In front of emotional supporters, Mayor de Blasio signed legislation Monday that will prohibit employers from inquiring about a candidate’s criminal record prior to a job offer.
“Today I see hope for people like me,” said Marilyn Scales, 52, of the Bronx, who said she never has had a full-time job because of her record for dealing heroin.
The mayor also signed legislation to step up regulation of the car wash industry. Car washes will have to obtain biannual city licenses as well as a $150,000 bond to cover costs if they are sued for wage theft.
After six months of study, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has issued new guidelines on how to care for transgender illegal aliens who end up in detention facilities, awaiting possible deportation.
The goal of the Transgender Care Memorandum is to provide a “respectful, safe and secure environment for all detainees, including those individuals who identify as transgender.”
Among the questions to be asked of men who identify as women or vice-versa: “Do you prefer to wear male or female clothing?” “Are there any specific clothing items (e.g. undergarments) that you need that you have not been provided?”
(An attachment to the guidance notes, “The detention standards do not restrict the provision of gender-appropriate clothing. In general, brassieres should be provided to individuals who request them, as appropriate.”)
Other questions for transgender detainees include, “Would you feel safer being housed in a cell with someone else or by yourself?” “Do you have a preference for whether a male or female staff member searches you?”
When there are questions about an illegal alien’s gender identity, ICE intake officials are instructed to ask, right at the start, “Do you wish to disclose your gender identity?”
WASHINGTON — Fewer than 100 Syrian rebels are being trained by the U.S. military to fight the Islamic State group, a tiny total for a sputtering program with a stated goal of producing 5,400 fighters a year.
The training effort is moving so slowly that critics question whether it can produce enough capable fighters quickly enough to make a difference. Military officials said last week that they still hope for 3,000 by year’s end. Privately, they acknowledge the trend is moving in the wrong direction.
On June 26, 2014, the White House said it was asking Congress for $500 million for a three-year train-and-equip program. It only got started in May, however.
That program, together with a more advanced but also troubled parallel effort to rebuild the Iraqi army, is central to the U.S.-led effort to create ground forces capable of fighting IS without involving U.S. ground combat troops.
The Syria initiative is seen more as a way of enabling moderate opposition forces to defend their own towns against the militants. Expectations for the Iraqis are much higher; the goal is to have them roll back IS and restore the Iraq-Syria border.
The main problem thus far has been finding enough Syrian recruits untainted by extremist affiliations or disqualified by physical or other flaws. Of approximately 6,000 volunteers, about 1,500 have passed muster and await movement to training camps in other countries. Citing security concerns, the Pentagon will not say exactly how many are in training. Officials said that as of Friday, the number was under 100 and that none has completed the program.
“We have set the bar very high on vetting,” said Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman.
Elizabeth Warren says it’s “too early to say” whether she’ll hit the campaign trail in support of her Senate colleague Bernie Sanders.
“Bernie’s out talking about the issues that the American people want to hear about,” the Massachusetts Democratic senator told the Boston Herald Monday.
She did not rule out the possibility of campaigning for the Vermont senator, nor would she comment on the prospect of supporting other Democratic candidates like former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley or presumptive front-runner Hillary Clinton.
“Bernie is there on the issues,” Warren said. “That’s what matters to a lot of people.”
“I love what Bernie is talking about,” she added.
Warren also criticized Republican candidates Monday at a roundtable in Worcester, Mass. for using the Affordable Care Act “as a punching bag to try to excite their base.”
“[I]f they want to fight, then we better be ready to fight,” she told the audience.
You don’t tug on Superman’s cape. You don’t spit into the wind. You don’t pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger. And, as yet another taxpayer-funded English teacher has now learned, it’s generally good advice to avoid stomping on the American flag in public schools.
The teacher this time is Jordan Parmenter. Until the other day, he had been an employee of the school district in Martinsville, Ill., a tiny rural town (pop. 1,167).
The school board had previously placed Parmenter on administrative leave after he stomped on a U.S. flag in class during a May 15 incident at the Martinsville Junior-Senior High School.
Students say he was using the American flag as a pointer. When a student suggested that this use of Old Glory could be viewed as disrespectful, Parmenter got really mad, students said. He dropped the flag on the floor and intentionally stepped right on it.
The Charleston, S.C., shootings have prompted six Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to push for hearings on domestic terrorism.
Spearheaded by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and the top Democrat on the committee, Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, the senators point to statements by alleged shooter Dylann Roof before the massacre at the black church.
“If this same act had been perpetrated by someone claiming a desire to harm Americans in the service of Islamist principles, it would immediately be labeled an act of terror,” the senators write. “A violent act motivated by a racist desire to intimidate a civilian population falls squarely within the definition of domestic terrorism.”
The letter is addressed to Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa.
“We urge you to hold hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee on the threat posed by domestic terrorism and homegrown hate groups. In the past, mass violence in our country has been explained away as an act of insanity to be treated as a mental health issue. What we saw in South Carolina is about hate, and it is about evil,” the Democrats write.
The hardline Islamic State group has beheaded two women in Syria, the first time it has decapitated female civilians, the founder of a group monitoring the war said on Tuesday.
The beheadings took place in the eastern Deir al-Zor province this week said Rami Abdulrahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the conflict using sources on the ground.
One of the women was beheaded along with her husband in Deir al-Zor city. In al-Mayadeen city to the south east, the group beheaded another woman and her husband. All of them were accused of sorcery, the monitor said.
Islamic State has beheaded local and foreign men in Syria, including enemy combatants, aid workers and journalists as well as people it has deemed as violating its hardline interpretation of Islamic law.
DeRay McKesson, always on the job agitating, is pushing the #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches hashtag. There has been no indication that the three church fires which officials have preliminarily called arson were burned because they were ‘black churches’, or that the fires are even related. One could point to the fact that there are many churches where there has been arson that are not ‘black churches’.
Arson of a church is a serious question.
But the giggle is instead of picking up on his race baiting, another leftist chastises him for using the ‘s/he’ pronoun, since that is not ‘all inclusive’.
Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) says, “I believe it’s a culture that enables or says it’s okay for law enforcement officers to shoot to kill blacks.”
Johnson made the comment during an appearance on the So That Happened podcast last week, when Johnson was asked about cultural problems on police forces.
“I believe it’s a culture that enables or says it’s okay for law enforcement officers to shoot to kill blacks be they male or female, Hispanics -to use excessive force. Yes, I do think it’s a cultural issue within certain departments.
For The New York Times, deciding which images are too offensive for publication is a tricky business.
On Monday, the paper published an image of Niki Johnson’s “Eggs Benedict,” a portrait of Pope Benedict XVI fashioned entirely out of condoms.
The artwork is “not hate-based,” the Milwaukee artist told the Times, but is meant only to “critique” Benedict’s views on sex and contraception “while raising awareness about public health.”
“What I want to do is really destigmatize the condom, normalize it,” she told the newspaper. “I’ve watched kids and parents talk about condoms. It opens a door to talking about what those things are and what they do.”
The Times’ decision to run an image of “Eggs Benedict” comes just five months after it opted not to show Charlie Hebdo’s infamously provocative artwork.
The newspaper’s executive editor, Dean Baquet, said in public statements at the time that the French satirical magazine’s cartoons were simply too offensive for publication.
“Was it hard to deny our readers these images? Absolutely. But we still have standards, and they involve not running offensive material,” Baquet told the Washington Examiner in January. “And they don’t meet our standards. They are provocative on purpose. They show religious figures in sexual positions. We do not show those.”
Chelsea Clinton demanded $65,000 to make a 10-minute speech at a public university after they balked at her mother’s appearance fee, it has been revealed.
The University of Missouri at Kansas City was looking for a celebrity to open their women’s hall of fame in February 2014.
Their initial choice was former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
But when they were told how much it would cost – $275,000 – they turned it down and went to what they thought was the next best thing.
A Pakistani Christian woman facing death for drinking water out of the same vessel used by her Muslim co-workers is in such poor health her supporters fear she won’t make it to her date with the executioner.
Aasiya Noreen, a wife and mother of five better known as Asia Bibi, was sentenced in 2010 to be hanged for apostasy. The grim verdict was handed down after her co-workers charged she had insulted Prophet Mohammed when she was told she could not share the water vessel. Now 50, Bibi is suffering from numerous health problems, including intestinal bleeding, according to Global Dispatch, which cited Bibi’s family in reporting the woman is “so weak she could hardly walk.”
“She is an exemplar of a gross miscarriage of injustice rooted in Pakistan’s extremely unfair blasphemy laws and of how this law can victimize someone who should not be inside the criminal justice system whatsoever,” said Phelim Kine, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division.
(CNSNews.com) – Amazon.com joined other American companies like eBay and Wal-Mart last week in banning the sale of the Confederate flag, but the online retail giant has apparently not banned items associated with foreign terrorist groups.
Flags of Hamas and Hezbollah, and armed “Taliban” action figures are among the offerings available with a few clicks of a mouse.
Amazon’s decision to remove merchandise featuring the Confederate flag, reported by Reuters and others last week, came in the wake of the shooting of nine people in a church in Charleston, S.C. by a white gunman who photographed himself draped in the flag.
Former President Jimmy Carter referred to the United States as the most “warlike country on Earth” last week during an interview with the nonprofit Aspen Institute.
“I think the American superpower goal should be to the champion of peace, and to be the champion of human rights, and to be the champion of the environment and to be the most generous nation on Earth,” he said. “Those are the elements that I hope eventually the United States will set as goals. We are the most warlike country on Earth. We are laggard in addressing the problem of global warming, for instance, and we are now violating about ten of the 30 paragraphs in the universal declaration of human rights, so I think this is something we should look upon as our duties for the future.”
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point officials have advised faculty that the term “America is a melting pot” is a racial microaggression.
The common phrase was among a list of examples of so-called racial microaggressions used “as a discussion item for some new faculty and staff training over the past few years,” a campus official told The College Fix in an email.
Other phrases on the list included: “You are a credit to your race,” “where are you from,” “there is only one race, the human race,” “I believe the most qualified person should get the job” and “everyone can succeed in this society if they work hard enough.”
The list is very similar to a list of microaggressions distributed by University of California system administrators in voluntary faculty trainings held over the last school year. That list suggested similar phrases to the ones distributed by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.