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In what is perhaps the most overreported story of the summer, Snapchat has been taking heat for millennials’ favorite subject: racism.  

Snapchat recently released a filter that fuming social justice warriors on Twitter were quick to deem “yellowface.” The filter contorted the faces of users to appear like they have squinty eyes and large teeth.

Considering the company got blasted for "blackface" over its Bob Marley filter this past April, the company might've realized this wasn't a good idea.

In response to the pushback, Snapchat stated that the filter was anime-inspired and “meant to be playful.” But it was too late.

The social justice sharks had already smelled the blood and they would not be deterred from a good race-baiting shame-fest. Could this highly trivial matter have an easy, non-racist explanation? Never. Well, at least not when the media got involved. The initial “controversy” was pretty small, and probably would have remained so. But the media noticed the story.

Many news outlets eagerly jumped on the bandwagon suspiciously soon after the story broke. BuzzFeed, NBC, BBC, and countless others published articles on the topic.

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It looks like the entire legal profession is becoming a safe space. After months of controversy, the American Bar Association voted to add a certain anti-discrimination clause to the group’s ethics rules:

“It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to engage in conduct that the lawyer knows or reasonably should know is discrimination…harassment includes sexual harassment and derogatory or demeaning verbal or physical conduct.”

Sounds pretty standard this day in age. But as with most legal affairs, the devil is in the details.  

For a document crafted by lawyers, the statement is surprisingly vague. First of all, any laws applying to sexual harassment in the workplace have always been applicable to lawyers. The statement banning sexual harassment screens the problem with this new policy.

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The real issue is the ambiguous nature of the verbal harassment ban. Who’s to say what constitutes “derogatory or demeaning verbal” conduct? Of course, no one should be subjected to demeaning verbal abuse. But in today’s micro-aggression-obsessed culture, it's not a stretch to think that perceived “demeaning” conduct could include simply having a conservative opinion.

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Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has always maintained a strong pro-life position. Recently however, his stance regarding Zika infected children has been garnering special attention.

Rubio told Politico on Saturday:

“A lot of people disagree with my view—but I believe that all human life is worthy of protection of our laws. And when you present it in the context of Zika or any prenatal condition, it’s a difficult question and a hard one, but if I’m going to err, I’m going to err on the side of life.”

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This comment comes in the midst of a political firestorm surrounding Zika prevention funding. House Democrats recently refused to pass a Republican Zika relief spending package because it did not include funds for the abortion giant Planned Parenthood, which Democrats see as essential to the Zika response.

Rubio addresses this issue in his comments, calling the Democrat argument “political volleyball.” He claims that Democrats simply did not want to pass Republican spending measures, and fell back upon this issue to evade responsibility.

“The Planned Parenthood angle is something they basically made up to have a political reason not to pass Zika so they can come back in August and campaign on it,“ Rubio said. 

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It looks like Germany’s immigration policies are starting to be addressed...kind of.

So far in 2016 (despite what Angela Merkel’s open boarder rhetoric might indicate), Germany has denied access to 13,000 would-be migrants, according to a report by the Jerusalem Post. That’s 4,000 more immigration denials than were handed out during the entire year of 2015.

This report comes at a time when immigration to Germany has already dramatically decreased. Anti-immigration measures in Balkan states and Greece have toggled immigration to Germany through the east, and the majority of immigrants now travel from the south through Italy at a much slower rate. About 4,500 immigrants arrived in Germany this July, less than half of the daily arrivals last fall. 

Even with the drop in migrant entries, German immigration security is actually becoming significantly more stringent. It's not a perfect fix, though.

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More austere immigration policy is a step in the right direction. But despite the restrictions, Germany still has relatively open borders, granting 122,000 migrants asylum this year to date. Germany currently hosts over 500,000 Middle Eastern migrants, and must also now address infrastructural problems caused by the immigration crisis.

The real question now is: are these measures too little, too late?

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Who says moms can’t go to the Olympics? Well, liberals.

Kerri Walsh Jennings is an Olympian volleyball player and a mom of three. She's had a long history of Olympic success, most recently winning gold in the London Olympics while pregnant with her third child. She’s back for the Rio Olympics, and she’s ready to continue winning big as an athlete and a mother, crediting her family as her motivation. In fact, she says her family completes her in a way even her incredibly successful career could not:

"Before I had more kids, I was like, this feels trivial… I'd been playing for so long, and I was like I need balance. All my eggs are in this one basket and it's very self-centered and self-focused. They gave me that perspective and balance I thought I was missing. It took my game and my desire and my passion for life to the next level. I am hugely indebted to my children."

Of course, such a family-friendly sentiment was destined to be noticed and harassed by the inevitable liberal feminist:

 

 

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After 63 years of marriage, South Dakota couple Henry and Jeanette De Lange left this earth together, just 20 minutes apart.

Henry was an 86-year-old Korean War veteran battling prostate cancer. Jeanette, 87, was the mother of their five children and a music teacher. She had been suffering from Alzheimer’s for several years.

Jeanette spent her last few years at the Platte Care Center, where Henry would visit her several times a day. When it became clear that they were both approaching their final moments, Henry asked to be checked into the nursing home, and facility staff put the pair in the same room.

Their son, Lee De Lange told the story of their last hours.

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“Wednesday, when we checked [dad] in, he said, 'I don't know how many more days I have, Lee. How many more days the good Lord will have me here,'" De Lange recalled.

On Sunday, July 26, Henry and Jeanette’s five children gathered around them, and the doctors told them that Henry and Jeanette were both very close to death. Finally, at 5:10 in the evening, Jeanette’s heart gave out. Lee recalled:

We read Psalm 103. We didn't quite get done. She passed away very, very peacefully. Incredibly peacefully. My brother Keith said to my dad, said, 'Mom's gone to heaven. You don't have to fight anymore, you can go, too, if you want.' He was laying in bed. He, for the first time, opened his eyes, looked intently over where mom was. Closed his eyes back down. Laid back down, died about 5 or 10 minutes after that…

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Scandal mongering is a way of life at the Huffington Post, but the most recent fake scandal is more fabricated than most.

Caroline Bologna published a piece in HuffPo on Tuesday complaining of a “sexist” back-to-school ad run by GAP Kids. The problem was that the little boy model was labeled “the scholar,” while the little girl was called, “the social butterfly” in the same ad.  

The image has caused backlash among social media-active moms, who were outraged that GAP would supposedly tell them which gender was smart and which was not.

I’m not certain that was actually the implication of the ad. It seems like a relatively catchy and innocent way to sell clothes, but I guess not.

 

Look, if there are any girls who avoid choosing STEM careers just because of a subliminal message from a child’s clothing advertisement, they probably weren’t cut out for that type of work anyway. Just saying.

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Nicholas Young, 36, a DC Metro police officer was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly attempting to support ISIS efforts overseas.

Young had been known to the FBI since 2009 and had apparently expressed sympathies for Nazism and the Islamic State in the past. He traveled to Libya in 2011 to fight with the rebels against Muammar Gaddafi.  

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Young was attempting to help people he thought were ISIS operatives find ways to communicate in secret. He allegedly purchased 22 gift cards for mobile messaging apps for ISIS fighters to use overseas. The operatives Young helped, however, were not terrorists, but informants for the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Reports claim there was no threat posed to the public in the D.C. area at any time during Young’s actions and that his only interest was aiding ISIS overseas.

Young faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. 

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Bias in the media is nothing new, but MSNBC went above and beyond with their coverage of speeches by grieving parents at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

Take Pat Smith, the mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith, who gave a speech against Hillary at the RNC. The headline from MSNBC reads: “RNC Manipulates the Pain of Grieving Mother for Partisan Gain.” The article, by Rachel Maddow producer Steve Benen, describes the scene as “a spectacle so offensive, it was hard to even comprehend,” and insinuates that the “rabid” Republican base needed some “red meat to chew on.”

In all honesty, the only things that could be considered at all "radical" about Smith’s speech are her personal animosity toward Clinton and her suspicion of Clinton’s original narrative that an online video caused the attack. As the mother of a victim killed in a sensitive situation under Clinton’s State Department, the animosity seems pretty normal. The question of whether Clinton was trying to cover her tracks in the situation by blaming a video is also at least partially justified. From reading MSNBC however, one would think Smith had accused Clinton of being a lizard-creature overlord.  

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Hillary Clinton’s long-awaited speech on Wednesday accepting the Democratic nomination for president came at long last for the Clintons. But all that hard work seemed to get to Bill, who started to doze off during the hour-long speech.

I guess after 40 years, even in the marital bliss that blesses the Clintons, anybody would begin to get bored. 

Check it out for yourself:

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