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  • Cardinal Dolan: Explaining My Decision to Serve as Grand Marshal

    09/18/2014 8:49:13 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 8 replies
    http://www.archny.org ^ | September 17, 2014 | Cardinal Timothy Dolan
    Explaining My Decision to Serve as Grand Marshal I haven’t been in this much hot water since I made the comment, right after I arrived as your archbishop five-and-a-half years ago, that Stan Musial—my boyhood hero of my hometown St. Louis Cardinals—was a much better ballplayer than Joe DiMaggio! Now I’m getting as much fiery mail and public criticism over my decision to accept the honor of Grand Marshal of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. According to the critics, I should have refused, due to the Parade Committee’s decision to allow a group of self-identified Gays of Irish ancestry...
  • Residents Near Marysville, Ohio Golf Course Upset Over Topless Outing

    09/18/2014 8:01:18 AM PDT · by Deadeye Division · 52 replies
    nbc4i.com ^ | Sep 16, 2014 | Mike Bowersock
    MARYSVILLE, Ohio - A Marysville resident says she is upset a local golf course that is visible from state Route 38 hosted a golf tournament where there were topless women present. On Friday afternoon, Jamele Wenger says she was driving on S.R. 38, near the Marysville Golf Club, with her 13-year-old son in the vehicle when he noticed a topless woman hanging off of a golf cart. According to the course management, Vanity, which advertises itself as a gentleman's club, had rented out the course for the afternoon for its second annual golf outing. "All you could see was her...
  • Reps. Jim Jordan and Marcia Fudge oppose U.S. aid to anti-ISIS rebels

    09/17/2014 8:05:36 PM PDT · by Deadeye Division · 6 replies
    The Plain Dealer ^ | September 17, 2014 | Sabrina Eaton
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- One of Ohio's most conservative Congress members teamed up with one of its most liberal representatives to oppose U.S. government funding of rebels in Syria who are fighting the ISIS terrorist group. But Rep. Marcia Fudge, a Democrat from Warrrensville Heights and Champaign County GOP Rep. Jim Jordan offered divergent reasons for voting against the proposal that passed the House of Representatives, 273-156. In a statement that described the vote as a "tough decision," Fudge said she "agrees with a majority of Americans who support airstrikes against ISIS." "I support President Obama's decision to continue airstrikes as...
  • Amid flags and cheers, Paterson celebrates Palestinian-Americans

    09/17/2014 5:58:25 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies
    the record ^ | HANNAN ADELY | May 19, 2013
    PATERSON — The raising of a flag at City Hall on Sunday was like any of the dozen or so similar events held in the city each year in a nod to its diversity.   Except it wasn’t.  That’s because the flag raised — for the first time in Paterson, and possibly at any city hall in the United States — was Palestinian. Symbols or assertions of Palestinian statehood are fraught with political sensitivities, and Khader Abuassab, the event’s organizer, said he received harassing phone calls before Sunday’s event. But no problems were on display Sunday when the flag was...
  • King Richard III's Final Moments Were Quick & Brutal

    09/17/2014 12:39:21 PM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 92 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | September 17, 2014 | Stephanie Pappas
    Richard III's last moments were likely quick but terrifying, according to a new study of the death wounds of the last king of England to die in battle. The last king of the Plantagenet dynasty faced his death at the Battle of Bosworth Field on Aug. 22, 1485, only two years after ascending the throne. The battle was the deciding clash in the long-running Wars of the Roses, and ended with the establishment of Henry Tudor as the new English monarch. But Richard III's last moments were the stuff of legend alone, as the king's body was lost until September...
  • Thank you John Aglialoro.

    09/17/2014 5:56:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    galtsgulchonline.com ^ | 9/16/2014 | Scott DeSapio
    On September 6th, 2014, I stood up in front of a packed house in Las Vegas, NV, and stated, “This is not the movie that’s been playing in your head since you closed the back cover. This is however, without question, a celebration of Ayn Rand’s ideas.” That packed house was filled with some of the staunchest Ayn Rand advocates on Earth. It was the “Galt’s Gulch Online Producers Only Premiere” of Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt? and it was the first official showing of the film. I then proceeded to introduce the other VIP guests on hand at...
  • Do tiny diamonds prove that the 'Big Freeze' was caused by a cosmic impact? [Younger Dyas]

    09/15/2014 9:37:28 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 15 September 2014 | Jonathan O'Callaghan
    Do tiny diamonds prove that the 'Big Freeze' was caused by a cosmic impact? Nanocrystals hint that asteroid hit Earth 12,800 years ago A study by the University of Chicago says a cosmic impact is the best explanation for the 'Big Freeze' 12,800 years ago They say evidence for this comes from nanodiamonds scattered across 11 countries that could only have come from space The material is found in a thin layer just a few metres below the surface And they also formed at temperatures in excess of 2,200°C (4,000°F) This suggests they were likely created by a major impact...
  • NASA's Watchdog Office Criticizes Asteroid-Hunting Program

    09/15/2014 3:41:55 PM PDT · by John W · 16 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | September 15, 2014 | Alan Boyle
    An internal watchdog office says that NASA's efforts to identify, track and do something about potentially threatening asteroids are not well-integrated and lack proper oversight. Top NASA executives agreed with the criticism and promised to fix the problems within a year. Monday's report from NASA's Office of Inspector General focuses on the agency's program to deal with near-Earth objects. That program is budgeted at $40 million a year, which represents a tenfold increase over what it was five years ago. The NEO Program Office coordinates NASA's efforts to catalog comets and asteroids in Earth-crossing orbits — and also plays a...
  • Study: Leaky wells, not fracking, taint water

    09/15/2014 2:52:33 PM PDT · by grundle · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 15, 2014 | Seth Borenstein
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study says that the drilling procedure called fracking didn’t cause much-publicized cases of tainted water, blaming contamination on leaky natural gas wells instead. The study finds that eight hydraulically fractured wells in Pennsylvania and Texas leaked gas because the piping and cement seals in the wells themselves weren’t working properly.
  • Narcissism and Social Media: Where Should Conservatives Draw the Line?

    09/15/2014 7:06:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 15, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    We live in an era today where practically everyone is “famous.” It’s not just reality stars anymore; anyone can have their own blog at no cost, and use social media for free, where their every word and photo is broadcast to the entire world. Activists all across the spectrum have taken to these platforms, utilizing them to influence politics. If that is where the younger generations are hanging out, it makes sense to reach out to them there. Organizations like Americans for Prosperity were ahead of the curve several years ago, encouraging and teaching activists on the right how to...
  • The Rate of Domestic Violence Arrests Among NFL Players

    09/15/2014 6:47:12 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 43 replies
    FivetThirtyEight ^ | Benjamin Morris
    Although there seems to be an endless stream of stories about NFL player arrests and misconduct, this is largely because there are a lot of NFL players (and they’re famous). At the league’s peak (during training camps), there are about 2,560 players attached to NFL teams (limit 80 each). As I’ll show, arrest rates among NFL players are quite low compared to national averages for men in their age range — but there are some types of crimes that trail the pack significantly.
  • As Ebola Cases Accelerate, Liberia's Sick Must Fend for Themselves

    09/14/2014 11:23:15 AM PDT · by DouglasKC · 58 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/14/12 | Lenny Bernstein
    SNIP With each day, the small group of caregivers trying to cope with the worst outbreak of Ebola on record falls further and further behind as the pace of the virus’s transmission rapidly accelerates. Health facilities are full, and an increasing number of infected people are being turned away, left to fend for themselves. SNIP The sick arrive each day, hopeful that their timing and symptoms will get them past the gate. Even so, 7 in 10 will die inside, slightly better odds than the 9 in 10 who are dying in the community, Madden said. SNIP Across Monrovia, such...
  • You seriously will not believe Obama’s plan were he an ‘adviser to ISIS’(beyond parody)

    09/14/2014 9:43:15 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 59 replies
    "If he had been an adviser to ISIS, Mr. Obama added, he would not have killed the hostages but released them and pinned notes on their chests saying, "Stay out of here. This is none of your business."
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    09/14/2014 9:08:19 AM PDT · by Faith · 15 replies
    Septemb er 14, 2014 | Faith
    But now, O Lord, Thou art our Father; We are the clay, and Thou our Potter; and we all are the work of Thy hand. Isaiah 64:8
  • Brotherhood Promoter Resigns from DHS to Focus on GOP Party

    09/14/2014 8:40:06 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 30 replies
    clarionproject.org ^ | 9/7/14 | Ryan Mauro
    Mohamed Elibiary announced that he has left his position as a senior advisor with the Department of Homeland Security. Elibiary, a stalwart supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood , said he was leaving so he can focus on “reforming” the conservative movement ahead of the 2016 presidential election. Under the Obama Administration, Elibiary served on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Homeland Security Advisory Committee for five years. He also served on the DHS Countering Violent Extremism Working Group and the DHS Faith-Based Security and Communications Advisory Committee. Elibiary is a long-time Texas Republican Party official and was a delegate for...
  • All Bad Things are Someone else's Fault

    09/13/2014 7:02:10 PM PDT · by econjack · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 12, 2014 | Unknown
    Video clips of Obozo saying how "he" ended the war in Iraq. Make sure you watch the last 10 seconds.
  • san diego homebuyers get an unwelcome feeling

    09/13/2014 6:13:10 PM PDT · by BelleAl · 31 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 09/08/2014 | Maura Dolan
    Jerald Rice typed his wife's name into an Internet search engine. A series of unsettling stunts had perplexed him. Advertisements for sex with his wife popped up. "Adult entertainment of all types when my husband is not home," the ads said. "Not for the faint of heart. Come see me during the day while my husband is at work and we can get our freak on." Some ads contained the couple's address and a photograph of the home they shared with their two children. Some had his wife's photograph, he said. Alarmed, he called his wife at work and then...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Woman in Honolulu viral video speaks out (Road Rage)

    09/12/2014 9:23:19 PM PDT · by This Just In · 39 replies
    KITV.COM ^ | September 11, 2014 | KITV4 NEWS
    HONOLULU —Thousands have seen the street confrontation between a furious mother and the driver who cut her off. The video was taken from the driver's perspective at the Moanalua Shopping Center and posted on Facebook on Wednesday. Click here to watch Yunji de Nies' report. The driver who shot the video openly admits he cut her off near Pearl Harbor. Read more: http://www.kitv.com/news/honolulu-road-rage-video-goes-viral/28021960#ixzz3DAMvI3mH
  • Palin Family Brawl Witness Gets Fired for Talking to Good Morning America

    09/12/2014 6:04:44 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 140 replies
    Mediaite ^ | September 12, 2014 | Tina Nguyen
    The lurid, stereotypical tale of Sarah Palin and her family entering into an alcohol-fueled melee at a snowmobile party is starting to pick up in the mainstream media, with Good Morning America devoting an entire segment to the story this morning. In doing so, they talked to Eric Thompson, an eyewitness who attended the party at the invitation of his boss. But Thompson, who also gave his account to Alaskan political blogger Amanda Coyne, was fired today for talking to the media.
  • Atlanta Hawks GM takes leave of absence, Hawks plan to hire Chief Diversity Officer.

    09/12/2014 2:06:52 PM PDT · by Levy78 · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | september 12, 2014 | Greg Botehlo
    (CNN) -- Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry is taking an indefinite leave of absence, the NBA team's CEO announced Friday, days after a report surfaced about comments Ferry allegedly made about a free agent player. Ferry made the remarks about Luol Deng during a June conference call about prospective players, according to a letter obtained by CNN affiliate WSB. J. Michael Gearon Jr., a minority owner of the Hawks, wrote that in that letter that Ferry described some of Deng's negatives, stating that "he has a little African in him. Not in a bad way, but he's like a...
  • Liberia: Somebody Had to Do It: Turning People Away [Ebola]

    09/12/2014 9:59:31 AM PDT · by DouglasKC · 8 replies
    MSF.ORG ^ | 9/12/14 | msf
    Liberia: 'Somebody had to do it' - Turning people away from an overwhelmed Ebola treatment centre 12 September 2014 Pierre Trbovic, an anthropologist from Belgium, arrived in the Liberian capital, Monrovia in late August to help with MSF’s response to the Ebola epidemic. Finding the treatment centre full, health staff overwhelmed, and sick people queuing in the street, Pierre volunteered for the heartwrenching job of turning people away. Soon after arriving in Monrovia, I realised that my colleagues were overwhelmed by the scale of the Ebola outbreak. Our treatment centre – the biggest MSF has ever run – was full,...
  • Penn State hotels cut bibles from rooms in effort to not favor one religion

    09/12/2014 9:26:48 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 24 replies
    There are certain things everyone assumes will be in a hotel room. Tiny bars of soap. Clean towels. A Gideon Bible in the bedside table. Guests at Penn State’s two hotels now will have to ask for a copy of the Good Book if they feel a late-night need for the New Testament, because of a new policy change. “Penn State decided to remove Bibles from individual guest rooms in both of its hotels, The Nittany Lion Inn and the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, and to place them in public access areas,” Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers said. The...
  • Army is worried too many white men lead combat units; racial diversity lacking

    09/12/2014 5:26:54 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 71 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/11/14 | Douglas Ernst
    U.S. Army sociologists are worried that a lack of black officers leading its combat troops will have detrimental effect on minorities and lead to fewer black officers in top leadership posts.
  • What We're Afraid to Say About Ebola

    09/11/2014 11:23:51 PM PDT · by DouglasKC · 189 replies
    New York Times ^ | 9/11/2014 | MICHAEL T. OSTERHOLM
    THE Ebola epidemic in West Africa has the potential to alter history as much as any plague has ever done. There have been more than 4,300 cases and 2,300 deaths over the past six months. Last week, the World Health Organization warned that, by early October, there may be thousands of new cases per week in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria. What is not getting said publicly, despite briefings and discussions in the inner circles of the world’s public health agencies, is that we are in totally uncharted waters and that Mother Nature is the only force in charge...
  • Obama losing the confidence of key parts of the coalition that elected him

    09/11/2014 9:37:31 PM PDT · by grundle · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 11, 2014 | Karen Tumulty
    imberly Cole was part of the coalition that voted in 2008 to make Barack Obama the 44th president and gave him another four years in 2012 to deliver on his promises of hope and change. Now, the 36-year-old mother of three young children in Valencia, Calif., is among the majority of Americans who have lost confidence in Obama’s leadership and the job he is doing as president. “He’s been faced with a lot of challenges, and he’s lost his way,” Cole said in an interview. She worries that Obama lacks the resolve needed at a time when things at home...
  • Brutally Cold 2014-15 Winter Shaping Up For The United States

    09/11/2014 8:58:45 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 62 replies
    Firsthand Weather ^ | 11SEP2014 | Matthew Holliday
    The 2013-14 winter was a season that I will never be able to forget simply because of the kind of cold Arctic outbreaks that occurred throughout that year. What’s even more remarkable is that the 2013-14 winter became known as that winter that simply would not end, and even this summer, we have seen times when the mid and upper level pattern strongly resembled what would be typical of a winter pattern. We had pretty severe Arctic outbreaks in both 2009-10 and 2010-11 winters but for entirely different reasons than last winter. The main driver of last winter was...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 12 September 2014

    09/11/2014 5:58:06 PM PDT · by beachn4fun · 126 replies
    September 11, 2014 | 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...
  • Teacher hurt when gun accidently shatters toilet (concealed carry in elementary school)

    09/11/2014 5:35:32 PM PDT · by dayglored · 78 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Sept 11, 2014 | Associated Press
    SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah elementary school teacher who was carrying a concealed firearm at school was struck by fragments from a bullet and a porcelain toilet when her gun accidently fired in a faculty bathroom on Thursday, officials said. The sixth-grade teacher at Westbrook Elementary School, in the Salt Lake City suburb of Taylorsville, was injured when the bullet struck a toilet and caused it to explode, Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley said. Authorities initially thought the teacher had accidently shot herself. They now believe she was injured when the bullet and toilet fragments struck her lower...
  • Abortion Pill On Pancakes Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

    09/11/2014 3:52:04 PM PDT · by lacrew · 2 replies
    WIBW ^ | 9-11-14 | AP
    WAKEENEY, Kan. (AP) — A northwest Kansas man charged with killing his ex-girlfriend's fetus by putting a crushed abortion pill on her pancake has entered a not guilty plea.
  • High School Girl Said She Was Beaten At Bus Stop For Acting ‘Too Much Like A White Person’

    09/10/2014 11:09:40 AM PDT · by South40 · 27 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/7/2014 | Eric Owens
    A 16-year-old high school girl in Rock Hill, S.C. told police that another high school girl taunted her on a school bus and then beat her up after she got off the bus. The assailant allegedly was angry at the victim because she was behaving “too much like a white person.” Both the alleged attacker and the victim are black, reports The State, a Columbia, S.C. newspaper. The incident occurred on Thursday afternoon on a bus carrying students who attend Northwestern High School. The unidentified assault victim, 16, told investigators she exited the bus on McDow Drive, a winding street...
  • Ray Rice: Are the Ravens Justified in Releasing Him?

    09/09/2014 11:09:33 PM PDT · by This Just In · 70 replies
    September 9, 2014 | This Just In
    As so many in the general public have witnessed, I watched the video involving Ray Rice and his fiance (she is now his wife), Janay Palmer, and the assault which occurred at an Atlantic City, New Jersey casino. There are two facts which I find disturbing surrounding this case. After viewing the video I read some of the comments in response to the footage. A number of ppl actually blamed Ms. Palmer for the altercation, or stated that she "had it coming" due to her supposed drunkenness. How they came to the conclusion that Ms. Palmer was drunk is beyond...
  • The truth, in love: No one is born gay

    09/09/2014 1:18:19 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 69 replies
    http://www.gopusa.com ^ | September 9, 2014 | Dr. Michael L. Brown,
    If there was reputable scientific evidence that some people were born homosexual, I would have no problem accepting this. After all, my theology tells me that as human beings, we are all created in God's image and yet we are a fallen race – and so all of us carry aspects of that fallen nature to the core of our being, and that could theoretically include homosexuality. But the fact is that there is simply no reputable scientific evidence that anyone is born gay. As stated by gay activist and history professor John D'Emilio, "'Born gay' is an idea with...
  • Group attacks Wichita youth football coach over lack of playing time; coach’s wife defends with gun

    09/09/2014 10:23:38 AM PDT · by aft_lizard · 65 replies
    Wichita Eagle ^ | 9/9/2014 | STAN FINGERTHE WICHITA EAGLE
    WICHITA Police are still looking for the men who threatened a youth football league coach with a gun and then began beating him before the coach’s wife pulled out a gun and fired it in the air to scare the attackers away. The incident occurred at about 7:45 p.m. Monday at Linwood Park in south Wichita, Lt. James Espinoza said. A man watching the practice at the park at 1901 S. Kansas confronted the coach about his son’s lack of playing time, lifting his shirt to display a handgun tucked into the waist of his pants. Moments later, five or...
  • Obama's terror plan: Everybody out of the pool

    09/09/2014 7:47:41 AM PDT · by luke1825 · 1 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 9/9/14 | peter lucas
    Contrary to what critics believe, President Barack Obama does have a strategy to confront and defeat the growing threat of the Islamist crazies of ISIS in Iran and Syria. The core of the president's highly confidential plan, which even generals at the Pentagon are not privy to, is to drain the water from the swimming pools at all the U.S. embassies in the Middle East, beginning with the huge outdoor pool at our largely empty $750 million embassy in Baghdad. "This will show ISIS that we mean business," a top Obama official said. "We are drawing a line in the...
  • Obama's Former Chief Economist Calls For An End To US Dollar Reserve Status

    09/08/2014 6:37:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 9/8/14 | Authored by Jared Bernstein, originally posted Op-Ed at The NY Times,
    There are few truisms about the world economy, but for decades, one has been the role of the United States dollar as the world’s reserve currency. It’s a core principle of American economic policy. After all, who wouldn’t want their currency to be the one that foreign banks and governments want to hold in reserve? But new research reveals that what was once a privilege is now a burden, undermining job growth, pumping up budget and trade deficits and inflating financial bubbles. To get the American economy on track, the government needs to drop its commitment to maintaining the dollar’s...
  • Olive Garden Offering $100 “Never Ending Pasta Pass” For 7 Weeks Of Food

    09/08/2014 2:17:19 PM PDT · by cornfedcowboy · 42 replies
    Consumerist ^ | 9-814 | Mary Beth Quirk
    Nothing lasts forever, not even a $100 Never Ending Pasta Pass from Olive Garden. But that price will buy you all the pasta, salad, bread and soda you can stuff in your gullet for seven weeks from the chain eatery with its new gimmick. Despite the name, the never endingness of the deal is limited to seven weeks for whoever holds it. And there’s another really super big catch, besides the one that promises pasta forever — only 1,000 of the pasta passes will be sold, reports USA Today, starting today at 3 p.m. ET on the Olive Garden web...
  • NorCal Tea Party To Honor Benghazi Victims on Capitol Steps At Noon On 9/11/14

    09/08/2014 1:18:26 PM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 5 replies
    NorCal Tea Party ^ | 9/8/14 | N/A
    MEMORIAL EVENT HONORING THOSE LOST AT BENGHAZI September 11, 2014 (Thurs) California State Capitol – West Steps 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Join us at this major remembrance event on the 13th anniversary of 9/11/01. We want all families and loved ones to know we haven’t forgotten them. You will be inspired by the ceremony, music and message. GET MORE DETAILS HERE
  • Vanity: how to change screen name

    09/08/2014 7:12:39 AM PDT · by wdk535 · 66 replies
    9/8/14 | Me
    Maybe this wrong place to post. Couldn't find in help, & maybe I Emailed the wrong person. How do you change your screen name?
  • Being 23: The meteoric rise of Millennials a powerful force (Millenials steer us leftward)

    09/08/2014 6:30:27 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 47 replies
    Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | Sept. 7, 2014 | Alexis Wilkinson
    Right now in the United States, there are more 23-year-olds than people of any other age. This seemingly trivial fact of demographics is an anomaly more than 50 years in the making. According to U.S. Census data, since 1947, the most represented age in the United States has always been a member of the group born in the 20 years after WWII, the baby boomers. In 1950, it was age 3. In 1990, it was 29. In 2010, it was 50. [snip]
  • 'World's smallest house' comes with much larger price tag

    09/08/2014 5:37:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    Yahoo! 7 Finance ^ | September 8, 2014
    'World's smallest house' comes with much larger price tag September 8, 2014, 12:00 pm Yahoo7 Finance What could well be the world's smallest house is for sale - but the price they want for just 188 square feet is gobsmacking. If you thought Sydney house prices were spiralling out of control, spare a thought for those poor souls across the seas in London. What could well be the ‘world’s smallest house’ has hit the market, but don’t expect a small price tag to go with it. The term ‘house’ in this case is a bit of a stretch of the...
  • Neverendum referendum: Voting on independence, Quebec-style

    09/07/2014 8:59:20 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 2 replies
    BBC News ^ | 09/07/2014 | Nick Bryant
    Though Canada's political centre of gravity of gravity has shifted westward in recent times - the country's conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, though Toronto-born, represents a constituency in resource-rich Alberta - this trend has not sparked a separatist revival. Paradoxically, the two referenda were held when two pro-Canada Quebecers, Pierre Trudeau and Jean Chretien, were Prime Minister. A key difference between Scotland and Quebec is the simplicity of the six-word question posed in the referendum: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" In 1995, Quebecers faced a 43-word question that many voters found incomprehensible. In 1980, it ran to a riddle-like...
  • Owner Bruce Levenson selling Hawks

    09/07/2014 9:15:15 AM PDT · by freebilly · 11 replies
    Espn.com ^ | 09/07/2014 | ESPN Staff
    Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson is selling his controlling interest in the team, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced Sunday. In July, Levenson self-reported an email he wrote to the team's co-owners and general manager Danny Ferry in August 2012 that he called "inappropriate and offensive." The league commenced an independent investigation after being made aware of the comments.
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    09/07/2014 9:13:04 AM PDT · by Faith · 14 replies
    September 7, 2014 | Faith
    I exhort therefore, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. (I Tim. 2:1-2)
  • Chris Kyle's widow seeking Jesse Ventura case retrial

    09/07/2014 7:46:43 AM PDT · by txgirl4Bush · 14 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sunday September 7, 2014 | Pioneer Press
    Attorneys for Chris Kyle's estate are asking a judge to throw out a defamation verdict and $1.8 million award in the late Navy SEAL-turned-author's legal battle against Jesse Ventura — or send the matter back for a new trial. In court filings Thursday, they argued that the former Minnesota governor didn't meet the high bar of proof for defamation of a public figure. The judge failed to steer the jury away from an erroneous decision, they said, and the award's dollar amount was pulled from thin air. The Kyle estate is seeking to reverse a verdict issued in July that...
  • Robo calls a vote loser for pols

    09/07/2014 4:36:21 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 24 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 9/7/14 | Jim Sullivan
    My wife and I had a problem with our Internet. Since we have a bundled service, the folks who came to fix our access also had to reboot the cable and phone. After they left, we found our TV had gained psychic powers. When the phone rings, our screen displays the name and number of the person trying to interrupt our television viewing. This may be old stuff to you, but since I’m a lazy slug who would rather watch reruns of 1960s sitcoms than actually speak to most folks who are calling, I consider it a godsend. Even better,...
  • Mystery surrounds small plane crash carrying prominent upstate couple

    09/06/2014 8:17:58 AM PDT · by Vaquero · 44 replies
    AP/Newsday ^ | 9-6-14
    KINGSTON, Jamaica - A search-and-rescue operation resumed at first light Saturday off Jamaica's northeast coast as crews hope to solve the mystery of a small private plane carrying a prominent upstate New York couple who were taken on a ghostly 1,700-mile journey after the pilot was apparently incapacitated at the controls.
  • Limbaugh, Hannity, & Beck Move To KSFO San Francisco

    09/05/2014 6:23:39 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 8 replies
    radio insight ^ | 9/5/14 | Lance Venta
    At the beginning of 2014, Clear Channel moved Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity to their then Liberal Talk stations in Los Angeles and San Francisco and rebranded them as Conservative Talk “The Patriot“ The San Francisco version won’t make it past nine months. Cumulus Media has announced that the trio of shows will move from “960 The Patriot” KNEW San Francisco to their 560 KSFO on Monday, September 28. KSFO was Limbaugh’s longtime affiliate in San Francisco until Clear Channel moved him first to 910 in January 2012 and later 960. While Rush will stay in his live 9am-12pm timeslot...
  • Jill Freud, Inspiration for Lucy in 'Narnia,' Reveals C.S. Lewis Memories

    09/05/2014 2:05:34 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 16 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 19 Aug 2014 | Paul Bond
    There are multiple films in the works that will explore the relationship between literary fantasy giants J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, one called Tolkien & Lewis from Attractive Films and another called Jack & Tollers from Third Dart Studios. Still another from Fox Searchlight will focus only on Tolkien and is titled, appropriately enough, Tolkien. While the films are in the early stages, one of them — Tolkien & Lewis — is set to announce an interesting castmember: Jill Freud, aka the real Lucy Pevensie from Lewis’ books about Narnia. ...
  • Following The Anti-Oil Money: Tides, Dicaprio, Saudi Arabia?

    09/04/2014 8:18:47 PM PDT · by PingPongChampion · 19 replies
    Poletical ^ | September 2nd, 2014 | R. Rados
    Journalist James O'Keefe recently tricked actors Ed Begley Jr. and Mariel Hemingway into accepting fake Middle Eastern money to help fund an anti-fracking film in Hollywood. Neither Begley or Hemingway knew they were being duped and secretly filmed. Both actors agreed to hide the fact that their film would be funded by Middle Eastern interests. O'Keefe also captured Hollywood producers explaining methods of hiding the funding, referring to various “non-profit groups” that would help keep Middle Eastern funding under wraps. The full undercover video can be watched right here. The idea that Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia would invest...
  • Facebook Connections To The C.I.A. and D.A.R.P.A

    09/04/2014 6:46:15 PM PDT · by Shadow · 3 replies
    The Real News Online.com ^ | 01/19/2012 | Brian S Staveley
    Facebook was setup by the C.I.A. Try telling that to most people and they laugh at it. People seem to think its a coincidence that Facebook seems to be so intrusive over and over again. Privacy policies that would make anyone scratch their head. I'm not going to beat around the bush with this blog post. Facebook was setup by the C.I.A. as a data mining project to collect as much information on as many people as they could. Not only that but it also has very strong ties to D.A.R.P.A.