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Suit: Boss Made Me Give Customers Fake Money

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 26th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Suit: Boss Made Me Give Customers Fake Money
Operators of two Taco Bells in upper Manhattan thought “outside the bun” by counterfeiting money and forcing underage workers to give fake $20 bills to customers as change, a lawsuit alleges. Annette Cirino is filing a class-action lawsuit in Manhattan federal court on behalf of her 17-year-old daughter, alleging the teen reported the allegations to cops after being “manipulated” into distributing funny money while working behind the counter at both restaurants. Her attorney described the fake cash as “terrible” copies slightly smaller than real $20 bills, adding they were likely produced on a laser-jet printer then run through a dryer to make them appear used.

‘Sir, What Is Going On? You Will Terrify My Children’
A Texas mother driving with four young children in her car was terrified by police who pulled her over and placed her under arrest at gunpoint in a badly botched manhunt. Kametra Barbour expresses alarm on the dashcam video, telling Forney police, “Yes sir, what is wrong? My kids. They are 6 and 8 and 10, 9. What are we doing? Sir, what is going on? Oh my God. You will terrify my children.” Police pulled over Barbour’s car while investigating reports of a driver waving a gun out of his window.


Survey: US consumer confidence near a 7-year high

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 26th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Survey: US consumer confidence near a 7-year high
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence this month reached its highest point in nearly seven years, boosted by strong job gains.

House GOP to spend $500 an hour on lawyer for Obama lawsuit

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 26th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

House GOP to spend $500 an hour on lawyer for Obama lawsuit
The legal cost for House Speaker John Boehner’s lawsuit over Obamacare is raising eyebrows

Primary elections underway in Florida, 3 other states
Former Fla. GOP Gov. Charlie Crist is running for his old job as a Democrat, but first he needs to win over his new party’s primary voters


It’s Women’s Equality Day, And Conservative Media Have A Long Way To Go

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 26th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

It’s Women’s Equality Day, And Conservative Media Have A Long Way To Go

August 26 marks Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which gave women the right to vote. As President Obama emphasized in a proclamation marking the day, while there have been many advancements toward women’s equality, “[t]here is still more work to do.” 

One place this remains true is in the conservative media, where the struggle for women’s equality is still mocked and diminished. Here are some of the recent lowlights:


In Defense of the Brown-Shaheen N.H. Poll

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 26th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

In Defense of the Brown-Shaheen N.H. Poll
Sean Trende, RealClearPolitics
The New Hampshire Senate race poll released last Thursday night caused quite a stir. It showed Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s lead over former Sen. Scott Brown collapsing to two points. Many people had begun to conclude that Brown’s campaign was on life support. Suddenly it looked downright sprightly. Here are three points to consider: 1. The poll might be an outlier. FiveThirtyEight Senior Political Writer Harry Enten has made this case better than anyone else out there. Enten writes: “It’s possible that Brown is slicing into Shaheen’s lead, but there hasn’t been any…

To Defeat the Islamic State
Pat Buchanan, RealClearPolitics
The decisions that determined the fate of the great nations and empires that failed to survive the 20th century are well known. For the Kaiser’s Germany, it was the “blank cheque” to Austria after Sarajevo. For Great Britain, the 1939 war guarantee to Poland. For the Third Reich, it was the June 1941 invasion of Russia. For the Empire of the Sun, the decision to attack Pearl Harbor. And for the Soviet Empire, it was the invasion of Afghanistan. As for the United States, historians may one day concur with the late Gen. Bill Odom. For the lone superpower to survive that century, the decision to…


Juncker wants women for top EU jobs

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 26th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Juncker wants women for top EU jobs
Jean-Claude Juncker tells EU leaders to pick more women for his top team but UK still hopes for key role for Lord Hill.

VIDEO: Scotland Decides: Referendum Today
Sarah Smith presents Scotland Decides: Referendum Today, a programme looking at the issues around the Scottish Independence Referendum.

General’s Russia warning to West
Western Europe would struggle to defend itself against Russia because it has dismantled its military, a former Nato supreme commander warns.


WH: Checked-out Obama is a media myth

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 26th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

WH: Checked-out Obama is a media myth
Obama has been criticized as out of touch by critics and supporters.

World Briefing: Turkey: Chinese Workers Abducted

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 26th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

World Briefing: Turkey: Chinese Workers Abducted
Kurdish separatists kidnapped three Chinese engineers in an area near a power plant in Turkey’s southeast, a regional government official said Tuesday.






W.H.O. Moves Team in Sierra Leone After a Medical Worker Contracts Ebola
A day after announcing a reinvigorated commitment in the country, the World Health Organization said it had removed its Ebola response team after an epidemiologist came down with the virus.






Mayor Klaus Wowereit of Berlin Says He Will Step Down
Mayor Wowereit, who once described Germany’s capital city as “poor but sexy,” said Tuesday that he would leave the post in December after more than 13 years in the job.






Santander Journal: A Banker’s Bold Vision Inspires an Arts Center, and Neighbors’ Doubts
The Centro Botín, designed by Renzo Piano, is rising in the northern city of Santander, along with complaints that public space is being exploited.







Ban On Religious Wear Sparks Outrage At International Basketball Association

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 26th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Ban On Religious Wear Sparks Outrage At International Basketball Association

Basketball’s international governing body is facing calls to reverse its nonsensical policy that bans Muslim, Sikh, and Jewish players from wearing religious headwear during games.

The post Ban On Religious Wear Sparks Outrage At International Basketball Association appeared first on ThinkProgress.

India's Amritpal Singh (right) opted to play even after FIBA officials banned him from wearing a turban, but said he was

India’s Amritpal Singh (right) opted to play even after FIBA officials banned him from wearing a turban, but said he was “humiliated.”

CREDIT: AP

After two recent incidents at tournaments in Asia, international basketball’s governing body is coming under fire across the world for its policy banning Muslim and Sikh players from wearing traditional religious headwear during games.

In July, officials prohibited two Indian Sikh players, Amritpal Singh and Amjyot Singh, from playing in an Asian Championship qualifier against China until they removed their turbans. Last week, officials took similar action against Anmol Singh, also Sikh, during India’s game in a junior-level tournament in Qatar. The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) also bans Muslim women from wearing hijabs and Jewish men from wearing yarmulkes during basketball games.

Since the incidents involving Indian players, FIBA’s policy against turbans and hijabs has drawn international outrage. India’s coach, American Scott Flemming, protested the ban before the game in which Amritpal Singh and Amjyot Singh were not allowed to play while wearing turbans, and the most recent ban sparked a social media movement under the hashtag #LetSikhsPlay. A petition on Change.org (via Mike DeCourcy) calling for an overturn of the ban has already garnered more than 50,000 signatures.

Prominent Indian athletes and musicians have joined the calls to overturn the ban, and Indian Basketball Federation officials filed an official complaint with FIBA last week. Two members of Congress, Reps. Joe Crowley (D-NY) and Ami Bera (D-CA), wrote a letter to FIBA that called for the overturn of the “discriminatory” ban on clothing that is “essential to their faith.”

The players both said they were “humiliated” by the demands to remove the turbans before the game.

FIBA has previously defended its rule against headgear, saying that it is meant to protect other athletes from injury. But as Simran Jeet Singh has highlighted, players have worn turbans while playing college basketball in the United States and professional basketball in Canada without incident.

FIBA has faced similar calls to overturn its ban on religious headwear from the Muslim community, particularly after Indiana State University basketball player Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir said that the rule had put her in a “holding pattern” as she sought a professional contract in Europe, which adheres to FIBA rules. Abdul-Qaadir wore a hijab throughout her high school and college careers but would not be allowed to in European professional leagues, putting her career in jeopardy. The Council on American and Islamic Relations also highlighted the case of Indira Kaljo, a Bosnian basketball player who also sought a professional contract in Europe but had concerns about the hijab ban, in calling on FIBA to change its rules. A women’s team from the Maldives forfeited its game at the Asian Under-18 championship last week when they were not allowed to compete in hijabs.

The basketball federation is behind other international sports organizations. FIFA, soccer’s governing body, preliminarily lifted its ban on hijabs in 2012 and fully lifted the ban on religious headwear, including Sikh turbans, earlier this year after determining that they had no bearing on the safety of soccer players. The International Olympic Committee, which worked hard to help include more Muslim athletes in its events, helped persuade the International Judo Federation to allow Saudi Arabia’s Wodjan Shahrkhani to compete at the 2012 London Olympics while wearing a modified headscarf. Safety concerns were an issue for the IJF as well, but Shahrkhani competed without incident just as the Sikh and Muslim basketball players have.

Aside from the important religious discrimination concerns, the ban is harmful to efforts to promote access to the sport in many parts of the Muslim world, where women already often face barriers to sports participation before international organizations like FIBA tell them they cannot wear hijabs to play.

FIBA officials will reportedly reconsider the ban at a meeting this week. If they are paying any attention at all, it ought to be a quick, easy decision.

The post Ban On Religious Wear Sparks Outrage At International Basketball Association appeared first on ThinkProgress.


Liberal Zionism Is Dying. The Two-State Solution Shouldn’t Go With It.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 26th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Liberal Zionism Is Dying. The Two-State Solution Shouldn’t Go With It.
From: Michelle Goldberg

‘Approved Responses to the Civil Unrest in Ferguson’
From: Tom Tomorrow

A step-by-step guide from your friends at the Ferguson Police Department.