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LOCKDOWN for Teacher’s Talk Like A Pirate Day Plastic Sword | The Daily Caller

Avast! You just can’t be too safe these days, maties, which is why officials at a rural North Carolina school district locked down four public schools after somebody spotted an elementary school teacher dressed as a .

Reading ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ May Be Bad | The Daily Caller

Are you a woman? Are you between the ages of 18 and 24? Have you read the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy, that tour de smut — and sadism, and lots of bondage?

Cop Fired After Facebook Post About Michael Brown Shooting: ‘Innocent Victim My A**’ |

An Illinois police officer was fired this week after posting on Facebook about 18-year-old Michael Brown: “Innocent victim my ass. Did society a favor.”

Justice Department tells Ferguson police to stop wearing bracelets | Reuters

The U.S. Justice Department asked the , Missouri, Police Department on Friday to order its officers not to wear bracelets in support of the white policeman who shot to death an unarmed black teenager last month, sparking protests.

Sources: DOJ won’t file civil-rights charges against George Zimmerman for shooting Trayvon Martin « Hot Air

The federal investigation of Zimmerman was opened two years ago by the department’s civil rights division, but officials said there is insufficient evidence to bring federal charges. The investigation technically remains open, but it is all but certain the department will close it…

Congress Takes Up Case of U.S. ‘War Hero’ Jailed in Mexico, Ignored by Obama | CNS News

In his opening statement on Wednesday, Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) said he is “mystified” that President Obama found time to negotiate with the Taliban for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked away from his unit in Afghanistan, but couldn’t find time to “call our ally, the Mexican president, to appeal to him on behalf of our .”

‘Big Three’ Ignore Jailed Marine’s Mother Testifying Before Congress

Since ’s initial arrest, NBC has never covered the story and CBS has only mention his arrest once on July 10 when he made made his first court appearance in a Tijuana courtroom. ABC has only covered ’s story twice, on the May 28 and July 10 episodes of Good Morning America.

No More Time To Waste: Bring Home Our Marine Held In Mexico | The Daily Caller

Today is Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi’s 186th day in a Mexican jail after being arrested for taking a wrong turn, which took him unknowingly into . That’s 186 days away from his family, away from everything he knows and loves, but most importantly, away from any form of treatment for his combat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

N.Y. Farmers Fight Back Against Discrimination Ruling

A couple who declined to allow a same-sex wedding ceremony on their family farm in upstate filed an appeal today that their attorney says will challenge “every facet” of a recent discrimination ruling against them.

October 3-4, 1993: The Battle of Mogadishu– Analysis and Conclusion | The History Reader

The was a watershed event for Washington. Despite overwhelming odds, TFR survived a harrowing mission. The Americans’ spirited defense and actions resulted in a tactical victory, with a large number of Somali casualties and the successful capture of 24 SNA personnel. Aideed and the SNA suffered tremendous punishment, and some TFR and UN officers believed that the SNA would have crumbled if the Americans had struck again.

Black Hawk Up: The Forgotten American Success Story in Somalia – The Atlantic

But the popular view of Somalia as a catastrophe is mistaken. Errors were made and there were very real costs. But, overall, it was a heroic mission that saved thousands of lives. Skewed perceptions proved disastrous, searing humanitarian intervention with the mark of Cain, and sapping the will to fight genocide the following year in Rwanda.