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  • Sustainable Kidnapping [VIDEO]

    03/28/2015 8:49:59 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine
    GoogTube ^ | 15JAN2014 | Above Average
    The Sustainable Kidnapping project promises to always return victims in better condition than when they were captured, for a kinder, gentler kidnapping experience. Thingstarter Thingstarter is a series of parody Kickstarter videos where budding entrepreneurs make fundraising appeals for wildly misguided projects.
  • How 'House of Cards' Writer Beau Willimon Got the Inside Dirt on D.C. [Worked for 3 Dems]

    03/28/2015 4:36:38 PM PDT · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 26 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 2/26/13 | Jordan Zakarin
    ...[Writer Beau] Willimon, then in his 20s, became one of many young people to devote themselves to Vermont Gov. Howard Dean’s Beltway-assaulting run for the 2004 Democratic nomination for president... He was a student at Columbia in 1998, wilting in the New York heat while studying Greek classics at the uptown Ivy, when Carson -- coming off an internship with George Stephanopoulos -- tempted him with tales of his work on a Senate campaign. Congressman Chuck Schumer, a gregarious Democrat from Brooklyn, was a longshot in the party’s primary, but Stephanopolous assured Carson that he would win. Carson started out...
  • Why Yemen has come undone.

    03/28/2015 2:48:05 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/26/2015 | Jack A. Goldstone
    ... From the center of the article ... "Yemen does have value as a lesson -- this is what happens when you ignore the basic foundations of social stability. These include legitimate leadership with stable succession plans; a united elite; institutions to bridge regional and ethnic divisions and assure fairness in political and economic access and a functioning economy with capabilities for providing employment and growth."
  • Earth Hour Tonight TURN ON THOSE POWER SOURCES. (Vanity)

    03/28/2015 2:38:30 PM PDT · by Vaquero · 38 replies
    Self | 3-28-15 | Self
    Turn it up bright. Fire up that lawn mower and snow blower. Test your outboard for the upcoming season Come on FReepers!
  • The greed of super wealthy liberal colleges is astounding

    03/28/2015 11:11:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/28/2015 | NewsMachete
    According to the Washington Post, New York University is charging $66,000 a year in tuition.  This includes room and board but is still a fantastically expensive figure.  Columbia University is charging $63,000 a year, and even less well-known schools like Sarah Lawrence College and Harvey Mudd College are charging about $65,000 a year. Now, to be fair, these figures include room and board.  But even with room and board, these are fantastically expensive rates.  Many schools like NYU play a game, where they say that their asking tuition is $66,000, but after scholarships and grants, the average tuition is...
  • Former Temple University football star charged with trafficking underage girls for prostitution

    03/28/2015 10:17:06 AM PDT · by BBell · 25 replies
    Dailymail.com ^ | 3/28/15 | Anneta Konstantinides
    Full title: Former Temple University football star charged with human trafficking after 'bringing girls aged 14, 16 and 17 to hotel for prostitution' Matthew Warren Brown, 25, and Anthony Leon Eley Jr., 30, were arrested during a string operation at a Baltimore hotel Undercover detectives used the escorts section on a website and arranged to meet with a woman who claimed to be 23 Brown told police he did not know the girls were underage or involved in prostitution Brown was once signed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers A former Temple University football star and another man have been charged...
  • Jade Helm

    03/28/2015 9:10:54 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 59 replies
    March 28, 2015 | HarleyLady27
    What do we know about Jade Helm?
  • “Coach is Right” Saturday Short Stories

    03/28/2015 9:07:50 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/28/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    1.) Eleanor Holmes Norton Doesn’t Think We Have the Right to Know When Our President Is Selling Us Down the River Totalitarian Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting House Delegate from D.C. believes the American people and their representatives in Congress haven’t the right to know all that is going on in government. “You don’t have a right to know everything in a separation-of-powers government,” claimed Norton. “That is the difference between a parliamentary government and a separation-of-powers government.” Norton’s statements were made in reference to subpoenas created by Congressman Darrell Issa’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. According to Norton,...
  • Man drowns himself after seeing ugly bride for the first time

    03/28/2015 8:52:03 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 75 replies
    pulse.ng ^ | 02.26.15 | pulse.ng
    Groom Kang Hu was left so disappointed after seeing his bride for the first time that he he attempted to drown himself. ‘I feel bad about what happened but when I saw her she wasn’t what I had expected and I realised she would be bad for my image,’ he said after being fished from a river.
  • Boston cop critically hurt after Roxbury shootout

    03/28/2015 7:14:18 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | March 28, 2015 | Owen Boss, Jordan Graham
    A Hub gang cop was seriously injured last night after being shot in the face during a Roxbury gun battle that left one suspect dead, an innocent bystander wounded and neighbors ducking for cover. “The officer here is in tough shape, but we’re all pulling for him and hopefully he’ll pull through. His family is with him, the clergy has been here, and again, let’s pray for him,” Boston police Commissioner William B. Evans said following the 6:40 p.m. shootout on Humboldt Avenue near Ruthven Street.
  • Dining and dashing at Denny's

    03/28/2015 6:59:05 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 36 replies
    Say hello to these 3 ladies?!?!? Came into Denny's yesterday and ordered $70 in food and tried ditching their bill.... So here they are trying to leave while my mom blocks the door telling them they have a bill to pay. Lol needless to say we were all types of bitches for calling the police. All they had was $37....i post this because it hurts. This is my job do when people do this on top of not wanting to tip i make NO money. You cant be ballin on a budget.. So yes you take money from me and...
  • Bowe Bergdahl charged with desertion, Could face life in prison but unlikely

    03/28/2015 2:47:29 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 23 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/28/15 | Jim Emerson
    The Army has charged Bowe Bergdahl with desertion and has referred to an Article 32 military preliminary hearing which is the military version of a grand jury. Their job is to determine whether the charges against Bergdahl are sufficient for a court-martial trial or whether they should be dropped altogether. The court proceedings will be held at joint base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The charges filed against Bergdahl under The Uniform Code of Military Justice are articles 85 and 99. Article 85 – Desertion. Definition: Any member of the armed forces who, without authority, goes or remains absent from...
  • Fortune Names Taylor Swift—Not Obama—One of World’s Greatest Leaders

    03/27/2015 11:36:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Mar 27, 2015 1:12 pm
    Should President Barack Obama just “shake it off?” Taylor Swift ranked sixth on Fortune Magazine’s second annual list of the world’s 50 greatest leaders—people who are “transforming business, government, philanthropy, and so much more.” But the president was omitted entirely from the list. Fortune Editor Alan Murray explained why: “I voted for Barack Obama in 2008 largely because of his call to unite blue states and red states behind a politics of hope. But it hasn’t happened. At home our politics are as divided—and our federal government is as dysfunctional—as they were when he took office.” …
  • Swedes add the word ‘hen’ to dictionary. It’s a gender-neutral pronoun

    03/27/2015 6:46:56 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 22 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | March 27, 2015 | Deborah Hastings
    The Swedish Academy's official dictionary has added a gender-neutral pronoun to its arsenal of words. "Hen" is the new pronoun to be affixed when a gender is not known, or is in transition, or when the writer deems gender to be irrelevant.
  • Gohmert floats presidential campaign

    03/27/2015 6:10:52 PM PDT · by napscoordinator · 24 replies
    KETK, East Texas ^ | March 26, 2015 | Abby Livingston
    First Louie Gohmert was after the speaker's gavel. Now it could be the White House.
  • Firefighter’s Account of East Village Blast: ‘Oh Man, It’s a Big One’

    03/27/2015 2:59:53 PM PDT · by proxy_user · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 27, 2015 | AL BAKER and MARC SANTORA
    Firefighter Mike Shepherd, 47, of Squad 41 in the Bronx, is a third-generation New York City firefighter, following in the path of his grandfather and great-grandfather. When there was an explosion at a building in the East Village on Thursday, he raced to the scene. This is his account. “I was having lunch at a restaurant around the corner, on Seventh Street,” Firefighter Shepherd said. He was alone and off-duty. “There was a couple. They were taking a photo. I went out and I said, ‘Would you like me to take a photo of the two of you?’ They said...
  • Netanyahu sorts out final ministerial posts [Flashback 2013]

    03/27/2015 1:18:18 PM PDT · by jjotto
    Times of Israel ^ | March 18, 2013 | Times of Israel staff
    [2013] Shortly after 2 a.m. local time on Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu handed out some last ministerial posts to veteran Likud party members Silvan Shalom and Yuval Steinitz. Netanyahu had spent all day Sunday handing out marching orders for the next Cabinet and other government roles. The final maneuvering took place just hours before the swearing-in of the 19th Knesset. The outgoing vice prime minister Shalom was appointed minister of energy, and he agreed to stay on as minister of regional development in charge of the Negev and the Galilee, a post with which he was said to be...
  • Hegel's Deity: How Evolution Gave Us Postmodernism, Deconstructionism, and Political Correctness

    03/27/2015 9:28:13 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 8 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | March 27, 2015 | Nancy Pearcey
    Hegel's Deity: How Evolution Gave Us Postmodernism, Deconstructionism, and Political Correctness Nancy Pearcey March 27, 2015 5:59 AM | Permalink How has evolution shaped our view of humanity? We often hear that evolution is the key scientific prop for the philosophy of materialism, with its reduction of the human person to a complex biochemical machine. But spiritualized versions of evolution have appeared as well -- for example, in the philosophy of Hegel. In our own day, Hegel's spiritual/cultural view of evolution has led to its own form of reductionism: the postmodern reduction of individuals to social groups based on race,...
  • Prometheus Unbound: The Fitness of Nature for Large Trees

    03/27/2015 9:21:51 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 5 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | March 27, 2015 | Michael Denton
    Prometheus Unbound: The Fitness of Nature for Large Trees Michael Denton March 27, 2015 3:34 AM | Permalink One of the critical requirements for sustainable fires, sufficiently hot to smelt metal ores, is wood. Thin twigs, dried grasses will burn, but such materials are unsuitable for making fires, which reach temperatures of several hundred degrees, sufficient to smelt metals from their ores. Wood or wood products such as coal or charcoal or coke are the only natural fuels available that will do. It was the mastery of fire that led to metallurgy and the energy stored in wood and coal...
  • Here’s what Bowe Bergdahl was taught as he converted to Islam during his “absence”

    03/27/2015 7:50:32 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/27/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    During his indoctrination into the “Religion of Peace” Bowe Bergdahl, who has now been charged with desertion, was taught about the Islamic way of life. Here is what Islam says about various topics. TORTURE Qur’an 5-33 says, “The punishment for those who wage war against Allah and His Prophet and make mischief in the land, is to murder them, crucify them, or cut off a hand and foot on opposite sides…their doom is dreadful. They will not escape the fire, suffering constantly.” TERRORISM Qur’an:8:12 “Your Lord inspired the angels with the message: ‘I will terrorize the unbelievers. Therefore smite them...
  • Fiancee of Aaron Hernandez to Be Called to Testify Friday

    03/27/2015 6:32:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    APs ^ | March 26, 2015 | Michelle R Smith
    The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be called to testify in his murder trial Friday, two people with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press. Shayanna Jenkins was granted immunity by the court in February, which means she can be compelled to testify or face time behind bars. There had been a question over whether prosecutors would call Jenkins, who has been in a relationship with Hernandez, 25, since high school and is the mother of his 2-year-old daughter.
  • Top 2 U.S. Jobs by Number Employed: Salespersons and Cashiers

    03/26/2015 9:05:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 25, 2015 - 3:04 PM | Rudy Takala
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported Wednesday that retail sales clerk and cashier were the two largest occupations in the United States in May 2014, with their numbers increasing slightly since 2013. In its annual report on wages and occupational employment, the BLS found that 4.6 million Americans worked in retail sales while 3.4 million more worked as cashiers, making up almost six percent of total U.S. employment. The two job categories increased by a combined 400,000 workers since 2012. Retail workers made $24,020 a year on average, while cashiers made $20,670, according to the BLS. …
  • Abita Springs woman feigns rape to cover up extramarital impregnation: police

    03/26/2015 1:08:07 PM PDT · by BBell · 23 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 3/26/15 | James Varney
    Mandeville Police arrested an Abita Springs woman Wednesday (March 25) who allegedly tried to hide her impregnation through an extramarital affair by crying rape. Gina Louise Causey, 40, was charged with criminal mischief, police said. Causey showed up with her husband at police headquarters Tuesday, spinning a tale of being raped at gunpoint in December 2014 near the Mandeville lakefront, police said. In an interview with detectives, Causey also said the alleged perpetrator was a law enforcement officer who had raped several other women in the area and had now impregnated her. Her tale was an extravagant one - "like...
  • Terrebonne deputy not indicted in fatal shooting of teen who was holding BB gun

    03/26/2015 1:00:57 PM PDT · by BBell · 2 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune/A.P. ^ | 3/26/15 | Carlie Kollath Wells
    HOUMA -- A grand jury has decided not to indict a Terrebonne Parish sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a teenager last year.
  • Once again Comrade de Blasio reminds us of why Democrats must never be allowed to rule us

    03/26/2015 8:34:51 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/26/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    In the bad old days of New York City, the mob would decide the price of erecting a building regardless of who was planning to do it. Years after the construction of One Police Plaza, the City’s Police Headquarters, when the ceiling of the main floor started to fall down an investigation found that the mob had sold the city substandard concrete. They didn’t care who they ripped off. Hard work led by former Mayor Rudy Giuliani broke the grip of the mob on New York’s construction industry and for years afterward construction boomed because of the reduced costs of...
  • Portion Size: The Elephant in the Room

    03/26/2015 3:13:49 AM PDT · by Don W · 20 replies
    Victoria Times-Colonist ^ | 25 March, 2015 | Dr. Trevor Hancock
    By now, everybody knows we are in the midst of an epidemic of overweight and obesity in Canada and around the world. There is a horrifying series of maps showing the rate of obesity spreading like a red stain across Canada over the past 30 years. In its latest fact sheet, the World Health Organization reports that “worldwide obesity has nearly doubled since 1980” and that “35 per cent of adults aged 20 and over were overweight in 2008, and 11 per cent were obese.” In Canada, it is much the same. The Public Health Agency of Canada reported in...
  • My Encounter with a Democrat about Ted Cruz and The Tea Party

    03/25/2015 7:07:07 PM PDT · by Nowhere Man · 56 replies
    Me | 03-25-2015 | Me
    I work in a major department store west of the Pittsburgh area and I sold some jewelry to a lady who was buying it foe her grandaughter's tea party. Just to make conversation, I referenced the Tea Party political group. She said how bad they were and Ted Cruz is "too Christian." I asked, "what do you mean by that?" She said, "I'm Catholic and liberal," and I replied, "hopefully if him or someone like him was elected, we can start to fix the damage of the last 7 years." She didn't like it. People like that drive me nuts....
  • Is it just me, or has there been a resurgence at FreeRepublic.

    03/25/2015 2:59:35 PM PDT · by Zeneta · 185 replies
    Me | 03/25/2015 | Zeneta
    I have noticed that there seems to be more and more posters on FR that have accounts from the 1990's or early 2000's, that are posting a lot more frequently. I can't be the only one that has noticed this. Maybe it was Ted Cruz, I don't know, but I'd like to know that I'm not alone here.
  • Horrifying footage shows teen drivers in near-death crashes as they check phones and chat [tr]

    03/25/2015 1:20:21 PM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    AP and UK Daily Mail ^ | March 25, 2015 | Staff
    Distractions - especially talking with passengers and using cellphones - play a far greater role in car crashes involving teen drivers than has been previously understood, according to compelling new evidence cited by safety researchers. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety analyzed nearly 1,700 videos that capture the actions of teen drivers in the moments before a crash. It found that distractions were a factor in nearly 60per cent of moderate to severe crashes. That's four times the rate in many previous official estimates that were based on police reports. The study is unusual because researchers rarely have access to...
  • Man killed by Smyrna police had history of running from cops

    03/25/2015 11:02:32 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 7 replies
    Atlanta Journal and Constitution ^ | 3/25/15 | Mike Morris
    The man shot and killed by Smyrna police Tuesday after they said he tried to run down officers who went to his Vinings workplace to arrest him had a history of running from police. And, in at least one prior case, he drove a car toward an officer. While police Wednesday had not released the man’s name, his parents came to the scene of the fatal shooting Tuesday afternoon, identified the dead man as Nicholas Taft Thomas and called for the FBI to look into the incident. Felecia Thomas told Channel 2 Action News that her son loved cars and...
  • Bosses can’t get even when staffers gripe on social media

    03/25/2015 10:58:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 25, 2015 1:27 PM EDT | Joyce M. Rosenberg
    Bosses can get mad when staffers vent on social media about their jobs, but they may not be able to get even. When one of Bert Martinez’ employees posted gripes about her job and the boss on Facebook last year, the publicist consulted his lawyer, who said the staffer couldn’t be fired. “The first lesson I learned is, employees are allowed to vent,” says Martinez, owner of Bert Martinez Communications in Phoenix. “If they're saying, ‘hey, it’s hard working here and I find this environment unpleasant’, you can’t fire them for that.” The employee quit a week after Martinez learned...
  • Pro-Lifers Arrested For Praying Outside Boehner’s Office

    03/25/2015 10:47:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 25, 2015 - 12:40 PM | Brittany M. Hughes
    U.S. Capitol police on Wednesday arrested seven pro-life protesters while they were praying outside the office of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Those arrested, who included prominent pro-life activist and nurse Jill Stanek, were protesting the House Republican leaderships’ failure to call a vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would prohibit aborting an unborn child in or after the 20th week of gestation. The House Republican leadership shelved the bill less than 24 hours before it was set to come up for a vote on Jan. 22 after some Republican congresswomen, led by Rep. Renée Ellmers (R-N.C.)...
  • NV: Expanded Reciprocity Bill Passes Senate

    03/25/2015 10:41:40 AM PDT · by rktman
    /gunwatch.blogspot.com ^ | 3/25/2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In Nevada, SB 175 passed the Senate. The bill is a general gun law reform bill that passed 14 to 5 with 2 excused. The bill changes the reciprocity law in Nevada in a significant way. From SB 175 (pdf):
  • Thousands Of Layoffs Coming After Buffett Merges Heinz With Kraft, 5th Largest Food Company

    03/25/2015 8:46:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/25/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Another day, another mega-M&A deal taking advantage of abnormally low bond rates, this time however not involving biotechs or a specialty pharma seeking to purchase a debt-free balance sheet, but one involving the Oracle of Omaha himself, and his Heinz investment, which will merge with Kraft Foods whose market cap was over $40 billion this morning on the news of the merger, and create the third largest food and beverage company in the US, and 5th largest in  the world. And while the resulting company will certainly be an unprecedented food giant, one which leaves the US food industry even...
  • The 20 US colleges with the most conservative students

    03/25/2015 8:41:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/25/2015 | Lauren Browning
    As part of its annual college rankings, The Princeton Review ranks the US colleges with the most conservative students. While a few of the schools on the list are big sports and party schools, 20% of the colleges in the ranking are military schools. Over half of the most conservative colleges on the list also appeared on the Review's lists of the most religious students, students who are stone cold sober, and students who don't smoke. A whopping 17 of the 20 schools were ranked on The Princeton Review's list of future Rotarians and Daughters of the American Revolution. Texas,...
  • Nebraska senator compares police to ISIS, suggests he’d shoot a cop

    03/25/2015 8:10:29 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 19 replies
    www.foxnews.com ^ | 3/25/15 | Deena Winter
    A Nebraska state senator compared American police to Islamic terrorists and suggested he'd shoot a cop if only he had a weapon. State Sen. Ernie Chambers said during a legislative hearing on March 20 that you don't have to go halfway around the world to find an ISIS mentality. It can be found in America because police terrorize blacks every day. He was referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which has beheaded journalists and brutally executed Westerners and others. "My ISIS is the police," Chambers, an independent, said, adding police can get away with shooting people if...
  • Is Obama a psychopath?

    03/25/2015 6:51:06 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 39 replies
    WND ^ | 4/16/2014 | Gina Loudon
    It is safe to say that most politicians these days could be diagnosed with a range of mental conditions, and many would likely be labeled sociopaths or psychopaths. The terms psychopath and sociopath are often used interchangeably, even by mental health professionals. The symptoms are somewhat consistent between the two: lack of conscience, no moral compass, manipulative, low range of emotions, interpersonally insensitive. The psychopath is deadly. He is well spoken, charismatic, fearless, controlling, socially potent, a habitual liar, calm to a disturbing degree in the face of chaos and cold hearted. He is a master at blaming others. David...
  • My Thoughts on Cruz

    03/24/2015 10:45:02 PM PDT · by yournamehere · 38 replies
    Just me | 3/25/15 | Just me
    I have not been around for a while, but Cruz running has me excited about jumping back in to politics. Just felt like sharing my opinions..
  • Singing the National Anthem at Walmart

    03/24/2015 9:18:56 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | Mar 24, 2015 | Mark Ammann
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  • RPT: Michelle Obama’s Mandate Will Require Daycares to Weigh Children

    03/24/2015 8:17:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Mar 23, 2015 2:12 pm | (Outnumbered)
    A new report says that the federal government plans to keep track of how healthy children are by weighing and measuring them in daycare. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will weigh and check the height of roughly 3,000 children as part of a study mandated by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. According to a report by Free Beacon, the USDA published “a notice in the Federal Register on Friday proposing data collection on what meals are served in professional and home daycare facilities and how much physical activity children perform.” …
  • I have AN answer to the teacher's pension problem

    03/24/2015 7:46:21 PM PDT · by knarf · 11 replies
    self | March 24, 2015 | knarf
    Every legitimate American child has a SS number, and ......
  • Privileged Species with Geneticist Michael Denton Gets Its Online Premiere; See It Now!

    03/24/2015 2:06:17 PM PDT · by Heartlander · 3 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | March 24, 2015 | News
    Privileged Species with Geneticist Michael Denton Gets Its Online Premiere; See It Now! Evolution News & Views March 24, 2015 3:43 AM | Permalink Finally, the stirring and profound documentary with geneticist Michael Denton, Privileged Species, is available to see now, free online. Dr. Denton extends the argument for intelligent design to the ultra-, ultra-fine-tuning of the cosmos for carbon-based life forms like ourselves. You cannot watch these 33 minutes without coming away with the very powerful conclusion that the universe was designed with us very specifically in mind.The documentary investigates the special properties of carbon, water, and oxygen that...
  • City Park golf course protester falls from tree, taken in ambulance

    03/24/2015 1:52:13 PM PDT · by BBell · 23 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | Jonathan Bullington
    Johnathan "Lloyd" Boover, the man living in a City Park tree out of protest over a proposed golf complex, fell from his perch Tuesday (March 24) and was taken away in an ambulance, witnesses said. Boover fell from the tree shortly before 11 a.m., said Marilyn Eyer, a Gentilly resident who has followed Boover's tree sit-in since he started March 13. Boover was carried away on a stretcher into a waiting ambulance, witnesses said, which then left the area.Witnesses say Boover may have broken his nose and injured his foot and knee in the fall. He had been running low...
  • This reality show about married swingers is crazy, but not for the reason you think

    03/24/2015 10:04:48 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 18 replies
    www.washingtonpost.com ^ | 3/23/15 | Emily Yhar
    A&E’s “Neighbors With Benefits,” a series that debuted Sunday night, opens with a truly hilarious scene. The camera reveals a sunny, idyllic neighborhood with a couple holding hands. There’s a shot of an American flag, a church and then a bunch of crosses. Someone actually yells, “Hidey ho, neighbor!” It’s suburban bliss. Inside one of the beautiful homes, a sweet middle-aged real estate agent shows a young married couple around the rooms, pointing out the large master bedroom. The wife turns to the agent: “Have you heard about the rumors of this neighborhood?” she giggles. “That there’s wild neighborhood parties...
  • Lexington, Mass. High School Vetoes Dance Theme For Being ‘Too American’

    03/24/2015 6:19:44 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 20 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | Mar 23, 2015 | Heather Laskin
    Lexington, Mass. The place where the “shot heard round the world” was fired, the birthplace of the American Revolution, and now, the home of a high school whose administration has vetoed an “American Pride” dance theme because it is “too American.” Students on the dance committee at Lexington High School voted on the theme for their junior/senior dance and chose “American Pride,” a seemingly appropriate theme for a school whose mascot is the Minuteman. Their decision was quickly vetoed, however, when the powers that be decided the theme was not inclusive enough. “Given the diverse demography of our community,” Assistant...
  • The Power To Hold On (vanity post)

    03/24/2015 5:00:24 AM PDT · by austinaero · 8 replies
    An Iron Will (book) ^ | 03/24/2015 | Orison Swett Marden
    THE POWER TO HOLD ON “The power to hold on is characteristic of all men who have accomplished anything great; they may lack in some other particular, have many weaknesses or eccentricities, but the quality of persistence is never absent from a successful man. No matter what opposition he meets or what discouragement overtakes him, drudgery cannot disgust him, obstacles cannot discourage him, labor cannot weary him; misfortune, sorrow, and reverses cannot harm him. It is not so much brilliancy of intellect, or fertility of resource, as persistency of effort, constancy of purpose, that makes a great man. Those who...
  • American Doctors Are Killing Themselves and No One Is Talking About It

    03/23/2015 8:00:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 03/23/2015 | Gabrielle Glaser
    It’s estimated that at least 400 U.S. doctors kill themselves every year. Many are struggling with depression, anxiety, or addiction. Greg Miday was a promising young doctor with a prestigious oncology fellowship in St. Louis. He spoke conversational Spanish, volunteered with the homeless, and played the piano as if he’d been born to it. He had rugged good looks, with dark wavy hair and a tall, athletic build. Everybody—siblings, patients, friends, nurses, professors, fellow doctors, and above all, his physician-parents—adored him. On the evening of June 21, 2012, Greg drew a bath, lit candles, and put his iPod on speaker....
  • SEE IT: Louisville cop helps struggling runner finish 10K race

    03/23/2015 7:43:08 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 27 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | March 23, 2015 | Meg Wagner
    A Louisville runner who struggled to complete a 10K race crossed the finish line hand-in-hand with her “angel” — a cop who walked by her side for a mile. Asia Ford began having trouble breathing about five miles into Saturday’s Rodes City Run. Lt. Aubrey Gregory got out of his police cruiser to check on her.
  • Government pays to house poor in luxury apartments with pools, wine cellars

    03/23/2015 3:56:59 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 27 replies
    FoxNews ^ | March 23, 2015 | Luke Rosiak
    Verde Point is a self-described "luxury apartment" complex with a rooftop pool and "personal wine storage" that is currently accepting public housing assistance recipients who will live there practically for free, courtesy of the taxpayers — at least until they become gainfully employed and their incomes rise. That's when the pool parties and wine tastings end and they will have to downgrade to a more middle-class abode. The Gramercy is another luxury apartment, also in Arlington, Va., where holders of the federal vouchers formerly known as Section 8 can live, taking advantage of its "massage room and sauna" and "clubroom...
  • Are school surveys about gun ownership legal in NY?

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