2014 MacArthur Genius Grant Recipients/College Courses

From an unfazed Associated Press:

List of 2014 MacArthur ‘genius grant’ recipients

September 17, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — The following 21 fellows will each receive $625,000 over the next five years from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation…

—- Mary Bonauto, 53, Boston. Civil rights lawyer, director of the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders and a leader in the marriage equality movement.

—- Tami Bond, 50, Urbana, Illinois. Environmental engineer at the University of Illinois and expert on global effects of soot on climate and health.

—- Sarah Deer, 41, Saint Paul, Minnesota. Professor at William Mitchell College of Law and advocate for Native American women at risk of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

—- Jennifer L. Eberhardt, 49, Stanford, California. Stanford University social psychologist investigating how racial bias and stereotypes affect law enforcement and criminal sentencing.

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Dems To Strip NFL Tax Exemption Over Redskins/Violence

From the Politico:

Maria Cantwell: Bill to hit NFL on taxes

By LUCY MCCALMONT | September 16, 2014

Sen. Maria Cantwell said Tuesday that she will introduce legislation that will aim to strip the National Football League of its tax-exempt status.

Just as we predicted.

Cantwell announced her plans during a news conference on Capitol Hill with leaders of Change the Mascot, the campaign calling for a change in the name of the Washington Redskins. “The NFL needs [to] join the rest of America in the 21st century. We can no longer tolerate this attitude towards Native Americans. This is not about team tradition; it is about right and wrong,” Cantwell said, according to a spokesperson for the Washington Democrat.

She continued, “Now the NFL continues to enjoy its not-for-profit tax status granted by the federal government.

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RGIII Avoids NFL Fine By Wearing Jesus T-Shirt Inside Out

From CNS News:

RGIII’s T-Shirt: ‘No Jesus, No Peace;’ NFL: No Wear

By Terence P. Jeffrey | September 15, 2014

(CNSNews.com) – Washington Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III, who dislocated his ankle in Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, entered the room for a post-game press conference wearing a T-shirt that said "[K]No[w] Jesus, [K]No[w] Peace" but turned it inside-out before speaking to reporters.

Video and photographic images show Griffin entering the room wearing the shirt–showing its emphatically Christian inscription–and then making remarks at the podium while wearing the shirt turned inside out so that the inscription did not show…

Michael Phillips, a sportswriter for the Richmond Times Dispatch, who was in the room..l later published a story that said: "He entered the news conference room on crutches, wearing a neon-blue T-shirt that said: ‘Know Jesus, Know Peace,’ though he was asked to turn it inside-out by an NFL uniform inspector, who informed him only officially-licensed Nike products could be worn on camera."

Wonder what would happen to a player wearing a ‘Know Allah, Know Peace’ T-shirt?

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Reggie Bush May ‘Harshly’ Discipline 1 Year Old Daughter

From a spittle-flecked with rage ABC News:

Reggie Bush Might ‘Harshly’ Discipline His 1-Year-Old Daughter

By MEGHAN KENEALLY | September 16, 2014

NFL star Reggie Bush told a radio call-in show that he disciplines his 1-year-old daughter, and one day could do so "harshly," as he came to the defense of fellow star Adrian Peterson’s alleged parenting tactics.

The media is preparing yet another victim for the chopping block.

The 29-year-old Detroit Lions running back made his comments during the "Boomer and Carton" radio show on New York’s WFAN this morning.

"I most definitely discipline my daughter. I have a 1-year-old daughter, and I discipline her," he said. "Obviously, every person is different. I definitely will use my best judgment to discipline her depending on the situation, on what happens.

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Vikings Bar Adrian Peterson From All Its Team’s Activities

From a cheering Associated Press:

Vikings bar Peterson from all team activities

By Jon Krawczynski | September 17, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – After a day of public pressure from angry fans and concerned sponsors, the Minnesota Vikings have reversed course and placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas.

But the Vikings don’t want to punish him before the has had due process.

The Vikings made the announcement early Wednesday morning, about a day and a half after initially deciding that Peterson could play with the team while the legal process played out. Peterson is charged with a felony for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son and now could miss the rest of the season while the case proceeds through the court system.

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$1B Contractor Processed Only 5% Of O-Care Applications

From the Washington Free Beacon:

Obamacare Contractors Paid To Play Pictionary

September 16, 2014

Serco, a private contracting firm paid more than $1 billion to process paper Obamacare applications, paid employees to do nothing. They also processed a tiny fraction of the applications they originally projected.

Employees have been coming forward for several months with reports of the contract company’s behavior.

In a local report from Missouri’s KMOV, Serco employees told reporters they spent their office hours playing Pictionary and 20 Words. One employee said a supervisor told her she was only expected to process one or two applications a month.

After all, it’s a government job. No since rushing things.

Serco initially testified before Congress that the company was prepared to process an estimated 6.2 million paper applications.

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House Passes Bill To Prevent EBT Purchases Of Marijuana

First we have this from last week, via Washington Times:

Welfare recipients can use debit cards for marijuana

By S.A. Miller | September 9, 2014

Welfare recipients can’t use their EBT cards at liquor stores but they can at marijuana dispensaries in states such as Colorado that have legalized pot, Sen. Jeff Sessions revealed Tuesday.

The Alabama Republican announced that he was drafting legislation to close the welfare-for-weed loophole after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services confirmed to him that marijuana shops were not off limits to EBT cards, which replaced food stamps, or other federal benefits.

What a wet blanket.

“The federal government current spends roughly $750 billion each year on means-tested welfare programs across 80 different accounts. This money is administered by a vast, sprawling bureaucracy with little oversight and no moral vision,” said Mr.

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AP: Blacks, Hispanics Have Doubts About Media Accuracy

From an irony-proof Associated Press:

Blacks, Hispanics have doubts about media accuracy

By JESSE J. HOLLAND | September 16, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study shows a large majority of African-American and Hispanic news consumers don’t fully trust the media to portray their communities accurately, a statistic that could be troubling for the news industry as the minority population of the United States grows.

Three-fourths of African-American news consumers and two-thirds of Hispanics have doubts about what mainstream media report about their communities, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Media Insight Project…

The news media knows which side of the bread their butter is on. If they accurately reported what is happening in the black and Hispanic communities, blacks and Hispanics might never vote Democrat again.

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Department Of Justice Launches Police ‘Racial Bias’ Study

From a cheering Associated Press:

Feds launch policing bias study

By ERIC TUCKER | September 16, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Broadening its push to improve police relations with minorities, the Justice Department has enlisted a team of criminal justice researchers to study racial bias in law enforcement in five American cities and recommend strategies to address the problem nationally, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday.

The police shooting last month of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri underscored the need for the long-planned initiative, Holder said in an interview with The Associated Press.

He said the three-year project could be a "silver lining" if it helps ease racial tensions and "pockets of distrust that show up between law enforcement and the communities that they serve."

The five cities have not yet been selected, but the researchers involved in the project say they’re bringing a holistic approach that involves training police officers on issues of racial bias, data analysis and interviews with community members.

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Durbin: Amnesty Bill Would Have Helped Contain Ebola

From the Washington Times:

Dem. senator: Immigration reform bill would’ve helped contain Ebola outbreak

By Ben Wolfgang | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate on Tuesday seemed to blame House Republicans’ opposition to a comprehensive immigration reform bill for the lack of trained doctors in African nations now struggling to contain a deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus.

Amnesty is so wonderful it can even help stop Ebola.

Sen. Richard Durbin, Illinois Democrat, said that the immigration bill — which passed the Senate last year but has not been brought up for a vote in the House amid strong Republican resistance — contained measures requiring some doctors to remain in their home countries in Africa before they could be “recruited” to practice in the U.S.

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Iraq Vatican Ambassador: ISIS Wants To Assassinate Pope

From the UK’s Telegraph:

Isil want to assassinate the Pope, says Iraq’s ambassador to Vatican

By Nick Squires | 16 September 2014

Rome — Pope Francis is at risk of an assassination attempt by the Islamic extremists of Isil, the Vatican has been warned, ahead of his first visit to a Muslim-majority country this weekend.

As the 77-year-old pontiff prepares to travel to Albania on Sunday for a one-day visit, Iraq’s ambassador to the Holy See said there were credible threats against the pontiff’s life.

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church could also be vulnerable when he travels to Turkey in [late] November, the ambassador said…

It seems like only yesterday that the Russians were trying to bump off the Pope. (Using a crazy Turk intermediary.)

Jihadists from Isil have in recent weeks boasted of wanting to extend their caliphate to Rome, the heart of Western Christendom, and have talked of planting the jihadist black flag on top of St Peter’s Basilica.

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UN Warns Coalition To Follow ‘Laws Of War’ Fighting ISIS

From an unquestioning Reuters:

U.N. experts caution powers they must heed ‘laws of war’ in fighting IS

By Stephanie Nebehay | September 16, 2014

GENEVA (Reuters) – United Nations war crimes investigators for Syria cautioned world powers preparing military action against Islamic State fighters that the ‘laws of war’ would apply to them and they must do everything possible to protect civilian populations…

"As military action on ISIS positions seems increasingly likely, we remind all parties that they must abide by the laws of war and most particularly, the principles of distinction and proportionality. Serious efforts must be made by all parties to preserve civilian life," Paulo Pinheiro, chairman of the U.N. commission of inquiry, told the Human Rights Council on Tuesday.

The UN is always so helpful.

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Yemeni In Upstate NY Charged With Recruiting For ISIS

From Fox News:

New York man accused of trying to recruit, aid ISIS militants

September 17, 2014

Federal authorities have accused an upstate New York man of attempting to aid and recruit fighters for the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. Mufid Elfgeeh, 30, of Rochester, was indicted by a federal grand jury on three counts of attempting to provide material support and resources to the group widely known as ISIS that has been designated by the U.S. as a foreign terrorist organization, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Elfgeeh, who was born in Yemen and is a naturalized U.S. citizen, is one of the first people accused by the U.S. of recruiting on behalf of ISIS.

So all that talk about him being a "New York man" is hogwash.

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White House Pushes Back Against Ground Troops In Iraq

From The Hill:

WH pushes back on talk of combat troops in Iraq

By Justin Sink and Jesse Byrnes | September 16, 2014

The White House and congressional Democrats on Tuesday pushed back against speculation that President Obama could order ground troops into Iraq, after the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said combat forces could fight Islamic militants.

"Speculation"? The head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said it.

Gen. Martin Dempsey was "referring to a hypothetical scenario in which there might be a future situation in which he might make a tactical recommendation to the president as it relates to … the use of ground troops," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday.

Actually, Gen. Dempsey said if Obama’s bombing campaign failed to defeat ISIS, he could well recommend ground troops.

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Under Obama’s ‘Plan’ US Troops In Iraq Will Reach 1,600

From the Washington Times:

U.S. troops in Iraq to rise to 1,600

By Stephen Dinan | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

There will be 1,600 U.S. troops in Iraq by the time President Obama’s current plans are fully in place — but none of those are considered combat troops, which means the U.S. is not officially reengaged in the war there, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Congress on Tuesday.

“Instead, these advisers are supporting Iraqi and Kurdish forces in supporting the government’s plan to stand up Iraqi national guard units,” Mr. Hagel told the Senate Armed Services Committee…

What is the number of troops you have to hit before you are officially at war? Besides, does anyone really believe we will be able to stop at 1,600 soldiers?

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