Monthly Archives: March 2015

Woman held in psychiatric ward after claiming Obama follows her on Twitter (he does) – Telegraph

A woman from Long Island was told she had to “state that Obama is not following her on Twitter” in order to be released from a psychiatric unit, according to a lawsuit reported by the New York Daily News

In September of last year, Kam Brock went to pick up a car that had been seized by the NYPD.

via Woman held in psychiatric ward after claiming Obama follows her on Twitter (he does) – Telegraph.

Iran isn’t providing needed access or information, nuclear watchdog says – The Washington Post

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said that Iran has failed to provide the information or access needed to allay the agency’s concerns about the weapons potential of the country’s nuclear program.

With the deadline nearing for international talks on constraining Iran’s nuclear program, Yukiya Amano, director general of the IAEA, said in an interview that Iran has replied to just one of a dozen queries about “possible military dimensions” of past nuclear activities.

Amano said that Iran has provided only “very limited” information about two other issues, while the rest have not been addressed at all.

via Iran isn’t providing needed access or information, nuclear watchdog says – The Washington Post.

Khamenei calls ‘Death to America’ as Kerry hails progress on nuke deal | The Times of Israel

Iran’s Supreme leader Ali Khamenei called for “Death to America” on Saturday, a day after President Barack Obama appealed to Iran to seize a “historic opportunity” for a nuclear deal and a better future, and as US Secretary of State John Kerry claimed substantial progress toward an accord.

Khamenei told a crowd in Tehran that Iran would not capitulate to Western demands. When the crowd started shouting, “Death to America,” the ayatollah responded: “Of course yes, death to America, because America is the original source of this pressure.

Khamenei calls ‘Death to America’ as Kerry hails progress on nuke deal | The Times of Israel.

Police departments hiring immigrants as officers

Law enforcement agencies struggling to fill their ranks or connect with their increasingly diverse populations are turning to immigrants to fill the gap.Most agencies in the country require officers or deputies to be U.S. citizens, but some are allowing immigrants who are legally in the country to wear the badge. From Hawaii to Vermont, agencies are allowing green-card holders and legal immigrants with work permits to join their ranks.At a time when 25,000 non-U.S. citizens are serving in the U.S. military, some feel its time for more police and sheriff departments to do the same. Thats why the Nashville Police Department is joining other departments to push the state legislature to change a law that bars non-citizens from becoming law enforcement officers.

via Police departments hiring immigrants as officers.

Baseball Player Instructed to Only Talk Sports

“I disagree with his lifestyle,” Murphy said of Bean. “I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual. That doesn’t mean I can’t still invest in him and get to know him.”

Murphy continued:

Maybe, as a Christian, that we haven’t been as articulate enough in describing what our actual stance is on homosexuality … We love the people. We disagree [with] the lifestyle. That’s the way I would describe it for me. It’s the same way that there are aspects of my life that I’m trying to surrender to Christ in my own life.

And that’s the last we’re going to hear from Murphy on the subject.

via Baseball Player Instructed to Only Talk Sports.

More Seattle restaurants close doors as $15 minimum wage approaches

Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law goes into effect on April 1, 2015. As that date approaches, restaurants across the city are making the financial decision to close shop. The Washington Policy Center writes that “closings have occurred across the city, from Grub in the upscale Queen Anne Hill neighborhood, to Little Uncle in gritty Pioneer Square, to the Boat Street Cafe on Western Avenue near the waterfront.”

Of course, restaurants close for a variety of reasons. But, according to Seattle Magazine, the “impending minimum wage hike to $15 per hour” is playing a “major factor.” That’s not surprising, considering “about 36% of restaurant earnings go to paying labor costs.” Seattle Magazine,

“Washington Restaurant Association’s Anthony Anton puts it this way: “It’s not a political problem; it’s a math problem.”

“He estimates that a common budget breakdown among sustaining Seattle restaurants so far has been the following: 36 percent of funds are devoted to labor, 30 percent to food costs and 30 percent go to everything else (all other operational costs).  The remaining 4 percent has been the profit margin, and as a result, in a $700,000 restaurant, he estimates that the average restauranteur in Seattle has been making $28,000 a year.

via More Seattle restaurants close doors as $15 minimum wage approaches.

Planned Parenthood: ‘Sometimes a Person’s Sexual Orientation Changes Over Time’ | CNS News

“Sometimes a person’s sexual orientation changes over time, but people can’t choose or decided to change who they’re attracted to.”

“It can take many years for people to understand their sexual orientation, and it can change over your lifetime — so a lot of people call themselves questioning, which means they aren’t sure about their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

via Planned Parenthood: ‘Sometimes a Person’s Sexual Orientation Changes Over Time’ | CNS News.

Exclusive: Major nations hold talks on ending U.N. sanctions on Iran – officials | Reuters

Major world powers have begun talks about a United Nations Security Council resolution to lift U.N. sanctions on Iran if a nuclear agreement is struck with Tehran, a step that could make it harder for the U.S. Congress to undo a deal, Western officials said.

The talks between Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States — the five permanent members of the Security Council — plus Germany and Iran, are taking place ahead of difficult negotiations that resume next week over constricting Iran’s nuclear ability.

Some eight U.N. resolutions – four of them imposing sanctions – ban Iran from uranium enrichment and other sensitive atomic work and bar it from buying and selling atomic technology and anything linked to ballistic missiles. There is also a U.N. arms embargo.

via Exclusive: Major nations hold talks on ending U.N. sanctions on Iran – officials | Reuters.

EPA Administrator: Coffee at Risk Due to Climate Change | CNS News

In a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy said that “climate change puts the world’s coffee-growing regions at risk.”

“Climate change injects volatility into the global marketplace. Volatility leads to instability,” McCarthy said. “Take coffee. Now coffee is a temperature sensitive crop. Climate change puts the world’s coffee-growing regions at risk.

via EPA Administrator: Coffee at Risk Due to Climate Change | CNS News.