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Florida man angry after niece brings home waiver from school to be excused from reciting Pledge of Allegiance

A Florida man is upset after his niece brought home a Pledge of Allegiance waiver that asked parents to sign and return the form if they'd like their child to "be excused from reciting" it.

It read:
"I understand my rights as a parent and I request that my child, noted above, be excused from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. This request includes standing and placing his/her right hand over his/her heart."
In frustration, Micah Brienen took to Facebook last Thursday. "My niece brought this home from school today...What is happening to our country?!?" he said in the post.

Brienen's sister-in-law returned the form with her daughter, writing the following in response: "This is the dumbest thing I have ever read and I am so ashamed of this."

The post has been shared more than 13,400 times.

Several days later, Brienen followed up his initial post with one asking his friends to contact the school's superintendent about the issue and letting them know that he is up for reelection.

Comment: Indeed, what is the country coming to? In a real democracy, you don't need a waiver to exercise freedom. The Pledge of Allegiance is a joke and a lie. No child should be forced to recite it.


Evacuations ordered in San Diego neighborhood due to mysterious gas leak

The San Diego Police Department has ordered evacuations in the Ocean Beach neighborhood of San Diego, California, following a gas leak report at 6:50pm Monday, according to reports. The source of the leak remains unknown.

More than 200 people are evacuating the area of Bacon Street and Del Monte Avenue, according to officials, local NBC-affiliate KNSD reports.

A 70 percent gas reading was found near a sewer man hole by a San Diego Gas and Electric technician, KNSD reported, but because the source is unknown, the evacuation order is indefinite.

Arrow Up

Virginia House unanimously decides industrial hemp will be legal ignoring federal prohibition

The Virginia state House of Delegates has passed a bill that will make industrial hemp completely legal throughout the state, overriding any federal interference.
Passed 98-0, every delegate jumped on board to seize their right, as a state, to lead their own destiny. Hemp is one of the most valuable commodities on the planet, functioning as food, fiber and, of course, one of the most amazing recreational drugs known to man.

Introduced by Del. Brenda Pogge (R-Norge), House Bill 699 (HB699) would change state law and remove a provision forcing hemp farmers to get federal approval before licensing their farm. It also requires the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to "adopt regulations as necessary to license persons to grow and process industrial hemp for any purpose."

If passed through the senate, Virginia would join a host of states that have already taken the reigns to grow industrial hemp. The states of Colorado, Oregon, South Carolina, Connecticut, Maine, North Dakota and Vermont have ignored federal prohibition and legalized the production and manufacturing of hemp.

Comment: See also: Industrial hemp sure to become NC's newest legal crop

HRC Blue

Feminist Camille Paglia: 'Transgender mania is a symptom of West's cultural collapse'

Best-selling feminist author, social critic and self-described "transgender being" Camille Paglia said in an interview last month that the rise of transgenderism in the West is a symptom of decadence and cultural collapse.

"Nothing... better defines the decadence of the West to the jihadists than our toleration of open homosexuality and this transgender mania now," Paglia said during an October 22 interview on the Brazilian television program Roda Viva.

Paglia also said during the interview that "transgender propagandists" are overstating their case.
"I think that the transgender propagandists make wildly inflated claims about the multiplicity of gender," she said.

"Sex reassignment surgery, even today with all of its advances, cannot in fact change anyone's sex, okay. You can define yourself as a trans man, or a trans woman, as one of these new gradations along the scale. But ultimately, every single cell in the human body, the DNA in that cell, remains coded for your biological birth.

"So there are a lot of lies being propagated at the present moment, which I think is not in anyone's best interest.


Pipeline terrorist act thwarted, Georgia

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Georgian authorities say they have thwarted a "terrorist act" on a gas pipeline that supplies natural gas from Russia to Armenia.

Georgia's State Security Service said in a statement on August 22 that seven individuals had been detained two days earlier. Five of the suspects, all of whom are Georgian citizens, are facing charges of illegal purchase and storage of firearms, ammunition, and explosives "with the goal of carrying out a terrorist attack," the statement said.

According to the security service, the suspects allegedly planned to blow up a gas pipeline near the village of Saguramo, some 20 kilometers from the capital, Tbilisi.

A police officer, Levan Mamporia, was also detained and is suspected of abuse of power. A seventh suspect is accused of failing to "report a crime on the stage of its preparation."


Iranian police arrest international drug trafficker, seize 800 tons of narcotics

The drug combat squads of Iran's Law Enforcement troops have arrested an international drug trafficker in Sistan and Balouchestan province, and seized more than 800,000 kilograms of illicit drugs from his network, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli announced on Monday.

"An international drug trafficker is now in the custody of Iran's police; 800 tons of narcotics have been retrieved from him," Rahmani Fazli said, addressing a ceremony in Tehran on Monday.

He, meantime, said that the discovery of narcotics has increased by over 25 percent in the past five months compared to the same period last year.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are two origins of producing and trafficking various types of narcotic in the region.


Thirteen wounded in Connecticut house party shooting

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Thirteen people were shot and wounded when at least two shooters fired into a house party from a neighboring backyard in Bridgeport, Connecticut, early on Sunday, local police said.

Police in the state's most populous city were called to the house just before 1:30 a.m. ET and arrived to find 11 men and two women with gunshot wounds, Captain Brian Fitzgerald said in an emailed statement.

One of the casualties remains in critical condition after being hit in the face.

Police think at least two shooters fired through the hedges from the backyard into a "large house party," according to the statement. An investigation is ongoing and there was no immediate word on arrests or the possible motive.

Dollar Gold

Masters and slaves: Most unequal city in Western world is London, England - Gap between rich and poor widest in 200 years

The gap between the richest and the poorest in London is wider than it has been since the days of slavery, a leading academic said today.

The City elite and the wealthy in the capital enjoy the greatest advantage over the poorest that has been known in 200 years, Professor Danny Dorling said.

And in the rest of the country the difference between the best and worst off is as big as it was in the slump years of the 1920s when mass unemployment led to poverty without a welfare state safety net.

The analysis from Professor Dorling is the latest evidence that the rich have grown rich under Labour compared to the working people whom the party was founded to help.

In a new book, Injustice, Why Social Inequality Persists, he charged that a new orthodoxy which accepts that greed is good has encouraged the widening of the gap between rich and poor.

Comment: This is why Jeremy Corbyn is currently very popular in the UK, and why he would probably win a snap election by a landslide.

Isn't it interesting, in light of the incessant flak Rio de Janerio took for hosting the 2016 Olympics, that no such complaints were made in 2012 when the city with the worst wealth disparity in the West hosted the Olympics?

Pocket Knife

Woman goes berserk in Brussels, Belgium - Stabs and injures 3

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Police shot and wounded a woman in a Brussels suburb after she attempted to stab three people, according to local media reports.

The attack took place as passengers were disembarking a bus in the municipality of Uccle in the Belgian capital at around 5pm on Monday.

National broadcaster RTBF said that two of the victims have been taken to hospital with serious injuries, and one suffered a minor cut.

Police reportedly warned the attacker, who refused to comply, before shooting her in the arm.

Comment: Thanks, RT, for the 'wrap' on ' terror' incidents in Belgium, but as you yourselves noted, this was not 'terror-related' .

Anyways, yet more people going postal, ho-hum...


For the second time this year, crowd stricken by mystery illness in downtown Los Angeles

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For the second time this year, a crowd of people in the Skid Row were sickened today, and it's unclear if a substance is making people sick

At least 18 people became ill today in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles, but it was not immediately clear what sickened them.

Firefighters and paramedics were sent to the 200 block of East Fifth Street shortly before 1 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Eighteen people were evaluated at the scene and taken to hospitals after reporting that they felt ill, LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

It was not immediately known what caused the people to feel ill, Humphrey said, explaining that department personnel had "not identified (a) reason for (the victims') illness, including the identification of any related substance or intoxicant."

Within a 24-hour span in April, about 10 people, including a police bicycle officer, were sickened in the area of San Pedro and Fifth streets, not far from today's incident, by an unknown substance or intoxicant.