Without once naming presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump in his speech, former President Bill Clinton warned congregants at a popular black California megachurch on Sunday that the billionaire's campaign slogan "Make America Great Again" is a code that means "way more than what it sounds like."
The former president made the comments in a speech during the worship service at the 24,000-member West Angeles Church of God In Christ where he stumped for his wife, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton ahead of her battle with rival Bernie Sanders in California's Democratic primary set for Tuesday.
He argued that despite a recovery from the 2007-2008 financial crisis, people were still not happy because 80 percent of workers haven't received a pay raise after inflation since then. Rising inequality, stagnant wages, declining upward mobility and fear of immigrants are growing concerns around the world that have made some in Europe question the need for democracies. more >>
Friday evening, Native American activist Mark Charles, as the opening plenary speaker at the evangelical Justice Conference in Chicago, denounced the Declaration of Independence as "systemically racist." The Justice Conference tweeted this comment, to which I responded, leading to other retweets, and resulting in deletion of the original tweet, presumably to avoid further controversy.
Charles apparently also denounced the Constitition as racist and told his audience: "Everything you own is stolen."
According to my colleague Chelsen Vicari, who's attending the Justice Conference, the crowd of mostly young evangelicals liked Charles' comments, and subsequent speakers approvingly referenced them. Mark Reddy, the event's executive director, spoke after Charles to encourage everyone to "sit in it," be uncomfortable and "not allow yourselves to get offended" by what we heard. more >>
North Korea's state-run media has published an op-ed in support of likely Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, calling him a "a prescient presidential candidate" that can help unify the Korean peninsula.
A Korean-language op-ed that was published by DPRK Today, one of the propaganda mouthpieces for the Communist regime of dictator Kim Jong-un, praised the billionaire real estate mogul as a "wise politician," a "far-sighted presidential candidate" and the right choice for American voters.
"It turns out that Trump is not the rough-talking, screwy, ignorant candidate they say he is, but is actually a wise politician and a prescient presidential candidate," the op-ed states. more >>
The highly anticipated atheist Reason Rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. reportedly drew a much smaller crowd on Saturday than expected, with a variety of different reasons offered for the low attendance.
CNN Wire said "thousands" came out for what organizers said was a political event, bringing together secular people from across America. Several reports have noted that the attendance was well below the over 30,000 mark that organizers had hoped for.
Official figures of how many attended have not been provided yet, with even the "15,000 to 20,000" estimate by rally organizers disputed by sources such as Hemant Mehta of The Friendly Atheist blog on Patheos.com. more >>
The Canadian National Anthem is on its way to experience a change once a new bill is adopted.
According to multiple reports, the Canadian Parliament is going to amend the English version of its anthem in order to make it more gender neutral. The change is supported by the Liberal Government, which passed two readings in the House of Commons.
The change was then sent to the Heritage Committee, who referred it back to Commons for a third reading. If the reading passes again, the amendment is expected to head to the Senate and will be implemented later this year. The change would change one of the verses from "in all thy sons command" to "in all of us command." more >>
It didn't take long for Mississippi State School Superintendent Carey Wright to fall in line like a good bureaucrat.
On Friday the 13th, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice issued their lawless edict threatening public schools and universities if they refused to open up their restrooms, locker rooms, dormitories, and probably sports teams to both sexes.
Before the day was out, Dr. Wright's office had surrendered without a fight: "A safe and caring school environment is critical to a student's ability to learn and achieve. The Mississippi Department of Education will adhere to . . . the joint guidance issued today" by the federal overlords. more >>