Seattle school officials want Columbus Day replaced with ‘Indigenous People’s Day’

School board officials in Seattle, Washington, recently decided that celebrating the federal holiday honoring Christopher Columbus is racist. So on Oct. 13, they want area students to honor “Indigenous Peoples Day.”

Via Q13Fox:

The resolution, in part, said the board “recognizes the fact that Seattle is built upon the homelands and villages of the Indigenous Peoples of this region, without whom the building of the City would not have been possible.”

The resolution also says the board “has a responsibility to oppose the systematic racism towards Indigenous people in the United States, which perpetuates high rates of poverty and income inequality, exacerbating disproportionate health, education and social crises.”

It urges district staff to “include the teaching of the history, culture and government of the indigenous peoples of our state.”

The Seattle City Council is slated to vote on the resolution today.

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Apparently, the Obama administration cannot get even the simplest things right. Take protecting the president, for example. The Secret Service’s mission is clear: Keep the bad guys away from the president and his family. Period. But as so many of the agencies under Obama’s control have done, it failed. Here’s hoping it gets its act together before the next president moves into the White House.

Bob Englehart, The Hartford Courant
Bill Schorr, Cagle Cartoons
John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri
David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star
Bob Englehart, The Hartford Courant

Reporter covering Michelle Obama speech told not to interview attendees

A veteran newspaper journalist reported this week that Michelle Obama’s lackeys attempted to keep her from interviewing members of the crowd following a stump speech the first lady gave in Wisconsin.

Obama was in Milwaukee on Monday stumping for former Wisconsin commerce secretary Mary Burke’s gubernatorial bid.

Meg Kissinger of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the attempt to stifle the media via Facebook: “[A]ssigned to cover Michelle Obama’s speech today and was told by a Mary Burke aide and one for the White House that I could not speak to the people in the crowd. To say that I was creeped out is an understatement. This is what reporters do in America: we speak to people.
At least that’s how I’ve been doing things — at all kinds of political events — since 1979.”

Kissinger added of the event organizers’ attempts to separate the press from attendees:

“Reporters and photographers were cordoned off in a central area with chairs and tables. Several people in the crowd asked if they could have extra chairs reserved for the media — but reporters were initially forbidden from handing them over. Eventually, some of the Burke staff gave the extra chairs to attendees,” she reported.

Leading a high school football team in an on-field prayer got an Arizona coach suspended from his coaching job

After the Tempe Preparatory Academy won a recent football game, Tom Brittain, the team’s coach, told one of his players to lead the squad in an on-field prayer. It’s a scene you’ve likely witnessed in person many times.

Now Brittain has been benched from coaching for two weeks, after the school’s director told Brittain he had strayed too close to the line that divides church and state.

Tempe Prep isn’t a private school — it’s a public charter school that receives funds from the government.

The Christian News Network reported last week the community has since stepped in to support Britain’s role in the on-field prayer tradition – but school administrators nevertheless held firm on the two-week suspension.

“[Resident Keith] Wibel was among those who wore a t-shirt and/or brought signs to last week’s homecoming game to show their support for the coach. Wibel’s shirt read ‘Let Tom Coach,’” Christian News reported. “Students also tied a poster to the stands during the game, which read, ‘We believe in Coach Brittain.’ Personal messages were also written on the poster, such as ‘I love you. God bless you, coach,’ and ‘Thank you.’ Some students drew a cross or shared Scripture.

School headmaster David Baum told a local station he respected Brittain’s devotion, but could not allow him to join with students in expressing it. “He is a man who likes to pray and I don’t object to that,” he said. “Just, he can’t do that with our students. That’s the only prohibition.”

Getting uncomfortable with Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.)

PJ Media sent spot reporter Michelle Fields to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Conference, which kicked off Wednesday in Washington, D.C. She got a free moment with Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and used it to grill him about the relationship between decades of progressive rule and the myriad economic and social problems current afflicting some of America’s most blighted cities.

Lewis retreated pretty quickly, after being challenged for saying he believes “most of the people in those cities [Detroit, Chicago, etc.], in spite of what it may appear — that they’re not doing well… They’re doing pretty well.”

D’oh! Facts!

A roundup of this week’s political cartoons

Well, this week really started with a bang! President Barack Obama finally got to blow up stuff in Syria. And he did it with “allies” most Americans could’ve sworn were enemies. All in the name of fighting the war on terror. Hope? Change? Hardly.

Tom Janssen, The Netherlands
Olle Johansson, Sweden
Tom Janssen, The Netherlands
John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune
September 24, 2014
Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News
RJ Matson, Roll Call
Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune
Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star Tribune
Cam Cardow, Cagle Cartoons
September 28, 2014
Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News
Daryl Cagle,


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White House fence jumper ‘a danger to the president,’ prosecutor says

WASHINGTON — The troubled Iraq War veteran who jumped the White House fence last week was detained twice in recent months for carrying weapons and appears to have been fixated on harming the president, a federal prosecutor said Monday.

At an arraignment hearing for Omar Gonzalez, a judge granted prosecutors’ request to hold Gonzalez for 10 days.

“Mr. Gonzalez’s preoccupation with the White House and accumulation of large amounts of ammunition in an apparently short period of time renders him a danger to the president,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney David Mudd.

— Tribune Washington Bureau


‘Search area is narrowing’ for fugitive suspected of killing state trooper

BARRETT TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The manhunt for Eric Frein intensified Monday morning with the announcement over Monroe County emergency radio that “lethal force is authorized” to take down the man suspected of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper if he refuses to surrender.

As an emergency response team and troopers surrounded an area of Barrett Township about 8:30 a.m., an announcement alerted police that per Pennsylvania State Police Command “lethal force is authorized for the protection of self and others if positive ID is made and if subject refuses to surrender.”

During a news conference hours later, state police Lt. Col. George Bivens said he feels police are closing in on Frein.

“The search area is narrowing,” Bivens said. “I do believe that we are close.”

— The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)


3 Afghan soldiers missing from Cape Cod found at Canadian border

WASHINGTON — Three Afghan soldiers who went missing while in Massachusetts for military training have been found trying to cross the border into Canada, a Defense Department official said Monday.

“I can confirm that the Canadians have them,” the official said.

The Afghan officers were reported missing late Saturday after a trip to a shopping mall in Hyannis, Mass., about 20 miles from Joint Base Cape Cod, where they were involved in a training exercise.

— Tribune Washington Bureau



Thousands of Syrian refugees flood Turkey after fleeing Islamic State

The number of Syrians fleeing from Islamist militants and entering into Turkey in recent days has exceeded 130,000, making the flight one of the largest refugee flows to date during the Syrian conflict, the United Nations said Monday.

“In Turkey we have never witnessed such big numbers in a few days time,” Selin Unal, CQ spokeswoman for the U.N. refugee agency, said in a telephone interview from Ankara.

Most of the refugees are Syrian Kurds fleeing an offensive by the Islamic State, the al-Qaida breakaway group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. The flight of refugees was continuing on Monday, the U.N. said, but the numbers appeared to be less than during the weekend.

— Los Angeles Times


Israeli probes into possible Gaza war crimes draw criticism

JERUSALEM —Facing a United Nations investigation for possible war crimes committed during its recent military campaign in the Gaza Strip, Israel has launched probes of its own into suspected violations, hoping to ward off prosecution in international tribunals.

The army has said it’s conducting criminal investigations into five incidents and that dozens of others were under review. However, Israeli human rights advocates say the inquiries are flawed because the army is investigating itself and the probes don’t cover the legality of orders that led to the alleged violations.

— McClatchy Washington Bureau


Islamic State spokesman calls for ‘lone-wolf’ attacks in West

IRBIL, Iraq — The chief spokesman for the Islamic State has called on the group’s supporters throughout the world to act on their own initiative to attack Western civilian and military targets in retaliation for the U.S.-led coalition’s aerial attacks in Iraq.

In an audiotape released Monday, the group’s spokesman, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, also vowed that the group would kill Western men and enslave their women even as he accused the Western news media of distortion by inaccurately portraying the group as violent.

— McClatchy Washington Bureau

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