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"Please God, don't bless America any more" - An open letter to Obama from a Christian priest in Syria

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A appeal to Obama from a Christian priest in Syria.

Stormtrooper

California cop puts crying boy in chokehold, yells: 'stop speaking Spanish!'

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© Elvia Fernández
A Santa Ana, California School Police Officer was recently filmed by Elvia Fernández, putting a crying 14-year-old boy in a chokehold.

To make matters worse, the officer yelled at Fernández when she tried to reassure the boy.

Elvia filmed the clip on her cell phone. She speculates that the boy was 10. Amidst the child's screams, Fernández tried calming him down in a mix of English and Spanish, saying, "No te muevas", "Relájate", and "Aquí estamos nosotros". In translation, she was saying: "Don't move", "Relax," and "We're here."

This apparently enraged the officer, who yelled "Stop speaking Spanish!"

Another man yells to the officer: "You're choking him".

The motionless boy screams: "Help me! Help me!"

The officer yells: "Stop fighting me!"

The boy responds, choking out the words: "I'm not fighting you!"

The Chief Communications Officer for the Santa Ana Unified School District, Deidra Powell forwarded an official statement to the OCWeekly, saying "Safety is our number one concern. We are investigating this matter involving a Santa Ana School Police Officer and a 14-year-old juvenile. We don't want to speculate on the case because it may compromise the integrity of the investigation and we want to be fair to all parties."
Arrow Down

Iowa city with a population of 7,000 will receive armored military vehicle

I've covered the militarization of the domestic police force on several occasions on this website. For those of you who need a refresher, I suggest reading the following:

There are Over 50,000 SWAT Team Raids Annually in America

Retired Marine Colonel to New Hampshire City Council: "We're Building a Domestic Army"

Video of the Day - Thuggish Militarized Police Terrorize and SWAT Team Iowa Family.

Moving along to the subject of today's absurdity, the tiny city of Washington, Iowa with a population of 7,000 and 11 police officers, will be receiving a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle. Yes, they will be employing one of these in the field:
MRAP
© Liberty Blitzkrieg
These things normally cost $500,000, but will be given to Washington, Iowa for free under a Defense Department program that gives surplus military equipment to domestic law enforcement.
Rainbow

Mozilla's CEO resigns under pressure - he was anti-gay rights

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Outgoing Mozilla chief executive Brendan Eich.
Tech workers in Silicon Valley debated on Friday whether Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich got the comeuppance he deserved or was himself a victim of intolerance when he resigned under pressure this week amid outrage over his opposition to same-sex marriage.

Some, especially a dating website that had urged its users to boycott Mozilla's popular Firefox web browser, cheered Eich's resignation after less than two weeks as CEO of the nonprofit software company. Others viewed him as a victim and called his critics intolerant of people with different views.

Mozilla co-founder Eich, who invented the programming language Javascript, donated $1,000 in 2008 to support Proposition 8, which sought to ban same-sex marriage in California. Voters approved the measure, but it was struck down last June by the U.S. Supreme Court.
USA

Symbolic? Atlanta Braves accidentally torch American flag during opening game

Before their home opener Tuesday night, the Atlanta Braves paid tribute to baseball legend Hank Aaron on the field. Meanwhile, the organization set off a fireworks display at the back of the stadium that went... just a tad awry.

The explosives somehow drifted into the vicinity of Old Glory and lit it ablaze, making for a PR executive's nightmare: a burning American flag.

Julie Paulk, a fan who attended the game posted an image of the flag to her Facebook page:
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Comet

Should one prepare for a collapse or not?

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© yoism.org
Thinking about collapse is very useful because it allows you to prepare for it. And preparing for collapse is very useful too - from the pragmatic perspective of risk management. Consider the possibilities.
  • If you prepare for collapse and it doesn't happen, then you look a tiny bit foolish.
  • If you don't prepare for collapse and collapse does happen, then you look a tiny bit dead.
Now, which would you prefer to be, foolish or dead?

This type of reasoning is very basic, and is used for such things as calculating the amount of insurance to buy or the amount of cash to keep in reserve in order to avoid being bankrupted should the worst-case scenario unfold. In order to do that, you have to have some idea of what the worst case scenario is. People seem comfortable with this kind of reasoning.
Cow Skull

Rancher: Armed feds are surrounding my farm‏

A two-decades-old battle between a Nevada rancher and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has resulted in officials armed with machine guns surrounding the ranch and forcibly removing the owner's cattle, according to the rancher's family.

Cliven Bundy, the last rancher in Clark County, Nev., has been fighting a "one-man range war" since 1993, when he decided to take a stand against the agency, refusing to pay fees for the right to graze on a ranch run by his family for centuries.
Bad Guys

Psychopath Ben Stein: Poor people are jealous, lazy drunks who don't appreciate indoor plumbing

Ben Stein
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Conservative pundit Ben Stein suggested that only government-sanctioned religion could save poor Americans from their own "self-sabotage," reported Right Wing Watch.

"What will make the genuinely poor stop sabotaging themselves?" the actor and TV host asked Friday in The American Spectator. "Maybe, just maybe, if we let God back into the public forum it would help. I have seen spiritual solutions work miracles."

Stein argued that anyone concerned about wealth inequality was just jealous of billionaires, whom he described as necessary and beneficial to American society.

Comment: He is in essence blaming the victim, the poor, of a society that continues to disregard their betterment in favor enriching the few. The last few years since the 2008 financial crisis has shown that the money flows to the top, but doesn't flow back down. If individuals like Stein had their way, the remaining social safety net would be discarded in favor of letting the poor fend for themselves. He has little compassion and it would seem little ability to feel empathy - Psychopath.

Cloud Lightning

Pat Robertson asks God to 'deliver us from this president' - Is he asking for someone to assassinate Obama?‏

In the video embedded below, televangelist Pat Robertson beseeched God to remove President Barack Obama from office "before it's too late."

Robertson began by implying that Obama is not Christian but Muslim. He pulled a quote from a 2012 speech in which Obama said that "the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam."

Robertson stopped there, but in the actual speech, which Obama gave in 2012, the president went on to say that the future must neither belong to people who attack Christians and Jews.
Eye 1

Multiple students stabbed at Franklin Regional High School, US‏

© Bill Rehkopf/NewsRadio 1020 KDKA
At least 20-people have been injured in a stabbing at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville.

Murrysville police Chief Thomas Seefeld says 19-of the victims are students, one of them is a school security guard.

A school security guard called in the stabbing at 7:13 a.m.

Seefeld wouldn't detail the carnage beyond saying, "The juvenile went down the hallway and was flashing two knives around and injured the people."

Police say the 16-year-old male student suspect is in custody and is a sophomore at the high school.

He was transported from the Murrysville Police Department by police car, and reportedly taken to a local hospital for superficial wounds, and then returned.
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