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These fire and fainting challenges are stupid and dangerous

These fire and fainting challenges are stupid and dangerous
A teenage boy stands in the shower wearing shorts and douses himself in acetone (nail polish remover). He lights a match and throws it on himself. When he catches fire, he runs around the house in pain until he ends up back in the shower and his friends put the flame out.
 
This is called the “fire challenge,” and it is the new THING that teenagers are doing across the country.

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Palestinian and the Black American freedom struggles

Palestinian and the Black American freedom struggles
Knowing of my concern about justice for the Palestinians, a friend sent me a link the other day regarding Palestine and Black America. (http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/180382/students-justice-palestine#undefined)
 
The essence of this piece is the author’s allegation that Palestinians cannot and should not compare their struggle to that of the African-American struggle for justice. Actually, there is nothing new in this piece. Those who oppose justice for the Palestinians regularly drag out quotes from various historic African-American leaders in order to attempt to make their case.

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Democrats’ smart butt white boys syndrome

Democrats’ smart butt white boys syndrome
In 1984, former UN Ambassador Andrew Young described the inner circle of Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale as “smart a– White boys” who thought they knew everything.  Obviously, they didn’t because Mondale lost the general election by a large margin to Ronald Reagan.
 
Knowing that in a president’s second-term the party in power usually loses 29 House seats, along with the real possibility of Democrats losing control of the Senate this year, some party leaders are trying to give the appearance they are in control and Democrats will buck that historical voting trend.

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Helping ex-offenders get back on their feet

Helping ex-offenders get back on their feet
We've all made mistakes at some time or another.
 
For most of us, whether we've lost touch with someone or didn't take a chance on something, those mistakes help us grow, and we move on. Sometimes, unfortunately, those mistakes are big enough to ruin lives.
 
For those who have been convicted of a felony crime and served time in prison, picking up the pieces and putting their lives back together is an uphill challenge.
 

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Why do black people have so many cousins?

Why do black people have so many cousins?
Dear Race Manners:
 
Why do black people seem to have so many cousins (or call so many people "cousin")? I'm white. Just wondering! —Curious About Cousins
 
You're already beginning to answer your own question by noting that, to the extent that there are racial differences here, they're likely going to be chalked up to a "call so many people 'cousin' " thing versus a "have so many cousins" thing.

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Tony Dungy unfairly attacked

Tony Dungy unfairly attacked
The homosexual mafia has struck again. This time, however, they have picked the wrong target. Beloved former Tampa Bay and Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy has been under a vicious assault for honestly answering a reporter’s question.
 
In an interview with the Tampa Tribune, Dungy was asked if he would he have drafted Michael Sam, the University of Missouri football player who has come out of the closet as a homosexual. Dungy’s replied, “I wouldn’t have taken him, not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it [the media circus]…It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.’’

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The politics of federal judges

The politics of federal judges
The two conflicting appeals court rulings last week on the legality of a key provision of the Affordable Care Act – one supporting it and the other rejecting the health law – underscore the nexus between politics and the judiciary. All of the judges voting to uphold the ACA were appointed by Democrats. All of the judges voting to strike down the law were appointed by Republicans.
 
We’ve seen this scenario played out at the U.S. Supreme Court, with most controversial rulings decided on a 5-4 vote, with conservatives clinging to a one-vote margin. But the most important appointments might be those of federal appeals court judges, the last stop before a case reaches the Supreme Court.

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