Sunday, August 31, 2014

Five of Cliven Bundy’s Grandkids Pulled From School Because They Can’t Bring Weapons to Class

If you thought you’d never hear this man’s name again, you were mistaken. Five of Cliven Bundy’s grandchildren were pulled from their Clark County, Nevada schools because of a ban on bringing knives on campus.

After officials at Virgin Valley High School in Mesquite told Ryan Bundy, Welfare Cowboy’s son, that his 15-year-old daughter was not permitted to bring her pocketknife to school because Clark County School policy prohibits weapons on campus, Bundy pulled his children from school.

Bundy disputes the claim that knives — sharp, pointy metal objects — are weapons, and explained to administrators that he has always taught his children it is essential to always carry one with them.

“I’ve taught my children a knife is important to have,” Bundy said. “It’s a tool that you use, and you need to have one with you at all times.”

The Bundy children claim that they use their knives for their daily chores on the family ranch, and their father claims that the school district is attempting to make his children look like delinquents just because they are violating school policy by bringing blades on campus.

“They’re trying to make my child a criminal – and any other child a criminal – for simply having something, and that is not right,” Ryan Bundy explained.

Bundy did not explain why his children needed to have their weapons with them at school, but he said that he plans to speak with school administrators in hopes of convincing them to allow his kids to have special privileges — something he likely learned from his father, who thinks he is above paying grazing fees.

Bundy’s daughter hopes that her father resolves this insane conflict soon, as she was excited to begin her freshman year at Virgin Valley High.

“I hope that somehow figures this out because I still would like to go to this school,” she said “I really don’t want to be homeschooled.” 

And who can blame her? Would you want this man teaching you…anything?



Are your groceries secretly Republican?

Have you ever gotten into a political argument with your toilet paper? Or questioned the party affiliation of your organic yogurt? The bad news is you might be criminally deranged. The good news is, there's a new app that can help you.

BuyPartisan allows you to scan the barcode of your groceries and determine the company’s political spending based on campaign donations made by members of the board of directors, CEO, PAC’s, and employees. The information about the company's spending is rendered in an easy-to-read bar graph.

"In light of Chick-fil-A and Hobby Lobby … people have become much more attuned to a company's deeper impact," Matthew Colbert, former Capitol Hill staffer and BuyPartisan developer, told the Los Angeles Times.


With midterm elections on the horizon, here's a list of apps that'll help you become better informed citizens.

iCitizen

It's hard enough to stay informed about political issues, let alone participate in the political process. iCitizen lets you do both by following specific representatives and the issues that matter to you, and updating you with the latest news.

Are you passionate about gun control? Just program iCitizen accordingly and get the latest related news. The app also allows you to participate in polls that let representatives know exactly how you feel about the issues of the day (while you're sitting on the toilet).

Congress

Congress, a free app from the Sunlight Foundation, lets users keep tabs on their senators' and representatives' voting records and other legislative activities. It also allows users to search for lawmakers on social media and Facebook stalk them, or watch in dumbfounded disbelief as John Boeher plays with his wind-up monkey.

SuperPACApp

This is the Shazam of political bunkum. When the dreaded political ad comes on TV, users need only hold up their phones and SuperPACApp tells you who paid for it and how much money was spent. The app also assesses how accurate the ad is based on non-partisan news sources.

PolitiFact

Are you curious to know which politicians are flip-flopping, and which officeholders rank high on the Truth-o-Meter? Download PolitiFact, the mobile version of the Tampa Bay Times' fact-checking platform and you'll have access to a tally of how truthful politicians are based on their latest statements. There's also a new "Pants On Fire!" button for your user pleasure.

C-SPAN Radio App

Caution: this app is only intended for use by hardcore politophiles, or people who spend a lot of time in the bathroom. C-SPAN's mobile app allows users to watch unabridged "gavel-to-gavel proceedings" in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Don't miss a single dull minute of legislative wonderment.

August Abs

How not to react when your child tells you that he's gay



In a disturbing and terribly sad video posted on YouTube Wednesday, a boy named Daniel is berated and disowned by his parents after coming out. The family claims to have supported him despite "knowing" he was gay since a young age, and though the details of the situation are murky, their hostile and, in the end, violent response is utterly reprehensible. 

The video, posted by user Regina Ryan, had this description:
A perfect example of how much hate and intolerance still exists today. This family gave a young man two options: attend a pray the gay away intervention, or face being disowned by the very people who are supposed to love him unconditionally.

Disclaimer: This is a 19 year old friend of mine who is currently staying with very supportive friends. He is safe and removed from the situation. I am posting this on his behalf per his request. I was not witness to the events that transpired, but was present immediately after to help him relocate.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to support Daniel now that he is without his family's care. In just twenty-one hours the video has received over one million views and Daniel has received nearly $100,000 in donations from strangers, showing that there is a great deal of support and kindness in the world. Our thoughts are most definitely with him as he traverses this horribly tough patch in life.

Meat Industry's Use Of "Meat Glue" Is Almost Impossible To Spot

Creationist student challenges her anthropology professor, epic smackdown ensues

We all know the old creationist adage which claims evolution is simply just another “theory,” disqualifying it from being reliable as factual evidence.

Probably the most frustrating aspect of this argument is that it reveals the creationist’s lack of understanding of what the word “theory” actually means when applied to science – or most things in the real world for that matter.

It’s that misunderstanding that reveals itself in the video below when a student questions her professor, asking, “Why should we base the validity of all of our life’s beliefs on a theory?”

Needless to say, he was ready with an answer. Think he got through to her?

Watch:

McConnell Explains How He'd Force A Shutdown War With Obama

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) explained his plan to use a government shutdown as a bargaining chip against President Barack Obama to a room full of wealthy conservatives two months ago, according to audio obtained by The Nation magazine.

"So in the House and Senate, we own the budget. So what does that mean? That means that we can pass the spending bill. And I assure you that in the spending bill, we will be pushing back against this bureaucracy by doing what's called placing riders in the bill. No money can be spent to do this or to do that. We're going to go after them on health care, on financial services, on the Environmental Protection Agency, across the board. ... All across the federal government, we're going to go after it," McConnell said at a private summit hosted by the Koch Brothers.


The strategy mirrors what House Republicans did last year: they passed on a "rider" to defund Obamacare in a must-pass spending bill, and it led to the 16-day partial shutdown. But the bill died in the Democratic-led Senate, and Republicans eventually reopened the government and funded Obamacare.

McConnell is suggesting that if Republicans control the Senate, they'll have a stronger negotiating hand to force Obama to swallow some concessions.

The Kentucky Republican stood by his comments on Wednesday.

"In contrast to Alison Lundergan Grimes' failure to defend Kentucky coal from the EPA behind closed doors with Obama donors, Senator McConnell fights for Kentucky wherever he goes. Earlier this summer Grimes failed to utter a word of support after promising Kentuckians she would defend Kentucky coal at a Harry Reid fundraiser and lord knows what she said to Tom Steyer and anti-coal billionaires when she attended their conference in Chicago," said Allison Moore, a spokeswoman for McConnell's reelection campaign.
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