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Name: Maria Hond
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Stupid Ben Carson - he has effectively destroyed the phrase - 'not as tough as brain surgery'

obviously, you don't have to be intelligent to be a brain surgeon - just a technician that memorizes things as opposed to understanding them.

Seriously, this moron makes stupid self-pitying jokes all the time, believes the earth is 10,000 years old, likes seeing bullet ridden bodies because it means the 2nd amendment is still working, and is a black guy supporting a party that seems to hate minorities and women.

Gun Deaths Are Now Outpacing Traffic Deaths In 21 States, And Counting

More people died from guns than from motor vehicle accidents in 21 states in 2014, according to a report released this week.

The Violence Policy Center, a research group that advocates for gun safety legislation, has found in past reports that traffic fatalities have been declining due to what the organization calls "effective regulation," such as safety prevention initiatives, improved vehicle and highway design, and efforts from the government and advocacy groups. Firearm-related deaths, meanwhile, have only climbed.

The VPC analyzed the latest available data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which tallies all gun deaths, including suicides and accidents, and all fatalities in car crashes. As the number of people who die in car crashes goes down, the organization says, the number of people who die from guns is going up needlessly.

"Firearms are the only consumer product the federal government does not regulate for health and safety," VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand said in a press release. "Meanwhile, science-based regulations have dramatically reduced deaths from motor vehicles in recent decades. Its well past time that we regulate firearms for health and safety just like all other consumer products."

When VPC first compared firearm and traffic deaths in 2009, gun deaths exceeded fatal motor vehicle accidents in only 10 states. That number more than doubled in just six years.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/guns-deaths-car-deaths_56991b31e4b0ce4964242c47

Hillary, Bernie or Other

I will support the Democratic party and the nominee no matter who it is. I have some serious questions:

1. Hillary has baggage, much of it just made up by the republican party, some that will turn some people off. She is a successful woman with loads of relevant experience. Will enough Americans vote for her to give US all the Presidency?

2. Bernie: great, passionate, likeable, great ideas. The problem is that he is a self described socialist in a country that votes by sound bite and where voters are knee jerk reactionaries against that very word. Will enough Americans be willing to vote for a self described socialist?

The outcome of the next election will shape the supreme court for the next 20 years. it is already a banana republic like court that has no sense of objectively among 5 members.

The family of a woman accused of violating ISIS' dress code says she was tortured to death

Source: Business Insider

A female member of the Islamic State has reportedly tortured a 21-year-old Syrian woman in the northern city of Manbij who was accused of violating the group's strict dress code. The Syrian woman was arrested last week, and her body was later returned to her family.

According to ARA News, the victim died after being tortured by the female jihadi known as Oum Farouq. Women under the rule of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh, are forced to wear a black veil of two layers to conceal their eyes, loose abayas, and gloves. Women are also not allowed to go anywhere without a male guardian.

The woman's family member told ARA News that they received her body with clear signs of brutal torture. "She was harshly tortured. We have received her dead body full of physical effects of torture," the relative said. "We cannot even protest against this horrible crime. The only judicial department in Manbij is the Sharia Court, which supports such crimes."
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Women are also oppressors in radical islam.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/female-isis-fighter-was-tortured-to-death-for-violating-dress-code-2016-1

Nigerian Islamic court sentences cleric to death

Source: Time of India

KANO: An Islamic court in Kano, northern Nigeria, has sentenced a Muslim cleric to death for blasphemy against Islam's holiest figure, the Prophet Muhammad, prosecutors and justice officials said on Tuesday.

"The sharia court found Abdul Nyass guilty of blasphemy against the prophet, which is punishable with death in accordance with the provisions of the sharia legal system Kano state operates," prosecutor Lamido Abba Soron-Dinki told AFP. "The convict had legal representation throughout the trial which was done in secret to avoid a repeat of the mob action that disrupted a court session on the case."


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Sharia Courts seem to pass death sentences very easily.

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Nigerian-Islamic-court-sentences-cleric-to-death/articleshow/50470331.cms

Pathankot strike plotted by Pakistan army headquarters?

Source: Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Pathankot attack may have been masterminded by the Pakistan Army's General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi, as per an assessment by a section of the top Indian security establishment.

According to a senior intelligence official, the Pak GHQ is reportedly peeved at the positive reaction of the international community and media to PM Narendra Modi's Lahore diplomacy and Nawaz Sharif's hospitality and feels bypassed after the "fait accompli".

Though there were suggestions that the Pakistan army had backed the recent peace outreach, this narrative disagrees and feels ISI too is of the view that Modi's surprise visit to Lahore created a favourable civil society sentiment in Pakistan towards the civilian 'pro-peace' regime.


Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pathankot-strike-plotted-by-Pakistan-army-headquarters/articleshow/50422330.cms

Saudi Arabia executes dissident Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, 46 others

Source: CNN


Saudi Arabia said Saturday it had executed 47 people in a single day, including a dissident Shiite cleric, Nimr al-Nimr, who had repeatedly spoken out against the government and the Saudi royal family.

Nimr had been convicted of inciting sectarian strife, sedition and other charges following his 2012 arrest.


Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/02/middleeast/saudi-arabia-executes-dozens-terror/index.html

Republican debate: Did anyone notice that Rand Paul called out Christie for the bridge closure?

Rand Paul said it matter of factly, as if it was beyond reproach and Christie did not challenge the assertion? So that would be the truth, not the watered down version that we keep hearing that we don't know for sure if Christie knew about the bridge closings?

And what does this say about this former hero of the republican party? He would be so nasty to risk commuter lives for a personal vendetta against a mayor?

Congress Poised To Keep Banning Gun Violence Research

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com

WASHINGTON -- In the wake of a school shooting in Oregon this fall, it briefly appeared that Congress was willing to reconsider its two-decade ban on the use of taxpayer dollars to research the health impact of gun violence.

There was nothing particularly different about the moment, sad as that may be. The death toll was high, with nine people murdered at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. But school shootings have happened with regularity for years. And even in the wake of worse instances of gun violence, there were no serious efforts to undo the ban that prevents the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from conducting gun-related research.

What was different this fall was that gun control advocates prioritized reversing the research ban (perhaps recognizing that their other objectives were futile). Moreover, presidential candidates as ideologically asymmetrical as Hillary Clinton and Ben Carson said it was time to reconsider it. But perhaps most symbolically, the original author of the ban, former Rep. Jay Dickey (R-Ark.), called on lawmakers to undo it.

I have regrets, he told The Huffington Post in October.


Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/congress-gun-violence-research_5671bde3e4b0688701dbee36
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