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REAL SOLUTIONS FOR EDUCATION

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, as we've explained before, is probably the most overtly extremist governor anywhere. Polls show that Kansas voters are determined to remove him from office and that he's likely to be beaten by a moderate Democrat Paul Davis. Brownback is losing because of his political agenda and because his vision of governance has failed dramatically and, for many in Kansas, catastrophically. But at least no one wants to throw him in prison for corruption-related charges. At least 4 other governor-- 3 Republicans and a Democrat-- are facing the prospect of leaving office not because of their conservative politics but because of their corrupt natures. Conventional wisdom-- and a helluva lot of evidence-- has it that Nathan Deal (R-GA), Chris Christie (R-NJ), Scott Walker (...
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Fleeing Ukrainians turn seaside resorts into refuge camps [AFP]
By Agence France-PresseMonday, July 28, 2014 16:13 EDT   TweetSedove (Ukraine) (AFP) – With their sunburnt backs, flip-flops and baseball caps, the families lolling about the Ukrainian resort town of Sjedove on the Azov Sea could be mistaken for holidaymakers. But they are all refugees, fleeing the deadly combat in east Ukraine as the fighting has escalated in recent days and come closer and closer to large cities. The run-down hotels in the town, around 150 kilometres (93 miles) south of Donetsk, ...
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By Travis GettysMonday, July 28, 2014 15:39 EDT   TweetA creationist group will ask state officials again for tax incentives to help build their long-planned Noah’s ark theme park in northern Kentucky. Ark Encounter had previously been approved for incentives for the entire $172.5 million project, but it had to withdraw that application due to funding problems. The religious group will ask the state Tuesday for incentives to help build the $72 million first phase of the theme park in Williamstown, ...
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By David EdwardsMonday, July 28, 2014 15:26 EDT   TweetVideo has surfaced of a Maryland Republican nominee for Anne Arundel County Council singing “Dixie” as the national anthem at a secession conference in Alabama. Over the weekend, Grove City College psychology professor and blogger Warren Throckmorton uncovered video of Michael Peroutka speaking to the 2012 League of the South national conference in Wallsboro, Alabama. Peroutka generated controversy after winning the GOP nomination because he b...
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By The ConversationMonday, July 28, 2014 15:26 EDT   TweetBy Don Newgreen, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and Jeffrey Craig, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Take a look at several domesticated mammal species and you might spot a number of similarities between them, including those cute floppy ears. The famous naturalist and evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin even observed in the first chapter of his On the Origin of Species that: Not a single domestic animal can be named which has not ...
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Members of Russian punk group Pussy Riot (AFP)
By Alec Luhn, The GuardianMonday, July 28, 2014 15:19 EDT   TweetTwo members of the feminist group Pussy Riot are suing the Russian government in the European court of human rights (ECHR) over their imprisonment for a 2012 “punk prayer” protest at a Moscow cathedral. Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who were given an amnesty in December after serving 21 months in prison and pre-trial confinement, are demanding €120,000 (£71,000) each in compensation, plus €10,000 in court fees. They argu...
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Antonin Scalia speaks to Fox News
By Travis GettysMonday, July 28, 2014 14:57 EDT   TweetAnother court has used U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s words against him to rule in favor of same-sex marriage. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled 2-1 on Monday that the Constitution guarantees the right to marry regardless of sexual orientation. “We recognize that same-sex marriage makes some people deeply uncomfortable,” wrote Circuit Judge Henry F. Floyd. “However, inertia and apprehension are not legitimate base...
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A wounded Palestinian child is wheeled into Gaza City's al-Shifa hospital after an explosion killed at eight children (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseMonday, July 28, 2014 14:50 EDT   TweetExchanges of fire killed eight Palestinian children in a Gaza refugee camp and four people in Israel on Monday, shattering hopes for an end to three weeks of devastating violence. The missile that slammed into a public playground in the seafront Shati UN refugee camp also killed at least two other people and wounded another 46, many of them also children, the emergency services said. Soon after, a security source said five Gaza militants...
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Crime scene (AFP)
By ReutersMonday, July 28, 2014 14:48 EDT   TweetNEW YORK (Reuters) – Two U.S. Marshals and a New York City police officer were shot and wounded on Monday while trying to arrest a suspect in the city’s Greenwich Village neighborhood, the police said. The suspect was shot and killed, and the wounded law enforcement agents were hospitalized, New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton said at a news conference. There was no immediate information on what the suspect was being sought for or...
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By ReutersMonday, July 28, 2014 14:43 EDT   TweetWASHINGTON (Reuters) – Leaders of the Veterans Affairs committees in Congress on Monday said they had agreed on legislation providing about $17 billion in funding to ease long waiting times for VA medical centers. Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent, and Representative Jeff Miller, a Republican, announced the deal at a news conference after negotiating during the weekend to resolve differences in bills they proposed last week. The VA has been rock...
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REUTERS DO NOT REUSE
By ReutersMonday, July 28, 2014 14:41 EDT   TweetBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) – A cross-shaped steel beam pulled from the rubble of the collapsed World Trade Center in New York days after the September 11, 2001, attacks can be displayed in the national memorial museum at the site, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday. An atheist group in 2011 sued the museum and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey seeking to block the display as unconstitutional, arguing that the cross was a religious ...
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By ReutersMonday, July 28, 2014 14:38 EDT   TweetBy Todd Melby and Art Hughes ST PAUL Minn. (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Monday asked a jury to try one more time in a defamation case brought by former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura when the panel said it could not reach a verdict after about five days of deliberations. Ventura is suing the estate of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle for an undisclosed amount of money, saying the former pro-wrestler turned politician’s reputation was left in shambles by ...
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By Climate CentralMonday, July 28, 2014 14:08 EDT   TweetOriginally published at Climate Central The transportation sector is a major contributor to climate-changing carbon dioxide emissions, and, worldwide, it’s also one of the most vulnerable sectors to the effects of climate change, according to a new report. In other words, climate change could mean “sun kinks” could warp train tracks in the heat, airplanes will be more expensive to fly, highway surfaces could soften in heat waves, roadways and...
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By Scott KaufmanMonday, July 28, 2014 14:05 EDT   TweetTwo New York City infants were diagnosed with herpes after undergoing a traditional Orthodox Jewish circumcision, NBC4 reports. According to the Health Department, both babies developed lesions on their genitals shortly after having the metzitzah b’peh, a practice in which the mohel — a person trained to perform the “covenant of circumcision” — uses a direct oral suction technique to swab blood from the infant’s penis, was performed on them. Mo...
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By Tom BoggioniMonday, July 28, 2014 14:02 EDT   TweetA noted supporter of former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown, currently running for the U.S. Senate GOP nomination in New Hampshire, responded to an email solicitation he received from a Democratic fundraiser, calling  the entire New Hampshire all-female leadership, including Brown’s opponent,  “fascist c*nts.” What followed was worse. According to Buzzfeed, Charles C. Benzing, who had been cited as supporter of Brown in a July 9 press release ...
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Virginia is for Lovers (3x2)
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 Monday that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, upholding a lower-court ruling from February. The majority concluded that “Virginia’s same-sex marriage bans impermissibly infringe on its citizens’ fundamental right to marry.” The decision highlighted that “over the decades, the Supreme Court has demonstrated that the right to marry is an expansive liberty interest that may stretch to accommodate changing societal norms,” citing Loving v. Virginia, which overturned the commonwealth’s ban on interracial marriage, as a notable example. These decisions, the majority wrote, “speak of a broad right to marry that is not circumscribed based on the characteristics of the individu...
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Cheryl Taylor and Jennifer Smith hold hands as they arrive for the Grand Pride Wedding, a mass gay wedding at Casa Loma in Toronto, Canada, on June 26, 2014 [AFP]
By ReutersMonday, July 28, 2014 13:35 EDT   Tweet(Reuters) – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit struck down Virginia’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage on Monday. The court agreed with a lower federal court ruling striking down the ban. The appeals court ruled that “the fundamental right to marriage includes a right to same-sex marriage and that therefore Virginia’s marriage laws must be reviewed under strict scrutiny.” (Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Bill Trott) ...
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By Amanda MarcotteMonday, July 28, 2014 13:28 EDT   TweetThis item is a little old, but I wanted to flag it because it really gets to the heart of the debate about what sexual consent is. Feminists are increasingly clamoring for an affirmative consent standard, where someone has to indicate, through language or body language, an actual desire to have sex. I call it the “only kiss people who are kissing you back” standard. Anti-feminists disagree, arguing that feminists are trying to label all men r...
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CBN's Pat Robertson
By David EdwardsMonday, July 28, 2014 13:28 EDT   TweetTelevangelist Pat Robertson on Monday advised a woman to forgive her cheating husband because she had been forgiven for “what you did to God.” “I found out not too long ago that my husband hasn’t been completely faithful to me,” a woman named Megan told Robertson. “And even though I say that I forgive him, I still feel some anger and hurt… How does one overcome something like this?” The TV preacher offered this advice: “How do you forgive? You ...
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If there's one district that demonstrates the venality of Steve Israel and his utter unfitness to head the DCCC, it is the race in southwest Michigan between the hereditary multimillionaire chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Fred Upton, and Paul Clements, a professor at Western Michigan University, an advocate for middle class families and for environmental sanity. MI-06 has a PVI of R+1, one of only a dozen districts in the country with that rank. Five of those seats are held by Democrats and 7 are held by Republicans. For Democrats to ever think about taking back the House, they have to win those 7 seats. Steve Israel isn't contesting 4 of the 7, which should be enough of a reason for Nancy Pelosi to fire him on the spot. People often ask me why he isn't going after MI-...
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An Israeli army Merkava tank rolls along the border between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseMonday, July 28, 2014 13:06 EDT   TweetThe Israeli army on Monday sent messages to thousands of Palestinians living near Gaza City to flee shortly after a mortar shell killed at least four people in Israel. “A short while ago, phonecalls were made and text messages were sent out to the civilian population of Shejaiya, Zeitun and eastern Jabaliya calling them to evacuate immediately towards central Gaza City,” a statement from the army said, referring to three areas to the nor...
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Visitors examine a replica of the skeleton of King Richard III (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseMonday, July 28, 2014 13:05 EDT   TweetThe grave of King Richard III, immortalised by Shakespeare as one of history’s great villains, was opened up to the public on Saturday in central England. The remains of the infamous ruler were found in 2012 under a car park in the city of Leicester. Around a hundred visitors were on hand to watch city mayor Peter Soulsby cut the ribbon on the £4 million ($6.8 million, 5 million euro) new visitor centre at the discovery site. Early arriv...
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Fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseMonday, July 28, 2014 12:59 EDT   TweetThe Islamic State, which advocates public stoning for adultery, has opened a “marriage bureau” for women who want to wed its fighters in territory they control in Syria and Iraq. The jihadist group’s office is operating from Al-Bab, a town in Aleppo province of northern Syria, for “single women and widows who would like to marry IS fighters”, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Britain-based monitoring group, citing residen...
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Secretary of State John Kerry testifies before the House Foreign Relations Committee (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseMonday, July 28, 2014 12:57 EDT   TweetUS Secretary of State John Kerry Monday said that international efforts to agree a truce between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza must lead to the disarmament of Hamas. Kerry told reporters he was continuing to work “toward establishing an unconditional humanitarian ceasefire.” But he added: “We also believe that any process to resolved the crisis in Gaza in a lasting and meaningful way must lead to the disarmament of Hamas and all te...
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North Korea rocket launch (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseMonday, July 28, 2014 12:55 EDT   TweetA top-ranking North Korean military official has threatened a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon after accusing Washington of raising military tensions on the Korean peninsula. The threat came from Hwang Pyong-So, director of the military’s General Political Bureau, during a speech to a large military rally in Pyongyang Sunday on the anniversary of the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War. Hwang, who holds the rank of ...
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convicted firefighters
By Scott KaufmanMonday, July 28, 2014 12:46 EDT   TweetKQED is reporting that nearly half of the firefighters battling the Bully Fire blaze in Shasta County, California are inmates from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). The CDCR created a Conservation Camp program in order “to provide the cooperative agencies with an able-bodied, trained work force for fire suppression and other emergencies such as floods and earthquakes.” According to KQED, inmates who battle the...
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CREDIT: Shutterstock An Interior Department agency that oversees sales of coal owned by all Americans is allowing big coal companies to purchase the fuel for just pennies on the dollar and then sell it abroad at a huge markup, a new report on the troubled federal coal program concludes. “Private coal companies are buying federal coal on the cheap -– and when market conditions are favorable they can make a killing selling that coal to Asia,” said Clark Williams-Derry, the author of a report issued by the Sightline Institute. The report, “Unfair Market Value: By Ignoring Exports, BLM Underprices Federal Coal,” examines how the market in western coal functions under the control of the federal Bureau of Land Management which oversees nearly a quarter billion acres of public land, most of it ...
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By ReutersMonday, July 28, 2014 12:41 EDT   TweetBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – Support for legalizing medical marijuana in Florida is holding steady at 88 percent despite weeks of vigorous campaigning by opponents ahead of a November referendum on the issue, a poll released on Monday showed. The survey, conducted by Quinnipiac University, did not specifically ask about the ballot measure but indicated support was well beyond the 60 percent threshold needed for the constitutional amendm...
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Aaron Colyer, a homeless veteran currently living in California, with his dog Captain
Aaron Colyer, a homeless veteran currently living in California, with his dog Captain CREDIT: Aaron Colyer’s Facebook page “I can serve my country, but I can’t even sleep in a van?” Aaron Colyer, a 34-year-old veteran who is currently homeless, asked a police officer as he wrote the former marine a citation for habitating in his vehicle Thursday night. “I pulled over here to sleep because I don’t have anywhere else to sleep,” Colyer tried explaining to the officer, to no avail. He and his dog, Captain, were lying down to rest for the evening while parked at the ferry terminal in Alameda. Like many veterans, Colyer has post-traumatic stress disorder. His only source of income at the moment is $849 per month in Social Security Disability Insurance....
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A man rows a boat across a flooded street during spring floodings in the suburb of the town of Bryansk, on April 19, 2013. [AFP]
By ReutersMonday, July 28, 2014 12:38 EDT   TweetBy Ryan McNeill (Reuters) – Flooding is increasing in frequency along much of the U.S. coast, and the rate of increase is accelerating along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts, a team of federal government scientists found in a study released Monday. The study examined how often 45 tide gauges along the country’s shore exceeded National Weather Service flood thresholds across several decades. The researchers found that the frequency of flooding i...
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Ben Stein is such a douchebag. He has a mental disease and definitely has a defect.

Well said. I couldn't have said it better myself. Keep the faith!

O’Reilly is just one of the talking heads guarding the inhabitants of Bullsh*t Mountain from rejoini...