” Ever feel a connection to a certain deceased icon from the last century? Find out which monumental figure you were in a past life . “
Somehow we ended up with Gandhi … see about yourself here
“Do you know which president you are? Answer these 10 simple questions to find out!”
” You got:
You are an amazing influencer and you have a mind that can revolutionize the world. Not only do you set the examples for everyone, but you can guide and show the way like no other! The Constitution is very important to you. Your thoughts and ideas about the world, though some may not like them, are the best and can change the world for the better! “
This isn’t a bad idea and would undoubtably piss off the PC crowd … LOL
The Pelletier family of West Hartford has told FOXCT their daughter, Justina, will be returned to her family Wednesday.
Lou Pelletier, Justina’s father, says a juvenile judge issued the order Tuesday afternoon, returning custody of Justina to her parents.
The Pelletiers lost custody 16 months ago to the State of Massachusetts, after disagreements over a medical diagnosis.
Since then, Justina has been in the care of Boston Chrildren’s Hospital and Youth facilities.
I am so happy for Lou and Linda Pelletier. I had several private conversations with Lou during the darkest days, and I can tell you the self-restraint he showed controlling a hurricane of emotions was amazing. He never gave up (the easy part), and he never gave into his anger and outrage (much harder).
Three months ago, in a sharply worded opinion highly critical of the parents’ conduct, the judge gave permanent custody of Justina to the Mass. DCF, and said he believed psychological issues explained much of the teenager’s ailments.
However, top officials at DCF earlier this month filed papers with the judge suggesting the parents had made significant progress and recommended that custody return to the parents.
“ Significant progress?” The parents weren’t doing anything different in June than they were in March. There was no “progress,” just as there was never any–NOT ANY–evidence ever presented that the Pelletiers had been abusing Justina before Massachusetts DCF and Boston Children’s performed their “parentectomy.”
More on this story tomorrow. Meanwhile….FREE AT LAST, FREE AT LAST, THANK GOD ALMIGHTY JUSTINA IS FREE AT LAST! “
Thank you Michael Graham
” Brooks Hamby, a senior at BUHS, had his speech denied three times by the high school administration for expressing his Christian faith.”
” On Tuesday, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation— the second-largest financial backer of Common Core after the federal government— issued a letter calling for a two-year delay of the full implementation of Common Core, which is set to take effect this 2014-15 school year.
In the letter, Vicki Phillips, the director of education for the Gates Foundation, writes:
“ [The] Gates Foundation agrees with those who’ve decided that assessment results should not be taken into account in high-stakes decisions on teacher evaluation or student promotion for the next two years, during this transition [into Common Core]…. It’s valuable for students to take the Common Core-aligned tests without consequences during this period, so that teachers can get familiar with the tests, have a chance to offer their feedback, and get a feel for the students’ successes and challenges.”
The Gates Foundation has financed and promoted Common Core from day one. As the Washington Post’s Lyndsey Layton points out, “The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation didn’t just bankroll the development of what became known as the Common Core State Standards. With more than $200 million, the foundation also built political support across the country, persuading state governments to make systemic and costly changes.” “
When even the teacher’s unions do not support a Statist measure like Common Core you know it must be terrible …
“ You think Obamacare implementation is bad. The implementation of Common Core is far worse,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten last November after AFT called for a pause on Common Core implementation.
We seldom , if ever , find ourselves in agreement with Ms Weingarten but lo and behold , Common Core has brought about one of those “when pigs fly” moments .
” Despite suffering injuries himself, Senior Investigator John Vescio was able to crawl out from under a knocked over gas pump and rescue the driver who crashed into the pump.
Below is a press release from state police describing the incident:
” On June 3, 2014 at approximately 11:00 AM, Senior Investigator John A. Vescio of Troop NYC was fueling his State Police vehicle on the southbound side of the Mobil station on the Hutchinson River Parkway in White Plains, NY.
As he was outside his vehicle he heard a car entering the service area at a high rate of speed. Sr. Inv. Vescio turned just as a Toyota Camry slammed into an Acura on the opposite side of the pump, and then into the pump itself. The pump housing fell on top of the Senior Investigator, who was able to crawl out from under the pump just as the front of the Toyota and the pump caught fire.
Injured himself, he immediately went over to the 69-year-old operator of the Toyota, who was incoherent, and pulled him out of the vehicle to safety. Indications were that the man was having a possible diabetic emergency prior to the collision.
Sr. Inv. Vescio directed others away from the fire and asked a bystander to help in moving the man further away from the scene.
Knowing that he had ammunition in the trunk, Senior Investigator Vescio directed people to get back and asked a bystander to assist in moving the man further away from the scene. Popping noises were heard in the area of the vehicles, but Troop NYC Captain Dominick L. Chiumento advised that the Senior Investigator’s issued weapon and all ammunition was accounted for with none being compromised. The State Police vehicle and equipment in the trunk was heavily damaged in the fire.
Witnesses described the professionalism and focus of Senior Investigator Vescio during the incident. Captain Dominick L. Chiumento, who was at the scene, said, “Despite Senior Investigator Vescio’s own injuries, he remained focused and committed to saving the life of the operator of that Toyota. If not for his swift response, the situation could have turned much worse.”
” Every summer, millions of us venture out into the sun in hopes of a perfect, fun-filled day without any negative consequences. The problem is, as much joy as the sun giveth, it can also taketh away. The worst sunburns ever are what happens when the sun takes away that joy, but there is a silver lining. Sometimes, awful sunburns are pretty darn funny, and laughing at the pain is the only way to get through it.”
If further proof is needed , look here …
For those still unconvinced venture over to Mandatory to see 10 more reasons to use sunscreen …
” Expecting House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to win his GOP primary in Virginia, I spent Election Day in Pennsylvania – interviewing angry Republicans, Democrats and independents about the rise of political populism.
I was in the wrong state, but I had the right topic. Cantor’s defeat has less to do with immigration reform than it does with an uneven movement that should frighten conservative and liberal political elites to their shallow cores.
Americans see a grim future for themselves, their children and their country. They believe their political leaders are selfish, greedy and short-sighted – unable and/or unwilling to shield most people from wrenching economic and social change. For many, the Republican Party is becoming too extreme, while the Democratic Party – specifically President Obama – raised and dashed their hopes for true reform.”
Only someone who has lived in a cave for the past twenty years could believe that real change can come from the District of Corruption . Despite the best efforts of the Corporate-State run media to demonize all things Tea Party and despite the occasional drug-addled morons shooting up the neighborhood a la Las Vegas , more and more citizens are coming to the conclusion that the ballot box and the courts offer no recourse …
” At the West Chester’s popular D.K. Diner, a U.S. veteran who served five combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan said the only solution may be a revolution against political elites. “We may need to drag politicians out and shoot them like they did in Cuba,” said a grim-faced Frederick Derry two days after a Los Vegas couple allegedly shot two police officers. The attackers draped their bodies with a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag, according to ABC News, pinned a swastika on them and a note that read “The revolution has begun.”
A violent revolution is unconscionable. But what may be in the air is a peaceful populist revolt – a bottom-up, tech-fueled assault on 20th century political institutions. In a memo to his fellow Democrats, former Clinton White House political director Doug Sosnik writes persuasively about “an increasing populist push“ across the political spectrum.
At the core of Americans’ anger and alienation is the belief that the American Dream is no longer attainable. Previous generations held fast to the promise that anyone who worked hard and played by the rules could get ahead, regardless of their circumstances. But increasingly, Americans have concluded that the rules aren’t fair and that the system has been rigged to concentrate power and wealth in the hands of a privileged few at the expense of the many. And now the government is simply not working for anyone.”
Sosnik is wrong in that the government is working for some people and some businesses , just not the bulk of the taxpaying public . It’s working just fine if you draw a publicly funded paycheck as a federal employee or are a lobbyist , politician or corporate bigwig . It also works quite well if you happen to be a member of the media elite as the cronyism and nepotism between those two entities is well-documented .
But he is correct in thinking that the time is nigh for the average citizen to choose sides and decide if he/she will indeed take part in the destruction of the barricades .
” Which side of the barricade are you on? Populists from the right and the left – from the tea party and libertarian-leaning Rand Paul to economic populist Elizabeth Warren – are positioning themselves among the insurgents. Sosnik pointed to six areas of consensus that eventually may unite the divergent populist forces:
- A pull back from the rest of the world with more of an inward focus.
- A desire to go after big banks and other large financial institutions
- Elimination of corporate welfare.
- Reducing special deals for the rich.
- Pushing back on the violation of the public’s privacy by the government and big business.
- Reducing the size of government.
In Washington, Cantor’s defeat is being chalked up to the tea party’s intolerance toward immigration reform. While he paid a price for flirting with a White House compromise, Cantor’s greater sin was inauthenticity – brazenly flip-flopping on the issue. Typical politician.”
Mr Fournier’s contention that Elizabeth “Fauxcahontas” Warren is anything but a confirmed Statist aside , we are willing to concede that the lines of battle are being drawn and that there is much common ground to be found between the Occupy crowd and the Tea Partiers .
The question remains , which American personage will be able to unite these disparate interests and lead the charge over the barricades of corruption to reinstate American republicanism and reestablish a nation of limited government .
From Bob Owens:
” Various law enforcement agencies and military units have memorials to those that have fallen in service to their country.
If we ever build such a memorial to concealed carriers who put their lives at risk to save others, the name of Joseph Robert Wilcox, 31, of Las Vegas deserves to be on that wall.
Wilcox was killed yesterday attempting to take down the deranged couple that had just murdered Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo at a nearby Cici’s Pizza location. Wilcox apparently spotted the husband as he rushed into Walmart, and tried to take him down:
The Journal Review picks up the story
” Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill said it all began when Jerad Miller walked into the pizza parlor and quickly left, returning moments later with Amanda in tow.
“ They walked passed our officers, who were eating lunch in one of the booths, and immediately upon passing them, Jerad Miller pulled a handgun out and shot officer Soldo one time in the back of his head,” McMahill said.
Officer Beck tried to engage the couple, but was shot in the throat before he could pull a trigger, McMahill said. The Millers then shot him several times more.
The suspects pulled the officers from the booth and covered Beck with a Gadsen Flag, a yellow banner with a coiled snake above the words, “Don’t Tread on Me,” and threw a swastika on him. One of them then pinned a note to Soldo’s body that “basically stated that this is the beginning of a revolution,” McMahill said.
The exact contents of the note have not been made public by Metro.
Once the two entered the Wal-Mart, Jerad fired a single shot and repeated his call for revolution.
Wilcox, 31, was near the cash registers when he saw events unfolding. He was armed with gun of his own, and told a friend he was going to do something.
As he moved to confront Jerad Miller, Wilcox passed Amanda, not realizing the two were together. She slipped behind Wilcox and shot him at close range.”
After killing Mr Wilcox the pair attempted to flee through the Walmart and out a back door , only to be thwarted in their attempt by the Vegas cops …
” Within minutes more Metro officers arrived on the scene in response to 911 calls. McMahill said they initially blocked the back door with a patrol car. After J**** M***** shot the door from the inside to open it, a five-officer team entered and exchanged gunfire with the couple.
The shooting raged in the store’s automotive section, spilling oil and antifreeze onto the floor. The two were hiding behind items J**** M***** had stacked around them for protection, but A***** was hit by a bullet during the firefight, McMahill said.
Pinned down by police and blocked from all exits, J**** laid down in front of A*****, and she shot him several times. Then she shot herself in the head.”
God bless Mr Wilcox and those he left behind .
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” No more cartwheels. That’s what one government agency is telling a Phoenix woman, who is known for her acrobatics at their public meetings.
From Dianne Barker’s perspective, there’s no harm in doing cartwheels.
” I think that the cartwheel something I found out that I could do that is enjoyable, and definitely expresses my passion,” she said.
DD, as she’s called, is a promoter of multimodal traveling , that is getting around without a car.
The former Ohio State cheerleader still has the spunk and stamina to pull it off, so she does at certain public meetings.
” At the end, I said you know something you need to have passion in what you’re doing rather than 3 minutes and here’s your lobotomy,” she said.
But some leaders with the Maricopa Association of Governments don’t see it the same way..
The Maricopa Association of Governments sent DD a letter saying she must cease from doing cartwheels at their meetings. They say they have the authority to impose time and manner restrictions on their speakers.”
” Sexual deviants may want to think twice before doing anything suspicious at Benefit Park in Seattle. Jesse Brisbin, who is 30 and has been convicted twice of molesting children, recently got himself into A LOT of hot water — with complete strangers — after he tried to kidnap a 6-year-old girl who was playing at the park with her siblings and father. Brisbin approached the child and asked her to leave with him. The smart cookie told him ‘no,’ and even though she resisted, he reportedly grabbed her by the hand and tried to drag her out of the crowded park.
The girl was able to break free from his hold and ran back to her family. And don’t worry — Brisbin didn’t get away with what he did — not by a long shot. Instead, the girl’s father, along with 20 or so total strangers, chased the jerk down, tackled him to the ground, and beat him up.”
Read more at The Stir
” Two Denver police officers are being investigated after Aurora police responded last month to a fight between the officers and their wives that involved alcohol, a gun and allegations of swinging.
The officers, Steven Sloan and Jeremy Ownbey, have been placed on desk duty while the investigation continues, Detective Mary McIver , a Denver police spokeswoman, said Wednesday. Both have been at the department since 2006.
Aurora police were called to Sloan’s house at 11:30 p.m. on May 19, said Officer Frank Fania , a spokesman for the Aurora Police Department.”
” Sloan and his wife, Stephanie Sloan , and Ownbey and his wife, Jamie Ownbey, had been drinking and had gotten into an argument, Fania said.
” There was lots of drinking involved,” he said.
The Sloans asked the Ownbeys to leave. As the Ownbeys were headed toward the door, Jamie Ownbey allegedly punched Stephanie Sloan, Fania said.
Then, Steven Sloan hit Jamie Ownbey, which led her husband to start fighting with his fellow officer, Fania said.
” There was a gun pulled eventually by the homeowner,” Fania said”
” Are there any foods that are more quintessentially American than the burger? The simple act of cooking a patty of ground beef and putting it on a bun is arguably even more American than apple pie, and when done properly there are few foods more delicious. In order to not only honor this magical sandwich but also the restaurants that serve the finest examples of it, this year we decided to expand our ranking of America’s best burgers from last year’s list of 40 to a comprehensive 101.
But first, a little history. The burger traces its roots all the way back to the Mongol Empire, where their tradition of mincing horsemeat was passed onto the Russians, who in turn brought it to the major port of Hamburg, Germany, in the early 19th century. The most common destination for ships departing from Hamburg was New York, and by the late 1800s restaurants in New York began serving what they called Hamburg steaks, seasoned and cooked patties of ground beef, to German immigrants. According to Josh Ozersky’s The Hamburger: A History, the oldest mention of a Hamburg steak on a menu was at New York’s Delmonico’s, a recipe developed by one of history’s greatest chefs, Charles Ranhofer. “
Read more at The Daily Meal
” U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl’s hometown, feeling a backlash over allegations that he was a deserter, has canceled a rally planned for later this month celebrating his release from five years of Taliban captivity, city officials said on Wednesday.
In calling off the June 28 event, the officials cited concerns that they lacked the resources to safely manage the thousands of supporters and protesters who were expected to converge on the small mountain community of 8,000 residents.
The decision came as pressure mounted to cancel the rally in the face of rising hostility, expressed in a torrent of emails and phone calls directed at city officials and businesses, over claims by Bergdahl’s onetime Army comrades that he deliberately abandoned his post in Afghanistan.”
Yahoo News has
” One of several firearms companies upset with restrictions imposed under New York state’s latest anti-gun law broke ground last week on a new factory in central Pennsylvania as part of an exodus of gun manufacturers from the state.
The Kahr Firearms Group held a ceremony in rural Pike Country to mark the beginning of a five-year relocation project on a 620-acre property located about 40 miles east of Scranton.
Kahr was among several firearms manufacturers that last year announced plans to pull out of New York state in the months following Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signing into law restrictive anti-gun legislation known as the SAFE Act.”
More at the Free Beacon
” A poor man who found $125,000 on the street says he decided to return the cash to make his family proud of him.
Joe Cornell, who said he only had $1 a day to spend on lunch, was working at a Salvation Army store in Fresno, California, when a bag fell from a Brinks security truck into the street in front of him.”
“I picked up the bag,” Cornell told the Fresno Bee . “I saw twenties and hundreds. The whole thing was full of money.
“I started crying and shaking. Everything was going through my mind — the good devil/bad devil thing. What to do? I have a grandbaby due any time, my fourth. I thought, ‘What would I want her to think of me?’ That made up my mind right there.”
Published on May 24, 2014
” Can you say “karma’s a bitch?” “