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The ten plagues that are hitting America right now

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Why are so many plagues hitting the United States all of a sudden? Yes, one can always point out bad stuff that is happening somewhere in the country, but right now we are facing a nightmarish combination of crippling drought, devastating wildfires, disastrous viruses, dying crops and superbugs that scientists don't know how to kill.

And as you will see, we even have a plague of flies down in Mississippi. So what in the world is going on? Is this just a case of bad luck, or is something else happening?

At the conclusion of this article, please feel free to tell me what you think. The following are ten plagues that are hitting America right now...
Stormtrooper

Border Patrol agents hold Iowa Boy Scouts at gunpoint for taking a picture of them

Young Boy In A Field Looking Through Binoculars,
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"Young Boy In A Field Looking Through Binoculars"
A Border Patrol agent allegedly held a member of an Iowa Boy Scout troop at gunpoint while another threatened another boy with arrest and a 10-year prison term for taking a picture of him, KCCI-TV reported.

The incident reportedly took place while members of Mid-Iowa Boy Scout Troop 111 and volunteers traveling with them were attempting to drive through the border between Canada into Alaska. Troop leader Jim Fox told KCCI that the group was detained and searched after the scout took the picture. The agent allegedly told Fox that the scout had committed a federal offense.

"The agent immediately confiscated his camera, informed him he would be arrested, fined possibly $10,000 and 10 years in prison," Fox was quoted as saying.

Fox and his troop complied with the agent's order, but as another scout was unloading luggage from one of the group's vans, "He hears a snap of a holster, turns around, and here's this agent, both hands on a loaded pistol, pointing at the young man's head."

The troop was released after being detained for four hours, and made it back to Iowa this past Sunday.
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Elderly veteran arrested for asking gov't officials to speak louder

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A 76-year-old military veteran was arrested for disorderly conduct at a public county board meeting for asking officials to speak up when they refused to use the microphones. The hearing was over a controversial new plant in the area.

The contentious meeting involved a group fighting a proposed US Nitrogen plant and its plans to build a pipeline that would empty into the nearby Nolichucky River in Greene County, Tenn. The meeting - promoted as being a public one - was Friday at 8 a.m., which citizens complained was designed to keep them from attending

In the meeting room, the county's board sat in a circle around a roped-off table at the front of the room, and did not use microphones or podium behind the table, several attendees said. At least four board members had their backs to the public viewing area.

"They, in writing, presented a 'public meeting', but did everything they could to confuse people as to when it would be, having during the worst time of day and while conducting it, making sure no could properly hear or understand what they were saying," Roberta Drake posted to the Save the Nolichucky Facebook page. "It was all a farce."

When citizens began complaining, Mayor Alan Broyles, who announced in January he would not be running for reelection, according to WJHL, warned, "If we have any more outbursts from the audience, you will be removed from the building."

At this point Eddie Bruce Overholt, who the Greeneville Sun describes as the owner of the popular CJ Papadops restaurant at Bybee and a well known figure in both Cocke County and western Greene County, stood up and said, "Would y'all speak up until the whole audience can hear you?"

Police, who were on standby at the meeting, then moved to Overholt and removed him from the room with his arms behind his back, as he asked, "Are you throwing me out from a public meeting?"

Sherlock

Malaysian experts arrive at MH17 scene; team leader praises "hell of a job" done by rebels at site

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Monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and members of a forensic team inspect a refrigerator wagon containing the remains of victims from the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, at a railway station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Torez on July 21, 2014.
Malaysian aviation experts have arrived in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, to investigate the crash of the MH17 flight. Earlier local militia said they found presumed data recorders at the site and would hand them over to international investigators.

"Twelve aviation experts from Malaysia have safely arrived in Donetsk," Andrey Kavtaradze, a member of the DNR Security Council, said on Monday.

The experts are to investigate the causes of the catastrophe of the MH17 flight that crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday. The self-defense forces said that they will assist them and could hand over the evidence they found at the scene - the aircraft parts looking like flight data recorders.


Comment: Compare this to all the BS lies about the rebels "blocking" the investigation. They did nothing of the sort. The investigators hadn't even arrived yet!


On Saturday, the Donetsk People's Republic's (DPR) Prime minister Aleksandr Boroday stated that these findings cannot be given to Kiev since they could possibly damage them to "falsify the results [of the recordings]."


Comment: Exactly. But you won't hear that in the MSM: in their eyes, DPR is already guilty.

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Massachusetts Governor's offer to shelter immigrant kids compared to Jews turned away in 1939

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Children from Central America have come to the U.S. in droves. Many come to escape the turmoil of poverty and violence in their own countries.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) announced a proposal on Friday for two military facilities to serve as host sites for some of the thousands of undocumented Central American immigrants who have come into the U.S. in recent months, saying the move falls in line with the country's tradition of helping children in need.

"We have rescued Irish children from famine, Russian and Ukrainian children from religious persecution, Cambodian children from genocide, Haitian children from earthquakes, Sudanese children from civil war, and New Orleans children from Hurricane Katrina," Patrick said. "Once, in 1939, we turned our backs on Jewish children fleeing the Nazis, and it remains a blight on our national reputation. The point is that this good Nation is great when we open our doors and our hearts to needy children, and diminished when we don't."

Patrick's remark alluded to the refusal on the part of U.S. in 1939 to allow a ship carrying more than 900 Jewish refugees escaping the emerging Nazi regime in Germany to land on American shores. Belgium, France, Britain and the Netherlands subsequently took the refugees in.

CBS News reported in May that the U.S. also denied London stockbroker Sir Nicholas Winston's request that same year to provide asylum for 669 Czechoslovakian children - many of them Jewish - who were also fleeing from the Nazis. A memo from the State Department to the American embassy in London instructed embassy staff to tell him that the U.S. "unable, in the absence of specific legislation, to permit immigration in excess of that provided for by existing immigration laws." Those children were also taken in by Britain.

Comment: Flying in the face of all the lunacy at the Texas border, Governor Patrick is a breath of fresh air in offering a humanitarian housing solution to the children from Central America. Given current events, it was a counterpoint to hear from a local rabbi about these "precious souls of God"..."our task is to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly, and in that walk, may we walk alongside these precious children..." when other children are being starved, maimed, tortured, slaughtered or incinerated every day in Gaza by Israel. And, not one word spoken of them.

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NYC approves apartment building with separate entrance for poor people

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It would be difficult to come with a more on-the-nose metaphor for New York City's income inequality problem than the new high-rise apartment building coming to 40 Riverside Boulevard, which will feature separate doors for regular, wealthy humans and whatever you call the scum that rents affordable housing.

Extell Development Company, the firm behind the new building, announced its intentions to segregate the rich and poor to much outrage last year. Fifty-five of the luxury complex's 219 units would be marked for low-income renters - netting some valuable tax breaks for Extell - with the caveat that the less fortunate tenants would stick to their own entrance.

The city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development approved Extell's Inclusionary Housing Program application for the 33-story tower this week, the New York Post reports. The status grants Extell the aforementioned tax breaks and the right to construct a larger building than would ordinarily be allowed.

According to the Daily Mail, affordable housing tenants will enter through a door situated on a "back alley."
Eye 2

Psychopathic Maryland parents arrested after allegedly locking their twin autistic sons in basement every night for 6 years

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These photos released July 21, 2014 show John and Janice Land, who are accused of keeping their autistic twin sons padlocked in a basement room of their house in Rockville, Md. every night for six years
A Rockville, Maryland couple has been arrested and charged with locking their 22-year-old autistic twin sons in the basement of their home.

Montgomery County police told WTTG-TV that the room had no lights, a strong smell of urine, and only a single comforter was provided for the men to sleep on. Police also said the room only had one window, which was far too small for either man to climb through in case of an emergency,

The Washington Post reported that police arrested 57-year-old John Land and 59-year-old Janice Land this past Thursday after showing up at the couple's home to serve a search warrant on an unrelated matter. Once inside, police discovered that one of the doors in the basement was secured from the outside with a deadbolt. When they opened it, they discovered the room and the two men inside.

According to court documents, John Land told police he had been locking up his sons every night between about 10 p.m. to just before 5 a.m. for the past six years in order to prevent them from leaving the house unsupervised, as had happened in the past. The Lands said the twins are nonverbal, and can only communicate by pointing at objects.
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Three out of four Newark Police stops are unconstitutional

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After a three-year investigation, the U.S. Justice Department said today that the Newark Police Department is a corrupt, racist hive of unconstitutional behavior.

A few notable specifics from the DOJ's extensive review of the practices of the department which patrols a city that is plagued by crime (including crime by police officers), via the Star-Ledger:
Police failed to provide a sufficient constitutional reason for some 75 percent of pedestrian stops...

While blacks make up nearly 54 percent of the city's population, they account for 85 percent of pedestrian stops and nearly 80 percent of arrests...

More than 20 percent of officers' reported use of force was unreasonable and violated the constitution.
Newark's PD will now operate under civilian oversight for who knows how many years until they get their shit together. I expect them to be frequently stopped and frisked during that time. These people clearly have a track record of crime.
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Daughter-in-law of Nike founder arrested on student sex charges

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Melissa Bowerman, 43, of Fossil
Melissa Bowerman, the daughter-in-law of Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman and head track and field coach at Madras High School, was arrested Monday on sex abuse allegations involving a 17-year-old boy on the team.

State police got a tip that Bowerman, 43, "was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a juvenile male," they said in a news release. She has been coaching the team for two years, police said.

Troopers arrested Bowerman at her home in Fossil. She was taken to the Jefferson County Jail in Madras on suspicion of second-degree sexual abuse, luring a minor, second-degree online sexual corruption of a child and contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor. The first three accusations are felonies and the fourth is a misdemeanor.

The allegations cover conduct since May, police said.
TV

Jon Stewart makes it acceptable to care about Palestinian suffering

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Jon Stewart, host of the Daily Show lets conscience be his guide on the subject of Israel's attacks on Gaza.
This Gaza war has brought a new level of American awareness of the pain of Palestinian civilians. And we have Jon Stewart to thank.

When I interviewed The Daily Show's Jon Stewart two years ago for a documentary I co-directed, The Muslims Are Coming!, one of the questions I posed to the talk show host was: Do you think your show has had an impact on issues?

Surprisingly, Stewart responded "no." At first, my co-director, Negin Farsad, and I thought Stewart was being unduly modest. But he was actually being sincere. Stewart went on to list issues he had railed against for years - such as media sensationalism - and noted that nothing tangible had changed despite his best efforts.

But if that question were put to Stewart today, honesty would compel him to answer that his efforts have changed the way many who follow him now view one issue: the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Specifically, Stewart has raised awareness about the human toll that this conflict has inflicted upon Palestinian civilians.

I first noticed Stewart's efforts in January 2009 during the 22-day battle between Hamas and the Israeli military. That episode resulted in approximately 1,400 Palestinians being killed, of which human rights groups say 700 were civilians.
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