said, ‘I guess everybody just wants a little respect.’ Today, they still do.”
Dem Sen. Tom Harkin Plays Race Card: Senate Voted Against Obama’s DOJ Civil Rights Nominee Because He’s Black…
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) took to the Senate floor Wednesday night to slam fellow senators for what he called their “shameful” vote to block the nomination of a respected civil rights lawyer to a top Justice Department post.
Harkin, who has a law degree, said the vote against Debo Adegbile shows the Senate measures nominees according to race, and suggested the lawyer would have been confirmed as head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division if he was white instead of biracial. Adegbile was attacked by senators for heading the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, which represented murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal decades after a death sentence for killing a Philadelphia police officer.
“We sent a message: We have a double standard. A terrible double standard,” Harkin said, pointing out that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts once worked on behalf of a mass murderer.
“Here’s the message we sent today,” Harkin said. “You young people listen up. If you are a young white person and you go to work for a law firm … and that law firm assigns you to a pro bono case to defend someone who killed eight people in cold blood … my advice from this, what happened today, is you should do that … Because if you do that, who knows? You might wind up to be the chief justice of the United States Supreme Court.
Update to this story.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2014
DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR
FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2014
In the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.
In the afternoon, the President and the First Lady will travel to Miami, Florida to visit Coral Reef High School. The President and the First Lady’s departure from the South Lawn and arrival at Homestead Air Reserve Base are open press.
While at Coral Reef High School, the President and the First Lady will visit a classroom and the President will deliver remarks. The President will discuss how a quality education has never been more important to economic success in this country. If they work hard, students should have the opportunity to get a quality education that will prepare them to compete and win in a 21st century global economy. There will be travel pool coverage of the President and First Lady’s classroom visit, while the President’s remarks are open to pre-credentialed media.
In the evening, the President and the First Lady will remain in Key Largo, Florida for the weekend.
The Georgia Tech graduate student burned over 90 percent of his body last month died Thursday, the Institute said.
Saamer Akhshabi was burned in a Feb. 4 explosion inside his apartment, where investigators found a suspected Molotov cocktail and several plastic bottles filled with gasoline and kerosene.
Akhshabi, 26, was transported in critical condition to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died early Thursday, Georgia Tech shared with the campus.
“We have worked closely with other law enforcement agencies during the investigation of this tragic incident,” Robert Connolly, interim police chief for Georgia Tech, said in an emailed statement.
“The FBI has relayed that, to date, they have not developed any information or evidence indicating criminal intent in this investigation.”
Investigators determined that Akhshabi was not a threat to the Georgia Tech community, Connolly said. But no information was released regarding why Akhshabi had the explosive materials.
Wait what? Found with Molotov cocktails, but no threat?
Not the first for the Democrats.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Thursday criticized Attorney General Eric Holder for trying to “stand in the schoolhouse door” and keep minority students from attending charter schools, an allusion to segregationist and former Alabama Gov. George Wallace.
“We’ve got Eric Holder and the Department of Justice trying to stand in the schoolhouse door to prevent minority kids, low-income kids, kids who haven’t had access to a great education, the chance to go to better schools,” Jindal said at the Conservative Political Action Conference, as recorded by the Huffington Post.
The Washington Post noted that this was a reference to Wallace’s “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door” protest, when he blocked two black students from entering the University of Alabama by standing in the door of the school.
Jindal also called Obama the “worst president in my lifetime.”
He then apologized to Jimmy Carter for calling Obama “the most liberal, most incompetent president in the White House since Jimmy Carter” during the 2012 campaign.
“Let it be heard, and I hope he’s watching, to President Carter. I want to issue a sincere apology. It is no longer fair to say he was the worst president of this great country in my lifetime. President Obama has proven me wrong,” Jindal said at CPAC Thursday.
This was taken by Katherina from Caracas last night. In Venezuela, each household is only permitted to buy certain items at certain intervals.
Nigerians calls this a normal day. No meat, no chicken, no eggs. Nothing. Stores totally barren. Good thing she had a ticket to buy chicken, milk and eggs for the week huh?
ORLANDO — New photos released Thursday reveal more about why U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson’s wife said she filed an injunction against him.
The pictures show bruises Lolita Grayson said she got after her husband pushed her against a door at the Windermere home the couple once shared, causing her to fall.
Ms. Grayson, who filed an injunction Sunday, said she then pushed her husband in the face to protect herself.
The congressman’s attorneys, however, said Lolita Grayson was bruised while doing taekwondo.
Grayson’s attorneys said video of the alleged incident, released earlier this week, proves he is actually the victim.
Rep. Grayson, D-Fla., represents Florida’s 9th Congressional District, which includes all of Osceola County and parts of Orange and Polk counties.
Juan Lopez, a staff member for Rep. Grayson, said he was with the congressman on Sunday when he tried to pick up some things from the house. Lopez said Grayson asked him to come and videotape if something happened.
“He pretty much said, ‘I’m worried she’s going to hurt herself and say that I did it,’” Lopez said. “Under no circumstance was he going to show up at this home alone.”
Lopez said he videotaped the entire interaction, but part of the video that showed the couple’s children was not released.
Let the baseless fear mongering commence!
The Mississippi House of Representatives could vote as early as Friday on a measure that would allow businesses to refuse service to customers based on religious beliefs, which opponents say could be used to discriminate against gays and lesbians.
The measure, dubbed the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, is similar to a bill passed by the Arizona legislature last month. The Arizona bill became a national lightening rod as civil rights activists and business groups lobbied Gov. Jan Brewer (R) to veto the legislation, which she did last week.
But in Mississippi, Gov. Phil Bryant (R) is unlikely to come under the kind of sustained national pressure that descended on Brewer. Bryant’s office pushed for an amendment to the bill that would add the words “In God We Trust” to the state seal, and he has indicated he is likely to sign the measure.
The Mississippi Senate passed the bill in January. A state House committee referred it to the full House earlier this week. The House has until midnight on March 12 to act, though a vote has yet to be formally scheduled.
I’ll take a wild guess and say it probably isn’t.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed mock-surprise Thursday that Israel announced its capture of an Iranian arms ship during the annual AIPAC conference.
“An Iranian ship carrying arms for Gaza. Captured just in time for annual AIPAC anti Iran campaign. Amazing Coincidence! Or same failed lies,” Zarif wrote on his English Twitter account.
The secretive and complex operation was carried out several hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to theannual AIPAC conference in the US. In his speech, Netanyahu called Iran a terror state that must not be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons, and pledged that he would do whatever it took to protect Israel.
Warning the international community against Iran’s Israeli-dubbed “charm offensive,” Netanyahu said Tehran “wheels out its smiling president and its smooth-talking foreign minister. But if you listen to their words, their soothing words, they don’t square with Iran’s aggressive actions.”
“Why doesn’t it divulge the secrets of its military nuclear activities? … Iran says it’s not building nuclear weapons. So why does it continue to build ICBMs, intercontinental ballistic missiles, whose only purpose is to carry nuclear warheads?”
The IDF said Wednesday that it seized an Iranian ship carrying advanced weapons destined for Gaza on Tuesday night and towed it to the Eilat port. Elite troops from the Navy’s Shayetet 13 unit boarded the ship in open waters on the maritime border of Sudan and Eritrea, some 1,500 kilometers south of Israel.
Have at it.
Yemen’s Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula Executes Accused “American Spy,” Hangs Body From Soccer Goal Posts…
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula executed one of its members at dawn today. Yemeni media sources reported that an unidentified man was found dead this morning, his body hanging on a pole in a soccer field in the coastal city of Al Shajar in Hadramout province. Arabic-language news reports confirmed that the man was shot in the head before being hanged for all to see. The Yemeni media said the location where the corpse was found was the site of an American drone strike on Dec. 24, 2013 that killed five Yemenis.
The man was apparently killed because it was suspected that he was working with the Americans. An al Qaeda flag and black banners were found beside his body reading, “American Spy in the Arabian Peninsula,” and “Whoever fights with the government or cooperates with it is not a Yemeni, not a Hadrami, but a traitor.” Another banner read, “Guider of American planes to kill Muslims.”
Arabic reports also claimed that AQAP sources alleged that the man had planted microphones in AQAP vehicles and meeting places in order to guide American drone missiles. Additionally, AQAP operatives have reportedly disseminated flyers to locals in al Shajar warning that the “punishment” meted out to the man will be the fate of anyone who cooperates with the Americans.
And yet the Pink Mafia is fixated on forcing Christians in America to violate their religious beliefs.
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) – Four young men were convicted of gay sex and whipped publicly as punishment Thursday in an Islamic court in northern Nigeria, a human rights activist said.
The four were among dozens caught in a wave of arrests after Nigeria strengthened its criminal penalties for homosexuality with the new Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act in January.
The men could face further violence in prison if human rights organizations do not come up with an additional fine of 20,000 naira ($120) each meted out Thursday by a judge in Bauchi city, Dorothy Aken’Ova, convenor of the Coalition for the Defense of Sexual Rights Network, told The Associated Press. The four were sentenced to 15 strokes plus a year’s imprisonment if they cannot pay their fines.
Aken’Ova said the men, aged between 20 and 22, should not have been convicted because their confessions were forced by law agents who beat them.
She said they had to lie on the floor of the court to be whipped on their backsides.
The men’s families, mainly subsistence farmers in rural areas where everyone knows everyone else, refused an offer of legal representation because they preferred to negotiate with the judge and get the case behind them, said Aken’Ova. She said the families were embarrassed by the stigma attached to homosexuality, which many highly religious Nigerians consider an evil imported from the West.
The hearings in Bauchi city, capital of the state of the same name, had been delayed from January, when a crowd tried to stone the accused men outside the court and demanded the judge pass the death sentence. Security officials had to fire into the air to save the men and disperse the crowd.
Obama DOJ: High Number of Minority Students Being Punished In School Part of “Next Generation” of Civil Rights Challenges…
Via CNS News:
The head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division says the “next generation” of civil rights challenges includes addressing racial disparities in school discipline; defending the rights of LGBT Americans; combating discrimination in housing and in lending; protecting women from sexual assault and harassment; ensuring the fair treatment of youth in the juvenile justice system; and defending the right to vote in the 21st Century.
“In recent months, the Civil Rights Division has reached landmark consent decrees involving each of these issues,” Jocelyn Samuels, the acting assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division, told a civil rights symposium in Indianapolis on Tuesday.
Not only will those agreements provide remedies for the individuals involved — they also will “serve as models for institutions across the country that are looking to voluntarily improve their own non-discrimination policies and practices.”
Samuels said the country has come “a long way” over the past 50 years, but the “robust caseload” at DOJ’s Civil Rights Division “is a stark reminder that too many in our nation continue to face barriers to equal opportunity.”
I call BS on General Dempsey’s statement. He is a political lackey.
Via Stars & Stripes
The time-tested A-10 “Warthog” — the aircraft that comprises the bulk of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s operations — was both doted on and deemed ready for discharge Wednesday in the first Senate hearing on a military budget plan that seeks to retire the aging plane.
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey called the A-10 the “ugliest, most beautiful aircraft on the planet” during the hearing, but defended losing it among budget cuts announced last week by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.
“I’m probably one of the few people in the room that’s actually had an A-10 come to my rescue, so you don’t have to convince me that it’s been an extraordinarily valuable tool on the battlefield,” he said. But he said that this year will be unlike previous years, when A-10 supporters were able to avoid proposed cuts.
“What’s different now is, we had some slack in our budget over the last 10 years. There’s no more slack in it. The margins are just really very tight,” he said.
As national leaders weigh the fate of the Warthog, local elected officials and advocates for the base are touting the aircraft’s strengths, and warning of the economic fall-out for Tucson if the jet is retired.
The dogs are okay.
An Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race musher was flown to a hospital after a harrowing ordeal that included crashing his sled, hitting his head on a stump and later falling through ice and breaking his ankle.
Scott Janssen, an Anchorage undertaker known as the Mushing Mortician, was back home early Wednesday after getting a cast for the broken bone he suffered on Tin Creek, about 40 miles from Nikolai.
According to Janssen’s Facebook site, the ordeal started Tuesday when he crashed his sled between the Rohn and Nikolai checkpoints, hitting his head. He lay unconscious for more than two hours and awoke to find his dogs huddled next to him.
After caring for his canines, Janssen fixed his sled and continued on the trail.
But one of his dogs, Hooper, then got loose from the line and took off.
Janssen anchored his sled and tried to catch the animal. But he fell through the ice shortly before Hooper returned to him.
Janssen’s boots then froze, and he slipped on the ice, breaking his ankle. He couldn’t get back to his sled and ended up sitting on the ice and water until the next musher came along 45 minutes later.
Newton Marshall, from St. Anne, Jamaica, stayed with Janssen until an Alaska Air National Guard helicopter arrived to take him to Anchorage.
Besides the broken ankle, Janssen suffered a slight concussion. All his dogs are in great shape, according to the website. They were to be returned to Anchorage later Wednesday.
Including 60 children.
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A Catholic bishop says Islamic insurgents have destroyed 20 churches in northeastern Nigeria in recent attacks.
Bishop Oliver Dashe Dome says than 500 of his parishioners have been killed since insurgency in the region began in 2009. At least 180 people have been killed in less than two weeks, including 60 children.
Boko Haram insurgents advocate a harsh version of Islamic law and have threatened the Christian minority in northern Nigeria in the past. However, their victims have also been Muslim.
Three northeastern Nigerian states have been under emergency rule for over nine months.
Dome blames authorities for the carnage, saying Boko Haram is better armed than Nigeria’s military and expressing concern about the speed and rate of killings.
Are the Feds giving excess NSA equipment to the locals?
Via Watch Dog
The National Security Agency apparently isn’t the only government agency engaged in domestic spying.
Local law enforcement is playing the role of Big Brother, too, but to what extent is still unknown.
Recent court documents reveal a troubling cell phone surveillance program conducted by a Florida police department against unsuspecting cell phone users.
Attempts to keep the practice secret, even from judges, is raising questions as to just how prevalent police spying is within the Sunshine State.
The controversy stems from the arrest of James L. Thomas, a criminal suspect believed to be in possession of a stolen phone. Tallahassee police located and arrested Thomas by tracking a cell phone signal, then promptly searched his home.
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It later became known that police didn’t seek a warrant or admit to using a little-known surveillance device called a “Stingray.”
One of those absurd 2008 promises the low-information voters thought he could actually deliver on.
Via CNS News:
A new opinion poll gives President Obama a record low job approval rating, with the biggest erosion in support seen in the area of improving America’s image around the world.
The headline finding in the Fox News poll: For the first time since Obama took office five years ago, voter approval of his job performance dropped below 40 percent. Thirty-eight percent of respondents approved, 54 percent disapproved. [...]
Asked whether Obama has mostly succeeded or mostly failed at improving America’s international image, 59 percent of respondents said he had mostly failed while 33 percent said he had mostly succeeded.
Broken down by political affiliation, Republicans were unsurprisingly far less supportive of the president’s record, with 89 percent saying he had mostly failed and just six percent saying he had mostly succeeded. Democrats predictably swung the other way, although more than a quarter (27 percent) said Obama had mostly failed, while 62 percent said he had mostly succeeded.
Disrespecting the memory of Tray Be Gone
Via News Busters
Sunny Hostin blasted an Indiana mall’s ban of people wearing raised hoodies on Thursday’s New Day: “This is…akin, in my view…to ‘stop and frisk’ – to the pretext of ‘stop and frisk’ – and I think many courts have found that this type of behavior is unacceptable, and downright unconstitutional.”
The CNN legal analyst also contended that “‘hoodie’ is code for ‘thug’ in many places,” and later claimed that “to identify just hoodies in my view…it’s very, very clear what we’re talking about here. We’re talking about racial profiling. It’s code for racial profiling.”
Anchor Chris Cuomo took on the role of Hostin’s sparring partner during the segment. Cuomo first noted, in defense of the commercial complex, that “the mall says, we’ve had it in place since 2004, so don’t hit me with the Trayvon Martin stick…[and] had it in place because the local police like it, and they like it because they feel it makes it easier to fight crime because it allows people to not conceal themselves. Wear your hoodie – just don’t have it concealing your face, so I can identify you in case anything happens.”
Hostin wasted little time before using her “‘hoodie’ is code for ‘thug,” and continued with her “stop and frisk” claim.
The Dems aren’t going to give up their muzzle without a fight.
Via Liberty Unyielding:
Ten Democrat senators — none up for re-election this year — killed a measure to prohibit political discrimination by IRS employees.
The Senate Judiciary Committee defeated an amendment by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Titled “Intentional Discrimination by Employees of the Internal Revenue Service,” the measure stated:
“(a) Offense. — It shall be unlawful for any officer of the Internal Revenue Service to, regardless of whether the officer or employee is acting under the color of law, willfully act with the intent to injure, oppress, threaten, intimidate or single out and subject to undue scrutiny for purposes of harassment any person or organization of any state –
“(1) based solely or primarily on the political, economic or social positions held or expressed by the person or organization; or
“2) because the person or organization has expressed a particular political, economic, or social position using any words of writing allowed by law.”
The senators — all Democrats — who voted to kill Cruz’s amendment were:
- Patrick Leahy of Vermont
- Dianne Feinstein of California
- Charles Schumer of New York
- Richard Durbin of Illinois
- Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island
- Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken of Minnesota
- Chris Coons of Delaware
- Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut
- Mazie Hirono of Hawaii