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Media declare Cruz and Sanders winners in Wisconsin

Their reporters racing to Trump HQ to speak with Trump about tonight's primary

Wanna know who's gonna win NY or any other primary, caucus or whatever?

Wait for Dick Morris' predictions to come out
He couldn't predict the weather if he were standing in a driving rain storm
If he were describing something that I was watching and it looked exactly like what he said, I'd be at the eye doctor's having my eyes checked because I know it'd have to be wrong

10 Jokes People Who Are Well Read or A Little Off Understand

1. What do you get if you cross a joke with a rhetorical question?
2. Schrödinger's cat walks into a bar. And doesn’t.
3. I tried walking up a hill without a watch but had neither the time nor the inclination.
4. What's the difference between ignorance and apathy? I don't know and I don't care.
5. What do you get when you cross an octopus with a cow? A reprimand from the Scientific Integrity and Professional Ethics Committee and immediate withdrawal of your grant funding.
6. Your mum is so mean, she has no standard deviation.
7. A German asks for a martini.
"Dry?" says the bartender.
"Nein, just one."
8. Pavlov is sitting at a bar, when all of the sudden the phone rings. Pavlov gasps, "Oh no, I forgot to feed the dogs".
9. How many Marxists does it take to screw in a lightbulb? None, the lightbulb contains the seeds of its own revolution.
10. I have kleptomania, but when it gets bad, I take something for it.

Illegal Jewish schools: Department of Education knew about council faith school cover-up

A London council’s education authority destroyed evidence of children being educated in illegal faith schools at the request of religious institutions, The Independent can reveal.

An investigation by The Independent also found that more than 1,000 children are missing from schools in London and are at risk of abuse in illegal faith schools. The schools are ultra-Orthodox Jewish faith schools at which boys are placed from the age of 13, and where they receive no education beyond studying religious texts. A number of pupils leave school with little or no ability to speak English, and few – if any – qualifications or skills which equip them to work, or live independently

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In the meeting, Trust representatives discussed that in an attempt to track the whereabouts of Jewish children when they go missing from education records, they had asked legal Jewish state schools to inform them when a child was taken away by their parents to attend an illegal one instead. A Trust representative says that although they were initially able to receive evidence tracking the missing children in this way which could have enabled them to act and protect children, some of the schools threatened legal action against the Trust and that they subsequently backed down and agreed to destroy all evidence it collected on the issue.

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(Rabbi Dr. Jonathan Romain) He added: “It could be that people higher up the educational chain fear that closing the schools could be branded as anti-Semitism. There is no reason why one cannot be immersed in Jewish life, but still speak the national language or be able to gain qualifications. As a rabbi I applaud those engaged in Jewish education, but as a rabbi I also condemn those who blinker children’s horizons and isolate them from wider society”.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/illegal-jewish-schools-department-of-education-knew-about-council-faith-school-cover-up-as-thousands-a6965516.html

Lunada Bay Boys: California surfers take out class action lawsuit against local gang

* I am curious if I can refer to the Lunada Bay Boys as thugs or does their race or economic status disqualify them? Some people dispute they can even be a gang. Read on...*

Lunada Bay, an out-of-the-way cove on the Palos Verdes peninsula south of Los Angeles, is one of the best big-wave surfing spots in California. In the shelter of its steep, semi-circular cliffs are a pristine beach and the promise of 20-foot winter swells. And, unlike so many other prime breaks on the US west coast, its waves are miraculously uncrowded.

That’s because anyone who wants to surf there must first get past the Lunada Bay Boys, an infamous local surfing clique known routinely to chase off outsiders with threats, harassment and, in some cases, violence. At the top of the dirt path that leads down to the beach, the Bay Boys once posted a sign that warned: “Unlocals will be hassled.”

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Contrary to the image of a typical LA gang, the Bay Boys are largely white and affluent, like their Lunada Bay neighbours. Among the 100 or more members of the group are firemen and school-teachers, said Vic Otten, the lawyer who filed the suit. “What’s really shocking,” he added, “is that in many cases these are men in their 50s and 60s.”

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Recently, the California Coastal Commission demanded local officials crack down on the gang for restricting access to what is supposedly a public beach, and urged them to either approve the clubhouse as a public space, or tear it down. The Palos Verdes authorities have been accused of spinelessness and even complicity in their attitude to the Bay Boys.

link:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/lunada-bay-boys-california-surfers-take-out-class-action-lawsuit-against-local-gang-a6966861.html

Yep.. mostly white, male, in their 40's, 50's and 60's. Their apologists claim they can't be gang, the police do nothing because they're not violent enough, the Lunada Bat Boys admit they harass people, included is at least one documented case of sexual harassment (in the story) and they harass children (a 10 year old boy)
Would be curious how faux spews, cnn and the rest of them would classify these overaged, alcoholic, miscreants?

Kolkata flyover disaster: building firm staff face charges as death toll rises

Indian police have arrested three employees of the construction firm building a flyover that collapsed in the eastern city of Kolkata, as the death toll rose to 26, a senior officer said on Saturday.

The arrests were made on Friday evening after police sealed the Kolkata office of IVRCL, the contractor behind the ill-fated construction project in West Bengal state.

Five other staff were detained for questioning over the tragedy that unfolded after a 100-metre section of the flyover collapsed on Thursday, crushing pedestrians and vehicles on the street below.

“Three mid-level officials of the Hyderabad-based construction firm were arrested last night,” Kolkata police’s joint commissioner, Debasish Boral, said.

“We have also detained five others of the firm, sealed its office in Kolkata and sent a notice to its managing director to join the investigation into the incident.”

link
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/02/kolkata-flyover-disaster-building-firm-staff-face-charges-as-death-toll-rises

Garfield County, WA reminds why you should get out and vote

Sanders won Garfield County, WA by a 60-40 margin
Had one Democrat showed up and voted for Clinton, it would have been 50-50
Sanders won Garfield County by a vote of 3-2
Garfield isn't the only county that has had these tiny numbers, there were a few in Nevada, Sanders took 100% of the vote in State House District 6 and 40 in Alaska. In both instances he won 12-0.

The Republicans have had similar instances, Trump squashed Cruz by 23% in District 39 and 14% in 40, he beat Cruz by 21 votes in 39 and 3 votes in 40

If your state still has a primary or a caucus get yourself and your friends out to vote

Democrats Abroad Release The Results

For those of us who voted, the votes have been counted and here are the results:
EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa Region) cast 60.86% of the vote and had 5 delegates. They broke 3-2 for Sanders
Asia-Pacific cast 19.72% of the vote and had 2 delegates, they split 1-1
Americas cast 19.42% of the vote and split 1-1 as well.
Sanders got 5 of these delegates and Clinton got 4 from regional vote.
Sanders gets 4 more delegates that are delegated based on overall vote which gives him 9 and Clinton got 0 which leaves her at 4.

The rules for Democrats Abroad go like this:
There are 13 pledged and 4 unpledged: 8 Superdelegates with .5 votes each

Delegates are allocated to regions based on the number of voters in that region compared to the total number of voters. All regions are guaranteed at least one delegate, to be assigned to the presidential candidate with the highest number of global votes.

In regions allocated two delegates, the second delegate shall be allocated to the second-place candidate with more than 15% of the vote. In this case, Asia-Pacific and Americas each receive one delegate allocated to Secretary Clinton and one delegate allocated to Senator Sanders.

The Europe, Middle East & Africa region is allocated five delegates in total, to be allocated proportionally to the presidential candidates with more than 15% of the global vote. Thus the EMEA region will elect 2 delegates pledged to Secretary Clinton and 3 delegates pledged to Senator Sanders.

link:
http://www.democratsabroad.org/global_presidential_primary_results?utm_campaign=gppresults2&utm_medium=email&utm_source=democratsabroad

Remember when Il Douche Bag was upset at the Pope for questioning Forrest's Christianity

How it was unfair?
How dare the Pontiff question the veracity and piety of Swampy Trump's faith

From the weekend

"I have many friends that live in Salt Lake City. I have a lot of friends. Nah, I have a lot of friends, and by the way, Mitt Romney is not one of them. Did he choke? Did this guy choke? He’s a choke artist. I can’t believe it. Are you sure he’s a Mormon? Are we sure?”
-Donald Trump at the Infinity Event Center

http://www.politicususa.com/2016/03/19/salt-lake-city-trump-calls-romney-choke-artist-questions-mormonism.html

Vice President Joseph Biden to receive the Laetare Medal at Notre Dame

Both Vice-President Joe Biden and dingus extraordinaire crying john boehner will be receiving the Laetare Medal at ND for their public service work

Good on Notre Dame for not caving to Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades.

From the Bishop

The Laetare Medal is given by the University of Notre Dame ‘in recognition of outstanding service to the Church and society.’ Several months ago, Father John Jenkins, C.S.C., the president of the university, discussed with me his consideration of conferring the Laetare Medal upon Vice-President Joseph Biden and former House Speaker John Boehner, two Catholics who have served in public office for many years, elected officials of different political parties. Father Jenkins made it clear to me that in recognizing Vice-President Biden and Speaker Boehner, Notre Dame would not be endorsing the policy positions of either, but rather, would be honoring them for their public service in politics. I know that this honor is also an attempt to recognize two Catholics from different political parties at a time when our national politics is often mired in acrimonious partisanship. I appreciate Notre Dame’s efforts to encourage civility, dialogue, mutual respect and cooperation in political life.

so far it's nice and friendly


but....

While I understand Notre Dame’s intentions in conferring the Laetare Medal upon Vice-President Biden and Speaker Boehner, I disagree with the decision. In dialogue with Father Jenkins about this matter some months ago, I shared with him my concerns with honoring the Vice-President. I believe it is wrong for Notre Dame to honor any “pro-choice” public official with the Laetare Medal, even if he/she has other positive accomplishments in public service, since direct abortion is gravely contrary to the natural law and violates a very fundamental principle of Catholic moral and social teaching:

Bite me Bishop and I am Catholic

Curious why you have no problem with an individual who demonized the poor and marginal in society?

on edit the link
http://www.diocesefwsb.org/Bishop-Statements
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