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Not all the tales coming from war zones have to be about violence and bloodshed, as this short video portrays. In the video, an unidentified American soldier (not the one pictured) lays down some groovy dance moves with the local children. Kinda hard feat to pull off with all his military equipment on, but he manages...and the priceless moment, caught on film, is as adorable as it is heart-warming. 

 

 

Monday, 07 April 2014 07:26

Jay-Z Linked To Violin Thieves

Brooklyn-born rapper Jay-Z caught a lot of attention last week when he attended a Nets game at the Barclay's Center. And no, it was not because he was sitting with his wife Beyonce--he was sporting a medallion symbolizing the controversial Five Percent Nation. 

 

Attention to the Five Percent Nation has begun to rise of late, most notably in the case of the stolen Stradivarius. Universal Knowledge Allah, Salah Jones and Latoya Atlas were arrested in February for the high-profile theft, and their ties to the religion brought it to the forefront.

 

Known also by the name Nation of Gods and Earths (NGE), the Five Percent Nation is an off-shoot of the Nation of Islam which preaches racial inferiority since its inception in 1960. Black people are the "original people", according to the religion, and white people are wicked and inferior, created thousands of years ago by a black scientist. 

 

Asked by a reporter if the medallion is meaningful to him, Jay-Z reportedly shrugged and said "A little bit". 

 

This is not the first time Jay-Z has been tied to the controversial religion. The rapper was photographed wearing another similar medallion while giving radio interviews last year, and references the Five Percenters in a track named "Heaven" on his album Magna Carta Holy Grail.

Protesters in New Mexico got more than they bargained for when they paraded an upside-down American flag at their event. Unbeknownst to them, a Marine and another serviceman nearby did not find their means of protest acceptable at all. 

 

The servicemen's response has sparked a fierce First Amendment debate over freedom of speech, as the video has quickly gone viral. Supporters praise them for demanding the flag be shown respect. Opposition cry that it is a violation of the protestors' First Amendment rights.

 

Be forewarned of the strong language contained.

 

 

 

He invaded Ukraine. She predicted he would invade Ukraine. Late Night with Jimmy Fallon continues its non-stop hilarity and access to super-secret, high-profile phone calls.

 

Somehow, the geniuses at Late Night managed to get their hands on a phone call between Russian President Putin and former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin. Two powerful people, jokes, flute solos, this one's got it all!

 

Trust us. You'll want to watch this one all the way through. And we are sure to bet you'd be doing exactly what President Obama is caught doing, so don't judge. 

 

 

 

 

Jeremy Rossetto, a maintenance worker who shot and killed two teens on March 12 will not be charged, according to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office. Rossetto had been held in the Milwaukee County Jail on two charges of possible first-degree homicide following the altercation in an apartment building in the 1400 block of N. 27th Street.

 

Police reported that an argument broke out between 39-year old Rossetto and three people: the two teens and a twenty year old man. The teens, 17-year old Anmarie Miller and 19-year old James Bell Jr, attacked him with a baseball bat. That's when Rossetto, who is licensed to carry a concealed weapon, drew it and fired, killing both of the teens. The third man fled the scene unharmed, but has since been taken in and is being held in jail on a potential substantial battery charge. 

 

Rossetto had legally obtained the weapon and the necessary training in using it for personal safety concerns at work. And on March 12, it appears as though his preparation and forethought may just have saved his life. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 07:37

Wade, Kunich Flip The Kenosha School Board

The results are in...and the Kenosha Unified School Board is set to receive a major facelift. Normally a strong union region, Kenosha has since voted for change, removing incumbent Jo Ann Taube and going with two candidates who campaigned against the current board majority's actions. 

 

The union was on the receiving end of defeat in the spring school board elections, with their candidates solidly trounced by reform-minded candidates Dan Wade and Gary J. Kunich. Wade, the former Kenosha Police Chief, finished in first with 6,858 votes, while his fellow campaigner Wade was also elected with 6,346 votes. Wade and Kunich ran on a reform-based platform determined to "put kids first".

 

With this recent election, conservatives have now flipped the board in a strong showing for potential further future political change.

 

 

Voters in Milwaukee County will have a unique opportunity Tuesday to voice their support or lack thereof for their local politicians. Only this time, their voices will have some teeth to them, as they will be able to "hit" their elected officials where it hurts the most-the pocketbook.

 

Last year's state law cut the budget and the powers of the Milwaukee County Board, while also mandating a referendum asking Milwaukee County voters whether their county supervisors should have their pay cut in half. Such a move would effectively give the members a part-time status beginning in 2016, while also removing certain future health and pension benefits. 

 

Not surprisingly, the referendum has both supporters and detractors.

 

"There just isn't enough work for a supervisor to sit in an office eight hours a day," said state Rep. Joe Sanfelippo (R-West Allis), a former county supervisor and author of the legislation mandating the referendum. 

 

Others agree with Sheila Cochrane, the secretary-treasurer of the Milwaukee Area Labor Council, who argued that such a referendum would lower the caliber of candidates running for supervisor. Doing the job properly would require full-time attention and compensation, reportedly. 

 

For the proposed reduced pay of $24,051, down from the current $50,679, "who in the hell is going to do that job?" Cochrane said. "We can always look for the market value of a CEO, but when it comes to our public servants, we drive that wage down so low."

 

Voters will ultimately decide on Tuesday their stance on the controversial referendum.

"Let It Go". The song that has captured our hearts and minds overnight. It is only fitting that so many covers have been done on the smash hit...but chances are, you haven't heard a cover like this one!

 

Brian Hull returns the original Disney magic to the song with his engagingly talented performance, uniting many Disney and Pixar characters into one unforgettable cover. 

 

Kick back and let the magic begin!

 

 

 

 

According to the Associated Press, the man who became renowned for claiming he was the sailor kissing a woman in Times Square in the famous World War II-era photo has died at the age of 86. 

 

Glen McDuffie's moment of exuberation with a nurse at the conclusion of the second World War was captured in film by LIFE Magazine by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, and became representative of an era. 

 

 

Those looking for some positive news in the midst of the revelation that the U.S. unemployment rate rose slightly last month need not look much further than Wisconsin, apparently.

 

While the unemployment rate rose from 6.6% to 6.7%, a survey released by Manpower Group offers a silver lining. Manpower surveyed approximately 18,000 employers in the 100 largest US metropolitan areas, and found that employers across the board plan to increase their payrolls in the second quarter. Manpower followed up the survey with a list of the 15 best cities for job seekers to find employment this upcoming quarter, and Wisconsin made some surprise appearances.

 

Milwaukee, West Allis, Waukesha, and Madison all appeared in the list, with reported net percentage of employers looking to hire at 20-22%.

 

Jorge Perez, the senior vice president of Manpower, says the numbers and the survey exemplifies "positive" results.

 

“This survey is telling a positive story when it comes to hiring,” Perez says. “Employers are telling us they plan to hire, and the predicted pace of hiring has been the same for the last nine months. The fact that employers are holding steady at a modest hiring pace means they are focused on agility. Adding staff at a slow but steady pace gives them the room they need to adapt along the way.”

 

Positive news for Wisconsinites, indeed!

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