According to the flyer she posted Planned Parenthood is going to be involved.
According to the flyer she posted Planned Parenthood is going to be involved.
Via FOX News
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement department has confirmed that 750 detainees at the Northwest Detention Center have refused to eat and say they are on a hunger strike.
An immigrant activist says the hunger strike started Friday as a protest of deportations as well as center conditions.
The center currently houses nearly 1,300 people, being investigated for possible deportation.
ICE spokesman Andrew Munoz says the agency respects the right of people to express their opinions without interference.
The detainees are under continuous observation by center staff and medical personnel.
Activist Maru Mora says the hunger strikers are seeking better food and treatment as well as better pay for center jobs.
ICE detention standards state that a detainee who has not eaten for 72 hours is considered to be on a hunger strike.
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has won the Conservative Political Action Conference’s presidential preference poll.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Friday, March 7, 2014. (Image source: AP/Susan Walsh)
The overwhelming win is purely symbolic but reflects the Republican senator’s popularity among conservatives who typically hold outsized influence in the GOP’s presidential selection process.
Paul captured 31 percent of the vote. He won the poll last year as well.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz finished second place with 11 percent, followed by neurosurgeon Ben Carson, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
None of the Republicans in the poll have formally entered the 2016 race.
The victory was announced Saturday evening as the annual conservative conference wrapped up. Thousands of activists flocked to suburban Washington for the three-day gathering.
Nearly 2,500 hundred activists voted. They were younger and more male than the typical electorate.
An adult actually thought this was a good idea?
OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada (CBC News/CNN) – A 2-year-old girl was suspended from her daycare for bringing a cheese sandwich to school Wednesday.
The school has a strict “no outside food” policy.
Randy Murray says he didn’t know his daughter had food with her until it was too late.
“Faith must have snuck a cheese sandwich into her pocket, into her hand, and nobody saw it, and went into the classroom,” Murray said. “And by the time she was two steps in, one of the teachers had saw it, handed it back to me, and the next thing I know, we’re told we’re suspended for three days.”
The daycare defends its actions, saying the food policy is there to protect children and workers with food allergies.
Like father, like daughter…
On Friday, a federal jury took less than two hours to convict the daughter of President Barack Obama’s controversial former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, of fraud.
Jeri Wright was found guilty of a fraud scheme that siphoned thousands of taxpayer dollars intended for a not-for-profit work and education program known as We Are Our Brother’s Keeper.
Prosecutor Timothy Bass said Jeri Wright lied “over and over” and went on a “spending spree” that included traveling to Las Vegas, buying vehicles, and remodeling her basement with cash from the money laundering scheme.
She was found guilty on all counts.
Working on his fore in policy
Via NBC Miami
President Barack Obama got out on a Florida golf course Saturday with two former professional athletes and the cousin of one of his top advisers.
Obama’s foursome included Ahmad Rashad, Cyrus Walker and Alonzo Mourning, the White House said.
Rashad is a sportscaster and former NFL wide receiver. Mourning is a former center for the NBA’s Miami Heat who has helped raised money for Obama’s campaigns. Later this month, Obama is scheduled to headline a fundraiser for the House Democrats’ campaign arm at Mourning’s Miami home.
Mourning is also helping the administration promote Obama’s new health care law. He played golf with Obama in Florida last November.
Wow, these people are idiots.
Via The Hill:
Academy Award-winning actor Jared Leto and 13 other young activists, including the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, are calling on Secretary of State John Kerry to reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
After speaking with top State Department officials on Thursday, the activists sent a letter to Kerry, digging deep into the secretary’s past when he testified in Congress against the Vietnam War.
“In 1971, when you were roughly our age, you asked ‘How can you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?’ ” the letter states. “We stand at such a point today, with respect to an even greater challenge, an even bigger mistake — the imminent threat of catastrophic climate disruption.”
“We dare to believe that it’s not just an accident of history that this recommendation falls to you,” the letter said.
Among the co-signers was Leto, who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar a week ago for his performance in “Dallas Buyer’s Club.”
Other co-signers included Guster guitarist Adam Gardner and Connor Kennedy, who was arrested a last year with his father at an anti-pipeline protest.
Ben Gosthall, leader of the Bold Nebraska campaign against Keystone XL, also joined in signing the request, which made the rounds before the final day the State Department would accept public comments on the $5.4 billion oil-sands pipeline.
We’ve been talking a lot about Ukrainian borders. Here’s an issue of our own borders.
WASHINGTON — Just before 8:30 a.m. January 26, two figures dressed in camouflage and carrying military assault rifles crossed an international border, making their way on foot through the quiet desert terrain, unaware that they were under the constant watch of authorities in the country they had just entered.
Within minutes a border patrol agent confronted the two men. Weapons were drawn. Asked for identification, the two men provided their names — which didn’t correspond with the names on their uniforms. After a brief, tense standoff, the two men retreated back across the border just as reinforcements were arriving.
No, this isn’t the opening scene to the next season of Homeland, or some harrowing special-forces mission gone wrong in a distant corner of the world.
The armed incursion occurred on United States soil, outside Sasabe, Arizona, just north of the U.S. Mexico border. Drug dealers and migrants use a large wildlife preserve to the east and the empty desert to the west of Sasabe as trafficking corridors.
Do militant atheists have a pathological need for people to hate them?
(CBSNewYork) – Arguments were heard Thursday in a case brought by an atheist group against placing what’s known as the World Trade Center cross in the National September 11 Museum.
As WCBS 880?s Marla Diamond reported, the lawyer for the 9/11 museum, Mark Alcott, called the steel beam cross an artifact during oral arguments at the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.
But American Atheists attorney Edwin Kagan called the 17-foot-tall crossed beams a religious symbol that only gives one story of the people who suffered and has no place on government-owned land. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey owns the site where the museum is located. Judge Reena Raggi said there are countless other religious artifacts on display at many museums. She asked the lawyer for the American Atheists if their goal was to censure history.
Before arguments began, those opposed to the cross in the museum demonstrated outside federal court, CBS 2?s John Slattery reported.
“This is part of religious history. It’s an act of religious symbolism. It is a shrine now,” Ken Bronstein of New York City Atheists said outside court. “That miracle cross should be moved back to St. Peter’s where it was for five years.”
The cross was a T-beam from Tower 6, which was blessed by Father Brian Jordan who served as the ground zero chaplain.
“This was a sign of consolation. It’s was never meant to hurt anyone, hurt the atheists or anything like that,” Fr. Jordan said. “It is an artifact that should be included in the museum because it’s a history museum. This is a part of the memory of 9/11.”
“What we have here is a definite consecrated religious object. It is not a historical artifact,” Bronstein said.
Opponents said this particular artifact is different from the thousand other items to be displayed, Slattery reported.
Short of excluding the cross-shaped beam, the atheists want a plaque stating, “Atheists died here, too.”
“Museums don’t censor history, they don’t make up history. They tell history as it happened and the cross is part of the history and the plaque is not,” Eric Baxter with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty said.
The case will need to be decided quickly, as the 9/11 museum is slated on open in May. The case was tossed last year by a U.S. District judge.
It’s either “independence”(and join Russia) or outright join Russia.
— East of Brussels (@EastOfBrussels) March 8, 2014
Fake democracy, it’s a wonderful thing.
Love that if you vote for Russia, you’re voting to become “subjects” of Russia. The second question seems deliberately deceptive, almost like a Democratic bill.
Via Kyiv Post:
Voters in Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea who vote in the March 16 referendum have two choices – join Russia immediately or declare independence and then join Russia.
So the choices are “yes, now” or “yes, later.”
Voting “no” is not an option.
The lack of choice wouldn’t surprise anyone familiar with how Soviet or Russian elections are run.
The Crimean parliament released the design of the ballot that will be used for the referendum, which will be taking place as thousands of Russian soldiers are in control and – it appears – Russian President Vladimir Putin is calling the shots..
Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov has annulled the referendum as illegal and unconstitutional, but the pro-Kremlin Crimean authorities who took power on Feb. 27 do not recognize the legitimacy of central government and have said they will proceed with the vote.
The ballot asks two questions and leaves no option for a “no” vote. Voters are simply asked to check one of two boxes:
Do you support joining Crimea with the Russian Federation as a subject of Russian Federation?
Do you support restoration of 1992 Crimean Constitution and Crimea’s status as a part of Ukraine?
That Constitution declares that Crimea is an independent state.
HT: East of Brussels
Via Liberty Unyielding:
After being burned by his nomination of Debo Adegbile to head up the civil rights division at the Department of Justice, President Obama has jumped right back into the fray with another radical nominee, this time for Surgeon General.
But what makes Vivek Hallegere Murthy such a controversial choice for the post is not what you might expect. It’s not that he is a champion of late-term abortions (though he probably is) or believes in fully government-subsidized sex reassignment surgeries (though he probably does).
The problem with Murthy, rather, is his position on guns. Namely, he thinks one of the questions doctors should ask patients during a routine medical history is whether the person has any guns in his home.
Investors.com notes that Murthy, 36, is president and co-founder of Doctors for America, an anti-gun group that advocates making gun control a facet of the practice of medicine.
Of course this is the same DOJ that goes out of its way to stifle the religious freedoms of Christians.
PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the School District of Philadelphia, claiming a rule regulating the length of employees’ beards constitutes religious discrimination.
According to the suit filed Wednesday, the district in October 2010 instituted a new grooming policy preventing school police officers and security guards from having beards longer than a quarter of an inch.
School police officer Siddiq Abu-Bakr maintained an untrimmed beard for the 27 years he worked at the district, the suit states. Abu-Bakr is a member of the Islamic faith, which he says requires that he not cut his beard.
When Abu-Bakr notified his supervisor his religious beliefs precluded him from complying with the new policy, he was allegedly issued a written reprimand cautioning that continued violation of the rule would result in “further disciplinary action.”
Yup we’re just going in to protect people, if you believe that I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you…
Via Kyiv Post:
A bill making it easer to annex the Autonomous Republic of Crimea to Russia could have its first reading in State Duma on March 21.
“This date has been proposed for the first reading by the Committee for Constitutional Legislation and Nation-Building,” the lower house told Interfax on Friday.
The proposal will be considered by the Duma council at its next session on Tuesday
The left has a new cause célèbre.
(CNN) – A transgender woman prohibited from competing in a strength competition as a female is suing the fitness company sponsoring the competition, seeking $2.5 million in damages.
Chloie Jonsson, a personal trainer, charges the CrossFit company with discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress and unfair competition in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Santa Cruz, California.
While her lawyer calls it a case of discrimination against transgender people, CrossFit’s lawyer calls it protecting the competition.
Last year, Jonsson sought to compete in the CrossFit Games, a contest aimed at determining the fittest man and woman.
According to the lawsuit, Jonsson has identified herself as a female since her teenage years and is legally recognized by California as a woman. She had sexual reassignment surgery in 2006 and has been on female hormone therapy, according to her lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleges that a CrossFit teammate of Jonsson’s sent an anonymous e-mail to the games organizers asking about transgender athletes in the competition. CrossFit determined that competitors in the event had to compete in the gender of their birth.
Jonsson disagreed with its decision and the dispute has escalated to a lawsuit.
I really love this picture of Cory Booker. I’ve been waiting for months for an excuse to use it again. You’re welcome.
More than three years after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg committed $100 million toward remaking Newark’s struggling schools, the district is engulfed in a dispute over proposed large-scale teacher layoffs that’s threatening to derail wider reform efforts.
Nearly half the money has been invested in a 2012 teacher contract that was hailed by Gov. Chris Christie and the nation’s top teacher’s union official as an example of adversaries joining forces to rebuild a struggling urban school district. The contract, partially funded by the Facebook money, made Newark the state’s first district to allow for teacher merit pay and peer reviews.
President Reagan’s notes from the speech:
He’s just lucky his name isn’t George W. Bush or the media would be crucifying him.
Via Ballot Box:
White House spokesman Josh Earnest defended President Obama’s weekend vacation in Key Largo, despite the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, arguing Obama would be able to monitor events from Florida.
“What the president will be doing this weekend in Florida is essentially what the president would be doing back at the White House. It’s just that the weather will be a little warmer,” Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One.
“The president is looking forward to spending some time with his wife and daughters, who are traveling down to Florida as well,” he continued. “There are some recreational amenities on the property, including workout facilities, tennis courts, a couple of golf courses.”
“If there is an opportunity for the president to enjoy some of those amenities, then he’ll do that. What he will do, and what he is looking forward to doing, is getting a little downtime in the warm weather with his wife and daughters.”
Earlier this week, there was speculation the president could scrap the trip — his third vacation of the year — because of the crisis. But Earnest downplayed the suggestion, saying deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken is traveling to Florida with Obama, along with the “regular assortment of communication tools” allowing the president to attend secure briefings.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland–On March 7th, Breitbart News had the opportunity to talk with former Congressman (R-FL) Lt. Col. Allen West about the current crisis in Ukraine with Russia occupying Crimea.
We asked: “When we consider the situation in Ukraine, where people want to be free yet the U.S. shows very little interest in helping them, do you see certain faults in our approach to this crisis? Faults that you can explain or that you would correct?”
I can only imagine what Obama’s gutless response will be.
Via Fox News:
Russia may stop fulfilling arms treaty commitments and block U.S. military inspections from checking its nuclear weapons in response to Washington’s move to suspend military cooperation with Moscow, Russian agencies reported Saturday citing an unnamed official in Russia’s defense ministry.
The official said that threats from U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization directed toward Russia are perceived as “an unfriendly gesture” and allow the country “to declare force majeure conditions.”
The official said that inspection of nuclear weapons is based on trust and Moscow can’t have bilateral contacts with the U.S. as the latter has de facto announced sanctions against Russia.
Earlier this week Washington suspended military cooperation with Russia following dissent over the situation in Ukraine. U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order to impose sanctions against people who are destabilizing Ukraine and is restricting visas for people who are undermining democracy in the country. The U.S. has the flexibility to continue taking other steps to punish Russia, Mr. Obama said.
Putin: No one’s allowed to monitor what we are doing, even though we’re not really there.
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Armed men in Crimea’s capital city have confiscated equipment from Associated Press employees and contractors working there.
AP’s Global Media Services, a division of the news cooperative that provides services to broadcasters, said a crew was setting up a satellite uplink for a live camera position above a Simferopol restaurant Thursday. They were approached by unarmed men who asked them to turn off their broadcast lights and prevented them from leaving the building.
Two other men then came and took photos of AP’s equipment, including protective jackets, and accused the crew of being spies.
In Venezuela food, cosmetics, toiletries and even toothpaste are being rationed because of government policies extricating foreign corporations from Venezuela.
As a means of controlling the available supply of these products, Venezuelan authorities are now marking human beings with serial numbers and in some cases barcodes. It is applied with permanent marker and takes hours to remove.
These numbers or barcodes allow government officials waiting outside supermarkets to know whether you’ve had your quota of goods for the week or month. All out? Well you’re screwed then.
Most likely ruthless Chechens.
Via Long War Journal:
A video of jihadists executing a group of Syrians in the city of Aleppo has emerged. The execution is carried out by Russian-speaking fighters, and one of those to be killed was said to be mentally ill.
The graphic video was published today on the Facebook page of a group known as the Syrian Center for Documentation. The group claimed that civilians, including children, were among those killed. Although the date and exact location of the execution has not been disclosed, the Syrian Center for Documentation indicated that it took place in Aleppo.
In the video, a number of well-armed fighters are seen moving civilians into a large room. A group of young and middle-aged males appears arranged in a line, while others are huddled in small groups or are being moved around the room. Some of the captives are flex-tied. Lying on the floor of the room are the bodies of several men who appear to have been executed.
The fighters speak in Russian, according to a translation of the video by Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Boris Zilberman.
“They spoke pretty decent Russian … better than some of the folks that you can usually find on Kavkaz Center,” Zilberman said, referring to one of the propaganda arms of the Islamic Caucasus Emirate.
The fighters seem eager to proceed with the execution, while the cameraman is concerned about the angle he should use to film it.
“Come on, come on, what about this injured?” one of the fighters says.
“Should I film from the front or back?” the cameraman asks. He decides to film from the rear.
Seven men are lined up, kneeling on the ground. One of the fighters walks behind the men, and buttstrokes each of the men in the back of the head. A group of fighters then lines up and opens fire, killing the men.
“This is what happens to those that fight against Islam,” the fighter says to the leader. The leader then points to a man on the ground who appears to be still alive, and orders the men to shoot him again.
Via Daily Caller:
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul warned Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday over the occupation of southern Ukraine, with the libertarian-leaning Republican claiming that “if he’s going to act like a rogue nation, he will be isolated.”
Paul spoke to Fox News’ Greta van Susteren at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where he delivered a speech on Friday. “What will you do about Putin and Ukraine?” the reporter asked the prospective 2016 presidential candidate.
Often criticized by right-wing hawks for his push to limit American involvement overseas Paul’s response indicated a willingness to articulate clear consequences to aggression without resorting to military confrontation. “We have to tell him that his behavior is unacceptable. He needs to be isolated,” the senator said. “And if he’s going to act like a rogue nation, he will be isolated.”
Caveman get special privileges.
The Orange County, Fla. Sheriff’s Office said Friday that Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) will not be arrested in connection to his estranged wife’s accusations of domestic violence, according to The Orlando Sentinel.
Earlier this week, a Florida judge granted Grayson’s wife, Lolita Carson-Grayson, custody of the couple’s children, and barred contact by her husband, following an incident where Carson-Grayson said her husband pushed her against a door. Grayson has since repeatedly denied striking his wife, and his lawyers on Wednesday released a video of the incident that they said proved that Carson-Grayson had been the one who committed a physical attack outside the couple’s Orlando home on Saturday.
According to the Sentinel, the sheriff’s office interviewed Grayson, Carson-Grayson, and others before determining that there was not enough evidence to arrest the congressman. Nevertheless, the Sentinel reported, Grayson was served with a domestic violence injunction on Friday.
Carson-Grayson recently filed for divorce from Grayson. The couple has been married for more than two decades.