Sweetness & Light http://sweetness-light.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:20:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 The Weekly S&L ‘Hive’ – Please Talk Among Yourselves http://sweetness-light.com/archive/the-weekly-sl-hive-please-talk-among-yourselves-11 http://sweetness-light.com/archive/the-weekly-sl-hive-please-talk-among-yourselves-11#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:20:31 +0000 http://sweetness-light.com/?p=39885 Here is our weekly discussion thread, where comments on the general topics of the day are very welcome.

But please remember to post specific news items in the ‘Reader Selected News’ thread below or via the ‘News Selected By Our Readers’ link found in the sidebar.


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Reader Selected News For The Week Of Sep 20 To Sep 26 http://sweetness-light.com/archive/reader-selected-news-for-the-week-of-sep-20-to-sep-26 http://sweetness-light.com/archive/reader-selected-news-for-the-week-of-sep-20-to-sep-26#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:17:35 +0000 http://sweetness-light.com/?p=39882 This thread is for the busy bees of S&L to post news articles that might not warrant their own thread.

Posting Guidelines

To make the articles as readable as possible, please:

Only post news from established news media outlets.
Avoid editorials or opinion pieces unless they are truly newsworthy.
Avoid items that most people most likely have seen elsewhere.
Post articles that fit under the topic of a recent thread as a comment there. Always spell out the name of the source and post a link to it.
And always post less than one quarter of the original article.

Posts of articles that do not follow these guidelines may be edited or deleted.

Thank you.


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Black Women’s Group Want Black Women On NFL Panel http://sweetness-light.com/archive/black-womens-group-demand-black-women-on-nfl-panel http://sweetness-light.com/archive/black-womens-group-demand-black-women-on-nfl-panel#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:45:45 +0000 http://sweetness-light.com/?p=39875 From Breitbart:

‘Unacceptable': Black Woman’s Group Slams NFL For No Black Women on Domestic Violence Panel

By Warner Todd Huston | September 19, 2014

An African American women’s group labels it "unacceptable" that the NFL did not include any black women as consultants on its new domestic violence panel…

Funny, but that’s exactly what Jesse Jackson said.

[While] the Black Women’s Roundtable, a group that claims to represent black females of all ages, celebrated the National Football League’s decision to create the advisory panel on domestic violence, it noted the absence of black women for a panel that will examine cases in a majority-black league. African-American women constitute the alleged victims in several of the current cases against players.

The group said in a statement that the "lack of inclusion of women of color, especially black women who are disproportionately impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault; and the fact that over 66% of the NFL players are made up of African-Americans, is unacceptable."

The hell you say.


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29% Want Goodell To Resign, 89% Won’t Watch NFL Less http://sweetness-light.com/archive/29-want-goodell-to-resign-89-wont-watch-nfl-less http://sweetness-light.com/archive/29-want-goodell-to-resign-89-wont-watch-nfl-less#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:38:53 +0000 http://sweetness-light.com/?p=39873 From Breitbart:

Poll: Few Americans Think Roger Goodell Should Resign; 89% Won’t Watch NFL Less Because of Scandals

September 19, 2014

Few Americans agree with ESPN’s Keith Olbermann and the National Organization for Women that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should resign.

An NBC/Marist poll found that just 29 percent of Americans surveyed believe the commissioner should leave his post because of the alleged criminal behavior of several high-profile players…

Vast cultural differences exist among regions on corporal punishment. The poll found a third of Americans supporting parents’ rights to discipline children with a belt, switch, or paddle. A slight majority of Southerners supported the rights of parents to employ such discipline. Adrian Peterson allegedly used a switch to discipline his four-year-old son. 

Just more than half of the respondents believe the NFL mishandled the recent domestic violence cases.

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Scott Walker accused of violating OSHA when he climbs out of pit in ad

By Sean Higgins | September 17, 2014

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s opponents are accusing him of violating the Occupational Health and Safety Administrations regulations in a campaign re-election ad in which he is the only person who appears. That is, he is being accused of physically endangering himself.

In the 30-second ad, titled "Comeback," Walker appears arguing that the state has rebounded economically under his watch. The governor does this while climbing out a dirt pit about 10 feet deep, an effort to symbolize him getting the state out of the financial hole it had dug itself into.

Jeff Kaminiski, president of United Steelworkers Local 2006, which is based in Oak Creek, Wis., said the ad really symbolizes Walker’s disregard for Wisconsin workers because he does not observe proper OSHA regulations while he gets out of the pit…

The governor’s alleged violations include not wearing a hat or safety goggles, the pit not being properly reinforced, and using a ladder that is not regulation length.

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Miley Cyrus — Mexican Flag Ass Stunt Triggers Criminal Investigation

September 18, 2014

Miley Cyrus could go to jail for getting her ass whipped on stage … with a Mexican flag.

Miley was performing Tuesday night — on Mexican Independence Day, mind you — in Monterrey, Mexico when one of her dancers slapped her prosthetic butt with a Mexican flag.

Apparently Mexican officials are super sensitive about disrespecting national symbols so the congress of the state of Nuevo Leon wants her prosecuted. The crime of desecration carries a $1,200 fine and a 36 hour jail sentence.

It wouldn’t be the first time a singer crossed the line South of the border. Paulina Rubio was fined $4K for appearing naked in a mag … draped in a Mexican flag.

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New York offers illegal immigrants zoo trips, museum tours with ID cards

By Laila Kearney | September 18, 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio offered free access to some of his city’s famed cultural destinations on Thursday in a bid to coax illegal immigrants to join an identification card program aimed at helping them do ordinary things like sign a rental lease.

And, before you know it, vote.

Among the perks offered by the Democratic mayor were free or reduced-price admission to places like the Bronx Zoo, New York City Ballet, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Carnegie Hall for all of next year…

"The municipal ID is a powerful tool to bring more New Yorkers out of the shadows and into the mainstream," de Blasio said in a statement.

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GOP heads into midterms without detailed conservative manifesto

By Joseph Lawler | September 19, 2014

Republicans are hoping for another midterm election victory, but are going into November without the ambitious, detailed agenda that some on the Right would like to see.

It’s understandable the Republican Party isn’t offering a ‘conservative manifesto,’ given that their leadership is not conservative.

Unlike when the Tea Party-boosted GOP retook the House of Representatives in 2012, or in the 1994 Gingrich Revolution, Republicans are not offering a Pledge to America or Contract with America…

What would they pledge? Slightly slower amnesty? Slightly less intrusive Obama-Care?

House Speaker John Boehner released a five-point economic plan Thursday that outlined general areas of reform, including cutting spending and reforming taxes…

Even if these were exciting issues (and they’re not), why should we believe them?


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Congress Budget Omits Money For Immigration Courts http://sweetness-light.com/archive/congress-budget-omits-money-for-immigration-courts http://sweetness-light.com/archive/congress-budget-omits-money-for-immigration-courts#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:38:57 +0000 http://sweetness-light.com/?p=39861 From the Associated Press:

Spending bill leaves out immigration courts

September 18, 2014

Congress’ must-pass budget bill ignores the Obama administration’s request to accelerate spending on immigration courts to handle the flood of unaccompanied minors at the border, although it does boost spending flexibility for Border Patrol agents and detention centers.

Immigrant advocates complained that House Republicans focused on detaining Central American youths and families, while ignoring the need for more immigration judges to hear their cases.

Advocates and Democratic congressional aides say the omission of language to accelerate spending on immigration courts upset some Democrats. But the issue got scant attention because the budget bill was needed to avert a government shutdown, and was paired with a vote on arming Syria rebels…

Funny how all of a sudden dealing with the flood of illegal alien children and families is no longer the most important thing in the world.


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Eight Ebola Workers Killed By Locals, Thrown In Latrine http://sweetness-light.com/archive/8-ebola-health-workers-killed-by-locals-thrown-in-latrine http://sweetness-light.com/archive/8-ebola-health-workers-killed-by-locals-thrown-in-latrine#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:01:53 +0000 http://sweetness-light.com/?p=39855 From an unfazed BBC News:

Ebola outbreak: Guinea health team killed

19 September 2014

Eight members of a team trying to raise awareness about Ebola have been killed by villagers using machetes and clubs in Guinea, officials say. Some of the bodies – of health workers, local officials and journalists – were found in a septic tank in a village school near the city of Nzerekore.

Reuters says they were found in the village’s latrine. And that six of them had their throats cut. Which sounds to us like an attempt at decapitation. (Which is likely, given that Guinea is over 85% Muslim.)

Correspondents say many villagers are suspicious of official attempts to combat the disease… The team disappeared after being pelted with stones by residents when they arrived in the village of Wome – in southern Guinea, where the Ebola outbreak was first recorded.

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Senate vote sets up Syria cliff

By BURGESS EVERETT and MANU RAJU | September 18, 2014

The Senate’s passage of President Barack Obama’s plan to arm Syrian rebels sets up an even bigger battle in deadline-driven Washington: The Syria cliff.

While the Senate voted, 78-22, to arm Syrian rebels that oppose the Islamic State and temporarily fund the government, the administration’s authority to train those fighters will run out on Dec. 11. While the measure cleared both chambers by a comfortable margin, there was major unease in the ranks of both parties. Many voted for the measure either to get the issue off their plates ahead of the midterms or because they believe they would be able to reengage on the matter in December.

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Islamic State not Islamic? Kerry, Obama questioned over ISIS claims

September 18, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry insisted Thursday that the Islamic State is not Islamic, underscoring the effort to distinguish the terror group from mainstream Muslims – but also causing consternation that the administration may once again be underplaying the threat of radical Islam.

“They’re not a state, and they do not represent Islam,” Kerry said in testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

In what way don’t they represent Islam? They seem to follow the Koran and Sharia Law to the letter. — Apparently, once again, it all depends what the meaning of the word ‘IS’ is. (Or ISIS or ISIL.)

At several points during the hearing, Kerry sought to describe the group in other terms.

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Iran: Happy video dancers sentenced to 91 lashes and jail

19 September 2014

Six Iranians arrested for appearing in a video dancing to Pharrell Williams’ song Happy have been sentenced to up to one year in prison and 91 lashes, their lawyer says. The sentences were suspended for three years, meaning they will not go to prison unless they reoffend, he adds.

Will they still get the 91 lashes?

The video shows three men and three unveiled women dancing on the streets and rooftops of Tehran. In six months, it has been viewed by over one million people on YouTube.

The irony here is that the vast majority of those viewers now believe Iran is a happy liberal and progressive country, rather than a dreary authoritarian conservative country.


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Former German Rapper Is Now A Top Recruiter For ISIS http://sweetness-light.com/archive/former-german-rapper-is-now-a-top-recruiter-for-isis http://sweetness-light.com/archive/former-german-rapper-is-now-a-top-recruiter-for-isis#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:53:24 +0000 http://sweetness-light.com/?p=39848 From Yahoo News:

From gangsta rapper to Islamist militant

A German hip-hop artist joins the Islamic State, sparking fears of homegrown terror in his country

By Marc Young | September 19, 2014

As war in Syria and Iraq attracts a growing number of Muslim extremists from Europe, intelligence officials in Germany believe a former gangsta rapper has joined the inner circle of Islamists fighting there.

Is anyone keeping a count of how many former ‘rappers’ have taken up jihad? It’s almost as if rap music encourages anti-social behavior. In fact, it’s becoming a close call as to which has contributed more to our culture: Islam or rap music.

But why is our news media ignoring this phenomenon? Would they ignore such a connection if so many terrorists were former fans of conservative talk radio?


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Muslims In Australia Protest Police Raids (Call Cops Pigs) http://sweetness-light.com/archive/muslims-in-australia-protest-police-raids-call-cops-pigs http://sweetness-light.com/archive/muslims-in-australia-protest-police-raids-call-cops-pigs#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:32:00 +0000 http://sweetness-light.com/?p=39846 From Australia’s News.Com.Au

Lakemba protest by Muslims who believe Australian terror raids were ‘unjust policing’

By ANDREW KOUBARIDIS | September 19, 2014

AN URGENT meeting was called last night by members of the Muslim community who were outraged about yesterday’s anti-terror raids in Sydney. A speaker at the protest, said… women and children had been terrified during the raids and homes “smashed” as they were carried out, he said, adding they took place only days after the Government claimed there was no direct terror threat.

[The speak said] the Muslim community… were “not fools” and could see through the “spin” and “propaganda” of the Abbott Government who he insisted were seeking to politicise the security situation…

He drew a direct link between yesterday’s raids and arrests and the anti-terror bills about to be Introduced to Parliament.

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