Since 2009, there have been 17 shooting incidents between antigovernment extremists and law enforcement. In 2010, a father-and-son team of sovereign citizens, who believe that the law doesn’t apply to them, executed two Arkansas police officers during a traffic stop, and a California extremist shot and injured two state troopers. Another extremist in Texas tried to kill two sheriff’s deputies. Similar incidents have happened since, some ending in loss of life.
For those harboring deep hatred of the federal government, the BLM pullout was seen as a dramatic victory, one instance where the armed radicals of the right stared through their own gunsights at the gun barrels of law enforcement officials and won. Rather than being condemned, their actions garnered the support of numerous politicians, including the governor of Nevada and commentators like Fox News’ Sean Hannity — a truly repulsive spectacle. This pandering to the far right by both politicians and media figures ended in a hurry, however, when Bundy engaged in racist blather about “the Negro.” Racism was crossing a line, apparently, but the calls from the ranch for revolution and outright defiance of federal law enforcement seemed to be just fine with the Hannitys of the world.
The fallout from the BLM stand down is very troubling: an even more emboldened antigovernment movement. Just in the months since the Bundy “victory,” tense standoffs between the BLM and antigovernment activists have taken place across the West — in Idaho, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. The scariest incident happened in Utah, where two men pointed a handgun at a BLM worker in a marked federal vehicle while holding up a sign that said, “You need to die.”
Business Insider has more on Charles C. Johnson and it is hardly flattering. The title is pretty scathing and the contents, well, we’ve read enough about the clown called Charles C. Johnson here at LGF. Hmm, I wonder if the “C” stands for clown and this is simply performance art taking what Charles Johnson of LGF does with respectability, adding the “C” and the clown-like attitude, all for getting followers. I digress, here’s the read….
Meet The ‘Mega Troll’ Who’s Turned A Major US Senate Race Into His Own Performance Art Piece
Charles C. Johnson hadn’t covered the Mississippi Senate Republican primary until it was already over.
Almost a week after incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran officially staved off a primary challenge from state Sen. Chris McDaniel — results that were certified this week — Johnson exploded onto the Mississippi scene in a major way.
On June 30, Johnson published a story that was viewed in conservative circles as a bombshell — and in mainstream circles as a joke.
Read more: businessinsider.com
Nice to see performance art is making it into media reviews.
As usual the Far right backlash against common core is fed by populist reactionary fear mired in fundamentalist ignorance. This means the usual anti-science theocrats who not only want to rewrite science classes according to the bible, but also rewrite history based on their narrow theocratic view of how things ought to be in this country are all very much against the standards. Lying about everything is the norm with them, and twisting everything is the point and purpose of the exercise, if one lie gets debunked another takes its place.
So the usual suspects from Phylis Schafly to Wall builders are trying to paint this as a Federal move, and have already branded Common Core as “Obamacore” and anti-states rights even though it was created by state bodies, not Federal, and Common Core does not come from President Obama. Truth doesn’t matter to them however because lying for Jesus is the game, and any change in the U.S. is what they blame.
The video at the link is typical - watch as the “concerned mom” ignorantly paints common core as everything it is not. Common core recognizes that children attack problems individually and through different mental tools and the program works with those abilities to teach children different methods of solving problems and the concepts behind the solutions. CC allows children to pick their own tools and the methods that work best for them. Behind her animus is someone who wants kids memorizing tables and events instead of being able to critically think their way to an answer for future problems, someone who fears that the schools will teach her kids to actually think for themselves.
A recent Gallup poll showed that 61 percent of parents know little or nothing about the Common Core. But the 19 percent who view the standards “very negatively,” particularly in red states, are the parents driving the debate and making Common Core a wedge issue in the upcoming election. Prominent Tea Party members have denounced “Obamacore” as the epitome of a federal takeover. Several Republican governors in the past few months—Nikki Haley in South Carolina, Mike Pence in Indiana, Mary Fallin in Oklahoma, and Bobby Jindal in Louisiana, who once supported the standards—have repealed Common Core in their states as a result, many say, of pressure from small groups of local activists.
Austin’s #CanISee conference —as in, “Can I see what my children are learning?”— is a who’s-who of the far-right movement that some peg as fringe, but nevertheless gets results. They’re the voters who vow to use Common Core as a litmus test come November. They’re also the activists who Core supporters say are fueling myths and misconceptions about the standards.
For the mostly female, mostly older, all-white crowd, Common Core is more than an attack on states’ rights; it’s an affront to Christian, conservative values. These mothers and grandmothers see a campaign against Common Core as an extension of protecting the nuclear family. Eagle Forum, anti-feminist activist Phyllis Schlafly’s national organization, is a sponsor of the conference. In the foyer outside, booths proffer fliers about What You Need to Know About Marriage and How to Speak Up for Life.
More: Meet America’s Most Hardcore Anti-Common Core Moms - NBC News.com
Cross posted at Noblesse Oblige
A disturbing new report says 51 potential minor human trafficking victims — five of them age 6 and under — were discovered over a nine-month period through a statewide first-response network.
The information comes from the Ohio Network of Children’s Advocacy Center, which has a state contract to screen children who are referred by law enforcement, children’s service agencies, and others.
Statistics from the July 2013 to March 2014 found 51 minors identified as possible human trafficking victims. While the majority were 13 to 18 years old, five of the victims were age six and under. All but 1 of the 51 cases involved females. They came from both urban and rural areas.
Think it’s hot outside right now? By the end of the century, summertime Boston could feel as hot as Miami, a new report warns.
Future summers in cities across the U.S. could see even more blistering temperatures by the end of the century, according to the report by the non-profit group Climate Central.
The effects of climate change are not as far off as most would like to think. Summers today are already hotter than they were in the 1970s, with average temperatures increasing 0.4 degrees per decade in the U.S. The analysis shows that future Americans could see an average increase of 7 to 10 degrees in summer high temperatures — with some cities as much as 12 degrees hotter — by the year 2100.
The .50 caliber target tracking bullets, dubbed Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO), are designed for military snipers, who must deal with changes in wind, light and ambient heat as they fire on a target.
The EXACTO technology is being developed by Teledyne Scientific and Imaging with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which researches new military technologies and is known as a key developer of the Internet.
One of the hurdles that needs to be overcome with bills like this are insurance policy clauses regarding suicide.
Lord Carey writes in the Daily Mail that he has dropped his opposition to the Assisted Dying Bill “in the face of the reality of needless suffering”.
But the current Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has called the bill “mistaken and dangerous”.
Peers will debate the bill on Friday.
Tabled by Labour peer Lord Falconer, the legislation would make it legal for adults in England and Wales to be given assistance ending their own life. It would apply to those with less than six months to live.
Two doctors would have to independently confirm the patient was terminally ill and had reached their own, informed decision to die.
he decisive campaign in Ukraine’s separatist rebellion — the battle for Donetsk — is imminent, and the looming question is how much damage the jewel of the country’s economy will suffer.
Fearing that the faceoff between 30,000 Ukrainian military troops and about 10,000 pro-Russian separatists will destroy much of the city of 1 million people, tens of thousands of residents have fled Donetsk.
The Ukrainian military used different strategies to recapture two other key cities in the eastern provinces of the country.
The Israeli military said on Saturday that overnight it had struck a mosque in central Gaza that held a concealed weapons cache.
The move was likely to fan Palestinian outrage during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
In Gaza, health officials said that the death toll from the Israeli airstrikes had reached 120, with hundreds more wounded. Many of those killed and wounded were said to be civilians, including women and children.
Israel’s military said that over five days of fighting it had struck more than 1,160 targets in Gaza, including rocket launchers, weapon manufacturing and storage facilities and private homes that it said had served as command-and-control centers for militants guiding the rocket fire. Overnight, the military said it had targeted 10 “terror operatives,” six of whom it said were directly involved in launching rockets at Israel at the time.