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    A Christian group has been effectively banned from Tufts University in Massachusetts. Tufts Christian Fellowship (TCF) has lost its recognition as an official campus group because it discriminates by requiring the group leaders to be Christians and adhere to a set of values.

    The group is the Tufts chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, which describes itself as “an evangelical campus mission serving students and faculty on college and university campuses nationwide.”

    So basically Tufts said that it wasn’t fair to require the leaders of the Christian group to actually be Christians. One has to wonder if they went to every other religiously affiliated group on campus to make sure that none of them were requiring their leaders to follow the tenants of their faiths.

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    Last summer the town of Middleborough, Massachusetts, voted to ban loud, public swearing by enforcing a 1968 law that would allow police to fine violators a $20 fine. Apparently, teenagers and other young people were deterring customers from businesses by being loud and obnoxious in public areas in front of stores.

    This week it was reviewed by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, who said Tuesday that the original bylaw violates First Amendment free speech guarantees. She called for the town to take it off the books or amend it.

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  • Chicago Teachers are Already Overpaid

    posted by Jenny Erikson September 16, 2012 at 12:13 PM in In The News
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    The Chicago Teachers Union has collectively decided that a sixteen percent pay raise in an economy where 23 million people are looking for work isn’t enough. Public school teachers in Chicago are currently among the highest paid in the nation, with an average annual pay of $71,000, before benefits.

    Seriously -- Chicago teachers walked away from a sixteen percent pay raise, because it wasn’t enough. Sixteen percent!

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    Talk about the power of good timing and word of mouth advertising. The hottest documentary to hit the big screen in a while, 2016: Obama’s America, has raked in over $20 million since its meager opening mid-July at a small theater in Houston. This past weekend, it was shown on 1,747 screen across the nation.

    The movie, based on conservative author-turned-filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza’s bestselling book, explores what the future might look like with a second Obama term. In it, the Indian born scholar travels to four different continents to uncover Barack Obama’s past and learn what events and people have shaped the president’s view of the world and his vision for our country. 

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    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took some heat for his ad that claimed that “President Obama quietly ended the work requirement -- gutting welfare reform.” It relates to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Information Memorandum sent out by the Department of Health and Human Services last month.

    The policy directive uses shifty logic to end the federal requirement that welfare recipients work or prepare themselves to enter the workforce in order to receive TANF assistance. This stipulation was put in place in 1996 with the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, which was passed with bipartisan support from President Bill Clinton and the Republican-controlled Congress.

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    Recently DNA testing trucks have taken to the streets of New York City, causing many people to raise an eyebrow at the appropriateness of their existence. The "Who’s Your Daddy" vehicles closely resemble trendy food trucks, but instead of delicious lobster rolls or Korean street tacos, they’re peddling paternity tests.

    That’s right, they’ll roll right up, and you can walk right up, and find out exactly which man in your life contributed half of your little bundle of joy’s DNA. Or if you’re the dad, find out if it’s you or some other dude that should be making those child-support payments

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    Walk down any cellblock in any penitentiary in America and ask the convicts why they’re there. They all say the same thing: They were forced to sing songs in elementary school that included the words God or pray, or made any reference to rowing a boat ashore or holding the whole world in someone’s hands. It’s a miracle any of us ever overcome that kind of childhood trauma at all.

    At least that’s the impression the Freedom From Religion Foundation is giving with their insistence that such songs be removed from Okte Elementary School’s curriculum. The Shenendehowa school in Clifton Park, N.Y. teaches kids music with hell-raising lyrics like "Thank you God for everything," "I pray the Lord my soul to keep," "Michael row your boat ashore" and "He's got the whole world in his hands."

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    Take a catchy hit summer song with a unique and relatively easy to recreate music video, throw in a hot presidential race where the incumbent has failed to live up to his pie-in-the-sky campaign promises, shake well with some spot-on, hilarious lyrics, and you get “Obama That I Used To Know.”

    Sung to the tune of Gotye’s uber popular Somebody That I Used To Know, this parody pokes fun at Barack Obama’s failure in his first term to live up to the hype he promoted around himself. As the joke goes, “They told me if I voted for McCain …”

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    Did you hear about that time Mitt Romney killed someone’s wife? If you’ve seen pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA’s latest ad, then you’ve heard all about it. The ad features Joe Soptic, a man who laments losing his job after Bain Capital bought the company he worked for and reorganized it.

    Joe lost his job and his health insurance, and then his wife was diagnosed with stage four cancer and died a few days later and it’s all Mitt Romney’s fault because Bain is evil and Mormons probably are too!

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    Statistically speaking, the best thing you can do for your kids is to get married before you have them -- and stay married once you do. Study after study shows that while the majority of kids from single-parent households turn out just fine, they are more than twice as likely to suffer serious, negative outcomes.

    Psychologist (and author of For Better or For Worse, a guidebook on divorce) E. Mavis Hetherington found that "twenty-five percent of youths from divorced families in comparison to 10 percent from non-divorced families did have serious social, emotional, or psychological problems."

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