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  • The Media, Still Throwing a Fit Over Trump

    11/30/2016 10:54:54 AM PST · by billorites · 26 replies
    Real Clear Poliitics ^ | November 30, 2016 | Richard Benedetto
    The news media, in the aftermath of their self-perceived failure to prevent a Donald Trump presidential victory, are throwing a temper tantrum. Thwarted in their collective effort to coronate Hillary Clinton, they have resorted to holding their breath, stamping their feet and screaming shrilly, all in an apparent to assure that the guy who beat them is a miserable flop. To be sure, the mainstream media see the win by Trump as a defeat for them. They had their thumbs on the scale for Clinton all the way. It didn’t work, and they are out for revenge. All you need...
  • Presidential Elections in a Time of Crisis

    11/19/2016 1:44:12 PM PST · by billorites · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | October 16, 2012 | Rufus Fears, Ph.D
    The late University of Oklahoma historian J. Rufus Fears delivered this talk during the last presidential election. His analysis and comments are particularly applicable in light of recent events and the election of the Donald. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwOo4HAt9BI
  • Embassy stay risks Assange's mental health: WikiLeaks

    09/15/2016 6:12:38 PM PDT · by billorites · 14 replies
    AFP ^ | September 15, 2016
    WikiLeaks on Thursday released medical records claiming its founder Julian Assange's mental health was at risk if he remained in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, ahead of a court hearing in Sweden to decide whether to maintain an arrest warrant for him. More than four years since Assange moved into the Ecuadorian embassy to escape extradition to Sweden -- where he faces a police investigation into rape claims -- WikiLeaks argued his confinement there needed to be brought to an end as a matter of urgency. "Mr Assange’s mental health is highly likely to deteriorate over time if he remains...
  • 'Cry-Baby' Star 'Hatchet-Face' Dead At 60

    09/15/2016 4:14:53 PM PDT · by billorites · 35 replies
    TMZ ^ | September 15, 2016 | TMZ staff
    Kim McGuire who played Mona 'Hatchet-Face' Malnorowski alongside Johnny Depp in "Cry-Baby" has died. Kim's husband, Gene, tells TMZ Kim fell ill earlier this week and was taken to a Florida hospital Tuesday. Gene says docs discovered Kim had a bad case of pneumonia and put her in the ICU. However, Kim didn't take well to treatment and she went into cardiac arrest twice ... passing away on Wednesday. McGuire's most well-known role was in "Cry-Baby" but she also made appearances on TV. She later went on to become an attorney. Kim was 60 years old. R.I.P.
  • Restatement on Flight 93

    09/13/2016 6:59:39 PM PDT · by billorites · 9 replies
    Claremont Review ^ | September 13, 2016 | Publius Decius
    Well, that was unexpected. Everything I said in “The Flight 93 Election” was derivative of things I had already said, with (I thought) more vim and vigor, in a now-defunct blog. I assumed the new piece would interest a handful of that blog’s remaining fans and no one else. My predictive powers proved imperfect. Which should cheer everyone who hated what I said: if I was wrong about the one thing, maybe I’m wrong about the others. But let me take the various objections in ascending order of importance. First is the objection to anonymity and specifically to the pseudonym....
  • A fresh reminder that the Clintons never play by the rules

    09/02/2016 3:56:24 AM PDT · by billorites · 21 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 30, 2016
    <p>How about that: Among the 14,900 “new” Hillary Clinton emails uncovered by the FBI are 30 or so that concern the Benghazi attack — the most controversial single episode in Clinton’s four years running the State Department.</p> <p>So much for Clinton’s claim that she’d handed over all her work-related emails. Heck: So much for any remaining illusion that she even tried to provide a complete record.</p>
  • How to use “parental lock” to prevent your parents from tuning in to cable news.

    07/25/2016 7:18:50 AM PDT · by billorites · 45 replies
    Slate ^ | July 21, 2016 | Catherine Piner
    Cable news is bad. Fox News is the worst. It is, after all, the network that blamed a hoodie for the death of Trayvon Martin and claimed that poor people have it pretty good if they’ve got a refrigerator. We’d all probably be better off if we shut off Sean Hannity and Megyn Kelly and watched sports or nature documentaries or talked to our families. This does not have to be a hypothetical. We have the technology in our very own homes to make this dream a reality. Abby, a Slate reader, watched her mother—who’d lived in the United States...
  • The Anti-P.C. Vote

    06/01/2016 6:28:57 AM PDT · by billorites · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 1, 2016 | Thomas B. Edsall
    We know that resentment is driving much of Donald Trump’s success — resentment of elites, of the political class, of illegal immigrants, of protesters, of the media — and perhaps most particularly of changes in the demographic makeup of the country that Trump and his followers find unwelcome. Part of the explanation for the triumph of resentment is political and economic, but one question has nagged at me. What is the psychological mechanism underpinning this resentment? Six months ago, I wrote that Donald Trump’s “presidential campaign was following the path of right-wing working class parties in Europe.” In the United...
  • Hillary’s Sputtering Campaign: Facing Trump, she is weighted down by tons of baggage

    05/24/2016 2:40:28 PM PDT · by billorites · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | May 24, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>This year was supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s “turn,” after her humiliating loss in 2008 to Barack Obama. She has paid her dues as secretary of state for Obama. And the apparent Republican presidential nominee, Donald J. Trump, is written off by most pundits as a buffoon without a chance in the general election. Yet, Clinton’s campaign continues to be dismal, and is getting worse — to the point where the socialist Bernie Sanders polls better against Trump than does Hillary Clinton. How can that be? At least eight reasons come to mind — several of them relating to Clinton’s innate character flaws and past scandals.</p>
  • When Excess Is A Virtue

    05/08/2016 4:15:59 PM PDT · by billorites · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 19, 2016 | Paul Johnson
    THE MENTAL INFECTION known as “political correctness” is one of the most dangerous intellectual afflictions ever to attack mankind. The fact that we began by laughing at it–and to some extent, still do–doesn’t diminish its venom one bit. PC has an enormous appeal to the semieducated, one reason that it’s struck roots among overseas students at minor colleges. But it also appeals to pseudo-intellectuals everywhere, since it evokes the strong streak of cowardice notable among those wielding academic authority nowadays. Any empty-headed student with a powerful voice can claim someone (never specified) will be “hurt” by a hitherto harmless term,...
  • Donald Trump, the centrist, has attracted an army of disaffected patriots

    05/07/2016 9:06:52 AM PDT · by billorites · 33 replies
    National Post ^ | May 6, 2016 | Conrad Black
    The United States is now moving in high gear into the most interesting election campaign it has had since 1968, and without the constant riots that occurred throughout that election year and surely, the assassinations (of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy) that shocked the world. As Canada has had a unique ringside seat on American people and events since before the American Revolution, we might dare to hope that the Canadian media would have a more insightful view of the presidential selection process than the usual Americophobic condescensions and alarmist shrieks of the international left group-think that afflicts...
  • Men have gender changes because women have won battle of sexes - Fay Weldon

    05/03/2016 3:59:56 PM PDT · by billorites · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | April 3, 3026 | Tom Whitehead
    Women have won the battle of the sexes to such an extent that men are now having sex changes to be them, according to outspoken author Fay Weldon. But the 84-year-old said men do more work and invent things and an all-woman society would have resulted in “lots of nice cushions” and no television. Ms Weldon risked further outrage by claiming women who are anorexic are just “just girls who don’t want to grow up” and have periods. The comments come after fellow author Ian McEwan last week attacked the idea of people choosing their identity “off the shelf” and...
  • Looking Back On How Donald Trump Beat Hillary Clinton

    05/03/2016 6:21:30 AM PDT · by billorites · 21 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 2, 2016 | Kurt Schlicter
    Ted Cruz can and should be the Republican nominee. But if the GOP decides to nominate Donald Trump, the conventional wisdom about Hillary Clinton turning this election into “Mondale II: The Orangeing” could be very, very wrong… Looking back 25 years ago to the election of 2016, it is clear that Clinton’s campaign team was badly mistaken when it thought that the vast middle of American politics would blame the Republicans for the violence outside the convention. Every pinko, commie, and socialist freak with a cause and a Soros subsidy descended upon Cleveland, and the ensuing chaos was supposed to...
  • Trump vs. Clinton

    04/27/2016 5:20:36 PM PDT · by billorites · 51 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | April 27,2016 | Paul Hinderaker
    I agree with Paul’s assessment of Ted Cruz announcing Carly Fiorina as his running mate. But I would go farther: the move is widely seen as one of desperation, and tends to cement the perception that Cruz’s chance of winning the nomination is slipping away. Fortune’s take was typical. The magazine first headlined, “A Desperate Ted Cruz Tosses a Hail Carly,” which was then softened–a little–to “A Fading Ted Cruz Tosses a Hail Carly.” Has early selection of a running mate ever worked to change the momentum in a race? Maybe, but I can’t recall an instance. Which stage of...
  • S. Korea probes sex pills-for-votes claim

    04/14/2016 4:34:04 AM PDT · by billorites · 14 replies
    AFP ^ | April 13, 2016
    Seoul (AFP) - Elderly men in South Korea have allegedly been given erectile dysfunction drugs to buy their votes in legislative elections, prosecutors said Tuesday, announcing an investigation into the suspected breach. South Koreans go to the polls on Wednesday in an election already overshadowed by North Korean nuclear threats and economic difficulties. The alleged vote-buying took place in Suwon, 30 kilometres (around 20 miles) south of the capital Seoul. "We have yet to verify the allegations. If confirmed, this could constitute a breach of election law," the spokesman for Suwon Prosecutors' Office told AFP. Vote-buying in South Korea carries...
  • The Stanford Review Demands Change

    04/01/2016 2:07:07 PM PDT · by billorites · 14 replies
    The Stanford Review ^ | April 1, 2016
    Stanford University has repeatedly failed to address systematic issues on campus. We, the Students of the Stanford Review, have seen our voices silenced, our rights trampled, and our experiences ignored. Not once has an administrator inquired as to the relative health of our feelings – the system is broken! We, the Students of the Stanford Review, DEMAND change. WE DEMAND that Stanford builds a wall around El Centro Chicano, and makes MEChA pay for it.WE DEMAND that Stanford expels Panda Express from campus, since its food is culturally appropriative, and celebrates the harvesting of the endangered panda bear.WE DEMAND that...
  • 'Putin's Rasputin' Endorses Trump

    03/01/2016 12:40:25 PM PST · by billorites · 10 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | March 1, 2016 | Robert Zubrin
    Aleksandr Dugin, otherwise known as “Putin's Rasputin," has endorsed Donald Trump for president of the United States. Aleksandr Dugin is a key theorist of the ideological underpinnings of Putinism. His "Eurasianism" seeks to provide a basis for uniting not only Russia, but all the world's anti freedom forces, under Moscow's banner against the West. What Russia needs, says Dugin, is a "genuine, true, radically revolutionary and consistent, fascist fascism." On the other hand, "Liberalism, is an absolute evil. . . .Only a global crusade against the U.S., the West, globalization, and their political-ideological expression, liberalism, is capable of becoming an...
  • Bare-breast opponents say stand must be made

    03/01/2016 1:41:02 AM PST · by billorites · 54 replies
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | February 29, 2016 | Dave Solomon
    CONCORD — A bill that would ban topless sunbathing by women at state beaches is needed to preserve New Hampshire values and the viability of tourism, or is a sexist affront to equal rights. Both points of view were aired with great passion on Monday, as the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee heard testimony on HB 1525, a bill that adds bare female breasts to the definition of public indecency, indecent exposure and lewdness in state statutes, with an exception for breast feeding. The bill’s prime sponsor, Rep. Brian Gallagher, R-Sanbornton, was approached by constituents last year after...
  • Schoolwork, advocacy place strain on student activists

    02/20/2016 6:19:20 AM PST · by billorites · 14 replies
    Brown Daily Herald ^ | February 18, 2016 | Mei Novak
    Two weeks ago, the University released the final version of its diversity and inclusion action plan, which could not have been compiled without the exhaustive efforts of students throughout last semester. "There are people breaking down, dropping out of classes and failing classes because of the activism work they are taking on," said David, an undergraduate whose name has been changed to preserve anonymity. Throughout the year, he has worked to confront issues of racism and diversity on campus. His role as a student activist has taken a toll on his mental, physical and emotional health. "My grades dropped dramatically....
  • The Elephant in the Room: Trump is right about political correctness.

    02/19/2016 10:49:15 AM PST · by billorites · 22 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | February 29, 2016 | David Gelernter
    Donald Trump is succeeding, we're told, because he appeals to angry voters — but that's obvious; tell me more. Why are they angry, and how does he appeal to them? In 2016, Americans want to vote for a person and not a white paper. If you care about America's fate under Obama, naturally you are angry; voters should distrust a candidate who is not angry. But there's more to it than mere anger. Chris Christie was angry, and he's gone. Trump has hit on important issues — immigration, the economy, appeasement unlimited — in ways that appeal to voters emotionally....
  • Can Clinton delay email release until after Iowa and N.H.? Judge to rule

    01/25/2016 12:07:16 PM PST · by billorites · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 25, 2016 | Sarah Westwood
    A federal judge will weigh this week whether the State Department is allowed to delay the release of the final unpublished batch of Hillary Clinton's private emails until the end of February, after the first round of presidential primaries has occurred. But a lawyer for Jason Leopold, the Vice News reporter who filed the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in question last year, argued Monday that State had no grounds on which to stall the release of the emails. "Voters should be dismayed by State's attempt to withhold from the public over 7,000 pages of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's emails...
  • The Clintons are in denial about Bill’s sex scandals

    01/06/2016 3:24:48 AM PST · by billorites · 54 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 5, 2016 | Editorial
    Even though Donald Trump had already warned that Bill Clinton's past indiscretions would be "fair game" in the presidential race, the ex-president seemed surprised to face the issue as he began to take a prominent role in his wife's campaign. Asked by ABC News if his past should be "fair game," Bill stammered for several seconds about how "the Republicans have to decide who they want to nominate" before declaring, "I think there's always attempts to take the election away from the people." In other words - no real answer. At a New Hampshire rally, Hillary dismissed a heckler who...
  • Turing CEO Martin Shkreli arrested in securities fraud probe

    12/17/2015 8:45:44 AM PST · by billorites · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | December 17, 2015 | Nate Raymond
    Martin Shkreli, a lightning rod for growing outrage over soaring prescription drug prices, was arrested in New York by the FBI on Thursday on securities fraud charges involving his former hedge fund and a pharmaceutical company he previously headed. Shkreli, who is now chief executive officer of Turing Pharmaceuticals and KaloBios Pharmaceuticals Inc, was charged in a federal indictment related to his time managing hedge fund MSMB Capital Management and heading biopharmaceutical company Retrophin Inc. The indictment, filed in Brooklyn, New York, also charged Evan Greebel, a former partner at law firm Katten Muchin Rosenmann who was Retrophin's outside counsel....
  • 'A Security Concern Due to Divided Loyalties' Dentist wants to serve - Mom in Israel can disqualify

    12/17/2015 4:52:47 AM PST · by billorites · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 17, 2015 | Brett Stephens
    When Gershon Pincus turned 60, he decided he wanted to give something back to his country. The Brooklyn-born father of four had maintained a successful private dental practice in New York City for 35 years. As he would later attest in an affidavit, “I can think of no better way to experience the sunset of my career than by using my professional skills as a dentist to assist those who have chosen to serve in the United States military.” < SNIP >Since the Obama administration came to office, there have been a total of 58 cases in which Israeli ties...
  • A Little-Understood Engine of Campus Unrest: Racial Admissions Preferences

    11/25/2015 2:34:48 PM PST · by billorites · 27 replies
    American Spectator ^ | November 23, 2015 | Stuart Taylor
    Why are some of the most privileged students in the nation plunging into a racial grievance culture and upending their campuses as though oppressed by Halloween costumes they don’t approve, imagined racial slights, portraits of Woodrow Wilson, a tiny handful of real racial epithets, and the like? The reasons are of course multifaceted. But one deserves far more attention than it has gotten: Many or most of the African-American student protesters really are victims — but not of old-fashioned racism. Most are, rather, victims of the very large admissions preferences that set up racial-minority students for academic struggle at the...
  • Fighter jets tracking runaway Defense Department balloon over Pa.

    10/28/2015 11:07:19 AM PDT · by billorites · 45 replies
    WPIV Philadelphia ^ | ABC Philadelphia
    LANCASTER, Pa. (WPVI) -- Action News has learned that several federal agencies are tracking an unmanned Defense Department balloon that is on the loose. NORAD says at 12:20 p.m. Wednesday the balloon, known as a Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS), broke free from its mooring station in Aberdeen, Maryland. The balloon is described at 37 meters in diameter and apparently looks like a blimp. A large cord is hanging from the balloon. The balloon travelled through the Lancaster area and was last reported to be in the skies over Lebanon County. Two F-16 Fighter...
  • The Obama Vendetta Against Netanyahu

    10/06/2015 3:00:57 AM PDT · by billorites · 22 replies
    Council on Foreign Relations ^ | October 2, 2015 | Elliot Abrams
    When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to the UN General Assembly this week, neither Secretary of State Kerry nor even our UN Ambassador, Samantha Power, was present. Why not? The State Department has said Kerry was involved in some kind of conference call or video conference with the White House. OK, let’s call that plausible. What about Power? Rick Grenell, for years the spokesman at the US Mission to the UN and a very well-informed observer, tweeted yesterday that Power was instructed to stay away. Think of how petty that instruction, which can only have come from the White...
  • Tribes Balk at Dartmouth’s Native American Director: Accuse new hire of misrepresenting heritage

    10/02/2015 5:39:59 PM PDT · by billorites · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 30, 2015 | Dan Frosch
    When Dartmouth College named Susan Taffe Reed as the new director of its Native American Program in September, it said she would use her role as president of the Eastern Delaware Nations to help Indian students adjust to life at the Ivy League school. But since Ms. Reed’s hiring, tribal officials and Dartmouth alumni have accused her of misrepresenting herself as an American Indian and the school of failing to adequately vet her background as a leader of a nonprofit group that acknowledges it isn’t an actual tribe. Ms. Reed says she is of Native heritage, though in response to...
  • Appalachian Trail record-setter pays $500 fine, still feels ‘used’ by Baxter official

    09/11/2015 6:54:56 PM PDT · by billorites · 23 replies
    Portland Press Herald ^ | September 9, 2015 | Kevin Miller
    The professional athlete who completed the entire Appalachian Trail in record-setting time paid a $500 fine Wednesday for drinking alcohol atop Maine’s Mount Katahdin in July, an incident that prompted a broader debate about hikers’ behavior in Baxter State Park. An attorney for Scott Jurek said his client agreed to pay the fine because he did pop open a bottle of champagne atop Maine’s highest peak in violation of Baxter State Park’s no-alcohol policy after his 46-day run ended July 12. But as part of the plea agreement, prosecutors dropped charges of littering and hiking with an oversized group, two...
  • Alaska woman steals police car with husband handcuffed in back

    09/11/2015 4:52:43 AM PDT · by billorites · 24 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | September 4, 2015 | Steve Quinn
    An Alaska woman accused of stealing a police car with her husband handcuffed in the back seat faces several charges including theft and hindering prosecution, troopers said on Friday. The woman slipped into the patrol's car and drove off on Wednesday while a state trooper was engaged with a passing motorist on an unrelated topic, a trooper dispatch report said. Authorities found the car not far from where it was stolen in Big Lake, a tiny lakeside community of 3,500 people about 65 miles (104 km) northwest of Anchorage. The following day troopers arrested Amber Watford, 28, and Joshua Watford...
  • College Promises To Punish Students Who Heckled Mandatory Play

    09/09/2015 4:43:05 AM PDT · by billorites · 94 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | September 8, 2015 | Blake Neff
    Greensboro College student Claire Sellers, who claims her play was heckled so badly that performers vomited afterwards. Greensboro College student Claire Sellers, who claims her play was heckled so badly that performers vomited afterwards. A liberal arts college in North Carolina is pledging to identify and potentially punish students who heckled a play about sexual assault the college forced them to attend. “It Stops Here,” an original play produced by students at Greensboro College, was first performed last Wednesday before a crowd of students, but the performance didn’t go as planned. According to people at the play, members of the...
  • UD law prof was Sha-Na-Na co-founder

    09/09/2015 4:28:18 AM PDT · by billorites · 68 replies
    Dayton Daily News ^ | Sept 8, 2015 | Nick Blizzard
     A Sha-Na-Na co-founder who has been a University of Dayton law professor for more than a decade is being remembered for imparting his knowledge of both fields. Dennis Greene died Saturday at age 66 after a brief illness. The New York native helped create the retro rock band which performed at the Woodstock Music Festival and in the movie “Grease” before he pursued a legal career and joined the UD law school in 2001, according to the university. “I think he was definitely an advocate for the artist,” said Lisa Grigsby, executive director of FilmDayton, for which she said...
  • Safety Concerns Emerge Along World-Famous Pilgrimage Route

    09/07/2015 9:38:17 AM PDT · by billorites · 6 replies
    NPR ^ | September 6, 2015 | Lauren Frayer
    When Denise Thiem saw the 2011 Martin Sheen movie The Way, which chronicles an American's journey along Spain's most famous pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago, the 41-year-old woman was inspired, friends and family say. It's a physical and spiritual journey, and Thiem was intrigued. The path, which stretches some 500 miles across northern Spain, attracts hundreds of thousands of hikers each year. It's long been considered one of the safest routes in the world for solo hikers. So Thiem quit her job as an IT project manager in Phoenix, her hometown, and took off to travel the world. "She...
  • Abraham Trump's Gettysburg Address

    08/26/2015 6:00:29 AM PDT · by billorites · 15 replies
    Funnyordie ^ | August 12, 2015
    November 19, 1863 - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - President Abraham Trump delivers his famous address Thanks. What an incredible crowd. They tell me this is the biggest crowd in the history of the North. A while back some founders got together. And I mean they were good people but they really didn’t know anything about building a country. C’mon, you know, let’s face facts. Franklin with his little glasses and Washington with those horrible dentures — it was a nightmare. They didn’t know what the hell they were doing. So then everyone comes to me and they say, “Please help us...
  • New documents suggest Clinton's email server may have crashed

    08/04/2015 8:08:57 AM PDT · by billorites · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 4, 2015 | Sarah Westwood
    An email conversation between a top Hillary Clinton aide and a Clinton Foundation executive suggests the private server that Clinton and her staff used to communicate may have malfunctioned at least once during her tenure. Huma Abedin, Clinton's then-deputy chief of staff, complained that her private email was "down" the evening of Oct. 9 and into Oct. 10, 2012, according to an email chain obtained by Citizens United through the Freedom of Information Act. The crash described by Abedin took place just weeks after the terror attack in Benghazi. Critics have said the homebrew server, which may have even resided...
  • 70 Years Since Trinity: The Day the Nuclear Age Began

    08/04/2015 5:38:33 AM PDT · by billorites · 16 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 16, 2015 | Alan Taylor
    On July 16, 1945, the United States Army detonated the world’s first nuclear weapon in New Mexico’s Jornada del Muerto desert. The test, code-named “Trinity,” was a success, unleashing an explosion with the energy of about 20 kilotons of TNT and beginning the nuclear age. Since then, nearly 2,000 nuclear tests have been performed. Most of these took place during the 1960s and 1970s. When the technology was new, tests were frequent and often spectacular, and they led to the development of newer, more deadly weapons. Since the 1990s, there have been efforts to limit the testing of nuclear weapons,...
  • No second thoughts about a bomb for Hiroshima

    08/04/2015 5:22:54 AM PDT · by billorites · 51 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | August 4, 2015 | Wes Pruden
    The pointless debate continues. As reliable as the arrival of the scorching heat and drenching humidity of August, comes the debate (mostly by academics) over whether the United States is guilty of moral outrage for having dropped the atomic bombs on Japan on Aug. 6 and 9, 1945, to put an end to the carnage of World War II. For some, the fact of Hiroshima and Nagasaki "proves" the inherent savagery and evil of America. For others, America was not necessarily evil (though maybe it was), but merely impatient, arrogant and greedy, and could have accomplished the Japanese surrender with...
  • 911 call released in deadly Charlotte home invasion

    02/01/2015 5:23:58 AM PST · by billorites · 14 replies
    WBTV.com ^ | January 15, 2015
    CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Police have released the 911 call made during an alleged break-in that left a teen dead and his brother in jail on Tuesday. The incident happened at a home in the 8600 block of Rolling Fields Road, off of Whispering Falls Ave. near Fairview Rd. in southeast Charlotte. Police say Isai Robert Delcid, 18, was shot and killed by the resident's grandson. His brother, 22-year-old Carlos Delcid, was arrested later Tuesday night. “They heard some noises, saw an individual at the back of the residence trying to come into their house,” said Lt. Eric Brady of...
  • Marion Barry’s son pleads not guilty in bank dustup

    01/21/2015 3:34:42 PM PST · by billorites · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 21, 2015 | Andrea Noble
    The son of former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry pleaded not guilty to three misdemeanor charges Wednesday that arose from an altercation at a bank in which the 34-year-old is accused of threatening a teller after learning his account was overdrawn.
  • Alan Grayson's divorce trial delayed by leaking breast implants

    01/21/2015 11:36:28 AM PST · by billorites · 52 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 21, 2015 | Kelly Cohen
    A trial surrounding Rep. Alan Grayson’s wife’s alleged bigamy has been delayed due to an unlikely medical reason. Lolita Grayson filed court papers this week saying she had been suffering from chest pains. When she went to a hospital to find out the cause, she was told she needed emergency surgery to remove her leaking breast implants and scar tissue, according to the Associated Press. The surgery was Monday; the trial had been scheduled for Thursday in Orlando and has now been rescheduled for March. "Due to this medical emergency, wife is unable to prepare for or attend the trial,"...
  • Saudi cleric issues fatwa on snowmen

    01/13/2015 7:21:20 AM PST · by billorites · 34 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 12, 2014
    A prominent Saudi Arabian cleric has whipped up controversy by issuing a religious edict forbidding the building of snowmen, describing them as anti-Islamic. Asked on a religious website if it was permissible for fathers to build snowmen for their children after a snowstorm in the country’s north, Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munajjid replied: “It is not permitted to make a statue out of snow, even by way of play and fun.” Quoting Muslim scholars, Munajjid argued that to build a snowman was to create an image of a human, an action considered sinful under the kingdom’s strict interpretation of Sunni Islam....
  • The Flight from Reason on Campus And the madness of crowds.

    12/12/2014 3:33:09 PM PST · by billorites · 8 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | December 22, 2014 | James W. Ceaser
    The university is often said to be the first place in our society to look for the truth. Unfortunately, it is now one of the last places to find it. Events surrounding a recent Rolling Stone article that chronicles an account of a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity make clear how little the critical spirit operates today on our nation’s campuses. The story, which Rolling Stone no longer supports, begged to be treated with skepticism. Appearing in a magazine that trades in sensationalism—last year it put a glamour photo of the Boston marathon bomber on its cover—the...
  • Rise of the Robot Security Guards

    12/03/2014 1:15:31 PM PST · by billorites · 29 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | November 13, 2014 | Rachel Metz
    As the sun set on a warm November afternoon, a quartet of five-foot-tall, 300-pound shiny white robots patrolled in front of Building 1 on Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus. Looking like a crew of slick Daleks imbued with the grace of Fred Astaire, they whirred quietly across the concrete in different directions, stopping and turning in place so as to avoid running into trash cans, walls, and other obstacles. The robots managed to appear both cute and intimidating. This friendly-but-not-too-friendly presence is meant to serve them well in jobs like monitoring corporate and college campuses, shopping malls, and schools. Knightscope, a...
  • Fugitive lip biter arrested in California

    11/09/2014 4:41:26 AM PST · by billorites · 3 replies
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | November 6, 2014
    Nashua man, featured as the U.S. Marshal's "Fugitive of the Week" and wanted for seriously injuring a woman in biting her lip, was captured in San Diego, Calif. Fernando Anton, 23, last known to reside in Nashua, was being sought on a warrant obtained by Nashua police charging him with first degree assault. He is accused of a violent assault on a woman on Sept. 27 in Nashua during which he bit her lip, which resulted in serious injuries. The incident was widely reported in New Hampshire and police followed up on countless leads, but none led to Anton's arrest....
  • NH AG clears DEA in botched drug raid, says shooting of grandmother was 'simply accidental'

    11/09/2014 2:57:56 AM PST · by billorites · 27 replies
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | November 6, 2014 | Mark Hayward
    The shooting of a grandmother during a drug raid this summer was accidental and no charges will be brought against the federal agent involved, New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster announced Thursday.
 Lillian Alonzo, 49, suffered non-life-threatening injuries when she was shot in her 110 Beech St. apartment on Aug. 27.
 The investigation determined that the handgun of Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Michael Connolly discharged when the agent tried to kick in a locked bedroom door and lost his balance.
 The report said Connolly will not face criminal charges.
 While the shooting was serious and unfortunate, the report reads, it...
  • American killed by camel at Mexico beach resort

    10/15/2014 9:47:49 AM PDT · by billorites · 20 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | October 14, 2014
    A 60-year-old American was killed by a camel which escaped from its pen and attacked him at a wildlife center he owned in the Mexican beach resort of Tulum, local emergency services said on Tuesday. Richard Mileski, who was from the Chicago area, was found dead early on Monday, said Antonio Gomez, a Tulum emergency services spokesman. “When we arrived, the people who were there said (the camel) got out of its stable and attacked him,” said Gomez. “It dragged him, climbed on top of him, was kicking him, biting him and sat on top of him.” Gomez said the...
  • The Right Lessons of a Supermarket War

    09/04/2014 9:14:34 AM PDT · by billorites · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 2, 2014 | Holman Jenkins
    <p>Now that the Market Basket fight is over, many a journalist in New England and beyond can look back on the family grocery war as one of the most interesting stories of their careers, which they reduced to banality.</p> <p>It may be heartwarming to think of workers rallying to save Arthur T. Demoulas, the CEO who ran the family supermarket chain allegedly to benefit customers (low prices) and workers (high wages) rather than shareholders. Unfortunately, this requires overlooking a lot.</p>
  • Man in gorilla suit shot with tranquilizer dart at Tenerife zoo

    06/05/2014 10:28:51 AM PDT · by billorites · 41 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | June 5, 2014 | Harriet Alexander
    Frantic zoo keepers in Tenerife rushed to call an ambulance after a vet shot a tranquilizer dart at a man dressed as a gorilla. Police on the Spanish island received a call from a panicked member of the public, who said that a gorilla had escaped from its pen in Loro Park zoo, and was seen running around the theme park. A vet was called, and on spotting the creature fired a tranquilizer dart at its leg with enough sedative to fell a 200kg beast. But to his horror, the vet - who had only been in the job for...
  • National Parks Service to promote LGBT historic sites

    06/02/2014 1:44:21 PM PDT · by billorites · 30 replies
    Aljazeera America ^ | May 30, 2014 | Marisa Taylor
    The National Parks Service is convening a group of scholars who will examine lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history and identify prominent locations from the LGBT civil rights movement for nomination to the agency’s registries of historic places and landmarks, the agency announced Friday. “One of the objectives of the park service is to tell the story of America,” Sally Jewell, secretary of the Department of the Interior, told a crowd of about 150 supporters in a speech outside the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan’s West Village on Friday. “The contributions of women, minorities and members of the LGBT community...
  • Study Finds Pedophiles’ Brains Wired to Find Children Attractive

    05/25/2014 12:50:22 PM PDT · by billorites · 128 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 23, 2014 | Charlotte Lytton
    Pedophiles’ brains are “abnormally tuned” to find young children attractive, according to a new study published this week. The research, led by Jorge Ponseti at Germany’s University of Kiel, means that it may be possible to diagnose pedophiles in the future before they are able to offend. The findings, published in scientific journal Biology Letters, discovered that pedophiles have the same neurological reaction to images of those they find attractive as those of people with ordinary sexual predilections, but that all the relevant cerebral areas become engaged when they see children, as opposed to fellow adults. The occipital areas, prefrontal...