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Fourth Muslim group rejects federal grant to fight extremism

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Jihad Turk: Has a vision to serve his community


You know what side they stand for when their Trump Derangement Syndrome tops any desire to fight extremism.
From Sacramento Bee: A California Islamic school wanted to keep an open mind before Donald Trump took office (yeah, riiiiiight). But less than a month into Trump’s presidency, the school rejected $800,000 in federal funds aimed at combatting violent extremism.
The decision made late Friday night by the Bayan Claremont graduate school’s board to turn down the money — an amount that would cover more than half its yearly budget — capped weeks of sleepless nights and debate. Many there felt Trump’s rhetoric singling out Islamic extremism and his travel ban affecting predominantly Muslim countries had gone too far.
It also made the school the fourth organization nationwide under the Trump administration to reject the money for a program created under President Barack Obama known as countering violent extremism, or CVE, which officials say aims to thwart extremist groups’ abilities to recruit would-be terrorists.
Bayan Claremont had received the second-largest grant, among the first 31 federal grants for CVE awarded to organizations, schools and municipalities in the dwindling days of the Obama administration. The school had hoped to use the money to help create a new generation of Muslim community leaders, with $250,000 earmarked for more than a dozen local nonprofits doing social justice work.
But the fledgling school’s founding president, Jihad Turk, said officials ultimately felt accepting the money would do more harm than good.
It’s “a heck of a lot of money, (but) our mission and our vision is to serve the community and to bring our community to a position of excellence,” Turk said. “And if we’re compromised, even if only by perception in terms of our standing in the community, we ultimately can’t achieve that goal,” he said, adding that accepting the funds would be short-sighted.
The school’s internal debate is also emblematic of handwringing among grassroots and nonprofit organizations involved in the program in the last couple weeks.
At Unity Productions Foundation of Potomac Falls, Virginia, officials said they would decline a grant of $396,585 to produce educational films challenging narratives supporting extremist ideologies and violent extremism “due to the changes brought by the new administration,” according to a private message to donors reviewed by The Associated Press.
And in Dearborn, Michigan, Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities said last week it was turning down $500,000 for youth-development and public-health programs because of the “current political climate.” Ka Joog, a leading Somali nonprofit organization in Minneapolis, also turned down $500,000 for its youth programs.
The Homeland Security Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.
A U.S. official said the Trump administration has been discussing changing the Obama administration program’s name, established as a presidential strategy in 2011, to an iteration of “countering Islamic extremism.” The official, who has knowledge of the discussions, was not authorized to speak publicly about the proposal and spoke on condition of anonymity.
All told, more than 20 percent of the roughly $10 million awarded by the Homeland Security Department has been rejected (well, sounds like some savings for the tax payers). And other groups have signaled they may follow suit, should the name change.
Turk said school officials already had reservations about the CVE strategy under Obama because they felt there’s no clear or proven pathway to violence for someone with a particular extreme ideology. The group went ahead, despite worries by some activists that the program equated to a government surveillance program, because it believed the previous administration wasn’t hostile to their faith.
But amid what Turk called Trump’s “fixation on the American Muslim community,” it became clear that the president’s actions were more than campaign-trail rhetoric, he said. “It was becoming more and more apparent,” Turk said of Trump, “that he’s actually looking to carry out all the scary stuff he said.”
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Mother and her son are in love, plan to marry and have a baby…

Hey, #loveislove or something like that.
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Via Daily Mail: A mother who was reunited with her son after giving him up for adoption more than 30 years ago says the pair are in love and trying for a baby after he left his wife for her.
British-born Kim West, 51, and her son Ben Ford, 32, who lives in Michigan, have been in a relationship since they met in 2014 and says they have ‘incredible and mind-blowing’ sex.
The pair came back into contact two years ago after Mr. Ford wanted to find out more about his birth parents and got in touch with Miss West. They found themselves sexually attracted to each other and shared their first kiss over a bottle of champagne in a hotel before having sex.
And just three days after they had sex for the first time, Mr. Ford told his wife Victoria, he no longer loved her and would be leaving. He told New Day that he told his wife: ‘Everytime I have had sex with you since I met her, I imagine it’s her I am kissing, otherwise I can’t perform.’
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West, who grew up in Islington, London, became pregnant while studying in California and after giving birth to her son aged 19, gave him up for adoption. After Ford was adopted a week after he was born, she came back to the UK but was unable to make a relationship work.
But in December 2013, she received a letter from her son, who was looking to track down his biological parents. And ever since the pair were reunited in January 2014, they realised they were attracted to each other.
Now two years on, he is in a relationship with his mother with the pair living in Michigan in what they describe as ‘Genetic Sexual Attraction’ (GSA). And now they plan to marry and are even trying to have a baby together.
West, who works as an interior designer, told Alley Einstein of New Day: ‘This is not incest, it is GSA. We are like peas in a pod and are meant to be together. I know people will say we’re disgusting, that we should be able to control our feelings, but when you’re hit by a love so consuming you are willing to give up everything for it, you have to fight for it.’
Incest is illegal in the couple’s home state of Michigan and judges in the state are able to give out life sentences to those found guilty of the offence. However, it is unclear if a case against them would be pursued and the couple say they would move if that were the case.
Ford first got in touch with his biological mother in December 2013, while living with his wife in Colorado, as he wanted to know more about his birth parents. They arranged to meet up and the couple grew close, and eventually shared their first kiss.
Soon after, Ford, a freelance computer coder, left his wife after realising he had fallen for his mother and moved to Michigan, where they met with another GSA couple. Now the couple are planning a special wedding and hope to have a baby together. They also say they will consider surrogacy, if they are unable to have a biological child.
Genetic sexual attraction is a seldom-talked about phenomenon that occurs between adoptees and their long-lost parents. It describes feelings of intense intimacy between two relatives who have been separated during the critical years of development and bonding, and then meet for the first time as adults.
When an adult-child and their biological parent finally meet, the brain struggles to associate each other as family. Instead, they become captivated with one another, sharing similar physical features, likes and dislikes, which is coupled with complex feelings of intimacy. This can lead both parties to express their emotions sexually.
The phenomenon was first identified by Barbara Gonyo in the Eighties, after she a wrote book called I’m His Mother, But He’s Not My Son, which recounted her personal story of reuniting with the son she placed for adoption at 16.
Read the whole story here.
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Michigan governor puts refugee acceptance efforts on hold

Smart move.

Governor Rick Snyder

Governor Rick Snyder


On Sunday,  republican Governor of Michigan Rick Snyder announced that his state would postpone efforts to accept Syrian refugees. He stated he was doing so “until federal officials fully review security clearances and procedures.”
And his reasoning? He stated that Michigan is “proud of our rich history of immigration” but that Michigan’s “first priority is protecting the safety of our residents.”
Snyder added, “There will be difficult days ahead for the people of France and they remain in our thoughts and prayers,” he said. “It’s also important to remember that these attacks are the efforts of extremists and do not reflect the peaceful ways of people of Middle Eastern descent here and around the world.”
Mayor Mike Duggan/Photo via WXYZ.com

Mayor Mike Duggan/Photo via WXYZ.com


In early October, Mayor Mike Duggan (democrat) said Detroit was among the cities willing to “step up” as a host for refugees amid the crisis in war-torn Syria. In September, Duggan said he met with President Obama and had been in talks with federal officials for several weeks about the plan and is “very willing” to accept refugees.
This could lead to a showdown between Obama and a republican governor. Despite the Paris terrorist attacks, Obama still plans to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees.
Course this move by Snyder may be too late to stop whatever potential terrorists may be in Michigan. About 4,000 refugees from countries in the Middle East and Africa resettled in Michigan last year, according to the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement. Beside Syria, refugees are coming from Iraq and other regions held by Islamic State.
Over at The Detroit News, the majority of comments are positive about this latest move from governor Snyder. Course we did have the standard raaaacist comment: Republicans are racist cowards.
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Michigan lawyer wants pig to run for mayor after ballot deadline mix-up

Giggles the Pig
Fox News: A Michigan lawyer wants his pig to enter into the Flint mayoral race after a mix-up threatened to keep candidates’ names off the primary election ballot.
Michael Ewing started the “Giggles the Pig for Flint Mayor” effort after learning that the August primary could be skipped unless a judge intervenes and all candidates would have to file as write-ins for the general election in November, The Flint Journal reported.
Giggles the Pig2The pig’s candidacy seeks to draw more attention to the mayoral race, better educate voters about their choices and encourage residents to demand more of elected officials, Ewing said. He plans to take Giggles to meet the residents of Flint.
“I don’t want to turn it into a laughingstock,” Ewing said. “I don’t know how else to get people to pay attention.
State election officials have said that Flint’s clerk accidentally told candidates that nominating petitions were due by April 28, but candidates later were told they missed the actual deadline by a week. State law does not permit a clerk to extend a deadline.
Not everyone has taken Giggles’ candidacy lightly. Mayoral candidates Karen Weaver and Wantwaz Davis both took issue with a pig running for mayor. “I didn’t see any pig walking around getting signatures,” Weaver said. Weaver also called the problem a “mockery of the democratic process.” “Putting a pig in a race is an offense to the character and moral value we’re trying to exemplify in the city,” Davis said.
Last month, Gov. Rick Snyder declared an end to a financial emergency in Flint. The city has been run by four emergency managers since 2011 and control is being returned to local officials, although a five-member transition board will have a significant role.
“If we elect someone who is not up to the challenge, we’ll be right back to the state of Michigan emergency manager again,” Ewing said.
The city is worried about character and moral values? Maybe they should have been concerned with who they voted for, especially after their first financial emergency. Maybe a pig really could do better than the officials they elect. And at least this pig isn’t running for Flint mayor!
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Tuesday Morning Laugh..

SUCCESSION OF POPE

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WASHINGTON, DC – Sources close to the White House have learned that Barack Obama is planning to run for the office of Pope when the College of Cardinals convenes to elect a successor to ailing Benedict XVI at the end of this month. Calling on the promise of Equality for All, Obama is said to firmly believe that the time has come for a non-Catholic to occupy the Vatican‘s highest office.
Foreseeing a looming citizenship issue he states that he has discovered an Italian birth certificate that proves he was born in Rome before he was born in Kenya. “That Hawaiian birth certificate never has been worth what I paid for it anyway,” he noted.
Continuing, he concluded, “And there’s no way that a handful of cardinals could be more expensive to buy than 10 million voters in Michigan.” Further questions should be directed to Obama’s Papal Campaign Manager, Abdul Azeem Khan.

~Steve~                         H/T   Miss May         

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Michigan's Right to Work Bill Has Unions All Shook Up

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Son of famous Masters-Johnson sex researchers convicted of public masturbation

I don’t know how to characterize this piece of news. Calling it “ironic” doesn’t fit, so I’ll settle for this being some kind of cosmic joke.
Dr. William H. Masters (1915-2001) and Virginia E. Johnson were pioneers in the study of human sexuality, especially sexual arousal and dysfunction. For their research, the couple (whom I’d always thought to be rather creepy) conducted interviews and observed sex acts. They wrote the best-sellers Human Sexual Response and Human Sexual Inadequacy, which have been translated into 30 languages. They founded an independent not-for-profit research institution in 1964, originally called the Reproductive Biology Research Foundation and renamed the Masters & Johnson Institute in 1978.

Virginia Johnson and Dr. William Masters

Virginia Johnson and Dr. William Masters


Two days ago, on Dec. 3, 2012, their 60-year-old married son, William Masters II, pled guilty to public lewdness after he was arrested last May for masturbating in New York’s Central Park, just 25 feet away from a public walkway. The Central Park incident is the first of two arrests of Masters for public indecency this year! (The other arrest was in Michigan.)
Mugshots of William Masters II

Mugshots of William Masters II


The Daily Mail reports, Dec. 4, 2012, that a New York police officer reported seeing Masters expose his genitals and masturbate in an area of the park called the Ramble that’s known for homosexual liaisons. The police complaint said: ‘The defendant intentionally exposed the private parts of his body in a lewd manner and committed a lewd act in a public place… with intent that he be so observed.”
Masters also is charged with exposing himself to two female undercover police officers as they passed by his exclusive summer home in Michigan this past September. That case is pending.
A local source described the Michigan locale to the New York Post, as “a very rich, wealthy gated community, with cottages built by families like [tire magnate] Harvey Firestone.”
Masters II was nude on the banks of the Pinnebog River at the Port Crescent State Park area in Hume Township when two female kayakers paddled by. The kayakers were undercover cops in a sting operation because of numerous lewd incidents reported from that area over the years.
The two officers said Masters II “yelled for attention” from his perch on a nearby dune and then proceeded to make “obscene gestures” at the women when they looked his way. The officers beached their kayak and chased after Masters, calling for backup from a Michigan conservation officer to help in their pursuit.
Given Masters’ previous history, officials in Michigan planned to canvass the area surrounding the posh summer homes in the Pointe aux Barques where he was caught, showing local women photographs of him in an attempt to link him to a previous plague of flashing incidents.
Master’s defense lawyer Irwin Rochman tells the New York Post his client is getting counseling.
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Uh Oh!

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The wedding party fell into Gun Lake in Shelbyville, Michigan after the dock that they were standing on broke while posing for photos.

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Strange Underground Noises Heard Across the World

Loud rumbling and groaning sounds are being heard in many locales across the world:
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The person who posted this video on YouTube speculates that the sounds may be caused by surreptitious drilling and construction of large underground shelters by governments that are taking the threat of 2012 seriously.
I found some other videos of strange sounds. This one, recorded somewhere in Michigan on August 19, 2011, seems to be from space instead of from beneath the earth:
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Here’s one from Homel, Belarus, on August 14, 2011:
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As of March 22, 2011, The Big Wobble had compiled a map of reported strange sounds in the United States:

~Eowyn

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Have We Lost Our Mind? Warning Duct Tape Needed For This Story!

A Suspiciously “Wet and Firm” Diaper

People when will enough be enough?

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by AOL Travel Staff

Posted Jun 26th 2011 10:45 PM

TSA security officers at Florida’s Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport patted down a cancer-stricken, 95-year-old woman and forcibly removed her adult diaper during the search, CNN reports. Could this end up being yet another TSA PR nightmare?

Jean Weber was traveling with her ill mother on June 18 from Florida to Michigan to see relatives “in the final stages of her battle with leukemia” when the incident occurred.

Weber told CNN that while she thinks the officers may have been “procedurally correct…the procedure needs to be changed.” Weber noted that her mother had had a blood transfusion the week before.

For Rest of this Story, Pls Go HERE

https://news.travel.aol.com/2011/06/26/tsa-pats-down-elderly-woman-removes-adult-diaper-video/?icid=main%7Chtmlws-main-n%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%7C217143

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