She Took in a Female Refugee For a Month. What the Woman Did While She Was at Work Shocked Her

When an Israeli refugee named Meg moved to America a month ago, she didn’t know a soul.

Meg, who is originally from Mongolia, had been living in Israel and immigrated to the United States by herself, leaving behind her mother and son.

Little did she know, she’d soon have family stateside after a refugee settlement worker took her under her wing.

Image Credit: Rachel Zupan

Image Credit: Rachel Zupan

Rachel Zupan is the Women’s Empowerment Program Coordinator and Survivors of Torture Case Manager at Us Together in Columbus, Ohio.

Zupan’s co-worker, Sophie, who has roots in Israel, was excited to host someone from her father’s homeland and communicate in Hebrew, but didn’t have the room at her apartment.

So Zupan opened her home and heart to someone who didn’t even speak English, and says it was the best experience she’s ever had:

“I knew it would be awkward at first, at least for her since she didn’t know me or anyone for that matter. But my time living with Meg was amazing!”

Since Sophie was the only person who could really translate for Meg, she was typically shy around anyone else.

But Zupan tells Independent Journal Review their friendship blossomed one morning when they were eating breakfast in silence:

“While normally I enjoy silence, I can’t imagine how it felt for her to just sit around not able to communicate with anyone except Sophie.

So I got out my phone and started using Google Translate to ask her questions in Mongolian and she would try to answer in English since there was no Mongolian keyboard available for her to type back. That morning was really when the ice broke.”

Pretty soon, Meg started surprising her new friend by cleaning her entire apartment while she was at work, cleaning her dishes and even playing with her cats— something Zupan never expected.

The two grew closer as the days went on, making grocery runs together and Meg even studied English to better communicate.

But after a month, Meg finally landed a job as a pastry chef at a local shop, something she had been dreaming of for a long while.

Image Credit: Rachel Zupan

Image Credit: Rachel Zupan

Zupan recently moved Meg into an apartment of her own and says she instantly wanted to return the favor of hospitality to her new friends:

“The best moment in recent times was when we were moving her into her apartment. We brought in a dining room table with four chairs that someone had donated. She got really excited and told Sophie something in Hebrew. Sophie said that she was excited to have four chairs because she could have me, Sophie, and my roommate over for dinner. She said she wanted to have her ‘friends’ over, so it was just great to be able to feel like we were a community for her.”

Meg apparently told Zupan she always thought she’d end up living on a mattress in a small one bedroom apartment; never in her wildest dreams did she think she’d have something as simple as tables and chairs, let alone friends.

“I feel like I gained not just a friend, but a family member. I miss seeing her when I get home from work.”

Zupan says, despite missing Meg, she’s proud of how well she’s adjusted to America and hopes by sharing her story that more people won’t quickly judge refugees in our country.

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After Being Cut Off on CNN, Trump Advocate Omarosa Drops Eyebrow-Raising Zinger About Don Lemon

Reality television star Omarosa has long had a reputation for shooting off at the hip.

Things came to a head last week when she participated in a heated exchange with CNN anchor Don Lemon, in which he ended up cutting off her microphone.

Now, their feud has continued.

TMZ has reported that Omarosa referred to Don Lemon in a way that some are claiming was homophobic.

Here, take a look.

Yeah, she called him a “queen” and admonished Lemon for his “queenish” behavior.

Don Lemon, as it happens, is gay.

Folks on Twitter are taking Omarosa to task for the name-calling.

Omarosa has yet to publicly respond to the criticism.

Editor’s note: This article was edited after publication.

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College Student Leaves Grandparents in Tears After Delivering On Lofty Promise He Made as 2nd Grader

Stefun Darts made a precious promise to his grandparents as a second grader. While many kids make lofty promises as they dream of how they’ll be able to make their loved ones’ lives better, Darts delivered on his.

Darts posted about the day he fulfilled the promise on his Facebook page:

His post reads:

“GG | GP I promised God in the second grade I would pay off you guys house and help you retire. A promise I would never break. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched… but are felt by the heart.

Even with this, I could never repay you for what you’ve done for me. I sacrificed my teenage and early adulthood of not having fun for this moment. I couldn’t stand you going to work at night, some nights I didn’t even sleep knowing it shouldn’t be like this.

Never have I wrote a check wanting this to be the first one. To all my friends that stood by me over these last 6 years I appreciate you.

Somethings was never said and I’m glad you guys had enough sense to understand I had something greater to complete. GP| GG Take this check and pay your house off, and retire from work.

Y’all owe no man but God. Even copped y’all some tickets to The Bahamas ????????☀ I’ll sacrifice everything for my la familia. P.S – Avaricious. The secret is within.”

VIBE reported on how Darts pulled off the good deed:

Stefun Darts ate microwave pizza for months on end just to be able to give his grandparents the surprise of their lives. The full time college student and founder of the non-profit Caring Heart Youth presented his grandmother and grandfather with a check on March 20th for $15,000 to pay off their mortgage.

Darts also said he gave up going to parties to make the promise happen.

As for his grandparents, they still had four years left to work until their mortgage would be paid off.

Talk about a story of sacrifice and selflessness. Way to go, Darts.

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NC AG Cooper Refuses to Defend Bathroom Bill in Lawsuit

We knew it would be a sticky position for North Carolina’s Attorney General, Roy Cooper. Cooper was named as a defendant in the lawsuit brought against Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina University system, due to the recently passed House Bill 2, appropriately named the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act. Cooper is a Democrat who opposes the bill, but because he is North Carolina’s AG, the duty to defend the state against such lawsuits. Cooper is also Governor McCrory’s opponent in the upcoming gubernatorial election.

What is not surprising is Cooper’s refusal to do his job. In a story from The Blaze:

“Not only is this new law a national embarrassment, it will set North Carolina’s economy back if we don’t’ repeal it,” Cooper said. “We know that businesses here and all over the country have taken a strong stance in opposition to this law.”

Indeed, the law, voted on in an emergency session of the general assembly and approved by McCrory as a response to a city ordinance out of Charlotte, NC, has generated a lot of outside pressure. Cultural Marxists from Hollywood, the sports world, and some businesses have all expressed displeasure and a willingness to extort compliance out of the state, if the law isn’t repealed.

For his part, Governor McCrory calls the matter “political theater” and “political correctness gone amok.”

In a further statement, McCrory said:

“I empathize with these people who have some very unique needs. But at the same time it doesn’t mean everyone else should have to compromise a well-established etiquette of men in men’s restrooms and showers and locker rooms.”

Rightly, Republican lawmakers in North Carolina do not trust Cooper to do his job and defend the state against challenges from outside forces. They have also butted heads with Cooper over the voter ID law that requires voters show proof of their identity at polling places, before being allowed to vote. Cooper, true to his party’s line, also objected strongly to the passing of that law.

Having now been made aware of AG Cooper’s weasely refusal to do what the taxpayers of North Carolina pay him to do, House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger can feel free to hire outside legal counsel to handle the case.

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While Trump Supporters Swear Off Fox News, the Cable Network Announces Huge News for Its Ratings…

It’s been a nearly 20-year, long road, but Fox News has just announced some of its biggest news ever.

In what could be the equivalent of the perfect storm of interest in presidential politics, political discussion and breaking news, the network posted historic ratings all while a contingent of some Donald Trump fans swore they’d tune out:

But Fox hasn’t just dominated in news programming.

The latest ratings reflect that, for the first time in its existence, viewers have thrown out Agent Gibbs of NCIS, the guys on SportsCenter and cartoons on Nickelodeon to make Fox News the ratings champs in all of basic cable.

Here are the rankings in primetime:

  1. Fox News
  2. ESPN
  3. TBS
  4. HGTV
  5. USA

And for all day:

  1. Fox News
  2. Nickelodeon
  3. Adult Swim
  4. HGTV
  5. ESPN

Fox is at the top of the heap when it comes to total viewers, programs and winning in the target demographic of 25-54 years of age.

And Fox News programming occupies nine of the top ten shows on cable TV for news or special programming. Check it out:

  1. O’Reilly Factor
  2. Kelly File
  3. Hannity
  4. Special Report With Bret Baier
  5. The Five
  6. O’Reilly Factor (repeat)
  7. On the Record With Greta Van Susteren
  8. Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)
  9. America’s Newsroom
  10. Outnumbered

Fox News told Independent Journal Review that it has managed this ratings bonanza — the biggest in its history — despite devoting less time than other channels to presidential debates and town halls. MSNBC and CNN held 15 more town halls and debates than Fox.

MSNBC issued a press release touting its gains in ratings and, indeed, the cable channel did see big gains, as did CNN.

Nielsen reports that in all day programming, Fox news viewership was up by 30%, CNN was up by 48% and MSNBC saw an increase of 54% of viewers.

Donald Trump supporters grew upset with Fox News for its first Republican debate, which was perceived by his supporters as unnecessarily combative. There were rumblings about tuning out, but that obviously hasn’t affected the network’s ratings then and now.

 

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Trump: Hey Michelle Fields Grabbed Me, Let’s Arrest Her Too!

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I hate starting a post with “On Twitter, Donald Trump said…” but here we are.

On Twitter, Donald Trump said this afternoon that Michelle Fields, the reporter at the center of the latest controversy surrounding his campaign, grabbed him. “Can I press charges?” he asked.

Since, as we know, his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has been arrested on charges of simple battery, Trump is saying that Fields, too, is guilty of same and should likewise be arrested.

But he wasn’t finished.

What’s in her hand? Is Michelle Fields the first reporter who ever tried to record an interview? HUGE IF TRUE!!! But wait, no, he’s been recorded in interviews hundreds of times, so he obviously knows what is in her hand. What, then, can he be suggesting? OHHHH THAT IT’S ALL A BIG CONSPIRACY AND SILLY AND LOOK HE CAN BE SILLY TOO.

I’m using a lot of caps. Trump Twitter posts call for caps.

Have you ever heard of seppuku? This might be the campaign version of that.

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Lubbock-area news for 3/29/2016

Council Approves Resolution Which Could Allow Some Property Owners to be Exempt from Annexation – where the heck does Joy think people’s sales tax money goes? They spend money in Lubbock and thus are footing the bill. Lubbock citizens drive on highways outside of town too, are they not paying their way? Stupid, arrogant comment […]
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Roseanne’s Got a Huge Regret About Her Stance on Israel. And It Involves ‘Naked Bigot’ Liberals…

On Monday, actress/comedian and former Green Party presidential candidate Roseanne Barr called out some people for being bigots. Since Barr is well known for not mincing words, that’s not all that surprise.

But it’s the unexpected group that she called out that’s turning heads.

Barr spoke in Jerusalem at the Yediot Aharonot and Ynet Conference, which fights BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions), a movement which Barr described as working “until all of Israel will be Jew-free.”

And she got personal during a question-and-answer session, when she was asked about the years when she supported the other side of the argument, the Washington Times reported.

Barr said:

“I didn’t know — when I was harshly critical of Israel as I was before 2010 — I didn’t know what you were doing. I thought it was like being harshly critical of the United States during Vietnam, when we said ‘this is wrong.’ But I didn’t know this was part of a creeping campaign of delegitimization of the entire state of Israel looking to its destruction. I didn’t know that.”

She said it was the words and actions of liberals whom she thought of as ‘comrades’ who eventually convinced Barr to change her mind, though. She continued:

“Everything I’d ever believed about the left was severely shaken…

I had to admit that many of those I considered comrades were naked bigots who had absolutely no interest in peace between Israel and Palestinians Arabs at all as I did.

It was shocking to realize that what I considered criticism of Israel many, many times gave way to the garden variety anti-Semitism that I’d heard all of my life, which is basically the code-word ‘Rothschild.’”

Barr also criticized U.S. college campus groups who support BDS but won’t allow anyone to hold a different opinion, in a place that many Americans expect the First Amendment to be alive and well. She said they’re “fascists,” adding that:

“The truth is they work very hard to silence their opponents’ points rather than to engage in civil communication and dialogue that leads to the actual redress and employment of solutions which might actually work for the everyday people at risk. But to absolute fascists, negotiation means losing.”

You can watch Barr’s full speech, below:

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Abilene-area news for 3/29/2016

City of Abilene Addresses Water Quality Concerns High Levels of Lead, Other Metals Found in Abilene Courthouse Water City officials: Abilene water ‘safe,’ news report caused ‘panic’ Five-year strategic plan focuses on Abilene’s assets City Council, DCOA to hear report on strategic planning Towne Crier Restaurant celebrates 50 years Abilene Christian radio station owner Jack […]
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Wichita Falls-area news for 3/29/2016

4B Board: Debating Incentives for Downtown Developments VIDEO Wichita Falls ISD board shows they are afraid of competition The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in downtown Wichita Falls is officially open!  Wrestling hall of fame comes to Wichita Falls Strong Winds Today, Rain Possible Tonight What’s Happening This Week in Wichita Falls? Texoma McDonald’s’ Offering […]
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