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  • 'The pregnant man' claims wife 'punched him in crotch' in divorce papers

    04/28/2012 9:37:16 AM PDT · by bkopto · 27 replies
    New Kerala ^ | April 27, 2012 | Staff
    The world's first "pregnant man" has claimed that he split from his wife as she used to beat him up in front of the children and hit him in the crotch. Transsexual Thomas Beatie, 38, gave birth in 2008 and has since had three children with wife Nancy, 49, whom he claims is a violent drunk. She has since filed court papers saying that Beatie was abusive in the relationship. Divorce papers filed by him say that in January he woke up to find her leaning over to punch him in the face. "This night, like every night, Nancy hovers...
  • Ricky Martin to host fundraiser for gay rights supporter Obama

    04/28/2012 9:32:41 AM PDT · by bkopto · 12 replies
    New Kerala | April 27, 2012 | Staff
    Ricky Martin is set to host a fundraising event for Barack Obama to thank the US President for his support of gay rights. The gay singer will team up with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Leadership Council and the Futuro Fund to host a benefit for the president at New York City's Rubin Museum of Art next month. The 40-year-old popstar wants Obama to win a second term at this year's upcoming election, believing he will continue to show support for the LGBT community. "I am proud to support our president. I believe Barack Obama has shown a...
  • High court's stance could spur immigration laws

    04/28/2012 9:30:36 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4/28/12 | DAVID CRARY
    Emboldened by signals that the U.S. Supreme Court may uphold parts of Arizona's immigration law, legislators and activists across the country say they are gearing up to push for similar get-tough measures in their states. "We're getting our national network ready to run with the ball, and saturate state legislatures with versions of the law," said William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration. "We believe we can pass it in most states." That goal may be a stretch, but lawmakers in about a dozen states told The Associated Press they were interested in proposing Arizona-style laws if its key...
  • BizPac Review sails into Port Everglades on USS Dallas submarine

    04/28/2012 9:23:02 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 7 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | April 27, 2012 | Michele Kirk
    The USS Dallas rolled out the red carpet for BizPac Review in a special prelude to the upcoming Fleet Week events taking place in Fort Lauderdale, April 25-May 1. More than 1,000 men and women of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are in town to celebrate and educate the community on the talents and duties of our maritime soldiers.
  • There Are No Coincidences

    04/28/2012 9:21:09 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money ^ | 28 April, 2012 | John Richardson
    Yesterday, the BATFE held a briefing for the media on the results regarding traces of firearms recovered in Mexico. Reporters that attended this briefing were not allowed any cameras, recording devices, or video equipment. They were only allowed pen and paper to take notes. Katie Pavlich of Townhall.com tweeted after the event that the moment they got into the briefing they were given a flash drive with the statistics. The data released show that 68% of the guns submitted for tracing originated in the United States. Note that is only the guns submitted by the Mexican government. Moreover, as Larry...
  • World’s Deadliest Golf Course Boasts Land Mines and Man-Bear-Pigs (Korean DMZ Combat Golf)

    04/28/2012 9:14:56 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 35 replies
    IO9 ^ | April 28, 2012 | By Lauren Davis
    World’s deadliest golf course boasts land mines and man-bear-pigs Along the DMZ, golf is not a sport for the faint of heart. The golf course at Camp Bonifas, just south of the Korean demilitarized zone, boasts just one hole, but what it lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in hazards. Live land mines line the course, and bizarre animals stumble out from the woods. Formerly Camp Kitty Hawk, United Nations Command post Camp Bonifas was renamed in 1986 to honor Captain Arthur G. Bonifas, who had been axe murdered in 1976 during a conflict with North Korea...
  • Husband Orders Hitman To Murder His Wife As A BIRTHDAY PRESENT To Himself

    04/28/2012 9:13:59 AM PDT · by yank in the UK · 16 replies
    iwidk ^ | 27th April, 2012 | Lukasz Bielawski
    Jorge Vazquez, 32, is facing charges of conspiracy to commit murder, after he attempted to hire a hitman to murder his wife as a 32nd birthday present for himself.
  • Super-PAC cuts off Lugar in Indiana

    04/28/2012 9:11:56 AM PDT · by izzatzo · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/28/2012 | C. Joseph
    The American Action Network, a super-PAC that backs establishment Republicans, has pulled out of Indiana's Senate race, the latest bad omen for Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.). "We've decided we're going to let this race play out," AAN spokesman Dan Conston told The Hill Friday evening.
  • Bill Daley on Obama and the business community: "They think he's like Marx"

    04/28/2012 9:06:25 AM PDT · by bkopto · 32 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | April 25, 2012 | Lynn Sweet
    Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley acknowledged Wednesday that President Barack Obama has a "very difficult time" with the business community. "They think he's like Marx or something," Daley said. Daley made his comments in his first big speech since stepping down as President Barack Obama's chief of staff, giving a home town crowd insights into the White House and beyond. How does Obama get on with business people? "They think he's like Marx or something," Daley said. "It's like he's destroyed the world and the financial services industry as we know it. Most of the public today...
  • Voters Understand the Immigration Debate; Politicians Don't

    04/28/2012 9:06:10 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 10 replies
    Rasmussen ^ | 4-27-12 | Rasmussen
    As the U.S. Supreme Court wrestles with the Obama administration's challenge of Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigration, the overall issue of immigration remains misunderstood by both political parties in Washington. Many Washington Republicans confuse voter opposition to illegal immigration with opposition to all immigration. Their remarks often contain an ugly tone toward those who want to come to America. Many Washington Democrats confuse public respect for hardworking immigrants with a belief that borders and immigration laws don't matter. Their remarks often contain an ugly tone toward those who believe the nation's immigration laws should be enforced. On the issues before...
  • The Shrinking ‘Vast Majority’: NSSF Responds to ATF Mexican Trace Report

    04/28/2012 9:01:09 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    nssfblog.com ^ | 27 April, 2012 | Larry Keane
    ATF yesterday released a report on firearms submitted by the government of Mexico for tracing since 2007. One screaming headline referred to the “Vast Majority of Mexican Crime Guns Originate in U.S. New ATF Trace Data Reveals.” If you have been following the issue of Mexican gun traces on this blog, you will realize the truth is a rapidly shrinking “Vast Majority” and the so-called “flood” of guns going into Mexico moves at glacier-like speed. The mainstream media has consistently falsely claimed that 90 percent of all firearms recovered in Mexico come from the United States. The “90 percent myth”...
  • STD home tests avoid embarrassment

    04/28/2012 8:52:59 AM PDT · by thecodont · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate.com ^ | Saturday, April 28, 2012 | Erin Allday
    Young women in four Bay Area counties can now test themselves at home for sexually transmitted infections, and then get the results and any needed prescriptions without ever visiting a doctor's office or clinic. The home tests are part of a pilot project designed to give women who have had unprotected sex, or are just curious about their health status, a convenient, cost-effective and potentially less embarrassing way to get screened for STDs, public health officials said. The women will be able to test themselves for chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis, which are among the most common STDs. Those infections often...
  • ‘Scientific’ Study Says People of Faith Are Stupid

    04/28/2012 8:52:00 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 52 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 28, 2012 | JP
    In a study published yesterday in the journal Science, researchers from Canada’s University of British Columbia posit that people who believe in God are not analytical thinkers. That’s a disingenuous way of saying people of faith are stupid. “Religious belief is intuitive,” explained Ara Norenzayan, co-author of the study, “and analytical thinking can undermine intuitive thinking. So when people are encouraged to think analytically, it can block intuitive thinking.” In other words, when religious people analyze their beliefs, they become less devout. They go from stupid to smart, like Norenzayan and fellow co-author Will Gervais. So how did the researchers...
  • If You Dont Believe in UFOs? Watch This! - Recent Mass UFO Sightings 2011

    04/28/2012 8:51:29 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 38 replies
    UFO Video Compilation 2005-2011 AMAZING FOOTAGE! Real or Fake? It doesn't get any better than this!
  • Women That Love Guns

    04/28/2012 8:46:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 50 replies
    usacarry.com ^ | 26 April, 2012 | Gabby Markowitz
    Am I less feminine because I’m a gun-loving girl? Of course not. (If anything, I find myself getting more girly the more I play with guns.) However, a few conversations I’ve had lately have caused me to examine how loving guns affects my projected self. Allow me to be clear: By no means am I fixated on others’ opinions of me, but as a single woman in my early 30s, I believe it’s understandable that I care (within reason) about my perceived femininity and sexuality. The first conversation happened a few weeks ago while I was in NYC visiting my...
  • Evidence of the earliest human activity found in Chile’s south

    04/28/2012 8:46:32 AM PDT · by Theoria · 20 replies
    The Santiago Times ^ | 22 April 2012 | Jason Suder
    University archaeologists found 14,000-year-old knives while studying elephant ancestors. Archaeologists and anthropologists excavating a site in the south of Chile have uncovered stones that are believed to have been used as tools by humans 14,000 years ago. Scientists from Universidad Católica de Temuco and Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh) were able to determine these were tools because they exhibit the marking congruent with ancient knives and cutting utensils. The Volcano of Osorno nearby the site where scientists uncovered 14,000-year-old tools. (Photo by Claudio Sepúlveda Geoffroy/Flickr) “There are rock detachments from a simple, intentional blow that demonstrate that they were doctored,...
  • State officials shut down shrimping in Gulf amid scientists finding deformities

    Alarmed by widespread reports of visibly sick, deformed seafood coming out of the Gulf of Mexico, state officials have closed area waters to shrimping this morning (April 23). The waters will be closed indefinitely as scientists run tests in an effort to get a handle on a situation that is fast becoming a full-blown crisis on the Gulf Coast. The closures – including all waters in the Mississippi Sound, Mobile Bay, areas of Bon Secour, Wolf Bay and Little Lagoon – mark the first official step in responding to increasingly urgent reports from fishermen and scientists of grotesquely disfigured seafood...
  • Firefighters, SEIU Local 1000 give $500,000 to fight ballot measure

    04/28/2012 8:42:58 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    SacBee: The State Worker ^ | 4/28/12 | Jon Ortiz
    California Professional Firefighters and SEIU Local 1000 recently donated a combined half-million dollars to the group combating a Nov. 6 ballot measure aimed at curbing unions' political power and banning direct contributions to candidates from corporations and unions. The California Professional Firefighters Independent Expenditures PAC donated $250,000 on April 11 and Local 1000 kicked in $252,762 a couple days later, according to a report filed this week with the state. . . . Contributions to defeat the measure now total $5.7 million. Supporters raised about $2.9 million so far.
  • FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread (April 28, 2012)

    04/28/2012 8:39:04 AM PDT · by libertarian27 · 29 replies
    FreeRepublic Cooks | April 28, 2012 | libertarian27
    Welcome to the 21st installment of the FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread for 2012. Looking for something new to make or made something new that came out great? Please share a 'tried-and-true' recipe or two- for fellow FReepers to add to their 'go-to' Recipe Stack of Family Favorites! Here's the place to share and explore your latest and greatest favorite recipe. (The 2011 FReeper Recipe Cookbook is on my profile page as an Online Cookbook Thread Link)
  • California pension reform proposals shunted off

    04/28/2012 8:38:17 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    SFGate: Capitol Notebook ^ | 4/28/12 | Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
    One of the biggest mysteries at the Capitol these days is whether lawmakers are really going to make any substantive changes in the pension system for public employees. This week didn't do much to answer that, even though there were hearings on bills that were taken word-for-word from proposals Gov. Jerry Brown had sent to the Legislature. The apparent problem? Republicans introduced the bills. They deal with a host of issues, but the two most contentious are increasing the retirement age and creating some kind of hybrid system that includes a traditional pension plus a 401(k)-style plan. Republicans were ready...