Oregon Administrative Law Judge: Bakers Should Pay $135,000 For Refusing To Bake Cake For Same-Sex Wedding…

Time for bakeries to start outsourcing wedding cakes to the Muslim bakeries.

Via The Daily Signal

An Oregon administrative law judge recommended today that the bakers who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding should be fined $135,000.

“[T]he forum concludes that $75,000 and $60,000, are appropriate awards to compensate [the same-sex couple] for the emotional suffering they experienced,” wrote Alan McCullough, administrative law judge for Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries in his proposed order.

Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa located in Gresham, Ore., say the fine is enough to potentially bankrupt their family of seven.

The dispute began in January 2013, when Aaron denied Rachel Cryer a wedding cake after learning there would be two brides in her wedding.

Aaron and his wife Melissa are both Christians and believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

Rachel and her partner Laurel Bowman-Cryer, who are now married, filed a complaint with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries under the state’s public accommodation law, which bans discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation.

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries pursued charges against the Kleins on behalf of the same-sex couple.[…]

In order to reach $135,000, Rachel and Laurel submitted a long list of alleged physical, emotional and mental damages they claim to have experienced as a result of the Kleins’ unlawful conduct.

One of the women, whose name was redacted to protect her privacy, listed 88 symptoms as grounds for compensation. The other, whose name was also redacted, listed 90.

Examples of symptoms include “acute loss of confidence,” “doubt,” “excessive sleep,” “felt mentally raped, dirty and shameful,” “high blood pressure,” “impaired digestion,” “loss of appetite,” “migraine headaches,” “pale and sick at home after work,” “resumption of smoking habit,” “shock” “stunned,” “surprise,” “uncertainty,” “weight gain” and “worry.”

Harmon, the Kleins’ lawyer, told The Daily Signal that during the hearing “there was no expert testimony.”

The witnesses at the hearing were the two women who were requesting a cake, one of their mothers, one of their brothers and another family member. There was no doctor, there was no psychologist, no expert testimony at all.

In collecting the fine, Harmon said the state isn’t just pursuing the Kleins’ business assets, but their personal livelihood as well.

“An important thing to understand about the damages the state is claiming in this case is that the [fine] isn’t going to come from liquidating business assets,” she said.

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Taxpayers Fund Boston Bombers’ Family Flights To The US, Housing And Security During The Trial…

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Good job, DOJ and DHS.

Via FOX 25 Boston

The family of the convicted marathon bomber is in America, on your tax dollars, and survivors are outraged after learning the news.

As of Thursday, family members of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been staying at the Hampton Inn in Revere under very tight security, just one of the things tax dollars are paying for. FOX25’s Sharman Sacchetti investigated how much this trip is costing you.

Sources say these family members are being called as witnesses and not only that, at least three agencies are working around the clock to protect and transport them. This is all part of the defense team’s strategy to save Tsarnaev. While it’s unclear when their flight started, we know the last part of it came through Amsterdam and landed at Logan Airport and cost nearly $2,500 per person.

The cost to put them up at the Hampton Inn at the government rate: almost $200 per night, per person. And a source says at least three agencies, the FBI, US Marshal’s and Revere Police are involved in constant protection.

“I think you’re probably talking about $100,000 plus in that neighborhood in terms of security and out of pocket costs associated with travel,” former US attorney Michael Sullivan said.

And that’s just for this trip.

Lawyer fees or even what all witnesses during the trial cost is still unclear. One defense witness, Mark Spencer of Arsenal Consulting, charged $375 per hour and billing taxpayers for $150,000.[…]

Marathon survivor Marc Fucarile reached out to us Friday night, reacting to this news, saying that he’s outraged that Tsarnaev’s family’s expenses are being paid for when “myself and some of the other survivors and our families have to pay for our own parking at court, lunch, and we were told that if the trial was moved out of state, we’d have to pay for our own travel and lodging, there.”

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After CAIR Whining, DOJ ‘Monitoring’ Arkansas Gun Range Owner Who Banned Muslims…

The owner hasn’t banned only Muslims, the list included Nazis and KKK members, all solid Democrat voters. Update to this previous story.

Via Breitbart

The Department of Justice is “monitoring” Gun Cave Indoor Firing Range owner Jan Morgan in Hot Springs, Arkansas, for banning Muslims from shooting in the facility.

At that time, Fox News reported that Morgan decided to ban Muslims after “two customers she deemed suspicious” showed up in September. Since that time, she has excluded those “she believes to be Muslim based upon their names.” She said, “We are dealing in lethal firearms. I am not going to let a Nazi shoot in here, or a Ku Klux Klan member in here, either.”

Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to intervene. In the letter, CAIR said, “Given the recent spike in anti-Muslim rhetoric, including Islamophobic statements by government officials, community leaders and media outlets, death threats, and other bias incidents targeting Muslims, I urge you to investigate this matter soon.”

Breitbart News reported that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to intervene. In the letter, CAIR said, “Given the recent spike in anti-Muslim rhetoric, including Islamophobic statements by government officials, community leaders and media outlets, death threats, and other bias incidents targeting Muslims, I urge you to investigate this matter soon.”[…]

CAIR’s Jennifer Wicks said, “We welcome this positive development and hope it leads to a thorough investigation of clear violations of the civil rights of American Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim by the gun range owner.”

In January, “A South Asian father and son accused Morgan’s business of turning them away.” They claimed Morgan assumed they were Muslim because their skin was brown. The identities of the two are not known because they demanded anonymity “out of safety concerns.”

Morgan rejected their claims, stating it was their behavior, not their skin color, that led her to think they “might not be safe handling firearms in [her] range.” Morgan made clear that her range does not discriminate based on skin color, and explained her belief that the South Asian father and son applied to shoot with an “agenda.” She said their actions were “clearly designed to create the situation that occurred.”

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280 High School Students Just Told Obama To Shove It In An Epic Way…

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Hope for the future! And not unnoticed, they are from “Nathan Hale High”…

Via Buzzpo:

280 high schoolers – the entire junior class of Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, Washington – have effectively told President Obama and his band of progressive buffoons that they can take their Common Core and shove it.

When state testing began on Tuesday, not a single junior showed up on campus to participate, as the entire student body had collectively decided to exercise their legal right to opt out of the ‘Smarter Balanced’ exams.

“They didn’t skip school all day,” commented district spokeswoman Stacy Howard, according to the Seattle Times. “They just didn’t show up during the testing period.”

The Nathan Hale students weren’t the only ones to deal this massive blow to the liberal establishment, either. According to early district estimates, about half of the juniors at three other Seattle high schools have also opted out of the Smarter Balanced testing.

“Students voted with their own feet,” remarked Doug Edelstein, a history teacher at Nathan Hale and opponent of the Common Core testing. “They felt like they knew the facts, and made their own decisions.”

Give the junior class at Seattle’s Nathan Hale High two thumbs up for taking a stand against Common Core by sharing this report!

Colorado Businessman Blames ‘Stoned’ Workers For Move To SC…

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Colorado continues to bleed businesses.

Via FOX News

When workers at his Colorado business went to pot, Mark Brawner said it was enough for him to roll out of the Rockies and head for South Carolina.

Brawner, who ran Little Spider Creations out of an old Denver warehouse for years until this month, told KUSA-TV Thursday he moved because pot was hurting his company. He said employees started to come to work stoned after the state legalized the drug for recreational use in 2012.

“The main reason we pulled out was because of marijuana,” Brawner said. “Marijuana got into our industry. Half the sculptors will come in high. As soon as we’d catch it, they’d be let go. We went through 25 sculptors. Only five of (our sculptors) either were quality or would show up unimpaired.”[…]

Little Spider has built Halloween-like props for Six Flags amusement parks, the Dollywood Theme Park in Tennessee, and other haunted house entertainment venues.

The company’s a new home is a spacious facility in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. The local Chamber of Commerce lured Brawner to move with a $25,000 grant. In exchange Brawner pledged to create 35 jobs and to make a $2.65 million investment in his business. In Colorado, Little Spider employed 47 sculptors, artists and animators.

The Myrtle Beach Sun News reported that back in Colorado, Brawner had been dealing with a “nasty” local government regulator and too many stoned workers. Those problems made his wife’s entreaties to move more appealing.

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Judge Launches Into Epic Rant At Thug Who Claimed Suburb As His ‘Hood’

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Kudos, Judge!

Via Daily Mirror:

One Tennessee judge has been hailed for her no-nonsense, brutal take down of a gang member who arrogantly dared claim a once-pleasant suburb as ‘his hood’ while in her courtroom.

After O’Shae Smith told Judge Lila Statom that he shot a rival gang member for being ‘in his hood’, she had no problem telling him the area didn’t actually belong to him.

‘Sir, East Lake Courts is not your hood’, Statom began, referencing the public housing project where the shooting took place.

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Moonbat Oregon Teacher Sues School Over ‘Gunman’ Who ‘Killed’ Her During Active Shooter Scenario…

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The event caused her to trigger the recent Sandy Hook shootings.

Via Newser

Teacher Linda McLean says she hasn’t been able to work since the terrifying Friday two years ago when a man wearing goggles burst into her classroom, pointed a pistol in her face, pulled the trigger, and told her, “You’re dead.” But she wasn’t shot: The gunman turned out to be the school district’s safety officer, conducting a surprise “active shooter” drill on a day when students were at home, the Oregonian reports. McLean is suing the school district in Halfway, Ore., the principal, and several other parties over the drill, seeking lost pay, medical costs, and punitive damages, reports NBC News. According to her lawsuit, she tried to go back to the school the Monday after the drill but became “extremely emotionally and physically ill” and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The drill at Pine Eagle School District No. 61 came just a few months after the Sandy Hook massacre, and “panic ensued,” according to McLean’s lawsuit. She says that when the safety officer and a school board member went room to room firing blanks, one teacher wet herself and another was injured in a scuffle…

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HT: Theo Spark

Valdosta State University Cancels Classes, Hundreds Attend Rally Supporting Flag After Protesters Trampled It

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Good show, folks!

Via Daily Mail:

Student demonstrators who walked on an American flag to protest racism sparked a countermovement, prompting a south Georgia university to cancel classes Friday ahead of a rally that drew hundreds to Valdosta.

Valdosta State University found itself in the center of a controversy after a video shared on social media showed an Air Force veteran and former Playboy model, Michelle Manhart, taking an American flag from demonstrators who had walked on it to protest racism.

At the protest, held a week ago, Manhart was detained by police when she refused to return the flag.

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Former Lesbian Minister: Those That Help People Leave Homosexuality Could Soon Become Illegal…

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Via CNS News

Janet Boynes, the author of “Called Out” and founder of Janet Boynes Ministries, told the C-SPAN audience on Friday that soon ministries like hers, which help people exit homosexuality, will become illegal thanks to the efforts of the homosexual lobby.

“Those who seek help to leave the life of homosexuality may soon discover that there is no longer any help out there,” she said. “Homosexual activists and their homosexual attorneys are pushing to ban any type of ministries such as Janet Boynes Ministries, which help people exit homosexuality.”

“Their goal is to indoctrinate our kids. Their goal is to silence us. Their greatest fear is men and women like myself who have walked away from that life. Soon it may become illegal to even have this kind of ministry. Who knows how much longer we will have to do what we’re doing today, unless we act now,” Boynes said.

And Boynes should know. She lived life as a lesbian for 14 years before leaving the homosexual lifestyle in 1988. She said same-sex marriage is being litigated as a “potential federal civil right” by the U.S. Supreme Court, “but we know this is not a civil rights issue.”

“See the color of my skin is an immutable, unchangeable characteristic,” she said. “I can’t change from black to white, but I did live a homosexual life for 14 years, and I’ve been out 17, so we know change is possible through the power of Jesus Christ.”

And “if same-sex marriage becomes the law of the land, no one can even imagine or predict the ramifications that this decision will have,” said Boynes.

Boynes said the reason you won’t see her in the mainstream media is because she would “tear down their belief system, and that’s my goal – is to debunk everything that they’re saying to be true, when I know it’s a lie.”

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Social Justice Bullies: The Authoritarianism of Millennial Social Justice

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Tremendous article.

Via Medium.com:

Social justice, as a concept, has existed for millennia — at least as long as society has had inequity and inequality and there were individuals enlightened enough to question this.

When we study history, we see, as the American Transcendentalist Theodore Parker famously wrote, “the arc [of the moral universe]…bends towards justice.” And this seems relatively evident when one looks at history as a single plot line.

Things improve. And, if history is read as a book, the supporters of social justice are typically deemed the heroes, the opponents of it the villains.

And perhaps it’s my liberal heart speaking, the fact that I grew up in a liberal town, learned US history from a capital-S Socialist, and/or went to one of the most liberal universities in the country, but I view this is a good thing.

The idea that societal ills should be remedied such that one group is not given an unfair advantage over another is not, to me, a radical idea.

But millennials are grown up now — and they’re angry. As children, they were told that they could be anything, do anything, and that they were special. As adults, they have formed a unique brand of Identity Politics wherein the groups with which one identifies is paramount

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Stores Anticipating Price Hike Following Bird Flu Outbreak…

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Which price will get raised first, the chicken or the egg?

Via WCCO

With so many farms and turkeys affected by avian influenza, some grocery chains are wondering how shoppers will react.

Over the past few years, Machenthun’s in Waconia has added more and more turkey options. Turkey has essentially become one of the more popular buys in the store.

“Your beef and pork still sell the best, but we sell a lot of turkeys,” one employee said.

And so far shoppers haven’t been scared off by the avian flu outbreak that’s wiped out nearly four dozen Minnesota turkey farms.

“Actually, chicken and turkey sales are at an all-time high,” store manager Dale Rademachersaid.

The flu does not affect turkey meat.

And it’s known that as long as poultry is cooked thoroughly, consumers won’t have any problems.

But they could soon see a price change.

Generally, after an outbreak is reported in any type of meat, it takes about four to six weeks for prices to go up.

“I would say at this point we could anticipate it, but we have not seen that,” Rademacher said.

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HT: GetAClue

Naked Man Tries To Steal Car From Man Who Offered Him Clothes

Pro-tip: When a crazy naked man is walking down the street, maybe you should stay in your car and call the police?

Canadian Judge Orders Release Of Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Who Killed An American Soldier…

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Release him in Coutts, Alberta, he may make it 48 hours.

Via Stars and Stripes

A Canadian judge on Friday ordered the release of a former Guantanamo Bay inmate while he appeals his conviction in a Washington court for war crimes, including killing a U.S. soldier.

Judge June Ross said the terms of Omar Khadr’s release will be determined May 5. Canada’s government said it would appeal the order.

Toronto-born Khadr is in prison in Alberta, serving out an eight-year sentence handed down by a U.S. military commission in 2010. He was convicted of five war-crimes, including throwing a grenade when he was 15 years old that killed Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer in Afghanistan during a 2002 firefight. He spent a decade in Guantanamo Bay.

Khadr, now 28, agreed to a plea deal in 2010 that stipulated he serve one year of his eight-year sentence at the U.S. naval base in Cuba. He has since said he only pleaded guilty to get out of Guantanamo and be sent back to Canada.

Ross said Khadr has a strong basis for appeal and keeping him behind bars would not be in the public interest.

“Omar is fortunate to be back in Canada where we have real courts and real laws,” said Nate Whitling, one of Khadr’s lawyers.

The government has argued Ross had no jurisdiction to hear the unprecedented bail application from an offender convicted abroad and returned to Canada. Giving Khadr bail would undermine Canada’s international relations and obligations, the government argued. It also said Ross should take into account Khadr’s guilty plea to serious offenses.

“We have vigorously defended against any attempt to lessen his punishment,” Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said in a statement announcing the government would appeal.

In court last month, Khadr’s lawyers argued their client has been a model prisoner who poses no threat to the community. They also said the appeal of his conviction by a stands a good chance of success, but was dragging on.

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Heartache: Cop Killer Mumia Abu Jamal “Gravely Ill” According To Supporters

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‘New Rebels’ Wanting States Rights Seek Control Of Federal Land…

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The States need control over their land and would be better stewards than some bureaucrats in DC.

Exhibit A: Indian Reservations. Exhibit B: Bundy Ranch standoff with the BLM.

Via GF Tribune

A growing movement to transfer federal land to state control in Western states, where the federal government is a big landowner, is drawing comparisons to the Sagebrush Rebellion of the 1970s, and running into strong resistance from conservation and sportsmen groups.

At issue is who should control some 300 million acres managed by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management in the West.

Utah state Rep. Ken Ivory, who sponsored a land transfer bill that passed in that state, says federal land is in poor health, threatened by catastrophic wildfires and bugs, and not meeting its potential for generating revenue from timber, oil and other natural resources that could help Western economies.

Frustration has sparked renewed interest in state control, Ivory said.

“The discussion is intensifying in all of the Western states and beyond quite frankly,” Ivory said.

Jessica Goad, advocacy director for the Denver-based Center for Western Priorities, a conservation organization tracking the issue, said more than 40 transfer-related bills have been introduced in state legislatures in the West this year.[…]

Sen. Jennifer Fielder, R-Thompson Falls, who pushed for a study of land transfer at the 2015 Montana Legislature, says concern for the health of the land and her community prompted her to get involved.

The movement has taken hold as people realize better decisions are made by people closest to the subject matter, Fielder said.

“The other reason is we’re experiencing such economic and environmental devastation as the result of very bad federal policies,” Fielder said.

The current movement for state control has similarities to the Sage Brush Rebellion of the 1970s, in which Westerners sought more local control of federal land within their borders, said Martin Nie, a professor of natural resource policy at the University of Montana’s College of Forestry and Conservation in Missoula.

He calls its supporters the “new rebels.”

“I have felt from the very beginning this is something that should be taken seriously, and I continue to believe that,” Nie, who is director of the university’s Bolle Center for People and Forests, said of the current efforts for more local control of public land. “Especially when you consider some of the efforts going on in D.C. simultaneously.”

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Hillary’s Trade Deal Flip-Flop Angers Fellow Democrats

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Via New York Post:

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s rationale for flip-flopping to support a contentious Colombian free-trade agreement in 2009 was rejected by most Democrats in Congress, who voted against it, records show.

Trying to fend off critics who charge her change of heart came after millions flowed into the Clinton Foundation, the former secretary of state insisted she shifted only because Colombia agreed to substantive changes in its treatment of trade unionists.

In 2008, she cited a shocking level of violence, including murder, against union activists in opposing the deal.

“It doesn’t matter who talks to me,” Clinton said that year. “It doesn’t matter any circumstances. I have been against it. I am against it. I will be against it absent the kind of changes in behavior that I have been calling for from the Colombian government.”

A year later, she was on board. But trade experts say the changes made by Colombia were small.

“There’s no other country that had [for] many decades so many labor leaders being killed, shot at,” said Brian Finnegan of the AFL-CIO.

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Muslim Woman Sues Domino’s Over 2012 Pizza Order…

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She should have eaten the cardboard and composted the pizza.

Via WTSP

No matter how you slice it, a poorly made pizza isn’t usually grounds for a lawsuit, but it was the start of one filed in Polk County on Thursday.

“The worst pizza you can possibly imagine,” said attorney Thania Clevenger. “I think that pizza she received was because they saw what she looked like.”

In July 2012, Hakima Benaddi said it was the first time she had worn a hijab, a Muslim head scarf, to pick up a pizza at the Davenport location. Benaddi says when she returned with what she called a poorly made pizza, employees weren’t helpful which resulted in a verbal confrontation.

After Benaddi left, the store manager made a report to the police saying Benaddi had threatened to blow up the store with a bomb.

Benaddi was arrested that night, although the charges were soon dropped.[…]

“She make big story, she creates big story, that story damaged my life,” Benaddi said.

“The parties involved here just assumed that because she’s Moroccan because she is Muslim it was very probable that she really in fact threatened to blow someone up,” Clevenger said.

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Al Qaeda Hostage’s Family Paid $250,000 For Release, Obama Regime Didn’t Tell Them He’d Been Killed In January So They Continued To Negotiate

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I didn’t think this regime could sink any lower than they already have, but why they kept the family in the dark is beyond me. Even if there was something classified, why couldn’t you just say you know he was dead? And didn’t they know the family was negotiating?

Via NY Post:

The al Qaeda captors of now-slain hostage Warren Weinstein pocketed $250,000 in ransom money from his family in 2012, before reneging on the secret deal, according to a Pakistani intermediary.

The captors even continued to negotiate with the intermediary for weeks after the 73-year-old American aid worker was accidentally killed in a US drone strike in January.

After that strike, the kidnappers spoke of handing Weinstein over to ISIS, never hinting he was dead, according to the intermediary, who spoke directly with the terrorists.

The ransom money — in $100 bills — had been handed over to kidnappers in Peshawar in northwestern Pakistan about a year after his capture.

“The money was delivered, but he [Weinstein] didn’t show up,” the intermediary said.

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Super-Quake Hits Nepal…Hundreds, Maybe Thousands Dead ..Quake Felt At Summit Of Mt Everest

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Prayers out to those in need.

Via Associated Press:

A powerful earthquake struck Nepal Saturday, killing at least 718 people across a swath of four countries as the violently shaking earth collapsed houses, leveled centuries-old temples and triggered avalanches on Mt. Everest. It was the worst tremor to hit the poor South Asian nation in over 80 years.

At least 688 people were confirmed dead in Nepal, according to the police. Another 20 were killed in India, six in Tibet and two in Bangladesh. Two Chinese citizens died at the Nepal-China border. Given the scale of the destruction, the death toll is almost certain to rise, said Home Ministry official Laxmi Dhakal.

It was a few minutes before noon when the quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 7.8, began to rumble across the densely populated Kathmandu Valley, rippling through the capital Kathmandu and spreading in all directions — north toward the Himalayas and Tibet, south to the Indo-Gangetic plains, east toward the Brahmaputra delta of Bangladesh and west toward the historical city of Lahore in Pakistan.

A magnitude-6.6 aftershock hit about an hour later, and smaller aftershocks continued to jolt the region for hours. Residents ran out of homes and buildings in panic. Walls tumbled, large cracks opened up on streets and walls. Towers collapsed and clouds of dust began to swirl all around.

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Hill-Larious: Bill Clinton’s Wife Condemns “Scourge Of Sexual Assault” In First Big Speech

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Paging Juanita Broaddrick! Remeber we must believe every woman who says she has been raped…

Via Daily Caller:

In the first major speech of her scandal-plagued presidential campaign, Democrat Hillary Clinton explicitly raised the issue of sexual assault on college campuses.

Clinton delivered the wide-ranging speech at the Women in the World Summit in New York City on Thursday, according to Inside Higher Ed.

“When women of any age, whether on college campuses or military bases or even in their homes, face sexual assault, then no woman is secure,” she declared.

“Every woman deserves to have the safety and security they need. That means we have to guarantee that our institutions respond to the continuing scourge of sexual assault.”

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