Bus driver rescues 2 lost children
Bus driver rescues kidnapped child
Bus driver rescues 2 lost children
Bus driver rescues kidnapped child
Mike Rowe ridiculed Massachusetts’s Hampshire College for its decision to remove the U.S. flag from campus because it instilled students with “fear.”
A better option, Rowe suggested, might be “simply educating them about the undeniable fact that no country on the planet affords its citizens more liberty than this one.”
Seems reasonable to me. But some had issues with his exercise of free speech and Rowe responded in detail to one, Susanne McDaniel, in particular.
“How did you become so blindly patriotic? First of all, the college you were referencing in your rant about the American flag is a private college and doesn’t receive federal funding. However…the very essence of freedom in this country is our right to speak out against the flag, which is a mere symbol.
“If you take away that right, then we have lost all freedom. You really need to take a civics course, Mike Rowe. I used to like you; but, you have really become very annoying to me in recent years. I thought you were more intelligent. But, I guess appearances aren’t everything.”
“I’ve never thought of myself as ‘blindly patriotic,’ but I am a fan of the United States, the founding fathers, and the men and women who have served on my behalf. I also confess to feeling lucky to live here.
“Having said that, I think you’re correct about the flag; it’s only a symbol. So too is the Crucifix. And the middle finger. And the Swastika. And the compressed chunks of carbon that millions wear on their ring fingers as expressions of timeless love and eternal devotion…
“But if you really believe our flag is nothing but a ‘mere symbol,’ equally suitable for flying or burning, ask yourself if you’d be comfortable if the people you work with suddenly started coming to the office in pointy white hats fashioned from bedsheets? Would that be a problem for you? Or how about The Rainbow Flag, favored by the LGBTQ community? Would it be OK if people started burning that? If not, why not? I mean, it’s only a symbol, right?”
“The thing about ‘mere symbols’ Susanne, is that they represent ‘mere ideas,’ and ‘mere ideas’ are the backbone of ‘mere humanity.’ In the case of the flag, we’re talking about ideas that are wrapped into the Constitution — a document that separates us from every other country on the planet.
“Mere ideas are the reason people fight and die. Mere ideas are the reason we’re allowed to speak freely, protest publicly, bear arms, and burn the very symbol that represents those very freedoms. I didn’t suggest that you or anyone else be denied your right to fly or burn whatever flag you wish. What I failed to do, is quietly accept behavior I don’t care for. Which, if I’m not mistaken, is the same compulsion that motivates others to publicly express themselves in whatever ways they choose.”
FYI: Hampshire College is flying the American flag on campus again.
From Stilton Jarlsburg at Hope n Change
DEC 7th, 2016: ANOTHER DAY OF INFAMY
The few remaining survivors of that horrible day 75 years ago now have the odd distinction of being attacked twice at Pearl Harbor…once by the Japanese, and once by the Obama administration.
Yes, we understand the symbolic importance of showing Japan and the United States united on this historic anniversary – but it could so easily have been presented to the public without accusing those aging heroes who fought, bled, and saw their friends and shipmates blown to pieces, drowned, or burned alive of “personal bitterness” if they haven’t just “moved on” and made their peace with the horror of the sneak attack.
This appalling statement makes it clear that, in the mind of this administration, this anniversary is not about those who fought or died at Pearl Harbor, but rather about one more fatuous photo-op with a foreign figurehead for the sole benefit of the second greatest American tragedy to originate in Hawaii: Barack Hussein Obama.
You have to use your imagination on a couple of these
Farmers push back against animal welfare laws
MANY ANIMALS ARE RAISED FOR FOOD. IT’S NOT PERSONAL. MY GRANDFATHER TAUGHT ME YOU DON’T GIVE LIVESTOCK NAMES, BECAUSE THEY ARE RAISED TO BE SLAUGHTERED. PEOPLE DON’T GET THAT.
All hogs in Massachusetts will be able to stretch their legs and turn around in their crates and all hens will be able to spread their wings under a law passed in November by voters in the state.
Laws like this one, which strictly regulate how farm animals are confined, are becoming more common across the U.S., as large-scale farming replaces family farms and consumers learn more about what happens behind barn doors.
Farmers acknowledge that some people who do not spend much time on farms may object to some of their practices. But they say that they do not abuse animals and that their practices are the most efficient and safest way to keep up with demand for food. And, they say, complying with restrictions on raising poultry and livestock like those approved in Massachusetts are costly for them and for consumers.
Man who punched out kangaroo is a ZOOKEEPER: Elephant keeper at Taronga says he was ‘only trying to divert the roo’ when it attacked his dog – as bosses launch an investigation
Greig Tonkins punched a kangaroo to save his pet dog ‘Max’ while on a pig hunting trip in NSW in mid-June
Mr Tonkins was standing in a truck when the large roo attacked his pet and held it in a headlock in is arms
Daily Mail Australia can reveal Mr Tonkins is an elephant keeper at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo
Video of the father-of-two punching the marsupial has gone viral with millions of social media viewers
Vitamin D makes free-range eggs better for you: Yolks from hens that are allowed to wander contain 30% more of the nutrient
Scientists from Reading University analysed the contents of 270 eggs on sale in UK supermarkets
They found ‘free range’ hens produced yolks with much more Vitamin D
The hormone has been shown to keep diseases including cancer and diabetes at bay
AS SOMEONE WHO WAS RAISED ON EGGS FROM FREE RANGE CHICKENS (THEY WERE JUST PLAIN “CHICKENS” BACK THEN) I CAN TELL YOU THE EGGS AND THE HENS TASTE A LOT DIFFERENT THAN WHAT IS SOLD IN STORES TODAY.
The Obamas Have Spent In Excess Of $85 Million On Vacations And It’s Still Growing
THIS WOULD QUALIFY AS A STORY ABOUT GREEDY PIGS
Over the past eight years, President Barack Obama and his family have spent more than $10 million a year for travel and vacations, totaling in excess of $85 million — and the number is still growing.
The Obamas, who will officially move out of the White House on Jan. 20, are expected to leave soon for their annual Christmas trip, which last year lasted from Dec. 18 to Jan. 3.
Spot the First Lady! Michelle’s stunning Gucci gown matches the White House Christmas trees at Kennedy Center Honors gala
Michelle Obama wore a pink and green brocade gown with a beaded bow for final Kennedy Center Honors
She blended into the halls of the White House, which were adorned with Christmas trees and decorations
First Lady who is known for sending a diplomatic message with her sartorial choices, opted for Gucci dress
It’s the first time she wore international designer at the event; Italy happened to hold referendum on same day
Cultural honor celebrated Al Pacino, Mavis Staples, James Taylor, Martha Argerich and members of the Eagles
THIS IS A WATER BUFFALO DRAPED IN CHRISTMAS WRAPPING PAPER
CHECK OUT WHAT THEY WROTE:
This is the 90th time we have named the person who had the greatest influence, for better or worse, on the events of the year. So which is it this year: Better or worse? The challenge for Donald Trump is how profoundly the country disagrees about the answer.
It’s hard to measure the scale of his disruption. This real estate baron and casino owner turned reality-TV star and provocateur—never a day spent in public office, never a debt owed to any interest besides his own—now surveys the smoking ruin of a vast political edifice that once housed parties, pundits, donors, pollsters, all those who did not see him coming or take him seriously. Out of this reckoning, Trump is poised to preside, for better or worse.
House passes sweeping legislation to aid veterans
IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME
“More veterans, including many at risk of homelessness, will receive the care and benefits they need and deserve,” he continued. “VA hospitals will have better management of mental health counselors and emergency room doctors. Veterans’ families will be helped by extending critical education benefits to surviving members. Work will finally begin to help descendants of veterans exposed to toxic substances.”
The bill, which now moves to the Senate floor, was part of Congress’s response to scandals within the Veterans Affairs Department that saw soldiers waiting so long for doctor appointments that some died. Some VA health clinics were over-prescribing opioids, and the VA had a massive backlog of claims benefits.
Disabled vet, service dog form dynamic duo on the job
WHEN YOU HAVE HOME IMPROVEMENT NEEDS, I URGE YOU TO SHOP LOWE’S
Luthy, a disabled Air Force vet, had been struggling to find work since he needed his service animal, a dog named Charlotte, to be with him. But he got hired for a part-time job at a Lowe’s in Abilene, Texas. Hiring Luthy meant Lowe’s was also hiring Charlotte.
“We were interviewing people for his position. And he was one of the applicants. And so he showed up for the interview and he had Charlotte with him,” Jay Fellers, a human resource manager at Lowes, told CNN affiliate KRBC.
Trump Announces Japanese Telecom Co. Will Invest $50 Billion to Create 50,000 Jobs in U.S.
SON SAID HE WOULD NOT HAVE MADE THE INVESTMENT HAD HILLARY WON
In the wake of reports that SoftBank Group Corp. founder and Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son was set to meet with Donald Trump in New York, the President-elect announced that the Japanese telecommunications company will invest up to $50 billion in the U.S. which includes plans to create 50,000 new jobs here.
Jill Stein is heckled and called a ‘common criminal’ during a press conference outside Trump Tower while as her recount continues
LOOK AT ME!I’M GONNA BE A RICH BITCH!
Stein gave updates on recount effort in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin
Stein is seeking an emergency federal court order for a recount in Pennsylvania after dropping a state court case due to the required $1million bond
In Michigan, a hand recount began Monday on the orders of a federal judge
Stein says intent is not to help Hillary Clinton, but to verify accuracy of the vote
She has suggested, with no evidence, that votes were susceptible to hacking
Bikers for Trump secure space for inauguration amid several planned protestsTHERE WILL BE THOUSANDS OF GROWNUPS TO KEEP THE ADOLESCENTS IN LINE
Groups planning to protest President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration next month monopolized the National Park Service permits to use public spaces around Washington during the event — until Bikers for Trump showed up.
Bikers for Trump founder Chris Cox said he had to negotiate with National Park Service officials to find space for the motorcyclists because anti-Trump groups had scooped up nearly every location for their “disruption” events surrounding the Jan. 20 inauguration.
Securing a designated area for the thousands of bikers expected to roll into Washington to watch Mr. Trump take the oath of office is crucial to avoiding clashes between the two sides, he said.
“We’ve already won. There’s no reason for these guys to be going shoulder to shoulder against the Black Lives Matter and the rest of the [protesting] guys,” Mr. Cox said. “This is a victory tour.”
The bikers are accustomed to being outnumbered and face-to-face with protesters, having often set themselves up as buffers between demonstrators and supporters at Trump rallies.
GOP Readies Cuts to Federal Workforce Under Trump Reductions part of long-sought civil service overhaul
One major plan is being readied by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The Utah Republican calls it “high on our agenda.” While details remain sketchy, it would likely mean big changes to the generous retirement benefits given federal workers, mainly by looking to shift new employees from a defined benefit into a market-based 401(k).
He is also interested in making it easier to fire workers who perform badly and wants to reduce the federal civilian workforce, which currently numbers 2.1 million employees, not including U.S. Postal Service employees.
Georgetown Installs Work of Art Honoring Hillary Clinton as ‘Beacon of Dignity and Guiding Light’
Tax-funded installations help residents ‘move forward’ after Clinton defeat
OH GOOD LORD
The artwork, titled “Red, White, and Hillary Blue Diamonds,” consists of five aluminum frames illuminated by LED lights. The diamond-shaped structures are installed in three locations, where they serve “as gateways into Georgetown.”
The installations are “dedicated to former Senator Hillary Clinton, who is the beacon of dignity and guiding light, as a thank you for her strength as we move forward,” according to a placard next to the art.
For GOP lawmakers, an attempt at harmony — and a potential collision course with Trump
What most would not say is how willing they will be to oppose Trump outright. In many instances, these Republicans have forced themselves into ideological and rhetorical contortions to accommodate the populist views of their party’s new standard bearer.
When Trump talks protectionist tariffs, Hill Republicans discuss “comprehensive tax reform.” When Trump says he will build a border wall, GOP lawmakers refer to “securing the border,” perhaps without a physical barrier. When Trump talks about getting tough with China, lawmakers play down any major policy shift.
Kerry ‘fesses up about Obama’s ‘red line’
THESE TWO ASSCLOWNS WOULD F*CK UP A ONE-CAR FUNERAL
Secretary of State John Kerry told a painful truth on Sunday, admitting that President Obama’s “red line” fiasco in Syria “cost us significantly” by leading other nations to see America as weak.
UH, LURCH, THEY ALREADY KNEW YOU WERE WEAK
Kerry on Sunday fell back on two excuses. First he argued that it was a “misperception” that Washington had been weak, since Assad did give up (many of) his chems. But even he had to admit that “it doesn’t matter. It cost. Perception can often just be the reality.”
He also faulted Congress for not immediately OK’ing the use of force once the president asked — without noting that Obama, in the year after he drew the red line, never laid a bit of groundwork with Congress (or with America’s allies) for enforcing it.
If you issue a threat, then don’t even prepare to make good on it, all you’ve really made is … an empty bluff.
Uh Oh: Half Of Detroit’s Ballots Might Be Disqualified Due To Errors
CORRUPTION IN DETROIT? I’M SHOCKED! SHOCKED!
Michigan’s largest county voted overwhelmingly for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, but officials couldn’t reconcile vote totals for 610 of 1,680 precincts during a countywide canvass of vote results late last month.
Most of those are in heavily Democratic Detroit, where the number of ballots in precinct poll books did not match those of voting machine printout reports in 59 percent of precincts, 392 of 662.
Pearl Harbor plus 75 years
It’s the 75th anniversary of the “date which will live in infamy,” the early morning peacetime attack on Pearl Harbor that in just 30 minutes claimed 2,043 American lives — a one-day death toll that would not be exceeded until 9/11 — and unleashed a war in the Pacific that would kill millions more.
This is likely the last milestone commemoration of Pearl Harbor: The few remaining survivors are all well into their 90s. All too soon, Americans’ last first-hand links to The Greatest Generation will be gone.
But Americans should never forget what happened on that bloody day: the perfidy, the tragedy and, most of all, the bravery and unbelievable heroism.
The treachery of the attack, and the huge losses suffered, stunned Americans — but it also unified and galvanized them into a grim determination to persevere at all costs until total victory was won.
The nation saw much the same immediately after 9/11 — but, unlike Pearl Harbor, that unity was short-lived.
So, as we pay tribute to the heroes of Dec. 7, 1941, let us all remember also how America pulled itself up from that dark day and secured the ultimate revenge: victory.
Watch Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Day of Infamy Speech After Pearl Harbor Attacks
The remains of this Pearl Harbor sailor, and many others, are finally coming home
Edwin Chester Hopkins’ casket was draped with an American flag that had hung above the state Capitol
It was a grand funeral, one of the most memorable this New England town had witnessed, for a young man who had perished just past his 19th birthday. All that was lacking were the copious tears one would expect for someone whose death was so tragic and premature.
None of the several hundred mourners had met Hopkins, not even his near relatives. He was truly an unknown soldier, but the sense of loss, of what might have been, was still palpable. Hopkins was one of 2,403 Americans killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, the date that would live in infamy.
As the nation prepares to mark the 75th anniversary of the surprise attack, more and more of those who died that day are finally returning home.
This year alone, the remains of more than 20 sailors from the Oklahoma have been identified and reburied with full military honors — some at Arlington National Cemetery and others at their hometowns.
‘Everything was on fire’: Pearl Harbor survivors recall their fear and anger 75 years after attack as US and Japan are set to pay respects to the victims together
JIM DOWNING, 103
THERE ARE ABOUT 30 LEFT… THEN THEY’RE ALL GONE
White House: Some ‘Embittered’ WWII Vets Will Get Over Japanese Leader’s Pearl Harbor Visit
IT JUST MAKES MY BLOOD BOIL TO SEE WHAT THIS BAG OF BASTARDS WILL STOOP TO DISHONOR THESE HEROES
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said during a press conference Monday it was natural for World War II veterans to be “embittered” about Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Pearl Harbor, but they should get over it for the sake of America.
But Earnest followed up by saying those veterans should overcome those feelings for the good of the country.
“Yes, there may be some who feel personally embittered,” he said. “But I’m confident that many will set aside their own personal bitterness, not because they’re personally satisfied by the words of the Prime Minister, but because they recognize how important this moment is for the United States.”
White House’s extraordinary insult to heroes of World War II as it accuses veterans.
THIS BUNCH OF EFFEMINATE GASBAGS WOULD PISS THEMSELVES IF THEY WENT THROUGH WHAT THE PEOPLE THEY’RE MOCKING DID. SO GLAD WE’RE ALMOST RID OF THEM.
Japan PM Abe won’t apologise at Pearl Harbor: government
Tokyo (AFP) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will honour war dead but won’t apologise when he becomes the first Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor this month, a top government spokesman said on Tuesday.
The move follows Barack Obama’s historic May trip to Hiroshima, the first by a sitting US president, where he spoke of victims’ suffering but offered no apology for dropping the world’s first nuclear bomb.
“The purpose of this visit is to commemorate war dead, not to apologise,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a regular press briefing in Tokyo.
I DON’T HAVE THE WORDS TO EXPRESS THE REVERENCE I HAVE FOR THOSE WHO SUFFERED AND PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE SO THAT WE CAN LIVE THE WAY WE DO. THE DEPTH OF THE GREATEST OCEAN DOES NOT COMPARE TO THE DEPTH OF CONTEMPT I HAVE FOR THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY WHO NO LONGER CARE, IF THEY EVER DID, ABOUT ANYTHING BUT THEMSELVES.
IN 1941, THE NATION CAME TOGETHER AND EVERYONE SHARED IN THE SACRIFICE THAT LED TO ULTIMATE VICTORY. AFTER 9/11 THE UNITY LASTED ABOUT A WEEK BEFORE THE MEDIA WENT BACK TO THE BUSINESS OF ATTACKING GEORGE W. BUSH AT EVERY TURN. I WAS AND REMAIN THANKFUL THAT HE WAS OUR PRESIDENT AND NOT MR. GLOBAL HUCKSTER, WHO WHINES TO THIS DAY.
MAY WE ONE DAY BE DESERVING OF WHAT THESE MEN DID FOR US.
I’m sure we’re all really grateful about how safe Barack kept these folks.*
Little Rock (1 dead, 1 injured)
Fort Hood (14 dead**, 33 injured)
Boston Marathon (3 dead, 264 injured)
New York subway (1 dead, 2 injured)
Garland, Texas (1 injured)
Chattanooga (5 dead, 2 wounded)
San Bernardino (14 dead, 24 injured)
Orlando (49 dead, 53 injured)
OSU (13 injured)
Some of the tweets:
“Just because you refused to acknowledge it, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen multiple times.” — D.J. Bettler
“Inspired by ISIS doesn’t count? Their corporate board has to pre-authorize at a public board meeting?” — Amanda Carpenter
“Just because ISIS put out plans for how to commit your own act of terror, and then people followed those plans, doesn’t mean it’s planned!” — Caleb Howe
“So that gay nightclub in Orlando was a figment of our imagination?” — Whitey McPrivilege
“This makes me sick. January can’t come fast enough.” — CWest631
* Some victim lists included perps who were killed. I left them out, because they’re victims of karma, not terror.
**Official lists say 13 dead, but one of the victims was pregnant, so I say 14.