Where’s Christmas? As one social media commentator rapidly noticed, a recent U.S. Postal Service advertisement to sell “holiday stamps” curiously omitted a Christmas or Christian-themed message, yet included portrayals of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.
The ad reported by The Blaze contained the text: “Don’t forget your holiday stamps. You’ll find them at your nearest post office or on eBay.” And below the text were pictures of three stamps: One showed a candle holder with nine lighted candles, emblazoned with the word “Hanukkah.” Another showed an colorful symbol over an open book, above the block-type word “Kwanzaa.”
And the third, in the middle, showed — a gingerbread house.
Read the full story at The Washington Times.
At the request of the mayor, the City Council’s Sanitation Committee is holding a hearing Monday on a bill to prohibit the use and sale of plastic foam cups and plates that have long been ubiquitous in delis, bodegas and even school cafeterias.
Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway will testify on behalf of the administration, which first proposed the ban in the summer and is now rushing to get it enacted into law.
Sanitation officials say plastic foam food containers add 23,000 tons of trash a year to landfills, The city’s total total waste stream is more than three million tons.
The officials say the ban is warranted because foam containers are non-biodegradable, can’t be recycled and spoil the environment.
But opponents claim the move is just another Bloomberg Nanny initiative that will hike consume prices with more costly alternative products.
Read the full story at the New York Post.
Phoebe Connolly, who was punched in the face and laughed at by a group of teenagers playing the random and sometimes fatal “Knockout” game in my own obscenely terrible neighborhood of Columbia Heights in Washington, D.C., appeared with Greta Van Susteren Wednesday night to describe her ordeal.
At the end of her segment, Connolly used her platform to ramble on in a ridiculous, naïve and distinctly Gen-Y speech about the importance of youth programs.
“I ultimately, I’ve moved past it and I really have no hard feelings about what has happened. And I just see it as another reason why we need to better support our youth with activities and youth programs, which is actually what I do for work, and it’s great to see teenagers do incredible things when they’re supported and empowered,” Connolly said.
For the record, this woman got viciously punched in the head for no apparent reason. She also lives in a crappy apartment like many of us in this economy, according to the background of her Skype shot.
And yet she still holds the kind of liberal guilt that convinces her, against all evidence to the contrary, that she is infinitely more privileged than the vicious teenagers who inexplicably assaulted her in an act of pure evil.
Read the full story at the Daily Caller.
With three justices dissenting, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the Mount Vernon district had grounds to fire John Freshwater for insubordination for keeping religious books and a poster of a president praying.
The court says the district infringed on Freshwater’s First Amendment rights by ordering the removal of his personal Bible but found he was insubordinate for keeping other items.
The court declared that while the Mount Vernon schools overstepped its constitutional bounds by ordering Freshwater to remove his personal Bible from his desk, it properly told him to cease “any activity that promotes or denigrates a particular religion” during school.
Freshwater is represented by the Rutherford Institute, which plans to ask the court to reconsider its decision.
Freshwater, 57, a Mount Vernon teacher for 20 years, maintained that his Bible and other materials were meant to inspire, not indoctrinate his students. He argued that his First Amendment rights were violated when he was told to remove the items in 2008.
Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor wrote in the majority opinion: “Freshwater not only ignored the school district’s directive, he defied it. After he was directed to remove the items, Freshwater deliberately added to them, incorporating the Oxford Bible and Jesus of Nazareth (library books) into the classroom. He then refused to remove his personal Bible from his desk, and refused to remove a depiction of former President George W. Bush and Colin Powell and others in prayer from his wall.”
Justice Terrence O’Donnell, in his dissent, called Freshwater “a veteran science teacher singled out by (the school district) because of his willingness to challenge students in his science classes to think critically about evolutionary theory.” He said Freshwater should be reinstated with back pay.
In a separate dissent, Pfeifer noted the Bush-Powell poster was distributed at the school and was hanging in other teachers’ classrooms as well. Pfeifer said the presence of two religious books, checked out from the school library, and the poster did not rise to the level of insubordination or a “good and just cause” for Freshwater’s termination.
During the sentencing of a man convicted of raping a minor, an Alabama judge at first did what everybody in the courtroom suspected.
Limestone County (Ala.) Judge James Woodroof handed down jail terms of 20 years for forcible rape and 10 years each for two second-degree rape charges to run concurrently for Austin Clem, 25.
Then Woodruff suspended those sentences.
Instead, he gave Clem three community corrections sentences of two years plus three years of supervised probation, to be carried out concurrently. Clem must also register as a sex offender.
If he follows all the guidelines, Clem will stay out of prison.
“I’m still baffled,” the victim, Courtney Andrews said, after coming forward publicly to express her anger over Wednesday’s sentencing. “I don’t know how any of this is possible.”
Read the full story at The Blaze.
the problem with Liberal politicians packing our court system with unqualified, lenient judges has been known for decades, but due to both the legalities involved in removing judges as well as the apathy of citizens to take the steps necessary to do so, we continue to be barraged by stories like this, as well as the rampant crime that such judges not only allow, but encourage.
In the midst of widespread news coverage of problems with the federal health exchange website, relatively few uninsured Americans (18%) — the primary target population for the exchanges — have so far attempted to visit an exchange website. The percentage is slightly higher, 22%, among uninsured Americans who say they plan to get insurance through the exchanges.
Gallup previously found that less than half of uninsured Americans (44%) who plan to get insurance say they will do so through an exchange, and about one in four say they are more likely to pay a fine instead of getting insurance. These findings help explain the low percentage of the uninsured who have attempted to access the exchange websites.
Still, the fact that less than a quarter of uninsured Americans who say they plan to get insurance through an exchange have visited one so far suggests that other factors are at work. It may be that many uninsured Americans are waiting to try out the health exchange websites until their highly publicized problems are fixed, or they may simply be putting off decisions about getting insurance until later.
The health exchange websites are not only fraught with the technical problems that have led to so much news coverage in recent weeks, but have also generated relatively little interest or use among uninsured Americans — the primary target group for the exchanges. The majority of uninsured Americans are unfamiliar with the exchanges and relatively few have tried to access them to date, even among those who say that eventually, they will most likely get their insurance through an exchange website.
Read the full article at Gallup.com.