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Tara Dodrill is a political, environmental and entertainment writer focusing on national, Ohio and Florida news. Dodrill's credits include USA Today, Yahoo News, Gadling, Gotham Reel and Visit South magazine. Dodrill has also served as a newspaper editor and regional bureau chief for Ohio newspapers. Dodrill is also an upcycling artist who gives new life to vintage jewelry and furniture pieces. Email: Tara@Inquisitr.com


VA: Oscar The Grouch Used To Depict Veterans In Training Manual

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A new VA internal training guide used Oscar the Grouch to reference veterans. The use of the Sesame Street character, who is rarely pleasant, has angered many vets and Veterans Affairs staffers who have also served in the military. Oscar the Grouch was reportedly used to reference veterans that were likely to attend town hall… Read more »

Douglas Mcauthur McCain: Who Was The American ISIS Fighter?

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American ISIS fighter Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, was killed supporting the Islamic State in a battle in Syria over the weekend. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the ISIS member is from a Minneapolis suburb. Douglas McCain’s close friend since high school, Troy Kastigar, a fellow Muslim convert, was killed fighting with an al-Shabab in… Read more »

Concealed Carry: Crime Rate In Chicago Drops Once Permits Are Issued

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Concealed carry permits increase self-defense abilities and prompt crime rate drops, according to Second Amendment advocates. The violent crime rate in Chicago has dropped since such permits became legal to issue late last year. City officials credit “better police” work with the drop in violent crime and theft in the city. One significant important crime-deterring… Read more »

ISIS Demands $6.6 Million Ransom For American Woman

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ISIS is demanding $6.6 million in ransom to stop the threatened execution of a 26-year-old American woman. The family of the hostage has asked the media to withhold her name, but note that the woman was involved with humanitarian relief in Syria when she went missing in 2013. The demand from Islamic State militants comes… Read more »

Feds Spend $1 Million To Track ‘Misinformation’ And Hate Speech On Twitter

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The federal government spent $1 million to create a database to track hate speech and “misinformation” on Twitter. The National Science Foundation is behind the creation of the online government monitoring project. The database will reportedly include searches for “suspicious memes,” “false and misleading ideas” and will place particular focus on online political activity. The… Read more »

D.C. Area Schools Brace For 6,000 New Illegal Immigrant Students

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Washington D.C. area schools are rushing to make educational arrangements and classroom placements for approximately 6,000 illegal immigrant students. Since the beginning of 2014, about 40,000 illegal immigrant children have crossed the Texas Border. Many of those children now reportedly live with their parents or other relatives who are allegedly illegal immigrants themselves. Schools in… Read more »

Michigan Teacher Compares Ferguson Riots To Boston Tea Party

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Michigan teacher Mike Kaechele compared the Ferguson riots and looting to the Boston Tea Party,which spurred American colonists forward, determined to declare independence from England. The Grand Rapids, Michigan teacher is not the first to make national headlines due to classroom activities based upon the Michael Brown shooting. An unidentified Alabama teacher instructed middle school… Read more »

Michael Brown Funeral Draws Thousands, Including Celebrities [Video]

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Michael Brown’s funeral took place Monday morning at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. The temple seats approximately 2,500 people. The eulogy at the funeral was delivered by Reverend Al Sharpton, who is also an MSNBC television personality. Sharpton has been accused of “race-baiting” by some who have watched his speeches about… Read more »

ISIS Hijacks California Earthquake Hashtags To Post Threats On Twitter

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ISIS supporters hijacked California earthquake hashtags on Twitter to presumably garner a larger audience for threatening posts. Popular earthquakes hashtags such as #napaearthquake and #sfearthquake were filled with graphic images and terrorism threats against America. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, northern California experienced a 6.1 magnitude earthquake on Sunday. Many of the California earthquake… Read more »

Darren Wilson X-Rays: CNN Claims Ferguson Cop Not Beaten Badly By Michael Brown

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Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson did not sustain an orbital fracture or damage eye socket before the Michael Brown shooting, according to CNN. News producer Julian Cummings posted multiple tweets on Twitter claiming that all statements about Mike Brown severely injuring the Ferguson officer were entirely false. The CNN producer said this in his August… Read more »

Texas Go Topless Day Is A Bare Breasts VS Second Amendment Fight

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Go Topless on August 24 has prompted many protests and events nationwide, but the Austin, Texas go topless march is less about gender discrimination and more about guns and the Second Amendment. Women in several Texas towns are planning on letting it all hang out in an effort to prove that breasts are less dangerous… Read more »

U.S. Marine Nick Powers Sends Message To ISIS

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U.S. Marine Nick Powers sent what many have deemed a subtle yet powerful message to ISIS. The upset veteran authored the online letter after the beheading of American photo journalist James Foley. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Texas Governor Rick Perry has been warning that the lack of border security has created an easy… Read more »

CNN Anchor Don Lemon Has Embarrassing On-Air Exchange

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CNN anchor Don Lemon experienced what many have deemed very embarrassing moment on-air earlier this week. While discussing the Ferguson riots, the Michael Brown shooting, and police militarization, Lemon said that he once bought an automatic weapon in just 20 minutes. As many gun owners and Second Amendment activists already know, the sale of automatic… Read more »

Fatal Police Shooting In Florida Prompts Few Headlines And No Riots

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A fatal police shooting in Florida has gone largely unnoticed by the national media. Tampa resident Jason Westcott was shot inside his home after a presumably “no-knock” warrant was issued for alleged marijuana dealing. A Florida SWAT team fatally shot Jason Westcott during the raid that garnered about $2 worth of pot. Prior to the… Read more »

AR-15s Now Allowed At California School … Sort Of

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AR-15 semi-automatic rifles will now be “at the disposal” of Compton, California campus police officers. The keyword being “disposal.” The trained campus police officers at the K-12 Compton Unified School District will only have access to the semi-automatic rifles in case of emergency and must keep the AR-15s in their trunks until a situation warrants… Read more »

Michael Brown Shooting Reenactment In Class Gets Teacher Suspended

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A sixth grade teacher was suspended for having students reenact the Michael Brown shooting in the classroom. The Brantley Elementary School teacher in Alabama allegedly had the white students “play the police officer” Darren Wilson in the Ferguson shooting, and the black children play Brown, according to student accounts shared by parents. The teacher who… Read more »

Ferguson: Darren Wilson ‘Badly Beaten’ By Mike Brown, Police Source Says

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Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was “badly beaten” by Michael Brown, an unnamed “department top brass” source told the media. According to a new bombshell report, Wilson was beaten so badly he was nearly unconscious and suffered an orbital fracture which impaired his vision. The Ferguson police source also maintains that rock “solid proof” of… Read more »

Illegal Immigration: New Poll Shows Hispanics And Democrats Oppose Obama Plan

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Illegal immigration is not just a border state problem anymore. Approximately 60,000 illegal aliens have crossed the Texas border and been transported to all 50 states so far this year. About one-third of those who crossed from Mexico into the United States were unaccompanied children. President Barack Obama’s plan to deal with the immigration crisis… Read more »

‘Doomsday Preppers’ Sneak Peek: Record High Score Achieved This Week

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Doomsday Preppers upcoming episode features a self-reliant couple who earns the highest score ever on the NatGeo series, a tactical inventor, and a teenager who has just begun his journey into preparedness. Last season there was a slightly higher score, but the scoring system used was geared specifically to building projects – a concept included… Read more »

Rick Perry Booked On Abuse Of Power Charges

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Rick Perry was booked on abuse of power charges late Tuesday in an Austin courthouse. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the Republican Texas Governor was indicted last week on felony charges which alleged he was attempting to force Democratic district attorney from office by issuing a funding veto. District attorney Rosemary Lehmberg had been… Read more »

Illegal Immigrants: Mexico Upset National Guard Sent To Texas Border

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Mexico is upset that Governor Rick Perry sent the National Guard to the border to stop illegal immigrants from crossing into Texas. A statement from Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said in no uncertain terms that the country “rejects” tactics being used to secure the border. Texas Governor Rick Perry has been very vocal in his opposition… Read more »

Illegal Immigrants Boycott Threatened In North Carolina

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Illegal immigrants are putting a major strain on public resources, according to Surry County, North Carolina officials. The county is threatening to boycott products from the home countries of the illegal aliens if the federal government does not do something to stem the wave of border crossings. Surry County Commissioner Larry Phillips said the North… Read more »

Missouri Senator Drops F-Bomb On Governor Jay Nixon Over Handling Of Ferguson Riots

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Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal dropped the F-bomb and several other expletives on Governor Jay Nixon over his handling of the Ferguson riots and the Michael Brown shooting. While some understood Senator Chappelle-Nadel’s frustration, many others consider tweeting curse words shows a distinct lack of professional and couth. Both Maria Chappelle-Nadal and Missouri Governor Jay… Read more »

Michael Brown Toxicology Report Allegedly Says Teen Was Smoking Marijuana

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Michael Brown’s toxicology report allegedly indicates that the teen fatally shot by Ferguson police office Darren Wilson had marijuana in his system. A Washington Post report citing an individual “familiar with the county’s investigation” said local medical examiner Mary Case found the 18-year-old had recently been smoking pot. The St. Louis County medical examiner’s Michael… Read more »

Open Carry Marches Should Be Stopped, Texas Democrat Says

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Open carry and gun rights marches “need to end” according to Texas Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee. Lee, the Representative from Houston, drew mocking comments earlier this year when she referenced the Constitution as being 400 years old. The gun control advocate stated at a weekend event that a gun rights group need not bother attempting… Read more »

Superweeds Winning The Battle Against Farmers

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Farmers are losing their battle against superweeds. Glyphosate pesticides created by biotech giants like Monsanto, DuPont, Dow, Bayer, and Sygenta appear to no longer be effective against the rapidly growing and extremely tall weeds. When farmers are forced to apply more chemical pesticides and herbicides to their fields, the cost of produce can skyrocket as… Read more »

Rick Perry: Mugshot Not Happening Any Time Soon

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Rick Perry was expected to turn himself in and pose for the required mugshot as early as today, but the judge involved in the case decided against ordering an arrest warrant for the Texas Governor. Perry would not have had to spend any time behind bars, but was prepared to follow the formal surrender process… Read more »

Michael Brown: Family Holds Press Conference To Discuss Autopsy

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Michael Brown’s family held a press conference on Monday morning. The news gathering occurred just a few hours after leaked details of Brown’s autopsy began circulating. As previously noted by The Inquisitr, the teenager was reportedly shot six times by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Dr. Michael Baden said all of the gunshots fired by… Read more »

Park Ranger Beaten By Skateboarder While Crowd Laughs

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A Philadelphia park ranger was beaten by a skateboarder while a seemingly approving crowd laughed. The Love Park ranger attack was caught on video. The man is shown on the ground being kicked and spit upon as people gathered around and merely chuckled and cheered, declining to stop the beating and help the injured park… Read more »

Slavery And Pregnancy Blamed For Professor’s Attack On Pro-Life Activists

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Mireille Miller-Young, the University of California professor of feminist studies who accosted a teenager holding a pro-life sign, changed her not guilty plea to one of no contest. Supporters of Miller-Young, often referred to as the “porn professor” due to the subject matter discussed in her classroom, are blaming slavery and pregnancy on the attack… Read more »