MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Calls Arrest of Woman Who Locked Young Kids In Hot Car An Example of “Punishing The Poor”…

Seriously? She left a six-month-old child locked in a hot car.

Via Free Beacon:

MSNBC host Chris Hayes used part of his show Tuesday to speak on behalf of an Arizona woman accused of leaving her two young children, aged 2 and 6 months, in a hot car during a job interview. He blamed a society that made it too difficult for her to find adequate child care while she went to a job interview.

Shanesha Taylor, 35, was arrested on child-abuse charges, but the case has sparked an outcry with some, like Hayes, who blamed the state for cutting social services and leaving Taylor in a difficult position. Hayes did tell the audience the infant was found crying and sweating profusely as temperatures inside the SUV exceeded 100 degrees during her 45-minute interview, but his excuse-making for Taylor bordered on the absurd.

“Where the system fails over and over and over again is at supporting people so that they do not find themselves in situations where they are doing the things that we can punish them for,” Hayes said.

Hayes decried American policy for “punishing the poor” in this case, while essentially saying the woman appeared to have no choice but to make the reckless decision to leave a toddler and a baby in a scorching car.

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Militant Atheist Group’s Easter Display Attacks Jesus As A “Myth”…

Militant atheists continue to be their own worst enemy.

Via Freedom From Religion Foundation press release:

The Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation has a display up in the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison to counter one from the Concerned Women for America, based in Washington, D.C.

FFRF’s display on the first floor of the rotunda says “Nobody died for our sins. Jesus Christ is a myth.” FFRF received a permit for its display April 14 after learning of CWA’s. The CWA Easter display has a cross and a plethora of conservative materials, including antiabortion literature (one reading: “Equal rights for born and pre-born”).

“It’s unfortunate to see a sectarian symbol that is increasingly used as a symbol of political intimidation in our state capitol,” said FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor. “It’s also unfortunate to see women a serving as a front for a patriarchal religion based on women’s subservience and second-class status. This is the same group that helped defeat the Equal Rights Amendment citing its allegiance to biblical principles, instead of civil liberties under our secular government.”

CWA, founded by archconservative Beverly LaHaye in 1979 in San Diego, says it’s “the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich 30-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy. There’s a cultural battle raging across this country and CWA is on the frontline protecting those values through prayer and action.”

CWA says it focuses on “seven core issues: the family, the sanctity of human life, religious liberty, education, sexual exploitation, national sovereignty and support for Israel.” LaHaye, 84, says she started CWA to counter the “anti-God” National Organization for Women. A recent CWA initiative is Young Women for America, which has the same goals — to bring conservative Christianity into high schools and colleges.

HT: Jay

Academic Dishonesty On The Rise At Harvard

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Winners of the Ted “Swimmer” Scholarship

Via College Insurrection

It looks like new generations of Harvard students are taking their cue from the recent past.

The Harvard Crimson reports.

2012-2013 Ad Board Stats Reflect Three-Fold Spike in Academic Dishonesty Cases

Administrative Board statistics detailing the outcomes of cases heard by the disciplinary body in the last academic year show that, as expected, the number of students required to temporarily withdraw from the College for academic dishonesty was more than three times higher than the number in 2011-2012.

According to the statistics, released Friday on the Ad Board’s website after repeated requests from The Crimson, 97 students involved in academic integrity cases were required to withdraw in 2012-2013, the year that saw Harvard’s largest cheating investigation in recent memory.

Roughly 70 of those 97 students, according to previous statements from administrators, were implicated in the Government 1310 cheating scandal, in which about 125 students were accused of plagiarizing or inappropriately collaborating on the course’s final take-home exam.

This would mean that about 27 students outside of the Gov 1310 case were required to withdraw for academic dishonesty last year, a number consistent with the previous academic year, in which 26 students were required to withdraw in academic dishonesty cases.

The number of students who were placed on disciplinary probation due to academic dishonesty also rose to 31 in 2012-2013, compared to only 16 students in 2011-2012. Administrators have previously said that about half of the students implicated in the Gov 1310 case who were not required to withdraw were placed on probation. In 2012-2013, the Ad Board took no action in 14 academic dishonesty cases, compared to just one in 2011-2012.

Gross: Obama Regime In Talks To Give Detroit $100 Million Taxpayer-Funded Bailout…

Detroit

You knew this was coming.

(Reuters) – Michigan officials and President Barack Obama’s Administration are discussing a plan to free up $100 million in federal money to aid Detroit’s retired city workers, the Detroit Free Press reported on Tuesday.

Citing two people familiar with the talks, the newspaper said the talks were centered around federal money flowing to Michigan for blight removal. Under the plan, $100 million would be earmarked for Detroit, reducing the $500 million the city’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, plans to use to eliminate blight over the next 10 years.

The $100 million saved could then be used by Orr to ease pension cuts for retirees under the city’s plan to adjust its $18 billion of debt and exit the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, according to the report.

Republican Congressman Pushes Bill To Cut Off Eric Holder’s Paycheck…

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Obviously racist.

Via Daily Caller:

A Republican congressman from Texas has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would stop the government from paying Attorney General Eric Holder’s salary.

Rep. Blake Farenthold’s “Contempt Act” would prohibit any federal employee who has been found in contempt of Congress from getting a taxpayer-funded paycheck.

In 2012, the House voted to hold Holder in contempt over his refusal to hand over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal.

Farenthold specifically referenced Holder in his statement about the legislation.

“In 2012, the House of Representatives voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over documents related to the botched Fast and Furious gun-running sting operation – despite this fact, he is still receiving his paycheck courtesy of American taxpayers,” the lawmaker said.

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Gitmo Guards Attacked On ‘Daily Basis’ By Detainees

Guantanamo Future

Meanwhile the media is focused on the treatment of the detainees

Via WFB

Prison guards here at the Guantanamo Bay prison are attacked on a “daily basis” by detainees, according to Commander John Filostat, a prison spokesman for the Joint Task Force (JTF) Guantanamo.

There are “daily attacks against the guard both verbal and physical,” such as scratching and other assaults, Filostat told reporters on Tuesday. “Guards endure that on a daily basis.”

Detainees also engage in “splashing,” which is when a “bodily fluid cocktail” is tossed at guards, who now wear protective wear and facemasks when dealing with high value prisoners being held at Camp 5 and Camp 6, according to Filostat.

“There’s some type of resistance every day,” Filostat said, noting that a “small number” of detainees are still being force fed due to hunger strikes.

“We will always have those trying protest,” Filostat said.

One guard and his family were physically threatened by a detainee who had obtained a copy of a media report that featured the guard’s name and photograph, Filostat said.

“Personal information” about the guard was used “against him as a threat by a detainee” who had read the report, he said.

“A lot of these detainees are still in the fight,” Filostat said. The guards are “in constant contact with folks who want to do harm to them.”

“There are detainees that also tell guards if they get out they’re going to find them,” Filostat added, acknowledging inmate threats to “guards and their families.”

Those inmates deemed “non-compliant” are housed in single cells within Camp 5, while those identified as less of a threat are kept in Camp 6, which is a more communal environment.

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No Joke: UN Says We Need A Giant Vacuum Cleaner To Suck CO2 From The Skies To Save World From Global Warming…

Dark Helmet approved:

(UPI) – In order to stave off the worst of global warming’s consequences, the world’s nations must find a way to reduce carbon emissions by 40 to 70 percent by 2050. That’s one of many claims made in the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The new report also suggests vacuuming up vast amounts of CO2 from the skies and storing it underground may be the most viable solution for mitigating the greenhouse gas effect in the short term.

It’s the third report on climate change released by the IPCC, a group of international climate scientists organized under the auspices of the United Nations. The group’s second report, which was released last month, predicted serious environmental and economic catastrophe in the latter half of the 20th century, should calls to slow global warming continue to go unanswered.

This latest report, released on Sunday, weighs the efficacy and plausibility of a variety of climate change policy solutions and mitigation options.

“The high speed mitigation train needs to leave the station very soon and all of global society would need to get on board,” Rajendra Pachauri, IPCC chair, told a press conference in Berlin on Sunday.

HT: Jay

Report: Indiana GOP Gov. Mike Pence Considering Run For President…

Pence

Yes, please.

Via Bloomberg News:

Mike Pence has spent more than a decade courting the deep-pocketed small-government cadre that has come to dominate Republican politics: The Koch brothers, the Club for Growth and the Heritage Foundation.

He turned their heads by opposing President George W. Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” education bill in 2001; captured their imagination by leading a revolt against the expansion of Medicare into prescription drug coverage in 2003; and won their loyalty with a 2004 speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference that took the GOP to task for “veering off course” into “big-government Republicanism.”

Now, Pence is in his second year as governor of Indiana, and some of the very same Republicans who once thought of the former radio talk-show host as their voice on the U.S. House floor want him in the 2016 Republican presidential contest.

“I have no doubt that he would make a great president,” said Steven Chancellor, the chief executive officer of Evansville, Indiana-based American Patriot Group, the parent of a company that makes ready-to-eat rations for the Pentagon. “He certainly distinguished himself in the House” and is “off to a great start as governor.”

White knight or dark horse, Republicans are searching for a candidate who can unite the party’s pro-business establishment with its small-government activists, particularly now that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s bridge scandal has left a void in the presidential field. Pence’s allies say the temperate-toned executive has a record that pleases the staunchest defense hawks, anti-tax groups and abortion-rights opponents.

Bloomberg To Spend $50 Million Building His Own Anti-Gun Lobby…

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Bloomy’s lucky his name isn’t Koch or Harry Reid would be smearing him on the Senate floor.

Via Fox News:

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will spend $50 million this year to build a nationwide grassroots network on gun control in a direct challenge to the National Rifle Association, The New York Times reported.

The new lobbying group, called Everytown for Gun Safety, will encompass other gun control groups funded by Bloomberg, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, the report said.

Bloomberg told the Times the strategy will focus on expanding the background check system for gun buyers at the state and national levels. He made nearly $14 million in federal campaign contributions for gun-control candidates in the 2012 elections.

“They say, ‘We don’t care. We’re going to go after you,’” he said of the NRA. “‘If you don’t vote with us we’re going to go after your kids and your grandkids and your great-grandkids. And we’re never going to stop.’”

Video: Armored Vehicles Flying Russian Flag Enter Eastern Ukraine City…

Carrying heavily armed fighters wearing military uniforms without an insignia, most likely Russian troops.

Report: Sebelius Considering Run For Senate In Kansas…

Sebelius HHS

She is seriously delusional.

WASHINGTON — In her darkest hour last fall, Kathleen Sebelius suffered one of the deepest cuts from an old family friend who accused her of “gross incompetence” over the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and demanded that she resign as secretary of health and human services. Now she is weighing revenge.

Ms. Sebelius is considering entreaties from Democrats who want her to run against that old friend, Senator Pat Roberts, Republican of Kansas.

Several Democrats said this week that Ms. Sebelius had been mentioned with growing frequency as someone who could wage a serious challenge to Mr. Roberts, 77, who is running for a fourth term and is considered vulnerable. One person who spoke directly to Ms. Sebelius said that she was thinking about it, but added that it was too soon to say how seriously she was taking the idea.

It was only last week, after all, that Ms. Sebelius, 65, said that she would step down from her cabinet job.

Even if Ms. Sebelius had not presided over the Department of Health and Human Services at a time of turmoil and self-inflicted distress — and while carrying out a law that inspires such anger on the right — her candidacy would be a tough sell in Kansas. Democrats have not held a Senate seat in the state since 1939. And even before the president’s popularity started to take a steep slide last year, he fared especially poorly in Kansas, winning only 38 percent of the vote there in 2012.

Nanny Bloomberg: “I Am Heading Straight To Heaven” For My Anti-Gun Work…

Bloomberg

He’s so modest.

Via NY Times:

… Mr. Bloomberg was introspective as he spoke, and seemed both restless and wistful. When he sat down for the interview, it was a few days before his 50th college reunion. His mortality has started dawning on him, at 72. And he admitted he was a bit taken aback by how many of his former classmates had been appearing in the “in memoriam” pages of his school newsletter.

But if he senses that he may not have as much time left as he would like, he has little doubt about what would await him at a Judgment Day. Pointing to his work on gun safety, obesity and smoking cessation, he said with a grin: “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”

HT: Blaze

Student Protesters To Univ. Of Minn Police: Condoleezza Rice Is A ‘Truly Dangerous’ Person

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Protesters connected to William Ayers?

Via The Star Tribune

Student activists at the University of Minnesota are ratcheting up their protest against a campus visit by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is scheduled to speak Thurday at Northrop Auditorium.

Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), which tried and failed to get the U to rescind its invitation to Rice, has sent a letter to the U police chief, Greg Hestness, claiming that a “truly dangerous” person is heading to campus.

“From time to time, truly dangerous people do come to our campus. We would like to alert you to the upcoming presence of such a person…” says the April 13 letter, which was also sent to the University’s general counsel.

In the letter, SDS offers police a description of Rice: “a 59-year-old African American woman, 5’8″ tall, (who) will be present on Northrop Auditorium’s main stage.” It even offers to provide a photo, while noting “it might just be easier for you to access one online.”

If U officials are taking the letter seriously, they’re not saying. But they have dismissed the group’s efforts as a misguided attack on free speech. Earlier this month, the University Senate overwhelmingly voted down a proposal, initiated by SDS, to condemn the U for inviting Rice. She was invited by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs to speak about civil rights as part of the Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series. Tickets to her speech, which is free, were snapped up in February.

The letter argues that: “There is probable cause to believe Dr. Rice has been involved in massive criminal activity” – a reference to her role in the controversial wartime policies of President George W. Bush. Citing international law against torture, it says: “We are confident that you will at least bring Dr. Rice in to be questioned. We hope, however, that you do not employ the interrogation techniques she so willingly approved.”

It ends: “Thank you very much for helping to make our campus safer for all of us.”

Dems Have 3-To-1 Outside Money Advantage Over GOP Going Into Midterm Elections…

Harry Reid

Still won’t stop Reid’s obsessive-complusive attacks on the Koch brothers.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deep-pocketed donors are turning over multimillion-dollar checks to influence November’s elections, and the sums raised by the national parties and their super PAC allies are already approaching the $1 billion mark, according to financial reports still being filed Tuesday evening.

An imprecise snapshot of political giving is coming into focus as outside organizations detail their fundraising and spending through March 31. The enormous sums of money do not capture what federal candidates themselves are raising and spending. In many cases, some of the most active outside groups operate under rules that allow them to keep many details of their finances secret.

Democrats, at least for the moment, seem to have a roughly 3-to-1 advantage over Republicans in cash raised and banked through independent groups, according to the early filings. That balance of power could quickly change as new reports are filed with the Federal Election Commission.

And those early figures lack details from some of the more influential groups that have great sway over elections but whose names never appear on ballots.

For instance, National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund has until Sunday to file its reports. Through the end of February, the Republican-leaning group had raised almost $14 million.

EMILY’s List hadn’t yet released its figures. It entered March having raised $22 million to help pro-abortion rights female candidates win office.

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Goracle Says Arctic Will Be Ice Free In Less Than 20 Weeks…

Currently the ice in the Beaufort Sea is 16-feet thick.

Al Gore on 12/14/2009:

HT: Real Science

Burglar Caught In The Act Shot In The Neck With A 12-Gauge

He was turning his life around until he was dispatched with the tax payer relief shot. Click photo for video

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Via Guns

A burglar caught red-handed was shot and killed by a jewelry store owner in Elgin, Texas, about 25 miles outside of Austin, early Monday morning, a local Fox affiliate reported.

Police say that 41-year-old Robert Trevino broke into the store just before 1 a.m. using a hammer to shatter the glass in the front door, then smashing the jewelry-filled display cases. But what Trevino didn’t know was that the store owner, Juan Torres, happened to be in a back room of the store.

When Torres heard the commotion, he went to the front of the store, armed with a 12-gauge shotgun. What happened next was caught on the store’s video surveillance and is being reviewed by authorities as part of the investigation.

“The suspect turned toward the owner, had something in his hand that we later found out was a hammer, and the owner shot the suspect one time, killing him instantly,” said Elgin police Chief Chris Bratton.

Torres then made his way outside where Trevino’s truck was parked with two accomplices waiting inside. The store owner fired several shots at the vehicle and although the two women, 48-year-old Sulema Sanchez and 37-year-old Amanda Yanes, were not shot they were treated for minor injuries resulting from shattered glass.

Trevino, who was struck in the neck, was pronounced dead at the scene. Sanchez and Yanes were arrested and remain in police custody.

All three had prior criminal histories. Trevino, who was known by the street name “Rooster,” had a history of evading arrest, assault, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and burglary.

The same jewelry store was burglarized just two weeks ago and police have reason to believe that Trevino may have been involved in that incident. Authorities also believe that there may have been a second vehicle involved in Monday morning’s burglary attempt.

However, Trevino’s cousin, Debra Trevino claims that detectives never spoke with him about the prior burglary and she does not believe he was involved. She also believes that Torres’ use of force was excessive.

“It’s devastating,” she said. “I understand you have the right to protect your property, but give me a break … killing him was overkill. He would have laid down and given up, if he had the chance.”

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BREAKING: CNN Finds The Titanic

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Hamas Conquers Temple Mount

Dozens of flag waving Hamas activists wrest control of the Mount, Jews not allowed in.

Via Israel National News

Police have “lost control of the Temple Mount,” Temple activists charged Monday morning, on the eve of Pesach.

Dozens of Hamas men have taken over the Mount, waving Hamas flags, and are “not allowing Jews and tourists into the Mount,” said the activists.

“Hundreds of Jews who came to the Temple Mount for Pesach were astonished to find a police representative standing at the entrance gate and announcing that the Mount had been closed off to Jews after Hamas had taken over the Mount and threatened violence against any Jews who enter,” the Temple organizations reported in a news communique.

The Temple organizations called for the police commissioner to resign, following his failures on the Temple Mount.

“Time after time, the police abandon the Mount to hostile hands – especially on Jewish holidays,” they charged. “Then the same commanders come to the Knesset and the Interior Committee, and lie that the Mount was open.”

The latest incident comes just one day after Hamas-linked Islamists rioted on the Temple Mount, preventing Jewish visitors from ascending Judaism’s holiest site.

In response, police banned Jews from the site – prompting Temple Mount activists to accuse authorities of essentially collaborating with Muslim extremists to prevent Jews from visiting the Mount. The Temple activists say that about 20 Hamas men stayed in the compound overnight and that the police have allowed them to do so.

Israeli police on Monday announced that Muslim access to the Temple Mount would be curtailed. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that only men aged 50 and over would be allowed to pray. There is no age limit on women’s participation, however, he told AFP.

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Hamas PM Praises Shooting Attack On Jewish Family That Killed Father, “Brought Back Life To The Path of Resistance”…

Those peace-loving Palestinians, eh?

JERUSALEM (AP) — The prime minister of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday praised a shooting that killed an Israeli and wounded his wife and son as they drove through the West Bank the previous evening en route to a Passover Seder.

Speaking in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh said the attack outside the city of Hebron “brought back life to the path of resistance” against Israel and warned of more attacks in the Palestinian territory.

Monday’s shooting came just before the start of the weeklong Jewish holiday of Passover as families gather after sundown for the Seder meal. No one claimed responsibility for the attack.

Hamas and Israel are bitter enemies and have engaged in several rounds of fighting since the militant group seized power in Gaza in 2007 after ousting forces loyal to the Palestinian Fatah party led by President Mahmoud Abbas in fierce street battles. The two Palestinian groups have not reconciled despite several attempts and Hamas now rules Gaza while Abbas governs part of the West Bank.

“We tell the enemy and anyone who thinks he is able to tame the West Bank … the West Bank will be the future point of our struggle with the enemy,” Haniyeh said.

Israeli media said the wounded woman was told in hospital that her 40-year-old husband was killed. It said their wounded son is nine years old.

Mitt Romney’s Son Mocks Harry Reid With Pic of His Dad Paying His Taxes…

Out of all the disgraceful things Dingy says on the Senate floor, him repeatedly saying Mitt Romney doesn’t pay any taxes could be the worst.

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