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Thursday, June 23, 2016

A tie vote by the Supreme Court is blocking President Barack Obama's immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation. The justices' one-sentence opinion on Thursday effectively kills the plan for the duration of Obama's presidency. The outcome underscores that the direction of U.S. immigration policy will be determined in large part by this fall's presidential election, a campaign in which immigration already has played an outsized role. People who would have benefited from Obama's plan face no imminent threat of deportation because Congress has provided money to deal with only a small percentage of people who live in the country illegally, and the president retains ample discretion to decide whom to deport.


Living in San Jose, Kathleen Eaton seemingly had it all: a well-paying job, a home in a gated community, even the Bay Area's temperate weather.

But enduring a daily grind that made her feel like a "gerbil on a wheel," Eaton reached her limit.
Skyrocketing costs for housing, food and gasoline, along with the area's insufferable gridlock, prompted the four-decade Bay Area resident to seek greener pastures -- 2,000 miles away in Ohio.

"It was a struggle in California," Eaton said. "It was a very difficult place to live. ... It's a vicious circle."


A masked man opened fire in a cinema complex in the small western German town of Viernheim, near Frankfurt, on Thursday,

German media reported.

Police shot the man dead after elite forces stormed the complex, the Mannheimer Morgen newspaper reported, citing the interior minister of Hesse state.

The Darmstaedter Echo said 20 to 50 people had been wounded. But Bild daily said that according to police, about 25 people were hurt because of exposure to tear gas.

Earlier, Focus Online magazine reported that German police had arrested the man.


Monday, June 20, 2016

beyond the pale to imagine any state seceding because we're America, home of the free, united we stand . . . all that. But we're not united at all, and there's going to come a point when people not only realize that but decide it's no longer outside the bounds of acceptability to openly say so. And when that happens, some state that realizes it would be better off no longer under Washington's thumb will no longer feel quite so traitorous for actually acting on that realization.

You're reading all this and thinking it can't happen because America is too strong. You think that. But America hasn't been that strong or united for a very long time, and we just find it easier not to talk about it. And we'll continue in that vein until living together becomes so unbearable that we just have to do something.

You know how those couples act. It's ugly. The breakup is often ugly too. And you're least willing to see it when it's you who's right in the middle of it


Friday, June 17, 2016

Early Sunday morning on June 12, a murderer (who won't be named here) pledging fealty to the Islamic terrorist group ISIS, entered an Orlando gay nightclub and shot more than 100 people. Preliminary accounts indicate that 49 innocent victims were killed and an additional 54 victims were hospitalized with injuries. It is likely that countless more were injured but did not seek immediate medical treatment read more


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