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  • A look at 'Cuban 5' agents who were jailed in US

    12/17/2014 12:21:09 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 1 replies
    Chron / AP ^ | 12-17-2014
    The "Cuban Five" refers to intelligence agents whose so-called "Wasp Network" operated in Florida in the 1990s. 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. Rene Gonzalez, a dual U.S.-Cuban national, became the first of the agents to walk free in October 2011 after completing about 13 years behind bars. Fernando Gonzalez, who is not related to Rene Gonzalez, was released in...
  • Source: Top Five Theater Circuits Drop 'The Interview' After Sony Hack

    12/17/2014 11:59:15 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | December 17, 2014 | Gregg Kilday
    The country's top five theater circuits have decided not to play Sony's The Interview, a knowledgeable source tells The Hollywood Reporter. Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment have all decided against showing the film. Carmike Cinemas confirmed its decision to drop the film on Tuesday. The other chains did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Sony also had no immediate comment.
  • 6 Grahams You’d Rather See Run For President Than Lindsey Graham

    12/17/2014 11:54:18 AM PST · by PROCON · 31 replies
    thefederalist.com ^ | Dec. 17, 2014 | Mollie Hemingway
    Fox News reports:Graham thinking about presidential bid http://fxn.ws/1BUZ2XFWhich Graham? I mean, it couldn’t be Lindsey Graham, the senior U.S. Senator from South Carolina, in Congress from 1995 to 2003 and in the Senate ever since. There’s no market for a moderate Republican whose main passion is foreign interventionism, right? And yet, that’s exactly what the story says. Here are six other Grahams you’d probably rather see run for the highest office in the land before Lindsey Graham. Heather Graham:? She was great as Rollergirl in Boogie Nights but also as Daisy in the satire Bowfinger. She’s a children’s rights activist...
  • 111 Years Ago Today: Man’s First Powered Flight.

    12/17/2014 11:49:14 AM PST · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    Alert 5 ^ | December 17, 2014 | Tom Demerly
    It is equipped with side stick controls like an F-16 Fighting Falcon. It uses an advanced, “mission adaptive” wing that has no seams at the control surfaces. The wing is so unique its design is protected under U.S. patent 821,393. The entire wing changes shape to control the roll axis of the aircraft ... And it is the first successful powered aircraft ever, the Wright Flyer. 111 years ago today Orville Wright became the first man to achieve powered flight. His first 12-second flight, covering only 120 feet, changed the course of mankind. 10:35 Local, Thursday, 17 December, 1903; Kill...
  • Norman Bridwell, Creator of ‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ Books, Dies at 86

    12/17/2014 11:49:01 AM PST · by Morgana · 6 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...
  • 3 reasons your football team should hire Wall Street CEO coach Joe Moglia

    12/17/2014 11:38:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 2 replies
    SB Nation ^ | December 17, 2014 | Kevin Trahan
    t's not often that a power-conference school should hire a coach straight from FCS, but Coastal Carolina's Joe Moglia isn't most coaches. The former CEO of TD Ameritrade, Moglia stepped back into coaching in 2009 as a volunteer assistant at Nebraska. In 2011, he became the head coach of the United Football League's Omaha Nighthawks, and in 2012, he got his first job as a college head coach at Coastal Carolina.
  • Planned Parenthood congratulates new Surgeon General

    12/17/2014 11:30:43 AM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    life dynamics ^ | December 16, 2014 | life dynamics
    By a vote of 51 to 43 vote, the Senate has confirmed 37-year-old Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General of the United States. Critics say that the Obama pick is a political appointment only. Pro-lifers say that anyone the most radically pro-abortion president to date would select as America’s top doctor will most likely favor abortion. No sooner did the news of the confirmation become public that Planned Parenthood Action sent out a tweet of congratulations: PP Congrats Surgeon General Dec 2014 In the words of the Stanek Report, “Planned Parenthood support of new surgeon general says all you need to...
  • (March 21, 2012) Michelle Obama on David Letterman (the Target shopping trip)

    12/17/2014 11:13:04 AM PST · by goodwithagun · 24 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 · 11 replies
    townhall.com ^ | Dec. 16, 2014 | Townhall.com 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...
  • ‘Correction: $1 Trillion bill’? Prediction: Obama will be on the $20 bill in 50 years (Mega Hurl)

    12/17/2014 10:59:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    Twitchy ^ | December 17, 2014 | Staff
    President Obama still has two years left as president, but that’s not stopping some of his biggest fans from thinking about his legacy. Here’s Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic: 10 years world will long for "pragmatic" Obama. 25 years--will be considered one of America's "greatest presidents." 50 yrs on the $20 bill.
  • 911 call after newborn found in Kearns trash: ‘There’s a baby in our garbage can’

    12/17/2014 10:54:36 AM PST · by Morgana · 14 replies
    FOX13 ^ | December 16, 2014, | Ashton Edwards,
    KEARNS, Utah – Authorities have released the 911 call a Kearns neighbor made after finding a newborn in her garbage can. The caller shouted to the 911 dispatcher, “There’s a baby in our garbage can!” She told the operator the baby appeared to be a newborn with umbilical cord still attached and was breathing.
  • Clinton Press Secretary Thinks Hillary Should Be a Supreme Court Justice

    12/17/2014 10:32:15 AM PST · by PROCON · 23 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | 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...
  • Climate change: Beavers boost emissions with 800 million kg of methane every year

    12/17/2014 10:27:19 AM PST · by Abathar · 31 replies
    International Business Times ^ | December 16, 2014 | Hannah Osborne
    Beavers are contributing to climate change, adding an estimated 800 million kg of methane to the atmosphere every year, scientists have found. Over the last century, there has been a worldwide conservation effort to save beavers from extinction. The fur trade between the 16th and 19th century almost led to the annihilation of beavers across the globe. After trapping was limited and the creatures were reintroduced to their natural ranges, their numbers grew significantly, with scientists now estimating their population to have reached over 10 million worldwide. Beavers build dams in rivers to create standing ponds,However, the consequence of this...
  • Shhhh. Secret Group of State Legislators Meets in Washington This Week to Plan Anti-gun

    12/17/2014 10:26:06 AM PST · by rktman · 5 replies
    nssfblog.com ^ | 12/17/2014 | Larry Keane
    A handful of state legislators from across the country gathered at the National Press Club in Washington, DC to announce the creation of “American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention” or ASLGVP. The new group, which claims to be non-partisan, will work to push new gun restrictions at the state level. But the coalition has one major problem – they will not let anyone know who they are.
  • '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...
  • Second Amendment protects dirk knives and police batons

    12/17/2014 10:12:07 AM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 3 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | December 16, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    So holds the Connecticut Supreme Court, in the just-released State v. DeCiccio. Here’s an excerpt of the reasoning as to police batons, which also applies in large measure to dirks, and which, I would argue, should apply to stun guns and Tasers (paragraph break added). (Disclosure: I represent the Association of Women Against Rape and Endangerment, as amicus curiae, in Commonwealth v. Caetano, now pending before the Massachusetts high court; that cases involves the question whether stun guns and Tasers are “arms” for Second Amendment purposes; we argue that they are.)
  • Grades, Finals and Protests (Snowflakes Wanted No Failures for Semester)

    12/17/2014 9:59:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 1 replies
    Inside Higher Ed ^ | December 17, 2014 | Scott Jaschik
    The "Black Lives Matter" protest movement continues to reverberate on campuses. At Oberlin College this week, the president rejected a petition signed by more than 1,000 students demanding no failing grades this semester. Student activism over decisions by grand juries not to indict police officers for the deaths of unarmed back men in Missouri and New York remains strong. And unlike most student protest movements, this one has extended into finals -- and has some students asking for flexibility on grades or exams, and others taking the unusual step of protesting in libraries during a period when student stress about...
  • Joe Biden’s photo-op with nuns no match for pic of Bill Clinton and his new ‘walker’ (Slick Willie)

    12/17/2014 9:42:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Twitchy ^ | December 16, 2014 | Staff
    Sure, Joe, Bill Clinton might have that reputation, but he’s settled down quite a bit now that he’s a grandfather and very possibly in line to become the first male FLOTUS (or whatever we’re calling that). In fact, check out this photo of Clinton in a diner respectfully discussing economic justice with a group of nuns. Oh, wait. Sorry, Joe, that’s you again. Well, what is Bill Clinton up to?
  • Freudian slip? Jets owner accidentally favorited a tweet calling for GM to be fired

    12/17/2014 9:38:36 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Twitchy ^ | December 17, 2014 | Staff
    The New York Jets are in the midst of a pathetic season with a dismal 3-11 record and a sure-to-be last place finish in the AFC East, which has fans wondering if Jets owner Woody Johnson will make any big changes in the offseason. Well, look no further than Johnson’s Twitter feed for an answer:
  • ‘Poverty chic FTW': Lefty journo worried that US tourists will destroy Cuban paradise

    12/17/2014 9:35:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Twitchy ^ | December 17, 2104 | Staff
    “Independent journalist” Jeremy Scahill is a blogger at The Intercept, which was co-founded by Glenn Greenwald. He is also a colossal moron: I'm very glad I was able to visit Cuba several times before US tourists try to turn it into Cancun
  • International Emissions Idiocy

    12/17/2014 9:27:16 AM PST · by rktman
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 12/17/2014 | Alan Caruba
    Most of the people of the world have concluded that the decades of warnings about “global warming” and its successor, “climate change”, is just idiotic nonsense. Few believe that humans ever had or ever will have any role in what the weather will be tomorrow or a thousand years from now. They are right. One of the most distinguishing factors about the Anthropogenic Global Warming theory has been the way its advocates have always predicted major changes decades into the future. When the future arrived, as it has since the first doomsday predictions were made in the late 1980s, they...
  • Obamas on Race: We’ve Been Treated Like the Help (more race-baiting)

    12/17/2014 9:16:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 76 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec 17, 2014, 6:21 AM ET | Devn Dwyer
    President and Michelle Obama personally identify with everyday experiences of racial bias in America that have underpinned recent protests across the country, they told People magazine in an interview to be released Friday. “Barack Obama was a black man that lived on the South Side of Chicago, who had his share of troubles catching cabs,” Michelle Obama told the magazine. On one occasion, she said, her husband “was wearing a tuxedo at a black-tie dinner, and somebody asked him to get coffee.” President Obama said he’s even been mistakenly treated as a valet. “There’s no black male my age, who’s...
  • 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 · 51 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 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.
  • When you lose weight, where does the fat go? It turns into carbon dioxide.

    12/17/2014 8:43:25 AM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 41 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 12/16/2014 | University of New South Wales
    The most common misconception among doctors, dieticians and personal trainers is that the missing mass has been converted into energy or heat. "There is surprising ignorance and confusion about the metabolic process of weight loss," says Professor Andrew Brown, head of the UNSW School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences. "The correct answer is that most of the mass is breathed out as carbon dioxide. It goes into thin air," says the study's lead author, Ruben Meerman, a physicist and Australian TV science presenter. ------------------- The second most frequently asked question is whether weight loss can cause global warming.
  • How English and German soldiers bonded during WWI Christmas Day Truce by telling jokes about the

    12/17/2014 8:41:48 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 17, 2014 | Sam Webb
    An incredible letter from trenches of the First World War by a soldier describing how he organised the famous 'Christmas Day Truce' has been unearthed and is expected to fetch Ł20,000 at auction. The eight-page pencilled note was sent by Lance Corporal Willie Loasby of the 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment to his mother on December 27, 1914. The 25-year-old tells how he started shouting to German soldiers who were just 40 yards away in the trenches a few days before Christmas. He explains how he persuaded the enemy not to shoot before bravely walking out into No Man's Land to meet...
  • Nikon Warns That There Are Fake D800E DSLRs Out in the Wild

    12/17/2014 8:35:22 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 33 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).
  • Rosie O'Donnell goes on a RAMPAGE after Bill Cosby victim Beverly Johnson demands to cut her out of

    12/17/2014 8:15:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 17, 2014 | Topper Touissant
    Bill Cosby victim Beverly Johnson found herself in the middle of the war between Rosie O'Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg when she asked Whoopi if she would do a one-on-one interview on The View rather than be questioned by the other co-hosts. Apparently there was no such thing as a holiday cease-fire behind the scenes at the faltering daytime talk show after Rosie learned that Johnson would only appear on the show if Whoopi alone conducted the interview. The ex-supermodel had reached out to Whoopi privately to share her experience with Cosby after seeing the Oscar winner express endless support for...
  • Did a plumber's pick-up truck from Texas end up carrying an anti-aircraft gun for Islamic

    12/17/2014 8:10:37 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 17, 2014 | Staff
    Mark Oberholtzer isn't an Islamic fighter in Syria. He's never been to Syria. And the plumber from Texas City, Texas, says he certainly would never willingly aid fundamentalist rebels. So it's hard for him to understand how his Ford F-250 pickup truck - including his logo for Mark-1 Plumbing and his phone number - wound up being in a photo posted on Twitter by the extremist Ansar al-Deen Front from the front lines of the war in Syria. Mr Oberholtzer says he's been getting hundreds of phone calls and faxes since the Ansar al-Deen Front tweeted a picture of what...
  • Russell Brand in new storm as he accuses US of terrorism on day that 132 Pakistani children are

    12/17/2014 8:07:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 17, 2014 | Darren Boyle
    Controversial comedian Russell Brand has landed in the middle of his latest controversy accusing the United States of terrorism just hours after 132 Pakistani children were murdered by the Taliban. Brand was interviewing Moazzam Begg, a Briton who was detained at Guantanamo Bay when he wrote: 'The people who do "terror" best are the people who decide what "terror" is.' The nine minute interview was posted on YouTube and said it would 'lift the lid' on Guantanamo Bay torture.
  • Climate change: Beavers boost emissions ith 800 million kg of methane per year

    12/17/2014 8:01:26 AM PST · by EQAndyBuzz · 44 replies
    IB Times Uk edition ^ | 12/16/2015 | Hannah Osborn
    Beavers are contributing to climate change, adding an estimated 800 million kg of methane to the atmosphere every year, scientists have found. Over the last century, there has been a worldwide conservation effort to save beavers from extinction. The fur trade between the 16th and 19th century almost led to the annihilation of beavers across the globe.
  • Jackie Robinson West Broke Residency Rules, Suburban League Claims (Little League WS)

    12/17/2014 7:50:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    DNA Info ^ | December 16, 2014 | Mark Konkol
    The Jackie Robinson West sluggers from Chicago’s struggling South Side became national celebrities this summer when they hit and pitched their way to the Little League World Series and took home the U.S title. But now the adults who put together the team — parents, coaches and league administrators — face allegations they violated Little League residency rules by stacking the lineup with All-Star ringers from the suburbs to create a “super team” that became champs.
  • MH370 conspiracy theories: So, what happened to the missing plane?

    12/17/2014 7:48:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    The Week ^ | Dec. 4, 2014
    Was Flight MH370 captured by aliens? Stolen by Israeli agents? Or did it crash in Ukraine? A round-up of the best conspiracy theories LAST UPDATED AT 12:06 ON Thu 4 Dec 2014 See related:  Flight MH17: new footage shows aftermath of crash – video MH370: search for missing plane could be over by May The mystery of flight MH370: 7 other planes that vanished In the ongoing absence of firm evidence about the fate of missing flight MH370, the world's conspiracy theorists have weighed in with explanations of their own for the disappearance of the Malaysia Airways plane.The susbsequent...
  • The Enduring Myth of the Fragile Battlecruiser

    12/17/2014 7:42:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    Information Dissemination ^ | December 16, 2014 | Staff
    The repetition of the myth of the fragile battlecruiser continues even as the greatest victory of the class is now just over 100 years in the past. This particular capital ship has been on the receiving end of the naval world’s harshest criticism since three of their British number met untimely ends at the May 31-June 1, 1916 Battle of Jutland. In fact, the battlecruiser was a hybrid, cost saving platform designed specifically to support a mature British strategic concept of seapower. Its heavy losses at Jutland were more to do with early 20th century capital ship design and poor...
  • Evidence of Viking/Norse metalworking in Arctic Canada

    12/17/2014 7:39:36 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Eurekalert! ^ | December 15, 2014 | Dawn Peters
    A small stone container found by archaeologists a half-century ago has now been recognized as further evidence of a Viking or Medieval Norse presence in Arctic Canada during the centuries around 1000 A.D. Researchers reporting in the journal Geoarchaeology discovered that the interior of the container, which was found at an archaeological site on southern Baffin Island, contains fragments of bronze as well as small spherules of glass that form when rock is heated to high temperatures. The object is a crucible for melting bronze, likely in order to cast it into small tools or ornaments. Indigenous peoples of northern...
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  • 'The Interview' NYC Premiere Canceled After to Terrorist Threats

    12/17/2014 7:17:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Entertainment Tonight ^ | 12/17/2014 | Jackie Willis
    Fans of Seth Rogen and James Franco are going to have a harder time seeing the guys' latest funny film, The Interview, as several movie theaters are refusing to play the movie. The Thursday premiere of The Interview at New York City's Landmark Theater was canceled after threats alluding to attacks of 9/11 were made by hackers responsible for the leaks of private Sony documents. Rogen and Franco's new comedy is about two journalists who set out to assassinate the North Korean president, and since the recent promotion of the movie, Sony Pictures has faced tremendous pressure to pull the...
  • Meet Bill Nye, The Anti-Science Guy

    12/17/2014 7:12:46 AM PST · by PROCON · 29 replies
    thefederalist.com ^ | 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...
  • VIDEO: VICTORIA POLICE OFFICER CAUGHT TASERING ELDERLY MAN

    12/17/2014 7:05:11 AM PST · by servo1969 · 47 replies
    abc13.com ^ | 12-16-2014 | abc13.com
    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.
  • Holy Moses, Batman! [God depicted as a petulant child in Exodus: Gods and Kings]

    12/17/2014 6:48:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/17/2014 | By Arnold Cusmariu
    English director Ridley Scott is evidently fond of what Hollywood calls “period pieces.” He has had little trouble getting funding for such unlike other directors, no doubt because of his track record with Alien (1979), the cult classic Blade Runner (1982), and Thelma and Louise (1991). The suits felt sufficiently rewarded after they let Scott get into the time machine to make Gladiator (2000), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), and Robin Hood (2010) to let him try again. However, for Exodus: Gods and Kings, now playing at your neighborhood multiplex, Scott had to travel quite a bit farther back. If...
  • Atticus Finch: American literature's most celebrated rape apologist

    12/17/2014 6:43:55 AM PST · by C19fan · 47 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 16, 2014 | Ashe Schow
    Atticus Finch is a monster. Sure, he’s one of history’s most beloved literary characters (he was even played by Gregory Peck in a film adaptation) but he’s also, to use the parlance of our time, history’s greatest rape apologist. Glenn Reynolds, a law professor at the University of Tennessee and pundit, first observed Finch’s new standing in the world on Twitter in early December:
  • Office Christmas Party: 1925

    12/17/2014 6:21:25 AM PST · by Phillyred · 25 replies
    It's the week before Christmas, which means it's time for a hallowed holiday tradition here at Shorpy: The Office Xmas Party! Which has been going on for close to 90 years now. Will Clarence in Sales ever get up the nerve to ask out Hermione from Accounting? Washington, D.C., 1925. "Western Electric Co. group." There are enough little dramas playing out here to keep the forensic partyologists busy until Ground Hog Day. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.
  • Cold War comeback: U.S.-Russia locked in high-stakes submarine drone race

    12/17/2014 5:58:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 16, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    The U.S. Navy’s Pacific Command’s recent announcement that it has successfully completed tests on its GhostSwimmer unmanned underwater vehicle prompted an immediate rebuttal from Russia: They, too, are close to unmanned submarine drones. The U.S. Navy first trumpeted its successful test on Friday.
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 17, 2014-- higgledy-piggledy

    12/17/2014 5:53:27 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 52 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, December 17, 2014-- higgledy-piggledy ; In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". [hig-uh l-dee-pig-uh l-dee]hear it pronounced adverb in a jumbled, confused, or disorderly manner; helter-skelter. adjective confused; jumbled, chaotic, messy Origin: "confusedly, hurriedly," 1590s, a "vocal gesture" [OED] probably formed from pig and the animal's suggestions of mess and disorder. Reduplications in the h-/p- pattern are common (e.g. hanky-panky, hocus-pocus, hinch(y)-pinch(y), an obsolete children's game, attested from c.1600). Rules: Everyone must leave a post using...
  • Obamas say they're no strangers to racism (Barf or Laugh Alert)

    12/17/2014 5:44:51 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 84 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,...
  • Jesse Ventura goes after 'American Sniper' publisher now

    12/17/2014 5:30:46 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 30 replies
    pionerr press ^ | 12-16-14 | Joseph Lindberg
    With a win against the estate of late Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle behind him, former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura now has his sights on HarperCollins, the publisher of the bestselling memoir "American Sniper." Ventura filed a lawsuit Monday against the New York publisher, alleging the publicity generated by the book with a "false and defamatory" segment "substantially increased sales of 'American Sniper,' thereby generating millions of dollars in revenues and profits for Harper Collins." HarperCollins does not comment on pending litigation, a spokesperson said Tuesday. A federal jury in St. Paul found in July that a segment of the...
  • Who was the conservative favorite in 1988?

    12/17/2014 4:31:44 AM PST · by LT Brass Bancroft · 41 replies
    I was only 11, so I was wondering who was the preferred candidate of those of us who were old enough to vote back then. Of course H.W. Bush won the nomination. I remember Bob Dole, Pat Robertson, Peter DuPont, and I think Jack Kemp running. Did Bush have trouble convincing conservatives to vote for him, or did everyone just figure that if he was good enough to be Reagan's Vice President, he was good enough for the nomination?
  • Today's Toons 12/17/14

    12/17/2014 4:24:08 AM PST · by pookie18 · 14 replies
    The Right Reasons ^ | 12/17/14 | pookie18
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  • Diagnosis of whooping cough surprises mother, what you need to know about the disease

    12/17/2014 4:22:52 AM PST · by wtd · 24 replies
    KBZK ^ | 12/17/2014 18 hours 41 minutes ago | by Brooke Boone - KBZK News
    Diagnosis of whooping cough surprises mother, what you need to know about the disease[video report at link] With seven confirmed cases of pertussis or whooping cough popping up from elementary through high school grade levels in the Three Forks School District, one mother said she was surprised when her son came down with the disease. "I was shocked," said Michelle Rogers. Rogers says her family is currently in quarantine mode, after her 8-year old son tested positive for whooping cough. But the diagnosis was a surprise: "All of my kids are vaccinated and up to date with their shots."...
  • Sierra Leone to start house-to-house searches for Ebola patients

    12/17/2014 4:18:45 AM PST · by wtd · 3 replies
    EuroNews ^ | 12/17/2014 | Reuters
    EuroNews/Reuters: Sierra Leone to start house-to-house searches for Ebola patients 15 minutes ago "FREETOWN (Reuters) – Sierra Leone said it would start house-to-house searches for Ebola patients on Wednesday and impose internal travel restrictions as part of a new push to combat the epidemic. Health workers …"