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  • Gawker publishes Donald Trump's cellphone number

    08/03/2015 4:16:57 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | August 3, 2015 | Daniel Strauss
    What goes around comes around, as the saying goes. A cellphone number belonging to real estate mogul Donald Trump became public knowledge on Monday. Gawker.com published the number. Trump’s campaign confirmed that it was indeed a cellphone number belonging to the Republican presidential candidate, albeit one that he doesn’t use anymore.
  • Congress to vote on bill S-1881 to Defund Planned Parenthood today. Please Call you Senator!

    08/03/2015 4:17:52 AM PDT · by blueyon · 20 replies
    www.congress.gov ^ | 8/03/15 | Blueyon
    Bill S-1881 "To prohibit Federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America...." Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. Findings. Congress finds as follows:
  • Donald Trump’s Instinct for Racially Charged Rhetoric, Before His Presidential Bid

    07/31/2015 4:01:19 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 31, 2015 | Alexander Burns
    Under a dark photograph showing hypodermic needles and drug paraphernalia, the newspaper advertisement warned in dire terms that violent criminals were coming to town. “Are these the new neighbors we want?” the paid message asked. “The St. Regis Mohawk Indian record of criminal activity is well documented.” The ad, part of an advocacy campaign meant to stop a casino from being built in New York’s Catskill region, drew an indignant response from the tribe, which called it a naked appeal to racism. The incendiary ads, which ran in upstate newspapers in February 2000, were the work of the New York...
  • Obama Wealth Redistribution Questioned by 5-year-old

    07/31/2015 4:57:50 AM PDT · by Patriot27591 · 11 replies
    CleanTV ^ | 7-31-15 | CleanTV
    Obama's Redistribution of Wealth was questioned 5-year-old political commentator, Melody. She uses the example of working to earn her allowance and to save up enough money to buy some ice cream. The before she gets to eat it, Obama forces her to give it to someone else. She opines that it's her choice who to give ice cream to, if anyone at all. Melody also questioned why Obama would reward Iran by giving them over $100 billion in assets back, enough to build hundreds of nuclear bombs.
  • Editors’ Note: Clinton Email Coverage

    07/28/2015 6:54:45 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 31 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 28, 2015 | Editor
    The Times’s coverage last week of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of a personal email account as secretary of state involved several corrections and changes that may have left readers with a confused picture. The Times reported online Thursday night (and in some print editions Friday) that the inspectors general for the State Department and the intelligence agencies had sent a referral to the Justice Department requesting a “criminal investigation” into whether Mrs. Clinton “mishandled sensitive government information” on the email account. That article was based on multiple high-level government sources. Shortly after the article was published online, however, aides to...
  • China aghast as woman crushed by escalator at shopping mall

    The scene can only be described as horrific: On an otherwise unremarkable morning, a woman is riding up a shopping center escalator in central China with her son. When she reaches the top and begins to disembark, she steps onto a metal footplate covering the machinery. The plate collapses, dropping the woman into the gears. She shoves her child into the arms of two mall employees, and is crushed to death. Security-camera video of the incident (Note: The video contains disturbing images.) hit Chinese social media late Sunday, hours after it occurred, with local media identifying the woman as Xiang...
  • Will the Real Donald Trump Please Stand Up?

    07/26/2015 5:47:19 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 39 replies
    Politico ^ | July 26, 2015 | Timothy Noah
    Which side is Donald Trump on? Trump once endorsed a massive surtax on the rich. But he now wants the top income tax rate cut in half. He opposed the war in Iraq, but says he now has a “foolproof” plan to defeat ISIL. He’s praised single-payer health care, yet loathes Obamacare. But a decade ago he proposed “health marts” that sound suspiciously like today’s Obamacare exchanges. Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/07/will-the-real-donald-trump-please-stand-up-120607.html#ixzz3h07nXzMD
  • Pro-Choicers Are Actually Freaked Out About These Planned Parenthood Sting Videos

    07/24/2015 6:48:03 PM PDT · by MNDude · 32 replies
    And they should be. In the last week, a little-known anti-abortion activist named David Daleidin ignited a firestorm by releasing two selectively edited videos in which Planned Parenthood officials appear to be negotiating the sale of aborted fetuses. That Planned Parenthood is the target of a withering attack by anti-abortion activists is no surprise—they have been at war for years. But this time seems different, with some of Planned Parenthood's strongest allies drawing nervous comparisons to the 2009 sting operation that destroy ACORN. They may be right to worry. Daleidin and major anti-abortion groups say that the footage definitively shows...
  • Florida poll: Jeb Bush takes big lead over Marco Rubio

    07/24/2015 9:53:07 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/24/2015 | Mark Caputo
    Jeb Bush holds a commanding lead over Sen. Marco Rubio among registered Florida Republicans, who have soured on the senator since he announced his presidential bid in April, a new poll shows. In the crowded GOP field, Bush leads the second-place Rubio 28 to 16 percent in their home state, according to Mason Dixon Polling & Research’s survey. In Mason-Dixon’s poll three months ago, Rubio was essentially tied with Bush 31 to 30 percent. Rubio’s 15 percentage-point drop coincides with the rise of Gov. Scott Walker, who’s now in third place with 13 percent – an 11 point increase for...
  • Fort Snelling's landmark Upper Post to be turned into affordable housing

    A massive $100 million redevelopment proposal is expected to transform Fort Snelling’s historic military buildings into 190 apartments for low-income families in the area near the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials announced the landmark proposal Wednesday, saying it will overhaul and preserve the Fort Snelling Upper Post. Officials said it is exciting to see a place that holds great importance in Minnesota’s history be reborn as a place for Minnesota’s future. “It’s going to preserve 26 of the most historic buildings in Minnesota,” said Larry G. Peterson, park manager and...
  • The bigoted elephant in the room (Al Jazeera on Trump)

    07/22/2015 3:08:40 PM PDT · by MNDude · 34 replies
    While waiting at a red light a few days ago, a pickup truck decked out in Confederate flags pulled up in the lane adjacent to mine. The driver had two flagpoles attached to his truck bed, each adorned with the flag of the Confederacy, along with Confederate flag bumper stickers and a Confederate flag license plate frame. I was in New Hampshire, mind you — not South Carolina — and the pickup truck’s license plate was from the Granite State. The only logical explanation left for the driver’s loud display of the Confederate flag after that flag has been universally...
  • Sheriff Says Sandra Bland Told Jailer of a Previous Suicide Attempt

    07/22/2015 2:56:15 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 74 replies
    Time ^ | July 22, 2015 | Tanya Basu
    Review: Gustave Caillebotte at the National Gallery U.S. CRIMINAL JUSTICE Sheriff Says Sandra Bland Told Jailer of a Previous Suicide Attempt Tanya Basu @mstanyabasu 5:14 PM ET Bland indicated she had attempted suicide at least once in the past year Sandra Bland—the African-American woman whose mysterious and sudden death in a Waller County, Tex. jail last week after a traffic stop has incited controversy—told jailers that she had previously attempted suicide, according to information from a closed meeting with Waller County officials on Tuesday. On a form, Bland indicated that she had attempted suicide over the past year, apparently due...
  • 2016 Iowa Republican Presidential Caucus - Walker 22%, Trump 13%

    07/20/2015 10:25:52 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 4 replies
    Monmouth University ^ | July 20, 2015 | Monmouth University
    The Monmouth University Poll of likely Iowa Republican caucusgoers finds Scott Walker in the lead and Donald Trump in second place. The poll did not find any significant change in support for Trump in interviews conducted after his comments about John McCain’s military service. The poll also found that Bobby Jindal makes his way into the second tier of candidates, doing better in Iowa than in the national polls.
  • Trump: I called McCain a 'hero' four times

    07/20/2015 9:40:38 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 31 replies
    Politifact ^ | July 19, 2015 | Linda Qiu
    Trump literally said McCain "is a war hero" five times, but always with strings attached. Twice, he was interrupted by Luntz before he could finish his sentence. Once, the statement was preceded by "I believe, perhaps." And the last two times, Trump added "because he was captured." He also, of course, started all this by saying McCain is "not a war hero." Experts told us these caveats change the meaning of the sentence entirely. " ‘He’s a war hero because he was captured’ implies that anybody who is captured is called a war hero, but there’s really nothing special about...
  • Trump and His Apologists (Wall Street Journal Editorial)

    07/20/2015 9:23:55 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 180 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 19, 2015 | Editorial
    The summer Trump polling spurt has nonetheless been instructive in exposing a growing problem on the political right. All too many conservatives, including some magazine editors, have been willing to overlook his hucksterism as he’s risen in the polls. They pretend that he deserves respect because he’s giving voice to some deep disquiet or anger in the American electorate. But America has rarely lacked for demagogues willing to exploit public discontents. William Jennings Bryan won three Democratic presidential nominations running against eastern elites. In 1948 Henry Wallace ran as a Soviet sympathizer while Strom Thurmond won 39 electoral votes running...
  • What Donald Trump was up to while John McCain was suffering as a prisoner of war

    07/20/2015 3:41:21 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 215 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 20, 2015 | By Michael E. Miller and Fred Barbash
    It was the spring of 1968 and Donald Trump had it good. He was 21 years old and handsome with a full head of hair. He avoided the Vietnam War draft on his way to earning an Ivy League degree. He was fond of fancy dinners, beautiful women and outrageous clubs. Most important, he had a job in his father’s real estate company and a brain bursting with money-making ideas that would make him a billionaire. “When I graduated from college, I had a net worth of perhaps $200,000,” he said in his 1987 autobiography “Trump: The Art of the...
  • Curt Schilling won’t support Donald Trump after comments on John McCain

    07/19/2015 8:09:18 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 19, 2015 | Cindy Boren
    Count one former major leaguer who has made his conservative bona fides well known out of the Donald Trump camp. Curt Schilling, no stranger to vigorous Twitter debates over, among other things, evolution and trolls who came after his daughter, used the platform to take issue with the presidential candidate’s comments on the war record of Sen. John McCain, a prisoner of war during the Vietnam war. Schilling, whose Twitter page photos contain photos of a military cemetery and a serviceman, said he was crossing Trump off the Republican candidates he was considering.
  • Obama is Not in Mourning for Our Dead Marines and Sailor

    07/19/2015 4:44:24 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 29 replies
    Lubbockonline.com ^ | July 19, 2015 | Donald R. May
    Obama is Not in Mourning for Our Dead Marines and Sailor Submitted by Donald R. May on July 19, 2015 - 1:55am Barack Hussein Obama does not seem to be in mourning for the four Marines and one Sailor killed in Chattanooga by the Islamic Terrorist. Many flags across our nation are flying at half-staff, but not by order of President Obama. He did not order flags at the White House and other federal buildings to be flown at half-staff. Obama did make the effort to light the White House in rainbow colors to celebrate the recent Supreme Court ruling...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 17 July 2015

    07/16/2015 5:58:32 PM PDT · by beachn4fun · 143 replies
    July 16, 2015 | 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...
  • University unfair to student accused of sexual assault, says California judge

    07/15/2015 3:13:43 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 15, 2015 | Justin Moyer
    A California trial court judge in San Diego has determined that a college student found responsible for sexual misconduct by a university disciplinary board was not given a fair hearing by the school. The student, who faced a year’s suspension, was not given an adequate chance to challenge the findings of a university investigator or to cross-examine his accuser. While the decision may or may not have wider legal application, it comes amid a wide debate about the procedures used by universities to adjudicate complaints of sexual assault, which generally give the accused much less leeway to defend themselves than...
  • Lindsey Graham: Trump is a GOP "wrecking ball"

    07/12/2015 5:29:33 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 68 replies
    CNN ^ | July 12, 2015, 5:36 PM | REENA FLORES
    Republican presidential candidate and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham wants the GOP to "push back" against Donald Trump's comments on Mexican immigrants -- otherwise, he says, there's little hope in winning the White House come 2016. "I think he's hijacked the debate," Graham said Sunday in an interview with CNN. "I think he's a wrecking ball for the future of the Republican Party with the Hispanic community. And we need to push back." "At the end of the day, for us to win a national election, we have to do better with Hispanics," Graham added. "And for us to have...
  • Gay Porn Star Convicted Of Extorting, Blackmailing Wealthy Businessman

    07/10/2015 6:32:45 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 10 replies
    CBS ^ | July 10, 2015 | AP
    A gay porn actor has been convicted of blackmailing a wealthy California man out of $500,000 by threatening to reveal details of his personal life online. City News Service says Teofil Brank was convicted Thursday of extortion and other federal charges in Los Angeles. Prosecutors said Brank, who uses the stage name Jarec Wentworth, forced telecom executive Donald Burns to turn over the money and title to an expensive car. Authorities say Brank threatened to expose the executive’s paid sexual trysts on social media.
  • Open Criminal Investigation for Bill Cosby, LAPD Confirms

    07/08/2015 1:07:22 PM PDT · by MNDude · 19 replies
    The Los Angeles Police Department said it will explore any sexual assault accusations against embattled TV star and comedian Bill Cosby, including accusations for which the statute of limitations has expired. The LAPD’s statement to ABC News that there is an open criminal investigation for Cosby comes two days after the release of a court filing in which Cosby seemingly admitted to giving a Quaalude to a woman he met in Las Vegas before they had sex. Cosby is quoted as saying in a deposition in 2005 that he obtained prescriptions for Quaaludes with the idea that he would give...
  • Former cabbie switches to Uber

    07/08/2015 12:26:21 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 4 replies
    Philly.com ^ | July 8, 2015 | Thomas Watson
    For 34 years I drove a taxi on the streets of Philadelphia, leasing one of the city’s 1,600 medallions — a number relatively unchanged for many, many years. Throughout those several decades, I have encountered every facet of the taxi industry, from the taxi associations and regulatory bodies to medallion owners and other drivers, watching the industry evolve from the driver’s seat. I started in 1982, due to a fondness for people and driving. I enjoyed the responsibility that came with each ride and took the opportunity to learn from every stranger I encountered. For many years, I was able...
  • Donald Trump Deletes Tweet About Jeb Bush’s Wife: You Like ‘Mexican Illegals’ Because of Your Wife

    07/06/2015 1:39:37 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 26 replies
    Yahoo Celebrity ^ | July 6, 2015 | Jordan Chariton
    Donald Trump appears to have deleted a tweet he quoted that made questionable comments about Jeb Bush and his wife. On July 4th, Trump quoted another users tweet which claimed to know why Bush likes “Mexican illegals.” The tweet appeared to be live for 24 hours before Trump deleted it. Bush’s wife, Columbia, is Mexican.
  • What Greeks are saying to Europe: We won't be bullied

    07/06/2015 11:30:22 AM PDT · by MNDude · 67 replies
    The size of the victory went well beyond the polling consensus that the referendum was too close to call. Six out of ten Greeks said “no” to European Union demands – a staggering figure in any election. This suggests that Tsipras tapped into a deep-seated feeling among Greeks to send the EU a message. That message is not just a “no” to austerity. It’s a “no” to how Greeks have been portrayed by European politicians and media: they live off EU largesse, avoid taxes, spend lavishly. More painfully, Greeks have been portrayed as lazy, and don’t pay a price for...
  • NASA's New Horizons Team Works to Revive Pluto-Bound Probe After Anomaly

    NASA said its New Horizons probe suffered a temporary communication breakdown on Saturday, 10 days before it's scheduled to fly past Pluto, and the mission team is working to restore normal operations. In a mission update, NASA said the team lost contact with the piano-sized probe at 1:54 p.m. ET, when it had less than 7.5 million miles left in its 3 billion-mile journey to the dwarf planet. The spacecraft's autopilot system switched control from its primary to its backup computer and restored communications at 3:15 p.m., NASA said. There's one big complication: Because New Horizons is so far away,...
  • Federal Judge Rules Cops Can Take Over Your Home As They See Fit

    The Third Amendment was created to protect your home from being quartered by soldiers without your consent. It has very rarely been a matter of debate or litigation, until now. Federal district court Judge Andrew Gordon recently ruled that the police are exempt from the 3rd Amendment with a case out of Henderson, Nevada after a family had their home broken into and seized by local law enforcement who stated they needed the home to gain a “tactical advantage” against suspected criminals in a neighboring house. Police actually forced their way into this family’s home, pepperballed the father and his...
  • NASCAR Distances Itself From Donald Trump After Remarks

    07/03/2015 5:47:29 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 72 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | July 03, 2015 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    NASCAR is the latest corporation to distance itself from Donald Trump. On the same day one of its top sponsors called on NASCAR to take a stance against Trump, the motorsports series said it will not hold its season-ending awards ceremony at the Trump National Doral Miami. "We looked at everything we saw coming down and what we heard from our sponsors and our partners and what we feel we should be doing, and that's what led us to the decision today," NASCAR spokesman David Higdon said Friday at Daytona International Speedway. Trump's spokesman, Hope Hicks, declined to comment to...
  • Hispanic leaders urge GOP contenders to condemn Trump after comments

    07/03/2015 6:13:05 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 76 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 03, 2015 | Fox News
    The primary winner will not get the necessary level of Hispanic support to beat Hillary, unless he condemns Trump's comments. Univision and other Hispanic groups will ask whether that candidate ages with Trump. Journalists will ask that candidate the same question until it is answered.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 3 July 2015

    07/02/2015 5:58:12 PM PDT · by beachn4fun · 72 replies
    July 2, 2015 | 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...
  • No charges against Bill Cosby as investigators close Atlantic City rape case

    07/02/2015 4:30:00 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 18 replies
    Philly.com ^ | July 2, 2015 | Nick Vadala
    Bill Cosby will not be charged in connection with actress Lili Bernard’s allegations that the comedian sexually assaulted her in Atlantic City in the early 1990s. “The office of the Atlantic County Prosecutor has terminated its investigation, closed its file and so notified Ms. Bernard’s lawyer,” Edwin J. Jacobs, Jr., Cosby’s New Jersey attorney at Jacobs & Barbone, said via a release. When Bernard first spoke with police this past May, her case appeared to be a lynchpin in the ongoing Cosby scandal due to New Jersey’s lack of a statute of limitations on rape. However, that change in law...
  • Montana man seeks license for second wife

    07/02/2015 4:00:36 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 25 replies
    CBS ^ | Jul 1, 2015 10:44 PM EDT | CBS News/AP
    HELENA, Mont. - A Montana man said Wednesday that he was inspired by last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage to apply for a marriage license so that he can legally wed his second wife. Nathan Collier and his wives Victoria and Christine applied at the Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings on Tuesday in an attempt to legitimize their polygamous marriage. Montana, like all 50 states, outlaws bigamy - holding multiple marriage licenses - but Collier said he plans to sue if the application is denied. "It's about marriage equality," Collier told The Associated Press Wednesday. "You can't...
  • Milwaukee Art Museum's embrace of condom portrait of pope draws disgust

    The decision by the Milwaukee Art Museum to acquire and prominently display a controversial portrait of Pope Benedict XVI fashioned from 17,000 colored condoms has created outrage among Catholics and others who see it as profoundly disrespectful, even blasphemous. Many suggest that if a piece were as offensive to other faith traditions or communities it would not be tolerated, much less embraced. Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki blasted the decision as insulting and callous. The museum acknowledged it has fielded about 200 complaints. A handful of patrons dropped their memberships; one longtime docent tendered her resignation; and at least one donor...
  • Ann Coulter refuses to joke around with Kennedy

    06/27/2015 10:05:45 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 28 replies
    Kennedy is the archetypal “Yes, I’m a libertarian-conservative, but I’m also fun and trendy! I use black terms like ‘boom’ and ‘baller’ ironically. I’m not an old, heartless fuddy-duddy like most libertarian-conservatives” libertarian-conservative that’s always apologizing for her views to her liberal friends. (SNIP) Kennedy: Well, I think the question answers itself. No, because I’ve heard from some mutual friends (Greg Gutfeld and the RINOs The Five) that you are a very fun person. Ann: [stares silently] Kennedy: Okay.
  • After Dropping Bob Beckel from ‘The Five,’ Fox News Announces Who Will Be Filling His Chair

    06/26/2015 4:34:47 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 64 replies
    IJ Review ^ | June 24, 2015 | Justin Green
    News leaked Thursday that Bob Beckel was leaving “The Five,” Fox News channel’s wildly successful afternoon talk show. [Snip] “We tried to work with Bob for months, but we couldn’t hold The Five hostage to one man’s personal issues. He took tremendous advantage of our generosity, empathy and goodwill and we simply came to the end of the road with him. But in the same statement, Fox gave a preview of who will be on air in Beckel’s place, at least for the short term:
  • POPULAR SECURITY SOFTWARE CAME UNDER RELENTLESS NSA AND GCHQ ATTACKS

    06/22/2015 7:33:22 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 100 replies
    GLENN GREENWALD's (Snowden's pal) Firstlook.org The Intercept ^ | June 22 ,2015 | ANDREW FISHMAN AND MORGAN MARQUIS-BOIRE
    The National Security Agency and its British counterpart, Government Communications Headquarters, have worked to subvert anti-virus and other security software in order to track users and infiltrate networks, according to documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The spy agencies have reverse engineered software products, sometimes under questionable legal authority, and monitored web and email traffic in order to discreetly thwart anti-virus software and obtain intelligence from companies about security software and users of such software. One security software maker repeatedly singled out in the documents is Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, which has a holding registered in the U.K., claims more than...
  • I Called It In February: NYT Reports Brian Williams Transfers to MSNBC

    06/17/2015 8:44:46 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 17, 2015 | Ed Driscoll
    NBC is planning to announce on Thursday that Brian Williams will not return to his position as the anchor of its “Nightly News” show, four months after the network suspended him for exaggerating his role in a helicopter incident in Iraq, according to two people briefed on the discussions. Mr. Williams is expected to move to a new role primarily at the cable news network MSNBC, probably in a breaking-news capacity in the beginning, according to one of the people. Lester Holt, who has been filling in for Mr. Williams as anchor, will take on the position permanently, one...
  • Dolezal ‘forced to make sex tape’ with ex

    06/17/2015 2:33:33 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 66 replies
    Embattled NAACP activist Rachel Dolezal was forced to make a sex tape by her ex-husband, the Daily Mail reported Wednesday, citing court papers. Dolezal made the accusation against ex-husband Kevin Moore during a divorce and custody battle for their son Franklin, the paper reported. She said the videotape was “made at request of the defendant which required the plaintiff to participate in sexual acts with the defendant on tape against the plaintiff’s desires,” according to court papers filed in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, where Moore still lives. Dolezal claimed she had suffered years of “physical, emotional, sexual and verbal abuse” at...
  • What It’s Like to Have Severe Lyme Disease

    06/15/2015 4:37:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | June 15, 2015 | Alexa Tsoulis-Reay
    In the '70s, a cluster of adults and children in Lyme, Old Lyme, and East Haddam, Connecticut, began to develop fevers, swollen joints, and, most mysterious, an angry rash, especially after playing or hiking near rivers. The cases were most prevalent in deer-heavy areas, and scientists quickly discovered a common link: black-legged ticks that jump from deer to humans. Lyme disease was first identified by a medical entomologist in 1982. Though recovery is usually speedy if you’re promptly treated with antibiotics, Lyme disease is a notoriously slippery condition to diagnose, especially outside the Midwest or Northeast, where it’s most common....
  • 23-year prison sentence for woman in slow cooker death

    06/15/2015 6:39:21 PM PDT · by SaveFerris · 42 replies
    Yahoo / AP ^ | 3 hours ago | Associated Press
    DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit woman who was drunk when she killed a friend with a slow cooker during an argument over presidential politics was sentenced Monday to at least 23 years in prison. A judge followed the recommended sentence in a plea deal between prosecutors and Tewana Sullivan, who has a history of bipolar disorder but was declared competent to go to trial. Sullivan, 51, beat Cheryl Livy, 66, with a slow cooker at the victim's Livonia apartment in October. At the time, Sullivan's blood-alcohol level was 0.41 — five times the level for drunken driving in Michigan, defense...
  • Claims encrypted Snowden files accessed now questioned

    06/15/2015 11:23:04 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 4 replies
    SC Magazine UK ^ | June 15, 2015 | Tom Reeve
    While UK government officials are said to have been briefing the Sunday Times that the Russians and the Chinese have managed to “crack” the encryption on the Snowden files, cyber-security experts have been casting doubt on the credibility of the story. The Sunday Times reported this weekend that the top-secret cache of files stolen by Edward Snowden from his former employer the NSA had been decrypted by Russia and China, forcing MI6 to pull agents out of live operations in hostile countries. The story was built around anonymous briefings by officials from Downing Street, the Home Office and the security...
  • Liberian Community Speaking Out After Recent Street War, "Our Name Should Be Left Out Of It

    The local Liberian community is speaking out, saying they have been misrepresented by a few members of their same culture, breaking the law. "This should not happen to us, as a minority group people should not address us when an individual do things. They should address the person, and our name should be left out of it, because we are good people," says Aaron Dinuker, President of the Liberian Community in North Dakota. Members of the local Liberian community sat down with the Fargo Police Department to talk about recent crime, and come up with some solutions. Those at the...
  • Glenn Greenwald: The Sunday Times’ Snowden Story Is Journalism At Its Worst — And Filled With Falseh

    06/14/2015 4:49:20 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 10 replies
    The Intercept ^ | June 14, 2015 | Glenn Greenwald
    What kind of person would read evidence-free accusations of this sort from anonymous government officials – designed to smear a whistleblower they hate – and believe them? That’s a particularly compelling question given that Vice’s Jason Leopold just last week obtained and published previously secret documents revealing a coordinated smear campaign in Washington to malign Snowden. Describing those documents, he reported: “A bipartisan group of Washington lawmakers solicited details from Pentagon officials that they could use to ‘damage’ former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s ‘credibility in the press and the court of public opinion.'” Manifestly then, the “journalism” in this Sunday...
  • Rachel Dolezal Postpones Meeting to Discuss Her Race

    06/14/2015 4:14:06 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 39 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 14, 2015 | ABC News
    Rachel Dolezal, the president of Spokane, Washington's NAACP chapter, has postponed Monday's monthly NAACP membership meeting, where she had planned to make a statement regarding the "questions and assumptions swirling in national and global news about my family, my race, my credibility, and the NAACP." Dolezal said in an emailed statement today: "Due to the need to continue discussion with regional and national NAACP leaders, tomorrow's meeting is postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date. We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time." "There are many layers to this situation," Dolezal said in her original statement, sent...
  • Newspaper celebrates MLB's first amphibious pitcher [Not a joke]

    06/09/2015 11:26:48 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 61 replies
    sbnation ^ | 6/8/15 | Bill Hanstock
    Look, everyone is excited about Pat Venditte. But we can't be too busy to fact-check things like "the word for someone who can use both hands equally well."
  • Black children are not even safe from police violence at a pool party (Barf alert)

    06/09/2015 8:26:49 AM PDT · by MNDude · 107 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | June 8, 2015 | Steven W Thrasher
    <p>The video made me cry because it showed me how black children are not allowed to play. How they’re not allowed to just be (expletive deleted) kids. How their play becomes criminalized and how they’re socialized to become black adults who internalize that their very breathing selves are criminal.</p>
  • If Your BS Detector Isn't Shrieking, It's Broken

    06/09/2015 6:50:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 06/09/2015 | Charles Hugh-Smith
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