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  • Southern Baptist Denomination Severs Ties With DC Baptists Over Homosexuality

    05/26/2018 4:33:38 PM PDT · by upchuck · 2 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 26, 2018 | Joshua Gill
    The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) cut relational and financial ties with the D.C. Baptist Convention (DCBC) for refusing to disfellowship a church with two lesbian pastors. The Executive Committee of the SBC issued a warning to the DCBC in February in which the D.C. convention was given 90 days to remove any church in its fellowship that “practice affirming, approving or endorsing homosexual behavior,” according to Baptist Press. The executive committee gave the warning specifically with regard to Calvary Baptist Church, which affirmed a lesbian couple as co-pastors in 2017, according to Juicy Ecumenism. The D.C. Baptist Convention failed to...
  • President Trump executive orders are threat to democracy, union says

    05/26/2018 4:31:45 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 7 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | May 25, 2018 | AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr
    White House directives aim to strip federal workers of right to representation WASHINGTON – President Trump is attempting to silence the voice of veterans, law enforcement officers, and other frontline federal workers through a series of executive orders intended to strip federal employees of their decades-old right to representation at the worksite, the American Federation of Government Employees said today.“This is more than union busting – it’s democracy busting,” AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said. “These executive orders are a direct assault on the legal rights and protections that Congress has specifically guaranteed to the 2 million public-sector employees...
  • Councillors and police 'had sex' with Rotherham abuse victims

    05/26/2018 4:27:23 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 1 replies
    Two local councillors, one of whom is still serving, and a police officer have been accused of having sex with victims involved in the Rotherham child abuse scandal. The South Yorkshire Police constable at the centre of the allegations is also alleged to have passed on information to gangs grooming young girls in the town. A second police officer has been accused of neglecting his duties after failing to report his colleague. Both claims are being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
  • Andy Mills, Battle of Midway survivor, dies at 103

    05/26/2018 4:21:26 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 2 replies
    sandiegouniontribune.com ^ | May 24, 2018 | John Wilkens
    That famous battle in June 1942 turned the tide of World War II in the Pacific. Mills was there, as chief steward aboard the doomed carrier Yorktown, playing a small but memorable role that spoke of character and determination — so much so that decades later a barracks at North Island Naval Air Station was named after him. Mr. Mills, a longtime San Diego resident, died last Friday at Mission Hills Health Care. He was 103. -snip In interviews, Mr. Mills said he and other blacks understood that they were under a microscope, watched by white people expecting them to fail. If...
  • Over 200 gravestones spray-painted with swastikas ahead of Memorial Day

    05/26/2018 4:14:39 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/26/18 | Morgan Gstalter
    More than 200 headstones were spray-painted with Nazi swastikas overnight on Friday at a cemetery in Illinois, KMOV reports. The vandalism occurred heading into Memorial Day weekend at a Glen Carbon, Ill., cemetery which houses the graves of more than 1,300 veterans, officials said. “We haven't seen anything of this magnitude in the 30 years that I've been here,” said Mark Johnson, the grounds superintendent of Sunset Hill Cemetery. Police are investigating the vandalism, but have not identified a suspect or motive. Etc...
  • More than 200 headstones vandalized with swastikas in Illinois cemetery

    05/26/2018 3:47:16 PM PDT · by DFG · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 05/26/2018 | Josh Siegel
    More than 200 headstones were spray-painted with swastikas at a Illinois cemetery overnight Saturday. The cemetery is the resting place for more than 1,300 veterans and is planning to host a Memorial Day event on Monday, a local CBS affiliate reported. Staff at the Sunset Hills Cemetery in Glen Carbon are working to clean up the vandalism before the event.
  • Petition To Free Jailed UK Anti-Islam Tommy Robinson: Please Sign!

    05/26/2018 3:16:42 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 28 replies
    Change.org ^ | 05/26/18
    On Friday, UK anti-Islam activist/journalist Tommy Robinson was arrested outside Leeds Crown Court. He was peacefully reporting about the case of a number of muslims who had gang raped hundreds of young English girls, some as young as 11. The UK police farce swooped in, and arrested him for "suspicion of breaching the peace." They then hauled him off in the back of a van, tried him, sentenced him, and imprisoned him...all within a matter of hours. He is set to serve 13 months in prison. Last time the authorities threw him in prison on trumped up charges, he barely...
  • Are algorithms hacking our thoughts?

    05/26/2018 3:14:35 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 11 replies
    Techcrunch.com ^ | 5-20-2018 | Adriana Stan, Mihai Botarel
    As Facebook shapes our access to information, Twitter dictates public opinion and Tinder influences our dating decisions, the algorithms we’ve developed to help us navigate choice are now actively driving every aspect of our lives. But as we increasingly rely on them for everything from how we seek out news to how we relate to the people around us, have we automated the way we behave? Is human thinking beginning to mimic algorithmic processes? And is the Cambridge Analytica debacle a warning sign of what’s to come — and of happens when algorithms hack into our collective thoughts? It wasn’t...
  • Videos: Arrest of UK Anti-Islam Activist Tommy Robinson For Reporting About Muslim Gang Rapists.

    05/26/2018 3:02:50 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | 05/26/18
    Here is the video of British anti-Islam activist/journalist Tommy Robinson getting arrested on Friday outside Leeds Crown Court. He was peacefully reporting about the case of a number of muslims who had gang raped hundreds of young English girls, some as young as 11. The UK police farce swooped in, and arrested him for "suspicion of breaching the peace." They then hauled him off in the back of a van, tried him, sentenced him, and imprisoned him...all within a matter of hours. He is set to serve 13 months in prison. Last time the authorities threw him in prison on...
  • [Redacted] Arrested for [Redacted] Outside [Redacted]: Leeds Crown Court Issues Media Ban

    05/26/2018 3:02:16 PM PDT · by davikkm · 19 replies
    breitbart ^ | CHRIS TOMLINSON
    The Leeds Crown Court has issued a UK media ban following the arrest of well-known activist and citizen journalist [redacted] outside [redacted]. The reporting restriction, which requires on all publications within the United Kingdom to cease any mention of the details of the arrest or court proceedings of [redacted], was issued Friday afternoon: Redacted Shortly after the issuance of the press ban on the case, several media outlets, including Breitbart London, the Mirror, the Daily Record, Birmingham Mail, and the Russian state broadcaster Russia Today, complied with the restriction and removed articles concerning [redacted]’s case. Several other media outlets have...
  • McConnell sees Ohio in play as confidence about midterms grows

    05/26/2018 2:45:10 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/26/18 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in an interview with The Hill said he thinks Republicans can make a play for Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown’s seat in Ohio. Brown previously hadn’t been a top target of McConnell’s, who just last week left Ohio off a list of Democratic-held seats he saw as top midterm targets. His new comments point to the growing optimism among Republicans that they can widen the map, and that their electoral prospects are improving with a strengthening economy and an uptick in President Trump’s approval numbers. “I saw a survey within the last week in Ohio...
  • FBI Agents Eager to Blow Whistle on Comey, Holder, Lynch

    05/26/2018 2:33:42 PM PDT · by BBell · 49 replies
    According to a newly emerged report, ranking FBI officials are signaling plans to expose the corruption and criminal violations of the law that took place during Obama era. Sources told The Daily Caller several FBI agents want congressional subpoenas to testify about the agency’s problems. “There are agents all over this country who love the bureau and are sickened by [James] Comey’s behavior and [Andrew] McCabe and [Eric] Holder and [Loretta] Lynch and the thugs like [John] Brennan–who despise the fact that the bureau was used as a tool of political intelligence by the Obama administration thugs,” Joe DiGenova, a...
  • Chancellor Angela Merkel tackles housing shortfall, tenancy hikes

    05/26/2018 2:00:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.26.2018 | ipj/jm (AFP, Reuter, epd)
    Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany “urgently needed” extra affordable housing and used her weekly video podcast Saturday to reel off a series of steps — outlined last February as her coalition took shape — to get them built before the next federal elections in 2021. Simultaneously Saturday, the board chairman of Germany’s BA Labor Agency, Detlef Scheele, told Stuttgart-based SWR public broadcasting that affordable housing had become the “burning topic of our times.” More and more people were seeking second jobs to supplement their incomes, especially in Germany’s urban hubs, said Scheele Last year alone, Berlin property prices soared 20.5...
  • Tucker Carlson and Dan Bongino Debate The Word “Spy”…

    05/26/2018 1:55:06 PM PDT · by The_Media_never_lie · 10 replies
    Fox News via The Last Refuge ^ | May 25, 2018 | Tucker Carlson Tonight
    What exactly does the word “spy” mean? That is the current mystery being debated amid the apex intellectual circles in Washington DC.
  • SEAL who shot bin Laden: Don't wish me a happy Memorial Day

    05/26/2018 1:48:45 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 59 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5-26-2018 | Robert O'Neill
    Don’t wish me a happy Memorial Day. There is nothing happy about the loss of the brave men and women of our armed forces who died in combat defending America. Memorial Day is not a celebration. Memorial Day is a time for reflection, pause, remembrance and thanksgiving for patriots who gave up their own lives to protect the lives and freedom of us all – including the freedom of generations long gone and generations yet unborn. We owe the fallen a debt so enormous that it can never be repaid. Memorial Day is a time to honor the lives of...
  • Can 30,000 Cameras Help Solve Chicago’s Crime Problem?

    05/26/2018 1:33:10 PM PDT · by Theoria · 38 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 26 May 2018 | Timothy Williams
    Armed with advanced gadgets and mapping, officers can get to crime scenes “in time to see the guy still shooting.” But what does it mean for residents’ privacy? Just after 3 a.m. on May 4, a police officer received an alert that gunshots had been fired near an alley in a neighborhood known as the Back of the Yards. The alert came from a hidden street sensor called a ShotSpotter, and the officer was able to pull up a map of nearby police cameras and review the video. Without leaving a room the size of a walk-in closet, he watched...
  • 5 US 'hostages' still held by Venezuela

    05/26/2018 1:07:03 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 6 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 26, 2018
    Five former Citgo executives who are U.S. citizens remain detained in Venezuela following the surprise Saturday release of former Mormon missionary Joshua Holt. Two sources aware of efforts to free the men tell the Washington Examiner they have not been released after more than six months in captivity. A source said one detainee suffers from health issues and has lost 50 pounds in dungeon-like conditions. They said recent family requests for intervention from Citgo went unanswered.
  • Why do people become killers? There are only three reasons -- Here they are

    05/26/2018 1:04:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    FOX News ^ | May 26, 2018 | J. Warner Wallace
    Following the most recent school mass shooting – this time in Santa Fe, Texas, where 10 students and teachers were killed and 10 were wounded Friday – family members, friends and investigators find themselves searching for illusive answers. Why did this happen? How do you make sense of such a senseless tragedy? Texas Gov. Greg Abbott pointed out that unlike other recent mass shootings, “there were not those types of warning signs. The red-flag warnings were either nonexistent or very imperceptible.” The accused shooter’s parents said the media reports of the shooting seemed “incompatible with the boy (they) love,” and...
  • Spy Name Games

    05/26/2018 12:34:36 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | May 26, 2018 6:00 AM | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The Obama administration blatantly politicized the government’s intelligence and law-enforcement apparatus. ‘Isn’t it a fact that you’re a scumbag?” Our contretemps over the nomenclature of government informants has me unable to shake this arresting moment from my memory. In Manhattan, about 30 years ago, I was among the spectators basking in the majesty of Foley Square’s federal courthouse when we were suddenly jarred by this, shall we say, rhetorical question. The sniper was a mob lawyer in a big RICO case; the target was the prosecution’s main witness, the informant. Until this week, I’d always thought the most noteworthy thing...
  • Clapper: 'More and more' of Steele dossier proving to be true

    05/26/2018 12:33:41 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 90 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/26/18 | John Bowden
    Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in a new interview that parts of the infamous Steele dossier of alleged ties between President Trump's campaign and Russia have been corroborated by subsequent U.S. investigations. In an interview with Salon, the Obama-era intelligence chief stressed that while the most "salacious" claims in the dossier have not been proven to be true, "more and more" of the dossier's other claims about the president and his allies' ties to Russia have been corroborated over time. "Some of what was in the dossier was actually corroborated -- but separately -- in our intelligence...