“Several college debate clubs that feature members preoccupied with minority issues have decided the traditional tournament format promotes white privilege. They have responded by refusing to play by the official rules, ignoring time limits and rebutting their opponents with rap and spoken-word poetry.
Fawning, sympathetic, liberal judges have of course rewarded such antics.
The most recent example came from the March 24th Cross Examination Debate Association, where two Towson University students — identified as black females by The Atlantic – won the championship. The students were challenged to debate presidential war powers. Instead, they insisted on discussing the supposed war on black communities being waged by the U.S. government.”
Via The Daily Caller
“Wisconsin’s public sector unions continue to struggle to retain members in the wake of Gov. Scott Walker’s reforms, new Labor Department filings indicate. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees District Council 48, one of the union’s four main branches in the state, has seen its membership slip to just 3,405 by the end of 2013. It had more than 9,000 members as recently as 2010.
Walker’s reforms ended the state’s practice of automatically deducting membership dues from public sector workers on behalf of their union and for the first time, allowed those workers to opt out of being union members. Effectively, he applied right-to-work rules to those unions. The reforms also required the unions to submit to annual recertification votes and limited collective bargaining to just wages.”
“A previously unreleased White House document among the 7,500 published by the Clinton presidential library Friday warns that the burgeoning Internet of 1995 is being “seized” by the “right wing” and turned into a “communication stream of conspiracy commerce.”
The 1995 report, titled “The Communication Stream of Conspiracy Commerce,” describes the Internet as a new method of communication ”employed by the right wing” and used to “convey their fringe stories into legitimate subjects of coverage by the mainstream media.”
Among those “fringe stories” were the now-infamous reports and lawsuits alleging extra-martial affairs with the president, including accusations from model and actress Gennifer Flowers, and murmurings about former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones, Mashable reports.”
Via The Daily Caller
“And of course, the U.N. continues to do nothing to stop the carnage in Syria as the death toll continues to rise.
In addition to apologies, the U.N. is also good at condemning Israel, by appointing the likes of Richard Falk to judge and condemn the Jewish state. Falk’s successor has not been selected yet, but reportedly it will be Christine Chinkin who decided that Israel was guilty before being appointed to the Goldstone Commission. Though a vetting committed had unanimously recommended an American academic, Christina Cerna, for the post, the Arab League objected to Cerna, because she had not established her anti-Israel bonafides. United Nations Human Rights Council’s president Remigiusz Hencze deferred to the Arab League’s protest and rejected Cerna’s candidacy.”
“The Internal Revenue Service and other U.S. agencies awarded about $415,000 in contracts to a license plate-tracking company before Homeland Security leaders dropped a plan for similar work amid privacy complaints.
Federal offices such as the Forest Service and the U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command chose Livermore, California-based Vigilant Solutions to provide access to license plate databases or tools used to collect plate information, according to government procurement records compiled by Bloomberg.
Vigilant, a closely held company, has received such work since 2009. In February, Jeh Johnson, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, ordered the cancelation of an immigration agency plan to buy access to national license plate data. While the technology can help solve crimes, the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups have said the mass collection of data infringes the privacy of innocent people. “
“This might not be a common scenario in your household, but it could be if you live near a state border and travel to a farm for fresh food and dairy.
You go to your farm source and pick up your rich-tasting nutrient dense white gold. Plus, all the non-tampered with veggies – straight from the ground. What a great buy! Drinking raw milk has given you strength and energy – you’ve never felt better or more grateful. You drive back home crossing the state line. You’ve just broken the law!
But the consequences fare much worse for the farmer who produced those goods. They are heavily watched, harassed and raided by various government agencies, including health departments sometimes accompanied by the cops.
Mark Mcaffe of Organic Pastures Dairy once posed this rhetorical question in response to the claim that interstate transfer bans were about public safety: How can a product considered safe in one state suddenly be toxic as soon as it crosses a state line?”
Via Activist Post
“Another preview from Britain of what we can expect after ObamaCare has been used to destroy our healthcare system and we are left with “single payer” socialized medicine:”
A pregnant woman with appendicitis died after a trainee surgeon mistakenly removed one of her healthy ovaries, a tribunal heard.
Maria De Jesus, 32, underwent the operation at Queen’s Hospital, Romford, Essex, after she was admitted with abdominal pains in October 2011. She died 19 days later after suffering a miscarriage.
Dr Yahya Al-Abed admitted he made a number of errors during the procedure, including removing her right ovary instead of her appendix.
Via Moon Battery
Officials from nine Western states met in Salt Lake City on Friday to discuss taking control of federal lands within their borders on the heels of a standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management.
The lawmakers and county commissioners discussed ways to wresting oil-, timber- and mineral-rich lands away from the feds. Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart said it was in the works before this month’s standoff.
The BLM rounded up hundreds of Bundy’s cattle, saying he hasn’t paid more than $1 million in grazing fees he owes for trespassing on federal lands since the 1990s. But Bundy does not recognize federal authority on the land, which his family has used since the 1870s.
The BLM released the cattle after a showdown last weekend with angry armed protesters whom Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid referred to as “domestic terrorists.”
Via Weasel Zippers
“The FBI is probing past legal work done by Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, according to a report her Republican opponent’s campaign calls a “bombshell.”
The Dallas Morning News reported Friday that documents “related to Sen. Wendy Davis’ work as a lawyer for the North Texas Tollway Authority are part of an FBI inquiry of the agency.”
The news outlet said it’s unclear how much this investigation revolves around Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor.
“It’s not clear whether Davis’ work for the tollway authority is a focus of the FBI or only part of the material collected in connection with its look into tollway agency operations,” the paper wrote.
“We are not aware that Wendy Davis is the subject or target of any investigation,” her campaign told the outlet.
But the campaign for her Republican opponent, Greg Abbott, is raising questions in the wake of the revelation.”
Via The Daily Caller
Bundy doesn’t believe that the American government is valid, he believes that the United States is a foreign government.
He doesn’t pay his taxes. He doesn’t follow the law. He doesn’t pay his fees.
And if anyone thinks by any figment of their imagination what happened up there last week was just people rallying to somebody that was oppressed — 600 people came in, armed. They had practiced, they had maneuvered, they knew what they were doing. They set up snipers in strategic locations with sniper rifles. They had assault weapons. They had automatic weapons. And they boasted about the fact that they put women in children — in fact one retired sheriff from Arizona boasted that he put women and children so that they would get hit first.
So, 600 people. If there were ever an example of people who were domestic, violent terrorist wannabes, these are the guys. And I think that we should call it that way.
Via Weasel Zippers