The citizen journalist James O’Keefe did a sting to reveal the hypocrisy among Hollywood environmentalists. Hollywood environmentalists who agrees to hide where the funding for an anti-fracking movie is from, Middle Eastern oil interests.
O’Keefe released a video showing Mariel Hemingway, Ed Begley Jr. and environmentalist film producers Josh and Rebecca Tickell meeting with two actors they believe are an ad executive and a Middle Eastern oil tycoon named “Muhammad” who wants to invest $9 million to fund an anti-fracking film. The fake “Muhammad” said, “If Washington D.C. continues fracking America will be energy efficient and then they won’t need our oil anymore.”
American Freedom Defense Initiative (also known as the Stop Islamization of America SoIA) are running 15-foot long ads on 20 buses in Washington, DC for the next month. The group is run by Pamela Gellar of Atlas Shrugs and Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch.
The ad contains pictures of Hitler and Haj Amin al-Husseini during World War II. The ad caption reads: “Islamic Jew-hatred: It’s in the Quran. Two-Thirds of all US aid goes to Islamic countries. Stop Racism, End All Aid To Islamic Countries.” (Image from Atlas Shrugs website)
The head of the AFDI, Pamela Geller says the ads are in response to previous adverts, which featured on the city’s metro buses by the American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), that were anti-Jewish.
A 16-year-old young man has been charged with injury to the elderly after cell phone video captured him shoving a substitute teacher at Nimitz High School in Houston, Texas.
“She took his phone because he was in class texting,” said senior Calvin Bennet Rainwater. “ We’re not supposed to have our phones out. He pushed her like three times.”
“Aldine Independent School District police on Thursday filed a criminal charge of injury to an elderly person against a 16-year-old male student. The charge stems from an incident that occurred Thursday afternoon at Nimitz High School when a substitute teacher confiscated the student’s cell phone. The student is accused of physically shoving the substitute teacher to the ground and then retrieving his cell phone. Other students witnessed the incident and immediately reported it to school officials, who then summoned an ambulance and the campus-based police officer. The substitute teacher, who is a retired Aldine teacher, was treated at a local hospital and then released.”
William Bowen, former president of Princeton University and a nationally respected higher education leader, in his commencement address Sunday at Haverford College in Pennsylvania blasted student as “immature” and “arrogant” for protesting another speaker who subsequent withdrew, a “defeat” for the Quaker college and its ideals; the Quaker values of dignity, tolerance and respect.
William Bowen used his commencement speech to criticize students who campaigned against Robert J Bigueneau, former chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley.
“More than 40 students and three professors had protested Birgeneau’s invitation to speak, objecting to his handling of a 2011 incident at Berkeley in which police used force at a student protest. The group wanted Birgeneau to apologize, support payments for victims, and write a letter to Haverford students explaining his position on the events and “what you learned from them.”
Birgeneau, who was also supposed to receive an honorary degree from Haverford, refused those demands and others in a terse email.”
Birgeneau is one of several commencement speakers who have canceled their appearances this spring amid student protests.
Family structure and parent involvement, especially fathers, has a massive impact on children and their education success. A college diploma is an important component in achieving economic success in today’s economy. An article by W. Bradford Wilcox of the University of Virginia looks at what is a key to college success.
I find that young adults who as teens had involved fathers are significantly more likely to graduate from college, and that young adults from more privileged backgrounds are especially likely to have had an involved father in their lives as teens.
Bradford Wilcox looked at the kinds of family structures most likely to facilitate father involvement; adolescents are much more likely to report that they have a father who is involved or highly involved if their biological parents are married. An involved father from all education levels is more common for adolescents living in an intact, married family.
The American Bible Society “State of the Bible 2014” is a study of U.S. adults. This annual report was commissioned by the American Bible Society with research conducted by the Barna Group. The objectives of the study was a focus on Perceptions of the Bible, Bible ownership, Bible engagement, Bible literacy, moral decline and social impact, and giving to non-profit organizations.
The annual survey gives the American Bible Society information on what is happening in the culture, why there is less connecting of moral and political issues, and areas where it can work to strengthen biblical literacy.
Perceptions of the Bible
Americans were more than seven times likely to name the Bible (79%) when asked to name books they consider sacred literature or holy books. The second named book as sacred literature was the Koran at 12%.
“The Closing of the Collegiate Mind“ is a feisty opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal by Harvard professor Ruth Wisse that should be read.
There was a time when people looking for intellectual debate turned away from politics to the university. Political backrooms bred slogans and bagmen; universities fostered educated discussion. But when students in the 1960s began occupying university property like the thugs of regimes America was fighting abroad, the venues gradually reversed. Open debate is now protected only in the polity: In universities, muggers prevail.
Today across the United States and across much of the world university and college campuses are “closing the mind”, closing intellectual discussion. The discussion is being closed basically to Christians, those on the right, to conservatives. To those who might “offend” anyone in a group that must not be offended. Conformity and repression of ideas is valued and promoted over the democratic ideas of America.
Inappropriate criteria were used by the Internal Revenue Service to identify tax-exempt applications for reviews concluded the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration audit that was released May 14th. The audit was initiated based on concerns by Congress.
The Inspector General’s review, ‘was performed at the EO (Exempt Organizations) function Headquarters office in Washington, D.C., and the Determinations Unit in Cincinnati, Ohio.’ The IRS has acknowledged only the involvement of its Exempt Organizations office in Cincinnati, Ohio.
One-third of the applications processed by the IRS team of specialists included Tea Party, Patriots or 9/12 , ALL cases with Tea Party, Patriots, or 9/12 were sent to the team of specialist for review.
36,007 criminal illegal immigrants were released from ICE custody in 2013, an average of nearly 100 per day.
Immigration officials knowingly released hundreds of murderers and other dangerous criminals back into the U.S. in 2013 according to ICE statistics. The data raises questions about which immigrants to detain and which to release as they await court hearings and action on deportation.
2013 ICE document reveals that the 36,007 convicted criminal aliens freed from ICE custody in many instances had multiple convictions. Among them, the 36,007 had nearly 88,000 convictions, including:
193 homicide convictions (including one willful killing of a public official with gun)
Russia will deny NASA access to the International Space Station (ISS) after 2020. Since the end of the Space Shuttle project, the Russian Soyuz spacecraft has been the only way U.S. astronauts can get to the space station. The Russians can use the Space Station without the U.S. but we cannot.
The ISS crews include Americans and Russians, with visitors from other countries. India has been a partner the last three years in the ISS and sent an astronaut to the ISS in 2012. Perhaps India’s role in the ISS will increase.
Harvard University students blockaded its administration offices to persuade Harvard to divest endowment investments in oil, gas, and coal companies. This is only the latest campaign to persuade U.S. universities and colleges to divest from fossil fuels investments over concerns about climate change and pollution.
The campaign has persuaded 11 colleges to divest wholly or partially from fossil fuels. Harvard’s $33 billion endowment is the largest targeted of any educational institution. Demands for divestment of investments by colleges in fossil fuel companies have been backed by many students and more than 100 faculty members.
Have these students and faculty members given up fossil fuels? Are they living a fossil fuel free existence? Do they jump on their motorcycles or in their cars to drive to the coffeehouse, to work, to school? Are they heating their living spaces with fossil fuels? Are the student and faculty members benefiting from fossil fuels? The students blockaded the administration offices of Harvard University to make a point they are not living. Hypocrisy!
A second case of MERS, a deadly virus discovered in the Middle East in 2012, has been found in the state of Florida.
The patient is a healthcare provider who resides and works in Saudi Arabia. He is visiting Florida and traveled on May 1st from Saudi Arabia to Florida. On May 8th, the patient went to the emergency department of a Florida hospital and was admitted on the same day.