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  • Two minute video shows empty shelves at a Venezuelan supermarket

    05/28/2016 2:03:00 PM PDT · by grundle · 31 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 7, 2016 | TheKnino69
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtMODsO2NZ4
  • Death Threat to Trump at Protest: ‘He’ll Be Dead Within a Week’

    05/27/2016 5:37:50 PM PDT · by blueyon · 54 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/27/16 | by Michelle Moons
    SAN DIEGO — Hundreds of protesters gathered outside a Donald Trump rally on Friday, chanting “f**k Donald Trump” and holding obscene signs — including one that included a death threat against Trump should he win the presidency in November. The young protester held up a sign that read: “If TRUMP wins He’ll be DEAD with in A week The Cartel wont have his Bullsh*t.”
  • VIDEO=> Trump Motorcade ATTACKED by Protesters – SMASHES THROUGH POLICE BARRICADE!

    05/27/2016 5:29:14 PM PDT · by blueyon · 90 replies
    The Gateway Pundt ^ | 5/26/16 | Kristinn Taylor
    “Insane! Trump’s vehicles RAM through police barricade at high speed and speed out of downtown @ABC30 #TrumpFresno #ABC30Insider” Secret Service agents directing the motorcade carrying presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump apparently took evasive action after objects were thrown at the SUV carrying Trump as he departed the Selland Arena in Fresno, California on Friday. Video and online reporting posted by a local TV station shows the Trump motorcade barreling through a police barricade at such a high rate of speed that a shocked reporter said ‘hundreds could have been killed or injured’ by the maneuver.
  • Dick Morris: Private Aide Ran Hillary’s Email Server Without Security Clearance

    05/27/2016 5:22:52 PM PDT · by blueyon · 14 replies
    Teaparty.org ^ | 5/26/16 | Corruption
    (Newsmax) – A personal aide to former President Bill Clinton with no security clearance maintained Hillary Clinton’s private email account and server — greatly jeopardizing national security, political strategist Dick Morris told Newsmax TV on Thursday. The aide, Justin Cooper, served the Clinton Foundation while working for a private consulting firm, Teneo Holdings and Decision Sciences Corp., that served foreign dictators, Morris told “The Steve Malzberg Show” in an interview. “He has no security clearance — and he had access to every single email either sent by or received by the secretary of state of the United States for four...
  • Spike in crime in Las Vegas spurs search for causes, cures

    05/27/2016 10:15:57 AM PDT · by mowowie · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 3:14 AM EDT | KEN RITTER
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- From shootings on the Strip to the killing of a liquor store clerk who couldn't open a safe to an April weekend that saw five slayings in separate cases, crime is spiking in the shadows in Las Vegas - and spurring questions about causes and cures. The local sheriff, police union officials and district attorney have various theories about what's behind the body count: 64 homicides by the end of April, compared with 29 killings after the first four months of 2015; 75 slayings as of Wednesday, compared with 45 by the same date last year.
  • Fort brush fire contained, 1,400 acres burned

    05/27/2016 8:50:13 AM PDT · by SandRat
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — A brush fire scorched more than a thousand acres and threatened homes on Fort Huachuca after burning throughout the day and into the evening Wednesday, leading to some residents being notified to be prepared for a possible evacuation, though one was never ordered. The fire was first reported at Range 10 shortly before 10:50 a.m. and is believed to have been started during training. “There was a military unit conducting weapons qualifications on the range,” said Angela Camara, public affairs office for Fort Huachuca. The fire soon spread toward Garden Canyon Road, leading to its closure, while...
  • Man who kidnapped, raped and used a shock collar to control teenage girl for 9 months...

    05/27/2016 7:24:40 AM PDT · by wyowolf · 38 replies
    A man who kidnapped a 14-year-old girl when she accepted his offer of a ride home from school because her feet were sore, held her captive for nine months and raped her repeatedly at his trailer acknowledged his crimes on Thursday and apologized. The girl, who was in court to hear his admission, thanked him for eventually letting her go. Nathaniel Kibby pleaded guilty to seven counts including kidnapping, aggravated felonious sex assault and criminal threatening. He was sentenced to 45 to 90 years in prison. Kibby, who had pleaded not guilty after his arrest, had been scheduled to go...
  • Breaking: Jim Sullivan, AR-15 Designer, Makes Some Controversial Statements on HBO Tonight

    05/26/2016 8:47:26 PM PDT · by DarthVader · 34 replies
    The Firearms Blog ^ | 5/24/2016 | Steve Johnson
    Jim Sullivan helped design the AR-15 back in 1957, and later the Ruger M77, the Stoner 63, Ruger Mini-14 and the crowd favorite Ultimax 100. Most recently he was the brains behind Surefire’s 60 and 100 round quad-stack AR-15 magazines.
  • 'Saved by the Bell' star Dustin Diamond back in jail after probation violation

    05/26/2016 3:26:30 PM PDT · by Monty22002 · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/27/2016 | Euan McKirdy
    Actor Dustin Diamond, best known for playing the role of Screech on the 1990s high school comedy "Saved by the Bell," has been arrested in Ozaukee, Wisconsin on a probation hold, according to the Ozaukee County Jail
  • Pelosi, Reid: Cancel Memorial Day recess to deal with Zika, Supreme Court

    05/26/2016 12:23:44 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 35 replies
    House and Senate Democrats told Republican leaders Thursday to postpone a Memorial Day recess until their demands for Supreme Court nomination hearings and emergency spending to combat the Zika virus and other crises are met. From the opioids and heroin crisis to the lead-tainted water scandal in Flint, Mich., Congress faces a larger workload than ever but has opted to work less in a contentious election year, according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. Congress is set to skip town Thursday for its Memorial Day break and will not return until the second week...
  • Pope and top imam embrace in historic Vatican meeting [Rev 13]

    05/26/2016 10:20:10 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 37 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 5/24/2016 | Staff
    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis embraced the grand imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar Mosque at the Vatican on Monday in a historic encounter both sides hope will lead to greater understanding and dialogue between the two faiths. The first Vatican meeting between the leader of the world's Catholics and the highest authority in Sunni Islam marks the culmination of a significant improvement in relations between the two faiths since Francis took office in 2013. "Our meeting is the message," Francis said in a brief comment at the start of his meeting with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, shortly after he had hugged and...
  • Thai man attacked by snake that slithered up through his toilet

    05/26/2016 7:54:11 AM PDT · by libstripper · 80 replies
    Associated Press (via Fox News) ^ | May 26, 2016 | Associated Press
    BANGKOK – A Thai man is recovering from a bloody encounter with a 10-foot python that slithered through the plumbing of his home and latched its jaws onto his penis as he was using a squat toilet.
  • Jimmy Kimmel: Full Interview with Donald Trump 5/25/16

    05/26/2016 7:16:28 AM PDT · by exit82 · 10 replies
    This is what everyone is talking about--here is the full interview Jimmy Kimmel had with Donald Trump last night. It is 18.5 minutes long--no commercials. This is where Trump says he is willing to debate Bernie Sanders before the June 7th primary in CA. Also discussed is the rigged political system,the selection of the Vice President, how the nicknames for political figures were determined, and how Trump uses aliases for real estate deals. Also, Jimmy Kimmel presents Trump with a sequel Dr. Seuss-type book near the end that is adorable. Crowd reaction during the interview is excellent.
  • Guess Who? – The Albuquerque Trump Protests Were 100% Organized Political Astroturf…

    05/25/2016 7:35:35 PM PDT · by blueyon · 22 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | 5/25/16 | Sundance
    This Reuters Article describes the rioting mob from New Mexico last night: Protesters threw rocks and bottles at police officers who responded with pepper spray outside a rally for presidential candidate Donald Trump in Albuquerque, New Mexico, police said. Hundreds of protesters tried to storm the convention center in New Mexico’s biggest city, knocking down barricades and throwing objects at a door and then hurling rocks and bottles at mounted police in riot gear, the Albuquerque Police Department said on Twitter on Tuesday and video posted online showed. Several police officers were injured, the police tweeted However, what the article...
  • Schumer upends 9/11 Saudi suit bill at 11th hour

    05/25/2016 7:09:30 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 32 replies
    Last week’s unanimous passage of a Senate bill making it easier for 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia and other foreign terror sponsors was widely heralded as a major victory. It’s more of a cruel hoax. It turns out that just before the vote, Sen. Charles Schumer and other proponents of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act stuffed an amendment into the final draft allowing the attorney general and secretary of state to stop any litigation against the Saudis in its tracks.
  • Hypocritical Elizabeth Warren Turned Profit Flipping Foreclosed Houses

    05/24/2016 6:31:17 PM PDT · by blueyon · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 2, 2012 | John Sexton
    When she’s not looking out for the little guy being taken advantageof by predatory lenders, Elizabeth Warren is making high-interest, short-term loans to family members and flipping homes for a profit. That’sthe revelation in a story published today by the Boston Herald,which identifies nine instances when Warren made a quick profit eitherbuying and reselling homes or loaning money to family members to fliphomes in the late 90s. For instance, in 1993 Warren purchased a foreclosed home in OklahomaCity for $61,000. She resold the home 18 months later for $95,000. In several more cases, Warren provided loans so that her brother...
  • VIDEO SURFACES=> HILLARY CLINTON Defended WALL STREET – Blamed Homeowners During Financial Crisis

    05/24/2016 5:28:55 PM PDT · by blueyon · 32 replies
    The Gateway Pundt ^ | 5/24/16 | Jim Hoft
    On Tuesday Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of “cheering” the housing crisis that saw millions of Americans lose their homes. Hillary Clinton was probably hoping her comments during the crisis would not surface.
  • Cosby on teen: ‘I gave her Quaaludes, then we had sex’

    05/24/2016 7:04:12 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 17 replies
    Bill Cosby admitted to plying teens with booze and drugs before having sex with them, and to having girls regularly dispatched to him by a modeling agency, newly unearthed court papers show. The comic said that at one point in his career, the agency would provide “five or six” young women each week, according to depositions he gave in 2005 and 2006 for a lawsuit. Among other revelations made by Cosby under questioning by lawyers for Andrea Constand, who claims he sexually assaulted her in 2004, was the description of a 1976 encounter with a 19-year-old model named Therese Picking.
  • What Seven Hours of Waiting Will Get You in Venezuela

    05/23/2016 8:05:11 PM PDT · by grundle · 21 replies
    panampost.com ^ | August 19, 2015 | Editor’s note: the author of this article expressly asked not to be named for fear of reprisals.
    Take a Walk Down the Atrocity Covered in Wallpaper "The simplest explanation is usually the correct one." ~ Occam’s razor "Why can’t you get things? It is very difficult to explain. I understand you are upset, but you can’t give the oligarchy the upper hand. It’s a matter of being united … another economy is an option, the community economy, the one stemming from small producers … do not give these racketeers (the entrepreneurs) resources. You have to wait in line with us as well, but at least in the end you don’t pay as much." The above message is...
  • Worcester Man Allegedly Planned ‘Lone-Wolf’ Attack On President Obama

    05/23/2016 5:21:34 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies
    CBS ^ | May 23, 2016
    BRIDGEWATER (CBS) – An inmate at a Bridgewater prison is being charged with threatening to kill President Barack Obama in a “lone-wolf style” attack. Prosecutors say 31-year-old Alex Hernandez of Worcester was charged in U.S. District Court in Boston on two counts of threatening to kill and inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States.
  • Nancy Pelosi: Too many superdelegates in nomination process

    05/23/2016 2:25:21 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 15 replies
    The Democratic Party relies too heavily on superdelegates to pick its presidential nominees, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday — though she downplayed the current dispute between party leaders and Sen. Bernard Sanders. Mrs. Pelosi called the fight between Mr. Sanders and party leaders a “family disagreement” and insisted it won’t dent the eventual nominee in the general election. She also dismissed comparisons to the riot-fueled 1968 Democratic convention. “This is an incident. That was a colossal … clash of people,” she said.
  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg replacing 4 next-door Palo Alto homes

    05/23/2016 7:42:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 41 replies
    mercurynews.com ^ | 5/20/2016 | Jacqueline Lee
    Four houses surrounding Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's home in Palo Alto will be demolished and replaced by smaller ones, according to an application filed with city planners Tuesday. Zuckerberg bought the homes on Hamilton Avenue and Edgewood Drive in 2013 after he learned of a developer's plan to build a house next door tall enough to have a view of Zuckerberg's master bedroom. Concerned about privacy, Zuckerberg paid more than $30 million total for the properties at 1462 Edgewood Drive and 1451, 1457 and 1459 Hamilton in the Crescent Park neighborhood.
  • A (not so) Brief History of the Gun

    05/23/2016 5:36:01 AM PDT · by DWW1990 · 12 replies
    Trevor Grant Thomas.com ^ | 5/23/16 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    As debates about guns and gun rights in America rage, truly to understand the gun, one needs to look at its history. The story of the gun is a fascinating and riveting look not only at history, but science, business, politics, justice, and morality as well. Throw in a great deal of ingenuity, a good deal of heroism, and a small dose of romance, and the story of the gun is the world’s greatest tale of human invention.
  • SD Padres in Hot Water Over National Anthem Mix-Up (Gay Men's Choir Bumped for Pre-Recorded Version)

    05/22/2016 1:55:33 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 61 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | May 22, 2016 | Kirk Kenney
    <p>The Padres have a PR problem on their hands after a mixup during the national anthem for Saturday night's game against the Dodgers.</p> <p>There were 100 members of the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus on the field to sing the anthem, but a woman's voice — believed to be that of Friday's anthem singer — was played over the PA system while the men stood on the field.</p>
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    05/22/2016 9:38:07 AM PDT · by Faith · 10 replies
    May 22, 2016 | Faith
    For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
  • 9 Vintage Ads That Are So Ridiculously Racist and Sexist They'd Be Banned Today

    05/22/2016 7:06:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 81 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 5/22/2016 | Julie Prince
    The PC police are out of control these days. It seems freedom of speech is under attack over the slightest things. But these ads are not that. Let's just say they more than push the envelope! Here are my top picks for ads from over the years that would never fly today and may just leave you with your jaw on the floor in disbelief.
  • DNA test traces origins of Hillary cackle to hyena ancestors

    05/22/2016 6:24:50 AM PDT · by maddog55 · 14 replies
    The Peoples Cube ^ | 5/11/2016, 3:49 pm | Hammer and Loupe
    Animal behaviorist Dr. Kale Crumlin didn't know how close he was to the truth when a few months ago he first shared his observations with a small circle of colleagues in a paper titled, "The Behavior and Habits of Hillary Clinton," in which he compared the former First Lady to the dominant female in a clan of spotted hyenas, also known as laughing hyenas. "The cackle, the facial expressions, and the predisposition to dominate males were the first behavioral clues," wrote Dr. Crumlin, referring to a known scientific fact that spotted hyena society is matriarchal; females are larger than males...
  • China denies selling human flesh as tinned corned beef in Zambia in Africa

    05/21/2016 8:37:58 PM PDT · by fision · 50 replies
    BBC ^ | Circa 5/21/2016
    China's foreign ministry has denied reports that Chinese food companies are canning human flesh and selling it in Africa as corned beef. The country's state-run Xinhua news agency said one tabloid newspaper in Zambia was falsely quoting an unnamed woman living in China. She said Chinese firms were collecting dead human bodies, marinating them and packing them in tins. Chinese spokesman Hong Lei said the reports were "irresponsible".
  • VIRAL VIDEO: ‘Happy Chewbacca Mom’ breaks Facebook record

    05/21/2016 12:57:23 PM PDT · by blueyon · 40 replies
    Wavy10<com ^ | 5/21/16 | kxan
    AUSTIN, TX. (KXAN) – A Texas woman’s Facebook Live video showing her laughing uncontrollably in a Chewbacca mask now has more than 100 million views on the social media
  • HORSE WINS THEN DIES AT PREAKNESS

    05/21/2016 11:19:36 AM PDT · by blueyon · 34 replies
    DennisMichaelLynch.com ^ | 5/21/16 | DML Admin?
    The Preakness started off in a strange and tragic way. The winning horse of the first race at Pimlico Race Course died on its walk back to the barn. Homeboykris won the race by a half-length. But after having his picture taken in the winner’s circle, he collapsed and died.
  • Facebook Censors Conservative Lauren Southern for Mentioning Censorship

    05/21/2016 11:03:48 AM PDT · by grundle · 22 replies
    heatst.com ^ | May 21, 2016 | Louise Mensch
    Conservative activist and Donald Trump supporter Lauren Southern was just kicked off the site for a totally inoffensive post noting its censorship of another conservative. And what’s more, Lauren videotaped the whole thing.
  • This is why we are angry

    05/21/2016 10:25:58 AM PDT · by Michael.SF. · 12 replies
    Vallejo Times Herald ^ | May 20, 2016 | Dennis Lund
    Compare these reactions to the response to the Tea Party. To the left, the controlled and appropriately channeled anger of this group is a source of ridicule, vexation and regarded as wholly unacceptable. It is not uncommon to see references to the Tea Party in harsh and militaristic terms. Case in point; the New York Times: “The stormy aftermath of Mississippi’s Republican Senate runoff has sent Tea Party conservatives around the country to the ramparts, raising the prospect of a prolonged battle that holds the potential to depress conservative turnout in November in Mississippi — and possibly beyond.” Today the...
  • Heartwarming moment World War II veteran, 94, is reunited

    05/20/2016 9:08:58 PM PDT · by Lera · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/18/16
    Full title :Heartwarming moment World War II veteran, 94, is reunited with man he saved from Nazi concentration camp in 1945 A 94-year-old World War II veteran was reunited with one of the prisoners he helped liberate from the Dachau concentration camp. Retired U.S. Army corporal Sid Shafner said he was among the first Allied troops to reach the Nazi camp in April 1945, and that he is the last surviving member of his unit. His tearful reunion with Marcel Levy, 90, who was a teenager when he was liberated, came during a recent tour of Europe and Israel. 'You...
  • Relative size of stellar objects (Awe inspiring short VIDEO)

    05/20/2016 7:56:30 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 16 replies
    youtube ^ | Dec 23, 2006
    A 90 second video depicting the relative size of planetary and stellar bodies in the universe. The biggest of them all might surprise you!
  • Melbourne University advertises female-only jobs in bid to remedy gender imbalance in maths

    05/20/2016 3:22:22 PM PDT · by grundle · 25 replies
    abc.net.au ^ | May 18, 2016 | Lexi Metherell
    The University of Melbourne has taken the extraordinary step of opening up jobs to female applicants only in an attempt to drive change in the male-dominated area of mathematic academia. Only about a quarter of all mathematics academics in Australia are female, and the university is now advertising three positions in its School of Mathematics and Statistics for female applicants only. It is believed to be the first time it has limited applications to women only for permanent academic positions. The jobs, in pure mathematics, applied mathematics and statistics, may range in level from lecturer, to senior lecturer, to associate...
  • Six American Independence War Maps Up For Auction

    05/20/2016 3:02:24 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 20, 2016
    Six maps from the American War of Independence, which helped convince George Washington to make a crucial change in strategy, go up for auction in a French chateau next month.
  • Google Honors a Terrorist-Supporting Marxist, Maoist Admirer of Bin Laden [Psalm 12]

    05/20/2016 3:01:28 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 6 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 5/19/2016 | Paul Bois
    "I consider Osama bin Laden as one of the people that I admire. To me, he is in the category of Malcolm X, Che Guevara, Patrice Lumumba, Fidel Castro, all leaders that I admire," said activist Yuri Kochiyama in 2003." Kochiyama has just been given the honor of having her 95th birthday celebrated with a colorful Google Doodle that attempts to paint her as a great advocate for equality on par with Martin Luther King Jr. If the above quote alone wasn't enough to disqualify her from the list of many other Americans who deserve a Google Doodle in their...
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young "OHIO" Re-imagined for Benghazi

    05/20/2016 2:20:24 PM PDT · by Sgt_Schultze · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | 20 May 2016 | Sgt Schultze
    Here is a link to the original song to accompany the lyrics below. Head choppers and women beaters, Attack an embassy. No help from US leaders, Four dead in Benghazi Should have had help coming Mobs were cutting them down But they were told to stay back, What if you knew that the Leaders had blamed all this stuff On some dude and his film? Lie, lie, lie, lie lie, lie, lie, lie Lie, lie, lie, lie Hillary Lie, lie, lie, lie lie, lie, lie, lie Four dead in Benghazi Should have had help coming Mobs were cutting them down...
  • Arizona TV Reporter Arrested for Defecating on Lawn While Covering a Story

    05/20/2016 11:35:16 AM PDT · by Main Street · 63 replies
    NYDailyNew ^ | 5-20-2016 | Christopher Brennan
    Getting the story is always priority No. 1, but a Phoenix TV reporter seems to have forgotten about No. 2 until it was too late. Jonathan Lowe, a reporter for KPHO, was arrested Monday afternoon after allegedly defecating on a front lawn near the subject of his story’s home. The 33-year-old was seen by a neighbor as he picked up papers from the street before leaning against the wall of a house and relieving himself, according to a Goodyear police report obtained by his station. An officer tasked with the job of tracking Lowe down said the suspect admitted to...
  • AI will create 'useless class' of human, predicts bestselling historian

    05/20/2016 8:07:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 54 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 5/20/2016 | Ian Sample
    Harari calls it “the rise of the useless class” and ranks it as one of the most dire threats of the 21st century. In a nutshell, as artificial intelligence gets smarter, more humans are pushed out of the job market. No one knows what to study at college, because no one knows what skills learned at 20 will be relevant at 40. Before you know it, billions of people are useless, not through chance but by definition.
  • Egyptian search team says it has found debris from missing plane and is now looking for black box

    05/20/2016 2:15:24 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 17 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 5/20/16 | James Rothwell
    10:08am Personal belongings found - Egyptian military "Egyptian aircraft and navy vessels have found personal belongings of passengers and parts of the wreckage 290 kilometres (180 miles) north of Alexandria," a spokesman for the Egyptian military has said.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 20 May 2016

    05/19/2016 5:57:54 PM PDT · by beachn4fun · 117 replies
    May 19, 2016 | Canteen Crew
    FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe Come on in, we're open Need a place just to hang out? This is it. We serve coffee, tea, conversation and music. Our AWESOME military, our AWESOME allies, and their families are welcomed and honored here. No worries in the FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe. Grab a cup and start a conversation. You never know who you might meet in the Cafe. Glad you could...
  • BOOM! Trump Camp Posts Leaked Audio of Hillary Clinton Slamming Second Amendment Rights [Audio]

    05/19/2016 5:12:35 PM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 82 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 05/19/2016 | Jim Hoft
    Obama has consistently spoken out against Second Amendment rights. A poster showing Barack Obama is seen in the background as customers line up to look at firearms at a gun shop in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008. The Cheaper Than Dirt gun store recorded a record day of gun sales the day after the election of President-elect Barack Obama and is having trouble keeping up with the demand for assault riffles. (Flickr) It sounds like Hillary Clinton would not be any better.
  • Trees seen resting branches while ‘asleep’ for the first time.

    05/19/2016 9:31:20 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 37 replies
    New Scientist ^ | May 18, 2016 | Andy Coghlan, Daily News
    They don’t snore, but might creak during their slumbers. For the first time, trees have been shown to undergo physical changes at night that can be likened to sleep, or at least to day-night cycles that have been observed experimentally in smaller plants. Branches of birch trees have now been seen drooping by as much as 10 centimetres at the tips towards the end of the night. “It was a very clear effect, and applied to the whole tree,” says András Zlinszky of the Centre for Ecological Research in Tihany, Hungary. “No one has observed this effect before at the...
  • ‘Fundamentally unstable’: Scientists confirm their fears about East Antarctica’s biggest glacier

    05/19/2016 9:00:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 5/18/2016 | Chris Mooney
    In the new research, researchers took aircraft-based measurements across the vastness of Totten Glacier, and the extremely deep and thick ice canyons behind it — which scientists call “subglacial basins” — in order to understand a critical yet invisible feature: precisely what the layers of rock beneath the ice are really like. This, in turn, provides a clue to the behavior of this region in past warm eras. When marine-based glaciers move back and forth across a seascape repeatedly, they grind against the seafloor and dig up piles of looser sediment, such as sandstone, depositing them in a new location....
  • John Boehner’s Coming Revenge?

    05/19/2016 7:29:38 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 37 replies
    Back when John Boehner was Speaker, he was the unpopular establishment figure fighting against a passionate Republican base that adhered strictly to conservative orthodoxy. Today, in a surprising turn of events, Boehner—who supports Donald Trump—finds himself in a more enviable position. Boehner has nothing to lose. He has no Speakership from which to be ousted. Meanwhile, many of his old adversaries—you know, the Ted Cruz  97% wing of the House GOP—suddenly find themselves on the wrong side of a passionate base that prizes Trumpian strength over ideological purity. The tables, it seems, have turned. Which brings us to this...
  • Lady spiders demand gifts from their gentleman callers — or else they eat them

    05/18/2016 5:02:31 PM PDT · by daisy12 · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 18, 2016 | Elahe Izadi
    Look, if any of these male nursery web spiders out there want to get busy and perpetuate their lineage, they better not show up empty-handed. Because they could get eaten. Alive. "Nuptial gift-giving" has long been observed in nursery web spiders (Pisaura mirabilis). Basically, male spiders offer female spiders insects wrapped up in silk (yes, a snack packaged in high-end material). There's been a fair amount of interest in this unique mating ritual, and a new study published this week in Biology Letters sheds further light on it. Researchers found male spiders without gifts were six times more likely to...
  • Obama Gives Planned Parenthood $5 Million Grant to Target Kids as Young as Five [Jeremiah 32]

    05/18/2016 3:28:54 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 14 replies
    Life News ^ | 5/16/2016 | EMILY DEROIS
    Parents are standing up against Planned Parenthood infiltrating Iowa schools. The Obama Administration has put forth more than $5 million towards Planned Parenthood providing sex education to the children, some as young as 5, but pro-lifers and concerned parents are working to keep the abortion giant away from Iowa children, according to One News Now. According to Ricky A. Rohrig of the Pregnancy Center of Southwest Iowa, Planned Parenthood was already run out of their schools several years ago after the parents realized exactly what they were teaching their young children. One News Now reported that Planned Parenthood was "graphically...
  • Pope Francis Defends Jihad, Says Christianity Has Roots in Idea of Conquest [Rev 13]

    05/18/2016 3:04:00 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 110 replies
    Breaking Israel News ^ | 5/18/2016 | Abra Forman
    Islam and Christianity share the "same idea of conquest", and for that reason, Islam should not be viewed as a threat, said Pope Francis in a newspaper interview this week. "It is true that the idea of conquest is inherent in the soul of Islam," he conceded to the French Catholic newspaper La Croix. "However, it is also possible to interpret the objective in Matthew's Gospel, where Jesus sends his disciples to all nations, in terms of the same idea of conquest." Ostensibly, the Pope was drawing a parallel between the Islamic "conquest" known as jihad, a holy war or...
  • Target shares plunge after sales miss estimates

    05/18/2016 11:06:28 AM PDT · by dware · 66 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05.18.2016 | Nandita Bose
    Target Corp gave a cautious outlook on Wednesday after reporting a lower-than-expected increase in quarterly sales at established stores because of unseasonable weather and weaker demand for electronics and groceries. Shares of the company fell as much as 11 percent, their biggest intraday decline since December 2008, as investors shrugged off higher-than-expected earnings. The stock was down 7.1 percent at $68.27 in the early afternoon.