Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has stopped talking to US President Barack Obama on the phone, amid growing strains between Ankara and Washington over Syria and the Gaza conflict.
Turkey, a fierce opponent of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and an open supporter of armed rebel fighters, felt betrayed when the United States backed away from military action against Damascus in September.
“In the past, I was calling him (Obama) directly. Because I can’t get the expected results on Syria, our foreign ministers are now talking to each other,” Erdogan said in a live interview on pro-government ATV channel late Monday. Continue reading “Turkish PM Erdogan Says He Has Stopped Taking Obama’s Phone Calls”
Iraq Veteran Darin Walker sustained a serious back injury during a tour in Iraq. West Lafayette. The VA paid for Walkers back surgery but declined to pay for physical therapy recommended by his surgeon and did not provide him with counseling. Walker acquired his ducks after he heard the idea of using ducks as therapy.
“Taking care of them is both mental and physical therapy,” he said. “(Watching them) keeps you entertained for hours at a time.”
Ohio officials cited Walker and told him to get rid of his 14 ducks. Continue reading “Iraq Veteran Darin Walker Could Lose Therapy Ducks”
A federal judge in Cincinnati has allowed a lawsuit by 10 tea party groups to move forward against the Internal Revenue Service. Lead attorney for tea party groups Edward Greim said, “When an officer of the federal government does something that’s unconstitutional and they do it with the right level of intent — and we think the evidence here establishes that these individuals did — we think they should be held to answer for their conduct.”
A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit by 10 tea party groups to move forward against the Internal Revenue Service, rejecting a request by the federal government to dismiss all the allegations that the agency subjected conservative groups to additional, often burdensome scrutiny. In her ruling Thursday, Judge Susan Dlott allowed two of the tea party groups’ claims — including that the IRS discriminated and retaliated against them based on their views in violation of their free speech rights — to survive to trial.
The Cincinnati-based Dlott did dismiss a third claim, ruling the tea party groups could not pursue allegations of privacy violations on behalf of their individual members. The individuals themselves have to do that, she said.
A delegation of 13 elite U.S. firefighters arrived in Israel to help with the fires set by Hamas rocket attacks.
Affiliated with a group called the Emergency Volunteer Project, the firemen came to help their Israeli counterparts deal with ongoing Hamas rocket attacks in towns and cities in the south, such as Sderot, YNet correspondent Eitan Glickman reported.
These senior firefighters took part in search and rescue missions following the 9/11 terror attacks on Manhattan’s World Trade Center.
“We were all part of the massive tragedy that was 9/11. There we undertook search and rescue missions,” fireman Billy Hearst from Texas told YNet.
Jews(63), Catholics(62), and Evangelicals(61) were rated the most warmly religious groups in America, while Atheists(41) and Muslims(40) were rated least favorably.
When it came to attitudes among religious groups toward each other, Catholics and Evangelical Christians viewed each other warmly. Evangelicals hold Jews in a positive view(69). Jews gave Evangelicals a much cooler rating (34), which is lower than the Jews’ rating toward Muslins(35).
Partisan politics played a role in views of religious groups. Republicans gave a very high rating to Evangelicals, 71, to Jews, 67, and to Catholics, 66, with the lowest ratings to Atheists, 34, and to Muslims, 33.
Democrats rated Jews the highest at 62, Catholics at 61, Evangelicals at 53, Muslims at 47, Atheists at 46, and Mormons the lowest rating at 44. Jews scored well on both sides of the political aisle. With the exception of Jews, the non-Christian groups receive warmer ratings from Democrats than Republicans.
Online: Pew Research How Americans Feel About Religious Groups
A second federal judge has ordered the IRS to explain what happened to former-IRS employee Lois Lerner’s hard drive.
A second federal judge has now ordered the IRS to explain under oath how the agency lost emails from former division director Lois Lerner, the woman at the heart of the Tea Party targeting scandal.
U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton told Obama administration lawyers on Friday he wants to see an affidavit explaining what happened with Lerner’s hard drive. The IRS claims her computer suffered a crash in 2011 that wiped her email records at the time clean. Continue reading “Second Federal judge Orders IRS to explain Lost Lerner Emails”
The IRS has been ordered by a federal judge to explain ‘under oath’ how the agency lost emails of IRS officials in the targeting scandal.
A federal judge has ordered the IRS to explain “under oath” how the agency lost a trove of emails from the official at the heart of the Tea Party targeting scandal.
Homosexual rights groups withdraw support (later ACLU withdrew support also) of ENDA because it won’t oppress Christians after the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby ruling and coupled with a letter religious leaders sent last week to the White House.
The U.S. has been invaded by more than 290,000 illegal immigrants from Central America. About 240,000 consists of many mothers and young children and more than 50,000 unaccompanied youths. The feeding and transporting by the government of all those illegal immigrants is very organized. The move of over 290,000 illegal immigrants from the border into other states seems well planned and organized. Half of the 50,000 Central American youths were processed and delivered directly to their parents now living in the United States. DailyCaller
In 2011, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano directed ICE to develop a national-level mass migration plan. Great foresight as the U.S. is experiencing a massive invasion that is not slowing down.
But still this great organization from an amateurish administration that messes up almost everything. Three years to get the Heathcare web site up and running; botched. Years to fix the VA; botched. Transport , feed, and open up sites to house hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants, find the parents of tens of thousands of illegal immigrant youths and transport them to their parents; very organized and not a hitch. Amazing!
View Relocations of Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors in a larger map
Pushpins=relocation blocked, Yellow=relocation being considered, Red=illegal aliens relocated here
The map is by NumbersUSA from using news articles.
Vassar, Michigan is a small town with a population around 2,697. The U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. General Services Administration are looking at a juvenile facility in Vassar to house illegal immigrant children from Central America. the Detroit News reported.
The Common Coreis barren of civics and social studies. The national civics assessment was last administered in 2010. Last year the US Education Department canceled the American history and civics tests within the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The mindset of “not tested, not taught” will diminish over time civics and history education. Civics and social studies is an intergral part of a comprehensive education.
Teaching citizenship has always been a core purpose of public schools, yet government requirements are now focusing achievement goals on math and reading. The importance of civics and US history in the classroom is in fast decline.
New York and 40-plus other states have signed on to the Common Core State Standards, whose content standards focus exclusively on English and math. That means teachers and policymakers will need to take steps to ensure that the teaching of US history and civics doesn’t continue to slide.
A general disregard for our national heritage is trickling down through the system. Measurements by the federal Education Department and private groups have consistently found American students’ basic knowledge of US history to be sorely lacking and getting worse over time.
An important place to start, as many public-school classrooms do, is with the Pledge of Allegiance. Happily, the Pledge prevailed in its latest legal battles in courts when the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled in favor of its use as a patriotic oath.
But while most students recite the Pledge daily, their understanding of their own history and civic engagement fails.
Online: NYPost Celebrating history we don’t remember
Charisma News pointed out the reply to the Home School Legal Defense Association was in response to letters attempting to resolve a dispute over a particular job applicant. NiSource withdrew the job offer upon learning the applicant was homeschooled.
The job applicant was well-qualified. “In addition to graduating from home-school in compliance with Ohio law, this applicant had years of relevant job experience and several key industry certifications. During his last two years of high school the applicant took seven courses at a recognized state college and made the dean’s list.”
Ken Ham points out it could be a worldview issue. It doesn’t matter the qualifications but whether the person is “indoctrinated into the worldview dictated by the state.”
A way of outlawing homeschooling without passing laws. Perhaps NiSource, Inc. can hire some of the 71% that fail to qualify for military service.