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  • Trump vows to provide ‘insurance for everybody’ in Republican health care replacement plan

    01/16/2017 6:29:08 AM PST · by mikelets456 · 130 replies
    Blaze ^ | 1/16/2017 | Blaze
    Speaking with the Washington Post over the weekend, President-elect Donald Trump promised that every American will have health insurance under his Obamacare replacement plan, which is set to be introduced in the openings months of his presidency. Though he didn’t provide the Post with many details about his plan, Trump said the plan will provide “less expensive and much better” coverage to Americans that Obamacare has “in a much simplified form.” “We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Trump told the Post. “There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it....
  • "We should tell China that we don't want the drone they stole back.- let them keep it!"

    12/17/2016 6:20:24 PM PST · by Mechanicos · 144 replies
    Twitter (Trump's) ^ | 12/17/16 | Donald J Trump
    "We should tell China that we don't want the drone they stole back.- let them keep it!"
  • Trump features Soviet soldiers in latest veterans video

    01/22/2016 12:12:57 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 83 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 22, 2016 | Gabby Morrongiello
    Just minutes after Donald Trump came under fire for retweeting a white nationalist on Friday, another Twitter user pointed out that the Republican presidential front-runner's latest campaign ad features images of Soviet soldiers. [screen capture at source] The images were included in a 40-second video posted to Trump's Facebook page Friday and accompanied by the following caption: "Our veterans are being treated worse than illegal immigrants. If Trump becomes president, that will end immediately. Our veterans will be proud and respected again. #‎MakeAmericaGreatAgain." Several of the medals worn by the veterans depicted in the video are engraved with a hammer...
  • Man uses first-class plane ticket to eat free for a year

    12/28/2015 12:37:40 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 41 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/29/14 | David K. Li
    A man in China purchased a first-class plane ticket - and used it to eat a year's worth of free meals at the VIP lounge at Xi'an International Airport. The frequent diner purchased a first-class, fully refundable ticket aboard Eastern China Airline. He used the ticket to gain access to the airport's VIP lounge, where high-rolling travelers dine for free.... The man re-booked his first-class ticket over and over again and kept the gravy train rolling. Eastern China Airlines officials only recently figured out the man's scheme after noticing his single ticket being re-booked 300 times over one year....
  • A Miracle Comes to Linux

    10/27/2015 6:51:01 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 11 replies
    FOSSForce ^ | 27 October 2015 | Ken Starks
    His name is Morgan, but it hasn’t always been his name. What it was before doesn’t legally matter any longer. What does matter, to us, is the concentric circles by which “Morgan” arrived…came to be. Morgan doesn’t know any better. Many metaphors of consciousness can be applied, but for Morgan, your arguments on his condition fall outside of his realm of concern. Morgan is Morgan, and what Morgan does in the present is all that matters. What might have been his reality, to you, before “the incident,” is simply pabulum to Morgan. To Morgan, you are children trying to complete...
  • Evil Genius (Repost)

    10/07/2015 6:51:43 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 21 replies
    The Artful Dilettante ^ | October 7, 2015 | Robert J. Seyko
    The following has been re-posted due to a critical error noted by an observant Freeper. We’ve all heard the term “evil genius,” maybe even used it a few times. This moniker is generally used to refer to infamous political figures in history who were able to amass great personal power, acquire or expand empires, or fundamentally alter the course of history while callously and cynically disregarding the incalculable pain, suffering, dislocation, economic destruction, and myriad forms of devastation left in the wake of their pursuit of glory or some utopian dream. Adolph Hitler is the person most often characterized as...
  • Evil Genius

    10/07/2015 6:11:46 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 3 replies
    The Artful Dilettante ^ | October 7, 2015 | Robert J. Seyko
    We’ve all heard the term “evil genius,” maybe even used it a few times. This moniker is generally used to refer to infamous political figures in history who were able to amass great personal power, acquire or expand empires, or fundamentally alter the course of history while callously and cynically disregarding the incalculable pain, suffering, dislocation, economic destruction, and myriad forms of devastation left in the wake of their pursuit of glory or some utopian dream. Adolph Hitler is the person most often characterized as an evil genius, with Josef Stalin a distant second. There are still German and Russian...
  • The infamous Irving Texas clock--challenging the story's foundation (20 second VIDEO)

    09/22/2015 7:13:47 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 20 replies
    Youtube ^ | Published on Sep 18, 2015 | G O'LastName
    The original story was about a controversial package in a school setting, but it was quickly claimed to be a homemade clock. If so, the clock itself (not the presentation) might be cool as the White House said. If not, the world may be propping up a plagiarist who flaunted the piece of crap in an intentionally controversial way (suppositions). This video challenges that the clock was homemade by showing a nearly identical package being prepared in about twenty seconds (screws and simple fasteners were excluded for brevity here). [please see brief 20 second video at link]
  • Ethereum, IT Dreamed Up By a Wunderkind 19 y.o. That Could One Day Transform Law, Finance & Society

    03/19/2015 11:50:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | March 19, 2015 | Jim Epstein
    Ethereum, the brainchild of wunderkind software developer Vitalik Buterin, who was just 19 when he came up with the idea, is the most buzzed-about project right now in the cryptocurrency community. It has attracted an all-star team of computer scientists and raised $18.4 million in a crowdfunding campaign—the third most successful of all time. And now, according to the official Ethereum blog, it's on the verge of being rolled out to the public. Ethereum's developers use a rolling ticker tape of bold tag lines to describe what they're creating, including a “Social Operating System for Planet Earth,” and “the Upcoming...
  • In defense of Ted Cruz's 'militaristic pessimism'

    09/24/2014 6:04:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Week ^ | September 24, 2014 | By Matt K. Lewis
    No U.S. lawmaker has better learned the lessons of both the Obama and Bush failures. Reaganesque? America has been screwing up on the foreign policy front for a long time. George W. Bush's efforts to spread democracy were laudable — but quixotic and ill-fated. And Barack Obama's "leading from behind" and"don't do stupid stuff" strategies, which supposedly learned all the right lessons from Bush-era misadventures? These also did not work. So as we head toward a critical presidential election in 2016, what should we be looking for when it comes to foreign policy? The answer is Ted Cruz. Don't laugh...
  • Actor had 'serious money troubles' after $30million divorce bills

    08/12/2014 2:05:55 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 93 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 12, 2014 | Sara Nathan for MailOnline
    As he stepped out on stage last year to hawk his big TV comeback in front of advertisers, comedy great Robin Williams joked it was 'nice to have a job where the checks will clear.' After making his name as the eccentric and beloved alien on 1970s TV hit Mork and Mindy, Robin transferred his attentions to Hollywood with a stream of box office hits. But after acclaim and an Oscar, the movie career started to dry up and the actor signed up for CBS show The Crazy Ones, a small-screen comedy about a 'renowned and slightly unhinged' advertising genius/madman....
  • 15-Year-Old is Creating a 3D Printer ’10X Faster, Most Reliable & Advanced Ever’

    07/06/2014 10:32:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    3D blog ^ | July 6, 2014 | Eddie Krassenstein, CEO,, Web Developer, Domain Investor, Internet Marketer
    The number one issue that people have with 3D printers today, is the speed at which they print at. People now-a-days want things quickly, at the touch of a button. Over the years, many of our everyday jobs, chores, and desires have reached a point of almost becoming instant. For example, when you want to print a document from your computer or tablet, its done in approximately 5-10 seconds. When you want to bring up a website on your smartphone, itÂ’s up in a matter of 1-2 seconds. Just about every aspect of our lives, when compared to that of...
  • Kanye West Disses Barack Obama: ‘You Can’t Effect Change’

    06/20/2014 1:16:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    The Root ^ | June 20 2014 | Yesha Callahan
    The rapper still has a bone to pick with the president.Kanye West can probably forget about being invited to the White House anytime soon. During an interview with Power 106 FM in Los Angeles, West was asked what he thought about the president and had a few unkind words. He replied, “You can’t effect change from inside the White House like that ... you gotta have the money.” SNIP According to the Daily Mail, West continued his rant, actually contradicting himself: “Good ideas usually aren’t connected to money as much ... Creativity and extreme genius are extremely cheap.” If you...
  • NC man gets jail after dropping pants to judge

    03/02/2014 11:38:24 AM PST · by don-o · 32 replies
    GRAHAM, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina 19-year-old faces jail time after pulling down his pants while walking away from a judge.
  • 4-year-old genius has same IQ as Einstein

    12/14/2013 3:11:11 PM PST · by Star Traveler · 153 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | December 13, 2013 | Amanda Stringfellow
    Sherwyn Sarabi scored an IQ of 160, just like Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, and Stephen Hawking. The British boy is already studying at the level of a 9-year-old and has read over 190 books. A four-year-old boy has stunned psychologists—after intelligence tests revealed him to have the same IQ as Einstein. Sherwyn Sarabi has tested off the scale for intelligence—scoring an IQ of 160—the highest mark on the test. It's the same score that experts believe scientist Einstein had, as well as being identical to that of Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking. Sherwyn from Barnsley, Yorks, started school two years...
  • SOWELL: The race-hustlers among us

    10/29/2013 2:20:30 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/22/13 | Thomas Sowell, a Genius in Our Time
    Years ago, someone said that according to the laws of aerodynamics, bumblebees cannot fly. But the bumblebees, not knowing the laws of aerodynamics, go ahead and fly anyway. Something like that happens among people. There have been many ponderous academic writings and dour editorials in the mainstream media lamenting that most people born poor cannot rise in American society anymore. Meanwhile, many poor immigrants arrive here from various parts of Asia, and rise on up the ladder anyway.
  • Einstein's genius put down to 'well-connected' brain halves

    10/06/2013 9:52:03 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 32 replies
    UPI ^ | October 4, 2013
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The brilliance of Albert Einstein's brain may have been down to unusually well-connected left and right hemispheres, U.S. and Chinese researchers say. Florida State University evolutionary anthropologist Dean Falk, using a technique developed by Weiwei Men of East China Normal University's Department of Physics, says the study was the first detailed look at Einstein's corpus callosum, the brain's largest bundle of fibers connecting the two cerebral hemispheres and facilitating interhemispheric communication.
  • John Boehner is a Genius. Here's Why...

    09/27/2013 9:01:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Political Algebra ^ | 09/27/2013 | Danny Vinik
    Turn the clock back a year. It’s the middle of the 2012 election and I tell you that President Obama will win a second term commandingly, Republicans will hold the House and Democrats will keep the Senate. On December 31, the Bush tax cuts expire and sequestration takes effect. Soon after that, we’ll hit the debt ceiling. President Obama also campaigned on raising taxes for those with incomes over $250,000, refuses to negotiate on the debt ceiling and everyone hates sequestration. Oh, and the Republican party will swing even further to the right in the aftermath of the election...
  • Is there a brain drain from Capitol Hill? If so, the GOP just lost its “evil genius”

    08/21/2013 11:37:56 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 18 replies
    ABC via Yahoo News ^ | August 20, 2013 | Jeff Zeleny and Jordyn Phelps
    In the 11th hour negotiations on Capitol Hill, away from the glare of the media and behind closed doors, there are high-level Congressional staffers working to close the deal. In many of the nation’s biggest legislative crises in recent memory, Rohit Kumar has been at the table. As the chief negotiator for Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell during the Obama administration, Kumar has been so cunning in negotiating for Republican interests that an unnamed White House official recently characterized him as an “evil genius” to The Washington Post. “I do think it was intended as a compliment and I don't...
  • Girl, 11, has higher IQ than Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking

    08/09/2013 10:53:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Metro ^ | 08/09/2013
    Cerys Cooksammy-Parnell playing chess at her home in Northampton (Picture: SWNS) An 11-year-old girl has become one of the smartest people in the UK by getting the maximum score on a Mensa IQ test – higher than Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.Cerys Cooksammy-Parnell, from Northampton, scored a mind-blowing 162 on the Cattell B scale.The schoolgirl sat the supervised test with her father Dean, 45, who is already a member of the elite intelligence club with an IQ of 142.Her father, who is a lawyer, came out of the test thinking Cerys had ‘fluffed it’ because of the speed at which...
  • NSA Leaker: I Had Authority 'To Wiretap Anyone'

    06/09/2013 11:03:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/9/13 | Tony Lee
    Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old who leaked information about the NSA's data surveillance programs, said he had the authority to wiretap even the president's email if he had a personal email address. In an interview with Glenn Greenwald the UK Guardian posted on Sunday, Snowden said while the NSA surveillance programs were at first more narrowly tailored, the agency now "specifically targets the communications of everyone" and stores them because "it's the easiest and most efficient" way to achieve their ends. He said he had the authority to wiretap nearly everyone in the United States.
  • Jonathan Winters dead; Groundbreaking improv comic was 87

    04/12/2013 7:42:40 PM PDT · by llevrok · 19 replies
    FOX News ^ | 4/12/2013
    Jonathan Winters, the cherub-faced comedian whose breakneck improvisations and misfit characters inspired the likes of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey, has died. He was 87. The Ohio native died Thursday evening at his Montecito, Calif., home of natural causes, said Joe Petro III, a longtime family friend. Petro said Winters died surrounded by family and friends. Winters was a pioneer of improvisational standup comedy, with an exceptional gift for mimicry, a grab bag of eccentric personalities and a bottomless reservoir of creative energy. Facial contortions, sound effects, tall tales — all could be used in a matter of seconds to...
  • The Marvelous Marie Curie

    01/18/2013 12:29:18 AM PST · by neverdem · 23 replies
    The New Atlantis ^ | Fall 2012 | Algis Valiunas
    Marie Curie (1867–1934) is not only the most important woman scientist ever; she is arguably the most important scientist all told since Darwin. Einstein? In theoretical brilliance he outshone her — but her breakthroughs, by Einstein’s own account, made his possible. She took part in the discovery of radioactivity, a term she coined; she identified it as an atomic property of certain elements. When scoffers challenged these discoveries, she meticulously determined the atomic weight of the radioactive element she had revealed to the world, radium, and thereby placed her work beyond serious doubt. Yet many male scientists of her day...
  • The Genius of Sam Donaldson

    12/25/2012 7:51:06 AM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/25/12 | David Garth
    Old Sam Donaldson is back in the news. You remember Sam, don't you? Physically, he tends to remind one of an eagle. Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to have the vision of one - particularly in regard to our future. Here's what Sam had to say last weekend: "It's the Tea Party and thinking of the Tea Party and people like that that are driving the Republicans out of contention as a national party. You cannot win nationally if you don't know something about the way the country's changed, and the Tea Party seems to think the country can go back...
  • Obamacare Ruling

    06/28/2012 1:31:58 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 21 replies ^ | 6.28.12 | Garry L. Hamilton
    I’m doing my best not to speculate too much on this. Ever played Bridge? You bid the hand in such a way that certain things are communicated to your partner, and then you trust that your partner will understand the bidding and play correctly. During play, you play your cards both in response to what the opposition plays and in such a way as to take advantage of your partner’s position. Bridge is a complex game with a significant trust component. I believe Roberts is playing Bridge here. I’m guessing (yeah, I said I’m trying not to speculate) that his...
  • Chief Justice Roberts Is A Genius

    06/28/2012 1:43:28 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 121 replies ^ | 6.28.12 | I.M. Citizen
    Before you look to do harm to Chief Justice Roberts or his family, it’s important that you think carefully about the meaning – the true nature — of his ruling on Obama-care. The Left will shout that they won, that Obama-care was upheld and all the rest. Let them. It will be a short-lived celebration. Here’s what really occurred — payback. Yes, payback for Obama’s numerous, ill-advised and childish insults directed toward SCOTUS. Chief Justice Roberts actually ruled the mandate, relative to the commerce clause, was unconstitutional. That’s how the Democrats got Obama-care going in the first place. This is...
  • Author Ray Bradbury Dies At 91

    06/06/2012 8:04:35 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 88 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 6, 2012 | Lynell George
    Ray Bradbury, the writer whose expansive flights of fantasy and vividly rendered space-scapes have provided the world with one of the most enduring speculative blueprints for the future, has died. He was 91. Bradbury's daughter confirmed his death to the Associated Press on Wednesday morning. She said her father died Tuesday night in Southern California. Author of more than 27 novels and story collections — most famously “The Martian Chronicles,” “Fahrenheit 451,” “Dandelion Wine” and “Something Wicked This Way Comes” — and more than 600 short stories, Bradbury has frequently been credited with elevating the often maligned reputation of science...
  • There IS a link between genius and madness - but we don't know why we evolved this 'gift'

    06/04/2012 6:33:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 60 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 4, 2012 | Rob Waugh
    There IS a link between creative genius and madness - with both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder frequent in highly creative and intelligent people. The idea was investigated by a panel of scientists who had all suffered some form of mental disorder. Kay Redfield Jamison of John Hopkins school of Medicine, who suffers from bipolar disorder, said that intelligence tests on Swedish 16-year-olds had shown that highly intelligent children were most likely to go on to develop the disorder.
  • Eureka! When a blow to the head creates a sudden genius

    05/20/2012 12:27:30 AM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Kurzweil ^ | 5/20/12 | staff
    How can we explain “acquired savants” — people with extraordinary talent who’ve miraculously developed artistic, musical, or mathematical abilities as a result of a brain injury, or temporarily from a transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) session — since they weren’t born with the talent and didn’t learn it later? For example, how is it that somebody like Derek Amato (video below), who’d never demonstrated any musical talent before hitting his head at the bottom of a pool, could suddenly handle jazz and classical pieces of astounding complexity without training? Darold A. Treffert, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of...
  • Last Chance to Elect a True Conservative

    01/02/2012 4:28:08 PM PST · by Chasaway · 216 replies · 1+ views ^ | January 2, 2012 | Douglas MacKinnon
    "Okay. It is now officially crunch-time for conservative voters. Time for them to grow-up, stand on principle, admit there is not a perfect candidate, cast aside the pretenders, flip-floppers, and flakes, and unite behind the most genuine traditional values espousing candidate in the field. That being Texas governor Rick Perry."
  • Police Claim Waka Flocka Flame Associate Slim Dunkin Killed Over Candy

    12/23/2011 2:05:23 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 32 replies
    pop crush ^ | 12-21-11 | Trent Fitzgerald
    Shocking details have surfaced in the murder of up-and-coming rapper Slim Dunkin (born Mario Hamilton). Atlanta police has told WSB-TV, that the Waka Flocka Flame associate was shot and killed during a fight over a piece of candy. Incredulous as the story may sound, authorities are still investigating the case and the shooter remains at large.
  • Cain's Foreign Policy Fogginess

    11/23/2011 8:24:43 PM PST · by TitansAFC · 50 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11-23-2011 | Allysia Finley
    "I'm not supposed to know anything about foreign policy," said Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain the other day after fumbling a question about President Obama's actions in Libya. "Because you run for president [people say] you need to have the answer. No, you don't! No, you don't!" His dearth of knowledge and interest in foreign policy was on full display in last night's GOP debate.... ...On the Patriot Act, Mr. Cain was even more hazy. "If there are some areas of the Patriot Act that we need to refine, I'm all for that. But I do not believe we ought...
  • An insult? No, this shows why Maggie was so mighty (Streep differs with, respects Thatcher greatly)

    11/14/2011 6:41:43 PM PST · by presidio9 · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 14th November 2011 | Baz Bamigboye
    Many feared the worst when they heard Meryl Streep was to play Margaret Thatcher in a new film. Not only was Baroness Thatcher to be cast as a rather befuddled, elderly woman looking back on the triumphs and disappointments of her life, but Streep is also of a very different political hue from Maggie. It was commonly agreed that our greatest Prime Minister since Churchill would be vilified. Such fears are misplaced. Having just seen the film in a London preview before its release in January, and then having spoken at length to Meryl Streep about her role in The...
  • Let's All Take A Deep Breath - (my first vanity post)

    11/02/2011 5:05:00 PM PDT · by BagCamAddict · 52 replies
    Pulled it outta my... um..... Obama | 11-02-11 | Self
    I encourage everyone to take a deep breath, and let the campaign chips fall where they may for a couple weeks, without passing judgement. We are watching political ping-pong right now. We don't have facts on either side yet. Cain has been accused. Perry is now being accused by Cain. Romney is now being accused by Perry. Will Romney turn around and accuse Bachmann or Santorum? Time will bring everything out in the open that we need to know. We are all guilty of jumping to conclusions without any facts. The media is playing us, and we are letting them....
  • Cain on China: “They’re trying to develop nuclear capability”

    11/01/2011 7:37:08 PM PDT · by Def Conservative · 21 replies
    The phrasing’s slightly ambiguous so it becomes a rorschach test on Cain. If you like him and trust that he has a grasp on policy, you’ll think he’s referring here to developing nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. The Pentagon’s chief worry right now is China building any sort of carrier, not necessarily a nuclear one, so this would be an odd bit of specificity from Cain. But fair enough — a Chinese nuclear carrier would indeed be a big deal. If you don’t like him and/or don’t trust him on policy, you’ll think he’s referring here to China developing a general nuclear...
  • Herman Cain releases bizarre advert [chief of staff smoking a cigarette as "I am America" plays]

    10/25/2011 3:01:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 87 replies
    New Statesman ^ | October 25, 2011 | Samira Shackle
    The spot was posted on October 19th, according to its YouTube page, but because it was unlisted on Cain's main YouTube page it seems to have gone undiscovered until now. There has been some speculation online that the spot is a hoax, but the Cain campaign late Monday night confirmed to CBS News that it is legitimate. A campaign official said that the video was "just Block being Block." But it's unclear what the campaign planned to do with the video, whether it was intended to be an ad, or why it wasn't publicly available on Cain's page with his...
  • Cain 9-9-9: Huge Tax Haul from VAT

    10/18/2011 2:41:08 PM PDT · by Def Conservative · 65 replies · 1+ views
    The Herman Cain campaign released details of the revenue expected to be collected from his 9-9-9 tax plan. Here are the estimates for 2010: $701 billion from the 9 percent personal income tax. $753 billion from the 9 percent retail sales tax. $863 billion from the 9 percent business VAT. Yikes! By far the largest tax haul under the Cain plan would be from the business VAT—a tax which would be hidden from most voters. By the way, the Cain business tax is not a tax on “corporate income,” as some media stories are identifying it. The new revenue data...
  • Cain comes under attack at Republican debate

    10/18/2011 6:29:26 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 95 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 18, 2011 | Steve Holland and Patricia Zengerle
    (Reuters) - Upstart Republican front-runner Herman Cain on Tuesday came under sharp attack from his rivals at a 2012 debate and struggled to explain his tax reform plan, the signature proposal of his campaign. Cain, the former Godfather's Pizza CEO who has shot to the top of Republican opinion polls, found himself the target at the CNN-sponsored debate, where his rivals began to take him seriously after believing he would simply fade as time wore on.
  • Herman Cain: Electrify the Border Fence

    10/15/2011 6:06:22 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 176 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 10-15-2011 | Doug Powers
    Herman Cain: Electrify the Border Fence Doug Powers October 15, 2011 It’s now a “9999” plan: 9 percent personal income tax, 9 percent national sales tax, 9 percent business tax, and a 9 amp jolt if you try to illegally cross into the US.New York Times: Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Saturday that part of his immigration policy would be to build an electrified fence on the country’s border with Mexico that could kill people trying to enter the country illegally.The remarks, which came at two campaign rallies in Tennessee as part of a barnstorming bus tour across the...
  • Finally, The Cognoscenti Ask: What Could We Be Thinking?

    09/30/2011 4:05:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 30, 2011 | The great MARK STEYN
    'The way I think about it," Barack Obama told a TV station in Orlando, "is, you know, this is a great, great country that had gotten a little soft." He has a point. This is a great, great country that got so soft that 53% of electors voted for a ludicrously unqualified chief executive who would be regarded as a joke candidate in any serious nation. One should not begrudge a man who seizes his opportunity. But one should certainly hold in contempt those who allow him to seize it on the basis of such flaccid generalities as "hope" and...
  • Are we leaving gifted students behind?

    09/06/2011 11:44:40 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 29 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 31, 2011 | Stacy Teicher Khadaroo,
    Ian McKeachie is a freckled 15-year-old who "drifted along" in elementary school. Not because he didn't love to learn or because it wasn't a good school, but because he mastered new concepts so quickly that the classroom work presented no challenge. "My teachers would usually use me as a tutor for the other kids," he says, "so I was engaged in school, just not in a way that had me learning."
  • Hopenchange = Church of the Sub-Genius

    08/29/2011 6:23:20 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 5 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | Aug 29, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Forget all that jive about Obama being some cross between Einstein and Jesus Christ.... evidence continues to mount that this arrogant, unaccomplished nothing isn't exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer...  Can't walk Can't talk Can't think Can't drink No longer grin 'cuz cannot win Yet will not heed... On floor he peed The loafers are light... And he can't even write (!) On November 16, 1990, Barack Obama, then president of the Harvard Law Review, published a letter in the Harvard Law Record, an independent Harvard Law School newspaper, championing affirmative action. ... The response is classic Obama:...
  • UConn Rescinds 13-Year-Old's Acceptance

    07/07/2011 5:52:19 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 70 replies · 1+ views
    Henry Louis Gates' "The Root" ^ | 6 July | Desmond-Harris
    Autum Ashante, a highly academically accomplished 13-year-old from the Bronx, N.Y., planned to start her freshman year at the University of Connecticut this fall. Now, her father says, the school has rescinded her acceptance, the Daily News reports. Batin Ashante said that his daughter was "devastated" after university officials called him yesterday to deliver the bad news. "They said they now feel she's not academically ready," he said. "That's BS!" When the story was first reported in mid-June, UConn spokesman Richard Veilleaux confirmed that Autum had been accepted to the school but said university officials were still waiting for the...
  • Too smart for politics?

    04/30/2011 5:01:55 AM PDT · by Scanian · 35 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 30, 2011 | Editorial
    Even for DC's worshipful press corps, Washington Post scribe Dana Mil bank's latest column was a doozy. Hoping to explain why the president appears to be an indecisive waffler, Milbank whelped this whopper: Obama's too smart for his own good. That's a new one. But is it true -- is Obama too bright to be president? Milbank consulted his tea leaves -- and a few social scientists -- to help diagnose Obama's malady: Genius in the extreme! "I put Obama on the couch," Milbank wrote, "and came away with a reasonably coherent diagnosis: There's too much going on in the...
  • IQ tests measure motivation - not just intelligence

    04/25/2011 5:01:57 PM PDT · by decimon · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | April 25, 2011 | Unknown
    Intelligence tests are as much a measure of motivation as they are of mental ability, says research from the US.Researchers from Pennsylvania found that a high IQ score required both high intelligence and high motivation but a low IQ score could be the result of a lack of either factor. Incentives were also found to increase IQ scores by a noticeable margin. The study is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Firstly, it analysed previous studies of how material incentives affected the performance of more than 2,000 people in intelligence tests. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania,...
  • Genius at Work (Big Bang Theory Disproven by 12-year-old boy)

    At 12-years-old, Jacob Barnett is a genius. He’s already in college, his IQ is higher than Einstein’s, and for fun he‘s working on an expanded version of that man’s theory of relativity. So far, the signs are good. Professors are astounded. So what else does a boy genius with vast brilliance do in his free time? Disprove the big bang, of course. Original Story is below: When Jacob Barnett first learned about the Schrödinger equation for quantum mechanics, he could hardly contain himself. For three straight days, his little brain buzzed with mathematical functions. From within his 12-year-old, mildly...
  • U of A[lberta] researcher questions whether genius might be a result of hormonal influences

    03/11/2011 10:38:44 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 23 replies · 1+ views
    University of Alberta ^ | 11-Mar-2011 | Jamie Hanlon
    U of A researcher questions whether genius might be a result of hormonal influences A longstanding debate as to whether genius is a byproduct of good genes or good environment has an upstart challenger that may take the discussion in an entirely new direction. University of Alberta researcher Marty Mrazik says being bright may be due to an excess level of a natural hormone. Mrazik, a professor in the Faculty of Education's educational psychology department, and a colleague from Rider University in the U.S., have published a paper in Roeper Review linking giftedness (having an IQ score of 130 or...
  • Man arrested for hitting pregnant woman in the head with handgun ("Genius" tattooed on forehead)

    02/02/2011 2:50:32 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 33 replies
    Fox 19 Cincinnati ^ | February 2, 2011
    CINCINNATI, OH - A man has been arrested for hitting a pregnant woman in the head with a hand gun. Jerome Smith, 27, was arrested February 1st, however, the attack happened on January 29th. happened on the 29th. The police report states a man with "Genius" tattooed on his forehead attacked Tiera Bryant, who is eight months pregnant.
  • Is there a genius in all of us?

    01/13/2011 3:39:14 PM PST · by decimon · 38 replies
    BBC ^ | January 12, 2011 | David Shenk
    Where do athletic and artistic abilities come from? With phrases like "gifted musician", "natural athlete" and "innate intelligence", we have long assumed that talent is a genetic thing some of us have and others don't. But new science suggests the source of abilities is much more interesting and improvisational. It turns out that everything we are is a developmental process and this includes what we get from our genes. A century ago, geneticists saw genes as robot actors, always uttering the same lines in exactly the same way, and much of the public is still stuck with this old idea....
  • Obama's Problem as 'The Smartest Person in the Room'

    12/21/2010 3:07:28 AM PST · by Scanian · 58 replies · 2+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | December 21, 2010 | Larrey Anderson
    Since Obama first stepped on the national stage, pundits have fallen all over each other in a race to declare that Obama is special type of genius. Tom Shales of the WaPo recently called Obama "the smartest kid in the class." Billionaire Julian Robertson claimed, "Obama, from all I read, thinks that on every occasion that he is the smartest person in the room. And I think he often probably is. ..." Robertson may be half-right. Obama apparently does consider himself the smartest person in every room. According to Peter Baker of the NYT, "One prominent Democratic lawmaker told me...