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  • Why Liberals Really, Really Hate Us

    12/18/2014 5:58:34 PM PST · by PROCON · 31 replies ^ | Dec. 8, 2014 | David P. Goldman
    They really, really hate us. George Orwell wrote a morning “Two Minutes Hate” session into the daily life of his dystopia in 1984. One blogger notes that 2,000 of Rachel Maddow’s facebook fans wished that Ted Cruz would fall into an open elevator shaft. What would he have made of the hyperventilating hatred that liberals display against conservatives? Over at National Review, Katherine Timpf reports on a hate manifesto published by the chair of University of Michigan’s Department of Communications. Republicans “crafted a political identity that rests on a complete repudiation of the idea that the opposing party and its...
  • TD helped ‘dozens’ of women take abortion pills (Ireland)

    12/18/2014 3:32:49 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies ^ | 12/17/2014 | Daragh Brophy
    SOCIALIST TD RUTH Coppinger says she’s helped “around two dozen” women access abortion pills advertised online in recent months. The Dublin West deputy said there had been an upswing in awareness of the drugs since she and other pro-choice campaigners took part in a stunt at the end of October — travelling from Belfast by train, and bringing back the pills, which are not available in the Republic. Coppinger and other activists swallowed the pills on their return to Connolly Station (below). arlier in October, an RTÉ investigation revealed that the number of seizures of the pills had more than...
  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio to halt squad known for workplace raids

    12/18/2014 2:52:17 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    VOXXI ^ | 12-18-2014 | Griselda Nevarez
    An Arizona sheriff known for being tough on immigration plans to terminate a controversial squad that has for years conducted workplace raids in which hundreds of undocumented workers have been arrested. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was sued earlier this year over the workplace raids conducted by his office’s criminal employment squad. Through a memo filed on Wednesday, lawyers representing Arpaio told a judge overseeing the lawsuit that the sheriff intends to close the squad once an investigation concludes at the end of January or early February. Since 2008, Arpaio and his deputies have conducted more than 80 workplace raids....
  • 'Hands Up' players to attend Ferguson Christmas party

    12/18/2014 1:51:12 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    Killeen Daily Herald / AP ^ | 12-18-2014 | R.B. FALLSTROM
    The St. Louis Rams are following through on plans to aid residents in nearby Ferguson. The five players who did the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" gesture before a recent home game are scheduled to appear at an Urban League of St. Louis Christmas Party on Friday for residents of Ferguson and north St. Louis County. Tight end Jared Cook and wide receivers Kenny Britt, Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and Chris Givens will attend after practicing for the home finale against the New York Giants on Sunday. The group is contributing $10,000 to purchase gloves, hats, socks, underwear, non-perishable food items,...
  • Why the selfie stick is 2014’s most controversial gift

    12/18/2014 11:07:42 AM PST · by PROCON · 26 replies ^ | Dec. 17, 2014 | Haley Goldberg
    It’s a sunny Friday afternoon on the Brooklyn Bridge, yet Tarsila Ferreira is proudly holding what appears to be the shaft of an umbrella. Attached at the top: her smartphone. It’s a selfie stick, which the 22-year-old tourist from Boca Raton just got as a gift that morning. “We’ve had a guy point at us and say, ‘Hey, that’s so cool,’ ” says Ferreira, who was traveling with her family and boyfriend.
  • Mom Files $30M Suit Against Police for Not Arresting Son

    12/18/2014 10:38:59 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 18 replies
    newser ^ | 12-18-2014 | JENN GIDMAN
    Peter Fedden was picked up by police the night of July 30, 2013, after drunkenly plowing his car through a fence, across a couple of lawns, and into the side of a house in Commack, NY. It's at this point that Fedden's mom, Kathi Fedden, thinks police should have arrested her 29-year-old son for DWI, according to a $30 million wrongful-death lawsuit she filed Monday against the police, Newsday reports. But instead, cops dropped a "severely intoxicated" Peter off at home, where he got right into his mother's car sitting in the driveway and crashed it minutes later into the...
  • U.S. Frees Last of the ‘Cuban Five,’ Part of a 1990s Spy Ring

    12/18/2014 10:01:19 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    ny times ^ | 12-18-2014 | FRANCES ROBLES and JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    They were known as the Cuban Five, members of a spy ring that descended on South Florida in the 1990s and infiltrated exile groups and military installations. They, along with other members of the ring, tried to make themselves indispensable to the exile groups whose secrets they stole. One of the operatives worked at the Naval Air Station in Key West, while another worked undercover in Tampa. “They were very good,” said Ramón Saúl Sánchez, the founder of the Movimiento Democracia, one of the exile organizations that was infiltrated. “When you trust somebody who you honestly believe is struggling for...
  • 14-Year-Old Stops Home Invasion – Protecting Grandma Shoots One Thug Dead, The Other...

    12/18/2014 9:49:29 AM PST · by PROCON · 42 replies ^ | Dec. 18, 2014 | sundance
    Grandpa had previously taken his grandson to shooting and gun safety class. Charlotte – Burglars had tried to break into George and Anna Marie Wyant’s home near Mint Hill at least twice, so they kept a pistol hidden in the house for protection, hoping they’d never have to use it. On Tuesday, their 14-year-old grandson was visiting. He was sick with bronchitis, and Anna Marie, 73, had just had hip replacement surgery. They were taking care of each other while his mother and the rest of the family was at a Christmas party.The teen was headed to the kitchen to...
  • Tony Orlando & Dawn ~ Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree (blast from the past)

    12/18/2014 9:35:26 AM PST · by beaversmom · 55 replies
    Tony Orlando and Dawn via You Tube ^ | April 16, 2012 | stardustdays
    Man, I loved this song in the 70s as a little girl. Makes me so happy to hear it.
  • Maker's 46 finally hits town.

    12/18/2014 8:48:52 AM PST · by jstaff · 72 replies
    Maker's 46 bourbon, from the Maker's Mark people, finally hit the local market. Not earth shaking news, I know, but if anyone is a fan of good bourbon this has to be on the list. It's 94 proof but sips like half that, neat, and at room temperature. And, no, I don't have any financial interest, just wanted to share some good news with my buds.
  • When Youtube captioning goes horribly wrong

    12/18/2014 4:36:26 AM PST · by Norm Lenhart · 14 replies
    youtube ^ | 12/18/14 | Norm Lenhart
    Sometimes Youtube comes up with very "All your base belong to us" quips via their captioning function. Being a hobbyist musician I often watch videos on new equipment. This one made me wake the dog up laughing. He is SUPPOSED TO be saying "Now I'm gonna show you a cool feature". Didn't quite work out that way though...
  • Morning With the Q&R Gang! December 18, 2014

    12/18/2014 3:05:55 AM PST · by sneakers · 8 replies
    Formerly the "Fans of Quinn and Rose Discussion" thread, our group been meeting here since 2008. We still hold out hope that our favorite talk show hosts will come back on the air but, whether they do or not, our friendly group will still meet to start the day. So if you are preparing to go to work, are getting home from work - or happily retired - stop in and say mornin' and share the latest news, discuss the weather, share a recipe, or whatever!
  • Former Abortion Worker from Chula Vista Abortion Clinic Tells of What She Saw

    12/17/2014 9:38:24 PM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | September 14, 2012 | Tech
    “When they’re about 12 weeks, then the doctor takes the baby out with forceps. He takes the baby out in pieces. He checks each part and he places each one in a tray down below. When he finishes the procedure, I have to drain everything. We drain it to separate body parts from blood. We place all the parts in a jar that goes to the laboratory. It’s impressive how well-defined they are. You can’t believe what you are seeing. You see perfect little hands, tinier than those of a Barbie doll. You can see intestines, tiny ribs, their little...
  • Woman joins pro-choice movement. Could she have become pro-life instead?

    12/17/2014 8:39:00 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | August 14, 2014 | Sarah Terzo
    This is how a woman became an abortion clinic escort. First, she attended a pro-choice march. “My participation in the pro-choice march was motivated by boredom and restlessness as much as by a desire to be of service. I had thought about getting involved in some kind of cause, but I didn’t know which one. Having been too young in the 60s to participate in the peace movement, I look forward to attending a real political march. I didn’t attend the antichoice march held the same day because the newspaper letters to the editor with “pro-life” views seem too cold,...
  • Killing but not murder, says pro-choice writer

    12/17/2014 8:07:47 PM PST · by Morgana · 20 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | November 25, 2013 | Sarah Terzo
    Pro-choice writer Molly Coddle: “Abortion is killing, but not murder. Americans would like to think that death is avoidable, and for that reason liberals have tried to sugarcoat a women’s right to choose with an “it’s-not-about-the-fetus” argument that disregards the emotional intensity that everyone I know has experienced when choosing to abort. When we recognize that something is dying—if only a possibility of life—then it’s possible to grieve and move forward.” Molly Coddle Herbal Abortion is not D.I.Y Slingshot
  • Woman who had 3 abortions: “I’m the most important person in the world”

    12/17/2014 7:59:46 PM PST · by Morgana · 18 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | January 19, 2014 | Sarah Terzo
    From a woman who had 3 abortions “A lot of people would argue that, that’s a life, but I say, what about my life?… Do I think abortion is pro-life? It’s pro-my life, and I am the most important person in the world and I want to make myself happy.… A good friend of mine has 2 kids, she’s a perfect mother, roast on Sundays. Good for you, if that’s what you want, more power to you. Let me have what I want.” Patricia Launneborg Abortion: a Positive Decision (New York: Bergin & Garvey, 1992) 134 Result of an abortion...
  • Stanford to host 100-year study on artificial intelligence

    12/17/2014 6:33:19 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies
    Stanford University ^ | December 16, 2014 | Chris Cesare
    Stanford to host 100-year study on artificial intelligence Stanford University will lead a 100-year effort to study the long-term implications of artificial intelligence in all aspects of life. By Chris Cesare Russ Altman, a professor of bioengineering and of computer science at Stanford, will serve as faculty director of the One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence. Stanford University has invited leading thinkers from several institutions to begin a 100-year effort to study and anticipate how the effects of artificial intelligence will ripple through every aspect of how people work, live and play. This effort, called the One Hundred Year...
  • McSally Wins!

    12/17/2014 6:00:02 PM PST · by Flycatcher · 37 replies
    Vanity | 12/17/14 | Flycatcher
    I haven't seen this posted yet but it's been certified that Republican Martha McSally beat the Dem in the Arizona House seat recount.The good guys win a recount!
  • VANITY: Teaching Readin

    12/17/2014 5:52:27 PM PST · by Jamestown1630 · 57 replies
    My husband and I saw a TV news segment about Common Core this evening, and the strange way it appears to teach mathematics. Somehow, we started talking about how we learned to read and write. I can't remember much at all; I seemed to just 'absorb' it somehow. I recall learning to sing the ABCs (a good way to learn the letters) and I recall learning to write the letters. But I don't recall anything about the technique that was used to teach me to actually recognize words and read. (This would have been in the late-1950's, early 1960's.) Does...
  • Punk protester tries to provoke cop into doing something stupid, watch what he gets instead

    12/17/2014 4:48:27 PM PST · by lowbridge · 20 replies ^ | december 8, 2014 | joe saunders
    The cop doesn’t have to say a word. A video posted on YouTube over the weekend apparently by a Portland, Ore.,protester out to stir up trouble ended up making the guy who made it look like an idiot.
  • Motorcycle Hits Car

    Driver lands on top of car.
  • The Obama Rule: Can I Get Away With It?

    12/17/2014 3:59:45 PM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies ^ | December 17, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    all it The Obama Rule. When will our president do something he wants to do that the Constitution or morality prohibits? When he can get away with it. President Barack Obama did not move forward with his unilateral action on immigration before the midterm elections, because he was worried he would pay too high a price. Additional congressional Democrats might have lost, and more Democrats would have blamed him for the losses. He moved forward with his unconstitutional action after the elections because he calculated — correctly — that Republican congressional leaders would let him get away with it. One...
  • Court awards pro-life demonstrator $197,000 in fees after 9-year-long court battle

    12/17/2014 3:42:09 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Dec 17, 2014 | Lisa Bourne
    A South Carolina federal judge has awarded more than $197,000 in attorney’s fees and costs to the head of Columbia Christians for Life after a free speech court battle that involved years of legal wrangling at all judicial levels. “It’s certain to send a message to law enforcement, that they shouldn’t trample the rights of pro-life protesters,” Stephen Fitschen, president of National Legal Foundation (NLF), which represented the pro-life group, told LifeSiteNews. “It’s going to impact pro-lifers across the country.” Fitschen said the final victory of legal costs should provide pro-life supporters leverage when standing up for free speech while...
  • Sony Cancels Theatrical Release for ‘The Interview’ on Christmas

    12/17/2014 3:25:21 PM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 27 replies ^ | 12/17/14 | Brent Lang
    Sony Cancels Theatrical Release for ‘The Interview’ on Christmas With theater chains defecting en masse, Sony Pictures Entertainment has pulled the planned Christmas Day release of “The Interview.” In announcing the decision to cancel the holiday debut, Sony hit back at the hackers who threatened movie theaters and moviegoers and who have terrorized the studio and its employees for weeks. “Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like,” the statement...
  • Police union chief decries protests over shootings of unarmed black men

    12/17/2014 3:10:42 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    Philly Inquirer ^ | 12-17-2014 | Mike Newall
    "As a society," he said, "we have to soon decide between the rule of law and due process or a group of inspired lynch mobs." Though not by name, he defended the two patrol officers who shot and killed Brandon Tate-Brown, a 26-year-old African American parolee who police say struggled with the officers and reached for a gun during a Mayfair traffic stop early Monday. "When our officers are confronted by a convicted, violent felon who should not be out of prison - who is in possession of a stolen, loaded firearm - what else do you want us to...
  • Sony cancels The Interview release amid threats

    12/17/2014 2:11:42 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 33 replies
    bbc ^ | 12-17-2014
    Breaking: Sony Pictures cancels 25 December release of North Korea film The Interview after cinemas decide not to screen it.
  • Will Cuba Now Cash 55 Years' Worth of Guantanamo Rent Checks?

    12/17/2014 1:59:46 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 20 replies
    Vice ^ | 12-17-2014 | Jason Leopold
    For more than 50 years, Cuba has refused to cash the checks because it hasn't recognized the legitimacy of the lease the US entered into with the country in 1901, which the Cuban Constitution says gives the US "complete jurisdiction and control" over Guantanamo. Now, with today's historic announcement by President Barack Obama that relations between the US and Cuba are on the mend, there are questions about whether Guantanamo came up during the discussions between Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro. State Department documents that include copies of uncashed rent checks — they were recently released in response to a...
  • Gov. Scott Walker critical of U.S. moves to normalize relations with Cuba

    12/17/2014 1:46:43 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies ^ | 12-17-2014 | Jessie Opoien | The Capital Times
    Gov. Scott Walker firmly denounced President Barack Obama's move to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba after more than 50 years of severed ties between the countries. "I think it's a bad idea," Walker told reporters Wednesday. "I don’t think there’s been any noticeable change towards making that a more free and prosperous country. There’s a reason why we had the policy in the first place." Walker said he hasn't seen solid evidence that Cuba has made changes that would warrant a shift in U.S. policy, which has remained in place through administrations of both parties. "These 50 years have shown,...
  • A look at 'Cuban 5' agents who were jailed in US

    12/17/2014 12:21:09 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    Chron / AP ^ | 12-17-2014
    <p>The "Cuban Five" refers to intelligence agents whose so-called "Wasp Network" operated in Florida in the 1990s.</p> <p>One, Gerardo Hernandez, had been serving a life sentence on charges of murder conspiracy related to the Cuban air force's 1996 shoot-down of two planes flown by Brothers to the Rescue, an exile organization that sought to aid migrants at sea and also dropped propaganda leaflets.</p>
  • Norman Bridwell, Creator of ‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ Books, Dies at 86

    12/17/2014 11:49:01 AM PST · by Morgana · 24 replies
    new york times ^ | DEC. 16, 2014 | BRUCE WEBER
    Norman Bridwell, the creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog, a figure who looms as large in toddler lit as the great white whale does in the American canon, died on Friday in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on Martha’s Vineyard. He was 86. Kyle Good, a spokeswoman for Scholastic Books, which over the past half-century has published dozens of Clifford titles by Mr. Bridwell, confirmed his death without specifying a cause. Mr. Bridwell’s wife of 56 years, Norma, told The Associated Press that he had prostate cancer and that he had been in the hospital for three weeks after a fall...
  • (March 21, 2012) Michelle Obama on David Letterman (the Target shopping trip)

    12/17/2014 11:13:04 AM PST · by goodwithagun · 37 replies
    Youtube ^ | Published on March 21, 2012
    “No one knew that was me. Because a woman actually walked up to me, right? I was in the detergent aisle, and she said — I kid you not — she said, ‘Excuse me, I just have to ask you something.’ And I thought, ‘Oh, cover’s blown.’ She said, ‘Can you reach on that shelf and hand me the detergent?’ I kid you not. And the only thing she said — I reached up, because she was short, and I reached up, pulled it down. She said, ‘Well, you didn’t have to make it look so easy.’ That was my...
  • RNC Debuts "Hillary Clinton's Letter to Santa"

    12/17/2014 11:06:20 AM PST · by PROCON · 15 replies ^ | Dec. 16, 2014 | Staff
    In a few hours, the Republican National Committee (RNC) is going to publish -- and blast out to all its supporters -- a rare document never before seen and intercepted on its way to the North Pole: The Christmas letter Hillary Clinton "wrote" to Santa Claus this year. Townhall, we’re pleased to announce, got our hands on it first. For those interested, the entire (satirical) missive is below, which among other things not-so-subtly touches on Hillary Clinton’s greatly diminished heir apparent status, her breathtakingly absurd demands and requests on the speaking circuit, and her refusal to state her positions clearly...
  • Clinton Press Secretary Thinks Hillary Should Be a Supreme Court Justice

    12/17/2014 10:32:15 AM PST · by PROCON · 24 replies ^ | De. 16, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The only question is why stop there? Can’t we just appointed a politician, whose only qualification for every job she has gotten in the last two decades has been her last name, Supreme Overlord of the Universe?Mike McCurry, Bill Clinton’s press secretary and a guy you happily forgot even existed until now, returns with a proposal so insane that even Obama might shake his head.What if a vacancy now appeared on our nation’s highest court? Given the bitterness and polarization that exists in Washington today, it is hard to imagine any nominee offered by Barack Obama having a less than...
  • 'Green' Christmas Carols Replace Christ with Climate Change

    12/17/2014 10:25:55 AM PST · by PROCON · 3 replies
    breitbart ^ | Dec. 17, 2014 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    Silent Night! Endless night! All is dark, there’s no light. Cyclone clouds have blocked out the sky, We’re almost out of our dry-meat supply. Sleep in uneasy peace. We may have to eat Aunt Bernice. What the New Yorker is calling "Climate Change Carols" are a series of Christmas songs whose lyrics have been rewritten to focus on environmental issues, gutting the carols of any relationship to the season of Christ’s birth. Not only that, but the hope and joy characteristic of Christmas has also given way to gloom and doom. Granted, this dechristianization of carols began years ago with...
  • Monitoring group: Over 120,000 pro-Assad fighters killed in Syria conflict

    12/17/2014 10:22:12 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    More than 120,000 fighters supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have been killed in the country's civil war since it began in 2011, a group monitoring the war said on Wednesday. Syria's conflict began as a peaceful protest movement calling for reforms in 2011 but descended into civil war after a government crackdown. In total, more than 200,000 people have been killed and millions more have fled their homes. Shi'ite fighters including from neighbouring Iraq and Lebanon have joined Syria's fight to aid Assad, a member of the Shi'ite-derived Alawite sect, against the Sunni rebels trying to overthrow him. Assad was inaugurated...
  • Indiana police evoke outrage with ‘Breathe Easy: Don’t Break the Law’ T-shirt sales

    12/17/2014 9:09:30 AM PST · by PROCON · 55 replies ^ | Dec. 17, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    An Indiana police officer has irked several in his South Bend community with a T-shirt he’s selling that touts a take-off slogan of the “I Can’t Breathe” mantra that followed New York suspect Eric Garner’s death — “Breathe Easy: Don’t Break the Law.” The aim of the shirt’s message is to say “police are there for you,” the South Bend uniform store owned by Mishawaka Police Cpl. Jason Barthel said in a statement, the New York Daily News reported.
  • Nikon Warns That There Are Fake D800E DSLRs Out in the Wild

    12/17/2014 8:35:22 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 48 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | Dec 16,2014 | Michael Zhang
    Heads up: there are fake Nikon D800E DSLRs floating around. That’s according to Nikon Europe, which posted a notice “regarding fraudulent Nikon D800E digital SLR.” Apparently some unscrupulous folk are taking the D800, replacing its outer shell with the D800E cover, and selling the fake cameras through online auction sites (presumably eBay).

    New 2015 Hooters Calendar is out.
  • Meet Bill Nye, The Anti-Science Guy

    12/17/2014 7:12:46 AM PST · by PROCON · 30 replies ^ | Dec. 17, 2014 | Robert Tracinski
    I’ve never been a fan of Bill Nye “the Science Guy.” Partly it’s because I’m from a different generation. I grew up with Isaac Asimov and Carl Sagan as my introduction to science, and Nye always struck me as a cheap substitute. I find something condescending in his hyperkinetic manner, as if science couldn’t actually be interesting and exciting in its own right, as if it could only be interesting if the guy trying to explain it to us is bouncing off the walls. It all seems like Science for People with Attention Deficit Disorder. So you get travesties like...

    12/17/2014 7:05:11 AM PST · by servo1969 · 54 replies ^ | 12-16-2014 |
    VICTORIA, TX -- A Victoria police officer has been placed on administrative duty after his dashboard camera caught him Tasering an elderly man. In the video obtained by the Victoria Advocate, Officer Nathanial Robinson is seen arresting 76-year-old Pete Vasquez, when he suddenly throws Vasquez onto the hood of the car, pulls him to the ground and Tasers him. Vasquez said the cop acted more like a pit bull than a police officer. "I turn around and he pulled that Taser and he shot me with it, and you know it looked like he's enjoying that," Vasquez said.
  • Obamas say they're no strangers to racism (Barf or Laugh Alert)

    12/17/2014 5:44:51 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 85 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 17, 2014 | Justin Sink
    December 17, 2014, 08:15 am Obamas say they're no strangers to racism By Justin Sink The president and the first lady chronicled a series experiences in People magazine that they say demonstrated some of the latent racism that blacks in America continue to face. "There's no black male my age, who's a professional, who hasn't come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn't hand them their car keys," the president said. The first lady said someone had asked her husband to get them coffee because he was wearing a tuxedo at a black-tie dinner,...
  • The Worst Movies Of 2014 with Colin Farrell, Johnny Depp and Robert Downey Jr.

    12/17/2014 3:45:04 AM PST · by Perdogg · 25 replies
    When I walk into any movie, I hope it will be good. After all, this is how I spend the majority of my time. This is what I write about and speak about and think about more than anything else, and when I see critics who seem to dislike the majority of what they cover, I am baffled. Why would you do this work if you genuinely dislike more than you like?
  • Morning With the Q&R Gang! December 17, 2014

    12/17/2014 2:42:18 AM PST · by sneakers · 26 replies
    Formerly the "Fans of Quinn and Rose Discussion" thread, our group been meeting here since 2008. We still hold out hope that our favorite talk show hosts will come back on the air but, whether they do or not, our friendly group will still meet to start the day. So if you are preparing to go to work, are getting home from work - or happily retired - stop in and say mornin' and share the latest news, discuss the weather, share a recipe, or whatever!
  • Arctic ground squirrels unlock permafrost carbon

    12/17/2014 12:22:02 AM PST · by moose07 · 67 replies
    BBC ^ | 17 December 2014 | Rebecca Morelle
    Arctic ground squirrels could play a greater role in climate change than was previously thought. Scientists have found that the animals are hastening the release of greenhouse gases from the permafrost - a vast, frozen store of carbon. The researchers say it suggests the impact of wildlife on this area has been underplayed. The findings are being presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco. Dr Sue Natali, from Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts, US, said: "We know wildlife impacts vegetation, and we know vegetation impacts thaw and soil carbon. "It certainly has a bigger impact...
  • Durst pleads 'no contest' in CVS urination incident

    12/16/2014 10:35:43 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 24 replies ^ | 12-16-14 | Brian Rogers
    Blaming a "medical mishap," New York millionaire Robert Durst pleaded "no contest" Tuesday to the charge of criminal mischief, a class C misdemeanor, after being accused of exposing himself and urinating inside a CVS store on Kirby in July. "Mr. Durst expressed his apologies to CVS for this unfortunate medical mishap," attorney Chip Lewis said in a prepared statement handed to reporters in court Tuesday. "He compensated them for the damage done and appreciates their understanding." Lewis said neither he nor Durst would comment further on the case. The real estate mogul did not attend the scheduled appearance in County...
  • "Frozen" Director Jennifer Lee Apologizes to Parents for "Let It Go"

    12/16/2014 9:11:51 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 69 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | 12-16-14 | Francesca Bacardi
    No one wants to let go of "Let It Go" more than parents, and "Frozen" director Jennifer Lee has become brutally aware of that fact. The Oscar-winning director is now apologizing for the phenomenon that swept (and continues to sweep) the nation because adults are fed up with the animated film. "A year ago, I'd meet people who, when they found out who I was, they'd say, 'Oh, we love the songs! We sing them all the time.' Now they're like, 'Yep, we're still listening to those songs,'" Lee tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I've gone from, 'Thank you,' to, 'Sorry!'"...
  • Mercedes-Benz reportedly weighing move to Atlanta from Montvale (NJ)

    12/16/2014 8:49:16 PM PST · by PROCON · 6 replies ^ | Dec. 16, 2014 | LINDA MOSS
    The German luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz is looking to move its 1,000-employee North American headquarters from Montvale to Atlanta, several sources said Tuesday. The Atlanta Business Chronicle first reported on Tuesday that Mercedes-Benz USA is considering the move. A company spokesman declined to comment on the report, but several sources told The Record that Mercedes-Benz was indeed considering leaving Bergen County. One source within the company told The Record that an announcement on a move may come in January, at a company reception. “As a matter of policy, the company does not comment on rumors or speculation,” said Mercedes-Benz spokesman Rob...
  • Christian Man Asks Thirteen Gay Bakeries To Bake Him Pro-Traditional Marriage Cake, And Is Denied Se

    12/16/2014 7:39:56 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 36 replies
    Shoebat ^ | By Ted on December 12, 2014 | Theodore Shoebat
    Christian bakeries that refuse to make pro-homosexual marriage cakes are persecuted throughout America. They get sued, they get fined, they get death threats, and they lose their businesses. So we at called some 13 prominent bakers who are either gay or pro-gay and requested that they make a pro-traditional marriage cake with the words "Gay marriage is wrong" placed on the cake. Each one denied us service, and even used deviant insults and obscenities against us. One baker even said that she would make me a cookie with a large phallus on it. We recorded all of this in...
  • Taliban school massacre: What kind of men kill children?

    12/16/2014 6:49:49 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 95 replies
    cbs news ^ | 12-16-2014 | Jere Van Dyk
    Wahhabism is an ultra-conservative sect of Sunni Islam named for an eighteenth-century preacher and scholar. Jamel Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist in Afghanistan during that period, is now head of al-Arab News Channel and a columnist for al-Hayat. At a meeting in Bahrain recently, Khashoggi told me that there has been a major, and unexplored change in Muslim culture, one that is not discussed in the West. It is "raw Wahhabism," to use his words; this change, this nihilism, this desperation, this destruction of Afghan-Pakistani Pashtun culture. And equally, the terrible tactics of ISIS, which are no different from the Wahhabis...
  • Convicted Terrorist Ayers Appears on Iranian Media to Give a Rebuke of the United States

    12/16/2014 6:37:18 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 48 replies
    IJReview ^ | 12/13/2014 | JOSEPH PERTICONE
    Activist turned terrorist Bill Ayers spoke with Iranian news agency Fars News last week, and called the United States a terrorist nation. Ayers is probably best known for his own terrorist activities with the Weather Underground during the 1960s and 1970s. When speaking about what constitutes terrorism and a terrorist state, Ayers said: “U.S. is indeed a terrorist nation.” Then he added: “It’s also the greatest purveyor of violence on earth over the past half century, and the foremost threat to world peace today.”