• Not Even Police Were Told About This “Active Shooter” Drill…


    So secret that it’s for your safety…

    It isn’t the first time that military, SWAT teams, FBI, police and Homeland Security officials have conducted large scale emergency exercises inside cities and frightened the locals.

    Joint task force mock disasters, raids, and response teams now routinely takeover local areas in order to prepare for martial law and a thorough police state, and people are often riled by the sounds of explosions, gunshots, helicopters and teams of men in black uniforms.

    But this time, even the local police weren’t told about the drill taking place – even though it was happening within their own department. READ MORE...

  • What teachers of the year have to say about federal education policy


    On Tuesday, the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) released its inaugural Federal Policy Survey. While the sample was too small to claim much statistical validity and the sampling didn’t necessarily yield representative responses, I love the idea of accomplished teachers systematically sharing their take on pressing questions and the fact that NNSTOY is working to make this happen. That’s real teacher leadership—and exactly the sort of thing I’d expect from an outfit full of cage-busters. READ MORE...

  • Most Corrupt United Nations Troops are engaging in Sex Trafficking Children


    According to a watchdog group Transparency International Defence and Security Programme, the examination of 30 countries that provide troops for the United Nations’ peace keeping force has discovered that not only are their militaries the most corrupt, but that many are involved in sex trafficking of children.

    The report, which was released on Sunday, cited the corruption of these countries on a scale of A to F. According to the report:

    The top 30 Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) to UN peacekeeping operations are amongst those most at risk of defence corruption, according to new research from Transparency International.
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  • State AGs Probe the Speech of Nonprofits


    The Competitive Enterprise Institute is now being compelled by the Attorney General of the Virgin Islands to produce a decade of communications with Exxon-Mobil. It’s all part of an effort, according to CEI’s Myron Ebell, to silence the group on policy issues related to climate change.



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  • 2016 Data Point: The labor vote in Wisconsin


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    Labor issues have figured prominently in Wisconsin politics in recent years. On April 5, the exit poll consortium asked voters in the state’s Democratic primary whether they or anyone in their household belonged to a labor union. Twenty-five percent answered in the affirmative. Those voters cast ballots for Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton by 54 to 46 percent. Voters who did not have a tie to a labor union also voted for Sanders by a wider 58 to 42 percent. Roughly identical shares of Sanders (24 percent) and Clinton (26 percent) voters said that someone in their household belonged to a union. READ MORE...

  • The Pope Finally Speaks


    At long last, Pope Francis has released the thing:

    He called for divorced and remarried Catholics to participate more fully in church life. But he closed the door on gay marriage. He quotes Jorge Luis Borges and Jesus Christ. There is an entire chapter on Love.

    But more than anything, Pope Francis’s long awaited document on family life, released Friday by the Vatican, amounts to an exultation of traditional marriage while recognizing that life, in his own words, isn’t always “perfect.” Yet rather than judging, he commanded, the church should be a pillar of support. READ MORE...

  • Governor Nikki Haley Blasts Bathroom Bill as Unnecessary


    South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has blasted attempts to pass a bathroom bill that is similar in nature to North Carolina’s that would not allow local governments from approving measures that would allow people to use restrooms and showers that are designated for the opposite sex.

    On Wednesday, Senator Lee Bright introduced his bill that would prevent local government from enacting laws that would allow people to use public restrooms that were not designated for their birth gender.

    “I don’t believe it’s necessary,” she said, during a press conference reported by The State. “There’s not one instance that I’m aware of.” READ MORE...