YouFool

Port Huron, MI

#355 Mar 26, 2014
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Ewe Sick Sick Witch Ewe
A village in the 17th Century is missing it's idiot.

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#356 Mar 26, 2014
$500 says none of ewe can prove Thomas Jefferson was an atheist as ewe atheist extremist liars would like us to beLIEve
The guy would not have penned in the Dec. of Ind. those 'self-evident truths' as including the truth that our individual Rights come from God the Creator if he was an unbeliever!

ewe lose (as do all atheists in the end), see Monticello dot org link below
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Thomas Jefferson on Homosexuality Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, drafted a bill concerning the criminal laws of Virginia in which he directed that the penalty for sodomy should be castration.
-Thomas Jefferson, The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Andrew A. Lipscomb, ed.(Washington, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904) Vol. I, pp. 226-27, from Jefferson's "For Proportioning Crimes and Punishments."
https://www.google.com/#q=Thomas+Jefferson+on...
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1803 April 21.(Jefferson to Benjamin Rush). "To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed, opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. I am a Christian, in the only sense in which he wished any one to be; sincerely attached to his doctrines, in preference to all others; ascribing to himself every human excellence; and believing he never claimed any other."
http://monticello.org/site/research-and-colle...

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Port Huron, MI

#359 Mar 28, 2014
More lying? I guess once you start, you can't stop.
You Two

Port Huron, MI

#360 Mar 28, 2014
Get a room, already! Take it off the forum.
Tectonic Shift

Sunapee, NH

#361 Mar 29, 2014
One-Third of Texas Was Running on Wind Power This Week
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/one-third-of...
Brian Merchant March 28, 2014

"On Wednesday, March 27th, the largest state in the contiguous United States got almost one-third of its electricity by harnessing the wind. According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the bulk of the Lone Star State's power grid, a record-breaking 10,296 MW of electricity was whipped up by wind turbines. That's enough to provide 29 percent of the state's power, and to keep the lights on in over 5 million homes.

ERCOT notes in a statement issued today that "The new record beats the previous record set earlier this month by more than 600 MW, and the American Wind Energy Association reports it was a record for any US power system."

The landmark is further evidence of one of the nation's unlikeliest energy success stories. Conservative politicians have a renowned aversion http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/the-gop-aims... to clean energy (though Republican voters favor it overwhelmingly), http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/ordinary-rep... and Texas is still deep red. Yet wind farms are cropping up in the state faster than almost anywhere else. ERCOT points out as much, as it boasts of the sector's recent growth:

"Texas continues to have more wind power capacity than any other state. The ERCOT region has more than 11,000 MW of commercial wind power capacity, with nearly 8,000 MW of new projects in development and more than 26,700 MW under study. Wind power comprised 9.9 percent of the total energy used in the ERCOT region in 2013, compared to 9.2 percent in 2012."...

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http://motherboard.vice.com/read/one-third-of...
Gott mit uns

Sunapee, NH

#362 Mar 30, 2014
Texas right wing nut job arrested for plotting to blow up govt buildings, kill law enforcement officers
http://freakoutnation.com/2014/03/28/texas-ri...
March 28, 2014 By Anomaly

"A Texas man has been arrested for allegedly plotting to blow up government buildings, rob banks and kill law enforcement officers. 38-year-old Robert Talbot was arrested on Thursday on multiple offenses, including possession of explosive materials, after an 8-month undercover investigation by the FBI joint Terrorism Task Force.

According to a criminal complaint which was filed on Thursday, Talbot desired to recruit five to six other like-minded individuals to blow up government buildings, rob banks and kill law enforcement officers. He allegedly created a Facebook page titled “American Insurgent Movement”(AIM), which is inundated with bizarre anti-Government, anti-liberal, tea party-type rants on fighting tyranny. His Facebook page leaves links to TeaParty.org , inforwars and other sources.

One such post reads in part,“It comes a time when a Patriot must move forward to stop a tyrannical government that uses policing agents against the people whom deserve their freedoms to restore this nation pre-constitutionally.[Those whom deserve to be free.] Those same agents willing to protect those whom are against us. The banking cartel is not going to stop with their Agenda, and only we can stop them and their agenda by taking what they love most and using it against them for our own missions.”

The AIM page describes their group as “a Pre-Constitutionalist Community that offers those who seek True patriotism and are looking for absolute Freedom by doing the Will of God. Who want to restore America Pre-Constitutionally and look forward to stopping the Regime with action by bloodshed.”

For another example, this post was left on March 25th:

http://i.imgur.com/wayOY5J.png

Texas right wing nut job arrested for plotting to blow up govt buildings, kill law enforcement officers
March 28, 2014
By Anomaly

A Texas man has been arrested for allegedly plotting to blow up government buildings, rob banks and kill law enforcement officers. 38-year-old Robert Talbot was arrested on Thursday on multiple offenses, including possession of explosive materials, after an 8-month undercover investigation by the FBI joint Terrorism Task Force.

Talbot















According to a criminal complaint which was filed on Thursday, Talbot desired to recruit five to six other like-minded individuals to blow up government buildings, rob banks and kill law enforcement officers. He allegedly created a Facebook page titled “American Insurgent Movement”(AIM), which is inundated with bizarre anti-Government, anti-liberal, tea party-type rants on fighting tyranny. His Facebook page leaves links to TeaParty.org , inforwars and other sources.

One such post reads in part,“It comes a time when a Patriot must move forward to stop a tyrannical government that uses policing agents against the people whom deserve their freedoms to restore this nation pre-constitutionally.[Those whom deserve to be free.] Those same agents willing to protect those whom are against us. The banking cartel is not going to stop with their Agenda, and only we can stop them and their agenda by taking what they love most and using it against them for our own missions.”

The AIM page describes their group as “a Pre-Constitutionalist Community that offers those who seek True patriotism and are looking for absolute Freedom by doing the Will of God. Who want to restore America Pre-Constitutionally and look forward to stopping the Regime with action by bloodshed.”"...

read the rest:
http://freakoutnation.com/2014/03/28/texas-ri...

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#363 Mar 30, 2014
Offshore Wind Farms Could Knock Down Hurricanes
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/off...
Mark Fischetti Feb 26, 2014

"Hurricanes are unstoppable, right? Apparently not. An intriguing new computer simulation shows that 78,000 large wind turbines spread across 35,000 square kilometers of ocean outside of New Orleans would have cut Hurricane Katrina’s category 3 winds at landfall by 129 to 158 kilometers per hour (80 to 98 miles per hour) and reduced the storm surge by 79 percent. The same collection of turbines offshore of New York City would have dropped Hurricane Sandy’s winds by 125 to 140 kph and the surge by up to 34 percent.

That sounds impressive. But wait…78,000 turbines? Each one 100 meters high with a blade span 127 meters in diameter spaced about 650 meters apart and spanning a region of ocean 2.5 times the size of Connecticut? The idea sounds crazy, except for the bottom line:“The cost would be zero,” says Mark Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University.“The turbines pay for themselves through the revenue from generating electricity. The storm surge and wind protection are free—a bonus.”

Actually the cost to erect such a massive wind farm, or set of farms, would be many billions of dollars. But Jacobson says the cost would be recouped over time through electricity sales, replacing many coal-fired or nuclear power plants. And then there is the alternative, he notes:“New York is considering building $20 billion in seawalls” to prevent future storm surge damage after Hurricane Sandy caused more than $60 billion in losses in New York and New Jersey.“Seawalls don’t pay for themselves,” Jacobson says.“Turbines do.”

Jacobson has calculated in mind-bending detail how turbines could defuse hurricane forces, all laid out in a new paper appearing today in Nature Climate Change. The exercise, based on computer simulations, is the latest step in a series of grand plans the engineer has been building for renewable energy technologies.(Scientific American is part of Nature Publishing Group.)

In a 2009 cover story for Scientific American Jacobson and Mark Delucchi, a research scientist at the University of California, Davis, presented a roadmap for powering the entire world with wind, water and solar technologies. Last year Jacobson and his colleagues unveiled a detailed plan for powering all of New York State in the same way, having already completed the process for California. Tens of thousands of offshore wind turbines are a central part of each plan.“Offshore winds are pretty continuous,” Jacobson says.“They’re not intermittent,” which is the knock against wind power—that no electricity is generated when the wind doesn’t blow."...

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http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/off...
MoreReason2 Boycott Mass

Rutland, VT

#364 Mar 31, 2014
Cancer Patient Arrested … For Not Paying $5 Dog Tag Fee

A cancer patient was arrested, handcuffed and hauled away in a police car for not paying a $5 dog license fee. Even worse, the woman, Ann Musser of Holyoke, Massachusetts, had paid the license charge and a $25 late fee by the time she was arrested.

A state trooper arrested Musser at her home on March 21 after discovering that there was a warrant out for her because of the dog-license fee. He had run Musser’s license plate number through a state database.

Her husband called the arrest outrageous.

“Your priorities are a little different when you are fighting death,” Musser’s husband, Ozzie Ercan, told The Republican, a local newspaper.“It’s easy to lose track of how important those little pieces of paper are.”

Not Paying $5 Fee a Crime

Musser had forgotten to renew the license fee on her dog Pumpkin in June because she was suffering from advanced ovarian cancer and about to undergo surgery, Ercan said. The city issued a warrant for her arrest because she had missed a court hearing about the matter. She did, though, go to city hall and pay the license fee and a $25 late fee.

“It has nothing to do with the dog license. It has nothing to do with a city ordinance,” Holyoke City Clerk Brenna McGee told The Republican. Instead Musser broke a state law by not showing up for the district court hearing.

The city requires dog owners to renew their dog tag licenses annually. They are sent three late notices and if they don’t pay with 21 days, the matter is forwarded to the court, the newspaper said. If they don’t show up in court, a warrant is issued.

Musser, though, said she didn’t go to court because her treatment had weakened her immune system which meant she is more susceptible to germs. Instead, she paid the fine and told court personnel that it was too risky her to go to court. She spent three hours at the courthouse trying to explain her case but nobody listened.

Absurdity in Action

“I knew I was taking a risk, but I had paid my fee and the late fee,” she said.“I didn’t know what else to do, so I left, knowing that it could come back to bite me – and it did.”

On March 21, she was arrested around 9:30 p.m. at night.

The trooper took her to the Hampshire House of Correction (jail) where she was held for about four and a half hours. Ercan eventually came and bailed her out. Musser believes she may have been exposed to dangerous germs while in jail. She said officers ignored her when she told them about her physical condition.

To add to the absurdity, the warrant was eventually withdrawn and her court date cancelled. Musser was arrested and held in jail for basically no reason.

Story continues...see 4 min. video...
http://www.offthegridnews.com/2014/03/29/canc...
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MassResistance.com
^A GOOD pro-family pro-truth site for those in Mass and beyond
with important articles like:
Kangaroo court in Brockton, Mass. convicts pro-life activist Peter D'Attilio on three charges.

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#365 Mar 31, 2014
Gays more popular than evangelicals: Poll
http://www.parentherald.com/articles/4384/201...
Jenna Iacurci Mar 31, 2014

"Gays are more popular than evangelicals, according to a poll commissioned by an American LGBT rights group.

Fifty-three percent of U.S. voters polled in the survey http://gqrr.com/articles/2014/03/27/survey-re... -- created by the Human Rights Campaign and Americans for Marriage Equality -- are in favor of gays and lesbians, compared to 42 percent toward evangelicals.

The "Victory in Sight" study, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and TargetPoint Consulting, polled 1,000 people likely to vote in 2016, and found that more than half of them (55 percent) supported same-sex marriage and had a positive attitude toward homosexuality.

Among the more "modern" crowd of 18-29 year olds, 75 percent voted in favor of gay marriage, while 40 percent of the more "traditional" over-65 crowd voted unfavorably toward the idea.

People's acceptance of the LGBT community continues to grow. In 2011, 40 percent perceived gays positively - a number that has since risen to 55 percent.

Same-sex marriage is legal in 17 U.S. states and in the District of Columbia. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom celebrated its first same-sex marriages Saturday."For the first time, the couples getting married won't just include men and women - but men and men, and women and women," Prime Minister David Cameron said in a statement.

The modern notion of gay and lesbian couples still remains a hot button topic, and one that not all people have warmed to. Recently, the evangelical relief group World Vision announced http://www.religionnews.com/2014/03/24/world-... that it would allow gay and lesbian employees. However, within 48 hours, the Christian group retracted its statement, saying they had made a mistake.

But the recent poll shows that nearly eight in 10 people believe that if gay marriage were legalized nationwide, there would be a less anti-gay outlook. Discrimination would lessen, it would be easier to grow up gay and same-sex families would have more protection, the report said.

"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change," Cameron insisted. "

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Sunapee, NH

#366 Apr 1, 2014
Saudi Arabia Doubles Down on Atheism; New Laws Declares It Equivalent to Terrorism
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/...
March 31, 2014 Terry Firma

"We’ve seen before how Saudi pundits find it easy to conflate atheism and terrorism, but now it’s official: http://www.al-bab.com/blog/2014/march/atheism... Saudi Arabia’s new terrorism laws say outright that nonbelievers and others who commit thought crime are the same as violent terrorists.

According to Human Rights Watch: http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/03/20/saudi-arab...

" The interior ministry regulations [introduced over the last three months] include … sweeping provisions that authorities can use to criminalize virtually any expression or association critical of the government and its understanding of Islam. These “terrorism” provisions include the following:

Article 1:“Calling for atheist thought in any form, or calling into question the fundamentals of the Islamic religion on which this country is based.”"

In Saudi Arabia, you’re asking for severe punishment even if you’re not an atheist or a dissident, but merely think that people must be allowed to state their piece. In fact, expressing any sympathy or support for freethinkers is now a crime in the kingdom:

"Article 4:“Anyone who aids [“terrorist”] organizations, groups, currents [of thought], associations, or parties, or demonstrates affiliation with them, or sympathy with them, or promotes them, or holds meetings under their umbrella, either inside or outside the kingdom; this includes participation in audio, written, or visual media; social media in its audio, written, or visual forms; internet websites; or circulating their contents in any form, or using slogans of these groups and currents [of thought], or any symbols which point to support or sympathy with them.”"

Brian Whitaker at al-bab.com explains: http://www.al-bab.com/blog/2014/march/atheism...

"Since the entire system of government is based on Wahhabi interpretations of Islam, non-believers are assumed to be enemies of the Saudi state."

There’s a certain twisted logic to that, and it is self-fulfilling to boot. Damn straight I’m the sworn enemy of a country that slanders atheists as terrorists and that aims to use the ultimate state violence http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/10/athe... against people who reject Islam."
religious hypocrisy

Sunapee, NH

#369 Apr 1, 2014
US taxpayers generously spending $400,000 for a camel statue ... in Pakistan
http://www.bizpacreview.com/2014/03/31/us-tax...
March 31, 2014 by Joe Saunders
"Maybe that booze they’re buying at the State Department is starting to show.
Secretary of State John Kerry’s department is spending almost a half-million dollars to install the statue of a colorless camel at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, according to BuzzFeed. http://www.buzzfeed.com/aramroston/exclusive-... Then $400,000 work, by American artist John Baldessari, also includes a giant, camel-sized needle, according to BuzzFeed. It’s called “Camel Contemplating Needle.”
According to four pages of State Department documentation for the purchase, https://s3.amazonaws.com/buzzfeed-media/Image... the $400,000 price tag includes only the piece itself, so there’s no estimation of how much it will cost to install it – presumably getting it to Pakistan from Baldessari’s California base.
(There’s also no estimate of how much of the statue will be worth after a rampaging mob storms the embassy in some Islamist fit of rage over the next YouTube video nobody’s seen. Americans can only pray the ambassador will still be around afterwards to explain it.)
But there is an irony here. The State Department – home of the $1.3 million booze tab http://www.bizpacreview.com/2014/03/22/drunk-... — is spending nearly a half-million taxpayer dollars to impress strangers with a statue based on a biblical injunction to beware the danger wealth can pose to the immortal soul.
The richest country on earth, paving a road with good intentions."
GodBless HLobby ChickFilA

Rutland, VT

#370 Apr 2, 2014
"But there is an irony here. The State Department – home of the $1.3 million booze tab"
-oops, can't point to republicans or conservatives for that Q, since they ain't been in charge of the State Dept.
Kerry wouldn't answer Tim Russert or anyone regarding the bizarre Illuminati religion cult of the elite that he belongs to called Skull & Bones, but ewe don't care about that nor about the other bizarre Illuminati religion cult meeting held annually at Bohemian Grove
Nor do ewe ever complain about the religious statue atop the Montpelier State House dome and all the tax $$ that's gone to that (but ewe sure would if it happened to be a statue related to that religion ewe hate the most!)
Gott mit uns

Sunapee, NH

#371 Apr 3, 2014
$10,000 a Prayer: If Humanist Group Prevails in Court, These Elected Officials May Owe Hefty Fine for Violating Law
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/...
April 2, 2014 Hemant Mehta

"For the second time http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/... in less than a week, the Carroll County (Maryland) Board of Commissioners has defied a judge’s decision and opened a meeting with a prayer to Jesus.

Last week, a day after a judge told them to stop the illegal practice, http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/... commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier chose to break the law: http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/...

" Carroll County Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier opened up Thursday morning’s Carroll County Board of Commissioners budget meeting with a prayer containing references to Jesus Christ…

…

Frazier, who seemed near tears, began the meeting by expressing her displeasure with the judge’s ruling. Frazier, R-District 1, said she was willing to go to jail to fight the preliminary injunction ruling.

“If we cease to believe that our rights come from God, we cease to be America,” Frazier said.“We’ve been told to be careful. But we’re going to be careful all the way to Communism if we don’t start standing up and saying ‘no.’”

She then proceeded to quote a prayer that she said was by George Washington, which included references to Jesus Christ, Lord, our Father, merciful father and the Holy Spirit."

Mind you, she could’ve delivered a non-denominational prayer, but that wasn’t good enough for her. It’s Jesus or Communism!

(Incidentally, the prayer she recited wasn’t even written by George Washington.) http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/...

The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent the commissioners’ lawyers a warning letter last week saying they weren’t going to file a contempt charge… yet. http://americanhumanist.org/system/storage/2/...

Well, they’re filing that contempt charge now: http://americanhumanist.org/news/details/2014...

"Yesterday, the Board of Commissioners opened their meeting with a non-sectarian prayer, but then invited another speaker, Bruce Holstein, reportedly the campaign manager of one of the commissioners, to speak. He read a statement that was harshly critical of the court order, even saying that he was “overruling” the federal court, then ended his speech with a prayer that expressly referenced Jesus Christ. At no time did the commissioners interrupt or attempt to stop Mr. Holstein’s speech and prayer."

It’s more than just contempt. The AHA is demanding the court issue the commissioners a heavy fine:

"THEREFORE, the Plaintiffs respectfully request that a contempt order be issued against the Defendants, requiring them to pay a fine to the Plaintiff, American Humanist Association in the amount of $30,000. The Plaintiffs further request that the Court order the Defendants to pay the American Humanist Association $10,000 for each additional violation of this Court’s Injunction Order going forward."...

read the rest:
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/...
Hypocrisy Indeed

Rutland, VT

#372 Apr 3, 2014
It seems that socialists are hypocritical (no surprise, I know!)
They're the first to scream about the concept of 'Separation of Church & State' being somehow violated when Christians exercise their Constitutionally enumerated, God-given Right of free speech in public, but they're mum when Other religions not only do the same but even get to use public-funded space to proselytize their religious doctrine!
for instance,
What about the Brattleboro public library (and Other public libraries) denying churches/religions use of it's tax $$ subsidized space, EXCEPT for Certain anti-Christ religions like this one...
http://www.eckankar-vt.org/discussions.html
(next Tuesday in the Bratt public library)
^this cult openly admits they are a religion, unlike most Atheists who try to deny they are
Gott mit uns

Sunapee, NH

#373 Apr 6, 2014
Westmoreland Grocer Says Business Owners Should Have The Right Not To Serve Gays
http://crooksandliars.com/2014/04/westmorelan...
By John Amato April 6, 2014

"It's only conservatives that proclaim racism is dead in America http://crooksandliars.com/2014/01/why-it-only... and it is a ludicrous notion, but now they've found a new pastime with which to occupy themselves. They believe hating on the gays isn't a form of racism at all, but a God-given right to business owners. That reminds me how business owners treated blacks during the civil rights movement. Didn't you think we had moved beyond these despicable ideas years ago?

A Westmoreland grocer names Chauncy Childs and a devout Christian posted on her Facebook page http://www.kgw.com/news/westmoreland-grocer-s... that she believes businesses had the right to refuse service to gay people and that gay marriage might lead to pedophilia and bigamy http://www.kgw.com/video/featured-videos/New-... before her grocery even opened for business.

" A new Westmoreland grocery isn't even open yet and already its owner has created a controversy with statements she made online. But the owner told KGW Thursday she wants to make amends.

In about one week Chauncy Childs plans to open her natural grocer on Southeast Milwaukie Avenue. But after a series of postings she made on her Facebook page, she now finds herself at the often dangerous intersection where social media and gay rights meet."

But of course she would never deny service to teh gays, but you know, she should have the right not to. I love how she lies about what her Facebook posting means to the reporter, then admits it and then says she would never act on those beliefs.

" Q) Do you believe that?

Childs: No, I don't think I said that. I said i think that...well, maybe I did say that in the post. Maybe it says that in the article that I referenced. What I believe is that if you, yes, the principle that a person, a private business ahs the right, yes I say I believe that.

Q) But would she ever deny a gay person service at her own store?

Childs: Absolutely not. "

watch it here:
http://crooksandliars.com/2014/04/westmorelan...
Shift

Sunapee, NH

#375 Apr 7, 2014
Tax money siphoned from GA public schools to anti-gay religious schools, suit claims
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/04/07/tax-mon...
Travis Gettys April 7, 2014

"Georgia’s tax credit program siphons off much-needed funds from the state’s public schools by allowing taxpayers to donate scholarship money to private religious schools, according to a lawsuit.

Four taxpayers filed the suit, claiming the state has failed to adequately fund its underachieving public schools while helping to pay for religious instruction, in Fulton County Superior Court, reported Courthouse News.

The suit claims Georgia’s “scheme” allows individual taxpayers and corporations to receive dollar-for-dollar tax credits for donations and contributions made to private Student Scholarship Organizations, which then distribute the redirected tax funds for scholarships to private schools.

Lead plaintiff Raymond Gaddy claims the scholarship organizations violate the state constitution.

“Absent the constitutionally required state administration, the SSOs and the private schools that receive their funds are free to do virtually as they please,” the suit claims.

The suit claims private schools deny student admission at their discretion, while Georgia public schools must admit any student who wishes to attend.

“In this regard, although supposedly intended to benefit underprivileged children, the SSOs and private schools receiving the funds can, and generally do, award scholarships to students who already can afford private schools,” the suit claims.

Attendance at these private religious schools is often conditional – and students are sometimes expelled if they are perceived as gay.

“Many enrollment decisions are conditioned on commitment to specific religious beliefs and practices,” the suit claims.

According to an October report in Rolling Stone http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/the-... many of these schools require students to sign a pledge that they won’t engage in acts of sexual “impurity,” which can be defined as identifying as LGBT or supporting a friend who identifies as gay.

Schools also may deny admission to LGBT students or those who express support for gay rights.

The suit argues that taxpayers are unable to assess whether the scholarship program enacted in 2008 actually helps underprivileged students, as intended.

Most students who attend private schools in Georgia come from households with higher-than-average incomes, according to the suit.

These scholarship organizations are private charities that are exempt from federal income taxes, and they may legally use up to 10 percent of their revenue for their own unregulated purposes.

The suit claims Georgia has redirected $226.9 million in tax revenue to private schools between 2008 and 2013 while failing to meet the basic amount needed for public schools by more than $5 billion.

Participating private schools must be accredited, comply with state rules for private schools, and obey the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The plaintiffs asked the court to find the program violated Georgia’s constitution and to have the state ordered to stop redirecting tax revenue toward private school scholarships."
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Rutland, VT

#376 Apr 8, 2014
offtopic
spam
nuts
clueless
shift

Sunapee, NH

#377 Apr 30, 2014
Google Agrees To Remove Misleading Ads For Right-Wing ‘Crisis Pregnancy Centers’
http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/04/28/34...
Tara Culp-Ressler April 28, 2014

"Google has agreed to remove deceptive advertising for “crisis pregnancy centers,” or CPCs, from the search results that come up when users are seeking information about where to access abortion services. The move comes after mounting pressure from NARAL Pro-Choice America, which identified several CPC ads that violate Google’s terms of service.

According to Google’s advertising policy,“factual claims and offers should always be credible and accurate” and “misleading, inaccurate, and deceitful ads hurt everyone.” NARAL — which is conducting a larger campaign to hold CPCs accountable for their tactics targeting women considering having an abortion — identified several examples of CPC ads that don’t meet those terms.

According to the group’s analysis, 79 percent of the CPCs that advertised on Google indicated that they provide abortion services, even though they’re actually in the business of dissuading women from choosing an abortion. After NARAL presented its findings to Google, the company took down those ads, confirming to the Washington Post that it was simply following its normal procedures for reviewing advertisements.

“Google’s leadership in removing the majority of these ads is a victory for truth in advertising and for the women who have been targeted by a deliberate misinformation campaign by crisis pregnancy centers,” Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said in a statement.“The action taken by Google to address this pressing problem raises the bar for other search engines to monitor and enforce their own advertising policies.”

CPCs, which are essentially front groups for the anti-abortion agenda, are notorious for using deceptive tactics to confuse emotionally vulnerable women. These right-wing groups typically advertise their services as if they’re a full spectrum reproductive health clinic, and their staff members often wear white coats even though they’re not actually medical professionals. It’s not uncommon for CPCs to set up shop right next to abortion clinics to attempt to intercept the clinic’s potential patients. They often advertise their free ultrasound services as a way to convince low-income women to patronize their clinics — but, in states where women need to prove that they’ve had an ultrasound before proceeding with an abortion, CPC employees sometimes refuse to hand over the sonogram."...

read the rest:
http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/04/28/34...
Larry

Montpelier, VT

#378 May 1, 2014
Do the copy and paste people actually think anybody reads the long winded posts with links to whatever nutjob website they go to?

Are these posters incapable of having their own opinions? Or are they just killing time waiting for Mom to call them upstairs for dinner?
Gott mit uns

Sunapee, NH

#379 May 3, 2014
Why no international effort for 200 kidnapped girls?
By Frida Ghitis
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/05/01/opinion/ghi...
May 1, 2014

"If it had happened anywhere else, this would be the world's biggest story.

More than 230 girls disappeared, captured by members of a brutal terrorist group in the dead of night. Their parents are desperate and anguished, angry that their government is not doing enough. The rest of the world is paying little attention.

The tragedy is unfolding in Nigeria, where members of the ultra-radical Islamist group Boko Haram grabbed the girls, most believed to be between 16 and 18, from their dormitories in the middle of the night in mid-April and took them deep into the jungle. A few dozen of the students managed to escape and tell their story. The others have vanished.(Roughly 200 girls remain missing.)

The latest reports from people living in the forest say Boko Haram fighters are sharing the girls, conducting mass marriages, selling them each for $12. One community elder explained the practice as "a medieval kind of slavery."

While much of the world has been consumed with other stories, notably the missing Malaysian plane, the relatives of the kidnapped girls in the small town of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria have struggled for weeks with no resources to help them. The Nigerian government allayed international concerns when it reported -- incorrectly -- that it had rescued most of the girls. But the girls were still in captivity. Their parents raised money to arrange private expeditions into the jungle. They found villagers who had seen the hostages with heavily armed men.

Relatives are holding street protests to demand more help from the government. With a social media push, including a Twitter #BringBackOurGirls campaign, they are seeking help anywhere they can find it."...

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