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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Final Nail in the Coffin: The Death of Freedom in Our Schools

The Death of Freedom in Our Schools

Young Alex Stone didn’t even make it past the first week of school before he became a victim of the police state. Directed by his teacher to do a creative writing assignment involving a series of fictional Facebook statuses, the 16-year-old wrote, “I killed my neighbor’s pet dinosaur. I bought the gun to take care of the business.”

What followed is par for the course in schools today: students were locked down in their classrooms while armed police searched Stone’s locker and bookbag, handcuffed him, charged him with disorderly conduct, arrested him, detained him, and then he was suspended from school. No weapons or dead dinosaurs were found.

America Caused the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL or IS)

America Caused the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL or IS)

by Michael S. Rozeff |

Obama’s remark that the IS is nihilistic has been bothering me ever since he made it, but not for the reason that it is a false statement. Indeed, it is obvious to anyone with access to a dictionary that the IS has political-religious objectives and that it is not nihilistic. The problem with Obama’s statement is that it fails to recognize and acknowledge the cause of the IS, and by not seeing the cause it misapprehends the inflammation and chooses a course of action that throws gasoline on the fire and spreads the conflagration further. 

Fergusson: Melting Pot Seething to Explode


In the US they like to say that the country is a huge melting pot, a place where different people or different cultures all come together and begin to merge and mix. Things that divide people disappear as they become 100% Americans. This concept has always been questionable, but political correctness has made sharp social problems drop out of the national political discourse agenda being hushed up or declared non-existent.

The Fergusson events showed the imagined melting pot is seething real hot and is about to explode with its lid going up in the air to fly away. Actually it was an event routine in the United States – a policeman shooting a black young man, but this time it made come to the fore the whole lot of problematic issues that Americans preferred not to discuss in public. For instance, the hostile attitude of policemen towards black people, or the problem of excessive force used by cops as they detain suspects. Regional differences and old offences are remembered to hit the agenda of public discourse. Darren Wilson, the Fergusson police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, is white. He was born in Texas, the state where racist sentiments have always been strong. Another burning issue is employment and racial disproportions. For instance, black people account for 70% of population but there are only three black officers in the ranks of 53 men strong city police force.

Obama Vows Protracted Military Campaign in Iraq, Syria

Emperor Obama

President Barack Obama delivered a militarist speech Tuesday to the annual convention of the American Legion in Charlotte, North Carolina amid reports that US spy drones are already operating over Syria and air strikes could begin there by the end of this week.

Obama told the veterans’ organization that “the United States is and will remain the one indispensable nation in the world,” a boast that is belied by the bloody debacle unleashed throughout North Africa and the Middle East by a string of US military interventions in Iraq, Libya and Syria.

Turning to the present intervention in Iraq following the overrunning of much of the country by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a split-off from Al Qaeda, the US president reiterated the formal pretexts for US military action: protecting “our diplomats and military advisors who are there,” and humanitarian assistance. 

BBC accused of sanitising its news coverage of Rotherham child abuse by Pakistani gangs by failing to refer to perpetrators' ethnicity

BBC accused of sanitising its news coverage of Rotherham child abuse by Pakistani gangs by failing to refer to perpetrators' ethnicity

The BBC has enraged licence fee-payers by allegedly downplaying the role of Pakistani gangs in Rotherham's sex abuse scandal.

Yesterday's landmark report singled out Pakistani men as the main perpetrators in the sexual exploitation of at least 1,400 children over 16 years - and warned a fear of acknowledging their race compounded the scandal.

But today, five of BBC News Online's seven articles on the report made no reference to Pakistani men.

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