A student at a Texas college filed a lawsuit Wednesday claiming administrators shut down her free speech event that included a gun rights sign, telling her she needed “special permission” and that it was unclear if she could advocate for gun rights on campus.
Nicole Sanders filed the federal lawsuit against Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, after her event was shut down earlier this year. The lawsuit challenges the school’s restrictions on free expression, including the policy that requires college officials approve all material distributed on campus.
Sanders and another student were trying to get students to sign up for the group Young Americans for Liberty, and they held two signs outside the Student Center. The first sign read, “Defend Gun Rights on Campus.” The other sign read, “LOL” with the Obama presidential logo replacing the “O.”
Campus police officers and the coordinator of the Student Center and Campus Events approached the students when they entered the Student Center. The administrator told them they needed special permission to collect sign-ups for their YAL club and to display their signs.
According to Sanders, the official added, “I don’t know that you can get special permission” to advocate for gun rights, and said she was not against guns, but “on campus, I’m not so sure.” A video of the exchange was obtained at the time by Campus Reform.
(CNSNews.com) – The Trans-Pacific Partnership that President Barack Obama is negotiating with 11 other nations seeks to eliminate both tariff and nontariff trade barriers with these countries, according to the Congressional Research Service. One of those countries is Vietnam, which the State Department says maintains a Communist regime.
In 2014, the U.S. ran a $24,858,700,000 trade deficit with Vietnam, according to U.S. government trade data published by the Census Bureau. U.S. producers sold $5,724,900,000 in goods to purchasers in Vietnam. At the same time, producers in Vietnam sold $30,583,600,000 in goods to purchasers in the United States.
Documents related to the TPP are currently classified. Members of Congress can only review them in a secured room. But a report published in March by the Congressional Research Service—“The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Negotiations and Issues for Congress”–describes the basic purpose of the deal the administration is seeking.
Early in the morning on the day the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya was attacked, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had a movie on her mind.
But she wasn’t thinking about “The Innocence of Muslims,” the short YouTube film that the Obama administration erroneously blamed for the Benghazi attack. Instead, Clinton sought a copy of “The Oath of Tobruk,” a documentary about the Libyan civil war directed by French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy and brought to America by her friend, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Clinton made an appearance in the movie, which Weinstein touted earlier in 2012 as an ode to Clinton’s and the Obama administration’s successful Libyan intervention.
Friday in Washington, D.C. at the Jewish American Heritage Celebration, President Barack Obama told the audience The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg once called him the “first Jewish president.”
Obama said, “Most of all, I want to thank the entire congregation of Adas Israel for having me here today. Earlier this week, I was actually interviewed by one of your members, Jeff Goldberg. And Jeff reminded me he once called me the first Jewish president. Now, since some people still seem to be wondering about my faith, I should make clear this is an honorary title, but I was flattered. And as an honorary member of the tribe not to mention somebody who has hosted seven White House seders and has been advised by two Jewish chiefs of staff.”
Chechen jihadists are the best fighters ISIS has so it’s not hard to see why they are being passed over for suicide bombing missions.
Islamic State fighters claim they are not getting the chance to blow themselves up because they are being bumped down the suicide-bomber waiting list by nepotistic leaders.
A Chechen militant has complained that Saudi jihadis are favouring their own friends and family for bombing missions.
Kamil Abu Sultan ad-Daghestani said fighters were becoming increasingly angry after being left languishing on the waiting list for months.
Ironically, he said some militants were dying on the battlefield before getting the chance to carry out a bombing.
Abu Sultan’s complaint, was posted on a new website named Qonah which is said to be linked to a group connected with Akhmed Chatayev (Akhmad al-Shishani), a Chechen militant in charge of the Yarmouk Battalion of ISIS.
‘Amir [Leader] Akhmed al-Shishani told me about a young lad who went to Iraq for a suicide mission and he went there because in Sham [Syria] there is a veeeeery long queue [of several thousand people],’ he wrote.
He said the fighter eventually gave up after three months and returned to Syria, it was reported by Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty.
A 29-year-old man who arranged for his lover to shoot dead his wife in front of their toddler son has been sentenced to life in prison – with a judge deeming him ‘cold-blooded’ and ‘beyond redemption’.
Kashif Parvaiz, from New York City, was on a walk with his wife, Nazish Noorani, 27, and their two-year-old son in Boonton, New Jersey, in August 2011 when Noorani was fatally shot in the chest.
After the killing, Parvaiz – who sustained a wound to his leg – claimed his family had been targeted in an anti-Muslim attack. But his lies unraveled when his mistress admitted to her role in the crime.
Antoinette Stephen, from Billerica, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to murder in May 2013. She then testified against her boyfriend, claiming the father-of-two had plotted with her to shoot dead Noorani.
WASHINGTON — President Obama, on a campaign to repair relations with Jewish voters, says his support for Israel is as unbending as his support of civil rights for black Americans.
In a interview with the Atlantic magazine’s Jeffrey Goldberg published Thursday, Obama linked Israel’s right to exist and the fight for civil rights, something he frequently evokes as a great American struggle.
“There’s a direct line between supporting the right of the Jewish people to have a homeland and to feel safe and free of discrimination and persecution, and the right of African-Americans to vote and have equal protection under the law,” Obama said.
The president’s comments were released a day ahead of his visit to a prominent DC synagogue.
Greg Bourke, a leader fired by the organization over his sexual orientation, praised yesterday’s call by Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates to allow gay Boy Scout leaders.
“I feel like the Berlin Wall came down yesterday,” Bourke said on MSNBC Friday morning. “It’s a monumental change, historic. When we look back a few years from nowm this will be the defining moment of the modernization of the Boy Scouts of America and the mutual towards full inclusion in the Boy Scouts.”
“The status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained,” Gates said at the organization’s annual meeting Thursday.
Makes you wonder if the attackers knew Stevens would be there when they attacked…
WASHINGTON — Eighteen months before his murder in the 2012 Benghazi attack, US Ambassador Christopher Stevens was so worried about security in Libya that he was considering leaving the country, according to newly released Hillary Clinton emails.
An email sent to the then-secretary of state’s private account with “high” importance described the shelling and snipers surrounding Stevens, who was then serving as special envoy.
“The situation in [the Libyan town of] Ajdabiyah has worsened to the point where Stevens is considering departure from Benghazi,” said an April 10, 2011, email obtained Thursday by The New York Times.
“The envoy’s delegation is currently doing a phased checkout . . . He will monitor the situation to see if it deteriorates further, but no decision has been made about departure. He will wait 2-3 more hours, then revisit the decision on departure.”
Ultimately, Stevens stayed and became ambassador to Libya after the death of dictator Moammar Khadafy.
He and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the US Benghazi outpost Sept. 11, 2012.
The Times published about a third of the 850 pages of emails from Clinton’s private server that were turned over to a House committee investigating the Benghazi attack.
One member of the Benghazi committee questioned how Clinton could exchange information about Stevens’ whereabouts using her own account.
Students and visitors at the University of Colorado think John Boehner (R-Ohio) is responsible for Deflategate and should resign “immediately,” according to a series of interviews conducted on the Boulder campus.
The video, which promotes this summer’s Western Conservative Summit, presented students with a non-sequitur asking if they believe John Boehner, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, should be forced to resign over the totally unrelated “Deflategate” incident in which the New England Patriots allegedly underinflated AFC championship game footballs.
“Uum…I think so, I think you just gotta keep it fair,” one girl answered when asked if Boehner should resign.
“Personally, I don’t think he’s [John Boehner] responsible for Tom Brady’s actions, and I don’t know if he was involved. They need to do a little bit more investigation [sic].”
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Piedmont Middle School’s annual “Diversity Day,” included Cuban music, dance, jazz, hip-hop, and a transgender man who grew up a girl in Southern California.
Volunteers helped to organize the event and some parents brought foods representing their cultures while students were rotated through the classrooms to hear 16 speakers “representing different races, disabilities and sexual orientations.”
The driving force behind the annual celebration is the combined effort of Piedmont art teacher Kim Lipkin and film class teacher, Anne Smith, according to San Jose Mercury News.
It was in Lipkin’s classroom that students heard the story of Ali Cannon, a transgender man who grew up a girl in Southern California.
“Cannon talked about his journey, including feelings that he was different, rejection and ostracism by other girls in middle school and his final decision to change his gender.”
“We think of boys and girls in terms of biology, what’s between your legs,” Cannon said, “when gender is really a lot more than what your genitalia are. People identify all along the spectrum of what they feel inside.”
The Clinton Foundation reported Thursday that it has received as much as $26.4 million in previously undisclosed payments from major corporations, universities, foreign sources and other groups.
Thursday’s disclosure is one of a number of instances in recent weeks in which the foundation has acknowledged that it received funding from sources not disclosed on its Web site.
The ethics agreement was reached between the foundation and the Obama administration to provide additional transparency and avoid potential conflicts of interest with Hillary Clinton’s appointment as secretary of state.
The agreement placed restrictions on foreign government donations, for instance, but the foundation revealed in February that it had violated the limits at one point by taking $500,000 from Algeria.
OG Pant Suits has the gangsta rap vote locked up now that 50 Cent and Snoop Dogg endorsed her in the same week.
WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton is dominating the hip-hop primary.
The Democratic front-runner locked in another rapper’s endorsement, with 50 Cent proclaiming “It’s Hillary time” in an interview with the Daily Beast published Thursday.
The rapper, actor and entrepreneur said he respected Clinton’s positions as well as her decision to stand by President Bill Clinton after his affair with Monica Lewinsky.
“Things happen at points, and her seeing past that made her human to me,” he said. “It made that love between her and Bill real to me. When you make other people feel different because of what they’ve conditioned themselves to feel about the subject, it made me look at her and think she’s made life choices that she’s willing to stand by.”
The hip-hop mogul is the latest rapper to throw his weight behind Clinton.
Snoop Dogg said earlier this week on Bravo that he’ll be backing Clinton “to have a woman speaking from a global perspective as far as representing America.”