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  • Obama sets Tuesday speech; big challenges on Syria

    09/07/2013 12:09:57 PM PDT · by yoe · 16 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | September 7, 2013 | Josh Lederman and Vladimir Isachenkov
    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Beset by divisions at home and abroad, President Barack Obama candidly acknowledged deep challenges Friday in pursuing support for a military strike against Syria from international allies and the U.S. Congress. He refused to say whether he might act on his own, a step that could have major implications for the U.S. as well as for the remainder of his presidency. [snip] "I did not put this before Congress just as a political ploy or as symbolism," Obama said, adding that it would be a mistake to talk about any backup strategy before lawmakers vote on...
  • Hello Kitty beer now sold in China

    09/07/2013 12:08:08 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 46 replies
    FOX ^ | Sept. 4, 2013 | unattributed
    [] Hello Kitty, the iconic cartoon cat designed by Japanese company Sanrio, is now selling beer in China. The adorable kitten, known for gracing snack cakes and children’s wardrobes, now has its own fruit-flavored beer, which is sold exclusively in China. The Hello Kitty brew, licensed by the Shanghai KT trading company and made by Taiwanese beer maker Long Chuan, comes in at least six tropical flavors, from passion fruit to banana.
  • 'I'm going to knock out the next white person who walks by':Chilling words of man before he punched

    09/07/2013 12:04:37 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 51 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 7 September 2013 | JESSICA JERREAT
    <p>A 31-year-old African American who allegedly said he wanted to attack the next white person who walked by could be charged with hate crimes after punching three people in an apparent racially motivated attack.</p> <p>One of his victims, 62-year-old Jeffrey Babbitt, has been left brain damaged after being punched to the ground in New York's Union Square on Wednesday afternoon, in a senseless attack that shocked onlookers.</p>
  • 5 Signs Sen. Ted Cruz Will Run for President in 2016

    09/07/2013 12:03:25 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 139 replies
    ABCNews.com ^ | Sep 7, 2013 10:06am | Elizabeth Hartfield
    Sen. Ted Cruz will be a guest on ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” this Sunday. The Texas senator is a rising star in the Republican Party and thought to be a possible presidential candidate in 2016. With an impressive resume – degrees from Princeton and Harvard Law, first Hispanic solicitor general of Texas, youngest solicitor general in the history of the United States – and a particular skill for rhetoric (he’s also a former national debate champion) Cruz is definitely a politician to watch this Sunday and in general. Here are five signs that this fiery first-term senator...
  • 'Anti-racist is anti-white' sign removed from I-5 overpass

    09/07/2013 11:59:33 AM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 27 replies
    KPTV ^ | September 6, 2012 | FOX 12 Staff
    EUGENE, OR (KPTV) - A sign found hanging on an Interstate 5 overpass in Eugene sparked a debate about racism this week. The banner, found handing on a pedestrian bridge over the freeway, says "Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white." It wasn't immediately clear who put the sign there, but the regional NAACP president said the slogan is a sign of intolerance in our nation. "If it was speaking against anything, it was speaking against multiculturalism and I think multiculturalism is a strength of our country," said Eric Richardson, of the NAACP. The banner is now banned from the...
  • Sooner Tea Party leader Al Gerhart to be tried on a blackmail charge

    09/07/2013 11:59:11 AM PDT · by oxcart · 26 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | 09/07/2013 | Nolan Clay
    A judge Friday ordered Sooner Tea Party co-founder Al Gerhart to face trial in a blackmail case. Gerhart, a carpenter, is charged with two felonies over an email he admits sending to a state senator in an effort to get legislation passed. Oklahoma County Special Judge Susan K. Johnson rejected defense arguments that the email was protected political speech. “Your First Amendment rights are on trial, not just mine,” Gerhart told news reporters after the ruling was made at the end of a two-hour preliminary hearing. Sen. Cliff Branan, R-Oklahoma City, said he felt anxious when he first read the...
  • Enraged mom beats the crap out of kindergarten teacher

    09/07/2013 11:57:54 AM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 69 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/7/2013 | Eric Owens
    The mother of a kindergarten boy Kansas City received a citation for criminal assault because, police say, she inflicted a vicious beatdown on the boy’s teacher. The pummeling occurred on Thursday night at Truman Elementary School. Simone A. Baker, 24, allegedly entered the school and proceeded directly to the unidentified teacher’s classroom at about 6 p.m., reports The Kansas City Star. She said, “You better not touch my kid again.” She punched the teacher, 49, upside the head five to 10 times. Next, narrates a police report, Baker jerked the teacher out of her chair by the hair. Then, for...
  • NYC Man Reportedly Brain-Dead After Random, Possibly Racially Motivated, Attack

    09/07/2013 11:57:49 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 21 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 07, 2013
    NYC Man Reportedly Brain-Dead After Random, Possibly Racially Motivated, Attack A man allegedly went on a rampage in Union Square on Wednesday afternoon that left a complete stranger critically hurt, reports CBS New York. Jeffrey Babbitt, a 62-year-old retired train conductor, was walking through the crowd near tables set up with chess boards when the suspect in the attack - 31-year-old Lashawn Marten - shouted a racial comment before hitting Babbitt in the head. "He said 'The next white person who walks by, I'm going to [expletive],'" one female witness told WCBS-TV. "His fist went in and the man's head...
  • CNN Exclusive: Videos show glimpse into evidence for Syria intervention

    09/07/2013 11:57:02 AM PDT · by Innovative · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept 7, 2013 | Jake Tapper and Mariano Castillo, CNN
    CNN has obtained 13 different videos that the administration has told the Senate Intelligence Committee depict the gruesome scene of a chemical weapons attack in Syria on August 21. While the videos are hard to watch, they do not prove who is responsible for the attack, nor do they provide an answer for whether military strikes are the correct course.
  • San Antonio Passes Non-Discrimination Law, Christians Fear Reprisals

    09/07/2013 11:56:44 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    FOX News Radio ^ | September 5, 2013 | Todd Starnes and AP
    The San Antonio City Council approved a non-discrimination bill that will protect new groups from discrimination, but critics charge it will encourage bias against Christians and those who believe in traditional marriage. The council voted 8-3 to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of classes protected from discrimination. “This ordinance does ensure that everybody in our community is created equally,” Councilman Diego Bernal told MySanAntonio.com.
  • The Real Problem With a Service Called 'Ghetto Tracker (Beyond PC Madness To the Extreme)

    09/07/2013 11:56:38 AM PDT · by lbryce · 23 replies
    Mashable ^ | September 7, 2013 | Svati Kirsten Narula
    A service called "Ghetto Tracker" appeared online at the beginning of this week and quickly drew criticism for its racist and classist overtones. Shortly after, the site was renamed "Good Part of Town." Its creator, who would only identify himself as a 30-something-year-old in Tallahassee, Fla., told Gawker: "This was originally seriously developed as a travel tool and the name 'Ghetto Tracker' was meant to be something that people would remember." The basic premise of Ghetto Tracker/Good Part of Town — to crowdsource travel advice -– actually isn’t so outrageous, but the framing, even without the word "Ghetto" in the...
  • A question for Oreskes – But what do we mean by consensus?

    09/07/2013 11:56:06 AM PDT · by Rocky · 2 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | September 7, 2013 | Christopher Monckton of Brenchley
    Politicians pay for science, but scientists should not be politicians. Consensus is a political concept. Unwisely deployed, it can be damagingly anti-scientific. A reply to Naomi Oreskes (Nature, 4 September 2013). The celebrated mathematician, astronomer and philosopher of science Abu Ali Ibn al-Haytham, or Alhazen, is justly celebrated as the founder of the scientific method. His image appears on Iraqi banknotes and on the postage stamps of half a dozen nations of the ummah wahida. Al-Haytham, unlike Naomi Oreskes,[1] did not consider that consensus had any role in science. He wrote that “the seeker after truth” does not put his...
  • Mentoring a Young Shooter: Joe's First Hunt

    09/07/2013 11:53:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 September, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Joe with first hunt bagIntroducing young people to the traditions of hunting is important for members of the gun culture.   Hunting is a rewarding activity that teaches significant lessons about reality, responsibility, and ethics.It is a life changing activity that requires considerable thought, judgement, moral decisions, and actions. Joe's father has some medical problems, and had not been hunting for five years.  Joe had accompanied his father on a previous dove hunt, but had never shot at live targets before.   He had shot a shotgun one time before this, at a stationary target.    Joe is 16 years old.I was more...
  • Reid faces double-digit defections on Syria strike measure (video)

    09/07/2013 11:53:19 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/07/13 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is bracing for double-digit defections in the Democratic caucus on the resolution authorizing military strikes on Syria, which will get a vote this coming week. The Syria resolution presents Reid with one of the biggest tests of his leadership this Congress and the outcome has significant effects for President Obama’s domestic and foreign policy agendas.
  • Popularity Increasing Amongst Teens for Electronic Cigarettes

    09/07/2013 11:49:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    WKRB13 ^ | 09/07/2013
    Over the past two years, the use of electronic cigarettes amongst middle school and high school students has doubled. Health authorities are worried that the young people using them will end up being hooked on the regular and more dangerous regular cigarette. One out of every 10 high school students in the U.S. used an e-cigarette during 2012 as did close to 3% of the students in middle school, showed data from a new report. That rate is nearly double the rate in 2011 for e-cigarettes and equals 1.78 million children or teens who have tried the devices. The spike...
  • DOD Chief Says Cost of Syrian Strike Small

    09/07/2013 11:47:19 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 16 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 6 Sep 2013 | John Semmens
    US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel hailed the proposed US attack on Syria as “a bargain.” “The display of force contemplated can be accomplished at a very low cost to us,” Hagel contended. “The millions we'll spend on ordinance and the few casualties we may incur will be a very reasonable price to pay for defending the credibility of the nation's Commander-in-Chief.” “Look, given what's already been said, a failure to carry through with at least an air strike would make the President appear as a blow-hard issuing empty threats,” the Secretary added. “We are confident that the American people...
  • DC Comics asks for naked Harley Quinn suicide drawings for talent contest

    09/07/2013 11:41:56 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    zap2it ^ | September 7, 2013
    In a rather appalling move, DC Comics is holding a talent search for artists that requires the entrants to draw DC character Harley Quinn in various suicidal tableaus, one of which is also naked. Here are the panel submission requirements: PANEL 1 Harley is on top of a building, holding a large DETACHED cellphone tower in her hands as lightning is striking just about everywhere except her tower. She is looking at us like she cannot believe what she is doing. Beside herself. Not happy. PANEL 2 Harley is sitting in an alligator pond, on a little island with a...
  • Why can't the community organizer organize a community?

    09/07/2013 11:35:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 9-7-13 | Silvio Canto, Jr.
    As you may recall, much of Senator Obama's message in 2008 was about international coalitions. He mocked President Bush for "going at it alone." I guess that 40-something countries in Iraq was not a big enough coalition. Or, having UK, Canadian and other NATO soldiers take bullets in Afghanistan was not enough either. Today, President Obama stands alone in the world. He can't even get the UK in Syria. He has found some "moral support" but no one is offering airplanes or missiles. President Obama is saying that the world drew a "red line." However, no one seems ready to...
  • If It Wasn't Syria, It Would Have Been Something Else (Victor Davis Hanson)

    09/07/2013 11:32:41 AM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 6, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    It is very possible that the president will not obtain a join authorization to bomb Syria; if he chooses to go ahead and attack anyway, Obama will incite a constitutional crisis—the first time in history that a president has decided to go to war against the declared wishes of Congress. The public and the courts will adjudicate the legality of that act, and it would be contentious. So the corner that Obama has painted himself into is now inescapable. Defying Congress will put the country into a Watergate/Monicagate mess. Not doing anything will confirm the administration’s impotence and only enhance...
  • Holy Man Castrates Self After India Guru Charged With Rape of 16-Year-Old Girl

    09/07/2013 11:30:15 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | September 07, 2013 | Ramy Inocencio
    <p>Authorities in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh found Baba Premdas, a 60-year old follower of Bapu, bleeding at his home in Amethi from apparently self-inflicted wounds, city police chief Alankrita Singh told CNN. Premdas was admitted to a local hospital and then taken to a bigger health facility for surgery where his condition "is stable", said Singh.</p>