Politics and U.S. Current Events
Posted 8/25/16 at 4:21 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
Facing the prospect of continued rape and abuse by ISIS fighters after her capture, a 17-year-old Yazidi girl named Yasmin decided she would make herself unattractive to her captors.
Completely hopeless and distraught, she poured gasoline on herself and then lit a match. The flames scorched her hair, nose, lips and ears and disfigured her once beautiful face before they were extinguished.
“I couldn’t take it anymore and this is what happened to me,” she says.
When German doctor Jan Ilhan Kizilhan found her in 2015, he was shaken by her physical appearance and emotional scars. At first she resisted his efforts to help her, thinking he might be linked to her former captors, according to a report by The Sun.
Yasmin is part of a group of 1,100 women, mainly from the Yazidi religious communities, who escaped ISIS captivity and were sent to Germany for psychological treatment.
In August, 2014, ISIS fighters swept through the area where Yasmin lived. They rounded up the Yazidis into three groups: boys were forced into waging jihad for ISIS, older men were killed if they didn’t convert to Islam, and women and girls sold into sex slavery, according to The Sun. FULL POST
Posted 8/25/16 at 9:48 AM | Michael Bresciani
Since the early sixties America has endeavored to raise a generation of liberally oriented people who want a free education, an eight hundred dollar phone full of app’s, and the chance to become the next Steve Jobs. Most come nowhere near that goal, but are found unable to read at sixth grade level, smoking cannon sized joints of medical marijuana and stumbling over the complexities of life like, which is their left hand and which is their right, or who is a boy and who is a girl?
They began by listening with itching ears to lib college prof’s who seemed too cool to fool, but they have since gone on to feed at the trough of the liberal press where everything is fully provided by the main stream media now so well known by the acronym, MSM – but let’s not add to the hardships of life by expecting them to know how to spell the word, much less to discern that they are under the spell of lies and pure fantastical hyperbole. There are Americans who think that we are a 2016 year old nation. How could they possibly know how long they have been duped? FULL POST
Posted 8/22/16 at 3:45 PM | Karen Kramer
*and can try to ask for
It’s a golden anniversary of sorts. During the summer of 1966, President Johnson reluctantly signed the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) into law. He wasn’t exactly a proponent that government information would have to be released to citizens who asked to see it.
Ever since, both Republican and Democratic administrations have dealt with hundreds of FOIA requests. This has led to plenty of complaints about the government’s reluctance to disclose information.
It seems as though the government and/or its leaders are reticent to release documents that could expose wrong doing.
Before FOIA, citizens had to prove why they felt something was awry—not an easy task with the government holding the evidence. Recently Flint, Michigan’s toxic water debacle was exposed by determined folks demanding answers via the FOIA. FULL POST
Posted 8/21/16 at 8:14 PM | Zebulan
I had a heated conversation once with a woman that had an abortion. She wanted sympathy and I could not understand why. She still supported her decision, so I figured it was no big deal to her. Either she killed her child, and she did because you have to kill it. You don't kill something that is not alive. Had she not interfered she would have another child today. There's really no logical argument as a person does not have two hearts, two brains, etc. So there's no other definition besides you had a human being that would be someone today had they not been killed by their mother.
I told her that I had a mole removed and it was no big deal to me. That we could talk about it all we want. My wife had a cyst removed, we can talk about that too. No big deal. Why in your opinion is your body part removal such a big deal? She had no answer, just got mad at me. I think that ended our conversation, it was a while ago.
The amazing thing is that even with her leftist viewpoint, she still in her heart knew that she had killed her child. There is no other reason for her behavior. No one having a growth removed is ever sad about it, well maybe some very odd people :) She made a life and death decision about her child and decided to hire an assassin to kill it. It was not that she had done it that was the issue with me, it was her reaction. Her heart was speaking to her, but her viewpoint refused to listen. She had to build a wall, brick by brick, to shield herself from the horror that she knew. FULL POST
Posted 8/20/16 at 11:16 PM | Carrie Stoelting
August arrives, and school shortly follows. In America, a moral firealarm rings louder than any school bell: Millions of children currently do not receive the prioritization and excellent education they deserve. Instead, immorality masquerades as political correctness and infects the curricula of public schools. Children need protection and prioritization. A return to excellence, the inclusion of the Golden Rule, and the overall option of school choice would provide a vast improvement for children.
First of all, education possesses the power to crumble the foundation of a nation. When in the right hands, an educational system molds children into solid, well-equipped individuals who love God, neighbor, and country. However, when in the wrong hands, chaotic and harmful indoctrination floods and destroys a nation.
Immoral adults currently push agendas into curricula and policies upheld in public schools. Instead of academics, political correctness pervades the scholastic experience. But political correctness incorrectly seeks to solve problems which simply cannot be solved by immoral behaviors and verbiage.
The government currently masterminds our country's education system. Is this best for our country's children? Milton Friedman cleverly answered the question: "If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand." FULL POST
Posted 8/18/16 at 1:04 PM | Karen Kramer
A long time ago I was the target of someone’s discrimination. I felt the curse that many feel all the time. But we can choose to love or perpetuate hate.
Our farm was a 30-minute drive to the city, so one day when I ran out of oatmeal, I drove to our nearby country store. I walked in carrying my baby, and went to the cereal aisle. I heard the bells jingle on the front door as someone else entered.
Voices carried quite well in the little store, and I heard the owner greet the customer.
They began a conversation I’ve never forgotten. After a few pleasantries, the customer declared:
“You wouldn’t believe what those trailer people are doing now.”
The way she said it sounded like they’d discussed the “trailer people” before.
“They brought in a heap of broken concrete—piled it next to their dilapidated shed.”
The concrete got my attention. Needing extra money, we’d removed a concrete driveway for someone. It had been a horrendous job. Instead of throwing away the pieces, we thought we’d re-use it for a cobblestone pathway. Okay, maybe it sounded better than it would eventually look. But right then it was in a huge pile—next to our small shed. FULL POST
Posted 8/17/16 at 5:20 AM | Lara Sen
This week the DEA rejected yet another bid to have marijuana reduced to a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Substances Act, which currently has the plant classified alongside the world's most dangerous and addictive substances such as cocaine, heroin, LSD, and ecstasy. Even many people who are against cannabis legalization are having a hard time understanding how the plant could possibly be classified as one of the worst drugs in existence, despite being widely available as a doctor-recommended medication in 25 states.
Assessing the Reasons for Sticking with Schedule I
To justify the rejection, the DEA has said that cannabis should remain a Schedule I drug for three reasons: it “has no currently accepted medical use” (although half the states, thousands of physicians, and millions of patients disagree), it has “lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision” (kind of hard to argue when cannabis has a much higher LD-50 than Aspirin), and it has a high abuse potential (possibly, but it certainly doesn't have a higher abuse potential than opium, which is only considered Schedule II). Despite marijuana's villainous Schedule I status, the Justice Department doesn't seem to mind that anyone can purchase CBD cannabis seeds online, and CBD oil (extracted from hemp) can be legally sold and bought worldwide. FULL POST
Posted 8/16/16 at 2:54 PM | Brian Wallace
Posted 8/15/16 at 3:35 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
The world was horrified when the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok in 2014. But less coverage has been given to the kidnapping of more than 10,000 boys over the last three years by the terror group and their brutal coercion tactics, forcing children to wage jihad.
The allegations are contained in a stunning investigative report by Drew Hinshaw and Joe Parkinson in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).
Shortly after the Chibok schoolgirls were seized, Boko Haram attacked six villages in the nearby mountains and rounded up children there, with little media coverage beyond the Nigerian press.
A few months later, the group captured the town of Damasak, and took 300 students, mostly boys, age 7 to 17. The militants imprisoned them in a school, witnesses told the WSJ. Their parents were held in separate rooms. For months, the children were forced to learn the Quran. FULL POST
Posted 8/11/16 at 1:03 PM | Zebulan
I admit that I just don't get it. I read and watch a lot of information on Clinton. I see that she is a criminal, there is evidence, a lot of evidence. You have to be deluding yourself to not see it. Yet many people that I know are very intelligent still support her, still defend her. I don't get it.
I don't care who the other candidate is really. I admit that. I will not vote for a criminal, ever. Some may say the other candidate is a criminal in some ways. I won't argue with that, but I know that no matter what any other candidate has done it cannot compare with the blatant disregard of the law that is evident among the Clintons.
To vote such a person into the most powerful position in the world sends a very scary message. It is voting for a king, a dictator. We are confirming they are above the law and we do not care. We are saying that the laws you create, the laws of our nation, the laws other's are in jail for breaking, do not apply to our leaders. We all know that money buys a certain amount of justice in our nation. We all know that power does as well. But although these are negatives of our system, we do not blatantly condone it. If you are caught, no matter how powerful you are, we have always prosecuted. Sure, they may weasel out of it, but we still have put our leaders under the same laws as the rest of us. That was until the Clintons. She knows she is a criminal. We know she is a criminal. If we vote her into office, we then tell her that it's ok. Our laws do not apply to you. That is called a king, a dictator, a leader that is above the law. They can do what ever they want with no thoughts nor fears of the ramifications or consequences of their actions. FULL POST