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  • A Colorado Man Used a Stuffed Owl Named "Solomon" as His Defense Attorney. It Was Not a Hoot.

    05/24/2015 1:23:55 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 12 replies
    I'm no legal expert, but something tells me this isn't exactly a great move for your case. From Arbroath: Charles Abbott arrived at court in Aspen, Colorado, on Tuesday with a stuffed owl and placed it on the defence table in front of him. “He’s a very sensitive guy, has law degrees from Yale, Harvard and Stanford,” Abbott told Pitkin County Court Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely. “I think he’ll be able to represent me before a public defender comes online.” But the fluffy horned owl that Abbott called “Solomon,” had no influence on the hearing’s outcome. Fernandez-Ely casually ignored its presence...
  • Gallup: Americans Overestimate Gay Population 6-Fold

    05/23/2015 9:06:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 22, 2015 | 4:30 PM EDT | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    Americans believe that there are six times as many gays and lesbians in the population as there actually are, according to new data released by Gallup. According to Gallup’s tracking surveys in the first four of 2015, 3.8 percent of the U.S. adult population says they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. However, in a survey conducted May 6-10, Gallup asked: “Just your best guess, what percent of Americans today would you say are gay or lesbian?” On average, Americans said it was 23.2 percent. …
  • Student: High School Won’t Let Me Start a Pro-Life Club (Las Vegas)

    05/23/2015 7:39:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | May 22, 2015 10:24 am
    A Las Vegas high school sophomore says school administrators denied her application to form a pro-life club on campus. West Career and Technical Academy Vice Principal Allan Yee allegedly told Angelique Clark that the club would be “controversial” and would make pro-choice students feel left out. He also reportedly said that others were “more qualified to speak on the issue than a high school sophomore.” …
  • ‘Clas of 2015’: High School Seniors Given Graduation Medals With Typo (Ogden UT)

    05/23/2015 7:35:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | May 23, 2015 12:47 PM
    Seniors at a Utah high school received one final spelling lesson at their graduation ceremony. 600 graduates of Fremont High School in Ogden, Utah, were given graduation medals inscribed with the words “Clas of 2015.” Yes, that's “class” with only one “s.” …
  • When men behave badly

    05/23/2015 6:14:00 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 30 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | May 23, 2015 | Margaret Wente
    Imagine you are a guy who has a responsible job with a big company in Toronto. It is 2015. The biggest story in your city is the plight of female TV reporters who are being harassed on the street by male passersby shouting obscenities. The harassers are being named, shamed, vilified, and in one case promptly fired. Everyone agrees that this disgraceful behaviour should be thoroughly condemned. Now imagine that you are attending an industry-awards ceremony. It features a young female doing a stand-up comedy routine. Do you laugh and clap appreciatively? Secretly think Jerry Seinfeld was funnier? Heckle her...
  • Bobby Flay 'claims boob job is at fault for estranged wife Stephanie March's health problems' ...

    05/23/2015 1:12:52 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | May 23, 2015 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Full title: Bobby Flay 'claims boob job is at fault for estranged wife Stephanie March's health problems' in bitter divorce The divorce battle between Stephanie March and Bobby Flay looks continues to cook up trouble. [sic] Now the celebrity chef is claiming his estranged wife's ill health is the result of a breast augmentation surgery and not the stress of their failed marriage, according to TMZ. Stephanie, 40, has suffered from a burst appendix and three infections, which she has allegedly claimed in court has prevented her from working as an actress ... According to TMZ Stephanie, due her ill...
  • My Pals The Mongols

    05/23/2015 12:38:43 PM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 17 replies
    Various Life Experiences | 5/23/2015 | blueunicorn6
    THE FOLLOWING IS BASED ON ACTUAL EVENTS...... I have been on vacation, or as they say in England, "Drinking A Lot". I spent a day in The City Of Lights which is, of course, Spokane, Washington. It was their annual Lilac Day Festival where they celebrate, well, Lilacs. They have a parade and a car show and lots of fragrant bums, no, Lilacs. The bums are more pungent than fragrant. The parade was quite enjoyable. They had at least 150 Rodeo Queens riding their horses in the parade. Every small town around Spokane must have a rodeo and by logic,...
  • Soccer players applauding the fans: does that look more than a little gay? [vanity]

    05/23/2015 5:11:00 AM PDT · by foreverfree · 57 replies
    foreverfree's curiosity | 5/23/15 | foreverfree
    I posted this question in another thread but got no response so...Who else has been watching the Barclays Premier League for the last 5 years on "the networks of NBC Universal" (and before that, ESPN)? Anyone else notice that when a player comes off for a sub (or after the game), they applaud their team's fans? Who besides me thinks that looks a little gay?I'm considering stopping watching soccer for that reason (although I'll watch Newcastle try to stave off relegation tomorrow [only recently did I tire of the returned applause gesture (just a wave will do IMO)]).ff
  • A Very Dear Friend of Our Family Has Passed Away

    05/22/2015 6:42:19 PM PDT · by thesligoduffyflynns · 10 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | today | self
    A very dear friend of the SligoDuffyFlynns has passed away. What a marvelous person she was! Her smile would light up a room- literally.She will be missed
  • Yes or no? Ireland decides whether to legalize gay marriage

    05/22/2015 5:10:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 22, 2015 6:52 PM EDT | Shawn Pogatchnik
    Voters determined to have their voice heard on gay marriage turned out in strength Friday for Ireland’s most hard-fought referendum in decades, a contest that pitted the liberal forces of social change against the nation’s conservative Catholic foundation. Polls closed at 10 p.m. after 15 hours of voting that featured long-distance trips by Irish citizens, including thousands of emigrants who returned by aircraft or ferry to take part in the world’s first national vote on gay marriage. Backers of gay marriage had hoped for high turnout, reflecting strong participation by young and first-time voters. Electoral officials said this appeared to...
  • Man survives shotgun attack after his iPhone takes brunt of blast

    05/22/2015 4:13:05 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 50 replies
    ITV Reports ^ | May 22, 2015
    Man survives shotgun attack after his iPhone takes brunt of blast A man miraculously survived being shot near his home with a sawn-off shotgun when his iPhone took the brunt of the blast. The victim's iPhone took the majority of the blast from the shotgun The victim's mobile phone took the majority of the blast from the shotgun. Credit: Cheshire Police The 25-year-old victim sustained serious injuries to his abdomen but managed to get up and head back to his block of flats where emergency services were called. Ryan Duggan, 19, has been found guilty of attempted murder at Chester...
  • Michael B. Jordan: Why I’m Torching the Color Line (note:Portrays F4's Human Torch)

    05/22/2015 3:59:35 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 31 replies
    EW ^ | May 22, 2015 | Michael B Jordan
    You’re not supposed to go on the Internet when you’re cast as a superhero. But after taking on Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four—a character originally written with blond hair and blue eyes—I wanted to check the pulse out there. I didn’t want to be ignorant about what people were saying. Turns out this is what they were saying: “A black guy? I don’t like it. They must be doing it because Obama’s president” and “It’s not true to the comic.” Or even, “They’ve destroyed it!”
  • The NYC street vendor charging $30 for a hot dog and drink

    05/22/2015 2:50:41 PM PDT · by dennisw · 54 replies
    /nypost ^ | May 20, 2015 | By David K. Li
    On Wednesday, Mohammed was slapped with three food-vending citations — after WNBC caught him on camera overcharging customers with accents, police sources said. A downtown Manhattan food cart vendor is ripping off tourists, charging as much as $30 for a hot dog and a drink, according to a report. Ahmed Mohammed, who peddles dogs at Greenwich and Albany streets, was caught on camera charging the exorbitant price. “I asked for a hot dog and a Dr Pepper. ‘$30.’ I said, ‘You’re joking, right?’ ” a New Jersey customer named Ben told WNBC. “He was like ‘$15, maybe $10.’” The high-priced...
  • DNA results confirms Iberville teacher fathered child of 15-year-old student

    05/22/2015 12:34:43 PM PDT · by BBell · 20 replies
    DNA test results from the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab has confirmed that Keavin Keith, a 30-year-old a teacher at Mathematics, Science and Arts Academy-West in Plaquemine, fathered a child of a 15-year-old student. Earlier this week, an alleged female victim told detectives with the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office, that she had a sexual relationship with Keith that produced a son. The teenager also told authorities that she communicated with Keith via text message and on Facebook.The alleged victim also provided names of other students that may have had inappropriate relationships with Keith. The teen also told authorities that Keith...
  • Teen Genius Solves College Loan Conundrum that So Baffles President Obama

    05/22/2015 12:03:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/22/2015 | Charlotte Hays
    A brilliant young man has single-handedly solved the problem of college loan debt. It was a daringly simple maneuver! Tennessee high school senior Ronald Nelson, Jr., who is a National Merit Scholar, star athlete, sax player, SAT high scorer, and student body president, turned down acceptances from eight Ivy League colleges and will instead attend the University of Alabama this fall. Young Ronald seems to have absorbed at an early age a lesson that eludes many youths (and those who have long since left youth behind): avoid going head over heels in debt. This is not to denigrate an Ivy...
  • WATCH: Is "Thug" Really the New "N Word"? People React...

    05/22/2015 9:26:53 AM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 42 replies
    LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 05/22/2015 | Steven Crowder
    Time to put your learning hats on, because we’re going to take you through the modern Social Justice Warrior (#SJW for short) dictionary. Thug is the new “N” word, “riot” is inherently racist and “terrorism” doesn’t actually mean… terrorism. Yes, this is actually what people on the left believe. They protest over it, in fact. But what about average, every day people on the street? Not even necessarily Liberals or Conservatives. Just normal, every day people. Do they buy into this crap? The answers (some from black people) may surprise you....
  • Former Planned Parenthood manager: Abortion stops a beating heart

    05/22/2015 7:26:51 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    live action news ^ | May 18, 2015 | Nancy Flanders
    In April of 1991, Sue Thayer took a job with Planned Parenthood in the small community of Storm Lake, Iowa. She was against abortion, but she didn’t know Planned Parenthood was anything more than a health care facility. She was unaware of their focus on abortion. “I thought it would be a great place to work in order to help women,” Thayer said. “I got an entry level job as a family planning assistant.” Within a short period of time, the manager of the Planned Parenthood clinic, who was on maternity leave, decided not to return to the clinic. Thayer...
  • Why Are Palo Alto Kids Killing Themselves?

    05/22/2015 7:23:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/22/2015 | Maggie Gallagher
    This week, San Francisco Magazine published an anthropological incursion by Diana Kapp into the lifestyles of the most privileged teens in the nation in order to ask: Why are the kids of Palo Alto killing themselves? A cluster of teen suicides at Palo Alto high schools in 2010 was followed this year by another four suicide victims from the wealthy and achievement-blessed Henry M. Gunn High School. Fifty-two of its 1,900 students were treated for suicide ideation this past school year. By Kapp’s account, the suicidal cases are only the tip of a very large iceberg of kids who,...
  • CAN TWO PEOPLE REPOPULATE EARTH?

    05/22/2015 7:17:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 05/21/2015 | Morgan Kinney
    Sci-Fi movies present no shortage of doomsday scenarios--asteroids, climate change and supervolcanoes just to name a few. But let’s say that one of these situations actually occurs, and humans are annihilated with the exception of one male and one female. Could humanity survive? The answer is a resounding...maybe, with the only certainty being that the surviving couple is going to be very, very busy. Variations on this scenario occur now and again in nature. They’re called bottlenecks, and they include any event that causes a drastic reduction in a population--think overhunting and natural disasters. Certain species, like dandelions, are great...
  • Pro-abortion writer: There should be more abortions

    05/22/2015 6:04:57 AM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    live action news ^ | May 19, 2015 | Sarah Terzo
    How many times have you heard a pro-abortion person say that abortion should be rare? The oft-repeated words, notably spoken by pro-abortion president, Bill Clinton, are “safe, legal, and rare.” Pro-abortion advocates often say this because it makes them look like moderates. But they are also acknowledging that they, like most people, feel uncomfortable about abortion. They may say that abortion should only be a last resort for women, but the policies they support, namely, abortion without any restrictions, actually encourage abortions to be more common. One response to the “safe, legal, rare” mantra is to ask the pro-choicer why...
  • Yes, You Can Be Prosecuted For Stealing Gold, Weapons From Video Game Characters

    05/21/2015 2:23:47 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 30 replies
    Consumerist ^ | May 21, 2015
    In the Big Bang Theory episode “The Zarnecki Incursion,” Sheldon’s World of Warcraft account is hacked and his in-game character is robbed of all its amassed treasure and weaponry. The local police and FBI both laugh off his demands to track down the virtual thief, but in the real world there are prosecutors going after this new form of criminal. Fusion has the story of a pair of online gamers-turned-bandits who teamed up to steal and resell virtual goods in the game Diablo III. The twosome profited to the tune of more than $8,000 — in actual money. To commit...
  • Mad Max and the Dream-Work of Homosexuality

    05/21/2015 9:19:42 AM PDT · by Sioux-san · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5/21/2015 | Robert Oscar Lopez
    ...The dystopian images of Fury Road depart significantly from the Mad Max films of the 1970s and 1980s. Fury Road presents us with a world where motherhood is commodified to suit an elite class of males who wish to share their property and life ambitions only with other men. Women are hooked up to machines that pump milk from their breasts and held inside dismal barracks, gestating heirs for warlords who show no sexual interest in women. The men of this warrior ruling class derive all their ecstasy from the company of muscular young males eager to labor and soldier...
  • Open Carry in Lordsburg, NM

    05/21/2015 9:08:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    gunwatch.blogspot.com ^ | 5/21/2015 | Dean Weingarten
    On my way to the NRA annual meeting, I passed through Lordburg, New Mexico on I-10. It is a convenient place to fuel the truck and myself, so I pulled into a truck stop to grab a sandwich. Open carry is protected by the New Mexico Constitution. I was carrying a Glock 17 (9mm for those who have not kept up with Glock nomenclature). The young woman behind the counter had a streak of purple hair, multiple piercings, a sizable tattoo on her right forearm, and was friendly, courteous, helpful, efficient and pleasant to speak with. I could not ask...
  • Patient who pulled gun on armed robber hopes he taught him lesson

    05/21/2015 6:00:26 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 31 replies
    myfoxdetroit.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | Randy Wimbley
    A quick-thinking man who refused to become a victim hopes he taught a young bad guy a lesson. Most people who carry a concealed handgun won't be in the situation where they have to draw and use it. That was a reality Tuesday for a Waterford man. James Dockman refused to pull the trigger and tonight the 49-year-old explains why. "Do you really want to (expletive) do this," Dockman said to the armed robber. The young man holding the weapon didn't want to answer, fleeing. Dockman said he was headed to his dialysis treatment around 4 a.m. Tuesday when he...
  • Md. man suspected in killings of four people in Northwest Washington DC (high profile murders)

    05/21/2015 12:21:03 AM PDT · by dennisw · 36 replies
    washingtonpost. ^ | May 20 at 11:45 PM | By Peter Hermann, Keith L. Alexander and Clarence Williams
    D.C. police said late Wednesday that they have identified a suspect in the killings of Savvas Savopoulos, his wife, young son and housekeeper, who authorities believe were held captive in the family’s Northwest Washington home. Police said they had obtained a warrant for the arrest of Daron Dylon Wint, who they said is 34 and is from Maryland. They said they do not know his whereabouts. The stunning break in the case came after police matched Wint to DNA found on the crust of a Domino’s pizza that had been ordered to the house the night of May 13, as...
  • Walmart anti Union video leaked to the internet (9:03)

    05/20/2015 9:22:47 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 16 replies
    Mirror Ninja ^ | 5/20/2015 | Mirror Ninja
    Video Link Here
  • Beany's Drive Thru - Long Beach, California - 1952-53

    05/20/2015 6:29:33 PM PDT · by Wiz-Nerd · 54 replies
    Vimeo ^ | 6 Months Ago | Win Edson
    What a good time in America. Video at link.
  • Law journal publishes special issue examining ‘Breaking Bad’

    05/20/2015 3:35:41 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 17 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | May 19, 2015 | Mike Bush
    The New Mexico Law Review is devoting its entire spring issue to eight contemporary legal issues – as seen through the entertaining but nonetheless very serious lens of a “Breaking Bad” perspective. Eight articles and essays include analyses of criminal procedure, a hypothetical arrest of Walter White, attorney-client communications, police practices, the war on drugs, and morality and the law. The Law Review, edited by University of New Mexico School of Law students, is due out Friday. An electronic version already has been posted online at lawschool.unm.edu/nmlr/current-issue.php. The Law Review’s faculty adviser, Professor Dave Sidhu, described the issue as creative...
  • Tabloid news website Ratter lays off entire editorial staff

    05/20/2015 2:44:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 5/20/15 | Greta Kaul
    Ratter, a fledgling media company that sought to turn local tabloid-style reporting into viral national news, laid off its entire editorial staff Wednesday. The startup, which hired staffers in the Bay Area and Los Angeles since its launch last November, let go “every single byline that was on that site,” founder A.J. Daulerio said. But “It’s not shutting down,” according to Daulerio. Despite its small size — before the lay-offs Ratter only had four full-time writers — the company had garnered media attention. That’s mainly because of the pedigree of its founder, A.J. Daulerio, a Gawker Media veteran best known...
  • Watch real-life 'Captain America' save the day

    05/20/2015 2:30:08 PM PDT · by Raymann · 5 replies
    CNET ^ | 5/20/15 | Eric Mack
    Video at link To create a real American hero, there's no need to spend millions on costumes, CGI effects and stunts. Apparently all it takes is a little US Army training and a faded T-shirt. When off-duty Army Captain Steve Voglezon put on his red "Captain America" T-shirt on Sunday, he surely had no idea it would be even more apropos than the uniform he wears most other days. When Voglezon came upon the scene of a fiery head-on collision on a North Carolina road, he quickly sprung into action, rescuing two people trapped inside one of the crashed cars,...
  • The lies you were taught about the sexual revolution…that you still don’t know were lies

    05/20/2015 1:54:39 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    life news ^ | Wed May 20, 2015 | Jonathon van Maren
    “The most effective way to destroy people,” George Orwell once noted, “is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” In today’s culture, knowledge of history is, itself, fast becoming history. Late-night hosts sometimes make comedic hay of this growing cultural Alzheimer’s by asking people in the street mundane questions such as “Who were our allies in World War II?” to hilariously cringe-worthy responses. But there is a distinctly unfunny side to our forgetfulness. We are very much at risk, as the old saying goes, not just of repeating history because we have forgotten it, but of repeating...
  • "Joe Steele" -- interesting read

    05/20/2015 1:48:21 PM PDT · by pabianice · 2 replies
    Amazon.com ^ | 5/20/15
    The story: President Herbert Hoover has failed America. The Great Depression that rose from the ashes of the 1929 stock market crash still casts its dark shadow over the country. Despairing and desperate, the American people hope one of the potential Democratic candidates—New York governor Franklin D. Roosevelt and California congressman Joe Steele—can get the nation on the road to recovery. But fate snatches away one hope when a mansion fire claims the life of Roosevelt, leaving the Democratic party little choice but to nominate Steele, son of a Russian immigrant laborer who identifies more with the common man than...
  • Drunken Folsom man rescued after climbing cell tower, website reports

    05/20/2015 1:48:06 PM PDT · by BBell · 5 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 5/20/15 | Kim Chatelain
    Two Folsom men were arrested after authorities said they became intoxicated and climbed a cellphone tower adjacent to a fire station in Pineville, La., requiring a rescue by a special operations unit, according to TheTownTalk.com. Joseph Waldron Johnson Jr., 21, and Joshua Caleb Sharp, 19, were booked with unauthorized entry of critical infrastructure, disturbing the peace by intoxication and littering.The two were attending a graduation party at a skating rink next to the fire station when they threw a beach towel over a barbed wire fence that surrounds the tower and climbed over the barrier, the website reported.
  • Call of Duty increases risk of Alzheimer's disease

    05/20/2015 10:12:08 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 05/20/15
    University of Montreal study finds video game players navigate the screen using a key area of the brain Millions of boys could be at increased risk of Alzheimer's disease and other mental illnesses in later life through playing action video games such as Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed, according to new research. Scientists say players navigate the screen using a key area of the brain called the caudate nucleus, which leads to loss of grey matter in the hippocampus. Previous studies have shown reduced volume in the hippocampus, which controls memory, learning and emotion, is associated with neurological and...
  • Nadia Lockyer: ‘OMG! Twins!!!’

    05/20/2015 8:32:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 5/20/15 | Matier and Ross
    The other day we told you that former state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, 74, and his 43-year-old wife, Nadia — who nearly divorced after a meth-fueled sex scandal ended her tenure on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors — are expecting another child. Well, as luck would have it, they’re actually expecting two.
  • The 25 best cities for job seekers right now

    05/20/2015 8:29:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/20/2015 | JACQUELYN SMITH
    If you've been unsuccessful in your job search, it might be time to start looking in other parts of the country. But before you pack up and go, you'll want to consider which cities have the best career opportunities, the happiest workers, and the lowest cost of living. To help, online careers community Glassdoor just released its latest report on the 25 best cities for jobs right now. These metro areas stand out for having the highest Glassdoor "Job Score," which was determined by weighting three factors equally: how easy it is to get a job (hiring opportunity), how affordable...
  • Protection through pierced ears in Uganda [from child sacrifice]

    05/20/2015 8:13:34 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 7 replies
    World Vision ^ | March 25, 2014 | Kari Costanza
    In certain districts of Uganda, child sacrifice is a real danger. Today, Kari Costanza writes from Uganda about 3-year-old Sharon, whose ear piercing may protect her. Read how a World Vision-supported amber alert program is helping to recover children that have been taken. *** I didn’t realize when I became a mother to a beautiful little girl that we would one day do battle. I thought she’d eat the food I set before her. I thought she’d wear the school clothes I laid out so carefully upon her bed. I never expected resistance. And I never expected a battle over...
  • New York City vs. London: Which is the better city?

    05/20/2015 8:07:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/20/2015 | SARAH SCHMALBRUCH
    The debate over which is the better city — New York City or London — has been raging for a long time. The cities are alike in that they're both densely populated cosmopolitan capitals of their respective countries, but they also have their differences. We rounded up the factors that are important for both inhabitants and visitors to take into consideration and used them to help settle the debate. As a side note: Even though I currently live in NYC, I'm a native Chicagoan, so I'm an impartial judge in the matter. COST Both London and NYC are notorious for...
  • If you type the N-word into a Google maps search, you get the White House

    05/20/2015 7:57:40 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 17 replies
    statesman.com ^ | 5-20-15 | unattributed
    A Google Maps user edited the site’s search function allowing terms including “n***** king” and “n***a house” to show results for the White House. "Some inappropriate results are surfacing in Google Maps that should not be, and we apologize for any offense this may have caused," a Google spokesperson said to the Washington Post Tuesday. "Our teams are working to fix this issue quickly." However, as of Wednesday morning, the search and results still come back. Because of pranks like this Google has suspended user edits to Google Maps for now.
  • Harvard discriminates against Asians as it once did to Jews

    05/20/2015 7:30:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | 05/20/2015 | Betsy McCaughey
    If you’re applying to Harvard and your last name is Wong or Liu, changing it to Lopez or Luciano might just make the difference you need to get in. Harvard routinely rejects “Asian” applicants in favor of whites and sought-after minorities with lower test scores and grades. Enrollment data reveal that Harvard limits Asian-Americans to a flat 15-18 percent of the student body, year after year, though they increasingly dominate the top of the applicant pool. To smoke out ethnicity, Harvard requires applicants to provide their parents’ place of birth, mother’s maiden name and whether their family has ever changed...
  • Chinese leader: Religions must be free of foreign influence

    05/20/2015 5:30:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2015 8:02 AM EDT
    President Xi Jinping has warned that religions in China must be independent from foreign influence as Beijing asks domestic religious groups to adapt to Chinese society and pledge loyalty to the state.China is ruled by the atheist Communist Party and Beijing tries to control a variety of religions and their spread. …
  • Student turned down all 8 Ivies to go to a state school, and we should celebrate it

    05/20/2015 4:47:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/20/2015 | Mary Katherine Ham
    First, I should note I am a proud state-school grad. (Go Dawgs!) In a sea of Ivy-League degrees in Washington, it has never seemed to limit my opportunities, and it gives me a special camaraderie with the other state-school grads in the business. But I applaud Ronald Nelson Jr., not just because of my personal affinity for state schools, but because he’s a really smart young man who made a really smart decision.Nelson is a phenom— a sky-high GPA and SAT scores, a talented alto sax player, student body president, National Merit Scholar, among other honors. And, he was...
  • Josh Duggar 'was subject of molestation claims in 2005 and was turned in by his father Jim Bob'

    05/19/2015 6:34:15 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 31 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 19 May 2015 | Chris Spargo
    A new report claims that 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar was named in an underage sexual abuse probe. According to InTouch, Josh's father Jim Bob turned him in to Arkansas State Police after 'he caught him leaving a young girl’s bedroom and learned something inappropriate happened.' The charge being pursued at that time was sexual assault in the fourth deg
  • Michigan’s one-room schoolhouses make one last stand

    05/19/2015 5:05:13 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 11 replies
    Bridgemi.com ^ | 19 May 2015 | Mike Wilkinson
    HARBOR BEACH ‒ Most elementary and middle schools fairly buzz with noise just before the school day starts, as a stampede of students put away coats, take seats and share boasts over video game exploits or exchange giggles about young romance. But one of the first things you notice at the Eccles School along rural stretch of Michigan’s Thumb is the quiet shuffle as students move from door to desk to computer station, creating a low-level hum until the Pledge of Allegiance. After which, there’s an exchange of news about soccer, a puppy and one student’s gig as bat boy...
  • Gallup: Only 26% Satisfied With Way Things Are Going in U.S.

    05/19/2015 1:30:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 18, 2015 | 10:29 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    Only one in four Americans, 26 percent, say they are satisfied with the way things are going in this country, a new Gallup Poll finds. Or, viewed another way, 74 percent of Americans apparently are dissatisfied. Americans still list government, the economy and unemployment as top problems, even though the unemployment rate continues to drop.Between May 6 and 10, Gallup asked a random sample of 1,024 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia: “In general, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States at...
  • The True Black Tragedy: Illegitimacy Rate of Nearly 75%

    05/19/2015 1:09:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 19, 2015 | 6:50 AM EDT | Walter E. Williams
    Hustlers and people with little understanding want us to believe that today’s black problems are the continuing result of a legacy of slavery, poverty and racial discrimination. The fact is that most of the social pathology seen in poor black neighborhoods is entirely new in black history. Let’s look at some of it. Today the overwhelming majority of black children are raised in single female-headed families. As early as the 1880s, three-quarters of black families were two-parent. In 1925 New York City, 85 percent of black families were two-parent. One study of 19th-century slave families found that in up to...
  • The Gathering Bond Storm in Chicago

    05/19/2015 11:00:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Economy and Markets ^ | 05/19/2015 | Rodney Johnson
    Recently the bond rating company Moody’s Investor Service cut their ranking of Chicago to junk status. The move ticked off a lot of people in the Windy City who think Moody’s overstated the case. I agree that Moody’s is wrong… not because they went too far, but because they didn’t go far enough. Chicago is not close to bankrupt. It’s completely bankrupt. People are just afraid to say this out loud. The city’s pensions are underfunded by $20 billion. Moody’s gave a rating that reflects how the city is performing. City officials are just angry Moody’s called them out. The...
  • Kerry's "setback" remark: Think how far Islamists would be if he had won in 2004!

    05/19/2015 5:56:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    npr.org/sff ^ | 5/19/15 | sff
    ...Obama administration downplays the self-proclaimed Islamic State takeover of the important Iraqi city of Ramadi as Iraq emerges again.... John Kerry says the battle against ISIS or Daesh, its Arabic acronym, will be a long one with many setbacks.
  • Bill O'Reilly Forced To Deny Accusations He Physically Assaulted His Ex-Wife Prior To 2010 Split...

    05/18/2015 8:26:37 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 62 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | May 18, 2015 | DAVID MCCORMACK
    Bill O'Reilly Forced To Deny Accusations He Physically Assaulted His Ex-Wife Prior To 2010 Split By Dragging Her 'Down A Staircase By The Neck' By DAVID MCCORMACK 18 May 2015 Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly is alleged to have physically assaulted his ex-wife by dragging her down a staircase by the neck, according to evidence heard during a bitter court battle over custody of their two children. A hard fought three-year custody dispute between O'Reilly and ex-wife Maureen McPhilmy finally ended last month when a Nassau County Supreme Court justice granted custody of the couple's two kids to their mother....
  • Suppose you're wealthy. Do you feel SAFER knowing most people are dopes?

    05/18/2015 5:19:51 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 16 replies
    Religion.rantrave ^ | April 27, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    More and more, I see that this is the essential question. There are definitely people at the top of this society working together so that the average person is kept illiterate and ignorant. Why? Obama talks about students being made career-ready and college-ready. This is laughable. We have millions of students who are being made welfare-ready. The statistics show that half the kids in eighth grade are not reading at a "proficient" level. In other words, they can read a McDonald's menu and that's about it. Ask yourself the obvious question. If the school system were serious about educating children,...