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  • Easthampton H.S. students to use the term “first year students” instead of “freshmen”

    12/16/2017 11:33:44 AM PST · by bgill · 25 replies
    wwlp ^ | Dec. 14, 2017 | Tashanea Whitlow
    Easthampton High School freshmen are now being referred to as “first year students” as the school aims to be more gender inclusive... The change comes after students from the Gender and Sexuality Alliance Group made recommendations to the handbook committee, on how the school’s handbook language could be made more gender neutral.
  • Created Male and Female: An Open Letter from Religious Leaders

    12/16/2017 10:59:28 AM PST · by iowamark · 12 replies
    Dear Friends: As leaders of various communities of faith throughout the United States, many of us came together in the past to affirm our commitment to marriage as the union of one man and one woman and as the foundation of society. We reiterate that natural marriage continues to be invaluable to American society. We come together to join our voices on a more fundamental precept of our shared existence, namely, that human beings are male or female and that the socio-cultural reality of gender cannot be separated from one's sex as male or female. We acknowledge and affirm that...
  • This Sputnik Moment (China et al)

    12/16/2017 10:58:04 AM PST · by RightGeek · 3 replies
    The American Interest ^ | 12/15/2017 | Larry Diamond
    As authoritarian states like China double down on strategic investments and project their “sharp power” abroad, the United States may finally be reaching a new Sputnik moment. It takes a pretty big shock to the system to transform the way the United States engages the world. A spate of German submarine attacks on American merchant ships was the final trigger for American entry into World War I. Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor brought America into World War II. The attacks on September 11 led the United States to invade Afghanistan and then Iraq.More relevant to the current moment was the...
  • Here's How Many People Have Left the EPA Since Scott Pruitt Took Over [Winning!]

    12/16/2017 10:10:38 AM PST · by Simon Foxx · 21 replies ^ | 12/16/2017 | Courtney O'Brien
    The Environmental Protection Agency has shrunk considerably since Scott Pruitt took over as administrator. In fact, the agency is back to President Reagan-era staff levels. Over 700 EPA personnel have either retired, quit, or taken voluntary buyouts since Pruitt took over...
  • A 2017 version of “the seven dirty words” at… the CDC?

    12/16/2017 9:58:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Hot ^ | December 16, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    Back when I was in high school (and dinosaurs roamed the Earth), the comedian George Carlin released an album named Class Clown where he taught America about the seven dirty words you can’t say on television. I’m not going to list them here, even though four of them are now regularly heard on cable television, even during the family hour. But now the old list can move aside, at least at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There’s a new grouping of seven dirty words which are not to be used in any of the agency’s publications next...
  • The NLRB just blocked one of the worst union abuses from the Obama era

    12/16/2017 9:33:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Hot ^ | December 16, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    This isn’t getting anywhere near the same amount of oxygen in the news cycle as the Net Neutrality story, but it certainly should be. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) under the tenure of Barack Obama was busy handing out all sorts of goodies to the unions which finance most Democratic political campaigns. One particular burr under the collective, conservative saddle was a new “reinterpretation” of rules regarding the obligations of larger corporations who authorize the operation of franchises under their name. I wrote about this back in 2015 when the rule was originally finalized and it was a deplorable...
  • Pope to meet Jordan King Abdullah

    12/16/2017 9:10:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies ^ | 16 December 2017 10:09 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Pope Francis will meet Jordan’s King Abdullah II at the Vatican next week, the Holy See announced on Friday, as Palestinians continue to clash with Israeli forces over US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. […] The pope and King Abdullah, the custodian of the Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem’s Old City, are likely to discuss the situation, though the Vatican never indicates topics of discussion for such meetings in advance. On Sunday, the pope called for “respect of the status quo” in Jerusalem and warned against “a new spiral of violence”. Abdullah has denounced the...
  • What if you won a war and nobody showed up to report on it?

    12/16/2017 9:08:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Hot ^ | December 16, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    David French published an essay this week on a true mystery in the history of journalism. It all has to do with the pronouncement which took place one week ago, on December 9th. We were all fairly busy, I’m sure, what with the Alabama Senate race winding to a tumultuous close and Christmas fast approaching. But on that day, Haider al-Abadi, the Prime Minister of Iraq, declared victory in the war on ISIS. But in order for you to know about it you’d have to do some serious digging. It barely rated a mention on CNN and unless you had...
  • Four students hospitalized after attack on Athens University faculty

    12/16/2017 8:57:39 AM PST · by ameribbean expat · 19 replies
    Concerns about incidents of violence at university faculties peaked on Saturday after assailants wielding wooden sticks attacked students at an Athens University campus on Academias Street in central Athens, sending four of them to the hospital. There were around 15 assailants, according to witnesses who said they were all wearing crash helmets and holding wooden sticks. They barged into the theater studies faculty where students were holding a function at around 2 a.m., the witnesses said. Apart from beating up several students, four of them seriously, the attackers wreaked serious damage to the building. Before fleeing, they stole a box...
  • Bozell & Graham Column: Showtime vs. Christianity

    12/16/2017 8:53:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | December 16, 2017 | Brent Bozell and Tim Graham
    The Golden Globe Award nominations have been announced, and once again, the Hollywood judges really know how to find the worst junk to honor. Two nominations went to stay-classy Showtime’s program called “SMILF,” for “single mother I’d like to f—.” The show’s lead actress is also its creator and executive producer. Her name is Frankie Shaw and she says she picked this profane title as a “deliberate” feminist move to take back the sexist phrase “MILF” from “male objectification.” Try deciphering that one. Obviously, (CBS-owned) Showtime executives also designed it to nudge people to click on it because they know...
  • How many of Robert Mueller's lawyers gave money to Democrats?

    12/16/2017 8:39:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    American ^ | December 16, 2017 | Spike Hampson
    Since June, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating whether the Russian government and the Trump campaign colluded in an effort to swing the 2016 presidential election in Trump's favor. To help with the task, Mueller assembled a team of seventeen accomplished lawyers, although in September, two of the seventeen were terminated. The credibility of the Mueller team depends on the degree to which the public perceives it as being above politics. No reasonable person would think Mueller and his team members lack a political position of some sort, but American society is justified in expecting that each of them...
  • Another Trump victory?

    12/16/2017 8:29:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    American ^ | December 16, 2017 | Steve Grammatico
    President Obama adopted a policy of "strategic patience" to slow North Korea's rush to become a nuclear state. The policy failed, but Obama's media enablers downplayed the looming threat and shielded him from criticism in the process. Unsurprisingly, North Korea's ambitions became a big story after President Trump inherited the crisis. Conventional wisdom held that Trump would find himself in the same box as Obama, the Bushes, and Clinton, unable to do anything except cajole China and hope Kim Jung-un was years away from achieving his goals. We know now that the danger is imminent. But Trump is an unconventional...
  • Tax Cuts: The Case for Gradualism

    12/16/2017 8:20:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    American ^ | December 16, 2017 | Jon N. Hall
    The “Prince of Darkness,” a.k.a. Bob Novak, the late columnist, once opined that: “God put the Republican Party on earth to cut taxes. If they don't do that, they have no useful function.” Pat Buchanan, another “right-wing” columnist, took issue with Novak’s view of the GOP in “Why God Created the GOP” and opined that “to be historically precise, the GOP was not put here to cut taxes. From infancy in the 1850s, its mission was to halt the spread of slavery.” Buchanan then launched into an elegant little history of taxes under Republicans from 1865 to 2012 that, given...
  • Marco Rubio, unclear on the concept

    12/16/2017 8:03:59 AM PST · by Governor Dinwiddie · 46 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 16, 2017 | Marco Rubio, unclear on the concept
    On the heels of its horrific failures to repeal Obamacare, the troublesome Senate has finally gotten its act together enough to pass a $1.6 trillion tax cut. If it passes as expected, Americans can finally get the tax cut for Christmas that they elected a Republican Congress for, following years of Obama-era tax harvestings and stagnation. But it was a close call. One name stands out as a stinker here, and it still stands out as a stinker even though he's now voting yes: Senator Marco Rubio. The supposed conservative from Florida was willing to derail the whole thing for...
  • The Temptation of Terror

    12/16/2017 7:50:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    American ^ | December 16, 2017 | Fay Voshell
    What might Robespierre, “The Incorruptible” have been thinking after he attempted suicide only to leave the job unfinished? The man who managed the Terror of the French Revolution succeeded only in shattering the jaw that had enabled his rabble-rousing speeches. He then faced the very mobs he had impassioned. But in the end, they hustled him to the guillotine. Thomas Carlyle described Robespierre’s last moments: "All eyes are on Robespierre's Tumbril, where he, his jaw bound in dirty linen, with his half-dead Brother, and half-dead Henriot, lie shattered; their 'seventeen hours' of agony about to end. The Gendarmes point their...
  • Diversity bureaucrats go full Grinch at the University of Minnesota

    12/16/2017 7:18:05 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 16, 2017 | Thomas Lifson
    The leftist takeover of higher education has been accomplished not merely by recruiting progressive faculty, but also by installing a vast and expensive bureaucracy intended to enforce thought control on the campus. All in the name of “diversity.” A vivid example comes from the University of Minnesota this week.
  • President Trump versus The Justice Department on Medical Marijuana

    12/16/2017 6:32:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies ^ | December 15, 2016 | Brian Darling
    Congress is ending the year with battles over tax reform and how to fund the government into next year. Another battle being fought is over the future of medical marijuana in America.The Justice Department is working overtime to remove a restriction in current law that prevents the federal government from prosecuting medical marijuana businesses in states where it has been made legal. The problem is that if the Department of Justice is successful, it would undermine a number of promises that President Donald J. Trump made on the campaign trail.A coalition of federalist-minded conservatives and libertarians have voiced strong support...
  • Trump bans CDC from using words like 'transgender,' 'diversity,' and 'entitlement'

    12/16/2017 6:31:17 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/16/2017
    George Orwell would have been the first to admit that by controlling language you can control people's attitudes. The government has been doing that for years with code phrases like "Abortion" (also known as ending the life of a baby) and "Earned Income Tax Credit" (also known as welfare). But now liberals are getting upset that President Trump is ripping several pages from their new-speak lexicon. The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “fetus” and “transgender” — in any official documents being prepared...
  • Grand Jury Report On Penn State Hazing Finds 'Indignities And Depravities'

    12/16/2017 6:29:10 AM PST · by Oak Leafer · 16 replies
    NPR ^ | 12-15-17 | CAMILA DOMONOSKE
    Updated at 3:15 p.m. ET A grand jury tasked with investigating broad issues of hazing at Penn State has issued a blistering report asserting that leaders at the university were well aware of pervasive misbehavior in the Greek system and failed to take action. Penn State, responding in court, said that the university has "shown an unwavering commitment to promoting safety and accountability" and that alcohol abuse at college is a "national problem," not a university-specific one. The report, made public by the Centre County, Pa., District Attorney's Office, was released after the death of 19-year-old fraternity pledge Timothy Piazza...
  • NYT Op-Ed: Franken Shouldn't Have Resigned

    12/16/2017 6:22:26 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 31 replies ^ | Dec 16, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    Activist Zephyr Teachout, who ran for governor in 2014 and Congress in 2016; she lost both times, is troubled by Sen. Al Franken’s (D-MN) resignation. Mind you, the Minnesota Democrat has not packed up his bags and left. He said he would resign in the near future. It was one of the most soporific and non-introspective resignation speeches—and it wasn’t just conservatives who noted this. Some journalists noted that Franken never apologized for his actions. True. He also called his accusers liars, which is also true. The man didn’t want to go, possibly because he thought his party affiliation could...