How the Civil War Created Thanksgiving
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A [San Francisco] Bay Area federal judge has given the go-ahead to a nationwide suit by thousands of [illegal aliens] who seek asylum in the United States and accuse the government of illegally keeping them in jail for months.
In rejecting the Obama administration’s attempt to dismiss the suit, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers of Oakland ruled that federal law requires officials to decide within ten days whether an undocumented immigrant has a “reasonable fear” of persecution or torture if deported. Immigrants are held without bail while awaiting those decisions.
The law says a decision must be made within ten days unless “exceptional circumstances” exist. Justice Department lawyers argued that immigration officials have the sole authority to define exceptional circumstances and are not bound by any deadline.
But Gonzalez Rogers, in a ruling Friday, said the law’s meaning is clear: Decisions are required within ten days except in rare cases where circumstances justify a delay.
The Islamic State (known by the acronyms of IS, ISIS or ISIL) is exploiting the ongoing violence in Ferguson, Missouri, over a grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer for shooting and killing an 18-year old African-American.
The Islamic State members are taking to social media to encourage rioters to murder and behead police and political figures. One high-profile Islamic State operative said the group would send fighters to Ferguson if the rioters pledge allegiance to its caliph. In a hand-written note, the operative said:
“We hear you and we will help you if you accept Islam and reject corrupt man-made laws like democracy and pledge your allegiance to Caliph Abu Bakr… and then we will shed our blood for you, and send you soldiers that don’t sleep, whose drink is blood and their play is carnage!”
Other Islamist groups are also exploiting the mayhem in Ferguson to advance their adversarial views of the U.S. government and police.
Most frighteningly, [Louis Farrakhan] reportedly told African-Americans to rise up against the U.S. government as the Palestinians have risen up against Israel. In August, he justified the terrorism of Hamas against Israel and compared it to the struggle of blacks in America.
In front of 2,000 attendees in Maryland, Farrakhan happily proclaimed, “They know an explosion is going to come.” The reaction was not shock or a worried silence. It was cheers.
Islamists with softer tones like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) are also using the Ferguson situation to increase their influence.....
Zahra Billoo, the director of CAIR’s San Francisco Bay Area chapter, is citing the grand jury’s decision against indicting Officer Darren Wilson as part of a “tyranny” that must be challenged with “resistance.”
Barack Obama’s amnesty for illegal immigrants will produce a disaster of unparalleled magnitude when the ObamaCare employer mandate kicks in.
Those granted amnesty will not be eligible for ObamaCare. The amnesty will merely keep them safe from deportation; it won’t make them legal. And ObamaCare can only go to citizens and legal noncitizens living in the U.S.
But the employer mandate in ObamaCare requires large companies to offer insurance to each of their full-time workers or pay a hefty fine to the government for failing to do so.
Combine these two programs and you have a huge incentive for employers to dismiss any blue-collar workers on their payroll and replace them with illegal immigrants covered by amnesty. These folks are allowed to work but not to get ObamaCare. An employer can’t be fined for failing to offer ObamaCare to employees who are ineligible to receive it. It’s an employer’s dream!
The Obama administration on Wednesday proposed stricter curbs on ground-level ozone, a pollutant linked to several serious health conditions, in a move industry groups said would place a heavy burden on the U.S. economy.
The Environmental Protection Agency said it would set National Ambient Air Quality Standard between 65 and 70 parts per billion concentration of ozone and consider public comments on standards within a 60 to 75 ppb range.
The EPA must finalize the rule by October. It will replace the current standard of 75 ppb set in 2008. [emphases added]
House Speaker John Boehner quickly ripped the "massive new regulation" as a job killer and the "most expensive rule ever proposed by the EPA."
"If implemented, it would also undercut our ability to use America’s energy boom to reset our country’s economic foundation, revitalize manufacturing, and put more Americans back to work," he said.
"Americans have made clear to the president that his priorities are not theirs, and this is precisely the kind of misguided policy they rejected earlier this month," Boehner added in a statement. "The new American Congress will continue listening to the American people, and take action to protect middle-class families, and our economy, from the Obama administration’s regulatory onslaught.”
Speaking on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum" former Pennsylvania-16 Representative Robert Walker said the Obama administration’s stricter ozone regulations is further proof that the White House is more concerned with expanding government and power than they are with creating jobs.
"The fact is these regulations will choke off a large portion of our economy," Walker said. "They will, at the very least, create huge expenses of business to invest in meeting the terms of the regulations and those costs will be at the expense of American jobs."
While he did say he was sorry, for the loss of life, the loss of Michael Brown’s life, he said he would not do anything different that day. He did what he was trained to do he was simply doing his job and I pressed him and I said would this have gone down any differently if Michael Brown were white?
KMOV-TV reports that the majority of stores that were damaged or completely destroyed during Monday night’s violent riots in Ferguson were minority owned. Fire Departments around the St. Louis County Area put out 25 structural fires caused by vandals and looters following the announcement from the grand jury that Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the death of Mike Brown.
Most of the damaged businesses were on West Florissant Avenue and included: Walgreens, Little Caesers Pizza, Autozone, Beauty Town, Title Max, Family Dollar Store, and O’Reilly Auto Parts. Small-business owner Natalie Dubose was in tears when she realized her cake store was attacked by vandals.
Dubose, a mother of two, previously told CNN, “If I can’t open my doors every morning, I can’t feed my kids in the evening. Just don’t burn my shop down, don’t destroy it.”
North Carolina, already a home-schooling hotbed, saw a 14% rise last year in the number of students being educated at home, according to a report from Heartlander Magazine. Similar increases have been seen in Virginia, California and New York, according to education activists.
“If you look at national, and even state polls, you can see that the more familiar people become with Common Core, the more they dislike it,” Bob Lubke, a senior policy analyst for the North Carolina-based Civitas Institute, told foxnews.com. “They feel like they are losing control of what their kids are learning.”
An official for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, which oversees the state’s public schools, says that the uptick in home-school enrollment has had no negative effect. In fact they say it is the opposite.
“We have experienced a statewide increase in enrollment over the past few years,” Vanessa Jeter, a spokeswoman for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, told FoxNews.com. “Since 2012-13, our statewide enrollment has increased by 27,512 students.”
But the rise in homeschooling is continuing to grow, and the rollout this fall of Common Core is giving it added momentum, according to Glyn Wright, executive director of the Eagle Forum.
When others gathered around the scene, the second bomber screamed and blew herself up, killing about thirty, he said.
“I am right here at the scene and I have before me eleven corpses … many have been taken away by relatives, while others are taken to the state specialists’ hospital,” said Kalli.
Soldiers and police officers cordoned off the area while rescue workers helped survivors to the hospital.
Nigeria’s Islamic extremist rebel group, Boko Haram, are suspected of the suicide blasts, as they have carried out many similar violent acts in northeastern Nigeria.
Senior Iranian leaders are celebrating the seven-month extension of nuclear talks with the United States and five other international powers as a victory for Tehran and a U.S. "surrender" to the Islamic Republic’s military might, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
Many nuclear experts believe that the seven-month extension in the nuclear negotiations (which were due to end by Monday) will give Iran more time to continue its nuclear work and move closer to developing a bomb.
Iranian officials are openly ridiculing the United States and bragging that their regime’s nuclear "rights" will be recognized soon.
The "Americans have very clearly surrendered to Iran’s might, and this is obvious in their behavior in the region and in the negotiations," Major-General Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, said after the extension of the talks was announced.
If the United States ever decides to launch an attack on Iran, "our war will end by conquering Palestine," he said.