Legend Preston, age 10, was playing basketball with friends in his neighborhood a couple weeks ago when the ball bounced out into the street. He went to retrieve it and looked up to see multiple police officers running at him, shotguns drawn.
Legend panicked, as any fifth grader would do under the circumstances. “I ran because they thought that I rolled the ball into the street on purpose,” he said, “and they were just holding shotguns at me trying to shoot me.” The cops gave chase, and soon he was cornered in an alley with the guns pointed at his head.
Fortunately, neighbors saw the whole thing happen, and a group followed the officers into the alley to intervene. “This is a child!” they yelled, while the police insisted he “matches the description” of the suspect they sought. Though both Legend and the suspect in question are African-American, the man the police were after is twice the grade-schooler’s age, several inches taller, and hasdreadlocks and facial hair (Legend has a buzz cut and is too young to shave).
“When I think about my child staring at the end of a gun,” said Legend’s mother, Patisha Solomon, “one wrong move, and my child wouldn’t be here right now. My son could have tripped. He could have reached for a toy. They could have done anything to my son and it could have been his fault.” Solomon said the officers told her she could file a complaint but admitted no wrongdoing.
It’s safe to say Hillary isn’t too happy about this one.
With just a few months to go before the big election, the Clinton campaign has been thrown into complete chaos by their own VP nominee. While talking with voters at a mall in Akron, Ohio, Senator Tim Kaine entered himself into a promotional sweepstakes, and now must keep one hand on a Jeep Wrangler for the foreseeable future.
MOSCOW—In living rooms and kitchens across Russia and Ukraine, the U.S. presidential election is as riveting to TV viewers as “Game of Thrones” is to their American counterparts. Every time Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump speak of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Crimea, Russian hackers or the Donbas (the disputed region of eastern Ukraine)—and it’s rebroadcast here, which it usually is—people in both countries sit up as if some crazy American reality show has just come on. Almost every day, television channels in both countries highlight America’s new scandals and intrigues involving Trump’s connections with post-Soviet oligarchs, or leaked DNC emails, or the endless hurling of insults and the constant debate over America’s supposedly disappearing greatness.
But the main reason the U.S. election has become must-see TV is not because it’s a great reality show, or because Putin and the conflict between Russia and Ukraine come up as issues in the campaign as often as Mexican immigrants, ISIS and Benghazi. It’s because the political rhetoric across the Atlantic is actually starting to change facts on the ground in Russia and Ukraine. In both countries, coverage of the political chaos in the United States—the north star of politics for both anti-American and pro-American figures in this part of the world—is stirring public discontent and doubt about the future in Ukraine, and a sense of confidence, even arrogance, in Russia.
In short, the rhetoric in the U.S. election campaign—especially Trump’s—is already altering policy in the region, hardening Moscow’s attitude toward Ukraine and at the same time frustrating and confusing the Ukrainians who want to stand up to Putin.
Any property may now be taken for the benefit of another private party, but the fallout from this decision will not be random. The beneficiaries are likely to be those citizens with disproportionate influence and power in the political process, including large corporations and development firms. As for the victims, the government now has license to transfer property from those with fewer resources to those with more. The Founders cannot have intended this perverse result. ’[T]hat alone is a just government,’ wrote James Madison, ‘which impartially secures to every man, whatever is his own.’
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, in her Kelo v. New London (2005) dissent.
I’m researching a piece on Donald Trump and SCOTUS right now (he LOVES the Kelo decision) and getting irritated about eminent domain all over again. Bonus detail: Polling from the time showed that about 8 in 10 Americans opposed permitting eminent domain confiscations for private use.
When will you snap out of the mindset that mainstream media trapped you in with the drivel it has fed you over the years? When will you realise how brutal the state of Israel is, how it is the aggressor?
How do you not see anything wrong with the fact that any Jewish person from America or anywhere in the world can easily move to Israel (with no family ties or anything of the sort to the land), but millions of Palestinian refugees are not allowed to return home?
Abortion is another big topic that is hitting the news right now, but to correctly argue this, you have to know some facts about it.
Unborn babies have their own DNA and blood type. Even as the first cell is formed after the egg and sperm fuse, the new cell has a completely new set of DNA. The baby is not YOUR body.
Secondly, you had your choice before you decided to have sex; the case of rape makes up only 0.1% of the reasons that abortions are performed.
Lastly, to fully comprehend this side of the argument, you must be educated about how abortions are performed. Personally, I find this part completely abhorrent and disgusting. The unborn baby is pulled out with a vacuum (which is about 10 times stronger than a household vacuum) and this rips the body limb from limb. You can find videos of abortions being performed online and they are absolutely appalling. Here’s the kicker: babies can feel pain during an abortion. They have actually been known to try to fight back against the vacuum. Keep that in mind next time you try to support this horrendous act.
The Indian government plans to ban foreigners, single parents and gay couples from using India‘s surrogacy services under a proposed law intended to protect poor women from exploitation. Only infertile couples who have been married for at least five years could seek a surrogate, who must be a close relative, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said Wednesday.
“There will be a complete ban on commercial surrogacy. Childless couples, who are medically unfit to have children, can take help from a close relative, in what is an altruistic surrogacy,” Swaraj said at a news conference in New Delhi.
The bill does not say which relatives are close enough to be considered as potential surrogates. The proposed law will soon be introduced in Parliament, where the governing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party commands a majority in the lower house. Gay couples, single parents and foreigners would not be allowed to hire Indian women as surrogates under the proposed law, which would have to be passed by both houses of parliament to become law.
Over the past few years, India has become a popular destination for people wanting to have children using surrogate mothers, partly because its doctors and clinics broker the service at relatively low cost. But many of the women are paid a pittance of the money that is paid to clinics by anxious couples yearning to have a child.
In 2001, India legalized commercial surrogacy, in which a surrogate mother can carry another’s genetic child through a process of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryo transfer for a payment. Although there are no official figures available, a 2012 U.N. report counted around 3,000 fertility clinics in India. India’s surrogacy business was estimated at around $1 billion a year and growing, but it had few regulations governing it.
In November, the government had instructed Indian embassies not to grant visas to foreigners who planned to come to India to engage a surrogate mother. The home ministry said a child born through surrogacy to foreigners would not be allowed to leave the country.
i had a dream last night that donald trump became president and i grabbed m&ms and a m&m chocolate bar and my friend said “what are you doing??” and i said “if hes going to be president im gonna eat enough junk food to finally die” and then i woke up