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  • Obama to Atlanta Radio Station: A Michelle Nunn Win Means We Keep the Senate and Keep Passing My

    10/23/2014 12:05:41 PM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    National review Online ^ | October 23, 2014 | Andrew Johnson
    President Obama just directly linked himself to another red-state Democrat Senate candidate. Calling in to Atlanta’s V-103 radio station on Thursday, the president said a Michelle Nunn victory in Georgia “means that Democrats keep control of the Senate” and could continue moving forward with his agenda.
  • Extraordinary moment massive US airstrike obliterated jihadis' emblem flying on hill above Kobane

    10/23/2014 11:49:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 23, 2014 | Amanda Williams
    The Islamic State's black jihadist flag has been obliterated in a devastating airstrike by American forces on a Kobane hillside controlled by the militant group. In a series of images, what appears to be a lone ISIS militant can first be seen standing by the flag on Tilsehir hill near the Turkish border - after the terrorist group seized control of the strategically important hilltop 4km west of the town. Just moments later the hillside erupts into flames as the solitary flag guard looks on - and the fighter appears to stand his ground against the ferocious power of the...
  • Amazon is running out of excuses for losses

    10/23/2014 11:29:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    Yahoo ^ | October 23, 2014 | Nicole Goodkind
    Amazon.com Inc. reports quarter three earnings today and analysts are expecting a loss of $0.75 per share according to FactSet. That’s a significant jump from their loss of $0.09 per share for the same period last year. Amazon follows a “profitless prosperity” model so losses aren’t unexpected, and typically Wall Street shrugs them off. This year, however, Amazon (AMZN) has seen more than a 20% drop in value on the NASDAQ. Wall Street is becoming restless-- is it time for Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos to start focusing on the bottom line? Yahoo Finance’s Henry Blodget believes that investors are clearly...
  • In Iowa, Mike Huckabee Is Making Moves

    10/23/2014 11:19:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | October 23, 2014 | Scott Conroy
    It was just another routine photo-op at a Republican field office Tuesday morning until Mike Huckabee decided to improvise. In a cheeky attempt to bring himself level with Cody Hoefert -- the 7-foot-tall co-chairman of the Iowa Republican Party -- Huckabee pulled up a chair and began to climb atop it. He didn’t have to complete the physical joke to get the laughs he was looking for from the group of gray-haired volunteers who had assembled for his appearance with Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst. “Golly!” the 5-11 Huckabee marveled. “I’ve never felt like a shrimp like this before.”
  • The M-4 Sherman Tank Was Hell on Wheels — And a Death Trap

    10/23/2014 8:09:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 85 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 23, 2014 | Paul Richard Huard
    The M-4 Sherman was the workhorse medium tank of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps during World War II. It fought in every theater of operation—North Africa, the Pacific and Europe. The Sherman was renown for its mechanical reliability, owing to its standardized parts and quality construction on the assembly line. It was roomy, easily repaired, easy to drive. It should have been the ideal tank. But the Sherman was also a death trap.
  • Trekonomics: Is Star Trek Really “Anti-Libertarian”?

    10/23/2014 6:11:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 78 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 22, 2014 | Robert Tracinski
    Reason‘s Nick Gillespie recently posted a list of the five most anti-libertarian television shows ever, and there’s a serious error. Actually, there are two serious errors. The first, larger error is that Reason put together a list of the five best libertarian TV shows, and they left off “Firefly,” which simply boggles the mind. The smaller error is that Gillespie names “Star Trek” among the anti-libertarian shows. Even worse is the reason he gives: “The Starship Enterprise’s adventures throughout the galaxy are supposedly guided by the Federation’s ‘prime directive,’ which forbids humans from intervening in the domestic affairs of the...
  • World Series Ratings Off to Worst Start on Record

    10/23/2014 5:58:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 82 replies
    Variety ^ | October 22, 2014 | Rick Kissell
    The Kansas City Royals were a great story in baseball this year, but as a team with little star power that hails from a small market, their surprise run to face the San Francisco Giants in the World Series may not be resonating with more casual sports fans. Fox attracted a still-sizable audience to Game 1 of the Fall Classic on Tuesday — 12.2 million — but this left it tied with the 2012 Texas-San Francisco opener, which previously had been the smallest audience to kick things off. Last year’s World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red...
  • CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY LAUNCHES PAGAN STUDENT CLUB

    10/23/2014 5:49:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    The College Fix ^ | October 23, 2014 | Dominic Lynch
    Loyola University Chicago recently christened a new pagan student club, with its student organizer saying the group aims to help pupils at the private Catholic college find the God they seek, not just the one featured in the Bible. “Loyola’s mission states that ‘seeking God in all things’ is one of the main tenants of the university,” said the group’s student president, Jill Kreider, in an email to The College Fix. “While the mission primarily focuses on the Abrahamic God, there is no reason a Pagan student (or a Hindu, Baha’i or Sikh student) cannot seek using his or her...
  • More (US) Hispanics turning to Islam, majority women

    10/22/2014 10:00:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Aquila Style ^ | October 21, 2014 | Staff
    According to the Latino American Dawah Organization (LADO), more Hispanics are turning towards Islam and interestingly, more than half of Miami’s 3,000 Hispanic Muslims are female. Florida, bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, is the US’s fourth most populous state and is highly distinguished by its thriving Hispanic community. In 2010, Hispanics and Latinos made up 22.5 percent of Florida’s population.
  • HENSARLING: GOP-CONTROLLED CONGRESS SHOULD MASSIVELY INCREASE GUEST-WORKER PERMITS FOR FOREIGNERS

    10/22/2014 8:31:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 21, 2014 | Tony Lee
    If Republicans gain control of Congress, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) wants more guest-worker visas for high-tech and low-skilled workers in addition to a piecemeal immigration reform. Hensarling, the House Financial Services Committee Chair whom the pro-amnesty Wall Street Journal touted as the "leading candidate to eventually succeed John Boehner as Speaker," would "like to see immigration reform that allows more H-1B visas for high-tech workers and also creates a 'vibrant guest-worker program' for low-skill workers who want to come here to work in agriculture." The Journal also noted that Hensarling "believes a good guest-worker program is a form of border...
  • Mormons address mystery surrounding undergarments

    10/22/2014 6:52:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 66 replies
    AP ^ | October 22, 2014 | Brady McCombs
    The Mormon church is addressing the mystery that has long surrounded undergarments worn by its faithful with a new video explaining the practice in-depth while admonishing ridicule from outsiders about what it considers a symbol of Latter-day Saints' devotion to God. The four-minute video on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' website compares the white, two-piece cotton "temple garments" to holy vestments worn in other religious faiths such as a Catholic nun's habit or a Muslim skullcap.
  • Can the Navy's $12 Billion Stealth Destroyer Stay Afloat?

    10/22/2014 6:38:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | October 22, 2014 | Dave Majumdar
    The U.S. Navy is slowly preparing the first of its massive, 15,500-ton Zumwalt-class stealth destroyers for sea next year. But questions remain about many of the technologies onboard the new ships. First and foremost: can the thing even stay afloat? The vessel—which is the largest American surface warship since the 1950s--brings a new untried “tumblehome” hull design, new power systems and gun technology that have not been used on a modern warship before. The ship is highly automated with a crew of just 142 -- compared to older ships that have a complement of about 300. But despite its massive...
  • New evidence that stegosaur tails were thigh-goring killing machines

    10/22/2014 6:29:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 21, 2014 | Rachel Feltman
    They may have been plant-eaters, but stegosaurs were no easy prey: Researchers have found the fossil remains of what might be a deadly wound inflicted by the creature's spiked tail. Stegosaur tails have been a matter of some debate. While paleontologists used to say they were only for decoration, recent studies have suggested that the spiked, dexterous tails were actually used in combat. In 2005, researchers reported that a non-fatal wound found in the fossil of an allosaur -- a fearsome predator of stegosaurus's age -- was most likely inflicted by a stegosaur tail. But it turns out that those...
  • 'Don't give me that bull****! This is not what I signed up for': Rosie O'Donnell hits the roof

    10/21/2014 10:57:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 97 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 21, 2014 | Topper Toussaint
    Rosie O'Donnell has gone ballistic...again. This time it's because producers of The View, backed by Whoopi Goldberg, want to draw in a younger audience and to that end add flash sales to the mix and finally fill the fifth seat - with a much younger host, a show insider tells MailOnline. The View is desperately trying to find younger viewers. Hosted by Whoopi, 58, Rosie, 52, Nicolle Wallace, 42, and Rosie Perez, 50, the show is drawing in a much older AARP-friendly audience. ABC executives are intent on making changes in an effort to attract viewers in the 18-to-34 demographic,...
  • The Best-Dressed Way to Say Goodbye

    10/21/2014 10:46:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | October 21, 2014 | Justin Jones
    All-black attire hasn’t always been reserved for coffee shop poets and champagne-sipping fashionistas. Up until the turn of the 20th century, it was almost exclusively a sign of mourning: women publicly showing respect for the loss of a loved one. But, somewhere between the fury of the industrial revolution and women’s liberation, the tradition itself died out, leaving only a brief implication that lingers in graveyards and funeral services with fleeting significance. Now, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is revisiting the trend, taking visitors back to black with the debut of the Anna Wintour Costume Institute’s first fall exhibition in...
  • Sweden ready to use force to surface sub

    10/21/2014 10:38:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    The Local ^ | October 21, 2014 | Staff
    UPDATED: Sweden's military has announced that if it finds a suspect foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago, it is prepared to force it to the surface "with weapons if necessary". Battleships, minesweepers, helicopters and more than 200 troops are scouring an area about 30 to 60 kilometres from the Swedish capital after a "man-made" and foreign object was spotted in the waters. "The most important value of the operation - regardless of whether we find something -- is to send a very clear signal that Sweden and its armed forces are acting and are ready to act when we think...
  • ISIS releases sickening video clip showing Syrian woman being stoned to death by group of men

    10/21/2014 7:51:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 21, 2014 | John Hall
    Islamic State militants fighting in Syria and Iraq have released a sickening video of a young woman being stoned to death by a group of men - including her own father. The shocking footage is understood to have been filmed in the city of Hama and shows a bearded cleric ranting at the woman in Arabic and accusing her adultery while she pleads for her life. The woman turns to her father and begs his forgiveness but he coldly rejects her, saying he would rather please God. He then turns to the men to give the signal for his daughter's...
  • Detroit With a Boardwalk: Why Atlantic City is dying.

    10/21/2014 6:35:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | October 20, 2014 | George Anastasia
    Thirty years ago, disgraced Atlantic City Mayor Michael Matthews stood in front of a federal judge and pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe from an FBI agent posing as a mobster. It was 1984. Atlantic City was a boomtown then, just six years into the casino gambling era that was going to remake the shabby resort town that I was assigned to cover as a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Every day, I watched as buses from up and down the East Coast dumped thousands of slot machine mavens and roulette table hopefuls at the eight gambling palaces that had...
  • The REAL face of King Tut: Pharaoh had girlish hips, a club foot and buck teeth according to

    10/20/2014 10:07:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 19, 2014 | Mario Ledwith and Francesco Infante
    With strong features cast in burnished gold, Tutankhamun’s burial mask projects an image of majestic beauty and royal power. But in the flesh, King Tut had buck teeth, a club foot and girlish hips, according to the most detailed examination ever of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh’s remains. And rather than being a boy king with a love of chariot racing, Tut relied on walking sticks to get around during his rule in the 14th century BC, researchers said.
  • Jameis Winston expected to enter NFL Draft, but won't drop out of FSU

    10/20/2014 9:01:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | October 19, 2014 | Jason La Canfora
    Some have suggested that Florida State star quarterback Jameis Winston might drop out of school as a way to avoid the institution's investigation into prior sexual assault charges brought against him, as well as an inquiry into whether he violated NCAA rules for being compensated for autographs, but several sources close to him said that is in no way a consideration. Winston intends to fight vigilantly to maintain his innocence in both instances, however, given the current state of his relationship with the upper reaches of FSU, it has become a certainty he will declare for the NFL Draft. Winston...
  • LENA DUNHAM TWEETS EXCUSES FOR HER ALLEGED-RAPIST: NOT A 'CLEAR CUT VILLAIN'

    10/20/2014 8:27:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    Breibart Hollywood ^ | October 18, 2014 | John Nolte
    According to Lena Dunham's memoir "Not That Kind of Girl," the same man who allegedly raped her and hurt two other women is still on the loose. According to our own reporting, Dunham has not volunteered to cooperate with authorities in order to get her rapist off the street. Early Saturday morning, Dunham appeared to tweet excuses for the man she claims raped her. During a book tour appearance earlier this month, Dunham told Howard Stern that not all rapists are "straight-forward villains." Dunham's tweets, though, represent the first time she appears to have made excuses for the man she...
  • Simulated College Football Playoff Ranking - Week 8

    10/20/2014 6:51:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Playoff Guru ^ | October 20, 2014 | Staff
    Top 10: 1: Ole Miss2: Miss State3: Auburn4: 'Bama5: FSU6: Oregon7: UGA8: TCU9: Notre Dame10: Michigan State
  • Low Tide: Has Alabama lost its air of invincibility in the SEC West?

    10/17/2014 11:31:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    SI ^ | October 17, 2014 | Zac Ellis
    Ole Miss safety Cody Prewitt offered some foreshadowing before his then-No. 11 Rebels toppled No. 3 Alabama on Oct. 4. “We understand that we haven't played a team that's going to be as good as Bama,” Prewitt told FoxSports.com the week prior to the game. “But we don't really think Bama is as good as they have been. And we're better than we have been.” Prewitt might have been on to something with the Crimson Tide. Ole Miss beat Alabama 23-17, the Rebels' first win over the Tide in 10 tries. The next week Bama squeaked out a 14-13 win...
  • Romney redux? Democrats focus on GOP candidate’s corporate past in Georgia race.

    10/17/2014 9:17:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 16, 2014 | Ed O'Keefe
    After attacking President Obama over his handling of the Ebola crisis and the Islamic State terrorist group, businessman and Republican Senate candidate David Perdue turned defensive this week when asked about his record on outsourcing jobs. “The criticism I’ve gotten over the last few weeks is coming from people who really have no business background and really don’t understand, you know, what it takes to create jobs and create economic value — which is really what this free enterprise system is based on,” Perdue told reporters at a Veterans of Foreign Wars social-hall event. A local television reporter tried again...
  • Hillary Clinton Flying Monkey Signs Deface Brentwood Ahead of Fundraiser

    10/17/2014 9:02:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | October 17, 2014 | Tina Daunt
    Guerrilla street artist SABO, who made headlines with his Gwyneth Paltrow "Obama Drone" poster, has struck again -- this time ahead of Hillary Clinton's upcoming Democratic fundraiser at Tavern restaurant in Brentwood, Calif. The Los Angeles artist early Friday hung signs depicting Wizard of Oz flying monkeys holding "Hillary 2016" signs from traffic lights and pasted them on utility boxes near the San Vicente Boulevard restaurant.
  • The German Army Is Getting a New Machine Gun

    10/17/2014 7:08:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 106 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 17, 2014 | Joseph Trevithick
    Last year, the German armed forces announced they would purchase Heckler and Koch’s MG-5 machine gun to finally replace a World War II-era weapon. The new machine gun should put the Bundeswehr’s existing weapons to shame—and make up for past failures. “Its main feature is that it is much more accurate than its predecessor,” German army colonel Christian Brandes told U.S. Army reporters at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona during testing of the new gun on Oct. 14. The predecessor Brandes was referring to is the MG-3. That aging weapon is essentially just an upgrade of a machine gun Adolf...
  • Knockoff Guns, War Buses and Other Embarrassing Iranian Weapons

    10/17/2014 7:02:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 17, 2014 | Jassem Al Salami
    The last week of September marks the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war that began in 1980. Formal ceremonies for Sacred Defense Week include a nationwide parade, war remembrance gatherings and—of the most interest to War Is Boring—theatrical unveiling events for new weaponry. This year Iranian authorities extended the weapons unveilings into the first week of October—national police week in Iran—and then a few days more. The extensive show of military might came amid the growing threat of Sunni militia groups inside Iran. Tehran is eager to project an image of strength. But that doesn’t mean all of this new weaponry...
  • Ham slices, two crackers, cheese and two cauliflower pieces the paltry Michelle Obama school lunch

    10/17/2014 6:17:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 52 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 17, 2014 | Jill Reilly
    A student has provoked complaints by parents after taking a photo of her paltry school meal of lunch meat, a couple crackers, a slice of cheese and two pieces of cauliflower. Kaytlin Shelton, 17, who is eight months pregnant, took a photo of the $3 meal at a Chickasha school on Monday and showed it to her father who said it was not satisfactory. Her father Vince Holton said: 'I can go pay a dollar for a lunchabe and get more food in it. Schools are responsible for children while they're at school.'
  • Arkansas gay rights leader caught on hidden-camera saying Democratic senator who publicly opposes

    10/15/2014 7:28:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 15, 2014 | David Martosko
    A bombshell hidden-camera video released Wednesday airs a claim that Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor has privately told gay rights activists he supports a redefinition of marriage to include gay and lesbians unions. Pryor, who is in a tight reelection battle, has publicly maintained an anti-gay-marriage stance in the red state in order to stay electable. 'I support traditional marriage, and I've been pretty clear on that for a long time,' Sen. Mark Pryor said in a May 31 news broadcast on KHBS-TV40 in the city of Fort Smith. But one of the state's prominent gay rights leaders told an undercover...
  • The Burp Gun Was Ugly—But Damn Did It Spray Lead (Soviet PPSh-41)

    10/15/2014 6:54:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 15, 2014 | Paul Huard
    For nearly 30 years, soldiers heard an unforgettable sound coming from a weapon firing from behind the rubble in Stalingrad. Or echoing in the frozen hills of the Korean Peninsula during human-wave attacks. Or even rattling the jungles of Vietnam during firefights with the Viet Cong. BRRAP-PAP-PAP-PAP-PAP-PAP-PAP-PAP-PAP! Before the AK-47 became the symbol of Soviet armed forces, there was the “burp gun”—officially, the PPSh-41. It’s an ugly gun that makes an ugly sound during extended fire. Looks aside, the burp gun sure did work.
  • College Football Playoff Simulated Ranking - Week 7

    10/14/2014 7:39:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Playoff Guru ^ | October 14, 2014 | Staff
    Top 10: 1: Miss State2: Ole Miss3: Auburn4: FSU5: Baylor6: 'Bama7: Notre Dame8: OU9: UGA10: Oregon
  • The World War II Sten Gun Was Cheap and Dirty

    10/14/2014 7:11:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 14, 2014 | Paul Huard
    Few weapons in the modern era ever had a poem penned its honor. But few weapons were ever like the Sten gun. Hastily contrived in the early, desperate days of World War II, it looked like a last-ditch effort to arm British troops—and it was. Terrified Britons knew they did not have enough weapons to repel a German invasion force. The British lost thousands of small arms that were destroyed or simply abandoned after the devastating rout at Dunkirk.
  • Chris Christie lays the groundwork for a 2016 presidential run

    10/09/2014 6:57:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 8, 2014 | George Will
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could be forgiven if he had chips on both shoulders as big as those shoulders. This year, the first of his second term, has been overshadowed by often partisan investigations, more protracted than productive, of the involvement of several of his former aides — he fired them — in the closing of some access lanes to the George Washington Bridge.
  • The decline of manual transmissions in two graphs — and proof they're coming back

    10/09/2014 6:50:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 83 replies
    Yahoo ^ | October 8, 2014 | Justin Hyde
    That manual transmissions in vehicles survive in now-permanent status of endangered species-dom will come as no surprise. Despite all the driving benefits and sense of control a manual brings, even most sports cars now sell more automatics than sticks when they offer their drivers the option. (And when they don't, like the Dodge Viper, they don't sell well at all.) Today, in its annual report on U.S. vehicle fuel efficiency, the Environmental Protection Agency provided a clear snapshot of just how endangered manuals are in two vivid graphs — along with a surprising sliver of hope for those who prefer...
  • The Battle for Kobani (photos)

    10/09/2014 6:15:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 9, 2014 | Staff
    For weeks now, ISIS militants in northern Syria have been attacking the Kurdish city of Ayn al-Arab, also known as Kobani, attempting to seize the city and solidify control of the territory. In the past few days, U.S.-led airstrikes on ISIS have included many targets around Kobani, and appear to have at least slowed their advance for the moment. Kobani is situated on a hillside right on the Syria-Turkey border, a border crossed by tens of thousands of Kurds fleeing their besieged city. Now, some of these refugees and fellow Kurds from southern Turkey have gathered on the border to...
  • Footage emerges of Jules Bianchi's Japanese Grand Prix crash that left Formula One star requiring

    10/06/2014 1:19:30 PM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 6, 2014 | Staff
    Footage has emerged of Jules Bianchi's crash at the Japanese Grand Prix that left the Formula One star with a severe head injury and in a 'critical but stable condition'. Bianchi required surgery after his car spun off and hit a recovery vehicle towing away Adrian Sutil's stricken Sauber, and FIA spokesman Bonciani Matteo told media on Monday the situation was 'very serious but stable' before adding that it was 'more serious than stable'. Marussia issued a statement thanking fans for their support and asked for 'patience and understanding' after Bianchi's accident on Sunday.
  • Florida QB Treon Harris under investigation for sexual battery

    10/06/2014 12:27:22 PM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    SI ^ | October 6, 2014 | Ben Estes
    Florida quarterback Treon Harris is being investigated by university police for sexual battery after he was accused of sexually assaulting a female student in a residence hall early Sunday morning, the school announced Monday. Harris has been indefinitely suspended from all team activities. Gainesville police are assisting campus police department in its investigation.
  • The FN FAL Was Almost America’s Battle Rifle

    10/06/2014 7:36:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 5, 2014 | Paul Huard
    It could have the United States’ main battle rifle. Instead, it became “the right arm of the free world.” Name a war, revolution, or revolt during the Cold War that involved the British Commonwealth, Western European nations or their allies and you found the Fabrique Nationale FAL in the hands of the soldiers fighting the battles. No wonder the FAL earned its nickname and became a symbol of the struggle against Communism. Starting immediately after World War II, FN produced two million copies of the Fusil Automatique Léger—or Light Automatic Rifle. More than 90 nations adopted the weapon. At one...
  • Simulated College Football Playoff Ranking - Week 6

    10/06/2014 7:18:41 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Playoff Guru ^ | October 6, 2014 | Staff
    Top 10: 1: Auburn2: Ole Miss3: FSU4: Miss State5: 'Bama6: Baylor7: OU8: Notre Dame9: TCU10: TAMU
  • Beat it! Beats by Dre banned from televised NFL interviews after agreement with Bose prevents

    10/06/2014 6:46:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 6, 2014 | Charlene Adams
    It looks like Beats by Dre have been, well, beat. The days of NFL football players and coaches sporting the popular headphones during televised interviews are over for now. This is the result of an exclusive agreement between audio equipment company Bose and the NFL itself. Re/code reports that the agreement bans players and coaches from wearing any other headphones during televised interviews and during games.
  • The homeless man who caused Ebola panic in Dallas: Vagrant who wandered off while he was meant to be

    10/06/2014 6:43:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 6, 2014 | Josh Gardner and Michael Zennie
    This is the first photo of the homeless man who sparked an Ebola alert in Dallas on Sunday after going missing following possible contact with an infected patient. Michael Lively was the first patient to ride in the ambulance that was used to carry Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan to Presbyterian Hospital, Texas. It is possible that Lively came into contact with Duncan's Ebola-infected bodily fluids during that ride. Lively, who is not showing any symptoms of the disease, had been under observation when he wandered off. He is now in the psych ward of Parkland Hospital following a city-wide...
  • As Big Ten Declines, Homegrown Talent Fades and Flees

    10/03/2014 12:10:12 PM PDT · by C19fan · 3 replies
    NY Times ^ | October 3, 2014 | Marc Tracy
    Depending on whom you ask, Jerome Baker, a senior at Benedictine High School here, is either the highest- or the second-highest-rated football prospect in Ohio from the class of 2015. He is a four-star linebacker, appraised from 36th to 72nd nationally. Columbus is a little more than a two-hour drive from Baker’s home, and his parents, Jerome Sr. and Theodora, are Ohio State fans. Baker received a recruitment flyer from the university that featured a picture of the basketball superstar LeBron James, a fellow northeast Ohioan, and a quotation: “If I had one year of college, I would have ended...
  • Has Kim Jong-Un lost control of North Korea? Pyongyang is on lockdown and nation's former

    10/03/2014 10:46:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 62 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 3, 2014 | Ted Thornhill
    A former North Korean counter-intelligence officer has claimed that Kim Jong-Un is no longer in control of the nation and is now just a 'puppet leader'. Jang Jin-sung, who used to be an influential officer in Kim Jong-il's propaganda division, made the sensational assertion at a September conference in Holland attended by several elite exiles, it's been reported. The capital, Pyongyang, meanwhile, has been placed into lockdown with even the elite banned from entering or leaving, according to a respected news site. This adds weight to Jin-sung's claim, as a North Korean expert said that this kind of measure is...
  • Bachmann Again Hints at Run for President

    10/03/2014 6:06:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | October 2, 2014 | Adam O'Neal
    Michele Bachmann, the retiring Minnesota congresswoman and former presidential candidate, is again hinting that she may be interested in another run for the Oval Office. “I don’t know how you’ll see me, but I would like to be in a situation where I can offer an opposing viewpoint to Hillary Clinton,” Bachmann told Politico in describing her post-congressional plans.
  • The Best Handgun Ever Stopped Attackers Cold (M1911)

    10/02/2014 7:49:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 59 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 2, 2014 | Paul Huard
    A highly religious man who was a former pacifist and the legendary pistol he carried are responsible for one of the most impressive acts of an American fighting man in the nation’s history. His name was Sgt. Alvin York and during World War I he used a M1911 .45-caliber pistol to stop an attack by six German soldiers while he helped assault a German machine-gun nest near Chatel-Chéhéry on the Western Front.
  • Kansas Poll Shows Independent Greg Orman Leading Incumbent Pat Roberts in U.S. Senate Race

    10/01/2014 11:45:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 99 replies
    Suffolk University ^ | October 1, 2014 | Staff
    Independent businessman and political enigma Greg Orman (46 percent) is leading three-term Republican incumbent Pat Roberts (41 percent) in the race for U.S. Senate in Kansas, with 11 percent undecided, according to the latest Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll of likely voters in the general election. In the race for governor, Democratic state Rep. Paul Davis (46 percent) is leading incumbent Sam Brownback (42 percent), a Republican, with 6 percent undecided in the survey conducted by the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston.
  • The Psychology Behind Costco's Free Samples

    10/01/2014 8:49:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 1, 2014 | Joe Pinsker
    In 2010, a Minnesotan named Erwin Lingitz was arrested in a Supervalu grocery store after spending an excessive amount of time at the deli counter. In the words of a Supervalu spokesperson, Lingitz had violated “societal norms and common customer understanding regarding free-sample practices.” While the charges were later dropped, the evidence remains incriminating: After a search, Lingitz was found to have stored in his pockets about a dozen soy sauce packets and “1.46 pounds of summer sausage and beef stick samples.” Lingitz may have gotten carried away, but his impulse is more or less universal. People love free, people...
  • The Destruction of Mecca

    10/01/2014 6:18:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 49 replies
    NY Times ^ | September 30, 2014 | Ziauddin Sardar
    WHEN Malcolm X visited Mecca in 1964, he was enchanted. He found the city “as ancient as time itself,” and wrote that the partly constructed extension to the Sacred Mosque “will surpass the architectural beauty of India’s Taj Mahal.” Fifty years on, no one could possibly describe Mecca as ancient, or associate beauty with Islam’s holiest city. Pilgrims performing the hajj this week will search in vain for Mecca’s history. The dominant architectural site in the city is not the Sacred Mosque, where the Kaaba, the symbolic focus of Muslims everywhere, is. It is the obnoxious Makkah Royal Clock Tower...
  • Simulated College Football Playoff Standing - Week 5

    09/30/2014 7:09:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Playoff Guru ^ | September 30, 2014 | Staff
    Top 10: 1: OU2: Auburn3: FSU4: 'Bama5: Oregon6: TAMU7: UCLA8: Ole Miss/p> 9: Baylor10: Notre Dame
  • Ted Cruz Is Prepping a Foreign Policy-Focused Presidential Campaign

    09/29/2014 8:34:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    National Journal ^ | September 29, 2014 | Tim Alberta
    Ted Cruz is running for president. The only thing left for him to do is say so. According to sources close to the Texas senator, Cruz could be preparing for an end-of-year announcement and is now dedicating considerable time and effort to cultivating a foreign-policy foundation that might help his candidacy stand out in what is guaranteed to be a crowded field. "At this point it's 90/10 he's in," one Cruz adviser said. "And honestly, 90 is lowballing it."