Non-Christian teachers preferred at public school

What is the mother eagle trying to hide? (Image from Ferndale public schools website)

What is the mother eagle trying to hide? (Image from Ferndale public schools website)

Public education in the U.S. has been called expensive, unequal and mediocre. In Detroit, it is said only 25 percent of students get an “adequate education.”

Many say education would improve if students had better parents or teachers.

There’s no quick fix to creating better parents, but it seems like it would be possible to hire better teachers.

For about 40 years, a school system in the Detroit area gave hiring preference to women, minorities and, somewhat shockingly, “non-Christians.”

Are non-Christians better teachers? The Internet is all-knowing, but I couldn’t find any studies that suggest such a thing.

The school system said the “non-Christian” provision was inserted in the 1970s, but doesn’t know why.

The Ferndale school board and teachers union quickly agreed to remove the language after a reporter pointed it out to them.

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Anti-gay pastor Fred Phelps Sr. dies at 84

FILE PHOTO -- Fred Phelps, a Topeka, Kan., preacher, makes his point outside regional Boy Scouts headquarters in Providence, R.I. Phelps' inflammatory protests across the country have offended not only gays, but fellow Baptists who agree with him that homosexuality is a sin. SEE ``ANTI-GAY'' (Newhouse), transmitted Thursday, July 19, 2001. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

FILE PHOTO — Fred Phelps, a Topeka, Kan., preacher, makes his point outside regional Boy Scouts headquarters in Providence, R.I. Phelps' inflammatory protests across the country have offended not only gays, but fellow Baptists who agree with him that homosexuality is a sin. Transmitted Thursday, July 19, 2001. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., the fiery founder of a small Kansas church who drew international condemnation for outrageous and hate-filled protests that blamed almost everything, including the deaths of AIDS victims and U.S. soldiers, on America’s tolerance for gay people, has died. He was 84.

Daughter Margie Phelps told The Associated Press that Fred Phelps died shortly after midnight Thursday. She didn’t provide the cause of death or the condition that recently put him in hospice care.

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Mysterious posters of a tattooed Sen. Ted Cruz appear

Photoshop is a powerful thing. (Image from Twitter)

Photoshop is a powerful thing. (Image from Twitter)

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) probably doesn’t have a lot of tattoos, but you’d think otherwise from mysterious posters appearing in California.

The posters, according to Breitbart.com, have popped up in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles and seem to advertise “TED CRUZ’S SO – CAL BLACKLISTED & LOVING IT TOUR.”

The senator was to appear in Los Angeles to receive an award from the conservative Claremont Institute, but the posters, which feature his face atop a heavily tattooed body don’t seem to be his doing.

“Saw this, but noticed an error. So I wanted to make one thing clear: I don’t smoke cigarettes,” tweeted the potential 2016 presidential candidate along with a picture of the poster.

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Wife crashes into church, stabs husband

Stephanie Hamman is charged with first degree attempted murder, felony vandalism and other offenses. (Hawkins County Sheriff's Office)

Stephanie Hamman is charged with first degree attempted murder, felony vandalism and other offenses. (Hawkins County Sheriff's Office)

A Tennessee woman who police say crashed into a church and stabbed her husband claims she was following the instructions of both God and the devil, reports WJHL-TV.

Church Hill, Tenn., police say at about 10 a.m. Sunday Stephanie Hamman crashed her car through the front doors of Providence Church and called her husband, Steven, who lives with her in apartment across the street from the church.

When Steven arrived he found his wife lying in front of the altar with a large kitchen knife. She arose, said “the devil is in me” and stabbed him in the chest, he said.

Steven “pulled the knife from his chest” and returned to his apartment and waited for an ambulance.

He will live.

Stephanie, 23, was arrested 20 minutes later at a medical center and told police God had told her to not “smoke weed” day and night, but just at night to relax.

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TV anchor: Russia could turn U.S. into ‘radioactive ash’

Jingoism, patriotism’s ugly cousin, usually ramps up right before a powerful country invades a weaker one.

In Russia, a news anchor on state-run TV described Russia as the only country capable of turning the United States into “radioactive ash” while standing near a graphic of a mushroom cloud, reports the oldest news agency in the world.

The announcement by popular newsman Dmitry Kiselyov came as early results of the Crimea referendum were announced.

Kiselyov is probably right. Russia has almost as many active nuclear warheads as the U.S.

Because nuclear weapons are so powerful, thousands are not needed. The U.K., France and several NATO partners have enough nukes to deter Moscow from nuking anyone, according to deterrence theory, but that theory assumes all world leaders with nuclear arsenals at their disposal are both sane and in control of their military.

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Police: ‘Vampire’ trucker kept sex slaves

This undated image provided by the Clay County, Minn., Jail shows Timothy Jay Vafeades. Federal charges have been filed against Vafeades, a Utah trucker accused of keeping sex slaves in his semitrailer for months at a time. (AP Photo/Clay County Jail)

This undated image provided by the Clay County, Minn., Jail shows Timothy Jay Vafeades. Federal charges have been filed against Vafeades, a Utah trucker accused of keeping sex slaves in his semitrailer for months at a time. (AP Photo/Clay County Jail)

A trucker who wore ‘vampire’ teeth kept women captive as sex slaves for months at a time as he traveled the country, the Associated Press reports.

Timothy Jay Vafeades, 54, is charged with kidnapping, transportation for illegal sexual activity, and possession of child pornography, and could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted.

Vafeades was arrested at a Minnesota weigh station after officials there noticed his passenger — Vafeades’ 19-year-old cousin from Florida — had bruises on her arm and a restraining order had been issued to keep the trucker away from her.

In an arrest warrant, the woman said she was kidnapped by Vafeades a week after she began working for him on his truck, the “Twilight Express,” which may be named …

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Study: Atlanta pimps make $33,000 a week

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A federally-funded study on the sex trade says Atlanta is the sex trafficking capital of the U.S. and pimps here make more than $30,000 a week.

The study looked at eight large U.S. cities — Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, San Diego, Seattle, Washington, D.C — and tried to determine the size of the “underground sex economy,” which includes prostitution, sex trafficking of adults and children and child pornography.

To form their conclusions, writers examined crime data and interviewed pimps, prostitutes and law enforcement officials between 2003 and 2007. A total of 142 convicted pimps, prostitutes and child pornographers were interviewed, including 23 in Atlanta. Those who consented to interviews were given a $50 gift card.

The Urban Institute study contains many interesting details of the sex trade, including:

  • The annual amount spend on the sex trade in Atlanta was $290 million. The next closest city was Miami, $235 million.
  • The sex trade in Atlanta increased 10 …

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‘Mummified’ woman voted in 2010

Police said in the 6 years since the woman's death, it was never broken into. (MCT photo)

Police said in the 6 years since the woman's death, the home was never broken into. (MCT photo)

If dead people keep voting, our next president may be a zombie.

A few days ago, it was reported the ‘mummified’ body of a Michigan woman who died in 2008 had just been discovered in her home.

Now we learn the woman voted in the 2010 governor’s race.

The Detroit Free Press reports Pia Farrenkopf, 49 at the time of her death in 2006,  registered to vote in 2006 and did not vote until November of 2010.

Voting officials say the dead woman’s vote may have been due to a clerical error.

As messed up as Fulton County elections have been, that excuse makes perfect sense.

The voting dead are more common that the walking dead.

Since 2000, Newsday reports 270 people in New York’s Nassau County voted after dying. For being dead, some are quite politically active — one man voted 14 times after his death.

New York officials say the votes are dispersed so evenly among 20 elections that there’s no …

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Video shows Realtors used home for sex

A good real estate agent is worth every penny.

Two naughty real estate agents can get so busy having sex in your house they forget to sell it.

Or, at least that’s what one New Jersey homeowner is alleging in a lawsuit.

Homeowner Richard Weiner recently released video proof that agents Bob Lindsay and Jeannemarie Phelan used his home to have sex at least 10 times.

Weiner had earlier filed a lawsuit alleging the couple inflated the price of the home so no one would buy it and they could continue their sexcapades.

The agents filed a $1 million counter-suit, saying the homeowner tried to blackmail them with the sex tapes.

The Daily Mail said “an angry Weiner struck back” by sharing the video with the TV’s “Inside Edition.”

Weiner is also suing Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, which released a statement saying “The alleged misconduct at the home does not in any way represent how we conduct business” and terminated its contract with Lindsay and Phelan.

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‘Cosmos’ teaches science, slams church

Reading banned books used to be a lot more difficult. (Image from Fox)

Reading banned books used to be a lot more dangerous. (Image from Fox)

Everyone thinks they know the story behind “separation of church and state,” but what about church and science?

After watching “Cosmos” Sunday night, I’m wondering if we won’t need a referee for future episodes.

During the new Fox series’ impressive debut, which was introduced by President Obama and will be seen in 181 countries, host and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson tells the story of a 16th Century monk put to death during the Inquisition.

The monk, Giordano Bruno, “correctly” theorized that neither the Earth or sun is the center of the universe.

Science has advanced quite a bit since Bruno was burned alive, but we still don’t know the size of the universe, much less what spot represents its middle. It would be very cool if, in the future, scientists determine the Earth was the center of the universe on the day I was born, but that seems unlikely.

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