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  • Chris Long didn't appreciate ESPN's Michael Sam shower segment

    08/26/2014 9:22:38 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | August 26, 2014 | Will Brinson
    Tuesday's SportsCenter featured an awkward break down of Michael Sam -- Rams defensive lineman and the first openly-gay player in the NFL -- and his shower habits. While Josina Anderson reported Kendall Langford said Sam is "one of the guys and seems to be taking a rookie approach in terms of listening and learning at his own pace" she also reported one unnamed Rams defensive player's position on Sam's showering with teammates. "Another defensive player told me Sam is 'respecting our space' and from his perspective he seems to think Michael Sam is kind of waiting to take a shower...
  • The College Football Czar: Week 1

    08/26/2014 7:01:46 PM PDT · by Daniel Clark · 8 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | August 26, 2014 | Daniel Clark
    The College Football Czar: Week 1 If you're reading the College Football Czar’s week one picks, that must mean that yet another long summer of terrible TV is about to come to a merciful end. So – if you’ve been keeping a football around the house to talk to, with a face drawn on it like Wilson from Cast Away ... If you’ve gone to an empty football stadium during the offseason, sat there for hours, and told yourself that the reason there was no scoring was that Boston College was playing ... If a genie recently granted you whatever...
  • More Than Half Of All Americans Can’t Come Up With $400 In Emergency Cash… Unless They Borrow

    08/26/2014 3:51:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | August 11, 2014 | Ben Bullard
    Count yourself fortunate, or something, if you’re among the 48 percent of Americans who can cough up a spare $400 in emergency cash without having to beg, borrow or steal. According to a Federal Reserve report on American households’ “economic well-being” in 2013, fewer than half of all Americans said they’d be able to come up with four Benjamins on short notice to deal with an unexpected expense. The report, released last week by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, indicates a disparity between how Americans view their financial situation and the reality of where their finances actually...
  • Report: Response to climate-change survey led to CEO's departure from PR Giant, Edelman

    08/26/2014 2:48:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    PR Week ^ | 08/2014 | Lindsay Stein and Frank Washkuch ,
    Edelman global CEO Richard Edelman said in a conversation with an editor of Vice’s Motherboard blog that former US CEO Mark Hass was fired from the agency in part because of the way he responded to an investigation into PR agencies’ work with climate-change deniers. Quoted by Motherboard senior editor Brian Merchant, the chief executive of the world’s largest PR agency said, "We fired the head of our US [division] in part because of that stupid note he wrote, about, you know, how we don’t answer these kinds of things." In response to inquiries from the Climate Investigations Center that...
  • Abu Dhabi Legal Expert Explains the Three Divorce Rule

    08/26/2014 1:55:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    A legal expert from the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department has clarified Sharia rules on divorce after a case last week where a couple sought to divorce for the third time. Muna Al Raeesi, head of legal aid at ADJD, said that when a husband and wife divorced for the first time, there was a waiting period known as “idda”, which is designed to give the couple time to reconcile without finalising the divorce procedure. The waiting period lasts for three of the wife’s menstrual cycles to ensure she is not pregnant. If she is pregnant, it lasts until the child...
  • Attention gay rights lobby: your feelings aren’t constitutionally protected

    08/26/2014 12:01:43 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 17 replies
    http://themattwalshblog.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Matt Walsh
    Attention gay rights lobby: I read of your latest conquest with great interest. A Catholic couple in New York has been charged and fined for violating the “rights” of a gay couple by choosing not to host a gay wedding on their farm. This story has garnered little interest and virtually no media attention, which is understandable considering that everything in the world had to take a backseat while the entire nation sat enthralled for two weeks by a local police matter in a place called Ferguson. Of course, the media only considers homicide to be a “local crime story”...
  • In One America, Guns and Diet. In the Other, Cameras and ‘Zoolander.’

    08/26/2014 9:04:27 AM PDT · by mojito · 6 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 8/19/2014 | David Leonhardt
    In the hardest places to live in the United States, people spend a lot of time thinking about diets and religion. In the easiest places to live, people spend a lot of time thinking about cameras. This summer, The Upshot conducted an analysis of every county in the country to determine which were the toughest places to live, based on an index of six factors including income, education and life expectancy. Afterward, we heard from Hal Varian, the chief economist at Google, who suggested looking at how web searches differ on either end of our index. The results, based on...
  • Warren Buffet--**** anti-USA hypocrite who just exists to kill babies (vanity rant)

    08/26/2014 8:43:48 AM PDT · by Mamzelle · 16 replies
    personal rant | 8/26/14 | Mamzelle
    So Warren wants to ruing the middle-class taxpayer with his Obama-worship, then hightail his ancient, fetid aZZ to a favorable tax climate. And his "legacy" is three million abortions. Has there been a worse human being in the news lately?
  • Attorney and Cop Scuffle after Traffic Stop (video)

    08/26/2014 8:41:13 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 39 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 6-29-2014 | YouTube.com
    ST. ALBANS (VT) — Police video and documents provided to the St. Albans Messenger show how an ordinary traffic stop last week degenerated into a physical altercation, which further disintegrated into the use of ethnic and homophobic slurs. Local attorney Peter J.R. Martin, 74, was stopped by Officer Mike Malinowski of the St. Albans Police Dept. (SAPD) Thursday, June 12, at 5:30 p.m. for having tinted windows, which are not legal in Vermont. The incident occurred on Lake Road near Cherry Street at St. Albans Bay. Martin was subsequently charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He has pleaded not...
  • The Taser Photoshoot: Portraits of People's Faces When Hit With A Stun Gun

    08/26/2014 7:57:52 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 35 replies
    Fstoppers ^ | August 25, 2014 | Patrick Hall
    As a portrait photographer, I am always trying to make people feel comfortable in front of my camera so I can capture a real emotion from them. But what if I was able to make people feel so uncomfortable in front of the camera that I could guarantee an interesting portrait every time? This is the idea behind my latest series: The Taser Photoshoot. I've edited two different videos as well as a behind the scenes in the full post below.
  • North Dakota: Legendary Among States. Residents happy with the economy, education, air quality

    08/26/2014 6:00:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Gallup ^ | 08/27/2014 | by Art Swift
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "Oil boom" is probably the first phrase that comes to mind when one thinks about North Dakota. Yet North Dakotans see their state as much more than oil. They are highly satisfied with their schools, their air quality, their ability to find a quality job, and their overall standard of living. In Gallup's comprehensive survey of all 50 states, North Dakota ranks No. 1 on a variety of indicators spanning economics, public affairs, education, the environment, and well-being. In 2014, North Dakota is a complex, thriving state that is adapting rapidly to the economic and social factors...
  • The Madness of 2008: The Perfect Storm That Gave Us Obama

    08/26/2014 5:47:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/27/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>America is suddenly angry at the laxity, incompetence, and polarizing politics of the Obama administration, the bad optics of the president putting about in his bright golf clothes while the world burns. Certainly, no recent president has failed on so many fronts — honesty, transparency, truthfulness, the economy, foreign policy, the duties of the commander-in-chief, executive responsibilities, and spiritual leadership.</p>
  • Arby’s creates $10 mega meat sandwich

    08/26/2014 4:56:57 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | August 25, 2014 | Chelsea Mies
    After realizing that people thought Arby’s mainly served roast beef, the company made a poster showcasing a large stack of all the meats on the menu, which includes bacon and brisket, according to The Washington Post. It worked. “People started coming in and asking, ‘Can I have that?’” Arby’s vice president of brand and corporate communications Christopher Fuller said. Arby’s decided to go with it, and the “Meat Mountain” was born. It will not be listed on the menu, but store associates will make it for the customers who request it. At $10, the sandwich includes (from the bottom up)...
  • Abortion backers launch “Taco or Beer Challenge,” because ice water is so cold and wet

    08/26/2014 4:39:31 AM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | Jill Stanek
    Around the world, famous and nonfamous people alike are filming themselves dumping or having dumped ice water on their heads in the new fad called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The dunkee then pays it forward by challenging others to do the same. Party poopers are supposed to donate $100 to the cause. Pro-lifers oppose donating to the ALS Association because it supports research of human embryos and aborted fetal cells. Our opposition has even made national news, which is helpful in bringing attention to ALSA’s deadly research. Pro-lifers are still enjoying the ice bucket challenge, they just donate to...
  • China courts documentaries as it limits expression

    08/26/2014 2:11:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 26, 2014 2:31 AM EDT | Louise Watt
    China is wooing filmmakers at the same time as it’s cracking down on them. Authorities are handing more slots to documentaries, giving even independent filmmakers a chance to be shown on state television. But while China is avidly pursuing what it considers serious content to replace popular dating, reality and game shows, it is also stifling material with any whiff of challenging the Communist Party line. A weekend crackdown by authorities on an independent film festival in Beijing was the worst in its eight-year history, with police confiscating hundreds of films and briefly detaining two organizers. China’s broadcasting authority has...
  • Bring Back The Welfare Stigma

    08/25/2014 10:12:30 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 29 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 21, 2014 | Daniel Payne
    The public schools in my hometown of Richmond, Virginia, are not known for superb quality—one of them had so pandemic a rodent infestation that it was subsequently overrun by snakes—but give the incompetent buffoons some credit. They know a good handout when they see it: Richmond Public Schools (RPS) recently signed on to a federal program that “encourages school districts to feed everyone by eliminating many of the restrictions in the National School Lunch Program.” It’s bad enough that we’ll have more students belly up to the government food trough (if you’ve never had a taste of “free” government lunch,...
  • Nicki Minaj Is Worse for Young Girls’ Morals Than Madonna Ever Was

    08/25/2014 8:56:04 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | August 25, 2014 | A. J. Delgado
    AUGUST 25, 2014 Nicki Minaj Is Worse for Young Girls’ Morals Than Madonna Ever Was Her work glamorizes drug use, materialism, and, more or less, prostitution. By A. J. Delgado During last night’s MTV Video Music Awards, Nicki Minaj performed her much-hyped new single, “Anaconda.” The catchy beat and its incorporation of Sir Mix A Lot’s “Baby Got Back” classic is, admittedly, incredibly fun. Subsequently, I watched the video online (in just a few days, it already has nearly 70,000,000 views). Well, gents might need a cigarette after watching the video. It consists of Minaj nearly naked, in a variety...
  • The mystery of the falling teen birth rate

    08/25/2014 8:04:44 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 34 replies
    Vox ^ | August 20, 2014 | Sarah Kliff
    The staff of TeenWise, a Minneapolis-based non-profit, crunched the numbers for its annual report on Minnesota teenagers' sexual health. Their calculations seemed to show something unbelievable: the state's teen birth rate had a double-digit decline between 2009 and 2010. That seemed impossible. Just three years earlier, in 2007, Minnesota's teen birth rate had increased by 1.4 percent; nationally it had increased by 3 percent in 2006. How could the rate then fall so steeply and so quickly? "We ran the data, and we figured it was a mistake," said Judith Kahn, TeenWise's executive director. "Then, it looked like everybody had...
  • Ban on guns in places that sell alcohol struck down on Second Amendment grounds (Truncated Title)

    08/25/2014 7:08:51 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 5 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | August 25, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    Baton Rouge Code of Ordinances § 13:95.3 provides, (a) It shall be unlawful for any person to have in his possession a firearm, or other instrumentality customarily used or intended for probable use as a dangerous weapon, in any premises where alcoholic beverages are sold and/or consumed on the premises except the owner or lessee of the premises, or their employees [or law enforcement officials]…. (b) … Any person who enters a place where alcoholic beverages are sold and/or consumed on the premises does, by the mere fact of entering, consent to a search of his person for any firearm...
  • US sailors prepare for fresh legal challenge over Fukushima radiation

    08/25/2014 4:28:33 PM PDT · by Theoria · 7 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 20 Aug 2014 | Suzanne Goldenberg
    $1bn lawsuit accuses Tepco of failing to avoid the accident and of lying about radiation levels that have caused health problems to themselves and their families stationed in Japan The first time it occurred to James Jackson that there could be lasting damage from his US Navy service during Japan’s tsunami and nuclear disaster came when his eldest son, Darius, was diagnosed with leukaemia.Darius, now 15, spent a month in hospital in early 2013, soon after his diagnosis. “I thought I was going to have to bury him,” Jackson recalled. The teenager who aspired to play college basketball now has...
  • College -- Do the Math: How Opportunity Costs Multiply Tuition

    08/25/2014 12:15:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | 08/25/2014 | Chris Bowyer
    [SNIP] We’ve spent a lot of time talking about the obvious costs of college: tuition, housing, food, etc. We’ve also looked at a few less obvious costs, like interest on student loans. But there are indirect costs, as well: opportunity costs. “Opportunity cost” is an economic phrase. Simply put, it’s the cost you incur by doing one thing rather than another. Because our time and money are finite, everything we buy or do prevents us from buying or doing something else. If you take a year off to backpack across Europe, you’re not just losing the money you spend on...
  • The Ghost Hotels of the Catskills

    08/25/2014 9:42:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 49 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 25, 2014 | Brandon Presser
    Phones on desks, linens on beds, catalog cards spilling out of the filing cabinets—all covered with a fine patina of dust. Neglected for years, and abandoned in seconds, it’s like a modern-day Pompeii in which the earth suddenly reclaimed its souls as they went about their daily business. But this isn’t fodder for the next Dean Koontz thriller; it’s real, and its 100 miles north of New York City. Sullivan County once boasted 538 hotels and over 50,000 bungalows, but today practically nothing remains of this illustrious, vacationing era, save crumbling towers and abandoned estates. Walking through the haunting wreckage—thirsty...
  • The End of Tanning?

    08/25/2014 9:25:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | August 25, 2014 | Olga Khazan
    Ryan Baker, a director of operations for Palm Beach Tan, ushers me through the narrow, pastel hallways of one of the chain's salons in Washington, D.C. It's a tiny place, squeezed into a strip mall between a Chipotle and a beauty parlor. But in a pinch, some see it as a mini-vacation—a dose of artificial sunshine when life’s too busy, or the outside world too cloudy, for the real thing. ....................................................... And that's the next big challenge for health agencies. Despite how rapidly the warnings and taxes and regulations have beat back the sunbed industry, there’s still something a little...
  • 'Weird Al' Yankovic: Fans want him for the Super Bowl

    08/25/2014 8:50:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 08/07/2014 | By Molly Driscoll
    Beyonce, Bruno Mars… 'Weird Al' Yankovic? If more than 67,000 petition signers have their way, the parody singer will join the list of artists who have performed at the Super Bowl. The petition, started by Ed Ball of Washington State, was created on Change.org and is addressed to the NFL. “For decades Weird Al has entertained fans, young and old, with his popular clever parodies and unique sense of humor,” Ball’s petition reads. “Having him headline the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show... would remain true to the standards and quality of the show business we have come to love and...
  • Health-care fears loom large in gay marriage cases

    08/25/2014 2:30:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 25, 2014 12:59 AM EDT | Rick Callahan
    When Niki Quasney felt a piercing pain in her ribcage in March, the oncologist treating her advanced ovarian cancer told her to get to an emergency room immediately. But instead of making the short drive to a hospital near her home in Munster, Indiana, she drove alone for more than 40 minutes to one in neighboring Illinois. Quasney said she was “terrified” her local hospital might not allow her and her partner of more than 13 years, whom she wed last year in another state, to be together if she suffered a health emergency. Quasney and her partner, Amy Sandler,...
  • Hands Up! Don’t Abort!

    08/25/2014 2:01:15 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 8-25-2014 | Mike Adams
    Something is just not right with me. In fact, I’m downright rude. I have a tendency to crash protests even though no one invited me. It happened when I donned a burka back in 2003 disguising myself as an Iraqi woman in order to infiltrate a campus protest against the War in Iraq. It happened again in 2009 when I joined a protest against myself at UMASS-Amherst. It happened yet again last Saturday night when I went to Ferguson and protested against the man while holding a sign saying “Hands up, Don’t Shoot!” I learned a lot that night. So...
  • Animals can be ‘victims’ just like people, Oregon Supreme Court says

    08/24/2014 11:17:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 120 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | August 22, 2014 at 2:50 PM | Aimee Green
    In two landmark rulings earlier this month, the Oregon Supreme Court said that animals—whether they be horses, goats, dogs or cats—shall be afforded some of the same basic protections as human beings.The dual rulings are expected to make it easier for police to rush to the aid of ailing animals without first obtaining a warrant. They also could result in harsher criminal repercussions for those found guilty of abusing or neglecting animals. “These are hugely helpful to the prosecution of animal-cruelty cases,” said Jacob Kamins, a Corvallis-based prosecutor assigned to pursuing such cases across Oregon. …
  • Deadly square: 43 people shot in Miami’s Liberty Square area in 2014

    08/24/2014 6:47:58 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 3 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | August 23, 2014 | Charles Rabin and David Smiley
    Antwan Washington was shot twice. So was Marquise Riley-Asbury, whose life the second bullet ended. Another man was shot as he got off a bus, and still another while in bed at home. In the first seven months of this year, 43 people living in a 13-square-block area surrounding Miami’s Liberty Square housing project have been shot, police records show. Seven have died.
  • Old Timey PHOTO) Circa 1890 - Man Riding a Goat

    08/24/2014 2:41:27 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    Retronaut ^ | 1890 | Retronaut
    1890: Man riding a goat Man riding a goat, 1890 (Initiation into fraternal group). Photographer: Chas.v. Hamer, Columbus O, USA
  • Investment & Finance Thread (week Aug. 24 - Aug. 30 edition)

    08/24/2014 2:36:41 PM PDT · by expat_panama · 56 replies
    Daily investment & finance thread ^ | Aug. 24, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    Happy weekend investors!!This week's thread will have to settle for a lame blog at the top due to a severe case of writer's block.  Topics considered were a weekly recap but here's the week in stocks and here's the week in metals.  Another idea was chat about the Fed meeting at Jackson Hole but they're just wrapping it up and the Fed website isn't quite updated.  Another idea is a resume of all the good news & bad news about today's econ condx, but that either keeps changing or it's already been rehashed on these threads by better brains than...
  • Moral Relativists In The University: They Aren’t Who You Think They Are

    08/24/2014 1:44:13 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 28 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 8-24-14 | Collin Garbarino
    This year the movie God Is Not Dead preyed on every Christian parent’s fear of sending a child off to college only to have their family’s faith and values undermined by an atheist college professor espousing some form of moral relativism. The movie hinges on a certain cliché, but the cliché is a cliché because many of us took a class with “that professor.” He might not have been so over-the-top, but his prejudices were evident. The American university tends to be fairly hostile to the conservative movement. One of the core tenets of conservatism is the Judeo-Christian teaching that...
  • Latest TV Campaign Ad, Governor Scott Walker (R, WI)

    08/24/2014 10:53:46 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 13 replies
    You Tube ^ | Today | Friends of Scott Walker
    Latest TV Campaign Ad, Governor Scott Walker (R, WI)
  • Knee replacement may go poorly for people who think life isn’t fair

    08/24/2014 5:32:17 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 28 replies
    People who tend to blame others for their suffering and think setbacks in their lives are irreparable tend to report more pain after knee replacement surgery, according to a new study. This is not the first time feelings of personal injustice have been tied to longer recovery times and increased disability after injury, the authors write. “Pain is a complex phenomenon that is influenced by biological, social, and psychological factors,” said lead author Esther Yakobov, a doctoral student in clinical psychology at McGill University in Montreal. “Studies conducted with patients who suffer from chronic pain because of an injury demonstrated...
  • Airborne Transmission of Ebola

    08/24/2014 6:10:44 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 105 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 24, 2014 | Ronald R. Cherry, MD
    The public has been misinformed regarding human-to-human transmission of Ebola. Assurances that Ebola can be transmitted only through direct contact with bodily fluids need to be seriously scrutinized in the wake of the West Africa outbreak. The Canadian Health Department states that airborne transmission of Ebola is strongly suspected and the CDC admits that Ebola can be transmitted in situations where there is no physical contact between people, i.e.: via direct airborne inhalation into the lungs or into the eyes, or via contact with airborne fomites which adhere to nearby surfaces. That helps explain why 81 doctors, nurses and other...
  • The delusions of anti-Israel conservatives

    08/24/2014 6:10:19 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 24, 2014 | Ben Cohen
    In 1948, the argument for the creation of Israel was a moral argument; the argument against the creation of Israel was based on an assessment of America’s national interest. Almost seventy years later Israel is an economic and military powerhouse, with a rapidly growing population, while her traditional enemies are weaker than ever. At the present time, most of those who argue against the continued existence of Israel attempt to base their arguments on moral grounds. Still, a small and noisy group of conservatives contend that our support for Israel undermines our standing in the region, and threatens our national...
  • ISIS Terrorist Group Developing WMD Bomb To Blow Up U.S. Cities, Claims Senator Jim Inhofe

    08/23/2014 8:44:31 PM PDT · by Innovative · 46 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | Aug 22, 2014 | inquisitr
    The possibility of the ISIS terrorist group attacking America has Senator Jim Inhofe claiming that ISIS’ WMD capabilities may include developing a bomb big enough to destroy a U.S. city. The Islamic terrorist group is now the richest in the world and apparently the best organized since it’s believed that ISIS sleeper cells are allegedly planning a large scale terror attack within the United States. The full extent of ISIS’ WMD capabilities have been debated by the experts ever since it was revealed that the ISIS in Iraq had uncovered Saddam Hussein’s WMD stockpiles. The ISIS terrorist group even managed...
  • Eric Holder, Racial Profiler

    08/23/2014 6:56:32 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | August 23, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Why has a federal civil-rights murder investigation arisen out of the tumult in a St. Louis exurb? There is only one plausible reason: Eric Holder is guilty of racial profiling. To be clear, we are not talking here about whether there was justification for the shooting of a young black man, 18-year-old Michael Brown, by a young white police officer, 28-year-old Darren Wilson. Was the shooting a legitimate exercise in self-defense by an officer under attack? Was it an overreaction for which Officer Wilson should suffer serious civil and criminal consequences? Such questions can only be answered by a thorough...
  • Stolen Obama statue discovered with six-pack of Twisted Tea in Pa. park

    08/23/2014 12:47:37 PM PDT · by mikrofon · 74 replies
    UPI ^ | Aug. 22, 2014 | Matt Bradwell
    WILKES-BARRE, Pa., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- A stolen life-sized statue of United States President Barack Obama was has been returned to its Northern Pennsylvania owner after being discovered on a nearby picnic bench with an empty six-pack of Twisted Tea and a cigarette butt hanging from its mouth.The statue was a staple of the Wilkes-Barre, Pa., neighborhood it was stolen from, where owner Tiffany Bruce prominently displayed it on her porch and decorated it for holidays."I peeked my head out the door and Obama's gone and I kind of went into a panic," described a distressed Bruce when the statue...
  • Let Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame already

    08/23/2014 11:08:25 AM PDT · by OL Hickory · 137 replies
    cnn opinion ^ | aug 21st 2014 | Mike Downey
    By this point, you have made up your own mind, as so many of us have. You are from one of two camps. One is the "hasn't Pete suffered enough? The other is the "Pete got exactly what he deserved" I occupy the former.
  • Chef Dies After Spitting Cobra He Was Cooking Bit Him On The Hand

    08/23/2014 10:11:20 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 58 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | August 23, 2014 | DAMIEN GAYLE
    Chef Dies After Spitting Cobra He Was Cooking Bit Him On The Hand - 20 minutes after he had cut its head off WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT Dying snake's final act of revenge came as Peng Fan threw its head away Its neurotoxic, flesh-eating venom killed the chef before help could arrive All reptiles can function for up to an hour after having body parts removed Cobras are a delicacy in China and believed to be good for your health By DAMIEN GAYLE 23 August 2014 A chef preparing a dish made from cobra flesh died after the snake bit his...
  • Biden: ISIS can be defeated without US boots on the ground

    08/23/2014 9:47:38 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8-23-2014 | Mario Trujillo
    Vice President Biden expressed confidence that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria could be defeated without U.S. boots on the ground in Iraq, calling the militant group "far from invincible."  In a Washington Post op-ed published Friday, Biden described the threat as a "long-term challenge" but said the United States is prepared to increase its support in the fight. 
  • Gay bathhouses nationwide face uncertain future

    08/23/2014 9:34:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 23, 2014 10:33 AM EDT | Matt Hamilton
    Gay bathhouses that once remained in the shadows to stay in business are now seeking attention to keep their doors open. Some are doing aggressive online advertising and community outreach. Others tout their upscale amenities like plush towels and marble baths. A bathhouse in Ohio has even added hotel rooms and a nightclub. […] In the heyday of bathhouses in the late 1970s, there were nearly 200 gay bathhouses in cities across the U.S., but by 1990, the total had dropped to approximately 90, according to Damron, the publisher of an annual gay travel guide. In the last decade, bathhouses,...
  • China seizes huge cache of illegal weapons including 10,500 guns and 120,000 knives and SWORDS

    08/22/2014 11:01:41 PM PDT · by skinkinthegrass · 19 replies
    Daily Mail.Co. UK ^ | 14 April 2014 (update:15 April 2014 ) | Matt Blake
    China seizes huge cache of illegal weapons including 10,500 guns and 120,000 knives and SWORDS Follows 4-month probe leading agents deep into China's criminal underworld Haul includes sniper rifles, machine guns, crossbows and samurai swords 15 people were arrested on suspicion of making and distributing arms Official says it was a family-run firm that 'gave business cards all over China'
  • Indira Gandhi Assassination: Controversial Film Blocked

    08/22/2014 9:56:55 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | August 22, 2014
    Indira Gandhi Assassination: Controversial Film Blocked Kaum De Heere (Diamonds of the Community) tells the story of Satwant Singh and Beant Singh, Indira Gandhi's assassins India has blocked the release of a film on the assassination of former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi, after complaints it glorified her killers. Intelligence agencies had warned of potential violence if it is released. The film, Kaum De Heere, or Diamonds Of The Community, had been scheduled for release on Friday. It tells the story of Ms Gandhi's Sikh bodyguards who shot her dead apparently to avenge her decision to send troops in a...
  • Feds ban school’s beloved “pink cookie” (Elyria OH)

    08/22/2014 9:01:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 22, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    School children in Elyria, Ohio are mourning the demise of a 40-year tradition – the loss of their beloved pink cookie. The fabled cookie, long served in local school cafeterias, was done in by a pound of butter, six cups of powdered sugar and the Obama administration’s food police. […] The USDA “Smart Snacks in School” standards mandate that all snacks must contain less than 200 calories. It’s not exactly clear how many calories are in the pink cookie, but the recipe for the frosting calls for a pound of butter. The cookie was banished to comply with the federal...
  • Former Miss Spain becomes first openly gay national beauty queen with sultry snap

    08/22/2014 5:42:13 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 61 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | August 22, 2014
    Patricia Yurena, a two-time winner of her country’s national contest and a runner-up in last year’s Miss Universe competition, came out as a lesbian on Instagram this Tuesday.
  • Self-Defense is a Religious Obligation

    08/22/2014 3:56:34 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 22, 2014 | Rabbi Aryeh Spero
    “Children are being beheaded, mothers are being raped and killed, and fathers are being hung and crucified. Entire Christian and non-Muslim communities are being decimated by the radical Muslim group, ISIS.” These are the words from reporters out of Iraq. What is our obligation to those under fire from Islamic terrorists? Prayer is good, but not enough. Words of support are welcome, but not enough. What can one do when terrorists are not moved by our prayers or words of support for the hunted? Our religious obligation is to fight. We fight because self-defense is a mandate from the Bible...
  • 'Dating Naked' contestant sues for $10 million after blur failed

    08/22/2014 12:05:10 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 115 replies
    MSN ^ | 08/22/2014 | Jason Hughes
    <p>According to the suit, Nizewitz signed on to the show before it had a name. She claims she was advised of the nudity, but was assured that all frontal and genital nudity would be blurred. During one brief moment, though, during a "wrestling takedown" of her date, her crotch was allegedly flashed on the screen without blurring.</p>
  • The Myth of Trigger-Happy White Cops (Flashback!!!)

    08/22/2014 11:50:46 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 25 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | 04/16/2001 | John Perazzo
    ---snip--- Perhaps it is time that Americans were finally told the truth about the police, so they might avoid falling prey to the self-serving lies of the aforementioned, self-anointed guardians of "civil rights." The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that in 1998, fully 62 percent of the 367 suspects killed by police officers nationwide were white, and 35 percent were black. In fact, police killings of white suspects have outnumbered those of black suspects in every single year since 1978. Moreover, black officers are far likelier to shoot black suspects than are white officers. In 1998, for instance, the black-officer-kills-black-felon...
  • Congressman wants to ban sale of enhanced body armor to civilians

    08/22/2014 8:54:35 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 48 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 8-8-2014 | Chris Eger
    Rep. Mike Honda, (D-CA), has submitted a bill to the U.S. House that would prohibit the sale, use or possession of what he terms military-grade body armor. Honda reasons that this measure would aid law enforcement in taking out an active shooter, since the active shooter wouldn’t be able to obtain body armor. “There is no reason this type of armor, which is designed for warfare, should be available in our communities except for those who need it, like law enforcement,” Honda said in a statement last week. “There’s nothing more dangerous than what a well-armored, unstoppable active shooter can...