Kansas City Nonviolence Rally Marred By Multiple Fights

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Rival circus performers.

Via Kansas City Star

A circus parade and rally for nonviolence that drew hundreds of people to the Linwood Shopping Center on Tuesday evening had to be cut short when multiple fights broke out.

Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté said the organizers stopped the event. He tweeted that the crowds dispersed and there were no reported injuries.

But the fighting marred an event, called “Your Life Counts,” that was intended to celebrate survival in a city plagued by crime.

Performers and animals from the UniverSoul Circus paraded north on Prospect Avenue from 39th Street to the rally.

The guest of honor was Ka’Vyea Tyson-Curry, the 10-year-old boy who was paralyzed from the waist down in a Kansas City shooting that killed his father earlier this year.

“I’m not a talker,” the boy said into a microphone as he sat in the front seat of a light-blue convertible. “Thank you all for praying.”

Alvin Brooks of the Ad Hoc Group Against Crime called Ka’Vyea a leader and encouraged the crowd to continue to pray that he will walk again.

“There are a number of young Ka’Vyeas out there that have been victimized by us,” Brooks said. “Folks who look just like us. Because of the evilness and the mean-spiritedness whenever these things happen.”

Two girls, 13 and 14 years old, each spoke with emotion about losing their older brothers to violence.

The UniverSoul Circus, which is performing through Saturday at Kemper Arena, is organizing anti-violence events around the country.

“We must fight the fact that much of the music children listen to has violent subject matter, and it’s promoted so well that it is entrenched in the mindset of these kids,” circus owner Cedric Walker said in an announcement. “Well, we’re going to promote positivity. We’re going to feed positivity into these communities.”

Performers in bright costumes walked on stilts through the crowd as Caribbean dancers invited young people from the audience onto the stage to do the limbo.

“Don’t tell me something good can’t happen on Prospect,” Brooks said before the fights broke out.

HT Doug Ross

Dem Rep. John Lewis Outraged: Republicans “Have Never Supported This President!”…

John Lewis

“He has a point, Democrats were so supportive of the Bush administration, the least we can do is back Obama”… said nobody.

Via Breitbart:

An emotional Rep John Lewis (D-GA) took to the house floor Wednesday to argue against the House Republicans proceeding with a lawsuit against President Barack Obama.

“From the first day in office, the Republicans in this House has never supported this president,” Lewis yelled. “Every olive branch he extended was broken. But today, Mr. Speaker, they have reached a low, a very low point. This resolution to sue the president just goes a little too far. It is a shame and a disgrace that we are here debating the suing of the president. The American people deserve better. We can do better. We can do much better.”

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Walsh Plagiarism Case Will Be Reviewed By Pentagon Inspector General

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I am calling BS, Walsh wasn’t a Congress Critter when he submitted his thesis. In previous reports the Army War College was going to investigate.

Via KRTV

The plagiarism investigation of U.S. Senator John Walsh (D-MT) will end up in the Pentagon following a review by a panel at the U.S. Army War College.

A college spokeswoman told MTN News on Tuesday that it’s standard policy that the Inspector General of the Department of Defense is the “office of record” regarding allegations against former military members who serve in Congress.

The Army War College, located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, said it is convening an Academic Review Board following the report last week by the New York Times that shows Walsh plagiarized or failed to properly attribute significant portions of a paper that was key to his obtaining a master’s degree in 2007.

Carol Kerra, a spokeperson for the college, said the involvement of the Department of Defense Inspector General in the situation is neither unusual nor a move to take the investigation away from the college.

“What is out of the ordinary is that we’ve not previously experienced a case with a member of Congress,” she wrote in an email.

The review board will likely start its proceedings no earlier than August 15 and take 30 to 45 day to do its work.

Walsh has been invited to participate in that review.

The board’s written analysis, findings, and recommendation will go then to the college’s deputy commandant, who will then forward the case to the U.S. Army Inspector General, who will then pass it on to the Department of Defense Inspector General.

The Walsh campaign had no comment Tuesday on the process.

Student Palestinian Group Blames SDSU For Gaza Deaths

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SDSU can always invest in green energy and unicorn breeding. SJP is getting the talking points from CAIR.

Via The College Fix

A pro-Palestinian campus activist group has laid blame for recent deaths in Gaza very close to home – their home – San Diego State University.

Students for Justice in Palestine recently declared SDSU’s refusal to support divesting from companies that do business with Israel means it has blood on its hands.

The SJP Facebook post included an image of an explosion from an Israeli rocket strike, with the campus logo and headline: “San Diego State University – Ethnic cleansing starts here.”

It went on to state: “After decades of partnership with Boeing, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin; and an exceptional performance in 2008 and 2012. We at SDSU are once again, proud sponsors of Israel’s bombing of Gaza. This year we continue to celebrate the blood on our hands from thousands of Palestinians’ deaths by keeping red and black our official colors.”

The declaration comes as the active and controversial student group continues to push its campus to endorse the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement against Israel. SPJAd

Earlier this school year, Students for Justice in Palestine asked the student government to lobby campus officials to divest in certain companies that do business with Israel, including General Electric, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola. The proposal was narrowly defeated by a student government subcommittee by a vote of 10 to 7, The Daily Aztec student newspaper reported in March. A full vote by the Associated Students in April also denied the resolution 16 to 3.

San Diego State officials told The College Fix they have no comment on the issue.

But other SDSU students are alarmed.

The Daily Aztec earlier this month published an opinion piece by Anthony Berteaux “questioning the integrity” of the school’s branch of Students for Justice in Palestine.

“While I used to consider myself pro-divestment and, by default, anti-Israel, ‘Ethnic cleansing starts here’ shook something in me as an Aztec,” Berteaux wrote.

The piece called attention to SJP’s questionable appraisal of the current unrest.

“SJP has been adamant about spreading its message of justice for the Palestinians, and in the process has purposely demonized Israel and its citizens.” This is a skewed and “violent misrepresentation of Israel convenient to the specific narrative of SJP,” according to the column.

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HT College Insurrection

Pelosi: We Must Exploit Border Crisis To “Quickly” Pass Amnesty…

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Dems helped foster this mess so they could try and ram amnesty legislation through Congress.

Via Breitbart:

On Tuesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Congress should use the border crisis to pass comprehensive amnesty legislation.

At a Congressional Progressive Caucus hearing on the border crisis, Pelosi said the influx of illegal immigrant juveniles is more reason to pass an amnesty bill that Democrats in the Senate like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) have said they want to attach to the House’s border bill.

“We should move quickly to pass comprehensive immigration reform,” Pelosi said.

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Head Of Human Rights Watch Endorses Terror Attacks On Israel

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Also the rockets by Hamas are a self defense measure against an invading enemy.

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Via WFB

Ken Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, claims that terrorist attacks and abductions are not a “rights violation” so long as they only target soldiers.

Tunnels used to attack or capture civilians is a rights violation. Tunnels used to attack or capture soldiers isn’t. http://t.co/gPPScdrYDO

Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) July 29, 2014

Roth appears ignorant of one of the basic tenets of the Geneva Conventions, the distinction between lawful and unlawful combatants. Terrorists are unlawful combatants under the Geneva Conventions because they do not wear uniforms and are not fighting on behalf of a sovereign state.

Roth also appears ignorant of the Fourth Geneva Convention’s explicit prohibition on the taking of hostages. Article 34 reads, in its entirety: “The taking of hostages is prohibited.” Hamas uses tunnels to attempt to take Israelis hostage.

In 2009, the founder and former chairman of Human Rights Watch, Robert Bernstein, publicly disowned the organization over what he said were its double standards and hostility to the Jewish State.

Lib Group Offers “Free” Ice Cream To People If They Agree Global Warming Is Real…

Via Revealing Politics:

Two days of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hearings began Tuesday in Denver. Outside the EPA’s LoDo offices were some interesting attractions. There was a tent set up to tout solar energy and another one with a giant inflatable inhaler. The most interesting attraction outside the EPA offices in Denver, however, was the “free” ice ream truck. But just like anything else labeled “free” it wasn’t really free.

A non-profit group called The Climate Reality Project sponsored the truck. To get a scoop of Ben & Jerry’s milk and cookies ice cream you were pushed into a line and handed an iPad. Representatives of The Climate Reality Project then told those eager for some free ice cream that first they had to sign their name and provide an email address. They said they were going to send this info to the Senate to show how many people want action on climate change…or really, free ice cream.

The organization’s materials claimed that the climate is “too hot” (hence the ice cream) and that they want the government to cut carbon pollution. They we also pushing their agenda through social media, calling on the Governor to support the EPA’s proposal to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants. The organization tried to start a trend using the hashtag #imtoohot. We’re pretty sure it was used for things other than climate change awareness.

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Fourth Ethiopian Athlete Found Safe After Wandering Off

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Messengers for Al Queda?

Via The Register Guard

The fourth Ethiopian athlete missing since Saturday morning from the World Junior Championships track meet in Eugene was located safe by police Tuesday evening in Federal Way, Wash., a University of Oregon Police Department spokesman said.

Zeyituna Mohammed, 18, was contacted at the residence of an acquaintance by Federal Way police, at the request of the UO Police Department, spokesman Kelly McIver said. Federal Way is just north of Tacoma.

The university police had been investigating a missing persons case since late last Friday, when two Ethiopian track team coaches reported about 11 p.m. that four athletes had not checked in at their UO residence hall.

The four athletes — three 18-year-old women and a 17-year-old male — reportedly had left the area by choice with an acquaintance, but police needed to positively confirm the athletes’ safety, McIver said.

Three of the athletes were found safe in Beaverton on Monday afternoon: Amanuel Abebe Atibeha, 17; and Dureti Edao and Meaza Kebede, both 18.

Earlier Tuesday, McIver said police do not know whether the athletes plan to seek political asylum.

“That’s always a question when you have international visitors, especially in an area where there’s unrest,” McIver said.

Sharon Rummery, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in San Francisco, said the agency does not release the names of individuals applying for any immigration services, including asylum, due to federal privacy law.

McIver said the Ethiopian athletes are in the United States legally and can stay per the terms of their visas.

Although foul play was not suspected, UO police were leading the missing persons investigation, with help from Eugene police, Portland police and the FBI, among other agencies.

The missing persons case for the four athletes is now closed, and the university and its police department will have no further information about their situation, McIver said. Law enforcement’s only interest was in confirming the safety of the individuals, he said.

McIver said Tuesday morning that UO police do not know why three of the athletes were in Beaverton. He said the athletes traveled to the city by vehicle, but he did not know whom they traveled with.

“No clear messages were left from the athletes,” he said of any motive for leaving the international track meet early.

Most people who come into the country for non-work reasons are issued tourist visas that typically allow them to stay in the country for six months, a local immigration law attorney previously said.

Mohammed ran in 800-meter race heats at last week’s track meet. She qualified to compete in the final on Thursday and came in sixth place.

The six-day International Association of Athletics Federations event drew athletes from at least 167 countries. The meet concluded Sunday.

U.S. Commander Tells Troops To Refrain From Eating Or Drinking In Front Of Muslims During Ramadan, Study Islam…

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More PC run amok.

Via Fox News:

Do not eat or drink in front of Muslims, and learn more about their religion.

That’s the directive that has gone out to active duty military personnel at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, a Department of Defense medical and graduate school in Bethesda, Md.

The brigade commander sent an email to military personnel at the facility last month – just before the start of Ramadan – advising them to show respect to Muslim colleagues.

“This is a period of great personal restraint and commitment in addition to renewed focus on worship,” Brigade Commander Col. Kevin Glasz wrote. “I’d like to encourage you to learn just a little more about this religion, but more importantly, I’m asking you to be considerate and do not consume food or drink in front of our Muslim colleagues; it is a simple, yet respectful action.”

During the month-long period known as Ramadan, Muslims refrain from eating or drinking during daylight hours.

The brigade commander also provided a link to a website about Islam, and specifically Ramadan.

Now that raised the ire of some of the officers and doctors training at the USU, and several of them reached out to me with their concerns – provided I not disclose their names.

“I respect the intention behind this email, but note that there is no similar call honoring other faiths,” one Marine told me. “There is no similar invitation for non-Jewish colleagues to refrain from eating leavened products during Passover, or non-Christian colleagues to refrain from eating meat during Lent.”

The entire incident smells of political correctness, the Marine told me.

Petulant Man-Child To Thumb His Nose At GOP Lawsuit By Signing Another Executive Order…

Expect any less from the Romper Room White House?

Mooch: “The Blood Of Africa Runs Through My Veins”…

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White Republican: “Michelle Obama has the blood of Africa running through her veins”

Libs: OMG! Racist!

WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) – First lady Michelle Obama embraced her family’s African roots in a speech on Wednesday, telling a group of young Africans that the “blood of Africa” runs through her veins as she urged changing traditional beliefs on the worth of educating women.

Her husband had shied away from discussing his African heritage in his own remarks to the 500 Africans finishing a six-week Washington leadership fellowship on Monday, referencing his Kenyan father only once and in the question-and-answer session. But Michelle Obama said as an African American woman, her discussion with the African youth was “deeply personal.”

“The roots of my family tree are in Africa,” the first lady told the cheering crowd. “My husband’s father was born and raised in Kenya. Members of our extended family still live there. I have had the pleasure of traveling to Africa many times over the years, including four trips as first lady, and I have brought my mother and my daughters along whenever I can.”

“The blood of Africa runs through my veins, and I care deeply,” Obama said, addressing her listeners as her “brothers” and “sisters.”

Mother Of Mexican Teen Sues Border Patrol For Her Son’s Death

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He was a good boy and just walking down to the corner to look for a job. Update to this story.

Via KGUN

After nearly two years of no answers from Border Patrol, the mother of a Mexican teen killed 2- years ago has slapped the US Border Patrol with a lawsuit. Aricela Rodriguez is calling her son’s death a “brazen and lawless killing.”

The civil rights case is testing a recent federal ruling on law enforcement’s use of deadly force along the border.

Family members and attorneys spoke Tuesday at a news conference outside U.S. District court in Tucson after attorneys filed a 10 page civil lawsuit against 20 Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Protection agents — identified only as John Does.

16-year-old Elena Rodriguez was on Main Street in Nogales, Mexico. The Border Patrol contends Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was a lethal threat, but the suit alleges he was not throwing rocks at agents when they opened fire through the border fence.

The suit alleges Border Patrol agents shot the teen about “10 times” through the fence — virtually all of them “entered his body from behind.”

Now the teen’s mother wants the agent’s names.

A-C-L-U attorney Lee Gelernt said, “At least know who is responsible for killing her son, why did they do it and why they aren’t they being held accountable.”

Gelernt said the agents used “excessive and unreasonable force” — violating 4th and 5th amendment rights.

It comes on the heels of a federal appeals court ruling that extends the protection of the U.S. Constitution to citizens in Mexico. “It can not be that they can shoot a civilian 30 feet over the border and the constitution doesn’t protect them. They cannot exert force in this town in Nogales and then claim we can do it with impunity,” said Gelernt.

Gelernt said he doesn’t know if the government has taken any action in this case — a reason the lawsuit is necessary.

Holding pictures of her grandson, the matriarch of the family, who lives in the U.S., said — in Spanish – they want justice. “We just want the names of those people. We want to see their faces — we want to see them in court because those who killed are committing a crime,” said Taine Elena. And they want a jury to hear the evidence.

KGUN9 reached out to the border patrol for comment, but have yet to get a response.

The teen’s mother was unable to attend the news conference in Tucson because she could not cross the border.

Boko Haram Jihadists Caught With 10-Year-Old Girl With Bomb Strapped To Her…

War on women.

(Reuters) – Nigerian forces have arrested two Boko Haram suspects who were traveling with a 10-year-old girl with explosives strapped to her, the government said on Wednesday.

Government spokesman Mike Omeri said the suspects had been intercepted in a Honda CRV car traveling along a road in the north’s Katsina state.

“Ten-year old Hadiza was discovered to have been strapped with an explosive belt and, immediately, Iliya and Zainab made attempt to escape with the car, but were later blocked by other concerned Nigerians and subsequently arrested,” he said.

GAO Report: Obamacare Website Has Cost Taxpayers $840 Million…

Only the federal government could spend $840 million on a website and have it still not work properly.

Via National Journal:

The Obama administration has spent roughly $840 million on HealthCare.gov, including more than $150 million just in cost overruns for the version that failed so badly when it launched last year.

The Government Accountability Office says cost overruns went hand-in-hand with the management failures that led to the disastrous launch of HealthCare.gov and the 36 state insurance exchanges it serves.

GAO’s report, prepared for a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Thursday, details a long series of management, oversight, and contracting problems that plagued the entire process, from risky contracting practices in 2011 through the botched launch last October.

A massive repair effort got the site stabilized by January, and despite the early failures, the administration ended up exceeding its enrollment target for this year. More than 8 million people chose plans through Obamacare, including the 36 states whose marketplaces run through HealthCare.gov.

All the same, GAO says, similar problems could arise again without structural changes in the way the government manages its contracts and spending.

Top House Democrat: “You Bet We’re Going To Run” On Impeachment… Because That’s All We Have…

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Pathetic.

Washington (CNN) – Congressional Democrats say they’re the gifts that keep on giving.

Rep. Steve Israel, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said Wednesday that conservative calls to impeach President Barack Obama and the House GOP’s push to sue the President are motivating the Democratic base in advance of November’s midterm elections.

“You bet we’re going to run on a Congress that is just obsessed with lawsuits, suing the President, talking about impeaching him, instead of solutions for the middle class, talking about jobs and infrastructure. You bet that we’re going to ask people to support us based on that contrast,” Israel declared at a briefing of CNN political reporters and producers.

On Tuesday, Boehner flatly denied that congressional Republicans are moving to impeach Obama, blasted talk about it as “a scam started by Democrats at the White House.”

BREAKING: House Votes To Sue Obama…

Via WaPo:

Escalating their confrontation with President Obama, House Republicans gave Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) the power to initiate a lawsuit accusing the administration of breaching constitutional duties through executive orders that served as an end run around Congress.

The nearly party-line vote Wednesday, 225 Republicans voting yes and 201 Democratic nays, illustrated the increasingly polarized climate on Capitol Hill as both parties used the pending federal suit as a rallying cry to their voting bases ahead of the November elections. Halfway across the continent Obama basked in the House’s GOP move, almost gloating at the prospect of being sued for the actions he has taken in the face of a historically high level of congressional gridlock.

Italian Reporter After Leaving Gaza Confirms It Was A Hamas Rocket That Hit School Playground Killing 10 Kids…

Not like the media will report it.

Via INN:

An Italian journalist who until Tuesday was embedded in Gaza has backed the IDF’s account of a rocket strike on a school playground in central Gaza’s Shati refugee camp on Monday.

At least 10 people were killed in the attack – most of them children – and some sources claimed the death toll was as high as 30. Palestinian sources were quick to blame Israel, claiming that an Israeli fighter jet fired missiles directly at the playground and nearby hospital. Israel denied the accusations, saying that Hamas rockets aimed at Israel from the area misfired, and struck both the school and the hospital.

Verifying facts on the ground in Gaza is notoriously difficult for foreign reporters, and even for Palestinian journalists seen as aligned with the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority, as journalists are closely watched by Hamas security forces and can face interrogation and a permanent ban from Gaza for publishing material deemed unfavorable to the territory’s Islamist rulers. As such, little information has emerged on what exactly happened that day in Shati.

But returning from a stint in Gaza, and safe from what he ominously referred to as potential “Hamas retaliation”, Italian journalist Gabriele Barbati broke the media silence by tweeting the following message, confirming that Hamas terrorists rushed to cover up evidence of what was indeed errant rocket fire aimed at Israel.

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MSNBC’s Ed Schultz Tells Obama To “Bring It From Your Loins”…

Tingles nods in approval.

HT: Free Beacon

House Dem: Stop “Whining” About Insurance Plans Cancelled Because Of Obamacare…

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You heard her, quit your bitching.

Via NRO:

Representative Anna Eshoo (D., Calif.) wants Republicans to stop “whining” about the insurance policies cancelled due to Obamacare regulations.

“Your plan is whining. Your plan is suing the president and using taxpayer dollars,” Eshoo said to Republicans during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing as lawmakers debated a proposal by Representative Bill Cassidy (R., La.) to allow people to keep purchasing group plans currently available.

Video: Obama Stutters And Stammers Through Speech in Kansas…

Teleprompter malfunction?

HT: WFB