I know, shocker.
Via CNS News
I know, shocker.
Via CNS News
Via IB Times:
Women in Syria face whippings and even execution under a harsh regime being enforced by Islamist rebels, it has been claimed.
Rebels from the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (Isis) have imposed a harsh regime, flogging women who break a strict dress code, imposing a tax on Christians and banning any behaviour deemed immodest or sinful.
Isis drove Syrian rebels from the free Syrian Army and the Al-Nusra Front out of the city of Raqqa, in northern Syria about 99 miles east of Aleppo earlier this year, and began transforming what had been one of Syria’s more liberal cities into a hardline Islamist mini-state modelled on its own version of Sharia law.
One woman was allegedly sentenced to 20 lashes after an Isis “morality patrol” saw her holding hands with a male cousin. Another woman aged 19 was sentenced to 40 lashes after an Isis officer saw a picture of her on Facebook wearing a short-sleeved blouse, it has been claimed.
Everyone female aged 10 and over in Raqqa must cover themselves with the traditional abaya (the traditional cloak) and niqab (face covering), and Isis has decreed that no features should be displayed that are suggestive, vain or attention-seeking.
Women are also banned from talking loudly in the street, walking in public without a male chaperone (their father, brother or husband) and are not allowed to leave home after dark.
Hypocrisy so thick you need a chainsaw to get through it.
Producer Harvey Weinstein told LA Film Czar Ken Ziffren today that he needs to do whatever it takes to increase California’s $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program in order to keep production in the state. The remarks were made during Weinstein’s keynote address at today’s 38th annual UCLA Entertainment Symposium.
Weinstein argued that California does not have to offer the same discounts as, say, New Orleans as long as the state can provide enough of an incentive when weighed against the added travel and production costs called for by out-of-state production. He said producers can elevate the quality of production by tapping the superior Hollywood talent pool and prefer to avoid transportation hassles that “can turn scheduling into a nightmare.”
On February 19, legislation was introduced to expand the $100 million credit program, with nearly 60 co-sponsors from across the state. However, Gov. Jerry Brown has been weary about adding new expenditures to the state’s stable budget. “Please, whatever you can do with the governor…” Weinstein pleaded to Ziffren, who offered no immediate response. Ziffren, who was named the city’s Film Czar on February 10, mentioned in a conference call February 27 that he wants to see production in the state return to the lofty levels seen during the mid-1990s. Industry sources have said the the California program should aim for a target credit level of $400 million.
Via CNS News:
On a visit to a Florida high school on Friday, President Obama urged students to “sit down, take a load off.” But then he realized the students couldn’t sit: “You guys can’t sit down though, because you don’t have chairs.”
Obama’s gaffe was vaguely reminiscent of, although not as embarrassing as, Joe Biden urging a paraplegic to “stand up.”
On Friday, Obama was talking to Coral Reef High School students about the importance of going to college — and filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid:
“We’re making progress,” he said, drawing cheers. “Yeah, you guys — by the way, you can all sit down, all right? I didn’t realize everybody was still standing up. Sit down, take a load off. You guys can’t sit down though, because you don’t have chairs. You guys stay straight — although bend your knees so you don’t faint.”
On the campaign trail five years ago, then-Sen. Joe Biden famously urged a Missouri state official to “Stand up, Chuck” — before realizing that the man, a paraplegic, could not stand.
“I’m also told that Chuck Graham, state senator, is here,” Biden said. “Stand up Chuck, let them see you. Oh, God love ya. What am I talking about. I tell you what, you’re making everybody else stand up, though, pal…I tell you what, stand up for Chuck!”
Fed up with waiting in line for food, attacks by paramilitary national guardsmen on teenagers. Today is the largest day of action yet in Venezuela drawing students, medical professionals and the elderly.
It is said many smaller cities will be erecting barricades on major highways, streets and in residential areas to disrupt the government.
This protest today will no doubt be labeled non-existent or small by the Maduro government.
Just when you think militant atheists can’t be any more repulsive.
Via Fox News:
A grieving California mom who, under pressure from an atheist group, went to the site where her son was killed to remove a memorial cross was met at the scene by a throng of supporters who planted crosses of their own.
“They said they have to take that one down,” Doug Johnson, a Riverside resident who traveled to the site with his daughter and six home-made crosses, told The Riverside Press-Enterprise. ”But they didn’t say anything about putting another one up.”
AnnMarie Devaney agreed to remove a 5-foot cross she put up on the side of a road in Lake Elsinore to honor her 19-year-old son Anthony, who was struck by a car and killed two years ago, the paper reported. The American Humanist Association in Washington, D.C., caught wind of the cross and sent her a demand letter dated March 4 calling for her to remove it. The association said that its placement on city property violates the constitutional separation of church and state.
“It’s so petty and sad that they have to complain over removing a cross,” she said. “It’s his personal preference that he was Christian. What’s wrong with having a cross up?”
Devaney was emotional when she was at the site and said she was moved by her supporters. She was joined by her family and other families that brought their own cross. A woman in attendance told the paper that she is the stepmother of the driver struck Devaney’s son as he crossed Lake Street near an exit ramp, the paper reported.
Update: According to a report, Penn was in Venezuela to help with their state-run film and TV studio.
[M]aduro, the hand-picked successor of the late Hugo Chavez, later met at the presidential palace with actor-activist Sean Penn and Haiti’s prime minister. Penn is an ambassador-at-large for Haiti, where he runs a nonprofit aid group. He was shown on state television and made no public comments.
What a loser, he has a Galaxy Tab. Can’t afford a Note 3? Or just not smart enough to buy one? Discuss in comments…
Shockingly, Obama’s toothless threats have failed to deter Putin.
Via Free Beacon
But don’t worry, it’s the GOP that is “anti-science.”
Update: In case anyone missed her first comment, Pelosi wants to make sure everyone knows how ignorant she is.
Update HT: Twitchy
Dems green with envy.
PYONGYANG (AP) — With no one else on the ballot, state media reported Monday that supreme leader Kim Jong Un was not only elected to the highest legislative body in North Korea, he won with the unanimous approval of his district, which had 100 percent turnout.
North Koreans went to the polls on Sunday to approve the new roster of deputies for the Supreme People’s Assembly, the country’s legislature. The vote, more a political ritual than an election by Western standards, is generally held once every five years.
Though results for the other seats in the assembly had not yet been announced, North Korea’s media quickly reported Kim had won in his district — located on the symbolic Mount Paekdu — without a single dissenting ballot.
In the previous elections, 687 deputies were chosen. This is first time the election had been held since Kim inherited power after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, in 2011.
“This is an expression of all the service personnel and people’s absolute support and profound trust in supreme leader Kim Jong Un as they single-mindedly remain loyal to him,” the state-run Korean Central News Agency said.
Taken last Friday in Miami:
A woman cries while meeting U.S. President Barack Obama at the Coral Reef High School in Miami, Florida, March 7, 2014. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas)
HT: Doug Powers
Rationing of food continues in Venezuela despite government claims it isn’t happening. But if it is happening, the government says, it’s to control food leaving the country to poor countries, like Columbia.
You know, because if you lived in Columbia, you’d go to Venezuela for food – all those empty shelves are enticing to Columbians.
Via Fox News:
Russian troops seized a military hospital and a missile base in the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea Monday, in the latest show of force in the battle for the country’s disputed future.
Pro-Russian militias joined Russian troops in taking over the hospital in Simferopol — the region’s main administrative city — herding staff members into a hallway to apparently “meet the institution’s new directors,” Reuters reported, citing Interfax. The report said 20 patients at the hospital are gravely ill.
Russian soldiers disarmed servicemen at a Ukrainian Army missile base overnight Friday. Ukrainian military spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov told a local TV station that some 200 troops approached the building and threatened to charge it if the Ukrainian soldiers refused to give up their weapons.
Union gets an Obamacare exemption in 3… 2… 1.
Via Fox News:
A new report from a major U.S. union says ObamaCare will hasten income inequality.
Although it defends the intent behind the Affordable Care Act, the report, entitled “The Irony of ObamaCare: Making inequality worse,” concludes that the law will transfer a billion dollars in wealth to insurance companies, uneven the playing field in the market, force employers to cut back on hours and result in pay decreases, Ralston Reports said.
“The promise of Obamacare was the right one and the hope for extending healthcare coverage to the un-and under-insured a step in the right direction,” the report says. “Yet the unintended consequences will hit the average, hard-working American where it hurts: in the wallet.”
The document was put out by Unite Here, a hospitality industry union representing workers in the U.S. and Canada. The union of nearly 300,000 has been critical of the health law before.
The report says it’s “ironic” that the Obama administration is publicly discussing income inequality though it has yet to make the changes to ObamaCare that Unite Here believes are necessary to avoid exacerbating income disparity.
Channeling Charlton Heston?
Via The Hill
Matt Bevin, the conservative challenger taking on Senate Republican Mitch McConnell (Ky.), hopes his opponent has stumbled onto his Dukakis moment of 2014.
Recent polls show McConnell far ahead of Bevin, but a gaffe could narrow his lead.
Bevin’s campaign is comparing McConnell’s awkward brandishing of a musket at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last week to former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis’s (D) ill-fated tank ride in 1988. The indelible image of the liberal governor wearing a bulbous tank commander’s helmet helped seal his loss.
The problem for McConnell is Bevin is not the only one drawing the unflattering comparison. So is his hometown newspaper.
It’s come to this.
Via Truth Revolt:
Touré: Welcome back to MSNBC and the 2014 Racial Draft where races come together to sort out the racial standing of all sorts of Americans. everything is up for grabs today, folks. once you are drafted by a certain race, that’s your group. Who can forget the annual inauguration racial draft where this happened?
[Plays a clip from "Chappelle's Show"
"We need a black delegation. Tiger Woods. -- No surprises there; he has been discriminated against in his time, he's had death threats and he dates a white woman. Sounds like a black guy to me."]
Wonder if they’d take him now? [laughs] Well, folks, in today’s racial draft, there’s been a lot of shocking choices. A quick recap — the white delegation, led by Krystal Ball, chose Derek Jeter and Maria Carey, while the black delegation, led by Joy Reid, shocked the world like Cassius Clay by taking the Walton’s and the Koch’s. I guess they fit, because they are on welfare—corporate welfare that is. [laughs] Let’s touch base with each delegation and get a take on their strategy. Krystal, what’s your strategy today?
Krystal: I just want to have some fun and pick some cool people. Hi, mom!
Touré: All right! Joy, what is your strategy?
Joy: Mine is attacking inequality and make up the for the dearth of intergenerational mobility by bringing real wealth into our community.
Krystal: Wait, what?
Touré: We have never seen a strategy like Joy’s in this draft—very interesting concept. Can you change race relations by radically subverting the economic structure of America? We’re going to have to see what happens. It’s time for the white delegation to pick again.
Krystal: The white delegation chooses Halle Berry.
Touré: OK. Now the gorgeous mixed race actress is 100% white. Interesting choice. Does the black delegation need any time to deliberate?
Joy: Nope, nope, nope. The black delegation chooses Bill Gates.
Touré: Wow! Bill Gates is now black! I don’t know what her justification for picking him is, but $76 billion just moved into the black community—an economic bombshell. OK, it’s K.B.’s turn.
Krystal: The white delegation chooses Drake, yello!
Touré: And you can have him. Good luck with that. OK, it’s Joy’s turn.
Speaking of morons.
MIKE BARNICLE: I have a question. The word conservative can mean many things; there’s [sic] many definitions to it, but what does it say about about a group, CPAC, where the most popular speaker they had, the one who received the most rousing reception is a moron, Sarah Palin? I mean, she received a reception at that group that took the roof off the place. Sophomoric, nearly libelous, not amusing. What does it say about that group? [...]
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Barnicle, you need to lighten up. The kids are just having fun, okay?
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: A moron? A multimillion dollar moron selling a message.
Have to wait until March 31st
ABC’s This Week w/ George Stephanopoulos was the only Sunday show that bothered to cover the latest ObamaCare delay and with it came some interesting insight from the panel of political experts.
Appearing on Sunday’s program, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan mocked the latest delay and hilariously asked her fellow panelists if “there still a law? Is there still an ObamaCare law? It’s been changed in 25 ways.”
Other than Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX), the entire This Week panel accepted the disaster that ObamaCare has become with ABC’s Jeff Zeleny admitting that the delay is “an acknowledgement that some Democrats are in huge trouble in Senate races and they are really hoping for some relief.”
Noonan continued her takedown of ObamaCare and pointed out how “It’s also an acknowledgment that this whole thing didn’t work from the day the website was unveiled. I really think ObamaCare as a domestic public policy event is even huger than all of us think. It’s a day-to-day story, and so you know the latest story and it is what it is. But this is a most extraordinary failure by an administration that put all of its chips on it working. And it is not.”
Even CNN’s Ana Navarro, who although she claims to be a conservative frequently spends her time criticizing her own party, mocked the latest delay and claimed that, “About this last announcement about this new delay is that I think there’s almost a numbing to all these delays and exceptions.”
Not only was ABC the only one of the big three networks that covered the most recent ObamaCare delay on Sunday, but when was the last time you saw an entire panel, sans a Democratic politician, on ABC, CBS or NBC agree that ObamaCare has been an unmitigated disaster? Kudos to ABC and its panelists for having an important conversation on ObamaCare that NBC and CBS didn’t find the time to mention.
Shia and Sunni jihadis continue to exterminate each other.
Via Times of Israel:
At least 120 Hezbollah fighters have died in clashes between Syrian rebels and government forces near a town north of Damascus in recent days, an opposition group claimed late Sunday.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, some 120 fighters from the Shiite terror group were killed around the town of Yabroud, where government forces have been battling to retake the area from rebels near the border with Lebanon.
Syrian state TV reported that government forces killed 15 rebel fighters and injured at least 70.
The death toll for Hezbollah would be one of the highest for the Lebanese group since it entered the war over a year ago to bolster the forces of embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad, reportedly at the insistence of Iran, a patron state for both Syria and Hezbollah.
Yabroud, a rebel holdout on a supply route in the Qalamoun mountains, between the Lebanese border and capital Damascus, has been pounded from the air by Syrian barrel bombs for the last several weeks in a renewed offensive to take the town. Hezbollah fighters have also reportedly poured into the area to back Syrian government forces.
Shockingly, not everyone is thrilled with this.
Via Daily Mail:
Parents have condemned a school’s decision to ban all pork products from the menu and replace other meats with halal versions.
Pupils aged between three and 11 at Brinsworth Manor Infant and Junior Schools in Rotherham – which Ofsted identifies as having only a small number of pupils from minority ethnic groups – will no longer be able to enjoy sausages, bacon or ham.
Parents at both schools, which share a site, were told of the decision in a letter from Rotherham Council’s principal catering officer Ron Parry, who wrote that there had been ‘minor adjustments’ to the lunch menu.
The move comes as Britain’s vet John Blackwell called for Muslims and Jews to use more ‘acceptable’ methods of killing.
And parents have branded the decision ‘a scandal’ as only twenty per cent of the 600 pupils are Muslim and the decision to provide halal meat was up to individual schools in the town.
A mother with an 11-year-old girl at the school, who asked not to be named for fear of being branded racist, said: ‘At home I pay more for organic and free range food. I am a Christian but I don’t do it because of that, it’s more for the respect of how animals are killed.
‘The way the animals are slaughtered for halal meat is a religious killing and I don’t feel it should be in schools.
‘My daughter has been anxious about the change as she has concerns about if it is humane killing. I believe in animal welfare rights and standards of meat production that halal does not follow.
‘I feel as strongly against eating meat that had been blessed in the name of a god I don’t believe in and the animal killed in a way I do not agree with, as Muslims do against eating non-halal meat.
Afraid of Joooo cooties, no doubt.
Israeli tourists were denied the right to disembark from the Norwegian Jade, a vessel operated by the Norwegian Cruise Line, when it stopped in the Port of Tunis, Tunisia recently, Jewish human rights organization B’nai Brith Canada said on Sunday.
As passengers prepared to get off the ship to visit the North African republic, the Israelis were quietly told that they were not welcomed by the Tunisian Government, the group said in a statement.
The cruise line did not advise the passengers in advance that Israeli tourists would be confined to the ship for the stop. Other Jewish passengers were unaware that their coreligionists were being detained, since no public announcements were made. They were outraged when it became known, B’nai Brith Canada said.
The group’s CEO, Frank Dimant, said the Norwegian Cruise Line has “a responsibility to its passengers” to “advise them of this discriminatory policy in advance.”
“Better still the cruise line should avoid ports that have such policies,” he added.
B’nai Brith Canada says it is the only national, independent voice of Jewish Canadians.
Update to this story.
HOLLYWOOD – As controversy surrounding the new Hollywood blockbuster ‘Noah’ increases, three Arab countries have banned the new movie before it premiers, with more countries expected to follow suit.
“Censors for Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE (United Arab Emirates) officially confirmed this week that the film will not release in their countries,” a representative of Paramount Pictures, which produced the $125 million film starring Oscar-winners Russell Crowe and Anthony Hopkins, told Reuters on Saturday, March 8.
“The official statement they offered in confirming this news is because ‘it contradicts the teachings of Islam’,” the representative said, adding the studio expected a similar ban in Egypt, Jordan and Kuwait.
The $125 million film, Noah, depicts Prophet Noah who suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood, according to the movies website IMDb.
Directed by Darren Aronofsky, the American biblical epic movie is due to be released by the end of March.
While the national media gives air time to Hollywood moonbats and academia
Lance Cpl. Caleb Erickson was killed during a combat mission in Afghanistan and his body has now returned home to Waseca. A procession was held Saturday — a day filled with emotion — because for the Waseca community, it’s still hard to accept he’s gone.
The-20-year old was scheduled to come back home from Afghanistan in only two months, but friends say he always wanted to serve his country and died doing what he loved to do.
The casket carrying the body of Lance Cpl. Erickson arrived at Owatonna Airport Sunday afternoon with his mother, father,and other family members being consoled by fellow marines.
“We’re praying for them, we are and they have all our respect their son is a true hero,” one supporter said.
Lance Cpl. Erickson died in Afghanistan last week after a suicide bomb attack. He joined the Marines after
graduating from Waseca High School in 2012, where friends like Amanda Southwick say he excelled in wrestling and football.
“I was obviously sad, but comforted to know that he died doing what he loved to do,” Southwick said.
Escorted by a military honor guard, the Ericksons led a procession along Old Highway 14, and on their way back home to Waseca, hundreds — if not thousands — of supporters lined the route.
“In this day and age it’s hard to find young men, kids who want to serve their country and this young man did,”another attendee said.
Block after block, everyone waited patiently in the cold to pay their respects. Many didn’t even know him.
A funeral for Lance Cpl. Erickson will be on Monday at Grace Lutheran Church in Waseca and Gov. Dayton ordered all state flags to be flown at half-staff in his honor.
Already in the state of Zulia in Venezuela, authorities are now looking to expand on the food appropriations cards seen above. The data is stored on a SIM card on the obverse of the card and readable by authorities.
If a person has bought their allotment of rice, milk or bread for that week then will be told they can’t purchase it and it will go back onto the shelf. This is assuming the store has any of those things to begin with.
Over the last four months poorer states in Venezuela have been subjected to long lines at stores and empty shelves. The famine is now hitting larger states in Venezuela and such is why the government is expanding the card system.