I’m with Santorum on this issue. Let ‘em all on stage. The more the whole USA sees the absolute joke of a panel the Republican ticket has to offer, the more America will get what it deserves if they still choose to vote for this panoply of imbeciles and know-nothings.
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The Duggars Respond to Reports That Josh Duggar Was Accused of Child Molestation
BY CHARLOTTE TRIGGS AND ALICIA C. DENNIS 05/21/2015 AT 05:55 PM EDT - People Magazine
In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE, Josh Duggar, his wife Anna, and his parents Jim Bob and Michelle are speaking out in response to reports that Josh was once accused of molesting five underage girls as a teen.
“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends,” Josh, 27, tells PEOPLE in a statement. “I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.”
Josh has resigned from his position at the Family Research Council as a result of the accusations becoming public, but his family has stood behind him.
As preventable diseases like measles and whooping cough are reappearing in the United States, many anti-vaxxers are re-evaluating their opposition to immunization, and others are questioning nonmedical exemptions from vaccine requirements. The California state Senate, for instance, just overruled a long-standing law that permitted parents with religious and philosophical reservations to send their children to public and private schools without their shots.
This is a sound decision: Vaccinations are safe and essential for the health of our society. We cannot allow philosophy or faith to trump public health. But denying children potentially life-saving vaccines is just one part of the problem; I’d like to eliminate even more exemptions: those now enshrined in many laws permitting religious parents to withhold scientific medical care from their children in favor of faith healing.
Forty-eight states—all except West Virginia and Mississippi—allow religious exemptions from vaccination. (California would be the third exception if its bill becomes law.) A similar deference to religion applies to all medical care for children. As the National District Attorneys Association reports, 43 states give some kind of criminal or civil immunity to parents who injure their children by withholding medical care on religious grounds.
Children who die from refusing blood transfusions are extolled as “Youths who put God first.”
If your faith mandates spiritual healing and your child dies because you offer prayer instead of insulin or antibiotics, your chances of being charged with a crime are slim. There are religious exemptions for child neglect and abuse, negligent homicide, involuntary manslaughter. Several states allow parents to use a religious defense against charges of murder of their child—and in some places they can’t be charged with murder at all. And even when parents are prosecuted, acquiescence to religious belief often leads to their being acquitted or given light sentences, including unsupervised parole. None of this, of course, applies to parents who refuse medical care on nonreligious grounds; those individuals get no immunity from prosecution.
Beginning Tuesday afternoon, presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., embarked upon his latest filibuster, this time in hopes of stalling the renewal of the USA Patriot Act. Based on his track record, we can safely expect him to entirely reverse his position within the week.
Before we get too carried away with using the word “filibuster” to describe what he’s doing, it’s not an actual filibuster because as of Wednesday evening Eastern time, there isn’t any Senate business that’d be delayed on the floor by his filibuster; therefore he’s not stalling a vote nor is he preventing the Senate from debating anything. So, technically, Paul is just talking a lot. However, if he continues past midnight Wednesday night, Paul’s monologue will begin to flummox some important proceedings.
Primarily, it’ll delay a vote that would give President Obama fast-track authority on implementing the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.
Secondarily, and ironically, it could also delay a vote on the USA Freedom Act, a bill that would end the National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk collection of electronic metadata. It’s safe to say that such a delay is an unintended negative consequence for die-hard Paul supporters on both the libertarian right, as well as Edward Snowden supporters on the left. Especially ironic is the fact that Paul tweeted at the outset of his filibuster, “It’s time to end the NSA spying!” Delaying the Freedom Act would, in effect, allow NSA spying to continue.
The Pentagon said Thursday it would expedite delivery of 2,000 anti-tank weapons to Iraq to help security forces there combat the type of vehicle-borne suicide bombs that helped Islamic State fighters take control of Ramadi.
Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said that the AT4 shoulder-launched missiles are expected to arrive in Iraq as early as next week.
The number of weapons is double what was previewed just one day ago at the State Department, as the Obama administration scrambles to adjust its Iraq strategy in the wake of what it has characterized as a significant setback in efforts to push back the militants. A State Department official had said the weapons would be delivered next month.
President Obama, in an interview published Thursday, said that the United States has to”ramp up not just training, but also commitment” to Iraqi security forces and Sunni tribesmen in Anbar province, where Ramadi is the capital.
The Ramadi defeat, Obama told The Atlantic, “is indicative that the training of Iraqi security forces, the fortifications, the command-and-control systems are not happening fast enough in Anbar, in the Sunni parts of the country.” Anbar is Iraq’s largest province, occupying much of the western part of the country.
If reading The Bourne Identity and watching Burn Notice has taught me anything, it’s that spies need to blend in. Kate Warne was a master at this:
The novelty of a female detective in those days meant Warne was able to go undercover with ease (including pretending to be a fortune-teller as a means to gather intel), and gain the trust of other women (like the wife of a man suspected of embezzling $50,000 from the Adams Express Company in Montgomery, Alabama).
She saved Abraham Lincoln’s life through some clever misdirection. Warne traveled to Baltimore to infiltrate a group of Confederate sympathizers. After learning of the assassination plot, Warne made arrangements:
Lincoln donned an overcoat and hat, abandoning his signature “stovepipe.” His role was that of Kate Warne’s “invalid brother.” Warne purchased tickets for herself and her “brother,” and saw to it that the rear sections of a sleeping car were secure. Kate charmed the conductor into keeping the back door of the sleeping car open, so that her “sick brother” could enter in privacy.
For the nationwide movement against police violence, the news of charges being brought against the six Baltimore officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray has been a welcome development. Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York and an organizer in the Black Lives Matter movement, is cautiously optimistic. “It’s a little bit of a morale booster,” she told me in an interview, “I think that this kind of gave activists in the streets that rejuvenation and that energy they need to continue doing what they’re doing.”
Sarsour was in Asheville, North Carolina earlier this month for the America Healing Conference, a four-day dialogue on racial justice and community healing sponsored by the Kellogg Foundation. There she spoke on the struggle against police brutality and the connections between Arab American and African American experiences at the hands of law enforcement. For the past 14 years, Sarsour, who also heads the National Network for Arab American Communities, has worked tirelessly to fight police brutality and racial profiling against black and brown communities of all backgrounds.
A laughable contention if it were not such a craven lie. If no civil liberties were affected, we did not need the NSA mass data collection nor the Patriot Act nor the changes to broaden FISA.
Every time probable cause or a warrant is not applied before a search, our civil liberties / protections are damaged. The 100 mile border zone is a 99 mile wide violation of our civil protections. The use of any mass collected data such as cell meta data or cameras that record faces or licence plates is a violation. Every time established rules about older technologies like telephones are ignored and operationally assumed to be invalid for new technologies like email and cell phones our liberties are reduced.
Jeb has declared himself to be the Big Brother Candidate. Who wants to vote for that? Not I.
WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush on Thursday offered a full-throated defense of the Patriot Act, the post-9/11 surveillance law signed by his brother, while on the campaign trail in New Hampshire.
“There’s not a shred of evidence that anybody’s civil liberties have been violated by it. Not a shred,” the former Florida governor said after a breakfast hosted by the Concord Chamber of Commerce.
LinkLet’s see what the ACLU has to say.
Some of these policies, such as torture and extraordinary rendition, are no longer officially condoned. But most other policies—indefinite detention, targeted killing, trial by military commissions, warrantless surveillance, and racial, religious, and other forms of profiling—remain core elements of U.S. national security strategy today.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
More than 100 prisoners in Guant�namo have never been charged with a crime.
Not one victim of the Bush-era torture program has had a day in court.
Hundreds of millions
The government is regularly tracking the calls of hundreds of millions of Americans.
So, ISIS continues on. They’ve recently conquered Ramadi in Iraq, now they’ve captured Palmyra in Syria.
In addition to holding strategic significance, Palmyra is home to some of the world’s most precious and important archaeological sites. Called the “Pearl of the Desert,” the town dates back to the First and Second century AD. It contains the monumental ruins of a great city that was once an important cultural center. From the First to Third century, it was a wealthy caravan oasis that intermittently fell under the rule of Rome.
Its stunning architecture is a unique blend of Graeco-Roman techniques, Persian influences, and local tradition. Palmyra’s grand colonnade is considered a major artistic achievement.
Thankfully, hundreds of statues were removed and transferred to safe locations within Syria prior to the incursion
Original Io9 article here.