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Reader Selected News For Week Apr 5 – Apr 11

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This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 4th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Reader Selected News For Week Apr 5 – Apr 11”

  1. canary says:

    Update on Russians sites on Alaska

    Moscow Times: “After Crimea, Russians Say They Want Alaska Back”
    From the Moscow Times:

    In an appearance on a BBC talk show last month, Vladimir Chizhov, Russia’s permanent representative to the European Union, made perhaps the most direct hint at this goal of any official, suggesting that U.S. Senator John McCain should “watch over Alaska.”

    The petition has collected signatures from numerous U.S. states, including California, Florida, Michigan, New York and Texas…

    “I have been working on this since 2008,” Nikolayev said in a telephone interview. “We found in the archives that Spruce Island belongs to the Russian Orthodox Church and that its ownership of the land was immune to any sale and territorial transfer. The island was the home of famous Russian holy people such as Saint Herman of Alaska.”…

    From a tax payers media source who claims Russia is not joking because “legalizing gay marriage” violated the sale.

    NPR: Not An April Fools’ Joke: Russians Petition To Get Alaska Back

    By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson – April 1, 2014

    On the March 23 episode of BBC One’s Andrew Marr Talk Show, Vladimir Chizhov, who is Russia’s ambassador to the EU, also brought up Russia’s historical claim to Alaska to another guest that day, U.S. Sen. John McCain, the Republican from Arizona.

    “We do not have any — I would say — expansionist views,” Chizhov said, when pressed about Russia’s intentions in Ukraine and elsewhere.

    When the moderator persisted, Chizhov responded: “Should I tell Sen. McCain to watch over Alaska? … It used to be Russian.” He quickly added: “I’m joking, of course.”

    But it’s no joke to some Russian officials and groups. Last year, an obscure group called The Little Bees filed a claim with the U.S. government demanding a cancellation of the Alaska sales agreement and millions of dollars in compensation.

    The plaintiffs claimed the payment the U.S. made to Russia was illegal and that legalization of gay marriage also violated the American-Russian contract…


  2. captstubby says:

    so when the next global killer astroid comes….
    who are we going to hitch a ride from ?
    Ben Affleck?
    “And I don’t wanna miss a thing.”


  3. captstubby says:

    Derp government: State Department loses $6 billion
    By: John Hayward
    4/4/2014 01:45 PM
    The latest news from the Washington Free Beacon won’t look good on Hillary Clinton’s resume, which thus far consists mostly of bloody disasters, cover-ups, and loads of frequent flyer miles:
    The State Department misplaced and lost some $6 billion due to the improper filing of contracts during the past six years, mainly during the tenure of former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, according to a newly released Inspector General report.
    The $6 billion in unaccounted funds poses a “significant financial risk and demonstrates a lack of internal control over the Department’s contract actions,” according to the report.
    The alert, originally sent on March 20 and just released this week, warns that the missing contracting funds “could expose the department to substantial financial losses.”
    The report centered on State Department contracts worth “more than $6 billion in which contract files were incomplete or could not be located at all,” according to the alert.
    “The failure to maintain contract files adequately creates significant financial risk and demonstrates a lack of internal control over the Department’s contract actions,” the alert states.
    The situation “creates conditions conducive to fraud, as corrupt individuals may attempt to conceal evidence of illicit behavior by omitting key documents from the contract file,” the report concluded.
    The State Department’s inability to properly file its paperwork is causing most of the losses, according to the report.

    all together now;

    “What difference at this point does it make?”


  4. BillK says:

    More in the “Tolerance is agreeing with us” category.

    From the Boulder, CO Daily Camera:

    CU-Boulder faculty chairman: Steven Hayward’s comments border on hate speech

    Faculty group supports student criticism of conservative scholar

    By Sarah Kuta

    The chairman of the Boulder Faculty Assembly at the University of Colorado said he feels a blog post written by Steven Hayward, the school’s first-ever visiting scholar of conservative thought, borders on hate speech.

    The day after CU Student Government leaders spoke out against Hayward’s “oppressive and discriminatory” ideas, the Boulder Faculty Assembly discussed statements made by the professor and whether it should respond officially as a faculty group.

    I found this offensive, bordering on what I think most people would say is hate speech,” Chairman Paul Chinowsky told the group during a meeting Thursday. “If any (other) faculty member said this, we would find ourselves in a dean’s office or possibly on suspension for writing this. I applaud the students for having the nerve to stand up to this. The question is, are we going to allow this or condone this from someone in our own faculty?

    Chinowsky said he couldn’t believe what he read in Hayward’s blog post, titled “Off on a gender-bender,” on the website Powerline.

    In the post, Hayward poked fun at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community — referring to the community as “LGBTQRSTUW (or whatever letters have been added lately)” — and expressed his discomfort and confusion with university training about how to respect a student’s gender identity.


    As with Mozilla, dissenters must be destroyed, as speech that disagrees with us is obviously hate.

    • BillK says:

      The students’ protest the day before:

      CUSG Corner: Comments by CU-Boulder conservative scholar Steven Hayward mock students’ experiences

      Bigotry is not diversity

      By Chris Schaefbauer and Caitlin Pratt

      Steven Hayward is the current Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy at the University of Colorado-Boulder. The position was created last year with the intention to counter a perceived liberal bias on campus. Each year, a new conservative academic will be selected to spend a year at CU-Boulder, teaching classes and contributing to on-campus discussion and dialogue about a number of political issues. The position has the potential to create valuable dialogue on our campus. However, the academic imperative to promote a diversity of ideas and experiences ends when the ideas being expressed are oppressive and discriminatory.

      During an interview with Colorado Public Radio in March, Hayward made a number of claims in response to the report that recently came out about the hostile and sexist climate that went unchecked in CU’s philosophy department. Criticizing the report published by the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on the Status of Women, Hayward said the report was vague and lacked clear examples, then continued on to suggest that, rather than involving official university structures in situations where a woman feels she is being sexually harassed, she should slap the person harassing her.

      “You know, my mother and my mother-in-law both said, ‘You know when those kinds of things happened to us, usually a lot worse 40 or 50 years ago when they were in the working world, they slapped people.’ Maybe we ought to get back to that,” he said.

      This comment ignores very real structures and systems of power and oppression. Physical retaliation is not an appropriate solution to sexual harassment in the classroom. Responding to harassment or abuse with physical retaliation or directly confronting the perpetrator can put the victim at even greater risk. In making these statements, Hayward has engaged in victim-blaming: the onus should not be on the person being harassed to defend themselves, it should be on the person who is perpetrating harassment and abuse, and on the university to create an environment where people feel safe and supported in reporting conduct violations.


      You can guess where this ultra-liberal BS is leading:

      Hayward’s remarks on the American Philosophical Association report are far from the only concerning statements he has made in media outlets. In a blog post on PowerLine dated Oct. 1, 2013, Hayward rejected the notion that he should respect the preferred pronouns of a transgender student by quoting a graduate student from another university who wrote: “It is most certainly not my job, though, to cheer along anyone, student or otherwise, in their psychological confusion.” Speaking of university policies protecting individuals based on their gender identities, Hayward then added:

      “So why is this gender-bending diversity mandate so prominent at universities these days? The most likely explanation is that it is simply yielding to the demands of the folks who dislike any constraint of human nature in what goes by the LGBTQRSTUW (or whatever letters have been added lately) ‘community.’ I place ‘community’ in quotation marks here because the very idea of community requires a certain commonality based ultimately in nature, while the premise behind gender-bending is resolutely to deny any such nature, including especially human nature.”

      These comments invalidate the lived realities of transgender individuals and mock the LGBTQ community as a whole. It is not Steven Hayward’s job to determine whether or not someone’s identity is valid; it is his job to contribute to a campus environment where everyone is respected and valued. These attitudes actively contribute to inequality.

      “Everyone,” it seems, meaning “liberals only.” As usual.

  5. canary says:

    Steven Hayward won this round with hypocrites Schaefbauer and Pratt’s LGBTQ examples. When did the LGBTs add a “Q”. It must be dissected so as to not offend one’s gender or which way they bender over.

    Does the new “Q” stand for “Queer” or “Queen”? Is it not an abrreviation but a symbol of a hole and line that means

    I have no idea. But someone “Q” might get real upet and complain if you don’t know.

    It’s a must in the political discussions to know so one is not accused of being inpolitically correct by idiots at CU that print such statements in their paper when they are confusing everyone.

    Forget being impolitically correct, but it can be difficult to tell one’s sex these days and you really don’t know if you should say “mam” or “sir” and so they need to replace that.

    “These comments invalidate the lived realities of transgender individuals and mock the LGBTQ community as a whole.”

    “The lived realities and rights of women and LGBTQ individuals should not be open to be denied, dissected, refuted or used as talking points in a conflict between liberal and conservative politics.”

    • canary says:

      ugh. I should have just googled LGBTQ because the most popular visited site the Youth Health Organization that sure as heck would argue with the CU losers Schaefbauer and Pratt that it must be open,disected,disapritied, experienced, to be healthy. These CU losers must not know that “Q” means “Questioning!”

      I’d have never guessed that. I thought Queer Queen, because Drag Queens enjoy talking in their own lingo, model walk, artisitic make-up. I was wrong.

      “Health issues specific to youth that are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ or GLBTQ) is a new and exciting field emerging within the health promotion, research, and medical fields. The concerns and health needs of LGBTQ youth are often unique, and their experiences with health and health care are often different than that of their heterosexual peers. These resources offer training and webinars on how to provide optimal health services and health programs for LGBTQ youth, information on the health disparities experienced by LGBTQ youth, and resources regarding social support and advocacy relevant to LGBTQ youth.”

      (I had to read ten paragraphs to find out what the Q. How many children have to read that far to find out what the heck “Q” means)


  6. canary says:

    Here’s a couple of articles on the overlooked Navy Officer gunned down on Norfolk Naval Base.
    He was inprisoned two times and was just released. Murder and dumping a body, then dealing crack cociane, but the TSA gave him clearance.

    The Blaze: AP: Civilian Who Shot Navy Sailor Has Been Identified — and He Has a Sketchy Past
    Mar. 28 2014

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The civilian truck driver who killed a sailor aboard a destroyer at the world’s largest naval base was a Virginia man who records show was a convicted felon, a Navy official said Thursday… the shooter was Jeffrey Tyrone Savage…

    North Carolina records show Savage was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in 2008 in Mecklenburg County…

    Savage was also sentenced in Virginia in 1998 for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and served nearly five years in federal prison..


    DailyPress: Navy identifies sailor killed by shooter at Naval Station Norfolk

    By Tyra M. Vaughn and Hugh Lessig – March 26, 2014

    Clark said the suspect possessed a Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) used by maritime or transportation workers.

    According to the website for Military Sealift Command, it allows an individual access to secure areas of ports and vessels that are regulated under the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002.

    To get a TWIC, a person must provide biometric information such as fingerprints, be photographed and pass a security threat assessment by the Transportation Security Administration…

    A Defense Department investigation found gaps in security, and a report released March 18 listed ways the Pentagon would enhance physical security at its installations and improve security clearance procedures…


    Perhaps the TSA needs to all have all their background checks, phone records checked.

    • canary says:

      If the suspect had been White, they would not be trying to cover this up so desparately.

      If the commander in chief would take a break from partying, entertainment, sports, and spying on innocent people there will be change. He is sending a bad message to the world that endangers the security of our country.

  7. canary says:

    US to export Jet plane parts to Iran ending 1979 ban

    US gives Boeing, GE license to sell spare parts to Iran

    April 05, 2014

    The US Treasury has awarded American-based Boeing and GE a license to sell spare parts to Iran. The move is part of a temporary sanctions relief deal that began in January, Reuters reported. The deal breaks a long trade silence between the US and Iran.

    General Electric’s (GE) application was approved on Friday, said the company’s spokesman, Rick Kennedy. The application requested to service 18 engines sold to Iran in the late 1970s.

    Boeing, the world’s largest airplane company, also received a license this week and will now be in touch with Iran to determine which spare parts will be exported, according to the company’s spokesman.

    All business activity between the US and Iran was brought to an end after the 1979 US hostage crisis, which was followed by US sanctions.

    The US Treasury spokesperson said the department does not issue comments about licenses, Reuters reported.

    The relief deal was struck between Iran and six world powers – the UK, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the US – in November.


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