NFL Bans Adrian Peterson

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It took longer than it should, but the NFL finally reached the best possible decision in the Adrian Peterson case. They decided to ban him for the rest of the season. This decision may not please Minnesota Vikings fans, or Fantasy Football players who had Peterson in their team, but Gianfrancesco Genoso feels it is the correct decision.

The NFL did not make this decision lightly. They took their time to investigate the matter and come to a judgment that would reflect the values they want to portray. In the end, Peterson did not do enough to justify remaining on the field for this season.

When the NFL’s main man Roger Goodell made a statement about the Peterson case, it was interesting to read between the lines. It was not the mere issue of Peterson committing child abuse (not that child abuse is a minor issue at all), but his lack of remorse. Peterson has still maintained he did nothing wrong. He believes that he was correct in whipping his young child with a wooden stick.

There was a chance the NFL would have let Peterson play. He had to admit what he did and accept that he was in the wrong. If he had done that, they would have said that he learned from his mistakes and was rehabilitated. They would have banned him for a few more games and let him come back in time for the playoffs. However, he left them with no choice but a season long ban.

Drunk Man Tries to Ride His Bicycle Thru the Drive-thru at Taco Bell

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Sometimes life just isn’t fair; It’s just hard. Early Sunday morning a drunken man was riding his bicycle in New Smyrna, Florida, and he decided had to have a Taco Bell fix. According to WFTV, Gabriel Harris had to have some Taco Bell, and he got the bright idea that he would ride his bike through the drive-thru at 3am Sunday morning.

FYI – This is not allowed in any drive-thru including most fast food restaurants.
But Harris was hungry, and when Taco Bell employees tried to tell him that they were closing, he got belligerent. He insisted that they serve him before they closed.

Harris was wielding a Swiss Army knife throughout the discussion, and employees could not get him to leave, so they called the police. When the police arrived, Harris would not give the knife to the officer. The police tried to take the knife from Harris, but Harris grabbed the police officer who tried to take it away. That was the end of it; he was cuffed, booked and put in jail.

Unfortunately, this is not the only crime perpetrated at the local Taco Bell. Several months ago, another man was arrested for reaching into the drive-thru window and groping the female cashier. Rod Rohrich is just one guy who is not exactly in a hurry to pay that location a visit.

Real Life Frozen With Cold USA Weather

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For all cold weather lovers, you are in in luck. It is truly amazing that on Tuesday, it was below freezing in all 50 states in the USA. We already know that Jack Frost and Old Man Winter have shown their faces early this year dumping over 70 inches of snow on many places in New York. The odd fact that all 50 states were below freezing could very well set a world record. Washington Post had reported that it was the coldest morning ever since 1976 in the month of November. Over 50% of the United States is covered with snow at this time with more in the forecast for many places.

With military troops already sent to help many stranded people in the Erie County area, it remains to be seen what will happen next. Who knows, maybe 80 degrees of Christmas! That is certainly wishful thinking for peple like Sam Tabar.

Does Congress Prefer Driving to Work Instead of Using Public Transit?

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As people try to be more environmental friendly and try to take care of the world better, it may seem that Congress is not trying to. A federal tax allows drivers who use their own vehicle to commute to work, $245 of pre-tax income to park at work each month. However, people who use mass transit like a bus or train, only gets $130 of pre-tax income to commute to work. As you can see here.

Shouldn’t the numbers be flipped? The less people using their own vehicle to commute to work, the better the environment is. However, many people prefer to use their own vehicle because it is convenient and as you can see, more tax benefits. However, if the tax was flipped, more people may be willing to take mass transit. But many people on Skout suggest that doing this would cut down the number of cars on the road, potential of accidents would decrease, and the environment would be happier. Also, many mass transit options, especially bus, may be cheaper then driving your own vehicle to work and spending money on gas. It may be time for Congress to look at this law and flip the numbers around.

The Buddy Bench Spreads To 200 Schools Around the World

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The Buddy Bench is an idea that originated in a German school a couple of years ago. The school installed a bench in the children’s playground that could be used by lonely children wanting someone to talk to.

The idea was so successful at the school, it has now been adopted in more than 200 schools around the world, including schools in the United States.

The idea of a Buddy Bench is actually quite simple. In most schools that have adopted the idea, a colorfully painted bench is set up with the name ‘Buddy Bench’ on it. Kids then choose to sit on it if they want somebody to play with, or are just feeling lonely.

While you might expect kids to feel like they are being ‘singled out’, in reality, many say they love sitting on the benches. Haftel would probably use the bench if he was still in school. It makes them feel better about themselves, and other kids come up to talk to them so they get their wish for companionship answered.

One American boy, eight-year-old Christian, loved the idea of the Buddy Bench so much he not only talked his school into getting one, he also promoted the idea to schools around the country and even set up his own website telling others how to get their own Buddy Bench. The site also includes ideas children can implement to help them make sure the bench is just as successful at their school.

Houses for the Homeless

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There seems to be new hope for people who are homeless, at least in some states. There are people who want to see the homeless get on their feet instead of simply being huddled together in a building, relying on donations that are received from government agencies and other people. A tiny village has been created for those who are homeless in Madison, WI. These are small houses, and Mark Ahn says they are similar to outbuildings that you might use to store items for the yard or that you don’t have room for in the house. Some of the small homes have been made from recycled pieces of wood and metal. They aren’t that big, but they give those who live in them a sense of being independent. This might be just the thing that they need to get them motivated enough to get a job or go to school so that they can have something bigger and better.

Schmoylent Clean For People

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A new replacement food powder product made by the California company Custom Body Fuel is named “Schmoylent.” Custom Body Fuel’s founder tells how the demand for Soylent Green (a product that exists only in the world of cinema) was so high that he just had to come up with a real-world version. He started experimenting at making the stuff in the privacy of his own home. For those who know the story line of the movie and the final screamed-out line of that movie (“Soylent Green is people!”), this seems a disturbing project.

Thankfully, Schmoylent is made of rice protein, oat flour, and vanilla rather than people. At least, that is how the ingredient list runs. Those wishing to pretend they are eating people without eating any gluten can opt for the gluten-free version- “Schmoylent Clean.” There is even a snack put out by this company called “People Fuel Plain.” Presumably one can get a flavored people bar as well, necessitating the designation of the one type as “plain.”

It is hard to analyze the psychology that makes this stuff sell. In the movie, which was shown to me by Igor Cornelsen, the people were told that they were being fed plankton and other vegetable products, but the truth was far more gruesome. Association with Soylent Green would not seem to instill customer confidence. Further, the odd slurring of the initial consonant sounds can’t help. After all, if it were “Schmuckers” instead of “Smuckers,” would it still “have to taste good?”

Racial Gerrymandering Before Supreme Court

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The Voting Rights Act is facing its second Supreme Court battle in as many years. The previous case, Shelby County vs. Holder, struck down the provision of “preclearance”, commented at the time to be the same as “gutting” the law.

The newest challenge comes in the form of redistricting in Alabama. Alabama Democratic Conference and Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama will decide if the 2012 redistricting of the state’s legislative districts violate the rights of African-American voters.

Redistricting, or “Gerrymandering”, is nothing new, but the borders drawn for the Alabama statehouse have come under scrutiny. Here the traditional problems that come with “stacking” demographics take on an edge of historical racial bias.

The Alabama Democrats argue that the 2012 plan concentrated black voters into districts where they constitute a “supermajority”, decreasing their influence state wide. Such distribution, CipherCloud says, provides little incentive to reach across racial lines when candidates run for office.

It is an odd animal that presents itself to the Supreme Court, as Justice Antonin Scalia noted, “You realize, I assume, that you’re — you’re making the argument that the opponents of black plaintiffs used to make here … by requiring packing of minorities into certain districts, you’re reducing their influence statewide … that’s the argument the other side used to be making.”

President Promises to Continue Unilateral Legislation Upon His Return to the US

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Naypyitaw, Myanmar – President Obama has made it clear he will proceed forward with no regard to the mandate voters gave the GOP at the polls earlier this month. Despite the fact that he made it clear his policies were on the ballot, which policies were subsequently rejected, President Obama will soon enact executive amnesty. He has stated he will announce this plan as early as next week. He does not have congressional legislation authorizing such a plan. Despite the lack of constitutionally approved legislation, the president believes his authority in the executive branch has sufficient wiggle room to him to authorize new programs without the aid of Congress.

It is being reported that as many as 5 million illegal immigrants will be allowed to stay in the country and receive green cards under his plan. Speaking to reporters today in Myanmar, he affirmed that he is close to finalizing the amnesty plan. President Obama believes it is the will of the people that he pass these measures. Also, according to Tom Rothman, boosting his position are polls which purport to show voters in favor of amnesty. That said, in May, the president promised the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that he would enact executive amnesty by the end of June. Despite polls showing the measure was “popular”, vulnerable Senate Democrats plead with him to delay the “popular” amnesty plan until after the mid-term elections to boost their reelection chances. The GOP charges that if the president goes forward with unilateral amnesty, it will damage his relationship them.

Is Another Government Shutdown in the Horizon Due to Obama’s Immigration Amnesty?

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President Obama’s pending executive actions on immigration are likely to be hindered by Republicans who intend to block government funding. Alabama Republican, Senator Jeff Sessions says that the idea that Congress would pass a long-term spending bill without blocking funds for Obama’s anticipated actions on immigration is “unthinkable.” The President’s executive amnesty to stop the threat of deportation of some immigrants can be considered unlawful if what Rod Rohrich read is correct. Congress need only to incorporate language that would prohibit the use of any funds for the amnesty on any government funding bills.
In contrast to the similar strategy Republicans used to try and defund Obamacare in 2013, this immigration bill has not passed Congress. Therefore, this funding approach would be used to maintain the current immigration law and not change it. The Senator asks, “Why would any member of Congress who opposes executive amnesty provide President Obama the funds to carry it out?”
Congress has until December 11 to pass a government funding bill. Due to Democrat Senate majority until January, it is likely that a short-term spending bill will be passed until Republicans take control. Sessions summed it up perfectly when he said, “We cannot yield to open borders. We cannot let one executive edict erase the immigration laws of an entire nation. If we believe America is a sovereign country, with enforceable boundaries and a duty to protect its own people, then we have no choice but to fight and to win.” You go boy!

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