NAACP Protests Pennsylvania Voter Law

About 200 protesters gathered yesterday across from Philadelphia’s City Hall in anticipation of a State Supreme Court hearing on a new voter ID law. Pennsylvania State Supreme Court justices began hearing arguments in an attempt to decide whether the law, which will require voters to have photo ID, is Constitutional.

Last month, in a decision that surprised many, Commonwealth Court Judge Robert E. Simpson Jr. upheld the law. Many believe the law is a tactic intended to prevent minorities from voting.

Jerome Mondesire, president of the Pennsylvania conference of the NAACP, called the law “a criminal offense against Democracy.”

The national head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Benjamin Jealous, believes that anyone who wants to require voter ID is an extremist.

“This is not a Republican thing, it’s an extremist thing,” Jealous said. “None of [us] should be sent back to the day when we had what can only be called a poll tax.”

Executive director of the Pennsylvania American Civil Liberties Union urged voters to show up at the polls and vote early.

U.S. Median Income Reaches Lowest Level Since 1995

Under President Barack Obama’s watch, the U.S. economy continues to slide downward. The median income of Americans is now the lowest it has been since 1995.

Median income fell 1.5 percent during 2011 to $50,054. It has fallen 4.1 percent since Obama took office. Median income has not been below $50,000 since 1995, but the new number is frighteningly close.

According to the Pew Research Center, Obama’s policies have hurt Republicans more than Democrats. When Obama took office, just 13 percent of Republicans considered themselves to be lower class. Now, that number is 23 percent.

While the figures seem disparaging for Obama, he will likely point to the number of insured Americans as proof that his policies are helping. According to the Census Bureau, the number of people without health insurance in 2010 was 50 million, but that number dropped to 48.6 million in 2011.

18-Year-Old Football Player Kisses 65-Year-Old Boyfriend, Gets Kicked Off Team

A freshman football player at the North Dakota State College of Science feels discriminated against after he was kicked off the team following a kiss. Jamie Kuntz kissed his 65-year-old boyfriend in a press box.

A teammate saw the kiss and informed his coaches. When the 18-year-old lineman was questioned about the kiss, he lied and said he had kissed his grandfather.

The team released Kuntz, saying that he was being dismissed because he had violated the team’s manual which addresses “lying to coaches, teachers or other school staff.”

Coach Chuck Parsons wrote Kuntz: “This decision was arrived at solely on the basis of your conduct during the football game; and because you chose not to be truthful with me when I confronted you about whom else was in the box with you. Any conduct by any member of the program that would cause such a distraction during a game would warrant the same consequences.”

Kuntz has left North Dakota State College of Science, but hopes to play football somewhere else.

He claims to have met the older man online more than a year ago.

A support group for Kuntz has been formed on Facebook.

Peanut Butter And Jelly Is Offensive

Last month, the Chief Diversity Officer at the U.S. Department of State announced that phrases like “holding down the fort” and “rule of thumb” could be racially driven expressions. Now, the political correctness police have added another offender to the list: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

An Oregon school principal believes that eating peanut butter and jelly could be an act of intolerance. Verenice Gutierrez of Harvey Scott K-8 School encourages students who eat peanut butter and jelly to ask students of other nationalities: “‘Americans eat peanut butter and jelly, do you have anything like that?’ Let them tell you. Maybe they eat torta. Or pita.”

Gutierrez had a question of her own that she wants people to consider: “What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?”

Portland Public Schools are kicking off a campaign that encourages teachers to acknowledge their “white privilege.”

Gutierrez wrote a letter to her staff: “Our focus school and our Superintendent’s mandate that we improve education for students of color, particularly Black and Brown boys, will provide us with many opportunities to use the protocols of Courageous Conversations in data teams, team meetings, staff meetings, and conversations amongst one another.”

Robb Cowie, the communications director for Portland Public Schools, said that the problem extends beyond just a sandwich.

“Certainly a sandwich isn’t going to do it in itself,” he said. “But it is one of those things that we want to be aware of in all aspects of our instructional practice.”

Secret Service Staying Busy With Threats To Kill Obama

As President Barack Obama’s approval rating continues to drop, the number of death threats against him continues to rise. In the past week, at least three people have been investigated.

The most recent is Terrence Bonney, a Floridian who keeps a picture of Obama in his garage. The picture is equipped with a noose and a bullet hole.

On Saturday, Bonney made five calls to 911, allegedly threatening the President. Bonney was arrested for misusing the 911 system.

It’s the second time in a week that an alleged threatening comment has come out of Florida. A police officer in Tavares, Fla., is under investigation after a post appeared on her Facebook page: “Where’s Lee Harvey Oswald or John Wilkes Booth when you need them!?!?” Officer Sarah Coursey came under investigation after a citizen told police about the post.

A Charlotte, N.C., resident was arrested after tweeting threats.  “Well Ima Assassinate president Obama this evening !… Gotta get this monkey off my chest while he’s in town,” tweeted 21-year-old Donte Jamar Sims. Sims also tweeted, “Ima hit president Obama with that Lee Harvey Oswald swag,” and, “The Secret Service is gonna be defenseless once I aim the Assualt Rifle at Barack’s Forehead.”

The Secret Service also claims to be investigating Julia Rodriguez, a delegate at the Democratic National Convention who said if she saw Mitt Romney she “would like to kill him.”

Town Considers Banning Dogs

The business district of Beaver Falls, Pa., is trying to keep its patrons on a short leash. The area near Pittsburgh is considering banning dogs.

Some pet owners have gotten in the habit of tying their dogs to parking meters, and business owners are afraid that the canines are scaring away potential customers. Not only that, but city officials are tired of the mess caused by the pooches.

“When I walk, I try to walk daily, I tell you I get disgusted because people aren’t cleaning up after their dogs, after animals,” said John Kirkland, a councilman in Beaver Falls. “They got to clean up.”

Others think that dogs should be allowed wherever the family goes, as long as the owner keeps a watch on their pet.

“Some people treat their dogs just like family members and you don’t want to do that to your family member,” said Andre Milliner, a Beaver Falls resident. “So, let’s just have a little law, don’t leave your dog unattended.”

It will be at least a year before the proposal proceeds further.

Ron Paul Supporter Wants To Start White Student Union, Says It’s Constitutional

A student at a university near Baltimore wants to start a White Student Union. Matthew Heimbach of Towson University says there is a Black Student Union on campus that celebrates its heroes, and he wants to be free to do the same.

“We want to replicate what every student union does on campus,” wrote Heimbach, a Ron Paul supporter, in the university newspaper.

“Love your race,” the ad placed in the paper read. “Support a white student union.”

The idea has drawn criticism from blacks and whites on campus.

“We had to congregate together because we weren’t allowed to congregate with whites,” said junior Julian Carroll. “There is a difference between a White Student Union and a Black Student Union based on the history of America.”

Richard Vatz, a communications professor at Towson University, said: “When you have a group that calls themselves the White Student Union, their only purpose is generally hostility towards those who are non-white.”

Vatz was the adviser for Youth for Western Civilization, a previous group headed by Heimbach. But Vatz resigned when the group wrote messages in chalk across campus that expressed white pride, such as “celebrate white pride” and “white South.”

“We want to be able to promote on campus for students who want to be proud of their heritage and the foundations of this country and stand up for themselves,” Heimbach said in regard to the group Youth for Western Civilization.

Heimbach claims that the campus is “hostile toward white students” and that the White Student Union would serve as a “safe space for members… who have heard ‘cracker’ and ‘honkie.’”

According to Heimbach, 17 students have expressed interest in joining the union. However, Heimbach claims he has been accused of hate speech.

“So Facebook banned me for a day and took down the Towson University White Student Union page for ‘hate speech,’” Heimbach posted on Facebook. “Funny enough the Towson University Black Student Union page is still up.”

Currently, the White Student Union is only in the works; it is not a Student Government Association-approved group. Should the White Student Union continue its efforts, some assume that the SGA will vote it down.

“After the headache of last year (Youth for Western Civilization), I’m afraid SGA might vote us down on principle,” he said. “But if we have the students, the adviser and the constitution, there’s no reason to allow us not to be SGA affiliated.”

Single-Digit Addition Too Much For Obama

President Barack Obama has been criticizing Mitt Romney’s math skills. Regarding the budget of the Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan ticket, Obama has said, “That’s not bold leadership; that’s bad math.” But Obama did some bad math of his own while campaigning in Florida.

On Saturday, in Kissimmee, Fla., the President was mathematically challenged.

“We can create a million new manufacturing jobs in the next four years, because we’re selling goods around the world stamped with three proud words: Made in the USA,” Obama said.

He repeated the math mistake Sunday in Melbourne, Fla.

It’s not the first time that numbers have given the President difficulty. In 2008, he thought he had been to 57 States.

“Over the last 15 months, we’ve travelled to every corner of the United States,” he said during his 2008 campaign. “I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go. Alaska and Hawaii, I was not allowed to go to even though I really wanted to visit, but my staff would not justify it.”

 

Can Wasserman Schultz’s Nose Get Any Bigger?

Just when you thought the nose of Democratic National Committee Chairwoman and U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) couldn’t get any bigger, it has. Following Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s speech, Democrats enjoyed comparing the Wisconsin Representative to Pinocchio. But if anyone’s nose is growing this election, it’s Wasserman Schultz’s.

On Sept. 4, Wasserman Schultz told a group of Jews that Michael Oren, the Israeli Ambassador to the United States, said Republican policies are dangerous to Israel.

“I’ve heard no less than Ambassador Michael Oren say this, that what the Republicans are doing is dangerous for Israel,” Wasserman Schultz informed the Jewish Democrats. Her comment was caught on tape.

Oren insists he never said such a thing.

“I categorically deny that I ever characterized Republican policies as harmful to Israel. Bipartisan support is a paramount national interest for Israel, and we have great friends on both sides of the aisle,” Oren said.

To make matters more complicated, Wasserman Schultz says she never said what Oren said he never said.

In an interview with FoxNews, Wasserman Schultz was asked about the incident. She clearly lied, blaming the confusion on the “deliberately” deceptive conservative media.

“I didn’t say he said that. And unfortunately, that comment was reported by a conservative newspaper. It’s not surprising they would deliberately misquote me.”

 

Government Says Get Ready For Zombies

The Homeland Security Department urged citizens on Thursday to prepare for a zombie apocalypse, according to The Associated Press. The rationale behind the warning is that if you are prepared for zombies, you’ll probably be able to survive a national disaster.

The government recommends that you have an evacuation plan in place, a change of clothes, water, medications and flashlights.

This isn’t the first time the government has warned citizens about the zombie apocalypse. In May 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a post urging people to prepare.

At that time, the following supplies were recommended:

  • Water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Food (stock up on non-perishable items that you eat regularly)
  • Medications (this includes prescription and non-prescription meds)
  • Tools and Supplies (utility knife, duct tape, battery powered radio, etc.)
  • Sanitation and Hygiene (household bleach, soap, towels, etc.)
  • Clothing and Bedding (a change of clothes for each family member and blankets)
  • Important documents (copies of your driver’s license, passport, and birth certificate to name a few)
  • First Aid supplies (although you’re a goner if a zombie bites you, you can use these supplies to treat basic cuts and lacerations that you might get during a tornado or hurricane)

Earlier this year, following Rudy Eugene’s cannibalistic attack in Miami, the CDC denied the existence of zombies.

Agency spokesman David Daigle wrote in an email to the Huffington Post: “CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms).”