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  • The US Navy's Toilet Bomb

    03/01/2015 7:35:48 PM PST · by NowApproachingMidnight · 39 replies
    Neatorama ^ | 2/28/15 | John Farrier
    In 1965, the aircraft carrier USS Midway was bombing Vietnam. VA-25, an attack aviation unit of the Navy, operated from the Midway. In October, one of the toilets on the ship cracked. The crew planned to dispose of it. Commander Bill Stoddard, the executive officer of VA-25, came up with a novel way to get rid of the toilet. To celebrate the six millionth pound of ordnance dropped by his unit, Cdr. Stoddard had the toilet painted with the "Fist of the Fleet" emblem of his unit. It was then loaded onto his Skyraider. Cdr. Stoddard dropped it on a...
  • Shocking moment orchard worker, 35, was gunned down by police for 'throwing rocks'

    02/28/2015 9:59:35 PM PST · by Rabin · 53 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | February 2015 | Associated Press Reporter
    Jan. 26 death death of Jessica Hernandez's who was shot by dead by police was ruled a homicide (deliberate and unlawful killing of one person by another;), Fourty seven shots were fired, Jessica a 17-year-old Colorado girl, was unarmed. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/death-denver-teen-jessica-hernandez-killed-police-ruled-homicide-n314771 Antonio Zambrano-Montes, 35-year-old Washington orchard worker (Mex) in had thrown rock at (moving) cars. Tonio was fired upon 17 times by Pasco police from less than five yards...
  • A-10 Warthogs return

    02/21/2015 8:09:04 PM PST · by Rabin · 40 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | February 19, 2015 | Jennifer H. Svan
    SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany — Fighting rages in Ukraine, Leaders in Europe on Wednesday welcomed back a Cold War Hammer. Twelve of the previous one hundred forty, Close-air support A-10 “Warthogs” — designed in the 1970s to knock out Soviet tanks — are back in Germany.
  • Is Rudy Giuliani A Modern-Day Racist Who Doesn’t Know It?

    02/20/2015 8:25:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Rudolph Giuliani’s hot off the press comments about President Barack Obama has proven the politician to be a delusional racist. While speaking in front of a New York fundraising crowd, he tried to deliver poignant commentary on Obama’s apparent lack of patriotism, but instead said: “I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America. He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up, through love of this country.” These are...
  • America’s unjust efforts to preserve white privilege (COMMENTARY)

    02/18/2015 5:38:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | February 17, 2015 | Father Tom Ehrich
    TUBA CITY, Ariz. (RNS) As I pass through the Navajo Nation on my 4,000-mile drive across America, I catch a disturbing glimpse of a white-power insurgency happening in all regions. White settlement of the Southwest meant dislodging the native population at gunpoint. U.S. Army troops slaughtered the Navajo at will. Whites broke one treaty after another, then forced the Navajo in 1864 onto a “Long Walk” of 300 miles away from their tribal lands. When a pregnant Navajo woman came to childbirth, an impatient Army soldier simply shot her. The Navajo were allowed to return four years later to a...
  • Meet Erick Gelhaus - All About The Sheriff’s Deputy Who Shot And Killed Andy Lopez

    02/14/2015 9:55:00 PM PST · by Rabin · 3 replies
    International Buisness Times ^ | October 30 2013 | Treye Green
    Death of Andy Lopez continues to outrage some people across the nation... after the 13-year-old was shot down and riddled on Oct. 22 when a sheriff’s deputy...
  • Task force proposes sheriff's department oversight in Sonoma County

    02/06/2015 9:55:33 PM PST · by Rabin · 4 replies
    myfoxchicago.com ^ | Sunday, November 17, 2014 | Debora Villalon
    SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KTVU) -- Sonoma County is poised to establish an independent auditor for its sheriff's department over a year after a teenage (Mex)with a pellet rifle was slaughtered by a(Sanoma)deputy. A 21 member "task force" has been meeting to work through well justiied community rage. "We're going to get something built and then we're all going to work on making it better every single day," declared task force member Amber Twitchell. "My fear is nothing is going to change, " Elaine B. Holtz.. >real American dreamers<<. // snipp // Jeff Westbrook, 57, a Santa Rosa program manager at...
  • Should Jews Have To Pay Reparations for Slavery? Looking Back, Jewish Record Far From Admirable

    01/31/2015 6:16:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    The Jewish Forward ^ | January 30, 2015 | Richard Kreitner
    Uncivil Behavior? Judah P. Benjamin served as the Confederate Secretary of War. The 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the United States — Congress passed the Thirteenth Amendment in late January 1865 — comes at an fraught moment in the history of race relations. Considering that black men are being killed by police at the same rate as they were lynched in the era of Jim Crow, it can be depressing to reflect on how many promises of 1865, not to mention 1776, have not yet been fulfilled. But it can also be edifying to probe into some...
  • Children’s Video Showing “Dancing Genitals” Criticized For Not Being Progressive Enough (Video)

    01/25/2015 9:30:43 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 43 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 24, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    For years the Progressive left has made the case that the United States should be more like Europe. From the way we consume oil, to our healthcare system, the Progressives are convinced that Europe does it better. But I wonder what the American left would say about a recent article on the National Post, which reports that some on the European left are saying that a video, targeting children, consisting of dancing genitalia, isn’t quite Progressive enough: “STOCKHOLM — In socially liberal Sweden, an educational video for children featuring dancing genitals has become an online hit — and even drawn criticism...
  • The Pro-Life Movement Must Stop Being Whores of the Republican Party

    01/23/2015 9:19:18 PM PST · by Morgana · 36 replies
    redstate.com ^ | January 22nd, 2015 | Erick Erickson (Diary)
    I know there are many angered by the title of this post, but the truth hurts. I cannot tell you the number of times I have been to political events where a politician kisses babies and talks Jesus so the pro-lifers in the crowd get thigh sweats and send the politician to Washington. When the politician takes up with his mistress or pays for an abortion or, as Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC)51% did, undermines the pro-life cause, they are just horrified. But still they return predictable to the GOP for more abuse and disappointment. Maybe it is time for a...
  • Emily Letts Abortion Video: The Whole Story (Graphic)

    01/22/2015 7:38:44 PM PST · by Morgana · 14 replies
    clinicquotes.com ^ | January 4, 2015 | Sarah Terzo
    Emily Letts of Cherry Hill Women’s Center had an abortion, which she filmed to show that abortion was easy and positive. She wanted to portray abortion in a good light. She only showed herself in the video, smiling as she aborted the pregnancy. The camera never panned down to see the operation itself. This video shows the WHOLE story. Please watch it to the end, to get the full impact. VIDEO ON LINK
  • FUBAR on steroids

    01/21/2015 6:05:30 PM PST · by Rabin · 2 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | January 21, 2015 | Heath Druzin
    During a Per-RICO hearing on VA construction Cabal, “This is a FUBAR on steroids if I’ve ever seen one. …I feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone when I listen to this,” Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) In the latest "construction mismanagement" cost the department hundreds of millions of dollars, delayed major projects by years (a gift that keeps on giving). could end up costing more than $1 billion -- more than the lavish U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Speaking in front of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson said the department is overhauling the way they...
  • Al Jazeera - Unbiased?

    01/20/2015 2:10:12 PM PST · by madmominct · 30 replies
    Madmominct
    Just a general question - There seems to be a meme among lefties that Al Jazeera is an exceptionally "objective" news source. I haven't read Al Jazeera, but I wondered how the hell it has this reputation, even among the addled Left? I had an argument with my (college-aged) daughter over Christmas break about this. She insisted that it, along with the BBC, is very factual. I find this hard to believe, and suppose I should read it myself, but just wondered what you guys thought. I'm SURE there is no objectivity about Israel, for example.
  • 8 Arguments Used to Blame Black People for Their Own Oppression — and How to Counteract Them

    01/18/2015 5:48:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | January 15, 2015 | Nick Chiles
    Black people are too intent on holding on to wrongdoings from the past. Therefore, they keep blaming someone else for their problems.The list of wrongs done to Black people throughout their history in the U.S. that are still resonating in their lives today is extensive and extremely disturbing. As a result of hundreds of years of subjugation in an oppressive, racist system, Black households have one-tenth the wealth of white households in this country. While the Civil Rights Era enabled African-Americans to make great advances in the past 40 years — achieving high school, college and post-graduate degrees at accelerating...
  • 575 Administration Drive, Room 102 A Santa Rosa CA

    01/17/2015 6:50:34 PM PST · by Rabin
    wherevent ^ | Tuesday 27 January 2015 | Organized by : Justice For Andy Lopez
    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors make a mockery of the attempts of the Task Force and its Subcommittees to initiate change in response to the killing of Andy Lopez by Deputy Erick Gelhaus... Now they make plans to move forward with a park for Moorland, on the site where Andy was killed, with no mention of Andy Lopez.
  • First World Problems: Real or Imagined

    01/10/2015 12:44:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | January 9, 2015 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    One of you is going to watch this, and comment: This is 3 minutes and 44 seconds of my life I’ll never get back. There is so much wrong there, it’s hard to know where to start. Please, don’t hate me for posting this. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)
  • The Ominous Republican Hold on Congress

    01/07/2015 1:41:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Gilmer Mirror ^ | January 7, 2015 | Sheldon Richman
    As we face the new year, the biggest concern for peace lovers is Republican control of the U.S. Senate. While Republican votes don’t reach the key number 60, members of the GOP will still be in a strong position to push their belligerent global agenda. I don’t mean to overstate the danger. After all, the Democrats were hardly better. But those who abhor war will awaken each day knowing that hawkish Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz, and their ilk are in control. Peacemongers haven’t had much to cheer about during the Obama years. Barack Obama has gone back...
  • Live Video of an Abortion Procedure [Caution! Graphic]

    12/21/2014 8:33:49 PM PST · by Morgana · 24 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | December 17, 2014 | Sarah Terzo
    This video shows an abortion and the bodies of aborted babies. It is extremely graphic and disturbing. There are millions of abortions done every day in the world, and over 3500 in the United States. The first baby in this video appears to be in the second trimester. There are hundreds of abortions a day done at this stage in the US alone. An abortion clinic worker also appears in the video. Her speech on how abortion is a loving and sacred act is contrasted with the reality shown in the abortion video. Here is the video: Viewer discretion is...
  • Driving Ukrainians Into Putin’s Arms

    12/08/2014 10:19:25 PM PST · by wetphoenix · 75 replies
    NYT opinions ^ | DEC. 8, 2014 | Lev Golinkin
    A RECENT United Nations report says that nearly half a million Ukrainians have fled the country since April. The fact that families run from a war zone is heartbreaking but hardly unexpected. The disturbing part lies in the details — of the roughly 454,000 people who had fled Ukraine by the end of October, more than 387,000 went to Russia. Most of those who fled were Russian speakers from the east, but this still raises a sobering question: If this is a conflict between Ukraine and Russia, why did so many Ukrainians choose to cast their lot with the enemy?...
  • Michigan License To Discriminate A Portent Of Impending Theocracy (Compares us to ISIS)

    12/05/2014 9:42:22 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | December 5, 2014 | Rmuse
    There has been no dearth of news stories, reports, and commentary over the past few months on the epidemic of racists, whether in law enforcement or the general population, either inflicting or attempting to inflict, punishment on African Americans for being African Americans. As noted here on Tuesday, “there are certain groups who are adamant that as superior human beings they have authority to mete out punishment for violations of their beliefs that are usually borne of religion.” Despite protections in the U.S. Constitution and federal and state laws, the past six years have seen an increase in religious fundamentalists...
  • AR-15 Question

    12/05/2014 7:31:09 AM PST · by PROCON · 57 replies
    Vanity | Dec. 5, 2014 | Vanity
    Quick question for you gun aficionados.
  • The Case for Reparations (to Undocumented Workers) [Think he's kidding?]

    12/04/2014 4:20:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Nation ^ | December 1, 2014 | Greg Grandin
    Where, outside of a marginalized left, are today’s equivalent of the antebellum radical Republicans, “ready and willing to destroy” the coercive deportation regime? Where are the absolutists, who would brook no compromise, who would rather see the republic ripped apart than tolerate an immigration system that denies equal rights to millions upon millions of people; that brutalizes families, generates thousands upon thousands of desert deaths, and breeds sexual terror, be it on the journey here, in the factory and field, or in the closed quarters of the home, where women workers have limited protections and where fear trumps whatever slim...
  • Dog Meat: It Cures Malaria, Repels Witches – Eaters in Ibusa, Agbor, Ubulu-Uku, Umunede

    09/02/2014 6:47:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 70 replies
    Vanguard (Nigeria) ^ | September 02, 2014 | Emmanuel Okolie
    AGBOR—THE number of people turning to dog meat (flesh and other palatable parts derived from dogs) for its undocumented health and spiritual benefits is snowballing, compelling sellers to open road side joints where they butcher and sell the meat, fresh or cooked. From Ibusa to Agbor, Ubuluku and Umunede in Delta State, you see men mostly in hidden or open kiosks demolishing plates of dog meat pepper soup, which they claim stands out from any other meats Dog meat joint Dogs butcher at work Dogs butcher at work As a group of people gathered round a giant size cooking pot...
  • the nuclear option: when officer safety is job no. 1, citizens die

    08/31/2014 9:32:59 PM PDT · by Rabin · 87 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 31 Aug 2014, | CHARLES HURT
    St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, officer safety is the number one issue, after two of his officers fired nine rounds into a shoplifter. Is a police officer's number one job really to protect himself and his partner? Really?
  • Ex: Man Accused of Knowingly Spreading HIV Still on Grindr

    08/31/2014 2:34:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Aug 29, 2014 | Omari Fleming
    Thomas Miguel Guerra may be using the alias Ashton Chavez on dating sites A San Diego man accused of knowingly spreading HIV to unwitting partners is still active on the dating app Grindr and may be using an alias, an ex-boyfriend tells NBC 7. Thomas Miguel Guerra, 29, has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge in connection with what San Diego City Attorney officials say was an ongoing plan to knowingly spread HIV. An ex-boyfriend who spoke with NBC 7 shared a text message in which Guerra appeared to gloat about a person becoming HIV-positive. "Yay lol… Someone getting...
  • Honeytrap women ‘hid stolen Rolex watches in their vaginas’

    08/31/2014 2:19:59 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 112 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 30 Aug 2014
    A group of women have been accused of hiding two stolen Rolex watches in their vaginas. Charmella Triggs, Bryanna Warren and Trinity Kennard, both 23, were detained by Las Vegas police after CCTV images reportedly showed them stuffing the expensive watches down their dresses. The three women had reportedly stolen the items worth £9,600 ($16,000) from two men at the Encore Hotel. According to police they lured the victims to a room and had sex with them before taking the Rolexes. The women were reportedly pursuit by one of the men who quickly stopped when one of them produced a...
  • Inside Modern Iran, Where Porn and Prostitution Are Rampant

    08/30/2014 7:40:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    SNIP “Morals don’t come into it,” Navai writes. “Lying in Tehran is about survival . . . when the truth is shared in Tehran, it is an act of extreme trust or absolute desperation.” SNIP
  • OP-ED: We Need the Legalization of Being Black

    08/29/2014 5:55:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Juvenile Justice Information Exchange ^ | August 29, 2014 | John Lash
    I have sometimes imagined that because of my time in prison I can understand what it is like to be black in the United States. I lived for nearly 25 years under conditions of control, viewed with suspicion and presumed dangerous. The law enforcement that ran the prisons were taught to view prisoners as an enemy, and that things could go wrong at any moment and they often responded with preemptive or excessive force. It was also a world full of black prisoners, who far outnumbered the other races, so I lived as a minority and sometimes suffered because...
  • Our Heritage of Hate

    08/28/2014 3:47:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Bucks County Courier Times ^ | August 28, 2014 | Chuck Thompson, Community Blogger
    In a recent column in the Philadelphia Inquirer, a German native discussed how his country has dealt with the guilt over the murder of six million Jews during the Holocaust. He provided a lesson all Americans should learn. Franziska Holzschuh is a reporter for the German daily newspaper Nurnberger Nachrichten and is on assignment with The Inquirer as part of the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship Program. His hometown is Nuremberg, where the initial laws singling out the Jews for persecution were passed and where the war crimes trials were held at the conclusion of World War II. Mr. Holzschuh said...
  • VA: No proof that delays in care caused deaths at Phoenix hospital

    08/25/2014 11:14:36 PM PDT · by Rabin · 7 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | August 25, 2014 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    The VA Inspector has been investigating the deaths for months and has now shared draft of his findings with Top Officials. The new VA Secretary McDonald said: "It is important to note" that while the report documents deficiencies in quality and substantial delays in care, OIG was unable to conclusively assert that the absence of quality or care directly caused the death of any these victims. This May, the inspector found that 1,700 veterans, waiting for primary care appointments at the Phoenix VA, did not show up on the wait list. An additional 1,800 will have to wait at three...
  • Henry Rollins Slams Robin Williams For Committing Suicide: 'How could you do that to your children?'

    08/23/2014 12:59:38 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 60 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Friday, August 22, 2014 | eTHAN sACKS
    Henry Rollins slams Robin Williams for committing suicide: 'How in the heck could you possibly do that to your children?' The hardcore rocker and spoken word artist doesn't mince his words when it comes to Williams' Aug. 11 suicide, suggesting that the 40,000 people who commit suicide each year in this country 'are 40,000 people who blew it.'Hardcore rocker Henry Rollins is being branded as a punk for criticizing Robin Williams in his weekly newspaper column. The former Black Flag frontman and self-proclaimed Williams fan slammed the late comic actor for committing suicide and "traumatizing" his three children in the...
  • Over 10,000 killed in Kiev’s punitive op - Ukrainian MPs

    08/08/2014 9:46:41 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 130 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 8-8-2014 | RT
    More than ten thousand people have been killed in Kiev’s punitive operation in southeastern Ukraine since April, said a Ukrainian parliamentary group. The MPs addressed the president urging to declassify information on citizens killed. The Ukrainian parliamentary group “For peace and stability” said on Friday that the figure was given by volunteer groups working in the east of the country, ITAR-TASS reported. “We have estimated that just in the first two weeks of July nearly 2,500 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in the area of the ‘anti-terrorist operation’,” the group said in a statement in the Verhovnaya Rada (Ukraine’s parliament). “The...
  • Bergdahl attorney says client has been vilified

    08/06/2014 10:12:36 PM PDT · by Rabin · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 16, 2014 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
    Bergdahl, 28, "sent back" after years held by Suni Dominants. Obama agenda of the moment ordered Bergdahl's release from Haqqani in trade for five Taliban, some of the deadliest against U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
  • Feds to Spend $194K to Study Skill-Building for Male Sex Workers in Peru

    08/06/2014 5:47:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 6, 2014 - 3:33 PM | Melanie Hunter
    The federal government has awarded the University of California Los Angeles $193,989 in taxpayer funds to study skill-building as HIV prevention for male sex workers in Peru. The grant was issued by the National Institute of Mental Health, a part of the National Institutes of Health, and proposes “a pilot study for a group that has been neglected in the Peruvian HIV epidemic, namely male sex workers (fletes).” Men having sex with men in Peru have a “high burden of HIV” at 10 to 15 percent, compared to male sex workers, who have a 23 percent prevalence, researchers found. …
  • Putin asks government to develop countermeasures to Western sanctions

    08/05/2014 4:47:34 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 37 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 8-5-2014 | RT
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged his government to come up with countermeasures to Western sanctions imposed against Russia over the Ukrainian conflict. Putin stressed that Moscow’s response should be “cautious.” “Obviously we need to do it cautiously in order to support domestic manufacturers, but not hurt consumers,” he said on Tuesday. The president expects the government to present a response to the sanctions as soon as possible. Putin said that the political tools of pressure being used against the Russian economy are unacceptable, stressing that they go against international rules and norms. Putin’s comments come on the same day...
  • Florida Inmate's Request to Be Castrated Is Denied (Sex Offender)

    08/02/2014 7:08:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Saturday, Aug 2, 2014
    A Florida judge has denied an imprisoned sex offender's request that he be castrated at the expense of the state. The Ocala Star-Banner reports that the man is serving 10-year sentence after pleading no contest to second-degree felony sexual battery. In a hand-written motion, the 35-year-old inmate asked a circuit court judge to modify his sentence to include castration. The motion did not explain why the inmate wanted to be castrated. The court denied the motion saying it did not have jurisdiction in the case.
  • The World’s Heaviest Pole Dancer ‘Has it ALL in Her Locker’

    07/28/2014 11:20:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Tuesday 29 Jul 2014
    LuAyne Brown, who goes by the stage name Lulu, claims to be the world’s heaviest pole dancer, at 18 stone. While the 29-year-old mum-of-two from Maryland might be twice the size of her fellow female pole dancers, she reckons she boasts double the tricks. She’s got a whole repertoire of lifts, splits, knee-holds and spins in her arsenal and regularly competes on the pole dancing circuit. As she puts it, she’s got ‘it all in her locker’ and ‘there’s no move she can’t perform’. Go Lulu. She may be twice the size of other women but LuAyne Brown boasts double...
  • '[Person] Eating' Piranha Relative Found in Russian Pond

    07/27/2014 1:06:48 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Jul. 25 2014
    The Baltic Sea is not known for its flesh-stripping tropical fish, but this season, a close relative of the piranha reputed to have a fondness for nibbling on men's testicles has appeared in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad on the Baltic. A local fisher nabbed several South American pacu in a city pond and handed them over to marine biologists for identification, Interfax reported Friday. The pacu is a cousin of the omnivorous piranha. Unlike its fearsome relative, it mostly subsists on a pacific diet of nuts and algae, but last summer media dubbed the pacu the "ball cutter" when...
  • Wisconsinites: Let Scott Walker Live Up To His Commitments To The Free Market

    07/25/2014 1:37:41 PM PDT · by BuckWilliams · 11 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | July 25, 2014 | Buck Williams
    Unfortunately, competition is under attack in my beloved Wisconsin when it comes to energy choice. For the state where I grew up watching my father decry and fight like hell against the ruinous policies of Robert LaFollette Jr., who turned the state into a progressive “paradise” of which only Karl Marx and Gus Hall could be proud, I want nothing more than a vibrant competitive market. While Gov. Scott Walker has done more than any other Wisconsin governor in recent memory to undo policies that threaten competition, he’s missing the boat on energy choice in the state.
  • Married Man Sees Doctor About Stomach Pain, Discovers he's a Woman

    07/24/2014 7:05:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    A 44-year-old married Zhejiang man went to the doctor after experiencing stomach aches and blood in his urine, only to discover he was on his period. Not only that, but he had a full set of female reproductive organs. Man-strual cramps Chen knew something was wrong when he found himself constantly feeling fatigued and having a swollen face and legs. Even worse, he found blood in his urine. However, he never expected the CT scan to reveal that he had a uterus and ovaries. Results from chromosome examination also showed that Chen had a pair of XX sex chromosomes, meaning...
  • David Gregory’s time on ‘Meet the Press’ is almost up

    07/23/2014 5:54:44 AM PDT · by 1raider1 · 23 replies
    New York Post Page Six ^ | July 23, 2014 | Emily Smith
    According to insiders, NBC political director and chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd is the rightful heir to Gregory, but he has not been officially offered the job. Other names said to be in the frame include “Today” anchor Savannah Guthrie, who comes from a political background but is unlikely to be released from the flagship morning show where she’s hugely popular. Guthrie is also due to give birth to her first child next month and will return to “Today” after maternity leave. MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” team of Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski have also been said to be angling...
  • Benghazi attack suspect pleads not guilty in US court

    07/20/2014 9:24:31 PM PDT · by Rabin · 2 replies
    Fance 24 ^ | 06-29-2014 | Staff
    The Libyan charged over the deadly attack on the US mission in Benghazi pleaded not guilty in a US court on Saturday. Ahmed Khatallah has been indicted on a charge of conspiracy to provide material support... FBI Director James Comey hailed Khatallah's capture as a "major step forward", US officials suggest that the suspect was "hiding in plain sight"...
  • Dunford urges Congress to approve Russian helicopter deal

    07/17/2014 9:36:52 PM PDT · by Rabin · 7 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | : July 17, 2014 | John Vandiver
    Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford urged to back off plans to cut funding ($550 million contract for Rosoboronexport, Russian supplier of the Mi-17), claiming it would have a “catastrophic” effect on Afghanistan’s ability to conduct operations. By the end this year, U.S. will abandon its position in Afghanistan. Russian forces who will replace US are flight ready with the Mi-17, though many would prefer American class equipment.
  • Pentagon’s big budget F-35 fighter ‘can’t turn, can’t climb, can’t run’

    07/15/2014 9:06:15 PM PDT · by Rabin · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 14, 2014 | David Axe
    The U.S. military has grounded all its new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters following an incident on June 23, when one of the high-tech warplanes caught fire on the runway of a Florida air base. The no-fly order — which affects at least 50 F-35s at training and test bases in Florida, Arizona, California and Maryland. F-35 is on track to become by far the military’s most numerous warplane. It was designed to replace almost all current fighters in the Air Force and Marine Corps and complement the Navy’s existing F/A-18s.
  • Sonoma County grand jurors say they're not equipped to investigate officer-involved shootings

    07/13/2014 8:03:09 PM PDT · by Rabin · 14 replies
    THE PRESS DEMOCRAT ^ | July 12, 2014 | LORI A. CARTER
    Every year since 2001, the Sonoma County grand jury has reviewed what police call “critical incidents” – officer-involved shootings and the deaths of suspects or criminal defendants in custody. Until this year. The 2013-14 grand jury, whose term ended June 30, declined to examine such cases. That includes the October fatal shooting of teenager Andy Lopez by Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputy Erick Gelhaus, among other deaths involving law enforcement in the past year. Citing a lack of expertise, financial support and public misconceptions about their role, Sonoma County grand jurors decided to diverge from the longstanding custom.
  • Iraqi Kurds take over two northern oil fields

    07/11/2014 9:37:48 PM PDT · by Rabin · 11 replies
    Stars & Stripes.com ^ | July 11, 2014 | Sinan Salaheddin (AP)
    BAGHDAD — Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday and said they would use some of the production for domestic purposes, further widening a split with the central government of Prime Minister Maliki. The president of the Kurdish (prior, no fly) zone has said the areas won't be returned — including the highly disputed, flashpoint city of Kirkuk — and he called for Kurdish lawmakers to prepare to hold an independence referendum in the area, a move strongly opposed by Baghdad, Turkey and the United States. //Snip// http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/7/11/iraq-parliament-dysfunction.html,...
  • China’s growing assertiveness is transforming Japan’s security policy

    07/09/2014 9:42:03 PM PDT · by Rabin · 8 replies
    Aljazeera, America. ^ | July 9, 2014 6:00AM ET | Jennifer Lind
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a decision to reinterpret the Japanese constitution, allowing Tokyo to militarily support partners that are under attack.
  • UFC 175 LIVE THREAD

    07/05/2014 6:56:12 PM PDT · by Manic_Episode · 60 replies
    UFC
    Middleweight Championship Chris Weidman (c) (11-0) vs Lyoto Machida (21-4) Women Bantamweight Championship Ronda Rousey (c) (9-0) vs Alexis Davis (16-5) Heavyweight Stefan Struve (29-6) vs Matt Mitrione (7-3) Middleweight Uriah Hall (9-4) vs Thiago Santos (9-2) Bantamweight Marcus Brimage (6-2) vs Russell Doane (13-3)
  • Wu-Tang Affiliated Rapper Who Dismembered Himself Says Penis is Reattached [title shortened]

    07/03/2014 1:15:26 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 51 replies
    Radio.com ^ | 7/1/14
    One-time Wu-Tang Clan-affiliated rapper Christ Bearer says that, despite the fact that he cut his penis off in a much-written about incident in April, his member has reunited with his body and is now fully functioning. In fact, he hopes to prove both points by doing a porno film. -snip- TMZ’s crack interviewer asked the rapper if any drugs were involved in his self-castrating incident, which led to a series of bleeped-out expletives; however he does say, “PCP was involved!” and adds, “Kids, say no to drugs!”
  • 8 Other Laws That Could Be Ignored Now That Christians Get To Pick And Choose(They're mad!)

    06/30/2014 9:29:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | June 30, 2014 | Ryan Grim, Washington bureau chief
    The owners of a chain of stores called Hobby Lobby don't like Obamacare. In particular, they really don't like the part that requires insurance companies to cover contraceptives. Normally, people who don't like a law petition the government to change that law. That's how a nation of laws works. But these men are Christians. The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Christian business owners are special. Their deeply held religious belief that some particular form of contraception is immoral carries more weight than the force of law, five conservative Christian justices ruled. The court -- in a fairly bald admission that...