Kendra Scott

23 May 19

A total of 1,382 St. Clair County Community College students from across Michigan and states including Ohio and Indiana have earned a spot on the President’s Honor List for the 2019 winter semester, which concluded May 3. Students must take at least six credits and have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher to make the list. President’s […]

23 May 19
easyRoger

Defining intelligence is almost similar with how we defined learning—arriving at a conclusive universal definition is always a rigorous endeavor since time immemorial.  So, what is intelligence? What universal forms do possess intelligence?              Intelligence is an abstract concept…taken and constructed by humans as a “construct” which eventually turns to something concrete from something abstract […]

23 May 19
Changes Luxury Consignment

When your outfit needs that little pop of color!

23 May 19
First to Strike

  By LTC Erick J. Morales, Baton Rouge Recruiting Battalion commander Seas of colorful gowns, mortarboards with tassels in flight, “Pomp and Circumstance” echoes through the air, it is all a part of the time of year when our young men and women walk across the stage to collect their diplomas before commencing the next […]

23 May 19
Read at Your Own Risk II

I was high all day from my photo shoot with our local independent bookstore owner, Kendra. She will be one of the panel speakers at the “Manuscript to Marketplace” Writers’ Conference at Shepherd University in September. Unlike the featured authors, she didn’t have a bio pic to post on the event website. So at our […]

23 May 19
The Ukiah Daily Journal
WASHINGTON — Republican James G. Blaine (1830-1893) was a House speaker, senator and two-time secretary of state, but he is remembered, if at all, for this doggerel: “Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine/ the continental liar from the state of Maine.” His lasting legacy, however, is even more disreputable than his involvement in unsavory business deals while in elective office: the Blaine Amendments that have been in 37 state constitutions. Soon, the Supreme Court will decide whether to hear an appeal from Montana’s high court. Accepting the Montana case will enable the Supreme Court to end the conflict among federal circuit courts of appeal and state courts of last resort. In the 19th century’s second half, fear and loathing of Catholic immigrants were ubiquitous and forthright. In 1854, Massachusetts’ governor and all but three members of the Legislature were members of the anti-Catholic Know Nothing party, and the Legislature’s Nunnery Committee searched for underground dungeons in convents. Protestantism was effectively a semi-established religion, widely taught in public schools with hymn singing and readings from the King James Version of the Bible. And many states enacted constitutional provisions such as Montana’s, adopted in 1889 and readopted in the 1972 constitution: There shall be no “direct or indirect appropriation or payment” of public monies “for any sectarian purpose” or to aid any institution “controlled in whole or in part by any church, sect, or denomination.” In 2015, in order “to provide parental and student choice in education” from grades K-12, Montana’s Legislature enacted legislation providing a small tax credit of up to $150 for individuals or businesses donating to private, nonprofit scholarship organizations that award scholarships for children to attend private schools, a program similar to those in 18 states. However, Montana’s Department of Revenue quickly issued a rule forbidding recipients from using their scholarships at religious schools. The department said this was required by the Blaine Amendment quoted above. Montana’s Supreme Court has upheld this rule, which cripples an organization called Big Sky Scholarships. This organization formed to receive and distribute funding targeted exclusively to low-income families and children with disabilities. One of the petitioners seeking a U.S. Supreme Court hearing is Kendra Espinoza, an office assistant and single mother who took a second job, as a janitor, to help pay her two daughters’ tuition at a nondenominational — not a Catholic — school. Without a Big Sky scholarship, her daughters will likely have to leave their school. As might the adopted daughter (from China) of another of the petitioners, Jeri Anderson. The petitioners argued in Montana’s Supreme Court that the Blaine Amendment is not applicable to Big Sky scholarships because it applies only to public funds, not private donations, which are not transformed into public funds merely because they — like most charitable contributions — are incentivized by a provision of the tax code. Furthermore, the money comes to religious schools not as “aid” from a state institution but from parents choosing those schools from a number of options. They also argued that making religious schools ineligible for funds such as Big Sky’s would implicate both the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of the “free exercise” of religion and the “equal protection of the laws.” For 24 years lower courts, federal and state, have differed concerning (in the language of the Institute for Justice’s brief on the petitioners’ behalf) “whether the government may bar religious options from otherwise neutral and generally available student-aid programs.” Perhaps the court should not take cognizance of this fact, but the rest of us should: Aggressive secularists, and persons bent on defending public education from competition, favor Blaine Amendments. In a 2000 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court noted that in Blaine Amendments such as Montana’s, “it was an open secret that ‘sectarian’ was code for ‘Catholic.'” So, beyond the deceptively bland text of Montana’s Blaine Amendment, the Supreme Court should again recognize the context of its origin — the 19th century’s “pervasive” (the court’s 2000 language) anti-Catholic animus that continues inflicting harm in the 21st century. Blaine came within 1,047 votes of becoming president when, in 1884, hoping his anti-Catholicism would propel him to victory, he lost New York by that margin to Grover Cleveland. A large multiple of that number of New York’s Irish and other Catholic immigrants had become incensed when a prominent Protestant minister, speaking at a rally in New York City with Blaine present, said the Democratic Party’s antecedents were “rum, Romanism and rebellion.” Blaine paid a steep price for his bigotry. More than 13 decades later, schoolchildren in Montana and elsewhere should not have to pay for it. George Will’s email address is georgewill@washpost.com.
23 May 19
Thought Catalog

Honestly, the reasons as to why Michael Scott is the best are endless.

23 May 19
Riddle from the Middle

You never really know what you’ll get when the days are long and the evenings short and there’s a party that involves vodka, soda, and lime. Hang on to your socks, people. We’re now 39 whopping hours away from end of school – 30 if you count from read- instead of write-time – and it […]

22 May 19
Houston Fashion + Lifestyle Blogger | Roselyn Weaver

Did you know that in Texas alone 2.9 million children and adults are affected by type 1 and type 2 diabetes? & Did you know that the pig was the first source of insulin? So while some might ask “why would you want to kiss a pig?”, this fundraising event is put together to honor […]

22 May 19
Castle

Many people can remember parts of their dreams when they wake up in the morning, but they can forget the dream entirely in a matter of seconds. However, a small percentage of people remember their dreams for a very long time. Everyone dreams, despite someone stating that they do not dream, this is not true. […]

22 May 19
Neuropreprints

Parkin deficiency perturbs striatal circuit dynamics Magdalena K. Baaske, Edgar R. Kramer, Durga Praveen Meka, Gerhard Engler, Andreas K.Engel, Christian K.E. Moll The effect of NMDA-R antagonist, MK-801, on Neuronal Mismatch along the Auditory Thalamocortical System Gloria G. Parras, Catalina Valdes-Baizabal, Lauren Harms, Patricia Michie, Manuel S. Malmierca Increasing objective cardiometabolic burden associated with attenuations in the P3b event-related potential component in older adults Hannah Keage, Daniel Feurriegel, Danielle Greaves, Emma Tregoweth, Scott Coussens, AshleighSmith Parameter tuning differentiates […]

22 May 19
Lowmiller Consulting Group Blog

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning, We start today with a last-ditch Brexit plan that’s not promising, a new kind of anti-Semitism in Germany and what chocolate and cement have in common. Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain dangled the prospect of a second referendum before lawmakers, in a […]

22 May 19
Ebook Mania

« À l’instar de Stephen King, il sait comment provoquer des peurs profondes. »
― Bentley Little, The Haunted
MORTS EN ENTREVUE
Une conférence sur le paranormal se tenant dans un hôtel reculé des montagnes tourne mal lorsque les clients provoquent par accident l’émergence de démons.
Lorsque Fosseur Wilson amène son équipe du paranormal à l’Auberge du cheval blanc, il doute fort que son épouse morte tiendra sa promesse de venir à leurs retrouvailles en tant qu’esprit. Mais lorsque l’une des clientes de la conférence canalise une mystérieuse présence et qu’une planche Ouija dicte une phrase intime que seuls connaissaient Fosseur et sa femme, ses convictions sont mises à mal.
Et lorsque les gens se mettent à disparaître, Fosseur et sa fille Kendra doivent faire face à une présence mystérieuse et sinistre qui voit en l’hôtel un terrain de jeu bien à elle. Vu que la fermeture définitive de l’hôtel est imminente, on ne saurait se fier aux anges, et les démons n’aiment pas jouer seuls…
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Scott Nicholson est l’auteur à succès international de plus de trente livres, parmi lesquels L’Église rouge, Les Muses hantées, Le Foyer, et Dualité.

21 May 19
bobbymgsk

FF: Scott Etzel, Carolyn Fox, Kendra Parker & Jason Chancellor IUFB #1: Apple iMac (J in Clam) SCOTT: 1188/CAROLYN: 750/KENDRA: 1K/JASON: 800 By itself it costs $1,…099 & Kendra plays IitB. $1K ($1.49): Campbell’s French onion $2K ($10.99): Aspercreme foot pain creme $4K ($7.79): Red Bull 4pk $8K ($2.99): Speed Stick $16K ($4.19): KIND oats […]

21 May 19
PEOPLE.com

“She’s brave and she never gives up — that inspires me to do it myself,” Garland Benson tells PEOPLE of his sister Christiane, who suffers from Batten disease