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  • Why There Will Be A Robot Uprising

    04/18/2014 9:58:25 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 35 replies
    In the movie Transcendence, which opens in theaters on Friday, a sentient computer program embarks on a relentless quest for power, nearly destroying humanity in the process. The film is science fiction but a computer scientist and entrepreneur Steven Omohundro says that “anti-social” artificial intelligence in the future is not only possible, but probable, unless we start designing AI systems very differently today.
  • 10 Discoveries Unexplained By Science (video)

    04/18/2014 12:00:15 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 19 replies
    Impossible planets, mysterious noises from the deep, and inexplicable artifacts buried for centuries, there are some things even the smartest of scientists struggle to explain. Take a look at the ten most baffling discoveries.
  • Beekeeper on harsh winter: 'It's a 100% loss for me'

    04/17/2014 10:38:54 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 77 replies
    HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A local beekeeper who lost all of his honeybees this winter and he says it's happening across the state. Anyone can look at Don Lam's beehive and see piles of dead honeybees. However, for Lam, each hive also tells the story of a struggle to survive. "They vibrate their wing muscles and that vibration is similar to shivering," says Lam, a beekeeper in Holland. It was a fight that his nearly half a million honeybees lost to a long, harsh winter. "They had eaten there way all the way to the top, had run out of...
  • MSNBC's Ronan Farrow Lamely Tries to Tie MMA to Boston Terrorist Brothers

    04/16/2014 1:29:39 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 23 replies
    MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow Daily wasn’t exactly in Reverence Mode for the Boston Marathon bombing victims. About 40 minutes before the memorial ceremony on Tuesday afternoon, Farrow aired a segment about Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s love for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and how it somehow may have led to his radicalism. How is the “robust martial arts culture” of wrestling a better “scene” for Tamerlan’s radicalism instead of radical websites or mosques? Farrow somberly promised “a look at the people behind this tragedy: the Tsarnaev brothers.” Was it just a tragedy, or a crime? Farrow turned to his partners at Vocativ for a...
  • Cults In Our Midst: Patty Hearst And The Brainwashing Of America

    04/15/2014 10:50:48 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 5 replies
    Exactly forty years ago Patricia Hearst stunned the nation when she turned up as a bank robber, a mere two months after she was kidnapped by the violent cult that called itself “The Symbionese Liberation Army.” Her astonishing transformation was documented by bank cameras on April 15, 1974.
  • Sheriff on strategy to put women at front lines (Bundy's considered using women as shields)

    04/14/2014 11:31:15 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 59 replies
    Retired sheriff Richard Mack says he had a plan to put women at front lines if Feds fired so world would see.
  • US F-16s, Troops to Poland Over Ukraine Crisis

    04/13/2014 9:27:35 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 36 replies
    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – Polish government officials said Monday that the U.S. military was sending 12 F-16 fighter jets and about 300 service members to their country in response to the situation in Ukraine.
  • BP Guidelines May Take Millions of People Off Meds

    04/11/2014 1:30:04 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 29 replies
    Study estimates impact of controversial changes that raised treatment threshold
  • Video: Illinois Democrat dismisses GOP colleague as “half” a black person

    04/11/2014 1:21:48 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 19 replies
    The context for this little chestnut of racial nastiness was a heated floor debate in the Illinois legislature over a proposed education reform bill. The fireworks started when Democratic Representative Linda Chapa LaVia, who is Hispanic, delivered a speech criticizing charter schools. Ms. Chapa LaVia was no doubt casting aspersions on behalf of teachers unions — who’ve contributed heavily to her campaigns, are bankrupting the state, and don’t much care for competition. In defense of the status quo — which traps far too many children, especially children of color, in failing public schools — Chapa LaVia appealed to her fellow...
  • North Korea 'is capable of striking U.S. with a nuclear electromagnetic pulse attack'

    04/10/2014 1:38:23 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 65 replies
    North Korea has the capability to deliver on its threats to carry out a nuclear electromagnetic pulse attack on the United States, it has been claimed. Dr Peter Vincent Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, has reportedly seen a long-suppressed government report that concludes North Korea is capable of using an Unha-3 rocket to carry out an attack on the U.S.. He says the U.S. would be particularly vulnerable to such an attack, as any rocket from North Korea is likely to travel over the South Pole and approach from the south - something...
  • Oppressed by the Ivy League

    04/05/2014 9:21:32 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 33 replies
    Academia has been obsessed over identity politics for two generations, so there's some justice in the newest addition to the matrix of oppression: an Ivy League education, according to the Dartmouth College students who this week took over the president's office. On Tuesday Dartmouth's finest seized the main administration building and disrupted college business. The squatters were allowed to remain until Thursday night, when the dean of the college negotiated and signed an exit settlement assuring them the non-dialogue would continue. The demonstrators had a 72-point manifesto instructing the college to establish pre-set racial admission quotas and a mandatory ethnic...
  • A tall order for even the most fashionable of gentlemen: High heels for men are on the rise

    04/05/2014 9:10:28 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 155 replies
    It's the last bastion of women's outerwear that hasn't been appropriated by the more fashionable men out there - until now. High heels are, apparently, de rigueur for men. To the possible chagrin of some more traditional males, those with a fashionable eye and an eccentric sensibility are taking the women's power dressing weapon of choice and making it their own.
  • You really CAN tell how intelligent a man is just by looking at him

    04/02/2014 8:51:35 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 82 replies
    Researchers have found we have an inbuilt ability to tell how intelligent a man is just by looking at them. The team from the Czech Republic found people we unable to perform the same deduction on women. The team admit they are baffled as to how we do it - and say it does not appear to be based on symmetry of the alignment of features. Both men and women were able to accurately evaluate the intelligence of men by viewing facial photographs, they discovered. 'Faces that are perceived as highly intelligent are rather prolonged with a broader distance between...
  • MSNBC Plays Race Card with Army Hairstyle Regulation

    04/02/2014 1:18:15 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 19 replies
    MSNBC loves to find a racial controversy in the most unexpected of places and on Wednesday’s NewsNation, anchor Tamron Hall seized a golden opportunity to do just that. Hall brought on Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs, a soldier who started a White House petition asking the president to force the U.S. Army to reconsider its updated appearance and grooming regulations. [T]he U.S. Army just released its updated appearance and grooming regulations and it's drawing sharp criticism for rules many say unfairly target African-American women's hair... [O]ne of the rules which only applies to women is a ban on twists, dreadlocks, and multiple...
  • Sixth Graders' Common Core Homework: Remove Two Rights from Bill of Rights

    04/01/2014 8:18:32 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 38 replies
    An Arkansas mom was disturbed to learn her sixth grade daughter's homework was to "prioritize, revise, prune two and add two" amendments in the Bill of Rights. The homework, part of the controversial Common Core curriculum, said that the Bill of Rights is "outdated and may not remain in its current form any longer."
  • Rich man who pled guilty to raping his young daughter gets probation

    03/31/2014 9:36:44 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 55 replies
    Via David Freddoso, money can’t buy happiness and it can’t buy love but maybe it can buy you a light sentence after you molest your three-year-old. A Superior Court judge who sentenced a wealthy du Pont heir to probation for raping his 3-year-old daughter noted in her order that he “will not fare well” in prison and needed treatment instead of time behind bars, court records show. Judge Jan Jurden’s sentencing order for Robert H. Richards IV suggested that she considered unique circumstances when deciding his punishment for fourth-degree rape. Her observation that prison life would adversely affect Richards was...
  • NLRB ruling on Northwestern football players opens up more questions than answers

    03/30/2014 10:08:42 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 42 replies
    And it’s not the stuff of revolution, despite the common-sense-defeating opinion this week from a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board named Peter Sung Ohr, who found that scholarship football players at Northwestern should be regarded as “employees” simply because their sport produces revenue and because football takes work. His 24-page decision that they should be allowed to unionize was a lot of senseless knee-jerkism.
  • Chris Matthews: Doesn't Donald Rumsfeld Look Like a Car Bomber?

    03/29/2014 8:49:34 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 51 replies
    The Known Unknown is a documentary that premiered this week about two time Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. On his MSNBC show yesterday, Chris Matthews interviewed documentary maker and producer of the film Errol Morris. Matthews described Morris' work as "mystifying" before going on to describe Rumsfeld as looking like a car bomber. "I found this long documentary mystifying," Matthews said. "Yet it is the Donald Rumsfeld I have always known, that fey, sort of eccentric, sort whimsical face of his, that I swear has the look of a car bomber because he has to smile about the most serious,...
  • ‘Racist’ Michelle Obama quote fools panel; Bill Maher pretends Paul Ryan said it

    03/29/2014 10:57:44 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 28 replies
    “Real Time” host Bill Maher caused some real confusion with his knee-jerk liberal guests Friday night when he offered them a “racist” quote from Paul Ryan that turned out to really be from Michelle Obama. And he did it to make a point. Maher was piling on the latest liberal meme of Paul Ryan as pińata for comments he made in mid-March about inner-city “men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work.” Two of Maher’s guests, Center for American President Neera Tanden and comedian W. Kamau...
  • United Nations: No Obamacare for Illegal Aliens a Human Rights Concern

    03/29/2014 9:23:53 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 16 replies
    ( – The UN Human Rights Committee at its March 2014 session in Geneva adopted a list of “observations” for its fourth report on human rights in the United States, citing the denial of coverage through the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, to illegal aliens as a human rights concern. Under the heading “Immigrants,” in the “concluding observations” portion of the report, the committee questions the “mandatory nature of the deportation of foreigners” and then addresses health care for those in the United States illegally.
  • Dwarf planet discovery hints at a hidden Super Earth in solar system

    03/29/2014 1:03:08 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 48 replies
    Astronomers have increased the size of the observable solar system after spotting a 450-km wide object orbiting the sun. The lump of ice and rock circles the sun at a greater distance than any known object, and never gets closer than 12bn kilometres – 80 times the distance from Earth to the sun. If its size is confirmed it could qualify as a dwarf planet in the same category as Pluto. Though exciting in its own right, the discovery raises a more tantalising prospect for many astronomers: that a "Super Earth" up to 10 times the mass of our planet...
  • EBONY Magazine Staffer Jamilah Lemieux racially attacks RNC Raffi Williams

    03/28/2014 9:25:06 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    newsninja ^ | March 27, 2014 | Wayne Dupree
    “Here Comes A White Dude” via Twitter Jamilah Lemieux, Senior Editor for Black Magazine EBONY became the latest liberal attacker on black republicans through the social medium Twitter by calling RNC Raffi Williams a “White Dude” and talking down to him as if were beneath her. I didn’t know that EBONY management tolerated this racist tone from their management team. As you will see in the exchange below, Lemieux throws out the racist language to shut down the conversation.
  • The Secret Service has a drinking problem

    03/27/2014 10:36:46 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 48 replies
    One of the many pearls of wisdom that alcoholism recovery programs impart can be applied to the guys who caused the U.S. Secret Service's latest imbroglio. It's not that every time an agent drinks on the road, he has a problem. It's that, whenever there's an incident, it's usually because he's been drinking. The Secret Service has a drinking problem. It's much worse than any other cultural deficit the elite agency has. It's more widespread than sexism, certainly, and the other isms that have been attached to the agency since the prostitution scandal in Cartagena, Colombia. It's something that every...
  • Twitter Twaddle: Bill Maher Compares 'March Madness' to Colonial Slavery

    03/25/2014 10:30:05 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 21 replies
    On his Twitter page, Maher cracked “wise” on Saturday, comparing unpaid college basketball players to slaves in the American colonies: March Madness really is a stirring reminder of what America was founded on: making tons of money off the labor of unpaid black people — Bill Maher (@billmaher) March 22, 2014
  • how ‘climate change is messing up’ the search for the missing Malaysian airliner

    03/25/2014 1:10:09 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 13 replies
    While 10 different aircraft plus ships search the area near western Australia where debris was spotted by satellite, Mother Jone Magazine takes a stupid pill and puts this crazy theory on display. ‘One Reason It May Be Harder to Find Flight 370: We Messed Up the Currents How climate change factors into the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight
  • Carter Blames Catholic, Southern Baptist Doctrine For Abuse of Women Around World

    03/24/2014 8:30:34 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 62 replies
    Published on Mar 24, 2014 On Morning Joe, former President Jimmy Carter says the doctrine of the Catholic and Southern Baptist churches on the role of women are used by men around the world as a justification to abuse women and pay them less.
  • The heart-healthy benefits of fish oils questioned in research

    03/23/2014 10:17:21 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 39 replies
    Foods rich in fish oils such as omega-3 don’t reduce heart-disease risk, calling into question national dietary guidelines that promote the fats as beneficial to cardiovascular health, an analysis of 72 studies found. The research showed insufficient support for nutritional recommendations by groups such as the American Heart Association that advocate high consumption of polyunsaturated fats like omega-3, found in fish such as salmon, and omega-6, found in corn and sunflower oils, as well as some nuts and seeds. The study appeared in Monday’s Annals of Internal Medicine.
  • Libya's guns free-for-all fuels region's turmoil (another Somalia)

    03/22/2014 11:55:34 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 13 replies
    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — At the heart of the Libyan capital, the open-air Fish Market was once a place where residents went to buy everything from meat and seafood to clothes and pets. Now it's Tripoli's biggest arms market, with tables displaying pistols and assault rifles. Ask a vendor, and he can pull out bigger machine guns to sell for thousands of dollars. Libya, where hundreds of militias hold sway and the central government is virtually powerless, is awash in millions of weapons with no control over their trafficking. The arms free-for-all fuels not only Libya's instability but also stokes...
  • What is it with Democrats attacking Republicans’ service to the nation?

    03/22/2014 11:18:24 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 26 replies
    There’s a disgusting pattern emerging of Democrats attacking Republican candidates’ records of service to the nation. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) recently complained that Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR), his general election opponent, has a “sense of entitlement” because of his military service. “There’s a lot of people in the Senate that didn’t serve in the military,” Pryor, who never served and is the son of a politician, told NBC News. “I think it’s part of this sense of entitlement that he gives off is that almost as like ‘I served my country, therefore elect me to the Senate.’ That’s not how...
  • College Students Learn Common Core Math (video)

    03/21/2014 11:13:57 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 150 replies
    College students and others at George Mason University were dumbstruck by the tedious nature of an elementary level Common Core problem during a short series of interviews conducted by Campus Reform last week. The problem, 32-12, was demonstrated to those on campus the traditional way and juxtaposed with the Common Core method.
  • Catholic League Calls For Boycott of Guinness, Sam Adams

    03/21/2014 9:50:54 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 34 replies
    ( -The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights is calling for a boycott of Guinness and Sam Adams beer to protest their brewers’ decision to pull their sponsorships of Monday's St. Patrick’s Day parades in New York and Boston respectively, League president Bill Donohue told Earlier this week, the beer companies announced that they were not sponsoring the parades, which draw up to a million spectators, because organizers would not allow participants with signs identifying them as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) to march. But Donohue says he is already seeing a backlash. “I’ve never seen such...
  • Non-Christians Given 'Special Consideration' In Union Teacher Contract

    03/19/2014 10:58:48 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    The teachers union contract in Ferndale Public Schools in Oakland County gives "special consideration" to applicants who are of "the non-Christian faith." Michigan's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination in employment and public services on the basis of religion.
  • WSJ: Terrorists Could Darken U.S. Power Grid; Nets Ignore, Cover Late Princess Diana Instead

    03/14/2014 1:16:08 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 13 replies
    "The U.S. could suffer a coast-to-coast blackout if saboteurs knocked out just nine of the country's 55,000 electric-transmission substations on a scorching summer day, according to a previously unreported federal analysis," the Wall Street Journal's Rebecca Smith reported on the front page of Thursday's paper. A set of "coordinated attacks in each of the nations' three separate electric systems could cause the entire power network to collapse," Smith noted, citing "people familiar with the [Federal Energy Regulatory Commission] research."
  • Arsenio Sideswipes Fox for Spelling Error: 'When Does Fox News Ever Get Anything Right?'

    03/14/2014 1:11:36 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 45 replies
    On Wednesday’s edition of The Arsenio Hall Show, the host mocked Fox News for a graphics error and slammed: “Then again when does Fox News ever get anything right?” ARSENIO HALL: Oh here’s something my viewer Andrew saw yesterday on Fox News. The headline says “Longest Spelling Be Ever?” They misspelled the shortest word in the sentence. But then again when does Fox News ever get anything right?
  • Dog dying on Los Angeles trash heap makes amazing recovery (VIDEO)

    03/14/2014 8:15:22 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 10 replies
    A dog abandoned and left to die on a Los Angeles trash heap has made a miraculous — and heartwarming — recovery. The husky was close to death, feeding on scraps, before being rescued by animal charity, Hope for Paws.
  • Did Flight 370 continue for four more hours in flight?

    03/13/2014 11:13:25 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 81 replies
    The search for missing Malaysia Air Flight 370 may become a lot more complicated, if a new theory by American investigators turns out to be true. At first, the assumption was that the flight ended when the transponders stopped communicating; then military radar suggested the plane may have turned back and reached the other side of the Malaysian peninsula. Now data from engine transmissions to maintenance databases suggest the plane remained in operation for four hours after its last confirmed transmission — which makes the potential search range all but endless:
  • Whites unwelcome at college diversity 'happy hour'

    03/13/2014 10:29:27 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 40 replies
    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — South Puget Sound Community College says it was a mistake for an employee group to invite only people of color to a diversity "happy hour." The group that sent out the email last week apologized the next day and canceled the event, said Kellie Purce Braseth, dean of college relations. The invite made it clear white people were not welcome.
  • Sheila Jackson Lee: We’ve lasted some 400 years operating under the Constitution…

    03/12/2014 9:28:04 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 43 replies
    I don’t typically like to give anyone too much grief for what could easily be an innocent mental-to-verbal lapse, but… c’mon, now. Given that she took to the House floor to explicitly argue against the constitutionality of the GOP’s proposed Enforce The Law Act, I must say that her argument might have been a teeny bit more convincing if she was a little more firm in her background knowledge of the actual Constitution. Yikes.
  • Obama budget slashes Great Lakes funding

    03/11/2014 9:17:01 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 12 replies
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama reined in funding for restoration of the Great Lakes in his budget released this week, spurring a backlash among environmentalists from Minnesota and a half dozen other states. Obama's budget proposal for fiscal 2015 slashes $25 million from the current funding level for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which has supported dozens of projects in Minnesota aimed at controlling and monitoring pollutants and preserving and restoring fish and wildlife habitats in Lake Superior. The president's budget cuts another $430 million from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, which helps communities repair wastewater infrastructure to prevent...
  • Justin Bieber Deposition

    03/10/2014 11:49:59 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 25 replies
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  • How to Justify Russian Aggression (whataboutism)

    03/10/2014 12:09:23 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 30 replies
    Sure, Viktor Yanukovych might have murdered protesters and Vladimir Putin might have invaded a sovereign country. But what about Hiroshima? And the genocide of Native Americans? Readers of a certain vintage will likely recall the oleaginous, Brooklyn-accented Vladimir Pozner, an American citizen domiciled in Moscow who regularly popped up on television in the waning days of the Cold War, propagandizing on behalf of the Kremlin. Pozner was a rather impressive practitioner of whataboutism, the debate tactic demanding that questions about morally indefensible acts committed by your side be deflected with pettifogging discussion of unrelated sins committed by your opponent’s side....
  • National Press Virtually Ignores Ala. Legislator's Racist Rant, Grilling of Pro-Life Bill's Sponsor

    03/10/2014 12:12:38 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 8 replies
    Alabama Democratic State Representative Alvin Holmes, who recently created a firestorm by calling Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas "a very prolific Uncle Tom," was at it again on Tuesday. This time, the issue at hand was a "fetal heartbeat" bill restricting abortions. Holmes, who apparently needs no help seeing racism in just about anything, claimed, in the words of Kala Kachmar at the Montgomery Advertiser, that "99 percent of the white legislators in the chamber would raise their hand to say they're against abortion, and that same 99 percent would make their daughters get an abortion if they were impregnated...
  • IRS to give up, release all Lerner e-mails, documents

    03/09/2014 8:16:51 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 47 replies
    On Wednesday, we found out the Big Reveal on whether or not Lois Lerner would be emptying the bag for Darrell Issa. Nope. So many perfectly good conspiracy theories flushed down the tubes after I went through two pots of coffee dreaming them up. It looked like a big, fat nothingburger and another dead end. But now, seemingly out of nowhere, the IRS seems to have had a change of heart. The powerful House Ways and Means Committee will get everything from disgraced former IRS official Lois Lerner’s email account since a few weeks before Barack Obama became president. And...
  • Chicken from China? Your Seafood is Already Being Processed There

    03/06/2014 1:12:01 PM PST · by chessplayer · 27 replies
    Thanks to our petition (307,000-plus signatures and rising), millions of Americans have learned that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is about to allow U.S chickens to be sent to China for processing and then shipped back to the U.S. for human consumption. This arrangement is particularly alarming given China’s appalling food safety record and the fact that there will be no on-site USDA inspectors in those plants. In addition, American consumers will never know that chicken processed in China is in foods like chicken soup or chicken nuggets because there’s no requirement to label it as such. One...
  • Ed Schultz: We’re gonna’ need some Vietnam-sized protests

    03/06/2014 10:51:00 AM PST · by chessplayer · 29 replies
    if we’re gonna’ kill this Keystone XL pipeline I supported one month ago And I quote: “Based on safety I think the President should give this project the stamp of approval. Environmental groups obviously think differently. And so do the majority of people on the left. But this newsflash: We’re not getting out of the oil business in America. It runs our economy. Do we have climate change? Yes we do. But the construction of this pipeline does not mean we are going to consume more as a country. … So a brand-new pipeline, to me, makes sense.” That was...
  • McDonald's napkin lawsuit: Man suing McDonald's for only giving one napkin

    03/04/2014 7:41:21 AM PST · by chessplayer · 69 replies
    A man named Webster Lucas is so upset with McDonald's that he has decided to file a lawsuit against them for $1.5 million, but it's not for any reason you could possibly imagine. TMZ reported on Feb. 27, 2014, that the California man is suing McDonald's because they gave him only one napkin with the meal that he ordered and received. Lucas contacted the general manager via email and said that he was suffering from "undue mental anguish" and that stopped him from going to work. He also says that the general manager tried to make amends by offering him...
  • No jail for rich ‘affluenza’ teen, Ethan Couch, after deadly wreck: judge

    03/03/2014 10:02:24 PM PST · by chessplayer · 57 replies
    For a second time, a Texas judge sentenced Ethan Couch to 10 years' probation for a wreck that killed four people. The ruling in Fort Worth on Wednesday was the same previously made by the judge. Prosecutors had asked the judge to sentence the 16-year-old to 20 years in state custody. FORT WORTH, Texas — A judge on Wednesday ordered a Texas teenager who was sentenced to 10 years’ probation in a drunken-driving crash that killed four people to go to a rehabilitation facility paid for by his parents. Wynn and prosecutor Richard Alpert would not identify the facility where...
  • Teen Sues Parents for Cash, College Tuition. Does She Have a Case? (18 yrs old)

    03/03/2014 9:45:48 PM PST · by chessplayer · 25 replies
    A New Jersey teenager claiming that her mother and father tossed her out of their home and cut her off financially is suing them for immediate support, current private-school fees and future college tuition. The parents, meanwhile, say that daughter Rachel Canning, 18, moved out voluntarily after refusing to abide by their rules. “We love our child and miss her. This is terrible. It’s killing me and my wife,” Rachel's father, Sean Canning, a town administrator and retired police officer, tells the Daily Record. “We have a child we want home. We’re not Draconian and now we’re getting hauled into...
  • Rural Alabama town selected for national AT&T technology trial on ending landline phone service

    03/03/2014 10:30:55 AM PST · by chessplayer · 76 replies
    The Walker County town of Carbon Hill has been selected by AT&T for a national technology trial that will help the telecommunications giant determine the best way to move all of its customers to internet-based phone services and away from traditional copper-wire landlines.
  • Anchor Dares to Ask Planned Parenthood Boss When Life Begins

    03/01/2014 12:56:05 PM PST · by chessplayer · 17 replies
    She Avoids Answering, Says It 'Isn't Really Relevant' Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion conglomerate, did an interview Thursday on the new Fusion network with anchorman Jorge Ramos. The section sparking everyone’s attention came when Ramos – self-respecting enough to offer more than the piffle a Ronan Farrow offers on MSNBC – asked when life begins for Richards. She labored mightily not to answer, since abortion advocates eschew science and believe that women should be able to abort even AFTER a child is born: JORGE RAMOS: Can I ask you a philosophical question? CECILE RICHARDS: Sure. RAMOS...