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Elizabeth Warren: I’m an Indian, too!

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Your frontrunner, demorats: Biden vows tax credit will put “720 million” women back in the work force

From Fox News: Former Vice President Joe Biden made another gaffe on Tuesday, this time suggesting that his child tax credit plan will put “720 million women” back into the workforce.

Speaking at the Workers’ Presidential Summit in Philadelphia, the 2020 frontrunner mocked the idea of having a tax break for “a racehorse” and not one for having children.

“You get a tax break for a racehorse, why in God’s name couldn’t we provide an $8,000 tax credit for everybody who has childcare costs?” Biden told the crowd. “It would put 720 million women back in the workforce. It would increase the GDP, to sound like a wonk here, by about eight-tenths of one percent. It would grow the economy.”

According to the U.S. Census, there are 330 million people living in the country.

Biden’s gaffes have recently been targeted by the Trump campaign in a new video questioning his fitness to lead.

The web video, tweeted Tuesday morning by campaign manager Brad Parscale and shared first with Fox News, stitches together everything from his recent debate-stage musing about “record players” to his statement that “poor kids” are just as talented as “white kids.” Interspersed with the clips of the 76-year-old Biden’s comments are those of pundits wondering about his stumbles, shakiness, mental and physical stamina, whether he’s “lost a step” and whether he’s “equipped for a very grueling campaign.”

The former vice president’s age and mental acuity have been questioned ever since he launched his 2020 presidential campaign in late April. Last week, the front-runner in the Democratic nomination race faced repeated attacks from rivals over his memory.

Former Housing Secretary Julian Castro, who served in the Obama administration with Biden, landed arguably the lowest blow when he swiped at Biden’s memory — accusing him of contradicting himself on whether Americans would have to buy into his health care plan.

“You just said two minutes ago they would have to buy in. Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago?” Castro asked, in what appeared to be a reference to past senior moments by Biden.

In that case, as the Biden campaign later noted, Castro was wrong. Biden did not say during the debate that individuals would have to buy in. Instead, he said that individuals would automatically be enrolled if they lost their jobs.

But Biden has drawn criticism for other stumbles. And another rival, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, backed Castro after the debate and raised further questions about Biden’s ability to carry the banner for the Democrats into 2020.

“I think we are at a tough point right now, because there’s a lot of people concerned about Joe Biden’s ability to carry the ball all the way across the end line without fumbling,” Booker told CNN in an interview. “And I think that Castro had really legitimate concerns about can he be someone in a long grueling campaign… and has every right to call out.”

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Political persecution: NC high school cheerleaders put on probation for posing with ‘Trump 2020’ banner

Source: Facebook

On Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, cheerleaders from North Stanly High School in New London, North Carolina, were put on probation for the remainder of the football season for posing with a Trump 2020 banner before a football game last August 30. The school district has not defined the terms of the probation and stated that the cheerleader team is expected to continue cheering.

The photo of the cheerleaders with the banner was posted on Facebook, prompting one commenter to write: “Why in the world would the school board allow this to happen. I am sad and very disappointed with NS. This is a High School football game, not a political rally. Shame on them.”

In a press release, North Stanly High School said:

  • During the football game that evening, the cheerleaders, while in uniform, held up a political campaign sign.
  • Neither Stanly County Schools nor North Stanly High School disciplined the cheerleaders for this action.
  • The focus of an athletic event should be on our students – not politics – which is why the school board has a policy that prohibits the distribution of political campaign material at school events or school publications. This policy is in place to ensure the school system remains neutral on political issues and the focus remains on our students. 
  • This policy does not prohibit students from speaking their minds or engaging in protected First Amendment activities. Because the cheerleaders were in uniform and were acting as representatives of the school, the display of the sign could be perceived as the school or school system endorsing a political campaign.  For this reason, the only action Stanly County Schools has taken is to ask the cheerleaders not to display the sign again.
  • Upon becoming aware of this matter, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association placed the cheerleading squad on probation for the remainder of the football season. Probation is not a punishment, but the school is put on notice that further actions or behaviors that go against NCHSAA Handbook Policy or expectations of sportsmanship and proper behavior by the same team or school will be subject to punishment, in accordance with Handbook Rule 3.2.
  • The NCHSAA did not suspend the cheerleading squad. The cheerleaders were present at the football game on September 13 and will be present at all remaining games during the season. 
  • The NCHSAA is the governing body for inter-scholastic athletics in North Carolina. As a member of the NCHSAA, Stanly County Schools is required to comply with all NCHSAA rules and regulations. 

NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker told McClatchy news group that probation is not punishment, but rather “serves as a notice of behavior or action that is against NCHSAA Handbook Policy or contrary to expectations of sportsmanship and proper behavior. One of the rules we have is that every contest should be conducted in a wholesome, athletic environment. We take that to mean that it’s in an environment where good sportsmanship is shown, where people feel safe…that respect for all people participating is being shown.”

The Stanly County School District also issued a statement saying:

Stanly County Schools respects the rights of its students, staff, and visitors to express their opinions in a respectful manner on their own time, however, Stanly County Board of Education policy prohibits the display or distribution of political advertisements on campus or at school events. Further, Stanly County Schools never makes political campaign endorsements. These policies ensure that all students, staff and visitors are able to attend school events in an environment that promotes students and not a particular political viewpoint.

Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) protested the probation. Hudson said in a letter to the NCHSAA:

I am appalled these students are being punished for exercising their First Amendment right to free speech. As leaders, we should be encouraging America’s youth to participate in our democracy and political process — not punishing them and silencing them. These North Stanly students respectfully displayed a sign and took a picture. They did not cause a scene, participate in a protest, or break any school code of conduct … At the end of the day, these students have a First Amendment right to free speech, and the NCHSAA should immediately reconsider thus unfair punishment. I ask this not only as the federal representative of Stanly County, but also as a proud graduate of North Carolina public schools and a former NCHSAA athlete.

Supporters of the cheerleading squad have planned an event this Friday, Sept 20, 6-8 pm. The announcement of the event on Facebook says:

The North Stanly High School cheerleaders have been wrongly put on probation by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association for the rest of the football season because of holding up a Trump banner before a home game on 8-30-2019. Please come out and help me show the school and the NCHSAA that freedom of speech is not dead. Please bring all your Trump and MAGA gear and let’s throw our support behind the North Stanly High School cheerleaders.

Does anyone seriously believe that these cheerleaders would be punished if they had held up a “Hillary Clinton 2016” banner?

H/t Daily Wire

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California bank robber to get charged for cultural appropriation for wearing Mexican mask

Only in California.

Only in our upside-down America of 2019.

Stan Greene reports for the Santa Monica Observer that at 9:45 am yesterday, Sept. 18, 2019, a man wearing a Day of the Dead mask held up the Wells Fargo Bank on 9th St. and Montana Ave. in Santa Monica, California. Brandishing a shotgun, the suspect demanded money from the tellers, who were behind bulletproof window.

Witnesses described the suspect as a 6’4″ black male weighing 220 pounds, carrying a shotgun, and wearing a skeleton mask and blue shoe covers. A witness saw the masked bandit leave the bank with $3000 to $5000, scale an 8-ft. cinderblock wall, pass the Valet parking attendant and into a red SUV waiting in the alley.

Note: The Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated annually from October 31 to November 2 throughout Mexico and by people of Mexican heritage elsewhere, to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. In 2008, the Mexican holiday was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

Santa Monica Police Department said in a press release that the bank robber is wanted on not just charges of bank robbery and assault, but also for “cultural appropriation”:

“It is important to recognize the inherent dignity of indigenous cultures. Use of a Day of the Dead Mask during a robbery can be a separate offense or an enhancement, under the California Penal Code. In this case, the suspect is sought for violating the rights of indigenous peoples, and for bank robbery.”

If sentenced, the bank robber could be made to attend training classes in cultural sensitivity and social justice, in addition to 20 years for bank robbery.

Wells Fargo Bank doubled its reward when they found out the charges against the robber include “cultural appropriation”. The bank said in a statement: “Wells Fargo Bank does not tolerate racism, cultural appropriation or discrimination of any kind.”

On Twitter, the bank robber is also accused of “cultural appropriation”. Below is a sample of the outraged tweets:

“Is this a bad joke or what? Día de los Muertos is one of our most sacred traditions in Mexico dating back to prehispanic days. STOP wearing Day of the Dead Masks now!”

“Cultural Appropriation Bank Robber is truly criminal. No! Day of the dead is a religious celebration for the indigenous ppl of Mexico. It is being used by white bank robbers to make $. No one believes a 6’4″ white dude celebrates Day of the dead. Cultural appropriation at its worst!”

Mattel is also being accused of “cultural appropriation” for releasing a limited-edition “Day of the Dead” Barbie in celebration of the Mexican holiday on November 2. The toy features “sugar skull” face paint, a headdress and a black, floral, Mexican dress and is available to buy at Walmart, Target and Amazon.com for $75.

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Trump 2020 Campaign releases a devastating video of Dem frontrunner Joe Biden

In the latest National NBC/WSJ poll, taken on Sept. 13-16, of 506 Democrat primary voters, Joe Biden continues to lead:

Biden 31% (+5 from July)
Warren 25% (+6)
Sanders 14% (+1)
Buttigieg 7% (even)
Harris 5% (-8)
Yang 4% (+2)
Klobuchar 2% (+1)
Booker 2% (+1)

Trump 2020 campaign’s Trump War Room just released this devastating — and hilarious — video on Biden, the Demonrat frontrunner.

Townhall‘s Guy Benson writes:

If there’s any doubt about which 2020 Democrat Team Trump is working overtime to prevent from becoming their general election opponent, doubt no more.  The Trump campaign’s various social media feeds have been relentlessly negative about Biden for months — while criticizing others in the field, of course — and now the re-election crew has produced a truly brutal compilation of the former Vice President’s various gaffes and brain fog moments over the course of the still-young primary campaign.  Everyone is aware of Biden’s propensity to botch lines, ramble incoherently, and bungle facts; indeed, this flaw has barely fazed Democratic voters.  But watching so many of them in a single reel, interspersed with negative media analysis and fellow Democrats questioning his fundamental fitness as a candidate, is still an arresting experience

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No bias in this study? “1 in 16 women report their first experience with sexual intercourse was rape”

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association this week, for 1 in 16 women their first experience with sexual intercourse was a rape or under coercion.

The study is entitled, “Association Between Forced Sexual Initiation and Health Outcomes Among US Women.”

From the study summary:

Question: What is the prevalence of forced sexual initiation among women and girls in the United States and its association with reproductive, gynecologic, and general health outcomes?

Findings: In this cross-sectional, nationally representative study of 13,310 American women aged 18 to 44 years, 6.5% reported forced sexual initiation (mean age at forced sexual initiation, 15.6 years). Forced sexual initiation appeared to be associated with multiple adverse reproductive, gynecologic, and general health outcomes after adjustment for demographic confounders.

Meaning: These findings could help clinicians improve the medical care of women and girls and inform the development of public health policies aimed at reducing forced sexual initiation in the United States.

From the Abstract:

Importance: The #MeToo movement has highlighted how frequently women experience sexual violence. However, to date, no recent studies have assessed the prevalence of forced sex during girls’ and women’s first sexual encounter or its health consequences.

Objective: To estimate the prevalence of forced sexual initiation among US women and its association with subsequent reproductive, gynecologic, and general health outcomes.

Conclusions and Relevance: Forced sexual initiation in women appears to be common and associated with multiple adverse reproductive and general health outcomes. These findings highlight the possible need for public health measures and sociocultural changes to prevent sexual violence, particularly forced sexual initiation.

The authors of this study are the following:

Laura Hawks, MD: Department of Medicine, Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge Massachusetts; Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.
Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH, Harvard Medical School; City University of New York, Hunter College, New York, New York.
David U. Himmelstein, MD, Harvard Medical School; City University of New York, Hunter College, New York, New York.

Let’s take a look at the Twitter accounts of these authors, shall we?

Laura Hawks/Twitter profile

Laura Hawks:

Retweet on May 15: “Thread alert! Hopping mad about dwindling abortion access? Welcome, we’ve been waiting for you. Here are some ways you can show up today in your state — please settle in for the long haul. We need you now, and we need you for the weeks, months, and years to come.”

Retweet on November 4, 2018: “@AndrewGillum and @staceyabrams are two candidates that are committed to ending mass incarceration. Before you vote find out where your candidate stands on criminal justice reform.”

Retweet on October 28, 2018: In America, white supremacists have killed more than a dozen minorities this week alone.”

Steffie Wooldhandler:

Her bio states the following: After several years of working in the movement against the Vietnam War, I sought a career that would allow me to continue my work for social change. I also loved math and science. Medicine was a career that allowed me to combine both my interests. Dr. Stephanie J. Woolhandler has advocated guaranteed access to health care for all members of society, including the Americans currently without medical insurance. In 1986 she helped found Physicians for a National Health Program, a not-for-profit organization for physicians, medical students, and other health care professionals who advocate a national health insurance program.

From Steffie’s Twitter bio: “Physician, Professor, Shadow secretary of DHHS @shadowingtrump”

Let’s go to @shadowingtrump and take a look at what that is all about, shall we?

From their Twitter bio: “21 progressive leaders unite in a one-stop site to debunk Trump daily & offer alternatives, agency-by-agency. Because truth trumps lies. Created by @markjgreen”

Recent @shadowingtrump tweets:

Trump’s hate is bad for your health. Rise in health uninsured may be linked to immigrants’ fears”

“With the failures of both his trade war and tax cuts, Trump’s reelect down to two arguments: “let’s see what happens”; “hate minorities & liberals.” He’s sinking.

“Doctors urge studies on how detention of border children is a willful health hazard.”

“Trump treats Gateway Pundit with infinitely more respect than the @nytimes—all historians will need to know about this abhorrent moment.”

David Himmelstein

David Himmelstein (from Wikipedia):

David U. Himmelstein is an American academic physician specializing in internal medicine. He is a distinguished professor of public health and health policy in the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, an adjunct clinical professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and a lecturer at Harvard Medical School. He is also the co-founder (with Steffie Woolhandler) of Physicians for a National Health Program, an organization advocating for single-payer healthcare in the United States.

I’ve never authored a research article yet I do have several questions regarding this study:

Given the political identity of the authors, was there a perceived bias in their study (questions and persuasion) to influence public health policies toward a desired outcome (single-payer healthcare)?

Is there a perceived bias in the authors’ (particularly Woolhandler) handling/framing of this study to influence “social change?”

Did the authors inquire about the background of these forced sexual initiation offenders and the resulting arrests in order to inform the development of criminal policies aimed at reducing forced sexual initiation in the United States?

And given the authors’ political identities, was there not some desired outcome to suggest that rape is common because Orange Man Bad (and the Justice Kavanaugh faux allegations)?

After all, the 2020 presidential election is just around the corner…

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Onlookers wish death on officers after fatal shootout on Staten Island

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This video didn’t accompany the NY Post article below. Click on the link to see their video.

From NY Post: Onlookers pelted police with profanities and death wishes shortly after officers killed a career criminal in wild a shootout that left a cop with a bullet in her hand.

“Suck my d–k!” bellowed one man at a police cordon for about two consecutive minutes along the Clifton street, where the officer was struck on the left hand around 8:45 a.m. “Everybody behind that line can suck my d–k!”

Much of the invective came from a group of 14 people restricted to the driveway of one Prince Street home while cops painstakingly processed the scene where the Finest was wounded and gunman Gregory Edwards was shot dead.

Edwards — a 39-year-old convicted felon with 16 arrests, including three for weapons possession — was approached by cops as a suspect in a domestic assault, and responded by trying to flee, according to authorities.

Cops zapped Edwards with a Taser, but it didn’t take, and he began his fatal exchange of fire with the officers, sending police racing to the scene — though they were hardly welcome.

“Get the f–k out of here!” screamed one person, amid what was still a very active investigation of the shoot-out.

“All of y’all can die!” shouted another at cops from the 120th Precinct — the command where Eric Garner died in a fatal 2014 struggle with police, sparking a political powder keg. “I hope that happens.”

Department insiders said that the vulgar display speaks to a growing hatred of cops on city streets.

“You hear this more and more,” said one police source. “The public just has no respect for cops. All they want to do is fight cops. It never used to be that way.”

A second source charged that the public has taken their cue from City Hall, which has frequently been at odds with the NYPD under Mayor Bill de Blasio.

NYPD turn their backs on de Blasio/NY Post photo

“It all started with de Blasio. He’s the one to blame for the way the public treats cops,” said the insider, pointing to the 2014 ambush slayings of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in Brooklyn.

“I’m glad I’m near the end of my service,” said the source, who is close to retiring from the department. “And I’m also glad my son decided not to become a cop.”

A third source said that the scene should hardly shock the senses. “Are you surprised?” asked the source. “Somebody’s shooting at a police officer and nobody cares. They’re more concerned about the perp than the cop who’s there to protect them. You call the police to do a job, a cop gets shot, but they’re upset that a guy who was shooting a cop is dead.”

See also:

Cop-hating mob at Brooklyn housing project injures three NYPD officers
The party of violence: Demorats oppose bill to make water attacks on cops a felony
Teen who blasted “f*ck tha police” at NYPD funeral booted from apartment

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Georgia homeowner fatally shoots 3 teens in masks who tried to rob him

Score one for the Second Amendment.

From Fox News: A Georgia homeowner fatally shot three teenagers who were purportedly trying to rob him and two others on Monday night, officials said.

The teenagers — ages 15, 16 and 16 — approached the residence in Conyers, a city roughly 25 miles southeast of Atlanta, with their faces covered in masks, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office.

The trio “attempted to rob three individuals in the front yard” of the home, and one of the teenagers “brandished a gun and fired shots” at those in the front yard.

One of the intended victims of the attempted robbery returned fire, shooting all three teenagers, authorities said in a news release. One of the teenagers died at the scene, while the two others died at a nearby hospital.

Sheriff Eric Levett said deputies responded to the scene after a report of shots fired. When they arrived, the dead teenager was bordering the street and the driveway, and one of the other teens who was shot “was a little bit down the street, where it appears he was running.”

Investigators said the three people who were on the Conyers property and neighbors have been interviewed, but no one has been charged. Levett confirmed two weapons were found at the scene and told reporters it’s possible this could be a “stand-your-ground” type of case, based upon preliminary information.

Witness Carlos Watson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he woke up to the “sounds of gunfire.”

“I heard somebody yell for help … then I heard it again, and that’s when I came outside,” Watson said. “There was one gentleman laid out and our neighbor Mr. Jenkins was helping him out.”

He said the situation seems to have been “a home invasion that went bad for the invaders,” and said the community is a “nice area” that doesn’t see random crime often.

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Conjecture About Artificial Intelligence and The Book of Daniel

“While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a human being and a mouth that spoke boastfully.” – Daniel 7:8

This is speculation on my part, but I invite you to entertain the question about the identity of this strange ruler with “eyes like a man.”

Quotes about Artificial Intelligence:

Bill Gates:
“Humans should be worried about the threat posed by AI”.  “I am in the camp that is concerned about artificial intelligence.”

Stephen Hawking:
“AI is likely to be either the best or worst thing to happen to humanity”  “The Development of full artificial Intelligence could spell the end of the human race”

Dave Waters:
“Artificial intelligence (AI) is an infant at best. Once it becomes a teenager and believes it is smarter than its parents will AI rebel?”

As each year goes by, Daniel’s mysterious prophecy seems more prescient.

“Eyes like a man, and  mouth that speaks arrogantly.”
Hmmmm… could this be talking about CNN and the Fake News, or Google and the Tech Giants, or all the common appliances that are actually high tech spy tools?

The HAL 9000 is beginning to look
more like someone else we know.

But I’m not afraid; our God is greater. 

“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations;
I will be exalted in the earth.” – Psalm 46:10

TD

For another in depth treatment of the same subject, read this December 10, 2017 article by Dr. Eowyn:

Physicist Geordie Rose recruits techies to create a ‘tsunami’ of AI demons who see humans as ants

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