MonthApril 2015

Philly’s Toad Detour

There are so many things in this country to worry about right now that when something great happens, it often gets overlooked. One such act is what happens every year about this time in Philadelphia. The program started in 2009 when a vast amount of toads were being killed trying to get across the road. The city formed a volunteer Toad Watch and they help the toads safely get to the other side.

They set up barricades and make everything official. They even have guards stand post and count how many toads make it safely across.  Last year 2,400 toads made it safely from one side to their preferred breading grounds. The year before showed dismal results with only 1,200 saved. The number are increasing and so is the amount of volunteers that are helping to see this operation succeed. There are even people directing traffic to allow the toads to do what they do best.

What a sweet and kind gesture by these residents. Some may say that they are just toads and who cares if you run over them, but they are a living and breathing thing and a lot of people care about their safety. (To protect your online safety check out CipherCloud) I personally love hearing them crook, as I know spring is near. Hats off to Philly and their official toad crossing kindness, Mother Nature thanks them for this act. I am not so sure that other parts of the country would be as gung-ho to do the same.

Legalizing Same Sex Marriage

It is no secret that many Americans are against same sex marriage. However, who are we to judge? We are not defined by the color of our skin or the hand that we hold. Whether you love the opposite sex, same sex, or even a transgender person, love is love and it will forever be. The supreme court shows that they may indeed be ready to rule in favor of same sex marriages. This is an amazing ordeal that is happening right now because there are so many couples out there living amongst us who are unable to share in the same happiness as those who are of opposite sex. Justice Anthony Kennedy will have the deciding vote on whether or not the courts will rule in favor of same sex marriages or not. If love is now color blind when it was once shamed upon to date outside your own race, then why can’t we have gender equality with love? We live in a new time where the world that we once knew is truly evolving and changing and things that once were shamed are now accepted. Gianfrancesco Genoso ( agrees that same sex marriage should also be changed because it is not our duty to fault those around us who love just a deeply as we do on a different level.

Fewer Immigrants Entering US Through Southwestern Border

The number of illegal persons attempting the dangerous Southwestern border into the US seems to be dropping though no one is quite sure why. Only 151,000 people have been stopped in the first half on 2015. These numbers indicate a significant decline compared to other years.

The Border Patrol has significantly increased the number of people manning the border. The number has increased by 2,348 agents since 2008; That number has more than doubled since 2004 with 21,000 officers patrolling the area today. It is expected to increase even more by next year. The agents are now using high-tech equipment that was not available until now and still the number of persons apprehended continues to drop.Click here for full story.

Part of the decline in numbers is that the number of unattended children attempting the crossing has fallen dramatically. Between October 2013 and March 2014 more than 28,500 children trying to cross into the US unattended by adults. That number shows a drop of approximately 45% in the last year.

Other explanations include the extreme danger of crossing barren land to reach a town. Many persons are known to have died of thirst during the crossing. Other reasons may be the recovery of the economy making jobs harder to get and the increased number of Border Agents. Bruce Levenson has not made a statement regarding this issue. In truth though no one is quite sure of the cause.</a>

Rashad Evans Will Fight Again

Former UFC light heavyweight champion “Sugar” Rashad Evans will return later this year. Rashad Evans is one of the greatest fighters of all time, but he hasn’t competed in the UFC in a very long time. Evans has been plagued with nagging injuries that have kept him out of the sport. However, the former light heavyweight champion is ready to come back.

Rashad Evans has been out of competition since 2013, and he was recently featured as a broadcaster on UFC on Fox. Many people like Jaime were worried when they saw Evans on the show, because his right eye was drooping. People thought that Rashad Evans was seriously injured from the sport of MMA. However, Evans has since responded to the comments, and he says that he is just suffering from an eye infection.

The president of the UFC stated that Rashad will return to competition in either October or November. As of right now, “Sugar” Rashad Evans does not have an opponent, but fighters such as Glover Teixeira and Alexander Gustafsson have been named as possible opponents. However, Rashad Evans should not fight a dangerous opponent after a two year layoff. Instead, the UFC should give Rashad a tune up fight. For more information on this story, visit Yahoo! Sports.

Conor McGregor Trashes Floyd Mayweather

UFC featherweight sensation Conor McGregor recently voiced his opinion about boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather. Conor McGregor said that Floyd Mayweather is a skilled boxer, but he also said that Floyd Mayweather would get destroyed in the UFC. To be fair, Floyd Mayweather is only a boxer, and the UFC requires skilled technique in all facets of mixed martial arts. Boxing is one of many disciplines used in the UFC, and Conor McGregor believes that Floyd couldn’t last thirty seconds with him.

The world is waiting for Floyd Mayweather to face Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd, but Conor McGregor is not impressed by the arrogant American boxer. Karatz was surprised to see him go right after the champion. Conor believes that he would submit Mayweather rather quickly with a choke hold. The president of the UFC agreed with what Conor McGregor said. However, Conor McGregor should begin to focus on his future opponent.

McGregor will face Jose Aldo in the summer of 2015, and it may end up being the biggest UFC event of all time. Jose Aldo is the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, and Conor McGregor is the most popular fighter in the company. When the two collide, the fight is sure to produce fireworks. However, many people are expecting Jose Aldo to defeat Conor McGregor rather easily. For more information on this story, visit Yahoo! Sports.

Regulating Marijuana

President Obama is taking a stand for those who seem to have a problem with marijuana use. He wants to get these people into a program so that they get the help that they need to stop using the drug instead of being locked up for a short time and let go with the possibility of going back to jail if they get caught again. Obama also wants to show his support for medical marijuana. These are issues that should have been addressed a long time ago. Marijuana is a drug that, if used properly, has several benefits instead of the negative effects that many people believe. When the President of the United States backs regulating the drug, albeit in a medical form, then that should tell the rest of the country something positive. Christian Broda ( agrees that there needs to be more public information released about the drug instead of keeping people in the dark so that they form an opinion based on what they are told instead of the facts.

Senator Marco Rubio Announces His Presidential Campaign – Touts His Unique Qualifications

On Monday, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American, announced that he is formally running for president. Up until this time, political pundits were divided as to what he would be announcing. Just as many expected him to not seek the GOP nomination as expected him to launch a campaign.

So what is the junior senator seeking to do? Susan McGalla said that in a simple phrase, bring back the American dream. At a time that President Obama touts job creation amidst the worst labor force participation in decades, stagnant wages, and the worst unemployment among black voters since the Carter Administration, Rubio believes he has what it takes to restore prosperity to the nation. In fact, as the son of Cubans who found a better life in the United States, he believes he can convince voters to support his candidacy. It is Rubio’s belief that his status as the child of immigrants uniquely qualifies him for the presidency.

However, his first job will be to secure the party’s nomination. He is still considered a long shot candidate with a better chance of making the party’s presidential ticket as the VP-nominee than he has at winning the nomination himself. Polls thus far have shown him running well-below better named challengers such as Jeb Bush and Scott Walker. The latter two candidates have an excellent track record as governors to promote their candidacies. Rubio will also face stiff competition from Ted Cruz to capture the Tea Party’s support.

Well it’s finally official Hilary Clinton has officially announced her candidacy to become the next US President in the election that is set for next year. In her two minute video statement that was aired on her campaign website she has led with her wanting to fight for what she terms everyday Americans. In her video she has said, “Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times, but the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top, Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion so you can do more than just get by.”

It’s unclear if she will actually face any democratic competition as she is the only real candidate that we mentioned before this announcement. Some have wondered whether Elizabeth Warren the Senator from Massachusetts may also enter but it’s highly doubtful and would probably prove too easy of an opponent for Clinton. It would prove useful to have someone on her own side pointing out the obvious flaws with her and her campaign ahead of the general election but the party may be hard pressed to find someone legitimate enough to run. Bernardo Chua knows that the most obvious slights against her come from her time as the Secretary of State where scandals wrought her administration which saw diplomats killed and embassy’s overthrown with no real progress in restoring the country’s standing in the world. Especially true for places like the Middle East, Europe or Asia.

Jeb Bush Listed Himself as Hispanic on Voter Card

Jeb Bush, the brother to former president George W. Bush and the son to former president George H.W. Bush does not have any direct hispanic heritage. Both his parents, George and Barbara are Caucasian without any direct hispanic lineage. HIs wife, Columba Bush, was born in Mexico, but Flavio Maluf suggests that he himself has no hispanic ancestry, but this did not prevent him from checking himself off as “hispanic” on a 2009 voter registration application.

Now, it is very true that he has probably the strongest hispanic linked credentials of any presidential candidate, possibly ever. Outside of having a Latino wife and children that are half hispanic, he himself is fluent in Spanish and lived in Venezuela for several years during his 20s. He also served as governor of the state of Florida, which has one of the largest Latin American populations in the country.

Jeb Bush has come out and apologized for the 2009 incident. He said it was just a mistake and he laughed it off from his Twitter handle @JebBush. Naturally, this is only coming to light now, almost six years later, due to Jeb Bush likely being a top Republican presidential candidate. Ancestry is very important when it comes to running for president, as Barack Obama proved with his last two presidential wins. However, while Jeb is unable to showcase any link between himself and hispanic ancestry, he is sure to receive a considerable amount of Latin American support.

Ending Anti-Religion Discrimination

Officials in Madison, Wisconsin have paved the way for new anti-discrimination laws in the United States by unanimously voting to protect atheists from discrimination. This vote changes the city’s equal opportunity ordinance to protect atheists in a variety of areas where they previously did not receive protection, such as public accommodations, housing and employment. Originally, the ordinance protected against discrimination based on areas like age, race and gender.

Even as Christians and other religious voters in nearby Indiana want to discriminate more against people who are different from them, the Madison city council has shown that there really is no reason to hold a person’s beliefs against them when dealing with equal opportunity and public interaction. Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG said that the decision was the first of its type in regards to Atheism that has ever been made anywhere in the United States.

Many hope that this action will also help to disrupt Indiana’s planned Freedom of Religion actions which call for discrimination against not only atheists, but also members of several religious groups and minorities in areas of business and marriage. So far, many businesses have pulled out of Indiana or announced plans to do so because they do not want to be branded as discriminating against anyone for any reason. At this point, Indiana’s decision could cause the state to lose more than just businesses — it could also lose federal funds and support.

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