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Freedom Of Speech vs. Freedom of Religion

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Oh, boy. It seems when you use the US Bill of Rights to defend one extremist position, you might discover yourself trampling on another. And so we find the case in the Michigan City of  Warren, with their Mayor, Jim Fouts.

From THE RAW STORY:

A Michigan mayor who says that he believes in freedom of religion has refused to allow atheists to set up a so-called “Reason Station” inside City Hall, saying it could upset Christians visiting the nearby “Prayer Station.”

Yes, you read that correctly. 'A Prayer Station'' for Christians, good. A 'Reason Station' for Atheists, bad.

As an individual or an organization, you can preach and promote a belief, but you cannot preach or promote logic and reason. That, it seems, is unconstitutional and violates the Bill of Rights.

“I emphasize one thing,” he (Mayor Fouts) added. “The government cannot restrict an individual’s freedom of speech, but an individual cannot restrict the government’s freedom of speech.”

Yet that's exactly what the Mayor did. He restricted freedom of speech. What Fouts seems to have overlooked is what happens when the government restricts an individual's rights to the same freedoms it grants.

Religious Freedom may mean freedom from religion. At least expounding that belief does. But evidently that's not so in the City of Warren, Michigan.

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Move Over Hillary and Jeb -- The Next POTUS Is... 'The Body'

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Well, it was only a matter of time before the real choices for President were revealed. And Larry King, the master of peeling down the political onion and getting to core business just broke the story of 2016, right here in early 2014. The next POTUS is going to be James George Janos... If you want to see the video, click HERE. You won't be sorry you did.

Now take a moment and catch your breath. So instead of "The Gipper," or "W", or even the "Big O," the next president is going to be..."The Body." His real name is James George Janos but you know him better by his professional name, Jesse Ventura. Yes, those of us old enough to remember the days before he was Governor of Minnesota, he was a WWF star who went by the moniker, "The Body." Slam!

Jesse Venture the body

And Jesse, more often than not, the bad guy in these contrived showdowns, did have the body. You don't mess with Jess. He could pile drive and body slam with the best of them. He even experimented with the "helicopter spin" and the "sleeper" hold. His motto in those days says it all:  motto "Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat!"

After a successful WWF career, and an earlier stint in the military as an underwater demolitions expert in Viet Nam, he entered politics. He ran and became Mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Then his aspirations grew.  Good to his word, he ran for and won the Governorship of Minnesota. No easy task for a relative political neophyte. What's even more interesting is that he ran his state successfully and despite pleas to run for reelection, he chose to walk and reenter civilian life.

I don't know about you but he's got the scent of a winner. A no nonsense tough guy. Something we could use in the White House. I don't want a wimp in the Oval Office. I want someone to knock heads together and get sh** done.  I want someone who can don a commando outfit, pack and fire an M16 A2 or the AT-4 Anti-Tank rifle-- and if he has to, go out and win a war all by himself. In a three-way match up with or without a standing ten count, I'd pick Jesse over  the tag team of Hillary and Jeb together any time.

Oh, of course this scenario that King exposes makes the assumption that Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton will be his two main opponents. He just might be right but they'll be cowering in their boots if "the Body" gets on all 50 state ballots. If that happens, watch out. My money has Ventura making good on his prediction he'll mop the political ring with his opponents weak-ass carcasses to become the 45th President Of the United States?

Maybe George and Ira Gershwin, if they were still around, would be revising their refrain of THEY ALL LAUGHED:

They all laughed at Christopher Columbus
When he said the world was round
They all laughed when Edison recorded sound
They all laughed at Wilbur and his brother
When they said that man could fly

But ho, ho, ho! Look At Jesse The Body
He's got the last laugh now!

Hey, you never know. But maybe we could do worse. Just look at the list of GOP hopefuls and tell me you wouldn't welcome a change. I can hear it now, Jesse's first State of the Union speech -- "Sit down, all of ya's! Today the state of the union is -- Kickass! That's right. And lets give a special shout-out to my cabinet: Gorilla Monsoon, Adrian Adonis, Bruno Sammartino, and Hulk Hogan. My Secretary of State Rowdy Roddy Piper isn't here tonight because he's out cracking some Taliban heads."

Now be honest, wouldn't you feel safer with a straight forward guy like Jesse in office, than Rafael 'Ted the Alien' Cruz, Rand 'Sissy boy' Paul, Marco 'the Thirsty Wimp' Rubio or Chris 'The Bridge' Christie calling the shots?

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Nine Year Old Gives Beatdown To ChiTown Mayor Emanuel, Saves His School

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For years preceding Obama's presidential first term, the man who was the power behind Barack Obama, the guy who wielded the big stick was Rahm Emanuel.  If there was a tough or dirty job that had to be done, you called on Rahm. He'd fall on his sword if need be to protect the once and future president. It was no surprise that when PBO was sworn in, his chief of staff, the man once again with the power, was the same Rahm Emanuel.

After a successful launch of the presidency (as successful as could be expected under the circumstances), Emanuel took his bat and ball and went home to stake out a larger personal power base -- the mayor's seat in his hometown Chicago. He wasn't a carpetbagger like Scott Brown moving from Massachusetts to New Hampshire. No, in this case, Rahm is a real Chicagoan.  And he had enough of Washington. He yearned to go back home to Chitown and toss his hat into the political arena there. As a native son, he knew the problems of the city and politics. He also knew where many of the bodies were buried -- even those that were still warm. He waltzed to a very large victory.

So it's no surprise that at the midway point of his first term, the Mayor would be feeling some heat. Even the best intentioned politician in the country's third largest city can't please all the people all the time. But who would have predicted his biggest, loudest and most outspoken opposition would come from a nine year old black boy from the ghetto? The issue that could bring down the mayor was going to be the closing of schools. Republicans take note. Here's a Democrat who wants to tamper with education and might very well lose his job. If the GOP insists on education cuts, this could happen to you.

The Grio:

With just hours until the fate of school closings is known in the third-largest district in the nation, students have joined their parents and teachers in protest and raised their voices in opposition to the mass shutter.

Heralded as the future mayor of Chicago in the year 2025, 9-year-old Asean Johnson, has spoken at school board meetings and hearings, and fired up a crowd of hundreds in a protest against school closings Monday that concluded three days of marches on the city’s South and West sides.

“I wanted to be there to support my school and for the other schools that are closing, because really, I think that no school should be closing,” he told the Grio.

If this kid, Asean Johnson is any indication of both the potential of students in this school district and the need to keep the Chicago schools open, it's never been more evident. Emanuel not only has a financial problem on his hands, he has a budding opposition candidate (Asean Johnson) for his political office when he becomes of legal age.

The largest criteria for closing the targeted schools is test performance. And Asean's school rates lower than the average. Yet look at the product of that test result driven policy. Because this boy's school doesn't make the test driven grade, students like him are going to be forced from their neighborhood and crowded into already burgeoning schools, risking safety and their home life.

Not surprisingly, after this public speech, his school has been spared. But there's still a major problem everywhere else that uses test scores as the main basis for keeping schools open. Maybe it's time to look at the way kids are taught and provide the proper funding to raise education levels. The answers are not is closing schools or raising test scores. It's in finding out how to motivate, cultivate and produce more Asean Johnson's in all of our neighborhoods.

Asean Johnson certainly put it succinctly to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel:

“We are not toys. We are not going down without a fight.”

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Video Overnight Thread- Rob Ford Van Damme

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The gift that keeps on giving. Via.

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