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Student threatened with suspension after op-ed opposing gay adoption

A 15 year-old student was ask to write an op-ed on the topic of gay adoption. He wrote in opposition to the topic using the Bible as his primary source for the basis of his argument. A gay parent saw the op-ed and complained and thus the student was bullied by the superintendent and threatened with suspension because of his ‘offense’.

Lefty intolerance on display. Here’s the article from Todd Starnes at Fox News:

[Brandon] Wegner, a student at Shawano High School, was asked to write an op-ed for the school newspaper about whether gays should be allowed to adopt. Wegner, who is a Christian, wrote in opposition. Another student wrote in favor of allowing gays to adopt.

Wegner used Bible passages to defend his argument, including Scripture that called homosexuality a sin.

After the op-ed was published, a gay couple whose child attend s the high school, complained.

The school immediately issued an apology – stating Wegner’s opinion was a “form of bullying and disrespect.”

“Offensive articles cultivating a negative environment of disrespect are not appropriate or condoned by the Shawano School District,” the statement read. “We sincerely apologize to anyone we may have offended and are taking steps to prevent items of this nature from happening in the future.”

But Staver said what the school system did next was absolutely outrageous. He said the 15-year-old was ordered to the superintendent’s office where he was subjected to hours of meetings and was accused of violating the school’s bullying policy.

“The superintendent called him ignorant and said he had the power to suspend him,” Staver said. “He’s using his position to bully this student. This is absolutely the epitome of intolerance.”

Staver said the boy’s parents were never notified.

At one point, Staver said the superintendent gave him a chance to say he regretted writing the column.

“When Mr. Wegner stated that he did not regret writing it, and that he stood behind his beliefs, Superintendent Carlson told him that he ‘had got to be one of the most ignorant kids to try to argue with him about this topic,’” Staver said.

At that point, Staver said the superintendent told the boy that “we have the power to suspend you if we want to.”

The superintendent allegedly told Wegner that he was personally offended by Wegner’s column.

You can read the op-ed here.

I read his op-ed and while it isn’t the best opposition argument that one could make on the topic, it certainly doesn’t justify the superintendent’s actions. I believe the primary concern was his first quote from Leviticus that said “they shall surely be put to death.” Now, if I had written it and included that verse, I would have immediately qualified that (if I included it at all) by noting that we don’t live under the law of the old testament any longer and this certainly isn’t a call for anyone’s death. But even so, it’s clear by the full context of his writing that he isn’t calling for anyone’s death and only the dumbest of libs would try and make such an argument.

Also, one other point that I think is good. Note the apology from the school:

The school immediately issued an apology – stating Wegner’s opinion was a “form of bullying and disrespect.”

Isn’t this true of how liberals see dissent of most of their sacred issues? Not only is dissent offensive to them, but they say it’s disrespectful. Isn’t that exactly what libs claimed after Obama was elected? Any dissent aimed at him was racist and disrespectful.

Thus this rule should typically work: Dissent against liberal ideas is disrespectful; dissent against conservative ideas is speaking truth to power.


American Police Departments Implement Drone Aircrafts To The Fleet

[TRANSCRIPT] One hundred and twenty metres above the ground, an unmanned drone uses its heat seeking camera to help a policeman track down a suspect. A pilot on the ground is using a laptop and joystick to fly the drone by remote control. He directs his colleague in the search. The live video signal is coming from an aircraft called a Shadow Hawk which Deputy Chief Randy McDaniel of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office says will be a powerful tool for all kinds of police work. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF DEPUTY SHERIFF, RANDY MCDANIEL, MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TEXAS, SAYING: “As a law enforcement agency, not only do we have to deal with criminal activities, we also have to go hunt for the missing child, the Alzheimer’s patient that has wandered off and, again we can take this drone and launch it and give us a greater capacity to be able to find those individuals.” Equipped with powerful cameras, GPS, and transmitting technology, the UAV can quietly hover 200 metres over a location – while sending its operators real-time video of the scene. McDaniel says the more they know about a crime scene ahead of time, the safer his officers will be. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF DEPUTY SHERIFF, RANDY MCDANIEL, MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TEXAS, SAYING: “The purpose of having the bird in the first place is to be able to protect my SWAT team. That is what it is all about, we are not about getting our SWAT team members hurt and if I have got some technology that I can utilise to provide for greater safety for them – we’re going to use it.” (SOUNDBITE) (English) DOTTY GRIFFITH, ACLU OF TEXAS, SAYING: “This is boys with their toys gone wild.” Dotty Griffith of the American Civil Liberties Union in Texas is not a fan of the drone. She says that apart from legitimate police work, it could also be used to spy on innocent citizens. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DOTTY GRIFFITH, ACLU OF TEXAS, SAYING: “We have concerns that technology is moving at a faster rate than our laws. And we think this technology gives police a lot of leeway for fishing expeditions, warrantless surveillance, and that there is just no checks and balances on the system at this point.” But McDaniel discounts the argument saying the drone will only be used in mission specific situations. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF DEPUTY SHERIFF, RANDY MCDANIEL, MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TEXAS, SAYING: “Yes, we can read a license plate from 400 feet in the air. Does that help us? Absolutely. It helps us identify suspects and the vehicles that they are in because we may not have someone close enough to come in and apprehend the suspect.” Police departments in both Miami and Houston have been working with the Federal Aviation Administration to get clearance for drone flights. Police forces in the UK have been using drone technology for surveillance operations since early last year. McDaniel says American cities will inevitably follow suit. Ben Gruber, Reuters.


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According to DHS, the definition of personal identifiable information can consist of any intellect “that permits the identity of an individual to be directly or indirectly inferred, including any information which is linked or linkable to that individual.”

RT adds:

Previously established guidelines within the administration say that data could only be collected under authorization set forth by written code, but the new provisions in the NOC’s write-up means that any reporter, whether someone along the lines of Walter Cronkite or a budding blogger, can be victimized by the agency.

Also included in the roster of those subjected to the spying are government officials, domestic or not, who make public statements, private sector employees that do the same and “persons known to have been involved in major crimes of Homeland Security interest,” which to itself opens up the possibilities even wider.

The department says that they will only scour publically-made info available while retaining data, but it doesn’t help but raise suspicion as to why the government is going out of their way to spend time, money and resources on watching over those that helped bring news to the masses.

According to RT, the website “Fast Company” reports that the NOC Monitoring Initiative has been in play since at least early-2010 and that the data is being shared with both private sector businesses and international third parties.


Magnetic bomb kills nuclear scientist in Iran; Israel accused MSNBC
‘Western powers and their allies appear to be relying on covert war tactics to try to delay and degrade Iran’s nuclear advancement,’ security expert says
TEHRAN, Iran — Two assailants on a motorcycle attached a magnetic bomb to the car of an Iranian university professor working at a key nuclear facility, killing him and wounding two people on Wednesday, a semiofficial news agency reported.
The attack in Tehran bore a strong resemblance to earlier killings of scientists working on the Iranian nuclear program. It is certain to reinforce authorities’ claims of widening clandestine operations by Western powers and allies to try to cripple nuclear advancements.
The bomb killed Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a chemistry expert and a director of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility in central Iran, the semiofficial Fars news agency reported. Natanz is Iran’s main enrichment site, but officials claimed earlier this week that they are expanding some operations to an underground site south of Tehran with more advanced equipment.
‘Our path is irreversible’ 
Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization said the country’s nuclear path would not change despite the killing, which it branded a “heinous act”.
“Our path is irreversible,” Arabic language al-Alam TV quoted an agency statement as saying.

Reza Azlan must be in mourning.

The Faces of Radical Islam Under Sharia Law


If WE DO NOT STOP THE WAHHABI and Salafi influence which is funding our universities in North America as well as the Islamic religious schools, you can expect to see the spread of this barbaric side of Islam in AMERICA. This practice by Muslim men of throwing acid in the faces of Muslim women is becoming more widespread. The reasons these women were punished: because they dared to reject someone in marriage or because they wanted a divorce. The “jilted” suitors (or husbands) took their revenge in this fashion. If he can’t have her, no man will; I will make sure that no man will ever want her.” One young girl was gang-raped after which her rapists threw acid on her face. Another committed the “crime” of disappointing her father by being born female, not male. Many were disfigured as a result of a “family dispute. The story of each of these women is posted under her picture.

Saira Liaqat, 26, poses for the camera as she holds a portrait of herself before being burnt, at her home in Lahore, Pakistan, Wednesday, July 9, 2008. When she was fifteen, Saira was married to a relative who would later attack her with acid after insistently demanding her to live with him, although the families had agreed she wouldn’t join him until she finished school. Saira has undergone plastic surgery 9 times to try to recover from her scars. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) AP2008

Najaf Sultana, 16, poses for a photograph at her home in Lahore, Pakistan Wednesday, July 9, 2008. At the age of five Najaf was burnt by her father while she was sleeping, apparently because he didn’t want to have another girl in the family. As a result of the burning Najaf became blind and after being abandoned by both her parents she now lives with relatives. She has undergone plastic surgery around 15 times to try to recover from her scars. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) AP2008

Naila Farhat, 19, poses for a photograph in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008. Naila was burnt on her face with acid thrown by a boy whom she rejected for marriage five years ago. She has undergone plastic surgery several times to try to recover from her scars. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) AP2008

Kanwal Kayum, 26, adjusts her veil as she poses for a photograph in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008. Kanwal was burnt with acid one year ago by a boy whom she rejected for marriage. She has never undergone plastic surgery. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) AP2008

Irum Saeed, 30, poses for a photograph at her office at the Urdu University of Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, July 24, 2008. Irum was burnt on her face, back and shoulders twelve years ago when a boy whom she rejected for marriage threw acid on her in the middle of the street. She has undergone plastic surgery 25 times to try to recover from her scars. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) AP2008

Munira Asef, 23, poses for a photograph in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008. Munira was burnt with acid five years ago by a boy whom she rejected for marriage. She has undergone plastic surgery 7 times to try to recover from her scars. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) AP2008

Shahnaz Bibi, 35, poses for a photograph in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008. Ten years ago Shahnaz was burnt with acid by a relative due to a familiar dispute. She has never undergone plastic surgery. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) AP2008

Shameem Akhter, 18, poses for a photograph at her home in Jhang, Pakistan, Wednesday, July 10, 2008. Shameem was raped by three boys who then threw acid on her three years ago. Shameem has undergone plastic surgery 10 times to try to recover from her scars. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) AP2008

Memuna Khan, 21, poses for a photograph in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, Dec. 19, 2008. Menuna was burnt by a group of boys who threw acid on her to settle a dispute between their family and Menuna’s. She has undergone plastic surgery 21 times to try to recover from her scars. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) AP2008

Shehnaz Usman, 36, poses for a photograph in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008. Shehnaz was burnt with acid by a relative due to a familiar dispute five years ago. Shehnaz has undergone plastic surgery 10 times to try to recover from her scars (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) AP2008

Bushra Shari, 39, adjusts her veil as she poses for a photograph in Lahore, Pakistan, Friday, July. 11, 2008. Bushra was burnt with acid thrown by her husband as she was trying to get divorced from him five years ago. She has undergone plastic surgery 25 times to try to recover from her scars. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) AP2008

Zainab Bibi, 17, adjusts her veil as she poses for a photograph in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008. Zainab was burnt on her face with acid thrown by a boy whom she rejected for marriage five years ago. She has undergone plastic surgery several times to try to recover from her scars. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) AP2008

Facebook & DHS Has Been Tracking You and Your Friends


By Kim Paris

Do you realize that with FB’s anti-privacy “improvements,” any page that you Like (even to just keep an eye on things) when you mention them you automatically show up on their public wall? Take our friends at Dept. of Homeland Security here – I see several of my friends from our little cyber politics world. And having just figured this out, some are freaking out! Look at their posts. As for me, I’m probably setting off alarms by spreading this to all my groups. Looks like many of us may find ourselves in detention at Gitmo. Hope they at least offer us an unsustainable bar tab.
And be careful who or what you Like!

My Letter From TN-Senator Lamar Alexander 12/06/12

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Thanks for getting in touch with me and letting me know what’s on your mind regarding the “Fast and Furious” program.

On December 14, 2010, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) agent Brian Terry was tragically shot to death in a firefight near the Arizona-Mexico border. In an investigation that followed Terry’s death, two guns recovered at the scene were linked to an ATF “gunrunning” program known as “Fast and Furious”. It appears that this program consisted of U.S. government agents intentionally allowing thousands of firearms to be delivered into the hands of drug cartels and criminal rings.

Since early 2011, when the Terry shooting and the Fast and Furious program first became public, both the ATF and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have come under increasing scrutiny for their roles in this controversial program. More than 1,400 firearms which were sold as part of the Fast and Furious operation are still missing. Kenneth Melson, former Acting ATF Director, has been reassigned to another department within DOJ.

Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa issued a joint report on Operation Fast and Furious in June 2011. Additionally, many other ATF and DOJ officials have been called before Congress, including Attorney General Eric Holder. He has testified that he knew very little of the program until earlier this year. In October 2011, the Senate unanimously agreed to an amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill, introduced by Senator John Cornyn of Texas, which would prevent taxpayer dollars from funding gunrunning programs like Operation Fast and Furious.
I appreciate you taking the time to let me know where you stand. You can be sure that my colleagues and I will be watching as details of this program and the continuing investigation unfold.



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