Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) invited Family Research Council President Tony Perkins to Minneapolis last week after Perkins said that Muslims had established “no-go zones,” in the Minnesotan city.
In response to a caller on Perkin’s show, “Washington Watch,” on Friday, who claimed that the “Muslim community” had established “no-go zones” in France, Perkins said that while he could not verify the “military-type training,” he did accept that Europe — and some American cities — had these so-called “no-go zones.” (The no-go zones in France are a debunked conservative myth.)
“I mean, we saw the effect of that in France, where they have like 700 no-go zones, where authorities have allowed basically Sharia law to be imposed,” Perkins said, according to audio posted by Right Wing Watch. “There are some areas in this country that, in effect, that has occurred. Dearborn, Michigan, is one of the places. There are some places in Minneapolis. I don’t think it’s as clear-cut as what we’ve seen in Europe. It’s been more by the effect that that’s occurred.”
Power was being restored Sunday to tens of thousands of people who lost electricity in Southern California after fierce Santa Ana winds gusting as much as 89 mph toppled trees and power poles.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said Saturday’s outages affected more than 54,000 customers — mostly in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles.
The Santa Ana winds downed numerous trees and power poles across the region. The damage included a large billboard that blew down in Burbank, while a big tree fell into the kitchen of a house in Van Nuys.
President Obama began a three-day visit to India on Sunday, where he is expected to spend much of the day holding talks on climate change, defense and economic ties with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Modi, wearing a gold kurta, broke protocol to personally welcome Obama with a hug as he disembarked from Air Force One in New Delhi with his wife Michelle.
The president’s arrival in New Delhi marked the first time an American leader has visited India twice during his presidency - Obama visited the country in Nov. 2010. Obama is also the first to be invited to attend India’s Republic Day festivities, which start Monday and mark the 65th anniversary of the enactment of India’s constitution.
Of all the wacky ways to make money, I chose perhaps the wackiest. I transported dead bodies from point-of-death to the morgue for autopsies (and perhaps an inappropriate puppet show or two). Rich or poor, famous or anonymous, all were equal when slumming it in the back of my corpse wagon. I lasted two weeks — not long enough to encounter any dormant Highlanders or angry zombies, but long enough to be considered a crusty old veteran. The average body transporter quits that fast. Here’s why …
Read all about what some people put themselves through for $9/h. Do you know anybody who thinks government regulations are evil, that the free-market works, etc? Then staple, stitch, glue, and cement their butts to a chair, and make them read this link all the way through to the end.
In a blatant example of exactly how Republicans feel about civil rights and human rights, the GOP has deleted those words from the name of a Senate subcommittee that is responsible for issues including voting rights, hate crimes, racial, religious, ethnic, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation discrimination.
U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa (photo) is now the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, after Republicans took over the Senate in the November elections. Responsible for subcommittee assignments, Grassley, along with the subcommittee’s new Chair, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, have changed the name of the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil and Human Rights to the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution.
It’s a clear reminder and example of exactly what Republicans hold dear, and what they have contempt for.
( Should have known this would get missed as a comment, so lets make a page and see if I can get some thoughts :D )
Middle aged old fart wants to start playing electric guitar. Minimal budget but I don’t want to buy absolute trash either.
How does this package look?
I’ve seen it on Amazon for about $250. Thoughts?
LAST week, President Obama signed a memorandum that would allow employees at federal agencies to take up to six weeks of paid parental leave, and he has made it clear that he thinks Congress should extend paid leave to employees in the private sector, too.
No one expects the Republicans who control Congress to take him up on his invitation. Any attempts to thicken the social safety net through government spending are philosophically inimical to the G.O.P. point of view. Yet here’s the irony: In their own offices, Republicans are often very generous with federal money, giving their staffs plenty of compensated time off to care for a child.
Last week, I wrote to all 100 Senate offices and asked how they individually handled parental leave. While only 26 replied (not surprising, really; it meant voluntarily laying bare their private policies, always a touchy subject), it’s worth noting that virtually all of the respondents — 15 Democrats, two independents and nine Republicans — said they provided paid leave of some kind. What this means, practically speaking, is that all of them go above and beyond what the Family and Medical Leave Act requires — (12 weeks of unpaid leave, assuming both employee and employer meet the requirements).
Federal investigators are cracking down on what they say are sham universities that exploit the visa system for foreign students.
At least half a dozen schools have been shut down or raided by federal authorities in recent years over allegations of immigration fraud. Like Tri-Valley University in Pleasanton, California, they had obtained permission from immigration officials to admit foreign students.
But investigators say most offered little or no instruction or didn’t require all students to attend classes, instead taking advantage of the visa system for profit.
America’s second most conservative city also turns out to be Texas’s second most violent. As mentioned, the rate of violent crime in hippie-infested, librul run Austin is around 40% of Lubbock’s.
The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports compile crime statistics on hundreds of metro areas. The latest numbers—which track the data from 2013—reveal some interesting tidbits about Texas cities. For instance: the most dangerous parts of Texas, generally, are not the largest cities, with only one of the five most populous cities to to place in the top five on the list. Also: West Texas, generally, has a higher violent crime rate than the rest of the state. And: Austin is basically a fairy tale land populated by elves and hobbits, with a violent crime rate roughly ⅓ that of Odessa, the top city on the list. Here are some more facts worth knowing:
West Texas Takes The Top Spots
Odessa’s violent crime rate of 806 incidents per 100,000 inhabitants is the highest in Texas by a fairly wide margin; Lubbock, the #2 city on the list, drops down to 658 per 100,000. Lubbock’s rate is slanted a bit more toward robbery, while Odessa has more aggravated assault cases, with a shocking 645 cases per 100,000 people.