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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Some Texas State University students in Dr. McGee's Cultural Anthropology class left the lecture hall after he said in a lesson that all living people originated in Africa. As the exiting white students left the classroom, some remaining in class reportedly called after them, "Black Lives Matter." Read more

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The United Nations' choice of Wonder Woman as an honorary ambassador is a big bust in more ways than one. At least that's the claim of an online petition that wants the UN to reconsider its decision. The petition, launched by a group calling itself Concerned United Nations staff members, says that, while the DC Comics character might have been intended as a powerful female role model, the way she's currently stacked, she's hardly an appropriate candidate to promote the empowerment of women and girls. On Friday, the UN officially designated Wonder Woman -- who was created 75 years ago -- as Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls. The choice was made in support of the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 5, which aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. Read more

I distinctly remember the first time I saw a picture of my then-seven-year-old daughter's face in a gas chamber. It was the evening of September 17, 2015. I had just posted a short item to the Corner calling out notorious Trump ally Ann Coulter for aping the white-nationalist language and rhetoric of the so-called alt-right. Within minutes, the tweets came flooding in. My youngest daughter is African American, adopted from Ethiopia, and in alt-right circles that's an unforgivable sin. It's called "race-cucking" or "raising the enemy." I saw images of my daughter's face in gas chambers, with a smiling Trump in a Nazi uniform preparing to press a button and kill her. I saw her face photo-shopped into images of slaves. She was called a "niglet" and a "dindu.

For much of his campaign, Donald Trump has done more to repel voting women than he has to win them over. Now mounting evidence suggests they are already punishing him for it at the ballot box.

In three crucial battlegrounds -- North Carolina, Florida and Georgia -- women are casting early ballots in disproportionate numbers. And in North Carolina, a must-win state for Trump with detailed early voting data available, it's clear that Democratic women have been particularly motivated to turn out or turn ballots in.

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Bob Dylan's failure to acknowledge his Nobel Prize in literature is "impolite and arrogant", according to a member of the body that awards it.

The 75-year-old singer was named the shock winner of the prize last week.

But all efforts by the Swedish Academy to contact him have failed, and he has not acknowledged the win in public.

Academy member Per Wastberg told Swedish television: "He is who he is," adding that there was little surprise Dylan had ignored the news. "We were aware that he can be difficult and that he does not like appearances when he stands alone on the stage," he told Sweden's Dagens Nyheter newspaper in a separate interview.

A reference to the prize was removed from Dylan's website last week. Read more

The "Conspiracy Theory" that Obama joked about is in fact real and it may perhaps decide the outcome of this upcoming presidential election. Read more

Donald Trump will plant a flag on hallowed ground Saturday morning by laying out near the Gettysburg National Battlefield what he would do in his first 100 days as President of the United States. Read more

Apple is investigating a report from an Australian man who claimed his iPhone 7 caught fire and destroyed his car, the company said on Friday.

Surfer Mat Jones told Channel 7 News that he had gone into water off a New South Wales beach and left his new iPhone 7, bought last week, wrapped in a pair of trousers in his car on the beach.

He said that when he returned from the water he saw smoke billowing out from the car. "As I looked into my car you could not see inside the car, like all the windows were just black." Read more

As the sun sets on Donald Trump's presidential ambitions, a likely Hillary Clinton victory means her intent to defund Social Security may come to fruition.

The Democratic nominee recently came under fire in revealing articles by Naked Capitalism's Yves Smith and International Business Times' David Sirota, for her potential plans to introduce mandatory retirement savings accounts set up to enrich Wall Street -- rather than expanding Social Security.

Under the new mandatory accounts, Americans would pay a 1.5 percent payroll tax to go directly into retirement accounts managed by Wall Street banks that would invest in private equity, hedge funds, and other investments that would come with hefty fees for fund managers, all courtesy of U.S. taxpayers. One of the biggest proponents of mandatory retirement savings accounts is Blackstone CEO Tony James -- Read more

JASPER -- A Southeast Texas man is starting his 8 year sentence for the murder of a 3-month-old boy. A Jasper County jury decided 26-year-old Justin Havard's fate this afternoon.

What a sick mf'er

Emails released by WikiLeaks show an unprecedented level of collaboration between the Clinton campaign and liberal media elites during the Democratic primary.

In one of the recently published email threads from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's Gmail account, Clinton aide Christina Reynolds is shown discussing media strategy with Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook and aide Lauren Peterson in an thread dated January 20, 2016.

Peterson eagerly described one particular hit on Bernie Sanders, in response to his comments that the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Planned Parenthood, the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL), and other DC-based nonprofits whose executives endorsed Hillary Clinton, were part of the "political establishment." Peterson hinted that the campaign was in talks with those organizations in an effort to get anti-Sanders talking points circulated "without our fingerprints, Read more

The French-speaking Belgian region called Wallonia is holding up Europe's free-trade agreement with Canada. CETA, or The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, would reduce or eliminate tariffs and make it easier for goods to move between countries, similar to NAFTA or the Trans-Pacific Partnership. All EU governments support the deal, but in order for Belgium to go along, it has to get the approval of its five regional governments. Wallonia has objected.
This editorial from the Economist explains why Walloons find the deal objectionable: Read more

Friday, October 21, 2016

Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential nominee, charged the major-party hopefuls with failing to tell Americans how they'd tackle challenges including foreign conflicts.

Stein drew our curiosity when she went on: "They don't have a solution to the expanding wars except more wars. We are already bombing seven countries and now we do appear to be engaging in this war crime in Yemen where we have been partnering with the Saudis in this war crime for the past year. They do not want to talk about that."

Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally, has sided with Yemen's government against Houthi rebels in a continuing war.

For this fact check, we wondered if the U.S. is bombing seven countries. Read more

There is one corner of Washington where Donald Trump's scorched-earth presidential campaign is treated as a mere distraction and where bipartisanship reigns. In the rarefied world of the Washington foreign policy establishment, President Obama's departure from the White House -- and the possible return of a more conventional and hawkish Hillary Clinton -- is being met with quiet relief.

The Republicans and Democrats who make up the foreign policy elite are laying the groundwork for a more assertive American foreign policy, via a flurry of reports shaped by officials who are likely to play senior roles in a potential Clinton White House. Read more

Anyone who grew up in the 1990s has a soft spot in their heart for the musical comedy of "Weird Al" Yankovic. His new parody song "Bad Hombres and Nasty Women" is taking the Internet by storm.

Weird Al and YouTube sensation Schmoyoho, who specializes in auto-tuning just about anything, have teamed up for this outlandish recreation of the third presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

This is Yankovic at his best, keeping us laughing and using his comedy as a platform to speak his mind about this crazy election season. We can only hope for more soon.

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