Don’t get your hopes up, moonbats. Then again, this is a NYC judge.
A New York City judge heard arguments over the rights of two chimpanzees, Hercules and Leo, that animal rights advocates hope to free from Stony Brook University.
Last month Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe granted a hearing on the chimpanzees’ habeas corpus petition, leaving Stony Brook University to defend keeping them in captivity. Habeas corpus is a legal petition that detainees use to seek relief from unlawful imprisonment, and by granting habeas corpus to chimps, Jaffe endorsed the idea that they deserve the rights of human beings.
The chimpanzees are kept at the Long Island university, which is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, where they are used in locomotion studies.
Steven Wise, a lawyer for the Nonhuman Rights Project argued on Wednesday that chimpanzees are “autonomous and self-determining beings,” that they have “personhood” rights.
“They are the kind of beings who can remember the past and plan for the future,” Wise said in court as to why detaining the animals was wrong. “The chimpanzees are in prison, being exploited by Stony Brook, and they don’t even know why they are there. We only do that for our worst criminals around us.”
Wise later argued that Hercules and Leo are “essentially in solitary confinement, at the mercy of their keepers.”
Harf’s blinding incompetence is rewarded with a promotion. Sounds about right.
Someone page the golf course for Obama.
Russia’s army is massing troops and hundreds of pieces of weaponry including mobile rocket launchers, tanks and artillery at a makeshift base near the border with Ukraine, a Reuters reporter saw this week.
Many of the vehicles have number plates and identifying marks removed while many of the servicemen had taken insignia off their fatigues. As such, they match the appearance of some of the forces spotted in eastern Ukraine, which Kiev and its Western allies allege are covert Russian detachments.
The scene at the base on the Kuzminsky firing range, around 50 km (30 miles) from the border, offers some of the clearest evidence to date of what appeared to be a concerted Russian military build-up in the area.
Earlier this month, NATO military commander General Philip Breedlove said he believed the separatists were taking advantage of a ceasefire that came into force in February to re-arm and prepare for a new offensive. However, he gave no specifics.
Bernie Sanders is grateful for Hillary, someone who makes him look younger.
Via The Hill:
Hillary Clinton is making a confession, saying, “I’ve been coloring my hair for years.” “So, you’re not going to see me turn white in the White House,” the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate quipped to laughs from a crowd gathered at the South Carolina Democratic Women’s Council on Wednesday. “Just pull up the images in your head: All our presidents come into office looking so vigorous,” Clinton, 67, said. “Think about what they look like on Inauguration Day. And then we watch them — they grow grayer and grayer. And by the time they leave, they are as white as the building they live in.” Clinton, who has sported blond locks for most of her life in the public eye, said with a smile as she waved a finger in the air, “Now let me tell you, I’m aware I might not be the youngest candidate in this race, but I have one big advantage: I’ve been coloring my hair for years.”
No cost is too high to end the scourge of convenience store clerks who refuse to celebrate diversity.
Via CNS News:
The National Institutes of Health through its National Institute of Mental Health has awarded $52,293 in taxpayer funding to the Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health to study how to reduce discrimination of lesbian, gay and transgender people with schizophrenia by members of the community they are in frequent contact with, like the “convenience store clerk.”
“Inquiry will extend from individuals with schizophrenia to include family members and service providers of participants as well as community members with whom they are in frequent contact (e.g., convenience store clerk),” the grant, titled “Defining Community for LGBT People with Schizophrenia,” stated.
“Sexual and gender minority individuals with severe mental illness (SMI) are amongst the most marginalized individuals in North American society,” the grant stated. “They face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination that compound the effects of having a major mental illness, hampering recovery and frustrating efforts to meaningfully participate in our communities.”
“Our work will lay the groundwork for our developing a better understanding about how we can reduce that discrimination in community contexts and develop interventions to facilitate community participation among sexual and gender minority individuals with severe mental illness,” it stated.
Although she still prefers Queen of America.
Report: “Working Class Warrior” Elizabeth Warren Bought Foreclosed Homes To Flip And Turn A Quick Profit…
No way, not Liz Warren! ….
Nearly two years after Veo Vessels died, her daughter, 70-year-old Mary Frances Hickman, decided to sell the home her mother had left to her. A sprawling brick house in Oklahoma City’s historic Highland Park neighborhood, it was built in 1924, just a year after Mary’s birth. Decades later, one of Vessels’ great-grandchildren fondly recalls the wood and tile floors, the fish pond, the butler’s quarters, and the multi-car garage where children played house.
Decades later, one of Vessels’ great-grandchildren fondly recalls the wood and tile floors, the fish pond, the butler’s quarters, and the multi-car garage where children played house.
“It was really, really nice,” says Hickman’s granddaughter, Andrea Martin. That’s part of the reason she’s so surprised her grandmother sold the home in 1993 for a mere $30,000. Despite a debilitating stroke, Martin says Hickman remained sharp, and she had always been business-savvy. As an Avon saleswoman, she had at times ranked among the top ten in the country. “So I don’t know why,” Martin says. “Maybe she just wanted out from underneath it, but to sell it for such a low number — I don’t know. Maybe she got bad advice, maybe she was just tired.”
The home’s new owner: Elizabeth Warren, today a Massachusetts senator who has built a political career on denouncing the sort of banking titans and financial sophisticates who make a buck off the little guy. Five months after purchasing Veo Vessels’ old home, Warren flipped the property, selling it for $115,000 more than she’d paid, according to Oklahoma County Property Assessor records.
You’ve got to be disturbed to a whole other level to be proud of something like this.
If you want to learn how horrendous abortion is, go straight to the source: abortion clinic workers with a media platform.
In a May 24 story for Salon, Florida-based writer Amy Beeman wrote that “Working at an abortion clinic challenged my pro-choice views — and confirmed them.” In her piece, she wrote about her former job at a “women’s clinic” where she first saw “tiny arms and legs floating” in a pan. As time passed, she embraced her work’s mission of “removing unwanted growth” to learn the “bonds between all women” and discover that “grace can be found in the unlikeliest of places.”
During the first abortion Beeman witnessed, on a “young, petite blond,” Beeman’s trainer, an assistant, and the doctor “chatted” about “weekend plans, “The girl was quiet and kept her wide eyes fixed on the ceiling,” Beeman observed. “Before long the girl began crying out in pain as he did his work between her legs.”
Unabashed, Beeman continued her account of the “procedure” that “pulls the embryo from the uterus.”
“She was moving around a bit as if her body was rejecting the pain and discomfort and the doctor and assistant told her in serious tones that she needed to be still,” she said of the woman. With the vacuum turned on, “[t]he sucking noises during the aspiration sounded much like when they suck your spit at the dentist.”
“The girl lay still, sobbing softly,” she finished. Afterwards, the assistant, Beeman said, “made a point to show me the tiny arms and legs floating in the glass baking pan.”
Who at the EPA was like, “Hey guys! Let’s grant ourselves power to regulate ponds…and also ditches and puddles!!” Who thinks of these things?
Via Daily Caller:
The EPA has released its Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule critics say would allow the agency to regulate waterways previously not under federal jurisdiction, including puddles, ditches and isolated wetlands.
Republicans, farmers and industrial groups have called the rule an EPA “power grab” because it extends the agency’s powers to new heights. Environmentalists and the Obama administration, however, argue the WOTUS rule is necessary for protecting water quality.
No matter how you spin it, the EPA’s WOTUS rule does expand the agency’s authority, and creates new avenues for environmental groups to sue projects they want to stop from moving forward.
“The administration’s decree to unilaterally expand federal authority is a raw and tyrannical power grab that will crush jobs,” House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement.
“Despite their assurances, it appears that EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have failed to keep their promises to Congress and the American people,” echoed Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe. “In fact, instead of fixing the overreach in the proposed rule, remarkably, EPA has made it even broader.”
Farmers and industry groups worry the new WOTUS rule will expand EPA reach over isolated wetlands, ponds and ditches that have a “significant nexus” to navigable waters — a vague standard employed by the EPA to regulate bodies of water.
Cringe-Inducing Pander: Hillary Speak With Horribly Fake Southern Accent During First Campaign Trip To South…
Almost as bad as Obama’s black accent (or negro dialect if you’re Harry Reid).
Yes, climate CONTROL.
Behold, one of Obama’s top informal advisers.
Yet we all know how this turned out…
Despite what Americans were told when U.S. hostage Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was released May 31st of last year, Bergdahl was known to be a deserter at the time the deal was announced. Retired General Stanley McChrystal who commanded our troops in Afghanistan at the time Bergdahl went AWOL, revealed this during an interview with Fox News on Tuesday:
“I had been in command about a month or so when he left in 2009. My initial understanding based upon the reporting I got is that he had walked off intentionally. I do not know if he walked off to be picked up by the Taliban or just walked off. We made a massive effort to try to get him back for a couple reasons. One is he was one of our soldiers, its was the right thing to do. Second we didn’t want him to get taken by the Taliban and put in Pakistan. I think he was a confused young man which was my assumption at the time, and that will probably turn out to be the judgment of time. But it became this focus of a propaganda effort on the part of those who held him, and it became powerful against the United States and put us in a difficult position.”
At the time of the trade of Bergdahl for five senior Taliban terrorists, President Obama celebrated Bergdahl’s return at a gala ceremony in the White House Rose Garden. Soon afterwards, members of the former hostage’s platoon objected to the pomp and circumstance, saying that Bergdahl was a deserter:
Evan Buetow and Cody Full, two U.S. Army soldiers who served with Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in Mest Malak, Afghanistan, said they know their disgraced former fellow mate deserted because they “were there” at the time.
“On June 30, 2009, in Mest Malak, Afghanistan, Bowe Bergdahl left his unit and deserted the U.S. Army,” the two wrote in a USA Today op-ed. “We know he deserted because we were there when he did it.”
Despite their eyewitness account, the Obama Administration sent National Security Adviser Susan Rice on to ABC’s “This Week” to refute the charges. Rice praised Bergdahl saying, “He served the United States with honor and distinction.”
Judge Rules State Department Release Batches Of Hillary Emails To The Public Every 30 Days Starting Next Month…
Grab your popcorn.
A federal judge issued an order Wednesday requiring the State Department to make public batches of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails every 30 days starting next month.
U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras also set particular targets for the agency to meet each month as it wades through the roughly 30,000 emails totaling about 55,000 pages. (The percentages set for each disclosure can be viewed in the judge’s written order, posted here.)
The monthly disclosure essentially splits the difference between the State Department’s most recent proposal of releases every 60 days and lawyers for Vice News reporter Jason Leopold, who proposed releases every two weeks.
The State Department initially proposed releasing the vast majority of the emails in a single batch by next January, but Contreras rejected that suggestion, citing the public interest in the materials.
Clinton, now a Democratic candidate for president, has said she wants the emails released by State as quickly as possible.
Vice News sought the emails and other records from Clinton’s office last year under the Freedom of Information Act and filed suit earlier this year when the media outlet received no substantive response.
Clinton returned the 55,000 pages of emails to her former agency in December after an October request to four former secretaries asking for any official records in their possession. The former secretary, who used a private account for all her emails during her four years as America’s top diplomat, also has said she had erased a roughly equivalent number of emails her lawyers determined to be personal or private.
What the …?
LGBTI in not a misprint, the new “I” stands for intersex.
Via CNS News:
(CNSNews.com) – Randy Berry, the State Department’s first envoy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons, said on Tuesday he is leaving on a 15-country, five-week trip to encourage foreign governments to include protection for homosexuals in their constitutions.
Speaking at the United States Institution of Peace in Washington, D.C., ahead of a panel of gay rights activists from around the world, Berry said gay rights and human rights are “issues we hold very, very dear.” Civil conflict around the globe that leads to constitutional change offers a “unique opportunity” to advance those rights, he added.
“Constitutional change has provided a unique opportunity for groups to mobilize for their members’ rights and for recognition,” Berry said.
He did not say which countries he will be visiting.
“Constitutions and constitutional courts are powerful tools to protect rights of members of minority groups,” Berry said, adding that some foreign governments are “addressing the rights of members of the oppressed and marginalized populations through the context of their constitutional drafting processes.”
Via Keith Koffler:
No, really. You’re not misreading the headline.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest Tuesday exculpated Obama’s Iraq strategy and instead blamed Iraqi leaders’ failure to integrate their armed forces for the dramatic loss of Ramadi to ISIS.
What we have indicated all along is that it will require a multi-sectarian force to succeed against ISIL. And the reason for that is Iraq is a very diverse country and they’re going to need every element of their diversity to counter this specific threat.
You’ll recall from even the earliest days of the military campaign that the support of the United States was predicated on the commitment of the Iraqi political leadership and the Iraqi military leadership governing and fighting in a multi-sectarian fashion. And that was true at the beginning in terms of the air support that the United States was prepared to offer; that’s also been true in some of the successful military operations that Iraqi security forces have carried out.
Now, there’s some truth to his, like any bit of spin. It’s not unreasonable to question the commitment of Iraq’s largely Shiite force to defending Sunni areas like Ramadi its ability to relate to the local population. But this isn’t enough to explain the catastrophic failure of Obama’s policy.
More to follow.
(AP) – Syrian activists say Islamic State group militants have shot dead a group of detainees in the Roman theater in ancient ruins of Palmyra.
They say Islamic State gunmen killed at least 15 men after accusing them of having fought with President Bashar Assad’s troops.
The incident — the first since the group captured the historic town in central Syria earlier this month — was reported by activists belonging to a Palmyra-based media collective and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
They said the militants gathered people in the theater to watch. The theater is part of the 2,000-year-old Roman-era ruins in Palmyra.
Taxpayer funded propoganda.
Via Conservative Byte:
My neighbor was telling me about how his daughter took her kids to see the Liberty Bell and how they had redone the history signs there. It is now all about civil rights with the founding of our country barely touched upon. I’ve been trying to find a news story about this and am not seeing anything.
I did find the Nation Park Service website basically endorsing the LBGT movement. While their curriculum is nothing but a list of modern civil rights lessons.
You mean to tell me that the founding of our nation isn’t an exciting enough story that you have to ignore it and try to somehow connect civil rights? This sad rewriting of our national history is wrong and should not be ignored. We have let liberals take over teaching our children and our society.
Not to mention why is it ok for an official government service to endorse LGBT? We constantly hear about the separation of church and state, yet a hotly contested issue like this is ok for liberals to act like the know best. Another example of how liberals are prochoice until you disagree with their choice.
Students will learn the connection between the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the GLBT Civil Rights Movement.
- Students will be able to identify and explain the connection between the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the GLBT Civil Rights Movement.
- Students will examine and analyze photographs and a historical marker to identify and research the key people involved in the movement and exemplify their understanding of how the Liberty Bell has been used as a symbol by various groups, particularly by young activists during the Civil Rights era.
Example: WTF were Americans thinking when they elected President Pantywaist in 2008 and again in 2012?
(CNN) – It’s official: WTF is in the dictionary. It’s short for an informal phrase that starts with “what the …” and is “used especially to express or describe outraged surprise, recklessness, confusion, or bemusement.”
WTF joins emoji, NSFW, net neutrality, clickbait, click fraud, photobomb and other words reflecting modern life among the latest entries in Merriam-Webster’s unabridged dictionary. Some 1,700 words have been included, along with 3,200 new examples to add context.
The new entries speak to what’s current in the English language today, touching on technology, food, the worldwide food supply and the sharing economy.
In the world of food, we have crema: “a layer of tan creamy froth that forms on the top of freshly made espresso.”
And what’s not to love about chilaquiles, “a Mexican dish of fried corn tortilla pieces simmered with salsa or mole and typically topped with cheese and other accompaniments”?
Not all the dictionary’s additions are that delicious.
There’s colony collapse disorder, “a disorder of honeybees (Apis mellifera) that is characterized by sudden colony death due to the disappearance of all adult worker bees in a hive while immature bees, the queen bee and the honey remain and that is of unknown cause.”