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My son has been suspended
five times. He’s 3.

Washington Post, by Tunette Powell

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Posted By:JoniTx, 7/24/2014 3:49:52 PM

I received a call from my sons’ school in March telling me that my oldest needed to be picked up early. He had been given a one-day suspension because he had thrown a chair. He did not hit anyone, but he could have, the school officials told me. JJ was 4 at the time. I agreed his behavior was inappropriate, but I was shocked that it resulted in a suspension. For weeks, it seemed as if JJ was on the chopping block. He was suspended two more times, once for throwing another chair and then for spitting on a student

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: richwill, 7/24/2014 3:53:26 PM     (No. 9938575)

Sounds as if the child needs some home discipline.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 7/24/2014 4:02:10 PM     (No. 9938591)

In reading the article what I heard from the parent remarking on their children´s was that it was inappropriate. Had any of mine thrown chairs stuck staff, etc. I would not have been worried about how many black, whites, yellows or greens suffered equal punishment. I would have completely focused on my kids´ behavior. I would not care what others were doing I would be worried about my children´s behavior.
Maybe the school saw the other parents doing something to correct their kids while they didn´t see this parent taking any steps to end inappropriate behavior - as she called it. Inappropriate - it´s criminal.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: stablemoney, 7/24/2014 4:03:55 PM     (No. 9938595)

Well, I guess even 4 year old don´t care to be spat on, or have chairs thrown at them. This does sound like the envelop over the line.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/24/2014 4:05:35 PM     (No. 9938596)

Some children are just aggressive and any parent tries to control and rechannel the trait, but it´s not always easy. I am sympathetic. They almost all grow out of it, but it´s a tense time for a caring parent.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 7/24/2014 4:05:38 PM     (No. 9938597)

when my son was little, this was called "being a boy". I´m sorry, but I sincerely believe educators are taking the easy way out with preschool suspensions. I´m white - I have no idea if this woman´s children are being singled out because of their color, and I cannot personally relate to a perceived racial issue. I only know that we treated all boys differently in years past...

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 7/24/2014 4:05:48 PM     (No. 9938598)

FTA ". I believe most educators want to help all children. But many aren’t aware of the biases and prejudices that they, like all of us, harbor, and our current system offers very little diversity training to preschool staff."

The author also bemoans the preschool to prison pipeline. Her children have no father, and because she works, her children have no mother to take care of them. Her son is angry, and I can´t blame him. It´s not the teacher´s fault mom didn´t give her children a dad.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Susannah, 7/24/2014 4:06:51 PM     (No. 9938599)

Tunette admits that her three-year-old was suspended the first time for hitting a staff member. She doesn´t say what caused the four subsequent suspensions. I wonder why? Did he escalate from hitting to biting to using an object as a weapon?

This kid needs a lot more help than he´s apparently getting from either of his parents.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Safari Man, 7/24/2014 4:07:04 PM     (No. 9938600)

Tunette? Is that a small song or a small tuna?


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Reply 9 - Posted by: Carmen, 7/24/2014 4:14:02 PM     (No. 9938606)

I think most children are not ready for pre-school at the age of three. Why not keep him at home and teach him some manners for another year and then let him go to a structured setting for a couple of hours in the morning or afternoon.

BTW, I don´t feel any preschool should be more than 2-3 hours. It is supposed to be an introduction to a school setting. (Unless, of course this is really daycare.)

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Reply 10 - Posted by: ruready?, 7/24/2014 4:15:02 PM     (No. 9938608)

It´s pretty similar to Turret´s

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Calvinesq, 7/24/2014 4:15:57 PM     (No. 9938614)

Three is too young to be in school.

That said, this was handled by corporal punishment at school 30 years ago and before (with similar results at home). No need for silly "suspensions".

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Reply 12 - Posted by: novakid, 7/24/2014 4:17:45 PM     (No. 9938625)

I kept looking for a quote from the father, or fathers. Silly me.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Susannah, 7/24/2014 4:20:24 PM     (No. 9938629)

#12, They apparently have a father who´s resident in the home, and married to their mother. The author refers to her husband as a wonderful father to their sons.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: killerbee, 7/24/2014 4:20:42 PM     (No. 9938630)

My son was expelled from preschool after two days. Well ... asked nicely to leave.

He needed more than the school could give him and by a series of fumbles and stumbles I found him a wonderful place.

There are kids who aren´t ready for preschool socialization and could actually be damaged by it but their parents still need to work. All I can say for those parents is this: dig. Nobody is trying to find you, you´ve got to find them. But the people qualified to help your kid get to that next milestone are out there so don´t give up.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Pook60, 7/24/2014 4:22:12 PM     (No. 9938633)

Silly Tunette. She kept blaming herself for her kids unruly behavior until she figured out it is whitey´s fault. I´m glad she finally came to the conclusion that will be most beneficial to her boys and their future endeavors in prison.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 7/24/2014 4:34:08 PM     (No. 9938646)

@#8: I believe Tunette is the sister of Toonces - The Cat Who Could Drive a Car...

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Reply 17 - Posted by: msjena, 7/24/2014 4:39:57 PM     (No. 9938651)

Does it really do any good, though, to suspend a child? What does a 3 year old learn from that? The school has to make a choice--either tell the parents that they will have to remove the child from the school because the school cannot control his behavior or try to find a way to control it. The negative consequence has to fall on the child--maybe it´s sitting in the corner (time-out); maybe it´s no playground time; whatever. I wouldn´t necessarily blame the parents--kids sometimes act differently in the home than they do at school.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Safari Man, 7/24/2014 4:45:26 PM     (No. 9938657)

#13 Maybe if b´Iraq Hussein had a son...


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Reply 19 - Posted by: TXknitter, 7/24/2014 4:48:25 PM     (No. 9938661)



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Reply 20 - Posted by: just another nerd, 7/24/2014 4:48:47 PM     (No. 9938662)

Is Tunette a widow or is fatherlessness a lifestyle choice? If a choice why would you need an organization to deal with it? I thought single parent families didn´t have an effect on the children.



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Reply 21 - Posted by: Mickeymat, 7/24/2014 4:52:21 PM     (No. 9938665)

My children were not perfect in school but neither of them would EVER throw a chair or hit a teacher. This woman and her children need an intervention. The kids do not belong in school as they are interfering withe the education of the other children. And yes it looks like they are in the prison pipeline and their mother´s attitude is in large part responsible.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: KingBubo, 7/24/2014 4:54:38 PM     (No. 9938667)

This is not the child to illustrate any issue in suspension differences among different races. This kid is bad as whatever.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: zoidberg, 7/24/2014 5:01:32 PM     (No. 9938671)

The kid throws chairs? Maybe he´ll have a career as a college basketball coach.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: msjena, 7/24/2014 5:15:11 PM     (No. 9938690)

She´s not a single parent. She mentions her husband in the article. I think it´s unfortunate that she is trying to blame her son´s problems on racism. Racism may exist, but blaming it doesn´t solve the problem of her child´s behavior. She should meet with the school to work out a plan to control his behavior or take him out of the school. Maybe he just isn´t ready for pre-school.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: maryann4629, 7/24/2014 5:25:04 PM     (No. 9938706)

#6, there is a father in the home, and he is the husband of the mother. I went back and re-read the article to make sure I hadn´t missed something.

Another child, apparently a white child, intentionally threw something at another child who HAD TO BE RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL!!! That child was not suspended.

Sorry, I think Tonette has a point. If the only difference is the color of their skin, then it appears that the teacher is overreacting to misbehavior by black children.



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Reply 26 - Posted by: Pros7767, 7/24/2014 5:25:58 PM     (No. 9938708)

My son was at a pre-school where a black child flipped over a table, spilling everyone´s snacks. They took the child to another room. The other children were terrified.

When I picked up my son, I asked what they were going to do about the other child. I was informed they would watch him.

My son stayed home the next two days while I found a new pre-school. No child should be sent to a violent environment where he is scared to death of what the other child will do.

As a working mother, daycare was my only option. Unfortunately that means all day, not 2-3 hours.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: bridgepard, 7/24/2014 5:26:09 PM     (No. 9938709)

Pook60 reply 15 has got it, sad but true. 3 years old and already out of control. Wait till they hit mid-teens!

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Aubreyesque, 7/24/2014 5:28:42 PM     (No. 9938711)

On the one hand, I dont sympathize with this mother in her quest to find racism in pre-school punishment. Im Caucasian and my daughter had pre-school behaviors that caused the principle to call me up and chew me out...only to be told later by the teacher that there were other children in her class that were misbehaving and summarily disciplined. The principle, whom my mother had worked with before and had had issues of her own with him, was hellbent on punishing ME and my daughter, because he called up every single day of class with some new threat to throw my daughter out of class...only to be told later by the teacher that it had been managed and that my daughter was improving. I ultimately had to get off of work early in order to go withdraw my daughter because the principle terrorized me at my place of employment...and when I went in to do so, he locked me in his office and proceeded to upbraid me about how he was going to "blackball" my daughter from other schools and that I should be ashamed of myself for not being at home popping out more babies (my one pregnancy with my daughter ultimately ended in infertility because of severe damage to my uterus.) Its not that I didnt want more children, but I was deeply offended that I was immediately judged a bad mother because I was not producing more and that would teach me to be a better mother. Suffice it to say, this man was extremely hateful and prejudicial against me...and again, let me stress, I AM WHITE...so blacks do NOT have the monopoly of entangling horns with truly vicious and ugly people in the education system.

I should add that this all took place at a PRIVATE school...so those places are no more immune to stupidity.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: athina, 7/24/2014 5:29:07 PM     (No. 9938712)

I read the words of a conscientious mother. She is indeed married to the boys´ father.

We don´t know the reality of their household, only what she describes. Who are we to doubt her? Let´s assume they are as good parents as as all of you are. There are children who are naturally obedient away from their own families and there children who are not. I´ve seen it. Pre-schoolers hit people and throw things, even when they´ve been taught not to, because they are very little and it´s very hard to control the response to their emotions. That´s part of being 3 and 4. And 5 and 6 and 7, often. Getting control of their behavior is part of what pre-school is supposed to teach them. It was, for my kids, 15-20 years ago. And suspending them as a disciplinary tactic at this age? -- Suspension would be necessary if the child is simply a menace. If that were the case, the parent should have been talked to a long time before about the unacceptable behavior that wasn´t changing. This reads as if the child was suspended after the first incident, which is an overreaction and not particularly useful unless the child is able to connect his behavior with not going to school, and cares about it!

This mother is saying that white parents have told her that her son is being treated more strictly than theirs. So she is going to get involved in the school more. That sounds like a good idea. She might find that the teachers don´t know how to handle the children, or she might learn about how to better discipline her kids.


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Reply 30 - Posted by: Aubreyesque, 7/24/2014 5:29:09 PM     (No. 9938713)

my post continued:

Having said that, the suspensions are an extremely harsh thing to deal to a pre-schooler...theyre still practically BABIES then...of COURSE theres going to be incidences of throwing things and bad behavior...thats what TODDLERS DO!!!! Suspension as a solution?! GET REAL!!

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Hermoine, 7/24/2014 5:30:55 PM     (No. 9938715)

What a bummer...I got halfway through it and had to stop reading because she´s blaming it all on racism. What a cop out. After the 2nd suspension, she should´ve been on the phone with the school´s principal or director to ask for a meeting to discuss her children and why this is occurring and asking about how other children are treated when similar incidents happen.

My child goes to public school and I can tell you the administrators bend over backwards to NOT suspend black children (or other minority) students.


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Reply 32 - Posted by: dvc, 7/24/2014 5:39:56 PM     (No. 9938724)

He still has time, but if JJ doesn´t get a grip on behavior at some point, he could eventually wind up like his grandfather - in jail. She always uses the singular pronoun, so apparently there is no father in the home. Bad news for the boys. They have no positive male role model to emulate, with no father and the grandfather a criminal.

She writes "The problem is not that we have a bunch of racist teachers and administrators." but then procedes for several paragraphs to attempt to prove that they ARE ACTUALLY racists, but don´t mean to be. She argues that whites treat black kids unfairly due to unconscious racism, conveniently making denying it a futile exercise. BS excuse for violence-prone kids that learn early in their culture that violence IS the solution of choice.

As long as blacks spend this amount of effort rationalizing their children´s violent behavior as somehow caused by or unfairly judged by whitey, they will continue to fail, and many will get the ultimate suspension - prison, the adult solution to violent behavior. Somewhere above 80% of prison inmates are black, largely due to a culture that has few good role models and where violence is often the first ´tool´ used in interpersonal problems, and pervasive drugs and alcohol tend to strip away good judgment.

Her final comment is telling - "I refuse to let it be done to my children." - once again, the black VICTIMS, taking NO responsibility, she is blaming the system for her violent kids. Attacking the system as racist, rather than teaching him proper behavior is to help push JJ onto his grandfather´s path to prison.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 7/24/2014 5:40:29 PM     (No. 9938725)

Parents who fall for the lie that three year old children belong in school can expect strong reactions.
They are just growing out of toddler stages . Separation from home in structures that are difficult for older children leaves them feeling unloved and deserted.
Of course they lash out in anger and confusion.
Don´t seek status via having a baby in school. If affordable hire a nanny if not seek a homelike day care.
The mother in this case is so insecure she can only blame race instead wrong choices for her children.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 7/24/2014 5:40:49 PM     (No. 9938727)

I don´t care what color she is. If I had that kid I´d be worried enough about him to have him examined by a professional. And I´d ditch that namby-pamby buzzwordword "inappropriate".

Assault will be inappropriate when he is older if this keeps up. The kid has an anger problem. Someone should figure out why.

She has a million excuses, a ton of speculations. Time to get someone on the job who knows about such things, what these signs mean. If anything. No meds. Just "what´s up here?"

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Reply 35 - Posted by: GKC fan, 7/24/2014 5:43:13 PM     (No. 9938729)

I teach Pre K. I am not going to let your child abuse the other children. Other parents have the expectation that when they give me their children, we are all going to have a wonderful day. Violence, you have to be crazy!

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Reply 36 - Posted by: earlybird, 7/24/2014 5:44:01 PM     (No. 9938730)

I have two (now grown) boys and a grown grandson, plus a great grandson in grade school. All are "all boy" and none of them has ever thrown a chair or spit on anyone. Those are really hostile acts, angry acts. I am amazed that any thinking person can dismiss them with "they´ll grow out of that". Don´t count on it...

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Reply 37 - Posted by: dvc, 7/24/2014 5:47:28 PM     (No. 9938733)

Sorry for the double post, but I did miss the one sentence where she mentions her husband, so I was wrong about fatherlessness.

I stand by the rest of my comments.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Emerson, 7/24/2014 5:53:02 PM     (No. 9938741)

Let´s turn this on its head. Assuming there are a number of small pre-schoolers in a child´s class. One of them is prone to anger - hits a teacher. Pretty serious breach, in my estimation. Takes a lot of guts for a kid to hit an adult authority figure. And then another time they throw a chair. Pretty big object for a pre-schooler to throw. And then another time they spat on another child. Lots of problems with that one. Bodily fluid.

So what would YOU do if you were the teacher? What options are open to you?

Seems to me a suspension is pretty benign. I might consider recommending the kid be expelled, tuition returned, and let the parents find another place for their problem child - or a solution for his problems.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Epirb, 7/24/2014 6:05:24 PM     (No. 9938750)

When my 4-year-old grandson was suspended for biting another child, his parents didn´t blame the school, the teachers or staff. They decided he needed help so worked with a child psychologist to help him manage his anger. He was a darling white child and the fact that his teacher was black was never an issue. They worked with her, backed her up and it wasn´t long before my grandson hurried home to tell me, "Grandma, I got a star today. I went 5 whole days without biting anybody." :-) And he never again had to be suspended for bad behavior. When charges of "Racism" are carelessly tossed around instead of cooperating with the schools, the real losers are the children.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Udanja99, 7/24/2014 6:18:13 PM     (No. 9938762)

The best thing that ANY parents can do for their children these days is to home school them.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 7/24/2014 6:48:03 PM     (No. 9938801)

Suspenion only punishes the parents, the kid now knows he can get out of school any time he wants. A few swats will fix that.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Coy860, 7/24/2014 7:50:55 PM     (No. 9938869)

I´m curious as to whether this child was in a Day Care before he reached 3 and attended pre-school and learned bad habits and saw other bad behavior in Day Care. I honestly believe an infant should be home with his mother or grandmother until at least 4. A year of pre-school to learn how to socialize before getting into the learning experience is sufficient.
Yes, I understand that many mothers have to work, but for many, the mother works to supply "material wants" rather than material needs.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: folsomguy, 7/24/2014 7:58:09 PM     (No. 9938877)

Oh no this is ADHD. It couldn´t be the parents fault. I´m sure they are doing their best at home. S/O!

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Keekng, 7/24/2014 8:04:10 PM     (No. 9938882)

#1 nailed it. Time for the parent to step up.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 7/24/2014 8:26:02 PM     (No. 9938898)

Throwing chairs and spitting is not being a boy, it is being an undisciplined brat.

Chances are this kid will not grow out of this behavior, he will get worse and more violent.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: mitzi, 7/24/2014 8:47:32 PM     (No. 9938912)

I´d be too embarrassed to broadcast to the immediate world that I had two pre-school children who were trouble makers.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 7/24/2014 10:52:34 PM     (No. 9939038)

First, there are as many I´s in her article as Zippy´s speeches.

Second, it´s udder BS. Little Goldilocks in my neighborhood has been in more preschools than she is old and she makes him look like a sissy. She has been tested, medicated and seen therapist and she hasn´t made it to kindergarten yet.

Everyday these kids wake up in a circus and they are overstimulated. Too many toys, electronics, movies, parks, whatever, it is never ending. They don´t know what quiet time is and the parents want any label on them except "spoiled"

If you can´t control a three or four year old, what are you going to do when they are 16 and in your face ?

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Reply 48 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 7/25/2014 12:04:00 AM     (No. 9939096)

I am tempted to be seriously politically incorrect by this article. But after the reasonableness of the posters above, I will merely compliment #47 as being "best in show" and offer a hypothetical:

Years from now, when Tunette is being interviewed by the media at the crime scene, I can hear her saying, "Oh no, not my JJ. He was a good boy. He would never do anything like that!"

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Reply 49 - Posted by: Hammock, 7/25/2014 2:13:21 AM     (No. 9939152)

The white mothers of the kid´s classmates at the party said their kids had done worse, so I can see why she´s suspicious. Becoming more involved with the school is a decent response.

I don´t think writing an article about it before you know for sure what´s up is a good response. Sure it might intimidate any staff with an attitude, but it puts a target of one sort or another on the kids. If it were me I´d find someplace else for the kids and then get real involved.

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Hillary Clinton took her faux book tour/pre-presidential campaign to the Harkin Steak Fry Fundraiser. There, she deigned to mix with the masses and sign her name on some books. One subject wanted Hillary to personalize the autograph, just a bit. No. Nevah! (Video) The subject was still happy enough to grovel before the queen. NN FEMALE: “Would you mind signing this to Jermane, please.” CLINTON: “I just can sign my name.” NN FEMALE: “OK. That’s fine.”CLINTON: “You’re welcome.”

Many in Congress not sold on
Obama´s Islamic State strategy
Los Angeles Times, by Michael A. Memoli, Lisa Mascaro    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/16/2014 9:57:51 PM     Post Reply
Washington -Leaders from both parties expressed confidence Tuesday that the House would support President Obama´s request to arm Syrian rebels in the fight against Islamic State militants, an important component of the administration´s broader strategy to confront the extremist forces. But after a day of back-to-back private meetings among lawmakers, the political landscape in advance of Wednesday´s expected vote appeared to be shifting, particularly for Democrats whose votes will be needed for passage. "There´s a growing sense that this whole thing is problematic," Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.), who opposes the

Sen. Manchin: Willing to shut down
government over Syria war vote
CNN, by Leigh Ann Caldwell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/16/2014 9:50:07 PM     Post Reply
As the pounding of war drums intensifies against ISIS and its advances in Iraq and Syria, at least one senator is voicing opposition to plans to arm Syrian rebels and says he´s willing to shut down the government over it. Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat who often finds himself at odds with the White House, said spending $500 million to provide weapons to groups in Syria that are fighting both ISIS and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will backfire. "At the end of the day, most of the arms that we give to people are used against us. Most

Obama Declines to Attend Memorial
Dedication for Disabled Veterans
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/16/2014 9:43:38 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama has declined to attend a dedication ceremony in October for a new memorial honoring American veterans who have been disabled fighting for their country in wars, according to sources close to the event. The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial (AVDLM), the first such memorial of its kind, is set to be dedicated during a ceremony on Oct. 5 near the National Mall in downtown Washington, D.C. However, Obama, who was first invited to attend the event in January, will not be among those in attendance, according to a source who is familiar with the situation. This

The Hangover: Anheuser-Busch
Publicly Scolds NFL
Breitbart Sports, by Daniel J. Flynn    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/16/2014 9:38:10 PM     Post Reply
When Anheuser-Busch speaks, the NFL listens. The leading television sponsor of the last five Super Bowls has chastised the league for its handling of player misbehavior. Video of three-time Pro Bowler Ray Rice knocking out the woman he subsequently married, the indictment of 2012 NFL MVP Adrian Peterson on a child-abuse charge, and the suspension of Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay for driving under the influence with a large amount of narcotics in his car rank as a few of the more embarrassing headlines that have migrated from the sports page to the front page in recent weeks. "We are

NASA picks Boeing and
SpaceX to ferry astronauts
Houston Chronicle, by Kevin Diaz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/16/2014 9:33:12 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – NASA will turn to aerospace giant Boeing and "new space" startup SpaceX to launch U.S. astronauts again from American shores, ending a reliance on Russian Soyuz capsules that began after the last space shuttle landed on Earth three years ago. The selection Tuesday of two private tech companies to catapult the nation´s flagging space program marks a major turning point for NASA, which traditionally has led the nation´s expeditions into space. Boeing and SpaceX will combine to develop the rocketry and crew modules to ferry American astronauts to and from the International Space Station by 2017. The long-anticipated

Iran´s current uranium enrichment
not acceptable says US
Agence France Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/16/2014 9:27:36 PM     Post Reply
Iran cannot convince the world that its current ability to enrich uranium is acceptable, the top US negotiator said ahead of new nuclear talks with global powers. After months of intense negotiations the two sides have "identified potential answers to some key questions," Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said in a speech at an award-giving ceremony at Georgetown University. But she warned "we remain far apart on other core issues, including the size and scope of Iran´s uranium enrichment capacity." As Iran and world powers prepare for new talks starting on Thursday in New York, Sherman said she expected

ISIS supporters urged to attack
Times Square with pipe bombs
New York Post, by Bruce Golding & Erin Calabrese    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/16/2014 5:26:55 PM     Post Reply
Supporters of the Islamic State terror group are being urged to attack Times Square and other popular American tourist attractions with easily assembled homemade bombs, according to a disturbing report Tuesday. A message posted on an ISIS Web forum lists widely available ingredients needed to build a pipe bomb, and includes photos showing how to combine them into a deadly explosive device, Vocativ reported. The Arabic-language message cites Times Square — the scene of a failed car-bomb attack in 2010 by al Qaeda sympathizer Faisal Shahzad — and the Las Vegas Strip as prime targets, but also suggests striking sites



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Daily Signal, by Sharyl Attkisson    Original Article
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Cybercast News Service, by Melanie Hunter    Original Article
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Daily Mail [UK], by Ashley Collman    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 9/16/2014 5:08:52 PM     Post Reply
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Washington Times (D.C), by David Sherfinski    Original Article
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Business Insider, by Colin Campbell    Original Article
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British Broadcasting Corporation, by Staff    Original Article
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The Week Magazine, by Bonnie Kristian    Original Article
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Washington Post, by Joby Warrick    Original Article
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Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
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New York Times, by Tim Kaine    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/15/2014 9:38:38 PM     Post Reply
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US to send 3,000 troops to Ebola
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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 9/16/2014 12:09:40 AM     Post Reply
The United States government is sending thousands of military troops to the west African nation of Liberia as part of the Obama administration´s Ebola virus-response strategy, the White House said late Monday night. [Snip] ´A general from U.S. Army Africa, the Army component of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), will lead this effort, which will involve an estimated 3,000 U.S. forces.´ Liberia is the hardest-hit of the four west African nations that have confirmed Ebola cases, accounting for more than one-half of the fatalities. The others are Sierra Leone, Guinea and, to a lesser extent, Nigeria.


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