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AP’s Today in History for December 6th
Jefferson Davis dies in New Orleans; Four people die at a
free Rolling Stones concert at the Altamont Speedway in Livermore,
California; America’s first attempt to put a satellite into orbit fails;
Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck is born. (Dec. 6)
Breakfast Tunes Della Mae – Factory Girl
Something to Think about, Breakfast News & Blogs Below
Liberty University president urges: ‘End those Muslims’ via concealed gun carry
Associated Press in Lynchburg
The president of Liberty University urged students, staff
and faculty at the Christian school to carry concealed weapons on
campus to counter any possible armed attack like the mass shooting in
San Bernardino, California.
“Let’s teach them a lesson if they ever show up here,” President
Jerry Falwell Jr told an estimated 10,000 students at the weekly
convocation held on Friday in Lynchburg.
The call-to-arms was met with rousing applause from students, but
some said Falwell went too far when he appeared to be referring
specifically to Muslims, the News & Advance reported. …
Iraq’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Turkish ambassador
on Saturday to demand that Turkey immediately withdraw hundreds of
troops deployed in recent days to northern Iraq, near the city of Mosul,
which is controlled by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
The ministry said in a statement the Turkish forces had entered Iraqi
territory without the knowledge of the central government in Baghdad,
and that Iraq considered such presence “a hostile act.”
But Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the troop rotation
was routine and that Turkish forces had set up a camp near Mosul almost a
year ago in coordination with Iraqi authorities. …
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) went to court
once again on Friday to defend its rules that ban the slowing or
blocking of Internet traffic by Internet service providers (ISPs), in a
landmark case that advocates of “net neutrality” fear could open the
door for favoritism on the Internet and dramatically alter how consumers
For several years, ISPs including Verizon, Comcast and AT&T have
been fighting to strike down the FCC’s regulations on net neutrality —
the principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally. The
companies say they should be able to regulate traffic and sell higher
speeds to those who can afford it. The ISPs have twice managed to
convince the same federal court in Washington, D.C., that the FCC’s
rules went too far, and the rules were struck down.
The latest case deals with the FCC’s newest set of rules, approved in
February. The key element in those rules, which the agency argues are
necessary to protect the interests of consumers, is the FCC’s
reclassification of broadband Internet as a telecommunications service —
rather than an information service — thereby exposing it to greater
agency regulation. …
Anger surges over government response to floods in Chennai, India
…Chennai is no stranger to floods this time of the year,
but the sheer scale and frequency of the 2015 flooding has left the
city’s 10 million residents distraught. Nearly 40 inches of rain fell in
November alone — more than double the average for this time of year,
according to the country’s meteorological department. The latest deluge,
which began on Dec. 2., was the worst of three rainstorms that have hit
since November. In some parts of the city, the floodwaters were 10 feet
deep. Homes and buildings were washed off their foundations. As of
Friday, at least 245 people have been confirmed killed as a result of
the disaster, according to the Tamil Nadu state government. (Other
reports have placed the death toll higher).
Public anger has surged over the state government’s alleged failure to
warn residents of the likelihood of flooding and slow response after
torrential rain began to fall.
“Where was the government when we were stranded?” asked Vivek Balaji,
a resident of West Mambalam, a neighborhood in southern Chennai.
“Civilians did all the work. No civic authorities or police came to help
for two days. No one informed us about the likelihood of flooding
First steps toward Native Hawaiian sovereignty get tripped up
Brittany Lyte, Al Jazeera
KILAUEA, Hawaii — The results were supposed to be
announced on the first day of December. But the historic first election
that could lead to sovereignty for Native Hawaiians didn’t even make it
to the final day of voting without a legal challenge pulling it to a
halt. No one thought this was going to be easy.
Still stinging from the bitter rout of colonization, Native Hawaiians
are the only indigenous people in the United States without their own
political structure. The election in November was to be the first step
in changing that, with nearly 90,000 Native Hawaiians certified by a
state-sanctioned roll commission to vote on delegates for a
constitutional convention in early 2016. It would be there, supporters
hoped, that the elected delegates would then draft a document to guide
the creation of a government by and for Native Hawaiians.
But on Nov. 27, three days before the end of the 30-day vote, U.S.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, acting alone, ordered officials
not to count ballots, putting all those plans in limbo. His order was in
response to an emergency application from two non-Hawaiians, who aren’t
eligible to participate in the election, and four Hawaiians who argue
that race-based voting is discriminatory under the 15th Amendment. …
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Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac
PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say a man was accidentally shot at a gun show in Phoenix but is expected to recover.
Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Raul Garcia says the
shooting happened around 11 a.m. Saturday at the Arizona State
According to Garcia, the man’s friend was looking at a semi-automatic handgun he had recently bought when it somehow discharged.
The bullet went through the man’s upper torso.
He suffered injuries that weren’t non-life-threatening but was taken to a hospital.
DPS is investigating.
Garcia says it is not known yet if any criminal charges will be filed.
The two men were attending the Crossroads of the West Gun Show.
Signs at the show as well as on the Crossroads website say loaded firearms are not permitted.