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Missouri Mayor: "I Kind of Agreed" with Frazier Glenn Miller

Residents in the town of Marionville, Missouri, are calling for the resignation of their mayor after he made statements supporting the anti-Semitic views of Frazier Glenn Miller, the white supremacist charged with killing three people at two Jewish community sites in Kansas last weekend. Mayor Daniel Clevenger, who was just elected on Tuesday, came under fire after speaking to a local TV station about Miller.
Daniel Clevenger: "He was always nice and friendly and respectful of elder people. You know, he respected his elders greatly, as long as they were the same color as him. ... I kind of agreed with him on some things, but I don’t like to express that too much."


Mr. D, Principal of Columbine HS, is retiring...

Frank DeAngelis has worked at Columbine High School for thirty-five years, and he's been principal for the last seventeen. He was in his office when the shooting started. He was there for the aftermath, the years-long recovery that came at a great personal cost. Now, fifteen years after the tragedy that birthed a terrible new chapter in American history, he's finally decided to call it quits. This is his story.

By K. Annabelle Smith on April 18, 2014

Frank DeAngelis didn’t always want to be a teacher, and heaven knows he didn’t expect the responsibilities the job would lay upon him. When he graduated from high school in northern Colorado, he thought he would become an accountant. When he realized there wasn’t a future in keeping the books, he left college for a semester and worked at a grocery store. During the time spent amid fluorescent lights and the bleeping of the cash register, he considered the people who had influenced his life: his junior high baseball coach and his social studies teacher, for example.

“I thought about the impact they had on their students—on me,” he says. “That’s when I decided to go back to school to pursue my degree in education.”

He was hired at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, in October 1979, as a social studies teacher. He was twenty-four, and he took to the job immediately. He loved teaching; after school, he coached baseball and football. He spent a year or so at another middle school, but, he returned to Columbine as soon as something opened up. Over time, he climbed the ladder. From ’92 to ’94 he piloted a dean of students program. He rose to assistant principal. Then, in 1996, with the support of his colleagues, Mr. D, as the kids came to call him, became principal.

And for a little while, all was well.



Friday TOON Roundup 5 - The Rest

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Friday TOON Roundup 4 - Haters and Ranchers



Friday TOON Roundup 3 -Climate

Friday TOON Roundup 2 - CONgress

Friday TOON Roundup 1 - Putin and Ukraine


Luckovich Toon- ACA's gonna live!

After Nevada ranch stand-off, emboldened militias ask: where next?

By Jonathan Allen

(Reuters) - Flat on his belly in a sniper position, wearing a baseball cap and a flak jacket, a protester aimed his semi-automatic rifle from the edge of an overpass and waited as a crowd below stood its ground against U.S. federal agents in the Nevada desert.

He was part of a 1,000-strong coalition of armed militia-men, cowboys on horseback, gun rights activists and others who rallied to Cliven Bundy's Bunkerville ranch, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, in a stand-off with about a dozen agents from the federal Bureau of Land Management.

The rangers had rounded up hundreds of Bundy's cattle, which had been grazing illegally on federal lands for two decades. Bundy had refused to pay grazing fees, saying he did not recognize the government's authority over the land, a view that attracted vocal support from some right-wing groups.

Citing public safety, the BLM retreated, suspending its operation and even handing back cattle it had already seized.

No shots were fired during the stand-off, which Bundy's triumphant supporters swiftly dubbed the "Battle of Bunkerville," but the government's decision to withdraw in the face of armed resistance has alarmed some who worry that it has set a dangerous precedent and emboldened militia groups.



Protestor? Domestic Terrorist.

How Mississippi Businesses Are Fighting a New LGBT Discrimination Law

Back in February, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have allowed businesses to "exercise their religious beliefs" by discriminating against LGBT people. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, however, proudly put his signature on a similar piece of legislation earlier this month. It will go into effect July 1.

The proponents of Mississippi’s SB2681, the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act, claim that it is more narrowly tailored than the controversial Arizona proposal. But civil rights advocates say it clears a path for anti-gay discrimination. "The law could still open the door for someone who wants to use their religion to discriminate against others," according to the Mississippi branch of the ACLU . "Mississippi legislators rejected language that would have explicitly prohibited religion from being used to excuse discrimination."

Many business owners in Mississippi's urban centers are pushing back, saying they want no part of the new law. Mitchell Moore, who owns Campbell’s Bakery in the city’s revitalized Fondren neighborhood, made stickers that local merchants could display in their windows to make it clear how they felt about the bill. "I'm in a business to sell a product, and I want to sell that product to everybody, and I don’t care what you do in your life," Moore told MSNBC.

In Mississippi, with its troubled civil rights legacy, the fight against LGBT discrimination has a special resonance. Cities such as Jackson, gutted by white flight after desegregation, are trying to move forward into a new era by attracting young artists and professionals to move. Neighborhoods like Fondren are coming back, thanks in part to an up-and-coming generation of business owners who are explicitly inclusive of all different types of people.

Working with the LGBT rights group Equality Mississippi, Moore and other business owners designed stickers that say, "We Don’t Discriminate: If You're Buying, We're Selling."


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