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  • 'He died while smoking, drinking whiskey and telling lies' - obituary to fisherman

    03/30/2015 12:28:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 30, 2015
    Full title: 'He died while smoking, drinking whiskey and telling lies': Hilarious and heartfelt obituary to Alaska fisherman, 60, published in local paper by adoring daughter ".........The obituary goes on to tell the story of Malcolm's life, starting with his upbringing in Kirkland, Washington. At the age of 19, Malcolm left his home state for Dutch Harbor, Alaska in order to realize his life's calling to 'yell at deckhands on commercial fishing boats.' For forty years, Malcolm worked as a boat cook, mechanic, deckhand, captain and boat owner catching crab, halibut, black cod and salmon - mostly out of the...
  • Indiana Governor: This Is the Same Religious Freedom Law Obama Voted for in Illinois

    03/29/2015 5:59:50 PM PDT · by grundle · 21 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | March 29, 2015 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    White House doesn't dispute it. In an appearance on ABC's This Week, Indiana governor Mike Pence defended his state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act by noting that Barack Obama had voted for the same law as an Illinois state senator. "The Religious Freedom Restoration Act was signed into federal law by President Bill Clinton more than 20 years ago, and it lays out a framework for ensuring that a very high level of scrutiny is given any time government action impinges on the religious liberty of any American," Pence said. "After last year's Hobby Lobby case, Indiana properly brought the same...
  • (Michelle Obama Approved) Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Qualify as ‘Smart Snack’ Under Federal Guidelines

    03/29/2015 3:13:16 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies
    NPR ^ | March 28, 2015 | Monica Eng
    Guess What Makes The Cut As A 'Smart Snack' In Schools? Hot Cheetos Flamin' Hot Cheetos might conjure a lot of descriptors: spicy, crunchy, unnaturally fiery red. But it's a good bet that "healthy" didn't exactly spring to mind. Yet it turns out that those fiery Cheetos beloved by school children (some kids even made an epic rap paean to Hot Cheetos a few years ago) actually qualify as a "Smart Snack" under revised federal nutrition guidelines for schools. The Obama administration rolled out the new guidelines last year in a bid to limit the amount of junk food kids...
  • Heartless Visitors Snap Selfies at East Village Blast Site (NYC)

    03/29/2015 9:24:26 AM PDT · by thefactor · 21 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 29, 2015 | Kevin Fasick
    Self-absorbed jerks are treating the East Village gas-explosion site like a tourist attraction, shooting grinning selfies of themselves even as rescuers search for life in the ruins where two bodies might still be buried.“THIS IS A TRAGEDY NOT A TOURIST ATTRACTION,” one frustrated neighbor wrote in a sign taped to a front door on nearby 7th Street. “SHOW SOME RESPECT,” the sign demanded.Other selfie-snappers included Christina Freundlich, whose LinkedIn profile lists her as a communications director for the Iowa Democratic Party. She posted a grinning photo of herself at the scene giving the peace sign.
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    03/29/2015 9:02:57 AM PDT · by Faith · 16 replies
    March 29, 2015 | Faith
    So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!Matthew 21: 6-9
  • Utility found 'hazardous situation' months before NYC blast [someone illegally tapped gas line]

    03/29/2015 7:09:19 AM PDT · by grundle · 22 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | March 29, 2015 | Jennifer Peltz
    NEW YORK (AP) — More than seven months before an explosion and fire leveled three apartment buildings in Manhattan's East Village, utility workers discovered that the gas line to a restaurant in one of them had been illegally tapped, creating a hazardous situation, according to the company. On Aug. 6, a meter reader at the restaurant detected the smell of gas and reported it, said Consolidated Edison spokesman Allan Drury. A gas crew dispatched to the site found multiple leaks in a gas line that had been tapped, Drury said, adding that the restaurant was the only customer in the...
  • 'Open the goddamn door!': Desperate final pleas of Germanwings captain emerge

    03/28/2015 7:56:05 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 75 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/28/15 | Allan Hall
    In the plane, the automatic alarm signal ‘Sink Rate’ sounds almost at the same time, according to the voice recorder. Shortly afterwards there is a loud bang, which sounds like someone trying to enter the cockpit. Sondheimer yells: ‘For God’s sake, open the door!’ In the background, passengers can be heard screaming. At 10.35am ‘loud, metallic banging against the cockpit door’ is heard again, according to the French authorities. The jet is still 7,000ft above the ground. About 90 seconds later there is a new warning message – ‘Ground! Pull up! Pull up!’ The pilot is heard shouting: ‘Open the...
  • Pilot Andreas Lubitz 'planned to marry teacher GF but she broke off before Alps crash' [trunc]

    03/28/2015 7:39:07 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/28/15 | By Ian Gallagher and Allan Hall In Montabaur, Germany For The Mail On Sunday and Stephanie Linning f
    Killer pilot Andreas Lubitz once planned to marry his long-term girlfriend but she broke off the relationship because his Jekyll and Hyde personality left her fearing for her safety, it was claimed. The woman, named for the first time as teacher Kathrin Goldbach, is understood to have called time on Lubitz's increasingly erratic and controlling behaviour just weeks before the Germanwings crash. Reports emerged that police searching the pilot's flat had found a 'small mountain of pills' and he had apparently been refusing to take his antidepressants medication.
  • Old Crimson Interview Reveals A More Radical John Kerry

    03/28/2015 4:41:52 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 23 replies
    Harvard Crimson ^ | February 11, 2004 | ZACHARY M. SEWARD
    “I’m an internationalist,” Kerry told The Crimson in 1970. “I’d like to see our troops dispersed through the world only at the directive of the United Nations.”
  • Reporter says John Kerry answered ‘Allah willing’ – in Arabic- when asked if nuke deal...

    03/28/2015 4:26:23 PM PDT · by blueyon · 73 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | 3/28/15 | Michael Dorstewitz
    ""Reporter says John Kerry answered ‘Allah willing’ – in Arabic- when asked if nuke deal would happen"" Secretary of State John Kerry allegedly responded in a most unusual way to a reporter’s question Friday whether a nuclear arms deal could be reached with Iran before the March 31 deadline. “Allah willing,” Kerry replied — in Arabic, according to Laura Rozen, a reporter covering the Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, for the Washington, D.C.-based online publication, Al-Monitor. As news reached the public Friday that a deal may be forthcoming, Rozen tweeted:
  • Philly Woman Sues Angie's List , Calls Service "Fraudulent,Deceptive" (Obama bot Angie is Outed )

    03/28/2015 2:44:47 PM PDT · by ncalburt · 33 replies
    philadelphia magazine ^ | 3/26/2015 | Victor Firrolla
    http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/26/angies-list-class-action-lawsuit/
  • I'm planning heinous act remembered forever Killer pilot's ex girlfriend (yep gay)

    03/28/2015 6:26:32 AM PDT · by ncalburt · 69 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/28/2015 | david williams ,sam marsden,tom kelly
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3015504/I-m-planning-heinous-act-remembered-forever-Killer-pilot-s-ex-girlfriend-says-shared-chilling-prophecy-Alps-crash-woke-nightmares-shouting-going-down.html
  • Iran nuke deal and Ted Cruz eligibility have something in common

    03/28/2015 6:06:35 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 37 replies
    On March 27, 2015, I appeared in studio on Washington’s Drive at Five hosted by Larry O’Connor on WMAL 630 in D.C. We touched on two completely unrelated, but interesting, subjects: Obama’s plan to make an end run around Congress to the U.N. Security Council to sign a nuke deal with Iran, and claims that Ted Cruz is not eligible to be President because he was born in Canada. For background on why Cruz is eligible, you can read my September 3, 2013 post, natural born Citizens: Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, Ted Cruz. But it’s 11,102 words, so it might...
  • Giant alligator is back at Florida golf course, and he’s hungry

    03/28/2015 2:40:28 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 50 replies
    WOKV ^ | 03/27/15 | Jonathan Tully
    ENGLEWOOD, Fla. — That massive alligator is back on a golf course, and he appears to be hungry. Myakka Pines Golf Club in Englewood posted photos of the gator the staff calls “Goliath” (good name for him) on the golf course’s Facebook page. This time, the big guy is apparently in the process of devouring a turtle.
  • New Jersey's Six Flags Great Adventure To Cut 18,000 Trees To Go Solar

    03/28/2015 1:36:07 AM PDT · by grundle · 59 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | March 27, 2015
    JACKSON, N.J. (AP) — A theme park plans to cut down more than 18,000 trees for the construction of what it says will be the largest solar farm in New Jersey. Six Flags Great Adventure says the facility will generate 21.9 megawatts, or enough to power about 3,100 homes, and capable of meeting all of the park's needs.
  • (Race Card) Indiana Black Democrat Representative Accuses Colleague’s 18-Month-Old of Being Racist

    03/27/2015 9:10:08 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | March 24, 2015 | BizPacReview.com
    Lawmakers gasp when black Dem Rep accuses colleague’s 18-month-old of being racist Proving that the race card has no bounds a Democrat Indiana lawmaker has accused an 18-month-old of being a racist. While debating the controversial “Religious Freedom Bill” recently signed into law by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Rep. Vanessa Summers said the toddler, who is the son of her colleague Republican Judson McMillin was afraid of her because she’s black. “He looked at me like I was a monster and turned around and cried,” she said. “And I told him you need to introduce your child to some people...
  • http://money.cnn.com/2015/03/26/news/companies/dean-smith-will-200/index.html

    03/27/2015 8:05:03 PM PDT · by djwright · 3 replies
    CNN money ^ | 3/26/2015
    The late North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith said thank you to all of his former players one last time in his will. About 180 former Tar Heels will get $200 checks from the accountant who administers his trust. The checks contain the notation "Dinner out."
  • Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz had just been DUMPED by fiancée before he murdered 149

    03/27/2015 2:54:45 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 76 replies
    Express UK ^ | 03/27/15 | LEVI WINCHESTER
    Reports this morning suggested the pilot may have been badly affected by a "relationship crisis" and was struggling to cope following a break-up with his girlfriend - who he was due to marry next year. He is said to have shared an apartment in Dusseldorf - the destination of the doomed plane - with a woman whose surname is Goldbach. ——— Reports suggested there was a "violent struggle" between the two airmen, who were "shouting at each other" moments before impact.
  • Top violator of women's rights around the world? It's Israel says UN

    03/27/2015 10:34:59 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 45 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 3/20/2015 | Anne Bayefsky
    Guess who is the number one violator of women’s rights in the world today? Israel. Violating the rights of Palestinian women. At least that is the view of the UN’s top women’s rights body, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). CSW ends its annual meeting on Friday, March 20 by condemning only one of the 193 UN member states for violating women’s rights – Israel. Not Syria. Where government forces routinely employ rape and other sexual violence and torture against women as a tactic of war. Where in 2014 the Assad regime starved, tortured and killed at least...
  • Officer (NO BILLED) who killed UIW student yelled “Stop .. Stop” repeatedly before shooting him

    03/27/2015 5:56:53 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 17 replies
    SA Express News ^ | 03/26/2015 | Drew Joseph, Michelle Casady
    Before former University of the Incarnate Word police Cpl. Christopher Carter fatally shot Robert Cameron Redus in December 2013, he told him repeatedly to stop resisting and warned the 23-year-old student that he would shoot him if Redus did not stop, according to an audio recording of the incident released Thursday. But Carter radioed an incorrect location to the dispatcher when he first made contact with Redus and back-up units still did not know where Carter was even after Carter opened fire on Redus. At one point during the 11 minutes that led up to the shooting, Carter asked Redus...
  • So much for NO mass appeal: Texas Tribune finds DEMOCRAT who likes Ted Cruz in NYC

    03/26/2015 9:32:39 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | Mar 26, 2015 | By The Right Scoop
    The Texas Tribune took to the streets of New York City, specifically Times Square, and asked random people what they thought of Ted Cruz. Many hadn’t heard of Ted Cruz, but he did find one admitted Democrat who said likes what she sees in Ted Cruz so far. Of course, there are others in the video who like Cruz and the rest are idiots.
  • 25 facts you should know about the August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse [Coast to Coast]

    03/26/2015 7:06:18 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 90 replies
    Astronomy Magazine ^ | Tuesday, August 5, 2014 | Michael Bakich
    As I write this blog, I realize that the event is more than three years away. But it’s going to be so huge that I thought I’d list some of the important details for our readership, the general public, and the media. Hey, it’s never too early for knowledge, right? Anyway, these are the facts. 1. This will be the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. in 38 years. The last one occurred February 26, 1979. Unfortunately, not many people saw it because it clipped just five states in the Northwest and the weather for the most part...
  • Wooly Mammoth Genes Inserted into Elephant Cells

    03/26/2015 5:19:25 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 60 replies
    Discovery News ^ | 25 March 2015
    Researchers from Harvard University have successfully inserted genes from a woolly mammoth into living cells from an Asian elephant, the extinct giant's closest remaining relative. Harvard geneticist George Church used DNA from Arctic permafrost woolly mammoth samples to copy 14 mammoth genes -- emphasizing those related to its chilly lifestyle. "We prioritized genes associated with cold resistance including hairiness, ear size, subcutaneous fat and, especially, hemoglobin," Church told The Sunday Times. Then, using a kind of DNA cut/paste system called CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat), Church dropped the genes into Asian elephant skin cells. The result? A petri...
  • Footage Captures Shocking Teen Crashes Caused by [self imposed] Distractions

    03/26/2015 12:32:17 PM PDT · by grundle · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 25, 2015
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEioOcIQz-c
  • Software Glitch Causes F-35 to Incorrectly Detect Targets in Formation

    03/26/2015 6:50:26 AM PDT · by Doogle · 37 replies
    Military.com ^ | 03/24/15 | Kris Osborn
    Engineers are trying to fix the F-35’s software package after it was discovered the sensors for the Joint Strike Fighter malfunction when detecting targets when the aircraft flies in formation. Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, Program Executive Officer, F-35, said he didn’t have a date when the correction would be made. However, he said the problem would not delay the declaration of the Marine variant of the aircraft, the F-35B, ready for combat. “When you have two, three or four F-35s looking at the same threat, they don’t all see it exactly the same because of the angles that...
  • Chuck Norris Writes to Save the A-10 Warthog from Retirement

    03/26/2015 6:46:40 AM PDT · by Doogle · 17 replies
    Military.com ^ | 03/24/15 | Bryant Jordan
    Air Force leaders wanting to send the A-10 Thunderbolt to the bone yard already have any number of lawmakers criticizing them from Capitol Hill. Now they’ve got “Lone Wolf McQuade” coming after them. Action star Chuck Norris – an Air Force veteran – on Monday delivered an editorial roundhouse kick to the Air Force, arguing on the World Net Daily website that the “Warthog” – as it is known – still has plenty of fight left in it. In the ongoing campaign against ISIS, Norris writes, “the A-10′s utility is warranted even more now than ever.” “Its firepower capability, speed...
  • OBAMA FAILS TO SHOW AFTER BEING INTRODUCED AT OBAMACARE EVENT

    03/25/2015 1:44:16 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 93 replies
    grabien ^ | March 25, 2015 | No Attribution
    Today at 10:30 AM ET, President Obama was scheduled to speak at the White House's "Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network Kickoff Meeting." His introducer, seemingly sensing the president was tardy, gamely tried stretching out his remarks. Then, at around 10:35, apparently receiving word the president was ready to go, the audience was encouraged to applaud for the next speaker, "the president of the United States!" Then an awkward silence fell over the crowd as the president failed to show. Spectators could be seen putting down their cameras, losing hope. Finally, nine minutes later, the president arrived. No explanation...
  • The 12,400 mile superhighway from Britain to America: Plans proposed...

    03/25/2015 9:51:24 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 96 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | March 24, 2015 | Will Stewart
    Britain could be linked with America by road as part of an ambitious project to create the world's longest superhighway spanning half the circumference of the globe. Proposals have been put forward to build the mega route stretching about 12,400 miles from the western edge of Russia to the Bering Strait where the country nudges Alaska.
  • Google Makes Most of Close Ties to White House

    03/25/2015 4:36:21 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 20 replies
    WSJ ^ | March 23,2015 | Brody Mullins
    Search giant (GOOGLE) averages a White House meeting a week during Obama administration. As the federal government was wrapping up its antitrust investigation of Google Inc., company executives had a flurry of meetings with top officials at the White House and Federal Trade Commission, the agency running the probe. Google co-founder Larry Page met with FTC officials to discuss settlement talks, according to visitor logs and emails reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt met with Pete Rouse, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama, in the White House. The documents don’t show exactly what was discussed...
  • Army and Marine Corps Still Disagree over M16/M4 Bullet

    03/24/2015 6:35:31 PM PDT · by Redcitizen · 33 replies
    Military.com News ^ | March 20, 2015 | Matthew Cox
    U.S. lawmakers recently questioned Army and Marine Corps leaders on small-arms and why the two services buy completely different bullets for the M16A4 rifles and M4 carbines. "You guys are using two different rounds, and you have procured several million rounds to date and you have used them in combat," Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., said at a March 19 House Armed Services Committee hearing. Sanchez, the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, wanted to know why the Marine Corps uses the M855 5.56mm round and the Army uses the M855A1.
  • Yahoo Political Reporter: Cruz Talking About God-Given Rights Is 'Bizarre'

    03/24/2015 3:10:16 PM PDT · by grundle · 46 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | March 23, 2015 | Tom Blumer
    Meredith Shiner is currently a Yahoo News political reporter. Before spending three years at Roll Call, where she was considered "a leader in the newsroom," she toiled at the Politico for two years. Shiner is a graduate of Duke University, and "grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago." I have provided these resume-level details to emphasize how utterly incomprehensible it is, as well as downright scary, that a woman with this kind of background and experience could have published, reacting to Ted Cruz's speech announcing his presidential candidacy, the following tweet (HT Instapundit): So Meredith Shiner: Is a journalist...
  • Chino High School Teacher Who Learned As An Adult That She’s Genetically Female Goes Public

    03/24/2015 12:37:15 PM PDT · by ConservativeInPA · 67 replies
    CBS LA ^ | March 20, 2015
    HINO (CBSLA.com) — Students at Chino High School returned to school this week to find that their chemistry teacher looked very different and had a new name: Amanda Swager. “It’s just relaxing to be able to wake up in the morning and just be me,” Swager told KCAL9’s Crystal Cruz. As Cruz reports, Swager grew up as a boy, Michael, but always knew there was something feminine about her. As an adult, she learned that she was actually genetically female and began transitioning. “I look at myself in the mirror and I go, ‘I see a female body,’ ” she...
  • Utopia’s Jailers

    03/24/2015 12:32:14 PM PDT · by Twotone · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | March 24, 2015 | Kevin Williamson
    Necessity drives invention. In the field of military innovation, all sorts of inventions — the Maginot line, the flame fougasse, trench warfare, the Vickers machine gun — were rooted in the same urgent necessity: keeping Germans out. War is evil and ugly, but Europe experienced a worse horror when that necessity was inverted, and the totalitarian movement that controlled half of the continent decided it needed a way to keep Germans in. And so utopia’s jailers built the Berlin Wall and any number of similar fortifications. The ideologue may say that a wall is a wall is a wall, but...
  • A promised 'right' to fast internet rings hollow for millions stuck with 20th-century speeds

    03/24/2015 10:22:40 AM PDT · by Patriot777 · 25 replies
    The Conversation, Phys.org, ^ | March 24, 2015 - 3 hours ago | Bianca Reisdorf And Anne-Marie Oostveen
    In response to the government's recent declarations that internet speeds of 100Mb/s should be available to "nearly all homes" in the UK, a great many might suggest that this is easier said than done. It would not be the first such bold claim, yet internet connections in many rural areas still languish at 20th-century speeds. The government's digital communications infrastructure strategy contains the intention of giving customers the "right" to a broadband connection of at least 5Mb/s in their homes. There's no clear indication of any timeline for introduction, nor what is meant by "nearly all homes" and "affordable prices"....
  • Azealia Banks tweets close-up shot of genitals to Blaze blogger

    03/24/2015 9:45:22 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 60 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 24, 2015 | Jessica Chasmar
    Rapper Azealia Banks on Saturday reportedly tweeted a close-up photograph of genitals to The Blaze blogger Matt Walsh and conservative radio host Wayne DuPree after they criticized her for declaring her hatred for “fat white Americans” during a recent Playboy interview. Ms. Banks received the ire of conservatives last week when she told Playboy she hates everything about America and can’t wait to leave. “Like, I hate fat white Americans,” she said. “All the people who are crunched into the middle of America, the real fat and meat of America, are these racist conservative white people who live on their...
  • Sowell: Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015)

    03/24/2015 9:36:51 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 24, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    It is not often that the leader of a small city-state — in this case, Singapore — gets an international reputation. But no one deserved it more than Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of Singapore as an independent country in 1959, and its prime minister from 1959 to 1990. With his death, he leaves behind a legacy valuable not only to Singapore but to the world. Born in Singapore in 1923, when it was a British colony, Lee Kuan Yew studied at Cambridge University after World War II, and was much impressed by the orderly, law-abiding England of that day....
  • David Crosby behind the wheel of a Tesla that hit jogger

    03/24/2015 7:50:07 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 76 replies
    FOX News ^ | 3-23-15 | Mitchell White
    A Santa Ynez man suffered major injuries Sunday night after being run over by singer-songwriter David Crosby, according to officials. At around 5:45 p.m., Mr. Crosby, 73, of Santa Ynez, was traveling west on Baseline Avenue in his 2015 Tesla sedan, according to California Highway Patrol Sgt. Don Clotworthy. Mr. Crosby, who was driving into the sun, did not see the jogger on the right side of the road. The man, Jose Jiminez, 46, of Santa Ynez, was struck and fell to the ground. At the time of the collision, Mr. Crosby was traveling at a reported speed of 55...
  • Snapchat leads Somerset County sheriff’s deputies to wanted man [Maine]

    03/23/2015 1:10:27 PM PDT · by Steven Scharf · 1 replies
    The Bangor Daily News ^ | 3/23/2015 | Ryan McLaughlin
    Bangor Daily News Snapchat leads Somerset County sheriff’s deputies to wanted man By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff Posted March 23, 2015, at 12:26 p.m. FAIRFIELD, Maine — A man Somerset County sheriff’s deputies had been seeking in connection with a January burglary at remote sporting camp made it easy for police to arrest him on Sunday after he posted his hiding location on a social networking app. Christopher Wallace, 24, had apparently used Snapchat to post that he was at a Fairfield residence, which prompted the public to contact the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, according to a posting on the...
  • How English ruined Indian literature

    03/23/2015 2:02:37 AM PDT · by Cronos · 42 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 19.March.2015 | Aatish Taseer
    “English is not a language in India,” a friend once told me. “It is a class.” This friend, an aspiring Bollywood actor, knew firsthand what it meant to be from the wrong class. Absurd as it must sound, he was frequently denied work in the Hindi film industry for not knowing English. “They want you to walk in the door speaking English. Then if you switch to Hindi, they like it. Otherwise they say, ‘the look doesn’t fit.’ ” My friend, who comes from a small town in the Hindi-speaking north, knew very well why his look didn’t fit. He...
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    03/22/2015 10:38:16 AM PDT · by Faith · 15 replies
    March 22, 2015 | Faith
    "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." – Matthew 11: 28-30
  • Presbyterian group votes to allow gay marriage

    03/22/2015 8:14:00 AM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 24 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | March 18, 2015 | Peter Smith
    The nation's largest Presbyterian denomination has rewritten its definition of marriage and has authorized same-sex weddings nationwide. By Tuesday evening, a majority of presbyteries or regional governing bodies had voted to ratify an amendment to the constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), allowing but not requiring its pastors to perform same-sex weddings and its churches to host such rites.
  • States to test ways to send food stamp recipients to work

    03/21/2015 10:06:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 20, 2015 3:06 PM EDT | Mary Clare Jalonick
    New federal grants will help 10 states test programs to help food stamp recipients find jobs, from using career coaches to quicker training courses to mental health assistance. The grants, announced Friday in Georgia by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, come as the Republican Congress is exploring ways to cut the program, which cost $74 billion last year—twice its cost in 2008.Some in the GOP have proposed stricter work requirements as a way to do that. But the Obama administration sees better worker training as an alternative to cuts or stricter work requirements. Vilsack said the grants will help USDA identify...
  • New Republic Writer: The Word ‘Taxpayer’ Tilts In Favor of Conservatives and Should Be Eliminated

    03/21/2015 2:18:22 PM PDT · by grundle · 67 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | March 21, 2015 | Tom Johnson
    From Bruenig’s piece (bolding added): In the 43-page budget, the word “taxpayer” and its permutations appear 24 times, as often as the word “people.” It’s worthwhile to compare these usages, because the terms are, in a sense, rival ideas. While “people” designates the broadest possible public as the subject of a political project, “taxpayer” advances a considerably narrower vision—and that's why we should eliminate it from political rhetoric and punditry. …The House budget is full of examples of seemingly straightforward deployments of [‘taxpayers’] which are, upon closer inspection, clearly furthering a particular ideology. “There are too many scenarios these days...
  • Is NYC’s new gunshot detection system recording private conversations?

    As Tyrone Lyles lay dying from a gunshot wound on an East Oakland street in 2007, he let out a few last words that would ultimately help authorities convict his killer. “Why you done me like that, Ar?” he pleaded. “Ar, why you do me like that, dude?” The exchange, which was used in court, was recorded by ShotSpotter, a gunshot detection system that has been installed in over 90 cities across the country. By placing a series of microphones around high-crime neighborhoods, the system is able to pinpoint the location of where a gunshot took place with surprising accuracy,...
  • Dogs saved from Korean dog-meat farm arrive in Calif [South Koreans eat 2 million dogs per year]

    03/20/2015 9:07:15 PM PDT · by grundle · 89 replies
    USA Today [link only] | March 20, 2015 | Michael Winter
    link only: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/03/20/korea-dog-meat-farm-rescue-california/25110277/
  • Why I am a Climate Change Skeptic [Human Emissions Saved Planet]

    03/20/2015 8:46:38 PM PDT · by grundle · 44 replies
    heartland.org ^ | March 20, 2015 | Patrick Moore
    Editor’s Note: Patrick Moore, Ph.D., has been a leader in international environmentalism for more than 40 years. He cofounded Greenpeace... Human Emissions Saved Planet Over the past 150 million years, carbon dioxide had been drawn down steadily (by plants) from about 3,000 parts per million to about 280 parts per million before the Industrial Revolution. If this trend continued, the carbon dioxide level would have become too low to support life on Earth. Human fossil fuel use and clearing land for crops have boosted carbon dioxide from its lowest level in the history of the Earth back to 400 parts...
  • Petraeus: Iran, Shiite Militias Bigger Threat To Iraq Than ISIS

    03/20/2015 7:19:14 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 14 replies
    NPR ^ | 03.20.15
    Gen. David Petraeus, who commanded the U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq, says the "foremost threat to Iraq's long-term stability" is not the self-described Islamic State but Shiite militias backed, and sometimes guided, by Iran. Petraeus' comments, which were made to The Washington Post in an interview published Friday, came at a conference in Sulaimaniya, in Iraqi Kurdistan. Petraeus oversaw the "surge" of troops into Iraq in 2007 and 2008, which succeeded in quelling the bloody Sunni rebellion after the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime.
  • The prescience of Pat Moynihan

    03/20/2015 2:58:11 PM PDT · by TBP · 23 replies
    The New York Post ^ | March 15, 2015 | 7:57pm | George F. Will
    Perhaps the decisive factors in combating poverty and enabling upward mobility were not economic but cultural — the habits, mores and dispositions that equip individuals to take advantage of opportunities. This was dismaying because governments know how to alter incentives and remove barriers but not how to manipulate culture. The assumption that the condition of the poor must improve as macroeconomic conditions improve was to be refuted by a deepened understanding of the crucial role of the family as the primary transmitter of the social capital essential for self-reliance and betterment. Family structure is the primary predictor of social outcomes,...
  • Officials say cigarette sparked fatal motel fire

    03/20/2015 12:27:08 PM PDT · by grundle · 15 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | March 20, 2015 | Andrew Goldstein
    The state police fire marshal today said a cigarette was the cause of a fatal motel fire in Westmoreland County on Thursday. Timothy Paul Shane, 43, of Hempfield was killed in the fire at the Motel 3 on Route 30 in Adamsburg, according to the county coroner’s office. State police fire marshal Scott Mackanick ruled the fire an accident and said Mr. Shane was smoking a cigarette that ignited the blaze around 6:30 a.m. A section of Route 30 was closed in the area of the fire, as was the Irwin exit off of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Mr. Shane’s cause...
  • 10 Percent of California’s Water Goes to Almond Farming [alfalfa hay uses 15 percent]

    03/20/2015 10:56:48 AM PDT · by grundle · 40 replies
    Slate ^ | May 2014 | Eric Holthaus
    Almonds alone use about 10 percent of California’s total water supply each year. That’s nuts. But almonds are also the state’s most lucrative exported agricultural product, with California producing 80 percent of the world’s supply. Alfalfa hay requires even more water, about 15 percent of the state’s supply. About 70 percent of alfalfa grown in California is used in dairies, and a good portion of the rest is exported to land-poor Asian countries like Japan. Yep, that’s right: In the middle of a drought, farmers are shipping fresh hay across the Pacific Ocean. The water that’s locked up in exported...