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  • If I wanted America to fail

    04/23/2014 4:26:30 AM PDT · by moneyrunner
    American Digest ^ | 4/22/14 | Free Market America
    A great YouTube video at the link.

    04/23/2014 4:17:27 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 6 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 4/23/44 | Gene Currivan, Raymond Daniell, Hanson W. Baldwin, Drew Middleton, more
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  • Today's Toons 4/23/14

    04/23/2014 3:46:09 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 1 replies
    The Right Reasons ^ | 4/23/14 | pookie18
    Click on link.
  • EPA scales back biofuel mandate to reflect reality

    04/23/2014 3:45:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 22, 2014 5:48 PM EDT | Dina Cappiello
    The Obama administration is significantly reducing the amount of cellulosic biofuels refiners will have to prove they blended into gasoline last year, acknowledging that the market lagged far behind government projections.The EPA on Tuesday said it was basing its 2013 standard on the 810,185 ethanol-equivalent gallons produced with nonfood plants last year. …
  • UK Childcare Worker Fired After Explaining Biblical Position on Homosexuality to Co-Worker

    04/23/2014 3:32:16 AM PDT · by massmike · 4 replies ^ | 04/23/2014 | Heather Clark
    LONDON – A childcare worker has been fired for ‘gross misconduct’ after she explained the biblical position on homosexuality to her co-worker. According to reports, Sarah Mbuyi, 30, was repeatedly asked about her beliefs over a period of several months at Newpark Childcare in Highbury after her lesbian co-worker discovered that she is a Christian. The latest discussion occurred in January, when her co-worker remarked that she was unhappy that she could not ‘marry’ her partner because of the Church’s beliefs, and stated that she thought God had nothing against homosexual behavior. When Mbuyi replied by explaining the biblical position...
  • Al Gore's youngest daughter Sarah, 35, gets remarried under an old pine tree

    04/23/2014 2:56:10 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | 4-23-14 | Meghan Keneally
    Al Gore's youngest daughter has gotten remarried under a historic tree in Santa Monica. Sarah Gore has a very casual outdoor service on Sunday morning outside a coffee shop with her famous father walking across a patch of grass that served as the makeshift aisle. Wearing a loose, off-white lace dress with bell sleeves, Sarah made her way towards her groom, realtor Patrick Maiani, who was waiting for her beside the outline of a heart in the shape of rose petals. The brief service was officiated by a female religious leader and attended by about a dozen invited guests. The...
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    04/23/2014 2:48:57 AM PDT · by sneakers · 15 replies
    Quinn and Rose are off the air, (temporarily, I hope!) Gone, but DEFINITELY not forgotten! Meanwhile, our friendly group of dedicated FReeper Q&R fans will meet in our usual spot - same time, same station - as we always have! So grab your coffee - or whatever you choose to start your day - and drop in for some political chit-chat, or just to shoot the breeze! We are all coming from - or going to - work, but we all stop in to say ‘hi!’ Feel free to join us!
  • Supreme Court Justices Grill Coca-Cola Over Scarcity Of Pomegranates In Pomegranate Juice

    04/23/2014 1:35:57 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 12 replies
    Consumerist ^ | April 22, 2014
    As the top judicial body in the land, the United States Supreme Court has asked some pretty tough questions in its day. But yesterday the justices had a question for Coca-Cola that doesn’t seem like it should be so tricky: Shouldn’t a juice labeled as “pomegranate and blueberry” actually include a fair amount of, um, pomegranates? And blueberries? To make the whole thing a bit weird(er), the issue of a Minute Maid Juice product sold as a “Pomegranate Blueberry Flavored Blend of 5 Juices” came up after POM Wonderful sued Coca-Cola, claiming that label is misleading and could hurt sales...
  • Angels slugger Albert Pujols joins 500 home run club

    04/23/2014 1:22:58 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 4 replies
    Foxnews ^ | April 23, 2014
    Pujols became the first major leaguer to get his 499th and 500th homers in the same game, connecting twice Tuesday night and driving in five runs in the Los Angeles Angels' 7-2 victory over the Washington Nationals. He's the 26th player in big league history to reach 500.
  • Decline of the traditional family doctor revealed

    04/23/2014 1:19:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:00PM BST 21 Apr 2014 | Matthew Holehouse
    England could lose the traditional family doctor, medics have warned, as new figures lay bare the steep decline in small GP practices. Patients, particularly in rural areas, are traveling further and receiving a less personal service after the disappearance of hundreds of small GP practices over the past decade. Under the last government, polyclinics—or super GP surgeries—with specialist doctors working on one site were seen as the future of the NHS. Single-doctor clinics have becoming increasingly rare as GPs try to save money on premises and administrative staff. …
  • Thousands die of thirst and poor care in NHS (UK)

    04/23/2014 1:13:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:35AM BST 22 Apr 2014 | Padraic Flanagan and Laura Donnelly
    At least 1,000 hospital patients are dying needlessly each month from dehydration and poor care by doctors and nurses, according to a NHS study. The deaths from acute kidney injury could be prevented by simple steps such as nurses ensuring patients have enough to drink and doctors reviewing their medication, the researchers say. Between 15,000 and 40,000 patients die annually because hospital staff fail to diagnose the treatable kidney problem, a figure that dwarfs the death toll from superbugs like MRSA. The report comes less than a year after the NHS watchdog NICE was forced to issue guidelines on giving...
  • Apple releases OS X Security Update for Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion

    04/23/2014 12:04:51 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 4 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Tuesday, April 22, 2014 · 6:32 pm
    “Alongside iOS 7.1.1, Apple today released Security Update 2014–002 for Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion users,” Juli Clover reports for MacRumors. “The update includes fixes for several operating system vulnerabilities, detailed on Apple’s support page.” Clover reports, “Apple recommends that all users download the update, which can be acquired via the Software Update tool in the Mac App Store [or as standalone installers].”
  • Brain implants could boost work—and pay

    04/22/2014 11:38:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:38AM BST 22 Apr 2014 | (Telegraph Staff)
    Humans who opt to have technological implants will become society’s biggest earners and the average working week could rise by a third to 50.5 hours, according to futurologists. Thirty years from now it may be necessary for human workers to receive implants providing “additional processing power for our brains”, they claimed. …
  • Apple releases iOS 7.1.1

    04/22/2014 11:13:56 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | 04/22/2014
    Apple today released iOS 7.1.1. iOS 7.1.1 contains improvements, bug fixes and security updates, including: • Further improvements to Touch ID fingerprint recognition • Fixes a bug that could impact keyboard responsiveness • Fixes an issue when using Bluetooth keyboards with VoiceOver enabled For information on the security content of this update, visit: iOS 7.1.1 is available via Software Update on all iOS devices (via iTunes or Over-The-Air). Apple today also released iOS 6.1.1 (Build 11D201c) for Apple TV 2G and 3G. MacDailyNews Take: Schnappy!
  • Toyota sells 2.58 million vehicles, outselling GM

    04/22/2014 11:13:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2014 1:24 AM EDT
    … Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday that it sold 2.583 million vehicles in the January-March period, ahead of Detroit-based GM at 2.42 million and Volkswagen of Germany at 2.4 million. The Japanese automaker’s first quarter sales rose by more than 6 percent from the same period the previous year. GM’s sales grew 2 percent, while Volkswagen’s added nearly 6 percent. …
  • Spanish village considers changing name from 'Kill Jews'

    04/22/2014 11:07:38 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 9 replies
    UPI ^ | April 14, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    CASTRILLO MATAJUDIOS , Spain, April 14 (UPI) -- Families in a Spanish village who have been living with the name Castrillo Matajudios (Kill Jews) since the Spanish Inquisition may finally be changing their town’s name back to what it was originally, Castrillo Mota de Judios (Jews Hill). -snip-According to Haaretz, area residents often say “killing Jews” when they are referring to “the traditional drinking of lemonade spiked with alcohol at festivals held in city squares at Easter, or drinking in general.”
  • AP Correction: Biofuels-Global Warming story (Updated story)

    04/22/2014 10:51:19 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies
    AP ^ | Apr 22, 3:31 PM EDT
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a story April 20 about new research showing biofuels made with corn leftovers are worse for global warming than gasoline in the short term, The Associated Press erroneously reported that cellulosic biofuels that failed to release 60 percent less carbon than gasoline wouldn't earn a $1 per gallon subsidy. That tax subsidy expired on Dec. 31, 2013. A corrected version of the story is below:
  • Study finds cellulosic ethanol worse for environment than pure gasoline

    04/22/2014 10:13:33 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | April 21, 2014 at 1:29 PM, updated April 21, 2014 at 1:43 PM | By Todd Masson, | The Times-Picayune
    The market for pure gasoline is so strong among boaters that many fuel stations near popular fishing ports are adding non-ethanol alternatives. This photo is from a new RaceTrac station on Paris Road in Chalmette, a high-traffic area for anglers returning from Hopedale, Shell Beach and Delacroix. (Photo by Todd Masson, | The Times-Picayune) (Todd Masson)******************************************Boaters despise ethanol. The substance that is mixed with most gasolines in America is only slightly less harmful to outboards than Saharan sand, and the growing numbers of boaters who have had motor trouble because of the stuff will drive three cities over...
  • The Drugging Of The American Boy

    04/22/2014 9:24:11 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 43 replies
    Esquire ^ | March 27, 2014 | Ryan D'Agostino
    By the time they reach high school, nearly 20 percent of all American boys will be diagnosed with ADHD. Millions of those boys will be prescribed a powerful stimulant to "normalize" them. A great many of those boys will suffer serious side effects from those drugs. The shocking truth is that many of those diagnoses are wrong, and that most of those boys are being drugged for no good reason—simply for being boys. It's time we recognize this as a crisis.
  • Potato-wielding man tried to rob store, dry-cleaners

    04/22/2014 8:09:43 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 25 replies
    WPRI ^ | April 22, 2014 | Dan McGowan
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Talk about a half-baked crime. Providence police say a man carrying a potato disguised as a gun unsuccessfully attempted to rob a convenience store and a dry-cleaners in the city’s Charles neighborhood Monday afternoon. The first report came around 2 p.m. when police reported to Branch Avenue convenience store where the store’s manager said he chased the suspect off with a baseball bat after he shouted “give me the money” to the cashier, according to a police report obtained by The suspect was described as a white or light-skinned Hispanic male and was about 5’7”...
  • Horowitz Rachmaninoff 3rd Concerto Mehta NYPO 1978 (video)

    04/22/2014 6:34:40 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 13 replies ^ | 4/22/2014 | Vladimir Horowitz/Zubin Mehta
    Video LinkI thought this was at Carnegie Hall, but the source says Avery Fisher.Where ever the is timeless and magnificent.
  • Minnesota Man Accused of Murdering Teens Who Entered His Home

    04/22/2014 6:21:59 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 105 replies ^ | 4/22/14 | By GIO BENITEZ
    Minnesota Man Accused of Murdering Teens Who Entered His Home By GIO BENITEZ The trial against a 65-year-old man accused of murdering two teens who entered his home is underway in Minnesota, stirring debate about how far people can go in defending their homes. Byron Smith, a retired security engineer for the U.S. Department of State, is charged with first-degree premeditated murder in the slayings of cousins Nick Brady, 17, and Haile Kifer, 16, on Thanksgiving Day 2012. The killings rocked the small city of Little Falls. Prosecutors say Smith was sitting in his basement when he heard a window...
  • Indiana man gets 42-year molestation sentence

    04/22/2014 6:07:22 PM PDT · by digger48 · 8 replies
    wthr ^ | Apr 20, 2014 | Associated Press
    LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A Lafayette man who pleaded guilty to repeatedly sexually assaulting a teenage girl has been sentenced to a full 42 years in prison under his plea agreement in the case. (snip) Stansberry's child molesting sentence won't be eligible for one day of credit for each day served. Harrington says that means he'll serve a total time on that charge of 42 years.
  • Moses In The Twelfth Dynasty Egyptian Literature, A Reconstruction

    04/22/2014 6:04:40 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Aris M. Hobeth ^ | 2010 | Aris M. Hobeth
    Conventional biblical scholars tentatively position Moses during the Ancient Egyptian New Kingdom reign of Ramses II. Not much evidence supports this view. However, the Egyptian Twelfth Dynasty stories provide so many details which match the Exodus details, that these coincidences strongly suggest that both sources are describing the same events... Amenemhet I - Sehetepibre (1991-1962) First king of the 12th Dynasty... The Story of Sinuhe tells of the events concerning his murder... This is 'the Egyptian' killed by Moses (as Sinuhe) for 'abusing a Hebrew'. He is Moses' half-brother and adoptive step-father. His mother is Nubian. Senusret I - Kheperkare...
  • Sotomayor accuses colleagues of trying to ‘wish away’ racial inequality

    04/22/2014 5:49:15 PM PDT · by Mandingo Conservative · 68 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 22 2014 | Robert Barnes
    Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s fierce defense of the affirmative action efforts like the ones that helped move her from a Bronx housing project to the upper echelons of American law found renewed voice Tuesday in an impassioned dissent that accused colleagues of trying to “wish away” racial inequality — and drew a tart response from Chief Justice John G. Roberts
  • Skydiver dies after landing in New Jersey yard during Easter egg hunt

    04/22/2014 5:47:46 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 31 replies
    The Morning Call ^ | April 21, 2014
    The Brooklyn man and veteran skydiver plummeted into a backyard when his parachute apparently failed to deploy properly at around 2 p.m. Sunday, according to the Gloucester County, N.J., Prosecutor’s Office. The family that lived there was having an Easter egg hunt at the time, according to media reports.
  • Elderly man calls for ambulance, violent cops beat him instead

    04/22/2014 5:25:39 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 60 replies
    daily caller ^ | 4-21-14 | Robby Soave
    An elderly Missouri man dialed 911 and asked for an ambulance to come and help his ailing wife. Instead, the police showed up, threw him to the ground, sat on his head and handcuffed him. He later received stitches for his injuries. “I never had anybody jump on me for doing nothing,” said the man, Elbert Breshears of Humansville, Missouri, in a statement to KSPR 33. The trouble began after Breshears called to get help for his wife, who suffers from dementia. He asked for paramedics to come provide assistance to her after she knocked out one of their home’s...
  • Homosexual Director of Camp Modeled After BoyScouts Arrested For Sexually Assaulting Multiple Boys

    04/22/2014 5:20:40 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 31 replies
    Times-Herald ^ | 4/22/2014
    RICHMOND — The arrest of a middle school teacher on suspicion of child sexual abuse this week has raised questions about the West Contra Costa Unified School District's hiring practices, because the teacher was hired while police were investigating him. Ron Guinto, 32, of Vallejo, was arrested about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of Mira Vista Elementary School. The seventh-grade English and science teacher is expected to be charged with 11 counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 years old, two counts of forced oral copulation and one count of assault with intent to commit sodomy,...
  • Former Port Authority Cop Who Toured With His Metal Band Cousin Sleaze While on Disability Pleads

    04/22/2014 4:25:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | JOHN MARZULLI
    Christopher Inserra, 32, was on disability for an injured arm while performing shows and thrashing around with the metal group. He pleaded guilty Tuesday to mail fraud and faces up to 14 months in prison when he's sentenced.Now he’s singing the blues. A former Port Authority cop who moonlighted as the lead singer for a Brooklyn-based heavy metal band called Cousin Sleaze, pleaded guilty Tuesday to collecting more than $30,000 in disability pay while he was touring with his fellow head-bangers. Christopher Inserra resigned from the force on Monday as part of the plea deal with federal prosecutors in which...
  • Accusations Prompt ‘X-Men’s Bryan Singer To Skip This Weekend’s WonderCon Fanfest

    04/22/2014 4:20:25 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 33 replies
    deadline dot com ^ | 4-2014 | Mike Fleming, Jr
    EXCLUSIVE: In the wake of shocking allegations of sexual abuse against Bryan Singer that surfaced five weeks before the launch of the new X-Men film, Singer has cancelled a scheduled appearance at this weekend’s WonderCon in Anaheim, Deadline hears. Fox instead will send Simon Kinberg as the studio prepares to launch the Singer-directed blockbuster X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Kinberg wrote and produced the film and has been a part of the X-Men universe since the beginning. Singer had been scheduled to be on hand to do interviews for the film that Fox opens May 23. It seems fairly obvious...
  • Baby Girl Weighing 6kg Born in Saudi Arabia (Premature, 13.23 LBS)

    04/22/2014 4:15:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    It was a premature delivery; Mom and baby in good healthA Saudi mother gave birth to a baby girl weighing six kg and doctors said it was one of the highest weights for a newborn to be recorded in the Gulf kingdom. The woman underwent a Caesarian operation at the hospital in the northern town of Tabuk after she went into labour in an early stage. “She had a premature delivery and the baby weighed around six kg, one of the heaviest babies to be born in the Kingdom,” the hospital’s public relations director Fahd Al Tuwaijri said, adding that...
  • Ranking The Most "Real" American Automobiles

    04/22/2014 4:13:47 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 66 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Apr 22, 2014 | Jeff Voth
    The Kogod "Made in America" Auto Index may not be on your radar when comparing vehicles. In today’s market, building new vehicles is a global undertaking for all automakers, including those who call North America home. That said, "built in America" still resonates with many people. Understanding that this is an important factor to some people, the Kogod index uses a unique evaluation process to determine how much domestic (North American) content is present in vehicles sold in the United States. A win here can mean a feather in the cap for some, specifically the Detroit "big three." "This index...
  • A Top Hospital Opens Up to Chinese Herbs as Medicines

    04/22/2014 4:08:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Christina Lunka appeared nervous and excited as she sat in the Chinese herbal therapy center recently opened by the Cleveland Clinic. The 49-year-old had been to many doctors seeking help for ongoing issues that included joint pain and digestive problems. Now the Kirtland, Ohio, resident was hoping to find relief through herbal remedies. Evidence Is Lacking That Herbs Are Effective"Do you have something for inflammation?" Ms. Lunka asked herbalist Galina Roofener during a one-hour consultation. "Absolutely," responded Ms. Roofener. "This is for pain, for digestion, for inflammation, all of the above," she said, handing Ms. Lunka a bottle with capsules...
  • A Lesson in Failure: Osborne Reef

    04/22/2014 3:54:39 PM PDT · by lacrew · 5 replies
    Aquaviews ^ | 9-17-12 | Creedence Gerlach
    Osborne Reef is an artificial reef off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida constructed of concrete jacks in a 50 feet (15 m) diameter circle.[1][2] In the 1970s, the reef was the subject of an ambitious expansion project utilizing old and discarded tires. The project ultimately failed, and the "reef" has come to be considered an environmental disaster[3][4]—ultimately doing more harm than good in the coastal Florida waters.
  • Urgent Surgery Saves Pregnant Camel, Baby

    04/22/2014 3:33:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    Veterinary doctors at the public health and safety department of Dubai Municipality have saved life of a pregnant camel by performing an emergency surgery, said Hashim Al-Awadhi, head of veterinary services section at Dubai Municipality. He said the camel and new born are safe and in good health now. The camel was suffering acute pain due to delivery complications which might have led to death of the animal if emergency surgery was not done, he said. He urged the public to be careful of the health and safety of all kind of domestic animals by following approved methods of animal...
  • A Cruel Internet Bully Called This Boy With Down Syndrome Ugly, His Mom’s Reaction is Priceless

    04/22/2014 3:24:25 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Steven Ertelt
    For children growing up, there is little that cuts to the emotional core like a bully calling them “ugly.” It’s a crass attack that usually reveals more about the insecurities of the bully than the beauty of the child being bullied. But it leaves a lasting impression for young children. Self-esteem issues, the loss of self-worth and a degradation of the beauty God gave each unique human being he created. Overall, it’s a loss of the celebration of the beauty of life. quinnAlthough he’s not pro-life on abortion, Jon Bon Jovi’s lyrics to the song “Ugly” are a good reminder...
  • When the People Cheer: How Hip-Hop Failed Black America

    04/22/2014 2:57:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    This is the first in a weekly series of six essays looking at hip-hop's recent past, thinking about its distant past, and wondering about the possibility of a future. There are three famous quotes that haunt me and guide me though my days. The first is from John Bradford, the 16th-century English reformer. In prison for inciting a mob, Bradford saw a parade of prisoners on their way to being executed and said, “There but for the grace of God go I.” (Actually, he said “There but for the grace of God goes John Bradford,” but the switch to the...
  • Is the Highway Trust Fund About to Hit a Dead End?

    04/22/2014 2:42:16 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 21 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-18-14 | Steven Johnson
    The Department of Transportation (DOT) released a report this past Tuesday showing that the Highway Trust Fund will run out of money by this August. The fund is the primary way by which the government maintains our roads and highways. While the fund received a $9.7 billion dollar infusion from the General Fund just after the start of this fiscal year, the fund’s outlays continue to outpace receipts and it will soon be in the red. To be sure, part of the reason for this is that transportation infrastructure costs are on the rise. As the highways built in the...
  • Jimmy Fallon Mocks Hillary Clinton For Dressing Like A Man

    04/22/2014 2:35:31 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4-22-14 | Jamie Weinstein
    “I want to say congrats to Chelsea Clinton. Last week she announced that she is expecting her first child,” Fallon said, setting up the joke. “That’s great. That’s great for her. If it is a girl, it will get some of Chelsea’s old hands-me-downs.” “And if it is a boy,” he continued, “it will get some of Hillary’s.”
  • Man stuck in drainage pipes for two days

    04/22/2014 2:06:00 PM PDT · by Renfield · 13 replies ^ | 3-12-2014
    LAWTON, Okla._A twenty-dollar bill dropped into a storm drain leads to a Lawton man being stuck in the city's underground water drainage system for two days. The man told police that he dropped the money into a storm water drain. He said that he had no choice but to go in after the lost money. But once underground, he lost his way, leaving him with little to do but hope someone would hear his calls for help. A group of high school students walking home from school through the intersection heard a strange voice coming from the manhole and quickly...
  • A Top Hospital Opens Up to Chinese Herbs as Medicines

    04/22/2014 1:43:29 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 27 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 21, 2014 | Sumathi Reddy
    Christina Lunka appeared nervous and excited as she sat in the Chinese herbal therapy center recently opened by the Cleveland Clinic. The 49-year-old had been to many doctors seeking help for ongoing issues that included joint pain and digestive problems. Now the Kirtland, Ohio, resident was hoping to find relief through herbal remedies. "Do you have something for inflammation?" Ms. Lunka asked herbalist Galina Roofener during a one-hour consultation. "Absolutely," responded Ms. Roofener. "This is for pain, for digestion, for inflammation, all of the above," she said, handing Ms. Lunka a bottle with capsules of an herbal combination called Xiao...
  • A man spent years taking photos of one small town, when you look closer, you’ll see why

    04/22/2014 1:12:02 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 69 replies ^ | march 22, 2014
    Artist and photographer Michael Paul Smith has spent hours upon hours photographing one special town that he holds very dear to his heart. There is something that always drew him to it, and the images he created are simple, but stunning. They glow with small-town charm and innocence, reminiscent of days and decades past. The town he photographs is quaint and beautiful. It’s like each picture tells a story of how life used to be in the United States. There’s not much going on in these pictures, but it’s obvious that this town is nothing but charm.
  • Former Girl Scout CEO pleads guilty to embezzlement (VA)

    04/22/2014 12:18:54 PM PDT · by EDINVA · 16 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | 04/21/2014 | Bill McKelway
    Carne, 62, pleaded guilty to a single count of embezzlement Monday in Hanover Circuit Court and faces up to 20 years in prison when she is sentenced in July.
  • Cities Where Americans Don’t Feel Safe

    04/22/2014 12:17:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 04/22/2014 | By Alexander E.M. Hess, Thomas C. Frohlich and Vince Calio
    According to Gallup, 70.5% of Americans surveyed in 2012 and 2013 said they felt safe walking alone at night. This is effectively unchanged from 2011, when 71% of respondents said they felt safe. In a number of metro areas, however, far fewer residents felt safe at night. In McAllen, Texas, where Americans were least likely to feel safe, less than half of all respondents were comfortable outside of their homes after dark. Based on data gathered by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, these are the 10 cities where Americans felt the least safe.Seven of the 10 metro areas in which residents...
  • KPD: Loaded, stolen gun found in woman's body

    04/22/2014 11:59:06 AM PDT · by don-o · 171 replies
    Kingsport (TN) Times News ^ | April 22, 2014 | Rain Smith
    A woman arrested on driver's license offenses now faces felony charges, with Kingsport police saying she introduced into jail some atypical contraband: a stolen — and loaded — .22-caliber mini-revolver, via an orifice of her body.
  • EXCLUSIVE: 'Negroes in the house! Negroes in the house!' Oprah shouted as her father and his wife

    04/22/2014 10:32:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 22, 2014 | Laura Collins
    Barbara Winfrey can pinpoint exactly when her divorce turned more ugly than she had ever thought possible. It was Friday 2 November 2012, her sixty-fourth birthday, and the day she received the telephone call that turned the implosion of her marriage into an 18-month legal battle with one of the most powerful celebrities on the planet – her stepdaughter, Oprah Winfrey. Barbara listened as Oprah delivered her thunderous ultimatum: ‘You say I never talk to you? I want to talk to you now. You have until Monday to get out of MY house.’ Earlier this month Barbara was finally served...
  • Godwin's Law and the Real Green Nazis

    04/22/2014 10:14:26 AM PDT · by Olympiad Fisherman · 19 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 4/22/2014 | Mark Musser
    Modern greens who inappropriately and metaphorically often use the term “denier” to compare global warming skeptics to Holocaust deniers are shockingly betrayed by their very own environmental history. Modern environmentalism was largely born in the racist forests of Germany in the 1800's that was at first anti-Semitic, but later became mixed up with Social Darwinian biological science in which the very word 'ecology' was coined in 1866. Today, the green movement is no longer racist, but has evolved into anti-humanism in general ...
  • 'Whirlybirds' Star Craig Hill Dies at 88

    04/22/2014 9:50:19 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 34 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | April 21, 2014 | Mike Barnes
    Craig Hill, who played P.T. Moore, the co-owner of a helicopter chartering company, in the 1950s syndicated TV adventure series Whirlybirds, died Monday, the Spanish newspaper Ara reported. He was 88. Hill, who also appeared as the prison-bound first-time offender at the beginning of the Kirk Douglas cop classic Detective Story (1951), died in Barcelona, family members told the newspaper. He had lived in Spain for decades.
  • Crook for Congress: Edwin Edwards - The Mafia's Choice

    04/22/2014 9:33:08 AM PDT · by topher · 17 replies
    Crook for Congress Flyer ^ | April 22, 2014 | Vanity
    I made the following flyer which has information accurate about the former Governor and convicted FELON Edwin Edwards run for Congress. Apparently, you can be a convicted felon and run for a Congressional seat! Edwin Edwards stated one of his reasons for running for Congress is that he is prevented by law from running for a Louisiana State Office. Edwin Edwards is running as a Democrat, and apparently the Democratic does not have any problem with his running for Congress... Image of my flyer:
  • No state funds for Obama library

    04/22/2014 9:25:59 AM PDT · by OMON · 33 replies
    Decatur Herald & Review ^ | April 22, 2014
    A state that is nearly broke has no business spending $100 million on a potential Barack Obama presidential library. But this is Illinois, where logic often takes a vacation. Throw in some parliamentary procedure shenanigans and the Obama presidential library is quickly becoming the typical Illinois government story – spend money that isn't there and do it in a sneaky way. The House executive committee last week approved borrowing $100 million to help finance a library for President Obama. Obama hasn't made a decision where his library will be located – Hawaii and New York are also in the running....