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UK: "Bilderberg founded by Nazis" – Alex Jones – Video

UK: “Bilderberg founded by Nazis” – Alex Jones
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ProCon.org – Gay Marriage

Should Gay Marriage Be Legal? As of Jan. 6, 2014, gay marriagehas been legalized in17 US states (CA, CT, DE, HI, IA, IL, MA, MD, ME, MN, NH, NJ, NM, NY, RI, VT, andWA) and the District of Columbia.33 stateshave gay marriage bansthrough either laws or constitutional amendments or both.

Proponents argue that same-sex couples should have access to the same marriage benefits and public acknowledgment enjoyed by heterosexual couples and that prohibiting gay marriage is unconstitutional discrimination.

Opponents argue that altering the traditional definition of marriage as between a man and a woman will further weaken a threatened institution and that legalizing gay marriage is a slippery slope that may lead to polygamous and interspecies marriages. Read more…

Proponents argue that same-sex couples should have access to the same marriage benefits and public acknowledgment enjoyed by heterosexual couples and that prohibiting gay marriage is unconstitutional discrimination.

Opponents argue that altering the traditional definition of marriage as between a man and a woman will further weaken a threatened institution and that legalizing gay marriage is a slippery slope that may lead to polygamous and interspecies marriages.

The gay rights movement in the US can be traced back to the Stonewall Riots that occurred following a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City at 3 a.m. on June 28, 1969. Police raids on gay bars were commonplace, but on this occasion the gay and lesbian patrons fought back and sparked days of protests. The Stonewall Riots marked the beginning of a political movement for gay rights during a time when it was illegal to have homosexual sex in all states except for Illinois. [21] Between 1969 and 1974, the number of gay organizations in the country swelled from fewer than 50 to nearly a thousand. [22]

Gay-rights activism in the 1970s focused more on personal liberation and visibility than on gaining access to institutions such as marriage. While some gay activists sought the right to marry in the early 1970s, others rejected marriage as “heterosexist and saw it as an outdated institution. [23] The gay liberation movement achieved a victory in Dec. 1973 when the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder and the American Psychological Association did the same in 1975. [24]

The increased visibility of the gay community prompted a well publicized backlash by opponents of gay-rights. One high-profile opponent of gay rights was singer and former Miss Oklahoma Anita Bryant who founded the group Save Our Children and campaigned to repeal local ordinances that prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation. During the 1980s, news of the AIDS epidemic increased homophobia and discrimination but also encouraged the gay community to further organize. Following the news that actor Rock Hudson was dying of AIDS, attitudes towards both AIDS and the gay community started to shift. In 1983, Congressman Gerry Studds (D-MA) became the first openly gay Congressman, followed by Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) in 1987. [23]

The current national debate on gay marriage was sparked by the Supreme Court of Hawaiis 3-1 ruling on May 5, 1993 that the state could not ban same-sex marriages without “a compelling reason to do so. [55] The case was sent back to a lower court but voters approved a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage before the courts settled the issue. Although a gay marriage was never performed in Hawaii, the issue gained national attention and prompted over 40 states over the next decade to pass Defense of Marriage Acts (DOMAs) that defined marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman. [59] On Sep. 21, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the federal Defense of Marriage Act into law which defined marriage at the federal level as between a man and a woman. The federal DOMA statute ensured that no state would be forced to recognize gay marriages performed in other states and prevented same-sex couples from receiving federal protections and benefits given to married heterosexual couples.

On June 26, 2003, the US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in Lawrence v. Texas that sodomy laws were unconstitutional. In overruling the courts June 30, 1986 decision in Bowers v. Hardwick, the court established a right to sexual privacy and Justice Antonin Scalia predicted in his dissent that the majority decision “leaves on pretty shaky grounds state laws limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples.

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Happy – Children of War – Video

Happy – Children of War
Happy – Children of War Song: Pharrell Williams Free Afghanistan Free Kashmir Free Iraq Free Palestine Free Syria Free all the children from war.

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Get married, stay married? No fault divorce under fire

Gay marriage supporters have argued for awhile that traditionalists would be better putting their energy into shoring up traditional marriage rather than opposing same sex unions. Some state legislators are now doing just that.


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Gay marriage supporters have argued for a while that traditionalists would be better putting their energy into shoring up traditional marriage rather than opposing same sex unions. Some state legislators are now doing just that, putting no fault divorce in the policy crosshairs.

Scott Keyes at the Washington Post reports that “socially conservative politicians have been quietly trying to make it harder for couples to get divorced. In recent years, lawmakers in more than a dozen states have introduced bills imposing longer waiting periods before a divorce is granted, mandating counseling courses or limiting the reasons a couple can formally split. States such as Arizona, Louisiana and Utah have already passed such laws, while others such as Oklahoma and Alabama are moving to do so.”

Amanda Marcotte at Slate calls this an “alarming trend.”

“The hope is that by making divorce a hassle, or forcing couples to really think about what divorce means,” Marcotte writes, “the government can encourage/make more couples give up on the idea and recommit themselves to marriage. This is, of course, not the government’s job. But also, by artificially elongating the divorce process, the state simply creates more time for all the petty, embittered bickering that divorce tends to cause, as anyone who’s actually ever been through a divorce, or known anyone else who has divorced, or is the child of divorce can tell you.

“A cooling-off period is just more time for adults to squabble over who gets the lamps and chairs, and try to assign blame for the relationship’s demise. It’s the children who end up suffering, as marriage historian Stephanie Coontz argues, telling Keyes that mothers and fathers are ‘more likely to parent amicably if they havent been locked into a long separation process.’”

So conservatives get flummoxed coming and going, argues Rod Dreher at the American Conservative.

If you social conservatives really cared about marriage, you wouldnt worry about fighting gay marriage, but rather fight the heterosexual divorce rate, Dreher writes, paraphrasing a popular meme.

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Israel accused over new Hebron settlement move

Amid signs of rising tensions in the area, a 40-year-old Israeli man was shot dead after a gunman opened fire on his car near Hebron as he drove to a dinner celebrating the start of the Jewish Passover festival on Monday evening, the Israeli army said. The victim’s wife, aged 28, and one of his children, aged nine, were wounded in the same incident, which prompted an army manhunt in the nearby Palestinian village of Idna.

Israel’s high court ruled last month that the structure had been bought legally but the final decision on whether to allow the settlers to return lay with Mr Ya’alon, a noted hawk. His approval triggered warnings of fresh violence and allegations that he was trying to prevent an extension of US-brokered negotiations that are due to expire on April 29.

“It undermines US and international efforts and reaffirms that there is no sense in extending negotiations without a full cessation of Israeli settlement activities,” said Mohammed Ishtayyeh, a former Palestinian negotiator.

Settlers’ leaders said 25 families would eventually inhabit the building – which sits between a mosque and a Palestinian cemetery close to the neighbouring Kiryat Arba settlement.

David Wilder, spokesman for Hebron’s 850-strong settler community, called Mr Ya’alon’s decision “a milestone” that would pave the way for Israelis to buy and occupy more buildings in the city. “If it helps torpedo the negotiations, I’m all for it,” he said, adding that Israeli annexation of the West Bank – seen by the Palestinians as part of a future state – was “inevitable”.

The building – known as the “house of peace” to settlers but dubbed the “house of contention” by opponents – was “strategically vital as a connector” between the heavily guarded settlements in central Hebron and Kiryat Arba, Mr Wilder added.

Israeli human rights groups warned that neighbouring Palestinian residents could be subject to harassment and army restrictions on their movement in the name of protecting the settlers.

Hosni Matarya, 50, a Palestinian living nearby, described how he suffered gunshot wounds after settlers attacked his house while they were being evicted in 2008 during the ownership dispute. Israeli soldiers made no attempt to protect him, despite witnessing the attacks, he claimed. “We were not give any warning the settlers were coming back,” Mr Matarya said. “I really worry now for the safety of my family.”

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Liberal and Conservative views on Education ? – Yahoo! Answers

Conservative: The failure of the student is blamed on the teacher, despite the fact that the teacher has constructed a great lesson plan, and the student is too busy texting or iPoding to bother with paying attention. So, let’s privatize education! Oh, wait, you mean that poor people can’t afford that? Okay, how about we base teacher pay off of test scores! Yeah! Oh, you mean that less people will want to teach, and those that do will just have their students cheat, or teach to the test, and the students will never learn anything. Oh, and conservatives don’t like facts being taught. They call it “indoctrination” and “propaganda”.

Liberal: Rightly blame the parents for not teaching their children discipline, and teach only the facts, and leave politics out of the lesson, unless it’s high school, and everyone can think for him/herself, in which case debates would be healthy.

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Gresham supporters rally against planned CPS turnaround


Updated: April 9, 2014 2:21AM

Standing in front of Chicago Public Schools Board President David Vitales spacious Hyde Park home Tuesday evening, a group of nearly 100 rallied against and questioned the proposed turnarounds of three neighborhood schools.

The CPS parents, students and administrators questioned how a man of wealth could make decisions for parents in poor communities and how the turnaround would benefit a community, while stripping it of its teachers.

To stand in front of a house we know we cant afford, for somebody to make the decisions for poor folks that constantly give to the rich and take from the poor The globalization of education cannot continue to happen in the city of Chicago, said parent Zerlina Smith, a member of the grassroots group Action Now.

Protesters, including Gresham Principal Diedrus Brown, stood in front of the two-story brick home some on the front lawn and driveway blocking rush-hour traffic for about 30 minutes and chanting against the proposed turnaround of Gresham Elementary School on the South Side, Ronald McNair Elementary School on the West Side and Dvorak Technology Academy in North Lawndale.

Angela Gordon, a Dvorak parent, asked the crowd what 170 homeless families on the schools roster will do. And where the children of convicted felons in the neighborhood will go. Ollie Clements, a grandmother of two students at Gresham said a turnaround will take away the heart of our community.

At a protest earlier Tuesday at Gresham, Gwen Herbert offered two reasons to keep Gresham the way it is: A doctor and a lawyer.

In all, Herbert said shes sent 10 of her children to the South Side school that Chicago Public Schools wants to close and reopen with all-new teachers.

I have children here now, Ive had children here in the past and my children have turned out pretty good, Herbert said Tuesday. I have a doctor. I have a lawyer. You name it, I have it, and they went to Gresham.

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Palestinians draw line at criminal court

Palestinians draw line at criminal court By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS – When Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas decided to defy the United States and Israel over stalled peace negotiations, he formally indicated to the United Nations last week that Palestine will join 15 international conventions relating mostly to the protection of human rights and treaties governing conflicts and prisoners of war.

But he held back one of his key bargaining chips that Israel and the United States fear most: becoming a party to the Rome Statute that created the International Criminal Court (ICC) to punish war crimes and genocide – and where Israelis could be docked.

Asked whether it was a wise move, Darryl Li, a post-doctoral

research scholar at Columbia University, told IPS, “I would call it a clever move, not necessarily a wise one.”

There’s no question avoidance of ICC was deliberate; that’s clearly a US-Israeli “red line,” he said. So it makes sense as a way to prolong negotiations.

A flurry of treaty signing The United Nations said last week it had received 13 of the 15 letters for accession to international conventions and treaties deposited with the world body.

They include the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations; Vienna Convention on Consular Relations; Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in armed conflict; Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women; Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Also included were the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties; International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination; Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment; United Nations Convention against Corruption; Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide; International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid; International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Meanwhile, accession letters for the following two conventions were submitted respectively to the Swiss and Dutch representatives respectively: the Four Geneva Conventions of August 12, 1949, and the First Additional Protocol, for the Swiss; and the Hague Convention (IV) respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land and its annex: Regulations Concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land, for the Dutch.

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Michael Taube: Closing charter schools as a favor to unions

Most Americans strongly support delivering the highest quality of education to our children. This is not and has never been a left-wing or right-wing idea.

When the discussion shifts to the sensible topic of school choice, it usually turns into a highly charged ideological battlefield between Democrats and Republicans. This only serves to hurt the students that politicians supposedly want to help.

The most significant opposition to school choice has historically come from left-wing Democrats. This group claims to be the champions of the poor and disenfranchised. Theyre the ones who scream the loudest when inner-city black and Hispanic students receive substandard education levels.

Yet if you mention school vouchers and tuition tax credits as possible solutions, these Democrats transform into screaming banshees. They claim its nothing more than a Republican plot to drive a stake through public educations heart.

The Democratic argument against school choice may be complete rubbish, but theyre constantly (and predictably) twisting the narrative to their advantage.

Take New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. This ultra-left-wing politician and public-education advocate has little or no taste for, believe it or not, public charter schools. One of his primary targets has been Success Academy, which runs some charter schools with public funding to give low-income families (usually from minority groups) a chance at a better education.

In particular, Success Academy Harlem 4 students have earned some of the best math scores in the whole state. De Blasio doesnt care, however. Hes troubled by the fact the charter school gets its space rent-free and wants to close it down.

Students at New York City public charter schools make up roughly 6 percent of its entire education system. Yet this small group of children from low-income and minority families, the type of people who de Blasio claims to represent above all others, is the target of his wrath.

To their credit, some Democrats are fed up with de Blasios position and are speaking out.

Juan Williams, a liberal political analyst for Fox News, firmly believes Bill de Blasio is the best thing to ever happen to the school choice movement because its helped mobilize school choice advocates like never before. Williams wrote on Foxnews.com that 11,000 parents, teachers and students took to the barricades to protest de Blasios scheme to crush charter schools in front of the New York State Capitol in Albany, and it has also succeeded in getting a fellow Democrat, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, hardly a right-winger, to stand up for charter schools.


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Briefs filed in Virginia same-sex marriage appeal

Virginia’s potential landmark gay marriage case continued on its path through the federal court system Friday with new arguments filed in favor of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

States have the right to define marriage as they see fit without federal intervention, attorneys for clerks whose duties include enforcing Virginia’s gay marriage ban argued in lengthy filings. Forcing a new and genderless definition on marriage would “have real world consequences over time,” attorneys for Prince William County Clerk of Circuit Court Michele McQuigg argued.

No one can know for sure what those effects would be, they wrote. But, if the state signals that marriage’s primary purpose is “to affirm adult relationships rather than provide for children’s needs,” then it also conveys indifference as to whether children are raised by both a mother and a father, they argued.

“As the law and the commonwealth convey these messages, it is likely that, over time, fewer man-woman couples having or raising children will marry, that marriages will become less durable, and that fewer children will be raised in stable homes headed by their married mother and father,” they wrote.

McQuigg joined this case of her own volition, requesting the court’s permission to intervene. She’s a co-defendent now along with Norfolk Clerk of City Court George Schaefer III, who was named in the original suit by a Hampton Roads gay couple, Timothy Bostic and Tony London.

Bostic and London were denied a marriage license from the Norfolk clerk’s office last year. Their case has since been consolidated with another Virginia case and become a class action suit.

Earlier this year Attorney General Mark Herring took Virginia from one side of this argument to the other, saying he’d no longer defend the state’s constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Shortly after, a federal judge ruled that ban unconstitutional, but gay marriages haven’t been allowed in Virignia because the case is working its way through appeals court.

Some believe the case will eventually wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court, where it could decide the issue of gay marriage for the whole country.

Schaefer has been less strident in his defense than McQuigg. His attorney’s filing Friday goes out of its way to note that he’s simply enforcing the law.

It also makes a number of procedural arguments, saying some of the case’s plaintiffs have no standing against Schaefer, since he never denied them marriage licenses. It also argues that states should be able to decide this issue.

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