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Teacher to 1st grader: "Jesus is not allowed in school"

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A first-grade teacher in California told a student that “Jesus is not allowed in school” before removing a religious story the child affixed to candy canes in celebration of Christmas last month, a non-profit legal firm claims.

The incident reportedly unfolded on Dec. 13, when 6-year-old Isaiah Martinez brought gifts for his peers to Merced Elementary School in West Covina, Calif.

According to  distributed by Advocates for Faith & Freedom, the firm handling the case, “Each gift consisted of a traditional candy cane with a message attached that recited the legend of the candy cane. The legend references a candy maker who created the candy cane to symbolize the life of Jesus Christ.”

And that’s where the controversy comes in.

According to the legal group, when Martinez presented the gifts, he was met with major resistance from his teacher, who reportedly took the candy canes and removed the Christian story affixed to them.

Boise police shoot dog, hit car in process

I've got some issues with how this went down.  There have been more and more dogs shot by officers in the news.  It's starting to feel like the reaction is to shoot first and ask questions later because, well, it's just a dog.

If the officer who turned and ran is in the K9 unit, he should fully know that the dog's instinct is to give chase, whether it's aggressive or playful.  He should have handled that better.

Was there no alternative than for his partner to fire (5 times?  Really???) on the animal?

So to be safe, keep my dog on leash, inside, or in the back yard; got it.  I'm sure that everyone's dog has gotten loose at one time or another.  Heck, it's even legal to have your dog unleashed on your own property.  If for whatever reason LEO's show up and enter the property, is it their duty to retreat if there's a dog?  If they turn and run, then shoot the dog when it chases them, who's to blame?

There used to be a time when I didn't worry about it much, but not any more.  I think this is a good reason for more training on appropriate escalation of force where someone's pet is involved.

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The dog, named Scrappy Doo, was wounded in the shoulder and neck but survived and came home from the vet Monday, owner Russell Lortz said.

Sunspot goes wild! X-class solar flare blasts in our direction

Solar activity is up in recent days.  Probably due to global warming.  :

The sun erupted with a powerful solar flare on Tuesday, disrupting radio traffic and sending a blast of electrically charged particles our way. And there may be more blasts to come.

The X1.2-class flare was recorded by sun-observing satellites, including NASA's , at about 2:32 p.m. ET. X-class flares are the strongest category of solar outbursts, although X1.2 is toward the category's low end. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center said .

For days, space weather forecasters have been bracing themselves for solar eruptions from a large active sunspot region called AR1944. This region has now turned to face Earth directly, which means strong solar flares are likely to send storms of charged particles — also known as coronal mass ejections, or CMEs — heading straight for us.

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Intelligent design theories gaining steam in scientific circles

My wife is taking an anatomy and physiology class right now.  There is rarely a day of her studies that some intricate complexity of design is not remarked upon.  The human body, let alone the rest of the universe, is awe inspiring.  Read at :

Until Charles Darwin, almost everyone everywhere believed in some form of intelligent design (the majority still do): not just Christians, Jews, and Muslims, but almost every tribesman in every remote corner of the world drew the obvious conclusion from observing animals and plants that there must have been a mind behind the creation of living things. Darwin thought he could explain all of this apparent design through natural selection of random variations. In spite of the fact that there is no direct evidence that natural selection can explain anything other than very minor adaptations, his theory has gained widespread popularity in the scientific world, simply because no one can come up with a more plausible theory to explain evolution, other than intelligent design, which is dismissed by most scientists as “unscientific.”

U.S. Cover-up of Saudi 9/11 Ties Probed

Breathing new life into 9/11 conspiracy theory.  Read more at :

The U.S. government’s cover-up of a Saudi connection in the 9/11 terrorist attacks is receiving new attention because a pair of legislators—one Republican, one Democrat—recently viewed a redacted chunk of a congressional report that confirms foreign state involvement in the plot.

Americans have been told that Al Qaeda acted alone on September 11, 2001 and that there were no state sponsors. In fact, the George W. Bush administration blacked out dozens of pages of a congressional investigative report on 9/11 that dealt with specific sources of foreign support for the 19 hijackers, most of whom were Saudi nationals.

Judicial Watch quickly launched an investigation and in 2005 obtained shocking from the FBI detailing how well-connected Saudis, including relatives of Osama bin Laden, left the U.S. on specially chartered flights while most air traffic was still grounded. In all, 160 subjects of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including but not limited to members of the House of Saud and/or members of the bin Laden family fled the U.S. between September 11, 2001 and September 15, 2001.

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