This NFL Team Just Cancelled Kaepernick Workout Over National Anthem Kneeling

On Thursday, it was reported that the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks canceled a workout for former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick because he refused to stop kneeling for the national anthem:

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Still, common to both tweets is the idea that Kaeprnick’s kneeling for the anthem may be the salient reason why some teams have no desire to hire him.

As was reported last October, the NFL admitted that the controversy over kneeling for the national anthem caused it to lose business. CNS News reported in late September. (Read more from “This NFL Team Just Cancelled Kaepernick Workout Over National Anthem Kneeling” HERE)

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SAD: University No Longer Offering Class on ‘Weight-Based Oppression’

By WND. Despite a major push to make “fat acceptance” the next frontier in social justice, Washington State University simply couldn’t attract students to a new course in “fat studies,” and has canceled the class.

Campus Reform first reported on the class earlier this year, after WSU announced that they would be creating specific curriculum to help students better understand “fat stigma, weight bias, and thin privilege,” as well as how many in our society are subjected to “weight-based oppression.”

At the time, WSU announced that the class would be part of the school’s gender studies department, and would even feature a segment on “fat fashion pedagogy” where students would design and manufacture their own line of plus-sized swimwear. (Read more from “SAD: University No Longer Offering Class on ‘Weight-Based Oppression'” HERE)

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Washington State Discontinues ‘Plus-Size Swimwear’ Course

By Campus Reform. . .The school’s “Fat Studies” class, taught by Debbie Christel, aimed to explore “weight based oppression as a social justice issue with other systems of oppression based on gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation, and ability,” according to the course description.

Though the course was primarily offered through the Women’s Studies Department, it could also be taken for credit by students in the school’s Design and Textiles Program since a significant portion of the coursework was oriented around creating “plus-size swimsuits.”

Christel led the students in creating plus-size swimsuits as part of the “fat fashion pedagogy” that she was trying to pioneer, later publishing an article on her experiences with the class in the peer-reviewed academic journal Fat Studies.

Fat fashion pedagogy, Christel wrote, is a teaching method that uses “critical feminist and narrative pedagogies” to fight fat-stigma by “promoting activism to erode the thin-centric orientation” among her students. (Read more from “Washington State Discontinues ‘Plus-Size Swimwear’ Course” HERE)

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Suspect Who Allegedly Raped a 15-Year-Old Girl Now Accused of Killing Her So She Couldn’t Testify

A 42-year-old, Quinn James, was accused of raping a then 15-year-old girl in a school parking lot last summer. Now he’s facing a murder charge after allegedly killing her while he was out on bail.

James worked as a groundskeeper at East Kentwood Public Schools where the victim, Mujey Dumbuya, was a student. She was expected to testify at his trial this month.

In connection with Mujey’s death, a second man, Gerald Bennett, has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder. According to police, James solicited Bennett through an unnamed source in Detroit, seeking assistance with the murder and disposal of the body . . .

In connection with Mujey’s death, a second man, Gerald Bennett, has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder. According to police, James solicited Bennett through an unnamed source in Detroit, seeking assistance with the murder and disposal of the body.

Prior to be hired by the school district, James’ criminal record included convictions for an armed robbery, and two counts of prisoner in possession of a weapon. But Superintendent Michael Zoerhoff said that James provided strong references from community members, and was “hired because he fit the qualifications for working as a groundskeeper.” (Read more from “Suspect Who Allegedly Raped a 15-Year-Old Girl Now Accused of Killing Her So She Couldn’t Testify” HERE)

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State Senator Who Said She Hoped Trump Would Be Assassinated Is Now Making Crazy Comments About Slavery

Missouri state senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal called for reparations for former slaves on Tuesday, and took a swipe at her own party’s US Senator in the same breath.

While declaring there’s “no difference” between white Democrats and Republicans, Chappelle-Nadal said that “neither one of them give a heck about the black community, only the votes.”

Chappelle-Nadal spoke from the Senate floor, saying that she listens to the needs of her constituents who aren’t benefitting from tax cuts. She also said the black children in her district are at a disadvantage; and the senator believes reparations would help, even though she recognizes legislation supporting it would likely never pass.

Recalling her own ancestors who were slaves in the state, Chappelle-Nadal pleaded: “In Boone County, Missouri, in Callaway County, Missouri what my family contributed to making the state what it is today is incredible, and my family deserves way more than what it is getting today.”

She went on to say she would like US Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) to call for reparations, and added that people in her district see McCaskill as a Republican. (Read more from “State Senator Who Said She Hoped Trump Would Be Assassinated Is Now Making Crazy Comments About Slavery” HERE)

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School District Says NO to Guns, YES to Baseball Bats

In a story you’re going to be convinced originated on the satirical website The Onion, a Pennsylvania school district is arming its teachers with baseball bats.

That’s right, in response to the latest high school shooting in Florida were a gunman opened fire with an AR-15, killing 17 people, Pennsylvania teachers have a Louisville Slugger as their weapon of choice . . .

The 500 teachers in Millcreek School District, near Erie, were given 16-inch bats as part of their training this week on how to respond to school shootings, according to the Erie Times-News.

It’s part of the Trojan Response plan — we’re not making it up — which stands for: “Threat assessment,” “Run,” “Obstruct and barricade,” “Join forces,” “Attack,” and “Never give up.”

The plan is consistent with a 2008 Homeland Security recommendation that when faced with a school shooter, try to run, or hide, and as a last resort fight back, noted the Times-News. (Read more from “School District Says NO to Guns, YES to Baseball Bats” HERE)

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Millcreek Teachers Encouraged to Fight Shooter If Options Fail

By Erie News. Modified district response plan includes ‘flee’ when you can and ‘fight’ when you must.

Millcreek Township School District has armed teachers with small baseball bats, and maybe resolve.

Teachers aren’t expected to confront a gunman with the bats, schools Superintendent William Hall said.

“The bats are more symbolic than anything,” Hall said. “However, we do want to have one consistent tool to have at somebody’s disposal in a classroom in the event they have to fight.”

Each of the district’s approximately 500 teachers was given a 16-inch bat Monday during in-service training on how to respond to school shootings. The revised Trojan Response plan includes more options than a lockdown, Hall said. (Read more from “Millcreek Teachers Encouraged to Fight Shooter If Options Fail” HERE)

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Muslim Teen Claimed Man Ripped off Her Hijab in Hate Crime. That’s Not What Happened.

By The Daily Wire. A 13-year-old Muslim girl from Virginia claimed a man approached her on the street after noticing that she was wearing a hijab, called her a “terrorist” and, while threatening her at knife-point, snatched off her Islamic headscarf.

But before you clutch your pearls and deem America a country filled with Islamophobic bigots, here’s what police are saying actually happened: the girl made the whole thing up.

Authorities have charged the teen for filing a false police report about the apparently fanaticized incident, investigators announced Tuesday . . .

The unnamed teen will face charges in juvenile court. (Read more from “Muslim Teen Claimed Man Ripped off Her Hijab in Hate Crime. That’s Not What Happened.” HERE)

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Girl, 13, Lied to Police That Man Ripped off Her Hijab in Racist Attack

By Metro. Prince William County Police in Woodbridge, Virginia, discovered ‘no altercation had occurred’ after probing the teenager over the alleged attack last Friday . . .

Cops were also told that the man had held the girl’s hands behind her back during the attack.

The girl, who has not been identified, further claimed that her attacker covered her mouth after removing her head scarf to muffle her screams. (Read more from “Girl, 13, Lied to Police That Man Ripped off Her Hijab in Racist Attack” HERE)

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350 Schools Are Participating in Walkouts, but Not for Gun Control

By WND. High-school and college students at an estimated 350 schools across the U.S. are walking out of their classes to support life and protest Planned Parenthood on Wednesday.

The walkout was coordinated by the Students for Life of America. The teenagers are leaving class for 17 minutes, which the organization says is the same amount of time it takes Planned Parenthood to perform as many as 10 abortions.

The event drew its inspiration from a national anti-gun walkout on March 14 in which students across the nation left classes to protest gun violence and demand increased gun-control regulation.

In March, Julianne Benzel, a history teacher at Rocklin High School in California, was forced to take administrative leave when she told her students there’s a double standard when kids can walk out over gun control but not to oppose abortion. While she didn’t discourage her students from participating in the gun walkout, she said schools must be willing to support other causes as well.

“And so I just kind of used the example which I know it’s really controversial, but I know it was the best example I thought of at the time – a group of students nationwide, or even locally, decided ‘I want to walk out of school for 17 minutes’ and go in the quad area and protest abortion, would that be allowed by our administration?” she said. (Read more from “350 Schools Are Participating in Walkouts, but Not for Gun Control” HERE)

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No, the March for Our Lives School Walkout Is Not the Same as Pro-Life School Walkout

By The Hill. Now, on April 11 students are planning to walk out of their schools to protest the constitutionally protected right to have an abortion. The march was stirred by a teacher in Sacramento who questioned whether the administration of her public school would support students who wanted to walk out of their classrooms to protest the right to abortion care, as the school had supported the March 14 walk out. Indeed, anti-choice media has already declared this Rocklin, Calif. high school student activist a hero, and villainized the perceived double-standard.

However, I’d like to first point out that not all schools did support their students who walked out on March 14. Some were even sentenced to detention for their solidarity and activism. Students accepted those consequences and walked out anyway.

Secondly and more importantly, I want to talk about the true crux of the issue here, which is that our collective inability to pass gun control restrictions is based on our desire to control other people. To control those who do not have the financial access to private health care or could pay for a procedure themselves. To control women.

After every mass shooting, we all see the albeit well-intentioned quotes and memes and internet commentary comparing what women go through to receive abortion care to what gun restrictions in this country should look like.

But this narrative only works to diminish the true hurdles, perseverance and determination that women and people have to conquer to receive health care. We cannot compare what women go through to access constitutionally protected health care to regulations and restrictions on firearms. (Read more from “No, the March for Our Lives School Walkout Is Not the Same as Pro-Life School Walkout” HERE)

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Female Rapper Explains Why She Chose Life Instead of Abortion for Her Unborn Child

In an interview with “The Breakfast Club” Tuesday morning, rapper Cardi B explains why she resisted pressure to abort her unborn child, who was an unplanned pregnancy.

After revealing her pregnancy over the weekend on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” Cardi B admitted in the radio interview that she briefly considered getting an abortion, but didn’t want to regret it. After saying she “kinda sort of” thought about aborting her child, she said she ultimately decided she “didn’t want to deal with the whole abortion thing.” . . .

Co-host Charlemagne Tha God replied: “The regret of it, probably?”

“Yeah,” she said. . .

The “Bodak Yellow” rapper said she’s been disappointed at the response from some women who asserted her career is over now that she’s pregnant. (Read more from “Female Rapper Explains Why She Chose Life Instead of Abortion for Her Unborn Child” HERE)

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Council Bans Pro-Life Protests Outside an Abortion Clinic

The council in the borough of Ealing in West London has ruled that pro-life protesters must stay outside a “safe zone” around an abortion clinic. The motion passed the council unanimously . . .

The United Kingdom-based Catholic pro-life group, The Good Counsel Network, has protested outside a Marie Stopes abortion clinic in Ealing for years. Now the organization that runs that clinic has successfully petitioned the local government to keep them from doing so . . .

Clare McCullough, the director of The Good Counsel Network, told The Guardian, “The women we speak to are being offered a leaflet, offered help, and hundreds of women are accepting that vote. These are women who have no alternative but abortion – illegal immigrants, victims of domestic violence. We’re telling them there are alternatives if they want them.”

The ban will apply to all pro-life groups, not just The Good Counsel Network. For now, the ban appears to be limited to one Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing . . .

The Good Counsel Network insisted in a letter it sent to U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd that it does not intimidate women entering the clinic, show graphic images of abortion, or give inaccurate medical information, and that its actions are limited to handing out fliers and quietly praying from a distance. (Read more from “Council Bans Pro-Life Protests Outside an Abortion Clinic” HERE)

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Students Acquiring Massive Debt for ‘Risky’ College Degrees, More Than $25 Billion in Federal Loans

Noël Flynn is spending more than 80 percent of her income to pay back tens of thousands of dollars in debt for her Art Therapy degree. In 2016 alone, the Department of Education loaned $25.9 billion to students who, like Flynn, chose degrees under the umbrella of the liberal arts and humanities, an analysis by The Daily Caller News Foundation found.

A significant portion of those students are unlikely to have the means to pay back their debt after graduating.

“I find myself struggling financially, and the biggest reason why is student loans,” said Flynn, 23, who says she was told the loans “wouldn’t be overwhelming” once she graduated.

Most federal student loan programs do not require a credit check, nor do they require a cosigner. Rather, the loans are backed by nothing more than the borrower’s future earnings with a college degree, but the kind of degree isn’t a consideration in the loan process.

“What you make depends on what you take,” Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, wrote in a 2016 report. “A major in social work pays $30,000 a year compared to $120,000 a year for a major in petroleum engineering.” Business, vocational, and STEM majors all have significantly better chances of paying off their loans, TheDCNF’s analysis of federal data shows. (Read more from “Students Acquiring Massive Debt for ‘Risky’ College Degrees, More Than $25 Billion in Federal Loans” HERE)

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