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Opposition to Common Core spurs jump in homeschooling

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 22:51
Fox News, by Perry Chiaramonte Posted By: ChipThome- Tue, 25 48 2014 10:48:49 GMT The home'schooling boom is getting a new push due to opposition to Common Core, the controversial national education standard that some parents claim is using their children’s public school lessons to push a political agenda, according to critics of the Washington'backed curriculum. North Carolina, already a home'schooling hotbed, saw a 14 percent rise last year in the number of students being educated at home, according to a report from Heartlander Magazine. Similar increases have been seen in Virginia, California and New York, according to education activists.

Ferguson riots claim first casualty as 20'year'old found ´shot´ dead in his car and relative says ´somebody killed him´ during the carnage

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 22:51
Daily Mail [UK], by Daniel Bates Posted By: earlybird- Tue, 25 40 2014 10:40:01 GMT A man has died during the Ferguson riots just yards from where Michael Brown was shot dead. Residents on Canfield Drive said that DeAndre Joshua, 20, was shot whilst in his car though police at the scene refused to confirm any details. DeAndre´s grandmother Renita Towns said that ´somebody killed him´ during the carnage. She said that he graduated Beaumont High School and that he was working in Wal'Mart. Family member Brian Joshua, 45, added: ´He was a good kid, he´s gone to high school, he´s got a job, he´s not into drugs or any of that stuff. ´I only saw him yesterday morning.

Ferguson decision could spark renewed interest in Utah case of Dillon Taylor

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 22:51
Washington Times (DC), by David Sherfinski Posted By: JoniTx- Tue, 25 56 2014 09:56:15 GMT A grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, announced this week, could spark renewed interest in a case in Utah involving a young, unarmed man killed by a police officer outside a 7'Eleven. The case of 20'year'old Dillon Taylor had lingered in the public mind for months but did not rise to the level of the attention devoted to the case in Ferguson, which saw a confluence of racial tension, national media interest and public statements on the matter from President Obama and Attorney General Eric H. Holder

#Ferguson Grand Jury evidence: Police Officer’s Account of Shooting

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 22:51
Legal Insurrection, by Andrew Branca Posted By: earlybird- Tue, 25 33 2014 09:33:49 GMT Officer Wilson: “At this point I’m like . . . this guy is going to kill me if he gets ahold of this gun.” As promised, the transcripts of the Ferguson Grand Jury have been released to the public. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the transcripts amount to 4,799 pages. (Snip)To make this more than a mere re'packaging of the official transcript, I suggest it might be a useful exercise as you read through Wilson’s narrative to ask yourself whether it meets the required five elements of the law of self'defense. (Strictly speaking, just four of

Two female suicide bombers kill 30 at Nigeria market

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 22:22
Associated Press, by Staff Posted By: mitzi- Tue, 25 32 2014 09:32:47 GMT BAUCHI, Nigeria — Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up Tuesday in a crowded market in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri, killing at least 30 people, said witnesses and a security official. The two teenage girls dressed in full hijab entered the busy market and detonated their explosives, said Abba Aji Kalli, the Borno state coordinator of the Civilian Joint Task Force. The first set off her explosives and killed about three women, said Kalli. When others gathered around the scene, the second bomber screamed and blew herself up, killing about 30, he said. “I am right here at the

Democrat Wants Gag Order On Liberal Lawyer Representing GOP In Obamacare Lawsuit

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 21:53
Daily Caller, by Sarah Hurtubise Posted By: JoniTx- Tue, 25 30 2014 09:30:30 GMT Self'avowed liberal law professor Jonathan Turley is representing the House GOP in its lawsuit against President Barack Obama’s implementation of Obamacare and at least one House Democrat wants him punished for it. Turley, a George Washington University law professor, is also a frequent media commentator on political issues. Despite describing himself as a political liberal, he’s long been harshly critical of Obama’s use of executive power and said he’d jumped at the chance to represent the House GOP in the lawsuit against unilateral changes to the Affordable Care Act in its implementation. Now that Turley’s working for the GOP, Pennsylvania

Insult to injury: White House says Chuck Hagel was just ‘low'hanging fruit’

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 21:23
Hot Air, by Noah Rothman Posted By: JoniTx- Tue, 25 18 2014 09:18:17 GMT It was the subject of a New York Times article which might have seemed like small potatoes to the layman, but it was a moment of great significance in the eyes of Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan. The Times recently chronicled how Barack Obama had personally called Sen. Harry Reid (D'NV) during 2013’s government shutdown. On that call, Reid got an earful from the president who complained that someone on his staff was leaking information to the press. That agitated an aide who was surreptitiously listening in on this telephone call to the point that he took it upon

Rep. King: Obama should invite Darren Wilson to White House

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 21:23
The Hill (Washington DC), by Peter Sullivan Posted By: JoniTx- Tue, 25 11 2014 09:11:21 GMT Rep. Pete King (R'N.Y.) is urging President Obama to invite Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson to the White House, after a grand jury decided not to bring charges against him in a case that has captured the nation´s attention. "I think it would be very helpful if President Obama went and met with the police officer, or invited him to the White House and said, you’ve gone through four months of smear and slander, and the least we can do is tell you that it’s unfortunate that it happened and thank you for doing your job," King said Tuesday on

Obama´s Split'Screen Appeal Lost in Ferguson´s Anger

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 21:23
National Journal, by James Oliphant Posted By: JoniTx- Tue, 25 03 2014 09:03:27 GMT It will be an image that may endure beyond Barack Obama´s tenure: The president calling for calm on one side of the TV screen; the scene in Ferguson, Mo. escalating with sirens, smoke, flash grenades, and furious residents on the other. Obama emerged into the White House Briefing Room shortly after 10 pm ET, a little more than 90 minutes after prosecutors in St. Louis County announced that a grand jury had voted to not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the summer shooting death of Michael Brown. Even as the president spoke, it felt as if the situation on the

Texans´ J.J. Watt has pizza delivered to Houston firefighters, police officers

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 21:23
Sporting News, by Rana L. Cash Posted By: JoniTx- Tue, 25 50 2014 08:50:55 GMT As sports fans, we have a lot to be thankful for, including players like J.J. Watt. The Texans´ defensive end provides endless entertainment with his jaw'dropping athletic ability. And tell the truth, you´ve started dancing along with him during the commercial with him at the prom. It doesn´t end there, though. Watt bought pizzas for lunch for the Houston area firefighters and policemen on Tuesday, his way of thanking them for their service. The Papa John´s delivery came with a handwritten note from Watt: (Tweet, Photo of letter) 'I just wanted to send y´all a small token of my appreciation

Celebrities react to Ferguson decision

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 21:23
The Hill (Washington, DC), by Judy Kurtz Posted By: JoniTx- Tue, 25 43 2014 08:43:44 GMT A St. Louis grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown drew a flood of reactions on social media, with many celebrities adding their voices to the flurry, as protesters took to the streets of Ferguson, Mo. Former “Two and a Half Men” star Charlie Sheen wrote: (Tweet) “America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon noted what appeared to be tear gas being used against protesters: (Tweet) Actress Alyssa Milano expressed disbelief at the scene that was unfolding: (Tweet) Actress and activist Mia Farrow tweeted: (more Tweets)

Severed Heads Found in Western Mexico

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 21:23
Latin American Herald Tribune [Miami, FL], by Staff Posted By: PageTurner- Tue, 25 40 2014 08:40:43 GMT MEXICO CITY – Two severed human heads were found Monday on the edge of a village in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, authorities said. The heads belonged to two unidentified males, the state Attorney General’s Office said. Agents from the AG’s office transported the heads from the village of Tiamba to the Michoacan medical examiner’s office and a criminal investigation is under way. Mexico’s criminal organizations often dump victims’ bodies or body parts in public spots to send a message, whether to rival gangs, authorities or local populations they are trying to intimidate.

Read Officer Darren Wilson’s Testimony to Ferguson Grand Jury

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 20:54
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman Posted By: JoniTx- Tue, 25 37 2014 08:37:46 GMT The St. Louis County Prosecutor’s Office has put out all the evidence and testimony tonight in the Ferguson grand jury case, including testimony from Officer Darren Wilson himself. Wilson explained that he first saw Brown and Dorian Johnson when they were walking down the middle of the road. He said, “As he [Brown] came around to the mirror I said, ‘Well, what’s wrong with the sidewalk?’ Brown then replied… ‘Fuck what you have to say.’” Wilson then reportedly saw the Cigarillos, realized he must have been the suspect who stole from a convenience store he heard about in his police

Darren Wilson Tells ABC News He Wouldn’t Have Done Anything Differently

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 20:54
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman Posted By: JoniTx- Tue, 25 34 2014 08:34:00 GMT George Stephanopoulos cut into ABC programming this afternoon to share details of his interview with Officer Darren Wilson about the Ferguson grand jury decision and his confrontation with Michael Brown. Stephanopoulos did not show any footage of Wilson speaking, but did say the Ferguson officer told him while he remains very sad about the loss of life, “he said he would not do anything different that day, that he did what he was trained to do.” Watch the clip below, via ABC News:

NYPD braces for riots over Ferguson decision

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 20:25
New York Post, by Kirstan Conley,* Posted By: JoniTx- Tue, 25 30 2014 08:30:59 GMT Nearly 2,000 NYPD cops stationed at 1 Police Plaza ranked lieutenant and below were ordered to dress in full riot gear Tuesday ahead of planned protests in Union Square against a grand jury’s decision to not indict the Ferguson cop who shot Michael Brown. The rare mobilization announcement was made via loud speaker at police headquarters. “All uniformed members of the service assigned to headquarters are ordered to appear in the first floor auditorium with bullet resistant vests, helmets, batons, reflective vests and tactical response hoods. Full compliance is mandatory,” the announcement said.

Robert Rector: Amnestied Illegal Immigrants to Cost Taxpayers $2 Trillion Over Their Lifetime

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:57
Breitbart Big Government, by Caroline May Posted By: Judy W.- Tue, 25 28 2014 08:28:42 GMT The undocumented immigrants granted amnesty by President Barack Obama’s executive orders will likely cost taxpayers $2 trillion, according to Heritage Foundation poverty expert Robert Rector. “The net cost — which is total benefits minus total benefits paid in — of the amnesty recipients I estimate will be around $2 trillion over the course of their lifetime,” Rector explained in an interview with Breitbart News Monday. He added that the calculation is based on the assumption that 4 million undocumented immigrants will participate and they will live, on average, 50 years. According to Rector — who has published extensively on

Report: Billy Joel Says He Recently Smoked With Obama At The White House

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:57
Breitbart Big Government, by Charlie Spiering Posted By: mitzi- Tue, 25 28 2014 08:28:42 GMT The Hill’s Judy Kurtz reports that musician Billy Joel recently had a cigarette at the White House with President Obama ' although the president reportedly quit years ago. According to the Hill’s source, Joel said that he had smoked with Obama recently recalling the event when he was offered a smoke by Speaker John Boehner. From the report: Then, Joel remembered another tobacco offer from a high'profile politician. According to our tipster, the 65'year'old entertainer said, “I was at the White House recently, and President Obama did the same thing. He said, ‘I’m going out on the North Portico to

George H.W. Bush and Wife Barbara Get Caught on the Kiss Cam—Watch the Video!

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:27
E! OnLine, by Francesca Bacardi Posted By: JoniTx- Tue, 25 25 2014 08:25:26 GMT The Kiss Cam knows no boundaries! Former President George H.W. Bush and wife Barbara Bush were spotted at the Houston Texans game against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday night, and boy were they caught. The infamous Kiss Cam made its usual rounds around the stadium and managed to put the former first lady and her hubby front and center. Mrs. Bush was the first to notice their big'screen debut and quickly turned to her husband to inform him of their newfound spotlight at the game. The former president, who is now a whopping 90 years old, was a champ despite being

VIDEO: Ferguson Protestor Has Phone Stolen''While Live-Streaming Riot

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:27
Breitbart Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak Posted By: Drive- Tue, 25 20 2014 08:20:41 GMT Bassem Masri, a pro-Palestinian activist who is live-streaming the violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, had his smartphone stolen as he was live-streaming the action (at 2:34 in the video below). The thief´s escape was broadcast to some 90,000 viewers around the world as he retreated, breathless, to a park. The video was captured and reposted to YouTube. Masri himself has blamed police for the theft, suggesting they are trying to suppress his coverage. (Tweet) Protestors have destroyed a police car, set fire to several local businesses, and carried out other acts of violent rage in response to a grand jury's decision not to charge police

Obama Awards Medal of Freedom to Supporter and Former NBC Anchor Tom Brokaw

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 18:57
Newsbusters, by Curtis Houck Posted By: JoniTx- Tue, 25 19 2014 08:19:28 GMT President Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 18 individuals on Monday afternoon with one of them being former NBC Nightly News anchor and reliably liberal supporter Tom Brokaw. During Monday’s NBC Nightly News, current anchor Brian Williams used two teases and a segment by NBC/MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell to hype the ceremony. In one tease, Williams touted Brokaw’s big day at the White House: “When we come back, a near and dear member of the NBC family among those awarded a high honor at the White House today.” (Video) Later in the program before introducing Mitchell’s report,